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September 5, 2015 / 21 Elul, 5775
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The Soldiers Always Let Us Pass

Monday, July 27th, 2015

I read a story in the paper over the weekend, and it reminded me of a story of my own.

The newspaper told of a family in Gush Katif. When the soldiers came to expel them from their homes, they took the Mezuza off from the doorpost and gave it to the lead soldier. They told him to return it to them in the future.

Recently they inquired about the soldier through a third party, and asked to meet with him and get their Mezuza back.

The family was told that the soldier did not want to meet with them, and he also doesn’t want to return the Mezuza, which he is still holding on to.

Before the Expulsion, when I was trying to sneak people into Gush Katif, I would pick up hitchhikers, and we’d drive down trying to get past the army/police roadblocks and into Gush Katif.

Sometimes we’d find our way blocked, and have to go off-road, driving through the fields, ditches and dirt roads. Quite an experience, especially when your car is not made for off-road driving.

We even drove right through some of the makeshift army bases, which was quite surreal (stopping for ice cream at the Gazlan).

But more often than not, if the person guarding the road was a soldier, and the policemen wasn’t standing nearby watching him, we’d ask the soldier what he thought of the Disengagement.

Most didn’t want to answer, only telling us they weren’t allowed to let us go past, and then quietly mention the policeman is watching what they say and do.

At that point I’d ask them, “What do you plan to tell your children in 10 or 20 years from now, when they ask where you where and what you did during the Disengagement?”

I’d tell them, “You have 2 options, you can tell them you followed your orders and participated in the destruction of the homes of your fellow Jews — OR you can tell them how you actively helped sneak other people past the roadblocks to fight the Disengagement.”

“Which story do you want to be able to tell your children?”

The soldiers always let us pass.

You’ll Now Have 15 Seconds to Look for Cover

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The IDF is installing a new radar system on the Gaza border to give Israel’s Gaza border residents more time to look for cover, according to YNet.

Currently, in case of mortar attack, Gaza border residents have between 3-5 seconds to look for cover.

The new system will give residents a full 15 seconds to reach safety. Imagine that.

According to the IDF Southern Command, the system is still experimental, and hasn’t been tested in real-time. Presumably, that’s only a matter of time.

A mobile version was implemented for IDF units stationed along the border, after a mortar strike killed 5 soldiers who were in the staging area during Operation Protective Edge, .

Suspected ISIS Jihadists Blow Up Six Hamas Vehicles in Gaza

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Salafists linked with the Islamic State (ISIS) blew up six Hamas and Islamic Jihad vehicles in simultaneous attacks in Gaza City, Sunday morning.

At least two people were wounded.

The ability to stage a coordinated attack in the Hamas stronghold reflects both the capabilities of the jihadists as well as the growing vulnerability of Hamas, whose regime has brought misery, depression and war to the local population.

An ISIS poster was found near one of the vehicles that as exploded.

Israel’s Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) suggested that terrorists may have used the ISIS poster to frame the Islamists for attacks, which could have been carried out only with highly organized support.

The fact that there were not many injuries offers a hint that it might have been Palestinian Authority Fatah terrorists who staged the rare attack with the intent of scaring Hamas but without causing an immediate upheaval.

So much for the “unity” that President Obama so highly applauded earlier this year.

Hamas has face difficulties with Egypt too, which accuses them of helping the ISIS terrorists in Sinai.

Senior Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal won a rare audience last week with Saudi Arabia king Salman, the first time in four years that a Saudi king has publicly confirmed discussions with the Gaza regime.

 

Hamas Tried to Switch Missing Israeli with Eritrean

Friday, July 17th, 2015

A few weeks after Avraham Mengitso entered Gaza on his own, Israel approached Hamas via an intermediary, asking Hamas to return Mengitso to Israel on humanitarian grounds.

Hamas agreed, and sent Mengitso over to the border crossing with Israel.

Only, the man Hamas sent over wasn’t the missing Israeli, according to Channel 2.

Hamas sent over an Eritrean infiltrator who had entered Gaza from the Sinai, and tried to pass him off as the missing Israeli of Ethiopian origin.

The IDF immediately realized that Hamas was trying to pull a fast one on them, and sent the doppelganger back to Gaza.

Hague Judges Tell Prosecutor to Proceed with 2010 Gaza Flotilla ‘War Crime’ Case

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

A 3-judge panel of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, in a 2-1 decision, on Thursday called on the court’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to reconsider her decision not to investigate the 2010 clash between Israeli soldiers and Turkish activists on a flotilla that was on its way to Gaza.

Last year, Bensouda refused a request, to launch a probe into the May 31, 2010 incident, submitted by the Union Comoros, an island nation in the Indian Ocean under whose flag the boarded flotilla boat, the Mavi Marmara, was sailing.

Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists wounded by Israeli commandos, in a botched operation in which the Israelis climbed down a rope, one at a time, to receive severe beatings with metal rods from the activists.

At the time, Bensouda said there was a “reasonable basis to believe” war crimes had been committed on the Mavi Marmara, except she did not believe the case merited an ICC involvement. It appeared that in her view the ICC should use its authority to discern major international confrontations, rather than what amounts to a coast guard boarding gone awry.

On Thursday, the Judges rebuked Bensouda for making “material errors in her determination of the gravity” of the case.

Israel’s Turkel Commission probe of the incident, which, according to Ha’aretz, has met with the approval of the UN investigative committee (the Palmer Committee), found that:

a. The naval blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip – in view of the security circumstances and Israel’s efforts to comply with its humanitarian obligations – was legal pursuant to the rules of international law;

b. The actions carried out by Israel on May 31, 2010, to enforce the naval blockade had the regrettable consequences of the loss of human life and physical injuries. Nonetheless, and despite the limited number of uses of force for which we could not reach a conclusion, the actions taken were found to be legal pursuant to the rules of international law. The UN Palmer Committee Report on Gaza Flotilla Incident sided with the Israeli action. In its final summary, it stated:

The blockading power is entitled to board a neutral merchant vessel if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that it is breaching a blockade. The blockading power has the right to visit and search the vessel and to capture it if found in breach of a blockade.

Breach could occur outside the blockade zone, including on the high seas where there is evidence of the vessel’s intention. If there is clear resistance to the interception or capture, the blockading power may attack the vessel, after giving a prior warning.

The level of force used to enforce the above-mentioned rights must be proportionate; in particular, it must be limited to the level necessary to achieve the military objective.

So that, should the prosecutor decide to move ahead with the case, the entire debate would inevitably revolve around the proportionality of the IDF soldiers’ use of force.

Should make for an exciting kangaroo court.

JewishPress.com adds:

Judge Peter Kovacs has presented an opposing position to his peers in the ICC, which can be read here.

The key paragraph is the last paragraph where the judge wrote:

Indeed, it is likely that if an investigation was to be conducted most if not all of those acts will not qualify as war crimes within the meaning of article 8 of the Statute, either due to the difficulty in proving the mens rea of the potential suspect(s), or due to the existence of defences under articles 31 or 32 of the Statute (i.e., self-defence or justifiable error on the protected status of those on the Maria Marmara) with regard to the IDF soldiers who intervened in those difficult circumstances. It follows that the lack of prospect for any successful prosecution, together with the relatively low gravity of the alleged crimes makes it clear that the initiation of an investigation in the present situation is unwarranted.

Air Force Hits One Lonely Terror Target after Missile Attack

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force struck a solitary “terror infrastructure” target early Thursday morning in “retaliation” for a missile attack south of Ashkelon.

No one was injured, and no damage was reported in the rocket attack, so the IDF decided to act “proportionately” to the nth degree and strike back at only one target, without injuring a terrorist.

The rocket exploded in the Ashkelon Coastal Region second after an early warning siren was heard at 2:02 a.m.

The IDF spokesman stated:

The rocket landed in an open area adjacent to the city of Ashkelon, no injuries were reported.

In response to this attack, IAF aircrafts targeted a terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: ‘The time was 2 AM in Israel when sirens sounded in the Lachish region, a frightening wake up call, alerting civilians to rush to shelters.

The repeated rocket fire at Israel does not only put the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk but it [also] is a deliberate decision to target civilians. No person should live under the threat of terrorism, always fearing what will come next, and whether they will find shelter in time to save their lives.

The IDF said it views the attack “gravely and will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens.”

Therefore, it attacked “a” terror target.

Not many people will sleep well tonight in southern Israel.

UN Calls on Gazans to Provide Info on Missing Israelis

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Gazans to provide information on two missing Israelis who voluntarily entered the enclave but disappeared shortly thereafter and have not been seen since.

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told media that Ban also called for prompt action to facilitate their safe return to their families.

One of the two men, a 28-year-old Ethiopian immigrant who is a resident of Ashkelon, has been missing since early September 2014. The second, a Negev Bedouin resident of the town of Hura, has been missing since April 2015.

The Israeli government is holding Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization responsible for the welfare and fate of the two men. It is believed they are being held hostage in the enclave.

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