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December 18, 2014 / 26 Kislev, 5775
 
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Gen. Dempsey: Israel Did Utmost to Limit Civilian Harm [video]

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told an audience in New York that he believed the Israel Defense Force went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit civilian casualties in this past summer’s military conflict in Gaza.

The military leader was speaking to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

In addition to praising the IDF’s efforts to limit civilian casualties, Dempsey also said that the Pentagon sent a team to Israel to see what lessons could be learned from the IDF’s expertise during Operation Protective Edge. This included observing the measures taken by the IDF to prevent civilian casualties and the way in which the Israeli military dealt with the terror tunnels.

The reason this is such extraordinary news is that Israel was criticized harshly and repeatedly for failing to prevent the heavy loss of civilian life during the conflict, which saw more than a thousand Gazans die, including many civilians and children. Various human rights entities accused and continue to accuse Israel of committing war crimes. Even the White House and State Department repeatedly claimed Israel failed to do enough to prevent civilian casualties.

But when asked to address the alleged “callous indifference” by Israel to the extensive damage and civilian deaths, Dempsey told the audience that he though the IDF “did what they could” to avoid civilian casualties.

“I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties,” Dempsey told the group. “In this kind of conflict, where you are held to a standard that your enemy is not held to, you’re going to be criticized for civilian casualties,” he added.

Dempsey said Hamas had turned Gaza into “very nearly a subterranean society” with tunneling throughout the coastal enclave.

“That caused the IDF some significant challenges. But they did some extraordinary things to try and limit civilian casualties,” Dempsey said, which included “making it known that they were going to destroy a particular structure,” Dempsey said.

In addition to dropping warning leaflets, Dempsey said, the IDF developed a technique called “roof-knocking.” This involves dropping a low-yield explosive or non-explosive device on a rooftop. This “knocking” is a warning to residents to leave the building before it is shelled. Of course, even this effort to limit civilian casualties was criticized for not being gentle enough.

Dempsey said civilian casualties during the summer’s conflict were “tragic, but I think the IDF did what they could” to avoid them.

“The IDF is not interested in creating civilian casualties. They’re interested in stopping the shooting of rockets and missiles out of the Gaza Strip and into Israel,” Dempsey said.

Border Patrol Chief Inspector Jadan Assad Laid to Rest

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Thousands came to the northern Israeli Druze town of Beit J’an today to pay their final respects to Border Patrol Chief Inspector Jadan Assad as he was laid to rest.

The 38-year-old police captain was murdered in a Hamas vehicular terror attack yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 5) along the tracks of the Jerusalem Light Rail. He is survived by his pregnant wife and young, three-year-old son, four siblings and both parents.

Among the sea of mourners was Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, whose voice rang out as he blamed Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for Assad’s death.

The Druze police captain, he said, “was murdered yesterday with heartless cruelty and taken evilly from his wife, his son and his parents.”

Israeli leaders have united in condemning the Palestinian Authority leader, citing repeated instances of his incitement to terror.

Three other Border Patrol police officers suffered serious wounds in the attack in addition to ten others who were wounded as well.

Netanyahu Blames Jerusalem Terror on Abbas Incitement, Islamic Radicalism

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu today blamed Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the terror attack in Jerusalem that left one dead and more than a dozen injured.

Netanyahu placed responsibility for incitement that led to the attack by a Hamas operative who lived in Jerusalem’s northern neighborhood of Shuafat squarely with Abbas.

It was Abbas, he said, who was responsible for “the growing incitement” seen in recent days.

Abbas, “who sent a condolence letter to the family of [Yehudah] Glick’s [shooter] and who has tried to prevent Jews from going up to the Temple Mount.

“The vehicular terror attack today in Jerusalem is the direct result of incitement by Abu Mazen [Abbas] and his partner Hamas,” the prime minister stated flatly.

Netanyahu noted that the “rising tide of Islamic extremism and radicalism that is sweeping all across the Middle East and beyond” was affecting Israel’s Arab population as well – and would cost the Jewish State. But although he acknowledged that Israeli is in “a prolonged battle for Jerusalem,” as he politely phrased it, he added, “I have no doubt that we will win it. We are employing all the necessary powers to restore quiet and security to the city.

“True peace will come when the squares in Ramallah and Gaza will be filled with demonstrators calling for a halt to terrorism. Peace will come when Iran will stop calling ‘death to Israel’ and when Abu Mazen no longer says that Jews are defiled and stops embracing their killers,” Netanyahu said.

But until then, “There has been no change in Palestinian society toward acceptance of the Jewish people’s right to its own state.”

Cleared for Publication: Border Patrol Captain Killed in Jerusalem Terror Attack

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

A Border Patrol captain fell in the line of duty on Wednesday while trying to protect Jerusalem civilians from a Hamas terrorist.

Chief Inspector Jadan Assad, 38, was from the Druze village of Beit J’an in northern Israel. Assad was gravely wounded in the terror attack and tragically pronounced dead upon arrival at Hadassah Medical Center’s Ein Kerem trauma unit, despite extended CPR and advanced life support resuscitation efforts.

He leaves behind his pregnant wife and a three year old child; three other Border Patrol officers also were wounded in the attack.

“All my sons serve in the security forces; the Border Police was in his blood and soul,” said Assad’s father shortly after hearing of his son’s death. “He loved the service and he loved Jerusalem.”

The Hamas terrorist organization praised the vehicular terror attack which also injured at least 13 others. Three of the most seriously wounded were also rushed to Hadassah Medical Center’s Ein Kerem trauma center.

The terrorist, a known Hamas operative who lived in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, has been identified as Ibrahim al-Akari.

The attacker first mowed down a crowd of pedestrians waiting for the Jerusalem Light Rail at the Shimon HaTzadik platform. He then drove on to Moshe Zaks Street and repeated the process with new victims.

The attack mirrored one that took place two weeks ago at the Ammunition Hill station for the Light Rail. In that tragedy, a terrorist drove his car down the tracks and then directly into the crowd of commuters who were standing on the platform waiting patiently for the train.

But in this case, Al-Akari continued his attack; he got out of his vehicle and began beating others with a metal bar until he saw police cars begin to arrive. Finally he fled down Route 1, where he was chased by Border Patrol officers who shot and killed him, ending the savagery — at least temporarily.

A scant few hours later, Arabs in Shuafat followed the terror spree with an attempt of their own, hurling firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and shooting fireworks at Border Patrol officers in Jerusalem’s Shuafat section.

In a separate incident, two other Arabs meanwhile sprayed tear gas at Jerusalem police officers. It is not clear where they managed to obtain the weapon. No one was injured in either attack, and police report one arrest following the incidents.

Sister of Hamas Official Moussa Abu Marzouk Receiving Care in Israel

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

There are enemies, and then there’s that stubborn Jewish heart that always hopes.

Hope usually rules at the Erez crossing, where Gaza Arabs are allowed to enter Israel from Gaza for special medical care.

Journalists were told Monday that the sister of deputy Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk has been one of those crossing through in recent days.

Halamiya Shecata, age 60, is currently in critical condition at an Israeli hospital where she has been treated several times before for her cancer, military sources said.

For years, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has allowed Palestinian Authority Arabs from Gaza, Judea and Samaria to enter Israel for humanitarian and medical reasons. Each week a list of those with special needs is approved after review of each individual case.

Family connections do not apply, claims the COGAT in speaking with media.

Perhaps, but a rocket launch by Gaza terrorists that sent the projectile flying into the Eshkol Regional Council district Friday night prompted the IDF to close Erez and the Kerem Shalom crossing “until further notice.”

Moussa Abu Marzouk slammed the move on Sunday, accusing Israel of violating a cease-fire that ended this summer’s 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge.

Marzouk, who was educated at two American universities, knew enough not to mention the numerous rocket launches since late August that fell short — in Gaza or in the Mediterranean — and preceded Friday night’s landing in Eshkol.

He also adroitly avoided reminding the reporters that Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital recently treated the daughter of Hamas de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. The Gaza ruler’s mother-in-law was also treated in Israel — at a Jerusalem hospital – this past June.

Hope springeth eternal in the Jewish heart that perhaps enough compassion will someday heal the rage. Not likely — but it’s always worth a shot (forgive the pun.)

Israel “Retaliates” for Rocket Fire

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Reshet Bet reports that Israel is retaliating for the rocket that was launched from Gaza on Friday, in violation of the cease fire.

On Sunday, the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza will be closed, in response to the attack.

Hamas must be shaking in their boots.

Egypt cancelled the peace talks between Hamas and Israel last week after Hamas personnel were found to have been involved in the attack that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers.

Rocket Fire Resumes on South

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

A rocket from Gaza hit an open area in the Eshkol region on Friday night.

Initially, the IDF claimed the rocket fell short and landed in Gaza, which is why the siren didn’t go off, but the IDF later updated the report, and said the rocket fell in the Eshkol region.

Subsequently, it is not clear why the Red Alert siren didn’t go off.

The rocket remains haven’t yet been found.

The army is also indicating that it is not clear if the Hamas terrorist organization or a different terrorist group launched the rocket, not that this makes much difference, as Hamas is supposedly in charge of Gaza.

Residents in the Eshkol region say it is only a matter of time before the next round of fighting with Hamas.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rocket-fire-resumes-on-south/2014/11/01/

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