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Latest News in Israel – 16th August

PM: I care more about the Palestinians than their leaders do

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he cares more about the Palestinians than their own leaders do.

Netanyahu made his remarks in an English-language YouTube clip in which he addressed the recent scandal of humanitarian aid being funneled to Hamas.

“Innocent and impoverished Palestinians were denied vital aid supplied from various nations around the world. Hamas used this stolen money to build a war machine to murder Jews,” Netanyahu said.

“So I ask you: Who cares more about Palestinians? Israel, that facilitates the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza, every single day? Or Hamas, which robs Palestinian children of that very same aid? … The cynicism and cruelty of Hamas is hurting all of us.

“I’m going to say something now that some of you will not believe. But I’m going to say it anyway because it’s true. I, the prime minister of Israel, care more about Palestinians than their own leaders do. Israel cares more about Palestinians than their own leaders do,” he said.                (Israel Hayom)

PM hails snubbed, bronze-winning judoka for showing ‘beautiful, strong face of Israel’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Israeli judoka Or Sasson on Saturday for winning an Olympic bronze medal in Rio on Friday, telling Sasson he is “the true face of Israel.”

In a call aired live on Channel 2 Saturday night, the prime minister told Sasson that “every boy and girl saw not just a great athlete but also a man of values,” an apparent reference to Sasson’s professionalism in the face of an unpleasant encounter Friday with his defeated Egyptian opponent, Islam El-Shahaby in the first round of the tournament. “You showed the true face of Israel, the beautiful, proud face of a strong country that seeks peace.”

El-Shahaby refused to shake hands with Sasson, or even bow in mutual respect. The Egyptian was ordered back to the floor to bow, was booed by the crowd, and later said he was quitting judo. The incident made international headlines.

Netanyahu told Sasson and Channel 2 that the encounter demonstrated how “alongside the development of ties with regional countries, there remains a lot of work to be done in the face of the awful propaganda [in the Arab world] that has been used against us for decades. This work will happen, God willing.”

Asked directly about the incident, Netanyahu said Sasson’s behavior was admirable and representative of Israel. “He won, he stretched out his hand,” the prime minister said of the 25-year-old Jerusalemite. He showed “the beautiful, strong face of Israel.”

Later on Friday, Sasson beat Cuba’s Alex Maxell Garcia Mendoza to win the bronze medal in the men’s over-100kg competition at the Rio Games.

It was Israel’s second bronze medal of the games, following female judoka Yarden Gerbi’s bronze on Tuesday.

“You’ve shown that if one wants something enough, the dream is achievable,” Netanyahu told Sasson Saturday, adding that he made “an entire nation happy.”

Sasson thanked the prime minister for his kind words, saying he was proud of his country.

“It is a great privilege to represent the beautiful face of Israel,” Sasson told Netanyahu.

President Reuven Rivlin also congratulated Sasson on Saturday, telling him the entire country was proud of him.

“Ori the Jerusalemite, my champion… You wanted it and you were capable. We are all so proud of you,” Rivlin told him in a phone call.

“You’ve brought honor to the country in such a clear and gentlemanly way. To go and shake the hand of your Egyptian opponent is something all of Israel and all of Egypt is talking about, and here too you’ve won,” Rivlin told Sasson.

Sasson, a two-time European silver medalist who turns 26 on August 18, had lost his semifinal fight to France’s Teddy Riner, the event’s outstanding performer, who went on to retain his gold medal.

In stark contrast to El-Shahaby’s behavior, Riner shook hands warmly with Sasson at the end of the encounter, and whispered some words of congratulation to the Israeli for his performance.

Egypt’s Islam Elshehaby (blue) refuses to shake hands after defeat by Israel’s Or Sasson in their men’s  100kg judo contest match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016.

Egypt’s Islam Elshehaby (blue) refuses to shake hands after defeat by Israel’s Or Sasson in their men’s +100kg judo contest match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

The International Olympic Committee set up a disciplinary commission to look into the hand-shake snub.

“Things happen in the heat of the moment that are not acceptable,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “We believe the Olympic movement should be about building bridges, not erecting walls. There’s absolutely no excuse for it.”

He acknowledged that sometimes athletes can’t bring themselves to shake hands with their competitors. “It’s a shame if that happens,” Adams said.

The International Judo Federation called it a sign a progress that the bout even took place between the two athletes. “This is already a big improvement that Arabic countries accept to (fight) Israel,” spokesman Nicolas Messner said in an email. The competitors were under no obligation to shake hands, but a bow is mandatory, he added.

Even though El Shehaby ultimately bowed, “his attitude will be reviewed after the games to see if any further action should be taken,” Messner said, adding that the ethics commission of judo’s governing body would review the incident after the Olympics.

Ofir Gendelman, Arabic language spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called the incident “shocking.” In a Twitter post, he said it “goes against the spirit of Rio 2016,” writing in Arabic said that “sports are not the field for politics and extremism.”

Egypt’s Olympic Committee distanced itself from what El Shehaby did, saying he was “alerted before the match to abide by all the rules and to have sporting spirt during his match with the Israeli player.”

“What the player did after the match, and not shaking hands with his rival, is a personal action,” the committee said in a statement.

Similar incidents have happened before between Israeli and Arab judo athletes. At the quarterfinals of the 2011 judo Grand Slam in Moscow, Egyptian Ramadan Darwish refused to shake hands with Israeli Arik Zeevi. The next year, Darwish again declined to shake hands with Zeevi after beating the Israeli in their quarterfinal match at a tournament in Dusseldorf.

On Thursday, Moutaz Matar, a TV host of the Islamist-leaning network Al-Sharq, had urged El Shehaby to withdraw.

“My son, watch out. Don’t be fooled, or fool yourself, thinking you will play with the Israeli athlete to defeat him and make Egypt happy,” he said. “Egypt will cry; Egypt will be sad and you will be seen as a traitor and a normalizer in the eyes of your people.”

Egyptians clearly were divided before the match over whether El Shehaby should compete or withdraw, and there was a mixed reaction on social media afterward. Many blamed him for embarrassing the country, although some felt sympathy for El Shehaby, saying he was put under a lot of pressure.

In a Facebook post, journalist Galal Nassar said: “As long as you agreed to play an Israeli champion in the Olympics, you should have exchanged the greeting.”

He wrote that El Shehaby’s move backfired, and the Israeli athlete ended up with more sympathy. “We have lost in terms of sports and politics,” Nassar said       (the Times of Israel)

Police, Palestinians scuffle on Temple Mount as Jews flock to Western Wall for Tisha B’Av

Clashes broke out briefly between Israel Police and Palestinian youths at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount complex on Sunday, as thousands of Jewish worshipers visited the Western Wall plaza below. The worshipers were marking Tisha B’av, the Jewish day of mourning that commemorates the destruction of the ancient temples that once stood atop the Temple Mount.

The youths struck police officers and threw rocks at the security personnel in an effort to prevent Jewish visitors from touring the Mount. In an attempt to prevent an escalation of violence, police removed the Jewish visitors and closed the site earlier than planned. One Palestinian man was arrested, police said.

According to the Red Crescent rescue service, some 15 Palestinians were injured in the clashes, which broke out after several Jews disobeyed the site’s ban on public prayer. Nine Jewish men were detained for “disturbing the peace,” police said in a statement. Honenu, an advocacy group that provides legal aid to extremist Jews, said three of them were held for citing verses from prayer, and another for tearing his shirt, a sign of mourning in Judaism.

A total of 983 people visited the site Sunday, including 400 Jewish visitors, the police statement added.

Advocates for Jewish prayer rights at the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest site in Islam, have called on Jews to visit the sensitive area, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif compound or the Noble Sanctuary.

Non-Muslims are allowed to visit but not to pray there, under arrangements agreed to by Israel after it captured the area from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War.

The Palestinians have accused Israel of trying to change the status quo at the site, a charge Israel has repeatedly and vehemently denied.

Palestinian claims of alleged Israeli intentions to undermine Muslim control of the Temple Mount have been at the heart of a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since October 2015, in which 34 Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed. Some 220 Palestinians have died in the same period, most of them when carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, and others in clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Israeli authorities.

Police had boosted their presence in the Old City of Jerusalem for Tisha B’Av, which began Saturday evening and ends Sunday night.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that “hundreds of extra police will be carrying out security measures in and around the Old City of Jerusalem” over the weekend.

Thousand of people flocked to the Western Wall plaza Sunday to recite the prayers and listen to the Book of Eicha, or Lamentations, which tells of the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonian Empire in the 6th century BCE. Some 2,000 people visited the site on Saturday night.

Aside from marking the destruction of the temples, Tisha B’Av also marks other tragedies endured by the Jewish people that are said to have occurred on the same day, including the expulsion edict from Spain in 1492 and the beginning of the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.   (the Times of Israel)

‘Nasrallah hides in a bunker while Israeli children play outside’

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made renewed threats to Israel on Saturday, but one Israeli politician, who was defense minister in 2006 during the Second Lebanon War, had some harsh words for the terror leader.

“While Nasrallah has hid in a bunker for the past 10 years, children in Kiryat Shmona have been playing at playgrounds and going to school without fear,” said Zionist Union MK Amir Peretz on Sunday. “From our point of view, that is victory enough.”

Turning his attention toward the 2017-2018 budget, which the cabinet approved on Friday, Peretz said that “A larger budget is needed to stand up to the challenge” posed by Israel’s enemies. “The IDF learned its lessons of war and put them into use…but there is still much to be done.

At a ceremony marking the war’s 10-year anniversary on Saturday, Nasrallah told supporters via video link that Lebanon achieved a victory in the war and claimed that “Israel knows that there is no location in the country that is not in Hezbollah’s cross-hairs.”

However Peretz has asserted that the success of the war has been proven by the test of time and the relative quiet along the Israeli-Lebanon border that has pervaded for the past decade.                     (Jerusalem Post)

Judge refuses to ease Jonathan Pollard’s parole conditions

Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, lost a bid on Thursday to overturn the restrictive probation conditions imposed on him when he was released in November after serving 30 years in prison.

The U.S. Parole Commission did not abuse its discretion when it required the 61-year-old former U.S. Navy intelligence research specialist to submit to a curfew and to monitoring of work computers and his whereabouts, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said Thursday.

Pollard’s lawyers had argued that the restrictions blocked him from accepting an offer to work as a financial analyst after his release from prison.

In June 1986, Pollard pleaded guilty to conspiring to deliver national defense information to a foreign government. Prosecutors said he gave secrets to Israeli agents from June 1984 through November 1985.

At a recent hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Sol Tinio said the restrictions were necessary because national security could be affected if Pollard shared knowledge from classified documents.

Pollard’s lawyer, Eliot Lauer, argued that any information Pollard had 30 years ago was “ridiculously stale” and could not be remembered anyway.

Forrest noted that the commission had reviewed a letter from U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper stating that documents Pollard had compromised remain classified at the levels of “top secret” and “secret.”

“The commission was certainly within its discretion to credit Director Clapper’s characterization of the intelligence Pollard compromised over the characterization advanced by Pollard’s preferred sources,” Forrest wrote.

The judge said the 12-hour curfew imposed on Pollard most days was not “irrational, arbitrary, or otherwise an abuse of discretion.”

She said computer and travel monitoring conditions were not unconstitutional and that the computer restriction was “reasonably related to the characteristics of Pollard and his crime.”

Forrest said Pollard will remain in the custody of the U.S. attorney general for the rest of his life sentence, and any effort to leave the country would violate his parole.

“It [leaving] would also, if successful, all but erase the United States’ ability to ensure that Pollard complied with the terms of his plea agreement and committed no further crimes,” the judge said.

Lauer said he was disappointed with the ruling and said his attorneys were studying it.  (Israel Hayom)

Newly discovered documents refute Palestinian lies about Temple Mount

New historical documents revealed over the weekend further refute the Palestinians’ attempts to rewrite history, especially pertaining to the Jewish claim to the Temple Mount.

The Palestinian Authority’s propaganda over the past few years has spared no effort to debunk the inextricable Jewish link to the holy Jerusalem site, relentlessly underscoring only the Muslim link to Al-Aqsa mosque.

Recently, the Palestinians have begun claiming their right to the site stretches beyond the Al-Aqsa compound to include the entire site — even the Western Wall.

Nevertheless, two historical documents — “A brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” issued in 1924 by Jerusalem Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini’s Supreme Muslim Council, and an official Jordanian tourist map from 1956 — clearly identify only the familiar Al-Aqsa mosque compound as a Muslim site.

The Supreme Muslim Council’s document states that “the site’s affiliation with Solomon’s Temple is undisputed.”

The Jordanian map, which is in the possession of map collector Haim Steinberger, clearly indicates that at the time, Jordan recognized only the southern part of the compound, where Al-Aqsa mosque is, as Muslim territory.

Both documents contradict recent claims by the Palestinians and the Waqf, the trust that controls and manages the current Islamic edifices on and around Al-Aqsa mosque, that the site is only holy to Muslims.          (Israel Hayom)

UN says Gaza employee diverted rubble on PA instructions

The United Nations on Saturday said a Gaza employee had diverted tons of rubble on instructions from the Palestinian Authority (PA) days after Israel charged him with aiding Islamist movement Hamas.

He was charged in an Israeli court with diverting 300 tons of rubble from a UNDP project in the coastal enclave to a Hamas operation to build a jetty for its naval force.

Hamas, the Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip since 2007, have denied any involvement.

UNDP said that after reviewing Bossh’s charge sheet ­ which was made public on Tuesday ­ it had “established that the rubble in question was transported to its destination according to written instructions from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of the Palestinian Authority as to where it should be placed.”

Waheed Abd Allah Bossh, an engineer with the UN’s Development Program, accused of using his position to aid the Hamas terrorist organization, on August 9, 2016. (Shin Bet)

“UNDP has full documentation on the process flow, the instructions and transportation of the rubble,” it said in a statement.

UNDP had said on Tuesday that it was “greatly concerned by the allegation” and promised “a thorough internal review of the processes and circumstances surrounding the allegation.”

The charge sheet’s publication came days after the Gaza head of US-based NGO World Vision was charged with passing millions of dollars of international aid money to Hamas.

Since 2008, Israel has fought three wars in Gaza with Hamas, which is branded a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and the European Union.

Israel has long alleged that aid has been diverted to Hamas, claims rejected by the NGOs involved and the UN.

Aid workers privately admit to pressure from Hamas.                (the Times of Israel)

Ban on soldiers volunteering with migrants hits hard in south Tel Aviv

The Bialik-Rogozin School in south Tel Aviv, which serves children from working class and migrant families, is typically quiet during the summer; janitors scrub the floors as a few scattered children shout down the hallways. Yet the school was thrust into the national spotlight when a report on Sunday quoted Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman as calling for a halt to IDF volunteer activities with children of asylum-seekers.

According to the report in Yediot Aharonot, Liberman last week told IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot to halt any volunteering with migrant children saying, “Charity should begin at home.”

Liberman contended that soldiers’ efforts should focus on disadvantaged Israeli citizens. “If soldiers have free time, they should help Holocaust survivors or the needy,” he reportedly said.

Bialik-Rogozin, a school of around 1,300 students from 1st to 12th grade, is a symbol of south Tel Aviv’s diversity.

Children of asylum-seekers from Eritrea, Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan study alongside children of Filipino foreign workers, Israeli Arabs and Jewish Israelis from working class families. The school has informally hosted numerous IDF volunteers and was the subject of the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary Strangers No More.

Members of the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal) also volunteered last year in the school and hosted a “fun day” with students, according to the report.

According to school principal Eli Nechama, IDF volunteers have tutored students who were preparing to take Israeli “psychometric” college entrance exams and provided support for integrating into society.

“Many of these kids have Israeli ID cards, they don’t see themselves as different from anyone else, they study according to the Israeli-Jewish curriculum, they go to Poland to visit Auschwitz, and they want to join the army,” Nechama told The Jerusalem Post. “They can’t understand why they should pay a price for who their parents are.”

Nevertheless, some in south Tel Aviv see soldiers’ volunteer efforts with immigrants as an affront to the area’s working class Jewish residents.

“I felt betrayed,” said May Golan, a south Tel Aviv resident and founder of Hebrew City, an organization that seeks to remove asylum-seekers from Israel. “How the IDF could be involved in such a political subject…

it’s like taking salt and rubbing it in our wounds,” she said.

Liberman’s statements highlight a long-simmering conflict between south Tel Aviv’s citizens and its immigrant population. In the mid-2000s Israel experienced an influx of around 50,000 African asylum-seekers who concentrated in south Tel Aviv in neighborhoods long plagued by crime and poverty. The exact number of children of asylum-seekers is unclear.

Some Jewish residents say they feel neglected by the government and are upset at what they perceive as a disproportionate focus by nongovernmental organizations on immigrants.

“It hurts me that the IDF was promoting what it thinks are humanitarian rights on the backs of the Jews who are suffering,” Golan said.

In her opinion, IDF volunteers working with migrant children are “cooperating with a left-radical organization and stamping their approval that the illegal infiltrators can stay.”

But those who work with the area’s immigrant children say they need special attention.

“They are not like any other people,” stated Nechama. “Many have PTSD, they don’t have health insurance, and their parents are not available.”

The main NGO working with children of asylum-seekers in south Tel Aviv is Elifelet – Citizens for Refugee Children. Like the Bialik-Rogozin School, Elifelet has hosted numerous IDF volunteers.

Yael Gvirtz, founder of Elifelet, called Liberman’s orders a “completely political move. It was sad that it was done on the back of helpless refugee children.”

According to Gvirtz, IDF volunteers help counter fear of Israelis in uniform among immigrant youth. “They are raised with great fear of adults and of Israelis in uniform. When they see that the Israeli soldiers are playing with them it changes their reality,” she said.

Knesset members also weighed in on the issue.

Likud MK Amir Ohana applauded Liberman’s decision and railed against soldiers volunteering with immigrant children as “outrageous” and “spitting in the faces of the residents of south Tel Aviv who are groaning under the burden of illegal infiltration.”

Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai disagreed. “Refugee children deserve support and help, and future IDF soldiers and officers will become morally and ethically richer from working together with them,” he said. “The values of the IDF and the State of Israel are fully consistent with this volunteer activity, and rejection implies a moral failure.”

While Liberman and MKs debate whether soldiers should volunteer in Israel’s migrant communities, children of asylum-seekers in south Tel Aviv are continuing their summer as normal; some are playing soccer in the street and others are munching on lemon popsicles as they wait for school to start in the fall.                 (Jerusalem Post)

Israeli Food Companies on Edge, Step Up Food Warnings

Since last Tuesday, no fewer than six warnings have been issued by Israeli food companies about their products.

But industry sources say the wave of alerts doesn’t represent a growing problem of contaminated food but heightened fear of the consequences of finding out about the problem too late.

That is what happened to Unilever Israel, which delayed making any announcement about the problem of the salmonella bacteria in its Telma Cornflakes and other breakfast cereals and, when it did, denied any of the tainted products left its plant. It later had to retract the claim.

Sales of the company’s breakfast cereals, including brands not suspect of contamination, have since fallen 50%-60% amid shopper anger and confusion.

Since Unilever’s problems surfaced, other companies have issued warnings. Last Tuesday, SuperPharm said its private-label granola bars were infested with insects. Two days later, recall notices for salmonella-tainted tehina were sent out by a company called Prince, as well as for Shamir Salads and the private-label brands it makes, among them Super-Sol.

Meanwhile, the Bereshit Dairy said its camel milk was contaminated and two children were hospitalized as a result. Another food maker, Milotal, told supermarkets to remove many of its frozen French fries from freezer cases after the listeria bacteria was found in them. On Friday, it issued a wider recall covering all its frozen French fries.

“The events of the last few weeks have caused food makers to reexamine their quality-control systems because no one wants to be the next company that’s caught,” said one food executive, who asked not to be named.

“Everyone is afraid and checking very carefully everything that happens in the plant – raw materials that got from another maker or products they have already delivered to stores. No one wants to be the next headline,” he said.

At a Thursday news conference, the Health Ministry said there had been no increase in reports of salmonella over the past year, but it may not be aware of problems. Health clinics and hospitals don’t always perform blood tests on people with fevers, chills or diarrhea, so bacterial infections may not always be detected.

The salmonella scare compounds the health concerns that have been driving shoppers away from popular categories of foods over the last several months. Sales of hummus and prepared salads had fallen 10%-15% even before the Unilever affair surfaced over concerns about packaged foods. More people are preparing salads from scratch at home or buying from delicatessens where it is freshly made.

The latest scare caused sales of prepared salads to drop 20% and even 30% Thursday and Friday last week. “Everyone in the category has been hurt, not just Shamir Salads,” said one food-retail executive, who added that Shamir sales plunged 90%.

Food makers are trying to assuage fears. “We’ve enhanced our customer service system because people are calling in a panic and saying, ‘I have a packaged salad but I don’t know whether I should be eating it,’” he said.

Shoppers are confused by the complicated relationships among makers. The Prince foodmaker provided the tehina used in Shamir Salads and Shamir, in turn, produced private-label brands for others, so the problems at Prince affected products its name doesn’t appear on.                                  (Haáretz)

The truth about Hezbollah

by Yossi Melman                   The Jerusalem Post


The good news is that the Israeli public is gradually maturing and is less and less holding its breath when Hezbollah’s secretary-general delivers his inflammatory speeches.

In the past the Israeli media were preoccupied with Nasrallah’s speaking engagements.

Over the weekend, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivered another speech and it got very little attention in Israel.

In other words, Hezbollah and Nasrallah are no longer frontpage news. This is also because slowly but surely, Israeli media and the public at large have changed their perception of the Second Lebanese War, the 10th anniversary of which both sides are commemorating.

Unlike the first years after the war, when it was promoted by the media as a colossal failure, there is a growing recognition that despite the tactical failures, it brought Israel important strategic achievements.

Above all there is peace and tranquility at the Lebanese border. For the last 10 years not a single Israeli citizen was scratched and only four Israeli soldiers were killed.

Since that war several top Hezbollah commanders were assassinated, including ”defense minister” Imad Mughniyeh and his successor and brother-in-law Mustafa Badreddine, in operations attributed to the Mossad. This shows how Israeli intelligence managed to deeply penetrated the Lebanese Shi’ite group.

Hezbollah is a much weaker organization while Israel is much stronger. This is also due to the bloody civil war in Syria in which at least 1,600 Hezbollah fighters were killed and another 6,000 wounded. Not a small matter for an army – conscripts and reservists combined – of 45,000.

On top of all this, Hezbollah has financial problems to the point that it delays payments to its members and the bereaved families and certainly to its suppliers. No wonder that Hezbollah is deterred and all its representatives, Nasrallah included, say that they don’t wish to be dragged into a new round of war with Israel.

True, Hezbollah has accumulated more than 100,000 missiles and rockets, at least a thousand of which are longrange and accurate enough to hit almost any strategic and military site in Israel. Hezbollah is also better equipped and trained than it was 10 years ago. It has better intelligence and it has drones.

In his speech, Nasrallah once again boasted about the strength of his organization and its determination to go on with its struggle to “resist” Israel.

He also bragged that Israel is a weak country torn insideout by its social and economic divisions, kind of a repetition of his address after the 2006 war in which he compared Israel to a spiderweb.

He knows better. The Hezbollah leader knows the true power balance between the two sides. In case another war breaks out, the Israeli military machine will crush Hezbollah, kill as many of its troops as possible and destroy its arsenals and bases. Hezbollah is no match for the IDF. The Israeli public knows it and so does Nasrallah.

IDF Choir and Chief Cantor join together for a powerful prayer

IDF Chief Cantor Shai Abramson accompanied by the Rabbinical Choir sing the Prayer “Acheinu Kol Beit Israel” at the Cave of Machpela, Hebron, the resting place of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs.