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February 7, 2016 / 28 Shevat, 5776

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In Wake of Arab Terror Spree, UN Chief Castigates…Israel but Israel Responds

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Ban Ki-Moon had it right when he began his remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Jan. 26. In the first session of 2016, Ban said that this new year started the same way that 2015 ended, with “unacceptable violence.”

We’re with you there.

But despite emitting a one sentence acknowledgement of reality – “Stabbings, vehicle attacks, and shootings by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians – all of which I condemn —  and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, have continued to claim lives,” Moon then proceeded to justify Palestinian Arab terrorism.

It’s the same old tired trope: the “Occupation” leads to “frustration,” the sense of “alienation and despair,” a “potent incubator of hate and extremism,” a “chipping away” at the “ability of Palestinian people to live in dignity.”

So what does Ban suggest to end the terrorism? He called for the “strengthen[ing] of Palestinian institutions, security and economic prospects,” [please note, the Palestinian Arabs are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid] hand over more control of Area C (the sector of the disputed territories where the greatest number of Jews live!) to the Palestinian Arabs; and a “freeze of Israel’s settlement enterprise.” Oh, and everyone should please fulfill their pledges to help rebuild Gaza and Palestinian Arab groups please stop fighting with each other and concentrate instead on Israel.

Just in case you might be wondering where Ban’s sympathies lie, he lays it out clearly. The building of homes for Jews anywhere in the disputed territories, he said, “are an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community. They rightly raise fundamental questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

Got it.

Ban went so far as to suggest that Israelis should ignore the ruling by its own Supreme Court – not a hawkish institution by anyone’s (rational) imagination – that land south of Gush Etzion could be used by Jews.

That’s right, the Secretary General of the U.N. told a sovereign people to ignore the ruling of their own Supreme Court. That is unprecedented and unconscionable.

The whole issue is the creation of a Palestinian State. It is not a peace process, it is simply a Palestinian State creation process, and the security of Israel? Yes, of course, if that happens. But make no mistakes about what is the priority.

To be fair, the U.N. Secretary General also chided the Palestinian Arabs. There was one sentence, 21 paragraphs along, in which he “condemned the firing of rockets into Israel from Gaza.” But the remainder of his focus on Gaza was about reconciliation, about encouraging Arab factions in Gaza to work out issues amongst themselves. The better to eat you with, my dear. No, he actually didn’t say that. What he said was that will enable the Palestinian Arabs to work together in a more unified fashion in order to achieve a Palestinian State.

Finally, in paragraph 31, Ban slips in along with his beseeching of all parties to please, oh please quickly create a Palestinian State, a wag of a finger at the Palestinian Arabs. No, not for terrorist acts, but just to remind them that “incitement has no place,” and that “questioning the right of Israel to exist cannot be tolerated.”

In other words, all the evil terrorist acts of the Palestinian Arabs can be understood as the result of the occupation, but stop saying Israel has no right to exist and stop saying (at least in public) that killing Israelis is your right.

NETANYAHU RESPONDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response was swift and unequivocal, rejecting Ban’s statement and its premise. Rather than seeking to justify the terrorism of the Palestinian Arabs, the U.N., including its titular head, must recognize that “Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state – they want to destroy a state and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews simply because they are Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights.”

IDF: Hamas Exploiting Gazan Entries Into Israel

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization is exploiting Israel’s policy of allowing Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to enter Israel from Gaza, IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai warns.

Mordechai, who is Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said in a statement Tuesday, “Hamas is exploiting entries into Israel to recruit terrorists. This must end or we will be forced to revise our policies.”

The COGAT told the Al Quds newspaper, “Unless these actions end, we will be forced to take additional security measures.

“Our policies are devised to strengthen the economy and civil life in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

The crossings between Gaza and Israel saw an daily average of 1,000 human passages between the two sides at the Erez Crossing in 2015. In addition, 850 trucks filled with medical supplies , construction materials and other goods were delivered daily to Gaza last year.

“If these policies are misused by terrorists, we will be forced to revise them to maintain the security of the State of Israel and her citizens,” Mordechai warned.

The single land crossing from Gaza into Egypt, the Rafah Border Crossing is open only sporadically, and then only for a few hours or a few days at a time, with little prior warning.

There are three land crossings with Israel, including the Karni crossing, a conveyor belt for grains and similar goods.

The Erez crossing, used by international staff members, residents of the Palestinian Authority, (professional and non-professional employees, medical patients and family members) foreign aid workers, journalists, diplomats and others, is open from Sunday through Thursday, 8am to 4pm and Friday from 8am to 2pm. The Kerem Shalom crossing is open daily between morning and afternoon, depending on the number of trucks scheduled to make deliveries in Gaza.

Lapid: Iran Deal Now Funding Terror at Israel’s Expense

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Israel is now reaping the fruits of the IranDeal signed with Tehran by the United States and five other world powers, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid told a gathering of foreign journalists Monday at the Jerusalem Press Club.

Lapid clearly backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his stance on the Iranian threat to Israel – and U.S. culpability in strengthening that threat.

The former finance minister told reporters that the new flow of funds released in the relief of sanctions against Iran is already threatening Israel. “Secretary of State [John] Kerry said himself last week that some of the sanctions relief will go to funding terrorism. For us this is not theoretical. This money translates itself into rockets aimed at our children,” Lapid said.

“The next conflict in the north or south of Israel is just a matter of time,” he warned. “The provocations, the breaches of international law, the preparations… are already happening every day by Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north. Both with [and result from] Iranian backing.

“When the fighting breaks out, the analysis and reporting shouldn’t start with the first Israeli strike, but with what’s happening on the ground right now,” he told reporters.

He added that although he agrees with his former coalition partner on these points, Lapid said he still intends to run against Netanyahu in the next election – as the alternative candidate for prime minister.

IDF Prepares for Gaza Tunnel War in Next Conflict

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The IDF is preparing its soldiers to contend with terrorists in the next conflict who suddenly pop out from tunnels — anywhere.

Gaza’s Hamas terrorist organization has nearly completed its tunnel network, despite work accidents and “acts of Allah” that cannot be prevented, such as this week’s rain pouring down from the skies, which buries both diggers and the tunnels they dug.

Heavy rains are continuing to pour down on to Israel, a blessing to the land and to the security of the Jews living in the Land as well. The soft sands in Gaza are easy for diggers to tunnel through, although they become a digger’s grave when the tunnels collapse from the weight of the water-logged mud in the rain. Still, Hamas forces its diggers to continue, using stolen concrete to shore up the walls of the tunnels against the damp, while callously leaving its people without homes.

The rebuilt Hamas tunnel infrastructure beneath Gaza is rapidly regrowing itself and possibly extending even deeper into Israel than before, security sources say.

Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees have been cooperating to dig tunnels that could reach up to 10 kilometers deep into Israel, according to the Middle East Newsline.

But IDF and Shin Bet intelligence agents have been coordinating efforts for some time to foil infiltrations into Israel by Hamas and other terrorists via the tunnels.

During Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014, Israeli defense officials discovered plans to carry out a terror attack in Israel around the time of the High Holy Days that would have killed and or abducted hundreds.

In July 2014, Hamas was preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilians during the Jewish new year holiday of Rosh Hashanah, Israeli security sources told the Hebrew-language Ma’ariv daily.

Some 200 terrorists were to be dispatched via the tunnels dug under the Gaza border to Israel. They would have emerged to seize hostages from kibbutzim and other Jewish communities, while killing other Israeli civilians.

Thousands of Hamas terrorists meanwhile would have been swarming across Israel wearing IDF uniforms, complicating a military response to the attack.

Reports at the time indicated that Hezbollah terrorists may have planned to join the attack as well, opening a second front in the north. The destruction of the tunnels – Gaza’s “underground terrorist city” – during the 2014 war thwarted the plan.

Over the past six months, Israel’s Home Front Command has held a number of military and civil defense drills aimed at preparing the IDF and civilian population for an upcoming war launched either by Hamas in the south, or by Hezbollah from the north.

IDF troops have been deployed along both fronts for several months, particularly since October, when the current wave of terror began. The 2014 mini-war with Hamas in Gaza resulted from a similar wave of terror, as did all prior operations, including that which morphed into the two-front 2006 Second Lebanon War.

IAF Retaliates Against Gaza Rocket Fire, Targets Hamas Training Camp

Monday, January 25th, 2016

IAF aircraft bombed a Hamas military training facility in central Gaza early Monday. The attack came in retaliation to a rocket attack late Sunday night.

Red Alert air raid sirens woke sleeping children and families in communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, triggered by the rocket fire from Gaza.

In January alone, three rockets have been launched from Gaza and have hit Israeli territory. IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said, “Tonight, families in southern Israel were once again forced to find shelter, fleeing radical Islamic terrorism emanating from the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas is responsible and is accountable for all attacks from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue to operate and defend against those that undermine Israeli sovereignty while jeopardizing the safety and wellbeing of civilians.”

Hamas Terror Tunnels Collapsing Under Heavy Rain in Gaza

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

As Jews around the world continue to beseech the One Above to continue the nurturing rains of winter in the Land of Israel, Mohammed Ashour al-Naj’ar, has found his rest after many hard hours living as a tunnel digger in Gaza.

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas announced Saturday al-Naj’ar, 31, was buried alive in a tunnel collapse due to weather conditions.

The Khan Younis resident added his body to those of numerous other victims who chose to uselessly sacrifice their lives to the terrorist organization.

The soft sands of Gaza are easy for diggers to tunnel through, but that same softness becomes a death trap when the moisture seeps in from the heavy rains of winter. It is then that the weight of the mud above transforms their work environment into a grave.

But no matter.

Regardless, Hamas forces the diggers to continue their work in both directions: creating a network of terrorist tunnels to snake under the borders to infiltrate Egypt as well as Israel.

In both cases it is clear when the tunnels are exposed by the IDF and Egyptian security teams that Hamas has stolen for its military the concrete that was to be used to rebuild Gaza infrastructure and homes for residents.

Instead, that and similar donated supplies are used to reconstruct its military infrastructure so Hamas can launch a new war against Israel. This time, Hamas may also be offering concrete support via the tunnels for Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Gaza as well.

The concrete is being used primarily to shore up the tunnels that are more vulnerable to collapse due to bad weather, according to the Hebrew-language NRG website, particularly those closest to Egypt; because that is where the infrastructure is less secure.

Egyptian security personnel have dug a wide moat along that country’s border with Gaza, and filled the canal with water to create a commercial fish farm.

The wide swathe of water along the border effectively sealed off any penetration of that section of Egypt’s border, with or without tunnels. In addition, Egyptian security personnel routinely flood terrorist tunnels that are found to be infiltrating beneath its border with Gaza.

IAF Attacks Terror Cell Along Gaza Security Fence

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Israeli fighter pilots attacked a terrorist cell in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning in a joint operation with Shin Bet operatives.

The Gaza terrorists were planting bombs along the security fence along the region’s northern border with Israel, which were set to detonate as an IDF patrol passed by.

The plan was disrupted by the Israeli Air Force attack, which killed at least one terrorist – 23-year-old Musa Za’aytar. Three other Gaza operatives were wounded – their condition is unknown.

Israeli farmers were warned yesterday to maintain a distance of at least one kilometer from the border fence due to a terror threat.

After the IAF operation, farmers were told to maintain their distance for some time longer, to ensure their safety from any retaliation over Israel’s attack.

The orders have since been lifted.

IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said, “Forces guarding the border with Gaza face a growing threat from hostile terror groups attempting to destabilize the situation on the ground.

“The IDF will continue to protect the residence of Israel and the forces guarding them on the borders.”

Gaza terrorists have made a regular practice of mining the area along the border fence. IDF engineers sweep the area daily to track down and defuse any explosives that might be planted as an ambush for Israel’s military border patrols.

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