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The Day In Israel: Monday Dec 28th, 2009

Head Hamashole Ismail Haniyeh appealed to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to halt the construction of an underground separation fence on the Sinai border.

In a speech marking the first anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Ismail Haniyeh turned to “the air force hero” (Mubarak was the commander of the Egyptian Air Force during the Yom Kippur War) and told him, “We are not threatening Egypt’s security, we are not interfering in Egypt’s matters, and we were forced to use the tunnels as an exceptional default option due to the situation we were pushed into.”

Sounds like an admission from Haniyeh that had Hamas been threatening Egyptian security, then the fence would be valid. Hmm..

Meanwhile, in yet another indication of the Goldstone Report’s bias against Israel, Haniyeh once again insisted that the world implement it.

Haniyeh called on the world to implement the Goldstone Report, which accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes in Gaza. He asked the international community and the United Nations secretary to work to prosecute “the Israeli war criminals.”

Think about the absurdity for a second. Hamas, the terrorist organization that fired thousands of rockets from population centers into Israeli towns and cities, from territory Israel unilaterally withdrew from, is keen to have the report implemented since it knows the report accused Israel of worse things than Hamas.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

11:02PM: Israel National News reports:

Noam Arnon, a spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hevron, told Arutz Sheva about a very unusual guest who came to show his support on Monday.

Making the trip from Italy to Hevron for the second time in recent years, the head of the Italian Muslim Assembly, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi met with local Jewish leaders in a show of solidarity. The sheikh, an Italian national who received his Islamic education from leading mainstream Saudi and Egyptian Sunni institutions, believes that his religion obligates its followers to support Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. In support of his position, Sheikh Palazzi quotes Koranic passages and traditions that affirm God’s assignment of this land for the Jews.

As Palazzi has written of himself, he is “a Zionist Muslim clergyman and a friend of the Jewish people.”

8:15PM: They are just so predictable.

7:50PM: George Galloway and his so-called international aid convoy on route to Gaza have declared a hunger strike to protest Egypt’s refusal to allow them entry into Gaza via the Red Sea.

Well, kind of.

Alice Howard, a spokeswoman for British-based Viva Palestina, said the group was consuming only liquids, as it remained stranded in the Red Sea port of Aqaba.

Oh c’mon, cretins! You’re doing it all wrong. If you are going to go on a hunger strike, go the whole hog (so to speak). No liquids for you!

Fellow anti-Israel terror enabler and former Free Gazanik Lauren Booth has offered these words of encouragement:

Congratulations to Galloway and all those on the Viva Palestina for their refusal to turn back from Gaza and their brave hunger strike

Easy for her to say. I bet she’s never gone on a hunger strike in her life.

Meanwhile, the moonbats have complained they are besieged.

“We have a lot of police surrounding us – we are besieged,” Ziyaad Lunat said, speaking from outside the UN compound on Cairo’s Mourad Street.

Which goes to show you they think everything is a siege.

5:48PM: Photo of the Day:

Free Gaza - AP

What would that individual know about women?


5:42PM: Kadima has announced it won’t be accepting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s offer for the party to join the government, but are open to the idea under different conditions.

5:30PM: Meet the kibbutz that is saving American soldiers’ lives.

1:30PM: The Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau has gone and elfed themselves.

Xmas style.

Now I see Israeli President Shimon Peres meant it when he wished “all of us” a Merry Xmas.

12:55PM: Coming soon: Intifada 3: The Wrath of Fatah?

The killing of the three Fatah operatives in Nablus by the IDF over the weekend could trigger a third intifada, Fatah officials warned on Sunday.

But the new intifada, they said, would be different from the first two – this time it would be directed against the Palestinian Authority.

During the funerals of the three men, all veteran members and leaders of Fatah’s armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, thousands of Palestinians chanted slogans accusing the PA of collusion with Israel and calling for an end to security coordination with Israel and the dismantling of the PA.

For several hours during the funerals, which took place in Nablus, it seemed as if the PA and not the IDF had killed the three men. It was, in the words of a local journalist, “one of the biggest anti-Palestinian Authority demonstrations” in many years.

The relationship between the PA and local Fatah activists has always been tense. Nablus and its surrounding refugee camps, especially Balata refugee camp, has long been a stronghold for disgruntled Fatah militiamen who occasionally vent their frustration against the PA leadership and security forces.

For years during the second intifada, Nablus, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, was controlled by dozens of Fatah gunmen and thugs who imposed a reign of terror on wealthy clans.

Many local families did not hide their satisfaction when IDF troops raided the city during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002 and killed or arrested scores of Fatah gunmen, including the infamous Ahmed Tabouk, one of the leaders of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades.

In the context of its efforts to restore law and order to the city, the PA offered four years ago to recruit many of the gunmen to various branches of its security forces if they agreed to lay down their weapons.

The PA also managed to persuade Israel to stop pursuing those gunmen who agreed to hand over their weapons and abandon violence.

In return, the PA took on itself the mission of holding the “pardoned” gunmen in one of its security installations for a limited time and as a first step toward granting them total freedom of movement.

Most of the Fatah gunmen who complied were added to the PA’s payroll, but not all were happy with the arrangement. Some complained that the PA had broken its promise to appoint them to senior positions in its security forces, while others said that their salaries were too low. Others complained that despite their agreement to surrender their weapons and open a new page in their lives, Israeli security forces were continuing to target them.

Friends and relatives of the Fatah operatives who were killed in the recent IDF operation accused the PA of failing to fulfill its “commitments” to give them more money and good jobs. Some did not rule out the possibility that the Fatah cell that murdered Rabbi Meir Chai last week had received money from an “outside” party, such as Hizbullah or even Hamas.

In the past, there were a number of cases where Fatah militiamen in the West Bank openly admitted to receiving funds from Hizbullah. The gunmen justified their action by arguing that the PA had failed to “compensate” them for the “sacrifices” they made in the fight against Israel.

The killing of the three men is now being exploited by leading figures in Fatah to incite against the PA leadership in Ramallah. One of the main instigators is Husam Khader, a charismatic and extremely popular Fatah operative from Balata who has long been attacking the PA and its security forces, accusing them of financial and moral corruption and collaboration with Israel.

Khader and another senior Fatah operative, Kadoura Fares of Ramallah, are convinced that continued cooperation with Israel on security matters would eventually turn Palestinians against the PA leadership. The two, along with many of their followers in Fatah, believe that a third intifada is on its way, but that this time it would be directed against the PA and not Israel.

Furthermore, Abbas and the PA have been playing a dangerous game of cooperating with Israel on certain issues (such as encouraging us to take out Hamas during Operation Cast Lead) and working against us (by continuing incitement against us and turning a blind eye to terror attacks).

I can’t say I’d be sorry if there was more palestinian infighting. It tends to distract them from their favorite occupation: killing Jews.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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