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Russia Shuts Border Gates to Turkish Trucks

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Passengers and trucks traveling from Turkey are encountering new obstacles when they reach the Russian border, according to the Hurriyet Daily News website. This comes two days after a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Su-24M warplane.

Turkey’s defense ministry said the warplane violated Ankara’s airspace despite repeated warnings – which were ignored — to redirect its flight path. The Russian navigator who was rescued 12 hours after ejecting from the flaming wreckage of his jet, denies ever having heard any of the warnings, and denies ever having left Syrian airspace.

“Russia has closed its border gates to Turkish trucks,” Fatih Sener, head of the International Transporters Association of Turkey (UND), told the Turkish news website.

The country’s trucks are now being subjected to “full examination” by Russian customs personnel, according to Turkish officials.

“Around 36,000 trucks carry goods from Turkey to Russia a year. Some 100-150 trucks are now being kept waiting at Russia’s borders. We face an uncertain situation here. No explanation has been made about the trucks which are on their way to Russia though Georgia, although the trucks are apparently being subjected to a ‘full examination’ on their way to Russia via Ukraine. This means all goods in the trucks will be unloaded and examined in detail at the Russia border, but such procedures can take days,” Sener said.

Russia already has ended security cooperation with Turkey and has asked Russians not to visit the country. Within the past day, the Kremlin also introduced new restrictions claiming that 15 percent of agricultural imports from Ankara suddenly do not meet “sanitary regulations.” This has resulted in Russia deciding to import tomatoes from Israel instead.

“Such problems are normal in the Middle East, but Russia is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), so it should not behave like Egypt,” he added.

Actually, no goods are being permitted passage to Russia, in fact, according to Adnan Dalgakiran, head of the Machinery Exporters’ Association and a board member of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM).

“The passing of Turkish trucks through Russian borders has halted now, including machinery,” he told a meeting of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry on Wednesday, according to Reuters. “No Turkish goods can enter Russia now.”

The same difficulties are being faced by the textiles sector, a major export for Turkey, as well. The country’s annual exports to Russia are around $1 billion, “but this has shrunk by 40 percent this year due to the economic problems in Russia,” Ismail Gülle, head of the Istanbul Textiles and Raw Materials Exporters Association, told Reuters.

“Any further shrinkage in our exports will create a big problem for us,” Gülle warned.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 25) by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the escalating tensions with Turkey.

The Secretary offered his condolences for the “loss of life in Tuesday’s incident,” according to a statement by the State Department.

Kerry also urged for “calm and dialogue between Turkish and Russian officials in the days ahead,” the statement continued. “He also stressed the need for both sides not to allow this incident to escalate tensions between their two countries or in Syria. The Secretary underscored the importance of progress toward a diplomatic solution in Syria continuing unabated.”

The only question is, of course, what Kerry meant by “progress toward a diplomatic solution in Syria.”

Hana Levi Julian

Explosion on Israel’s Golan Heights Border

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Security personnel were summoned to Israel’s northern border Thursday morning to verify reports of an explosion in the Golan Heights.

The cause of the explosion was not clear, according to the report broadcast on Israel Radio.

IDF officials said it was possible the explosion was caused by errant gunfire due to spillover from the civil war raging across the border in Syria.

However, as Israel’s Foreign Ministry noted in a tweet on Thursday, “#Hezbollah continues to build an army equipped with tens of thousands of missiles – more than the stockpiles of many NATO members.”

The terror group, which has deployed thousands of fighters in Syria to protect and defend the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has been the recipient of both Syrian and Iranian largesse in return for its loyalty.

Hezbollah also periodically announces its “readiness” to engage Israel in battle.

This past weekend, Syrian media reported that Israeli Air Force warplanes allegedly attacked military bases in the eastern Lebanon mountains near the border with Syria. According to local sources, the target was a military unit in the village of Ras al-Ayn, and a base on the outskirts of the village of Al-Qutayfah.

An historic citadel in the ancient archaeological ruins of Palmyra was badly damaged in multiple air strikes Monday by Russian war planes aimed at a nearby ISIS terror base.

Iran’s official FARS news agency claimed that additional Russian attacks aimed at rebel positions near the Golan Heights were actually aimed at Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Arabs Breach Southern Israeli Security Fence – Again

Monday, October 12th, 2015

A mob of Palestinian Arab residents of Gaza managed Monday night to break through the security fence along Israel’s southern border for the second time in less than a week.

The breach was made at a location in the fence that borders the central part of Gaza.

As soon as the rioters broke through the barrier, however, they were surrounded by Israeli military soldiers who fired tear gas at them and pushed them back into Gaza.

The situation was not simple, according to an army spokesperson, who said the rioters repeatedly returned to breach the border. Each time, they were repelled by IDF soldiers, and pushed back into Gaza, according to the army spokesperson.

On Saturday (Oct. 10) approximately 30 Gaza Arabs broke through the security fence along the border with central Gaza.

Soldiers arrested five of the infiltrators and turned them over to security personnel for questioning. The remainder of the mob was forced back into Gaza.

Hana Levi Julian

If Egypt Can Destroy Gaza’s Tunnels…

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The topography of Israel’s shared border with Hamas-occupied Gaza is far too complicated, different and longer than Egypt’s shared border with Gaza to replicate what Egypt just did, but it does make one think about other possible solutions.

Fed up with Hamas sending terrorists into the Sinai via the underground tunnels, as well as the smuggling tunnels, Egypt redirected water from the Mediterranean sea, flooding everything under the ground along their shared border.

If we’re already being creative, here’s another thought… the Mediterranean could be Israel’s solution too.

Perhaps Israel could find a way to get every Gazan $5000, a fake Syrian passport (there’s plenty of those floating around) and a seat on a boat sailing across the Mediterranean into to Europe.

Once the sane people leave, it’s clean up time, and we rebuild Gush Katif.

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Fish Farming May Secure the Egypt-Gaza Border

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Egypt has come up with a creative way to infuse new life into its battered economy and improve the nutritional base of its population, all while securing its border with Gaza.

Remember that huge, kilometer-long trench that Egyptian security personnel were creating along the Egyptian-Gaza border – 10 meters wide, 20 meters deep – outside of Rafah city?

(This is the trench that cost the Egyptian government a few million dollars in reparation funds to the thousands of local residents whose homes were demolished to make way for the “security buffer zone” that was being created at the time.)

That “trench” may soon be filled with seawater from the Mediterranean, according to sources who spoke with the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. Engineers are allegedly already preparing the pumps and pipelines for a fish farming project.

The claims could not be confirmed, however, Ma’an said.

Egyptian officials have considered using water in the past to destroy terrorist smuggling tunnels reaching under the border from Gaza.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization was found to have been supporting the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sinai Province terror organization during its recent attacks on Egyptian security personnel. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Hana Levi Julian

4 IDF Soldiers Hurt in Hummer Accident Near Gaza

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Four IDF soldiers were hurt Wednesday when the army Hummer in which they were riding flipped over during a patrol around Kissufim near the Gaza border, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 news site.

Such accidents are not as uncommon as one might think, due to the speed with which the vehicles must travel in order to avoid being targets for enemy snipers firing anti-tank missiles and small arms weaponry.

The vehicles are, of necessity, traveling over various types of terrain – including that which is rocky and extremely uneven.

All four soldiers were airlifted to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva and are currently listed in fair to good condition.

Hana Levi Julian

Egypt Security Forces Kill 2 Smugglers at Israel’s Southern Border

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Egyptian security forces opened fire Tuesday morning and killed two cross-border smugglers who apparently tried to bring “illegal goods” into Israel, security sources said.

According to Channel 10, which quoted an IDF source, bags of illegal drugs were found near the scene where smugglers crossing the border from Egypt were met by a second set of smugglers on the Israeli side.

It is not clear which smugglers were hit by the Egyptian gunfire, nor have the identities of any of the smugglers been made clear.

IDF soldiers reportedly fired warning shots after hearing the gunfire near the border town of Nitzana, and are investigating reports of smugglers being wounded in the shootout with Egyptian security personnel.

IDF soldiers have also recovered the bodies of the two dead smugglers. An investigation into the incident is underway.

Despite numerous efforts to plug the holes in the Israel’s long Sinai border with Egypt, incidents like this are not uncommon.

Of more concern to the security establishments in both nations are the efforts of regional terrorist proxies for Iran and now Daesh (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to move weapons, ammunition, money and operatives themselves) across the border as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-security-forces-kill-2-smugglers-at-israels-southern-border/2015/02/10/

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