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May 24, 2016 / 16 Iyar, 5776

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2 Senior Hamas Leaders Captured in Samaria

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

IDF soldiers captured two Hamas leaders during overnight operations in Samaria late Tuesday night.

Elite military forces operating in Jenin arrested a senior Hamas leader, the former Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs.

IDF troops operating in the PA-controlled city of Tulkarem captured a second Hamas official as well.

Both were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

2 Suspects Arrested in Hizme Terror Attack, ‘Significant Progress’ Made in Interrogation [video]

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Israel Police officers from the Binyamin district in Samaria and Shin Bet agents from the Israel Security Agency (ISA) have arrested two Arab suspects in connection with last week’s May 11 terror attack at the Hizme checkpoint.

“Significant progress” has been made in the investigation of the two suspects, according to a statement by the Shin Bet. Other details in the case remain under gag order, the security agency said.

An IDF officer sustained serious head and face wounds when a pipe bomb blew up as he bent down to examine what appeared to be a suspicious item near the entrance to the checkpoint. A total of nine bombs were found after sappers subsequently swept the checkpoint, including the four that exploded at the site. Five were safely defused by the bomb squad.

The Hizme security checkpoint station is located close to the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev and the Palestinian Authority Arab village of Hizma.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon visited the wounded IDF officer at his bedside in Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center on Sunday. The officer reportedly communicated with Ya’alon via a writing board because his wounds prevented him from speaking.

“I was excited to visit the officer and meet him and his family, who demonstrate true strength of character,” Ya’alon said. “What’s needed now is time for recovery. There are excellent doctors here and a supportive environment, and I am confident that his willpower and that of his family will help him return to an active, creative life.”

A two-day curfew of the village of Hizma was imposed by IDF forces following the attack, during which time the two suspects were detained.

Joshua B. Dermer/TPS contributed to this report.

Hana Levi Julian

Security Guards Who Killed Brother and Sister Terrorists in Qalandiya to Be Interrogated with a Warning

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Police is going to interrogate with a warning the security guards who shot dead an Arab brother and sister duo at the Qalandiya check post outside Jerusalem on April 27, Israeli media reported Thursday. The investigation has been assigned to the central police unit in Judea and Samaria. The courts have imposed a gag order on the story.

The two Arabs, a pregnant woman, 23, and her brother, 16, were on their way to Jerusalem to receive medical treatment for the sister, having obtain the necessary permit from the Israeli authorities. According to police reports at the time, the sister approached the cops and the security guards at the check point with a knife drawn in her hand, tossed the knife at them and was shot dead. Next her brother was shot and killed as well, and police said he, too, was carrying a knife and a penknife.

But the dead terrorists’ family members, as well as Arab eyewitnesses, are insisting the two were not in possession of knives, and were shot simply because they failed to use the pedestrian walkway and moved down the vehicle lane instead, raising the security force’s suspicion. The family is demanding the release of the check post’s CCTV tapes to prove they are right.

A preliminary examination of the case initially found that police personnel had acted properly and in accordance with the police rules of engagement, and it was the security guards, who are under police personnel supervision, who opened fire at the two terrorists. According to the Arab version, the sister was riddled with ten bullets and her brother was shot when he had rushed to her side.

According to the police version, the security guards indeed were the shooters, but used only three bullets, and only after warning shots in the air.

David Israel

10 Mortar Attacks in Two Days by Gaza Terrorists Betray Hamas Fears of Tunnel Discoveries [video]

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

For the third day in a row, Gaza terrorists continued to shell southern Israel on Thursday afternoon.

The tenth mortar attack in two days was fired at southern Israel at about 4:45 pm, again targeting the IDF soldiers as they operating along the security fence in southern Gaza.

No injuries were reported, and an IDF tank fired back in the direction of the mortar fire.

The ninth and tenth attacks came after the IDF announced the discovery of a second cross-border attack tunnel penetrating into Israel territory from Gaza.

“Moments ago mortar rounds were fired at forces during operational activity adjacent to the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip,” said the IDF Spokesperson in a statement.

“No injuries have been reported. An IDF tank responded and fired towards the threat.”

A Hamas terrorist involved in the terror organization’s tunnel network was also arrested in a combined IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation, according to a brief statement late Thursday afternoon by the intelligence agency.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel, Egypt Fight US Plan to Trim Troops in Sinai Multinational Force

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Israel and Egypt have united to protest a decision by the United States to reduce its contingent in the Sinai Peninsula multinational force by a third. It’s unclear whether opposition by the two allies will move anyone in the White House, however.

Washington officials are worrying about what they feel is the increasing likelihood that American service members could be targeted by Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists while participating in the MFO. The concerns come in the wake of recent losses elsewhere in the Middle East, and two recent incidents of Da’esh cyber attacks on American soil, including one targeting military personnel.

The role of the force is to monitor enforcement of the security agreement in the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, and to ensure no heavy weaponry enters the Sinai Peninsula in violation of the agreement. The origins of the MFO (ed. – multinational force) lie in Annex I to the 1979 Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel, in which the parties undertook to request the United Nations to provide a force and observers to supervise the implementation of the Treaty. When it did not prove possible to obtain Security Council approval for the stationing of a UN peacekeeping force in the Sinai, the parties negotiated a Protocol in 1981 establishing the MFO “as an alternative” to the envisioned UN force.

The directly interested parties in the multinational force — that is, Israel and Egypt — fund most of the costs of its operation. Australia and the United States provide funding for Force Protection purposes.

Since the election of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt and Israel have worked together to battle the massive presence of terrorist bases in Sinai that grew during the one-year reign of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi. The multinational force has rarely been targeted by these groups, who are working to overthrow the el-Sisi government rather than waste their resources elsewhere.

But Washington has lost two American soldiers in the battle with Da’esh since March alone, including a SEAL who was shot and killed in northern Iraq near Mosul this week.

With the Democratic party facing an uphill battle to retain the White House in the upcoming presidential elections this November, President Barack Obama appears to be taking few chances on angering the American public with unpopular military losses.

At present some 700 American soldiers from special combat and logistical units serve in the northern Sinai, comprising a little less than half of the total multinational force.

The U.S. is pressuring Egypt and Israel to agree to the one-third reduction of its force, at the minimum; a move that would be seen in Egypt as a statement of no-confidence in the el-Sisi regime.

After discussions with Israel, Egypt has expressed willingness to move some of the peacekeeper forces to the center and southern sections of the region. Technical monitoring equipment would be used to replace the missing forces in the northern Sinai. It’s not clear how effective such a strategy would be, however.

Then again, it’s also not clear how effective the presence of the MFO has actually been as a deterrent against terrorist activity either. It is more likely that Israeli-Egyptian opposition to the move is aimed at the damaging political statement it makes in Egyptian society, and the not-so-subtle encouraging message it sends to radical Islamist terrorist in the Sinai Peninsula.

But then, Washington doesn’t use words like “radical Islamist terrorists” … so they don’t really exist, do they?

Hana Levi Julian

Pentagon Confirms American Soldier Killed by ISIS in Northern Iraq

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist group killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq this week, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

The soldier was “aiding Kurdish fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul,” according to the statement by the DoD spokesperson.

He was “hit by direct enemy fire about 20 miles from Mosul,” which the spokesperson labeled as the Da’esh “de facto capital in Iraq.”

CBS News quoted U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter as saying in a brief statement “It is a combat death, of course. And a very sad loss,” but giving no detail.

The U.S.-led “Operation Inherent Resolve” also issued a short written statement that said a coalition “service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire.”

The “enemy” was not specifically named by the government, however.

According to CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin, the soldier was an American adviser to the Kurdish Peshmerga force, working with a unit a couple of miles behind the front line “during a battle with ISIS.”

Some of the terrorists managed to penetrate through the line into Kurdish territory and killed the soldier with a gunshot, he reported, despite air support from U.S. F-15 fighter jets and drones during the battle.

“It was a real battle, not just one-off raid,” Martin reported.

A U.S. Marine was killed by Da’esh rocket fire and several others were wounded in northern Iraq in mid-March.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Delegation in Iran to ‘Bolster the Intifada,’ Raise Funds

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization sent a delegation to Iran this weekend to meet with officials on ways to “strengthen the intifada” in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, according to a statement issued by the group.

PIJ secretary-general Ramadan Abdullah told Palestinian Authority media the delegation is slated to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme National Security Council chief Ali Shamkhani over the next several days.

On the agenda were the terror group’s claims that Israel is trying to “Judaize” the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, and the need to keep funding the terror groups in Gaza.

Abdullah lamented “the Arab indifference toward Palestine and its oppressed people” in a statement to the media.

In response, Ali Akbar Velayati, head of the Strategic Research Center of the Iranian Expediency Council, vowed Iran would continue to “support the Palestinian people and continue fighting against terror and the Zionist entity, together with all Muslim states.”

The trip, which appeared to be an appeal for money, comes after a lean year in which Iran bestowed its beneficence instead on a new Shi’ite terror group in Gaza called Al-Sabireen.

More money for Al-Sabireen meant less funding for PIJ and its associate, Hamas, which has instead begun to build a relationship with Sinai Province – the former Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis terror group that abandoned its ties to Al Qaeda and pledged its allegiance to ISIS.

The PIJ delegation met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as well as other senior Iranian officials.

“In these meetings the parties discussed the current circumstances prevailing in the Islamic nation and especially… ways to bolster the intifada in the West Bank and Jerusalem opposing the Zionist expansionism,” a delegation spokesperson said.

Hana Levi Julian

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