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Israel Bombs Hamas Weapons Factories in Gaza

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

The Israel Air Force bombed two Hamas weapons factories in northern Gaza early Sunday morning in retaliation for a missile attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon Saturday night.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted the missile, which was headed straight for the heavily-populated city.

The Color Red incoming rocket alert siren activated in a number of other southern Israeli communities in the Ashkelon regional council district as well.

No one was physically injured and no property damage from falling shrapnel was reported.

This was the second rocket attack on southern Israel in as many days, along with numerous attempts to infiltrate into Israeli territory.

“The IDF holds Hamas responsible for any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip,” said IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner. “This weekend we have seen clear incitement encouraging the breach of Israel’s sovereignty, violent confrontation against Israelis and threatening the residence of southern Israel.

“The IDF will continue to act, preempt and defeat those that plot to harm the civilians of Israel.”

An Iron Dome anti-missile defense battery was also deployed Friday in Be’er Sheva.

The rocket attack aimed at Ashkelon came after a day in which Gaza Arabs were shot by IDF soldiers after a mob stormed the security fence along Israel’s southern border.

At least six of the terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel in the attack on the border fence were killed; more than two dozen others were wounded.

Nearly a dozen managed to infiltrate Israel after breaking through the border fence, but all were caught and returned to Gaza. Five of those captured were taken into custody by IDF soldiers; they were transferred to security officers for interrogation.

Update: IDF Restores Order after Arabs Broke Through Gaza Security Fence

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Approximately 30 Arabs from Gaza broke through the security fence at central Gaza later Saturday, and soldiers arrested five of the infiltrators, who were unarmed.

The IDF clamped a gag order on the infiltration for several hours.

Soldiers forced the mob back into Gaza except for those who were arrested.

The breach of the fence is a serious security threat, and the IDF is on patrol to prevent further infiltrations.

Israel’s High-Tech Gaza Border Security Fence Completed

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

A new security fence complete with high-tech sensors has been completed along Israel’s southern border with Gaza, the Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.

The information may help residents of the Gaza Belt communities feel at least a little bit safer: infiltration by Gaza terrorists will not be nearly as easy since completion of the fence, although the measure will not stop rocket or mortar attacks.

Approximately NIS 30 million was allocated for upgraded security in the region. Improvements included a three-year budget for fence maintenance as well as additional security equipment.

There are 12 Jewish communities that form a ring of protection for Israel along the Gaza border.

Air Force Bombs Hamas Position after Rocket Attack

Monday, October 5th, 2015


The Israeli Air Force targeted another Hamas terror site on Monday in retaliation for another rocket strike on Israel’s Gaza Belt communities.

The missile exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Region, adjacent to Gaza, and there were no injuries

The IDF did not detail exactly what “Hamas terror site” was hit and whether it was manned or unmanned.

The IDF Spokesman unit, as usual, issued a stiff verbal warning:

Firing a rocket at people’s homes is a clear, coward and cruel act of terrorism. Whether it’s a rocket attack, a shooting, a stabbing or any other form of aggression meant to terrorize civilians, the IDF will not tolerate it. We will continue safeguarding all Israeli civilians whose lives are put in harm’s way.

The IDF holds Hamas accountable and responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza.

Since the beginning of 2015, 16 rockets were launched at Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip.

The policy of retaliating immediately but lightly for rocket attacks, unless someone is wounded, does little to calm the nerves of Israelis living under constant rocket fire and convince them that the government “will continue safeguarding all Israeli civilians whose lives are put in harm’s way.”



Abbas Wins a Flag but Backs Off from ‘Bomb’ at Half-Empty United Nations

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas informed the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday that he has submitted a request to the Security Council for recognizing the Palestinian Authority as an independent country based on its territorial demands with its capital in Jerusalem.

He also conditioned the Palestinian Authority’s abiding by agreements on Israel’s doing the same, which in his view means agreeing to all demands for a new state based on the Arab world’s terms.

However, the fact that the General Assembly was half-empty symbolizes the decreasing interest in the “Israeli-Palestinian” struggle and is a follow-up to President Barack Obama’s speech earlier this week in which he totally ignored the issue.

Abbas did not drop his threatened “bombshell,” perhaps a direct cancellation of all agreements, after a warning from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to keep his cool. Instead, he spun the yarn that the Palestinian Authority honors all agreements but that Israel does not..

His favorite point was “illegal settlements.” There is no agreement with the Palestinian Authority that Israel will not retain a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, unless negotiations conclude otherwise. But Abbas is relying on U.N. resolutions as “agreements.”

Since he has the support of most of the United Nations and foreign media, he can get away with the semantic trickery.

Abbas referred to Israel as an “occupying power” five times in his 40-minute speech, and he played on theme of the “Holy Land” six times, alleging that the “occupying power” prevents Muslims from worshipping at the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to tell the General Assembly in his speech that the Palestinian Authority is behind vicious incitement on the Temple Mount in an effort to change the status quo and prohibit Jews from the holy site.

Abbas’ speech was filled to the brim with accusations against Israel, which afterwards called the address one of “incitement,” while he acted as the eternal peacemaker.

He rewrote history for a receptive audience and media, stating in part:

We entered those negotiations with open hearts and attentive ears and sincere intentions, and we were ready with our documents, papers and proposals. But the negotiations broke down just weeks after their launch…..

Sincere efforts and endeavors undertaken by international parties were repeatedly wrecked by the positions of the Israeli government, which quickly dashed the hopes raised by the launch of negotiations last September.

Unsurprisingly, Abbas weighed into “settlements.” an issue on which he has the full backing of the Obama administration. He told the United Nations:

Settlement activities embody the core of the policy of colonial military occupation of the land of the Palestinian people and all of the brutality of aggression and racial discrimination against our people that this policy entails.

This policy, which constitutes a breach of international humanitarian law and United Nations resolutions, is the primary cause for the failure of the peace process, the collapse of dozens of opportunities, and the burial of the great hopes that arose from the signing of the Declaration of Principles in 1993 between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel to achieve a just peace that would begin a new era for our region.

He repeated what has become an Arab mantra, totally unsubstantiated by facts, that Israel is conducting “excavations that threaten our holy places, and its military checkpoints prevent our citizens from getting access to their mosques and churches.”

Abbas managed to bring Israeli Arabs under his umbrella, warning that the Israeli government is imposing “new conditions…that will transform the raging conflict in our inflamed region into a religious conflict and a threat to the future of a million and a half Christian and Muslim Palestinians, citizens of Israel.”

His speech exposed the Palestinian Authority strategy of using the original peace agreement with Israel as a basis to demand that all its conditions be met under “negotiations,” which in essence have left nothing to be negotiated.

Abbas recalled that in 1988, “We agreed to establish the State of Palestine on only 22% of the territory of historical Palestine – on all the Palestinian Territory occupied by Israel in 1967.”

IDF Retaliates over ISIS Rocket Fire from the Gaza Strip, Fourth in Recent Weeks

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

(JNi.media) On Tuesday night, a rocket was launched at Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System. No injuries or damage have been reported.

An ISIS affiliate in Gaza claimed responsibility for the launch.

Alarms sounded in Ashdod, Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, and the Yavne and Lachish regions before the rocket landed. This was the first time since the 2014 operation Protective Edge that alarms sounded in these areas. No injuries or damage were reported.

In response, the IAF targeted four Hamas terror sites in the Gaza Strip, IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner announced. “This evening, the third day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a rocket was fired at Southern Israel sending the residents of Ashdod as well as several surrounding communities to nearby bomb-shelters. Hamas is responsible and will be held accountable for every attack emanating from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue defending all Israelis who are repeatedly attacked by such blatant acts of aggression,” Lerner said in an email statement.

Tuesday night’s launch was the fourth such event in recent weeks, following an attack a week ago Monday, when a rocket exploded in an open area in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. The rocket did not cause the activation of the “color red” alert system because there was no fear that the rocket would fall in populated areas.

A few days earlier, a rocket exploded in Sderot and the fragments caused damage to a bus and an adjacent building. Also, a woman in her 40s was treated for shock. A few hours later, the Iron Dome system intercepted a rocket in skies of Ashkelon. The ISIS affiliated group took responsibility for that attack.

Economic Crisis Driving Hundreds to Cross Over from Gaza into Israel

Monday, September 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) Some 15 Arabs on Monday crossed the border fence into Israel from the Gaza Strip in six different attempts. It was the highest number of infiltrations across the fence in one day since the end of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, Walla reported.

In one case Monday morning, an IDF force arrested four Arabs who had crossed the fence in southern Gaza. The four were interviewed and transferred to Shin Bet custody. Towards the evening, three unarmed Arabs were arrested, having crossed the fence at the Eshkol Regional Council in the western Negev. They too were taken for questioning. Additional cases were recorded throughout the day.

In recent weeks, there has been a growing stream of infiltrators from the Gaza Strip into Israel, because of the difficult economic situation in Gaza. This year more than 200 have crossed the fence, were arrested and interrogated by the Shin Bet. Adult infiltrators are imprisoned, while minors are returned to the Gaza territory.

The IDF Gaza Division treats the phenomenon with great sensitivity. After identifying a penetration attempt, IDF forces are rushed to the area and treat the crossing Arabs as terrorists, until they are inspected and interrogated. After passing a security screening, they are turned over to the Shin Bet. In some cases, the infiltrators have been armed with grenades and knives. However, in the vast majority of cases the infiltrating Arabs have come seeking work—or to be arrested and be sent to jail. According to security sources, they come armed with a knife or a grenade in order to extend the duration of their detention.

The defense establishment believes that the more the economic hardship in the Gaza Strip increases, so will infiltrations increase. Hamas has deployed along the border to prevent infiltrators, has not hesitated to use live ammunition to stop them.

A June, 2014 local poll reported that more than half of Gaza Arabs would leave the strip if they had the choice, the highest number ever recorded. It is estimated that close to 1.8 million live in the Gaza Strip. A UN development agency report in September 2014 warned that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020.

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