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Police Reveal They Used Undercover Agent to Crack Down on Illegal Arms Trade in Arab Sector

Monday, July 18th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

The Israel Police cleared for publication on Monday morning that it has infiltrated criminal ranks in the Arab sector and confiscated numerous illegal weapons thanks to the use of an undercover agent for over a year. A total of 600 policemen have been conducting a widespread arrest campaign and have detained dozens of suspects in Arab towns and in Netanya since the morning.

The undercover agent operated under a fake identity for more than a year. He collected evidence on many influential criminals and documented dozens of illegal arms and drug deals.

At least 62 suspects have already been arrested within just a few hours, and more arrests are expected. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh awarded the publicly unidentified agent with a pistol and official certification at a private ceremony in his honor.

“I applaud the brave agent who exposed a network of illegal arms traders last night,” said Minister Erdan. “I also applaud the Israel Police forces who participated in the arrest campaign. I hope and believe that the agent who helped us and officially joined the police today [as an overt officer] will be an example to the young generation in the Arab sector, which pays a high price for the high crime rates in it.”

The agent operated in the Triangle area, a concentration of Arab towns and villages in central Israel, and in the city of Netanya. He quickly became accepted and respected among the criminals and was even called upon to mediate internal conflicts.

“I have always seen myself on the side of law enforcement, and when I was offered to be an agent, I did not think twice,” said the agent. “This mission was a challenge. The weapon issue in the Arab sector bothers the Arab community very much, a dangerous phenomenon that I know about first-hand.”

During his time undercover, the agent purchased twelve “Carlo” submachine guns, three Kalashnikov assault rifles, two home-made M16 rifles, four pistols, a stun grenade, and ammunition. He also purchased over nine kilograms of hashish, 700 grams of marijuana, and 85 grams of cocaine.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Terror Attack Stymied at Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Israel Police prevented another young Arab from carrying out a deadly terror attack Sunday (June 7) on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

A young man approximately age 25 moving around furtively aroused the suspicions of the security unit guarding the Temple Mount as he approached the Cotton Gate leading to the holy site.

The suspect apparently had second thoughts, however, and instead decided to leave the area when he noticed that his behavior had attracted the attention of police guarding the area. Nevertheless, police officers passed along the information by radio to other security personnel deployed in the area — and it’s a good thing they did.

Police who were stationed at the Iron Gate spotted the suspect once again trying to enter the Temple Mount. This time they detained him and called the commander attached to the site, Police Superintendant Shlomi Tobol, who began to ask the young man what he was doing there.

It’s important to know that many Israeli police officers — especially those assigned to guard the holy sites in Jerusalem and others deployed to areas with Arabic-speaking populations — speak fluent Arabic and in fact are also intimately familiar with the culture. There is a right way and a wrong way to behavior, to converse, and to ask a question in any society and when trying to get information to prevent a deadly terror attack, a chat with a witness or even a possible suspect is no exception.

This young suspect told Tobol during the extended conversation that followed that he had “formed within his heart” a resolve to carry out a terror attack at the site and stab one or several Jews, after having completed his final prayers at the Temple Mount. He also confessed to having purchased a knife and other equipment for the attack, which he had hidden away in a bag under a bush near the Damascus Gate in the Old City. After searching the area, police found knives and screwdrivers with which the suspect claimed he intended to carry out his attack.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the “David Precinct” for further questioning. The lethal evidence was confiscated as well.

The Temple Mount police commander praised the members of his unit for their quick and effective action. “I am proud of our police who were alert and operated smoothly to prevent this threat, which could have instead ended in a deadly terror attack,” Tobol said.

Hana Levi Julian

Mass Arrest in Organized Crime Sting

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Israel Police announced the arrest of some 50 suspects on Monday after a years-long investigation dealing with organized crime.

“This case deals with a series of incidents and suspected offenses committed in Israel and abroad,” said a police spokesperson. [They were] “serious and organized crimes that include violence and drugs, committed by dozens of suspects, some of whom are identified with activities of crime organizations.”

Dozens of homes of suspects across Israel were raided over the weekend, with seizures of vehicles, property and bank accounts.

The suspects are to be brought before a judge on Tuesday for extension of their remand, police said. All allegations were denied by the attorneys for their clients.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Slams Claim of Spying on U.S.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman slammed a report by U.S.-based Newsweek magazine claiming Israel has been “spying” on America.

The foreign minister told listeners on Israel’s Voice of Israel government radio Wednesday morning, “First of all, these are malicious accusations. . . I would not agree to any spying on the United States, not in any form, directly or indirectly.”

Israeli Embassy spokesperson Aaron Sagui also flatly denied the charges, telling Newsweek, “Israel doesn’t conduct espionage operations in the United States, period. We condemn the fact that such outrageous, false allegations are being directed against Israel.”

The report, published Tuesday by Newsweek, quoted anonymous senior intelligence officials in the United States, and Congressional staffers.

Written by journalist Jeff Stein, the report began with the question, “Whatever happened to honor among thieves? When the National Security Agency was caught eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone, it was considered a rude way to treat a friend. Now U.S. intelligence officials are saying – albeit very quietly, behind closed doors on Capitol Hill – that our Israeli “friends” have gone too far with their spying operations here.”

Stein wrote the espionage had allegedly been revealed in recent visa waiver briefings, saying the spying came under cover of trade missions and joint defense technology contracts. The alleged primary target: “America’s industrial and technical secrets,” according to his report.

Last month a senior House aide also noted the U.S. intelligence community is concerned that adding Israel to the visa waiver program would make it easier for Israeli spies to enter the country, the CQ Roll Call news site reported.

Counter intelligence agents, wrote Stein, had called Israel’s “espionage activities in America… unrivaled and unseemly,” and said they went “far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, the U.K. and Japan.” Unnamed Congressional staffers referred to testimony at the briefings as “very sobering … alarming … even terrifying … damaging.”

Of course, wrote Stein, the United States spies on Israel as well. He quoted a former top CIA operative who told him that Israel was “the last place you wanted to go on vacation” because of ‘heavy-handed Israeli surveillance.’

Israel’s foreign minister, however, said Wednesday morning that he heard no complaints about “spying” during a meeting with members of Congress on a visit to the United States last month. Mr. Liberman told listeners he believes the charges are the work of saboteurs trying to scotch relations between the two countries.

The U.S. visa waiver program enables travelers to the United States to enter the country without first having to obtain a visa. According to a statement by the Department of Homeland Security quoted by Newsweek, requirements for entry to the program include “enhanced law enforcement and security-related data sharing with the United States, timely reporting of lost and stolen passports, and the maintenance of high counter-terrorism, law enforcement, border control, aviation and document security standards.”

Israelis face a high rate of visa refusal by the U.S. due to the problem of young people entering the country and then staying past the expiration date of tourist visas in order to work illegally.

Another obstacle to Israel’s acceptance to the program is the U.S. government’s perception of alleged discrimination against Arab Americans in Israeli security protocols.

Hana Levi Julian

On the Job but Not Getting Paid?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I’m very glad Congress and the president decided to make sure the uniformed military will get paid during the government shutdown.  That was the right thing to do.  The move averts a game-of-chicken mistake made in late 1995, when Bill Clinton was dispatching troops to Bosnia while their pay was in jeopardy.

As long as preparations are made beforehand, meanwhile, there’s enough in the trusts to make sure Social Security and veterans’ pension payments go out next month as well as this month. That’s a relief to millions of elderly who can’t just go start harvesting vegetables or sweeping floors if their checks don’t come in.  We can assume Congress will keep a sharp eye out for the potential problems, and make provision for them.

That leaves our Border Patrol, FBI, other federal law enforcement agents, federal firefighters, and air traffic controllers, some of the 80% of federal workers who will remain on the job during the shutdown.  At least some of them are reportedly being required to work without their latest-due paychecks being in the bank, until the government is “open” again.  It’s not fully clear how many or which of these workers are having to show up for work with their pay suspended.  I’ve seen reports that suggest some are being paid; other reports seem to indicate that law enforcement and essential-services people are working without pay (i.e., presumably, pay delayed, not “pay never coming”).

In any case, as happy as I am to see the EPA and other agencies off the job, I’m concerned about morale among the hard-working law enforcement and essential-services folks.  They do a tough job 24/365, and a lot is being asked of them today, and for as long as the shutdown lasts.

We can hope the shutdown will last only a couple of days.  Presumably, Congress will be looking out for these workers, and have a care for the hardships they will face if the shutdown goes longer than that.  (In extremis, much could probably be done, even within the current debt ceiling, through issuing IOUs to the Social Security trust fund.)  As with those in all professions, the younger workers – with kids, mortgage and college-loan payments, living paycheck to paycheck – will be the hardest hit.

If the shutdown does become extended, those who have the means can consider donating to organizations that provide a helping hand to these particular federal workers in their time of need.  Here are some links to get you started:

Federal Law Enforcement Foundation

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Foundation

Wildland Firefighters Foundation

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (especially for non-law enforcement personnel; air traffic controllers are members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, or NATCA, a labor union with some funding for mutual aid, as well as its own charitable foundation)

I (Heart) Public Safety Network (umbrella network coordinating various forms of assistance to public-safety programs, public-safety workers, and their families)

Note:  per the Washington Post summary at the first link, U.S. Postal Service workers should be getting paid on schedule.  Except for its annual requests for bailouts, USPS is “self-funding,” and should last through the shutdown, however long it goes.

J. E. Dyer

Bibi’s Choice

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

News item:

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

Caro Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of DEA agent Enrique Camarena but a Mexican federal court ordered his release this week saying he had been improperly tried in a federal court for state crimes. …

The Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents in the United States said it was “outraged” by Caro Quintero’s early release and blamed corruption within Mexico’s justice system.

“The release of this violent butcher is but another example of how good faith efforts by the U.S. to work with the Mexican government can be frustrated by those powerful dark forces that work in the shadows of the Mexican ‘justice’ system,” the organization said in a statement.

So imagine how they would react if 104 “violent butcher(s)” were released from prison as a result of improper influence on the justice system, particularly if that influence came from a foreign power! This describes the prisoner release that Israel’s leaders have been coerced into accepting as the price for beginning talks with the PLO.

There isn’t justice in nature. Sometimes evil people do terrible things and escape punishment, even thrive. This brute fact has prompted countless pages of philosophical and theological discourse. But one thing that is not in doubt is that it is one of the functions of civilization to try to bring some order out of this moral chaos by imposing justice.

Hence one of the seven Noachide laws — one of the moral principles that Judaism recognizes as a requirement for any civilized nation, Jewish or not — is to establish courts of law. Subverting justice, then, is one of the worst crimes a person can commit.

PM Netanyahu fell into a trap set for him by Barack Obama, perhaps payback for the humiliation Obama suffered in May 2011, when Bibi dared to publicly instruct the ‘leader of the free world’ about “Middle East reality.”

Now Obama has handed him a “Sophie’s choice,” a moral dilemma in which both forks are horrible. Should he release the prisoners, cause immense pain to the families of their victims, damage Israel’s honor and deterrence, and subvert the legal system that condemned them (and by the way, destroy his own reputation and political career)? Or should he tell Obama to go to hell and expose Israel to whatever consequences were threatened?

Bibi has made his choice. History will judge him.

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Vic Rosenthal

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