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We won’t recognize Israel as Jewish state: Abbas
« Reply #760 on: January 11, 2014, 04:18:37 PM »
We won’t recognize Israel as Jewish state: Abbas

Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:58AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/12/345092/israel-not-jewish-state-to-us-abbas/



Acting Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas says he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Abbas made the remarks during a speech in front of hundreds of Palestinians in the West bank city of Ramallah on Saturday, adding Palestinians would not drop demands for a capital in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The PA chief said he would not accept a solution that fails to include East al-Quds as the capital of a Palestinian state.

"Without east Jerusalem as a capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace between us and Israel," he said, adding, "We will not recognize it… We will not accept and it's our right not to recognize the Jewish state."

Abbas’s remarks followed a Friday‘s announcement regarding Tel Aviv’s plans to build 1,400 more illegal settlement units -- 1,800 according to some reports -- in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid the so-called peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli officials.

The fresh round of negotiations began in July 2013 to end the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the so-called two-state solution after a three-year hiatus.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds. Even days before the start of the talks Israel announced plans for more than 2,000 new settler units in East al-Quds and the West Bank, which angered Palestinians.

RW - Sharon must already be rolling in his grave...
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Minister concerned over anti-Israel campaigns
« Reply #761 on: January 11, 2014, 04:21:44 PM »
Minister concerned over anti-Israel campaigns

Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:52AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/12/345091/minister-worried-over-antiisrael-moves/



The Israeli finance minister has expressed concern over the growing boycotts, divestments and sanctions against the regime.

Yair Lapid told Israel's Ynet News on Friday that "a continuation of the existing situation will hurt the pocketbook” of all Israelis.

Lapid’s remarks followed a Friday‘s announcement regarding Tel Aviv’s plans to build 1,400 more illegal settlement units -- 1,800 according to some reports -- in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The Israeli minister said failure in the ongoing talks with Palestinians would end support for Israel.

The fresh round of negotiations began in July, 2013 to end the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on the so-called two-state solution after a three-year hiatus.

On Friday, David Elhayani, the head of the Jordan Valley’s 21 settlements, said the income of the illegal settlers who grow fresh products dropped by more than 14 percent or $29 million in the last year over the international boycott of Israeli products, particularly in Britain and Scandinavia.

Dutch fund management company PGGM said in a statement on its website on Wednesday that it would not work with some of the Israeli regime’s banks over “illegal” settlements, which caused Tel Aviv to summon the Dutch ambassador on Friday.

The leading pension fund provider said the reason behind the boycott of the banks is “their involvement in financing Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.
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« Reply #762 on: January 12, 2014, 10:30:32 AM »
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Yair Lapid told Israel's Ynet News on Friday that "a continuation of the existing situation will hurt the pocketbook” of all Israelis.

That's putting it in a language that they can understand.

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« Reply #763 on: January 12, 2014, 10:32:37 AM »
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"Rest in Hell": How Arabs Reacted to Sharon’s Death on Social Media
« Reply #764 on: January 13, 2014, 09:04:06 AM »
"Rest in Hell": How Arabs Reacted to Sharon’s Death on Social Media

Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:45
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921023000760



TEHRAN (FNA)- News of former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon’s death prompted a deluge of activity on social media, much of it by Arabs angered by the former Zionist leader’s major role in Israel's growing violence and aggression against the Palestinians.

Using the Twitter hashtag “RIH [Rest in Hell] Sharon,” users of the social networking site made comments against the man popularly known by Israelis as “The King of Israel” and “The Lion of God.”

Twitter user @Inabileh wrote “now he will go and meet Adolf, I’m sure that’s what he wanted :( he was a sadistic psychopath who loved blood, death, torture and rape.”

Riyadh-based Twitter user @Moooly_alshehri wrote “it is not only good news and happiness for Palestine but for all Islamic countries … Thanks god,” while UAE-based @Sadiqjarrar said that Sharon “Snatches the title of “the first enemy of the Arabs” and a track record of massacres against humanity.”



On Facebook, Habib Siddiqui from Qatar said “bye bye Sharon, some deaths are worth celebrating,” while Hani Dahlan from Kuwait said “I guess Sharon delayed his departure out of fear!”

“You know who is he meeting in hell tonight?? All his Earthy Enemies including Arafat who will welcome him for sure, with a suffocating kiss,” Dahlan added.

A popular one-liner shared on social media networks goes: “Satan has finally decided to retire now that a bigger devil [Sharon] has become available to run hell.”

‘Malignant’

So why is Sharon so unpopular in the Arab world?

“I think many Arabs and Palestinians think of him as one of the most malignant prime ministers of Israeli,” Khaled Fahmy, a professor and chair of American University of Cairo’s history department told Al Arabiya News.



Sharon’s long, eventful run in the Israeli military and army mean that he has “serious blood on his hands” according to the academic.

“Sharon is not someone to be subtle or polite about,” said Fahmy. “This is not a military general or just a prime minister who had a coma, this is someone with a very bloody history. I’m not surprised at all that people think of him as the devil,” he added.

In 1983, a commission established by the Israeli government found that he bore “personal responsibility” for the massacre by Lebanese militias of Palestinian civilians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982 that happened during Sharon’s tenure as defense minister.

However, being found responsible for the incident did not affect Sharon’s successful prime ministerial bid two decades later.

Much of Sharon’s power base would have been with “extreme right wing” Israelis who support settlements seeping over into Palestinian territory, Fahmy said.

RW - So far the comments in the West have hardly been laudatory...
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Israel airstrike on Gaza injures child
« Reply #765 on: January 13, 2014, 10:13:19 AM »
Israel airstrike on Gaza injures child

Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:55PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/13/345430/israel-launches-airstrike-on-gaza/



Israel has launched three separate airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, injuring a three-year-old boy, Press TV reports.

On Monday evening, Israeli fighter jets carries out the air raids on the northern, central and southern areas of Gaza.

The attack on the central area left a three-year-old boy injured.

In the southern area, the Israeli air force targeted a densely-populated area and also hit a training center for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

The attack caused extensive damage to the site but no injuries occurred.

The Monday attacks on Gaza followed firing of homemade rockets by Palestinian resistance fighters towards northeastern Gaza earlier today, an area where the funeral for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was taking place.

On Sunday, Israel warned the Palestinian factions in Gaza that it will respond heavy-handedly if rockets were fired during the funeral procession.

On December 24, 2013, a three-year-old girl and another Palestinian were killed and six others injured when Israeli warplanes pounded several areas in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military often targets Palestinians along the border with the Gaza Strip, which remains literally cut off from the outside world by a crippling Israeli blockade.

The siege has turned the densely-populated coastal sliver, home to some 1.7 million Palestinians, into the largest open-air prison in the world.

Tel Aviv has imposed the crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007.

According to the Palestinian rights groups, over a dozen Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the first half of 2013 and nearly 1,800 Palestinians, including women and children, were seized during the same period.
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US attacks Israeli minister for 'offensive' remarks about Kerry
« Reply #766 on: January 14, 2014, 08:24:36 AM »
US attacks Israeli minister for 'offensive' remarks about Kerry

Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:32PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/14/345587/us-attacks-israel-for-offending-kerry/

This file photo shows Ya'alon (L) and Kerry after a meeting.

 
The United States has lashed out at Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya'alon for making “offensive and inappropriate” comments about Secretary of State John Kerry.

Israeli media reported earlier that during a meeting behind closed doors Ya'alon called Kerry’s efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace “messianic and obsessive.”

In a strong response on Wednesday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the remarks are "offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the US is doing to support Israel's security needs."

"Secretary Kerry and his team including General (John) Allen have been working day and night to try to promote a secure peace for Israel because of the Secretary's deep concern for Israel's future," she added.

"To question his motives and distort his proposals is not something we would expect from the Defense Minister of a close ally," Psaki said.

According to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli minister said Kerry, “who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling, cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians."

"The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone," Ya'alon was quoted as saying by the paper.

In recent weeks, the Obama administration has been trying to nudge Israelis and Palestinians towards a peace framework.

The latest US quest for a long-elusive “peace deal” between Israel and Palestine has shown little sign of progress since the top US diplomat revived direct talks in July 2013 after a three-year deadlock.

Earlier this month, Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv and immediately headed for al-Quds (Jerusalem) to broker negotiations aimed at creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the Palestinian leaders of not being committed to negotiations.

However, Palestinian authorities say that Israel’s refusal to stop building settlements in the occupied territories is one of the stumbling blocks to the US-brokered direct talks.

RW - More stage acting for the media - and the public - to make it appear that there is a division between Israel and the USG intended to continue the USG role in mediating the occupation of Palestine as useless as tits on a bull.
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US attacks Israeli minister for 'offensive' remarks about Kerry
« Reply #767 on: January 14, 2014, 09:06:06 AM »
US attacks Israeli minister for 'offensive' remarks about Kerry

Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:16PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/14/345587/us-attacks-israel-for-offending-kerry/


Jen Psaki

The United States has lashed out at Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya'alon for making “offensive and inappropriate” comments about Secretary of State John Kerry.

Israeli media reported earlier that during a meeting behind closed doors Ya'alon called Kerry’s efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace “messianic and obsessive.”

In a strong response on Wednesday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the remarks are "offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the US is doing to support Israel's security needs."

"Secretary Kerry and his team including General (John) Allen have been working day and night to try to promote a secure peace for Israel because of the Secretary's deep concern for Israel's future," she added.

"To question his motives and distort his proposals is not something we would expect from the Defense Minister of a close ally," Psaki said.

According to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli minister said Kerry, “who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling, cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians."

"The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone," Ya'alon was quoted as saying by the paper.

In recent weeks, the Obama administration has been trying to nudge Israelis and Palestinians towards a peace framework.

The latest US quest for a long-elusive “peace deal” between Israel and Palestine has shown little sign of progress since the top US diplomat revived direct talks in July 2013 after a three-year deadlock.

Earlier this month, Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv and immediately headed for al-Quds (Jerusalem) to broker negotiations aimed at creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the Palestinian leaders of not being committed to negotiations.

However, Palestinian authorities say that Israel’s refusal to stop building settlements in the occupied territories is one of the stumbling blocks to the US-brokered direct talks.

RW - Obama has a Nobel Prize and he's not leaving anyone alone so how does that remark make any sense? Is this a little nudge, nudge to Kerry that if he plays his part in the charade he will be run up the presidential ladder?

Don't let it go unnoticed that this comes from a 'spokeswoman' for State. Once again this kind of talk, couched in such assertions that 'Secretary Kerry and his team including General (John) Allen have been working day and night to try to promote a secure peace for Israel...' (only Israel?) does not come from anyone elected to office. A minion speaks and the media reports the event as if a voice emanated from within a bureaucracy and gave instructions from the very walls themselves. It's unnerving seeing such absurdities elevated into a reality that has no existence outside the brain cells of the participants.
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Israeli Warplanes Launch Series of Air Raids on Gaza, 3-Year-Old Child Injured
« Reply #768 on: January 14, 2014, 09:17:46 AM »
Israeli Warplanes Launch Series of Air Raids on Gaza, 3-Year-Old Child Injured

Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:59
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921024000710



TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli warplanes launched a series of air strikes on Gaza Strip on Monday evening wounding a three-year-old child and blasting a number of abandoned training areas for armed wings of the Palestinian factions.

Security sources told the PIC that Israeli warplanes entered the air space of the besieged enclave shortly after sundown and blasted a training site for the Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, in Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza.

They said that the warplanes then targeted two training sites for the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Nuseirat refugee camp also in central Gaza.

They said that the 3-year-old child Mohammed Bahjet Dalal was injured in the raid on Nuseirat. They added that the child was hit with shrapnel all over his body and he was taken to hospital where his condition was described as moderate.

Eyewitnesses said that the warplanes blasted a third position for the Qassam Brigades in Beit Lahia to the North of Gaza, while another resistance position was targeted South of the Strip.
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- "Rest in Hell": How Arabs Reacted to Sharon’s Death on Social Media
« Reply #769 on: January 14, 2014, 06:59:14 PM »
"Rest in Hell": How Arabs Reacted to Sharon’s Death on Social Media



Using the Twitter hashtag “RIH [Rest in Hell] Sharon,” users of the social networking site made comments against the man popularly known by Israelis as “The King of Israel” and “The Lion of God.”

Twitter user @Inabileh wrote “now he will go and meet Adolf, I’m sure that’s what he wanted :( he was a sadistic psychopath who loved blood, death, torture and rape.”

Riyadh-based Twitter user @Moooly_alshehri wrote “it is not only good news and happiness for Palestine but for all Islamic countries … Thanks god,” while UAE-based @Sadiqjarrar said that Sharon “Snatches the title of “the first enemy of the Arabs” and a track record of massacres against humanity.”



So why is Sharon so unpopular in the Arab world?



I'm sorry I haven't written anything here for awhile, but my Mother just died after a rough three years...I loved her very much.

As for 'Why was Sharon so unpopular in the Arab world?'

Because he was a mass murderer, or a 'shochet', a Jewish Kosher butcher.

Here is a slightly different view on Sharon, of which I have my doubts, from a fellow named Roi Tov, former IDF soldier who was driven out of Israel for his contrary views on Palestinian humanity, at least according to him...I get his emails, but I take them with a grain of salt, although I think he tries to give us 'facts'.

You may find it interesting...My view on Sharon is similar to what the 'twitter Arabs' express.

http://www.roitov.com/articles/sharonmahriv.htm



Sabra & Shatila: Sharon got the Lebanese 'Christian' phalange to do this work for him, while the IDF served as 'observers'...Sound & look familiar?



'Highway of Death' Purim massacre by US Army during Gulf War I



Fallujah




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- "Rest in Hell": How Arabs Reacted to Sharon’s Death on Social Media
« Reply #770 on: January 15, 2014, 01:07:10 PM »

I'm sorry I haven't written anything here for awhile, but my Mother just died after a rough three years...I loved her very much.


Sorry to hear that Frank. May she rest in peace. God knows we certainly don't live in peace.
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Four Children, One Woman Slightly Injured in Israeli Air Raids in Gaza
« Reply #771 on: January 16, 2014, 09:32:56 AM »
Four Children, One Woman Slightly Injured in Israeli Air Raids in Gaza

Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:1
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921026000473



TEHRAN (FNA)- Four Palestinian children and one woman suffered slight injuries at dawn Thursday during renewed Israeli aerial attacks on different areas of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli military helicopters and drones bombed several populated locations in Gaza, including a site belonging to Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Nuseirat refugee camp, PIC reported.

They added that some windows of homes were shattered during the air raids, causing four children and one woman to suffer minor injuries as a result of the flying shards of glass.

In earlier incidents, the Israeli army had carried out last Wednesday evening several mock air raids and drone overflights in Gaza.
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Israel moves to grab more Palestinian land
« Reply #772 on: January 16, 2014, 04:38:29 PM »
Israel moves to grab more Palestinian land

Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:37PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/16/346030/israel-to-grab-more-palestinian-land/



Israel moves to grab more Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank as residents are given demolition orders, Press TV reports.

On Thursday, Israeli forces handed 12 demolition orders to Palestinian residents in al-Khalil (Hebron), which includes six houses and six water wells.

The orders were handed to residents of the village of Sa’ir in the southern al-Khalil hills. The orders are meant to confiscate more land from the Palestinians to expand illegal Israeli settlements in the area.

The Israeli military has closed the village and given the residents one month to file a complaint before carrying out the demolitions.

Human rights groups say that the demolition orders are part of a strategy by the regime in Tel Aviv to annex the southern al-Khalil hills to Israel and a greater strategy to maintain military control over the Jordan Valley, the Negev and the southern al-Khalil hills.

“This is a part of a strategic policy that the occupiers are carrying out in the area. They are always trying to prevent the Palestinians from living and constructing (houses). It is part of a greater plan that Tel Aviv is carrying out in the West Bank so that the residents will not be able to expand their properties in the area, and they will eventually leave. The Israeli army and settlers are both targeting the Hebron hills,” said Naser al-Rais, a Palestinian lawyer and activist.

A new injunction signed on December 25 by the head of the Israeli military's central command bans all Palestinians from appealing demolition orders to the Israeli military courts. Instead, they can only take them to the Israeli high court, which is a more lengthy and costly process for the residents.

They are also banned from using Palestinian lawyers in the Israeli high court. The residents of Sa'ir already live in cramped conditions in their village as they have been prohibited by the Israeli authorities to build new houses.

They explained that if the demolition orders are carried out, they will be left homeless with nowhere to go. They will now take the case to the high court.

This week, Israeli forces demolished dozens of Palestinian homes in the Jordan Valley, leaving villagers without shelter in the winter cold.

The Israeli authorities also seized all shelter and humanitarian aid provided to Palestinian residents whose homes had been demolished by the army.

Human rights groups have expressed concern over the rising trend of demolition of Palestinian homes across the occupied territories.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.


Israel condemns EU for summoning envoys

Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:49PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/16/346031/israel-condemns-eu-over-summoning-envoys/



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the European Union for summoning Israeli envoys over Tel Aviv’s decision to expand illegal settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories.

On Thursday, Netanyahu slammed the EU’s move, saying the bloc “should end its hypocrisy over condemning Israeli settlements.”

Earlier in the day, Israeli ambassadors in four key European states -- Britain, France, Italy and Spain -- were called in over the new settlement plans.

A senior European diplomat said that in each of Thursday’s meetings, European officials voiced deep concern about the impact of the illegal settlement building on the so-called peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinian Authority.

On January 10, Tel Aviv unveiled plans to build more than 1,800 settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank.

The news came only days after the latest US efforts to broker direct talks between the Israeli regime and the Palestinian Authority were fruitless.

Responding to the new settlement units, Palestinians said the move shows Israel wants Washington to stay away. They condemned the decision as another attempt by Netanyahu to "destroy" the so-called two-state solution.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the occupied West Bank, East al-Quds, and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
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Two Palestinians Wounded in Israeli Air Strikes
« Reply #773 on: January 19, 2014, 09:04:35 AM »
Two Palestinians Wounded in Israeli Air Strikes

Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:0
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921029000195



TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli warplanes carried out strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday wounding two Palestinians.

A reconnaissance drone targeted a motorcycle in Al-Saftwai district North of Gaza city, seriously wounding the rider. The motorcycle was destroyed in the attack and the 22-year-old rider was whisked to hospital for treatment, Kuwait News Agency reported.

Another Palestinian, aged 12, who happened to be close to the scene of the air strike suffered medium wounds and was transported to a hospital in Bait Lahia town.

The Israeli warplanes, at dawn, hit two locations in the center and South of the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian radios.
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Two Rockets Blast near Israeli Southern City
« Reply #774 on: January 21, 2014, 11:25:15 AM »
Two Rockets Blast near Israeli Southern City

Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:58
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921101000366



TEHRAN (FNA)- Two rockets fell on Monday evening in the vicinity near Israel's Southern city of Eilat, Eilat's police confirmed.

The police said the rockets apparently hit open areas near the city, causing no damage or injuries, Xinhua reported.

Early report said several explosions were heard in the city. The spokesperson for the military said that Israeli soldiers are scanning the area for remains of the rockets.

The Israeli military believes that the rockets were fired by extreme militants situated in the Sinai Peninsula, affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

Meanwhile, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted defense sources in Egypt as saying that the Egyptian army declared a high state of alert in the North Sinai Governorate following warnings of terror attacks planned against army and border guard targets.

The warnings were received following a series of operations against terror cells in the North Sinai in recent days, said Egyptian online newspaper Al-Youm al-Saba'.

RW - Preparing for another assault on Gaza...
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Israel Approves Construction of 381 Settlement Units in Givat Ze'ev
« Reply #775 on: January 21, 2014, 02:02:28 PM »
Israel Approves Construction of 381 Settlement Units in Givat Ze'ev

Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:31
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921101000637



TEHRAN (FNA)- The Israeli government approved a renewed plan to build 381 additional housing units and facilities in Givat Ze'ev settlement, North of occupied Jerusalem.

Specialist in settlement affairs Ahmed Sub Laban said that the Israeli government's district committee for planning and construction in Jerusalem sanctioned the settlement project numbered "220/23," which aims to add a residential area to Givat Ze'ev settlement and join it with the bypass 443, PIC reported.

Sub Laban noted that the government submitted its plan for public objection before executing it on the ground.

He affirmed that the district committee for planning and construction in Jerusalem discussed this revived plan in more detail a few days ago, in addition to a number of settlement projects in different areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The settlement specialist expressed his belief that Israel wants to resuscitate some old unimplemented settlement projects in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in order to tighten its grip on the outer circle of Jerusalem and separate it from the West Bank.

He also said that this plan includes the construction of residential and large public buildings, as well as educational and commercial facilities on an area of 171 dunums of annexed Palestinian land.
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Explosion Heard in Southern Gaza near Israel Border
« Reply #776 on: January 21, 2014, 02:14:09 PM »
Explosion Heard in Southern Gaza near Israel Border

Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:3
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TEHRAN (FNA)- An explosive device went off in the Southeastern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning about 200 meters away from the border with Israel.

Witnesses told Ma’an that they heard thunderous blast East of al-Qarara village in Khan Younis district. They highlighted that several Israeli military vehicles arrived in the area after the explosion.

An Israeli forces spokesperson confirmed to Israeli media that an explosive device went off in Palestinian territory near the border fence.

An Israeli military patrol was scanning the border area before the device exploded, but no injuries have been reported, the Israeli spokesperson added.
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Israeli PM threatens to teach Hamas lesson soon
« Reply #777 on: January 21, 2014, 02:56:15 PM »
Israeli PM threatens to teach Hamas lesson soon

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again threatened Hamas, saying he will teach the Palestinian resistance movement a lesson very soon.

"We have a very clear policy… we respond forcefully against whoever hurts us," Netanyahu said on Tuesday, days after rockets allegedly fired from the besieged Gaza Strip landed in Israel, with no reports of casualties.

"This policy produced a quiet year in 2013, which was the quietest in many years. If Hamas and the… organizations have forgotten this lesson, they will learn it again powerfully very soon," he added.

The Hamas government has already deployed forces in Gaza to preserve a 2012 ceasefire.

However, Israel carried out airstrikes on the besieged Palestinian territory on Sunday and Tuesday night, killing at least two Palestinians and injuring several others.

Tel Aviv says the onslaught was in retaliation to rocket attacks. Israel has been pounding Gaza despite the Egyptian-mediated truce that brought an end to Israel's deadly eight-day war on the coastal enclave.

Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

In 2011, a UN panel found that Israel’s blockade has subjected Gazans to collective punishment, which is “in flagrant contravention of international human rights and humanitarian law.” But Israel has ignored repeated international pleas to lift the blockade.
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Israeli Raid Kills Two Resistance Fighters
« Reply #778 on: January 22, 2014, 07:59:37 AM »
Israeli Raid Kills Two Resistance Fighters

Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:35
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Two Palestinian resistance fighters were killed in Beit Hanun, North of the Gaza Strip, after midnight Tuesday in an Israeli air strike.

Medical sources told the PIC reporter that an Israeli reconnaissance plane bombed a civilian car in Sikka street in Beit Hanun town killing Ahmed Al-Za’anin and his cousin Mohammed Al-Za'anin.

The reporter said that rescue and ambulance teams rushed to the scene and evacuated the scattered remains of both fighters.

He reported a rising state of anger among inhabitants in the Strip as a result of the Israeli military escalation that came only few hours after Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s threats to Gaza.

Israeli forces assassinated Ahmed Saad, a fighter affiliated with Quds Brigades the armed wing of Islamic Jihad movement, also in Northern Gaza a couple of days earlier.
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Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure 2 Palestinians near Nablus
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Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure 2 Palestinians near Nablus

Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:12
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli soldiers shot and injured two Palestinians during clashes after settlers attacked the Nablus village of Beit Furik on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the Northern West Bank, said that settlers from Itamar raided the al-Judoo neighborhood of Beit Furik and began damaging Palestinian homes and other property, Ma'an reported.

Clashes broke out after locals confronted the attackers.

Israeli forces in the area fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the Palestinian villagers, with locals saying that Mahmoud Shukri Imleitat, 20, was hit in the back with live fire while Rashad Nimir Rasasi, 21, was shot in the hand.
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