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April 1, 2015 / 12 Nisan, 5775
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IDF Promises to Block Missionary Activity

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The office of new Chief of Staff. Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot has promised the Yad L’Achim anti-missionary organization it will act to “prevent recurrences” of a recent event where missionaries tried to indoctrinate soldiers.

Yad L’Achim said Tuesday that the Chief of Staff’s office responded to its complaint that hundreds of soldiers had been bused to an International Christian Embassy event, reported here, paying tribute to the heroes of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge counter-terror campaign in Gaza.

“This was a particularly serious breach, since soldiers were taken from their military bases to attend a missionary gathering,” according to Yad L’Achim, which added that 300 soldiers, including a brigadier-general and members of an elite combat unit “were forced to listen to a speech preaching Christianity from an American missionary.”

It added, “One of the translators at the event was Doron Schneider, the head of the ‘Messianic Jews’ congregation in Maaleh Adumim.”

IDF regulations forbid missionary activities, and Yad L’Achim, lodged a complaint and demanded an investigation.

The IDF responded that the incident is “being checked by commanders in order to prevent similar gatherings from taking place in the future.”

Yad L’Achim stressed that it expects to receive answers from the chief of staff regarding other missionary events in the IDF, and it noted that Tel Aviv missionary Yaakov Demkani appears at many bases and to deliver missionary messages.

Iran Tells Its Citizens Israel IDF Joined Saudis to Bomb Yemen

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

One of the Iranian regime’s mouthpieces reported has reported that the Israeli Air Force joined Saudi warplanes to bomb Yemen this week.

The article by the Fars [read: Farce”] News Agency was so ridiculous that even the less responsible news sites did not repeat the propaganda.

On the other hand, considering Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s statement earlier this week that “we see eye to eye with many of our Arab neighbors regarding the danger posed by Iran and we also view positively the benefit that this new partnership could have for the region,” perhaps the Fars report is a harbinger of the future.

Accord to Fars:

‘This is… the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,’ Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his Facebook page.

He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.

Several reports the past three years have indicated that Saudi Arabia is willing to allow Israel to use its air space to attack Iran.

 

 

IDF Clashes with 40 Rioters at Gaza Border

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Israeli soldiers shot and wounded at least one Arab when approximately 40 Gazans rioted near the security fence at Khan Yunis in central Gaza Monday.

An IDF spokeswoman told The Jewish Press, “Soldier shot warnings in the air and when the protesters did not retreat, shots were fired at their lower extremities, injuring one person.”

The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency reported that three Arabs were wounded.

The riot coincided with “Land Day” marches and riots in Judea and Samaria, which generally did not result in unusual violence.

The IDF used tear gas to disperse a riot at the Hawara checkpoint south of Shechem, where one Palestinian Authority legislator was among those who reportedly suffered from inhaling tear gas.

Amnesty Intl Charges ‘Palestinian Armed Groups’ With War Crimes

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

In a 62-page report released today (March 26, 2015), Amnesty International accused Palestinian terror groups of committing war crimes against Israelis and Gazans.

The report followed a similar fiery document published late last year that accused Israel of committing similar crimes during its counter terror Operation Protective Edge against Gaza terror groups in summer 2014.

During that conflict, the agency says in its new report, “Palestinian armed groups fired thousands of rockets and mortars at Israel, in many cases directed towards Israeli civilians and civilian objects, in violation of international law… The conduct of Palestinian armed groups, including firing from residential areas and using indiscriminate munitions that cannot be accurately directed at a military target, also endangered civilians in Gaza.”

The report, “Unlawful and Deadly: Rocket and Mortar Attacks by Palestinian Armed Groups During the 2014 Gaza/Israel Conflict” can be accessed by clicking here.

The report “does not address the summary killings of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by Hamas forces for alleged ‘collaboration’ with Israel during the July/August 2014 conflict, which will be the subject of a forthcoming report,” the author writes.

Ditto for “Israeli violations, including attacks that constituted war crimes.”

The report minimizes the damage inflicted by Hamas on its people during the seven years after the bloody militia war it started with its Palestinian Authority government “partner” and rival, the Fatah faction.

In fact, the report altogether ignores the fact that Hamas ignited the coup, seizing control of the region and murdering anyone it believed posed a threat to that authority.

Amnesty also ignores the trigger for the “seven years of Israeli blockade” – that is, the terror group’s cross-border kidnapping of an Israeli soldier, who was held captive in the enclave for more than five years.

The agency instead writes benignly that Hamas “took over Palestinian governmental institutions in the Gaza Strip” and how that blockade “had already inflicted a severe cumulative toll on infrastructure, health systems and all aspects of life in the territory. The 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Strip could not leave, as the borders were sealed” except for transfer of limited medical patients, the agency writes plaintively, “and no place inside the Strip was truly safe. There are no bomb shelters or warning systems to help protect civilians in the Gaza Strip.”

But why should they need them?

If Israel is not attacked, it has no reason to retaliate, and has no desire to waste expensive, hard-to replace ammunition. Why is no place inside Gaza “truly safe” ? Could it be that Gazans are not safe under the administration of the Hamas terror administration that they chose to elect as their leadership?

“Several UN schools sheltering displaced civilians came under attack,” the report notes.

It did not explain that each of those buildings either also housed a cache of missiles or was being used as a rocket launch site in order to prevent a response by IDF soldiers tasked with silencing the rocket fire on Israeli civilians.

The majority of Israel’s 8.3 million citizens – and all 2.8 million Palestinians living in the West Bank – are now within range of at least some of the rockets held by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, the report noted.

“In each of the three major Gaza/Israel conflicts over the last six years … the circle of fear has widened and the number of civilians who have suffered disruption, displacement and trauma has increased.”

More than a million Jewish Israelis were displaced from their homes, and the entire quarter-million Bedouin population of the Negev was placed at terrifying risk. The former seemed to be of little concern to Amnesty, which pointed to “bomb shelters, advanced warning systems and Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system” which helped limit civilian casualties.

4 IDF Soldiers Hurt in Hummer Accident Near Gaza

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Four IDF soldiers were hurt Wednesday when the army Hummer in which they were riding flipped over during a patrol around Kissufim near the Gaza border, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 news site.

Such accidents are not as uncommon as one might think, due to the speed with which the vehicles must travel in order to avoid being targets for enemy snipers firing anti-tank missiles and small arms weaponry.

The vehicles are, of necessity, traveling over various types of terrain – including that which is rocky and extremely uneven.

All four soldiers were airlifted to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva and are currently listed in fair to good condition.

Shooting Attack Near Near Shilo

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

There was a shooting attack in near Shilo on Tuesday afternoon.

Two Israelis reported being shot at as they were walking between Geulat Tzion and Adei Ad, which is in the Binyamin region.

No injuries were reported.

The army is looking for the attackers.

IDF Launches Surprise Military Drill in Southern Israel

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The GOC Southern Division announced a surprise IDF military drill along the Gaza border early Sunday, involving both land and air forces.

Soldiers are being confronted with different scenarios, such as attempted kidnappings, rocket barrages on Gaza Belt communities and breaking security events occurring without prior intelligence to guide responses.

A similar, region-wide drill was held three weeks ago in Judea and Samaria as well.

A major Hamas terror cell was uncovered in Qalqilya, a Palestinian Authority city located about 20 minutes from Bnei Brak, authorities announced Sunday. Six terrorists were arrested in a joint sting operation by the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police.

Among the other information gleaned during questioning was the fact that the operatives had been recruited abroad by Hamas headquarters in Jordan, and were already in action during last summer’s war with Hamas and allied Palestinian terror groups.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-launches-surprise-military-drill-in-southern-israel/2015/03/22/

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