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Brussels Reopens City Life But Maintains Highest Alert

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The Belgian capital has reopened for business, four days after a total shutdown in the wake of the worst terror Paris has experienced since World War II.

Since last Friday the metro, city schools, shopping centers and malls were all closed in Brussels — but on Wednesday morning, they all reopened, albeit under extremely tight security.

Some metro lines are still closed, according to the BBC, as authorities continue to search for some 10 suspects who they believe were involved in planning attacks, possibly on shopping centers.

Nevertheless, Brussels remains on its highest alert, fearing a similar attack, with hundreds of police and military personnel patrolling the streets and guarding key institutions. The Level 4 alert status is expected to remain in effect at least until next Monday, authorities told the BBC.

At least 129 people were murdered in Paris, plus another three who died of their wounds shortly after, in addition to the more than 350 who were injured in the massacre, nearly 100 in critical condition.

A number of the nearly two dozen terrorists who carried out the multi-site attack came from Belgium, although most were trained in Syria with Da’esh (ISIS), which took responsibility for the massacre.

At one suspected attacker remains at large, the focus of a European Union-wide manhunt.

‘Israeli Intelligence Prevented Massive Terror Attack in Germany’

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Israeli intelligence once again is proven to be the number one weapon for Western Europe, the United States and Russia to fight Islamic terror.

Israeli intelligence was responsible for preventing a massive terror attack at a soccer stadium in Hanover last week, according to Stern Magazine, which also reported that a bomb-laden ambulance was discovered.

European media previously reported that French intelligence warned German authorities that terrorists were planning to attack Germany’s Hanover stadium, where a friendly game was scheduled between Germany and Holland.

German chancellor, Angela Merkel was due to attend the game, indicating that it was not coincidental that Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists targeted a stadium in Paris two weeks ago because president Francois Hollande was at the game. An attack inside the stadium was foiled by guards who stopped a suspect, who then blew himself up.

Stern reported Wednesday:

Israeli intelligence handed over exact information on what was expected in the planned attack in Hanover, leading to the last-minute cancellation of the friendly game between Holland and Germany.

A warning had been passed on a day before the game. The next day, hours before the soccer match, another intelligence report warned that a terror attack was “imminent.”

The night of the game four days after the ISIS massacres Paris, German authorities received information from Israeli sources that detailed a planned attack inside the stadium. A search outside turned up an ambulance loaded with a bomb. Police arrested a known suspect.

Two hours later, a Hanover train station was evacuated after as suspicious object was found.

Subways, Schools Closed as Terrorized Brussels Remains in Lockdown

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Mass transit in the subway system will remain shut down in the Belgian capital on Monday, as the city of Brussels remains at its highest alert.

Schools are also closed in the city due to the “serious and imminent” threat of a coordinated terrorist threat similar to that which took place in Paris just over a week ago.

Security officials have also recommended that sports events be canceled and shopping malls and commercial centers be closed as well.

Prime Minister Charles Michel, who chaired a national security council meeting on Sunday, told reporters at a news conference, “We fear an attack like that in Paris, with several individuals, with arms and explosives could launch an attack … perhaps even in several places.”

The city is home to more than one million residents, who have all been urged to avoid venues where crowds may gather – in short, most places in the European capital.

Nevertheless, the prime minister also asked Belgians to remain calm. “We urge the public not to give in to panic, to stay calm. We have taken the measures that are necessary,” he said.

Brussels is home to the headquarters for the European Union, for NATO and for a host of smaller international organizations as well.

Security has been ramped up for all of these offices. It is not clear, however, whether extra protection has also been assigned to the Belgium national Jewish museum in Brussels, the first site to be attacked by Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists in the city last year.

Museum officials had to beg the government for upgraded security protection prior to the re-opening of the facility; even then, it was never entirely clear whether the museum actually received the assistance it requested.

Numerous other sites around the city are reportedly receiving protection, however. Nevertheless, officials are edgy since finding out Brussels is at the center of a terror plot to strike numerous targets.

Several suspects were arrested in raids across the country following the Paris attacks on November 13, but more are free, highlighting the urgency of tracking the terrorists down.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, is one of the fugitives from the Paris attacks who is the subject of an intense manhunt in Belgium. A citizen of France, Abdeslam arrived in Belgium, where he once lived, in a car from France the morning after the attacks. Although he was questioned three times by authorities, he was apparently allowed to pass, and simply disappeared.

His brother Ibrahim Abdeslam, also a former resident of Belgium, committed suicide during the Paris attacks; he was one of the seven terrorists killed in the massacre either through suicide or shot by police. Another terrorist who was a former Belgian resident, Bilal Hadfi, was also among those killed.

Belgian citizen Abdelhamid Aba’aoud, 28, was suspected to have been the ringleader of the Paris attacks. He was killed in a police raid last Wednesday along with two accomplices in a northern Paris suburb, French officials said.

At least 130 people died and more than 350 were wounded in the Paris massacre.

Israel Becoming Major Information Source on ISIS as West Demonstrates Intelligence Failures

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

(JNi.media) For the first time in several years, when Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office this week, it won’t be to push the two-state solution or to project calm over the Iran nuclear deal. There’s a different, bigger concern on American and Western minds: what to do about Da’esh, an Arabic acronym that stands for al-Dula al-Islamia fi al-Araq wa-al-Sham, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant. News reports this weekend suggest two disheartening things about the ability of the West to correctly appraise the capacity and the success of ISIS:

1. US reports about the astonishing spread of ISIS in Iraq have been diminished or deleted, because they conflicted with the overall narrative of an independent Iraq that was ready to carry its own weight.

2. The flood of millions of migrants into Europe has created an intelligence void, making it impossible for the West to assess the scope of the ISIS threat on European soil.

At this point, the only Western intelligence service which is in possession of vast, current, reliable information on ISIS is in Israel. And Israel is just as worried as anyone else.

“The ISIS activity is getting close to Israel,” a senior Israeli official told NRG following the events of recent weeks. “The organization posted a video in Hebrew, then in the span of two weeks it brought down a plane in the Sinai, detonated suicide bombers in Beirut and carried out the attack in Paris. It shows its abilities and its aspirations.” In addition, the Israeli source cited the proliferation of ISIS cells which are now being discovered in Israel’s Arab sector, which indicate the strategic intent of the Islamic caliphate to harm Israel. “The situation is very dangerous,” said the senior official.

The official added that Israel maintains close cooperation with intelligence agencies in Europe to assist them in the early detection of foreign fighters — European passport holders who have participated in the fighting in Syria or Iraq and returned to the continent to establish terrorist cells. He noted, however, that the waves of refugees that flooded Europe through its open borders created enormous challenges to intelligence services.

He explained that when it was only a few hundreds of known foreign fighters who entered and left through recognized border crossings, it was possible to keep track of their movements and follow their activities. But the flood of millions of refugees who come in using unconventional and unsupervised means have created an intelligence void which intelligence agencies are struggling to fill. The second problem is that even when there is intelligence information, the freedom of movement between EU members and the vast distances make it very difficult to thwart an attack that is already underway.

“We learned this lesson on our own flesh in the second intifada, that in order to stop an ongoing attack, the alert has to reach the soldier at the checkpoint,” the official told NRG. “Because if the perpetrator has passed the checkpoint, we would never get to him. The Europeans have no checkpoints and certainly no soldiers, so even when there is specific information it is not sufficient to stop the attack in time.”

Meanwhile, the NY Times reported Saturday that “when Islamic State fighters overran a string of Iraqi cities last year, analysts at United States Central Command wrote classified assessments for military intelligence officials and policy makers that documented the humiliating retreat of the Iraqi Army. But before the assessments were final, former intelligence officials said, the analysts’ superiors made significant changes.” And “in the revised documents, the Iraqi Army had not retreated at all. The soldiers had simply ‘redeployed.’”

Rabbi of Slain Teen’s Family Calls on Imams, Priests to Condemn Terror

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Young Israel rabbi of the family of Palestinian Authority murder victim Ezra Schwartz called on all religious leaders to condemn terror.

Schwartz, 18 and from the Boston suburb of Sharon, was one of three people shot and killed when a Palestinian Authority terrorist went on a shooting spree Thursday afternoon at the entrance to Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, using a Uzi sub-machine gun.

Having run out of ammunition, he then sped away and rammed into people at the Gush Etzion junction before he was apprehended.

The other two people murdered in the attack are Alon Shvut resident Yaakov Don, 49, and a Hebron Arab identified as Shadi Arafeh, 24.

Two women wounded in the ramming attack are in good condition, and one of them is scheduled to be released from Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem Friday morning.

Schwartz was killed when the terrorist opened fire on a line of cars. He and his fellow students from the Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh were in the area to distribute food to soldiers.

He graduated from Maimonides School in the Boston suburb of Brookline this year.

He and his family were members of the Young Israel of Sharon synagogue, where friends and members were overwhelmed by grief after hearing of the murder of Schwartz, who is to be buried on Sunday.

Rabbi Meir Sendor said:

I really think it’s well overdue that religious leaders step up,” Sendor said. “Rabbis, imams, priests. Recognize there is never, ever a justification for violence.

It has been silently accepted that virtually no religious leaders have categorically condemned Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab attacks. Reform and Conservative rabbis are rarely heard, except to condemn settlements and sermonize on “two states.”

Muslim clergy are out of the picture completely. Priests can mention it without lecturing Israel for “causing” terror because it allows Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.

A haunting acceptance of Islamic terror, especially the murders of Jews, has sown seeds justifying it. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has tried denying he excused terror this week by commenting in Paris that he could understand the “rationale” for the murders at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine last January. One of the victims was a Jewish cartoonist.

Kerry explained he was not defending terror or rationalizing it but simply saying he understands the reasoning of terrorists.

Hamas spokesman Hussan Badran praised Thursday’s attack calling it “an act of bravery” against “Zionist settlers.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that “blindness and hypocrisy” stops people from condemning attacks as vehemently as the Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris a week ago.

The Maimonides School stated:

The community is profoundly saddened as we mourn the tragic loss of our recent graduate, Ezra Schwartz, Class of 2015, who was murdered in a terrorist attack today in Israel. Ezra was spending his gap year studying in Israel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ezra’s family, classmates and friends.

“They miss him. They miss Ezra. We all miss him,” Rabbi Meir Sendor said.

Maimonides School teacher Lori Kipnes told the Boston television station WCVB:

The whole school went into shock. The middle school and the upper school immediately canceled classes, and everybody came together to pray. At first, we heard he was hurt and was in surgery in critical condition. We were praying for his safety and his recovery, but then we got the news that it was too late.

Schwartz is the second alumni of the Maimonides school to be murdered in the last 12 months. Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, was killed in the November 14 butchery of five men, four of them rabbis, at a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. The victims were praying when two Jerusalem Arab terrorists attacked them with butcher knives, axes and a gun.

Paris Massacres Boost Interest in Israeli Security Systems

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris have boosted interest in this week’s Millipol 2015 exhibition of security solutions and systems in the French capital.

Israel is represented by 57 companies, 24 of which are showing their wares in the national pavilion for interest from police and military forces around the world, but dozens of delegations have canceled their visits, according to Israel Defense’s Amir Rapaport.

He quoted Ramzi Gabay, Chairman of the Israel Export Institute, as saying:

In the beginning of the preparations for the exhibition… we have seen an increase in the demand to meet with companies that have border protection technology. Against the background of recent events, this year we expect an increased interest on behalf of European countries in the products and services presented in the Israeli pavilion.

Israeli security systems are one industry the European Union would not dare boycott.

Israel’s constant war against enemies has made it one of the leaders in security systems.

Several of the Made in Israel items on display at the exhibition, Rapaport wrote, include an innovative pouch for grenades, which shortens the time to extract the grenade, thus changing the rules of the game and possibly saving the lives of soldiers and police special units.

The Netline company is displaying communication disruption technology that enables detection and neutralization of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Rafael is presenting technology solutions for border protection, including command and control, observation and electro-optical systems along with radars for detection of vehicles and suspicious individuals.

Lior Textile is displaying wearable armor for combat forces.

Netanyahu to French Envoy: The Beasts Have a Name – Radical Islam

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave and expressed the solidarity of the entire country with France following the latest and by far the worst terrorist attack in Paris.

He said:

The people of Israel stand with the people of France. Ambassador, this is not a figurative stance, it’s not just lip service….

It’s difficult for civilized men and women to recognize that our cities, our airways, sometimes our waterways are prowled by beasts that devour the innocent in their way. And the forces of civilization…have no option but to unite very clearly and defeat these beasts.

The beasts increasingly have a name – it is radical Islam.

The Prime Minister spoke at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, where the newspaper’s Herb Keinon asked him if Israel would consider unilateral measures in light of the diplomatic stalemate with the Palestinian Authority.

Prime Minister Netanyahu answered that there are various ways to do so, but he declined to clarify what he meant.

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