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June 25, 2016 / 19 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘IDF’

Report: Hamas Tunnel Warfare Commander Defected to Israel

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Gaza Arabs have been debating the mystery of the disappearance of a commander in the Al Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military arm, and many have suggested that he defected to Israel, Channel 2 News reported Tuesday night. The man in question is a senior commander in the Nukhba unit, an elite Hamas force specializing in underground tunnel warfare and in kidnapping Israeli civilians and soldiers. He is a resident of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, and the son of a Hamas religious judge.

According to rumors from Gaza, the man told his family he was going for a walk and would be back in the evening, but instead crossed the border fence to Israel. Some in Hamas claim that the man was kidnapped by the IDF. In any event, he should be a source of valuable information for Israeli security forces.

In early May the Shin Bet revealed that another Hamas senior from the tunnel forces, Mahmoud Atawnah, 29, was arrested and has been providing information about the Hamas tunnel digging enterprise. Atawnah was reportedly arrested at the beginning of April after crossing from Gaza into Israeli territory armed with two knives. The Shin Bet said he confessed his plan to kill Israeli civilians or soldiers.

A five-year veteran of the Al Qassam Brigades, Atawnah reported that Hamas was creating an interwoven network of tunnels designed for the movement of fighters and weaponry, equipped with sleeping chambers, showers, and dining areas. Atawnah’s training included placing improvised explosive devices targeting Israeli troops.

Atawnah provided his interrogators with information on the tunnels routes in the northern Gaza Strip, the methods for digging the tunnels, using private homes and public institutions as bases for the digging crews, and the construction materials being used.

David Israel

Israeli Forces Demolish Jewish Home Near Hebron For First Time in Liberman’s Tenure [video]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Hebron (TPS) – IDF and Border Police forces demolished a home deemed illegal near Kiryat Arba overnight in the first such incident since Avigdor Liberman was appointed defense minister last month.

Many activists and Kiryat Arba residents arrived at the nearby stronghold of Givat Gal at around midnight to try and prevent the demolition. Two local residents were arrested and several were injured in clashes with the security forces. Among the wounded was Kiryat Arba Regional Council Chairman Malachi Levinger.

Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had been fiercely criticized by right-wing activists in Judea and Samaria for demolishing structures built by Jews and regarded as illegal. Though it is not yet clear whether the order to demolish the home in Givat Gal came from Liberman himself, local residents criticized the new minister in an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

“We expected the new defense minister to not be so quick to order the demolition of homes,” they told TPS, claiming that Givat Gal was built in accordance with blueprints of the area.

While Liberman has not commented on the demolition, he had told the IDF General Staff when he was appointed defense minister that “the integrity and unity of the Israeli people is more important than that of the Land of Israel.”

Rabbi Uzi Sherbaf and his family had resided in the building before it was demolished. A nearby synagogue and memorial site for three fallen IDF soldiers was not harmed, but the residents expressed concern that it might soon be demolished as well.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

7 Arab Terror Fugitives Captured in Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured seven terrorist fugitives in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

The arrests were made in various locations throughout Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.

An IDF spokesperson said three of the suspects were allegedly members of the Hamas terrorist organization.

Four of the suspects were accused of involvement in violence against civilians and security forces.

All seven of the detainees have been transferred to security personnel for questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Terrorist Neutralized Near Shechem

Friday, June 10th, 2016

An Arab terrorist, armed with a knife, was shot and neutralized after he tried to stab soldiers near Beit Furik, near Shechem.

No one was injured in the attack.

The terrorist is being taken to Beilinson hospital in serious condition.

Jewish Press News Briefs

UNSC Unanimously Condemn Tel Aviv Terror Shooting, State Dept. ‘Happy to Once Again Condemn’

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The credit for this one belongs entirely to Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon, who, in less than one year at a job to which he was appointed to get him out of PM Netanyahu’s and DM Ya’alon’s hair, appears to be making a difference in effectively representing Israel’s case in the most hostile international arena outside Khartum, Sudan. In a manner reminiscent of another UN envoy, Benjamin Netanyahu, Danon is not a complainer, he is an attacker, and he makes demands. Such as the demands he has made of the UN to at last treat the murder of innocent Jews by Arab terrorists in Tel Aviv as seriously as the did, say, the murdrer of innocent Frenchmen in Paris by Arab Terrorists. Well, last night they did.

For the first time since the wave of Arab terrorism began, on September 2015, on Thursday at 11:30 PM, the UN Security Council condemned the deadly shooting in the strongest terms, calling for the individuals behind “these reprehensible acts of terrorism” to be brought to justice. The council statement was approved by all 15 members. It expressed sympathy for the families of the four civilians killed and those who were injured, and “reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable.”

Also on Thursday, in the daily press briefing by Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Dept., reporter Arshad Mohammed asked Toner if he had anything more to say about the terror attack. Toner answered: “I’m happy to once again condemn yesterday’s terrible terrorist attacks in Tel Aviv.” Oh, for sure, this is gotcha’ journalism on our part, because, of course, Toner didn’t mean to say he was happy there was a terror attack — but the officious, businesslike manner in which the spokesperson treated the story and the statement conveyed how much empathy he really felt, which was probably somewhere between zero and one on the eleven-notch Spinal Tap volume scale.

The original State Dept. response, on Wednesday, sounded real, though: “The United States condemns today’s horrific terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in the strongest possible terms. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for those wounded. These cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified. We are in touch with Israeli authorities to express our support and concern.”

So we probably shouldn’t begrudge Toner his unfortunate expression of happiness.

The same reporter on Thursday continued, saying “the defense minister over there, Avigdor Liberman, has said that in the future Palestinians that are killed while carrying out attacks– their bodies will not be returned to their families. They’re going to be interred somewhere. Israel has a cemetery for enemies, I think.”

The Internet is rife with Arab media stories about Israel’s “cemetery for enemies.” It’s a real place, in the Jordan valley. Back in 2011, Prime Minister Netanyahu approved the transfer of 84 bodies from the Jordan Valley cemetery of enemy combatants to the Palestinian Authority. The Liberman new decision to stop returning terrorists’ bodies is a blessed step in the right direction, and a clear change in the IDF soft arm policy of Liberman’s predecessor. Turns out Israel now has a rightwing defense minister. Liberman also revoked thousands of entry permits issued to Judea, Samaria and Gaza Arabs for the month of Ramadan, added two IDF battalions to Judea and Samaria, and sent security forces to Yatta Village, home of the cousin terrorists who murdered four Israelis in Tel Aviv. If Liberman also gets those two the death penalty he could probably be Israel’s next prime minister.

About which Toner had to say: “We understand the Israeli Government’s desire to protect its citizens, after this kind of terrorist attack, and we strongly support that right. But we would hope that any measures it takes would also take into consideration the impact on Palestinian civilians, who are just trying to go about their daily lives.”

We’ll see what we can do.

David Israel

Why I Go Grocery Shopping with an M-16 on My Back.

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

[Reposted from Facebook]

Several days ago I engaged with Leftist activists at the Jerusalem Day Parade, including Sarah Tuttle Singer and a friend of hers that did not give her name. They claimed Muslims in the Damascus Gate marketplace were friends of theirs.

I challenged them to go in and ask the first Muslim they find why the Muslims built a mosque on top of the Jewish Temple Mount?

I also challenged them to go ask their “friends” in what year did an Arab Palestine country, state Or land exist before Israel – and I will be there to watch the reaction.

Sarah’s friend claimed that my gun proves that I am not looking for peace. You see, liberals live in a make believe world so far out of reality it resembles a Disney cartoon. Jews are being slaughtered in the streets by Muslim terrorists, we are unable to walk through the gates of Jerusalem throughout the year, Jews are being shot, run over and murdered and the gun that I wear for self-defense proves that I don’t want peace?! They really have to stop sniffing that peace drug! This morning I went shopping at Rami Levy.

There were Muslims who were in the middle of Ramadan shopping and Jews shopping for Shabbat and the upcoming Shavuot holiday and I was there with my M-16 strapped over my back as well as my secondary weapon on my hip.

Not only were the Jews not nervous about the fact that I’m walking around with two guns, the Muslims knew that if a terrorist walks into that store, I will be protecting them just like everyone else. The guns that I and many other people wear are not a situation we asked for, they are a reaction to the situation we were forced into.

We did not start the wars, we did not ask for the wars And the fact that the Arabs lost the wars they started does not turn them into victims, only into losers.

I understand the world has gotten used to Jews picking up their arms and walking like sheep to the slaughterhouse, but they better wake up and understand, we will do whatever is needed to make sure that never happens again! I will not apologize for my guns nor will I apologize for unwilling to cooperate with the radical Islamic terrorists who want us once again to become victims.

I’m sorry the liberals in Israel have been struck with a fatal case of the Stockholm Syndrome and I’m happy the disease is not airborne. The cure? TRUTH!

The only person who would be nervous about my guns are the terrorists who are looking to murder my people and to them I say, be nervous and be scared!

This is why I spend my days and nights with Standing Together 24/7 IDF supporting IDF soldiers with whatever they need.

We must never apologize for our ability to fight back and defend ourselves, just like we should never apologize for winning the wars the Arabs started in order to destroy us and we certainly should not apologize for dancing through the streets of Jerusalem.

If you feel guilty for our ability to fight back, do not get upset at the world if they criticize us for doing so.

You convinced them that a Jew with a gun is the problem and not the reason we are forced to go shopping with an M-16 on our backs.

Ari Fuld

Liberman Sips Coffee at Sarona, Beefs Up IDF Battalions in Judea, Samaria

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman likes his coffee.

By Thursday morning, he was already at the Sarona market in Tel Aviv, drinking a cup of coffee at a cafe to show his support for the market where two Arab terrorists had murdered four Israelis and wounded five others barely 12 hours before.

The popular market with its cafes, bars, restaurants and other little shops is located across from the Kirya, home to the IDF headquarters and office of the defense ministry.

Sarona made sure to quickly reopen in accordance with the urging of Mayor Ron Huldai who told media “we have to live with this reality,” not let terror rule Israeli lives.

“Please allow me to express my condolences to the families and I wish the wounded a speedy recovery,” Liberman told journalists Thursday morning after they asked how the government would respond to the attack.

“I came to salute the residents of Tel Aviv who have had to absorb yet another serious incident. Despite this, they want to return to regular life and to prove that life is stronger. I don’t intend to elaborate on the steps which we will be taking and I definitely don’t intend to make do with words only,” Liberman said.

His intentions soon became clear.

As the security cabinet was sitting down to discuss those measures, the IDF was already beefing up its presence in Judea and Samaria. Hundreds of soldiers in numerous units are now stationed in the regions in two additional battalions “in accordance with situation assessments.”

The added units range from infantry to special forces fighters.

Police patrols have been beefed up in Tel Aviv around the city’s train stations and the central bus station, according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld.

In addition, 83,000 permits were frozen that would have allowed Arabs from Judea, Samaria and Gaza to cross the checkpoints to visit relatives and friends in other regions and to enter Jerusalem to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Among those were Israeli work permits that had been given to 204 relatives of the terrorists, who are residents of the Hebron suburb of Yatta, in the southern Hebron Hills.

Preparations are already being made to demolish the family home of at least one of the two terrorists who carried out the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

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