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April 25, 2015 / 6 Iyar, 5775
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Hamas Clearing Out as IDF Retaliates

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Arab sources report that Hamas evacuated military sites and Hamas offices in expectation of an Israeli retaliatory attack.

A short time later, IDF tanks shelled a site in Beit Hanoun in Gaza in response to the rocket(s) launched at Israel from Gaza on Thursday evening.

An IDF Spokesperson confirmed the IDF attack on a terror infrastructure site in Gaza.

In addition to the military strike, Israel will not allow Gazans to cross over into Israel on Friday to pray on the Temple Mount.

Update: 2 Rockets Launched at Israel from Gaza

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

10:22 PM Walla reports that according to an IDF source, 3 rockets were launched. At this point they do not think it was Hamas who launched them.

10:16 pm No specific terrorist group in Gaza has yet claimed responsibility for the rockets.

9:55 PM Reminder from the IDF: If you hear the Red Alert siren or a rocket explosion, enter your bomb shelter and stay there for 10 minutes.

9:34 PM Rockets were launched from Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

9:30 PM (updated) First rocket landed near a town near Netivot and Sderot. The second rocket is believed to have fallen short and landed in Gaza, but that is not confirmed.

9:20 PM There is still confusion as to where the second rocket fell.

9:09 PM Channel 2 TV reports, 2 explosions near Merchavim region in the south. IDF on the way.

NO INJURIES REPORTED.

9:04pm As of this time, there are no reports of rocket landings in Southern Israel…or damage.. or Iron Dome…still waiting for confirmation.
Some unconfirmed reports of a muffled explosion. IDf is checking.

9:02 PM Not clear yet if the rockets are real, false alarms, or Hamas test rockets that came too close to Israel.

8:58pm Rocket alerts just went off along the Gaza border and central Negev.
A lot of alerts.

67th Independence Day: Snow on Hermon, Rain on BBQs and IAF Flyover

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Snow fell on Yom Ha’Atzmaut on the Hermon for the first time in 32 years Thursday, and rain from the Northern Negev to the Galilee doused thousands of barbecues.

The unusual weather did not stop the Israel Air Force from carrying out its annual aerial flights over the entire country, from Eilat in the south to the northern border.

Approximately 140,000 visited national parks, holding on their hats on their way.

Gale force winds howled in the Galilee and in higher elevations in the Hebron Hills. During the day, heavy rain fell on several areas, including Gush Etzion and as far south as Kiryat Gat, 27 miles north of Be’er Sheva.

The annual air show featured old Beechcraft prop planes and modern F-15 jets.

President Reuven Rivlin awarded at his official residence in Jerusalem 120 soldiers for their distinguished service.

The IDF opened Arm, Navy and Air Force bases for visitors.

Fireworks at the Knesset - as usual.

Fireworks at the Knesset – as usual. (Flash 90)

Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha'Atzmaut,.

Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force jets fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.

Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force planes fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.

Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha'Atzmaut - hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.

An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha’Atzmaut – hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.

Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.

Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.

Tears Lead to Triumph: Israel Celebrates 67th Independence Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

At sunset Wednesday, citizens in the State of Israel dried their eyes and raised their heads, left the cemeteries and bid farewell to their fallen warriors and victims of terror as Remembrance Day ended with the setting sun.

By nightfall, citizens around the country were streaming towards public parks and stadiums to attend celebrations marking the 67th birthday of the State of Israel.

The evening began with the raising of the nation’s blue and white flag to the top of the flag pole at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Israel’s annual torch-lighting ceremony officially kicked off the beginning of Independence Day in the country with specially-selected individuals to light each of the torches.

This year, 14 trailblazers who reached unusual, inspiring achievements were selected, each having made a significant contribution to Israeli innovation and excellence. With two pairing up, they lit 12 torches. They were:

  • Danny Gold: one of the developers of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system that saved so many lives in last summer’s war with Hamas
  • Ehud Shabtain: the developer of the WAZE GPS system, recently sold to Google for more than $1 billion
  • Or Asulin: age 17, CEO of a company that develops youth entrepreneurship in high tech – he lit a torch together with Ehud Shabtain.
  • Rami Levi: CEO of the supermarket chain in his name that has revolutionized food prices and marketing in Israel.
  • Alice Miller: First female pilot in Israel, sued the IDF in Supreme Court to break the military’s gender glass ceiling
  • Lucy Aharish: Muslim Israeli Arab journalist voice against racism in Israel, news anchorwoman on i24News
  • Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin: Researcher who developed Exelon, the ground-breaking medication for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dr. Gabriel Idan: Developed the medical mini-cam swallowed by patients in lieu of invasive procedures.
  • Rafi Mehudar: Inventor whose technologies have helped Israel and other nations conserve water.
  • Avihu Medina: Singer and songwriter who brought Israel into the world of Mediterranean music.
  • Sima Shine: Highest-ranked woman in Israeli intelligence, director of Regional Affairs Division, Strategic Affairs Ministry
  • Gal Lusky: head of Israel Flying Aid Foundation, which provides humanitarian relief in crisis situations around the world
  • Malka Piotrkowsky: Paved the way for women’s study of Torah and Talmud, honored for her work as a teacher and women’s rights activist
  • IDF Pvt. Dan Korkowsky, who is diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum and serves with IDF Special Intelligence Unit 9900. He was joined by Sgt. Bat Chen Fumorchok, who leads the special needs soldiers’ division.

Fireworks lit up the skies in every town and city in Israel and in some places, in separate neighborhoods as well.

The annual International Bible Contest is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday, Israeli Independence Day) at 11 am in Jerusalem, from where the event will be streamed over the Internet around the world. Contestants have been pared down to a final set of 67 competitors from 33 different nations, all of whom will be participating in Thursday’s event.

Netanyahu: Israel ‘Adds Life’ on Remembrance Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu focused special attention in honoring the victims of terror Wednesday at Remembrance Day ceremonies at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery.

Joining the prime minister for the ceremony were President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. Both lay wreaths for the victims of terror.

The designation is a relatively new addition to ceremonies that once were held to commemorate only the fallen among Israel’s soldiers. It was recognized, however, that those who die simply because they are citizens of the state are as worthy of being a “soldier of Israel” as any uniformed defender.

Bereaved Israelis flocked to the graves of fallen soldiers at the cemetery, paying their respects to troops killed in wars since 1860 as well as victims of terror.

Since the close of Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, 2,538 have died in terrorist attacks – including 31 in the past year alone.

The hatred of terrorists “is blind; for them we are all targets,” the prime minister said in addressing participants. “While they try to take life, we add life.” He listed the attacks in the past year in which precious Jewish lives have been stolen and blood shed in the State of Israel by murderous terrorists.

There is no difference between IDF soldiers on the homefront or those in the field, civilians involved in their daily affairs or those serving their time in army reserves, he said.

All are targets.

But the prime minister also warned that the radical Islamist terror once believed to be exclusive to the Middle East has made its way abroad and now has spread to Europe.

Attacks against Jews in countries like France – where the week-long reign of terror in Paris horrified millions this past January and left more than a dozen people dead – are becoming more common. Four people died at the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store during that massacre.

Such activity, said Netanyahu, perversely seems to draw the admiration of many of Israel’s neighbors, rather than disgust.

“They admire murderers,” the prime minister noted. “The more they murder, the more they admire them.”

For Israel to achieve peace with her neighbors, he said, they must “stop the incitement and the admiring of murderers. That’s not how you make peace.”

Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims Begins Tonight

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Israel tonight officially remembers 23,320 men and women killed defending the country since 1860, the year that the first Jewish settlers left the secure walls of Jerusalem to build new Jewish neighborhoods

At 8 p.m. (1 p.m. EDT), a one-minute silence, except for the sound of a siren, marks the beginning of Remembrance Day.

A two-minute siren will blast at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Since last year’s Remembrance Day, 116 members of security forces have been killed.

Ceremonies at cemeteries around the country will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, most notably at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem and 43 other military cemeteries in Israel.

An Israel’s flag, adorned with a black ribbon and memorial flame, will be placed on every grave of those who fell in Israel’s battles and are buried in military cemeteries throughout Israel, expressing the country’s respect for the fallen as well as the entire country’s participation in the grief of the families.

A ceremony for overseas Mahal volunteers who fought and died during the War of Independence will take place near the Sha’ar Hagai Junction, west of Jerusalem.

At nightfall Wednesday, the Israeli flag will be raised from half-mast around the country to mark the beginning of the 67th year of independence since the re-establishment of the State of Israel after nearly 2,000 years.

Netanyahu Visits Grave of his Entebbe Hero Brother

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited on Saturday night the grave of Yoni Netanyahu, the leader and lone IDF casualty in the rescue mission at Entebbe in 1976.

They visited the grave at the Mt. Herzl Cemetery at night instead of on Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars this week so that bereaved families would not have to face a long wait because of security measures.

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