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July 7, 2015 / 20 Tammuz, 5775
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‘They Did Not Fall in Vain: IDF Struck By Air, Sea & Land’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Israel again faces terror from a multiplicity of sources in the south — a fact acknowledged by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during remarks he delivered Monday at a ceremony to mark the first year anniversary of the 51-day counter terror war against Hamas, Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. But during his speech to families of the fallen IDF soldiers at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery, Netanyahu warned Israel would not tolerate any threat to her citizens. “If Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran or Da’esh (ISIS) attempts to harm Israel, they are risking their lives,” he stated.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization, Netanyahu reminded, was dealt a “severe blow that it has not felt since its founding… We are [currently] monitoring events in the south and our operations [there] require strength,” he said.

At least two families of the fallen are particularly grief-stricken: the bodies of their sons have yet to be laid to rest. Hamas terrorists kidnapped their remains during the war, and have held them in captivity since.

The prime minister addressed the issue, promising the families, “We will do everything we can to return home Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin to their families.” President Reuven Rivlin also related in his speech to the wounds that – for some families — seem to have no end.

Speaking about those soldiers who are still medically fighting for their lives, and the grief of families whose pain yet remains, Rivlin said, “An operation was launched last year and for some, the battle carries on today; a post-war battle, a battle with no cease-fire.”

Rivlin warned the terror organizations that Israel would not tolerate a renewal of the threats that led to the last war – such as the rocket fire and road terror attacks that have again begun to target civilians throughout the country.

“Israel will not continue to be a hostage in enemy hands,” he said, “an enemy who does not respect human rights or civilian lives… The next conflict could be a lot harder than the last one.”

It was Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a former IDF chief of staff, who bluntly said in his address to the families of the fallen that the sacrifices of their loved ones had not been in vain.

“Hundreds of terrorists were killed, and the Hamas infrastructure was destroyed. Our soldiers hit them from the air, from the sea and by land in such a way as to make their leaders understand we would not accept any attack on the security of our civilians,” he said.

Obama Trying to Make US Leftist Jews “Mainstream’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A recent meeting between National Security Council officials and the left-wing Breaking the Silence group barely made headlines but was a significant move in President Barack Obama’s agenda to justify his view that Israel is an “occupier.”

It was President Obama who succeeded in removing AIPAC as the default representative of what is called the “pro-Israel lobby” by opening the Oval Office to J Street, the left-wing group that thinks being “pro-Israel” means accommodating Hamas, expelling 600,000 Jews from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and granting statehood Palestinian Authority inside Israel’s borders.

Calling itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace,” and with generous funding from far-left billionaire George Soros, J Street’s launch in 2008 coincided with the campaign and election of President Obama.

Since then, Obama has shifted farther and farther to adopt the Palestinian Authority view of Israel as an occupier, and of Jews in settlements and even half of Jerusalem as “illegal” and “illegitimate.” Listening to leftist Jews telling him what he wants to hear has strengthened his belief that the “peace process” is the panacea for the Middle East.

Obama also has grabbed every opportunity to twist Judaism into his vision of a religion that can used to support his agenda, and he has plenty of support from Reform Jewish leaders to become a modern Korach, the Biblical figure who rebelled against Moses’ authority by claiming that the entire Jewish community is just as holy as he is.

The end of the story is that Korach and his 250 followers were swallowed up in the ground, which opened up to bury them alive, and that seems to be the same fate for President Obama’s foreign policy, especially when it comes to any place in the Middle East.

Instead of accepting reality, he is trying to hold on to an illusion. Breaking the Silence is a new pawn for President Obama to use in his chess game to check Israel, and particularly Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Senior White officials welcomed Breaking the Silence, which was formed by a disgruntled Israeli-American soldier whose agenda is the same as Obama’s. Both of them have adopted the Palestinian Authority  term  “occupation” to describe the presence of approximately 300,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria and another quarter of a million or so in half a dozen Jerusalem neighborhoods. Tens of thousands of the residents are from the United States.

Reform Jewish leaders , who call themselves rabbis, do not represent Judaism, J Street does not represent the pro-Israel lobby, and Breaking the Silence does not represent the views of more than a tiny minority of Israelis.

But President Obama is playing magician to try to show that all three groups are the Jewish establishment.

The meeting  between White House officials with Breaking the Silence was the first ever and was held only days after the anti-IDF organization staged an anti-IDF exhibition  with the sponsorship of the Swiss government.

The President shrewdly made sure the meeting would not be held in the White House, making it easier for him to get smart and drop Breaking the Silence before it costs him support from the real mainstream Jewish community that knows the Israeli Defense Forces separate Israel from annihilation.

Haaretz reported that the meeting took place “at the offices of an American nonprofit in the capital.” A good guess – and it’s only as guess – would be that those offices belonged to J Street or perhaps more likely the Washington-based Foundation for Middle East Peace, whose president Matt Duss arranged the meeting.

The group’s website states:

The Foundation for Middle East Peace was created in 1979…to promote a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through education and advocacy…. the Israeli-Palestinian conflict [is] at the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict….

In 1992, in view of the growing threat of Israeli settlements to peace, the Foundation introduced the bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories.

Breaking the Silence is trying to go mainstream. Obama’s “shared values” are more with the left-wing group than they are with the real mainstream in Israel and in the United States.

Israel Arrests Six Terror Fugitives

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Israeli forces arrested six terrorist fugitives overnight in IDF operations taking place in locations throughout Judea and Samaria.

One of the six, caught in Hebron, was identified as a member of the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization.

The suspects have been transferred to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for further questioning and investigation.

ISIS-Linked Sinai Terrorists Attempt to Drag Israel Into War With Rocket Fire

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Sinai terrorists — already engaged in battle with Egypt — expanded their range of attack on Friday to include southern Israel. At least one, possibly two rockets were launched in the direction of the Eshkol Regional Council district at about 4:30 pm local time.

The rocket fire followed two intense days of clashes between Da’esh (ISIS)-linked “Sinai Province” terrorists and top Egyptian security personnel from the army and police. The Gaza-based Hamas terror organization, spawned originally by the outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, was also found to have been helping Sinai Province in their battle, according to the IDF.

The jihadists ambushed the Egyptian forces in 15 separate locations on Wednesday using advanced weaponry, much of which appeared to have been produced by Russia. An Egyptian government spokesperson said more than 100 terrorists were killed in the battle, which continued into Thursday.

The IDF went to high alert along the southern border in the wake of the clashes. Highway 12, which traverses the southern Negev to Eilat, was officially closed to civilian traffic at 5 am Friday until further notice. “The highway was closed temporarily in line with the situation assessments, out of security considerations and the obligation to protect the citizens of Israel,” and IDF spokesperson said on Friday.

Israeli officials confirmed that one of the rockets fired on Friday landed in an open area in the district close to what was the Israeli-Egyptian border. IDF officials believe the rocket was fired from the Sinai Peninsula due to its proximity to the border.

Residents of Jewish communities near the Israel-Egypt border had a window of barely 15 seconds in which to race for shelter, courtesy of the Code Red rocket alert siren. The residents are maintaining their awareness for the duration, knowing they may once again need to make a run for their safe spaces over the Sabbath at any time.

Machsom Watch Activist Shames Herself in Attempt to Harass IDF

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

A member of the leftist Machsom Watch distinguished herself in Hebron this week in an odd display of insensitivity to the very needs of those for whom she claimed to advocate.

As a result, Leah Shakdiel embarrassed herself rather than the IDF soldiers she had set out to harass.

Shakdiel appeared at the IDF checkpoint with several other members of the organization, but when the group began harassing the soldiers, a call was made to Arutz Sheva TV, and a camera crew was sent out to film the women at “work.”

The man confronting the women on camera is the person who received the call from the soldiers. Following is the video of the encounter with an English-language transcript of what transpired.

LS: Nurit, Nurit, come on please.

A7: She’s afraid, she’s afraid, she’s afraid, she’s afraid. That’s clear.

LS: Of course, because you are a frightening person.

A7: Right, thank G-d.

A7: Here, these sweet Arabs don’t scare you.

LS: No.

A7: A Jew like me frightens you.

LS: Right. Totally, yes. Because you are violent. Violent. They are not violent. They seek peace.

A7: I forget the name of your organization; I only remember your address. The Street of the Traitors, Number 6, right? Hah? You came to give a little ….

LS: See you later …

A7: No, not ‘see you.’ Good bye, but not ‘see you.’

LS: We will keep coming. Don’t worry.

A7: I am also here, you see. Thank G-d, it’s not empty. You come here once in a while when they pay you money. Ofer Ohana. You come here once in a long while, when you are paid money. You see? You see?

LS: The opposite. You are the one who is paid. You get a salary from the Jewish community in Hebron.

A7: You see the difference between me and you? Guys, hello. Do you see the difference between me and you? Look at you.

LS: You see. You receive a salary, that’s clear.

A7: Hanan, shalom. Look. Look at how she is drinking, right in front of Arabs who are fasting on Ramadan. Tell me, aren’t you ashamed? A little consideration. Even I am considerate of their feelings. Look at what a disgrace. Right? She has no shame. Look! You see? There you go.

Arab bystanders: Shame on you! Shame on you. We are fasting. This is Ramadan.

A7: There you go. You see? You’ve made my movie. Good for you. Thank you very much. Shame on you, really. A disgrace. You see? Even your friends…

LS: I understand that you like Ofer Ohana. So you help Ofer.

A7: Lady, I have enough friends here.

LS: You like him?

Arab bystanders: You should not have lifted the water.

A7: You see? You see?

LS: Okay, I really apologize. Him, you like?

A7: Thank you, friend (in Arabic, to Arab bystander)

LS: Him, you like? Him, you like? (incredulous, to Arab bystander)

Arab bystander: Yes. )

A7: You see?

LS: You don’t know him.

A7: You see what this is? You see what you’re doing here? You come and shame yourself. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You came to give ammunition to the enemy. You see? You came to aid the enemy and you emerged degraded, even in the eyes of the enemy.

A7: See how the Holy One, Blessed Be He is good and beneficent to everyone, and He Knows how to get rid of you. He knows how to humiliate you; He has brought you down to the dust. Get into the car and go. Stand before the IDF soldiers and tell them that you are shaming them.

Rock-Throwing Arab Killed While Attacking IDF Commander, Soldier Hurt at Qalandia

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

An army commander shot and killed a Palestinian Authority Arab on Friday morning who had attacked the brigade commander’s vehicle.

The incident took place northeast of Jerusalem near the Arab village of Al-Ram, security sources said.

IDF Binyamin Region Division Col. Israel Shomer was driving to the Kalandiya checkpoint separating northern Jerusalem from Ramallah when his vehicle was attacked.

An Arab mob began hurling rocks at the vehicle. In response, the commander fired warning shots, but when the attack did not abate he then opened fire at the attackers, killing one of them. According to security sources, it appeared the attack on the commander’s vehicle was a planned ambush.

The terrorist was identified as Muhammad al-Qasba, 17.

“The commander reacted exactly as expected, given that the incident presented an immediate risk to life,” the security source pointed out.

No injuries were reported among IDF personnel. However, the commander’s vehicle was damaged. A photo shows the windshield is smashed, with a large hole directly in front of the driver’s side – making the lethal nature of the threat obvious.

The IDF deployed a large force to the area following the attack and “return fire” since it is clear there will be more riots to follow in the wake of the attacker’s death.

One IDF soldier has already been injured — albeit lightly — by a bottle hurled by a Palestinian Authority Arab while she was guarding the Qalandiya checkpoint Friday morning. The soldier was treated at the scene for the injury.

Terror groups and extremist imams in the mosques have been whipping local Arabs and Palestinian Authority citizens into a frenzy of hatred for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. In particular they seize the opportunity to address their followers in sermons during and after public prayers on Fridays at the mosques.

In addition, the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization has also exhorted Muslims worldwide to “rise up” during Ramadan and attack local authorities – police, military personnel, political figures – and other targets.

The “Sinai Province” terror group (formerly Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) ambushed Egyptian military personnel and police in more than 15 separate attacks Wednesday, killing dozens and wounding more. The Egyptian army retaliated and eliminated more than 100 of the terrorists in a two-day operation in the Sinai Peninsula. The mop up is continuing with cooperation from Israel, which has also gone to high alert along its southern border with Sinai.

Last week there were three different ISIS attacks on three separate continents that left more than a hundred dead and several hundred wounded, almost all of them civilians.

Egypt vs. ISIS: Victory or Death

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Egypt said it is in total control of the Sinai the day after massive and well-coordinated attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS) on army and police posts.

Israel’s Channel 2 television reported that Israel has given the green light to Egypt to bring in heavy weapons into the Sinai, as required under the 1979 peace treaty that paved the way for Israel to surrender the Sinai a decade after the Yom Kippur War.

Positioning heavy weapons in the Sinai always carries the risk they can be used against Israel, but for the time being, Israel is the last enemy on Egypt’s mind.

Egypt may have done Israel a big favor by demanding the Sinai, which for years has become a fiefdom of Bedouin criminals and graduated into a no man’s land open for grabs by Bedouin, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood and now ISIS terrorists.

Israel remains on high alert while Egypt said it will not stop its counter-offensive against Sinai jihadists until all of them are “eliminated.”

The ISIS attacks yesterday killed between a dozen and nearly 100 Egyptian army officers, soldiers and policemen, depending on whom you want to believe.

The numbers do not matter because the attacks on 15 different posts proved that ISIS is a very organized army.

Egyptian bombing raids continued into the night following the wave of attacks that were aimed at cutting off Rafah and El-Arish, which would have created a critical threat to Israel.

The IDF immediately shut down border crossings at Egypt and Gaza after the ISIS offensive, but re-opened the Kerem HaShalom crossing Thursday morning to allow trucks into Gaza with foods and merchandise..

Egypt will “exterminate” every jihadist in the northern Sinai, said its military spokesman.

Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said:

We control the situation in Sinai 100%.

The army claimed it killed more than 100 jihadists.

The cabinet of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Wednesday night approved urgent measures that call for “swift justice,” which can be translated as “don’t let democracy get in the way of survival.”

Four years after the rebellion against Hosni Mubarak, ostensibly because of his autocratic rule, his regime has been reincarnated.

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Transitional Justice Ibrahim Al-Heneidy said that In the absence of the parliament, Al-Sisi has legislative powers.

Coincidentally or not, ISIS attacked the day after terrorists killed Egypt’s state prosecutor Hisham Barakat, who was riding in a motorcade. Barakat had said that if former Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi is sentenced to death, the execution will be carried out.

Heneidy said that terrorists will face harsher punishment, meaning execution or life in prison.

The death penalty also will apply to anyone who funds terror, a classification that puts Muslim Brotherhood officials on notice that Al-Sisi is bent on destroying the organization that ruled Egypt only one year ago.

The process of appeal also will be shorted. “Under the current law, defendants are allowed to appeal verdicts twice, but under the amended draft, this process will be shortened to give defendants the right to appeal the verdict just one time,” said Heneidy. Furthermore, if a higher court accepts an appeal, the regime will be able to call for a retrial in the Court of Cassation, whose decisions are final.

So what did the Arab Spring rebellion and the Obama administration achieve by getting rid of Mubarak?

If the State Dept. has learned that transplanting American democracy in the Muslim Middle East is like feeding Muslims ham and eggs during Ramadan, it was worth everything to teach Washington a lesson.

The odd are heavy that the State Dept. has not yet learned.

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