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December 8, 2016 / 8 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Hamas’

Major Hamas Cell Nabbed, Plotted Shooting and Abduction

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Intelligence agents from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), IDF soldiers and Israeli Police officers recently joined forces in an massive operation to capture a seven-man Hamas terrorist cell, officials announced Thursday.

The terrorists were planning a complex attack that involved shooting and then abduction of a victim to be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the release of jailed terrorists.

According to the information cleared for release, the members of the cell, residents of Tzurif and Hebron, had set up observation posts to gather intelligence on IDF troop movements in the area around Tzurif.

The lead terrorist, a prisoner named Ibrahim Abdullah Ranimat, (born in 1958), has a long rap sheet for which he is already incarcerated and serving a sentence of life in prison.

Ranimat was responsible for the 1996 abduction and murder of IDF soldier Sharon Edri, and the 1997 bombing attack on a Tel Aviv cafe that killed three Israeli women. He also participated in two shooting and suicide bombing attacks that took the lives of three Israelis.

Nevertheless, Ranimat’s six co-conspirators managed to reach him and plot another deadly attack together with him — one that would have taken more Israeli lives, had it been carried out.

Two of those arrested were Ranimat’s sons, Fadi and Shadi Ranimat. A third conspirator who was arrested was Muhammad Ranimat, Ibrahim Abdullah’s son-in-law., who directed the operatives of the cell.

Conspirator number four was Haitham Hamidan, who hid the weapons for Ranimat’s family. The fifth member of the cell was J’ad Sultan, who was tasked with delivering the arms to the cell, and the sixth member was Rami Rajoub from the village of Dura. All were arrested.

Shin Bet agents, IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers uncovered during their investigation large quantities of weapons during the arrests. Included were two Kalashnikov rifles, three handguns, a hunting rifle, an M-16 military assault rifle, magazines and ammunition. All were confiscated by the security forces.

In the course of the investigation six additional Hamas terrorists were also arrested and indictments are expected to be issued shortly by the military prosecutor.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Diggers Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse Near Israel’s Southern Border

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

At least two Hamas tunnel diggers were killed and a third man was injured on Wednesday (Dec. 7) after a terror tunnel caved in beneath the streets of Shejaiya, in northern Gaza.

The site is about half a kilometer from the border fence with Israel.

The two diggers were identified by the Gaza Health Ministry as men in their 20s, Rami al-Areir, and Ismail Shmali. They are the fifth and sixth tunnel workers to be found dead this week.

Earlier in the week four bodies were recovered in southern Gaza by rescue workers from a tunnel that collapsed near the border city of Rafah. It is not clear which terrorist group the southern tunnel diggers were associated with.

The tunnel had been flood about a week and a half earlier by the Egyptian Army, according to a statement by local authorities in Rafah. The four men ranged in age from 22 to 45.

Hana Levi Julian

Liberman: We’re Blocking Smuggled Weapons of Mass Destruction from Syria to Hezbollah

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) on Wednesday afternoon told the EU countries’ ambassadors to Israel that the Jewish State’s primary goal is to protect its citizens, defend its sovereignty and “prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from Syria to the Hezbollah.”

Liberman stressed that “we have no intention of intervening in the Syrian civil war, but when I’m asked, time after time, what would be the nature of a possible future order in Syria, I reiterate my position that it makes no difference what kind of order will win out – in any case the Iranians and Assad must leave Syria and must not be part of the new order.”

The defense minister told the ambassadors that in recent months he’s seen a growing cooperation between Hamas and ISIS in the Sinai. “In today’s world it is quite clear that we can’t count on the international community, and every country must count only on itself,” he said.

Liberman also told the ambassadors that it would be unrealistic and impossible to reach a permanent arrangement between Israel and the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, especially in light of the extremist positions of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

“Therefore the idea of a permanent arrangement will be delayed for at least a few years, and meanwhile we must provide for normal life for Jews and Arabs alike in Judea and Samaria,” Liberman said, adding, “Today it’s clear the settlements are not an obstacle to peace, and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the focal point nor the cause of instability in the Middle East – and yet, European leaders continue to view the settlements as the biggest problem in the world.”

“At least 500 people are killed every day in the Middle East, from South Sudan to Iraq,” Liberman noted, “which is much more serious and important than hat’s happening in Amona – but you don’t see any mention of it in European media.”

“The fact that you keep talking only about the settlements is hypocritical,” Liberman concluded, telling the ambassadors, “I’m waiting for you to start talking bout North Korea and the Iranian ballistic missiles.”

David Israel

Hamas Digger Electrocuted, Killed in Gaza Terror Tunnel

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

A Hamas digger was killed Sunday (Dec. 4) after being electrocuted while working in a terrorist tunnel, according to local reports.

The operative was killed in southern Gaza, in a tunnel originating east of the town of Khan Younis.

A number of local Arab media confirmed the report.

Searchers on Sunday also managed to retrieve the bodies of three of the four diggers who went missing after they were buried alive in a Gaza smuggling tunnel collapse beneath the southern border with Egypt last week. The fourth man is still missing.

The smuggler tunnel caved in near the Gaza border town of Rafah after being flooded by the Egyptian Army.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Media Report Israeli Navy Fires on Gaza Fishermen

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Israel Navy forces fired at Gaza fishing boats on Sunday as they moved along the coast, according to Arab sources.

“Israeli naval forces opened fire at the fishing boats wile at sea in both the northern and southern Gaza Strip,” the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an news service reported. No injuries were reported.

Shortly after the incident, the Israeli forces detained two “fisherman” and confiscated their vessels off the northern Gaza coast, near Beit Lahiya. The boats were allegedly taken to the port of Ashdod for examination.

An IDF spokesperson told Ma’an the incident would be checked.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations in Gaza have upgraded their skills in naval warfare and underwater espionage over the past several years. Moreover, much of their weaponry is “shipped” from Iran by sea.

The Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza is implemented specifically in order to prevent the entry of terrorists, weaponry and related items from entering the area — all of which are used in attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Leftwing Reporter Tried to Derail Religious Brigade Commander with False Accusations

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Brig. Gen. Ofer Winter, former commander of the Givati infantry brigade and currently Chief of Staff of Central Command, and one of the most prominent IDF Orthodox senior officers, was the target of a political assassination attempt by Israel’s Channel 10 reporter Raviv Drucker, according to Winter’s attorney Oded Savorai, who spoke to Army Radio Sunday.

Savorai accused Drucker – dubbed by Ynet “the thorn in Netanyahu’s side” over a series of insulting and embarrassing reports about the PM and his wife Sara – of trying to incriminate Brig. Gen. Ofer in a case involving the shooting death of an innocent Arab boy.

The entrapment attempt took place four years ago, according to Savorai, when Winter was commander of the IDF Northern Division, and a soldier carrying a concealed recording device came to his office and tried to get the commander to admit having ordered him to shoot the boy.

According to Savorai, the soldier told Winter, “I can’t sleep well nights, it comes back to me in my dreams.” Apparently, “he expected that Ofer would admit something that had never happened, or, more plausibly, that Ofer would ask him to whitewash the story, but Ofer did the opposite.”

Instead of trying to hide anything, the commander offered the soldier help and psychological care. “Ofer’s office manager immediately recognized something suspicious about the man who had just entered to see him, and dug into his smartphone which he had to leave behind,” Savorai related, suggesting she discovered suspicious signs showing he was deceitful.

Drucker posted a response in his Facebook page essentially confirming the story, but adding that the soldier in question had approached his program staff with complaints about Winter murdering the Arab child. Drucker insists that it was the soldier who insisted on meeting up with Winter to try and record him confessing to a crime that never happened.

Drucker accused Brig. Gen. Winter of sending his surrogate out to besmirch the reporter’s good name in advance of an Exposé on Winter being prepared by Drucker.

In July 2014, as commander of Givati in Operation Protective Edge, Winter caused a public debate on the place of the Jewish religion in he IDF when he issued a message to his troops that recalled biblical calls of historic Jewish commanders to their soldiers: “History has selected us to be at the forefront of the fight against the terrorist Gazan enemy, who curses and swears and blasphemes against the God of Israel […] I raise my eyes to heaven and recite with you, Sh’ma Israel, Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad.”

“God, the Lord of Israel, please send us success in our path,” Winter continued, “for we are going to fight for Your nation Israel against the blaspheming enemy.”

Under Winter’s command, the Givati Brigade exposed dozens of terror tunnels and other Hamas infrastructure.

JNi.Media

Hamas Holding Emergency Drill in Gaza

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Hamas will be holding an emergency military exercise throughout Gaza, until 2 PM on Sunday.

During the drill, Gaza residents can expect to hear sirens, gunfire and explosions, and see armed Hamas terrorists and policemen – which makes it unclear how this will be different than any other day in the Hamas terrorist-controlled territory.

Among the scenarios that will be practiced are evacuations of some Hamas security centers, presumably after an Israeli attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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