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UN Official Offers Rare Rebuke to Hamas

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18 Mar 2019
UN Official Offers Rare Rebuke to Hamas
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov issued a rare rebuke of the Islamist terror militia Hamas on Sunday, saying “I strongly condemn the campaign of arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including women and children, in Gaza over the past three days. The long-suffering people of Gaza were protesting the dire economic situation and demanded an improvement in the quality of life in the Gaza Strip. It is their right to protest without fear of reprisal. I call on all Palestinian factions to engage in earnest with Egypt in order to implement the Cairo Agreement (2017) in full. The United Nations will continue its efforts to avoid escalation, relieve the suffering of people in Gaza, lift the closures, and support reconciliation.”

Here is a video about Hamas' activities in the Strip

IRGC Commander Mocks and Threatens Israel
Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari gave an interview with Iranian media outlets Monday in which he said, among other things, that Israel is “under full siege from all around their borders,” before adding that Israel “has not been successful in the region and all its plots and operations have ended up with nothing but failure for them and success for the Islamic Revolution and the Resistance Front.” He added that the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah has rockets that can hit everywhere in Israel and that it merely awaits his command to do so.

US Position in Syria Remains Fluid
A report in the Wall Street Journal newspaper that the US is keeping nearly 1,000 Special Operations troops in Syria despite an announcement several months ago that they were being withdrawn was disputed Sunday by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. However, analysts assessed that the US position in Syria remains fluid amidst lingering concerns regarding the presence there of Iran and other enemies including the Islamic State (IS) terror militia.

Israeli Athletes Shine in Abi Dhabi
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered several crushing defeats in recent days as the Israeli team at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi collected nine medals in three different sports and over 40,000 runners from 80 countries around the world came to Jerusalem to participate in the annual Marathon. Israel’s medal haul included a gold medal in swimming when 39-year-old Avital Naveh won the women’s 100-meter individual medley Saturday evening following her bronze-medal performance in the 100-meter backstroke on Friday. Israeli athletes won a silver medals in Individual Bowling as well Judo and another two bronze medals in swimming. Additionally, the Israeli squads won silver and bronze in Unified Bowling.

Today's video shows the recent attacks on Israel from Gaza


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