PM Netanyahu: Forging Ties With Arab World Can Precede, Facilitate Peace With Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu shakes hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres on September 30, 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is challenging one of the fundamental pillars of the two-and-a-half-decades-long peace process by proffering that the creation of ties with Arab-Islamic countries can not only precede but also advance the prospects of forging a long-elusive deal to end the conflict with the Palestinians.

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500,000 Palestinians gather in Gaza for Hamas anniversary rally

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gather in center of Gaza for rally celebrating Hamas 31st Anniversary. (Hamas photo)

Nearly half a million Palestinians have gathered for an afternoon rally commemorating the 31st anniversary of the founding of Hamas, the Islamist government in the Gaza Strip.

Schools of all levels, including Al-Azhar University in Gaza City, have announced the suspension of classes for the day to allows students to attend the Hamas rally.

Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas' political chief, said in a speech at the rally that a technological device had been seized from the Israeli military after an undercover operation in Gaza was exposed last month, resulting in the death of an elite Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians and sparked the most severe escalation in violence between the sides since a 2014 war.

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Recent Increase in Terrorist Attacks in Judea and Samaria – The situation on the ground

Since September 2018 there has been an increase in the number of significant terrorist attacks carried out in Judea and Samaria. Five adults were killed in the attacks, and a three-day-old baby, born prematurely because of his mother’s injuries. During 2018 54 terrorist attacks were carried out in Judea and Samaria.[1] About half (26) were carried out in September-December (12 during the same period in 2017). Most of the attacks were stabbing, vehicular and shooting attacks. Three were lethal shooting attacks, which took the lives of four adults and a baby. However, despite the rise since September 2018, there has been annual decline since the peak of popular terrorism, which began in September 2015. Alongside the increase in terrorist attacks, the routine continues of stone- and Molotov cocktail-throwing, and the placing of IEDs in Judea and Samaria.

Significant terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria during the past year[2]

Significant terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria during the past year

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Abbas' Party Hails Terrorists Behind Recent Attacks as 'Heroic Martyrs'

The Palestinian terrorist who killed a 4-day-old baby in last Sunday’s shooting attack is being publicly mourned by the Palestinian Authority after he was eliminated by the IDF.

Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti opened fire on a group of Israelis near the Jewish community of Ofra, critically injuring a pregnant woman. Her baby, a boy, was delivered by an emergency cesarean section, but he passed away on Wednesday.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa, who killed two Israelis at the Barkan industrial complex in October, was also cornered and killed.

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Palestinian recounts torture by PA for helping Israel to thwart terror attacks

A Palestinian man this week attended a Knesset meeting and described torture he was subjected to while in the Palestinian Authority’s custody for collaborating with Israel and preventing terror attacks. In rare Knesset discussion, Walid says he and other suspected collaborators were forced to carry heavy cinder blocks; official says government seeking to up pressure on Ramallah.

 

Tearful and angry, the man recounted his detention during an unusual discussion on Tuesday at an Interior Committee discussion that dealt with Israelis and Palestinian collaborators arrested by the PA, which was called following the arrest of a different man, Isaam Akel, two months ago on suspicion of selling land to Jews.

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Congress passes bill targeting use of human shields by Israel's enemies

A BOY WATCHES Hamas members gather in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis earlier this month ahead of commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the group’s founding..

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation targeting individuals responsible for Hamas and Hezbollah's use of human shields as a war tactic in their battles with Israel. The legislation, titled the Sanctioning of the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, now goes to the president's desk for his signature.

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