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Israel Tightening Security Measures At Home And Abroad

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

JERUSALEM – Israel’s global intelligence apparatus is being stretched thin as Iranian- controlled Hizbullah terror squads and pro-Assad Syrian chemical warfare teams are threatening to attack more Israeli citizens abroad and within Israel itself.

While high-ranking Israeli security officials have denied British media reports that the Mossad had sent a counterterrorism team to London to prevent an attack on Israel’s Olympic athletes, the Israeli media claimed that the Olympic squad is being guarded by elite British police, Mossad operatives and their Shin Bet colleagues.

In the wake of last week’s suicide attack by Hizbullah against Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, Mossad, CIA and MI5 agents have been combing European cities for two additional members of the Hizbullah terror team who escaped to another European locale. Israeli military correspondents report that the hit squad in Bulgaria could be part of a larger team, which might be en route to the Olympic Games to perpetrate another Munich-style massacre.

In related developments, Israeli and American investigators are trying to match the Bulgarian suicide bomber’s DNA to their criminal databases, and Bulgarian authorities are reporting that a mysterious Russian-speaking woman had also assisted the Hizbullah terrorists in Burgas.

Last Sunday Mossad Director Tamir Pardo and Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen said that Iran and Hizbullah have tried to commit terrorist attacks against Israeli diplomats, businessmen and tourists in over 20 countries during the past two years. The Mossad and Shin Bet also said that Hizbullah terrorists were temporarily thwarted from launching an attack on Israeli citizens in Bulgaria earlier this year.

Meanwhile, leading members of the rebel Free Syrian Army told Western news agencies that pro-government military forces had moved a significant portion of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons arsenal to a select number of air force bases, where medium- and long-range missiles could launch attacks on Israel or “foreign invaders.” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has already informed Obama administration officials that Israel will possibly launch preemptive attacks against Syria’s chemical and ballistic missile installations if Israeli military intelligence detects an attempt by Assad to pass on unconventional weapons to Hizbullah or if he tries to draw Israel into a full-scale regional war.

Gideon Ezra, Former Deputy Head of Shin Bet, Cabinet Minister, and MK, Dies at 74

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Gideon Ezra, former Deputy Chief of Israel’s Security Service (Shin Bet), cabinet minister, and MK, has died at 74 after a two-year battle with lung cancer.

Ezra, who was serving as a Kadima MK, was born in Jerusalem in 1937. He served in the IDF’s Nahal Paratrooper brigade from 1955-1958, and joined the Shin Bet in 1962. Over a career that spanned 33 years, he rose to become the Deputy head of Israel’s domestic intelligence organization. He received a degree in Geography & Political Science from Haifa University.

After his tenure in the Shin Bet, Ezra embarked on a political career, joining Likud in 1996. In 2003, he joined Ariel Sharon’s cabinet as Minister without Portfolio, and also briefly served as Tourism Minister and Internal Security Minister. Ezra followed Sharon when the latter broke away from Likud and formed Kadima, and in 2006 he was appointed Minister for Environmental Protection in the Olmert government. He was in the midst of his 5th Knesset term.

Prime Minister Netanyahu released a statement, saying “Gideon loyally served the Land of Israel throughout his entire life.” And in a reference to Ezra’s long tenure in the security establishment, Netanyahu said “[h]is contribution to the security of the state was considerable; most of it will remain secret. My wife and I send our condolences to his wife and family. May his memory be blessed.”

Shaul Mofaz, chairman of Kadima, said that “Gideon always stood up for his principles and values. He arrived at the Knesset even when his health deteriorated and was involved in the work to his last day.”

Ex-Chief of Internal Security: Netanyahu, Barak, Infected by Messianic Fervor

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Yuval Diskin, who last year retired as head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, on Friday used exceptionally strong language to criticize his former boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of being caught up in a messianic fervor about the Iranian nuclear program, a fervor which he implied was more befitting the Iranian leadership.

“I don’t have faith in the current leadership of Israel to lead us to an event of this magnitude, of war with Iran,” Diskin said. “I do not believe in a leadership that makes decisions based on Messianic feelings. I have seen them up close. They are not messiahs, these two (Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak), and they are not the people that I personally trust to lead Israel into such an event.”

Diskin warned that “one of the results of an Israeli attack on Iran could be a dramatic acceleration of the Iran program,” adding that the Iranians would then “have legitimacy to do it more quickly and in a shorter timeframe.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reacted to Diskin’s statements saying: “If you do not trust the prime minister and not the defense minister, you should have resigned and not waited for the end of your term.”

A spokesman for Netanyahu said Diskin’s comments were “irresponsible and motivated by personal frustration.”

Barak’s representative used a more mocking tone, saying, “We congratulate Diskin on his entrance into politics. It’s embarrassing and saddening to see the loosening of responsibility and judgment and the foul language used by a man who served the public for many years.” The spokesman added: “Diskin is acting in a petty, irresponsible way, motivated by personal frustration. He’s harming a heritage of generations of Shin Bet heads, as well as the organization’s operational norms and values.”

Report: Marwan Barghouti’s Interrogation Transcripts Reveal His, Arafat’s Role in Second Intifada

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Convicted Palestinian terror chief Marwan Barghouti, in comments to the Israel Security Service (Shin Bet) soon after his arrest in 2002, admitted to facilitating terror attacks during the second intifada, and told his interrogators that the Intifada “was supposed to be a popular uprising, but things got out of hand,” as first reported by Haaretz.

The Israeli daily obtained and published transcripts of  interrogation sessions dated April 21-May 14, 2002 at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem, 6 days after his arrest. They were released in the course of legal proceedings against the former Fatah Secretary-General, who was arrested and later convicted on charges of murder during the second intifada, and sentenced to five concurrent life sentences.

On the basis of these recorded partial confessions, he was indicted for three terror attacks: the murder of a Greek Orthodox monk near Ramallah in June 2001; the murder of an Israeli girl near Givat Ze’ev in January 2002; and the shooting attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv in March 2002, which left three civilians dead.

Barghouti on the second intifada

Barghouti, who also founded the al-Aqsa Martyrs brigade, spoke of the lead-up to the second intifada, and confirmed once again that Ariel Sharon’s controversial visit to the Temple Mount in September 2000 was convenient pretext for the “outbreak” of the Intifada – not the reason, “but the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Barghouti spoke at length of fears within Fatah about being overshadowed on ‘the street’ by the more hardline elements involved in the intifada – Hamas and Islamic Jihad – and how this fear led them to attempt to outbid the other terror groups in proving their fidelity to the Palestinian cause. In essence this meant the use of suicide bombers by Fatah, and the elimination of the distinction between attacks within or over the Green Line.

Barghouti is documented as confirming his role in coordinating operations and activities of terror squads and in financing them as well. He details how, on one occasion, he gave orders to avenge a terrorist’s death, which resulted in the shooting death of an Israeli near Givat Ze’ev, and how he gave money to various individuals that were seeking to perpetrate attacks.

Barghouti on Arafat

Barghouti described Yasser Arafat as the prime mover, his direct commander, and the force behind Fatah’s overall policy. He painted a picture of Arafat as the man who issued only general orders, with the specifics implied, so that the acts perpetrated could not be traced back to him: “When Arafat would call for a cease-fire, he would convene the heads of Tanzim and instruct them, and add that if the cease-fire were to end, they knew what they would have to do, when it was clear to everyone that he was talking about a continuation of military activity.” Barghouti stressed that Arafat was instrumental to the intifada because, in no uncertain terms, he was bankrolling it, he was the “one source” from where all the finances flowed.

The Palestinian street, reflections on the peace process, and funny jokes

Concern over his image on the Palestinian street was preeminent in determining whether and how much to confess to his interrogators. At some point in the interrogation he insisted on meeting with then-Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter, or with his second, Yuval Diskin, before offering his confession: “There are things that a person in my position has to take care of in terms of the future, for my own interests and those of my men.” His request was not granted (at least not in the three and a half weeks that the transcripts cover). At another point, he is recorded as saying that “cooperation with the interrogation will be to his detriment in his future political career among his people.”

Barghouti compared the second intifada to the Yom Kippur War, in that the Palestinians feel they restored their pride, and achieved a type of balance with the terror wave, such that peace between the two peoples was now possible.

Looking back at the peace process, Barghouti blamed its failure on Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination.

Throughout the interrogations, Barghouti seems to vacillate between crafty pragmatist and uncompromising ideologue. At some points he suggests that Fatah’s descent into violence was a strategic mistake, and at others he insists that an independent state could only be achieved through bloodshed. Either way, ‘street cred’ was foremost in his decision-making, and he viewed his participation in terror activity as ensuring “that in the future he could point to himself as someone who worked both for peace when necessary and in war.”

In the three and a half weeks of interrogation revealed in the transcripts, the Shin Bet appeared to have developed a rapport with Barghouti, enough so that one wrote: “It should be noted that the subject has a well-developed sense of humor and provided us with a number of great jokes.”

GSS Exposes Plot by Terrorist Released in Shalit-Deal to Kidnap IDF Soldiers

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Hamas terrorist Omar Abu Sanina was released from Israeli jail last year, as part of the deal to free Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity. Formerly a Fatah operative, Abu Sanina was sentenced to life in prison for murder. While in prison, he was recruited by Hamas agents, writes the new website Hamas Terorism 101, which is published by IDFBlog.com.

Recently, Abu Sanina sent a memory stick to his family in Judea and Samaria, detailing instructions for how to kidnap an Israeli soldier. Abu Sanina intended for the information to reach operatives who he had recruited, but the memory stick was captured by the Shin Bet. It included the following excerpts:

One should avoid hiding [the kidnapped soldier] in deserted places such as caves or forests, unless it’s their body or severed head. If dealing with a live person, which will need to be visited at least once a week (for supplying food etc.) it is best to hide them in a house, a farm, a workplace or similar.

Resources, weapons, and explosives should be prepared ahead of time. This with extreme caution and in the proper methods. It is possible to obtain weapons from the enemy, even if it necessitates the use of “cold” weaponry [knives, blades] first.

The first stage is to build a small team according to the orders, equipping its members with all the equipment, and training them in executing uncomplicated attacks.

We will be informed of the kidnapping only after its successful execution, and only through an encrypted channel. One must not talk openly or give away details, except in face-to-face meetings. We will officially announce the kidnapping via the Supreme Military Council.

Toulouse Killer Mohammed Merah Visited Israel in 2010

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has confirmed that the man responsible for last week’s shooting rampage at Toulouse Jewish school Ozar HaTorah visited Israel in 2010.

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Mohammed Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010, before traveling on to Afghanistan,where he attended an al-Qaeda training camp. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah at the time, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

Merah, who entered on a French passport, is reported to have stayed in Israel for three days. The Shin Bet has yet to turn up any evidence of terror-related links or activities during his stay, and thus could not confirm the claim made by a French intelligence chief last Friday that Merah was arrested with a knife while in Jerusalem.

This revelation comes amid confirmed reports that the killer was on the U.S. ‘no-fly’ list. U.S. officials have said that Merah was placed on the list some time ago, but have thus far refused to provide more details. Pressure is mounting on French intelligence agencies to admit to serious intelligence lapses and submit to a government inquiry.

Yesterday, a French judge brought Merah’s brother closer to criminal trial by placing Abdelkader Merah under formal investigation for complicity in Mohammed Merah’s shooting spree. Abdelkader has denied involvement in his brother’s attacks, but said that he was “proud” of what he had done.
Mohammed Merah died after resisting police who stormed his apartment last Thursday after a 32 hour stand-off. In the course of the siege, he told the police that he was responsible for the killings and that he planned to kill again. He expressed no regret and said it was too bad he did not “take out” more victims. He also expressed pride that he had “brought France to its knees.”

Toulouse Killer Visited Israel in 2010

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has confirmed that Mohammed Merah, the man responsible for the murders of 7 people last week, visited Israel in 2010.

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan, prior his travels to Afghanistan, in September 2010. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai: Jewish People Survived Because of Torah

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Interior minister and Shas MK Eli Yishai, in remarks at the Or David rabbinical institution the day after apologizing for comments attributing Israel’s failures in the Second Lebanon War to a lack of prayer among IDF soldiers, asserted that the Jewish people’s survival over two millenia was secured by adherence to the Torah.

“For thousands of years, even before the State’s establishment, each person was somewhere else in the world – without a country, without an army, without the Shin Bet, without anything,” Yishai said. “The Jewish people survived the 2,000 years since the Temple’s destruction to this day only thanks to the Torah, which protected the people of Israel. The people of Israel would not have existed without the Torah.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/interior-minister-eli-yishai-jewish-people-survived-because-of-torah/2012/01/23/

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