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May 26, 2016 / 18 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Israeli soldiers’

Tensions Rising: 6 Mortar Attacks Fired at Israel From Gaza in 24 Hours

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Five mortar attacks were aimed at IDF forces near the Gaza border on Wednesday.

A mortar shell was fired Wednesday morning at an IDF force operating near the southern border of Gaza, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Several hours later another force reported a blast nearby.

Shortly before 3 p.m. a similar mortar attack was reported by an IDF force near Nahal Oz, along the northern Gaza border.

A fourth attack was launched at IDF forces later in the afternoon, after a joint statement by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization was released claiming responsibility for all of the attacks.

IDF soldiers returned tank fire at the source, several outposts of the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organizations. One of the outposts was destroyed completely by IDF tank fire. All were located in the Shujaya neighborhood of Gaza City, the site of one of the toughest battles during the counter terror war of 2014, Operation Protective Edge.

A fifth mortar shell was fired at southern Israel on Wednesday evening, at around 7 pm. No injuries were reported in the attack.

The IDF declared the area around the Gaza Belt community of Nahal Oz to be a closed military zone, and officially launched a search for terror attack tunnels throughout the area and particularly near the security fence along the Gaza border.

Hamas has sent its senior commanders into hiding, a move made each time there is an escalation in tensions with Israel.

The exchange brings the total to five shooting incidents within 24 hours.

On Tuesday, just a few hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited troops in the area, terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers and vehicles from the Engineering Corps working on the security fence along the northern Gaza border.

No soldiers were injured in the attack but at least one IDF vehicle was damaged. This attack also emanated from Shujaya.

No casualties were reported in any of the four attacks. However, it is important to note this is one of the most serious cross-border escalations by Gaza terrorists since 2014.

Michael Bachner of TPS contributed to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Soldiers Capture 3 Terror Fugitives, Find Weaponry

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Israeli security personnel captured three wanted terror suspects in the wee hours of Monday morning (May 2).

The arrests took place during operations in Judea and Samaria.

One of the suspects was taken into custody during an operation in the Arab village of Ein Umm a-Shrait, south of Ramallah in the Palestinian Authority-controlled area of Samaria.

A second fugitive was captured in the Arab town of Tzurif in Judea, southwest of the Jewish town of Bat Ayin. Tzurif is known as a Hamas terrorist stronghold.

The third suspect was arrested in the ancient Judean city of Hebron, whose population is today divided between Arabs and Jews, and where several terrorist groups maintain their regional headquarters.

All three suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

In addition, during the night, IDF soldiers from the Kefir Brigade found weaponry near the Qalandiya crossing. The gun and its related hardware were turned over to security personnel for investigation.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldiers Attacked in Beit Fajar Near Gush Etzion Junction

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Two IDF soldiers were attacked Tuesday night by Arab terrorists in Beit Fajar.

The soldiers came under a hail of rocks after accidentally entering the Arab village, not far from the Gush Etzion junction, in an unprotected vehicle.

The windshield of the vehicle was smashed but they nevertheless managed to make it out of the village and head back towards Gush Etzion without injury.

The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident.

Hana Levi Julian

Nachshon Wachsman’s Murderer Joins Hamas Delegation to Turkey

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

A delegation of Hamas officials has arrived in Turkey to attend the annual convention of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development AK Party.

Among those accompanying Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal is Jihad Ya’amar.

It was Ya’amar who drove the car for the terror cell that abducted and murdered IDF Sergeant Nachshon Wachsman, age 19, in 1994. Wachsman, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, was a member of an elite commando unit in the Golani Brigade.

The soldier set out at night from his Jerusalem home on October 8, 1994 after the end of the Sabbath and was picked up hitchhiking at the Bnai Atarot junction by a car of Hamas operatives wearing yarmulkas. Israeli intelligence found out they had a Tanach (Bible) and siddur (Hebrew prayerbook) on the dashboard, and Chassidic music playing at the time.

Two days later, a video was released showing Wachsman tied up, and saying that Hamas had abducted him. He also said they were demanding the release of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and 200 others from Israeli prisons and would execute him within the week if the demands were not met.

Meanwhile, the IDF had captured Jihad Ya’amar, who was subsequently convicted of Wachsman’s murder after the young officer was executed by his captors.

Ya’amar was freed in October 2011 in exchange for the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Hamas in 2006 and held captive for five years in Gaza.

Hamas terror commander Mohammed Deif has stated that he was the commander of the operation to abduct Wachsman in Oct. 1994.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority Arabs and IDF Play Soccer [video]

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Don’t expect B’Tselem to show this video of “occupation” soldiers playing soccer with Arab youth.

Video of the Day

Six Women Are IDF’s ‘Model’ Soldiers

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Six of 20 nominees for this years’ Miss Israel pageant are IDF soldiers.

Sgt. Gaya Shukun, one of the nominees, sees her participation in the competition as a mission, the IDF’s official blogger wrote.

“I have a feeling that a lot of the models join the competition because they want to represent their country,” she said.

“Now that I’m in the army, I have a better insight into the real Israel. I see how badly we’re portrayed in the international arena, and as an IDF soldier, I feel a responsibility to better explain what really happens here.”

Sgt. Adi Levy says that her fellow soldiers are all behind her. “When I got into the competition, my commanders were really supportive. Their encouragement is something I really appreciated.”

Second Sgt. Zoe Rousal is even more candid about what the competition means to her. “It doesn’t matter how much s— our country has to eat, every year there will always be a pageant,” she says. “It’s a change from all the wars and the problems . It doesn’t matter what happens, there will always be a beauty queen.”

The armed forces’ women have been good PR for Israel. The United States and other countries have looked to the IDF to understand how women take over positions that once were considered off limits.

The IDF has a women’s combat unit, and a woman is among parachute instructors, while hundreds of others learn technical skills on the college level to make Air Force lanes and missiles are in working order.

One Home Front commander completed the traditional and rugged beret march – while seven months pregnant.

If one of the Miss Israel pageant nominees wins and goes on to the Miss Universe contest, the IDF’s image will improve even more.

Jewish Press Staff

Friends of IDF Event Spurned by Stevie Wonder Raises More Than $14 Million

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces fundraiser that singer Stevie Wonder pulled out of raised more than $14 million.

More than 1,400 people attended the event in Los Angeles to aid Israeli soldiers. Entertainment mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl chaired the gala. Saban is a national board member of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Actor Jason Alexander emceed the event, which featured a performance by David Foster and Friends. Surprise musical performances were presented by by “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan.

Wonder had come under intense social media pressure to pull out of the event. An online petition calling on him to cancel his performance had garnered more than 3,600 signatures.

The Grammy-winning singer’s representatives cited a recommendation from the United Nations to withdraw his participation given his involvement with the U.N. Wonder as a Messenger of Peace of the world body. He had performed at a 1998 gala honoring Israel’s 50th anniversary.

Funds raised at the event will go toward Friends of the IDF’s well-being and educational programs for Israeli soldiers and the Negev Wellbeing and Educational Centers.

JTA

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