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August 28, 2014 / 2 Elul, 5774
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Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’

Shabbat Roundup [video]

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Sirens went off a dozen times from the beginning of Shabbat, as Hamas launched rockets and mortars at Israel.

A rocket his a central bus station, and 2 rockets also hit inside a kibbutz, and no red alert went off in that attack.

In response, Israel struck over 30 terror sites in Gaza on Saturday.

5 Gazans were killed, including 2 terrorists on a motorcycle, and a senior Hamas official.

Strike on 2 terrorists on a motorcycle:

5 Gazan were also killed on Friday after Israel responded to Friday’s barrage of rockets from Gaza.

Strike on rocket launcher placed near Mosque:

In Judea and Samaria, 1 Palestinian Authority Arab was killed and dozens wounded when they took up Hamas’s call for violence in Israel’s territories.

3 Suspects Arrested in Ma’ale Adumim Stabbing

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Police arrested 3 suspects in Azariyah that may have been involved in the stabbing of the 60 year old Ma’aleh Adumim guard earlier today.

The guard was taken to Hadassah hospital, and following surgery is now listed in moderate to light condition.

Ben Gurion U Develops New Personality Profiling Method to Utilize Against Hamas

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

BEER-SHEVA, Israel, August 4, 2014 – The ability to understand the minds of political leaders is an important aspect of strategic intelligence. In this context, personality profiling is a common practice that has traditionally relied on the expertise and intuition of human psychologists, according to researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

However, BGU professors of psychology, Yair Neuman, Golan Shahar and programmer Yochai Cohen are introducing a novel computer-supported methodology for personality profiling which will be published in the American Intelligence Journal. The methodology aims to help stakeholders better understand strategic competitors and allies for both rationally and for psychologically managing their policy. The professors cited the current conflict with Hamas as a prime example.

“If we characterize Khaled Mashal as someone with a psychopathic personality, then we would expect him to feel omnipotent, fearless, to perceive others (particularly Israel) as weak and vulnerable, and that his relationships revolve around games of ‘predator-prey.’ A man like that won’t be significantly affected by injury to innocent citizens or the destruction of infrastructure because he lacks the ability to empathize. He will manipulate and defraud in the pursuit of his own personal interest. In this case, any attempt to simulate empathy, or to try and appeal to his emotions is a strategy doomed to fail,” explained Professor Neuman.

“These insights are highly important in understanding the personality and planning a campaign against it,” added Neuman.

Mashal is one Hamas leader-turned tycoon who has amassed a fortune worth $2.6 billion, among other Hamas leaders who have made millions from the flourishing tunnel industry and fundraising as the unemployment rate in Gaza stands at 40% and Gazans suffer in poverty. In addition, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has capital worth $4 million and has arranged for family members including his sons and daughters to live in beautiful homes in the Gaza Strip, worth at least $1 million each. During the recent war, media reports surfaced of Khaled Mashal living a lavish lifestyle out of a luxury hotel in Qatar.

The ability to understand one’s enemy is an important card in any battle. Psychologists have been building personality profiles of leaders for years, explain BGU experts.

“The CIA built a personality profile of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein which explained to the Bush Administration that what they attributed to a lack of rationality actually derived from the Middle Eastern rationale of ‘showing off’. In other words, so long as the leader is not defeated once and for all or publicly humiliated, the entire struggle with the US, even if it comes at a catastrophic price to his fighters and citizens, will be perceived as a victory and a symbol of masculinity.”

“This conclusion offers a clear lesson for the current struggle against Hamas as well,” concluded Neuman.

Stabbing Near Maaleh Adumim

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

2:08pm In the stabbing incident near Maaleh Adumim, the Israel Police state that a person stabbed a security guard at the entrance to Maaleh Adumim and ran off to the nearby Aza’riya village.

The wounded person’s condition has been upgraded to light-moderate and was evacuated to the hospital.

1:57pm Stabbing attack at the entrance to Maaleh Adumim — a security guard was stabbed and is in moderate to serious condition, and on his way to the hospital for treatment. Motive of the attack is not clear at this time. Will post details when available.

Updated: Terrorist Shooting in Jerusalem

Monday, August 4th, 2014

4:40pm The injured Israeli is an IDF soldier, who was on his way home. He was seriously injured.

4:28pm Ongoing manhunt for terrorist who shot at a Bus Stop Shelter near the Har HaZofim Tunnel entrance. Terrorist shot an Israeli in the stomach, ran a hundred meters away where he was picked up by a motorcycle. The terrorists fled to the nearby Wadi Jos Eastern Jerusalem neighborhood. Helicopters overhead in Jerusalem.

4:20pm Breaking News: Israeli civilian moderately wounded by gunfire in Jerusalem near the Har HaTzofim/Mount Scopus tunnel entrance. The shooting happened near the hitchhiking post.

Police are in a manhunt after the alleged terrorist shooter who was riding a motorcycle.

Infiltration and Stabbing in Neve Tzuf Halamish Home

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

There was a reported infiltration into the town of Neve Tzuf Halamish in the Binyamin region, on Sunday afternoon.

Arabs broke into a home in Neve Tzuf, while the owners were in the house. A struggle ensued, and the Arabs apparently stabbed one person, who was lightly wounded.

The Arabs ran away.

The settlement was rebuilt on the ruins of an ancient Jewish Talmudic village.

IDF Soldier Kidnapped in Battle During Cease Fire

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Updated: An IDF soldier was kidnapped this morning in Rafah (Rafiach) at 9:30am.

Hamas terrorists attacked IDF troops this morning during the cease fire, a fierce battle ensued, at it is believed they managed to kidnap a soldier. CNN reports that a suicide bomber was used.

They have made numerous attempts, since the war began, to abduct soldiers, and this may have been their goal all along.

The soldier’s family has been notified.

3:00pm The soldier has been identified as:

Hadar ben Hedva Leah

2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin (23), Givati, From Kfar Saba

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-soldier-possibly-kidnapped-in-battle-during-cease-fire/2014/08/01/

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