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July 24, 2016 / 18 Tammuz, 5776

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Mass Turnout at Funeral of IDF Lone Soldier Shlomo Rindenow, z’l

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

by Tzvi Lev / TPS Hundreds of mourners thronged the funeral of IDF Sergeant Shlomo Rindenow, a lone soldier from New Jersey who died in an accident involving a grenade at his base in the Golan Heights on Sunday.

“Today is a day of mourning for us, for the family, for the army, and for the entire Jewish people everywhere,” said his brother, Jeff Rindenow, at the funeral service.

Rindenow, 20, from New Jersey and First Sergeant Husam Tafesh, 24, from Beit Jan, were killed when Tafesh’s grenade accidentally exploded. Three other soldiers were wounded in the blast, with one remaining in serious condition. It is still unclear why the grenade detonated, and the IDF is investigating the incident.

The service was held at the synagogue in Netzer Hazani, where Shlomo Rindenow’s brother resides. Shlomo Rindenow lived in Kibbutz Sde Yoav.

Rindenow was the fifth of his brothers to volunteer in the IDF as a lone soldier, a term used in Israel to describe those serving without any family in Israel, and his death has shaken the lone soldier community.

“It’s devastating,” said Mordy Botnick, founder of the lone-soldier-support organization Chayal El Chayal. “It has been happening way too much. Five lone soldiers have died in the past two years alone.”

Botnick was referring to lone soldiers Sean Carmeli, Max Steinberg, and Jordan Ben Simon, who were killed fighting in Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Another soldier, David Gordon, died soon after.

Rindenow was remembered by friends and family as someone who was always smiling and never stopped trying to help others. “Prior to enlistment, Shlomo worked as a dog handler for a search-and-rescue unit. He always wanted to assist others.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

IDF Sgt. Shlomo Rindenow, z’l, 20, of Kibbutz Yoav, From Passaic, NJ

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

An American-born IDF lone soldier whose family lives in New Jersey spent his first year in Israel helping other people before he enlisted a year ago in the military. He died Sunday morning in a freak accident on the Golan Heights near Mount Hermon.

IDF Sergeant Shlomo Ridenow, z’l, was one of five brothers who moved to Israel to enlist in combat. He came from Passaic, New Jersey two years ago.

The 20-year-old was just two months shy of his 21st birthday; he lived in Kibbutz Sde Yoav, and served for a year in a civilian canine unit in Kfar Tapuach before enlisting in the Israeli army.

He and his rescue dog worked as a member of the search and rescue unit to find missing persons, the Hebrew-language Rotter.net website reported.

A second brother serves in an IDF paratrooper unit.

“He was always in love with Israel,” his older sister Yocheved told reporters. “He didn’t know Hebrew, because he didn’t grow up here. She he came here, he taught himself Hebrew and he joined the unit that he was really passionate about.”

Rindenow was killed when the grenade held by 24 year old Sgt. First Class Hussam Tafesh (res) blew up in his hands. Tafesh, a member of the Druze community, lived in the northern Israeli village of Beit Jann.

Three other soldiers were injured in the blast which occurred on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams.

Rindenow and Tafesh were members of the 601 Assaf Battalion of the Combat Engineering Corps. The three wounded soldiers are members of the 401st Artillery Brigade. The investigation into the accident is being headed by an officer at the rank of colonel.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Hana Levi Julian

Patriot Missile Misses Drone, Hits 14-Year-Old Girl Instead

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

A 14-year-old girl from Jerusalem was injured on Sunday after a fragment from one of the Patriot missiles launched today hit her in the leg, according to a Walla report.

The girl was hiking with a group on the Golan Heights near Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar when a fragment from one of the exploded Patriot missile fell and hit her in the left leg, leaving a cut 3 centimeters above her left knee.

She was taken to the emergency room in Tzfat where she is listed as lightly injured. Doctors are checking to make sure there are no additional fragments in her leg.

The two Patriot missiles launched at the infiltrating drone missed their target, and the drone returned to Syrian airspace.

Some security official are considering the possibility that it was a Russian drone that infiltrated into Israeli airspace.

The following photo is making the rounds on WhatsApp. It is one of the fragments from the Patriot missile that fell near Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar.

A fire also broke out near the community from the exploded missile (you can see the firetruck in the background putting out the fire).
Source: Zartusatra / Rotter.net

Patriot Missile Fragment near Ayelet HaShachar

Another Patriot missile fragment near Ayelet Hashachar:
Source: HotNews1
Patriot Fragment near Ayelet Hashachar

Jewish Press News Briefs

UPDATE – Patriot Missiles Launched at Drone Over Golan Heights

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Two Patriot missiles were launched at a drone that penetrated Israeli territory in the central Golan Heights from Syria.

Despite the initial assessment that the missiles hit their target, it turns out that both missiles missed the drone, and it flew back into Syrian airspace.

Fragments of the Patriot missile landed near Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar, starting a fire, and hitting a 14-year-old girl.

The event was preceded with alert sirens in the Golan Heights and in Tsfat at 5:04 PM.

David Israel

Israeli Provisions Causing Rift among Syrian Rebels

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Shipments of food supplies from Israel, bearing the names of well known Israeli brands, have been the source of much strife in Arab media and Arab social networks, most likely because this is the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during the day and think about food more often than usual. The provisions, including packaged rice and wheat, reach the Al-Quneitra district, which is dominated by the Syrian opposition. But while some rebel groups welcome the Israeli support, other groups, some of which are affiliated with President Assad’s regime, have attacked the initiative, saying that “it’s an insult to receive food from the Zionist entity which is oppressing the Golan.”

The Golan Heights, a hilly stretch overlooking lake Kinneret and Israel’s civilian communities, used to be the spots from which Syrian soldiers would target Israelis down below like fish in a barrel for 19 years, until Israel put an end to the madness by capturing the hills and denying the Syrians their target practice.

Pictures of the Israeli food products have reached the London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, which cited a source on the ground in southern Syria that claimed Israel has been supporting the rebel groups there since 2013, after Jordan had closed off its Syrian border. Obviously, the groups who don’t get to share in the Israeli made rice, wheat, tea and Canola oil describe the haves as traitors and Zionist collaborators.

Israeli food products in Syria

Israeli food products in Syria

Revolutionary Military Council in Quneitra and the Golan last week issued a strong condemnation that went: “We condemn the insult our people have sustained in the liberated Al-Quneitra district in the form of food supplies awarded by the Zionist entity which is repressing the Golan which was sold out by the regime.” The RMCQ was particularly upset because the revelation of the Zionist food supplies came close to the part of the year when the anniversaries of the 1948 and the 1967 wars take place, in May and June respectively.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi cited a local activist who said the food is being hauled into Syria by members of the Free Syrian Army, after they deliver their wounded to hospitals south of the border, in Israel. It appears there are many Syrians who are delighted and grateful that Israel has been so supportive. Fahd Al-Mousa, head of the liberated Quneitra district council told the newspaper that only Israel has been a reliable ally for his people.

“Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution we haven’t found a way to bring the injured and hurt into any Arab country,” Al-Mousa stated, adding that only Israel has opened its gates to them. “And there are packages of medicine, milk for babies and additional foodstuffs that enter the district from Israel,” he said. Compared with Israel’s consistent support, he said, help from the gulf emirates had been sporadic.

Motti Kahane, president of the humanitarian organization Amalia, told Ynet that in southern Syria there may be more than 50 different rebel groups, each of which runs its own fundraising and receives its own supplies from five different countries. Amalia would like to serve as a go between for all the donated goods and food that come in, and to dispense them fairly and equally through the Quneitra crossing between Israel and Syria, which is normally closed.

JNi.Media

How to Match Wine and Cheeses Like a Pro

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Wine and cheese go together so well that it’s practically a cliché. The naturally opposing flavours create an excellent dining experience. But, not every cheese is suited to every wine, so in time for Shavuot, here are some tips from Debby Sion, Head of Wine Education at the Golan Heights Winery:

Soft and soft-ripened cheese: e.g. Brie, Camembert, Feta Soft cheeses go best with aromatic dry white wines that have a fruity character. Suggested white wines: Gamla Chardonnay, Yarden Viognier, Galil Avivim. Suggested red wines: Gamla Pinot Noir and Yarden Pinot Noir.

Blue-veined cheese: Blue cheeses tend to have a sharp and salty character, a crumbly texture and a strong smell. Paradoxically the most suitable types of wine are sweet wines or dessert wines. Suggested sweet wines: Yarden Muscat or Yarden Heightswine.

Goat cheese: e.g. Chèvre The high proportion of fatty acids in goat’s milk give these cheeses a tart flavour that pairs well with a refreshing dry white wine, Recommended wines: Yarden Sauvignon Blanc, Galil Sauvignon Blanc, Yarden Mount Hermon White, Gamla Brut.

Sharp cheese: e.g. aged Gouda, sharp Cheddar, mature Stilton These are strong flavoured cheeses are balanced best by deep and complex wines. Recommended wines: Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarden Merlot, Galil Alon.

Hard and Semi-Hard Cheese: e.g. Gruyère and Emmental Hard cheeses can be described as sweet yet with a slightly salty quality. These cheeses pair well with light reds or buttery, fragrant white wines. Recommended wines: Gamla Chardonnay, Galil Pinot Noir, Yarden Mount Hermon Red, Yarden Rose.

Very Hard Cheese: e.g. Parmesan, Pecorino
Hard cheeses have a very strong, compacted, salty flavour that pairs best with red wines Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Recommended wines: Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarden Merlot, Yarden Blanc de Blanc, Galil Yiron.

Jewish Press Staff

On Heel of Netanyahu Visit, Russia Pushing ‘Arab Initiative’ as Basis for Talks

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Moscow has no problem adopting the Arab peace initiative on settling the Arab-Israeli conflict, and sees no need to amend it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told TASS after talks the PA FM Riyad al-Maliki on Wednesday. And, apparently, as far as the Russians are concerned, they never heard Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling for any amendments to the initiative when he met with President Putin the day before.

“I did not hear any demands for amending the Arab peace initiative in the remarks of Benjamin Netanyahu,” Lavrov said. “It is integral and embraces the entire set of relations between Israel and the Arab countries, including Palestine of course. There is no need to amend it.”

According to Lavrov, the Arab peace initiative is a universal document, which everybody regards as the fitting foundation for a peaceful future between Arabs and Jews.

Also known as the “Saudi Initiative,” the Arab peace initiative is a 10 sentence proposal that was endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 and then in 2007, calling for normalizing relations between the Arab countries and Israel, in exchange for “(a) Complete withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the June 4 1967 line and the territories still occupied in southern Lebanon; (b) Attain a just solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees to be agreed upon in accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution No 194 (which says that ‘refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.); (c) Accept the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since 4 June 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

In other words, the elimination of the Jewish State as we know it—by the time the last conditions of the initiative were fulfilled.

Perhaps it was symbolic that on the day of the first declaration of the Saudi initiative, March 27, 2002, Hamas committed the Passover Massacre as a suicide bomber killed 30 Israelis and injured more than 170, including children, at the Park Hotel in Netanya.

And yet, in March 2009 US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell announced that President Obama’s administration planned to “incorporate” the initiative into its Middle East policy.

And last year, in May 2015, shortly after winning the March 17 elections, Netanyahu himslef expressed tentative support for the initiative, saying he accepted the “general idea,” but with significant caveats, specifically its calls for Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights and the relocation of millions of Arabs into Israel. As to Jerusalem, Netanyahu said it would not be resolved immediately, and so for now “we’ll set this aside.”

For his part, al-Maliki told TASS he was hoping for Moscow’s “direct and active involvement” in resolving the conflict with Israel, based on the generous Arab initiative. “Considering the results of the latest session in Paris, we felt that it was necessary for us to come to Moscow to exchange opinions and see whether there were prospects for progress,” the PA foreign minister said.

“We’re convinced that Russia can play a very important role in bringing the parties to the negotiating table,” he added, noting that the recent talks in Paris held without the participation of the parties to the conflict helped ensure agreement on the beginning of the talks.

David Israel

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