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Cabinet Meeting on Golan Heights Underlining Sovereignty, Protection

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Israel’s government Cabinet is to meet Sunday (April 17) on the Golan Heights to underscore its sovereignty and determination to protect the region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly raised the issue in a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week.

He is expected to do the same next week when he travels to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Israeli radio.

The Golan Heights was annexed to Israel in a law that was ratified by the Knesset on December 14, 1981.

The international community did not recognize the annexation and later determined it null and void via United Nations Security Council Resolution 497. The law was passed six months before Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Preparing for Conflicts Along Southern, Northern Borders

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Israel’s defense establishment appears to be preparing military forces and civilians for a possible outbreak of hostilities either in the north or the south sometime soon.

A major civil defense drill – the largest since the 2014 war with Hamas – was held this past Thursday in southern Israel at Kibbutz Erez, barely a mile from Gaza.

Civilian response teams, IDF soldiers, Magen David Adom emergency medical teams, police officers, firefighters and others participated in the drill, Channel 2 reported Friday.

The exercise simulated an attack by Hamas terrorists on an Israeli kibbutz which included abduction of Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers overpowering the terrorists in the kibbutz dining hall.

According to the report, recent IDF preparations to meet a possible conflict have included the infusion of additional forces along the Gaza border. In addition, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported Thursday that four IDF bulldozers leveled ground along the security fence a few meters inside Gaza, east of the city of Rafah, which straddles the enclave’s border with Egypt.

Nevertheless, defense officials continue to say that although Hamas is gathering its forces within Gaza, the terrorist group does not appear to be preparing for a direct war with Israel in the near future.

While the IDF is preparing to meet whatever threat may present itself in the south, forces are also making preparations in the north for much the same reason.

The IDF has beefed up its forces in northern Israel along the border with Lebanon and in the Golan Heights, near Syria. A major military drill began in the north on Wednesday and continued through the end of the week.

IDF Northern Command alerted civilians from the western Galilee all the way east to the Golan Heights not to be alarmed at the sounds of artillery and other ordnance.

The latest round of peace talks between opposition forces and the Syrian government started Wednesday (April 13) in Geneva but by the weekend had achieved nothing.

The Syrian regime has escalated the fighting near Aleppo, and local residents who had not yet fled are now making an effort to flee while they can. Opposition forces are accusing Syrian government chief mediator Bashar Ja’afari of not being serious about seeking a solution to the five-year civil war.

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura is trying to keep the talks focused on political transition but with intensified battles continuing, the opposition is losing its resolve.

In addition, Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Army of Islam and Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) radical Islamist terror organizations are not at the table. Since they control at least half of the territory in Syria, even if negotiations succeed in resolving the issue of who governs Syria, the question still remains whether there is anything geographically, territorially left to govern.

Al Nusra controls the territory closest to the sole border crossing between Israel and Syria, at Quneitra. Last Tuesday (April 12) Syrian sources told international media that Da’esh (ISIS) now controls 90 percent of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus. The community is home to Arabs from the Palestinian Authority and is also a stronghold for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

So far, the capital, Damascus is still in the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Begins Military Drills in Northern Israel

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Residents in northern Israel may hear explosions or see military vehicles passing by in the next few days.

The IDF Northern Command is conducting military drills in the Galilee and Golan Heights, beginning Wednesday and continuing through the rest of this week.

The sound of artillery and other ordnance is to be expected.

Last week the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization abducted 300 cement workers and contractors from the Al-Badia company in Dumeir, about 28 miles from Damascus, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A new round of peace talks between opposition forces and the Syrian government were scheduled to start Wednesday (April 13), but were not to include Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Army of Islam or any other radical Islamist group such as the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) group.

Da’esh and related terror groups are largely in control of Syrian territory close to the border with Israel.

Syrian sources said Tuesday that Da’esh now controls 90 percent of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, home to Arabs from the Palestinian Authority.

The camp is also a major base for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization, which has ties to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Hana Levi Julian

Explosions Heard in Golan Heights

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Israeli residents in the Golan Heights reported hearing explosions late Saturday night.

According to the IDF, “nothing out of the ordinary” has taken place in the area and no attacks were reported. Military sources said it was possible residents heard gunfire from across the border.

Northern District Police likewise searched the area and said they found nothing to report.

Hana Levi Julian

Golan Heights Farmers Turn Syrian Bunker Into Wine Cellar

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

by Michael Zeff

In the small Golan Heights community of Kidmat Tzvi, Tami and Babi Kabalo have figuratively beaten their swords into plowshares by converting a wartime relic into a fully functional wine cellar in the service of their boutique winery.

A military facility that used to store munitions, mortars, and explosives used against Israel by Syria in the Six Day War is now a wine cellar used for aging Israeli wine near a site where Jews produced wine over 1,500 years ago.

The Ein Nashut Winery is located within the Kabalos’ family farmstead, Belle Ofri.

The elderly Kabalo couple own and operate the farmstead and are part of Kidmat Tzvi’s founding generation.

The community was founded in 1981 on the ruins of a Syrian military outpost used during the 1967 Six Day War. Today, Kidmat Tzvi is a productive community of 375 people made up of family farmsteads such as the Belle Ofri.

“When we broke ground on our plot of land shortly after arriving in what would become Kidmat Tzvi, my husband Babi discovered a military bunker right under our property,” Tami Kabalo told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

“Instead of having it destroyed or moving our plot further away, Babi decided to keep it as part of our property, thinking he would find a use for it eventually,” Tami explained.

After having worked as a winegrower and winemaker for several wineries in the area for more than 20 years, Babi Kabalo finally opened his own small winery called Ein Nashut in 2007.

“When my husband made the first batch, we were looking for a dry and chilly spot to store and age our wine and then we remembered the abandoned bunker under Belle Ofri. We began renovating it and of course, making it safe,” Tami said.

The entire family began emptying out the bunker of everything the soldiers left behind when the outpost was abandoned in 1967. The Kabalos cleaned the walls and even installed a new tile floor.

“The bunker only had a ladder leading straight down so Babi did some digging and built a proper convenient stairway to our new wine cellar,” elaborated Tami.

The Ein Nashut Winery today produces over 12,000 bottles of wine a year. “We currently grow and offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Syrah wines. We will soon be producing white wines as well,” explained Tami.

The wines of Ein Nashut are varietal wines, made from a single named grape variety. All wine is produced solely from the grapes grown by the Kabalos in their private vineyard, making Ein Nashut wine a single-vineyard designated wine.

The winery is named after an archeological site across the road from the Belle Ofri farm. According to the Israel National Parks Authority, the site used to be a thriving Jewish village during the Talmudic era roughly 1,500 years ago. Archeological research at the site has found evidence showing that olive oil and wine served as its main source of income.

“The territory of the Golan Heights is simply perfect for wine-making; the quality of the soil and the climate here are ideal for wine grapes. It must have been the same when the ancient Jewish village of Ein Nashut existed,” Tami related. “We know today that they used to produce a lot of wine and they were known throughout the Roman Empire for their wine quality.”

The Belle Ofri farm and the Ein Nashut winery are open for the public to visit if coordinated with the Kabalos in advance. Besides producing wine, the Kabalos also produce aged cheeses in the Italian and French style as well as sculptures and glass art.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Howling Winter Storm Drops Snow, Sleet, Hail and Rain

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The wind is still howling through the Negev and the snow has piled up in the ski resort of Mount Hermon, where operators already had closed down the access road before the first flakes fell.

By 9 am some 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow had fallen at the ski resort.

Snow has continued to fall in the Golan Heights and the Galilee, with some gusts of up to 80 kilometer-per-hour (50 mph) winds.

By 10:30 am, the white stuff was drifting down on to the holy city of Jerusalem. At midday, a shopper in the capital told em>JewishPress.com that the supermarket he was in was flooding from “who knows where.”

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

“J.R.” reported it was “freezing, just freezing” in Jerusalem and that “everything – you name it – is coming down from the skies.”

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Snow was continuing to fall in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba at 1:30 pm Monday. Rain, sleet, and some hail mixed with snow were spotted in the northern Negev as well.

Roads around the Dead Sea region – in particular, Highway 90 – closed down due to flooding.

Freezing and close to freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Jerusalem and points north.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

Hana Levi Julian

The Snowman Cometh

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The long-awaited winter storm, first reported by The Jewish Press.com here yesterday, is strengthening and is turning into a more of a monster than first predicted, with snow possible in Jerusalem.

Weather models still are not in agreement on how far south the snow will fall and if it will accumulate, but most models indicate that there will be snow on the ground in the Jerusalem in areas 900 meters high, which includes Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion and Hebron.

Snow is expected in Safed (Tzfat) and other areas in the upper Galilee and possibly in the central Golan Heights. More importantly, there will be rain, and lots of it, with up to four inches in some areas.

The precipitation now is expected to last through Saturday morning.

Very light and occasional rain fell in several areas of Israel Tuesday afternoon, and more will fall on Wednesday, but the serious stuff begins early Thursday morning.

Rain will fall from the north to the northern Negev with isolated thunderstorms, strong winds, and a strong chance of flash floods in the Arava and Dead Sea areas.

The white stuff will cover the Hermon and the upper Golan Heights and spread to higher peaks in the north and central regions.

If any snow accumulates in the Jerusalem area, it won’t be around for very long caucus temperatures are expected to rise on Sunday, although still below the norm for the season.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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