Israel seeks truce arrangement with Hamas – TV7 Israel News 29.11.19

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News broadcast to you from Jerusalem; And in today’s top stories;
Progress is being made in ongoing Foreign-mediated negotiations between Israel and the Jihadist
organizations in Gaza – raising prospects of a long-lasting truce arrangement that will
effectively end hostilities on Israel’s southern front for an extended (even though
undefined) period of time. The crisis sweeping Lebanon has taken a violent
turn this week when Hezbollah gangs attacked several Christian neighborhoods – threatening
the country with dangerous prospects of civil war. The German federal government is reportedly
expected to outlaw Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah from operating in the country – as
early as next week. The Islamist Hamas organization cancelled
the weekly border riots today, for the third consecutive week. The announcement came in spite of the significance
of the 29th November, which marks the 72nd anniversary of the U.N. General Assembly’s
adoption of Resolution 181, which recommended a partition plan of then-Mandatory Palestine
at the end of the British Mandate. It is important to note that while in 1947
the plan was accepted by the Jewish Agency for Palestine, Arab leaders and governments
vehemently rejected any partition of the land. And after the U.N. General Assembly adopted
the resolution, which consequently led to the establishment of the Jewish State, the
commonly known Arab- Israeli war broke-out – which resulted in a chastening defeat
of the local Arab militias, alongside the armies of Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq and Syria. According to the Hamas leadership in Gaza,
the decision to cancel the weekly border protests once again, was made after an evaluation of
the security situation, which they defined as “sensitive.” In a written conversation with TV7, one Hamas
official insisted that they do not want to give Israel an opportunity to harm the Palestinian
demonstrators. Nevertheless, several sources confirmed to
TV7 that the official Hamas position is completely detached from reality ‘behind closed doors.’ An Egyptian source explained that progress
was made in ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Jihadist organizations in Gaza. Those covert negotiations aim to establish
a long-lasting truce arrangement that will effectively end hostilities on Israel’s
southern front for an extended (even though undefined) period of time. It is important to note that the timing of
the announcement by Hamas was made right after Israel informed the Palestinian, that it will
extend the permitted fishing zone for small fishing-boats off the coast of the Gaza enclave,
to a distance of 15 nautical miles. The Israeli measure indicates a shift in policy,
since up-until the Israeli concession, only trawlers have been permitted to reach such
a distance for fear that smaller fishing-boats could be used to smuggle arms into the Islamist
infested territory. It is also important to mention that Qatar,
Egypt and the U.N. Envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov, are actively involved as
mediators between Israel and Hamas. Turning now to Israel’s northern neighbor,
where; The crisis sweeping Lebanon has taken a violent
turn this week, with three separate nights of skirmishes prompting warnings of bloodshed
and revived memories of the country’s sectarian civil war of 1975 to 1990. The Lebanese Armed Forces have consequently
deployed additional troops in areas of sectarian friction, after gangs of Shi’ite Muslims
– referred to by other media outlets as supporters of Hezbollah and its Shi’ite
ally Amal – entered several Christian neighborhoods in the cities of Beirut and Tyre, where the
Islamist mob assaulted peaceful Christian demonstrators and set their protest-camps
ablaze. A video published on social media purported
to show the attack, which also included heavy gunfire in the background. Nevertheless, in response to the incident,
Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Kassem insisted that there are no signs of civil
war in Lebanon and that the violence was an American conspiracy to impose Western interests
amid political and social unrest. “I do not see signs of a civil war in Lebanon. Hezbollah is determined not to fall into strife
that America wants. But we have information of American attempts
to create some security problems but we will try on our part to do what we can to avoid
falling into it as a party, and it is up to the security and political forces to do their
part so they do not fall into the trap. But there are no signs of a civil war in Lebanon.” The protests that have swept Lebanon since
the 17th of October are fueled by deep wide-spread resentment for a ruling class seen as mired
in corruption and having driven the country’s economy into dire crisis. Nevertheless, residents of the Lebanese capital
Beirut are hopeful that the situation will soon alleviate. “The ones that were out last night (clashing)
were of different backgrounds but the situation cannot withstand incidents like this even
if they are small because things can deteriorate, this a sensitive area.” (reporter: “Are you afraid of a renewed civil
war?”) “I don’t think there will be a war because
people know that a war will harm them before any other side. In the end, those in the upper echelons can
leave, they have their money and they will keep it and they have protection. It is the people who will be harmed in the
first place.” / ‘Those who did not witness the previous
civil war don’t know the meaning of war…It is impossible to repeat it. It is impossible for the army to split. Yes, there will be an outburst and it will
be over. But I pray that God calms things down.” Turning now to Berlin, where;
The German government is expected to outlaw Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah from
operating in the country. The German daily Der Spiegel reported – citing
sources in the German Foreign, Interior and Justice ministries – that the decision could
happen next week when cabinet ministers are scheduled to meet. If the decision is indeed implemented, authorities
will be forced to treat Hezbollah as equal to the Islamic State and will bar all activities
and associations with Iranian-backed group, including waving of the organization’s flag. Turning now to Paris, where;
French President Emanuel Macron underscored that Turkey could not expect solidarity from
its NATO allies when it launches a military offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia
in northeast Syria, done as a “fait accompli.” Speaking alongside NATO Secretary General
Jens Stoltenberg, the French President rebuked Ankara for its behavior – all while disregarding
its Western allies. “I respect the security interests of our Turkish
ally who has suffered many terrorist attacks on its soil. But one cannot on one hand say that we are
allies, and with respect to this demand our solidarity; and on the other hand, put its
allies in the face of a military offensive done as a ‘fait accompli’, which endangers
the action of the coalition against Islamic State, which NATO is part of.” Macron further stressed that Turkey’s actions
in northeastern Syria have brought up real questions about its commitments and true intensions. “Proclaiming commitment to collective security
is not enough. You must show it. A real alliance is about actions, decisions,
not words. So, I wish to have a real discussion between
allies on our concrete engagements in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, as in
the Levant region. A military invasion carried out by Turkey
in northeast Syria has brought up real questions which must be tackled.” In response; Turkish Foreign minister Mevlut
Cavusoglu dismissed President Macron’s criticism. Speaking from Ankara, the Turkish top diplomat
accused the French leader of serving as a sponsor of terrorist organizations. “He is already the sponsor of the terrorist
organization and constantly hosts them at the Elysee. If he says his ally is the terrorist organization,
we have an answer for this but there is really nothing more to say.” / “Macron cannot be the leader of Europe with
shifting attitudes. Right now, there is a void in Europe, he is
trying to be its leader, but this an artificial behavior. The leadership comes naturally with qualifications
and policies.” It is important to note that the Turkish Foreign
Minister referred to a meeting last month between President Macron and Jihane Ahmed,
the spokeswoman for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces – of which the YPG is a
significant part – to express France’s solidarity with them in their fight against Islamic State
in Syria. The meeting infuriated Turkey, as it considers
the YPG as a terror organization. For more information on Israel and its region
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