WAR UNTIL THE END!
THE PALESTINIAN CIVIL WAR
WELCOME TO HAMASTAN!
ISLAMIC RESISTANCE SEIZES THE DAY
CONSEQUENCES OF THE GAZA TAKEOVER
CHRISTIANS “MUST ACCEPT ISLAMIC RULE”
ISRAEL’S OPTIONS IN GAZA
FORMS EMERGENCY GOVERNMENT
WANTS FAST TRACK TALKS TO BOOST ABBAS
AT SHARM EL-SHEIKH
3-STATE SOLUTION ?
“MODERATE” MAHMOUD ABBAS
GAZA ARMY GROWS
JORDAN-PALESTINIAN CONFEDERATION ?
FEARS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MAY
FOLLOW HAMAS EXAMPLE
BLAIR, THE NEW MIDDLE EAST ENVOY
COUNCIL OF CHURCHES’ INITIATIVE
TO DRIVE ISRAEL FROM “ARAB LANDS”
FACES WAR WITH UP TO 5 ENEMIES
MAKING WAR PREPARATIONS
MAY GO NUCLEAR IN 6 MONTHS
TO ISRAEL: “GO IT ALONE”
EGYPT SHIFTS ITS POSITION
NEWS ! ! !
WAR UNTIL THE END!
AND THE END WILL COME LIKE
“The end will come like a flood. There will be war
until the end. Desolations
have been decreed.”
THE current situation in Israel and
the Middle East is alarming. A major conflict is expected any time now, as
the US and Iran wage proxy war through their clients – Israel, Hamas, Syria,
Hizb’allah, and Iraqi Shia and Sunni factions.
Lebanon, al-Qaida, and the Egyptian
Muslim Brotherhood are expected to be involved in various ways. And the
possibility is that the US and Iran may be directly involved. Everyone is
preparing for war!
The tragic conditions in Iraq and the
political situation in the US add to the increased Middle East anxiety. A
possible breakup of Iraq followed by full scale civil war would have severe
repercussions in the whole region. Jordan and Kuwait are particularly
vulnerable and are deeply concerned. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on alert;
another Iran-inspired success in the region – in Lebanon, Iraq or Israel,
would be a strategic catastrophe.
The billion dollars Saudi King
Abdullah gave to the now defunct Unity Palestinian government has
backfired. And so has the huge amount of armaments supplied to Fatah’s
defeated forces in Gaza.
And with the Persians (Iran)
reportedly set to begin nuclear weapons production within months, the whole
Gulf and Arab world has the jitters – to say the least.
In this situation, there are Arab
nations who do
not want to see
Israel destroyed! But unless Israel’s leaders return to the Scriptures, to
Yahweh their God, and reaffirm their faith in God’s Covenant regarding the
Land, more Prophecy will be their inheritance. Oh!
“Turn us back to You,
O God of Hosts! Cause Your Face to shine upon us, and we will be
“ISRAEL MUST APPEASE SYRIA TO AVOID WAR”
SYRIA, encouraged by Israel’s
unilateral withdrawals from south Lebanon and Gaza, and Olmert’s apparent
willingness to withdraw from most of the West Bank, is demanding that Israel
hand over the Golan Heights - the hills east and north of the Sea of Galilee
- if it wants to live in peace. Syria says, “The state of war will continue
until the Jews relinquish the plateau.”
JULY 12. The Israeli Defence
Force believes that if war should erupt between Israel and Syria, it would
be “ten times worse,” than last summer’s conflict with Hizb’allah. The
recommendation of those making this assessment is that Israel must engage
Syria in peace talks as soon as possible in order to avert such a war.
But last month Syria rejected Ehud
Olmert’s offer to hold peace talks.
Despite Israel’s far superior claim to
the Golan, many of its recent leaders - some motivated by a sincere desire
to make peace - have indicated a willingness to surrender the territory to
Syria. But a surrender of the strategic heights would greatly endanger
TRAINING WESTERN TERRORISTS
Taliban leader, Mullah Dadullah, who
was killed during an American helicopter attack in Afghanistan recently, was
training both Americans and Britons to carry out suicide terrorist attacks
on their homelands.
In a television interview just 36
hours before his death, Dadullah said: “We will be executing attacks in
Britain and the US to demonstrate our sincerity to destroy their cities as
they have destroyed ours.”
Meanwhile, most of the complacent West
continues to go on its merry way, repealing Biblical injunctions, and
wallowing in godlessness.
Maybe when the oil supplies are
interrupted, and the terrorists strike locally, people will wake up and
listen to the voice that is calling out to them:
“Turn and look to Me
and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is
no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)
“Fear God, and give Him
glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made
the heavens, the earth.”
One good news is that many Christians
are waking up to the reality of the times, and are turning to prayer.
RALLY CALLS AMERICA TO PRAY AND FAST
The sins of the nation brought an
estimated 55,000 believers to Nashville, Tennessee, on 7.07.07, for a
Christians from all 50 states and
countries as far away as Nepal and Mongolia gathered to pray for spiritual
awakening among America’s young people. Leaders hoped The Call – 12 hours of
worship and prayer - would spark a renewal movement that would sweep the
God’s prescription for revival and the
healing of drought-afflicted and disaster-stricken lands remains the same.
“If I shut up the heavens
and there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I
send pestilence among My people, and My people
who are called by My Name ...
seek My Face
their wicked ways,
then I will hear from
heaven, will forgive their sin and heal their land’.”
(2 Chronicles 7:13-14) AMEN!
Oh, that people everywhere might seek
the Face of the Almighty while He may be sought!
“Look! I tell
you, now is ‘the well-accepted time’; now is ‘The Day of
(2 Corinthians 6:2)
THE PALESTINIAN CIVIL WAR
Months of infighting between the Fatah
and Hamas, and nearly three months of a disastrous trial “unity government,”
came to a head in the Gaza Strip in the second week of June.
British journalist Melanie Phillips
described the Gazan brutality, for Human Rights Watch:
“At least 15 Palestinians, including a
United Nations relief worker, were killed today as Hamas looked set to
complete its conquest of the entire Gaza Strip.”
“Muhammad Swairki, 28, a cook for
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ presidential guard, was thrown
to his death, with his hands and legs tied, from a 15-story apartment
building in Gaza City.”
“Muhammad al-Ra’fati, a Hamas
supporter and mosque preacher, was thrown from a Gaza City high-rise
“Fatah gunmen began firing mortars and
rocket-propelled grenades at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.”
“Hamas gunmen attacked the home of a
Fatah security official with mortars and grenades, killing his 14-year-old
son and three women inside, security officials said.
Other Fatah gunmen stormed the house
of a Hamas lawmaker and burned it down.”
“Jamal Abu Jadian, a top Fatah
commander, fled his home in the northern Gaza Strip dressed as a woman to
avoid dozens of Hamas militiamen who had attacked it. When he arrived at a
hospital a few hundred meters away from his house, he was discovered by a
group of Hamas gunmen, who took turns shooting him in the head with
automatic rifles. They literally blew his head off with more than 40
The Fatah resistance turned a fiasco.
Many Fatah leaders fled from the Gaza Strip. Some were machine-gunned to
death in front of their wives and children, and other went into hiding, or
tried to escape. Fatah collapsed!
WELCOME TO HAMASTAN!
“Hamas has completely taken over the
entire Gaza Strip turning it into another Taliban state living under Islamic
Sharia Law. And as everyone knew it would happen, most of the weapons
supplied by the US to Abbas in Gaza are now in the hands of those who have
sworn to destroy Israel and kill every Jew. And now the weapons continue to
flow into Gaza in preparation for all out war.”
– Jerry Golden,
It was Binyamin Netanyahu who coined
the name that has now been affixed to Gaza. He warned against Israel’s
“disengagement” from the Strip in 2005, saying the area would quickly be
turned into “Hamastan.”
MOSHE YAALON’S WARNING
If Israel had listened to ex-Chief of
Staff Moshe Yaalon before the Disengagement in 2005, Israel might not now be
facing such a dangerous situation in Gaza and the Negev. Yaalon warned at
the time that a unilateral withdrawal would empower and give a
‘supportive tail wind’ to Gaza terrorists.
GAZA FALLS TO HAMAS
Here are some extracts of an analysis
by David Dolan, a
Christian reporter based in Israel:
The significance of the Hamas takeover
there is just beginning to sink in as regional and world leaders deal with
the fallout from the virtual coup Hamas staged against the Palestinian
Twenty-eight years after a major
Middle East country, Iran, fell under the control of radical Islamic
fundamentalists, another piece of regional territory has been seized by
The fall of the Gaza Strip to complete
Hamas control during June was a shocking bit of evidence that Islamic
militants remain as powerful as ever in this troubled region after nearly
six years of the “War on Terror.”
Many Israeli military commentators
noted that the Palestinian Islamic group, an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim
Brotherhood that has long been banned by Arab regimes ruling from Cairo,
could not have taken complete control over the strategically-situated piece
of real estate if Israeli soldiers and civilians were still present in the
The fact that Washington, London and
other Western capitals urged Ariel Sharon - now in a deep coma for over 17
months - to uproot all 21 Jewish communities with over 8,000 residents from
the coastal zone has come back to haunt them, as it does every day the
thousands of Israeli civilians forced to endure intensified Hamas rocket
fire ever since the pullout was completed in September 2005.
The latest Hamas triumph not only
produced a new humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, it also dealt another
major political blow to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who was the principal
promoter of the unilateral withdrawal scheme.
Despite Olmert’s immediate contention
during his recent June visit to Washington that the conquest might actually
revive the dormant “land for peace” process, most analysts pointed out that
this proposition was extremely unlikely - given that the Hamas victory can
only further embolden the Islamic clerics who run Iran and their Syrian and
Hizb’allah allies, not to mention Al-Qaida activists: re-energizing all of
them to pursue
Iran’s declared goal of annihilating the world’s only Jewish State.
RESISTANCE SEIZES THE DAY
Just as Lebanese Shi’ite Hizb’allah
leaders could reasonably claim that their jihad fighters had “liberated” the
Land of the Cedars from detested “Israeli occupation” when IDF forces
evacuated the country in May 2000, so the
Palestinian Islamic Resistance
Movement - widely known by
its Arabic acronym, HAMAS - was successfully able to claim that its violent
“resistance” to Israeli rule had driven the hated Jews from the Gaza Strip
five years later.
This claim, widely accepted on the
Gaza Strip’s troubled streets, and also in Palestinian-controlled areas in
Samaria and Judea, led in turn to the group’s triumph in Palestinian
Legislative Council elections just four months after the Gaza Strip
evacuation was completed.
That in turn allowed the radical group
significant political cover to openly organize and arm a 3,000 man Gaza
militia force, buttressed by hundreds of local armed Hamas cells.
When the corruption-ridden PLO-Fatah-dominated
PA security force resisted this bold Hamas gambit, the stage was set for
internal armed clashes, which began in earnest just over one year ago.
Battles also occasionally broke out in PA zones north and south of
Jerusalem. But very few expected the official PA security contingent in
Gaza-numbering some 40,000 men, to crumble so quickly, as they did in the
fighting that raged for five days beginning on June 10.
Many analysts said the ominous truth
was that many of the armed PA-Fatah policemen saw the Islamic writing on the
wall and stayed out of the fray. This gave the heavily outnumbered Hamas
forces the critical advantage they needed.
The implications of the Hamas military
takeover - which overall PA leader Mahmoud Abbas termed a coup against his
rule - are unsettling to both Israeli and PLO leaders. The immediate
question that both are faced with is: Could the frightening Fatah collapse
that unfolded like lightening in the Gaza Strip be repeated in Judea and
Even more ominously, could clashes
then spread to nearby Palestinian-dominated
possibly threatening the Hashemite monarchy that has ruled the country since
its founding in the 1920s? And what about the several hundred thousand
Palestinians living in
- will clashes break out
there as well? r
‘SHOCK AND AWE’ FOR WHITE HOUSE
The Bush administration was initially
stunned by the Fatah collapse, and Hamas’s capture of the Gaza Strip.
Officials said the defeat of forces
aligned with Mahmoud Abbas took the administration by surprise.
They said that neither the
administration nor the U.S. intelligence community expected Fatah to
“There is shock and awe,” an official
said. “It’s a major blow to the administration’s policy.” At one point,
according to Middle East Newsline, the US urged Egypt to send
troops into the Gaza Strip to save Fatah. Officials said the Egyptians
refused, and the administration then pressed Abbas to launch a full-scale
offensive against Hamas. Abbas failed to do so.
Hamas is being
perceived as being much less reasonable than Fatah, and is increasingly
being viewed as a jihadist movement which threatens European and US
CONSEQUENCES OF THE GAZA TAKEOVER
The Gaza “coup” signals big regional
* The creation of a separate Gaza
entity complicates Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and makes successful
results very unlikely.
This could work in Israel’s favour,
for as long as the Palestinians continue dividing themselves, Israel does
not need to enter into the constant futile negotiations that serve only to
weaken its security. But ...
* International pressure is already
being applied, to cause Israel to fast forward negotiations aimed at
producing a Palestinian state – in the West Bank.
* If Hamas made significant inroads in
the West Bank, it would make things much more difficult for Israel.
* A Hamas-Fatah conflict in the West
Bank could create a major crisis for
It could lead to the collapse of the Hashemite regime in Jordan.
A Jordanian government official who
spoke on condition of anonymity because of the situation’s sensitivity,
said: “The fear is that if the fighting spreads to the West Bank, it will
further weaken Abbas and ultimately stir up trouble for Jordan.”
More than half of Jordan’s 5.5 million
population is Palestinian. “A Gaza-style civil war in the neighboring West
Bank could spark clashes between the factions’ supporters in the kingdom,
particularly in refugee camps where many support Hamas,” the official said.
* Hamas has managed to smuggle tons of
explosives and missiles into Gaza in spite of the EU and Egyptian guards and
monitors on the Gaza-Egypt border. Reports say that Hamas now has
anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles in its arsenal. An all-out war will be
inevitable, in which Israel will be compelled to use more powerful weapons.
This will produce much more “collateral damage,” and evoke the inevitable
international outpouring of wrath on the Zionists.
* Hizb’allah, Hamas, Syria, Iran, and
the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are encouraged at the way things are
developing. With the Hizb’allah withstanding Israel’s assault last year, and
now the Hamas “triumphant coup” in Gaza, these radical forces are getting
the smell of victory!
* The Hamas conquest portends another
round of armed attacks upon Israel from Iranian-back forces, including
Hizb’allah, Hamas, and probably Syria also.
* The Hamas takeover also is another
serious blow to US foreign policy in the region, which has been off course
ever since President Bill Clinton pushed Yitzhak Rabin to shake hands with
the weak Yasser Arafat on the White House lawns in September 1993.
President Bush was warned early that an attack upon Saddam Hussein, would
bring a Shi’ite-dominated government to Iraq, and that this would embolden
Shi’ite Iran and all its allies, especially Hamas, Syria, and Hizb’allah.
Israeli generals also warned Ariel
Sharon that a unilateral pullout from Gaza would lead to a Hamas terrorist
state. Sharon and Olmert rejected the advice. Then the Bush administration
insisted, over Israel’s better sense, that the outlawed terrorist group,
Hamas, must be included in the political process for the “democratic”
Palestinian elections in early 2005.
The result of Sharon’s and Bush’s
stubborn decisions is that they have enabled Hamastan to become much more
than a “thorn in the flesh,” and assures the region has more wars. As the
prophet Daniel wrote:
“The end will
come like a flood. To the end there will be war, and desolations have been
THE IRANIAN HAND
Israeli Mideast experts were almost
unanimous in seeing the veiled hand of Iran behind the latest regional
upheaval. Some said that nearly 30 years after Ayatollah Khomeini marched
into Tehran to the adulation of millions of Iranians, the Shi’ite regime
believes it is now on the verge of establishing a new Persian empire that
will eventually have ascendancy over regional Sunni Muslims.
Waking up to the harrowing possibility
that a nuclear armed Iran just might succeed in reaching that vaulted goal,
Arab League ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo in mid-June to
discuss the Gaza crisis. Predictably, Iran’s only Arab ally, Syria, resisted
attempts to issue a unanimous condemnation of the horrendously brutal Hamas
takeover and a statement of support for Abbas.
GAZA NOW A POVERTY-STRIKEN, PARIAH STATE
A Hamas-run Gaza may seal the coastal
strip’s pariah status. Already, two-thirds of Gazans live in poverty amid a
punishing international aid boycott imposed after Hamas won parliamentary
elections last year.
Gaza’s unemployment rate was more than 35%, compared to 18% in the West
Bank. Gaza’s poverty has led to political and religious radicalization.
GAZA’S CHRISTIANS “MUST ACCEPT ISLAMIC RULE”
In the first half of the 20th century,
Palestinian Christians represented 25 per cent of the population, but due to
migration as a result of the occupation, they now constitute less than 2 per
cent of the population of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.
About 2,000 Christians, including a
few hundred evangelical believers, live in the Gaza Strip, which has a
population of about 1.4 million. Reports say they are in imminent danger
following the Hamas takeover.
During the recent
Fatah-Hamas battle, attacks were launched on several churches and a
Christian school in Gaza City.
A senior Hamas official warned that
Christian women, from now on, must cover their heads in public, as Muslim
women are required to do. He added that all alcoholic beverages, including
ceremonial wine, will be banned from Gaza.
“I expect our Christian neighbors to
understand the new Hamas rule means real changes. They must be ready for
Islamic rule if they want to live in peace in Gaza,” said Sheikh Abu Saqer,
leader of Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamic movement that recently announced the
opening of a “military wing” to enforce Muslim law in Gaza.
“The situation has now changed 180
degrees in Gaza,” he said. “Also the activities of Internet cafes, pool
halls, and bars must be stopped. If it goes on, we’ll attack these things
Abu Saqer accused the leadership of
the Gaza Christian community of “proselytizing and trying to convert Muslims
with funding from American evangelicals. “This missionary activity is
endangering the entire Christian community in Gaza,” he said, and threatened
that any Christian caught carrying out any missionary activity would be
“harshly dealt with.”
Pray for the Christian community as
they will either have to flee, or live under terrible persecution.
“Be of sober spirit, be on
the alert, for your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour. But resist him, standing firm in the
SDEROT AND ASHKELON UNDER FIRE
have been fired on Israel
from Gaza since the withdrawal from Gaza in Sept. 2005).
Twelve Israelis have been killed, many
people have been injured, and dozens of homes have been destroyed in this
time. Residents in Sderot receive 15 seconds warning of incoming rockets.
Hamas leader Ismail
Haniyeh said that his Islamist party is
responsible for protecting Israel.
ISRAEL’S OPTIONS IN GAZA
The Hamas victory in Gaza puts an
Iranian-backed militia not just on Israel’s northern border, but also on its
southern one. Israel will now be forced to retaliate harshly to protect its
civilians, despite the fact that previous military incursions into the
densely populated territory have failed to halt the rocket fire.
In a gloomy verdict, Reuven Pedatzur,
an Israeli defence expert at the Center for Strategic Dialogue said, “Gaza
is lost. We now have the worst of all worlds, and we have nothing to do.
Israel, unfortunately, is out of options.”
Although Israel is wrestling with a
complex set of military options to stop attacks from the territory, and with
a debate over its humanitarian responsibilities for the strip’s 1.4 million
people, former generals say Israel now has
a wider range of military options
to contain rocket fire from the
Hamas is considered a terrorist
organization by the US, the EU and Israel, and the government it is running
in Gaza has not been recognized internationally.
The fact that Hamas explicitly rejects
the existence of the Jewish state gives the Israelis no reason to make
concessions. (Bargaining with Hamas gets Israel nothing!)
But now that Gaza is Fatah-free,
Israel is treating Gaza as a pariah ‘state.’ Some in the Israeli cabinet
want to declare Gaza ‘an enemy state’ and respond to Hamas’s rocket attacks
But at the same time, Israeli generals
warn that Hamas’s forces are likely to grow stronger with complete control
of weapons-smuggling routes into Gaza from Egypt.
Yaakov Amidror, a retired major
general who headed the assessment and evaluation branch of Israel’s military
intelligence, said Israeli forces could move into Gaza and
occupy the rocket-launching areas, and deploy along the
Egypt-Gaza border to deter smuggling.
“Is there a military solution to what
has happened? Yes,” Amidror said. “But it will be very costly in Palestinian
and Israeli lives, very time consuming, and very expensive. And it will be
very hard to stay.”
Israel could continuously block the
borders, leading to a deeper humanitarian crisis. And more dramatic steps,
such as cutting off water and electricity to Gaza could be applied, even
though it would create an uproar in the international community.
A prophecy about Gaza, Ashkelon, Ekron
and Ashdod which were Philistine cities.
“Ashkelon will see
it and be afraid. Gaza too will writhe in great pain; Ekron also, for
her expectation has dried up. Moreover, the king will perish from Gaza, and
Ashkelon will not be inhabited. A mixed race will settle in Ashdod, and I
will cut off the pride of the Philistines.”
LIEBERMAN WANTS NATO TROOPS IN GAZA
Israeli Minister for Strategic Affairs
Avigdor Lieberman discussed deploying NATO forces in the Gaza Strip in a
meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary General Alessandro Minuto Rizzo in
The two discussed deploying a force to
preserve order and prevent weapon smuggling into the Gaza Strip. Lieberman
also brought up the matters of aerial defence, technological research and
development and intelligence cooperation between Israel and NATO.
Lieberman visited Europe in June to
hold a round of talks with European leaders. The Yisrael Beiteinu
chairman stopped in Brussels and Madrid to discuss several matters related
to the situation in the Middle East, including the Iranian nuclear threat.
During his tour of Europe, Lieberman
also met with representatives of the
European People’s Party,
the largest transnational
European political party which consists mainly of conservative, center-right
parties. Members of the EPP include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new
French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Lieberman is examining the possibility
of having Yisrael Beiteinu join the EPP, as part of his declared
plans to bring Israel into the European Union.
EGYPT OPPOSES INTNL FORCE ON BORDER
July. 3. Egypt opposes the deployment
of a multi-national force along the Philadelphi Corridor, according to the
London-based Asharq alawsat newspaper. Cairo and Washington have been
working together to find a solution regarding the issue, an Egyptian source
told the newspaper.
Hamas has rejected a call, initiated
by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, to deploy an international
force in the Gaza Strip, warning that its men would attack any such force.
Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, who
heads the rival PA government in Gaza, said an international force was not
acceptable. “We in Gaza and the Palestinian territories are under occupation
and we don’t need any more forces to pressure the Palestinian people.”
Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com
EU OBSERVERS LEAVING GAZA-EGYPT CROSSING
The European Union is abandoning its
role of monitoring the Gaza-Egypt border, one of the conditions of Israel’s
leaving the strategic Philadelphi Route, which runs along the Israeli side
of the border.
The border has been officially closed
since Hamas won the civil war with Fatah over control of Gaza, though nearly
4,000 PA Arabs managed to cross over to Egypt in the following days.
The EU observers’ official departure
is said to signal the Quartet’s (US, Russia, the EU and UN) expectations
that the crossing will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The
monitors’ effectiveness in preventing weapons smuggling has been questioned
as well, with evidence that Hamas managed to smuggle tons of explosives and
even missiles into Gaza despite the presence of the observers.
The EU office in charge of the
observers said that of the 87 stationed there, all but 15 would be leaving
Gaza. The remaining observers will be on standby in case the border opens on
– Arutz Sheva / 8
ABBAS FORMS EMERGENCY GOVERNMENT
Faced with the
worst humiliation so far in his troubled time as President, Abbas wasted no
time in dissolving the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Unity Government that was
formed less than 3 months before.
PA leader replaced it on June 15 with an “emergency government” made
up mostly of technocrats led by former Finance Minister
who was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 as
head of the new “Third Way” political party.
Born in Jordan and a graduate of the
University of Texas Austin campus, Fayyad spent two decades living in the
United States - part of that time working at the World Bank. The former
economist has strong ties to the Bush Administration. This well known fact
naturally makes him an American lackey in the eyes of many Palestinians, and
a probable target of Hamas attack.
Seemingly confirming Fayyad’s
“collaborator” status in many Arab eyes, Western leaders flocked to endorse
the new cabinet, followed later on by China and other world powers.
However, despite the quick
international support, the new PA government will only effectively hold sway
in portions of Judea and Samaria, where about 2.5 million Palestinians live
(as compared to an estimated 1.4 now under Hamas control in Gaza).
The emergency government will at least
have lots of money to play with - both the U S and the EU rushed to lift
economic sanctions imposed on the former Hamas-led government in 2006. But
some Israeli analysts questioned the wisdom of this move, noting that
Fatah’s economic corruption was a major factor in the Hamas electoral
victory in the first place.
They argued that opening the financial
faucet once again will only breed the same results as last time -
wide-spread Palestinian public revulsion against Fatah elites who are
perceived to be living the high life due to generous international largess,
while the masses virtually starve.
While holding talks in Washington with
President Bush and other senior American officials, Ehud Olmert told
reporters that the Hamas triumph and PA-Gaza collapse might somehow energize
the PLO-Israeli Oslo peace process. According to his thesis, the fact that
Abbas had effectively cut to pieces the February Mecca accord that joined
his Fatah party with Hamas in a so-called unity government, might just open
the way for a separate peace deal with Abbas in his only remaining base of
power, PA-dominated areas of Jordan’s former West Bank.
However, dozens of Israeli Knesset
members, including increasingly popular opposition leader Binyamin
Netanyahu, joined many media analysts in terming this extreme wishful
thinking. They noted that Hamas had won an overwhelming majority of votes in
the West Bank, as well as in Gaza, during the January 2005 Palestinian
And despite the imposition of
international economic sanctions against the Hamas-dominated cabinet,
widespread support for the radical group did not wane, as proved by the
group’s subsequent triumph in municipal elections in several Palestinian
towns later in 2006.
The main reason many Palestinians gave
for supporting Hamas in the first place
corruption in the PA and Fatah
- has not changed. In fact, various
attempts to implement real reforms in both bodies since then have largely
failed, as has been widely reported in the Palestinian press.
U.S. WANTS FAST TRACK TALKS
TO BOOST ABBAS
The failure of its two-state plan
which led to the establishment of an Islamist terror mini-state in Gaza,
should – observers believe – compel Washington to admit to the bankruptcy of
But President Bush and Condoleezza
Rice see an opportunity in the new situation, and they want to fast track
“peace talks” that will see Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) handed over
to an Abbas-led Palestinian state.
The US “aims to accelerate the
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to allow Abbas to present some achievement.
Washington will urge Israel to reconsider loosening its military grip on the
PA-occupied parts of Judea and Samaria, and to unfreeze tax funds being
withheld from the PA.”
But any US effort to push ahead with
the land-for-peace process in the face of its implosion in Gaza will be
looked upon as folly of the worst kind by many in Israel.
Some observers are asking,
“Why would Israel suddenly be able to negotiate a final peace deal with
Abbas that would actually stick in the face of overwhelming Islamic
opposition - when it could not do that with the late Yasser Arafat, who was
known as the ‘founding father of the Palestinian nation’?”
Fatah has taken advantage of its
violent expulsion from Gaza to claim that it has now established a Hamas-free
government in Judea and Samaria.
A prominent Hamas man from the Gaza,
however, has been appointed as Social Welfare and Agriculture Minister in
Fatah’s unilaterally declared government. Sheikh Mahmoud Habbash said he
agreed to be a part of Fatah’s new PA government because it is his “national
duty at this very sensitive and difficult stage.”
For some days Fatah continued to
arrest Hamas members in Judea and Samaria, until Hamas threatened to attack
Fatah in the region if the persecution of its members continued.
SCEPTICISM ABOUT ABBAS
The decision to aid Abbas was made
despite scepticism about his chances for success - in view of past
experience. Olmert and Bush agree they must counter the impression that
Abbas failed because Israel or the U.S. failed him.
Tzipi Livni, Israel’s minister for
Foreign Affairs, stressed the importance of the new Government in the PA,
saying that “it enables progress in matters that have been at an impasse
during the period of the unity government and enables progress in the peace
Livni and Fayyad
had been in close touch during the months prior to the establishment of the
Fatah-Hamas unity government, and have met occasionally to discuss the
political horizon of the Palestinian track.
AT SHARM EL-SHEIKH
IN mid June, PM Ehud Olmert met with
President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Hosni
Mubarak of Egypt, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Mr Olmert was in a mood to make
generous promises in an effort to boost the new emergency Palestinian
* He agreed to give Abbas’ new
government hundreds of millions of dollars of the taxes Israel collects on
behalf of the Palestinians, and which has been withheld over the past 18
* He announced his decision to free
250 Fatah prisoners “without blood on their hands.”
* He is reportedly open to the idea of
providing the veteran Fatah/PLO organization with military equipment.
* He acceded to Abbas’ request to
continue to supply Gaza with electricity, water, medical services, food and
drugs. “We have no interest in punishing that population only because it is
ruled by a terrorist organization and extremist elements interested in
destruction,” he said.
Mahmoud Abbas, responding, said: “The
key is in our hands. I turn to my partner, PM Olmert, to begin diplomatic
negotiations, with an agreed timetable, to
establish a Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its
capital, that will live in
peace and security alongside Israel and assume responsibility for its
The Palestinian president said that
this would fulfill the desires of the vast majority of the Palestinian
people - to live in peace and put an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Abbas reiterated that the PLO recognized Israel in the 1993 Oslo accords,
and called on Olmert “not to miss this historic opportunity so we can live
as neighbours in two states inside the 1967 borders.” He said the roots of
terrorism needed to be uprooted and “a culture of peace” established.
Mr Mubarak said that peace could be
attained “if brave steps were taken,” and that he believed Hamas and Fatah
would overcome their “differences.” He offered to play a mediating role to
bring them back together.
OLMERT’S PROMISE OF ARMS FOR FATAH
tc "OLMERT’S PROMISE OF ARMS FOR FATAH "
Ehud Olmert promised, at the summit,
to enable Fatah to carry weapons. But in 1994, when the implementation of
the Oslo process was just getting underway, Olmert was one of those who
signed a petition calling on then-PM Yitzchak Rabin not to give guns to the
The Rabin-Peres government of those
days felt that the arrival of tens of thousands of PLO terrorists into
Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and the need for them to instill law and order and
assert their authority over anti-Oslo elements, justified Israel’s giving
them weapons. Rabin said at the time, “Fatah will fight Hamas without [the
restrictions of] the Supreme Court.”
MK Uri Ariel (National Union), who
served at the time as Secretary-General of the Council of Jewish Communities
in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, notes that Olmert was only one of the many
Knesset Members who objected to this approach.
Ariel gathered the signatures of no
fewer than 68 MKs who objected. The petition they signed read, “Giving
weapons to Arabs who took part in the murder of their own brothers, and of
Jews, is an unethical act, and is an unjust endangerment of Jews and Arabs.”
MK Ariel admits that the circumstances
have changed since then - making it even
to give them guns now: “Before
the Oslo Accords, it could have been claimed that we should experiment with
strengthening the Palestinian moderates against the extremists - but today,
after 1,500 Israelis have been murdered in terrorist attacks, it is clear
the experiment has failed. Now that we have given them guns which they
turned against us, it would be madness and total folly to try this
ridiculous recklessness again.”
But, in what critics have described as
a desperate effort to reassert himself in a role he is widely regarded unfit
for, PM Ehud Olmert is taking steps that will have a major, detrimental
effect on his nation’s security, and will certainly cost more Jews their
His commitment to establishing Fatah
as a “peace partner” is wholehearted. -
/ 26 June
COMMENT BY JERUSALEM
“June 24. The Israeli government has
set the Jewish state once more on course towards destruction by opening the
door for the creation of a Fatah-controlled Palestinian state in Judea and
“This move – which is wholeheartedly
approved by the US administration – comes after Abbas showed himself
incapable of exercising what authority he had been given over the previously
“Olmert has moved to establish an
artificial Israel-and-US-created entity, and has provided it with a
temporary life-support system in the hope that by doing so the Arabs on the
street will swing their support behind Fatah and away from Hamas.
“Apparently lost behind this
smokescreen is the reality that Abbas and his Fatah are anti-semitic
terrorists whose hands are drenched with the blood of Jews, and who remain
as committed as Hamas is to eradicating the Jewish state from the Middle
East - even though they are as secularites rather than Islamists.
“Right-thinking Israelis and Christian
Zionists have warned about the folly of continuing on a path whose premise
has already been proven bankrupt, which has terribly eroded Israel’s
security, and which has cost the lives of thousands of Jews.”
GOV’T VOTES TO FREE 250 TERRORISTS
The government has approved the
release of 250 convicted Arab prisoners, as a goodwill gesture to PA chief
Mahmoud Abbas. Only prisoners without “blood on their hands” are to be
released. (Some of the terrorists being freed, attempted to murder Israelis
but missed their targets.)
Voting against Abbas’ proposal were
Transportation Minister Sha’ul Mofaz, the four Shas ministers (Yishai,
Attias, Nahari and Yitzchak Cohen), and Tourism Minister Yitzchak
Aharonovitch of Yisrael Beiteinu. Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor
Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu leader ) was not present, but voted in
writing against the deal.
ministers stated that if Arab terrorists are freed,
Jews in prison
for security-related crimes should also be released.
Olmert admitted that releasing the 250
terrorists will not convince Hamas and Hizb’allah terrorists to free their
IDF hostages. But, he explained, the move was a “good will” gesture to
support President Abbas’ new government.
Minister Mofaz said the decision was
pointless, in that “releasing 250 small-fry would not help Abbas at all.”
Mofaz predicted that
in any event, Hamas and Fatah would re-unite within several months.
Olmert said, “We hope to be able to
use every means that can strengthen and encourage the moderate elements in
the Palestinian Authority, so that we can go in the direction of creating
conditions of real dialogue.”
This “strengthening the moderates”
strategy has governed much of Israeli policy since the signing of the Oslo
Accords with Yasser Arafat in 1993. Ever since then, the Fatah terrorist
organization has received guns and money that were used to murder hundreds
of Israelis, has refused to change its charter calling for Israel’s
destruction, and has lost control of Gaza to Hamas.
– Arutz Sheva / 8
ABBAS WANTS STATEHOOD
The PA president has called for
immediate negotiations to determine the borders of a Palestinian state, the
status of refugees, and the future of Jerusalem. The Israeli Prime Minister
has tepidly pledged to talk with Abbas about how to begin such negotiations.
“ONLY WAY TO RESCUE ABBAS”
“The only way Abbas can be rescued is
by getting a political process started with Israel,” said Walid Salem of the
Panorama center, a Palestinian institute in Jerusalem that promotes
democracy. “Otherwise, what happened in Gaza will happen in the West Bank
within two years.”
The political split between the West
Bank and Gaza has cast doubts on whether the formula of a Palestinian state
existing side by side with Israel is still viable. And it strengthens calls
in Israel for the government to
abandon the idea of a
Former Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu,
and other politicians, have redoubled their arguments that
the idea of a Palestinian
state in Gaza and the West Bank is over.
FATAH WANTS IMMUNITY FOR WANTED TERRORISTS
While Hamas is working on a deal to
release kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for hundreds of
Palestinian terrorists currently imprisoned in Israeli jails, Abbas’ Fatah
party is seeking to keep PA terrorists from being targeted by Israel.
According to an official in the PA,
during recent meetings between Israeli and PA officials, the PA side sought
on Israeli pursuit of
wanted terrorists in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Riad Al-Maliki, Minister of Justice
and Information in the Judea and Samaria-region PA government, said in order
to strengthen Abbas’ and Fatah’s hands in PA society, he expects Israel to
that it will cease hunting down PA terrorists.
This, he explained, will smooth
the way for the implementation of the new PA’s security plans.
Maliki also revealed that the head of
Israel’s General Security Services (GSS), Yuval Diskin, met with the PA’s
Interior Minister, Abd Al-Razek Al-Yahya. Their central issue was the PA’s
At a recent meeting, the new
Palestinian PM, Salam Fayyad, and Abd Al-Razek Al-Yahya discussed with new
Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, the
and other security-related
issues, including Fayyad’s plans to collect weapons from the Palestinian
populace. Fayyad also raised the issue of ways in which Israel could
strengthen the regime of Abbas and his emergency government, such as
removing IDF checkpoints in Judea and Samaria.
ABBAS WANTS LOTS OF ARMOURED VEHICLES, RIFLES AND
Prior to the Sharm el-Sheikh summit, a
spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian president would
that Israel release hundreds of
terrorists and supply his Fatah “security forces” with more weapons,
purportedly to keep Hamas from taking over Judea and Samaria as it recently
took the Gaza Strip.
The Jerusalem Post quoted a PA
official as insisting,
“We want thousands of rifles,
hundreds of armored vehicles and a lot of ammunition.”
ABBAS WANTS MARWAN BARGHOUTI FREED
Marwan Barghouti is serving five
life-sentences for the murder of Israeli Jews and the attempted murder of
more, but he may soon be set free to take his place as the wildly popular
leader of Fatah’s young guard.
His release would largely be
attributed to the leftist political camp in Israel. The wheels that will
likely see Barghouti walk out of Hadarim prison as a “heroic champion of the
‘Palestinian’ cause” have been rolling ever since his sentencing and
imprisonment in May 2004. They began running faster this month, when
Israel’s former deputy defence minister, Ephraim Sneh, held a secret
two-hour meeting with the convict.
Mahmoud Abbas is known to have called
for Barghouti’s release during a meeting with Ehud Olmert two weeks ago.
Olmert at the time indicated this would not happen. But Abbas’ argument that
Barghouti’s freedom at his request would further support him in his power
struggle against the Hamas leadership, appears to have resonated with the
Israeli government, which has publicly spelled out its strong intention to
help strengthen Abbas and his government.
Middle East observers note that
today’s political recommendations, especially when they fit the left’s
agenda, frequently become tomorrow’s political realities.
YADLIN’S WARNING AND ASSURANCE
Major General Amos Yadlin, Chief of
Military Intelligence, told participants at a Jewish Agency conference in
Jerusalem in June that
not withdraw from Judea and Samaria
(The West Bank).
Nor should it fear a nuclear threat from Iran.
THE WEST BANK
Yadlin was addressing a wide range of
security-related issues, among them the controversial subjects of Israeli
withdrawal from parts of Judea and Samaria, and the possible need for a
military response to a nuclear threat from Iran. He warned that a unilateral
withdrawal from Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria would be
tantamount to inviting Hamas to re-enact its takeover of Gaza.
“Hamas does not want peace with
Israel,” he pointed out. “It is continuing its terrorist activities, and
moderate Palestinians are unable to do anything about [the situation], even
though they want peace.”
Yadlin added that he does not believe
a political agreement with the PA is in Israel’s best interest. “If Israel
withdraws from the West Bank,” he warned, “what happened in Gaza will happen
The intelligence chief also spoke
about the threat of war with Syrian and/or another possible conflict with
Hizb’allah this summer on Israel’s northern border. Yadlin admitted that
Syria is indeed readying itself for war, but added that it does not appear
to be committed to carrying out an attack on Israel.
A more serious threat, said Yadlin, is
the prospect of an Islamic Republic armed with an atomic bomb.
“Iran is trying to prevent any control
over its nuclear development activities,” he said, but noted that the
growing threat to Israel is now becoming a threat to Arab nations in the
region, “who are beginning to understand that Iran is dangerous” to them as
Yadlin was upbeat about Israel’s
ability to deal with the threat of terrorism, be it local or international.
“Today, Israel is prospering, and
terrorism has very little influence over our everyday life. IDF and
General Security Service (Shin Bet)
officers arrest terrorists every night,” he emphasized.
As far as the threat from Iran, said
Yadlin, “We will do whatever is necessary to neutralize the Iranian threat.
Israel is strong enough to handle any danger.”
3-STATE SOLUTION ?
The Hamas takeover of Gaza revealed
deep divisions within the Palestinian identity.
And while some think the split between
Fatah and Hamas will be temporary, the vision of a united Palestine state
living alongside Israel seems more remote than ever.
There is now a growing opinion that
believes a three-state solution makes historical sense.
To a large extent, the people of Gaza
and the West Bank are two different peoples. With the exception of the joint
distribution of foreign aid and political patronage, the two regions have
very little to tie them together.
Gaza, from the early 1800s, was
culturally dominated by neighbouring Egypt, and a large number of its
residents were Egyptians.
The West Bank, on the other hand,
became culturally and economically linked with Jordan after the
kingdom’s founding in 1921. It also has had a prosperous Christian minority,
which served as a moderating influence.
After the establishment of Israel
in 1948 there were quite different results. In 1950, Jordan annexed the West
Bank, granted its residents citizenship and created a bureaucratic and legal
infrastructure that helped connect the West Bank with the rest of the Arab
The Egyptian occupation of Gaza,
however, was both careless and brutal. Gazans remained stateless and were
forbidden to leave the strip. Egypt never created a Gazan civil service,
placing Egyptians in charge of all civil and military posts.
More than a million refugees and their
descendants live in the Gaza Strip, making up more than 84% of the total
population - and nearly 50% still live in camps.
The much larger West Bank integrated
its refugees far more successfully. Only 26% of refugees are in camps
there - representing less than 10% of the total population. Because they
have family and economic ties to the West Bank, they are more rooted and
amenable to political compromise.
The West Bank has been the staging
area for the vast majority of suicide bombings during the Palestinian
uprising that began in 2000. And Fatah militants have killed more Israelis
than the Hamas has!
The problem with a three state
solution is that neither of the Palestinian factions will agree to it as a
FATAH-HAMAS BATTLES NOT FINISHED!
June 21. The forces of the West Bank
government have raided Hamas offices in Ramallah and Nablus and reportedly
arrested some 1,500 Hamas activists.
A Hamas spokesman
told the Associated Press that the Islamist group would use its
terrorist tactics of suicide bombers and car-bombs against Fatah in an
upcoming battle. The group continues to execute Fatah men in Gaza, where
checkpoints have been set up, with laptop databases upon which it is marked
whether the person should be executed, crippled or arrested.
chief Mohammed Dahlan, who fled Gaza for Egypt two months ago, fearing
for his life, and is now living in Ramallah, warned that there is a
grave danger of Hamas beating Fatah in Judea and Samaria as well.
Dahlan told Reuters that
the US and Israel were not
funding and arming Fatah enough,
calling Hamas’s takeover of Gaza “an occupation.”
He also claimed he went to Germany for
knee surgery, - not to flee the fighting.
terrorist Marwan Barghouti released a statement from his cell at Israel’s
Hadarim Prison calling for Dahlan and other Fatah leaders to be replaced.
the release of the kidnapped BBC journalist, Alan Johnston, on July 4,
(after being held captive by Gaza militants for 114 days), Hamas is seeking
to present itself as being humanitarian and conciliatory.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh presented Alan Johnston “alive and
well” at a special press conference,
Beaming benevolently, Haniyeh joked
with reporters as he draped a “Palestinian” flag around the neck of the
still dazed Briton.
Johnston sheepishly removed the flag
but an unfazed Haniyeh smiled and pressed a “Palestine” badge onto his
lapel, before shaking his hand once more, and describing the event as “a
happy moment for the Palestinian people.”
commented: “Still smiling, as if he were really committing a charitable act,
Haniyeh went on to tell Israel how it could secure the release of its son,
IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit who Hamas kidnapped more than a year ago and has
held without once allowing a member of his family to see a picture of his
‘If the Israelis think reasonably and
rationally, and take into account the humanitarian issue and the suffering
of the Palestinian prisoners, we will be able to reach a deal,’ the generous
Hamas leader said. (Of course, Hamas wants hundreds of Hamas prisoners
released in exchange for Gilad.)
“In looking to the world for applause
and admiration for this proof of its ‘humanity,’ Hamas had a clear and
unmistakable goal: to lever enough appreciation from the media so as to be
portrayed in a different light, thereby nudging western nations into
recognizing the organization as an address for doing business with. And the
world’s press fell for it, as did some of its politicians.”
It was a moment of satisfaction for
the Hamas leader. Buoyed by showing that Hamas can deliver, Haniyeh is
gambling on sharing power with Abbas once more, and/or, receiving sufficient
recognition to make him a direct recipient of foreign aid.
Arab groups have a
long and colorful history of splitting up and then making up again. It is
the enduring common hatred of Israel that most frequently works to heal
those fractured friendships.
BRITISH MPS URGE ENGAGEMENT WITH HAMAS
July 5. A group of British
parliamentarians is calling for international engagement with the militant
Hamas movement, after it helped free Alan Johnston in Gaza. Twenty MPs from
all parties, including Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, signed the
Commons motion a day after the BBC correspondent’s release. It says Hamas’s
“pivotal role” in ending his kidnap shows it should join Palestinian
reconciliation efforts. - BBC
HAMAS ANTICIPATES INHERITING FATAH’S ARMS AND CASH
As PM Olmert continues to pledge his
support for the newly-formed PA shadow-government set up by Fatah, Hamas is
looking forward to ultimately inheriting the aid that will come to the Fatah
A senior Hamas leader told
WorldNetDaily that Hamas is encouraged by the funding and arming of
Fatah in Judea and Samaria – as the Islamist group is certain it will
inherit those weapons and funds just as it did when it took over Gaza.
“Like the American weapons in Gaza we
told you would come to Hamas, the weapons and aid the Americans are giving
to Abu Mazen (Abbas) as part of their conspiracy against us in the West
Bank, will also find its way to the Palestinian resistance and Hamas,” Hamas’
Abu Abdullah said. He “hopes” that the US will continue to provide large
quantities of weaponry to Fatah so Hamas can inherit them.
Hamas is currently “swimming” in
American weapons seized from Fatah facilities, according to Abdullah.
EGYPT MOVES EMBASSY TO THE WEST BANK
JUNE 19, 07. In a stark sign of its
rejection of the Hamas bloody takeover of the Gaza Strip, Egypt announced it
was moving its embassy from Gaza to the West Bank.
A group of Egyptian diplomats have
already left for the West Bank town of Ramallah, the statement said, ending
a 15-year presence in Gaza. The Egyptian ambassador is due to arrive in
Ramallah in the coming days.
THE “MODERATE” MAHMOUD ABBAS
“Hamas has taken over the entire Gaza
Strip and has turned it into another Taliban state. Now the world is being
told the good news is that Mahmoud Abbas can now be dealt with in Judea and
Samaria because he is a ‘moderate.’
“Everyone seems to have forgotten that
Fatah is a terrorist organization, and that the Aksa Martyrs Brigade which
has killed more Jews with suicide bombers than Hamas has, is under the
control of Abbas and Fatah!
“Everyone seems to have forgotten that
the reason the average “Palestinian” voted for Hamas in their election was
because they were fed up with all the corruption in the Abbas government.
“And now we hear Condoleezza Rice say
Israel must now support Abbas and give him millions of dollars to rearm his
Last January, in what was described as
“a major speech that was warm to Hamas and harsh to Israel and the US,
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas declared:
“Our rifles, all our rifles
are aimed at the Occupation. Both Hamas and Fatah should be turning their
guns on Israel and not on each other.”
Even since Hamas turned on Abbas and
drove his Fatah PLO faction from the Gaza Strip, a commentator in Israel
says, “Nothing else has changed, least of all Fatah’s resolve to wipe Israel
off the map of the Middle East.”
WILL FATAH EVER CHANGE?
The big idea now sweeping Western
capitals is that Fatah must learn to compete with Hamas as a provider of
But as one commentator says, “It’s not
very realistic to imagine that Fatah can suddenly change its ways and learn
to run aid programs honestly. Fatah is a criminal gang, and it inevitably
acts like one.”
Over the years, billions of dollars of
aid have been donated to the Palestinian Authority. Much of that money has
been stolen or wasted.
In 2006, the Palestinians collected
more Western aid per capita than any other people on earth: US $300 per
year, as compared to US $44 for sub-Saharan Africa.
Even worse, because UN relief agencies
have allowed themselves to be penetrated and captured by Hamas, much of the
Western aid has ended up reinforcing the people we supposedly want to
FATAH’S AL-AKSA BRIGADES REMAINS
July 8. Fatah’s pledge to disarm its
Al-Aksa Brigades has not been fulfilled, and the group’s militants
still rule the streets of PA-controlled Judea and Samaria.
has issued a press release demanding Abbas fire Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Fayyad, who is trusted by the US and controls the bank account through which
Western monies are funneled to the PA, was appointed when Fatah established
its own government in Judea and Samaria after being overthrown in Gaza.
Fayyad has recently called for Al-Aksa
Bridages to be dismantled and also warned Islamic preachers that they
would be arrested if they incited against Fatah.
accused Fayyad of “providing Hamas with a free service and giving it an
alibi to attack the emergency government and its policies, since such
statements [calling for local terror groups to be disarmed] indicate that
this government is against the resistance.”
The group also quoted Fayyad’s
interview with CNN where he claimed that local terror gangs had “brought
misery to the Palestinian people.” The Brigades said: “Now the truth
is clear to us. Fayyad is America’s man in Palestine. He is the first
Palestinian Prime Minister who carries an American citizenship.”
– Source: Arutz Sheva / 8 July 07
ISRAELI TROOPS STILL HAVE TO BATTLE FATAH MILITANTS
JUNE 28. Israeli troops imposed a
curfew on downtown Nablus and clashed with Fatah militants in a raid that
was an indication that Israel will not stop fighting militants linked to the
Fatah movement - even though Israel is supporting Abbas in his struggle
Abbas announced that he would disarm
all militants in the West Bank, even Fatah gunmen who nominally owe him
allegiance - the same ones battling the Israelis in Nablus. But it was
unclear how the weakened Abbas would enforce the order.
A Fatah militant in the West Bank town
of Jenin said that while he supported Abbas’ decree, his men would not lay
down their arms because they were needed to fight Israel.
Hamas, now the sole ruler in Gaza, has
reduced its attacks on Israel since its lightning 5-day rout of its Fatah
rivals, concentrating instead on consolidating its rule in the chaotic
Most of the dozens of rockets fired at
Israel’s southern towns in recent weeks were launched by the smaller
Islamic Jihad group, which also has taken to shelling border crossings
used to send humanitarian aid from Israel into Gaza.
The internationally isolated Hamas
government appealed this week for a halt to attacks on the crossings,
calling them Gaza’s “lifeline.”
AL-AKSA TERRORISTS TRYING FOR DIPLOMAS
Dozens of armed Fatah terrorists
claiming membership in the Al-Aksa Brigades group stormed high school
matriculation exams in Shechem Saturday, shooting in the air. They expressed
outrage that they were not being allotted a special room to take tests in,
which they claimed was necessary “for security reasons” as many are wanted
The Al-Aksa terrorists reportedly are
seeking to obtain high-school diplomas in preparation for being hired by
Fatah’s security forces, which offer a higher salary for high-school
Fatah will reportedly offer amnesty to
terrorists who join the security forces, offering them a salary and the
ability to keep their weapons in return for loyalty to Abbas and Fayyad.
Sheva / 8 July 07
“MODERATE” ABBAS EXPLODES AS HE DISCOVERS AN ASSASSINATION
The Bush administration has helped to
launder and re-package Mahmoud Abbas as a “moderate.” Of course the last
thing in the world he would ever call himself is a “terrorist;” and he would
not even call Hamas suicide bombers terrorists.
For decades Mahmoud Abbas was one of
Yasser Arafat’s inner circle, a top PLO lieutenant who planned, approved of,
and/or openly supported the murder and maiming of thousands of Jewish men,
women and children in numerous acts of terrorism. And he has always refused
to restrain or criticize in any way, the Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
which has carried out more acts of terrorism than Hamas.
His doctoral thesis denied the
Holocaust, and he has repeatedly rejected the Jews’ historic claim to their
heartland. He does not hesitate in allowing “Palestinian” television to
freely broadcast lies and anti-semitic libels against the State of Israel
and the Jewish people.
Not once, since the signing of the
Oslo Agreement in 1993, has he condemned any “Palestinian” attack on Jews;
restricting his criticism to the perpetrators of those attacks for “hurting
the Palestinian cause.” But when Abbas this week saw video footage of a
group of “Palestinians” dragging an enormous bomb into place in a tunnel
beneath a Gaza Strip road, he could contain himself no longer.
“Murderous terrorists!’ he exploded in
what the Associated Press called “an uncharacteristically fiery
speech.” He employed the T word (terrorist), which research could well show
has never passed over his tongue ever before in reference to his own people.
Abbas described in great detail what
he said was a Hamas attempt to assassinate him. He obtained footage, he
said, of Hamas members dragging large amounts of explosives through a tunnel
they had dug under Gaza’s main road - the one he used to take on his way to
his Gaza office - and saying, “this is for Abu Mazen (Abbas’ nickname).”
Abbas was convinced that Hamas had been planning to kill him Beirut style.
Fatah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad
terrorist groups all have what they call their armed wings, created
primarily to enable the leaders of the mother organizations to deny their
direct involvement in terrorist attacks.
ABBAS CALLS HAMAS “A FRONT FOR AL-QAIDA”
The Hamas-Fatah rift shows signs of
becoming wider, as the Fatah Chief calls Hamas “a front for Al-Qaida.”
Speaking on Italian TV, Mahmoud Abbas,
says he has no intention of partnering up with Hamas. He says he has no
plans to even talk with Hamas on the topic.
The Fatah leader attacked Hamas for
being a “defensive shield for the international terrorist organization
Al-Qaeda.” He said Hamas “enables Al-Qaeda terrorists to enter Gaza, thus
endangering Gaza and causing it to require urgent aid.”
Some commentators believe Fatah and
Hamas have the same end goal. Emanuel A. Winston, for one, says Fatah’s
inexplicable and sudden loss to Hamas can be explained as being a system by
which Hamas seizes armaments that it otherwise would not have received, and
then the “moderate” Fatah is reimbursed by the US and other donor
countries. They will finally re-unite into one happy Palestinian Authority,
the theory goes, and will receive ever-stronger world sympathy for their
demands that Israel evacuate Judea and Samaria. Selah!
HAMAS’ GAZA ARMY GROWS
Hamas has wasted no time in
consolidating its power in the Gaza Strip. The organisation has reportedly
undergone structural changes and is modeling itself on the Lebanese
Israeli intelligence officials say
Hamas has already established its army - a 7,000 to 10,000-strong force.
Hizb’allah, by comparison, is estimated to have just 1,000 fulltime members
and another 6,000 to 10,000 so-called volunteers.
Hamas’ army is building up its
armament supply through the continuous smuggling of weapons from Egypt and
has complemented this by the development of “a real military industry which
operates inside buildings and private houses.”
A senior IDF intelligence officer
apprised visiting Italian PM Roman Prodi of the situation in Gaza. Mr Prodi
was dumbstruck to hear that more than 5,000 Kassam rockets have been fired
from Gaza, many hitting the Negev city of Sderot.
All this is taking place just 44 miles
south of Tel Aviv. And it is the result of the Bush-Sharon dream of giving
Gaza to the Arabs in order that they could begin to establish their
Palestinian state there.
SIGNS THAT FATAH AND HAMAS WILL ULTIMATELY PATCH UP
DEBKAfile’s Iran sources reveal that
Fatah and Hamas representatives have launched secret talks to patch up their
quarrel. Their first session took place in Stockholm Sunday, July 8, under
the guiding hands of the Iranian and Saudi ambassadors.
HAMAS CAN REJUVENATE
July 4. Despite the complete Hamas
takeover of Gaza and the Fatah suppression of Hamas in Judea and Samaria,
the two terrorist organizations may be moving towards a renewed cooperation.
This assessment was presented to the
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee by Brigadier General Ronen
Cohen of IDF Intelligence. “Despite the brutal process Gaza has gone
through,” Brig. Gen. Cohen told the Knesset committee, “Hamas aspires to
return to a dialogue with regional Arab states, such as Egypt and Syria, as
well as with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
The Palestinian Authority acted during
the first few days [after the Hamas coup in Gaza] against the Hamas in Judea
and Samaria. That activity has declined in recent days, until we see no
further activity in that direction.”
“According to the IDF assessment,”
Cohen explained, “We can make preparations for the existence of two
[PA] entities for a long period of time. In central Gaza, Hamas is now in
control, with an Islamic regime that will try to prove to the people that it
is not corrupt and that it is attentive to the private citizen. The primary
challenge of Hamas is stable internal security in the Strip.”
As Hamas establishes itself further in
Gaza, the IDF intelligence officer continued, “its ability to transmit
information, money and weapons will grow and it will increase its military
As for outside Gaza, Brig. Gen. Cohen
said, “In our estimation, Hamas can rejuvenate itself in Judea and Samaria.
It mustn’t be forgotten that [Hamas] won the elections in all of the large
cities [of those regions], and that, at the moment, what prevents the
entrenchment of Hamas in Judea and Samaria are IDF and (Israeli) General
Security Services (GSS) operations, carried out over the years.”
Advances by Hamas in the West Bank
would threaten Israel’s security far more than the Hamas takeover of Gaza.
The Israeli government has not yet
completed the 456-mile barrier separating Israel from the Palestinian
population of the West Bank.
INTERNATIONAL AID: IS IT FINANCING MORE DISASTER?
Israeli PM Olmert and US President
Bush were falling over each other this week to stress how helpful and
generous they intend to be in supporting PA President Abbas.
Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli-Arab
Khaled Abu Taomeh was telling Media Central guests that Fatah is on the
verge of meltdown. Khaled is regarded as the expert on Palestinian affairs.
Every one talks to him. He is the Palestinian expert at The Jerusalem
Post. He writes for major international media. He started his career as
a cadet journalist working for the PLO and Yasser Arafat.
Khaled told foreign press
representatives that they are missing the main story in the Palestinian
civil strife. The
Palestinian people in the streets have given up on Abbas and the Fatah
leadership, he observed.
“They’ve done nothing about the
corruption at the top,” he said. They have maintained the same lifestyle
that existed under Arafat, and the Palestinian on the street is fed up and
disillusioned by the business-as-usual approach. And there are factions
within Fatah that are beginning to want a change in leadership.
Khaled Abu Taomeh said Hamas had
played effectively on the obvious preference by the US and Israel for Abbas
and Dahlan and had painted those Fatah leaders as foreign puppets. He said
he would not give any support, financial or otherwise, without negotiating
terms of assessment.
Fatah should be held
accountable to clean house and rid their structure of corruption.
Khaled warned that building up Fatah
will only enable them to establish a base on the West Bank (Judea and
Samaria), which may well be overthrown by Hamas or democratic elections in
the near future.
YAALON: “PALESTINIAN STATE
NO LONGER PRACTICAL OR RELEVANT”
July 5. “We have to replace the
conception of a two-state solution – it is not relevant anymore,” former
Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon, told Army Radio. “This is not
pessimism, but realism. It is not practical to keep assuming it is the
“We are trying to find answers for the
situation in Gaza without diagnosing the problem,” the previous IDF chief
said. “What we are witnessing in Gaza is the establishment of a Jihadist
Yaalon says that any talk of
negotiations and withdrawing to the 1967 borders pushes peace further away.
“These are movements that are not interested in territorial issues between
us and the Palestinians, but in other issues altogether. This was proven
with the Disengagement and now is our opportunity to look and learn. It was
a victory in their eyes for the global Jihad and gave strength to Hizb’allah,
Hamas, and all the other Islamist groups.”
“I am not saying
to sit and do nothing…but in the face of the wave of Jihad, any discussions
of agreements are not relevant.
like this distances us further from peace rather than bringing us closer…
It is a kind of blindness to continue to pursue these policies.”
- Arutz Sheva / 5
JORDAN-PALESTINIAN CONFEDERATION ?
June 21. The Media Line
reported that the Palestinians and Jordanians are considering a plan to link
the West Bank to Jordan politically in a confederation that would boost both
parties and make them economically far more stable. Israel is also party to
the discussion with politicians from government and opposition parties
backing the idea.
Many Israeli politicians would like to
see the merger of the West Bank into an enlarged Jordan, but leading
Jordanians, including a former prime minister, say first they want to see
a Palestinian state
declared, and then they
would unite the fledgling Palestine with Jordan. Leading Palestinians adopt
a similar line - that confederation is a definite option after statehood.
At least one senior Israeli politician
has suggested that Gaza should return to its pre-1967 status as a part of
Egypt. That is the idea of former Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom,
who these days is the number two in the hawkish Likud party, which is
expected to win the next general election. Shalom also backs the idea of a
Palestinian confederation with Jordan.
for peace in the Middle East. But it is God’s land that is being divided up.
Pray that the nations will come to understand that it is a fearful thing to
touch anything God has set aside for Himself.
Jordanian and Israeli sources told
The Media Line the initiative is believed to be coming directly from
the royal palace in Amman, with King Abdullah himself the main backer. But …
JORDAN’S KING ANGRY AT FEDERATION IDEA\
July 1. Jordanian King Abdullah was
reportedly angry after being asked whether Jordan, whose population is
around 75% Palestinian Arab, would be interested in forming some kind of
federation with a Palestinian state created on the “West Bank.” Such
suggestions were “a conspiracy against both Jordan and Palestine,” he said.
slammed Israel in a published interview, calling the Jewish state a “solid
enemy” of the Palestinian Arabs and warning that Israel would not know peace
unless and until “Palestinian political rights are addressed.” – Jerusalem
EGYPT FEARS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MAY
The Egyptian government,
understandably, is not keen to take over Gaza!
July 11, 07.
According to a report by the
World Tribune, the Egyptian government is concerned over how the
Hamas takeover of Gaza will affect the Islamic opposition in Egypt.
Officials and analysts have expressed
concern that the Hamas victory would encourage the Islamic opposition to
develop military capabilities in an effort to overthrow the regime of
President Hosni Mubarak. They say the Interior Ministry has already been
examining options to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood, the sponsor of Hamas,
and the largest opposition group in Egypt.
The officials say Cairo regarded the
Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip as a victory for Iran and Syria. “The Hamas
military victory in Gaza is not what Egypt wanted. It makes everything more
President Mubarak believes the Hamas
takeover will hinder the prospect of a diplomatic breakthrough between
Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
“In Egypt, there
are those seeking to reproduce what Hamas did in the Gaza Strip,” Tariq
Hassan, a columnist for the Egyptian state-owned daily Al Ahram said.
“For anyone who has the slightest doubt about this and wants proof, it is
enough to consider statements by Brotherhood representatives in
parliament.” Hassan said the Hamas victory marked a setback for any Arab
country that sought peaceful relations with Israel.
TONY BLAIR, THE NEW MIDDLE EAST ENVOY
June 29. After resigning his job as
British PM Tony Blair was appointed by The Quartet as an envoy to the Middle
East. His main focus will be preparing the Palestinians for statehood.
According to a DEBKAfile report, that
there is dismay in Washington and Jerusalem over Tony Blair’s first steps as
Shortly after Tony Blair stepped into
his new job, he assured Russia and the Europeans that he did not mean to
adhere to the US-Israeli boycott of Hamas.
One of his first tasks would be to establish ties with Hamas
representatives in Gaza and Damascus.
Washington sources reported that Mr
Blair conveyed this intention in a telephone conversation with Russian
president Vladimir Putin on June 26. This assurance persuaded Moscow to drop
its resistance to naming him as envoy.
The sources said that Blair’s sudden
turnaround contradicts the understandings he reached with President Bush and
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on his leave-taking visit to the US.
German chancellor Angela Merkel is
also looking critically at the new Blair strategy. On June 28 she commented:
“Tony Blair’s mandate as new Middle East envoy would be limited and he would
report to the international Quartet, not the other way round.”
EU TO BLAIR: TURN THE SCREWS ON THE JEWS
July 10. Ten European Union foreign
ministers have messaged newly-appointed Middle East envoy Tony Blair to
increase the pressure on Israel to make more “concessions for peace.”
And they let the former British PM
know that they want to see an
on the Arab-Israeli
conflict convened - one at which Israel would stand decidedly alone against
the pro-Palestinian world.
Ynetnews reported that the foreign
ministers of the EU’s Mediterranean states – Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain,
France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Malta, Romania and Slovenia – said they
welcomed Arab states’ efforts for peace following the stalled US-backed
There was therefore a need to
“redefine our objectives.” One of their new objectives was “to obtain from
Israel concrete and immediate measures in favour of Mahmoud Abbas.”
Among these measures was the transfer
of all taxes due, the release of the thousands of prisoners who do not have
blood on their hands, the release of the main Palestinian leaders [like
Marwan Barghouti who does have blood on his hands] to ensure
succession within Fatah, a freeze in new [Jewish] settlements and the
evacuation of unauthorized settlements, [read ethnically cleansing the
West Bank of Jews]” they said.
challenges were surely daunting, “We know how inventive and resolute you
are,” the ministers told Blair.
INITIATIVE TO DRIVE ISRAEL
AMMAN, Jordan – The Geneva-based WCC
said it would launch a global initiative to have churches worldwide rally
for an end to Israel’s occupation of Arab lands seized in the 1967 Mideast
The World Council of Churches said in
a statement that it designated Jordan as a venue for its initiative, which
would enlist support from religious groups worldwide. “The initiative aims
at calling on all churches to work seriously for putting an end to the
Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands.”
The WCC, founded in 1948, groups 347
Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing over 560
million Christians in more than 100 countries.
The Council also will create an
advocacy initiative, the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum, meant to improve
cooperation among churches worldwide which are advocating Mideast peace.
The Council’s call came during the
opening of a three-day meeting gathering 130 member churches and related
organizations from around the world.
– AP /Jun 26, 07
The Palestinians are a hybrid race
that has come from Middle Eastern races, and from all the areas mentioned in
this prophetic passage.
“Do not be still, O
God! For look, Your enemies are roaring; and those who hate You have
raised their heads.
“They have said,
‘Come, and let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel may
be remembered no more.’
“For they have
conspired together with one mind; they make a pact against You; the
tents of Edom (S. Jordan) and the Ishmaelites (Arabs);
Moab (Central Jordan) and the Hagarites (Egyptians); Gebal
(an area between the Dead Sea and Petra), Ammon (N. Jordan),
and Amalek (Arabs); Philistia (Gaza) with the inhabitants
of Tyre (S Lebanon).
Iraq) also had joined with them; they have been a help to the sons
of Lot (Moab and Ammon).”
FACES WAR WITH UP TO
— Israel is preparing for an
imminent war with Iran, Syria and/or their non-state clients. Israeli
military intelligence has projected that a major attack could come from any
of five adversaries in the Middle East. Officials said such a strike could
spark a war as early as July 2007.
Israeli military intelligence chief
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin told the Cabinet that the Jewish state faces five
adversaries in what could result in an imminent confrontation. Yadlin cited
Iran, Syria, Hizb’allah, Hamas and Al-Qaida. “Each of these adversaries is
capable of sparking a war in the summer.”
Officials said Iran has direct
influence over Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas. He said even Al-Qaida has
increasingly come under Iranian influence and was being used by Iran and
Syria in such countries as Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.
Military intelligence has assessed
that Hamas has already acquired more than 50 missiles with a range of 22
kilometers. Officials said this would allow Palestinian missile strikes on
any part of Ashkelon, the largest city in southeastern Israel and which
contains strategic sites.
Hamas has also
deployed at least 20 SA-7 anti-aircraft systems, officials said. They said
the missiles threaten Israeli combat helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft
that conduct missions over the Gaza Strip.
– Source: World
MAKING WAR PREPARATIONS
The Israeli inner security cabinet
held a special session in early June to discuss the possibility of war in
the coming months with Syria. This came as a Syrian parliament member
confirmed in an Al Jazeera interview that his government is currently making
active war preparations, and as several military analysts predicted that a
conflict could break out as early as August.
Syria’s puppet militia force in
Lebanon is also said to be feverishly preparing for another round of
conflict with Israel. Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz, a former military
chief of staff and defence minister, said in early June that Hizb’allah now
has around 20,000
rockets in its growing
arsenal, most of them secretly smuggled in from Syria over the past year in
violation of last summer’s UN ceasefire accord.
More ominously, he claimed that some
of the missiles are of a longer range than the group possessed last year,
saying they could now potentially strike all of Israel, including the
southern port city of Eilat.
The Labour party’s new party leader,
former prime minister Ehud Barak, has replaced Amir Peretz as Defence
Minister in the Kadima coalition.
In a presidential vote, veteran
statesman Shimon Peres became Israel’s ninth president. Almost one third of
the Knesset members did not agree to a unanimous election of Peres. Some
said they feared the aged firebrand politician would use his new platform to
further his left-wing agenda, including a Golan Heights pullout and the
uprooting of most Jews currently living in Judea and Samaria.
RUSSIAN FIGHTER PLANES SALE TO SYRIA
June 19. Israel is concerned
about reported Russian deliveries of advanced
MiG-31 fighter planes
to Syria as part of an armaments drive, according to the Hebrew daily,
The MiG-31, considered one of the best
fighters in the world, can carry guided missiles with a range of more than
200 kilometres (125 miles) and is capable of striking 24 different targets
Yuval Steinitz, an MP from Israel’s
right-wing opposition Likud party, was quoted as telling the daily, “If
Syria acquires the MiG-31 we can no longer rule out the idea that this
country is preparing for war.” Steinitz was a former chairman of Israel’s
defence and foreign affairs parliamentary committee.
26 June 07. Egypt and Jordan have
been informed that the Iranian president disapproves of their “moderate”
stance towards Israel and holds them accountable for “helping the Zionist
regime oppress the Palestinian people.” They are guilty of “betrayal,” he
Both Egypt and Jordan have signed
peace agreements with the Jewish state.
Ahmadinejad has ambitions to dominate
the Middle East by rushing
to fill the void left when a
“defeated” United States pulls its soldiers out of Iraq.
observers expect that, with
Middle East oil
then under Iran’s control, and with nuclear weapons within reach, Tehran
will seek to coerce Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan into once again adopting
rejectionist policies towards Israel.
IRAN MAY GO NUCLEAR
“Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the men of war draw
them come up to attack!”
July 10. According to the Israel
Defence Force, Iran will be able to begin producing nuclear weapons within
The IDF Military Intelligence (MI)
assessment was reported to the Knesset and included a concrete assessment
determining that Iran could cross the technological threshold required to
produce nuclear weapons in the next 6-12 months and possess an operational
warhead by the middle of 2009.
The assessment is at odds with US
estimates that put the date between 2010 and 2013. Both agree, however, that
military strikes on
Iran could set back their
technology for years.
IDF MI also is of the opinion that
sanctions against Iran have not weakened the regime, because huge oil
reserves still provide all the money necessary to neutralize any pressure
created by the international community.
The assessment also
revealed that Israel’s withdrawals – from Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005 –
have added precedents and solidified belief throughout the Middle East that
armed struggle can achieve the destruction of Israel within this generation.
ISRAEL: “GO IT ALONE”
NATO says Israel must ‘go it alone’
reports Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman (He is head of
the Yisrael Beiteinu party which is a part of the Kadima-led
Avigdor Lieberman whose government
portfolio was created specifically to deal with the Iranian threat, met with
NATO’s Assistant Secretary-General Alexandro Minoto Rizo and the European
Union’s representative Franco Partini. Lieberman reported that NATO’s senior
officials said Israel should not assume that the international community
will stop Iran just to help Israel.
“Israel should prevent the threat,
herself, and should not expect support of other countries,” Lieberman
reported as the conclusions reached at the meeting. “NATO is stuck in
Afghanistan and European and American troops are wallowing in the Iraqi
quagmire, which is something that is going to prevent the leaders of
countries in Europe and America from deciding on the use of force to destroy
Iran’s nuclear facilities.”
Lieberman also said that although
Europe or the US could not be relied upon to attack Iran on Israel’s behalf,
they would support Israel’s actions. “If we start military operations
against Iran alone, then Europe and the US will support us,” he said.
Another Lieberman in Favour of
US Senator Joseph Lieberman has been
publicly calling for US strikes on Iran.
He repeated the call last week, saying
the Islamic Republic “has declared war on the US” and is waging a “proxy
war” against coalition forces in Iraq.
The Connecticut Senator and former
Vice-Presidential candidate said intelligence reports proved
Iran was behind much of the
terrorism in Iraq
and must be confronted directly.
“Although no one desires a conflict with Iran, the fact is that the Iranian
government by its actions has declared war on us.” - Arutz Sheva / 11 July
GATHERING WAR CLOUDS
According to a Debkafile report
(July 9), the US administration has not made final decisions on …
1. Whether to launch a military
operation to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities and cripple its
2. How to respond if Iran decides on a
pre-emptive attack on US Middle East interests by fomenting local assaults
against Israel by Syria, Hizb’allah and Hamas and a civil war in Lebanon.
Will President Bush seek to avert
these flare-ups of violence? Or will he use them as the starting shot for
his military strike against Iran?
IRANIAN MISSILES COULD THREATEN ISRAEL FROM SYRIA
Iran is planning to deploy, in Syria,
missiles that can hit Israel, as a deterrent against a Western anti-nuclear
strike upon Iran. It could happen soon, the British newspaper Telegraph
An agreement to this effect was signed
two years ago between Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Syrian dictator
Bashar Assad. The rockets in question are the Shihab-3, Scud-B, and Scud-C,
which can reach any part of the State of Israel. They can be fired from
Ahmadinejad announced earlier this
year that if his country feels threatened regarding its nuclear program,
Israel will become its first military counter-target.
The Shihab-3 is a medium-range
ballistic missile with a range of over 2,000 kilometers. It has the ability
to change its trajectory more than once in mid-course, protecting it
significantly against Israel’s anti-ballistic missile Arrow system. The
Scud missiles have a range of 300 to 600 kilometers, and are less accurate
than the Shihab.
– Source: Arutz
Sheva / 5 July 07
Former US State Department envoy to
the Middle East Dennis Ross told a conference in Jerusalem on 10 July, that
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran “believes in the destruction of Israel and
they’re developing the means to actually do it.”
And Iran has hundreds of long range
missile aimed at Israel of which anyone of them could be carrying a nuclear
warhead purchased from any number of the old USSR countries.
EGYPT SHIFTS ITS POSITION
Terror attacks on Israel, from Gaza or
Lebanon, although painful, do not represent a strategic threat to the
survival of the state. A Hamas takeover of the West Bank would no doubt
bring a lot of affliction, but Israel would be forced to retaliate and
inflict more severe punishment on the Palestinians.
The only thing that could threaten the
survival of Israel, apart from a nuclear barrage, would be a shift in
position of neighboring states. At present Israel has peace treaties with
both Egypt and Jordan, and while those treaties continue, a multi-national
Arab attack on Israel is considered unlikely.
Egypt is Israel’s most important
neighbor which controlled Gaza until 1967 and retained considerable
influence there even after the 6-day war.
The danger ahead is that this “peace
partner” will be radicalized and will change its stance towards Israel.
The extremist Muslim (Salafist)
Brotherhood in Egypt, which had for years been banned, now has a good number
of members in the Egyptian parliament, and it has initiated a new campaign
to demand “political reform.”
As President Mubarak’s health fails
and he reaches the end of his time as leader in Egypt, the question is
whether his successor will be able to control the situation, or whether the
Muslim Brotherhood will believe the time is ripe to follow in the footsteps
of the Gaza group.
As Hamas is in fact an offshoot of the
Muslim Brotherhood, Hosni Mubarak, like the Saudi and Jordan kings, is very
concerned about Hamas and the growing Islamic radicalization emanating from
both the Sunni al-Qaida, and Shia Iran.
While the Brotherhood was delighted to
see its progeny’s dramatic triumph in Gaza, the Egyptian government’s
response was a quick move of its diplomatic staff from Gaza to the West
Bank. But there is a significant paradox in the Hamas-Egypt relations.
A Strafor Intelligence report says:
“The Mubarak regime, through its intelligence chief (and prospective Mubarak
successor) Omar Suleiman, has a good working relationship with Hamas,
despite the government being tough on the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The strategic consequence of an
Islamist Gaza is that it can act as a catalyst for change in Egypt. If an
Islamist rising occurred in Egypt and a regime was installed that could
energize the Egyptian public against Israel, this could indeed lead to a
strategic threat to the survival of the Jewish state.”
Jeremiah’s prophecy indicates that
Egypt will come up against Israel in the endtimes:
like a flood, and like the rivers whose waters surge about; and he says, ‘I
will go up; I will cover that land; I will destroy the city and its
“For this is
the day of the Sovereign Master, YHWH of Hosts; a day of vengeance, so that
He may take vengeance on His foes.”
bags ready for exile, O daughter dwelling in Egypt, for Memphis will become
a desolation. It will be burned down and bereft of inhabitants.”
(Jeremiah 46:8, 10, 19)
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GOOD NEWS ! ! !
There does not seem to
be much good
news in the world today, but there
some good, here and there. However, you have to look for it!
Yahweh the Almighty is working in many
places in great grace. Many precious souls are turning to the Almighty, and
are being saved, delivered and healed.
The Bible certainly gives us good
news. Here are three main promises of God:
GOOD NEWS #1
This is the great and glorious
“Now I make known to you,
brethren, the Gospel which I preached to you ... that
Christ (the Messiah) died for our sins
according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised
on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
Corinthians 15:1, 3-4)
“For the Scripture says,
whoever believes in Him (the Messiah) will not be disappointed. There
is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Master is Master of
all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him, for
whoever will call upon the Name of Y’shua
the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:11-13)
This Good News is for
everyone who will
receive and believe it.
“For Yahweh, the Eternal
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten (His
one-and-only, unique) Son, so that whoever
believes in Him. should not perish, but have eternal (everlasting)
life.” (John 3:16)
GOOD NEWS #2
This Good News is for all who have
received Y’shua the Messiah as their personal Saviour. This is the
- the catching up of believers to
meet the Master in the air.
“For the Master Himself
will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and
with the trumpet call of God. Then the dead in Christ - those who
died in union with the Messiah - shall rise first. Then we, the living
believers who remain, will simultaneously be
caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet the Master in the air. And so we will be with the Master for
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
This event is imminent. It could
happen any day now! So believer, look up!
GOOD NEWS #3
The Kingdom of God is to replace the
kingdoms of this world, and the
Messiah King will reign in
The whole earth will be filled with
the knowledge and glory of God.
“The LORD ... for He is
coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and
the peoples with equity.”
“For the LORD of Hosts will
reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and His glory will be before His
“Then I saw thrones, and
sitting on them were those to whom authority to judge was given. And I
saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony
for Y’shua and because of the Word of God - these had not worshipped
the beast or his image and had not received his mark upon their foreheads or
upon their hands. They came to life and reigned
with the Messiah for the thousand years.”
This is Good News for the remnant of
people who will be saved in the Great Tribulation. It is good news for the
planet Earth, for the Master will come to bring restoration. It is good news
also for the Body of the Messiah (the born again believers), for they will
reign with the King (from the Heavenly City) during the 1,000 year
Blessed are all who have placed their trust
in the Messiah, Y’shua!