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May 5, 2016 / 27 Nisan, 5776

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Small Synagogue at Karmei Tzur Demolished in Civil Administration Pre-Dawn Stealth Move

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

A small synagogue recently rebuilt at the site of the Givat Soreq outpost on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur was demolished by Civil Administration forces before dawn Thursday in accordance with instructions from the Defense Ministry, according to the Hebew-language 0404 website.

It was in this same synagogue that sacred texts were set ablaze two months ago by Arab terrorists, a hate crime carried out by those in nearby Halhul.

Just a few days ago, holy books had been donated to the newly-rebuilt house of worship. But by Thursday 9 am, not a trace remained of the solid cement-block structure upon which the community’s rabbi had placed a mezuzah.

Outraged residents told 0404, “Thousands of illegally-built Arab homes and other structures exist, but the Defense Minister in his ignorance destroys a synagogue established in the memory of three Israeli teens who were kidnaped and murdered (by Hamas terrorists). It’s clear that it’s worth it to continue burning – because instead of dealing with the Arabs, the Jews are destroying themselves.”

It would indeed seem that perhaps the defense establishment has become confused about who it’s supposed to be defending and where retaliation is appropriate in political or military terms.

Karmei Tzur has been under siege from its Arab neighbors since the start of the current wave of terror, and has not shied away from the challenge.

Barely two weeks ago, about 500 Israelis marched from Karmei Tzur to the Gush Etzion junction to demonstrate against terror.

The marchers blocked Highway 60, a main north-south artery, in both directions as they demanded that deterrence be restored. The move came in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in the Gush Etzion region.

The timing of the demolition of the synagogue and the stealth with which it was carried out raises the question of whether the move came in retaliation for the community’s activism.

At the start of this month, Arab squatters returned to the Wadi Rashrash valley near Karmei Tzur – six months after they had been ejected by the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Arabs had started to build a road there and were using the wadi as a garbage dump.

The area has been under processing for declaration as state land for some time. The violation was reported but it is not clear whether the government followed up.

Karmei Tzur has been repeatedly traumatized during this wave of terror. On February 24 one of the community’s founders and leading residents, IDF reserve Captain Eliav Gelman was killed in a stabbing attack at the nearby Gush Etzion junction. He was stabbed by an Arab terrorist who was then shot by IDF soldiers, who also hit Gelman by accident in the crossfire. Gelman was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem but could not be saved. He is survived by his pregnant wife and two young children.

Earlier that month, on February 9 an armed 16-year-old female Arab terrorist tried to infiltrate Karmei Tzur at the start of the day, dressed for school.

A resident of the community alerted the guard, who then warned the young wannabe stabber to drop her weapon – a kitchen knife – which she did.

The blade had clearly been sharpened, most likely after watching an Internet video of a sermon by one of the numerous radical Islamist clerics who urge their followers to murder Jews. They include detailed instructions on how to carry out those killings, complete with directions on how to sharpen the knives.

Three days prior to that attempted terror attack, Arab arsonists attacked the little synagogue on February 6 at Givat Sorek, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur.

Hana Levi Julian

Arrow 3 Ballistic Missile Interceptor System Tests A-OK!

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Israeli and U.S. engineers celebrated “a perfect test” Thursday morning for the Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor system, which has been in development by the two countries since 2008.

The missile defense system successfully calculated and engaged the launched target in what Israel’s Defense Ministry called a “major milestone.”

The test, which took place at 8:12 am local time, involved the launch of an interceptor from the Palmachim Air Base, aimed at a missile fired by an IAF fighter jet, on a trajectory towards Israel’s coastal Mediterranean waters.

Designed to intercept and destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Arrow 3 is intended to hit the missiles and the warheads — be they nuclear, biological or chemical — outside the atmosphere and as close as possible to their launch sites.

According to Israel Aerospace Industry missile division general manager Yoav Turgeman, the trial went perfectly. “We launched the Arrow 3 and for the first time with the Arrow 3, we have intercepted the right target, very accurately, as planned,” he said.

The Arrow 3 system is capable of intercepting more than five ballistic missiles within a 30-second period at altitudes of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles), which is safer for destruction of nuclear, biological or chemical warheads.

A higher altitude interception is intended to safely destroy an incoming high-risk warhead before its target or trajectory can be definitively identified.

The Israel Missile Defense Organization from the Defense Ministry’s research and development directorate teamed with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to develop the Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor.

Hana Levi Julian

Shin Bet Has ‘Concrete Suspicions’ Israelis Torched Duma Family Home

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Thursday a number of Israeli youths recently arrested are suspected of membership in “a Jewish terrorist organization.”

The youths are also suspected of “carrying out terrorist attacks,” according to the statement by the Shin Bet, which said the arrests came “in the context of concrete suspicions.”

No other details were released due to a firm gag order on the investigation, which also involves the Israel Police and state prosecutors.

The allegations are being investigated in connection with July’s deadly arson attack of the Dawabsheh family home in the Palestinian Authority village of Duma.

The mother, father and baby son all died of wounds sustained in the inferno; the only survivor was the family’s four-year-old son.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told reporters at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv that those responsible for their deaths were more dangerous than the typical “price tag” activists.

“Their aim is to cause a flare-up in the security situation on the ground. We have decided that administration detention and a ban order (keeping the detainee from Judea and Samaria) are the steps we need to take so that there will be no more terrorist attacks.”

Ya’alon added, “We believe we know who carried out the attacks.”

Hana Levi Julian

Russia Presents ‘Evidence’ of Alleged ISIS Oil Imports to Turkey

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Russian officials presented materials on Wednesday that they said proved Turkey’s leadership is “involved in illegal oil trade with ISIS.”

The Russian Defense Ministry presented materials in a Moscow briefing on Wednesday that officials said proved Turkey has been importing oil from the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of shooting down one of Russia’s warplanes to protect the transfer of black market Syrian oil from ISIS through Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would resign if Putin could prove the allegation.

At the briefing in Moscow, Russian Defense Ministry officials charged Turkey’s leadership, including Erdogan and his family, with being “involved in illegal oil trade with [ISIS]… Turkey is the final destination for oil smuggled from Syria and Iraq,” said Deputy Defense Ministery Anatoly Antonov.

Russian Defense Ministry map showing alleged oil truck routes to Turkey from ISIS oil wells in Syria.

Russian Defense Ministry map showing alleged oil truck routes to Turkey from ISIS oil wells in Syria.

“Today, we are presenting only some of the facts that confirm that a whole team of bandits and Turkish elites stealing oil from their neighbors is operating in the region,” Antonov said. He added that the oil “in large quantities” enters Turkish territory in “live oil pipelines” via thousands of oil trucks.

“According to our data, the top political leadership of the country – President Erdogan and his family – is involved in this criminal business,” he added.

Lt.-Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, also at the briefing, said that Russian air strikes that began on September 30 had significantly reduced the oil income of the terror organization.

“The income [of Da’esh] was about $3 million per day,” he said. “After two months of Russian air strikes their income was about $1.5 million a day.”

The officials presented photos of oil trucks, videos of air strikes on ISIS oil storage facilities and maps showing the routes of oil deliveries and promised more evidence to be posted on the ministry’s website in the coming days.

Hana Levi Julian

Ya’alon: IDF to Call Up Reserves in January 2016

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The Israel Defense Forces are set to call up the reserves in January in order to enable drafted troops to train for combat, the defense ministry announced on Monday.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told reporters at a briefing at the ministry in Tel Aviv the move would also take place to help address the current wave of terror, which is likely to continue for some time, “I don’t know for how long.”

Although Israel has blocked efforts by Hamas and other terror groups to organize any major operations there have been dozens of lone wolf stabbings, shootings and ramming vehicle attacks.

It is also possible the terror groups could gain strength, Ya’alon warned. “More significant hostile action is possible,” he said, pointing to the widespread radical Islamist anti-Israel incitement filling jihadist and social networking sites.

“The deeper background goes back to what is being taught in the Palestinian Authority,” Ya’alon noted, referring to murderous images flashed by Da’esh (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. “[The PA] education system does not prepare the next generation for co-existence.”

Israel, however, is “safeguarding the economic routine” for Arabs in the Palestinian Authority, because it is in Israel’s interest, Ya’alon said.

The bottom line rests with Israel’s policy of punishing terrorists while enabling Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority to live their lives in dignity.

Hana Levi Julian

4 Wounded, Including IDF Soldier Stabbed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

An Arab terrorist stabbed a female IDF soldier with a screwdriver, grabbed her weapon and raced toward the nearby Azrielli Mall in Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon.

Another soldier on the scene immediately chased the terrorist, a construction worker, and shot and killed him.

At least four people were injured in the attack, including three women and a man. All four were fully conscious and were evacuated to Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv with wounds to their upper bodies.

The attack took place next to the Azrieli Mall and hi-rise tower, opposite the Kirya IDF headquarters, location of Israel’s Defense Ministry.

Police meanwhile have taped off the intersection in central Tel Aviv near the Kirya army base headquarters, across from the Azrieli Mall and hi-rise tower, due to concerns that a second terrorist may be in the area.

Security personnel threw a dragnet around the area and are searching for a possible second suspect.

Hana Levi Julian

Here’s How Israel Could Use US Bombers to Strike Iranian Nukes

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Israeli needs U.S. B-52 bombers that can carry “bunker buster” bombs in order to attack Iran if is about to developed a nuclear weapon under the camouflage of the ObamaDeal, according to an Israel strategic expert now living in the United States.

Dr. Ehud Eilam, a former private contractor for the Defense Ministry and who has written a book on the “next war: between Israel and Egypt, wrote in Israel Defense that the United States should either attack Iran or give the green light to Israel to do so if Iran cheats on the agreement.

He maintains that Israel’s F-16 warplanes cannot do the job because they cannot carry 30,000-pound buster bombs being developed by the United States.

The Israeli Air Force has been training with the F-16 and F-15 aircraft for years in simulated attacks on Iran, which would require re-refueling.

Israel’s current stockpile of smaller bunker bombs may not be able to smash through nuclear sites protected by thick cement and buried underground, Dr. Eilam wrote.

He said Israel needs the American upgraded Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), commonly called a bunker buster.

Dr. Eilam added:

Israel’s fighter-bombers…are too small to carry the MOP. The United States could give its Israeli ally the B-52 Stratofortress bombers, capable of carrying up to 32,000 kg of weapons….

Israeli air and ground crews should be sent now to the United States, to study how to operate both the MOP bomb and the B-52 bomber. The IAF does not possess heavy bombers like the B-52. The last time the IAF had similar weapon systems was in the 1950s, when it used a handful of B-17 bombers….

The Israeli personal would learn the B-52 as fast as they can. A special crash course should be created for them so they could return to Israel, with the B-52, as early as possible. This process might last up to a year, but it might end much sooner.

Israel used American fighter planes to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1991.

If Iran is suspected of getting its hands within in arm’s reach of a nuclear weapon, Israel could strike again – with U.S. weapons – first by attacking key Iranian bases with F-16s , jamming Iranian radar and then deploying the B-52s to bomb nuclear sites.

Perhaps more important than carrying out a strike would be Iran’s knowledge that Israel has the capability to do so.

The biggest deterrent to an Iranian nuclear weapon might not be ObamaDeal but rather an overt Israeli capability to strike.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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