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New Smuggler Tunnel Detected, Under US-Mexican Border!!

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Holy tunnel diggers!

A new 31.5-meter (102-foot) smuggler tunnel has been discovered snaking under the U.S.-Mexican border, according to a statement issued Sunday by Mexican federal police, and quoted by Associated Press.

The unfinished illegal conduit was discovered by a team of Mexican police working together with the U.S. Border Patrol in Nogales, Arizona.

The entrance to the tunnel was found in Mexico inside the wall of a storm drain, but the exit had not yet reached its intended destination on the Arizona side of the border.

There are a number of drug trafficking organizations in Mexico who are known for using tunnels to transport their wares into the United States.

Across the Atlantic, the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization has used subterranean tunnels beneath the Egyptian border to smuggle drugs, arms, money and other contraband in and out of the Sinai Peninsula to help its ally, the local Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist affiliate, known as “Sinai Province” and formerly known as Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis.

Likewise, the Lebanon-based Iranian proxy Hezbollah terrorist organization who taught Hamas, has used tunnel-building locally for decades as well.

But Hezbollah has also long funded its terrorist activities via drug smuggling in Europe as well as in Latin America, and even as far north as in the United States itself.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) acting deputy administrator Jack Riley told reporters earlier this year that Hezbollah has, in fact, established business relationships with drug cartels in South America.

Hezbollah was accused of using the profits from the sale of cocaine in the United States and Europe to fund arms purchases for military use in Syria, according to a February 2016 statement by the DEA.

Sanctions were imposed against money launderers Mouhamad Noureddine and Hamdi Zaher El Dine by the U.S. Treasury Department, in connection with the DEA probe into Hezbollah drug trafficking and terrorism.

Hana Levi Julian

Border Guard Arrest Suspect Armed with Knife at Shuafat Check Post

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

A suspect, 18, who arrived at the Shuafat refugee camp check post on his way to enter eastern Jerusalem was arrested after a search through his bag revealed a knife that had been wrapped in order to conceal it. Border Guard police who were alerted neutralized the suspect, took his knife and arrested him for interrogation.

The Shuafat refugee camp was established by king Hussein of Jordan in 1965 to house Arabs whose families had come from Jerusalem, Lydda, Jaffa and Ramleh areas, after the Mascar refugee camp in the Jewish quarter of the Old City had been closed. Coming into Jerusalem from the Shufat refugee camp the terrorist could find targets for stabbing in the nearby Jewish neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev, French Hill, and Ramat Shlomo.

David Israel

President Rivlin Tours Gaza Border Communities, Praises IDF Operational Power

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Marking two years since Operation Protective Edge, President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday toured the region bordering the Gaza Strip, accompanied by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, and Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen. Yehuda Fox.

The President received a situation update and heard about the IDF daily operations in the area, in particular following the recent terrorist rocket attack on Sderot. During his visit, President Rivlin was shown a terror tunnel discovered by the IDF, and discussed the initiatives the IDF was taking to tackle the tunnels problem.

The President later met with dozens of soldiers from the Bedouin Tracker Unit, combat engineers, and members of the Givati Brigade who are serving in the region. He told them, “Two years after Operation Protective Edge, the south has returned to its daily routine. The IDF guards the front in the very best way, and the front in return shows its appreciation. Just as we saw yesterday, we will not tolerate any disturbance of the quiet, and in the face of any such disturbance we will respond swiftly and firmly. On both sides of the border there are civilians who want to live in quiet and we will be sure that the citizens of Israel will continue to live in harmony. We do not seek war, yet, after having sat with our wonderful commanders I know that if war is forced upon us, we have an army as ready and professional as could be asked. The plan that was presented to me reflects operational strength.”

President Rivlin pointed that “two of our sons remained behind after the war which took place two years ago. The State of Israel has a moral responsibility to bring back Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.”

The President added, “On my own behalf, and on behalf of all the Israeli people, I want to say thank you to the commanders, and to the service men and women. The calm here is not taken for granted, the children and the families who are now enjoying the summer holiday do so thanks to you.”

The President told reporters who accompanied his visit, “We are not interested in an escalation. Just as the other side wants to live in peace and live comfortable lives, so do we. At the same time, we are ready to face any hostility toward us. I am impressed by the readiness of the IDF to face any challenge in order to safeguard Israel’s security. I can say to the citizens of Israel, the IDF is prepared and ready to face any threat above or below ground in order to prevent any trouble not just around Gaza, but across the country.”

The President later met with council heads from the Negev and the southern region.

David Israel

Gazan Rocket Hits Sderot, IDF Retaliates in Minutes

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Two rocket alerts went off in communities near the Gaza border and in Sderot at around 2:25PM on Sunday.

2:35 PM Residents near the Gaza border are reporting that they heard at least one explosion, possibly two.

2:43 PM Confirmed reports that one rocket from Gaza landed in Sderot between 2 houses. No one was injured.

The rocket was launched from Beit Hanoun.

Police are asking citizens to not go to the area where the rocket fell do the the danger.

3:00 PM Arab sources report that the IDF is striking Beit Hanoun area.

There are no reports on why Iron Dome did not take down he rocket.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Shots at IDF Post near Lebanon Border

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

On Wednesday morning an IDF post in the Metula area, near the Lebanese border, was fired on, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office reported, suggesting these may have been stray bullets. One IDF soldier was injured from a shrapnel that was blocked by his dog tag. He was evacuated to a nearby emergency room with a minor chest injury.

There were no other casualties and the event is being investigated.

David Israel

Third Israeli With Mental Health Issues ‘Walks Into Gaza’

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Cleared for publication: For the third time in a year, an Israeli with mental health issues living in southern Israel has climbed the security fence on the Gaza border and entered the region.

A Bedouin man climbed the security fence on the Gaza border and walked into the Hamas-ruled territory early this week. His fate after that is unknown. He is identified as 19-year-old Jouma Abu Renmeh, according to Israel Radio, a resident of a Bedouin village in southern Israel.

The man’s family told media that he has mental health problems. Few other details were made available.

Last year, a young man from the Bedouin town of Hura crossed into Gaza near hothouses in a field belonging to the Gaza Belt community of Kibbutz Erez, Ynet reported.

As with Renmeh, the young man’s family said he has mental health issues and in the past has had a history of crossing the border into other countries as well.

Israel has made numerous attempts to secure his return as “basic humanity” and appealing for assistance from others in the effort as well — but with no response.

An Ethiopian-born immigrant to Israel, 28-year-old Avraham Mengistu of Ashkelon, also walked into Gaza in September 2015. The Israeli is also known to have mental health issues; he and his Bedouin predecessor have been held captive in Gaza by Hamas since their arrival.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Attacks Two Syrian Army Targets Over Rocket Near Border Fence

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The IDF announced it had attacked two Syrian army targets Sunday overnight in retaliation for shots fired at the security fence on Israel’s border with Syria. According to the report, on Sunday morning security forces noted a rocket that fell in open territory on the Israeli side of the fence. It did not cause damage or injuries. The retaliatory strikes were launched by artillery shelling.

“The gunfire did not endanger the residents in the area or our forces,” the IDF said in a statement. “The IDF is not involved in the fighting in Syria but is determined to defend itself and will respond to any unusual incident.”

David Israel

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