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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:
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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.
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 9:21 AM | Stand For Israel
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.Comments (0) »
Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 1:28 PM | Stand For Israel
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
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:
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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.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 8:14 AM | Stand For Israel
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