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.
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 »
Egypt gives Hamas a few days to end incendiary balloons and kites launched into Israel that have sabotaged an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, causing Israel’s closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing.
By Elior Levy
Egypt has warned Hamas to significantly reduce or completely end within a few days the launching of incendiary balloons and kites into Israeli territory from Gaza, Ynet learned on Tuesday morning, giving the terror group an extended deadline to restore calm to the border.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – Photo: Kremlin/Wikimedia Commons
The ultimatum came after Israel announced on Monday evening that it would be closing the commercial Kerem Shalom crossing to gas and fuel supplies after a ceasefire agreement was violated earlier in the afternoon when a rocket was fired into southern Israel. Continue Reading »
Egyptian sources say Hamas members have divided behind the group’s top 2 leaders, who don’t speak to one another, over Ismail Haniyeh’s outright rejection of an Egyptian deal which would have seen prisoners released, Israeli soldiers’ remains repatriated, and the easing of border restrictions into Egypt.
By Daniel Siryoti
A deep rift has formed within the Hamas leadership surrounding the ongoing, weekly Gaza border protests that have claimed the lives of dozens of demonstrators so far, with more demonstrations planned for the coming weeks.
A quarrel has erupted between the two strongest figures in the group – Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar and Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh, Israel Hayom recently learned from senior Hamas sources. Continue Reading »
In Hamas’ decision to dismantle their ‘administrative control’ in Gaza, the radical Islamic movement has moved the ball into Abbas’s court. The PA leader’s refusal to end the sanctions he imposed on the costal enclave’s population 5 months ago would portray the Palestinian autocrat in an even more dictatorial role, especially vis-à-vis Egypt, since they brokered Hamas’ surprise decision.
Since he began imposing sanctions on the Gaza Strip five months ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly declared that dismantling the Gaza Strip’s administrative committee would be the only way to end the sanctions and ease the pressure on Hamas. Continue Reading »
While reconciliation talks between Egypt & Hamas regarding their common border was ongoing, the Egyptian security forces found and destroyed a 3 km smuggling tunnel containing weapons, generators, and engineering equipment.
The Egyptian border guard destroyed a three kilometer long tunnel between Rafah, Egypt and the Gaza Strip, one of the longest tunnels discovered at the border between the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula, according to Egyptian security sources Thursday.
The tunnel’s opening point, located in the house of an Egyptian smuggler from the Al Barazeel neighborhood in Rafah, Egypt is made out of concrete and steel. Continue Reading »
Maj. Gen. Mordechai reported in an Al Jazeera interview that Israel has clear information showing Hamas worked with ISIS in savage attack on Egyptian security personal.
Israel said Thursday that Hamas was actively assisting the ISIS terrorist militia that killed over 70 Egyptian soldiers in a multi-pronged attack Wednesday.
“We have clear informatin that Hamas supports the Walayat Sinai organization, which belongs to ISIS,” Major General Yoav Mordechai said, in an Arabic-language interview for Al Jazeera.
“In the latest attacks, Hamas gave assistance in the form of weapons and organization to the group that supports ISIS,” he accused. Continue Reading »
After destroying a kilometer-wild buffer-zone along its Rafah border with Gaza, the army now digs 20 meter deep trench to fortify its security in Sinai against Islamist militant attacks, which Egypt claims are supported by Hamas.
ISMAILIA – The Egyptian army is digging a trench in northern Sinai along the border with Gaza in an effort to prevent smuggling, security sources said on Monday, as the government steps up activities to prevent militant attacks that often target security forces.
Army destroys part of Egyptian Rafah to widen buffer zone – Photo: AFP
Egypt had already doubled to one kilometer (0.62 mile) the depth of a security buffer zone on its border with the Gaza Strip after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the army following mass protests against his rule in 2013. Continue Reading »
According to the report, Egypt agreed to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza twice weekly under PA control & Hamas agrees to refrain from inciting against Egypt or interfere in Egyptian affairs, especially in the Sinai.
Egyptian authorities on Wednesday agreed to an Islamic Jihad-mediated reconciliation with the Islamist group Hamas, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.
Young Palestinians waving Hamas flags February 5, 2015 – Photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Archives
“Egypt has called on Hamas to renege on its ideology that comes from the Muslim Brotherhood,” senior Egyptian security officials told Ma’an.
According to the report, as part of the agreement Egypt agreed to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza twice weekly to start with before opening it on a permanent basis. Continue Reading »
Egyptian state-run paper reported Saturday that Palestinian group was plotting coup together with Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow al-Sissi.
Egypt’s official al-Ahram newspaper on Saturday accused Hamas of conspiring, together with its sponsor the Muslim Brotherhood, of plotting to oust the regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.
Policemen stand in the middle of al-Haram street in Cairo during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters following a rally marking the first anniversary of a brutal crackdown on August 14, 2014 – Photo: Mohamed El-Shahed /AFP
According to the report, the two Islamic groups hoped to achieve their ends by sowing discontent amid Egypt’s military ranks. Continue Reading »
Asharq Al-Awsat, a London-based newspaper, also claimed a Hamas commander had been killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and jihadist militants in the Sinai.
A commander of Hamas’ military wing – the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades – was reportedly killed Wednesday by an Egyptian army strike in the Sinai Peninsula, Sky News in Arabic reported.
Brigades Ezzedin-al Qassam – Photo capture site: al Qassam
Abdallah Saeed Kashta, 25, died during a raid carried out by Egyptian forces against Islamic State-linked Welayat Sinai group.
Kashta’s relatives denied the report, saying that he was killed several days ago in Libya. Continue Reading »
In attempts to reestablish relations with Cairo, Qatar will try to stop Hamas’ incitement against Egypt, as well as end Gaza’s illegal transfer of weapons to Sinai terrorist groups.
Doha has informed the Hamas leadership that it intends to temporarily stop its support for the Gaza-based organization in an attempt to pressure it to change its policies vis-a-vis Egypt, according to Al-Jarida, a Kuwaiti daily newspaper.
An aerial view of Doha, Qatar’s capital. – Photo: REUTERS
Qatar seeks to stop Hamas’ incitement against Egypt as well as put an end to the illegal transfer of weapons from the Gaza Strip to terrorist groups in Sinai, a senior Egyptian official told the Arabic-language paper. Continue Reading »
Analysis: Egypt’s President al-Sisi would like to send his forces into the West Bank & Gaza, as a temporary ‘peace-force’, until Israel & the Palestinians reach a peace deal.
By Yaron Friedman
During his first trip to Europe, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave an interview to the Italian media in which he voiced a far-reaching and highly significant proposal concerning the peace process – the deployment of Egyptian military forces to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Al-Sisi with Pope Francis on his European tour. – Photo: Reuters
It’s safe to assume that every Israeli cringes on hearing the phrase “the deployment of military forces to Palestine,” with all the negative connotations it evokes (the War of Independence, the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War). Continue Reading »
Sitting alongside his top generals in a televised speech to the nation, Egypt’s President Sisi, directed blame at “foreign powers who are trying to break Egypt’s back.”
Egypt’s ruler, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, denounced “foreign hands” whom he believes were behind the deadly car bombs that killed scores of security personnel in northeast Sinai on Friday.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives a speech outside the Supreme Council in Cairo. – Photo:REUTERS
The president, whose regime has been battling jihadist elements since the military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi last year, declared a three-day mourning period throughout the country on Saturday. Continue Reading »