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July 1, 2016 / 25 Sivan, 5776

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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

Departures Resume at Brussels International Airport

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Brussels Airport Company announced the reopening Sunday of Levantem International Airport, about six weeks after Da’esh (ISIS) suicide bombers blew up its departure hall, killing 16 people and wounding many others.

“The reopening is an important moment for the entire airport community and Belgium,” said Brussels Airport Company CEO Arnaud Feist.

A symbolic reopening took place on April 3.

But starting Monday, the airport’s departure capacity will reach at least 80 percent of its former takeoffs prior to the attacks, with 111 check-in counters operating in the departure hall and 36 more open in temporary buildings.

The two bombers detonated explosives in suitcases on March 22. A third suicide bomber blew himself up on a metro train in the city subway system a short while later. Altogether the trio murdered a total of 32 people and wounded hundreds of others.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Clashes with Arab Attackers Along Security Barriers

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

IDF soldiers clashed with Arab mobs who attacked the forces while rioting in several different locations along the Gaza border near the security fence on Saturday.

Soldiers opened fire at two Arab rioters who ignored directives to move away from the security fence.

Dozens of protesters gathered to attack Israeli soldiers in the village of Kfar Kadoum, near Shechem. Three Arab rioters were injured in the chaos.

Arab protesters also rioted along the security barrier at the Arab village of Bil’in.

IDF troops used tear gas and fired rubber bullets as the mob swelled and the violence increased, military sources confirmed. Five Arabs were injured in the melee.

Hana Levi Julian

Female and Male Terrorists Shot Dead after Stabbing Attempt at Check Post

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Two Arab terrorists, a man an a woman, reached the Qalandiya check post just outside Jerusalem and were asked by the security force at the post to identify themselves. The female terrorist pulled out a knife and the two rushed the policemen, who called on them several times to stop. Police then shot the female attacker dead, then killed her accomplice as well.

Hamas and PA news outlets have turned the story into the “execution” of a woman and a child. Ma’an described the incident as “woman, child shot dead after alleged stab attempt,” meaning the two were running at police while armed with knives for reasons other than to stab them. The Arab news agency cites witnesses who said police shot more than 15 rounds into the woman’s body. But a video that accompanies the report only offers two single shots.

David Israel

Gaza Children’s Festival Shows Toddlers Being Trained to Murder Jews [video]

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

The Prime Minister’s Office Arab media spokesperson Ofir Gendelman tweeted an extremely sobering message late Monday on social media, the third day of Passover.

“ISIS-like brainwashing in a kids’ festival in Gaza: toddlers act out stabbing & shooting attacks against Israelis,” Gendelman tweeted.

“When Palestinians send their kids to act in this school play no wonder their kids committ (sic) attacks when they’re older” Gendelman tweeted. More to the point, who hires the teachers who write and direct these plays? Where do they get their material, and are they researching it online in Da’esh websites?

Similar plays and festivals have been broadcast on children’s television programs in Gaza as well as in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria for decades.

But even those programs have become increasingly cold-blooded and brutal over the past five years — indicating the increasing influence of Da’esh (ISIS) in the region.

The fruit of those past efforts ripened and was borne out this past October with the spontaneous eruption of the deadly wave of terror that burst against Israeli Jews — and some Arabs — perpetrated to a great extent by attackers who were age 21 and younger.

These are the children who grew up in the generation nurtured in the all-encompassing environment of schoolbooks, television programs, summer camps and public venues all devoted to the glorification of death, so-called “martyrdom” in the cause of murderous terrorism against Israel.

How deadly will the next generation be?

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gaza-childrens-festival-shows-toddlers-being-trained-to-murder-jews-video/2016/04/26/

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