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February 11, 2016 / 2 Adar I, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Defense Ministry’

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

‘Hamas is Responsible For My Son. They Cannot Shirk Responsibility’

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The mother of a (possibly) mentally ill young man who crossed the southern border of Israel into Gaza is blaming Hamas for her son’s captivity.

A second civilian, also in his 20s, is being held captive in Gaza as well. All information about the second man, a Negev Bedouin resident of the town of Hura, has been censored, however.

Avraham Mengisto’s mother told media in a briefing today (Thursday, July 9) while meeting with Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni that she holds Gaza’s ruling terror organization responsible for the welfare of her 28-year-old son.

“Hamas is responsible for my son’s fate,” his mother said. “They cannot shirk their responsibility. I [also] hope the state will not cease to act for his return.”

The mayor visited her at the family home in Ashkelon on Thursday after the news of Avraham’s disappearance was cleared for publication. “The family is going through a very difficult time, after the double tragedy that they’ve endured,” Shimoni said. “Askelon Municipality’s social services department has been accompanying them since the first moment. We embrace the family and send them strength and hope that Avraham will be back with his family quickly,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Avraham’s brother Ilan subsequently said “[We] have decided to behave with restraint and give the government time to get our brother back home and we also ask the people of Israel to show restraint… The family considers this a humanitarian issue and we call on the international community to get involved and work to secure the release of my brother,” he said. “I ask that Hamas consider the condition of my brother and release him,” he added.

Information about Avraham’s disappearance 10 months ago only became public today due to the lifting of a gag order.

Mengisto left his home in Ashkelon early on September 8, 2014, and apparently kept walking along the shoreline until he crossed the border into Gaza. This is not the first time that Mengisto has gone missing; there have been three reports of similar incidents registered with the social services department, although none involved a border crossing.

Mengisto’s mother Agernesh lives in Ashkelon, and his father Ayele lives in central Israel. He is one of nine children in the family.

According to the Defense Ministry there is no concrete information as to his fate; IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai told media, however, that current information indicates Mengisto is being held by Hamas.

A military source said Mengisto had initially been arrested by Hamas after crossing the border in September, but the terror organization said it released him because he was not a soldier. The source said there have been several attempts since that time to negotiate for his release.

A Hamas source in Gaza told Ynet that Mengisto is no longer in the region; the source said the Israeli exited the enclave via the tunnels in the southern border town of Rafah, and headed into Egypt.

Mengisto’s grieving mother added that despite her efforts to remain strong, “It hurts me. Since he disappeared, my life has come to a stop.

“Every day I wait for him to come through the door and say ‘hello.’ I pray for his return, and ask anyone who can help us to do so.”

Israel Buys German Ships to Protect Gas & Oil Rigs in Mediterranean

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Israel and Germany have signed a 430-million Euro contract to provide the Jewish State with four ships to protect natural gas and oil rigs in the Mediterranean.

The Defense Ministry announced the deal on Monday with the arrival in Tel Aviv of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen for an official state visit.

Included in the agreement was a special grant of 115 million Euros provided to Israel by the German government.

The project is being funded via the Exclusive Economic Zone through a budget separate from that used for defense.

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Dan Harel, managing director of the Defense Ministry, said the acquisition represented “a dramatic improvement in the navy’s ability to protect strategic sites for the State of Israel.”

The four patrol corvette-type vessels are to be built by the TKMS German shipyard in the city of Kiel near Hamburg. All will be equipped with Israeli combat systems.

The shipyard is owned and operated by the TK Consortium, which has committed to a reciprocal purchase from Israel. TK Consortium has agreed to buy at least NIS 700 million in Israeli defense product under the terms of the contract.

Given the equipment with which the vessels are to be loaded, Israel’s defense industry will be busy for the next five years, when the vessels are to arrive.

Dolphin submarines currently in use by the Israel Navy were produced in the same shipyard.

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