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Egypt Conducts Surprise Air Defense Exercise after IAF Disrupted Its Radar En Route To Sudan

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

During the early morning hours on Monday, residents of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta and other areas reported in panic that they were hearing explosions and planes flying at low latitude over heavily populated areas, reports Yoni Alper’s Terror Watch. It turned out to be a surprise exercise carried out by the Egyptian Air Force, to test the aerial defense system in various regions, in the wake of the alleged Israeli attack on the Yarmouk factory complex, which produced weapons for the Sudanese army and Iranian rebel guards, in the Khartoum area.

The alleged Israeli attack on the factory apparently caused damage to containers of advanced weapons systems to be smuggled to Iranian terror organizations in Gaza or other Iranian-backed groups. On their alleged bombing mission, the Israeli planes, using advanced electronic devices, succeeded in avoiding detection by the Egyptian radar system while flying over the Red Sea.

On Monday, the Egyptian army put out an announcement saying it was conducting a surprise exercise where, among other things, planes broke the sound barrier, to test the efficiency of the aerial defense forces in light of current developments and threats to the area.

Although the Egyptian army referred to it as an exercise, Egyptian sources on social media networks denied this and claimed that Israeli Air Force planes infiltrated Egyptian air space. They claimed that Israel deployed stealth F-35 fighter aircraft. They further claimed that conducting a large scale exercise during the holiday period (Feast of the Sacrifice) was unusual and that the army’s announcement sounded very strange.

The Egyptian army denied reports on the matter and referred to them as lies. An army spokesman further explained that according to an agreement with the United States, the IDF would not make use of the F-35 aircraft before 2016.

Incidentally, there already have been claims regarding Israel’s utilizing Egyptian air space for attacks on the Gaza strip during the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead in late 2008 and early 2009, under former President Hosni Mubarak.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 is a single-seat, single-engine, multi-role fighter that can perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with some stealth capability.

French Police Find Jihadist Bomb Lab Used in Kosher Store Attack

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

French police found an explosives lab that they say was used by a “jihadist cell” in the bombing of a kosher store near Paris.

Francois Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said at a news conference Wednesday that the firearms and “all the elements necessary to produce explosive devices” were discovered the previous day at a parking lot in the eastern Paris suburb of Torcy.

French police found the cache after interrogating 12 suspects arrested over the weekend in various French cities, predominantly in Cannes and Paris, he added.

Molins said the suspects in the Sept. 18 bombing of a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles, a northern suburb of Paris, belonged to a “jihadist cell” that was “extremely dangerous.” In the attack, two men threw an explosive device into the shop. One man sustained minor injuries in the explosion.

On Oct. 6, French police agents killed a suspected member of the cell in Strasbourg after he fired on officers during a raid. Molins that day said the dead man, Sidney Louis, had “converted into radical Islam,” adding that he belonged to a “network, almost a cell” of “radicalized Muslim delinquents.”

The raid on bombing suspects was one of several operations carried out by French police that day almost simultaneously. Just hours after the anti-terror raids, blank bullets were fired near a synagogue in Argenteuil, a Paris suburb.

French President Francois Hollande said he would beef up security around Jewish institutions

“Security will be reinforced in the coming days,” Hollande said after meeting Jewish leaders on Oct. 7 at the Elysee Palace, vowing that the state was ready “to fight all terror threats.”

Hebrew University Marks 10th Anniversary of Fatal Bombing

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

A memorial service at Hebrew University in Jerusalem marked the 10th anniversary of a fatal bombing there that killed nine, including five Americans.

“A decade has passed since the attack, and it is not only a time to mourn, but also a time to reflect upon the mission entrusted to us,” said university President Menachem Ben-Sasson at Tuesday’s memorial service. “We are entrusted with the development of knowledge that knows no shade of skin or religion. And so we say to the families, we shall endure. If depraved terrorists wish to disrupt the things upon which all human beings base their lives, they will not succeed.”

Students and staff members were among the victims in the bombing of the main cafeteria of the Mount Scopus campus in 2002. They are Benjamin Blutstein, Marla Bennett, Revital Barashi, David Gritz, David Diego Ladowski, Janis Ruth Coulter, Dina Carter, Levina Shapira and Daphna Spruch. Nearly a hundred people were wounded.

French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro laid wreaths in tribute to the citizens of their countries who were killed in the attack.

Barashi’s brother, Itzik, recited the Kaddish memorial prayer. Revital Barashi had worked in the Faculty of Law.

Israel returns remains of Palestinian terrorists

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel turned over to Palestinian officials the bodies of 91 terrorists.

The remains of 80 Palestinian terrorists, which had been buried in an Israeli military cemetery in the West Bank, were turned over to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on Thursday. Another 11 bodies were repatriated to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Suicide bombers responsible for the deaths of more than 200 Israelis were among the bodies transferred.

Included among the repatriated bodies was Ramez Aslim, the suicide bomber who attacked the central Jerusalem Cafe Hillel in 2003. Dual Israeli-American citizens Dr. David Applebaum, head of the emergency room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and his daughter Nava, who was to have been married the day after the bombing, were killed in that attack.

Dozens of reserve soldiers were called into service to exhume the bodies during the month of May, Ynet reported.

The repatriation of the bodies is being called a good-will gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. It reportedly was agreed to during a meeting in Ramallah earlier this month between Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy, Isaac Molcho.

The Almagor terror victims association on Wednesday slammed the government for the handover of bodies.

“The Netanyahu-Barak-Mofaz government is giving a boost to terror and abusing the bereaved families and the injured,” said Meir Indor, chairman of the association. “This is a government without a heart and without a brain.”

An official ceremony to honor the terrorists was scheduled to be held Thursday in the PA’s presidential compound in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority civil affairs minister Hussein al-Sheikh told the Palestinian Ma’an news service. A ceremony also reportedly will be held in Gaza.

In The Aftermath of Attacks on Israeli Targets…

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Malaysia will extradite to Thailand an Iranian citizen detained over suspected links to the attempted bomb attack in Bangkok on Tuesday, according to a report in the Bangkok Post Thursday.

Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that Masoud Sedaghatzadeh succeeded in fleeing Thailand, and was arrested by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur, while attempting to catch a flight to Iran.

Arrest warrants for all four individuals suspected of involvement in the attempted attack have been issued, and all have been identified as Iranian nationals: Sedaghatzadeh; Saeid Moradi, who blew off his legs in the attempted attack; Mohammad Kharzei, who was apprehended at Bangkok’s international airport while attempting to flee the country; and Rohani Leila, who is believed to have succeeded in retuning to Iran.

National police chief General Prewpan Dhamapong said that Kharzei had “partially confessed” and had admitted to knowing Moradi.

Iran has denied involvement in the bomb blasts.

In related news, the Times of India reported that Mossad head Tamir Pardo had visited New Delhi days before the bombing attack on the Israeli diplomatic vehicle, and lauded India as a safe destination for Israelis. The report, if true, reflects the complete lack of specific intelligence warnings in the days preceding the bombing, and the extent to which Israel was caught off guard. Still, the report cited a letter sent by senior officials at the Israeli embassy to the New Delhi police on February 1, in which they warned of the possible terror attacks against Israeli targets on the anniversary of Hizbollah commander Imad Mughniyah’s assassination.

Meanwhile, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations has lodged a complaint to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon over the week-long terror campaign against Israeli targets, insisting that Iran and Hizbollah are behind it.

“This campaign bears the unmistakable fingerprints of the Iranian regime and the highest echelons of the Hizbollah leadership,” wrote Ron Prosor.”Their actions constitute a clear threat to security and stability of Lebanon, to the Middle East, and to many countries that have been targeted.”

Indian Police Find Motorcycle They Suspect Was Used in Bomb Attack on Israeli Diplomat

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

New Delhi Police announced on Wednesday that they had recovered an abandoned red-colored motorcycle that they suspect was used in the bombing attack of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle on Monday. The motorcycle was recovered in South Delhi.

The police added that they have begun searching for the owner of the motorcycle, but have not identified any suspects.

Three Iranian Bombs Rock Downtown Bangkok

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The three bombs that exploded in a busy Bangkok street Tuesday were intended for “foreign nationals” in Thailand, according to national police chief Priewpan Damapong. The blasts injured five people including a bombing suspect carrying an Iranian passport who blew off his own legs. Another Iranian suspect was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport hours after the incident as he was about to leave for Malaysia. He is one of three suspects thought to be involved.

Thai TV news reports said the Iranian, carrying a black bag, first threw a bomb at a taxi after its driver refused to take him as a passenger. When police got to the scene, some reports said, he threw a second bomb that hit a tree and bounced back at him, blowing off both his legs. Other eyewitness accounts said he dropped the device. There are also unconfirmed reports that the house where the man was living may be storing further explosives.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. was awaiting the results of investigations, and did not blame Iran directly. But she noted Monday’s incidents in India and Georgia, and recent “Iranian-sponsored” and “Hezbollah-linked” plots to attack Israeli and Western interests in Azerbaijan and Thailand.

Thai police have not yet divulged motives for the blasts, but the Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, directly accused Iran of exporting terror around the world. “The attempted terror attack in Thailand proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to operate in the ways of terror and the latest attacks are an example of that,” said Barak.

He said Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah were “unrelenting terror elements endangering the stability of the region and endangering the stability of the world.”

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