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While a nuclear Iran is the biggest worry posed by the recent agreement with the Islamic Republic. However, there are other dire implications of the deal. Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh explains how the deal will allow for even more aid to terror groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and others whose goal is to target Israel:
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Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that has vowed to destroy Israel, is emerging as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the nuclear deal reached last week between Iran and the world powers.
Emboldened by the deal, Hamas is now seeking to reap the fruits by tightening its grip on the Gaza Strip with the help of Iran. This, of course, is bad news for Hamas’s rivals in the Palestinian arena, namely the Palestinian Authority (PA), as well as all those who still believe in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.
The nuclear deal has also driven Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim countries to restore their relations with Hamas. The goal is to entice Hamas and its patrons in the Muslim Brotherhood to become part of an anti-Iran Sunni coalition in the Arab world.
Hamas is now trying to have it both ways: to restore its ties with the major Arab countries while, at the same time, also improving its relations with Iran. For now, Hamas’s strategy seems to be working, thanks to the nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran…
Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 7:32 AM | Stand For Israel
Last summer’s Operation Protective Edge put a dent in Hamas’ terrorist capabilities, with the IDF targeting not only its rocket-launching sites, but also its terror tunnels. However, The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff reports that despite hard times, Hamas is again gearing up to attack Israel:
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Yet despite the hunger, heat and financial hardship, the hundreds of workers digging tunnels under the Israeli border, inside the Gaza Strip and on the Egyptian border, kept on with their labor. That they worked at a slower pace was not because of the fast. Hundreds of Palestinians, members of Hamas, continued building the network, including new attack tunnels to reach Israel in the next war and smuggling tunnels to Sinai. The problem they have encountered over the past few weeks, causing a slowdown in the pace of digging, is a severe shortage of some of the materials critically important for the tunnel industry.
Quite a few reports on these tunnels have been published recently in both Israeli and Hamas media. Some in the Israeli defense establishment have a working assumption that, a year after Operation Protective Edge, it is likely that Hamas already has one or more tunnels crossing the border fence and reaching inside Israel.
Hamas’s intense focus on its tunnel project can only bolster this assumption. Hamas is putting an enormous amount of effort, personnel and money into digging with heavy engineering equipment…
Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 7:19 AM | Stand For Israel
It has been a year since Hamas forced Israel into a fifty-day war, after kidnapping and murdering three teen boys, launching thousands of rockets into Israel, and planning further attacks via terror tunnels. While Operation Protective Edge put a dent in the terrorist organization’s capabilities, Israel Hayom’s Gideon Allon reports that Hamas is again readying to wage war on the Jewish state:
[Head of Shin Bet, Yoram] Cohen said Hamas has stepped up its preparations for a future military confrontation with Israel by resuming its tunnel construction activities, renewing its development and production of rockets, increasing training, and intensifying its efforts to receive Iranian aid.
Cohen said Hamas is unlikely to launch an offensive against Israel now, but warned that it is capable of fighting Israel for a protracted period in the event of flare-up. He added that some of the funds that were supposed to go toward the rebuilding of civilian infrastructure in Gaza have been used instead to shore up Hamas’ military capabilities, which were badly damaged during Operation Protective Edge last summer.
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 8:00 AM | Stand for Israel
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) submitted its report on last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, which Israel was drawn into after Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers and then indiscriminately launched thousands of rockets into Israeli towns and villages. The report, predictably, laid much of the blame on Israel. And while it admitted that Hamas was involved in terror, it claimed that Israel was as well.
The UNHRC called Israeli operations in Gaza both “disproportionate” and “indiscriminant,” and concluded that IDF measures to reduce civilian deaths in Gaza were insufficient and should not prevent Israel from facing war crimes charges.
This report is a complete sham. The standards by which the IDF approaches conflicts and approves operations in real time not only uphold but go above and beyond international laws of war. Reports by military experts around the world state that Israel’s self-imposed restrictions and conduct aimed at minimizing civilian deaths – both last summer and in previous conflicts – greatly surpass what is required under international law. Israeli measures aimed at preventing collateral damages and death to the civilian population exceed the records of other Western nations, including NATO forces and the U.S., both of which have conducted military campaigns in the Middle East.
The UNHRC report does not contain a shred of evidence which can be used to indict Israeli generals or politicians who made decisions during the conflict. In essence, it is just another U.N. propaganda piece against the state of Israel.
But what is so disturbing and morally deficient about this report is not that it wrongly accuses Israel of war crimes –we’re used to that from the U.N. Rather, it’s the fact that this report and others like it tell Hamas and other terror organizations that tactics such as human shields do work.
Hamas knows it is no match for the IDF. That is why they store their weapons in hospitals, fire rockets from schoolyards, and hide inside underground bunkers while placing Palestinian women and children in harm’s way. And, as long as…Read More » Comments (20) »
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 12:59 PM | Stand for Israel
Stand for Israel keeps you updated on the many ways that Israel’s enemies try to attack the Jewish state. From Gaza, Hamas has used rockets and terror tunnels. But Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh reports that the BDS movement has not only emboldened Hamas, but that the terrorist organization counts on boycotts, divestment, and sanctions as much as any other weapons to further its goal of wiping Israel off the map:
Hamas has found new allies: the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Over the past few weeks, Hamas leaders have expressed deep satisfaction with the work of the BDS activists around the world. Hamas is convinced that the anti-Israel campaign will ultimately pave the way for the elimination of Israel.
For Hamas, this is not just about boycotting or imposing sanctions against Israel. Rather, it is about delegitimizing and isolating Israel, and turning it into a rogue state that has no right to exist.
That is why Hamas today believes that it shares a common goal with the BDS movement — namely to destroy Israel. As far as Hamas is concerned, BDS is not about putting an end to Israeli “occupation,” but about ending the existence of Israel.
Hamas supports the BDS campaign to boycott Israeli products, companies and academic institutions. But Hamas, which seeks to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state, believes that such measures are not enough. Hamas wants BDS supporters to step up their activities so that it can achieve its goal of eliminating Israel…
The U.S. universities that allow BDS activists to disseminate their hate against Israel are unaware that these people are serving as Hamas’s ambassadors. Moreover, Western governments, above all the U.S., are unaware that Hamas and its BDS allies also consider them enemies of the Palestinians.
Here is what senior Hamas official Izzat al-Risheq had to say about the U.S. Administration’s public opposition to the anti-Israel BDS campaign: “The attempts by the U.S. Administration to prevent the rise of the political, economic and academic boycott against…Read More » Comments (12) »
Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 8:18 AM | Stand For Israel
In a Daily Dispatch last week, Stand for Israel reported that Amnesty International at last fingered Hamas for war crimes during last summer’s war in Gaza, a turnaround for the usually anti-Israel organization. Former national security adviser Elliott Abrams looks at what this means for Israel, Hamas, and human rights organizations’ anti-Israel bias:
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Amnesty International has just issued a report on human rights violations by Hamas in Gaza during last year’s conflict between Hamas and Israel. It has garnered a great deal of attention, in part because Amnesty has previously been very critical of Israel.
This report skewers Hamas. Here is Amnesty’s own summary:
Hamas forces in Gaza committed serious human rights abuses, including abductions, torture and summary and extrajudicial executions with impunity during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict. To date, no one has been held to account for committing these unlawful killings and other abuses, either by the Hamas de facto administration that continues to control Gaza and its security and judicial institutions, or by the Palestinian “national consensus” government that has had nominal authority over Gaza since June 2014. (more…)
Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 8:11 AM | Stand for Israel
It has been nearly a year since Hamas operatives kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teens, while more kidnappings were attempted during last summer’s war in Gaza. Now, Algemeiner’s David Daoud reports that a Hamas commander in the West Bank is calling on the terror group to kidnap Israeli soldiers once again:
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The commander of Hamas’ military wing in the West Bank called on members of the terror group on Sunday to attempt to kidnap Israeli soldiers, Israel’s NRG news portal reported.
In an unprecedented move, Abdullah Barghouti, who is currently being held in an Israeli jail, issued the call on Al-Ra’i Radio, a radio station affiliated with Hamas which broadcasts from the Gaza Strip.
Barghouti, who was once one of Hamas’ chief bomb-makers, is currently serving 67 life sentences for his involvement in the deaths of 66 Israelis…
On the radio show, Barghouti urged the leadership of Hamas to be patient and not to rush into a deal with Israel. He said, “do not rush to sign a deal, we are patient and resilient as you have entrusted us to be.”
Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 7:56 AM | Stand for Israel
In the wake of this week’s rocket attack on Israel from Gaza, the terrorist group Islamic Jihad has been blamed. But, writing at Israel Hayom, Dr. Shaul Bartal says that Hamas are behind this terrorist attack and others on the Jewish state and its people:
The Grad rocket that exploded near Ashdod on Tuesday and Israel’s retaliation shortly thereafter raised concerns of escalation once again. Various commentators argued that perhaps Hamas was not responsible for the rocket, which was fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Perhaps it was a rogue group like Islamic Jihad or the Salafist groups that operate there, so Israel mustn’t view the rocket fire as a violation of the cease-fire agreement reached with Hamas following the last war. In any case, extreme caution is required.
This is not the first time that Hamas violates a cease-fire agreement and chooses to lay the blame on some other organization…
Hamas continues to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel by way of small, little-known groups directly overseen by Hamas officials, thereby distancing Hamas from culpability.
The terrorist attacks in Jerusalem also bear the concealed fingerprint of Hamas…
But in the case of the Gaza Strip, there appears to be no doubt as to Hamas’ culpability for the rocket fire into Israel. Hamas rules the Gaza Strip with an iron fist…
“The threats made by the occupation will not deter us from continuing forward in the path of jihad and resistance until we liberate Jerusalem and Palestine,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh declared Wednesday in Gaza, while describing the rocket launched into Israel as “errant fire.”
Hamas has not been working diligently on manufacturing Grad rockets and testing them just for fun. Hamas is planning the next round, and in the meantime, from time to time, they remind us that they exist and what they can do.
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 8:37 AM | Stand for Israel
In today’s Daily Dispatch, we note that the terrorist projectile that killed Daniel Tragerman, a four-year-old Israeli boy, was a mortar fired from a United Nations facility. In light of this, and last week’s U.N. report that actually stated Hamas was using such civilian facilities to launch attacks, Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin writes on the terrorist group’s atrocities and the rules of war:
General Benny Gantz recalled one incident that didn’t make it into the UN report in which a Palestinian mortar killed a four-year-old Israeli boy. According to Gantz the shell that took his life was fired from a United Nations building. The question the general raised is of what use are such rules if they serve to protect Hamas killers while endangering Jewish children?
The UN report gave Israel credit for the fact that incidents in which the Israel Defense Forces’ fire was deemed to be unjustified or wrongful due to the impact on civilians resulted in investigations and/or prosecutions of those involved. But it what failed to grasp was that two factors undermined most of the criticisms of Israel’s conduct in Gaza. One is that widespread infiltration of UNRWA by Hamas personnel who use UN facilities as storage depots. The other is the fact that the Hamas government of Gaza systematically exploits civilian buildings that are treated as off limits to Israeli fire for military purposes.
As Gantz detailed, it was well known, even during the war, that the Hamas leaders who were directing the rocket attacks on Israel were doing from the safety of hospital buildings. It was also clear throughout the campaign that Hamas was firing the thousands of rockets that were shot at Israeli cities from the immediate environs of shelters, schools and hospitals…
Were the world prepared to let Israel go into Gaza and capture these terrorists and the government in whose name they operate, it might be possible to say that there is no need to think about rules. But we know this isn’t so….Read More » Comments (6) »
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 8:28 AM | Stand for Israel