YONKERS, NY — February 4, 2018 — The Jerusalem Post reports that a Gazan report published by Al-Hayat today asserts war involving Israeli ground, naval, and air forces will come about as an extension of exercises presently engaged by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in southern Israel. Al-Hayat quoted sources from various factions in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.
Hamas, the terrorist organization, which controls the Gaza Strip, as well as other organizations declared a shift to the highest level of alert and evacuated most of their command echelon from their facilities in the Palestinian enclave. Hamas also placed police and security forces around and about the Gaza Strip, in fear of an escalation.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar was arrested in 1989 and sentenced to four life sentences for terrorist activities but freed in 2011 in a swap of 1,047 Palestinian security prisoners for abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
On the Fatah front, the same report said that Ramallah, seat of Palestine Authority headquarters, had received preliminary details of United States President Donald Trump’s peace plan, dubbed the “deal of the century,” which proposes transferring neighborhoods, suburbs and Arab villages where there are no Israeli outposts to the Palestinian side, creating a Palestinian corridor to Jerusalem and providing a humanitarian solution for Palestinian refugees.
Meanwhile, a Western official revealed that Palestine Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas presented an alternative version of the plan to US officials through a third party, according to which a Palestinian state would be established in stages within the 1967 borders, with future territorial exchanges allowing Israel to incorporate the main settlement blocs. According to the official, “Abbas was asked to agree on the preliminary border in exchange for the approval of the establishment of a Palestinian state in stages,” but the American side rejected the proposal.
Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency yesterday reported that Abbas had asked his government to prepare a plan to sever all ties with Israel. According to that’s report, the executive committee of the magistrate demanded the establishment of a supreme committee to implement the decisions of the Central Committee to freeze the recognition of Israel until it recognizes a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, cancels the annexation of Jerusalem and a freezes the construction in the settlements.
The Executive Committee met on Sunday at PLO headquarters in Ramallah, headed by Abbas, who is scheduled to address the Security Council this month and reiterate his position on the two-state solution on the basis of international legitimacy.
SOURCES: Al-Hayat and The Jerusalem Post reporters Juliane Helmhold and Abraham Gold.