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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

Israeli Security Force Captures Arab Weapons Dealer [video]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured an Arab weapons dealer Thursday night in a joint operation near the Palestinian Authority city of Halhul, in Judea.

The suspect was arrested while allegedly on his way to carry out a weapons deal.

He was pulled over by Israeli security forces, who then conducted a body search as well as a search of his vehicle, confiscating a Carlo Gustav submachine gun in the process.

Hana Levi Julian

Meshal Brags: Since 2014, Hamas has DOUBLED its Number of Weapons

Monday, September 26th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, Elder of Ziyon}

Khaled Meshal, the “political” leader of Hamas, bragged at an Al Jazeera  forum in Doha that Hamas has doubled the number of weapons it owns in Gaza since the 2014 war.

Speaking on the topic of “Palestinian resistance and the transformations of the Arab Spring,” Meshal said “Hamas has many times the weapons than it had two years ago, due to the strong will of the Palestinians.” He said this occurred despite the blockade Israel imposed on Gaza.

Meshal attended the forum with Gaza Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

Whether he is telling the truth or not, it will be interesting to see if there is any reaction to this speech by Gazans, Israelis, human rights NGOs, Arab leaders and the international community.

Meshal is effectively telling Gazans that Hamas prioritizes weapons replenishment over getting them electricity, building materials and other goods that they need. Does the average Gazan share those priorities? Why isn’t Hamas smuggling in things that Gazans need?

Meshal is telling NGOs that Hamas doesn’t care about Gaza unemployment or dependency on aid by outsiders. In fact, the external aid is helping Hamas focus its priorities on acquiring arms. How should Doctors Without Borders or Oxfam react when they are being told that their helping Gazans allows Hamas to abdicate its responsibility towards its people?

Meshal is telling Israelis (and Egypt)  that despite the limits on goods going to Gaza, Hamas is managing to re-arm. Will this make Israel and Egypt become more or less likely to loosen up its restrictions on materials into Gaza?

This supposedly moderate and pragmatic Hamas leader is telling the Arab leaders that Hamas’ main priority is to kill Israeli Jews, not to help its own people. Yet Arab nations have pledge billions to help Gaza. Will this make them more or less likely to pay their pledges?

Finally, Meshal has re-affirmed Hamas’ terror goals. Will this make the world leaders think twice about helping an enclave where their aid is indirectly enabling terror?

Elder of Ziyon

IDF Extensive Overnight Raids Capture Jenin Weapons Workshops

Monday, September 26th, 2016

IDF forces in collaboration with Border Guard and Shabak units raided weapons workshops overnight in the town of Jenin in Samaria. The operation shut down two workshops and captured four guns, magazines, ammunition and weapons parts.

In addition, overnight IDF and Judea and Samaria police closed down a weapons workshop in ad-Dhahiriya, near Hebron.

A third overnight raid by IDF and police forces yielded “Carlo” homemade submachine guns.

Back in June, Newsweek reported that Arab social media users have been referring crowding the #CarloSalvo, “a morbid tip of the hat to a homemade sub-machine gun version of the Swedish military’s World War II Carl Gustav rifle, nicknamed the ‘Carlo.'” Virtually every post is accompanied by praises to the gun as a weapon worthy of a “hero.”

Captured "Carlo" homemade submachine guns.

Captured “Carlo” homemade submachine guns.

David Israel

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