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IDF Releases Videos from Major Benaya Sarel’s Helmet Cam and Search for Hadar Goldin

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

On Friday, August 1, 2014, IDF Major Benaya Sarel and Sergeant Lial Gidoni were killed in Rafiah, Gaza, by Hamas.

Lt. Hadar Goldin was also killed in that attack and his body stolen by the Hamas terrorists. All this happened a half-hour after a cease-fire had been accepted by all sides. The terrorists came out of a terror tunnel just like those that Hamas are currently rebuilding.

Major Sarel was the commander of the elite Sayeret Givati unit. He was to get married on August 21, 2014, but instead was laid to rest in the old Jewish cemetery in Hebron. 10,000 people attended his funeral.

A year later, the IDF released a segment of the video (courtesy: Rotter.net) from Sarel’s helmet’s Go-Pro camera when he was stationed in the Khirbat Ahza area of Gaza as few days before he was killed, as well as the audio from the search for Goldin (courtesy: NRG).

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IDF Tunnel Warning System to be Fully Operational in Days

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

A senior IDF official revealed today during a press briefing commemorating a year since Operation Protective Edge (“Tzuk Eitan”) that the IDF’s tunnel warning system will be fully operational in the coming days. The officer noted that system was recently activated and installed surrounding the Gaza Strip. The officer stressed that not one of the 32 terror tunnels destroyed by the IDF during last year’s operation has been renovated, yet Hamas is digging new tunnels towards Israel.

During the press briefing, it was revealed that Hamas is searching for new weapon smuggling pipelines since Egypt effectively shut down the smuggling tunnels from Sinai to Gaza. As a result. Hamas has built new ties with radical Islamic elements in Sinai to train weapon smugglers in Sinai and even encourage attacks against the Egyptian army.

In parallel, ISIS forces in Sinai are trying to bring Israel into a conflict with Egypt, and it is expected that ISIS rockets will continue to be shot at Israel from Sinai, as was demonstrated last week. The IDF Southern command is preparing to defend attempts of terror attacks alongside the border with Egypt.

The IDF’s present analysis is that Hamas prefers quiet at this time and the cease fire continues between the sides. Despite Israel’s efforts to allow hundreds of the aid trucks daily into Gaza and the ongoing restoration of Gaza, the difficult economic situation in Gaza can easily create the catalyst for the next conflict with Israel.

Gaza ‘Reconstruction’ Taking Place Underground

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Contrary to the propanganda by the Hamas PR machine, Gaza reconstruction is moving along nicely – at least in the underground terror tunnel network.

IDF Colonel Nachi Mandel, deputy commander of the army’s Gaza Division said in an interview on Galei Tzahal Army Radio Tuesday that Hamas is working hard to rebuild its capacity.

The terror organization took a severe beating – as did the civilian infrastructure of the Gaza region itself – during the 2014 counter terror war, Operation Protective Edge.

Nevertheless, “Hamas is building up its forces again,” Mandel warned. “It is training its forces and boosting the number of mortars it is manufacturing. It is continuing to add to its arsenal, and dig more terror tunnels.

“We need to view this in realistic terms,” he continued. “Hamas is doing whatever it can to improve its readiness in case of renewed hostilities.”

In an interview Tuesday on state-run Israel Radio, Hamas de factor “foreign minister” Razi Hamed claimed that materials intended for use in reconstruction are not “falling into the hands of the military wing.”

However, Israeli intelligence has said otherwise, and photos of new tunnels that have been built in the underground terror network prove the point.

Hamas has no desire to start another round of fighting with Israel, Hamed told the interviewer. In fact, he said, Hamas wants to preserve the “quiet” in Gaza.

That could well be, at least for now. Hamas finds itself locked in an existential struggle with a growing number of terror groups comprised of Salafi Muslims aligned with Da’esh (ISIS).

Although Hamas has been providing support to these groups in their battle against the Egyptian government, inside Gaza it is fighting them to retain control over the enclave.

Hamed added that the new road being paved near the security fence in Gaza is intended for defense and internal law enforcement.

‘They Did Not Fall in Vain: IDF Struck By Air, Sea & Land’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Israel again faces terror from a multiplicity of sources in the south — a fact acknowledged by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during remarks he delivered Monday at a ceremony to mark the first year anniversary of the 51-day counter terror war against Hamas, Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. But during his speech to families of the fallen IDF soldiers at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery, Netanyahu warned Israel would not tolerate any threat to her citizens. “If Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran or Da’esh (ISIS) attempts to harm Israel, they are risking their lives,” he stated.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization, Netanyahu reminded, was dealt a “severe blow that it has not felt since its founding… We are [currently] monitoring events in the south and our operations [there] require strength,” he said.

At least two families of the fallen are particularly grief-stricken: the bodies of their sons have yet to be laid to rest. Hamas terrorists kidnapped their remains during the war, and have held them in captivity since.

The prime minister addressed the issue, promising the families, “We will do everything we can to return home Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin to their families.” President Reuven Rivlin also related in his speech to the wounds that – for some families — seem to have no end.

Speaking about those soldiers who are still medically fighting for their lives, and the grief of families whose pain yet remains, Rivlin said, “An operation was launched last year and for some, the battle carries on today; a post-war battle, a battle with no cease-fire.”

Rivlin warned the terror organizations that Israel would not tolerate a renewal of the threats that led to the last war – such as the rocket fire and road terror attacks that have again begun to target civilians throughout the country.

“Israel will not continue to be a hostage in enemy hands,” he said, “an enemy who does not respect human rights or civilian lives… The next conflict could be a lot harder than the last one.”

It was Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a former IDF chief of staff, who bluntly said in his address to the families of the fallen that the sacrifices of their loved ones had not been in vain.

“Hundreds of terrorists were killed, and the Hamas infrastructure was destroyed. Our soldiers hit them from the air, from the sea and by land in such a way as to make their leaders understand we would not accept any attack on the security of our civilians,” he said.

Analysis: ISIS Will Go Down to Defeat in Egypt

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

 

The Islamic State (ISIS) finally is going to be brought its knees in its attempt to take use the Sinai as a step to expand its terrorist empire to include Gaza, Egypt and even Israel.

The war in the Sinai is not over, but the ISIS attacks on Egyptian army checkpoints and police stations Wednesday were met with a fierce response that eventually will show the world that the Islamic State cannot succeed where a country is unified. ISIS, like Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorist networks, survive on anarchy.

Wherever there is a power vacuum, the terrorists can step in, bankroll schools and welfare program, and take over the area business infrastructure to control the economy and government.

That is what Hezbollah did in southern Lebanon and Hamas did in Gaza.

ISIS also is succeeding in Libya, a semi-anarchic state since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

It has frightened the world by beheading men, women and children, and it has recruited butcher knife-wielding agents in Western countries

But beheading victim does not mean it can take over a country unless it totally demoralizes its citizens into surrender.

The ISIS is not invincible, and its incursion into Egypt will prove it.

Egypt, unlike Iraq and Syria, is bordered by open waters on two sides, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the east. The Sinai Peninsula’s tiny land border to the northeast is with Israel, where Cairo has no fear of ISIS terrorists infiltrating the country

That leaves only Libya to the east and Sudan to the south, and both of them indeed are dangerous sources of jihadists and weapons.

But Egypt has one other factor running in its favor, and that is a fierce nationalism that worship and despite its dictators but always survives them by finding another.

ISIS was able to exploit a civil war in Syria and a total breakdown of sanity in Iraq to gain power.

Egypt is a different story. The country was divided between secularist and Islamists after the fall of Mubarak, but with only two sides fighting each other, the victor took the spoils. The Muslim Brotherhood swept into power, and then fell a year later, succeeded by a military regime until an election placed General Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power last year.

The Sinai Peninsula is prime territory for ISIS. It is steeped in anarchy, neglected by Cairo for years, and its Bedouin tribes have carved out their own little fiefdoms.

Hamas and other terrorist organizations have exploited the vacuum of power over the past several years to carry out attacks in the Red Sea resort area and more recently on the army, but they always have been hit-and-run operations.

Geography and demography in the Sinai make it a wrong choice for ISIS. The Sinai is a desert. There are no major cities except for the Red Sea resort of El-Arish. The Egyptian air force Wednesday had no trouble in carrying out massive bombing raids on jihadist positions.

There was no worry of killing hundreds or even dozens of civilians, if there is such a creation in the criminal and terror-infested Sinai.

ISIS organized in the Sinai with the help of foreign intelligence, according to Egyptian military officials. It had no trouble smuggling weapons by sea from Sudan or from Gaza, but it would take a massive undercover infiltration outside of the Sinai and closer to Cairo for ISIS to be able to undermine the Egyptian regime.

Al-Sisi Wednesday night pre-empted a subversive Muslim Brotherhood-ISIS underground by approving drastic measures to expedite judicial proceedings against jihadists and their fund-raisers, with the death penalty hanging over their heads.

Egypt vs. ISIS: Victory or Death

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Egypt said it is in total control of the Sinai the day after massive and well-coordinated attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS) on army and police posts.

Israel’s Channel 2 television reported that Israel has given the green light to Egypt to bring in heavy weapons into the Sinai, as required under the 1979 peace treaty that paved the way for Israel to surrender the Sinai a decade after the Yom Kippur War.

Positioning heavy weapons in the Sinai always carries the risk they can be used against Israel, but for the time being, Israel is the last enemy on Egypt’s mind.

Egypt may have done Israel a big favor by demanding the Sinai, which for years has become a fiefdom of Bedouin criminals and graduated into a no man’s land open for grabs by Bedouin, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood and now ISIS terrorists.

Israel remains on high alert while Egypt said it will not stop its counter-offensive against Sinai jihadists until all of them are “eliminated.”

The ISIS attacks yesterday killed between a dozen and nearly 100 Egyptian army officers, soldiers and policemen, depending on whom you want to believe.

The numbers do not matter because the attacks on 15 different posts proved that ISIS is a very organized army.

Egyptian bombing raids continued into the night following the wave of attacks that were aimed at cutting off Rafah and El-Arish, which would have created a critical threat to Israel.

The IDF immediately shut down border crossings at Egypt and Gaza after the ISIS offensive, but re-opened the Kerem HaShalom crossing Thursday morning to allow trucks into Gaza with foods and merchandise..

Egypt will “exterminate” every jihadist in the northern Sinai, said its military spokesman.

Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said:

We control the situation in Sinai 100%.

The army claimed it killed more than 100 jihadists.

The cabinet of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Wednesday night approved urgent measures that call for “swift justice,” which can be translated as “don’t let democracy get in the way of survival.”

Four years after the rebellion against Hosni Mubarak, ostensibly because of his autocratic rule, his regime has been reincarnated.

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Transitional Justice Ibrahim Al-Heneidy said that In the absence of the parliament, Al-Sisi has legislative powers.

Coincidentally or not, ISIS attacked the day after terrorists killed Egypt’s state prosecutor Hisham Barakat, who was riding in a motorcade. Barakat had said that if former Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi is sentenced to death, the execution will be carried out.

Heneidy said that terrorists will face harsher punishment, meaning execution or life in prison.

The death penalty also will apply to anyone who funds terror, a classification that puts Muslim Brotherhood officials on notice that Al-Sisi is bent on destroying the organization that ruled Egypt only one year ago.

The process of appeal also will be shorted. “Under the current law, defendants are allowed to appeal verdicts twice, but under the amended draft, this process will be shortened to give defendants the right to appeal the verdict just one time,” said Heneidy. Furthermore, if a higher court accepts an appeal, the regime will be able to call for a retrial in the Court of Cassation, whose decisions are final.

So what did the Arab Spring rebellion and the Obama administration achieve by getting rid of Mubarak?

If the State Dept. has learned that transplanting American democracy in the Muslim Middle East is like feeding Muslims ham and eggs during Ramadan, it was worth everything to teach Washington a lesson.

The odd are heavy that the State Dept. has not yet learned.

Shin Bet Foils Nascent Hamas Coup in Palestinian Authority Territories

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Cleared for publication: The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has foiled a new attempt by Hamas to rebuild its terror network — and the start of a shadow government — in Judea and Samaria.

In a joint sting operation with the IDF and Israel Police, the Shin Bet uncovered a mammoth Hamas terror cell operating in the Samaria city of Shechem and surroundings. The cell was involved in laying the groundwork for the launch of a parallel shadow government poised to eventually supplant that of the Palestinian Authority in the capital, Ramallah, as well as ignite a spate of new terror attacks, according to security sources.

Approximately 40 operatives were arrested in the sting, including senior Hamas members who have been previously incarcerated. Interrogations of those who were detailed revealed that Hamas was well on the way to renewing its presence in Judea and Samaria.

The terror organization had already begun creating a central headquarters in Shechem (Nablus). The group has expanded its infrastructure and appointed regional chief, delegating responsibilities in the following areas:

  • education
  • finance
  • communications
  • intelligence
  • recruitment for political and financial support
  • charity
  • transfer of financial assistance to Hamas prisoners and their families, and
  • laying the groundwork for military action.

Shechem native Husam Badran, 49, is the mastermind behind the administrative infrastructure, according to security sources. Badran, who currently resides in Qatar, is directly responsible for organizing and maintaining contact with the command membership. He was also apparently involved in delegating various roles, and for the successful transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the command center as well.

These activities were concealed by the use of couriers and post office boxes. Funds were transferred in part by the purchase of 22-24 karat gold jewelry from Jordan, which was then smuggled into Judea and Samaria.

Meanwhile, Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohen warned the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee yesterday (Tuesday) that Hamas is also preparing to launch another war against Israel.

Since 2012, there has been a 50 percent increase annually in the number of terror attacks perpetrated against Israel each year by the group, going from 683 in 2012 to 1,834 last year.

Perhaps Hamas is planning to move all of its people out of Gaza and into Judea and Samaria; there has been little or no effort into reconstructing homes and infrastructure for its people there.

Instead, Hamas has been intent upon rebuilding its terror infrastructure with whatever building materials it receives. The organization has rebuilt its terror attack tunnels leading into Israel and continues to develop its domestically produced missiles. It has increased its drills on land, sea and air and periodically test launches new rockets to check the trajectories and ranges they produce.

Nevertheless, according to the Shin Bet chief, Hamas is not quite yet ready for a new war with the Jewish State, although it can carry on a serious conflict if one is ignited. The terror group is fully equipped, funded and trained by its Iranian sponsors.

Cohen told lawmakers that Palestinian Authority Arabs in Judea and Samaria, however, are more focused on their financial survival this year and thus far less likely to support a war with Israel.

Ironically, Cohen noted that although Israel this year allowed the PA to conduct the Ramadan security checks to the Temple Mount for Arabs from Gaza, Judea and Samaria, the PA government chose not to implement the concessions.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shin-bet-foils-nascent-hamas-coup-in-palestinian-authority-territories/2015/07/01/

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