A Hamas-affiliated newspaper presents Israel's relief measures for Gaza as a move influenced by the Palestinian “resistance”. "The residents of Gaza are waiting for the Qatari grant to be transferred in the coming days, while at the same time Israel has announced a package of concessions for the Gaza Strip - including permitting the entry of building material for the first time since May’s conflict with Hamas, expanding the Gazan fishing zone to 15 nautical miles and opening the Kerem Shalom border crossing for more equipment and commodities to pass through it into Gaza. Israel also increased Gazan entry permits for traders from 2,000 to 7,000. (It has been done many times, producing the same outcome. Appeasement of the enemies encourage increased violence, terror attacks and rockets fire. Remove enemies from the Jewish land and end the stupidity of the ‘status quo’!)
Israel's defense minister on Monday announced a series of gestures aimed at strengthening the Palestinian Authority, including plans to loan $150 million to the cash-strapped PA government, while playing down prospects of any major diplomatic breakthrough. The 500 million shekel ($155 million) loan was meant to help "with vital PA functions" and would be repaid in 2022 out of future tax revenues collected by Israel. (Have the enemies ever made any nice gestures to Israel? If funds can be taken from tax revenues, Israel must take what the PA owes to Israel for electricity, water, medical service and military expenses, which Israel endures due to the PA and Hamas aggression, why not?)
Hamas launched over a dozen of incendiary balloons into Israel. In an angry statement, a Hamas spokesman said Saturday that the Gazan people were determined to “break the siege” and no longer accepted the two countries' “gradual easing” of the blockade. Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade when Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. (That’s what one gets after appeasing the enemies. They think you are weak and become more aggressive!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Israel is a sovereign state, isn't it? If so, its leaders must do what is the best for the country and its people! The US has never been the great ally of Israel, or even the Jewish people - just a partner of convenience. (One just needs to study history: from the Holocaust to the Oslo Accords, and now the nuclear threat from Iran). Israel would have ended the occupation of the Jewish land and reunited Eretz-Israel a long time ago if its leadership had some self-respect and would shake off its 'Ghetto mentality'. Unfortunately, Israeli leadership did nothing to encourage Zionist inspiration among Jewish people even under President Trump - the most pro-Israel president.
Bennett will not Meet Abbas
Bennett said that he would not be meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas because of the Palestinians appeal to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to investigate Israel for possible war crimes. Bennett said he is following the practices of the business world. “when someone sues me, I’m not really that nice to him.” (There are many other reasons why he shouldn’t meet the terrorist with Jewish blood on his hands.)
Dozens of people were arrested throughout last week for their involvement in weapon-related crimes, and 30 weapons were confiscated by the police. The weapons confiscated were most likely used for personal conflicts as well as terror attacks. The police has also set up a unit of undercover agents in an attempt to discover and eradicate crime in the Arab communities.
Israeli and US Naval Forces Central Command’s 5th Fleet held a historic joint patrol in the Red Sea this week. The Americans mobilized the USS Monterey guided-missile cruiser and a P-8 Poseidon spy plane. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) deployed an advanced Saar-5 class Israeli warship as well as two patrol boats. Israel and the US are boosting their collaboration and working on a “Plan B” to counter Tehran’s nuclear program.
The Knesset gave its approval, by a vote of 59 to 53, to the 2021-2022 state budget in its first readings, passing four separate bills making up the legislative package, in a major milestone for the coalition. If fully approved by the Knesset, the budget will be the first spending plan approved in the Knesset since March of 2018. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid praised the government for “holding normal and responsible budget talks” that led to a budget “that is not designed for politicians but rather for the good of the citizens of the State of Israel."
A delegation of four US Democratic senators visited Israel in order to meet the new government. “We expressed our hopes for the success of the new government and our strong support for a two-state future,” tweeted Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee panel dealing with the Middle East. The four men arrived in Israel after a trip to Beirut, where they warned that Lebanon was in a free fall as a result of its destabilizing financial meltdown (They do not care about Israel or the desire and rights of Jewish people to live in peace on our ancestral land.)
The military court in Ofer ordered the release of Anhar al-Deek, a terrorist who broke into a house in the farming outpost of Sdeh Ephraim and attempted to stab an Israeli woman in the house. In March, she tried to carry out a stabbing attack at the Sdeh Ephraim outpost, when she was four months pregnant.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration would reopen its consulate in Jerusalem, which had served as a de facto embassy for the Palestinians until former President Donald Trump shuttered it in 2019. "That’s an important way for our country to engage with and provide support to the Palestinian people." (Palestinians are fake people of a non-existing country with terror-supporting leaders! Whose friend is the current US government?)
Two Palestinians were killed and two others injured after Egyptian troops pumped toxic fumes into a smuggling tunnel that stretches from the Gaza Strip to the Sinai Peninsula. One of the victims was a 39-year-old officer with Hamas’ police force who was in the tunnel on a “security mission” to inspect it. Two other security officers were taken to hospital for treatment. Egypt destroyed nearly 2,000 tunnels between January 2011 and December 2015. Three Palestinians died after inhaling toxic gas in a tunnel in February 2017. (The UN and international anti-Semites are silent - no condemnation coming for violation of international rules of war.)
Hundreds of soldiers staged a social media protest following the death of Barel Hadarya Shmueli, the Border Policer officer who was critically wounded in violent riots on the Gaza border over a week ago. They claim that the IDF senior command was preventing soldiers from defending themselves. (Often, IDF soldiers are hesitant to respond to terrorist attacks fearing 'investigation' and punishment.)
Quote of the Week:
"We Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our delegation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist organization to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper." - Emir Faisal to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. - The good will toward Jews did not last long among Arabs rulers. It was quickly undermined by personal political ambitions, encouraged by British and French interests in Arab oil and control of the Suez Canal, as well as their traditional deep-rooted anti-Semitism.
Negotiation Enables Nuclear Armed Iran
Iran's Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, said that Iran does not accept "negotiation for negotiation's sake" in the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. "Negotiations must be aimed at serving the interests of the Iranian people (he meant Ayatollahs)," Amir Abdollahian said. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Iran will downscale its nuclear activities if the United States fully returns to "all of its commitments under the nuclear agreement. (Not ending it but to "downscale" nuclear program? They say: "offence is the best defence". Iran has never intended to stop developing an atomic bomb, but blame the US for failed negotiation. The only solution is regime change. The people of Iran would support that. They just need a little help.)
Iran won't resume Nuclear talks for another two to three months, the Iranian Foreign Minister said. The negotiations were adjourned on June 20, two days after ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi won Iran's presidential election, and no date has been set for a resumption of dialogue. "We are not seeking to flee the negotiation table and the government considers a real negotiation is a negotiation that produces palpable results allowing the rights of the Iranian nation to be guaranteed," Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said. He added "the other party knows full well that a process of two to three months is required for the new government to establish itself and to start taking decisions." (By delaying the negotiations and expediting development of a nuclear bomb at the same time Iran hopes to change the rules of the game. It will be too late to apply pressure on a nuclear armed Iran!)
The Biden administration is expanding the team dedicated to renegotiating the Iran deal, just days after Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett urged the United States to back out of negotiations. The State Department confirmed that Dan Shapiro, the Obama administration's ambassador to Israel, is "the first of what we plan to be a small group of part-time advisers" who will work to solidify a new nuclear deal". Shapiro's hiring signals the administration has no intention of heeding Israel's warnings. (Israel must deal with Iran now, with or without the US. A nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel!)