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July 4, 2015 / 17 Tammuz, 5775
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All-Out War South of Israeli-Sinai Border

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The northern Sinai Peninsula south of the border with Israel is engulfed in an all-out war.

Egyptian F-16 warplanes attacked Islamic State (ISIS) and other jihadists’ positions for several hours Wednesday afternoon and killed more than 90 jihadists following massive ISIS attacks.

Most of the 70 Egyptian casualties were soldiers and policemen, and the death toll is not final.

Egypt retaliated immediately and fiercely, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said:

Terrorism is knocking on our borders. ISIS is not only across from the Golan Heights, it is also in Egypt, across from Rafah…And we are together with Egypt and other states in the Middle East and the world in the struggle against extreme Islamic terror.

Together or not, Israel immediately closed crossings to Egypt and Gaza.

ISIS declared yesterday that it will wipe out both Hamas and Israel.

Egypt still is counting the bodies of those killed today while its jets bombed jihadi posts near Rafah and at Sheikh Zuweid, where ISIS had set siege to a police station earlier in the day.

The ISIS attacks may have finally woken up the regime of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the fact that ISIS is no less a threat to Cairo than it is to Damascus and Baghdad.

ISIS assassinated Egypt’s state prosecutor two days ago.

The terrorist machine gave the world a hint Wednesday morning just how powerful and well-armed it is.

Terrorists used anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault on 15 different army and police positions in a well-planned and calculated war on the regime that faces Al-Sisi with a bigger threat than even the Muslim Brotherhood, whose party he replaced in a de facto military coup last year.

ISIS also has anti-aircraft guns, some of which were destroyed n the Egyptian retaliation this afternoon.

Egypt has been in turmoil ever since the Arab Spring protests against Hosni Mubarak, who ousted was hastened by President Barack Obama, who in turn praised the Muslim Brotherhood and its leader Mohammed Morsi following his election.

A year later, Obama found himself once again encouraging the ouster of the president and praising Al-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi , whose regime has been no less ruthless than Mubarak’s and Morsi’s.

With the alternative being anarchy, the United States and other powers have backed al-Sisi, but the Sinai has been virtually a province of anarchy for four years.

Hamas has been a serious threat to Egyptian control in the Sinai, next to the border with Israel, and the Gaza terrorist party and army have executed dozens of attacks against Egyptian forces.

ISIS making Hamas look like small potatoes.

Hamas Clamps Blockade on Mobile Phone Service

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Hamas has shut down the offices of the sole mobile phone company Jawwal, which is part of a Palestinian Authority conglomerate called the Palestinian Telecommunication Company, or Paltel.

It was founded by billionaire Mohammed Mustafa, one of Mahmoud Abbas’ confidantes, and is part of an empire that would put Donald Trump to shame, if he knows the meaning of the word

The Ma’an News Agency reported, “A Hamas police vehicle arrived at Jawwal’s Gaza headquarters early in the morning and prevented employees from entering or opening the branch…. Another company branch was closed in central Gaza City.”

Paltel executive director Ammar al-Iker said that the closure increases the suffering of Palestinians, Ma’an added, in its name or his name, that the Arabs in Gaza are “under Israeli blockade.”

The land blockade was lifted long ago, except for items that can clearly be used for terror, and the maritime blockade has been upheld as legal by the United Nations.

Egypt has clamped a blockade most of the time on the Rafah crossing into Gaza, and now Hamas has enforced a blockade on itself against mobile phone service.

Video from IDF Take Over of #FreedomFlotilla [video]

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Channel 2 released an exclusive partial video of the IDF’s Shayetet 13’s takeover of the remaining boat in the flotilla to Gaza, the Marianne of Gothenburg, which was trying to breach the naval blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

This segment of the video was approved by the IDF censor. The entire video will be released this evening.

In the video, we see the IDF informing them that their boat they will be boarded, as well as letting the former Tunisian president on board know that he is supporting the same type of terror regime that bombed his own country the other day in a terror attack.

Arab-Israeli MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List) told the IDF that they will only allow one unarmed IDF soldier on board.

The video skips forward to the IDF troops on board, with the special forces soldiers informing MK Ghattas that they do not want to harm him, as they respect him as an Israeli MK.

One of the anti-Israel activists was seen tasered in the video.

The ship was taken to Ashdod port, after which, two of the people on board were expelled from Israel: former Spanish-European parliament member Ana Miranda and the Israeli-born Dror Feiler.

No IDF troops were injured in the operation.

(Commercials from Channel 2 may play first.)

Flotilla Boat Arrives in Ashdod Port

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The remaining Flotilla ship that didn’t turn around, the Marianne, arrived in Ashdod port on Monday evening.

The boat was boarded by Israel’s Shayetet 13 special forces after it refused to turn away from breaching the blockade on Gaza.

No soldiers were injured in the boarding.

The Last of the Flotillas

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The flotilla stunt has sunk.

This morning’s end to the latest maritime Vaudeville act by a motley collection of anarchists, anti-Israel activists including an Arab Knesset Member, leftists and bored people looking for adventure may be the last attempt to break the Israel blockade to prevent terrorists and weapons from reaching Gaza by sea.

International media have not been able to whip up much anti-Israel rhetoric in their news dispatches of the peaceful takeover of the Marianne and the apparent U-turn by three other boats in the flotilla.

The voyage of the Marianne may have been the best thing for Israel since earlier this month when Hamas fired a Kassam rocket at Israeli civilians but saw it fall short of its mark and explode on a house in Gaza.

The only real success of Hamas, and the entire Palestinian Authority, has been to turn self-defeat into a principle.

Pro-Hamas activists have been trying to break the maritime blockade for more than six years, but their main aim has been to fuel the anti-Israeli media with stories about how the Israeli army is stopping good Samaritans from trying to save Gazans caught in a humanitarian crisis caused by the presumably heartless land blockade by Israel.

The establishment media finally has broken under the weight of the lies in claims by anti-Zionists.

Israel’s land “blockade” on Gaza barely exists anymore, except from Egypt, which has punished Hamas over and over by shutting down the Rafah crossing.

The maritime blockade has been upheld by none other than the United Nations, which investigated the clash on the May 2010 Mavi Mamara ship that was organized and led by Turkish-based terrorists of the IHH organization.

The U.N. report managed to criticize the IDF for using excessive force but upheld the maritime embargo as legal.

Flotilla activists have known ever since then that attacking Israeli soldiers, as the terrorist did with iron clubs on the Mavi Mamara, is going to be met with necessary force.

The crew and passengers on the Marianne did not raise a hand. The Navy commandeered the boat and took it to the port of Ashdod, where the foreigners will be deported and the Israelis will return home, with or without being arrested.

Passengers on the other boats deported themselves by choice when they decided not to follow the example of the Marianne, whose activists have set a precedent not resort to violence.

That will make it more difficult for future flotilla activists to start up with the Navy, which under any circumstances is going to win the battle.

The activists’ hope that the media would treat them as little Davids fighting a monstrous Goliath disappeared like a ship in the middle of the night.

Hamas’ open corruption and barbaric force against anyone who opposes it have torn the sails out of lies that the miserable lives of Arabs in Gaza are due to anyone or anything except Hamas.

Reuters reported the takeover of the Marianne factually and dryly, except for referring to Gaza as “the blockaded Palestinian territory,” unless it meant blockaded by Egypt.

The Associated Press was even briefer in its report.

BBC and NBC also were factual and objective in their dispatches.

The flotilla has wasted more tens for thousands of dollars. There always will be other do-good haters willing to shell out more money for another failure.

Let’em go for broke.

This Flotilla Not a Thrilla – Netanyahu Calls them Hypocrites, IDF Escorts Boat to Ashdod

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Once again the enemies of Israel gathered in boats and attempted to chart a course for peace by sailing to Gaza. This time Israel was prepared and the peace boaters were easily subdued.

Details of the flotilla and who was on board can be found here.

Following the successful deterrence of those seeking to circumvent international law, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement:

“I would like to commend the sailors and commanders of the Israel Navy for their determined and efficient action in detaining the passengers on the ship that tried to reach the Gaza coast in contravention of the law. This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region. Preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General.

Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law. We are not prepared to accept the entry of war materiel to the terrorist organizations in Gaza as has been done by sea in the past. Just last year we foiled an attempt to smuggle by sea hundreds of weapons that were destined for use in attacks against Israel’s citizens.

There is no siege on Gaza. Israel assists in transferring goods and humanitarian equipment to Gaza – approximately 800 trucks a day that have recently brought into Gaza more than 1.6 million tons of goods. Moreover, Israel assists in hundreds of humanitarian projects, through international organizations, including the building of clinics and hospitals.

Israel is a state that seeks peace and acts in accordance with international law so that the residents of Gaza might have safe lives and their children may grow up in peace and quiet.”

French Funds, BDS and ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ Sailing to Gaza

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Another vessel has joined the latest “Freedom Flotilla” which is chugging away towards Gaza with the promise of an illegal attempt to breach Israel’s sovereign maritime boundaries.

And it appears that France — unsurprisingly — is again working both sides of the street.

Some of the troublemakers are indirectly sponsored and funded by the French government, which has provided half a million Euros ($558,400) to the Plateforme des ONG Françaises pour la Palestine (Platform of French NGOs for Palestine.

The Marianne of Gothenburg vessel, sponsored by The Platform, is the latest to join four other vessels flotilla heading towards Gaza. It set sail from Sicily last week, with such headline grabbers as former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki and Spanish MEP Anna Maria Miranda Paza.

The biggest “star” on board, however, is Israeli Arab Knesset Member Basel Ghattas (Joint List), whose presence aboard a vessel that intends to deliberately breach the blockade and break Israeli law is at the very least, controversial. The blockade itself, however, was found in an exhaustive 2011 United Nations investigation that resulted in the Palmer Report, to be entirely legal and within Israel’s sovereign rights.

One might therefore ask how to classify the criminal presence of a Knesset member aboard this vessel, despite the fact that as a lawmaker, Ghattas automatically is granted immunity. Those aboard intend to break the law by breaching a blockade designed to defend the nation against terrorist infiltration and passage of weapons to Gaza.

It is also here that the question arises regarding the sponsorship of the government of France. It was the French head of state who so passionately asserted earlier this year that French Jews need never fear terrorists, he said. France would always defend her citizens, including Jews, from terror. The plain fact is, however, Gaza spawns terrorists for export. So what is a French government-funded vessel doing in this year’s illegal “freedom flotilla?”

France took a dim view of simple wiretapping by American spies over the past several years, and that did not involve any active breach of its anti-terror defensive operations. How might Paris react were the situation with Israel were reversed?

The French government is blatantly granting funds to the Plateform via the ‘Agence Française de Développement’ (AFD) or French Development Agency. The AFD is the French government agency equivalent of USAID, carrying out global “sustainable development programs.” Other French, Palestinian and Israeli NGOs receive direct funding not only via AFD, but also through the French Consulate in Jerusalem, according to the watchdog organization NGO Monitor.

The Platform umbrella group is active in the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel and shelters more than 40 anti-Israel organizations. Included is the CCFD-Terre Solidaire, which received a three-year grant of 770,032 Euros ($859,971) from France in April 2014, the NGO Monitor reported. CCFD gleans its information from its Israeli anti-Israel partners such as Zochrot, Breaking the Silence, HaMoked and Sadaka-Reut.

In March 2014, it received a three-year grant of 225,000 Euros from AFD for work in “Palestine.” According to a 2014 NGO Monitor report the group also received thousands of Euros in donations from French lawmakers as well.

The Platform, with all of its member organizations, demands the European Union sever all ties, relations and agreements with the State of Israel. Dozens of other French and other anti-Israel organizations are also receiving French government funds to carry out actions against Israeli government policy and disrupt domestic affairs on her own soil as well.

How should all this be viewed by the leadership and citizens of the Jewish State?

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