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Kibbutz Managers to Visit Jordan, Explore Alternatives to Israel’s Strike-Ridden Ports

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) A group of dozens of managers of kibbutz industry enterprises will tour and meet with the leaders of the special economic zone of the city of Aqaba, Jordan, to familiarize themselves with the region and with the Jordanian economy, and to examine the possibilities for cooperation and establishing joint production lines.

Aqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city, on the shores of the Red Sea, across the bay from Israel’s tourism Mecca, Eilat. It boasts a population of 140,000 on a 144.8 square mile area. The city’s strategic location at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea has made its port a valuable asset to this day, and it serves several countries in the region.

In the last decade the kibbutz industrial enterprises have expanded production activity abroad and have become the main growth driver for the kibbutzim. The volume of production in kibbutz-owned plants outside Israel today is estimated at about $2.3 billion annually. According to Kibbutz Industries Association CEO Udi Orenstein, expanding operations abroad is an inevitable part of globalization but, production within Israel could be increased as well with a proper investment policy and the regulation the Israeli seaports—as in eliminating those frequent longshoremen’s strikes.

That last comment represents a remarkable shift in Israeli society, coming as it does from the leader of a major kibbutz enterprise. For a leader of an originally socialist, largely agricultural settlements enterprise to voice this jaundiced view of harbor workers’ frequent job disputes, resulting in frequent wildcat and longer strikes, speaks volumes of the new Israel.

The kibbutz industry tour, to begin Wednesday, November 11, will include a visit to the modern industrial area located north of Aqaba, the local air and sea ports, and discussions with local entrepreneurs.

Orenstein said in a statement that “the global economic changes require that industry constantly explore new possibilities. Aqaba is in the midst of a tremendous development drive, and functions as a special economic zone with special tax laws and planning, and can offer us advanced logistical options for exports abroad as well as shared production.”

A.D. Gordon (1856 – 1922), the spiritual force behind Labor Zionism is probably rolling in his grave.

Gaza Area Israeli Farmers Meeting to Protest Immigration Authority Raids

Monday, July 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) Farmers in the “Gaza envelope,” a string of agricultural communities alongside the Gaza border, on Thursday (July 23) will hold a conference to protest increased raids by the Department of Immigration on their farms, and the increase in investigations of farmers.

The Conference to be held in Eshkol Regional Council, will formulate ways to engage the public in their plight while conducting legal battles against harassment by Immigration inspectors.

The farmer’s anger focuses mainly on increases of fines for any deviation from the terms of employment of foreign workers by hundreds of percentage points, reaching thousands of dollars per employee. The cumulative amount has reached hundreds of thousands of dollars per farmers who employ several workers, which could destroy their farms.

“Hamas rockets have failed to eliminate our farms, but the state’s fines may do it,” say the farmers.

Attorney Hagit Weinstock, representing the farmers, said that any investigation conducted by the authorities checks dozens of parameters relating to wages and conditions, and the fines of $10,000 is levied separately, so that a farmer employing several employees is exposed to paying a fortune in fines.

In addition to the increased fines, the state has undermines the right of Farmers to defend themselves. In the past, farmers could choose to make their case in court for hiring irregularities, but today the only avenue open to them is an appeal to an appellate committee at the Economy Ministry.

The conference will address ways in which farmers can cope with stricter enforcement, farmers’ rights against the investigators, the appeal process over fines, and how to prepare for inspectors’ visits with proper employment contracts and salary slips, to avoid penalties.

Khaled Mashaal Vetoed Plan by Deif for Massive Attack on Kibbutz in War

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Israeli sources opened up previously secret information Wednesday and confirmed that Hamas mastermind terrorist Mohammed had planned a massive attack on a kibbutz last summer.

Sources told Army Radio that Khaled Mashaal, who rules Hamas from Qatar, prohibited Deif from carrying out his murder-kidnap plan because he feared a wide-scale Israeli invasion of Gaza.

During the Protective Edge campaign against Hamas missile attacks, the IDF discovered several tunnels, including one that reached only a few hundred feet from the dining hall of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

It was not known until today that plans already had been completed, possibly before the IDF discovered the tunnel, to use it to murder a large number of members of the kibbutz and kidnap others through the extensive tunnel system.

Marshall reasoned, probably correctly, that Israeli would have carried out a wide-scale and extended invasion of Gaza, an action that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refrained from ordering during the war,

Two issues still are being argued today in Israel and Hamas. Israeli military and political circles debate whether Israel should have – and should do if there is another war – invaded Gaza and try to destroy Hamas and any other rival terror organization that threatens to rule it

Within Hamas, debate rages between the political and military echelons over the terrorist organization’s next move. An attack through the tunnel to Kerem Shalom could very well have been successful given the lack of good intelligence on the extent of the tunnel system. On the other hand, no one knows what would have been the results of a fierce Israeli retaliation except for the assumption that both sides would have suffered extensive losses of life,

The IDF tried to assassinate Deif, not for the first time, but reports that he had been killed have turned out to be wishful thinking, according to unnamed sources in Israel.

Israel Warns Hamas: ‘We Will Respond to Attacks — Forcefully”

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorists received a blizzard of grim warnings Wednesday after a sniper attack launched a major battle with IDF soldiers guarding those working on the security fence near Kibbutz Nirim and Nir Oz.

Despite a blustery response, the terror group was also not entirely stupid: its commanders have once again begun to head underground into hiding, anticipating Israeli retaliation for their actions and forcing Gaza’s civilian human shields to live with the consequences.

Speaking at the Calcalist Conference, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Israeli forces “responded appropriately and we will act in an appropriate and powerful manner as any incident demands.”

Gantz added there is a possibility “events will deteriorate and develop into a significant incident.”

Referencing links between Iranian-backed Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Al Qaeda-linked Salafi Army of Islam in Gaza and the Jabhat al Nusra terror group in Syria, and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization, Gantz also noted a “strong possibility of a connection between fronts – that an incident in the north will influence an incident in the south.”

“We will respond with force every time there is an attempt to disturb the quiet that was attained in the south after Operation Protective Edge,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement following the battle.

His statement was backed up by a similar warning from Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz. “Hamas needs to understand that if it continues to undermine the security situation on the Gaza border, it risks a harsh Israeli response, which could turn into a comprehensive military campaign to demolish its government and military infrastructure,” Steinitz said.

The Hamas Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing later issued its own statement from Gaza, accusing Israel of a “dangerous violation and a crossing of all red lines, as well as playing with fire… The enemy alone bears the responsibility of the repercussions of its uncalculated actions.

“It seems that this murderous enemy has not learned the hard lessons it was dealt by the resistance in the past. The enemy thinks that our people and the resistance are tired or exhausted after the last war,” the terror group added.

An allied terrorist organization, the Popular Resistance Movement, warned Israel would pay a ‘heavy price’ for killing one of its top commanders.

The clash began with a Hamas sniper’s bullet fired into the chest of an Israeli soldier on patrol. It led to an intense battle that included shelling from IDF tanks and Israeli air strikes as well.

Taysir al-Samiri 33, commander of the Hamas al-Qassam Brigades surveillance unit was killed in the battle, the terror group confirmed. Two other Gazans were also wounded, according to local medics.

But, “As a result of the attack, an IDF combat soldier from the Bedouin Reconnaissance Battalion suffered a severe chest injury,” the IDF said in a statement. The soldier was airlifted to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva and his family was notified. He is listed in critical condition.

United Nations deputy Mideast envoy James Rawley has meanwhile expressed “concern” over the deteriorating situation on the Gaza border.

Carefully walking a tightrope of “neutrality” Rawley’s statement urged all parties to maintain and reinforce the August 26 “cease-fire” that ended Operation Protective Edge – but has already been broken by Hamas numerous times since then.

Rawley said in his statement that he is “deeply concerned by reports of exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and the IDF in the southern Gaza Strip today, which resulted in casualties on both sides.

“This follows a series of armed incidents since the end of November,” he noted – without pointing out that the “armed incidents” were actually unprovoked attacks launched solely by Gaza terrorists at Israelis.

IDF Confirms Hamas Mega-Attack Plan

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The IDF confirmed this week that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization planned a massive terror attack on Israel via its tunnel network this September.

IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner said the terror group planned to infiltrate into multiple Jewish communities through tunnels under Israel’s southern border.

Terrorists would have then murdered and abducted as many victims as possible, “inflicting mass casualties,” he said in an interview published Tuesday in Vanity Fair.

“Hamas had a plan. . . A simultaneous, coordinated, surprise attack within Israel. They planned to send 200 terrorists armed to the teeth toward civilian populations. This was going to be a coordinated attack. The concept of operations involved 14 offensive tunnels into Israel. With at least 10 men in each tunnel, they would infiltrate and inflict mass casualties,” Lerner told the publication.

This is not the first report of such a plan. During the latter weeks of Operation Protective Edge, Hebrew-language Israeli media also quoted unnamed military officials who told of the “grand plan” by Hamas, which was alleged at that time to be set for Rosh HaShanah.

Hamas used its terror tunnel network with great success in June 2006 to murder IDF soldiers and kidnap then-IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who remained in captivity until 2011.

Israel traded more than a thousand Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists – including hundreds of bloodthirsty murderers serving long sentences – in order to rescue Shalit from Gaza.

Destroying the Hamas terror tunnel network was one of two main objectives of Operation Protective Edge this past summer; the other was to silence the incessant rocket and missile fire aimed at Israeli civilians by Gaza terrorists.

According to the IDF, 38 tunnels were destroyed during the operation before Israel was forced to end the operation due to pressure from the international community, and the United States. Many of the tunnels that were destroyed led directly into Israel from Gaza, and were to be used as conduits for terror attacks in Israel.

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal referred to them as “defensive” tunnels, according to the report in Vanity Fair.

“The tunnels may have been outwardly called ‘offensive tunnels’ but in actual fact they are ‘defensive’ ones,” Meshaal was quoted as saying.

Two Hamas terror cells emerged from those tunnels, near Kibbutz Nir Am and Kibbutz Erez, on July 21 – during the 50-day war with Hamas.

A bloody battle ensued between IDF soldiers and the heavily armed terrorists, preventing what might otherwise have been wholesale slaughter in a defenseless civilian Israeli village or town.

IDF Takes You On a Guided Tour of Terror Tunnel

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Hamas terror tunnels, destroyed by the IDF war against Hamas terror, have become more popular than the Western Wall tunnel, where thousands of tourists walk daily.

Lt. Libby Weiss from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit gives an exclusive look into the tunnel that ended near Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha. The discovery of the tunnel foiled what would have been a mass slaughter of Jews on the kibbutz at the hands of Hamas murderers. But how could the IDF spokeswoman have led a virtual tour of the tunnel if the IDF destroyed all of them? An IDF spokesman explained to The Jewish Press that the military left the Israeli side of the tunnel in tact so that it could be used for military training as well as for the media to see how Hamas used the humanitarian aid.

Perhaps the kibbutz or the IDF could encourage tourism in the south by opening the tunnel for public tours. An “Israel tunnel tour” could take people to the terror tunnel to understand the demented brain of Hamas and then could take them to Jerusalem to walk through the Western Wall tunnel and experience the site where Herod expanded the Second Temple.

Gaza Belt Communities Fear Lack of Security, IDF Pullout

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Residents of Gaza Belt communities were furious on the first day of school, Monday morning (Sept. 1), when they woke to find no one at the guard posts.

“Once again, I arrived at the moshav and found no one in the guarding posts,” Yifat Ben Shoshan, a resident from the community of Netiv Ha’Asara, told media. “Only a week ago you couldn’t come near the place because of the threat from Gaza – it was a closed military zone. Now it’s less than a week since the cease-fire started and they’re already pulling out soldiers.

The government is acting as if we’re already at peace and nothing has happened here. This cannot be ignored,” she said.

The chairperson of the residents’ committee in the moshav, Penina Rogolski, said she could not understand why the soldiers disappeared. “We’re trying to find out with army officials who gave the order and why this decision was made. I don’t understand what happened to the promises we received,” she said. “As far as we know, the situation and threats haven’t changed. We want answers.”

A number of terror tunnels leading to the moshav, which is located quite close to the border with Gaza, were uncovered during Operation Protective Edge and deadly battles were fought with the terrorists who emerged from the shafts the seemed to appear from nowhere. Some of those tunnels led directly to the communities. The residents are deeply concerned about sending their children to school in the area without active security around them, believing that not all of the tunnels have yet been uncovered and also not convinced that the current cease-fire will hold.

Similar concerns were expressed by residents of Kfar Aza, Yad Mordechai and Mefalsim.

The IDF Spokesman responded, “A Givati Brigade force is in Netiv Ha’Asaara for protection and guarding missions. Deploying the troops inside the community is done in accordance with operational considerations and situational assessments.”

According to the IDF, troops have been deployed between the Gaza border and the communities. In addition, undercover operations are in place protecting the area, the IDF said.

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