Tag Archive for: Gaza

Prime Minister Netanyahu: Israel ‘weeks away from victory’ once IDF begins Rafah Operation

February 25, 2024 / JNS — Once the IDF launches its military operation in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, it will be “weeks away from total victory,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CBS News on Sunday.

Plans for the IDF offensive in Rafah, Hamas’s last stronghold in the Gaza Strip, will be reviewed by the political echelon on Sunday, the premier said in an interview with CBS‘s “Face the Nation.”

The potential hostages-for-ceasefire deal under discussion in Doha won’t stop the IDF from operating in the city, Netanyahu added.

“If we have a deal, it will be delayed somewhat, but it [the Battle of Rafah] will happen. If we don’t have a deal, we’ll do it anyway,” he stated.

“We very much want to achieve another [hostage] release and we are prepared to go far, but we are not prepared to pay any price, certainly not the delusional prices that Hamas is demanding of us, the meaning of which is the defeat of the State of Israel,” said Netanyahu last week.

“I speak with world leaders every day. I tell them decisively: Israel will fight until we achieve total victory. And indeed, this includes action in Rafah, of course after we allow the civilians found in the combat zones to evacuate to safe areas,” said Netanyahu.

“Whoever wants to prevent us from operating in Rafah is telling us in effect to lose the war. I will not allow this. … We will not surrender to any pressure. We will not surrender, because we are a people of heroes. We will not surrender because we are a people that desires life. We will not surrender because we must—must—defeat the evil,” he added.

The comments came after U.S. President Joe Biden demanded a temporary ceasefire to secure the release of hostages in Gaza, claiming that a deal “has to” go through before Israel launches a military operation in Rafah.

In a call on Thursday with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Lloyd Austin, the U.S. secretary of defense, raised “the need for a credible plan to ensure the safety of and support for the more than one million people sheltering in Rafah before any military operations proceed there.”

“We have worked out a detailed plan to do so. And that’s what we have done up to now,” explained Netanyahu. “We are not cavalier about this. This is part of our war effort, to get civilians out of harm’s way. It’s part of Hamas’s effort to keep them in harm’s way. But we’ve so far succeeded and we are going to succeed again.”

RELATED ARTICLE: ARAB VOICES: Arabic Twitter has this to say about PM Netanyahu

POSTS ON X:

EDITORS NOTE: This Newsrael column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

WATCH: Spokesperson for Israel’s Prime Minister Speaks on Judea and Samaria

Joshua Waller from The Israel Guys sits down in Nashville, Tennessee with the spokesperson for Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office and talks about the current situation in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria. Tal Heinrich makes some incredible statements about what is happening in Judea and Samaria.

RELATED ARTICLES:

Son of Hamas: How the UN sabotaged the Oslo Peace Process

Hamas said to no longer be demanding complete IDF withdrawal from Gaza, permanent ceasefire in truce talks

RELATED VIDEO: How this murderous terrorist describes with glee October the 7th

POSTS ON X:

EDITORS NOTE: This Newsrael News Desk with video by The Israel Guys is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

10/7 Testimony: The murder of Inbar Haiman

Inbar Haiman, 27, was murdered after being abducted by Hamas on October 7th from the Supernova music festival where she was volunteering.

When Hamas attacked, Inbar first hid under a stage with friends and then took cover under a bush where she was found by a pair of Hamas gunmen armed with knives, who hauled her out and placed her on a motorbike.

Eventually, her family and boyfriend received a video posted by Hamas on Telegram, showing Inbar bloodied and beaten, surrounded by four men.

She was murdered while in captivity, and Hamas is still holding her body hostage!

We must not forget this beautiful soul, taken far too early by such monsters.

Bring Inbar home so that her family, and all of Israel may mourn her.

EDITORS NOTE: This Newsrael News Desk column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

U.S. vetoes UN resolution put forth by Arab states demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

The UN Security Council needs to immediately evacuate Palestinian civilians from Rafah, given its stated concerns about the humanitarian emergency. Instead, the UN has intentionally blocked civilian evacuation, and continues to choose instead to keep the global spotlight on Israel, not on Hamas and its use of human shields. While Israel has shown repeated concern for civilians and attempted to “do all it could” to evacuate Gazans in Rafah, it has emerged that the UN refused to allow it. The UN does not consider Hamas to be a terrorist group, according to UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths, and so the UN stands with Hamas, including in its use of human shields. Antisemitic and anti-Israel media also aids and abets Hamas in its goal of obliterating the Jewish state by serving as its propaganda mouthpieces.

Hamas Political Bureau member and former Interior Minister Fathi Hammad took the gloves off in December and declared that the Palestinians are aspiring to establish a global Islamic caliphate with Jerusalem as its capital. The UN is controlled by Islamic states and in 2018 adopted a statement “demanding respect for Islam.”

The UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire was put forth by Algeria “on behalf of Arab States.” In Algeria, where Islam is the state religion, some people still hold black slaves and torture them, but the Algerian government pretends to care about human rights. The country also engages in “mass death sentences marred by unfair trials, torture claims,” but this gets ignored, as do human rights abuses in other Islamic states — notably the Islamic Republic of Iran, a chief funder of the jihadist effort to obliterate Israel, which was appointed to chair the 2023 UN Human Rights Council Social Forum.

Although the US vetoed the immediate ceasefire resolution, it also supports a temporary ceasefire, which will do damage to Israel’s war on Hamas, allow Hamas to regroup, and place Israel in a severely vulnerable position.

US vetoes Algerian resolution demanding immediate ceasefire in Gaza

United Nations, February 20, 2024:

The UN Security Council met again in emergency session in New York on Gaza Tuesday, where the United States vetoed a resolution put forward on behalf of Arab States by Algeria demanding “an immediate humanitarian ceasefire that must be respected by all parties”.

The latest Council meeting on the Middle East crisis spiralling outwards from the war in Gaza has ended, with another US veto and an abstention on the part of the UK, while Algeria’s resolution gained support from 13 out of the 15 members around the iconic horseshoe table.

Here are the key points:

HIGHLIGHTS

US uses veto power to quash Algeria’s draft resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and presents rival text that would condemn Hamas but also support a temporary ceasefire

The US is expected to circulate its own draft later on Tuesday but news reports suggest negotiations will be far from easy, with both Russia and China voicing strong opposition to the third use of a veto by the US on ceasefire resolutions

Council members lament continued suffering in Gaza and lambast possible Israeli military operation into Rafah….

Read more.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

A Lone Soldier

Jerusalem: Reservist soldier just returned from Gaza shoots jihadi who opened fire on civilians

Biden’s Failure to Act Allowed Houthis to Shoot Down 2 US Drones

Hamas-linked CAIR’s Maryland Director Tries to Defend Her Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts

UK: London police find body, believed to be Muslim migrant acid attacker

Official PA Daily: Brazilian president ‘international hero’ for saying ‘Israel is copying Hitler’

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Media Worried About Hamas Terrorists Who Died in Israeli Hostage Rescue

Two hostages were rescued from Hamas, but all the media cares about is protecting Hamas.

The media defies satire.

Palestinians in Rafah Describe ‘Night Full of Horror’ During Israeli Hostage Rescue – New York Times

Dozens reported dead in Rafah strikes as Israel rescues two hostages – Washington Post

Israeli military says it’s rescued 2 hostages during Rafah raid; Palestinian officials say dozens of Palestinians killed – CBS News

Israel frees two hostages in Rafah under cover of air strikes, Gaza health officials say 67 killed – Reuters

How bizarre is this coverage? Here’s what normal coverage of a hostage rescue looks like.

How Israeli commandos blasted their way into Rafah apartment to rescue hostages – The Telegraph

But the media has stopped pretending that its concerns are anything other than the lives of Hamas terrorists. Except that it refuses to actually say the words. Instead, in keeping with the same distorted framing we hear from the likes of AOC or Bernie Sanders, no distinction is made between Hamas and “Palestinians” or “Gazans.”

All of this has been passed along to the Biden administration. Here’s the CNN coverage of that.

The Biden administration is deeply concerned about an Israeli operation that rescued two hostages out of Rafah but may have also resulted in some one hundred Palestinians being killed as part of that operation, according to a senior administration official.

We’ve gone from dozens to 67 to a hundred. By next Wednesday, it’ll be a thousand.

For now, United States officials are still gathering information on details of the rescue operation, including how exactly the operation unfolded and how many civilians may have been killed, that official said. But such a high rate of Palestinian deaths would be deeply worrisome, according to the official, and comes as US President Joe Biden and US officials have been warning Israel about their preparation to make a ground incursion into Rafah.

High rate of what? Hamas claims 97 dead. Who were those 97? How many of them were Hamas?

Don’t ask the media which is not concerned with such questions or distinctions. All it does is repeat Hamas propaganda.

Two hostages were rescued from Hamas, but all the media cares about is protecting Hamas.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

ICC prosecutor threatens Israel with action over strikes in Rafah

Israeli Casualties Have Significantly Increased In Order to Please Biden and Blinken

EU Supreme Court outlaws kosher slaughter, effectively declaring Judaism illegal in European Union

CNN worries that Muslim migrant gang rape in Italy will bolster ‘far right’

Sweden: Court orders man who burned Qur’an to be deported

Lockheed Martin to sell $23 billion worth of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey

Hamas is Obviously Lying About Number of Gazans Killed During Hostage Rescue

UK: Far-left ‘comedian’ throws Jewish audience members out of his show, leads chants of ‘Get the f**k out’

POST ON X:

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. All rights reserved.

Biden Regime Won’t Stop Pro-Hamas Protests in U.S., But Demands Israel Stop Hostage Families From Blocking Hamas Aid

“Any aid to Hamas must be conditioned with disarming its forces and returning all hostages”

Some desperate families of Israeli hostages held by Hamas have begun blocking the aid trucks delivering supplies to Hamas.

Despite promises by the Biden administration that the aid would not go to Hamas, videos show Hamas making off with the materials.

While Hamas supporters in America are blocking ambulances and school buses to demand that Israel stop attacking the terrorist group (a demand that they falsely claim is a ‘ceasefire’), families held hostage by Hamas are blocking supplies to Hamas.

Hundreds of protesters were set on Friday to descend on the Kerem Shalom border crossing to block humanitarian aid from entering the Gaza Strip for the third day in a row.

The protesters, including some families of hostages still being held by Hamas in Gaza, are demanding that all aid be cut off until some 136 remaining captives are freed.

On Wednesday, the protesters from the “Order 9” movement demanded that “no aid goes through until the last of the abductees returns, no equipment be transferred to the enemy.”

Traffic officials said that dozens of trucks turned around and drove away from Kerem Shalom due to Wednesday’s protest.

The protesters have plenty of support inside Israel.

The Mothers of Combat Soldiers foundation announced that hundreds attempted to block convoys of aid entering the Gaza Strip, saying that they are doing so to “help our fighting sons come out victorious in Gaza.

“Any aid to Hamas must be conditioned with disarming its forces and returning all hostages,” member of the organization Hana Giat, whose husband and two sons are fighting in Gaza, said. “We are here to block Hamas’s logistical re-supply points.”

Protesters were seen carrying signs reading, “humanitarian aid is killing IDF soldiers.” This comes after IDF soldiers were pictured alongside graffiti on a Gaza wall, reading: “Humanitarian aid = coffins,” last week. The IDF said the incident was being probed.

Protesters set up tents near the border, sending a message that they are prepared for a long stay and that “no aid goes through until the final hostage returns.”

And the Biden administration is not happy.

According to Kann reporter Amichai Stein, in response to the hostage families blocking the entry of the trucks, the Biden administration informed Israel that the Kerem Shalom crossing must remain open [for humanitarian aid] and operate as usual.

The Biden administration won’t stop pro-Hamas protests shutting down airports and roads, but demands that Israel shut down anti-Hamas protests.

The New York Times headlined its coverage as “Widening Mideast Crisis: Families of Israeli Hostages Protest at Border Crossing to Block Aid to Gaza.”

Yes, it’s the protesting families of hostages that are really widening this crisis.

Photos from the crossing on Thursday showed a small group of demonstrators holding signs with the faces of hostages on them. The Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum, the group representing the relatives of Israeli hostages abducted to Gaza in the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attacks, said that the aim of Thursday’s protest was “stopping aid to Hamas until all hostages return.”

“Our soldiers are fighting in Gaza and we are giving supplies to Hamas,” Danny Elgarat, whose 69-year-old brother, Itzik, was kidnapped from his home in Kibbutz Nir Oz, said in an interview on Israeli television.

“It’s just not acceptable that soldiers are putting themselves at risk fighting in Gaza, and the terrorists they’re fighting are getting fuel and food from us,” said Mr. Elgarat, who said he participated in a protest at the border on Wednesday.

Kerem Shalom is one of two border crossings through which aid enters Gaza; most of it transits through the Rafah crossing with Egypt. Relatives of hostages believe that stopping aid from reaching Gaza will raise pressure on Hamas to release the hostages.

Mr. Elgarat said in the interview that Hamas militants steal humanitarian supplies that get into Gaza and that civilians get only “the leftovers,” a common view in Israel. Hamas officials have denied diverting humanitarian aid.

There are actually plenty of videos and testimonies from people in Gaza showing that Hamas is making off with the aid.

Aid to Gaza is aid to Hamas. Period.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

Democrats Nervous Anti-Israel Protesters Will Ruin Biden’s Nomination At DNC Convention: REPORT

Oakland: Gazans sue Biden for failing to stop ‘genocide,’ judge says it’s ‘the most difficult case’

3 U.S. Soldiers Died Because Biden Won’t Stand Up to Iran

Austrian Broadcasting Corporation removes Jesus Christ from calendar in order to avoid offending Muslims

UNRWA Illegally Built on 21 Acres in Jerusalem, Must Now Tear Down and Pay Up

Jordan adds Oct. 7 jihad massacre to its school curriculum, portraying it as justified ‘resistance’

UK: Muslim tries to stab Jewish person with machete, cops say incident is not ‘terror-related’

Ireland: Muslim activist says she is offended by Irish humor and ‘this needs to change in the Irish community’

If 9/11 Mastermind Had Uttered a Racial Slur, He’d be Facing the Death Penalty

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

The Most Plausible, Benevolent, and Deep-Pocketed Future Ruler of Gaza Is…

Talking heads and pundits, and American diplomats, too, keep raising the question of “What Happens After.” That is, who will control Gaza after Hamas is crushed, and 2.2 million people will still need someone to run the area. We know that Israel has no desire to run Gaza; what it wants, however, is to retain responsibility for security in the Strip, so that never again will it be turned into a terrorist outpost threatening the lives of Israelis. Elder of Ziyon believes that the United Arab Emirates could be the most plausible, benevolent, and deep-pocketed future ruler of Gaza. His discussion of this intriguing possibility can be found here: “The ‘Emirate of Palestine’ – the UAE is the key for a lasting solution to the Gaza crisis,” Elder of Ziyon, January 19, 2024:

…Gazans would suddenly live in a place that has a future. With its long coastline on the Mediterranean, Gaza could turn into a potential beach resort, well-placed to attract Arab and European visitors. The UAE and Israel could work on joint business ventures and economic zones to help employment and bring Gaza up to modern standards. One could imagine luxury hotels and high tech skyscrapers being built on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Gazans would become citizens of an Arab country and could still call themselves Palestinians. The emirate itself could be called “the Emirate of Palestine.” Why not? And Gaza citizens of the UAE could move to the other emirates to seek other opportunities if they prefer, with Emirati entrepreneurs moving to Gaza to take advantage of a blank slate. Which is not dissimilar to how they built the UAE to begin with.

Why would the UAE be interested? Well, a port on the Mediterranean is a pretty big carrot. Shipping lanes from and to Europe would be a huge economic boost. Working with Israel, the proposed train line from the Gulf to Israel could be extended a bit to Gaza to tie the Gulf countries closer to the sea as well.

Beyond that, there are some significant gas deposits off the coast of Gaza. No one wants to risk drilling there now, but the UAE would solve that problem.

Under rule by Hamas, Gaza has been involved in four wars with Israel. The constant threat of violence naturally puts off companies that might otherwise be involved in discovering and producing gas deposits in the territorial waters of Gaza. But with Gaza becoming part of the Emirates, and Hamas completely out of the picture, Western companies would be eager to exploit the natural gas deposits that are known to exist off the coast of Gaza. Those deposits could not only supply Gaza with its full energy needs, but the sale of gas beyond what is used by the Gazans, should provide a huge boost to the Gazan treasury.

Also, Palestinians are among the best educated Arabs. There is a competent workforce already there.

Moreover, Gaza could become a money-making tourism destination. Wealthy Europeans could rub shoulders with wealthy Arabs and make deals much closer to home.

Gaza has a long beachfront of white sand, and palm trees line the shore along the Mediterranean — this is not the Gaza we read about in the Western press, that describes only the present misery of its inhabitants. This Gaza could be turned into a tourism destination for both rich Arabs and rich Europeans.

Gazans would have huge opportunities to work and thrive. There would be no more “refugees” in Gaza. UNRWA would be gone.

Egypt would be thrilled to have such a neighbor. The entire Sinai could benefit from increased trade….

Egypt would benefit economically from having a deep-pocketed “Emirate” as its next-door neighbor. It could export food, textiles, and other goods to this new market, as well as buying natural gas from Gaza. Gazans, no longer impoverished, but instead prosperous citizens of the “eighth emirate” of the UAE, could visit Egypt as tourists, providing another boost to the Egyptian economy.

Qatari influence is disastrous. They support Hamas both with direct aid and through Al Jazeera, by far the most influential source of news in the Middle East. They cannot have a role in the future of Gaza….

Qatar has been the financial supporter of Hamas, and furthermore, has close relations with Iran. Qatar’s attempt to wield influence in Gaza has to end, and the UAE is ideally placed to ensure that result. It has the money to outbid Qatar for influence in the Strip.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

The ‘Day After’ in Gaza and the Role of the United Arab Emirates

UK: Muslim rape gang leader still in the country almost nine years after he was supposed to be deported

Khamenei: ‘Islamic countries should sever their political and economic ties with the Zionist regime’

France: Muslim migrant arrested for damaging church, had attacked the priest and tried to break down church door

Florida: At pro-Hamas protest, Muslim grabs megaphone from counter-protester and hits her in the face with it

Nigeria: Muslims attack town, townspeople flee to another village, Muslims follow them there and murder 30 people

Hamas says its jihad mass murderers were committed to ‘Islamic values’ on October 7

RELATED VIDEO: Robert Spencer with Andrew Klavan on The Endemic Violence of Islamic Theology

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

IDF chief warns that ‘war in Lebanon becoming much more likely’

Hizballah had planned to join with Hamas in a coordinated attack against Israel “from all sides” after October 7, but was deterred by (surprising) American support for Israel.

So based on IDF reports that a war with Lebanon has become “much more likely,” Hizballah has since then been watching closely to find any opportunity to enter the war against Israel.

Hizballah’s reluctance also involves calculations regarding its own political survival:

Hezbollah knows that a similar fate awaits areas in Lebanon which are its centers of power and control.

Destroying Lebanon, which is already on the brink of the abyss, would bring about its final disintegration, which could be accompanied by an inner-Lebanese civil war.

Nonetheless, as Hizballah continues to weigh, balance and assess its options, it has the same overall ambitions as Hamas, that is, the complete destruction of the Jewish state. Hamas “maintains a presence in Lebanon” under the protection of Hizballah — Iran’s biggest client.

Will America continue to serve as a deterrent as Hizballah reportedly escalates and Israel prepares for war with the Iranian proxy?

Another dilemma for Iran is the question of how many wars it can practically sustain at once. The regime is also now occupied with a sudden diplomatic crisis with Pakistan after attacking  Pakistan with rockets and drones over the activities of Sunni jihadists in Iran. Pakistan has retaliated against Iran with missile strikes, killing nine people; and now Pakistan’s cabinet has endorsed moves to reestablish diplomatic relations with Iran. Meanwhile, aside from antagonizing Israel and Pakistan, Iran has also been striking Syria and  Iraq.

Visiting north, IDF chief says war in Lebanon becoming much more likely

by Emanuel Fabian, Times of Israel, January 17, 2024:

The likelihood that Israel will be drawn into a war in Lebanon is growing, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said Wednesday, hours after Hamas terrorists fired a barrage of rockets at a northern Israel town.

With visiting troops drilling for a simulated offensive inside Lebanon, as the army winds down its most intense stages of fighting in Gaza, Halevi said Israel was “increasing readiness for fighting in Lebanon,” as it seeks to stabilize its northern border and allow tens of thousands of Israelis evacuated from the region to return home.

The IDF has “a very clear goal in Lebanon — to return the residents to the north, all the communities in the north,” Halevi said.

“I don’t know when the war in the north is,” he added. “I can tell you that the likelihood of it happening in the coming months is much higher than it was in the past.”…

Read more.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

Pentagon Press Sec: ‘It’s Really Up to the Houthis for When They Decide to Stop their Attacks’

Canada: Muslima who attacked people in tire store says if released, she’ll ‘commit a new terrorist attack’

Hamas forced Israeli hostage to recite Islamic prayer

Germany: At high school where students act as Sharia police, non-Muslim students are converting to Islam out of fear

France: Muslim breaks into gendarmerie, attacks family of soldier and screams ‘Allahu akbar’

Hamas-linked CAIR attacked Israel, the police, ordinary people and more on TV 481 times in 2023

Hamas-Linked CAIR Gets Sued by One of Its Own

RELATED VIDEO: Weichert: If Trump Elected In Nov. ‘It’s A Whole Different Ball Game With Iran’

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

The Claim That Israel is Engaged in ‘Colonization’ in Gaza is Preposterous

Belgium’s Development Minister, Caroline Gennez, has claimed that Israel is engaged in “colonization” in Gaza. The charge is preposterous.

How can the Jews of Israel be “colonizing” the land that Jews started living on more than 3500 years ago, the land where Jewish history was made? There is no metropolitan power “colonizing” this territory. The Israelis who have settled on state or waste lands, or bought land from Arab owners, or taken over land abandoned by Arabs when they left in 1948, hoping to soon return with victorious Arab armies, have nothing in common with the French colonizing Algeria or the British colonizing Kenya. Jews in Israel have ingathered, returning to the original home of the Jewish people — a home that Jews can be said to have never entirely left, because Jews, albeit in small numbers, have continued uninterruptedly to live somewhere in the Land of Israel during the past 3500 years. In exile, Jews never stopped thinking about the place from which they were driven. When a Jew dies, non-family members offer a traditional condolence — “May God comfort you in Zion and Jerusalem.” “Zion” is synecdoche for the Land of Israel. The true colonizers of the Land of Israel are the Arabs, who arrived in the first half of the seventh century, more than two millennia after the Jews had first been living there. It is Muslim Arabs who came out of Arabia to colonize not just Israel, but all of the land from Morocco to Iran, settling in large numbers, imposing their language and culture and religion on the indigenous inhabitants. 

Thus did Egypt go from being a country peopled entirely by Christian Copts to one where, over many centuries, those Copts converted to Islam and adopted Arabic names and accepted Arab culture, so that now 90% of Egyptians identify themselves as Muslim Arabs. The Berbers were the original inhabitants of North Africa, but now a majority of the people living in that area have been thoroughly arabized by the Arabs who conquered their lands in the first few centuries of Islam, and now, while sizable numbers of Berbers, speaking Tamazigh, still exist in Morocco and Algeria, most North Africans see themselves as Arabs. Lebanon, once peopled entirely by Christians, is now 65% Muslim. The Greek Orthodox and Syrian Orthodox Christians of Syria, who once completely dominated Syria, are now only 2% of that country’s population. In Iraq, similarly, a country once consisting of Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Syriac Christians, have been reduced to less than 1% of the population. The Arabs are in fact the most successful colonizers in history, not only for the vast territories that they conquered, but also because they managed to convince those peoples that they conquered that they too, were Muslim Arabs.

What about Caroline Gennez’s charge that Israel is engaged in “ethnic cleansing”? Has Israel been moving whole groups of Arabs out of Israel? Not a single Israeli Arab has been moved out of Israel by the government. Israel took control of Gaza in 1967, when its Arab population was 390,000. Israel pulled out every Jewish civilian and soldier from the Strip in 2005. During those 38 years, no Arabs were expelled from Gaza. Between 1967 and 2005, the Arab population more than tripled to 1.3 million. It is much the same in Judea and Samaria (a/k/a the West Bank). In 1967, the Arab population of that area was 900,000. Today it has more than tripled, to 3 million. No Arabs have been expelled from the area. A few Arab villages, with several hundred people, have been moved from one part of the West Bank to another, mainly for security reasons, including the need to move civilians further away from, or out of, IDF training sites. But that is very different from being subject to “ethnic cleansing.” And those who claim that Israel is engaged in the “ethnic cleansing” of east Jerusalem are also wrong. In 1967 the Arab population of east Jerusalem was 66,000 when Israel took it over; by 2023, that same population had skyrocketed to 370,000, nearly a six-fold increase. Ethnic cleansing? What ethnic cleansing?

Will any of these facts – these numbers that tell a tale — matter to Belgium’s Minister of Development, who chastises Germany for supporting the Jewish state that, Caroline Gennez claims, engages in “colonization” and “ethnic cleansing”? You and I both know, alas, the answer to that.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

19 Years Ago, the Los Angeles Times Published a Column on Antisemitism on American Campuses

Why It Is Wrong to Call Israeli Settlement Construction in Judea and Samaria ‘Illegal’

Does Islamic Law Sanction Hamas’ Rape of Captives?

Why Do We Have a Terror Group That Only Targets Iran on the List of Foreign Terrorists, But Not the Houthis?

Nigeria: Jihadis attack town, burn six people to death after Islamic evening prayers, injure four others

UK: Leader of pro-caliphate group who called Oct. 7 ‘very welcome’ still practices medicine

The ‘Rabbi’ and ‘Peace Activist’ Who Cheered the Hamas Oct. 7 Attack

Banning Jews for Their Own Protection

Chas Freeman’s Anti-Israel Fanaticism

Cofounder of Hamas-linked CAIR’s Minnesota chapter sues CAIR again

RELATED VIDEO:  Caroline Glick Completely Destroyed Europe With This Speech

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Hamas Insists It Will Try Again, and Again, to ‘Obliterate’ Israel

Many in the Western world remain unconvinced that Hamas will keep trying, for as long as it takes, to “obliterate” Israel, as it committed to doing in its 1988 Charter. They should look at the evidence, which is offered here: “Hamas Says It Wants Oct. 7 Massacre Again and Again… Why Won’t the Media Believe Them?,” by January 3, 2024:

Not long after Hamas terrorists invaded southern Israel to rape and massacre scores of civilians before dragging hundreds of hostages back to the Gaza Strip, senior Hamas leader Ghazi Hamad spoke with Lebanese news outlet LBCI.

During the interview, Hamad said: “Israel is a country that has no place on our land,” explaining that it was the job of Hamas to “remove that country.”

Questioned about the October 7 atrocities, Hamad responded:

“We must teach Israel a lesson, and we will do this again and again.

Apparently Israel has learned a different lesson from what Ghazi Hamad has in mind, which is the absolute necessity of eradicating Hamas as a military threat. Unlike previous Israeli campaigns in Gaza, that left Hamas still standing, this one will continue until the terror group has been completely dismantled. Already the IDF says it has killed 9,000 Hamas fighters in northern Gaza alone. How many more have been killed in southern Gaza? An equal number, or less? Let’s assume that half as many — 4,500 — were killed in the south. And since Hamas fighters before this war totaled 25,000, it is reasonable to conclude that in the first three months of fighting, at least 12,500 Hamas fighters have been killed, leaving Hamas with only half the number it had on October 6. And the IDF, having dismantled Hamas in the north, is now eviscerating its combatants in the south. The Israelis have repeatedly made clear that the war could go on till the end of the year. Since they agreed to engage in a “less intense” phase of the war, the Israelis have not been pressured by the Americans to conclude the war any time soon. The Bidenites have not said a word about when that war will end, silently conceding that that decision is up to Israel alone. They have limited themselves to insisting that Israel not force people to leave Gaza — a quite unnecessary and insulting demand, because the Israelis have made clear they will do no such thing. Gazans will make their own decisions as to whether they want to remain in Gaza, or seek better lives elsewhere. And, of course, both Biden and Blinken have repeated the usual boilerplate about the American commitment to that will-o’-the-wisp of a “two-state solution,” that is receding ever further into the unattainable distance.

The Al-Aqsa Flood [the name Hamas gives to its October 7 invasion of Israel and the murder of 1,200 Israelis] is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth, because we have the determination, the resolve, and the capabilities to fight … Nobody should blame us. On October 7, October 10, October one million — everything we do is justified.

Of course everything Hamas does is justified —the Al-Aqsa Flood, the scarcely-believable Hamas atrocities — to the likes of senior Hamas leader Ghazi Hamad. The beheading of babies, the burning alive of children, the gang-rapes, torture, and murder of young girls, the slicing the breasts of women, the gouging out of eyes and cutting off genitalia of men, the murder of children in front of their parents and of parents in front of their children — these atrocities are what Hamad promises it will repeat, ad libitum and ad nauseam, however long it takes. And this is of course “justified” as a way to loosen the supposed stranglehold that the apartheid-settler-colonial-genocidal state of Israel has on Gaza and its 2.2 million innocent inhabitants.

There can be no doubt about Hamas and its goals: the terrorist group wants to destroy Israel and every single one of its citizens.

Hamas’ leaders have not hidden the fact that they believe the October 7 massacre was justified, and that they will try to replicate the horror over and over again.

Why doesn’t the Western media remind its audience of the details of the October 7 massacres, and of how Hamas has vowed to commit those atrocities over and over again?

Likewise, before October 7, Hamas never masked its genocidal aims, having been founded on a charter that swears Islam will “obliterate” Israel.

Hamas’ original goal remains the annihilation of the Jewish state, accompanied by the killing or expulsion of all of the Jews in Israel. Tactics and timing may vary a bit, depending on circumstances, but the ultimate goal of eradicating the Jewish state is immutable.

AUTHOR

RELATED VIDEO: U.S. Treating Israel Like It Is Not A Sovereign Country | The Caroline Glick Show

RELATED ARTICLES:

California: Muslim migrant sent $13,000 to jihad group in Syria

Former UK Middle East Minister Says Peace Talks Must Begin and Include Hamas

PA top official: We won’t rule Gaza without unity with Hamas, PIJ and other jihad groups

Pro-Hamas demonstrators again disrupt Colorado state house proceedings, speaker does nothing

India: Muslims screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ throw stones at Hindus inviting people to Ram Temple consecration

Iran: Disabled Christian, 60, imprisoned for “acting against national security by promoting ‘Zionist’ Christianity”

Uganda: Muslims murder three Christians on Christmas night

Many Universities Have Done Nothing to Protect Jewish Students From Harassment

Nigeria: Muslims block Abuja-Kaduna Expressway and abduct large numbers of people

UK: Muslim cleric says any Muslim who opposes Hamas is a ‘hypocrite,’ likens jihadis to Nelson Mandela

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Biden Promised Gaza Aid Wouldn’t Go To Hamas. He Lied.

And now an official who funded the murder of a 17-year-old girl is in charge.

A week after the horrors of October 7, when the Biden administration first convinced Israel to open up the siege of Gaza and allow in international aid, it promised Hamas would not get it.

“If Hamas in any way blocks humanitarian assistance from reaching civilians, including by seizing the aid itself, we’ll be the first to condemn it. And we will work to prevent it from happening again,” Secretary of State Blinken pledged.

The problem with such a promise was obvious once Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer struggled to explain to CNN how it would stop Hamas from taking the aid.

“How is the United States going to ensure that none of that ends up in the hands of Hamas?” a CNN anchor asked.

Finer claimed that “this was a primary focus of the president’s diplomacy” and that “it involves securing an understanding among Hamas fighters who control the checkpoints on the other side of the border”.

The Deputy National Security Advisor assured that “the president was quite clear that if this assistance goes in, it cannot be misappropriated, it cannot be taken by Hamas fighters and so we are going to be watching that very closely.”

If anyone is watching, there’s been plenty to see as armed Hamas fighters have hijacked aid convoys in videos taken both by the IDF and civilians in Gaza. In video after video, Hamas terrorists seize aid, assault civilians who, in some cases, respond by hurling abuse and stones.

On Halloween, John Kirby, Biden’s national security spokesman, denied anything was going on.

“We have seen no indication, none, that Hamas has gotten their hands on any of the humanitarian assistance that has gone in. None of it. It goes from these U.N. trucks to humanitarian organizations and the U.N. for delivery to the people of Gaza. That’s what we’ve seen with every single one of them,” he claimed.

Then he insisted that our “UN partners” were monitoring aid with “diligence”. What were the UN partners actually doing?

In mid October, UNRWA, the UN aid agency dedicated to the so-called ‘Palestinian’ settlers and staffed by Hamas, tweeted that it “received reports that yesterday a group of people with trucks purporting to be from the Ministry of Health of the de facto authorities in Gaza removed fuel and medical equipment from the agency’s compound in Gaza City.”

UNRWA then deleted the tweet accusing Hamas of stealing aid and pretended it never happened.

In late December, an UNRWA official claimed that, “there’s no hijacking of our (UNRWA) supplies by Hamas.” The official then argued that accusations that Hamas was taking aid were a “disinformation campaign” which was “aimed at the very agency trying to help people.”

The disinformation campaign apparently included UNRWA’s own Twitter account.

Earlier that same month, a Gazan woman had told Al Jazeera that, “all of it goes into their houses. They take it and will even shoot me or do whatever they want, Hamas.”

She must have also been part of the “disinformation campaign” against UNRWA.

Months after all the assurances from the Biden administration that the aid would not end up in the hands of Hamas, it routinely does and without a word of protest or any end to the aid trucks.

Where is our aid even going?

USAID, already facing an investigation by a government watchdog and Congress over Afghan aid going to terrorists, refused to “name the nongovernmental organizations it is working with to deliver the supplies, citing security concerns” in its response to USA Today.

Since Hamas knows which organizations are working in Gaza and distributing aid, whom are Samantha Power and USAID keeping the information from?

What does it say about Power and USAID that they’re more worried about USA Today readers finding out where the aid is going?

American aid workers are in contact with Hamas, one of them said anonymously, there “just can’t be anything political.” As if there’s a non-political way to work with an Islamic terror group.

A massive fortune in aid is being handed over to Hamas for distribution by nameless aid organizations that video evidence and eyewitness testimony shows is going to terrorists.

So much for Biden’s commitment “to ensuring that civilians in Gaza will continue to have access to food, water, medical care, and other assistance, without diversion by Hamas.”

And the $100 million in “humanitarian aid” promised by Biden is just the beginning of a larger program to “reconstruct” Gaza. Much as the program to reconstruct Afghanistan put a fortune in the pockets of the Taliban that enabled them to retake the country, programs to reconstruct Gaza after previous wars had allowed Hamas to build its vast network of tunnels and develop massive fortunes: some of which were then plowed into terror programs.

The Biden administration issued a press release “welcoming” the appointment of Sigrid Kaag, as the UN Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for aid to Gaza.

Kaag’s actual last name is Al-Qaq, she’s a former leftist Dutch politician who married Anis al-Qaq, a deputy minister in Arafat’s PLO government, and has been caught funding terrorists.

In 2019, Rina Shnerb was hiking with her family when a bomb went off.

“I wanted to believe it was just a dream,” Rabbi Shnerb, her father, said. “I have experienced several bombs in my life and been saved, thank God, but this one got us,..I immediately called to Rina, shouting ‘Rina, Rina,’ I looked down and saw that she was not alive.”

One of the terrorists who was accused of aiding the attack had taken pictures with Dutch officials while working as a director at a non-profit linked to terrorists and financed by the Dutch government. Despite multiple warnings, Kaag claimed she had been unaware of the connection.

Geert Wilders had condemned Kaag for having been “photographed with terrorist Arafat and financed Palestinian terrorists.”

The Shnerb family told JNS that, “Kaag was in a position to decide whether to fund homicidal terrorists who, like the Nazis, were trying to murder Jews simply for being Jews. Kaag ignored all the warning signs and insisted on funding the PFLP terrorists. Those terrorists then murdered Rina.”

Now, Kaag is in a position to do it all over again with the backing of the Biden administration.

Kaag had previously accused Israel’s government of being “racist” and denounced Jews living in parts of the country claimed by terrorists as “illegal colonists on confiscated land.”

After violating its commitment to stop Hamas from seizing aid, the Biden administration has approved of the appointment of an official who had funded the terrorists who killed Jews.

The Biden administration has focused all of its efforts on a plan to strengthen the Palestinian Authority and have it take over Gaza. It’s doing so even though elements of the PA actually took part in the Oct 7 massacres and Fatah, which is the ruling part of the PA, endorsed it. Fatah’s Secretary-General Jibril Rajoub declared that, “what happened on October 7 was in the context of the defensive war our people are waging. Hamas is part of our political and social fabric.”

Furthermore, the PA has reportedly begun paying salaries to arrested Oct 7 perpetrators.

It’s not a question of whether our aid to the terrorist areas goes to terrorists, but which terrorists.

The State Department recently announced that the “United States has provided more than $110 million in humanitarian assistance for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank since October 7.”

Kill over a thousand people and you get over $100 million in aid. That’s $100,000 per murder.

If we really want to stop terrorism, we should stop funding it.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

Washington Post continues to publish Hamas propaganda

Saira Rao Harks Back to Antisemitic Stories of the Middle Ages

Islamic scholar says Jews ‘believe that anyone who is not a Jew is a beast created to serve the Chosen People’

Saira Rao, Antisemitic Lunatic, ‘Genuinely Terrified’ About ‘Zionist’ Doctors Treating Muslims

UK: Jewish teen beaten into saying ‘Free Palestine’ outside London Jewish school

Nigeria: Muslims murder eight Christians in Taraba state

Canada: Toronto cops defend giving coffee to pro-Hamas protesters who blocked busy highway overpass

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

‘Genocide’? The Population of Gaza Tripled Under Israeli Occupation

What does Israel do in Gaza? Does the IDF deliberately rape, torture, and murder Palestinian civilians, as Hamas did to the Israelis at the dance party and in the kibbutzim? Does the IDF take delight in killing, in as sadistic a way as possible, as many Gazan civilians as it can? No, of course not. The IDF tries instead, to minimize civilian casualties. It has no desire to harm the truly innocent. Unfortunately, Hamas wants to maximize those civilian casualties, and to exploit that result to undermine Israel’s standing in the world.

Whenever it can, the IDF warns civilians away from areas about to be targeted. These warnings are enormous undertakings. When the IDF had concluded that it was first going to concentrate its war-making in northern Gaza, it dropped 1.5 leaflets on that area, urging inhabitants to move south of the Wadi Gaza, so as to avoid the most intense fighting that was about to begin in the north. 900,000 Gazans ultimately heeded the warning, and headed south on the north-south corridor of Salah al-Din Street. Hamas fired on, and killed, some of the Gazans trying to move south, in order to keep their civilian shields trapped in the north. Later, when the IDF began to attack Hamas in the south, it dropped both leaflets, and sent emails, with maps included, that showed Gazans the precise areas in the south, in and around Khan Yunis, where the IDF would not be attacking, and that, therefore, they should move to for safety’s sake. It was the same with buildings — schools, apartment buildings, mosques — where the IDF was about to attack. The IDF messaged, emailed, telephoned, and used the “knock-on-the-roof” technique to warn civilians living in or near those buildings soon to be targeted to leave them. Furthermore, Israeli pilots will call off an airstrike if they detect too many civilians near the target.

The result of the IDF’s attempt to minimize harm to civilians can be seen in the statistics about casualties. The UN has reported that in all the wars since World War II, the average civilian-to-combatant ratio been 9 to 1, that is, nine civilians killed for every combatant killed. The American and British armies have worked hard to bring down that ratio, and succeeded. In Iraq, when the Americans were fighting forces loyal to Saddam Hussein, the ration was 3 civilians killed for every combatant. In Afghanistan, the ratio was estimated at between 3 and 5 civilians killed for every combatant. But in the Gaza war, the ratio was much lower still. As of January 6, the IDF believes it has killed about 9,500 Hamas fighters. As of January 4, the Palestinian Ministry of Health claimed a total of 22,500 dead; it does not provide a breakdown between civilians and soldiers killed. Using these figures, we find that at most there have been 13,000 civilian deaths and 9,500 combatant deaths, for a ratio of 130:95, which is far lower than 2: 1, and perhaps the lowest such civilian-to-combatant ratio in a war since such records have been kept. It is no wonder that British Colonel Richard Kemp has called the IDF “the most moral army in the world.”

So let the spectacle begin at the ICJ in The Hague. South Africa claims that Israel is “committing genocide” in Gaza. Israel should begin by noting how the Palestinian population of Gaza went from 410,00 to 1.3 million during the time Israel occupied the Strip. It should note, further that the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria (a/k/a the West Bank) increased from 600,000 in 1967 to three million today. There was no “genocide” in either place. But what about now? Israel should mention how Hamas tries in increase civilian casualties among its own people, by placing its weapons, its rocket launchers, and its fighters in and around and under— in the 300-mile network of tunnels —civilian structures, in order to use its own civilians as human shields. The Israeli legal teamnat the ICJ should present the evidence of all the ways that the IDF attempts to minimize civilian deaths in Gaza: first, by warning Palestinians away from those parts of Gaza that were soon to be targeted by, for example, dropping 1.5 million leaflets in northern Gaza; second, by providing maps both in emails amd in a million leaflets dropped south of the Wadi Gaza, showing places in southern Gaza that were not going to be targeted by the IDF, places where Palestinians would be relatively safe until further notice; third, in warning Palestinians away from specific buildings, including schools, mosques, apartment and office buildings, through messaging, telephoning, and the “knock-on-the-roof” technique. Lay it all out for the august judges in solemn conclave assembled at the ICJ. Tell the justices about how the ratio of civilians-to-combatants killed by the IDF in Gaza is 130:95, or less than 2 to 1, far below what has been recorded in previous wars anywhere in the world. And let those justices hear about the wounded Hamas fighters who since the Gaza War began have been treated in Israeli hospitals, and their lives saved as a result. All of that evidence shows a clear lack of “intent” by the IDF to commit genocide, and fatally vitiates the claim, made by South Africa, that the Jewish state has been “genocidal” in its conduct of the war against Hamas killers in Gaza.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

NY: ‘I support Hamas, you f–king Jew’ — Girls’ high school basketball game canceled over Jew-hatred from players

Islamic State quotes Qur’an to call for worldwide attacks on Jews: ‘Kill them wherever you find them’

South Africa Files Claim with International Court of Justice, Accusing Israel of ‘Genocide’

UK: Muslims knock on the door of ex-Muslim and threaten him

Iran: Woman gets 74 lashes for not wearing hijab, another hijab refuser gets two-year prison sentence

France: Islamic call to prayer sounds in Paris church, further performances in churches planned

Iran’s Shiite Theocracy Created Its ISIS Sunni Jihadist Problem

Despite Numerous Death and Rape Threats from Muslims, Kajal Hindustani Fights to Save India From Jihad

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

The Economic Costs of the War to the Palestinians

Hamas brought poverty and violence to Gaza long before its attacks on Israelis on October 7. The poverty has been the result of two developments. First, there is the colossal corruption, which began as soon as Hamas won an election in 2006, and then took full control over the Strip in 2007, having killed or chased out hundreds of members of Fatah. That corruption at the top allowed the three most senior Hamas leaders — Khaled Meshaal, Mousa abu Marzouk, and Ismail Haniyeh — to appropriate for themselves a total of eleven billion dollars that donors had intended for the people of Gaza. Second, Hamas chose to spend other billions of dollars not on the welfare of Gazans, but rather, on a vast network of underground tunnels, that were enormously expensive to build, where Hamas could hide and transport underground both men and weapons. More than 800 of these tunnels have been uncovered so far; the IDF now believes the network includes 300 miles of these tunnels. The total spent on them is at least $3-$4 billion, money that might have been spent to create jobs in Gaza, instead of these tunnels that are now being systematically reduced to rubble by the IDF.

Now the Gaza war, that Hamas started with the atrocities it carried out on October 7, has resulted in further economic losses to the Strip. More can be found here: “The Palestinian economy has lost billions since October 7, yet no one is protesting for Hamas to return the captives,” Elder of Ziyon, December 29, 2023:

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics issued a report showing the economic costs to Palestinians  of the Gaza war, in both Gaza and the West Bank, through the end of November.

During the war, Israel has not allowed Palestinian workers into Israel. It has also not allowed Israeli Arabs to go to the PA-controlled areas of the West Bank, where they would often shop and obtain services at a lower price than they could get in Israel.

Israel, quite understandably, halted the guest-worker program for 20,000 Gazans who, before October 7, were allowed into Israel to work, and were able to earn three to five times as much as they could in Gaza. It is now clear, according to Israeli authorities, that some of those workers from Gaza collected intelligence on the kibbutzim that were later attacked. At the same time, 100,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank who had been working in Israel and the settlements also saw their work permits withdrawn. And Israeli Arabs, no longer able to travel to the Palestinian-controlled parts of the West Bank, where they used to shop in stores where goods were cheaper than in Israel, have also paid a price for the Hamas attacks, and Israel’s response to them.

As a result, the Palestinian private sector lost about $1.45 billion compared to what would have been expected in October and November. It is losing about $25 million a day.

This is not including direct losses from the war of property damage.

Tens of billions of dollars in damage have been the result of the IDF’s relentless campaign to destroy Hamas’ weapons in their hideouts, its command-and-control centers, its rocket launchers, its 300 miles of tunnels dug deep underground, and the buildings — including apartment buildings, schools and pre-schools, mosques, stores — where Hamas combatants have been deliberately hiding among the civilians it uses as human shields.

Productivity in the West Bank has gone down by roughly half, which shows how dependent the Palestinian economy is on Israel. In Gaza, predictably, productivity has been slashed some 86%, The only sectors doing well in Gaza are humanitarian aid and health.

So the “health sector” is doing well. How can this be? The media keeps telling us that the “medical system in Gaza is near collapse.” Which is it? “Near collapse” or “doing well”?

Yet there are no protests in the West Bank demanding that Hamas end the war. Zero.

Far from deploring the Hamas atrocities visited upon Israelis on October 7, that have also brought much misery to the people of Gaza, the Palestinians in Gaza are now much more supportive of Hamas. Before October 7, 67% of people in Gaza were opposed to continued rule by Hamas. After October 7, 62% now say they support Hamas — an astonishing reversal of fortune for the terror group.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

California: Muslim cleric warns of false flag attack in US to incriminate Muslims and curtail Islam’s popularity

Another Teacher in France Threatened with Death

France: Completely naked Muslim enters hospital, prays and screams ‘Allahu akbar,’ brandishes sharp metal object

The Oct. 7 Atrocities Have Made Hamas More Popular Among Palestinians

Hamas promotes the idea of a unity government with the Palestinian Authority

Germany: Leftist ruling party panics over populist AfD’s surge in polls, seeks to ban it

Iran: 103 killed, dozens wounded in bombings at ceremony honouring slain general Soleimani

France: Muslim attacks three women in the street, charges at police screaming ‘Allahu akbar,’ is hospitalized

RELATED VIDEO: This Week In Jihad with David Wood and Robert Spencer

POST ON X:

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

U.S. Army BG (Ret.) John Adams: Will Biden Administration continue support or obstruct Israel’s victory over Hamas in Gaza?

Jerry Gordon, a Senior Editor of The New English Review, invited retired U.S. Army Brigadier General John Adams (Ret.) for this fourth in a series of discussions on Israel Defense Force military doctrine and strategic options in the conduct of the Jewish state’s civilizational war with Iran-backed Hamas terrorist group in Gaza. He addresses the conflict given his extensive background as a 30-year veteran of combat, staff and international military diplomatic assignments and post-service informal analysis and discussions with former Senior IDF commanders.

Among the issues covered in this wide-ranging discussion are:

  1. Biden Administration attempts to force Israel to “scale down” Gaza operations conflicts with IDF objective of destroying and displacing jihadist Hamas.
  2. Biden Administration “day after” two state solution, modeled on failed 1993 Oslo Accords, is rejected by the Netanyahu government because of national security concerns. PLO – Fatah was routed by Hamas in 2006 Gaza elections and both groups share same objective: destruction of Jewish state.
  3. Discovery of massive Hamas tunnel near Israeli Erez Gaza crossings and failure of border high tech Iron Wall in Hamas breach on October 7th – Israel’s “Maginot Line” – are priorities to be investigated in post-conflict intelligence failures investigation.
  4. Hamas discussions with Egyptian intelligence on new round of pauses include release of 40 to 50 of remaining Israeli captive in exchange for longer pause and increased humanitarian aid and release of Israeli Palestinian security prisoners.
  5. Other “Day After” solutions reviewed include “One State” proposal by noted Israeli geo-political commentator Caroline Glick based on Arab Clan governance of municipalities and pathway to Israeli citizenship and New State proposal of former Senior IDF officers- an expansion of Gaza into Egyptian Sinai – “Singapore” on Mediterranean Coast.
  6. Iran is behind proxy Yemen’s Houthi rebel drone and ballistic missile attacks in support of Hamas in Gaza threaten global war and maritime risks in Red Sea and transit via Suez Canal. USS Destroyer Carney successfully repulsed Houthi drone and missile attacks.  Defense Secretary Austin announced formation of international maritime task force in Operation Prosperity Guardians composed of US, Britain, Bahrain, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Seychelles and Spain.
  7. Iran is also behind Hizballah as it threatens rocket and precision guided missile barrages to northern and central Israel. Hizballah has an inventory of upwards of 150,00 rickets and missiles. The IDF has conducted air attacks, in response to rocket and mortar attacks. Israel has evacuated an estimated 200,000 from both northern and southern communities. Defense Minister Gallant announced possible limited incursion of 18 kilometers to Litani river in Southern Lebanon to destroy Hizballah positions. The Biden Administration maintains one US Navy Carrier Battle Group offshore Lebanon (another CBG is in the Persian Gulf) to prevent a widening war in the Middle East.
  8. Israel needs to complete its mission of destroying or displacing Hamas without significant delays to avoid rising costs to its economy.

WATCH: Will Biden Administration continue support or obstruct Israel victory over Hamas in Gaza War?

About BG John Adams, USA (Ret.)

Brigadier General John Adams retired from the US Army in September 2007. Currently an independent defense consultant, he is also studying toward a PhD in Political Science at the University of Arizona, with a research focus on European security institutions. His final military assignment was as Deputy United States Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, the highest military authority of NATO. He worked closely with military representatives of NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations to develop policy recommendations for the political authorities of the Alliance, and helped coordinate the transfer of authority in Afghanistan from US to NATO control.

Born and raised in the Washington, DC, area, General Adams was a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Regular Army commission from North Carolina State University Army ROTC in 1976. As a Foreign Area Officer, Military Intelligence Officer, and Army Aviator, his more than thirty years of service in command and staff assignments includes nearly eighteen years in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, including assignments with US Embassies in Belgium (1994-1997), Rwanda (1996), Croatia (1998-2001), and South Korea (2002-2003), where as an Army Foreign Area Officer and military attaché, he provided political-military advice to US Ambassadors, combatant commanders, US Government authorities in Washington, visiting US Government delegations, and represented the United States with foreign government officials regarding national and regional issues. As an Army Aviator, he has more than 700 hours as pilot-in-command in fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft including the UH-1D, OV/RV-1D Mohawk, and RU-21 Guardrail Special Electronic Mission Aircraft.

On September 11, 2001, he was stationed at the Pentagon as Deputy Director for European Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and directly participated in immediate disaster recovery operations at the crash site as well as coordinated international support for the US diplomatic and military response. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm (1991), Operation Guardian Assistance in Rwanda (1996), and served and traveled extensively on official business throughout the Balkans from 1998-2003. He traveled on temporary duty to both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004.

General Adams holds Masters in International Relations (Boston University), English (University of Massachusetts), and Strategic Studies (US Army War College). He taught English at West Point from 1988-90. He is proficient in French, Dutch, German, and Croatian.

John and his wife, Laura Magan MD, make their home in Tucson. They enjoy sailing, hiking, and cooking. He has two daughters, the oldest who graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and now works as a program coordinator with Operation Smile in Norfolk, Virginia, and the youngest who is a senior at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

©2023. Jerry Gordon. All rights reserved.

Goodness, What an Unpleasant Little Creature This Greta Thunberg Turns Out to Be

Greta Thunberg has been commenting on the climate conference just held in Dubai. Her appalling remarks can be found here: “Greta Thunberg slams COP28 climate deal and Israel, waves Palestinian flag,” by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, Jerusalem Post, December 17, 2023:

Thunberg, 20, has been “standing with Gaza” since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, not only on social media but also at rallies. She was recently filmed chanting “crush Zionism” at a pro-Palestinian rally in Sweden.

When Greta Thunberg slams the COP28 climate deal and Israel, while she waves the Palestinian flag and cries “crush Zionism,” does she have any idea that Israel is, climate-warningly speaking, on the side of the angels, and the Arabs on the side of the devils? I doubt that Thunberg is aware that Israeli scientists have made their tiny country a leader in solar technology, and Israeli solar companies work on projects all over the world; the Jewish state has done more to help the world move away from fossil fuels than all 22 members of the Arab League combined. But it probably would have no effect; Ms. Thunberg has made up her mind: Israel is the oppressor, the Palestinians are the oppressed, and there’s an end on’t. Please don’t try to confuse her with facts.

Goodness, what an unpleasant little creature this Thunberg turns out to be. She’s not for a “two-state solution.” She’s not for a “ceasefire.” No, she wants to “crush Zionism,” which means she wants to put paid — violently — to the tiny Jewish state. And what about the Israeli Jews? Oh, they can scatter to the winds. Why should she care? She’s saving the world.

It takes a moral idiot to “stand with Gaza,” which means “stand with Hamas,” when that same Hamas has just provided the world with a catalogue of horrors. Hamas, the terror group that Greta Thunberg stands with, on October 7 had 3,000 of its operatives swarm into Israeli kibbutzim, where they killed more Jews than had been killed at any time since the Holocaust. But it was not simple killing. No, it was diabolical in its insensate cruelty. Hamas operatives beheaded babies, burned children alive, gang-raped, tortured, and murdered young girls, sliced the breasts off women, gouged out the eyes, and cut off the genitalia off men, murdered children in front of their parents and parents in front of their children, sliced open the stomach of a pregnant woman, pulled out the fetus before killing the mother. They videotaped each other, as they raped, tortured, mutilated, and murdered. They called home, to excitedly tell their proud parents that “I killed ten Jews with my own hands!” These are the people Greta Thunberg is “standing with” when — after October 7 — she “stands with Gaza.”

“The final outcome of #COP28 is not a ‘historic win,’” Thunberg tweeted. “It is yet another example of extremely vague and watered-down texts full of loopholes that in no way is even close to being sufficient for staying within the 1.5° limit and ensuring climate justice.

“Phasing out fossil fuels is a bare minimum,” she wrote in the three-part thread. “We need drastic immediate emission cuts and binding commitments from the largest contributors of [sic]the climate crisis to finance loss and damages, adaptation and a just transition in the most affected areas.”…

Running off at the mouth, is Greta Thunberg. It’s all very well, what she says — she’s asking for the moon and sixpence — but she’s like the Miss America contestant who solemnly tells the judges that when she is not reading Camus and Dostoyevsky, she is “working for world peace” and hopes “to achieve it by the time I’m thirty.” Thunberg offers a wish list — and so can I, and so can any man — but not a single hint as to how her desired climate future will come about. She wants a “phasing out of fossil fuels.” Okay. But which ones in what order? By what date? And to be replaced by what other sources of energy? How do we choose between, say, nuclear power and solar energy? Or solar and wind? Questions, Greta, questions you are incapable of answering..

And why is it, Greta Thunberg, that you did not discuss the real obstacle at the COP28 meeting — the opposition of the Arabs to anything less vague than that adopted promise “to transition away from fossil fuels” in a “just, equitable, and orderly manner”? Or are these mere “details” too trivial for Greta Thunberg, World’s Greatest Authority, to think about?

In October, she posted a photo on X in which she and her friends held signs like “Free Palestine,” “Stand with Gaza,” “This Jew Stands with Palestine,” and “Climate Justice Now.” After that post, the Education Ministry said it would remove any mentions of the climate activist as a “role model” from the nation’s public school curriculum.

Good for the Swedish Education Ministry, that has determined that her anti-Israel remarks disqualify her from being held up as someone for schoolgirls to emulate. Keep on saving the world, Greta. Stick to that. You’ll do less damage that way. And for god’s sake, leave little Israel, now fighting for its survival, alone.

AUTHOR

RELATED ARTICLES:

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Wants to Save World and ‘Crush Zionism,’ Too

Pro-Hamas protesters splatter Lincoln Memorial steps with red paint, scrawls of ‘Free Gaza’

France: Fifty young illegal Muslim migrants ‘take over’ church in Lyon

Egypt completes barbed-wire and concrete wall to keep ‘Palestinians’ out

NYC: Pro-Hamas demonstrators stage mass Islamic prayer in Penn Station

UK: Muslim migrants in London scream ‘Allahu akbar’ as they chase an Israeli with his daughter

Florida: Imam says ‘freedom for a Muslim is when sharia is established,’ prays for ‘annihilation’ of ‘Zionists’

RELATED VIDEO: This Week In Jihad with David Wood and Robert Spencer

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.