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February 11, 2016 / 2 Adar I, 5776

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Terror Attack Foiled in Hebron Near Beit Hadassah

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A wannabe Arab terrorist was arrested Thursday in Hebron after he threw away a knife after being asked by IDF soldiers to stop for a routine search at a checkpoint.

The incident took place close to the Beit Hadassah building in the Jewish quarter.

The suspect was taken into custody and transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

IDF Troops Arrest 14 Terror Suspects

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Israeli soldiers arrested 14 wanted Arab terror suspects in various operations late Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

The arrests took place in different locations throughout the Judea and Samaria regions.

The suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Discounted Guns to Be Sold to Beitar Illit Residents Amid Terror Attacks

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

Beitar Illit (TPS) – In an effort to bolster security in the ultra-Orthodox city of Beitar Illit, located in Judea, which has experienced several knife attacks, the city municipality announced that a sale of handguns and various gun accessories will take place on Wednesday evening, January 6 in the Matnas on 2 Breslev Street. Representatives from the area’s security division will provide assistance to those seeking a gun license.

“Due to the current security situation, there will be a discount sale this evening in Beitar Illit where Glock handguns, accessories and holsters will be sold at extremely cheap prices. Representatives from the security division of the town will also provide assistance to applicants for gun licences,” related a local announcement.

In an interview with TPS, a Beitar Illit municipality spokesperson, who asked to be unnamed, explained that residents of the city should acquire guns for self defense as the community is flanked by three Arab villages in the Gush Etzion bloc. A terror attack back in November was perpetuated by an Arab villager from the local Husan village.

“Beitar Illit is located in Gush Etzion. The whole of Israel is in a stormy period and a large majority of Beitar Illit residents don’t carry a weapon,” the spokesperson said. He added that the precarious security situation combined with the cultural and religious nature of Beitar Illit rendered the area a particularly sensitive target for terrorist attacks.

“It is a haredi town so most of the residents don’t do the army, they don’t understand guns but they do want to. Therefore the municipality decided to put on an advisory evening where license forms will be distributed and explanations will be given on what they need to do to acquire a gun.”

The spokesperson also said that many of the terrorist attacks attempted or carried out thus far were thwarted by civilians who carried a gun. However, given that there is a conspicuously low number of civilians who have a licence to bear a firearm, “security guards, the police and ministers have called upon the residents to carry weapons. The people themselves understand the need also,” he said.

He added that “more and more people are applying for weapons throughout Israel.” Indeed, statistics shared with TPS by a spokesperson at the Ministry of Public Security seem to corroborate that many people in Israel do see the need to acquire a gun license.

According to the ministry, between October and December 2015, there were 13,124 applications for a gun license, of which 7,500 were approved. Between the months of May and July 2015, there were just 1,500 applications.

In the beginning of October as the terror cycle escalated, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, called upon civilians who were legally permitted to own a gun to carry them in the streets.

“Every time there is tension, I instruct people who are licensed to carry weapons and are experienced in using them to carry their guns with them. You’ll see that in many cases, those who neutralized terrorists were citizens who weren’t necessarily police officers,” Barkat told Army Radio.

German Chancellor’s Office Sealed Off Due to Suspicious Package

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Security personnel sealed off the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday due to the presence of a suspicious package.

A spokesperson for German Federal Police told the Reuters news agency, “We are investigating a suspicious package,” but gave few other details.

The size of the package is not known, nor when or how it arrived, or what it contains.

An eyewitness quoted by the news agency said there were four plastic yellow postal crates in the area that is roped off.

European nations have been operating at a heightened alert since last month when governments across the continent received a series of threats and terror alerts.

On November 13, France endured one of the worst terrorist attacks to strike the country since World War II, leaving 130 dead and hundreds more injured.

The multi-site attacks were carried out nearly simultaneously by members of the radical Islamist Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization.

The group has since issued numerous threats against other governments in Europe, as well as those of the United States and Israel as well.

Last month, Da’esh terror chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warned in a new audio threat that his terrorist army is “getting closer every day” to striking Israel. However, the authenticity of the tape could not be confirmed.

Like Hezbollah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah, who has been forced to remain in hiding since the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel, it is likely that al-Baghdadi is also moving from place to place in hopes of keeping his body and soul together.

Numerous Da’esh commanders and field officers have been eliminated over the past weeks due to intensive bombing by Russian and U.S.-led coalition forces.

Lassana Bathily Returns to the Hyper Cacher

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Lassana Bathily, the man who saved the lives of shoppers in France’s “Hyper Cacher” terror attack last year, returned to the Paris shop on January 5, 2016.

He and French President Francois Hollande attended a Tuesday morning commemorative ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in the “Hyper Cacher” supermarket last year.

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Tel Aviv Residents “Can Calm Down” as Manhunt For Israeli-Arab Gunman Continues

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Tel Aviv (TPS) – After four days of fruitless efforts to locate and capture the terrorist who killed three men and injured seven in a Tel Aviv shooting attack on New Year’s Day, Israel’s police commissioner attempted to calm down residents who have since been experiencing tensions throughout the city.

“We can update that as of this morning, tensions in the Tel Aviv area can be significantly reduced,” said Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh on Tuesday, January 5, during a condolence visit at a victim’s house. Alsheikh said he would not elaborate any further so as to not harm the ongoing investigation.

Since Friday, January 1, Israeli police have been combing through Tel Aviv and the surrounding cities for 30-year-old Nashat Melhem, an Israeli Arab from Arara in northern Israel, who is suspected of committing the attack.

Security footage shows Melhem exiting a grocery store in the late afternoon on Friday, and starting to shoot civilians at a popular bar on Dizengoff Street. Two people were killed and seven were wounded. According to the police, the shooter then fled by taxi towards the city’s northern neighborhoods, where he murdered the taxi driver, abandoned the taxi and fled.

The terrorist has since evaded the police, who have many forces searching for him and responding to any reported sightings of him by citizens.

Melhem’s father, who had condemned his son’s actions and called upon him to turn himself in, was arrested on Tuesday, January 5 under the suspicion of assisting his son. Unconfirmed reports on the same day indicated that it is possible that Melhem managed to flee and reach northern Israel.

Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh explained during his visit to victim Alon Bakal’s home that no updates on the investigation were being published in the media since it would hinder the investigation.

“We are focused on one single objective, which is to capture the murderer,” said Alsheikh, whose previous position was deputy head of the Shin Bet. “That’s our job, and we will not do anything that disrupts or hinders the pursuit.”

“This is why we have adopted a policy of not communicating or publicizing details of the investigation,” added Alsheikh. “Every such detail reduces our ability to achieve quick results, and endangers our forces’ safety.”

Alsheikh also delivered condolences to the families of the other two victims of Friday’s attack, Shimon Ruimi and taxi driver Amin Shaaban. “I also wish a full recovery to all those wounded in the terrorist attack.”

Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog Blasts Netanyahu For Ongoing Wave of Terror

Monday, January 4th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog lashed out at Prime Minister Netanyahu for the incessant knife, vehicular, and shooting attacks being perpetrated throughout Israel. Herzog told listeners at a Zionist Union meeting on Monday, December 4 that rather than addressing terror, Netanyahu “has been inciting against Israeli citizens. This is an unprecedented low moral standard.”

While discussing the shooting attack that was committed on Dizengoff Street on New Year’s Day, Herzog described the current wave of terrorism as a third Intifada if a different kind to those thus far experienced. He also added that the Dizengoff massacre was the first kind of attack characterized by tactics resembling those of ISIS and an attack that “demands a new strategy.”

Herzog lambasted Netanyahu claiming that he had effectively forfeited the title of prime minister by failing to respond appropriately and by attributing blame to Israeli citizens.

“Two Jewish civilians were murdered on Friday along with an Israeli Arab from Lod, and what does the prime minister do? He incites against and blames the Arab-Israeli population,” Herzog said.

Herzog said that a real prime minister would not seek to blame others for the barrage of terror attacks in recent months. Rather, “he would take responsibility for what has been occurring in Israel for more than 100 days and he would stop blaming Israeli civilians for his failure. This is not a car accident, it is not a disease, there are no excuses. This is a wave that will not stop,” Herzog warned.

Tzipi Livni, who ran with Herzog on a joint ticket during the last elections, echoed Herzog’s vitriol against the prime minister. “The lack of security for the individual Israeli citizen has reached its highest level. There is chaos and a loss of control everywhere, and the only news that the government provides to civilians is to ‘get used to it’. It is treated as a car accident. The government has simply thrown up its hands in despair and has been seeking to absolve itself of responsibility,” Livni said.

Livni asked rhetorically: “What is a mother supposed to think when she sends her child to school in the morning? Should she take comfort in the fact that the government is telling her that there is a high chance that her child may be run over on the way?”

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