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November 25, 2015 / 13 Kislev, 5776
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Peace Now Chief Urges IDF to Put Hero Soldier ‘on Leave’

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheimer called in a Hebrew-language tweet on Thursday for the IDF to send a hero soldier on leave after he saved lives and prevented major tragedies.

The soldier in question had eliminated three murderous Arab terrorists who attempted attacks over the past two weeks.

“It would be good for the IDF to give leave a few days leave to the soldier that was involved in preventing the terror attack. A situation where a soldier kills 3 attackers in 2 days is not good for the soldier or for the Matzav [situation]”

Yariv Oppenheimer's tweet.

Yariv Oppenheimer’s tweet.

It’s not clear how a soldier successfully killing three terrorists is not good for the current situation. It seems to only be not so good for the terrorists.

The soldier in question is IDF Cpl. “T” of the Shimshon Battalion in the Kfir Brigade. The soldier shot and killed an Arab terrorist Thursday night when he tried to stab fellow troops in Gush Etzion. Last week, he killed two other terrorists in a similar attack, also in Gush Etzion.

The soldier, only been in uniform for eight months, was referred to in a JewishPress.com article as “The Terminator” – an appellation that caught the eye of the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news service, which quoted the report.

The soldier’s Kfir Brigade officers have commended the rapid response and cool temper of the young warrior, whose actions under pressure prevented more serious results.

13 Arab Fugitives Arrested by IDF

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Israeli military forces arrested 13 Arab fugitives late Monday night in Judea and Samaria.

The suspects were detained by IDF soldiers in connection with terrorist activities and violence against civilians and police.

All detainees were transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

IDF Protects Jews’ Midnight Mission to Repair Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

IDF soldiers escorted Jewish workers on an overnight mission to repair the latest nightmare of destruction left by hate-filled Palestinian Authority attackers at the Tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph.

The renovations came approximately two weeks after the Arabs had bashed up and then burned the sacred site.

They were carried out under an initiative by the Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council together with the regional brigade of the IDF, according to the Hebrew-language NRG news site.

Special construction workers entered the area after midnight with a military escort to perform the necessary comprehensive repairs on the ancient tomb.

A group of some 30 Breslov hasidim subsequently entered Joseph’s Tomb to make repairs to the site on the orders of fugitive Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the spiritual leader of Shuvu Banim, but did not coordinate their trip with the IDF. The group was attacked by local Arabs; five were arrested by police in the Samaria Jewish city of Ariel, according to a report on the Hebrew-language Kikar Shabbat website. In addition, one of the hasidim who was left behind at the Tomb was set afire by the Arabs.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Rishon LeZion – rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia – made a point of visiting the Tomb the next night with security provided by the IDF. The goal was to make an accurate assessment of the damage to the site perpetrated by the terrorists – including the Palestinian Authority police who participated in the attack – and to protest that damage.

The convoy in which the esteemed rabbi traveled was attacked by Palestinian Authority Arabs, who hurled rocks at the vehicles as they traveled towards the site, which is located in the ancient city of Shechem – today referred to by Arabs as “Nablus.”

Under the Oslo Accords, the city is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, but the PA is legally required to allow Jews free access to the Tomb.

Following the visit of the chief rabbi, the Tomb was torched again by enraged Palestinian Authority Arabs.

IDF Shuts Down Hebron Radio Station for Incitement to Violence

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

IDF soldiers shut down a Palestinian Authority radio station run by the PA’s leading Fatah faction in Hebron late Monday night in a joint IDF and Civil Administration operation in what the IDF called “part of the ongoing battle against incitement.”

Israeli military forces confiscated broadcasting equipment at the Al Hurriya radio station “in order to prevent the incitement which has caused a flare of violence in the region over recent weeks,” the IDF Spokesperson’s office said Tuesday morning.

“Incitement has been core in aggravating, encouraging and celebrating the recent wave of terror,” said the IDF. “In the past month Palestinians have executed 29 attacks (22 stabbings, four run-over attacks and three shooting attacks) against Israeli civilians and security forces in Hebron.”

The Al Hurriya radio station was formed in 2002 in Gaza by the Fatah faction’s “Palestinian National Liberation Movement” and was transferred to Hebron after the Hamas seized control over Gaza in 2007.
The station has been shut down twice, once in 2002 and again in 2008.

Police Foil Bomb Attack on Hebron Jews

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Police discovered on Monday an explosive device at a checkpoint and prevented what might have been a mass-casualty terrorist attack on Hebron Jews.

Security forces at the Kiosk checkpoint in Hebron found the bomb under the driver’s seat at the “Kiosk” checkpoint.

They arrested five suspects who were in the car.

Report: CIA Recruiting Israeli Soldiers

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

IDF Intelligence officers have warned Israeli soldiers that the CIA may be trying to gain their confidence to obtain information that could reveal security information.

The memo warns soldiers to “be aware and report any unusual incidents.”

The IDF attached to its memo a copy of an article from a Israeli newspaper that once reported that American s serving in the IDF were extensively questioned when they visited or returned to the United States.

The American government has ears and eyes in Israel, both on the spy level and within the consulate.

One security officer in a community in Judea and Samaria told The JewishPress.com:

During the Oslo era, a Foreign Service officer called me and started a friendly conversation with small talk. After he figured we were ‘friends,’ he began to ask details on how a new outpost was receiving electricity and water.

I told him to try someone else.

Head of IDF Intelligence: Iran Closing Technological Gap with Israel

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) Major General Herzl “Hertzi” Halevi, head of Military Intelligence, told a closed lecture on Thursday that Israel and Iran are already engaged in a technological war, in which the Iranians are rapidly reducing Israel’s advantage, Ha’aretz reported Sunday. In regard to the recent wave of terror, Halevi said that if the videos showing stabbing attacks distributed over the social networks existed in 1948, Israel would never have won the War of Independence. He also confided he recently had cancelled a military intelligence operation at the last minute because of a letter he received from a junior officer in Unit 8200, Israel’s cyber spy agency.

Halevi said that the tasks faced by Israel’s Military Intelligence are becoming harder every day. Twenty years ago, he said, when his unit scored a major intelligence coup, “we were fixed for the next five to seven years.” But nowadays, “you may have struggled very hard, invested, put people’s lives at risk, did all kinds of moves, you retrieved something, but at the speed with which our world lives and the speed at which technology is changing,” the expiration time of your discovery is shortened a great deal.

The Military Intelligence chief gave as an example the efforts to gather intelligence on ISIS: “You see those guys from [ISIS] with their djellabas and such, but they are using top technology. This is not homing pigeons, these are the most advanced communication systems with the most complicated encryptions — now go deal with it. And it changes every day.”

Halevi noted that in this new milieu, junior soldiers and officers have more influence on decision making, using as an example a recent anecdote: “We were in a dilemma as to whether or not to carry out an operational maneuver somewhere,” he said. “We were at the moment just before this thing goes up to the Chief of Staff for a decision, and we had to decide — should we or shouldn’t we go ahead with it. Just then one of my officers entered my office and said to me, ‘Listen, I want you to read this, it’s a letter from, a SIGINT (intelligence-gathering by interception of signals) officer from unit 8200.”

Halevi continued: “He is a Major. He writes a letter to the commander of 8200 and to the chief of Military Intelligence, saying, ‘Listen, I think you’re making a mistake.’ It was just five minutes before making the decision. I could have not read it had it come a minute later, after the conversation with the chief of staff. Indeed, this shows the ability of [junior staff] to influence decision making at the most critical moment.”

As to the Iranian threat, the Military Intelligence chief said, “If you ask me whether we will have a war with Iran in the next 10 years, I would give you a surprise answer — we already are at war with Iran. We have a technological war with Iran. Our engineers are fighting the Iranian engineers — today. And it’s going to become more and more significant.”

Halevi said that the technological battle between Israel and Iran is over intelligence gathering on the weapons held by each party and their military capabilities. He was pessimistic regarding the trend of that technological war. “Today we have an advantage,” he said, “but Iran gradually closes the gap. Since 1979, the year of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the number of universities and the number of students in Iran has grown 20 times. Ours have grown by 3 and a half times.”

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