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July 30, 2016 / 24 Tammuz, 5776

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Save Money on Coffee

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Not just in Israel…

A coffee shop own put up a sign for coffee.

“Coffee” – 9 Shekel

“Coffee, please” – 8 Shekel

“Good Morning, may I have a coffee please” – 7 Shekel

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Pokémon No: Three Israelis Injured Hunting Pokémon This Week

Friday, July 29th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Israel’s national emergency medical service, Magen David Adom (MDA), released a statement on Thursday warning the Israeli public of the dangers of using Pokémon Go, the popular augmented-reality / mixed reality game that has been drawing much attention around the world. The warning follows many cases of Israelis who were injured while playing Pokémon Go, including three incidents this week.

“We call on the public to exercise caution and to be aware of the dangers of using the app,” said MDA Director Eli Bin. “It is unacceptable for children, teenagers, or adults to become engrossed in the game and unnecessarily put their lives in jeopardy.”

A 15-year-old girl from Karmiel fractured her skull on Wednesday when she fell off her bicycle while chasing pokémons. She sustained various head injuries and was taken to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.

Another serious incident occurred the following day when a 35-year-old Pokémon Go player from Rishon LeZion ran and collided with a glass door. The glass shattered, and shards penetrated the man’s leg causing him massive bleeding.

Earlier in the week, a teenager almost drowned at a beach in Ashdod while attempting to catch the virtual creatures in the water. The 17-year-old, Asaf Ben-Gozi, lost consciousness and was rescued by his brother. Ben-Gozi was taken to Kaplan hospital in Rehovot where doctors described the incident as life threatening.

According to MDA, these incidents are only the most recent of many calls the emergency response organization has received in the past weeks involving dangerous use of Pokémon Go.

“This is a dangerous trend that is gaining popularity,” said MDA Paramedic Georgi Goliak. “I recently treated a 16-year-old boy who was chasing pokémons, ran into the water with his phone, and sustained a head injury. For what? To catch an imaginary creature?”

“Unfortunately, this summer we are witnessing an increase in the amount of injuries among children and teenagers, partly due to the fact that they have been chasing pokémons,” said Galilee Medical Center Director of Pediatric Intensive Care Dr. Zeev Sonis. “Many parents are not aware of the new game. Pokémon has become a trend that blurs dangers such as roads, potholes and water bodies, especially among youngsters. Awareness to this issue should be raised to prevent the next tragedy.”

Pokémon Go is a free location-based augmented reality game released this year by Niantic, in collaboration with the famous gaming company Nintendo. The game has become a major hit worldwide. It has also succeeded in Israel even though the game has not yet been officially released in the country, since many users managed to bypass the restriction and hunt pokémons in the holy land.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Could A Military Coup Occur In Israel?

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Unlikely. True, the radical leftist Ha’aretz newspaper fantasizes about a coup. And until just a short while ago we had a defense minister who echoed Ha’aretz’s stand and called upon IDF officers to publicly express their disagreement with Israel’s government. But no, it does not seem that a military coup could occur in Israel – simply because, in many ways, the army already rules here.

Israel is an army that has a state much more than it is a state with an army. Think about it for a moment… What is the first institution taken over during a putsch? The radio, of course. But, unlike the army of every other free country, the IDF already has its own radio station. In fact, it’s the most popular radio station in the country!

Furthermore, despite the fact that there are almost no Arab armies threatening Israel and that the relevant threats facing her only require an air force, technology, and special units – in other words, much less manpower – despite all this, there is a mandatory draft for all Israeli citizens, and Israel’s army is the largest ever. Why? The answer is simple: An army that has a state does not like to leave citizens outside its sphere of influence.

In Israel, the Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, is the Holy Temple, the defense minister the High Priest, the army officers are the priests in holy service and enlistment day is the bar mitzvah of Israeli-ness. A person who doesn’t serve in the army is not really “Israeli.”

The gatekeepers of the Israeli ethos enjoy immense power and unlimited faith from a public that does not have the professional tools or the conscious ability to criticize them. Take, for example, the last war in Gaza. For a month and a half, missiles slammed into Tel Aviv and all that the IDF managed to create was a tie between the Israeli elephant and the Gazan fly. But a poll showed that public faith in the IDF had skyrocketed. Even the Second Lebanon War fiasco is sold to the public today as a success.

When the prime minister asked Chief of Staff Ashkenazi and Mossad Chief Dagan to prepare Israel’s forces to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, the two refused to obey his orders (Dagan publicly admitted this). They were not fired and they were not executed by a firing squad. They both continued in their positions and it was the prime minister who backed down. The deputy chief of staff who compared those Israelis who do not agree with his values to Germans at the beginning of the development of Nazism was not relieved of his duties and was not put on trial. On the contrary, he was given great respect and recently accompanied the prime minister on his state trip to Africa.

So what is Israel? A state with an army? Or an army with a state?

There is nothing to worry about. There will be no military coup in Israel. In too many ways, the army already rules here. What Israel really needs is a civilian coup.

Moshe Feiglin

French Declare Barghouti ‘Honorary Citizen’ 48 Hours After Catholic Priest ‘Sacrificed’ by ISIS

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Just two days after two Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists ritually sacrificed an elderly Catholic priest by slitting his throat on the altar of his own church as he was serving Mass, the people of France has once again bestowed the title of “Honorary Citizen” upon another cold-blooded terrorist killer.

Palestinian Authority terrorist Marwan Barghouti is the darling of the movement to create a new Arab state nestled right up against the State of Israel. He is also popular on the Palestinian Authority street, where citizens still vote for him during elections though he is sitting in a jail cell. Hamas has attempted during every parlay with Israel to free him; but he is one of the terrorist prisoners least likely to ever be released.

The leader of the Tanzim paramilitary terrorist organization, Marwan Barghouti is serving five consecutive life sentences plus 40 years for the particularly brutal murders of five Israelis. Among the dead was a 3-year-old girl.

That doesn’t include the deaths of the “hundreds of civilians, both Israelis and citizens of other states,” that he is also responsible for, said Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza Ben-Nun (Bin Nun) in an open letter published in France.

This is the eighth time since 2009 that Paris has bestowed the honor upon Barghouti. No fewer than 20 cities in France have honored the child-killer with the title of “honorary citizen,” according to the French L’Humanite newspaper.

None have invited him to come live within their municipal boundaries, however.

Ben-Nun expressed “deep shock and worry” in her letter, saying that French officials who pay tribute to Barghouti are “not only guilty of supporting terrorism but also have denied values that are cherished in both France and Israel.”

There have been repeated struggles between Israel and France over the latter’s attempts to portray Barghouti as a folk hero, including one attempt this past spring by Paris to present the killer to the world as some sort of “Nelson Mandela.”

In fact, a Paris auction house was ordered to remove a painting in which the chief of the Tanzim terrorist organization was actually presented as a Palestinian Authority version of the South African president and leader. “Nelson Mandela was also called a terrorist in the 1950s,” wrote the artist in the inscription.

But the Paris government didn’t issue the order until the auction house received a letter from the Israeli embassy, expressing disapproval of the comparison made by the artist between Mandela and Barghouti. The letter pointed out that Mandela opposed violence; Barghouti, on the other hand, is a real terrorist and a convicted killer. He is serving five consecutive life sentences plus 40 years for the heinous murders he committed.

He’s the kind of terrorist who would fit right in with the bloodthirsty murderers who slaughtered the 84-year-old priest who was celebrating Mass at the altar of his church two days ago, and who forced his fellow priest to film the event as they did so.

Perhaps that’s why France again has awarded him the honor, so close to the barbaric murder of the gentle man of God in Normandy?

Equally strangely, both chambers of the Belgian Parliament voted in May 2016 to nominate Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize. A letter was sent to the Nobel Committee in which the killer was called a “peace activist and a key figure in Palestinian-Israeli settlement.”

In terrorist-besieged Belgium, this is akin to something like the Stockholm Syndrome.

One wonders whether any of the security officials in either of these countries have considered the message being sent to the world’s terrorist community — and it is a real community, make no mistake — and how that warm welcome gets played to the budding lone wolves being recruited online.

Could be the leadership may only be ‘talking the talk’ about declaring “war on terror” for the cameras.

If so, then it looks like Brexit came just in time.

Hana Levi Julian

Ukraine Jews Come ‘Home’ Helped By Israel & IFCJ

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

A new group of 235 immigrants from Ukraine landed this week at Ben Gurion Internation Airport. Many of them arrived still badly traumatized from their experiences over the past two years in war-torn areas of the former Soviet satellite.

Many have been homeless, wandering from town to town, ducking bullets and praying for safety. More than a few have found themselves in the middle of what is known as the “The Republic of Luhansk”, a separatist state established in eastern Ukraine by Pro-Russian separatist forces. It is now a battlefield between the two factions.

The new Israelis made the trip with special assistance from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. The organization is helping the new immigrants with grants of $1,000 for every adult and $500 per children. The group also paid for each new immigrant’s flight to Israel.

The flight was one of 28 that was arranged by the IFCJ in the past three months in order to bring new immigrants to Israel. On those flights were more than 4,000 new olim who came home to the Jewish State from places like Ukraine, France, South America and elsewhere.

The assistance came in additition to the regular benefits package provided to new immigrants by the State of Israel Ministry of Immigration and Absorption.

The youngest of the new olim is only six months old, and the oldest is age 95. They are set to live in 30 different cities across Israel, including Nahariya, Haifa, Netanya, Afula, Bat Yam, and Eilat.

Hana Levi Julian

In ‘Noble Shirley 2016’ US Military Got Tips From IDF on Fighting Radical Islamic Terror

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

U.S. military forces spent last week learning how to deal with radical Islamic terrorism from the experience of their Israeli counterparts.

Israeli Defense Forces and members of the U.S. Marine Corps joined together for a live-fire training exercise in southern Israel to improve collaboration and interoperability between their two forces.

The Marines’ Battalion Landing Team, 6th Marine Regiment and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit trained last week with Israeli ground troops, air and naval forces on urban warfare and counter terror techniques, Israel’s Channel 2 television news reported.

The scenarios in the exercise included various tactical formations such as drilled helicopter landings behind enemy lines, simulated extractions under fire – including by combat medics – as well as a scenario in which Israel was subjected to a barrage of Iranian and Hezbollah missiles.

The latter was used to test real-time integration of Israeli and American missile defense systems, with the Israelis employing American radar systems deployed across the Middle East in addition to a satellite alert system that picks up missile launches from around the planet.

The Israeli ‘David’s Sling’ missile defense system (which targets medium to long-range missiles) was also used during the drill although it is not yet fully operational.

Hana Levi Julian

Everything’s Coming Our Way

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Musician Carlos Santana has arrived in Israel for his upcoming concert.

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