US Closes Palestinian Office in Washington for Rejecting Peace Plan ‘They Haven’t Yet Seen’

The Americans increased the pressure on the Palestinians for obstructing peace again on Monday, as the United States government closed the office of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington, D.C. The PLO is the official representative of the Palestinian government to the world and in …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

Israeli Civilian Killed by Stabbing Neutralizes Terrorist Despite Mortal Wound

An American-Israeli civilian died from wounds received in a terror stabbing on Sunday, but not before he was able to take down his attacker. The victim, Ari Fuld, was seen chasing the terrorist after a brief fight with the terrorist in a video posted to Twitter by Israeli Prime Minister’s …

Israel Uncovers Hamas Terrorist Lead Temple Mount Attack Last Summer

A Hamas operative led the attack that launched fireworks at Israeli security forces guarding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem last summer, injuring four officers in a violent event that resulted in the holy site being closed for hours. A press release from the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) said that the …

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French Consulate Worker Helped Smuggle Dozens of Guns for Palestinians

March 19, 2018 News

French consular vehicle. Photo courtesy of ISA

A French national employed at the country’s consulate in Jerusalem helped a Palestinian network smuggle six dozen guns—including two assault rifles—from the Gaza Strip to arms dealers in Judea and Samaria (West Bank). The smuggling ring was busted by the Israel Security Agency (ISA) and the Israel Police, who found that the French Consulate worker—Romain Franck—was acting for personal financial gain and of his own accord, according to an ISA press release. The Israelis kept the French regularly updated and Franck’s superiors were not aware of the illegal activity. Nonetheless, the Israelis are taking it very seriously.

“This is a very grave incident in which the immunity and privileges granted to foreign missions in Israel was cynically exploited in order to smuggle dozens of weapons which could have been used in terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and members of the security forces,” a senior ISA officer said in the press release.

Franck used a vehicle that belonged to the French consulate—which the ISA press release noted received the customary lighter security check as a foreign mission vehicle—to smuggle weapons on five different occasions in recent months. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu: Time to Realize Gaza Aid Money Being Buried Underground

March 18, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Terrorist construction can be dangerous too. Illustrative image of bulldozer. By Joshua Spurlock

The Israelis took out two more Gaza terror tunnels over the weekend, including one that Hamas was trying to rebuild. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the world to know what their aid money to Gaza is really being used to develop: terrorism. “Our policy is to take determined action against any attempt to attack us and to systematically eliminate the infrastructure of terrorist tunnels and thus we will continue,” said Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office. “The time has come for the international community to realize that the assistance funds to Gaza are being buried underground.”

The Prime Minister’s Office Arabic spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, expanded on what Hamas is doing with the millions of dollars received. “These funds are not spent by Hamas on welfare, housing or improving the lives of Palestinians. They are spent on terror tunnels, bunkers, rockets & weapons,” tweeted Gendelman. … Continue Reading

Israeli Soldiers Killed in Car Terror Attack; Bombs Blast Near Gaza Border Again

March 18, 2018 News

Israeli soldiers murdered in car terror attack. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

It has been violent four days in Israel. Two Israeli soldiers were killed and two more were injured in what is being described as a “deliberate” Palestinian car ramming attack on Friday as Israelis prepared for the Sabbath, just one day after explosive devices were set off along the Gaza Strip security fence. And then the day after the car attack, another improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at the Gaza fence, and a day later a security guard was stabbed in Jerusalem. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld on Twitter reported sadly that the guard later died from severe injuries.  The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed reported that no one was reportedly injured by the Thursday or Saturday Gaza blasts. Tragically, the car ramming on Friday—like the stabbing on Sunday—was deadly.

The IDF Spokesperson tweeted that the murdered soldiers—one an officer in the IDF—were attacked by a Palestinian terrorist while they were “securing routes” near an Israeli community in the Samaria region. The ramming terrorist was injured and hospitalized. Israeli Prime Minister’s Office spokesman Ofir Gendelman cited the Israel Security Agency (ISA) as confirming that it wasn’t an accident.

Gendelman tweeted that the 26-year-old Palestinian terrorist Alaa Kabaha “said during his interrogation that it was a deliberate terror attack. The investigation about the attack is on going.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attack an act of murder and expressed his condolences to the families of victims. … Continue Reading

Terrorism Thwarted? Israel Intercepts IDF Uniforms Headed to Hamas

March 14, 2018 News

Hamas tried to disguise themselves as IDF troops, but Israel foiled their plans. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel set back plans for a likely Hamas terror attack this week when they intercepted Israeli military uniforms at a crossing into Gaza that were ultimately destined for Hamas. The intent was to smuggle the IDF clothing into Gaza so Hamas terrorists could “disguise themselves as Israeli soldiers when perpetrating cross border attacks,” Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Spokesman Ofir Gendelman said via Twitter.

“Innocent lives were saved,” tweeted Gendelman on Tuesday, who reported the incident and called the intercept “a new blow to Hamas’ efforts to attack Israel.” Terrorists have used disguises in the past to gain access for acts of terror. While Gendelman didn’t specify what attack was likely planned, Hamas has sought to engage in kidnappings in the past in an effort to trade Israelis for captured terrorists, such as was done with Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. … Continue Reading

US NATO Head Visits Israel: Working with Jewish State to ‘Promote Stability’ in Middle East

March 11, 2018 News

The Americans are are working with Israel to keep the Middle East stable. American flag. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The United States and Israel hold the Juniper Cobra joint military exercise regularly, but don’t think that cooperation has become stale. Over the weekend, the top military commander of NATO and the head of the US European Command (USEUCOM) decided to visit Israel during the exercise to emphasize the importance of the US-Israel partnership to American troops, and in so doing sent a message in a day when Israel is threatened by a variety of enemies across the Middle East.

“The US is deeply committed to the defense of Israel,” US Army General Curtis Scaparrotti said in a USEUCOM press release on the visit. “We will continue to work alongside them to promote stability throughout the region, not only for the purposes of this exercise, but in the event of any real-world contingency.”

A US Army private quoted in the press release certainly caught the message behind the NATO commander’s visit. “To have General Scaparrotti make time to speak with us, shows us how important this exercise truly is,” said US Army PV2 Jacob Sharp. “It really reinforces the importance of us being here, and our relationship with Israel.”

The Israelis appreciated the meaning of the visit as well. “This visit is part of the close relationship between the US and Israel and its armies, based on shared values ​​and interests,” tweeted the IDF Spokesperson on Friday. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu: Iran Nuke Deal Risks ‘Nuclearization’ of the Middle East

March 11, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Could Trump fix the Iran nuclear deal? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

For all the concerns about a nuclear weapons-armed Iran and the faulty Iran nuclear deal, there just might be an even greater concern for the world over the consequences of Iran’s nuclear program: a Middle East filled with nuclear weapons-armed countries. “Many countries in the Middle East are saying that they are also allowed to enrich uranium if Iran is allowed to do so,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. “Therefore, the way to prevent this danger, the nuclearization of the Middle East, is to either thoroughly correct the [Iran nuclear] agreement or abrogate it.”

Netanyahu, in comments to the Israeli cabinet published by his office, said that the diplomatic talks with a variety of United States officials last week during a visit to America “focused mainly on Iran.” Said the Israeli leader, “I said that the nuclear agreement with Iran contains within it many dangers for the world, including the special danger of the nuclearization of the Middle East.”

A February report from the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel noted that multiple nations—including Egypt and Saudi Arabia—are working towards building nuclear power programs. Citing a variety of news articles on the nuclear plans, Shaul Shay wrote in the report that the United Arab Emirates is planning to officially open the first Arab nuclear power plant this year. … Continue Reading

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