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Iron Dome Intercepted Rocket Fired at Eilat

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The Iron Dome system last night intercepted a rocket that was shot from the Sinai at the city of Eilat. This was the first interception of a rocket in the southernmost town in Israel. No one was hurt and there was no damage to property, kol Israel reported.

Residents reported hearing the sound of two explosions, but army and police searches did not found any signs of a hit.

Over the past few weeks, there has been an increasing concern in Israel about the operation being conducted by units of the Egyptian army against elements of al-Qaeda and the Jihadists in the peninsula. In addition to setting up the Iron Dome, IDF readiness along the border has been enhanced and observation points were laid down along the border.

Last Thursday, the IDF ordered closing down the Eilat airspace for two hours for security reasons, and the following day 4 terrorists were killed from the air, an attack the Egyptians said was carried out by an Israeli drone.

MDA treated two people for anxiety attacks as a result of the explosion.

IDF Re-Opens Eilat Airport Departures after Scare Warning

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The IDF allowed departing flights to take off from Eilat’s international airport Thursday night after ordering it closed for two hours, without any explanation other than to note “an evaluation of the situation.”

The temporary closure probably was connected to terrorist activity in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula, where Egyptian forces have arrested approximately 100 terrorists in the past several days.

Planes taking off from Eilat have been equipped with an anti-missile system since this past April in order to defend passengers against shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles that terrorists are known to possess.

Navy Arrested Major Weapons Smuggling Operation on High Seas

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The Israeli Navy has foiled an apparently major weapons smuggling operation in the Red Sea and arrested suspects for questioning, according to security forces who lifted a gag order Tuesday on the eight-month-old counterterrorist operation.

The IDF added that the suspects have been released. Israeli media reported that they probably are from Yemen, which raises the possibility that the smugglers are connected with Taliban or Al Qaeda.

The length of the investigation and gag order  before the announcement indicates that the arms and weapons were heavy-duty, possibly anti-tank or anti-aircraft missiles.

The Red Sea borders Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula, as well as reaching the port of Eilat.

Security officials were tight-lipped about the capture of the ship and weapons, but it is a good guess that the weapons were destined for terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula, possibly for smuggling into Gaza.

 

Report: Terrorists Targeting Arab-Israelis in Sinai

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awasat newspaper reported Tuesday that armed terror cells affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Hamas and al-Qaeda, are poised to attack Israeli-Arabs as part of a plan to damage Sinai’s tourism industry.

The report quotes an unnamed “Israeli defense source,” according to Ynet.

“The attacks will target Israeli citizens in general, and Jewish citizens in particular,” the source said. “According to my information, for the first time they also want to hurt Arab-Israelis.”

The Muslim Brotherhood reportedly is trying to mount terror attacks on Israelis in order to capitalize on the Egyptian public mood against cooperation with Israel.

On Sunday, Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a strong terror warning for all Israelis, calling on them to leave the Sinai immediately.

Terrorists Fire Missile in Sinai in Warm-Up for June 30 Protests

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Jihadist terrorists fired a Grad missile in the Sinai Tuesday, causing no injuries or damage. Egyptian sources said that attack was a warm-up for Sunday when widespread violence is expected in massive demonstrations against the Muslim Brotherhood  government of Mohammed Morsi.

His defense minister warned that the army will intervene is the protests turn violent on Sunday, the first anniversary of Morsi’s election. His popularity has plummeted  to the point that opposition groups vowed they will not stop their protests until he quits.

More than 15 million Egyptians have signed a petition calling for him to step down, setting the stage for a repeat of the violence that preceded the ouster of Hosni Mubarak more than two years ago.

Morsi said he is not going to act according to polls, explaining, “When George W Bush had 22% in the ratings, Americans didn’t talk about early presidential elections – that’s not the way that democracies are run.”

Egypt Fears Gaza Terrorists Planning Anti-Government Protests

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Egypt has deployed helicopters to patrol the Sinai Peninsula and has declared a state of alert in the area after radical Islamic terrorists from Gaza set up a base in the central Sinai.

Curfews were clamped on Sinai cities, including the Egyptian side of Rafiah and el-Arish, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

Approximately 30 terrorists from Jihadist groups, including those affiliated with  Al Qaeda, entered Gaza through tunnels and brought with them ammunition and weapons. Egyptian officials suspect that the terrorists plan to join demonstrations against the Muslim Brotherhood government on June 30.

The governor of the Northern Sinai, Abdel Raggah Harhour, claimed earlier this month that Al Qaeda does not have a base in the Sinai but added, “We know that there are Salafite jihadist elements in Sinai.”

Last month, terrorists attacked an Egyptian base in the Sinai and kidnapped seven soldiers before releasing them after six days in captivity.

Hamas Surprised: Iran Supports a ‘Dictator Like Assad’ ?

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

The Hamas terrorist organization that suffocates Arabs in Gaza simply cannot understand how its once-upon-a-time benefactor Iran could support a dictator like Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“We never expected that a country like Iran, which talked about oppressed people and dictatorial regimes, would stand behind a dictator like Assad who is killing his own people,” Ahmed Yousef, an adviser to Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ prime minister, said, according to The Telegraph.

So who’s on first? If Haniyeh is a not a dictator, and if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  is not a dictator, that makes Assad a democrat. And if the bases are loaded with these lovers of freedom, who is going to being them home?  Al Qaeda?

Or maybe they simple will be stranded until their terror axis collapses from its own paranoia.

It was only two years ago that Hamas was headquartered in Damascus, where Assad provided a warm home for Khaled Mashaal, Hamas’ supreme leader. Iran supplied training for Hamas terrorists and shipped arms and explosives to Gaza, often through Syria.

The test of true friendship is fear.

When the fanatical Iranian Muslim regime  murdered and tortured thousands of its citizens who protested the rigged re-election of  Ahmadinejad four years ago, Hamas learned a lot from its trainers how to deal with anyone who dares calls a dictator a dictator. Make the people afraid of fear, especially those who never heard of Roosevelt.

However, when Syrians had the courage to take to the streets to protest, and then fight, against Assad, Hamas started to be afraid. Hamas so far has kept the lid on opposition in Gaza. It casually executes its citizens suspected of collaborating with Israel, and it routinely tortures activists in the rival Fatah terrorist party.

It follows fundamental and radical Islam and would be subject to upheaval if it were to back Assad an Alawite whose sect is considered by most Muslims to be apostates, slaughters tens of thousands of civilians.

Mashaal has long been exiled from Syria, and Assad and  Ahmadinejad are more dependent on each other than ever. If one falls, the other could be next.

The more Hamas took a position against Assad, the more Iran scolded Hamas, which had been receiving millions of dollars  a year plus great gadgets, such as anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank rockets, to use against Israel.

Hamas’s deputy foreign minister Ghazi Hamad admitted to The London Telegraph last week that Iran has punished Hamas financially because of the terrorist organization’s opposition to Assad.

He said that relations with Iran are “bad” and added, “I cannot give you the exact amount. For supporting the Syrian revolution, we lost very much. I cannot deny that since 2006 Iran supported Hamas with money and many [other] things. But the situation is not like the past.”

Hamas also has a big problem with its political mother, the Muslim Brotherhood movement that brought Hamas into this world in 1987.

Terrorists from Gaza, many of them from rival terror gangs, are trying to keep a hold on the Sinai Peninsula and are keeping Egypt from exercising control.

Hamas is losing support, Assad is clutching on to Iran, whose economy is severely crippled by Western sanctions, and Iranian-backed Hezbollah is risking bringing down the house in Lebanon by shoring up Syria.

And what happened to the last Muslim friend of Assad who also saw he was headed into a dead-end? Click here to read about the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s price for egocentricity.

And who is Erdogan supporting in the Palestinian Authority? Hamas. A least he is consistent by siding with losers.

It takes one democratically-elected dictator to know another.

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