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  • Gazans bombard southern Israel in massive rocket attack

    03/12/2014 11:56:31 AM PDT · by standingfirm · 52 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3-12-14 | Adiv Sterman
    Dozens of rockets as well as mortar rounds were fired from the Gaza Strip Wednesday at southern Israeli towns. Hours later the IDF fired tank shells at what it termed “terror targets” in the Strip. Israeli reports put the number of rockets at over 60, and Islamic Jihad, which took responsibility for the attack, said it had fired 90 rockets at Israel. The organization said in a statement that it had launched an ongoing “military operation,” which it termed “Breaking the Silence.” No Israeli casualties were initially reported in the largest attack from the Strip since Operation Pillar of Defense...
  • Palestinians plan for airport, seaport and railway

    02/10/2014 12:39:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 02.10.14, 09:23 | Elior Levy
    Palestinian Transportation Minister Nabil Dmaidi announced on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority intends to build an airport, sea ports and a railway to connect the Gaza Strip to Egypt. Dmaidi said his ministry signed a cooperative agreement with Egypt’s civil aviation authority, in an attempt to utilize the professional experience of the Egyptians in the aerospace industry. …
  • Former bin Laden Doctor Reportedly heads al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula

    09/05/2013 2:33:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    THE LONG WAR JOURNAL ^ | July 17, 2013 | David Barnett
    SNIPPET: "Egyptian security forces have reportedly arrested a number of jihadists operating in the Sinai Peninsula who are linked to Ramzi Mowafi, a former physician for Osama bin Laden. Sources have told Egyptian media outlets that Mowafi's group has been responsible for numerous attacks in the Sinai over the past two years. Among those recently arrested are a Yemeni and a Palestinian who were found in the possession of maps and laptops. In August 2011, Egyptian security officials told CNN that Mowafi, who is also thought to be an explosives expert, was spotted in the Sinai. At the time, Mowafi,...
  • Turkish PM Condemns Removal of Morsi

    07/07/2013 10:59:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    voanews.com ^ | July 05, 2013 | Dorian Jones
    ISTANBUL — Unlike its key Arab allies, Turkey has condemned the overthrow of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Analysts warn that the fall of Morsi has dealt a major blow to Turkey's ambition of extending its influence across the Middle East. Turkey's prime minister on Friday condemned the military intervention that toppled Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi as an enemy of democracy, and criticized the West for failing to brand the ouster a coup. Referring to his country's history of coups, Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that such military uprisings come at a heavy price. "Coups are evil. Coups target people,...
  • Fantasy v. Reality (The Fight For Israel's Reputation)

    11/23/2012 4:58:51 PM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 23, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One of the chief distinctions between the anti-Israel rally and the slightly smaller, yet equally exuberant, pro-Israel counter-demonstration held in Times Square this weekend was the sentiments expressed by the participants. While the former vocalized their antipathy towards Israel and the United States and demanded ordinary Israelis be punished-through measures such as the BDS movement-and spent most of their time anathematizing Jews in the most historically inaccurate way possible, the latter concentrated mostly upon messages of solidarity with Israel.
  • Benghazi's meaning for Israel and the Mideast (Great Analysis-Debate Prep)

    10/20/2012 8:55:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 10/19/2012 | Dore Gold
    ....Even before the attack on the U.S. compound, according to an Oct. 2, 2012 report in The Washington Post, the White House held a series of secret meetings that came out of a growing concern that "al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb" (AQIM) was gaining strength after it took control of the northern parts of the African state of Mali, where it created a new Afghan-like sanctuary. In the last year it has begun to spread its influence across the Sahara. AQIM's weaponry came from post-Gadhafi Libya, whose arsenal was boosting the arms trade from Morocco to Sinai. Israeli sources have...
  • Congress seeks more U.S. aid for Iron Dome

    03/23/2012 7:36:46 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/23/2012 | UPI
    Key leaders of the U.S. Congress want U.S. President Barack Obama to provide funds to help Israel, should it request it, to produce more batteries of the Iron Dome counter-rocket system. Israel's air force has three batteries deployed to protect cities in the southern Negev Desert against rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip but budget problems mean it can't fund more batteries needed to shield the rest of the country. Iron Dome, which racked up a 90 percent kill rate against Palestinian Qassam and Grad rockets in recent weeks, was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems...
  • New Radar Systems Introduced to Secure Gaza Border

    03/19/2012 10:07:56 PM PDT · by U-238 · 13 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | Florit Shoihet
    The unique qualities of the new radars, “Baron” and “Baroness”, are thanks to a revolutionary new scanning technology. The radars are equipped with a wide view scanner, allowing them to view an entire area without rotating like traditional radars, eliminating blind spots. The new radar can scan an entire section of the border, tracking multiple targets simultaneously without rotating and leaving an area vulnerable. The radar is also sensitive to objects moving at low speeds, able to pick up lizards and trees waving in the breeze. The radar, made by Elta Systems, is based on technology that allows it to...
  • Iron Dome ups its interception rate to over 90%

    03/11/2012 6:40:29 PM PDT · by U-238 · 34 replies
    the Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/10/2012 | Yaakov Katz and Yaakov Lappin
    The Israel Air Force’s Iron Dome rocket-defense system intercepted 27 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip over the weekend, raising the interception rate from 75 percent last year to over 90%. Israel currently has three Iron Dome batteries in operation – in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beersheba – and plans to deploy the fourth in the coming months. Its plan is to deploy a total of nine batteries by mid-2013. The battery in Ashdod intercepted 11 rockets out of 13 fired into the city; the battery in Ashkelon intercepted one rocket and purposely did not intercept four others since they were...
  • Hamas rules out military support for Iran in any war with Israel

    03/07/2012 12:59:19 AM PST · by U-238 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/6/2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    Hamas will not do Iran's bidding in any war with Israel, according to senior figures within the militant Islamic group. "If there is a war between two powers, Hamas will not be part of such a war," Salah Bardawil, a member of the organisation's political bureau in Gaza City, told the Guardian. He denied the group would launch rockets into Israel at Tehran's request in response to a strike on its nuclear sites. "Hamas is not part of military alliances in the region," said Bardawil. "Our strategy is to defend our rights" The stance underscores Hamas's rift with its key...
  • A portrait of Muslim Brotherhood's supreme authority

    03/01/2011 11:49:43 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/02/2011 | THE MEIR AMIT INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORM
    Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who preached in Tahrir Square 10 days ago, loathes Israel, justifies suicide bombings against its civilians. 1. Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Abdallah al-Qaradawi is a central figure affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. He was expelled from Egypt and found refuge in Qatar, operating from there throughout the Muslim world. 2. Many consider him the supreme religious and ideological authority for the Muslim Brotherhood, although he is not officially its leader. (In the past, he refused to accept the title of the Muslim Brotherhood’s General Guide). He is influential in Egypt and considered one of the most important Sunni...
  • Israeli navy seizes Gaza-bound yacht

    07/19/2011 8:11:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/11 | Ori Lewis
    (Reuters) - The Israeli navy Tuesday seized a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists heading for the blockaded Gaza Strip and forced it to go to Israel's Ashdod port, a military spokeswoman said. "I can confirm that the yacht has been boarded and that everything went smoothly, there were no casualties," the spokeswoman said after marines boarded the "Dignite-Al-Karama" yacht in the eastern Mediterranean. Chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai said the passengers were transferred from the yacht to one of the warships sent to intercept it and were en route to Ashdod. The 17-passenger yacht had declared an Egyptian port...
  • Flotilla faces serious delays, might sail only next week

    06/28/2011 4:16:05 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/29/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Technical difficulties, dwindling participation and possible sabotage sap momentum of Freedom Flotilla 2; 350 people expected to participate, as opposed to 1,500 originally expected by organizers. Withdrawn insurance deeds, alleged sabotage and Greek bureaucracy have dealt a setback to organizers of Freedom Flotilla 2, who said on Tuesday that departure to the Gaza Strip might be postponed until next week. In addition, a mere 350 people are expected to participate in the flotilla, as opposed to the 1,500 originally expected by the organizers. “There have been many obstacles and complaints. Some boats are not ready and it is not clear...
  • Egypt reopens Rafah border crossing into Gaza Strip

    05/28/2011 1:06:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    France 24 ^ | 5/28/2011 | AFP
    Egypt has reopened the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2007 in a move praised by Palestinian leaders and the European Union but strongly opposed by Israel. Egypt on Saturday reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years, in a move hailed by Hamas but criticised by Israel. Among the first to cross the reopened border post were two ambulances ferrying patients from the hitherto-blockaded Gaza Strip for treatment in Egypt as well as a minibus carrying a dozen visitors, an AFP correspondent...
  • Missile from Gaza hits Israeli school bus; 2 hurt

    04/07/2011 1:06:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/7/11 | Aron Heller - AP
    JERUSALEM – An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel Thursday, wounding two people, one of them critically, and prompting fierce Israeli retaliation that killed five Palestinians. Israel unleashed airstrikes and tank fire against Hamas targets across the border. It was the heaviest assault on the coastal territory since a broad military offensive two years ago. Besides the dead, more than 30 Palestinians were wounded, said Palestinian health official Adham Abu Salmiya. He said one of the dead was a 50-year-old civilian who was sitting outside his home when he was struck by...
  • Egypt: Hizbullah declared war on us

    12/29/2008 11:04:58 AM PST · by mojito · 26 replies · 1,337+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2008 | Brenda Gazzar
    In a press conference held on Monday afternoon in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit responded to criticism by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday, saying that "They have practically declared war on Egypt via several satellite stations. The Egyptian people reject and opposes this declaration." "They want for there to be chaos in Egypt as there is in their country," Gheit said of Hizbullah. "I tell this man [Nasrallah]: No, no! Our armed forces can defend our homeland from people like you. Your interest in creating chaos is not in the best interest of...
  • Bedouin Arms Smugglers See Opening in Sinai

    02/06/2011 9:49:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/7/2011 | Matt Bradley and Davit Mitnick
    Israeli officials are nervously watching events in Egypt's sparsely populated Sinai Peninsula, worried that a power vacuum in Cairo and the withdrawal of police forces will embolden the Bedouin tribes who help smuggle weapons to Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. In a sign of the rising tensions, Bedouin in the northern Sinai on Friday used rocket-propelled grenades to attack the headquarters of Egypt's state security in El Arish, a town close to Egypt's border crossing into Gaza, according to witnesses. Israel's fear is that with Egypt's police having all but disappeared from the peninsula—after police were asked to step...
  • LAUREATE OF HATE

    We must not mistake her: The Nobel peace prize laureate is no “peace activist.” She identifies in absolute terms with Hamas, despite the fact that she knows that it is an anti-Semitic organization that has insisted on continued violence, openly preaches for the annihilation of the Jews and supports global jihad and the Islamic conquest of the entire free world. I am merely worried about the children of Gaza, said Nobel peace prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire in court, and we almost wanted to send her flowers. Worry about the fate of children, as such, is important. But Maguire couldn’t...
  • Report: Explosives cache destined for Gaza smuggling found in Sinai

    09/26/2010 3:51:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | 09.26.10, 20:26 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Palestinian news agencies reported that Egyptian officials sand that local security forces were dispatched to the area to neutralize an old mortar dud when they discovered that a half ton of explosives packed in bags hiding beneath it. (Ynet)"
  • Report: IDF Attacks Targets in South, Central Gaza Strip

    08/17/2010 2:47:35 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | 08.17.10, 23:45 / Israel News | Ali Waked
    NOTE: THIS IS THE NEW ISRAEL-RELATED THREAD Note The following news brief is a quote: Report: IDF attacks targets in south, central Gaza Strip Published: 08.17.10, 23:45 / Israel News Palestinians reported that the IDF had fired towards open ground in Khan Younis and attacked the smuggling tunnels in the south of the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported. Two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded Tuesday morning from shells fired into the western Negev. (Ali Waked)
  • Iranian Legislator Says Egypt Promised to Enable His Entry to Gaza

    07/28/2010 6:18:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 3+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 07.28.10, 21:09 / Israel News | Dudi Cohen
    SNIPPET: "Iranian parliament member Mahmoud Ahmadi Bigesh said Wednesday that Egypt has promised to issue entry permits for him and three of his fellow parliament members, who want to enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing."
  • 4 Rockets Fall In South; None Injured ["near Kibbutz Nahal Oz"]

    07/24/2010 11:40:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 60 replies · 27+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 07.24.10, 23:50 / Israel News | Shmulik Hadad
    SNIPPET: "Police are working to figure out the origin of the rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip Saturday evening and exploded near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, without causing damage or injures. A total of four rockets and two mortar shells were fired at Israel on Saturday, causing no injuries. An initial examination revealed that the rocket fired at Nahal Oz was manufactured using professional means, most likely outside of the borders of the Gaza Strip. The rocket had a diameter of 115 millimeters, and police sappers were working to locate fragments of it to be tested."
  • Iron Dome test in South successful

    07/14/2010 11:05:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/14/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel inched a step closer recently to deploying a missile defense system along the border with the Gaza Strip after the Iron Dome system successfully intercepted a number of missile barrages in tests. The tests were overseen by the Defense Ministry, the Israel Air Force and the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. which developed the Iron Dome, slated to be declared operational in the near future. Israel inched a step closer recently to deploying a missile defense system along the border with the Gaza Strip after the Iron Dome system successfully intercepted a number of missile barrages in tests. The...
  • The Gaza Flotilla Decoy for Iranian Missiles to Hezbollah

    06/26/2010 7:16:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    World Defense Review ^ | 6/02/2010 | Walid Phares
    first glance, the takeover by the Israeli Navy of the "humanitarian flotilla" heading towards Gaza is just one more of the disputed crises between Israel and its foes. As in all previous incidents, the spiral of accusations will eventually reach bottom. While media attention will highlight the tactical events—seizure of the ships, rules of engagement, who fired first, the legal location of the incident and the other dramatic details—the rapidly expanding debate will soon reach the strategic intent of the "flotilla." After all the governments involved issue their condemnations and warnings in all directions, after the UN conferences and issues...
  • IDF Strikes in Gaza In Response to Rocket

    06/24/2010 11:17:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | 06.25.10, 07:57 / Israel News | Hanan Greenberg
    IDF strikes in Gaza in response to rocket Air Force planes target weapons warehouse, two smuggling tunnels in Strip; no injuries reported Hanan Greenberg Published: 06.25.10, 07:57 / Israel News Israel Air Force aircraft bombed a weapons warehouse in northern Gaza and two smuggling tunnels in the southern Strip on Thursday night. The Israel Defense Forces said the targets were hit and that all planes returned safely to their base. There were no reports of injuries. The attack was a response to the firing of a rocket and mortar shells at western Negev communities on Thursday. The IDF stressed that...
  • Video Piecing It All Together: The Truth About The Mavi Marmara (Gaza Flotilla)

    06/17/2010 10:30:21 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 5 replies · 163+ views
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 6/17/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    A new video has been released that pieces together the Gaza Flotilla incident that blatantly shows Israel was acting in self-defense, not as the attackers. Parts in the video show members aboard the flotilla uttering statements at the Israeli’s such as “Shut the f*ck up”, “Go back to Auschwitz”, “We’re helping Arabs going against the U.S”, and ” Don’t forget 9/11 guys.” Be sure to watch the full 8- minutes to get the full story. (video inside link)
  • Turkey's alliance with Iran is a threat to world peace

    06/14/2010 12:07:08 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 275+ views
    The Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6/10/2010 | Con Coughlin
    Turkey’s decision to veto the latest U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran should be of concern for all those, like me, who desire a peaceful resolution of the international crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme. The Turks are apparently upset that the West has not responded positively to the nuclear deal it recently negotiated with Iran, with Brazil’s assistance, whereby Tehran would ship some of its stockpile of enriched uranium to Ankara in return for fuel rods for its so-called research reactor in Tehran. In fact this deal was nothing more than a watered-down version of the agreement Iran negotiated with...
  • Reuters Photoshops Knives and Blood out of Pictures on Gaza Flotilla

    06/07/2010 4:17:36 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 24+ views
    Eyeblast TV ^ | 6/7/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    Cadmium. Sounds like a super cool name for a new car, doesn't it? Wow, here the voiceover on the commercial: "Be the first on your block to drive the new Cadmium." Actually, you likely would not want to because of what that name means. According to HealthLine.com, Cadmium can be very toxic, and is dangerous if it is swallowed or inhaled. It is used in a large number of industrial applications. In the United States, over 10 million pounds of cadmium are used industrially every year. While spontaneous recovery from mild cadmium exposure is common, doses as low as 10...
  • New 'Magnet' system would alert entire military of incoming strikes

    06/05/2010 1:53:33 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Geostrategy Direct. ^ | 6/5/2010 | Geostrategy Direct.
    The Israel Air Force has installed a command and control system to help respond to an enemy missile strike. Officials said the Air Force has installed the Magnet system in all bases. They said Magnet, which links to radar and sensors, facilitates the rapid transfer of data to military headquarters. "The new system can send a warning regarding missiles hitting any base through a message on the screen," Maj. Itzik Ben-Simon, an Air Force operations chief, said. "Until now, the alerts were relayed by phone from the control cell in Tel Aviv." Officials said Magnet has included a computerized operations...
  • Turkish flotilla organizers tied to 'global Islamic terrorism'

    06/05/2010 1:40:40 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 379+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 6/5/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Israel's intelligence community has found that the Turkish organizer of the seven-ship flotilla that unsuccessfully sought to reach the Gaza Strip was linked to Al Qaida. The Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center deemed the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, a leading supporter of Al Qaida in its insurgency campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. The state-supported center, meant to be the open-source arm of the Israeli intelligence community, said numerous foundation members have been arrested by Turkish security services for trying to ship weapons to Afghanistan. "The IHH initiated a number of 'humanitarian aid' convoys...
  • IDF: Global Jihad links on flotilla

    06/01/2010 10:40:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 450+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/1/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    Dozens of passengers who were aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship are suspected of having connections with global jihad-affiliated terrorist organizations, defense officials said on Tuesday, amid growing concerns that Turkish warships would accompany a future flotilla to the Gaza Strip. According to the defense officials, the IDF has identified about 50 passengers on the ship who could have terrorist connections with global jihad-affiliated groups. RELATED: Editorial: A turning point for Turkey What is the IHH? During its searches of the Mavi Marmara on Tuesday, the military also discovered a cache of bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles, as well...
  • Israeli Response Justified on All Accounts

    06/01/2010 3:38:32 PM PDT · by geniusbyosmosis · 8 replies · 299+ views
    Captain Dave Funk ^ | June 01, 2010 | Captain Dave Funk
    Recent accounts attacking Israel for action taken toward “humanitarian activists,” as they like to call them, have been all but factual. Israel has been victimized by anti-Semitic activists sent to “break” the barrier for the passage of weapons (likely originating from Iran) to the Gaza strip. With outside help, these terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah, have been able to launch attacks on innocent Israeli citizens and IDF troops including over 12,000 small rockets. One accurate report said it best: “Under international law, Israel has the right to protect the lives of its civilians from Hamas attacks, and, consequently, has...
  • Why is the Media Neglecting Israel’s Side of the Flotilla Attack?

    06/01/2010 12:17:42 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 44 replies · 757+ views
    EyeblastTV ^ | 6/1/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    The “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” set sail last week for the Hamas-controlled Gaza region, claiming to be carrying humanitarian aid. Israeli Navy ships requested late Sunday night that the activists change course from Gaza to Ashdod, where they would be able to unload their aid material, which would then be transferred over land to Gaza after undergoing security inspections.
  • VIDEO: Protest Outside Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

    05/31/2010 7:54:02 PM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 16 replies · 404+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-31-10 | Bob McCarty
    Exclusive video and photos from outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv show a growing crowd of protesters upset over the Turkish government's decision to provoke Israel through its participation in the so-called "aid flotilla" off Israeli coast.
  • Israeli Navy Approaches Gaza Flotilla

    05/30/2010 7:15:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 62 replies · 2,104+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/30/2010 | Isabel Kershner
    The Israeli navy made its first contact with a flotilla carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists and thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza shortly before midnight on Sunday, surprising the boats in international waters, according to activists on one vessel. Israel has vowed not to let the flotilla reach the shores of Gaza, where the Islamic militant group Hamas holds sway, putting the activists and the Israelis on a high-profile public relations collision course. Named the Freedom Flotilla and led by the pro-Palestinian Free Gaza Movement and a Turkish organization, Insani Yardim Vakfi, the convoy of six cargo and passenger...
  • Israel targeting all Hamas smuggling channels including Western-backed flotilla

    05/30/2010 1:18:13 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 338+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 5/28/2010 | World Tribune
    The Israel Navy has been training to block a Western-organized flotilla of ships from reaching the Gaza Strip over the next few days.Sources did not rule out the prospect that the flotilla would contain military or dual-use components sought by Hamas. Israel's military has determined that the Hamas regime has intensified weapons smuggling efforts to the Gaza Strip. Military sources said Hamas and its Palestinian allies were employing a range of routes to bring weapons, fuel and cash to the Gaza Strip. The sources said Hamas was being hampered by increasing efforts by Egypt and Israel. "Hamas uses all means...
  • Israel's split with Turkey deepens

    05/27/2010 10:51:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 557+ views
    UPI via Space War ^ | 5/27/2010 | UPI via Space War
    Israel has warned that its naval forces will prevent a Turkish-led flotilla of eight blockade-running ships carrying 10,000 tons of aid for the besieged Gaza Strip, a confrontation that could deliver the death blow to the crumbling alliance between Israel and Turkey. The breakup of that strategic alliance was triggered by Israel's 22-day invasion of Gaza in December 2008. Turkey's Islamist government led by Prime Minister Tayep Reccep Erdogan bitterly and volubly opposed that incursion in which some 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. The alliance with Muslim Turkey, a member of NATO and a key military power in the...
  • IDF Attacks 3 Gaza Tunnels

    05/21/2010 12:58:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 43 replies · 711+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 05.21.10, 07:07 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Israel Air Force jets attacked three tunnels in the Gaza Strip in a joint Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet operation on Thursday night, several hours after a Qassam rocket hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. Two of the targets attacked were in the southern Strip and one was in the northern Strip. According to the IDF, terrorists were using the tunnels to try to infiltrate Israel. The IDF Spokesperson's Office said the tunnels were located about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) from the border fence and that the targets were hit. There have been no reports of injuries among...
  • Israel seeks U.S. aid for Iron Dome

    05/04/2010 9:16:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 548+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/4/2010 | UPI
    As Hezbollah builds up its rocket arsenal, Israel has asked Washington to help pay for more Iron Dome anti-missile batteries to shield the Jewish state. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Israeli Defense Ministry wants to buy more than a dozen batteries of the system designed to counter short-range missiles fired by the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrillas and Palestinian Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The ministry had allocated $250 million for the development of the system, the bottom layer of a planned three-tier missile defense shield, and the purchase of two batteries. Each Iron Dome battery costs around $25 million,...
  • Fighting Terrorist Financing in the Palestinian Territories

    04/23/2010 1:02:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 362+ views
    SNIPPET: “The recent news that Hamas militants broke into a Gaza Strip branch of the Bank of Palestine and stole $400,000 which had been frozen as part of terrorism investigation indicates that no matter what the Palestinian Authority may try, Hamas is willing to use violence to protect its interests. While the fractured government in the Palestinian territories has been making small steps towards stemming the flow of terrorist financing, it remains an uphill battle." Read more at: http://www.investigativeproject.org/1907/fighting-terrorist-financing-in-the-palestinian
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Hamas seeks Chinese C-802 anti-ship missile from Iran

    01/29/2010 3:44:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 399+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 2/01/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Hamas has submitted a request for a Chinese-origin cruise missile deployed by another Iranian proxy, Hizbullah. Israeli military sources asserted that Hamas was seeking to acquire the Chinese-origin C-802 anti-ship missile from Iran. The sources said Hamas has determined that the C-802 would comprise a deterrent against Israel Navy operations along the Gaza coast. "Hamas believes that the Israel Navy would significantly reduce its presence [because of the C-802] and operate farther away from the Gaza coast," a military source said. The sources said Hamas has been briefed by Hizbullah on the C-802. Hizbullah, aided by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard...
  • Al Qaida joins forces with Fatah against Hamas

    01/29/2010 3:48:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 223+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 1/28/2010 | World Tribune
    The Fatah-supported opposition, with help from Al Qaida-aligned elements, continues to target Hamas security forces. Palestinian sources said Fatah and Al Qaida-aligned elements were collaborating in a campaign to destabilize the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. They said Fatah was engaging Islamist fighters to attack both Hamas security forces as well as businessmen close to the Hamas regime. "The attacks have been taking place about every week," a Palestinian source said.
  • Al Qaida targeting Palestinian camps

    01/08/2010 11:17:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 241+ views
    World Tribune,com ^ | 01/07/2010 | World Tribune
    Al Qaida is reportedly targeting Palestinian refugee camps for indoctrination and recruitment. The Jamestown Foundation said Al Qaida and its allies were bolstering efforts to infiltrate Palestinian refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The foundation, in a report by Murad Batal Al Shishani, said the Al Qaida-aligned Fatah Al Islam was recruiting cells in such Lebanese camps as Bidawi and Burj Al Shamali. "If training and organization become available to these young people they have the potential to become a threat to not only the countries in which they reside, but to the region as a...
  • In Gaza, Hamas faces jihadist challenge

    01/04/2010 8:59:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 281+ views
    Space Wars ^ | 12/31/2009 | UPI via Terror Wars
    A year after Israeli forces devastated the Gaza Strip, relief workers and others say the overcrowded Palestinian territory, throttled by economic blockade, is being steadily infiltrated by militants inspired by al-Qaida who are getting ready to challenge Hamas for control. The operational capabilities of these groups, which follow the puritanical Salafist strain of Sunni Islam, remain rather murky. But the last thing Israel wants is jihadist groups active on its southern border. Hamas is faced with eroding popular support following Israel's 22-day invasion in which some 1,200 Gazans, mostly civilians, perished. These groups are reported to have a combined strength...
  • Hamas battle with Islamic (Al-Qaida 'inspired') radicals kills 7 in Gaza

    08/14/2009 12:16:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,667+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/14/09 | Ibrahim Barzak - ap
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Islamic radicals from an al-Qaida-inspired group battled Hamas security in the Gaza Strip Friday in a shootout that killed at least seven people. The fighting began when Hamas forces surrounded a mosque in the southern Gaza town of Rafah where about 100 members of Jund Ansar Allah, or the Soldiers of the Companions of God, were holed up, including some armed with suicide belts and rifles, according to residents of the area. The confrontation was triggered when the leader of the group defied Gaza's Hamas rulers by declaring in a Friday prayer sermon that the...
  • Israeli warplanes bomb Hamas target, Gaza tunnels (Israel chooses to ignore Obama)

    05/19/2009 7:10:31 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 2,031+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/2009 | Reuters
    Israeli warplanes bombed a Hamas security outpost and tunnels by the Gaza border with Egypt on Tuesday, after a rocket fired from the coastal territory struck an Israeli town, Israeli and Hamas sources said. Palestinian medics said a woman in Gaza suffered moderate wounds from one of several air strikes against tunnels Israel says are used to smuggle weapons into the coastal territory. Another raid targeted a Hamas outpost near a border fence with Israel, a Hamas source said. It was the first time Israel has attacked the Islamic militant group since a January 18 ceasefire went into effect after...
  • Egypt widens Hizbollah crackdown (got caught smuggling weapons from Egypt to Gaza Strip)

    04/13/2009 12:41:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 476+ views
    FinancialTimes.com ^ | 4/13/09 | Anna Fifield
    Tensions between Egypt and Lebanon’s Hizbollah group have escalated after the Shia movement admitted that one of its members had been smuggling weapons from Egypt to the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian authorities were chasing 10 Lebanese men on Monday, allegedly members of a Hizbollah cell, on the Sinai peninsula, which shares a border with the Gaza Strip, in a crackdown on a group that they claim was planning to attack Egyptian institutions and Israeli tourists.
  • Report: IAF struck arms convoy for Hamas in Sudan in January

    03/26/2009 10:22:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 934+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 03.26.09, 07:09 / Israel News | n/a
    Note: The following news brief is a quote: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3692502,00.html Report: IAF struck arms convoy for Hamas in Sudan in January Published: 03.26.09, 07:09 / Israel News Israeli planes struck in January a convoy of trucks in Sudan carrying weapons meant for the Gaza Strip, the CBS television network reported Thursday. According to the report 17 trucks had been bombed and 39 people had been killed in the strike. (Ynet)