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May 2, 2016 / 24 Nisan, 5776

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Former DM Binyamin ‘Fuad’ Ben-Eliezer,80 Hospitalized

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, 80, was rushed to Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin late Saturday night after he complained of feeling pain, according to Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

Ben-Eliezer, who has been in poor health for years, was held overnight for observation and additional tests, doctors said. They added that he was fully conscious and he is in stable condition.

He underwent a kidney transplant in December 2014 and was back in the hospital again last year with a serious case of influenze that required the use of life support.

The former minister spent 30 years as a leader in the Labor Party. He was indicted in absentia in Tel Aviv District Court last month on various charges of corruption, including breach of public trust, tax offenses, fraud and money laundering. His attorney appeared on his behalf to deny all the charges, Israel Radio reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Ya’alon: ‘We Need to Know How to Win and Still Remain Human’

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon backed a statement on Thursday made a day earlier by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, warning forces not to become “trigger-happy.”

Eizenkot told high school students in Bat Yam on Wednesday that the IDF rules of engagement remain adequate to deal with terror threats. He said forces must shoot to kill attackers, but only if the circumstances are life-threatening.

“When there’s a 13-year-old girl holding scissors or a knife and there is some distance between her and the soldiers, I don’t want to see a soldier open fire and empty his magazine at a girl like that, even if she is committing a very serious act,” Eizenkot said. “Rather, he should use the force necessary to fulfill the objective.”

On Thursday, Ya’alon told students at Tel Hai college pretty much the same thing, according to a report broadcast by Channel 2 television news.

“We must act calmly, judiciously and with discretion in order prevent hurting innocent people and to avoid creating a situation in which our outrage causes us to lose our humanity, and ultimately, lose sight of justice.

“We must not allow our senses to be dulled and must not become trigger happy simply because our blood is boiling,” the Defense Minister added.

“We need to know how to win and still remain human.”

Hana Levi Julian

DM Ya’alon Says Israel is Prepared for Escalation in Terror Attacks

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at a meeting on Monday that the IDF is prepared to deal with an escalation in the current wave of terror.

“We haven’t seen any changes in the wave of terrorism,” Ya’alon said in remarks at the opening of the meeting. “It is mostly attacks by individuals. [But] the wave of terror is not subsiding, nor is it being curbed in any way.” He added that the IDF is prepared for an escalation in attacks.

Ya’alon repeated the remarks later in the day when visiting the IDF Induction Center at Tel Hashomer to mark the November draft, noting that there is “hardly a day without a terror attack.”

He went even farther at this briefing, telling reporters that he hoped “the Palestinian Authority gets a grip on itself.” The Defense Minister said he also hoped the PA would go beyond its recent steps of “controlling rioting on the ground, and start condemning the attacks, and cease the blood libels according to which we allegedly are executing those we kill with a knife in their hands, and [instead] they claim we plant the knife afterwards.”

Ya’alon underlined his concern about the PA government’s incitement, and support for Arab media incitement to carry out terror attacks. That incitement, he said, is continuing despite condemnation by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and others.

“I hope they start condemning these attacks. It threatens [the PA] and the survivability of the [Palestinian] Authority more than it does us.

“In the meantime, we are continuing to take many steps,” he added. “Our beefed-up forces are working day and night: carrying out arrests in certain areas and when an attack occurs, the place where it came from is closed, [whether it be a] village or neighborhood. Homes are prepared for demolition.”

Hana Levi Julian

Dead Terrorists Sneaked Out As Israel Votes to Withhold Bodies of Attackers

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Two dead Arab stabbers have been sneaked out to their families despite a vote by Israeli ministers to withhold the bodies of those who carry out terror attacks in the country.

The funeral of 24-year-old Uday Hashim al-Ma’asalama was held at midday on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron and was himself shot and killed.

A Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance arrived at the scene Tuesday immediately after the attack. Swiftly the Arab medics bundled Ma’asalama’s body into the vehicle and raced away towards the local hospital in Hebron. It is not clear whether the terrorist was alive at this point, or not.

IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner told JewishPress.com in a telephone interview Wednesday evening that Israeli medics were focused on saving Jewish lives first.

“Red Crescent medical personnel arrived at the scene and quickly evacuated [Ma’asalama] to the local hospital in Hebron. No one knew that he was dead, if he was at that point,” Lerner said. “Our first priority is our wounded, and security,” Lerner said.

Nor was there any real concern there would be any problem in arresting and extracting Ma’asalama from the hospital to take him into custody once he was treated, assuming he was still alive. “We have gone into the medical center in Nablus before to apprehend a terrorist when that was necessary,” Lerner noted.

But once in the Hebron hospital, it took very little time for Masalama’s deceased body to disappear, and by Wednesday midday he was buried less than 24 hours after the attack with all due military honors, according to the Hebrew-language website rotter.net, which published a photograph of the funeral and numerous Arab media as well.

Thousands of Palestinian Arabs from the Hebron area towns of Dura, Beit Awwa and nearby villages took part in the funeral, shouting anti-Israel slogans and calling for “Palestinian unity,” according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news site. The killer’s body was carried on a litter by guerrilla fighters in combat fatigues marching after Arabs bearing large Palestinian Authority flags.

The new bill to withhold terrorists’ bodies, proposed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, was intended to prevent just such funeral “celebrations,” which result in terror organizations heaping honors upon the departed and heavy recruitment of new members.

The return of the body of the first terrorist whose funeral was held earlier in the week was also the result of a similar mix-up, according to the spokesperson for Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF to Install Security Cameras at Judea, Samaria Intersections

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Israel says it will install security cameras at all intersections throughout Judea and Samaria — “on the ground and in the air” — as part of its upgraded counter-terror measures.

“We decided today to enact a major plan to employ cameras at all junctions in the West Bank, both on the ground and in the air, with connections to operations room,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. This is an important element of restoring security and foiling terror attacks.

The prime minister made the remarks after he visited the site where Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama were murdered in a drive-by terror attack last Thursday. Henkin, a U.S. citizen, was also a veteran of the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal unit and the son of two well-known Yeshiva University alumni. His mother is the director of a women’s program at the institution.

“There is no question here regarding our support for the military, and everyone knows the truth, in contrast to those who claim otherwise,” Netanyahu said in a reference to lawmakers who have criticized his handling of the recent violence. “There is a certain level of responsibility required from the settlers, and they should be accurate in their claims.”

Netanyahu also said he had plans for vendors in the Old City souk (market) in Jerusalem who laughed at and mocked Adele Lavi as she cried for their help after she was stabbed Saturday night, and ultimately turned their backs on her. “I asked that their stores be shuttered and that they be brought to justice,” the prime minister said. The vendors sneered at Mrs. Lavi, as she begged for help with a knife wound in her shoulder as her husband, baby and a second rabbi were being stabbed and shot.

“The greatest center of incitement in recent years is the [northern] Islamic Movement, and we will take care of them, too,” Netanyahu continued.

“We will break this wave of terror like we broke previous waves of terror. We are in ongoing contact with all our neighbors and are trying to make the facts clear despite the wave of falsehoods that have been disseminated.

“We have no intention of changing the status quo at the Temple Mount, and we have no intention of destroying mosques or building a Third Temple there.

“We have ongoing contact with the Egyptians, the Jordanians and many others,” he added.

“I am not willing to tolerate Israeli citizens joining in the incitement. I cannot tolerate spitting on police or waving PLO and Hamas flags at stadiums – not by Jews and not by Muslims, and I have directed the attorney general to act against the agitators among us.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon added advice that “local council heads need to stop hyperventilating. There’s a difference between the situation during Operation Defensive Shield (which took place during the 2002 second intifada) and that of today. Since then, the IDF has been on the offensive in [Judea and Samaria]; these statements just cause citizens to take the law into their own hands.

“This is an unacceptable phenomenon, which sabotages our struggle against Jewish terror and adds fuel to the fire.

“Ministers must remember that the government has collective responsibility,” Ya’alon said.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Demolishes Homes of 2 Terrorists, Seals 1 in Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Security personnel have demolished the homes of the terrorists who carried out the lethal attack on a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. They sealed the home of the bulldozer terrorist in another Jerusalem neighborhood.

Security personnel demolished the homes of Abu Jamil Jasan Ben Muhammad and Muhammed Naif El-Ja’abis early Tuesday and sealed off the home of Muatez Ibrahim Halil Hijazi, under orders from Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

On November 18, 2014, Abu Jamil Jasan Ben Muhammad stormed the synagogue during morning prayers with axes, knives and guns, together with a second terrorist, Abu Jamal Uday Ben Abed.

They brutally murdered Rabbis Calman Levin, Moshe Twersky, Avraham Shumel Goldberg and Aryeh Kopinsky, and Druze police officer Zidan Saif. Muhammed Naif El-Ja’abis is the murderer of Avraham Waltz, and is responsible for injuring seven others in a bulldozer terror attack in Jerusalem on August 04, 2014.

El-Ja’abis drove a bulldozer out of a construction site onto a main street in the capital that day. He deliberately struck and ran over pedestrians before ramming the tractor into a public bus, overturning it and continued the heinous attack by hitting it repeatedly. On October 29, 2014, Muatez Ibrahim Halil Hijazi (whose home has been sealed off) attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

Glick was about to leave the Menachem Begin Heritage Center after a speaking engagement when Hijazi approached him, shooting four times and fleeing the scene after first speaking with Glick to ensure his identity.

“The IDF will continue to act on orders from the government, while cooperating with other security bodies, and will not hesitate to take all legal steps at its disposal to harm terrorists and the elements that support them, to deter them from carrying out further attacks,” the IDF said in a statement.

Hijazi was tracked down and killed within hours after the attack in a gun battle with special forces on the roof of his home in Abu Tor, east Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Security Minister: Outlaw Muslim Radicals from Temple Mount

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan dropped the other shoe Monday in a letter calling on Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to outlaw two Muslim radical groups from the Temple Mount.

The Palestinian Authority called Edan’s proposal “racist.”

The right of Jews to ascend the Temple Mount, as stated in the Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty, has been under threat by increasingly violent Muslims who are paid to harass and attack Jews at the holy site.

Daily violence and the unprecedented action of Jerusalem policy facing off against Muslims who barricaded themselves inside the Al Aqsa mosque last year threatened to erupt into an all-out war until Jordanian King Abdullah and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met in Amman and took measures to cool things down.

Access to Jews was allowed, but the government made it clear that Cabinet ministers may not visit the Temple Mount.

The unwritten agreement held ground for several months until radical Muslim re-asserted their presence with men and women paid by the Islamic Movement to visit the holy site with the sole purpose of chasing and attacking Jews.

A visiting Christian was attacked last week, and Palestinian Authority and Arab world media have escalated incitement with constant reports that police escort settlers to “storm” the Temple Mount.

Erdan decided enough is enough and wrote to Ya’alon letter, which he said is supported by the police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), to outlaw the “Morabiton” and “Morabitat” radical Muslims groups.

He wrote:

These organizations follow Jewish visits to the Temple Mount and yell, incite and block them. Their aim is to use violence and intimidation to stop Jews from trying to visit the Temple Mount, and I will do everything I can to stop these dangerous organizations that violate the status quo.

The damage, partly irreversible, caused by the Israel’s government’s turning a blind eye to Muslim violence while limiting Jewish visitors is reflected in statements made by the Al Aqsa NGO, whose official told Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio Monday:

We have seen an increase in visits to the Temple Mount by fanatics and criminal Jews who cause provocations.

Israel violates the status quo (by allowing Jews to visit]. Israel is not allowed to maintain security on the Temple Mount.

It is occupied territory under international law. Israel has occupied it since 1967.

Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount is within the “consensus” of almost all Israeli Jews, so much so that even the interviewer for the leftist and pluralistic Reshet Bet charged the Muslim official with lying. He also continuous questioned the Al Aqsa official about Muslims who attack Jews, but the only response was a repetition that the Temple Mount is not a part of Israel.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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