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February 8, 2016 / 29 Shevat, 5776

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Israel Retaliates for Gaza Rocket Fire

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Israel’s Air Force attacked two targets in Gaza Sunday following a rocket attack on southern Israel over the weekend.

Rocketfire landed in an open field in the Shaar HaNegev regional district.

Gaza terrorists generally strike Israel and then hide: Israel usually responds with a “proportionate” response until serious damage was done.

On Sunday, the IDF struck a Hamas military base in northern Gaza and a base for the wing in northern Gaza and in central Gaza.

The rocket landed in an open area within the Shaar HaNegev regional council district, just weeks after the last such attack.

There were no wounded reported on either side.

1.7M Israeli Families Living Below Poverty Line

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Israeli children and families are paying the price — literally — of defense from Arab terrorism, as reflected in 2014 data released Wednesday.

According to the figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), 1.7 million Israelis are living in poverty — about 22 percent of the population — including 776,500 Israeli children.

The data appeared in the annual poverty report released Wednesday by National Insurance Institute head Professor Shlomo Mor Yosef and Social Services Minister Haim Katz.

The report, which quoted CBS data collected in 2014, showed that 1,709,300 people — including 444,900 families — are living below the poverty line.

A single individual is considered to be living below the poverty line with a monthly income of NIS 3,077 or $200 per week, give or take a few shekels. A family of five is classified “below the poverty line” at a monthly salary level of NIS 9,230 and under; a couple who earns less than NIS 4,923 per month is also living below the poverty line.

Approximately 17.5 percent of Israel’s poverty-stricken families are hareidi-religious Jews, according to the report, and the poverty rate in that sector of the population is a stunning 54.3 percent.

Despite the dark numbers, the growth in poverty appears to have slowed at least somewhat. The poverty line reported rose by 2.4 percent in 2014, as did the disposable median income per capita.

Nevertheless, the poverty severity index increased by 10 percent in 2014. It is worth pointing out that Israel was forced once again last year to arm and defend itself against thousands of rocket, missile and mortar attacks during the summer war with Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group and its terrorist allies.

That nightmare not only cost the Jewish State billions of desperately-needed dollars; it also cost the country in terms of injured and severely, permanently traumatized children, their parents and other Israeli adults.

Military Miracle of a Terror Tunnel That Ended at Nir Am

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

IDF Southern OC Commander Col. Dudu Bar Khalifa described an unusual incident that he said had taken place during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, while lighting Chanukah candles this week with bereaved families of the brigade.

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The officer said during Monday night’s candle-lighting ceremony that the tunnel out of which terrorists emerged during the 2014 summer and which nearly succeeded in their attempt to attack Nir Am, was not their original goal. Hamas originally planned to send 60 terrorists into Sderot.

In a related story, Egyptian forces found a tunnel network from Rafah into Sinai built with 40 cm thick iron walls, dug 10 meters underground, according to Ynet.

Egypt says the Hamas-built tunnels were paid for by Qatar.

When the sea water pumped by Egypt along the Gaza-Sinai border, designed to sink the tunnels, didn’t subside in all areas, they realized something must be blocking it. At which point they dug down and discovered a Hamas network of 17 underground iron-walled tunnels.

Report: Terrorists Tried to Attack Israeli Gas Rig during War in Gaza

Monday, December 7th, 2015

A security official told a Knesset committee the attack during Operation Protective Edge missed its objective of blowing up the rig.

Terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza tried to blow up an Israeli oil-shore gas rig during the Protective Edge counter-terror campaign last year, a government official told a Knesset committee.

During the war, as JewishPress.com reported, Hamas claimed to have targeted the Noa offshore gas rig.

Yossi Cohen, who heads the National Security Council, revealed to the Knesset Economics Committee that there have been several attempts to attack offshore rigs, according to Globes.

The Knesset hearing was focused on the controversial gas agreement that Opposition parties are fiercely protesting. Cohen said that Israel must protect the rigs and explained:

We are procuring naval warfare vessels designed for this. The navy is prepared to protect the rigs…. Already during Operation Protective Edge there were attempts to hit our rig but fortunately their weapons are not accurate enough and did not succeed in hitting the rig.

But the weapons in the hands of the terror organizations surrounding us are already more sophisticated and accurate and our vulnerability has increased.

A direct hit on an offshore platform would scare investors away from Israel, sink the shekel, cripple offshore gas supplies and exports and throw the country into a deep recession.

Hezbollah is considered one of the major enemies that would try to wreak havoc with the Israeli economy if war breaks out across the northern border.

Lebanon has claimed rights to Israel’s oil and gas discoveries and has threatened to use force, which practically speaking means using Hezbollah’s advanced weapons and intelligence.

The Jewish Press.com reported here last week that Israel has developed a missile designed to protect offshore rigs not only locally but also for the global energy industry.




IDF Bombs One Hamas Outpost in Response to Near-Murder of Soldiers

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The IDF overnight bombed one Hamas military post in a belated and tepid response to at least three shooting attacks on soldiers patrolling at the security fence.

The latest shooting occurred on Sunday when several bullet holes smashed through the windshield of an Engineer Corps vehicle in southern Gaza. The soldiers were inside the car but miraculously were not wounded. On Friday, terrorists fired at an army vehicle securing the border.

The military finally decided to retaliate in the middle of the night early Monday morning and, according to the IDF, “launched an airstrike against a terrorist infrastructure belonging to Hamas in northern Gaza.”

The “retaliation” appears to be a message to Hamas that, in the words of the military, “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the security of IDF soldiers and the security of the citizens of Israel.”

As noted here on Sunday, it is easier to stage a tit-for-tat response against rocket attacks. The Air Force’s intelligence surveillance usually identifies the source of the launch and can quickly hit the area.

Shootings are a different matter, unless soldiers and return fire immediately. Since yesterday’s attack was in southern Gaza and the bombing of a solitary Hamas outpost was in northern Gaza, it is clear that the “retaliation” was a message and not a “proportional response.”

Gaza Terrorists Shoot Bullet Holes in IDF Jeep

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza tried to murder Israeli soldiers Sunday afternoon in a rifle attack on their jeep.

The jeep sustained bullet holes in the windshield. The soldiers miraculously escaped injury.

It was the third shooting at the Gaza border in three days. Unlike rockets and missiles that explode in open areas and draw a “proportional response” from the IDF, there is no way to respond to rifle fire unless the attackers are shot on the spot.

The stated shortly after 1 p.m. (6 a.m. EST):

A short while ago, shots were fired at a military vehicle adjacent to the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip.

Multiple bullet holes were identified on the windshield of the vehicle.

Forces are searching the area.

IDF Demolishes Home of Hamas Commander Who Led Henkin Family Terror Attack

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Early Thursday IDF engineers accompanied by an elite unit of soldiers demolished the Shechem (Nablus) apartment in Samaria of the Arab terrorist who murdered Rabbi Eitam and Na’ama Henkin before the eyes of their four young children.

Rajab Ahmed Mohammed Aliwa was the commander of the Hamas terrorist cell that opened fire on the vehicle in which the Henkin family was traveling to the town of Elon Moreh on October 1 of this year. Aliwa was a member of the Hamas military wing in Shechem (Nablus).

Five suspected terror cell members were arrested within 24 hours of the murders in a joint operation by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), Israel Police and the IDF.

“After receiving confirmation that the road was ‘clean,’ the shooting cell set off in their car, identified a vehicle belonging to the Henkin family and opened fire. After the [victims’] car stopped, two members of the cell got out of their car, and fired again, from very short range, on those in the vehicle,” the Shin Bet said in its statement on the arrest of the cell of five operatives.

The homes of three other terrorists who participated in the attack have already been leveled.

On Wednesday, the home of another terrorist, Ibrahim Al-Akri, 47, was demolished in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

Al-Akri, a Hamas operative, carried out a ram-and-stab attack in his mini-van at the Shimon HaTzadik stop for the Jerusalem Light Rail, just outside the Shmuel HaNavi neighborhood.

Al-Akri drove his van directly into the crowd of people waiting at the stop and then left his vehicle and attacked bystanders with a crowbar. Border Guard Police Officer Jedan Assad, 38, a Druze officer, died in the attack, as did young yeshiva student Shalom Aharon Ba’adani, age 17.

Al-Akri was shot and killed by police at the scene.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-soldiers-demolish-home-of-hamas-commander-who-led-henkin-murders/2015/12/03/

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