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September 18, 2014 / 23 Elul, 5774
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Audio of Kidnapping Call Released [audio]

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The first part of the audio of the phone call made by the kidnapped boys to the police emergency line has been released.

In the audio, from the night of June 12, you can hear one of the boys saying, “They kidnapped me.” After that you hear the kidnappers repeating, “Put your head down.”

The policeman keeps repeating, “Hello”.

You can listen to it here:

It is believed the boys were killed shortly after this phone call was made. The full audio was 2:09 minutes long.

One of the Murdered Boys Put Up a Fight, Source Says

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

One of the three boys kidnapped by Arab terrorists on June 12 gave a good accounting of himself and put up a fight before he was murdered, a source said.

The source is involved in the forensic identification process of three bodies found in a field near Halhul Monday evening and said one of the boys fought back against his attackers.

The source told the Walla! news site that forensic evidence being gathered at the Abu Kabir Institute shows that one of the teens put up “meaningful resistance” against the kidnappers.

The boys were abducted by terrorists while hitchhiking home from their yeshiva for the Sabbath, at a routine hitching stop in Gush Etzion. An IDF source told the news site that after the Arab terrorists grabbed the boys near the Jewish community of Alon Shevut, the vehicle they were traveling in headed west and then made a U-turn to go south towards Hevron.

Within minutes, at about 10:25 p.m., one of the boys called the “100″ police hotline, whispering into the cell phone, “I’ve been kidnapped. We’ve been kidnapped!” He then went silent, perhaps fearing his captors would discover he was using the phone. Shortly after the call was made, shots were fired and the phone went dead, a little more than two minutes later.

It is likely the terrorists decided to cut their losses and run. They had no way of knowing that police had bumbled the call, leaving open a window of more than five hours before anyone in supervision or above would even take the call seriously, let alone bother to follow it up. (At least four senior police officers have been dismissed as a result of that decision.)

Instead, the kidnappers likely believed that police would soon be on their tail – and decided to end all doubts, murdering the boys and escaping with their own lives intact.

Within hours of starting their search, security forces found a burned-out vehicle, a rifle and bullet casings near the Palestinian Authority Arab village of Dura, slightly south of Hevron – a hotbed of Hamas terrorists, among others. It’s been searched repeatedly by IDF soldiers in the past 19 days.

But no kidnapped boys were found; no bodies and no perpetrators. The terrorists took just enough time to hurriedly transport and bury their victims’ bodies in a shallow cave that is barely visible in a farmer’s stony field, alongside the PA Arab village of Halhul — another classic ‘terrorist central’ stronghold.

Thanks to the determination and unending energy of tens of thousands of IDF soldiers, and the intensive efforts of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) agents, searchers were led in the direction of that field Monday afternoon.

Despite fierce resistance from surrounding villagers who clearly knew what was concealed there, at last the searchers reached their first objective in Operation Brother’s Keeper, and found the sad evidence they were looking for.

Let the memory of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’ar not fade, let their blood not have flowed in vain.

May their memories be for a blessing and may God avenge their blood.

May the soldiers of the IDF and the agents of the Shin Bet find success in the next phase of Operation Brother’s Keeper as they continue their hunt for the murders of our boys.

Clashes on the Temple Mount

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Arab youths clashes with Israel Police officers Tuesday morning on the Temple Mount, hurling rocks at the security forces in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police used routine riot control methods to disperse the mob, according to police officials and did not close the complex to visitors, in a departure from past practices.

No one was injured in the incident, and officials said the Temple Mount remained open to visitors for the time being.

In the past, radical Islamists have used rock throwing and other rioting methods as a means of preventing Jews and other tourists from gaining entry to the area, thus retaining exclusive access to the site.

Probe to be Launched Against MK Hanin Zoabi?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Will the State of Israel at last investigate the actions of MK Hanin Zoabi? The decision is up to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.

But if they give a green light, police have recommended the government take a look into whether MK Hanin Zoabi has crossed the line into criminal incitement with her constant barbs against the State of Israel.

The straw that may have broken the camel’s back, finally, was an interview Zoabi gave – and a follow-up – in the wake of the terrorist kidnapping of three yeshiva boys who were hitchhiking home from Gush Etzion on June 12. Zoabi declared on TLV1 Radio that the kidnappers – discovered by Israeli intelligence to irrefutably to have been members of the Hamas terrorist organization – were “not terrorists.”

Instead, Zoabi declared, “They are not terrorists. I do not agree with you. They see no other way to change their reality and have to restort to these measures until Israel sobers up and feels the suffering of the others.”

In fact, she later added that perhaps it was Israel’s Defense Forces who were the terrorists, and maybe the boys weren’t kidnapped at all. She then accused the Palestinian Authority security forces of “treason” for cooperating with Israel to search for the kidnapped boys.

Knesset members from one end of the political spectrum to the other condemned her remarks with many calling for her dismissal – but Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein pointed out that he has no recourse to do so under Israeli law.

Zoabi has often made remarks — and acted — in ways that are more in line with representing the interests of the Palestinian Authority than those of the State of Israel, in whose parliament she participates.

In 2010 she supported and even participated in an illegal flotilla intended to violate Israel’s legal boundaries and break Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza. That blockade is a defense against terrorist imports of weapons and ammunition that are used in attacks on civilians and IDF soldiers.

She has also been photographed in past years at unauthorized meetings with Hamas officials from Gaza.

The participation of an Israeli parliamentarian whose loyalty is questionable is deeply troubling because as a member of the government, she automatically has access to highly sensitive security information.

Several years ago, her predecessor in the Balad party, former MK Azmi Bishara, fled the country just prior to being charged with treason. Bishara was suspected of receiving large sums of money in exchange for handing over information on sensitive military sites and other security information to the enemy during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. He has since traveled from one enemy Arab nation to the next, broadcasting poisonous lectures against the State of Israel and recruiting terrorists for attacks against the country. For a long time he also managed to also draw a Knesset member’s pension for his time served as a legislator, since he succeeded in fleeing abroad before ever being charged with a crime.

No Hostages Yet, but At Least Cops Nab Teenage Jews

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Israel Police may have yet to find Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel, the two 16-year-old yeshiva students who kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists a week-and-a-half ago (not to mention Eyal Yifrah,19, abducted at the same time). But at least the police can take “pride” that they’ve nabbed another 16 year old: This one, a resident of Beitar Illit, is suspected of throwing Molotov Cocktails at Arab cars near the entrance to the city in reaction to the abduction. In addition, police apprehended two children accused of throwing stones at the same demonstration.

The three were arrested last Monday evening and have admitted their guilt. The were brought to the Jerusalem Magistrates Court  and released to house arrest.

During the court session, Itamar Ben-Gvir, representing the suspects on behalf of the Honenu legal aid organization, stressed the “high tensions” in Israel following the kidnappping of Frenkel, Shayer, Frenkel and Yifrah, but also noted that the teenagers studied with the two of the children that were abducted.

Friday, indictments were filed in the district juvenile court.

“It’s great that the court freed these minors, but I am very critical of the police and the state prosecutor who should have exercised better judgement in this case,” said Ben-Gvir. “These are very, very circumstances. The entire Jewish people is following, with great concern, the fate of the missing boys, and I don’t want to presume to ‘get into the heads’ of their friends. One of the boys I represent knows one of the kidnapped boys personally. I would have expected a bit more considerate and empathy from the prosecutor’s office and from the police.

Three Notes on the Abduction Crisis

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Three Notes on the Abduction

I. In 1996, a taxi driver tried to kill me following a fare dispute. I stood in front of the car until he returned the money I felt he owed me, and he hit the gas and tried to run me over. I wrote down the taxi licence and licence plate numbers and pledged to file a criminal report the following day.

Wasn’t quite that easy. My day started out at the police station at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem, where I was told I had to go to another precinct near the Mahane Yehuda open market. There, I was shuttled around to three or four individuals, the last of whom sent me back to the Russian Compound. Eventually, an officer finally told me I could not file a report because… I can’t remember his convoluted reasoning that the individual who had tried to kill me had not actually committed a crime. But I remember distinctly the feeling of frustration and helplessness that a useless, uninterested police force had no interest, and no competence, to serve my needs.

Police Chief Yohanan Danino in Talmon: Too many foul-ups

Police Chief Yohanan Danino in Talmon: Too many foul-ups

The story is relevant today in light of the multiple indications that police incompetence – from ignoring an SOS call from Eyal Yiftach to waiting nearly five hours to report the abduction to the IDF – defined the initial hours of the current crisis last Thursday night. Similar stories are commonplace in the Hebrew-language media.

Having passed the lion’s share of the search for Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel to the Shin Bet and IDF, the current should serve as a catalyst to deal with Israel’s essential lack of an effective police force. The Knesset must act, first by firing both Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Police Comissioner Yohanan Danino, then by commissioning a parliamentary committee to reform the police from the top down.

Zoabi attacks PM Netanyahu on Knesset floor in 2011

Zoabi attacks PM Netanyahu on Knesset floor in 2011

II. No adjective could adequately describe the depths of MK Hanin Zoabi’s moral depravity. Zoabi’s remarks about the abduction speak for themselves. They are an awful comment about her, and about the Arab society that spawned her.

Zoabi may well be, in the words of Likud MK Miri Regev, a traitor. There may well be justification to disqualify her from future Knesset elections (such as her participation in the 2010 Mavi Marmarra flotilla).

But her moral support for the kidnappers is not illegal or seditious. It is important to recall that there is no need for the state to protect agreeable, non-controversial speech. Freedom of speech is meant to protect objectionable comments from legal censure, based on the notion that ultimately truth will conquer untruth

This is particularly relevant in light of calls from right-wing individuals such as Coalition Chairman Yariv Levin (Likud), who has asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate Zoabi for “incitement to terror,” and Regev again, who said Zoabi should “be expelled to Gaza and her immunity stripped from her.” But right-wing and religious politicians would be wise to consider that the slope to censor objectionable views is a slippery one, one that could easily end in criminal charges for individuals who oppose prisoner releases or territorial withdrawals.

III. Five days after the abduction, one is left with a sinking feeling that Israelis officials’ repeated assertion that Hamas is behind the attack is little more than the automated response of an individual who was caught off guard and who has been provided with no concrete intelligence about the incident.

There are many reasons to question Hamas’ involvement with the current crisis. Primarily, the theft of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel bears none of the telltale signs of a Hamas operation: Hamas normally exploits its victories over Israel. This time, however, the organization has denied involvement. Hamas kidnappings are typically followed with a video of the hostage, who is then forced to read a list of demands. Five-and-a-half days after the current incident, there has been no sign of life from the victims, no credible claim of responsibility, no demands issued.

All of which leaves a stark question: If not Hamas, then who? Security agencies have warned for years that global jihad groups have quietly set their sights on the Palestinian issue, while maintaining a low, non-violent profile in Judea and Samaria. In a background conversation earlier this week, one security official said jihadi groups “that will make Hamas look moderate” have been putting down roots amongst Palestinians both in Judea and Samaria and Israeli Arab communities, biding their time for the right moment to draw the Israel-Palestinian issue into the global jihad.

The consequences of that possibility are far from clear. To the left, the emergence of al-Qaeda or other radical Sunni groups in Judea and Samaria (or in Arab Israeli cities) could well mean the end of the land-for-peace illusion, for the simple reason that there will truly be no one on the other side to even contemplate the notion of negotiating with Jews.

For the rest of Israel, the current situation could also have far-reaching consequences: Israel’s largest military incursion into Palestinian cities in Judea and Samaria in years has put Hamas well-and-truly on the run. As of yet, the kidnapping story has yet to have made major headlines outside Israel. Same for the retaliatory smash of Hamas infrastructure in Hebron, Jenin and elsewhere.

With Gods help, the current manhunt will lead Israeli troops to the hostages quickly, and they will return to their families healthy and sound. But the current crisis affords Israel another opportunity to decimate Hamas once-and-for-all, regardless of whether or not that organization was involved with the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel. That is an essential, and possible, secondary goal for the current mission.

Police Detain Stone Throwers, Back Out of Search

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Instead of searching for the kidnappers of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel, police spent Saturday night arresting Jewish teenagers suspected of throwing stones at Arab cars near the Haredi town of Beitar Ilit..

Police asked for the court to extend their remand, but the underage suspects were released by the court.

The incident stemmed from a spontaneous demonstration by Beitar Ilit residents near the entrance to the town. According to police reports, several teenagers threw rocks at Arab cars to protest the abduction.

During the demonstration, police arrested two youths, aged 14 and 16. David Halevi, an attorney appointed by the Honenu legal aid organization to represent the suspects, said the police had little evidence that the detainees threw the stones because so many people had been at the demonstration.

“We believe the police moved quickly to arrest somebody despite the fact that the evidence against the kids is weak, if there was any evidence at all,” Halevi said.

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