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September 3, 2015 / 19 Elul, 5775
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IDF Soldiers Foil Terrorist Stabbing, Neutralize Attacker in Samaria

Monday, August 17th, 2015

IDF soldiers foiled an attempted terror attack by a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist Monday at the Tapuach junction in Samaria (Shomron), north of Jerusalem.

The terrorist attempted to stab a Border Guard Police officer who was standing guard at the junction, approximately the same location where a Palestinian Arab terrorist stabbed another soldier this past Saturday.

“A short while ago a Palestinian suspect approached the forces guarding the Tapuach junction, asking for help and medical assistance,” the IDF spokesperson’s unit explained in an SMS text statement to media.

“When he got within a close range of the forces, he pulled out a knife and attempted to stab an officer. The officer was lightly injured and managed to fight off the assailant. The forces on site responded immediately, firing towards the attacker.”

The terrorist reportedly died of his wounds, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Shomron Regional Council Yossi Dagan responded to the event with a strong statement of appreciation to the military and a call for the government to publicly support security forces as they enforce law and order in Judea and Samaria.

“We thank the security forces for their swift action,” Dagan said. “I call upon the prime minister to publicly support the soldiers for their decisive moves that without doubt saved the the lives of many — both civilians and soldiers — who were present at the scene [of the attack.]”

Netanyahu: ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy for Terror, Praise for Security Forces

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened Sunday’s weekly government cabinet meeting with a firm statement of support for the military security forces and an equally strong statement underlining the nation’s policy of zero tolerance for terror.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend IDF soldiers and Border Guard Police officers for their steadfast operations over the weekend,” said Netanyahu. “The forces neutralized a number of terror operations.

Our policy is zero tolerance of terror,” he said. “He who attempts to harm us, we will harm him.”

The statements came in the wake of a weekend in which an IDF soldier and a Border Guard Police officer were both stabbed in the back in two separate attacks by Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists — including one incident in which a soldier was attacked after turning to simply get a drink of water for the Arab who said he was thirsty.

Bayit Yehudi party chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett commented Saturday night that the attack marked a new “moral bankruptcy” among Palestinian Authority terrorists.

IDF Tightens Rules for Soldiers in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The IDF tightened its rules of engagement yesterday for combat forces in Judea and Samaria, making defense of self and others much more difficult.

Publication of the new regulations was met with utter disgust by the troops who will be forced to carry them out.

The new rules are frankly dangerous to the soldiers, creating an unacceptable risk to their lives before they’re allowed to fire at attackers.

Christian combat soldiers who spoke with the Hebrew-language 0404 website made it clear they “will not hesitate to operate in accordance with the gunfire procedures that were in place prior to the announcement.”

The stringent new rules of engagement have tightened the regulation that previously required troops to fire at an attacker’s lower extremities in life-threatening situations. Under other circumstances in which there is a risk, a threatened soldier has only been allowed to fire in the air.

IDF soldiers who belong to the Christian community told the 0404 website that if they are confronted with a situation in which they feel threatened, they will not hesitate to shoot directly at a terrorist, even if the situation differs from permitted circumstances outlined in the new regulations.

One of the three soldiers from northern Israel who spoke with the website said, “Whoever throws a firebomb (Molotov cocktail) at me is clearly trying to kill me, and someone who wants to kill me is someone I will kill first.”

Another soldier said that his family had contacted him to ask whether news of the more stringent rules was really true. When he confirmed it, “My mother told me she does not care about the new directives and said that if I am in danger, I should not think twice [about firing to defend myself.]”

A third soldier from Nazareth sent a message to 0404, commenting, “The ‘Rules of Engagement’ sent shivers down my spine. A strong army stands in fear before a small enemy. No, no, absolutely not. I have one thing to say: One hundred mothers will weep and my mother will not cry. I am a Christian of Nazareth serving in the Kefir Brigade and I represent the Christian community.”

Update: Condition of Soldiers from Car Terror Attack

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The two soldiers, injured in last week’s terror attack on Road 60, are still hospitalized, according to Hadassah hospital.

One soldier has slightly improved, and he is now listed in moderate to serious condition.

The second soldier is still in serious condition. He remains sedated and on a respirator.

Arab Terrorists Blocking Roads, Hurling Rocks Around Jerusalem

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Jerusalem Arabs were hurling rocks at Israeli vehicles traveling on the main arteries leading in and out the capital north and east of Jerusalem on Saturday night.

Rock attacks were reported in the area of Isawiyya in northern Jerusalem, where rioting was brought under control by Border Guard Police officers using riot dispersal measures.

Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists also hurled rocks at an Israeli bus just outside the tunnel between Jerusalem and the suburb of Ma’ale Adumim. None of the passengers on the bus were physically injured but the windshield of the bus was smashed.

IDF soldiers were deployed to the area to search for the terrorists.

Dozens of Arabs in other areas have also been blocking roads and hurling rocks and firebombs at IDF soldiers and Israel Police this weekend.

Security forces were already on high alert, however, and fully prepared to contend with any disturbances or possible attacks on civilians.

IDF Spox Says Israeli Participation in Juniper Cobra is On

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

In response to the reports that appeared in the major Israeli news outlets, including JewishPress.com, regarding the possibility that Israel won’t participate in the joint military exercise, Juniper Cobra 2016, with the US, the IDF spokesperson released a tweet indicating otherwise.

Peter Lerner ‏@LTCPeterLerner Contrary to reports, exercises with US are proceeding unchanged, there’s no change in policy of planned exercises, including Juniper Cobra.

In the original report, Amir Rapaport wrote that the situation may change after the Iran battle in Congress is over.

Time will tell.

IAF Retaliates Against Gaza Terror Rocket Fire

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

IAF fighter pilots retaliated against Gaza terrorists who attacked southern Israel late Friday.

Military jets scored “a direct hit” against the intended target, the IDF said.

“Israeli air force aircraft attacked the Hamas terror organization’s infrastructure in central Gaza a short time ago,” announced the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit late Friday night.

“The attack was carried out in response to the rocket fire aimed at Israeli territory earlier in the afternoon,” said the IDF statement. “Hamas is the entity responsible for actions that emanate from Gaza.”

On Friday afternoon, Gaza terrorists launched at least two rockets and a mortar shell at southern Israel. One of the projectiles exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district, about half a mile from the southern border with Gaza near Kissufim. The other projectiles apparently landed within Gaza.

The Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens were not activated in southern Israel, thus giving local residents no warning of the impending attack.

No property damage and no physical injuries were reported in Israel. It is not clear whether there were any injuries or damage in Gaza.

Security sources believe a Salafi terrorist group was responsible for the attack. Nevertheless, Israel holds Hamas responsible for any activity emanating from Gaza inasmuch as Hamas is in complete administrative and military control of the enclave.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iaf-retaliates-against-gaza-terror-rocket-fire/2015/08/08/

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