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Iranian Rocketfire ‘Close Call’ With US Vessel in Strait of Hormuz

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired a rocket close to an American military vessel on Saturday, in the Strait of Hormuz.

The missile was test-fired 1.3 kilometers (barely 3/4 of a mile) from the USS Harry S. Truman.

U.S. Central Command told Reuters the drill was “provocative, unsafe and unprofessional.”

The rockets were directed off the carrier’s starboard side, and were fired just as the U.S. carrier neared the end of the strait, military sources said.

The USS Harry S. Truman and the other vessels were in the “internationally recognized maritime traffic lane” at the time, a U.S. military official told NBC News. The USS Buckley, a French frigate and other commercial traffic were also present in the strait.

As the ships were transiting through, the Iranian navy suddenly announced over maritime radio that a live-fire exercise was about to begin. The navy ordered all vessels – which at the time were not in Iranian territorial waters – to clear the area.

Just 23 minutes later, an Iranian Navy fast and short attack craft began firing several unguided rockets “in close proximity,” according to U.S. Central Command spokesperson Navy Commander Kyle Raines.

“These actions were highly provocative, unsafe, and unprofessional and call into question Iran’s commitment to the security of a waterway vital to international commerce,” Raines said.

“While most interactions between Iranian forces and the U.S. Navy are professional, safe, and routine, this event was not and runs contrary to efforts to ensure freedom of navigation and maritime safety in the global commons,” Raines added in the unusually irate statement.

On November 16 2015, the USS Harry S. Truman, with assigned Carrier Air Wing Seven, began a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operation, the U.S. Navy confirmed. Truman can travel in excess of 30 knots, and has a crew of approximately 3,000. With the embarked air wing and staffs, the number rises to about 5,000.

Rocketfire Sends Northern Israelis Racing for Bomb Shelters

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Rocketfire from across the northern Israeli border sent residents in Nahariya
racing for bomb shelters early Sunday evening as the Red Alert (Tzeva Adom) incoming rocket alert siren blared across the northern coastal city.

Israelis in other northern communities were alerted to the threat and made their way to safe rooms as well.

The blasts from three rockets were heard to explode in open areas, according to local sources. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property.

Security forces are searching for the specific impact sites, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.

Residents in the northern Jewish community of Shlomi have been told to remain near their bomb shelters this evening.

The attack followed the death on Saturday of Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, who was killed in an alleged Israeli air strike. Although Jerusalem welcomed the news of the Hezbollah terrorist’s death, the Israeli government did not formally take responsibility for the attack.

Kuntar was responsible for the brutal 1979 murder of the Haran family on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), including his own personal beating death of the family’s four-year-old child with the butt of his rifle.

The Lebanese terrorist was freed from an Israeli prison as part of an exchange deal to bring back the bodies of two IDF reservists, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. The two were kidnapped and murdered by Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists as part of an operation that launched the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Upon his return to Lebanon, Kuntar joined Hezbollah.

On Saturday, he died in a house at a meeting on the outskirts of Damascus, as the commander of Hezbollah terrorist operations in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Netanyahu Source: ‘Kerry Is Replaced Soon, Let him Say What He Wants’

Monday, December 7th, 2015

A political source close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Ma’ariv on Sunday night that “Kerry’s scathing speech did not shock the Israeli government because everyone knows that he will be replaced soon. Everyone is busy with a countdown to the election of a different US president, and until then Kerry can say whatever he wants.”

Interestingly, when MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List) was asked by Israel Radio about the same Kerry speech Sunday, he described it as “a strong speech by a weak man,” which stands to show that some observations by Israel’s political animals are universal.

Speaking at the Brookings Institute Saban Forum last Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is likely to end up in a one-state solution, complete with the collapse of the Palestinian Authority and an Israeli obligation to retake the Arab portion of Judea and Samaria.

Kerry assured his audience that the US is still committed to a two-state solution, but noted that while Prime Minister Netanyahu has been paying lip service to it, a number of Israeli cabinet ministers are on the record in opposition to Palestinian statehood, and so, if things remain the way they have been, the Palestinian Authority is not likely to survive.

Netanyahu retorted in his own speech to the Saban Forum Sunday, delivered via video, saying the blame should be placed where it belonged, namely the Palestinians.

“President Abbas refuses to [go to] his people and say — it’s over. No more claims after a peace deal,” Netanyahu said. “The Palestinians have not been willing to cross the conceptual and emotional bridge of accepting a state next to Israel, not one instead of Israel. Not just Hamas, but also the PA. They refuse to accept a Jewish state for the Jewish people.”

Netanyahu hammered his point in on who is the real culprit in the conflict, saying, “Insofar as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is concerned, I think there is another misunderstanding. People have long said that the core of this conflict is the acquisition of territories by Israel in the 1967 War.

“That’s an issue that needs to be addressed in any peace process, as is the question of settlements, but it’s not the core of the conflict. In Gaza, nothing changed. In fact, instead of getting peace, we gave territory and got 15,000 rockets on our heads. We took out all the settlements; we disinterred people from their graves; and did we get peace? No. We got the worst terror possible.”

He pointed to earlier examples where Israeli concessions did not yield peaceful results:

I think that happened earlier too, when we left Lebanon and people said, ‘Well, if you leave Lebanon, then Hezbollah will make peace with you.’ And in fact, we got 15,000 rockets from there too. And so people are naturally saying, look, if we want a solution vis-à-vis the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, in the West Bank, how can we ensure that this doesn’t happen again?

Well, in order for us to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, we have to address the root cause of the problem. Why has this conflict not been resolved for a hundred years?

Why has it not been resolved after successive Israeli prime ministers, six in fact after the Oslo Agreement, have offered to make peace, have offered the Palestinians the possibility of building a state next to Israel – it’s because the Palestinians have not yet been willing to cross that conceptual bridge, that emotional bridge, of giving up the dream not of a state next to Israel, but a state instead of Israel.”

Waiting for Rockets as Gazans Reportedly Killed in Border Clashes with IDF

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Arab sources are reporting that the IDF killed 5 Gazans and wounded dozens more near the Gaza Border security fence, after an Arab mob of 400 people approached the border fence with firebombs, burning tires and stones.

The IDF confirms that they opened fire on a Gazan mob approaching the fence.

There is now concern that Gaza/Hamas will launch rockets at Israel.

Gaza Terrorists Nabbed Smuggling Material for 3 Tons of Rocket Fuel

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Talks of a Hamas “truce” once again are exposed as a camouflage for war.

Israeli security officials revealed on Thursday they confiscated 15 tons of sulphuric acid, disguised in a shipment of paint that was destined to Gaza where terrorists could use the material to manufacture 3 tons of rocket fuel.

Several suspects were arrested.

The shipment at the Nitzana crossing at the Egyptian border, east of Gaza, was scheduled to enter Gaza through the Kerem Shalom border crossing, where Israel allows tons of humanitarian add to reach Hamas-controlled Gaza every day.

Gaza Terror Military Drill ‘Targets’ Mediterranean

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Gaza Arab terrorists launched three rockets on Thursday toward the Mediterranean Sea as part of a military training exercise.

The launches were traced to the site of a former Jewish community in Gush Katif, according to the Hebrew-language HaKol HaYehudi website.

Since Israel’s 2014 counter-terror Operation Protective Edge, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization and allied terror groups have been actively working to restore its tunnel network and other military infrastructure.

The group has also worked to replace the thousands of missiles it spent firing at Israel’s civilian population, and is currently upgrading its weaponry with new ordnance imported from Iran.

Gaza: Islamic Jihad and Hamas Threatening Rocket Fire

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

In Gaza, the Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist groups are threatening to launch rockets at Israel in response to Monday night’s Jenin operation. As of now, a few hours after the operation began, neither have launched any rockets.

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