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Editorials 4A Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A SceneAround 9A Synagogue Directory 11A News Brie 13A W.HER EFLCOM 43, NO. : RCH 2019 15 ADAR II, ORLANDO, FLO SI COPY 75 IS Matanya Tausig/Flash90 An Israeli Iron Dome interceptor rocket flies above the Tel Aviv skyline as seen from a rooftop on July 17, 2014. Peter Burg Photography Stuart and JoAnn Farb By Yaakov Lappin (JNS)--Last Thursday night's twin rocket attack on greater TelAviv from the Gaza Strip marks a dramatic escalation of the security situation that could prove to be highly costly for Hamas. While it remains unclear at the time of this writing which terrorist organization is responsible for the rockets, the attacks represent a break from the past months of controlled escalation, a policy led by Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. The symbolism involved in firing on Israel's largest metropolis and economic hub, causing many Israelis to hear air raid sirens and seek cover, and disrupting the routine in Tel Aviv, is a direct challenge to Israeli deterrence, whichwill likely spark a significant military retaliation by Israel. Up to now, Hamas sought to use a lim- ited degree of violence to pressure Israel into allowing more funds and goods into the Strip, to avoid an economic meltdown that could lead to an internal rebellion in Gaza. Hamas fears that such an implo- sion would jeopardize the existence and legitimacy of its hardline Islamist regime. In what may or may not be a related event, earlier on Thursday hundreds of Gazan civilians did something remark- able and highly unusual, by holding a demonstration on the streets of Gaza to protest the impossible economic situa- tion in Gaza. This was a protest directed against Hamas, and it was repressed by Hamas police. The images of Hamas police beating prote~ is just the kind of thing that Sinwar i~ ~sperate to avoid, as it contradicts Hamas's entire image as the spearhead of the Palestinian struggle against Israel, instead positioning Hamas as the oppressor of Palestinians. Hours after those scenes emerged from Gaza, media reports cited Gazan sources as speculating that Hamas may spark a new conflict with Israel to divert the pressure away from itself, and nip the protests in the bud. But another possibility is that the second largest terror faction in Gaza, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, is behind the rockets. PIJ is much like a man holding a grenade at a gas station--a reckless actor that is prepared to take extreme measures to challenge Hamas when it feels that Gaza's regime is going in the wrong direction. PIJ, which has some 10,000 operatives and its own arsenal of ballistic rockets, is a direct Iranian proxy. It takes its orders from its overseas leader, the recently ap- pointed Ziad Nakhleh, who resides in the organization's Damascus headquarters, and is extremely close to Tehran. With Egyptian-led talks between Hamas and Israel over a long-term arrangement for Gaza reportedly mak- ing some progress, Iran and PIJ may have decided that the time has come to sabotage them, and light a match in a gas-fiUed room. In recent days, Qatar injected an ad- d{tional $5.5 million into Gaza, and in January, it transferred $15 million, with much of that money reportedly going to needy families, taking some pressure of Hamas. Egyptian mediators were in Gaza at the time of the rocket attack on Thurs- day, seeking to promote more moves to stabilize Gaza. PIJ may have decided to throw a spanner in the works. Yet another option is that a smaller Gazan faction decided to challenge Hamas by firing on Tel Aviv. The fact that Gazais filled with smaller terror factions, some of them hostile to Hamas, makes the situation even more complex. What is beyond doubt is that the pat- tern of recent months, involving Hamas- Rockets on page 15A -. n~ By Paul Lefton ing is rooted in a simple but powerful philosophy: Do the You can see it in their faces right thing. andhearittheirvoices, which The Farbs' long history of come alive with passion as doingtherightthingandgiv- theyspeakabout their40-year ing back to the community-- commitment to the Greater specificallytheirdecades-long Orlando Jewish community: commitment to The Roth Stuart and Jo Ann Farb de- Family Jewish Community rive pure joy out of the act Center--has earned them a of giving, well-deserved moment in the From the simple act of spotlight as the top honorees helpingoutastrangertomore at next week's J Ball gala at formidable undertakings the Orlando Science Center. like shaping a community, the Farbs' approach to giv- Farb on page 14A Today there is a severe ad- more than a play, itisapower- After the play, the cast diction problem in the United ful show for adults and teens opens the floor to discussion States. Jews are rarely as- that exposes the truths of the that "will open your eyes to Mohammed Shtayyeh (1) accepts the position of prime sociatedwith this side of life. real life struggles and chal- the real life struggle against ministerofthePalestinianAuthorityandthedutytoappoint However, no one is immune, lenges of people recovering the 'bondage of self' that we a new government by leader MahmoudAbbas. and Jews are not immunefrom addiction, all fight every day." to the devastation of addic- Theplaywillbeshownhere "From the moment Mi- By Pinhas Inbari Mercy" (Sha'ar HaRacha- tion. One residential addic- atCongregationOhevShalom chal Osteen shared 'Free- mimor Bab el Rahma). tion treatment center, Beit onApril 11, 7 p.m. dom Song' with me, I felt (The JerusalemCenterforUntil Shtayyeh forms a T'Shuvah, has taken steps to "FreedomSong"isthestorypassionate about bringing PublicAffairsviaJNS)--Two government, Rami Hamdal- reach out to communities in of a Jewish family's struggle ittoour community.Michal developments currently tak- lah is still the acting prime an effort to bring prevention with an addicted daughter, is the one who spearheaded ing place in the Palestinian minister of the P.A. It may and presents the play"Free- The actors are real recover- 'Freedom Song' coming arenadeserveourattention, still take some time for him dom Song" to communities ing addicts who share their to Orlando. This program andboth of these are inter- to form a new government across the country, experiences and shatter the resonates with almost all linked: the proposed new unless Abbas is ready to Beit T'Shuvah is more myth that anyone is immune people," said Donna Shader government in Ramallah make a big compromise on than a treatment center. It to addiction. Render, a life-long Orlando and the situation at the AI- the nature of this new ad- is also a congregation and The setting is a Pass- resident. Aqsa plaza on the Temple ministration. education center. Rooted over Seder and the "guests" Tickets are available at Mount. in the spiritual principles share their personal exodus In Ramallah, P.A. leader PA on page 14A of Judaism, Beit T'Shuvah from the slavery of addiction dom-song-live-show-tick- Mahmoud Abbas has asked membersare taught to live in through song and dance. It's ets-57550943421 and are $8 MohammadShtayyehtoform value, dignity, and Kedusha: the story ofthe Passover is the Congregation Ohev Shalom the Temple Mount, tensions holiness, story of being set free from is located at 613 Concourse continue to mount around "Freedom Song" is also bondage. Pkwy S. Maitland. the Golden Gate or "Gate of 6 5