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This originated in a March 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.
 

This originated in a March 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

 

Common Interests Of Islamic State (ISIS) And Hamas

Common Interests Of Islamic State (ISIS) And Hamas

Hamas And Islamic State (ISIS) Exploit Children

Hamas And Islamic State (ISIS) Exploit Children

To Us They,re Israeli Children. To Hamas They’re A Target 

To Us They,re Israeli Children. To Hamas They’re A Target 

Israel: ‘School year to begin as planned despite the war’
Education Minister Shai Piron said Thursday that the new school year will begin on September 1, as scheduled despite the situation in Gaza.
"We are prepared for every security scenario," Piron said at a conference of managers in local government education departments.
Southern Ramat Hanegev Local Council chairman Shmulik Rifman supported Piron’s plan.
"There are those who call not to open the school year until all classrooms in the South are fortified [against missiles]. It won’t happen in the next 10 days, that’s clear," he stated, adding "I think it is our responsibility to open the school year even if there isn’t total fortification, because we have to remember that the framework of school has great importance in giving a sense of security and normalization for children."
"We can’t leave our children at home in an atmosphere of fear, without friends and without a framework," Rifman concluded.
The school year will begin, however, with “relaxing activities” for pupils, as well as discussions of Operation Protective Edge and special classes against racism and incitement.
"In a place where there is not full freedom of expression, freedom is taken away…and there is deep social chaos," Piron posited. "Freedom of speech is not connected to right or left, religious or secular. Freedom of speech belongs to everyone.
"It is our responsibility as a society to know to deal with different types of speech and not see them as a threat. It cannot be that in the State of Israel Jews and Arabs cannot live together. It is part of our morality, and our test as a society," the education minister added.
 
Israel Soccer Association Delays Season Due to Rockets
The Israel Football Association (IFA) on Thursday postponed the start of the new soccer premier league season scheduled for this weekend, due to the danger posed by Hamas terrorists firing rockets on Israeli civilian centers.
"We have cancelled all matches following instructions from the civil defense authority," an IFA official told AFP, without specifying a new date for the season to begin. The 2014-2015 first division season had been due to begin on Saturday.
Several recent pre-season friendlies planned in southern Israel, which has been hardest hit by terrorist rockets, were also cancelled for security reasons.
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri lost no time Thursday in bragging about the postponement of the soccer season.
"The decision to delay the opening of the Israeli soccer season is proof of (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu’s failure to provide security to Israelis, and the proof for that is that the resistance (Hamas) controls their lives; therefore the policy of assassinations has no benefit," claimed Abu Zuhri.
The reference to assassinations comes after Israel targeted Hamas “military branch” Al-Qassam Brigades chief Mohammed Deif on Tuesday night. Israeli officials told Fox News Deif’s life was ended, while Hamas claimed the arch-terrorist survived. Then on Thursday morning, the IDF took out three other senior Al-Qassam Brigades commanders in a pre-dawn strike.
IFA’s postponement comes after the civil defense authorities banned some events including weddings and concerts since the start of Operation Protective Edge on July 8, citing security concerns.
The concerns are well-founded; on Wednesday a spokesperson for Hamas’s “military wing,” the Al-Qassam Brigades, threatened to attack “major public gatherings for the enemy,” which would include sporting events.
It remains to be seen whether the postponement might also affect plans for the Israeli national team to host Belgium in its first Euro 2016 qualifier on September 9.
Even aside from the danger of a rocket hitting a soccer stadium, a great threat is presented by the rockets in that they force Israelis to rush to find shelter in periods of time that, in the locations closest to Gaza, are shorter than 15 seconds. Thousands of fans forced to scurry for shelter could find themselves in a stampede.
That danger was tragically illustrated on Thursday night, when a man in his forties in Be’er Sheva was seriously injured, after being hit by a car while running for shelter during a five-rocket salvo.
Everyone Who Wants To Destroy Islamic State Needs To Know One Hard Truth - MUST READ
Just about everyone agrees that the world would be a better place without the brutal terrorist group known as ISIS (or Islamic State or ISIL).
On Wednesday, Barack Obama compared the group to a “cancer” whose spread must be contained and that the group “has no place in the 21st century.” And Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted that “ISIL must be destroyed/will be crushed.”
But there is one thing everyone must realize in the anti-ISIS crusade: Given the momentum that ISIS has built over the past two years in Syria and Iraq, it would be very difficult to dislodge them from the region. To actually do it would require a full-scale war.
"If destroying ISIL becomes the near-term policy goal—which seems the likely outcome of saying you are going to ‘roll back’ the group—then 10,000-15,000 troops vastly understates the true commitment, which will actually require years, direct military action on both sides of the Iraq/Syria border, tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars, and many more than 15,000 troops," counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman writes in War on the Rocks. "ISIL is an inherently resilient organization—look how far they have come since getting ‘rolled back’ during the Surge in 2007 when 150,000 American troops were occupying the country."
ISIS has gone through many iterations since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and is now at its most powerful point as they control a vast swath of territory across Syria and Iraq. What has become a de facto criminal petrostate brings in nearly $12 million a month in revenues from extortion and other shady practices in the Iraqi city of Mosul alone in addition to $1 million to $3 million a day selling oil illegally.
"No one has offered a plausible strategy to defeat [ISIS] that does not include a major U.S. commitment on the ground and the renewal of functional governance on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border," Fishman adds. "And no one will, because none exists."
That said, there are moves the U.S. can make beyond bombing ISIS positions near the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Erbil (or Arbil) and the Mosul dam.
"The breadth of the Islamic State’s presence in the open expanses of Syria and Iraq is testimony to its prowess," former Iraq and Kurd advisor Michael Pregent and journalist Michael Weiss wrote in The Wall Street Journal. "But it is also testimony to its vulnerability to destruction by U.S. F-18s."
To that point, some ISIS commanders have retreated back into Syria amid t=the ongoing U.S. airstrikes.
"U.S. has total air superiority and ISIS isn’t used to fighting this kind of enemy," Aaron Stein, a fellow at the London-based think tank The Royal United Services Institute, told WSJ. "So they’ve turned tail" to an area where they have much more strategic depth.
Garrett Khoury, Director of Research and Content for The Eastern Project, writes that the situation calls for an inclusive government in Iraq, weapons and training for the Iraqi Security Forces and the Kurds, and an international conference on confronting ISIS.
And it’s increasingly clear that something more must be done.
James J. Jeffrey, the American ambassador to Iraq from 2010 to 2012 and a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute, writes in Foreign Policy that the sooner the U.S. begins a sustained campaign against ISIS, “the less complicated our involvement will be, the greater our chances of success, and the more likely IS’s forces can be defeated before they tear apart the region completely — and directly threaten America.”
But any sustained military campaign involving U.S. troops would also require an about-face from an increasingly isolationist America.
"The country must be ready to accept the sacrifices necessary to achieve grand political ends," Fishman concludes. "Until then, any call to ‘defeat ISIL’ that is not forthright about what that will require is actually an argument for expensive failure."
Hamas Ideology In A Single Tweet: Jihad Is Our Way, And Death Is Our Wish.

Hamas Ideology In A Single Tweet: Jihad Is Our Way, And Death Is Our Wish.

Hamas Pays The Price For Terror

For The 11th Time

For The 11th Time

Red Card for Qatar - Cancel Qatar World Cup - Stop The Blood Games

Red Card for Qatar - Cancel Qatar World Cup - Stop The Blood Games

10,000 Reserve IDF Soldiers Authorized for Emergency Draft
Knesset ministers on Thursday authorized the enlistment of an additional 10,000 reserve duty soldiers to be called up by telephone for tzav shmoneh (emergency draft).
The enlistment comes on the request of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and after a Security Cabinet meeting on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
As Operation Protective Edge enters its 45th day on Thursday, the ministers apparently have also authorized soldiers drafted in recent weeks to replace those called up at the start of the operation.
Arutz Sheva has learned that many of those soldiers drafted early in the operation have been released from their emergency draft duty, in what seems to be part of this rotation process.
It should be noted that of the 10,000 soldiers authorized by the Knesset to be called up, it remains unclear how many of that pool will actually be drafted by the IDF
As for what the new influx of soldiers might mean in terms of the future of the operation, indications appear to be that the draft does not herald a renewed ground entry to Gaza.
Rather, the majority of the draft orders seem to be connected more to the systems defending and repairing the homefront, in response to the damage inflicted by Hamas’s persistent rocket war on Israeli civilian centers.
That rocket barrage continue on Thursday, after a pre-dawn airstrike took out three senior Hamas “military branch” Al-Qassam Brigades commanders. Likewise a strike Tuesday night targeted Al-Qassam Brigades head Mohammed Deif; the fate of the arch-terrorist remains unclear.
There has been a rising call for a ground entry from within the Knesset, even as some argue that such a move must be done in context of a wider plan, such as the re-conquering of Gaza.
The call for decisive action was heard last Thursday in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, where a 10,000-strong rally called on the government to finish the job in Gaza.
Three Senior Hamas Commanders Killed in Pre-Dawn Airstrike
The armed wing of Hamas announced Thursday that three of its senior commanders were killed in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in a statement identified the leaders as Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhum. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said eight people were killed in the strike.
Witnesses said a four-storey family home was completely destroyed in a series of air strikes.
The airstrike was carried out based on intelligence provided by the Shabak (Israel Security Agency), which led to the identification of two central Hamas figures.
 
Most senior commanders in southern Gaza
 
Mohammed Abu Shamalah, 40, was the most senior Hamas commander in southern Gaza, classified by security services as the head of the “Southern Command” of Hamas. Abu Shamalah was responsible for the areas of Rafiah and Khan Younis, and is a longtime friend and associate of Ezzedine al-Qassam’s elusive leader, Mohammed Deif, who was himself targeted in an IDF strike yesterday - a strike he is believed to have survived.
He was also a close associate of Raed al-Atar, another leading Hamas commander eliminated in this morning’s strike.
Together, they have been involved in dozens of deadly terrorist attacks since the 1990s. Most famously, the pair planned and coordinated the 2006 attack on the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza in which two IDF soldiers were killed and Gilad Shalit was taken hostage.
Abu Shamalah was also behind a major attack on the same crossing in 2008 involving booby-trapped jeeps, which injured 13 soldiers.
During Operation Protective Edge Abu Shamalah was active in coordinating operations against the IDF, and was behind an infiltration by 13 terrorists via a terror tunnel from Gaza into Israel on July 17.
Raed al-Attar, also 40 years old, was the Brigade Commander of Hamas’s southern command in Gaza, and one of the most senior figures within its “military wing”.
Attar was the mastermind of the Shalit abduction, and was also one of the key architects of Hamas’s “terror tunnel” network in southern Gaza. He is said to have played an important role in coordinating the construction of tunnels elsewhere in Gaza as well.
Attar is also believed to have coordinated the attack in Rafah earlier this month in which IDF officer Hadar Goldin was killed and his body abducted, in breach of a 24-hour ceasefire in force at the time.
Together, the two men represented the very top echelons of Hamas’s presence in southern Gaza.
The third terrorist, Mohammed Barhum, was a less senior Ezzedine al-Qassam commander. He was not the intended target of the operation but was killed while meeting with Attar and Abu Shamalah.
The strike comes just one day after Ezzedine al-Qassam’s leader, Mohammed Deif, was targeted in an assassination attempt. Deif’s wife and son were killed in that air strike, but Hamas says Deif himself is still alive - although it has not released details on his precise condition.
A Hamas spokesperson further claimed that an alleged “death certificate” purporting to show the death of the terrorist mastermind is a forgery.
Tuesday saw 170 rockets fired at Israel by Gazan terrorists, although Tuesday night was markedly quieter, with just one rocket launched at the southern Israeli town of Ofakim. At least one rocket was also fired this morning into southern Israel, falling in an open field in the Eshkol Region.
Prior to this morning’s elimination of three Hamas commanders, the IDF said it struck 20 terror targets overnight, which Gaza medical sources claimed killed four people.
Islamic State ‘has 50,000 fighters in Syria’ - Monitoring group says the Islamic State group recruited 6,000 members in last month alone, including 1,000 foreigners - 21 August 2014
Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Tuesday that the group’s recruitment push was gathering pace every month.
"July saw the largest recruitment since the group appeared in Syria in 2013, with more than 6,000 new fighters," he said.
"The number of IS fighters has passed 50,000 in Syria, including 20,000 non-Syrians," he said.
Al Jazeera cannot verify the observatory’s figures. However, an Islamic State source backed the statement and told Al Jazeera that the group also had 30,000 fighters in Iraq.
Abdel Rahman said the new recruits in Syria included more than 1,000 foreign fighters from Chechnya, China, Europe and Arab countries. He said most had entered Syria from Turkey.
Other recruits included defectors from the ranks of other armed opposition groups, including 200 from the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front.
The Islamic State group, formerly known as ISIL, grew out of the American-led war in Iraq, and entered the civil war in Syria last year. It attempted to take command of Nusra and denounced al-Qaeda’s overall leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, as “straying from the path”.
The Islamic State group initially cooperated with some of the armed opposition in Syria, but its abuses against rival rebels and civilians sparked a backlash that began this January.
It has recently taken over vast areas of neighbouring Iraq and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, earlier this year declared himself the caliph of territory captured on both sides of the border.
Israel Forever

Israel Forever