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January 22, 2017 / 24 Tevet, 5777

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Terrorist Attack Foiled By Border Guard Police Near Hebron

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Israeli Border Guard Police officers foiled a terrorist attack Monday night after spotting a suspicious vehicle traveling along Route 35 near Hebron.

The forces stopped the car — a white Suzuki mini-truck — a few minutes later, and carried out a search of the vehicle and its driver, an unidentified Arab man from the Palestinian Authority.

Suzuki mini-truck stopped by Border Guard Police

Suzuki mini-truck stopped by Border Guard Police

During their search of the vehicle, Israeli forces turned up a hatchet, various weapons parts, a rifle and ammunition.



The license plates on the vehicle were taken from a stolen Fiat as well.

A body search of the suspect revealed he carried a lethal commando knife — but he refused to explain why he was carrying such a weapon. In fact, the suspect was carrying no identity papers, refused to cooperate with the forces and would not answer any questions.

Commando knife

Commando knife

He was transferred to security personnel for further questioning in order to determine his identity and motives for carrying such weaponry.

Hana Levi Julian

Don’t Judge the Soldiers

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The video of Jewish soldiers running away during the Armon Hanatziv terror attack was difficult to watch.

Realistic or not, we expect our soldiers to be well trained, physically, and, more important, mentally, to charge and engage the enemy.

It’s all too easy to ignore that these soldiers are inexperienced teenagers, some with more training, most with less. And yet we expect them to respond properly, effectively and professionally to bewildering situations on a level of competence we’d expect from seasoned combat veterans.

The IDF has to invest a lot of time and effort to train combat soldiers to charge the enemy and then pull the trigger. For most people it’s not a natural act.

Most of the soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv attack had had minimal combat training, and were designated for deployment in office positions, “Jobnikim,” in IDF slang.

In addition, it would be foolish to assume that the Elor Azaria trial which has torn up the country for close to a year did not impede their reaction time, compelling them to think ten times before charging and opening fire.

However in a civilian milieu, even experienced security personnel must think three times before pulling the trigger, in case their target is actually an innocent civilian.

There were mistakes made yesterday, just like there were mistakes made in Hebron, including mistakes made by Azaria’s officers, going all the way up the chain of command.

There were also heroes.

Lessons will be be learned from this incident, just as the IDF learned from previous ones. There will be investigations and consequences, as there should be.

Unfortunately, our suicidal enemy will still invent new, different and evil way to attack us.

In our war against Islamic terror, we must not drag our soldiers to court like common criminals, or shame them in social media.

Sgt. Elor Azaria last March and the soldiers in Armon HaNatziv on Sunday had to deal with an evil enemy in a very complicated situation, and whether or not their responses were picture perfect, or even warranted, they were acting in the service of our country. To treat them any other way is to invite more confusion and, inevitably, more victims of terrorism.


May all our wounded soldiers have a Refuah Sheleimah – a healthy and complete recovery.


Stephen Leavitt

Al Jazeera Celebrates Fall of Israeli Embassy Official Who Shot Off his Mouth on Hidden Camera [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Israel’s embassy in London apologized for the actions of its senior political officer Shai Masot, who had been taped describing his plan to “take down” British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s deputy, Alan Duncan, for opposing Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. Masot was speaking to a senior aide to Conservative Minister of State for Education Robert Halfon. Their conversation was filmed covertly in a London restaurant and obtained by The Mail from Al Jazeera on Sunday.

Al Jazeera has been preparing a four-part series based on a six-month undercover investigation, titled “The Lobby,” exposing the Israeli government as being in “the midst of a brazen, covert influence campaign in Britain.” by will reveal. Each episode will be broadcast daily on Al Jazeera starting January 15 at 22:30 GMT.

For half a year, an undercover reporter with the pseudonym Robin met with “members of Britain’s lobby network that enjoys strong support from the Israeli government by way of the Israeli embassy in London.” Posing as a graduate activist who supports Israel and hates the BDS movement, Robin discovered, among other things, how “an Israeli diplomat plotted to destroy the careers of senior politicians.”

Robin secretly filmed Shai Masot at a London brasserie asking Maria Strizzolo, then chief of staff to MP Robert Halfon, the deputy chairman of the ruling Conservative Party: “Can I give you some MPs that I would suggest you take down?”

Strizzolo responded: “Well you know, if you look hard enough I’m sure that there is something that they’re trying to hide.”

“Yeah. I have some MPs,” Masot told her, suggesting she knows “which MPs I want to take down … The Deputy Foreign Minister.”

Strizzolo told Masot that “a little scandal” might cause Duncan to lose his job.

Duncan called the settlements back in 2014 an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe,” and said the city of Hebron was under apartheid rule.

During the same dinner, Masot described British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as an “idiot … without any kind of responsibilities,” but who was also “basically good.”

Israel’s embassy said in a statement that the comments were “completely unacceptable,” and that ambassador Mark Regev had apologized to Duncan. It also announced that Masot would be terminated “shortly.”

David Israel

IDF Prosecutors Working On Sentencing Deal for Sgt. Elor Azaria

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

IDF military prosecutors are reportedly planning a sentencing deal to be offered to the family of Sgt. Elor Azaria in exchange for abandoning an appeal of his conviction on a charge of manslaughter.

The case has dragged on for months in the public eye, creating a media circus that has torn Israeli society apart.

Azaria was convicted by a military tribunal Wednesday in a trial that sent numerous citizens in the country into a frenzy of outrage against the panel of judges and IDF top brass, prompting officials to upgrade security around the judges.

The combat medic shot and killed an Arab terrorist who was already injured and lying on the ground after he stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron. Abdel Fattah el-Sharif and a second terrorist had carried out an attack against a group of Israeli soldiers who were deployed in the Judean city in March 2016. The second attacker was shot and killed immediately. But el-Sharif was lying injured on the ground when Azaria walked over to him, after a soldier in his unit was taken with stab wounds to a hospital. Azaria shot el-Sharif in the head at point-blank range.

He faces sentencing in February on a conviction that currently could bring him up to 20 years in prison, and has deeply divided Israeli society.

Israeli lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum have called for a pardon, and Azaria’s attorneys have said they will appeal the conviction.

If they instead opt to accept a deal, Azaria will serve a far shorter prison term, but according to a report on Israel’s Channel 2 television news, he will definitely do some jail time.

It’s not clear whether or not he would be eligible to apply for a pardon under such circumstances.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Fugitives Captured, Money Cache Seized by Israeli Security Forces

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Israeli security forces captured five wanted suspects in Judea and Samaria late Wednesday night.

Three of the suspects are on the wanted list for terrorist activities.

IDF soldiers and Israeli Police officers working together with intelligence agents operating in the city of Hebron, meanwhile, seized thousands of shekels during a raid on a location in the area.

The money had been sent to the city from various terrorist organizations with messengers and handed over to specific contact people in the city, according to intelligence reports. Israeli personnel arrested the “contact” people along with the money on Wednesday night.

All personnel returned safely to base.

Hana Levi Julian

Hebron Spokesperson on Azaria Conviction: It Was a Big Mistake [audio]

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Yishai Fleisher, a spokesperson for the Jewish community in Hebron, told BBC Radio on Wednesday that the public trial and the conviction of Sergeant Elor Azaria of manslaughter charges sent the wrong signal to young IDF soldiers.

“I think most Israelis agree that the action itself, of shooting a downed terrorist was not the smartest decision to make,” Fleisher told the host. “But to try a soldier publicly, to hang him in a public hanging, was a big mistake. Because, in the end of the day, we’re at war with terror, here in Israel.”

Fleisher pointed out that, despite his shooting the terrorist while the latter was already on the ground, Azaria acted in defense o his country, against “a gigantic jihad that encircles us. Therefore we’re sending the wrong signal to our young soldiers, to think too many times before shooting somebody who came to kill Israelis and Jews and who is, really, a jihadist terrorist.”

The host asked whether Israel, being a democracy, is not obligated to show that the rule of law is kept, hence the public exposure o the case.

“I think the question is which rue of law,” Fleisher retorted, explaining, “There are two kinds of law when you dal with this kind of situation. We have criminal justice law, the other is the law of armed conflict. […] If this enemy combatant came into a camp and started knifing soldiers, and was shot, and then he may have moved, may have come across suspicious and a soldier shot him – under the rules of armed conflict that’s not something you take to a trial.”

“In the end of the day,” Fleisher reiterated, “the soldier shot a terrorist who came to kill and was a dangerous enemy combatant,” and not a police officer who stood over a civilian who enjoys the benefits of the assumption of innocence.

“These are not criminals trying to steal a part, but people sworn to destroy the Jewish community in Hebron and in Israel. And the soldier reacted.”


Clarification on Pardons Issued by President Rivlin’s Office

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The office of President Reuven Rivlin issued a clarification on the subject of presidential pardons late in the day on Wednesday, following calls by Knesset members from both sides of the political spectrum to grant IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria clemency after being convicted of manslaughter for having shot and killed an injured terrorist who stabbed a fellow soldier in Hebron.

“In light of several inquirers,” the statement said the President’s Office wished to clarify that in accordance with “standard practice regarding requests for pardons on this or any case, requests for pardons are dealt with when submitted by the applicant themselves, or by one with power of attorney, or an immediate relative, following a conclusive judicial ruling.

“In light of the foregoing, and in relation to the case of the soldier Elor Azaria, in the event that a pardon should be requested, it will be considered by the President in accordance with standard practices and after recommendations from the relevant authorities,” the office wrote.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/clarification-on-pardons-issued-by-president-rivlins-office/2017/01/04/

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