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Russian Officials Says Plane Broke in Mid-Air Raising Speculation of a Bomb On Board

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) The Russian Airbus that crashed in the Sinai Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, broke apart “in the air,” according to a senior official of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee. RIA-Novosti reported that committee chief Viktor Sorochenko believes “the disintegration happened in the air and the fragments are strewn over a large area.” However, Sorochenko cautioned it was “too early to draw conclusions.” Sorochenko is part of an international panel of experts from Russia, Egypt, France and Ireland investigating the crash.

According to The Telegraph, Egypt’s civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal reported there was been no evidence of problems during the flight: “Up until the crash happened, we were never informed of any faults in the plane, nor did we receive any SOS calls,” Kamal said. All contact with air traffic control was normal, and the routine, pre-flight checks showed no problems, he added.

Earlier, Ayman al-Muqadem, a member of the Egyptian Aviation Incidents Committee, said the pilot reported technical difficulties before losing contact with air traffic controllers, and asked to land at the nearest airport.

Experts have doubted ISIS’ boasting, accompanied by a video claiming to show that their affiliates in the Sinai shot the plane down, suggesting it was impossible for a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher to hit the plane at its cruising altitude of 31,000 ft. However, an advanced surface-to-air missile could do it. Should ISIS have been able to acquire such a system in Iraq or Syria and manage to transport it to the Sinai, under the watch of both the Egyptian and Israeli armies—then taking down an Airbus could have been carried out.

Le Parisien quoted former French intelligence agent Yves Trotignon, who pointed out that ISIS’ claim was vague on how the flight was actually destroyed. Normally, the ISIS videos showing the downing of enemy aircraft are accompanied by a live sound track, rife with astonished cries of “Allahu akbar” as the target is hit. The newest video is silent, accompanied by an Arabic song track. It also starts with a plane flying and getting hit, absent the usual “before” shots that lend the video context and authenticity.

“The [ISIS] statement does not say they shot it down, but that they destroyed it,” Trotignon said. “You could imagine explosives on board, or sabotage.”

JNi.Media

Defense Ministry Official: Eilat Bound Aircraft Receive Triple Protection against Missiles

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Israeli government is still waiting, like the rest of us, for results from the Egyptian investigation of the Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai on its way from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. Although it is not largely believed that this was done deliberately, as ISIS is claiming, Israeli state officials are still waiting to see proof that the Islamic State is not behind the crash.

Amos Gilad, head of the political and security office in the Defense Ministry, told Walla on Sunday: “We trust the Egyptian statements which have shown good judgment and a professional examination. ISIS do have anti-aircraft missiles, but not the type that can hit a plane at a cruising altitude (the Russian plane was at an altitude of 40 thousand feet and shoulder-fired missiles simply do not reach that far up). There will be an in-depth investigation to rule out any possibilities of terror. Right now, they’re leaning towards a technical malfunction.”

Regarding the suspension of Air France and Lufthansa flights that pass over the Sinai, Gilad said: “These private companies have decided to suspend flights until they see the test results. Israeli companies will continue flying to Eilat normally because their airplanes are protected in three envelopes. The Elbit defense system is most impressive technologically, and Israel has adopted it. In addition, the Israeli Intelligence and deterrence systems are operating to prevent this kind of situation. Israel is well aware of the range of threats emanating from ISIS. This is a murderous organization with extremist ideologies that tries to undermine the existing order in the Middle East.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s air safety regulator has ordered Metrojet, the airline whose charter plane crashed in the Sinai, to suspend flights pending the probe, Al Ahram reported. Rostransnadzor, Russia’s transport safety watchdog, on Sunday ordered the carrier to ground its fleet of Airbus A321s following Saturday’s crash.

JNi.Media

Rocket Launched from Sinai (and Gaza) at Israel

Monday, October 12th, 2015

7:46 AM Channel 2 Israel TV reports that minutes ago there was a rocket attack on Israel, launched from the Sinai towards Kerem Shalom in Israel.

No known injuries or damage.

The rocket alert/Tzeva Adom dis not sound, presumably because the rocket fell short, and landed in the Sinai.

Around 8 AM, a rocekt was launched from Gaza towards Israel, but that also fell short, according to Israel radio.

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If Egypt Can Destroy Gaza’s Tunnels…

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The topography of Israel’s shared border with Hamas-occupied Gaza is far too complicated, different and longer than Egypt’s shared border with Gaza to replicate what Egypt just did, but it does make one think about other possible solutions.

Fed up with Hamas sending terrorists into the Sinai via the underground tunnels, as well as the smuggling tunnels, Egypt redirected water from the Mediterranean sea, flooding everything under the ground along their shared border.

If we’re already being creative, here’s another thought… the Mediterranean could be Israel’s solution too.

Perhaps Israel could find a way to get every Gazan $5000, a fake Syrian passport (there’s plenty of those floating around) and a seat on a boat sailing across the Mediterranean into to Europe.

Once the sane people leave, it’s clean up time, and we rebuild Gush Katif.

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Israel Must Be Prepared to Also Redraw the Map

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Russia, Iran, ISIS, Turkey, Kurds… everyone seems to be playing, except Israel.

The map of the Middle East is being redrawn, while Israel is simply trying to just hold on to what it has, hoping Jordan doesn’t collapse tomorrow, Hezbollah doesn’t take over the Golan Heights, ISIS doesn’t overrun the Sinai and that Iran and Russia don’t conquer what’s left of Syria.

While the regional powers are working hard to redraw the maps, extend their power and control, Israel is simplistically bragging about being an “Oasis in the Jungle.”

Unfortunately, Israel will find itself in an even tougher neighborhood once the lines are permanently redrawn, and that oasis will be even harder to maintain.

Instead of building more border trenches and wall, Israel needs to seriously consider regional expansion, just like everybody else is doing.

Israel needs to start pushing the jungle back, not staving it off

Israel should be prepared for the upcoming collapse of Jordan and to take over that country’s administration.

Instead of letting Hezbollah encroach on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, Israel needs to be considering how to fully take control there too, which might be openly picking a side.

And it’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves back in Hezbollah’s southern Lebanon.

Israel’s position of passivity and overt non-interference is temporarily keeping things quiet inside our borders, but by not openly taking sides, we’re also setting ourselves up for a worse situation down the road.

One solution Israel needs to consider is a new Israeli model of regional conflict management – some expansionist empire building and developing patron-client relationships, just like Iran, Russia and the other countries are openly doing.

The regions of Jordan and the Syrian Golan Heights must fall under Israeli rule, with the local limited-autonomy governments answering to Israel. We don’t need to transfer our citizens over, only our governmental administration.

In exchange, as part of the Israeli empire (and not the Iranian or ISIS empires), Israel will supply our client states with water resources, training to help them maintain their borders and assistance building their economies. This will help push back the jungle away from our borders.

We all know that sooner or later Israel will be heading back into southern Lebanon. It’s going to be a very, very difficult war.

A buffer zone needs to be carved out again to keep Hezbollah away so we don’t end up back there every few years, fighting an even more difficult war than the previous one.

If we don’t join in and play the regional game of redrawing the map, we’re going to instead find ourselves boxed in by the really bad guys, and that’s going to be much worse.

JoeSettler

US Raises Protection for Its Sinai Multinational Peacekeeper Forces

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The U.S. is sending more troops and equipment to beef up support for U.S. peacekeepers in the northern Sinai Peninsula, defense officials said Wednesday.

The move comes after four U.S. soldiers and two Fiji soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb during a routine patrol near the town of el-Gorah, close to their base.

Attacks on Egyptian government security forces and multinational peacekeepers increased after the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terror organization pledged itself to Da’esh (ISIS) a number of months ago. Upon its absorption into the larger, international terror organization, the group — which supports the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in its desire to overthrow the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi — was renamed “Sinai Province.”

At least 75 additional U.S. troops, including a light infantry platoon and a surgical team are expected to arrive in the area, according to the Associated Press.

Surveillance equipment and other assets will accompany the new troops joining the Multinational Force and Observers, defense officials said on condition of anonymity.

There are approximately720 U.S. soldiers participating in the force, which monitors compliance with the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Arrests Senior Gaza Terrorist Linked with ISIS

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Released for publication: Israel has arrested and indicted a Gaza City terrorist who is part of a group linked with the Islamic State (ISIS) and who organized attacks against the IDF in last year’s anti-terror Protective Edge campaign.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) lifted gag order on the arrest in late July of Ihab Sayeed Nahel, 27, and he was indicted on 12 counts of various charges, including being in contact with a foreign enemy, conspiracy to commit murder, and possessing and transferring illegal weapons.

A surgeon, who is a member of Hamas, gave Nahel safe harbor in his house while he carried out attacks against the IDF last year, including planting bombs on army patrol routes at the Gaza security fence.

The terrorist was arrested while trying to travel to Qatar, where he was supposed to work as a teacher as part of project to employ Gaza educators.

Nahel told interrogators that he began his career as a terrorist with Hamas, for whom he carried out surveillance on the IDF. He also helped dig tunnels used by terrorists to stage attacks.

Last year, he joined a terrorist Salafist faction linked with ISIS and known as “ARABIC.” It was part of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) which he led in 2010. The PRC is the same group that helped stage the murder of two Israeli soldiers and the kidnap of Gilad Shalit at a checkpoint nine years ago. The attack was carried out via a tunnel.

As leader of the PRC in 2012, he was involved in planning suicide attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians at the Egyptian border, and he used a tunnel to travel from Gaza to the Sinai.

Nahel had planned an attack on a bus near Eilat, but the plan never was carried out.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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