Israel Update: 7 February 2018

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TERROR ATTACKS

 

Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, 29, a father of four, was standing near a bus stop outside Ariel in the West Bank on Monday when an Israeli-Arab, got out of a van on the other side of the road, crossed the highway, and stabbed Ben-Gal in the chest. The assailant fled the scene in a passing vehicle.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/One-person-seriously-wounded-in-stabbing-attack-in-Ariel-540715

The mother of the man wanted for the fatal stabbing attack said Tuesday that he should give himself up and that “he destroyed himself and everything.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/suspected-terrorists-mother-calls-on-him-to-turn-himself-in/

An Israeli security guard was stabbed in the hand Wednesday morning when a Palestinian assailant attacked him with a knife in the West Bank. A second guard shot and killed the assailant.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-guard-lightly-wounded-in-gush-etzion-stabbing-attack/

 

Palestinian police rescued an Israeli man on Friday who was almost lynched by a mob of 200 Palestinians after accidentally entering Abu Dis, a Palestinian village near Jerusalem. The mob attacked the Israeli man’s

The mob attacked the Israeli man’s vehicle with stones. Palestinian police extricated the driver, while the mob torched the Israeli’s car. A senior Palestinian police official said, “Palestinian police forces arrived a moment before the angry masses lynched him

http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/02/04/lost-israeli-narrowly-avoids-lynch-by-200-strong-angry-arab-mob/

 

AFTERMATH OF JANUARY’S FATAL TERROR ATTACK

The terrorist responsible for the Jan.9 murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, was killed by Israeli security forces early Tuesday in a West Bank village when he emerged from a building with an M-16 rifle.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/israel-security-forces-kill-murderer-of-west-bank-rabbi-in-raid-1.5791086

 

Abbas’ Fatah honoured the terrorist as a “martyr” and a  “young lion”

https://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=25002

 

COUNTER TERRORISM

In a series of overnight raids Monday, over 20 terrorist spsects were arrested by Israeli security forces.  Three guns including an M-16 rifle were seized along with ammunition, magazines and other illicit materials.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-seize-m16-rifle-in-raid-on-west-bank-town/

In the third incident within 2 months, security forces arrested a Palestinian man who was caught with what appeared to be a small pipe bomb as he entered a West Bank military court.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-caught-entering-military-court-with-suspected-pipe-bomb/

 

GAZA

 

Another rocket was fired from Gaza towards Israeli territory last Thursday night. It was unclear as to whether the rocket crossed the border or fell short. In response, the IDF attacked a Hamas observation post.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5079717,00.html

 

Hamas test-fired five missiles near the Gaza coastline on Saturday. According to Israeli military sources, Hamas is conducting almost daily missile tests.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1164321/hamas-missile-tests-spur-israeli-concerns

 

Israeli security forces at the Kerem Shalom crossing recently thwarted an attempt to smuggle bomb-making material into Gaza hidden in boxes containing medical supplies

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-seizes-gaza-bound-material-used-to-make-bombs/

 

The Israeli Defence Minister man said Monday, “In 2017, Hamas spent $260 million to manufacture rockets and dig tunnels, $100 million of which came from Iran, and the rest from tax collection and other donations. Hamas invested $260 million in military strength and wouldn’t divert even one shekel toward water, electricity, health or education…They’re willing to sacrifice all the residents of Gaza.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Defense-minister-Im-glad-that-Hamass-leadership-is-panicking-540732

 

P.M. Netanyahu has directed his cabinet to look into proposals to construct an artificial island across from the Gaza coast for the delivery of aid. The Minister for Regional Cooperation said:  “Israel is ready to provide its technological skills and infrastructure to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Gaza, on the condition that the funds come from the international community and that we know that they will not go to strengthen Hamas. We are waiting to see if the world is ready to donate.” He said the funds given by Qatar to Hamas were all invested in military and terror activities including rockets.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5091557,00.html

 

CO-EXISTENCE

 

Most of the 300,000 Arabs of Jerusalem work in Jewish areas of the city Salary gaps with the city’s Jewish population are narrowing, more Arabs are learning Hebrew, and registration at higher education institutions in the western sector is up.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-30/big-changes-are-reshaping-jerusalem

 

Israel has implemented a new system for scanning cargo containers that will enable 200 containers to cross between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority each day – double the current number. The PA Economy Minister said it “will save exporters and importers a lot of efforts and costs”.
http://www.bicom.org.uk/news/boost-west-bank-jordan-trade/

 

 

THREAT ON ISRAEL’S NORTHERN BORDER

 

On Jan. 30, 2018, Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi, a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts who is thought to be Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s successor, toured Lebanon’s border with Israel, escorted by Hizbullah military commanders an and Iranian officers…  It would appear that this visit by a senior Iranian figure close to Khamenei was meant to convey to Israel that Iran is determined to help Hizbullah strengthen its military capabilities in Lebanon.

http://jcpa.org/next-iranian-supreme-leader-just-visit-south-lebanon/

 

US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said:   “Iran spends almost a billion dollars a year sponsoring terrorism in Lebanon, Israel and West Bank/Gaza. This blood money only increases violence and does nothing to help the Palestinian people. The corrupt regime in Tehran squanders the resources of the Iranian people on military adventures throughout the region instead of investing at home and promoting peace abroad.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Greenblatt-slams-Hamass-use-of-Iranian-blood-money-for-terror-540703

 

Hizbullah recently purchased over 100 acres of land in Druze areas near Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains for the purpose of storing missiles there, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Sunday.Hizbullah believes Israel would be wary of attacking Druze areas

http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/02/05/report-hezbollah-to-store-weapons-in-druze-villages-to-avoid-israeli-strikes/

 

SURGERY IN ISRAEL FOR BRITISH GIRL (6)

6-year-old Kyra Warrell, of Brighton has undergone specialist surgery in Israel that will allow her to keep her leg. Kyra has proximal focal femoral deficiency, which would leave her left leg about 8 inches shorter than her right if left untreated… British NHS doctors had decided that an above-the-knee amputation, to allow for a prosthetic limb, would be the best option. But Kyra’s parents wanted their daughter, who loves dancing and gymnastics, to be able to keep her leg. They started a crowdfunding campaign to bring Kyra to Israel for the first of three surgeries between now and the time she is 16, to save her leg. The family said that there was an outpouring of offers of help from Israelis, including help with translation, meals, places to stay, and visits to the hospital. A Haifa resident stocked the refrigerator of the apartment where the family is staying for 10 days, and others took them out for meals. (The Israeli-born surgeon,who treats patients from all over the world at his Institute in Florida, operates once a year in Israel at lower cost.)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/british-girl-6-undergoes-specialist-surgery-in-israel-to-keep-her-leg/

 

WINTER OLYMPICS

 

Israel is sending its largest ever team to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Of the ten athletes, seven will compete in figure skating. A speed skater, an alpine skier and Israel’s first skeleton (bobsleigh) competitor complete the squad.

https://www.jta.org/2018/01/30/life-religion/winter-olympics-2018-5-jewish-storylines-to-watch

 

COMMENT & OPINION

 

Ron Ben Yishai: Organised Palestinian terror is back. The murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach on Jan. 9 was a wakeup call for Israeli security agencies. The attack was carried out by a trained and well-funded Hamas terror cell that carefully chose the location of the ambush, escape routes, and hiding places for after the attack. This was no “lone wolf attack.” It is now known that the cell had carried out a number of previous terror attacks.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5094029,00.html

 

Howard Feldman: Cape Town is set to be the first major city to run out of water. The city is experiencing its worst drought in history. .. Former Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk, current Ambassador Lior Keinan, and Israel’s economic attaches to South Africa have all made repeated overtures to the relevant bodies to assist with the Cape

Town water crisis. Although they have not been formally rejected, no one has engaged on any real level. Lord Peter Hain, recently tweeted as follows: “The best desalination construction companies are Israeli and regardless of their government policies, they should be used in my view; this is Cape Town withering or remaining the most beautiful city in the world.”  The people of Cape Town deserve better. They are facing a probable total collapse of their economy, infrastructure and daily life. They don’t deserve to be denied solutions because of a group of BDS supporters who have intimidated weak politicians

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-cape-town-water-crises-proudly-brought-to-you-by-bds/

 

Dov Lipman: Hussein Aboubakr, 28, was born to a traditional, middle-class Muslim family in Cairo. He recalls how the movies of his childhood were filled with Jewish villains who were stopped by good Egyptians. The No. 1 comic book character was “Man of the Impossible,” who went around the world destroying Zionist conspiracies. Obsessed with super-villain Jews, Hussein decided to study Hebrew via the Internet, and to then infiltrate these evil plans. After Hussein learned Hebrew, he was completely shocked by Jewish history: Here was an ancient Middle Eastern nation indigenous to the Land of Israel, with an ancient connection to Jerusalem. Hussein became horrified by “everyone around me telling me pure nonsense.” After numerous arrests for blogging about his criticism of anti-Semitism and the mistreatment of women and Christians in the Muslim world, he fled Egypt and received political asylum in the U.S.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Meet-my-new-friend-Hussein-540470#/