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 »
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 »
Following Israel’s Defense Minister promise to southern community leaders that he will not make an agreement with any terror group that’s committed to Israel’s destruction, Hamas warned Israel of consequences should PA leader Mahmoud Abbas fail to end their sanctions on Gaza.
By Elior Levy
The Hamas terror group threatened on Friday that Israel would “pay the price” if sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continue or worsen.
“Israel is responsible for ending the current situation in coordination with, and encouraged by, him (Abbas),” a Hamas statement said.
Palestinian kleptocrats: Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh (left) and his second-in-comand, Gaza leader, Yahya Sinwar (center) PA autocrat, Mahmoud Abbas (right)
The ultimatum comes on the heels of expected renewed indirect talks between Israel and Hamas as they work to reach a long-term ceasefire to end months of fighting that has repeatedly brought the two sides to the brink of war. Continue Reading »
The deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council echoes what many of the Palestinians have contended for years, that the PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas stole the leadership, noting his constitutional term in office ended 9 years ago.
By Dalit Halevi
Ahmad Bahar, the deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and one of the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization, on Wednesday accused Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas of an improper takeover of power and said he had lost the legal validity to his status as leader.
Ahmad Bahar gives address in Gaza, calling for the total liberation of “Palestine.” – Photo: The Israel Project
“Abbas’s term in office ended in 2009 and therefore he has lost the legal and constitutional basis and is considered to be stealing power which is illegal and unconstitutional,” said Bahar in an interview with the Hamas-affiliated Felesteen newspaper. Continue Reading »
Speaking in Ramallah on Monday, Mahmoud Abbas delved into an open anti-Semitic rant, including calling the US Ambassador to Israel a ‘son of a dog,’ then also blasts his Islamist rival, Hamas, as responsible for last week’s assassination attempt that targeted his Prime Minister.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas branded Donald Trump’s envoy to Israel David Friedman a “son of a dog” on Monday in a fiery speech that also blamed Hamas for trying to kill the Palestinian prime minister.
US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman – Facebook/J’Post
Abbas said Friedman, who has frequently been critical of the PA, was a “settler” and a “son of a dog,” a turn of phrase that was bleeped out during his televised address. Continue Reading »
Abbas appears to be fostering regional hostilities through his policies since Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. The PA autocrat is planning to stop the transfer of funds to Gaza for electricity, water, health and salary payments, blaming Israel for the resulting crisis, thereby forcing confrontations between Hamas and Israel.
Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Defense officials are directly linking Friday’s car ramming attack, which killed two Israeli soldiers and seriously wounded two others, to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ policy of three resolute “noes,” first reported by Israel Hayom last week.
According to Abbas’ “three noes” policy, as long as U.S. Continue Reading »
Hamas’ new leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, stated that the enclave’s government was “opening a new page” with Egypt, having mended their previously strained ties.
Gaza-based Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for all Palestinian factions to create a unified national government and to hold open elections at a press conference in Gaza on Wednesday.
Haniyeh was elected to head Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza, in May.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh vs. Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas – AFP
The Islamist group, considered a terrorist group by the US, EU and Israel, seized control of the territory from Fatah, the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas’s party, in a near civil war in 2007. Continue Reading »
Human Rights Watch has accused Abbas’ gov’t of arresting and abusing local journalists and activists critical of PA policies, seen as a violation of media freedom and freedom of speech.
The Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank has blocked 11 news websites associated with their Gaza-based rivals Hamas and other political adversaries critical of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to Arabic media reports.
Autocrat of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas – AP
The shutdowns were ordered by the Palestinian Attorney General’s office, with Palestinian media outlets quoting one anonymous official as saying that the sites blocked were in “violation of the rules of publications” which bars the dissemination of alleged fake news and defamation. Continue Reading »