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IDF Destroys Home of Shalit Kidnapping Chief

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Israeli fighter pilots launched an air strike overnight Tuesday on the home of the Hamas terrorist chief who masterminded the kidnapping of former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

As a result of the cross-border attack masterminded by Hamas military wing chief Raed al-Atar, Shalit was held captive by Hamas in Gaza from June 2006 till October 2011.

It is not yet clear whether Al-Atar was in his house in the southern Gaza border town of Rafiah when Israel’s air force struck.

The Tragic Farce of Israeli Confidence Building Measures

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The recent kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers near Hebron, who are now the subject of a massive Israeli military-security search, should give pause. Israel says it has evidence of involvement by Hamas, the U.S. and European Union-listed terrorist group that calls in its Charter for the worldwide murder of Jews. Hamas, recently incorporated into the Fatah/Palestinian Authority (PA) regime, is still receiving U.S taxpayer funding.

Given these circumstances, Israel needs to put an end to its concessionary policy of ‘confidence-building measures’: removing security checkpoints and roadblocks, freeing convicted and jailed Palestinian terrorists as demanded by the PA, and so on — especially if it emerges that the absence of checkpoints enabled the terrorists to carry out the kidnappings.

That some terrorist acts have been facilitated in this way is beyond argument. The January 2010 murder of Israeli, Meir Chai, by Fatah’s own Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, occurred during a Palestinian terrorist attack made possible by the removal of a road closure and checkpoint, part of ‘confidence-building measures’ previously urged upon Israel by the Obama administration.

In April 2010, then-U.S. envoy George Mitchell again urged Israel to “make a number of gestures to Palestinians, including release of prisoners, removal of checkpoints, transfer of authority over West Bank territories.” Israel acceded to President Obama’s wishes — and that August, Palestinians terrorists murdered four Israelis, including a pregnant woman; as it happens, also near Hebron. The attackers escaped the scene via a route opened by the removal of a checkpoint — part of the “number of gestures” Mitchell had urged upon the Israelis.

Western governments, including the Obama Administration, are continually tantalized at the prospect of renewed negotiations, and the PA has adroitly succeeded in recent years in making Israeli concessions a condition of their resumption. International leaders have willingly obliged.

Here, for example, is a news item from February 2012 about UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: “The UN chief urged Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make ‘goodwill gestures’ to bring the Palestinians back to direct negotiations, frozen since September 2010.”

Note that, in such cases, Israelis are not being asked to make these “gestures” in return for anything, merely so that PA will deign to speak to them from across a table. In other words, the intended “gestures” are unilateral Israeli concessions. Unfortunately, peace and has never been facilitated by Israeli unilateral concessions. Quite the contrary.

The 2005 unilateral evacuation of Gaza and eviction of its Jewish residents was received by senior PA official Muhammad Dahlan thus: “The withdrawal from the Gaza Strip is a victory for the Palestinian people’s will. … The withdrawal should take place without an agreement and with no political gains [for Israel].” Rocket assaults on Israel from Gaza increased exponentially.

In 2009 came what Hillary Clinton described as “unprecedented” Israeli unilateral concession at the behest of President Barack Obama: a 10-month unilateral freeze on the construction of Jewish homes in the West Bank. The result? The PA declined to resume talks until almost the very end of this period, only to almost immediately break them off and demand a permanent freeze — something that had never been a feature of previous Israeli/Palestinian talks.

In October 2011, Israel freed 1,027 Palestinian prisoners – including hundreds of convicted terrorists – in exchange for kidnapped Israeli serviceman Gilad Shalit. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal greeted this, not as a step on the road to peace, but as a great victory over Israel. Note that this was not even a unilateral concession, but a negotiated one, and that it was not welcomed as a laudable effort to bring peace closer, but an act of weakness heralding eventual Israeli defeat.

Israeli Court Rejects Appeal by 6 Hamas ‘Shalitnik’ Recidivists

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Israel is seeking to return to prison 54 Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists released as a result of the prisoner exchange deal that freed former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit two and a half years ago, The Jerusalem Post reports.

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday rejected the emergency petitons of six Hamas terrorists arrested during searches carried out as part of Operation Brother’s Keeper in the past two weeks. The fugitives were hoping to cancel their remand until evidence was brought to justify the arrests.

The court decided, however, that the six will remain in prison pending a final determination of their status and whether they violated a pledge they signed at their early release.

Shalit was kidnapped in a cross-border raid by Hamas and allied terrorists near the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza in 2006, and held captive for more than five years.

He was freed only after Israel agreed to free more than 1,000 terrorists from its prisons, including several hundred murderers with Jewish blood on their hands.

The freed terrorists were required to sign documents listing conditions they agreed to live by in exchange for their early release. Violation of those agreements was to result in a return to jail to serve the remainder of their sentences.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Justice Neal Hendel wrote the decision on behalf of the three-judge panel that included Supreme Court President and Judge Asher D. Grunis, and Judge Noam Sohlberg. The attorney for the defense was the Hon. Avigdor Feldman.

J’lem Souk: Criticism for Netanyahu, Understanding for Noam Shalit

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

There are few places that better encapsulate the city of Jerusalem than Mahane Yehuda. As the quintessential meeting place for locals of all colors and stripes, the “shuk,” as the site is universally known to locals, brims with activity at most hours of the business day.

But a day after Ziad Awad, one of the 1,027 terrorists released in exchange for IDF hostage Gilad Shalit, was re-arrested on suspicion that he murdered off-duty policeman Baruch Mizrahi in April, many Jerusalemites said they were “disappointed” that Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to take responsibility for the murder. However, most people stopped short of calling for the prime minister to resign because there is “no better alternative’” on the Likud Party horizon to Netanyahu.

“I thought the whole thing was outrageous,” said Peretz Levy (53), a fruit vendor a the Mahane Yehuda outdoor market in the capital. “I was born in Aleppo, Syria, and lived there until 1993. You know what the Arabs would do to people who kidnapped one of their soldiers? They wouldn’t even make it to jail. They’d be hanging from the nearest tree faster tun you could blink an eye.

“And then Netanyahu made it worse. It was bad enough they kidnapped Gilad Shalit, but what did he think was going to happen by releasing a thousand murderers in exchange”, Peretz  asked rhetorically.

Levy’s son, Yitzhar (26), added that the “only way to deal with Arab terrorism is to teach them a lesson. They need a good education: We should shut off water and electricity to their cities. They’d figure out pretty quickly not to kidnap anybody.”

However, when asked whether Netanyahu should resign over the affair, both men said the prime minister is the “least worst” option out of the current crop of potential leaders.

“Nu, please. Really? You want people to take responsibility? There is no such thing in this country, and you are seeing it now again. But the problem with Netanyahu is that he’s the only person suitable to lead the country right now. Who would you rather replace him? Meretz?” added the elder Levy.

While Levy’s sentiments seemed to define at least one segment of Israeli society Tuesday, few people were prepared to criticise at least one other individual involved in the Shalit deal: The prisoner’s father, Noam Shalit. Out of the ten or so people interviewed for this article, not one said he could blame the elder Shalit for pushing the government to secure his son’t freedom.

“We can talk about the government all you want, but I can’t pass judgement on Noam Shalit. God forbid we are ever in that situation, I have no idea what I would do. We can’t judge him. God forbid,” said one woman customer who declined to give her name.

Other vendors at the market told The Jewish Press that they would “love” to see the end of Netanyahu’s reign in the Prime Minister’s office, but reiterated that they see no realistic replacement for the Likud chairman to head the Israeli polity at this time. Several stressed deep dislike and distrust of the prime minister and said they were not interested in Netanyahu’s “tough talk” that they said is not backed up by action.

“It’s a tough, tough dilemma,” said Shimon Ozeri, a 41-year-old butcher. “Bibi praised the security and intelligence forces for capturing the terrorist, but he conveniently forgot to mention the fact that Bibi Netanyahu was the person who signed his release [note: President Shimon Peres was the one to sign the pardons that brought freedom to the killers].  Everybody knew it was only a matter of time until something like this happened – how come Shalit’s life was worth more than Baruch Mizarahi’s?

“Instead of praising the Shin Bet, Bibi shouldn’t have set the killers free,” Ozeri said.

 

Video: Celebrating the Terrorist Awad’s Release [video]

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Released terrorist Ziad Awad murdered police officer Baruch Mizrachi, while Mizrachi was on his way to celebrate Passover with his family.

Ziad Awad was one of the 1027 terrorists released in exchange for Hamas releasing Gilad Shalit.

Here is a video of Awad’s friends and neighbors celebrating his release with a hero’s welcome.

It should be clear why his terror supporting friends and neighbors are just as guilty as he is.

Note all the Hamas flags in this village near Hebron.

Ziad Awad Arrested

Those Involved in Freeing Shalit Terrorists, Now Place Blame Everywhere Else

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Gershon Baskin, who proudly claims to have helped negotiate the release of Gilad Shalit, which came about only through the release of 1027 terrorists, released the following statement following the report that the terrorist that killed Officer Baruch Mizrachi was released in the Shalit deal he helped facilitate:

I am very pleased that they caught the murderer of the policeman Baruch Mizrahi that was murdered on Passover eve. I am very sad to know that the murderer was one of the prisoners released in the Schalit deal.

We always knew that something like this could happen.

I suggest to all of those who would like to blame and accuse me of something that you send your accusations to the Prime Minister and the 25 other Ministers who voted for the deal. I had absolutely nothing to do with the decision making or the selection of the names of the prisoners released.

The primary responsibility for selection of the names goes to the Head of the Shin Bet. Those who recommended to the government to accept the deal were the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Police, the Head of the Mossad and the Head of the Shin Bet.

For those of you who have a lot of complaints and anger, I would suggest that you first ask yourself: what would you do and think if Gilad Schalit was your child?

Noam Shalit, who pressured successive Israeli governments to make the lopsided prisoner swap instead of demanding action by international human rights groups, told YNet on the arrest, “I didn’t know that one of the terrorists freed in the deal killed Baruch Mizrachi. It wasn’t me that put together the list of prisoners to release.” Shalit added, “We didn’t demand the release of these prisoners or others.”

For the record, here is an ad, run by the Free Gilad Shalit campaign, consisting of former Shabak chiefs demanding the release of terrorists, and even saying they won’t pose a danger:

You decide.

Shalit Terrorist Recaptured, Believed to Have Murdered Baruch Mizrahi

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Israel Police have arrested Ziad Awad, one of the 1,027 terrorists released two-and-a-half years ago in exchange for IDF hostage Gilad Shalit, on suspicion that Awad was responsible for the murder of Baruch Mizrahi  on Passover eve near Hebron.

Mizrahi, a senior police officer, was on his way to a holiday Seder meal when he was ambushed and murdered, reportedly by Awad, a resident of Idna, an Arab village near Hebron.

Mizrahi’s wife was also wounded in the attack.

Baruch Mizrachi

Baruch Mizrachi

Police said Monday that they unearthed the signs that identified Awad as Mizrahi’s killer during the manhunt for Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel.

Evidence includes DNA samples, finger prints and other incriminating material were collected at the attack scene.

An indictment was filed today (Jun. 23) against Awad for murder and attempted murder. In addition, Awad’s son, A Adin Awad (18), was also arrested for abetting the attack by helping his father flee the scene.

Ziad Awad (L) and his son Izz Eddin (R) arriving to Ofer Mlitary court on June 23, 2014. They were arrested on May 7 by the Israel Police’s elite counter-terrorism unit in collaboration with the Shin Bet security service for the April 14 shooting of B aruch Mizrachi, the 47-year-old father of five. The senior Awad is accused of carrying out the shooting, while his son allegedly assisted him in planning the shooting and coordinating the escape.

Ziad Awad (L) and his son Izz Eddin (R) arriving to Ofer Mlitary court on June 23, 2014. They were arrested on May 7 by the Israel Police’s elite counter-terrorism unit in collaboration with the Shin Bet security service for the April 14 shooting of B aruch Mizrachi, the 47-year-old father of five. The senior Awad is accused of carrying out the shooting, while his son allegedly assisted him in planning the shooting and coordinating the escape.

Noam Shalit, who pressured successive Israeli governments to make the lopsided prisoner swap instead of demanding action by international human rights groups, told YNet on the arrest, “I didn’t know that one of the terrorists freed in the deal killed Baruch Mizrachi. It wasn’t me that put together the list of prisoners to release.”

Shalit added, “We didn’t demand the release of these prisoners or others.”

Here is an ad from the Free Gilad Shalit campaign, consisting of former Shabak chiefs demanding the release of terrorists, and even saying they won’t pose a danger:

Too many of those involved in freeing these terrorists deny their responsibility.

Content from Tazpit News Agency was used in this report.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/police-capture-baruch-mizrachis-killers/2014/06/23/

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