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New Terror Group Threatens Hamas in Gaza

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

A new terror group is rising to politely threaten the control of Hamas in Gaza, and it’s not the Da’esh-linked Salafi Muslims or any other global jihad group. Nor is it the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), which has just lost its funding from Iran — in favor of the new organization.

The new group, called “Al-Sabirin” or “Hosn” – “The Patient for the Victory of Palestine” — was started by former PIJ official Hisham Salem, who has been careful to maintain good graces with Tehran. The group’s flag is also very similar to that of the Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah terrorist organization, also backed by Iran.

Last week the Middle East Monitor quoted an Al-Quds newspaper report that Iran had severed ties with PIJ due to its ambivalence over Tehran’s involvement in Yemen. PIJ has been looking for new sponsors, according to the report, but has failed to find them. As a result, it has closed the head office of its satellite TV channel Palestine Today, and “laid off” numerous other employees.

Al-Quds also reported that internal divisions within the group were also responsible for Iran’s decision to end its funding, along with the establishment of Al-Sabirin, which the newspaper claimed is in “full ideological and political agreement with Iran.” Moreover, according to the report, “its members, apparently, get paid full salaries every month.”

Salem has produced numerous YouTube videos in which he talks about historical events that are important to Shi’ite Muslims; this has also produced considerable confusion in Gaza among potential new followers.

Salem was allegedly expelled from the northern division of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in 2010, according to a source who spoke with Al Monitor, because he sparked “sectarian strife.” The source added that Salem’s ideas were bad for Sunni Palestinian society, which “rejects sectarian pluralism for fear of a sectarian war in Gaza.”

Salem spoke with Al Monitor in 2014, confirming his position as a “leader of the Hosn movement,” and explaining the organization was “inspired” by the founder of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He added that his group believes in “Islamic unity, and [sees] no reason to separate as Sunnis and Shi’ites.”

Salem’s charity organization, “Al-Baqiyat al-Salihat” is funded primarily by Iran. Hamas allegedly does not see Al-Sabirin as competition for Iranian dollars, however.

Hamas official Atef Adwan told Al Monitor last year it was likely that Salem’s group “will not be able to continue in the presence of giant organizations that fill the scene.”

Hamas Rallies in Gaza to Protest PA Arrests in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Hamas has accused the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority of caving to Israel after PA security personnel arrested hundreds of terrorists in Judea and Samaria.

“Power and occupation are two sides of the same coin. Stop betrayal,” read banners waved by protesters at a rally organized Tuesday by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist group. “Political arrests and power are a stigma on the forehead of its president.”

The rally was organized to protest the security sweep conducted by Palestinian Authority security officials throughout Judea and Samaria over the past several weeks.

Mushir al-Masri, an organizer of the rally, said the arrests were a failed attempt by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to “eliminate the resistance.”

He warned the campaign of political arrests and security coordination “with the occupation” signaled a “blow to reconciliation efforts” in the ongoing but largely fruitless move to create a so-called “unity government” between the two factions.

Since the beginning of June, more than 200 members of Hamas have been arrested in Judea and Samaria, according to the Gaza-based terror group.

In addition, at least 40 Hamas operatives were arrested by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) earlier this month in a separate sting that foiled an attempt to set up a parallel shadow government aimed at toppling the Ramallah-based PA government led by Abbas’s Fatah faction.

IDF Tunnel Warning System to be Fully Operational in Days

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

A senior IDF official revealed today during a press briefing commemorating a year since Operation Protective Edge (“Tzuk Eitan”) that the IDF’s tunnel warning system will be fully operational in the coming days. The officer noted that system was recently activated and installed surrounding the Gaza Strip. The officer stressed that not one of the 32 terror tunnels destroyed by the IDF during last year’s operation has been renovated, yet Hamas is digging new tunnels towards Israel.

During the press briefing, it was revealed that Hamas is searching for new weapon smuggling pipelines since Egypt effectively shut down the smuggling tunnels from Sinai to Gaza. As a result. Hamas has built new ties with radical Islamic elements in Sinai to train weapon smugglers in Sinai and even encourage attacks against the Egyptian army.

In parallel, ISIS forces in Sinai are trying to bring Israel into a conflict with Egypt, and it is expected that ISIS rockets will continue to be shot at Israel from Sinai, as was demonstrated last week. The IDF Southern command is preparing to defend attempts of terror attacks alongside the border with Egypt.

The IDF’s present analysis is that Hamas prefers quiet at this time and the cease fire continues between the sides. Despite Israel’s efforts to allow hundreds of the aid trucks daily into Gaza and the ongoing restoration of Gaza, the difficult economic situation in Gaza can easily create the catalyst for the next conflict with Israel.

Operation Protective Edge Remembrance Day

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Adi Kaplan, widow of Captain Zvi (Zvika) Kaplan lit a torch during a ceremony marking one year since Operation Protective Edge at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on July 6, 2015.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu laid a wreath of flowers at the ceremony honoring our heroes killed in battle against Israel’s enemies in Gaza

Gaza ‘Reconstruction’ Taking Place Underground

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Contrary to the propanganda by the Hamas PR machine, Gaza reconstruction is moving along nicely – at least in the underground terror tunnel network.

IDF Colonel Nachi Mandel, deputy commander of the army’s Gaza Division said in an interview on Galei Tzahal Army Radio Tuesday that Hamas is working hard to rebuild its capacity.

The terror organization took a severe beating – as did the civilian infrastructure of the Gaza region itself – during the 2014 counter terror war, Operation Protective Edge.

Nevertheless, “Hamas is building up its forces again,” Mandel warned. “It is training its forces and boosting the number of mortars it is manufacturing. It is continuing to add to its arsenal, and dig more terror tunnels.

“We need to view this in realistic terms,” he continued. “Hamas is doing whatever it can to improve its readiness in case of renewed hostilities.”

In an interview Tuesday on state-run Israel Radio, Hamas de factor “foreign minister” Razi Hamed claimed that materials intended for use in reconstruction are not “falling into the hands of the military wing.”

However, Israeli intelligence has said otherwise, and photos of new tunnels that have been built in the underground terror network prove the point.

Hamas has no desire to start another round of fighting with Israel, Hamed told the interviewer. In fact, he said, Hamas wants to preserve the “quiet” in Gaza.

That could well be, at least for now. Hamas finds itself locked in an existential struggle with a growing number of terror groups comprised of Salafi Muslims aligned with Da’esh (ISIS).

Although Hamas has been providing support to these groups in their battle against the Egyptian government, inside Gaza it is fighting them to retain control over the enclave.

Hamed added that the new road being paved near the security fence in Gaza is intended for defense and internal law enforcement.

170 Hamas Men Arrested in PA Sweep of Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

A wave of arrests has rounded up 170 Hamas members in Judea and Samaria over the past several days.

However, the arrests were carried out by members of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority security force, according to a report by Ynet. The operation complements a recent similar effort by Israel’s Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency.)

The arrests were allegedly carried out in response to the ongoing terror attacks carried out against Israelis on the roads of Judea and Samaria. Two Israelis have died in the past two weeks in shootings in the Binyamin district of Samaria, both were young men.

According to a PA source who spoke with Ynet, there is evidence pointing to Hamas as having been behind most of the recent attacks, including the murders.

Hamas has been trying to overthrow the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority government in Judea and Samaria for years. The Israeli sting had foiled a very sophisticated operation to set up a shadow PA government by the Gaza-based terror group, complete with a full range of alternate ministries and department heads assigned.

Internecine fighting between the two factions – alleged partners in the Palestinian Authority “unity government” – is not new.

Hamas de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh cannot safely enter Judea and Samaria. Nor can PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas safely enter Gaza. Nevertheless, the two separately governed areas allegedly comprise what the United Nations refers to as the “state of Palestine” and has empowered as a non-member observer state in its General Assembly.

‘They Did Not Fall in Vain: IDF Struck By Air, Sea & Land’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Israel again faces terror from a multiplicity of sources in the south — a fact acknowledged by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during remarks he delivered Monday at a ceremony to mark the first year anniversary of the 51-day counter terror war against Hamas, Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. But during his speech to families of the fallen IDF soldiers at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery, Netanyahu warned Israel would not tolerate any threat to her citizens. “If Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran or Da’esh (ISIS) attempts to harm Israel, they are risking their lives,” he stated.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization, Netanyahu reminded, was dealt a “severe blow that it has not felt since its founding… We are [currently] monitoring events in the south and our operations [there] require strength,” he said.

At least two families of the fallen are particularly grief-stricken: the bodies of their sons have yet to be laid to rest. Hamas terrorists kidnapped their remains during the war, and have held them in captivity since.

The prime minister addressed the issue, promising the families, “We will do everything we can to return home Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin to their families.” President Reuven Rivlin also related in his speech to the wounds that – for some families — seem to have no end.

Speaking about those soldiers who are still medically fighting for their lives, and the grief of families whose pain yet remains, Rivlin said, “An operation was launched last year and for some, the battle carries on today; a post-war battle, a battle with no cease-fire.”

Rivlin warned the terror organizations that Israel would not tolerate a renewal of the threats that led to the last war – such as the rocket fire and road terror attacks that have again begun to target civilians throughout the country.

“Israel will not continue to be a hostage in enemy hands,” he said, “an enemy who does not respect human rights or civilian lives… The next conflict could be a lot harder than the last one.”

It was Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a former IDF chief of staff, who bluntly said in his address to the families of the fallen that the sacrifices of their loved ones had not been in vain.

“Hundreds of terrorists were killed, and the Hamas infrastructure was destroyed. Our soldiers hit them from the air, from the sea and by land in such a way as to make their leaders understand we would not accept any attack on the security of our civilians,” he said.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/they-did-not-fall-in-vain-idf-struck-by-air-sea-land/2015/07/06/

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