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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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Abbas Tells Kerry No One Can Stop Violence – at Same Time PA Promotes It

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has ended his three-day trip to Israel by listening to a claim by Mahmoud Abbas that no one can stop “lone wolf” terrorists, while at the same time the Palestinian Authority continues to incite violence.

Kerry met with the Palestinian Authority chairman in Ramallah on Wednesday and restricted his comments in public to saying that he is doing what he can “to try to help contribute to calm and to restore people’s confidence in the ability of a two-state solution to still be viable.”

Arab media said that Abbas told Kerry that no one can stop terror attacks carried out by individuals acting on their own.

The same day, the official Palestinian Authority WAFA website again did its best to promote hate and violence instead of stopping it.

It reported:

Israeli settlers and rabbis Wednesday broke into the courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, fueling tension at the site, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said Jewish hard-liners and rabbis stormed and toured al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the morning, provoking tension with Palestinian worshipers who chanted religious slogans in defiance of the Jewish entry.

Meanwhile, Israeli police continued to impose restriction on the entry of Palestinians into the site, especially women and youth, reserving their identity cards prior to their entry.

WAFA also promoted the blatant lie that “Israel was planning to enforce a temporal division of the mosque between Muslims and Jews.” It added, “Palestinians worry that if Jewish visitors were allowed to pray in the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, it would eventually lead to a permanent change which will result in full Israeli control and ban on Muslims’ prayer.”

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The JewishPress.com Thursday that no restrictions were placed on Arabs and that there were no clashes.

Israeli police routinely throw off the Temple Mount any Jew, or Christian, who even looks like he is praying, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took the unprecedented step earlier this month to publicly announce that Jews may not pray there.

Kerry does not read WAFA. He reads only what his underlings feed him, which is what he wants to read so he can ignore incitement and can draw his own conclusions, such as he did yesterday:

We had a long and very constructive and serious conversation with President Abbas, and I want to say that I know that the situation for Palestinians in the West Bank, in Jerusalem, in Gaza is, at this moment, very dire, that there are extraordinary concerns, obviously, about the violence.



Former ‘Lone Soldier’ from NY Serves up Turkeys for American Olim

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Some 200 Lone Soldiers and new Olim from North America will gather Thursday at the Beit HaChayal in Tel Aviv for a special Thanksgiving dinner catered by chef Idan Ianovici, a former Lone Soldier from New York and owner and Vici Deli in Raanana.

The Thanksgiving dinner aims to allow young immigrants without family in Israel to celebrate the traditional holiday – with some Israeli twists.

“Thanksgiving is a very family-oriented holiday,” said Marc Rosenberg, Director of Pre Aliyah at Nefesh B’Nefesh. “We wanted to give new Olim who arrived alone, including Lone Soldiers, the opportunity to celebrate this American holiday with other Anglo Olim here in Tel Aviv.”

Guests will enjoy roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and other traditional Thanksgiving fare, as well as Israeli desserts.

“When I was a Lone Soldier, I celebrated Thanksgiving with only a few friends,” said Ianovici, who served in the IDF’s Armored Corps and has worked at restaurants in New York and Israel since he was 16. “I’m so happy to be able to help give these young Olim the opportunity to experience a proper Thanksgiving in Israel.”

Russia Punishes Turkey by Importing Tomatoes from Israel

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Russia may be giving a Thanksgiving turkey to Israel in the form of tomatoes that it will import following a sudden ban on accepting produce from Turkey, another punishment for Ankara’s downing a Russian plane this week.

Now that Turkey is a rotten tomato for Russia, Israel will benefit from the need to find 360,000 tons of tomatoes to replace the banned imports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin already has ended security cooperation with Turkey and has asked Russians not visit the country. Moscow invented a diplomatic reason for the ban of food imports from Turkey, claiming that 15 percent of the agricultural imports from Ankara suddenly do not meet “sanitary regulations.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists:

We’re not imposing any embargo.

These (restrictions) are introduced due to an increasing danger from various manifestations of extremism. Of course, additional control measures are taken. This is rather natural, especially taking into account the unpredictable actions of the Republic of Turkey.

Turkish media quoted a member of the Turkish Exporters Association as saying:

Turkish vegetables account for 20 percent of the total Russian imports of vegetables. Import of vegetables, tomatoes in the first place, will be substituted with those from Iran, Morocco, Israel, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan.

Israel’s benefiting from Turkey’s intercept of the Russian is a double punishment for Turkish President Recep Erdoğan, whose wounds from the Russian reaction will be salted with the bonus for Israel.

He has not forgiven Israel for boarding the IHH-terrorist infested Mavi Mamara ship five years ago and killing 10 IHH terrorists who tried to kill Navy officers stopping the vessel from breaking the maritime embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza.

The only negative might be a rise in the price of tomatoes in Israeli supermarkets because of the increased demand from Russia.

Middle East Hackers Who Attacked Major Israeli Targets Exposed

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

(JNi.media) A new group of hackers which operated in the Middle East and attacked major Israeli targets has been exposed recently, Israel’s Clear Sky and Minerva Labs revealed this week.

A joint report the two companies issued states that this was a new Middle-Eastern cyber attack group, dubbed by researchers “CopyKittens,” which used malware to attack organizations in Israel and the rest of the region. The CopyKittens are estimated to have attacked dozens of targets, including government ministries in Israel, senior Israeli diplomats working in Europe, public organizations, and top academic researchers who specialize in the Middle East. The report does not reveal the identity of the attackers, but pc.co.il has learned that it is presumed to be Iranian — based on their targets and modus operandi.

According to the report, CopyKittens has been active since at least the middle of 2014. The Group operates in a focused manner against targets in Israel and the Middle East. The group usually attacks the target after gathering information about it, and spear phishing to transplant malware into the computers under attack. The companies’ joint research indicates a high probability that the Group’s activities are for the purpose of espionage and intelligence gathering. According to the report, the hackers rely on human weakness and social engineering for the initial infection.

According to the Clear Sky and Minerva researchers, one of the characteristics of this group is its proprietary malware, known as “Babushka.” This malware stays in the computer’s memory only, meaning it does not use the hard disk to save files. The malware communicates with command and control servers and leaks data it has drawn — through DNS queries. The report details the malware’s unique engagement with command and control servers of the group. The report also states that each component of the malware contains an additional component that depends on the previous one — like a Babushka doll.

The Group conducted usage and copying of parts of code from websites and groups that offer open sourced code, which comprise the malware. Hence the nickname CopyKittens.

The group’s level of sophistication, according to the Israeli researchers’ assessment, is moderate to good, and it improves with every new campaign. Their malware is unique, the researchers noted. “They are using DNS queries for the purpose of monitoring and control, as well as to leak information — which is a rare behavior.” The advantage of this approach is that most defense systems installed nowadays by major organizations do not monitor DNS queries.

In their recommendations the authors write that “It’s required that companies and organizations in Israel strengthen the monitoring of their DNS servers.”

The report ends with the remark that “the objective of the hackers is to steal information, but their identity is in doubt, as well as who is financing them. This is not the last time we’ll be hearing about them: they improve their attack performance and are expected to hit in the future.”

‘Israeli Intelligence Prevented Massive Terror Attack in Germany’

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Israeli intelligence once again is proven to be the number one weapon for Western Europe, the United States and Russia to fight Islamic terror.

Israeli intelligence was responsible for preventing a massive terror attack at a soccer stadium in Hanover last week, according to Stern Magazine, which also reported that a bomb-laden ambulance was discovered.

European media previously reported that French intelligence warned German authorities that terrorists were planning to attack Germany’s Hanover stadium, where a friendly game was scheduled between Germany and Holland.

German chancellor, Angela Merkel was due to attend the game, indicating that it was not coincidental that Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists targeted a stadium in Paris two weeks ago because president Francois Hollande was at the game. An attack inside the stadium was foiled by guards who stopped a suspect, who then blew himself up.

Stern reported Wednesday:

Israeli intelligence handed over exact information on what was expected in the planned attack in Hanover, leading to the last-minute cancellation of the friendly game between Holland and Germany.

A warning had been passed on a day before the game. The next day, hours before the soccer match, another intelligence report warned that a terror attack was “imminent.”

The night of the game four days after the ISIS massacres Paris, German authorities received information from Israeli sources that detailed a planned attack inside the stadium. A search outside turned up an ambulance loaded with a bomb. Police arrested a known suspect.

Two hours later, a Hanover train station was evacuated after as suspicious object was found.

Businessmen Want Rabbinic Boycott of Palestinian Authority Food Items

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Food industry executives are calling for a boycott of Palestinian Authority items, some of which carry a stamp of approval as kosher by respected rabbis.

One food manufacturer told Globes Business newspaper:

They stab us. The world boycotts us, and we act like idiots and help them [Arabs] make a living.

One of the products on the potential boycott list is the Medjool date, a high-quality and relatively expensive date.

The Medjool dates in packages stamped as “Made in Palestine” carry a kosher certificate of high standing under the approval of “Rabbi Efrati.”

The Gatestone Institute reported this week that Palestinian Authority farmers in the Jordan Valley are able to grow Medjool dates thanks to a Jewish resident in the area whom they told that salty soil was not suitable for growing the fruit.

The farmer, Inon Rosenblum, used techniques to improve the soil so that it produces dates, grapes and herbs for export. His employees are Palestinian Authority Arabs, and he gave date palm seedlings to his Arab neighbors so they could grow them

Jews and Arabs living in the Jordan Valley account for approximately 40% of Medjool dates around the world.

Putin’s Spokesman: No Idea Why Russia’s Grand Mufti Wished Israel Same Fate as Crimea

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

(JNi.media) Talgat Tadzhuddin, Chief Mufti of Russia and head of the Central Muslim Spiritual Directorate, is a crafty political animal, judging by the fact that despite having been originally appointed by the Soviet government he has managed to retain his position through the various transmutations of the post-Soviet era.

Tadzhuddin is probably the most visible Muslim clergyman in Russia, in his capacity as leader of all the Muslims in Moscow and Central Russia. As such he has lent great assistance to his president when, back in October, he declared his “resolute support for the deeply respected President Putin and his supporters in Russia’s higher echelons of power, who, in the Federation Council, have unanimously approved his proposal to allow the use of the Russian armed forces abroad, being strictly guided by the counter-terrorism principles of international law on the one hand, and on the other based on a formal aid request from the legitimate government of fraternal Syria in its fight against the united forces of chaos and terrorism.”

Which is why many in Russia wondered this week, why the Moscow Mufti told reporters, following a meeting with the president: “Regarding the question of Syria, I proposed to Vladimir Putin that he should treat Israel the way he treated Crimea, but Vladimir Vladimorovitch refused.”

According a journalist who was present at the press meeting, the room responded to Tadzhuddin with “laughter and applause.”

Apparently, someone in Israel did not think this was very funny, because the official Russian news agency TASS on Wednesday issued a short item saying the Kremlin believes that Russia’s Supreme Mufti was joking when he said that Syria and Israel should enjoy the same kind of treatment as Crimea.

“I’m unable to make any comment on this statement. Honestly, I have no idea what he had in mind,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. “Apparently, that was some kind of joke by the Supreme Mufti. It could’ve been nothing but a joke,” Peskov said.

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