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The Daily TIP: U.S. Attacks Hamas for Sending Children to Border, ‘Knowing They May be Killed’

Posted by Tip Staff - April 06, 2018

U.S. Attacks Hamas for Sending Children to Border, ‘Knowing They May be Killed’

Iraq Grapples with Iranian Interference Ahead of May Election, Raising Concerns over Sectarianism

PA Defies Bipartisan Taylor Force Act, Reiterates Commitment to “Pay to Slay” with new Budget

In first, Israeli Drivers Participate in UAE Off-Road Race

 

U.S. Attacks Hamas for Sending Children to Border, ‘Knowing They May be Killed’

Thousands of Palestinians gathered along the Gaza border on Friday, burning tires and throwing fire bombs and rocks at Israeli soldier as part of a Hamas-led violent riot. It is the next part of a campaign they launched a week ago to either trigger a “Passover War” or, if they fall short, generate negative coverage of Israel as Israeli security forces try to deescalate the situation. Hamas has been able to leverage its functionally complete military and political control over Gaza to mobilize thousands of Gaza civilians to serve as human shields.

The Times of Israel reported that U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, said protesters “should remain outside the 500-meter buffer zone; and should not approach the border fence in any way or any location.”

He added in a statement: “We condemn leaders and protestors who call for violence or who send protestors — including children — to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed. Instead, we call for a renewed focus by all parties on finding solutions to the dire humanitarian challenges facing Gazans.”

The Hamas leadership had previously vowed to use the riot as a smoke screen for a “surprise” attack on Israel and said that the ultimate goal of the riot is to infiltrate the border and liberate Palestine.

Earlier on Thursday, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, “I reiterate my call on all concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further violence or place civilians in harm’s way, especially children.”



Iraq Grapples with Iranian Interference Ahead of May Election, Raising Concerns over Sectarianism

As Iraqis prepare to go to the polls on May 12, Iran’s influence in the country is growing, raising concerns over Tehran’s sectarian agenda and interference in Iraq’s democratic election process, Fox News reported Wednesday.

The Islamic Republic is widely seen as gaining more influence in Iraq, after the capture of much of northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014 by the terrorist group ISIS, left the door wide open for Iranian-backed Shiite militia to cement their power in the country.

ISIS has since been largely defeated and Iraq has officially integrated some powerful Shiite militia forces into the regular Iraqi army. That influence has sown fear among Iraq’s Sunni population, which fears that Iran is pursuing a sectarian agenda in Iraq.

This development has also caused concern in the United States. Last month, Reuters reported that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters that the U.S. had what he called “worrisome evidence” that Iran is funneling “not an insignificant amount of money” into Iraq to interfere in Iraq’s democratic election process. Baghdad rejected the accusation.

In February, Qais al-Khazali, the founder and leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), an Iranian-sponsored Shiite militia, vowed that Shiite groups will form Iraq’s next government and their priority will be to “expel the American forces from Iraq and terminate the strategic cooperation agreement between the two countries.” The same month, Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iranian-supported group which is part of the powerful Popular Mobilization Unit, warned that its fighters will begin to attack American troops “at any moment,” if they build a permanent military presence in Iraq.



PA Defies Bipartisan Taylor Force Act, Reiterates Commitment to “Pay to Slay” with new Budget

Last month, the United States enacted the Taylor Force Act, which will deduct the amount the Palestinian Authority (PA) pays to terrorists and their families from the amount of U.S. financial aid to the PA. Within days, the PA passed a new budget that allocated millions to pay terrorists and their families.

While Abbas hasn't been implicated in directing terror against Israel the way Arafat has, his record as PA president has shown that he has continued incitement to violence and has ensured that his government has continued the flow of money to terrorists as incentives.

Two years ago, when U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force was stabbed to death in Israel, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that the U.S. “condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts.” Even after meeting Biden, Abbas refused to condemn the terror attack.

In May of last year, Trump met with Abbas twice and directly conveyed this message to him.

Trump told Abbas that "no lasting peace” can be achieved between Israel and the Palestinians “unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence." And a few weeks later, Trump said during a joint appearance, "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded."

The U.S. is insisting that Abbas and his government live peaceably with Israel, which should be a minimum requirement for coexistence. And yet Abbas continues to say "no," to this reasonable demand.

If there's no Palestinian-Israeli peace, Abbas's refusal to stop encouraging and incentivizing terror is a primary reason for that.



In first, Israeli Drivers Participate in UAE Off-Road Race

While most of Israel was preparing for the Passover holiday, Israeli drivers Dani Pearl and Itai Moldavski landed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to participate in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge off-road race.

The pair was the first team from Israel ever to compete in the race, one of the world’s most prestigious international cross-country rallies, which took place on March 24-29.

Though Israel does not have open diplomatic relations with the UAE, ties between Israel and the Arab Gulf states have seemed to warm up in recent weeks. Several days before the race, a flight headed to Israel passed over Saudi airspace for the first time in history.

Pearl and Moldavski, members of the Pearl Pango Racing Team, received an official invitation from the supervisors of the Desert Challenge and entered the UAE with Israeli passports.

“Organizers received us in a warm, embracing manner,” Pearl said on day one of the five-day race, which took drivers over 2,000 kilometers of desert dunes.

However, similar to last October when 12 Israeli judokas competed in Abu Dhabi, organizers of the Desert Challenge did not allow the Israeli flag to fly during the competition. The pair’s vehicle, sponsored by Pango of Petah Tikva, was not outfitted with the Israeli flag and the Israelis were registered on official publications as UAE competitors.

“We understand that this was just a first step – it was the first time the Israeli team participated in Abu Dhabi. We’ll take it step by step,” Moldavski told i24 News.

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge celebrated its 28th event this year, with 112 vehicles from 29 countries.

(via Israel21c)


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