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September 3, 2014 / 8 Elul, 5774
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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

Hamas Planned Rosh Hashana Tunnel Surprise

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

JERUSALEM – Hamas had been preparing a murderous massive assault on Israeli civilian targets during the upcoming Jewish New Year holiday, Rosh Hashanah – according to anonymous sources in the Israeli security services cited by the Israeli daily Maariv.

Hamas had been planning a surprise attack where 200 fighters would have been dispatched through the dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under the border from Gaza to Israel. The terror organization aimed to seize kibbutzim and other communities while killing and kidnapping Israeli civilians. In total, thousands of Hamas terrorists would have been swarming across Israel, wearing IDF uniforms, which would have further complicated an Israeli response. Reports further indicate that Hezbollah may have planned to join the attack as well, opening another front in the north.

The source stressed that the current unplanned war with Hamas inadvertently thwarted a catastrophic event on an apocalyptic magnitude such as the Yom Kippur War, which would have ‘brought the State of Israel to its knees.’ The destruction of these tunnels takes away from Hamas a strategic weapon it has been working on and investing in heavily for years according to the source.

Each tunnel has arteries, veins, offshoots as well as offshoots of offshoots designed in intricate and complex arrangements. As one Israeli spokesman said, “There are two Gazas, one above ground and one below ground: an underground terrorist city.”

Speaking to the CBC, a senior Israeli defense official said the Israeli military had considerable prior knowledge of Hamas weaponry and tunnels, but was still “surprised” by the extent of both when the current ground operation began. He added that the network had not been detected by aerial surveillance, because Hamas had solved the most obvious problem: how to hide the piles of sand removed from the tunnels. This, he said, was painstakingly taken away, a few bags at a time, and stored out of sight in buildings and underneath greenhouses.

The official said Hamas had diverted huge quantities of cement, imported for civilian construction, into the building of concrete-block walls and roofs for the tunnels. As an example, he cited a 1.7-kilometer tunnel discovered in February 2013 that Israeli engineers estimated would have required 500 tons of concrete – “enough to build a three-story hospital.”

Israel has discovered 31 tunnels so far, and has destroyed several of them by employing bulldozers, explosive and other methods. IDF excavation of the tunnels has resulted in the seizure of tons of Hamas supplies, as well as the discovery of plans for future operations.

Israeli soldiers have already frustrated several surprise assaults by Hamas through tunnels from Gaza into southern Israel. On July 21, ten Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel. They were immediately spotted and eliminated, but the clash cost the lives of two IDF soldiers.

Speaking with Tazpit News Agency, Minister Ya’acov Perry, a member of the Israeli Security Cabinet, commended the IDF for its outstanding achievements. “The IDF is working to uncover a network of underground tunnels that could have created unbearable terrorist attacks,” he said.

He further commended the IDF’s prior intelligence, which enabled these achievements. “I am sure that Israeli technology, which has provided us with the Iron Dome, will provide us with a solution for the terror tunnels as well.” He said various solutions were currently being examined. He further stressed that military capabilities and technological advantages were not enough. A comprehensive reality – changing diplomatic solution must be presented as well.

Writing for Gatestone, Lawrence Franklin says that the construction of network of tunnels used hundreds of tons of concrete that might otherwise have been used by the Palestinians for building homes, shopping malls, parks, schools, hospitals and libraries.

The Disengagement made Gaza More Dangerous

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

I was surprised to read the following incorrect analysis by a commenter on the Muqata Facebook page where yesterday’s blog post was cross-posted.

Yesterday, I put forward the idea that it is time we return to Gush Katif, and either way, the army will need to be there in key position, even after this operation ends.

Reader Yoni Rubin took exception to that idea, claiming that the war of attrition in Gaza would have resulted in far more murdered citizens if we stayed.

Yoni Rubin jameel, those who look at the disengagement that way today don’t realize what we gained from it. had we stayed in gaza, the pattern of dead soldiers and citizens being murdered would have continued (they were being killed at a rate of something one or two per month on the good months). we would have lost far more than we lost in all of the operations combined. the disengagement was executed in conjunction with the building of the separation fence in the west bank and the two have solved the far more deadly problems we had previously, ie suicide bombings. they were firing rockets and building tunnels long before the disengagement and those are the two threats that have cause the least damage thus far.

With all due respect (because he seems to be a good guy), Yoni’s numbers are numerically correct, but his conclusions are invalid as he quotes his numbers in a vacuum and out of context from all the other terror attacks going on at the same time.

Commenter Moishe Pupik (what?!) points out that when you compare Gush Katif terrorism fatalities to the terrorism fatalities the rest of the country was dealing with, you see an entirely different picture.

Pupik’s first point is that in proportion to the number of overall fatalities by terrorism the rest of the country was facing, Gush Katif was in better shape and even trending down in relation to what the rest of the country was suffering.

But more importantly, his second point is that after leaving Gaza, while the overall number of people in Israel being killed by terrorists dropped (for reasons that had nothing to do with the Disengagement), there was a significant proportional increase in deaths caused by Gazan terrorists in relation to the rest of the country, and actually reaching a historical high.

Moishe Pupik The problem with that argument is that you are talking about a period starting around 1991, where 1500 or so Israelis were killed by terrorists, at a rate of 11 a month.

You might as well make the argument that if we weren’t in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem (where far more Israelis have been killed by terrorists) all those people wouldn’t have been killed either.

Let’s compare the numbers of Israelis killed by terrorists (soldiers and civilians):

1993-1999: 37 Israelis were killed in Gaza out of 260 total killed in the country (14%).

2000-2005 120 Israelis were killed in Gaza out of 1356 total in the country (9%).

2006-2014 (Despite no longer being in Gaza) The Gazans have managed to kill around 60 Israelis out of 177 Israelis (34%).

So I’d say the percentages were far better back when we were in Gaza, than after we left.

Talking about 1 murder a month in Gaza sounds horrifying, but when you consider that Israel was averaging 19 murders per month (on average) from terrorism between 2000 to 2005, it puts that number into a different context.

And worse, when you consider that 34% of all fatalities by terrorism since the Disengagement originated from Gaza, compared to the previous high of 14%, it throws that argument out the window.

Two Soldiers Killed Overnight, Launchers Found Embedded Next to School

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Two additional IDF soldiers were killed yesterday in battles with Hamas, raising the number of killed soldiers to 27. The IDF has cleared for publication the name of one of the soldiers, Sgt. Oded Ben Sira (22) from Nir Etzion.

2040 rockets and mortars fired at Israel from Gaza since Operation Protective Edge began, with 1570 hitting Israel, and 396 intercepted by Iron Dome.

The IDF struck 2924 terror targets.

23 terror tunnels were destroyed, and 183 terrorists have been eliminated. Clearly, not nearly enough.

Operations in the Hamas fortress of Shejaiya continue.

Overnight, IDF soldiers in Gaza discovered 3 underground rocket launchers embedded right next to a school. Some of the launchers had already been used over the past few days, and the rest were primed to be launched.

Hamas has been providing its Gazan citizen’s directives on how to talk to the media, and what to say on social media sites.

The IDF also intercepted a weapons shipment that terrorists were trying to bring into the Judea, via the Dead Sea.

Cleared for Publication: 13 IDF Soldiers Killed

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Thirteen IDF soldiers were killed yesterday in heavy urban fighting in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza.

The soldiers were all from the Golani unit. HY”D.

The families have been notified, but the names have not yet been released to the public.

For the past two days, the IDF has been telling civilians in Sajaiya, a Hamas stronghold, to evacuate for their own safety.

Hamas deeply embedded themselves in the Sajaiya civilian population center and was using the neighborhood for rocket attacks against Israel, and the civilian population as human shields.

10 terror tunnels were found in Sajaiya.

Throughout the day, Hamas has been milking the Sajaiya story claiming it was a massacre by the IDF against the civilian population.

The IDF was not able to release any information until, among other things, all the families of the killed soldiers were informed.

18 soldiers have been killed so far in Gaza since the ground operation began.

Are Turkey’s Jews in Trouble?

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Are the Jews of Turkey – Israel’s former ally in the region — in danger?

On Friday, the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed alarm at the increasingly hostile environment towards Israel in Turkey that has extended itself towards that country’s Jews.

The ADL called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reject the targeting of Turkish Jews over Israel’s counter terrorist Operation Protective Edge — launched to silence the rocket fire aimed by Hamas at Israeli civilians – and to publicly assert that the Jewish community has the full support and protection of the state.

Instead, Erdogan issued an additional condemnation of Israel the next day, telling supporters in a speech at the Black Sea resort city of Ordu, “[Israelis] have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.” According to the Reuters news service, the Turkish leader repeatedly likened Israel to the Nazi murderers over the Jewish State’s current counter terrorist Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

But Erdogan was apparently persuaded by senior members of his Islamic AKP party to lower the heat against the Jews in his own country, if only a trifle. “I don’t approve of any [bad} attitude towards our Jewish citizens in Turkey despite all this. Why? They are the citizens of this country,” he said.

Approximately 17,000 Jews remain in the country. But the rising anti-Semitism combined with increasing difficulty for young Jews in finding a spouse is prompting families to emigrate at a much faster rate than they have in past years. Istanbul's Sephardic synagogue, the magnificent Neve Shalom, has been attacked by Palestinian Arab terrorists three times since 1986 -- most recently in 2003.

Neve Shalom Synagogue of Istanbul, June 2013.

Neve Shalom Synagogue of Istanbul, June 2013.

As recently as June 2013, in order to enter the building, a visitor had find the small nonedescript entrance alley off to the side, then surrender one’s passport, walk through a metal detector and undergo a search carried out by grim Turkish security personnel. Some visitors were not allowed in anyway, depending upon the whim of the security guards.

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Street view of Neve Shalom synagogue, Istanbul, June 2013.

Street view of Neve Shalom synagogue, Istanbul, June 2013.

The Sephardic Jewish Center was also well hidden, away on a side street in the center of Istanbul in a posh neighborhood filled with upscale restaurants. One would not know it was there, unless you knew what to look for. Even then, the entrance is hidden.

To find it, one enters a building and is greeting immediately by a friendly security man at the door who asks your business. An upscale shop is located on the ground floor, across the from desk.

If you know what to ask, and where you are going, you are passed through to the location of a small elevator, well protected with metal grating and heavy steel bars and locks. Several other security measures later, all with heavy reinforcements, and eventually one emerges into the offices of the Jewish news weekly, the Salom Gazette, housed in the Sephardic Jewish Center, the nerve center of Turkish Jewry. The Istanbul-based Center, which is struggling for resources — and survival — at this point, produces the only Ladino newspaper in the world. It is probably the only spot in the country where Jews can find materials in Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages about Israel and Judaism.

Live Updates: Latest Gaza Rocket Launches (New Attack: 11:40 PM)

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

11:40pm Hof Ashkelon (Ashkelon Coast)

11:35 Hof Ashkelon (Ashkelon Coast)

11:19 Hof Ashkelon (Ashkelon Coast)

11:08pm Foreign Journalists ordered/requested by Israel to leave their hotel in central Gaza….for their own safety.

GROUND OP HAS BEGUN

11:00pm Shafir, Sderot

10:48pm Majdal Shams (Golan Heights)

10:29pm Hof Ashkelon

10:25pm Hof Ashkelon (Ashkelon Coast)

10:00pm Massive barrage on: Ashdod, Kiryat Gat, Tel Aviv,-Yado, Holon, Rishon, Bat Yam, Bnei Brak, Ashkelon, Ashdod…

9:31pm Alerts Sderot Region, Shaar HaNegev

9:29pm Eshkol

9:16pm Multiple Alerts Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon

8:07pm Ashkelon

8:05 Ashdod…

7:30pm Netivot

7:20pm Hof Ashkelon

7:03pm Sirens again…just West of Beit Shemesh….and other places…

7:02pm And again….Sirens in Kiryat Gat and Lachish region

7:01pm Sirens in Kiryat Gat and Lachish region

6:50 Multiple alerts for Ashkelon

6:49 Ashkelon

6:48pm More launches at Ashkelon

6:48pm Ongoing Rocket launches and Sirens in Ashdod area and Northwards.

6:46pm Here we go again….barrage of rockets at Ashdod, Rechovot, and other Central Israel location — multiple alerts and rockets.

6:42pm Alerts Elad… Beer Tuvia.. Or Yehuda… Hof Ashkelon

6:26 Eshkol Region

6:24pm Eshkol.. Gan Yavne

6:20 Hof Ashkelon

6:19pm Ashdod Sirens x2

6:18pm Multiple Alerts Ashdod

6:11 Hof Ashkelon… Eshkol Region alerts

6:10 Eshkol Region alerts, Hof Ashkelon

6:08 Eshkol

6:03pm Nachal Oz

6:02pm Hof Ashkelon

6:01pm Kerem Shalom

6:00pm Rishon to Netanya, Herzilya, Raanana, Kfar Saba…

5:59pm Kiryat Ono, Or Yehuda, Yehud, Rosh Haayin, Elad, Ramat Hasharon, …

5:52pm Ashkelon, Netivot, Sdot Negev

5:49pm Hof Ashkelon

5:41pm Hof Ashkelon

5:30-31pm Hof Ashkelon x2

5:28pm Eshkol

5:24pm Eshkol

5:23pm Ashkelon

5:15pm Eshkol

5:01pm Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

4:55pm Ashkelon

4:53pm Kerem Shalom

4:52pm Eshkol

4:33pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon

4:31pm Sderot, Shaar NEgev

4:11pm Hof Ashkelon

4:10pm Hof Ashkelon

3:56pm Hof Ashkelon

3:47pm Sederot and Shaar HaNegev Rocket Alerts

3:43pm Hof Ashkelon

3:38pm Beer Sheva — rocket alert sirens.

3:19PM Eshkol

3:17pm Hof Ashkelon

2:59:40pm Sirens in Ashkelon, Zikkim – Cease Fire Over.

11:59am Sirens in Eshkol region….(during Humanitarian Cease Fire)

10;25am Shaky humanitarian window open till 3pm. IDF spox announced that it will resume full military action then against Hamas

10:00am Earlier rocket took out electricity in Hulit, Kerem Shalom and Kibbutz Sufa. Why does Gaza still have electricity?

“Humanitarian” cease fire supposed to have started now.

9:53am Eshkol

9:30am Sirens Beer Sheva x2

8:43am Bnei Brak, Givat Shmuel, Givaataim, Ramat Gan, Gush Dan… Iron Dome interceptions over Tel Aviv.

8:42am Sirens Petach Tiva, Raanana, South…

8:41am Sirens Ashkelon, Ashkelon Beach

7:41 AM Rockets x2 Merchavim, Beer Sheva

Very loud night last night.

Also waiting to see if there will be a ‘humanitarian’ cease fire later this morning.

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