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"The PLO’s UN bid [for unofficial statehood] is misguided and wrongheaded and will do nothing but add to the long list of historic mistakes made by Palestinian leadership which date back at least to November 29, 1947 when Palestinians failed to grab their chance for nationhood and self-determination."Jerusalem Post editorial. (Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2012)

 

“It won’t lastI don’t believe in it at all,” —Gavriel Yacobovich, a 22-year-old Israel reservist called to the Gaza border in anticipation of a possible ground invasion during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas. “I’m not sure we should have undertaken a ground invasion but we should have kept fighting until we were sure that our citizens in the south can sleep quietly without rocket fire. Of course, it is up to the political side to decide, but there was a sense [among the soldiers called up] that we didn’t do enough in Gaza. We should have finished the job.” (National Post, November 23, 2012)

 

“I know there are citizens expecting a more severe military action, and perhaps we shall need to do so.” —Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, agreeing to a cease-fire with Hamas after 8 days of fighting. He said he had agreed to “exhaust this opportunity for an extended truce.” (Canada.com, November 22, 2012)

 

 “What Qatar is trying to do is change the reality. They are trying to blaze a trail that will weaken the international isolation of [Hamas in] Gaza from the Israeli blockade.” —Slaman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Centre in Qatar.

 

“[T]he Verfassungschutz, [domestic intelligence agency] whether in Germany or Austria, has to make the analytical leap in treating the Trotskyite/jihadist movements as they did regarding Nazi and Communist espionage or terrorism. These provide cover for a fifth column of sleeper [cells] and lone-wolf recruits that endanger the host societies as much as, if not more than, their Jewish citizens. Jews have somewhere to go. Germans and Austrians do not.”—Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations. “The Holocaust began with the word and brought the world to the abyss. The alarms in Israel under Hamas rockets should reverberate in Vienna and Berlin, for the indifferent and exposed Austrians and Germans who do not realize that they have no Iron Dome.” (Jerusalem Post, November 26, 2012)

 

“If democracy means that people decide who leads them, then [we] accept it; if it means that people can change the laws of Allah and follow what they wish to follow, then it is not acceptable.”—Muslim Brotherhood website, 2005. (The New Republic, November 26, 2012)

 

“The constitutional declaration announced by Morsy is a way of raping the country, and wholly abrogates the role of all judicial authorities,” —Wahid Abdel Meguid, a former Constituent Assembly speaker who withdrew last week. “No leader confident in his popular support would go as far as to abolish the very idea of the state in order to protect himself.”  

   "People have lost faith in him. Anyone who takes such immature decisions can do anything to us, like establish a religious state similar to the dark ages in Europe,"—a  protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Egypt Independent, November 23, 2012)

 

“We are in a state of revolution. He is crazy if he [Mohammed Morsi] thinks we can go back to one-man rule. If the Brotherhood’s slogan is ‘Islam is the solution’ ours is ‘submission is not the solution. God does not call for submission to another man’s will.”—Sara Khalili, a mass communications professor at the American University in Cairo, demonstrating in Tahrir Square against President Morsi’s recent power grab. ((Associate Press, November 24, 2012)

 

“We are honoured to announce that we gave them [Palestinian terrorists] the technology of how to make Fajr-5 missiles and now they have their hands on plenty of them.” —Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. “[T]he weapons that are being used today to resist this Israeli aggression and arrogance…come mainly from Iran,”  —Islamic Jihad commander [in Gaza] Ramadan Abdullah Shallah to Al-Jazeera TV (National Post, November 24, 2012)

 

“You know that here, in this democratic country [Canada], one can never say anything offensive against the Israelis, because it can be costly, you know….[M]adam, in this beautiful country we have freedom of expression, but one can never make negative comments, whatever their nature, against the Jewish people. Otherwise, there will be consequences.”  —Jacques Fabi, Quebec radio station 98.5FM’s nighttime talk show host to Maria, a caller describing herself as being of Arab descent, who said on air, without any challenge from Mr. Fabi, that the Holocaust was “For me…the most beautiful thing that could happen in history.” (National Post, November 28, 2012)

 

“We were trying to live through the war, the hard times, in the ways which were known to us before the war,”  —Vladka Meed, a Warsaw Ghetto courier who posed as gentile during World War II, to the Jewish newspaper Forward in1995. Meed, born Feigel Peltel in Warsaw, smuggled weapons and documents into the ghetto and found hiding places for children outside. “Nobody imagined any gas chambers. Jewish resistance took different forms and shapes under Nazi occupation. Our defiance of the Germans, who wanted to dehumanize us, expressed itself in varied ways. To remain a human being in the ghetto, one had to live in constant defiance, to act illegally. We had illegal synagogues, illegal classes, illegal meetings and illegal publications." Vladka Meed died last week at the age of  90. (Ynet, November 28, 2012)

 

"[Oh] lovers of the trigger: Killing the occupiers [Israelis] is worship that Allah made into law…Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah. Arise, oh determined men. The color of [the Martyr's] blood protects the land. Oh masked one wearing a keffiyeh, terrifying the Jews… call out in Zionism's face: 'Muhammad's army has begun to return.'"—video aired on Hamas TV during the 8-day conflict with Israel. (Palestine Media Watch, November 28, 2012)

 

“I think such a conflict [in Gaza] makes it timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live here, especially in the Hungarian Parliament and the Hungarian government, who pose a national security risk to Hungary.” —Hungarian political leader Marton Gyongyosi who is deputy leader of the far-right Jobbik party, the third-largest party in the Hungarian parliament.  In response, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the SWC in Israel, said, “The fact that after making such a demand in the Hungarian Parliament, Gyongyosi has not been forced to resign, is a sad commentary on the current rise of anti-Semitism in Hungary, which is being propagated primarily by the Jobbik party, the heirs of the fascist Arrow Cross,” referring to the Hungarian Nazi party during World War II. (Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2012)

 

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CHANGED: IDF MAY NOT SHOOT BACK IN GAZA(Tel Aviv) One week after the conclusion of operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza the rules of engagement have been altered radically. [T]he IDF has been instructed to show restraint [and] farmers on both sides are permitted to stretch their tilled lands all the way to the border fence… If [a Palestinian] approaching the [Gaza border fence] engages in sabotaging the security fence…the IDF must treat them now as suspects to be arrested and shooting at those suspects is limited to the legs and not beyond. [The changes also apply to] terrorist cells in the process of launching a rocket. In the past, the IAF would be alerted and a plane would be sent directly to attack the target. Now the attack may take place only should the terrorist cell actually initiate the process of launching.(Jewish Press, November 28th, 2012)

 

 

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT GIVES HIMSELF NEW POWERS(Cairo) President Mohamed Morsy issued a new constitutional declaration on Thursday [Nov. 22] to acquire more more power for the President. The seven-article declaration renders the President's decrees and laws immune from appeal or cancellation. It also protects both the Shura Council and the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly from dissolution by any judicial authority, and further protects the Assembly by extending its mandate to draft the constitution to eight months instead of six, as stipulated in an earlier constitutional declaration. (Egypt Independent, November 23, 2012)

 

FRANCE TO BACK PALESTINIAN BID FOR UN OBSERVER STATUS(Paris) France will vote in favour of the Palestinians’ request to heighten their profile at the United Nations, the French foreign minister told Parliament on Tuesday, embracing a move that Israel and the United States oppose. The support of France, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is the most significant boost to date for the Palestinians’ hopes to be granted non-member observer status and thus greater international recognition. Russia and China, two other permanent members, have also thrown their support behind the Palestinian bid. (National Post, November 28, 2012)

 

JERUSLAEM TO REBUILD OLD CITY SYNAGOGUE DESTROYED IN 1948(Jerusalem) The Jerusalem Municipality awarded initial approval to a plan to rebuild the iconic Tifereth Israel synagogue in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, a magnificent domed synagogue from the 19th century which was destroyed in the 1948 War of Independence. The project will recreate the three-story-tall synagogue as well as the iconic dome on the top. Ashkenazi hassidim bought the land for Tifereth Israel Synagogue in 1843, though the building wasn’t inaugurated until 1872. (Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2012)

 

ISRAEL SUCCESSFULLY TESTS ‘DAVID'S SLING’ INTERCEPTOR(Tel Aviv)

Israel and the US successfully tested the David’s Sling defense system, designed to stop medium-range rockets and cruise missiles, bringing the country a step closer to having an active defense shield against Hezbollah’s arsenal of projectiles. The system would defend against Iranian missiles such as the M600, the Zelzal, Fajr and Fateh 110 deployed heavily in Hezbollah hands in Lebanon as well as other missiles with a range between 70 and 300 kilometers. It is slated to become operational in 2014. (Jerusalem Post, November 25, 2012)

 

ISRAEL SPOTS IRANIAN SHIP BEING LOADED WITH ROCKETS FOR GAZA(Tel Aviv) Israeli spy satellites have spotted an Iranian ship being loaded with missiles that analysts say may be headed for Gaza….According to the report, the cargo may include Fajr-5 rockets, in addition to Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, which could be stationed in Sudan to pose a direct threat to Israel. The cargo would travel via the Red Sea, Sudan and Egypt, following a well-established route used by Iran to smuggle arms into Gaza…“With a lot of effort, Iran has skillfully built a strategic arm pointing at Israel from the south,” an Israeli source was quoted as saying. “We believe that Iranian warships anchored in Eritrea will accompany the weapons ship as soon as it enters the Red Sea,” an Israeli source told the Times. (Ha’aretz, November 25, 2012)

 

EGYPT: COPTS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ANTI-ISLAM FILM—(Cairo) A Cairo court on Wednesday [Nov. 28} sentenced to death seven Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participating in an anti-Islam video, "Innocence of Muslims", that…had prompted violent protests in many Muslim countries. "The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet," Judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman said. In his first public statements about the video, the creator, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, said he had no regrets about his negative portrayal of Islam, as he wanted to reveal what he called "the actual truth" about Mohammad and raise awareness of the violence committed "under the sign of Allah." (Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2012)

 

IRAN BLASTS CANADA AS ‘RACIST’ AND ‘SELF-CENTRED’(New York) Iran called Canada “racist” and “self-centred” at a UN meeting on Tuesday [Nov. 26], where it balked at a Canadian-led resolution condemning Iranian abuses. In a statement before the humanitarian affairs committee, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, said Canada had “a long list of human rights violations” against immigrants, Muslims, aboriginals and “Afro-Canadian women,” and accused Ottawa of “abusing human rights mechanisms to advance its self-centred political interests. In fact, if any country had to get a resolution, [Canada] would have deserved it more than others because of their unsparing support of a regime [Israel] that has frequently committed genocide in the Palestinian Occupied Territories,” (National Post Nov 28, 2012)

 

CANADIAN PM PERSONALLY INTERVENED TO STOP PA STATEHOOD BID AT UN(Ottawa) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally intervened to pressure Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to drop his bid for upgraded status at the United Nations. Harper…told Mr. Abbas: If you keep doing what you're doing 'there will be consequences.'" Effectively, the Canadian government has warned the Palestinian Authority’s representatives that their ‘embassy’ in Ottawa – in fact a delegation office, because Palestine isn’t a state – might be closed, and the Palestinian envoy, Said Hamad, sent home.” (Israel National News, November 27, 2012)

 

EGYPT KIDNAP GANGS BURN ERITREAN CAPTIVES ALIVE(Sinai) More than 10,000 refugees from Eritrea, one of the poorest countries in Africa, have been abducted and held to ransom by Bedouin gangs in the Egyptian desert in the past four years…[M]ore than 2,000 have been murdered as impoverished families were unable to pay sums of up to £25,000 demanded for their return. Others may have had hearts, lungs or kidneys removed and sold to the illegal organ trade. A leading authority on the region said eight people, including a 22-year-old woman, had been burnt to death, after being dowsed with gasoline, in the past fortnight after relatives failed to pay ransoms. (Sunday Times of London, November 25, 2012)

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Arab Columnists Criticize Firing of Rockets from Gaza: MEMRI, Nov. 21, 2012—Alongside the official Arab condemnations of Israel's attack on Gaza, and the popular protests against it in some of the Arab countries, there has also been criticism against Hamas.

 

Will the Arab Spring Deliver for Hamas?: Fouad Ajami, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2012

Mr. Morsi didn't rise to power to carry the burden of the Palestinian question. Egyptians could rightly claim that they had paid their dues for Palestine. Enough was enough…

 

A Cease-Fire Named Iran? : Evelyn Gordon, Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2012 — Last week’s cease-fire agreement is a terrible deal for Israel. Yet even so, the government wasn’t necessarily wrong to accept it. The crucial question is whether it caved because it got cold feet, or whether it sensibly sacrificed a lesser gain now for a greater one later. The truce with Hamas is a lousy deal. But it’s justified if it facilitates IDF action against Iran. 

 

 

 

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Wednesday’s “News in Review” Round-Up

 

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BREAKING NEWS

 

ISRAEL-HAMAS CEASE FIRE TAKES EFFECT

 

After eight days of fierce fighting, Israel ends Operation Pillar of Defense undertaken to quell rocket fire from Gaza. Obama in phone call Netanyahu, lauds him for agreeing to truce. PM Netanyahu: More forceful action if it fails. (Ynet News, November 21, 2012)

 

FULL TEXT: TERMS OF ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CEASE-FIRE(Jerusalem) The text of the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza was distributed at the news conference in Cairo with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr.

 

Understanding Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip

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    1. a. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

 

    b. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

 

    c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

 

    d. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.

 

    2. Implementation Mechanism:

 

    a. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.

 

    b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

 

    c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding.

 

In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up. (Washington Post, November 21, 2012)

 

 

Weekly Quotes

 

“[Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] spoke a short while ago with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give the Egyptian cease-fire proposal a chance, and in this way provide an opportunity to stabilize the situation and calm it before any more forceful action would be necessary," an Israeli [government] statement. The Prime Minister said that President Obama showed "unwavering support for Israel's right to defend itself." (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

 

"I estimate that we will get a lasting calm. We spoke with our colleagues around the world and explained that we want lasting quiet – not for a week, not for two weeks. After a week of suffering, (we want) at least five or six years of quiet, stability and security." —Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman when asked about what Israel's citizens should expect in the [Gaza] post-ceasefire era. Addressing the government's apparent decision not to launch a ground offensive in Gaza, Lieberman said, "My approach is simple – if our forces enter Gaza, we must go all the way. In Operation Cast Lead we invaded and paid a heavy price as far as global public opinion…and the…Goldstone reports. The government cannot take such a decision (invasion) two months before election. We should leave this decision for the next government.” (Ynet News, November 20, 2012)

 

“We must declare war on the terrorists wherever they may be. The time for restraint is over. It is time for us to initiate ‘Defensive Shield 2′ against the sources of terror in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, just like we did in 2002. At the same time, we must identify and apprehend those within Israel’s borders who cooperate with the terrorists.” —Likud MK and Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny Danon after learning of the terror attack in Tel Aviv. (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)
 

 “It’s time to strike at terror with all our might. The IDF and the Shin Bet know how to reach anyone, anywhere. We need a decisive outcome,” —Opposition leader and Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz on Army Radio, adding that he “fully backs” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should he decide to continue and even expand the Gaza offensive.  (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)
 

"If what has been done up to now will not return quiet to the south, we have no choice but to expand the operation. The residents of the south – and in recent days not only the south – cannot live under a constant barrage of missiles and rockets. This is an intolerable situation." —Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon. (Times of Israel, November 19, 2012)
 

“Our neighbors in the region are watching us, and they see this as a sign of weakness. They see that we have no deterrence left and we want a cease-fire. [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] has spoken for years about Iran, but he can’t even handle Gaza. He’s a nebbach [pathetic person], and Israel has to go do what we have to do and go into Gaza like we did in the West Bank in Operation Defensive Shield [in 2002], until the problem is solved.” —Nir Levy, a 45-year-old father of three who lives on the same street as the building [in Rishon Lezion] that was hit [by rocket fire from Gaza] (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

“I’m in favor of going in [to Gaza] and dealing with this like we need to. I don’t want us to agree to some cease-fire and then in another six months or a year just have them firing on us all over again. They only understand force.” —Erez Ozeri who was sitting with his son Miro in their ground-floor apartment when they heard the rocket warning siren and rushed to their safe room. After the attack, they said, they came outside only to see their apartment entirely ruined inside, even though it was seven floors below the impact. (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

 

"Like hidden snakes whose fangs bite in the darkness, the oppressing invaders (i.e., Israel) chase after our children… They have no shame. They are very happy to be snakes that stick out their tongues and slither with malice, and then attack, thirsty and hungry for human blood and liver."  —a regular columnist in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. (Palestinian Media Watch, Nov. 19, 2012)

 

“Go ahead adults, explain to them, go explain Hamas to a child in Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba, and now, both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, why did the world allow these religious terrorists to amass thousands of rockets and to deploy them from amongst their own unwilling civilians; how it is that NGOs, Christian activists and tenured professors still bestow the mantel of victimhood on thugs who hide behind the skirts of women and in bunkers under hospitals; how come so many in the international media depict suicide bombings and thousands of Hamas rocket attacks as legitimate responses to Israeli "occupiers" who occupy not one millimeter of the Gaza Strip?”  —Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center on a trip to Jerusalem during the Hamas rocket bombardment of Israel, during which a missile landed in Jerusalem for the first time in decades. (Fox News, November 20, 2012)
 

"Strike, Strike Tel Aviv," —Palestinian crowds in Nablus chanting, reciting the words made popular by a new hit song. (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

 

“The Egyptian people, the Egyptian leadership, Egyptian government and all of Egypt is standing with all its resources to stop this assault, to prevent the killing and bloodshed of the Palestinians. Israelis must recognize that we do not accept this aggression.” —Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, addressing the crisis in Gaza in a televised address. (New York Times, November 15, 2012)
 

“…We are always going to be on the side of restraint but we are always with Israel and its right to defend its citizens and its way of life. You cannot negotiate when you are under attack,” —Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay, commenting on the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.  Referring to the Iranian involvement in the conflict he said, “Their actions are despicable and the government is appalling. Knowing they are supplying Hamas [with Fajr-5 missiles] underscores how despicable.” (National Post, November 21, 2012)
 

“I know the term ‘militant’ is popular in the media, but a lot of people that contacted us feel it is inappropriate – and we do as well. —Sam Eskenasi, a spokesman for B’nai Brith Canada. “They [Hamas] are a recognized terrorist group in Canada.” He argued that Hamas militants are committing “a double war crime” – first by firing indiscriminately on Israeli civilians, and, second, by launching rockets from positions within schools, hospitals and homes. “Nobody in Gaza wants a rocket fired from their house because they know it will automatically make their house a target,” (Globe and Mail, Nov. 19 2012)
 

"There is nothing that makes our hearts bleed like the pictures of the martyrs killed in Gaza as a result of Israeli fire and the mistakes of Hamas, which hijacked the [Gaza] Strip and its residents and forced them to accept its control and the control of its allies, in order to carry out a worrying policy that caused dire results. The most dangerous [result] is transforming the Palestinian cause from a national cause based on land and people to a religious issue…Hamas's plans… are never meant to benefit Palestine and the Palestinian cause…Hamas and its dangerous policy… place the entire homeland under a threat, the most…devastating consequence of which would be granting Israel a pretext to invade Sinai and recapture it in response to military operations launched from Sinai by factions associated with jihad organizations like Al-Qaeda and with [organizations] linked to Hamas…"  Gamal Al-Ghitani, editor of the weekly culture supplement of the Egyptian government daily Al-Akhbar,  in an article. (MEMRI, November 20, 2012)

 

"…[W]e have a secret weapon which we can use better than guns and machine guns, and this is time. As long as we do not make peace with the Zionists, the war is not over, and as long as the war is not over, there is neither a victor nor vanquished. As soon as we recognize the existence of the State of Israel, we recognize by this act that we are conquered." —Azzam Pasha,  Secretary General of the Arab League, 1948. (Quoted in Ynet News, November 1, 2012)

 

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ISRAELIS OPPOSE CEASEFIRE 70% to 24% (Tel Aviv) Israel Television Channel 2 reported minutes before the ceasefire went into effect that a poll of Israelis finds strong opposition: 70% oppose, 24%  favor. (IMRA,November 21, 2012)

 

IDF ARRIVING AT RISHON LEZION BUILDING HIT BY ROCKETS(Rishon Lezion)

Yesterday, a long-range rocket fired from the Gaza Strip directly hit a residential building in Israel's fourth-largest city, Rishon Lezion. After the air raid siren sounded, the residents of the apartment entered the reinforced security room – required in all new buildings by Israeli law – and thus were saved. This video shows the severe damage caused to the building and the undamaged security room. Click for Video (IDF YouTube Channel, November 20, 2012) 

 

TERROR ATTACK ON TEL AVIV BUS INJURES 28 PEOPLE(Tel Aviv) A bomb on a central Tel Aviv bus wounded 28 people on Wednesday morning, in the first bombing in the city since 2006. The bomb exploded on the 142 bus line on Shaul Hamelech street near the Defense Ministry headquarters and around the corner from Ichilov Hospital, blowing out all the windows of the bus and leaving dozens in need of medical assistance. (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

ISRAEL ‘OUTSHOUTS’ HAMAS TV, RADIO(Cairo) The IDF took over Hamas television and radio broadcasts, replacing the regular broadcasts with special bulletins aimed at Gaza residents…[T]he messages included information on the success of the Iron Dome system, the importance of staying away from Hamas operatives who may be targeted by IDF missiles, and even information on how Gaza civilians can protect themselves during an IDF attack. Other broadcasts showed clips of the IDF’s successes in killing Gaza terrorists, accompanied by a voiceover urging Gazans to rise up against Hamas, which, it says, has only brought them death and destruction. There [were] also cartoons, such as a one that shows a telephone ringing, unanswered, with accompanying text telling Gazans that “Hamas has run away and is leaving you hanging on the line.” (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)

 

LEBANON WAR VICTIMS ALTER GAME OF TERROR FINANCING(New York) Terror groups may no longer be able to do transactions in US dollars after a groundbreaking ruling by the highest state court in New York, the New York Court of Appeals, announced Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center, on Wednesday. (Nov 21) The ruling was issued on Tuesday in favor of victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks from the 2006 Lebanon War and could be a “game changer” in the global financial war on terror financing. Until now, terror financing could avoid scrutiny in the US by making fund transfers through American correspondent banks….[U]sing a new interpretation of an existing law, the appeals court ruled that correspondent banks will now be held liable for civil damages if it is found that they facilitated transactions that ultimately can be traced back to terror entities.  (Jerusalem Post, Nov. 21, 2012)

 

SYRIAN ISLAMIST GROUPS REJECT WESTERN-BACKED OPPOSITION —(Beirut)  Syria’s increasingly powerful Islamist rebel factions rejected the country’s new Western-backed opposition coalition and unilaterally declared an Islamic state in the key battleground of Aleppo, a sign of the seemingly intractable splits among those fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. The move highlights the struggle over the direction of the rebellion at a time when the opposition is trying to gain the West’s trust and secure a flow of weapons to fight the regime. The rising profile of the extremist faction among the rebels could doom those efforts. (Washington Post, November 19, 2012)

 

UN: IRAN TO DOUBLE OUTPUT OF URANIUM USED FOR NUKES(Salzburg, Austria) Iran is poised to double its output of higher-enriched uranium at its fortified underground facility, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, a development that puts Tehran within months of being able to make the core of a nuclear warhead. In its report, the IAEA said Iran was ready within days to ramp up its production of 20 per cent enriched uranium at its plant at Fordo using 700 more centrifuges. That would double Iran’s present output and cut in half the time it would take to acquire enough of the substance needed to make a nuclear weapon, reducing it to just over three months. (Globe and Mail, Friday, Nov. 16 2012)

 

JORDANIANS CALL FOR END TO MONARCHY(Amman, Jordan) Public expressions of anger at the Jordanian monarchy intensified as protests sparked by rising prices evolved into a rare show of open defiance aimed directly at King Abdullah II. Thousands of protesters turned out Friday, the fourth consecutive day of demonstrations across the country. In downtown Amman, the capital, a large group of protesters drawn from various groups including Islamists, leftist liberals and independents called for a "revolution," chanting, "People want the toppling of the regime."  While demonstrations in Jordan that began during the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings have ebbed and flowed over the past 20 months, the protests this week have been unusually large. Open defiance of the king is illegal in Jordan. (Wall Street Journal,  November 16, 2012)

 

EGYPT NABS 108 WARHEADS FROM LIBYA TO SINAI AND GAZA(Cairo) Egyptian security officials said Wednesday that authorities have confiscated trucks carrying explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled from Libya. They said authorities seized the pickup trucks, carrying some 108 warheads for Soviet-designed Grad rockets, near Marsa Matruh, 430 kilometers (270 miles) northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast. A flood of weapons from Libya has added to security concerns in Egypt. Smuggled weapons reach Islamist groups in the Sinai Peninsula, or pass via underground tunnels to the Gaza Strip. (Israel Hayom, November 21, 2012)
 

GRAVESTONES DESTROYED AT POLISH JEWISH CEMETERY—(Warsaw, Poland) More than 20 gravestones were destroyed at the Jewish cemetery in Lodz, Poland. The damage was discovered on Tuesday; it is believed the vandals entered the cemetery on Monday. Some of the toppled and broken gravestones were from the 19th century. “It was not a random act, tombstones are not easy to topple,” said Symcha Keller, the head of the Jewish community in Lodz. “Some of them can’t be repaired.” Also destroyed was the recently renovated tomb of the Rabbi of Staszow, the grandson of Elimelech of Lizhensk. (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)
 

FRENCH JEWS TURN OUT TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL —(Paris) Some 2,000 French Jews demonstrated in Paris to support of Israel’s offensive against Gaza. Addressing the crowd, the president of the Israelite Consistory of France, Joel Mergui, likened “terrorism that wants to kill in Israel” to “the same that attacks Jewish children in France.” A main axis was blocked off for Tuesday’s demonstration just off the famed Champs-Elysees, and riot police vans lined neighboring streets. (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)
 

ARAB COLUMNISTS CRITICIZE FIRING OF ROCKETS FROM GAZA—(Washington, D.C.) Alongside the official Arab condemnations of Israel's attack on Gaza, and the popular protests against it in some of the Arab countries, there has also been criticism against Hamas. This criticism is mainly voiced in the countries of the moderate Arab camp (headed by the Gulf states, the PA and elements in Egypt), which opposes the resistance camp (headed by Iran, Syria and Hizbullah). The critics claimed that Hamas's rocket attacks on Israel are reckless and ineffective, and do nothing but give Israel an excuse to attack Gaza. Many also accused Iran of exploiting the Palestinian cause and of igniting the entire region in order to demonstrate its strength, improve its position in its nuclear negotiations, and draw attention away from the crisis in Syria. (MEMRI, November 20, 2012)

 

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Arab Columnists Criticize Firing of Rockets from Gaza: MEMRI, Nov. 21, 2012—Alongside the official Arab condemnations of Israel's attack on Gaza, and the popular protests against it in some of the Arab countries, there has also been criticism against Hamas.

 

Landmark Court Decision Opens Way for Claims Against Palestinian Authority: Stuart Winer, Times of Israel, Nov. 19, 2012—Israeli man twice kidnapped and tortured by PA security forces wins the right to sue for damages; terror victims may follow suit.

 

Will the Arab Spring Deliver for Hamas?: Fouad Ajami, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2012

Mr. Morsi didn't rise to power to carry the burden of the Palestinian question. Egyptians could rightly claim that they had paid their dues for Palestine. Enough was enough…

 

 

 

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GAZA WAR: WESTERN MEDIA, STATES DON’T GET IT: ONLY FORCE CAN DETER TERRORIST WAR CRIMES

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Western Media Elites Just Don’t Get the Middle East: Barry Rubin, Jewish Press, Nov. 18, 2012 —The elite currently in power in the Western mass media is never going to comprehend the Middle East. There is a problem with bias, for sure, but the big problem is the impenetrable ignorance of the very people who are entrusted with explaining the region to others.

 

Israel’s Just War: Jonathan Kay, National Post, Nov 19, 2012 — Were Israel truly to unleash its firepower in the manner of, say, Bashar Assad against his own people (37,000 dead and counting in Syria — as opposed to about 100 in Gaza during the current campaign), then all of Gaza would be a smoking ruin, and a million desperate Gazan refugees would be streaming into Egypt.

 

In Support of a Ground Offensive: Efraim Inbar and Max Singer, Mid East Forum, Nov. 19, 2012—In our view, an armored push into Gaza in order to deal the Hamas military wing a decisive blow is necessary. From a strategic, long-term perspective, Israel cannot avoid confronting Hamas head-on, and must take action sooner rather than later.

Hamas Uses Palestinian Children As Human Shields: InfoLive.TV, Jan 1, 2010—A short video presenting visual evidence of the long-standing Hamas tactic of exploiting civilians as human shields, and civilian buildings as cover for terrorist attacks. 

 

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Who Wants to Defeat Hamas?: Neville Teller, Jerusalem Post, Nov. 20, 2012

Should Israel Agree to a Cease-fire?: Robert Spencer, Front Page Magazine, Nov 20, 2012

Palestinian State 2.0: Asaf Romirowsky, YNet News, November 1, 2012
The ‘Kids’ Behind IDF’s Media: Allison Hoffman, Tablet Magazine, November 20, 2012

When Did Hamas Become Secular?: Hanin Ghaddar, Now Lebanon, November 19, 2012

 

 

WESTERN MEDIA ELITES JUST DON’T GET THE MIDDLE EAST
Barry Rubin

Jewish Press, November 18, 2012

 

The elite currently in power in the Western mass media is never going to comprehend the Middle East. There is a problem with bias, for sure, but the big problem is the impenetrable ignorance of the very people who are entrusted with explaining the region to others. They insist on imposing their own misconceptions on the situation while ignoring the evidence.

 

Consider Janine Zacharia. What a distinguished resume: Jerusalem bureau chief and Middle East Correspondent for the Washington Post (2009-2011); chief diplomatic correspondent for Bloomberg News (2005-2009) and before that five years working for the Jerusalem Post in Washington DC and another five years working for Reuters and other publications from Jerusalem. Right now she’s a visiting lecturer at Stanford University in communications.

 

Surely, such a person must understand the region’s issues and if anyone isn’t going to have an anti-Israel bias in the mass media it would be her. And she isn’t anti-Israel in a conscious, political sense. Indeed, she obviously views herself as being sympathetic. Rather, it is her assumptions that make her type of views inevitably anti-Israel and more broadly inevitably destructive of U.S. interests on other issues.

So here’s her article in Slate. The title is “Why Israel’s Gaza Campaign is Doomed.” Not, why this response is the best of a set of difficult options; not why the world should support Israel; not why Hamas should be removed from power with international support but why Israel is wrong and stupid to fight. “Doomed” is a pretty strong word.

 

The subhead—adapted from Zacharia’s text—is “Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bomb Hamas militants will leave Israel more isolated, insecure, and alone.” Not the decision of Israel’s unanimous leadership including first and foremost its military and defence experts but that of a prime minister who now plays a role for the American media most closely approximated to that held by former President George W. Bush.

 

And by defending itself against an onslaught of rockets—120 in one week–Israel will be worse off even though by the way every Western country I’m aware of has supported Israel. Why will Israel be more isolated, insecure, and alone? Because the unspoken assumption of the Western media elite is that anyone who uses force, even in self-defence, ends up worse off.

 

It is quite reasonable to state that the campaign will not end the problem. Everyone in Israel and in Israel’s leadership and all the generals and Netanyahu know this very well. They also know that a country that does not defend itself and maintain its credibility and deterrence is going to end up doomed, isolated, insecure, and alone.

 

They also know that the best that can be expected given this situation is to force Hamas to deescalate for two or three years before the next round. One of the goals of the operation is to destroy the large military stockpiles–especially longer-range missiles–that Hamas has accumulated since 2009. Thus, Hamas will have to start all over again to smuggle in weapons. The next time they start a war it will be from a far weaker position than if they had not taken such losses….

 

Zacharia…faithfully represents the current standpoint of the Western elite. Here is her prescription: “Israel needs a far more sophisticated, diplomatic, long-term strategic policy for dealing with Gaza and all the threats around it—from Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and perhaps Egypt. A new Israeli approach may have to include a willingness to at least try talking to Hamas, which is fighting its own internal battle against even more radical, anti-Israel groups in the Gaza Strip. It may mean putting more pressure on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, languishing in irrelevance in Ramallah, to make peace with Hamas so there can be negotiations with Israel and a permanent end to this rocket-war madness.”

 

[For Zacharia:]

 

–The “Palestinian militant groups” want to drag Israel into an all-out war. Therefore, she reasons, Israel is foolish to engage in such a war. But the other side wanting a war that Israel prefers to avoid has been a common feature of Israeli history as in 1948, 1967, and 2006. The Palestinian leadership and Arab states misjudge the balance of forces (that is, they don’t know they lose) or feel such a losing war is worthwhile to mobilize popular support and to prove the individual group involved (in this case Hamas) is the best and most courageous of Fedayeen.

 

–The other side consists of “militant groups.” The problem with avoiding the word “terrorist” is not that it sanitizes those attacking Israel but that it downgrades their ideology and intentions. Hamas openly declares it will destroy Israel and commit genocide against Jews generally. Terrorism is a tactic. What lies behind it is a desire to murder all the civilians on the enemy side, whether or not any specific attack succeeds in killing a few of them….

 

–The fault is with Israel. It doesn’t have a proper diplomatic policy, you see, because there’s no willingness to talk to Hamas. Does Hamas [not have a] character of its own? Might it have an ideology and goals of its own? Might Hamas be to Israel what al-Qaida is to the United States?

 

If one actually knew anything about Hamas–and Israelis have three decades of experience in studying, fighting, and dealing with it—the idea of a negotiated solution would be ridiculous….Yet Zacharia is blaming Israel for not being good enough to negotiate a deal with a group whose televised children’s shows call for the physical extinction of Israel, the mass murder of its inhabitants, and future careers for kiddies as suicide bombers.

 

–Hamas is fighting even more radical groups in the Gaza Strip and therefore it must be moderate or at least potentially so. That isn’t really true. Of course, Hamas cracks down on groups that attack its own rule or prove to be inconvenient. But far more often it cooperates with Islamic Jihad and even al-Qaida affiliated groups. These attack Israel with Hamas’s cooperation and forbearance and then Hamas can claim innocence, thus waging war and claiming it isn’t doing anything at all. This is a transparent ploy but one that, as with Zacharia, many influential people in the West buy hook, line, and sinker.

 

–Israel can “put pressure” on Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, which rules the West Bank, and end the attacks from the Gaza Strip permanently. Yet anybody—much less a journalist who spent years dealing with the Middle East—should know that Abbas has zero influence in the Gaza Strip and any deal he makes (and he doesn’t intend to make one) will have no effect on Hamas or the Gaza Strip….

 

In other words, what Zacharia writes—and this is common throughout Western academic, media, and governmental circles—is completely absurd. The solution not being taken up is to overthrow Hamas just like the Taliban was overthrown in Afghanistan…But there is zero support in the West for bringing down Hamas. President Barack Obama helped bring a pro-Hamas regime in Egypt. And the man who never pressured Abbas pressured Israel to reduce sanctions on the Gaza Strip, thus helping Hamas remain in power so it can continue firing rockets at Israel.

 

I do not expect the mass media to improve nor do I have any hope of educating the journalists who write this kind of thing. They are not going to change in the near- or even medium-term future. Hence, they will be ignored instead. Equally, the governments who follow this kind of line will have no effect—at least no positive effect—on regional problems. The new feature of the last few years is that the U.S. government has contributed to making things much worse.
 

And that’s why there will be no “permanent end” to this rocket war madness or all of the other varieties of madness that are getting worse in the region. It is the policy of those people who do not understand what they are talking about or dealing with who are doomed. They are the ones who need a new policy.

 

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ISRAEL’S JUST WAR

Jonathan Kay

National Post, Nov 19, 2012

 

This is the third time the world has seen this tragedy performed. Act I was in 2006, during Israel’s Lebanon War with Hezbollah. Act II played out in 2008 and early 2009, with the first Gaza War. And now Act III is being performed, once again in Gaza.

 

In all three instances, the pattern has been the same: A militant group provokes Israel through kidnapping, bombardment or terrorist attacks. When Israel’s collective tolerance reaches its limit, the IDF returns fire with its larger arsenal. In 2006 and 2008, Israel followed up with a ground invasion.

 

The media coverage also follows a predictable pattern. In all three cases described above, international reports generally were fairly balanced until such time as Israel actually exercised its right to self-defence. At that point, reporters began turning the struggle into a David-vs-Goliath narrative that ignores the morally essential question of who started the conflict.

 

As the conflicts dragged on, even the terrorists’ most hideous tactics — deliberately targeting civilian population centers — were re-imagined as heroic gestures of defiance. Great attention has been paid to the cheers of glee that always rise up among Arabs when some feeble trophy — destroying an Israeli house, or spreading temporary panic in the southern part of the country — is won.

 

The missile sites and rocket-launching cells that Israel destroys, on the other hand, receive relatively scant attention. Hamas and Hezbollah minders have little interest in taking a BBC or CBC reporter to see the wreckage of Iranian-made munitions….

 

Given the close confines of Gaza, and the cynical manner by which Hamas stores and operates its weapons near civilian areas, it is a tribute to Israel that the body count is not higher in the current conflict. But that is no comfort to the Arab parents, siblings and spouses who have seen their loved ones killed by Israeli weapons. This includes the surviving members of the Dalu family, whose two-storey home was demolished on Sunday, killing 12 at one blow. However this war came about, and whatever the religion of the victims, that is a hideous human tragedy, full stop.

 

Such examples show that Gazans are double victims — politically enslaved to warmongering Hamas Islamists, and also physically endangered when Israel inevitably retaliates. Even in death, these victims are exploited in lurid funereal displays that feature the corpses of young children held aloft by shrieking cadres as propaganda totems for the benefit of YouTube.

 

All wars are hell — which is why Hamas and Hezbollah, were they led by rational and humane men instead of unhinged anti-Semites, wouldn’t start them. What needs to be remembered — despite all the emotional power that the image of even one bloodied Arab child musters in the eye of the observer — is that Israel has done everything in its power to cut through the fog of war, and focus its firepower on missiles and militants.

 

Remember, too: Were Israel truly to unleash its firepower in the manner of, say, Bashar Assad against his own people (37,000 dead and counting in Syria — as opposed to about 100 in Gaza during the current campaign), then all of Gaza would be a smoking ruin, and a million desperate Gazan refugees would be streaming into Egypt.

 

Incidentally, if one substitutes the word “Jew” for “Gazan,” and “the sea” for “Egypt,” the apocalyptic scenario imagined in the immediately previous sentence is precisely the exterminationist fantasy that propels Hamas and Hezbollah jihadists to turn Gaza and southern Lebanon into one big suicide cadre.

 

As polls demonstrate, Israelis are proud of the way the war has been conducted on their side. Meanwhile, the country’s Iron Dome anti-missile system has shown residents that the IDF has an emerging answer to “asymmetric” Hamas and Hezbollah aggression. Widely cheered scenes of Iron Dome intercepting missiles over Tel Aviv actually have served to bring the nation together and raise morale — an ironic effect given jihadis’ delusion that their missile attacks can bring Israel to its knees.

 

Hamas no doubt will invent reasons to claim “victory” when the current conflict ends. But perhaps once all the bodies are buried, they will have time to reflect on how cruel and ultimately pointless their campaign against Israel has become.

 

But if they don’t, Israeli generals will be ready to do this all over again a few years from now, in Act IV. Israel can’t make Palestinian terrorists stop hating Jews. But they can teach them hate’s consequences as many times as it takes. Don’t blame Benjamin Netanyahu if they’re slow learners.

 

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IN SUPPORT OF A GROUND OFFENSIVE

Efraim Inbar and Max Singer

Mid East Forum, November 19, 2012

 

For nearly a week, Israel has been under attack from terrorist elements in Gaza, primarily Hamas. As the Israeli air force and navy respond with surgical, targeted strikes on Hamas facilities, the government is weighing the possibility of ordering a ground offensive too.

 

In our view, an armored push into Gaza in order to deal the Hamas military wing a decisive blow is necessary. From a strategic, long-term perspective, Israel cannot avoid confronting Hamas head-on, and must take action sooner rather than later. For Israel to restore quiet to its borders and ensure its survival in the new Middle East, Arab governments and terror organizations must feel that it would be a mistake for them to militarily challenge Israel. Israel must demonstrate that even in the face of great political pressures it is strong enough and willing, when necessary, to take vigorous action.

 

While strong Israeli action carries serious risks, strength and victory also bring many benefits. In the current and developing environment Israel has no safe or good choices; it will have to take dangerous actions. Acting later will be more dangerous than acting now, and sooner or later Israel will be forced to act.

 

For some time, we have advocated the need to respond to attacks from Gaza with a large-scale military operation. We said that if no such action was taken, the attacks against Israel would surely increase, and indeed they have. Gaza is small enough for Israel to destroy most of the infrastructure and the leadership of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the other terrorist organizations that are based there. The goal of such a ground offensive would be to restore deterrence and signal an Israeli determination to battle the rising Islamist forces in the region. By acting sooner in Gaza, Israel will also greatly reduce the missile retaliation it would face if and when it strikes Iran's nuclear facilities.

 

Current political conditions seem to weigh in Israel's favor for an incursion into Gaza now. Hamas is politically weakened, and most of the Arab world is busy with pressing domestic issues, or with other crises such as Syria. Today we can again say that attacks on Israel will surely further increase if the IDF does not now take the drastic and dangerous action involved in a full-scale military invasion of Gaza. A smaller operation, akin to Cast Lead, will create at most another short postponement of attacks on Israeli civilians and will be followed by further escalation.

 

When its environment is benign, a country should act prudently and cautiously avoid trouble. But Israel already lives in a different kind of environment, and there is every reason to expect that this environment will become more hostile in the next few years, as the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power in more countries and consolidates its position in Egypt, and as the West sinks deeper into modes of appeasement. In particular there is likely to be a higher cost to an attack on Hamas in the future as the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt strengthens its ties with the terror group.

 

If Israel tries to "accommodate" the current nasty diplomatic environment, it will gradually see its security eroded. Instead, Israel must boldly protect its interests and make sure that its enemies are afraid of potentially devastating consequences. As long as they believe that political pressures prevent the Jewish state from harming them, these enemies will inexorably and assuredly increase their attacks on Israel. This is due partly to natural strategy and partly to the temptation in each country to seek internal political gain by acting against Israel. With growing Muslim Brotherhood power, and the growing partial rivalry between the Brotherhood and Salafi jihadists in Egypt, the political pressure on Cairo to act against Israel will grow….

 

Deterrence will be created if the military branches of Hamas and the PIJ are decimated. In addition to deterrence, important practical military benefits will be gained by destroying the physical and human infrastructure that Hamas, PIJ, and other organizations have built up in Gaza, even though such infrastructure can be and will likely be rebuilt….

 

It is likely that Israel will face very great pressure, even from the US, to desist from such an operation. Israel should resist such pressure. It should explain to the US administration and to the public what its objectives in Gaza are – the destruction of the military organizations that are threatening and attacking Israel – and the necessity of staying in Gaza for the weeks required to achieve these objectives, which will postpone the next crisis as long as possible.

 

If Israel is diplomatically forced to abort the effort before achieving its goals it will pay the full political price and get only a fraction of the benefits it needs in return. In fact, Israel will pay a greater political price for an attack that is prematurely cut short than it would if it were able to complete the job, no matter how much it would suffer in the court of public opinion.

 

Of course, a ground offensive runs the risk of getting bogged down in the Gaza quagmire and of costing Israel unexpectedly heavy troop losses. Obviously, the IDF needs to develop and effectively execute a plan designed to avoid these pitfalls. Our point is that from a strategic, long-term perspective, Israel cannot wait any longer and must confront Hamas head-on.

 

The bottom line is that Israel is surrounded by enemies who will spare no efforts to kill as many Israelis as possible. Israel cannot respond effectively to each small attack, and the only way to prevent small attacks is to make the enemies believe that they cannot tell when Israel will respond to a small attack with a blow that the enemy is really afraid of. What the enemy is afraid of is the loss of power, and perhaps some of the terrorist leaders are also afraid of being killed. Therefore, an escalation of conflict via a ground operation, an idea that most of the international community opposes, is nevertheless necessary.

 

Prof. Efraim Inbar is a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and a fellow at the Middle East Forum. Dr. Max Singer is a founder of the Hudson Institute and a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

 

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HAMAS USES PALESTINIAN CHILDREN AS HUMAN SHIELDS

InfoLive.TV, Jan. 1, 2010

 

A short film presenting visual evidence of the long-standing Hamas tactic of exploiting civilians as human shields, and civilian buildings as cover for terrorist attacks. Footage shows examples of Palestinian terror groups hiding behind the Palestinian civilian population in order to launch attacks against Israeli targets.

 

“The parties to the conflict shall not direct the movement of the civilian population or individual civilians in order to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield military operations…” Geneva Convention

 

 

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Should Israel Agree to a Cease-fire?: Robert Spencer, Front Page Magazine, Nov. 20, 2012—In all negotiations that may transpire, Israel will insist that the rocket attacks from Gaza must cease. But no cease-fire or previous negotiated settlement of any kind has ever accomplished this; why will this one be different? For that matter, no state has ever successfully reached a negotiated settlement with an enemy who had vowed to destroy it; why is Israel constantly expected to be different?

The ‘Kids’ Behind IDF’s Media: Allison Hoffman, Tablet Magazine, November 20, 2012 —The government still has to generate the talking points, what we want to achieve, and then we turn it over to the kids, and they translate it into this new language of social media,” said Daniel Seaman, deputy director general of the Ministry of Public Information and Diaspora Affairs, who ran the government press office during Operation Cast Lead. “I say it’s magic.”

 

When did Hamas become secular?: Hanin Ghaddar, Now Lebanon, November 19, 2012—The Syrian opposition can resist Assad as much as they want, but their cause will not be recognized by these leftists as long as some Islamists have joined them. Meanwhile, Hamas and Hezbollah can be as Islamist as they want; they will be forgiven, as long as they resist, or say they are resisting, Israel.

 

Who wants to defeat Hamas?: Neville Teller, Jeruslaem Post, Nov. 20, 2012 —Writing from Gaza during Israel’s current “Pillar of Defense” operation, one particular journalist from the UK called Hamas “the elected government in Gaza.” The idea that somehow Hamas is a legitimate administration has found widespread acceptance. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Palestinian State 2.0: Asaf Romirowsky: YNet News, November 1, 2012—While a functioning Palestinian State remains desirable, the fact that Palestinian leadership has refused to directly negotiate with Israel and uses bodies like the UN to endorse a "virtual" state that has no viable infrastructure is telling. Is the Palestinian goal a state of their own, or just the erasure of Israel, to be followed by what?

 

 

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GAZA WAR: HAMAS’ MISCALCULATION, FAJR-5’s, LOOMING IRANIAN BOMB, DICTATED ISRAEL’S “DISPROPORTIONATE DETERRENCE”

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Only Disproportionate Deterrence Will Offset Hamas: Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post, Nov 18, 2012 —In fact, a disproportionate response to aggression is fully consistent with international law in which the prime obligation of the state is to protect its civilians. Those seeking to deny us this basic right are maliciously hypocritical.

Hamas' Miscalculation: Barak Mendelsohn, Foreign Affairs, Nov. 18, 2012—In fact, two factors pushed Hamas to ramp up its bombing campaign: competition from Salafi groups and Hamas' belief that its strategic environment had improved in the wake of the Arab Spring.

 

With Longer Reach, Rockets Bolster Hamas Arsenal: Ethan Bronner, New York Times, November 17, 2012 — When Israel assassinated the top Hamas military commander in Gaza on Wednesday, setting off the current round of fierce fighting, it was aiming not just at a Palestinian leader but at a supply line of rockets from Iran that have for the first time given Hamas the ability to strike as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

 

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Western Media Elites Just Don’t Get the Middle East: Barry Rubin, Jewish Press, November 18th, 2012

"IDF Did More to Safeguard Civilians Than Any Army in History of Warfare": Col. Richard Kemp, UN Watch, October 16, 2009

Eleven Reasons Why This Is Not Cast Lead: Anshel Pfeffer, Ha’aretz, Nov.18, 2012

Paz Azran, 12th grade student from Ashkelon speaking to 70 Ambassadors and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu About her experiences under bombardment: IraeliPM, YouTube Video, Nov 12, 2012

Dear North American Student: Rebecca, CIJR, Nov. 16, 2012 

 

 

 

ONLY DISPROPORTIONATE DETERRENCE WILL OFFSET HAMAS

Isi Leibler

Jerusalem Post, Nov 18, 2012

 

The Jewish state was created to overcome powerlessness and provide a haven for Jews – not to have them cringing in shelters. There had previously been considerable criticism of the government for its failure to adequately respond to the ongoing toll inflicted on over a million Israeli citizens obliged to endure thousands of missiles launched against them at the whim of a loathsome neighboring terrorist state….

 

Hamas is no longer a terrorist faction. It is in every respect an independent state the majority of whose citizens enthusiastically support the terrorist initiatives and missile launches initiated by its evil leaders, who are committed to our annihilation.

 

The situation deteriorated with the rise to power in Egypt of the Muslim Brotherhood, the creators of Hamas. Since then, the Egyptian authorities stood by as Hamas accumulated vast quantities of sophisticated missiles and other lethal weapons including guided anti-tank missiles and shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft weapons from Iran, Libya Sudan and other states.

 

That explains why, despite awareness that Operation Pillar of Defense may escalate into full-scale war, all sections of Israeli society fervently support the IDF operation. It is also gratifying that Jews throughout the world are actively demonstrating solidarity with Israel.

 

Hamas was emboldened to test our resolve, believing that Israel would be fearful of confronting the new Egyptian regime and also encouraged by the active support from the Turkish government and the recent visit to Gaza of the emir of Qatar, who contributed $400 million to their coffers.

 

Israel was indeed sensitive to these issues, as well as the effect of a military conflict diverting attention from Iran – especially now as it proceeds with its uranium enrichment. There was also concern at the civil war in Syria and the dramatic rise of Islamic extremism throughout the region. To top it off there were inhibitions because of the US presidential elections.

 

Nevertheless, Hamas miscalculated. By intensifying the bombardment of the South, it obliged the State of Israel to respond harshly or forfeit any modicum of deterrence. The initial outcome was good. The IDF had clearly learned from the lessons of previous wars: intelligence was impeccable; action was systematic and rational with, to date, minimal civilian casualties.

 

It must be stressed that the targeted killings of terrorist leaders are not acts of revenge or showmanship. They are logical military actions which can be rationally justified in moral terms.

The killing of Ahmad Jabari, regarded as the Palestinian counterpart of Osama bin Laden, is a prime example….

 

The global response from most Western countries, which followed President Obama’s lead condemning the rocket attacks and endorsing Israel’s right to self-defense, has until now been satisfactory, despite the usual calls for restraint and for Israel to act in a “proportionate” manner.

 

But these are early days. Initially, we are unlikely to face problems at the UN Security Council. However, the General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council, controlled by Islamic and other anti-Israeli coalitions, have consistently viewed Israel as the aggressor and never the victim. Neither of these bodies has even once condemned the Hamas missile attacks and there is little doubt that they and NGO bodies such as Amnesty International will blame Israel exclusively for reigniting the armed conflict.

 

In addition, while the IDF is taking extraordinary precautions to minimize civilian casualties, there will invariably, as in any military conflict, be mishaps – especially in Gaza where Hamas ruthlessly employ human shields by locating armaments and launching missiles in civilian residential areas….

 

Clearly, the IDF would prefer to limit the conflict to pinpointed aerial strikes. However, if Hamas continue raining rockets against Israeli civilians, Israel will be forced into a ground offensive in which greater casualties are inevitable.

 

The main challenge for the government is to devise an end strategy to achieve long-term deterrence as well as a strategy to be implemented instantly should Hamas become sufficiently re-emboldened to recommence missile launches. Israel has no desire to return to the era of the tit-for-tat war of attrition whereby we respond to missile launches by bombing rocket launching sites and empty buildings.

 

Although some of our allies are already urging us not to respond “disproportionately,” such a concept has absolutely no relevance to the threat facing Israel. While still seeking to minimize civilian casualties, we must create genuine deterrence in order to avoid future full-scale conflicts of ever increasing magnitude. In fact, a disproportionate response to aggression is fully consistent with international law in which the prime obligation of the state is to protect its civilians. Those seeking to deny us this basic right are maliciously hypocritical.

 

The issue of Israel continuing to provide Hamas-controlled Gaza with services is another bizarre anomaly. It is one thing to be sensitive to the humanitarian needs of civilian noncombatants, but to continue providing electricity and other utilities to a neighboring state raining missiles on us is utterly perverse. If the lights went out automatically every time a rocket was dispatched, the inconvenienced Gaza residents might even influence their leaders to hesitate before launching missiles.

 

An intensive government campaign must be implemented to counter the impact of successive years of the world having become conditioned to regarding Israel under missile attacks as normative. We must highlight the fact that such attacks against civilians are unequivocally war crimes….

 

We must recognize that in future conflicts, the terrorists will continue accumulating more effective and lethal weapons to employ against us. We must therefore endeavor to resist calls for a cease-fire until such time as Hamas, in conjunction with the Egyptians, undertake to cease their aggression.

There must be a clear understanding that any breach would result in harsh “disproportionate” Israeli responses including the targeted killings of those responsible for initiating attacks. In the absence of such an agreement an enforced cease-fire will be perceived as a major victory for Hamas and our citizens will simply return to the life of terror they endured since the first Kassams were launched a decade ago.

 

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HAMAS' MISCALCULATION

Barak Mendelsohn

Foreign Affairs, November 18, 2012

 

The escalation in the fighting last week between Israel and Hamas caught many observers by surprise. Operation Cast Lead, Israel's 2008 campaign against Hamas, had led to an uneasy calm between the warring sides. And last year's release of Gilad Shalit (the Israeli soldier who had been kidnapped by militants in 2006) in exchange for a thousand Palestinian prisoners had even given observers hope that Israel and Hamas had found a way to manage their conflict. But then, Hamas attacked an Israeli mobile patrol inside Israeli territory on November 10 and Israel retaliated by assassinating Ahmed Jabari, Hamas's military chief. This time, the violence that has followed has not faded quickly; indeed, the fight is still intensifying.

 

Given the destruction wrought by Israel and Hamas' last major conflict, Hamas' calculations in the lead-up to this round of fighting are especially puzzling. The typical explanation is that Hamas ramped up its rocket campaign earlier this year in an effort to break Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip. Under fire, Israel had to retaliate.

 

That answer, though, is unsatisfying. In many ways, the siege had already been broken…Israel's efforts to tightly control the area's borders, which started after Hamas won elections there in 2006, had gradually wound down. After the public relations disaster that followed Israel's 2010 mishandling of the Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla, the flow of goods over the Israeli border into Gaza increased substantially. Moreover, the tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border, through which most of the goods coming into Gaza are smuggled, became so elaborate that they resembled official border crossings. In fact, the volume of trade that travels through the tunnels could be up to $700 million dollars a year.

 

To some extent, Hamas had a political interest in perpetuating the siege idea, which could be used to foment anger against Israel and drum up popular support. Further, it made sense for the movement to preserve some limitations on the movement of goods into Gaza, since the smuggling industry lined its coffers. Thus, although life in Gaza might not have been all that pleasant for Gazans, Hamas wanting to break the siege is not a compelling explanation for its renewed violence against Israel.

 

In fact, two factors pushed Hamas to ramp up its bombing campaign: competition from Salafi groups and Hamas' belief that its strategic environment had improved in the wake of the Arab Spring. Since Hamas was elected, it has found the Salafi groups in Gaza especially difficult rivals to manage….

 

Under pressure, Hamas repeatedly tried to quell the Salafi threat, and it did not shy from using brute force to do so. The clearest demonstration came in August 2009, when Hamas killed the leader of Jund Ansar Allah, a Salafi group that had openly challenged Hamas' authority, and a number of its members. But short of using extreme violence to suppress Salafism in Gaza, which would have been too costly for Hamas, Hamas could not eliminate the Salafi challenge. It watched with worry as new Salafi groups emerged and strengthened throughout the strip.

 

The pressure on Hamas only increased in the wake of the 2011 Arab uprisings. The Egyptian revolution and the subsequent chaos in the Sinai Peninsula were a backwind in the sails of Gaza's Salafis. The collapse of authoritarian regimes in North Africa unleashed a flood of weapons and fighters, which Salafis channeled into the Sinai Peninsula. With the Egyptian military unable to control the area, Gazan Salafis turned the peninsula into a staging ground for attacking Israel. They believed (correctly) that Israel, anxious not to kill its peace accord with Egypt, would not dare to respond directly….

 

The new regional order presented Hamas with a serious dilemma. As the ruler of Gaza, it could not sit on the sidelines while Israel targeted territory under its control. But it was unable to fully rein in the Salafis without proving once and for all that it was no longer a resistance movement. For Hamas, then, the only choice was to tolerate the attacks. It portrayed them at home as a way to preserve the struggle against Israel. Abroad, it refused to acknowledge any role in them at all to reduce the danger of a backlash. Over time, pressure from Hamas rank and file led the organization to take a more active role in each round of violence.

 

The flaw in Hamas' logic, though, was that it assumed that Israel would cooperate and not retaliate. Israel would not let Hamas shirk responsibility, though, and demanded that Hamas assert its authority over the radical factions. To reinforce the message, this year, Israel carried out a number of strikes on Hamas targets. Once it became a target itself, Hamas was even less able to show restraint. It eventually resumed carrying out its own strikes on Israel, a move that was cheered by the Hamas rank and file, who, without such attacks, might have defected to the more radical groups.

 

Another of Hamas' miscalculations was expecting Egypt to be supportive of its actions, which, when combined with Israel's fear of alienating the regime in Cairo, would allow Hamas to escalate the conflict without it spinning out of control. The hope was not off base….But, the group was wrong again. Hamas' closer ties with Egypt did not discourage Israel from fighting back.

 

Simply put, Hamas' strategic environment was not as favorable as it thought. When it tried to push Israel's boundaries, Israel pushed back. Now the group is in a bind. It needs a face-saving resolution to the fighting, one that would allow it to claim some achievement worth of the devastation inflicted this month on Gaza. Even after that, the group will still face the same old tension between its ideology of resistance and the responsibilities that come with governing. And all the while, its Salafi challengers will be lurking, challenging its commitment to the struggle against Israel. If Hamas wants to avoid future such escalations, it will need to crack down on these groups.

 

But that would come with a price — in popularity and legitimacy — that Hamas seems unwilling to pay. Hamas must also finally make the transition from resistance movement to normal political party. It will probably take a push from Cairo for that to happen. Hamas' alliance with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood offers the group some of the cover it needs to make the much-needed transition. And the Muslim Brotherhood is a good model for Hamas to follow, besides. Absent Hamas' political transformation, no cease-fire with Israel will hold for long. The next round of violence awaits, just over the horizon. 

 

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With Longer Reach, Rockets Bolster Hamas Arsenal

 

Ethan Bronner

New York Times, November 17, 2012

 

When Israel assassinated the top Hamas military commander in Gaza on Wednesday, setting off the current round of fierce fighting, it was aiming not just at a Palestinian leader but at a supply line of rockets from Iran that have for the first time given Hamas the ability to strike as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

 

The commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, had shifted Hamas’s low-grade militia into a disciplined force with sophisticated weapons like Fajr-5 rockets, which are named after the Persian word for dawn and have significantly increased the danger to Israel’s major cities. They have a range of about 45 miles and are fired by trained crews from underground launching pads.

 

Hamas had perhaps 100 of them until the Israeli attacks last week, which appear to have destroyed most of the stockpile. The rockets are assembled locally after being shipped from Iran to Sudan, trucked across the desert through Egypt, broken down into parts and moved through Sinai tunnels into Gaza, according to senior Israeli security officials.

 

The smuggling route involves salaried employees from Hamas along the way, Iranian technical experts traveling on forged passports and government approval in Sudan, Israeli officials said.

Mr. Jabari’s strategy has been so effective and alarming for Israel that it is preparing for a possible next stage in the four-day-old battle: a ground war in which its troops would seek to destroy remaining rocket launching bases and crews and munitions factories.

 

Under Mr. Jabari, Hamas also developed its own weapons industry in Gaza, building long-range rockets as well as drones that they hoped to fly over Israel just as Israeli drones roam the skies of Gaza…The current operation to eliminate the Hamas rocket launchers could serve to cripple the ability of Iran’s allies in Gaza from retaliating should Israel ever carry out its threat to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.

 

“Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad are building weapons with experts from Iran,” one top security official said Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity. “What we took care of …was their own production facility for U.A.V.’s,” he added, referring to unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. “This was all the work of Jabari, who was a very sophisticated and strategic thinker.”

 

A number of recent Israeli military attacks were aimed at cutting the supply chain into Gaza. In late October, a munitions factory in Sudan was hit from the air. Israel did not acknowledge carrying out the attack, but the winks and nods of officials here make clear that it did. Israel has carried out several other such attacks on Sudan, including on convoys, in the past few years.

 

In addition, Mossad agents killed a Hamas official in a Dubai hotel in early 2010 because he was thought to be crucial to the Hamas supply chain of weapons and rockets into Gaza.  One official here said that until Israel ended its military occupation of Gaza in 2005, there were only primitive weapons factories there. The Hamas rockets had a flight capacity of about a mile, they could not be aimed and they flew in a wild cylindrical pattern. Hamas then built better rockets that could fly up to 12 miles.

 

That changed little until 2007, when Hamas fighters pushed the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority out of Gaza into the West Bank and took over governing the coastal strip. “At that point, Jabari turned his neighborhood defense operation into a real army,” said a retired Israeli general whose portfolio included Gaza and who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He organized what was a militia into companies, battalions and brigades. He sent commanders to Syria and to Iran to be trained by the Revolutionary Guards. And then he built up this whole new branch to develop military technology focusing on long-range missiles.”…

 

In addition to the Fajr-5, Hamas has a few hundred of what are known as enhanced Grad rockets, which have a range of about 25 miles. The Grads are 122-millimeter rockets that have bigger warheads than the standard Grads, but their accuracy is relatively low. The Grads may also be coming from Iran but others are made in Gaza and imported from Libya. In addition, Hamas has hundreds of standard Grads that have a range of about 12 miles, as well as thousands of homemade mortars and Qassam rockets with a range of about six miles.

 

Israeli officials said the movement of the Fajr-5 rockets through Egypt could not go unnoticed there, given their size. Each is 20 feet long and weighs more than 2,000 pounds — the warhead alone weighs 375 pounds — and the trucks carrying them across Egyptian bridges and through roadblocks into Sinai would be hard to miss.

 

In the current conflict, Israel’s antirocket system, known as Iron Dome, has been more effective than expected, but still dozens of rockets have landed.  Whether the military operation against Gaza is a dress rehearsal for any future attack on either Iran or Lebanon — where Hezbollah has thousands of rockets pointed at Israel — is a matter under debate here. Some see it as clearing away any possible trouble from Gaza. Others say that makes little sense, given the difference of scale in the conflict in Gaza and any war against Iran or Hezbollah. Hamas’s arsenal is tiny compared with what Hezbollah in Lebanon is thought to have: thousands of rockets capable of hitting Tel Aviv.

 

Yonatan Touval, an analyst with Prime Source, a private Tel Aviv risk-assessment company, said, “The Iron Dome system is ineffective in intercepting longer-range projectiles, such as those that would be launched from Lebanon toward the Tel Aviv area. To address this threat, Israel is currently developing the Magic Wand system, but it is not expected to become operational before 2015.”….

 

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Paz Azran, 12th Grade Student from Ashkelon Speaking to 70 Ambassadors and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu About Her Experiences Under BombardmentIsraeliPM, YouTube Video, Nov 12, 2012

 

Dear North American Student: Rebecca, CIJR, Nov. 16, 2012 — A letter from a Canadian, Jewish, Israel young woman who is currently studying in Israel having made aliyah  and after having served in the IDF. A unique perspective from a wise, younger person who is able to understand the comparison between a person living in Israel, versus a person living in any Western city.

 

Western Media Elites Just Don’t Get the Middle East: Barry Rubin, Jewish Press, November 18th, 2012—The elite currently in power in the Western mass media is never going to comprehend the Middle East. There is a problem with bias, for sure, but the big problem is the impenetrable ignorance of the very people who are entrusted with explaining the region to others. They insist on imposing their own misconceptions on the situation while ignoring the evidence.

 

"IDF Did More to Safeguard Civilians Than Any Army in History of Warfare": Col. Richard Kemp, UN Watch, October 16, 2009Statement to UN Human Rights Council, 12th Special Session — Debate on Goldstone Report— The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties.

 

Eleven Reasons Why This Is Not Cast Lead: Anshel Pfeffer, Ha’aretz, Nov.18, 2012— This isn't a second Operation Cast Lead, though. There are a number of significant differences in the circumstances and execution of the latest offensive which are affecting the way events are unfolding and will influence the eventual outcome.

 

 

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Israel’s Right Of Return Fire: Globe Editorial, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 15 2012— Israel is right to be responding swiftly and forcefully to bombardment from Gaza. For months, the leaders of Hamas have been building up a more powerful arsenal with which to assault their neighbours.

 

 

An Open Letter To President Obama: Esther Pollard, Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2012 —I write with some urgency to draw to your attention the request for clemency which my husband, Jonathan Pollard, filed more than two years ago during your first term in office.In the interim, Jonathan’s health has continued to deteriorate while calls for his release by senior American officials continue to mount.

 

Michael Oren: It’s May 1967—Or May 1948: Bari Weiss, Tablet Magazine, Nov. 15, 2012—“In the best of circumstances, it’s May 1967. And the worst, May 1948. Rarely in our history have we ever faced such a broad spectrum of monumental threats.”

 

Queen’s U. Faces Backlash Over Plan To Honour Jimmy Carter: Sarah Boesveld, National Post, Nov 15, 2012 —Queen’s University is facing a backlash from Jewish alumni over its decision to award former U.S. president Jimmy Carter — a strong critic of Israel — an honorary degree next week.

 

On Topic Links

 

 

Iran's Agenda in the Gaza Offensive: Stratfor Gobal Intelligence, November 16, 2012

Montreal’s Debt to the Jews: Joe King

Hamas Military Leader Jabari Got What He Deserved: Jonathan Kay, National Post, Nov 14, 2012

Paul Ehrlich: A Petrified Pundit: Barbara Kay, National Post, Nov 14, 2012
 

 

 

ISRAEL’S RIGHT OF RETURN FIRE

 

Globe Editorial

The Globe and Mail, Nov. 15 2012,

 

Israel is right to be responding swiftly and forcefully to bombardment from Gaza. For months, the leaders of Hamas have been building up a more powerful arsenal with which to assault their neighbours. For years, factions in Gaza had sent rockets into Israel that for the most part did no great harm – a nuisance that was occasionally dangerous to Israeli civilians, but rarely inficted serious injury.

 

Recently, however, Hamas has gained more confidence and has become more ambitious in its purchasing of missiles. As an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, it feels encouraged by that movement’s increasing ascendancy in Egypt and other countries of the region. By sending many more, and more lethal, rockets into Israel, it cannot do any good for the inhabitants of Gaza whom they rule, or for other Palestinians. Their attacks are merely vindictive and narcissistic, but they are a serious threat to the people of Israel.

 

The Egyptian government, which relies on American money, is unlikely to give any practical help to Hamas, but these events put it in a difficult and amibguous position.

 

Israel has so far wisely refrained from a ground offensive – let alone to a reoccupation – though it has moved troops toward its border with the Gaza Strip, and has called up reservists, quite properly to provide for contingencies. The Israeli Defence Force appears to be well informed on the locations of Hamas’s armaments, and can do most of what it needs to do by way of aerial bombardment….

 

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MICHAEL OREN: IT’S MAY 1967—OR MAY 1948

Bari Weiss

Tablet Magazine, November 15, 2012

 

Michael Oren has served as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. for the past three years. But his real trade isn’t diplomacy, it’s the past: Before Oren took on arguably the toughest job in Washington, he wrote books about Mideast history. So when I spoke to the ambassador yesterday afternoon [Nov. 14] about Operation Pillar of Defense, I asked him what historical moment he’d compare this one to: “In the best of circumstances, it’s May 1967. And the worst, May 1948. Rarely in our history have we ever faced such a broad spectrum of monumental threats.”

 

There’s the Iranian regime bidding for nuclear weapons, a Muslim Brotherhood government running Egypt, Hamas ruling Gaza, Hezbollah controlling southern Lebanon, and the civil war raging in Syria that spilled into Israel earlier this week. Jordan, a reliable Israeli ally since the mid-1990s, has become even more critical since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in Egypt. But many suspect it’s only a matter of time before the Arab upheaval fells King Abdullah II—especially given current protests.

 

That would be a worst-case scenario for Israel. “Jordan is what keeps Iran out of our backyard,” said Oren. “Our defense border is the Jordanian-Iraqi border”—that is, not the Jordanian-Israeli one.

 

It’s difficult not to see this operation— pinpointing and targeting Hamas leaders, while taking out underground missile sites—as intended for an audience beyond the Strip, namely the one watching in Tehran. (The Iranians have undertaken major air drills in the past few days, and revealed new missile systems.) But Oren insists the Islamic Republic has nothing to do with this operation: “This is not about sending a message to Iran. This is a message about defending a million of our citizens,” he said. “It would be the equivalent of 40 million Americans in bomb shelters.”

 

And yet Iran was the subject we kept coming back to. “I think that the key to it all is Iran,” Oren said. “Gaza’s basically an outpost of Iran. Lebanon is an outpost of Iran. Assad is a lackey of Iran.” Indeed, one key lesson Oren draws from Israel’s previous territorial withdrawals is that Iran’s proxies tend to fill the vacuum left behind. “Wherever we have withdrawn, the Iranians have filled it. In Lebanon, in Gaza.”

 

Since Israel pulled out of southern Lebanon (2000) and Gaza (2005), the IDF has played an ongoing game of whack-a-mole with Hezbollah and Hamas. Oren argued that this tactic has been more successful than some have claimed. “After the Lebanon war [of 2006] we were very tough on ourselves, with the whole Winograd Commission. But I think we were too tough on ourselves. In fact, we deterred Hezbollah” in that war.

 

Four years since Operation Cast Lead, deterrence is once again the name of the game for the IDF in Gaza: “Hamas may have to just be reminded again, and reminded in large scale, that we will not allow our citizens to be shot at with impunity,” Oren said. “It will go on for as long as Hamas continues to escalate.” Israel said Wednesday that it is prepared to expand this campaign into a ground operation.

 

“We have nothing to be ashamed about, nothing to apologize for. This is our right,” said Oren. “Ahmed Jabari killed dozens and dozens of Israelis.”

 

And what would victory look like? “Victory looks like security restored to the inhabitants of the south,” said Oren. Longer term, the goal is a change in mindset. “The Palestinian people have to internalize that as long as they choose leadership like Hamas, that will bring them no closer to statehood, no closer to economic and social development, and no closer to peace.”

 

With weeks until Israelis go to the polls, some see a clear connection between the election and this operation. Oren dismissed the question: “This is not about the elections. We didn’t want war,” he said. “This government has exhibited superhuman restraint: 2,500 rockets since 2009. Last month, 800 rockets. In the last week, 300 rockets. What government in the world wouldn’t have responded with war a long time ago?”

 

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AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Esther Pollard

Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2012

 

Dear President Obama, Congratulations upon your election to a second term as president of the mightiest nation in the world, the United States of America. May your second term in office be a blessing to America, to its allies and to the world.

 

I write with some urgency to draw to your attention the request for clemency which my husband, Jonathan Pollard, filed more than two years ago during your first term in office.

 

In the interim, Jonathan’s health has continued to deteriorate while calls for his release by senior American officials continue to mount. I write in the sincere hope of urging you to respond favorably and speedily to Jonathan’s petition and to all of the official appeals for his immediate release.

 

Traditionally, some time next week, shortly before November 22, you will be pardoning this year’s American National Thanksgiving turkey, thereby sparing its life.

 

As the president of the United States, your granting clemency to a lowly barnyard bird demonstrates to the world the great respect that the American people have for the values of justice, compassion and mercy. It is in this light that I write to bring to your personal awareness once again, the urgent plight of my husband, Jonathan Pollard.

 

On November 21, 2012 – the day before Thanksgiving – Jonathan begins his 28th year of a life sentence with no end in sight. I urge and implore you, Mr. President, to include Jonathan in the list of holiday clemencies that are expected to be announced by the White House shortly, enabling those who are set free to get home in time for the holidays.

 

Mr. President, G-d has seen fit to elevate you for yet another term to the position of the head of the most powerful nation in the world, the president of the United States of America, and to invest in you powers of clemency second only to His own.

 

Clearly these gifts were bestowed upon you as a man worthy and capable of fulfilling the biblical injunction which describes what G-d requires of man, namely: “to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your G-d.” (Micha 6:8) Over the past two years, since Jonathan submitted his clemency petition to you on October 15, 2010, there has been a burgeoning public awareness of the injustice of his sentence. Many senior American officials as well as high-ranking legal officials and elected representatives have appealed to you, both publicly and privately, to release Jonathan.

 

In their words, his release is a matter of simple justice because “his sentence is grossly disproportionate.” And it is appropriate on humanitarian grounds because his health is failing after more than a quarter of a century of affliction in American prisons.

 

Those who know the case best have been very clear in their publicly stated opinions and in their letters to you, indicating that keeping Jonathan in prison any longer is a travesty of justice. These include, among many others: former secretary of state George Shultz, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, former White House legal counsel Bernard Nussbaum, former attorney-general Michael Mukasey, former deputy attorney-general Phillip Heymann, former assistant secretary of defense Lawrence Korb and former CIA director James Woolsey.

 

As well, in a historic display of bipartisanship, a group of 18 prominent former United States senators wrote to you, Mr. President, and asked that you commute Jonathan’s sentence to time served. A number of the signatories served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, including senators Dennis DeConcini (D-Arizona), Alan Simpson (R-Wyoming), the late Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania), Birch Bayh (D-Indiana), Connie Mack (R-Florida) and David Durenberger (RMinnesota)….

 

Another bipartisan congressional appeal to you, jointly sponsored by Reps. Chris Smith and Eliot Engel, is being circulated and has already acquired dozens of signatures in support of my husband’s release.

 

Internationally, Jonathan’s release is supported by a number of prominent organizations and individuals, including the European Parliament, the European Jewish Congress and the African Redeemed Church of Christ, which has more than 14,000 branches in 110 countries and has more than five million members in Africa alone.

 

My husband, Jonathan Pollard, has now served more than six to eight times the usual sentence for the offense he committed. After enduring 27 years of the harshest afflictions in prison, including seven years in solitary confinement, it is time to release him, now, while he is still alive – before it is too late….

Mr. President, if a lowly turkey is deserving of your compassion and merits the dispensation of justice by your own hand, how much more so does a man who has more than paid the price for the offense he committed and is now, after 27 years in prison, in danger of losing his life.

 

We are taught, “From Heaven did the Almighty look down upon the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to liberate those who are doomed to die.” (Psalms 102:20-21) While those who hold the reins of power are urged: “Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; According to the greatness of your power, set free those who are condemned to die.” (Psalms 79:11) Mr. President, I implore you, set my husband free by commuting his sentence to the 27 years he has already served, and send him home to me in the Holy City of Jerusalem for the Holiday of Light which fast approaches – and G-d will surely bless!

 

Respectfully, Esther Pollard, Mrs. Jonathan Pollard.

 

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QUEEN’S U. FACES BACKLASH OVER
PLAN TO HONOUR JIMMY CARTER

Sarah Boesveld

National Post, Nov 15, 2012

 

Queen’s University is facing a backlash from Jewish alumni over its decision to award former U.S. president Jimmy Carter — a strong critic of Israel — an honourary degree next week.

 

Shimon Fogel, chief executive of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said his organization has received about 50 “angry and frustrated inquiries” over the past month from graduates of the respected Canadian university, worried their school will be tarnished by Mr. Carter’s view of Israel as an apartheid state and his controversial relationships in the Arab world.

 

“It’s just a huge lightning rod for distress and disappointment,” Mr. Fogel said. “He simply doesn’t meet the test of somebody that is seeking to offer a constructive contribution towards advancing peace. And it’s in that context that we’d express real disappointment that a leading institution like Queen’s would further legitimize or validate him by conferring on him this kind of award.”

 

The 88-year-old former president and his wife are expected to attend Queen’s convocation in Kingston next Wednesday to accept the degrees honouring “their philanthropic and advocacy work in areas such as housing and mental health,” according to a statement from Queen’s principal Daniel Woolf on the university’s website. It will be Mr. Carter’s first honourary degree from a Canadian university.

 

“They are wonderful examples of the same qualities that characterize the Queen’s spirit, and I’m sure their presence at convocation will be a memorable experience for everyone,” Mr. Woolf said.

 

And while the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, has indeed been a champion of human rights through his not-for-profit Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity, Jewish North Americans have bristled at his positions on Israel.

 

In his 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Mr. Carter characterizes Israel as an apartheid state. He has also repeatedly said Israel has no interest in a two-state solution, Mr. Fogel said, and his comments and interventions supporting “Israel’s detractors” attempt to “isolate and delegitimize Israel” as the region’s only democracy.

 

“When it comes from somebody in the Arab world, it’s not met with any surprise,” Mr. Fogel said. “When it comes from and is articulated by somebody who is the leader of, in effect, the lead country in the democratic world, it has an entirely different impact.”

 

Lars Hagberg for PostMedia News Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., is honouring Jimmy Carter's philanthropic and advocacy work in such areas as housing and mental health, according to a statement from Queen’s principal Daniel Woolf on the university’s website. While he’s sure Queen’s fully intended to honour Mr. Carter for his human rights work alone, Mr. Fogel said the school “failed to do their due diligence that would have flagged [his views on Israel] as problematic.”

 

Michael Shafron, who graduated from Queen’s with an MBA in 1987, said he had a “freakout moment” when he received an alumni email bearing the news. The Atlanta, Ga., resident wrote a letter to Queen’s chancellor David Dodge “The area of his life that I find so egregious, the portion that I find so detestable, are his blatant anti-Israel/anti-Semitic positions he has staked out since leaving the presidency,” Mr. Shafron wrote.

 

He then forwarded the letter to Mr. Woolf, who responded, in part, by saying: “While I regret that the committee’s decision displeases you, it is a broad-based committee whose work we value and whose choices we support.” Mr. Woolf said the university will continue to give honourary degrees to people of many different political and ideological stripes and base its decision on the significant work that the recipient has done for the good of others.

 

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Montreal’s Debt to the Jews (pdf): Joe King — The extraordinary debt of Montreal to its Jewish community has never been widely acknowledged but has been recognized by some of Canada’s most important personalities.

 

 

Hamas Military Leader Jabari Got What He Deserved: Jonathan Kay, National Post, Nov 14, 2012 —The 52-year-old Jabari was a symbol of the nihilistic Jew-hatred that comprises Hamas’ foreign policy (and which is encoded in its founding 1988 covenant, where “the fight with the warmongering Jews” is a prominent theme).

 

Paul Ehrlich: A petrified pundit: Barbara Kay, National Post, Nov 14, 2012 ­—Professor Ehrlich favours the dual stylistic approach of apocalypticism and cheap personal attack. Imagine a kind of grizzled, male version of Ann Coulter, but on the left – with the same ominously merry twinkle in the eye, but minus the wit.

 

Iran's Agenda in the Gaza Offensive: Stratfor Gobal Intelligence, November 16, 2012

To begin to make sense of the escalating conflict in Gaza, we need to go back to the night of Oct. 23 in Khartoum. Around 11 p.m. that night, the Yarmouk weapons facility in the Sudanese capital was attacked, presumably by the Israeli air force.

 

 

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Statement To The Foreign Press: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, IMRA,  Nov. 15, 2012

There is no moral symmetry; there is no moral equivalence, between Israel and the terrorist organizations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime. They fire at Israeli civilians, and they hide behind Palestinian civilians.

 

Why Israel Attacked Gaza: Jonathan Schanzer, National Post,  Nov 15, 2012

In a surgical air strike on Wednesday [Nov. 14], Israel eliminated the terrorist leader who masterminded the capture of Israeli soldier Gilat Shalit in 2006. Yesterday’s attack killed Ahmed Jabari, a top leader of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, more commonly known as the armed wing of Hamas.

 

No Alternative to Israeli Self Defense: Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary, Nov. 15, 2012

To its credit, yesterday the State Department rightly declared that Hamas was responsible for the latest round of violence along the Gaza border and that Israel had the right to defend itself. Even the New York Times editorial page affirmed that Israel had that right this morning.

 

Lessons for the World from a New Gaza War: Barry Rubin, Rubin Reports, Nov. 15, 2012

The new war between Hamas and Israel has a lot of important lessons for international diplomacy and U.S. policy today. It once again shows that a country, especially one faced by a hostile adversary who cannot be turned away by words or compromises, has limited choices.

 

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Israel Changes The Rules Of The Game: Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom, Nov. 15, 2012

Analysis: The Battle For The South Has Begun: Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post, Nov. 15, 2012

Morsi Aims To Incite Violence Against Israel: Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, Nov. 15, 2012

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT TO THE FOREIGN PRESS

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

IMRA,  November 15, 2012

 

"In recent days and weeks, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza have made normal life impossible for over one million Israelis. No government would tolerate a situation where nearly a fifth of its people live under a constant barrage of rockets and missile fire, and Israel will not tolerate this situation. This is why my government has instructed the Israeli Defense Forces to conduct surgical strikes against the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. And this is why Israel will continue to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people.

 

I want to remind you that, seven years ago, Israel withdrew from every square inch of Gaza. Now, Hamas took over the areas we vacated. What did it do? Rather than build a better future for the residents of Gaza, the Hamas leadership,  backed by Iran, turned Gaza into a terrorist stronghold. They fired thousand of rockets at our cities, at our towns, at our civilians, at our children. They’ve smuggled thousands of rockets and missiles into Gaza, and they deliberately place these rockets and missiles in civilian areas: in homes, in schools, near hospitals. This year alone, they fired over one thousand rockets and missiles at Israel, including close to 200 rockets in the last 24 hours.

 

I’m stressing this because it’s important to understand one simple point. There is no moral symmetry; there is no moral equivalence, between Israel and the terrorist organizations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime. They fire at Israeli civilians, and they hide behind Palestinian civilians. And, by contrast, Israel takes every measure to avoid civilian casualties. I saw today a picture of a bleeding Israeli baby. This picture says it all: Hamas deliberately targets our children, and they deliberately place their rockets next to their children. Despite this reality – and it’s a very difficult reality – Israel will continue to do everything in its power to avoid civilian casualties.

 

I have to say that from my talks with world leaders, I have the clear understanding that they have a clear understanding of this. Yesterday I spoke to President Obama and I briefed him on Israel’s operations. I want to express my  appreciation once again to President Obama for his unequivocal support for Israel’s right to defend itself. I also want to express my appreciation to the other world leaders I’ve had a chance to speak to in the last 24 hours: to President Hollande of France, to UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, to EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton and to Quartet representative Tony Blair. I want to thank them for their understanding of Israel’s need to defend itself, and Israel’s right to defend itself.

 

In the past 24 hours Israel has made it clear that it will not tolerate rocket and missile attacks on its civilians. I hope that Hamas and the other terror organizations in Gaza got the message. If not, Israel is prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people."

 

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WHY ISRAEL ATTACKED GAZA

Jonathan Schanzer

National Post,  November 15, 2012

 

In a surgical air strike on Wednesday [Nov. 14], Israel eliminated the terrorist leader who masterminded the capture of Israeli soldier Gilat Shalit in 2006. Yesterday’s attack killed Ahmed Jabari, a top leader of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, more commonly known as the armed wing of Hamas. Israel released a video of the strike, showing a direct hit on Jabari’s car as it rolled down a Gaza street, only to explode into a ball of flames….

 

During his tenure, Jabari was credited with “professionalizing” Hamas’ paramilitary operations. He presided over the organization’s shift away from suicide bombings (largely prompted by Israel’s building of a separation barrier) to increasingly deadly rocket attacks that have reached deeper and deeper into Israel’s heartland. He was also an architect of Hamas’ violent takeover of Gaza in 2007, during which the group waged a short but bloody war against its rival Fatah faction.

 

But Jabari is perhaps best known for the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit. The otherwise elusive terrorist even allowed himself to be photographed in October 2011 when he delivered Shalit into Egyptian custody. It was as if he were taking a victory lap. His picture was soon ubiquitous on Gaza streets, in celebration of what was deemed one of Hamas’ most successful operations. With Jabari gone, Hamas must now fill a considerable void, and this should create some disarray within the movement. This may have been one of Israel’s objectives.

 

It is still unclear whether the Israelis’ Operation Cloud Pillar will target other senior leaders, but the Israelis have in the past led decapitation campaigns with deadly efficiency. In an effort to weaken Hamas during the second Intifada, in 2004, Israel targeted Hamas founder and spiritual guide Sheikh Ahmed Yassin with a helicopter strike in Gaza. Shortly thereafter, the Israelis assassinated Yassin’s successor, Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi, in another surgical helicopter strike. Several months later, Ismail Abu Shabab, who had been Hamas’s third-most senior leader, met a similar fate….

 

After the wave of targeted assassinations in 2004, The New York Times speculated that the campaign only enhanced “the popularity of Hamas on the street.” Yet it also appeared to achieve its intended objective: Hamas’ leadership fell into a period of disarray.

 

And Hamas is reeling again now. After leaving its headquarters in Syria because of the ongoing carnage there, and after losing Iran’s patronage due to the international sanctions placed on the Islamic Republic’s illicit nuclear activities, Hamas has been forced to seek new support.

 

Qatar, Turkey and, to a lesser extent, Egypt, have contributed to a political rehabilitation effort, designed to reintegrate Hamas into an emerging Muslim Brotherhood political order in the Middle East. This reorientation has brought about a crisis of leadership, however. Long-time political leader Khaled Meshal appears to be stepping down, while the roles of other figures, including Jabari, have been in flux.

 

But sowing disarray was not Israel’s primary objective here. The Israelis needed to respond to a series of rocket attacks in recent days, including a guided missile attack on an Israeli jeep that wounded four soldiers. Deterrence is a critical component of Israeli military doctrine.

 

The most compelling factor, however, may have been escalating Israeli concerns over the ordnance Hamas was stockpiling. Israel reportedly hit several key weapons caches in Gaza yesterday, including some that included the deadly Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets, which have powerful payloads and ranges long enough to strike Israeli population centers.

 

Interestingly, last month the Israelis are believed to have carried out a raid on an Iranian weapons factory deep inside Sudan. Sensitive security sources indicated that “game-changing” rockets — the kind that could cause untold harm to Israel’s civilian population — were what prompted that daring attack into enemy territory. The Gaza operation appears to be part two of that raid: A concerted effort to take out as many long-range rockets as possible, with the added benefit of eliminating those who procured them.

 

Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

 

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NO ALTERNATIVE TO ISRAELI SELF DEFENSE

Jonathan S. Tobin

Commentary, November 15.2012

 

To its credit, yesterday the State Department rightly declared that Hamas was responsible for the latest round of violence along the Gaza border and that Israel had the right to defend itself. Even the New York Times editorial page affirmed that Israel had that right this morning. But the Times, speaking as it does for liberal conventional wisdom, claimed that Israel’s government was wrong to exercise that right. Rather than taking out the head of the terrorist group’s military wing, it “could have responded as it usually has in recent years, avoiding high-profile assassinations while attacking rocket-launching squads, empty training sites and weapons manufacturing plants.” The Times also suggested Israel could have implored the Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt to intervene on its behalf with its Hamas ally. It concluded by saying that an even better idea would have been to conduct peace negotiations with Hamas’s Fatah rivals.

 

This risible list of suggestions provides the background to the debate that will, no doubt, soon ensue as inevitably the discussion about what has happened begins to revolve around how zealously Israel should defend itself. Farcical stories, such as those claiming Hamas was willing to make peace or at least agree to a permanent cease-fire, and that this was only prevented by a cynical decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to launch a counter-attack, will be told and believed by those who always buy into the lies of the terrorists. It will be argued that Israel needn’t have treated the latest massive barrage of rockets on its southern region as a big deal. But all this will be merely a cover for what is really at stake: the right of the Jewish state to live in peace, irrespective of where its borders are drawn.

 

The problem with all of the helpful suggestions that Israel is getting this week is that these suggestions treat the basic premise of Hamas’s strategic plan as either normal or reasonable. What’s wrong with the calls for restraint or the barbed comments about better alternatives to retaliation is that they are based on the idea that Israel ought to be willing to tolerate a “normal” amount of terrorism emanating from Gaza….

 

Many in the foreign policy establishment have spoken of Hamas as having embraced non-violence in the last year. But the group continued to not only fire rockets and to tolerate attacks from smaller organizations, it also continued to dig tunnels, such as the one found last week, designed to facilitate terrorist operations inside Israel and to build up its arsenal of rockets.

 

Some allege that Netanyahu’s decision to retaliate for the recent surge in rocket attacks is linked to his own political prospects in Israel’s January elections. But that reverses the truth about the fighting. It is Hamas that is playing politics with rockets as it seeks to upstage the Palestinian Authority and to solidify its popularity by demonstrating that it is attacking Israel.

 

Netanyahu is hoping that he can avoid a costly ground operation. Few in Israel want any part of an infantry battle inside Gaza or to return to governing the area that it abandoned in 2005. But the idea that Israel has reasonable alternatives to air operations intended to hamper Hamas’s ability to attack Israel is a myth. The peace process is dead in the water precisely because support for terror against Israel and opposition to its right to exist makes it impossible for any Palestinian moderates — and it is a stretch to claim that term applies to the PA and its Fatah leadership — to negotiate with Israel. If there is to be any hope for peace, Hamas terrorism must be stopped. The group provoked this battle because it believed that the fighting would enhance its standing with Palestinians while doing nothing to harm its warm relations with Egypt and Turkey. But its leadership must be made to understand that the cost of this fighting will be higher than it can afford to pay….

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LESSONS FOR THE WORLD FROM A NEW GAZA WAR

Barry Rubin

Rubin Reports, November 15, 2012

 

The new war between Hamas and Israel has a lot of important lessons for international diplomacy and U.S. policy today. It once again shows that a country, especially one faced by a hostile adversary who cannot be turned away by words or compromises, has limited choices. And in that case a government must do what it must do.

 

A key to the problem of Western comprehension of international realities is admirably summarized by a New York Times editorial on the subject: “No country should have to endure the rocket attacks that Israel has endured from militants in Gaza, most recently over the past four days. The question is how to stop them permanently.”

 

Now the answer to that question is simple to understand if not easy to implement. The attacks can only be stopped if Hamas is removed from power and replaced, given contemporary circumstances, by the Palestinian Authority (PA). The PA is certainly no prize but that’s a reasonable goal for what is often referred to as the international community.

 

Yes, Hamas won an election in 2007 but then it staged a violent coup, threw out the opposition, and has thus governed as an unelected dictatorship. It has no legal basis since Hamas never accepted the Oslo accords agreements. Hamas is also a terrorist group. And it daily voices not only its opposition to Israel’s existence but also advocates—and teaches the children of Gaza to carry out some day—the commission of genocide against all Jews.

 

So the answer to the Times’ question is a no-brainer, right? In fact, of course this response is not what the Times has in mind.  Instead, the newspaper and like-minded people present the following list:

 

–Israel should negotiate with Hamas. Great idea but an impossible one because of a factor Western leaders, academics, and journalists often do not take seriously nowadays: ideology. Hamas means what it says, intends to continue the violence for years in the belief it can win total victory, and is indifferent to the sacrifice of its own people. So in this case negotiations are not an option.

 

–If there is a comprehensive Israel-Palestinian peace there would be no more war. Actually even if such an agreement were to be reached—which is impossible because the PA won’t make one—Hamas would step up attacks in an attempt to destroy the agreement.

 

The PA could not make a deal that would include the 40 percent of the Palestinians who live in Gaza. And Hamas would try to overthrow the PA in the West Bank and might even succeed. Then Hamas, perhaps with the Fatah people who allied with it, would have a fully sovereign state to use as a platform for an intended war of genocide against Israel.

 

Part of the problem is that the West is not psychologically prepared to deal with fanatics, people who don’t measure the balance of forces before entering a war and are indifferent to the suffering of their own civilians. Westerners tend to use a materialistic yardstick: holding elections, having to govern themselves, a higher living standard and more education will make people moderate. The problem is that this has been tried out in the Middle East—as it is being tried now—and doesn’t work.

 

–Israel should just shut up and let Hamas attack it whenever that group so chooses or at most respond with only minimal force. This concept is often implicit in coverage of the issue as in one prestigious newspaper whose main article explained that Israel’s killing the military chief of Hamas, whose main job was to plan terrorist attacks on Israelis, threatened to create a regional crisis….

 

So given the fact that it does not want to reoccupy and govern Gaza (though one of the accusations thrown against Israel is that it still occupies Gaza!), Israel has limited choices. The best of the lot is to limit any materiel that gets into Gaza that can be used for war and to retaliate as necessary to obtain several years of relative peace….

 

Another part of the problem is the external situation. Egypt is ruled by a Muslim Brotherhood regime. The Gaza Strip is governed by a Muslim Brotherhood regime. See any pattern here? What saves the situation for the present is that the Egyptian government doesn’t want an all-out confrontation now. Just hours before the war began it received a pledge of $6 billion in aid from the European Union. This is, of course, a noble endeavor to help Egypt’s people though it also puts billions of dollars in the hands of anti-Western, antisemitic extremists. Maybe it will moderate them but it is certain that the money will strengthen them.

 

As for the United States, it supports Egypt but it also supports Israel. So it will encourage a ceasefire and probably after a few days there will be a ceasefire. Hamas will “partly” observe it until the next time it chooses to attack Israel. Perhaps by that point the Salafists in Egypt will be ready for a fight and the Brotherhood regime will need to stir up some hysteria to help it fundamentally transform the country and distract attention from its domestic dictatorship and failures.

 

So the lesson of this new Gaza war is that terrorist regimes must be removed from power because otherwise they will keep provoking war, terrorism, and instability. Having ruled out that option, the only alternative is periodic conflicts like the one going on now in the Gaza Strip. Can Israel sustain this situation? Of course, that is basically the framework in which it has been living and prospering for 64 years. Is it preferable? Of course not.  What is the world going to do to make it better? Nothing.

 

And what does Hamas’s behavior tell us about that of other Islamists in power? A great deal once one factors in patience and subtly on the part of such regimes as those in Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, and perhaps soon Syria.  I said above that the lesson of the Gaza Strip is that terrorist, radical regimes should be removed from power. It goes without saying that they should not be helped into power by the West in the first place. Unfortunately, that is a lesson that the Obama Administration still doesn’t understand.

 

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Morsi Aims To Incite Violence Against Israel: Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, Nov. 15, 2012

Israel’s Gaza counterattack has revealed the extent of the problem the region, and Israel specifically, faces with a post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt

 

Israel Changes The Rules Of The Game: Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom, Nov. 15, 2012

Israel's actions on Wednesday went a long way toward restoring the deterrence lost during the most recent escalation. The assassination of Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas' military wing, and the equally important targeting of Hamas’ long-range rocket caches, stunned the Islamic organization. It was reminded once again of the adversary it is up against and what the real balance of power is.

 

Analysis: The Battle For The South Has Begun:Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post, Nov. 15, 2012

Nearly four years after Operation Cast Lead, a new battle to restore security for the South has begun. The deterrence levels gained by Israel in the 2009 operation have run out, in great part due to the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

 

 

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“…[H]ere’s a leader [Barack Obama] who, using growth-based policies, has ended the recession in his country much earlier than those that resorted to austerity. He has negotiated an important public health program through his legislature. And he has forged a new electoral base from an emerging generation of voters, something that dozens of less fortunate leaders are struggling to do. The old America of force may have vanished from the scene. But people around the world would like to have a piece of this new America, the one that seems to be solving its problems.  Mr. Obama[’s] democrats will be ruling for at least four, and possibly eight, more years. So we might see a positive influence, say, in the January 22 [2013] Israeli election, where Mr. Netanyahu’s bellicose anti-Obama stand might cost him and help usher in a more peace-minded coalition.” [Doug Saunders op-ed in the Globe and Mail, November 10, 2012)

 

 

“As the Israeli columnist Ari Shavit noted in the newspaper Haaretz last week: In the past, both the Zionist movement and the Jewish state were careful to be identified with the progressive forces in the world. … But in recent decades more and more Israelis took to leaning on the reactionary forces in American society. It was convenient to lean on them….The Republican Party’s white, religious, conservative wing was not agitated when the Israeli Supreme Court was attacked and the rule of law in Israel was trampled.  Israel, Shavit added, assumed that under the patronage of a radical, rightist America we can conduct a radical, rightist policy without paying the price.  No more. Netanyahu can still get a standing ovation from the Israel lobby, but not at U.C.L.A….Don’t count on America to ride to the rescue. It has to start with you [Israelis]. My president is busy.” [Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, November 11, 2012)

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"If an alarm sounds, people in southern Israel – 1 million people – have 15 seconds to find shelter," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to a group of foreign ambassadors following increased rocket fire from Gaza over the weekend.  "I don't know if any of your governments will accept this reality. I cannot accept this. The world needs to understand that Israel has the right and duty to defend its citizens. We will act to stop the rocket fire." (Jerusalem Post, Nov. 12, 2012)

 

"The occupation has committed a grave crime and crossed all red lines." Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman commenting following the IDF’s assassination of Hamas’ top military commander, Ahmed Jabari. "This is a real declaration of war. The enemy will pay a heavy price for its crime and will regret the moment it thought of perpetrating it." (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012)

 

“Today we sent a clear message to the Hamas organization and to other terrorist organizations, and should the need arise, the IDF is prepared to broaden the operation,”—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a joint press conference with Defense Minster Ehud Barak. “We will continue to do everything to protect our citizens.” [Israel is] “not prepared to make peace with a situation in which Israel’s citizens are menaced by the terror of rocket fire. No country would agree to such a situation; Israel is not prepared to reconcile itself to such a situation.” (Times of Israel, November 14, 2012)
 

"Anyone who trusts the international community should look at its failure to stop 22 months of Syrian violence, with 40,000 dead," Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman commenting on a possible Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel "knows how to act" to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb Lieberman continued,  saying that Israel's handling of the Iranian threat will be the same as actions taken against Iraq and Syria. [referring to Israel’s bombing of nuclear installations in both countries] (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012)

 

“To carry on an investigation of the CIA director [David Petraeus] that long, the FBI would have had to think it was serious — and if it was serious, they would have had to tell the President,” —  Rep. Peter King (R-LI), chairman of the house Committee on Homeland Security. “It’s hard to believe that the investigation was going on for six months and nothing serious happened until after the election. The whole thing just doesn’t add up.” (New York Post, November 11, 2012)

 

"I will explain how my parents raised you in an atmosphere of racism and hate before the Salafis could douse you in religious extremism."Abdelghani [Merah], brother of Mohamed Merah, who murdered three Jewish children, a rabbi and three paratroopers in and around the southern city of  Toulouse in March of this year, in his new book "My Brother, That Terrorist."…"My mother always said, ‘We, the Arabs, we were born to hate Jews.’ This speech, I heard it all throughout my childhood." (Ynet News, November 11, 2012)

 

“I have sworn to Allah, that any dog—for that is how Allah described them, for they are like dogs that are constantly panting—that any dog who mocks the Sharia, or mocks Islam, or blames it, we will cut out his tongue. I say this without hesitation: We will cut out his tongue! That's it. The time of transgressing against Islam, and speaking insolence, has passed—it is over. Today, the People of Lies [code for secular people] defend their falsehoods with great zeal; so shall we defend Islam with all our might—no matter what it costs, no matter what it costs! Let the whole world burn, but Islam not be mocked.” —Dr. Abdullah Badr, professor of Islamic exegesis at Cairo's preeminent Islamic university, Al Ahzar, on Egyptian television. (Gatestone Institute, November 12, 2012)

 

“The world cannot be left to what the five permanent members [of the UN Security Council] have to say,” —Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a conference in Indonesia bitterly denouncing the UN’s inability to respond to the Syrian crisis following a UN announcement that 11,000 Syrians had fled the civil war in one day, 9,000 of whom had fled to Turkey. “If we leave it to the five permanent members, humanity will continue to bleed.” (New York Times, November 10, 2012)

 

“We thought freedom was so near,” —Abu Ahmed, a Syrian rebel fighter speaking on Skype last month from Maarat al-Noaman, a strategic town on the Aleppo-Damascus highway. Hours earlier, a rebel victory there ended in disaster, as government airstrikes pulverized civilians returning to what they thought was safety. “This shows it was a big lie,” he said of the dream of self-government that he said had inspired him to lead a small rebel fighting group from his nearby village, Sinbol. “We cannot reach it. We can’t even think of democracy — we will be sad for years. We are losing victims from both sides.” Anna, a finance worker in Damascus added, “All the ugly stuff the regime practiced, the F.S.A. [Free Syrian Army] is copying,”, (New York Times, November 9, 2012)

 

“I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country,” —Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with Russia Today in response to a Western proposal broached by British Prime Minister David Cameron, that he leave Syria to make room for a transitional government. “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syrin” Responding to a question about the possibility of Western military intervention Assad said, “We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and coexistence. Let’s say, [a Western intervention] will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you know the implication on the rest of the world.”  He added he did not believe the West planned to intervene “but if they do so, nobody can tell what is next.” The price of an “invasion if it happened is going to be more than the whole world can afford,” (National Post, November 9, 2012)

 

"Last week an unidentified aircraft entered the airspace over Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, which was forced to flee due to the prompt, smart and decisive action of the Islamic Republic of Iran's armed forces." —Iranian Brig Gen. Ahmad Vahidi to Iranian state media Friday [Nov. 9] referring to Iran’s attack on a U.S. drone which Iran says breached Iranian airspace.  (Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2012)

 

"It was inappropriate for the president to wait seven days—until after the election—before making this serious national-security incident public, just as it is totally unacceptable that this administration still has not answered our repeated and numerous inquiries about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, which occurred two months ago," —Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), ranking GOP member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2012)

 

“This country [the United States] must prove that it has become a human being [has developed the faculty of reason] and in doing so has closed its military bases in fifty countries of the world, dissolves the CIA so that this agency no longer plans coups against other states, lets the Palestinian be free, and shuts down its torture chambers and prisons. And since this country is not domestically free and the American people do not have the freedom of choice, it should give freedoms to its people. Based on these principles, if it [the United States] desires relations with Iran, it must deliver these reforms and become humane." Iranian Basij Commander Mohammad-Reza Naqdi at the Islamic Republic’s yearly commemoration of the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the United States Embassy in Tehran. (The Commentator, November 5, 2012) 

 

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IRON DOME INTERCEPTS 13 GAZA ROCKETS; 6 LAND NEAR BEERSHEBA( Tel Aviv) Palestinians in Gaza launched at least 55 rockets into southern Israel following assassination of Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari and following the beginning of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense Wednesday night [Nov. 14], which struck terrorist targets in the Palestinian enclave.  The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted 17 rockets, most of which were Grad missiles launched toward Beersheba. Six rockets landed near Beersheba, one causing damage, and Channel 2 reported that for the first time, a rocket was fired toward Dimona, home of Israel's nuclear reactor. A rocket also damaged a house in Ashdod. (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012)

 

ISRAELI AIR STRIKE KILLS TOP HAMAS COMMANDER JABARI( Tel Aviv) The IAF struck and killed Hamas's head of military operations Ahmed Jabari in central Gaza on Wednesday. The airstrike marked the beginning of a campaign to target Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations in Gaza, IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai said. "The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations," Mordechai said. (Jerusalem Post,  November 14, 2012)

 

IDF HITS 20 UNDERGROUND LONG-RANGE ROCKET SITES IN GAZA( Tel Aviv)

The IDF has struck over 20 underground rocket launchers belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in an airstrike. The airstrikes targeted long-range rockets in the possession of terror organizations, such as the Fajr-5 and other rockets that are capable of striking Tel Aviv from Gaza. IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai said that Gaza is a "forward Iranian base," adding that the latest campaign of air strikes targeted most of the long-range offensive capabilities in the hands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. (Jerusalem Post, November14, 2012)

 

EGYPT RECALLS AMBASSADOR FOLLOWING GAZA STRIKES ( Tel Aviv) Egypt recalled its ambassador from Israel on Wednesday [Nov. 14] after Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip killed Hamas's top military commander and at least six other Palestinians, Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said. "President Mohamed Morsi has followed the Israeli brutal assault in which a number of martyrs and sons of the Palestinian people were killed," Yasser Ali said in a statement on television…. "  On this basis he has recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Israel; has ordered the Egyptian representative at the United Nations to call for an emergency meeting at the Security Council … and summoned the Israeli ambassador in Egypt in protest over the assault," (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012)

 

MINISTERS UP RHETORIC AGAINST PALESTINIAN UN BID (Jerusalem)  Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz [Nov. 12] called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and said his determination to seek non-member [state] status at the UN later this month posed a “strategic threat” to Israel. “I am not in favor of crushing the Palestinian Authority, but if we have no choice in the face of a strategic threat, we should not fear taking such measures,” said Steinitz in an interview to Israel Radio. “Look at what happened in Gaza. The same thing would happen in Nablus, Kalkilya and Ramalla. We would see Kassam and Grad rockets fall on Kfar Saba and Petah Tikva. That — we cannot live with,” he said. Steinitz repeated his threat that Israel would not collect taxes on the Palestinians’ behalf, nor deliver the money to the PA, nor assist Ramallah in economic matters if the Palestinians insist on advancing their bid. (Times of Israel, November 14, 2012)

 

IAEA: DRAMATIC INCREASE OF URANIUM PRODUCTION IN IRAN( New York) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will soon issue a report showing that Iranian nuclear centrifuges are dramatically increasing their production, according to a report by the AFP. The watchdog group says Iran has completed the installation of 2,700 new centrifuges at its Fordo plant, which is buried deep in a mountain range and is considered impenetrable by air assault. Aerial photos have shown Iran conducting clean-ups of the areas around nuclear plants to eliminate evidence of their activities. (Jewish Press, November 14th, 2012)

 

IN ONE DAY, 11,000 FLEE SYRIA AS WAR AND HARDSHIP WORSEN —(New York)

The United Nations reported that 11,000 Syrians fled to neighboring countries on Friday, the vast majority clambering for safety over the Turkish border, in one of the largest single-day torrents of refugees since the Syrian conflict began. It came as mayhem and deprivations were worsening inside the country, its president more determined than ever to stay and his fractious enemies still politically paralyzed. (New York Times, November 9, 2012)

 

PALESTINIAN UN VOTE COULD CHALLENGE ISRAELI CONTROL OF AIRSPACE AND TERRITORIAL WATERS  —(New York) The vote in the UN General Assembly this month [Nov. 29] to make the Palestinian Authority an observer state could give the PA the right over its airspace and territorial waters, which are now under Israeli control, and to press charges against Israelis before the International Criminal Court. Observer state status would allow the authority to accede to treaties and join specialized UN agencies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Law of the Sea Treaty, and the International Criminal Court. Denis Changnon, an ICAO spokesman, said the treaty gives members full sovereign rights over airspace. The Law of the Sea Treaty would give the PA control of its national waters off Gaza, now under an Israeli naval blockade. The U.S. Congress has threatened to cut off $500 million in security and economic aid to the Authority if it becomes an observer state. (Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2012)

 

FRANCE RECOGNIZES SYRIAN OPPOSITION COALITION (Paris) France became the first Western country to recognize a newly created opposition coalition as Syria's only legitimate authority …"France recognizes the National Syrian Coalition as the only representative body of the Syrian people and therefore as the future government of a democratic Syria," French President François Hollande told reporters in Paris. Mr. Hollande also said Paris would "look again" into the question of arming Syrian opposition groups, now that they are offering better guarantees of representation. (Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2012)

 

ISRAEL FLYING AID GIVES FOOD, GENERATORS, GAS TO HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS (New York, NY) Israel Flying Aid, the Israeli global humanitarian organization which was first to land in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, has been distributing large supplies of gas to hospitals, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane Sandy victims. "We have many years of disaster relief experience," said Israel Flying Aid North American Operations Manager Moti Kahana. "Israel Flying Aid, in having Israelis on the ground here in New York and New Jersey, have made Israel the only foreign nation to provide humanitarian assistance to the US during this disaster. We are working in coordination with FEMA, local police, the American Red Cross and Jewish communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut."(Israel News Agency, Jewish Week, November 4, 2012)

 

PETRAEUS WILL TESTIFY ON LIBYA (Washington, DC) Former Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify on Capitol Hill about the September attacks on the U.S. Consulate and a CIA annex in Libya, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said Wednesday. The date for his appearance before Ms. Feinstein's panel, the Senate Intelligence Committee, is still being decided… (Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2012)

 

 

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Labor, Kadima, Olmert, Livni Back Government’s Air Assault On Hamas: Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel,  November 14, 2012— Israeli politicians from almost across the spectrum Wednesday hailed the government’s decision to embark on a major air operation in Gaza and the killing of the leader of Hamas’s military wing, Ahmed Jabari.

Ahmed Jabari: The Ruthless Terror Chief Whose Bloody End Was Only A Matter Of Time: Mitch Ginsburg, Times of Israel, November 14, 2012—For the past 10 years Jabari has been the commander of the military wing of the organization. He was promoted to that post in everything but title on September 26, 2002, when an Israeli Hellfire missile slammed into the car carrying the previous commander, Mohammed Deif, who was seen crawling out of the smoldering vehicle, badly injured, and has never returned to a true command position.

 

Israel Destroys Hamas Drone Program: Jewish Press, November 14th, 2012 —IDF announces that not only did they destroy most of the long-range Fajr missiles, but also Hamas’s unmanned military drone program. Hamas didn’t even know that Israel knew all about it.

 

 

 

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