Israel Update: 16-29.6. 2017
Iran held major anti-Israel rallies across the country last Friday,(Quds Day) with protesters chanting “Death to Israel” and declaring that destroying the Jewish state is “the Muslim world’s top priority.” A Teheran rally also inaugurated a huge digital countdown display at Tehran Palestine Square, showing that Israel will allegedly cease to exist in 8,411 days.
Israel has reportedly sent messages to Iran via Europe warning it against continuing to expand Hezbollah’s warfighting capabilities against Israel in southern Lebanon.
Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevi, director of Israeli Military Intelligence, said: “Over the last year Iran has been working to set up independent production facilities for precise weaponry in Lebanon and Yemen. We cannot remain indifferent to this and we don’t.”
Iranian flags fly just across Israel’s northern borders. Iran is reaching a peak of influence and power in the region. Its tentacles stretch across Syria and Iraq and Hizbullah is emboldened.
Iran used a Star of David to mark the target when testing its medium-range Qiam ballistic missile
Hezbullah has set up a network of observation posts along the Israel-Lebanon border under the guise of a civilian organization called Green Without Borders. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN called on the Security Council to demand that the Lebanese government dismantle the observation posts immediately.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Saturday slammed the international body’s force UNIFIL patrolling the border with Lebanon, saying it was ignoring obvious Hezbollah operations in the area.
Israel plans to renovate hundreds of public shelters in northern Israel, especially in communities located up to 40 km. (25 miles) from the Israeli-Lebanese border. Given Hizbullah’s missile arsenal, a future war with Lebanon would mean that the area’s residents could spend days – perhaps even weeks – in shelters.
DEADLY TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM 16/6/17
Sgt. Hadas Malka, 23, was stabbed to death near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Friday 16/6/ while fighting off her attacker. Nearby troops shot and killed the assailants. Four other officers were injured.
Fatah and the PA immediately and repeatedly condemned Israel’s cutting short Friday’s Jerusalem terror attack (by shooting the terrorists), and honoured the terrorist murderers as Islamic “martyrs.”
The initial BBC headline was: “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem”. In response to the widespread outcry, the BBC said, “We accept that our original headline did not appropriately reflect the nature of the events and subsequently changed it.” The headline was only changed after strong protests from the Israel Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Ambassador in London.
For the past two months, the Palestinian Authority has been blocking Gaza patients from leaving the Strip for medical treatment. The PA has delayed issuing payment vouchers for 1,600 patients from Gaza, including patients with cancer and heart disease, and children who need treatment unavailable in Gaza.
Three infants died in Gaza hospitals over the last 24 hours, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said on Tuesday, and warned more were in imminent danger of the same fate if they weren’t given referrals for treatment outside of the 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 leaders of Israel, Greece and Cyprus said at a recent summit in Thessaloniki, Greece, that they would speed up planning for a pipeline channelling gas to Europe from the gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said the pipeline would connect the three countries, as well as Italy.
Israel is helping to improve Kenyan agriculture for example the Galana-Kulalu irrigation project in Tana River.
Kenyan government officials and Keren Keyemet L’israel have signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange knowledge and expertise about planting forests in dry climates.
The Israeli Embassy on Wednesday handed out the first 15 of 100 wheelchairs to be donated to children with disabilities in Ho Chi Minh City. Wheelchairs of Hope, together with Israel’s Alyn Pediatric and Adolescence Rehabilitation Hospital, are providing good-quality, lightweight wheelchairs with an attractive design.
The Israeli hi-tech Samsara suitcase is fireproof and comes with LED lights. It will notify the owner via an app if someone else opens the case, or if the luggage is moved away from the owner within a certain preset distance.http://www.newsweek.com/israel-develops-fireproof-smart-suitcase-james-bond-would-be-proud-628964
THE P.A. & PAYMENTS TO TERRORISTS & THEIR FAMILIES
The Palestinian Authority is planning to hide its $300 million a year in payments to terrorist prisoners and the families of “martyrs” by continuing to reward terror but in a different framework, according to Palestinian sources. Hassan Asfour, a former PA minister, told the independent Palestinian news website Fatah Voice on June 3, 2017: “Abbas, despite his initial objection, has begun to examine practical options to comply with the American demand.” “Among these…is the option of transferring the prisoners’ and martyrs’ salaries to a ‘social insurance’ body so that it will look as if it is ‘humanitarian and social aid to needy families’ and not ‘monthly salaries to fighter families.'”
Several Israeli hospitals were hit overnight by a large cyberattack, officials said Thursday, adding that the hackers were foiled before they could inflict damage on the computer networks.
A Palestinian woman was detained at a Bethlehem checkpoint while trying to cross a West Bank checkpoint with a knife while on her way to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
A knife-wielding Palestinian charged at IDF soldiers near the village of a-Ram, north of Jerusalem, on Tuesday 20 before being shot dead.
The Israel Security Agency has used cybertechnology to prevent more than 2,000 terror attacks since the beginning of 2016
Ten mortar and tank shells fired from Syria landed in Israel on Saturday when there were thousands of Israeli travellers in the area. Accordingly the Israeli response was unusually severe.
The IDF struck targets belonging to forces loyal to the Assad regime on Sunday in response to the errant fire that hit northern Israel for the second day in a row. On Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will not tolerate any violation of its security on any front.
The Israeli Air Force attacked two Hamas targets on Tuesday in Gaza in response to rocket fire at Israel on Monday.
COMMENT & OPINION
Gadi Taub: Abbas is very careful to use the term “two states,” but not “for two peoples.” Because the Jews are not a people in his eyes, the two states that Abbas refers to are a national Palestinian state and a country called Israel, to which “the refugees” eventually “will return.” Two countries will be west of the Jordan: one theirs and the other – also theirs. Abbas knows from experience that it is sufficient to wrap this hostile position in a few terms that have a friendly ring – peace, harmony – so that well-meaning Israelis will hasten to interpret them according to their own wishes, ignoring everything else he says, allowing him to blur the fact that the Palestinians have refused every serious proposal put before them…If we begin to listen to Abbas, methodically and over time, we will discover that he is not preparing himself for any compromise.
Moshe Arens: Gaza: a Failed Palestinian State.
They are living under a blockade, you say. Well, it is hardly a blockade when almost daily, hundreds of trucks bring in produce and material, and electricity is provided from Israel…And this “blockade” is of their own making. Were it not for the rockets that are periodically launched into towns and villages in Israel, whatever restrictions that are imposed by Israel would have been lifted long ago. And had Gaza’s rulers bothered to develop a good relationship with their Egyptian neighbours, they could have arranged for free access through the Egyptian border…A lot of money has poured into Gaza over the years. Much of it has been spent on rockets and digging tunnels into Israel. It’s been doled out to corrupt officials rather than invested in housing, education and the welfare of the population there.
Ben Dror Yemini : Europe Must Stop Funding Demonization of Israel. The EU would not dare fund such organizations as the Stop the War Coalition in Britain or Code Pink in America. But they do donate to such organizations in Israel. That is a double standard in all its glory. This article wouldn’t have been written had Europe been funding bodies that advance peace and reconciliation.
VIDEO: Dore Gold: It’s very common to say, “Israel must withdraw to the 1967 borders” – but there are no 1967 borders. The lines Israel inherited from the 1948 war are based on an armistice agreement that states that these are not final borders but cease-fire lines. In 1967 Israel engaged in a war of self-defence and could not be forced to withdraw to the pre-war lines from which it had been attacked. UN Security Council Resolution 242 of November 1967 did not call for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-war lines. British Ambassador Lord Caradon said at the time: “I know the 1967 line, and it’s a rotten line. You couldn’t have a worse line for a permanent international boundary. It’s where the troops happened to be on a certain night in 1948. It’s got no relation to the needs of the situation.” According to Lord Caradon, an Israeli withdrawal to the 1949 armistice line would not produce a stable diplomatic solution.