Palestinian Authority arrests more than 100 Hamas members

Palestinian Authority forces arrested 108 Hamas members in the West Bank in one of the biggest raids in years.

According to reports in Hamas-affiliated media, the raids began early Thursday morning and continued overnight Thursday-Friday. The arrests included senior Hamas officials, according to the reports.

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Chief Palestinian negotiator suggests: It may be time to stop recognizing Israel

Saeb Erekat

From his perspective it’s tit for tat. From the Israeli perspective, it’s vindication of the view many hold that the Palestinian Authority really doesn’t want to recognize Israel. Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, suggesting that the Palestinian Authority drop its recognition of the state of Israel. Unless and until Israel recognizes a state of Palestine. Click here to read the story.

Jordan, PA complain to UN over Israeli Temple Mount ‘transgressions’

Riot police outside Temple Mount

The Jordanian government and Palestinian Authority appealed to the United Nations Security Council over what they called Israeli transgressions at Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Increasing strife over Jerusalem’s most volatile holy site plunged relations between Israel and Jordan into crisis on Wednesday, with Amman recalling its ambassador for the first time since the countries’ 1994 peace treaty.

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ABBAS DOESN’T SOUND LIKE A PEACE PARTNER

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ virulently anti-Israel speech before the UN General Assembly on Friday was for many Israelis further evidence that he and his Palestinian Authority are not genuine peace partners, and likely killed any hopes of reviving negotiations in the near future.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman believes that when Abbas asserted that the summer’s Gaza war was the start of a new Israeli genocide, he was trying to make the Palestinian cause more relevant amidst a sea of more pressing concerns.

LEGAL FORUM: PA SHOULD PAY FOR DAMAGE TO FACTORY HIT BY ROCKET FIRE

The Legal Forum for Israel sent a letter to PM Netanyahu and Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon today demanding that compensation for the damage caused to the factory burned last night in the Sderot industrial area after it was hit by rockets from the Gaza Strip be deducted from the funds transferred by Israel to the Palestinian Authority.

Nachi Eyal, CEO of the Forum, wrote the two demanding that any sum of money allocated for the rehabilitation and compensation of the factory owner and its employees should be taken from the funds collected by Israel for the PA, even if there is not intention of transferring them to the PA now. In actual fact, the demand is to have the PA cover the costs of the damage. Click here to read more from The Jewish Press.

ISRAEL TRIES TO STOP PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY FROM PAYING TERRORISTS

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a “mega-terrorist” because he encourages the murder of Jews with monetary grants, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett told Israel Radio on Thursday as the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet examined possible ways of blocking the Palestinian Authority from paying out rewards to terrorists and their families. 

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ABBAS THREATENS TO DISMANTLE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

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 Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to dismantle the PA, a move that would potentially dissolve the 1993 Oslo Accords and leave Israel — according to international law —vulnerable to legal action over its construction activities in Judea and Samaria.

In an interview with Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, Abbas said, “A new generation arrives and asks us: ‘What have you done?’ I am now 79 years old, I cannot escape from passing off the [PA] flag to someone else.”

Abbas blamed Israeli construction for the stalemate in the current peace talks, saying, “The new generation sees the two-state solution is becoming less and less likely, and that there is no escape from the one-state solution.”

Palestinian sources were quoted by media outlets over the weekend as saying the PA was “seriously considering” declaring itself a “government under occupation,” according to Israel Hayom.

Habayit Hayehudi party Chairman Naftali Bennett said Sunday, “Abu Mazen, as chairman of the PA, is encouraging terror and then he threatens to resign. To this we say, with these kinds of threats—save us from your well-wishing. If he wants to go, we won’t stop him. Israel will not negotiate with a gun to its head.”

ARAB LEAGUE PLEDGES $100 MILLION-A-MONTH TO PA

After blaming Israel for a crisis in the peace talks that has led Washington to evaluate its role in the negotiations, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Wednesday that the Arab League has promised a “financial safety net” of $100 million per month in the event that the Palestinians suffer from economic sanctions following the collapse of talks.