“Fear not, for I am with you, Be not frightened, for I am your God; I strengthen you and I help.”
An IDF drill in northern Israel. Credit: IDF
The Israel-Gaza security fence has been a hotbed of violence since the “March of Returns” riots began on March 30.
Violent clashes between the IDF and Palestinian rioters, though they ebb and flow in severity, have become routine over the past two months. Additionally, terrorist organizations are firing rockets into Israel. A recent rocket hit in the yard of a southern Israeli preschool.
“The weekend’s events are a continuation of Hamas’ repeated attempts to turn the area next to the security fence into a violent zone both above and below ground, conduct terror attacks, damage security infrastructure, and endanger lives of Israel civilians and IDF soldiers,” an IDF Spokesperson said
Dr. John A.I Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA, explained to Breaking Israel News that the violence on the Israel-Gaza border is ongoing, even if much of the international media does not report on daily encounters.
“Day and night, the IDF is standing guard at one of the most tense and volatile borders in the world,” said Grossman. “Over the past few days in particular, the IDF is working around the clock putting out fires and responding to emergency situations.”
Thousands of Palestinian rioters gathered in five separate locations along the Israel-Gaza security fence last Friday afternoon. In addition to hurling burning tires, fire bombs, and stones towards IDF forces, shots were fired at an IDF vehicle. A terrorist was spotted planting a grenade on the Israel-Gaza border during the riots. The grenade exploded but did not cause any casualties or injuries to IDF personnel.
On Sunday, the violence was still at a peak. Terrorist groups fired rockets into Israel in the morning. The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted three projectiles, but sirens sounded in the southern town of Sderot and surrounding areas, forcing thousands of Israelis to seek cover in bomb shelters.
In response to the rocket fire, the Israeli Air Force attacked five terror targets in Gaza.
“This strike was conducted in response to the projectiles which were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel last night, in addition to the acts of terror approved and led by the Hamas terror organization throughout the weekend,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s unit.
The airstrikes destroyed two rocket and weapon manufacturing facilities, an urban warfare training facility and infrastructure belonging to Hamas’ naval unit in the Gaza Strip.
“Kite Terrorism,” in which incendiary kites are flown from Gaza into Israel, has been has become a new and common act of terror over the past few weeks. Burning kites land in Israeli fields and cause significant damage.
Saturday afternoon saw the largest fire in Israel as the result of “kite terrorism” to date. The Karmia Nature Reserve caught fire from an incendiary kite flown from Gaza. The fire required the efforts of 12 firefighting trams and four air tankers to be extinguished.
Some 75 acres of agricultural land was destroyed in the attack.
On Sunday, Palestinian terrorists breached the Israel-Gaza border. The terrorists set fire to IDF military supplies and other equipment used in the construction of terror tunnel barriers between Israel and Gaza. The terrorists managed to return to the Gaza Strip unharmed.
On Monday, two Palestinians were stopped while trying to cross into Israel. One terrorist was killed, and the second apprehended by IDF Forces. The pair of terrorists was carrying an axe, and the IDF is being credited with preventing a terror attack on Israel soil.
“Every day presents a new and difficult set of challenges for our forces on the Israel-Gaza border,” said Grossman. “During these stressful times, we must offer emotional and physical support to the soldiers of the IDF.”
Iraqi Shi’a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, May 17, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Alaa al-Marjani / File.
Shi’a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said on Saturday that Jews could return to Iraq if they “demonstrated loyalty,” the Hebrew news site Walla reported.
The 44-year-old Sadr heads the Saairun coalition, which won the most seats in the Iraqi parliamentary election last month.
His comment on Jews came in response to a question asked by a supporter, the Walla report said.
In the aftermath of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Sadr’s Mahdi Army targeted American troops.
Iran’s base in southern Syria, as photographed by satellite imagery, in October 2017. (Screenshot)
An Arabic news source reported on the ongoing negotiations between Israel and Russia concerning the Iranian military presence in Syria, stating that Russia has agreed to “a green light” for Israeli military strikes against Iranian military target.
Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman is currently in negotiations with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow concerning the Iranian military presence in Southern Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also in telephone contact over the matter.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.
“Paranoia predisposed him to believe in nefarious, hidden forces driving events,” the New York Times writes of Trump. “Political opportunism informed his promotion of conspiracy theories.”
But that could just as easily apply to the New York Times.
The Jewish community is in danger and so is the Free World as we know it. THE CONFLICT BEYOND ADVOCACY
The Jewish community is in danger and so is the Free World as we know it.
Reprinted from IsraelNationalNews.com.
Who would have believed that within certain communities, there could be more supporters of the radical Arab Palestinian agenda than supporters of the free, democratic and altruistic State of Israel. The relentless Arab Palestinian deceitful and well-organized propaganda, with the irrational support of many in the Western Media, may be a part of this transition.
The Democratic Party in the USA used to be a staunch supporter of the just cause of the State of Israel, but a recent Pew Research Center report showed a dangerous shift in this attitude. Within the more radical liberal branch of the Democratic party, about 38% will be anti-Israeli while the supporters of Israel will be only about 26%. When you look at the overall numbers as they relate to the Democratic party, you find that about 31% will be anti-Israeli and only 33% will be pro-Israel. On the other hand, within the Republican party, about 74% will be pro-Israel.
Yahya Sinwar, the leader of the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza, speaks during a protest east of Khan Yunis, April 16, 2018.
Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’ leader in Gaza, recently gave interviews to Al Jazeera and Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, which is close to Hezbollah, to boast about his movement’s achievements in the wake of the recent border fence demonstrations and the Great Return March. In the interviews, on May 16 and 21, respectively, Sinwar also threatened that if Hamas is forced into another round of fighting with Israel, its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades will have a few surprises in store for the “Zionist enemy
“The Israeli nation had been constructed as a sort of gateway by which the sparks of purity would shine upon the whole of the human race the world over.” The Arvut, Baal HaSulam
The Trump-Kim summit generated a renewed sense of hope along with questions about the future. Will we witness a new and peaceful North Korea? Will Trump’s deal-making skills become instrumental in promoting world peace? And specifically among Israel analysts: Will Trump be able to make a deal to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
On May 22, Susanna Maria Feldman went missing. It was the day after the Jewish holiday of Shavuot which celebrates G-d’s revelation of the Ten Commandments to Moses and a nation of freed slaves.
The fifth commandment is, “Honor thy father and mother.” The sixth is, “Thou shalt not murder.”
And in the German city of Mainz, whose Jewish community dates back to Roman times, a worried mother waited for the worst. Susanna had gone off with her friends. They came home. And she didn’t.
What can one learn from the controversy? Basically, that it is safer to be a member of Hamas than to be gay. Palestinian leaders would much rather see young Palestinians trying to kill Israelis than talk about gays in their own society. In the world of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, there is no room for comedy or satire.
On June 8, an estimated 250,000 people attended the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv. Tourists from all around the world came to Israel to watch and participate in the event. The theme of this year’s event is “The Community Makes History” — a reference to the LGBT community in Israel.
Fifty one years have passed since the Six Day War, fifty one years during which Israel has advanced on every front, in economics, technology, its society (it switched from a socialist to a nationalist regime) and, most significantly, in its geo-political situation: Two Arab countries bordering Israel, Jordan and Egypt, signed peace treaties with the Jewish State, and a number of Arab states have relations with Israel behind the scenes. Israel is an honored member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and its per capita GNP approaches $40,000 per annum.
The anti-Israel boycott is despicable. In the past, the Jews were boycotted by the unenlightened. Today, the unenlightened are not alone. They’re in a coalition with the pseudo-enlightened.
Jibril Rajoub, the man who announced that if he had an atom bomb he would drop it on Israel, won a huge victory, because the game against Argentina was supposed to be the jewel in the crown. It was supposed to join the Eurovision win in proving that Israel doesn’t have to give a damn about the rest of the world. But no, it does.
We must admit that Rajoub is not the only one who defeated Israel. Israel defeated itself. Because when you do things to spite other, you end up paying the price. And we’re paying it.