Archive for Mid-East News

White House Supports Plan to Link Mid-East Arab States & Israel by Rail

President Trump’s special mid-East envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line Israel’s Minister of Transportation proposed during his historic visit to Oman, linking Israel’s ports on the Mediterranean to Jordan, Saudi Arabia & the Gulf States.

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

The Trump Administration has backed an Israeli plan to link Haifa with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, hinting that it was in line with the US peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line as Israeli Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz made a historic visit to Oman to present its details to an international transportation event, the IRU World Congress. Continue Reading »

In need to maintain relevancy, Abbas meets Egypt’s el-Sisi to discuss ceasefire

Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas flew off to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh after news that Hamas may have secured an Egyptian orchestrated agreement to end ‘March of Return protests’ on Israel’s border, but without Abbas’ involvement.

By i24NEWS

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met in Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday to discuss the “Palestinian issue” among other things, an official confirmed on Thursday.

Abbas arrived in the coastal resort city on the edge of the Red Sea on Friday to attend the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh amid ongoing attempts by Cairo to reconcile Hamas and Fatah. Continue Reading »

Having set 30,000 tires alight in protests, Gaza motorists now in trouble

After 6 months of Hamas-led border riots, burning hundreds of tires that fill Israel’s sky with thick toxic smoke each day, the protesters have forced the price of tires in Gaza to skyrocket, making a pair of new tires an unaffordable luxury.

By The Associated Press

 

Palestinians in Gaza have coped with shortages of just about everything in more than a decade of border closures—from chocolate to medicines to fuel and building supplies. Now, six months of March of Return protests have added an unexpected item to that list: car tires.

Tires are a favored item by demonstrators during the weekly riots—they are set on fire, then tossed toward Israeli troops across the border.In response, Israel has halted tire imports into the strip, sending prices skyrocketing and forcing Gaza motorists to find creative solutions to keep their vehicles on the road. Continue Reading »

Ranking Palestinian official says PLO must thwart possible autonomous rule

Demanding to hold out until all Palestinian conditions are realized, the head of Palestinian National Council says the PLO must thwart any autonomous Arab rule that the Israelis may conceded to them for the West Bank.

By Dalit Halevi

 

Zanoun added that the entire Palestinian people, women, children, young and old, would not surrender or sell the Palestinian rights for money (a hint to the US peace plan) and would continue to cling to their land out of loyalty to the “shaheeds” (martyrs -ed.) and the sacrifice of the prisoners and the wounded.

Hiding under the cover of the thick black toxic smoke from hundreds of burning tires on Gaza’s border with Israel, Palestinian rioters hurl rocks and hand granades at IDF soldiers.

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Oman’s Foreign Minister: ‘Time to accept Israel’

After Netanyahu’s secret visit, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s minister of foreign affairs, says his country is offering ideas to help in the peace process; “We are not saying that the road is now easy and paved with flowers, but our priority is to put an end to the conflict and move to a new world.”

By Reuters

 

Oman described Israel as an accepted Middle East state on Saturday, a day after hosting a surprise visit by its prime minister that Washington said could help regional peace efforts.

Oman is offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians to come together but is not acting as mediator, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah [photographed above], the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, told a security summit in Bahrain. Continue Reading »

Human Rights Watch: World should stop financing a Palestinian “Police State”

HRW director details his two years of documenting arbitrary arrests & torture which has been “systematic” under Palestinian rule for decades, while the West continues to finance it, ignoring the horrible transgressions by the Fatah & Hamas kleptocrats, to focus rather on the Jewish State.

By Israel Today Staff

 

More often than not, allegations of Israeli abuse take up all the headlines, leaving little room (or desire) to report on the verifiable abuses being perpetrated against the Palestinians by their own governments.

And, according to a scathing report produced by Human Rights Watch, those abuses are “systematic.”

The report labeled both the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Hamas regime in Gaza as “police states,” and wondered why Western governments that purport to oppose such things continue to send so much of their taxpayers’ money to the Palestinians. Continue Reading »

IDF exposes Hezbollah exploiting agricultural NGO posts for military use

IDF: Hezbollah is using multiple posts under the auspices of the NGO environmental group, ‘Green Without Borders’ to observe and report on IDF troop movements, a violation of UN Resolution 1701.

By Mordechai Sones

 

The IDF has revealed another Hezbollah position under the auspices of the “Green Without Borders” agricultural front organization.

“Hezbollah violates Resolution 1701 on a regular basis, operating in the area south of the Litani River, using civilian camouflage and reinforcing military capabilities in the rural areas of the Shi’ite villages in violation of UN resolution,” the IDF said.

Hezbollah uses Green Without Boundaries as a front for operations in the contact zone and establishes observation posts for gathering information about IDF troop movements. Continue Reading »

The ‘lost deal’: US paid UNRWA in 1952 to end Arab refugee problem

REVEALED: US-Israel historian Kobby Barda has uncovered the ‘forgotten’ chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: US President Truman’s administration gave the Arab nations and Israel $1.5 billion [in today’s equivalency] to resolve the Middle East refugee problem. – But only Israel fulfilled its obligation.

By Eldad Beck

 

Kobby Barda couldn’t believe what he was seeing. While researching the establishment of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee under the auspices of the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa, Barda found his way to the personal archive of one Isaiah Leo “Si” Kenen, a Canadian-born lawyer, journalist and philanthropist who was one of the founders of the pro-Israel lobby. Continue Reading »

Near ‘bankruptcy’ & hundreds fired, UNRWA pays $108k for new assistant

UNRWA is cash-strapped and was near collapse recently as hundreds of Palestinians workers have been laid off, yet UNRWA is advertising for a new position that pays over 14 times the average income of a Palestinian worker.

By JULIANE HELMHOLD

 

A United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) job posting published last month offered a starting salary of over $100,000 for the position of director of external relations. The well-paid post comes despite the fact that the organization finds itself in serious financial trouble.

In the posting, UNWRA offered an attractive compensation package, including an annual salary starting at $108,189 tax free. Continue Reading »

Palestinians reaffirm: Selling property to a Jew is “high treason”

PA Arabs who are found guilty of selling or facilitating the transfer of lands or structures to Jewish Israelis can be sentenced to death. In the past, Palestinians suspected of doing so have been kidnapped and later found dead in east Jerusalem or the West Bank.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

For the second time this year, the Palestinian Islamic religious authorities in Jerusalem reaffirmed a ban on selling property to Israelis, and warned that any Palestinian involved in such transactions would be accused of “high treason.”

The latest decision on Thursday followed news that Jews had purchased a house in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Continue Reading »

PLO: UN Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process, ‘unacceptable’

The PLO, basically run by PA kleptocrat Mahmoud Abbas and claimant to being “the sole representative of the Palestinian ‘people’,” has informed the UN that their Special Coordinator, “is no longer acceptable to the state of Palestine,” for bypassing Abbas to attain a cease-fire between Hamas & Israel.

By i24NEWS

 

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) informed the UN chief that Nickolay Mladenov has overstepped his role as Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process by pursuing negotiations with Hamas and trying to recruit aid into the Gaza Strip from other Arab countries.

PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Ahmed Majdalan said that Mladenov “is no longer acceptable to the state of Palestine,” local media reported. Continue Reading »

Kuwaiti daily reports 2 Israeli F-35i ‘Adir’ jets flew over Iran in March

Two Israeli Air Force F-35i jets reportedly flew undetected over Iran this past March, crossing into Syria, Lebanon and Iraqi airspace along the way, acquiring real-time surveillance intel on sensitive sites believed to be associated with Iran’s ‘nonexistent’ nuclear program.

By Smadar Perry

 

Israeli stealth planes reached Iran and returned without anyone noticing, Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Jarida reported, citing unnamed sources.

According to the report, two IAF F-35 Adir fighter jets entered Iranian airspace last March and conducted reconnaissance flights undetected, crossing Syrian and Iraqi airspace on their way to the Islamic republic.

Israeli F-35i ‘Adir’ was photographed flying over Beirut completely unnoticed.

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The play-by-play Abbas-Hamas feud that’s facilitating an upcoming war

ANALYSIS: Israel and Hamas are being maneuvered closer and closer to an open war, and the Palestinian Authority’s autocrat Mahmoud Abbas, strategically placing counter-punches to exert even more misery on the Gazans, is expediting the next armed conflict.

By Yochanan Visser

 

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu told his cabinet the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were preparing for war against Hamas and other Iranian-backed terror organisations in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Israeli news show Hadeshot  Netanyahu told his ministers that in light of the attempt by the Palestinian Authority to “choke”  Hamas in Gaza it was far from certain civil distress in the coastal enclave would diminish. Continue Reading »

Arab States ask Azerbaijan’s President how he balances ties with Israel

The Azerbaijani leader reveled to a visiting American Rabbi that officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”

By HERB KEINON

 

Saudi, Pakistani, Afghani and Emirati officials are asking Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev about how to balance their identities as Muslim countries with a relationship with Israel, the Azerbaijani leader told an American rabbi on Monday.

Rabbi Marc Schneier , who met with Aliyev in Baku, said the Azerbaijani leader told him – without going into names – that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Pakistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”

President Ilham Aliyev – Official website of President of Azerbaijan

Schneier quoted Aliyev as saying that he told the officials that it is possible to “do both, that you are not going to get punished – he used those words – that you can find the right balance, and that the fact that I am being asked about this is indicative of a certain movement of the Muslim world now toward Israel.”

Schneier said Aliyev did not provide specifics about the identity of the officials he was referring to. Continue Reading »

Egyptian & PA officials accuse Palestinian autocrat for escalating Gaza crisis

The Palestinian Authority’s kleptocratic leader, Mahmoud Abbas recently blocked Qatari-funded fuel from reaching electricity-starved Gaza. Abbas “is doing everything in his ‎power to escalate the crisis in Gaza and prevent ‎Hamas from marking any diplomatic achievement,” an ‎Egyptian source said.

By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Egyptian‏ ‏and Palestinian officials on Sunday accused ‎Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of ‎actively escalating the crisis in the Gaza Strip in ‎hopes that it will force rival Palestinian faction ‎Hamas to hand over control of the coastal enclave. ‎

Hamas, designated as a terrorist group by the EU, ‎‎U.S., Israel and several other countries, ousted ‎Abbas’ Fatah-led government from ‎‎Gaza in a military ‎coup in 2007, ‎‎‎effectively ‎splitting the Palestinian ‎Authority into two ‎‎political ‎‎entities. Continue Reading »