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Navy Arrested Major Weapons Smuggling Operation on High Seas

10 Av 5773 – July 16, 2013
If there is any question why Israel has enforced a maritime cargo on the Gaza Coast, it was removed with the release of a gag order that the Navy stopped a weapons smuggling ship in the Red Sea.

Jews Sue Police for Barring Them from Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av

The Babylonians and Romans destroyed the Holy Temples long ago. Since 1967, the site of the ruins returned to Jews, but Muslims have de facto rule. Police barred Jewish entry on Tisha B’Av and now face a lawsuit

EU Directive to Humiliate Israel on East Jerusalem and Settlements

The new EU directive, effective Friday, demands that all deals with Israel exclude disputed territories.

Walking Around the Walls – Tisha B’Av 2013 (Photo Essay)

On Tisha B'Av evening, the Women in Green led their traditional march with a packed crowd (despite the late hour) around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Kerry’s New ‘Peace’ Brainstorm: Talk with Abbas without Israel

Kerry is flying to the Middle East, but who cares about Egypt or Syria? He will meet with Abbas in Jordan; Israel is not on his itinerary. He is cooking up something nasty or really is weird.

Rabbi Eliyahu Ignores A-G’s Ruling Him Out as Chief Rabbi

Attorney General Weinstein told Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu that the courts probably would not allow him to be Chief Sephardi Rabbi have not dissuaded...

Presidential Bid coming? Rick Perry Says He’ll Visit Israel

Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, in what observers see as a move signaling a possible White House run, said he is planning to visit...

Israelis Love of the Lottery Pushes Revenues Up by 14 Percent

9 Av 5773 – July 15, 2013
The safest bet in Israel is that the national lottery Mifal HaPayis will make money. It announced Sunday that it raked in $810 million...

Netanyahu Opens ‘Direct Talks’ with Abbas: Greetings on Ramadan

Who says Netanyahu does not want peace with Abbas? He picked up the phone to wish him greetings on Ramadan. Why didn’t Kerry think of that? Maybe Arabs will call tonight and wish Bibi a good fast.”

Military Court Convicts PA Terrorist for Murdering Jew in Samaria

An Israeli military court has convicted a Palestinian Authority terrorist for the April murder of 31-year-old Eviatar Borovsky, who lived in the community of...

Jordanian Official News Agency Claims Jew Pray on Temple Mount

Jordan’s official news agency told its readers on Sunday that police on the Temple Mount protected Jews from angry Muslims to allow them “to...

Bottle of Cologne Stands in Way of Frenkel as Bank Governor

An alleged shoplifting incident in Hong Kong in 2006 has become a major issue over whether Yaakov Frenkel will return to his former post...

RT: Israeli Strike on Syria Launched from Turkey

Anyone reading the report on this level of cooperation between the Turkish and Israel has to be thinking about their cooperation against Iran.

Ohio Bought High Yielding Israel Bonds, Arab Advocates Shout Foul

For those Ohioans who prefer that their state get a lower return on investment than tarnish their government dollars by investing in the Jewish State, news of the Israel Bonds purchase was more than they could bear.

Date Chosen to Commemorate Jewish Refugees from Arab countries

8 Av 5773 – July 14, 2013
Law for Day Commemorating the Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries Receives Government Support as MK Shimon Ohayon Writes Letter to Arab League Secretary General Calling on His Organization to Accept Historic Responsibility for Jewish Refugees

Egypt Crushes Hamas, Plans All-Out War on Sinai Terrorists

Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. The Egyptian military demolished hundreds of smuggling tunnels in and out of Hamas-controlled Gaza Sunday and is preparing for an all-our onslaught of Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorists in the Sinai, Egyptian media reported. The Egyptian offensive is a political and military shock to Hamas, with reverberations in Ramallah and Washington, on the eve of yet another attempt by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to re-ignite the “peace process.” “The reduction in smuggling will make it difficult for Hamas to maintain the level of its revenues, and therefore it will be hard pressed to contain the protests against its rule,” according to the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS). “It will also be difficult to infiltrate weapons into Gaza, mainly enhanced rockets and surface-to-surface missiles.” The Egyptian Aswat Masriya media outlet reported that 805 tunnels along the smuggling route, centered in the border city of Rafiah, were destroyed. Most of the tunnels have been used to smuggle fuel into Gaza. The Egyptian army will also close the Rafiah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip “indefinitely,” an official source told Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. It placed a severe siege on Hamas but without a peep from the international community, which still condemns Israel for the maritime embargo that is aimed at preventing the import of terrorists and weapons from the sea. Terrorists in Rafiah targeted a military checkpoint Saturday, but no casualties were reported, and Egypt opened the Rafiah border crossing for four hours Saturday to allow humanitarian cases to cross the border. The tunnels have been a key route for terrorists to travel freely back and forth to the Sinai Peninsula and establish terrorist outposts aimed at staking out bases for attack on Egyptian tourist areas, such as El Arish, as well as urban areas. The army killed at least five terrorists on Friday, but Egyptian media reported a larger-scale offensive is in the works after an attempted assassination of Second Field Army commander Maj. Gen. Ahmed Wasfy on Wednesday. Egypt is using heavy arms and warplanes, maneuvers that are prohibited under the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979 without Israel’s approval. With the unstable and radical anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood out of power, thanks to the military “impeachment” or coup – take your pick – Israel is not blocking any offense, “Security sources confirmed that Israel does not mind that the Egyptian forces use heavy artillery and warplanes during the operation which is expected to start very soon” military sources confirmed to the official television on Saturday. Official added, “The army had decided to cleanse the Sinai of armed gangs and terrorists "The operation will continue until it reaches its objectives, which are not only military but also aim to develop the Sinai.” Meanwhile, state media have reported Friday that two Egyptian Apache helicopters hovered over olive groves south of El-Arish before they fired shells at bunkers of Jihadist gunmen who were preparing to attack army checkpoints. The Egyptian Air Force on Saturday sent in two Apache helicopters to gun down jihadists after it received intelligence information that they were hiding in olive groves and preparing to attack military checkpoints. On Friday, an Egyptian helicopter was seen in the skies over Gaza for the first time since the Six-Day War in 1967. The Hamas terrorist organization is an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore is a natural enemy of the military that ousted Mohammed Morsi two weeks ago. Hams has denied Egyptian military statements that its soldiers jailed 32 Hamas terrorists and arrested dozens others in the Sinai Peninsula last week. Hamas figuratively shot itself in the head last August when it mounted a severe attack on the Egyptian army, killing 16 soldiers near Rafiah in a multi-pronged attack that was intended to continue into Israel but was foiled at the last minute by the IDF. Ever since, Hamas has been an undeclared enemy, and even the Morsi regime was suspicious of it. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority also is benefiting from Hamas’ miseries but is suppressing its joy because Hamas has widespread support among Arabs in Judea and Samaria who are fed up with chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Any moves by the Secretary of State Kerry to win some kind of a forum between Israeli and Palestinian Authority are a useless exercise without the inclusion of Gaza. Another fallout of the offensive against Hamas might be negative for Israel in the near-term. “The motivation of Hamas and jihadi elements from Sinai to launch attacks against Israel is increasing,” INSS thinks.

Yad Vashem Ranked a Top Museum by Travel Website

Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and museum, was ranked fourth in the top 25 museums in the world by the travel website TripAdvisor. Yad Vashem...

Muslims ‘Celebrate’ Ramadan by Vandalizing Patriarchs’ Cave

The media would be screaming its lungs off if Jews had vandalized a Muslim prayer room in the Patriarch’s Cave but did not even whisper when Muslims desecrated Jewish rooms. Happy Ramadan month.

Freedom of Religion on Temple Mount – Except for Jews (Video)

Jerusalem police allow Arabs to keep Jews from entering the Temple Mount, just like they used to allow Haredim to keep women away from the Kotel – until it was not politically correct.

Judea and Samaria Children Salute IDF for Safer Lives

Maybe a bit of flattery for the IDF by the folks who are targets for Arab rock throwers will keep the military on its toes. Jews in Samaria saluted the IDF Friday for making roads safer – for now.

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