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Israeli Bedouin Freed From Egyptian Prison

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Israeli Bedouin Ouda Tarabin has been freed from an Egyptian prison after 15 years’ incarceration on suspicion of spying for the Jewish State.

He returned to Israel early Thursday morning, just as two Egyptian prisoners completed their prison terms in Israel and were released to return to Egypt.

Tarabin was arrested by Egyptian authorities while crossing the border to visit his family in the Sinai Peninsula. He was tried and sentenced in absentia in 2000 on charges of aiding others in gathering intelligence.

Hana Levi Julian

Losing in Arbitration, Egypt Must Pay Israel $1.76 Billion for Gas Stoppage

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Israel Electric Corp on Sunday announced that Egyptian natural gas companies will pay compensation of $1.76 billion for stopping gas supplies in 2012, after Mohammed Morsi had been elected president. The termination, which followed months of terrorist attacks on the pipeline in the Sinai, reneged on a 20-year deal between Egypt and Israel. The state-owned IEC initially sued Egypt Mediterranean Gas for $4 billion in damages, but an international arbitrator awarded it only $1.76 billion plus interest and legal expenses.

IEC said it had sustained heavy damages as a result of Egypt’s blocking of gas supplies, forcing it to purchase more expensive fuel to generate electricity.

The Middle east Monitor noted that Egypt’s natural gas reserves had been depleted over the first decade of the 21st century, so that by 2008 “Egypt became a pure importer of energy.” In fact, after Egypt had exported natural gas to Israel since the mid-1990s, it will start importing Israeli gas in 2019 and 2020, for a period of 10 to 15 years. Apparently, well before the “Arab Spring,” still under the Hosni Mubarak regime, “Egyptian energy experts had warned their government of the consequences of continuing the strategy of exporting oil and natural gas for reasons associated with the imminent depletion of Egypt’s fuel resources.”

JNi.Media

Intel Officials: Terrorist Bomb May Have Downed MetroJet in Sinai

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

British and U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that MetroJet Flight 9268 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last weekend may have been due to a mid-air explosion from a bomb planted by Da’esh (ISIS).

The terrorists may have used a barometric pressure bomb formed from the plastic explosive PETN, according to a report on CNN.

Within hours of the crash, Da’esh claimed responsibility, subsequently taunting in an audio statement on social media: “We are not forced to disclose the mechanism of our downing it. So you may bring the wreckage of the plane and search it, and you may bring your black box and analyze it. Report to us the conclusions.”

Britain has suspended all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, where the doomed flight originated, at least for now, and has issued a travel advisory for its citizens against “all but essential travel” to the Egyptian resort. Britain has also sent its own officials to the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh to supervise current flights departing with citizens to the UK.

Initial inspection of the flight data recorder recovered from the aircraft indicated the recording ceased abruptly, according to a European official who spoke with media.

That evidence supports the likelihood of a mid-air explosion, as did the U.S. satellite imagery of sudden flashes in the atmosphere above the crash site. U.S. officials, who are not formally part of the investigation, told the New York Times on Tuesday that it is still too early to reach any conclusions about the cause of the crash.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement, however, “We have concluded there is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft.”

All 224 on board the flight en route to St. Petersburg lost their lives. Currently the UK government estimates there are up to 20,000 citizens in Sharm el-Sheikh.

It is not clear how they will be able to leave, if they choose to do so, once current flights to the UK are completed. “Passengers who are on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh will be returned to the UK,” Hammond said. “We are working with the airlines, and the Egyptian authorities put in place emergency procedures and additional screening and additional security” to get them home.

Hana Levi Julian

Bomb May Have Blown Up Russian Airbus Flight over Sinai

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Egyptian officials suspect that terrorists planted a bomb onboard the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed on Saturday over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 crew and passengers.

All authorities have rejected Islamic State (ISIS) claims that it shot down the plane, but the fact that it is rare for an airplane to disintegrate shortly after taking off from before takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh airport makes the bomb theory more probable.

Russian aviation official Viktor Sorochenko, who inspected the crash site, told Russian media that that the flight “broke up in the air,” which explains why debris was found over 12 square miles.

Bloomberg News reported that said Steve Wallace, former chief of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s crash investigation division, said that it’s very rare with a modern airplane.

However, in 2001, the rear of the 18-year-old aircraft scraped along the tarmac and sustained extensive damage, although the plane was repaired.

The wife of co-pilot of the St, Petersburg-bound plane told Russian television that her husband had complained about the condition of the plane.

Authorities have recovered the black box from the ill-fated plane, but it will take several days before they conclude their investigation.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday evening that he no one can say whether a technical failure or terrorists caused the crash until an “extensive and complicated technical study” is completed.

Former Israeli national security adviser and IDF Intelligence Chief Yaakov Amidror said “other scenarios also have to be considered, especially the possibility that the plane was sabotaged at the airport before taking off.”

Yves Trotignon, a former French intelligence agent, told Le Parisien:

The [Russian’ statement [that the plane fell apart in mid-air] does not say they shot it {ISIS] down, but that they destroyed it. You could imagine explosives on board, or sabotage.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Defense Ministry Official: Eilat Bound Aircraft Receive Triple Protection against Missiles

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Israeli government is still waiting, like the rest of us, for results from the Egyptian investigation of the Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai on its way from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. Although it is not largely believed that this was done deliberately, as ISIS is claiming, Israeli state officials are still waiting to see proof that the Islamic State is not behind the crash.

Amos Gilad, head of the political and security office in the Defense Ministry, told Walla on Sunday: “We trust the Egyptian statements which have shown good judgment and a professional examination. ISIS do have anti-aircraft missiles, but not the type that can hit a plane at a cruising altitude (the Russian plane was at an altitude of 40 thousand feet and shoulder-fired missiles simply do not reach that far up). There will be an in-depth investigation to rule out any possibilities of terror. Right now, they’re leaning towards a technical malfunction.”

Regarding the suspension of Air France and Lufthansa flights that pass over the Sinai, Gilad said: “These private companies have decided to suspend flights until they see the test results. Israeli companies will continue flying to Eilat normally because their airplanes are protected in three envelopes. The Elbit defense system is most impressive technologically, and Israel has adopted it. In addition, the Israeli Intelligence and deterrence systems are operating to prevent this kind of situation. Israel is well aware of the range of threats emanating from ISIS. This is a murderous organization with extremist ideologies that tries to undermine the existing order in the Middle East.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s air safety regulator has ordered Metrojet, the airline whose charter plane crashed in the Sinai, to suspend flights pending the probe, Al Ahram reported. Rostransnadzor, Russia’s transport safety watchdog, on Sunday ordered the carrier to ground its fleet of Airbus A321s following Saturday’s crash.

JNi.Media

Egypt Floods Hamas Terror and Smuggling Tunnels with Seawater

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

 

If Israel were to flood Hamas terror and smuggling tunnels, the world would have condemned Israel the next day. When Egypt does it, no one outside Gaza says “boo,” and Israel can breathe a bit easier

The al-Sisi regime has flooded underground tunnels in six different areas in southern Gaza for the second time in two weeks, according to the Turkish-based Anadolu agency.

Smugglers use the tunnels to transport terrorists, ammunition, weapons and goods and merchandise that are heavily taxed by Hamas.

Wiping out the system severely hampers Hamas’ ability to rake in heavy taxes on smuggle goods and to maintain a hammerlock on supplies of goods and merchandise.

Terrorists have infiltrated into the Sinai Peninsula from Gaza and to carry out murderous attacks on Egypt police and soldiers carrying out al-Sisi’s orders to re-assert Egyptian authority in an area where anarchy has allowed Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups to carve out fiefdoms of power.

Flooding tunnel is not the only drastic action that Egypt has used to protect itself, as well as reducing the possibility of attacks on Israel for the Sinai.

Two years, Egypt began bulldozing homes of Gaza Arabs on the Egyptian side of Rafah, a city that straddles the border with Gaza. Last January, it extended the buffer zone to more than a mile and has displaced thousands of families, with only a few peeps from the international community.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Netanyahu Meets with Italian Energy Company on Gas Fields

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Thursday morning with the CEO of Italy’s state energy company ENI, Claudio Descalzi to discuss off-shore gas fields.

ENI recently shell-shocked Israel’s dreams for getting rich over natural gas by announcing the discovery of a gigantic gas field off the Egyptian coast, a find that is far larger than Israel’s off-shore fields that in themselves were huge.

Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following statement after the meeting:

As part of the growing strategic cooperation between Israel and Italy in a variety of fields, I see great importance to cooperation with Italy also in the field of energy.

He and Descalzi discussed new developments in the eastern Mediterranean basin gas fields, including ENI’s new discovery, and spoke about the future development of the gas fields in Israel’s waters.

They agreed to continue to promote the common interests of the countries and major energy companies in the region, including joint development or transfer of natural gas to different consumers.

Israel’s new infrastructure for Israeli gas might be able to be used by ENI to help transport gas developed off Egypt’s coast.

ENI’s CEO presented the importance of synergies in joint development of natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean through future allocation of resources, as well as through export and transport infrastructure of Israel’s gas.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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