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Report: ISIS is Building Air Force in Sirte

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The Da’esh (ISIS) terror group has somehow acquired flight simulators, captured fighter jets and is now starting to train pilots to fly them at an air base in Libya, according to numerous reports.

The group has allegedly acquired two flight simulators “the size of a small car” — one from a civilian plane and the other, that of a fighter jet, according to the London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat. The information was confirmed to the paper in an interview with a senior Libyan military officer in Cairo.

The terror organization is “now actively training its jihadis on it to fly flighter jets” at an air base in Sirte, the hometown of former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who was murdered in custody in 2011.

Nor is the group lacking in aircraft with which to begin to equip its fledgling air force: Da’esh has already managed to capture a number of fighter jets in Iraq and Syria.

Given these elements, Da’esh terrorist pilots could conceivably hijack planes and then crash them into high-value targets as did Al Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001, or simply take to the skies in their own ISIS air force, perhaps to attack other targets. The group has felt no compunction about destroying any treasured site that might hold value to any society, be it religious or cultural, thus far. Moreover, Da’esh also appears to be escalating the caliber of its actions with each new attack.

At present, there are an estimated 3,000 Da’esh terrorists in Libya, a United Nations committee said in a report submitted to the U.S. Security Council and released to the public last week.

“Since 2013, the country has experienced several waves of Libyan returnees, which also formed the backbone of the newly established ISIL (ISIS -ed.) in Libya. In addition, the country continues to attract foreign terrorist fighters in significant numbers from North Africa. While currently concentrated in its stronghold in Sirte, ISIL could seek local alliances to expand its territorial control, also entailing the risk of motivating additional foreign terrorist fighters to join the group in Libya,” the committee reported in the executive summary.

Libya borders Tunisia and during the Arab Spring, Libyan rebel fighters flowed back and forth across the border, as did female Qaddafi family members who were fleeing the fighting.

During these times, members of the ancient Jewish communities of Djerba and Tunis prudently maintained a particularly low profile, often with assistance from longtime Gentile friends and neighbors, in order to increase their chances of staying alive through the storm.

It is not clear how the Tunisian Jewish community will be impacted by the growth of Da’esh next door, now spreading its tentacles throughout a nation that has never managed to achieve any stability since Qadaffi was toppled.

It is perfectly clear, however, that the world will be an infinitely more dangerous place if Da’esh succeeds in its bid to build a terrorist air force and if its success in achieving mastery of chemical and biological warfare is not sabotaged as soon as possible.

Hana Levi Julian

Dozens Arrested in ISIS Bombing of Tunisian Presidential Guard

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Dozens of suspects are in custody following last week’s suicide bombing of a presidential guard bus in the Tunisian capital by Da’esh (ISIS), the Interior Ministry announced.

Among those arrested late last week were the mother and sister of the suicide bomber who murdered 12 people in the attack on the bus, which was parked at a central location where guards are typically picked up and dropped off.

The body of the suicide bomber was subsequently found in the wreckage of the bus, where Da’esh said in a statement the terrorist detonated his explosive vest. The statement, uploaded to the Internet hours after the attack, included a photo of the alleged bomber and a message:

“Tyrants of Tunis must know that they will not be safe, God willing, and we will not stop until the law of God rules Tunis.”

There has been no comment on the statement from the government of the North African nation, nor could the statement be authenticated by any independent outlet.

Of all the Arab nations that have struggled with terrorism in the region since the Arab Spring – which was, ironically, launched in Tunisia with the start in 2011 of the Jasmine Revolution – Tunisia has worked the hardest. The country’s citizens elected a government which tries to maintain a pluralist society that still finds room for most faiths and ethnic groups, even its local Jews.

In acknowledgment of that, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded this year’s prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”

That, despite the three deadly terror attacks carried out this year by Da’esh operatives (including last week’s) that killed dozens of tourists and locals in the country, and the government’s struggle to fight radicalization within its own borders.

The highest number of foreign fighters in Iraqi and Syrian Sunni terror organizations such as Da’esh originate from Tunisia, according to a report published this year by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, CNN reported.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Behind Terror Attack on Tunisia’s Presidential Guard

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Da’esh (ISIS) has taken responsibility for Tuesday’s blast in Tunis that left 13 dead and numerous others wounded.

A suicide bomber detonated the explosives vest under his jacket as he climbed aboard a bus carrying the presidential guard in the Tunisian capital.

The terrorist was identified as Abu Abdullah al-Tunisi in a statement uploaded to the Internet by Da’esh on Wednesday.

The “tyrants of Tunis will not have peace and we will not rest until the law of God governs in Tunis,” said the statement.

Da’esh has repeatedly targeted Tunisia, which has struggled to bring its society back to the calm stability for which the country was known to tourists around the world prior to the start of the Jasmine Revolution in 2011.

That event began with a Tunisian pushcart merchant who self-immolated in a town square, igniting the Arab Spring, which eventually swept the entire region and toppled four Arab governments in its wake.

A 30-day state of emergency was declared by Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi, who currently heads a secular government, after Tuesday’s attack.

Hana Levi Julian

12 Dead in Terror Attack on Tunisia’s Presidential Guard

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

At least 12 people are dead and an unknown number of others are wounded in an explosion that rocked the city center of Tunis during rush hour on Tuesday evening when a bus carrying presidential guards was targeted by terrorists.

The blast occurrred at a bus stop on Mohamed V Avenue, near the former headquarters of the party of former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Within the hour, the capital was placed under curfew within the hour, and President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a 30-day state of emergency.

No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack.

It is not yet clear whether the explosion was generated by a bomb or an explosive was fired at the bus, presidential and security sources told Reuters.

The country which launched the region-wide Arab spring more than four years ago now finds itself still fighting for stability, with Muslim extremists doing everything possible to overturn the government.

Tunisia currently has a secular government which is fighting a constant battle with attempts by radical Islamist terrorists to seize control.

At least 3,000 Tunisian nationals have abandoned their country to fight with Da’esh in Iraq and Syria, according to the BBC.

There have already been two major attacks this year. In March, 20 people died in an attack on the world-famous Bardo Museum in the city. In June, Da’esh (ISIS) carried out a massacre at the beach resort of Sousse. Dozens of foreign tourists died in the attack, including many British citizens.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Ranked in 22nd Place in World Softball League

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Israelis are not softies, even when it comes to softball.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has ranked Israel in 22nd place out of 100 countries, four places higher than last year.

The ranking comes one year after WBSC warned Tunisia for removing the Israeli flag at the organization’s first-ever conference.

The International Olympic Committee said at the time that the warning was “a clear signal that the IOC is not accepting any kind of discrimination.”

Tunisia, by the way, did not make it in the top 100 teams.

The World Baseball Softball was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Softball Federation and International Baseball Federation and has 208 members in 141 countries and territories.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Kerry Agrees with Israel: No Foreign Troops on Temple Mount

Monday, October 19th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Madrid on Monday that the French proposal for foreign troops to maintain order on the Temple Mount is “not needed.”

It was a rare public statement that put Kerry and Israel on the same side and which was expressed hours before Israeli officials spoke to their French counterparts in Jerusalem that the idea is, to be polite, insane.

Kerry told reporters:

We don’t contemplate any change, but nor does Israel. Israel understands the importance of that status quo. What is important is to make sure everybody understands what that means. We are not seeking some new change. We are not seeking outsiders or others to come in….

We need to have clarity.

It is ironic that his remarks were made in Madrid, where the United States launched the “peace process” with the presence of then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Jordanian and Egypt leaders, and President George H. W. Bush.

The “clarity” that Kerry said is lacking today has been messing ever since the Madrid conference. It is speculation to ask what would have happened if there had been no “peace process,” but the facts are that since 1991, the ensuing Oslo Accords set the stage for the Oslo War, aka the Second Intifada.

Israel has erased every red line except for the Temple Mount and the “refugee” issue. Concessions have cost the lives and limbs of thousands of Israelis who have been victims of Palestinian Authority “resistance,” the Arabic code word for terror.

The Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria have paid a price not only in casualties but also with a miserable political and economic life that had flourished under the “occupation” until the Egyptian-born Arafat wore his camouflage of a “Palestinian” when he blew in from Tunisia.

Here is what President Bush told Congress several months before the Madrid Conference:

Peace will only come as the result of direct negotiations, compromise, give-and-take. Peace cannot be imposed from the outside by the United States or anyone else

And now Secretary of State John Kerry, even if he had enough common sense to dismiss the absurd French proposal, announces that “clarity” is needed.”

There never has been clarity since 1991 because the Americans and the Europeans cannot understand that Israel and the Arabs world never were talking the same language. The Arab understanding of “peace” is the Jewish State of Israel becoming the Arab state of Palestine.

Ever since, the United States has done the opposite and has imposed conditions on Israel, leaving a “consensus” that a future Palestinian Authority country would include all of Judea and Samaria except for large Jewish population centers such as Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion. Israel would have to rely on the PA to protect Jews form terrorists.

That “consensus” no longer exists because the Palestinian Authority, contrary to Bush’s statement, understands “compromise” as “you give, I take.”

It only was a matter of time until the Temple Mount became the excuse for terror and lies that Israel is trying to change the “status quo,” at the same time that the entire Arab world is trying to change it by declaring, “No Jews allowed.”

Today, Kerry’s simple words that rejected the French proposal for foreign troops are nothing short of a shock for the Arab world. The Palestinian Authority, which called for U.N. intervention to stop alleged “excessive violence” by Israel, never intended that and never would accept non-Muslims guarding the Temple Mount.

But the fact that Kerry said out loud that Israel understands the need to preserve the status quo is a clear signal to Mahmoud Abbas that he also has to do so.

The Arab arson of Joseph’s Tomb and the attacks by Palestinian Authority police on Jews who arrived at the holy site have finally forced the Obama administration to take a stand, and it clearly is not with an ISIS-like theology against non-Islamic holy sites.

Madrid is where the “peace process

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Foreign Ministry Calls Sunni Arab Nations ‘Israel’s Allies’

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

 

Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama dreamed about a “new Middle East” under the leadership of the United States. They were dead wrong.

They may have fantasized that they could make peace between Israel and Sunni Muslim states, the foremost being Saudi Arabia, but their worst nightmares did not envision such an alliance being formed in opposition to none other than the United States.

Dore Gold, director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former Ambassador to the United Nations, finally spelled out on Wednesday what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has whispered for months. The Muslims and the Jews have two common problems. One is an enemy, meaning Iran, which threatens to rule an Islamic Caliphate with or without a nuclear weapon.

The other problem is the Obama administration, which is appeasing the enemy.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has stated several times that Israel and Saudi Arabia have a common interest in making sure that Iran does reach nuclear weapons capability. Gold went a lot farther in his message last night to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Referring to Iran, he said:

What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.

Allies?

What happened to the “unshakeable bond” between the United States and Israel? It is there as long as people believe it. An era does not in a day, and American Jews will believe in that “unshakeable bond” for a long time to come because it makes them feel good.

And isn’t it President Barack Obama who is ready help arm Israel once again, after having forced it to be armed to the teeth by surrendering to many of Iran’s terms in his ObamaDeal, which Israel and the Sunni Arabs are certain is nothing more than a well-paved diplomatic road to hell?

Americans are too far away from the shores of the Middle East to feel the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran the way Jews in Israel and Muslims in the Gulf States feel it.

If Israel and its “allies” were to get it through the State Dept.’s thick skull that a nuclear-armed Iran is no less of a threat to the United States that it is to the United States, perhaps Americans would worry a bit more about Tehran and less about Mexican immigrants, homosexual marriages and Donald Trump.

Gold was upbeat, or at least tried to sound that way, about future relations between Israel and the United States in the likely event that Congress will not be able to ditch ObamaDeal.

He said:

We will find a practical way to come up with solutions to a very dangerous situation. But in the meantime we have to tell what we think about this agreement. We have to say the truth even though it’s unpleasant.

It also may be very unpleasant for President Obama amid his successor to realize that  their influence in the Middle East is dwindling. President Obama was overjoyed at the Arab Spring rebellions for “democracy,” which in the Muslim Middle East means “anarchy” and which was the reality for too long a time in Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. Iraq is a lost cause.

Obama may have reached out Muslims, but he grabbed a handful of radical Islam that now threatens more than half the world.

He, like most other American politicians, assumes that Israel has no choice but to rely on the “unshakeable bond” with the United States.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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