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Latest News in Israel – 17th December

Police Officer Recovers from Injuries

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Officer Moshe Chen was injured when he prevented a bombing in Jerusalem last October. His burns were extensive, but he has made a miraculous recovery. Now, Officer Chen has returned to his job protecting the people of Israel.

“I know I saved a lot of people and prevented a major attack that is what strengthens me”

We thank this extraordinary officer             (Israel Project)

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Official source: Baby boy injured in Monday terror attack lost his leg

Both the Hadassah Medical Organization and the family of the 18-month-old boy – religious immigrants from France – who was seriously injured in Monday’s vehicular terrorist attack refused to confirm a report in the Jerusalem Post’s sister paper Maariv that the toddlers leg had to be amputated under the knee.

The toddler is the only victim still being held at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.

Meanwhile, Shaare Zedek Medical Center reported on Tuesday that five of Monday’s victims were hospitalized there.

One woman in moderate condition is attached to a respirator and ventilated in the intensive care unit. A man who was wounded and in moderate condition underwent surgery and is being treated in the orthopedics department. Another woman is in the ear-nose-and-throat department, and two others are under observation in good condition.

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Eleven people were wounded in the vehicular terrorist attack carried out by an east Jerusalem Palestinian near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon. Police shot dead the Palestinian assailant while he was still inside his car.

At approximately 3 p.m., the suspect, identified by Palestinian media as Abd al-Muhsam Hasuna, 24, of Beit Hanina, drove his vehicle into a large group of pedestrians waiting at a bus stop on Herzl Street, adjacent to the iconic Bridge of Strings, said Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

“Officers and security personnel patrolling the area responded immediately and neutralized the terrorist as he attempted to exit the car with an ax, killing him,” Rosenfeld said minutes following the attack. “Of the 11 injuries, one victim is a 68-yearold woman, and another is an infant. Both are in satisfactory condition; the nine others are in good condition.”

Rosenfeld said all of the victims were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom and ZAKA paramedics before being rushed to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem.

By Tuesday morning, most of the wounded victims who were treated in the emergency room at Hadassah Ein Kerem were released, the hospital announced.

Two exceptions included the baby, and his mother, who was transferred to Hadassah during the night.                   (Jerusalem Post)

Three IDF soldiers hurt by gunfire after ramming attempt in W. Bank; 2 terrorists killed

Two terrorists who tried to ram their vehicles into security forces were killed, and Palestinian gunmen fired on IDF soldiers during an incident-filled raid on the Kalandiya Refugee Camp overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Three soldiers were also lightly injured in the raid by friendly fire, when shots were fired at one of the car ramming terrorists.

The Binyamin territorial Brigade, together with Border Police, Judea and Samaria District Police, Givati Brigade infantry units, and Duvdevan undercover soldiers entered Kalandiya in the middle of the night to arrest security suspects and carry out weapons searches.

The security forces encountered a very violent disturbance, which began with Molotov cocktails and rocks, the army said. Then, masked Palestinian gunmen appeared, and opened fire at the soldiers. There were no injuries among security personnel in the shooting attacks. The armed attackers quickly vanished after opening fire.

Shortly afterwards, two Palestinian drivers entered vehicles and attempted to run over soldiers. Both terrorists were shot dead on the scene by IDF soldiers.

In one of the ramming attempts, three soldiers sustained light wounds from friendly fire in the course of attempts by the army to fire on the attacking vehicle. The injured soldiers were taken to hospital.

A security source said on Wednesday that although Kalandiya is a known trouble spot, the IDF will continue to “enter everywhere that we see fit. This is part of our freedom of operations.” Last month, a Givati infantry brigade unit entered Kalandia and encountered hostile gunfire, pipe bombs, and firebombing attacks.

In Wednesday’s overnight raids, the Binyamin Brigade and other security forces arrested two wanted suspects, and carried out weapon searches.

Duvdevan unit soldiers, and soldiers from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked Battalion seized firearms, thousands of bullets, and material that incited to violence.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, IDF, Border Police, and Judea and Samaria District police arrested 18 security suspects in a series of raids.

Seven of the suspects allegedly took part in unorganized violence against Israelis.

Arrests of Hamas members were also made, in Beitut, south of Nablus, the Askar Refugee Camp in Nablus, and Ramallah.

Soldiers from the Judea Territorial Brigade, together with Combat Engineering Corps units and the Civil administration mapped out the home of Isa Alharov in Dir Tzamat, west of Hebron, who carried out the ramming car attack in Halhloul on December 11 against soldiers, and who was shot dead in the process. The home is slated for demolition shortly.

In Hebron, soldiers mapped out the home of Muhsan Hasuna, who carried out the ramming car attack in Jerusalem on December 14, in which nine civilians were injured, including a one-year-old baby. The terrorist was shot dead during the attack. That home too is scheduled for demolition.

Additionally Home Front Command’s Ram Battalion, and members of the elite Maglan Unit, arrested four security suspects in the Dahaisha Refugee Camp, including a Hamas member, who took part in rioting in the area.           (Jerusalem Post)

UN’s Ban Ki-Moon accuses Israel of ‘breeding’ Palestinian terror attacks

In a message delivered on his behalf to a conference on the Rights of Palestinian people and the situation in Jerusalem organized this week in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon said that the recent Palestinian attacks on Israelis are “bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation.”

“It is the result of fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust,” he said. “It has been fed by the wounds of decades of bloody conflict, which will take a long time to heal. Palestinians youth in particular are tired of broken promises and they see no light at the end of the tunnel.”

Ban also blamed Israel’s “settlement enterprise” for the deterioration of the current situation in the region.

“Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, holds shrines sacred to billions of people worldwide – Muslims, Jews and Christians alike,” he added. “What happens in Jerusalem reverberates around the world.”

Ban also referred to the situation on Temple Mount and said that despite several reaffirmations by the Israeli government that it does not intend to change the status quo in the holy site, “any action which could be interpreted as attempting to change the delicate balance, and particularly the status quo of the holy sites, carries with it the risk of conflict.”

Ban also said there is an “urgent need for leaders to rein in incitement” and called on Israeli security forces to “ensure a calibrated use of force in response to incidents.”

At the conference, which was organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the Question of Jerusalem, Israel was also accused of conducting ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Jerusalem. The accusation was made by Shawan Jabarin, General Director of Al-Haq an organization defending Palestinian rights.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People “a body detached from reality.”

He also addressed Ban Ki-Moon’s accusation and stressed that “there is no justification for terrorism.”

“Instead of wasting your time trying to rationalize Palestinian terrorism, the United Nations should confront the Palestinian Authority to eradicate incitement coming from its highest echelons, permeating into the education system and social networks,” Danon said.     (Jerusalem Post)

US officials’ jabs at Netanyahu repeated in New Yorker piece on Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry will persist on the Israeli- Palestinian front until the end of his term in office in January 2017, US Middle East envoy Frank Lowenstein said in a largely glowing article on Kerry that appeared Monday in The New Yorker.

New Yorker editor David Remnick, who wrote the piece, quoted Lowenstein as saying that Kerry will “play through the whistle.”

“The window for a two-state solution is closing, though none of us who’ve worked on it will regret that we tried to save it,” Lowenstein said.

The mammoth, more than 10,000-word piece, included the latest in a long line of pokes by anonymous US officials reported by senior US journalists over the span of the Obama-Netanyahu relationship.

Remnick, an often caustic critic of Netanyahu’s, wrote that “American officials speak of Netanyahu as myopic, entitled, untrustworthy, routinely disrespectful toward the President, and focused solely on short-term political tactics to keep his right-wing constituency in line.”

Remnick, who had dinner with Kerry and his wife and also traveled with him for four days in October on one of his diplomatic missions, wrote that “State Department aides said that sources of Kerry’s exasperation with Netanyahu range from the injustice of settlement building in the West Bank to the way he employs Yitzhak Molcho, his lawyer and confidant, to stifle even the most inconsequential negotiation.”

Regarding the moribund diplomatic process with the Palestinians, Kerry voiced to Remnick similar sentiments that he articulated at the Saban Conference earlier this month; namely his fear that Israel is headed toward becoming a “unitary state that is an impossible entity to manage.”

“I understand the passions that are behind all of this – I get it,” Kerry said in the interview.

“If it were easy, it would have been done a long time ago. I happen to believe there is a way forward. There’s a solution. It would be good for Israel; it’d be great for the Palestinians; it’d be great for the region. People would make so much money.

There’d be so many jobs created.

There could be peace. And you would be stronger for it.

Because nobody that I know or have met in the West Bank is anxious to have jihadis come in.

“The alternative is you sit there and things just get worse,” Kerry continued. “There will be more Hezbollah. There will be more rockets. And they’ll all be pointed in one direction.

And there will be more people on the border. And what happens then? You’re going to be one big fortress? I mean, that’s not a way to live. It seems to me it is far more intelligent and far more strategic – which is an important word here – to have a theory of how you are going to preserve the Jewish state and be a democracy and a beacon to the world that everybody envisioned when Israel was created.”

Kerry also, once again, expressed concern for Israel’s future as a democracy.

Asked if he could imagine an end to Israel, he replied in the negative.

“It’s just, what is it going to be like, is the question. Will it be a democracy? Will it be a Jewish state? Or will it be a unitary state with two systems, or some draconian treatment of Palestinians, because to let them vote would be to dilute the Jewish state? I don’t know.

I have no answer to that. But the problem is, neither do they. Neither do the people who are supposed to be providing answers to this. It is not an answer to simply continue to build in the West Bank and to destroy the homes of the other folks you’re trying to make peace with and pretend that that’s a solution.”

Kerry said during the interview that in 2010 he held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who wanted to talk about a relationship with Israel in the future.

“I don’t think I’ve ever talked about this publicly, but he was ready to make a deal with Israel,” Kerry said. “And the proof of that is a letter I still have that he wrote and signed, proposing a structure by which he was willing to recognize Israel, have an embassy there, make peace, deal with the Golan, etc.”

Kerry, according to Remnick, said Netanyahu was reluctant.

“Bibi came to Washington, and one of the first things out of his mouth in the Oval Office was ‘I can’t do this. I’m not going to – I just can’t.’” It is not clear from the article whether Kerry was criticizing Netanyahu for this, or – looking at the situation in Syria today – believes this was, in retrospect, a wise decision.

Of Assad, Kerry said to Remnick, “I had an impression that this guy had serious business plans, growth plans, development plans, wanted to change.”       (Jerusalem Post)

Responding to Kerry article, Netanyahu blames Palestinians for lack of peace progress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Palestinians for the lack of progress toward peace in an apparent response to statements by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

“The time has come for the international community to understand that the reason there is no negotiation and no progress toward peace is not Israel’s fault but that of the Palestinian side,” Netanyahu said Tuesday during a tour of the Israel Defense Forces Southern Command headquarters, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement released to the Israeli media.

Netanyahu cited a poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research released Monday regarding Palestinian attitudes toward the two-state solution and stabbing attacks on Israelis, which said that 45 percent of Palestinians still support a two-state solution and 67 percent support stabbing attacks on Israelis. The statement inflated the percentages, however, saying that “some 75 percent of the Palestinians reject the two-state solution and about 80 percent support continuing stabbing attacks.”

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“That’s not surprising because Abu Mazen is continuing constantly to stir things up with false propaganda about Al-Aqsa, false propaganda about executions and by rejecting any genuine attempt at coming to negotiations,” Netanyahu also said, referring to the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas.

A New Yorker profile of Kerry published Monday tracing his work with Iran, Syria, Israel and the Palestinians quoted the secretary of state as criticizing Israel for not knowing whether it wants a two-state solution or to become a binational state, and whether it wants to be a democratic state or a Jewish state. Kerry also criticized Israel for continued settlement building and demolishing the homes of Palestinian terrorists.   (JTA)

Palestinians donate $US155,000 to rebuild demolished homes of terrorists

Local activists in Nablus recently launched a charity initiative to raise funds for Palestinian terror suspects whose homes were demolished by the Israeli army.

So far NIS 600,000, more than $US155,000  has been raised on the streets here, and organizers hope the figure will reach around $200,000.

Passers-by donated to the cause that aims to collect enough money to rehouse the families.

One man behind the project is Mazin Dambaq, who worked as a co-ordinator to collect donations from people on the streets and worshipers at local mosques.

“At first we planned for reconstruction but as you know the ‘Israeli occupation’ refuses to allow to reconstruct these houses because the decision they took says demolishing and confiscation. Nablus municipality will hire four lawyers to appeal that decision and achieve a decision for allowing reconstruction, but we don’t want to wait for long and wait for Israeli courts and we will provide houses for these families and we will buy them houses,” said Dambaq.

Israel demolished four homes of three Nablus men, accused of killing Eitam and Na’ama Henkin in October.

“If we look at it from a social perspective, it sent a message to all those who participated in this campaign that Nablus is united, its people, its residence and its visitors are all one united family,” said Naseer Arafat, manager of the Nablus Residents Committee.

According to B’Tselem, Israel has demolished tens of houses in Jerusalem and the West Bank in October and November.

Many Palestinian families connected to terrorism in Jerusalem and the West Bank fear their houses will be demolished by Israel at any moment.

One man’s home which was razed by the Israeli army was Ramzi al-Ilaiwi’s.

“We thank everyone who initiated this campaign because the ‘occupation’ is becoming more arrogant and it demolishes more and more. They demolish and we will build. We thank everyone who contributed to this campaign,” said Ramzi al-Ilaiwi.

Earlier this month, the home of Palestinian prisoner, Ragheb al-Ilaiwi, who Israel accuses of masterminding an attack in the West Bank was demolished.

“They (the Israeli forces) said that they want to blow-up only this side of the home but look what they blew-up, they blew-up the apartment above it and the apartment underneath, and they damaged a lot of things. They damaged three apartments, instead of damaging one apartment, they damaged three apartments,” Um Ramzi mother of Ragheb al-Ilaiwi said.

Israel accused al-Ilaiwi of heading the cell of terrorists that carried out an attack that resulted in the killing of Eitam and Na’ama Henkin near Itamar in the West Bank in October. Al-Ilaiwi was arrested two days after the attack and is in an Israeli prison.

The couple was shot dead while driving through the West Bank by Palestinian attackers, Israeli authorities said. The couple’s four children, aged between four-months and nine-years old, were also in the car but were physically unharmed when the gunman opened fire, Magen David Adom said.

Israel has said such demolitions are punitive and can also serve as a deterrent to other potential attackers.

Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Army Radio that regular security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank was continuing.  (Jerusalem Post)

Fury over Medical Association decision to treat terrorists first

A decision by the ethics office of the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) raised a furor on Wednesday morning, after the body called to first treat the most wounded person at the scene of a terror attack – even if that person is the Arab terrorist who committed the attack.

The new orders, which bring to mind controversial statements to the same effect in October by Magen David Adom (MDA) director Eli Bein, were revealed by Israel Hayom and call for victims not to be given precedence over assailants.

Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, the ethics chief for the Tzohar rabbinical organization and a member of the Helsinki Committee for medical ethics, slammed the decision, as did Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman.

The rabbi called the decision an enormous mistake, saying the victim should always be treated first at the scene of a terror attack.

He noted that only in unusual circumstances in which it is impossible to determine who was the terrorist and who was the victim should preference be given based on the severity of wounds.

Liberman on Facebook wrote: “I call on the heads of the Medical Association to step down in light of the embarrassing decision they made, according to which the most seriously wounded person should be treated first – even if they are the terrorist.”

“This is an inhumane decision, which testifies that those who made it simply don’t live in reality,” said the former foreign minister. “This is a decision that completely lacks consideration, and is mere confusion, a loss of any moral compass.”

Liberman concluded by saying, “doctors must raise an outcry against this decision and change it.”

In making the decision, IMA ethics office chairperson Dr. Tami Karni claimed that “doctors aren’t judges. Leaving the order (to treat victims first – ed.) means the doctor needs to investigate who is guilty and to punish him by not giving treatment. In multiple-wound events it is very easy to make mistakes in identification, and it is clear that a doctor treating wounded in the field can’t precisely identify the wounded.”

Doctors at terror scenes “must be focused on saving the lives of as many people as possible. It is not right to add to the tasks of the doctor also sorting criterion that are not related to the health of the wounded,” said Karni.                     (Arutz Sheva)

Official: Israel to meet Quartet delegations that include EU reps

Israel will continue to hold discussions with the Quartet, which includes representatives from the European Union, even though it has suspended talks with the EU over the Palestinian issue, a government official said Tuesday.

A Quartet delegation, including senior officials from the US, Russia, EU and UN, was set to arrive last week to meet with officials in Jerusalem and Ramallah to discuss ways of de-escalating the situation and moving the diplomatic process forward but was postponed at the last minute.

The EU’s special envoy, Fernando Gentilini, was to be a member of that delegation, raising questions about whether Israel would meet with the group.

Following the EU’s decision last month to label products from the settlements, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed the Foreign Ministry to suspend talks with the EU on matters pertaining to the Palestinian diplomatic track pending a reassessment of ties with EU institutions.

Bi-lateral discussions with individual EU countries have not been impacted, however.

One government official said Tuesday that Israel will meet with a Quartet delegation, if and when it arrives, because it does not want to “punish” the other members of the Quartet: the US, Russia and UN.

The better question, he said, was whether Israeli officials would meet separately with Gentilini. As things stand now, he said, such a meeting would probably not take place.

The official’s comments came a day after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, following the monthly meeting of the EU foreign ministers, made clear that the EU and the council of foreign ministers was not reversing its new settlement-labeling policy.

Mogherini said the ministers discussed the Middle East peace process and labeling issue, “and we commonly decided that it was important also for me to pass this message publicly that the Council and the European Union stay united on these technical guidelines on indication of origin, which is in no way a boycott and should in no way be interpreted as one.”

She also said that the ministers were “completely united” on the EU’s “continued engagement in the Middle East peace process and in broader bi-lateral relations with Israel. There is full unity and solidarity among member states and among European institutions on that.”                    (Jerusalem Post)

Delegation to West Bank led by Christopher Pyne ‘not well educated’, PLO minister says

An Australian-led delegation to the West Bank featuring Minister Christopher Pyne, former speaker Bronwyn Bishop, Labor MP Tim Watts and Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has been criticised by a minister in the Palestinian Authority, who said the group had “false information” and were “not well educated”.

Mr Pyne, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, led the delegation — which also included British MPs — to Ramallah on Sunday.

All the delegates were visiting Jerusalem for two days as part of an annual Australia-UK-Israel leadership dialogue to discuss the challenges facing Israel and how attendees can best support the Jewish state.

Mr Wilson said the group “quizzed” the Palestinian Prime Minister and Education Minister about a range of topics.

Palestinian Education Minister Dr Sabri Saidam described the meeting as “very explosive and very challenging” and said the group had asked “rude and blunt” questions.

“The delegation had false information and twisted facts,” Dr Saidam told the ABC.

“So it was clear the delegation was not well educated.

“Obviously the delegation was under impressions, wrong impressions accumulated after the visit to Israel.

“Coming blindfolded to realities, bypassing the pain of Palestinians in terms of daily happenings is not going to solve the conflict.”

Dr Saidam said the group repeatedly asked questions about Palestinians naming schools and venues after people who had killed Israeli civilians.

“I said that one man’s hero is another man’s terrorist.”

When asked about Dr Saidam’s comments, Mr Pyne said he believed he was very diplomatic, but admitted that some members of the delegation were potentially “too robust”.

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Photo: Christopher Pyne, Bronwyn Bishop and Tim Wilson are pictured with the delegation in Ramallah. (Twitter: @timwilsoncomau)

“I very diplomatically asked the Prime Minister and the Higher Education Minister questions which I thought would be useful for understanding the Palestinian attitudes to the peace process,” Mr Pyne told the ABC.

“Other members of the dialogue were slightly more robust and could be accused of quizzing them.

“I didn’t quiz anyone.”

Mr Pyne appeared to blame the British delegates for the controversy, but the Palestinians are adamant it was the Australians.

Dr Saidam said, despite the atmosphere, he welcomed the visit because he thought it was important to “clarify facts”.

“There has been a lot of complaints on the Palestinian side that the government of Australia was not that sympathetic with the Palestinians,” he said.

“I thought the Minister of Innovation would come with innovative ideas, but instead he came with a list of complaints.”    (ABC News)

Haredi drug trade network in Mea Shearim and Beit Shemesh uncovered by police

A major drug trade network centered in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhood Mea She’arim and in Ramat Beit Shemesh has been revealed and broken by an undercover cop.

News of the drugs ring, run by national-religious and haredi men, was revealed by the police Tuesday.

The investigation involved many months of undercover work by the Jerusalem Police Force agent involved. Early Tuesday, police, detectives and Border Police forces arrested 45 suspects in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, the central region and Judea and Samaria, who bought and sold drugs and weapons to the police agent who worked among them. Two minors between the ages of 15 and 17 were among those arrested.

Following information collected by the Jerusalem police about drug trade activity in Mea She’arim two years ago, it was decided to send an undercover agent to pose as a haredi and to assimilate within society and penetrate the criminal underworld that had been established.

The investigative and intelligence unit of the police then identified an appropriate religious individual to carry out the role, and after several months of training, including guidance in criminal slang, concepts with the criminal world, required behavior, body language and speech, the agent began work in Mea She’arim.

From what he experienced, the agent said he quickly discerned that there was “a Mea She’arim of the day and a Mea She’arim of the night,” and that with nightfall came an active trade in drugs in the many kiosks and narrow alleys of the famously austere and pious haredi neighborhood.

The agent successfully integrated into the haredi society in Mea She’arim, and under police supervision, began to by different types of drugs, including marijuana, hashish, ecstasy and cocaine.

He was also able to buy a stolen vehicle along with various firearms from two Arabs working in the neighborhood from Hebron, who were working in Jerusalem without permits.

After operating in Mea She’arim for several months, the agent switched to work in the haredi population in Ramat Beit Shemesh, a predominantly haredi, and, in parts, radical neighborhood of Beit Shemesh.

According to the agent, there was a particularly vigilant criminal cell in the neighborhood, which was extremely suspicious of police activity, although he eventually managed to penetrate it as well.

Once accepted, he carried out drug acquisitions from drug traders in Ramat Beit Shemesh, buying several dozen kilograms of hashish, ecstasy and cocaine, totaling several hundred thousands of shekels in value.

He was once again also able to purchase a stolen vehicle, two modified Carl Gustav submachine guns and an M-16 assault rifle.

His work in Beit Shemesh incriminated 60 drug dealers, some of whom were major criminal targets for the police’s National Unit for International Crime Investigations.

“This was a very complex operation, among an experienced criminal cell, which was very suspicious of the police,” said Jerusalem police head Asst.-Ch. Moshe Edri.

“The agent’s professional training from experienced detectives, along with his learning abilities, resourcefulness and belief in the justness of this mission led to the incrimination of 60 suspects and their removal from the general public, for the sake of the security of residents of the neighborhoods of Mea She’arim and Ramat Beit Shemesh and the security of all residents of Jerusalem,” added Edri.

The agent himself said he hoped his work would bring security and quiet to the residents of the two communities where he worked, and that innocent people would be prevented from falling into the criminal world.

“As it says in the Book of Deuteronomy, ‘you shall destroy the evil in your midst,’ and I am hopeful that we will learn how to maintain the good and eliminate the bad in order to create a better society,” he said.                       (Jerusalem Post)

Palestinians say Israel executes children

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According to this cartoon, posted on the website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission this week, both the US and Israel behave like terror organizations, executing the innocent. Titled “Summary executions!”, the cartoon shows an Israeli soldier executing Palestinian children who are tied up and blindfolded, while an American soldier stands next to him reading from a piece of paper, apparently announcing and justifying the execution. [Website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission, Dec. 12, 2015]

The scene in the cartoon is reminiscent of different terror organizations’ execution videos in which a statement is often read aloud before the execution of hostages. The flags in the background are also typical of such promotion videos by terror organizations.

The cartoon repeats two libels promoted by the PA and Fatah, which Palestinian Media Watch has documented: that Israel performs field executions of Palestinian children and that all terrorists killed by Israel in the current terror wave are “innocent victims” and never attacked anyone. Nearly all Palestinian attacks are presented to the Palestinian public as Israeli “fabrications.”

The PA often presents Israel as similar or even worse than ISIS  and alleges that the US and Israel are behind conspiracies to ruin and rule the Arab world .   (PMW)

Israeli Defense Minister: Don’t Be Fooled by Iran’s “Charm Offensive” – Moshe Ya’alon (Defense News)

Since the founding of the State of Israel, we have had 67 years of continuous security and diplomatic challenges stemming from a vehement opposition to our very existence by our neighboring Arab states and their supporting organizations.

As the star of pan-Arabism/Arab nationalism faded, radical Islam (both Shia and Sunni) rose in its place. This new ideology is driving the current wave of terror that aims to harm Israel and its citizens. This wave of terror has turned Israel into the front line of the free world.

The battle against radical Islamic terror will be the greatest challenge facing the family of nations, under the leadership of the United States, in the coming years. Israel, the sole democracy in the Middle East, is an inseparable part of this family of nations and will push for greater cooperation, in both intelligence and operational capacities, among the free world’s countries.

If the terrorists and their operators will not be stopped at their points of origin, they will reach the capitals of every nation in the free world where they will brutally murder citizens.

The nuclear agreement signed with Iran will not reduce the threat of this regime on the entire free world. On the contrary. The merciless Iranian regime, that typifies Israel as the “Little Satan” and threatens to obliterate it from the map, holds equal discontent toward the United States, termed the “Great Satan.” As Iran gains power in the post-agreement era, Israel is faced with an additional substantial challenge.

It is essential to say, in the most clear-cut manner, that Iran is completely and utterly on the dark side. Not only that, but they sit at the helm of the forces of evil. We should not be fooled by their deceitful charm offensive. Iran remains a huge threat to the Western world and the security of its citizens.

Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Ya’alon is Israel’s defense minister.

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Minister Christopher Pyne at The Australian Soldier Park פארק החייל האוסטרלי – באר שבע in Beersheba – dedicated to the memory of the Australian Light Horse regiments. Lest we forget