KOSHER DELIGHT - YOUR JEWISH ONLINE MAGAZINE!
26, 2006 - יום
on the Palestinian Authority currently centers around speculation as to
whether some sort of coalition government will be formed between Fatah
and Hamas, in order to create a pretense at moderation. Western
leaders can't seem to wait to be able to send more of their taxpayers'
cash to support the institutionalized Palestinian corruption and
violence that has been cultivated over the last decade.
the IDF is focused on more practical activities. Press releases
that don't get much play tell of weapons cashes and weapons
smuggling tunnels uncovered almost daily - usually hidden in
civilian structures and areas. Katyusha rockets continue to fall
on southern Israel - although IDF action has slowed the pace and make it
more difficult for Israeli population centers to be hit.
recently captured by the IDF show Palestinian
charities are centers of propaganda for war and anti-Semitic hatred
disseminated in schools and throughout Palestinian society. Palestinian
Media Watch reports that, as was the case under the Fatah
regime, PA funded television is once again regularly broadcasting
propaganda videos encouraging Palestinian men and women to
"martyr" themselves in terror attacks against Israelis. The
hope that a Palestinian unity government (whether or not funded
with western money) will somehow magically create serious advances
toward peace seems just a little misplaced.
for international aid having the effect of relieving poverty, other
IDF releases are telling.
has confiscated around $1.3m in cash
destined for terrorist activities. The IDF put it nicely
"...the Palestinian Authority has no system of supervision over
moneychangers, and they are therefore free to make such transfers
without any fear of sanctions or limitations." Translated? A
totally uncontrolled black market allows money to freely flush through.
Of course, this in itself is an indicator that at least part of the
economic distress of the Palestinian Authority is due to a deliberate
decision not to control or collect taxes from large segments of that
society. [I wrote about the PA's lack of tax enforcement in
Frankfurter Plan.] Flushing more money into an
uncontrolled system is hardly a path to economic responsibility.
another prime economic complaint of the Palestinians is their inability
to rely on trade or border crossings with Israel. While this no
doubt creates economic stress, another IDF press release illustrates
exactly where the blame lies. With a long history of border
crossings being used as corridors for the passage of equipment and
people on their way to commit terrorist attacks, one can understand
heightened security procedures. If in the middle of the Israeli
city of Ra'anana I have my car searched and a metal detector passed over
my body every time I want to enter the local shopping mall - then one
might expect slightly higher security at any border crossing. In
this Palestinian created reality, indignity at delays at a border
crossing with a sworn enemy is a little laughable. But to complain
of closures when these critical border crossings are the very target of
Hamas government sponsored terrorists? I suggest a more
appropriate reaction would be gratitude for the humanity of operating a
border crossing at all!
unusual for the IDF to release information about foiled terrorist
attacks, and as the press release is not available on-line, I will
attach it here.
operative arrested in Gaza
revealed the location of the tunnel which was to be used in Karni attack
Fahmi Salameh Kambaz, 29, is a resident of the
Saja'iya neighborhood in the city of Gaza. Kambaz is a member of the Popular
Resistance Committees terror organization, which is involved in attacks on
IDF forces and Israeli civilians. Kambaz was arrested in a joint IDF and ISA
operation in the Gaza Strip on August 14th 2006.
his investigation Kambaz gave ISA and Israel Police officials exact
information on the location of a tunnel being dug by PRC terrorists in
the direction of the Karni crossing. The organization planned to carry
out a large-scale terror attack on the crossing by planting explosives
in the tunnel- under the crossing and under the IDF administration
building located in the compound. Assisted by the information Kambaz
disclosed, the IDF in cooperation with the ISA, carried out a search
operation in the area of Karni and on August 27th discovered
the 13 meter-deep shaft and 150 meter-long tunnel near the crossing.
to the many security alerts regarding the intentions of terror organizations
to carry out an attack on the crossing, the crossing has been intermittently
closed over the past months as part of the activity to thwart such attempts.
The Karni crossing is one of the main lifelines of the Palestinian
population- allowing the passage of merchandise and medical supplies in and
out of the Gaza Strip. Its targeting by the terror organizations, along with
other crossings such as Erez and Kerem Shalom, is a deliberate attempt by
terrorists to weaken the Palestinian economy. The targeting of these
crossings which are reopened again and again after attacks is a cynical
exploitation of the Israeli effort to ease the daily
lives of Palestinian civilians who are not involved in terror activity.
should be noted that despite the uncovering of this particular tunnel, the
threat of terror against the crossing still exists.
also told of his involvement in the terror attack on the Karni crossing
on January 13th 2005, in which six
Israeli civilians were murdered. The attack was the result of the
cooperation of senior terrorists from the Hamas, PRC and Al Aqsa Martyrs
Brigades organizations. The attack itself was directed from the rooftop
of Kambaz's house by senior PRC terrorist Mamtaz Dugmush, among others.
gave investigators information on his involvement, along with other PRC
operatives, in the murder of Mousah Arafat, former Head of Military
Intelligence in the Palestinian Authority. Kambaz himself was part of
the cell that broke into Arafat's home and was present at the time of
the murder. The murder was carried out with the assistance of the Hamas
terror organization. Fauzi Alqara, a senior Hamas terrorist, supplied
equipment to the cell for the purpose of the murder. The murder is one
example of the close cooperation between Hamas and the PRC, and of their
joint efforts to undermine the Fatah organization's activity in the Gaza
his activities under PRC leadership, Kambaz underwent military training
in the Gaza Strip, transferred weaponry to operatives, fired anti-tank
missiles at IDF forces and enlisted suicide bombers for attacks.
more articles on KD
David Frankfurter's website: http://dfrankfurter.livejournal.com/
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