Bennett Reminds Peres: Oslo Killed 1,600 Israelis

January 3, 2013
Naftali Bennett, who heads the Bayit Yehudi (merged Jewish Home-National Union) slate of Knesset candidates, reminded President Shimon Peres Monday that the Oslo Accords “brought us more than 1,600 murdered Israelis.”
Medics remove bodies of 'Oslo War' victims
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Responding to the President’s controversial remarks on political issues in the middle of the election campaign, Bennett stated, “Enough, already. The President of the country is supposed to represent all of the country, not just a part of it.”
Peres said on Sunday that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas wants peace and is the only man with whom Israel can sign an agreement.
“Mr. President, it is clear that your intentions were good, but that does not make any difference. The time has come for some soul searching. Perhaps giving land to our enemies does not work?
“Perhaps you are mistaken? It is reasonable to have a Palestinian Authority country that will rain thousands of missiles on Tel Aviv?”
Bennett recalled that the Arab public in Judea, Samaria and Gaza went to the polls eight years ago and “elected a legislature with a decisive majority for Hamas – 57 percent of the legislature. Hamas – which calls for the destruction of Israel. With them, you want to make peace?”
Abbas’ Fatah party is in the midst of reconciliation with the rival Hamas terrorist organization, and Hamas has allowed Fatah to hold on Friday its first public rally in Gaza in six years, to mark the founding of the terrorist party founded by Yasser Arafat.
Bennett said Peres should stop saying that “there is no alternative” other than to accept to Abbas’ demands for a Palestinian Authority state.
“There is an alternative – sovereignty over Area ‘C’ with citizenship for Arabs,” Bennett said, referring to the areas of Judea and Samaria that include all of the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria of approximately 300,000 and only 4% of PA Arabs..
Bennett reminded Peres, “The bottom line is that public elected the government of Israel, and you have no right to advance policies that are surrounded by deep differences of opinion.”


Amazing: ‘Human rights watch’ actually realizes Gaza ‘Palestinians’ commit war crimes

December 24, 2012

(Carl) Well, isn’t this amazing? ‘Human rights watch’ has finally figured out that Hamas and other ‘Palestinian’ terror groups committed war crimes by shooting rockets from civilian areas in Gaza to civilian areas in Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense.

“Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming civilians was their aim,” said HRW’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson. “There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets at populated areas.”

The group also found that Gazan groups, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Resistance Committee, justified targeting civilian centers as reprisal for Israeli strikes, an act also banned under international law.
Furthermore, such groups “repeatedly fired rockets from densely populated areas, near homes, businesses, and a hotel, unnecessarily placing civilians in the vicinity at grave risk from Israeli counter-fire,” the report said.
The detailed report included examples of rockets being launched from densely populated areas in Gaza, and noted that groups fired from underground tunnels with hatches for the first time. HRW faulted Palestinian armed groups for failing to alert civilians or urge them to evacuate prior to launching rockets in their vicinity.
As the ruling power in the Strip, the human rights group said, Hamas was responsible for reining in the behavior of other groups.
“As the ruling authority in Gaza, Hamas has an obligation to stop unlawful attacks and punish those responsible,” Whitson said.

But lest you get your hopes up for a Goldstone or other style of inquiry into these human rights violations….

A week earlier, HRW reported that Israeli attacks on journalists and media facilities during the operation also violated laws of war, saying that Israel provided no specific information to justify claims that they were military targets.
“Just because Israel says a journalist was a fighter or a TV station was a command center does not make it so,” Whitson said. “Journalists who praise Hamas and TV stations that applaud attacks on Israel may be propagandists, but that does not make them legitimate targets under the laws of war.”

Well yeah, except that Israel did provide evidence, and Hamas’ al-Aqsa television is a designated terror organization.


Israel avoids ‘Cuban missile crisis’

December 9, 2012

Fox News is reporting, based on an interview with Jonathan Schanzer, that Israel avoided its own Cuban missile crisis by destroying Hamas’ Fajr-5 rockets in Operation Pillar of Defense (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).

Rocket attacks from Gaza were commonplace in Israel prior to the campaign, dubbed “Operation Pillar of Defense,” with at least 750 projectiles falling on the area close to the border since January. The attacks were ratcheted up in early November, which seemed to prompt Israel’s move and the deployment of its vaunted “Iron Dome” defense system. But behind the scenes, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) had a more pressing need to launch their intense bombardment on Hamas’ weapons stores.

Israel’s elimination of senior Hamas figure Ahmad Jabari as he drove in broad daylight in Gaza also fits into Schanzer’s narrative.

“Ahmad Jabari, along with another major Hamas figure, Mahmoud al Mabhouhk, [who was assassinated in Dubai in 2010], was a key part of the procurement network for the Fajr missiles and there is little doubt that Israel was keen to take out the man responsible,” Schanzer explained.

Schanzer contends that the operation actually began three weeks earlier, when, on Oct. 23, the Iranian-owned Yarmouk armaments factory in Sudan – believed to be the assembly plant for the Fajr5 missiles that have a range of up to 45 miles – was devastated by air strikes for which the Sudanese government holds Israel responsible. Israel, and for that matter the U.S., both deny any knowledge of the attack.

And therein lie some key differences between Operation Pillar of Defense and the Cuban missile crisis. In the Cuban missile crisis, the US was not existentially endangered. Other than Cuba itself, it had to worry about Russia, but it did not have to worry about another, closer party trying to retaliate. The US resolved the Cuban missile crisis diplomatically (albeit with a threat of military action). And most important of all, a recurrence was unlikely.
It is entirely possible that Hamas will try again, with the support of our ‘friends’ in Egypt, and with the support of Sudan, Iran and other countries in our region. In fact, they are likely trying already. Egypt’s behavior regarding the smuggling is an issue that goes back to the Mubarak days and has only gotten worse.

The apparent coordination between Israel and the U.S. raises questions about the role of Egypt, which was credited with helping broker a cease fire between Israel and Hamas. The missiles were almost certainly smuggled into Gaza from Egypt, with the likely knowledge of  President Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization of Hamas. 

“There’s little doubt that Iranian-built rockets came from Sudan through Egypt, and that Egypt’s security forces weren’t interested in intercepting the missiles,” Eric Trager, of the Washington Institute, an expert on Egyptian affairs, told FoxNews.com. “Morsi was more interested in furthering his own internal agenda than worrying about foreign policy issues at that time.”

Egypt needs to be forced to choose between its Muslim Brotherhood ties and its massive US foreign assistance. But don’t expect it to be presented with that stark choice with this administration in power. They could probably abrogate their treaty with Israel and suffer little or no consequence from Washington. 
And then there’s the role of the media.

“I think that Washington and the international media have been so lazy in their coverage of this conflict in terms of identifying what actually happened,” Schanzer said. “Both the Israeli intelligence community and Israeli officials referred to the presence of Fajr5 missiles in the hands of Hamas as ‘game changing rockets,’ a change that very nearly produced Israel’s own Cuban missile crisis.”

Lazy isn’t really the word. After all, they all sent reporters to Gaza to report on the poor, suffering Islamist canon fodder. Mendacious is more like it.

Our partner, Fatah, also fought Israel in Pillar of Defense

November 26, 2012

Gaza-based armed groups tied to Abbas’s Fatah party claim they fired 516 rockets at Israel during recent conflict.

PHOTO: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM

Khaled Abu Toameh..
JPost..
24 November ’12..
Several armed groups belonging to Fatah in the Gaza Strip claimed Saturday that they had also fired various types of rockets and missiles at Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense.
A spokesman for the groups, which are affiliated with Fatah’s armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs’ Brigade, told reporters that his men fired 516 rockets and missiles at Israel during the conflict.
The spokesman warned that the Fatah groups would “continue to defend the heroic Palestinian people against Israeli crimes and massacres.”
According to the spokesman, Fatah gunmen fought alongside members of other groups in the Gaza Strip during the recent escalation.
He urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to “head immediately to the Gaza Strip to put an end to the state of despicable state of division [between Hamas and Fatah].”

The Fatah groups also “welcomed” last week’s terror attack against a civilian bus in Tel Aviv, in which 28 people were hospitalized.
The masked Fatah spokesman revealed that a member of his group, Mohamed al-Zaini, who was responsible for launching rockets and missiles at Israel, was killed in an IDF air strike.
Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, was quoted over the weekend as praising Hamas and Islamic Jihad for “deciding to die for the sake of the Gaza Strip.”
Zaki said in an interview with a Palestinian TV station in the West Bank that Abbas was not against the “resistance” in the Gaza Strip.
“We gave legitimacy to the rockets and provided them with a political cover,” he added. “I have tremendous sympathy for Hamas. God bless them. They told Israel that the war was not a picnic. God bless Hamas and Islamic Jihad and all the other resistance groups which decided to die for the sake of the Gaza Strip.”
Link: http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=293297


Netanyahu agreed to ceasefire after Obama promised US troops in Sinai next week?

November 25, 2012

President Obama promises to put U.S. troops in the Sinai without asking Congress? you ready for a real f’n disaster? Welcome to a bloodbath of Americans.

(RT) Israel and Palestine are momentarily at a ceasefire, but the potential reasoning behind the recess could have some real international implications. Israel’s Debka reports that the pause in fighting comes after the US promised to send troops to Sinai. According to Debka, US troops will soon be en route to the Sinai peninsula, Egyptian territory in North Africa that’s framed by the Suez Canal on the West and Israel on the East. In its northeast most point, Sinai is but a stone’s throw from Palestinian-controlled Gaza, and according to Debka, Hamas fighters there have been relying on Iranian arms smugglers to supply them with weaponry by way of Egypt. Debka reports this week that Sinai will soon be occupied by US troops, who were promised by President Barack Obama to Israel’s leaders as a condition that a ceasefire be called. Once deployed, the Americans will intervene with the rumored arms trade orchestrated by Iranians, ideally cutting off supplies for Hamas while at the same time serving as a thorn in the side of Iran. “Once the missile and arms consignments depart Iranian ports or Libyan arms bazaars, Tehran has no direct control of their transit from point to point through Egypt until they reach Sinai and their Gaza destination,” Debka reports. “All the same, a US special forces operation against the Sinai segment of the Iranian smuggling route would count as the first overt American military strike against an Iranian military interest.” The decision to send US troops to Sinai in exchange for a ceasefire was reportedly arranged early Wednesday morning after Pres. Obama made a deal over the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the days prior, Israel was relentless in targeting Gaza, killing more than 100 persons — including civilians — during a renewed assault on Hamas. A ceasefire has since been called after a week of fight, but more military action could soon occur, claims Israel, if the flow of weapons to Gaza is not stopped. Netanyahu has been adamant with his pleas for the United States to strike Iran in an effort to disrupt its nuclear enrichment facilities, a demand which up until now has been brushed aside by Pres. Obama. The White House has up until now insisted on diplomatic measures in order to make an impact on any Iranian output, but Debka’s sources suggest that US troops may now have to intervene in Sinai if any smugglers should attempt to move weapons into Gaza. “By opening the Sinai door to an American troop deployment for Israel’s defense, recognizes that the US force also insures Israel against Cairo revoking or failing to honor the peace treaty Egypt signed with Israel in 1979,” adds Debka. According to their sources, US troops are expected in Egypt early next week. Meanwhile, American forces have all but surrounded Iran and are stationed in countless bases across the Middle East.


Pics: Israelis Attempt to stop rockets

November 23, 2012

Latest Violence in Israel

  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israelis are evacuated in an ambulance after a rocket attack from Gaza which hit an apartment building, claiming three lives on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: An Israeli woman is evacuated after a rocket attack from Gaza which hit an apartment building, claiming three lives on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • Gideon Rahamim/Ynet NewsA baby injured in Kiryat Malachi, where three people were killed after Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Israeli town.
  • JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesIsraeli Zaka emergency services volunteers clean human remains from a house hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants killing 3 people in southern city of Kiryat Malahi on November 15, 2012. The attack on Kiryat Malachi was claimed by Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in a statement on its website as tensions escalated between Israel and Gaza after the Israeli military carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on the Palestinian territory, killing the military commander for Hamas on November 14.
  • JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesIsraeli Zaka emergency services volunteers clean human remains from a house hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants killing 3 people in southern city of Kiryat Malahi on November 15, 2012. The attack on Kiryat Malachi was claimed by Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in a statement on its website as tensions escalated between Israel and Gaza after the Israeli military carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on the Palestinian territory, killing the military commander for Hamas on November 14.
  • Ariel Schalit/APZaka volunteers clean blood stains from a children’s room in apartment building that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, where three people were killed in Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel, Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel,Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack liable to deepen a bruising Israeli air, naval and artillery offensive against Palestinian rocket squads. The casualties were the first in Israel since it launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas top military commander.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israelis take cover during a rocket attack from Gaza following an earlier attack which hit an apartment building and killed three people on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: An Israeli Zaka emergency services volunteer works in an apartment which was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants, killing three people on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty ImagesIsraeli right-wing students hold Israeli flags (top) and left-wing students, along with Palestinians, wave Palestinian flags (foreground), during simultaneous demonstrations for and against Israel’s ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip in front of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on November 15, 2012. Israeli air strikes have killed 13 Gazans, including top Hamas commander Ahmed Jaabari, as three Israelis die when a rocket strikes a house, in the latest flareup of tit-for-tat fighting.
  • Ilia Yefimovich/Getty ImagesSDEROT, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israeli citizens stand outside the house where a Kassam rocket struck on November 15, 2012 in Sderot, Israel. Three people were reportedly killed in Israel after a building was hit by a rocket fired from Hamas-ruled Gaza today, following a series aerial strikes on targets in Gaza launched by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) which killed a top military commander of Hamas.
  • Hatem Moussa/APPalestinian mourners carry the body of Hamas’ top military commander Ahmed Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike on Wednesday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Israel barraged the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and shelling Wednesday and killed the Hamas military chief in a targeted strike, launching a campaign aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Islamic militants. The assault killed 10 other Palestinians, including two children and seven militants. On Thursday, militant rockets fired into Israel killed three Israelis, raising the likelihood of a further escalation.
  • Mohammed Abu Zaid/APAn Egyptian boy holds a banner with Arabic that reads, “Muslim Brotherhood,” during a protest in solidarity with Gaza after Israel launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas’ top military commander in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Egypt asked the United States to push Israel to stop its offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could “escalate out of control,” the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesSDEROT, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Rescue workers evacuate one of three dead bodies after a rocket launched from Gaza hit an apartment building on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesAn Israeli sapper inspects the damage in a house hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants into the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malahi on November 15, 2012. The attack on Kiryat Malachi was claimed by Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in a statement on its website as tensions escalated between Israel and Gaza after the Israeli military carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on the Palestinian territory, killing the military commander for Hamas on November 14.
  • DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty ImagesAn Israeli police officer walks past building hit by a rocket launched from Gaza strip in the city of Kiryat Malachi on November 15, 2012. The attack on Kiryat Malachi was claimed by Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in a statement on its website as tensions escalated between Israel and Gaza after the Israeli military carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on the Palestinian territory, killing the military commander for Hamas on November 14.
  • Ariel Schalit/APA Zaka volunteer cleans blood stains from an apartment in a building that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, where three people were killed in Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel, Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel,Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack liable to deepen a bruising Israeli air, naval and artillery offensive against Palestinian rocket squads. The casualties were the first in Israel since it launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas top military commander.
  • Ariel Schalit/APBlood stains on a shoe and on a shirt in apartment in a building that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, where three people were killed in Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel, Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel,Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack liable to deepen a bruising Israeli air, naval and artillery offensive against Palestinian rocket squads. The casualties were the first in Israel since it launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas top military commander.
  • SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty ImagesA Palestinian boy watches the funeral of Hisham Ghalban in the southern Gaza Strip, on November 15, 2012. Tensions between Israel and Gaza have sparked a furious response from Egypt’s Islamist administration, which has close ties with the Palestinian territory’s ruling Hamas movement, with Cairo recalling its ambassador in protest to Israel’s killing of head of the Ezzedin Qassam Brigades, Ahmad Jaabari on November 14.
  • Tsafrir Abayov/APIsraelis take cover as a siren warning of an incoming rocket sounds in Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack liable to deepen a bruising Israeli air, naval and artillery offensive against Palestinian rocket squads. The casualties were the first in Israel since it launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas top military commander.
  • GPO/Getty ImagesUNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 14: In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the IDF Northern Command November 14, 2012 in Israel. Netanyahu asserted that Israel would defend its border as the Syrian civil war threatened to destabilize the region.
  • Tsafrir Abayov/APIsraeli security personnel take cover in Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack liable to deepen a bruising Israeli air, naval and artillery offensive against Palestinian rocket squads. The casualties were the first in Israel since it launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas top military commander.
  • Tsafrir Abayov/APAn Israeli soldier throws a blood-stained table from an apartment building hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, where three people were killed in Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack liable to deepen a bruising Israeli air, naval and artillery offensive against Palestinian rocket squads. The casualties were the first in Israel since it launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas top military commander.
  • Tsafrir Abayov/APAn Israeli soldier throws a blood-stained table from an apartment building hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, killing three people in Kiryat Malachi, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack liable to deepen a bruising Israeli air, naval and artillery offensive against Palestinian rocket squads. The casualties were the first in Israel since it launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas top military commander.
  • Ilia Yefimovich/Getty ImagesBEER SHIVA, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: An Israeli soldier lies on the ground as missiles are fired from an Iron Dome anti-missile station on November 15, 2012 near the city of Beer Sheva, Israel. The Iron Dome was activated to intercept incoming rockets launched from Gaza. Three people have reportedly been killed in Israel after a building was hit by a rocket fired from Hamas-ruled Gaza on Thursday, a day after Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a series of aerial strikes on targets in Gaza that killed a top military commander of Hamas.
  • MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty ImagesA general view shows a crater at a sport targeted by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City in the early hours of November 15, 2012. Israel killed on November 14 top Hamas commander Ahmed Jaabari, followed by what Palestinians said were at least 60 Israeli air strikes in which several people were killed and wounded as the UN Security Council held a late night emergency meeting on escalating tensions.
  • JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesA picture taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows smoke billowing from a spot targeted by an Israeli air strike inside the Gaza strip on November 15, 2012. The UN Security Council held a late night emergency meeting on escalating tensions between Israel and Gaza after Israel carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on the Palestinian territory, killing the military commander for Hamas, which controls the territory.
  • MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Israeli military launch a missile from the Iron Dome missile system in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva into the Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012. The UN Security Council held a late night emergency meeting on escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territory of Gaza after Israel carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on Gaza, killing the military commander for Hamas, which controls the territory.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesNETIVOT, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 14: An Israeli woman sits inside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesNETIVOT, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 14: An Israeli woman and children sit inside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesNETIVOT, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 14: Israeli children sit in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israeli police inspect an apartment which was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants, killing three people on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: A Torah scroll lies on a mattress stained with blood in an apartment which was targetted by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants, killing three people on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty ImagesPalestinian rescue teams help a man partially buried in the sand in the garden of his house following an Israeli air strike on Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012. Israeli air strikes have killed more than ten Gazans, including top Hamas commander Ahmed Jaabari, as three Israelis die when a rocket strikes a house, in the latest flareup of tit-for-tat fighting.
  • Tsafrir Abayov/APThe Iron Dome defense system fires to interecpt incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Israel s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that the army is prepared for a significant widening of its operation in the Gaza Strip.
  • JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesIsraeli soldiers manoeuvre their armoured personnel carriers (APC) stationned on the Israel-Gaza border on November 15, 2012. Israel will take ‘whatever action is necessary’ to defend its citizens from Palestinian rocket attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as the military pressed a massive operation in Gaza.
  • HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty ImagesAn Israeli soldier fires a tear gas canister towards Palestinian protestors (unseen) during clashes in the West Bank village of Beit Omar on November 15, 2012, following Israel’s ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip. Israeli air strikes have killed 13 Gazans, including top Hamas commander Ahmed Jaabari, as three Israelis die when a rocket strikes a house, in the latest flareup of tit-for-tat fighting.
  • Majdi Mohammed/APA Palestinian demonstrator runs through a cloud of tear gas during clashes against Israel’s operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut short a trip to Europe to deal with the crisis.
  • Majdi Mohammed/APA Palestinian demonstrator runs through a cloud of tear gas during clashes against Israel’s operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut short a trip to Europe to deal with the crisis.
  • AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty ImagesMasked Palestinian youths hold stones as they clash with Israeli security forces in the Arab Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya on November 15, 2012. The United States blamed Hamas for an explosion of violence in Gaza after salvoes of rockets were fired into Israel in retaliation for the killing of the group’s military chief.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israeli children play outside a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter between rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israeli children run to a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.
  • Ilia Yefimovich/Getty ImagesSOUTHERN BORDER, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: Israeli Defense Force (IDF) amored vehicles move toward the border with the Gaza Strip November 15, 2012 on the southern border of Israel. Three people were reportedly killed in Israel after a building was hit by a rocket fired from Hamas-ruled Gaza today, following a series aerial strikes on targets in Gaza launched by Israeli Defense Forces.
  • JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesAn Israeli woman looks at Israeli soldiers maneuvering their armoured personnel carriers (APC) stationned on the Israel-Gaza border on November 15, 2012. Israel will take ‘whatever action is necessary’ to defend its citizens from Palestinian rocket attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as the military pressed a massive operation in Gaza.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty ImagesKIRYAT MALACHI, ISRAEL – NOVEMBER 15: An Israeli man looks out from an apartment building which was hit by a rocket launched presumably from the Gaza Strip hit an apartment building, claiming three lives on November 15, 2012 in Kiryat Malachi, Israel. The rocket attack happened some 24 hours after the IDF targeted nearly 200 sites in the Gaza Strip, killing Ahmed Jabari, a top military commander of Hamas, in the process.

Egypt recalls ambassador after Jabari hit

November 14, 2012
(YNet) Cairo recalls ambassador from Israel, urges Security Council to hold emergency meeting, presidential spokesman says. Iran: Hit another sign of ‘Zionist regime’s barbarity’

Roi Kais
Published:  11.14.12, 23:19 / Israel News

Egypt has recalled its ambassador in Israel, Yasser Ridha, following the assassination of top Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari, Egyptian TV reported Wednesday. It is still unclear whether the envoy is being called back for consultations or for a longer period. Earlier on Wednesday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr condemned Israel’s airstrikes in Gaza remarking that “the Israeli escalation comes at a critical point in the Middle East which threatens to harshly exacerbate matters.”

“President Mohamed Morsi has followed the Israeli brutal assault in which a number of martyrs and sons of the Palestinian people were killed,” presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said in a statement on television and on his Facebook website.

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“On this basis he has recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Israel; has ordered the Egyptian representative at the United Nations to call for an emergency meeting at the Security Council … and summoned the Israeli ambassador in Egypt in protest over the assault,” the statement added.
Morsi also called on the Arab League’s secretary general to convene an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers and conveyed Egypt’s condolences to the people of Gaza.

Foreign Minister Amr had demanded that Israel immediately stop its strikes in Gaza “and avoid any act that might escalate matters further.” He also warned Israel of the negative consequences of the escalation on peace and security in the region. 

Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party issued a statement condemning Jabari’s assassination. “This crime warrants a swift Arab and international move in order to stop the acts of carnage against the Palestinian people in Gaza which Israel’s government uses as bargaining chip as part of the political conflict in Israel,” the statement said.

It was further noted that “the return to the policy of targeted killings of Hamas senior officials illustrates that the Israeli occupation wants to drag the region to a state of instability but the occupation state must realize that that the change in the Arab world, and especially in Egypt, won’t allow the Palestinian people to be subjected to Israeli aggression as in the past.”

Egypt’s ruling party also offered its condolences to the “leaders of the Palestinian resistance, Hamas and the Palestinian people.”

Mustafa a-Ranimi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, announced that the group is imploring Egyptian leaders to take a strong position against the Israeli aggression in Gaza. He told the Anatolia news agency that the group is calling for the Egyptian ambassador to be recalled and the Israeli envoy in Egypt to be expelled.

“President Morsi lacks not the nationality nor the Arab nature to adopt a strong stance in regards to what is happening but his decision also depends on a wider view of things.”

Al-Ranimi added that the Muslim Brotherhood will hold large-scale protests to condemn the aggression on Friday but noted they may be moved up to Thursday “in order to show our solidarity with the Palestinian people.” He called on Arabs in the Middle East to take to the streets as well.


Iran also condemned the Israeli strike in Gaza. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the act is another sign of the “Zionist regime’s barbarity.” He remarked that “one of the goals of these crimes is to cover for the Zionists’ domestic troubles.”

Iranian parliament member Ismail Kusri, who is considered close to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the Fars news agency that this action will be harmful for Israel “and it leads nowhere.”