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IAF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza over rocket fire at Israel

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

The Israeli Air Force struck two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday morning (27th) in response to rocket fire from the enclave at southern Israel on Monday night (26th).

“IAF aircraft struck two military infrastructure positions operated by the Hamas terrorist group in northern and southern Gaza,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.

On Monday, a Qassam rocket fired from northern Gaza struck an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing no harm.

The Islamic State-affiliated group Ahfad al-Sahaba claimed responsibility for the attack via a statement that was shared through Israeli media.


Palestinian news agency: Document says Muhammad Dahlan to become leader in Gaza Strip

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

GAZA CITY - Amid an escalating conflict between Hamas and the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority (PA), an unconfirmed document obtained by Ma’an news agency noted that discharged Fatah leader and Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ political rival, Mohammad Dahlan could be appointed head of Gaza’s government as a result of talks between Hamas officials and Dahlan in Cairo, Egypt.

The Document, titled “A National Consensus Document for Trust-Building” details an agreement allegedly made between the Hamas movement, led by Hamas leader Tahya Sinwar, and Dahlan during Egyptian-sponsored talks to challenge the PA in coordination with Dahlan.


Abbas blamed as 3 Gazan babies die after Israeli entry permits were denied

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

Three infants died in Gaza hospitals over the past 24 hours, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said Tuesday (27th), and warned more were in imminent danger of the same fate if they weren’t given referrals for treatment outside the Gaza Strip.

The ministry blamed the Palestinian Authority for the deaths, saying Ramallah has refused to grant permits for the babies to be treated in Israel.

The PA pays for nearly all medical treatment of Gazans when they leave the Strip.

However, the PA is currently carrying out a series of tough measures aimed at forcing Hamas to cede control of the coastal enclave, including reducing the amount of electricity, government salaries and medical aid it provides to the Strip.

All three of the babies were under one-year-old and had cardiovascular issues.


Israel to introduce new security measures at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem - Itsik Saban and Shlomi Diaz

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

The growing number of terrorist attacks near Damascus Gate  in the Old City of Jerusalem has prompted the Public Security Ministry to present a new plan to revolutionize counterterrorism measures in the area.  Damascus Gate has been the scene of 32 terrorist attacks over the past two and a half years.

The plan includes the deployment of license plate capture cameras; a network of “smart” closed-circuit TV cameras equipped with facial recognition software to identify suspects in real time; placing fortified security posts in strategic positions; and setting up a lighting system to simulate daylight.  The plan includes metal detectors and fences to direct pedestrian traffic.  “The goal is to minimize terrorist attacks in the area as much as possible, while also minimizing any interference with the fabric of life,” a senior officer with the Jerusalem District Police said.


Israel changes tactics to tackle street terror - Robert Fox

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

The pattern of individual “lone wolf” assaults in Israel matches those in the UK, France, Germany and Belgium.  Many are carried out by one or two individuals, armed with knives and crashing into crowds or bus stops with hijacked vehicles.

Israel is undergoing a continuous update of its counterterrorism strategy, involving public awareness, new police and counter terrorist force tactics and improved surveillance.

The commander at the IDF Counter Terrorism Training School noted that in Israel a bystander would draw a weapon and shoot the perpetrator.  “We have 30,000 civilians bearing arms, which they are permitted to do after military service,” he said.


Europe must stop funding ‘demonization of Israel’ - Ben Dror Yemini

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

About a year ago, the Ramallah-based Popular Art Center staged a musical performance titled “No to laying down guns.”  The European Union funds the center as part of a special project for “increasing Palestinian public awareness of EU core values.”

The Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC) receives 2.5 million euros.  One of its senior employees, Manal Tamimi, who propagates anti-Semitic cartoons, often defines Israel as a Nazi state, and her tweets include content such as “I do hate Israel, I do hate Zionism, I wish a third intifada would come soon and people would rise up and kill all these Zionists everywhere.”

The EU would not dare fund such organizations as this in America and Britain, but they donate to such organizations in Israel.  That is a double standard in all its glory.  This article would not have been written had Europe been funding bodies that advance peace and reconciliation.


Israel Security Agency has thwarted 2,000 attacks with Cybertech

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

The Israel Security Agency has used cyber-technology to prevent more than 2,000 terror attacks since the beginning of 2016, agency head Nadav Argaman told a conference at Tel Aviv University on Tuesday (27th).

He said Israeli intelligence agencies have also passed on information to stop terrorists elsewhere in the world.

He noted that groundbreaking cyber-technology has helped to protect against lone-wolf attacks that would have been unpreventable using traditional intelligence means.

He added that hackers who attempt to attack Israel are in for a surprise.  “We are not only defending but also attacking hackers in the world.  Hackers who operate against Israel around the world find they experience unexpected problems.”

“We learn the patterns of activities of the enemy and know how to surprise him with counter attacks in many different ways.


U.S. and Israel team up to fight “bad actors” in cyberspace - Gwen Ackerman

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

Israel and the U.S. are starting a high-level partnership to create a bulwark against increasingly sophisticated cyber attackers who target critical national infrastructure.  Israel will send representatives from the Israel Security Agency, the foreign affairs, justice and defense ministries, and the military.  “The aim will be to find and stop cyber attackers “before they reach critical infrastructure, and identify ways to hold bad actors accountable,” Tom Bossett, President Trump’s homeland security and counterterrorism advisor, said Monday (26th) in Tel Aviv.


Iran official: US travel ban violates nuke deal

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

A prominent Iranian lawmaker denounced Tuesday (27th) the U.S. Supreme Court’s partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, claiming it is an obvious “breach of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, including the United States.

Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, spokesman of the parliament’s committee on national security and foreign policy, said the ban’s reinstatement is “a new restriction in the post-nuclear-deal era that is considered an obvious breach.”

Hosseini claimed that under the nuclear deal, countries that signed are prohibited from imposing new restrictions or sanctions on Iranians.  But he did not explain how that is connected or relevant to the travel ban.


Singapore starts training on Israeli anti-armor weapons

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Permalink

The Singapore Army has acquired  the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Spike Short Range man-portable missile system as its next-generation guided anti-armor weapon for its infantry and guards forces, according to a recent report by IHS Jane’s Missiles & Rockets.

Spike has replaced the Saab Bofors Dynamics 84mm Carl-Gustaf M2 rifle.  Singapore’s Ministry of Defense told Janes that training on the Israeli weapon started in June.