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IDF Claims Drug Smugglers Carried out Sinai Attack

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The IDF has concluded that Wednesday’s attack on two soldiers at the Egyptian border involved a drug smuggling attempt and “was not related to terror.”

“An IDF inquiry suggests the cross-border attack on patrol was a violent drug smuggling attempt, foiled by Caracal Battalion Company Commanders,” military spokesmen said. ”The perpetrators opened fire from three locations including from a car driving along the border. From the attack the Company Commander, Captain Or Ben-Yehuda and another soldier were wounded. IDF responded and killed at least three of the attackers. We are continuing to review the circumstances of the incident.”

The Egyptian version is totally different. Egyptians security forces directly blamed the attack on the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis (ABM) terrorist group.

“The goal is to provoke an Israeli incursion into Egyptian territory, which would then put Cairo in hot water,” Daniel Nisman, president of the Middle East think tank Levantine Group, told The Atlantic.

He added that Israel’s response is limited because “intervening in Egypt would backfire [and] all Israel can do is continue cooperating with the Egyptian government.”

Take the IDF statement for whatever it’s worth, but it is hard to believe that a “violent drug smuggling attempt” is not linked with terror, for which drug smuggling is a big money-maker.

Could it be that the IDF simply is trying to tone down the idea that Al Qaeda terrorists or ISIS sympathizers are active on the border?

Terror Attack on IDF From Sinai

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Terrorists inside the Sinai Peninsula attacked an IDF patrol at the Egyptian border, near Shivta and Ezuz on Wednesday afternoon.

Two soldiers from the Caracal battalion were injured in the attack from an anti-tank missile and gunfire, according to the IDF.

A female officer and a male soldier were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva by helicopter. They are listed in good and fair condition, respectively.

The IDF sent a large number of troops to the scene to prevent infiltration of terrorists into Israel. It is believed the IDF soldiers were able to return fire and hit the attackers. Unconfirmed reports said a number of the terrorists were killed.

In what initially appeared to be an unrelated motor vehicle accident, an IDF jeep overturned about four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the scene, in the Eshkol Regional Council district. Four soldiers were injured in the incident, according to a security source who said they were listed in good condition.

Defense officials are analyzing data in order to determine whether there was, in fact, any infiltration into Israeli territory.

The southern border with Egypt is closely guarded with a high security fence and advanced observation equipment. The topography in the area is mountainous, with outposts from which to spot any activity in the region. Military patrols secure the border as well.

The Sinai-based global jihadist Ansar Bayt al Maqdis terrorist organization, which is linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror groups, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier this week in Sinai, seven Egyptian soldiers were wounded by flying shrapnel from an IED (incendiary explosive device), or roadside bomb, detonated against an Egyptian military patrol vehicle as it drove through El Arish.

The Egyptian military has been operating in the region to foil attacks by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has also claimed responsibility in recent months for a number of beheadings in Sinai. The radical Islamist group proclaimed in each case that the victim was guilty of “spying” for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

 

Israel to Export Gas to Egypt

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The consortium that owns the huge off-shore Tamar natural gas field has signed a seven-year memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Dolphinus Holdings to export of up to 2.5 billion cubic meters of gas to private Egyptian customers, Globes reported.

The deal is in addition to other sales by the owners of the Tamar and the Leviathan energy fields that have turned Israel into an energy exporter. Previously, Israel was dependent on Egypt for natural gas and had signed a long-term agreement with the regime of Hosni Mubarak. During and after the revolution that ended with his ouster and subsequent arrest and conviction for corruption.

Terrorists in the Sinai routinely blew up the pipeline through which gas flowed to Israel and Jordan.

Delek Drilling chairman and Avner CEO Gideon Tadmor, whose companies are part of the consortium, said, “The Tamar and Leviathan partnerships have so far signed a series of agreements designed to enable the supply of natural gas to the Palestinian Authority, to Jordan, and for export as liquid natural gas via the existing installations in Egypt. The MOU with Dolphinus is a further, important link in the series of agreements, allowing the supply of gas to the Egyptian domestic market as well. I have no doubt that these agreements will lead to a strengthening of Israel’s relations with its neighbors.”

The sale price of the gas will be dependent on the price of crude oil on the world market.

The Dolphinus Holding company reportedly represents large non-government industrial and commercial gas consumers.

The Leviathan consortium last month signed an agreement worth $15 billion with Jordan to export $45 billion worth of natural gas over a 15-year period.

Jordan has turned to Israel for gas because of the interruptions in the flow from Egypt.

In February, Tamar partners also announced an agreement to sell natural gas to Jordan through a new pipeline.

The exports of natural gas have played a major role in the increase of the value of the shekel until the shekel-dollar rate touched below 3.40 in the summer. It since has rebounded to nearly 3.75 shekels to the dollar because of reports of slower than expected growth on Israel, a cut in the interest rate and anticipation that the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank will raise the prime rate by early next year.

 

Update: UN Forgot to Announce Ban Ki-Moon to Visit Negev Rocket Victims

Monday, October 13th, 2014

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit communities battered by Hamas missiles and meet with relatives of victims after his visit to Gaza, his press secretary told The Jewish Press Tuesday evening.

An earlier story entitled “Ban Ki-Moon Skips Sderot on Way to ‘Stand with the People of Gaza’ was based on official United Nations press releases that Ban said he will “listen directly to the people of Gaza.” A visit to southern Israel was not mentioned.

The omission of any reference to his itinerary in southern Israel was an “unfortunate error” that will be investigated, his press secretary Stefan Dujarric said.

Fresh from a visit to Libya, another hotspot where the United Nations has been a colossal failure, Ban’s speech at the “Donors Conference” in Cairo to make Hamas safe from the world marked another step towards the international body’s becoming an instrument for insanity.

It turns out, according to Ban, the “root causes” of the war are not Hamas’ stated aim of destroying Israel. “We must not lose sight of the root causes of the recent hostilities: a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights, and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations,” Ban said.

It’s all because of the “occupation,” meaning the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria following the Jordanian army’s retreat in 1967 after joining half a dozen other Arab countries that tried and failed to annihilate Israel.

It’s because of the “occupation” – not the occupation by Jordan of Judea and Samaria after it and the Arab world refused to accept the U.N. recognition of Israel and the partition plan that would have left Israel a defenseless nation and without Jerusalem.

It’s because of the “occupation” when Israel took over Gaza from Egypt, which was happy to get rid of it in the war and allow Israel to breathe life into that had been a hapless and hopeless society.

It’s because of the occupation – but not the occupation of the political vacuum by Yasser Arafat, who led the destruction of the Arab economy and religious and social freedoms.

Not only is the “occupation” the reason that Hamas attacked Israel again and again and again.

One of the root causes also is the “denial of Palestinian rights,” rights they never had under Jordanian and Egyptian role. Ban did not refer to other rights, such as free speech, a fair trial and the freedom to be a Christian. It would be too much to suggest that Jews be free to be Jews because that is what the Hamas attacks were about.

Ban says otherwise.

The war was because of “the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations,” the euphemism for creating a Palestinian Authority state according to its own definitions, including ridding the United Nations of the burden of “refugees,” who would flood Israel to rid the world of a Jewish nation.

Ban is to meet with Israeli leaders Monday. The earlier Jewish Press article, based on U.N. press releases, stated that “Ban will reserve for Arabs in Gaza the privilege of talking with him.”

“I believe it is important to be on the ground,” he told journalists in Cairo. “That is why I am announcing today that I will visit Gaza on Tuesday to listen directly to the people of Gaza, survey the situation for myself.”

The official UN News Center removed any doubt that the United Nations is a front for the United Anti-Israel Nations.

Press Secretary Dujarric phoned The Jewish Press to correct the official press releases’ omissions and said, Ban “will go to Kibbutz HaShlosha near and will meet with inhabitants of the kibbutz and with families impacted by the rockets and relatives of people who lost loved ones, and he will meet with them privately.”

However, Ban’s speech in Cairo and the official U.N. News Center hardly mentioned Hamas attacks on Israel.

“During the recent 51-day conflict, dozens of schools, hospitals and clinics were destroyed or damaged in Gaza. UN facilities sheltering women and children were hit, resulting in many casualties. Eleven staff members of the UN were killed in the course of the conflict,” the U.N. News Center stated.

No mention was made of Israeli casualties, No mention was made of damage in Israel. No mention was made that Israel did not raise a finger at Gaza until Hamas attacked.

The United Nations continues to act as a propaganda organ for the Palestinian Authority, which now officially includes Hamas, and the “unfortunate error” only highlights its agenda.

“Given that 70 percent of Gazans are refugees, we have a huge responsibility to rebuild homes and improve the situation in the refugee camps,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness speaking with UN radio from Jerusalem this afternoon.

US Secy of State John Kerry Returns to Region

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return to the region by the end of the week.

Kerry will participate in a conference focused on “rebuilding Gaza,” to be held in Cairo on October 12, according to State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Last Thursday the Palestinian Authority unity government called on world leaders to provide $4 billion to rebuild the enclave.

Many areas were battered by Israeli air strikes targeting weapons factories and hidden rocket launchers – deliberately placed by Hamas and other terror groups among Gaza civilian residential population centers.

Israel launched its counter terror Operation Protective Edge in July to stop the constant rocket fire from Gaza terrorists who aimed their missiles and other ordnance at civilians in southern Israeli towns and cities.

The United States last month said it would boost the rehabilitation effort in Gaza with an additional $71 million in emergency aid to the region, bringing its total funding since the start of the war to more than $118 million.

But although the PA unity government claims that $1.9 billion is needed for public and private infrastructure repais, and $1.2 billion is needed for “reactivating economic productivity,” these figures need to be scrutinized.

First of all, there is still a highly complex network of smuggler tunnels that lies beneath the ground level of Gaza. Much of the construction material previously allowed in to the region for the purpose of building “infrastructure” — as well as houses, hospitals and other badly needed structures — obviously was instead instantly diverted to military use. Billions of dollars gone astray there.

Ditto for other “dual use” supplies such as metal piping and other materials redirected instead towards the manufacture of missiles, rockets and mortar shells.

Endless funds have been poured into the enclave by the United States, European nations and other well-meaning, wealthy donors – only to leave Gaza residents as poor as ever, forever dependent upon the self-perpetuating United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“Basic necessities like food, clean water and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory,” the State Department warned in a statement last month. But legitimate desalination plants and sewage treatment plants were not built in Gaza because the materials with which to build them were always being stolen by the ruling Hamas terrorist organization for use in building up its military structure.

Fuel, food and clean water has been shipped in on a weekly basis throughout the entire summer and right up to the current day, via the overland crossings from Israel, even at times under rocket and mortar fire. Each was documented by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). So basics are not the issue. Perhaps the State Department should question Hamas.

When the shipments do not go through, it is because the ruling Hamas terror group chooses to block the transfer. When they do go through, they “sometimes” never make it to the warehouse — or when they make it to the warehouse, they are sometimes “redistributed” elsewhere rather than to their intended target families.

Hamas is known to steal supplies and keep its own fighters fed, first and foremost. It has no problem starving its citizens for the purpose of winning a pitiful international “photo op.”

That, without a single murmur from Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority unity government that partners with Hamas and whose own Fatah military wing, the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, joined in with the rocket fire aimed at Israel from Gaza during this summer’s war.

By the way, the first meeting of the PA unity government is set to be held this Thursday in Gaza.

Egypt Kills Commander in Ansar Beit al-Maqdis Terror Group

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Egyptian soldiers have killed a field commander in the most dangerous terrorist group in the country, the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

Egyptian army personnel confiscated two tons of explosives from a tunnel connecting Sinai to Gaza during the battle in which Mohammed Abu Shatiyeh was killed. Shatiyeh was behind the abduction of seven Egyptian soldiers last year.

The shootout took place just south of Rafah, along the Egyptian border with Gaza.

Egypt Kills 10 Gunmen in Sinai

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Egypt killed 10 gunmen in northern Sinai from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis Wahhabi. The Egypttian attacks took place near Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah.

Dozens more members of the group were wounded in the attack by the Egyptian military.

The group became active after Muslim Brotherhood’s President Morsi was ousted in Egypt’s 2013 military coup.

The group is reportedly responsible for numerous bombings inside Egyptian cities.

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