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New IDF Orders: Initiate Action in Gaza Instead of Letting Hamas Call the Shots
Israeli forces guarding the Gaza border were instructed Monday, April 2, to remove the
gloves and take action for pre-empting Hamas' escalating border provocations. DEBKAfile's
military sources report that this change of policy was set by Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gady
Israel's military rejected new allegations Monday of unlawful use of force against unarmed
Palestinians during mass protests in Gaza last week, as the Palestinian death toll rose to
18. They saw that Hamas had been encouraged into ramping up its aggression by the clashes
that occurred Friday. The IDF was therefore instructed to adopt new tactics, before the
violence practiced on the Gaza border got out of hand and spread to other anti-Israel
fronts in Judea and Samaria, or even Lebanon.
The exact nature of those IDF tactics is not immediately known, except that they deviate
sharply from the defensive posture adopted on Friday and Saturday by the troops guarding
the Gaza border. The IDF continues to be authorized to use force when necessary within the
IDF's rules of engagement. Hamas was cautioned Monday against continuing to stage
provocations every few hours or else face a harsh IDF riposte.
Israel's political leaders almost across the spectrum voiced their thanks to IDF troops
for not letting a single Palestinian rioter cross the fence and so allowing the country to
celebrate the Passover Eve Seder in peace. The very idea of an inquiry into a "determined
and proportionate" defensive operation was widely ridiculed. In the first Palestinian rush
on the Gaza-Israeli border fence on Friday, March 30, IDF counter-measures, including
gunfire, killed 15 Palestinians and injured hundreds
But this has not deterred Hamas from going forward with Round 2 of its six-week master
plan for repeatedly buffeting at Israel's border defenses. They believe that when they
find a gap in the Israeli wall, the Arab and international communities will come to their
So far, this had not happened. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has come out as the sole
champion of Hamas, which is listed as a terrorist organization by most Western
governments. But Erdogan had seized on the Gaza flare-up for his own game. The Syrian
platform slipped out of his hands when the US vetoed plans for his army to advance across
northern Syria and into Iraq and crush all the Kurds in its path. So Erdogan found another
platform in Gaza. However, not a single Arab leader of note supported Hamas' "March for
Nonetheless, Hamas is sure it has finally found a winning tactic against Israel, by
turning the civilian population, heavily brainwashed into believing that a successful
"March for the Return" would solve its problems, into a human battering ram for trampling
the border fence and surging across into Israel.
To defeat the coming assaults, the IDF must address two difficulties: Defuse the Hamas
strategy in the Gaza Strip and stop its spread to Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
Another upsurge of violent Palestinian rioting in the Gaza Strip is expected on April 17,
the day of Palestinian solidarity with the "Palestinian prisoner" held in Israeli jails
for terrorism. However, Hamas may decide not to wait until then, but build on its initial
momentum for another assault on the border on Friday, April 6, which is the seventh and
last day of the Jewish Passover festival. The strategists in Gaza believe that their
"protest march," the cover for terrorist attacks, will be mirrored by violent disturbances
on the West Bank.
Until now, the Israel government let the IDF convey to Hamas leaders an implicit threat:
If they break through the border fence and invade a military post or civilian community on
the Israeli side, the IDF will hit Hamas leadership targets deep inside their territory.
This tactic is also in force against the Lebanese Hizbullah terrorist organization, which
has been warned that any attack on targets deep inside Israel will bring forth powerful
Israeli retaliation against targets deep inside Lebanon, including its national
In view of Hamas´ revived aggression, the IDF has switched over to its war doctrine,
which permits soldiers to use firearms to stop assailants, when crowd dispersal measures
are unavailing. For many months, the IDF was kept on a tight leash by the official line,
broadcast after every incident emanating from the Gaza Strip, which held, "Neither the IDF
nor Hamas wants escalation."
This slogan, which suggested that the two sides shared equal objectives and strength, was
finally jettisoned last Friday. When Hamas threw down the gantlet on the Gaza fence,
Israeli armed forces were permitted to engage in full war tactics
While the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and France made quiet efforts at calming the
situation and murmurs about the need for peace, their hands are tied. Hamas has never
espoused anything but all-or-nothing belligerence, and the Palestinian Authority Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas has been rendered powerless, both politically and by ill health. This may be
a blessing in disguise if Hamas is satisfied with the storm it can raise in the Gaza Strip
and does not attempt to stir up trouble in Judea and Samaria as well.
ZOA Head: `Arab Nazi-Like' Hamas Responsible for Violence on Gaza Border
By the Jerusalem Post
"The Nazi-like terror group Hamas" is responsible for the violence that left 17 dead and
hundreds more injured after violent clashes erupted on the Gaza border on Friday, head of
the Zionist Organization of America Mort Klein told The Jerusalem Post.
"What I am painfully and frightfully reminded of by Israel's necessary defensive actions,
is that the irrational hatred of Jews in 2018 remains so strong that while the Jewish
state is fighting against an Arab, Nazi-like terrorist group, Hamas, whose charter and
proclamations call for the murder of every Jew and Israel's destruction, the world
through the [United Nations] continues to show sympathy and support for the Hamas
Nazis actions," Klein said on Sunday.
"What country on earth would not use military force against an avowed terrorist enemy who
comes to their border, 30,000 thousand strong with guns, bombs and burning tires, to
infiltrate their country in order to kill innocent civilians and damage their security
infrastructure after the terrorists were warned to refrain from these terrorist actions?"
Other organizations, like the American Jewish Committee, emphasized Hamas's use of
financial aid to build terrorist infrastructure and tunnels as proof of the group's
preference toward violence instead of peaceful planning or providing aid for their people.
"Hamas has invested millions of dollars in its current campaign, which is meant to lead
thousands of Gazans to breach Israel's borders," spokesperson Avital Leibovich told the
Post in a statement.
"This money, could have been used for the welfare of the people in Gaza, but instead was
utilized in purchasing grenades and AK-47s, as well as paying people for their
participation at the riot," she said. "Israel has the right to defend its borders just
like any other country and any suggestion for an investigation on Friday's events [by the
EU or UN] should be directed at Hamas, which is accountable for this situation."
Soon after the violence subsided on the Gaza border, Human Rights Watch decried what it
called the "shocking number of Palestinians killed and hurt" by IDF forces, adding that
the incident brought into the fore concerns about Israel's use of deadly force in
"The shocking number of Palestinians killed and hurt today by soldiers firing across the
Gaza fence raises serious questions about Israel's longstanding use of live ammunition to
police demonstrations," HRW said in a statement. "Israeli allegations of violence by some
protesters do not change the fact that using lethal force is banned by international law
except to meet imminent threat to life," the organization added.
Saudi Crown Prince: Israelis Have the Right to Their Own Land
By World Israel News
In an interview by Jeffrey Goldberg published Monday in The Atlantic, Saudi Arabian Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Israelis have a right to their own land.
Apparently pushing for a two-state solution, he said, "I believe the Palestinians and the
Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to
assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations."
Ties between Israel and the Gulf states have improved over the past year, triggered by the
common Iranian threat. "We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in
Jerusalem (i.e. the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site) and about the rights of the
Palestinian people. This is what we have. We don't have any objection against any other
people," said the crown prince, who is currently touring the US.
"Prince Mohammed's visit to the US is mainly a hunting trip for investment, and an
opportunity for him to sell his so-called Vision 2030, an elaborate, still mainly
unexecuted plan to modernize the Kingdom and end its dependence on oil," Goldberg
Israel Suspends Plan to Deport Thousands of African Migrants
By VOA News & YnetNews
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was putting on hold an
agreement with the U.N. refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants to
Western countries. Hours after announcing the deal Netanyahu posted a message on his
Facebook page saying he was putting it on hold until further review.
Under the agreement some 16,250 migrants would have been resettled in Western nations,
including Canada, Italy and Germany, Netanyahu announced earlier Monday. The same number
will be given residency in Israel, he said.
A spokesman for the German Interior Ministry said he was unaware of any plans to resettle
African migrants from Israel to Germany, And in Italy, a Foreign Ministry source said:
"There is no agreement with Italy in the context of the bilateral agreement between Israel
and the UNHCR."
Shortly after Italy's denial, the PMO issued a statement to Italian news agency ANSA,
clarifying that Netanyahu only named Italy as an example of a developed Western country,
and did not specifically mean to name it as one of the countries willing to take in the
asylum seekers, Italian daily la Repubblica reported. Jean-Nicolas Beuze of the UNHCR in
Ottawa told CBC News that Canada has not made any formal commitment but things are "being
Israel is home to roughly 35,000 African migrants, most of them from Eritrea, which has
one of the world's worst human rights records, or war-torn Sudan. The migrants say they
are asylum-seekers fleeing danger and persecution, while Israeli leaders have claimed they
are merely job seekers.
Netanyahu's right-wing government rejects claims by the Africans that they are refugees,
describing them as "infiltrators" and economic migrants. The migrants also have become a
political issue, with religious and conservative politicians portraying the presence of
Muslim and Christian Africans as a threat to Israel's Jewish character.
A group of residents of southern Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants have settled,
immediately denounced the new plan in a statement, calling it "a shame for the state of
Israel." Netanyahu said he would meet on Tuesday with residents of southern Tel Aviv.
In a post he wrote in his Facebook account, Netanyahu explained that "in the last few
weeks, following tremendous pressure on Rwanda by the New Israel Fund and elements in the
European Union, Rwanda has withdrawn from the agreement and refused to absorb infiltrators
from Israel who are forcibly removed. Due to this, I decided to strive for a new agreement
that would allow us to continue deporting the infiltrators."
Netanyahu concluded by stressing that while he, like many others, expected Israel to be
able to deport the lot of them, once it was clear it is not an option, the government
decided to "do the best it canget some out, rehabilitate the rest and rehabilitate
southern Tel Aviv."
Later that evening, Netanyahu published a video on Facebook in which he gave further
details on the outline. "We will remove the infiltrators from south Tel Aviv, bring them
to moshavim, kibbutzim, and strong communities, so that the burden will not fall on
neighborhoods in distress," he said. "The money we'll save, and that's a lot, we'll invest
in rehabilitating southern Tel Aviv."
Rabbi: 'Tens of Millions Want to Return to Judaism'
Am Shalem movement Chairman Rabbi Haim Amsalem responded to a report submitted by a
committee appointed by Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennet, in which it was
determined there are roughly 100 million people in the world who are connected to Judaism
Crypto-Judaism is secret adherence to Judaism while publicly professing to be of another
faith; practitioners are referred to as "crypto-Jews". Today, individuals and communities
in Spain and Portugal, and the places where Jews fled from there, have been discovering
evidence of their Jewish ancestry and started openly practicing the faith that their
ancestors were barred from keeping for centuries.
The report to which Amsalem refers claims as many as 95 million people worldwide possibly
descended from Jews. Produced by a special committee formed by the Diaspora Affairs
Ministry in 2016, the report suggests that in addition to the roughly 14 million people
identifying as Jews around the globe, there some 95 million more likely descended from
Jews who assimilated or were forced to convert sometimes referred to as "lost Jews.
"We have between 60 and 100 million people who define themselves as having an affinity to
the Jewish people. In South America alone I estimate there are 30 million. These aren't
lost tribes or descendants of the Bnei Menashe," referring to the Lost Tribe of Israel who
were brought to Israel from India. "These are people who until 150 years ago maintained
their Judaism and according to all standards they are from the seed of Israel. Not all of
them want to convert, but they do want a friendly connection with the Jewish people and
it's a great mitzvah to bring them closer.
"There's the well-known slogan: 'The Jewish religion isn't missionary.' I say that the
Jewish religion must be committed to helping all those who wish to return to the Jewish
people, and that many of them, their parents and grandparents, were burned at the stake in
the name of their Jewishness."
He was asked if it is the role of the State of Israel or any rabbi abroad to be
responsible for conversions of those with such affinity.
"The State of Israel and the Rabbinate have long not been doing their job. I would almost
say they've completed their historic role. We sit here in the State of Israel with
hundreds of thousands who assimilate every day - and the Chief Rabbinate is unable to take
up the gauntlet.
"There's a solution if they want. It's not a one-minute conversion. The community rabbis,
unfortunately, aren't among those known for courage. They look at what the Chief Rabbinate
of Israel is doing - and the Chief Rabbinate is doing nothing. The Chief Rabbinate of
Israel is incapable of solving the problems of the Jewish identity of the State of Israel.
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel long ago lost its way, became non-Zionist, became extreme,
and became political. I have no expectations of them.
"Today, via the Internet, these descendants of Anusim from all over the world, and
especially from South America, find their way to Judaism alone. They come to the
rabbinical courts ready for conversion, and many of them return slowly."
The rabbi said that the conversion problem also affects assimilation: "There's the
well-known equation that anyone who makes it harder on conversion facilitates
assimilation. Who brought us assimilation? It's the extreme approach, instead of embracing
and bringing near. Anyone seeking to convert today is asked for almost impossible
conditions. Everyone knows that Rabbinate conversion is equal to private conversion, and
everything is politics and a whole industry of money," he said. The Chief Rabbinate and
the Diaspora Ministry chose not to respond to Rabbi Amsalem's claims.
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