After 12 years, during which the
Palestinian Parliament (Legislative Council, PLC) has not met, Mahmoud Abbas
suddenly announced yesterday, that the Palestinian Constitutional Court had
dissolved the PA parliament:
Abbas: "The [PA] Parliament (Legislative Council),
which has not been active for 12 years... The topic reached the constitutional
court, and it issued a decision to dissolve the parliament and call for
elections for the parliament within six months."
PA TV, Dec. 22, 2018]
Why would Abbas suddenly do
something that he has not done for 12 years?
In the last PA elections held in
2006, Hamas won a clear majority of Parliamentary seats in both the Gaza Strip
and the West Bank. With Hamas holding the absolute majority, it was convenient
for Abbas that the Parliament never met. Abbas and Fatah ruled the PA directly
through government decisions and regulations. Abbas justified the freezing of
the Palestinian Parliament due to the Civil War which led to Hamas rule in the
Gaza Strip in 2007.
Abbas' change of heart is not
because he is suddenly interested in democracy. Rather Abbas is recognizing
that at 83 years old he must consider what will happen the day he leaves
office. Under PA law should the president leave office without a successor, the
Speaker of the Parliament takes over as President of the Palestinian Authority
for two months after which presidential elections are held. The current Speaker
of the Palestinian Parliament is Aziz Al-Dweik from Hamas.
So under PA law Hamas would rule the
PA, should Abbas leave his position.
Significantly, a large majority of
Palestinians support implementing PA law and having Al-Dweik lead the PA should
the position of president be empty. A July 2018 poll by Khalil Shakaki's
Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR), found that 60% of
Palestinians agreed that "in the case of Abbas' absence, the Speaker of
the Palestinian Legislative Council, Aziz Al-Dweik from Hamas, must become president
for two months in implementation of the Basic Law."
Although Abbas has refrained from
explaining his decision to disband the parliament, the rationale underlying the
move would appear to be his fear that Hamas would legally take control of the
PA, even without new elections. While the PA Basic Law does limit the interim
presidency to two months there is no guarantee that Hamas once ruling the PA
would allow for new elections.
Hamas could use a number of
justifications, citing the fact that Mahmoud Abbas himself has been president
of the PA for 13 years without calling elections even though the presidency
under PA law is limited to 4 years.
If Abbas could breach PA law and remain president for such an extended period
of time, there is no reason to believe that a Hamas president would rush to
relinquish his powers simply because of PA law.
The potential result could be, that
having legally taken control, Hamas would have no incentive to call a general
PA election and they could extend their rule indefinitely as did Mahmoud Abbas.
The "Group of 77”
(G-77) developing nations is a powerful entity on the UN and the
international stage. It is the largest Third World bloc, today
numbering 134 member states with 80 percent of the world’s population.
The "State of
Palestine” – the Palestinian Authority – is set to chair the G-77 for
a year beginning on January 1, 2019, and will likely use this clout to
advance its own political agenda.
The Palestinian Authority
should not be allowed to chair the group due to incompatibilities
between the principles of the G-77 and the laws, policies, and actions
of the Palestinian Authority. These incompatibilities are evident when
juxtaposing the Palestinian Authority’s laws, policies, and actions
with some of the fundamental principles of the G-77, as delineated in
their 2014 declaration, "For a New World Order for Living Well.”
These principles include
gender equality, improving the practice of democracy, eradication of
poverty, coexistence with the environment, and fighting corruption.
This study’s findings show
that the Palestinians have violated over two dozen articles of the
By appointing the
Palestinians as chairman, the G-77 is sending a message that abusive,
undemocratic, corrupt governance is entirely permissible and even
The G-77 should immediately
annul the Palestinian appointment, and instead elect one of its
numerous other members who would be much more suitable for the
position. If the Palestinian Authority were to change its method of
government to more closely align with the principles of the G-77,
their nomination could be reconsidered.
of tomorrow's special meeting of the United Nations Security Council, UN Watch
Executive Director Hillel Neuer visited the Israel-Lebanon border to
examine the Hezbollah terror tunnels that have just been discovered.
cross-border tunnels, a massive, multi-million dollar building project financed
and masterminded by the Islamic Republic of Iran, were designed for a Hezbollah
surprise attack against Israel in which gunmen would suddenly emerge into
nearby Israeli towns, in order to kidnap and murder civilians.
tunnels dug under and into Israel by Iran's proxy terrorist organization amount
to a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701—which
prohibits any military activity or even presence of Hezbollah south of the
Litani River—and constitute a threat to the peace under the UN Charter.
at lease one tunnel was dug from a civilian home in Lebanon — a war crime under
international humanitarian law because Hezbollah sought to use Lebanese
civilians as human shields to protect their military infrastructure.
When the UN Security Council
meets tomorrow, they must send a strong message by demanding that the
Government of Lebanon—and the world body’s own UNIFIL forces—implement the
requirements of Resolution 1701, concretely and immediately
A number of years ago, a quote from Mark Twain
went viral - as we would say. Not sure if that term was used back then,
but it did create waves.
Skeptics would question the sincerity of his
statement. It appears to be only grudgingly stated, but that might make it even
Here's what he said about the Jews, in
"If the statistics are right, the
Jews constitute but one quarter of one percent of the human race. It suggests a
nebulous puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the
Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of.
He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is
extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.
His contributions to the world’s list of
great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse
learning are also very out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers.
He has made a marvelous fight in this
world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be
vain of himself and be excused for it. The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the
Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to
dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and Romans followed and made a vast
noise, and they were gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch
high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, and have
The Jew saw them all, survived them all,
and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities, of age,
no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert
but aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jews; all other forces pass,
but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"
When emergencies occur, rapid
medical treatment increases chances of survival exponentially. Using specially
equipped motorcycle ambulances, United Hatzalah’s network in Israel, of more
than 5,000 volunteer medics help save thousands of lives each year across
Israel by providing medical treatment in an average response time of 3 minutes
or less. The humanitarian services are free, universal and available 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.
On a recent day at 11:15PM Khaled Rishek, a
Muslim volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah who lives in Jerusalem, was at home
preparing to go to sleep when he received an urgent alert from United
Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center. The emergency took place when a
30-year-old woman was in a major car accident on Derech Hevron road. The woman
had been speeding down the street when she lost control of the vehicle causing
it to slam into a guardrail and flip upside down.
Khaled immediately jumped out of bed, grabbed
his jacket and helmet, and raced to the scene on his ambucycle. Khaled,
together with other United Hatzalah responders (including a doctor in a United
Hatzalah ambulance) assisted in extricating the woman from her overturned
vehicle, staunched the bleeding from her facial wounds, applied trauma
bandages, affixed a neck brace, performed a field neurological assessment, and
helped the woman recover from the emotional shock of the incident.
Amazingly, despite the severity of the crash
the lucky woman escaped with relatively few injuries. After the initial
treatment she was rushed to the nearest trauma center in a United Hatzalah
After the incident Khaled said: “I am very
proud to see my fellow Muslim volunteers from across Jerusalem responding to
emergencies with me. In this incident, all of the volunteers who arrived at the
scene, including the doctor, are Arab-Israelis who feel a tremendous sense of
pride and responsibility being United Hatzalah responders. We all believe that
no matter who you are you have a responsibility to help, and that no matter who
is in need of help we have a responsibility to help them, regardless of
religion, race or gender. All of United Hatzalah’s volunteers, Muslim,
Christian and Jewish and alike, are always ready, at any moment, to rush out to
save a life.”
to Israel the body no longer has to reject a donor organ!
has given so many people hope for the future. 25% of kidney recipients and 40%
of heart recipients have some type of acute rejection within the first year
after a transplant. That is not a small percentage.
with Israel’s new breakthrough, these patients no longer have to experience
Tal Dvir of Tel Aviv University’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and
Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology said, “With our technology, we can
engineer any tissue type, and after transplantation, we can efficiently
regenerate any diseased or injured organ.”
believe that a country that has existed for under 100 years has had such a
time the world starts showing appreciation for Israel. The tiny, tiny Jewish
state surrounded by enemies has become a place for everyone to turn to. They
have helped Jews and non-Jews alike with their inventions, innovations,
breakthroughs, and volunteer work.
needing to put so much time and energy into security, fighting against the
media bias, and fighting the word’s bias, Israel still manages to create things
for the world that save lives, change lives, and overall improve lives.
is time to stop benefiting from Israel when you also fight against them.
Last week I mentioned my son living in Ashkelon and that two of his sons – two-thirds of triplets – have joined the IDF. The family has also two older sons who finished their army service some time ago. One of the triplets has recently joined the same fighter unit as his cousin (the one who just got engaged and finished his IDF service last month). His brother joined the IDF last week in the “Combat Engineering Corps., an unknown aspect of the IDF in our family’s tradition. [The third triplet has yet to change his civilian clothes into an army uniform. In Israel, after completing high school, boys and girls are allowed to study for some time in special religious frameworks before beginning their army service].
The Combat Engineering Corps was founded in 1947 when its soldiers were mainly drawn from Jews who had served in the UK’s Royal Engineers. Their official motto is "Always First" - the unofficial being “The hard, we shall do today; the impossible, we shall do tomorrow". They took an indispensable part in all of Israel’s wars:
In the 1948 War of Independence, the CEC blasted bridges over the Jordan River and the streams of the southern coastal plain in order to stop the advance of the Arab armoured forces into the Israeli civilian rear. While helping to breach the “Burma Road” into besieged Jerusalem there were many casualties. To commemorate the fallen soldiers, a “Road of Heroism” memorial was erected near the Hulda forest at the Burman Road.
In the 1956 Sinai War, the CEC destroyed the Egyptian military infrastructure in the Sinai Peninsula and was awarded with a battalion recommendation of honour.
In the 1967 Six-day War, the CEC stormed Jordanian fortifications along the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. After Israel annexed the Old City, the CEC removed landmines planted in the city by the Jordanians.
In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the combat engineering battalions bridged the Suez Canal while carrying tanks and paratroopers across the canal with amphibious tank-carriers. This effort enabled the armored divisions to cross the canal and surround the 3rd Egyptian Army, forcing it to surrender. The bridging of the canal is regarded by many as the turning point of the war on the southern front. On the northern front, a CEC Caterpillar D9 bulldozer was the first ever motorized vehicle to reach the summit of the Hermon – Israel’s highest mountain.
The 1982 First Lebanon War, dubbed Operation Peace for Galilee, began when the IDF invaded southern Lebanon, after repeated attacks and counter-attacks between the PLO operating in southern Lebanon and the IDF, that had caused civilian casualties on both sides of the border. The CEC worked intensively to open routes for Israeli forces, as well as building fortifications and outposts.
By expelling the PLO, removing Syrian influence over Lebanon, and installing a pro-Israeli Christian government led by Bachir Gemayel, Israel hoped to sign a treaty which the Prime Minister Menachem Begin promised would give Israel "forty years of peace". Unfortunately, Israel’s desire for peace was again thwarted. Following the assassination of Gemayel in September 1982, Israel's position in Beirut became untenable and the signing of a peace treaty became increasingly unlikely. The Lebanese civil war would continue until 1990, at which point Syria had established complete dominion over Lebanon.
In the 1991 Gulf War, the CEC were on a "code red" alert for disarming Iraqi scud missiles, armed with non-conventional warheads.
During the al-Aqsa Intifada, which broke out in September 2000, the CEC were employed to disarm many Palestinian explosive charges and booby traps. They also dynamited Palestinian houses inhabited by terrorists, bomb labs. and smuggling tunnels.
The CEC took a significant part in the Second Lebanon War that erupted in 2006 after Hizbullah attacked an IDF patrol, abducted two soldiers and killed another 8 with anti-tank missiles that hit the rescuers.
During the Gaza War (2008–2009) codenamed "Operation Cast Lead", the CEC were the first to enter the Gaza Strip to clear IED's, booby traps and open safe routes to armour and infantry.
During Operation Protective Edge (July–August 2014), the CEC played a major role in destroying the Hamas cross-border underground infiltration tunnels. In total, about 32 tunnels were destroyed! In addition, combat engineers participated in the battles, neutralized Hamas-planted improvised explosive devices, cleared booby-traps, opened routes for armour and infantry, and destroyed terrorist infrastructure.
The CEC has an excellent record of professional achievement and decoration. Their first chief engineer, Brigadier General David Leskolv developed many combat engineering systems for the IDF, and won three Israel Security Prizes. He served in the IDF until his death at the age of 86, making him the oldest soldier in the world!
Looking at the above list chronicling the wars and military campaigns incited by its enemies, is the stark reality of Israel’s fight/right to exist.
Prime Minister expressed optimism about the prospects of peace in
the Middle East and underscored Israel’s evolving and rising status in the
Speaking at the Knesset on Monday, Netanyahu said that “the Arab
Spring did not live up to its expectations, and we are standing as the world’s
frontline position against radical Islam. Unfortunately, there are hypocrites
who still condemn us and not the bloodthirsty zealots.”
Despite the regional turmoil and the looming dangers, Netanyahu
said he was “encouraged” by the situation.
“Our relations with the countries of the world are flourishing in
an unprecedented manner. Our relations with the moderate countries in the Arab
and Muslim world are being forged openly,” he stated.
Earlier this month, Netanyahu visited the Gulf country of
Oman and met with its ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said. It is the first trip made
by an Israeli prime minister since Shimon Peres in 1996.
“For years there was a
consensus that the path to peace goes through peace with the Palestinians, but
this does not guarantee that they will last,” Netanyahu noted. “Relations that
have been forged after the Oslo Accords were severed due to the Palestinian
stubbornness, and they are being forged again despite the fact that there are
no negotiations with the Palestinians.”
“We will move forward with our neighbors who want peace, and many
do,” he stated.
On Sunday, Israel and Chad renewed ties, 46 years after
they were cut off, as Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Netanyahu in
Jerusalem. Netanyahu will soon make a visit to the Muslim-majority African
country, where they plan to establish full diplomatic relations.
Israeli media estimates that Israel is on the way to establishing
ties with Sudan in Africa, currently in a state of warfare with Israel, and
with the Gulf state of Bahrain.
Following the Airbnb decision to give in to the BDS campaigners, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging its 400,000
constituent members and Jews the world over to boycott Airbnb after its
CEO announced it will no longer allow its services to be used by Jewish
residents on the West Bank.
“This is double standard anti-Semitism pure and simple. Nowhere else on the
planet has Airbnb stopped making its service available in disputed territories,
except Judea and Samaria,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham
Cooper, SWC Founder and Dean and Associate Dean and Director, Global Social
“To be clear, no Israeli leader, left, right, or center, would ever return to
the indefensible ‘Auschwitz borders,’ a term coined by the founder of Israel’s
peace movement, the late Israeli Foreign Minister, Abba Eban,” they added.
"We take note that Airbnb has no problem doing business in the territory
of the Palestinian Authority, which names schools and shopping centers in honor
of mass murderers who have killed innocent civilians and have a ‘pay to slay’
policy when it comes to killing Jews.
“We don’t expect Airbnb to be geo-political experts, but today’s draconian and
unjust move, which only empowers extremists and terrorists, merits only one
response—taking our community’s business elsewhere," the Rabbis
1990, Security Council passed 175 resolutions, 97 were directed against Israel
(It is 55% of all resolutions).
1990, UN General Assembly voted on 690 resolutions, 429 were directed against
Israel (It is 62% of all resolutions).
3. The UN
was silent when Jordanians destroyed 58 Synagogues in Jerusalem.
4. The UN
was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish
cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
5. The UN
was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing
Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
6. The UN
was silent while for 18 months Israel was terrorized by indiscriminate suicide
bombing campaign unleashed by PA leadership.
are 60 Muslims countries in the UN. As well as many more are others Arab oil
8. Due to an institutional bias against Israel, it is the ONLY
MEMBER of the UN that will NOT BE PERMITTED MEMBERSHIP ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL.
(The Palestinian Authority gained its non-member observer
state status at the UN in November 2012 with 138 votes.)
is the only country excluded from the UN's regional group system… Since Israel
does not belong to any group, it is the only country of 190 member states that
is not eligible to serve on the numerous UN commissions.
recent years, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights has annually passed five
resolutions condemning Israel. This year, they passed seven. By contrast, each
of the following countries/regions has been the subject of only one resolution:
Afghanistan, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Russia/Chechnya, Sierra
Leone, Southeast Europe and Sudan…
11. Nov. 29
is the United Nations Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian
People. No other people have a UN Day of Solidarity!
is the only state to which a special investigator with "an open-ended
mandate to inspect its human rights record" is assigned by the UN.
13. It is
the only state targeted by two special committees and special units of the UN
Secretariat ostensibly devoted to the Palestinians but in reality dedicated to
Israel-bashing worldwide, costing millions of dollars a year.
the UN force stationed on the Israel-Lebanon border, hid a videotape of Israeli
soldiers being abducted by Hezbollah in October 2000. After finally admitting
to having the tape, the UN would only show an edited version (in which
Hezbollah faces were hidden) to the Israeli government.
in Paris, began passing resolutions about protection of Jerusalem holy sites
and access for Muslims in 1968. No resolutions about protection or Jewish
access were passed from 1946 to 1967 when Jordan controlled Jerusalem and
barred Jews from entering…
IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manlis
said "We are in the midst of a wide-scale process of accumulating more
infantry, armored and other forces to the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, and
we are mobilizing reserves for Iron Dome operations and the Home Front
Command," he said.
“We struck four
multi-story buildings that Hamas uses for terror activity. We attacked the
buildings in an orderly manner after the inhabitants have been evacuated,"
he explained."Hamas is
behaving as if we have moved on to targeted assassinations, as their men have
been in hiding since Monday afternoon," Manelis added.
very well what we are attacking and what the cost of the confrontation with the
IDF is. We will continue to act with full force,” Manelis wrote on Twitter.
IAF strikes in Gaza (Photo: AFP)
The IDF spokesman
added that in light of the escalation of hostilities, the evacuation of the
Gaza border communities’ residents is something the military is considering,
although it is not yet necessary.
In response, the
armed wing of Hamas threatened to step up attacks and fire rockets at the
southern cities of Ashdod and Be'er Sheva if Israel continues to carry out
airstrikes in Gaza.
spokesperson for Islamic Jihad went as far as to imply the faction will strike
the center of the country next.
The IDF said some
150 targets were attacked in the Gaza Strip on Monday evening and overnight
Tuesday, including the Gaza City headquarters of Hamas' Al Aqsa TV station.
Israel had fired warning shots ahead of the airstrike, prompting the station to
halt programming and replace it with a logo. Minutes later, the airstrike
flattened the three-story building and the station went black.
IAF destroys building in Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
station broadcasts violent propaganda against the State of Israel and its
citizens, as well as operational messaging to militants, which include methods
for carrying out attacks against civilians and soldiers and way to obtain
weapons," the IDF said.
spokesman Fawzi Barhoum condemned the bombing as "a barbaric, brazen
aggression." Ten minutes later, the station resumed broadcasts, airing
pre-recorded national songs.
official abroad Izzat al-Rishq said, "We are holding talks with a large
number of Islamic Arab countries, as well as with western countries and
international organizations to condemn the escalation caused by the Zionists,
and to end the ongoing aggression against our people, during which innocent
civilians are hurt.
The IAF also
hit Hamas's interior security headquarters, which were disguised as the Al-Amal
Hotel. The activity conducted in the structure apparently included the planning
of terror attacks against Israeli targets. The hotel is located in the heavily
populated a-Rimal neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip. Gaza’s health
ministry is located nearby.
target attacked was Hamas' military intelligence force for research and
development—a high-rise structure located near a school.
In addition, the IAF
hit a weapons storage facility in Khan Yunis, a military complex in Zeitoun,
and a weapons manufacturing site in Sheik Omdan.
House bombed in Khan Yunis (Photo: AFP)
The Israeli Navy
attacked a vessel belonging to the Hamas naval force at the Nuseirat port in
the southern Gaza Strip.
represent an escalation in the IDF's response, as it has resorted to softer
targets over the past few months.
The Security Cabinet convened Tuesday to decide
on the next steps of fighting against Hamas.
Meanwhile, an IAF aircraft struck a terror cell
launching rockets in northern Gaza, during which one Palestinian was killed and
another was wounded, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
In addition, two Palestinians breached the
security fence at the Karni crossing in northern Gaza. They sabotaged the fence
and shortly thereafter returned to the strip.
Five thousand people, 175 companies and representatives from more
than 80 countries are set to attend a flagship homeland security and cyber
defense conference starting Monday in Tel Aviv.
The fifth biennial International Homeland Security & Cyber Conference will
present Israeli know-how and technology that has propelled the country to the
forefront of the world’s security industry, both on the ground and online.
Among those due to address thousands of conference-goers at Expo Tel Aviv are the head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and
Director-General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate , as well
as executives and government officials from countries, including the United
States, Cyprus, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, South Korea and Spain.
US Transportation Security Administration Chief Information Officer Russell
Roberts and New York Police Department Commissioner James P. O’Neill are set to
provide attendees with an American perspective at the conference, which is
backed by a range of government bodies, including the Israel Export Institute,
the Economy Ministry and the Innovation Authority.
Alongside the keynote addresses and panels will be a large exhibition
showcasing an extensive array of innovative technologies designed by 170
Israeli companies in the fields of national security, intelligence, crowd
protection, mass transit security, cybersecurity and financial tech.
Adiv Baruch, chairman of the Israel Export Institute and the conference,
told The Jerusalem Post that the conference represents one of
the “main pillars” positioning Israel as a leader in the homeland and
cybersecurity innovation fields.
“Israel has become one of the leading hubs in homeland security and
cybersecurity in the last few years,” Baruch said. “They are two different
markets and solutions, but are all connected as they are supposed to provide a
better, safer life for civilians in each country.”
In addition to the exhibition space featuring Israeli innovation,
the conference supports companies by arranging business-to-business meetings
with visiting officials, including chief security officers and procurement
managers. Some 2,500 meetings have already been arranged prior to the
“The conference brings the decision-makers to Israel rather than Israeli
companies chasing the market and committing to additional expenditure. In a
very condensed period of time, we are exposed to a large sum of decision-makers
in that space,” Baruch added.
Israeli companies operating in the fields of homeland and cybersecurity, he
said, are expected to exceed $10 billion in exports this year for the first
“The conference materializes into contracts and revenue in large numbers for
Israeli companies,” Baruch said. “We don’t have the means to follow each company,
but feedback based on the will to participate every year and be part of it is
only based on the positive productiveness of previous conferences.”
Four thousand college
students from 60 countries gathered in Tel Aviv in October for the latest mass singalong sponsored by the social music project, Koolulam.
The event, at Ganei Yehoshua, was attended by GA 2018 participants, graduates
of MASA programs, MASA CEO Liran Avisar Ben Horin, Jewish Agency Chairman Yitzchak
Herzog, Government Secretary Tzahi Braverman, and Masa Chairman Ilan Cohen.
Koolulam was founded with the goal of strengthening society through mass
singing events in which large groups of non-professionals come together to
create a collaborative happening.
The organization gathers as many as 12,000 people at a time from a broad
spectrum of Israeli life, and then films the joint singing productions to share
on social media.
In June this year, Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together at the Jerusalem
Tower of David Museum to sing Bob
Marley’s “One Love” in three languages as a show of unity from Israel. The
video of the event went viral.
Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under
attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more
violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are
refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli
TV report said Wednesday.
The report came hours
after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder
plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan
Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged. It also follows a string of Israeli
intelligence coups against Iran, including the extraction from Tehran in
January by the Mossad of the contents of a vast archive documenting
Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the detailing by Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN in
September of other alleged Iranian nuclear and missile assets inside Iran, in
Syria and in Lebanon.
“Remember Stuxnet, the
virus that penetrated the computers of the Iranian nuclear industry?” the
report on Israel’s Hadashot news asked. Iran “has admitted in the past few days
that it is again facing a similar attack, from a more violent, more advanced
and more sophisticated virus than before, that has hit infrastructure and
Hamas has been violating international laws by denying visits or any
communication with the Israelis it holds captive, Palestinian terrorists in
Israeli prisons continue to enjoy basic rights, including meeting with an
attorney, receiving medical treatment, religious rights, basic living
conditions (such as hot water, showers and sanitation), proper ventilation and
families of the Palestinian terrorists held in Israeli prisons know where their
sons are. They also know that their sons receive proper medical treatment and
while away their days reading, exercising and watching TV. But the Israelis
held by Hamas can only dream of seeing daylight as they languish in captivity.
the Palestinian terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, does not like a bill making its waythrough Israel's Knesset
that would prevent visits by family members of terrorists in Israeli prisons.
The bill, sponsored by MK Oren Hazan (Likud), would prevent such visits to
terrorists who are members of groups that hold Israeli prisoners and deny them
proposed Israeli law is a temporary measure, aimed at forcing Hamas to release
information about the Israelis held in the Gaza Strip. There would be no need
for the law were Hamas prepared to honor international and humanitarian
conventions and allow visits by the Red Cross and other international agencies
to the Israelis it is holding.
In response, Hamas denounced Israel's
proposed law as "racist," and said in a statement that it was a
"flagrant violation of all laws and humanitarian conventions." Hamas
spokesman Hazem Qassem claimed that the bill was "part of Israel's policy
to impose restrictions on the prisoners."
Suddenly, Hamas is concerned about
"international law and humanitarian conventions"? Not quite. There is
a catch. Hamas is only concerned about them when Palestinian terrorists are
involved. As for the rights of Israelis held by Hamas, the Palestinian
terrorist group apparently still believes they are not entitled to any rights.