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IDF Military Forces Drilling on Northern, Eastern Israeli Borders

Monday, April 18th, 2016

IDF soldiers in northern and eastern Israel didn’t rest much last week, and aren’t likely to this week either.

“Good morning,” tweeted IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner early Monday morning. “Surprise #IDF exercise this morning in the Golan Heights because #HopeIsNotAMethod.”

Despite the tweet, Lerner revealed little else. The drill is relevant primarily for general staff in the IDF Northern Command and is expected to last the entire week.

“Citizens can expect to see movement of security forces, military vehicles and aircraft in the ares of Golan Regional Council and the Jordan Valley Regional Council,” the IDF said in its announcement about the exercise.

Internecine conflicts are growing in Lebanon and Jordan along with the raging five-year long civil war in Syria and the spreading influence of the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization — all of which is contributing to the rising risk of a conflict along one of Israel’s borders.

Hana Levi Julian

Forces Found New Hamas Terror Tunnel Reaching Into Israel [video]

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Security personnel have released for publication the fact that a new terrorist tunnel was discovered leading from Gaza well into Israeli territory.

The tunnel, dug after the completion of 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, was identified about a week ago in the area around the southern Israeli Jewish community of Holit.

“The IDF has uncovered and neutralized a Hamas terror tunnel in southern Israel,” the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement Monday morning.

Newly-dug tunnel leading from Gaza into Israel.

Newly-dug tunnel leading from Gaza into Israel.

The tunnel extended approximately 150 meters into Israel, emerging between Kerem Shalom and the site from which IDF soldier Gilad Shalim was abducted by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group in June 2006, sources said.

Map of new Hamas tunnel discovered to be leading from Gaza deep into Israel, neutralized by security forces.

Map of new Hamas tunnel.

“This tunnel, the first to be found since Operation Protective Edge, was built by Hamas in order to infiltrate Israel and execute terror attacks against the people of the southern communities,” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner noted in a sharply worded statement Monday morning. “The IDF will continue its counter terror efforts to uncover and neutralize Hamas’ offensive tunnels.

The tunnel was discovered late last week by IDF soldiers and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) intelligence agents along with engineers who were using specialized technological equipmentk. The forces “uncovered and neutralized an offensive tunnel infiltrating Israel from the Gaza Strip,” Lerner said.

“The ugly truth is that Hamas continues to invest millions of dollars to build tunnels of terror and death,” the spokesman continued.

“The tunnel uncovered in Israel demonstrates once more Hamas’ warped priorities and continued commitment and investment in tools of violence. This tunnel exposes Hamas’ abhorrent intentions to attack the men, women and children of southern Israel.”

Residents of the Jewish communities in the Gaza Belt area have been deeply worried for months, pressuring defense officials to search the area around their homes and communities due to the digging noises they kept hearing under their floors.

Hana Levi Julian

Shabak Objects to IDF Withdrawal from Arab Cities

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Israel’s clandestine internal security service Shabak recently submitted a classified document attacking the contacts between Israeli officials and the PA on reducing IDF presence in area A of Judea and Samaria, which is entirely under PA jurisdiction, a senior Israeli official told Ha’aretz. The document was delivered to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ya’alon and other seniors in the security apparatus.

Shabak argues that establishing understandings with the PA on the issue of IDF withdrawal would likely create political limitations which would narrow the IDF’s future freedom of operation in Arab cities in Judea and Samaria and make it harder to foil terrorist attacks. Recently there have been media reports suggesting Netanyahu and Ya’alon believe the move would not damage Israel’s ability to prevent attacks, and that the PA security forces can be relied upon to carry out a large portion of the IDF’s missions.

That belief, in fact, was at the foundation of the Oslo accords, which both Netanyahu and Ya’alon still see as the path—with some corrections—to a two-state solution.

On Sunday night there was yet another meeting between Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Gen. Yoav Mordechai and and OC Central Command Roni Numa on the Israeli side, and a PA team that included Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh and Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj. The PA delegation demanded an understanding on the IDF pullout from area A before the Tuesday meeting in Brussels of the conference of the PA donor countries — but it remains unclear if this can be achieved in the given timeframe.

A more likely outline would include a trial period during which the PA security be given additional responsibility, while an IDF re-entry into area A would require approval by a command chief, as opposed to the current procedure which requires approval from a brigade chief.

According to the source cited by Ha’aretz, there has been a growing unrest among Netanyahu’s cabinet ministers regarding the pullout proposal, both over the proposal itself, which relies on PA generals to defend Israeli civilians from terrorists, and also over the way in which these plans are being conceived and decided. Ministers Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, Ze’ev Elkin and Gilad Erdan suspect that what is being presented to the cabinet as routine coordination meetings with PA security officials are, in effect, political negotiations over the next phase in applying the two-state solution.

Since 2002, when PA security failed to stop, and some say aided and abetted the seder night attack on a hotel in Netanya that resulted in 23 dead, Israel has ceased to comply with the Oslo accords regarding the IDF’s freedom of movement inside area A. The result has been the crushing of the terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria and the Shabak and IDF vastly increased effectiveness in rounding up terror suspects based on intelligence before they set out to harm Israelis.

JNi.Media

Eretz Israel Knesset Lobby: Keep IDF in Arab Cities

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

The co-chairmen of the Eretz Israel lobby in the Knesset, MKs Yoav Kisch (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) on Sunday called on the cabinet not to adopt the proposal to withdraw the IDF from the Arab city centers in Judea and Samaria.

The two MKs said in a statement, “We mustn’t reward terrorism, and the days when we relinquished the security of Israeli citizens to the Palestinian Authority have long since ended. Instead of reducing our hold on the land we must present a formidable iron wall against our enemies. After half a year of PA supported terrorism, we must make sure that the clear result of the terror will be zero achievements to the enemy, and not the other way around. The message must be clear, the IDF will secure our citizens wherever it is needed.”

David Israel

Hundreds Rally to Support Soldier Charged with Manslaughter

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated around the country Saturday night supporting an IDF medic who killed a wounded IDF terrorist who had stabbed a soldier a few minutes prior.

The medic, a soldier from the Kefir Brigade, is being charged with manslaughter. The prosecutor decided against charging him with murder.

Relatives of active IDF soldiers, reservists and civilians gathered in numerous cities to support the detained soldier.

In Rishon LeZion, 400 people blocked a major artery “for our hero who took out the Hebron terrorist.” A second rally was held at a shopping mall in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. Another demonstration was held at the entrance to Kiryat Gat, in southern Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Preparing for Conflicts Along Southern, Northern Borders

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Israel’s defense establishment appears to be preparing military forces and civilians for a possible outbreak of hostilities either in the north or the south sometime soon.

A major civil defense drill – the largest since the 2014 war with Hamas – was held this past Thursday in southern Israel at Kibbutz Erez, barely a mile from Gaza.

Civilian response teams, IDF soldiers, Magen David Adom emergency medical teams, police officers, firefighters and others participated in the drill, Channel 2 reported Friday.

The exercise simulated an attack by Hamas terrorists on an Israeli kibbutz which included abduction of Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers overpowering the terrorists in the kibbutz dining hall.

According to the report, recent IDF preparations to meet a possible conflict have included the infusion of additional forces along the Gaza border. In addition, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported Thursday that four IDF bulldozers leveled ground along the security fence a few meters inside Gaza, east of the city of Rafah, which straddles the enclave’s border with Egypt.

Nevertheless, defense officials continue to say that although Hamas is gathering its forces within Gaza, the terrorist group does not appear to be preparing for a direct war with Israel in the near future.

While the IDF is preparing to meet whatever threat may present itself in the south, forces are also making preparations in the north for much the same reason.

The IDF has beefed up its forces in northern Israel along the border with Lebanon and in the Golan Heights, near Syria. A major military drill began in the north on Wednesday and continued through the end of the week.

IDF Northern Command alerted civilians from the western Galilee all the way east to the Golan Heights not to be alarmed at the sounds of artillery and other ordnance.

The latest round of peace talks between opposition forces and the Syrian government started Wednesday (April 13) in Geneva but by the weekend had achieved nothing.

The Syrian regime has escalated the fighting near Aleppo, and local residents who had not yet fled are now making an effort to flee while they can. Opposition forces are accusing Syrian government chief mediator Bashar Ja’afari of not being serious about seeking a solution to the five-year civil war.

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura is trying to keep the talks focused on political transition but with intensified battles continuing, the opposition is losing its resolve.

In addition, Da’esh (ISIS), Al Qaeda, Army of Islam and Jabhat Al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) radical Islamist terror organizations are not at the table. Since they control at least half of the territory in Syria, even if negotiations succeed in resolving the issue of who governs Syria, the question still remains whether there is anything geographically, territorially left to govern.

Al Nusra controls the territory closest to the sole border crossing between Israel and Syria, at Quneitra. Last Tuesday (April 12) Syrian sources told international media that Da’esh (ISIS) now controls 90 percent of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus. The community is home to Arabs from the Palestinian Authority and is also a stronghold for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

So far, the capital, Damascus is still in the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Hana Levi Julian

Bearded IDF Paratroopers Banned from Yad Vashem Ceremony

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Paratroopers’ battalion 890 in 1955 with Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan, and (l-r standing) Lieutnant Meir Har-Zion, Major Arik Sharon, Captain Dani Matt (bearded), Lieutnant Moshe Efron, Major General Asaf Simchoni. Sitting: Captain Aharon Davidi (bearded), Lieutnant Ya’akov Ya’akov, Captain Raful Eitan. It turns out that IDF soldiers, religious and secular alike, are banned from representing the Jewish army in official ceremonies, News 0404 discovered this week, and the IDF Spokesperson’s office confirmed. The event was a Yad Vashem commemoration ceremony, and the soldiers were warriors from Battalion 202 of the storied Paratroopers Brigade.

It should be noted that General Danny Matt, the legendary commander whose name is synonymous with the IDF paratroopers’ brigade was endowed with a thick and bushy beard that any Hasidic rebbe would have been proud to wear (even though he was not a particularly religious person). Likewise Brigadier Aharon Davidi, another legendary paratrooper.

In fact, some inside the brigade were astonished to find out that bearded Jewish soldiers would not be let into an institution dedicated to documenting the tragic fate of millions of bearded Jews.

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) called on Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot to change the humiliating rule. “The directive shows a disconnect, even a cultural distance from the world of Jewish values,” Smotrich told News 0404, “and I call on the Chief of Staff to change it. It is inconceivable that we’ll be at the same time encouraging the service of religious and Haredi soldiers in the IDF and then barring them from state ceremonies because their appearance is a disgrace to the army.”

JNi.Media

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