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And Now, A Word From That Crazy Old Man on the Bus

Who says he’s a Nobel Prize winner, no less, and was once President of the United States!

Yeah, right:

Former US president Jimmy Carter called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal a strong proponent of the peace process Saturday, and said he wasn’t meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it would be “a waste of time.”

Now, now, Jimmy, it’s a sin to lie. What’s the whole truth?

Israel officials said last week that Netanyahu and Rivlin had refused invitations to meet with Carter, who was described by an Israeli diplomatic source as “a disaster for Israel,” who holds “anti-Israel positions.”

Speaking of sins, it wouldn’t surprise me if Israel told you to get lost solely to stop you from “lusting in your heart” after those hot Israeli women in their IDF uniforms. For that alone, I couldn’t blame you.

Next stop, The Bowery.

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Apartheid State Update

We’ve relished sharing stories with you about the moat, the apartheid pit, that Egypt is digging around Gaza.

They’re the only ones allowed to dig:

A new amendment to Egypt’s penal code would sentence offenders convicted of digging and using cross-border tunnels connecting the country to the Gaza Strip to terms of up to life in prison, the Egyptian news agency MENA reported Sunday.

The amendment, one of several passed by presidential decree, seeks to curtail the problem of tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, which have been used to smuggle contraband crucial for the Hamas rule in the Palestinian territory, as well as weapons and terror activists.

Under the new amendment, the Egyptian government has the authority to confiscate buildings above the tunnels or any equipment used in their construction.

Anyone with knowledge of cross-border tunnels who does not report them could be liable to the same life term as those who build and use them.

What did the Gazans ever do to the the Egyptians to deserve such treatment?

The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, Gaza’s main gateway to the world, has mostly been closed since October.

In February, an Egyptian court branded Gaza’a Hamas government — including its political wing — a terror group.

Since Egypt’s military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the authorities have accused Hamas of aiding jihadists who have waged a string of deadly attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Meanwhile:

Meanwhile on Monday, at the Kerem Shalom crossing on the Israeli side of the border with Gaza, a bullet hit a truck that was carrying goods into the Strip, Ynet reported.

The bullet is believed to have been a stray round fired from Egyptian territory. The incident is under investigation.

The Kerem Shalom border crossing is one of three crossings from Israel into the Gaza Strip, mostly facilitating the transfer of humanitarian aid and medical equipment.

Israel gets the grief, but if it weren’t for their charity, Gaza would starve. Tempting as that might be, Israel isn’t going to let that happen.

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Pay Up, Mustafa

Quit stallin':

Arab Bank has lost its appeal to a US court over liability for supporting terrorists on Wednesday, after the judge declared the original verdict in the case to be based on an overwhelming amount of evidence against the company.

In September a federal jury found Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas in two dozen attacks attributed to the terrorist group. Nearly 300 Americans who were either victims or related to victims of the attacks, between 2001-2004, were plaintiffs in the suit.

On Wednesday, the US District Court in Brooklyn, NY upheld the verdict against Arab Bank.

The September verdict “was based on volumes of damning circumstantial evidence that defendant knew its customers were terrorists,” Judge Brian Cogan stated, according to Reuters.

At that trial, the plaintiffs argued that the Jordanian-based bank violated the Anti-Terrorism Act – a law which allows victims of US-deemed terrorist organizations to seek damages.

Arab Bank was accused of maintaining accounts for Hamas operatives, and financing millions in payments for the families of suicide bombers and those imprisoned or injured during the Second Intifada.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers provided a mountain of evidence including proof of each terror attack and thousands of transfers processed for hundreds of entities over a ten-year-period.

Any of our readers with money in Arab Bank may want to consider transferring their accounts.

The Arab Bank Group has more than 600 branches in 30 countries and a shareholders’ equity base of $7.8 billion.

I think that’s $26 million per victim. It’s a start.

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Back to Work

Thanks to Obama, Iran can get back to its own shovel-ready jobs:

Iran has stepped-up its efforts to support Hamas in Gaza, transferring tens of millions of dollars to the Izaddin Kassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, to help with rebuilding efforts, the Telegraph reported Sunday.

According to the report, the funds have been allocated to the rebuilding of tunnels and restocking of missile arsenals destroyed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge.

Iran’s renewed support is a sign of a revival in Iran-Hamas relations, allies previously torn apart over the conflict in Syria, where Shi’ite Iran backed President Bashar Assad, while Hamas stood by its Sunni allies.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal often resisted the Iranian support welcomed by the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, the Telegraph said. Yet with the escalation of Saudi-Arabian and Egyptian hostility towards Hamas, and with the strengthening of a Sunni Arab front against Iran, Hamas was left will no option but to accept the Iranian support.

In addition to backing Hamas, Iran has been funding the Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen, and Shi’ite Iraqi government forces in Tikrit.

If ayatollah once, ayatollah thousand times: Iran is the axle of evil.

Just ask ’em:

An Iranian general said, “Israel’s destruction is non-negotiable.” Don’t you think President Obama should take note of that? Don’t you think he should say something like, “I understand why the Israelis are a teensy bit worried”?

You may remember what the survivor of Auschwitz said when asked, “What’s the biggest lesson you have learned?” He said, “When someone says he’s going to kill you, believe him.”

Iran’s “supreme leader,” Khamenei, recently joined a crowd in chanting “Death to America.”

Don’t you think Obama should take note of that? Should he pretend that things like that simply don’t occur? Couldn’t he say something like, “Yeah, that wasn’t particularly reassuring”?

A senior clerical ally of Khamenei’s said, “We will raise the flag of Islam over the White House.” Obama should address such statements. Does he think they’re just hot air to be ignored? Or do they indicate a mindset in the Iranian government?

You can fault the Iranian government for many things, but you can’t fault them for a lack of candor on the subject of America or Israel. They have been quite clear. If we bury our heads in the sand, the shame is on us.

The answer to the question “What would it look like if the campus Left came to power?” is given in this presidency.

Except for his obsession with golf, Obama’s politics are indistinguishable from the campus Left swamp from which he crawled.

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Palestine Is Not a Nation, But It’s in the Midst of a Civil War Anyway

Who needs statehood when you can just get on with the internecine killing?

Despite having formed a unity agreement last April torpedoing peace talks, Hamas and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction seem to be slowly sliding into open warfare in Gaza, as an attempted assassination on a Fatah official on Monday caps off incessant back and forth car bombings.

Mamoon Sweidan, the Fatah official who serves in the Gaza office on foreign relations, told the Palestinian Arab Ma’an News Agency that on Monday two masked gunmen in a Subaru conducted a drive-by shooting, targeting him as he was getting into his car outside the al-Saadi building in Gaza City where he lives.

The official said two of his guards exchanged fire with the would-be assassins, and that both guards were wounded.

The assassination attempt is just the latest in a recent string of attacks that risk pushing Hamas and Fatah back into outright warfare; the two have been enemies since Hamas ousted Fatah by force in 2005, seizing control of Gaza, and the lukewarm unity deal has done little of substance to lessen that enmity.

On Sunday unidentified attackers set the car of Fatah official Abed al-Munim Ramadan Tahrawi on fire in the Nuseirat “refugee camp” before fleeing the scene.

That arson came just hours after the car of a senior Hamas official in the interior ministry of the terrorist organization’s government was likewise set on fire in Jabaliyah in northern Gaza earlier on Sunday.

Just over a week ago, the car of Hamas official Sheikh Sami Hams was bombed in Nuseirat.

The spate of back and forth car bombings was in full swing in January as well, with the car of Fatah official Adil Udeid set on fire in front of his Gaza home, and Fatah leader Ahmad Alwan’s car blown up in Gaza City.

Just prior to that the car of Administrative and Financial Manager of the Hamas-run military police, Helmi Khalaf, was blown up in Gaza City.

Did you know any of that? We follow this crap, and we didn’t. These are the so-called Palestinians, and these are the lovable underdogs so championed by world leaders.

Well, not all world leaders:

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Like ISIS, maybe? Arab leaders don’t like existential threats from terrorists who threaten to wipe them off the map? Can’t imagine why.

Carry on, Hamass; carry on, Fatah. Car bombs and drive-bys may be an odd way of life, but who are we to judge?

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Israeli Security Believes The Palestinian Authority May Collapse Soon

In the Age of Obama, The Caliphate will take over the Middle East. Who will replace the PA? Hamas?

This coming Monday IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz will end his four year term and will be replaced by Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. Waiting on Eisenkot’s desk are some chilling security assessments including the potential risk that the security situation in the West Bank will deteriorate in the near future.

Over the past weeks, in the context of Gantz’s farewells to the various IDF divisions, the outgoing Chief of Staff spoke again and again about the fragile security reality in the West Bank. Gantz even spoke of the influence of politics on the territory, probably in reference to the upcoming Israeli elections and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ unilateral moves in international bodies.

Another cause of the “heating up” of the West Bank is Israel’s decision not to transfer tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority in response to its ICC membership – a move that is bringing about the collapse of the Palestinian economy.

Against this background, the army has told the government that at any given moment the Palestinian Authority can collapse.

In one of the scenarios that the IDF presented, a small localized security incident, like an altercation between settlers and Palestinians, or the throwing of a Molotov cocktail could quickly escalate to rioting in the Galilee and the Triangle area. With the weakened Palestinian Authority a situation like this is liable to lead to terrorist organizations taking control of the West Bank.

More at the link. Obama and the State Dept. will blame it on Netanyahu, but it is their lame policy which has brought us to this. They encouraged the PA to reject negotiation and compromise, encouraged them to be angry about apartment buildings, etc., and the end result is going to be a terror state that encompasses almost all of the Middle East. It is a weird day when you realize that Egypt is saner than Washington.

– Aggie

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What Is A Bus But A Cage On Wheels?

Palestinian Terror Attack On Israeli Bus

Palestinian Terror Attack On Israeli Bus

During the Palestinian terror war, bus bombings happened almost daily, along with cafe bombings, school bombings, grocery store bombings, etc. I wonder if what happened to the unfortunate Jordanian pilot can help people understand? Nah.

– Aggie

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The UN’s “Never Again” Moment

The Jew-hating genocidal jackals of Hamass have finally incurred the wrath of their benefactors, UNRWA:

The United Nations’ Gaza envoy has expressed his “outrage” at an incident in which Palestinian protesters attempted to storm UN headquarters in Gaza, accusing Hamas of turning a blind eye.

“During a pre-announced demonstration, of which Hamas was well aware, a number of protestors climbed the perimeter wall and entered the compound causing damage to United Nations premises and property,” Robert Serry said in a statement quoted by the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency.

Expressing his “deep concern” over Hamas authorities’ inaction, Serry issued a rare scathing criticism of the Islamist terrorist group which runs Gaza.

Did you get that? “Deep concern”? That’s worse than the “mild distress” they expressed over the shelling of an Israeli kindergarten or their resigned shrug after the most recent bus stabbing. But he was just getting started:

“Pending a full transfer of security responsibilities to the legitimate Palestinian Authority, we continue to hold Hamas fully responsible for the security and safety of all United Nations personnel and operations in Gaza.”

It does seem ungrateful for Hamass to bite the hand that feeds, clothes, and shelters—and stores their missiles for—them. We’ve covered this story for a couple of days now, but it’s like Vitamin C or french fries: we have our daily requirements.

“$5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo (aid) conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable. It is unclear why this funding has not been forthcoming,” the agency said in a statement.

Earlier this month Hamas threatened the international community, demanding that it pay to rebuild Hamas’s stronghold of Gaza, or else face the region “becoming” a hotbed for extremism and terrorism.

Blah-blah-blah. Hey Hamass, why don’t you tunnel your way into UNRWA HQ and just take stuff? You might be able to get something for a fax machine on eBay.

Until tomorrow’s chapter…

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Laws of Physics

Newton’s Second: The acceleration of an object as produced by a net force is directly proportional to the magnitude of the net force, in the same direction as the net force, and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.

Boyle’s: At constant temperature for a fixed mass, the absolute pressure and the volume of a gas are inversely proportional.

Ampère’s/Maxwell’s: Maxwell’s addition states that magnetic fields can be generated in two ways: by electrical current (this was the original “Ampère’s law”) and by changing electric fields (this was “Maxwell’s addition”).

Gaza’s:

Hundreds of protesters on Wednesday tried to storm the Gaza headquarters of the United Nations, an AFP correspondent said, after the UN announced it lacked funds to rebuild the enclave from the damage caused by Hamas’s most recent terror war against Israel.

Around 200 people demonstrated outside the building in Gaza City of UNRWA, burning tires and throwing rocks, while shouting “we are still homeless!”

As the riot continued to turn violent, some tried to storm the building before police of the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza, broke up the demonstration.

The incident came a day after UNRWA announced it can not afford to repair tens of thousands of homes damaged during the July-August war between Israel and Hamas because donors have failed to pay.

Hamass staged the demonstration so that Hamass could break up the demonstration. Street theater.

There are besieged and oppressed people in the world, but Gazans are not among them. The victims of Boko Haram, Ebola patients, Tibetans, even commuters on the Southeastern Expressway in a light drizzle are more deserving of your sympathy than one single Arab occupier of southwestern Israel.

The reconstruction has barely begun, not only because world nations have not delivered, but also because construction materials allowed in by Israel have been used by Hamas to rebuild terror tunnels into Israel meant to attack civilians, leading Israel to limit the transfers.

Earlier this month Hamas threatened the world, demanding that it pay to rebuild Hamas’s stronghold of Gaza, or else face the region “becoming” a hotbed for extremism and terrorism.

“Becoming”?! Since when has that human fly trap not been a hotbed for extremism and terrorism? Strawberries, tomatoes, and Qassam missiles—that’s all it’s good for.

Home is where the heart is, the saying goes. If you are “homeless”, you are homeless in every meaning.

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The Goodness of Mankind

Just when my faint flicker of faith in humanity is nearly snuffed out, a breeze of bogusness blows it back to life.

Thank you, hypocrites:

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year’s war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

“The agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies,” the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement.

“$5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo (aid) conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.”

You say distressing and unacceptable, I say hopeful and restorative. For what worse message could there be than that you can launch a genocidal war largely against civilians—your own and your enemy’s—and make a tidy profit in the process?

“UNRWA in Gaza has so far provided over $77 million to 66,000 Palestine refugee families to repair their home or find a temporary alternative,” it said.

“This is a tremendous achievement; it is also wholly insufficient… We are talking about thousands of families who continue to suffer through this cold winter with inadequate shelter. People are literally sleeping among the rubble. Children have died of hypothermia.”

Hypothermia or “work accidents”—what’s the diff? Dead children are Hamass policy.

I applaud the Arab sultans and the international community for refusing to have anything to do with it. I take back some of the things I’ve said about you guys. Writing bogus $5.4 million dollar checks with your mouths that your wallets had no intention of cashing—respect.

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In a Related Story

To the one below:

A group of 37 orphans from Gaza Strip were prevented from crossing into Israel Sunday after Hamas backtracked from a deal reached to allow the kids to tour the Jewish state, saying the tour was an attempt to “brainwash” the kids. The indicent took place amid claims of clashes along the border between the IDF and Palestinains.

The group, comprised of children aged 5 to 12 whose fathers were killed in the 50-day summer war between Hamas and Israel, were all ready to go at the border crossing with Israel when Hamas rescinded its initial agreement to the visit.

The children, some of them with families with strong links to Hamas, had been cleared to go on the special visit by the IDF over a week ago and were set to visit an Israeli safari, tour the Bediun town of Rahat, and even meet Palestinian President Abbas in Ramallah. They were also scheduled to tour the Israeli communities which live near the Gaza border.

Eyad Bozum, a spokesman for Hamas, said the children were prevented from traveling Sunday to “protect the culture of our children and our people” from normalizing relations with Israel.

He says Hamas turned the children back when they arrived at a crossing into Israel. He says Hamas would make sure such an attempt “will never happen again.”

“Never again”, huh? Nice slogan. And what would be so wrong?

Hamas said that it rejects any kind of normalization with Israel, saying “these types of encounters are Israeli attempts to brainwash the children so that they forgot the Palestinian issue and give up their principles.”

Exactly. Millions of dollars spent brainwashing the kids to become mindless mass-murderers goes down the drain if you let them actually get to know the human beings they are bred to kill. That “will never happen again.”

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Cover Blown

While the European Union considers Hamass as harmless as the Elks or the Webelos, Hamass considers its options:

According to the reports, Hamas has acknowledged the limited efficacy of its mid- and longer-range rockets, many of which were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system during the war, inflicting very limited civilian casualties. Meanwhile, Hamas has recognized the deadliness of mortar shells, which fall short of Iron Dome’s range.

One new approach that Hamas has been considering in an effort to extend its effective range is to launch large volleys of rockets that would challenge Iron Dome’s ability to fire interceptors in rapid succession, the reports said. It has also been conducting tests, lobbing dozens of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea in recent weeks, according to Ynet, which cited Palestinian Gaza sources in its report.

Is that how a crushed people in a devastated territory behave? Why would the international community reward an Islamofascist entity that starts wars, targets civilians (its own as well as Israeli), and earns the loathing of its big brother, Egypt?

Egyptian military troops have started to inform residents in Rafah that they must evacuate another 500 meters from the border with Gaza, indicting the beginning of the second phase in creating a buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza.

Residents of Rafah have begun to look for alternative housing in el Arish and Sheikh Zuwayed,

An earlier decision ordered residents to clear 500 meters from the border, following this order, the total area to be evacuated will reach 1 kilometer.

The government hopes the buffer zone will isolate the militants who say they attack the security forces in retaliation for the government crackdown on Morsi supporters in which at least 1,400 people have been killed in street clashes.

The authorities also hope that the buffer zone will neutralize hundreds of illegal underground tunnels connecting the Egyptian side of Rafah with Gaza.

Such tunnels are often used for smuggling weapons and militants, and the army says it has already destroyed more than 1,600 of them.

My only disappointment is that Egypt is using its own territory to build a moat around Gaza. I had previously congratulated them on seizing Gaza’s own land for that purpose.

And just for the sake of completeness:

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip exploded in open territory near the Eshkol Regional Council on Friday around noon, the IDF confirmed.

But when I asked above “why would the international community reward an Islamofascist entity”, I was being rhetorical:

Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, UN and other officials say barely two percent of the money has been transferred.

The conference in Cairo had been hailed as a success, with Qatar promising $1 billion, Saudi Arabia $500 million and the United States and the European Union a combined $780 million in various forms of assistance.

Half was expected to go to rebuilding houses and infrastructure in Gaza destroyed during seven weeks of fighting, and the rest to support the Palestinian budget.

But of the total, only $100 million or so has been received, according to UN and other officials. While the EU and the United States have accelerated some funding that was already in the pipeline, very few new pledges have come to fruition.

So, the Arab states welsh on their pledges, made at a lavish, pointless conference, leaving the US and EU to pick up the tab—with some, most, or all of the money going toward rearming a group even Egypt treats as rabid, as the EU seeks to delist them as a terrorist organization.

And you say I’m cynical.

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