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Israelis Prevent Gazans from Breaching Border, Launching Terror Attack

May 7, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Israeli soldiers prevent another terror attack. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Four terrorists carrying an axe, petrol and other means of destruction were neutralized as they aimed to break through the Israel-Gaza border on Sunday. The IDF Spokesperson posted a series of tweets stating that the aggressors reached the area of the security fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip “with the intention of infiltrating Israel & carrying out a terror attack.” However, the IDF kept an eye on them and after the terrorists sought to damage the security fence, the Israeli military fired at the would-be infiltrators, killing three of them.

“An attempt to damage security infrastructure, breach Israel’s sovereignty, & carry out an attack was thwarted,” continued the IDF Spokesperson in a series of tweets. “The IDF will continue to operate against those who attempt to harm Israel, its civilians, or security infrastructure.”

The Twitter feed included a photo showing the tools of the malicious trade that the terrorists had brought with them, including gloves, a metal cutter and an oxygen mask. In recent weeks, the Israelis have faced regular riots at the Gaza border that have included attempts to breach or damage the security fence infrastructure, as well as other acts of violence. In these efforts, the Hamas terror group has put their own Gazan civilians in harm’s way by encouraging the border violence and sending some of their own footsoldiers to carry out mayhem under cover of the protests. … Continue Reading

Israel Busts Hamas Money Smuggling Plot at University

May 3, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Israeli security forces working hard to keep Israel safe. Illustrative security vehicle. By Joshua Spurlock

Students are the future, but the Hamas terrorist organization believes they can be the present as well—and they are willing to invest a lot of money in raising students for nefarious purposes. Israel had other plans, however, uncovering the Gaza group’s efforts to smuggle roughly 150,000 Euros to boost Hamas activity at the Bir Zeit University in Judea and Samaria.

The Israel Security Agency (ISA) noted in the press release on the bust that exposing the plan “further underscores the high importance Hamas command ascribes to student activities in its affiliated groups in order to recruit and train members in Judea and Samaria.”

And that’s recruiting for terrorism, not the typical student activities. As an example, the ISA highlighted a separate Hamas plot in 2017 to persuade students from Bir Zeit to commit suicide attacks. The ISA said the latest money smuggling scheme “also underscores the great danger involved in such activity and its status as a significant additional arm of Hamas, the goal of which is to harm the State of Israel, despite its taking place at an institution of higher learning.” … Continue Reading

Russia Threatens Israel over Missile Defense System in Syria

April 23, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Israeli jets reportedly flew have bombed Syria. Illustrative image of F-35. Image courtesy of the Department of Defense website. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

The Russians are seriously considering putting an advanced missile defense system in Syria—which has the Israelis concerned—and Moscow has warned the Jewish State against attacking that system should it be deployed to Israel’s northern neighbor. The Independent, republishing comments from the Russian Kommersant newspaper, cited Russian military sources threatening that Israel and “all sides” would “suffer catastrophic consequences” if they struck at the S-300 system.

Israel has reportedly bombed multiple targets in Syria over the years, including recent reports of a strike that killed Iranians at a Syrian airbase. The Americans, British, and French also recently attacked Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime against its own people.

In light of that multinational attack, Russia is now nearing a decision to provide the S-300 advanced defense system to Syria, Kommersant reported in a separate article, and that’s disconcerting to Israel. The Russian newspaper quoted Israeli diplomat Alex Ben-Zvi as saying that any weapons that can “threaten Israel’s security” generically “bothers” Israel. Ben-Zvi, Israel’s Director of the Department of Eurasia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, did not specifically say if Israel would discuss the Syrians’ obtaining the S-300 in Israeli discussions with Russia. … Continue Reading

Hamas Engineer Assassinated in Malaysia; Hamas Operatives Arrested Near Ramallah

April 22, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Killed engineer helped Hamas develop rockets. Spent Palestinian rocket. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

It was a bad weekend for the Hamas terrorist organization. On Saturday morning, an engineer involved in improving the Hamas rocket program was killed by gunmen on a motorcycle in the southeast Asian country of Malaysia, and roughly 24 hours later more than a dozen Hamas operatives were arrested near the pseudo-Palestinian capital of Ramallah. The New Straits Times, a Malaysian newspaper, reported that the gunmen waited for their target for 20 minutes before shooting him at point-blank range. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman denied accusations that Israel was behind the assassination in comments to Israel Radio that were republished by The Times of Israel.

Lieberman was quoted as saying the killed Hamas man, Dr. Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, was “no saint and he didn’t deal with improving infrastructure in Gaza. He was involved in improving rocket precision.” Posts on the Hamas website mourning his death claimed the slain al-Batsh was an electrical inventor.

Furthermore, the New Straits Times reported that al-Batsh was planning to travel to Turkey later on Saturday. Turkey has not only been a second home to Hamas members, but Hamas military activity in that country has occurred “unhindered as Turkish officials turn a blind eye and—on occasion—encourage it,” said an Israel Security Agency (ISA) press release in February. … Continue Reading

Hamas Protests Targets Security Fence Again; Israel Takes Down Another Hamas Terror Tunnel

April 15, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Gaza protests a cover for terrorism. Illustrative photo of Palestinian event. By Joshua Spurlock

Over the weekend, Israel thwarted another Hamas terror tunnel stretching from Gaza to Israel that could have been used for attacks on Israeli civilians, while Gaza has continued the violence above ground in the now regular border rioting inspired by Hamas. The IDF Blog reported that the targeted terror tunnel had “put the lives of hundreds of Israeli families at risk.” And the protests at the border are making the dangerous situation worse.

On Friday, the IDF Spokesperson posted to Twitter that multiple attempts were made to attack the security fence separating Israel from Gaza and posted a photo of a terrorist holding what appears to be an explosive device while near journalists and a handicapped person. Tweeted the IDF Spokesperson on Friday, “An explosive device was placed & detonated near the Karni Crossing in northern Gaza & a firebomb attached to a kite was dispatched. Meanwhile, explosive devices, rocks & firebombs have continued to be hurled.” Despite the chaos, the IDF isn’t allowing it to distract from the need to protect the border—including underground. … Continue Reading

Israel: Gaza ‘Photojournalist’ Slain in Riot Was Hamas Terrorist

April 11, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Gaza protests a cover for terrorism. Illustrative photo of Palestinian event. By Joshua Spurlock

The alleged photojournalist who was killed in the Gaza border protests last week was in fact a Hamas terrorist, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday, the same day an explosive device went off near the Israel-Gaza security fence highlighted the threat posed by the Hamas-led Gaza riots. Prime Minister’s Office spokesman Ofir Gendelman cited Lieberman in a Twitter post saying that the photojournalist, Yasser Murjata, was “a terrorist with a prior association” with the Hamas military wing.

Tweeted Gendelman, “He held the rank of captain & was paid regularly by Hamas since 2011. He used to fly drones to collect intel on IDF forces at the front.” Murjata was killed last Friday, and The Jerusalem Post—citing Israeli defense officials comments in a report from the Israeli Walla! news group—said a number of senior Hamas officials attended his funeral. The unnamed Israeli officials said he was still active in Hamas and beneficial to them.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, an explosive devise planted near the security fence “under the guise of the riots” was set off against an IDF engineering vehicle, tweeted the IDF Spokesperson. The tweet added that there were no reported injuries in the blast. … Continue Reading

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