June 14, 2018

Duvdevan Soldiers Pulled Terrorist Who Killed Their Friend Out Of Bed

Soldiers from the IDF’s elite Duvdevan counter-terrorism commando unit raided Palestinian Camp al-Am’ari last Wednesday (6th) in the late morning hours and pulled the terrorist who killed their friend, St.-Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky, out of bed.

Islam Yusuf Hamid, 32, dropped a marble slab on Lubarsky, a Duvdevan soldier, during a raid near Ramallah on May 24.  After fighting for his life for two days, the 20-year-old soldier eventually succumbed to his injuries.

During the operation to capture the terrorist, several other Palestinians were detained on suspicion of hiding Hamid from authorities.

(jpost.com; ynetnews.com)


Netanyahu Praises IDF, Shin Bet For Arresting Murderer Of Elite Soldier

“Israel will continue to bring to justice anyone who attacks or tries to attack Israeli civilians or IDF soldiers,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday (13th) following the arrest of the alleged murderer of IDF St.-Sgt Ronen Lubarsky.

Netanyahu congratulated the IDF and the Shin Bet Security Agency for its impressive intelligence and operational capabilities in arresting the terrorist, before a meeting with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.  

Netanyahu noted that Lubarsky was a Duvdevan soldier  and that a Duvdevan unit caught his killer.



Winter Hits Israel – In June

Rainfall on Wednesday morning (13th) caused flooding in the southern cities of Sderot and Ashkelon, with cars sinking into the water.

Sderot resident David Mansour told Army Radio, “the entire city has turned into Venice.  Everything is flooded, the playground and ten cars are sunk in water.  No one enters or leaves the marketplace. The infrastructure is old and we haven’t invested in it, we just do cosmetics.  So now we have a rain and this is what happens.”

Rain also fell further north along the coast as well as in the western Galilee.  Rainfall and thunderstorms cause the northern cities of Ma’alot and Karmiel to lose power.

(israelnn.com; gglz.net)


Move Your Embassies To Jerusalem, Netanyahu Urges Latin American Dignitaries

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday (13th) hosted at his Jerusalem office a delegation of foreign dignitaries representing Latin American parliaments.

Netanyahu said, “You’re sitting now in the seat of the Israeli government.  It’s here in Jerusalem. Right next to us is the Knesset, our parliament. It’s in Jerusalem.  Right next to that is the Supreme Court. It’s in Jerusalem. The President’s house is in Jerusalem.”

“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel…and it will always be the capital of Israel.  It has been the capital of Israel for three thousand years,” Netanyahu added.

After thanking Guatemala and Paraguay for moving their embassies to the capital, Netanyahu requested, “I ask you…to ask your governments to move their embassies to Jerusalem.  So we can say, “Next year in Jerusalem.”



Shin Bet Chief Reveals Israel Has Prevented 250 Terror Attacks In 2018

Using traditional and new big data abilities, the Shin Bet Israel Security Agency has prevented 250 terror attacks so far in 2018, Director Nadav Argaman told a group of visiting interior security ministers at a closed session of a Jerusalem international conference on terror, Wednesday (13th).

The conference was hosted by the Minister of Public Safety and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan.

Argaman said that the agency had succeeded in blocking major terror attacks involving suicide bombings, kidnappings and shootings.

(reuters.com; jpost.com)


Iranians Defy Regime On Twitter, Express Support For Israel

Israel Foreign Ministry Persian digital media manager Sharona Avginsaz said Tuesday (12th), “During this week our Twitter page reached 2.5 million Iranians.  There were tens of thousands of tweets with the hashtag #WeStandWithIsrael, each stating their individual positions on why they love Israel.”

One Iranian wrote, “Our history is bound together.  Our values have the same root. The Hebrew Bible was compiled in its final form under the patronage of the Persian Achaemenid empire, the Babylonian Talmud under the patronage of the Persian Sassanid empires.  We are brothers.”

“Iranians are always writing to us that they love Israel, that they don’t want their regime to use their money to support Hamas and Hizbullah,” Avginsaz said.



Football Association To Discipline Palestinian Official Over Threats To Argentine Team

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) will launch disciplinary proceedings against Palestinian Football Association (PFA) head Jibril Rajoub for alleged incitement after he exerted pressure on Argentina’s national football team to cancel a friendly match against Israel’s team in Jerusalem.

The Argentinian team apparently succumbed to the threats particularly against its star player Lionel Messi, by canceling the event just three days before it was scheduled to take place.



Report: U.S. official eyes Israeli Egyptian fenced-off border for Mexico wall ideas

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson inspected Israel’s fenced-off border with Egypt on Tuesday (12th) for ideas for the U.S. border with Mexico, where President Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall, Israel Radio reported.

A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed Nielson’s visit to the Israel-Egypt border.

“She understood the challenges and opportunities that exist there,” the official said, without elaborating.



Following Outcry, Paris Suburb Removes Plaques Renaming Street For Nakba

Less than a day after they were installed, the Parisian suburb of Bezons has removed signs renaming a central street “Nakba Alley” following an outcry from Israel and local Jewish groups.

A sign marking the road located near city hall, read, “In memory of the expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians and the destruction of 532 villages by the war criminal David Ben Gurion for the establishment of the State of Israel.”

Israel’s Ambassador to France Aliza Bin-Noun accused  Bezons Mayor Dominique Lesparre, who represents the French Communist Party, of supporting “Palestinian terrorism and inciting hate.”



Kansas School Teacher Awarded In Warsaw For Bringing Holocaust Heroine Irena Sendler’s Story To Light

A Kansas school teacher who with his students brought the story of Holocaust heroine Irena Sendler to light, was presented in Poland with an award in her honor.

Norman Conrad was presented with the 2018 Irena Sendler Memorial Award in Warsaw’s Royal Castle on Monday (11th) by Polish Minister of Culture Piotr Glinski.  Conrad is the first American to receive the award,

Sendler, a Polish social worker, during the Nazi occupation saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.