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.Jewish Press News Briefs
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Gaza terrorists last night saved the IDF the task of having to retaliate for rocket fire and did so itself, with the missile exploding on a house in Gaza, not in Israel.
The IDF confirmed the “self-retaliation” to The JewishPress.com Friday morning , but a spokeswoman said it is not known if there were any injuries.
Recent rocket fire from Gaza has been met by immediate IDF retaliation, a “proportional” response that is careful not to injure anyone if the rockets explode in “open areas” in Israel.
Southern Israeli citizens raced to bomb shelters Thursday night to the sound of warning sirens of an approaching missile.
In Gaza, there are plenty of shelters for missiles and bombs, but there are few bomb shelters, except perhaps in the houses of the terrorist echelon.
Thursday night’s rocket damage to a residence was disproportional, but neither Hamas nor the Salafists (ISIS/Gaza) have yet complained to the United Nations.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
In a quick call by JewishPress.com to the IDF Spokesperson for more information, the IDF spokesperson was also surprised to learn the IDF website claimed Israel just attacked Gaza, and clarified that there was a mistake on the website, as Israel did not just attack Gaza, nor was a rocket launched last evening as the article also claimed.
It appears they accidentally republished an old article from Sunday morning.
The spokesperson thanked the JewishPress.com for bringing it to their attention and the article has since been removed.
To summarize, the IAF did not attack Gaza a few hours ago and misteaks happen.Jewish Press News Briefs
During Operation Protective Edge, no matter where a rocket at Tel Aviv was aimed, the entire city of 400,000 people ran to shelters.
IDF Central Command is rectifying that situation by dividing Tel Aviv into 4 separate warning zones: North Tel Aviv and the Yarkon, Central Tel Aviv, South Tel Aviv and Yafo, and eastern Tel Aviv, according to a Walla report.
That way, when Hamas launches rockets at Tel Aviv, only 100,000 people will need to seek shelter, instead of 400,000.
The Tel Aviv municipality asked the IDF to further divide the city, but the IDF decided against it at this point in time.
The IDF is planning to subdivide additional cities this way in the upcoming years.Jewish Press News Briefs
The Navy and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) intercepted a boat last January that was on its way to Gaza with materials for manufacturing rockets and mortar shells, according to military spokesmen after a gag order on the counter-terrorist operation was lifted on Wednesday.
The vessel was being used to smuggle liquid fiberglass for building weapons to be launched on Israel. The boat was sailing from off the Sinai Peninsula to a Gaza port. Israel has placed a maritime embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent the smuggling of weapons and materials for weapons.
Security officials arrested three Arabs who confessed to planning to smuggle the liquid fiberglass for Hamas.
The three suspects were identified as Machmed Bechar, Ahmed Zaidi and Awad Zaidi.
They gave investigators detailed information on previous weapon smuggling activities and told them how Hamas intended to utilize fisherman and smugglers for future smuggling attempts.
That explains why the Navy often fires on those supposedly innocent “fishing boats” that foreign media report were manned by poor Gaza Arabs who can’t make a decent living fishing because the big bad Israeli Navy thinks fishermen are enemies.
They are enemies because they are not fishermen. They are terrorists.
The gag order on the operation was lifted when the men were indicted in a Be’er Sheva court today for involvement in crimes endangering the security of the country.
“The IDF is determined to prevent unlawful attempts to ship weapons and raw materials that may jeopardize the well being of Israelis,” said Lt. Colonel Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesman. “This shipment highlights that when Hamas chose to smuggle materials for rockets and mortars, it chose not to invest in the rehabilitation for the people of Gaza.”
The Spanish Ministry of Defense has confirmed that rockets were fired first from Lebanon, provoking Israel into a defensive attack.
“At the moment we are still looking into the causes of the event,” Andrea Tenenti, UNIFIL spokesman in Lebanon, told The Spain Report by telephone. “What I can say is that today there were rockets launched from Lebanon into Israel, and the Israeli forces began retaliatory fire. Major General Portolano (UNIFIL commander) was immediately in contact with both parties to prevent further escalation.”
Spanish Army Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, 36, was killed during the clash while on patrol for UNIFIL. The corporal, who was born in Andalusia, was married and assigned to a mechanized infantry regiment after enlisting in 2004. His unit has participated in UNIFIL in southern Lebanon since November 2014. The soldier’s position when he was killed was not released.
“We are not certain who fired the shots that killed him; that needs to be investigated,” said a spokesperson for the Spanish Ministry of Defense.
“We have troops positioned all along the Blue Line,” Tenenti added. “We are verifying the circumstances of this tragic incident.”
Spanish military sources reportedly told El Pais that it was an IDF mortar round that killed the UNIFIL soldier.Hana Levi Julian
NYC, NY – Rocket fire returned to southern Israel on Friday, disrupting the Sabbath preparations of local residents again, despite initial attempts by government officials to keep the news from leaking out.
The IDF announced in the morning hours it was checking reports to see whether the activation of the Red Alert system had been a “false alarm.”
It was the third such event to occur in southern Israel in recent weeks. It follows by a few days the European Parliament’s decision to remove Hamas from the European Union’s list of foreign terror groups.
Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization has been test firing its rapidly improving arsenal of mortar shells, rockets and missiles into the Mediterranean for months.
By early afternoon, Israeli military officials announced that this time Gaza terrorists had, in fact, aimed their weapons directly at southern Israeli civilians. It was the first time since the end of the summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge the IDF had admitted a rocket landed within Israeli territory.
This is also the third time a rocket has been fired at southern Israel, and has exploded on the Israeli side of the border, since the end of this summer’s 50-day war.
The Red Alert siren was heard blaring through communities in the Eshkol Regional Council district, located less than 15 seconds away by rocket fire from the Gaza border.
The Qassam rocket itself exploded in an open area, where it caused no property damage and no physical injuries to local residents.
An Eshkol resident commented that people living in the area have been holding their breath for months, waiting for the “other shoe to drop,” so to speak.
“The war ended… but nothing was done to change the reality,” Anat Hefetz told Ynet. “For four months already nothing has been done to prevent this… No initiatve was taken. We left the area on the other side to be controlled by Hamas… There are always infiltrations, attempts to shoot rockets and ‘false alarms.’ It does not surprise us,” she said.
Weeks ago, it became clear that Hamas has also resumed its terrorist tunnel building activity as well. The organization was able to pull materials for the construction from the limited goods allowed into Gaza by Israel due to pressure from the international community.
(Ed. Note: Story filed from New York before the start of the Sabbath.)
For readers familiar with our wartime coverage, Friday’s rocket report log looked like this:
12:36 PM – Army admits that a rocket actually landed in Israel in an open area. This is the first time since Operation Protective Edge that the IDF admits that a rocket landed within Israel’s territory.
No injuries or damage reported.
11:46 AM A rocket alert was heard in the Eshkol region.
The IDF is checking if this is a false alarm or if there was a rocket launch, and if so, where did the rocket fall.Hana Levi Julian