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...
Islamic State threatens to ‘uproot’ Israel, topple Hamas

Islamic State threatens to ‘uproot’ Israel, topple Hamas

By Times of Israel— The Islamic State terror group has threatened to “uproot the state of the Jews” and pursue “Hamas dictators” in Gaza. In a video published Tuesday, IS accused the Islamist Hamas of being soft in enforcing religious law in the Palestinian enclave it controls. “We will uproot the state of the Jews [Israel] and you [Hamas] and Fatah [in the West Bank], and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be overrun by our creeping multitudes,” a masked Islamic State member said in the recorded message addressed to the “tyrants of Hamas.” The rule of Sharia [Islamic law] will be implemented in Gaza, in spite of you. We swear that what is happening in the Levant today, and in particular the Yarmouk camp [in Syria], will happen in Gaza,” he said, in reference to the besieged Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus. Hamas has been battling Gaza-based Salafist groups identified with the Islamic State. Some groups has claimed recent rocket fire on Israel, in defiance of Hamas rule. Israeli Intelligence minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) told a security conference Tuesday that despite the tensions between the two, Hamas and IS were cooperating in the Sinai Peninsula, which has seen an uptick in violence since the overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. “There is cooperation between them in the realm of weapons smuggling and terrorist attacks. The Egyptians know this, and the Saudis,” Katz said. “At the same time, within Gaza, ISIS (Islamic State) has been flouting Hamas. But they have common cause against the Jews, in Israel or abroad,’ he was quoted by Reuters...
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...
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...
Top Khamenei Advisor: We Have Divine Permission to Destroy Israel

Top Khamenei Advisor: We Have Divine Permission to Destroy Israel

By: DAVID DAOUD, The Algemeiner— An official close to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei asserted that his government has a godly ordained right to annihilate Israel, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday. The “government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has divine permission to destroy Israel,” said Mojtaba Zolnour, a Khamenei representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards. According to semi-official state news agency Fars, Zolnour said that, “the Noble Koran permits the Islamic Republic of Iran to destroy Israel.” He added that, “Even if Iran gives up its nuclear program, it will not weaken this country’s determination to destroy Israel.” This is by no means the first time that Iranian political or military officials have threatened Israel with destruction. Iran has raised the specter of “wiping Israel out of existence,” since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in the country in 1979. Khomeini’s animosity towards Israel was based on an ideological and religious opposition to Zionism, amplified by the challenge Israel’s military and economic strength posed to Iranian regional expansionism. Perhaps most famously, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” in a 2005 speech that he gave. More recently, in late March 2015, General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran’s Basij militia – a volunteer paramilitary organization under the command of the IRGC – said that, “wiping Israel off the map is not up for negotiation.” Iran also actively finances and militarily backs proxy terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah that are ideologically opposed to Israel’s existence. Share...
Into the fray: The immorality of the two-state principle

Into the fray: The immorality of the two-state principle

By: MARTIN SHERMAN, JPOST— The United States remains committed to a two-state solution… that can bring lasting peace and stability to both peoples. A two-state solution is the only way for Israel to ensure its future as a Jewish and democratic state. And it is the best path forward for Israel’s security, for Palestinian aspirations, and for regional stability. – Samantha Powers, US ambassador to the UN, April 21 If the new Israeli government is seen as stepping back from its commitment to a two-state solution – that makes our jobs in the international arena a lot tougher because our ability to push back on efforts to internationalize the conflict… has depended on our insistence that the best course is in achieving a two-state solution. – Wendy Sherman, US under-secretary of state, April 27 President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the conflict. We look to the next Israeli government… to demonstrate – through policies and actions – a genuine commitment to a two-state solution. – Susan Rice, US national security adviser, April 29 These excerpts reflect a series of warnings by Washington in the wake of the Israeli election. Officials from both the White House and State Department have cautioned that any perceived backtracking from Israel’s commitment to the two-state solution could mean the US will not veto future UN resolutions endorsing unilateral Palestinian initiatives for statehood. In large measure, they convey the despondency, if not desperation, born of the futility of almost obsessive pursuit of a failed dogma, to which the personal prestige and professional standing of...
Carter says Hamas leader committed to peace, Netanyahu not

Carter says Hamas leader committed to peace, Netanyahu not

By: TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND AFP, Times of Israel— Former US president Jimmy Carter called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal a strong proponent of the peace process Saturday, and said he wasn’t meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it would be “a waste of time.” The president, who has been visiting Israel and the West Bank, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday but didn’t meet with Netanyahu or President Reuven Rivlin. He told reporters that he didn’t ask to meet with Netanyahu or his government, and never has, because it would be a “waste of time.” He told Channel 2 in an interview broadcast Saturday that he requested to meet Rivlin, but the president’s office declined. Israel officials said last week that Netanyahu and Rivlin had refused invitations to meet with Carter, who was described by an Israeli diplomatic source as “a disaster for Israel,” who holds “anti-Israel positions.” Carter, who cancelled a planned visit to Gaza on this trip, said Saturday he “deplored” criminal acts by members of Hamas, but said he was looking to support moderate members of the group, which he said wasn’t a terrorist organization. “I don’t believe that he’s a terrorist. He’s strongly in favor of the peace process,” Carter said of Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal. He said Mashaal expressed interest in the Saudis hosting a “peace meeting” and that the Doha-based Hamas leader would recognize Israel’s right to exist based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. Netanyahu, on the other hand, wasn’t “in favor of a two-state solution,” said the former president, who orchestrated the peace accords between Israel and...
The Palestinians No One Talks About

The Palestinians No One Talks About

By: KHALED ABU TOAMEH, Gatestone Institute— The international community seems to have forgotten that Palestinians live not only in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but also in a number of Arab countries, especially Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Western journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict regularly focus on the “plight” of Palestinians who are affected by Israeli security policies, while ignoring what is happening to Palestinians in neighboring Arab countries. These journalists, for example, often turn a blind eye to the daily killings of Palestinians in Syria and the fact that Palestinians living in Lebanon and other Arab countries are subjected to Apartheid and discriminatory laws. A Palestinian who is shot dead after stabbing an Israeli soldier in Hebron receives more coverage in the international media than a Palestinian woman who dies of starvation in Syria. The story and photos of Mahmoud Abu Jheisha, who was fatally shot after stabbing a soldier in Hebron, attracted the attention of many Western media outlets, whose journalists and photographers arrived in the city to cover the story. But on the same day that Abu Jheisha was brought to burial, a Palestinian woman living in Syria died due to lack of food and medicine. The woman was identified as Amneh Hussein Omari of the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, which has been under siege by the Syrian army for the past 670 days. Her death raises the number of Palestinian refugees who have died as a result of lack of medicine and food in the camp to 176. The case of Omari was not covered by any of the Western journalists who are based...