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September 2, 2015 / 18 Elul, 5775
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Update: Iron Dome Anti-Missile Batteries Deployed in Southern Israel

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Iron Dome anti-missile defense systems were deployed Thursday in areas between the coastal port cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod. The system was also deployed Thursday in the northern Negev city of Be’er Sheva, where the system has not been deployed since last summer’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas and allied terrorists in Gaza.

Security coordinators for communities in the Gaza Belt and other districts in southern Israel have been warned of possible rocket fire by Gaza terrorists.

Rocket fire was launched at northern Israel from the Syrian side of the border late Thursday afternoon. Two rockets exploded in open fields in the Galilee Panhandle, setting ripening crops ablaze. Two more rockets exploded in the Golan Heights and ignited fires in fields there as well. Firefighting crews were backed by by firefighter aircraft in helping to extinguish the flames.

Israel Defense Forces and local security personnel have been placed on high alert in response to the deteriorating health condition of Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Mohammed Alla’an, hospitalized at Barzilai Medical Center.

The Gaza-based, Iranian-backed PIJ terror group has threatened to launch attacks against Israel if the hunger-striker dies.

Alla’an, who was held on administrative detention in connection with terror activity, has caused himself brain damage after refusing to eat for more than 60 days. It is not clear whether or not the damage is reversible.

Israel’s High Court of Justice order the state to suspend Alla’an’s detention and to allow his family unrestricted visitation. However, he and his family will need to seek permission from the Court if he chooses to seek leave or seek care elsewhere.

Alla’an was resedated Wednesday evening for the second time in a week due to his medical condition.

ISIS Bombs Egyptian National Security Building

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The front wall of a national security building in Cairo was ripped apart when a massive car bomb exploded at around 2 am Thursday.

At least 29 people were injured in the blast, including 11 soldiers and police officers. The explosion blew the facades off nearby buildings in the residential neighborhood.

The Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack. No deaths were reported.

Netanyahu: Israel is ‘Ready for Any Eventuality’ Posed by Iran

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, accompanied IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot on Tuesday (August 18) to tour the northern district and scan the Lebanese border.

The prime minister and defense minister then visited the IDF Northern Command headquarters, where they were briefed by GOC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

Speaking with media, Netanyahu addressed the ongoing threat to Israel posed by Iranian proxies in Lebanon and Syria. “The ruler of Iran, [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei, said yesterday, and I quote, ‘We will take all measures to support all those who fight against Israel.’

“Iranian Foreign Minister [Javad] Zarif said in Beirut a few days ago, at a meeting with the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, and I quote, ‘The nuclear agreement has created an historic opportunity to stand against the Zionist entity.’

“What we have said all along is being seen as correct and accurate. The money that will flow to Iran in the wake of the nuclear agreement will serve it to strengthen the terrorist organizations operating against us, in its name and under its auspices, in the avowed goal to destroy Israel.

“The IDF is strong. The State of Israel is strong. We are ready for any eventuality. Those who try to attack us – we will hurt them,” Netanyahu warned.

Defense Minister Ya’alon concurred. “I would like to commend IDF soldiers and commanders in general, and those of Northern Command in particular, for safeguarding our borders and maintaining quiet along them, despite what is happening on the other side, for their professionalism, which is allowing thousands of tourists to travel throughout the north.

“On the Golan Heights it is not quiet and those who do not want quiet are the Iranians, who are trying to use proxies to carry out attacks against us.

“Representatives of the Revolutionary Guards are currently waiting for the implementation of the bad agreement that is being formulated with the major powers in order to send more money to Hezbollah and the other terrorist organizations, both on the Golan Heights and in the Palestinian arena.

“Of course, the IDF is prepared; it will continue to not allow violations of sovereignty on the Golan Heights.

“In Judea and Samaria as well, as you have seen, it is not quiet. There are attempted knife attacks on an almost daily basis.

“Again, I would like to commend IDF soldiers and Border Police personnel for responding quickly and professionally against all those who try to raise a hand or a knife against IDF soldiers or civilians.

“We will continue to not allow any terrorist element to attack our soldiers and civilians. Moreover, we will continue to take various steps against terrorism.

“This week I approved the demolition of more terrorists’ homes, terrorists who already committed their crimes, as part of our deterrent moves to prevent terrorism,” he added.

Egypt Establishes Anti-Terror Criminal Justice System

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The Egyptian government is creating an entire wraparound system to deal with terrorism from the grassroots level, to the courts.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi approved on Sunday a new anti-terrorism law to set up special courts to deal with terror crimes. The law also lists sentences for the various crimes, ranging from a minimum of five years, up to and including the death penalty.

Conviction on charges of forming or leading a “terrorist entity” under the new law will be punishable by life in prison or death. Membership in a “terrorist entity” will carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Being pronounced guilty on charges of financing a “terrorist group” will also be punished with life in prison – a sentence similar to that in the United States, which carries a minimum of 25 years of incarceration.

Incitement to violence – which in Egypt includes “promoting ideas that call for violence” – will be punishable by a penalty of five to seven years in prison. Such incitement can also include creation or use of a website to carry such ideas, according to the new law.

In addition, the legislation provides protection in connection for those “performing their duties” while enforcing the law. Security personnel have been at the forefront of the battle against the terrorist groups attempting to topple el-Sisi’s government in the past two years.

The changes were made against the backdrop of an escalating war on terror that has become increasingly vicious after a car bombing that took the life of the nation’s attorney general and chief public prosecutor in July.

Egyptian security forces have been faced with an ongoing war with terrorist entities operating in the Sinai Peninsula such as the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sinai Province organization (formerly Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis), the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Hamas terrorists who are also providing support to Sinai Province, and the Iranian sponsored Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

Arab Bank Settles NY Fed Court Case over Hamas Terror Attacks

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Jordan’s Arab Bank Plc has agreed to an out-of-court settlement with 500 U.S. citizens in a lawsuit charging the bank with fiscal liability for Hamas terrorist attacks during the second intifada.

The bank was set to face the start of a trial on Monday with 17 plaintiffs that was to determine the potential amount of total financial damages to be paid, an amount that could have reached millions of dollars.

Michael Eisner, attorney for the plaintiffs, confirmed the settlement on Friday, as did a spokesperson for the Arab Bank. Neither disclosed the terms of the agreement, which are to be finalized over the next few months.

The Arab Bank was accused of knowingly maintaining accounts for Hamas operatives and facilitating payments to families of suicide bombers and those imprisoned or injured during the second intifada, beginning in 2000.

Arab Bank argued it had properly screened account holders and transactions against lists of designated terrorist organizations.

In September 2014 a jury in federal district court in Brooklyn, New York found the bank liable under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act for 24 terror attacks carried out by Hamas terrorists more than a decade ago in and around Israel.

The Bank of China, Credit Lyonnais SA, HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, among others, are all facing similar claims.

Influential Chicago Jewish Federation Says ‘No’ to IranDeal

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The Jewish Federation of Chicago has added its voice to the growing opposition to the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration with Iran. In doing so, joining at least 17 other Jewish groups who have already expressed their opposition to the agreement.

In a statement released Friday after a three-hour meeting, the board of directors said a “majority opinion emerged and was adopted: to call on Congress to oppose the JCPOA as originally submitted, and to ask legislators to work with the Administration to produce better solutions addressing Iran’s nuclear program.”

The board noted that it had met with officials from the Obama administration, Israel, independent experts and members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, in addition to discussing the matter with “many hundreds” of its own community members.

The influential Jewish United Fund / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, which claims to represent “the diversity of our beloved Chicago Jewish community,” sees an annual revenue of some $100 million. The organization also coordinates the collective policies and programs of 46 constituent Jewish organizations through its support of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Although President Barack Obama continues to claim that “war” is the only alternative to approving the deal with Iran, those who oppose the agreement don’t see it that way; neither does the Chicago Jewish Federation.

In its statement, the board said Friday: “Iran’s threats to annihilate the US and Israel, its role as the leading state-sponsor of terrorism, its destabilizing of neighboring countries including US allies, its theocratic, anti-democratic regime, its abysmal human rights record, and its Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism must no longer be rationalized or minimized. It is long past time to place Tehran where it belongs on the world’s political map: isolated and ostracized. Hence, no nuclear accord should provide Iran with an unearned ‘express pass’ to international legitimacy.”

The board pledged to continue its past work against a nuclear Iran, which has included the creation of “United Against a Nuclear Iran,” and passage of Iran divestment legislation in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois.

In addition, the board said it would pressure the U.S. government to intensify international efforts against Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and to upgrade military cooperation with Israel, including the possibility of adding Israel as a member of NATO, among other pledges.

Treasury Official Explains How US Will Stop Iranian Terror Financing

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The U.S. says it will continue targeting Iranian support for terror even with the nuclear deal that is set to lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

U.S. Treasury acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes Adam Szubin testified Wednesday before a Senate Banking Committee on the matter along with Wendy Sherman, undersecretary of state for public affairs.

Szubin said it will take at least six to nine months for Iran to fulfill the necessary conditions for initial sanctions relief to begin. “It will take until at least 2022 — even with sanctions relief — for Iran to get back to where it would have been absent our sanctions,” he claimed. “Iran has foregone approximately $160 billion in oil revenue alone since 2012, after our sanctions reduced Iran’s oil exports by 60 percent. This money is lost and cannot be recovered,” Szubin said in written testimony.

In addition, if Iran is found to be violating any of its commitments under the deal, U.S. sanctions could be reimposed “in a matter of days,” he maintained.

“When the JCPOA goes into effect, there will be no immediate relief from UN, EU, or U.S. sanctions. There is no ‘signing bonus.’ Only if Iran fulfills the necessary nuclear conditions—which will roll back its nuclear program and extend its breakout time five-fold to at least one year—will the United States lift sanctions. We expect that to take at least six to nine months. Until Iran completes those steps, we are simply extending the limited relief that has been in place for the last year and a half under the Joint Plan of Action. There will not be a cent of new sanctions relief.

“Upon “Implementation Day,” when phased relief would begin, the United States will lift nuclear- related secondary sanctions targeting third-country parties conducting business with Iran, including in the oil, banking, and shipping sectors. These measures were imposed in response to the security threat from Iran’s nuclear program; accordingly, they will be suspended in exchange for verifiable actions to alleviate that threat.

“As we phase in nuclear-related sanctions relief, we will maintain and enforce significant sanctions that fall outside the scope of this deal, including our primary U.S. trade embargo. Our embargo will continue to prohibit U.S. persons from investing in Iran, importing or exporting to Iran most goods and services, or otherwise dealing with most Iranian persons and companies.

“Iranian banks will not be able to clear U.S. dollars through New York, hold correspondent account relationships with U.S. financial institutions, or enter into financing arrangements with U.S. banks. Nor will Iran be able to import controlled U.S.-origin technology or goods, from anywhere in the world. In short, Iran will continue to be denied access to the world’s principal financial and commercial market. The JCPOA provides for only minor exceptions to this broad prohibition.”

“As we address the most acute threat posed by Iran, its nuclear program, we will be aggressively countering the array of Iran’s other malign activities,” Szubin went on.

“The JCPOA in no way limits our ability to do so, and we have made our posture clear to both Iran and to our partners. This means that the United States will maintain and continue to vigorously enforce our powerful sanctions targeting Iran’s backing for terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.

“In the last two months alone, for example, we designated 11 Hezbollah military officials and affiliated companies and businessmen. We will also continue our campaign against Hezbollah’s sponsors in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force; Iran’s support to the Houthis in Yemen; its backing of Assad’s regime in Syria; and its domestic human rights abuses. We will also maintain the U.S. sanctions against Iran’s missile program and the IRGC writ large.

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