Many IDF soldiers up in the Golan found their weekend furloughs canceled in light of the unrest in Syria and potential problems along the Syrian border. Sounds of shooting and fighting in Syria can be heard on the Golan. Some 90 Syrians have been killed in the past day. 20 Syrian soldiers went AWOL.
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On Friday, an armed terrorist inside Gaza fired on Israeli troops at the border fence. IDF soldiers shot back, killing the terrorist. No Israeli troops were injured.
A Palestinian sniper attempted to kill an Israeli farmer working in a field near Kibbutz Nir Oz in the Eshkol Regional Council area on Thursday, shooting from a vantage point in Gaza.
The farmer hid behind a tractor until IDF soldiers arrived and evacuated him to safety. He was not injured. The soldiers returned fire.
Last month, a Palestinian sniper shot and injured two IDF soldiers patrolling along the border.
On June 1, Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili was killed in a firefight with a Palestinian terrorist infiltrator, Ahmed Nassir, from Gaza. The infiltrator was also killed, preventing him from conducting an attack on Israeli civilians.
Marc Prowisor, Director of Security Projects at One Israel Fund and former head of security for the Shilo region, told the Jewish Press that while Thursday’s attack is grave, it is not unusual.
“This happens all the time, you just don’t hear about it in the news,” Prowisor said. “There is no peace on the Gaza border, it just proves that if Israel leaves an area, it brings more violence.”
“The fact that it is quiet [in Judea and Samaria] is due to the fact that we are working very hard maintaining security, not due to the fact that there has been a change of heart by our Arab neighbors.”
Two IDF soldiers were injured as a result of terrorist gunfire while engaged in routine security activity at the Gaza Strip security fence on Wednesday.
The soldiers received initial medical treatment on site and were evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva.
IDF soldiers responded with gunfire.
Just last week, IDF soldiers prevented terrorists from infiltrating Israel’s border at the northern Gaza Strip. The terrorists opened fire at the soldiers responded with gunfire, thwarting the infiltration attempt. No injuries were reported.
Terrorists routinely approach the security fence in order to place explosives, plan terror attacks, and attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers.
In early May, IDF soldiers were fired on during routine operational activity along the Gaza Strip security fence. No injuries were reported, though damage was caused to two armored vehicles. The attackers most likely used a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). In response, IAF aircraft and armored forces fired at the suspicious areas.
Last year, Arab children diagnosed with cancer visited Israel’s only ski resort located in Mt. Hermon, in northern Israel. The children, accompanied by parents and family, enjoyed the snow and slopes along with IDF soldiers from the Alpine Unit. Their trip to the Hermon was made possible by Israeli Civil Administration, which coordinates civilian and humanitarian needs in Judea and Samaria.
The children are undergoing treatment at the Augusta Victoria hospital in Jerusalem. The Civil Administration’s Health Coordinator, Dalia Bassa and the Commander of the Alpine unit jointly organized the trip.
The Alpine Unit is an elite unit of reserve soldiers who undergo intensive training, particularly in the Mt. Hermon region. The unit carries out regional defense tactics, shooting while skiing at high speeds, snowmobilling, and riding Sno-Cats.
Jenin District Governor Kadura Musa died Tuesday night of a heart attack after attackers opened fire on his home, according to a report by Haaretz.
A hail of bullets rained down on Musa’s home Tuesday night by a number of attackers positioned outside his home. Guards returned fire, and Musa himself came out and shot a weapon in the air.
Later, he complained of feeling unwell, was taken to the hospital, and subsequently died.
The attackers are believed to be members of the family of a Palestinian man killed by Palestinian police on April 15 after failing to turn himself in. The family had threatened to take revenge.
Musa was believed to be a stabilizing force in Jenin, according to Haaretz, but participated in the January 2011 awarding of a presidential prize from Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas to the family of a terrorist who was killed trying to murder IDF soldiers.
Jenin is known for being a hotbed of terrorist activity prior to the Second Intifada. A military operation in the first 11 days of April 2002 to root out terrorists resulted in a major battle between Israelis and Arabs in the city. Arab booby traps and use of residents as human shields resulted in IDF soldiers endangering themselves in order to protect Arab civilians, and caused the IDF to sustain heavy casualties.
When the battle was over, 23 IDF soldiers and 52 people from Jenin, primarily militiamen, had been killed. International condemnation of Israel poured in, leading to a UN investigation.
The IDF honors, on Israel’s official Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, the memory of 22,993 fallen soldiers who have given their lives since 1860.
Over the past year 126 soldiers were added to the count.
The number of bereaved Israeli families in 2012 is 10,524 including 2,396 orphans and 4,992 widows.
Israeli Memorial Day events began Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. with honorary ceremonies held across the country.
In a letter to IDF soldiers and commanders, the Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Gantz wrote, “Another year passed, another year of standing guard, of relentless, exuberant, hard work ensuring the security of Israeli citizens. A year passed and again we stand at Memorial Day ceremonies, by graves of fallen brothers, facing monuments with a endless and unfathomable rows of names of the fallen.”
“A year passed, and Memorial Day once again lays its heavy silence on the entire Israeli nation. This year as well, the IDF is missing soldiers among its ranks, grieving but powerful, remembering thousands of fallen commanders and soldiers who fell throughout the years,” wrote Lt. Gen. Gantz.
The Chief of Staff added that “on this special day, we must look at ourselves, our units, and the IDF at large and ask: Are we fulfilling the mission of our generation? Are we bringing Israel to safe shores?”
“We see the IDF as a strong, determined, intimidating, technologically advanced, sophisticated military that can overcome any challenge at this monumental hour – when the Middle East is in turmoil, and terror organizations are relentlessly working to harm our civilians.”
Lt. Gen. Gantz concluded his letter, saying “We have another sacred duty – standing alongside the families of our fallen brothers and supporting all bereaved families. Parents, siblings, spouses and children who lost the dearest of all in a single day, and paid the heaviest price for the life and independence of Israel. Today, like every day, we embrace them as one powerful family – the family that is Israel Defense Forces, grieving over its fallen and embracing them forever.”