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'Palestine TV' conducts rare interview with Hamas leader

Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah faction have been engaged in a bitter power struggle since July 2007, when Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH   SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 18:48Email Twitter Facebook fb-messenger
Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media at his office in Gaza City, June 20, 2019 (photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS)
Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media at his office in Gaza City, June 20, 2019
(photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS)
Advertisement The Palestinian Authority’s official television station, Palestine TV, broadcast an interview on Monday night with Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas political bureau, who is currently visiting Lebanon. The interview, the first of its kind with a Hamas leader, is seen by Palestinians in the context of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s ongoing efforts to reach a national-unity agreement that would end the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.


'Palestine TV' conducts rare interview with Hamas leader

Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah faction have been engaged in a bitter power struggle since July 2007, when Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH   SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 18:48Email Twitter Facebook fb-messenger
Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media at his office in Gaza City, June 20, 2019 (photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS)
Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media at his office in Gaza City, June 20, 2019
(photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS)
Advertisement The Palestinian Authority’s official television station, Palestine TV, broadcast an interview on Monday night with Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas political bureau, who is currently visiting Lebanon. The interview, the first of its kind with a Hamas leader, is seen by Palestinians in the context of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s ongoing efforts to reach a national-unity agreement that would end the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Read More Related Articles
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Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah faction have been engaged in a bitter power struggle since July 2007, when Hamas violently seized control of the Gaza Strip. It is rare for Palestine TV to broadcast interviews with Hamas officials. Similarly, Hamas-controlled media outlets have regularly boycotted representatives of Fatah and the PA. The interview with Haniyeh came days after leaders of several Palestinian factions, including Fatah and Hamas, held a meeting via videoconferencing from Ramallah and Beirut to discuss the latest developments surrounding the Palestinian issue in the wake of the Israel-United Arab Emirates deal. Abbas, who addressed the meeting from his office in Ramallah, called on the Arab countries not to normalize relations with Israel before the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. Haniyeh and Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ziyad al-Nakhalah also delivered speeches during the virtual meeting of the faction leaders. Latest articles from Jpost
The interview with Haniyeh was conducted at the Palestinian Embassy in Beirut. He sat in front of a large picture of former PLO leader Yasser Arafat. Haniyeh left the Gaza Strip earlier this year and has since been living in Qatar. During the interview, Haniyeh said the faction leaders were in agreement about rejecting US President Donald Trump’s vision for peace in the Middle East, dubbed “Peace to Prosperity.” The faction leaders also agreed on the need to achieve national unity, he added. Hamas “won’t recognize Israel’s right to exist or give up one inch of the land of Palestine, and it will continue to adhere to the armed struggle as a strategic option,” Haniyeh said. Haniyeh told Palestine TV he hopes that the next interview with him will be held “in Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Palestine.”


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Qatar: Payouts for Hamas no longer guaranteed â€" report Sep 7, 2020 @ 16:52 Hamas, Iran, Jared Kushner, Qatari emir DEBKA

“Things have changed and we can’t keep on doing things the old way,” said the Emir Of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Middle East intelligence sources believe that the emir may be shifting ground ready for Donald Trump to win a second term as US president, by starting to cool his ties with radical and anti-US elements. Those ties have put him on the wrong side of Trump’s diplomatic drive in the region and got him in hot water with the Saudi-led Gulf Arab governments, especially the United Arab Emirates, which has just concluded a US-brokered normalization pact with Israel. All three parties to the deal have come off with gains..

The Palestinian Hamas and its parent, the Muslim Brotherhood, appear to be the first to feel the rough edge of the Qatari ruler’s re-evaluation. After a visit by US presidential adviser Jared Kushner to Doha last week, Sheikh Tamim is reported by those sources to have instructed his aides to inform the Hamas that the continued flow of Qatari cash to the Gaza Strip’s impoverished population was no longer guaranteed. The latest transfer of $30 million was “not a policy,” he warned, but “a one-off.” The next instalments may come on a one-by-one basis, depending on how Gaza’s Hamas regime behaves.

That delivery silenced weeks of incendiary balloon and rocket attacks launched from the Gaza strip against southern Israel â€" though not for long judging by past precedent. However, this time, the Palestinian terrorist group was given a stern caution by its Doha paymaster: “The Americans and Israelis are not kidding around this time around,” he said, adding for good measure: “It does not seem as if Trump is going to lose the presidential elections.”

Cooling his longstanding ties with Iran and Hizballah would be much riskier than cutting cash payments to Hamas. They are capable of hitting back in ways that could be gravely damaging to their target. On the other hand, loosening ties with radical and terrorist entities would open a pathway for Qatar to bury the hatchet with Saudi Arabia and the UAE and win points in Washington.

Sheikh Tamim is keeping close track of US presidential poll ratings before making a final jump. He listened when Democratic friends assured him that Joe Biden’s win was in the bag and he should hold his ground until President Trump was out. But now, after observing the narrowing gap between the two contenders, he is becoming convinced that Trump may actually pull off a second term.

The ruler’s advisers have reportedly instructed senior editors of the Qatari Al Jazeera television network to temper their championship of Hamas and other radical organizations vis-a-vis Israel, the US and the United Arab Emirates and be less provocative.














National Security Council discussed closure of Temple Mount to worshipers

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The Islamic Waqf has thus far been opposed to any closure.

By CODY LEVINE SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 11:13Email Twitter Facebook fb-messenger The Temple Mount in Jerusalem (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS) The Temple Mount in Jerusalem
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Israel's National Security Council is holding discussions on closing the Temple Mount to both Jewish and Muslim worshipers in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a N12 report on Sunday. The report noted that discussions commenced as Israel grapples with a growing number of coronavirus cases, which has become especially pronounced in areas surrounding the Temple Mount and among Israeli-Arabs and Palestinians in east Jerusalem. Read More Related Articles
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The potential closure of the Temple Mount was discussed three months ago by Jerusalem's municipal government following a rise in the morbidity rate attributed to the virus, the report noted. Given the sensitivity of any closure, discussions are being held in conjunction with the Islamic Waqf, the Islamic religious trust that controls and manages Islamic holy sites, such as the Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Thus far, the Waqf has been opposed to any closure. Approximately 18,000 to 22,000 worshipers enter the Temple Mount to pray every Friday, many of whom allegedly do not follow Health Ministry guidelines, praying close to one another without masks and generally not maintaining social distancing. Coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu has previously sought to add Jerusalem's Old City neighborhoods as part of the "red city" hot zones in terms of their amount of cases, prompting discussions on the closure of other religious sites as well, including the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Latest articles from Jpost




Thousands of Israeli couples cannot marry due to COVID-19

Tens of thousands of other Israelis are either unable to marry because of various restrictions of Jewish law, or due to the fact that they are gay.

By JEREMY SHARON   SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 19:56Email Twitter Facebook fb-messenger
HEDDY ABRAMOWITZ’S photo of a Jerusalem bridal salon. She said the work is meant to show the contrast between the dream of a new marriage and the reality of the mundane. (photo credit: MAAYAN HOFFMAN)
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Advertisement Thousands of Israeli couples cannot get married at present due to the COVID-19 pandemic, since they are not eligible to marry through the Chief Rabbinate and cannot fly abroad for civil-marriage ceremonies. Their dilemma has been brought to the forefront by activists whose wedding plans have been disrupted by the public health crisis, and are now demanding solutions to the fact that the state does not provide them with the ability to get married in a state-recognized format. Read More Related Articles
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There are some 400,000 citizens classified as “without religion, ” most of whom are immigrants, or the children of immigrants from the former Soviet Union who are not Jewish according to Jewish law. Tens of thousands of other Israelis are either unable to marry because of various restrictions of Jewish law, or due to the fact that they are gay. Marriage in Israel is only recognized by the state if performed through the established religious institutions, such as the Chief Rabbinate, and those who are classified as “without religion” cannot marry through it. The state does however recognize civil marriages performed abroad. Since the borders have largely been shut, including to countries where Israelis commonly seek civil marriage, such as Cyprus, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia, many Israelis couples in which one partner is not Jewish or is “without religion” have been unable to marry. Latest articles from Jpost
A hearing in the Knesset Interior Committee was held on Monday on the issue, initiated by MK Evgeny Sova of Yisrael Beytenu, MK Andrey Kozhinov of Yesh Atid-Telem, MK Nitzan Horowitz of Meretz and MK Sharren Haskel of Likud. Two possible solutions were proposed during the hearing. The first, proposed by Sova and Kozhinov, is to allow couples to get married in civil ceremonies in the embassies of foreign countries in Israel. The second, proposed by Horowitz, is to temporarily expand a law passed in 2010 allowing two people classified as “without religion” to marry in a civil ceremony in Israel to other citizens who cannot marry through the rabbinate or other religious institutions. “What is the difference between registering for marriage in an embassy and a wedding in Varna, [Bulgaria],” demanded Kozhinov in reference to his proposal, although was told by the legal adviser to the committee that such a measure would require legislative change. Sova insisted that the COVID-19 pandemic had led to numerous legislative changes that had not previously been considered for other aspects of daily life, and said that marriage registration should be permitted in embassies should be permitted until the end of 2021. “The State of Israel is humiliating its citizens,” said Sova. “Thousands of couples are in a crazy, situation unprecedented anywhere else in the world â€" people are not able to get married, ” he continued, accusing the Interior Ministry of ignoring the problem. A representative of the Foreign Ministry said during the hearing it might be possible to have Israelis marry in foreign embassies, and that he would make inquiries with all such embassies as to the viability of this proposal. MK Tehila Friedman of Blue and White said that “the reality of a half million Israelis who have no way to marry in Israel is intolerable,” and said that a compromise could be to register civil marriages in a marriage registry held by the Justice Ministry, and not the Interior Ministry’s registry, although added that she would support the embassy plan if it proves to be feasible. “As a religious person, I prefer the registration of marriages in place of the current situation in which thousands of people cohabit without being registered anywhere,” said Friedman. Rabbi Aharon Leibowitz, founder of the Chuppot organization â€" which provides a non-state, Orthodox marriage service â€" noted during the hearing that, regardless of the COVID-19 crisis, hundreds of Israeli couples are marrying outside of the rabbinate in one form or another. Figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics in August showed that marriage through the rabbinate is declining, while other studies have shown that non-state marriages performed by various organizations, including Chuppot are on the rise. “It is unconscionable that the only western country where a Jew can’t get married the way he wants to is in Israel,” Leibowitz said following the hearing. “There should be the ability to have various different marriage tracks and to maintain a register of who is married according to Jewish law and who is not for the purposes of determining who needs a divorce in accordance with Jewish law,” he said.



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Palestinians praise killers of Israeli Olympic athletes September 7, 2020


Palestinians praise killers of Israeli Olympic athletesOne of the Palestinian Black September terrorists who murdered 11 Israeli Olympic athletes in the Munich Massacre, Sept. 5, 1972. (AP/Kurt Strumpf) Email Print 3 Comments


Fatah organization headed by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas posts memorial to terrorists on the anniversary of the Munich Massacre.

By Paul Shindman, World Israel News

The Fatah organization headed by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday marked the 48th anniversary of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics by posting a memorial praising the terrorists who carried out the brutal attack that shocked the world.

“On this day, the fighters of Fatah’s ‘Black September’ movement carried out Operation Munich, which embodied the meaning of courage and boldness of the Palestinian resistance and his self-sacrifice for the homeland and the cause,” Fatah said in the post on their Facebook page.



On September 5, 1972, a day before the Olympic Games were to begin in Munich, eight Palestinian terrorists killed two members of the Israeli team and took nine others hostage.

The terrorists, members of Black September, a faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), demanded the release of 234 Palestinians being held in Israeli prison and safe passage out of Germany.

The attack began just after 4 a.m., when the terrorists jumped over the six-foot-high fence that surrounded the Olympic Village, where the athletes were sound asleep, and headed straight for the Israelis dorms. Some fought back and others escaped.

An hour later, police were alerted and the news made headlines around the world. By 5 p.m., after a day of negotiations, the Germans organized a plan to rescue the hostages, but the operation failed. In the gunfight that ensued, five terrorists and all of the hostages died.



Moshe Weinberg, Yossef Romano, Yossef Gutfreund, Amitzur Shapira, Ze’ev Friedman, Eliezer Halfin, Andre Spitzer, Kehat Shorr, David Berger, Yakov Springer, and Mark Slavin were the six Israeli coaches and five athletes who were murdered by the terrorists. One German police officer was also killed.

The following day, a memorial service for the murdered Israeli athletes was held, but the games continued nonetheless.

“Incredibly, they’re going on with it, ” commented Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times. “It’s almost like having a dance at Dachau, ” he wrote at the time, referring to the infamous Nazi concentration camp situated about 20 miles from Munich.

Although three of the terrorists were captured and jailed, a month later more Palestinian terrorists hijacked a German passenger plane and demanded their release. The German government caved into the demands and released the three murderers.



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