Defense Minister – Israel is on its way to war

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (C) arrives to a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset, on October 22, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

“We have examined all the options and Israel’s final resort is to strike at Hamas,” Defense Minister Liberman said.

Egyptian mediation has failed and Israel is on its way war. That was the message Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman delivered Monday to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Israel has recently seen an increase in the intensity and the volume of violence and attacks emanating from Gaza, which culminated in Wednesday’s rocket attack on Israel which destroyed a home in Beersheba.

Palestinian riots on Israel’s border with Gaza are not “popular protests” as Hamas depicts them but rather carefully orchestrated violence organized by the terror group, he said.

“Fifteen thousand people do not show up by foot at the border fence,”  Liberman said. “We have been talking since March 30 about the tens of millions [of shekels] Hamas has spent … They pay for every person killed $3,000, each seriously wounded $500, and a moderately injured [rioter receives] less than $200.”

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United Nations Watch Statement Delivered by Colonel Richard Kemp


During the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Gaza, Colonel Richard Kemp (above) delivered a statement.

“Hamas’s goal, in their own words, was “blood… in the path of Jihad.”

“I ask every country in this Council: You have all been telling us that Israel should have reacted differently.  But how would you respond if a Jihadist terror group sent thousands to flood your borders, and gunmen to massacre your communities?

“Your failure to admit that Hamas is responsible for every drop of blood spilt on the Gaza border encourages their violence and use of human shields. It makes you complicit in further bloodshed.”

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Time to Break the Barriers to Researching Prison Radicalization


As more foreign fighters return from the ISIS battlefields to their home countries and face possible prosecution and imprisonment, the European Union continues to wrestle with how to deal with Islamic radicalization within its prisons.

American policymakers need to pay attention because it's a challenge we face, too.

“We found a lot of people that maybe weren't convicted on terror-related charges were radicalizing in the prison systems,” U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul said last month. “I think the Bureau of Prisons needs a program to ensure that radicalization is not taking place because it is.”

A recent investigation by Spanish counter terrorism officials uncovered a jihadi recruitment network operating inside 17 of its prisons. The group recruited and radicalized new inmate converts and planned to carry out several attacks when some of its members were released.

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Touch the dead 'Martyr' and brag to your friends

Official PA daily describes kids' behavior toward Martyrs.

 Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

  • Martyrs are “glory”
  • Martyrs are “grooms”
  • “Death as a Martyr is the path to excellence and greatness”
  • Martyrdom is “the great victory.”
“A boy comes out quickly and tries to touch the head of the Martyr.
He wants to brag to his friends that he touched a Martyr”


By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

“Touching a Martyr” is worth street credit if you're a kid in the Palestinian Authority. Kids want to touch the dead body so they can “brag to their friends” about it, according to the official PA daily.

Referring to the “images that remain” when “parting from the Martyrs,” the paper described:

“A boy is hanging out the window of a room and watching the parting from the Martyr… He comes out quickly and tries to touch the head of the Martyr. He wants to reach the glory in order to brag to his friends that he touched a Martyr…”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 2, 2018]

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