Rockets, targeted assassinations, the UN and Syria

Although I haven’t reported on this subject lately, rocket fire from Gaza and Sinai into Israel has hardly ceased for a minute. As the Jerusalem Post reports:

Palestinian terrorists fired three rockets at the Eshkol Regional council in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The projectiles slammed into open fields and failed to cause injuries or damages.

On Tuesday morning, Palestinian terrorists detonated a bomb on the border between southern Gaza and Israel. IDF sources said the explosive was planted on the Gazan side of the fence, and was an attempt to kill soldiers in the area.

The attack did not cause injuries. “Palestinian terrorists are exploiting the area west of the border to attack soldiers and Israeli civilians,” an army spokeswoman said. “The IDF takes a grave view of this.”

Security forces located on Tuesday afternoon the remains of two Grad rockets fired at Eilat on Monday evening.

Sinai Salafists took “credit” for the Grad rockets on Eilat and blamed it … on Israel the Jews!:

In a statement published by the group, called ‘Ansar Beit al-Maqdis’, Israel is accused of inciting violence inside of Egypt: “Anyone following events in Egypt generally and Sinai in particular, [including] the war on Islam and Muslims, killing of innocent people, desecration of mosques, destruction of homes and the spreading of moral corruption across the country by military infidels [a reference to the Egyptian army operating in the Sinai] should know very well that the main cause of this war are the Jews.”

As cited by Channel 2, the terrorists’ proclamation goes on to assert that it is the Jews who have, “…put pressure on corrupt Western governments, who in turn are now controlling the Egyptian military so as to protect that entity called ‘Israel’.”

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said its aim in firing missiles at Israeli citizens is to remind the Jews that, “Even though we are currently at war with an enemy at home, we have not forgotten the Islamic nation’s first and foremost enemy, one that conquers our lands and hatches schemes to destroy the forces that are fighting a holy war in Egypt…with Allah’s help we will continue to inflict suffering on the Jews.”

I find it funny that a Muslim extremist terror group names themselves after Judaism’s holiest shrine: the Temple, known in Hebrew as the Beit Hamikdash, which translates into Beit al-Maqdis. I’m not sure what that goes to show, a psychologist would have a good time trying, but I call it Temple Envy.

Israel retaliated against the rocket fire, first with an attack that , seriously injured a senior operative of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and followed yesterday by another attack which killed yet another terrorist leader:

Ahmad Za’anin, 21, a senior operative in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization, was involved in recent attacks against Israel and was planning further attacks in the coming days, the IDF said.

“Amongst his most recent attacks was launching of rockets during the former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon’s funeral on January 15,” the statement said.

Sources in Gaza said his cousin, Mahmoud Yousef Za’anin, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, was also killed in the attack .

“Since 2009 (Ahmad) Za’anin, with the cooperation of other terror bodies in the Gaza Strip, has endorsed numerous attacks such as sniping attacks and detonating explosive devices against IDF soldiers,” the IDF said further. “In his earlier days Za’anin was affiliated with the Islamic Palestinian Jihad, during which the terrorist operated towards the execution of terror attacks, most of which were rocket attacks, against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.”

This is what Palestinian indoctrination of their youth and the brainwashing of Israel-hatred leads to. In 2009, Za’anin would have been only 16 years old. I don’t know what your teenage boys get up to, but I can assure that my boys were definitely not building weapons or assisting terrorists. The worst they did was leave their rooms a mess.

It seems that targeted assassinations are making a comeback in Israel’s arsenal to fight the rocket-fire menace from Gaza and Sinai.

Like a basketball team moving to man-to-man defense, Israel‘s defense establishment has moved from an automatic response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip to specific assassinations. If possible, targeted assassinations of activists involved in rocket launching, and if necessary “hot” assassinations of launching cells as they prepare to fire rockets or immediately afterwards.

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In an absurd situation created recently, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are doing almost everything in their power to prevent the rebellious organizations from firing rockets at Gaza. They are not doing that because they have become Zionists, but because the current government in Egypt, and mainly the Egyptian army, have made it very clear to them that they must not spark a flare-up with Israel which would force Egypt to intervene in their favor.

Speaking of pre-emption, the Shin Bet thwarted an Al-Qaeda plot targeting the US’s embassy in Israel:

During his investigation, Abu Sarah claimed he was planning an attack on a bus which runs from Jerusalem to the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. The plan was to fire at the bus’ wheels in a bid to cause it to flip over. He then planned to fire on the fleeing crash survivors and arriving rescue forces. After scrapping this idea, Abu Sarah began organizing a plan to orchestrate a simultaneous terror attack in two major sites: Jerusalem’s International Convention Center and the American embassy in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Street.

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According to the plan, three of the five terrorists were supposed to detonate a massive explosive at the heart of the crowds entering the International Convention Center and after that Abu Sara was suppose to lead an explosive laden truck to the scene to target the rescue and security forces arriving in wake of the blast.

In the meantime, two other al-Qaeda operatives were suppose to descend on the US embassy in Tel Aviv with suicide belts strapped onto their bodies and detonate them at the entrance to the embassy.

Moving now to Syria, the Syrian opposition leader said that pictures of tortured and murdered detainees (warning: graphic pictures) prove that Bashar Assad is guilty of war crimes that are as bad as anything the Nazis did:

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba said on Wednesday that published photos of torture of detainees allegedly committed by Syrian government forces are similar to crimes by Nazis during World War Two.

Jarba, in a speech to an international conference kicking off Syria peace talks, said Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for crimes against humanity in the war-torn country.

“The pictures of torture are unprecedented except in the Nazi camps during the Second World War,” he told the talks in the Swiss resort of Montreux.

The barbarity of the Syrian regime is highlighted in an extraordinary video from Al Jazeera where the TV host asks “Why can’t Arab armies be more humane, like Israel?”:

An Al Jazeera Arabic anchor recently asked his audience why Arab armies, and, in particular, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, in Syria, can’t behave more humanely towards civilians, like the Israeli and French armies do?

In a clip uploaded to YouTube this week and flagged by Mideast Media Analyst Tom Gross, the anchor  asks, “Why don’t they learn from the Israeli army which tries, through great efforts, to avoid shelling areas populated by civilians in Lebanon and Palestine? Didn’t Hezbollah take shelter in areas populated by civilians because it knows that Israeli Air Force doesn’t bomb those areas? Why doesn’t the Syrian army respect premises of universities, schools or inhabited neighborhoods? Why does it shell even the areas of its supporters?”

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“The Israeli army, if it wanted to break up a demonstration, would have used water cannons or rubber bullets, not rockets or explosive barrels as happens in Aleppo today.

“You mustn’t compare the Syrian army with French or Israeli… The Israeli army didn’t shell Aleppo University and students there. They didn’t shell the university with rockets killing dozens of students… The Israelis or the French didn’t kill their people. Please tell me how many of their people did the French army kill?”

Watch the Al Jazeera video clip:

The violence in Syria is so routine now that it has become almost background noise over the last few months since nothing seems to change and Assad is as entrenched in his position as ever.  McClatchy News (Via Honest Reporting) reports that the UN in their obtuse (or maybe malevolent) idiocy were going to invite Iran to the Syria peace talks in Geneva, but were made to see the error of their ways and rescinded the invitation.

In a statement, Ban said he’d withdrawn the invitation to the opening session Wednesday at Montreux, Switzerland, because Iranian leaders failed to follow through on a promise to endorse the conference’s goal of naming a transitional government. Instead, in a series of statements distributed by the Iranian news agency IRNA, senior officials said they could not agree to that goal and would not participate in a conference that required them to.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was reported to be furious with Ban for extending the invitation in the absence of ironclad assurances from Iran that it would sign on to the earlier Geneva accord.

The dispute over Iran’s participation brought the entire conference to the brink of collapse. In a day of behind-the-scenes drama, Russia at one point threatened that it would not attend the talks and warned that the Syrian government would follow suit if Iran was not present, a source close to the diplomatic talks told McClatchy.

In the end, it was Ban who had to make an embarrassing retreat.

What a shame that John Kerry can’t be as principled when it concerns Israel. Speaking of which, the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA is in trouble as the British Parliament is launching an inquiry into the misuse of UNRWA funds:

The British parliament has formed a committee of inquiry to probe the flow of funds used by the international refugee agency UNRWA to support the Palestinians, according to an exclusive report first revealed on Saturday by The Jerusalem Post‘s Hebrew-language sister publication, The Post.

According to the report, the British government contributes 90 million pounds annually in aid to the Palestinians. A third of that sum is earmarked for UNRWA – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees.

The parliamentary committee was formed in response to heavy lobbying by pro-Israel organizations and with the encouragement of former Israeli Labor MK Einat Wilf. The committee is due to submit its recommendations to parliament soon.

Between this inquiry and Al Jazeera recognizing the humanity of the Israeli army, we might even see pigs fly soon!

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One Response to Rockets, targeted assassinations, the UN and Syria

  1. ealha3 says:

    A couple of things to notice in this report. First, being able to effectively stop terrorist attacks is a universal problem suffered by Russia, France, Germany, Egypt, Lebanon and most of the other ME countries as well as Israel. Hence, the rockets will continue to be launched, Israel will respond and dead Palestinians will be martyred. Defensive measures including sophisticated intelligence gathering and technology will continue to make the terrorist less effective, but we must bear in mind we are dealing with a religious fanaticism that so long as the religion advocates terrorism, terrorism will continue. Nevertheless, so long as the religion encourages terrorizing and killing each other, in substantially greater numbers, it appears to be a storm Israel, as well as other countries, are easily prepared to weather. Secondly, England’s nvestigation of their financial support of Palestinians is an extremely important development because it attacks the second prong of the conflict, political corruption that depends on financial support. There may, therefore be an important consequence requiring the tying of further financial support to concessions being made by the Arabs, e.g., restraining or ceasing government sponsored anti-Semitic propaganda in schools and other institutions, eliminating actions supporting terrorist activities and the absence of policies seeking to eliminate them, refusal to cooperate with Israeli programs seeking Palestinian integration in social, cultural, professional and educational institutions and other areas of Palestinian, anti-Israeli intransigence. Should we have any hope we can teach pigs to fly?

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