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IDF Soldiers on High Alert After Continued Rocket Fire

7 hours 50 min ago

After a heated night along the Gazan border with at least 30 rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel, there is a day of calm. While Hamas announced that there was an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, denied that there was a ceasefire and the Israeli Defense Forces remain on high alert.

Since Monday, Hamas terrorists have launched dozens of rockets into Southern and Central Israel, destroying a home north of Tel Aviv and injuring seven. Bomb shelters have been opened across Israel and the IDF has responded with hundreds of targeted attacks against Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

This is the reality for Israelis living under rocket fire from Hamas:

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019

According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who returned from the United States today to meet with the security cabinet and discuss the next steps, the IDF’s “very, very forceful” response is intended to deter Hamas, showing that “we’ll not hesitate to go in and take all necessary steps – regardless of anything, any date, other than Israel’s security needs.”

IDF intelligence and strategic affairs ministers have stated that Israel is approaching a military campaign in Gaza and as such, IDF troops are being deployed to Israel’s south as the military prepares for the possibility of a full-blown confrontation with Hamas.

In addition to the threat of rockets, this coming weekend will mark the one year anniversary of the “March of Return” on the Gaza border, with further Palestinian protests planned.

Monday’s escalation occurs just 11 days after air raid sirens sounded in Tel Aviv for the first time since 2014, as two rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel. The IDF confirmed that terrorist organization Hamas launched the rockets on March 14, although Hamas said that the rockets were launched “by accident.” In response to the rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, the IDF struck 100 terror sites in Gaza, including an underground rocket manufacturing site, the headquarters responsible for orchestrating Hamas terrorism in Judea and Samaria and the Hamas center of unmanned aerial aircraft.

During the month of March, other attacks against Israelis and the IDF – on a nearly-daily basis – included shootings, stabbings, a car ramming, clusters of balloons launched into Israel carrying explosive devices, explosive devices hurled across the Gaza border and armed terrorists breaching Israel’s border fence.

According to Dr. John A.I. Grossman, Chairman of LIBI USA, the official welfare fund of the IDF, “As IDF soldiers continue to protect Israel and the Jewish people by defending the borders and deterring rocket fire, LIBI USA continues to provide Israel’s soldiers with support, education and assistance to help ease the burden of their service.”

“Last week, for Purim, LIBI USA continued in its tradition of delivering traditional food packages to soldiers,” Grossman told Breaking Israel News. “During these difficult times, the donated food baskets from all around the world were greatly appreciated,” he said.

“As the IDF remains on high alert and Israel’s citizens open its bomb shelters,” Grossman continued, “now more than ever is the time to take a stand against Hamas. Rocket attacks are attacks against Israeli sovereignty, against the people of Israel and against the IDF troops keeping Israel safe. Now is the time to stand with the IDF.”

To support the organization supporting IDF soldiers, donate here.

Written in collaboration with LIBI USA

Netanyahu Compares Trump to Cyrus for Recognizing Golan

8 hours 12 min ago

To paraphrase Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, once again President Trump showed that the American people stand behind Israel by becoming the first world leader to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan. And the timing of his act, coming while Hamas fired rockets at Israeli houses, could not possibly be more poignant.

On Monday, Trump

Last Thursday, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, Trump announced his intentions in a tweet.

After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2019

Netanyahu was in Washington for the  American Israel Public Affairs Committee but decided to cut short his visit when a Hamas rocket destroyed a house in central Israel, injuring the occupants. While the IDF responded to the attack with airstrikes and Hamas continued to fire rockets at Israeli communities, Netanyahu and Trump held a joint press conference in the White House Monday afternoon which was reported in detail by Israel National News.

“At this moment the American embassy stands proudly in Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish have established,’ Trump said to the media. “They wanted the embassy for many, many years, for many decades, and frankly, through many presidents. And we got it done.”

“We will confront the poison of anti-Semitism through our words, and maybe even more importantly, our actions. In the last century, humanity witnessed the horrific consequences of anti-Semitism and a world without a Jewish homeland. In the wake of those unthinkable horrors, the Jewish people built a mighty nation in the holy land, something very powerful, something very special and important,” Trump continued. “There can be no better example of greatness than what Israel has done starting from such a small speck of sand. Israel is an inspiration, a trusted ally, and a cherished friend. The United States will always stand by its side.”

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Netanyahu was equally as complimentary, describing the growing relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

“You have shown consistently, incredible support for Israel, for our right to self-defense. When we exercise that self-defense you have never flinched. You have always been there, including today, and I thank you,” Netanyahu said.

“Over the years, Israel has been blessed to have many friends who sat in the oval office. But Israel has never had a better friend than you. You showed this time and again. You showed this when you withdrew from the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran … You said it you did it.”

“You showed it again when you restored sanctions against a genocidal regime that seeks to destroy the one and only Jewish State … You said it, and you did it.”

“You showed that when you recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the American embassy there … You said it. You did it.”

“And you have shown it once again today, Mr. President, with your official proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty on the Golan Heights.”

In a powerful detour from political platitudes, the Israeli prime minister waxed Biblical, comparing the American president to Persian King Cyrus.

“In the long sweep of Jewish history there have been a handful of proclamations by non-Jewish leaders on behalf of our people in our land: Cyrus the Great, the great Persian King, Lord Balfour, President Harry S. Truman, and President Donald J. Trump.”

“And you, Mr. President, you’ve done it not once, but twice with your bold proclamation on Jerusalem, and your bold proclamation on the Golan.,” he said.

“On behalf of the people of Israel, thank you President Trump. Thank you for your leadership, thank you for your friendship, and thank you for all you have done to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger and greater than ever. Thank you, Mr. President.”

The Israeli Golan Heights comprise approximately 440 square miles. In addition to its strategic military importance, the Golan Heights is an important water resource, supplying 15 percent of Israel’s water. There are approximately 20,000 Israelis living in the Golan. An additional 20,000 residents, mostly Druze, live in the region.

Israel suffered from artillery attacks targeting civilian settlements in the Galilee region for years along with Syrian-aided attacks by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The decision to conquer the Golan came after Syria began instituting a plan to divert most of the water flowing into the Sea of Galilee, denying Israel a major water source in contravention of international agreements. Israel conquered the Golan in the 1967 Six-Day War. During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Syrian forces overran much of the southern Golan, before being pushed back by an Israeli counterattack. Israel and Syria signed a ceasefire agreement in 1974 that left almost all the Heights in Israeli hands. In1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law, effectively annexing the Golan Heights.  An article in JPost pointed out ironically that Israel has ruled over the Golan for more than twice as long as the Syrian government.

Palestinian Terrorism’s Jewish Roots

10 hours 47 min ago

A retired computer pioneer has dedicated his life to uncovering the Jewish roots of the Palestinians and the results are shocking: the entire leadership of the most anti-Israel terrorist organizations all have their roots in the Jewish people.

Tzvi MiSinai was born in Jerusalem before Israel was a state. Graduating from the prestigious Technion Institute (now Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa), he became a pioneer in computer software, first for the IDF and later in private industry. MiSinai left his career in 2000 and devoted himself to investigating the Jewish roots of Palestinians. He hopes that the knowledge he reveals will help bring a truth-based solution to the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel. He established The Engagement Project in the hopes of finding such a solution.

“The problem is not just terrorism,” MiSinai told Breaking Israel News. “It is not true to say the problem is just the Palestinians or just the Israelis. The problem is that we are not understanding the situation to its very depths.”

MiSinai claims that up to 90 percent of the Palestinians, in Israel as well as Gaza and Jordan, are descended from Jews. His travels around Israel and discussions with Palestinians revealed that many of them are aware of their Jewish roots but choose to remain silent.

“Because they do not know how many of their neighbors are also descended from Jews, they are afraid to speak up,” Misinai said. “Younger Palestinians don’t know about this. If this became public knowledge, that the vast majority of Palestinians have Jewish roots, the entire situation would flip over and open up discussion.”

The subject of Jewish ancestry was public knowledge within the Palestinian communities but due to the relatively recent conflict, has now become a forbidden subject. This aspect of the Arabs in Israel was also known to the founders of the Jewish state.  Early Zionist leaders David Ben-Gurion and Yitzchak Ben-Tzvi wrote about this 100 years ago but there were no studies that brought data to support their claims.

According to his research, many Jews were allowed to remain in the land of Israel after the Roman conquest to work the land and supply Rome with grain and olive oil. Some of the ancestors of the Palestinians partially converted to Christianity during the Byzantine era.

Later, with the coming of Islam, they were Islamized through a combination of mainly forced conversions, most notably at the end of the 11th century. Many held onto their Jewish heritage and continued to secretly practice Judaism.

MiSinai bases his theory on historical reports as well as testimonies from Bedouins and Palestinians. He also backs this up with several genetic studies.

“If you look at the genetics, Jews are similar to the Arabs but Ashkenazi Jews are very very close to the Palestinians,” MiSinai said. “Most of the Jews were exiled to Rome but those who remained became the Palestinians.”

Misinai denies the existence of a separate Palestinian people as a historical identity and dismisses it as an utter fabrication, seeing it as a modern socio-political construct.

As part of his travels, MiSinai interviewed several members of the Sawarka Bedouin tribe. There are about 3-4,000 of them throughout the Sinai and the Negev. One leader of the Bedouin tribe told MiSinai, “We are all Jewish. Our ancestors had no choice but to convert; this was centuries ago… I remember my mother and grandmother wouldn’t light fire on Sabbath, and they had a special mikveh (ritual bath).”

Some of the examples he gave are beyond astounding.

“Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, has a daughter named ‘Sarah,’” Misinai said. “Muslims do not give their daughters that name because, in the Bible, Sarah sent Hagar and Ishmael away. When do they give that name? When it is the name of the grandmother. This indicates that the grandmother came from Jewish blood, or that she was born Jewish.”

It should be noted that Jewish law recognizes Jewish status as following the status of the mother however Muslim law follows the father’s identity.

“Haniyeh does not know he is Jewish but I sent him an Arabic copy of my book via a third party,” MiSinai said. “He read the book but it is not known if he entirely understood its implications as they applied to him.”

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MiSinai also brought the case of Dr. Aziz Dweik, the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) ‘who represents Hamas.

“He is part of the Mughrabi clan, which not only makes him a Jew but also a Kohen (a Jewish male descended from Aaron, the Biblical high priest),” MiSinai explained.

MiSinai noted that Khaled Mashal, a Palestinian leader of Hamas who now resides in Qatar, has a family name that is quite common among Jews.

“That does not tell the whole story but it is certainly a sign that there may be something to find,” MiSinai said. “That is true of many of the leaders in Hamas but when it comes to Fatah (the largest faction of the Palestinian Liberation Organization [PLO]), they ALL have Jewish roots.”

MiSinai brought a shocking example: Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

“Abu Mazen is the scion of a family of distinguished rabbis,” MiSinai said. “He is descended from the family of  Rabbi Moshe Abbas who lived in Greece in the 17th Century.”

MiSinai described how the family of Haneen Zoabi, a Member of Knesset representing the Joint Arab List, is known for their Jewish customs. Zoabi is known for her vehemently anti-Israel stance which includes labeling IDF soldiers as “murderers” and participating in a flotilla that challenged the Israeli blockade of Gaza. MiSinai once confronted Zoabi in her Knesset office with this knowledge and she refused to relate to the issue.

“This is a person who has made a career out of hating Israel and the Jews,” MiSinai said. “Her Jewish roots are an entirely different story for her.”

It is interesting to note that her cousin, Sara Zoabi, and son, Muhammad, are outspoken Zionists.

Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamimi, berating an IDF soldier in 2012 (Credit: YouTube screenshot)

Another Palestinian who made a career of inciting against Israel is Ahed Tamimi, a young woman who became the focus of international attention in 2017 when she was arrested for abusing and slapping an IDF soldier.

“The name of the Tamimi family clearly indicates their Jewish origin,” MiSinai explained. “The name originates from the word ‘tamim,’ which means ‘innocent’ in Islam and refers to a person who ceases to publicly impersonate a Muslim whilst privately practicing the Jewish-Israeli religion.”

MiSinai interviewed the niece of Dr. Saeb Erekat who admitted that it was well-known within their family that they were descended from Jews.

“Several years ago, Erekat was in Jordan and one of the Jordanian representatives questioned him about his Jewish roots and he admitted that it was true. He was then asked if he wanted to form one state and join with his Jewish brethren. He rejected the one-state solution, insisting that the two-state solution was preferable.”

MiSinai conjectured that Erekat’s preference was not based on the national best-interests of the Palestinians but, rather, on political interests which may include the massive foreign funding being funneled into the effort to establish a separate Palestinian state within the borders of Israel.

As shocking as these revelations are, they are only a small part of the picture. MiSinai stated that several of the ruling families of Arab nations are from Jewish roots, including the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Muammar Gaddafi, the despotic ruler of Libya until he was deposed and killed in 2011, came from a Bedouin family. In 2012, Nuri al-Samara, Gaddafi’s former chief of protocol, told the daily Al-Hayat that Gaddafi’s mother was born Jewish. At 18, she married a Muslim man and converted. She reportedly paid frequent visits to relatives in Netanya and give money to the synagogue.

“When the facts are finally revealed, the truth admitted to and acknowledged, this will be the greatest revolution in the history of the region,” MiSinai said. “They are not Jewish according to halacha (Torah law) but they share in our genealogy.”

MiSinai envisions several points that come out from this revelation.

“We need to help Palestinians advance through education and culture,” MiSinai said. “Because of this common past and not by some artificial and foreign imposed political agenda. One nation and one people, because we are one people, is the only solution that can work. They can remain Muslim and receive full citizenship and all that entails.”

VP Pence Castigates Antisemitic Rhetoric, 2020 Democratic Candidates

13 hours 58 min ago

Vice President Mike Pence blasted Democratic freshmen in the House of Representatives on Monday, in addition to certain candidates on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, for the former using “rank antisemitic language” and the latter for declining to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual policy conference in Washington.

At the same time, he touted the Trump administration’s pro-Israel accomplishments, including the United States withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018 after declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel six months earlier,

As far as Congress goes, without mentioning her by name, Pence pointed to the fact that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has repeatedly tweeted anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment, and accused AIPAC of paying members of Congress to support the pro-Israel lobby’s agenda, has been “traffick[ing] in repeated antisemitic tropes.”

“Antisemitism has no place in the Congress of the United States of America,” said the vice president to a thunderous applause from the crowd.

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Pence also called for Omar to be removed from her position as part of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

However, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and the Democratic leadership has shown no interest in taking that course of action at the moment.

In January, the Republican Party did condemn Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in a House resolution and removed him from his committee assignments after years of defending white supremacy and white nationalism.

Pence also criticized the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who announced that they would not be attending this year’s AIPAC conference, even though they were not invited by the organization to address the event.

“Anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America,” he said.

IDF Strikes Hamas’ Terrorist Infrastructure in Gaza, Response to Missile Strike

14 hours 16 min ago

The Israel Defense Forces has carried out dozens of airstrikes on key Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Monday evening following a rocket attack that destroyed a home in central Israel earlier in the day.

“We are just at the beginning,” IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis told Ynet News. “A large attack is planned. I think that Hamas understands this is a significant strike [following] a serious incident, and ultimately, this is a price that Hamas has been accruing for the past year.”

According to the IDF, it has targeted Hamas’s secret military intelligence headquarters in Gaza.

“Fighter jets just now attacked a three-story building in the area of Sabra in the Gaza Strip. This is a secret headquarters of the Hamas terror group, which is used by the internal security, central intelligence and military intelligence branches of the group,” the IDF said in a statement.

And now what you all asked for…
Video of Ismail Haniyeh’s office getting smooshed.

— The Mossad (@TheMossadIL) March 25, 2019

It added: “This is a central asset of the Hamas terror group, which is being attacked along with other strikes the IDF is conducting now in the Gaza Strip.”

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The IDF released a video after the attack showing that it had used the so-called “knock on the roof” procedure, whereby a non-explosive round is first fired on the building to warn anyone inside to evacuate before the building is targeted.

Additionally, the Israeli military said it had hit dozens of other Hamas military sites in Gaza, including military bases, entrances to tunnels, observation posts and rocket launchpads.

The strikes in Gaza come after a rocket destroyed a home in the central Israel agricultural town of Mishmeret, which injured seven people, including three children.

The rocket is believed to have been fired from southern Gaza, approximately 60 miles from its target, the longest-range attack from Gaza since the 2014 “Operation Protective Edge.” Earlier in March, two rockets were also fired on Tel Aviv for the first time since 2014 as well.

In preparation for the strikes in Gaza, the IDF has also called up two additional brigades to the Gaza region, as well as 1,000 reservists. Additional Iron Dome batteries were deployed throughout the country.

Living Near Gaza Border in Close Range of Hamas Rockets

14 hours 42 min ago

Israeli communities near Gaza experience the fear of falling under Hamas’ military projectiles regularly. While Israelis farther north rarely — if ever — feel the wrath of Hamas’ weapons, they also have a much longer window of time to find secure shelter. With Israeli strikes taking place in Gaza, will Hamas’ attacks end?

We Need More Jewish Power, Not Less

15 hours 18 min ago

When I hear that Jews are too powerful, my response is, we are not powerful enough. When I hear that AIPAC is too influential a lobby, I say it must become even more influential. When I hear that Jews contribute too much money to support pro-Israel causes, I say we must contribute more.

When I hear that Jews control the media, I ask “Why is so much of the media so anti-Israel?” When I hear that Jews have too much influence on the outcome of elections, I say we need to increase our influence.

Jews have contributed enormously – disproportionately – to America’s success. Along with other immigrants, Jews have helped change our country for the better – academically, scientifically, economically, politically, militarily, medically, legally, technologically, and in so many other ways.

We have earned the right to act as first-class citizens. No other group is ever accused of having too much power and influence. That false claim – dating back to times and places where Jews had little or no influence – is an anti-Semitic trope that tells us more about the anti-Semites who invoke it than it does about Jews.

History has proven that Jews need more power and influence than other groups to secure their safety. During the 1930s and early 1940s, Jews had morality on their side, but they lacked the power and influence to save six million of their brothers and sisters from systematic murder.

If Israel had existed, with the powerful army it now has, the history of European Jewry might well have been different. If Jews had more political power in the United States during that time, the doors of our nation would not have been shut to our brothers and sisters seeking asylum from Nazism.

In the Middle East, Israel must have more military power than all of its enemies and potential enemies combined. As Benjamin Netanyahu wisely put it: “If our enemies lay down their arms, there would be peace. If Israel lay down its arms, there would be genocide.”

So Israel must maintain, with or without the help of the United States, its qualitative military superiority in the region. And the region of its enemies has now expanded to Iran and Turkey, two non-Arab Muslim extreme anti-Israel nations with powerful armies. So Israel must get stronger, not weaker, despite its current military superiority.

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Elie Wiesel once said that the lesson of the Shoah is: “We must believe the threats of our enemies more than the promises of our friends.” For me, an additional lesson is that Israel and the Jewish people must be more powerful than their enemies.

The Psalmists wrote, “Hashem oz l’amo yiten; Hashem yivarech et amo b’shalom.” I interpret this wonderful verse to mean that G-d will give the Jewish people strength, and only through that strength will they achieve peace.

So if anybody ever complains about Jewish power and influence, remind that person that Jewish power is the best road to peace: that history has proven that Jews without power are vulnerable to the oldest prejudice known to human kind – a prejudice that may abate, as it did for several decades following the Second World War, but will always rears its ugly head as it is now doing in England, France, Eastern Europe, and on the hard left in the United States.

If Jewish power and influence are used in the cause of peace and justice, we should not be ashamed of it. It should be a source of pride.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Jewish Press

Media Called Out for Bias Favoring Ocasio-Cortez

16 hours 18 min ago

David Marcus, the Federalist’s New York correspondent, pointed out the media bias in favor of liberal freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wants to punish Asian-American students for being academically successful.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that “68% of all NYC public school students are Black or Latino. To only have 7 Black students accepted into Stuyvesant (a *public* high school) tells us that this is a system failure. Education inequity is a major factor in the racial wealth gap.”

Marcus points out the liberal media bias against New York City’s meritocratic system.

“Her math is correct, but what she fails to mention is that while Asian students make up only 15 percent of all students in New York, they are a whopping 74 percent of students at Stuyvesant, the school she references,” Marcus wrote.

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“She claims this is inequity and represents a racial wealth gap. But exactly what systems does she believe that New York City has in place that can explain the extraordinary achievements of Asian students? Are Asians getting better schools? More resources? In what way are Asians the beneficiaries of a racial wealth gap? Don’t expect answers any time soon. This is a question Democrats and their allies in the news media have no answer for, and can barely even bring themselves to mention. The pebble in their shoe is that despite obvious racism that exists and has always existed towards Asian Americans, they succeed anyway, by almost every metric.”

Reprinted with author’s permission from Accuracy in Media


16 hours 49 min ago

Biblical Hebrew has two words relating to bequests: Morasha (מורשה), and yerusha (ירושה). Morasha, the Hebrew word for ‘possession’ in this verse, is generally translated as ‘heritage,’ while yerusha is translated as ‘inheritance.’ The use of different words suggests a difference in meaning. An inheritance is simply passed on from the previous generation, while a heritage requires the receiver’s active involvement and participation, like a family business which the founder’s children must work hard to maintain. An inheritance may be squandered; a heritage must be preserved intact for the next generation. This certainly explains why the verse uses the word morasha with regard to Eretz Yisrael. The land requires our active involvement to maintain and preserve it, and it is not ours to squander.

Musings While Traveling

17 hours 18 min ago

I’ve just finished watching the Netflix hit, Fauda, on my iPhone. This gritty Israeli series has Hebrew and Arab dialogue with English subtitles. Fauda is a realistic portrayal of the intelligence services’ activities in Israeli and Arab towns to prevent terror attacks or to apprehend or “liquidate” terrorists. Fauda’s pace is reminiscent of the original “24,” but the action is realistic, not Hollywood.

Even Arabs appreciate Fauda because it portrays all the characters, Arabs and Jews, as human. Though we don’t like to think of terrorists as anything but psychopaths, the truth is that “they love their mothers.”

Since Arabs and Israelis are both good and bad, one might think that there is a path to reconciliation between them, but unfortunately that’s not realistic. Our battles will continue until the Arabs accept compromise like Jews have done.

The Arabs say they have compromised too much already, with their two small, separated statelets: Palestine and Gaza. But that isn’t the crux of the matter. What is essential to know is that the Palestinian Arabs, and Muslims in general, wish for the demise of the Jewish State and its replacement by an all-Arab entity. Peace with a Jewish State isn’t an option.

So, watching Fauda may be a popular pastime for Israelis and Arabs, but it doesn’t signal a peace settlement on the horizon.

Will Democrats go the way of the British Labour Party? You may know that the venerable British party is headed by the antisemitic Jeremy Corbyn. The party’s membership has changed dramatically during his incumbency and now incorporates many antisemitic hard left members. As a result, some seven Labour MPs, Jewish and gentile, have resigned and formed a new liberal party. Obviously, this is a serious and welcome blow to Corbyn’s chance to become Prime Minister of Britain.

The Democratic Party might face a similar revolt among its Jewish and gentile members. A new “Gang of Four” is taking up all the oxygen in the current House of Representatives, or at least that’s what the media is presenting.  There are three antisemites in this group; the fourth is their weakened, sorry enabler, Nancy Pelosi, serving her self-pronounced last term as Speaker of the House.

The three young antisemitic representatives are:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Her christening as AOC is a media master stroke, reminiscent of political icons FDR and JFK. But AOC is no JFK… She recently sent out a fundraising letter claiming there is a Jewish conspiracy against her and other antisemitic congresswomen. The letter said, “It’s official, AIPAC is coming after Alexandria, Ilhan, and Rashida.” The truth is, AIPAC has made no such statement nor taken any such action.

AOC is also notorious for ending the possibility of 25,000 Amazon jobs in Queens, NY and proposing legislative goals that must be achieved to avert the Doom’s Day in 2030. And she’s a 29-year-old avowed socialist who, from nowhere, became the most “newsworthy” Democrat.

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Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis is also in the headlines. A Muslim, the Somali-American immigrant singlehandedly brought Speaker Pelosi – pathetically – to her knees after one of several antisemitic tirades from Omar. The result was a defanged anti-hate speech Congressional resolution which minimized antisemitism and failed to censure Omar. For her part, Pelosi said Omar didn’t understand the import of her words. Was that serious?

The last of this unholy alliance is Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, whose parents are Palestinian Arabs. Unsurprisingly, she proudly supports the demise of the Jewish State. She and Omar also espouse socialism as the way forward for Democrats and the nation.

Many British Jews have left the Labour Party, but some still retain their allegiance, perhaps by habit or ignorance. Could it happen in the US? The great thing about American politics is that every two years voters get to “throw the bums out” of the House of Representatives. Hopefully, that will happen in 2020.

If not, Jewish Democrats may find themselves supporting a party that legislates against their own interests. This may appeal to some Jewish “progressives,” but my guess is that many might decide not to vote in 2020 for either party: a pox on both their houses.

IDF-Gaza Watch

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:39

Please Pray for the Peace of Israel!

In the early hours Monday morning, a rocket attack hit central Israel with one rocket making a direct hit on a house, injuring seven people. The rocket penetrated 75 miles into Israel.

IMAGINE: You wake up to the sound of air-raid sirens & realize that terrorists fired a rocket at your home.

This morning, a home in central Israel was destroyed when it was directly hit by a homemade rocket fired by #Hamas from over 75 miles away in #Gaza.#StopHamas

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is currently in Washington has decided to cut short his visit and will return to Israel following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

“There has been a criminal attack on the State of Israel, and we will respond forcefully,” said Netanyahu. “In light of the security events, I have decided to cut short my visit to the US and will return to Israel immediately after my meeting with President Trump.”

In the meantime, it is thought that he has already held a security consultation with the Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the head of the National Security Council (NSC) and senior security officials.

We can confirm that #Hamas is responsible for firing a homemade rocket. It flew a distance of 75 miles across Israel and then destroyed this home:

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019

This is the second time in as many weeks that rockets and missiles have been fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel’s densely populated coastal plain.


Tuesday 5:00 AM

At least 30 projectiles were fired at Israel overnight despite Hamas announcing that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire went into effect at 10:00 PM. The IDF responded by hitting 15 enemy targets inside Gaza. Many residents in communities close to the Gaza border slept in bomb shelters.

Monday 10:45 PM

Multiple rockets fired at Israel. Israeli Navy strikes a military target near Khan Younis Port.

Monday 10:00 PM

Hamas sources claim an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel will go into effect at 10:00 PM

Monday 9:35 PM

House in Sderot suffers a direct hit from Hamas rocket. No injuries were reported.

תיעוד מיירוטי כיפת ברזל לפני זמן קצר בעוטף עזה@Itsik_zuarets

— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) March 25, 2019

Monday 9:15 PM

Multiple barrages launched at Israel. No reports of Damage or injuries.

Monday 9:00 PM

The IDF destroys the office of Hamas head, Ismail Haniyeh.

What do you do at your office each day? Send emails? Create spreadsheets? Make phone calls?

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh uses his office in order to lead a brutal terrorist organization in a war of aggression against Israel.

We just destroyed his office.

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019

Monday 9:55 PM

Hamas media is quoting Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum as saying that an Egyptian brokered ceasefire with Israel will go into effect at 10:00 PM.

Monday 8:20 PM

Red alert sirens go off in southern Israel. Two mortars land in an open field. One Palestinian reported injured in IDF strikes.

Monday 7:45 PM

The IDF stated that the current attacks in Gaza are the first stage of a larger operation.

“We are just at the beginning,” Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said. “A large attack is planned. I think that Hamas understands this is a significant strike (following) a serious incident, and ultimately, this is a price that Hamas has been due to pay for the past year.”

IDF reports destroying Hamas’ military headquarters.

We have just targeted Hamas’ secret military intelligence HQ in Gaza.

The context for this strike: Last night, Hamas fired a rocket 75 miles into Israel. The rocket destroyed a house and wounded seven people, including children.

We will defend our homes.

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019

The Gaza Health Ministry is reporting that there have been no injuries as a result of the IDF strikes.

Monday 6:55 PM

Gazan news site Shehab reported another wave of IDF airstrikes. No injuries have been reported so far.

Monday 6:45 PM

Major Israeli cities including Tel Aviv open up public bomb shelters.

Monday 5:45 PM

Media sources inside Gaza are reporting loud explosions. Shehab news reported that Israeli aircraft hit a post in the northern Gaza Strip belonging to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, with two missiles. This was confirmed by the IDF.

We have just started striking Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip.

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 25, 2019

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that no people were injured in the strikes.

Monday, 4:00 PM

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said that the IDF had placed infantry and an armored brigade under the IDF’s Southern Command and had put out an emergency call-up to reservists to bolster the personnel available to operate the Iron Dome rocket defense system and anti-aircraft systems and carry out intelligence work.

“We are ready for a variety of scenarios,” Manelis said, stressing that the rocket had been fired from a Hamas position and that Israel was holding Hamas responsible for “everything that happens in the Gaza Strip.”

In addition, the army deployed infantry and armored corps units to the Gaza border.\

Monday 3:00 PM

The IDF shut down agricultural work and roads along the Gaza border “to improve readiness.” Train service in southern Israel was also shut down.

Monday 5:24 AM

Red Alert sirens went off in southern Israel, sending Israelis scrambling. The family was in a child’s bedroom which had been fortified as a secure space. when the rocket hit the roof above their living room, penetrating into the house. The grandmother, 60, sustained burns and shrapnel wounds when she ran out to pull the door to the safe room shut. She was listed in moderate condition. The mother of the family and a six-month-old baby were lightly wounded by shrapnel. The rest of the family, including a 12-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy, were suffering from shock but physically unharmed. The family’s dogs were killed in the attack.

A Hamas source inside  Gaza told Al Jazeera that the rocket launch was due to “bad weather.”

“No one from the resistance movements, including Hamas, has an interest in firing rockets from the Gaza Strip towards the enemy,” the official said on condition of anonymity, evoking the possibility that the strike may have been caused by “bad weather”.

The IDF placed the blame directly on Hamas. “The rocket fire was carried out by Hamas from a Hamas position. We see Hamas as being responsible for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip,” an IDF statement read.

Reports out of Gaza said that Hamas and the Islamic Jihad were evacuating their positions, expecting an Israeli military response.

A joint statement by the military factions in Gaza released a statement warning Israel against any military response.

“We warn the Israeli army not to test the resistance, because it will be surprised by the harsh and collective response the occupation will not be able to endure,” said the statement.


Russian Military Lands in Venezuela

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 09:27

Two Russian planes carrying equipment and nearly 100 troops were spotted at the Caracas airport on Saturday, indicating that the relationship between Venezuela and Moscow has advanced to the level of military cooperation.

An Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and an Antonov AN-124 military cargo were tracked by flight-tracking website Flightradar24, reportedly stopping over in Syria where Russia has a military airbase near Latakia. The cargo plane left Caracas on Sunday afternoon, according to Adsbexchange, another flight-tracking site.

More Russian soldiers unload in #Venezuela to help prop up Pres. #Maduro. The Ilyushin IL-62M is used to carry military personnel and frequently flies troops from #Russia to Syria — indeed it stopped in #Syria on its way from Russia to #Caracas.

— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) March 24, 2019

Sputnik News, a news site established by the Russian government, reported that a group of Russian military personnel were in Caracas to take part in consultations with country’s officials on defense industry cooperation. The article stated that the visit was the result of military contracts signed “years ago.”

The article described the dispute between Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro over who is the legitimate president of the country. Russia supports the claim Maduro who first assumed office in 2013. The U.S. supports Guaido who has been serving as President of the National Assembly of Venezuela and as the partially recognized acting President of Venezuela since January 2019.

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Sputnik reported that both the Venezuelan and Russian governments are concerned that the U.S. will resort to military force to remove Maduro from office. The current White House administration has place economic sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry while at the same time attempting to provide humanitarian aid for the country’s growing crisis. In February, Maduro’s government blocked U.S. humanitarian aid from crossing their borders.

Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces. The cargo jet reportedly delivered 35 tons of military supplies.

I think this is disembarkment. On the footage of landing An-124 these heavy trucks were empty.

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Will Israeli Elections Bring Back the Real Passover Sacrifice?

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 07:29

One week after the Israeli elections next month, a reenactment of the Passover Temple service will be held. Hidden in the elections is a Temple Mount agenda that may determine whether the ceremony will be a reenactment or an actual service that will return the most important element of the Jewish Temple.

On Monday, April 15th, the Sanhedrin will be overseeing a spectacular full-dress reenactment of the Passover offering, the most important sacrifice an individual brings to the Temple. The ceremony will be held at the Davidson Center adjacent to the Temple Mount.

When the Temple stood, all of the Jewish people came to Jerusalem and organized into groups to celebrate the Passover seder. Each group sent a representative to the Temple to bring a lamb which would be ritually prepared by the priests and its blood sprinkled on the altar. The lamb would then be taken home to be cooked and eaten. The ritual was so important that any Jew who did not perform it was sentenced to karet (being cut off from the Jewish people).

Passover sacrifice reenactment (Credit: Adam Propp)

The reenactment will be performed by Kohanim (Jewish men descended from Aaron the priest) wearing the Biblically mandated garb and using utensils that were prepared for use in the Third Temple. Silver trumpets will be played as they were in the Temple. The organizers have arranged the proper permits to allow for a lamb to be slaughtered and cooked on site. The meat will be distributed to the public.

This will be the eighth annual Passover sacrifice reenactment with the attendance growing each year. Last year, more than 1,500 people attended.

It is important to note that the Israel elections will take place on April 9, just six days before the reenactment and ten days before the eve of Passover when, if the government would permit, the actual Passover sacrifice would be performed.

“The Passover sacrifice can only be offered in one place; on the Temple Mount,” Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News. “It does not require an actual Temple structure but it does require an altar that is built to adhere to the Biblical requirements. This altar we have and it can be transported and lowered into place in a matter of a few hours.”

The Sanhedrin recently performed an intense study concerning the current status of the Passover offering and concluded that at this juncture, one sacrifice made at the Temple Mount brought in the name of the entire Jewish people would suffice.

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“This is an essential element of Judaism,” Rabbi Weiss said. “There is nothing that can stand in its place and we are forbidden from doing it in any other location.”

There are a few Israeli politicians who advocate Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and Rabbi Yehudah Glick of Likud is undoubtedly one of the most powerful voices calling for religious equality at the site. But Weiss pointed out that there is only one Israeli politician who has attended every Temple reenactment: Moshe Feiglin, head of the Zehut party.

Moshe Feiglin (Photo by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/Breaking Israel News)

“The Temple Mount is the most important site to Judaism, the unification of Jerusalem in 1967 the culmination of the founding of the State of Israel,” Weiss pointed out. “Jerusalem, specifically the Temple Mount, is the focal point of any negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel. It is astounding that no Israeli politicians except for Feiglin are willing to take a stand for it.”

Weiss emphasized that the Sanhedrin is not specifically endorsing Feiglin’s candidacy.

“Due to its central role in Judaism and in politics, we call on the candidates of all the parties to openly discuss the Temple Mount,” Rabbi Weiss said. “The connection between the elections and Passover is clear. This election comes in time to open up the gates for Jews to once again observe the Torah commandments of Passover in completeness.”

The Temple Mount became the focus of international concern one month ago when Palestinians rioted on the Temple Mount, breaking into an area adjacent to Sha’ar HaRachamim (Gate of Mercy, also known as the Golden Gate). They spontaneously declared it to be a mosque, the fourth established on the Temple Mount since Israel conquered the site. Israeli and international law require equality of religions at holy sites which should allow for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount but the Israeli police cite security concerns to prohibit this.

“The Temple Mount is not only central to Judaism but it is a political stumbling block that every Israeli leader should be relating to,” Weiss said. “Perhaps seeing an image of the height of the Temple service, the Passover offering, will remind Israel, its leaders, and the world, that they need to relate to the Temple as one of the central issues of our time.”

Sales from commemorative coins issued by the Sanhedrin provide the funds for the Temple reenactments. The Sanhedrin recently issued a coin featuring the image of Nikki Haley, the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN in recognition of her efforts to combat anti-Israel bias. The Sanhedrin invited Ms. Haley to serve as the honorary president of a Biblically mandated organization of 70 Nations. The coin can be purchased on the Mikdash Tzion website.


Mon, 03/25/2019 - 07:00

The angel, who is actually a human prophet according to Metzudat David, reiterates God’s promise that He will never erase the covenant made with the Patriarchs, according to which the Land of Israel belongs to the Children of Israel. Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, who was dean of the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva and a prominent leader of Religious Zionism, teaches that whenever the Bible describes a covenant between Hashem and the People of Israel, it is not a mutual agreement. Rather, it is a promise that God makes, which the Jewish people must embrace. As this covenant is completely divine, it can never be changed or broken. The establishment of the State of Israel after thousands of years of exile is clearly a fulfillment of this divine covenant.

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Mon, 03/25/2019 - 06:45

Heal O’ Israel, Time Goes By Faster in Old Age

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 06:33

I am an 87-year-old man. I was wonder why my life seems to pass much faster now that I am in my eighties than it was when I was in my 20s. V.D., New York City, US

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich answers:

You are not imaging this. A researcher at Duke University in North Carolina has a new explanation for why those endless days of childhood seemed to last so much longer than they do now. It’s physics.

According to mechanical engineering Prof. Adrian Bejan, this apparent temporal discrepancy can be blamed on the ever-slowing speed at which images are obtained and processed by the human brain as the body ages.

The theory was published recently in the journal European Review.

“People are often amazed at how much they remember from days that seemed to last forever in their youth,” wrote Bejan. “It’s not that their experiences were much deeper or more meaningful, it’s just that they were being processed in rapid fire.”

Bejan attributes this phenomenon to physical changes in the aging human body. As tangled webs of nerves and neurons mature, they grow in size and complexity, leading to longer paths for signals to traverse. As those paths then begin to age, they also degrade, giving more resistance to the flow of electrical signals.

These phenomena cause the rate at which new mental images are acquired and processed to decrease with age. The evidence for this is how often the eyes of infants move compared to adults; because infants process images faster than adults, their eyes move more often, acquiring and integrating more information.

The end result is that, because older people are viewing fewer new images in the same amount of actual time, it seems to them as though time is passing more quickly.

“The human mind senses time changing when the perceived images change,” concluded Bejan. “The present is different from the past because the mental viewing has changed, not because somebody’s clock rings. Days seemed to last longer in your youth because the young mind receives more images during one day than the same mind in old age.”

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I am a 73-year-old woman, and I live in the country/rural area. I take no medications. I am 170 centimeters tall and have normal weight. What can I take for high blood pressure? I am a stressful person; I don’t know why. I do not like to take drugs. My doctor wants me to take a calcium channel blocker (amlodipine) and an ACE inhibitor (benazepril). Is there any alternative? S., Texas, US, via email

Howard Rice, a leading Israel pharmacist and pharmaceutical consultant, replies:

You have indeed been blessed that at the age of 73, you do not take any medications. But if you are now suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension), to ignore your physician’s advice would be most unwise. Hypertension can be the trigger for a number of serious problems, ranging from chronic headache to severe stroke- to name but a few.

The drug that your physician prescribed are well-tried medications that suit most people. I must assume that he knows you, certainly better than I do, and therefore his choice of medication from his clinical experience should be adhered to. Many other medications are of course available,  but they are used less frequently when first treating hypertension and usually have more side effects and contra indications.

Please take his advice, remembering that all medications can have side effects. This should always be discussed with your physician or pharmacist if you have any concern, certainly before stopping them.


We have a nine-month-old son who has skin eczema all over his body.

We tried to change his diet and few other things nothing helped. Is there anything that an Israeli dermatologist can think of that might help? Aleksandr, Seattle, Washington, US.

Veteran Jerusalem dermatologist Dr. Julian Schamroth replies:

I’m afraid that this reader’s question is too vague, and he doesn’t provide enough information. It simply cannot be answered in a newspaper article. The differential diagnosis of “eczema” is so large; the extent of the disorder is so variable; and the choice of treatments is so broad that it needs a proper clinical examination, a detailed history and possibly laboratory investigations. It might not even be “eczema.”

If I were to make a wild guess, I reckon this child probably has infantile seborrheic dermatitis… a treatable condition. You must take him as soon as possible to a dermatologist. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

If you want an Israeli expert to answer your medical questions, write to Breaking Israel News health and science senior reporter Judy Siegel-Itzkovich at with your initials, age, gender and place of residence and details of the medical condition, if any.

Amb. Dermer: Israel Set to be US’s Most Important 21st Century Ally

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:46

Addressing 18,000 attendees at the AIPAC policy conference, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer stated he believes that Israel continues to have strong bipartisan support in the United States.

He added that supporting both America and Israel is “supporting two of the greatest forces for good” in the world.

“Israel will be the most important ally for the United States in the 21st century. I am supremely confident of that,” said Dermer.

Dermer’s comments come on the eve of an historic announcement, when U.S. President Donald Trump has announced his intention to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights, a region that was captured from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War. “It has taken us 51 years to achieve just as great an accomplishment, a diplomatic victory,” he said.

“The people of Israel are very grateful to President Trump,” he said.

Dermer added that the announcement “sends a strong message to the enemies of Israel and the people of Israel that America stands with Israel.”

Yet, he noted, Trump’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan was not the most important decision he has made for Israel. “The most critical decision that President Trump has made was to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reintroduce sanctions against Iran,” said Dermer.

Without mentioning former U.S. President Barack Obama by name, Dermer slammed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

“The wrong path was to sign that nuclear deal.  That deal does not block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons. It made Iran more dangerous.  It made war more likely,” Dermer said, while noting that Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s public objection to the Iran deal from the floor of the U.S. Congress was “perhaps my proudest day as ambassador of Israel.”

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Dermer also said that Trump’s withdrawal from the deal did not end it.  “There are still parties to the deal.  That deal is still alive.  There are those calling for returning to the deal.”

Dermer says that more work needs to be done to end the deal. “What has to happen is what happened in Warsaw, when Vice President Mike Pence called for European nations to withdraw from the deal.  What has to happen is the Iran deal needs to go into the dustbin of history,” Dermer said.

Dermer also suggested that Israeli opposition to the deal has helped it improve its relations with its Arab neighbors, in what he called “a silver lining in a very dark cloud.”

“Today, many Arab nations see Israel as an ally,” Dermer stated.

“Arab nations want to see the end to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.  I don’t think that was the case 15 years ago,” he said.

Addressing a growing BDS movement, he said that boycotting Israel is “sort of like Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and half of California boycotting Silicon Valley.  It doesn’t make any sense,” due to the impressive technology Israel offers in all walks of life.

Dermer said that “supporters of BDS should start working about boycotting them. BDS is a moral attack and we need to fight it on moral terms.”

Addressing the now-stalled peace process, and the potential for the process to be rekindled by President Trump in the coming weeks, Dermer implied that the foundations for peace have not been laid by the Palestinian Authority.

“In Ramallah is a government that pays Palestinian terrorists to terrorize Jews,” he stated.  “Until the Palestinians abandon the idea that they are going to destroy Israel, there will not be a chance for peace.

SpaceIL, Sunrise Video from Beresheet

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 04:27

Sunrise from the spacecraft’s point of view – in the video Earth can be seen hiding the sun from the spacecraft and then exiting the same shadow created by the Earth and the sun’s exposure. This process creates a kind of sunrise image.

Rocket Strikes Israeli House; At Least 6 Wounded, Miraculously No Fatalities

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 03:30

Seven Israelis were wounded early Monday, when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip directly struck a house; miraculously nobody was killed.

The house in Moshav Mishmeret, in the Sharon Plain near to the city of Netanya – Israel’s seventh-largest population center – was almost totally destroyed.

In this house, in the rural village of Mishmeret, in the heart of the country, 7 Israelis were wounded by a direct hit of a rocket launched by Palestinian terrorists from #Gaza
(צילום: אופיר רותם)

— LTC (R) Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) March 25, 2019

Israel’s emergency services were called to the scene, including Magen David Adom and United Hatzalah, whose EMS volunteers treated the wounded.

The volunteers who arrived at the scene reported that five people suffered physical injuries and are in moderate and light conditions and were treated at the scene and then transported to hospital.

The United Hatzalah Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit is currently treating numerous people who are reportedly suffering from shock.

United Hatzalah Chapter Head of the Tel Mond region said “Our volunteers treated one woman in her 50s who was moderately injured and an additional four people who were lightly injured. Teams from the Psychotrauma Unit are active at the scene treating people for emotional stress and shock.”

A red-alert siren sounded in the Sharon region shortly after 5:00 a.m., with local residents reporting that they heard the sound of a rocket exploding.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is still investigating details of the incident, but did confirm that the rocket was launched from within the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is currently in Washington, has decided to cut short his visit and will return to Israel following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

“There has been a criminal attack on the State of Israel, and we will respond forcefully,” said Netanyahu. “In light of the security events, I have decided to cut short my visit to the US and will return to Israel immediately after my meeting with President Trump.”

In the meantime, it is thought that he has already held a security consultation with the Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the head of the National Security Council (NSC) and senior security officials.

This is the second time in as many weeks that rockets and missiles have been fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel’s densely populated coastal plain.

Netanyahu Talks a Lot but Does Very Little

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 03:00

There are arguments where both sides are right. The more the media sides with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents, the more he excels at discrediting it. The media, to put it mildly, has disliked the prime minister for years, and has not given proper coverage to any of his notable accomplishments over the last decade. This, however, doesn’t make the media’s complaints about Netanyahu invalid.

Netanyahu has engaged in incitement campaigns against anyone who does not think like him. He chose his political interests over national ones, and said his policies are more adequate than those of his opponents, even though he failed completely on the three most important fronts.

In the Gaza Strip, he’s failed to deter Hamas, even after injecting millions of Qatari aid into the enclave. He failed when it comes to Iran which—despite Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria—is closer to not only the Israeli borders than ever before, but to getting a nuclear bomb as well. He also failed on the Lebanese front, with Hezbollah’s weapons arsenal expanding exponentially over the past ten years.

Netanyahu talks a lot but does very little.

On Saturday evening, for the first time in years, Netanyahu emerged from the Likud party bubble to give a surprise interview to Channel 12 television, mainly to try to stop the avalanche of revelations concerning the submarine affair (also known as Case 3000 – in which senior Israeli officials are suspected of receiving kickbacks during the purchase of German vessels for the Navy).

It’s possible that on certain issues Netanyahu is actually right. For instance, the profits he made from investing in the SeaDrift steel factory—managed by his cousin Nathan Milikowsky—a long time before it merged with GrafTech International and sold parts to the German shipbuilder at the center of Case 3000.

The prime minister also easily refuted claims that no one actually made against him. For instance, he claimed that he, personally, “didn’t earn a shekel” from the submarine sale.

That might be true, but that’s not the claim. The argument is that all of his associates, including his bureau chief and two of his lawyers, were involved in the affair, while he claimed to not have been aware of what was going on. If this is true, then he is unfit to serve as prime minister. If it’s not true—and he was in the know—then it’s a frightening prospect. Was he willing to meddle in the country’s security in order to make money for his associates? Let’s hope not.

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Regarding the sale of the submarine to Egypt, Netanyahu stammered and stuttered, and only after the interviewer, Keren Marciano, pressed him on the issue did he finally admit that he had actually approved the deal. And when asked about why nobody knew about the sale, Netanyahu immediately retreated into his familiar “it was a security issue” shell. How could this be a security issue if, by his own admission, no one in the defense establishment was aware of it? Netanyahu’s explanation, that the attorney general oversaw the deal, can’t be taken seriously. The attorney general examined only the legal aspects relating to the deal and the essential question—why did no one in the top security echelon knew about the sale?—remains unanswered.

In addition, Netanyahu’s demand for Benny Gantz to reveal the contents of his hacked phone, is quite suspicious. Is Netanyahu aware of some kind of sensitive information that was stored on that phone and is making cynical, political use of that knowledge? In any case, Netanyahu is the last person to preach us morality on matters of extramarital affairs, and his demand of Gantz raises more questions about him than anyone else.

Reprinted with author’s permission from YNet News