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December 5, 2016 / 5 Kislev, 5777

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More Israeli Arabs Who Planned to Join ISIS Sentenced to Prison

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

by Ilana Messika
The Nazareth District Court has sentenced three Israeli Arabs to a minimum of two and a half years in prison for attempting to create an ISIS-linked cell in Israel and planning to carry out terror attacks.

“The activities committed in the framework of the association spanned several months during which the accused had many opportunities to operate shooting training with the weapons in their possession, endeavored to access even more weapons, and orchestrated several tours in the area in order to calculate how to best organize the attacks, all within the common ideology and shared goal [of ISIS],” the verdict stated.

Ahmad Halil Ahmad, already in prison for the 2010 murder of taxi driver Yafim Weinstein, had maintained a telephone relationship with Mahmad Gazhala, whom he had known before prison. Ahmad asked Gazhala to bring him an M-16 assault rifle in exchange for money.

That sale never happened, but at the same time, two other men, Mahmad Sharif and Ahmad Mahagana, made contact with two unnamed Israeli Arabs; both were planning to travel to Syria via Turkey to join Da’esh, the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization.

Prior to that, Sharif and Mahagana had planned terror attacks in Israel and had recruited Gazhala to their group. Sharif went through several rounds of weapons training in his hometown of Yaffa an-Naseriyye (Jaffa of Nazareth), in the southern Galilee.

According to the verdict, “The accused men contacted one another in order to perpetrate terror attacks in Israel and had chosen several options, including shooting attacks against an IDF base, attacking police forces or arson against businesses that sell alcohol.”

Ahmad, already imprisoned for life, was sentenced to an additional 30 months in prison. Sharif and Gazhala each received a five-year sentence for terrorist activity and membership in an illegal organization, illegal possession and transfer of weapons crime and shooting in residential areas. Sharif also was sentenced on a count of contact with a foreign agency.

The case against Gazhala was dropped after he withdrew his confession.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Stunning World, UN Passes 6 Resolutions Confirming Everything Is Israel’s Fault

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on “Palestinian and Middle East issues,” ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine. The good news is that Israel still has a smattering of friends at the UN: Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and the United States (and Israel, of course) voted against; Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tonga, and Vanuatu abstained. The rest, 153 world nations that include places where you plan to spend your vacation this summer or buy your car, condemned Israel as being responsible for most of the ills of the planet, especially the Middle East.

For instance, Haya al-Duraie, representing Kuwait which in 1991 expelled 400,000 Palestinians into the desert, expressed support for international efforts that were laying the foundation for security and stability in the region. “However,” the ambassador warned, “the faltering peace process continues to present a danger to the Middle East.”

There you have it.

The UN press release on the assembly votes, includes a section dealing with the “Situation in the Middle East.” One would expect this section to deal with the 500,000 Syrians who died and millions who were uprooted in the past six years; with the war between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq; with Iran’s nuclear threat and its region-wide terrorism; with Egypt’s paralyzing poverty; perhaps with the discriminatory policies of Saudi Arabia. Alas, one would be wrong. According to the UN General Assembly, there are two main issues threatening stability and peace in the Middle East: Israel’s “occupation” of Jerusalem and Israel’s refusal to hand over the Golan Heights to the Assad Regime.

On Jerusalem, the draft resolution called for “respect for the historic status quo at the holy places of Jerusalem,” and in the spirit of respect referred to the focal area of contention only by its Arabic name, “Haram al-Sharif.” The Assembly reiterated its determination that any actions taken by Israel, “the occupying Power,” to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem “were illegal and therefore null and void and had no validity whatsoever” – note the double invalidation. It also called on Israel to “immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures” and stressed that “a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of the City of Jerusalem should take into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.”

At least they called it “Jerusalem” and not Al Quds. One point for the home team.

In its resolution on the “Syrian Golan” the Assembly, in the middle of a raging war between the murderous Assad regime that slaughters its own citizens and ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates who murder everyone else, demanded that “Israel withdraw from all the occupied territory to the line of 4 June 1967 and called on all parties concerned to exert the necessary efforts to ensure the resumption of the peace process.” It should be noted that this example of raging idiocy received only 103 votes in favor, to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 56 abstentions.

Pheew…

The Permanent Observer of Palestine – who could become the Palestinian Authority’s UN Envoy, should the Obama Administration pull a fast one (so far so good, though) – said the adoption of the six resolutions by an overwhelming majority of United Nations Member States was “a reflection of the longstanding international consensus in favor of achieving a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the question of Palestine,” and “a clear reaffirmation of the international community’s consensus on the two-State solution.”

He then added that “the despair and hopelessness of the Palestinian people is increasing as the fiftieth year of the illegal Israeli occupation approached.”

See you in fifty years?

The representative of Israel said the resolutions had not only failed to promote dialogue or build trust, they had also created an organizational infrastructure that had abused funding to allow anti-Israel activities to take place under the auspices of the United Nations.

She argued that supporting the resolutions and the inherent bias against Israel would not advance the cause of peace, but instead make peace harder to achieve. The “Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine” offers a misleading narrative of the region and circulates prejudiced materials under the banner of the United Nations, undermining the organization’s integrity and impartiality. It was baffling how the United Nations, which continued to face a severe budgetary deficit, had spent approximately $6.5 million a year on bodies that were dedicated solely to promoting the Palestinian narrative.

Loved the part about the resolutions “undermining the organization’s integrity and impartiality.” Who says Israeli diplomats have no sense of humor?

David Israel

Israeli Citizen Arrested, Accused of Support for ISIS

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

by Andrew Friedman Shin Bet intelligence agents and Israel Police said Wednesday that an Israeli citizen, currently residing in the Arab city of Jaljulia, of providing support for ISIS (Da’esh) and planning to join the terrorist group.

The man, a minor at the time of his alleged offense, was detained after security officials received detailed information indicating he was planning to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group.

Investigators said the man had become increasingly religious recently, while also maintaining connections with ISIS fighters in Syria. The suspect told individuals in Syria that he wanted to join the Islamic State (ISIS) organization.

Investigators also searched for and uncovered illegal weapons in the suspect’s possession, including Uzi submachine guns and Glock semi-automatic pistols. He also photographed himself firing the weapons into the air. Investigators also found a large number of photographs allegedly proving his support for ISIS and his weapons business.

Last month, three residents of Taibe were arrested and confessed during interrogation that they supported ISIS, planned to go to Syria and had dug weapons-smuggling tunnels underneath the Israeli security fence that runs along areas of Judea and Samaria.

The Shin Bet said in a statement that the security service views support for ISIS by Israeli citizens who are still in the country, and those Israeli citizens who have managed to already reach Syria, as a serious security threat. The domestic intelligence agency said that all available means are being used to find [these individuals] and thwart the threat they pose, including charging them with terrorism and other security-related offenses.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

BREAKING NEWS: First Direct Battle Between Israel and ISIS on the Golan

Monday, November 28th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Israel Rising website}

In what is being billed as the first direct clash between Israel and ISIS, the the Shuhada al-Yarmouk organization, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, lost a number of fighters after exchanging fire with the IDF. The terror organization fired on IDF soldiers and after an exchange of gunfire, Israel’s airforce destroyed the gunman’s vehicle, killing all of the assailants.

The escalation, although minor in scope presents the first time affiliates of ISIS entered into a direct confrontation with Israel.  Either this was a trial balloon or the collapsing caliphate has decided to open a front against Israel. Given the fact that it is strethced thin due to increasing Russian bombardments and Srian government forces pushing back its fighters, it would be strange that it would want to waste fighters on a much more formidable Israeli arm.

Then again, Israel is a perfect target to distract from ISIS’s weakening position. By attacking Israel it may be able to rally the Sunni street to its side.

One senior officer stated: “We don’t know all the outcomes of the event. There is great probability there are four dead and the heavy machine gun was destroyed. The terrorists are from Shuhada al-Yarmouk, with all the significance that organization’s name carries. The Israeli forces didn’t lie in ambush by chance.”

The Israeli government wasted no time showcasing the incident and the army’s response.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said, “I want to commend our soldiers who pushed back against the attack carried out against us. We are prepared against any enemy that threatens us on our northern border, and do not give ISIS a foothold for their war in Syria.”

Will Shuhada al-Yarmouk attack again? Was this is a test ballon? It is too early to give a clear answer to these questions. However, one thing is for sure, ISIS is not going to sit back and be destroyed nor will it be wished away as if it is the bogey man. Sooner or later as Syria continues to sprial out of control, Israel will have to root out and defeat ISIS with or without intenational help.

 

Israel Rising

Israeli Air Force Killing 4 in Attack on ISIS in Syria

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Israel Air Force planes on Sunday night attacked a facility in the southern Syrian Golan Heights controlled by the Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid Army, a Salafi jihadist group active in southern Syria since May, 2016. The attack was in retaliation for a shooting by a squad of the jihadist group at an IDF force at the border.

The Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid Army is a merger of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic Muthanna Movement, and the Army of Jihad, all ISIS affiliates.

The IDF released a statement saying the site attacked by the IAF is an abandoned military base which was used in the past by UN peacekeeping forces. It was being used recently as a base of operations for the jihadists, from which they launched attacks at IDF units. According to IAF estimates, four terrorists were eliminated in the airstrike on the base.

According to the IDF, the overnight attack was an extension of a Sunday attack whose purpose was “to prevent the return of terrorists to a facility that poses a fundamental threat in the region.”

David Israel

Cabinet Holds Special Meeting in Fire Plagued Haifa

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assembled his cabinet on Sunday morning in Haifa, the Israeli city that has suffered more than any other large urban center in the week of blazes, both the natural and the man made kind. The prime minister said: “First, I would like to commend the IDF soldiers who, this morning, successfully repelled an attack against in the border triangle area (where Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet). We are well prepared on our northern border and we will not allow any ISIS or other hostile elements, under cover of the war in Syria, to establish themselves adjacent to our borders.

“En route here this morning I spoke with Rama Ben-Tzvi; her and her husband’s restaurant in the Jerusalem hills was completely burnt. I think that we all know how much love they have invested in this, their life’s work, for 20 years, and in an instant, it went up in flames. The fire there and in other places burned property, it burned objects replete with memories, it even burned animals in some places, but to our joy, this time we were well-prepared and it did not burn lives; we saved lives. I told Rama that we would help her rebuild her restaurant forthwith. The Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office has already spoken to her. This, in effect, is our message to all Israeli citizens whose homes and property were hit by the fires: We will help you rebuild your homes and your lives forthwith and this is the main goal of this special Cabinet meeting this morning in Haifa.

“We have come to Haifa and we have invited council heads from across the north whose communities were affected by the fires in order to give them clear message: All government ministries are committed to extending a hand to you quickly, to shorten the bureaucracy, and I say to brutally shorten the bureaucracy, to bring you assistance, relief and rebuilding as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will do everything necessary to maintain your remaining property.

“Immediately upon concluding my remarks, I will ask my fellow ministers – the ministers of Public Security, Finance and Interior – who, I must say, from the outset, have worked tirelessly in the field, to report on their ministries’ activities.

“Later, I will ask the other ministers to do so. Of course, we will be measured by results and not by processes, by deeds and not words. We will be measured by results. The event is still not over. There are reports now of a fire in the Zichron area and several other locales, that seem as if they are rekindling. We are working on all fronts, including law enforcement. Whoever starts a fire, either by malice or negligence, whoever incites to arson – we will act against them with full force.

“There is no doubt that thanks to the courage of the firefighters, the pilots from Israel and abroad, and to the determined response of the Israel Police, MDA, IDF, Home front Command and the other rescue forces, the local councils represented here and the extraordinary spirit shown by Israeli citizens – thanks to all these, we achieved impressive control of the fires which, to a certain extent, were much more complicated and much more difficult than the Carmel fire.

“On Friday, I received a meteorological report, which indicated difficult conditions vis-à-vis dryness and the weather, the combination of temperatures and the wind and continued dryness, it was 30% more difficult than the conditions that prevailed during the Carmel fire. Along with all the government ministers here, I salute all those who took part in dealing with this crisis, in extinguishing the fires, and in guarding life and property. We have built an impressive ability to fight fires on the ground and from the air and it proved itself. I do not want to imagine what might have happened if we hadn’t built this ability.

“I would like to thank the many governments who sent assistance in the form of firefighting aircraft, pilots and firefighters and I would like to thank the personnel at the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council and especially you, Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Zeev Tzuk-Tam who supervised very impressive international coordination. It is not simple to bring here so many elements, pilots, planes and materials from so many countries.

“Against the mighty forces of nature, countries worked together and the principle that has guided me and the government was – better over-ability than the risk of under-ability.

“During the events, I personally visited several centers of the fires and I already instructed that a team be established to learn lessons so that we will be even better prepared in the future. I am initiating the establishment of a multi-national force that will be coordinated not just for action in time of disaster, but also to acquire planes and allocate the acquisition of various types of planes so that we might thereby achieve multi-national effectiveness, and not just national effectiveness, in dealing with gigantic fires. I have spoken about this with several leaders from the region. I must say that they have shown great interest in the idea and we will advance it.”

Jewish Press Staff

ISIS Affiliated Syrians Fire on IDF Patrol on Golan Heights

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

A group of four armed men, reportedly connected to the Islamic State, opened fire across the Syrian border at an IDF patrol in the southern Golan Heights early Sunday.

Soldiers returned fire and killed the attackers, and Israeli fighter jets attacked targets inside Syria.

No injuries to Israeli forces were reported.

In addition, a mortar hit the area, but it is not clear if the shell landed on the Israeli or Syrian side of the border. IDF officials said they believe the incidents were part of the Syrian civil war and hit Israel in error.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement that “the IDF will not tolerate any violation of Israel’s sovereignty and will respond harshly to any attempt to violate it.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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