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Humanitarian Aid Still Continues to Flow Into Gaza

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Domestic and foreign humanitarian aid still continues to flow — flood, in fact — into the Hamas terrorist-ruled region of Gaza.

On Wednesday alone, 23,425 tons of goods in 745 trucks entered the region via the Kerem Shalom Crossing, according to the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

The day before, 22,437 tons of goods in 637 trucks entered Gaza via Kerem Shalom. On Monday, 22,788 tons of goods in 687 trucks entered the enclave via the crossing.

COGAT Activity July 17-23 2016

But it’s not just foodstuffs, dry goods and equipment that move across Israel’s southern border into Gaza.

There were eight crossings of ambulances between Gaza and Israel on Wednesday, the COGAT reported.

In addition, there were 1,088 crossings of foreigners, merchants and others between Israel and Gaza on Wednesday. One day earlier, there were 1,152 crossings in human traffic.

The shipments are very carefully inspected before passing through the crossings due to the frequent attempts to “import” weapons, ammunition and other ordnance and contraband by terrorist smugglers.

Inspectors have found electronics, components and other parts that are used to manufacture rockets and missiles as well as other instruments for waging war against Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Reveal They Used Undercover Agent to Crack Down on Illegal Arms Trade in Arab Sector

Monday, July 18th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

The Israel Police cleared for publication on Monday morning that it has infiltrated criminal ranks in the Arab sector and confiscated numerous illegal weapons thanks to the use of an undercover agent for over a year. A total of 600 policemen have been conducting a widespread arrest campaign and have detained dozens of suspects in Arab towns and in Netanya since the morning.

The undercover agent operated under a fake identity for more than a year. He collected evidence on many influential criminals and documented dozens of illegal arms and drug deals.

At least 62 suspects have already been arrested within just a few hours, and more arrests are expected. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh awarded the publicly unidentified agent with a pistol and official certification at a private ceremony in his honor.

“I applaud the brave agent who exposed a network of illegal arms traders last night,” said Minister Erdan. “I also applaud the Israel Police forces who participated in the arrest campaign. I hope and believe that the agent who helped us and officially joined the police today [as an overt officer] will be an example to the young generation in the Arab sector, which pays a high price for the high crime rates in it.”

The agent operated in the Triangle area, a concentration of Arab towns and villages in central Israel, and in the city of Netanya. He quickly became accepted and respected among the criminals and was even called upon to mediate internal conflicts.

“I have always seen myself on the side of law enforcement, and when I was offered to be an agent, I did not think twice,” said the agent. “This mission was a challenge. The weapon issue in the Arab sector bothers the Arab community very much, a dangerous phenomenon that I know about first-hand.”

During his time undercover, the agent purchased twelve “Carlo” submachine guns, three Kalashnikov assault rifles, two home-made M16 rifles, four pistols, a stun grenade, and ammunition. He also purchased over nine kilograms of hashish, 700 grams of marijuana, and 85 grams of cocaine.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

IDF Kills Ramming Terrorist During Raid of Homemade Weapons Shop

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

A security force comprised of IDF, Border Guard and police, that had raided and captured a weapons making facility in the town of Al-Ram, north-east of Jerusalem, identified a speeding vehicle that was approaching them in a manner that suggested a terrorist intent. The force, which felt that their lives were at risk, opened fire. One of the passengers in the ramming vehicle was killed and another injured. A third man was arrested and taken for a Shabak interrogation.

David Israel

Nasrallah: Everything Hezbollah Eats and Drinks, Its Weapons and Rockets, Come from Iran

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

In a Friday speech marking 40 days after the death of senior Hezbollah commander Mustafah Bedreddine in Damascus, the leader of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah announced that his group is “open about the fact that Hezbollah’s budget, its income, its expenses, everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, come from the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Which is why no matter how many new sanctions the US and the West would place on it, Nasrallah said, Hezbollah “will not be affected.”

Nasrallah said: “As long as Iran has money, we have money… Just as we receive the rockets that we use to threaten Israel, we are receiving our money. No law will prevent us from receiving it…”

As Al Arabia pointed out, the Nasrallah speech is a major embarrassment to the Obama Administration, since it appears that by approving the thawing of Iranian funds in return for a dubious nuclear agreement the US is now “playing a critical role in assisting and facilitating the ways through which Hezbollah receives this significant aid from the Iranian government.”

Two of the major beneficiaries of the sanctions relief have been Hezbollah and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran has also been able to increase its military budget by $1.5 billion from $15.6 billion to $17.1 billion.

Nasrallah’s speech now indicates that US money transfer to Iran’s bank and the sanctions relief have empowered both the Iranian government and Hezbollah, this after a few years in which the Lebanese terror organizations has suffered the worst string of casualties in its proxy war in Syria alongside the IRGC.

With that in mind, Nasrallah said on Friday that since thousands of Hezbollah’s Sunni enemies have recently entered Syria through Turkey to take over the northern city of Aleppo, he will send more fighters to the Aleppo area, where Hezbollah has suffered heavy losses in the past. “We are facing a new wave […] of projects of war against Syria which are being waged in northern Syria, particularly in the Aleppo region,” Nasrallah said, declaring, “The defence of Aleppo is the defense of the rest of Syria, it is the defense of Damascus, it is also the defense of Lebanon, and of Iraq.”

Nasrallah also admitted that 26 Hezbollah fighters had been killed so far in June, adding to the estimates of more than a thousand Hezbollah dead, including several senior leaders, in the Syrian civil war.


3 Arrested at Holland Tunnel With Combat Gear, Weapons Cache, Driving to NYC

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Three people were arrested Tuesday morning with a large weapons cache, just before entering the Holland Tunnel on their way to New York City.

Two men in their fifties and a woman in her thirties were stopped by police on the New Jersey side of the tunnel when they were spotted in a car with a cracked windshield.

Port Authority Police initially stopped the trio at a toll plaza at around 7:40 am Eastern Time, police said. They were soon joined by agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a source said, when a search of the vehicle turned up the cache of combat gear.

The collection of combat gear included body armor (several ballistic vests), a camouflage helmet with night vision goggles, multiple rifles and handguns (some loaded), a number of knives, and several magazines filled with ammunition.

Two senior law enforcement officials told NBC 4 News the suspects were “gun enthusiasts” and had “no nexus to terror.”

The trio reportedly may be from Pennsylvania, where a police source said “gun laws are more relaxed.”

Hana Levi Julian

What Would You Do if Israelis/Arabs Put Down Their Weapons?

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Corey Gil-Shuster goes around the Land of Israel asking local people interesting questions from viewers around the world.

Q: PA Arabs: What would you do if Israelis put down their weapons?

and the reverse:

Q: Israelis: What would you do if Arabs put down their weapons?

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Waves & Weapons

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Once again, the calendar has rolled around to Sivan. Congratulations to all those who have successfully counted all 49 days of Sefiras Ha’Omer! Now let’s move on to an analysis of Sivan – the month of the Torah.

For those of you who are familiar with the Arizal’s modus operandi of matching each of the months with one of the twelve tribes, I am sure Sivan has got you perplexed. The Arizal aligns Sivan with Zevulun – the sea merchant. One could ask a fair question: What led the Arizal to the conclusion that Zevulun should be aligned with Sivan instead of perhaps Yissachar – the scholar who spends all his time studying the Torah which was given in this month? Now, one might suggest that since Zevulun pays all of Yissachar’s bills, he is considered Yissachar’s equal. However, while it may be true that Zevulun will receive an equal portion of Heavenly reward, we still don’t know why Zevulun should be matched up with the month of the Torah any more than Yissachar who actually does study the Torah all his days.

Before we answer this question, let’s add one more. The Sefer Yetzirah writes that every month is aligned with a particular letter – with Sivan being aligned with zayin. In what way can we understand this enigmatic idea? Come; we have a way to go.

In order to answer these questions, let’s take a detour to discuss the origins of the name Zevulun. The Torah (Bereishis 30:20) describes how Leah stated “Ha’paam yizblni ishi – Now [that this child is born] my husband will make his permanent dwelling with me, for I have borne him 6 sons. And she called his name Zevulun.” The Torah is explaining that the name Zevulun comes from the word “zevul” – a permanent dwelling place. This is strange considering Zevulun’s is known as an overseas traveler. While a sea merchant may indeed have a house, he rarely spends time there. If anything, the sea would be called his dwelling place more than the dry land. While one may suggest that Leah’s statement was of limited significance, the Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 71, 3) debunks this theory by explaining that the names of the Shevatim are laden with significance and, indeed, define who they and their descendant are. So why is the frequent flier associated with dwelling places?

Perhaps we can begin to answer this question by looking at the Vilna Gaon’s explanation of Sefer Yonah. Although he does not Heaven forbid negate the historical veracity of this book, the Vilna Gaon explains that Sefer Yonah can also be understood as a parable to the soul’s journey through the world. The traveler is the soul, the boat is his body with which he moves along, and the sea is planet Earth. Yonah describes how the soul often tries to flee from the Will of G-d but is unable to escape his spiritual calling. What can we draw out from this exposition? It seems that the Vilna Gaon understands that this world can be compared to the sea! So Zevulun is not one who stays away from the dwelling place of civilized men, but rather his abode typifies such places.

However, we still must wonder why this world should be made into a permanent dwelling. Does Pirkei Avos (Chp. 4) not teach us that this world is but a corridor to the next world? What benefit could there be in assigning a tribe the job to make this world a permanent dwelling place?

The answer is, we are not commanded to make the world a zevul for us but rather for Hashem. Hashem made the world so that we can earn eternal reward by making the world into a dwelling place for Him. Our Sages teach “Rotzoh Hakadosh Baruch Hu laasos dirah B’tachtonim” – Hashem desired, as it were, to have a dwelling place in the physical realm. But how can the Holy One dwell in the lower world? Through the Torah. The Torah describes precisely how we must live our lives. When we follow the laws and ways of the Torah, the world becomes a Hashem-centric place. If we cause the whole world to be run in accordance with G-d’s will then the world indeed becomes a “dwelling place” for the Holy One.

However, one could still ask, why is this specifically Zevulun’s job? Doesn’t everyone have an obligation to make the world a godly place? The answer is that of course everyone has this obligation. But Zevulun is uniquely suited to fulfill this task because he is the one who is out there in the world. The businessmen who interact with the peoples of the Earth are in just the right position to show everyone what it means to live according to the Torah. Yissachar, indeed, makes the globe a godlier place by increasing knowledge of Hashem’s way of thinking. Also, Yissachar is the one who provides guidance in how to live properly according to halacha. His contribution cannot be understated. Nevertheless, Zevulun is the one who enables all this by supporting Yissachar financially. Secondly, while Yissachar’s halachic renderings are truly the only way we know how to live in the world, it is Zevulun who actually brings those psakim to the world. The opportunities Zevulun has to make a dwelling place for Hashem are that much more encompassing. So in reality it is Zevulun who is most suited for the month of the Torah, for it is he who extends its reach the farthest.

Let’s wrap it up by explaining why Sivan is aligned with the letter zayin. You see, zayin is not just the seventh letter; it is also a word which means “weapon.” In the month of the zayin Hashem gave us a weapon with which we can fight the world war. You may not have realized we are engaged in a war, but it is a fact that we are. The nations of the world struggle mightily to crown man as the king of the universe, while we Jews contend that Hashem is the King of the universe. The nations fight to create a man-centric world, while our people battle to construct a dwelling place for the Almighty. The Torah is our only weapon, because without it we have no way of knowing how this holy abode can be built. Molding the world in accordance with Hashem’s plan cannot be done simply by following our hearts. We must work to incorporate halacha into every aspect of our lives. We must act in a way befitting the bearers of G-d’s Word and we must cause G-d’s Name and ways to become beloved in the eyes of all humanity. All this can only be done with our secret zayin – the Torah. May we merit this month to receive the Torah with a full heart and learn to use it in fulfillment of Hashem’s Master Plan.

Shaya Winiarz

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