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Gush Etzion Fence Vote Delayed

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

PM Netanyahu postponed today’s cabinet vote over the very controversial security fence between Gush Etzion and Jerusalem.

Out of the blue, last week Netanyahu said there would be a cabinet vote on the fence on Sunday.

After a lot of resistance from Jews and Arabs in Gush Etzion, as well as environmentalists, the plans to continue building the fence was frozen years ago. Residents were very surprised and angry when the issue suddenly came up again.

The Jerusalem segment of the fence would separate Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, and other segments of the fence would split Gush Etzion in half, as well as block it off from the areas around it.

There are long term plans to build a highway from Gush Etzion to the Dead Sea, which would cut the trip down to approximately 20 minutes. This fence could kill that plan too.

Netanyahu delayed the discussion in the cabinet until next week.

Explosive device along Gaza Border

Friday, June 27th, 2014

An explosive device was detonated along the border with southern Gaza, lightly damaging an IDF military vehicle. No injuries were reported.

IDF tanks fired into Gaza in response, towards areas known to be used as terrorist lookouts.

Numerous rockets were launched at Israel from Gaza over the past week.

Gazan Infiltrator Strolled Past Security and into Netivot

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

While Anonymous hackers haven’t had much success breaching Israel’s defenses, an Arab from Gaza has, according to a report in Yisrael Hayom.

The infiltrator crossed over from Gaza into Israel on Passover eve, and managed to make his way all the way to the southern city of Netivot.

A serious of technical errors with the fence and warning system, as well as the soldiers searching in the wrong direction and location, allowed the infiltrator to stroll right past Israel’s defenses.

The man was not armed, and it is not believed he crossed over to commit a terror attack.

The infiltrator actually hitchhiked from somewhere near the Gaza border with an unsuspecting Israeli who took him the rest of the way to Netivot.

The Palestinian from Gaza turned himself into the police later that evening.

The army is looking at this as a serious failure and is running a full investigation.

Update: IDF Kills Palestinian Near Ramallah

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

A Palestinian Authority resident, Samir Awad (16), was reported to have been killed by IDF soldiers near Ramallah on Tuesday.

Initial reports incorrectly stated that there was a physical confrontation between Palestinians and the IDF soldiers in the village of Burdos, near the security fence.

The IDF spokesman finally released a statement that an IDF unit protecting the security fence, saw an attempt to breach the security fence near Burdos, and the unit attempted to stop the infiltrator, and shot him,

Palestinians sources claim that Awad was shot four times, and died in a Ramallah hospital.

Thieves Steal IAF F-16 Engines

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

F-16 engines, worth millions of shekels, were stolen from an Air Force base in central Israel, according to Walla.

Unlike previous incidents on IDF bases which included jeeps (in May) and large amounts of ammunition (in February) being stolen, this time there were no holes in the fence. It is suspected that the thieves had inside help on the base.

Due to their weight, the thieves must have actually driven the engines off the base.
If you see any exceptionally fast cars flying down the road, you’ll know why.

The Gaza Ceasefire Terms are a Security and Media Disaster

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

In a move that will seriously threaten Israel’s national security in the long run, Israel’s current government agreed, as part of the ceasefire agreement with Hamas after Operation Pillar of Defense, to eliminate the “no man’s land” zone along Israel’s southern border fence with Gaza. Israel will soon again have to deal with the same types of weekly riots on its southern border with which it already deals on the Jordan River’s West Bank.

Israel’s security fence along the Gaza border previously had declared a buffer zone about 300 to 1,500 yards wide beyond the fence on the Gaza side — anyone approaching the fence within that zone was considered hostile.

The elimination of this cordon sanitaire, which protects the security fence, and therefore the country, will not only leave Israel more vulnerable to attacks by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists, but also invite “publicity stunts” by adversarial non-governmental organizations under the direction of Hamas leaders, such as, for example, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The ISM organizes riots and demonstrations, staging them for television cameras to make Israel look as if it is attacking Arabs, when in reality, Israel is responding to Arab attacks — a detail the media usually leave out.

In a game that has gone on for years, the media almost invariably report Israel’s response to rock-throwers as examples of Israelis brutalizing the innocent Arab population. Every week, videos are edited to make it seem as if IDF soldiers are needlessly attacking Arabs, especially children, just peacefully demonstrating. The videos are then distributed over YouTube and the internet. Recently a video was edited that showed a Danish ISM demonstrator being struck by a decorated IDF Lt. Colonel named Eisner – whose finger had been broken earlier by the ISM activist. The ISM “victim” had entered Israel under a false identity. The game requires Israel to expend unnecessary resources to deploy soldiers to disperse the rioters, and it also provides constant propaganda material for the PLO and Hamas with which to de-legitimize Israel both at home and abroad.

Israel has always insisted on a buffer zone on the Hamas-controlled side of the fence to enable IDF soldiers and Border Police to have advance warning of any attempted infiltration into Israel by the Arabs of Gaza. The area was always considered a “no man’s land” where anyone venturing into this buffer zone could be fired upon. The ISM has tried a few times to organize Arabs to approach the southern security fence from the Gaza buffer zone, but they were immediately fired on. One ISM activist claimed to have been shot in the hip; after that incident, the ISM found it more difficult to persuade internationals to sign up — until the new ceasefire agreement, that is.

Presumably, the removal of this buffer zone was included in the ceasefire agreement to show “good faith” during ceasefire negotiations with Hamas. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has not yet stated why this was done.

Now the ISM will be able to descend on this “no man’s land ” by encouraging Arab marchers to storm right up to the fence to demand an end to the “siege” or “occupation,” neither of which in reality exists. It members then begin to riot and throw stones at Israeli soldiers and border guards, or attempt to damage the fence. The British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, refers to the ISM as the “The ‘peace’ group that believes in violence.”

The ISM’s co-founder, Huwaida Arraf, has openly admitted in writing that her organization often works with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Arraf, an American-born Arab whose father emigrated from Israel to the US, therefore holds dual US-Israeli citizenship. She also leads “training and recruitment sessions” at “Palsolidarity” conferences that the ISM organizes at colleges across the U.S. to recruit “volunteers” to go to the Middle East to try to obstruct the IDF’s actions to counter terrorism.

Since 2002, ISM activists in the West Bank have sent provocateurs every Friday into the mosques in the West Bank to incite Arabs to riot against Israeli Border Police, and, more recently, to attack the West Bank security fence, which was set up to keep suicide bombers and other terrorists from entering the heart of the Jewish state.

The ISM writes press releases (usually cleared by Arraf personally) claiming these are peaceful demonstrations; but as soon as these “internationals,” who work under the direction of plainclothes Palestinian “handlers,” reach the West Bank security fence, they begin inciting Arabs, particularly children, to throw rocks at Israeli soldiers.

Lest anyone think that rock throwing is not lethal — the ISM in its press releases refers to rock throwing as “nonviolent” — slingshots are used which make rocks just as deadly as bullets.

When Arabs, armed with with rocks and wire cutters, arrive at the security fence in the West Bank, the IDF uses tear gas, “skunk” spray and stun grenades, or in worst case scenarios non-lethal rubber bullets, to try to disperse the rioters. ISM activists, however, try to help arrested Arab rioters to escape from the police by pulling the arrested men away.

Nearly every week, the West Bank villages of B’ilin and Nabi Saleh are the scenes of such violence, assisted by the ISM. The group has helped to organize similar riots in East Jerusalem in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, to prevent Jews from moving into their own houses, recently regained after twenty years in court, after Arab squatters had illegally settled in them. The ISM also dispatched a young American, Jeff Pickert, traveling on a false passport under the name of Max Suchan, to arrange similar riots in the village of Saffa. Pickert was deported by Israel after having been revealed to Israel’s internal security service. Pickert, 22 years-old, now tours U.S. colleges for the ISM, railing against the existence of Israel in propaganda events passed off as “educational dialogue.”

The ISM, behind protests against a phony Israeli “siege” on Gaza, has sent caravans of European and American anarchists posing for the media as “peace activists”: the Viva Palestina Tour, for example, and groups such asCode Pink, both of which bring goods and money to aid Hamas. Such aid, classified by U.S. State Department as “material support,” to Hamas, is therefore illegal.

The Gaza Flotillas, of which the ISM has helped organize seven – were another manoeuver. The aim was to reopen sea lanes blocked by Israel to prevent Hamas and Iran using them to smuggle missiles into Gaza. George Galloway, the British MP from Bradford West and the Viva Palestina leader, openly boasted that these flotillas were not really meant to bring humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, but rather to bring aid to Hamas directly.

EVEN WHEN the buffer zone was intact, Hamas infiltrators managed to dig a tunnel 750 yards underground under the southern fence to surprise or kidnap any Israeli soldiers they could find. That operation was organized by Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari, whose assassination by the IDF, after weeks of constant shelling from Gaza into southern Israel, sparked Operation Pillar of Defense.

Now that Hamas will have direct access to the fence along the entire Southern border, the length of a tunnel under the fence can be significantly reduced. Gazans can approach the fence without obstruction any time they wish, and try to to cut through or dismantle it. The government in Jerusalem is more concerned with weapons-smuggling tunnels and missiles coming in from Iran, and rightly so. What it fails to see, however, is that by ending the buffer zone at the southern border fence with Gaza, Israel is leaving the barn door open just a bit wider, whittling away at Israel’s southern border more and more.

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

Hamas Pushing the Goal Posts, Challenging Israeli Control of Gaza’s Borders

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

As was to be expected, shortly after the start of the ceasefire, Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza are beginning to push the goal posts, to test just how far they can challenge Israel’s commitment to securing the Gaza Strip borders, both on land on at sea.

From day one following the ceasefire, Gaza Arabs have been taking advantage of the reported loosening of some restrictions regarding how close to the border fence they were allowed to get, and attempted to cut through the fence and infiltrate into Israeli territory. This included one case of an Arab who made it through the fence and attacked 39-year-old Yael Matzpun who was sleeping in her home with her 4-year-old daughter. The world has since hailed the fact that the Israeli woman was able to repel her attacker, and alert security forces that killed him.

It appears that the IDF has since decided to increase its watch over Gaza.

This has obviously upset the other side.

Two Arabs were injured on Saturday by Israeli gunfire near the border fence in eastern Gaza, according to the Ma’an news agency, and Hamas is accusing Israel of violating the Egyptian mediated ceasefire.

An IDF spokeswoman said that “a few Palestinian rioters approached the security fence and in order to distance them soldiers acted in accordance with IDF rules of engagement.”

To remind you, those rules of engagement have been revised after Operation Pillar of Defense, and any firing by Israeli soldiers at Arabs nearing the border fence must be pre-approved by the regional headquarters.

Also on Saturday, the Israeli navy stopped 13 Arab fishermen and detained them off the coast of Gaza, according to Ma’an.

Mahfouth Kabariti, head of the a Gaza-based Palestinian association of fishing and sea sports, asserted that the boats were within the range of six nautical miles that Israel is said to have agreed on in the Egypt-brokered ceasefire last Wednesday.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that three boats had “deviated from the official designated fishing area.”

“Navy forces acted in accordance with the rules of engagement and called on the boats to return to the designated area,” she said. “When they failed to comply, they were taken to Ashdod port and transferred into the custody of the security forces.”

Last week, the Israeli navy detained more than 20 fishermen who were later released.

On Friday evening, 21-year-old Mahmoud Jaroun was hit by a gunshot to the pelvis, and was evacuated to Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, before medics announced his death around midnight. According to Ma’an, 11 Arabs altogether sustained wounds by Israeli fire on Friday along the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The Gaza Strip’s Hamas government described the death of Jaroun, as well as the Israeli navy’s seizure of Arab fishermen, as violations of the ceasefire mediated by Cairo.

“We have discussed this with Egyptian officials, so they guarantee a cessation to those violations,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

The Islamic Jihad military wing released a statement saying that “ongoing and flagrant violations of the truce (by Israel) will undermine the deal and force factions to respond in a suitable manner.”

Increased Arab access to the Gaza fence and to fishing waters heavily patrolled by Israel were reportedly among conditions set by Hamas for the ceasefire.

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