NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Hamas calls for suicide bombings in Israeli buses
February 7, 2016 — The Times of Israel reports: “The Palestinian terror group Hamas called Sunday on activists to carry out suicide bombing attacks against Israelis, specifically on buses, in a manner reminiscent of the devastating attacks of the 2000-2005 Second Intifada.
In a music video posted online, Hamas, the de-facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, praised terrorists who target civilians in front of a burning green-and-white Egged bus, Israel’s main public transportation provider.
‘To die as a martyr for Al-Aqsa [Mosque] gives the explosive device more and more force,’ the song posted by the official Hamas channel Al-Aqsa TV said.
‘The intifada is not an intifada if the bus roof doesn’t fly off.’…” (Why is Israel so persecuted? Answer — the Devil, and I Chronicles 21:1 states: “…Satan stood up against Israel…” and every anti-Semitic Jew hater is controlled by this demonic spirit. See the next two reports.)
‘Kill 500 Israelis,’ mourners demand at funeral of PA gunman
February 2, 2016 — The Times of Israel reports: “Throngs of marching Palestinians called out ‘Death to Israel’ and demanded that hundreds of Israelis be gunned down, at the funeral Monday of a Palestinian Authority security officer who died carrying out a shooting attack on Israeli troops. Amjad Sakari was shot dead as he fired on Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint, injuring two of them seriously, on Sunday.
‘It is time for the machine gun, to shoot 500 people,’ the man leading Sakari’s funeral procession shouted over a megaphone, his words raucously repeated by the mourners, in footage screened by Israel’s Channel 2. ‘Muhammad’s army will return,’ he vowed.
The mourners gathered in the northern West Bank city of Nablus and celebrated Sakari as a ‘martyr,’ with many chanting slogans calling for intensified terror attacks against Jews and Israelis…”
Fatah official: Palestine alongside Israel is just ‘a phase’
January 22, 2016 — The Times of Israel reports: “A senior member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party has said a Palestinian state alongside Israel is only ‘a phase’ and that Palestine should eventually stretch from the Jordan River to the sea.
In an interview with the Ma’an news agency on January 19, Tawfik Tirawi, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said ‘Palestine stretches from the river to the sea… a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, is just a phase, as far as I am concerned.’
Tirawi said that he would gladly accept a state along the 1967 borders as a first step, but warned: ‘Don’t think that there can be a solution to the Palestinian issue by establishing a state the borders of which are limited to the West Bank and Gaza. I challenge any Palestinian to say that the map of Palestine is limited to the West Bank and Gaza.’
He quickly added, ‘This does not mean that I want to throw the Jews into the sea. No, I want to live together with them… We want the people who are in Palestine to live in Palestine in its historical borders.’
Last November, Tirawi praised his two-year-old son for expressing his desire to kill ‘Zionists’ in a children’s song lauding martyrdom…”
Ignoring Obama, Iran upgrades its nuclear-capable Emad missile
February 10, 2016 — Israel National News reports: “In open defiance of recent US sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on late Tuesday told local media that Tehran will soon be rolling out an upgrade of its nuclear-capable medium-range Emad missiles.
The ‘next generation of Emad with improved precision’ will be unveiled in the next Iranian year which starts on March 20, Dehghan said as cited by the semi-official Fars News Agency.
Emad is said to have a 1,700 kilometer range, putting Israel and much of Eastern Europe squarely in its sights.
‘The missile is being mass-produced but its precision-striking power will improve and its second version will be unveiled next year,’ Dehghan added, and went on to claim the missile was not a violation of the nuclear deal or UN sanctions because ‘we will never use a nuclear warhead (on it).’…” (Iran, a Muslim Shi’ite nation hates Jews and especially Sunni Muslims. When Shariah Islamic Law talks about murdering, slaughtering, and beheading all apostate Muslims they mean Sunni members of their Islamic faith. How different is Christianity toward its own brothers and sisters in the faith – “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” – I John 3:16. See the next two reports on deadly chemical weapons.)
U.S. Intel Chief: Islamic State Produced, Deployed Chemical Weapons
February 10, 2016 — Breitbart.com reports: “In an admission with international security implications, America’s top intelligence official on Tuesday confirmed the Islamic State has successfully produced and deployed chemical agents in Iraq and Syria.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee that IS had previously utilized mustard gas, evidencing the continued advancement of the terrorist organization’s sophistication on the battlefield.
‘[The Syrian government] has used chemicals against the opposition on multiple occasions since Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. ISIL has also used toxic chemicals in Iraq and Syria, including the blister agent Sulfur mustard,’ stated Clapper.
Fox News quoted Clapper stating IS’ use of the mustard agent marked the first time an extremist group has produced and used a ‘chemical warfare agent in an attack since Aum Shinrikyo used sarin in Japan in 1995 (in the Tokyo subway terror attack).’
Clapper’s statements to the committee were based on the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment for 2016 released on Tuesday…”
Former Libyan official: ISIS got Qaddafi’s chemical weapons
January 28, 2016 — Israel National News reports: “Libyan former intelligence official Ahmad Qadhaf Al-Dam recently said that the Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups had gotten hold of the chemical weapons that had remained in Libya from the regime of former dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
The comments by Al-Dam, who is a cousin of Qaddafi, were made in an interview with the Egyptian Dream TV network on January 18. They were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
‘You said that ISIS has gained control of poisonous gases, such as the lethal sarin gas. Where did you get that information from?’ the interviewer asked.
Al-Dam replied, ‘It is no secret that these gases exist in Libya. To be fair, ISIS is not the only one. Everyone has poisonous gases. It’s not only in Libya. Everybody knows this. The Western countries know this. They have spies [in Libya]. They are the ones who attacked Libya, and then left these dangerous weapons there.’…”