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August 1, 2015 / 16 Av, 5775
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Air Force Hits One Lonely Terror Target after Missile Attack

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force struck a solitary “terror infrastructure” target early Thursday morning in “retaliation” for a missile attack south of Ashkelon.

No one was injured, and no damage was reported in the rocket attack, so the IDF decided to act “proportionately” to the nth degree and strike back at only one target, without injuring a terrorist.

The rocket exploded in the Ashkelon Coastal Region second after an early warning siren was heard at 2:02 a.m.

The IDF spokesman stated:

The rocket landed in an open area adjacent to the city of Ashkelon, no injuries were reported.

In response to this attack, IAF aircrafts targeted a terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: ‘The time was 2 AM in Israel when sirens sounded in the Lachish region, a frightening wake up call, alerting civilians to rush to shelters.

The repeated rocket fire at Israel does not only put the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk but it [also] is a deliberate decision to target civilians. No person should live under the threat of terrorism, always fearing what will come next, and whether they will find shelter in time to save their lives.

The IDF said it views the attack “gravely and will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens.”

Therefore, it attacked “a” terror target.

Not many people will sleep well tonight in southern Israel.

Capturing Terrorists

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Drone and headcam footage released from the capture of the PLO terror cell that murdered Danny Gonen on June 19, 2015.

 

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IDF Reservists Patrol Hitchhiking Spots to Prevent Kidnappings

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The IDF has decided to implement a new practice to improve the security of hitchhikers in Judea and Samaria — one year after three hitchhiking Israeli teens were abducted and murdered.

Yisrael HaYom reported that the IDF will be sending reservists in civilian vehicles to provide security for hitchhikers in the territories. The cars will travel past popular hitchhiking spots each afternoon and into the night, observing the roads and looking out for suspicious sights.

The timing of the program coincides with summer vacation, when youngsters are more likely to be looking for rides, as well as with the recent rise in terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem.

It also comes at a time when intelligence authorities have received several reports of plots to carry out another kidnapping. Har Hebron Regional Council head Yochai Damri had approached the commander of the Judea Brigade to ask for increased security due to a lack of public transport.

“Telling our children not to hitchhike does not work,” Damri said.

Palestinian Authority Teenage Girl Stabs Soldier in Samaria

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

A Palestinian Authority teenage female terrorist stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier at in Samaria Wednesday afternoon.

Magen David Adom medics treated the soldier at the scene for injuries in the upper part of his body.

Soldiers arrested the terrorist, a 15-year-old girl, who approached an IDF post near the community of Nachliel and stabbed him in his back.

Explosive Terror Attack Thwarted Near Maccabim

Monday, July 13th, 2015

A terror attack was averted at 3 AM Monday morning.

Terrorists placed burning tires and a gas balloon (gas tank/canister) along Highway 443 (Modiin-Jerusalem highway), about 1/2 a kilometer south of the Maccabim checkpoint, near the Arab village of Hirbhat el-Mitzbach, east of Modiin.

The highway was shut down as sappers and the fire department responded.

The sappers blew up the gas canister in a controlled explosion, according to the police.

The fire department then extinguished the fire, after the sappers ensured there were no additional explosive devices in the area.

No injuries or damage were reported.

Arab Website Calls Israeli Hostages ‘Soldiers’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Alresalah Arabic-language wrote that the two Israelis being held by Hamas are “soldiers.”

It reported:

An Ethiopian-Israeli soldier, identified as Abraham Mengistu, entered to the Gaza Strip by mistake on September 8, 2014.

The second Israeli, a Bedouin from the southern city of Hura, was not identified. Israel also has kept a veil of secrecy on his disappearance, but Hura’s reputation for crime and terror leaves open the possibility that the missing Bedouin entered Gaza with the cooperation of Hamas.

Nevertheless, Alresalah referred to him as a soldier, also.

Hamas has said it will not disclose any information about the two men until Israel releases terrorists from prison, including those who were freed for kidnapped soldier GIlad Shalit and then rearrested for more terror.

News of the missing Israeli broke on Thursday when Israeli media demanded a gag order be released and since then has dumped on the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the IDF for alleged racism.

As in previous hostage incidents, the government and military should be given the benefit of the doubt and allowed to work quietly for their release, but the immediate conclusion, without any basis, that Mengistu still is in Gaza because he is an Ethiopian only complicates matters for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Lior Lotan, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s representative for the Mengistu affair, made things even worse by leaked comments to Mengistu’s family that they would make matters worse if they went public and criticized the Prime Minister.

That immediately was reported as a “threat,” and Lotan issued has issued a public apology.

However, the anti-Netanyahu media are not satisfied and want the Prime Minister’s head, an expression that perhaps should not be used so loosely these days.

 

Lotan had told the family:

You have two options: The first is to point the finger at Hamas and tell them ‘You are holding him; you are responsible for his fate, return him to us and we want to know that he’s alive.’

Then you have the second option, which is to point the finger at Jerusalem and say ‘You aren’t right, you let him cross and did not respond to letters.’

I have my opinion on what is best for Israel [and] what will help him and what will help Hamas, but you have to choose and you will be responsible for the outcome.

That does not sound like a threat. It sound like putting the facts on the table, but if the leftist media says it is a threat, it is a threat.

Zahava Gal-On, the leader of the left-wing Meretz party, immediately concluded that Lotan would not have spoken as he did to another family if their skin were white.

“No one should dare to tell us that this is not connected to skin color,” she asserted.

And if she says it is racism, it is racism.

Prime Minister Netanyahu personally apologized to the Mengisto family for Lotan’s remarks and is visiting them them Friday.

Now the family of the Bedouin is screaming “racism” because no one from the government has visited them.

It is not known if the Bedouin was a terrorist or a criminal. It is not known what Israel has been doing behind the scenes, quietly, to free them.

All that really is known is that the establishment media are further jeopardizing the lives of the missing Israelis and soon will be jeopardizing the lives of all Israelis by demanding that the government gain their release by handing over more terrorists, who can go around killing more people.

‘Hamas is Responsible For My Son. They Cannot Shirk Responsibility’

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The mother of a (possibly) mentally ill young man who crossed the southern border of Israel into Gaza is blaming Hamas for her son’s captivity.

A second civilian, also in his 20s, is being held captive in Gaza as well. All information about the second man, a Negev Bedouin resident of the town of Hura, has been censored, however.

Avraham Mengisto’s mother told media in a briefing today (Thursday, July 9) while meeting with Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni that she holds Gaza’s ruling terror organization responsible for the welfare of her 28-year-old son.

“Hamas is responsible for my son’s fate,” his mother said. “They cannot shirk their responsibility. I [also] hope the state will not cease to act for his return.”

The mayor visited her at the family home in Ashkelon on Thursday after the news of Avraham’s disappearance was cleared for publication. “The family is going through a very difficult time, after the double tragedy that they’ve endured,” Shimoni said. “Askelon Municipality’s social services department has been accompanying them since the first moment. We embrace the family and send them strength and hope that Avraham will be back with his family quickly,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Avraham’s brother Ilan subsequently said “[We] have decided to behave with restraint and give the government time to get our brother back home and we also ask the people of Israel to show restraint… The family considers this a humanitarian issue and we call on the international community to get involved and work to secure the release of my brother,” he said. “I ask that Hamas consider the condition of my brother and release him,” he added.

Information about Avraham’s disappearance 10 months ago only became public today due to the lifting of a gag order.

Mengisto left his home in Ashkelon early on September 8, 2014, and apparently kept walking along the shoreline until he crossed the border into Gaza. This is not the first time that Mengisto has gone missing; there have been three reports of similar incidents registered with the social services department, although none involved a border crossing.

Mengisto’s mother Agernesh lives in Ashkelon, and his father Ayele lives in central Israel. He is one of nine children in the family.

According to the Defense Ministry there is no concrete information as to his fate; IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai told media, however, that current information indicates Mengisto is being held by Hamas.

A military source said Mengisto had initially been arrested by Hamas after crossing the border in September, but the terror organization said it released him because he was not a soldier. The source said there have been several attempts since that time to negotiate for his release.

A Hamas source in Gaza told Ynet that Mengisto is no longer in the region; the source said the Israeli exited the enclave via the tunnels in the southern border town of Rafah, and headed into Egypt.

Mengisto’s grieving mother added that despite her efforts to remain strong, “It hurts me. Since he disappeared, my life has come to a stop.

“Every day I wait for him to come through the door and say ‘hello.’ I pray for his return, and ask anyone who can help us to do so.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-is-responsible-for-my-son-they-cannot-shirk-responsibility/2015/07/09/

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