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  • Obama Pressured Israel to Stop Demanding Demilitarization of Hamas

    08/28/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/28/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The ceasefire agreement didn’t give Hamas everything it wanted, but it gave Israel nothing at all.Israel’s insistence on demilitarizing Gaza fell by the wayside.Why? Here’s one answer. Nabil Shaath, a senior PLO official and confidante of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said that Israel dropped the demand that Hamas be demilitarized, due to American pressure, in an interview with the Arabic Ma’an News Agency. As usual the war was won on the battlefield and lost at the negotiating table. Which means it will have to be repeated in a year or two with a stronger Hamas.Without demilitarizing Gaza, the entire...
  • Cabinet Was Split Over Ceasefire - But Netanyahu Accepted Anyway

    08/26/2014 12:17:56 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 17 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 8/26/2014 | Ari Soffer
    Ministers from Jewish Home, Yisrael Beytenu and even Likud opposed truce - but PM circumvented cabinet vote on a legal technicality. Roughly half the cabinet was opposed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to agree to an open-ended ceasefire with Hamas - but the decision was passed unilaterally by the PM anyway.
  • Security Council Urges Return to Ceasefire Talks

    08/20/2014 4:46:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14
    The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting truce in Gaza. In a unanimously adopted statement quoted by AFP, the 15-member council "offered full support to the Egyptian initiative and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a sustainable and lasting ceasefire." The statement drafted by France was agreed after negotiations in Cairo teetered on the verge of collapse amid a fresh flare-up of violence. The measure fell short of a full resolution, but diplomats signaled they would be ready...
  • Israel and Hamas agree to extend cease-fire for 24 hours (Netanyahu caves again)

    08/18/2014 2:11:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/19/2014 00:03
    The Gaza cease-fire is now due to end at midnight on Tuesday, after Israel and Hamas agreed to extend it by 24-hours to allow additional time to come to an understanding to stop the violence.
  • Report: US Assigned to Pressure Israel in Truce Agreements

    08/17/2014 2:13:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    inn ^ | 8/17/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The American government has been asked by the international community to directly intervene in any truce agreement between Israel and Hamas, according to a report in Arabic daily Al-Hayat, and force Israel to agree to Hamas's demands in future ceasefire agreements. Egypt was reportedly behind the guarantee, as rumors swirl that the current conditions being discussed have found support both from the international community at large and from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Israel has denied agreeing to any truce deal proposed so far, however, and diplomatic sources in Jerusalem have emphasized repeatedly that Israel will not agree to any...
  • Hamas Rejects 'Final' Ceasefire Proposal: 'Death For Allah Is Our Most Exalted Wish'

    08/17/2014 12:25:54 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/16/14 | Daniel Nussbaum
    JERUSALEM - Hamas reportedly rejected a comprehensive, 11-clause long term ceasefire proposal on Saturday. Egypt has warned that this proposal will be its final effort to secure a lasting end to the Israel-Gaza conflict. According to details leaked by Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk, the 11-clause proposal contained several key concessions to the Palestinian delegation, including the opening of border crossings between Israel and Gaza, the elimination of the so-called "buffer zones" along the Israel-Gaza border, the extension of the fishing zone to 12 miles off the Gazan coast, and the assistance of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in rebuilding the infrastructure...
  • Ceasefire, Hamas Style: Rocket Barrage Hits Southern Israel

    08/13/2014 3:55:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 8/14/2014, 12:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Gaza terrorists fired a barrage of rockets towards southern Israel on Wednesday night, just moments before one ceasefire was set to end and a new one to begin. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted one rocket over the city of Netivot. Two other rockets exploded in the Sdot Negev region. [] The latest rocket fire came just before midnight, when a 72-hour ceasefire was set to end. Moments before midnight, Israel and the Palestinian Arabs agreed to extend the 72-hour ceasefire.
  • Hamas Clarifies Truce Would Only Be to Plan Next War

    08/12/2014 2:40:56 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-12-14 | Ari Yashar
    Even as Israeli representatives are in Cairo to discuss a truce with Hamas on Tuesday, the terrorist group is taking pains to clarify it has no intentions of desisting from trying to wipe Israel off the map. Hamas's "military wing," the Al-Qassam Brigades, released a statement presenting its position on the ongoing talks in Egypt. "The warriors in Gaza are waiting with Allah's help to renew the fighting, or to return to planning the next campaign. There's no escape. Either jihad or planning (for the next jihad)," declared the statement. The remarks leave no doubts that even in the case...
  • Circus of Ceasefires Leaves Israelis Irate

    08/11/2014 11:09:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Israel Today ^ | Monday, August 11, 2014 | Aviel Schneider
    Criticism of the governments handling of the Gaza war is reaching fever pitch. No one seems to understand what direction Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling them in vis-a-vis Hamas. And everyone is getting the feeling that the terrorists increasingly determine the flow of life in Israel. Hundreds of families from the villages in the vicinity of Gaza protested what they said is the governments failure to provide security in Israels southern regions. The sentiment, which is shared by Israelis across the country, is that the army pulled out of Gaza too early. A number of cabinet ministers agree. Foreign...
  • Hamas Spokesman: Ceasefire Wasn't Extended Because of Israel

    08/08/2014 4:16:44 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-8-14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri on Friday laid the blame on Israel for the ceasefire in Gaza not being extended, saying the Jewish state did not provide a clear response to Hamass conditions. Speaking at a news conference in Gaza City and quoted by the Maan news agency, Abu Zuhri said that the lack of response undermined Palestinian demands and that Israeli stubbornness led to not extending the ceasefire. He accused Israel of stalling and wasting time, adding that it must accept all of Hamass conditions. He said that Israel rejected the establishment of an airport or a seaport and...
  • Hamas Ultimatum: Open Gaza Sea Port or We Start Firing on Friday

    08/07/2014 12:47:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    INN ^ | 8/7/2014, 10:29 PM | (AFP)
    A spokesman for Hamass military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned Thursday of renewed fighting with Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza collapsed. We appeal to the Palestinian delegation to not accept a ceasefire, unless it satisfies the demands of our people, a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address, adding that Hamas fighters were ready to return to battle.
  • Hamas Ultimatum: Open Gaza Sea Port or We Start Firing on Friday

    08/07/2014 4:44:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/8/14
    A spokesman for Hamas's "military wing", the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned Thursday of renewed fighting with Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza collapsed. "We appeal to the Palestinian delegation to not accept a ceasefire, unless it satisfies the demands of our people," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address, adding that Hamas fighters were "ready to return to battle." The three-day truce ending four weeks of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas is due to end at 0500 GMT Friday. .....
  • Hamas Holds 'Victory Rally' in Gaza

    08/07/2014 3:42:29 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-7-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff and AFP
    Hamas staged a "victory rally" on Thursday in Gaza, as the future of a three-day ceasefire remains uncertain. Hundreds of Palestinians poured onto the streets of Gaza City, chanting support for "resistance" against Israel, an AFP reporter said. Loudspeakers mounted by the roadside blared out Hamas victory songs as the crowd - most of them men but with some children dressed in combat fatigues and carrying toy guns - gathered in the square outside the parliament building. A huge Palestinian flag hung behind a podium where speakers whipped up the crowd with chants of victory on the eve of the...
  • Hamas ultimatum: Failing a Gaza seaport, the war goes on and thousands of Israelis will die

    08/07/2014 1:44:49 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | August 7, 2014, 10:35 PM (IDT)
    Hours before the 72-hour ceasefire was due to expire Friday morning, Aug. 8, the Palestinian Hamas military wing slapped down an ultimatum before Israel: Either allow the Gaza Strip to have an open seaport which would be tantamount to lifting the Gaza blockade - or prepare for a long and brutal war of attrition with thousands of fatalities. Hamas decision about extending the ceasefire was tensely awaited Thursday night after Israels acceptance. Instead, the Palestinian Islamists declared that the war would go on unless Israel bowed to their dictates. Israels envoys had previously rejected their demand for a deep...
  • Israel offers Gaza truce extension but Hamas rejection reported

    08/06/2014 2:30:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/06/2014
    Israel has offered to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza which began on Tuesday after nearly a month of conflict, Israeli officials say. However, unconfirmed reports on social media suggest the militant Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, has not agreed to the extension. Egypt has been mediating in indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks. More than 1,800 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 67 Israelis, mainly soldiers, have died in the conflict. A Thai national in Israel was also killed. A senior Israeli official told the BBC Israel had expressed its readiness to extend the truce under its current terms beyond its expiry on Friday....
  • Hamas: No Agreement to Extend Ceasefire

    08/06/2014 2:46:42 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-5-14 | Elad Benari and AFP
    Hamas deputy leader Moussa Abu Marzouk said on Wednesday there has been no agreement to extend a 72-hour ceasefire with Israel that is set to expire on Friday, according to AFP. "There is no agreement to extend the ceasefire," wrote Abu Marzouk on Twitter. He is part of a Palestinian Authority delegation holding indirect talks with Israel in Cairo, the report noted. Israel indicated on Wednesday it was prepared to extend the ceasefire as Egyptian mediators pushed for a durable truce, but Hamas was quick to reject that notion, with a spokesman saying that the sides would "resume fighting immediately...
  • Israel Can Thank Hillary For Hamas Terror Tunnels

    08/05/2014 9:22:22 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 17 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 08/04/2014 | Editorial
    Mideast: Finally, the president has scolded Hamas for using its tunnels to attack Israel. But he should also fault his former secretary of state. It was Hillary Clinton who aided their construction. Rewind to 2012. Then, as now, Hamas terrorists in Gaza were raining rockets on Israeli towns. Eight days of cross-border fighting claimed 166 Palestinian and six Israeli lives. Just 48 hours before Israeli troops planned to invade Gaza, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brokered a cease-fire. She flew to the region and met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and announced a peace deal from Cairo. The cease-fire held,...
  • By Slamming Israel, Media Ensure HAMAS Kills More Palestinians

    08/05/2014 8:00:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    As it winds towards a 72-hour truce brokered by Egypt, the latest round of conflict between Israel and Hamas has--finally--resorted to the pattern with which the international media are familiar: Palestinian terrorists attack Israel, Israel defends itself for a bit, a civilian target is hit, and Israel is forced to stop. Usually the media neglect to mention that Hamas hides weapons in, or initiates battles from, those same civilian sites, on purpose.
  • Israel Confirms Acceptance of 72-Hour Ceasefire

    08/04/2014 1:52:56 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-4-14 | Elad Benari
    Israel confirmed on Monday night that it has agreed to Egypts proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, to begin Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time. The confirmation came after the ministers in the Security-Diplomacy Cabinet held a telephone discussion during which they voted to agree to the ceasefire. According to Channel 10 News, the ministers also decided that an Israeli delegation, headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahus envoy Yitzhak Molho, would make its way to Cairo for talks on a permanent ceasefire. Earlier Monday, a senior Egyptian official said that both sides had agreed to the ceasefire. "Egypt's...
  • Netanyahu to US: Don't Second Guess Me on Hamas

    08/02/2014 9:36:54 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. The strong reaction came as top Israeli officials questioned the effort to forge the truce, accusing the U.S. and the United Nations of being naive in assuming the radical Hamas movement would adhere with its terms. The officials also blamed the Gulf state of Qatar for not forcing the militants to comply.
  • Clueless in Gaza

    08/02/2014 5:35:08 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis left, right and center of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But thats only half the story. More significant is the consternation of Americas Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt. The talks also undermined Egypts cease-fire proposal, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected (and would have prevented the vast majority of the casualties on both sides). Kerry tried through...
  • Dont second guess me again: Netanyahu to US

    08/02/2014 4:13:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 2, 2014 | 5:50am
    WASHINGTON Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration not to ever second guess me again on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be trusted on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks. An Israeli official said the Netanyahu government viewed...
  • White House blasts Hamas attack breaking cease-fire as barbaric

    08/01/2014 11:08:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 8/1/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    The White House on Friday blasted Hamas for violating a 72-hour cease-fire agreement, calling the abduction of an Israeli soldier barbaric. White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged reports that Hamas had used the cease-fire as cover to carry out an attack on Israeli soldiers. That would be a rather barbaric violation of the cease-fire agreement, Earnest said on CNNs New Day. Hamas is entirely responsible for upholding their end of the bargain, and its apparent that they did not do that."
  • IDF Soldier Possibly Kidnapped in Battle During Ceasefire

    08/01/2014 4:16:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | August 1st, 2014
    The IDF believes there is a high likelihood that a soldier was kidnapped this morning in Rafah (Rafiach) at 9:30am. Hamas terrorists attacked IDF troops this morning during the cease fire, a battle ensued, at it is believed they managed to kidnap a soldier. They have made numerous attempts, since the war began, to abduct soldiers, and this may have been their goal all along. The soldiers family has been notified.
  • With Kidnap of Israeli Soldier, John Kerrys Ceasefire Has Made Matters Much, Much Worse

    08/01/2014 6:49:17 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 35 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | August 1, 2014 9:26 am | Arik Elman
    Lets just recap what happened with the abduction of an Israeli soldier this morning. The Israeli government believed the word of the Secretary of State of the United States that, via his Turkish and Qatari friends, he had obtained acceptable terms for a ceasefire with Hamas. Mr. Kerrys flunkies even bragged about the success of his Turko-Qatari connections, chiding those who looked askance at his bromance with friends and sponsors of Hamas. What happened next a surprise attack on Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip an hour and a half into the ceasefire, an abduction of a soldier...
  • Hamas Violates 72-Hour Cease Fire Agreement With Suicide Bombing

    08/01/2014 5:33:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/1/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    After agreeing to a 72-hour ceasefire less than 24 hours ago, Hamas has once again broken another temporary truce agreed to by both sides. It is believed Hamas has kidnapped an Israeli soldier and the fighting is continuing. More from Fox News:
  • Iran: Uranium enrichment to be speeded up

    11/28/2012 11:22:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 28 Nov. 2012 11:38 AM ET | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran will step up its uranium enrichment program by sharply increasing the number of centrifuges used to make nuclear fuel, a senior official said Wednesday, in direct defiance of Western demands. The statement by Irans nuclear chief, Fereidoun Abbasi, is likely to escalate tensions. The West suspects Irans nuclear program could be headed toward weapons production and has imposed punishing sanctions to try to persuade Tehran to stop enrichment. Iran has denied the charges, saying its program is peaceful and geared toward generating electricity and producing radioisotopes to treat cancer patients.
  • IBD and WSJ Editorials Make Morsi Power Grab-U.S. Praise Linkage the Rest of the Press Won't

    11/26/2012 8:59:46 AM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    As has so often been the case for nearly four years, one needs to go to the editorial pages of the nation's two leading financial publications, the Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily, to get to the truth behind news developments, especially the ones with potential to cast the Obama administration in a bad light. There may not be a better example of the press ignoring the obvious than the circumstances surrounding Mohammed Morsi's dictatorial power grab in Egypt. Morsi gained substantial perceived world standing when the U.S. government praised him lavishly (or is it slavishly?) for his involvement...
  • White House silent as Egypts president grabs power, moves toward Shariah law

    11/25/2012 10:45:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/26/12 | Neil Munro
    White House officials remained silent during the extended Thanksgiving weekend, as Egypts pro-democracy groups called on President Barack Obama to condemn Thursdays power grab by their countrys Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. Morsi decreed Nov. 22 that his pronouncements and edicts were beyond the reach of judicial review. The announcement was met by resistance from the nations top judges, who said they would fight Morsis unusual self-elevation to near-dictator status. I am waiting to see, I hope soon, a very strong statement of condemnation by the U.S., by Europe and by everybody who really cares about human dignity, declared Mohamed ElBaradei,...
  • Egypt Riots Rage, US Embassy Praises As 'Incredibly Positive'

    11/25/2012 8:47:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/25/12 | Ben Shapiro
    As clashes between Egyptian police forces led by Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi and Egyptian protesters angry at Morsis power grab escalated, the US embassy in Cairo weighed in. You may remember the embassys last embarrassing tweeting escapade on 9/11, when embassy staff tweeted apologies for a YouTube video even as the embassy was stormed. Today, as the embassy fell under assault, they tweeted:
  • Gazan billboards say Thank you Iran

    11/28/2012 9:57:43 AM PST · by Lera · 9 replies
    Large billboards saying Thank you Iran have appeared next to three major road junctions in the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented public acknowledgment of the weapons terrorist groups in the Strip receive from the Islamic Republic. The message was written in Arabic, English, Hebrew and Farsi above a picture of an Iranian manufactured Fajr 5 rocket like the ones fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the recent round of hostilities. Iranian rockets struck at Tel Aviv. They reached Jerusalem. Therefore it was our duty to thank those who helped our people, Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib told Reuters.
  • Gazans Crossing Fence "into IDF Positions"

    11/27/2012 2:32:40 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 11/27/2012
    IDF soldiers stationed along the border fence with Gaza say they have received new orders on opening fire, which allow Arabs in Gaza to endanger soldiers and Israeli civilians in nearby communities. "Between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. there are hundreds and possibly thousands of people roaming near the fence, including uniformed Hamas men," a soldier told Channel 2. His identity was disguised to avoid trouble from the IDF. "They crossed the fence several times and went into our forces' positions and destroyed IDF property. The forces cannot push them away from the fence because they may not even fire...
  • Morsi v. Obama: The Professional vs. The Amateur

    11/27/2012 7:30:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    Someone once said that whenever the savages fight the civilized, the savages always win. The same can be said when professionals face off against amateurs: the professionals win hands down, leaving the amateurs with egg all over their faces. The current situation in the Middle East offers a clear example. Hamas, a terror group that is always for sale to the highest bidder (whether it be Shiite Iran or Sunni Egypt), did Egypts bidding by rocketing Israel. The reaction from Israel was predictable and absolutely necessary: defend its citizens at any cost from the deluge of Gaza bombs. Hence we...
  • Re-Arming Gazas Terrorists

    11/27/2012 5:03:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2012 | Joseph Klein
    President Obama pushed Israel into accepting a ceasefire arrangement with Hamas, which was engineered by Hamass Muslim Brotherhood patron, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Under the terms of the ceasefire, Israel is supposed to negotiate, through Egyptian intermediaries, an easing of border restrictions between Gaza and Israel. This would be the same Egyptian government that had sent its prime minister to Gaza to express solidarity with Hamas during the fighting. Hamas, on the other hand, is not required to give up its remaining stockpile of Iranian-supplied weapons, nor to commit to cease all further imports of Iranian missiles or missile parts....
  • Brotherhood May Have Stoked Gaza

    11/23/2012 10:04:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 02:49 PM | Tawfik Hamid
    Now that a cease-fire has been declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, there are several concerns that still must be addressed: Who was behind this escalation in the first place and why did it occur at this particular moment in time? Egyptians have been turning against the Muslim Brotherhood in recent weeks, which could help explain the situation in neighboring Gaza. This is mainly because of the deteriorating economic situation in Egypt since the Brotherhood came to power. It was not difficult for the MB to requestand probably help their sister Hamas organizationin flooding Israel with rocket attacks...
  • Egypt's Islamist Coup: Muslim Brotherhood's man claims more power than Mubarak had

    11/23/2012 5:34:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/23/112 | WSJ Editorial Board
    The Egyptian revolution took another bad turn Thursday, as President Mohamed Morsi gave himself dictatorial powers over the legislature and courts. The world has feared that the Muslim Brotherhood would favor one-man, one-vote, once, and the Morsi coup is an ominous sign. "The people wanted me to be the guardian of these steps in this phase," Reuters quoted Mr. Morsi as saying on Friday. "I don't like and don't wantand there is no needto use exceptional measures. But those who are trying to gnaw the bones of the nation" must be "held accountable." Mr. Morsi says his diktat will merely...
  • Report: Egypt Constitutional Court Seeks Morsi Impeachment

    11/23/2012 3:54:56 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Nov 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    According to reports from Egypt, the Constitutional Court is seeking to impeach new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi after Morsi seized quasi-dictatorial power, sparking protests around the country. Morsi waited for the Obama administrations praise over the Israel-Hamas ceasefire to make the move. Local media reports a courts spokesperson stating, the judges are prepared to exercise the right to shift the head of state after he flouted the laws and the constitution. The problem is that there is no operating constitution in Egypt; the constitution was suspended in March 2011, after the revolution, and no new constitution has been approved....
  • Egypt's Morsi Takes Dictatorial Powers

    11/23/2012 2:04:58 PM PST · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 05:03 PM
    Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly. Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi's allies, who they saw are trying to push through a document that will have an...
  • Obamas pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israels nod for ceasefire

    11/23/2012 1:50:13 PM PST · by tired&retired · 43 replies
    Debka ^ | November 23, 2012 | Debka
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Israeli Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week, DEBKAfile reports. The conversation, which finally tipped the scales for a ceasefire, took place on a secure line Wednesday morning, just hours before it was announced in Cairo. Clinton was sympathetic to this argument. Soon after, President Obama was on the phone to Netanyahu with an assurance that US troops would be in place in Sinai next week, after he had obtained President Morsis...
  • Report: Egypt Warned Israel that a Ground Op would End Peace

    11/22/2012 1:39:37 PM PST · by Bobalu · 13 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 11/22/2012, 9:54 PM | Gil Ronen
    Israel decided to refrain from a ground invasion of Gaza after it was warned that such a move could spell the end of the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, Channel 2 reported Thursday. According to the report, Mossad Head Tamir Pardo, who went to Cairo as Israel's representative in the contacts that preceded the ceasefire, was told in messages from Cairo and from Washington that the peaceful relations between Israel, Jordan and Egypt were at risk.
  • Morsi declares expanded powers, bans breakup of assembly penning constitution

    11/22/2012 1:50:57 PM PST · by Founding Father · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 22 November, 2012
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made several decrees Thursday that will shape the countrys constitution and, he says, safeguard its revolutionary future. They include a ruling that none of his decisions can be overturned by any authority. Morsi gave the Constituent Assembly a two month deadline to finish drafting a new constitution, ruling that no authority may dissolve it until the country's defining document is completed. He further ruled that no authority may dissolve the Shura Council, the upper house of Egypt's parliament. In a move likely to bring criticism that the Egyptian president is inappropriately expanding his powers, he also...
  • Rockets explode in Israel despite truce

    11/21/2012 9:26:50 PM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    Rockets fired from Gaza continued to land in Israel on Wednesday night following the commencement of the US-Egyptian brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
  • The Vatican on Gaza: Israel is a Baby-Killer

    11/21/2012 2:34:48 PM PST · by Lera · 340 replies
    Not a word was heard from the Vatican all the years Sderot babies were in mortal danger. They began noticing the violence last week. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Vatican Council for Culture, commenting on the war between Israel and Hamas, delivered a severe attack on the Jewish people: I think of the massacre of the innocents. Children are dying in Gaza, their mothers shouts is a perennial cry, a universal cry. The Catholic Church high official equated Israels operation in Gaza against terror groups with the New Testament story of Herods slaughter of Jewish babies in his effort...
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Statement on FaceBook

    11/21/2012 2:12:52 PM PST · by onyx · 30 replies
    FaceBook ^ | November 21, 2012 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    אני יודע שישנם אזרחים שמצפים לפעולה צבאית חריפה עוד יותר, וייתכן מאוד שנידרש לה, אבל בעת הזאת, הדבר הנכון למדינת ישראל הוא למצות את ההזדמנות הזאת להשיג הפסקת אש מתמשכת. כראש ממשלה מוטלת עליי האחריות – והיא אחריות עליונה – לעשות את הצעדים הנכונים לשמור על ביטחוננו. כך נהגתי, כך אמשיך לנהוג. I realize that there are citizens who expect a harsher military action and we may very well need to do that. But at present, the right thing for the State of Israel is to exhaust this possibility of reaching a long-term cease-fire. As Prime Minister, I have...
  • (Meet Egypt's Newest 'Pharaoh') Egypt President Morsi Grants Himself Far-Reaching Powers

    11/22/2012 12:38:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2012 | Fox News
    Egypt President Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers CAIRO Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising. Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly. Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi's allies, who they saw are trying...
  • Stunner Hamas Fires Twelve Missiles Into Israel an Hour After Ceasefire Update: 20 Missiles Fired

    11/22/2012 2:21:00 AM PST · by GailA · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/21/12 | Jim Hoff
    headline says it all, makes it look a total hoax and failure of the 0 administration once again
  • Demonstrations in Jordan Calling to Topple King Abdallah

    11/22/2012 7:35:56 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 30 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 11-17-12
    Following are excerpts from footage of a demonstration in Jordan against King Abdallah, which was posted on the Internet on November 17, 2012. Protest leader: We would like to say to him: Oh Abdallah, son of Hussein... Crowd: Oh Abdallah, son of Hussein... Protest leader: Brothers, he's drunk. We must shout a bit louder to wake him up. Oh Abdallah, son of Hussein... Crowd: Oh Abdallah, son of Hussein... Protest leader: Yes, that's the way to do it. Oh Abdallah, son of Hussein... Crowd: Oh Abdallah, son of Hussein... Protest leader: Freedom comes from Allah. Down, down, with Abdallah. Crowd:...
  • Violence Erupts In Egypt Over Morsi's Power Grab

    11/23/2012 12:23:38 PM PST · by zeestephen · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23 November 2012 | Edmund Blair and Marwa Awad
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.
  • Anti-Morsi protesters torch Muslim Brotherhood offices

    11/23/2012 7:01:50 AM PST · by mandaladon · 68 replies
    France 24 ^ | 23 Nov 2012
    Protesters set fire on Friday to the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a day after he assumed broad new powers not subject to appeal. Pro- and anti-Morsi rallies erupted in cities across Egypt. Protesters torched Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday, state media said, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi staged rival rallies across Egypt a day after he assumed sweeping powers. The offices of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, were set ablaze in the canal cities of Ismailiya and Port Said, state television said. An...
  • 'Gaza ceasefire gave Morsi green light for drastic action' (Just another terrorist dictator)

    11/23/2012 12:05:16 PM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    RT ^ | 11/23/2012 | staff
    A day after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, he widely expanded his own powers. Its been met with both approval and anger, with accusations that he cares only about his followers, not all Egyptians. Clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents swept the nation on Friday, with police firing tear gas at demonstrators in Cairo. Rallies sprung up in several different cities, after Morsi signed a controversial decree expanding his powers a move that has divided the country on whether the leader has the right to do so. And as the controversy around Morsi...