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August 25, 2016 / 21 Av, 5776

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Breaking: IDF Soldier Wounded in Stoning/Knifing Terror Attack in Shomron

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Samaria (TPS) – A combined rock-throwing and stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers was carried out on Wednesday afternoon near the Jewish community of Yitzhar in Samaria.

One IDF soldier was stabbed and lightly injured in the attack, while the Arab stabber was shot and killed at the scene.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has confirmed the stabbing, adding that details are being investigated.

According to other reports from the scene, the event began when rocks were thrown at the soldiers from a passing vehicle. The soldiers pursued the vehicle and took it off the road by crashing into it. The terrorist then exited the vehicle and stabbed a soldier before being shot and killed.

Michael Zeff contributed to this report.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

President Rivlin Tours Gaza Border Communities, Praises IDF Operational Power

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Marking two years since Operation Protective Edge, President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday toured the region bordering the Gaza Strip, accompanied by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, and Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen. Yehuda Fox.

The President received a situation update and heard about the IDF daily operations in the area, in particular following the recent terrorist rocket attack on Sderot. During his visit, President Rivlin was shown a terror tunnel discovered by the IDF, and discussed the initiatives the IDF was taking to tackle the tunnels problem.

The President later met with dozens of soldiers from the Bedouin Tracker Unit, combat engineers, and members of the Givati Brigade who are serving in the region. He told them, “Two years after Operation Protective Edge, the south has returned to its daily routine. The IDF guards the front in the very best way, and the front in return shows its appreciation. Just as we saw yesterday, we will not tolerate any disturbance of the quiet, and in the face of any such disturbance we will respond swiftly and firmly. On both sides of the border there are civilians who want to live in quiet and we will be sure that the citizens of Israel will continue to live in harmony. We do not seek war, yet, after having sat with our wonderful commanders I know that if war is forced upon us, we have an army as ready and professional as could be asked. The plan that was presented to me reflects operational strength.”

President Rivlin pointed that “two of our sons remained behind after the war which took place two years ago. The State of Israel has a moral responsibility to bring back Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.”

The President added, “On my own behalf, and on behalf of all the Israeli people, I want to say thank you to the commanders, and to the service men and women. The calm here is not taken for granted, the children and the families who are now enjoying the summer holiday do so thanks to you.”

The President told reporters who accompanied his visit, “We are not interested in an escalation. Just as the other side wants to live in peace and live comfortable lives, so do we. At the same time, we are ready to face any hostility toward us. I am impressed by the readiness of the IDF to face any challenge in order to safeguard Israel’s security. I can say to the citizens of Israel, the IDF is prepared and ready to face any threat above or below ground in order to prevent any trouble not just around Gaza, but across the country.”

The President later met with council heads from the Negev and the southern region.

David Israel

Tourists Assaulted by Israeli Arabs, Police Detain, Confiscate Weapon of Soldier who Defended Them

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

A group of Jewish tourists, including children, visiting the coastal Old City of Acre last Monday afternoon, was assaulted by local Arabs who tried to push them off the very high ancient wall of the city on which they were strolling. In response to the assault one of the tourists in the group, an IDF soldier, was forced to draw his personal weapon to defend the group.

After the incident, the soldier was detained by police for investigation and his army issue personal weapon was confiscated. He is being represented by legal aid society Honenu Attorney Adi Kedar.

“We were strolling along the walls of the Old City, about 20 people, including many children, when suddenly, for no reason, an Arab youth approached us and threatened to push us off of the wall, an enormous height of 12 meters (36 ft),” the soldier reported. “After a few minutes, several more young men and teens joined the first youth. One of them started to push members of the group off the wall, seriously threatening their lives. I and other members of the group, in order not to fall from the high side to the sea and the boulders below, were forced to jump from the wall to the ground [on the safe side].”

The soldier said he was forced to draw his personal weapon in order to deter the assailants and to protect the group.

The tourist group filed a complaint at the police station against the Arab assailants.

Attorney Kedar said in a statement: “This is a scandal. A group of tourists was assaulted, a soldier was forced to protect his life and the lives of those around him, and found himself under investigation. It is unfortunate that once again the police took a stand at an early stage and detained suspects before clarifying the details of the incident. I am certain that my client will be released shortly. I hope that whomever started the disturbance and made the threats will be detained and brought to justice.”

Update: on Wednesday afternoon, Acre police returned the confiscated weapon to the soldier. Attorney Kedar praised police for their move, but called on them to arrest the Arabs who assaulted the tourists.

David Israel

Israeli Forces Locate 7 Illegal Weapons Workshops Overnight in Bethlehem, Hebron

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Overnight a combined operation of the IDF Judea and Samaria Division, Shabak and Judea and Samaria Police thwarted a weapons manufacturing infrastructure and arrested weapons makers and merchants in Bethlehem and in Hebron, the Police Spokesperson’s office reported. It was largest such operation this year.

IDF, Shabak and police forces, as well as Border Gurad units, located and captured seven weapons workshops with 22 lathes. In addition the forces discovered dozens of firearms, including magazines and parts. The forces arrested two suspects believed to be involved in making and selling illegal weapons. One of the two, considered the most prominent illegal weapons merchant in the PA, was taken in for questioning by the Shabak.

The illegal items were confiscated.

Since the beginning of 2016, the IDF, Israel Police and the Shabak have located 29 illegal weapons workshops in Judea and Samaria, with 49 lathes and more than 300 firearms. Security forces have also arrested more than 140 Arabs suspected of involvement in making and selling illegal weapons.

Since the beginning of the year there have been more than 30 terrorist attacks using firearms.

David Israel

Ha’aretz on Warpath Against New Hebron Jewish Housing

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Ha’aretz writer Yotam Berger, who on Monday reported on the new housing construction project planned for Jewish Hebron, followed his story with a tweet addressed to @White-House, in which he noted (in Hebrew), “For your information, the State is planning new construction in the Jewish settlement in Hebron.” Although it’s puzzling why Berger didn’t tweet in English, or ask someone at the paper’s English language website to help him translate, the panicky urgency of the tweet is unmistakable.

Yotam Berger Tweet

Monday’s report was followed Tuesday morning with a leading editorial titled, “Provocation in Hebron,” which warns that “Hebron is a permanent focal point for tension and confrontations between Jews and Palestinians. Any change in the urban structure and any additional Jewish presence in the city would only increase the potential for violence and the Palestinian protest. Those who complain day and night about Palestinian incitement cannot wash their hands of responsibility when they approve a construction project that is unmatched in its capacity to cause rage and hatred.”

The same editorial accuses Israel of “robbing lands” and Prime Minister Netanyahu of lying when he says he wants to negotiate peace because he is creating facts on the ground that would increase the demand for concessions on the PA.

The part about robbing lands is a purely pro-Arab perspective on the acquisition of the land for the new construction. The fact is that Ha’aretz’s own report on Monday cites Hebron spokesman Noam Arnon, who said the lands to be used have been owned by Jews since before 1948. “The area has always been known as belonging to the Jewish community, and if they return to living there I’m sure every justice-loving person would rejoice about it,” Arnon said.

What Ha’aretz and Peace Now, as well as the Arabs, are objecting to is the fact that in a situation where the slated area is comprised of Jewish owned lands and lands that were confiscated by the IDF back in 1983, the Jews will win out. The Jewish owned land will be turned into Jewish housing, while the confiscated land — where the city of Hebron used to maintain a central bus station that has been relocated in 1983 — that land remains confiscated.

So, according to Ha’aretz, the Jews who utilize their legally owned lands are robbers, because the IDF is holding on to lands that were confiscated from the Arab municipality.

A map of Hebron. The yellow area is Arab, where Jews are not allowed to set foot. / Wikipedia commons

A map of Hebron. The yellow area is Arab, where Jews are not allowed to set foot. / Wikipedia commons

The Israeli Supreme Court in 1979 ruled that land that was confiscated by the IDF for military purposes cannot be turned over for Jewish settlement. And so Ha’aretz, the anti-Israel NGOs and, supposedly, some Arabs, are implying that the Jews of Hebron have somehow violated the court ruling, which they never have done.

The decision to permit new housing construction in H2 (the Jewish sliver of Hebron) was made under the Moshe Ya’alon administration at the Defense Ministry, and it has now been confirmed by his successor, Avigdor Liberman. It isn’t clear how many housing units can be pushed into the area, which is about half an acre, including the military-confiscated parts which are verboten. Unless they build a high riser, the common land use for half an acre of suburban housing is between 15 and 25 units. If that many homes for Jews have the power to derail peace negotiations then maybe Israel should think the entire peace process on account of facing unimaginably rigid partners.

JNi.Media

IDF Rescues Dozens of Breslov Hassidim from Arab Mob at Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The IDF on Monday night was sent to rescue a group of about 60 Breslov Hassidim from an Arab mob that was pelting them with stones outside Jospeph’s tomb, Walla reported. The Hassidim entered the tomb compound on a Bus with PA plates, without pre-arranging the visit with the IDF and without security guards. As soon as the bus entered the city of Shechem it was hit with a barrage of stones and the driver eventually escaped, deserting the Haredi Jews on the bus. Soldiers from the Granite Battalion of the Nahal Brigade stormed the area and chased away the attackers. Medical teams treated two Hassidim who had been injured by stones. One of the injured, age 17, was evacuated to hospital in Petach Tikvah.

This is not the first time Hassidim go on their own to pray at Joseph’s tomb without coordinating the visit with the IDF. Protocol calls for assembling a large force to secure the Jews at the tomb, which is located in Shechem, one of the most volatile Arab cities in Judea and Samaria.

More than 30 Hassidim were detained by the soldiers until police arrived to investigate. A few Hassidim tried to escape in the direction of Har Brakha, an Israeli community on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim, but were captured and handed over to police.

The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement: “The IDF stresses that the entry of Israeli citizens into Area A is dangerous and constitutes a violation of the law.”

Israel Police said in a statement: “We consider tonight’s event very seriously. Uncoordinated visits without security are dangerous to the visitors as well as to the security forces who are sent to rescue them.”

David Israel

Israel Retaliates After Syrian Mortar Lands on Israel’s Golan Heights

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

A projectile, probably a mortar, landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights on Monday evening after being launched from the Syrian side, according to the IDF spokesperson.

The projectile landed in an open area. No injuries or damage were reported.

In response, the Israeli Air Force hit a mortar launch site belonging to the Syrian army on the Golan Heights.

The IDF said that it holds the Syrian regime responsible for everything that happens in its territory, and that Israel won’t accept any attempts to harm the sovereignty of Israel or the safety of its citizens.

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