FM: Israel will continue with policy of targeted assassinations

A woman holds a baby near a destroyed house after Israeli carried out air strike in Gaza on 14 November 2019 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

A woman holds a baby near a destroyed house after Israeli carried out air strike in Gaza on 14 November 2019 

Israel Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Tel Aviv will continue with its policy of assassinations against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

“Israel will harm anyone who tries to harm it,” Katz told Army Radio yesterday, adding that Islamic Jihad “was beaten in an unprecedented manner in our offensive.”

Israel’s targeted assassination of Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata on Tuesday led to a new round of violence that killed 34 Palestinians and injured 111 others.

Egypt and the UN brokered a ceasefire between Palestinian faction in Gaza and Israel which came in to affect yesterday morning. Israel has, however, struck Gaza a number of times since the truce came in to affect bringing into question how long it will hold.

READ: Attacks against Gaza’s resistance are Netanyahu’s way to cover up his failures

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Ex-Israel official: ‘Second Intifada ended following security coordination’ with PA

A Palestinian child throws stones at an Israeli Defence Force's tank, much like the iconic image of Faris Odeh from October 2000, during the First Intifada [Musa Al-Shaer / AFP]

A Palestinian child throws stones at an Israeli Defence Force’s tank, much like the iconic image of Faris Odeh from October 2000, during the second Intifada

Director of the office of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that the security coordination with the Palestinian Authority (PA) significantly contributed to ending the Second Intifada.

According to Dov Weisglass, who served as the director of Sharon’s office during the Second Intifada, 500 Israelis were killed during the Palestinian Uprising before the initiation of “Operation Defensive Shield” by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank in 2002. Following the operation, another 500 Israelis were killed by 2005.

Weisglass said in an interview with Maariv, translated by Safa News Agency, that “the Second Intifada was eradicated thanks to the effective security coordination with the PA, and not because of the military invasion.”

He added: “In the West Bank, the Palestinian operations were halted as a result of the effective security coordination with the PA rather than Operation Defensive Shield; and because God removed [former Palestinian President Yasser] Arafat from our way and brought us [Mahmoud] Abbas, who believed in the vitality of vanquishing terrorism.”

Weisglass called on Israel to launch a military offensive similar to “Operation Defensive Shield” in Gaza due to the existence of a multitude of challenges in that area; however, he noted that: “No one has the courage to initiate such an operation.”

READ: Barak apologises for killing of 12 Arab-Israelis during Second Intifada

Regarding the period that followed the Israeli “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Weissglas indicated that “after the withdrawal, the armed attacks continued; however, we were confident of Abbas’ balanced efforts to control Gaza properly.”

He insisted: “Unfortunately, we found that the extent of discipline among the PA’s military forces to their leadership in Ramallah is very low.”

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Gaza suffers $3m in damages following Israel strikes

Palestinian women sit on debris after Israeli airstrikes hit their homes in Khan Yunis, Gaza as tension rises between Israel and Gaza after commander in the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Gaza-based resistance faction Islamic Jihad, Bahaa Abu Al-Atta was killed by Israeli airstrike, on 13 November 2019. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian women sit on debris after Israeli air strikes hit their homes in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 13 November 2019 

Losses from Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip this year amount to $3 million, the Media Office in the enclave reported.

Some 500 housing units were either partial, severely or totally damaged, the office said, including eight houses and 12 housing units, with an estimated total value of $2 million, in addition to agricultural losses as a result of damage to land, farms, irrigation systems and fishing boats, worth more than one million shekels ($0.29 million).

The total losses in infrastructure, including water, sewage, electricity and roads, amounted to more than one million shekels.

The office pointed out that 12 commercial establishments were damaged at a cost of 300,000 shekels ($26,311) while losses in the transport and communications sectors amounted to more than 200,000 ($57,540) as a result of damage to cars and transport vehicles.

The aggression resulted in partial damage to government buildings and institutions, including 15 schools, two education directorates and a security headquarters, at a total value of 100,000 ($34,750).

The media office held the occupation responsible for all crimes committed against the Palestinian people during this aggression. Adding that those who did not act to stop the operation share the blame.

READ: Israel carried out 30 attacks in Gaza Strip, says army

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IDF: Striking “Terror” Targets

Israel’s army said early Friday it had launched fresh strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, despite a ceasefire in place since Thursday morning.

“The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) is currently striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in the Gaza strip,” the army said in a WhatsApp message to reporters, The New Arab (Al-Araby) reported.

Israel typically does not publicly acknowledge deals with militant groups, and on Thursday officials said the only unwritten agreement was that Israel would hold fire so long as Islamic Jihad did.

Israel’s military spokesmen listed a series of accomplishments after the two-day spasm of violence, including the killing of some 25 militants in targeted strikes.

The ceasefire had been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants after two days of fighting in Gaza saw thirty-four Palestinians killed in exchanges of fire.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said the policy had “proved itself” and would continue.

“Everyone who was a top military official, who was set to carry out, and was involved in terror or rocket firing against Israel was eliminated,” he told Israeli Army Radio. “And we intend to continue with this.”

Critics of Israel’s contentious policy say it amounts to extrajudicial killings that endanger civilians.

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Israeli Claims Bombing of Family Home a “Mistake”

Haaretz headline – Israeli Army Admits to Killing Eight Gaza Family Members: We Thought the House Was Empty

November 15 – 8:33 A.M Israeli army admits to killing eight Gaza family members: “We thought the house was empty.”

The Israeli military admitted it made a mistake in targeting a Gaza building Wednesday night, which killed a family of eight.

The army said it assessed that the building in the Deir al-Balah neighborhood was empty, not realizing it was populated by a family…

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Neighbors and acquaintances said it was a case of mistaken identity. The military said it had targeted Rasmi Abu Malhous, commander of the Islamic Jihad’s rocket squadron in the central Gaza Strip, but acquaintances of the family say the strike killed the family of a man with the same name.

Nov. 15 – 7:11 A.M. Palestinians report several people were lightly wounded, and damage caused to property in Khan Younis and Rafah, in Southern Gaza overnight

Nov. 15 – 12:53 A.M. Military says it struck Islamic Jihad positions in the Gaza Strip

Nov. 14 – 10:14 P.M. Hours after the cease-fire was declared, five rockets were launched from the coastal enclave, with two of them intercepted in southern Israel, the army said.

IDF reportedly said that they views the violation of the cease-fire as “very severe.”

Nov. 14 – 10:02 P.M. Rocket sirens sounded in Israeli communities near Gaza border and Sderot.

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31 Years Ago, Arafat Declared Independence of the State of Palestine

31 years ago, November 15, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat declared the independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, WAFA reported.

Arafat declared on November 15, 1988 at a meeting of the Palestinian National Council, the Palestinian parliament in exile, which convened in the Algerian capital of Algiers. “In the name of God and in the name of the Palestinian Arab people, the National Council declares the creation of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian land with noble Jerusalem as its capital,”

This declaration was a turning point in the history of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) confirmed Palestinian acceptance of the two-solution for the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The move led to Arab, Islamic and world recognition of the State of Palestine as declared in Algiers.

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PLO Official: International Community Must Defend Palestinian Human Rights

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said, on Friday, that the international rules-based order founded on the principles and values of international law is under real threat by the rise of unilateralism, isolationism, and racism, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA).

“This irresponsible trend threatens to disrupt and undermine stability, trade, and human rights worldwide. Indeed, this agenda of hostility and warmongering is an existential threat for the Palestinian people,” she said in a statement on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of Palestine’s Declaration of Independence.

Thirty one years ago, the Palestinian National Council announced the PLO’s endorsement of the two state formula, as a path forward towards peace.

She continued, “The painful compromise of accepting to establish the Palestinian state over 22% of historic Palestine, embodied in the Declaration of Independence, reflected our commitment to the universal values and principles of international law, our determination to achieve peace, freedom, and dignity for our people and our commitment to reflect these principles in our system of governance.”

Dr. Ashrawi said the unprecedented gesture of generosity and sacrifice was welcomed by the majority of states around the world, which recognized the State of Palestine “to reaffirm their commitment to international law and to the inalienable and universal rights of the Palestinian people for justice, freedom, and national independence.”

“These dangers must compel the international community to positive and collective action in defence of our shared values. This includes states that remain negatively passive in relation to Palestine, realigning their position with international law,” the PLO official remarked.

“It is time to proactively and constructively defend international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people by standing up for peace and recognizing Palestine.”

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Washington (QNN)- 2020 presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday condemned recent Israeli escalation following the announcement of a cease-fire earlier in the day.

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders expressed concern for both Israelis and Palestinians, while Warren was the only candidate to acknowledge that multiple Palestinians have been killed.

“I welcome the Gaza ceasefire. Dozens were killed in Gaza, and hundreds of rockets fired at Israel”, Warren wrote in a tweet.

Elizabeth Warren @ewarren  

I welcome the Gaza ceasefire. Dozens were killed in Gaza, and hundreds of rockets fired at Israel. We must work to end rocket attacks on Israel, eliminate the Gaza blockade, and solve the humanitarian crisis so that all Israelis and Palestinians live in security and freedom.3,6959:47 PM – Nov 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

“Israelis should not have to live in fear of rocket fire. Palestinians should not have to live under occupation and blockade,” Sanders tweeted.

Bernie Sanders @BernieSanders  

Israelis should not have to live in fear of rocket fire. Palestinians should not have to live under occupation and blockade. The U.S. must lead the effort to end the crisis in Gaza and the persistent violence that threatens everyone.21.9K9:33 PM – Nov 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy

The subject of conditioning aid to Israel has become a consistent topic during the campaign, with Sanders, Warren, and Buttigieg all indicating they’d be open to it. Recent polling shows that a majority of Democratic voters would like Israel’s military aid conditioned over its human rights abuses.

Recent days have seen an Israeli escalation against the besieged enclave, with Israeli airstrikes killing at least 34 Palestinians mostly civilians.

A cease-fire brokered by Egypt was announced early Thursday. The fragile ceasefire was violated by the Israelis several times.

The escalation started on Tuesday, when the Israelis assassinated an IJ leader along with his wife and a passerby and wounded 18 in what the Israelis called a “surgical operation”.

A series of Israeli strikes shook the strip for 72 hours, murdering 34 Palestinians and wounding over 111 others. 15 school were targeted and damaged by the Israelis.

The Palestinian resistance retaliated firing hundreds of missiles at occupied Palestine.

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[Archive photo] Israeli strike on Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli warplanes struck several sites of the resistance between Rafah and Khan Younes in southern Gaza strip, yesterday after midnight.

Local sources said Israeli reconnaissance and war planes carried out a series of raids on military sites for the Palestinian resistance in southern Gaza, violating the ceasefire.

The raids targeted Hittin an Muhajer military sites. Several buildings near the areas got partially damaged and two injuries were treated in the field. No casualties reached Gaza hospitals.

The Israeli army claimed the raids came as a response to Palestinian missiles that were fired at surrounding settlements in retaliation for the Israeli massacre the night before, when Israeli warplanes committed a massacre against the Sawarkeh family, killing 8 of them, including 5 children.

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Gaza (QNN)- The Ministry of Public Works and Housing said 500 residential units have been partially damaged while 30 others were completely damaged during the two-day recent Israeli escalation on Gaza.

The ministry stated that an initial estimation of losses revealed that the besieged strip lost 2 million dollars in the Israeli strikes, which hit buildings and structures that are mostly civilian.

The Ministry also affirmed its responsibility to alleviate the suffering of our people and those who lost their houses through speeding up the efforts of removal of debris and recovery of bodies.

The ministry called on International bodies to fulfill their roles, providing financial support for those who lost their houses to provide decent houses for them.

(Source / 15.11.2019)