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PA PM Hamdallah Prays on Temple Mount

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Saturday prayed in Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The visit was conducted with the approval of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, one day after the DM had permitted 10,000 PA and 300 Gaza residents to attend Friday prayers on the Temple Mount.

Israeli lawmakers, both Jews and Arabs, are not allowed to ascend the Temple Mount.

David Israel

Ya’alon: I’m Running for PM Next Elections, to Fight Hate, Discrimination and Fear Mongering

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

At his keynote speech at the 2016 Herzliya Conference, Lt. Gen. (res.) and former Minister of Defense Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon announced his plan to run for Prime Minister of Israel in the next elections. But he did not reveal in which party.

Ya’alon began by describing the current security situation of Israel and reviewed the different threats it is facing. “Terrorist organizations have taken the place of the nation states. War against them will be costly, not an existential threat towards Israel,” he said. Ya’alon argued that following the nuclear agreement with Iran, even though it continues to be “the number one element thriving to destabilize the region and attempt to hurt Israel through terrorist organizations,” it is not an immediate threat to the existence of the state of Israel.

“Knowing the strategic situation of Israel in detail, and the IDF’s power and capabilities, I can say that today and in the foreseeable future there is no existential threat to the state of Israel,” Ya’alon insisted. “Therefore,” he continued, “it is expected of the leadership to stop scaring the citizens of Israel and giving them the sense that we are on the brink of a second holocaust. It is a cynical attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the public, because of the perception that if the public is scared, they will forget the everyday challenges they are facing.”

“Last month I resigned my positions as Israel’s minister of Defense and member of the Knesset. In my announcement I declared my plan to return to public life. My intent is to run for the leadership of Israel in the next elections. The last few months have added and clarified for me the perceived differences between the prime minister and myself.”

“What I am truly worried about are not the weapon trucks travelling from Syria to Lebanon, nor Iran’s attempts to terrorize us – Israel can handle these threats. What I am worried about are the cracks in Israeli society, and the breaking down of fundamental values. The attempts to hurt the IDF in a way that endangers its resilience. The fact that the leadership became litigious instead of building an exemplary society.”

“The state of Israel needs change. We need a leadership that will lead Israel according to its conscience and not based on polls and radical responses on social media. We deserve a leadership that does not use underhanded tactics of ‘divide and concur,’ dividing and inciting Israelis against each other to gain an additional month in government.”

“It is the role of a state leadership to connect the different parts of society, not tear them apart. We require a leadership that would not allow attacking judges and Supreme Court. We deserve a leadership that is not busy with incitement and lashing out against judges and enslaving the media for its own survival needs. The media in Israel must be free and unthreatened, and allow people of all opinions on the right and the left to express them. We deserve a leadership that will be a model of tolerance, a leadership that will vigorously fight sexual harassments and violence against women. A leadership that will not base its survival upon hatred and incitement towards leftists, rightists, settlers, Arabs, Kibbutz members, or any other group – only to get a few more votes.”

“Israel must remain a Jewish, democratic state, and part of the family of nations. It must not allow the violent and racist discourse of a radical minority that have infiltrated the mainstream and the leadership to roll us down to the abyss.”

“A change is important for the future of the state of Israel and it is our obligation to execute it for our future. Therefore, I plan to offer an alternative to the current leadership, because we have no other country,” Ya’alon concluded.

David Israel

French PM Announces $45 Million Plan to Rehab Muslim Extremists

Monday, May 9th, 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday unveiled a program to establish regional centers across the country where locals will be “de-radicalized.” The centers will aim to prevent those identified as vulnerable to radical thinking from falling into the hands of the Muslim extremists.

Valls said the judicial authorities will be sending about half, if not more, of the clients for the new de-radicalization centers, primarily individuals “who cannot be put in prison.”

The Prime Minister said the “phenomenon of radicalization had widely penetrated into society” and that “it has deeply damaged the Republican pact.”

According to The Local, some 1,600 young French are already enrolled in state-run de-radicalization programs, which the new budget will increase 3,600 individuals over the next two years. In early February, Le Figaro published a leaked government report showing there were 8,250 committed Muslim radicals living in France — a number which had doubled since the previous year. Around 70% of the suspected Islamist radicals are male and 80% of the cases are considered “serious.” According to Le Figaro, there has been a significant rise in the number of women and teenagers who became radicalized.

In January, France announced the establishment of “de-radicalization” prison wings, where prisoners who have been convicted of terrorism are kept in isolated cells, unable to communicate with and influence fellow inmates.

The new rehab program has encountered the familiar NIMBY problem, as the opening of the first de-radicalization center, in Beaumont-en-Véron in central France, has provoke angry opposition from local residents who feared they could become the next terror targets.

“Yesterday it was Paris, tomorrow perhaps it could be us. Obviously we are scared,” one local resident told reporters.

The government established a “green number” in 2014, which French citizens can call to alert the authorities about their neighbors who have become radicalized. The green number has been a success and the Prime Minister plans to invest in more Jihadist threat hotlines.

David Israel

Sweden’s Deputy PM Calls 9/11 an ‘Accident’

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Is it possible any more for senior members of Sweden’s Green Party to speak to the press without putting their foot in their mouth? A case in point: Deputy Prime Minister and Green Party co-leader Åsa Romson on Tuesday told a local website called, simply, The Local, that she refuses to let terror set the agenda, and then she referred to the September 11, 2001 attacks as “accidents.”

The interview with The Local followed Romson’s appearance on public television SVT’s breakfast show “Gomorron Sverige” (Good morning Sweden — but you knew that) on Tuesday morning, where she defended her party comrade, former housing minister Mehmet Kaplan, who had been forced to resign this week for comparing Israel’s treatment of the Arabs to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews. Don’t ask.

Romson praised Kaplan’s efforts working with Muslim youth associations in Sweden, including his former role as leader of the group Sweden’s Young Muslims.

“He has been chairman of Young Muslims in tough situations like the September 11th accidents,” she said.

Naturally, the gaffe was received with a wild orgy of condemnations and calls for her resignation, which goes to show you that most Swedes still don’t believe the Twin Towers came down due to mechanical failure in two consecutive passenger planes.

It should be noted that Romson’s behavior has been kind of Aspergerish in the past, too. A short while after the terror attacks in Paris last November, where ISIS terrorists killed 130 and injured 352, Romson tweeted: “The very serious events in Paris right now can obstruct the climate change summit in December when more than 100 heads of state have planned on taking part.”

And last May, she said about the situation in the Mediterranean refugee crisis: “We are turning the Mediterranean into the new Auschwitz.”

Considering the fact that more than a million people, most of them Jews, were murdered in Auschwitz, the comparison, as unfortunate as the refugee crisis may be, was a bit disproportionate.

Now, there’s a term a Swede can understand.

David Israel

UPDATED: Likud Primaries Extended to Monday

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Due to computer glitches that have prevented many Likud members from voting, Likud primary elections which were originally extended until midnight on Sunday, have now been extended to 9 PM on Monday.

Only 16% of Likud members were able to vote by 4 PM on Sunday and only 40% succeeded by 9 PM. Some Likud MKs have demanded this primary election be called off and rescheduled.

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Wed. War Update – 11 Year Old Hurt in Post Cease Fire Attack

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Latest updates for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

12:23 AM  Effie Eitam said this evening, is that Iran is unhappy with Gaza, since their supplying Hamas with armament was for their attack on Israel – when Iran decides. Now their stores are relatively depleted.

12:12 AM (Thursday) As rockets continue to fall on Israel, the official IDF blog announces the end of Operation Pillars of Defense.

11:18 PM 20 rockets against Israel since cease fire began

11:08 PM 11 year old child hurt in first round of Gazan cease fire missiles

11:01 PM Hamas and Islamic Jihad declare the cease fire to be an Israeli failure.

10:58 PM Nachal Oz, Alumim, Sdot Hanegev, Shaar Hanegev

10:45 PM Iron Dome shoots down post-Cease Fire Rocket

10:36 PM Gan Yavneh, Be’er Tuvia, Gaderot, Chevel Yavneh, Gan Yavneh, Ashdod (post cease fire)

10:05 PM: Dozens of residents of Ashkelon protesting ceasefire

9:59 PM : Red Alert siren in Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi, Be’er Tuvia, Chevel Yavneh, Hof Ashkelon, Yoav

9:58 PM: Red Alert siren in Be’er Tuvia

9:40 PM: Red Alert in Hof Ashkelon and Shaar HaNegev

9:27 PM: Red alerts in Eshkol Region, Chevel Shalom

9:19 PM: Red Alert siren in Sderot

9:18 PM: Red Alert siren in Shaar HaNegev

9:00 PM: Defense Minister Ehud Barak announces during the press conference heralding the beginning of the ceasefire with Hamas and associated terror groups that “the objectives of [Operation Amud Anan] were achieved in full”.

8:53 PM Eshkol Region Mayor says he will not open schools tomorrow despite “cease fire.”

8:47 PM: Channel 2 TV Poll about cease fire: 70% against 24% in favor 6% undecided

8:44 PM: Massive firebomb of car on Road 55 near Kfar Saba, no injuries, lots of damage.

8:40 PM: IAF targeted three tunnels and two launch pads in Southern Gaza.

8:36 PM: Rocket lands in Netivot, one lightly injured.

8:33 PM: Channel 10 is reporting that 2 rockets were fired from Lebanon in the direction of Israel.  They landed in Lebanon instead.

8:06 PM Mortar shell fired at Israel from Lebanon lands in Metullah. No injuries reported.

8:01 PM  Air Raid Sirens in Ashkelon

7:43 PM:  Drive by shooting on bus near Migdal Oz (between Migdal Oz and Tzomet HaGush) in Gush Etzion at 7:30 PM. No Injuries.

7:23 PM:  Firebomb thrown at Israeli vehicle on Road 55 near Azzun in the Shomron. No injuries. Damage to car. /Muqata

7:11 PM: Rumors circulating a ceasefire will be announced at 8:00 PM by Hillary Clinton.  Blockade of Gaza is not to be lifted.

6:44 PM: Four soldiers were injured in an open area in Eshkol Regional Council, two serious, two light. They were transported to the Soroka Medical center in Beer Sheva.

4:23 PM: The IAF continues to pound terror targets in Gaza. 12 Arabs killed so far today.

4:19 PM: Internal security Minister Itzhak Aharonovitch told reporters the police knows the identity of the terrorist who blew up the bus in Tel-Aviv this afternoon.

2:57 PM: The Israeli Air Force continues constantly attacking terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. At the Palestine Stadium in Gaza planes fired missiles at a team that was about to fire rockets into Israel. 3 terrorists were killed. Hamas TV channel reported assaults in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza and Gaza City. 2 more Palestinians killed in northern and central Gaza. Hamas TV channel reported that the Air Force attacked smuggling tunnels in Rafah. Medical sources in Gaza report that at least 11 people were killed so far today.

2:54 PM: The security “Cabinet of 9” is meeting now to decide the next phase in Operation Pillar of Defense – a ceasefire.

2:46 PM: IAF hit a rocket launcher in Gaza.

1:58 PM: After a Red Alert siren, a rocket fell in an open area near Beersheba.

1:41: PM: Israeli Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino is being quoted by Israel’s Walla News as saying “There is very high motivation [on the part of Palestinians] to find any way to conduct terror attacks inside the cities, of course inside the big cities…. I cannot remember a time of such massive deployment of Israeli police and security forces throughout the country.”  He added that “talks of a ceasefire only caused an increase in attacks. ”

1:34 PM: A rocket exploded in an open area in Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. No one was hurt.

1:15 PM: IAF planes are back above Gaza. Stay tuned.

12:12 PM: Large police and EMT forces are arriving at the bus site. The area is a hub of several government offices. (See complete report)

12:09 PM: It is becoming clear that the explosion was an act of terrorism. Ambulances are at the site.

12:06 PM: A bus exploded on David HaMelech Street in Tel Aviv. A man was seen fleeing the bus. The front of the bus was completely destroyed and blackened. The bus was empty, other than the one person. The bus was moving towards Rabin Square from Weizman Street. The interior of the bus was completely destroyed.

11:56 AM: 2 rockets landed in RC Mateh Yehuda.

11:55 AM: Direct hit at the municipal building of the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council. No one was hurt but the building is on fire.

11:05 AM: An intense volley of rockets and mortar shells fired at Israeli settlements near the Gaza Strip border, including Regional Councils  Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev.

10:56 AM: Direct hit on a house in Be’er Tuvia RC. An elderly woman survived in her fortified room.

10:55 AM: IAF hit a terrorist who was about to launch a rocket in Gaza.

10:01 AM: Israel Channel 2 News reporting that IDF spokesman’s office is calling talk of a ceasefire “irrelevant at this stage.”

9:52 AM: Two rockets are safely neutralized by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Beersheba, one over Ashkelon

9:43 AM: Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim

9:35 AM: Iron Dome succeeds in shooting down missiles headed for the city of Kiryat Malachi, population approximately 26,000.  Iron Dome has neutralized 400 rockets targeting Israeli residential areas since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense.

9:30 AM: Red Alert sirens in the Eshkol region

9:26 AM: Rockets fall in open area in Be’er Tuvia, no injuries or damage reported

9:25 AM: Arutz 7 reporting that IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has stated that dialogue in Egypt regarding an alleged ceasefire have no impact on the IDF’s actions in Gaza, and that efforts to wipe out terror infrastructure are ongoing.

9:22 AM: Ashdod, Be’er Tuvia

9:18AM: 40 families from Rishon L’Tzion, Israel’s 4th largest city, are homeless following the destruction of their apartments due to a rocket attack last night.  Security guards have been placed at the site to prevent anyone entering.  Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the explosion.

9:11 AM: Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavneh

8:37 AM: 4 Arabs killed and 40 injured overnight by IAF strikes.

7:32 AM: 7 Israeli airstrikes hit tunnels in Rafah causing multiple fires in the area.

7:28 AM Rocket attacks on Ashkelon and Ashkelon beach.

5:20 AM IDF warns journalists to stay away from Hamas terrorists, as they endanger themselves.

5:17 AM Gan Yavneh, Be’er Tuvia, Gadera

4:48 AM Hamas claiming they’ve yet another captured Gazan Arabs collaborating with Israel. They’ve executed (on the street) 6 suspected collaborators already.

4:30 AM Overnight Overview:

Rockets: Ashdod, Nitzanim (1:54 AM)

Ofakim, Eshkol (11:56 AM)

Some 56,000 reserve soldiers have been called up to active military duty.

Reports that Abu Ahmir Darmush killed. (Army of Islam, who kidnapped and held BBC reporter Alan Johnston in 2007)

Demonstrations throughout the South of Israel — Ashdod, Sederot, Ashkelon, Kiryat Melachi — YES TO GROUND INCURSION – STOP THE ROCKETS – BRING QUIET TO THE SOUTH. (10 PM)

Ehud Yaari (channel 2) TV: Israel has bombed Rafiah (South Gaza) and it is going up in flames. The damage to Rafiach’s gas terminal is in the tens of millions of dollars — this has shocked the Hamas to its core. Yaari says that the Palestinian Parliament building which was built for 10 millions dollars has been totally bombed and destroyed less than an hour ago — a strong and humiliating blow for Hamas.

YNET reports from people on the web that Hamas interrupted Channel 2 and 10 Israeli satellite broadcasts this evening and replaced the signal with Hamas propaganda films. These transmissions interruptions only occurred on personal home dishes, not via the satellite.

7th floor of Hamas media/intelligence center blown up. The building also houses foreign journalists.

 

Violent Arab protests broke out in Hebron and other areas of Judea and Samaria. Reports of small Arab riot in Armon Hanatziv, Jerusalem.

Around midnight, residents of Beit Shemesh and Tel Aviv report hearing loud explosions a few minutes ago. No rocket intercepts or Air Raid sirens reported.

Rishon L’Tzion residents saved yesterday because they entered their safe rooms. Bomb broke through 3 floors.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday War Updates: 2 Al-Aqsa TV Journalists Killed in Air Strike

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Latest updates for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

8:25 PM A female driver was shot near the Husan bypass near Beitar Ilit in a drive-by shooting. Medical forces are treating her on site, but she is in serious condition. The woman is from Tzur Hadassah.

8:00 PM Permitted for release: Reserve soldier killed by mortar fire in Eshkol region.

7:51 PM Netivot and S’de Negev now under rocket fire.

7:45PM A total of 8 rockets were fired at Be’er Sheva. 3 were shot down by the Iron Dome system.

7:33 PM  Four rockets fall in Be’er Sheva. Sirens in Be’er Tuvia, Ashkelon, Kiryat Melachi. One rocket falls in built up area, no injuries.

7:32 PM Senior Israeli sources deny that there is any agreement on a cease fire.

7:30 PM: 2 Al-Aqsa TV journalists were killed in Gaza air strike. (Ma’an)

6:34 PM: The family that was trapped under their building in Rishon were in a bomb shelter. 2 lightly injured.

6:14 PM: Several victims of panic attacks, and a few feared trapped under a collapsed building in Rishon L’Tzion that was hit by a rocket.

6:12 PM: Sirens in Rishon L’Tzion. Earlier, one man was seriously injured from a rocket that fell on a home in Ashkelon and 7 were hospitalized with light injuries after 7 rockets fell on two different locations in Ashdod.

4:58 PM: 6 Arabs accused of spying for Israel executed today.

4:50 PM: After distributing warning leaflets to Gazans to leave the neighborhood north and south of Gaza City, the IDF has launched a massive attack on Hamas assets. Several Arabs are reported dead. In the last 2 hours, the IAF has demolished 30 smuggling tunnels, eliminated 3 launch teams and hit 3 seniors terrorists and 2 weapons carrying vehicles.

3:35 PM: Iron Dome intercepted 3 rockets over Ashdod.

3:34 PM: 5 hurt lightly from rocket in Eshkol.

2:42 PM: IDF heavy artillery is bombarding Gaza, targeting the launch sites that have been attacking Israeli population centers since early morning.

2:31 PM: Arab killed in new IAF air strike on Gaza City.

2:36 PM: 1 critically injured from 3 mortar shells in an Eshkol kibbutz.

2:32 PM: The Armor officer who was injured from mortar fire died in Be’er Sheva hospital.

2:24 PM: Israel police say rocket fired at Jerusalem landed in open area, no injuries reported.

2:19 PM: 2 Rockets hit a Christian Arab village in Gush Etzion, two injured. Correction: No rocket fell in Efrat.

2:02 PM: Direct hit at a home in RC Eshkol. Several injuries reported. EMT on its way.

1:53 PM: Palestinians report launch team killed in Gaza.

1:48 PM: Direct hit at a factory in RC Sdot Negev. No one hurt.

13:37 PM: Young Arab injured during clashes with IDF forces at Huwwara checkpoint near Shchem (Ma’an).

13:25 PM: Clashes between IDF forces and Arabs during Hebron funeral of Arab who was shot and killed after attacking Israeli soldiers on Monday.

12:32 PM: Hamas fired rockets at a Gaza crossing today, limiting the amount of goods entering. Only 24 out of a scheduled 120 trucks entered the city. Crossing is now closed.

12:31 PM: Rocket falls in a backyard in Sderot.

12:09 PM: The man injured in RC Eshkol was an Armor officer in his 40s. A shrapnel hit his chest. He was removed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

11:24 AM:  A volley of rockets fall on Regional Council Eshkol outside the Gaza Strip.

10:39 AM: 2 interceptions over Ashdod.

10:24 AM: Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Be’er Sheva.

10:16 AM: A man was seriously injured from a Gaza rocket at the Regional Council Eshkol. He is being sedated and recusitated and will be flown to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

8:58 AM: Iron Dome intercepted 2 rockets over Ashdod

8:57 AM: A volley of 16 rockets hit Be’er Sheva. severe damage to a bus and a home.

7:57 AM: Sirens in Beer Sheva. 2 rocket were intercepted over the city.

6:55 AM: Overnight, the IDF continued to attack about 100 terrorist targets, including underground launchers, terror tunnels and weapons stores, inflicting great damage on these assets. More attacks on buildings belonging to several senior offiocers of terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which served as command centers. Additionally, a north Gaza bank used to transfer terrorist funds was attacked. About 10 tunnels serving as shelters for Hamas seniors were attacked. Israel’s Navy fired at targets on the shoreline of the central Gaza Strip, hitting its targets accurately, following months of Intelligence gathering and analysis. Also, during the night artillery shots were fired at suspected points in the Gaza Strip.

06:25 AM: IDF  says Five rockets fired at Israel since midnight. Iron Dome intercepted two of the five.

06:18 AM: Airstrikes targeting Khan Younis. (Ma’an)

06:14 AM: A Ma’an reporter says Israeli aircraft bombing east of Khan Younis. (Ma’an)

06:04 AM: Update: The area targeted in Sheikh Zayed city (03:31) is confirmed to be a security site. (Ma’an)

05:30 AM: A house is severely damaged after airstrikes in Beit Lahiya, but there are no reports of injuries. (Ma’an)

05:10 AM: More explosions reported. (Ma’an)

04:25 AM: Explosion reported in Beit Lahiya. (Ma’an)

04:06 AM: Explosion reported in Gaza City. (Ma’an)

3:00 AM: The Cabinet of 9 meeting over the continued operation has ended, no information released. Israeli officials refused Tuesday to disclose details of the talks underway with Egypt, and stressed that the IDF continues to prepare for a ground operation as long as the fire from Gaza continues.

 

Gaza live report: Day 7
Published today (updated) 20/11/2012 14:40
Palestinians pray next to the bodies of members of the al-Dalou
family during a funeral in Gaza City Nov. 19, 2012. Nine members
of the family, including four children, were killed in an airstrike
on their house, medics said. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
14:31 Ahmad al-Dada killed in new airstrike on Gaza City,
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