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Hamas Prepares for War As Abbas Talks Peace

(Photo: flickr/ mateus27_24-25)

(Photo: flickr/ mateus27_24-25)

Back when a Hamas-Fatah unity government still seemed like a pipe dream, we were sure that if such an agreement did occur, it would never succeed. Now that the Palestinian factions have entered into such a pact – and the agreement has not succeeded – we won’t gloat, but will instead look at the results. Writing for the Gatestone Institute, the always spot-on Khaled Abu Toameh notes that instead of moderating Hamas, the unity agreement has instead allowed the terrorist organization to head down the road toward increased extremism, violence, and war against Israel:

Hamas seems to be hoping that the reconciliation accord, which was signed in the Gaza Strip in April, will legitimize the Islamist movement in the eyes of the international community. Abbas himself even contributed to the legitimization of Hamas by repeatedly assuring the U.S. and many EU countries that the new Palestinian government would recognize Israel and renounce violence.

Today, however, it has become obvious that the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah faction has had no moderating effect on the Islamist movement. On the contrary, Hamas seems to be headed toward more extremism and its defiant leaders are now talking about preparations for a new intifada against Israel.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 8:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

Is Hamas Coming Out Ahead?

(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

Even as the IDF continues its search for the three kidnapped Israeli teens, and even as it continues to root out terrorist hideouts and weapons stashes, the Israeli government is scaling back on the operation. Jonathan Tobin writes that this not only shows Hamas’ true colors, but that the terrorist organization is coming out ahead of its P.A. “unity” partners:

It has not only won the applause of most Palestinians, who have mocked the boys’ plight with a three-fingered salute on social media, but also demonstrated that the Fatah-Hamas unity agreement didn’t stop Hamas from pursuing violence against Israel.

This means that this episode is not only a tragic instance in which a terror group has targeted children and seemingly evaded justice. It also proves that despite the progress that Abbas has made in condemning terror—which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu rightly praised today—the reaction to the kidnapping shows the Palestinians are more of Hamas’s mindset on this question than their leader.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 8:30 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu on Statement by Leader of Hamas

(Photo: Kremlin.ru)

(Photo: Kremlin.ru)

Yesterday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal called the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens a heroic act, called the boys Israeli soldiers, yet denied any involvement in the abduction. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, while meeting with the prime minister of Romania, then made the following statement condemning Hamas’ remarks and actions:

Last night we heard Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas, praise and defend the brutal kidnapping of the three innocent Israeli teenagers who were making their way home from school. Mashal once again made clear that Hamas remains committed to its war against Israel and its war against every Israeli citizen, and coincidently, against every Jew around the world …

The quest for peace and stability and tranquility means that we have to fight the forces of terror, intolerance and darkness. There can be no alliance with the kidnappers of children.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 9:21 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Indoctrinates Palestinian Youth After Kidnapping

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

Last week we discussed the disturbing Palestinian celebratory reaction to the kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Today we bring you an IDF report on the terrorist organization’s further indoctrination of Palestinian youth. The report details how recent graduation ceremonies have featured widespread use of the “Three Shalits” symbol mentioned above, as well as the annual summer camps Hamas holds for Palestinian children:

Just days after the graduation ceremonies, Hamas invited journalists to photograph its annual summer camp for Palestinian children in Gaza. Nearly 100,000 children attend the camp, where they dress in military fatigues and take orders from Hamas terrorists …

“(You are) the generation of rocks, the generation of rockets, the generation of tunnels, the generation of the suicide bombings!” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared at a graduation ceremony for one camp in January 2014.

Please continue to pray for the safe return of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, held by terrorists so ruthless that they would kidnap boys and indoctrinate children into a mindset of hatred.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 1:28 PM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas and the Gravy Train

P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas Photo: Flickr/ World Economic Forum

P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas Photo: Flickr/ World Economic Forum

Want to know the differences between Hamas, the terror organization that runs the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, the terror group that heads the Palestinian Authority and controls the West Bank? Pretty simple, really. Hamas is motivated by radical Islamist ideology and by Jew-hatred. Fatah is motivated - in this order – by fear of assassination and by money. That’s why talking to Hamas is pointless and talking to Fatah requires an open wallet.

So, it was no surprise yesterday when P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the kidnapping of three Israeli teens by his P.A. unity deal partners in Hamas. Abbas has made the calculation – and he must have calculated carefully because it took him a whole week – that condemning this latest act of barbarism is unlikely to get him killed by his own people, while simultaneously being his best bet to keep U.S. and E.U. money flowing into his corrupt pockets.

Even those who applauded Abbas’ move – a columnist in the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot said “Abbas is proving that he is a statesman” – had to admit that his motives had more to do with self-interest than with statesmanship. If you look up “statesmanship” and find that the definition includes “perceiving threats to your economic well-being and acting on them – provided it doesn’t cause your people to kill you,” check to see if your dictionary was printed in Ramallah.

The fact is, Abbas is well aware that U.S. law prohibits foreign aid to governments that include organizations and parties that appear on the State Department’s list of terror organizations. And he’s well aware that, despite his bending over backwards to ensure that his unity government doesn’t, technically, include any dues-paying Hamas members, he’s also only technically fooling anyone. Many Members of Congress – in both parties – are unhappy about U.S. aid continuing to flow to the P.A.. And the current situation is a public relations nightmare for Abbas and the…

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Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 7:25 AM  | Jonathan Greenberg

Hamas for Dummies

(Photo: flickr/ elmeromero

(Photo: flickr/ elmeromero

As the IDF keeps up the pressure by raiding Hamas’ hideouts and weapons stockpiles and arresting its terrorist members (even as it continues searching for the boys who were kidnapped last week), one has to wonder how Hamas could consider its actions and their results any type of success. Writing at The Times of Israel, Ilya Meyer wonders the same thing, listing 10 costs the kidnapping has taken on the terror organization (and all Palestinians):

4. With the kidnappings, Hamas has succeeded in doing something that not even Israel’s own politicians have achieved: they have welded together ALL of Israeli society in the face of this terrible predicament. Israeli society is 100 percent behind the country’s political and military leaders. Not even Benjamin Netanyahu managed to do that in all his years in power. Now the Prime Minister has the whole nation behind him. Thanks Hamas …

9. Already freed Palestinian Arab mass-murderers, 1000 of whom were released in exchange for one (1) Israeli abductee Gilad Schalit a couple of years ago, are now being rearrested by Israel.

 

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 8:24 AM  | Stand For Israel

How the West Facilitates Hamas’ Mission

(Photo: wikicommons/ Kimdime)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Kimdime)

Even as Hamas entered into the recent Palestinian unity pact with Fatah, we were certain the agreement would not change how the terrorist organization functions (or disfunctions), despite the United States’ insistence on working with the new unity government. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh says that the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers just shows that the West’s acceptance of Hamas has facilitated the movement to commit such terrorist attacks:

The Obama Administration and those EU governments that rushed to welcome the alliance between Fatah and Hamas did not want to pay attention to the Islamist movement’s announcements that it would take advantage of the unity government to move terrorism to the West Bank.

If it turns out that Hamas was indeed behind the kidnapping of the Israeli youths, it shows that the movement has kept its word to use the reconciliation pact with Fatah as a means to move its terror activities to the West Bank. Hamas’s ultimate goal is to extend its control to the West Bank, and not merely get new jobs and salaries from Abbas.

The honeymoon between Fatah and Hamas now seems to be nearing its end as the two parties resume their rhetorical attacks on each other in the aftermath of the kidnapping. Abbas may now finally have realized that Hamas’s real intention is to get rid of him and turn the West Bank into a battlefield against Israel.

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 8:14 AM  | Stand For Israel

P.A. Official: Unity Pact Is Void If Hamas Carried Out Kidnapping

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

As the search for the three missing Israeli teens continues, a Palestinian Authority official has said that the recent unity agreement between the P.A. and Hamas would be voided if Hamas is behind the kidnapping. Avi Issacharoff reports on how the boys’ abduction is a breach of the deal between Fatah and Hamas:

… the kidnapping would mark a breach of the understandings between Fatah and Hamas, and would render their unity agreement null and void.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said that the assessment in Palestinian intelligence is that Hamas, or a faction within Hamas, was responsible for the kidnappings Thursday night of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frankel.

Again, we ask that you join us in prayer for the three boys’ safe return.

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Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 3:45 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: “Severe Repercussions” for Abduction

Israeli PM Netanyahu blames Hamas:

Netanyahu, making the accusation on Sunday at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting, said he did not name Hamas in his news conference the previous evening because of the operation trying to bring home the teens.

Eighty Palestinians were arrested overnight Saturday. A closure also was placed on Palestinian cities in the West Bank, including Hebron and Bethlehem.

“This morning I can say what I was unable to say yesterday before the extensive wave of arrests of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu said at the Cabinet meeting. “Those who perpetrated the abduction of our youths were members of Hamas — the same Hamas that Abu Mazen made a unity government with. This has severe repercussions.”

Please continue to keep these three boys, and their loved ones, in your prayers. And pray for the men and women of the IDF who are working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

 

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014 at 12:43 PM  | Stand For Israel

Despite “Unity,” New Palestinian Government Headed for Failure

(Photo: flickr/News Agency)

(Photo: flickr/News Agency)

It is noteworthy that, yesterday, Hamas called on its armed wing (Hamas has an unarmed wing?) to kill Israeli soldiers and settlers. You remember Hamas, right? The same Hamas that is part of the Palestinian unity government sworn in last week with the blessing of the European Union and – despite U.S. law explicitly forbidding support of a Palestinian government including the Islamist terror organization – the United States?

Many observers – including yours truly – did not believe that the Palestinians would ever get as far down the road to reconciliation as they have. The fact that they were able to agree on a list of government ministers was remarkable. The history between the competing factions in Palestinian society – but especially between Fatah and Hamas – is bitter and the road to this détente is littered with failed previous attempts.

But, as is so often the case in the morally backward Palestinian political culture, violence against Israel often serves an internal political purpose in addition to satisfying the seemingly bottomless lust for Jewish body count. And this latest threat by Hamas is hardly the announcement of some kind of new policy; seriously, when do you suppose Hamas was doing something other than telling its “armed wing” to kill Jews?

Also happening yesterday, Fatah forces in the West Bank suppressed a number of Hamas-led protests over the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails – not because Fatah doesn’t want people protesting or doesn’t want anti-Israel hysteria whipped up. It’s just that, if someone is going to be whipping it up, it has to be Fatah so that the general public understands which group gets the credit for hating Israel more.

In another Fatah slap at Hamas, the provisional P.A. government yesterday began paying back wages to Palestinian government workers in the West Bank while refusing to begin making the same overdue payments to workers in Gaza. This is an especially sore subject between the two camps because there are tens of thousands…

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