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March 31, 2015 9:34 pm

Hamas Chief Haniyeh Calls for Palestinian Unity for West Bank Intifada

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Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called on Palestinian factions, including the Palestinian Authority, to unite and wage war on Israel with an intifada and armed resistance in the West Bank, Israel’s NRG reported on Tuesday.

Haniyeh also addressed the results of Israel’s elections earlier this month, saying that the “re-election of Netanyahu and the reinforcement of the Likud Party have revealed the true face of the occupation.” He then stressed the need to move on to a real strategy of Palestinian unity against the “occupation.”

Mohammad Al-Hindi, a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s political bureau also commented on the Israeli elections, claiming that they showed there was really no difference between Israel’s political parties. “We have been in negotiation for 20 years, and have been led astray after the minor political differences [between Israel’s political parties.] Israel continuously announces that it is building new settlements, and says very clearly that there is no reason for negotiation, yet the Palestinian Authority continues to shout ‘two states!’ Netanyahu said that there will not be two states, and we are crying and begging the world.”

Al-Hindi said there was no point in waiting for a change in the world’s opinion. “How does the Authority intend to resume negotiations with Netanyahu, when he declares that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel only?”

He also noted his opposition to Mahmoud Abbas’ moves on the international scene, saying, “there is a danger of giving legitimacy to outsiders to intervene on the Palestinian issue.”

Haniyeh said that returning to the spirit of resistance and the second Intifada would increase the power of the Palestinian factions, and claimed that it was necessary to strengthen the resolve of, and connection to, the “Palestinians of 1948,” – meaning Israel’s Arab citizens – and Palestinians abroad.

Haniyeh made his comments at a conference in Gaza, and noted that Arab states must concern themselves with the Palestinian issue, and support the Palestinians economically and morally, despite all of the events occurring in the Arab world.

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  • Brian Brain

    In April 2014, the PA and Hamas signed a Unity Agreement.

    Hamas is considered a Foreign Terrorist Organisation as per the U.S. Secretary of State.

    That should make the PA a terrorist organisation as well, with all the provisions accorded this designation. It has not been so designated.


  • Bibi has a new Government set up on March 31, 2015 – Now keep your promises

    Bibi promised he will not let the left-Labor join the government.
    The left is one of the main reason a new election was called.
    It is time to replace the Media with an objective people who care about Israel and its people. A police force that protects the people of Israel
    It is time to punish those who incite terror and violence. Prosecute those who betray Israel in words and action and treat traitors with full force of the law.
    Protect all Jewish institutions and houses of worship.
    It is time to elect a new Supreme Court Justices in Israel.
    It is time to Annex Judea and Samaria and adopt the Levy report.
    It is time for Israel to take serious action against terror and violence and restore the safety and security of its people without fear of violence, riots, stone throwing and intentional vehicular usage to kill and injure Israelis.
    Remind the Arabs that they expelled over a million Jews and their children from their counties after living there for over 2,000 years and confiscated all their assets, businesses, homes and including Real estate property 5-6 times the size of Israel. That the Arabs must balance the books and pay for the assets and the relocation of the Jews.

    Israel needs to build 100,000 housing units per year in Judea and Samaria for the next 10 years, It also needs to build 3 superhighway connecting Judea and Samaria to Israel.
    Construct military bases in Judea and Samaria to protect the people and the country.
    Israel also needs to build 50,000 housing units per year in greater Jerusalem and build additional roads and highway in and from Jerusalem.
    Israel must also build a minimum of 10,000 housing units in the Galil and 10,000 housing units in the Negev every year for the next ten years and expand the infrastructure, roads and highways. They have to expand industry and commerce to enhance the desire of people to live in the Galil and the Negev.
    Construct military bases in Judea and Samaria to protect the people and the country.

    YJ Draiman

  • The false claim that Jewish settlers dispossessed Arab people from their land in Palestine. The examination of records from 1820 onward will shock most people.

    In the first place, Palestine’s population barely grew for 260 years — rising from 200,000 Muslims, Christians and Jews in 1555 to only 270,000 in 1810. In the second, records from 1832, 1865, 1879 and 1893 and 1918, among others, demonstrate that when the heaviest Jewish immigration began in 1870, a large proportion of the 420,000 to 430,000 Arabs in Palestine were themselves recent immigrants.

    Documents the origins of those immigrants demonstrate. Many Arabs that came from Egypt… In 1830 alone, 6,010 Egyptian Arabs settled in Akko…

    Additionally, Arab and Muslim immigrants also came from Algeria, Damascus, Yemen, Afghanistan, Persia, India, Tripoli, Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia, Sudan, Lebanon and Iraq…etc.

    Numerous historical descriptions of a desolate landscape, composed almost entirely of swamps and deserts, and sold to the Jewish people by absentee Arab landlords, appointed by the Ottoman government, at enormous profits. Dozens of sales are documented specifically, including some by the Egyptian el-Husseini family of Yasser Arafat.
    The Hajj Amin el-Husseini, the intractable opponent of Zionism, a Jew-hater on par with Hitler, admitted under questioning that no Arab land was stolen; no Arabs were wiped out, no villages destroyed. Rather, the Jews bought hundreds of thousands of dunam (about ¼ of an acre) of land from willing sellers, often from absentee Arab landowners. Moreover, thanks in part to the Zionists and the British, the quality of life for Palestine’s Arab peasantry was vastly improved, with less taxation, more schools, and an increase in Arab population.
    The next time someone spouts the Arab line about how Zionists came and stole Arab land and drove Arabs out, just quote the Mufti.

    A substantial amount of land was leased from the Ottoman Empire by the Arabs as sharecroppers, they never owned the land.

    This documentation shatters the current Arab claim of dispossession.

    YJ Draiman

    P.S. The world at large must compare how Israel uplifted and resettled the dispossessed Million JEWISH REFUGEES FROM ARAB COUNTRIES and their children (who lived in those Arab countries for over 2,000 years) many Jews died from hardship and starvation during the expulsion. The Arab countries confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real Estate totaling 120,000 sq. km. – 46,000 sq. miles which is more than 5-6 times the size of Israel valued in the trillions of dollars with 68 years of Arab manipulation of a much lower number of Arab refugees. Mahmoud Abbas’ stance on refugees makes a mockery of a two state solution, which will never happen. It denies the rights of the million Jewish refugees from the Arab countries. It sidesteps Arab culpability for starting the wars that led to BOTH refugee issues. And it runs counter to the way every other population exchange has been resolved. They have to consider relocating to Jordan and or to the homes and lands the Arabs confiscated from the expelled Jewish people. The Arabs have 21 States where they must resettle the Arab refugees , Israel has only one small one.
    YJ Draiman.

    • Cynthia Gage

      Wonderfully stated and i have studied this history and what you say is true. One more note, because Yasir Arafat had such a hard line about Israel stealing Arab lands and calling them occupiers: it is interesting that none of Israels neighbors want the Palestinians in their lands either. Just a note that is kind of prophetic.

  • Hamas and ISIL run training camps for young children, teaching them how to kill — and putting children thereby in the direct line of fire as combatants. Iran, who bankroll terrorism want to supply Hamas and Hezbolloh with advanced weapons to use in attacking Israel. Arab states are fed up with Hamas and must demand that donors will not give to Gaza until Hamas are removed. When, if, that happens peace talks will be realistic. As long as the Hamas charter sets out the goal of annihilating Israel and killing all Jews worldwide, Israel can’t be expected to negotiate a realistic peace deal.

    • Cynthia Gage

      They put their children “Through the Fire” just as our forefathers warned us to not mingle with these people because
      God considered them an abomination. Why do you think God used Joshua and others like him to cleanse the earth of the sin that they were? The history of the region is so much more than what people are talking about these days. Find the map, look at the map of the lands God gave the 12 tribes, look and see hard and well who the occupiers really are……

  • Obama’s relations with Israel and other Nations r6
    Obama has no respect from many of the International community. Obama has no credibility, he has the least experience in real politics, he is the worst president the U.S. has ever had.
    Obama has alienated many nations and has caused foreign policy damage that is costing the American taxpayer trillions. His decisions are also costing numerous American lives in vain.
    Obama has abused his executive powers and should be prosecuted for his violations. Obama is ignoring the true sovereignty of the Jewish people in Israel and the various treaties and international agreements entered into after WWI and the various congressional resolutions on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people since WWI. Obama’s blatant disrespect of Netanyahu and Israel’s International legitimate rights shows his naivety in International matters and foreign policy.
    Obama’s lack of etiquette is an outright embarrassment to the United States.
    Natanyahu is trying his best, but he will not compromise the security of Israel and that is the way a leader should perform. No other decent leader of the free world perform differently.
    It is interesting to note, that Jordan (Jordan territory has taken over 77% of the land allocated to the Jewish people under 1920 International Treaty) is a country that never existed in history before WWI and nobody is contesting its legitimacy or territorial sovereignty and control. The same powers that established 21 Arab States plus Jordan after WWI also re-established the State of Israel based on the Balfour Declaration and the San Remo Treaty of 1920.
    On the other hand, Israel and its Jewish people have over 4,000 year of recorded history.
    Many Nations and people are questioning Israel’s control of its liberated territory. No one is mentioning that the Arab countries had ejected over a million adult Jewish people and their children from their countries which they have lived in for over 2,000 years, the Arabs confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and land. About 650,00 of these expelled Jewish people were resettled in Greater Israel. The Real estate the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people 120,000 sq. km. or 46,000 sq. miles which is over 5-6 times the size of Israel, and its value today is in the trillions of dollars.
    Let the 21 Arab countries resettle the Arab Palestinians in the land they confiscated from the Jews which is 5-6 times the size of Israel. Provide them with funds they confiscated from the million Jewish people they expelled and let them build an economy, This will benefit both the Arab-Palestinians and the hosting countries, The other alternative is relocate the Arab-Palestinians to Jordan, (originally land allocated for the Jewish people under the San Remo Treaty of 1920 and confirmed by the 1920 Treaty of Sevres and Lausanne) which is already 80% Arab-Palestinians, and give them funds to relocate and build an economy. This will solve the Arab-Palestinians refugee problem once and for all. It will also reduce hostility and strife in the region.
    If this is not discrimination against Israel, I do not know what is.
    It seems like nobody cares about land violations in other countries in the world, but when it comes to Israel, everyone has a say. Israel’s rights in the terms of the treaty of San Remo of 1920 are in affect in perpetuity, it clearly states that the Jewish people are the only ones with political rights in the British Mandate of Palestine and that the Jewish people can live anywhere in the British Mandate, confirmed by the 1920 Treaty of Sevres and Lausanne.
    If the U.S., Europe and other countries will stop meddling, and stop its criticism and involvement in the politics of Israel and the Arabs, than there will be a chance for peace.
    We know the great powers are only interested in the OIL and nothing else, that is the bottom line.
    A true and lasting peace in Israel will bring mammoth economic prosperity to The Israelis and The Arabs alike.
    An approach to peace starts by teaching your children and the people not to hate and condemn any acts violence that hurts civilian population and stop celebrating and rewarding the death and destruction of each other.
    YJ Draiman
    No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish People in Israel –
    David Ben Gurion
    (David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel and widely hailed as the State’s main founder).
    “No Jew is entitled to give up the right of establishing [i.e. settling] the Jewish Nation in all of the Land of Israel. No Jewish body has such power. Not even all the Jews alive today [i.e. the entire Jewish People] have the power to cede any part of the country or homeland whatsoever. This is a right vouchsafed or reserved for the Jewish Nation throughout all generations. This right cannot be lost or expropriated under any condition or circumstance. Even if at some particular time, there are those who declare that they are relinquishing this right, they have no power nor competence to deprive coming generations of this right. The Jewish nation is neither bound nor governed by such a waiver or renunciation. Our right to the whole of this country is valid, in force and endures forever. And until the Final Redemption has come, we will not budge from this historic right.”
    at the Basle Session of the 20th Zionist Congress at Zurich (1937)
    “No country in the world exists today by virtue of its ‘right’.
    All countries exist today by virtue of their ability to defend themselves against those who seek their destruction.”

    • Cynthia Gage

      Look at what Obama has been doing….. you can conclude as i have that he is Muslimm Brotherhood. So nothing he does surprises me.

  • Israel needs to build 100,000 housing units per year in Judea and Samaria for the next 10 years, It also needs to build 3 superhighway connecting Judea and Samaria to Israel.
    Construct military bases in Judea and Samaria to protect the people and the country.
    Israel also needs to build 50,000 housing units per year in greater Jerusalem and build additional roads and highway in and from Jerusalem.
    Israel must also build a minimum of 10,000 housing units in the Galil and 10,000 housing units in the Negev every year for the next ten years and expand the infrastructure, roads and highways. They have to expand industry and commerce to enhance the desire of people to live in the Galil and the Negev.
    Construct military bases in Judea and Samaria to protect the people and the country.

    YJ Draiman

  • I’ve just read an article by the Gatestone institute that the PA on Friday asked the Arab states to bomb Gaza

  • shloime

    interesting, considering that abbas called for a pan-arab army to overthrow hamas in gaza. abbas was probably over-reacting to hamas’ coup attempt, aimed at taking over control of judea and samaria, last month. the palestinian terrorist groups certainly have a peculiar idea of how a “unity government” should work.

    but it certainly supports mr netanyahu’s somewhat prophetic statement that a palestinian state isn’t likely to happen “on his watch”.

  • rachel robinson

    Haniyeh and his call for an intifada does not appreciate that they are lucky Israel’s Gov’t is so moderate. Israel has an incredible air force and an army of tanks that could do real harm to the Pa in a matter of a few hours, not even days, and Israel is reluctant to use its full force against a force that is not a regular army but vicious civilians. If Israel is provoked by major civilian casualties, which an Intifada is, it will have no choice but respond with its army and air force. Haniyeh should think long and hard before he in inciting such a response by Israel, they will come up very short. Not advisable.