The four rockets fired on Galilee came from the new Iranian terror front on the Golan

The four rockets fired on Galilee came from the new Iranian terror front on the Golan

By Debka— Israel’s top government and military went on a high level of preparedness Tuesday, Aug. 18 in expectation of the first terrorist attack to be orchestrated by Iran from Syrian or Lebanese borders. That is what brought Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott on a tour of inspection to the Golan and Northern Command headquarters. Netanyahu said then that Israel is ready for any scenario and would “harm anyone trying to harm us.” DEBKAfile’s military sources report that these events were sparked by the knowledge reaching Israeli intelligence that Iranian Al Qods and Hizballah officers were building a new terrorist network for mounting large-scale terrorist attacks on Israel from the Syrian border opposite the Golan. The officers had handed out anti-tank and anti-air rockets to the terrorists, raising Israeli suspicions that one of their plans was to seize an Israeli location or part of one and try and hold out against an Israeli counter-offensive of tanks and assault helicopters. Our counter-terrorism sources disclose that three radical terrorist movements staff the new network: One is the hard-line rejectionist Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC). Another is the Golan-based Syrian Druze group known as Liberators of the Golan. It is headed by the notorious Samir Kuntar, a Lebanese Druze who has set up a Golan terror ring based in the Druze village of Al-Khadar opposite the Israeli border fence. Also harnessed to Iran’s new Golan terror organization is the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) which is made up of radical Christian terrorists. This old timer violent...
The mindset of progressive Jews and the ‘Israeli problem’

The mindset of progressive Jews and the ‘Israeli problem’

By Abraham H. Miller/JNS.org In the sweltering heat of a Chicago summer, my friend marched outside the South African consulate, protesting apartheid. Years earlier, she had protested Jim Crow in front of a Woolworths store in Chicago, failing to comprehend that her beloved big government—not Woolworths—prevented blacks from sitting at lunch counters on the other side of the Mason-Dixon line. In the midst of the 1980 presidential election, as the nation convulsed in economic turmoil, she brought an otherwise pleasant dinner party to an end when she said the most important thing in America was fighting racial injustice. She would ambush nearly everyone with some leftist talking point and assume a level of moral superiority when they could not respond because it hadn’t been their foremost concern. When Israel went into Gaza to stop the random death raining from the skies on its southern cities, she awoke me from a deep sleep one night to start sobbing into the phone about the children dying in Gaza. I reminded her that in all the exchanges between Israel and Gaza, never once did she ever express any sympathy for Israeli children, and that Gaza was ruled by a bunch of murderous thugs. She merely continued to sob, fixated on horrific pictures of dead children in Gaza, obliviously insisting that the Israeli incursion should stop immediately. My acquaintance is the epitome of the progressive-minded Jew. With all the rallies she attended, she never once marched for Israel or even for the release of Soviet Jewry. Today, her mantra is the “occupation”—“the root cause of worldwide hostility toward Israel.” The rabbi of her...
Russia Promises Hamas to ‘Solve Palestinian Problem’

Russia Promises Hamas to ‘Solve Palestinian Problem’

By Nissan Tzur, Israel National News— Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with the head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, in Doha, Qatar on Monday morning. The atmosphere at the meeting was warm and the two leaders embraced each other warmly as soon as they met. Meshaal congratulated Lavrov on his arrival in the capital of Qatar. “I am pleased to welcome you here in Doha,” Meshaal stated. “I hope you feel right at home here,” Lavrov responded. During the meeting, Meshaal told the Russian foreign minister that the Palestinians were forced to abandon their homes over the years following the establishment of Israel, in his words, and claimed they have not been given the option of returning home. Lavrov promised that “Russia will work together with other countries, to ensure that all Palestinians can return home and stay there forever.” He further said to Meshaal that Russia will, together with other countries, “solve the Palestinian problem as soon as possible.” http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/198974#.VcAh2flVikp Share...
Who Is Destroying the Palestinian Dream?

Who Is Destroying the Palestinian Dream?

By Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone— The Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, which Palestinians hope will one day become part of a future Palestinian state, is quickly sliding toward anarchy and chaos. Since its violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, Hamas has maintained a tight grip on the area, home to some 1.7 million Palestinians. But now Hamas’s totalitarian rule over the Gaza Strip seems to be nearing its end, as the Islamist movement faces increased challenges from various militias and groups in the area. Some of Hamas’s rivals belong to more radical terror groups such as the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda-affiliated militias created by salafi-jihadis inside the Gaza Strip. Others belong to the secular Fatah faction, whose members continue to dream of the day when they will be able to topple the Hamas regime and regain control over the Gaza Strip. The radical Islamist terror groups are seeking to overthrow Hamas because they believe that the movement is too “soft” when it comes to implementing sharia laws and fighting against Israel. The goal of these groups is to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Gaza Strip and wipe Israel off the face of the earth. In a recent video posted on the Internet, the Islamic State announced that its men would soon reach the Gaza Strip and remove the Hamas “tyrants” from power. “By Allah’s will, we will uproot the state of the Jews and you [Hamas] and others will vanish as the Gaza Strip will be ruled by sharia whether you like it or not,” warned a masked spokesman for the Islamic State. Palestinian sources...
Vatican signs formal treaty with state of Palestine

Vatican signs formal treaty with state of Palestine

BY International Christian Embassy Jerusalem— The Vatican State signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, saying the pact “deals with essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine.” A statement accompanying the signing demanded “courageous decisions” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution. Israel’s Foreign Ministry reacted by issuing a statement saying the treaty won’t do anything to bring peace closer but rather “moves the Palestinian leadership further away from returning to direct bilateral relations.” Meanwhile, Joint List MK Basel Ghattas was among several dozen anti-Israel activists who boarded small boats in Greece on Friday and set sail with the intention of running the Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. “Hey Gaza, we are on our way,” Ghattas wrote on his Facebook page from the deck of the Swedish ship “Marianne.” He added “We are determined to reach our target despite the high seas and despite Netanyahu’s threats to have us arrested.” Other activists wished to make clear that they would not resist any attempts to stop them but threatened to bring any Israeli soldiers who obey orders to board and stop the vessels to international court for “crimes against humanity” but Israeli legal experts, noting that the UN has explicitely recognized the legality of the Gaza blockade, cast doubt on the efficacy of such threats. In related news, a Hamas drone crashed in Israeli territory Thursday morning. The IDF said the drone crashed before they had a chance to engage it and that they had recovered it and would be examining it. Elsewhere, Hamas launched...
As I see it: Time to call out those aiding the Israel pogrom

As I see it: Time to call out those aiding the Israel pogrom

By MELANIE PHILLIPS, JPOST— The UN Human Rights Council inquiry into last year’s Gaza war followed an all-too predictable course. The report of the two-member probe, headed by former New York Supreme Court judge Mary McGowan Davis, said “substantial information” pointed to “serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by Israel and by Palestinian armed groups which may amount to war crimes.” Hamas greeted this conclusion with delight. As a lawless terrorist group, it doubtless laughed at a report merely pointing to possible war crimes it just might have committed, having fired hundreds of rockets and tunneled into Israel with the express purpose of killing civilians. The prize, which Davis duly delivered as expected, was falsely to smear Hamas’s victim Israel for possible war crimes. The report was, of course, a travesty. With the original inquiry head William Schabas forced to stand down after it was revealed he had previously worked for the terrorist PLO, Davis merely plowed on with the same kangaroo court: verdict first, evidence to follow. That evidence was partial and skewed: at best, inconclusive and at worst, willfully, venomously wrong. For statistics of fatalities during the war, Davis used the “UN protection cluster” numbers drawn from Israeli and Palestinian organizations, including Palestinian armed groups. But drawing on this range of sources, including terrorists and their sympathizers, meant she had no reliable basis on which to draw any conclusions. The only trustworthy figures have come from Israel’s Foreign Ministry. After exhaustively tracking and identifying the dead Palestinians, this confirmed that almost half were armed militants belonging to Hamas or other terrorist groups....
Former Ambassador: UN Report on Gaza ‘Completely Predictable’

Former Ambassador: UN Report on Gaza ‘Completely Predictable’

By Arlene Kushner, ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS— John Bolton, former United States Ambassador to the UN, told Arutz Sheva that the UN report which accused Israel of committing “war crimes” during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza was “completely predictable”. “The UN Human Rights Council is no different from its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission,” he said on the sidelines of an evening in honor of Ateret Cohanim. The Human Rights Council, Bolton pointed out “has spent the overwhelming bulk of its time criticizing Israel, even after the Obama administration had the United States join the Council, it’s had no impact. All of that was predictable as well.” When the UN decides to investigate a conflict in which Israel was involved, “you can write the report in advance,” he said. “This is a circumstance that happens again and again and again, and this is just one more example.” The report ignores all the steps Israel took to target only military objectives and to protect civilian population. “The cause of the damage that did take place was the result of the Hamas strategy to conceal its military activities in civilian locales and using civilians as shields,” Bolton added. “There’s simply no other explanation that this is another example of the pervasive UN bias against Israel.” Asked about President Barack Obama’s stance towards peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), the former ambassador said that Obama feels that it is his responsibility to create a Palestinian state, but said the president “misunderstands history.” “I think his ideology blinds him to the reality. I think it is, in many respects, a European,...
Anti-Israel Activists to Try Divestment Again at Episcopal General Convention

Anti-Israel Activists to Try Divestment Again at Episcopal General Convention

By: JEFFERY WALTON, Juicy Ecumenism— Encouraged by a recent victory in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), anti-Israel activists are seeking to build support for a divestment campaign in the U.S.-based Episcopal Church. Deputies to the 78th Episcopal General Convention meeting June 25-July 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah will consider three separate resolutions on Israel and Palestine calling for the church to divest its financial holdings from companies that do business with the Jewish state. At the last General Convention in 2012, a total of 15 resolutions on Middle East peace were reduced to the final two by the General Convention’s National and International Concerns committee. The convention ultimately adopted language affirming positive investment in the Palestinian Territories rather than divestment from companies doing business with Israel. Activists with the anti-Israel group Friends of Sabeel expressed dissatisfaction with the final resolutions, which were termed “watered down.” In Salt Lake City, deputies will consider C003 “Work for Justice and Peace in Israel-Palestine,” C012 “Divest/boycott products supporting infrastructure of occupation,” and C018 “Pursue Justice, Peace and Security in the Holy Land.” The resolutions were introduced by the dioceses of Hawaii, California and Washington (DC), respectively. The Hawaii resolution begins with boilerplate text that the church “support the right of Israel to exist” and “reaffirms its support of Israel to be able to live in peace, security and harmony with its neighbors” but wastes little time getting to the heart of the matter. The resolution: “…deplores and laments that Israel’s Occupation of 4.4 million Palestinians with its stifling policies of restricted movement, arbitrary arrests and detentions, house demolitions, uprooting of agricultural land, the...
Israel warns Hamas of ‘heavy price’ for rocket fire

Israel warns Hamas of ‘heavy price’ for rocket fire

BY: TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF, Times of Israel— Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon delivered a stern warning to Hamas on Wednesday morning following a rocket attack on the south the night before. Hamas, he said, must rein in any attempts by factions in Gaza to attack Israel, or “pay a heavy price.” Earlier, Israeli Air Force jets bombed four targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the rocket, which hit near near the town of Gan Yavne, outside Ashdod, causing neither casualties nor damage. The army alleged that it was fired by Islamic Jihad activists due to an internal dispute in the organization. “Israel has no intention of ignoring attacks on its citizens like the one carried out last night by Islamic Jihad forces,” Ya’alon said in a statement. “We will not abide any threat on the residents of the south. If it isn’t quiet in Israel, the Gaza Strip will pay a heavy price.” “I would not advise anyone to test us,” he cautioned, directly threatening the Hamas government of Gaza. “We see Hamas as responsible for what happens in the Gaza Strip. It would be better for Hamas to rein in all attempts to fire at Israel and provocations. Otherwise we will have no choice but to respond with even greater force.” There were no immediate reports of casualties from the Israeli bombardments across the Palestinian coastal enclave. The IDF said in a statement that it targeted four “terror infrastructure” sites in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire at southern Israel on Tuesday evening. The military said it confirmed direct hits. Escalating rocket...