Lieberman: Netanyahu personally Torpedoed My Plans for Gaza



March 28, 2019

Former Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally torpedoed plans to strike Gaza during a flareup between the Zionist entity and Palestinian resistance last November.

“Netanyahu personally torpedoed the plans,” the Chairman of Yisrael Beytenu told Israeli journalist Ben Caspit at the Maariv Security Conference on Wednesday.

“We have enough tools to deal with Gaza and I had a full plan,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

Lieberman resigned from his post as defense minister in November following a ceasefire deal with Hamas after over 500 rockets were fired towards the southern occupied Palestinian territories.

The ceasefire with Hamas, he said at the time “cannot be interpreted in any way other than a capitulation to terrorism. This will severely harm our security in the long run. The response that we gave to the 500 rockets shot from Gaza was not enough, to say the least. The South should come first. Our weakness is being broadcast to other fronts.”

On Sunday, the latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip saw over 100 mortars and rockets fired towards occupied territories, and that, according to Lieberman, shows that “Israel does not have security.”

“Security is when people don’t have to run to bomb shelters,” he told Ben Caspit, adding that the Zionist regime “is paying protection money to terror groups instead of destroying it.”

“There’s no terror without money and now Israel is allowing money into Gaza for Hamas. We are paying protection to a terror organization and doing everything not to get the terror organization mad. Netanyahu said he said he struck Hamas hard, but not even one terrorist was even hurt,” the former Israeli DM added.


Gaza rockets land in Tel Aviv after evading Israel’s Iron Dome missile system


Thu Mar 14, 2019

At least two rockets launched from the besieged Gaza Strip have landed in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv, bypassing the Iron Dome missile system to mark yet another embarrassing defeat for one of the world’s most expensive military forces.

The attack on Thursday night caused rocket alerts to blare throughout central Israel, Israeli media reported.

Several people told local media that they could hear two loud blasts in the Gush Dan (the greater Tel Aviv area), while some also claimed to have seen Iron Dome missiles being launched.

Authorities in Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion municipalities said they would open public shelters as a cautionary measure.

The Iron Dome missile system was activated but apparently failed to intercept any of the missiles.

The Israeli military confirmed the news but tried to pass off the interception failure as a result of the missile system’s self-destruction mechanism which kicked in once it realized the missiles were going to land in open areas.

Initial reports suggested that the rockets caused no damages or injuries. However, several people had to be treated for shock as this was the first time since Israeli’s last war with Gaza in 2014 that missile sirens were being activated in Tel Aviv.

Military spokesman Ronen Manelis said nobody in Tel Aviv expected Palestinian rockets to travel this far.

“We did not have advance knowledge of this fire today, and in fact it surprised us,” Manelis said.

Israel launches attacks on Gaza

Shortly after the attack, the Israeli military said it was “attacking terror targets in Gaza” but did not provide any details. Palestinian sources reported Israeli attacks near the Khan Yunis port, in southern Gaza.

Eyewitnesses in Gaza said Israeli warplanes were carrying out airstrikes across the enclave.

Press TV’s correspondent said there had been no reports of casualties from the Israeli attacks, but people living in Gaza feared a major escalation from the Israeli military.

Netanyahu calls emergency meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also acts as the regime’s minister for military affairs, called an emergency meeting at army headquarters after the rocket attack.

According to reports, Israelis had asked an Egyptian security delegation in Gaza to leave the area. Media outlets in Gaza reported that the Hamas resistance movement had evacuated military posts in anticipation of Israeli attacks.

The delegation has been mediating indirect talks between Hamas and Israel since late February reportedly in hopes of striking a truce deal that could lead to a long-term agreement lasting between five to 10 years.

A Palestinian source in Gaza told Haaretz that the rockets were fired from the northern part of the enclave. No Palestinian groups claimed responsibility for the attack. Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad denied any role in the attack.

Iron Dome’s failure

The missile attack further hurts Iron Dome’s reputation as a missile shield system that was supposed to once and for all end concerns about rocket attacks from Gaza.

The multi-billion dollar system experienced a humiliating defeat during the latest military flare-up between Gaza and Tel Aviv in November, when Hamas fired more than 460 rockets at the occupied lands in less than 24 hours in response to Israeli aggression.

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The clashes ended after an Egypt-brokered ceasefire took effect in Gaza.

The truce was criticized by some Israeli officials and led Avigdor Lieberman to step down as the minister of military affairs. The resignation, which could bring about early elections in the occupied lands, was hailed by Hamas as “an admission of defeat” and a “political victory” for the Palestinian resistance.

Back then, Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar warned Israel not to test the resistance group again or it will target Tel Aviv.

Sinwar noted that he had spoken to Muhammad Deif, the leader of Hamas’s military wing the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades about the possible response to next aggression by Israel.

“Deif asked me to say that Tel Aviv and Gush Dan are next. The first barrage to hit Tel Aviv will surprise Israel,” he said.

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Lieberman Says Netanyahu to ‘Retire’ if Indicted over Graft

 February 10, 2019

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman does not rule out that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will retire from politics if he is indicted over corruption charges before the general election in April.

“Although it’s fair to say that the decision is taken to bring charges against Benjamin Netanyahu before the election, his chances of forming a government will be zero,” Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonoth quoted Lieberman as saying.

“Therefore, I am not ruling out the possibility that Netanyahu will strike a plea deal before the elections,” he said.

“I am not ruling out the possibility that Netanyahu will ultimately go with a plea deal similar to the one struck by former President Ezer Weizman,” Lieberman said.

Netanyahu is currently under investigation in three separate corruption cases.

The first case involves Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, who was allegedly asked to purchase luxury items for Netanyahu and his wife.

The second relates to an alleged deal for favorable media coverage with Arnon Mozes, publisher of prominent Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

In a third case, Netanyahu is accused of awarding favors to Israeli Bezeq Telecom Company in return for favorable coverage on the company’s website.

Last month, Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit said that he would decide whether or not to indict Netanyahu on multiple graft charges before Knesset elections slated for April 9.



Hamas Arrests 45 'Israeli Spies' In Gaza Strip

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Hamas arrested 45 Palestinians who were allegedly Israeli “spies and collaborators,” linked to a botch Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) raid, Hamas interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said in a statement on January 8th.

The Palestinians were allegedly recruited by Israel and have been arrested following the failed IDF covert mission in the Gaza Strip on November 11th.

The security services were able to arrest 45 agents after the security incident east of Khan Yunis last November and they are under investigation,” Hamas’ interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said in a statement. No additional information was provided, it is unclear if the arrested suspects played any direct role in the incursion.

The arrested Palestinians were allegedly recruited by Israeli agents over the phone and social media, most often by blackmail. Despite Hamas managing to arrest “many spies” over the years, the Israelis continue to recruit Palestinian agents to “help them commit crimes against our people,” the Hamas spokesman said, appealing to those who are being coerced by the IDF to turn themselves in.

The November 11 special forces operation, details of which the Israeli military has kept largely secret, turned deadly when the undercover soldiers were spotted near Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

The ensuing firefight claimed the lives of an Israeli army officer and seven Palestinian militants, including a local commander from Hamas’ military wing.

“Hamas is attempting to understand and analyze the incident that occurred in Gaza on November 11 and any information, even if it seems harmless by those who distribute it, can endanger lives and put state security at risk,” the army said at the time.

Following the incident, Hamas published photos of eight people and two vehicles allegedly linked to the IDF operation. The individuals in the pictures were not identified by Hamas itself.

In response, Hamas and Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine launched over 400 rockets and projectiles into southern Israel, prompting the IDF to respond by striking over 150 targets in the Palestinian enclave.

Following the two-day escalation, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned, as a result of an Egypt-brokered ceasefire deal, which he considered a “capitulation to terror.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assumed the Defense Minister seat, in addition to already being the Health Minister and Foreign Minister.

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Israelis Throwing Accusations: War Not PlayStation Game


November 19, 2018

Israeli officials have bandied about their cascading failure to escalate the security situation in Gaza strip, Lebanese paper, Al-Akhbar reported on Friday.

Security institutions in the Zionist entity were quick in apportioning blame and trading accusations among themselves and  among politicians over their lack of vision and strategy on Gaza, Yahya Dbouk of Al-Akhbar daily said.

However, amid these serious accusations and the persisting street protests, its seems that Netanyahu’s efforts to crowd out attention from the “swamp” he’s been sinking into, are the most significant event in the wake of the Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation, the report elaborated.

Netanyahu’s efforts also come as the  Israeli military institution faces widespread criticism over the ceasefire in Gaza. For its part, the military institution has also accused politicians of having a narrow political horizons and visions on several challenges threatening the Zionist entity, including Gaza which is considered less dangerous than other fronts

Speaking at a memorial for David Ben-Gurion in the Negev, Netanyahu claimed that Hamas “begged for a cease-fire, and they know very well why.” But his critics and the public opinion didn’t buy his pseudo-pretext. A recent opinion poll showed that only 14% respondents believe that the israeli army has attained victory in its last escalation.

Netanyahu’s opponents, however, continued to criticize the Israeli premier and accuse him of being intimidated by Hamas, Dbouk added, quoting high-level security sources.

The security institution criticized the government and its officials, with high-level security sources telling the Israeli Radio, that the government “does not have a prior vision or a proper perception of the political objectives regarding military operations in Gaza.”

The sources stressed that in the absence of visions and goals of politicians, “it is impossible to determine the objectives of any war.”

The same sources pointed out that the resignation of the Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “exposed the political institution’s deficiencies”, as the Israeli Security Cabinet, which is constantly manipulated by politicians, has no longer any importance.

Defending the Israeli army and justifying its reluctance to fight, the sources said that “everyone knows that Hamas is Israel’s weakest enemy, and that there are less costly solutions than a large-scale military operation.”

Reserve troops haven’t been called up during the last escalation, the sources pointed out, adding that “it’s impossible to recruit reserves… That has happened three times in the past five and a half years, and that’s totally wrong.”

“When reserves are called up, an immediate war will break out. It isnt a PlayStation game,” the sources said, according to Al-Akhbar report.

Meanwhile, Dbouk cited remarks of by Israeli ministers on the latest flare-up in Gaza, in a clear reference to the confusion the Zionist regime has been witnessing in the past few days.

Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi asserted the Israeli fear of the escalation in Gaza, calling cessation of violence.

The confrontation, demanded by some, could cause the firing of hundreds of rockets daily into Tel Aviv, paralyzing Ben Gurion airport for weeks, Hanegbi said.

“If we enter Gaza, at least 500 soldiers will be killed, and then their bodies will be returned to Israel,” he added.

For his part, Education Minister Naftali Bennett confirmed that he has requested to replace Lieberman instead of Netanyahu, Dbouk reported in Al-Akhbar.

Bennett said that “Israel’s deterrence is eroding,” claiming the only reason he applied for the post is for ‘Israel’ to “go back to winning” and that “for me, security is a calling, not just a job.”

On the other hand, Bennett did not spare Lieberman from criticism.

“The job of a defense minister is not to be led but to lead, not to complain about constraints but to come up with solutions,” said Bennett in an apparent reference to Lieberman, who had complained in his resignation speech that his role had been encroached upon.

Bennett said ‘Israel’ is currently in a dangerous, complex position. “The most dangerous thing for Israel that we began to think there is no solution to terror, to terrorists, to rockets, that you cannot win,” Bennet added.

He also warned that Hezbollah has turned from a small organization into a large army possessing 130 thousand rockets, while Hamas has become more rude, Al-Akhbar added.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper (translated and edited by Al-Manar Website team)

عسكر إسرائيل يدفع الاتهامات: الحرب ليست لعبة

يحيى دبوق

تقاذفت إسرائيل مسؤولية الفشل إزاء التصعيد الأمني الأخير في قطاع غزة. اتهامات واتهامات متبادلة لم تُستثنَ منها المؤسسة الأمنية التي سارعت إلى توجيه الاتهام إلى السياسيين، والتشديد على افتقارهم إلى أي رؤية واستراتيجية تجاه غزة، لكن مع تجديد رفضها الخيارات العسكرية وضرورة الابتعاد عنها. فلليوم الثاني على التوالي، تواصل تراشق الاتهامات في إسرائيل على خلفية الفشل في مواجهة غزة، وكذلك الاحتجاجات في الشارع. وفيما تداخلت الأهداف الشخصية والعامة في كل الاتجاهات ولدى جميع الأطراف والشخصيات السياسية، فإن التموضع الدفاعي لرئيس الحكومة، بنيامين نتنياهو، كان الأبرز، في ظل انتقاد واسع النطاق للمؤسسة العسكرية التي اتهمت السياسيين بضيق الأفق والرؤى، وفقدان الخيارات أمام التهديدات، حتى في مواجهة القطاع الذي يعدّ تهديداً مقلصاً قياساً بالساحات الأخرى.

نتنياهو ادعى أن «أعداءنا («حماس») طالبوا بوقف النار، وكانوا يتوسلون من أجل ذلك، وهم يعرفون جيداً لماذا». لكنه كان دفاعاً لم يشفع له أمام منتقديه والجمهور، إذ كشفت استطلاعات الرأي (قناة «كان») أن 14% فقط يعتقدون أن الجيش خرج منتصراً من التصعيد الأخير. أما خصوم نتنياهو، فواصلوا انتقاده لليوم الثاني، ووسمه أيضاً بأنه تهيّب مواجهة «حماس» وجَبُن أمامها. مع ذلك، كان اللافت انتقاد المؤسسة الأمنية للحكومة ومسؤوليها، إذ انتقدت مصادر أمنية رفيعة المستوى بشدة المسؤولين السياسيين، وأشارت في حديث إلى «الإذاعة العبرية» إلى أنه ليس لدى الحكومة رؤية أو تصور مسبق للأهداف السياسية كما يجب أن تكون جراء العمليات العسكرية في غزة، وتحديداً ما تعلق بجولة القتال الأخيرة. وأكدت المصادر أنه في حال الافتقار إلى رؤية وأهداف لدى السياسيين، فمن المستحيل تحديد أهداف أي حرب، مضيفة: «الحديث عن خوف الجيش وخشيته من القتال كلام بلا أسس».

كان لافتاً حديث المصادر العسكرية عن رفض استدعاء الاحتياط

المصادر نفسها أشارت إلى أن استقالة وزير الأمن أفيغدور ليبرمان «كشفت عورات المؤسسة السياسية»، إذ لم يعد لجلسات «المجلس الوزاري المصغر» أي قيمة فعلية جراء اللعبة بين السياسيين. وفي دفاع واضح عن الجيش وامتناعه عن خوض المعارك وتوسعتها، ذكرت المصادر أن «الجميع يدركون أن حماس هي أضعف أعداء إسرائيل، وأن هناك حلولاً أقل تكلفة من عملية عسكرية واسعة النطاق». وفي إشارة لافتة جداً، أكدت تلك المصادر رفض الدعوات التي طالبت باستدعاء الاحتياط خلال التصعيد الأخير، لأن «من المستحيل تجنيد الاحتياط، فذلك حدث ثلاث مرات في السنوات الخمس والنصف الماضية، وهذا أمر غير سوي بالمطلق»، وأضافت: «تمنع إدارة الأمور هكذا، إذ لدى استدعاء الاحتياط، فهذا يعني مباشرة الحرب، وهذه ليست لعبة بلاي ستايشن».

الخشية من العملية العسكرية، كما رفضتها المصادر الأمنية، أكدها وزير التعاون الإقليمي، عضو «الكابينت» تساحي هنغبي، الذي شدد على أن الخسائر من الحرب هي التي دفعت إلى قبول التهدئة. وقال هنغبي إن المواجهة التي يطلبها البعض قد تتسبّب في إطلاق مئات الصواريخ يومياً على تل أبيب، وشلّ مطار بن غوريون لأسابيع، و«إذا دخلنا إلى غزة، فسيُقتل منا على الأقل 500 جندي، نعود بجثثهم لاحقاً إلى إسرائيل».

وبينما عرض وزير التربية نفتالي بينت «اقتداره» و«أحقيته» في تولي وزارة الأمن بعد استقالة ليبرمان، على خلفية الفشل في غزة، أكد خلال عرضه، ومحاولة تحسين أوراق ترشيحه لتولي المنصب، جملة من الحقائق المرتبطة بخيارات المواجهة مع القطاع، وكذلك في الساحة الشمالية في سوريا ولبنان، مع التشديد كما ورد في ديباجته على ضيق وتقلص خيارات إسرائيل العملية. يَرِد في حديث بينت تشخيص التهديد، وهو بمعظمه توصيف للواقع الذي تراه تل أبيب. أما معالجته عبر توزيره لـ«الأمن»، كما يطلب، فمسألة تدخل في أقل تقدير في دائرة الشك، مع التشديد على أن السياسات الأمنية والخيارات العسكرية والأمنية تحددها المؤسسة الأمنية نفسها التي هي أكبر من إمكانات وزير، خاصة إن لم يكن صاحب تجربة وخبرة ومكانة عسكرية أو أمنية، كما حال بينت، وإن كان يدّعيها.

بينت قال إن إسرائيل تمر في مرحلة أمنية هي الأكثر تعقيداً وخطورة منذ وجودها، فـ«الأخطبوط الإيراني يرسل سلسلة من الأذرع المعادية الوحشية لتطويقنا: من الشمال حزب الله، وفي سوريا قوات إيرانية، وعلى حدود غزة حماس التي تزداد تمركزاً وتعاظماً». وأضاف: «منذ عشرات السنين منظوماتنا دخلت في جمود وامتناع عن الالتحام مع العدو. نظرية الفصل والابتعاد عن التماس مع العدو يراها عدونا خشية لدينا من القتال. حزب الله تحول من منظمة صغيرة إلى جيش كبير مسلح بـ 130 ألف صاروخ، أما حماس فباتت أكثر وقاحة، لأنها تؤمن بأننا نخشى المواجهة؛ الردع الإسرائيلي تآكل».

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سرّ «المعركة الأمنية» التي أرجأت إسقاط حكومة نتنياهو؟

سرّ «المعركة الأمنية» التي أرجأت إسقاط حكومة نتنياهو؟

نوفمبر 24, 2018

د. عصام نعمان

كان ثمة سيناريو، على ما يبدو، لإسقاط حكومة بنيامين نتنياهو عقب عملية خان يونس الفاشلة بامتياز. أولى خطوات السيناريو غير المحبوك كفايةً كانت استقالة وزير الحرب السابق افيغدور ليبرمان ما يؤدي تلقائياً الى خروج حزبه، «اسرائيل بيتنا»، بنوابه الخمسة من الائتلاف الحاكم فتتقلّص اكثرية الحكومة في الكنيست الى 61، اي بفارق نائب واحد من أصل 120 نائباً.

ثانيةُ الخطوات كانت مطالبة وزير التعليم ورئيس حزب «البيت اليهودي» نفتالي بينيت بإسناد حقيبة وزارة الحرب اليه حتى إذا رفض نتنياهو، استقال بينيت مع نواب حزبه الثمانية من الائتلاف الحاكم ما يُفقد الحكومة اكثريتها في الكنيست، فتُضطر الى إجراء انتخابات عامة.

ثالثةُ الخطوات خروج وزير المال، رئيس حزب «كلنا»، موشيه كحلون ونوابه من الإئتلاف الحاكم اذا ما وافق نتنياهو على إسناد وزارة الحرب الى بينيت او حتى لو لم يفعل إنما ثابر على رفض إجراء انتخابات عامة.

كل هذه الخطوات تبيَّن لاحقاً أنها كانت عديمة الجدوى: لا بينيت أصرّ على تولي حقيبة الحرب، ولا نتنياهو كان في وارد اسنادها اليه اصلاً، ولا هو ونواب حزبه خرجوا من الائتلاف الحاكم احتجاجاً على حرمانهم هذه الحقيبة البالغة الأهمية، ولا كحلون اصرّ على إجراء انتخابات تحت طائلة الخروج ونوابه من الائتلاف الحاكم. بالعكس، الكل وافق لاحقاً على ان يُسند نتنياهو الى نفسه وزارة الحرب، وان يقرر منافسوه السابقون، ولا سيما بينيت، «الوقوف الى جانبه في كل ما يتعلق بأداء مهماته كوزير للحرب».

ما سرّ هذا التراجع السريع عن مواقف معلنة سابقاً؟

من العودة الى تصريحات نتنياهو بعد تفاديه سقوط الحكومة او إسقاطها، نقع على بعض التلميحات والكلمات «المشفّرة» التي يمكن من خلالها الإجابة عن هذا السؤال. هذه عيّنة من أقواله:

– «نحن في فترة حساسة للغاية ومركّبة جداً أمنياً، وفي هذه الحالات ممنوع إسقاط الحكومة لأن إسقاطها في مثل هذه الفترة هو انعدام للمسؤولية».

– «إن بعض الغضب الشعبي قد ينبع من حقيقة أنه من المستحيل تقديم بعض المعلومات الى الجمهور العريض».

– «هناك حاجة أثناء «المعركة الأمنية الدائرة» الى التصرف بمسؤولية».

لماذا «من المستحيل تقديم بعض المعلومات الى الجمهور»، وما هي واين ستكون «المعركة الأمنية الدائرة»؟

تصدّى بعض الصحف والمحللون العسكريون الى محاولة فك لغز هذه الأسرار على النحو الآتي:

صحيفة «يديعوت احرونوت» 2018/11/19 زعمت بلسان المحلل السياسي ايتمار ايخنر ان الحاخام الأميركي مارك شناير الذي يقف على رأس صندوق التفاهم الديني اليهودي – الإسلامي قال إن «ثمة التزاماً من جانب بعض دول الخليج بإعطاء اولوية لموضوع إقامة علاقات دبلوماسية مع «اسرائيل» وتطبيع العلاقات معها بشكل كامل»، ما يتيح الاستنتاج بأنه، إزاء أهمية هذا الموضوع، وجد نتنياهو ومؤيدوه ان اسقاط الحكومة واجراء انتخابات في مثل هذا الظرف موقف غير مسؤول.

القائد الأسبق لسلاح المدرعات والباحث حالياً في علاقة الجيش بالمجتمع العميد رونين ايستيك زعم في صحيفة «يسرائيل هيوم» 2018/11/18 أن إيران تعاني أزمة شديدة نتيجة العقوبات الاميركية وانها تطبخ بالتعاون مع سورية وحزب الله و»حماس» رداً شاملاً على «اسرائيل» والولايات المتحدة في الجبهة الشمالية لبنان وسورية الأمر الذي يستوجب الاستعداد الكامل للردّ على هذا التهديد، وان نتنياهو قال في أحد تصريحاته بعدما قرّر أن يُسند الى نفسه حقيبة وزارة الحرب: «كونوا مستعدّين. قريباً ستسمعون منّا. وهذا سيكون عاصفاً جداً».

كل هذه الآراء يمكن ان تفسِّر «المعركة الأمنية» التي اشار اليها نتنياهو. غير أن للمحلل العسكري عاموس هرئيل في «هآرتس» 2018/11/16 رأياً آخر مفاده «إن اهتمام بوتين بلبنان يمكن أن يقيّد أكثر عمليات الجيش الإسرائيلي في الشمال وذلك بأن تتوسع فعلياً مظلة الدفاع التي نشرتها روسيا في شمال غرب سورية بحيث تشمل لبنان أيضاً».

الى ذلك، ثمة رأي آخر وَرَد مباشرةً او مداورةً في تصريحات رونالد ترامب ومؤيديه في الإدارة او في الكونغرس مفادها ان الرئيس الاميركي في صدد دعوة كبار المسؤولين في الادارة والاستخبارات ولجان الكونغرس الى اجتماع من اجل تحديد موعدٍ لطرح ما يسمى «صفقة القرن» على الحكومات العربية ذات الصلة.

في ضوء هذا التحدي، من المعقول أن يرتئي نتنياهو ومؤيدوه ضرورة وجود حكومة مسؤولة في «إسرائيل» للتعامل مع ردود الفعل المنتظرة على هذا الحدث الخطير بدلاً من أن يكون الجميع منشغلين بانتخابات يكثر فيها غالباً الأخذ والردّ والاتهامات المتبادلة.

The Mossad Hit List & the Men behind Gaza’s Rockets

Darko Lazar

There is no shortage of reasons why “Israel’s” most recent ground incursion into the Gaza Strip does not exactly scream ‘mission accomplished’.

Requiring air support to make its way out of the Palestinian enclave, the “Israeli” special forces team failed to return to home base without sustaining casualties.

Still, the world’s headlines preferred to focus on Palestinian deaths, and none more so than that of senior Hamas commander Nour Baraka.

From there, the rest of the story pretty much wrote itself.

An “Israeli” hit team infiltrated Gaza to kill a member of the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, who was supposedly in charge of underground tunnels that stretch from Khan Yunis into Egypt.

But not everyone bought this version of events.

Al-Jazeera’s Wael Dahdouh quickly made his way to the scene of the crime, and later said the “Israelis” “planned something much bigger here, and did not succeed.”

Nour Baraka’s role in maintaining and overseeing Hamas’ infrastructure in Khan Yunis was undoubtedly important. But it was his family tree that likely made him a point of interest for the “Israelis”.

Baraka’s brother, Suleiman, has a PhD in Astronomy and Space Sciences. A recipient of prestigious Western awards, he is formally an employee of NASA. After the “Israelis” martyred his 11-year-old boy in 2008, he made his way back to Gaza where he now works as a college professor.

Dr. Suleiman Baraka’s craft is closely related to astrophysics, aerospace engineering, astronautics, making him an ideal candidate for engineering and modernizing rocket technology.

According to unconfirmed reports, Nour Baraka was martyred after he approached and confronted the occupants of a suspicious van parked outside his home.

Although it is difficult to ascertain who the “Israeli” operatives were actually waiting for, the Gaza incursion follows a string of assassinations targeting the brains behind Hamas’ rocket capabilities.

From Masyaf to Kuala Lumpur

Just three short months before the latest flare-up in Gaza, the government in Damascus accused “Israel’s” Mossad of assassinating Syrian scientist Dr. Aziz Asbar. He was martyred in Syria’s northwestern city of Masyaf when his car exploded.

Dr. Asbar was one of the directors at the Syrian Scientific Research Center [SSRC], where he headed Department 4, which focuses on the development of all of Syria’s ballistic missile and rocket programs.

Syrian rockets have been prominently featured across the battlefields of occupied Palestine throughout the years – most recently so in 2014, when Palestinian resistance factions unleashed the surface-to-surface, M-302s against “Israeli” cities.

The M-302, the range of which varies from 90 kilometers to at least 150, was also fired at “Israel” by Hezbollah in 2006, albeit under the name of Khaibar-1.

Hezbollah would later receive a delivery of the more advanced, Syrian-made M600s, which Dr. Asbar is personally credited with modernizing.

Not surprisingly perhaps, “Israel’s” Intelligence Minister “Israel Katz” did not mince his words when asked about the Mossad’s alleged involvement in Asbar’s murder.

“I welcome his departure from the world,” Katz said in an interview with “Israel’s” Army Radio.

Katz likely welcomed the departure of another Syrian officer, Ahmad Issa Habib, who was said to be in charge of the army’s “Palestine Department”.

The Syrian military intelligence operative was shot in the head by unknown assailants less than a month after Dr. Asbar’s death.

It is only logical to assume that Habib was extensively involved in the transfer of both information and military hardware to Palestinian Resistance factions. 

Sadly, the string of targeted assassinations is not confined to military personnel.

In April of this year, a Palestinian scholar and scientist, Fadi al-Batsh was mowed down in a drive-by shooting in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

The 35-year-old Hamas member was an electrical engineer that top Malaysian officials later described as “an expert at making rockets”.

Al-Batsh’s family also accused the Mossad of carrying out the killing.

Indecision and panic grips “Israel”  

During a brief, two-day battle in the immediate aftermath of Nour Baraka’s death, the “Israelis” gave every indication that they were gearing up for yet another full-scale ground war in Gaza.

Avigdor Liberman’s sudden departure from the “Israeli” cabinet over the truce with Hamas is perhaps the most convincing evidence that his men were itching to go after Gaza’s supply lines and rocket stockpile.

So many things, however, went wrong. For starters, the “Israelis” botched the first phase of the operation, as their hit squad was discovered and likely failed to eliminate the designated target.

Then, more sophisticated rocket attacks began inflicting losses on “Israeli” troops, including one that struck a busload of soldiers.

Such failures have clearly restrained Tel Aviv, causing serious reservations about another Gaza war.

More importantly, the “Israeli” military can no longer be certain about what to expect from the other side of the Gaza frontier, prompting more daring assassinations across the Middle East and beyond.

But that’s not all. This strategy also clearly exposes a growing sense of panic in “Israel” about the increasingly likely prospect of being surrounded by long-range, modernized rocket systems. With this behavior trend of someone who has been backed into a corner through failure, there’s plenty of reasons to believe that the “Israelis” with continue to make some fairly rash moves under such duress.

Source: Al-Ahed News

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