President Obama left Israel today with a special message for Netanyahu, “Compromise for peace,” and “give Iran more time for negotiations and sanctions to work.”
Obama announced at a joint news conference with President Abbas in Ramallah, “Palestinians deserve a state of their own,” even as Palestinian missiles were being fired from Gaza into southern Israel. (The Hamas way to negotiate and celebrate peace is to fire off their Iranian made missiles in the air . . . toward Israel.) (more…)
Bethlehem protesters gathered around Manger Square, near where Jesus was born, and started fires with Obama pictures. They threw their shoes (an Arab insult) at a US Diplomatic vehicle scouting the area and yelled “You are not welcome in our city.”
More anti-American demonstrations are expected in Ramallah and other Palestinian towns. PA policemen did nothing to break up the mob of angry people as the rioters set their protest fires. There was some evidence that suggested the Palestinian officials were encouraging and even initiating some of the protests against Obama.
PA officials did not wish to provide security for the presidential visit and announced that the United States would be in charge of security for Obama as he tours Ramallah and Bethlehem.
Rioters stomped on Obama’s pictures, chanting that “America is the head of the snake.” Another protester declared, “We won’t receive Obama with flowers and a red carpet. We will receive him with shoes. We want to tell America that we hate you and you have no place here. We don’t want to see Obama in Palestine. He is coming to save Israel. He does not have anything to offer our people.”
In the midst of the turmoil, US helicopters landed at the Palestinian presidential compound in Ramallah to make preparations for setting up security operations pertaining to Obama’s visit. The arrival of the American helicopters in Ramallah drew even stronger complaints and more threats.
Riots and demonstrations have erupted throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip in recent days. The citizens are beginning to say that Obama’s trip to Jerusalem will spark a major uprising among the Palestinians, “the third intifada.”
Violence and turmoil is the Hamas way to gain attention for their causes and the frustration in the streets of Gaza is aimed at the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank as much as directed toward the Israelis and Washington. (more…)
Palestinians are hopeful that Obama will bring a peace plan with him when he visits Israel, but say that negotiations can only resume if Washington is ready to get tough with Israel. The Palestinians are prepared to reengage in Middle East peace efforts however, they are more interested in pushing their own agenda. They want areas of Israel that were annexed after the 1967 war. (more…)
Twenty Hamas Palestinian militants were arrested by the IDF overnight, including three Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank.
Several Hamas officials reported the arrests took place early Tuesday morning all across the West Bank territory. According to the Hamas officials, one of those arrested was in charge of the reconciliation talks between the Gaza Hamas terror organization and its rival, the secular Fatah Party in the West Bank. (more…)
The Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip sponsored a terror military school for Palestinian teenagers and is graduating their first class. Over 3,600 teenagers graduated from the Hamas militant group’s first high school military training program in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian teens brandished mock weapons, crawled on the ground commando style and took up fighting positions, all to the sound of cheering by thousands of Gaza Palestinians. (more…)
Hamas will not agree to dismantle their armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades in Gaza City, as part of a reconciliation deal with rival Palestinian movement Fatah in the West Bank.
Hamas’s political bureau in Gaza said that reconciliation with Fatah could realistically unravel over the “security” issue. The Hamas terror group stressed the fact that they will never agree to remove their armed wing from “the equation of confrontation with the occupation of Israel.” (more…)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu striving to see Israel from a new perspective looks down from above, during a helicopter ride recently.
The PM says that he does not want to close the door to negotiations with the Palestinians in order to obtain peace, but says with the current circumstances, they cannot make peace. If Israel were to pull out of the West Bank, it would fall into the hands of the country’s enemies. (more…)
Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu says he will not cede any more land and faults Palestinian Authority’s Abbas for even meeting with the Hamas terrorists who are plotting against Israel.
Netanyahu renounced the meeting, “We see the dangers clearly. P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas is in Cairo with the head of the Hamas terrorists, Khaled Mashaal. They are looking into a possible unity deal between Fatah and the Hamas militants who have been trying to annihilate the state of Israel, and who have fired rockets at our cities. We know that any territory we evacuate will be seized by Hamas and Iran, and we will not let that happen.” (more…)
“None of us want to die in our beds,” says Umm Osama, wife of Hamas MP, of herself, her husband and her children. “We pray that Allah will grant us Paradise.” She says that encouraging our children to kill themselves for Palestine, to “wage Jihad for the sake of Allah” is “the most glorious thing a woman can do.”
It is the mother who “instills in her children the love of Jihad and martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Palestine is dear to us, and its price is paid with our body remains and our lifeblood. Is not Allah’s reward precious? Allah’s reward is Paradise. Paradise requires from us our blood, our body remains, and our efforts for its sake.”
Efforts are underway for the Palestinian Hamas terrorists in Gaza to join forces with Fatah in the new State of Palestine of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. A senior Hamas official also stressed that merging Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main Palestinian Islamic resistance movements, is a political and religious must.
“…now is the time for the Church, that group of true believers from every denomination, to begin functioning as the true body of Christ, caring for one another, helping one another as the family of God.”