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November 23, 2014 / 1 Kislev, 5775
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IDF Arrests Terrorist Linked with ISIS

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Israeli soldiers and security forces Saturday night arrested 12 suspects in Judea and Samaria, including one associated with the Islamic State (ISIS) and six linked with Hamas, the usually reliable Hebrew-language 0404 website reported.

An IDF spokeswoman told The Jewish Press she could not confirm or deny that one of those nabbed was operating on behalf of ISIS.

Several of those arrested were charged with attacking soldiers, policy and Jewish civilians with rocks and firebombs.

In Jerusalem, police are investigating a report that a Jewish women used pepper spray to defend herself from three Arabs who approached asked her if she was Jewish.

Police patrolling in the area detained two of the suspects while the third Arab fled the scene.

 

 

Israel Busts Turkey-Based Hamas Terrorist Network

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Israeli security forces in recent weeks have arrested dozens of terrorists operating within the Palestinian Authority and with tactical and financial support from Turkey, which the United States still considers a close ally.

The cell that planned to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with RPG grenades, as reported here earlier today, was only one of several what targeted other Israeli officials, soldiers, civilians and even Palestinian Authority officials, the Times of Israel reported, quoting PA sources.

However, it is not known if the trio that planned to assassinate Lieberman was operating under the network based in Turkey.

Several of the terrorists reportedly are being held by the Palestinian Authority.

The arrests follow last August’s previously reported plot to overthrow Mahmoud Abbas

Turkey, which helped sponsor the IHH terrorists on the Mavi Mamara ship more than four years ago, has become Hamas’ de facto headquarters.

Senior Hamas official Salach al-Aruri last August admitted that Hamas was behind the kidnap-murders of three Israeli yeshiva students in June.

The United States for years has declared Hamas to be an illegal terrorist organization, but it has not opened its mouth in public to say anything against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s open support for Hamas.

Ever since Operation Cast Lead in late 2008, Erdogan has gone out of kilter.

He single-handedly changed Turkey from a decades-long friend of Israel to a sworn enemy.

He also suddenly and inexplicably saw Iran and Syria as allies in what he figured would be the new power broker in the Middle East.

Syrian President Bassar al-Assad’s butchery against his own people and raids on refugees who deserted to Turkey changed Erdogan’s mind, or what is left of it.

Similarly, he finally realized that a nuclear Iran might not be so healthy for Ankara.

But he still plays cards with Hamas, probably because of populist hate against Israel that has been fueled by incitement from Erdogan and Turkish media.

“Countries do not gain strategically by hosting terrorist groups,” Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations told Al-Monitor.

“My research demonstrates empirically that terrorism is politically counterproductive behavior that erodes popular support for the political cause and results in a backlash from the target country,” he added. “Hosting terrorist groups is thus a political liability.”

ISIS makes Hamas look like the Boy Scouts, so Turks are not up in arms so long as they see Hamas as being nothing more than a group of Muslims loyal to the cause of turning Israel into an Arab country, whether through the “peace process” or the “war process.”

Al-Monitor noted that “Turkey’s support for Hamas — along with Qatar — hampers Israel’s ability to isolate Hamas,” but the reported Israeli success in busting another Hamas network based in Turkey shows that it still can be done.

It also proves that Abbas knows he is making empty threats when he warns he will break off security cooperation with Israel.

It would be suicidal for him.

Israel Okays Ban’s UN Commission on ‘UNRWA Incidents’

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The Israeli government has decided to cooperate with a United Nations commission set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to investigate events this summer near facilities in Gaza owned by the UN Relief and Works Agency. The commission is to be headed by Patrick Cammaert, the former commander of the UN peacekeeping mission to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and a retired Dutch general.

Hamas has yet to confirm whether it will cooperate with the panel in its investigation.

International inspectors discovered during the war that missiles were being stored in at least three UNRWA buildings by local terrorists. In each case, the agency immediately “ordered them removed” but it was never made public where they went, or to whom they were sent. At least six UNRWA facilities were hit by mortar shells or other types of fire during Operation Protective Edge; but the IDF identified concealed rocket launchers around all of them and even within several of the buildings themselves.

Israel intends to share its intelligence materials with the commission established by the UN secretary-general, believing its composition to be more professional than that established by the UN Human Rights Council at the outset of the war.

UNHRC High Commission Navi Pillay announced the need for a board of inquiry in a statement of outrage at the start of the conflict, accusing Israel of committing “possible war crimes” and crimes “against humanity” in Gaza.

That three-member panel, which is led by anti-Israel Canadian law professor William Schabas, is to be boycotted by the Jewish State. It was intended solely to probe events that occurred after July 17 and has not defined Gaza’s ruling Hamas organization as a terrorist group, though it is classified as such by the United States as well as Israel.

Gush Etzion Run-Over Was Terrorism, Not Traffic Accident [video]

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Cleared for publication: Security forces have determined that the hit and run near El Aroub in Gush Etzion was a terror attack and not a traffic accident.

On Nov. 5, 2014 an Arab-driven van mowed down 3 IDF soldiers on the side of the road (see video footage below) in Gush Etzion. A manhunt ensued, but the next day, after numerous family members of the driver were arrested, the driver turned himself in claiming it was a traffic accident.

The IDF initially went along with the claim that it was an accident, leading the parents of one of the soldiers to claim the IDF was covering up that it was a terror attack.

According to Channel 2, the investigation continued and new evidence emerged proving conclusively to the investigators that the hit and run was not an accident. The terrorist subsequently admitted he hit the soldiers on purpose and reenacted the event for investigators.

Israel Belatedly Freezes ‘Goodwill Measures’ in Palestinian Authority

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in the Knesset Wednesday that he is freezing plans for more “goodwill” measures in the Palestinian Authority.

The IDF had planned to open more roads for Arabs in Judea and Samaria, even near Jewish communities, but Ya’alon, in response to a question by Jewish Home Knesset Member Orit Struck, said that “the escalation” of violence has convinced the IDF not to implement more easing of conditions, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Israel governments, primarily in the Olmert administration when Ehud Barak was Defense Minister, routinely followed orders from then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and removed roadblock after roadblock, moves that often were followed almost immediately by terrorist attacks.

But the Olmert administration was more interested in keeping peace with Washington rather than looking at the day after tomorrow. Today, it is understandable why Olmert did think far ahead. He was too busy concentrating one how to cover up his primary policy, pocketing bribes.

Barak , the Israel media establishment’s eternal hope to dump Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, never has been under serious suspicion – until this month, when Olmert’s turncoat Shula Zaken put the finger on him. It remains to be seen if Barak, who has extremely close ties with the military-industrial complex, will be investigated and charged. So far, he is clean.

Ya’alon’s disclosure comes on top of other measures Israel is finally taking after allowing a minority of Arabs in Judea and Samaria as well as in Jerusalem to take the upper hand and use violence to convince Washington that all Israel has to do is raise the white flag and they will calm down.

The evidence proves the opposite, and it took another savage attack and the inhuman murders of four Jews, three of them rabbis, while they were praying to make the Defense Minister realize that President Barack Obama is not his boss.

Bennett Wants Jerusalem to Be ‘Occupied’ with IDF Soldiers

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said Wednesday that the IDF should deploy soldiers throughout eastern Jerusalem and weed out terrorists.

The Jerusalem police commissioner rejected the idea and said that his forces can do very well without soldiers turning the capital into an armed camp.

Bennett, feeding on fear, said the military should duplicate its 2002 Operation Defensive Shield, when soldiers struck into nests of terror in Jenin and other beds of terror throughout Judea and Samaria.

“Go in with Border Police forces, carry out arrests, set up intelligence channels and stay there on a permanent basis, not just when there’s a terror attack,” the Minister of Economy added.

Bennett said that guards at shopping centers, synagogues and schools are aimed at a specific would-be killers but that the army could “go to the source.”

Police Operations Chief Aharon Aksol rejected Bennett’s shoot-from-the-hip idea.

“The police can deal with the situation with its own forces,” he told Israel Radio.

So far, the police have shown themselves far from able to do so, but that has partly been due to a policy of virtually abandoning hotspots in Arab neighborhoods unless the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) is involved. Murders and attempted murders of Jews by Arabs the past several weeks have forced the police to start working they way they should.

Aksol still is looking for an easy way out by blaming Knesset Members for “inciting” Arabs by visiting the Temple Mount, but Bennett’s brainstorm would inflame Arabs even more by making eastern Jerusalem Arabs stare in the faces of soldiers.

Bennett would be doing the Palestinian Authority a big favor by showing the world that Jerusalem is under “occupation?”

It would show that eastern Jerusalem, which has been under Israeli sovereignty for more than three decades, is just like Judea and Samaria, which legally is under military rule.

Deploying troops in Jerusalem would expose Israel as not being able to govern. It is not like Missouri calling in the national Guard to quell riots.

And what if troops marching through the capital would eliminate terror? Who cares if it boils Arab blood?

Bennett should know very well that sending in the troops would weaken Israel.

Israel has the Shin Bet to root out terror. It needs to do a better job and probably could have prevented Tuesday’s barbarism if it had placed the murderers, cousins with a record of terror, under surveillance.

But deploying soldiers in the streets of Jerusalem also would weaken Israel on the fronts where soldiers are mostly needed – Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

Bennett’s scheme grabbed headlines. Maybe it won him a few more supporters.

It did not win him any points for common sense.

Update: IDF Officer Lost Fingers in Shooting Attack

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

On November 17th, JewishPress.com reported on an IDF officer who lost part of his finger in a fireworks attack, during an Arab riot in A-Ram, which is just north-east of Jerusalem.

The IDF now reports that following an investigation of the incident, they discovered that the officer was in fact shot at 3 or 4 times with live bullets, and he lost part of his finger as a result of being hit by one of the bullets and not by fireworks as they originally thought.

 

 

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