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PA Official: Jerusalem Talks Taking Place Openly And Secretly

Posted by Atilla89 on February 13, 2008

Before I write anything about this, if it is true and I am still not sure yet, could someone please, please, tell Shas about this? I mean, Shas, now is your time to do something useful and quite the coalition! Ok, down to the issue at hand, according to Hatem Abdel Qader, the Jerusalem affairs adviser to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad, there’s been some talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators about Jerusalem.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Abdel Qader said Jerusalem “is not only on the table, it’s also under the table.”Asked to explain the second part of his remark, he said: “This means that the negotiations with the Israelis are taking place both openly and secretly.” The Palestinians made it clear during the negotiations they were insisting on a full Israeli withdrawal from the eastern part of Jerusalem that was captured by Israel in 1967.

Yeah, like that is going to happen…only a small matter of the Western Wall…

“Jerusalem is one of the main core issues,” Abdel Qader, who is also a top Fatah leader, told the Post. “Although we haven’t reached the stage of a breakthrough in the negotiations on Jerusalem, we can say that the talks are continuing. The Israeli government knows that there will be no solution without solving the problem of Jerusalem.”

Shas! Go for it already!

Abdel Qader dismissed the idea that Israel would retain control of some parts of east Jerusalem. “Our position is, ‘Take it all or leave it,'” he said. “We have also made it clear to the Israelis that we won’t accept any partial solutions for Jerusalem. As far as we are concerned, Jerusalem must be one geographic, political and religious unit.”

How about this, can you promise you will not harm our holy sites? No you can’t and we only have to look at recent history to figure out why (desecration of Joseph’s Tomb in 2000 for those in the dark).

He said the parties were still trying to reach an agreement over which Jerusalem they were talking about – the city that’s mentioned in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 in 1947, the one that was occupied in 1967 or the one that was expanded by Israel afterward. “On this issue, there hasn’t been any progress yet,” he said.

Don’t hold your breath.

Abdel Qader said the negotiations were not only focusing on the Arab part of Jerusalem, but on its west as well. “There are Jews who say they have rights and property in the eastern part of Jerusalem, and that’s fine with us,” he said. “At the same time, there are Arabs who have a lot of property in the western section of Jerusalem. So the talks are not only over the eastern part.”

So why is there no negotiation over the eastern part? Why is the position of the PA so one sided? That was a rhetorical question.

As for Shas’s threat to quit the coalition over the negotiations on Jerusalem, the PA official said he could not understand why the haredi party was upset. “Shas is not new to Israeli politics,” he said. “I can’t understand why they’re so upset. What did they think, that peace could be achieved without [dividing] Jerusalem? Have they forgotten that [then-prime minister] Ehud Barak already offered us large parts of Jerusalem at the Camp David summit [in 2000]?”

Abdel Qader complained that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were paying the price for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s coalition problems. “Olmert’s position is very weak and we have sensed this in the current negotiations,” he said. “He’s like a woman who is dying to get married, but is afraid of becoming pregnant.”

Regardless of whether I agree with what Qader is saying, he definitely has the quote of the day.

An Israeli official on Tuesday denied that the question of Jerusalem is being discussed at this juncture in the talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The official told The Jerusalem Post that Jerusalem is one of the most contentious and sensitive issues and will therefore be raised only towards the end of the negotiations.

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Pioneers of Tomorrow: Rabbit Wants To Eat Jews

Posted by Atilla89 on February 12, 2008

New stuff from Palestinian Media Watch. This time its a rabbit with an appetite for Jews! I mean, I never really knew I tasted THAT good. Plus, aren’t rabbits meant to be herbivores…? There previous character, the bee called Nahoul was killed because the evil Israelis stopped him from getting medical treatment. Anyway if you want to take a look at this degenerate trash its right here. Once again, I have to ask, does anyone think these people deserve a state? Hat tip to LGF.

 

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Building The Fence and The PA’s Media Reaction To Dimona

Posted by Atilla89 on February 7, 2008

There are two issues/points that I would like to get across with this post. The first is that Israel has finally decided, as a results of the bombing in Dimona, that they are going to build a war on the Israeli-Egyptian border. More from the Jerusalem Post.

Israel will soon begin construction of a security fence along certain parts of the Israeli-Egyptian border, it was decided Wednesday in a meeting between the prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and security officials.The fence will be built in northern Nitzana and southern Eilat, regions considered to be particularly vulnerable to infiltration. Monitoring of other areas will be reinforced by additional ground forces and aerial observation measures.

I was recently in that part near southern Eilat, the views into Jordan from the mountain tops are stunning. However if you want to see what a section of the border looks like, then look below.

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The fence is the border and that is an Egyptian border outpost (note the flag) in the background

The need for a fence along the open border with Egypt was highlighted recently by the breaching of the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, which allowed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to move freely between the two territories, as well as – Israel believes – enabling many terrorists to sneak into Sinai.

The government was also looking into the option of allowing Egypt to deploy additional troops along the Gaza-Egypt border, beyond the 750 troops already there. While the Foreign Ministry was generally in favor of such a move – on certain conditions – the Defense Ministry opposed it. No decision has yet been made on the issue.

On Tuesday, government officials told the Jerusalem Post that Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, the powerful head of the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau, believed the Egyptians currently had enough troops deployed along the border and that what was needed were not additional troops, but an increase in motivation.

On that point, I really do believe that having more Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai is really not going to do much. This is because I think the majority of them would be very easy to bribe. The photo below shows Egyptian soldiers patrolling the other side of the border.

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Egyptian soldiers patrolling the border

As you can see from the two pictures above, the border isn’t exactly that secure, it would be easy for a terrorist in the dead of night to get through it. The border is long and the IDF don’t have such a big presence on it. A secure border would help do the job quite well. Now the second issue that I wanted to talk about is the PA and Dimona. Their reaction to the attack itself was disgusting, and they’re meant to be the one’s that Israel is supposed to be talking to about peace! Read the whole thing from the Jerusalem post here.

The terrorists who perpetrated Monday’s suicide bombing in Dimona were glorified in three newspapers controlled by the Palestinian Authority, including the official Al-Hayat al-Jadida which is controlled by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Media Watch reported Wednesday.“The perpetrators of the operation died as shahids … an Israeli was killed and eleven were wounded in the Dimona operation,” Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on February 5.

The Palestinian dailies Al-Iyam and Al-Quds also defined the bombers as glorious martyrs, or shahids.

The Palestinian media’s description of the terrorists as shahids, granting them Islam’s highest honor, clearly contradicts Abbas’s condemnation of the terror attack.

As I was saying before, we are meant to be working with these people for peace…

According to Islam, a shahid is a person who dies a “holy death” for allah and is conceived as a hero and role model in Palestinian society, specifically for Palestinian youths.

Also described as shahids in the Palestinian media were two Palestinians who attempted to murder Israelis in Kfar Etzyon’s Makor Haim High School several weeks ago.

Although terrorists have always been defined as shahids in Palestinian society, the latest report is particularly disturbing since it demonstrates that while Israel and the PA are attempting to renew peace negotiations, the PA is continuing to honor terrorists

Should I even say it?

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A Look At Two Sides: The Issue Of The Concept ‘Blood On Their Hands’

Posted by Atilla89 on February 7, 2008

While I was waiting for my flight back to Australia at the Ben Gurion airport when I was in Israel last month; I walked into a store and bought the Jerusalem Report, a political magazine printed in English about Israeli politics. I was looking through the magazine and found a section called ‘Viewpoint’. You can find an extract of the article called ‘Blood on Their Hands 2’ found within ‘Viewpoint’ here; I can not find an extract of the other one. The quotes are from the Jerusalem Report: February 4, 2008, page 46-47. The section basically consists of two opinions from, usually from different sides of the political spectrum; two different people about one issue. The topic of this issue was the negotiation of captured Israeli soldiers and what price Israel was prepared to pay for them. The first viewpoint was Avshalom Vilan, a Knesset member of the Meretz party.

Portrait of Avshalom Vilan

Avshalom Vilan

He believed that the first goal of the Israeli government should be to get these soldiers back, naturally I agree. However it was his methods that troubled me. It is true that he believes the first way to do that should be through “…high grade intelligence and/or military operations…” However he also said that if those were unsuccessful then “…we should conduct negotiations [with those that have our soldiers]…” Furthermore, Vilan argues that:

I have no doubt that a day will come when Israel will free Marwan Barghouti, who was sentenced to five life terms for ordering the killing of Israelis, but who might one day lead the Palestinians to a compromise agreement with Israel.”

I personally think that is a disgusting thing to say. Israel would never let someone like Barghouti free, a person, as it says above, who killed that many people. If Israel where to ever do that, I would have lost faith in the justice system of Israel. Vilan continues his argument by stating that:

“…Israeli leaders should be conducting intensive negotiations for the release and return home of our prisoners. Even if the price is as high this time as on previous occasions when prisoners with blood on their hands were released…”

I am sure you can see after reading this why Vilan is part of the Meretz Party and a founding member of the Peace Now movement. What he is saying, if it were to be put in practice in the present situation is that terrorism works and yes we will give in to your demands.

Portrait of Effie Eitam

Effie Eitam

Now in contrast to this, on the other side of the political spectrum, you have Effie Eitam who is a Knesset member of the National Union party. He starts off his response by posing a question to the reader:

“As negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by Hamas since June 2006, progress, two questions arise: Should Israel free terrorists with blood on their hands? Should it ease the definition of blood on the hands to close a deal?”

His answer to this, and also incidentally mine is as well, is a no. Eitam explains this by stating that:

“The aim of terror is not only to kill people, but ultimately to destroy the machinery of statehood. And when, through extortion, terrorists succeed in freeing hundreds of people convicted of murder, they render the state’s judicial system meaningless. If Israel were to free someone like Marwan Barghouti, the Fatah leader sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment, the message would be that there is no longer a system of justice in the country.”

This ties in directly with what I was trying to say earlier. Give in to terror and you should only expect more terror. As well as this, freeing criminals like Barghouti starts to change the definition of the word murderer. If Barghouti can walk free because of a deal, why shouldn’t criminals with ‘less’ or even ‘more’ blood on their hands not walk free as well? Eitam also addresses this important point.

“Worse: If the government were to change the “blood on the hands” definition, in other words give formal imprimatur to the assertion that murder is not murder but something else, it would eat away not only at the system of justice, but at the country’s moral core. We would not only be freeing murderers, which is bad enough, but the murderers would no longer be murderers. And that kind of ethical haziness constitutes an even higher degree of moral corruption.

No state should sacrifice its morals on the basis of freeing three of their own soldiers, which as I have repeatedly said before only encourages more kidnappings as a tactic. For me, when countries start to engage in negotiations like that, especially with prisoners with blood on their hands, I start to lose all respect for their sense of justice and responsibility. However, there is an even bigger problem that revolves around Israel’s security, besides the obvious of setting terrorists free, Eitam explains:

“If this is indeed what happens, there could be immediate consequences in the field. Many of the soldiers sent to capture terrorist killers won’t be prepared to take the risks involved. They will say to themselves, “If those murderers are going to be freed anyway, why should we endanger our lives to capture them?” The result will be a significant erosion of morale.”

Imagine that, Israeli soldiers refusing to carry out operations because of a lack of faith of the government. How would Israeli society react to something like that? Worse still, a situation like that can quickly get out of control. The IDF is already suffering from a 25% draft-dodging rate, how could its own morale survive if IDF soldiers are refusing to carry out their missions? As Eitam correctly points out, cold-blooded though it may sound:

“We have great respect for Gilad Shalit and his life. But in a very profound way, the moral issues involved are more important.”

He continues by saying that:

That does not mean that we abandon soldiers in the field. On the contrary. But instead of negotiating with the other side and bowing to its dictates, we should be doing all we can to pressure Hamas to release our soldier. For example, we should warn Hamas that unless they release Shalit, we will kill Ismail Haniyeh and the rest of the Hamas leadership and turn off the supply of water and electricity to Gaza, not for eight hours, but for good. Then perhaps they would come to their senses and free Shalit.

That is the sort of rhetoric that needs to be applied against Hamas and organisations like Hezbollah. Anything less is meaningless for these people. All they seem to understand is violence. Personally if violence is what they want, then violence is what they will get. Hamas can end the situation they are in very easily, release the Shalit, stop launching rockets into Israel. Just by fulfilling those two wishes they would be able to start the first step in the peace process with Israel. I don’t know why there is talk about hostage negotiation in the first place with Hamas, especially after seeing what they are capable of. Eitam continues with his point:

“So far we have done nothing to make them think that holding Shalit is too costly, and it would be better to let him go…Even assuming we were to take out the Hamas leadership and in revenge they killed Shalit, the end result would by this: They would abandon the practice of abducting soldiers because it would be so clearly not worth their while. They would know that holding an Israeli soldier exacts an intolerable price, and brings no reward.”

And this is where the hammer falls. The last nail into Vilan’s argument has banged in. By refusing to give into demands and by destroying the Hamas leadership, Hamas would have no benefit in this tactic of kidnapping Israeli soldiers. Terrorist organisations go by the philosophy of sticking with whatever works to get their demands and as Eitam has said, so far they have no reason to not keep kidnapping Israeli soldiers and lobbing rockets at Israeli civilians.

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Israeli Hero: “I acted according to what I learned”

Posted by Atilla89 on February 5, 2008

By now many people know about the terrorist attack that took place in Dimona (for those that don’t know Dimona is near the site of the Israeli nuclear reactor) in which one woman was killed. However, this attack could have been a lot more worse. Originally what had happened was that 2 attackers had tried to blow themselves up, the first one was successful, however the second one failed. The story twists when the second terrorist was thought to be one of the victims of the first explosion. More from the Jerusalem Report (don’t worry I am going to do a political angle in the next post).

A doctor and nurse initially mistook a second, would-be bomber for a wounded victim at the site of Monday’s terrorist attack in Dimona. The two were dutifully treating him for his injuries and were about to insert an IV into the man’s arm when they noticed he was wearing an explosive belt. They shouted out that there was a second terrorist and raced for cover, dragging a wounded woman with them. As the bomber reached for the detonator he was shot dead by Ch.-Supt. Kobi Mor. In extraordinary footage filmed by television cameras and broadcast on Monday night, Mor fired first from a few meters away, and then, as the man again moved his arm, fired several more shots from two or so meters away to ensure the second explosive belt was not detonated.

Superintendent Kobi Mor, who shot and killed the second suicide bomber before he could detonate his bomb.
Photo: Channel 2

These actions prevented a considerably larger tragedy from occurring at Dimona’s commercial center, which had been rocked by the first terrorist’s bomb, at 10:30 a.m., that killed one woman and wounded 40. The nurse, Odeya Cohen, 34, was at work at the Maccabi Health Care Center at the other end of the Negev town’s commercial center when she heard the blast; at first she thought it was a stun grenade. “I didn’t even consider the idea that it was a terrorist attack,” she later recalled. But seconds later, Dr. Baruch Mendelzweig hurried to the nurses station and said there had been an explosion. Grabbing a first-aid kit, Mendelzweig, Cohen and another nurse, Olga Lieberman, ran to the site. “I saw a lot of people running away from the direction that we were running toward,” Cohen told The Jerusalem Post. “As we entered the passageway through the heart of the commercial center, we began to see body parts scattered around us,” she said.Lieberman stopped to care for a wounded woman, while Cohen and Mendelzweig ran deeper into the chaos, to the area of the blast. They saw one dead woman and the scattered parts of the terrorist who had detonated himself just outside a store selling fashion accessories, gloves and socks. The two began to treat a young man lying nearby, inserting a breathing tube and preparing to insert an IV line. “Like any good nurse, I began to open his shirt to check for further injury,” Cohen recalled later. “And then I saw that he was wearing a bomb belt that hadn’t detonated.” As she and Mendelzweig ran backwards, Cohen yelled to others nearby that there was a terrorist still alive, and that he was wearing a bomb. The place cleared out quickly; Lieberman and Cohen dragged a wounded woman to safety.Mor, who was appointed commander of the police’s new, elite Magen unit less than a month ago, was just outside Dimona on an anti-drug operation when he received an initial report of the terrorist attack. He quickly redirected the officers under his command, including veteran detectives and former combat soldiers, to the scene. Mor arrived just after Cohen sounded the alarm that a second bomber was still alive and dangerous. “When I drove into the town, everything seemed normal,” Mor said. “It was only when I got to the area of the commercial center that people started pointing me to the scene of the attack.” A civilian approached him and told him that one of the terrorists was still alive. “I cocked my gun and ran toward the scene. I took cover, and observed that the terrorist was still moving, and that his hand was reaching toward the bomb belt,” Mor said.

Policeman Kobi Mor moments before shooting the second suicide bomber on Monday.
Photo: Channel 2, courtesy of Ronen Peretz/Elul Productions
“I shot him, once, and a bomb squad officer also shot at him. I saw his hand quiver and I thought that we had killed him.” But Mor kept his eye on the would-be bomber, and “after about two minutes” was surprised to see the man’s hand once again reaching toward the detonator. Mor dropped to one knee and opened fire again, this time killing the terrorist. “I acted according to what I learned,” Mor said. “I didn’t feel anything at the time.” Israel Police chief Insp.-Gen. David Cohen said that Mor did “exactly what he had to do,” and immediately promoted Mor from superintendent to chief-superintendent.Cohen added that Mor, a former company commander in the Paratrooper’s Brigade, would also be awarded a citation for bravery.
Does anyone think that Kobi Mor reminds them of John Smeaton? I do. Kol HaKavod!

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Analysis Of The Gaza/Egypt/Israel Situation

Posted by Atilla89 on February 1, 2008

I found an interesting article in the Australian Jewish News today. The article (‘Coming to terms with the new Gaza conundrum’) is not available on the AJN website at the moment however if it does become available I will link it from this entry. The basis of what it was trying to say is that Israel should use the opportunity of Egypt becoming involved to put the problem onto them. Israel would be basically saying to Egypt, here, they broke out into your country, therefore it is now your responsibility. Israel has been trying to do this for a while. For example, after the 6-day war, Israel attempted to open up negotiations with Egypt, Syria and Jordan in order to exchange land for peace; however they were answered with the famous ‘3 noes’. However there are others who believe that a handover of responsibility “…would expose Israel to worse terrorism than ever and that Israel instead should clamp down on all crossing points: between Israel and Gaza, Gaza and Egypt and Israel and Egypt.”

To be honest, I think a combination of those ideas would be best. Israel, most certainly, should clamp down even more tightly between Gaza and Israel. Israel should continue some sort of embargo against Gaza, including food electricity and so on, even if it is not nearly as effective as it was before. As well as this, Israel should put more troops and patrols on the Israeli-Egyptian border because now as IDF Major-General Yom Tov Samya, who is responsible for Gaza and the Egyptian front argues that “…Israel must act quickly to reinforce its control along the border with Egypt from the Mediterranean to Eilat. This means increasing patrols along the entire Israeli-Egyptian border. If those steps are not taken, Samya says, terrorists will be able to move out of Gaza into the Sinai and threaten Israeli civilian populations.” (emphasis added).

Another important point that the article mentions is the fact of the open border that now exists between Gaza and Egypt. It is also important to remember that Egypt can only put a certain amount of troops in the Sinai desert because of agreements with Israel. When considering these factors, it only makes sense that a large number of weapons are headed to the Gaza Strip to be used against Israel. Former Israeli national security adviser Giora Eiland believes that “…to cement the break [between Gaza and Israel], Gaza should be detached from the customs union with Israel and the West Bank and force it to turn to Egypt for sustenance and trade.” Eiland acknowledges that “…an open border with Egypt will accelerate the flow of heavy weaponry into Gaza, but says Israel should deal with that be defining Gaza as an ‘enemy entity’ and establishing a deterrent balance with it, – the way it does with enemy states like Syria.”

This goes back to my original point of Israel clamping down on military activities that are negative to Israel. I also want to point out that by clamping down, it can go as far as the IDF going back into the Gaza Strip to restore order and protect Israeli citizens in towns such as Sderot. By doing so they would smash Hamas; however I do think that it would be unlikely to happen during this year (I can not make any predictions beyond then).

Egyptian forces use barbed wire to breach the gap in the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza (31/01/2008)
Egypt wants to restore shared control of the border with Gaza ( Image and description taken from the BBC website)

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The Good And The Bad Of That Breach In Gaza

Posted by Atilla89 on January 26, 2008

Simply put there are both positives and negatives that have occurred from this breach. To be honest, I think the positives far out way the negatives in turns of a strategic advantage to Israel. The negatives: As should be obvious to anyone, Hamas is now going to be rearming and will no be able to fire more rockets, not that they haven’t been managing to get shipments of arms through the Sinai, but I will come to that later. Of course, the positive thing about this breach, for the Palestinians that is, is that 350,000 people have been able to cart away whatever they want from Egyptian markets, take that as you will. Another negative is the fact that;

‘Israeli security officials said Hamas and other militant groups had already exploited the breach in the border wall to send “numerous” armed men into Sinai with the aim of infiltrating into Israel along the long, largely undefended, border between Sinai and Israel. The Israeli road running the length of the border was yesterday shut to civilian traffic and the army deployed reinforcements in the area.’ (link below)

I will get to the positives later because of an interesting point here. In this article (The Australian),

‘Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilna’i said yesterday the breakout into Egypt was an opportunity for Israel to rid itself of its responsibility to supply Gaza with electricity and water and to serve as a channel for Gaza’s imports and exports.’

The pressure of Gaza has exploded and instead of shooting straight at Israel, its gone in the completely opposite direction and hit at Egypt. Now this is a significant event because, it was almost entirely of the Egyptians own making, it was them who allowed the shipments of weapons across the Sinai and it was them who looked on as Hamas systematically destroyed the barrier which allowed them to go into Egypt. Another artical by Noah Pollack written in Commentary Magazine says that:

‘When Israel asked Egypt to do a better job of policing the Sinai to prevent weapons smuggling, the Egyptians replied that they would like to do more, but cannot because the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt limits the number of soldiers that Egypt can station in the Sinai. In other words, Egypt simultaneously said to Israel: not only will we not help you suppress Hamas, but if you want us to even consider doing so, the price will be a renegotiation of our 30-year-old peace treaty to allow us a greater military presence on your border.’

Now the Egyptian argument to my mind is crap and it is a cop out, there are a number of solutions that they could have embraced, one such would have been working with Israel. This is also begs the questions, how come Egypt was so adept at nabbing Sudanese refugees running from genocide and yet can not stop these shipments?

Another point that I would like to raise is a comment made by a Hamas official (in the Australian article linked above):

A Hamas official warned yesterday that the next breakout from the Gaza Strip could be into Israel, with 500,000 Palestinians attempting to march towards the towns and villages from which they or their parents fled or were expelled 60 years ago.

“This is not an imaginary scenario and many Palestinians would be prepared to sacrifice their lives,” said Ahmed Youssef, political adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.

Now just stop and let that sink in for a minute. What Hamas is in essence declaring is war. Stop for a moment and forget about that the hundreds of rockets that have fallen in Israel, and just concentrate on this. Hamas, in its own words wants to send (by that I mean essentially kill) 500,000 of its own kind by marching on to the whole of Israel. If Israel doesn’t treat that as an act of war, well then, I would be very, very confused. As I see it, if Hamas even dares this, all Israel has to do is push these people back and just ruthlessly crush Hamas in the Gaza Strip, whatever the cost.

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The Breach In The Blockade: Gaza Strip

Posted by Atilla89 on January 25, 2008

As most of you know, there was a breach in the blockade around the Gaza Strip (The Australian) that occurred yesterday (24/1/08) around in the Gaza-Egyptian border. The Hamas government is quite clearly behind it, no doubt about that. Even eyewitnesses such as Palestinian guard, Abu Usama said that “I’ve seen this happening over the last few months. It happened in the daytime but was covered up so that nobody would see.” Furthermore, he said that “It was the Government that was doing this.” Only a government would have the technological no-how and organisation to pull something like this off.

A Hamas border guard told The Times [that] Hamas had been involved for months in slicing through the metal wall using oxy-acetylene cutting torches.

When the explosive charges were set off in 17 different locations after midnight the night before last, the 12m-high wall came tumbling down, leaving it lying down the middle of no-man’s land as an estimated 350,000 Gazans flooded into Egypt.

The motive for this is clear, the Gaza Strip under Hamas is running out of supplies, the Israel blockade is working in that sense, however, instead of trying to make peace with Israel, Hamas is just doing what it does best, pillaging and stealing from their neighbours.

Almost a quarter of the entire population of Gaza have entered Egypt in the past two days to stock up on goods made scarce by the blockade Israel imposed on the Gaza Strip following last week’s rocket bombardment of the Israeli border town of Sderot.

Thousands of people herded back cows, sheep and even camels from Egypt into the strip while Egyptian security forces looked on. Others brought back motorbikes and fuel. Many women lugged back cans of olive oil.

I really feel sorry for the Egyptians right about now… Now it should be quite clear why Hamas did this; they need to rearm now.

Israeli officials voiced fears that Egypt’s decision to allow Gazans to cross the border unhindered would allow militants to rearm.

“We are worried, as these breaches not only permit Palestinians to leave the Gaza Strip, but also permit Hamas to easily infiltrate arms and terrorists from Egypt,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said.

You think…?

Incredibly, Hamas denies that their men did this and at the same time both Fatah and Hamas blame Israel! I’m sorry did I miss something here?

 Fatah and Hamas blamed Israel for the breakout. “Israel is responsible for what has happened — this is the consequence of the blockade imposed on Gaza,” a Fatah spokesman said.

You’re right this is the consequence of the blockade, but guess what the blockade is a consequence of, terror. If you support terror and actively wage it, don’t be angry when Israel comes knocking at your door.

Oh, and the UN said something to, but whatever…

The UN Security Council was to meet overnight to finalise a statement calling for “an immediate end to all acts of violence” in the region.

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Annapolis Conference: A Complete Failure From The Start

Posted by Atilla89 on November 28, 2007

You know, I hate to say this, but sometimes Olmert has his good points. Yes, you read that correctly, now let me explain. Ehud (“Peace is achieved through concessions”) Olmert, has decided to get some backbone. At the start of the Annapolis conference he demanded that the Palestinians recognise Israel first and foremost as a Jewish State, something which the Palestinians, and indeed most of the Arab world have refused to do.

Breaking with his predecessors, Olmert has boldly demanded that his Palestinian bargaining partners accept Israel’s permanent existence as a Jewish state, thereby evoking a revealing response.

Unless the Palestinians recognize Israel as “a Jewish state,” Olmert announced on November 11, the Annapolis-related talks would not proceed. “I do not intend to compromise in any way over the issue of the Jewish state. This will be a condition for our recognition of a Palestinian state.”

He confirmed these points a day later, describing the “recognition of Israel as a state for the Jewish people” as the “launching point for all negotiations. We won’t have an argument with anyone in the world over the fact that Israel is a state of the Jewish people.” The Palestinian leadership, he noted, must “want to make peace with Israel as a Jewish state.”

Ok, now it shouldn’t be so hard to predict what the Arab response will be. This the reason why I believe any ‘peace agreement’ with the Arabs will NEVER work unless they modernise and reform.The Palestinian leadership responded quickly and unequivocally to Olmert’s demand:

* The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee in Nazareth unanimously called on the Palestinian Authority not to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
* Salam Fayad, Palestinian Authority “prime minister”: “Israel can define itself as it likes, but the Palestinians will not recognize it as a Jewish state.”
* Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee: “This issue is not on the table; it is raised for internal [Israeli] consumption.”
* Ahmad Qurei, chief Palestinian negotiator: “This [demand] is absolutely refused.”
* Saeb Erekat, head of the PLO Negotiations Department: “The Palestinians will never acknowledge Israel’s Jewish identity. … There is no country in the world where religious and national identities are intertwined.”

Hey presto, no more conference. FrontPage goes on to show just how stupid Saeb Erekat’s statement is.

Saeb Erekat (left), head of the PLO Negotiations Department, with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Erekat’s generalization is both curious and revealing. Not only do 56 states and the PLO belong to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, but most of them, including the PLO, make the Shari‘a (Islamic law) their main or only source of legislation. Saudi Arabia even requires that every subject be a Muslim.

Further, the religious-national nexus extends well beyond Muslim countries. Argentinean law, Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe points out, “mandates government support for the Roman Catholic faith. Queen Elizabeth II is the supreme governor of the Church of England. In the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the constitution proclaims Buddhism the nation’s ‘spiritual heritage.’ … ‘The prevailing religion in Greece,’ declares Section II of the Greek Constitution, ‘is that of the Eastern Orthodox Church of Christ’.”

FrontPage then concludes this little article very nicely with a statement that I wholeheartedly agree with.

Arab recognition of Israel’s Jewish nature must have top diplomatic priority. Until the Palestinians formally accept Zionism, then follow up by ceasing all their various strategies to eliminate Israel, negotiations should be halted and not restarted. Until then, there is nothing to talk about.

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The Struggle For Control In Nablus

Posted by Atilla89 on November 26, 2007

From LGF, Kasper has posted another video clip from British television, on the struggle for control in the West Bank city of Nablus, a major hub of Palestinian terrorist activity.

I know, lets give them a state!

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