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September 3, 2014 / 8 Elul, 5774
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Last Soldier Killed in Protective Edge Laid to Rest

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The body of 1st Sgt. Shachar Shalev was laid to rest this afternoon in the cemetery in Hipsin. Shalev succumbed yesterday to wounds he sustained on July 23 in Operation Protective Edge, when a roadside bomb detonated in Khan Yunis, killing his commander and two fellow soldiers. He was 20 years old.

Shalev was a sergeant in the Paratroopers’ Brigade, and was promoted upon his burial. He was a resident of Alonei Bashan in the Golan Heights, and is survived by his mother Naomi, his father Shimon and his five siblings.

Last week, Tazpit News Agency reported about the overwhelming public turnout to donate blood platelets for Shalev, who required a daily platelet transfusion daily. He is the latest casualty from this summer’s Gaza war, which has taken 72 lives in Israel, 66 of them IDF soldiers.

Last Friday Sgt. Netanel Maman died of wounds he sustained on August 22 from shrapnel from a rocket that exploded next to Gan Yavneh in the Ashdod region. Maman was on leave from Operation Protective Edge at the time, and was riding in a car driven by his brother when the shrapnel hit the car and critically injured him. He was laid to rest the same Friday at Gan Yavneh cemetery.

PA Propaganda Video Compares 9/11 with IDF Bombing of Gaza

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The Palestinian Authority “Pallywood” movie industry has come up with a spectacular comparison of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center with the Israeli Air Force’s bombing of a 12-story building housing a Hamas command center.

The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translated with English subtitle and published the 20-second video on Monday with the words “Same Terror” emblazoned on the screen as the building in New York and Gaza, followed by billowing smoke

The production is a brilliant piece of propaganda and is convincing to the Palestinian Authority population that knows only what the PA media feeds it.

The video comparison would make anyone who does not know anything about 9/11 that the two bombings really are the “same terror.”

Thirteen years of media messages, that the 9/11 never happened or that the Jews engineered it, have educated a new generation of Arabs to hate Israel and Jews, unlike the fragile co-existence that nurtured Israeli-Arab relations in Judea, Gaza and Samaria from the Six-Day War until the late 1980s, when, Yasser Arafat popularized terror.

The video, of course, does not mention that the IDF warned civilians in the building in the Gaza to evacuate and that no was killed. Approximately two dozen people were wounded. The film also did not tell viewers that nearly 3,000 people were killed in the Al Qaeda aerial attacks.

This is the atmosphere in which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wants to re-start peace talks, which presumably involve a Palestinian Authority that is composed of Hamas and the rival Fatah faction, headed by Mahmoud Abbas.

Gaza Belt Communities Fear Lack of Security, IDF Pullout

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Residents of Gaza Belt communities were furious on the first day of school, Monday morning (Sept. 1), when they woke to find no one at the guard posts.

“Once again, I arrived at the moshav and found no one in the guarding posts,” Yifat Ben Shoshan, a resident from the community of Netiv Ha’Asara, told media. “Only a week ago you couldn’t come near the place because of the threat from Gaza – it was a closed military zone. Now it’s less than a week since the cease-fire started and they’re already pulling out soldiers.

The government is acting as if we’re already at peace and nothing has happened here. This cannot be ignored,” she said.

The chairperson of the residents’ committee in the moshav, Penina Rogolski, said she could not understand why the soldiers disappeared. “We’re trying to find out with army officials who gave the order and why this decision was made. I don’t understand what happened to the promises we received,” she said. “As far as we know, the situation and threats haven’t changed. We want answers.”

A number of terror tunnels leading to the moshav, which is located quite close to the border with Gaza, were uncovered during Operation Protective Edge and deadly battles were fought with the terrorists who emerged from the shafts the seemed to appear from nowhere. Some of those tunnels led directly to the communities. The residents are deeply concerned about sending their children to school in the area without active security around them, believing that not all of the tunnels have yet been uncovered and also not convinced that the current cease-fire will hold.

Similar concerns were expressed by residents of Kfar Aza, Yad Mordechai and Mefalsim.

The IDF Spokesman responded, “A Givati Brigade force is in Netiv Ha’Asaara for protection and guarding missions. Deploying the troops inside the community is done in accordance with operational considerations and situational assessments.”

According to the IDF, troops have been deployed between the Gaza border and the communities. In addition, undercover operations are in place protecting the area, the IDF said.

After Mortar Strike, IDF Evacuates Israeli Civilians Near Quneitra

Monday, September 1st, 2014

IDF radio reports that a mortar launched from Syria landed inside Israel close to 9am.

The mortar landed in an orchard alongside the border on the Golan Heights, and came from the fighting between Assad and Rebel troops.

As a result, the IDF has declared a closed military zone in a wide area surrounding Quneitra, including all agricultural fields and roads in the area until 8am Tuesday morning.

The IDF has also evacuated the Israeli farmers from danger zone to protect them.

IDF Soldier Dies of Protective Edge Wounds

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Sgt. Shahar Shalev, an IDF paratrooper who was critically wounded in the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge, has died of his wounds. His death brings the number of Israeli casualties from Operation Protective Edge to 72.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Netanyahu Says Making Gaza ‘Israel’s Fallujah’ Was Too High a Price

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Crushing Hamas instead of accepting a cease-fire might have turned Gaza into another Fallujah, with Israel paying an exorbitant price in terms of the lives of soldiers as well as risking security on the Syrian front, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in interviews this weekend.

He noted that the United States in 2004 fought against Islamists in the Iraqi city, one-tenth the size of Gaza, killed thousands of Iraqis and destroyed thousands of homes only to hand over control to the Iraqi government, which last year lost control of the city to Al Qaeda.

The Prime Minister went on a media blitz with three television interviews over the weekend after his popularity sank dramatically in the past week. He was the target of barbs from left and right for accepting a cease-fire with Hamas instead of going for the kill and for not fulfilling his promise that a cease-fire would be conditioned on dis-arming Hamas. Instead, the issue of weapons in Gaza was put off for “negotiations” in 30 days while Hamas insists it never will give up its rockets.

He tried repair the political damage by emphasizing that the “big picture” is more important than destroying Hamas, which can always be done later, if need be.

None other than U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provided him with an escape hatch by calling for ”global coalition” to fight radical Islamists who are “perilously close to Israel.”

“The Islamic State is galloping toward us [and] al-Qaeda is on the Golan borders,” said Netanyahu, who explained he did want to “not to invest all my assets in this one arena” of Gaza.

“I am preparing for a reality in the Middle East that is very problematic,” Netanyahu said, but Bloomberg News quoted Ben Gurion University political science Prof. Yoram Meital as saying that ISIS and Al Qaeda “have yet to form large enough armies to “significantly pose an existential threat to Israel.” He added, “There is a tendency to exaggerate the power of these groups for political aims.”

Netanyahu said that beheading Hamas, figuratively speaking, still is an option and that there might be a situation in which Israel has to occupy Gaza

He asserted that while he will not tolerate even a drizzle of rockets, invading Gaza at this time would have come at a possibly intolerable loss of soldiers.

Netanyahu did not state, nor has the IDF commented, that a massive invasion of Gaza was not a real option ever since the military pulled out most of its tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs) from the Gaza front almost immediately after the last temporary cease-fire before the current truce was announced last week. The IDF apparently knew it had won as much as it could at the least possible price.

Buried amid the praise for the military’s dealing Hamas a severe blow from the air and from the ground are well-sourced reports that the army was not prepared for the massive and lethal Hamas defense in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza.

Entering all of Gaza to topple Hamas would have meant facing a well-organized terrorist army in every city in the Gaza, despite the elimination of top Hamas commanders by the Israeli Air Force.

However, there is no doubt, as Netanyahu said, that Hamas did not expect the force with which Israel retaliated following rocket attacks on most of Israel.

The Prime Minister also emphasized in the interviews that Hamas agreed to the same Egyptian cease-fire proposal that it originally rejected.

He did not relate to the difficulty that awaits Israel with diplomatic maneuvering by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to use the “peace process” to allow his security forces to patrol Gaza borders.

Soldier Dies from Wounds in Rocket Attack

Friday, August 29th, 2014

An IDF soldier who was critically injured last week by a rocket that hit Ashdod died from his wounds today. He is Israel’s 71st casualty in the war.

Sergeant Natanel Maman, 21, from Gan Yavne, an Ordnance Corps soldier, was critically injured by a rocket that hit Ashdod last Friday.

He was promoted posthumously from the rank of Corporal to Sergeant and is being buried Friday afternoon in the military courtyard of the Gan Yavne cemetery.

 

 

 

 

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