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May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
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Report: Bullets from Hamas Live-Fire Training Land in Israel

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Stray bullets from Gaza terrorists’ live-fire training exercises have landed in Israeli communities near the security fence, HaKol Yehudi reported Tuesday.

It said that the IDF has claimed they were “stray bullets.”

Hamas terrorists reportedly are carrying out live-fire training are paving a new road less than 200 yards from the fence.

Ya’alon Removes Police Siege of Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Shomron

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has withdrawn Border Police from the Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the community of Yitzhar in northern Samaria after a one-year siege of the institution that has been accused of inciting “price tag’ actions against Arabs.

Ya’alon initially shut down the yeshiva last summer, but despite the screaming headlines that the government had “defeated” the youth, the closure was during the three-week period after the Fast of the 10th of Av when yeshivas go on vacation.

He allowed the yeshiva to re-open, under Border Police guard, the day after all yeshivas re-opened their doors again on the beginning of the month of Elul, one month before Rosh Hashanah.

After a year’s opportunity for the Border Police to learn some Torah and return to repentance, the Defense Minister decided earlier this week not to extend the order that placed Border Police in the Yeshiva study hall.

One the one hand, the security forces now are denied a chance to learn Torah.

On the other hand, the yeshiva stated:

We are happy that the defense establishment climbed down the tree, but it is a pity that the Defense Minister has not apologized for the unprecedented theft of the yeshiva and desecration of more than year.

We wish him and all of those involved in this criminal act to repent. The continued harassment of the yeshivas, including budget cuts, is an attempt to gag us but will not succeed.

The Yitzhar yeshiva added it intends sue the government for damage caused by Border Police the past year.

Hezbollah Shows Off Terror Tunnel Threat

Monday, May 25th, 2015

A Lebanese newspaper published over the weekend a series of articles and pictures showing a complex system of  Hezbollah’s highly sophisticated terror tunnels it has built along the border with Israel.

The pro-Hezbollah As-Safir newspaper said Hezbollah is ready to attack Israel at any moment not only with more than 100,000 missiles, as is known, but also with the use of tunnels that are complete with communications equipment, generators and surveillance equipment. Missiles also can be stored in bunkers and transported to a launching site.

Camouflaged tunnels surprised the IDF in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and forced Israel into a stalemate after 34 days of fighting that killed more than 120 Israeli soldiers and inflicted heavy casualties and damage to northern Israel, including Haifa.

Israel has changed its strategy since the “war via tunnels,” which was duplicated by Hamas in Gaza, but Hezbollah’s entrenchment in villages turns tens of thousands of Lebanese into human shields. However, the As-Safir report did not state that any of Hezbollah’s tunnels actual cross into Israel territory.

The report in As Safir might be a propaganda move to boost the morale of the terrorist organization, which has suffered huge casualties while fighting alongside forces loyal to the Assad regime.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s statement this weekend that the Islamic State (ISIS) is just as much an enemy as Israel is a clear sign that Nasrallah is scared, but if he gets in itchy finger and tries to attack Israel, the IDF is not likely to lay back because of the fear of attacking civilians.

The As-Safir report includes a photo of villages where one-third of the buildings are marked as being used by Hezbollah.

A senior Israeli military official told The New York Times two weeks ago:

The civilians are living in a military compound. We will hit Hezbollah hard, while making every effort to limit civilian casualties as much as we can, [but] we do not intend to stand by helplessly in the face of rocket attacks.

Smuggled Diving Suits Intercepted on their Way to Gaza

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

On Monday, the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, aka the Shabak, intercepted an attempt to smuggle diving suits into Gaza.

It was part of a series of attempts to smuggle weapons and equipment into Gaza.

In last summer’s war with Gaza, Hamas terrorists attempted to infiltrate into Kibbutz Zikim by sea. The IDF intercepted the terrorists (see videos below).

The diving suits were part of Hamas’s attempt to build up it’s naval terror unit.

In April, security officials found hidden welding electrodes hidden in marble slabs, and materials used for making metal weapons hidden in dry food packages.

The could be used for making rockets and other weapons.

Hamas is not the only smuggler of terror paraphanalia.

Earlier this week customs officials at Ben Gurion Airport intercepted a shipment of silver rings with ISIS slogans on them on their way to Ramallah.

IDF Disbands Druze Battalion in Favor of Full Integration

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

By Michael Zeff

IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, announced on Monday that the IDF will be closing the Druze “Herev” battalion.

The decision to disband the homogeneous battalion comes as a response to an ever growing demand by young Druze soldiers to integrate into various IDF units and positions.

Echoing the aspirations of Druze youth and after consultation with Druze soldiers and commanders as well as Druze community and spiritual leaders, the IDF is set to disband the unit in favor of bolstering the integration of the Druze minority in the IDF.

The “Herev” Battalion is an operational infantry unit and is a highly decorated battalion. It consists solely of members of the Druze community.

The Druze are an Arabic-speaking ethno-religious group in the Middle East, as of 2014, Israel has over 140,000 Druze, mostly residing in the north.

Jerusalem of Fire

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The forested hills of Jerusalem are alive with the sounds of crackling as a wild fire blocks a main artery leading to the holy city.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which was blocking Route 1 on Monday as IDF aerial firefighters swung into action.

The hillsides of Jerusalem are blazing as another wildfire sweeps through its forests.

The hillsides of Jerusalem are blazing as another wildfire sweeps through its forests.

The area has been experiencing a heat wave, which officials said may have contributed to the start of the fire.

A fire was also reported on the slopes at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Emek Ha’Arazim, closing off traffic to the nearby tunnel in the area. Firefighters and police were on the scene there as well.

Five fire trucks headed for the entrance of Jerusalem as reports of another fire breaking out came in to central dispatch.

A Christian center in Jerusalem was also set ablaze and vandalized on Monday as well.

Two synagogues in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev were also deliberately set on fire, officials said. An investigation was launched, but no arrests have been made thus far.

In fact, fires have been popping up all over the capital. The country is extremely dry due to current weather conditions, making the area vulnerable to brush fires — or, for that matter, any attempted arson by terrorists as has happened in the past.

A mini-van went up in flames yesterday near the A-Zaim checkpoint, according to the Israel Hatzoloh medical emergency organization. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

PA Media Accuse Settlers of ‘Mission Impossible’

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Jews from the Hebron area “destroyed and uprooted hundreds of olive saplings” northeast of Hebron on Sunday, according to the Ma’an News Agency, based n Bethlehem.

This is the same Ma’an that constantly reports of IDF “attacks” that never happened. It also reports of Jewish visits to the Temple Mount as “invasions” or “storming” of the holy site.

Eighty acres?

That is 880 yards by 440 yards. The average olive orchard consists of approximately 120 trees per acre, which means the settlers roamed through 9,600 trees, and no Arab called the IDF to stop them?

The village where the alleged vandalism took place is the same place where settlers supposedly uprooted 1,000 trees last month.

Sunday’s alleged vandalism was the fourth time the village’s olive orchards have been run over by settlers, according to Ma’an.

The real problem with these reports is that foreign media repeat them without any verification.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pa-media-accuse-settlers-of-mission-impossible/2015/05/18/

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