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January 16, 2017 / 18 Tevet, 5777

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Funerals for Murdered IDF Officers Set for Monday

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Funerals for the four IDF officers who were murdered Sunday in the truck ramming attack by a Jerusalem terrorist in the neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv are scheduled to take place at various times through the day in different areas of the country.

At 11:00 am, Second Lieutenant Erez Orbach, z’l, 20, of Alon Shvut, will be laid to rest at the cemetery in Kfar Etzion.

At 2:00 pm, Second Lieutenant Shira Tzur, z’l, age 20, of Haifa, will be laid to rest in the military cemetery in that city.

At 3:00 pm, Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, z’l, age 20, of Givatayim, will be laid to rest at the cemetery in Kiryat Shaul.

At 2:00 pm, Lieutenant Shir Hajaj, 22, z’l, of Ma’ale Adumim, will be laid to rest at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in the holy city of Jerusalem.

The families of Second Lt. Shira Tzur and Lt. Erez Orbach have requested that the media respect their privacy and desist from coverage at the funerals of their loved ones.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May the memories of all four IDF officers who fell in the line of duty be for a blessing.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Releases Names of Officer, Cadets Killed in Jerusalem Terror Attack

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The IDF has released the names of the four young soldiers who were murdered Sunday by an Arab terrorist from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar, near East Talpiot.

Their names and ranks are as follows:

2nd Lt. Yael Yekutiel, age 20, from the Tel Aviv area city of Givatayim, posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Cadet Shir Hajaj, age 22, from the Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim, posthumously promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant

Cadet Shira Tzur, age 20, from the northern port city of Haifa, posthumously promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant

Cadet Erez Orbach, age 20, from the Gush Eztion town of Alon Shvut, posthumously promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

All the families have been notified.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmet.
May their memories be for a blessing, and may their blood be avenged.

Hana Levi Julian

Confirmed: 3 IDF Cadets, 1 Officer Killed, 17 Injured in Jerusalem Terror Ramming Attack [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has confirmed that three cadets (male and female) and an officer (female) were killed in the truck ramming attack that took place early Sunday afternoon near the promenade in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood, also known as East Talpiot. The families have been notified, according to the IDF.

“Seventeen other IDF officers and cadets were injured and evacuated to hospitals for medical treatment,” the IDF spokesperson’s office said in its statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman both went to the site of the attack early Sunday evening, where they received a briefing by Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy.

Mr. Netanyahu told reporters at the site that it is believed Sunday’s attack was similar to those inspired by the Islamic State terrorist organization (Da’esh / ISIS), such as those “we saw first in France, then in Germany and now in Jerusalem,” and that Israel must fight the “same ongoing battle against this global scourge of the new terrorism” along with the rest of the world.

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh told reporters earlier in the day at a separate news conference that because there had been no intelligence alert and no prior security warning of the attack, there had been no way to prevent it. Police have placed the city of Jerusalem on heightened security alert in response to the attack.

Meanwhile, young Arab men were handing out sweets and pastries to passing motorists and passengers on the streets of Gaza and Palestinian Authority-controlled cities in Judea and Samaria, as photographers made sure to snap photos of the scene to post on the internet. Pictures of smiling Arabs with tasty treats made the rounds of social media, celebrating the bloody results of the vicious attack.

Three of the victims had to be extracted from under the truck with the assistance of a heavy crane.

An eyewitness to the attack said Arab passersby who were present at the time of the attack stood and applauded as the terrorist — 28-year-old Fadi Ahmad Hamdan al-Qunbar, a resident of the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar who carried a blue Israeli ID card and an Israeli drivers license — reversed his vehicle and ran over the victims a second time.

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization issued a statement shortly after the attack, saying Qubar was a released security prisoner who had served time in an Israeli prison. The group referred to the terrorist as a “mujaheed” — a jihadi fighter.

Hana Levi Julian

Eyewitness: Rammed Soldiers Hesitated to Shoot Fearing Court Martial (Graphic) [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The tour guide who accompanied the IDF cadets on their visit to Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem Sunday afternoon told Army Radio that they hesitated to shoot at that truck as it was speeding in their direction. He attributed their fateful pause to last week’s manslaughter conviction of Sgt. Elor Azaria by a military panel of judges for his shooting of a subdued terrorist in hebron.

Stopping just short of placing the blame for the four dead soldiers on the court, the tour guide said he was the only one shooting his handgun at the terrorist truck driver, and only after he had emptied his magazine did some cadets start shooting.

The tour guide spoke to Army Radio from the back of an ambulance, and sounded highly agitated. He said every IDF soldier has been keeping abreast of the Azaria trial and Thursday’s verdict affected them directly. “All they’re being told recently is – watch it,” he reiterated.

Moshe Aharon, a bus driver who was present at the scene of the attack told Army Radio: “A group of soldiers with their duffle bags were standing there, I just let them off the bus – when a truck came ramming into a group of the soldiers and ran over them. The soldiers shot at him and he ran over them a second time. He got to my bus, then switched to reverse and ran over them again.”

Four soldiers died and one was critically wounded in Sunday’s attack. A dozen more soldiers were wounded.

According to Channel 10 News, Arab passers by who witnessed the fatal attack stood and applauded.

David Israel

UPDATE: Four Dead, One Critically Wounded, Dozen Wounded in Jerusalem Ramming Attack [video]

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Four are dead, one critically wounded, and ten lightly wounded as a truck rammed into a group of soldiers near the promenade of Armon HaNatziv in Jerusalem just before 1:30 PM Sunday afternoon.

Three of the murdered are female soldiers, and the fourth is a male soldier. Thirteen more soldiers were wounded.

The soldiers were getting off a bus when the truck rammed into them. [Video: Warning Graphic]

Five of the wounded were taken to Hadassah Ein Karem; 3 in moderate condition, 1 serious, 1 lightly wounded.

One critically wounded person was taken to Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center, along with 4 more lightly wounded people.

The truck had Israeli license plates. The driver is from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukhaber.

The truck's front (part). Credit: Rotter

The truck’s front (part). Credit: Rotter

There are conflicting reports as to who shot back at the truck driver, who has been neutralized and killed.

A bus driver waiting nearby saw the truck run over the soldiers, and then the soldiers opened fire, and the driver ran over them again.

Some reports indicate that the terrorist was shot and killed by the soldier’s civilian tour guide, other reports say the soldiers shot him.

Emergency medical forces declared this a mass casualty incident.

Credit: Tazpit

Credit: Tazpit

Yakov Kaminetzki, a volunteer with United Hatzalah’s EMS ambucycle unit reported from the scene of the event: “When I arrived at the scene I saw a number of pedestrians who were run down by a large truck near the Armon Hanatziv Promenade.  Some of the pedestrians were unconscious and trapped underneath the vehicle. I requested that the dispatch and command center send additional assistance including fire and rescue services as well as additional EMS responders due to the large number of injured persons. Near the vehicle were a number of other pedestrians who had sustained various degrees of injuries some of whom were in serious and moderate condition.”

The Hamas terror group has praised the attack.

 

David Israel

A Soldier’s Mother: The Fundamental Truth About Israel’s Soldiers

Friday, January 6th, 2017

On the worst days, comes the need to remember the greatest blessings. That is my thought as this difficult day fades away and we look to tomorrow.

I’m angry, I’m sad. I can’t believe the idiocy of punishing a soldier for shooting a terrorist and I’m terrified of the time I know is coming – when a soldier will hesitate and, God forbid, pay the ultimate price. The “victim” in this incident was no victim. He was a confirmed terrorist who had just stabbed a soldier.

And as Israel stood braced and waiting for the verdict, the media and the police were made to look like fools. As the morning dragged on and elements of the verdict were announced, the nation of Israel, once again, stood in unity. As we do for all times we are hit, though usually the strikes come from our enemies, not from our own judges.

Reporters stood outside the building where the verdict predicting that violence would rage…not even close. Some of the commentators even said, “they’re just singing and dancing.”

The police tore down a sign that they said promoted incitement. The sign said, “We love you, Elor”. What incitement? What violence? More importantly, why? Why would you want to stop our sons from defending themselves? Why do you value a terrorist’s life over the danger of a soldier’s death?

Yesterday, the Chief of Staff said this young man was not a boy, but a soldier and he was not “everyone’s son.” By and large, Israel rejected that notion, which speaks more about how little Gadi Eisenkot knows about Israel, than about the feelings of our nation.

What Eisenkot and the reporters missed is that one of the reasons that the army is so strong is because of the motivation of our soldiers and the loyalty and dedication of the commanders. A soldier must have absolute faith in his commanding officer – and today, that faith was shaken. Our soldiers don’t have the luxuty of fighting in some war thousands of miles from where they live. In every sense of the word, they are defending their families, their homes.

On the day Elie was called to leave his wife and mobilize with his unit to fight in Operation Pillar of Defense, as he was quickly packing his things, our city was attacked. Sirens wailed as we rushed to the bomb shelter and a few days later, it happened again and we heard the explosion of the Iron Dome knocking a missile out of the sky.

It was my son, Elie, that day and on many other days who stood on Israel’s border. Then it was Shmulik. And now it is my son, David, every day and for the next year. And even after David returns to civilian life, to be called up occasionally, like his brothers, even then, it will be my sons (and daughers) on the borders of Israel. All of them. Every one of them, mine. That is the foundation upon which this country is built. The collective soul of our people, our land.

Anyone who does not feel this intense connection with our soldiers is, to my mind, missing the essence of what it is to be an Israeli. Elor Azarya is a soldier of Israel. Ten months ago, we sent him into battle. His friend was stabbed in that battle. And he raised his gun and shot a terrorist in that battle. It wasn’t murder. It wasn’t even manslaughter. Slaughter is what the Arabs did when they went into a synagogue in Har Nof and cut men down as they prayed. Slaughter is what the Arabs did when they opened fire on children in Maalot. Slaugther is what Arabs did in Itamar when they butchered five members of the Fogel family, in Jerusalem when they blew up the Sbarro pizzeria

I won’t rehash why I think the accusations against Elor Azarya were unfounded, the trial speedy and unfair. I won’t repeat the slanted publicity and the vicious ways he and his family were treated. I also won’t readily forget how quickly some judged him and how those same people condemn others for being judgmental.

Despite the accusation that Azarya is a murderer, that charge never made it through even the first round of accusations. Quickly, the lawyers were informed that the courts would not accept such an indictment and so it was never made. Azarya did not murder the Palestinian terrorist. At best, the judges warned, an accusation of manslaughter would be entertained by the courts. Even that was wrong.

There will be an appeal; hopefully one that will balance the evidence with the action. And hopefully those who are responsible for setting the stage for Azarya’s actions will be held accountable.

There will perhaps, come a time when the so-called journalists are held accountable. After all, I firmly believe that the media in the United States and around the world had a strong role in handing Donald Trump the presidency. I think America was fed up with listening to the media tell them what they think and I can only hope the same feeling is coming to Israel.

Today certainly, Israelis were, for the most part, wondering why the police sent 300 security forces and a helicopter to guard against 200 non-violent protesters; why a sign that said “We love you, Elor” was considered incitement and why that idiot blonde reporter kept shivering and speaking about how at any moment violence was going to break out.

Maybe it’s a day for blondes (no offense, really I know some very smart blondes…some of my best friends are blonde) but by far, the stupidest post I saw today was the one by a “noted” blogger/journalist, well know for her radical left-wing posts.

not-my-son

“He is not my son,” she posted. Sadly, that statement says more about her than it does about Azarya. It says that while she may call herself an Israeli, she really has no clue what it means to be Israeli. Sure, she has a son who is like…7 or 8 years old…and the army is a distant and far off thing, if she even remains in Israel…and IF he even enters the army…

If all those things happen, though I doubt that they will, she will learn that even on the worst days in Israel, our greatest strength is that our soldiers ARE our sons. IF her son ever becomes a soldier, he will become part of one of the most loved armies in the world. No, not by the world, but by the people who he will promise to defend…if.

If she will choose to deny her son the love of a nation, that makes her a fool. If she would deny that our sons are hers, that just makes her pathetic.

On the worst of day, our greatest blessing is our children and our greatest truth and that which separates us from our enemies, is the collective soul of the Jewish people.

They are all our sons and daughters – when they are little and they fall in the playground and a dozen mothers rush to pick up the child, when they stand at their first army ceremony and promise to serve in honor, and even when they are called to raise a gun against our enemies. They ARE our sons. Azarya is ours.

Paula Stern

Arab Fugitives Captured, Money Cache Seized by Israeli Security Forces

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Israeli security forces captured five wanted suspects in Judea and Samaria late Wednesday night.

Three of the suspects are on the wanted list for terrorist activities.

IDF soldiers and Israeli Police officers working together with intelligence agents operating in the city of Hebron, meanwhile, seized thousands of shekels during a raid on a location in the area.

The money had been sent to the city from various terrorist organizations with messengers and handed over to specific contact people in the city, according to intelligence reports. Israeli personnel arrested the “contact” people along with the money on Wednesday night.

All personnel returned safely to base.

Hana Levi Julian

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