Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



Inside Israel: War on the Western Front?

Eliezer Shulman

With no good options in Gaza, Hamas resorts to threats of war

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

 Mishpacha image

 

Hamas is threatening war with Israel “within days.”

According to its public pronouncements, the terror group that controls the Gaza Strip says there’s “a 95% chance that war with Israel is imminent.”

Sources who have met with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in recent days say he believes that Israel will take advantage of military maneuvers on the southern front to spark a new operation. Hamas’s military arm and other terrorist organizations have declared a state of “high alert,” sources say, and have evacuated command centers and set up blockades throughout Gaza.

A lack of electricity, high unemployment, and a sewage treatment crisis have all contributed to creating an atmosphere that is “very serious,” sources say. In addition, the political tensions resulting from an announced but unfulfilled reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority has darkened the mood.

As for PA Chairman Abu Mazen, Palestinian sources say the elderly leader has presented a peace plan to the White House parallel to the American peace initiative. The plan includes a gradual recognition of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders with the possibility of land swaps enabling Israel to annex the large settlement blocs.

Sources say the Palestinian leader has conditioned his plan for a state in stages on an agreement on borders; however, the White House rejected the proposal, noting that it was presented as a fait accompli and not as a basis for negotiations.

At the same time, Ramallah remains committed to advancing an international initiative in the United Nations Security Council with the help of global players, most notably Russia.

Moscow Comes to Jerusalem

Speaking of Russia, a delegation from Moscow arrived in Jerusalem at the end of last week to try to convince Israeli officials to abandon a planned attack against Iranian missile operators in south Lebanon and Syria. Headed by the head of Russia’s security council, Nikolai Patrushev, the visit came on the heels of meetings between Israel and Russia that focused on the expansion of Iranian influence in those countries.

Sources said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discussed the expansion of Iranian influence with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the end of January, and threatened to target Iranian and Hezbollah positions. The sources added that Russia sent Patrushev to the region to assess the situation and try to understand Israel’s concerns, especially in view of Iran’s refusal to Russia’s request to withdraw fighters from southern Syria.

Following the meeting with Putin, Netanyahu said that the question at hand was “whether Iran will be based in Syria or that this process will be halted.” He added: “We also talked about Lebanon, and I told him that precision-guided weapons are a serious threat that we are not prepared to accept, and that we will act if we have to.”

At the time, Netanyahu said that Iranian precision missile factories are currently under construction. “Israel is not interested in an escalation, but our interests require the readiness of the IDF, along with a political solution,” he said. “The Russians understand our position and the seriousness with which we relate to these threats.” (Excerpted from Mishpacha, Issue 697)

Related Stories

Washington Wrap: Nunes Memo Creates Lightning Rod

Omri Nahmias

It’s hard to underestimate the drama being playing out in Washington these days. The talk everywhere...

Rose Report: Drowning Out the Noise

Binyamin Rose

Kerry, Gabbay, and the tiny crowd in French Square suffer from similar political delusions

Metro&Beyond: Prosecution Dropped; Menendez Favored to Win Reelection

Jacob Kornbluh

Though a recent poll showed that 51% of New Jerseyans think Menendez doesn’t deserve reelection, New...

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.
CAPTCHA
Message


MM217
 
I Also Read Perfidy
Rabbi Moshe Grylak I read it twice, and both times it kindled my rage
“Reeducate” UK’s Jewish Kids?
Yonoson Rosenblum Orthodox Jews in England face anti-religious agenda
Hold the Phone
Eytan Kobre Phew! Only one quote was something I simply hadn’t said
The Way I See It
Nathan Diament “Engagement with the policy makers is indispensable”
Pot of Gold
Yisroel Besser The Rebbetzin is gone, but the message is alive and well
More Top 5 Shiur Title Techniques
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Aside from the classics, here are five more
Bill of Rights
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Whether Avrumi or Allan, whether peyos or blue jeans”
Don’t Thank Me
Jacob L. Freedman “Are you a psychiatrist or a witch doctor?!”
5 Things You Didn’t Know about Shlomo Simcha
Riki Goldstein 600 meals a day for poor people
You Can Always Rely on the Rebbe
Riki Goldstein “The chassan just wouldn’t take no for an answer”
Who Helped Advance These Popular Entertainers?
Riki Goldstein Unsung deeds boosted performers into the limelight
Profession of Perfection
Faigy Peritzman He’s not just an educator; he’s a role model
Summer Clock
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Consistency is key to drama-free bedtime
How Do I Find My Son’s Bashert?
Sara Eisemann “What about this girl made you think of my son?”