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After Orlando Bloodbath, Israeli Leaders ‘Stand Shoulder to Shoulder’ With US

Monday, June 13th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein expressed his condolences to US Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan over the deadly shooting at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida on Saturday night.

“On behalf of all the members of the Israeli Knesset, I would like to express our condolences and to join in the great sorrow of the tragedy that befell you and the deaths of innocent people from this crime,” said Edelstein to his US counterpart Speaker Ryan.

“Terrorism strikes everywhere and it does not differentiate between Orlando to Tel Aviv,” Edelstein continued. Only a few days earlier, two Arab terrorists murdered 3 Israeli civilians in a shooting in Tel Aviv.

“To my great dismay, the Israeli public is very familiar with the feelings of grief and anger caused by these events, and all we can do is to join hands in the fight against global terrorism,” added Edelstein.

Prime Minister Netanyahu conveyed similar condolences to the US earlier today during his weekly cabinet meeting.

“On behalf of the government and people of Israel, I would like to again express our condolences to the American people and the families at this especially difficult hour,” said Netanyahu. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people.”

Like Edelstein, Netanyahu had also called for unity against global terrorism.

“This terror threatens the entire world and it is necessary above all that the enlightened countries urgently unite to fight against it.”

President Rivlin shared his sympathies with US President Barack Obama on Sunday night, writing that “the Israeli people stand shoulder to shoulder with our American brothers and sisters in the moral and just fight against all forms of violence and hatred. On behalf of all of Israel, I send my condolences to the families of the victims, and prayers for a speedy recovery of the injured.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Flames Enveloping Apartment Building in Ramat Gan

Monday, June 13th, 2016

A fire that started on the ninth floor of an apartment building in Ramat Gan on Monday afternoon appears to have moved rapidly on to other floors in the tower-like structure.

It is not yet clear what started the blaze.

Flames and smoke were pouring out of the 15-floor apartment building at 164 Bialik Street in the Tel Aviv suburb as just one firefighting unit was starting to set up its equipment to fight the blaze.

Numerous other firefighter units from the Dan region soon followed, as did Magen David Adom emergency medical response paramedic teams, Israel Police units and other first responders.

The unit that was first on the scene was from the Fire and rescue Services division in the Dan region, fire officials said, adding that the top 10 floors of the building have already been damaged.

In addition, a number of vehicles parked near the building have also been damaged due to falling embers and other materials from the structure as it distintegrates from the blaze.

Due to the high temperatures and dry, windy conditions in the region, the flames appeared to have quickly spread to other floors in the building as well.

Volunteer firefighters from the surrounding communities in Bnei Brak, Givatayim, Giva’at Shmuel, and Tel Aviv also joined the firefighting forces to battle a blaze that quickly appeared to be getting out of control.

No injuries have been reported.

Hana Levi Julian

US Embassy in Tel Aviv Invites Signatures in a Book of Condolence

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has opened a Book of Condolence for people to sign in honor of the victims of the Orlando massacre.

The Book was placed on the sidewalk Monday (June 13) in front of the Embassy at 73 HaYarkon Street, and is available for signing from 2 pm to 7 pm local time.

It will also be available for guests to pay their respects and enter a thought or memory on Tuesday, June 14 through Thursday, June 16 from 10 am to 12 noon, and 2 pm to 4 pm.

May the memories of those who fell as victims of terror be for a blessing.

Hana Levi Julian

Closure around Yatta Relaxed

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The Israeli political echelon has ordered a relaxation of the IDF closure around the Arab village of Yatta in southern Hebron, according to a Walla report.

Following the Sarona terror attack in Tel Aviv last week, the IDF set up an impermeable closure around the village where the two terrorists originated from. Yatta is known as a hotbed of Islamic terrorism. Last week the IDF demolished the home of Murad Idais in Yatta. Murad Idais murdered Daphna Meir (38) of Otniel in front of her children in a terror attack on January 17, 2016.

According to the new guidelines, residents of Yatta will be allowed to enter and leave following a security check, except for those residents between the ages of 15 and 25, who will not be allowed to exit the village.

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Tel Aviv Shows Its Colors in Solidarity with Orlando

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The city of Tel Aviv made sure to show its colors as soon as possible in solidarity with the city of Orlando, Florida in the wake of the worst mass shooting ever recorded in American history.

The city lit up the municipal building to show its support.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin had already both issued statements extending condolences and support within minutes of learning about the attack.

In his tweet, Rivlin said, “To @POTUS: The attack against the LGBT community in #Orlando is cowardly & abhorrent. #Israel stands w/America in the fight against hatred.”

Netanyahu’s statement was a bit longer:

The attack on the Pulse Orlando night club just south of downtown in the city took the lives of 50 people and left another 53 wounded early Sunday morning.

Hundreds of others were deeply traumatized by the events. Dozens were held hostage by the 29-year-old gunman, an American-born citizen with parents who immigrated to the country from Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Omar Sadiqque Mateen swore allegiance to Islamic State and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a phone call to 911 just prior to carrying out his deadly attack.

Hana Levi Julian

UNSC Unanimously Condemn Tel Aviv Terror Shooting, State Dept. ‘Happy to Once Again Condemn’

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The credit for this one belongs entirely to Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon, who, in less than one year at a job to which he was appointed to get him out of PM Netanyahu’s and DM Ya’alon’s hair, appears to be making a difference in effectively representing Israel’s case in the most hostile international arena outside Khartum, Sudan. In a manner reminiscent of another UN envoy, Benjamin Netanyahu, Danon is not a complainer, he is an attacker, and he makes demands. Such as the demands he has made of the UN to at last treat the murder of innocent Jews by Arab terrorists in Tel Aviv as seriously as the did, say, the murdrer of innocent Frenchmen in Paris by Arab Terrorists. Well, last night they did.

For the first time since the wave of Arab terrorism began, on September 2015, on Thursday at 11:30 PM, the UN Security Council condemned the deadly shooting in the strongest terms, calling for the individuals behind “these reprehensible acts of terrorism” to be brought to justice. The council statement was approved by all 15 members. It expressed sympathy for the families of the four civilians killed and those who were injured, and “reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable.”

Also on Thursday, in the daily press briefing by Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Dept., reporter Arshad Mohammed asked Toner if he had anything more to say about the terror attack. Toner answered: “I’m happy to once again condemn yesterday’s terrible terrorist attacks in Tel Aviv.” Oh, for sure, this is gotcha’ journalism on our part, because, of course, Toner didn’t mean to say he was happy there was a terror attack — but the officious, businesslike manner in which the spokesperson treated the story and the statement conveyed how much empathy he really felt, which was probably somewhere between zero and one on the eleven-notch Spinal Tap volume scale.

The original State Dept. response, on Wednesday, sounded real, though: “The United States condemns today’s horrific terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in the strongest possible terms. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for those wounded. These cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified. We are in touch with Israeli authorities to express our support and concern.”

So we probably shouldn’t begrudge Toner his unfortunate expression of happiness.

The same reporter on Thursday continued, saying “the defense minister over there, Avigdor Liberman, has said that in the future Palestinians that are killed while carrying out attacks– their bodies will not be returned to their families. They’re going to be interred somewhere. Israel has a cemetery for enemies, I think.”

The Internet is rife with Arab media stories about Israel’s “cemetery for enemies.” It’s a real place, in the Jordan valley. Back in 2011, Prime Minister Netanyahu approved the transfer of 84 bodies from the Jordan Valley cemetery of enemy combatants to the Palestinian Authority. The Liberman new decision to stop returning terrorists’ bodies is a blessed step in the right direction, and a clear change in the IDF soft arm policy of Liberman’s predecessor. Turns out Israel now has a rightwing defense minister. Liberman also revoked thousands of entry permits issued to Judea, Samaria and Gaza Arabs for the month of Ramadan, added two IDF battalions to Judea and Samaria, and sent security forces to Yatta Village, home of the cousin terrorists who murdered four Israelis in Tel Aviv. If Liberman also gets those two the death penalty he could probably be Israel’s next prime minister.

About which Toner had to say: “We understand the Israeli Government’s desire to protect its citizens, after this kind of terrorist attack, and we strongly support that right. But we would hope that any measures it takes would also take into consideration the impact on Palestinian civilians, who are just trying to go about their daily lives.”

We’ll see what we can do.

David Israel

Netanyahu Reveals 3rd Terrorist Captured in Sarona Market Attack

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Tel Aviv (TPS) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Thursday night that Israel has apprehended a collaborator in Wednesday night’s deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv that killed four Israelis.

“We caught the man who collaborated with the murderers,” said Netanyahu at the Sarona Market in central Tel Aviv, the scene of the terror attack.

Although the collaborator along with two suspects in last night’s shooting attack, cousins Khaled Muhammed Musa Mkhamra and Muhammed Ahmed Mkhamra, have already been taken into Israeli custody, Netanyahu said that security forces will implement extra security precautions.

“We decided on a number of firm steps,” said the prime minister. “We have quarantined Yatta.” Both Mkhamra suspects are residents of the village of Yatta, located south of Hebron, where IDF forces made a number of arrests on Wednesday after the attack.

“We cancelled hundreds of work permits for members of their clan,” continued Netanyahu. “We have also halted the easing of tens of thousands of Ramadan visits in Israel, we have increased security forces in the buffer zone and here in Tel Aviv, and we decided on taking more steps that I will not provide details for here.”

The prime minister also criticized the Palestinian Authority for failing to join the international community in unequivocally condemning the terror attack.

The Hamas terror group in Gaza openly praised the attack. The office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the harming of civilians – without referencing the specific attack – while his Fatah party described the attack as a “natural and automatic response” to Israeli actions.

“I have not heard such a condemnation from the Palestinian Authority, although I did hear the rejoicing in Gaza and other parts of Palestinian society in Judea and Samaria,” said Netanyahu, referring to spontaneous celebrations that broke out in Palestinian communities as news of the deadly attack spread.

“It only reminds us whom and what we are dealing with.”

Nonetheless, Netanyahu expressed a determined effort on the part of Israelis to continue living the day-to-day routine.

“They will not overwhelm us,” said Netanyahu. “I can even see that life around us is back on track.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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