The Deputy Commander of the military wing of Hamas, Marwan Issa, has said that the Palestinian prisoners’ file will “shock” the occupation authorities and the resistance will surprise “enemies” as well as “friends”. The official with Al Qassam Brigades made his comments in a documentary aired last week on Al Jazeera.
“Many sides doubt the abilities of the Palestinian resistance,” noted Issa. “I am not exaggerating if I say that the prisoners’ file will trigger several surprises for the Zionist occupation.”
He revealed that a prisoner swap is possible soon. It is, he pointed out, the most important issue currently on the table. “We cannot waste more time while we are looking at the suffering and pain of the prisoners inside Israeli jails and their families.”
Resistance fighters, added Issa, are still protecting and guarding the Israeli prisoners held in Gaza.
“This march is considered an aggression on our people in Jerusalem, as well as an aggression on holy sites,” he said, stressing that “this aggression should be reined in.”
The Flag March sees far-right Israeli ultra-nationalists flooding through Muslim areas celebrating the capture of East Jerusalem by Zionist occupation forces following a second wave of ethnic cleansing in 1967. Chanting “death to Arabs” and singing racist and highly offensive songs, thousands are seen parading through Muslim areas flying the Israeli flag.
On Sunday, Bennett was sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister as part of a coalition which united to overthrow the occupation state’s longest-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who held the post for 12 years.
In one of the most belligerent oppositions to the national aspiration of the Palestinian people by an outgoing Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, urged lawmakers to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state, warning that it would pose a threat to Israel’s very existence.
Speaking to the Knesset ahead of the vote approving the new government on Sunday, Netanyahu praised his record in rejecting international pressure to cease the construction of illegal settlements; Iran’s nuclear deal, and Palestinian statehood while also throwing down a challenge to the new coalition government, led by the far-right nationalist Naftali Bennett, to stand up to any form of pressure from the international community.
“Apart from Iran, the second challenge we face is preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state that threatens our existence. The new administration in the United States has already revived efforts in this direction,” Netanyahu said.
Since coming to office, US President Joe Biden has been desperate to undo the damage of his predecessor Donald Trump who unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The Israelis, along with their Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, were the strongest opponents of the deal signed by European powers, the US, China, and Russia, known as the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Netanyahu also railed against the Biden administration’s stance on Israel’s sprawling settlements enterprise which is illegal under international law. “It has already demanded that we now freeze settlement building in Judea and Samaria and freeze construction of new Jewish neighbourhoods in Jerusalem. I firmly rejected an appeal to freeze construction in Arnona and Givat Hamatos,” Netanyahu said, referring to the occupied West Bank with its biblical name.
Denouncing the US plans to re-opening of an American consulate in occupied East Jerusalem, Netanyahu warned that such a proposal “will put the division of Jerusalem back on the agenda” and that if the US wished to establish a consulate it should do it in Abu Dis, not in “sovereign Jerusalem.”
Palestinians have rejected the proposal favoured overwhelmingly by Israelis to make Abu Dis the capital of any future Palestinian state. The plan was put forward by the administration of former US President Donald Trump as part of its failed “deal of the century”.
Despite optimism around Netanyahu’s demise, there has been no indication that on the crucial issue of Palestinian rights the new government will seek to change course. Bennett, who heads the ultra-nationalist Yamina Party and describes himself as “more right-wing” than Netanyahu and is more hawkish as indicated by his previous remarks that the creation of a Palestine state would be “suicide” for Israel. He has also called for the annexation of most of the occupied West Bank.
The Arab and Muslim Ummah are feeling proud following the victory of the Palestinians, Sama News reported Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri saying yesterday.
The resistance’s main achievement during the last Israeli assault “is the comprehensive national and popular unity inside and outside Palestine,” he explained.
Berri proudly hailed the “persistence, resilience and major achievements” made by the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation on the ground.
“This victory was achieved due to the unity among the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Palestinians in 48 occupied lands,” he said, stressing that the Palestinian in Israel “succeeded in freezing the occupation through their successful strike which is the fist of its kind since the Nakba.”
“This unity gives a glimpse of hope for the Ummah,” he said, stressing that unity in any Arab or Muslim country is the core for victory against any external aggression.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Islamic Jihad movement has said that it will not allow the occupation state to compromise Al Aqsa mosque. It added that it will confront the Israeli settlers’ provocations with full force.
“The occupation will have a foothold [in Al Aqsa]”, the resistance movement said in a statement issued today.
“The settlers’ raid today puts us before a real test. We either risk our lives defending our holy places… or we surrender.”
“It is impossible for us to accept the second choice.”
The movement also called on native Palestinians across Palestine to flock towards Al Aqsa mosque.
Yesterday, the Israeli army increased its forces in the West Bank and settlements near Gaza. It also declared high alert in fear of the resistance to retaliate against Jerusalem’s settlers’ raid.
Gaza (QNN)- Addressing QNN, the member of the political bureau of Hamas, Suheil Al Hindi, on Tuesday stressed that the resistance continues to hold the view that it has imposed in the latest battle with the occupation state, which is that Jerusalem represents the red line.
Al Hindi told QNN, commenting on the Israeli settlers’ raid, that the enemy “should understand this equation and not get involved in costly adventures”.
“We don’t seek war and blood but if a war has been imposed on us, we will fight with with full force”, he added.
“The Israeli government, led by Bennett, is a cabinet of war. It only speaks the language of killing”, he added.
“The resistance has clearly stated that Jerusalem is a red line and we cannot level it alone”.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- As thousands of Israeli settlers went out to the streets in Jerusalem settlers raid, Israeli forces brutally attacked native Palestinians, wounding five and arresting six others.
Shortly before the raid, Israeli forces cracked down on Palestinians in Bab Al Amoud courtyard, forcing them to empty the area for settlers only.
The Red Crescent, meanwhile, announced that five Palestinians have been shot near the old city of Jerusalem. Three of them have been wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets while two others got wounded with beating and stun bombs.
In the same vein, local sources said Israeli forces arrested six young men in Jerusalem after assaulting them. Bab Al Amoud has been turned into a closed military zone.
In order to allow settlers to celebrate and dance in the holy city, Israeli forces forced Palestinian shop owners in the old city to close their shops earlier today.
Israeli settlers are supposed to march from Al Anbiya’ street towards Bab Al Amoud area, where they will perform their dances. They will head towards the Islamic quarter, Bab Al Khalil, then finally Al Magharbeh neighborhood.
Israeli authorities said they deployed over 2500 policemen to protect the settlers.
On the other hand, resistance factions stressed that they will not stand idly by watching the Israeli violations in the holy city.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Israeli extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick broke into Al Aqsa mosque under the protection of the Israeli police this morning.
Meanwhile, protected by police, groups of Israeli fanatics broke into the holy mosque from the Magharbeh gate.
The Israeli police started allowing settlers’ raids in 2003 despite the rejection of Jerusalem’s Islamic Waqf.
Glick’s raid comes while thousands of Jewish fanatics are preparing for massive provocative marches throughout the holy city.
Extremist settlers groups will participate in “Death for Arabs” marches and will gather at Bab Al Amoud yard. They will walk in a provocative massive march throughout the eastern part of Jerusalem to celebrate its occupation and annexation.
On the other side, factions called on Palestinians to gather in Bab AlAmoud and Al Aqsa mosque to protect them.
The resistance had warned Israeli authorities of any violations in Al Aqsa or the Sheikh Jarrah.
Last month, the same settlers’ raid in addition to Israeli violations throughout the holy city sparked tensions across Palestine.
A round of Israeli airstrikes and resistance missiles was triggered following Israeli violations, pushing ‘Israel’ to cancel the settlers’ provocative raid.
Yesterday, the occupation state declared high-alert in fear of any retaliation by the resistance.