It was another case of “just testing, people, go back to your daily routine.”
A Code Red rocket alert siren activated in Or Haner and Erez, two communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district near Gaza at 4:43 pm Tuesday afternoon. Once again, IDF officials claimed the rocket alert was a “false alarm.”
A similar incident occurred two days ago, when several sirens activated in the upper and lower Galilee and in the Golan Heights. All of those rocket alerts were deemed “false alarms” as well.
Tuesday’s siren activated barely two hours after U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced the signing of an historic nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.
As it does every time, the siren sent thousands of families in southern Israel racing for safe spaces.
Residents of the area in which the siren sounds have a window of just 15 seconds within which to find shelter before a rocket, missile or mortar shell could land and explode.
False alarm or not, families must grab their children and make a run for safety because there’s no room for second chances when it involves lethal missile attacks aimed directly at residential areas.
Rockets fired from Gaza are usually provided by Iran. The Hamas terrorist organization that rules the enclave is also equipped, trained and generously funded by Tehran as well.
Anti-Semites celebrated in Amsterdam this weekend, using the “Palestinian cause” as their latest excuse for Jew hatred.
Images of the bodies of Palestinian children bloodied and killed, supposedly by Israeli soldiers, festooned Amsterdam’s Dam Square in a protest aimed at getting the attention of people who hate Israel.
A photo of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu depicted as Satan was Photo-Shopped with blood-red eyes, a blue Star of David tattoo on his forehead and vampire teeth dripping more blood, hunched over the body of a bleeding, dead Palestinian baby. “Can’t get enough,” charged the poster in deep blue letters on a black background above the image. “Save Palestinian Kids” it proclaimed in white over the image as a caption below.
Next to that poster was “Humanitarian Situation” describing what it called “Gaza Under Attack.” It quoted statistics claiming 9875 wounded, 188 schools damaged and 475,000 displaced people as a result of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge counter terror war.
The images were hung there by anti-Israel activists who were protesting under the title “Save the Palestinian Children.”
But as with many other publicity claims about Israel by the Palestinians, both the statistics and the venomous lies are aimed at an entirely different agenda.
Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization urged civilians to stay in their homes and in some cases actually forcing them to do so in spite of IDF warnings aimed at securing families ahead of strikes meant only for terror targets.
A number of schools had become terrorist bases, and some were missile storage warehouses for Hamas – including a number owned and operated by the United Nations.
Numerous civilian buildings were destroyed – including hospitals – because Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists had transformed apartments or basements into terrorist headquarters or weapons productions facilities. In many others, entrances to terrorist tunnels and hidden rocket launchers were installed as well.
The use of these buildings as military bases forced the IDF to mark them for destruction in order to ensure they could not be used to hurt Israeli civilians again, despite the tragic results.
The question still remains, however: why would the Gaza leadership willingly sacrifice the welfare of Gaza citizens in order to murder others? Why would its supporters champion that cause?
The IDF figures showed that during the 50-day war, 4,564 rockets, missiles and mortar shells were fired at Israelis by Gaza terrorists. Of those, 224 struck heavily populated areas, and 735 more were intercepted and shot down by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.
According to the United Nations, quoting Gaza health officials, 2,139 people were killed and 11,000 were wounded. The UN estimated that more than 20,000 homes were left uninhabitable by the war. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reported that approximately 500,000 people were displaced. Magen David Adom reported at least 70 Israelis were killed and 842 others were wounded in the conflict.
Number of bomb shelters to protect Gazans: 0
Number of bomb shelters protecting Israelis: hundreds of thousands. This is why there are so many more Gazan casualties than Israelis: when it comes down to the bottom line, Israeli lawmakers make sure contractors include bomb shelters in homes and buildings to protect the citizens. Gaza’s rulers do not care about their people and do not insist on building codes. And when they attack their neighbors and provoke a military response, they insist their citizens sacrifice themselves and their loved ones in order to maximize international solidarity through gory snaps of the aftermath.
During Operation Protective Edge, the IDF identified and eliminated 109 weapons warehouses, 85 weapons factories, 192 Hamas military or training sites, 1,814 targets linked to rocket launches and 312 houses belonging to people involved in terrorism. The air force also conducted 840 strikes to cover ground troops. In addition, 32 terrorist tunnels were identified and destroyed.
The Jewish State continues to be vilified for protecting her citizens, as it is by more than half of the membership of the United Nations following every counter terrorist war launched to silence the rocket fire.
The score was 190-0 for freedom of worship for Arabs from Gaza and zero for Jews on Friday.
Israel allowed nearly 200 Gazans, all over the age of 60, to pray at the mosque on the Temple Mount, eight months after 500 Arabs from Gaza prayed there for the first time since 2007, according to the Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem.
The last time Israel allowed Jews to pray regularly at the Temple Mount was nearly 2,000 years ago, during the time of the Second Temple, which a growing number of Muslim clerics like to pretend never existed.
Permission for Arabs from Gaza to travel to Jerusalem and pray at the Al Aqsa mosque is part of the last year’s ceasefire between Hamas and Israel that was supposed to end the most recent barrage of missile attacks on Israel.
Hamas again broke the ceasefire on Saturday with rocket launches against Israel but blamed them on rival terrorist groups.
Israel continues to honor its end of the ceasefire and allows Gazans to pray at the Temple Mount mosque, where Hamas banners and even Islamic State (ISIS) banners frequently fly amid sermons that preach jihad against Jews, all in the name of freedom of worship, if you are not Jewish.
The Iron Dome has been returned to southern Israel to protect civilians from Gaza rocket fire.
On Friday, the IDF again deployed arrays of the anti-missile batteries to defend the port city of Ashdod and the western Negev community of Netivot.
The move follows two rounds of attacks launched two weeks in a row. The first week’s rockets were fired by the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization. One mid-range Grad Katyusha rocket landed in Gan Yavne, slightly east of Ashdod. One teenage girl was hospitalized due to trauma. Retaliation for the attack included air strikes on four targets in Gaza.
This week’s attack, however, was launched by a Salafi Muslim group linked to Al Qaeda or Da’esh (ISIS) – possibly the Army of Islam or Jabhat al Nusra. These groups are now vying for power and hoping to raise tensions between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization, according to security sources.
“Even if last night’s shooting at Israel came from errant global jihad groups who wish to challenge Hamas by firing at us, we consider Hamas responsible for what happens in Gaza and we will not tolerate attempts to harm our citizens,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Thursday.
“The IDF views the incident with gravity,” an army spokesperson said in a statement following Wednesday’s attack. “The Hamas terrorist organization is the address and one upon whom the responsibility falls.”
Retaliation against Gaza for the rocket fire came in the form of a muted set of air strikes that took out a few empty terror bases in the enclave.
The Palestinian Authority has warned that “hundreds” of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists are setting up bases in Gaza for attacks on the Sinai Peninsula, and at least one of four recent attacks in Saudi Arabia has been linked the fanatic Islamic group.
The Palestinian Authority said that eight Salafist groups have set up bases in Gaza, and that many of its recruits are former Hamas members, Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio reported Sunday morning. Hamas denies that the ISIS poses a threat to stability of its regime and said “only” a few dozen Salafists, supporting the ISIS, are in Gaza.
Hamas arrested a senior Salafist terrorist last month as well as dozens of the group’s terrorists in recent weeks.
A group that itself as the ISIS stated on Friday it launched mortar shells are a Hamas base in central Gaza.
Each radical Muslim group is competing to be more monstrous than the other, and Hamas last week even destroyed a tent that was turned into a mosque that ISIS supporters used.
Egypt is vulnerable to terror in the Sinai and has suffered the loss of dozens of soldiers and policemen in recent months at the hands of terrorists. If the ISIS can gain a foothold in the Sinai, it will be on the doorstep of both Israel and Egypt.
In Saudi Arabia, unknown terrorists shot and killed a policeman last week, the fourth shooting incident in the past two months. Saudi authorities have admitted that at least one of the attacks was carried out by an ISIS-linked group.
Saudi Arabia has arrested nearly 100 ISIS suspects since last December, including a cell that plotted to attack the U.S. Embassy with a car bomb.
The kingdom has become a clearer target for the Islamic State since Saudi Arabia joined the American-led coalition’s war against the terrorist organization that has take control of large areas in Syria and Iraq.
Following is a Saudi news report on the murder of the policemen.
Leopards do not change their spots and Iran’s radical Islamist government is not likely to stop sponsoring terrorism either. U.S. President Barack Obama apparently does, in fact, know that — he just doesn’t think it’s important enough to stop the U.S. from closing a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Why? Because he says he believes it’s the best way to keep everyone, including Israel, safe.
Actually, Obama believes the world powers led by the United States should close that deal precisely because the Iranian government is not likely to stop sponsoring terrorism. At least, that is the way Obama explained his reasoning in an interview Monday with NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. In the exclusive interview, he also said Israelis are right not to trust Iran, but that they can always trust America to be there to help protect them.
The interview was focused in its entirety on the issue of the nuclear deal worked out between U.S.-led world powers and Iran last week, and how it affects the rest of the world, particularly Israel.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been especially critical of what he has called, from the start, a ‘bad deal” repeatedly urging the “P5+1” world powers to reconsider, and reformat the agreement into a “different, better deal.”
Netanyahu this week expressed his deep concern over the enhanced ability of Iran to promote its terror agenda with newly-increased funds earned when international sanctions are dropped as a result of the agreement.
But Obama told NPR he believes it is more important to keep the focus on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon – via the current agreement – than dealing with anything else Tehran is doing.
“I’ve been very forceful in saying that our differences with Iran don’t change if we make sure that they don’t have a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.
“They’re still going to be financing Hezbollah, they’re still supporting Assad dropping barrel bombs on children, they are still sending arms to the Houthis in Yemen that have helped destabilize the country.
“There are obvious differences in how we are approaching fighting ISIL (ISIS) in Iraq, despite the fact that there’s a common enemy there.
“So there’s still going to be a whole host of differences between us and Iran — and one of the most profound ones is the vile, anti-Semitic statements that have often come out of the highest levels of the Iranian regime.
“But the notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons, in a verifiable deal, on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms. And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment,” he said.
“The — I want to return to this point. We want Iran not to have nuclear weapons precisely because we can’t bank on the nature of the regime changing. That’s exactly why we don’t want [Iran] to have nuclear weapons. If suddenly Iran transformed itself into Germany or Sweden or France, there would be a different set of conversations about their nuclear infrastructure.
“So, you know, the key here is not to somehow expect that Iran changes — although it is something that may end up being an important byproduct of this deal — but rather it is to make sure that we have a verifiable deal that takes off the table what would be a game-changer for them if in fact they possess nuclear weapons.
NPR: The demand that’s being made there, of course, underlies a broader concern that Israelis have. You’re suggesting implying through this nuclear that Israel must live another 10 or 15 years and longer with a country that is fundamentally opposed to the existence of Israel. How should Israelis think about Iran in the years to come?
Nigerian authorities raided a Hezbollah terror hideout, confiscated a huge amount of weapons and arrested four terrorists intending to attack Israelis and Westerners.
The raid was carried out in home, used as a warehouse, in the northern city of Kano. Nigeria’s security services director Bassey Etang told reporters, “These weapons were brought into this country by a foreign terrorist organization called Hezbollah. Their target is to attack Israeli and Western interests. We’re not going to allow that.”
The arsenal of weapons was hidden in a bunker under a bedroom, and the raid netted 11 60 mm anti-tank weapons, four anti-tank landmines, two rounds of ammunition for a 122 mm artillery gun, 21 rocket-propelled grenades, 17 AK-47 assault rifles with more than 11,000 bullets and dynamite.
The raid and arrests coincided with growing pressure on the European Union to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization, but the initiative is limited to Hezbollah military wing. Any terrorist designation of Hezbollah by the EU would not include its political party and echelon, which gives the orders for attacks.
The three terrorists who were arrested are Lebanese, and all of them have confessed
Like other Muslim countries, Nigeria is threatened by Islamic fundamentalists. The rebel group in the country is called Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin.” There is no evidence that Hezbollah and Boko Haram were working together.
State Security Services director Etang said, “You can also be sure that if a group like this is existing, then it may even lend support to some of the local terrorists we have on the ground.”