The Houthis Are Preparing for a Planned Israeli Attack on Yemen

By Ahmed Abdul Kareem

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SANA’A, YEMEN — As the war in Yemen nears the end of its fifth year, the situation in the country seems to be escalating. There are strong indications that Israel is planning to launch airstrikes against the country under the pretext of preventing an Iranian military presence from taking hold, a move that is likely to open the door for further escalation.

On Saturday, Ansar Allah, the political wing of Yemen’s Houthis, announced that Yemeni forces would not hesitate to “deal a stinging blow” to Israel in the case Tel Aviv decides to launch attacks in Yemen. The Houthis reaffirmed that their anti-Israel position is based on a principled, humanitarian, moral, and religious commitment. Historically, neither the Yemeni Army nor the Houthis themselves, have ever targeted Israel directly.

The threat from Israel is not without precedent. Israel has used claims of alleged Iranian military attachments in countries like Syria and Iraq as justification for airstrikes and bombings against those nations. Now, Israel appears to be using Iran’s alleged presence in Yemen, an allegation that both Tehran and the Houthis deny, as a pretext for military action in the country despite no evidence indicating that there are any Iranian forces present there.

Ansar Allah leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi said in televised speech marking the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad,

“Our people will not hesitate to declare jihad (holy war) against the Israeli enemy, and to launch the most severe strikes against sensitive targets in the occupied territories if the enemy engages in any folly against our people.”

The occasion marks the largest festival held by the Houthis during which they reveal their domestic and foreign policies for the coming year.

The Houthis also called on the Saudi regime to stop the war and siege on Yemen, warning that there would be risks and consequences for the Kingdom should they continue their attacks. Al-Houthi also confirmed that Yemenis will continue to develop their military capability, adding that,

“Anyone who uses the war and siege to control us and subjugate us is seeking the impossible, and the consequence is failure.”

Al-Houthi also pointed to the ongoing mass protest movements in Lebanon and Iraq, advising nations in the Middle East to resolve their issues vigilantly. He asked those nations to exercise vigilance in the face of what he called Israeli plots to gain a political, military, and cultural foothold in their respective countries.

On Saturday, massive demonstrations took place across Yemen’s major cities to commemorate the Prophet Mohammed’s birth, an occasion known to Muslims as Maulud Nabi. While the occasion is a religious one, it is a public holiday in Yemen and is marked with the singing of the national anthem and the waving of green flags. Many protesters told MintPress News that any attack by Israeli would not cause the Yemeni people any more suffering than they have already endured, but would push them to join a “holy war” against Israel.

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According to three government officials in Sana’a that spoke to MintPress on the condition of anonymity, the Houthi’s warnings are both serious and well-placed. Those officials said that the government in Sana’a has already confirmed information that Israel is preparing to launch airstrikes on both military sites and civil targets in Yemen, especially on the country’s west coast and along the Saudi-Yemen border in coordination with the Saudi-led Coalition.

Ansar Allah’s announcement also comes in the wake of a number of recent statements made by a number of Israeli officials claiming that Yemen has become a threat to Israel. Speaking during a visit by U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and White House aid Jared Kushner, Netanyahu claimed that Iran has supplied missiles to the Houthis that could hit Israel. The Houthis regard these statements as a justification and prelude to strikes on the country, similar to those that Israel unilaterally carried out against sites in Syria and Iraq.

In August, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida released a report saying that Israel is planning on striking sensitive positions on the Bab al-Mandab strait which links the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, to target “Houthis” in the area. The newspaper, which cited an anonymous informed source, said Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has been monitoring activities in the Yemeni strait.

Israel’s entry into the Yemen war could indeed open the door for further escalation, a prospect made more likely by both the increased strength of Ansar Allah forces and by Israel’s increasingly cozy relationship with the Gulf Arab countries of the coalition. The fact that Saudi Arabia and the UAE recently sought negotiations with Houthis after they were unable to win the war militarily, despite their superior firepower and funding, only increases the likelihood of Israel’s entry into Yemen.

In fact, Israel is alleged to have already participated in the war against Yemen on behalf of the Saudi-led coalition as a part of a series of covert interventions involving mercenary forces, the reported launching of dozens of airstrikes in the country and even the dropping of a neutron bomb on Nuqm Mountain in the middle the capital Sana’a in May of 2015.

Kicking the hornet’s nest

Like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, there is a problem with the Israeli assessment of the situation in Yemen, as the Houthis have never threatened to hit an Israeli target and Houthi attacks on Saudi-led Coalition countries have always been retaliatory, not preemptive. There are no vital targets to be bombed in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition has already nearly destroyed nearly every potential target, including civilian infrastructure. Moreover, any attack by Israel against Yemen will gain the Houthis even more popular support both inside of Yemen and across the Islamic and Arab world.

Furthermore, there is no evidence that Iran has any military sites or experts in Yemen, and Yemen’s Army, loyal to Ansar Allah, are not the “Iran proxy fighters” that international media so often claims them to be. Indeed, the U.S. State Department even admitted in leaked cables that the Houthis were not an Iran proxy and that they received neither funding nor weapons from Iran.

There are a convergence of interests between the Houthis and Iran, including opposition to Israel’s internationally-recognized theft of Palestinian land,  but if Israel involves itself directly in the conflict in Yemen, it is likely that the Houthi alliance with Iran will grow and may actually spur Tehran into providing precise and sophisticated weapons to Ansar Allah, turning the fears of Israel into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Meanwhile, many Israeli activists and media pundits are expressing concerns over what they consider serious threats from Yemen, pointing out that these threats “should not be underestimated by the Israelis.” The Israeli security parliament said that Israeli intelligence must strictly monitor Yemen and take necessary steps to secure Israeli ships sailing in the Bab Al-Mandab area, describing the statements made by Abdulmalik al-Houthi as serious.

A well-stocked arsenal

Indeed the threats of Ansar Allah, a group known to strike sensitive targets without hesitation, are not without precedent. On September 14, Ansar Allah hit two of Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, an attack that led to a suspension of about 50 percent of the Arab Kingdom’s crude and gas production.

Prior to that, they targeted vital facilities deep inside of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, including the Barakah Nuclear Power Station in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, as well as the King Khalid International Airport near Riyadh, more than 800 km from Yemen’s northern border. Now, they have developed their arsenal of ballistic missiles and drones even further and experts say are likely capable of hitting vital targets inside of Israel. Yemen’s Army is ready to launch those missiles if Ansar Allah’s leader asks it to do, one high-ranking military officer told MintPress.

Yemen’s Army, loyal to the Houthis, is equipped with the Quds 1 winged missile which was used in an attack on the Barakah Nuclear Power Station in Abu Dhabi in December of 2017. This year, several generations of the Quds 1 were reworked to provide the “ability to hit its targets and to bypass enemy interceptor systems,” according to Ansar Allah.

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The Borkan 3 (Volcano 3), whose predecessors were used by the Houthis to strike targets inside of Saudi Arabia and the UAE,  is capable of traveling even further than the Borkan 1 and 2. The Borkan is a modified Scud missile and was used in a strike on the King Khalid International Airport near Riyadh, more than 800 km from Yemen’s northern border. The missile was able to evade U.S. Patriot missile air-defense systems.

Yemen’s Army also posses the Samad 3 reconnaissance drone and the Qasef 2K drone. Both were used in strikes against the Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports. The Samad 3 has an estimated range of 1,500 to 1,700 km. Moreover, the Yemen Army recently unveiled a new drone with a range exceeding 1,700 km and equipped with advanced technology that would render it difficult for air defense systems to detect.

One Ansar Allah military source told MintPress that mines would also be deployed against Israeli battleships and watercraft in the Red Sea if Israel decides to launch attacks against Yemen. Indeed, Yemen’s military recently revealed its domestically-manufactured marine mines dubbed the “Mersad,” and is reportedly “actively developing its naval forces and naval anti-ship missiles.”

Despite the well-established precedent, many still doubt that the Houthis are capable of carrying out attacks on the scale and range of the attack that struck an Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia earlier this year — instead, accusing Iran of orchestrating the attacks. Yet repeatedly underestimating the Houthis was one of the major mistakes made by the Saudi-led coalition, who has failed to defeat the group after nearly five years of fierce battles against them, despite being equipped with the latest U.S.-supplied weaponry — everything from M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley fighting vehicles to AH-64D Apache helicopters, as well as having an air force equipped with a high-tech arsenal.

However, it would be difficult for the Yemeni Army to prevent aerial attacks by Israel. Yemeni airspace has been open to the coalition and to American drones since the war broke out in 2015. Any attack by the Yemen army would likely come in retaliation to an Israeli attack and would hit Israeli military bases in Eritrea, Israeli ships in the Red Sea as well as hit vital targets deep inside of Israel, according to Yemeni military sources.

An already dire situation

The war, which began in March 2015, has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis resulting from the bombing and a blockade which has led to mass starvation and history’s largest cholera outbreak, among other dire consequences.

The coalition, backed by the United States, has killed tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians since the war began. Moreover, the coalition’s blockade of food and medicine has plagued the country with an unprecedented famine and has triggered a deadly outbreak of preventable diseases that have cost thousands of people their lives.

Last week, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project revealed that Yemen’s death toll rose to a shocking 100,000 since 2015. The database shows approximately 20,000 people have been killed this year, already making 2019 the second-deadliest year on record after 2018, with 30,800 dead. Those numbers do not include those who have died in the humanitarian disasters caused by the war, particularly starvation.

Given the nature of  Israel’s recent wars against Gaza and Lebanon, it is unlikely that Israel would feel constrained by any moral dilemma should they chose to launch airstrikes against civilians in Yemen.

Hamas Warns: “We Won’t Allow Zionist Entity to Pick Time, Place of Each Clash”

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum

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Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhum said on Saturday that the Zionist entity will bear “the results of its ongoing aggression faced with the opposition and the Palestinian people.”

“We won’t allow Israel to pick the time and place of each clash,” he added, Walla reported.

Barhoum further stated that a joint command of all Gaza-based factions was established to jointly decide how to respond in the future to Israeli attacks.

Occupation warplanes struck Hamas posts during Saturday night, two days after fragile ceasefire went into force following a round of fighting between the occupation army and Islamic Jihad group, another resistance movement in the Gaza strip.

The latest escalation began early on Tuesday (November 12) with Israeli targeted assassination of Bahaa Abu al-Ata, a top commander of Islamic Jihad.

That 42-year-old’s killing in a raid targeting his house triggered retaliatory rocket fire from Islamic Jihad at the occupied territories.

Source: Israeli media

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«إسرائيل» بدأت تستثمر… صدّقوا أو لا تصدّقوا!

 

نوفمبر 14, 2019

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– منذ جولة المواجهة الأخيرة في غزة التي انتهت بتثبيت التهدئة بشروط المقاومة، وبعد عملية أفيميم التي عجزت قيادة جيش الاحتلال عن تحمّل تبعات قرار الردّ عليها، وتقبّل نتائجها بشمول الوجود المقاوم في سورية بغطاء معادلة الردع، ومعادلة الردع هذه سارية المفعول، لكن ها نحن فجأة أمام خطوات تصعيدية تشكل رسماً لقواعد اشتباك جديدة تقدم عليها قيادة جيش الاحتلال مدعومة من المستوى السياسي للفريقين المتنازعين على تشكيل الحكومة بعد انتخابات الكيان الأخيرة، فاغتيال القائد العسكري لحركة الجهاد الإسلامي ومحاولة اغتيال أحد قادتها في دمشق، ليس حدثاً عادياً، ولا مجرد انقلاب على قواعد الاشتباك القائمة، بل تجرّؤ على المغامرة بمحاولة فرض قواعد اشتباك جديدة، فما الذي تغيّر؟

– كل التوازنات العسكرية الحاكمة لتوازنات غزة لم تتغيّر، وكل توازنات المنطقة لم تتغير، وكل الذي يتغير هو ما تتداوله المواقع الإسرائيلية السياسية والعسكرية، وبعض المواقع العبرية المتخصصة، ومحوره فرصة لن تتكرر لاستفراد غزة، التي كانت جزءاً من معادلة رسمها السيد حسن نصرالله مضمونها ما قاله منذ شهور عن اعتبار كل حرب تطال جبهة من جبهات محور المقاومة ستكون حرباً مع المحور كله، وتستند التحليلات الإسرائيلية إلى أن ما يشهده لبنان كافٍ لشلّ قدرة حزب الله على ترجمة معادلته التي رسمها، والتي كانت مخصصة لحماية غزة، وتثقيل مقدراتها بعناصر إضافية، وأنه لا حاجة لانتظار رهان قد لا يتحقق باشتعال حرب أهلية في لبنان، بل يجب الاستثمار سريعاً على انشغال حزب الله بالأزمة الحكومية التي تهدّد مشاركته في الحكومة الجديدة، وعلى انشغال الحزب بترتيب علاقته بالشارع الذي يضعه في دائرة المسؤولية بالتشارك مع سائر المشاركين في الحكم، عن الأزمة الاقتصادية، خصوصاً انشغال الحزب أمنياً بترتيب حركته العسكرية في ظل قطع الطرقات الذي يطال كل مناطق لبنان، ويذهب بعض الكلام الإسرائيلي للحديث عما هو أبعد من مجرد الاستثمار، للحديث عن دور إسرائيلي خفيّ في تشجيع رعاية بعض الدول العربية لقوى وقيادات ومؤسسات سياسية واجتماعية وإعلامية ترعى هذا الشارع.

– الأكيد أن قيادة جيش الاحتلال تدرك عجزها عن مجرد التفكير بحرب على المقاومة في لبنان، لكن الأكيد أن سعي قيادة جيش الاحتلال لتغيير قواعد الاشتباك على الجبهتين السورية والفلسطينية يعني المقاومة في لبنان كثيراً، سواء بتداعياته على مستقبل التوازنات، أو من خلال موقع المقاومة اللبنانية في قيادة محور المقاومة، وبمثل ما لا يحمل هذا الكلام أي اتهام للناس الذين خرجوا إلى الشارع بوطنيّتهم لا سمح الله، فهو يجب أن يفتح عيون الذين وضعوا شعارات الحراك إلى أن هناك عدواً يقف وراء الجدار يتنصت على ما يدور في شوارعنا، ويعرف كيفية توظيف كل سانحة صغيرة، فيكف بخطيئة كبيرة بحجم تجاهل الحراك حقيقة كون لبنان في دائرة الاستهداف، والإصرار على اعتبار أنهم معنيّون فقط بالبعد الاجتماعي، ومن حقهم التلاعب بحدود مسؤوليات الأطراف السياسية عن الفساد والخراب المالي والاقتصادي، فيمنحوا عفواً رئاسياً لرئيس الحكومة ويدعون علناً لترؤسه الحكومة الجديدة، ويصرّون على شمول المقاومة بشعار كلن يعني كلن .

– الأكيد أن المقاومة في غزة ستردّ على العدوان، وستردّ الاعتبار لمعادلة الردع، لكن غير الأكيد أن تنتهي الأمور عند هذا الحد، وقد تتطوّر نحو ما هو أشد خطراً، في لحظة ترسيم توازنات الربع الأخير من الساعة، وقد تحدث مفاجآت إقليمية كبرى تجعل الحدث اللبناني في الشارع بعض ذكريات، ونندم على ضياع الفرصة، ولات ساعة مندم، لأن ثمّة مَن أراد أن يفصل بين مسؤولية الحراك عن حماية المقاومة، ومسؤولية المقاومة عن الوقوف مع الحراك.

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Is Jordan Flying With «Israeli» Air Force While Gaza Is Being Bombed?

Is Jordan Flying With «Israeli» Air Force While Gaza Is Being Bombed?

By Staff, Electronic Intifada

The death toll in the Gaza Strip exceeded 20 by Wednesday as the “Israeli” entity continued the bombing campaign it launched with the extrajudicial execution a day earlier of a senior commander of the Islamic Jihad resistance group.

Jordan has deplored the “Israeli” attacks as an aggression against innocent civilians.

But as Palestinians in Gaza braced for what could be a prolonged “Israeli” assault claiming many more lives, evidence emerged that Jordanian warplanes are taking part in military exercises alongside the “Israeli” entity’s air force.

The claim was made by a Dutch aviation analyst who posted evidence on Twitter indicating that Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 warplanes are informally involved in the Blue Flag 2019 exercise hosted by the entity.

It has been bolstered by an “Israeli” military reporter.

Maps and data posted by the Dutch analyst, citing the flight tracking service FlightRadar24.com, show Jordanian military aircraft flying intermittently along the Jordan-“Israeli” entity border and over “Israeli”-occupied territory since 3 November, with additional flights reported Wednesday.

Is Jordan Flying With «Israeli» Air Force While Gaza Is Being Bombed?

Shai Levy, a military reporter with the Israeli news website Mako, posted what he claimed was a photo of a Jordanian warplane at Israel’s Ovda airbase.

Formally the countries taking part in Blue Flag 2019 are the “Israeli” entity, Germany, Italy, Greece and the United States.

“Officially, [Royal Jordanian Air Force] is not a participant in the exercises, but evidence is strong,” the Dutch analyst observed. “I don’t expect anyone to officially confirm this.”

Tensions between the two countries have increased recently after “Israel” subjected two Jordanian citizens to prolonged detention without charge or trial.

In 2015, “Israeli” media reported that Jordanian air force pilots paid a “working visit” to the “Israeli” entity.

That year, “Jordanian fighter pilots trained closely with their ‘Israeli’ counterparts at a US-hosted air force exercise,” according to The Times of “Israel”, citing a US official.

The United Arab Emirates, which maintains a secret, though increasingly open, alliance with the “Israeli” entity, is known to have previously taken part in military exercises with the “Israeli” air force.

Requests for comment have been sent to the office of the Jordanian prime minister, who doubles as defense minister, the foreign ministry and the Jordanian embassy in Washington at their publicly listed email addresses.

This article will be updated with any response.

Gaza Stops Fire as ‘Israel’ agrees to Islamic Jihad Demands: Islamic Jihad

 November 14, 2019

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The Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement says it is holding fire after ‘Israel’ accepted its key demands, including stopping targeted killings, as part of an Egypt-mediated truce aimed at ending the military confrontation between the two sides.

Speaking on Thursday morning, the Islamic Jihad’s spokesman, Musab al-Braim, confirmed earlier reports of the truce, saying the ceasefire came into force at 5:30 a.m. local time (3:30 GMT), Reuters reported.

Braim said that the Zionist entity had agreed to both end its targeted killings of Palestinian resistance fighters and lethal gunfire at weekly Palestinian demonstrations against occupation near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from the Israeli-occupied territories.

“The ceasefire began under Egyptian sponsorship after the Occupation (Israel) submitted to the conditions set by Islamic Jihad on behalf of Palestinian resistance factions,” Braim told Reuters.

Earlier, Egyptian sources said the “ceasefire agreement comes as a result of Egypt’s efforts” and has been endorsed by “Palestinian factions including Islamic Jihad.”

The Zionist entity had agreed to the Islamic Jihad’s key demands in exchange for the resistance group to stop firing rockets into the occupied territories and ensure Gaza rallies are peaceful.

There has been no confirmation so far from the ‘Israeli’ side.

Nonetheless, shortly after the ceasefire, rocket warning sirens were reportedly sounded south of the occupied lands.

The escalation erupted early on Tuesday, when ‘Israel’ assassinated senior Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata, along with his wife, in a targeted strike on their home in Gaza.

A similar strike also hit the home of another Islamic Jihad commander in Syria on Tuesday, but missed the target.

‘Israel’ continued its deadly air raids on the besieged coastal sliver, killing 30 other Palestinians and injuring 97 others over the past two days.

Ata’s assassination sparked Palestinian retaliatory attacks into the occupied territories.

A total of 300 rockets are estimated to have been launched from Gaza, reaching as far as Tel Aviv and shutting schools in the occupied territories’ central and southern areas.

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النخالة للميادين: سرايا القدس لم تستنفذ كل ما في جعبتها من صواريخ وأسلحة النخالة للميادين: إذا رفضت “إسرائيل” شروطنا فنحن قادرون على المواجهة لوقت طويل

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الأمين العام لحركة الجهاد الإسلامي في فلسطين زياد النخّالة يؤكد للميادين أن قرارنا بالرد على اغتيال الشهيد أبو سليم تم اتخاذه فوراً، كاشفاً أن” إسرائيل” نقلت إلينا طلباً لوقف إطلاق النار، موضحاً ان” من شروطنا لوقف اطلاق النار وقف الاغتيالات ووقف إطلاق النار على مسيرات العودة”، وتزامن بثّ المقابلة عبر الميادين مع نقل الإعلام الإسرائيلي شروط التهدئة التي وضعها النخّالة.

النخالة للميادين: سرايا القدس لم تستنفذ كل ما في جعبتها من صواريخ وأسلحة

أكد الأمين العام لحركة الجهاد الإسلامي في فلسطين زياد النخالة أن سرايا القدس اتخذت القرار الصائب بالرد على اغتيال اسرائيل للشهيد أبو سليم.

وفي حوار خاص مع الميادين قال النخالة إن قرارنا بالرد على اغتيال الشهيد أبو سليم تم اتخاذه فوراً بعد دقائق على عملية الاغتيال، مؤكداً أن سرايا القدس لم تستنفذ كل ما في جعبتها من صواريخ وأسلحة في مواجهة “إسرائيل”.

وإذّ شدد على أن قرارنا كان منذ البداية استهداف العمق الاسرائيلي بالصواريخ، توجه القيادي الفلسطيني بالتحية والتقدير للمقاومين الذين يواجهون إسرائيل ويقصفونها بالصواريخ”.

وأضاف “أقول لعائلات الشهداء إننا على موعد مع النصر و بهم سننتصر”.

النخالة أكد أن سرايا القدس وقيادة الجهاد الاسلامي هي التي حددت هذا القرار ونحن نتحمل المسؤولية بالكامل، موضحاً في ردٍّ على سؤال للميادين أن “باقي فصائل المقاومة موجودة على الأرض لكن سرايا القدس حاليا تتقدم المواجهة”.

وأردف قائلاً “أنا لا أقبل بمقولة أن الجهاد هو ولي الدم لأنني اعتقد أن الشعب الفلسطيني هو ولي الدم”.

النخالة شدد على أننا قادرون في حركة الجهاد على إدارة المعركة لوقت طويل ضمن خطط موضوعة سلفاً، وسنثبت للجميع أننا قادرون على مواجهة المعركة مع العدو وإدارتها بنجاح.

ولفت الأمين العام لحركة الجهاد الإسلامي في فلسطين أن “ردّنا من غزة على اسرائيل يشمل الرد على العدوان الإسرائيلي الأخير على دمشق“، مشدداً على أننا “لم نطلب من حلفائنا في محور المقاومة المساعدة في المعركة الحالية ضد “إسرائيل”.

وفي السياق، أعلن النخالة أننا لم نصل إلى مرحلة الحرب الشاملة بين محور المقاومة و “إسرائيل”.


“إسرائيل” نقلت إلينا طلباً لوقف إطلاق النار ونحن وضعنا شروطنا للموافقة على ذلك

وكشف أن “إسرائيل” نقلت إلينا طلباً لوقف إطلاق النار ونحن وضعنا شروطنا للموافقة على ذلك، موضحاً ان” من شروطنا لوقف اطلاق النار وقف الاغتيالات ووقف إطلاق النار على مسيرات العودة”.

النخالة قال للميادين إن “طلبنا لوقف إطلاق النار أن تقوم “إسرائيل” برفع الحصار عن غزة”، مذكّراً أنه يوجد تفاهمات قديمة عليها الالتزام بها لوقف إطلاق النار”.

وفي وقتٍ أوضح فيه أن “سرايا القدس لا تطلق رصاصة واحدة على “إسرائيل” دون قرار من القيادة التي تتحمل مسؤولية ذلك”، وفي حال تم الاتفاق على وقف إطلاق النار وأخلّت الأخيرة بأي بند منه سنكون بحلٍّ من الاتفاق”.

النخالة قال إن الدور المصري إيجابي وهم يبذلون جهداً لايقاف العدوان الإسرائيلي علينا، كاشفاً عن وضع مسودة الاتفاق على وقف إطلاق النار، متوقعاً أن يتلقى الرد الليلة.

وأضاف أنه “في حال وافقت “إسرائيل” على شروط وقف إطلاق النار يمكن التواصل مع مصر وإبرام الاتفاق فوراً”، مضيفاً أن “هدف وجودنا نحن هو مقاومة “إسرائيل” وأخذنا من العمر ما يكفي ومستعدون للشهادة”.

القيادي الفلسطيني قال “نحن مستمرون في المواجهة ونملك كل الامكانات لذلك والمقاومة اليوم اقوى بكثير”، لكنه أعلن أن “سرايا القدس تعمل حالياً بالمستوى المنخفض بالأداء العسكري العام”.

النخالة أكد”لمن يقول إن المعركة الحالية هي معركة سرايا القدس نقول إنها معركة الشعب الفلسطيني”، معتبراً أنه عندما توافق “إسرائيل” على إدخال اموال المساعدات هدفها ترويض المقاومة”.

وحول مسيرات العودة قال “قررنا حماية مسيرات العودة لذلك هي ضمن شروط وقف إطلاق النار”.

المسؤول الفلسطيني قدّر الدور اليمني “نقول لهم أنتم على حق ونحن معكم في مواجهة العدوان عليكم، ووجّه النخالة “التحية الكبيرة لتونس وللرئيس قيس سعيد الذي وجّه تحية للشعب الفلسطيني”.


الإعلام الإسرائيلي ينقل مواقف النخالة بصور واسعة

وتزامناً مع المقابلة عبر الميادين نقل الإعلام الإسرائيلي شروط التهدئة التي وضعها النخّالة، وواكب ما يقوله زياد نخالة للميادين عبر نقل واقتباس مواقفه بصورة واسعة.

وبثّت قناة “كان” الإسرائيلية على الهواء مقطعاً مصوراً من المقابلة مع نخالة ونقلت أهم مواقفه.

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Palestinian Resistance Retaliates after ‘Israeli’ Assassination of Military Commander, Civilians in Gaza

Palestinian Resistance Retaliates after ‘Israeli’ Assassination of Military Commander, Civilians in Gaza

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Palestinian resistance groups rained down retaliatory rockets on the occupied territories after the ‘Israeli’ enemy’s assassination of senior Palestinian resistance commander Bahaa Abu al-Atta and scores of civilians.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian resistance movements continue retaliation by launching missiles towards towns in the occupied territories.

At least 10 Palestinian people were martyred as a result of the continued ‘Israeli’ aggression against Gaza, after 3 others were martyred in an ‘Israeli’ airstrike that targeted the al-Atatera region in Bait Lahya, north of Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Health Ministry announced earlier on Tuesday evening that two Palestinians were martyred in an ‘Israeli’ airstrike that targeted an agricultural land in Bait Hanoun north of the Strip.

The military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, al-Quds Brigade, announced four of its fighters martyred.

The occupation warplanes, meanwhile, continue bombing sites belonging to the Palestinian resistance factions and different agricultural areas in Gaza.

Senior Palestinian Resistance Cmdr. Assassinated in Gaza Strike

Senior Palestinian Resistance Cmdr. Assassinated in Gaza Strike

By Staff, Agencies

“Israel” has assassinated a senior commander for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement in an airstrike in the besieged Gaza Strip, sparking a barrage of retaliatory rocket fire from the besieged enclave into the occupied territories.

In a statement, the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, al-Quds Brigades, confirmed the martyrdom of its commander, Baha Abu al-Ata, 42, in an “Israeli” aerial assault on his Gaza home early on Tuesday, adding that the group was on “maximum alert.”

It further said Ata’s wife had also been martyred during the “Israeli” air raid.

Additionally, the resistance group stressed that its commander was heroically defending the Palestinian land against conspiracies prior to his martyrdom.

It also vowed to continue in the footsteps of its assassinated commander in order to “complete the process of liberation of the entire beloved Palestine. Our response will inevitably shock the Zionist entity.”

Meanwhile, the “Israeli” army confirmed in a statement its strike against a building where Ata was present in Gaza’s Shejaiya area.

The operation, it added, had been recommended by the “Israeli” Chief of Staff and Shin Bet domestic security service, and approved by the entity’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It also blamed Ata for recent rocket, drone and sniper attacks against “Israel”, as well as attempted infiltration into the occupied territories, claiming that he was planning “imminent” attacks.

“Abu al-Ata was responsible for most of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s activity in the Gaza Strip and was a ticking bomb,” the “Israeli” army said.

Separately, the Hamas resistance movement said the “Israeli” entity “bears full responsibility for all consequences of this escalation” and pledged that al-Ata’s death “will not go unpunished.”

Shortly after the “Israeli” strike, Palestinians launched a salvo of rockets into the occupied territories, setting off sirens as far as Ashdod.

The “Israeli” army said Gaza-based Palestinian resistance fighters had pounded the occupied-territories with “substantial” rocket fire Tuesday.

“There is substantial fire,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists in a conference call. “We are preparing for a number of days of fighting.”

The assassination is likely to fuel tensions between Tel Aviv and Gaza, which has been under a crippling siege by the “Israeli” entity since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008.

Gaza has also witnessed deadly tensions since March 30, 2018 which marked the start of the Great March of Return protests, with participants demanding the right to return for the Palestinians driven out of their homeland.

«Israeli» Attack Hits Home of Islamic Jihad Official in Damascus, Kills Two

«Israeli» Attack Hits Home of Islamic Jihad Official in Damascus, Kills Two

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A strike on a Damascus home belonging to the Islamic Jihad official has martyred the man’s son, in what appears to be part of an “Israeli” attack to assassinate leaders of the Palestinian resistance group in Gaza and Syria.

The Islamic Jihad issued a statement on Tuesday confirming the attack, identifying the official as Akram al-Ajouri.

Two civilians were martyred and ten others were injured due to the hostile targeting of a residential building near the Lebanese Embassy in Mezza area in Damascus that is home to Damascus University and several diplomatic missions, Syrian state media SANA reported.

Syrian authorities said a building in the capital of Damascus was bombed early Tuesday in a deadly attack, as its air defenses fired at a “hostile target.”

According to the SANA state news network, Syrian air defenses were fired at a “hostile target” over Daraya, a suburb south of Damascus.

The Islamic Jihad did not immediately accuse anyone of carrying out the strike, although the incident came less than an hour after the “Israeli” entity announced it had assassinated a top commander of the resistance group in besieged Gaza Strip.

It was not immediately known if there was any link between the incidents.

Relatedly, Syrian Interior Minister, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khalid Al-Rahmoun, during his visit to the targeted site, said that the residential building was targeted by several missiles, claiming the lives of a number of civilians and wounding others.

The SANA report added that the building was badly damaged and the windows of nearby buildings and a number of cars were shattered.

It further mentioned that the Syrian Arab Army at dawn on Tuesday intercepted a hostile target over Darayya in Damascus.

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