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Hamas Threatens to Attack Israel

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8 Jan 2019 (All day)
Hamas Threatens to Attack Israel
The Islamist terror militia Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, sent a message to Israel through Egypt and the UN that it will have no choice but to attack the Jewish State unless Jerusalem convinces the Palestinian Authority to ease up on the pressure it has recently begun to exert. The PA has taken a number of steps in recent days that Hamas considers hostile amidst a growing rhetorical battle between the two Palestinian factions. Elsewhere, reports emerged in Arab media outlets on Monday that UN Special Coordinator of the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov has given Hamas assurances that a tranche of money from Qatar will be delivered to the Gaza Strip in exchange for quiet on the security front, despite statements from Israel that such transfers will no longer be allowed. A rash of terror attacks against Israelis carried out by Hamas-linked operatives has also raised tensions between the group and Israel.

Shin Bet Investigation Into Jewish Minors Continues
The emerging saga surrounding the arrest of several Jewish minors by the Shin Bet on suspicion of their involvement in terror activity against Palestinians in the West Bank, including the stoning of a car which resulted in the death of Aysha Ravi, a mother of nine children, last October, got more complicated Tuesday morning when the suspects were allowed to meet with lawyers for the first time. On Monday when it emerged that a senior national religious Rabbi, Dov Lior, issued a ruling that it is permissible to break Shabbat in order to assist such suspects to resist Shin Bet interrogations.

Report Shows Dire Situation for Israeli Children
Vered Windman, CEO and head of the legal department of the National Council for the Child, gave a public statement Monday following the release of a report showing a dire situation for many of Israel’s children. She lamented the hig finding that nearly 1 in 3 Israeli children lives below the poverty line, despite a booming economy,  as well as high numbers of children being abused or neglected by their parents, as well as alarmingly high rates of sexual abuse of minors in all sectors of Israeli society.

Labor Looking for New Partner Ahead of Elections
Labor leader Avi Gabbay, who recently terminated the partnership his faction had been in with the Hatnua party of MK Tzipi Livni, is reportedly seeking a new partnership with the Meimad party ahead of elections scheduled for 9 April. The party, which was founded 30 years ago and has run together with Labor in the past, was defunct for the last several years but recently re-emerged on the scene and has been courted as a potential partner by several parties, according to officials.

US Government Shutdown Impacting Israel
US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is leading an effort in the Senate to block movement on legislation to authorize the $3.3 billion in U.S. security assistance included in the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries. The legislation, dubbed the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act” also includes provisions to increase sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria, renew military cooperation with Jordan and increase stockpiles of precision munitions in America’s forward deployed caches in Israel. But Schumer says the legislation, along with other vital bills that are pending in the Senate, should be set aside until the government shutdown has been addressed.

Today’s video gives some commentary on recent events regarding the Palestinians

 

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