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October 26, 2014 / 2 Heshvan, 5775
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Terror: US Pledges Support for Canada but Tells Israel to Stay Calm

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The Obama administration pledged its “full support” for Canada to “to hold those responsible” for Wednesday’s terrorist attack but told Israel “to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions.”

The different reactions say in a nutshell everything you need to know how the United States is feeding what Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called a “worldwide epidemic” of terrorism.

The Obama administration constantly maintains that if Israel simply would stop trying to survive as a Jewish state and hand over more than half of the country to the Palestinian Authority on an Islamic platter, there will no longer be a reason for Arab terrorists to exist.

When a terrorist attacks in Ottawa, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says, “We will continue to work closely with our Canadian colleagues to ensure the safety of all our people, and together to counter violent extremism in North America and elsewhere around the world.”

When a terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Kerry does not even bother to put his name on the press release. He dictates to Spokeswoman Jen Psaki to say, “We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.”

The United States condemned both attacks, of course.

“We condemn today’s heinous and evil attacks in Ottawa, seemingly aimed at the heart of the federal government itself. The United States has faced this kind of violence firsthand on our own soil, and we grieve with Canada, seared by the memory of our own painful experiences,” Kerry stated.

He even picked up the phone to speak with Canadian Foreign Minister Baird “to express our deepest condolences on this tragic day, and to pledge the full support of the United States to Canada as it works to determine the facts and to hold those accountable responsible.”

In response to the murder of a three-month-old baby, an American-Israeli, Psaki stated, “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured.

“We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.”

That’s it. No support for the Israeli government “to determine the facts and to hold those accountable responsible.”

No statement that the United States “will continue to work closely with our Israeli colleagues to ensure the safety of all our people, and together to counter violent extremism in North America and elsewhere around the world.”

The United States did not call on “all sides” in Canada “to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions.”

The State Dept. simply cannot condemn terror in Israel without sticking a knife in the victims’ backs.

“Maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions?” What does that mean?

It means, “Don’t get tough with terrorists. Let’s talk about it. Let’s agree that if the Palestinian Authority would be established as a country in place of Judea, Samaria and half of Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter, terror would go away, just like it went away when Israel expelled every last Jew and withdrew every Israeli soldier from Gush Katif and northern Gaza nine years ago.

Oh, were there a few thousand missiles attacks from Gaza on Israel since then? No worry. There now is a cease-fire while Hamas re-arms.

“Maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions” – is that what the Obama would have said if the terrorist had struck in Washington?

And want is this “all sides” business?

Official Palestinian Authority media day in and day out educate Arabs that every inch of the Land of Israel will be Palestine and incite youth to “resist” by becoming martyrs. So how does Psaki come up with this shpiel for “all sides to maintain calm.”

Funeral for Chaye Zisel Braun [photos]

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The funeral for Chaye Zisel Braun began at midnight Wednesday night. Chaye Zisel Braun is the 3 month old baby who was killed by the terrorist Abdul Rahman al-Shaloudi who mowed down a group of commuters with his car.

Chaye Zisel Braun

 

Funeral for Chaye Zissel Braun

 

 

Ruby Rivlin at Funeral

Chaye Zisel Braun is an American citizen, and the great-granddaughter of the late Rabbi Rafael Halperin, a well know figure in Israel.

 

First Responders near Chaye Zisel Braun baby carriage that was hit by the car. Photo: @IsraelHatzolah

First Responders near Chaye Zisel Braun baby carriage that was hit by the car.
Photo: @IsraelHatzolah

 

Chaye Zisel Braun is being rushed to the ambulance for medical treatment. @IsraelHatzolah

Chaye Zisel Braun is being rushed to the ambulance for medical treatment.
@IsraelHatzolah

 

The terrorist who killed the baby has died of his wounds.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who was at the funeral, released the following statement:

“We must restore peace and security in Jerusalem- as I have said for months, the situation in Jerusalem is intolerable and we must act unequivocally against all violence taking place in the city. Today, more than ever, it is clear that we must send police forces into neighborhoods where there are disturbances, placing them strategically and widely in significant numbers.

Following my request, the Prime Minister has given instructions to reinforce the police forces in order for us to implement an operational action plan formulated to deal with riots, including the addition of personnel and special units, using technological means, and increased intelligence.

I will continue to be vigilant and we will not rest until security is restored in Jerusalem.”

Arab Paper on Hamas Terrorist Attack: ‘Israeli Police Shoots ‘Palestinian’

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, an Arab resident of the Silwa neighborhood of Jerusalem, a member of the Hamas terrorist organization, deliberately plowed his car into a crowd of Israelis waiting for the light rail. The attack injured eight people, and a three month old baby, Chaya Ziso HY”D, died from the injuries she sustained in the attack.

The terrorist, later identified as 21 year-old Abdur Rahman Slodi, a Hamas member who has been jailed for terrorist activity, was shot at by police as he attempted to flee the attack scene. Initial reports were that the terrorist was killed. In fact, Slodi survived and underwent surgery at an Israeli hospital.

But, in one of the best – if most pathetic – examples of man bites dog, the Palestinian Arab news source Maan described the incident in a very different way. This was Maan’s headline: “Palestinian ‘shot dead’ by Israeli police in Jerusalem.”

Really.

Despite a video plainly showing the white car which Slodi (whose name as reported in the Arab media is Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi) was driving veer off the road and directly into a crowd of people waiting for the light rail, Maan described what happened as al-Shaludi having “lost control of his vehicle and it hit commuters standing nearby.” Those pesky murdering cars.

But how to explain that the Hamas member tried to flee the scene? Maan creatively explains: “al-Shaludi had exited his vehicle after striking the pedestrians, at which point he was shot in the back by the guards.”

Shot in the back, of course, suggests that the perpetrator did not pose an immediate threat. Why, he was just minding his own business, walking away after his evil car had misbehaved.

The Arab news source quoted unnamed “eyewitnesses,” who “stressed that the incident appeared to be an accident, not a terrorist attack, as had been reported by Israeli media.”

Maan failed to explain why Hamas leadership acknowledged the deed, attributing it to the evils of the “occupation.”

This is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and invasion of our land by the Jews, particularly on the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” said Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran on Hamas television. 

Al-Shaludi, incredibly enough, had been unlucky before. Apparently he was, according to Maan, “previously a prisoner in Israeli jails and was held for 16 months before being released on Dec. 22, 2013.” Imagine that. A prisoner for all that time, and apparently for no reason, at least none worth mentioning. And then, shazam! It happened again. Al-Shaludi “was re-arrested in February for a month.”

What bad luck.

But Al-Shaludi is in an Israeli hospital, while baby Chaya is dead.

Maan was not the only media outlet to shift the wrongdoing from an Arab terrorist on to the Israelis. The initial Yahoo! News headline for the story, taken from the Associated Press, was “Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem.”

No doubt the U.N. will condemn the Israeli police. Or Al-Shaludi’s car.

Hundreds of World Jewish Leaders to Meet in Rocket-Battered South

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Hundreds of Jewish leaders from around the world who are part of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governor will convene in Ashkelon, one of Hamas favorite targets for rockets and missiles, next week.

The Board had been set to meet in Mexico as part of its annual rotation amongst the world’s Jewish communities, but in light of this summer’s hostilities, it decided to move the gathering to southern Israel as an expression of support and solidarity with its residents.

Speakers will include Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein, author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, and Racheli Fraenkel, the mother of one of the three yeshiva students whom Hamas terrorists kidnapped and murdered this summer.

Ban Says UN Will Investigate Weaponry in Its Gaza Agencies

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A supposed independent Board of Inquiry will look into the cases of U.N. agencies hit by artillery during the Gaza conflict, as well as instances in which weaponry was found on United Nations premises, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday at the Security Council.

He also questioned the “proportionality” of Israel’s response to rockets fired from Gaza.

He ran through the standard routine of understanding Israel’s need to defend itself “from rockets above and tunnels below” but “the scale of the destruction in Gaza has left deep questions about proportionality,” he said.

He is correct.

Any normal country would have flattened an enemy for shooting missiles into its territory and threatening to fire on planes at a country’s international airport.

Ban also called for “long-term stability in Gaza,” which is a good move except that he thinks it requires “addressing the underlying causes of the conflict” an end to the occupation that has grinded on for nearly half a century, a full lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and effectively addressing Israel’s legitimate security concerns.”

“Long-term stability” in Gaza existed since the Six-Day War in 1967, when Egypt was delighted to get of the impoverished hell-hole. Gaza Arabs experienced two decades of unprecedented economic growth with the freedom to travel back and forth from Israel.

JTA contributed to this report.

Hamas ‘Fishing’ for Cease-Fire Violations’

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Israeli Navy has toughened up on Gaza fishermen who continue to sail past the limits that Israel r ally expanded as part of the last cease-fire agreement, and maritime soldiers arrested seven fishermen, according to the federation of Gaza fishermen.

IDF spokesmen confirmed that “two vessels sailed beyond the permitted fishing zone” even though the Navy fired warning shots for them to turn around when the boats traveled 1.8 nautical miles past the limit.

Soldiers fired rubber bullets, injuring one Gaza man lightly.

The problem is not with fisherman, most of whom are not involved in terrorism. The problem is that if they can freely sail past the limits, terrorists used the fishing boats as cover.

The recent escalation in the need for the Israel Navy to fire warning shots to heed off Gaza vessels comes on weeks after Israel agreed to double to six nautical miles the waters where Gaza fishermen are allowed to operate.

 

 

IDF Checks for Terror Tunnel Threat in Northern Israel

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The rumors persist.

Residents in northern Israel remain deeply concerned that terrorists are digging tunnels under the border, preparing for a future attack.

Although the IDF doesn’t discuss it much, the military is not ignoring the problem, and is quietly monitoring activity along the border.

The question is, what’s happening underneath?

Last week (Tuesday, October 14) Syrian Islamist rebels blew up a government military post near Idlib by digging attack tunnels with UN equipment under the rocky terrain, Aljazeera reported.

As happened with Hamas terrorist use of United Nations facilities in Gaza this summer, the United Nations logo is clear seen on equipment used in the attack in a YouTube report posted by Aljazeera on the internet. The rebel group which identifies with Al Qaeda wiped out the army outpost, killing 60 Syrian soldiers and officers. The Arabic-language report showed preparations prior to the attack as well as its aftermath, and said it took 120 days to dig the tunnel.

The geological conditions are nearly identical to those on Israel’s northern border, and the incident made it clear that Hezbollah could – and might – do the same.

This summer, northern Israelis spoke of the possibility that Hezbollah was tunneling as well.

“I live in the house closest to the border, and from my window you can see everything happening on the other side in Lebanon,” said a resident in Zar’it, in August during an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 News Online.

“What I see scares me, and worries me very much. I can see concrete mixers working in secret. I feel, for more than two years now, digging sounds. My entire house moves and shakes, and it’s very disturbing.”

During the IDF’s 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge, the commander of the 769th Hiram Brigade addressed the issue in an interview with Channel 2 News, commenting, “The possibility of tunnels [also] disturbs me, along with other options that might exist here. Any reasonable person should put his eyes in his head and look south towards Gaza and say that if there are tunnels there, then all the more so there is this possibility here.”

Building the kind of complex tunnel network that was found in Gaza, however, takes years of work by a lot of people.

For the past two years Hezbollah was busy helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad combat the rebels in the civil war tearing apart his country. Prior to that they were re-arming following the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel. Who is helping them build tunnels?

Probably the North Koreans.

Hamas also made a deal with North Korea this year to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of weapons. Western intelligence sources said this summer the deal was sealed by a Lebanese middleman linked to Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in eastern Beirut.

The North Koreans have been patrons of Hamas for years — and not only with weapons.

Apparently it was North Korea that taught Hamas how to build its network of tunnels under Gaza.

The Gazans may have had help from Hezbollah, but at best the Lebanese terrorists functioned as North Korean agents, providing secondhand knowhow at bargain basement prices.

Or perhaps Hamas went to Syria to learn the trade. Hamas had its political bureau in Damascus for years. Or they may have gone directly to Iran, the other North Korean partner.

According to a report on The National Interest website last month, North Korea has provided missiles and their technology to all four: Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.

But now there’s even a bigger concern, according to Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, and Director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International studies.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-checks-for-terror-tunnel-threat-in-northern-israel/2014/10/22/

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