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Arab Media Report Israeli Navy Fires on Gaza Fishermen

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Israel Navy forces fired at Gaza fishing boats on Sunday as they moved along the coast, according to Arab sources.

“Israeli naval forces opened fire at the fishing boats wile at sea in both the northern and southern Gaza Strip,” the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an news service reported. No injuries were reported.

Shortly after the incident, the Israeli forces detained two “fisherman” and confiscated their vessels off the northern Gaza coast, near Beit Lahiya. The boats were allegedly taken to the port of Ashdod for examination.

An IDF spokesperson told Ma’an the incident would be checked.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations in Gaza have upgraded their skills in naval warfare and underwater espionage over the past several years. Moreover, much of their weaponry is “shipped” from Iran by sea.

The Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza is implemented specifically in order to prevent the entry of terrorists, weaponry and related items from entering the area — all of which are used in attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Navy Allegedly Opens Fire at Gaza ‘Fishing Boats’

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Israeli Navy forces allegedly opened fire Sunday (Nov. 27) at vessels described as Gaza “fishing boats” by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

No injuries were reported among the fishermen, Ma’an reported. A spokesperson for the IDF said they were checking the report.

Gaza terrorists often import arms, ammunition and other contraband via maritime deliveries from Iran and elsewhere.

Various terror factions from Gaza use fishing boats to gather their contraband — as well as conduct reconnaissance — for future attacks against Israel.

Such vessels are sometimes detained along with their operators by Israeli Navy commandos when they stray from the Gaza fishing zone.

Hana Levi Julian

37 Arrests in Wide-Ranging Sting Operation

Monday, November 21st, 2016

An Israeli sting operation involving hundreds of officers from the Lahav 433 crime unit ended Monday with 37 arrests, Israel Police announced.

“Operation 565” lasted for months, with undercover officers operating in the weapons trafficking and drug world, purchasing large amounts of drugs, arms and ammunition.

Arrests were made in Tel Aviv, Yafo (Jaffa), Netanya, Ramle, Acco (Akko), Pardes Hanna, Sakhnin and the southern Israeli Bedouin town of Lakiya.

During the raid on Monday, police seized nine weapons, 700 grams of cocaine and three kilograms of marijuana, police said.

The names of the officers involved in the bust were concealed under a gag order.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, an elderly man in a moshav was arrested after police found more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in his home and growing on his property.

The unidentified man, age 69, lives on a moshav near Jerusalem, and according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, cultivated for sale more than 500 marijuana plants on his roof and yard.

“Police received intelligence and tracked the individual for several weeks, and when there was concrete evidence, we arrested the suspect. Altogether, we’re talking about a street value of NIS 3 million, which is obviously significant,” Rosenfeld said.

The suspect has been remanded into custody for five days by a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. It’s not clear whether the man’s family is involved, and the investigation is continuing, according to police.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Concern Rising Over Russian Arms, Military Presence in Middle East

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

No one’s admitting it publicly, but in private conversations senior Israeli air force and navy officers are expressing increasing concern over the intensity of the Russian military presence in the Middle East.

“We were surprised by the quantity and quality of the Russian weapons we have seen appearing here,” a source told Israel’s Channel 2 television news in a report that appeared Sunday.

The issue has dramatically affected the way Israeli air and sea forces plan their strategic operations.

Israeli Air Force and Navy forces were accustomed to carrying out their operations in relative freedom from any real threats up to this point, Channel 2 reported.

But foreign sources quoted the IDF as saying Russian forces have been carrying out reconnaissance missions, attacks on arms convoys, building unconventional weapons arsenals and sailing against distant shores – carrying out large-scale operations with many personnel to gather intelligence without interruption.

At this point, the situation has changed. It used to be customary to say, “If you really want to know what the president of the United States is planning, check where his aircraft are going.”

If so, the Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is sailing in the North Sea on its way to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, with the IDF closely watching its movements. The vessel is expected to dock off the coast of Syria in the next few weeks.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Security Force Captures Arab Weapons Dealer [video]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured an Arab weapons dealer Thursday night in a joint operation near the Palestinian Authority city of Halhul, in Judea.

The suspect was arrested while allegedly on his way to carry out a weapons deal.

He was pulled over by Israeli security forces, who then conducted a body search as well as a search of his vehicle, confiscating a Carlo Gustav submachine gun in the process.

Hana Levi Julian

Senate May Block $1.15 Billion Arms Sale to Saudis

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The Senate on Wednesday will vote on a joint resolution blocking a $1.15 billion sale of as many as 153 tanks, hundreds of machine guns and additional military equipment to Saudi Arabia, over objections by Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee and Democratic Senators Chris Murphy and Al Franken to the Kingdom’s handling of the Yemen situation. Senators Paul and Murphy said they think the US needs to rethink its “automatic support” for the Saudis, Reuters reported.

State Department Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said on Tuesday that she was “very concerned” about reports of Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombing a potato factory in Yemen’s capital Sana, killing 14 people, mostly women. Trudeau would not say, however, whether the US is concerned that its weapons are being used to target civilians.

“We regularly talk to our partners and our allies around the world. You know, civilian casualties are obviously of grave concern to us,” she said.

Backers of the joint resolution told Reuters they want to block the sale of Abrams tanks and other equipment, noting that even if their measure did not pass, a strong Senate vote would send a strong message about US continued support for Saudi Arabia. Senator Murphy even said supporting the Saudi war against Yemen would damage US security.

“If we are helping to radicalize Yemenis against us, we are participating in the slaughter of civilians, and we are allowing extremist groups that have plans and plots against the United States to grow stronger, how can that be in our security interest?” Murphy asked, according to Reuters.

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Gazan Equipment Dealer Charged With Smuggling, Selling Scuba Gear to Hamas

Monday, September 5th, 2016

A Gaza-based equipment dealer was indicted Sunday on charges of smuggling scuba diving equipment into the region and selling it to the Hamas terrorist organization.

The indictment came after a joint investigation by Israel Police and the Israel Security Agency, known as the Shin Bet.

Israel’s Southern District prosecutor filed an indictment in a Be’er Sheva court against 41-year-old Abd al-Rahman Sakallah.

The Gaza dealer faces seven charges that include security offenses, provision of service to an illicit organization, contact with a foreign agent, fraud under aggravated circumstances and carrying out illegal property transactions. He was also accused of selling sporting equipment and clothing to the terror organization.

Inspection agents always scrutinize goods as they enter the ports and the land crossings prior to delivery into Gaza due to the frequency of attempts to smuggle contraband to terrorist organizations. In this case, scuba diving equipment is used by Hamas terror commandos to retrieve smuggled weapons and other ordnance via illicit maritime deliveries, and infiltrate into Israel and carry out terror attacks.

Israeli Navy vessels allegedly fired at Gaza fishermen caught sailing outside the permitted zone off the coast of the al-Soudaniya area of central to southern Gaza. The incidents took place Saturday night and Sunday during the day, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

But an IDF spokesperson declined to comment on the report.

Gazans who appear to be “fishing” are sometimes seeking things other than living creatures for food beneath the waves, and Israeli sailors are forced to be on constant alert as they patrol the coastline to defend against arms smugglers and terrorists.

Hana Levi Julian

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