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Thousands of Palestinian rallied across the
West Bank, as their leader Mahmoud Abbas delivered
a condemning speech of rejection to the American
peace initiative at the United Nations Security
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed
last night, in an exclusive interview with
Israel’s domestic Channel 20, that Israel
was preparing “the surprise of a lifetime”
for the Islamist Hamas organization – in
light of the continued rocket and balloon
terrorism that is directed at Israel from
the Gaza Strip.
Battles between Turkish and Syrian forces
intensify, as the Russian-led offensive continues
to push northward in Syria’s war-torn northwestern
Thousands of Palestinian Arabs rallied in
multiple cities across the West Bank yesterday,
to express support for Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas, who was set to deliver ‘a
message of rejection to the American peace
initiative’, at a special meeting of the
United Nations Security Council in New York.
While the main rallies were held in a relative
orderly fashion, dozens of Palestinian youth
sought to exacerbate the situation on the
ground, as violent riots erupted in several
points of friction.
During the rally that was held in the West
Bank city of Ramallah, where the Palestinian
Authority is headquartered, the demonstrators
insisted that no one – not even U.S. President
Donald Trump – could dictate the future borders
of their aspired state.
“Palestinians are the ones who get to decide
where are their borders and their lands, this
is our land and this is our right.
Trump or anyone other than Trump don’t have
the right to give away one inch of our land
for the occupation.
What Trump is doing is against the international
/ “There are no words left to say what is
seen happening on the ground here, the deal
of the century topic should not even be discussed
The people’s attendance here is a strong evidence
that Palestinians reject the deal of the century.”
Later in the day, Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas appeared before the U.N. Security Council,
where he did not manage to hide his anger
over Washington’s peace proposal.
The Palestinian leader insisted that the so-called
“deal of the century” was effectively
a gift granted to Israel by the American leadership.
And while waving a copy of a map that the
U.S. plan envisions for a two-state solution
for Israel and the Palestinians, Abbas sought
to ridicule the suggested lands that were
carved out for a future Palestinian state,
as a depiction of a fragmented “Swiss Cheese.”
“It was rejected by us because it considers
that East Jerusalem is no longer under the
sovereignty of the State of Palestine.
That alone is enough for us to reject this
It leaves Palestine fragmented without any
control on our land, air and sea.
It would put an end to the question of Palestinian
It will end all basis for a peace plan.
It means a rejection to all agreements and
obligations to establish two states along
the pre-1967 lines.
This plan will not bring peace or stability
to the region, and therefore we will not accept
We will confront its application on the ground.
This is the summary of the project that was
presented to us.
This is the state that they will give us.
It’s like a Swiss cheese, really.
Who among you will accept a similar state
and similar conditions?”
It is important to mention that prior to the
meeting, the Palestinian leadership drafted
a resolution that aimed to condemn the United
States and its peace plan.
While they initially had hoped to have the
Security Council vote on the resolution; efforts
to drum up international support, primarily
in Europe, blatantly failed.
According to a Palestinian official, who spoke
on condition of anonymity, Even after they
submitted “a toned-down version of the draft
resolution, which didn’t include an explicit
condemnation of the deal of the century,”
the Palestinian delegation had a hard time
achieving the necessary majority to pass the
He revealed that “Out of 14 countries, (the
Palestinian managed to garner support from)
five member states that.”
In light of that development, ‘the Palestinian
leadership decided to avoid humiliation and
pulled the draft resolution.’
Meanwhile in Israel;
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted
to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s
speech at the U.N. Security Council, stressing
that the so-called “deal of the century”
is “the best plan that exists for the Middle
Speaking at a Likud election rally in the
northern city of Bat Yam, Netanyahu reiterated
his belief that (for once) the American initiative
recognizes the true reality on the ground.
“(Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas) says:
‘This is Swiss cheese’.
So, I want to tell Abu Mazen (Abbas): this
is not Swiss cheese.
This is the best plan that exists for the
Middle East – for the Middle East – and for
the State of Israel and for the Palestinians,
The best plan there can be, because it recognizes
reality and the rights of the people of Israel,
both of which you constantly refuse to recognize.
That is the plan.”
Turning to Israel’s southern front, where;
Islamist Palestinian launched yet another
rocket from the Gaza Strip toward the southern
communities of the Jewish State last night,
along-side dozens of balloons’ rigged with
explosives that were sent sailing into Israeli
A rocket-alert was activated in the IDF Home
Front Command’s phone application for open
The incoming projectile exploded shortly thereafter
in an open field in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional
Thankfully, no injuries or damage were reported.
In spite of the continued Palestinian rocket-fire
and “balloon terrorism”; the Israeli military
did not immediately respond.
Nevertheless, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
revealed last night, in an exclusive interview
with Israel’s domestic Channel 20, that
Israel was preparing “the surprise of a
lifetime” for the Islamist Hamas organization.
“We are preparing a once in a lifetime surprise
If they don’t get their act together, not
just with regard to the rockets [which] we
are overlooking, but if they don’t get their
act together and stop the balloon [terror]
as well – it is just a matter of time until
we unleash our ‘surprise’ on them.
I won’t unveil it [the ‘surprise’] here,
but [I will say] it is different from everything
that came before it.”
Turning to Israel’s northern neighbor, Syria
The Syrian army, along-side Iranian-backed
militias and Russian air-support, continue
to push northward in the war-torn country’s
northwestern Idlib province.
After Jihadist rebels, backed by Turkish artillery,
managed to recapture the strategic village
of al-Nairab; their success was short lived,
as the Russian-led offensive devastated the
jihadists, who were once again forced to retreat.
Turkey’s failure to deter the Syrian regime
from regaining its lost territories prompted
a decision by Ankara authorities to deploy
additional troops to the volatile territory.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan levelled
yet another threat toward Syria and its Russian
patrons this morning, vowing to launch a wide
scale operation against regime forces, unless
they retreat from the northern District of
Idlib – in accordance with an arrangement
that was agreed upon – in the Russian Resort
city of Sochi – by Ankara, Tehran and Moscow.
“By the end of February, we are determined
to push the regime forces to the lines of
the Sochi agreement, to beyond our observation
We will do this by any means necessary, by
air or ground, without hesitating, without
In light of the growing number of Turkish
casualties, with latest attacks Syrian forces
claiming the lives of five Turkish soldiers,
President Erdogan threatened that any future
injury to Ankara’s forces, the latest escalation
will exacerbate into an all-out-war.
“If there is the smallest injury to our soldiers
on the observation posts or other places,
I am declaring from here that we will hit
the regime forces everywhere from today, regardless
of the lines of the Sochi agreement or Idlib.”
The United States envoy for Syria James Jeffrey
arrived in Ankara for talks with his Turkish
counterparts over the latest developments
in northwestern Syria.
Speaking to local reporters upon arrival,
the American envoy stressed Washington’s
support for its NATO ally, in their battled
against the Assad regime and Russia.
“Today, the soldiers of Turkey, our ally,
is under threat of Russia and Assad regime
There are martyred soldiers, my condolences
We are here in Ankara to re-evaluate the recent
developments and to show our support (to Turkey)
as much as possible.”
Russian and Turkish delegations met in both
Ankara and Moscow, in efforts to reach a solution
for the latest escalation in Syria.
While neither side seems to back down from
their declared demands, both sides have affirmed
their desire to reimplement the arrangements
that were reached under the Sochi agreement.
“At this moment we consider the Sochi agreement
implementation to be the most important thing.
It was and it is very important as well as
cutting off all terrorist actions against
Syrian armed force and against Russian military
We consider such raids intolerable.”
It is important to mention that some 700,000
civilians have reportedly fled the fighting
in Idlib toward Syria’s border with Turkey,
where the Turkish government – by means
of financial contribution of 40 million euros
from Germany – erected several camps to
host the displaced refugees.
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