Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hamas: Connecting Some More Arab Dots

כ״ח לחודש החמישי תשע״ד

It seems that after making connections between the people, places, things revolving around Arab Terrorist organization Hamas, I find that there are plenty more connections to be made.

Pay special attention to the items highlighted in red.

My running, Esser Agaroth (2¢) commentary is interspersed between the lines of a few recent news reports, followed by a connecting of the dots conclusion.
YNET Report: Qatar threatened to expel Mashal
Senior Fatah official claims Qatar claimed it would banish Hamas leader if he agrees to Egypt's compromise offer in indirect negotiations.

Roi Kais, August 20, 2014

A senior Fatah official claimed in a conversation with the Al-Hayat newspaper that Qatar recently threatened Hamas' political bureau chief Khaled Mashal that it would expel him if Hamas accepts the Egyptian ceasefire truce deal in its current format.

The same source also stated that Hamas asked Egypt that Qatar assist in ending the conflict between Israel and Hamas, adding that Cairo should invite Qatar's Foreign Minister or Qatar's head of Intelligence to take part in the indirect negotiations.

Egypt, according to the same source, refused outright to consider the proposal, conditioning its implementation on Qatar's apology over the policy it adopted since the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
Sounds like the is tension in the snake den, enough to distract them. The truth is that there is plenty of such tension. It just doesn't often reach the mainstream news. I would be very interested in discovering why it made it this time. Wouldn't you?
In addition, Qais Abu Laila, a senior leader from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine who was in Cairo, said Wednesday morning that the Palestinians filed a document on Tuesday agreeing to a two-stage proposal.

The plan includes the lifting of the siege in its first stage, opening the crossings and reconstructing the Gaza Strip without restrictions or conditions, and postponing the discussions on more complex issues such as an airport and seaport by a month. 
Gee! I guess they realized that the a new airport and seaport were pushing it at this point, and deciding to stick with finding more low-tech ways of rebuilding its arsenal through smuggling.
According to Abu Laila, the two sides failed to reach an agreement during the last round of talks due to Israel's insistence on the disarmament of the factions and the limiting of their weapon build-up capabilities.
Translation: How dare Israel insist on preventing a serial aggressor from being allowed to rebuild it arsenal!
Giving an example of a difference of opinions that thwarted the agreement, he claimed that Israel insisted that the opening of the Gaza border crossings would be done "in coordination with the Palestinian Authority." According to the delegate, "that would mean that Israel would be able to veto the decision whenever it wants."
To my chagrin, it is Israel which is currently allowing humanitarian aid, or pumping its own aid into Gaza, including electricity, to replenish its enemies' supplies. Still, it is clear that Israel simply wants control over the border crossing to prevent the smuggling of arms.

YNET: 'It's time to abandon truce talks, reach decisive victory over Hamas'
Ministers criticize Netanyahu for failing to convene security cabinet following collapse of ceasefire negotiations

Moran Azulay, Attila Somfalvi, August 20, 2014

Despite the heavy barrages that hit southern and central Israel on Tuesday night, and the collapse of ceasefire negotiations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to convene his Security Cabinet.

Cabinet ministers criticized the prime minister, saying "he's not convening the cabinet because he doesn't want to bring the decision on decisive action to a vote. He's putting up a tough front, but hopes something happens and an agreement with Hamas is reached quickly."

The latest ceasefire, that was set to expire on midnight, was broken some 8 hours earlier when three Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip fell near Be'er Sheva and Netivot on Tuesday afternoon. The IDF responded by hitting different targets in the Gaza Strip.

Many government ministers demanded Israel delivered a fatal blow to Hamas in Gaza, and abandon ceasefire talks altogether.

"The government policy of 'calm will be met with calm' is fundamentally wrong. We need to talk and negotiate with Hamas only when it has surrendered. We now must seek a quick and decisive end to Hamas," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a meeting with Yisrael Beiteinu MKs.

Cabinet member, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, said following the resumption of rocket fire that "when you want to defeat a terror organization, you reach a decisive victory. When we hold peace talks with a terrorist organization we get more terror. Hamas thinks that rocket fire helps them reach their goals in talks and so they fire even during a ceasefire. Rockets are not an accident as far as we're concerned, it's systematic."

Bennett went on to say that "Only a severe response, like any sovereign nation responds to rocket fire on its territory, will be able to stop the deterioration (of the situation). Sooner or later, Israel will need to subdue Hamas, there's no way to avoid it."

In a Facebook post, Finance Minister Yair Lapid reiterated his position that Israel must not end Operation Protective Edge before ensuring the disarmament of the terror infrastructure in the Strip, and before the transfer of international funds to Gaza is monitored and supervised, so Israel doesn't find itself in another round of hostilities soon. (cont.)
Etc., etc. And then, even...
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) said that "the Israeli government and prime minister's job is to provide protection and complete calm to the southern communities. If, as the prime minister claims, Hamas has indeed been defeated, then he (Netanyahu) is expected to reach a diplomatic accord with conditions that benefit the state of Israel. But if the government folds to bring faux-calm, as the one we experienced today, then it would indicate on the failure of a weak government."

It is now perfectly acceptable to say not nice things about Hamas.

I get it.

Still, this not so "new and improved" logic floating in and out of the mouths of Members of the Israeli government, even the leader of the opposition do not impress.

The same logic should be applied to Fatah, but it's not. The reasons behind this concern me greatly. Is Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas being set up to be the "Good Arab," with whom we can negotiate? Abbas's Holocaust denial, and masterminding the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre, not mention all of the addition Jewish blood he has on his hands, seem to have been magically forgotten.

And speaking of Fatah, as a side note, have we yet heard "secular" Fatah declare any official stance regarding the growing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS]?

Inquiring minds want to know....

YNET: Hamas - Israel tried to kill armed wing leader Mohammed Deif
Hamas' military wing call on Israel to 'reveal the real reason' behind bombing of Gaza City home, that Palestinians say was hit by 5 missiles; child and woman killed in attack, as well as third unidentified victim.

Ynetnews, News Agencies, August 20, 2014

Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk charged on Wednesday after Gaza truce talks collapsed in a spasm of violence that Israel had targeted the group's armed wing leader Mohammed Deif in one of its air strikes on Tuesday in the coastal territory. (cont.)

Isn't this what the West has demanded of us, "surgical strikes?" OK, so we need a little fine tuning. What's the big deal?

After all, just because these women and children happen to be the wives and children of Hamas terrorist leaders, they are not any less the human shields that the other women and children in Gaza are. And besides, baby Arab terrorists grow up to be adult Arab terrorists, and continue in the family business of Jew-killing.

What the leftists crying, "stop the cycle of violence" fail to comprehend is that this cycle is only repeating itself because the Israeli government, as well as the West, insisting on treating the Yishma'elim (Arabs/Muslims) like Western "progressives," which they are most certainly not.

However flawed the recommendations of Lieberman, Bennett, Lapid, Sa'ar, and even Herzog are, if we did follow them, we would probably be done with Hamas, and perhaps even delay any attacks from Fatah or Hezbollah, who might then be compelled to rethink their current strategies.
...The IDF would not specify any of the targets of some 30 attacks across Gaza in response to rocket fire aimed at Israel. Marzouk said Israel had ruptured the truce alleging it was in order "to assassinate Mohammed Deif," but that civilians were killed at the site of the attack.

In a statement, the IDF said it was attacking targets throughout the Strip, and said it was "ready to continue and work to secure the residents of Israel." Palestinians said that the Strip was sustaining IDF fire from both sea and air.

"In response to the breach in the ceasefire by Hamas, the prime minister and defense minister have ordered the IDF to hit terror targets in Gaza," an official within the Prime Minister's Office said.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
While many normal Israelis, and Jews around the world, appear to be beginning to wake up and smell the blood and rockets, and beginning to see our "Fearless Leader" Prime Minister Netanyahu as being weak in the knees, when it comes to Hamas, as well as the international community, they still cannot see the forest for the trees.

The only question is if this is a conscious pulling of the wool over our eyes, or lingering naivete and stupidity amongst those serving in the Israeli government.

There is no difference between Hamas and Fatah, except for their levels of patience, and abilities to play the West for the Jew-hating fools that they are. In this regard, Fatah seems to have the upper hand.

When confronted Abbas eventually has to deal with the reality of ISIS, I am not sure how he will play out his hand. Only time will tell.

When Israelis, and Jews around the world, talk about the threat of ISIS, some acknowledge the potential ISIS enclave of Hamas. Yet, Fatah never seems to enter the picture. And Arabs possessing Israeli ID cards are the furthest players from their minds.

It have always been dumbfounded by this attitude of "These Arabs" are different than "Those Arabs."

But, then my hevrutha (study partner) pointed out an interesting take on this from the 19th Century Torah Scholar Rabbi Meir Leibush ben Yechiel Mechel Weizer (Malb"im), commenting on Numbers 33:55.
וְאִם-לֹא תוֹרִישׁוּ אֶת-יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ, מִפְּנֵיכֶם--וְהָיָה אֲשֶׁר תּוֹתִירוּ מֵהֶם, לְשִׂכִּים בְּעֵינֵיכֶם וְלִצְנִינִם בְּצִדֵּיכֶם; וְצָרְרוּ אֶתְכֶם--עַל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם יֹשְׁבִים בָּהּ.

But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then shall those that ye let remain of them be as stingers in your eyes, and as thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land wherein ye dwell.
The Malb"im) teaches that לְשִׂכִּים בְּעֵינֵיכֶם "stingers in your eyes" cause us to be blinded. The presence of these goyim, who are not supposed to be here, blind 

He uses the word לסכך to cover, as in the Skhakh of a Sukkah. It seems that the sometimes interchangeable letters ס and the שׂ could be a component of the Malbi"m he learns this concept out, but I cannot be sure. I have to look into this further.

When I heard this, only then could I finally understand how our "leaders," both serving in the Israeli government, and many of there "rabbis," have managed to make the same mistakes, whether engaging in "peace talks" or doing a halfhearted job in wiping out the Arabs' arsenals, weapons building and smuggling capabilities, over and over and over again, expecting the same results.

They have been blinded, for not having properly taken possession of the Land in the first place.

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