Senate Bill S.2265


House Resolution H.622



The United States has been providing the Palestinian Authority (PA) with approximately $600 MILLION/yr. for the express purpose of strengthening the PA economy and encouraging the PA to adopt a more peaceful stance with Israel.   The PA continues its incitement to violence towards Israel and has joined with HAMAS, a designated Terrorist organization.  There is now no reason to continue funding the PA.  It is time for the United States to take strong and meaningful action to assert itself as a powerful supporter of Israel.


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It is time that Congress and the Obama administration take this action.  Continued funding of the PA is tantamount to funding HAMAS which is currently raining down missiles on Israeli cities including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, forcing Israel to respond to protect its citizens.  The legislation to do this is contained in the “Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act” of 2006 which bans U.S. funding for a “HAMAS-linked Palestinian Authority”.  Presidential action is necessary to cancel funding, but to date this funding is still taking place.

The Senate bill - Stand with Israel Act of 2014, S.2265 – initiated by Sen. Rand Paul is now stalled in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  It strengthens the original 2006 bill, adding further requirements.  It must be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. This legislation prohibits any direct US assistance, loan guarantee, or debt relief to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as long as they are affiliated with Hamas.

The new House Resolution, H.Res.622 – initiated by Rep. Trent Franks Introduced on June 12, 2014 has passed. It expresses the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners with respect to the Palestinian Authority. Hamas and Fatah have now unified. Regardless of the unity government being made up of Hamas and Fatah technocrats, the Secretary of State should, if the unity government is not dissolved, designate the PA and such unity government as a foreign terrorist organization. It also designates the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as a foreign terrorist organization.

Taken together, both the Senate and the House are in accord in their desire to stop funding a Hamas terrorist Palestinian Authority. Both bodies of our Government are very specific in their demands.

The only way for Hamas to receive funding would be if the President certifies to Congress that during each fiscal year the PA has:
(1)          formally recognized Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,
(2)          publicly recognized the state of Israel,
(3)          renounced terrorism,
(4)          purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services,
(5)          terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement,
(6)          publicly pledged to not engage in war with Israel, and
(7)          honored previous diplomatic agreements.

Both the Senate and the House documents would demand obedience to the laws of the United States and demonstrate that American citizens are serious in our desire to deny the financing of the very forces whose goal is to destroy Israel, our loyal ally and the one vestige of democracy in the Middle East.

Today, Hamas has spurned the cease fire and resumed rocket attacks forcing Israel to continue Operation Protective Edge. It is extremely important that our government officials hear from you, their constituents, on this vital legislation.

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Contents: (summaries below)
  1. No War Is an Island, The New York Times, David Brooks
  2. What Hamas planned to do with the terror tunnels - UPDATED, israelmatzav.blogspot.com, Carl in Jerusalem Blogger
  3. After morning of 'return fire only' policy, IDF resumes full military activity in Gaza, Ynet News, Attila Somfalvi, Yoav Zitun
  4. Premier slams UN cease-fire plan for not addressing Israel's security needs, The Jerusalem Post, Herb Keinon
  5. PLO adopts President Obama's position that Hamas remain armed until permanent Palestinian-Israeli agreement reached, IMRA , Dr. Aaron Lerner
  6. Remarks at the Rollout of the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom, Press Briefing Room, Washington, DC, John Kerry, Secretary of State
  7. Lawmakers Rally Behind Israel at Conference of Jewish Groups, The Wall Street Journal, Felicia Schwartz
  8. With Israel, the world is blaming the victims, The Washington Post, Richard Cohen

No War Is an Island
David Brooks

The New York Times, July 28, 2014

It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is a self-contained struggle being run by the two parties most directly involved. It’s based on the supposition that the horror could be ended if only deft negotiators could achieve a “breakthrough” and a path toward a two-state agreement.

But it is not 1979. People’s mental categories may be stuck in the past, but reality has moved on. The violence between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, may look superficially like past campaigns, but the surrounding context is transformed.

What’s happened, of course, is that the Middle East has begun what Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations has called its 30 Years’ War — an overlapping series of clashes and proxy wars that could go on for decades and transform identities, maps and the political contours of the region.

The Sunni-Shiite rivalry is at full boil. Torn by sectarian violence, the nation of Iraq no longer exists in its old form.

The rivalry between Arab authoritarians and Islamists is at full boil. More than 170,000 Syrians have been killed in a horrific civil war, including 700 in two days alone, the weekend before last, while the world was watching Gaza.

The Sunni vs. Sunni rivalry is boiling, too. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and other nations are in the midst of an intra-Sunni cold war, sending out surrogates that distort every other tension in the region....

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What Hamas planned to do with the terror tunnels - UPDATED
Carl in Jerusalem Blogger

israelmatzav.blogspot.com, July 23, 2014

...From the 48 Hamas prisoners that have been captured, the intelligence have been interrogating them and the most terrifying, and horrific picture is being built.

They are being investigated about the many tunnels that have been found and dug under many kibbutzim that surround Gaza. The most terrifying detail is being uncovered that Hamas had a plan to attack all the settlements and kibbutzim in the area this year on Rosh Hashanah with an invasion of over 200 terrorists into almost all the settlements in the area. The tunnels went under the kibbutzim under the kindergartens and dining rooms and other areas within the kibbutz perimeters. They planned to occupy the whole area and kill as many Israeli as possible.

This could have been the worst terror attack in the history of terrorism. Thousands of people, including women and children would have been slaughtered in this planned attack.

I think now we start to understand how dangerous these tunnels really are. They all have to be destroyed and we cannot leave even one undetected or unattended to. These tunnels are more dangerous than any rocket or any other weapon .

 Sounds to me like Mumbai....


Maariv has now confirmed the date - Rosh HaShanah - about two months from now (link in Hebrew).  They are also confirming that the plan was to send 200 terrorists per tunnel into six different 'settlements' near the Gaza border to murder or kidnap as many Israelis as possible. The tunnels are not straight, but intersect at various points. I will have more on this in a later post.

Carl in Jerusalem - I am an Orthodox Jew - some would even call me 'ultra-Orthodox.' Born in Boston, I was a corporate and securities attorney in New York City for seven years before making aliya to Israel in 1991 (I don't look it but I really am that old :-). I have been happily married to the same woman for thirty-two years, and we have eight children (bli ayin hara) ranging in age from 10 to 30 years and six grandchildren. Our eldest daughter and eldest son are married! Before I started blogging I was a heavy contributor on a number of email lists and ran an email list called the Matzav from 2000-2004. You can contact me at: IsraelMatzav at gmail dot com

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After morning of 'return fire only' policy, IDF resumes full military activity in Gaza
Attila Somfalvi, Yoav Zitun

Ynet News, July 28, 2014

After sticking to a "return fire only" policy for most of the day, the IDF resumed full military operations in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon.

Shortly after 10pm, the Palestinians reported heavy artillery and tank fire in the northern and eastern Gaza Strip.

IAF jets resumed attacks targeting militants and dangerous infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. According to Palestinian reports, IAF strikes were being conducted Monday night across the Strip targeting the homes of terrorists. Ten houses have been bombed.

The airstrikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in the fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the three-week war between Israel and Hamas. Still, the level of fighting on both sides was down considerably from previous days....

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Premier slams UN cease-fire plan for not addressing Israel's security needs
Herb Keinon

The Jerusalem Post, July 28, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gestures as he speaks during a joint news conference with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv July 22, 2014.
(Photo: REUTERS)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday slammed a UN Security Council statement calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, saying during a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the statement addresses the needs of a murderous terrorist organization, but not those of Israel.

The statement, he said, does not address Israel's demands for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, a principle already established by previous interim agreements with the Palestinians.

“The statement did not deal with the harm done to Israeli civilians, nor to the fact that Hamas turned Gaza civilians into human shields,” he said. Netanyahu, who met Ban in Jerusalem last week, also complained that the statement made no mention of the fact that Hamas used UN facilities to attack Israeli civilians....

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PLO adopts President Obama's position that Hamas remain armed until permanent Palestinian-Israeli agreement reached
Dr. Aaron Lerner

IMRA , July 28, 2014

Once again President Obama has succeeded in hardening the Palestinian position by taking a stand that was a harder line than that of the Palestinians.

At the start of his first term, President Obama introduced the concept that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations be conditioned on a settlement construction freeze.  The Palestinians, who until then engaged in negotiations without such a condition, adopted President Obama's demand.

Yesterday President Obama opted to take a radically different stand than the 22 July position of the EU that "All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm" when he told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the disarming of the terrorists in the Gaza Strip would only take place within the context of a final overall Israeli-Palestinian agreement ("The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.")...

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Remarks at the Rollout of the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom
John Kerry, Secretary of State

Press Briefing Room, Washington, DC, July 28, 2014

...We believe the momentum generated by a humanitarian cease-fire is the best way to be able to begin to negotiate and find out if you can put in place a sustainable cease-fire, one that addresses all of the concerns – the long-term concerns as well; begin to talk about the underlying causes of the conflict in Gaza, though those obviously will not all be resolved in the context of a cease-fire, sustainable cease-fire discussion. But it is important to try to build, to begin, and to move in a process, and that’s what we’re trying to achieve. That is the only way, ultimately, this conflict is going to be resolved.

Hopefully, if we can make some progress, the people in this region, who deserve peace, can take one step towards that elusive goal by stopping the violence which catches innocents on all sides in the crossfire, and begin to try to build a sustainable way forward.

We also believe that any process to resolve the crisis in Gaza in a lasting and meaningful way must lead to the disarmament of Hamas and all terrorist groups [A true peace will require disarmament of Hamas prior to any "humanitarian cease-fire."  These so called "humanitarian cease-fires" are a waste of Israeli and U.S. sources.  They, in essence, reward past terrorism and encourage future terrorism]. And we will work closely with Israel and regional partners and the international community in support of this goal....

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Lawmakers Rally Behind Israel at Conference of Jewish Groups
Felicia Schwartz

The Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON–U.S. lawmakers from both parties voiced strong support of Israel and its right to defend itself against Hamas on Monday, affirming their commitment to Israel even as the Obama administration has expressed impatience with the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Speaking at an impromptu gathering of Jewish leaders here, congressional leaders denounced Hamas as a terror organization.

“We will not equate professional militaries with terrorist organizations that use human shields as they seek maximum civilian casualties,” House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) said, pledging Congress’ support for Israel. “America must send this clear, public and united message: Israel is our friend, and Israel’s enemies are our enemies. And as long as I am speaker of the House, I give you my word this will be our cause.”

Multiple lawmakers, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., MD.), called for a demilitarization of Gaza to end violence in the region....

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With Israel, the world is blaming the victims
Richard Cohen

The Washington Post, July 28, 2014

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti- Semitism is getting the better of him. Once again, the Turkish prime minister has trotted out the Hitler analogy in relation to Israel and what it has done in Gaza. “They curse Hitler morning and night,” he said of the Israelis. “However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.”

Erdogan’s Hitler fetish is both revolting and inaccurate. Hitler murdered an estimated 6 million Jews, not to mention millions of Poles, Russians, Gypsies and, as a group, homosexuals; the Israelis have killed in the current Gaza operation more than 1,000 Palestinians. The difference between murdered and killed — the former on purpose, the latter mostly what’s called “collateral damage” — ought to be clear to anyone whose mind is not addled by anti-Semitism.

Israel has gone out of its way to try to avoid civilian deaths. It has often — maybe too often — not succeeded. But it has warned civilians with telephone calls and text messages and even dummy bombs hitting the roof. This, I point out, is far more than President Obama has done when U.S. drones kill terrorists in Pakistan or wherever. Hamas militants are also terrorists and they hide, as every guerrilla army has ever done, among the people.

The loss of civilian life is awful, but it is no Holocaust. It is, though, an opportunity for anti-Semites, latent or otherwise, to express their bigotry. Their implied statement is that the Jews had it coming — see how they act now! Their bigotry overpowers their logic and they deliriously lose all sense of proportion — 6 million vs. 1,000 or so in Gaza — and they conflate the killer with the killed. It is repugnant....

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