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May 30, 2015 / 12 Sivan, 5775
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Every Soldier to Jerusalem

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Beginning next year, the IDF will be implementing a program where every new recruit will visit and tour Jerusalem during their first year of service.

A four-month pilot program was just completed, and 12,000 soldiers visited the country’s capital as part of the trial, according to the IDF spokesperson.

The plan is to introduce the soldiers to a wide range of sites in Jerusalem, and for the soldiers to understand why they are serving.

The above photo is from 1967, when the IDF reunited Jerusalem, and Jews were once again able to visit the Old City.

Update: Four Hurt in Suspected Gush Etzion Hit-and-Run Terror Attack

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Four young boys have been injured by a vehicle in Gush Etzion in what is suspected as a terrorist hit-and-attack.

Security forces have found and are questioning the Palestinian Authority driver of the black Subaru car that hit the youth but have not confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. However, an eyewitness at the scene said it appeared that the driver intentionally hit the boys before speeding off.

The vehicle struck the victims at the entrance to the community of Alon Shvut. One person suffered moderate injuries, and three others were injured lightly. They were standing at the same spot where Hams terrorists last summer kidnapped and later murdered three yeshiva students.

In a separate attack, two people were lightly injured in an Arab rock-throwing attack on their tourist bus.

Nearby, an explosive device reportedly was thrown from a house in Bethlehem over the wall separating the city from Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel).

Security forces shot the terrorist, whose condition is not yet known.

In Samaria, The IDF shot and injured a Palestinian Authority terrorist was throwing rocks at soldiers patrolling the security fence.

Police Finally Fire Officer Who Assaulted Soldier of Ethiopian Origin

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Police have finally fired the officer who was caught on video assaulting Damas Pakada and then arresting him for supposedly having attacked him.

Police commissioner Yochanan Danino explained that the unidentified police officer was not dismissed immediately because he “made several claims” and that discussions on in the incident included legal advisers.

The broadcast of the video of the assault set off violent protests by the Ethiopian community against police brutality and racism.

The fired police office still faces possible criminal charges, which Danino said are pending the outcome of an investigation and if there is enough evidence to indict him.

The video shows that the police officer approached Pakada, who was on a sidewalk with his bicycle, spoke to him and within one second started beating him.

IDF Arrests 14 Palestinian Authority Suspects for Terror and Rioting

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Israeli security forces Wednesday night arrested 14 Palestinian Authority Arabs on suspicion of being involved in terrorism and riots.

Investigators are questioning the suspects for attacks against soldiers and citizens.

IDF Gaza Front Commander Turns “Palestinian” Hero over Misquote

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Reading the headlines various Middle East editors have slapped on a recent AFP/Reuters story, one would believe a top-ranking IDF officer switched sides, God forbid:

“Israeli General: ‘Israel and Hamas have common interests.'”

“A top Israeli general thinks Hamas is crucial to peace in Israel”

“No obvious alternative to Hamas in Gaza, says top Israeli general”

“Israeli general says Hamas needed for Gaza stability”

These headlines display a remarkable level of wishful thinking on the part of Arab, European and Israeli editors, gleaning confirmation for their political views from a factual—and frank—discussion of realities in the Gaza strip by said officer.

It began with a meeting this week, between soon-retiring southern command chief Major General Sami Turgeman and local southern mayors, in which the commander addressed the situation in Gaza, eight months after last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, and what to expect from the next round of fighting against Hamas.

Here is what Turgeman actually thinks about Israel’s options in Gaza, speaking to the top concern of the mayors—the fact that Hamas continues its relentless project of digging terror tunnels that reach under Israeli settlements on Gaza’ border.

“There are four options for Gaza,” the southern command chief believes:

“One is constant war without periods of quiet, and then there are no tunnels, but it also ensures that we will live in a perpetual state of emergency.

“A second option is to say we understand that the period of quiet is being utilized to rebuild [the other side’s] capacity, in which case we’ll know that every few years there will be another confrontation.

“A third option is the occupation of the Gaza Strip, in which case we will be responsible for 1.8 million people with all that this implies.

“The fourth option is a political solution, which is a complex thing. We’ll have to inquire with whom we reach it and on what terms, and to consider what it does to our relationship with the PA and with Egypt.”

Having stated those options, Turgeman concluded, “You have to choose between these alternatives,” and only at this point he added his view:

“I think we must find as many periods of quiet as possible, with the knowledge that every so often there will be a battle. And then we shouldn’t be surprised every few years [when a war breaks out]. I hope that after Protective Edge the quiet will last a long time.”

Major General Turgeman said many other things during that meeting, but the above statements reflect what he actually believes regarding the Gaza situation, and none of it suggests anything about “Hamas is crucial to peace in Israel.”

In fact, when he spoke directly about Hamas, Turgeman said:

“Every such battle is over our stamina. Hamas is doing everything to exhaust our society, it’s part of their mission. The damage it inflicts on the area surrounding Gaza is its most significant accomplishment. It’s not the IDF that’s being tested, it’s our entire society doing the fighting. When Channel 2 runs a story of how the settlements near Gaza are feeling abandoned, that’s a victory for Hamas. Hamas gets no greater success than this kind of headline.”

Now, here is where the authors of those semi-messianic headlines got their ideas:

Referring indirectly to calls in Israel to destroy Hamas during and after Protective Edge, Turgeman said that Israel has an interest in Hamas remaining in power for now.

“Inside Gaza, Hamas is the sovereign, and it is highly effective in exercising its sovereignty. As of now, there is no alternative sovereign in Gaza. The only alternative would be the IDF, and authoritarian chaos. The Palestinian Authority can’t govern there. Most Gaza residents see only Hamas as able to solve their problems. The prospect of a popular uprising—before or after Protective Edge—is not high.”

That’s anything but a political statement about the legitimacy of Hamas in any shape or form. It’s an evaluation from the point of view of a military commander who must choose between letting a dangerous but effective enemy run the civil society in Gaza—or having to go in and run things himself (or letting things just go to hell or ISIS). Each option coming with a price.

As military commander, on a functional level, Major General Turgeman needs someone on the other side so he could shake carrots and sticks before their eyes, someone he could intimidate and reward—to get results.

“We are interested in having an addressee [on the other side], because without it there will be chaos,” he explained. “In Syria the addressees are weak, which is why there are so many dangerous weeds growing there; likewise in Iraq and the Sinai. If there is no addressee [in Gaza], our security situation will be much more problematic. So we have an interest to have an addressee the Gaza Strip.”

But suggesting that any of the above includes sanctioning Hamas as a legitimate ruler, or seeing a chance for peace with an extremist Islamic-terror movement is simply the opposite of what the major general believes.

Report: Lebanese Villages are Hezbollah Military Bases, Human Shields

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The Hezbollah terrorist organization is now using not only families – as does Hamas in Gaza – but entire villages as human shields in southern Lebanon.

The Iranian-backed Shiite terrorist organization has created an entire military structure in the nation across Israel’s northern border.

In the process, it has also placed its fellow Lebanese citizens directly into the path of the crossfire that will inevitably come – possibly with the next Hezbollah provocation, perhaps with a multi-site cross border raid and abduction attempt.

In any of those scenarios, the Israel Defense Force will certainly strike back at the source of the fire.

But in a stunning set of maps and aerial photography provided to The New York Times by Israeli military officials this week, it is clear Hezbollah has moved its military infrastructure into the villages of the innocents, and around their municipal boundaries.

To the naked eye, a common village on a hilltop in southern Lebanon near the border looks pretty much like any other.

But with enhanced Israeli military equipment, one can see a Hezbollah command post surrounded by anti-tank positions, underground tunnels, infantry positions, rocket launders and arms depots.

In short, each village comprises an entire military base par excellence, financed an equipped by Iran and Syria.

To date, Hezbollah has increased its arsenal to approximately 100,000 rockets and missiles of various ranges. At this point, both Hezbollah and Israel acknowledge the terror group can reach any point in Israel with its firepower.

Israel does not intend to allow its citizens to live as sitting ducks, an IDF official told NYT.

The interview with the prominent newspaper was, in effect, provided as a sort of international “red alert.” It is a warning to the world that Israel would like to see this issue placed on the world agenda, especially since it is precisely this phenomenon that was supposed to be prevented under the terms of the United Nations-brokered cease-fire agreement that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

The UNIFIL (UN Interim Force in Lebanon) troops were to monitor such activities and – one would assume – find a way to prevent them from occurring.

In effect, a third Lebanon War will have been caused by the inability of the UN force to carry out its responsibilities – and of course, the unending violations of the cease-fire agreement by Hezbollah, and Lebanon, which allowed, aided and abetted the terror group in its mission.

“Where is the world?” asked former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror. Now a presence at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University, Amidror wondered, “Why does it not stop the buildup?”

Police Find Weapons Cache in Shomron Village

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Based on intelligence information, police with IDF support raided a home in the Shomron, in the village of Izvat Salman, and uncovered a weapons cache that included a stolen pistol, a Carl Gustov rifle, a hunting rifle, what looks like a harpoon gun, ammunition, and other stolen items, according to a Tazpit Report.

The man was arrested.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/police-find-weapons-cache-in-shomron-village/2015/05/11/

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