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January 26, 2015 / 6 Shevat, 5775
 
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Cairo Razing Rafah to Create Gaza Buffer

Friday, January 9th, 2015

This is the Tale of Two Cities: Old Rafah, and New Rafah – that is, the Egyptian half of the Gaza city that currently straddles the border with Egypt, and the one soon to be on the drawing boards of /Egyptian engineers.

North Sinai District Governor Abd al-Fattah Harour told journalists at a news briefing Wednesday that Egypt has decided to raze Rafah to the ground – at least, the part that exists on Egypt’s side of the border.

“A new Rafah city is being established with residential zones appropriate to the nature and traditions of the residents of Rafah,” Harour said, according to the Ma’an news agency.

He confirmed that engineering units have already been authorized to begin work on the project.

Egypt is currently evacuating some 2,044 families from 1,220 homes located on a stretch of land along the border with Gaza. The families are to be compensated for the loss of their homes and also will receive additional funds with which to rent new accommodations until they can find new places to live.

The evacuation is being carried out in preparation for creation of a wider buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza. Original plans a year ago called for a buffer of 500 meters; the current buffer zone is to measure at least a kilometer wide.

However, this latest development has come about because the existence of the city of Rafah still constitutes a military weak point for Egypt vis a vis Gaza and Hamas, as it does for Israel.

Rafah is also the sole international crossing which is not under Israel’s control and which remains vulnerable to seizure by international terrorists. (In Jordan, the sole crossing with Iraq was shut down last year after the Iraq side was seized by terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). European monitors in Rafah who were supposed to remain at the site to “keep the peace” and maintain its neutrality abandoned their posts at the first sign of danger years ago.

On January 23, 2008 Hamas blew a hole in the security barrier built in 2003 near the Rafah crossing, destroying a significant part of the wall. The United Nations estimated that as many as 750,000 Gazans flooded through that hole into Egypt from that day forward until the breach was repaired, 11 days later. Many came to shop for food and supplies, but several thousand were also wanted terrorists; Israel Police raised the alert in the Jewish State knowing it was likely these “shoppers” were also purchasing “supplies.”

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization was spawned by Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization. The group has sparked endless anti-government attacks in Egypt, and developed alliances with other groups, leading to further problems.

During the recent brief reign of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s predecessor, Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist-majority parliament, Sinai became saturated with radical Islamist terrorists.

Terror groups such as the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which recently swore allegiance to ISIS, grew there exponentially. Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda-linked Army of Islam Salafis also planted bases in Sinai as well.

In particular, Hamas honeycombed the area under the border in Rafah with tunnels which they used for smuggling military supplies and luxury items into Gaza – and terrorists out, in to Sinai and elsewhere.

It is this activity the Cairo government is determined to end. Egypt’s security personnel have destroyed hundreds of terrorist tunnels over the past 18 months, but they are often rebuilt when Hamas obtains new supplies.

As international aid organizations bring concrete and other building materials into the enclave to “help” the poverty stricken Palestinian Authority residents rebuild their homes, Hamas confiscates the items to reconstruct their terror tunnel network. It’s an expensive project: each tunnel costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to build.

Report: ‘Raid in Progress’ in Hunt for Paris Terrorists

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

French police narrowed down their search and told media late Wednesday night local time that a raid is currently in progress at a city “some distance” from Paris — but would say little else. It is possible that authorities have tracked down and cornered the terrorists who attacked the offices of a much-loved and very irreverent satiric magazine in Paris earlier in the day.

Sources said police positively identified the terrorists who earlier in the day had slaughtered 12 people at the offices of the Paris-based French satiric magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo‘ and wounded 11 others.

The suspects were identified as Said and Cherif Kouachi, ages 34 and 32 respectively — brothers of Algerian descent — and Hamid Mourad, age 18. All three are French nationals. Said allegedly has previously faced terrorism charges in connection with his membership in an Iraqi-linked terror organization in metro Paris that has since been dismantled by authorities, Fox News reported. The group was tied to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), authorities said.

All three spoke fluent, colloquial French. One shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is Great!) in Arabic at the start of the attack. Another reportedly proclaimed “The prophet (Islam’s founder, Muhammed) is avenged!” as they were leaving the scene.

Analysts said all three appeared highly trained and experienced in the way they were handling their AK47 assault rifles and in the way they carried out the attack, one even stopping to pick up a shoe that was dropped as they headed to their getaway car to escape.

 

 

Suspects Identified in France Terror Attack, Demonstrators Tell Victims: ‘We Are Charlie’

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

French security personnel  are searching for three terrorists — all French nationals — who murdered 12 people and wounded a dozen more at the offices of a satiric magazine in Paris that had previously published cartoon depictions of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammed.

The suspects have been identified as two brothers from the Paris region, approximately age 32 and 34. The third man is approximately age 18, not related and is from the northeastern city of Reims, police said. All three speak a fluent, colloquial French.

French police said the elder brother was previously tried on charges of terrorism. He was a member of an Iraqi terrorist network in the Paris area that was dismantled by security personnel, Fox News reported Wednesday night. The group had ties to Algiers, Yemen and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), authorities said.

The elder brother and his co-terrorists carried out a massive, methodical attack Wednesday on specific journalists at the offices of the satirical weekly magazine, ‘Charlie Hebdo’. The editor of the magazine and two police officers who responded to the attack were among the dead.

A young female cartoonist at the magazine who arrived with her small daughter was grabbed by the terrorists and ordered to tap in the security code allowing the attackers to enter the building. She and her daughter raced to cover, huddling under a desk, as she watched with horror while the men quickly but calmly fired AK47 assault rifles to kill her co-workers, first asking each his or her name, one by one. At the start of the assault, at least one of the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is Great! in Arabic) and while leaving the building, one allegedly proclaimed, “The prophet is avenged!”

After completing their bloody mission the attackers – suspected radical Islamists – raced out to a getaway car. They are still at large at this time, with security personnel across Europe. There are currently five million Muslims in France, comprising approximately eight percent of the total population in the country.  Moreover, the suspects may have a head start due to the fact that France is part of the European Union, with its borders wide open, without any security or border checkpoints between EU member nations.

Thousands of French citizens have gathered in cities around the country to show their solidarity with the victims of the attack, waving signs that read (in French) “I Am Charlie.” A huge neon sign proclaimed the same message from a billboard above the crowd: “Nous sommes Charlie” (We Are Charlie.)

France has raised its security level to the highest alert possible nationwide, and other countries have tightened security measures around vulnerable targets as well.

In New York City, police officers were posted outside the French Consulate. NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton said, however, there appears to be no sign of any direct threat to the city at this time.

Naftali Bennett Invites Tzipi Livni to France

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

In a scathing attack, Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett suggested to Tzipi Livni that she get on a plane to Paris and offer to solve their problems.

Bennett made his statements today at the College for Administration in Rishon L’Tzion.

Bennett continued his sarcastic attack and said Livni could head up France’s negotiations and offer them a political horizon. She should suggest the French end their occupation for peace, and they should apologize for the cartoon – after all that always works.

For good measure Bennett added that Livni should tell them that peace is made with enemies, and they have a partner, and they can divide Paris, and give it to the Islamic fundamentalists. Her advice worked so well in Lebanon and Gaza, she should offer them her political experience.

It is unlikely that Livni will take Bennett’s advice.

Court Sends Mastermind of Murderers of 3 Yeshiva Teens to Jail for Life

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

A military court Tuesday handed down a sentence of three life terms in prison for the Hamas mastermind terrorist who planned and helped carry out the kidnapping and murders of three yeshiva students last summer.

Three life sentences make it less likely that the terrorist, Hussam Hassan Kawasame, will be eligible for parole, but that does not mean Israelis can feel safe that he will be behind bars for life.

A life sentence in Israel does not really mean spending one’s life in prison, unless you are Yigal Amir, who is in jail, where he should stay forever, for the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Most “lifers” win parole or, if they are terrorists, like Samir Kuntar, usually are freed.

Kuntar is from Lebanon and  is considered of having carried out one of the most brutal terrorist attacks in 1979 when he murdered a father in front if his 4-year-old daughter and then killer by smashing her skull against  beach rocks.

He was sentenced to life but released in 2008 as part of a deal for the Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, in return of the bodies of two Israel reservists, who were kidnapped and murdered by Hezbollah terrorists in 2006.

Kawasame, the Hamas terrorist sentenced on Tuesday, was behind the kidnap-murders of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah in June. He pocketed $75,000 given to him by his superiors in Gaza to buy weapons for his co-terrorists.

The death sentenced in legal in Israel but never has been carried out, except in the case of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

Kawasame did not testify at the sentencing, but the IDF prosecutor told the court that the terrorist had said that the yeshiva boys were not human beings and could be killed because they were Jews.

The other two terrorists who participated in the kidnap-murders were killed in a clash with the IDF last September.

The mastermind, who is considered to be human, is alive.

Israeli Intelligence Leads to Capture of ISIS Cell in Hebron

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Israeli security personnel captured a three-man Islamic State terrorist cell in Hebron two months ago before it could carry out an imminent plot to murder an Israeli soldier and steel his weapon., the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) reported Sunday after lifting a gag order.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) identified the terrorists, all in their 20s, as Ahmed Shahada, Mohammed Zaro, and Qassai Div Masawada, all of them resident of Hebron.

Shahada confessed to the plot, which included a shooting attack on Jews in Hebron, and admitted to trying to detonate bomb to kill IDF soldiers and to assembling other bombs.

There is no indication that the cell was under direct command of the Islamic State. The terrorist trio began meeting this past summer and adopted the ISIS flag and ideology.

They almost carried out an attempt to disguise themselves as Israeli soldiers with stolen uniforms and then murder soldiers, but they backed off at the last moment.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that their citizenship might be revoked, but if they get the punishment they deserve, it won’t matter.

Israeli intelligence has been the silent hero – and silent is the way it is supposed to be – in the war on terror.

Shin Bet and IDF intelligence units work 24/7, have informants throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza and  sort through thousands of Arabic-language documents and social material sources to put together the dots that track down terrorist cells.

Palestinian Authority Wants to Join Interpol

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority wants to join Interpol after having been accepted as an observer but not a full member three years ago because it did not have control of defined borders.

The Abbas regime thinks it now has a majority of Interpol’s members to be accepted.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Interior Ahmed al-Rabie told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, joining Interpol will give the PA the ability to take part in fighting cross-border crimes and fighting terrorism, money laundering, corruption, arms trade, and human trafficking.

The question remains which terrorism the Palestinian Authority would fight, or aid.

PA police also will get their hands on information from other police forces around the world about international criminal networks, and the Palestinian Authority would be able to extradite wanted Arabs from other countries, especially enemies of Mahmoud Abbas.

Interpol, despite its official policy of being politically neutral, has been accused of being anything but neutral.

Its constitution states, “It is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”

Now take a look at a few of the members of Interpol and figure how much it fights, or aids, terror:

Afghanistan

Algeria

Egypt

Libya

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Chile

China

Colombia

Iran

Iraq

UAE

Yemen

Venezeula

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