- The IDF attacks Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to launching incendiary balloons at Gaza Envelope settlements The new Israeli government is trying to change the equation that Hamas is trying to impose on the issue of Jerusalem.
- Sources in Hamas say that the battle for Jerusalem is just beginning and that the organization is preparing "surprises" for Israel
- Hamas is busy underground rebuilding its stock of rockets for renewed fighting.
The flag parade passed last night in Jerusalem without any special events. About 5,000 people participated in it and it was secured by 2,000 policemen. At the same time, marches by hundreds of Palestinians took place in the Gaza Strip against the flag parade in which the demonstrators set fire to Israeli flags and photos of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
The march led to a violation of the ceasefire declared between Israel and Hamas at the end of Operation "Guardian of the Walls". During the day yesterday, the Palestinians launched dozens of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip that ignited 26 fires in the Gaza Envelope area. In response, during the night, the IAF attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, the first military response by the new government led by Naftali Bennett to Hamas ceasefire violations.
The new government in Israel has made the right decision to hold the parade of flags despite the threats of terrorist organizations and to preserve Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Egypt played an important role in moderating the reactions of terrorist organizations to the march. The Egyptian effort focused on trying to prevent rockets from being fired at Israel after the political echelon in Israel clarified that Israel would not contain rockets fired into its territory and this would lead to another round of fighting and a complete collapse of the ceasefire.
Egypt is finding it difficult to motivate its initiative to rehabilitate the Gaza Strip, achieve national reconciliation between the Palestinian factions, stabilize the ceasefire and move toward a long-term ceasefire that also includes a new prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas.
The donor countries have not yet transferred money to rehabilitate the Strip, Israel refuses to allow entry into Gaza of the Qatari monthly grant in the same format as before, border crossings are only partially open for humanitarian purposes and fishing space is limited to only 6 miles. Heavy engineering tools that arrived in the Gaza Strip from Egypt deal with the evacuation of the rubble, however, according to sources in the Gaza Strip, Hamas is not preparing to rehabilitate the Gaza Strip but rather for additional rounds of fighting against Israel and overthrowing the PA rule in the West Bank.
According to sources in the Gaza Strip, on the orders of Muhammad Deif, the chief of staff of Hamas' military wing, the organization's operatives began immediately after the declaration of a ceasefire with Israel to rehabilitate the tunnel system ("Metro") destroyed during the operation. The rockets and the manufacturing workshops were lowered into the tunnels and are working around the clock to replenish inventory.
Hamas fired about 4,700 rockets at Israel during the last round of fighting. The Israeli Air Force destroyed about 1,000 rockets, and it is estimated that Hamas remained among 6,000 to 7,000 rockets.
Hamas has taken into account that the campaign announcing the "liberation of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque" is very long, so it is already preparing for the next round of fighting against Israel.
- Sources in Gaza: Muhammad Deif prepares surprise for Israel
- Large forces of police and IDF prepare for the flagship parade to be held in Jerusalem this afternoon in the face of terrorist organizations' threats to disrupt the parade through riots and rocket fire from the Gaza Strip
- Hamas tries to challenge it "Gaza Jerusalem"
According to Hamas sources, the organization has increased its readiness in its units ahead of the flag parade in Jerusalem this afternoon and is preparing for the possibility of another round of fighting against Israel.
Sources in the Gaza Strip believe that Muhammad Deif is preparing a surprise for the new government in Israel in the form of infiltration into Israel and the abduction of civilians and soldiers through one of the tunnels on the Gaza Strip border or through Hamas naval commando units.
Hamas claims that there is a consensus among all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip to prevent the holding of a flag parade in East Jerusalem in any outline. According to Hamas sources, messages were conveyed to the new government in Israel through the UN and Egyptian intelligence that the march should be canceled to avoid unnecessary friction that would jeopardize the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, which is close to Hamas and Hezbollah, reported yesterday that Hamas had sent a message to Egyptian Intelligence Minister Abbas Kamel that the flag parade would blow up the situation because Hamas intends to respond exactly as it did the previous time the parade was fired at Israel.
Hamas spokesman 'Abd al-Latif al-Qa'an issued the following statement:
"The settlers' parade of flags is an explosive that will blow up a new campaign to defend Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It requires the vigilance of our people in Jerusalem and among the Israeli Arabs to confront the settlers by all means and we are behind you."
All Palestinian organizations declared the day a "day of rage" and an "intifada." Fatah did not lag behind, the movement's central committee issued a call to all Fatah activists and forces to confront the marchers and defend Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The IDF is preparing for all scenarios, including the scenario of another round of fighting in the Gaza Strip, and will strengthen the air defense system, including the deployment of "Iron Dome" batteries. The Jerusalem Police is preparing with increased forces in East Jerusalem and the police will also deploy forces near the Arab communities in Israel and the nearby deputies.
Attempt to impose on Israel the "Gaza Jerusalem" equation
This is the first security test of the new government in Israel against Hamas, which wants to challenge the new government and try to force the new "Gaza Jerusalem" equation on it.
Hamas claims that it has forced a new equation on Israel regarding East Jerusalem.
Israeli activity must be increased not only in the Western Wall area but throughout the east of the city and sovereignty must be enforced on a daily basis.
The new government is trying to change the equation that Hamas is trying to impose on Israel, the answer is simple:
It is impossible to defeat Hamas only from the air to destroy its terrorist infrastructure and there is no other way than from a ground entry into the Gaza Strip, or we will continue to roll from one round of fighting to another!
Picture: Hamas tunnel
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Religious Zionism MKs discussed the decision to hold the flag parade in Jerusalem despite threats.
"When the police want to demonstrate their authority, they can. It has been proven that all the horror stories - Hamas, intifada, escalation - were nothing to worry about. It is a shame the parade was not held last week. Police could have kept order then as well."
Since 1968, Israelis have marked the reunification of Jerusalem with the traditional flag march. During the march, Israelis sing and dance through the streets of Jerusalem waving Israeli flags, and the march culminates with a festive gathering in the Western Wall plaza.
As a rule, the march is held on the Hebrew anniversary of the reunification – the 28th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar – which this year corresponded with May 10. It also happened to coincide with the 28th day of Ramadan.
After it already started, the march was canceled at the last minute, following a wave of Fatah-initiated violence that was sweeping Jerusalem, and which culminated in Hamas firing missiles from Gaza aimed at Jerusalem, and later at South and Central Israel.
After the march was then rescheduled for June 7, the Gregorian anniversary of the reunification, it was again postponed until today.
Significantly, while the march does not go on to the Temple Mount or approach the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is located on the southwestern corner of the Mount, Fatah Jenin Branch Secretary Ata Abu Armila called on Palestinians to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Arabs in Jerusalem.
Fatah Ramallah and El-Bireh Branch Secretary Muwaffaq Sahwil added that it is the “instructions of the Palestinian leadership” that Palestinians should engage in “the continuation of the popular national activity.” He also encouraged Palestinians to seek death as “Martyrs” “for the sake of Jerusalem”.
Fatah is again inciting and promoting violence in Jerusalem, calling on Palestinians and Israeli Arabs to use violence to prevent the Israeli flag march that is to be held in the city later today.
“Warning” of the apparently inevitable violence, Fatah and its leadership are inciting Palestinians to prevent the march, calling on them “to fight the march of the extremist settlers,” using “peaceful popular resistance” - a Palestinian euphemism which also refers to the use of violence and terror - and to “redeem Jerusalem" with “all they have.”
Praising the previous violence, which according to him was “the deciding factor on everything concerning changing the route of the so-called ‘flag march’ of the settlers,” – i.e., the premature ending of the march on Jerusalem Day in May - Fatah's Jerusalem Branch Secretary, Shadi Mattour, warned that “the situation in Jerusalem is liable to blow up at any moment.”
The Fatah Central Committee also called for the mobilization of its activists “to stand as one line to defend Jerusalem and the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity, and to fight the march of the extremist settlers.”
Thousands came to celebrate the march of the flags in Jerusalem today after last month's celebration was halted due to terrorist activities started by Hamas.
Thousands of participants marched through Jerusalem and held a central dance with the flags upon reaching Nablus Gate.
Netanel Vaknin, one of the participants, said: "We came here, thousands of marchers from all over the country, to proudly wave Israeli flags and convey a clear message to Hamas- that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel."
Oh, for shame!
This is what Mansour Abbas, chairman of Ra'am, a Muslim party, and partner in Naftali Bennett's coalition, is now saying:
"The flag parade in Jerusalem today is an unconstrained provocation, the essence of which is shouting, hatred and incitement to violence, and an attempt to set the area on fire for political purposes. The Minister of Internal Security and the police should have canceled it."
Imam Mohamed Tawhidi pointed out in a Tweet that there are 73 mosques in Jerusalem, the number of mosques in Israel has increased greatly in recent decades, and that 300 imams receive monetary grants from Israel's government- and yet Israel is still accused of apartheid!
Israeli police forces at one of the Temple Mount gates in preparation for the Flag March in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Ahead of the flag parade in Jerusalem, police are seen preparing to deploy checkpoints at Nablus Gate in the Old City.