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In last Wednesday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that the Palestinians are pushing to have their non-member flag raised at the United Nations. While this is a meaningless gesture, writes Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin, it does mean recognizing either Fatah’s corrupt regime or Hamas’ terrorist organization:
In the West Bank, the corrupt Fatah Party-run kleptocracy continues its misrule of Palestinians while Israel maintains security in an attempt to stop terrorism and also keep PA leader Mahmoud Abbas safe against threats from Hamas and other Islamist groups.
In Gaza, Hamas operates a government that is an independent Palestinian state in all but name. It exercises absolute and tyrannical power over the more than one million residents of the Strip, forcing their Islamists beliefs on the population as well as using them as human shields for their terror operations. While Israel and Egypt have maintained a loose blockade of the area since the Hamas coup, food, medicine and even construction material sent to rebuild the homes destroyed in last summer’s war flow into the strip from Israel every day. Hamas could use these resources to better the lives of its people or even to rebuild a single home lost as a result of their terrorist adventurism in which they rained down thousands of missiles on Israeli cities. But instead, with the help of Iran, it builds more terror tunnels to facilitate kidnapping and murder raids into Israel as well as fortifications designed to protect the missile launchers and their terrorist personnel…
Palestinian nationalism is inextricably tied to a war against Zionism that compels them to fight for Israel’s extinction. That is why even Fatah foments hatred and praises terrorists and terror attacks on Israelis and Jews. Hamas makes no secret of the fact that its purpose is to end the “occupation.” But by that they don’t refer to the West Bank or even Jerusalem but all of Israel.
That’s why the effort to recognize “Palestine” as a sovereign power is so dangerous even when it expresses itself in meaningless…Read More » Comments (1) »
Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 7:23 AM | Stand For Israel
As we note in today’s Daily Dispatch, a terrorist rocket from Gaza was launched at southern Israel. The Times of Israel reports that the IDF responded with an airstrike on a Hamas weapons site:
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The army said it struck a Hamas weapons production facility in the center of the territory, stating that it considered Hamas to be solely responsible for the happenings in the Gaza Strip…
The military noted that eight rockets had been fired from Gaza since the beginning of the month. Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said the army would “not tolerate any attempt to undermine the security of Southern Israel. The Hamas terror organization is responsible for today’s attack against Israel.”
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 7:31 AM | Stand for Israel
Last summer’s war in Gaza, forced upon Israel because of Hamas’ incessant rocket attacks, all too often found the IDF portrayed in a poor light by the international media. However, Stand for Israel and other outlets who support the Jewish state continued to tell the truth about what Israel’s terrorist foes were doing. Now, Tablet’s Yair Rosenberg tells the story of a Polish journalist who saw firsthand Hamas’ ruthless tactics:
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While saying that he does not have “hard evidence” beyond his personal experience, Cegielski attests that from “spending a month in the middle of this hell, it was obvious that they [Hamas] were breaking international rules of war and worst of all, were not afraid to use their own citizens as living shields.” Cegielski then proceeds to recount two arresting instances of Hamas placing civilians in harm’s way for which he was personally present:
The first incident happened late in the evening. I was in the bathroom when [I] heard a loud rocket noise and my Spanish colleague, a journalist who was renting a flat with me near the Gaza beach, started to scream. He wanted to light a cigarette and came to one of the open windows. The moment he was using his lighter, he saw a fireball in front of his eyes and lost his hearing…
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 3:22 PM | Stand For Israel
Aside from the obvious threat of a nuclear Iran, the deal made with the Islamic Republic poses other dangers to Israel and the world. One of these is the hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief the deal will grant Iran. Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin writes that this money will allow Iran to better sponsor terrorism, greatly helping Hamas in its goal of destroying the Jewish state:
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We already knew that Iran is funding Hamas’s re-armament plans and the construction of new terror tunnels along the border with Israel. But it is now apparently also hoping to using its influence in the region — which has been enhanced immeasurably by the nuclear deal — to ensure that the Palestinians are focused on fighting Israel rather than making peace with it.
Iran was Hamas’ principal patron through much of the last decade funneling arms and money to the Islamists in Gaza so as to create a southern front against Israel. With Iran’s Hezbollah auxiliaries facing Israel in the north with tens of thousands of terrorist missiles, that gave Tehran a formidable strategic threat against the Jewish state that made its nuclear program even more ominous…
The nuclear deal with the West won’t just give Iran a path to a nuclear weapon once the pact expires in a decade. In the meantime, their new status as a threshold nuclear power and the wealth that will pour into Tehran gives the Islamist regime the ability to advance their goals of regional hegemony and war on Israel.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 7:20 AM | Stand for Israel
A couple of years ago, Stand for Israel reported on the ridiculous Hamas claim that it had captured an eagle trained by the Mossad. Now, the Gaza-based terror group is up to the same type of shenanigans. The Times of Israel reports that Hamas is now claiming to have nabbed an Israeli spy dolphin:
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Hamas claims to have captured a dolphin that was spying for Israel, Army Radio reported Wednesday.
The dolphin was said to have been equipped with “spying equipment” including cameras.
It was captured off the Gaza coast by the naval unit of the Hamas military brigades…
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 10:25 AM | Stand for Israel
Writing at the Gatestone Institute, the courageous Israeli-Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh discusses the Gaza Strip’s rapid descent into chaos and anarchy:
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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.
Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 8:19 AM | Stand For Israel
As most of us around the world enjoy the weather, barbecues, and other charms of summer, the children of Gaza spend their summers in a very different way. Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh reports on the terrorist training camps again filled with children being indoctrinated to hate and attack Israel:
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For the third running year, thousands of Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip are receiving military training as part of Hamas’s summer camps.
The camps, which are being held under the banner “Vanguards of Liberation,” are aimed at preparing children as young as 15 for fighting against Israel. More than 25,000 children have joined this year’s Hamas camps, according to Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip.
What is most disturbing about this practice is that the families are not hesitant to send their children to be trained as future jihadis in the war against Israel. On the contrary, many of the families interviewed in the Palestinian media in the past few days said they were proud to see their children being taught how to use various types of weapons…
Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 8:15 AM | Stand for Israel
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