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Report: IDF, GSS, Foiled 180 Judea and Samaria Shooting Attacks in 2016

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Over the past year the IDF and GSS foiled 180 planned shooting attacks in Judea and Samaria, a senior officer in the IDF Judea and Samaria Division told military reporters Sunday. Some of the attacks were prevented just before their execution and some in planning stages that involved up to three terrorists. That same Sunday, according to the officer, there had been drive by shots outside a gate leading to the town of Beit El near Ramallah. The vehicle escaped and no one was hurt. It was the 39th shooting attack recorded since January 1 this year.

According to the IDF officer, the center of shooting attacks have moved in recent months from Gush Etzion to the Benjamin region. Most of the terror infrastructures exposed have been local, and only few have functional organizational ties. Hamas may be encouraging attacks, but the terrorist cells are not receiving their orders or their supplies from any known terrorist headquarters. Interrogation of captured cells show they are motivated mostly by news about ISIS attacks in European civilian centers.

“The typical connection of these cell members is familial – they come either from the same clan or neighborhood,” the officer noted.

The most popular targets for these independent cells are IDF positions, hitchhiking stops, and moving vehicles, which they shoot at from an ambush position or in a drive by.

According to the briefing officer, today’s Arab terrorists in the liberated territories are very different from the classic PLO, Hamas, or Islamic Jihad members of the first two intifadas. “These are young Palestinians who no longer talk about the fabric of life, but rather about the quality of life,” he said. “They seek entertainment and spend a lot of money on clothing. The Deheishe refugee camp in the Bethlehem area is seeing a crazy increase in the number of young men working out in local gyms. On the other hand, all of that does not stop them from believing in an extremist ideology and carry out attacks. It has to do with a gap in their understanding of us, it’s a cultural issue.”

The Israeli military response has changed accordingly, the officer reported. “We are more efficient than before. We no longer attempt to cover vast areas, but operate in a focused way instead.” He explained that the IDF units are more dynamic now, moving to hot spots on the highways based on up-to-the-minute intelligence.

He also suggested that demolishing homes that belonged to terrorists has had a deterrence effect, and part of the reduction in terrorist activity can be attributed to the increase to 21 demolitions this year, up from 7 in 2015.

Another factor has been the IDF’s massive investment in CCTVs and lighting across the liberated territories, as well as in enhancing communications among the forces in the area.

JNi.Media

Hamas Diggers Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse Near Israel’s Southern Border

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

At least two Hamas tunnel diggers were killed and a third man was injured on Wednesday (Dec. 7) after a terror tunnel caved in beneath the streets of Shejaiya, in northern Gaza.

The site is about half a kilometer from the border fence with Israel.

The two diggers were identified by the Gaza Health Ministry as men in their 20s, Rami al-Areir, and Ismail Shmali. They are the fifth and sixth tunnel workers to be found dead this week.

Earlier in the week four bodies were recovered in southern Gaza by rescue workers from a tunnel that collapsed near the border city of Rafah. It is not clear which terrorist group the southern tunnel diggers were associated with.

The tunnel had been flood about a week and a half earlier by the Egyptian Army, according to a statement by local authorities in Rafah. The four men ranged in age from 22 to 45.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Digger Electrocuted, Killed in Gaza Terror Tunnel

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

A Hamas digger was killed Sunday (Dec. 4) after being electrocuted while working in a terrorist tunnel, according to local reports.

The operative was killed in southern Gaza, in a tunnel originating east of the town of Khan Younis.

A number of local Arab media confirmed the report.

Searchers on Sunday also managed to retrieve the bodies of three of the four diggers who went missing after they were buried alive in a Gaza smuggling tunnel collapse beneath the southern border with Egypt last week. The fourth man is still missing.

The smuggler tunnel caved in near the Gaza border town of Rafah after being flooded by the Egyptian Army.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Media Report Israeli Navy Fires on Gaza Fishermen

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Israel Navy forces fired at Gaza fishing boats on Sunday as they moved along the coast, according to Arab sources.

“Israeli naval forces opened fire at the fishing boats wile at sea in both the northern and southern Gaza Strip,” the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an news service reported. No injuries were reported.

Shortly after the incident, the Israeli forces detained two “fisherman” and confiscated their vessels off the northern Gaza coast, near Beit Lahiya. The boats were allegedly taken to the port of Ashdod for examination.

An IDF spokesperson told Ma’an the incident would be checked.

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations in Gaza have upgraded their skills in naval warfare and underwater espionage over the past several years. Moreover, much of their weaponry is “shipped” from Iran by sea.

The Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza is implemented specifically in order to prevent the entry of terrorists, weaponry and related items from entering the area — all of which are used in attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

Hana Levi Julian

Sports Minister Employed Kabbalist to Secure Yarden Gerbi’s Medal

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Shortly before the start of Tuesday night’s round that ended in Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi’s victory in the Rio Olympic Games, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev (Likud) who is present at the games, sent an SMS to “the kabbalist from Netivot,” Rabbi Netanel Shriki, a.k.a. “the tunnel collapser,” asking for his help.

One of the people close to the mystic disseminated a screenshot of his cell phone with the message from Regev: “Dear Rabbi, how are you? We here hope and pray that we’ll get a bronze medal. Yarden Gerbi’s bout is in halaf an hour, we deserve to get a medal and hear the national anthem.”

Rabbi Shriki praying at the Gaza border fence / Source: Facebook

Rabbi Shriki praying at the Gaza border fence / Source: Facebook

Rabbi Shriki’s followers believe that he has been bringing down the Hamas tunnels with the power of his prayers. During the two-month period last spring, when about ten Hamas tunnels collapsed, some burying Hamas terrorists under the rubble, the students of Rabbi Shriki from Netivot, near the Gaza border, were certain their rabbi was the cause. In early 2016, he began praying at the border fence, exposed to sniper fire from the other side, asking God to help Israel. His students have no doubt that his prayers were being answered (On Tuesday this week, just before Gerbi earned her bronze medal, yet another tunnel collapsed, burying alive the Islamic Jihad terrorists inside).

The students told website Haredi 10 they saw the rabbi go out to the fields to pray for the tunnels to collapse, and each time, a tunnel collapse was reported shortly thereafter.

“This is already not a case of a string of circumstantial events,” the students insisted. “Five times in a row he went out to pray for the tunnels to collapse, and each time it happened.”

JNi.Media

New Gaza Tunnel Collapse Buries Alive Islamic Jihad Terrorists

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

At least half a dozen Islamic Jihad terrorists were buried alive in a new Gaza tunnel collapse late Tuesday night.

The tunnel was being dug in a location east of the Shujaya section of Gaza City, according to unnamed sources quoted by the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Ten of the operatives involved in digging the new tunnel were taken to a local hospitals with a range of injuries, according to the source.

Just before the tunnel collapse an explosion was heard, the source said.

Shujaya is the section of the city where some of the most ferocious battles were fought between Israeli soldiers and Gaza terrorists during the 2014 counter terror war known as Operation Protective Edge.

Hana Levi Julian

2014 Gaza War Parents Demand Investigation of Operation’s Conduct, High Losses

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Two years after Operation Protective Edge, in which 66 IDF soldiers and five civilians were killed, the bereaved families of the fallen are demanding an independent committee to examine the preparations for the war, the way it was conducted, and the lessons to be learned.

The 32 families on Sunday demanded in a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Liberman that a state commission headed by a judge investigate the government’s decision-making process throughout the war.

In their letter, the families mentioned the fact that the Knesset Foreign and Security Committee had been asked to examine the events of the 2014 war and has yet to issue a report. One report that had been produced by the committee was shelved because of the 2015 elections. Referring to the same committee’s publicized intent to renew its investigation, the families argued it made no sense to “reconvene a committee that has already investigated the events and opted not to publish its conclusions.”

“Even if the decision to shelve the conclusions was made by a different person than the current committee head, it would be inappropriate to renew the discussion after such a long period of time, and it could appear as a lack of transparency or exterior pressures which do not belong in an investigation of this scope,” the families wrote.

On the evening of June 12, 2014, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and later murdered in Judea and Samaria by Hamas operatives. Their bodies were discovered on June 30. Israel retaliated with air strikes on Gaza in which 3 Arabs were killed and a dozen injured. Hamas retaliated with rockets that were fired at Israeli civilian centers wounding three people. On July 7, 80 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, and the Netanyahu security cabinet decided to launch a counter-terrorist operation. The IDF bombarded targets in the Gaza Strip with artillery and airstrikes, and Hamas continued to fire rockets and mortar shells into Israel. A cease-fire proposal was announced by the Egyptian government and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on July 14, and the Israeli government accepted it and stopped the attacks on the morning of July 15. But Hamas rejected the ceasefire and the war was renewed. By July 16 the death toll in Gaza had reached 200.

On July 16, Hamas and Islamic Jihad offered a 10-year truce with ten conditions, including lifting of the Gaza blockade and the release of prisoners who were re-arrested after being released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. Israel refused those terms. On July 17, a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire, proposed by the UN, took place. But a few hours before the ceasefire was to start, 13 armed Hamas terrorists emerging from a tunnel on the Israeli side of the Gaza border. The IDF destroyed the tunnel’s exit, ending the incursion.

After the ceasefire, the IDF launched a ground offensive on the Gaza Strip, aimed at destroying the terror tunnels crossing under the Israeli border. On July 20, the IDF entered Shuja’iyya in Gaza City and encountered heavy resistance. Thirteen IDF soldiers were killed, including two Americans serving in Israel. Seven of the IDF soldiers were killed as their armored vehicle was hit by an anti-tank rocket or an improvised explosive device, and three were killed in clashes with terrorists. Three IDF soldiers were trapped in a burning house. In the next 24 hours, three more IDF soldiers were killed in Shuja’iyya.

Shortly after the battle, twenty civilians from Shuja’iyya were shot for protesting against Hamas. Hamas said it had executed Israeli spies.

On August 3, the IDF pulled most of its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip after completing the destruction of 32 terror tunnels. On August 5 Israel announced that it had arrested Hossam Kawasmeh, suspected of having organized the killing of the three teenagers. According to court documents, Kawasmeh stated that Hamas members in Gaza financed the recruitment and arming of the killers.

JNi.Media

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