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February 11, 2016 / 2 Adar I, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘COGAT’

IDF: Hamas Exploiting Gazan Entries Into Israel

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization is exploiting Israel’s policy of allowing Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to enter Israel from Gaza, IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai warns.

Mordechai, who is Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said in a statement Tuesday, “Hamas is exploiting entries into Israel to recruit terrorists. This must end or we will be forced to revise our policies.”

The COGAT told the Al Quds newspaper, “Unless these actions end, we will be forced to take additional security measures.

“Our policies are devised to strengthen the economy and civil life in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

The crossings between Gaza and Israel saw an daily average of 1,000 human passages between the two sides at the Erez Crossing in 2015. In addition, 850 trucks filled with medical supplies , construction materials and other goods were delivered daily to Gaza last year.

“If these policies are misused by terrorists, we will be forced to revise them to maintain the security of the State of Israel and her citizens,” Mordechai warned.

The single land crossing from Gaza into Egypt, the Rafah Border Crossing is open only sporadically, and then only for a few hours or a few days at a time, with little prior warning.

There are three land crossings with Israel, including the Karni crossing, a conveyor belt for grains and similar goods.

The Erez crossing, used by international staff members, residents of the Palestinian Authority, (professional and non-professional employees, medical patients and family members) foreign aid workers, journalists, diplomats and others, is open from Sunday through Thursday, 8am to 4pm and Friday from 8am to 2pm. The Kerem Shalom crossing is open daily between morning and afternoon, depending on the number of trucks scheduled to make deliveries in Gaza.

Kerem Shalom Crossing Inspectors Block ‘Import’ of Bulletproof Plates for Gaza

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Israel this week blocked smugglers from attempting to “import” bullet-proof plates into southern Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

The Israel Police and Shin Bet / Shabak (Israel Security Agency) have opened an investigation into the incident. It is not yet clear who was behind the “import,” although the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Customs Authority, and the Border Crossing Authority have also opened a probe into the smuggling attempt.

The plates were discovered Tuesday when employees of the Border Crossing Authority became suspicious at the sight of an Israeli truck carrying spare automobile parts for Gaza.

Thousands of Trucks Enter Gaza Weekly From Israel – No Excuse for Turkish Freeze

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories reported last week 3,750 trucks with 127,623 tons of goods entered Gaza through Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

“There were 35 crossings of ambulances between Gaza and Israel last week,” according to a tweet by the COGAT.

Last Thursday alone, 24,629 tons of goods in 744 trucks were delivered to Gaza through Israel via the overland crossings. In addition, 2.2 million liters of fuel were delivered as well.

Delivery statistics at Kerem Shalom Crossing Dec. 20-24 2015

Delivery statistics at Kerem Shalom Crossing Dec. 20-24 2015

Can Turkey Justify Its Continued Diplomatic Freeze?

Turkey has used the so-called Israeli “blockade” of Gaza as its excuse for refusing to normalize its diplomatic ties with Israel. But the truth is, the crossings between Israel and Gaza are open every day and for a long time now, active commerce has been taking place.

What is not being allowed to enter the region are materials that can be used to manufacture weapons with which to attack the Jewish State – and which have been used for that purpose in the past.

In this regard Turkey is no different in its own methods of self-defense and controlling terror within its borders. In fact the Ankara government is more aggressive: Turkey has no problem attacking PKK terrorists when it perceives a threat.

For Ankara to suggest it has a right to dictate a domestic security policy to another sovereign nation is pretentious, if not outright chutzpah.

Since Israel has already opened the crossings on a daily basis – which by the way, even Egypt does not do with the lone Rafah crossing on its border – Turkey has no reason to complain. But Israel does: Hamas still operates its terrorist organization freely and maintains an active international office within Turkey’s borders, despite a request from Israel to close its doors.

Perhaps Turkey is simply searching for excuses not to formally renew its ties with the Jewish State? There would certainly be many reasons it might be reluctant to do so, beginning and ending with its oily handshake in Tehran. At least the Arab nations in the region are far more honest in their anti-Semitism…

Report: Hamas Helped ISIS-Sinai Terrorists Wage War Against Egypt

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization — which was spawned by Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood — apparently played a role in helping the Sinai terrorists who waged war against Egypt’s security forces Wednesday.

IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Yoav Mordechai issued a statement Thursday saying there is evidence that Hamas was involved in supporting the terrorists who ambushed Egyptian soldiers and police in 15 separate attacks.

As the dawn broke on Thursday, Egyptian security personnel continued the battle, killing 23 radical Islamist fighters just south of the northern Sinai town of Rafah, home to the Gaza border crossing.

Throughout the day soldiers have conducted a house-to-house search in the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, hunting for terrorists. They have also been locating and de-mining the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and land mines used by the terrorists to booby-trap the roads in and around the town.

Air strikes continued throughout the afternoon as the army continues to target terrorists in the region.

A stockpile of sophisticated Russian-manufactured weapons are being used by the ISIS-linked terrorists. Egyptian soldiers told media the guerrilla fighters were using Kornet anti-tank missiles as well as mortars, anti-aircraft guns and other guided missiles, according to the el-Watan daily newspaper.

At least 64 Egyptian soldiers and 100 terrorists were killed in Wednesday’s battles, which included a number of suicide bombings and attacks on Egyptian army bases.

In photographs on the front pages of the Egyptian newspapers, the terrorists were wearing combat fatigues. Coverage by many media outlets described the day’s conflicts as an outright “war.”

By Wednesday night, Israel had also decided to increase its military coverage along the border as well.

Israel To Double Water Supply For Gaza Despite Hamas Threats

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

(JNS.org) Israeli officials say they are doubling the amount of water the Jewish state provides to the Gaza Strip, despite ongoing threats from the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) chief Major General Yoav Mordechai said that Israel would increase water supplies from 1.3 to 2.6 billion gallons to help ease the ongoing water crisis in Gaza.

A recent report by the Israeli non-governmental organization B’Tselem said that more than 90 percent of Gaza’s water is un-potable due to decades of over-pumping of Gaza’s coastal aquifer, the territory’s main water source, leading to contamination from seawater and saline groundwater as well as a lack of wastewater treatment.

Mordechai added that he hopes Hamas “would not steal water from civilians as they steal construction materials intended for the reconstruction of houses,” the Associated Press reported.

The news concerning Gaza’s water supply comes after a recent false report repeated by several news outlets, including Al-Jazeera and Agence France Presse (AFP), that Israel purposely opened dams in southern Israel and flooded parts of Gaza. No such dams exist in southern Israel. Al-Jazeera later retracted and apologized for the false reporting.

Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups such as Islamic Jihad regularly use building materials sent from Israel, such as concrete, for the construction of tunnels used to launch attacks inside of Israel.

Will Gaza ‘Go Better With Coke’?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The prospect of a future with 3,000 new jobs and the sparkling fizzle of sweet chocolate-colored liquid might finally tame the Gazans.

At least, one can always hope.

Coca Cola was given a green light to build a new factory in the Karni industrial area, thanks to the courage of a Palestinian Authority Arab entrepreneur and Israel’s willingness to risk it.

Although “dual use” materials have in the past been stolen by Hamas in order to be used for construction of terrorist tunnels, this time it is hoped supplies will be more closely controlled.

In order to build the factory, its franchise owner and operator had to first submit his request to Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

Mordechai then made his recommendation to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who gave final approval for the construction, which is expected to take only six months.

The initiative will ultimately bring up to 3,000 new jobs to Gaza for residents of the enclave.

It will also make things easier for local merchants who until this point have imported their Coca Cola from Ramallah.

Although the Karni crossing is now closed, its industrial area is being used as a storage site by PA Arab merchants and international organizations.

IDF Officer’s Role Was to Ensure Protection of Gazan Civilians [video]

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Despite the anger of some who believe the IDF expends too many resources on protecting the civilian population of Gaza, it is still a kiddish haShem to see how dedicated the Israeli Defense Force is to caring about and for the lives of the noncombatants.

Much greater care is taken by the IDF to protect Palestinian Arab civilians during the conflict than was taken by the Hamas leadership and Hamas fighters to protect their own.

Of course, only Israel is investigated for possible war crimes and humanitarian violations. Perhaps those who complain about Israel’s actions would like to produce a video of the many Hamas fighters who are tasked with the job of ensuring the protection of Israeli civilians and structures. Good luck finding that.

Watch the story of just one Israeli soldier, whose job it was to ensure the greatest safety possible for Gazan civilians during Operation Protective Edge.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-officers-role-was-to-ensure-protection-of-gazan-civilians-video/2014/09/21/

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