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May 2, 2016 / 24 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Moshe Yaalon’

Ya’alon: ‘We Need to Know How to Win and Still Remain Human’

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon backed a statement on Thursday made a day earlier by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, warning forces not to become “trigger-happy.”

Eizenkot told high school students in Bat Yam on Wednesday that the IDF rules of engagement remain adequate to deal with terror threats. He said forces must shoot to kill attackers, but only if the circumstances are life-threatening.

“When there’s a 13-year-old girl holding scissors or a knife and there is some distance between her and the soldiers, I don’t want to see a soldier open fire and empty his magazine at a girl like that, even if she is committing a very serious act,” Eizenkot said. “Rather, he should use the force necessary to fulfill the objective.”

On Thursday, Ya’alon told students at Tel Hai college pretty much the same thing, according to a report broadcast by Channel 2 television news.

“We must act calmly, judiciously and with discretion in order prevent hurting innocent people and to avoid creating a situation in which our outrage causes us to lose our humanity, and ultimately, lose sight of justice.

“We must not allow our senses to be dulled and must not become trigger happy simply because our blood is boiling,” the Defense Minister added.

“We need to know how to win and still remain human.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Returning Bodies of 10 Arab Terrorists to Families in Jerusalem

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The bodies of 10 Arab terrorists who tried to murder Israeli Jews — and in some cases succeeded — are being returned to their families. One has already gone.

Meanwhile, where are the bodies of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin and St. Sgt. Oron Shaul? Still in the hands or dungeons of Hamas in Gaza…

But clearly last week’s meetings and lobbying actions by Balad Israeli Arab Knesset members Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas were effective.

On Monday journalists were informed by government officials that the bodies of 10 terrorists are being returned to their families who live in Jerusalem.

All were killed while attacking Israelis during the current wave of terror.

In order to receive the bodies, the families had to agree to hold the funerals in the middle of the night, with a maximum of 50 family members and friends in attendance.

The ceremonies were to be quiet, and a monetary deposit of approximately $5,000 had to be submitted as a guarantee the conditions would be met. The family will not receive the money in return if the conditions are violated at burial.

The Defense Ministry made it clear, publicly, it has no interest in holding the bodies, Ynet reported. That’s ironic, since the body of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s own nephew is one of the two still being held “hostage” in Gaza by Hamas, where both soldiers fell in battle during Operation Protection Edge in summer 2014.

Allegedly the terrorists’ bodies have not been released due to the opposition of the Interior Ministry and particularly Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who expressed his doubt the families would respect the conditions. Erdan emphasized his concern that terrorist funerals become displays of support and incitement for further terror.

Hana Levi Julian

Evicted Hebron Jews Protest ‘Selective Enforcement’

Monday, February 1st, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Hebron (TPS) – Dozens of members of the Hebron Jewish community returned on Sunday, January 31 to the site of the buildings dubbed “The House of Rachel” and “The House of Leah.”

The gathering quickly escalated into a spontaneous demonstration as IDF soldiers barred their entry to the apartment buildings located on King David Street, adjacent to the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

The two apartment buildings were purchased by Hebron’s Jewish residents through the Harchivi Mekom Ohalech organization several years ago, and residents began inhabiting the buildings on Thursday, January 21.

Palestinians rioted violently in protest of the Jewish purchase of property in Hebron shortly after the Jewish residents moved into the apartments .

The riots propelled Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to issue an order to evict the residents of the apartments and to bar the entry of Jews to the buildings “pending a thorough inspection of the purchase documents as well as an inspection of the political and security aspects of the matter.”

“The prime minister himself said last week that it would take a week to finish the inspection of our purchase documents,” a Harchivi Mekom Ohalech representative told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) during the demonstration today.

“It has been over a week and we have handed over all the documents and other materials requested by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories [COGAT]. We had hoped that the COGAT officials would be true to their word yet here we stand today outside our houses,” he said.

According to the legal system in Judea and Samaria, any real estate deal in those territories must first be submitted to COGAT and receive the defense minister’s approval.

“In the case of the Hebron houses, the law was broken plain and simple. In order to legally enter a house in Hebron, one must first go through several legal procedures. That did not happen in this case and therefore these squatters were evicted,” stated the defense minister.

Minister Yaalon added that the transaction was never presented to his office for approval despite the fact that the houses were purchased legally.

“At the end of the day, Arabs make hundreds if not thousands of transactions in Judea and Samaria and no one bothers submitting them for approval. However, when Jews purchase property, we are subjected to selective enforcement, and it smacks of racism,” the Harchivi Mekom Ohalech representative told TPS.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Shin Bet Has ‘Concrete Suspicions’ Israelis Torched Duma Family Home

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Thursday a number of Israeli youths recently arrested are suspected of membership in “a Jewish terrorist organization.”

The youths are also suspected of “carrying out terrorist attacks,” according to the statement by the Shin Bet, which said the arrests came “in the context of concrete suspicions.”

No other details were released due to a firm gag order on the investigation, which also involves the Israel Police and state prosecutors.

The allegations are being investigated in connection with July’s deadly arson attack of the Dawabsheh family home in the Palestinian Authority village of Duma.

The mother, father and baby son all died of wounds sustained in the inferno; the only survivor was the family’s four-year-old son.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told reporters at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv that those responsible for their deaths were more dangerous than the typical “price tag” activists.

“Their aim is to cause a flare-up in the security situation on the ground. We have decided that administration detention and a ban order (keeping the detainee from Judea and Samaria) are the steps we need to take so that there will be no more terrorist attacks.”

Ya’alon added, “We believe we know who carried out the attacks.”

Hana Levi Julian

DM Ya’alon Says Israel is Prepared for Escalation in Terror Attacks

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at a meeting on Monday that the IDF is prepared to deal with an escalation in the current wave of terror.

“We haven’t seen any changes in the wave of terrorism,” Ya’alon said in remarks at the opening of the meeting. “It is mostly attacks by individuals. [But] the wave of terror is not subsiding, nor is it being curbed in any way.” He added that the IDF is prepared for an escalation in attacks.

Ya’alon repeated the remarks later in the day when visiting the IDF Induction Center at Tel Hashomer to mark the November draft, noting that there is “hardly a day without a terror attack.”

He went even farther at this briefing, telling reporters that he hoped “the Palestinian Authority gets a grip on itself.” The Defense Minister said he also hoped the PA would go beyond its recent steps of “controlling rioting on the ground, and start condemning the attacks, and cease the blood libels according to which we allegedly are executing those we kill with a knife in their hands, and [instead] they claim we plant the knife afterwards.”

Ya’alon underlined his concern about the PA government’s incitement, and support for Arab media incitement to carry out terror attacks. That incitement, he said, is continuing despite condemnation by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and others.

“I hope they start condemning these attacks. It threatens [the PA] and the survivability of the [Palestinian] Authority more than it does us.

“In the meantime, we are continuing to take many steps,” he added. “Our beefed-up forces are working day and night: carrying out arrests in certain areas and when an attack occurs, the place where it came from is closed, [whether it be a] village or neighborhood. Homes are prepared for demolition.”

Hana Levi Julian

Ya’alon Confirms: Russian Pilots Do Breach Israeli Airspace, But Are Not Shot Down

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Russian pilots do sometimes violate Israeli airspace, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon confirmed in an interview with Israel Radio on Sunday, but IAF pilots never shoot them down.

The lone instance of a breach that occurred recently was rectified immediately when a Russian aircraft ventured one mile into Israeli air space. The Russians were “immediately contacted” and the plane returned “immediately to Syrian territory,” Ya’alon said.

“I remind you that about a year ago we shot down a Syrian Sukhoi-24 plane that penetrated into our territory, and we also shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle,” Ya’alon said.

“When we understood that the Russians were planning to act inside Syria we immediately met – also the prime minister — with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, including the [IDF] chief of staff and the assistant chief of staff. We created an open channel for coordination so as to prevent misunderstandings, because Russian planes are not trying to attack us and therefore it is not necessary to automatically to shoot them down even if there is a mistake.”

Ya’alon was confirming a similar statement made Saturday at an event in Be’er Sheva by Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry’s political-security bureau.

“Russian air force pilots at times cross into Israeli air space, [but] thanks to the excellent security coordination which started right after the meeting between Netanyahu and Putin (two months ago), and in which defined areas of operation were set, the Israel Defense Forces and the Russian military worked out security agreements,” Gilad said.

“If there is a violation, we know what to do and how to prevent an escalation,” he added.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu: ‘Not Even One Meter’ of Area C to Palestinian Authority

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to Likud ministers in a meeting on Sunday that Israel would not transfer “even one meter” of territory to the Palestinian Authority.

But it was not really clear whether the prime minister was talking about territory in Area C with mutual swaps, or Area C “unilaterally,” or Area C in negotiations, or elsewise.

In fact, nothing was clear at all, except that he was adamant that there would be no unilateral transfer of territory, which is not the same thing as a properly negotiated transfer in a mutually worked out agreement, which may still be on the table.

“There won’t be any transfer of territory of the Palestinians, not 40,000 [dunam], not 10,000 [dunam] and not even one meter,” Netanyahu was quoted as by Ynet as saying in a meeting with Likud ministers. In that gathering he was referring to a report about handing over portions of Area C to the Palestinian Authority – something that was never an issue under the Oslo Accords in any case.

But the issue was indeed raised after Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, accused the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the IDF Civil Administration of working on a plan to do exactly that: to transfer 10,000 dunam of territory in Area C to the Palestinian Authority. It’s a plan that former U.S. special envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk had also discussed in the past, and raised again recently while on a visit to Tel Aviv.

There were also reports last week that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected a proposal by Netanyahu to allow Arabs to build in some parts of Area C in exchange for ending the current wave of terror – and for the U.S. to acknowledge Israel’s right to build in the primary “settlement blocs” in which its Jewish communities are located in Judea and Samaria.

It has long been believed that those areas will likely remain part of Israel in any final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

To sweeten the deal, there were reports that Netanyahu had also offered to transfer some of the territory in Area C to the PA – but none of the reports were confirmed.

Dagan, however, insisted that he knew COGAT was advancing a plan to offer one part of Area C to the PA and reclassify it as Area B instead.

Under the Oslo Accords, Area C is totally under Israeli civil administrative and security control; Area B is under the security control of Israel, but Areas B and A are under the civil and administrative control of the Palestinian Authority. Area A is totally under the Palestinian Authority control, including security.

Outraged, Dagan asked Likud ministers to raise the issue at their Sunday morning meeting with Netanyahu, warning that to grant such a deal in the middle of a wave of terror would be tantamount to rewarding the attacks.

He also demanded that Netanyahu order COGAT and the IDF Civil Administration which administers the territories to stop working on such plans.

With increased numbers of IDF units carrying out security missions in all sectors of Judea and Samaria literally every night, however, it is more likely such a plan would be sabotaged long before it got off the ground, even if it were to be raised.

The IDF has shut down three separate PA radio stations for incitement, including one that was shut down just this weekend, early Sunday.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in a radio interview on Israel Radio on Sunday that Israel’s conflict “did not start today and won’t end [tomorrow].

Jewish Press Staff

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