Looks like Haniyeh and Sinwar aren’t getting along, arguing over who is running this sh—show. Sinwar rejects Haniyeh’s demands to be the one who decides on accepting or rejecting the Israeli hostage release offer. In the meantime, they are delaying any response.
While they dither, the IDF is blowing up Khan Yunis. There are reports of a “belt of fire” attack in the area of Kian al Najjar and Miraj in southern Khan Yunis, attacks near the Nasser Hospital, also, southern Khan Yunis. They also blew up the entire compound of the Abdullah Assam Mosque in the Sabra neighborhood of Khan Yunis.
There are also reports that Hamas is trying to reassert its rule in Gaza City in areas the IDF has left, showing up and paying partial salaries, using whips and sticks to attack Gazans lining up for their share from the aid trucks.
Gazans are complaining that people are using their plight to create internet scams, posting pictures of the ״poor Gazans״ then requesting donations, which they pocket. Ah, the internet equivalent of the video I saw yesterday of a long line of shirtless Gazans, hands tied behind their backs, herded by Hamas after having been found looting homes. They marched along, forced to declare themselves “thieves and pigs.”
According to Abu Ali Express, Fatah supporters are complaining that Hamas is screwing up: “What we liberated in the Oslo Accords was recaptured because of Hamas.” Apparently, the Israeli plan to establish a buffer zone a kilometer deep in the Gaza Strip, is driving Fatah supporters nuts, as Israel retakes the parts of the Strip our stupid government handed over to them, gratis, in the insane Oslo Accords. Now we are taking it back. It’s not much, even according to them. The Gaza Strip, which covered an area of 365 square kilometers, will now be reduced to 315 square kilometers following the buffer zone plan. Fatah mocks Hamas: in the past you said you wanted to return to the ’67 borders. Now you’d be happy to return to the 10/7 borders.
Some Israelis would like to undo the equally stupid “disengagement” and get their peaceful and productive settlements back in Gaza. Most Israelis, and the government, do not back such a plan.
But reducing the territory of the Strip is undoubtedly the most triggering of all for the Palestinians. Land to them is their measure of victory. It’s their glory. We need to hit them where it hurts.
We in Israel are delighted that the Americans finally hit back at the Iran-backed Shitte militias in western Iraq and eastern Syria for the death of their soldiers, especially since among the targets were ammunition depots that also pose a threat to Israel. Israel, no doubt, shared intelligence with American forces to pinpoint such strategic assets. The White House, however, announced it had informed the Iraqi government in advance, information surely passed on to the Shitte militias responsible for American deaths. They did however say this was just the beginning. Good.
A Fatah supporter writes on social media: “After everything that happened in Gaza, the destruction, deportation, killing, senior Hamas officials are now demanding in negotiations that everything in Gaza be restored to the way was before 10/7….So why did you do it in the first place if all you want now is to go back to 10/6?”
Dear Fatah, dear Hamas: there is no going back, ever. For either of you.
The numbers released by the “Palestinian Ministry of Health” (big joke), keep getting higher and higher. Now they are claiming 27,238 dead. We in Israel hope they are minimizing out of embarrassment for their total failure. But if they aren’t, I’m not losing any sleep over it. Whatever the numbers, these are all people who would be alive and well eating shwarma by the seashore if Hamas, and the Gazans, hadn’t decided to invade and murder Israelis on 10/7. You killed over a thousand Israelis. Now your dead are in the tens of thousands. Seems fair to me. And we aren’t done yet, because you aren’t done yet. Surrender. Give us back our hostages and we can talk about a ceasefire. But there is no going back to what you had before, get it? It’s called losing a war.
What is this whole story about “settler violence against Palestinians?” Journalist Amit Segal explains on his website:
The entire fabricated blood libel against settlers is based on a UN report claiming that between 2016-2022 there were 5,656 settler attacks against Palestinians. Criminologist Dr. Michael Wolfovitz at Hebrew University Law School analyzed the report. Turns out, that out of this number, 1,600 didn’t happen in “settlements” but in Jerusalem, and all of them had to do with Jews simply going to visit Temple Mount, or Israeli police dealing with riots of Arabs on Temple Mount. Of the remaining 2,500, they are connected to attacks against property or people, and include taking out terrorists trying to murder Jews.
For example, on April 8, 2018 Muhammed Abed al-Krim Marshood attempted to stab Israeli citizens in Mishur Adumim. He was neutralized and died the following day from his wounds. This is listed in the UN report as two events: April 8 he was wounded, and April 9 he died. Both are counted as settler violence towards Palestinians. On July 26, 2018 Israeli Yotam Ovadiyah, was stabbed 30 times and murdered by a seventeen year-old Palestinian. Yotam’s attempts to neutralize his attacker is listed by the UN as “settler violence.” And also many more defensive acts by Israelis against Palestinian attackers in Har Hevron and Yitzhar as well as IDF attempts to stop Palestinian rioters at Joseph’s Tomb and the entrance to the gravesite of Yehoshua Ben Nun are listed as “settler violence.”
Even traffic accidents in which Palestinian and Israeli cars were involved are listed as “settler violence against Palestinians.” What we are left with are twenty incidents a month, the majority mutual conflicts, not one-sided attacks, and which involve many uncorroborated Palestinian reports.
And even if all those 20 were true, it pales in comparison to Palestinian violence against Israelis. According to the IDF, from 2019-2022 there were 25, 257 documented cases of Palestinian attacks against settlers, over 500 a month, and this year about 763.
The overblown cases of “settler violence” is a way of assuaging the consciences of the world community by creating some kind of false symmetry to justify the violence of Hamas, and pave the way for yet another expulsion of Jews from their homes in order to facilitate the creation of yet another “Palestinian State” run by neanderthal Nazi terrorists. While UNRWA, thankfully, is on its way to being defunded and hopefully permanently shut down , the world will only be truly on the correct path when the UN itself follows the same path to oblivion. Not only isn’t it fulfilling the mandate for which it was created, but working in the exact opposite direction to deepen conflict and prolong hatred among nations with partisan politics, lies and deception. Enough.