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Shin Bet Busts Hamas Plot for Terrorist Attacks and Coup to Oust Abbas

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Monday evening it has arrested 93 Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem the past two months and broke up a Hamas plot to stage large-scale terrorist attacks in Israel and a coup to overthrow Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

A Hamas leader in Turkey directed the terrorist cells, which received approximately $600,000 from sources in Jordan to buy homes to hide terrorists and to purchase weapons.

Hamas set up in 46 cities and villages in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem to incite a resurgence of the intifada with terrorist attacks whose targets included the Temple Mount.

More than 70 indictments were filed in military court the past few days while the plot was kept secret under a gag order.

Police, soldiers and security personnel uncovered more than $175,000 during the arrests and found 24 rifles, six revolvers, seven rocket launchers and huge amounts of rifle cartridges and bullets.

The wide-scale terror network, set up under the noses of Mahmoud Abbas’ security forces in Judea and Samaria, was headed by Turkey-based Salah al-Aruri, whom Israel released from jail in 2010 in return for his agreeing to leave the country.

Al-Aruri had barely crossed the Allenby Bridge at the Jordanian border when the plot to set up Hamas cells was born, and he recruited his driver, Riad Nasser who lives in an Arab village near Ramallah, to lead the Hamas network from within Judea and Samaria.

Nasser has been in Israeli jails several times for terrorist activity and was last taken into custody last December. He has been question about the Hamas terrorist network for nearly three months.

Their plan was to stage large-scale terrorist attacks with mass casualties, with the anticipated result of weakening Abbas’ control and eventually ousting him.

Among the terrorists who belonged to the cells were academic students and seasoned terrorists. One of those arrested was trained in Malaysia to hack computers.

The large-scale arrests and revelation of a network of Hamas cells disproves claims that Hamas is weak in Judea and Samaria and that Abbas’ regime is able to stamp out terror and maintain security.

 

A Turkish Muslim Expresses Love For Israel

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

JERUSALEM – Yahya Turk, from west Istanbul, is a unique voice in the war-torn Middle East. While Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was calling Israel’s operation in Gaza ‘worse than the Nazis’, Turk chose to contact an Israeli rabbi and express his support for Israel.

Writing to Rabbi Baruch Efrati, a resident of Efrat in Judea, Turk shared that: “I want you to know that I love Judaism and the Jewish people.” He does not mince words when relating to Turkey’s prime minister: “In Turkey we have a bastard Prime Minister who has been rude to Israel, and I want to apologize to you for his words and actions;he is rude to us secular Turks too.”

Turk heard about Rabbi Efrati when he read an article of his on YnetNews where the rabbi described the Islamization of Europe as a positive development because of the religion’s moral values. “I was amazed and pleased that a rabbi would call the Islamization of Europe a good thing. Likewise I believe an all Jewish Europe would be a great thing too,” Turk told Tazpit News Agency. “I showed the article to my family and they all fell in love with him.”

His drive to write the letter was the advent of violent Islamism in the Middle East: “I felt a desire after seeing the horrors ISIS are committing in Iraq and Syria, along with years of negative media coverage on Muslims that I had to speak up, and Rabbi Efrati was the one to contact.” Turk expressed anger at radical Islam for giving Islam a bad name, as “they don’t talk for us, only their own terrorist group.”

Raised in what he defined as a typical secular Muslim middle class family in Istanbul, where he was taught that the greatest Turk ever was Ataturk and that Secularism is the only way forward for Turks, Turk looks back at that period as better times: “Remember the Ottoman Empire saved Jews from the idol worshiping Christians and again in World War Two, taking in refugees. Our eternal Leader Ataturk praised the Jews and I love you and your people.”

Concluding his message, Turk calls for the Muslims and Jews to unite: “Us God-fearing Muslims and Jews should unite because the God of Abraham is our one true God.”

Responding to his extraordinarily warm words, Rabbi Efrati wrote that he was “glad to read Turk’s words” and noted the unique historical period in which he and Turk are currently living in: “We live together in a world that seeks a deeper identity, meaning and spiritual direction. The wars you mentioned are part of that search; the creator allows it in order to give to the world a free will, to find the truth and right on its own… But we should not lose hope, everything is part of a great progress towards the light and the truth, lead by God, and the wars and difficulties are part of this long journey.”

Relating to Erdogan, Efrati writes: “It is indeed a shame that a great part of Turkey disconnects the heritage of this honest man [Ataturk], and connects to radical Islamic fundamentalism. I’m glad to hear that you oppose the president of your country, who is anti-Semitic, narrow-minded, and does not represent at all the cultural orientation of Ataturk.”

Concluding with words of friendship, Rabbi Efrati states:” These days we are fighting for our right to live as free people in our land; we do not stand alone, with us are many people like you, who support our righteous cause. Together we will win the darkness and illuminate light of faith and hope.” .

Turkey Brings Wounded Gazans to Ankara Hospitals

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Turkey is evacuating wounded Gazans to hospitals in Ankara, in cooperation with Israel and Egypt.

The first four patients, three women and a boy, arrived at Ankara airport Monday morning.

A Turkish air ambulance departed for Israel late Sunday night to pick up the four patients, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

President-elect, Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement following his electoral victory acknowledgment.

Permission to use Israeli and Egyptian air space for the venture was requested last week by Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, according to numerous international media.

Ultimately, “in the first stage we plan to bring to Turkey, and treat, maybe 200 patients,” Davutoglu said Monday morning while greeting the first batch of wounded at Ankara airport, according to the International Business Times.

However, Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev categorically denied any knowledge of the operation or Israel having given permission for use of its air space. “I’ve heard nothing about it,” he told TheJewishPress.com.

Erdoğan Wins, Turkey Loses

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Erdoğan is now Turkey’s first-ever elected president. It’s expected Erdoğan will use the position to consolidate power, and further promote his Islamic and anti-Israel agenda.

He received 51.8% of the votes.

Turkey Promises Housing Aid to Gaza

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Turkey has promised to send 3,000 new pre-fabricated houses to Gaza, although it is not clear how or when they will be delivered.

The announcement was made by Palestinian Authority unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who was quoted by Voice of Israel public radio. The houses, which are easy to assemble, are intended to replace those destroyed in air strikes by Israeli fighter jets aiming at concealed rocket launchers and weapons storage sites.

The PA unity government prime minister said an international donor conference may also meet in Oslo on September 5 to discuss the issue of rebuilding Gaza.

Turkey May Have Bigger Problems than Erdoğan

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

ISIS (ISIL, IS, or whatever they’re calling themselves today) has threatened to overrun Turkey if they don’t open the Atatürk dam and restore the full flow of water to the Euphrates River, which supplies northern Syria.

The Jihadi group declared the city of Raqqa in norhtern Syria as their capital.

Kosher Supervisors Wary of Worldwide Anti-Semitism

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The news that the Chief Rabbinate withdrew kosher supervisors from Turkish plants in the face of Israel’s war in Gaza is part of what some kashrus organizations call “working in a more dangerous world.”

They recall the murder of two kosher supervisors in Mumbai in December 2008, and extremists have recently threatened more terror in Mumbai.

In Europe, growing anti-Semitism has also rung the alarm bells. According to sources in the Chief Rabbinate’s office, one direct result of the turmoil in many places in the world is to restrict the travel of kashrus officials in trouble spots.

The Orthodox Union’s Kashrus Division director Rabbi Moshe Elefant whose office certifies companies in 99 nations, says that the organization relies heavily on local rabbinic authorities in many parts of the world, many within the Chabad worldwide network.

Kashrus officials think twice before dispatching a rabbi into a part of the world that they may not be familiar with. Relying on local rabbis who “understand the lay of the land” seems to be the new modus operandi of may kashrus organizations.

The caution has extended even to Israel where some food plants are located in Sderot and other border towns.

The above article was published by Kosher Today.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/kosher-supervisors-wary-of-worldwide-anti-semitism/2014/08/07/

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