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Besides the obvious threat of a nuclear Iran, the deal made with the Islamic Republic poses many other dangers to Israel, the greater Middle East, the United States, and the world. One of these already being witnessed, reports The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff, is increased funding to Iran’s terror proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas:
Since the deal was signed, Iran has significantly increased its financial support for two of the largest terror groups in the region that have become political players, Hamas and Hezbollah. In the years before the deal was signed, the crippling sanctions limited this support, which had significantly diminished along with Iran’s economy. But Tehran’s belief that tens, or hundreds, of billions of dollars will flow into the country in the coming years as a result of sanctions relief has led to a decision to boost the cash flow to these terror organizations.
This support, for example, has enabled Hezbollah to obtain highly developed new armaments, including advanced technologies that many militaries around the world would envy. Al-Rai, a Kuwaiti newspaper, reported Saturday that Hezbollah has received all the advanced weaponry that Syria has obtained from the Russians. The report cited a security source involved in the fighting in Zabadani, on the Syria-Lebanon border, where Hezbollah is fighting the al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State, and other groups. It is evidently the growing Iranian financial support that is enabling the Lebanese Shiite militia to purchase advanced weapons, including ones that were hitherto outside of its reach…
As regards the Palestinians, in the past two months, Iran has sent suitcases of cash – literally – to Hamas’s military wing in Gaza. Not everyone is happy about this, including some Hamas officials. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who was always the man who controlled the money, has found himself outside the circle of Iranian funding over the summer. Tehran, which was none too pleased by his visit to Saudi Arabia and meeting with King Salman, decided to take revenge on him in an original way. It bypassed…Read More » Comments (24) »
Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 7:14 AM | Stand For Israel
Perhaps the biggest (and most frightening) revelation of last summer’s Gaza war was the extent of Hamas’ terror tunnels. These tunnels were used by the terror organization to move weapons and supplies. But they were also used to carry out attacks – and large-scale massacres were avoided by the IDF’s discovery of the extensive tunnel networks. Now, The Times of Israel reports that in order to construct new terror tunnels, Hamas is confiscating building materials meant to rebuild Gaza’s infrastructure:
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Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of Israeli government activities in the territories, accused the group of misappropriating supplies — particularly wood — for its terror activities.
“Members of Hamas took over warehouses of construction materials and confiscated (them) for the benefit of the group’s underground infrastructure,” Mordechai said in a statement.
In an unorthodox operation Monday night, members of Hamas’s military wing raided a large number of carpentry shops and woodworking factories throughout the Gaza Strip and confiscated enormous quantities of lumber, apparently to shore up tunnel building efforts, Palestinian sources said.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 1:02 PM | Stand For Israel
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