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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
One of the most troubling areas in Iran is its top-secret Parchin military facility – the very same location that the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has agreed to allow the Islamic Republic inspect on its own. Now, Arutz Sheva’s Ben Ariel reports that the IAEA says Iran has built an extension to this very site:
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Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report obtained by the Reuters news agency on Thursday.
A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Parchin file, which includes a demand for fresh IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran’s July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers.
The confidential IAEA report obtained by the news agency says, “Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials. In addition, a small extension to an existing building” appeared to have been built.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 7:18 AM | Stand for Israel
This week, we reported that Iran has threatened the U.N.’s nuclear chief with harm if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shared its secret details of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program with the United States. Now, one particularly alarming “secret” has been discovered, writes The Times of Israel’s George Jahn – the U.N. has agreed to allow Iran to inspect its own nuclear weapons site:
Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the UN agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the US, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the US has denied.
The investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the International Atomic Energy Agency is linked to a broader probe of allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear deal.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 7:32 AM | Stand for Israel
Terror once again struck the United States yesterday, as a gunman shot and killed four Marines in Chattanooga, TN. And, writes The Daily Beast’s Michael Daly, the terrorist gave chilling warnings of his murderous intent beforehand:
One, headlined “Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men,” declared that the original disciples of the prophet were not “like priests living in monasteries.”
“Every one of them fought Jihad for the sake of Allah,” Abdulazeez wrote as myabdulazeez.
The second post was headlined “A Prison Called Dunya,” that being a term for the material world…
He brought along enough weaponry to fire what one witness described as “more bullets than you can count.” He shot up one recruiting center and then another, killing four Marines and wounding a police officer…
By Thursday evening, his mother had taken down the Facebook page…
Her son’s blog posts were being read by a senior counterterrorism official who reported being sick upon seeing them.
All the signals were there.
If only somebody had seen them.
Let us please pray for God’s comfort over the families of those who were murdered, for the recovery of the wounded, and for God’s hand of protection over the world, as hateful terrorist attacks such as these continue to occur.Comments (28) »
Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 8:35 AM | Stand For Israel
Since the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report on Operation Protective Edge was released this week, many who stand with Israel have spoken up against it. But today, Israel Hayom provides a mouthpiece for actual IDF soldiers who were on the ground, who faced an immoral enemy, and who acted morally as they defended their homeland, the Holy Land:
Shmul went on to share his experience from last summer’s Gaza war: “During Operation Protective Edge, we were sent to Gaza. We were supposed to go in on a Friday, but they made us wait because they said there were still civilians in the area.
“After we received permission to enter, Hamas waited for us in Shujaiyya, using civilians as human shields and hiding in hospitals and kindergartens. About an hour after we went in, the terrorists were waiting for us in the tunnels, and that is because we sent warnings to the civilians to clear out — we lost our element of surprise. As a result, eight of my friends were killed, seven of them in the APC disaster,” he recalled…
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 7:54 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
Last week, a report by military experts absolved Israel of war crimes, ahead of an expected United Nations report on last summer’s war in Gaza. And, as expected, the U.N. report – release yesterday – stated that Israel may have committed war crimes. The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg looks at those who created the report, noting that their own inexperience and lack of understanding calls their findings into question:
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The UN report on last summer’s Gaza war, while more even-handed than its predecessor — written shortly after the 2008-2009 conflict — is still willfully or perhaps unknowingly ignorant of modern military affairs. What it needed, aside from Israeli cooperation and an open mind, was a general, preferably one who has commanded troops under fire in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
The first thing this officer could have provided is perspective. Whether one accepts the UN death toll, as provided by the Hamas Interior Ministry, or the Israeli one, an international reader still has no way of knowing if the tragic toll in human life — of civilians as opposed to enemy combatants — is disproportionately or even outrageously high…
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 8:09 AM | Stand For Israel
Once again, the United Nations has singled out Israel, with its Secretary General criticizing its actions during last summer’s conflict in Gaza. But The Times of Israel reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood up against the UN, calling it out on its “hypocrisy”:
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“This is a black day for the UN,” Netanyahu said in a late-night statement on the remarks concerning last year’s war in Gaza. “Instead of highlighting the fact that Hamas made hostages of Gaza’s children when it fired at Israel from preschools, and dug tunnels towards Israeli preschools, the UN has again chosen to reproach Israel.”
The Jewish state, Netanyahu said, holds itself to the highest moral standards in combat “as was determined just this past week by a group of senior American and European generals.
“At the same time the Hamas terror organization is awarded immunity by the UN, even though it has been proven beyond any doubt that it committed war crimes by firing from hospitals, mosques and from within UN facilities,” he said. “It turns out there is no limit to hypocrisy.”
While Ban on Thursday mentioned war zones such as Iraq, Syria and South Sudan, Israel was the only country he called on to take action to protect children in war zones.
Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 8:12 AM | Stand For Israel
As Stand for Israel reported yesterday, some international diplomats and military experts have absolved Israel of any wrongdoing during Operation Protective Edge. However, the U.N. Human Rights Council is to issue its own report this week. Israel Hayom reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu says the IDF’s actions were in full accordance with international law, and Israeli leader Yair Lapid says the U.N., not the IDF, should be under investigation:
At a meeting in Jerusalem with visiting Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the Israeli government report on the operation that was published on Sunday.
“Yesterday, I received our official government report about last year’s conflict in Gaza. The report demonstrates unequivocally that our military actions during that conflict were in full accordance with international law, that Israel was exercising its legitimate right of self-defense,” Netanyahu said.
“We fulfill our responsibility to protect our people against terrorists who perpetuate and perpetrate a double war crime. Hamas terrorists deliberately target our civilians while deliberately hiding behind their civilians.”
Turning to the upcoming U.N. report, Netanyahu said, “Israel was pronounced guilty before the investigation even began. They appointed a person to head this committee who was being paid by the Palestinians. This committee has more resolutions against Israel than against North Korea, Syria and Iran combined. This tells you what we’re dealing with. So this campaign, these attacks against Israel, these investigations against Israel, have nothing to do with human rights. They have everything to do with politically inspired attacks in a cynical effort to delegitimize Israel using U.N. bodies…”
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said on Monday that the U.N. had “lost its mind.”
“It’s not the IDF — the most moral army in the world — that the U.N. should be investigating, but rather itself,” Lapid said.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at 8:21 AM | Stand for Israel
The deadline for nuclear talks between Iran and the United States and Western powers is June 30, less than three weeks away. In the meantime, The Weekly Standard’s Lee Smith writes about a troubling U.N. report about Iranian sanctions violations:
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“The current situation with reporting could reflect a general reduction of procurement activities by the Iranian side or a political decision by some member states to refrain from reporting to avoid a possible negative impact on ongoing negotiations” between Iran and the P5+1, the UN panel said in its June 1 report, and made public today.
“This is a clear political decision not to publicize these examples of sanctions evasion in order to ensure that public reporting on this doesn’t in any way jeopardize the talks or harden congressional resolve,” executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Mark Dubowitz told Bloomberg Business. “The Obama administration has bent over backwards to try and whitewash Iranian violations both on the nuclear side and also on the sanction-busting side.”
A possibility raised in an AP piece this afternoon is that the White House has put itself in a position where it has no choice but to look the other way. As Matt Lee and Bradley Klapper report, it will be very difficult for the White House to disentangle the nuclear-related sanctions on Iran from other sanctions, like those related to terrorism, or ballistic missile research…
Counter to the White House’s demurrals, eliminating the non-nuclear related sanctions would provide an enormous windfall for the clerical regime in Tehran and its regional allies, including Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite terrorist groups with American blood on their hands.
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 8:14 AM | Stand For Israel