World View: Israel, Hamas Extend Gaza Truce 24 Hours to Negotiate Deal
- Islamic 'halal' tourism surges in Turkey
- Israel and Hamas agree to 'long-term' truce in Gaza war
- Egypt denies militarily intervening in Libya
Islamic 'halal' tourism surges in Turkey
There are currently 75 hotels in Turkey, up from 5 in 2002,
deliberately identifying themselves as "Islamic hotels" for "halal
vacations." Demand for such hotels is soaring, and Muslims from
around the world are coming to Turkey as the most Islamic-friendly
destination in Europe.
These hotels strictly forbid alcohol and pork, and serve only halal
(Islamic) meals. Families can have meals together, but the hotels
emphasize segregation of men and women. Women have separate beaches,
separate pools, and separate prayer rooms. According to one woman,
"You don't have to worry about people taking photographs of you and
ending up on Facebook or wherever. So you can be completely relaxed."
The halal tourism sector was worth 103 billion euros in 2013,
representing around 13 percent of global travel expenditures.
Zaman (Istanbul) and BBC
Israel and Hamas agree to 'long-term' truce in Gaza war
There are massive celebrations on the streets of Gaza on Tuesday,
as leaders of Hamas declared "victory" over Israel in the recent
war, claiming that Israel was forced to agree to a ceasefire
since Hamas rockets could strike anywhere in Israel and could
force Israel's airport in Tel Aviv to shut down.
A number of Israeli politicians agreed, in that Hamas has not
been demilitarized, which was supposedly Israel's major
objective in the war. According to MK Eli Yishai: "This will be time for Hamas to resupply itself with
weaponry to use against Israel. Not demilitarizing Gaza will
bring Israel to another round of fighting that will be even
The terms of the cease-fire agreement are as follows:
- A lifting of the blockade on Gaza by Israel and Egypt, opening
border crossing, and allowing goods and people to pass back and forth.
However, the limitations on these border crossing openings were
- Israel will stop targeting Hamas leaders and commanders.
- Gaza's fishermen will be able to fish in a larger zone,
extending six miles offshore.
- Discussions of opening Gaza's airports and seaports to start in a
One commentator on BBC pointed out that anyone in Gaza can build
a rocket in his basement and launch it towards Israel, bringing
retaliation from Israel.
Something that both sides insisted from the start of the war was that
there would be no return to the status quo ante, and yet that's
pretty much what has happened. Israel's concessions are largely symbolic and can easily be reversed at any time at the first
sign of a terrorist act in Egypt's Sinai or in the West Bank. And
Gaza can launch a new barrage of rockets at any time.
From the point of view of international geopolitics, Israel has
been the target of an enormous amount of hostility because of
the thousands of deaths in the Gaza Strip.
However, Hamas has also suffered internationally because of the rise
of the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS) and the
comparison of Hamas to Islamic State. Last week, Hamas publicly beheaded
several Palestinians who were alleged to be "collaborators" with
Israel, which is exactly the kind of atrocity that Islamic State has been
conducting. Hamas is also committed to wiping out Israel in the same
way that Islamic State is committed to exterminating Yazidis and Christians in
Politically, Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lost
popularity as it's become clear that Israel was not meeting its
objectives in the Gaza war, and may not even have had any clear
objectives in the first place. Hamas was becoming very unpopular
before the war began, but has become much more popular as a result of
the war. They may lose those gains as soon as people realize that the
Gaza war ended, with massive losses to the people and infrastructure
of Gaza, but nothing has really changed.
Generational Dynamics predicts that the Mideast is headed for a major
war between Arabs and Jews, re-fighting the war between Jews
and Arabs that followed the 1948 partitioning of Palestine and the
creation of the state of Israel. Jerusalem Post and AP and Reuters
Egypt denies militarily intervening in Libya
Egypt is vehemently denying that Egypt intervened militarily in Libya.
The denial follows reports Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
were responsible for the mysterious warplanes that bombed Islamist
militias in Libya last week. According to Egypt's foreign ministry: "What is being circulated in the media regarding
military intervention in Libya are rumors. [Egypt supports]
Libyan legitimacy and the needs and training of the Libyan armed
However, this very carefully worded statement actually does not
contradict the reports, which stated that UAE warplanes bombed Libya,
while Egypt provided the airports and landing facilities that made the
UAE's aggressive behavior has been a big surprise to many outside
the region. In fact, the UAE has emerged as the most
assertive of the Arab Gulf monarchies, without the reticence
of Saudi Arabia.
In some ways, the conflict in Libya is becoming a proxy war between
UAE and Qatar. In 2011, both UAE and Qatar backed militias that
opposed Muammar Gaddafi, but the two countries backed different
militias. The UAE supported the more secular militias, especially the
ones in Zintan in western Libya. Qatar, on the other hand, supported
the Islamist brigades, especially in Misrata. These militias were all
united against Gaddafi in 2011, but today they're fighting each other,
and the UAE and Qatar are respectively supporting the same ones they
supported in 2011. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and The Hindu
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Turkey, halal tourism,
Israel, Hamas, Gaza, Eli Yishai, Egypt, Yazidis, Iraq,
Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria/Sham/the Levant, IS, ISIS, ISIL,
Libya, United Arab Emirates, UAE, Qatar, Zintan, Misrata
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