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Berlin Truck Attacker Killed in Shootout with Cops

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Anis Amri, the Tunisian terrorist suspected of killing 12 and injuring 50, ramming a truck into pedestrians in a Christmas market in Berlin this week, was killed by the police in a shootout outside Milan, Italy, Friday morning, following a furious, Europe-wide manhunt, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti announced. He explained that an examination of the body showed clearly that “the person killed, without a shadow of a doubt, is Anis Amri, the suspect of the terrorist attack.”

Amri, 24, who had spent time in prison in Italy, was stopped by two policemen during a routine police check in the Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood of Milan. When they asked him to show his identity papers he pulled a gun from his backpack and was killed in the shootout that ensued. One of the policemen was shot and was evacuated to hospital.

According to Italian authorities, Amri has used at least six different names and three nationalities since leaving Tunisia in 2011. His first stop in Europe was in Italy, where he served three and a half years for setting a fire at a refugee center.

David Israel

Vatican’s Emissary Distorts, then Maligns Israel’s ‘Muezzin Law’

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The apostolic administrator of the Latin-rite Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, told a pre-Christmas press conference on Monday, at the headquarters of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, that he condemns “the project supported by the Israeli government to take away the speakers from Israel mosques used to spread the Adhan, the call to Islamic prayer, usually made by the muezzin five times a day from the minaret,” the Vatican’s propaganda arm Agenzia Fides reported on Tuesday.

“I believe that this is a dangerous precedent. I hope that this bill does not go ahead,” Archbishop Pizzaballa said, adding, “There are other ways to solve the problem of noise pollution.”

According to the Vatican, the bill, approved by the Ministerial Commission for legislation in mid-November and now under consideration of the Knesset, “was motivated by the need to protect Israeli citizens from the ‘noise’ (sic),” however, “The legislative initiative was defined by Palestinians as a provocation, which – according to Palestinian President Abu Mazen – is likely to ‘make the region plunge into an abyss.'”

Talk about keeping calm in stressful times…

Of course, other than the reference to noise pollution, the Vatican’s report is virtually fact free, seeing as the new bill does not conspire to take away the loudspeaker systems of Israeli mosques – which, in most cases, were paid for with Israeli taxpayers’ money – but merely requiring that they curb their religious enthusiasm from 11 PM to 7 AM, when the faithful of all faiths would like to asleep.

As to “Palestinian President Abu Mazen” warning regarding the Muezzin Law and the abyss, it turns out, according to Arab News, that despite the fact that there are 800,000 Muslims living in Italy, Islam is not recognized as an official religion, unlike Judaism or the Mormon faith, and local municipalities make it impossible for their Muslim communities to build mosques there – let alone rattle the neighborhood with their bass monotone from 11 PM to 7 AM.

Nevertheless, the Archbishop had something nice to say at his press conference, when he outlined the assignment guidelines he had received from the Pope, stressing that “our local church here in the Holy Land also recognizes its own need for spiritual renewal, and is entering a period of reform in terms of administration, organization and pastoral work.”

Let’s hope this will include a special resolution to stop lying to the press about Israeli legislation.

JNi.Media

Russia’s Chief Rabbi: Terrorists Should Not Enjoy Safe Harbors

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has urged world leaders to unite against terrorism in response to the tragedies in Ankara and Berlin, InterFax reported Tuesday.

“The terrorists are trying to impose their agenda and language on the world, focusing on no negotiations, no value for human life, and murder and intimidation,” Rabbi Lazar stated, suggesting that “the answer to these monstrous crimes, which places them outside the realm of civilized relations, must be to bring together the world’s leaders in the fight against terrorism.”

According to the chief rabbi, regardless of whether those terror attacks were coordinated or done based on individual whim, they showed that terrorism and extremism were “the number one danger in the world today.”

“There should be no safe harbors for the terrorists and their coordinators,” Rabbi Lazar concluded. “Our tolerance only inspires them to commit new bloody crimes.”

A native of Milan, Italy, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Pinchas Lazar grew up in the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, beginning his service in Russia in 1990. In 2000 he became Chief Rabbi of Russia, and chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia and Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. In September 2005 Lazar became an original member of the 168-member Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation which analyzes draft legislation and monitors Russia’s parliament and government. Rabbi Berel Lazar is known for his friendship with President Vladimir Putin.

David Israel

Israel Delivers First CAEW G550 to Italian Air Force

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Israel and Italy on Monday recognized another significant step in the realization of an agreement the two countries signed in 2012, with the delivery of the first of two aircraft armed with Conformal Airborne Early Warning & Control Systems (CAEW) to Italy. The ceremony, at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was attended by the Italian ambassador, and officials from the Ministry of Defense’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and from the Italian Air Force.

The CAEW, developed by ELTA systems, a subsidiary of IAI, was installed on a G-550 Gulfstream. The second aircraft included in the agreement is expected to be delivered to the Italian Air Force in 2017.

The G550 CAEW is a unique CAEW solution built on radar installed on the sides of the aircraft. The CAEW provides aerial and maritime situational awareness with 360-degree surveillance of airborne targets at all altitudes, over any terrain and in any weather conditions, including maritime surveillance and electronic surveillance. It can operate at long ranges with extended flight time. The CAEW primary objective is to provide intelligence to maintain air superiority and conduct surveillance. The system is currently in-service in Israel, Singapore, and Italy, to be followed by the United States.

DDR&D Director, Brig. Gen. (res) Dr. Daniel Gold said at the ceremony: “The system reflects the deep, fruitful collaboration between the Italian and Israeli ministries of defense. It’s both sides’ understanding of the needs and challenges that stand before the other. In the framework of this agreement, one of the products of which we see here before us, the Italian government signed a reciprocal procurement agreement with the Israeli defense industries at a volume of more than $1.04 billion. This is a continuation of the procurement of 30 training aircraft for the [Israeli] Air Force, made in Italy. The cooperation is very substantial and significant to the Israeli industry, and allows for the development of advanced technologies to be used first and foremost by the IDF, and provides two warning aircraft with the worlds most advanced abilities.”

IAI President & CEO Joseph Weiss said: “As part of the strengthening of our close relations with Italy and European industry, we are pleased to hand over the CAEW, one of IAI’s most advanced systems, representing the next generation in Mission Aircraft, to the Italian Ministry of Defense. We are proud that the joint development program between IAI, Italian industry, and the Italian Ministry of Defense, has been highly successful and met the challenging schedule. We look forward to continuing this model of international cooperation with additional countries and customers.”

JNi.Media

Netanyahu: Italy’s Arch of Titus in Rome Described A Jewish Tragedy in Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Wednesday in Jerusalem with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. Netanyahu spoke with media prior to the meeting at his office, offering condolences to the families of the earthquake victims and wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded. Israel, he said, has extended its offer to help and reiterated the assistance remains if needed.

The Israeli prime minister spoke of the many inspirations and connections Israel draws from Italy, including its “creative genius” which he said is today being translated into innovation. “I think that if we join together in this miraculous world of information and creativity and innovation, we can do more together than we can do separately,” he said. “This is one of the things that we have been talking about in our respective governments, and will continue to do so… So there is a deep bond. I cannot say that the history of our peoples in antiquity was always marked by amity,” Netanyahu remarked, however, “even though there was a very active Jewish community in ancient Rome. But obviously things took a turn for the worse, and that is commemorated in all its tragedy in the Arch of Titus in Rome… in which you see, of course, the great artifacts of the Jewish Temple carried in a triumphal march in Rome. And you see the Menorah, which is the symbol of the Jewish state, but also was of course the main object in our ancient Temple.

“I raise this because we’ve just had an absurd decision of UNESCO that said that the Jewish people h ave no connection to the Temple Mount.

“Well, the Arch of Titus was built by Titus’s brother, the Emperor Domitian. He wasn’t a Zionist propagandist. And he obviously was depicting that long, thousands-year connection to the Temple Mount, to Jerusalem and to this country of the Jewish people.

“That absurd resolution obviously shocked us in many ways, but it didn’t leave us speechless. We were gravely disappointed, obviously, on Italy’s vote and I was delighted to hear Prime Minister Renzi’s saying that he too was shocked by the UNESCO vote and Italy’s abstention. And I welcomed his statement, clear, forthright statement that Italy would change its vote in any such future resolutions. I deeply appreciate Prime Minister Renzi’s words.

“UNESCO’s attempts to erase Jewish history is an attempt to say that Jews really don’t have any connection to our land. It’s not only false, blatantly false, it also makes the achievement of peace harder….

“This conflict is not and never was about a Palestinian state, which successive Israeli governments, including this prime minister, is willing to arrange – a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state. This conflict was never about the Palestinian state. It was and is about the Jewish state, and unless and until our Palestinian neighbors face this, confront these demons, give up the ghost of trying to destroy the Jewish state by this or that means, peace will be harder to achieve. Denying our history is one of the means of denying the Jewish state. This is the bad news.

“Now, the good news. The good news, the incredible news, one that fills me with great hope, is that there is a dramatic change taking place in the Arab world, and that change is that many of the Arab countries see Israel no longer as their enemy, but as their ally, even their vital ally, in fighting against Islamist terrorism, militant Islam, either led by Iran or led by Da’esh.

“Here are two sentences that summarize everything that I said. I am hopeful as never before. If we said in the past that if we break through with the Palestinians, we’ll have broader peace with the Arab world, I think the odds are that it’s now going to – peace is going to be achieved through a reverse path. Not that the Palestinians will bring peace with the broader Arab world, but a broader rapprochement with the Arab world would bring peace with the Palestinians.

“Israel’s hand is extended to peace for all those who want to make peace with it. We have a belief in the future. We have a belief in technology, in progress as a great way of solidifying peace and advancing it with our neighbors and with our friends like Italy and elsewhere in the world. It’s in this spirit of hope and peace that I welcome you to Jerusalem.”

Hana Levi Julian

Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi: UNESCO Resolution on Jerusalem ‘Like Saying Sun Creates Darkness’

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vows that from now on his nation will vote against anti-Israel resolutions like the one passed by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), obliterating Judaism’s historic link with Jerusalem.

Italy abstained in the vote, as did 25 other nations, while 24 member states voted in favor of the resolution. Only six countries had the courage to oppose the resolution advanced by the Palestinian Authority, which labels the Temple Mount and the Western Wall solely by their Muslim names and refers to them only as Islamic holy sites. The resolution contains one single line referring to the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls as being holy to Islam, Christianity and the Jewish people – in that order and worded in that way.

On Friday, Renzi told an Italian radio station during a visit to Brussels, “It is not possible to continue with these resolutions at the UN and UNESCO that aim to attack Israel.

“It is shocking and I have ordered that we stop taking this position (abstaining) even if it means breaking ranks from the position taken by the rest of Europe.

“I have asked diplomats handling these issues to cease doing so. If anyone wants to say something about Israel, let them say it, but they shouldn’t use UNESCO…

“To say that the Jews have no links to Jerusalem is like saying the sun creates darkness,” Renzi said.

The Italian prime minister also vowed to summon Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni when he returns home, to determine why Italy abstained, instead of voting to oppose the resolution.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Renzi on Saturday for opposing the resolution. In a statement, Netanyahu’s office said the two premiers spoke on Saturday and that the Israeli prime minister told Renzi that “even the theater of the absurd has limits.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nachshon meanwhile warmly congratulated the Italian government and prime minister for his statement. “We hope Italy guides the way for other European countries, and countries all over the world,” Nachshon said.

Parliamentarians from 17 nations visiting Israel last week also condemned the resolution in a statement, calling it “disconnected from reality.” The lawmakers said they would work towards international recognition of Jerusalem as the “undivided, eternal capital of the State of Israel.” Among the nations represented were Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica.

Hana Levi Julian

Iranians Caught With Fake Israeli Passports

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Israeli intelligence agencies were updated during Yom Kippur that three Iranian citizens were caught in Italy with fake Israeli passports.

They were deported via Serbia to Turkey, according to a report Wednesday night broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

Security agencies are investigating the history of the trio to see whether any of the three have carried out terror attacks against Israeli targets in the international arena.

Hana Levi Julian

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