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Yes, if anyone had been taking bets on how long the latest in a long series of "ceasefires" with Hamas Gaza Arab terrorists would last, it's over. The IDF has confirmed that a rocket was launched from Gaza at approximately 6:30pm on Tuesday.
Hatred and nationalism have been seething in Jerusalem since three Israeli teens were slain on the outskirts of Hebron, and even more so during their funeral procession and following the killing of Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khdeir in East Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood. Even as the United States mobilizes a broad Shiite-Sunni coalition against the fanatical Islamic State, the third most important city to Muslims has become a playing field for religious extremists and nationalists from both sides.
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Israel's settler population in the West Bank increased by 2 percent in the first half of the year, an advocacy group announced Tuesday, signaling robust growth in the settlements even while Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians. The new figures drew criticism from the Palestinians, who seek the West Bank as part of a future state.
As Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas made the somewhat outlandish claim that his Fatah lost 17 times more members than Hamas in the recent Operation Protective Edge, Fatah praised one of its Gaza rocket commanders in a special video. while 861 Martyrs fell from Fatah ," emphasizing that "Israel is responsible and it is the one attacking our people in the Gaza Strip," reports the official PA news agency WAFA as translated by In a video on the official Fatah Facebook page two weeks ago, Abbas's faction praised its rocket commander Mohammed 'Al-Za'anin' of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, defended her recent comments in support of Israeli attacks on schools and hospitals in Palestine during a forum at Tufts University on Monday. Last month, Ms.
During Israel's recent war with Hamas, which took place at the same time as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham was conducing its barbaric campaign in Mesopotamia and the Levant, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hoped to score a few points with Americans and other Westerners by equating the Palestinian Islamist movement ruling the Gaza Strip with the radical Sunni forces leading a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria. But if the communist regimes and movements didn't constitute a monolithic bloc during the Cold War, the West isn't facing a unified Islamist force today.
President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement, which he commands, have unleashed a media campaign against Hamas and the resistance. If pressure from the Palestinian public fails to stop the campaign, Abbas may achieve politically what Israel failed to achieve militarily: forcing the Palestinian presidency to choose "peace with Israel" over national reconciliation.
Recently, Naomi Wolf has stirred up a commotion over my recent column entitled, "Naomi Wolf's Embrace of Hamas Spells the Fall of a Feminist Icon." Naomi threatened legal action against The Jerusalem Post claiming that she does not in any way embrace Hamas.
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and considered the leading decisor on Sunni Muslim religious law, opposes an American military operation against the Islamic State . Qaradawi tweeted: "I oppose ISIS in its ideological path and its methods of action, but I will never agree that the country to fight it be the United States, which is not motivated by the values of Islam, but by its own interests, even if blood is spilled as a result."
The conflict between the Mideast's only democratic nation and terrorists committed to its destruction merits a discussion based on historical realities and moral values. The framing of the Gaza violence as a cyclical issue between two belligerent parties, or as a conflict between a powerful Israel and underdog Hamas, reflects intellectual dishonesty and prejudice.
Americans have a habit of moving on once the guns stop firing. We did it in Afghanistan in the 1980s, tried to do it in Iraq in the 2000s - and now we're doing it in Gaza.
Former Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh vowed on Saturday to continue to bear arms. Speaking at a press conference in Gaza City, he said disarmament was nonnegotiable, adding that Hamas would not disarm, "not for rehabilitating Gaza" and not "for anything."
Given the history of Israeli-Palestinian relations alongside the current policies of the Netanyahu administration, the recent Gaza episode can be viewed, in part, as one manifestation of a broader Israeli policy aimed at preventing Palestinian political unity and, by extension, preventing the materialization of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state. Before the Israeli annihilation of swathes of Gaza in July and August of this year, Hamas and Fateh were in the midst of political reconciliation with the hope of forming a unity government.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 03:03 am
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