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November 30, 2015 / 18 Kislev, 5776
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IDF Blows Up Gaza Terror Tunnel — Only On Israel Side of Border

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The IDF has destroyed “the remains” of a terrorist tunnel that led from Gaza into southern Israel, apparently discovered during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

The tunnel “penetrated into Israel from the Gaza Strip,” the IDF Spokesperson revealed this morning, Feb. 9 in a statement sent by SMS to media. “During the activity, forces discovered a cache of weapons and explosives,” the statement continued.

This indicates — at least to this writer — that either the tunnel was not completely destroyed at the time it was discovered last summer, or more likely, it has since been rebuilt and re-activated by its terrorist builders. That is a very ominous sign.

However, the IDF remained on Israel’s side of the Gaza border, according to the statement. “The tunnel, which was exposed during Operation Protective Edge, was demolished in order to prevent its rehabilitation in order to safeguard the security of the civilians of southern Israel,” the IDF Spokesman added.

Clearly that was done last summer as well; upon their departure from Gaza, IDF commanders stated clearly that all tunnels had been completely disabled before leaving.

Are we feeling safe yet? Wait — we’re not finished.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, head of the Independent Media Review and Analysis watchdog group, had similar questions about the curt statement issued by the IDF – and the information obviously left out.

Lerner sent back a question asking whether the terror tunnel “may remain intact one meter within Gaza beyond the Israeli side?”

In reply, the IDF Spokesperson clarified: “We are only reporting about the tunnel on the Israeli side. If you want to know about tunnels on the Gaza side, ask in Gaza.”

So there you have it. Israel no longer sees to it that terror tunnels in Gaza are completely destroyed when they are discovered. Hamas has received the message that it is free to build whatever underground terrorist network that it likes, as long as it does not cross the border into Israel, even beneath the boundary.

Perhaps that’s got to do with the international community shaking its virtual finger at the Israeli government, with its “Nu Nu Nu.” All those warnings about how it is “absolutely essential” to move forward immediately with the “economic rehabilitation” of Gaza.

How lovely; more money for tunnels and better photo ops for Hamas with the “poor, forgotten refugees from the Gaza war.”

Um … Are southern Israelis still feeling safe?

Terrorist Infiltrator Foiled Near Gaza Border

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

An armed Arab infiltrator was caught red-handed Sunday by the security coordinator of Shokeda religious moshav in southern Israel.

The suspect, who was carrying a knife and a hand drill, is believed to have sneaked in through the border in the Nachal Oz area. It is not yet known how he managed to get through the security fence and past the IDF lookouts.

He then walked over to Shokeda in the Sdot Negev Regional Council district, about seven kilometers (4.3 miles) from the Gaza border.

The suspect was turned over to security forces for further questioning.

The area’s kibbutzim and moshavim are usually filled to capacity with holiday tourists at this time of year. This year, however, they are still seeing vacancies, said Amit Lavkov, tourism association CEO.

“People want to make sure it’s really calm and the cease-fire has lasted,” Lavkov said. “There are fewer tourists than last year.

IDF Stops Gaza Infiltrator

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Less than two weeks before a month-long cease-fire between Israel and Gaza terrorists is due to end, a Gazan armed with a knife was caught trying to infiltrate into Israel.

The Gazan was spotted by security personnel from a lookout post close to Kibbutz Kissufim, near the border with Gaza. His motives were unknown.

IDF soldiers turned the captive over to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for interrogation.

Intensive Rocket Fire Aimed at Israel’s Border Towns

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Intensive rocket fire and shelling attacks by Hamas and allied terrorists continued to be aimed at Israel’s Gaza border towns and the nearby coastal city of Ashkelon throughout the day on Monday.

It is not clear why Gaza terrorists are focusing so intently on the Sha’ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev and Eshkol Regional Council districts.

The terrorists seem particularly focused on Kibbutzim Alumim and Nahal Oz, where a 4-year-old child was killed in one such attack last Friday.

Most of the residents of the targeted areas have temporarily evacuated in order to more efficiently facilitate defense of the area by the IDF.

IDF Testing New Tunnel Detection System

Monday, August 11th, 2014

A new tunnel detection system in development for the past 18 months is now in the field testing phase, after having passed laboratory tests.

A senior IDF officer said Monday the system is comprised of two parallel technologies based on sensor that detect underground excavation and underground cavities.

The system, which has already been tested in the sewage system of Tel Aviv, carries a hefty price tag; up to NIS 2.5 billion by the time all is said and done. It will take at least another year to implement along the 64 kilometer border with Gaza if all goes well.

The IDF soon hopes to carry out tests on the new and improved sensors in order to deploy the system.

The IDF will also recommend pairing an additional physical infrastructure with the new system to prevent Gaza terrorists from digging any more tunnels under the border into Israel.

8 Wounded in Hamas Shelling Attack on Eshkol Region

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Eight Israelis were wounded at midday Thursday when Hamas terrorists shelled the Eshkol Regional Council district.

The area is also a staging area for thousands of IDF troops who are on standby waiting for their orders prior to entering Gaza.

Most of those injured are listed in good condition, according to the report, which was broadcast on Army Radio. It is not clear whether they were civilians or soldiers.

Seven Qassam rockets were intercepted over Sderot, indicating that all were headed straight for residential areas.

Mortar attacks are problematic due to the difficulty of identifying them in time to activate the Code Red incoming alert system. The IDF is currently testing a new radar system to spot the source of the mortar fire, called the ‘Green Rock,’ which would trigger an alert in time for civilians to seek shelter and soldiers to return fire and intercept the shells.

Father of Wounded IDF Officer: We’re Moved by the World’s Support

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Lieutenant Achiya Klein who had been wounded last Thursday during an IDF operation to blow up a terror tunnel on the Gaza border, regained consciousness today. Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva stated that Klein, hospitalized for the past four days, has begun to communicate with the people around him.

Wounded alongside four of his comrades, Lieutenant Klein sustained the greatest damage, an eye injury. His condition is still critical and he will require additional surgery. Klein’s doctors are cautiously optimistic about being able to save his eyesight.

In an interview with Tazpit News Agency, Achiya’s father Yechezkel said his son was improving. “Achiya is doing fine. We are optimistic about his eyesight; all his other injuries are minor.”

“The rest of the family is doing OK,” he added.

Klein, 22, the fifth of six children, from Kfar Eztion, was injured with four other members of the Samur Corp of Engineers elite unit, similar to the American Army’s Tunnel Rats. The force was hit near the Gaza security fence after a bomb went off on Thursday night, Oct. 31. They were on an operation to uncover additional sections of a terror tunnel that had been uncovered a month ago.

Yechezkel Klein described the prayer vigils being held for his son. “We’ve heard that people are praying and reciting Psalms for our son’s recovery all around the world. We’re very moved by these gestures and urge everyone to continue with their prayers. We truly believe they help.”

Achiya’s grandparents are Holocaust survivors and his grandfather is a former IDF soldier. Visiting at Achiya’s bedside, he told Achiya while shaking his hand: “You will be strong and overcome this like we have overcome in the past.”

Another visitor at the wounded soldiers’ bedside was IDF Chief of Staff Lieut. Gen. Benny Gantz, who expressed his gratitude to the soldiers for putting their lives in harm’s. “The soldiers were wounded, but the mission was completed,” Gantz stated.

Relating to the ongoing terror threat from Gaza, Lieut. Gen. Gantz said: “We will continue to operate in Gaza. The threat from the terror tunnels is significant, and we will continue to work in that regard as long as necessary. Months after Operation Pillar of Defense, the security situation is much better. Obviously, there still remain threats from the Gaza Strip and we will continue to deal with them.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/father-of-wounded-idf-officer-were-moved-by-the-worlds-support/2013/11/04/

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