Archive for April 6, 2018

Palestinians: Abbas Targets Hamas, Then Condemns Israel for Targeting Hamas

April 6, 2018

Khamenei: Israel should be forced to ‘retreat to point of demise’

April 6, 2018
Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei calls on people of Muslim countries to defeat Israel, says negotiations with ‘cheating, lying and oppressive regime’ are ‘unforgivable mistake’; statements come in the wake of The Atlantic interview with Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman, in which he said Israelis were entitled to live peacefully on their own land.,7340,L-5220465,00.html

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Wednesday on the people of Muslim countries to defeat Israel. “With an intense and planned struggle, they should force the enemy to retreat toward the point of demise,” he said.

Any move to negotiate with Israel would be an “unforgivable mistake”, the cleric added, after Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Israelis were entitled to live peacefully on their own land.Supreme Leader Khamenei later tweeted, “On days when escalation of oppression & barbarism by the Zionists, in Gaza has saddened and angered those who care for Palestine, we reiterate the perpetual stance of the Islamic Republic regarding the issue of Palestine.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called on all Muslims to defeat Israel (Photo: Reuters)

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called on all Muslims to defeat Israel (Photo: Reuters)

“The return of dignity and power to the Islamic nation is exclusively linked to resistance—while confronting arrogant powers and their wicked plots—and the issue of Palestine is at the top of Islam’s international agenda in the face of the arrogant front.”

Saudi Arabia—birthplace of Islam and site of its holiest shrines—does not officially recognize Israel, but Mohammed bin Salman’s comments, quoted in the US magazine The Atlantic, are a further sign of an apparent thawing in bilateral ties.

They come as mainly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia faces off against Shiite Iran in a regional power struggle. Tehran and Riyadh back opposing sides in the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, as well as rival political groups in Iraq and Lebanon.

“Movement toward negotiation with the cheating, lying and oppressive regime (of Israel) is a big, unforgivable mistake that will push back the victory of the people of Palestine,” Khamenei said in a statement posted on his official website.

The statement, which did not explicitly name Saudi Arabia, said it was the duty of all Muslims to support Palestinian resistance movements and it pledged continued Iranian backing for the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.
After the crown prince’s comments, his father King Salman reiterated Saudi Arabia’s support for a Palestinian state.

Riyadh has long maintained that normalizing ties with Israel hinges on an Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands captured in the 1967 Six Day War—territory Palestinians seek for a future state.

Saudi King Salman (L) with his son (Photo: MCT)

Saudi King Salman (L) with his son (Photo: MCT)

However, Saudi Arabia opened its air space for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel last month, which an Israeli official hailed as historic following two years of efforts.

In November, an Israeli cabinet member disclosed covert contacts with Saudi Arabia, a rare acknowledgment of long-rumored secret dealings that Riyadh still denies.
Khamenei issued Wednesday’s statement in reply to a letter he recently received from Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh that criticized the support of Arab governments in the region for the United States.
 Hamas, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction, dominates the small coastal strip of Gaza, where this week at least 17 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.

First published: 04.04.18, 22:11

Israel urges visiting Egyptian intel chief: Restrain Hamas

April 6, 2018

Source: Israel urges visiting Egyptian intel chief: Restrain Hamas – DEBKAfile

Egypt’s acting Director of General Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel, on a brief visit to Israel, was urged to bring Hamas under control as next wave of violence looms Friday, April 6.

The Egyptian general arrived this week, after Israel asked President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi to send over a senior officer to discuss deescalating the Gaza crisis. Jerusalem asked to see an official with authority to discuss active operations, rather than a political figure, since Israel is not ready to treat the Gaza crisis as serious enough for intercession at the highest level. DEBKAfile’s sources report that Gen. Kamel met with Maj. Gen. Tamir Haiman, who was appointed Military Intelligence (AMAN) chief last month, and Meir Shabat, National Security Adviser and expert on Hamas. Their message to him was simple: Egypt can’t afford to sit back and pretend it is not concerned with Hamas and its extreme provocations. Israel and its armed forces extend substantial assistance to the Egyptian army in extremely  sensitive areas and expects Egypt’s help in putting the lid on the Palestinian extremist Hamas’ schemes for provoking a bloody contest with Israel. The Israeli officials named in particular, the extremist Yahya Al-Sinwar as needing to be brought under control. After keeping his head down for a while, this troublemaker has against stirring the Gaza Strip into violence, this time as front man for Iran.
Gen. Kamel said he would pass the message on. This intelligence official is known to be a member of El-Sisi’s inner circle. On Thursday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF Chief of Staff Let. Gen. Gady Eisenkot reviewed the preparations for the turbulence Hamas has promised for Friday. The IDF drew a new line in the Gaza Strip border region that expanded the off-limits area for Palestinian “March of Return demonstrations,” to prevent them being used as cover for terrorist attacks. Gazans were again warned that Israeli troops were under strict orders to enforce this new line.
During the day, nonetheless, our sources reveal that Hamas  organizers offered cash fees to volunteers for gathering and igniting the 10-12,000 tires that been strewn just behind the border. The black, heavily toxic smoke of burning tires is intended to screen Palestinian rioters from the IDF snipers who target rioting ringleaders. Israel has appealed to the UN World Health Organization to put a stop to this reckless action, which holds the threat of ecological disaster both for southern Israel and the Gazan population itself. Hamas operatives also staged a warming-up performance for their Friday assault, when scores tried to approach the border fence from Sejaya and Khan Younes and challenge Israeli troops.  One tried to lob an explosive device over the fence and was shot down by an Israeli aerial vehicle



Hollywood execs back Netflix against anti-Israel ‘Fauda’ boycott

April 6, 2018

Source: Hollywood execs back Netflix against anti-Israel ‘Fauda’ boycott – Israel Hayom