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October 22, 2014 / 28 Tishri, 5775
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ISIS-Linked Terror Attack on IDF From Sinai

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Terrorists inside the Sinai Peninsula attacked an IDF patrol at the Egyptian border, near Shivta and Ezuz on Wednesday afternoon.

Two soldiers from the Caracal battalion were injured in the attack from an anti-tank missile and gunfire, according to the IDF.

A female officer and a male soldier were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva by helicopter. They are listed in good and fair condition, respectively.

The IDF sent a large number of troops to the scene to prevent infiltration of terrorists into Israel. It is believed the IDF soldiers were able to return fire and hit the attackers. Unconfirmed reports said a number of the terrorists were killed.

In what initially appeared to be an unrelated motor vehicle accident, an IDF jeep overturned about four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the scene, in the Eshkol Regional Council district. Four soldiers were injured in the incident, according to a security source who said they were listed in good condition.

Defense officials are analyzing data in order to determine whether there was, in fact, any infiltration into Israeli territory.

The southern border with Egypt is closely guarded with a high security fence and advanced observation equipment. The topography in the area is mountainous, with outposts from which to spot any activity in the region. Military patrols secure the border as well.

The Sinai-based global jihadist Ansar Bayt al Maqdis terrorist organization, which is linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror groups, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier this week in Sinai, seven Egyptian soldiers were wounded by flying shrapnel from an IED (incendiary explosive device), or roadside bomb, detonated against an Egyptian military patrol vehicle as it drove through El Arish.

The Egyptian military has been operating in the region to foil attacks by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has also claimed responsibility in recent months for a number of beheadings in Sinai. The radical Islamist group proclaimed in each case that the victim was guilty of “spying” for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency.

 

IDF Checks for Terror Tunnel Threat in Northern Israel

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The rumors persist.

Residents in northern Israel remain deeply concerned that terrorists are digging tunnels under the border, preparing for a future attack.

Although the IDF doesn’t discuss it much, the military is not ignoring the problem, and is quietly monitoring activity along the border.

The question is, what’s happening underneath?

Last week (Tuesday, October 14) Syrian Islamist rebels blew up a government military post near Idlib by digging attack tunnels with UN equipment under the rocky terrain, Aljazeera reported.

As happened with Hamas terrorist use of United Nations facilities in Gaza this summer, the United Nations logo is clear seen on equipment used in the attack in a YouTube report posted by Aljazeera on the internet. The rebel group which identifies with Al Qaeda wiped out the army outpost, killing 60 Syrian soldiers and officers. The Arabic-language report showed preparations prior to the attack as well as its aftermath, and said it took 120 days to dig the tunnel.

The geological conditions are nearly identical to those on Israel’s northern border, and the incident made it clear that Hezbollah could – and might – do the same.

This summer, northern Israelis spoke of the possibility that Hezbollah was tunneling as well.

“I live in the house closest to the border, and from my window you can see everything happening on the other side in Lebanon,” said a resident in Zar’it, in August during an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 News Online.

“What I see scares me, and worries me very much. I can see concrete mixers working in secret. I feel, for more than two years now, digging sounds. My entire house moves and shakes, and it’s very disturbing.”

During the IDF’s 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge, the commander of the 769th Hiram Brigade addressed the issue in an interview with Channel 2 News, commenting, “The possibility of tunnels [also] disturbs me, along with other options that might exist here. Any reasonable person should put his eyes in his head and look south towards Gaza and say that if there are tunnels there, then all the more so there is this possibility here.”

Building the kind of complex tunnel network that was found in Gaza, however, takes years of work by a lot of people.

For the past two years Hezbollah was busy helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad combat the rebels in the civil war tearing apart his country. Prior to that they were re-arming following the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel. Who is helping them build tunnels?

Probably the North Koreans.

Hamas also made a deal with North Korea this year to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of weapons. Western intelligence sources said this summer the deal was sealed by a Lebanese middleman linked to Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in eastern Beirut.

The North Koreans have been patrons of Hamas for years — and not only with weapons.

Apparently it was North Korea that taught Hamas how to build its network of tunnels under Gaza.

The Gazans may have had help from Hezbollah, but at best the Lebanese terrorists functioned as North Korean agents, providing secondhand knowhow at bargain basement prices.

Or perhaps Hamas went to Syria to learn the trade. Hamas had its political bureau in Damascus for years. Or they may have gone directly to Iran, the other North Korean partner.

According to a report on The National Interest website last month, North Korea has provided missiles and their technology to all four: Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.

But now there’s even a bigger concern, according to Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, and Director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International studies.

They’re Ba-a-a-a-ck… Hezbollah Guerrillas Redeploy on Israel’s Northern Border

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Hezbollah guerrillas are back on Israel’s northern border, even though they’re busy in Syria. The only question now is what they are planning to do, and when.

IDF soldiers on Mount Dov fired warning shots today (Monday) at a shepherd approaching the border fence from Lebanon. At least, it appeared to be a shepherd. Along the northern border, you really never know. Regardless, the “shepherd” retraced his steps.

There have been a rash of “shepherd” incidents in that area of late. Earlier this month, two unidentified people also approached the border fence, but they ignored warnings by the IDF to turn back.

That incident and several others constitute a sea change in what has, until now, been a relatively calm period on the border between Lebanon and Israel. The exceptions might be the token Katyusha attacks launched here and there during Operation Protective Edge this past summer. But since the end of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, it has been pretty quiet.

It’s not clear how much longer that calm will hold, according to reports from Lebanon.

The Shehab news agency reports the Hezbollah terror organization has “changed its policy” and is moving forces from Syria to deploy along the border with Israel.

The report, published in Arabic today on the news agency’s Facebook page, quotes one written in the leftist Israeli daily Ha’aretz that referenced an article published in the Lebanon-based Al-Akhbar newspaper. Al-Akhbar, which is believed to be linked with Hezbollah, reported that the terror group is again expanding its operations in southern Lebanon, south of the Litani River.

The same move was seen prior to the Second Lebanon War. And this is now taking place despite the drain on the group’s resources due to its 3-year fight against Syrian rebels on alongside government forces for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Both Hezbollah and Assad are generously patronized by the Iranian government, which has also sent its elite Revolutionary Guards to help in the war effort.

The October 8 article in Al-Akhbar referred to the October 7 attack on an Israeli army patrol that left two IDF soldiers injured on Mount Dov, also known as the Sheba’a Farms.

Israeli media also reported on the attack, including JewishPress.com. “Initial reports indicate the explosive device was planted with the intent to attack soldiers,” read a statement from the IDF describing the attack.

Israel returned fire with mortar shells towards Sheba’a Farms and Kfar Shuba, the Hezbollah-linked Al Manar TV station reported. A second bomb was detonated along the same border area a couple of hours later, but no injuries were reported in the new attack.

A day earlier, IDF soldiers spotted a terror cell attempting to infiltrate into northern Israel. The soldiers fired at the infiltrators, and hit at least one, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, who said the cell raced back across the border into Lebanon.

“The incident has not ended,” a senior IDF source said.

A subsequent statement released by IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner acknowledged the army had “responded to the unprovoked aggression against its forces and will continue to operate to maintain the safety of northern Israel.”

Just over eight years ago, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 ended the Second Lebanon War. The agreement has been violated by Hezbollah from the day the document was signed. The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) charged with enforcing it has never actually done so — primarily because it can’t.

The document calls for the disarmament of all groups and entities in Lebanon other than the “legitimate” Lebanese Army. This was to include Hezbollah and any other terrorist organization.

Arab MK Zoabi Says IDF ‘Worse than’ ISIS

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Hanin Zoabi, Israel’s de facto Minister for Anti-Zionism and chair of the Fifth Column, outdid herself on Sunday be comparing the IDF with the Islamic State (ISIS).

Actually, that is not true. She did not compare them. The IDF is much worse, she stated on Channel 2 television, because the Islamic State “kills one person at a time with each knife while an IDF pilot kills dozens of Palestinians by pressing a button.”

Not to be totally outdone by Zoabi’s love for hate, another one of her Balad party colleagues, MK Basel Ghattas, chimed in on Army Radio Monday to say that there is a big difference between the Israeli army and the Islamic State, which “unlike the IDF, has not committed crimes against humanity.

Zoabi, a resident of Nazareth in the Galilee, is the same cheerleader for terror who was on the IHH terrorists’ Mavi Mamara ship aimed at breaking the maritime embargo on Hamas.

She previously has used the Knesset podium to call Israel a Nazi state, reject Israel as a Jewish state, a basic part of the Balad party’s platform, and to dismiss the Iranian nuclear threat simply as one of “potential.” She also has sung the Palestinian anthem at a Hamas rally.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, on cue, called the Balad party a “terrorist organization” that exploits the Knesset to “advance terrorism while taking advantage of parliamentary immunity.”

Previous moves to indict her for incitement were ditched by Israel’s cowards in the office of the Attorney General.

Transportation Minister Israel Katz of the Likud party called Zoabi’s statement “treason and sedition.”

As usual, everyone is trying to matching Zoabi’s mouth with shocking words , but no one ever does anything about Zoabi, who would long have been thrown into jail in any other democratic country that understands the principle that freedom of speech does not include yelling ”fire” in a crowded theatre just to get attention.

The Jewish Press has come up with a practical idea and is asking you to put some money in the pushkie to raise enough shekels to buy her a first-class airline ticket for her to fly to Syria.

Once there, Zoabi can see herself the difference between the ISIS and the IDF, and when she comes back to Israel, maybe she will have some more sense in her head, unless it comes back on a separate ticket.

UPDATE: No Suicide Bomber Near Jenin

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Update: What was first thought to be a suicide bomb with a bomb belt has turned out to be an allegedly mentally ill person carrying bags of black sunflower seeds on his person.

The man was stopped late Sunday morning, after the IDF initially thought the man was a suicide bomber.

After the bomb squad examined the contents of what he was carrying, and interrogated the suspect, they determined that he was not a suicide bomber.

He’s been freed to go on his way.

Traffic at the checkpoint has been reopened.

Until the IDF cleaned it out, Jenin was a hotbed of suicide bombers.

Warning Sirens of Rocket Attacks Wail in Gaza Belt Communities

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Israelis in at least half a dozen Gaza Belt communities woke up to the sound of Color Red early warnings of incoming rocket attacks from Gaza shortly after 7:15 a.m.

The fact there were two separate warnings makes it less likely the sirens were activated because of a technical problem, but the IDF said the sirens were a false warning, and no rocket explosions were heard.

We have been down this road before, where a “false warning” does not necessarily mean that Gaza terrorists did not launch rockets to test new weapons or that the missiles simply exploded within Gaza, short of their target in Israel.

Hamas has bragged that it has continued its manufacture of weapons since the temporary cease-fire two months ago.

Arab Thief Stabbed During Jordan Valley Robbery

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

An Arab thief was stabbed by an unknown person as he tried to commit a robbery in community of Netiv Gedud in the Jordan Valley on Saturday, according to an HNN report.

The thief was lightly injured.

IDF forces arrived, gave him first aid and took him in for interrogation.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-thief-stabbed-during-jordan-valley-robbery/2014/10/19/

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