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September 2, 2014 / 7 Elul, 5774
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IDF Declares Death of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, [hy'd]

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Late Saturday night, the Goldin family of Kfar Saba received the sad news that a special IDF committee had concluded their son, 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, had fallen in combat the day before.

The 23 year old Givati platoon commander was killed in battle during the attack carried out by Hamas during a cease fire forced on Israel by the United States and the United Nations on Friday, August 1. The family was told there were enough pathological findings at the scene to declare their son’s death.

All Jewish laws, religious observances and medical criteria were taken into account prior to the ruling by a special committee headed by IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz, the IDF said in a statement to media.

A spokesperson for the family told media after the IDF announcement to thank the people of Israel for their support and to ask everyone to attend their son’s funeral “to accompany him on his final journey.”

Details are to be announced.

Goldin died in Rafah when a Hamas suicide bomber emerged from a tunnel near the Givati force and detonated himself as a diversion. Additional terrorists then attacked Goldin’s force, killing two soldiers – Major Benaya Sarel and Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni.

The terrorists then dragged Goldin into a tunnel and later claimed he was alive.

But on Saturday a spokesman from the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas said the group had lost contact with the terror cell that had been sent to ambush the platoon. He said they believed they were dead, and probably Goldin as well.

As soon as Goldin was dragged into the tunnel, other members of his platoon raced in after him to try and prevent the abduction, but they were too late.

During that search, the unit found Goldin’s personal effects during the initial search, 20 meters underground.

Their next move was to prevent the terrorists from taking Goldin farther away; they began firing in all directions and destroyed targets in as many areas as possible, including buildings, vehicles and sending smoke down the tunnel in order to kill the terrorists who had taken their commander. It is probable that Goldin also died in that effort but highly unusual for Hamas to admit that as well.

It is not clear why, in fact, the terror group is, in fact, not claiming they have a live captive – or any captive at all.

The soldier’s family was notified in person by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, along with the head of the IDF Personnel Directorate, Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai and Chief Military Rabbi Peretz.

“The IDF will continue to support the family, and escort them through the grieving period,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in its statement.

Hundreds of Israelis were gathered outside the Goldin home earlier in the evening to show their support for the family. The parents of the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in Gush Etzion in June, (Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’ar) also came to visit with the family and show their support. “We’re with them during this difficult time,” Avraham Frenkel, father of Naftali Frenkel, said.

Hundreds of Israelis Saved as Terror Infiltration Foiled by IDF

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Once again, the issue of terrorist tunnels facilitating attacks on Israel has become a focal point of Operation Protective Edge.

IDF soldiers killed five terrorists who attempted to infiltrate from Gaza Monday evening near the community of Nahal Oz the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district, saving hundreds of lives.

Troops spotted the terrorists heading for a civilian area and began firing. The exchange ended with four terrorists dead, and IDF soldiers searching for any others who may have escaped during the fight.

Roads in and out of the area have been sealed off and security forces have thrown a dragnet around the area to make sure there is no possibility any terrorist can infiltrate and move farther north.

IDF Lists Eliminated Senior Terrorists

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The IDF has released a list of senior Gazan terrorists from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations, who have been taken out since Operation Protective Edge has begun, most of them in the past few day:

Salah Abu Hasnin – Propaganda minister and military leader in Islamic Jihad,

Hafez Mohammad Hamad – Islamic Jihad commander in Beit Hanoun,

Hussein Abd al-Qader Muheisin – Terror commander for Islamic Jihad in Shuja’iya,

Hassin Abad Alkadar Machisan – Shuja’iya terror commander for Islamic Jihad,

Akram Sha’ar – Terror commander for Islamic Jihad in Khan Younis,

Mahmoud Ziada – Terror commander for Islamic Jihad in Jabaliya, rocket commander,

Osama Alhaya – Terror commander for Hamas in Shuja’iya, he is the son of a senior Hamas political leader,

Muhammad Shaaban – A senior commander of Hamas’s naval forces,

Ahmed Sahmoud – Khan Younis terror commander.

Abdallah Alah’ras – Hamas terror commander.

Day 17: Iron Dome Protects Tel Aviv, Coastal Cities Again

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Iron Dome team was busy again Thursday morning protecting metro Tel Aviv-Yafo (Jaffa).

It appears that Hamas terrorists are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate as they fire large mid-range missiles barrages at the Mediterranean coast in attempts to wreak havoc on major Israeli cities.

Fewer long-range missiles have been launched at other cities around Israel, however.

A massive barrage of missiles was fired just before 11 am at the White City, with sirens screaming as far north as Herzliya. and explosions heard above greater Tel Aviv. At least five M75 missiles were intercepted over Rishon Lezion, according to Channel 10 television. No one was physically hurt and no damage was report.

Six missiles were intercepted over metropolitan Tel Aviv, the station reported.

3,400 Targets Hit by IDF So Far, Tunnels Remain Major Threat

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

As Operation Protective Edge continues into its third week, IDF soldiers killed 15 terrorists in the past 24 hours. The force struck 35 targets in Gaza. The total is now 3,400 hit by the IDF.

The tunnels remain a massive threat to the security of the State of Israel. Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israeli territory via the tunnels.

Late Wednesday IDF soldiers discovered a major tunnel containing maps, IDF uniforms and weaponry for an imminent attack.

In another incident Israeli fighter pilots were summoned by a unit of Combat Engineers who spotted terrorists emerging from a tunnel. The IAF struck the cell, eliminating the threat of another terrorist attack.

Troops from the Givati Brigade arrested 150 terror suspects in a sweep carried out in Rafah, which straddles the border between Gaza and Egypt. As with others over the past week, one of the terrorists was dressed as an IDF soldier, indicating he was planning to infiltrate into Israel to carry out a terror attack and possibly an abduction via a terrorist tunnel.

More than 200 terrorists have been eliminated thus far during the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge.

The IDF has lost 32 warriors in this war.

In some of their homes, they found manuals on how to operate certain weapons, how to booby trap a house and how to plant explosives. Some of the guide books provided intelligence about units of the Israeli army.

At least 98 rockets were fired at Israel on Wednesday, with 25 intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. A total of 2,270 rockets have been fired at Israel since the beginning of the operation. The Iron Dome has intercepted 448, at a cost of $50,000 apiece. Dangerous shrapnel falls from the skies each time there is an interception, with Home Front Command constantly warning curious Israelis and others in the area not to touch the various bits and pieces they find on the ground, since they too can cause injury. A foreign worker was killed by a rocket while working in a field.

To date, the IDF has also uncovered 31 terror tunnels, all of which were intended to be used to carry out attacks and abductions in Israel. Thus far, engineers collapsed nine of them.

UNRWA School Shelters Rockets (Again!) and Residents in Gaza

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The United Nations is meddling again in Gaza, ‘helping the cause’ of the downtrodden Palestinian Arabs. Stashing their ammo, that is. And helping them hide it when international inspectors find out.

Wow, this all sounds so familiar, right?  This latest statement was posted Tuesday, July 22 on the website of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

More missiles were found in one of the agency’s schools in Gaza – surprise! – but this time the agency’s spokesperson was smarter and gave even fewer details about the incident. It is impossible, due to international regulations, to prevent the inspections mandated by the agency’s funding. But one can at least gloss over the findings when issuing a statement about what is found and how it is dealt with. Damage control in war time.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”

Were there so many missiles it was impossible to count them? Whoa. And how does the school’s location between two refuge spots relate to this issue? There are launchers planted in nearly every home.

“UNRWA strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the statement continues.

“The Agency immediately informed the relevant parties,” — the local ruling Hamas terrorist government, that is — “and is pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

“UNRWA has reinforced and continues to implement its robust procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and regular inspections of its installations, to ensre they are only used for humanitarian purposes.

“Palestinian civilians in Gaza rely on UNRWA to provide humanitarian assistance and shelter. At all times, and especially during escalations of violence, the sanctity and integrity of UN installations must be respected.”

This is the second time such an incident has occurred, and this time UNRWA did not even bother to publicize the number of missiles it found – which obviously it is well aware of.

The last time, it turned the ordnance right over to the Hamas terrorists who placed the missiles there in the first place – a double war crime, sheltering lethal ammunition in a so-called international neutral zone for children, and then handing that dangerous material over to the terrorists firing the ammunition at civilians, who have been proved to be launching the missiles from civilian sites in the neighborhood.

Thus the agency is guilty of being an accessory to a terrorist organization’s attack on Israel, hardly a ‘robust procedure to maintain neutrality.’ It’s certainly not legal.

But since UNRWA is a United Nations agency, however, to whom can Israel appeal the issue?

A sad international joke that increasingly brings into focus the array of enemies around us.

The Lone Survivor of the Golani 13

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

IDF soldier Shiloh Hadad is the lone survivor of the Golani 13, a combat team of fierce Israeli warriors who battled with Hamas terrorists just after midnight on Sunday.

This is his story, as told to his parents, who were rewarded with a 15-minute visit and a hug to reassure them their son was still alive after hearing the news that his comrades had died in battle.

Hadad was the eighth man in the APC (armored personnel carrier) that fought a fierce firefight with Hamas terrorists in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City.

His APC was set ablaze after an explosive device was detonated beneath it. Seven soldiers were killed.

Reportedly, it was an older APC and the vehicle was not equipped with the type of armor that its built to withstand such a blast. Hadad somehow managed to escape the inferno. Within 15 minutes, an eighth comrade in a nearby unit paid the ultimate price in the heavy fighting around him.

A lull, and a few hours of quiet.

Four hours later the battle resumed. Two more Golani soldiers died as the force fought Hamas terrorists around the buildings and in the alleyways of Shejaiya. The fighting went on for hours; and just before 9:00 am, the terrorists trapped a Golani unit inside a burning building. Three more Israeli soldiers died.

After the battle, Shiloh’s parents learned their son was in the Golani unit that had fought the battle, its APC a flaming wreck.

But as soon as he could, Shiloh called his parents to let them know he was okay, telling them, “You do not understand what has just happened to me.” They immediately set out to find him. It took hours to track him down.

“They wouldn’t let him go once they had their arms around him,” his aunt, Batsheva, told Hebrew-language media. “They held him 10, 15 minutes. But then after telling them what he went through, and how he was feeling, he said, ‘I have to go back in to the front, back to my friends.’ And he was gone.”

His aunt added that it was not clear how Hadad had managed to remain alive. “After that, he managed to escape but it is not clear how, and they had no time to talk.” His lightning decision to leave the APC when he did is what saved his life — a miracle.

“The fog of war still hangs over the incident, but it is likely that after the operation is over we will find out more details through the investigation into the incident,” she said. “But one thing is certain: Shiloh is a Golani warrior. He went through a really serious battle, but he insisted on going right back to Gaza.”

Hadad’s father agreed with his son’s decision, as difficult as it must have been for him. “This campaign is intended to save Jewish blood,” his father said. “We all are waiting in safety for him to do his job and protect the homeland. That is the way we taught him, and it is the way our family believes. My brother is in the military, and we have in our family other officers and commanders as well.

“I hope with all my heart and soul that all our soldiers return safe and sound.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/the-lone-survivor-of-the-golani-13/2014/07/22/

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