Saturday, November 09, 2013

Kerry to Israel: Why do you Want to ‘Build in a Place that will Eventually be Palestine?’

Greg Campbell, TPNN Political Analyst
On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry escalated the Obama Administration’s policy of hostility towards Israel by criticizing their West Bank settlements and claiming that they should not seek to defend what will ultimately be Palestine eventually.

Israel is our nation’s strongest ally in the Middle East and is surrounded by neighboring nations who find their existence to be unacceptable. The conflict between Israel and Palestinian leaders goes back centuries and though the U.S. has tried to work as peacemaker over the years, the Obama Administration has remained hostile to Israel and their interests.

On the cusp of a historic sell-out of Israel

William A. Jacobson - Legal Insurrection
WARNING FROM CJHS: This is not an historic sellout only of Israel. It is an historic sellout of the entire world. Nuclear capability in the hands of the Iranians poses a danger to all of us. The Islamic Republic of Iran will not even have to actually use the bomb – merely having one will enable them to wield power anywhere in the world.
We are on the cusp of the most historic sell-out of Israel by any United States administration.
We told you all along that in his second term Obama would impose a settlement on Israel according to what he viewed as reasonable:
Obama will force his vision of a settlement on Israel in a second term.
Obama envisions a return to the 1949 Armistice line (aka the pre-1967 borders) perhaps with very minor adjustments. As David Horwitz of The Times of Israel wrote just before Obama’s second inauguration:
Broadly speaking, Obama’s course is set. He has nobody and nothing but his own worldview to answer to. And he reckons it has served him pretty well thus far. This week’s suggestions that Obama is convinced he understands far better than Netanyahu where Israel’s interests lie are nothing new; he has always been convinced he understands far better than Netanyahu where Israel’s interests lie — and that few of them are to be found beyond the pre-1967 lines.
And that is coming true right before our eyes.

John Kerry has openly sided with the Palestinians on key final agreement points: That Israel controlling any land beyond the 1949 Armistice line is “illegitimate” and land that eventually will be part of a Palestinian state, and that there must be not a single Israeli soldier left anywhere on the West Bank.

Friday, November 08, 2013


"But Thursday night, in his interview to Israeli television, we "discovered" a different Kerry: nasty, threatening, one-sided, blind to the malfeasance and unreliability of Palestinian leaders, and dangerously oblique to the explosive situation he himself is creating.
His warnings about the coming isolation of Israel and of a third intifada unless Israel quickly allows the emergence of a "whole Palestine" and ends it "perpetual military occupation" of Judea and Samaria amount to unfriendly pressure. Worse still, Kerry is trading treacherously in ugly self-fulfilling prophecy.
There was always a high probability that the Palestinians would eventually use the predictable collapse of the talks as an excuse for more violence and renewal of their lawfare against Israel in international forums. Now they have John Kerry's seal of approval for doing so.
Kerry is effectively telling the Palestinians that they should make sure the talks fail, and then Israel will be forced to give in." D.M.W.
Dear friends,
Yesterday Secretary John Kerry gave a lengthy interview to Israel's channel 2 TV.
Those of us who knew all along about Kerry's anti-Israel pro-Palestinian sentiments, got their glaring proof last night. If there was ever even a tiny chance that the "negotiations" would lead anywhere, Kerry, stupidly or intentionally, demolished that chance.


I'm talking about John Kerry, and actually, he's crossed it twice.
I had no time to write today, with Levy Report work and a very early Shabbat. But I must write, ever so briefly, because people must know about this.
Yesterday, Kerry, who is here, gave a TV interview.  And this is what he said (emphasis added):
"The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos.  Does Israel want a third intifada?" 

Kerry to Meet with Ashton, Zarif for Talks; Imminent Deal?

Ari Yashar

US Secretary of State John Kerry is travelling to Geneva Friday for three-way talks on Iran's nuclear program with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton according to the AFP.

The ongoing talks, conducted by six global powers (G5+1), appear to be reaching an imminent deal which is feared to relieve sanctions on the Iranian regime in exchange for a token partial freezing of the country's nuclear program.

Agreements appear to be approaching, as Thursday Zarif closed the first day of talks saying a deal could be reached Friday. US President Barak Obama reflected the conciliatory stance, saying a deal with Iran was better than a confrontation.

Obama Accused of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’


According to Egyptian newspaper El Watan, a group of Egyptian lawyers has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

The complaint charges Obama of being an accessory to the Muslim Brotherhood, which incited widespread violence in Egypt both before and after the June 30 Revolution.
Along with Obama, the complaint reproduced by El Watan mentions several Brotherhood members by name, beginning with the leader of the organization Muhammad Badie, and other top ranking leaders such as Mohamed al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, and Safwat Hegazi, adding that “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 3/7/2013-8/18/2013, in the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

Kerry warns of third intifada, Israel's isolation, if peace talks break down


Israelis, Palestinians committed to talks, Kerry says.

John Kerry at Amman press conference
John Kerry at Amman press conference Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of State John Kerry painted a very bleak picture of what would be the result of a break-down in the current Israeli-Palestinian talks, warning on Thursday of a third intifada and international isolation of Israel
Kerry's warnings came in an unusual joint interview with Channel 2's Udi Segal and Maher Shalabi of Palestine TV.

"The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos," Kerry said. "Does Israel want a third intifada?"
The Secretary of State's warnings of a third intifada came two days after a poll conducted by the Arab World For Research & Development showed that only 29% of West Bank and Gaza Palestinians said they would support a third intifada, though 60% believe one is possible.
Kerry's dire warnings echoed comments he made in Jordan after meeting King Abdullah II, and before a second meeting in two days with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

PA attacks the Balfour Declaration which expressed support for Jewish homeland in Palestine

PA attacks the Balfour Declaration
which expressed support for
a Jewish homeland in Palestine:

"The greatest crime"
"A sin"
"The cursed promise"
"A mark of shame upon humanity"
"An ominous sign, [bringing] disasters upon the Palestinians, the Arabs, and the nations of the region and the world."
"Historical injustice"
"Balfour will continue to turn in his grave"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from the British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild of the Zionist movement, which expressed Britain's support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." A few years later, on July 24, 1922, the League of Nations confirmed the letter and selected Britain as "the Mandatory for Palestine."

Every year on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Palestinian Authority leaders and official media issue harsh statements attacking it. According to the Palestinian narrative, Jews have no history in the land and therefore have no right to exist as a state. Consequently, Israel exists only because of the Balfour Declaration.

IDF Chief of the General Staff Makes Historic Visit to Germany

IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz arrived today in Germany, marking his first visit to the country as Israel’s military chief. During his visit, Lt. Gen. Gantz will lead a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony and visit the Wannsee Villa – where Nazi officials announced the “Final Solution” in 1942.
IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz landed today (Wednesday) in Germany as part of an official four-day visit in Europe. This is Lt. Gen. Gantz’s first visit to Germany as the IDF’s Chief of the General Staff, following several previous visits to Israel of Chiefs of Staff of the German Armed Forces.
Germany 1 IDF

Fatah defends glorifying terrorists on Facebook: "They are our role models"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Palestinian Media Watch has documented many times that Fatah continuously uses its "Main Page" on Facebook to glorify terrorists. Recently, Fatah used this Facebook page to praise a murderer of two as the "nation's symbol."   

Now, Fatah has responded to PMW's exposures and to criticism of Fatah by world leaders.

"Israel (i.e., Palestinian Media Watch) has been monitoring Fatah's main [Facebook] page and sending messages to friendly nations regarding what is written on the page. Israel claims this is incitement to violence," the administrator wrote. He addressed Israel, defending Fatah's practice of glorifying terrorists who have murdered Israeli civilians:
"Israel, you oppose our posting photos of Martyrs (Shahids) on our page, [but those Martyrs] are our role models for everything related to freedom."
Click to view more examples of the PA and Fatah policy of glorifying terrorists.

The Daily TIP: U.S.-based think tank outlines bare minimum for robust interim deal on Iran nuclear program‏

  • U.S.-based think tank outlines bare minimum for robust interim deal on Iran nuclear program
  • No progress in negotiations over Syria peace talks, as reports emerge of secret undisclosed Syrian chemical weapons cache
  • Israel expresses worries to Kerry over peace talks as Palestinian leaders reject Jewish state recognition, celebrate murderer release
  • Iranian prisoners go on hunger strike over health conditions as Iran deepens execution wave What we’re watching today: 
  • Exploiting Christian Persecution to Demonize Israel

    Raymond Ibrahim
    Human Events

    What's worse than the silence of Western Christians concerning the Muslim persecution of their coreligionists in the Islamic world? Answer: Cynically exploiting that persecution for a political agenda—in the case of a recent Daily Beast article, to excoriate the state of Israel and its supporters.
    Titled "Why Won't the West Defend Middle Eastern Christians?" and written by Diarmaid MacCulloch, a Fellow of St. Cross College, the article touches on the persecution of Christians, but primarily as a springboard to attack American Christian support for Israel. Consider the following excerpt:
    … one of the silences which I find most frustrating is precisely the lack of noise from Western Christians about the fate of ancient Christianities in the Middle East. At the heart of the problems in the Middle East is seven decades of unresolved conflict between Israel and Palestine…
    Yes, Western silence vis-à-vis the plight of Mideast Christians is as real as it is frustrating, but exactly how is MacCulloch able to jump to the conclusion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is "the heart" of the problem?

    Wednesday, November 06, 2013

    Lame Duck Policies and the Mideast

    Mike Konrad

    What is coming out of the White House concerning Mideast Policy is beyond belief. We are watching a lame duck presidency sliding into the maliciously irrational.

    He has reduced funding to Egypt.

    For what? For getting rid of a Muslim Brotherhood government which was moving the country to an Islamic dictatorship. Obama declared Mohamed Morsi to have been democratically elected. Yes, Morsi was. So was Hitler; but like Hitler, Morsi soon moved the country toward an authoritarian regime.
    General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's overthrow of Morsi has the support of the Egyptian people, who were getting disgusted with the Morsi's creeping totalitarianism.
    Many Egyptians laud Sisi for rescuing the country from ex-president Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist whose opponents felt was trying to rob Egypt of its moderate character. After nearly three years of post-revolutionary chaos, they also see Sisi as the restorer of stability -- The Guardian

    Hizbollah Mahdi schools mix maths with doctrine

    Thanassis Cambanis in Beirut
    Lebanese girls at a Mahdi school ceremony in Beirut©Getty
    Attention to detail: Lebanese girls at a Mahdi school ceremony in Beirut
    Minds are just as important as missiles to Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group. It has invested heavily in both since its founding in 1982.
    At a recent celebration of Hizbollah’s private educational system – the Mahdi schools – Mohammad Raad, a senior party official, announced that the group had acquired missiles that could reach Eilat, the city at the southernmost point of Israel.
    The fact that he chose to make the announcement at an education function was a fitting gesture to the Mahdi schools, established two decades ago by the Islamic Institution for Education, Hizbollah’s pedagogical branch.
    Mahdi schools are expected to turn out competitive, well-trained students who are also loyal to Hizbollah’s resistance ideology and can staff the organisation’s many institutions.

    "A Tangled Affair"

    When I returned to my postings recently after a two-week hiatus, I joked about not being sure what "normal" was. Well, I have since discovered that there is no "normal" for me right now, and that -- with the on-going attention to be devoted to the Levy Report Campaign -- it will be necessary for me to post less frequently than has been my custom for some time now.  First things first...
    That said, what I want to look at here are some of the facts, rumors and speculations circling around the "negotiations," and the positions of our prime minister.  Prepare for a convoluted ride:   
    When the terrorist prisoners were released some days ago, Netanyahu -- in the face of enormous national protest -- insisted that he had to do this because we had promised (as part of the deal for entering negotiations), and because it was ultimately in our best interest.  Minister of Defense Ya'alon made a statement about security that echoed the "best interest" theme.

    Tuesday, November 05, 2013

    Mahmoud Abbas' heroes (poster series)

    Elder of Ziyon

    I have been trying to identify the murderers that Mahmoud Abbas embraced last week. Here are four of them.

    Fatah leader Abbas Zaki mocks Israel for releasing murderers who were serving life sentences:

    "We say to Israel: Die in your rage.
    Go to your cemeteries
    and recite over your dead whatever you recite"
    Prisoners who Israel said "have blood on their hands" -  
    "here they are [back] among their own people:
    fighters, knights, free men!"
    Zaki about the released killers:
    They are "medals of honor on the chest of this nation"
    by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    At a Fatah event celebrating Israel's release of three murderers from among the 26 terrorist prisoners released last week, Abbas Zaki, speaking for Fatah, mocked Israel for agreeing to release Palestinian murderers. He said that Israel gave them life sentences and categorized them as having "blood on their hands," yet, "here they are... fighters, knights, free men":

    "No one expected that Israel, which hands down life sentences and decided that they [the prisoners] would go from prison to the grave, [would release them]... We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!"
    Click to view

    Cancer-resistant mole rat may yield ultimate cure clue

    ‘We have a clinical goldmine in our hands, and we must dig deeper,’ says lead Israeli researcher proposing that wild blind mole rats replace lab mice.
    The critter that doesn’t get cancer. Photo by Michael Margulis, Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa

    The critter that doesn’t get cancer. Photo by Michael Margulis, Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa

    Now picture the cancer research lab of the future – white coats, test tubes, and, if Prof. Aaron Avivi at Haifa University has his way — cages of mole rats.
    Pioneering studies in Israel appear to demonstrate that the subterranean Israeli blind mole rat, Spalax, is far superior to lab mice for the purpose of cracking the mystery of human cancer.

    These wild rodents are extremely resistant to cancer and live 10 times as long as mice, according to Avivi, head of the Laboratory of Subterranean Mammals Biology in the Evolution Institute of Haifa University, and senior researchers Imad Shams, PhD, and Dr. Irena Manov.

    Farmers may hate these hairy, sausage-shaped pests that live in underground tunnels, but cancer researchers will learn to love them, Avivi promises.
    “We claim that defense mechanisms developed along tens of million years of evolution must necessarily be a better key to solving cancer — and not the cancer-prone, short-lived inbred rat and mouse that are already laboratory products,” Avivi tells ISRAEL21c.

    The Freed Terrorists and the "Settlers"

    Why are the freed murderers being allowed back to their old stamping ground?

    It began with Jibril Rajoub and his men, the “security apparatus” of the Palestinian Authority. Israeli intelligence gave them information and money, and the ability to liquidate their own.
    But who knows how many Jewish souls have been slaughtered - on bus number 18, at Cafe Hillel and the Sbarro, in the Propos Cafe, at the Beit Lid Junction, in the Mahane Yehuda market, in Jerusalem streets, because of this first, treasonous behavior?

    It’s time to reassess Israel’s strategic assumptions


    All of Obama’s second term foreign policy goals are harmful to Israel. Everything that is good for Obama is necessarily bad for Israel.

    Netanyahu and Kerry meet in Rome, October 23, 2013
    Netanyahu and Kerry meet in Rome, October 23, 2013 Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apparently believes the greatest threat the country now faces is an escalated European trade war. He’s wrong. The greatest threat we are now facing is a national leadership that cannot get its arms around changing strategic realities.

    Over the weekend, Yediot Aharonot reported that during Secretary of State John Kerry’s seven-hour meeting in Rome last week with Netanyahu, Kerry warned that the price for walking away from the talks with the PLO will be European economic strangulation of Israel.

    According to the newspaper, “[T]he secretary of state told the prime minister that he heard from his European friends... that if the negotiations fail, Israel can forget about participating in the European research and development program ‘Horizon 2020.’ “And that will only be the beginning.

    More and far weightier actions to boycott Israel will follow. They are already being prepared. This will cause incalculable damage to the Israeli economy.”

    On Sunday, outgoing National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror warned the cabinet that Israel’s diplomatic standing and ability to avert a European economic war is dependent on continuing the negotiations with the PLO.

    In his words, “It is absolutely clear that our ability to handle international pressure is dependent on making advances in the negotiations. If the negotiations fall apart, it will give justification to all the forces that want to boycott us to do so.”

    In other words, the viability of our economy is dependent on the PLO’s willingness to sit at a table with us.

    Actually, according to Amidror, the PLO’s sufferance of our leaders is only half the story. The other half is President Barack Obama. As he sees it, Israel’s international position is directly related to Obama’s position.

    “Everyone hoping for Obama to be weakened needs to [understand that]...

    Israel will also be weakened. There is a connection between these things.”

    Apparently based on fear of angering Europe or weakening Obama, Netanyahu has reportedly agreed that early next year the Obama administration will put forward a bridging proposal in the talks. The proposal will have two parts. First, it will contain the details of a new interim arrangement. Second, it will contain the details of a final settlement.

    From Obama’s prior statements and consistent policies that castigate the Jewish presence in Judea, Samaria and united Jerusalem as “illegitimate,” it is fairly clear that Obama and Kerry expect Israel to relinquish its legal claims to Judea, Samaria and united Jerusalem in the framework of a final peace.

    From a legal and diplomatic perspective, such a move by Israel would be the most disastrous it has ever made. It would empty out our sovereign rights in general. And it would imperil our military viability.

    As to the interim deal, from American and European projects on the ground today in Judea and Samaria it is apparent that the plan will require Israel to cede to the PLO its control of planning and zoning in Area C.

    Such a move will enable the Palestinians, Europeans and Americans to strangle the Israeli communities in the region and render it practically impossible for the IDF to operate in Judea and Samaria without PLO permission.

    THE PROBLEM with the government’s behavior is not simply that it is maintaining allegiance to a policy paradigm that works to our extreme strategic disadvantage.

    That’s old news.

    The problem is that we are maintaining allegiance to a policy paradigm that is based on inaccurate strategic assumptions.

    Amidror spelled them out.

    Israel is operating under the assumption that there is a cause and effect relationship between our actions and Europe’s. To wit, if we ditch the phony peace talks, they will destroy our economy.

    But there is no cause and effect relationship between Israeli actions and European actions. Europe made hostility toward Israel the centerpiece of its unified foreign policy without connection to Israeli actions. So undertaking strategically damaging talks with the Palestinians to appease Brussels is a fool’s errand.

    Then there is Amidror’s assertion that Israel has an interest in strengthening Obama, because if he is weakened, we are weakened.

    Certainly such an argument could have been made with regard to Obama’s predecessors in office. But can it be made today? Last week The New York Times revealed Obama’s foreign policy goals for his second term. They are: “negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, brokering peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and mitigating the strife in Syria.”

    Will the achievement of these goals – that is, the success of Obama’s second term foreign policy – be helpful to Israel? Consider Syria. Obama negotiated a deal with Russia regarding Syria’s chemical weapons that leaves Iran’s Syrian proxy Bashar Assad in power, and according to chemical weapons inspectors, likely in possession of parts of his chemical arsenal.

    Moreover, the Obama administration’s repeated exposure of Israeli military operations against Hezbollah in Syria has harmed Israel’s national security. The administration’s leaks have increased the prospects of war between Israel and Syria.

    So a key part of Obama’s Syria policy involves exacting a huge, unexpected cost for every strike Israel has undertaken to prevent Hezbollah from acquiring weapons systems that will imperil Israel.

    Then too, Monday Kuwait’s al Anbaa newspaper reported that the State Department is carrying out talks with Hezbollah in Lebanon. According to Lebanese sources quoted in the article, US Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale has told Lebanese leaders that “a cabinet cannot be formed without Hezbollah participation.”

    Israel is a victim, not a partner in the US’s Syria policy. Israel is weakened by Obama’s success.

    As for Iran, it is now inarguable that the US’s primary objective is not to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It is to prevent Israel from attacking Iran’s nuclear installations. Here too, success for Obama requires Israel to be imperiled.

    Finally, our experience has shown us that peace is not a possible outcome of Obama’s pro-Palestinian policy. The only beneficiaries of administration’s use of European economic blackmail to force Israel to make strategically suicidal concessions to the PLO are the PLO and Hamas, and the anti-Semitic forces in Europe.

    All of these parties reject Israel’s right to exist. Weakening Israel in the manner Obama has laid out will increase their appetite for aggression.

    SO HERE we are, three for three. All of Obama’s second term foreign policy goals are harmful to Israel. Everything that is good for Obama is necessarily bad for Israel.

    It is easy to understand why our leaders insist on holding on to strategic assumptions that are no longer valid. The region is in a state of flux. In stormy seas, our natural inclination is to go back to what has always worked. Since 1968, the conviction that a strong Israel is consonant with US global interests has guided US policy in the Middle East. It’s hard to accept that this is no longer the case.

    But we have to accept it. By clinging to our now outdated strategic assumptions, not only are we engaging in dangerous behavior. We are blinding ourselves to new strategic opportunities presented by the chaos in neighboring countries.

    True, the new opportunities cannot replace our lost alliance with the US or Europe as a trading partner. But they will get us through the storm in one piece.

    Monday, November 04, 2013

    IDF UAV Crashes in Gaza Strip

    A Sky Rider UAV used by the IDF Artillery Corps crashed during operational activity. IDF Spokesperson: A technical malfunction, the incident is being investigated
    (Photo: Meir Azulay) (Photo: Meir Azulay)
    A 'Sky Rider' UAV crashed into the territory of the Gaza Strip during operational activity. According to a statement issued by the IDF Spokesperson's office, the crash was the result of a technical malfunction, and the appropriate elements are investigating the incident.

    At the same time, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that according to Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip, terrorists have taken control of the aircraft north of the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern section of the Gaza Strip.

    Why are there so many Jewish Nobel laureates?

    Elder of Ziyon

    Why so many Jewish Nobel Laureates?

    The medicine, physics, and other such Nobel Prizes are typically awarded for major game-changing contributions in their fields.

    A Nobel laureate in physics, chemistry or medicine is an expert in his/her field. But rather than becoming dogmatic, s/he remained open-minded, keeping eyes open and searching intensively for the truth rather than in following the intellectual fashion of the day (I am thinking, for example, of the discovery of quasi-crystals).

    As a result, the Nobel laureate saw something that nobody else saw. Given the same data that others had in their possession, s/he had game-changing insights. And s/he pursued these insights instead of following the crowd, and ultimately persevered.

    Sunday, November 03, 2013

    Hamas appoints first English-language spokesperson

    Sunday, 3 Nov, 2013

    Journalist Israa Al-Mudallal appointed to improve communication with the West, says she will speak with Israeli press if given permission
    (Asharq Al-Awsat)
    Israa Al-Mudallal. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
    Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Palestinian Hamas movement has appointed its first female English-language spokesperson, as part of a new strategy to engage with Western media.

    The new spokesperson, Israa Al-Mudallal, 23, a writer and a journalist, said: “I will address Western and Israeli media, and I will work on changing the media discourse and give a different picture of Palestine and Gaza.”

    She added that she recognized that achieving her goals needed many years of hard work, promising to talk to the world from a humanitarian angle, not a religious one.

    Fatah: Murderer of two is Palestinian "nation's symbol"

    "We will continue to walk in his path"
    by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Until he was released by Israel last week, murderer Issa Abd Rabbo was serving two life sentences for murdering two Israeli university students. Ron Levi and Revital Seri were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984, when Issa Abd Rabbo attacked them, tied them up at gun point and put bags over their heads. He then shot and murdered them both. He was released in October 2013 as one of 104 prisoners released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

    The Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas, sees this murderer as:
    "One of our nation's symbols and one of our greatest leaders"
    A week before his release, an official Fatah Facebook page marked the 30th anniversary of Abd Rabbo's murders and his arrest, which was referred to as "this great day." The page administrator stated that Fatah stands "respectfully, proudly, and with admiration" for "our symbol and [the symbol] of our pioneer movement, the Palestine National Liberation Movement, Fatah, the symbol of the prisoners, our brother and leader Issa Abd Rabbo."

    Israel ‘furious’ with White House for leak on Syria strike

    Everyone in the Obama administrations get caught with his proverbial statement: "Let me be absolutely clear", "Let me be clear" but all is clear lies!

    Jerusalem considers administration’s confirmation of Israeli air attack on missile stores to be ‘scandalous’; TV analyst warns US risks starting ‘major flare-up’

    By Times of Israel staff and Yifa Yaakov 
    Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday, hitting weaponry that was set to be transferred to Hezbollah. 
    Israel has not acknowledged carrying out the strike, one of half a dozen such attacks widely ascribed to Israel in recent months, but an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday that Israeli warplanes had indeed attacked the Syrian base, and that the target was “missiles and related equipment” set for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.