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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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Alert Woman Helps Foil Terror Stabbings in Northern Israel

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

An alert female employee at a gasoline station in the Lower Galilee foiled a terrorist attack last Tuesday afternoon by calling the police after suspecting that two Arab youth were terrorists.

She turned out to be right.

The youth, ages 16 and 17, tried to escape, but the police caught up with them and searched them

They discovered they were carrying a knife and a jackknife, and the suspects confessed that they were planning to carry out stabbing attacks but had not yet decided where.

Like most of the attacks and planned attacks during the recent wave of terror, the Arab youth apparently were acting on their own and were totally amateurish.

Arab Terrorists Attack Israeli Drivers in Upper Galilee

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Israeli motorists in northern Israel were targeted by Arab terrorists along Route 65 who threw stones at two private vehicles and a bus.

The vehicles were traveling in Lower Galilee near the community of Kfar Tabor.

Both cars were damaged in the attacks, but the passengers were not physically injured.

Arab terrorists also targeted motorists along Route 85 in the Upper Galilee, near the Druze town of Majdal Krum.

None of those traveling in the area were hurt by the stones thrown in that attack, according to local sources.

Huge Oil Discovery in Golan Heights Can Make Israel Energy Self-Sufficient

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

There’s oil in them northern Golan Heights … A LOT of oil, according to experts involved in drilling for the black gold over the past year.

Enough, in fact, to potentially make Israel self-sufficient for many years to come, according to Afek Oil and Gas chief geologist Dr. Yuval Bartov, who spoke on Wednesday with Israel’s Channel 2 TV news. Afek is a subsidiary of Genie Energy, a U.S. firm.

“We are talking about a strata which is 350 meters thick and what is important is the thickness and the porosity,” Bartov said.

“On average in the world strata are 20-30 meters thick, so this is ten times as large as that, so we are talking about significant quantities. The important thing is to know the oil is in the rock and that’s what we now know.”

The potential for production is huge: barrels in the billions, certainly enough to provide for decades of local consumption in a country which uses 270,000 barrels per day.

But now the question comes down to production costs – and the cost to the environment.

How easily can the oil be extracted from the ground, and what will such a process do to the flora and fauna in the area around the production site, if anything?

The debate over the latter issue might cost the state millions in political wrangling alone, not including the very real issue of how the environment will need to be protected. The complexities involved in extracting the oil may also end up being a more costly or lengthy process, depending on how far down the black gold runs and how difficult it is to bring up.

All of that assumes, of course, that the geopolitical debates over the Golan Heights will have been put to rest by the time the region’s oil production is ready to flow.

Exploratory drilling which began in December 2014 ended with three sites being tapped. Afek recently submitted a request to the government for authorization to drill an additional 10 wells.

New Torah Commemorates Life of Fallen IDF Soldier

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

On the eve of the Jewish New Year, the family and friends of 25-year-old IDF Captain Yochai Klengel, z’l gathered this week (Monday, Sept. 7) to celebrate the “homecoming” of a new Torah scroll in the memory of the fallen soldier.

Inscribing the final words in the new Torah scroll as people perform the ceremony of bring the new Torah into the Nitvei Yochai Synagogue,  named after IDF Captain Yochai Klengel, z'l, who fell in the line of duty in an attack by Hezbollah along the border with Lebanon.

Inscribing the final words in the new Torah scroll. 

Klengel and Sergeant Dor Nini were killed in an attack by Hezbollah guerrillas in northern Israel on January 28 of this year, along the border with Lebanon.

A festive ceremony was held to bring the new Torah scroll to its new home into the Nitvei Yochai Synagogue, named after Klengel, in Gush Etzion.

The cross-border attack that killed Klengel and Nini was the most serious incident to occur on the northern border since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Israel responded with artillery fire to the source of the missile fire that had struck the soldiers’ vehicle.

Syria Rocket Attacks Ignite Flames in Northern Israel

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Israelis were sent racing for cover late Thursday afternoon as Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens wailed across the north.

According to the IDF Spokesperson, two rockets exploded in an open field in the Galilee Panhandle, igniting flames in the area. Two more rockets landed in a field in the Golan Heights, igniting a blaze there as well.

“Earlier today at least four rockets were launched from Syria at northern Israel,” Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner wrote in a post on social media. “Two of them exploded on the Golan Heights and two hit the Galil. No injuries were reported, but several fires ignited due to the impact.”

Several crews of firefighters battled the blazes and firefighting aircraft took to the skies to back them up as well.

No physical injuries were reported although several residents were traumatized by the attacks, which were fired from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Steinberg Family, Birthright-Israel Turned Personal Tragedy into Eternity

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Dozens of dignitaries, friends and family members gathered last week (July 16) to remember falled IDF soldier Max Steinberg in a memorial dedication ceremony at the ancient Arbel Synagogue in northern Israel.

Members of Birthright Israel and Birthright Israel Foundation (BRIF) joined the gathering to honor Steinberg, who participated in a Birthright Israel trip in 2012.

Moved by his experience, Steinberg made Aliyah and joined the IDF’s prestigious Golani Brigade where he served as a sharpshooter. He fell in battle in July 2014 while serving with the IDF during Operation Protective Edge.

“Max was a hero, he is my hero because he followed his dreams and he lived his life to its fullest, said Gidi Mark, International CEO of Birthright Israel. “I’m sure that this place and the thousands of Birthright Israel participants who will experience it will keep Max’s name and legacy alive for many years to come.”

In addition to the launch of the Max Steinberg Memorial Fund, the dedication service marked the start of a restoration project of the Arbel ancient synagogue, to be led by Birthright Israel and the Foundation.

Upon completion of the site’s restoration, Birthright Israel groups will be able to gather at Mount Arbel for celebratory occasions including b’nai mitzvah and Hebrew naming ceremonies, and learn about his legacy. The Max Steinberg Memorial Fund will be designated to encourage and support participation of Lone Soldiers on Birthright Israel’s Mifgash.

“Max’s legacy is really an inspiration to us all. Through Birthright Israel, he fell in love with our homeland and became an active citizen of the State of Israel. We are grateful for not only his service, but his dedication and the legacy he leaves behind for all of us,” said Birthright Israel Foundation President, David Fisher.

Rivlin Tells Bnei Akiva, ‘We Must Not Let This Happen Again’

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin expressed deep concern Thursday over an attack on a Bnei Akiva building containing a synagogue in northern Israel after learning about the desecration from an Arutz 7 reporter who called asking for a comment.

Vandals torched a Bnei Akiva synagogue in the northern Israeli city of Nazereth Illit this week, just before the start of the Shavuot holiday that marks the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.

Siddurim and other holy books were torn apart, burned and desecrated in other ways. Elsewhere in the Bnei Akiva building, Israeli flags were defiled, cabinets were upended, paint was splattered all over the place and flourescent lights were smashed.

Bnei Akiva has long been a source of pride in the community; the religious Zionist movement has maintained a branch in Nazareth Illit for 40 years. Five years ago, a hesder yeshiva for Torah scholars entering army service was added to the program there as well.

According to spokesperson Naomi Toledano, President Reuven Rivlin has expressed his shock over the attack to Bnei Akiva Secretary-General Danny Hirshberg.

Rivlin expressed support for a plan by Bnei Akiva to hold a meeting between the young members of the branch and neighborhood Arabs immediately following the upcoming Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which begins at the close of the Sabbath, on Saturday night.

“Only dialogue will lead to closeness and understanding,” Rivlin said. “We must not let harsh and shocking incidents like this one happen again.”

He praised plans by the branch to hold its traditional all-night Torah study session for the Shavuot holiday despite the attack.

Although it is not yet clear who perpetrated the damage and desecration, there have been numerous incidents of harassment of the Bnei Akiva youths by local Arabs in the past.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rivlin-tells-bnei-akiva-we-must-not-let-this-happen-again/2015/05/21/

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