Tag Archive for Gaza

Analysis: Abbas struggling to survive, convinced world conspiring against him

The aging Palestinian president, whose 4-year-term ended January 2009, is convinced that the whole world is conspiring against him – the Israelis, the Americans, Egypt, among several Arab countries, some Europeans, the special UN coordinator and many, many, Palestinians.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

It’s hard to believe that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas enjoyed last week’s Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha – a holiday he often loves to spend with his family, especially the grandchildren.

Just before the feast began, the first reports about an imminent truce agreement between Abbas’s rivals in Hamas and Israel started appearing in various Arab media outlets. Continue Reading »

Trump strips $200m in aid to the Palestinian Authority

Failing a review directed by President Trump “to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with U.S. national interests and provide value to the U.S. taxpayer,” the State Department cut  $200+ million in aid to the Palestinians.

By MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON — The State Department has cut more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority “at the direction of the president,” the administration announced on Friday.

Mahmoud Abbas ultimately rejected President Trump’s message to the Palestinian Authority in Bethlehem, May 23, 2017. – Screenshot: White House:IsraelandStuff.

The aid cut is the result of a review of US assistance to the Palestinian Authority ” to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with US national interests and provide value to the US taxpayer,” said a State Department spokesman. Continue Reading »

Israel’s President Welcomes US National Security Advisor John Bolton

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin warmly welcomed John Bolton to Jerusalem, saying how much he personally appreciated all that he’s done for Israel over the years, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”

By GREER FAY CASHMAN

 

United States National Security Advisor John Bolton received an especially warm welcome when he called on President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.

Rivlin is always happy to welcome visitors to “Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the eternal capital of the Jewish People,” but in Bolton’s case, it was also with the knowledge that Bolton is “a great friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.”

Rivlin told Bolton how much he appreciated all that he has done to date for Israel, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”

Bolton said that it was a great honor to meet Rivlin in Jerusalem, and underscored that the meeting took place during challenging times for both the United States and Israel. Continue Reading »

REPORT: White House wants Gaza ceasefire ‘with or without Abbas agreement’

Trump administration official told an Israeli daily on Monday that the White House “supports Egypt’s efforts to secure a ceasefire in Gaza,” and “We would like to see an end to fighting with or without the PA.”

By i24NEWS

 

The White House hopes to see a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, with or without Palestinian Authority (PA) support, a Trump administration official told Haaretz on Monday.

The current US administration would view a PA return to Gaza favorably, but in the event that the PA is not involved, it will still support a viable ceasefire agreement, the official stated. Continue Reading »

Israeli Minister calls to assassinate leaders of Hamas terror group

Among the many Israeli politicians that visited the south after 200 Gaza rockets were fired at Israeli towns, villages & cities, Minister Regev said, “The equation should be very simple: If our children live in fear, then the leadership of Hamas should live in fear.”

By LAHAV HARKOV

 

Israel should assassinate Hamas leaders, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said Thursday, in response to a day of recurrent rocket launches from Gaza.

“The equation should be very simple: If our children live in fear, then the leadership of Hamas should live in fear,” Regev said. “We must go back to the policy of targeted assassinations of leaders of this murderous terrorist group.”

A barrage of rockets just hit Sderot in Southern Israel on 8, Aug 2018.

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Analysis: Israel’s ‘containment & appeasement’ has reaped 100 ‘Days of Fire’

For two millennia containment and appeasement have accompanied Jews in exile where they were a defenseless, persecuted minority, a necessary evil that allowed the Jews to survive. But Israel would do well remembering a lesson of history; that policy has never ended well for those trying to avoid conflict.

By Tsvi Sadan

 

For the last 100 days not a single day has passed in which fields and forests were not set ablaze by Hamas kites and balloons. During these 100 days, Israel did next to nothing to stop Hamas from burning Israel’s southern Negev region. Justifying Israel’s policy of containment and appeasement is possible only by trying really hard. Continue Reading »

With Abbas’ entrenchment, US to focus on Gaza without PA involvement

The U.S. is focusing their efforts to improve the humanitarian conditions in Gaza with a major infusion to the strip’s crippled infrastructure, but without the involvement of PA’s autocrat Abbas, since the peace plan has remained stalled due to the entrenchment of the Palestinian leadership.

By i24NEWS

 

With the United States’ highly-anticipated Mideast peace plan stalled amid an ongoing diplomatic freeze-out by the Palestinians, the Trump administration is shifting its focus towards efforts to improve humanitarian conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The indignant Palestinian Authority autocrat, Mahmoud Abbas. – Photo: Reuters

A senior US official told The Post that Washington is considering a major infusion of development aid into the blockaded Palestinian enclave, demonstrating a commitment to Palestinian well-being that would make it more difficult for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to continue to snub peace talks. Continue Reading »

With the help of Fake News reporting, Israel’s the ‘bad guy’ once again

A Pallywood Production:
Ignoring IDF decorations, Western media and celebrity pundits were once again happy to demonize Israel by blindly accepting and falsely reporting a Hamas report that a 9-month baby girl from Gaza died after inhaling Israeli fired tear-gas. 

By  Ryan Jones

 

Remember that baby girl who died in Gaza last month allegedly after inhaling teargas fired by Israeli soldiers against Palestinian protestors?

Well, surprise, surprise…it turns out 9-month-old Layla Ghandour wasn’t the victim of heartless Israeli brutality after all. At least not according to her cousin.

So happy to throw Israel to the wolves. – Twitter screenshot

Twenty-year-old Mohammed Omar was captured by Israeli forces late last month while taking part in a three-man infiltration of southern Israel. Continue Reading »

UN envoy scurrying as UNRWA’s Billion dollar budget for Palestinians falls short

After Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and other countries cut extravagant donations to UN Relief and Works Agency, claiming  UNRWA is responsible for exacerbating & maintaining, rather than solving the problem, UN envoy Nikolay Mladenov tells Security Council that the UN’s Palestinian agency has ‘an unprecedented shortfall of over $250 million.
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Why Are There Still Palestinian Refugees?

Associated Press

 

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees is “weeks away from painful cuts” to its emergency assistance for Gaza and refugees elsewhere because of an unprecedented gap in its budget of more than $250 million, the UN Mideast envoy said Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Israeli jets destroy 9 Hamas facilities in retaliation to Gaza’s incendiary kites

WATCH: IDF jets strike two Hamas military bases and a weapons production factory in Gaza in response to the continued incendiary kites and bobby-trapped balloons being launched from the Palestinian terror enclave at Israel.
– 3 home-made rockets fired at Israel during early morning hours, one likely fell inside Gaza.

By Yoav Zitun, Liad Osmo

 

Israel Air Force jets attacked nine Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday, in what were the most significant strikes in the fight against the incendiary kites and balloons terrorism.

The strikes hit two military bases in Jabalia, Al-Shati and a weapons production facility in Gaza City. Continue Reading »

ICRC send ‘War Surgeons’ to deal with Gaza’s June ‘an-Naksah’ riots

The Red Cross will set up a 50-bed surgical unit at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, just in time for the June 5th anniversary of the an-Naksah, or Arab ‘setback’ of the 1967 Six Day War, when even larger riots are expected to culminate at the Hamas built “return camps” located on Gaza’s border with Israel.

By REUTERS

 

GENEVA – The International Committee of the Red Cross is sending two teams of war surgeons to Gaza and setting up a surgical unit in the enclave’s main hospital to treat heavy casualties from clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

Since protests on the Gaza-Israel border began on March 30, Israeli troops have killed 115 Palestinians and wounded more than 13,000 people, including 3,600 by live ammunition, Robert Mardini, ICRC’s director for the Near and Middle East, said. Continue Reading »

Suffering from Hamas leadership, Palestinian youth sets himself ablaze in Gaza

Because of the oppression from his gov’t, poverty, ill treatment and the unbearable circumstances forced on Fathi Harb, a 20 yr-old Palestinian father of 2 from Gaza, passerbys say he was screaming, “damn the government,” before lighting himself up.
-WARNING- (video containing graphic content)

By Elior Levy

 

A 20-year-old Palestinian father of two from Gaza set himself on fire Saturday night in the city’s Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, all while cursing the strip’s Hamas rulers who he apparently blamed for his family’s poverty and the dismal economic situation in Gaza.

The young man, Fathi Harb, survived the self-immolation, and is currently in moderate condition. Continue Reading »

Hamas refuses humanitarian aid donated by Israel

Despite the dire situation of the Gaza health system with all the hospitals full and their lack of medical supplies, Hamas officials on Tuesday have refused to receive the humanitarian aid Israel donated.

By i24NEWS

 

Two trucks containing humanitarian aid to Gaza donated by Israel was refused by Hamas, Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday.

A truck of humanitarian aid delivered to Gaza on Tuesday, May 15 2018 – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

“The supplies already entered Gaza. Despite the dire situation of the health system and the lack of medical supplies, Hamas has refused to receive the humanitarian aid and has instructed the local authorities to return them to Israel.”

On Tuesday, six trucks with humanitarian aid packages were sent through the Kerem Shalom Crossing. Continue Reading »

Palestinian killed on 6th and final Hamas inspired ‘MARCH OF RETURN’

In what the IDF has referred to as a violent “riot,” approximately 5,000 Palestinians participated in what Hamas planned as the final ‘March of Return’ protest on Israel’s border, that left at least 170 Gazans injured and 1 dead.

By ERIC SUMNER & REUTERS

 

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and wounded at least 170 protesters in the Gaza Strip Friday, Palestinian medical workers said, bringing to 44 the number killed during a six-week protest at the Gaza-Israel border.

Approximately 5,000 Palestinians have participated in what the IDF has called a violent “riot,” burning tires, hurling rocks at the security fence and at Israeli soldiers, and launching flaming kites into Israeli territory. Continue Reading »

Fifth Hamas terror-tunnel located & destroyed by IDF

Israel thwarts Hamas’ efforts to infiltrate Israel from Gaza after destroying the 5th, and according to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, “the longest and deepest one [terror-tunnel] ever uncovered.”

By Kobi Finkler

 

Over the weekend, IDF forces thwarted another terror tunnel that penetrated into Israel, it was cleared this morning for publication.

IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said that this is the fifth tunnel that has been thwarted in Israel recently. The tunnel was foiled in the Jabaliya area.

Location of latest Hamas terror-tunnel explosion – IDF illustration

The tunnel began several kilometers inside the Gaza Strip and was part of an entire network of tunnels inside the strip. Continue Reading »