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IDF Launches Surprise Military Drill in Southern Israel

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The GOC Southern Division announced a surprise IDF military drill along the Gaza border early Sunday, involving both land and air forces.

Soldiers are being confronted with different scenarios, such as attempted kidnappings, rocket barrages on Gaza Belt communities and breaking security events occurring without prior intelligence to guide responses.

A similar, region-wide drill was held three weeks ago in Judea and Samaria as well.

A major Hamas terror cell was uncovered in Qalqilya, a Palestinian Authority city located about 20 minutes from Bnei Brak, authorities announced Sunday. Six terrorists were arrested in a joint sting operation by the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police.

Among the other information gleaned during questioning was the fact that the operatives had been recruited abroad by Hamas headquarters in Jordan, and were already in action during last summer’s war with Hamas and allied Palestinian terror groups.

Major Hamas Terror Cell Arrested in Qalqilya

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

A major Hamas terror cell of six operatives was uncovered and put out of action in a joint operation by the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police, Israeli officials announced Sunday.

The cell, arrested in the Palestinian Authority city of Qalqilya — about 20 minutes northeast of Bnei Brak — was planning a series of terror attacks aimed at Israeli targets.

“Dozens of kilograms” of sulfur and 25 grams of mercury were uncovered during the search, among other supplies used to make bombs.

Members of the terror cell confessed to having been recruited by Hamas headquarters in Jordan, and having undergone military training in Gaza. They were then sent to Samaria to carry out military operations and recruit others to the cause.

The operatives said they were living and operating out of an apartment in central Shechem, where they built a weapons laboratory in which they mixed the raw materials and other chemicals to manufacture explosives.

Some of the materials were turned over to the security forces. The suspects admitted the bombs were created specifically to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets, were arrested. They were:

Abdullah Mahmad Yosef Zitawi, 26, from Jamayin; Walid Muhammad Mahmoud Abu Zina, 26, from Jenin; Malekh Ra’ad Farouk Jan’em, 22, from Amatin, head of the Hamas student union at Al Najah University; Shechem Raj’a Khaled Tzabra, 22, from Brokin, student at Al Najah, Shechem; J’aser Muhammed Sa’id Abu Omer, 32, from Jamayin; and Baha al-Din Fathi Mahmoud Tzuan, 33, from Amatin.

The group was formed last summer and directed by Hamas military officials in Gaza, who gave orders to carry out military activities in Judea and Samaria during Operation Protective Edge, the war between Israel and Palestinian terror groups led by Hamas.

This investigation once again makes crystal clear the high motivation of the Hamas leadership based at international headquarters abroad to train and maintain military units. Such terrorists were – and still are – being transferred from Jordan and Gaza, equipped with weapons and ordered to carry out attacks in Judea and Samaria.

IDF Running Large-Scale Drill Along Gaza Border

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The IDF is running a large-scale surprise drill on Sunday.

Ground and air forces are participating in a training drill that will take place along the Gaza border. The drill will run through most of the day.

The IDF troops will be training for various possible scenarios that could emanate from Gaza.

The IDF says the drill is part of a series of exercises designed to improve the readiness of the army.

Obama Aides Lay Groundwork to Betray Israel at UN Security Council

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Aides to President Barack Obama told media Friday the U.S. will “reassess” its relationship with Israel in the wake of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s re-election to an historic fourth term.

A White House official couched the nasty reality in more diplomatic language, saying the president had told the prime minister “we will need to re-assess our options following the prime minister’s new positions and comments regarding the two-state solution.”

An official statement distributed following the call said the president had emphasized the U.S. “longstanding commitment to a two-state solution” during his conversation with Israel’s prime minister.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, Netanyahu clarified his position on the issue, explaining his reasons for a statement during the campaign in which he told supporters he would not back the establishment of a Palestinian state during his fourth term. In that clarification Netanyahu talked about the present realities in the Middle East with which Israel has to contend. He also noted that he supports the same conditions for negotiating a sustainable peace that he had set forth in his speech at Bar Ilan University in 2009: a demilitarized Palestinian state led by a government willing to recognize the Jewish State of Israel.

But he pointed to changes on the ground that cannot be denied – or ignored – and that present a real threat.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has united his government in Ramallah with that of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, which is allied with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah. All three are faithful proxies of Tehran. In addition, Gaza is now home to bases for a number of Salafi global jihad terrorist groups. Among them are the Army of Islam, Al Qaeda, and Daesh, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Iran and its proxies are also literally parked on Israel’s borders, in Lebanon, Syria, the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. A new Palestinian state would be ripe for the picking as well, creating for Israel an existential threat that no leader could allow.

None of which has impressed Obama. At a briefing on Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters: “Now that our closest ally in the region – and one of the two parties who would be responsible for negotiating a two-state solution – has withdrawn from their commitments, to that ideal, it means that we need to rethink the kinds of policy decisions that we’re going to have to make going forward.”

Never mind the fact that the Palestinian Authority – the first of the two parties responsible for negotiating the two-state solution — withdrew from its commitments several years earlier.

Obama has entirely ignored the fact that the PA, via the PLO, unilaterally dropped out of the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords. He has also turned a blind eye as the PA abandoned its moral and legal obligations to negotiate a final status agreement with Israel, using the United Nations as an excuse to break that deal. The General Assembly of the United Nations participated, allowing itself to be so used by granting the entity non-member observer nation status, which opened the door for the PA to join hundreds of international treaties.

Some members of the American media are also using a double standard to judge Israel’s decisions on its national security and foreign policy.

CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz as part of Israel’s “Likud-led government” and baldly demanded to know: “Do you support what’s called a two-state solution, Israel living alongside, the new state of Palestine.”

Hamas and Fatah Already Fighting Over Gaza Funds

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

{Originally posted on the Gatestone Institute website}

 “Armed robbery in broad daylight.” — Palestinians, after Hamas “seized” $750,000 from Gaza bank.

Fatah accused Hamas of “squandering” $700 million of financial aid earmarked for the Palestinian victims of war. Fatah wants to ensure that the millions of dollars intended for the Gaza Strip will pass through its hands and not end up in Hamas’s bank accounts. Relying on Fatah in this regard is like asking a cat to guard the milk.

The head of the Palestinian Authority’s Anti-Corruption Commission revealed that his group has retrieved $70 million of public funds fund embezzled by Palestinian officials. Arab and Western donors need to make sure that their money does not end up (once again) in the wrong hands. Without a proper mechanism of accountability and transparency, hundreds of millions of dollars are likely to find their way into the bank accounts of both Hamas and Fatah leaders.

As efforts are underway to hold an international conference in Cairo for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, the two major Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, are already accusing each other of stealing funds that were channeled to help Palestinian families.

It is not clear at this stage how much money has made its way into the Gaza Strip since the Egypt-brokered cease-fire was announced late August.

But it is clear by now that both Hamas and Fatah are engaged in a fight over who will control the funds and assume responsibility for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

The war between Hamas and Fatah over the funds earmarked for the residents of the Gaza Strip is being fought over every penny and dollar. This is a power struggle in which the only losers are those Palestinians who lost their homes and family members during the military confrontation with Israel.

Hamas and Fatah know that hundreds of millions of dollars will sooner or later be allocated by Arab and Western donors for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. The two parties are determined to lay their hands on the funds, knowing that he who controls the money controls the people.

Both Hamas and Fatah are desperate for cash and are ready to do everything to enrich their coffers, even if that means robbing a bank.

This is exactly what Hamas did last week. Sources in the Gaza Strip said that Hamas security officers raided the Bank of Palestine in Gaza City’s Rimal neighborhood and “seized” $750,000 in cash.

The sources said that the cash belonged to the Palestinian Jawwal Cellular Company. They said that the raid on the bank came on the pretext that the company had not paid all its tax debts to Hamas. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip described the raid as an “armed robbery in broad daylight.”

The “armed robbery” came shortly after Fatah accused Hamas of “squandering” $700 million of financial aid earmarked for the Palestinian victims of the war. It is not clear where this large sum came from.

Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf claimed in an interview with an Egyptian TV station that the funds were donations from many countries. He said that Hamas collected the donations “in the name of children, women and the elderly under the pretext of rebuilding what was destroyed by Israel.” The money, he added, did not reach its destination.

Assaf’s charges are seen as part of a Fatah-orchestrated campaign to prevent donors from dealing with Hamas. Fatah wants to ensure that the millions of dollars intended for the Gaza Strip will pass through its hands and not end up in Hamas’s bank accounts.

Gaza Arabs Stone IDF Troops

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

One Arab tried to infiltrate Israel and dozens stoned IDF troops over the Gaza security fence Thursday, as Gazans celebrated their “victory” over Israel by initiating low-level clashes near Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

IDF forces responded with warning shots in the air. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Report: High Cost to Re-Occupying Gaza

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Israel has the military ability to re-occupy the Gaza Strip, says the IDF, but the move would come at a cost of hundreds of Israeli lives and could endanger Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. The move could also result in numerous IDF soldiers being taken hostage.

According to a report on Channel 2 following the Tisha B’av fast Tuesday diplomatic correspondent Udi Segal,the report, IDF officers told government ministers that thousands of Palestinian civilians would be killed in the effort.

Segal reported that there are approximately 20,000 gunmen in the Strip,  who posses large stockpiles of rockets, explosives and weaponry. The report said that taking control of that arsenal would take no less than five years and could make Israel’s occupation of the South Lebanon security zone from 1983-2000 look like child’s play.

In addition, large-scale violence from Judea and Samaria Arabs and Arab citizens of Israel would be expected.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/uncategorized/report-high-cost-to-re-occupying-gaza/2014/08/06/

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