Worst Fears Confirmed: Israeli Searchers Find Bodies of Three Kidnapped Teens

Dave Bender, Algemeiner

Israeli army forces on Monday discovered the bodies of three teenagers who Israel says Hamas terrorists kidnapped from a hitchhiking post south of Bethlehem on June 12.

“They were under a pile of rocks in an open field” between Halhul and Beit Kahil, according to IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner.

IDF Kfir Battallion forces discovered the lifeless bodies at about 17:00 pm; it is unclear, as of the time of publication, when the three were killed, although sources said they may have been murdered soon after their abduction.

“…three bodies were discovered in the area north-west to Hebron, north of the community of Telem,” the army said in a statement.

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June 30, 2014 | 2 Comments » | 135 views

Dr. Sherkoh Abbas on the Kurdish Engine of Middle Eastern Democracy

I have worked with Sherkoh for 6 or 7 years trying to get recognition of an independant Kurdistan. I introduced him to a number of important analysts who advocated his cause. I also introduced him to the PMO’s office. I am thrilled that his efforts are finally bearing fruit. Ted Belman

By David Oman, MIDA

While much of the Middle East is sucked into a chaotic bloodbath, there is one people that stands firm and maintains its position – the Kurds • The crisis in Iraq and Syria is also an opportunity for the Kurds – and for the State of Israel • Dr. Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National assembly of Syria, a man in the eye of the storm, provides an unconventional take on events in Syria and Iraq • He emphasizes the Kurdish role in the new order as well as the common enemy: the Israeli regime • A view from the inside

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The rapid advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern and central Iraq and the impending threat to Baghdad has focused on the world’s attention on the Kurds – seemingly the sole functioning bastion of defense against the jihadi offensive.

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June 30, 2014 | 1 Comments » | 318 views

Netanyahu: Either Hamas puts an end to rocket fire, or we do

After rocket salvo on Israel revealed to be Hamas, Netanyahu and Lapid threaten Gaza group: Hamas responsible for rocket fire and Hamas will pay the price.’

By Attila Somfalvi, YNET

Bibi3Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the escalation in the south Monday morning, which saw a massive 16 rocket salvo launched at Israel after a violent weekend during which the IAF killed a Palestinian during a retaliatory attack against rocket launchers.

The rocket attack on the south was the first time since November 2012, when Operation Pillar of Defense ended, that Hamas’ military wing was behind rocket strikes on Israel, with a wave of attacks overnight Sunday and early Monday emanating from central Gaza refugee camps completely under Hamas control.

“If the quiet achieved in wake of Pillar of Defense will be broken, and the rocket fire continues, then there will be two options: Either Hamas puts an end to rocket fire, or we put an end to it,” Netanyahu said.

“I strongly suggest that Hamas take into account the fact that we will not let this firing continue or expand,” he told ministers at Knesset Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense later Monday.

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June 30, 2014 | 5 Comments » | 186 views

Israel needs massive fence on eastern border

As ISIS fighters approach Jordan, breached border poses an imminent threat to Israel.


The ISIS leaders have blown their horn (“nafir”) in regards to Jordan. This is a religious term adopted by this organization, which means that its next target, after the collapse of Syria and Iraq, is the Hashemite Kingdom.

These days they are already choking it out from the direction of the two dead countries: The black al-Qaeda flags are displayed over the border crossing between Jordan and Iraq, and there is also a large presence of ISIS men from the breached territories which were once called Syria.

The borders between Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan are being erased under the feet of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant organization – and what was true in the past 100 years is no longer valid.

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June 30, 2014 | 8 Comments » | 203 views

Netanyahu: ‘New reality requires security fence on Jordan border’

“The Sykes-Picot Agreement that shaped the borders around us almost 100 years ago has run its course,” PM Benjamin Netanyahu says • Netanyahu says Israel needs to support international efforts to strengthen Jordan and support Kurdish independence.

By Shlomo Cesana, Eli Leon and Israel Hayom Staff

June 30, 2014 | 21 Comments » | 130 views

Iraq Threat Assessment

By Colonel (Retired) Wesley Martin 

During my tenure as the senior Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer for all Coalition Forces in Iraq, I had identified six basic threat groups against us: national terrorists, international terrorists (Al Qaeda and others), former regime elements (Saddamists), religious extremists, criminals, and tribes. It was recognized that some individuals and organizations would fall under more than one threat group.   How each was operating determined its threat group classification.  The tactics and objectives of each group differ from varying degrees.  Even within the groups, differences were identified.  Sunni and Shia national terrorist courses of action differ.  As a result of these understandings, threat expectations for current and upcoming coalition missions could be developed.  In turn, defensive measures could be constructed.  There was one additional caveat.  During Operations Iraqi Freedom 1 and 2, any defensive measure taken was allowed to remain in effect for only ninety days.  A year later, that window had closed to fourteen days.  During those periods, it was found that our adversaries had adapted with new ways to attack.  We needed to continually identify and characterize evolving weaknesses and push effective defensive windows to increased periods of validity.        

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June 30, 2014 | 2 Comments » | 183 views

A world gone mad — about Jews

By Vic Rosenthal

There are numerous international conflicts in play all the time. There are struggles over borders and resources, ethnic and religious intolerance, persecuted minorities and ones that are not persecuted but would like to be persecutors. There are conflicts pursued by military means, by terrorism, by diplomacy and propaganda, and by a combination of all of these. Some of these have been simmering for hundreds of years.

But if we consider the number of players, the different arenas in which it is played out, the absolutely enormous amount of resources dedicated to it, its worldwide scope, the way generations have had their lives entirely circumscribed and defined by it, the fact that it has permeated every aspect of international relations and affected virtually every human on the planet — and if we compare this to the remarkably tiny sliver of land and people at its center — then it’s impossible to see the Muslim/Arab / European war against the Jewish state as anything but completely sui generis (one of a kind). To borrow a phrase from Victor Davis Hanson, it is a war like no other.

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June 30, 2014 | 1 Comments » | 193 views

Elkin: There is No Escaping Annexation

MK Ze’ev Elkin responds to INSS head who calls for another disengagement, says annexation is the answer.

By Uzi Baruch and Elad Benari

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Elkin speaks at INSS
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MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, on Sunday called for Israel to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.

Elkin’s call came in a speech at the Institute of National Security Studiesthink-tank in Tel Aviv. He was responding to INSS chairman Amos Yadlin, who presented a plan for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, similar to the “Disengagement” from Gaza.

Elkin, who spoke directly after Yadlin, said, “There is no doubt INSS researchers are consistent. Those predictions were made by them before the Disengagement, they believed in their forecasts that Gaza will not arm itself with missiles and wrote in their assessments that the rocket threat will remain moderate. Unfortunately, any connection between what they said and the reality is purely accidental. It is incumbent upon us to show a little humility when we predict the future, especially when it comes to betting on the security of Israeli citizens.”

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June 30, 2014 | 3 Comments » | 139 views

End Muslim Immigration

Why is This Not Betrayal?

by Fjordman, GATES OF VIENNA

It is dismissed as a “crazy conspiracy theory” if one suggests that Western political elites actively support the Islamization of Europe and the Western world. Yet one might argue that this is not a conspiracy theory — or even a theory — merely an observation.
The more Muslims and people who champion Islamic ideas imported into a society, the more Islamic influence there will be in that society. This is basic logic: if you import large numbers of Muslims to a country, you get more Islamization. It’s pretty simple, really.

So let us ask a simple question: Do Western governments allow large numbers of Muslims to settle in Western countries? Yes or no? The answer is obviously yes, as we can easily observe all around us. Western authorities have for decades been in the process of importing large numbers of Muslims to our countries. Since more Muslims means more Islam, this implies that Western authorities actively support the gradual Islamization of our countries.

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Obama’s World Disorder

by Victor Davis Hanson, HOOVER INSTITUTION

Amid all the talk of the isolationism that supposedly characterizes the Obama administration’s foreign policy, we forget that since World War II, the global order has largely been determined by U.S. engagement. The historically rare state of prosperity and peace that defined the postwar world were due to past U.S. vigilance and sacrifice.

Germany in the last 150 years has been at the center of three European wars, winning one, losing another, and destroying much of Europe and itself in the third. Yet present-day Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It is a global leader in high technology and industrial craftsmanship. For seventy years Germany, even after its second historic unification in 1989, has not translated such economic preeminence into military power, much less aggression. In fact, the strategic status quo of postwar Europe—with Britain and France, and their relatively smaller and weaker economies, as the continent’s two sole nuclear powers—remains mostly unquestioned.

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June 29, 2014 | 1 Comments » | 161 views

What Made a Legally Established Settlement Illegal?


When the mothers of the Israeli boys kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists in the area of Gush Etzion, in “Israeli occupied” Judea, spoke before international bodies, many of the diplomats referred to them in their comments and questions as “settlers.” One is given to understand that, in their eyes, inclusion in that category means that they have no human rights and the world’s indifference to their fate is justified. In fact, the boys are not “settlers” but attend schools in Jewish towns in Judea, two of them in kibbutz Kfar Etzion and one in Kiriyat Arba.  But let’s leave that aside and cut straight to the core of the issue of the legality of Jewish settlements outside the 1949 Armistice Lines.

There is only one International law concerning Israeli settlement that is binding and has never been superseded. The League of Nations, on July 24th, 1922, established the Mandate for Palestine, by unanimous vote, which included two Islamic states, Persia and Albania. The resolution stated, in part, “Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country….”

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The Two-State Solution Pipe Dream

By Jeffery Scribner,  AMERICAN THINKER

John Kerry used the word “apartheid” and upset a lot of people who should have been upset with him years ago.  However, the focus on his use of that word has obscured the real problem with his thinking, and that of quite a few others, regarding the present and future relationship between Israel and the Arab people living in Gaza and the “West Bank” of the Jordan River.

The proponents of a “two-state” solution for the Israel-Arab “conflict,” which has existed in one form or another since the establishment of the state of Israel, have studiously ignored the reasons why a “two-state” solution is no solution at all.  Yet history, since the establishment of Israel, has clearly provided the chief reason why this will not work.  For a humorous but accurate quick history illustrating this point, see Andrew Klavan’s one state solution, advocating, tongue in cheek, Israeli hegemony over the whole Middle East.

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June 29, 2014 | 1 Comments » | 147 views

Mid East is sizzling: Armed US drones over Baghdad, Saudi, Jordanian tanks deploy

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 28, 2014, 8:23 PM (IDT)

The Obama administration announced Friday, June 27, that unmanned aerial vehicles flying over Baghdad would henceforth be armed in order to defend the US Embassy in the Green Zone. The embassy was originally assigned the tasks of guardian of Iraq’s central government and symbol of post-Saddam national unity. These roles have remained out of reach ever since the Americans invaded Iraq in 2003. Today, the armed drones overhead are reduced to holding back the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and its local Sunni allies from overrunning the Green Zone and seizing the embassy, most of whose 5,000 staff were evacuated as a precaution.

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Plus ca change, plus la meme chose

By Ted Belman

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As a result of the ’67 War Israel came into possession of the “territories” which included Judea and Samaria, Sinai including Gaza and the Golan.  UNSC Res 242 provided that Israel should withdraw from territories, specifically not the territories or all territories, at such time as she had secure and recognized borders.

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Israel Finds Allies in the Balkans


Recently, Albania received good news that it will soon begin succession talks towards EU integration. Albania is a close friend of the U.S. and has always been a good friend to the Jewish People. It is now establishing friendship ties with Israel. A successful visit to the Jewish State this week by an Albanian delegation, including Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, helped in solidifying this new relationship.

Since the U.S. has started coordinating its foreign policy with the EU, it means that countries accepted for succession talks, which also happen to be friendly with Israel, could become future advocates. For example, eventual integration into the EU by Albania suggests that when Israel needs Albania in critical moments of diplomacy, especially within international forums… that’s what friends are for.

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June 28, 2014 | 3 Comments » | 98 views

Column one: Only deterance will stop kidnapping


Schalit’s media flacks were right. He is a son of all of Israel. And so are Naftali, Gil-Ad and Eyal who are now captive because of the deal we signed for Gilad.
Missing teens

Families of missing teens Photo: TOVAH LAZAROFF

Three families in Israel are in agony. On June 12, when their sons Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gil-Ad Shaer were kidnapped by Islamic savages, the Fraenkels, Yifrahs and Shaers entered a new world where every breath they take is filled with devastating guilt – that they breathe free while their sons suffer unknown miseries.

Every moment that passes is filled with crushed hope that they will get word that their sons are free, and then the word doesn’t come. And it doesn’t come the next moment, or the next.

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June 28, 2014 | 9 Comments » | 124 views

Enlistment law is counter productive

IDF Yeshiva Leader Demands: ‘Cancel Enlistment Law’
Former chairman of Hesder Yeshivas Association calls on Supreme Court to cancel; ‘no hareidim enlisting anymore.’

By Benny Toker, Ari Yashar, INN

Soldier and hareidi man (illustration)

Soldier and hareidi man (illustration)

Representatives of the IDF’s Human Resources branch spoke before the Knesset committee that is tracking implementation of the Enlistment Lawthis week, acknowledging there has been a significant drop in hareidi IDF enlistment due to the law.

The controversial law, passed in mid-March to mandate hareidi enlistment, had the reverse effect, with the IDF admitting it caused a 30% drop in hareidi enlistment that month.

Rabbi Avraham Baron, former Chairman for 25 years of the Hesder Yeshivas Association, spoke to Arutz Sheva about the impacts of the law. It should be noted that hesder yeshivas combine military service and Torah study, usually for a period of four to six years.

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June 28, 2014 | 3 Comments » | 88 views