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February 10, 2016 / 1 Adar I, 5776

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Downpour Sinks Another Terror Tunnel, Buries Gaza Diggers Alive

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

While Israelis were welcoming the rain to feed the parched earth — even though it caused power outages and shut down operations throughout the country — Gaza’s water-logged sands became a muddy mass grave for cold, wet Hamas terror tunnel diggers.

Jews pray three times a day for rain to assure the Creator’s promise to give “rain for your land at the proper time, the early rain and the late rain.” Otherwise, God warns He “will close the heavens so that there will be no rain and the earth will not yield its produce…” (Deuteronomy 11:13-21)

It’s more than enough reason to pray, and pray they do. In return, Heaven sent a three-day howler this week that showered down everything with gale-force winds, from snow to sleet to hail to rain, from Metullah and the Golan Heights straight down south to the Negev, and Gaza.

Officials at Israel’s Water Authority were pleased to see that the water level in Lake Kinneret (Israel’s primary source of drinking water) rose three centimeters. Elsewhere around Israel green things began popping up as well.

But there was a holy disaster down south where the water-logged sands of Gaza sank under the weight of the downpour. A second terror tunnel being built in the area of Jabalya collapsed on the hapless diggers who were being forced to continue their labors despite the bad weather.

Numerous local sources confided in tweets on social media that the worsening weather had also caused flooding in nearly all the homes and caravans in the area.

Eight are reported dead so far, three others were dragged out, badly injured. Contact with the Hamas diggers was lost Tuesday night, according to Palestinian Authority media. Their bodies were dragged out from the mud and brought to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Walla! News reported.

But the official Gaza government is trying to keep the news of the deaths under wraps. Not even one new announcement of an al-Qassam “wedding” appears on the Hamas military wing’s Iz a-Din al-Qassam website — unlike the death of its lone digger on Saturday. On Sunday, Hamas proudly posted a notice about the death of Mohammed Ashour al-Naj’ar, 31, on the homepage of its military website. “Al Qassam Brigades wed Mukahid Mohammed al-Najjar, who ascended after the collapse of the tunnel for the resistance,” the group announced.

After Tuesday’s cave-in a spokesperson for the Gaza Ministry of Health entirely denied the deaths, saying no bodies were brought to the hospital after the collapse.

Likewise, a security source linked to Hamas told foreign journalists the eight diggers were still missing, according to a report published Wednesday in Lebanon’s Daily Star. “The resistance tunnel collapsed last night due to the weather and flooding,” the source said. “There were 11 resistance men inside. Three of them escaped in the first hour after the accident, but the security operation… continues to search for the eight others.”

It’s important for Hamas to keep its “fighters” building those tunnels. Iran has sent tens of millions of dollars to help rebuild its underground terror tunnel network. This way Hamas and its ally, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad can wage another proxy war against Israel on behalf of Tehran.

 

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Howling Winter Storm Drops Snow, Sleet, Hail and Rain

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The wind is still howling through the Negev and the snow has piled up in the ski resort of Mount Hermon, where operators already had closed down the access road before the first flakes fell.

By 9 am some 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow had fallen at the ski resort.

Snow has continued to fall in the Golan Heights and the Galilee, with some gusts of up to 80 kilometer-per-hour (50 mph) winds.

By 10:30 am, the white stuff was drifting down on to the holy city of Jerusalem. At midday, a shopper in the capital told em>JewishPress.com that the supermarket he was in was flooding from “who knows where.”

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

“J.R.” reported it was “freezing, just freezing” in Jerusalem and that “everything – you name it – is coming down from the skies.”

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Snow was continuing to fall in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba at 1:30 pm Monday. Rain, sleet, and some hail mixed with snow were spotted in the northern Negev as well.

Roads around the Dead Sea region – in particular, Highway 90 – closed down due to flooding.

Freezing and close to freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Jerusalem and points north.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

Israeli Forecasters Expect 3-Day Winter Howler

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

The wind was already howling in the Negev by 12 noon on Sunday. Operators at the Mount Hermon ski resort had closed to access road to the site by midday, with a few inches of snow already dusting the landscape.

But that was just for starters. Forecasters are predicting a three-day storm to hit the region, with up to 80-kilometer (50 mph) winds starting Sunday night.

It almost seemed as though, having worn out its “whiteout weekend welcome” on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, the blizzard had decided to cross the Pond and visit Jewish cousins in the Middle East.

In Jerusalem, city service workers pruned trees quickly to prevent branches from snapping and tearing down power lines.

Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water ordered the Israel Electric Company to avoid disconnecting customers during the storm whose bills were in arrears.

In Tzefat, Ziv Medical Center prepared its emergency room personnel for a possible influx of arrivals with hypothermia.

Snow is forecast as far south as Hebron and the south Hebron Hills, with possible snow fall in the mountainous regions of the Negev – and as far north as the Golan Heights.

Thunderstorms, high winds, some hail and freezing temperatures were forecast for the northern Negev and the central region of the country.

Temperatures will be slightly higher in Tel Aviv, with some rain and wind. Further south, the winds will weaken but the possibility of flash flooding still remains in the forecast at least through Tuesday.

Since Monday is the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat – the holiday of the blossoming the trees – it is ironic and yet wonderful that such an abundance of nurturing moisture should drop on the Holy Land precisely at this time.

Snow Falling on Mount Hermon, Winter Storm Starting in North

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The winter season has finally arrived in Israel – for real – and the winter weather is here along with it. Hot chocolate, soup and fresh crusty bread with all the extras are definitely in order for the next few days.

Skiing fans are celebrating the light snow that began falling Thursday morning on Mount Hermon. But bundle up; it’s cold out there! According to reports from the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS), more snow is expected to blanket the mountain peaks by Thursday night.

The Hermon area is closed to visitors due to the winter storm conditions so the celebrations are a little premature. It’s going to take a little bit before the ski resorts can get their places underway.

Children in the Golan Heights likewise can expect to have a reason to pull out their sleds by Friday: the white stuff is predicted to drop upon the region in the Golan as well.

The snowstorm will send a few flurries towards the Galilee region, but that area is more likely to see raindrops than flakes – lots of rain.

Israel’s Water Authority in particular is hoping that the next few days of precipitation will be enough to restore the four centimeter drop in the water level of Lake Kinneret that was found when the basin was measured this week. The lake, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is considered Israel’s largest reservoir for drinking water.

Plunging temperatures, whipping winds and stormy conditions are expected elsewhere around the country starting towards the end of the day on Thursday and continuing to Sunday.

Likewise, the central and southern regions in Israel can expect to see rainfall. Flash flooding warnings have been issued in the Negev and around the Judean desert, particularly in the Dead Sea region.

Lake Kinneret ‘Under the Weather,’ Water Level Dropping

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Lake Kinneret is a little ‘under the weather’ these days, according to Israel’s Water Authority.

The northern body of water which is Israel’s main source of drinking water is also known as the Sea of Galilee. It started this year “rainy season” with a head start but now is showing signs of heading into a drought level.

Israel’s Water Authority reported Tuesday that the lake’s water level has dropped four centimeters below the “lower red line,” and stands at 213.04 meters below sea level.

“Kinneret water level declines at the end of December are unusual circumstances, occurring most recently only in 2008,” the Water Authority said in a statement.

On Tuesday morning, a very brief flash of rain swept across the northern Negev – but it had no effect on the level of the lake.

It is hoped that the winter storm expected this coming weekend will bring with it enough precipitation to boost the basin back up to where it should be at this time of year.

The water level in Lake Kinneret really needs to reach above the higher red line in order to avoid a drought alert for the summer months.

Heavy Rains Flood Ashkelon Hospital [video]

Monday, November 9th, 2015

VENICE, Israel – A cloudburst exploded over the port city of Ashkelon Monday morning, turning the city into a lake, flooding the hospital and leaving drivers trapped in their cars on city streets.

Damage was heavy, but no one was injured. A baby was among those rescued from waterlogged cars, and divers were seen swimming to reach motorists and passengers.

More than an inch of rain drenched the city within a few minutes, and even old-timers said they never had seen such a torrential downpour in such a short time. Navy police were called out to assist rescue crews.

Water flooded parts of Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital, reaching the emergency room, hallways and several wards. The cemetery also was flooded, and a major road in the city collapsed.

The port city already has received twice the normal amount of precipitation for this time of year and a quarter of the rainfall for the entire winter, which started only a couple of weeks ago.

The weather forecast is for the rain to taper off by tonight, but isolated showers will continue from the north to the northern Negev on Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Warnings remain for flash floods in the Dead Sea area.

By Thursday, fair skies and warmer temperatures will return.

Click here to see video of rescuers riding boats in the city.

New river in Ashkelon.

New river in Ashkelon.

Cars and bus stranded in flooded street.

Cars and bus stranded in flooded street.

Road collapse in Ashkelon

Road collapse in Ashkelon

Rafting in Ashkelon.

Rafting in Ashkelon.

 

Winter Comes to Israel

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

The first heavy rains of the fall-winter season are expected to fall Sunday and continue intermittently through Wednesday.

Flash flood warnings have been posted for the eastern and southern regions.

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast for Sunday, although temperatures will remain high. On Monday, colder weather will accompany more showers and thunderstorms, and occasional rain is expected as far south as the northern Negev on Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Thursday, the storm system will get in its last licks with a bit of light rain until late morning or early afternoon.

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