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Israeli Air Force Killing 4 in Attack on ISIS in Syria

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Israel Air Force planes on Sunday night attacked a facility in the southern Syrian Golan Heights controlled by the Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid Army, a Salafi jihadist group active in southern Syria since May, 2016. The attack was in retaliation for a shooting by a squad of the jihadist group at an IDF force at the border.

The Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid Army is a merger of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic Muthanna Movement, and the Army of Jihad, all ISIS affiliates.

The IDF released a statement saying the site attacked by the IAF is an abandoned military base which was used in the past by UN peacekeeping forces. It was being used recently as a base of operations for the jihadists, from which they launched attacks at IDF units. According to IAF estimates, four terrorists were eliminated in the airstrike on the base.

According to the IDF, the overnight attack was an extension of a Sunday attack whose purpose was “to prevent the return of terrorists to a facility that poses a fundamental threat in the region.”

David Israel

Israeli Settlers Recruiting for ISIS

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, CAMCI, The Center for Analyzing Media Coverage of Israel}

Hillary Clinton claimed that Donald Trump was ISIS’ “best recruiter.” Trump fired back  that Clinton and President Obama were “ISIS’ co-founders.”

When Trump claimed that he was being sarcastic, the New York Times editor’s blog ridiculed him.

The only reason that the media covered these remarks was to show how outrageous the campaign rhetoric had gotten. The media “fact-checked” the accusations and concluded that neither candidate was central to the terrorist group’s founding or recruitment.

The media understand that the Islamic State smear is nonsense. ISIS does not need either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to recruit followers to its murderous cause. Hatred of the West is enough for them to attract a large following of violent discontents.

Maybe they need Israeli settlements

A New York Times editorial, Israel’s Alarming Settlement Bill, argues against a proposal in Israel to legalize certain settlements.  The editorial says that expanding settlements reduces the possibility of a Palestinian state.

Fair enough.

Yet the Times goes further by claiming that the expansion of settlements would be “dangerous” for the United States.

Why would it be so “dangerous? ”

Because U.S. support for Israeli settlements is ISIS’ most effective recruiting tool.

It’s a ridiculous claim to make. ISIS does not need any help from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or Israeli settlers to recruit followers. Yet the Times uses Senator Patrick Leahy, who has been a harsh critic of Israel for decades, to make its case.

Throwing credibility to the wind, here is his argument against the bill:

One of the most effective ways that ISIS and other terrorist groups have attracted recruits is by tarring the United States with Israel’s expanding occupation of the West Bank… This legislation to retroactively legalize illegal settlements will be welcomed by those murderous groups as further evidence that America’s closest ally in the region is bent on destroying a peaceful solution, including the possibility of a Palestinian state.

Israeli settlements are now ISIS’ “most effective” recruitment tool?

If that were true, wouldn’t attacking the U.S. and Israel be at the top of ISIS agenda?

Neither Leahy or the Times present any evidence of the claim.

Where did all those “fact-checkers” go?

I guess the Times doesn’t want to fact-check its own editorials. 

While ISIS is not a fan of Israeli settlements, the issue is hardly at the top of its agenda. ISIS has terrorized hundreds of thousands of Muslims who do not agree with its extreme philosophy. ISIS has launched terror attacks around the world. In this list of 70 ISIS terror attacks, none are related to Israeli settlements.

In fact, the group has targeted both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. (Although there is also some evidence that some factions of Hamas work with ISIS.)

Claiming that your opponent is a recruiting tool for ISIS has become the latest smear. The New York Times dismissed claims that either Clinton or Trump were involved with the ISIS. Yet the same paper editorializes  that Israeli settlers are at the heart of the reason people join the terror group.

It’s inconsistent for the Times to give Leahy’s comments legitimacy.

You can ask the Times’ Public Editor the reason for the inconsistency. Write to her at: Public@nytimes.com.

For more, check out CAMCI, The Center for Analyzing Media Coverage of Israel.

Yarden Frankl

Court Rejects Freedom of Information Request to Shield Archeologists from BDS Attacks

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The Jerusalem District Court on Monday rejected a petition filed by two extreme-left, anti-Zionist NGOs, Yesh Din and Emek Shaveh, against the Archeology Department of the IDF Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, demanding to know the names of archeologists working in digs around the liberated territories. District Court Judge Yigal Marzel ruled that publicizing their names would expose these archeologists to academic boycotts as well as possibly sabotage Israeli government archeological projects in Judea and Samaria.

Judge Marzel accepted the State’s argument that the archeologists, who testified in a separate hearing without the petitioners’ presence, would be exposed to academic boycotts should their names be published. Such boycotts could prevent the archeologists from publishing their findings in international academic journals, and they could be shunned by their foreign peers, seriously damaging their professional careers.

Judge Marzel ruled that the potential personal harm to the archeologists and their research justifies concealing their names. A few of the archeologists who testified consented to have their names be revealed to the petitioners, and they were.

The court sided with the State regarding the petitioners’ request for information on the location of the discovered archeological finds, accepting the argument that such exposure could lead to the theft of the artifacts.

The court also rejected the petitioners’ demand to review the list of artifacts the Israel Antiquities Authority has lent out for exhibition. Judge Marzel also refused to compel the IAA to hand over the records of specific digs, Tel Batir and Tel Shiloh, in Judea and Samaria.

The court did side with the petitioners’ demand to receive a list of the digs in Judea and Samaria, as well as the dates of their completion an future plan for their use.

Yesh Din’s annual budget, based on its 2014 report to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, is $1,565,000. Its donors include the EU, the UK, Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Norwegian Refugee Council, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), HEKS (Switzerland), Norway, Ireland, Germany, and Oxfam-Novib (Netherlands).

Emek Shaveh’s annual budget, also based on a 2014 report to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, is $246,225. Its donors include Switzerland (FDFA – Swiss Foreign Ministry), HEKS (Switzerland), Cordaid (Netherlands), Norway, Ireland, Oxfam GB (UK), CCFD-Terre Solidaire (France), and Oxfam Novib (Netherlands).


ATM Bonanza in Israeli Arab Town: Ask for Shekels, Get Dollars [video]

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Customers who used the ATM machine at the Bank Leumi branch in Kafr Qara, an Arab town some 22 miles southeast of Haifa, were stunned to realize they were receiving the amount they punched in, except in US dollars, or, based on today’s exchange value, 3.87 times the amount they asked for. News of the unexpected bonanza spread fast and wide and dozens of local residents raided the ATM nook – to each be rewarded handsomely in Uncle Sam issue greenbacks (well, not really greenbacks, as those stopped being issued after the Civil War, but buck nonetheless).

TV journalist Madi Zayed reported the joyous celebration that erupted, as the locals pushed through the waiting line to try their luck with the Bank Leumi Cornucopia. Some hesitated, arguing that in the end their accounts would be charged the full amount anyway, but most just treated the miracle as miracles should be treated – they stuck their cards in the slot and punched the keys.

A local named Ziad was among the first to discover the unusual ATM machine. “I stopped to withdraw 200 shekels to gas up my vehicle at the end of the work day,” he told Zayed. “I entered my card and punched 200, and suddenly I’m getting four $50 bills”

At some point an alarm broke out, the branch manager showed up and called the police. A patrol car arrived and the cops ordered the customers to stay away from the ATM until the manager disabled it. At this point it is still unclear whether the bank would charge its customers the full dollar amount.

David Israel

El Al Apologizing to Israeli Public in Print Ads, Blaming Pilots

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Israel’s National carrier El Al, which has been plagued by pilot sanctions, spent a hefty penny Friday on print ads apologizing for the massive delays and consequent discomfort suffered by its loyal passengers.

The company is in the midst of a propaganda war against its pilots, and it regularly publishes details of its efforts to convince individual pilots to come to work alongside their excuses and outright failure to answer their phones. The pilots for their part blame the company of outright lying to the public, showing how the pilots in question were never contacted.

The following is translated from Friday’s Hebrew ad:

“To Our Traveling Public,

“Recently you’ve experienced many difficulties on some of the flights. We apologize for it from the bottom of our heart. Disagreements with company pilots have turned into sanctions and a lobbying campaign resulting in damages to you, the passengers, intended to pressure the company, its managers and employees.

“We’ve been investing all our resources in order to resolve the crisis and to carry you once again to every destination punctually, with dedication and safety.”

El Al apology ad

El Al apology ad

The ad concludes with the company’s gratitude for its passengers’ loyalty and a commitment to resolve the crisis speedily.

Meanwhile, the El Al Facebook page in Hebrew last night apologized for the cancellation of light 81 to Bangkok and the return flight 82 to Tel Aviv. According to Globes, flight 027 to Newark was forced to use a chartered plane.

The dispute between the El Al management and the pilots revolves around a new Pilot Law restricting the maximum number of flight hours per pilots, which is scheduled to go into effect 2018. As a result, El Al pilots have been demanding a pay raise to prevent facing a pay cut once the law is in, but management refuses any pay increases.

David Israel

Israeli Ambassador Tells TV’s Posner Russian Weapons Could Fall into Hezbollah’s Hands

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Israel has no intention to interfere in the Syrian crisis, but it is concerned over the possibility of weapons falling into the hands of the Shi’ite terrorist militia Hezbollah, Israeli Ambassador to Russia Zvi Heifetz told the Pozner program on Russian TV’s Channel 1 on Monday.

Members of Hezbollah are fighting on the side of the Syrian government forces against the Western-backed rebels and ISIS.

Vladimir Pozner, who was born in Paris to a Russian Jewish father and a French Catholic mother, was the host for many years during the Cold War of the nightly “Radio Moscow News and Commentary” show on the North America Service, and was renowned for his signature greeting, “Thank you and good evening.” Since 2010 he’s been hosting the interview show “Pozner” on Russia’s Channel 1. He has a lively and unconstrained style of hosting, often firing poignant off-the-cuff remarks at his guests. He often comments on how the political or economic topics being discussed on his show could affect the common people in Russia.

“Israel has a principle: we do not interfere in regional crises, including in what is taking place in Syria,” the ambassador said, but added his government has two issues of concern regarding the situation in Syria:

“The first issue is the possibility of weapons leaks into the hands of Hezbollah through Syria or through Iran. We’re also concerned over the presence of Hezbollah on the Golan Heights. Just imagine, if both Russia and the Western countries leave Syria one day — we’ll stay there. Everyone else will leave and we’ll stay and it is very important for us to know how we’ll stay and who our new neighbors will be,” Heifetz said.

Regarding the legitimacy of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Ambassador Heifetz said, “Assad is the president of Syria. We have known this for many years. If you mean whom we support, I’ll answer directly: we do not support anyone in Syria. Syria must solve its issues and we must solve ours.”

Hezbollah (Party of God in Arabic) has been fighting on the side of the Syrian army since 2012.


Shiloh Musings: Israeli Supreme Court, When “Independent” is UNJUST

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

So what is the big hullabaloo between Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked and Supreme Court President Miriam Naor all about?

One of the big issues in Israel is that the Supreme Court is very much “friend brings friend.” It’s a Leftist bastion that easily preserves its ideological purity. Breaking that monopoly is an aim of Shaked and her party, Jewish Home aka NRP. It’s also important to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and many others in Israel’s Right and Center, which is why she got that portfolio.

On one of the Israeli newscasts about the issue, I heard someone who wants to preserve the status quo shouting that it exists to preserve the “court’s independence.” Now, if you don’t know what they mean by “independence,” you may think they have a point.

The dangerous thing that the pro-status quo people mean by that is that they do not make their decisions based on the laws passed in the Knesset.  And remember that the Knesset is made up by representatives of political parties voted in by the citizens of the State of Israel. The justices in the Israeli Supreme Court consider their “consciences,” their ideologies to be the sources of their decisions. They do not make their judgments by interpreting the Laws, but by bending them into their concept of their Leftist Utopian vision.

If Ayelet Shaked gets her way, then the Knesset will appoint justices more representative of Israel’s population and not the Leftist elite of today which considers itself the overseer of Israeli Law and values, even going against laws which they don’t like.

Batya Medad

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