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Minister Erdan Shocks Police by Naming Former IDF Officer as New Chief

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The nomination of former senior IDF officer Gal Hirsch to head the police force is sending shock waves through the police who will have to deal with a commander untainted by corruption or sex scandals. Hirsch even thinks terrorists should be shot.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of the Likud nominated Hirsch last night, one day after the minister wrote a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calling on him to bar two radical Muslim groups from entering the Temple Mount, where they are paid to harass and attack Jews.

The two moves are related. Both of them reflect Erdan’s no-nonsense approach to the police allowing anarchy at Judaism’s most holy site and to a moral decaying police force that is viewed with disgust by most of the public. Hirsch is to replace Yohanan Danino, whose weeks-long farewell extravaganza were the tasteless icing on an unsavory cake of egocentricity.

Hirsch, whose nomination must be approved by the government and a non-governmental committee before he can take over as police chief, brings with him a far from perfect past, particularly because of his alleged failure at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

The 51-year-old general left the IDF three years ago and now is chairman of an educational NGO and a consulting company. The Winograd Committee that investigated the IDF’s management of the war concluded that Hirsch was not to blame for events that set off the war, the kidnapping and murder of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev by Hezbollah

Erdan candidly explained that he could not find someone within the police force who satisfied his requirements to head the law enforcement agency.

He referred to corruption scandals and sexual harassment by several senior police officers, but he had no need to clarify his reasons.

The image of the police is filthy, and the most recent blunder was the police allowing a known maniac with hate for homosexuals to walk freely at a homosexual parade in Jerusalem earlier this month, even though he was fresh out of jail and was an obvious suspect to attack people at the parade.

He now faces a charge of murdering a teenage girl whom he stabbed to death. He also knifed several other people at the parade.

Erdan, in a gross understatement, said that the public’s trust in the police has suffered “much damage.”

Top police officers, including at least one who thought he should be appointed as new commander, are furious at Erdan for naming someone from outside the clubhouse.

The police may have to get used to a new kind of policy, one that has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, brutality, especially against Arabs and right-wing Jews, and corruption.

Perhaps Hirsch might even be able to improve the traffic police, who know how to set radar traps and then set the wrong example for motorists by speeding when they are finished handing out tickets.

Fish Farming May Secure the Egypt-Gaza Border

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Egypt has come up with a creative way to infuse new life into its battered economy and improve the nutritional base of its population, all while securing its border with Gaza.

Remember that huge, kilometer-long trench that Egyptian security personnel were creating along the Egyptian-Gaza border – 10 meters wide, 20 meters deep – outside of Rafah city?

(This is the trench that cost the Egyptian government a few million dollars in reparation funds to the thousands of local residents whose homes were demolished to make way for the “security buffer zone” that was being created at the time.)

That “trench” may soon be filled with seawater from the Mediterranean, according to sources who spoke with the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. Engineers are allegedly already preparing the pumps and pipelines for a fish farming project.

The claims could not be confirmed, however, Ma’an said.

Egyptian officials have considered using water in the past to destroy terrorist smuggling tunnels reaching under the border from Gaza.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization was found to have been supporting the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sinai Province terror organization during its recent attacks on Egyptian security personnel. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization.

10 PA Fugitives Arrested in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Ten terrorist fugitives were rounded up and arrested by Israeli security forces in Judea and Samaria in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Nine of the ten have been charged in connection with terrorist activity.

Terror Attack Stymied at Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Israel Police prevented another young Arab from carrying out a deadly terror attack Sunday (June 7) on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

A young man approximately age 25 moving around furtively aroused the suspicions of the security unit guarding the Temple Mount as he approached the Cotton Gate leading to the holy site.

The suspect apparently had second thoughts, however, and instead decided to leave the area when he noticed that his behavior had attracted the attention of police guarding the area. Nevertheless, police officers passed along the information by radio to other security personnel deployed in the area — and it’s a good thing they did.

Police who were stationed at the Iron Gate spotted the suspect once again trying to enter the Temple Mount. This time they detained him and called the commander attached to the site, Police Superintendant Shlomi Tobol, who began to ask the young man what he was doing there.

It’s important to know that many Israeli police officers — especially those assigned to guard the holy sites in Jerusalem and others deployed to areas with Arabic-speaking populations — speak fluent Arabic and in fact are also intimately familiar with the culture. There is a right way and a wrong way to behavior, to converse, and to ask a question in any society and when trying to get information to prevent a deadly terror attack, a chat with a witness or even a possible suspect is no exception.

This young suspect told Tobol during the extended conversation that followed that he had “formed within his heart” a resolve to carry out a terror attack at the site and stab one or several Jews, after having completed his final prayers at the Temple Mount. He also confessed to having purchased a knife and other equipment for the attack, which he had hidden away in a bag under a bush near the Damascus Gate in the Old City. After searching the area, police found knives and screwdrivers with which the suspect claimed he intended to carry out his attack.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the “David Precinct” for further questioning. The lethal evidence was confiscated as well.

The Temple Mount police commander praised the members of his unit for their quick and effective action. “I am proud of our police who were alert and operated smoothly to prevent this threat, which could have instead ended in a deadly terror attack,” Tobol said.

IRS $50M Cyber Security Scandal Stretches to Russia

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

A major attack this year by cyber security criminals on the computer network at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service originated in Russia, sources confirmed to Fox News late Wednesday.

The Associated Press has also cited two anonymous sources who reported the IRS believes the hackers are part of a sophisticated criminal operation in Russia. Neither report connected the attack to the Russian government.

But both pointed out that this is not the first time that the IRS has been successfully breached by cyber thieves. Taxpayers whose accounts were accessed will be notified and provided with credit monitoring services, the IRS said.

The IRS inspector-general reported in 2012 hackers managed to manipulate the IRS system into sending 655 tax refunds to a single address in Lithuania. Another 343 tax refunds were sent to another address, this one in Shanghai. Following these attacks, system administrators tweaked the network safeguards to block other hackers.

This year’s attack began sometime in February, according to the report, and continued until mid-May. So far, the thieves have stolen at least $50 million in fraudulent tax refunds. That figure does not include the cost of tracking the breach, nor the expense involved in fixing it and preventing future attempts.

They used a software called “Get Transcript” to access the data. But in order to get into the records, the thieves first had to clear a security screen that required the use of taxpayer information such as a Social Security number, birth date, street address and tax filing number.

According to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the hackers used stolen Social Security numbers and other information to gain their access to taxpayers’ accounts. Then they used information from prior tax returns to file current fake returns seeking refunds.

“We’re confident these are not amateurs,” Koskinen told Fox News. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we, but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with.” The IRS estimates that it paid out some %5.8 billion in 2013 to identity thieves, both foreign and domestic.

At least 104,000 taxpayer records dating back up to five years and perhaps more were stolen in the cyber heist, officials said.

The IRS notified the Department of Homeland Security following the breach, a federal law enforcement source said. The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a June 2 hearing to question Koskinen and Treasury Inspector-General for Tax Administration J. Russell George on the issue.

“When the federal government fails to protect private and confidential taxpayer information, Congress must act,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Wednesday in setting the hearing.

Mass Arrest in Organized Crime Sting

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Israel Police announced the arrest of some 50 suspects on Monday after a years-long investigation dealing with organized crime.

“This case deals with a series of incidents and suspected offenses committed in Israel and abroad,” said a police spokesperson. [They were] “serious and organized crimes that include violence and drugs, committed by dozens of suspects, some of whom are identified with activities of crime organizations.”

Dozens of homes of suspects across Israel were raided over the weekend, with seizures of vehicles, property and bank accounts.

The suspects are to be brought before a judge on Tuesday for extension of their remand, police said. All allegations were denied by the attorneys for their clients.

Jerusalem of Fire

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The forested hills of Jerusalem are alive with the sounds of crackling as a wild fire blocks a main artery leading to the holy city.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which was blocking Route 1 on Monday as IDF aerial firefighters swung into action.

The hillsides of Jerusalem are blazing as another wildfire sweeps through its forests.

The hillsides of Jerusalem are blazing as another wildfire sweeps through its forests.

The area has been experiencing a heat wave, which officials said may have contributed to the start of the fire.

A fire was also reported on the slopes at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Emek Ha’Arazim, closing off traffic to the nearby tunnel in the area. Firefighters and police were on the scene there as well.

Five fire trucks headed for the entrance of Jerusalem as reports of another fire breaking out came in to central dispatch.

A Christian center in Jerusalem was also set ablaze and vandalized on Monday as well.

Two synagogues in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev were also deliberately set on fire, officials said. An investigation was launched, but no arrests have been made thus far.

In fact, fires have been popping up all over the capital. The country is extremely dry due to current weather conditions, making the area vulnerable to brush fires — or, for that matter, any attempted arson by terrorists as has happened in the past.

A mini-van went up in flames yesterday near the A-Zaim checkpoint, according to the Israel Hatzoloh medical emergency organization. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

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