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Hamas's "Victory"

By Bassam Tawil
Gatestone Institute
August 27, 2014

What is sad is that the Gazans have not yet been able to free themselves from the yoke of Hamas.

The world seems not to understand that Hamas, like ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, does not exist in a vacuum. It is one cog in the radical Islamist wheel that threatens the Arab and Muslim world and the major cities of Europe.

The Western world also seems not to understand that it has to incapacitate or totally neutralize the countries funding terrorism, such as Iran, Qatar and Turkey, for whom the Palestinian problem is only a pretext on the way to destroying the Western world as we know it and replacing it with only Islam.

An Arab proverb says, "First he hit me, then, before I could accuse him, he complained" -- meaning, "It all started when he hit me back."

Embracing the obvious truth

By Caroline Glick
August 27, 2014

It isn’t hard to understand the truth about Israel and Hamas.

ImageFour-year-old Daniel Tragerman was murdered on Friday afternoon in his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists.

They shot him with a mortar launched from a school in Gaza’s Zeitoun neighborhood. At the time of the launch, the school was filled with civilians who had fled to the school for shelter.
They fled to the school for shelter because they were forced to vacate their homes.

They were forced to vacate their homes because Hamas terrorists were launching mortars and rockets at Israeli civilian sites, like Daniel Tragerman’s home, from their apartment buildings.

'Revenge, Revenge, Revenge!'

Thousands of furious Palestinians turn out for funeral of Hamas leader's baby son and wife who were killed in Israeli airstrikes

        Son and wife died in Israeli air strikes in Gaza that were targeting Hamas's military chief Mohammed Deif
        Bodies of seven-month-old Ali and 27-year-old Widad carried through the streets of Gaza to cemetery
        Deif was 'still alive and leading the military operation', said source close to the Islamist militant group
        Temporary truce between Israel and Hamas has ended despite talks in Egypt between the two sides
        Hamas rockets fired at southern Israel just hours before extended 24-hour ceasefire was due to expire
        Israel immediately ordered a military response, with warplanes striking targets in Gaza strip
        Israeli official confirms negotiators were ordered back from Cairo, where peace talks had been taking place

By Simon Tomlinson and Lucy Crossley
August, 20 2014

ImageThousands of mourners poured on to the streets of Gaza today to bury the wife and baby son of Hamas's military chief Mohammed Deif while angrily demanding revenge against Israel and firing shots into the air.

The bodies of 27-year-old Widad and her seven-month-old son Ali were taken from the wife's family home to a mosque in Jabaliya refugee camp for prayers before being laid to rest in the sand of a cemetery.

Ukraine and Operation Protective Edge: Two Sides to Russia's Foreign Policy Coin

By Zvi Magen and Olena Bagno-Moldavsky
INSS Insight No. 589
August 14, 2014

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Russia, in an unusual display of restraint, barely related to the conflict. Moscow’s few comments were carefully weighed, creating the impression that Russia embarked on a mission to promote its image as an unbiased mediator. At the same time, Russia tried, albeit clandestinely, to offer its services to both sides, publicly as well as in private conversations with Israeli and Hamas representatives. To this extent, President Vladimir Putin spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 23, 2014, while on July 29, 2014, Hamas, via its high rank official Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzouk, appealed to Russia, asking that it assume an active mediating role in the ceasefire negotiations. This was hardly unprecedented, as in recent years Hamas has approached the Moscow leadership on various occasions. To the best of our knowledge, this particular request did not have any effect on the ground, and it seems it was, from Hamas’ perspective, mainly intended as propaganda, challenging the West and in particular the United States. For Russia, which is fighting radical Islam in the North Caucasus, Hamas remains a less promising partner than Fatah and its leader Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, who is regularly received with great respect in Russia (Abbas last visited Russia on June 25, 2014).

ImagePrime Minister Netanyahu and President Putin at the Kremlin, November 20, 2103 (AFP/Getty Images)

The Real 'Siege' of the Gaza Strip

By Khaled Abu Toameh
Gatestone Institute
August 12, 2014

Recent calls for lifting the “siege” on the Gaza Strip have ignored that Hamas's main demand, even more than for an airport or seaport, is that Egypt reopen the Rafah border crossing, the Palestinians' only gateway to the Arab world.

Hamas wants open borders because it wants to pursue its ultimate goal of “liberating all Palestine, from the river to the sea.” Now that it has lost most of its smuggling tunnels as a result of Egyptian military operations, Hamas is searching for other ways to bring weapons into the Gaza Strip.

Hamas's leaders know that their chances of getting an airport or a seaport are extremely low. In the past, material brought into Gaza has included mainly weapons, cement taken to build attack-tunnels into Israel, and dual-use material.

Lessons of the War in Gaza

By Daniel Pipes
National Review Online
August 9, 2014

As Israeli operations against Hamas wind down, here are seven insights into the month-long conflict:

ImageMissile shield: The superb performance of Iron Dome, the protective system that shot down nearly every Hamas rocket threatening life or property, has major military implications for Israel and the world. Its success signals that “Star Wars” (as opponents maliciously dubbed it upon introduction in 1983) can indeed provide protection from short-range and also presumably from long-range rockets and missiles, potentially changing the future of warfare.

Tunnels: Tunneling behind enemy lines is hardly a new tactic; historically, it has had success, such as the 1917 Battle of Messines, when British mines killed 10,000 German soldiers. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) knew of Hamas' tunnels before hostilities began on July 8 but failed to appreciate their numbers, length, depth, quality of construction, and electronic sophistication. Jerusalem quickly realized, as the Times of Israel wrote, that “Israel's air, sea and land supremacy is not mirrored underground.” The IDF thus requires additional time to achieve subterranean dominance.

Some Truly Hated Truths

By Sarah Honig
The Jerusalem Post
August 8, 2014

Last Friday morning, during yet another so-called humanitarian ceasefire, we heard that Lt. Hadar Goldin was missing-in-action. Before this too was revealed as a ghoulish body-snatching attempt, it looked like the Palestinians had finally grabbed the mega-ransom-generating and game-changing live hostage they craved.

Mind-bogglingly, the truth is that by the Hamas devil’s arithmetic, it was worth sacrificing over 1500 Gazan casualties to just maybe seize one Israeli.

In crude propaganda terms, it was a vicious variation on the theme of the Oron Shaul episode. When Israel suspects an abduction (as in the Goldin case), Hamas torments us with silence. When we discount its claims (as in the Shaul case), Hamas crows about its macabre “successes.”

Anyone who switched to Al-Jazeera early on in the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge heard piercing shrieks of what sounded like “Shaul Aron.” Then followed a screenshot of the Facebook page of a handsome blue-eyed fellow. His name was plainly spelled out: Oron Shaul. His Bar Mitzvah photos too went on Al-Jazeera’s spine-chilling display.

World Ignores Christian Exodus from Islamic World

By Raymond Ibrahim
Gatestone Institute
August 6, 2014

While the world fixates on the conflict between Israel and Hamas—and while most mainstream media demonize Israel for trying to survive amid a sea of Arab-Islamic hostility—similar or worse tragedies continue to go virtually ignored.

One of the most ancient Christian communities in the world, that of Iraq—which already had been decimated over the last decade, by Islamic forces unleashed after the ousting of Saddam Hussein—has now been wiped out entirely by the new “caliphate,” the so-called Islamic State, formerly known by the acronym “ISIS.”

As Reuters reported:

Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul….

The New Nazism's First Victim: Truth

By Peter Martino
August 4, 2014

Immigration has not led to integration, as the multiculturalists have wished, but to intimidation.

It is time to draw the line and stand with Israel against terrorism.

When the Turkish neighbors of Leah Rabinovitch, a Jewish woman in Amsterdam, adorned their apartment with a Palestinian flag, she did the same with an Israeli flag. Leah lives in a neighborhood where 48% of the population is of non-Western origin – many of them Muslims. Stones were thrown through her windows, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at her balcony and an anonymous letter was put in her letter box. "Hitler will be back. Death to the Jews," it said.

ImageFifteen different policemen, Rabinovitch says, advised her to remove the flag. She refused. She also received a letter from Rochdale, the Dutch company owning the apartment block. "Rochdale has noticed the Israeli flag on your balcony. This is a provocation," the letter said. The company then urged her to remove the flag and warned that otherwise she would have to cover all costs of vandalism herself. Did the neighbors with the Palestinian flag receive a similar letter? No, they did not. In Europe, displaying the Israeli flag is a provocation, displaying the Palestinian flag is not.

In Europe, They Call For Death To Jews. Again!

By Abigail R. Esman
Special to IPT News
August 4, 2014

ImageFew European Jews speak or understand much Arabic. But there is one phrase many have recently come to know: "Khaybar Khaybar ya-Yahud, jaish Mohammad saya'ud." The words refer to the battle of Khaybar, in which the Prophet Mohammed slaughtered and enslaved hundreds of Jews, including women and children; "Mohammed," it means, "is coming back for you." It is a death threat to Jews everywhere, and it is being shouted out with growing frequency these days on the streets of Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin.

What's worse, increasingly the threat is not merely idle: in one of the worst episodes of anti-Semitic violence to hit Europe since the Holocaust, Jews are being attacked in their synagogues, their shops, and even in their homes.

And most experts believe things are going to get worse.

Since the beginning of the latest clash between Israel and Hamas on July 8, European Muslim groups (and some European leftists) have engaged in violent protests aimed not only in supporting Palestine (or, as in the case of a demonstration in The Hague, supporting ISIS), but in calling for the destruction of the Jews. "Slash their throats," Muslims chanted in a July 26 pro-Palestine event in Paris. "Death to the Jews." In The Hague, a group of mostly Dutch-born youths of Moroccan background repeated the now-familiar refrain: "Hamas, Hamas, all Jews to the Gas," along with new ones: "Itbah ya Yahud" ("slaughter the Jews") and "Khaybar Khaybar ya-Yahud."

GOP sees signs of Jewish voters drifting away from Democrats

By Niall Stanage
The Hill
August 3, 2014

Republicans believe that the deepening crisis in Gaza could ultimately loosen the grip that the Democratic Party has traditionally held upon American Jewish voters.

While declarations of a rift between Democrats and the Jewish community have proven premature in the past, things could be different this time, they assert.

Just in the last week, the Obama administration used unusually strong language to condemn the shelling of a United Nations-run school in Gaza, apparently by the Israeli military, and drafted a document for a cease-fire that Israeli officials denounced as favoring Hamas.

Conservatives say the overall stance of the administration has created an atmosphere of skepticism in the Democratic base toward Israel.

Spanish Journalist on Why Hamas Never Photographed in Action:

'If Ever We Dared Point Our Camera on Them They Would Simply Shoot at Us and Kill Us'

By Joshua Levitt
August 1, 2014

ImageA Spanish journalist told Israeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan that the reason television news does not broadcast images of Hamas fighters in action is because of fear of immediate execution.

Grynszpan, who directed the film ‘Forgotten Refugees‘, about the 800,000 to 1 million Jews expelled from their homes in the Arab world in the 1950s, posted his interview with the unnamed Spanish journalist on Facebook on Wednesday.

“I met today with a Spanish journalist who just came back from Gaza. We talked about the situation there. He was very friendly. I asked him how come we never see on television channels reporting from Gaza any Hamas people, no gunmen, no rocket launcher, no policemen. We only see civilians on these reports, mostly women and children.”

“He answered me frankly: ‘It’s very simple, we did see Hamas people there launching rockets, they were close to our hotel, but if ever we dared pointing our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and kill us.’”

“Wooh, impressive. Then I asked him ‘Would you mind saying that on camera? I can film you explaining this…’”

Goebbels on the BBC

By Sarah Honig
The Jerusalem Post
August 1, 2014

ImageImagine Josef Goebbels invited to speak his mind on the BBC, smack dab during the Battle of Britain and the blitz. Sound absurd?

Sure, but only in the context of normal nations. No sane Briton would have tolerated the notion of the BBC broadcasting German propaganda to Londoners as they ran for shelter from German bombs.

Abetting Nazi belligerence would have been a nonstarter even under the guise of a detached reporter’s interview, part of an evenhanded approach, a sporting consideration for the aggressor’s point of view.

But not so in Israel. Here we operate in an alternative universe. Nothing that would be unthinkable anywhere else is out of bounds for our broadcasters.

Emerson to Kerry-Obama: Its Terrorism, Stupid

By Steven Emerson
IPT News
July 28, 2014

ImageSecretary of State John Kerry's push for a ceasefire in Gaza last week was so flawed it managed to unite Israel's fractious political leadership in opposition while simultaneously being lambasted by the Palestinian Authority.

The proposal called for negotiations on Hamas demands, including opening border crossings into Gaza and relaxed boating restrictions off the Gaza coast. In addition, its language reportedly upgraded Hamas – a designated terrorist organization – to an equal plane with Israel. Then, President Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday to make "clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement."

In other words, Obama demanded that Israel institute an immediate unilateral ceasefire even while Hamas continues its terrorist operations against Israel. True to form, Hamas escalated its attacks on Monday.

How the Media Is Helping Hamas

By Bassam Tawil
Gatestone Institute
July 27, 2014

Image"We know that Hamas uses human shields. But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?" — Reporter covering the war, who asked not to be identified.

Besides the human shields story there is another item that the international media choose to ignore: the extrajudicial execution of Palestinian "collaborators" during the last two weeks. The executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal manner. Hamas has also been shooting suspected "collaborators" in the legs to prevent them from moving around.

It is the media that is helping Hamas get away with war crimes.

Hamas and its Palestinian and Western propagandists continue to insist that the Islamist movement does not use civilians in the Gaza Strip as human shields during war. But the truth is that Hamas itself has admitted that it does use innocent civilians as human shields, to increase the number of casualties and defame Israel in the eyes of the international community.

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