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Two rockets fired from ISIS in Sinai hit southern Israel

Two rockets launched from Sinai Peninsula exploded in southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council on Monday morning, the IDF reported.

No air raid sirens were activated in the area as the projectiles were headed toward open territory, a military source added. There were no reports of injury or damage in the rockets attack.

On Sunday, the ISIS terror group claimed that five terrorists of its Sinai Peninsula branch were killed in an Israeli drone attack Saturday night.

The attack took place near the Sinai border with the Gaza Strip, outside of the city of Rafah.

According to the Amaq news agency, the five terrorists eliminated in Saturday’s strike had been preparing to fire a rocket at Israel.

About two weeks ago ISIS shot four missiles from the Sinai Desert into the southern city of Eilat.

The IDF Southern Command said that of the four projectiles fired from Egypt, three were intercepted by the Iron Dome. The rocket that was not intercepted struck in open territory near the city.

No injuries or damage were reported in that attack. At least four people were treated for shock in Eilat’s Yoseftal hospital.

Knife-wielding Muslim terrorist is shot by police in France after stabbing a woman

A knife-wielding Muslim terrorist was shot by police in south west France on Sunday after stabbing a woman in the shoulder.

The unnamed Muslim terrorist, who is said to be 32 and from the French overseas territory of Reunion Island, struck in the town of Montauban, north of Toulouse.

It was only after the terrorist was shot in the legs he started shouting “ALLAHU AKBAR”, Montauban mayor said.

Police said that the terror attack was “not terror related” and  that the Muslim terrorist has “mental health problems”.

The terror attack occurred in the same area where an al-Qaeda terrorist murdered two Muslim French soldiers five years ago.

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It happened shortly after midday when the terrorist was seen driving erratically in a VW Golf registered locally.

Police followed, and then witnessed the driver jumping out of the car and stabbing a woman in the shoulder blade.

He then ran towards a couple, and tried to wound them too, but was then shot by the police who described him as being ‘neutralized’.

‘The suspect was rushed to hospital, and will be interviewed at length,’ said a local police source.

‘It may be that he was drunk at the time of the attack. He is injured, but his wounds are not life threatening’.

The source said that the woman who was wounded in the shoulder was also in hospital, and in a ‘stable’ condition.

It was on March 15, 2012, that Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old terrorist, gunned down the uniformed soldiers in a Monauban shopping center.

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Merah also shot dead a French Muslim paratrooper in Toulouse. His motive was revenge for the men having fought for western forces in Afghanistan.

On March 19, 2012, Merah went on to murder four Jews, including three children, at the Ozar Hatorah day school in Toulouse, saying it was a revenge for Israelis ‘killing our brothers and sisters in Palestine’.

The murderer was then himself killed during a gunfight on March 22, 2012, with special forces police at his flat in Toulouse.

France remains in a State of Emergency following a series of terrorist attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda and ISIS cells.

Earlier this month an Egyptian national was gunned down in the Louvre in Paris after trying to attack soldiers with a knife.

Netanyahu says he initiated secret 2016 summit with Arab leaders

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initiated a meeting which led to a secret regional summit with Arab rulers last year, the Prime Minister told members of his Likud party on Sunday.

Netanyahu confirmed during the meeting that he did not accept a plan for a regional peace initiative presented by then-US secretary of state John Kerry that had been reported by Haaretz.

According to the report, a summit was held on February 21, 2016 in the Jordanian resort town of Aqaba and included Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The newspaper said Kerry outlined a proposal that included recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and the resumption of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, backed by Arab nations, along with a call for Israel to vacate territory it captured during the 1967 Six-Day War, subject to land swaps agreed between the two sides.

Both sides, under the proposal, would share Jerusalem as the “internationally recognized capital of the two states”.

King Abdullah and President Sisi tried to convince Netanyahu to accept the proposal, said the report, with Netanyahu reportedly presenting his own plan and asking that a regional summit be arranged that would include senior figures from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other Sunni nations.

In presenting his plan, Netanyahu reportedly signaled willingness to agree to gestures that he had initially floated in November 2015 before taking them off the table, including permits for Arab construction in Area C of Judea and Samaria, which is under Israeli military and civilian control in exchange for US recognition of Israel’s right to build in major Jewish communities blocs.

Meeting on Wednesday at the White House, Netanyahu and President Donald Trump each spoke of prospects of a regional Middle East understanding to end the stalemated Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict.

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“For the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally,” Netanyahu told Trump.

“We think the larger issue today is how do we create the broader conditions for broad peace in the Middle East between Israel and the Arab countries,” Netanyahu said the following day on MSNBC.

Trump said Netanyahu’s proposal for a regional alliance was something that “hasn’t been discussed before”, adding that it would take in “many, many countries and it would cover a very large territory”.

Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab states to have formal peace treaties with Israel.

Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar do not have diplomatic relations with the Jewish State, but they share informal links.

Pence: US will never allow Iran to threaten Israel with nuclear weapons

US Vice President Mike Pence vowed Saturday that Washington would ensure Iran could never threaten Israel with nuclear weapons.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Pence singled out Tehran as “the leading state sponsor of terrorism” and slammed it for continuously destabilizing the Middle East.

“Thanks to the end of nuclear-related sanctions under the [nuclear deal] Iran now has additional resources to devote to these efforts,” he said.

“Let me be clear again: Under President Trump the United States will remain fully committed to ensuring that Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon capable of threatening our countries, our allies in the region, especially Israel.”

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard meanwhile announced it will conduct military drills next week, despite repeated warnings from the United States and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test.

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“The maneuvers called ‘Grand Prophet 11’ will start Monday and last three days,” General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force’s ground units, said in a news conference.

He said rockets would be used without specifying which kind.

In early February, Iran conducted drills involving short-range missiles at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

The Islamic republic said the exercises were aimed at demonstrating Iran’s “complete preparedness to deal with the threats” and “humiliating sanctions” from Washington.

US President Donald Trump slapped fresh sanctions against Tehran’s weapons procurement network following a ballistic missile test on January 29.

“Iran would do well to look at the calendar and realize there’s a new president in the Oval Office. And Iran would do well not to test the resolve of this new president,” Vice President Mike Pence said earlier this month.

New Pentagon chief James Mattis, for his part, has branded Iran “the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world”.

Iranian officials have rejected the threats emphasizing that the missile program is purely defensive and would not be used to attack other countries or carry nuclear warheads.

On Thursday, an Iranian official claimed Israel’s nuclear arsenal was the biggest danger to world peace.

Israel is believed to be the Middle East’s sole nuclear power but it has long refused to confirm or deny that it has such weapons.

A war of words has been escalating between Tehran and Washington since even before Trump took office in January.

Under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, the US and five other world powers reached a 2015 deal with Iran to lift sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

Trump himself has repeatedly denounced the historic accord as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.”

Swedish court approves of child rape

A 14-year-old child bride from Syria came to Sweden and became pregnant with her husband, who is also her cousin. Now a Swedish court has approved of her marriage, because she appears “mature,” and for religious and cultural reasons.

The girl was married off to a cousin when she was only twelve years old. In Sweden, she has been placed with his aunt and her family.

The social service authorities in Sweden thought her marriage is completely outrageous and took it to the justice system.

But the judge does not think there is anything wrong with it, since she was brought up with another religious and cultural perception of what is right and wrong.

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In addition, the girl, according to court, is precocious for her age and early matured, so the court does not see anything wrong.

This means that Sweden now approves of Sharia law. The court looks through the fingers with sexual relations concerning Muslim minors, and approves of the pregnancy in a child’s marriage where the girl is only 14 years old. This is a verdict that may set a precedent for further introduction of Sharia law in Sweden.

Political scientist and journalist Sakine Madon, questions the verdict in an editorial in VLT.

“So if a girl is considered ‘mature’, it is less wrong that she is part of a child marriage? So if the girl has a certain religious and cultural background, are child marriages in order?” she writes, and continues:

“It is difficult to interpret the verdict in another way. The girl is also described as a mature person with free will. Anyone who knows what honor culture is, is well aware of the powerlessness and pressure a minor married girl is exposed to. Why close your eyes to that she is underage?”

Minister of Health threatens to stop admitting Syrian refugees

Minister of Health, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, has threatened to stop admitting and treating Syrian refugees over the rising costs associated with such a policy.

This comes less than two months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated how proud he was of the dedicated care hospitals in Israel give to Syrian refugees.

The government has barely paid the hospitals for the refugees’ admission. Every day of treatment is estimated to cost about NIS 10,000, yet the state refunds the hospital only NIS 1,300 per Syrian patient.

“The government has decided to admit the wounded of the Syrian conflict, and I think it’s the right thing to do and I do not object to it at all,” said Litzman, adding “but it can’t be that this puts the hospitals into huge debts. There are medical centers that got into enormous deficits just because of this. If it continues—I will issue an unequivocal order to cease treating the Syrian refugees, effective immediately.”

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A meeting is expected to take place on Thursday between Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office, Eli Groner, and officials from the ministry of health to resolve the debt.

So far, hospitals in Israel have treated 2,278 people who were wounded in the Syrian civil war.

“We’ve been treating Syrian patients for 4 years now. The wounds themselves tend to be very complicated and require complex surgeries with many teams,” explains Director of the Galilee Medical Center Dr. Masad Barhoum. “We suffer the costs of their treatment which means that we can’t afford better technology, renovations or optimal treatment for the residents of the north.”

20 no-go zones located as violence spreads across France

The Paris riots are now spreading across France as -mostly Muslims- rioters stage running battles with police which have turned parts of the country into no go zones.

Law enforcement say two weeks of civil unrest has now led to frenzied clashes in 20 districts with millions worth of damage in Paris alone.

Worryingly about 60 per cent of those involved in the street fights are children, police say.

As well as serious crime in at least 16 northern Paris suburbs, the riots have spread to Nantes in Brittany, Lille – the capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, and Rouen in Normandy where catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel was murdered by ISIS terrorists while he was saying mass the altar last summer.

Police have been targeted with firebombs, chased with cars, hit with steel poles, shot at and even targeted using heavy metal balls from the French game Petanque.

Armed officers have taken to the streets in their hundreds and were forced to fire live rounds of bullets and used tear gas to disperse the rioters.

Chaos erupted after it emerged police anally raped Muslim migrant named Theo with a baton.

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The scandal, which has seen four police officers charged, sparked a series of legal protests. But a number a violent, illegal Muslim riots have also taken place, now nearing its third week.

Hundreds of cars have been torched, shops and banks looted, and even a disability vehicle was destroyed. A bus full of tourists from South Korea was targeted in northern Paris on Tuesday while a neighbourhood close to one of the busiest train stations in the city Gare Du Nord which houses the Eurostar train network was also hit.

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Local reports suggest the popular Marais district in central Paris was also the scene of angry Muslim riots yesterday.

The north central Île-de-France region has been rapidly deteriorating with police confirming the violence is getting worse each night, according to broadsheet Le Figaro.

They also say those out in the streets appear to be teenagers as opposed to an older crowd who initially started the violence.

Police say 47 vehicles were burned on Valentines day compared to 34 on the 12th.

And 59 rubbish bins were torched compared to 21 on the same dates.

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Violence originally erupted in a council estate called Rose des Vents in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, which is also known locally as the ‘city of 3000’, over claims the Theo attack was racially motivated.

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A judicial inquiry has now been launched into Theo’s arrest with CCTV footage being analysed after Prime Minister Francois Hollande stepped into the debate.

However the fall out from the incident shows no signs of abating as individuals use the internet and mobile messaging services to organise vicious protests each evening.

While Francois Hollande has appealed for calm on the streets demanding the rioters cease, Front National candidate Marine Le Pen has gone further branding the radicals as scoundrels.

Calling the widespread incidents “a shame for France” she fumed: “The forces of order are targeted by bands of scoundrels.

“The government is silent. A silence that reflects both its cowardice and its impotence.”

 

Arab League refuses to deviate from idea of two states

The Arab League issued a sharp response Thursday to a meeting that took place between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s the previous night, spelling out its unshakeable commitment to a two-state solution to resolving the Palestinian Authority-Israeli conflict and warning of the dire consequences involved in moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict required a two-state solution after Trump was less emphatic about the prospect for such a conclusion to the conflict and the US’s unwavering commitment to Palestinian statehood.

“It requires a comprehensive and just settlement based on a two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on … 1967 borders with its capital in Jerusalem,” Egypt’s state news agency quoted Aboul Gheit as saying after meeting the UN chief Antonio Guterres in Cairo.

Gheit also said, according to Egypt’s state news MENA, that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would be explosive for the situation in the Middle East.

The comment came on the heels of a remark made by President Trump during the meeting when asked whether he was still committed to realizing his campaign pledge to move the embassy.

“I’d like to see that happen. We’re looking into it very carefully,” he answered one of the journalists.

Trump and Netanyahu spoke with a significant degree of ambiguity regarding what a new and original plan may entail which they said would involve other key regional players, ostensibly such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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However, with Egypt’s statements and those of the Arab League, any hopes for a more flexible or changed position on how to resolve the seemingly intractable conflict seem scant.

Nevertheless, reports in the international media which surfaced in recent weeks indicated that such regional players would potentially show greater flexibility than simply pedalling the mantra of pre-1967 borders which has dominated Middle East talks since the Six-Day War the same year.

For example, The New York Times reported last week that Trump and his advisors are putting together a plan to have Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt directly involved in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as he sees their input as an important element to solving the conflict.

Additionally, London-based newspaper Al-Hayat said that the Trump administration is considering hosting a summit in Washington for Arab leaders to discuss the peace process.

The paper further claimed that Jordanian King Abdullah II had managed to convince Trump to renege on his promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, citing concerns over the region’s security and the detrimental blow it would deliver to any prospect of peace.

A Jordanian official was quoted on Thursday as saying that Jordan still holds strong to the two-state vision of a Jewish Israel and an Arab Palestine.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said his country expects to have a productive relationship with the Trump administration and is optimistic that US-Saudi cooperation can overcome challenges in the Middle East.

Nasrallah threatens: Hezbollah’s missiles can hit Israel’s nuclear reactor

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on Israel to dismantle its nuclear reactor in Dimona, warning that it poses a threat to Israel’s existence should it be hit by one of Hezbollah’s missiles.

Nasrallah made a similar threat against Haifa’s ammonia tank last year, saying that a missile hitting the facility could have the effect of a nuclear bomb. Last week, a Haifa court ordered the tank closed, citing the security threat.

Nasrallah, speaking in a televised speech commemorating Hezbollah’s slain leaders, suggested that Israel has been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump as US president.

“Trump’s election does not scare us, even if claims that he will give [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu the green light to wage a war on Lebanon turn out to be true,” Lebanese news website Naharnet quoted Nasrallah as saying.

“Israel is continuing to launch threats against Lebanon and speak of the third Lebanon war and of what it will do during this third war,” Nasrallah stated. ” We’ve been hearing these threats since the end of the July 2006 war. Every other day we hear statements about the third Lebanon war and about the coming vengeance. The new threats are based on the election of Trump, but the policy of the new American administration in the region is not clear,” he added.

The leader of the Lebanese Shi’ite group downplayed the importance of Israel’s superior air force in a potential conflict.

“Aerial war alone cannot decide the fate of the battle and cannot achieve victory,” Nasrallah said. “Had it not been for the Syrian army’s fighting on the ground in Syria, it would not have been able to achieve decisive victory,” he added.

Discussing Wednesday’s meeting between Netanyahu and Trump, Nasrallah said that the prospect of peaceful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians was now over.

“After what came out after the meeting between Netanyahu and Trump, I am not exaggerating if I say that yesterday there was a semi-official announcement of the death of the path of negotiations,” he said.

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