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December 22, 2014 / 30 Kislev, 5775
 
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Israel Retaliates: Hits Terror Tunnel Cement Factory

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

In response to the rocket launched from Gaza on Friday morning at Israel, the Israel Air Force hit multiple Gaza targets on Friday night.

The Gazan rocket, launched from Al Karara, landed Friday morning in the Eshkol region, and no injuries or damage were reported.

The IDF has identified the target hit by the IAF in the Khan Younis area as part of the Hamas terror infrastructure,  Arab sources reports that a storage facility for long range missiles was hit.

Electricity in that part of the city was knocked out.

The IDF has since identified the primary target as a Hamas cement factory that was being used to rebuild Hamas’s terror tunnels.

Since Operation Protective Edge ended, Hamas has been repeatedly testing rockets, launching them into the sea.

Hamas is working on building a multiple rocket launching system, in the hope they can overwhelm the Iron Dome system with a large volume of simultaneous rockets.

Hamas called Israel’s response to the Gazan attack a “serious escalation”.

Senior Hamas officials went into hiding underground, in fear of an IDF targeted strike against them personally.

Rocket Fire Returns to Southern Israel – Again!

Friday, December 19th, 2014

NYC, NY – Rocket fire returned to southern Israel on Friday, disrupting the Sabbath preparations of local residents again, despite initial attempts by government officials to keep the news from leaking out.

The IDF announced in the morning hours it was checking reports to see whether the activation of the Red Alert system had been a “false alarm.”

It was the third such event to occur in southern Israel in recent weeks. It follows by a few days the European Parliament’s decision to remove Hamas from the European Union’s list of foreign terror groups.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization has been test firing its rapidly improving arsenal of mortar shells, rockets and missiles into the Mediterranean for months.

By early afternoon, Israeli military officials announced that this time Gaza terrorists had, in fact, aimed their weapons directly at southern Israeli civilians. It was the first time since the end of the summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge the IDF had admitted a rocket landed within Israeli territory.

This is also the third time a rocket has been fired at southern Israel, and has exploded on the Israeli side of the border, since the end of this summer’s 50-day war.

The Red Alert siren was heard blaring through communities in the Eshkol Regional Council district, located less than 15 seconds away by rocket fire from the Gaza border.

The Qassam rocket itself exploded in an open area, where it caused no property damage and no physical injuries to local residents.

An Eshkol resident commented that people living in the area have been holding their breath for months, waiting for the “other shoe to drop,” so to speak.

“The war ended… but nothing was done to change the reality,” Anat Hefetz told Ynet. “For four months already nothing has been done to prevent this… No initiatve was taken. We left the area on the other side to be controlled by Hamas… There are always infiltrations, attempts to shoot rockets and ‘false alarms.’ It does not surprise us,” she said.

Weeks ago, it became clear that Hamas has also resumed its terrorist tunnel building activity as well. The organization was able to pull materials for the construction from the limited goods allowed into Gaza by Israel due to pressure from the international community.

(Ed. Note: Story filed from New York before the start of the Sabbath.)
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For readers familiar with our wartime coverage, Friday’s rocket report log looked like this:

12:36 PM – Army admits that a rocket actually landed in Israel in an open area. This is the first time since Operation Protective Edge that the IDF admits that a rocket landed within Israel’s territory.

No injuries or damage reported.

11:46 AM A rocket alert was heard in the Eshkol region.

The IDF is checking if this is a false alarm or if there was a rocket launch, and if so, where did the rocket fall.

Hamas Holds Live-Fire Training Hours after EU Takes It off Terror List

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The Hamas “military” wing trained with machine-gunfire in an exercised ono the ruins of destroyed Jewish communities in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning, hours after the European Union Court of Justice ruled that there was not enough evidence to justify the terrorist organization’s remaining on the list of banned terrorist groups.

The midnight-to-dawn exercise was carried out where Jews use to live in Dugit and Nissanit, from where they were expelled in the summer of 2005 as part of the Sharon government’s lunacy that the expulsion was the road to peace.

The number of soldiers – remember, the EU court says they are not terrorists – involved in the training indicates that It was the largest military exercise that Hamas has carried out since the Protective Edge campaign in the against Hamas in Gaza last summer, Israel Defense reported..

If the justices needed more evidence that Hamas is a terrorist organization, all they had to do was visit Jewish communities in the Gaza Belt – unless they wanted to take a chance on a one-way ticket to Gaza – and lose sleep just like the Israelis who heard explosions and gunfire for hours.

One of those explosions probably was the one that killed one Hamas member and wounded several others in a “work accident,” another semantic whitewash for terrorists preparing to kill Jews.

According to the European Union court, this is not terror. Maybe it is part of the peace process, or maybe it is the expression of “unity” with the rival Fatah movement headed by Mahmoud Abbas.

Speaking of Abbas, posters of the Palestinian Authority chairman were displayed in Gaza Thursday morning with one message that the European Union court might be interested in seeing. Abbas was pictured as being hanged, and the posters included the words ”dictator” and ”traitor.”

Is this the work of terrorists?

Perhaps the European Union Court of Justice – the most unsuitable name imaginable – views the posters as freedom of expression in a democratic society.

 

 

Confirmed Report: Hamas Test Fired Rocket Towards the Sea

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The IDF has confirmed to JewishPress.com that Hamas test fired yet another rocket into the sea, on Monday afternoon.

The rocket was launched from the ruins of the Jewish town of Netzarim, in northern Gaza.

Meet Gadi Eizenkott, the Next IDF Chief of Staff

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Gadi Eizenkott will replace IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz in February, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced Saturday night, with the blessing of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Eizenkott, now Gantz’s deputy, took over the Northern Command after his predecessor quit in 2006 after sharp criticism of his conduct in the 34-day Second Lebanon War that summer, a war which was arguably one of the most embarrassing for Israel in terms of the military’s lack of preparation, poor intelligence, logistic fiascos and loss of life.

Eizenkott has restored some dignity to the IDF following the Second Lebanon War and is backs a policy to show “no mercy shown when it comes to hitting the national infrastructure of a state that, in practice, is controlled by terrorist organization Hezbollah.”

After an 18-month leave of absence to serve as a researcher in an Israeli think tank, Eizenkott returned to the army as Gantz’s deputy in 2013.

“Maj.-Gen. Eizenkott has been chosen from an excellent group of major generals to lead the IDF in the face of the complex security challenges facing the State of Israel. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I wish him success,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said.

That would seem be a given, but given the recent years of the IDF commanders anxious to please the Obama administration, it is a “revolution” to think that that enemies should be killed and not “engaged.”

Eizenkott is not considered trigger-happy and will not send soldiers into war unless diplomacy does not work, Yediot Acharonot observed. But when the army has to hit, it will do it the way it should.

He enlisted in the Golani unit, which has produced many of IDF Chiefs of Staff.

Reserve Maj.-Gen. Ilan Biran, who worked alongside Eizenkott and was his senior commander, told Yediot, “After the Oslo Accords, as the GOC Central Command, I was looking for a brigade commander who knew how to handle a complicated and complex area – on the one hand there were the settlers and on the other hand militant cities like Tulkarem and Kalkilya. Eizenkott showed qualities of a model brigade commander, he showed common sense, restraint, unusual responsibility and creativity. He managed to avoid unnecessary conflicts and controlled these cities successfully in what was an extremely delicate task.”

In the recent Protect Edge operation against Hamas this past summer, Eizenkott favored a policy of not trying to destroy Hamas or take over Gaza.

He is known not to be afraid to say what he thinks, a rarity among recent senior military leaders.

The hope is that the Peter Principle will not change him when he takes over from Gantz and that he will continue to be homiest, tough and modest, characteristics sorely lacking in the top military echelon where commanders often worry more about being politically correct rather than protecting the country.

 

 

 

Severe Rains In Gaza May Mean Terror Tunnels Are Flooded

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Published on Jewish Business News

The UN Palestine refugee agency UNRWA on Thursday evening declared a state of emergency in Gaza City amid massive rains that have shut down normal life in the city, Ma’an reported. This could also mean damage to the hundreds of underground tunnels that are still being dug fastidiously by Hamas, in preparation for the next war.

Thursday marks the fourth straight day of unusually heavy rain across the region, causing temperatures to dip across the coastal region.

In early November, the Egyptian army launched a program to destroy newly discovered hundreds of tunnels leading from Gaza into the Sinai, which had been used by Gaza jihadists to attack Egyptian security forces. In only a matter of days, the Egyptians cleared 10,000 residents from about 800 homes along the strip’s southern border, to erect an 8-mile buffer where anyone entering would be shot without a warning.

Unlike Israel, the Egyptians can be decisive on fighting terrorism, and they don’t catch international flak for it, either.

Since Israel evacuated its military and civilians from Gaza, in 2005, the PLO and then the Hamas governments have not invested a penny in upgrading the sewer systems and the roads, and so each rainy season sees the strip sitting under lakes of water and human waste. The major storm that brought a blessing to Israel this past week has filled the streets of Gaza City once again with water and sewage, causing further misery for the more than 100,000 Palestinians left homeless, including an estimated 30,000 in emergency shelters.

UNRWA announced that 63 schools across Gaza City and 43 schools across the northern Gaza Strip had been closed Thursday due to the flooding.

Hundreds of residents in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City had also been evacuated due to the rise of a “storm water lagoon” that had flooded many homes in the area.

“The flooding is exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza caused by blockade and the unprecedented destruction from the latest Israeli offensive,” the UN agency said in a post on its Facebook page.

Back in 2013, Egyptian forces flooded the tunnels under the border with the Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down. A Reuters reporter saw one tunnel suddenly fill with water, sending workers rushing for safety. Locals said two other tunnels were also flooded, as the Egyptians were deliberately pumping in water.

“The Egyptians have opened the water to drown the tunnels,” Abu Ghassan, who supervised the work of 30 men at one tunnel, 200 yards from the border, told Reuters. And an Egyptian security official in the Sinai told Reuters: “We are using water to close the tunnels by raising water from one of the wells.”

But when it rains heavily, as it did this week, Gaza is prone to severe flooding, leading to the displacement of thousands. The floods are exacerbated by a chronic lack of fuel that limits how much water can be pumped out of flood-stricken areas.

Which means that the effect the Egyptians achieved by diverting well water into the tunnels is now achieved by natural forces.

The tunnels into Israel were constructed using the expertise of the Rafah families who have specialized in digging tunnels into Egypt for commerce and smuggling, and have been described by former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya as representative of “a new strategy in confronting the occupation and in the conflict with the enemy from underground and from above the ground.”

The Israeli military has estimated that Hamas spent as much as $90 million, pouring 600,000 tons of concrete, in building three dozen tunnels. Some of these tunnels were estimated to have cost $3 million to construct.

Gazans Shoot at Vehicle on Border, IDF Returns with Tank Fire

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

A jeep driving along the Gaza border near Kibbutz Be’eri came under gunfire from Gaza.

No one was injured in the attack, but the bullet from what appears to be a light weapon (handgun) hit the windshield of the jeep.

An IDF tank returned fire at the source of the gunfire.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gazans-shoot-at-vehicle-on-border-idf-returns-with-tank-fire/2014/11/27/

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