- Terror wave continues as Palestinian terrorists carry out shooting and stabbing attacks against Israelis
Four terrorist attacks rocked Israel Friday in the latest installment of the current wave of violence. There were two shooting incidents in Hebron – a 19-year-old Israeli was seriously wounded in one attack, and in the other, two Israeli teenagers, a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, were shot near the Cave of the Patriarchs. The 16-year-old was seriously wounded. In another attack a Palestinian woman attempted to ram her vehicle into Israeli soldiers before being shot close to the Halhul Bridge near Hebron. In Sha’ar Binyamin, north of Jerusalem, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man outside of a grocery store. The perpetrator, who fled the scene of the attack, claimed responsibility for the attack in a video uploaded to Facebook. He is an activist of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party. The terrorist said he was motivated to carry out the attack in order to protect the Al Aqsa Mosque. Earlier in the day, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian woman on the Allenby Bridge, which connects Jordan to the West Bank, who was caught carrying a knife. In addition, Palestinians threw fire bombs at Israeli vehicles near Hebron.
The terrorist attacks, centered on Hebron, are taking place just as the annual Shabbat Chayei Sarah festivities are to begin in that city this Shabbat, November 6-7. The pilgrimage commemorates Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of the Patriarchs, the second holiest site in Judaism, which according to Jewish tradition is the burial place of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, and Leah. This week’s Torah portion describes the purchase. Thousands of Jews from Israel and around the world have arrived in Hebron to take part.
The wave of terrorism against Israelis has now lasted for several weeks, driven by Palestinian incitement over the Temple Mount and the Al Aqsa Mosque, which lies on the esplanade in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Arab Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh tweeted on Friday that Abbas had told Fatah activists, “Israel’s attempts to divide Aqsa Mosque won’t succeed.” In September, Abbas declared that Jews “have no right to desecrate” the Al Aqsa Mosque with their filthy feet, and that “each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood.” Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the need “for Palestinian leaders to cease the incitement of violence.”
It is the latest in a string of settlements over sanctions violations as regulators take aim at banks for doing business with blacklisted countries. Still, criminal investigations by the Manhattan district attorney and the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan were continuing, people briefed on the matter said. …According the Times, Deutsche Bank is one of several large European-based banks under investigation. Two French banks have also been forced to pay fines: Crédit Agricole agreed to pay $787 million, and BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, paid $8.9 billion, a record.
The activity under investigation occurred from 1999 to 2006, according to regulators. Deutsche Bank handled 27,200 dollar-clearing transactions, valued at over $10.86 billion, for customers in Iran, Libya, Myanmar, Syria and Sudan. Regulators said bank employees had developed ways to hide the nature of the transactions from internal controls intended to flag problematic payments.
The regulators pointed to emails among various Deutsche Bank employees. One said, “Let’s keep this email strictly on a “need-know’ basis, no need to spread the news.”
The Times reported last year on how a lawsuit filed against Iran by Stephen Flatow, whose daughter was killed by Iranian-sponsored terrorists, led prosecutors to uncover the methods banks used to hide their dealings with Iran.
The prosecutors soon discovered that Credit Suisse and Lloyds, two of the world’s most prestigious banks, had acted as Iran’s portal to the United States financial system. To disguise the illicit transactions — the United States is closed for business to Iran — Credit Suisse and Lloyds stripped out the Iranian clients’ names from wire transfers to the Fifth Avenue charity and affiliated entities. The findings led the Manhattan prosecutors and the Justice Department in Washington to announce criminal cases against both banks.In The Central Pillar Supporting the Iran Deal Has a Big Crack In It, which was published in the July 2015 issue of The Tower Magazine, Emanuele Ottolenghi explained that the banking sanctions against Iran were an important factor in getting Iran to negotiate.
It took years of patient and tenacious U.S. diplomacy to prod a reluctant international community into agreeing and then enacting the complicated sanctions regime in place since March 2007, when the United Nations Security Council approved Resolution 1737. In particular, getting the United Nations Security Council’s stamp of approval for non-proliferation sanctions proved extremely difficult. Though this approach eventually bore fruit—six binding resolutions under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter were approved between July 2006 and June 2010—it also showed its limits.
Since the Security Council passed the last of these resolutions, Russia and China have shown no desire to expand sanctions further. As a result, the measures that are most credited for bringing Iran into serious negotiations—the banking and financial restrictions passed between 2010 and 2012—were mainly autonomous U.S. and European Union sanctions. Globally, large corporations and financial institutions grudgingly went along with them. In addition, the painful fines inflicted on HSBC, BNP Paribas, and Standard Chartered had a chilling effect on the business world. Few dared question, let alone challenge the administration’s willingness to use economic pressure as its principal tool of coercive diplomacy. Who wants a $8.9 billion fine, after all?
Global compliance left Iran cut off from financial markets. Its energy sector rusted, while its oil sales plunged to a quarter of its production abilities. Its economy teetered on the brink of the abyss. But these achievements rested largely on three assumptions: The Obama administration was determined to enforce sanctions, come what may; America’s allies mostly supported or at least acquiesced to Washington’s punitive actions; and Iran had no effective recourse. Today, on the eve of a nuclear agreement, none of this is true any longer. (via TheTower.org)