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January 29, 2015

Hezballah Cross Border Attack Threatens to Elevate Conflict

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Two IDF soldiers were killed when each of the vehicles they were patrolling the border road with Lebanon were struck each by an anti-tank rocket. Six other soldiers were injured and have been transported to Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. No information was relayed initially after they were evacuated to Rambam Hospital for treatment. Information released through journalist Rassan Ben Jiddo shortly after 1:00 PM issued the claims the Hezballah took credit for these attacks. There was also news reports claiming mortar fire had erupted along the border. The two IDF soldiers killed were Major Yochai Kalangel and Sgt. Dor Nini pictured below.

 

IDF Soldiers Major Yochai Kalangel and Sgt. Dor Nini killed by Hezballah anti tank rockets hit in unarmored vehicles on border road

IDF Soldiers Major Yochai Kalangel and Sgt. Dor Nini killed by Hezballah anti-tank rockets hit in unarmored vehicles on border road

 

After calm returned to the border region, Hezballah made calls for calm after firing at the least six anti-tank rockets at light vehicles which is against the Geneva Conventions though it is doubtful that such violations will be reported by many in the mainstream media as the violations were against Israelis and not perpetrated by Israelis. Hezballah terrorists attacked an IDF post along the border earlier in the day yesterday without reports of injuries or other casualties. During these exchanges of fire a Spanish United Nations peacekeeper was killed. Israeli Channel 2 reported that Hezballah had requested for UNIFIL to inform the Israelis that they had made a request for calm as they were finished firing and now desired to call an end to hostilities before there was any serious response from the Israeli Defense Forces to their instigations.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to the reports of these attacks upon IDF forces while touring the Sderot which is situated appropriately on the border with Gaza where the Prime Minister related to the damages inflicted by the IDF upon Hamas forces and their infrastructure during this past summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas in response to their constant cross-border rocket launches and the resultant destruction of the Hamas tunnel systems and other infrastructure disabled or destroyed during the fifty days of fighting noting, “Anyone who tries to challenge us in the north should look at what happened to Hamas, not far from here, which was recently dealt the hardest blow it has received since its creation.”

 

These attacks from Hezballah emanating from the Sheba Farms region, within Syria near the Golan Heights and across Israel’s northern border with Lebanon will eventually lead to another exchange should Hezballah continue their recent escalations. Their claims that today’s attacks were revenge for the air attack by the IAF which struck their positions in southwestern Syria which resulted in six fatalities including claiming the lives of a senior Hezballah commander as well as an Iranian IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) General, the special military arm from Iran responsible for terror and other attacks throughout the world and the very group which was implicated in the Buenos Aires, Argentina 1994 bombing of the AMIA, Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA; Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) about which Alberto Nisman was the prosecutor recently discovered murdered in his apartment as we reported here and here. The Israeli strike was made to interdict to prevent a serious rocket attack from within southwestern Syria which was being assembled by the Hezballah and IRGC forces at two locations late last week. Hezballah protested the strike referring to it as an unjustified and unprovoked attack on troops which posed no danger to Israel and were simply operating within Syria in defense of the Syrian government of Bashir al-Assad. Iran has also threatened to attack Israel with a thunderous assault like lightening unlike anything Israel has ever seen and that Israel will be completely unable to defend against the attack due to its swiftness and devastating results. The setting up rocket launching positions which were obviously aimed to target Israel and not being targeting any positions within Syria was only prevented from potentially causing serious damages to IDF positions along the Golan Heights or even worse, striking inside Israel in the Galilee where the potential for civilian casualties would be significant thus the immediate and swift response by Israeli jet fighters taking out the launchers and personnel before they were able to launch their rockets. That was what Hezballah and Iran referred to as an unprovoked attack on their personnel who were simply carrying out exercises which were of no threat to Israel.

 

On another front on these fatal attacks on IDF vehicles and personnel, it has been rumored and is being investigated by the IDF that the vehicles struck in yesterday’s attacks were unarmored vehicles which are not for use on the border. There are claims that by mistake unarmored Isuzu dMax jeeps were the issued vehicles and are not outfitted with sufficient armor for border duties. As the vehicles were struck with anti-tank missiles the type of vehicle may not have necessarily saved these soldiers’ lives as even armored vehicles are insufficiently up-armored to resist anti-tank missiles which are designed to penetrate at least a dozen inches of armor plate and some even twice that much armor and lighter vehicles and APCs are usually armored with a maximum of six inches of armor plate equivalent. The difference would be if the vehicles were supposed to be outfitted with the Trophy Active Protection System developed by RAFAEL Armament Development Authority, that would have made a difference. Had the vehicles of any thickness of armor also been a vehicle protected by the Trophy System then whether the vehicle was armored would have been inconsequential as no anti-tank missile would have been able to even reach the vehicle still capable of exploding or doing any serious damage. Prime Minister Netanyahu commented later in the day after being briefed on the extents and numbers of IDF soldiers and young Israelis which the fact that all of these soldiers are also young men who have families and represent the future for Israel and each one lost is a loss felt by the whole nation as the majority of Israelis feel as if we are all family and not merely countrymen. It is because much of the nation as a whole mourns the loss of each and every soldier and many take the loss of each young man or woman in the defense of our small nation so precariously perched at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea at its eastern edge with nothing but enemies desiring to kill every last Israeli as their holy mission. It was speaking for the nation which has been deeply wounded that Prime Minister Netanyahu stated to the media and the nation filled with mourners this day stating, “Those who committed these acts will pay the full price for their actions. For a long time Iran has been using Hezbollah to establish a terror front against us on the Golan. We are aggressively acting to prevent this. The government of Lebanon and the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria are responsible for attacks on Israel that emerge from their territory. Our single goal is to defend Israel and Israelis. We have acted this way in the past, and will continue to do so.”

 

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January 22, 2015

Horrific Knifing Terror Attack in Tel Aviv and More

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An Arab, Mohammed Hassan Matruk, age 23 infiltrated Israel this morning making it from his residence in Tulkarem, which is under the control of both security, laws, social rule, as it is within the autonomous area which is under complete control of the Arab Authority ruled by the Palestinian Authority and the Fatah Party both of which have Mahmoud Abbas at their head, making it all the way to board the #40 bus in central Tel Aviv where traveling on Begin Road at the Ma’ariv Bridge where he started his stabbing spree by stabbing the bus driver. Magen David Adom (MDA) reported receiving a frantic phone call at 7:28 AM reporting of a string of stabbing attacks where a woman can be heard saying “there was a terror attack on a bus. A man with a knife. A terror attack on a bus in Tel Aviv. At the Ma’ariv Bridge.” When the dispatcher requested further information such as how many had been injured the woman responded, “I don’t know how many. I feel blood all over my body.” There were twelve people who were stabbed and treated for their wounds initially by Magen David Adom as well as a fair number of others were treated for shock. Of those stabbed, three or four were severely wounded with an equal number receiving moderate wounds and the remaining five receiving relatively light wounds. Not all of those wounded were passengers on the bus as the terrorist fled the bus stabbing people as he ran before being shot in the leg by officers and arrested. Making this terror attack all the more distressful was the immediacy with the reaction by the Arab Authority and Fatah Party in uploading cartoons celebrating the attack and then other posts simply to recall and celebrate previous terror attacks over the years. This was not the first time such had been the reaction to horrific terror attacks as a similar cartoon was also uploaded after the slaughter of the four Rabbis and the injury of a half dozen other worshipers including other Rabbis and the murder of a Druze Israeli police officer at the Har Nof Synagogue. For keeping a record of these cartoons and one picture which catches Mahmoud Abbas in a revealing capture during the recent solidarity rally and march in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo massacre please see it all here.

 

As horrible this terror attack was, what was even more telling was the fact that at the same time the leadership in Ramallah was planning their next attempt to have the United Nations grant them their desired statehood without demanding from them the making of peace with Israel or giving up their terrorist war against Israel. This time they are planning to possibly also demand that the United Nations force Israel to accept five million Arab refugees changing Israel into a majority Arab state which will vote to be annexed by the Arab state they are expecting to receive from the United Nations thus forming their Arab state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, the fulfillment of their protest chant heard on college campuses around the world on Israel Apartheid Day rallies. They are hoping that with the changes to the Security Council that the new countries will provide them with the required nine votes they had mistakenly thought they had in the bag when they attempted the same ploy without the demand for Israel to accept the suicidal influx of five million Arab refugees. Their confidence must be sky high which we discussed previously denoting changes which took place over New Years and the rotation of Security Council members dissected in our write-up If Only! If Only!!! The other subject supposedly being discussed in Ramallah at the same time as the terror attack was how to present the most damning evidence before the International Criminal Court (ICC) during the upcoming investigations in order to have Israel condemned and thus be able to use such rulings to better berate Israel before the rest of the World especially in Europe and throughout the Western World. One could easily bet that there was no feelings that perhaps there might be just the slightest hint of hypocrisy when the news of the stabbings in Tel Aviv reached the meeting and all was then dropped in order to maximize the news of this latest terror attack as there were cartoons and other uploads to be had for the enjoyment of their adoring public using only the most vulgar and base humor possible.

 

In the meantime, as a result of an purported Israeli strike on some Hezballah forces caught positioning explosives along the Syria Israel border and another team making ready rocket launchers to launch rockets into Israel the surprise that included in what was initially determined to be low level teams setting up another attempt to strike at the Israeli forces along the Golan Heights it was later revealed that amongst those killed was a highest level Hezballah commander, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) General and four or five other Iranian IRGC soldiers. The report of the caliber of those killed by what was thought to be a groups of lower level units from Hezballah as have been the usual culprits when such activities were previously executed came as a shock. What became a further shock were the warnings from Iran and Hezballah that Israel could expect severe strikes like unto great thunderbolts striking swiftly and completely but that such strikes were not intended to provoke a new war as there was no desire to escalate the situation at this time into such as a war footing. It was simply unusual when the usual warning about strikes of great magnitude and other superlatives, the lightening was a nice touch not used often before, and then the qualifiers warning that there is no desire to escalate the situation takes away from the dire wording of the threats initially offered. Still, the Israelis have increased the levels of awareness along the Golan Heights, the Lebanese border and the Galilee with the installment of a number of Iron Dome batteries along the northern border regions. Other than a few road closures which were in the extreme north and easily visible from the hills along the Israeli Lebanese border as a precaution, for the most part life continues on unchanged. May the situation stay that calm.

 

There was somewhat of a dust-up between the White House and the office of Prime Minister Netanyahu over there being no notification of an invitation for the Prime Minister to address the United States Congress next month. Where the breakdown occurred is not entirely clear right at the moment. It has been long known that there is little love lost by the White House and many amongst the upper level members of President Obama’s team for Prime Minister Netanyahu and it was an invite from the United States Congress so there may have been a slip somewhere in the invitation and the acceptance where some from both sides probably assumed that the other side would be informing the White House. One would hope that there would not be any real sleep lost over this situation. It is not like the White House or the State Department has been exactly candid about some changes they have instituted with the United States Consulate in Jerusalem which have transgressed Israeli laws. The remarks follow reports of a sharp decline in United States Israel relations, resulting from an explosive report in Yedioth Aharonot last week that the United States Consulate in Jerusalem views itself as the United States Consulate in Palestine and not Israel. This has been further pushed towards a scandalous proportions in that the Jerusalem Consulate has been replacing the Israeli security guards with Palestinian Arabs often with some having criminal records which is in flagrant violation of Israeli law. Add this to the events of several weeks ago where United States Jerusalem Consulate officials entered the Samaria community of Adei Ad with guards armed with M-16s and sidearms without permission or notification of the IDF or other Israeli authorities which nearly came to an altercation and exchange of fire between the community security forces and the unannounced American security team, which may have consisted of Arab personnel, and nearly caused an international incident. One can read our report from the next day in our article Why Were United States Consulate Security Taking Part in a Planned Provocation? Where all of these strands emanating from the Palestinian Arab’s deep seated hatred of Israel, the Jews and Western civilizations, a hatred shared by Jihadists the world over, will take the world, G0d only knows and he has yet to inform us.

 

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January 4, 2015

Lessons of the Likud Primary Elections

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The initial lesson almost everybody will claim is that nothing notable resulted from the Likud primary elections. Binyamin Netanyahu easily won the top spot and Danny Danon retained a seat in the Knesset. Yuli Edelstein, followed by Gilad Arden – then Israel Katz, Miri Regev, Silvan Shalom, Moshe Ya’alon, Ze’ev Elkin and Tzachi Hanegbi rounded out the top positions. The presumably big story is that none of the Likud leadership mentioned ceding land for making a Palestinian state, nor making conciliatory moves to placate the Demands of the European Union, nor surrendering lands demanded by the United Nations nor folding before pressures from United States President Obama nor buckling to demands made by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) threats nor bending under to the compulsion emanating from any of the European governments nor mollifying to any pressures to relent claim to any land claims by any Arab or Muslim entity. This would have been laudable and reassuring except for the lack of claiming anything concerning the surrender of lands beyond the Green Line. Probably the one comment heard in the reporting was an assurance that the Western Wall would remain under Israeli control made by Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Herzog which would have made the perfect invitation to address that the Likud would not only retain control over the Kotel but would keep all of Jerusalem, the settlements, the Jordan Valley, the Judean Hills and all of ancient Israel, but no such retort was presented. The question of what they are in favor of committing themselves to about the ancient homelands of the Jewish State, of the lands of Judea and Samaria is a question of paramount importance and the answer must not contain any ambiguities or vagueness and must be replied to without even the slightest hesitation of falter so as to be given spontaneously proving it is their default and singular position. Such must be the position and response to the state of mind of any candidate on any list before a true Zionist can feel comfort in granting any party their vote.

 

There was some disconcerting news pertaining to the subterfuge around efforts to keep Moshe Feiglin from attaining a safe position or even any position on the Likud list and with that news one might also question if these efforts also had an effect on Tzipi Hotovely just missing making the list of favorably situated spots when she missed being in the twentieth spot and that pushed her back to the twenty-sixth spot behind some seats reserved for party regional leadership and people chosen by the Prime Minister personally. Another step towards proving that Likud stands firmly in the nationalist camp and also the Zionist camp would be Benyamin Netanyahu placing Tzipi Hotovely in one of his discretionary spots assuring her a better chance at continuing to serve and have an additional Zionist voice in the Knesset. The next step which the Zionist camp must take careful notes to will be the filing by the parties of their official lists. If any Zionist belongs to a party which places within its list any appreciable numbers of candidates who have ever stated their approval to surrendering Judea and Samaria and permitting a new Arab state which will most assuredly become another Hamastan either through elections or by force of arms, just as did Gaza, then one should seriously consider giving their vote to another party. There should be little if any room for Ministers to the Knesset who would allow another debacle such as the events which formed Kadima and led to the unilateral disengagement from Gaza producing a similar result with Judea and Samaria. This was one fear that occupied my mind and led to great consternation when after the last elections when Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately chose to bring into his potential coalition Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah Party (הַתְּנוּעָה) which had not only surrender lands for peace members on her party list but also was headed with the ultimate land for peace person outside Labor, Meretz and the Arab Parties. When Tzipi Livni was then given the position to be the lead Israeli for negotiating and dealing with the Palestinians and all that would eventually entail, which came way too close to my worst fears, I said prayers that like Pharaoh, Abbas and companies’ hearts would harden and refuse every offer. That is apparently exactly what came to be as Abbas once again proved the wisdom of Abba Eban who stated referring to the forming of another Arab nation west of the Jordan River that, “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

 

It is always nerve racking when offers are made where almost the entirety of Judea and Samaria and especially if Eastern Jerusalem is included which initially guarantees that Jews will lose all access to the Temple Mount and the Kotel and additionally the Synagogues which were so painstakingly refurbished and restored will once again be torn asunder and be once again defiled. There is still one last thing which granting the Arabs and Abbas their state and Hamas taking control within one year or two is that within six months of Hamas rising to power Israel will once again be facing a war of extinction against who knows how many armies. The war that would follow Hamas taking over Judea, Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem would be frightful and potentially the most dangerous situation since the War of Independence as it is surreal yet potentially possible, if not probable should such a war come four or five years down the road, that the Arabs would have a number of European nations aiding their efforts and arming them with top of the line NATO equipment. It might even become a worst case scenario should Turkey also become a party to the conflict and demand that the rest of NATO come to the aid against the nation warring with Turkey, a fellow NATO member who is permitted such a request. Where it is unlikely, though not completely out of the realm of possibilities, that the United States would aid Turkey against Israel, but it is nowhere near as certain when one considers that the numerous European NATO members might comply with the request resulting in a much broader war and increases the potential for Israel to be defeated without, as assisted Israel in all her previous conflicts, the good L0rd assists once again.

 

The one thing that Israel needs to make sure does not happen is for the leftists make up the lead in any coalition, especially if the Prime Minister position will be occupied by Tzipi Livni as she most assuredly would surrender the store simply to assure herself a legacy. Tzipi Livni is driven to become the Prime Minister who achieved peace with the Arabs and received a Nobel Peace Prize for her heroic and valued leadership. The question with her deciding what is acceptable could potentially lead to her insisting that Israel retain Tel Aviv but hopefully she not surrender both the Negev Desert and the Galilee central plains and hills and certainly not surrender Netanya and Nahariya. Of course she might not get the opportunity as Yitzhak Herzog would be allowed first shot at surrendering almost all of Israel. Yitzhak Herzog recently vowed to shut down the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division, which functions as an operational arm of the government to build and establish communities and infrastructures in Judea and Samaria. Herzog stated on ‘Meet the Press’ Saturday night, “As Prime Minister I will close the Settlement Division and open it later to serve the Negev and the Galilee. We see again and again the same group takes over the interests of the state and Netanyahu gave in to it.” This is a blanket inference that the lands beyond the Green Line are of little concern and that Yitzhak Herzog is willing to surrender all of Judea and Samaria forcing almost one-million Jews from their homes, something which the Israeli voters must take the efforts to avoid giving this man any power. Not only is that necessary but the Israeli voters must make certain that whichever party gets to form the next government is a party headed by a devout and solid Zionist who knows that not only without Jerusalem does Israel fail, but also without Hevron, Shechem, Jericho, and possibly also Bethlehem. These are the minimalist demands and retaining all the lands promised by treaties are reserved solely for a Jewish State where the peoples living within have individual rights, commercial rights, property rights and religious rights but political rights are reserved for the Jews when voting and ruling the nation come into question. This was decided immediately after World War I and was ratified by the European nations, Japan and the United States and ratified by the United Nations. Without going into detail, here is the thumbnail sketch one more time, The San Remo Conference implemented the Balfour Declaration word for word as their conclusion; following that decision the British had the mandate and proposed splitting the mandate with three-quarters approximately was to be utilized for an Arab state and would be defined as the lands west of the Jordan River while the lands east of the Jordan River, that less than one-quarter of the Mandate lands, would be reserved into perpetuity for the Jewish State where all people living within were to keep their properties, businesses, religious rights, civil rights and all rights with the exception of political rights which could be granted them if and only if the Jewish government deemed them to have such powers. All of these treaties were adopted subsequently by the United Nations under Article 80. Get it, got it, good!

 

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