Articles of the Day 4/21/14: Arabs Fear Jewish Prayer

Palestinians step up rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza

Israeli air force strikes Gaza in two waves after 10 Palestinians rockets

“Israeli warplanes struck terrorist targets near the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza City Monday after helicopters used heavy machine guns against the sources of the 10 rockets launched from the northern Gaza district of Bet Hanoun Monday morning, the seventh day of Passover. The rockets aimed at Israeli army patrols and the town of Sderot, caused damage but no casualties. DEBKAfile: The rare daylight Israeli air strikes and use of helicopters indicated that the IDF is treating this round of rocket fire as a serious escalation of aggression from the Gaza Strip and resolved to curtail it without delay.”

Israel is again forced to respond to another unprovoked attack by Palestinians. 

Alarm over Reported Deal with Vatican for David’s Tomb

“Is there a secret deal between the Vatican and Israel to transfer control over King David’s Tomb to the Catholic church? An investigative report in Makor Rishon cites La Stampa Vatican Insider journalist Andrea Tornielli as saying that the deal has been nearly completed, and that Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin is in charge of the negotiations with the Vatican, but Israel denies any such deal.

This is more rumor then fact. Every few months this type of story comes out. All this does really is harm Christian-Jewish relations. Someone must sell a lot newspapers on these stories. 

Palestinian official: US proposed no new ideas to salvage peace talks in last meeting

“US envoy to the Middle East peace process Martin Indyk did not present any new proposals on how to salvage the currently stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during a meeting on Friday, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday.”

In other words, the US was unable to extract any more concessions from Israel. This is actually good news.

If talks fail, Abbas said to be weighing dissolution of Oslo, PA

“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly threatened to dissolve the PA and disband Palestinian security forces operating in the West Bank if peace negotiations with Israel fail, a move which would create huge security and diplomatic problems for Israel.”

Another threat. But a hollow one. These guys love power too much to let it go. 

Bennett responds to Abbas’ threat to disband PA: ‘Israel won’t stop you’

“Economy Minister Naftali Bennett defiantly chafed on Sunday at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ latest threat to resign and disband the autonomous government that has been ruling over the Palestinian areas of Judea and Samaria. “Abu Mazen (Abbas’ nom de guerre) encourages terrorism against Israel as the head of the Palestinian Authority, and then he threatens us with his resignation,” Bennett, who heads the pro-settler Bayit Yehudi party, said on Sunday. “If he wants to go, we won’t stop him,” the minister said. “The Jewish people do not negotiate with a gun held against their temple.” Bennett was responding to a report in the Hebrew-language tabloid Yedioth Ahronoth, which quoted Palestinian sources as saying that the leadership in Ramallah is seriously considering the dismantling of the PA if and when negotiations with Israel completely break down.”

Why Negotiations Can’t Succeed

“However, for the Palestinian negotiators, it’s a different ballgame. They play on a completely different playing field and thus have lured the Israeli Left into believing that a peace deal is imminent and it’s because of Netanyahu or some other Israeli right-wing politician that everything is being held up. The Palestinians view the negotiations differently and play by different rules. The rule of the game is that the only deal that can be signed is one that allows the Palestinians to continue their struggle against Israel – like the Oslo agreement – where the Palestinians make no concessions and continue their terrorism against Israel; essentially rendering the agreement void of any content. The other type of agreement that can be signed is one where the Israeli side has made so many concessions that implementing the agreement will cause Israeli society to crumble from within.”

Palestinians issue list of demands for extension of peace talks

“Keeping peace process alive would require settlement freeze, prisoner release, drawing of future border, senior Fatah official says.”

More demands from the Palestinians. No word on any concessions from Palestinians.  

Top Palestinian cleric says Israel threw stun grenades into al Aqsa; Israel denies

“Tensions at the site run high during Jewish holidays – Jews are now celebrating Passover – when Palestinians are on alert against any attempt by Jews to pray on the compound in defiance of a de facto Israeli government ban on such worship.”

Arabs fear Jewish prayer.

New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

“The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days.”

Yet at the UN nearly every resolution condemns Israel.

Minister: Arak Announcement an ‘Iranian Deception’

“This is an exercise in deception with the Iranians,” Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told Yisrael HaYom Saturday night. “The Iranians are ready to yield [somewhat], but not on the most critical and most threatening subject. They defend the ‘core curriculum’ [of a nuclear weapons program].”

‘We Should Counter Terrorism with Construction’

“According to Demari, constructing more Jewish homes in the area would be “hitting them where it’s the most painful [. . .] by allowing construction tenders to go through as an answer to more murder, more terror.”

PA Minister in Trouble for Denouncing Terror Murder

“The Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Religious Trusts, Mahmoud al-Habash, cancelled a planned visit to Tulkarm Sunday for the dedication of a new mosque, after many dozens of residents demonstrated against him. The protesters were angry at him for an interview in which he denounced the terror attack in which an Israeli police officer was murdered and said that there is no difference between Palestinian blood and Jewish blood.”

Nile dam study fails to stem the tide of Egyptian indignation towards Ethiopia

“Egyptians have long maintained that Ethiopia’s dam project will dangerously deplete its water stocks – about 95% of which are derived from the world’s longest river. A year ago, a former Egyptian water official boldly claimed that the Gerd might deprive Egypt of up to 10bn kilolitres, devastating roughly a million acres of farmland along the shores of the Nile.”

Iran stages “massive” aerial parade with F-14, F-4, Mig-29 and several other warplanes

On Apr. 18 Iran celebrated the National Army Day with a traditional and interesting flypast of most of its active warplanes. Eight formations for an overall 27 aircraft took part in the aerial parade: not really “massive” as some Iranian media wrote, still an interesting opportunity to see the majority of the IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) fighters and bombers in the air.


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