IDF destroyed Hamas tunnel into Israeli territory over the weekend.

Second tunnel located in month period; IDF uncovered tunnel weeks ago, destroyed it on Saturday; IDF: Locating two terror tunnels in recent weeks is an operational success based on advanced technology, attesting to a rise in the level of the tools developed and used by the IDF, Dec. 10, 2017.

The tunnel discovered by the IDF Thursday (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

 

 

 

 

 

The IDF uncovered and destroyed a Hamas tunnel from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory over the weekend.

Reports were confirmed that the IDF had discovered the terror tunnel from the city of Khan Younis into Israel several weeks ago, destroying the tunnel this weekend following escalation and clashes on the border between Hamas militants and IDF forces.

The tunnel, which the IDF confirmed belonged to Hamas, was the second tunnel destroyed in the past month. The IDF had located and destroyed a tunnel belonging to Islamic Jihad at the end of October. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) also reported that it had also discovered of a Hamas tunnel under one of its schools in the Gaza Strip in October.

The IDF was able to locate the tunnel from recent technology implemented along the underground barrier being built on the border with the Strip. It stated on Sunday “Locating two terror tunnels in recent weeks is an operational success based on advanced technology, attesting to a rise in the level of the tools developed and used by the IDF.”

There were no causalities or injuries from the explosion.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has been clear that any attempt by Hamas to violate the State of Israel’s sovereignty would be met with great force. Following the last tunnel discovered in October, he stated, “I told you many times that we are developing groundbreaking technology to deal with the tunnel threat… We detected a tunnel and destroyed it, and we will continue doing so.”

The underground barrier on the border with Gaza is Israel’s third defense barrier to be constructed on the border. The first barrier was constructed post-Oslo Accords in 1994, the second following the disengagement from the Strip in 2005. During the disengagement, over 8,500 Israeli, Jewish citizens were pulled from their homes as an effort for resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians. The Gaza Strip was then taken over by Hamas. Since then, Israel has been subject to rocket attacks and terror tunnels into Israeli territory for over a decade.

 

 

Photo: Tunnel discovered by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Nikki Haley: The UN has done much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them

UN Security Council held emergency meeting on Jerusalem Friday; 14 of 15 states denounce US recognition of Jerusalem; Haley: The UN has done much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them. We will not be a party to that. The United States no longer stands by when Israel is unfairly attacked in the United Nations, Dec. 10, 2017.

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The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Friday to address the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem and plans to move its embassy, with 14 of the 15 member states denouncing Trump’s recognition of Israel’s capital.

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, addressed the United States actions in support of its ally, and as with many Security Council addresses, gave a speech in defense of Israel.

Haley addressed the history of Israel bias at the United Nations, giving a historic explanation to Israel’s right over Jerusalem, its eternal capital. In her address, she also reiterated the United States support of the Jewish state, and the Trump Administration’s commitment to Israel’s security and sovereignty.

She stated, “The Jewish people are a patient people. Throughout three thousand years of civilization, foreign conquest, exile, and return, Jerusalem has remained their spiritual home. For nearly 70 years, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel, despite many attempts by others to deny that reality. The American people are less patient. In 1948, the United States was the first nation to recognize the independent state of Israel. In 1995, the U.S. Congress declared that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, and that the U.S. Embassy should be located in Jerusalem,” referring to the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

She went on “Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama all agreed with that position, but they did not act. They delayed, in the hopes that a peace process would produce results – results that never came. For 22 years, the American people have overwhelmingly supported that position, and they have waited . . . and waited. This week, President Trump finally made the decision to no longer deny the will of the American people.”

On Israel’s sovereignty amidst global condemnation, Haley stated, “Israel, like all nations, has the right to determine its capital city. Jerusalem is the home of Israel’s parliament, president, prime minister, Supreme Court, and many of its ministries. It is simple common sense that foreign embassies be located there. In virtually every country in the world, U.S. embassies are located in the host country’s capital city. Israel should be no different.”

On the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital under the Trump Administration, Haley highlighted its reasons, explaining “The United States took this step in full knowledge that it will raise questions and concerns. Our actions are intended to help advance the cause of peace. We must recognize that peace is advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest with each other. Our actions reflected an honest assessment of reality.”

On global disapproval and rejection on Jerusalem’s status, particularly at the United Nations, she stated “ I understand the concern members have in calling this session. Change is hard. But we should never doubt what the truth can do. We should never doubt that when we face the truth, believe in the human spirit, and encourage each other, that peace can happen.”

Reassuring the United States commitment to the peace process, Haley added, “to those who have good faith concerns about the future of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, let me again assure you that the President and this Administration remain committed to the peace process. To those who do not act in good faith – to any person, leader, country, or terrorist group that uses this week’s decision as a pretext for violence – you are only showing yourselves to be unfit partners of peace.”

Haley then, as with majority  of her addresses to the Security Council, spoke of the United Nations’ institutionalized anti-Israel bias and organized efforts against the State of Israel, as well as the United States commitment to supporting its ally amidst constant attacks. She stated “Finally, I will not let this moment pass without a comment about the United Nations itself. Over many years, the United Nations has outrageously been of the world’s foremost centers of hostility towards Israel. The U.N. has done much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them. We will not be a party to that. The United States no longer stands by when Israel is unfairly attacked in the United Nations. And the United States will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both Israelis and Palestinians fairly.”

The United States, the Philippines and Czech Republic have all confirmed their recognition of Jerusalem, Czech’s President defending its decision to recognize West Jerusalem while condemning the European Union’s rejection stating, “The European Union, cowards, are doing all they can so a pro-Palestinian terrorist movement can have supremacy over a pro-Israeli movement.” Czech announced it recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital directly following Trump’s announcement last Wednesday.

Shortly after Trump’s historic announcement last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu reported that Israel is “already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition. I have no doubt that as soon as the US Embassy moves to Jerusalem, and even before then, many other embassies will also move to Jerusalem. It’s time.”

 

 

Photo: Nikki Haley, CC, 2017

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Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, IDF strikes Hamas targets

Rockets fired into Israel from Gaza Strip, one intercepted by Iron Dome; IDF retaliates with strikes in Strip, hitting numerous Hamas targets, killing two militants; Palestinians claim 25 injured; In third attack rocket explodes in Sderot, Dec. 8, 2017.

A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel

 

The Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip Friday night in retaliation for rocket fire on Israel.

The IDF confirmed that the Air Force hit two Hamas targets- one a Hamas training facility and the second a weapons depot in its first airstrikes on Friday night after rockets were fired at southern Israel on Friday evening, the Iron Dome intercepting a rocket with no damages or injury reported. A third rocket from Gaza exploded in Sderot, with damages to vehicles reported.

The IAF again carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response, the IDF Spokespersons Unit reporting the IDF strikes were on Hamas weapons production sites and a weapons storage facility. Hamas reported that two of its militants were killed in strikes overnight.

The IDF released the statement “In response to the rockets fired at southern Israeli communities throughout yesterday, Israel air force aircraft targeted four facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the Gaza Strip.”

Hamas responded to the attacks, warning that “Israel bears full responsibility for any results of the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip. Yesterday [Friday], the spark of the intifada was lit and it will continue to blaze until we achieve our aim.”

Palestinian media reported 25 civilians injured in the IAF strikes.

The rocket attacks follow attacks on southern Israel on Thursday night, as well as riots and violent protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the border with Gaza where over 30 Palestinians clashed with IDF forces, with one Palestinian killed.

 

Photo: Rocket fire on southern Israel, CC

Clashes, riots & violence in West Bank, Jerusalem & Gaza Strip as Palestinians mark “Day of Rage”

Tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrate with clashes, riots & violence in West Bank, Jerusalem & Gaza Strip; Hundreds of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces in West Bank; IDF increases forces throughout West Bank and Jerusalem; Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel last night, IAF retaliated, Dec. 8, 2017.

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Riots, demonstrations and clashes broke out between Palestinians with IDF and Israeli security forces throughout the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip on Friday, following the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Hamas and factions of the Palestinian Authority called on Palestinians to take part in a “Day of Rage” Friday, thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets of Gaza Friday denouncing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh continues to call on Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Arab Israelis to start an intifada, stating on Friday “We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation [Israel] regret this decision.” He previously warned that Trump’s decision “will open the gates of hell on US interests in the region.”

The Israel Air Force responded to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday night in southern Israel, no injuries or damages reported. The IAF retaliated with airstrikes hitting two terrorist positions in the Strip. It reported following “In response to projectiles fired at Israel throughout the day an IDF tank and an IAF aircraft targeted two terrorist posts in the Gaza Strip. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for the hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip.”

On Friday afternoon, a Palestinian man was killed in clashes with IDF forces on the Gaza border, the IDF increases its forces along the border wall and fence.

In Jerusalem’s Old City, clashes between Israeli police began on Thursday, with riots and demonstrations breaking out in Jerusalem’s Old City, mostly from Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa for Friday prayers. Over 50 were reported injured with dozens of arrests.

Latest reports claim over 3,000 Palestinian protesters in the West Bank in the cities of Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah, with over 30 protests through out the West Bank. Over 250 Palestinians have been treated for injuries.

Large protests have been reported through out the Middle East, with Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia holding demonstrations in support of the Palestinians.

Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah voiced the terrorist organization’s support for the Palestinians to rise to violence, calling for protests in Lebanon on Monday. He stated Friday “We support the call for a new Palestinian intifada uprising and escalating the resistance, which is the biggest, most important and gravest response to the American decision. The people of Palestine stand today at the first line of defense for Jerusalem and its shrine.”

Israel’s internal security and the IDF began preparing for riots and demonstrations on Wednesday, reinforcing IDF troops in the West Bank, on the border of Gaza and through out Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has been clear that the United States recognition will not change the status quo at any of Israel’s religious sites.

Be sure to watch’s Amir’s Special Middle East Current Events Update from Thursday, where he addresses President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem and its ramifications.

Trump: We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond.

President holds Hanukkah reception at White House following historic recognition of Jerusalem; Trump: Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to celebrate the miracles of the past and promises of the future. We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond; Jews worldwide to celebrate Hanukkah beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2017.

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President Trump hosted a White House Hanukkah reception at the White House on Thursday night, marking the nation’s historic recognition of Jerusalem and upcoming celebration of Hanukkah.

He gave an address, starting off, “I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room. Jerusalem…”

Trump spoke of the miracle of Hanukkah amidst the persecution of the Jewish people, stating “This evening we gather to celebrate the story that is told in Jewish homes across the country and all over the world, a story that began more than 2,000 years ago with a tyrant — made practicing the Jewish faith punishable by death. He desecrated the Jewish temple, including the Holy of Holies. But a small band of Jewish patriots rose up, defeated a mighty army, and soon reclaimed their freedom.”

He went on “But the miracle of the Maccabees did not end there. As they prepared to rededicate the temple, they found only enough oil to light the lamp for a single night. Soon, all were stunned to find that for eight days, the lamp continued to burn brightly — a sign of God’s presence in his dwelling place and a symbol of the faith and resilience of the Jewish people. You do have faith and you do have resilience.”

Trump then stated “The miracle of Hanukkah is the miracle of Israel,” speaking of the resilience of the Jewish people, “descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have endured unthinkable persecution and oppression. But no force has ever crushed your spirit, and no evil has ever extinguished your faith. And that is why the Jewish people shine as a light to all nations. And right now I’m thinking about what’s going on and the love that’s all over Israel and all about Jerusalem.”

The president spoke of the deep relations between Israel and the United States, just two days following the historic recognition by President Trump of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. He stated “On behalf of all Americans, I also want to say how grateful I am for Jewish congregations throughout our country. You cherish your families, support your communities, and uplift our beloved country. Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to celebrate the miracles of the past and promises of the future. We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond.”

He ended, stating “Today, our nation is stronger, and our world is more full of promise- because of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the faith that burns so brightly in your hearts.”

Hanukkah will be celebrated by Jews worldwide beginning on Tuesday.