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December 10, 2016 / 10 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Gush Etzion’

Watch IDF Capture Arab Firebombers in the Act in Gush Etzion [video]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

(Dec. 6, 2016) On Monday night, an IDF unit, laying in ambush in Gush Etzion, captured part of a terror cell with a lit firebomb in their hands as they headed to their intended target.

An IDF lookout spotted the three terrorists approaching the security wall near Road 60, next to El Hadr in Gush Etzion.

The ambush unit was already in place in the area, as the IDF was looking for the terrorists who have been setting fires.

As the terror cell approached, the IDF soldiers leaped into action (some a little faster than the others). One of the pytoterrorists was captured. The others appear to have gotten away – for now.

The entire event was caught by IDF security cameras at the command center, who were directing the IDF soldiers to their terror target.

Watch below…

Jewish Press News Briefs

Firebombing and Stoning Attacks Kick Off New Week in Israel

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

It’s a new week in the Holy Land but some things are still around, like attacks on the roads of Judea, Samaria, the Binyamin region, Gush Etzion, mixed neighborhoods in Jerusalem and the like.

Early Sunday afternoon in the Binyamin region, local sources reported a stoning attack near the junction leading to the Arab town of Hizme. The attackers were hurling rocks at Israeli forces stationed at the site. No physical injuries were reported. All personnel returned safely to base.

At around the same time, Arab terrorists hurled rocks at vehicles as drivers traveled the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem road (Highway 60) near the Tomb of the Sheikh, between El Khader and the junction to the road leading to northern Efrat. No physical injuries were reported in any of the attacks, according to the Hatzolah emergency response team in Judea and Samaria. Stoning attacks such as these have led to critical injuries and deaths in the past and are punishable by fines and prison terms of up to 20 years.

Late in the day, around dusk, Arab terrorists firebombed the western side of the security fence around the Jewish community of Kiryat Netafim, igniting a fire in the process. Security personnel were able to extinguish the blaze, and IDF forces searched for the attackers.

At about the same time, other Arab attackers hurled rocks at Israeli drivers traveling on the highway between the Jewish communities of Psagot and Kochav Ya’akov. No one was physically injured but at least one vehicle was damaged. Israeli security forces were deployed to the site.

Hana Levi Julian

Friday Night Infiltation into Beitar

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

It’s been a busy weekend for Beitar Illit, in Gush Etzion, just south of Jerusalem. On Saturday nights, Arab smashed the windows of cars driving down the nearby main highway.

Late Friday night, despite the fog and heavy rain, security cameras spotted two Arab infiltrators climbing over the security fence into the Ultra-Orthodox city.

The army was called out, and hundreds of soldiers ran searches all night long through the massive rain storm in the Givat Aleph neighborhood.

The alert level was finally lowered in the morning after it had been determined that the infiltrators had left the city via the fence.

An interesting point of information about Beitar, is that on Shabbat, the security chief is Faraj Daahar, an Israeli-Druze, who served as an officer in Givati, and has protected the town of Beitar as their Shabbat security chief for the past 25 years.

In August 2015, a female Arab terrorist tried to attack a security guard at the entrance to Beitar. That terrorist was killed.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Massive Stone Throwing Near Beitar

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

There are reports of massive stoning near the Hussan bypass in Gush Etzion. The bypass is between Highway 60 (the tunnels) and Beitar, according to a TPS report.

Cars have been damaged, but no one was injured.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Firebomb Misses Car in Gush Etzion, Starts Fire

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

A firebomb missed hitting a car at the El Hadr junction in Gush Etzion on Sunday evening.

It’s started a fire, but it’s now under control.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Fire Burns Geva’ot Forest in Gush Etzion

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

A fire broke out in the Geva’ot Forest in Gush Etzion early Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were at the site battling that blaze as well.



The forest is located in Judea, in the westernmost area of Gush Etzion. The area is named for the hills (“giva’ot” in Hebrew) from which the Biblical Bila’am spoke (Numbers 23:9), and is just a few minutes’ drive from Jerusalem.

Some 988 acres of the land surrounding Geva’ot was declared part of Israeli state land two years ago, to the consternation of world leaders and the Palestinian Authority. But the move comes in accordance with general Israeli policy to consolidate the Israeli settlement blocs in Area C that would have remained under the control of the State of Israel regardless of which final status agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority.

At present, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, now in his eighties, continues his years-long policy of refusing to meet for direct talks to resolve the final status issue between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, as was called for under the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords.

Hana Levi Julian

Ben-Dahan: Gov’t Says ‘No’ to Jewish Home Demolitions

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

By Ilana Messika/TPS

Deputy Minister of Defense and Jewish Home MK Eliyahu Ben-Dahan visited the Netiv HaAvot neighborhood in Gush Etzion Thursday in an effort to capitalize on the Legalization Bill, which passed a first reading in the Knesset plenum Wednesday. The controversial measure would block the court ordered demolition of both Netiv HaAvot and Amona communities by retroactively authorizing them.

The High Court of Justice has accepted Arab claims that both neighborhoods were at least partially built on privately-owned Arab land and ordered the government to dismantle the communities. Netiv Avot, located adjacent to the town of Elazar, is scheduled for demolition by by March, 2018. Amona residents are scheduled to be evicted by December 25.

“The state’s position has been and remains clear: the Netiv HaAvot houses should not be destroyed!” Ben-Dahan stated. “Legal and practical solutions were offered to permit the houses to stay there and unfortunately, the Court chose to refuse them and decided against the government’s position,” he argued.

“In this reality, there is no choice but following up the ‘Legalization Bill,’ which will finally normalize the area and stop the perception that Israelis who live in Judea and Samaria are second-class citizens,” Ben-Dahan continued.

Acting Gush Etzion Council Head Moshe Seville also said that while the Legalization Bill constitutes an important step, the threat of demolition remains real and should be prevented.

Also Wednesday, lawyers for the Jerusalem Municipality asked the Jerusalem District Court to order immediate execution of 14 demolition orders for buildings in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. Illegal construction there currently houses around 40 families.

The municipal request includes a demand to stop delaying the executions of the building demolitions concerning buildings, which were built on private property managed by the State.

In addition, Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman cautioned settlement activists against overreacting to the Legalization Bill, as well as to the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. Judea and Samaria activists including Jewish Home MKs Naftali Bennett and Bezalel Smotrich welcomed Trump’s election and said they expected the new administration not to object to a large-scale building program in Judea and Samaria.

But speaking to local authorities on Thursday morning about the Amona eviction and the aforementioned bill, Liberman cautioned the activists about overreacting to the recent string of events. He said the incoming administration have asked Israel to behave “modestly” and warned people not to be taken by misguided perceptions of reality.

“I deplore the people attempting to steer wrong the residents and to set expectancies, because afterwards we still need to deal with the reality.

“I call for responsibility and not militancy. I think to represent the pragmatic and practical right in the middle of the populist right,” Liberman concluded.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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