Israel foiled ISIS-inspired terror attack on Temple Mount

Three Arab Israeli citizens arrested following contact with ISIS and planning shooting attack on Temple Mount; Shin Bet “was able to arrest the members of this cell before they could carry out this serious attack”, (Photo: CC), September 28, 2017.

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Israel thwarted an attack by three Arab Israeli citizens on the Temple Mount in early September.

Reports were cleared for publications on Thursday, Israel’s international security agency, the Shin Bet, confirming and giving details of the attempted attack and terrorists.

According to the Shin Bet, three Arab Israelis from the town of Umm al-Fahm planned a shooting attack within the Temple Mount. The three were arrested and the attack thwarted when intelligence was provided that the three had been in contact with the Islamic State movement and planned to carry out the attack on behalf of ISIS.

The terror plot was inspired by the July 14th shooting at the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Old City in which two Israeli policemen were shot and killed. The three terrorists reportedly began planning the attack in July and were inspired by ISIS ideology.

The Shin Bet confirmed the events, releasing the statement “The investigation indicated that shortly after the murderous Temple Mount attack in July 2017, three residents of Umm al-Fahm began planning a similar attack at the site… the Shin Bet was able to arrest the members of this cell before they could carry out this serious attack.”

Interpol votes to accept “State of Palestine” as member state

Two-thirds vote in the “State of Palestine” as latest member state to Interpol; PA: On this joyous occasion, the State of Palestine reiterates its commitment to upholding its obligations and contributing to fighting crime and furthering the rule of law., Sept. 27, 2017.

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Interpol voted to accept the Palestinian Authority as a member state Wednesday with two-thirds voting in favor.

The General Assembly of Interpol voted in the secret ballot held Wednesday, with 75 states voting in favor, 24 voting against and 34 abstaining, accepting the “State of Palestine” as its most recent member alongside the Solomon Islands.

Interpol confirmed the membership following the vote, taking to Twitter stating, “The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now INTERPOL member countries.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki addressed the victory for the Palestinian Authority, claiming that as a member state it would assist in “fighting crime and furthering the rule of law”. He stated “This victory was made possible because of the principled position of the majority of Interpol members… The State of Palestine considers this membership and the responsibilities that it entails as an integral part of its responsibility towards the Palestinian people and a moral commitment to the citizens of the world. Palestine is ready and able to shoulder these obligations and responsibilities as an active partner in the international community, and to contribute effectively and significantly to advancing our common core values as nations.”

He added, “On this joyous occasion, the State of Palestine reiterates its commitment to upholding its obligations and contributing to fighting crime and furthering the rule of law.”

The Palestinian Authority continues to actively bypass direct negotiations with the State of Israel, furthering its efforts to gain international recognition as a sovereign state. In 2012, it was granted observer status in the United Nations General Assembly, followed by several European states officially recognizing the “State of Palestine”.

Ongoing efforts to delegitimize Israel’s sovereignty and dissolve Jewish history in the State of Israel continue, particularly from UNESCO. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization last voted in a resolution in May which claims the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as a “Palestinian World Heritage Site” and a resolution claiming Israel has no sovereignty over its capital, Jerusalem. Both proposals were submitted to UNESCO by Arab states on behalf of the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Netanyahu continued vocalizing and exposing the United Nations anti-Israel bias and efforts, stating during his General Assembly address last month “I stood here last year on this podium and I spoke about this profound change in Israel’s standing in the world and just look at what has happened since in one year: Hundreds of presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and other leaders have visited Israel, many for the first time,” referring to historic visits in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia and increasing relations with Arab states. “Unfortunately, when it comes to UN decisions about Israel, that simple recognition is too often absent. It was absent last December when the Security Council passed an anti-Israel resolution that set back the cause of peace. It was absent last May, when the World Health Organization adopted – you have to listen to this: the World Health Organization adopted a Syrian-sponsored resolution that criticized Israel for health conditions on the Golan Heights… Syria has barrel bombed, starved, gassed and murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens and wounded millions more, while Israel has provided lifesaving medical care to thousands of Syrian victims of that very same carnage. Yet who does the World Health Organization criticize? Israel.”

He went on to state “So is there no limit to the UN’s absurdities when it comes to Israel? Well, apparently not, because in July, UNESCO declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage site. That’s worse than fake news. That’s fake history. Mind you, it’s true that Abraham, the father of both Ishmael and Isaac, is buried there, but so too are Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca – Sarah is a Jewish name, by the way – and Leah, who just happen to be patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people. You won’t read about that in the latest UNESCO report. But if you want to, you can read about that in a somewhat weightier publication – it’s called the Bible. I highly recommend it. I hear it even got 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. And it’s a great read. I read it every week. Ladies and gentlemen, a moment to be serious: Despite the absurdities, despite the repetition of these farcical events, there is change. Slowly but surely, there are signs of positive change even at the United Nations.”

Three Israelis killed in terror attack Tuesday morning

Palestinian with work permit opened fire on group of Israeli security personnel; Two security officers and one border policeman killed; Terrorist neutralized.

IDF soldiers on the Israeli-Syrian border (Reuters)

Two Israeli security officers and a border policeman were shot and killed by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank Tuesday morning.

The terror attack took place near the settlement of Har Adar near Jerusalem Tuesday morning after a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on a group of border police and security personnel.

Three were killed and one severely injured and is critical condition.

Soldiers returned fired, killing the 37-year-old terrorist at the scene. Palestinian media confirmed he was a from Bayt Surik and had a work permit and worked in Jewish settlements for some time.

The IDF and Shin Bet have set up security measurements following the attack, the town of Bayt Surik closed while an investigation is under way.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin addressed the terror attack stating Tuesday morning “The brutal terror attack exposes once again the daily reality that Israeli security forces, who are on the front lines, have to deal with. We will continue to confront terror and put our hands on the attackers and their backers.”

Iran threatens “walking away from the deal and going back with greater speed to its nuclear program”

Iran FM gives interview claiming Iran’s missile and nuclear programs are peaceful; Threatens to resume nuclear program if US leaves deal; Netanyahu held emergency cabinet meeting following Iran’s missile test; Lieberman: Missile test is a slap in the face for the United States and its allies. (Photo: CC), September 25, 2017.

Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif address the press following 3 day talks in Vienna (AP)

 

Iran’s Foreign Minister threatened the option of “going back with greater speed to its nuclear program” if the nuclear agreement was violated by world powers, specifically the United States.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zariff, claimed Iran’s nuclear efforts are peaceful and that its missile program is for defense purposes only, defending its missile test over the weekend.

On the nuclear deal, he threatened “Iran has a number of options, which include walking away from the deal and going back with greater speed to its nuclear program… Iran has committed itself never to develop nuclear weapons, both as a member of the NPT [Treaty of Non-Proliferation of nuclear weapons] and in the deal itself.”

On Iran’s missile program, he stated that Iran “time and again… we have proved that our missiles are for defense”, claiming the “objective” of the nuclear deal is to that “Iran should have a nuclear program that will never produce nuclear weapons.”

Zariff stated that the Trump Administration does not have authority to verify if the deal is being honored as it is the International Atomic Energy Agency’s role, stating that the deal “does not absolve President Trump and the Administration of the responsibility because the only authority that has been recognized in the nuclear deal to verify is the IAEA.”

He additionally dismissed the claims of “sunset clause” in the agreement, stating that “There is no sunset clause. Iran has committed itself never to develop nuclear weapons, both as a member of the NPT and in the deal itself.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu held an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday to address Iran’s most recent missile test that the Islamic Republic carried out over the weekend.

Iran showed off its newest missile “Khorramshahr” in a military parade Friday before successfully testing the missile. Iran confirmed it had tested the missile “capable of carrying multiple warheads”, its media reporting that “Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran. The Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended the missile test over the weekend, stating, “Iran will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary. We seek no one’s permission to defend our land. He also stated that “Whether you like it or not we are going to help Syria, Yemen and Palestine, and we will strengthen our missiles.”

Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, address Iran’s missile test, referring to it as a “provocation” stating, “The ballistic missile that was fired by Iran is not only a provocation and a slap in the face for the United States and its allies [as well as] an attempt to test them, but also further proof of the Iranian ambitions to become a world power and threaten countries in the Middle East and all the countries of the free world. Imagine what would happen if Iran would acquire nuclear weapons. That is what it is striving for. We cannot allow it to happen.”

Iran last carried out a missile test towards the end of May of this year, testing the “Simorgh” missile, a missile capable of delivering satellites into orbit. Iranian media confirmed the missile test’s success, stating at the time “The Imam Khomeini Space Centre was officially opened with the successful test of the Simorgh space launch vehicle. The Simorgh can place a satellite weighing up to 250 kg in an orbit of 500 km.” It claimed its space program is peaceful and that the rockets cannot carry nuclear warheads.

In January, Iran first tested the Khorramshahr (the missile testing this weekend), violating the United Nations resolution banning such missile tests. The test was a failure, reportedly reaching 600 miles before exploding.

In May of 2016, Iran reported that it successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile, the missile tested reported to be capable of reaching over 1, 240 miles. Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Iran’s Deputy Chief of Army, Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi at the time who stated “We tested a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and eight meters error margin two weeks ago. An eight-meter error margin means …full accuracy.”

In March of last year, Iran tested two ballistic missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written on the missiles. Head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Aerospace Division, Brid. Gen. Ali Hajizadeh, confirmed the test stating at the time “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance.”

Iran is prohibited from testing ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, as well as under the nuclear deal made between world powers and the United States.

 

IDF sends delegation of 71 to assist Mexico City following earthquake

Delegation in Mexico since Wednesday; Teams include search and rescue, medical, construction and engineers; IDF: The IDF and the State of Israel will continue to assist in the aftermath of any disaster around the world that requires our experience and abilities. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit), September 22, 2017.

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Israel continued to act as a first responder to global natural disasters sending an IDF delegation to Mexico to assist following the devastating earthquake.

The Israeli delegation traveled to Mexico City on Wednesday and includes 71 soldiers and officers, mostly reservists. The delegation of the Home Front Command includes search and rescue teams, engineers and construction experts and medical teams.

The mission, called “The Sound of the Shofar carries far”, falls on the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the delegation team sounding the shofar marking the new year when they arrived in Mexico.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed the mission stating, “The IDF and the State of Israel will continue to assist in the aftermath of any disaster around the world that requires our experience and abilities… They will help surveying buildings- which structures can people go into, which structures need to be torn down.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed the delegation to leave immediately following the earthquake Tuesday, his Office stating “Netanyahu ordered that aid and a search and rescue operation be organized to leave to Mexico as soon as possible.”

Israel previously sent aid to assist in Oaxaca and Chiapas last week. During his Latin America tour last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s commitment to assist where and however it can stating “[The State of Israel] offer our condolences, once again, to those who lost their lives in the tragic earthquake. We have… offered any help that we can give to Oaxaca and Chiapas and anything that you deem appropriate, we stand ready, because we stand with you.”

Report: IDF carried out strikes near Damascus International Airport overnight

Reports of IDF strikes close to airport overnight surface from Arab media; Target was previously hit by IDF in April of this year; IDF refuses to comment on events. (Photo: CC), September 22, 2017.

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As Israel celebrates Rosh Hashanah, Syrian and Arab media reported IDF airstrikes near the Damascus International Airport overnight.

The IDF was reported to have carried out strikes close to to the airport, likely thwarting an arms shipment from Syria to Hezbollah. A reported two missiles were used in the attacks. The target of the strikes was previously hit by Israel last April in IDF strikes on an attempted weapons transfer to Hezbollah.

Consistent with IDF strikes and covert operations in Syria and Lebanon, the IDF and Ministry of Defense did not confirm or deny the attacks.

The IDF’s last strikes in Syria occurred two weeks ago, Israel’s Air Force striking a chemical weapons factory in Syria. The strikes were carried out on Syria’s Scientific Studies Research Center (CERS) in Hama close to the town of Masyaf. The center is known for the development and production of biological and chemical weapons and missiles.

Former IDF Intelligence head, Amos Yadlin addressed last weeks strikes, stating that the attack was “not routine… It is a military-scientific Syrian site in which they produce, among other things, precision missiles, some of which will be significant in the next military campaign,” emphasizing that the factory struck manufactures “chemical weapons and explosives that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians. If it was an Israeli attack, it is finally an Israeli moral statement about the massacre in Syria.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu has been clear on the threat Syria and Iran place on the state of Israel as well as Israel’s “clear policy… We firmly oppose to the military buildup of Iran and its proxies, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria. And we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel’s security.”

Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stated following the last attacks carried out in Syria that that Israel “will not be spectators on the sidelines,” stating on Hezbollah and Iran in Syria, “Iran, through the Revolutionary Guards, is trying to create a new reality around us. The fact that Iran is trying to turn all of Syria into a forward outpost against Israel, with military bases, thousands of Shiite mercenaries brought from all over the Middle East, an airbase and a naval base and the attempts to set up precision weapons production facilities in Lebanon.”