U.N. to U.S.: You need to write check for Palestinians

Bob Unruh – March 15, 2018

United Nations officials are publicly berating the United States for not paying more than its fair share of costs for a refugee program after President Trump curbed support to motivate Palestinians to be serious about negotiating for peace with Israel.

WND reported the president hasn’t been pleased with the Palestinians’ refusal to consider compromises to achieve Middle East peace, so he’s withholding tens of millions of dollars from funds that support Palestinians.

His efforts were met days ago with the threat of terrorism from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Bloomberg reported.

Abbas told the U.N. Security Council he will not meet with U.S. officials until Trump reverses his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

He went far beyond that, though.

“He finished his address with a warning – which others may read as a threat – of violence unless the U.S. restores funds that were cut to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which administers to millions of Palestinian refugees,” the report said.


Abbas calls for international conference to advance peace efforts

Adam Rasgon – February 20, 2018

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for an international conference to advance peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.

Abbas made the statement in a speech delivered on Tuesday to a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.“

We call for the convening of an international peace conference in mid-2018, based on international law and relevant UN resolutions, with broad international participation including the two concerned parties and the regional and international stakeholders,” Abbas said in a 30-minute speech.

Since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiated the relocation of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to the city, Abbas has said the Palestinians will no longer work with an American-dominated peace process and has called for the creation of an alternative peace process to replace it.


Are the flames of war growing in the West Bank?

Anna Ahronheim – February 7, 2018

As the threat of war grows on both Israel’s northern and southern fronts, the first month of 2018 was a deadly, riot-filled one in the country’s third front of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In January, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) recorded 113 terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem, down from 178 in December but still a rise from the 84 incidents in November.

Meanwhile, Palestinians reported 497 attacks on Israeli troops and settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem area in January, including 156 incidents of stone throwing, 50 Molotov cocktails, nine explosive devices thrown, one vehicular ramming attack and five shooting attacks. A total of 242 Palestinians were reported injured and another seven were killed, according to the sources.

On the Israeli side, some 28 persons were wounded last month, and one – Rabbi Raziel Shevach – was killed, in a drive-by shooting near the Havat Gilad outpost. Another Israeli, Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, was stabbed to death in February by Israeli-Arab Abed al-Karim Assi, who has, as of the time of writing, evaded capture.


Hamas Announces Beginning of Third ‘Intifada’ Against US Decision on Jerusalem

Sputnik News – December 12, 2017

Hamas has announced the beginning of the third “intifada” six days after US President Donald Trump announced the controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

According to the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist organization, which governs the Gaza Strip, it expects the “day of rage” protests against the US move, which claimed two lives and left over 1,000 injured on Friday, to continue.

“Protests will continue in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. Because we protest against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as we consider it the capital of Palestine. We hope that the protests will develop further and further,” the movement’s press secretary told RIA Novosti.

A day after Trump’s announcement, which has been condemned by Muslim states and countries backing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the leader of the political bureau of Hamas called for a third “intifada” uprising “against the US and Zionist plans to Judaize Jerusalem.”


Soleimani Says Iran Is Ready to Back Palestinian Forces

Ladane Nasseri – December 12, 2017

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani says his nation is ready to support Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip, days after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Soleimani, commander of the Al Quds force, made the offer in a phone call late Monday with leaders of groups in Gaza, according to the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ website, Sepah News, which didn’t give details of the assistance proffered. Other forces in the region are ready to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Soleimani also told the Gaza faction leaders, without identifying them. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest shrine and a frequent flashpoint for tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

Palestinians claim Jerusalem’s eastern sector, where the mosque stands, as the capital of a future state, and they oppose the U.S. move. Hamas has called for another uprising against Israel in response, though so far protests have been limited.

Soleimani spoke a day after the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, called on all “resistance” groups in the region to come up with a unified strategy to take back Jerusalem.


Iran: Trump’s Jerusalem move will hasten Israel’s destruction

REUTERS – December 11, 2017

BEIRUT – Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will hasten the country’s destruction, Iran’s defense minister said on Monday, while a top Revolutionary Guards commander phoned two Palestinian armed groups and pledged support for them.

Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced last week’s announcement by the US president, including a plan to move the US embassy to the city.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

“(Trump’s) step will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims,” Iran’s defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said on Monday, according to state media.

The army’s chief of staff, General Mohammad Baqeri, said Trump’s “foolish move” could be seen as the beginning of a new intifada, or Palestinian uprising.


EU Vows Push to Make Jerusalem Capital for Palestinians

Newsmax – December 7, 2017

BRUSSELS – The EU’s top diplomat pledged Thursday to reinvigorate diplomacy with Russia, the United States, Jordan and others to ensure Palestinians have a capital in Jerusalem after President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital.

The European Union, a member of the Middle East Quartet along with the United States, the United Nations and Russia, believes it has a duty to make its voice heard as the Palestinians’ biggest aid donor and Israel’s top trade partner.

“The European Union has a clear and united position. We believe the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told a news conference.


Israel airstrikes, Gaza rockets amid tensions over Jerusalem

Laura Smith-Spark – December 9, 2017

Jerusalem (CNN) Two Palestinians were killed Saturday in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, as tensions rose in the region after US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces said aircraft had targeted what it identified as four facilities belonging to Hamas — the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza — early Saturday in response to rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza.
The aircraft targeted two weapons manufacturing sites, a weapons warehouse and a military compound, according to an IDF statement.
The two Palestinians killed were men, 27 and 30 years old, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qadra told CNN.
The IDF said Israeli aircraft had also struck a Hamas training compound and ammunition warehouse late Friday in Gaza.

Muslim Brotherhood Vows to ‘Wage War’ Against U.S. Due to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Edwin Mora – December 8, 2017

The terrorist-linked Muslim Brotherhood (MB), echoing other jihadist groups, has pledged to “shed blood” and “wage war” against the United States after President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and directed his government to move the American embassy to the city.

In an Arabic-language statement disseminated by the Ikhwanonline.info website, MB declares, “Jerusalem is an Islamic and Arab land, for which we shed blood, freedom, and life, and we wage war against every aggressor and every supporter of aggression.”

MB later urges “Palestinian factions and Islamic movements to ignite an uprising [‘intifada’] throughout the Islamic world against the Zionist occupation and the American administration.”

Protests against Trump’s decision have broken out in various Muslim-majority countries.

Echoing his MB ally, Ismail Haniya, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, also called for a new “intifada,” an uprising against Israel in response to the U.S. president’s decision.


2 dead, more than 200 injured in West Bank ‘day of rage’ protests

RT – December 8, 2017

Two people have been killed and hundreds injured amid continuing clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces Friday. Palestinian militants had called for a “day of rage” following Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

At least two Palestinians were killed Friday during the ‘Day of Rage’ protests across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

A 30-year-old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire during protests in Gaza Friday, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, citing the Palestinian Health Ministry. Another 54-year-old Gaza resident died, after being wounded earlier Friday, Al Jazeera reports.

The Red Crescent charity said their ground staff treated at least 767 injuries. Israeli forces fired live munition and rubber bullets to suppress Palestinian rage, triggered by Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Wednesday.

Palestinian delegation at UN say decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “disqualifies” the US has a broker for peace.