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April 27, 2015 / 8 Iyar, 5775
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UPDATED: Jewish Man Missing, Kidnapping Suspected Near Hebron

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Israeli security forces continue to search for a 22-year-old Jewish man who went missing around 4:20 pm Thursday afternoon. Both he and the friend with whom he was driving in the area are residents of Be’er Sheva, according to a report on Israel’s Channel 2 television.

Police received a call at the Judea and Samaria District Police 100 Center from a man who said his friend had gone to look for tools to fix a flat tire. It had been more than an hour since he left, but had not yet returned.

IDF operating in Beit Anoun, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba and the city of Hebron.

IDF operating in Beit Anoun, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba and the city of Hebron.

Palestinian media have already published a photo of the man, as well as his name, but these details are being withheld from Israeli media under gag order.

The incident occurred after the car in which he and his friend were driving broke down at the Beit Anoun junction outside Hebron, near the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Jewish Press.com that police officers and IDF troops immediately launched an intensive search which has since widened to include the areas around the Palestinian Authority towns of Halhul and El Aroub, both located north of Beit Anoun and Hebron.

Officials said the missing man was wearing a KKL hoodie and a pair of jeans.

Israel Police and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) forces have continued to operate at the intelligence level in the area as well, and by nightfall were working on the assumption he had been kidnapped.

Roads leading to and from the village of Beit Anoun via Highway 60 and Highway 35 were closed in order to stymie any potential kidnappers.

The area of Beit Anoun is close to Hebron and the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

Beit Anoun is close to Hebron and the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba.

7:34 PM There are reports that the car did not have a flat tire, and it was parked close to Kiryat Arba so there was no reason for the man to enter Beit Anoun when Kiryat Arba was closer. The explanation the friend gave is problematic; he is being questioned again by security personnel.

The man also left his telephone in the car; it’s not clear whether that was deliberate or accidental.

Regardless of the reason the man entered the Arab village, however, Israeli forces are treating his disappearance as a full-blown security incident.

The area around Halhul and El Aroub is now closed as IDF troops move from house to house searching for the missing man, whose identity still has not been released for publication.

8:09 PM His friend who stayed with the car is a Bedouin. The car did not have a flat tire, but it appears someone did release some air from the tire to make it look flat.

Security forces suspect this began as criminal activity, but has ended up a nationalistic kidnapping, according to Channel 10.

8:13 pm Channel 2 reported that the friend has changed his version of the story three times in telling it to the security forces.

9:20 pm A field command center has been set up in the Kiryat Arba gas station as the search for the missing Israeli mans continues and expands.

Photo of Wounded but Smiling Solder Stabbed by Terrorist He Tackled

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The soldier who tackled a Palestinian Authority terrorist and was stabbed has been identified as Yoav Lightman.

He was one of several soldiers who confronted a group of Palestinian Authority Arabs who were trying to sneak across the security fence near the Oranit crossing east of Tel Aviv.

Lightman suffered light to moderate wounds. The terrorist was captured, and as seen below, Lightman is recovering nicely.

Today;s IDF hero, Cpl. Yoav Lightman.

Today;s IDF hero, Cpl. Yoav Lightman.

‘David’s Sling’ Anti-Missile System Hits Target in Fourth Test [video]

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The joint Israel-United States David’s Sling anti-missile system successfully has passed its fourth test and may be deployed late this year or early next year, according to the Ministry of Defense,

A target missile was launched, detected and destroyed in the test on Wednesday.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems developed the system against medium-range missiles in cooperation with Raytheon, based in the United States.

After deployment, Israel will be the only country with a multi-layer anti-missile system.

The Iron Dome system proved its effectiveness in last year’s Hamas war on Gaza by intercepting almost all of short-range missiles. The Arrow system works against long-range missiles, and David’s Sling would fill the gap and intercept missiles and rockets with a range of between 63 miles and 125 miles.

David’s Sling will provide Israel with an important weapon to help defend the country against Hezbollah missiles, but the drawback to the system is money. David’s Sling rockets cost about $1 million each.

IDF Expects 1200 Daily Hezbollah Rockets in Next War

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

An assessment by the IDF Home Front Command expects the Iranian-supported Hezbollah to launch 1200 rockets a day, and hundreds of Israelis could die in then next war with Lebanon.

The IDF will also need to decide where to deploy their limited number of Iron Dome anti-rocket systems up north, deciding whether to protect population centers or strategic sites.

It is not known if the report considered what would happen if the IDF took a disproportional response against Hezbollah at the beginning of the war, instead of its current tactics of proportional responses and preemptive notifications, and if that strategy would result in fewer estimated rocket launches and Israeli casualties.

But if Israel did respond strongly, Beirut would be devastated.

IDF Promises to Block Missionary Activity

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The office of new Chief of Staff. Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot has promised the Yad L’Achim anti-missionary organization it will act to “prevent recurrences” of a recent event where missionaries tried to indoctrinate soldiers.

Yad L’Achim said Tuesday that the Chief of Staff’s office responded to its complaint that hundreds of soldiers had been bused to an International Christian Embassy event, reported here, paying tribute to the heroes of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge counter-terror campaign in Gaza.

“This was a particularly serious breach, since soldiers were taken from their military bases to attend a missionary gathering,” according to Yad L’Achim, which added that 300 soldiers, including a brigadier-general and members of an elite combat unit “were forced to listen to a speech preaching Christianity from an American missionary.”

It added, “One of the translators at the event was Doron Schneider, the head of the ‘Messianic Jews’ congregation in Maaleh Adumim.”

IDF regulations forbid missionary activities, and Yad L’Achim, lodged a complaint and demanded an investigation.

The IDF responded that the incident is “being checked by commanders in order to prevent similar gatherings from taking place in the future.”

Yad L’Achim stressed that it expects to receive answers from the chief of staff regarding other missionary events in the IDF, and it noted that Tel Aviv missionary Yaakov Demkani appears at many bases and to deliver missionary messages.

Iran Tells Its Citizens Israel IDF Joined Saudis to Bomb Yemen

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

One of the Iranian regime’s mouthpieces reported has reported that the Israeli Air Force joined Saudi warplanes to bomb Yemen this week.

The article by the Fars [read: Farce”] News Agency was so ridiculous that even the less responsible news sites did not repeat the propaganda.

On the other hand, considering Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s statement earlier this week that “we see eye to eye with many of our Arab neighbors regarding the danger posed by Iran and we also view positively the benefit that this new partnership could have for the region,” perhaps the Fars report is a harbinger of the future.

Accord to Fars:

‘This is… the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,’ Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his Facebook page.

He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.

Several reports the past three years have indicated that Saudi Arabia is willing to allow Israel to use its air space to attack Iran.

 

 

IDF Clashes with 40 Rioters at Gaza Border

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Israeli soldiers shot and wounded at least one Arab when approximately 40 Gazans rioted near the security fence at Khan Yunis in central Gaza Monday.

An IDF spokeswoman told The Jewish Press, “Soldier shot warnings in the air and when the protesters did not retreat, shots were fired at their lower extremities, injuring one person.”

The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency reported that three Arabs were wounded.

The riot coincided with “Land Day” marches and riots in Judea and Samaria, which generally did not result in unusual violence.

The IDF used tear gas to disperse a riot at the Hawara checkpoint south of Shechem, where one Palestinian Authority legislator was among those who reportedly suffered from inhaling tear gas.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-clashes-with-40-rioters-at-gaza-border/2015/03/31/

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