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February 12, 2016 / 3 Adar I, 5776

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Can Israel’s New Police Commissioner Really Start ‘Right Foot Forward’ ?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Israel’s much-discussed and formally “top secret” new police commissioner Roni Alsheich limped down the aisle Thursday to receive his insignia from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

Alsheich, 52, was the dark-horse candidate in the race for the job. His name was never spelled out in releases to media until the final choice was made due to his position as deputy director of the Shin Bet. In his acceptance remarks, he said that it was “just as well that I’ve broken my left leg, so that I can start the job with the right foot forward.”

The father of seven and grandfather of seven fell and broke his leg three weeks ago while leaving his house in Givat Shmuel, forcing the ceremony to be delayed. But the wry comment was also a reference not only to the tension that accompanied his selection to the post, but also to the parade of scandals that has wracked the top echelon of the nation’s police force.

Alsheich was properly admonished within hours at a cozy post-ceremony meeting at the president’s residence. Seated together with President Reuven Rivlin, the Israeli leader’s wife Nechama told the new commissioner: “I think you’re going to need both feet for this job.”

Alsheich became a deputy commander in the Paratroopers’ Brigade during his service in the IDF and then joined the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) in 1988. He served as the agency’s commander of the Judea and Samaria District and the Jerusalem District. In 2014 he became the agency’s deputy director.

He enters as head of the Israel Police at a time when its leadership has been torn apart with scandals ranging from various forms of corruption to sexual offenses.

The Israeli public has lost its trust in the sincerity and honesty of the higher echelons in the force; nor do many Israelis trust most of the rank-and-file police officers who are sworn to protect them, having too often experienced incidents to the contrary.

Not only will Alsheich be busy with sorting out the wreckage of the past, and contending with the security challenges of the present: he will undoubtedly also be called upon by his peers from abroad, seeking advice on how to improve the safety of their citizens as well.

Numerous senior officers have resigned over the past year. Those who remain are faced with protecting the public while working to restore faith in the force, while saluting a man who didn’t come up through their ranks, and whose very name may never have been known to them.

Can Roni Alsheich inspire the right confidence in those he will now lead?

28 Arab Terror Fugitives Captured by IDF, Police

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

IDF soldiers captured 28 terrorist fugitives in operations with Border Guard and Israel Police officers late Tuesday night and into the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

The security forces took suspects into custody in various locations throughout Judea and Samaria.

Some of the detainees were transferred to Shin Bet personnel for questioning in connection with terrorist activities. Others were arrested for involvement in violence against civilians and security forces.

3 Indicted in Jaffa Firebombing Spurred by Rage Over ‘Violation of Al Aqsa’

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

One Arab adult and two Arab minors in Jaffa were indicted Sunday in connection with a firebombing attack on police as they patrolled the city. The indictments were filed in Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court and the Tel Aviv Juvenile Magistrate’s Court.

A gag order on the case was lifted once the indictments were filed.

Information about the arrest, carried out in a joint operation with Israel Police, was released by the Israel Security Agency, Shin Bet, on Sunday afternoon.

Due to the swiftness of the police response, three suspects were arrested and taken into custody almost immediately after the attack.

The three suspects confessed to throwing the firebombs (Molotov cocktails) ten days ago in the attack, which took place in central Jaffa (Yafo).

The perpetrators were allegedly motivated by the need to “support the Palestinian people” and attack Jews who were “violating the sanctity of Al Aqsa.”

The so-called “violation of the sanctity of Al Aqsa” lie that has been spoon-fed to the Arab population by its leadership day after day via the media and during sermons on Fridays at the mosques has become the motivating force behind nearly every attack carried out against Israelis during this current wave of terror.

Netanyahu Tells Security Forces ‘You Are Doing Blessed Work’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked security forces in Jerusalem on Wednesday (14 October 2015) at a Border Guard Police base in Jerusalem and told them they are doing “blessed work.”

The prime minister’s remarks came in a brief address to the officers after he was updated on the deployment of forces in the capital, and after a night in which there were two terror attacks within the space of little more than an hour.

Netanyahu met with units from the national Israel Police and Border Guard Police, including some who had foiled attacks in recent days. He thanked and praised the officers and fighters for their composure, fighting spirit and courage, urging them to ‘watch out for themselves’ as he expressed thanks on behalf of the security cabinet.

“I came, first of all, to express my appreciation and that of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Israel Police Acting Commissioner Bentzi Sau for the extraordinary lifesaving work you are doing, bravely, with a lot of ingenuity, professionalism, but mostly courage,” Netanyahu said. “I want to thank each and every one of you, and there are men and women who acted in real time.

“Anyone who was a combat soldier knows what it means and can appreciate it,” he commented in a nod towards his own past as a fighter in the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. “And there is a medic here who saved lives with extraordinary resourcefulness,” he noted. “You are doing blessed work.

“There is no substitute for very dense deployments with mobility, with the ability to arrive at the scene of the attack or to be present at the scene to prevent it in real time and to prevent deterioration into even worse situations. I know it demands discretion on your part, but have no doubt: You have full backing, from me, the Government and from the people of Israel in order to act more decisively, firstly to save lives and to protect yourselves. Guidelines have always existed, but I think they have been sharpened, and I see that you are implementing them with common sense and great determination. It matters.

“I cannot tell you how long this will continue,” he said. “There are people here who are willing to die. Every time that there is a new phenomenon, it always shaves off even a tiny population, willing to commit suicide. We do not know how many will commit suicide, but the number is not infinite, far from it. Therefore, in the past, we could also deal with these phenomena, even more difficult ones.

“At the moment, it is not so organized, as you know, so there is no substitute for your presence, essentially as human shields. However, you need to protect the shield, yourselves, as well. We will not forget it.

“I think that we are making progress as we move, organizing, in my opinion, in new ways… It is very important to have mobility, and how we organize communications in such a manner to able to arrive immediately so that we can maximize the capabilities; our defense capabilities.

“We consider that even in national terms, not just urban – how to join our technology, which is much more advanced than what we see on the other side, to your real-time operational capabilities – police, Border Police, IDF soldiers – that are reinforcing you.

“I have no doubt that we can handle this wave. This involves not only action by you, but also your common sense, and the proposals that you bring from below rise up with tremendous speed. Each one of you, for me, is a source of innovation and a big start-up. But it will succeed, like all the things we did.

“We have stood before other waves of terrorism. We will overcome this wave as well. I have no doubt; but I would just like to thank you truly from the heart, from the hearts of the citizens of Israel, for the defense you are giving Israeli citizens.”

Alert Arab Parents, Southern District Police Prevent Terror Attack

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Here’s a positive report about a teenage wannabe terrorist in the south who didn’t get her chance in the spotlight.

The Israel Police “100″ hotline received a call late Wednesday night warning that a 15-year-old Arab girl was missing from her home in Be’er Sheva. The girl had recently moved with her family to the southern Israeli city from the Judea and Samaria region.

The girl’s parents told the two police officials who went to the family’s home about a text their daughter had sent, in which she announced: “Soon they’ll be seeing me on TV.”

This immediately raised the suspicions of the officers, who activated intelligence and technological units to search for the girl.

She was quickly located at the northern train station in Be’er Sheva, where police picked her up and took her to the local precinct for questioning.

During their investigation, the teen admitted that she was on her way to Jerusalem “to stab Jews, cops and soldiers.” She was arrested after the investigation was completed.

Negev District Commander Amnon Elkalia noted, “Negev District Southern Region Police are organized and prepared to respond to any unusual situation while still maintaining a regular routine, for the safety of the residents.”

In this case, the parents of the girl called the police to report her missing, and shared the contents of her text.

It’s important to remember during this wave of terror that not every Arab parent agrees with what a terrorist child may attempt, or do. Not every Arab teen is a terrorist. The problem with a wave of terror is figuring out who is, and who isn’t.

New Anti-Terror Barrier Blocks Jerusalem’s ‘Terror Central’ Neighborhood

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

A new anti-terror security barrier was built Wednesday to protect residents living and traveling in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv from the hostility of Arab residents in Jabel Mukabar.

The high barrier was built between Rehov Meir, the main street in Armon Hanatziv, and the hostile next-door Arab neighborhood in an attempt to prevent firebombing and stone-throwing attacks by Arab terrorists.

More than a few are residents of Jabel Mukabar, including the three who perpetrated two lethal attacks on Tuesday, the deadliest so far this year.

If the experiment proves successful, similar barriers will be built in other areas around the capital as well, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Israeli police began temporarily sealing the neighborhoods that have become incubators for terror within hours after receiving authorization from the Security Cabinet.

The first to be cut off was Jabel Mukabar, home to Ala Abu Jamal, 33, a Bezeq technician and one of Tuesday’s jihadists.

Until that morning, Jamal was simply known as the cousin of the Har Nof terrorists and an employee at an Israeli utility company. His relatives had shot and stabbed Jewish worshipers with axes, knives and a gun as they prayed in Kehillat Bnei Torah, a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. The dead included four anglo immigrant rabbis and a Druze Israeli police officer who responded to their desperate call for help. Seven others were badly wounded. It was to Jamal that the television cameras turned during the mourning period at the family home in Jabel Mukabar; he became a media star. Then everything quieted down.

On Tuesday, the Bezeq technician decided to join his cousins on the martyrs’ roll. Jamal rammed his Bezeq car into a crowd of people, many of them elderly, waiting at a bus stop on Malchei Yisrael Street in central Jerusalem. He then leaped out of the car and stabbed those who were still standing, butchering a 60-year-old rabbi in the process. At the end he was shot and killed.

A number of other terrorists have hailed from the same neighborhood. Now all the entrances to Jabel Mukabar have been blocked with concrete barriers.

By 11 pm Wednesday, Israeli security forces had also set up temporary road blocks at the entrances to the neighborhoods of Ras el Amud, and Sur Baher.

More than 4,500 police officers are currently patrolling Jerusalem, supplemented by nearly a thousand additional Border Guard Police officers and 300 IDF combat soldiers.

Security personnel and government leaders will reconvene to assess the situation as needed, officials said.

Hidden Knife Found on Arab Bus by Bomb-Sniffing Dog

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

A bomb-sniffing dog is the hero of the hour after he personally foiled a probable terror attack in Jerusalem or elsewhere in the country.

The dog “sniffed out” a knife hidden beneath a seat on a bus that traveled from the northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.

The dog was brought on board to search the bus after the passengers were asked to disembark at a security checkpoint, Israel Police reported.

The knife was found under a seat, carefully wrapped in netting and a sock, that was occupied by a 24-year-old man who was traveling with a baby.

The man was transferred to security personnel for questioning. The baby was returned to his family.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hidden-knife-found-on-bus-by-bomb-sniffing-dog/2015/10/14/

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