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May 30, 2015 / 12 Sivan, 5775
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Khaled Mashaal Vetoed Plan by Deif for Massive Attack on Kibbutz in War

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Israeli sources opened up previously secret information Wednesday and confirmed that Hamas mastermind terrorist Mohammed had planned a massive attack on a kibbutz last summer.

Sources told Army Radio that Khaled Mashaal, who rules Hamas from Qatar, prohibited Deif from carrying out his murder-kidnap plan because he feared a wide-scale Israeli invasion of Gaza.

During the Protective Edge campaign against Hamas missile attacks, the IDF discovered several tunnels, including one that reached only a few hundred feet from the dining hall of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

It was not known until today that plans already had been completed, possibly before the IDF discovered the tunnel, to use it to murder a large number of members of the kibbutz and kidnap others through the extensive tunnel system.

Marshall reasoned, probably correctly, that Israeli would have carried out a wide-scale and extended invasion of Gaza, an action that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refrained from ordering during the war,

Two issues still are being argued today in Israel and Hamas. Israeli military and political circles debate whether Israel should have – and should do if there is another war – invaded Gaza and try to destroy Hamas and any other rival terror organization that threatens to rule it

Within Hamas, debate rages between the political and military echelons over the terrorist organization’s next move. An attack through the tunnel to Kerem Shalom could very well have been successful given the lack of good intelligence on the extent of the tunnel system. On the other hand, no one knows what would have been the results of a fierce Israeli retaliation except for the assumption that both sides would have suffered extensive losses of life,

The IDF tried to assassinate Deif, not for the first time, but reports that he had been killed have turned out to be wishful thinking, according to unnamed sources in Israel.

Israel’s MFA Responds to UN Report on Last Summer’s Gaza War

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the following statement in response to the receipt of the executive summary of the UN Board of Inquiry Report regarding the 2014 Gaza conflict:

Israel has received an executive summary of the UN Board of Inquiry (BOI) report and will study it carefully, with a view to continuing its cooperation with the UN Secretary General and his staff regarding the protection of UN facilities, particularly in periods of armed conflict.

As noted in the Secretary General’s letter, Israel cooperated fully with this inquiry and facilitated the work of the BOI in fulfilling its mandate. This cooperation demonstrates once again that, when asked to assist in a professional and unbiased inquiry, Israel responds in a collaborative, open and forthcoming manner, notwithstanding some reservations it may have concerning certain aspects of the process and as well as some of the report’s findings and conclusions.

The executive summary of the report clearly documents the exploitation by terrorist organizations of UN facilities in the Gaza Strip.

Israel is committed to working jointly with the UN in order to improve the security of UN facilities in the Gaza Strip, with special emphasis on preventing such exploitation by terrorists. Moreover, Israel is prepared to extend its assistance to UNRWA, with the aim of preventing the recurrence of circumstances under which UN facilities are used to carry out terrorist activity, in blatant violation of international law, and in a manner that gravely endangers civilians, including UN staff.

All of the incidents attributed by the report to Israel have already been subject to thorough examinations, and criminal investigations have been launched where relevant.

This serves as further evidence of Israel’s serious approach to this issue, its capacity and desire to carry out independent investigations and its commitment to the rule of law. Israel makes every effort to avoid harm to sensitive sites, in the face of terrorist groups who are committed not only to targeting Israeli civilians but also to using Palestinian civilians and UN facilities as shields for their terrorist activities.

Egypt Destroys 285 Smuggling and Terror Tunnels in Three Months

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Egyptian army has destroyed 185 smuggling and terror tunnels under the border between Egypt and Gaza since February, according to the country’s military spokesman.

Sixty-nine of them were destroyed in the past three weeks. One of them was more than a mile long and 10 feet deep and was used for smuggling weapons and people.

Cairo has proposed that digging a tunnel along the border is a crime, with a punishment of life in prison.

The clampdown on the tunnels, following several murderous terrorist attacks on Egyptian soldiers, has been met with almost total silence by the United Nations and foreign media, unlike the condemnation of Israel when the IDF used to shut down the tunnels.

Egypt also has created a buffer zone and destroyed more than 1,100 houses on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza.

Bomb Explodes at UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Two bombs exploded simultaneously at UNRWA headquarters and near a Hamas police station Saturday night.

No one was injured, and no organization has take responsibility for the twin attacks. The bomb at UNRWA exploded “about ten feet from the door, causing no casualties or damage,” according to the U.N. agency’s spokesperson Adnan abu Hasna.

The second device blast was near the home of a Hamas public prosecutor.

The two attacks followed one on Friday that set on fire Hamas offices that are in the former home of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Hamas has been facing internal struggles, especially between the political and military echelon as well as eternal rivalry from other terrorist organizations.

A delegation of the so-called unity government of Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah movement is supposed to visit Gaza this week. There is no chance Ababa will visit and leave alive.

Hamas’ dire circumstances are reflected in the revival of a threat to kidnap Israelis and its rapid rebuilding of terror tunnels, thanks to financial aid from Qatar and Iran.

The bomb at UNRWA was aimed at the organization that one the one hand has imprisoned tens of thousands of Gazans with eternal hopelessness as “refugees’ and on the other hand has made them dependent on them to live. The bombs near Hamas’ office and the police station are aimed at getting rid of the terrorist regime so a different one can take over.

When things can’t get worse, Hamas tries to make the people feel good by ramping up for war on Israel.

Destruction of Tunnel Smuggling Driving Gaza Drug Addicts Crazy

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Thousands of Gaza Arabs, including young teenagers, are going out of their minds because Egypt’s destruction of smuggling tunnels has left them without an addictive painkiller. The London Times reported.

Withdrawal systems have driven patients to the edge of suicide after not being able to able to obtain Tramadol, an addictive prescription drug that was bought from tunnel smugglers at one-tenth the price  on the local black market.

The Hamas Health Ministry told the newspaper that the heroin-like effect of Tramadol has resulted in a 50 percent increase of drug addicts seeking help. The drug not only is 10 times more expensive than it was before Egypt started to close the tunnels, but it also is difficult to find even on the black market

The drug dopes patients so that they can tune out their living hell.

Gaza once was a decent place to live and earn a living under the “occupation” after Egypt gladly surrendered the  hell-hole known as the Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israel gave Gaza residents their first opportunity to work in Israel, work under decent conditions for Jewish farmers in Gaza, and operate their own affairs to a limited extent instead under the aegis of Cairo.

Yasser Arafat turned everything around in the late 1980s and introduced terrorism as a way of life.

However,  the London Times report blames Israel – who else? – for the painkiller crisis even though it was Egypt and not Israel that is on the tunnel warpath.

The logic, so to speak, works like this:

Gazans use Tramadol because of “the hardship of living in the war-torn territory under an eight-year Israeli blockade,” referring to the blockade that has been all but lifted except for suicide belts and other materials that Hamas would call humanitarian aid. Egypt has used an iron fist at the Rafah land crossing to enforce an off-an-on blockade.

The London Times continued to connect dots from different pages by blaming the ” worsening economic conditions in the aftermath of the summer war [with Israel],” referring to the latest in a series of min-wars that Hamas has launched.

The newspaper took the time to drill into readers’ psyches about “the 51-day war with Israel last year, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 homes destroyed, [which] boosted the popularity of the ‘escapist’ drug.”

Of course, in the eyes of the leftists, Israel is to blame for Hamas’ war because it still “occupies” Jerusalem’s Old City, Efrat, Maaleh Adumim and other areas previously uninhabited and which the Palestinian Authority makes out as part their ancient homeland that Arafat manufactured.

In the eyes of the bleeding heart liberals, Israel also is to blame for beating back the Egyptians in the 1967 war, which perhaps was caused by having become a country in 1948.

Now that Gaza have to live without addictive painkillers and with the misery of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, it would be interesting to see the results of a free election, which is only theoretical since it cannot happen under Hamas.

The supposed election would give them the choice to return to Egyptian rule, remain under the Hamas regime, or go back to the “occupation” when their economic and political freedoms were blossoming.

Given the last 20 years of fear and loathing under the Palestinian Authority, Gazans might prefer a fourth alternative – Tramadol.

Hamas Urges Kidnapping Israelis

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Hamas has launched a new appeal to kidnap Israelis to be used as ransom to free terrorists being held by the “Zionist enemy.”

Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Haya said Thursday night, the eve of “Prisoners Day,” according to the French news agency AFP:

We tell the Zionist enemy: you are all a target for us and the resistance, we will fight you until we finally get rid of you and take as many captives as possible to free our heroes

“Our men, our women, our children all envision kidnapping your soldiers and settlers, wherever they are, and it is our right because we have no other way to free our heroes, and it is the Zionist enemy responsible for this state of affairs.

Haya assured a crowd of hundreds that Arab terrorists will be freed from Israeli jails as they were in the 2011 swap of 1,000 terrorists for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

Hamas terrorists in the Hebron area last summer kidnappers and murdered three Israeli yeshiva youth in what may have been a botched attempt to keep them alive for ransom.

It is widely accepted in Israel, even by the liberal establishment media, that there is a broad consensus against freeing terrorists for kidnap victims. The public finally has begun to accept the fact that doing  so endangers Israeli b encouraging more abductions.

The latest Hamas threat to kidnap Israeli should be taken seriously. Hitchhikers, especially should be especially careful before accepting a ride with someone they do not know.

They also should not hitchhike alone and should always have their mobile phones prepared to press an emergency number.

 

IDF Deploys New Terror Tunnel Detection System

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The IDF is deploying a $2 million-per-kilometer terror tunnel detection system developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems company.

Numerous reports recently have confirmed that Hamas is rebuilding its terror tunnel system with the help of tens of millions of dollars from Iran, but there has been no indication that Israel is doing anything about it.

The tunnel detection system presumable will give the IDF the opportunity to target tunnels, which it did during the Operation Protective Edge counter-terror campaign last summer but only after Israel had been attacked with missiles.

The IDF lost dozens of soldiers in the war on terror, which included destroying the tunnels, some of which were discovered inside Israel and which caught the military off guard.

The question now is whether Israel will wait for Hamas to deliver the first blow rather than carrying out pre-emptive bombings of the tunnels.

A new Israeli start-up called the Geophysical Institute of Israel developed the system in cooperation with the  Defense Ministry, according to the Israeli Globes business newspaper.

 

 

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