October 31, 2017

In News Surrounding Israel by The Friends of Israel

IDF confirms blowing up terrorist tunnel running within Israel

The IDF Spokesman’s Unit confirmed on Monday (30th) that the Southern Command carried out a scheduled detonation aimed at destroying a new terrorist tunnel which was in the process of being built.  The tunnel was located near the border fence with Gaza near the south Gaza city of Khan Yunis.

The IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis stated that “we now have possession of the tunnel, and it no longer constitutes a threat.”

“This is a clear violation of Israeli sovereignty that we will not allow.  We have been monitoring the tunnel for a while.  This is an operational success of abilities we started using following the military operation, Protective Edge,” said Manelis.

(israelnn.com; jpost.com)

Lieberman congratulates the IDF

In a press conference of his own, following the IDF tunnel attack, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman congratulated the IDF and Southern Command “for a perfect execution of the mission, which is also the result of high operations and of a significant technological breakthrough that allows us to best handle the tunnel threat.”

He said Israel will not tolerate a violation of its sovereignty and stressed that “the detonation was carried out from Israeli territory.”


Netanyahu hails ‘breakthrough technology’ in discovery of Hamas attack tunnel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday (30th) hailed the IDF for destroying an attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip discovered inside Israeli territory, attributing  its discovery to Israel’s new “breakthrough technology.”

In remarks at the weekly Likud faction meeting, the prime minister said the long-rumored advanced technology to locate the attack tunnels was utilized in this recent operation.

“I told you many times before that we developed breakthrough technology to deal with the tunnel threat,” said Netanyahu at the start of the meeting.  We implemented it today, discovered a tunnel, and destroyed it.”

The prime minister said Israel holds Hamas responsible for all military action against Israel emanating from the Gaza Strip, and “whoever hurts us, we hurt them.”


Danon on terror tunnel under UNRWA school: What Hamas rule looks like

Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, reacted harshly to the revelation of a terror tunnel under a United Nations Relief and Works Agency  (UNRWA) school in Gaza by saying, “Yet another terror tunnel under an UNRWA school yard.  This is what Hamas rule looks like and this is more proof of the double war-crime committed as terror tunnels are built to attack Israelis, while using the children of Gaza as human shields.”

Ambassador Danon continued, “We cannot accept a situation in which UNRWA schools are used as terror bases.  This dangerous incident must not be ignored and strict oversight is needed to ensure that UN facilities are not used to protect terrorists.”


IDF seals off 10 illegal tunnels running from Hebron

Arab media complained that the IDF sealed tunnels used by Palestinian Authority Arabs to bypass Israeli checkpoints.

On Friday (27th), Army Radio reported that the IDF sealed 10 tunnels running from the Hebron area under Israel’s security barrier to pre-1967 Israel.

Each tunnels was approximately 65-feet in length.

The tunnels were originally built to serve as drainpipes, with each tunnel approximately 5-feet in diameter.

It is suspected that Palestinian Authority Arabs used these tunnels to illegally infiltrate into Israel over the past several weeks.

(gglz.net; israelradio.org)

Two Palestinians indicted for terror slaying of Israeli – Judah Ari Gross

On Sunday (29th),Youssef Khaled Mustafa Kamil, 20, and Muhammad Ziad Abu al-Rub, 19, of the West Bank city of Qabatiya, were indicted for the premeditated murder of Reuven Schmerling, 69, on Oct. 4 in Kafr Qassem’s Industrial Zone.  The Israeli Security Agency said the two were motivated by a desire to “avenge” their friend, who had been killed while attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in 2015.  Kamil stabbed Schmerling in the back with a butcher knife, while al-Rub used a pickaxe.  Schmerling was stabbed dozens of times.


Jerusalem girls’ school organizes field trip to Arafat’s grave

An all-girls school in eastern Jerusalem organized a field trip to the grave of arch-terrorist and Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat last week, Israel Hayom reported Sunday (29th), honoring the terrorist leader two weeks ahead of the 13th anniversary of his death.

Last Wednesday (25th), students from Alrodha, a private Islamic school in eastern Jerusalem, were brought on a field trip to Ramallah, where they visited Arafat’s grave and toured a museum named in his honor.

Some 450 girls were in attendance.


U.S. condemns UN official who urged economic sanctions against Israel

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a statement Friday (27th) saying: “The United States is deeply disturbed by recent comments from UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk calling for academic and economic boycotts against Israel….Mr. Lynk’s remarks…underscore the Human Rights Council’s chronic anti-Israel bias.  The United States will continue to oppose attempts to undermine the UN system through actions that unfairly target Israel.”


Myth: The U.S. was not part of the Balfour Declaration – Martin Kramer

Lots of people assume that the Balfour Declaration was a British thing, no business of America’s.  Truth: President Wilson approved the text in advance, and praised it in a public letter afterwards.  In 1922, both Houses of the U.S. Congress passed a resolution endorsing it (Lodge-Fish), and President Harding signed it.  So yes, the U.S. fully backed the Balfour Declaration.


Heavy rains force road closures in northern Israel

Heavy rains fell on Monday morning (30th) along Israel’s northern coast and across the western Galilee.

The Haifa area received 2.36 inches of rain.  Several roads were closed due to flooding.

Other areas in Israel’s north and center received smaller amounts of rain.

The rains are welcome after four years of drought.