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September 1, 2014 / 6 Elul, 5774
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Live Updates: Southern Israel Under Intensive Rocket Fire (11:01 pm)

Monday, August 25th, 2014

11:01pm Kiryat Shmona (Code Red did not activate)

10:14pm Beit Hillel, Kiryat Shmona, Metullah, Kfar Giladi

9:10pm Iron Dome intercepted at least one missile over the port city of Ashdod — a second missile landed in an open area. No word on property damage but no reported physical injuries thus far.

9:02pm Ashdod and surrounds

9:01pm Ashkelon, Hevel Yavne, Nitzan, Nitzanim, Eshkolot

9:00pm Ashdod and surrounds

8:28pm Gaza Belt

8:07pm Gaza Belt, Sha’ar HaNegev, Kissufim, Eshkol

7:55pm Kerem Shalom

7:52pm Gush Dan, Holon, Bat Yam, Tel Aviv, Shfela

7:51pm Or Yehuda, Ganei Tikva

7:23pm Sha’ar HaNegev, Gaza Belt, Nahal Oz, Alumim

7:14pm Sha’ar HaNegev, Gaza Belt

6:26pm Sha’ar HaNegev, Gaza Belt, Nahal Oz, Alumim

6:07pm Gaza Belt, Sha’ar HaNegev, Nahal Oz, Alumim (x2)

6:06pm Sdot Negev, Sha’ar HaNegev, Gaza Belt, Nahal Oz, Alumim (x6)

6:05pm Ashkelon

6:04pm Multiples: Gaza Belt, Sha’ar HaNegev, Nahal Oz, Alumim (again!) (x4)

6:02pm Multiples: Gaza Belt, Sha’ar HaNegev, Nahal Oz, Alumim (x5)

5:55pm Ashkelon, Sdot Negev

5:46pm Sderot, Gaza Belt

5:30pm Ashdod, Ashkelon, Nitzan, Nitzanim, Eshkolot

5:03pm Sderot, Gaza Belt

4:34pm Gaza Belt, Sha’ar HaNegev, Nahal Oz, Alumim

4:32pm Gaza Belt, Sha’ar HaNegev, Nahal Oz, Alumim

4:29pm Sha’ar HaNegev, Nahal Oz, Alumim

3:27pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

3:19pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

3:18pm Multiples: Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region (x2)

3:13pm Multiples: Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region (x3)

3:10pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

3:09pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

2:21pm Sha’ar HaNegev

2:05pm Sha’ar HaNegev

2:03pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

1:54pm Multiples: Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region (x4)

1:48 pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

1:42pm Sha’ar HaNegev

1:02pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

1:01 pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

12:32pm Multiples: Eshkol

12:27pm Eshkol

12:24pm Sha’ar HaNegev

12:18pm Sha’ar HaNegev

12:18pm Eshkol

12:12pm Eshkol

12:09pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

12:08pm Sha’ar HaNegev

12:02pm Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

12:01pm Multiples: Sha’ar HaNegev (yes, again, x 9 at least)

12:01pm Multiples: Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region (again!)

12:01pm Multiples: Sha’ar HaNegev

12:01pm Multiples: Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

11:58am Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region

11:48am Multiples: Eshkol

11:33am Multiples: Sha’ar HaNegev

11:31am Multiples: Sha’ar HaNegev

11:07am Multiples: Sha’ar HaNegev

11:07am Miflasim, Nachal Oz, Kfar Aza / Saad

11:05am Multiples: Eshkol, Beeri

10:56am Beeri

10:32am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

10:32am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

10:30am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

10:26am Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah, Erez, Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah, Erez

10:24am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

10:23am Nachal Oz, Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

10:23am Nachal Oz

10:16am Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Miflasim

10:12am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

10:06am Erez

10:05am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

9:59am Beer Sheva

9:58am Beer Sheva, Hatzerim

9:58am Hatzerim

9:58am Beer Sheva, Hatzerim

9:57am Beer Sheva

9:47am Kissufim

9:46am Kissufim

8:44am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

8:23am Beeri

8:17am Tel Aviv – Yafo , Herzliya, Raanana - It appears now that this was a false alarm.

7:54am IDF Spox Overnight Roundup:

Last night the IAF hit 35 targets in Gaza including 2 terrorists shooting rockets at the Gaza border communities.

Additionally, 2 mosques were attacked by IAF airstrikes: one was used as a weapons storage facility and terror center. The other was a North Gaza terror coordination center and meeting place for terrorists.

7:27am Nitzanim

7:26am Ashkelon, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Nitzanim

7:21am Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

6:28am Nitzanim

6:28am Masaot Yitzchak, Nitzanim

6:27am Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Givati, Masaot Yitzchak, Nitzanim

6:27am Ashkelon, Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Givati, Masaot Yitzchak, Nitzanim

6:27am Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Givati, Masaot Yitzchak

6:27am Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Givati

6:21am Following 6 hours and 26 minutes of quiet…Beeri

Summer of War: The Cost of the Conflict on Israel

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The nearly two-month-long conflict with Hamas that has taken an economic toll on Israel, In addition to the military expenditures from Operation Protective Edge, physical damage to commercial facilities and the financial impact on industries such as retail and tourism have dragged the country into an economic slump, while the psychological cost on the children growing up in the south will take years to assess.

Nearly 3,000 claims for damage have been submitted to the Israel Tax Authority, which has so far paid some $20 million for direct damages and another $21 million for missed work days and other indirect damage. According to existing laws, workers in businesses located within 40 kilometers from the Gaza border get paid for the days they are absent from work, and their employers are eligible for full compensation from the government for these wages.

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism reports that tourism for July dropped by 26 percent from the same period last year. The sector, comprising about 7 percent of the Israeli economy, has lost at least $566 million, according to the figures.

The hardest-hit from the ongoing war are the businesses in the south of the country, which has sustained the bulk of the rocket fire from Hamas. Stores and restaurants have suffered from a drop in sales, while manufacturing facilities close to the Gaza border have been impacted by slowdowns in manufacturing due to incessant rocket alerts.

Israel’s Manufacturers Association estimated the total economic impact on Israeli manufacturers for the first round of the conflict at about 1.2 billion shekels, with factories in the south accounting for 40 percent of this figure, and facilities in Haifa and the center of the country incurring half the losses.

The agricultural sector has also experienced significant physical damage from the falling projectiles. Since the Iron Dome system is only activated when there is a projectile headed for a built-up area, thousands of rockets and mortars have landed in open fields, many of them belonging to farms. In addition to crop damage, there have been a number of incidents of injury and death of cattle, chickens and other livestock as a result of rocket impacts.

In an effort to assist businesses hurt by the conflict, Tourism Minister Uzi Landau proposed a tax exemption to Gaza-adjacent communities in the south. The move would be part of a comprehensive aid package consisting of tax breaks as well as reparations.

The latest war with Hamas came at a time when the Israeli economy was already in a slowdown, with a strong shekel decreasing exports and growth for the second quarter of 2014 falling to 1.7 percent from 2.8 percent in the first quarter. In response, the Bank of Israel decided on July 28 to cut its benchmark interest rate to a five-year low of 0.5 percent.

“We assess that economic activity is experiencing a sort of contraction, that began before the start of the Gaza operation,” the bank said Aug. 18. “This contraction will worsen in the current quarter, although some degree of rebound can be expected as soon as the hostilities cease.”

Pro-Hamas Hackers Trying to Cripple Israel in Secret Cyber War

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Israeli cyber security forces foiled a major cyber attack by pro-Hamas hackers during Operation Protective Edge, but hackers remain determined to harm essential Israeli infrastructure.

While the Iron Dome system intercepted missiles and IDF robots destroyed terror tunnels, the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) foiled an attack against Israel website over the Internet. Hackers from around the world planned the attack with the help of Iran on Al-Quds Day, an annual event organized by Iranian leaders against Zionism. T

“There was a direct connection between the progression of the fighting and cyber attacks,” according to Col N., the commander of the IDF’s cyber defense division.

“It wasn’t like this in previous operations,” he added. “For the first time, there was an organized cyber defense effort alongside combat operations in the field. This was a new reality.”

The attack’s massive scale came as a surprise to Israeli forces. At the beginning of the operation, security services and Internet providers identified only a few attempts to commit cyber attacks. They defined pro-Palestinian hackers as independent actors whose attacks were neither sophisticated nor coordinated.

But as the operation continued, Israel’s understanding of the threat evolved. Col. N. said it became clear that pro-Palestinian groups played a role in the attack. “Today, they’re organizing much more quickly, and it takes them much less time to carry out powerful strikes,” he explained. “During Operation Protective Edge, we saw attacks on a greater scale and on a more sophisticated level. A significant amount of thought and investment stood behind the attacks we saw.

“I won’t be surprised if, next time, we meet [terrorists] in the cyber dimension.”

Terrorists could steal top-secret security information, gain remote access to armed drones and use them to attack Israel, seize credit-card information, hack into the Tel Aviv stock exchange, and shut down Israel’s electrical grid. For years, global security experts have warned of a massive attack that would paralyze the state and disable the military.

Col. N warned that radical powers such as Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah are intensifying the cyber threat against Israel. “There is a significant amount of development in the cyber field. This is a field that [these groups] are already involved in … and all of these groups share information.”


Apple Co-Founder Lands in Israel between the Rockets

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is in Israel to take part in Monday’s EduAction Forum scheduled in Holon, next to Tel Aviv, to start off the new school year on the right foot, rockets permitting.

Wozniak will talk at the conference on his favorite subject – teaching – under the title of “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree.”

The co-founder of Apple left the company some 30 years ago and now is the chief scientist for Fusion-io, which specializes in cloud computing.

With a net worth of $100 million, Wozniak also teaches computers to junior high school students.

He did not the let the war stop him from visiting Israel, but the same cannot be said for author Amy Chua, who chickened out of the conference.

Although Wozniak no longer is with Apple, his former company has invested heavily in Israel and recently appointed an Israel Arab, Johnny Srouji, as its first Israeli vice president.

Islamic Jihad Challenges Hamas with Ceasefire Rumor

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Islamic Jihad may be challenging Hamas leadership by insisting a ceasefire is imminent while Hamas’ chief honcho Khaled Mashaal has rejected the latest proposal from Egypt for a halt in the war.

The Egyptian proposal would have declared a ceasefire without a time frame.

An undeclared ceasefire, or at best a four-hour siesta by terrorists, was in effect after midnight Sunday, but terrorists woke up at dawn Monday to resume another round of attacks on rocket-battered southern Israel.

The attacks struck as far north as Kiryat Malachi, halfway between Be’er Sheva and Tel Aviv.

No injuries were reported, and property damage was minimal.

The IDF estimates that Hamas still has another 2,000 rockets or so in its arsenal. If it keeps shooting at the rate of 100 a day, the war could go on for another 20 days, and there always is the chance that Hamas is saving a “doomsday” weapon, such as an anti-aircraft missiles that can down a commercial airliner, for its last stand.

Hamas’ ceasefire rejection, unless he is playing head games again, puts a giant hole in Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ attempt to come out smelling like rose and looking like a “peace partner..”

The PA’s official WAFA news agency spent three says in Egypt, from Friday until Sunday, to meet with Arab League and Egyptian officials as well as leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.

WAFA did not mention Hamas by name but said Abbas spoke with “others.”

Dispute the unity government of Hamas and its rival Fatah terrorist and political movement and headed by Abbas, their only common bond is hatred for Israel, which so far is not enough to make a marriage.

Hamas’ major objective, even before destroying Israel is to stay in power, and it does not want to hand back to Abbas control of security around Gaza.

Abbas has not lost his single-minded objective to shrink Israel back to its 1949 Armistice Lines borders, for starters, and is not counting on the war to help him.

The Palestinian Authority leader is no dummy. He knows that Hamas is no longer politically correct except in Qataar, iran and Turkey.

That explains the timing of Abbas’ returning to the United Nations and has asked it to declare a timetable for Israel to surrender all of Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem.

Live Updates: Hamas Resumes Rocket Attacks at Dawn (Latest Update: 7:28 am)

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

07:28 Ashkelon Coast, Gaza Belt, Asheklon, Nitzanim

07:22 Yad Mordechai

06:46 Eshkol

06:41 Kiryat Malachi

06:31 Eshkol, Ashkelon Coast

06:29 Ashdod, Ashkelon

06:27 Kiryat Malachi

06:27  Eshkol

06:24 Kibbutz Be’eri

00:20 Jerusalem

00:02 Kiryat Malachi

00:01 Eshkol

11:56pm Lachish, Beit Guvrin

11:52pm Multiples: Ashdod, Be’er Tuvia, Shafir, Ein Tzurim, Orot, Kiryat Malachi, Kidron

11:50pm Eshkol, Kerem Shalom, Ir Ganim, Ashkelon

11:30pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coastal region, Zikkim, Karmiya, Ir Ganim

10:57pm Ashkelon

10:56pm Ashdod, Eshkolot, Nitzan, Nitzanim

10:55pm Ashkelon, Ashdod, Nitzan, Nitzanim, Be’er Ganim,

10:30pm Nahal Oz, Alumim, Sha’ar HaNegev, Eshkol

9:04pm Abu Ghosh, Aminadav, Telz Stone, Beit Shemesh, Beit Meir, Tzur Hadassah

8:18pm Kfar Maimon

8:18pm Kfar Maimon

8:18pm Kfar Maimon

8:18pm Nachal Oz

8:04pm Eshkol

7:36pm Eshkol

7:35pm Eshskol

7:29pm Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

7:29pm Ashdod, Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

7:28pm Ashdod, Nitzanim, Givati

7:28pm Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Nitzanim, Givati

7:28pm Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Nitzanim

7:28pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Nitzanim

7:19pm Nachal Oz

7:09pm Negev

7:08pm Eshkol, Negev

7:08pm Eshkol

6:55pm Nachal Oz

6:38pm Nachal Oz

6:28pm Ashkelon

6:28pm Zikim / Carmiya, Ashkelon

6:10pm Kissufim

6:09pm Kissufim

6:00pm Kissufim

5:27pm Erez

5:27pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Erez

5:27pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot

5:17pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Erez, Miflasim

5:13pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Erez

5:13pm Sderot, Sapir, Erez

5:00pm Beeri

4:48 pm Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev – Cows killed in barn by rocket.

4:42 pm Rocket alerts Shaar HaNegev

4:12pm Kfar Maimon, Nachal Oz

4:12pm Kfar Maimon, Nachal Oz, Kfar Aza / Saad

4:06pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot

3:59pm Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

3:58pm HaShlosha

3:51pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon

3:51pm Ashkelon

3:50pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon

3:50pm Ashkelon

3:47pm Nachal Oz

3:35pm Nachal Oz

3:20pm Nachal Oz

3:11pm Zikim / Carmiya

3:11pm Zikim / Carmiya

3:11pm Givati

3:10pm Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Givati

3:10pm Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Masaot Yitzchak, Ashkelon / Nir Yisrael, Givati

3:10pm Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Masaot Yitzchak, Givati

3:10pm Be’er Tuvia / Kiryat Malachi, Masaot Yitzchak

3:05pm Zikim / Carmiya

2:36pm Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

2:36pm Erez, Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

2:36pm Erez

2:36pm Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah, Erez

2:36pm Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

2:35pm Kerem Shalom, Kerem Shalom

2:34pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot

2:24pm 08-24-2014 Otef Aza – Avshalom, Dekel, Pri Gan, Yavol, Sde Avraham, Yated, Talmei Yosef, Shlomit, Bnei Netzarim, Neve

2:23pm Nachal Oz

2:23pm Nachal Oz

2:22pm Nachal Oz

2:02 pm Rocket barrage Hof Ashkelon, Ashkelon

1:53 pm Update on Israeli hit by Arab stone throwers in Gush Etzion last night…

He regained consciousness earlier in the morning for a short time, but has internal bleeding in the head.

The coma he is in apparently an induced coma.

He went into surgery an hour and a half ago.

For your prayers, his name is Yedayah ben Orna

1:38 pm Rocket alerts near Ofakim. Iron Dome Interception.

1:27 pm Multiple rocket alerts Hof Ashkelon

1:22pm Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

1:20pm Five Injured in mortar strike in near Gaza border community area. 3 seriously injured.

1:05pm Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

1:03pm Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

1:03pm Erez, Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

1:02pm Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah, Erez

11:41am Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne

11:41am Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati, Nitzanim

12:56 pm Nachal Oz

12:55 pm Ashkelon, Gaza Border

12:54 pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon, Gaza Border

12:53 pm Be’er Sheva

12:53 pm Be’er Sheva

12:53 pm Be’er Sheva

12:52 pm Be’er Sheva

12:47 pm Be’er Sheva

12:39 pm Update on Israeli hit by Arab stone throwers in Gush Etzion last night…
Despite surgery overnight at Hadassah Ein Karem, his condition has worsened. He is now listed in serious condition.
He is in a coma and on a respirator.

It appears the stone thrown by the Arabs hit him directly in the head, resulting in the car then flipping.

For your prayers, his name is Yedayah ben Orna.

12:13 pm Yet another alert in Ashdod

12:12 pm Rocket barrage Ashdod area

12:11 pm Rocket alert Ashdod

12:05 Rocket alert Eshkol region

11:48am Gaza border communities

11:41am Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne

11:41am Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati, Nitzanim

11:40am Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati, Nitzanim

11:40am Ashdod

11:40am Kfar Aza / Saad, Nachal Oz, Miflasim

11:36am Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

11:35am Kfar Aza / Saad, Nachal Oz, Yad Mordechai / Netiv HaAsrah

11:35am Kfar Aza / Saad, Nachal Oz

11:35am Kfar Aza / Saad

11:20am Beeri

11:00am Beeri

10:57am Nachal Oz, Kfar Aza / Saad

10:53am Nachal Oz

10:04am Miflasim

10:04am Gaza perimeter/Sderot

10:04am Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Miflasim

10:04am Miflasim

9:15am Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne

9:14am Ashdod, Bnei Ayish / Gan Yavne, Givati, Nitzanim

8:39am Nachal Oz

8:39am Kfar Aza / Saad, Nachal Oz

8:39am Kfar Aza / Saad

8:31am Beeri

8:30am Beeri

7:34am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

7:00am Mivtachim, Talmei Eliyahu, Tzochar, Sde Nitzan, Ohad, Yesha, Amioz

6:46am Kissufim

6:32am Nachal Oz

6:29am Miflasim

6:22am Nachal Oz

6:22am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha, Nachal Oz

6:22am Nir Oz / Ein HaShlosha

Overnight: Firebombs thrown on Modiin-Jerusalem highway 443 late last night near a few kms from Jerusalem No known injuries or damage.

Rock attack on Israeli civilian car last night near Beit Omar on Gush Etzion-Hevron road causing car to overturn. 1 wounded moderately and 2 lightly.

Hamas Executes “Operation Strangling Necks”

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

With Israel continuing to score major hits in Gaza, at least 25 Gazans suspected of collaboration with Israel are believed to have been killed by Hamas operatives in recent days Saturday evening, a 13-story building housing a massive Hamas command center was demolished by the IDF, with the army saying that only combatants were harmed in the operation. Last week three top Hamas operatives were killed in an airstrike by the Israeli Air Force, and yesterday’s hit was the latest indication of the IDF’s commitment to destroy Hamas and banish them from the Gaza strip.

Faced with mounting losses, the terror group appears to be venting its frustrations at on its own civilians, as it continues to execute what it claims are “informants” for Israel. Over Thursday and Friday, some 25 civilians were killed in what Hamas called “Operation Strangling Necks.”

News of Hamas’s latest attack on its own civilians reinforces the belief in Israel that the terror organization is the greatest enemy of the Gazan people. Member of Knesset Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) told Tazpit News Agency that the killings had little to do with internal security concerns: “The execution of Gaza residents, men and women, is cruelty that its purpose is to deter the populace,” he said. “There is nothing behind it in terms of real intelligence.”

The parliamentarian noted that those killed were given no opportunity to prove their innocence. “Many of these killings are nothing more than Hamas settling the score in incidental feuds or disputes that are completely unrelated to Israel.”

“Hamas is an organization of animals, similar to the Islamic State,” he continued. Echoing a similar statement made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yogev pointed out that “the nation of Israel sanctifies life. Hamas sanctifies death.” As such, he explained, the blood of the Gazans is on their hands.

“The bottom line is that we will need to eliminate Hamas, whether in this war or the next. They are a danger to the nation of Israel and to mankind.”

Mordechai Kedar, professor of Arabic literature at Bar-Ilan University, believes that the executions are indeed a sign of tension within Hamas.

“They are afraid that Israel succeeded in penetrating the organization and recruiting a number of its activists as informants,” he noted.”They genuinely suspect that there are collaborators inside the organization. It destroys the confidence they have in each other.”

The scholar cited their lack of popularity in Gaza as another factor that may be fueling the anxiety of the Hamas leadership. “I know that even before Operation Protective Edge the majority in Gaza didn’t want them,” added Kedar. “They have no mercy towards anyone.”

The recent executions are an example of their inhumanity, Kedar said. “Whoever is suspected is executed without any judicial process. Even Amnesty International criticized them very severely,” he noted. “And Amnesty is not at all a pro-Zionist organization.”

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