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Bennett and Shaked: We’ll vote against surrendering to Hamas

March 30, 2019

‘Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar should just leave this world instead of prancing around like a proud peacock,’ Bennett says.

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Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who chair the New Right party, will vote in the Cabinet against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s agreement with Hamas to stop the launching of rockets from Gaza.

“It’s not just the Israelis’ feeling of humiliation,” Bennett said. “[Hamas leader Yahya] Sinwar and [Hamas leader Ismail] Haniyeh are going to victory celebrations without any fear that Israel will eliminate them. That’s not a way to establish deterrence. Shaked and I will vote in the cabinet against signing an agreement of Israel’s surrender to Hamas.”

“After more than 1,000 rockets this year, tens of thousands of incendiary balloons, a million Israelis in bomb shelters, Sinwar should just leave this world instead of prancing around like a proud peacock,” Bennett added.

“Anyone who thinks that he bought us peace is wrong because surrendering to terrorism just whets their appetite for more terrorism. We can expect another wave of terror – a much more violent one.”

Yisrael Beyteinu chairman and former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman also attacked the Prime Minister: “The situation we have encountered is bankruptcy, both from a moral and security perspective. We see that IDF forces have been deployed – Israel is afraid. The biggest power in the Middle East is afraid of a terrorist organization.”

“The residents of the south of Israel aren’t second class and we can’t abandon them,” Liberman stressed. “Hamas must be subdued with a comprehensive plan like I already proposed in July. In the first stage, I expect the government to announce a halt on the transfer of funds to Hamas. I hope that the state of Israel will stop merely responding to Hamas and begin to initiate.”

Gaza factions: Protests will continue despite ‘ceasefire understandings

March 30, 2019

Khalil al-Haya, member of the Hamas “political bureau,” said that the Egyptian intelligence officials carried “positive responses” from Israel.

By Khaled Abu Toameh
March 30, 2019 17:41
A Palestinian woman reacts after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking Land Day and the first anniversary of a surge of border protests, at the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip March 30, 2019. . (photo credit: ASHRAF ABU AMRAH / REUTERS)
Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials said on Saturday that the weekly protests near the Gaza-Israel border will continue despite Egypt’s ongoing efforts to reach ceasefire understandings between the Palestinian factions and Israel.
Palestinian sources claimed that the Egyptian intelligence officials who have been mediating between the Palestinian factions and Israel in the past few days have made progress towards reaching new ceasefire understandings. The Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip are now waiting for Israel’s final response to their demands, the sources added.
The sources claimed that Israel has accepted most of the Palestinian factions’ demands, including the expansion of the fishing zone, the reopening of the border crossings, the delivery of additional Qatari funds to the Gaza Strip and creating job opportunities for thousands of unemployed Palestinians there.
The Egyptian team, headed by senior General Intelligence Service official Ahmed Abdel Khaleq, met on Thursday and Friday with leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian factions and discussed with them ways of achieving a new truce with Israel.
Khalil al-Haya, member of the Hamas “political bureau,” said that the Egyptian intelligence officials carried “positive responses” from Israel. The Egyptian officials, he said, will return to Israel on Sunday to receive timelines for the implementation of the reported understandings.
Haya said that the weekly protests along the border with Israel, which are called “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege,” will continue until they achieve their goals. “In the past year, the weekly marches achieved some of their goals,” he added. “They will achieve more goals.” 
He was speaking to reporters during a tour of the site of Saturday’s mass protests near the border with Israel on the occasion of the first anniversary of the protests, which coincide with the commemoration of Land Day. The Hamas official said that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will continue to put pressure on Israel until it complies with their “legitimate demands.”

Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas “political bureau,” on Friday phoned Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdel Rahman al-Thani and the deputy director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, Amro Hanafi, and discussed with them the efforts to reach ceasefire understandings with Israel.

A source close to Hamas said it was unclear at this stage whether Qatar would continue to provide financial aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The source was commenting on a report that suggested that Qatar has agreed to send $40 million in cash to the Gaza Strip as part of the reported Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire understandings.

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar said that the protests will continue until the blockade on the Gaza Strip is removed. “We won’t give up Jerusalem and the Arab Golan Heights,” Zahar said. “We won’t abandon the use of weapons against the occupation.”

Khaled al-Batsh, a senior Islamic Jihad official and head of the committee in charge of the weekly protests near the Gaza-Israel border, said on Saturday that the demonstrations will continue for another year. He said that the Palestinians were determined to thwart US President Donald Trump’s unpublished plan for peace in the Middle East, known as the “deal of the century.”

Speaking to reporters near the border with Israel, al-Batsh said that Saturday’s protests were designed to prepare the Palestinians for a “new phase during which they will continue the struggle to restore their stolen rights and end the siege on the Gaza Strip.”

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March 30, 2019

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Egyptian brokers may restrain Israel – but not Hamas or its marches for terror – DEBKAfile

March 30, 2019

Source: Egyptian brokers may restrain Israel – but not Hamas or its marches for terror – DEBKAfile

“Hamas doesn’t want a large-scale military confrontation” is Israeli officials’ favorite term to explain why no major IDF offensive is launched to stop the terrorist plague unleashed from Gaza year after year.
Of course, Hamas doesn’t; its style is terror, not full-scale combat. The ongoing Egyptian mediation is thus sidetracked into a bid to prevent Israel from launching a major war, while allowing the Palestinian Hamas to carry on with its highly successful terror-cum-extortion strategy.

Another pet Israeli phrase is that “Hamas needs to gain the profile of a victor.” The Palestinian terrorist group has, however, gained the full-face image of a victor. A panoramic view of the array of Israeli forces, tanks and equipment massed around Gaza by one of the foremost world armies to challenge a small terrorist group, fully justifies Hamas in showing the V sign.

As if to demonstrate that it is business as usual, terrorists hurled firebombs and hand grenades from Gaza at Israel’s border troops for five hours on Friday night, March 29, double its usual strength, whereas the IDF sent a single tank to fire three shells at a lone Hamas position. Saturday midday, the first firebombs of the day were aimed at Israel soldiers.

Hamas had got the message: You can safely carry on your terror-cum-blackmail conduct. The rules haven’t changed. And the message for Israelis: The peak concentration of military strength against your Palestinian tormentors may be impressive, but your leaders have every hope of avoiding using them You may well ask then: if that is so, why was it necessary to shell out millions of shekels to create this build-up?

There are more phrases for excusing Israel’s reluctance to deal with the Palestinian terrorists ruling the Gaza Strip root and branch. One contention is that Hamas is a hopeless case unless Israel re-occupies the Gaza Strip which Israel turned over to Palestinian rule in 2005 and this, no one wants. This contention too betokens the absence of original thinking for which the IDF used to be celebrated.

The incumbent Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi would undoubtedly hope no one remembers his words on September 12, 2007, after the last Israel soldier and all 8,000 civilians had departed the Gaza Strip for good.

As commander of the Gaza Division, he shut the Kissufim border crossing gate for the last time and declared: “If the Palestinians now fire a single bullet, the IDF will return to the Strip.” He was not to foresee that 12 years later, he would take over command of the IDF at the end of the Year of Hamas, during which he was Deputy Chief of Staff and therefore a partner of Prime Minister and Defense Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his predecessor Lt. Gen. Gaby Eisenkot in the evolving Gaza fiasco.

It has reached a point where nothing but fundamental action will suffice for recovering Israel’s deterrent strength, say DEBKAfile’s military sources: Either 1. A large-scale IDF operation for eliminating Hamas leaders and commanders and destroying their Ezz-e-din Qassam armed wing; or 2. A joint-Egyptian military campaign with the same object. Either way, Hamas rule of the Gaza Strip must be wiped out. Halting the operation in the middle for fear of international denigration, like the last campaign four years ago, would totally defeat the purpose.

In 2006 and 2007, the years following Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the late prime minister Ariel Sharon followed his adviser Amos Gilead in relying on Egypt to take care of any problems caused by the Palestinian regime now ruling Gaza. Gilead also urged the government to allow the Egyptian army to take charge of the strategic Philadelphi Corridor linking Gaza and Sinai as a lever for keeping the Palestinians in line.

All the arrangements concluded with Cairo fell down in short order. No Egyptian troops were ever deployed at Philadelphi and, in no time, enormous quantities of weapons were being smuggled through and stoking Palestinian terror.

Relying on Egyptian mediation to avert the ongoing terror catastrophe is as much a farce now as it was then. If perhaps Israel had traded the military and intelligence assistance it grants Egypt in its war on the Islamic State in Sinai for a corresponding Cairo crackdown on Hamas, which also maintains ties with the Islamic State, the IDF might be in a different place today. As matters stand, without fundamental military action, Israel can look forward to nothing less than escalating Palestinian terror in expanding circles from the Gaza Strip.

Running parallel to Egyptian mediation between Gaza and Tel Aviv moreover, another track is taking the lead. On Friday, March 29, Hamas Deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Ziyad Nahalah met in Beirut with Hizballah officials for instructions on how to manage the March of the Millions on Saturday. So, when they stated: “Any Israeli aggression against the demonstrators will be met by the resistance,” they were confirming that Hizballah is calling the shots in Gaza – not Egypt.


Army says 30,000 riot at Gaza border; IDF responds with live fire, tear gas 

March 30, 2019

Source: Army says 30,000 riot at Gaza border; IDF responds with live fire, tear gas | The Times of Israel

Israeli military says troops acting in accordance with regulations and that most demonstrators are remaining at a distance from the fence; Palestinian Red Crescent says 33 injured

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl a rock toward Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration along the border with Israel in Malaka east of Gaza City on March 30, 2019 (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

The Israel Defense Forces said 30,000 Palestinians took part in riots at the Gaza border Saturday afternoon, with some protesters throwing grenades and explosives toward the security fence as well as lobbing rocks and burning tires.

The army said soldiers responded with “riot dispersal means” and live fire in accordance with IDF regulations, noting that most Palestinians attending the anniversary of the “March of Return” protests remained at a distance from the border.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 33 people were treated for injuries, including four who sustained wounds from live fire.

The Hamas-run Gaza interior ministry announced it deployed 8,000 security personnel along the border to prevent demonstrators from approaching the fence, Army Radio reported.

Palestinian women protesters flash the victory sign and wave Palestinian flags during a demonstration marking the first anniversary of the ‘March of Return’ protests, near the border with Israel east of Gaza City on March 30, 2019. (Anas Baba/AFP)

Meanwhile, a fire broke out in a farming community in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip on Saturday afternoon. Authorities said they were looking into whether an incendiary balloon launched from the enclave sparked the blaze.

Earlier on Saturday, Gaza health officials said Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man near the perimeter fence, hours before the mass rally to mark the annual Palestinian Land Day and the one-year anniversary of the start of weekly March of Return border protests.

Mohammed Saad, 21, was killed by Israeli army fire east of Gaza City near the perimeter fence, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said, adding he was hit by shrapnel in the head.

A Gaza hospital worker, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, said Saad was a member of the so-called “night disturbance unit.” Such groups routinely burn tires, flash laser lights and detonate explosives near the fence at night to distract soldiers and disturb residents of nearby Israeli communities.

Witnesses said Saad had been taking part in an overnight demonstration when he was hit.

The fatal shooting raised tensions at a time when Egyptian mediators, shuttling between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, were trying to broker a ceasefire deal that reportedly included proposed arrangements for preventing violence during Saturday’s protest.

This picture taken on March 30, 2019 shows Israeli Merkava main battle tanks stationed near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel. (Jack Guez/AFP)

An Israeli army spokesman said about 200 Palestinians “rioted during the night along the fence” and that the army used riot dispersal means against them. There was no further elaboration or comment on Saad’s case.

On Saturday morning, Israeli troops arrested two Palestinian minors armed with knives attempting to breach the Gaza border fence, the IDF said in a statement. The teens were questioned and returned to the Strip.

Gaza’s health ministry announced Saturday morning that it had completed preparations for the planned protests, with hospitals and ambulances on stand-by ahead of the demonstrations. Field hospitals were set up at various points, and medical facilities in the Strip are on an emergency footing.

Tear gas canisters fall amongst Palestinians during a demonstration near the border with Israel, in Malaka east of Gaza City, on March 30, 2019 (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Meanwhile, Israel warned Palestinians against approaching or breaching the security fence during Saturday’s border protest. Through phone calls, messages, public statements and pamphlets dropped from aircraft, the IDF has told Palestinians in the Strip that any attempts to break through the border fence will be met with live fire.

The IDF’s Arabic-language spokesman on Saturday appealed directly to Gazans, saying benefits could be in store if they refrain from violence.

“According to Palestinian reports, if you don’t act violently or with terror today, significant measures will be implemented that can improve a variety of civilian fields in the Gaza Strip,” Avichay Adraee wrote on Facebook.

The Israeli military’s primary concern in the March of Return protests is that large groups of people will break through the fence, armed with guns, grenades and knives, and either enter one of the Israeli communities located a few hundred meters from the border and attack those inside, or kidnap soldiers stationed along the security fence.

A Palestinian boy carries national flags at a demonstration near the border with Israel in Malaka east of Gaza City on March 30, 2019 (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Palestinian Land Day marks a 1976 decision by the Israeli government to seize thousands of dunams (acres) of Arab-owned land in the Galilee region of northern Israel.

This year’s Land Day also marks a year since the start of weekly violent protests along the Israel-Gaza border, known as the “March of Return,” which at times have escalated into full-blown exchanges of fire between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in the coastal enclave, most recently earlier this week.

Israel maintains that the Hamas terror group appropriated the campaign for nefarious purposes, using the civilian protesters as cover for violent military activities.

The timing of the anniversary rally is sensitive for both sides.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister, is seeking his fourth consecutive term in April 9 elections, but is facing a serious challenge from a group of ex-army chiefs who have criticized what they say is his failed Gaza policy. He is also coming under attack over his policies from members of his coalition, including Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who has repeatedly called for wider military action in the enclave.

Hamas, meanwhile, faces growing unrest in Gaza, as a result of worsening humanitarian conditions.

Late Friday night, Hamas officials announced that a deal had been reached that would see the protesters refrain from approaching the border fence, in exchange for Israeli concessions. But there was no confirmation from Israel and it was unclear to what extent Hamas can control the protesters.

Palestinians gather near the border with Israel in Malaka east of Gaza City on March 30, 2019, as Palestinians mark the first anniversary of the ‘March of Return’ border protests. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

While demonstrations have taken place at least weekly since March last year, Hamas has been building up the anniversary protests for several months.

The group’s leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a million people to gather across five protest sites, and mosques in Gaza late Friday used loudspeakers to encourage a mass turnout. Palestinian media reported Haniyeh arrived at the border on Saturday afternoon, close to Gaza City.

Egypt has repeatedly tried to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, stepping up efforts in recent days after a Gaza rocket struck a house in central Israel earlier this week, injuring seven Israelis and threatening renewed escalation.

In this file photo taken on March 30, 2018 Israeli soldiers keep position as they lie prone over an earth barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz as Palestinians demonstrate on the other side commemorating Land Day. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Palestinians with knowledge of the talks said that as part of the proposed deal, Gaza protesters were to keep away from the fence Saturday and Israeli troops were to hold their fire.

Under the Egyptian plan, Israel was to offer economic incentives for Gaza in exchange for calm, according to Palestinian officials.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.