Hamas refers its IDF covert penetration probe to Iran and Hizballah

Hamas refers its IDF covert penetration probe to Iran and Hizballah

Hamas’ bosses in Tehran want to know how the IDF managed to penetrate Hamas ranks, how long they had worked undercover in the Gaza Strip undetected, were more such Israeli cells still buried there, and did they manage to infiltrate the top political and military levels of the Hamas hierarchy.

Both Iran and Hizballah are anxious to learn as much as they can about Israel military intelligence methods – not just behind enemy lines in neighboring Lebanon and Syria, but inside Iran proper.

The IDF-Hamas propaganda contest ongoing since last week was in fact the external face of the clandestine war waged against the IDF by Hizballah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards intelligence bodies, some of whom operate out of Syria. It was they who gave Hamas’ Ezz e-Din al-Qassam armed wing the order to release photos of eight Israelis claimed to have been members of the Israeli undercover network, long present in the Gaza Strip and disguised as an organization for aiding the needy.

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CAIR's Misleading Pitch for Facebook, PayPal Matching Donations

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent out a fundraising email for #GivingTuesday earlier this week claiming that Facebook and PayPal would match up to $7 million in donations to the group.

“Today is giving Tuesday, a day where you can show your support for the important civil rights and advocacy work that CAIR does every day. Today also, Facebook and PayPal will match up to seven million dollars in donation. So I urge you to support CAIR as much as you can,” CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a YouTube video linked to in the solicitation.

But Awad's plea for donations omitted critical fine print. Facebook and PayPal pledged to match $7 million in donations for all nonprofits that signed up to participate in the program, not just CAIR. Participating non-profits were allowed to raise a maximum of $250,000 total and $20,000 from a single donor. Donations would be paid out directly from Facebook and/or the PayPal Giving Fund, Facebook's web page about the fundraiser said.

CAIR set at $150,000 goal for Giving Tuesday, but raised just more than 10 percent of that – $15,981.”

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Europe agrees to back UN resolution condemning Hamas terror group

Members of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamass armed wing, marking Al-Quds, Jerusalem, Day in Nusseirat refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, Friday, June 23, 2017. (AP/Adel Hana)

New draft of US proposal, which now includes a reference to international law and ‘relevant UN resolutions,’ to be voted on Monday in General Assembly.

The European Union agreed to support a US-sponsored United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Hamas, following negotiations with Washington, diplomats said Thursday.

The draft resolution will likely be voted on in the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, an official in Israel’s mission to the UN told The Times of Israel on Thursday.

After the US agreed to make some changes to the initial draft, the EU on Thursday agreed to support the text. All 28 EU member states are expected to vote in favor.

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IDF's Kfir Brigade simulates war in Gaza ahead of deployment to border next year

The formerly West Bank-focused unit prepares to fight in the Strip, training inside tunnels and in cramped multi-story buildings.

Soldiers from the Kfir Infantry Brigade simulate war against the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip, in November 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Kfir Infantry Brigade completed an extensive two-month exercise simulating a war in the Gaza Strip against the Hamas terror group this week, as the hitherto West Bank-focused unit prepares to be stationed outside the coastal enclave next year.

“I am positive that now, after two months of intensive training, which tested the capabilities of commanders and soldiers, we as a brigade are more prepared than ever for the next war, and are ready for any enemy we will face in the areas where we operate,” Kfir Brigade commander Col. Zion Ratzon told troops at the end of the exercise.

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Is Fatah trying to spark a new round of terror?

The Fatah Movement has reposted part of a violence promoting speech by Mahmoud Abbas that was used in 2014 to launch a terror wave.  
    
Abbas gave the speech in October 2014 and then PA TV rebroadcast it 32 times. It coincided with a month of terror attacks in Jerusalem in which 11 Israelis were murdered in car rammings and stabbing attacks.

Abbas: “We must all carry out Ribat [religious conflict] in the Al-Aqsa Mosque… We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary… They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places.” [Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 28, 2018, July 15, 2017, rebroadcast of Abbas' speech on official PA TV, Oct. 17, 2014]
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Palestinians Call Urgent Meeting Of Arab League In Protest Of Arab Rapprochement With Israel

Palestinians Call Urgent Meeting Of Arab League In Protest Of Arab Rapprochement With Israel

The Palestinian Authority has called for urgent meetings of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in protest of the ongoing rapprochement between various Middle East and Muslim countries and the Jewish state.

“There are a number of Arab and Islamic resolutions and declarations stating explicitly that there will be no process of normalization with Israel without [solving] the Palestinian issue,” Nabil Sha’ath, a senior adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, told Israeli media.

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