Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC As Calm Returns to Gaza Border

Hamas Accuses PA of Helping Israel

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27 Mar 2019 (All day)
Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC As Calm Returns to Gaza Border
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington by video Tuesday evening as a fragile calm returned to the Gaza border region. Telling the 18,000+ delegates in Washington that Israel destroyed “major Hamas terrorist installations on a scale not seen since the end of the military operation in Gaza four years ago,” Netanyahu assured them that the IDF would remain on high alert, even as the Islamist terror militia Hamas, which rules the Strip, has announced plans for large-scale border riots this Friday and Saturday.

Here is the video of Netanyahu’s full address to the Conference



Elsewhere, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov gave an address to the Security Council Tuesday, saying among other things “I ask you all today to join the United Nations in condemning the continued indiscriminate firing of rockets towards Israel. Such acts of provocation only dramatically increase the risk of escalation, and ultimately damage our collective efforts to support the people of Gaza and intra-Palestinian reconciliation. We must also call on all sides to exercise maximum restraint as the situation remains extremely tense.”

During his own statement to the Security Council, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon informed them that the rocket attack on Monday landed close to his own house, adding that “The international community must unequivocally condemn Hamas and recognize it as a terrorist organization. We will not accept a reality in which our children become targets of Hamas. The rocket was fired from a civilian area in Rafah, and sent to a civilian area in Israel. From start to finish, Hamas placed innocent people in the line of fire, making it guilty of a double war crime.”

Back in Gaza City, Hamas officials said that they and their colleagues in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror militia had agreed to an Egyptian demand that they cease rocket attacks on Israel for the time being.

In related news, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri made a press statement on Tuesday saying, among other things, that the terrorist group had what he described as “proof” that the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Force had cooperated with the IDF in its attacks against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in recent days. He added that the calls “reflect the filthy role the Palestinian Authority played in collaborating with the occupation in the war against our people.” A PA official denied the claims.

 

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