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Report: IAF Attacked Weapons Storehouse, Convoy in Syria

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

According to London-based Arab newspaper Rai al Youm, Israel attacked overnight Wednesday a weapons storage facility outside Damascus belonging to the Syrian army and a military convoy.

IAF planes attacked an armory of the Syrian army’s fourth division, and a convoy near the highway connecting Damascus and Beirut, Lebanon. The convoy was reportedly preparing to haul a large weapons load for Hezbollah. The attack consisted of two separate sorties.

According to Lebanese website el Nashra, the attack took place at 1:20 Wednesday morning, as four loud explosions were heard from the outskirts of Damascus. The armory, located near the highway, sustained major damages.

So far there has been no report of the Syrian army firing at the two IAF attacks. In September, President Assad’s army shot at Israeli planes flying over Quneitra, in southern Syria, near the Israeli Golan Heights border.

JNi.Media

Israel Navy Allegedly Opens Fire at Gaza ‘Fishing Boats’

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Israeli Navy forces allegedly opened fire Sunday (Nov. 27) at vessels described as Gaza “fishing boats” by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

No injuries were reported among the fishermen, Ma’an reported. A spokesperson for the IDF said they were checking the report.

Gaza terrorists often import arms, ammunition and other contraband via maritime deliveries from Iran and elsewhere.

Various terror factions from Gaza use fishing boats to gather their contraband — as well as conduct reconnaissance — for future attacks against Israel.

Such vessels are sometimes detained along with their operators by Israeli Navy commandos when they stray from the Gaza fishing zone.

Hana Levi Julian

37 Arrests in Wide-Ranging Sting Operation

Monday, November 21st, 2016

An Israeli sting operation involving hundreds of officers from the Lahav 433 crime unit ended Monday with 37 arrests, Israel Police announced.

“Operation 565” lasted for months, with undercover officers operating in the weapons trafficking and drug world, purchasing large amounts of drugs, arms and ammunition.

Arrests were made in Tel Aviv, Yafo (Jaffa), Netanya, Ramle, Acco (Akko), Pardes Hanna, Sakhnin and the southern Israeli Bedouin town of Lakiya.

During the raid on Monday, police seized nine weapons, 700 grams of cocaine and three kilograms of marijuana, police said.

The names of the officers involved in the bust were concealed under a gag order.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, an elderly man in a moshav was arrested after police found more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in his home and growing on his property.

The unidentified man, age 69, lives on a moshav near Jerusalem, and according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, cultivated for sale more than 500 marijuana plants on his roof and yard.

“Police received intelligence and tracked the individual for several weeks, and when there was concrete evidence, we arrested the suspect. Altogether, we’re talking about a street value of NIS 3 million, which is obviously significant,” Rosenfeld said.

The suspect has been remanded into custody for five days by a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. It’s not clear whether the man’s family is involved, and the investigation is continuing, according to police.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Ambassador Tells TV’s Posner Russian Weapons Could Fall into Hezbollah’s Hands

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Israel has no intention to interfere in the Syrian crisis, but it is concerned over the possibility of weapons falling into the hands of the Shi’ite terrorist militia Hezbollah, Israeli Ambassador to Russia Zvi Heifetz told the Pozner program on Russian TV’s Channel 1 on Monday.

Members of Hezbollah are fighting on the side of the Syrian government forces against the Western-backed rebels and ISIS.

Vladimir Pozner, who was born in Paris to a Russian Jewish father and a French Catholic mother, was the host for many years during the Cold War of the nightly “Radio Moscow News and Commentary” show on the North America Service, and was renowned for his signature greeting, “Thank you and good evening.” Since 2010 he’s been hosting the interview show “Pozner” on Russia’s Channel 1. He has a lively and unconstrained style of hosting, often firing poignant off-the-cuff remarks at his guests. He often comments on how the political or economic topics being discussed on his show could affect the common people in Russia.

“Israel has a principle: we do not interfere in regional crises, including in what is taking place in Syria,” the ambassador said, but added his government has two issues of concern regarding the situation in Syria:

“The first issue is the possibility of weapons leaks into the hands of Hezbollah through Syria or through Iran. We’re also concerned over the presence of Hezbollah on the Golan Heights. Just imagine, if both Russia and the Western countries leave Syria one day — we’ll stay there. Everyone else will leave and we’ll stay and it is very important for us to know how we’ll stay and who our new neighbors will be,” Heifetz said.

Regarding the legitimacy of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Ambassador Heifetz said, “Assad is the president of Syria. We have known this for many years. If you mean whom we support, I’ll answer directly: we do not support anyone in Syria. Syria must solve its issues and we must solve ours.”

Hezbollah (Party of God in Arabic) has been fighting on the side of the Syrian army since 2012.

JNi.Media

IDF Concern Rising Over Russian Arms, Military Presence in Middle East

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

No one’s admitting it publicly, but in private conversations senior Israeli air force and navy officers are expressing increasing concern over the intensity of the Russian military presence in the Middle East.

“We were surprised by the quantity and quality of the Russian weapons we have seen appearing here,” a source told Israel’s Channel 2 television news in a report that appeared Sunday.

The issue has dramatically affected the way Israeli air and sea forces plan their strategic operations.

Israeli Air Force and Navy forces were accustomed to carrying out their operations in relative freedom from any real threats up to this point, Channel 2 reported.

But foreign sources quoted the IDF as saying Russian forces have been carrying out reconnaissance missions, attacks on arms convoys, building unconventional weapons arsenals and sailing against distant shores – carrying out large-scale operations with many personnel to gather intelligence without interruption.

At this point, the situation has changed. It used to be customary to say, “If you really want to know what the president of the United States is planning, check where his aircraft are going.”

If so, the Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is sailing in the North Sea on its way to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, with the IDF closely watching its movements. The vessel is expected to dock off the coast of Syria in the next few weeks.

Hana Levi Julian

Exclusive: Weapons Cache Found in Arab Town following Abbas Surprise Visit

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

On Wednesday night, IDF forces, in collaboration with GSS and the Border Guard, raided the town of Azzun, about five miles east of Qalqilya and about the same distance west of Kfar Sabba inside 1948 Israel. The raid yielded a home made M16 rifle, loaded magazines, knives and binoculars (see picture).

The above news was part of an IDF press release, which is almost identical to hundreds of releases from the past 18 months, and, in fact, the weapons stash seized was a lot smaller than what has already been captured in many other such raids.

Here’s what was not mentioned in the IDF announcement: last Saturday, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas with his entourage made an unscheduled, uncoordinated stop at the town of Azzun. Abbas took route 55, where he is not allowed to go with his police escort without IDF permission, and then, as if on impulse, the line of official vehicles turned south on the short road leading into Azzun, leaving the IDF and Israel Police units in the area to scratch their heads in surprise.

The unusual event was not reported by the media and so no one asked what sudden business Abbas had in Azzun. But, as it happens, in addition to Azzun there are several major Jewish towns along route 55, including Karnei Shomron, Ma’ale Shomron, and Alfei Menashe, and the residents there did record the event. Which is why on Thursday morning The Jewish Press Online was bombarded with emails from those good folks Thursday morning, connecting the dots between the Abbas unexpected visit and the IDF unexpected weapons raid.

And now you, too, know.

David Israel

13 Arab Fugitives Captured Overnight, Guns & Drugs Seized in Lod

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Israeli Border Police officers captured 13 Arab fugitives late Tuesday and into the wee hours of Wednesday morning in various Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.

Ten of the suspects were arrested in connection with terrorist activities, including violent attacks on Israeli civilians and security personnel.

All of the suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Israel Police, meanwhile, recovered an automatic submachine gun during a sting operation Wednesday in Lod. The forces discovered an improvised Carlo Gustav submachine gun during their search of a property. They also uncovered and confiscated 6,000 Ecstasy tabs.

The seizure came just hours after security personnel had discovered an M-16 assault rifle and two pistols while searching another compound in the same city.

Hana Levi Julian

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