To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.
JERUSALEM – The Eilat hotel industry’s worst nightmare nearly became a reality last Tuesday morning when one of the heavily armed jihadist groups operating in the northern Sinai peninsula, near the Egyptian-Israeli border, fired at least one Grad rocket at the Red Sea resort city. In the midst of the summer tourist season, Eilat’s hotels were packed with thousands of local and foreign guests. Though an IDF Iron Dome anti-missile battery intercepted and shot down the rocket, the rumbling explosions created momentary panic among the visitors, some of whom were treated for shock by Magen David Adom.
One hotel worker told Yediot Aharonot, “People were running from the rooms to the stairs after the siren was activated. The hotel has a shelter in the bottom floor, but it is still relevant as far as response time is concerned. During the siren we heard the explosions.”
IDF officials and Eilat Mayor Meir Halevi urged local citizens, hotel workers and tourists to continue with their regular daily routines. But tourism industry sources told The Jewish Press that a growing number of hotel managers were beginning to wonder if the deteriorating security situation in Sinai would transform their bustling city into a ghost town ahead of the upcoming Sukkot and winter seasons.
Last Thursday the IDF High Command ordered the Eilat Airport closed for several hours, just as hundreds of tourists were on the verge of boarding flights back to central Israel. According to several Israeli newspapers, Egyptian military officials alerted their Israeli counterparts that one or two Sinai terror cells were ready to launch a missile attack on the airport or on an arriving passenger plane.
Many arriving flights make their final landing approach to Eilat over the northern Red Sea, between the Egyptian and Jordanian borders and well within range of anti-aircraft missiles harbored by terror organizations operating in the region. The Eilat Airport, located just several hundred yards from some of the resort city’s finest hotels, is due to be closed in approximately two years. A much larger international airport some 15 miles north of Eilat is due to become operational at that time.
Jihadist organizations in Sinai have been trying for more than a year to hit a major tourist facility in Eilat, having fired several Grads and mortar rounds at various locations around the city last April.
Egyptian and Israeli media sources reported that high-ranking Egyptian and Israeli officers are coordinating intelligence and military maneuvers along the Sinai and Gaza borders in an effort to identify and eliminate the various terrorist cells. Those cells include Sinai Bedouin, Egyptian Salafists and Gaza Hamas. There are unconfirmed reports that an IDF aerial drone operating near Gaza destroyed a terrorist cell near the Gaza-Egyptian border town of Rafah last weekend.
The growing jihadist terror threats emanating from the Sinai, Gaza and Syrian borders was one of the main topics of discussion this week between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a delegation of visiting Republican congressmen – that included House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia – and U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Dempsey’s visit followed one by U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, who met with his IAF counterpart, Commander in Chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel, last week. They discussed joint coordination regarding the issues of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons in Syria, and Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Israeli and American experts believe that the latter could become operational in less than a year.
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A pre-Thanksgiving speech for Americans. Obama, are you listening?
Murderers have upgraded their weapons from rocks and firebombs to guns.
Thanksgiving is an American secular holiday that most Jews have no problem celebrating due to its lack of overt religious symbols (unlike the American holidays right before and after it). Still, there are always holdouts for some reason or another. Let’s hear what you do…
Maybe he thought those white hoods are prayer shawls although they are closer to being burkas.
As the expression goes, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.”
Hamas snipers fired from Gaza at an IDF routine patrol operating along the security fence early afternoon on Thursday. No injuries were reported, and the vehicle was damaged. The IDF responded with an artillery shell aimed at the source of fire.
Jacob Richman found this amusing mistake in the store. Do we eat these “extra crispy” soap nuts, or wash the dishes with them?
For every terrorist cell Israel announces it has captured, there are many more kept under wraps.
On Monday evening, tTwo Arab MKs hurled epithets at MKs David Rotem and Feiglin from the podium. Here is Feiglin’s response.
Most significantly, both sides made progress until they talked about the status of Jerusalem.
If the Shin Bet had not stopped the terrorist cells in its tracks, they would have caused a mass catastrophe.
MK Miri Regev said the law is a difficult and complicated one, and it requires a serious discussion about its downsides, and therefore shouldn’t be rushed into implementation.
The Navy has selected Captain Or Cohen to become the first woman appointed as an IDF Navy ship’s commander.
Three Gazans were captured overnight when they crossed over the security fence into Israel.
As of Tuesday, all IDF forces operating in Gaza withdrew and redeployed to holding positions around Gaza.
The sophisticated cement tunnels, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, were reportedly built with Qatari government funds.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation on Tuesday afternoon that if the rocket fire did not stop by Tuesday evening, he would order “an even harsher” military response.
“They were abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals,” Netanyahu said shortly after the bodies were found.
Awad had been released as part of the Gilad Shalit kidnapping deal. Mizrachi’s widow, Hadas, told Israeli reporters that she had opposed the release of murderers as part of any kidnapping deal, and that Awad “deserved the death penalty so he wouldn’t kill again.”
If the abductors’ goal was to force Israeli authorities to release long-serving Palestinian prisoners, the effort backfired as Israeli forces are quickly rolling up what was left of Hamas in the West Bank and are reportedly contemplating the overthrow of the Hamas leadership in Gaza should harm come to the three teenagers.
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