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Monday, November 12, 2012

IDF Targets Terror Targets in Gaza - Arabs Attempt to Kidnap Jewish Girls in Binyamin

Aftermath of IAF airstrike in Gaza
Source: Arutz Sheva
By Elad Benari

IAF aircraft struck a terror tunnel and a weapons storage site in northern Gaza, as well as a rocket launching site in southern Gaza on Sunday night.

According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, direct hits at the targets were identified. All Israeli aircraft safely returned to their bases.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel,” said the IDF statement, noting that Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers are responsible for the ongoing terror attacks on southern Israel.

The airstrikes came in retaliation for the continuing rocket fire on southern Israel. More than 100 rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists on Saturday and Sunday. A direct strike on a home in Sderot was reported after 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.  Thankfully, no one was physically injured despite the direct hit.

Many of the rockets fired Sunday were timed for the end of the school day, in order to try and kill or maim children.

While schools in Gan Yavne and the Gaza belt were closed on Sunday, local authorities decided on Sunday night that all educational institutions will reopen on Monday.

According to revised guidelines of the Home Front Command, Gaza belt residents are asked to remain within 15 seconds protected spaces. In addition, it is forbidden to hold gatherings of 500 or more people in the region.

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon (Likud) said Sunday that Israel does not intend to maintain restraint in the face of the intense rocket attacks from Gaza.

"If the terror organizations do not cease their fire we will be prepared to toughen our response as much as necessary, until they say 'enough!'," he said.

"There is a complicated war here, and in the end we will finish it," he said. "This is not a one-off move. But we will put an end to it. We do not intend to maintain restraint because the situation is unbearable for us."

Meanwhile, reports on Sunday night indicated that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to meet on Monday with foreign ambassadors serving in Israel.

During the meeting Netanyahu will present to the ambassadors Israel’s position regarding Gaza, possibly setting the stage for a ground attack on the region, which will likely lead to condemnation of Israel by world countries.

Arabs Attempt to Kidnap Jewish Girls in Binyamin

Source: Arutz Sheva
By Elad Benari

Palestinian Authority Arabs unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap Jewish girls from Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) on Sunday evening.

A number of Jewish girls reported that a vehicle driven by PA Arabs stopped next to them as they were standing at a hitchhiking station at the Ofra junction in Binyamin.

The Arabs tried to convince the girls to get into the car. The girls refused and called local security forces.

The Judea and Samaria District of the Israel Police and the IDF Spokesman said that the vehicle fled the scene and added that IDF troops were searching the area in an attempt to locate the Arabs.

Responding to the attempted kidnapping, Itzik Shadmi, chairman of the Binyamin Residents' Council, said, “About a week ago we warned that the thefts from local farmers will also encourage the Arabs to hurt the residents themselves. Unfortunately tonight we saw how terrorism has once again raised its head.”

He added, "We urge residents to increase their vigilance and strengthen the security forces in their efforts to keep the residents safe and eliminate terrorist cells.”

In July, an Arab carjacking gang robbed two young Israeli men near Shilo, in the Binyamin region. Ten masked robbers fell on the two, attacking them and stealing their car.

The two were able to make their way on foot to the nearby Jewish town of Eish Kodesh. Their car was found a short time later in the nearby Arab town of Kfar Duma. It had been crashed.

In May, security agents cracked a terrorist cell that roamed Judea and Samaria and failed several times to kidnap residents, especially women.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) cell planned to post a video on the Internet after a kidnapping in order to negotiate for the release of jailed terrorists. The cell planned to stage the attacks with stun guns and tear gas.

They used the method of faking a disabled vehicle or of simply blocking two-lane highways in Judea and Samaria. Most of the attempted kidnaps were reported by Arutz Sheva but they were mostly overlooked by mainstream media.

The IDF Central Command recently started to hand out kits with information on avoiding kidnapping to residents of Judea and Samaria.

The kit includes instructional videos and guidebooks on improving personal security. Kits have been distributed to security coordinators in Judea and Samaria, who will distribute them further and educate the population regarding the threat.

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