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Weapons, drugs, and global terror: Hezbollah as an international threat

For an organization established in 1985, Hezbollah has had quite the storied history. In their three decades, they’ve not only undermined the government and military of their native Lebanon, they’ve destabilized the entire Middle East – and that’s not all. With the help of their patron, Iran, and their ally, Syria, it has amassed an arsenal larger than that of most nation-states. Hezbollah has gained footholds all over the world. This Shiite militia from Southern Lebanon has grown into a sizable international threat.

Destabilizing the Middle East

As Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah trains, funds, and fights alongside armies and militias that promote Iran’s interests and ideologies. This means exacerbating conflicts throughout the Middle East and exporting chaos far beyond their borders. Alongside Iran’s Quds Force, Hezbollah has been gaining experience and weapons in Syria’s ongoing, bloody civil war.

Kata’ib Hezbollah, or “Hezbollah Brigades,” is Hezbollah’s Iraq-based counterpart. With funding, weapons, and training from Hezbollah and the Iranian Quds Force, they began fighting for Iranian interests in Iraq in 2003. They rose to prominence – or infamy – in 2007, with attacks on American forces, and are designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the US. Like Hezbollah proper, they’re also fighting alongside the regime in Syria.

In conjunction with the Quds Force, they’ve also been training and arming the Houthi rebels in Yemen, drawing out the country’s proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Houthis, whose motto is “God Is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse upon the Jews, victory to Islam,” are Zaydi Islamist insurgents bent on unseating Yemen’s government.

Hezbollah and Iran also provide training and support to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an Islamist terror group. Palestinian Islamic Jihad have regularly fired rockets at Israeli civilians and encouraged large-scale terror attacks. Iran knows that wherever they need their violent ideology upheld, Hezbollah will offer knowledge, training, and tactics to enforce it.

Growing their web of terror

Even before Hezbollah officially announced its establishment, the group was already waging campaigns of terror aimed at the West. In 1983, they took aim at American targets, killing 241 American servicemen in a suicide bombing of their barracks in Beirut. They didn’t stop there.

Over the years, Hezbollah has built a worldwide terror network. This has allowed them to carry out bloody attacks against civilians in locations as far flung as Argentina, Egypt, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Cells have been uncovered in Cyprus, Nigeria, Thailand, Azerbaijan, and elsewhere. These cells were all in advanced stages of planning for attacks targeting Israelis.

The aftermath of the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1994. The Hezbollah attack killed 85 people.
The aftermath of the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1994. The Hezbollah attack killed 85 people.

But it’s never just been Israelis. Despite their ideological fixation on Israelis and Jews, Hezbollah has cells in over 40 countries. With their extensive international connections, they’ve taken aim at Sunni Muslims, a former prime minister, political opponents, humanitarian workers, and anyone opposed to Iran’s radical ideology.

UN Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War 10 years ago, demanded that Hezbollah disarm. Despite this clear demand from the international community, Hezbollah has only expanded its arsenal. It has 45,000-50,000 operatives who have stockpiled over 100,000 rockets. For a non-state actor, they’ve amassed more weapons than any NATO country but the United States of America.

Participation in the international drug trade

These weapons and terror campaigns aren’t cheap. How does one Lebanese militia get the funds to support violent upheaval the world over? Besides for their Iranian patronage, they’ve found another source lucrative enough: The international drug trade.

Hezbollah has been implicated in drug trafficking and money laundering around the world. German police have caught Lebanese nationals transferring millions of euros to Hezbollah families in Lebanon, made through the European cocaine trade. And this isn’t the only transcontinental network Hezbollah is running.

Through “Project Cassandra,” which follows the terrorist group around the globe, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency has shown the reach of Hezbollah’s narcoterrorism. Hezbollah keeps extensive ties with cartels throughout Latin America, who help them supply illegal drugs to the United States and Europe. They may also be involved in drug trafficking throughout the African continent, according to the US State Department. The proceeds – to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars – are laundered and sent to Lebanon through informal channels. From there, it becomes the funding and weapons that allow Hezbollah to continue exporting their terror.

Designation as a global terror group

Hezbollah operates globally, and the world has taken notice. The United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and the European Union classify its military wings as terrorist organizations. The United States, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Bahrain, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab League have joined Israel in classifying all of Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.

As Hezbollah continues torturing, starving, besieging, and murdering civilians throughout the Middle East, countries and groups that have once turned a blind eye to Hezbollah’s crimes are starting to see them as the international threat that they are. Even so, Hezbollah continues stockpiling weapons and stashing them among Southern Lebanon’s civilian population.

Most recently, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Security Council said: “The attack on 4 January proved Hezbollah’s military capability and its readiness and willingness to use such capability in violation of resolution 1701 (2006). The maintenance of arms by Hezbollah and other groups outside the control of the Lebanese State… continues to restrict the State’s ability to exercise full sovereignty and authority over its territory.” He continues, “I am deeply concerned at the readiness and willingness of Hezbollah to use its capabilities in violation of resolution 1701 (2006)…. Should Hezbollah’s possession of arms or attempts to procure sophisticated weapons provoke conflict, the consequences are potentially very grave for Lebanon and for the region.”

The IDF has always taken the threat of Hezbollah seriously. They sit on our northern border, and their massive missile arsenal is pointed at us. But Hezbollah has proven time and time again that they have their sights set on the whole map. When they’re planning across continents and seas, they’re not our threat alone.
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Two days of Terror - In Jerusalem, Jaffa and Petah Tikva

Today March 9, 2016, In Jerusalem a resident of Beit Hanina was seriously wounded when two terrorists tried to run over policemen and civilians and open fire near the light rail stop opposite Damascus Gate. They were shot and killed by police.

Yesterday March 8, 2016: In Jerusalem at the Old City: A Palestinian woman approached Border Police officers on Hagai Street, drew a knife from her back, and tried to stab them. The assailant was shot and killed.

In Jerusalem two Border Police officers were wounded, one critically, when a terrorist on a motorcycle opened fire with an automatic weapon on Salah a-Din Street, near Damascus Gate. The assailant was shot and killed.

In Petah Tikva: One Israeli was moderately wounded in a terror stabbing. The victim removed the knife from his neck and killed his assailant.

In Jaffa a 29-year-old American student Taylor Force was killed and 10 others wounded in a stabbing attack which began near the Jaffa port. The assailant fled on foot along the Tel Aviv beach promenade, stabbing passersby and motorists before he was shot and killed by police.

Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the attacks: "Hamas congratulates the three heroic operations this evening, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Jaffa, and considers this proof of the failure for all these theories to abort the Intifada, which will continue until the realization of its goals. Hamas celebrates the martyrs that have ascended through these operations, and confirms that their pure blood will, God willing, be the fuel for escalating the Intifada."
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Wave of terror 2015/16

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. ​

Since 13 September 2015, 34 people have been killed in terrorist attacks and 391 people (including 4 Palestinians) injured.
There have been 198 stabbings and attempted stabbing attacks, 81 shootings, and 41 vehicular (ramming) attacks.

According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), during the past month there has been a wave of terrorist attacks which began on the Temple Mount and in east Jerusalem. The attacks later spread to Judea and Samaria and even crossed the Green Line into Israel under the battle cry of "Al-Aqsa mosque is in danger."
The current wave of terrorist attacks is part of the PA's strategy of "popular resistance" (i.e., popular terrorism) adopted by the PA and Fatah at the Sixth Fatah conference in August 2009. Statements by Fatah, Hamas and PIJ spokespersons have described the attacks as "heroic actions" and "the natural response to Israel's crimes".
During the past week terrorist attacks, which had been concentrated in greater Jerusalem, spread to other locations in Israel, including Kiryat Gat in the south, Tel Aviv, Afula in the north, and Gan Shmuel (near Hadera) and Raanana (in the center of the country). The attacks have been carried out by young lone terrorists, most of them from east Jerusalem, and some from Judea and Samaria. There were also two Israeli Arabs (from Nazareth and Um el-Fahm), Palestinians staying in Israel illegally, two women and two children. They were motivated for the most part by the lie spread by the Palestinian media that Israel allegedly threatened Al-Aqsa mosque, as well as by the frustration, desperation and anger of the younger generation. Generally speaking, the terrorists have not been operatives of any established terrorist organization, and the current wave of terrorism has not been directed by any organization, but rather is directly inspired by the intensive incitement accompanying it.
According to the Israel Security Agency, October 2015 saw the beginning of a wave of terrorism that has led to 620 attacks (483 in the form of firebombs) in one month, compared to 223 in September. Eleven people (one foreign national and 10 Israelis) were killed in terrorist attacks in October, and 80 were injured, 37 of them moderately or more severely (one foreign national, 18 Israeli civilians, and 18 members of the security forces).
In November 2015, 10 people (one Palestinian and 9 Israelis) were killed in terrorist attacks. Among the non-fatal casualties, 22 were wounded in stabbings (including 5 in Jerusalem and 10 within Israel), 24 in vehicle attacks, and 12 in shootings.
In December 2015, 3 civilians were killed. All three of the fatalities were caused by stabbings.
In January 2016, 5 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks. In the major shooting attack on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv two civilians were killed as well as a taxi driver who picked up the attacker near the scene. Two Israeli civilians were killed in stabbing attacks.

Following is a list of major terror attacks against Israelis since September 13, 2015, the eve of Rosh Hashanah:

This is a partial list that does not include most of the daily instances of riots, rock throwing and Molotov cocktails in which no one was hurt.

March 9
Jerusalem: A resident of Beit Hanina was seriously wounded when two terrorists tried to run over policemen and civilians and open fire near the light rail stop opposite Damascus Gate. They were shot and killed by police.

March 8
Jerusalem, Old City: A Palestinian woman approached Border Police officers on Hagai Street, drew a knife from her back, and tried to stab them. The assailant was shot and killed.
Jerusalem: Two Border Police officers were wounded, one critically, when a terrorist on a motorcycle opened fire with an automatic weapon on Salah a-Din Street, near Damascus Gate. The assailant was shot and killed.
Petah Tikva: One Israeli was moderately wounded in a terror stabbing. The victim removed the knife from his neck and killed his assailant.
Tel Aviv-Jaffa: 29-year-old American student Taylor Force was killed and 10 others wounded in a stabbing attack which began near the Jaffa port. The assailant fled on foot along the Tel Aviv beach promenade, stabbing passersby and motorists before he was shot and killed by police.

Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the attacks: "Hamas congratulates the three heroic operations this evening, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Jaffa, and considers this proof of the failure for all these theories to abort the Intifada, which will continue until the realization of its goals. Hamas celebrates the martyrs that have ascended through these operations, and confirms that their pure blood will, God willing, be the fuel for escalating the Intifada."

March 4
Gush Etzion junction: An Israeli soldier was wounded when a Palestinian woman drove a vehicle directly into him. The driver was shot and killed. A large knife was found in the car.

March 3
Al-Auja (Jordan Valley): A police officer was stabbed and lightly injured while directing traffic on Route 90 following a tree collapse. The assailant, a 14-year-old girl from a nearby village, was taken into custody.
Rahelim (Samaria): Shooting attack on a police car; an officer was lightly wounded.

March 2
Eli (north of Jerusalem): Around 6 a.m., two terrorists (17) waited outside a house in an outlying neighborhood of Eli. When the man stepped out the door, on his way to IDF reserve duty, one of the terrorists rushed in and attacked him with a knife and a wooden club, lightly wounding him. The man succeeded in pushing the terrorist out and locking the door, thus protecting his wife and 5 children inside the house. Local security forces responded and killed the two terrorists.
Har Brakha (Samaria): Two terrorists stabbed and wounded two soldiers at a guard post before fleeing shortly after 7 PM.

February 26
Ma'ale Adumim: A security guard was critically wounded in an ax attack at a mall overnight. The terrorist escaped and was later arrested.
Beit El checkpoint (Ramallah area): A Palestinian teenager who was shot and killed as he tried to stab IDF soldiers.

February 24
Gush Etzion junction: Maj. (res.) Eliav Gelman died after being critically wounded by a bullet fired by IDF forces to neutralize a terrorist who was attemping to stab him. IDF soldiers shot and moderately wounded the terrorist, identified as a math teacher in a Hebron area school.
Jerusalem: Police apprehended two men with pipe bombs and ammunition hidden in their bagel cart near Herod's Gate in the Old City.

February 21
Tapuah Junction (Samaria): A young Palestinian woman aroused suspicions of border policemen at the junction, when she attempted to approach the area where Jews were waiting for rides. A large knife was found in her possession. The woman was arrested and taken in for questioning, where she confessed that Palestinian social networks, which encourage violence against Jews, influenced her decision to carry out an attack.
Near Hebron: A 14-year-old Palestinian who tried to open the door of a military vehicle and stab one of the soldiers was arrested.
Bitot Junction (near Nablus): A 15-year-old assailant was arrested when trying to stab a soldier.

February 20
Jerusalem, near Damascus Gate: Attempted stabbing attack foiled: A 18-year-old Palestinian man was arrested when he pulled out a knife in an attempt to stab border policemen.

February 19
Jerusalem, Damascus Gate: Two Border Policemen were wounded in a stabbing attack. The assailant, 20, entered the gate then assaulted the officers from behind. He was shot and killed by one of the officers. A 50-year-old Palestinian woman was lightly wounded from shrapnel.
Silwad (northeast of Ramallah): A terrorist who attempted to run over IDF soldiers was shot and killed.

February 18
Sha’ar Binyamin: Off-duty St.-Sgt. Tuvia Yanai Weissman was killed while trying to stop two Palestinian teenage terrorists from stabbing shoppers at a Rami Levy supermarket. Another person was moderately wounded. The assailants, both 14 from Beitunia near Ramallah, were shot. One was killed, the other wounded.

February 15
Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate: A young Palestinian woman was arrested following an attempted stabbing attack. When security forces approached the woman, who aroused their suspicion, she pulled out a large knife, and was taken into custody. A second knife was found in her possession.

February 14
Jerusalem, near Damascus Gate: A group of police officers noticed a suspicious man with a bag in his hand. They approached him and instructed him to stop and put down his bag. He then pulled out a homemade automatic rifle and aimed it at the officers, who shot him. The policemen were then shot at from another direction by a second attacker with an automatic rifle. Both attackers were killed at the scene.
Hebron: A female Palestinian drew a knife in an attempted stabbing attack of a soldier near the Cave of the Patriarchs. She was shot and seriously injured.
Tekoa-Har Homa (Mazmoriya Checkpoint): A man ran toward a group of police officers at the Mazmoriya checkpoint near Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood with a knife. Another officer, watching the area through a security camera, saw the man charging with the knife and warned the officers, who shot and killed the attacker before anyone could be injured.
Near Hinanit (West of Jenin): an IDF patrol was shot at by two Palestinian teenagers. Both were shot and killed. A gun and a knife were found in their possession.

February 13
Hebron: A woman stabbed a soldier near the Cave of the Patriarchs and then stabbed a Palestinian man (50) who tried to stop her. The soldier and the Palestinian man sustained light-to-moderate injuries; the attacker was shot and killed by security forces.

February 9
Neve Daniel (Gush Etzion): A man was stabbed and moderately wounded. The attacker fled to nearby Nahalin village. Several suspects were arrested.

February 6
Rahat - A 65-year-old woman was stabbed and moderately wounded at the market in Rahat, a Bedouin city in southern Israel. The assailant fled.


February 4
Ramle: Security guard stabbed by two teenage girls outside a building in the center of the city that houses a mall, the central bus station and government offices. The assailants, aged 13, were taken into custody by police with knives in their possession. One was carrying a school backpack.

February 3
Jerusalem: Three terrorists attacked Border Policemen at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem after they were asked for identification. Border Police Cpl. Hadar Cohen, 19, was mortally wounded and died in hospital. A second policewoman was seriously wounded. The assailants, who entered Israel illegally from the Jenin area armed with guns, knives and explosives, were shot and killed at the scene. Police neutralized two pipe bombs.

February 1
Sal'it (east of Kfar Saba): Attempted stabbing. Assailant shot after infiltrating security fence.


January 31
Beit El (Samaria): Three IDF soldiers were wounded - two seriously - when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire at an IDF checkpoint near Beit El in the West Bank. The gunman was shot and killed by IDF forces at the scene. The shooter, Amjad Sakari, 35, was a member of the Palestinian Authority security forces.

Route 443: A vehicle with Palestinian license plates attempted to burst through a checkpoint and ram into IDF soldiers manning the post. The assailant was shot and taken to hospital.



January 30
Jerusalem: A 17-year-old recent immigrant from the US was stabbed and lightly wounded near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon, while returning from the Western Wall. A 16-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem turned himself in to the police.


January 27
Givat Ze'ev (north of Jerusalem): Close to midnight, a man was seriously wounded when a terrorist stabbed him in the upper body at a gas station restaurant. The terrorist, identified as Obada Aziz Mustafa Abu Ras, 18, from the village of Bir Nabala, was apprehended at the scene.


January 25
Beit Horon (between Jerusalem and Modi'in): At about 5 p.m, two terrorists infiltrated the community and stabbed two women. A supermarket cashier stopped them from entering the busy store, blocking the entrance with a shopping cart. A security guard shot and killed them. The terrorists (aged 17 and 23), who apparently planned a combined attack using knives and explosives, were also carrying three pipe bombs. Shlomit Krigman, 24, of of Shadmot Mehola in the Jordan Valley, fatally injured, died of her wounds the next morning. The second victim is in moderate condition.

January 24
Dolev (Samaria): A gunman opened fire at a vehicle driving near the community, firing 6 bullets.

January 18
Tekoa (south of Jerusalem): A 30-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed and moderately wounded by a 15-year-old assailant outside a clothing warehouse. The attacker was shot.


January 17
Samaria: Attempted stabbing attack was foiled and the assailant shot and killed by security forces.

Otniel (south Hebron hills): Dafna Meir, 38, mother of six, was stabbed to death outside her home. The assailant, 15, from Beit Amra, near Hebron, was apprehended in his home several days later.

January 15
Nebi Salakh (Benjamin region, northwest of Jerusalem): In a demonstration that included stone-throwing and tire-burning, a soldier was lightly injured.

January 14
Near Nablus: Terrorist attacked security forces with a glass bottle and a knife; an officer was lightly wounded and the assailant was killed.
Beit Anoun, north of Kiryat Arba: Attempted stabbing attack foiled, assailant killed by security forces.

January 13
Benjamin region, near Jerusalem: Arab driver of Egged bus was lightly injured when the windshield was smashed by a rock and a bottle of paint.

January 12
Beit Anoun junction, north of K. Arba: Attempted stabbing attack foiled; 2 assailants killed by security forces.

January 9
Jordan Valley: Attempted stabbing attack foiled; 2 assailants killed by security forces.

January 7
Beit Anoun junction, north of Kiryat Arba: Attempted stabbing attack foiled, assailant killed by security forces.
Gush Etzion junction: Attempted stabbing attack foiled; 3 assailants killed by security forces.



January 5
Highway 79, northern Israel – driver lightly injured when his bus was stoned.
Gush Etzion: Stabbing attack – IDF soldier lightly wounded. Assailant shot and killed by forces on site.

January 4
Jerusalem: Attempted stabbing attack near the National Police Headquarters – a passerby was very lightly wounded. Forces shot the assailant in the leg; when he continued to flee, they shot him again. He was brought to hospital in moderate condition.

January 3
Jerusalem: Attempted stabbing attack in Armon Hanatziv neighborhood; the knife didn’t penetrate. The attacker fled; a suspect was later apprehended.
South Hebron hills: Soldier lightly wounded by gunfire during security check.

Hebron, near Tomb of the Patriarchs: Female soldier moderately wounded by sniper fire from Abu Snena neighborhood. The two snipers were later arrested.

January 2
Jerusalem – on the road to Gush Etzion: Shooting at passing cars; Arab Israeli lightly wounded.

January 1
Tel Aviv: In a shooting attack at a pub, two killed – Alon Bakal (26), the pub’s manager, and Shimon Ruimi (30) – and 8 injured, two seriously. The assailant (29, Arab-Israeli citizen from Arara village in northern Israel) was killed a week later during an attempt to apprehend him. Taxi driver Amin Shaaban, 42, of Lod, was later shot and killed by the terrorist who carried out the shooting attack on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street.

December 31
Samaria (between Hawara and Tapuah on Route 60): Ramming attack – one soldier lightly injured; driver shot and killed.


December 30
Genady Kofman (41) who was very critically injured in a stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs on 7 December, has died. Kofman was a father of two and a resident of Kiryat Arba

December 27
Hawara (south of Nablus): Stabbing attack by two terrorists; a soldier was wounded. The terrorists (17 & 27, from Jenin) were shot and killed by soldiers on site; one soldier was mistakenly hit by the fire.
Three stabbing attacks were foiled, one in Hebron, one in Samaria, and one in the Old City of Jerusalem. The assailants, an Arab man who crossed into Jerusalem illegally, and two Arab women (one of them 15 years old), were apprehended.
Jerusalem: IDF soldier (18) was stabbed and moderately wounded near the central bus station. Assailant (resident of eastern Jerusalem) was arrested.

December 26
Hawara checkpoint: Soldier lightly injured in a ramming attack. Assailant (56) shot by forces; later died of wounds in Nablus hospital.
Jerusalem: Stabbing attack foiled – Resident (26) of Ras el-Amud, an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood, aroused suspicions of police officers (security cameras show that the Arab sat and waited in the area between Jaffa Gate and Tzahal Square; when he saw a man wrapped in a tallis – prayer showl – walking with his children on their way to Sabbath morning prayers, he followed them). When confronted by the officer, he pulled out a large knife. The officer shot him once; when the assailant continued to move towards the officers with the knife, he was shot a second time and killed on site.

December 25
Bethlehem: Palestinians threw stones at the vehicle of the Latin Patriarch, Fuad Twal, who was visiting Bethlehem on Christmas day.
Silwad, near Ofra in the Benjamin region of Samaria: Attempted ramming attack by an Arab woman (40). The driver was shot and killed on site.

December 24
Hebron: A Palestinian attempted to stab security forces; assailant was shot.
Ariel: Two security guards were stabbed, one seriously, in an attack at an industrial park near Ariel, in the West Bank. The terrorist was shot and killed by the guards.


December 23
Jerusalem: Two people were killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack outside Jaffa Gate, the main entrance to the Old City where thousands of tourists from around the globe are preparing to celebrate Christmas. Rabbi Reuven Birmajer, 45, died of multiple stab wounds to the upper torso. Ofer Ben Ari, 46, was hit by a stray bullet fired by two Border Police officers. The terrorists were shot and killed by Border Policemen on the scene.


December 20
Hebron: A terrorist attempted to stab soldiers and was taken into custody.


December 19
Raanana: A terrorist stabbed three people on Saturday afternoon, one seriously. He also attempted to enter a synagogue and a home before being apprehended by security forces.

December 18
West Bank: Car ramming attack thwarted during violent riot near Ramallah. Palestinian assailant attempted to ram vehicle into security forces at Kalandia Crossing. Both assailants were shot.

December 14
Beit Aryeh – Luban: Three Israelis were lightly injured by a huge rock that crashed through the windshield of their car.

Jerusalem: Eleven to fourteen people were injured in a vehicular ramming attack at a bus stop opposite the Calatrava Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem, around 3 pm on Monday afternoon. The injured include two moderately, a 15-month-old baby who was seriously injured, and the baby's mother. The terrorist (21, originally from the Beit Hanina neighborhood in Jerusalem, currently residing in Hebron) was shot and killed by security forces.

December 13
Kiryat Arba, Gush Etzion: A Palestinian woman who attempted to stab a civilian was shot and apprehended by IDF forces.

December 11
Halhoul Junction, near Kiryat Arba: A terrorist who attempted to run over IDF soldiers was shot and killed.
Gilboa (Jalame) Crossing: Shots were fired at soldiers from a Palestinian vehicle. Attacker was shot and wounded by IDF forces and later arrested by PA police.

December 10
10 Dec. Between Beit Aryeh community and Luban village in the Benyamin region of Samaria: Ramming attack injured 4 soldiers, 2 lightly, one moderately and one seriously (20). The terrorist (a member of Hamas) was apprehended after a search.

December 9
Afula, northern Israel: Stabbing attack foiled when 3 Arab teens from Jenin were apprehended in possession of butcher knives.
Samaria: A Jewish man was seriously injured, and his wife lightly injured, when 23 bullets hit their car in a drive-by shooting attack on the road from Avney Hefetz. The attackers are suspected of fleeing to nearby Tulkarm.
Hebron: A terrorist stabbed a soldier and a civilian at a checkpoint near Beit Hadassah. The soldier was moderately wounded; the civilian lightly wounded. The terrorist (cousin of the terrorist who carried out the stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs on 7 Dec.) was shot and killed by security forces.


December 7
Hebron, near the Tomb of the Patriarchs: An Israeli man was very critically injured in a stabbing attack . The assailant (21) was shot and killed.



December 6
Jerusalem, Romema neighborhood: Three people were wounded in a car-ramming and stabbing attack. After hitting two people with his car, the assailant exited the vehicle and stabbed a pedestrian. The assailant was shot and killed by an IDF soldier at the scene.


December 4
Ofra (northwest of Jerusalem): Two IDF soldiers were injured in a ramming attack. The Palestinian driver was shot and killed by soldiers on the scene.

Abud (northwest of Jerusalem): Palestinian stabbed an IDF soldier in the neck. The attacker was shot and killed at the scene.

Hebron: Two assailants stabbed and wounded a soldier. The assailants were shot and killed.


December 3
Hizme checkpoint: An IDF soldier and a civilian were shot near the checkpoint, north of Jerusalem. The assailant was killed.

Jerusalem: An Israeli police officer was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack. The assailant approached a police car on Hanevi’im Street, near Damascus Gate, and stabbed the officer. The assailant was shot and killed.


December 1
Gush Etzion junction: A Palestinian (16) tried to carry out a stabbing attack at the hitchhiking stop, which has been the site of 10 terrorist attacks in the past two months. IDF forces shot and killed the assailant. An Israeli man was light-to-moderately wounded from bullet shrapnel.
Einav Junction (Samaria): A female Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier at a checkpoint adjacent to the junction in the northern West Bank. She was shot and killed.


November 29
Jerusalem: A Border Police officer was stabbed near Damascus Gate, in the Old City. The assailant was shot and killed.
A 31-year-old female foreign worker from Nepal was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack as she waited at a bus stop on Shamgar Street on her day off. The assailant fled and was later apprehended.


November 27
Kfar Adumim Junction (east of Jerusalem): Two soldiers were lightly to moderately hurt in a car-ramming attack.

Beit Ummar: Six soldiers were lightly to moderately wounded when a Palestinian rammed his car into IDF troops at the entrance to the Beit Ummar refugee camp, south of the Gush Etzion junction.


November 25
An IDF soldier was stabbed and seriously wounded at the Al-Fawar junction, south of Hebron. The assailant, 19, a student at the Palestine Technical College, was shot and killed.


November 24
Tapuach Junction (northern West Bank): A Palestinian rammed a car into security forces, wounding three IDF soldiers and a Border Policeman who were at the junction assessing additional security measures to prevent terror attacks. The assailant was shot and apprehended.


November 23
Jerusalem: Two Palestinians (female, aged 14 & 16) stabbed passersby on Jaffa Road near the Mahane Yehuda market with scissors, wounding an elderly Palestinian man from Bethlehem. The assailants were shot, one killed on site. A security guard was wounded by the gunfire.


Northern Samaria: A youth (18) was lightly wounded in a ramming attack near Shavei Shomron. Later, a Palestinian tried to stab soldiers at the Samaria Brigade Junction and was killed.

Route 443: IDF soldier Ziv Mizrahi (18) was killed in a stabbing attack at the gas station on the highway between Jerusalem and Modi'in. A female officer and another woman were lightly wounded. The attacker was shot and killed by security forces.


November 22
Samaria Brigade Junction: A Palestinian (16, female from Nablus) pulled out a knife and charged at a young Israeli woman waiting at a bus stop. The assailant was spotted by a civilian driver, who ran into her with his car. Security forces at the site shot the assailant, who died at the scene.

Kfar Adumim junction (east of Jerusalem): A Palestinian taxi driver tried to ram his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians. After failing to hit anybody, he got out of the car and attacked them with a knife. One man slightly wounded. The attacker was shot and killed.

Gush Eztion junction: Hadar Buchris, 21,was fatally stabbed as she waited for a ride at a hitchhiking stop at the junction. IDF soldiers at the site shot and killed the terrorist.


November 21
Kiryat Gat: Four people, including a 13-year-old girl, were wounded in a stabbing attack on King David Street. The stabber was apprehended several hours later.


November 19
Tel Aviv: Two people were killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack during afternoon prayers in a Judaica store located in the Panorama building - a commercial center in southern Tel Aviv. The terrorist, from Dura in the West Bank, was apprehended. Hamas "welcomed" the attack. The victims: Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, 32, of Holon and Reuven Aviram, 51, of Ramle.

Gush Etzion: Three people were killed when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with a submachine gun at cars in a traffic jam at the Alon Shvut junction, south of Jerusalem. The victims: Ezra Schwartz, 18, of Sharon, Massachusetts, Yaakov Don, 49, of Alon Shvut, and Shadi Arafa, 40, of Hebron. Four others were lightly wounded. The terrorist was apprehended.
Schwartz came to Israel as part of a program in which young people come to Israel for nine months of volunteer work. The volunteers, who study at a yeshiva in Beit Shemesh, were visting the memorial established for the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and killed last summer, and were handing out food to soldiers stationed in Gush Etzion when the attack took place.

November 13
Otniel (Route 60): Rabbi Ya'akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, were killed in a shooting attack while driving on Route 60 near Otniel, south of Hebron. His wife and four other children in the vehicle were lightly wounded by shrapnel and the resulting crash. A suspect was taken into custody.

November 10
Jerusalem (Pisgat Zeev neighborhood): Two Palestinian youths (11 & 14) on their way home from school stabbed and moderately wounded a security guard on the Jerusalem light rail. The guard shot and wounded one of the attackers; the other was taken into custody.

Shortly afterwards, there was an attempted stabbing of a police officer near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Assailant was shot and died of his wounds. Later, a Palestinian youth (16) tried to stab a Border Policeman at a checkpost near Abu Dis. The assailant was shot and killed.


November 9
Eliyahu checkpoint (near Alfei Menashe, northern Samaria): Palestinian woman attempted to stab guards at the checkpoint. She was shot and killed by security forces.

November 8
Tapuah Junction (Samaria): Four Israelis were wounded, two seriously, in a car-ramming terror attack directed at a group of people at a hithchhiking stop. The attacker was shot and killed by security forces.

Beitar Illit (south of Jerusalem): A civilian security guard was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack. The assailant, a Palestinian woman, was shot and wounded.

Northern West Bank: An Israeli man was seriously injured in a stabbing attack in the Palestinian village of Nabi Ilyas, when he stopped to shop at a stall.

- Border Policeman St.-Sgt. Benjamin Yakubovich, 19, of Kiryat Ata, critically wounded in on November 4, died of his wounds.


November 6
Sha’ar Binyamin (north of Jerusalem): Israeli injured in stabbing attack outside supermarket.

Hebron: Two teens, aged 16 and 18, were injured - one seriously - in a shooting attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs. The two snipers were later arrested. A short time later, an Israeli soldier was severely injured in a shooting attack at the Beit Anun junction north of Hebron. The assailant (16, from the village of Bani Naim) was apprehended.


November 5
Gush Etzion: Attempted stabbing attack. Assailant shot on site.


November 4
Halhoul junction (north of Hebron): Three Border Policemen were wounded, one criticallly, in car-ramming attack. The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces. Border Policeman St.-Sgt. Benjamin Yakubovich, 19, of Kiryat Ata, critically wounded in the attack, died of his wounds on November 8.


November 2
Netanya (north of Tel Aviv): A 71-year-old man was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack. The assailant was shot.

Rishon Lezion (south of Tel Aviv): Three people were wounded, two seriously - including an 80-year-old woman - in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian from Hebron (19) at a bus stop in the center of the city. The assailant was apprehended.

Gilboa (Jalama) crossing, north of Jenin in the West Bank:Two Palestinians attempted to stab a soldier at a a gas station adjacent to the crossing point. One assailant shot, the second apprehended.

November 1
Hebron: Three Border Policemen wounded in car ramming attack. Earlier, attempted stabbing attack of IDF soldier during a violent riot. Assailant shot on site.


October 31
Gilboa (Jalama) crossing, north of Jenin in the West Bank:Palestinian (17) armed with a knife tried to stab Israeli guards and was killed on site.


October 30
Tapuach Junction (Samaria): Two terrorists, arriving on a motorbike armed with knives, attempted to stab Border Police officers. One killed, second apprehended.

Jerusalem (French Hill): One person moderately injured in stabbing attack near light rail. Terrorist shot at the scene.


October 29
Hebron: Terrorist stabs and lightly injures soldier near the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Terrorist was shot and killed. Later a Palestinian attempted to stab an IDF soldier in the Beit Hadassah neighborhood. Assailant was shot on site.
In the evening, shots were fired from a passing vehicle towards a bus stop near Jerusalem.


October 28
Gush Etzion Junction: A woman was stabbed in the back, moderately wounded, outside the Rami Levy supermarket. The assailant was apprehended.
Earlier, a Palestinian who attempted to stab an IDF soldier near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron was shot and killed by security forces.


October 27
Gush Etzion Junction: IDF soldier moderately wounded in stabbing attack. Two assailants shot on site.

Jerusalem: Terror attack foiled - two Arabs (17 & 16) from eastern Jerusalem armed with an axe and a knife were arrested in the center of town (Kikar Tzahal).


October 26
Hebron: IDF soldier stabbed, seriously wounded in the morning north of Hebron. Assailant shot on site. A second attempted stabbing of an IDF soldier outside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron in the afternoon was thwarted. The assailant (19) was shot.


October 25
Metzad (Gush Etzion bloc): Man (58) moderately wounded in stabbing attack after his car was stoned.

Hebron: Female Arab terrorist (17) attempted to stab border policeman with knife. Officer shot the terrorist, who later died of wounds.

Ariel junction (Samaria): Israeli man (25) waiting for a ride was stabbed by terrorist who fled the scene and was later apprehended.


October 24
Gilboa (Jalama) crossing, north of Jenin in the West Bank: A young Palestinian (16) posing as a sweets vendor tried to stab a security guard and was shot and killed.


October 23
Gush Etzion: IDF soldier injured in stabbing attack. Assailant shot on site.

Beit El (north of Jerusalem): Israeli couple and their three young children wounded in a firebombing attack on their car.

October 22
Bet Shemesh: Yeshiva student (18) moderately injured in stabbing attack at bus stop near a synagogue. Two terrorists (21) from the Hebron area armed with knives tried to board a school bus full of children. They were shot and killed by police.


October 21
Yitzhar (Samaria): Attack foiled when security forces noticed a young woman (15) approaching the gate armed with a knife. The woman was shot and apprehended.

Ofra (north of Jerusalem): An Israeli policeman was mildly injured in an apparent car-ramming attack when the driver crashed into a checkpoint, ignoring police warnings to stop. The driver fled.

Adam junction (north of Jerusalem): Female soldier critically wounded in stabbing attack. Terrorist killed by IDF forces.

Maale Adumim (east of Jerusalem): Attack foiled when security forces found home-made explosive devices in a car. Two Palestinians were arrested.

Beit Ummar (north of Hebron): Five soldiers injured - after their vehicle was stoned, the soldiers got out to arrest the stone-throwers and were rammed by a Palestinian car. The attacking driver was shot and seriously wounded.


October 20
South of Hebron (Al Fawar junction): Avraham Hasno (54) of Kiryat Arba run over and killed by truck after his vehicle was stoned. Earlier, an IDF officer was lightly injured in stabbing attack in Hebron.

Gush Etzion junction: Two lightly wounded in car-ramming attack at bus stop at the Gush Etzion junction. The terrorist then drew his knife before he was shot and killed.

October 18
Beer Sheva: IDF soldier Sgt. Omri Levy (19) killed and 10 civillians and police officers wounded when a terrorist armed with a knife and a pistol entered the central bus station, shot the soldier, grabbed his gun and started shooting. Police officers shot and killed the terrorist, an Israeli Arab (21) from the Bedouin town of Hura. An Eritrean asylum seeker, Habtom Zerhom (29), who was mistaken for a second terrorist and shot by a security guard, died of his wounds.

October 17
Jerusalem (Armon Hanatziv neighborhood): Terrorist (16, from Jabel Mukaber) tried to stab Border Police officers; one of the officers shot and killed him.

Hebron: Three separate attacks: (1) Palestinian tried to stab a civilian walking back from morning prayers; the civilian shot and killed the terrorist with his personal firearm. (2) Palestinian woman (16) stabbed and lightly wounded a female Border Police officer, who shot and killed her. (3) Terrorist (18) from Hebron, stabbed and moderately wounded an IDF soldier at Police checkpoint. Second soldier shot and critically wounded attacker.

Kalandiya checkpoint (north of Jerualem): Terrorist tried to stab a police officer, and was shot in lower body; then tried to stab a bomb squad officer. Another officer shot and killed him.


October 16
Nablus: Joseph's tomb, a Jewish holy site, set on fire overnight by Palestinian rioters.

Jerusalem: Border Policeman foiled possible terror attack after detecting explosive device at a checkpoint at east Jerusalem's Issawiya neighborhood, near the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus.

Hebron (Zayit junction outside Kiryat Arba): Palestinian terrorist disguised as a photojournalist stabbed and moderately wounded an IDF soldier. A second soldier shot and killed him.


October 14
Jerusalem: Attack foiled by Border Police. Officers who boarded a bus full of passengers discovered a knife hidden under a seat. The owner of the knife had boarded the bus with a young child in his arms to allay suspicion.

Jerusalem, Damascus Gate at the Old City: Terrorist (19) from Hebron lightly injured two people before being shot and killed by the security forces.

Jerusalem: Woman (72) stabbed and injured while waiting for a bus at the Central Bus Station. Terrorist shot and killed.


October 13
Raanana (northeast of Tel Aviv): Two stabbing attacks in the morning, an hour apart: The first at a bus stop in the center of town, in which a man (32) suffered light wounds; the attacker (22, from eastern Jerusalem) was subdued by passers-by and held until the police arrived. The second attack resulted in one seriously wounded and three lightly wounded; the terrorist (a construction worker at nearby Beit Levinstein) was arrested.

Jerusalem: Two terrorists, both residents of the adjacent Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, boarded an Egged bus in East Talpiot in southern Jerusalem, one armed with a gun and the other with a knife. Chaim Haviv, 78, and Alon Govberg, 51, were killed, and 15 wounded, several seriously. One terrorist killed by police, second apprehended. Richard Lakin, 76, who was shot in the head and stabbed in the chest, succumbed to his wounds on October 27.

Makor Baruch, a religious neighborhood. Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 59, of Jerusalem was killed and five wounded. The terrorist, who was apprehended, is a resident of the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood who holds Israeli citizenship, was an employee of Israeli phone company Bezeq, and was using a company car to commit the attack.

Hamas praised the attacks, saying they are "a message to anyone who harms our holy places."

October 12
Jerusalem: Stabbing attack foiled at Lion's Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. Terrorist (18, from eastern Jerusalem) was shot and killed.

Jerusalem (Ammunition Hill, northern Jerusalem): Border policeman was stabbed and lightly injured by a female terrorist (16). The officer managed to shoot and stop her, and she was evacuated to hospital.

Jerusalem (Pisgat Zeev in northern Jerusalem): Two terrorists (both teenagers) stabbed and seriously wounded a man (25) and a boy (13) riding his bicycle. Police shot and killed one terrorist and apprehended the second. The boy is in critical condition.

Jerusalem (8:30 pm near entrance to city): Terrorist on bus stabbed a soldier (19) and tried to grab his gun. After a struggle, the terrorist was shot and killed by a police officer.


October 11
Maaleh Adumim-Jerusalem highway: Police officer lightly injured when he pulled over a driver acting suspiciously, and the (female) driver set off an explosive device. Gas canisters were later found in the vehicle. The terrorist was seriously wounded.


October 10
Jerusalem (Sabbath morning): Arab (16) stabbed two Jewish men in their 60s near Damascus Gate, leaving them moderately and lightly wounded, respectively. The terrorist then attacked Border Police officers, who shot and killed him.
Jerusalem (near Damascus Gate): Palestinian (19, from Shuafat) stabbed two police officers. Nearby police shot and killed him, and accidently wounded a third officer. Officers in serious-to-moderate condition.

October 9
Jerusalem (Shmuel HaNavi St.): Jewish boy (16) was beaten and stabbed and lightly injured. Attacker (18, from Hebron in West Bank) was later apprehended by police.

Kiryat Arba: Terrorist stabbed a police officer (47) and tried to grab his gun. Other officers shot him.

October 8
Tel Aviv: Female soldier and three others stabbed. Terrorist was shot and killed.
Jerusalem: A yeshiva student (25) was seriously injured and another man lightly injured in stabbing attack near the light rail. Terrorist (age 19) arrested.

Kiryat Arba (Jewish town near Hebron, south of Jerusalem): Man seriously wounded in stabbing attack. Victim evacuated to Jerusalem hospital. Terrorist escaped.
Afula (town in Galilee): A soldier was wounded in stabbing attack. The terrorist was apprehended soon after.​

October 7
Petach Tikva: Knife attack at shopping mall wounded one man. The knife broke, preventing further victims. Bystanders apprehended the terrorist.
Jerusalem: A Palestinian woman (18) stabbed a 36-year-old Jewish man at Lion’s Gate of the Old City. The victim, moderately wounded, shot and wounded the terrorist.
Kiryat Gat (southeast of Tel Aviv): A terrorist stabbed an IDF soldier and snatched his gun, then ran into a nearby apartment, where a woman was just returning home. She fought with him and managed to flee. The terrorist was killed by police.

October 4
Jerusalem: Moshe Malka (15) was stabbed and wounded on his way to prayers at the Western Wall. Terrorist was shot dead by security forces.

October 3
Jerusalem: Two killed in stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate. Aharon Banita-Bennet (22) was stabbed to death on the way to the Western Wall in the Old City on Saturday evening with his wife and two young children. His wife and two-year-old son were wounded. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi (father of seven), who came to the aid of the Banita-Bennett family, was attacked and stabbed to death. Police shot and killed the attacker.

October 1
Near Nablus in Samaria: Rabbi Eitam Henkin (31) and wife Naama (30) murdered in a drive-by shooting while traveling with their four young children (aged 9, 7, 4, and 9 months). Security forces arrested members of Hamas cell responsible.

September 22
Hebron: Attempted stabbing attack of IDF soldier in Hebron. Assailant apprehended on site.


September 21
Nablus: IDF soldier injured by firebomb near Joseph’s Tomb.


September 17
Jerusalem: Israeli civilian injured by rock throwing.


September 13
Jerusalem: Alexander Levlovich, 64, was killed while on his way home from a Rosh Hashana dinner when he lost control of his vehicle after it was struck by rocks. Two passengers were lightly injured.
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Fallen Soldiers of Operation Protective Edge, May their memory be blessed

Throughout Israel’s history, IDF soldiers have fallen in defense of their country and families. This reality continues as the IDF operates in Gaza to defend Israel from Hamas rocket fire and the threat of terrorist infiltration by tunnels.

The following brave soldiers fell in the fight to protect Israeli civilians. May their memory be blessed.

August 1

Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba, killed by Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip.

Major Benaya Sarel, 26, from Kiryat Arba, commander of the Givati Reconnaissance Company, killed by Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni, 20, from Jerusalem, killed by Hamas terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip.

July 31

Captain (res.) Liran Adir (Edry), 31, from Ezuz, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

Staff Sergeant Noam Rosenthal, 20, from Meitar, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

Sergeant First Class (Res.) Daniel Marash, 22, from Rishon LeZion, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

Captain Omri Tal, 22, from Rishon LeZion, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

Staff Sergeant Shay Kushnir, 20, from Kiryat Motzkin, killed operating along the border with the Gaza Strip when a mortar was fired at the forces.

July 30

Staff Sergeant Guy Algranati, 20, from Tel Aviv, a soldier from an elite IDF unit, was killed during operational activity in the southern Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Omer Hay, 21, from Savion, a soldier from an elite IDF unit, was killed during operational activity in the southern Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Matan Gotlib, 21, from Rishon LeZion, a soldier from an elite IDF unit, was killed during operational activity in the southern Gaza Strip.

July 28

Sergeant Nadav Raimond, 19, from Shadmot Dvora, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Sergeant Daniel Kedmi, 18, from Tzofim, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Sergeant Barkey Ishai Shor, 21, from Jerusalem, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Sergeant Sagi Erez,19, from Kiryat Ata, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Sergeant Dor Dery, 18, from Jerusalem, killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute an attack.

Staff Sergeant Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, 22, from Safed, was killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.

Corporal Meidan Maymon Biton, 20, from Netivot, was killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.

Corporal Niran Cohen, 20 from Tiberias, was killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.

Staff Sergeant Adi Briga, 23, from Beit Shikma, was killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.

Staff Sergeant Moshe Davino , 20, from Jerusalem , was killed in combat in the southern Gaza Strip.
JULY 26

Sergeant First Class (res.) Barak Refael Degorker, was killed by mortar fire from the Gaza Strip.

Chief Warrant Officer Rami Chalon, 39, from Hadera, an Infantry non-commissioned officer, died from his wounds after being injured on the Gaza border on Tuesday, July 22.

Captain Liad Lavi, an Infantry Corps officer, 20, from Talmei Yosef , died from his wounds after being injured in combat in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, July 24.

Staff Sergeant Avraham Grintzvaig, 21, from Petah Tikva, an infantry soldier, killed in combat in the northern Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Gal Bason, 21, Holon., a Combat Engineering Corps soldier, was killed in combat in the northern Gaza Strip.

Second Lieutenant Roy Peles, 21, from Tel Aviv, an infantry officer, was killed in combat in the Gaza strip.

July 25

Staff Sergeant Amit Yeori, 20, from Jerusalem, fell in combat in Gaza.

Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland, 21, from Ginosar, a combat engineer from the 7th Armored Brigade, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Guy Levy, 21, from Kfar Vradim, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force from a structure.

Master Sergeant (Res.) Yair Ashkenazy, 36, from Rehovot, killed during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip.

July 22

Lieutenant Paz Elyahu, 22, from Evron, an IDF paratrooper, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Li Mat, 19, from Eilat, an IDF paratrooper, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Shahar Dauber, 20, from Ginegar, an IDF paratrooper, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Captain Dmitri Levitas, 26, from Jerusalem and Geshur, killed in combat by sniper fire in the Gaza Strip.

First Lieutenant Natan Cohen, 23, Modi'in, killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.

Staff Sergeant Avitar Moshe Torjamin, 20, from Beit She'an, killed in a fire exchange in the southern Gaza Strip.


July 21

Master Sergeant Ohad Shemesh, killed while fighting Hamas terrorists.

Sergeant First Class Oded Ben Sira, 22, from Nir Etzion, killed by sniper fire.

Lieutenant Colonel Dolev Keidar, Commander of the Geffen Battalion, 38, from Modi'in, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force responding to a terrorist infiltration incident.

Sergeant Major Bayhesain Kshaun, 39, from Netivot, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force responding to a terrorist infiltration incident.

Second Lieutenant Yuval Haiman, 21, from Efrat, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force responding to a terrorist infiltration incident.

Sergeant Nadav Goldmacher, 23, from Be'er Sheba, killed by an anti-tank missile fired at the force responding to a terrorist infiltration incident.

Staff Sergeant Tal Ifrach, 21, from Rishon LeZion, killed in battle in Gaza.

Staff Sergeant Yuval Dagan, 22, from Kfar Saba, killed in battle.

July 20

Sergeant Shon Mondshine, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Max Steinberg, 24, from Be'er Sheva, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Shachar Tase, 20, from Pardesiya, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Daniel Pomerantz, 20, from Kfar Azar, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Sergeant Ben Itzhak Oanounou, 19, from Ashdod, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Oren Simcha Noach, 22, from Hoshaya, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Staff Sergeant Jordan Bensemhoun, 22, from Ashkelon, killed by direct fire.

Staff Sergeant Moshe Malko, 20, from Jerusalem, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, from Ra’anana, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Sgt. Oz Mendelovich, 21, from Atzmon, killed protecting the citizens of Israel .

Sgt. Gilad Rozenthal Yacoby, 21, from Kiryat Ono, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Cpt. Tsvi Kaplan, 28, from Meirav, killed protecting the citizens of Israel.

Maj. Tzafrir Baror, 32, from Holon, killed protecting the citizens of Israel .

July 19

Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, from Holon, an infantry soldier, was killed in battle with terrorists,.

2nd Lt. Bar Rahav, a combat engineer, 21, from Ramat Yishai, was killed when terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the vehicle he was operating.

Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, from Nahariya, was killed by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.

Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon, was killed by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.


July 18

First Sgt. Eitan Barak, was killed overnight fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
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Iranian intelligence agent arrested in Israel

Israel, The man, Ali Mansouri, allegedly was sent to Israel by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and entered Israel with Belgian identity. He was arrested on September 11, 2013 in a joint Shin Bet and police while trying to leave the country via Ben Gurion Airport.

In his possession were found, among other things, photographs of the U.S. Embassy in Israel. Shin Bet investigation revealed that Iran, Ali Mansur, was recruited by force al - Quds - special operations unit of the Revolutionary Guards, which is the organization that is responsible for many terrorist attacks around the world. In his investigation he described the process of his recruitment and handling by Iranian intelligence officials.

From the interrogation it became clear that the man was recruited by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and was sent to Israel while he was using a false identity as a businessman who wants to set up Israel business firms that they could serve as a basis for special operations forces of the Iranian government against the Israeli and Western interests. His operators have committed to him that he will get a million dollars for completion the task. Sources familiar with the details of the investigation said that immediately after his arrest that a message was delivered to the Belgian.

The investigation revealed that behind his training and the intelligence-gathering operation stands Al – Quds which the priority objective of the unit is to carry out attacks against Israel. In recent years force al - Quds tried to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in cooperation with Hezbollah as a retaliation for the killing Iranian scientists.

According to security sources, Iran tried also to use the suspect in its efforts to circumvent the embargo in trade and the money transfers.

The investigation also revealed that the detainee entered Israel three times, using the Belgian identity. He tried to develop business contacts and sign contracts with businesses in Tel Aviv and was arrested by the National Security Agency and International Investigations Unit (YAHBAL) of the police, as he was about to get on a Israel to Europe. The suspicion, based on the Shin Bet by the physical evidence, reveals that the purpose of Mansouri was the establishment of commercial companies, as a cover for extensive intelligence activity and terrorist activity by the Iran.

Mansouri was born in Iran and lived there with his family until 1980, then moved to Turkey, where he engaged in business. In 1997 he received a visa that allowed him to live in Belgium due to business activity. In 2006 he also received Belgian citizenship after marrying a Belgian citizen, divorced later. The same year he changed his name to Alex Manes to obscure the identity of Iran.
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Hezbollah: Portrait of a Terrorist Organization

 

In recent years Hezbollah has been involved in terrorist (an occasionally guerilla) activities in different arenas using various methods against its targets

 

ITIC, Hezbollah has a 30-year history of terrorist activity in Lebanon, the Middle East and around the globe, directed against Israel, the Jewish people, the United States and the West, pro-Western Arab states and Hezbollah's enemies in Lebanon.
Overview
1. Since its establishment in Lebanon 30 years ago, Hezbollah has, without interruption, carried out or planned a variety of terrorist attacks around the globe, using different methods. Those terrorist attacks are part of Iranian policy, which uses Hezbollah as its main proxy through the Islamic Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and other governmental institutions. The targets and emphases change from time to time according to Iranian and Hezbollah considerations and interests. The targets include Israel and the Jewish people, the United States and other Western countries, Hezbollah and Syria's opponents in Lebanon, and Arab regimes hostile to Iran and the "resistance camp" it leads.
2. In recent years Hezbollah has been involved in terrorist (an occasionally guerilla) activities in different arenas using various methods against its targets. At the same time, with Iranian and Syrian support, it has been upgrading its military-terrorist infrastructure in Lebanon, which far surpasses those of other terrorist organizations in the Middle East and beyond.
3. A short summary of Hezbollah's terrorist and guerilla activity and its military buildup follows.
1) In Lebanon Iran and Syria have enlarged and upgraded Hezbollah's military-terrorist infrastructure since the Second Lebanon War. Its main military asset is an arsenal of an estimated 60,000 rockets and missileswhich threaten Israel's civilians. Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, boasted that he had precise rockets and a bank of targets, and could turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians into a living hell. Hezbollah also carries out personal terrorismagainst its opponents in Lebanon, mainly senior figures. The objective is to scare and deter Hezbollah's opponents, mainly after the erosion of its status following its support for the Syrian regime.
2) In the international arena, Hezbollah participates in the global terrorist campaign carried out by the Iranian Quds Force, whose main targets are Israeli diplomats and tourists. Hezbollah's most recent attack was on an Israeli tourist bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, considered successful (by Iran and Hezbollah), after a series of failed attacks abroad in previous years.
3) In the Palestinian arena, Hezbollah helped Iran upgrade the military-terrorist infrastructure of the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip after Operation Cast Lead, mainly Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. On the eve of Operation Pillar of Defense the terrorist organizations had many thousands of rockets, among them long-range Fajr-5 rockets manufactured in Iran (eight of which hit or were intercepted in the greater Tel Aviv area). In addition, Hezbollah encourages terrorist attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula. During the Palestinian terrorist campaign known as the second intifada, Iran and Hezbollah provided the Palestinian terrorist organizations with financial and military support and handled terrorist squads in the Palestinian territories.
4) InsideIsrael Hezbollah carries out intelligence and subversive activities. Hezbollah, with Iranian aid, recently sent an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to collect intelligence and to send Israel a deterrent message (UAVs could also be used for offensive purposes). Hezbollah also attempts to smuggle IEDs and weapons into for terrorist attacks (exploiting its ties to criminal networks) and to use Israeli Arabs for intelligence missions supporting its terrorist activities.
5) InSyria Hezbollah is part of the Iranian effort (led by the Quds Force) to prevent the topple of the Syrian regime, the central member of the so-called "resistance camp." Hezbollah provides the Assad regime with guidance, military training, intelligence and weapons, and hundreds of its operatives are present in Syria. In recent months several Hezbollah operatives died in the battles and others were taken prisoner by the rebels. However, Hezbollah does not admit to its military involvement in Syria and claimed that its operatives died while "fulfilling their commitment to jihad."
6) In the Arab states Iran uses Hezbollah for subversion, terrorism and guerilla activities: in Iraq Hezbollah operatives trained and handled the Shi'ite militias operated by the Quds Force against the United States and its allies (until America withdrew from Iraq at the end of 2011). In Yemen Hezbollah helped train the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels; and in Bahrain Hezbollah was recently publicly accused by Bahraini authorities of involvement in a series of explosions in the capital city of Manama. Its objective was to destabilize the Bahraini regime, against which Iran is waging a years-long campaign of terrorism and subversion. Hezbollah does not admit to involvement in terrorism and subversion in Arab countries.
The Structure of This Study
4. This study is the second part of comprehensive research into the terrorist and subversive activities Iran carries out around the globe directly, and though its main proxy, Hezbollah. The first part, which can be accessed on the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center website,[1] deals with the Quds Force as spearheading Iran's global terrorism and subversion campaign during the last decade. Two additional parts, which will be issued in the future, will deal with the distribution (according to continent and country) of Iran's global terrorist activity and an analysis of the methods used by Iranian and terrorism and subversion.
5. The three appendices of this study providea chronological analysis of Hezbollah's most glaring terrorist activities in the 30 years since its founding, integral to Iran's overall policies.[2] In addition to terrorist attacks on civilians, Hezbollah has engaged in guerilla warfare in Lebanon and Iraq, against the IDF and against the United States and other Western armies. The targets have changed from time to time depending on Iranian policy, the constraints Hezbollah has had to deal with in Lebanon and the changing regional and international strategic circumstances during Hezbollah's 30 years of terrorist activity.
6. This study includes the following sections:
1) Hezbollah's place in the current global terrorist campaign against Israel.
2) Hezbollah's support for the Assad regime in Syria – update.
3) Summary of Hezbollah's record as a terrorist organization during the 30 years of its existence (1982-2012).
4) The issue of Hezbollah as a designated terrorist organization.
5)Three appendices dealing with the chronological distribution of Hezbollah's terrorist activities:
1) Appendix I: Hezbollah's terrorist activity, 2000-2012
A. Overview
B. The Lebanese arena
i) Building Hezbollah's rocket arsenal after the IDF left south Lebanon (2000-2006).
ii) Using the rocket arsenal to attack civilian targets in Israel during the Second Lebanon War.
iii) Updating the rocket arsenal after the Second Lebanon War (2006-2012)
iv) Employing terrorism and violence against Hezbollah's political opposition in Lebanon.
C. The Israeli arena
i) Overview.
ii) Sending a UAV into Israeli airspace.
iii) Using Israeli Arabs to collect intelligence.
iv) Using drug dealers to smuggle explosive devices into Israel territory.
D. The Palestinian arena
i) Iranian and Hezbollah (as a subcontractor) support for the Palestinian terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip (2006-2012).
ii) Iranian and Hezbollah encouragement for Palestinian terrorism during the second intifada (2000-2005).
iii) Hezbollah's involvement in smuggling weapons from Iran for the Palestinian terrorist organizations during the second intifada.
E. The global arena
i) Hezbollah participation in the global wave of anti-Israel terrorism (2008-2012).
ii) Exposure of a Hezbollah network in Egypt which planned to carry out terrorist attacks (2008)
F. The Iraqi arena
i) The Quds Force's use of Hezbollah to support the Shi'ite militias against the United States and its allies (2006-2011)
ii) The affair of Ali Musa Daqduq
2) Appendix II: Hezbollah's terrorist activities during the 1990s
A. Overview
B. The global arena
i) Hezbollah's terrorist attacks in Argentina (1992, 1994).
ii) The failure of the attempted bombing of the Israeli embassy in Thailand (1994)
C. The Israeli arena
i) Terrorist attacks in Israel as well as in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria carried out through Europe.
ii) Terrorism and drugs: the abduction of Elhahan Tannenbaum (2000)
3) Appendix III: Hezbollah's terrorist activities during the 1980s
A. Overview
B. The Lebanese arena
i) Bombing the American embassy and American and French military barracks in Beirut(1983).
ii) Severe blow to the Lebanese branch of the CIA.
iii) Abduction of Western nationals.
iv) Assassination of Western and Jewish figures.
v) Epilogue
C. The international arena
i) Attacks on the American and French diplomatic missions in Kuwait (1983).
ii) Attempted assassination of the Kuwaiti emir (1985)
iii) Hijacking planes
a) TWA (1985)
b) Kuwaiti airplanes (1984, 1988)
c) Air France (1987)
d) Air Afrique (1987)
iv) Iranian and Hezbollah involvement in the wave of killings in Paris (1986-1987)
v) Prevention of terrorist activity in Germany (1987, 1989)
vi) Hezbollah network exposed in Spain (1989)
Hezbollah's Role in the Current Global Terrorist Campaign against Israel
7. For the past four years Hezbollah has participated actively in Iran's global terrorist campaign against Israel. The recent attack on an Israeli tourist bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, which killed five Israeli tourists and their local bus driver, was the first "successful" attack in the current terrorist campaign, after a series of attempted attacks were foiled. In the terrorist campaign conducted abroad, Hezbollah serves as an Iranian proxy handled by the Qods Force, an elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRG), which spearheads Iran's foreign terrorism.[3] Even before the founding of the Qods Force, in the summer of 1982 the IRG established Hezbollah in Lebanon, and has provided it with massive military and financial support in the 30 years since.
8. Hezbollah's current targets for terrorist attacks are primarily Israeli diplomatic missions abroad and groups of Israelis on vacation throughout the Mediterranean basin and other tourist destinations. Some of the attacks and attempted attacks were carried out by Hezbollah, directed and supported by the Qods Force (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Azerbaijan and Turkey) and some were carried out by the Qods Force without Hezbollah involvement (Azerbaijan, India, Georgia, Thailand and Kenya).
9. The terrorist campaign, from the Iranian perspective, is a Iranian response to the "soft war"[4] being waged against Iran and the "resistance camp," and is also intended to strengthen Iran's strategic bargaining capabilitiesand show the United States, the West and Israel that it can harm their interests around the globe. As far as Iran and Hezbollah are concerned, the terrorist campaign is also a way of getting revenge for the death of senior Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh and the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists (for both of which Iran and Hezbollah blame Israel), thusdeterring Israel from taking other actions, especially in its war against terrorism and the Iranian nuclear program.[5]
10. During the past four years (2008-2012) Hezbollah attempted to carry out six terrorist attacks, some of them in Mediterranean countries popular with Israeli tourists. One proceeded according to Hezbollah's plans and the others were either prevented or failed. In our assessment, they were carried out by Hezbollah's foreign operations unit (See below). The attacks were the following:
1) Blowing up an Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria (July 18, 2012): An IED weighing about 3 kilos, or about 6.6 lbs, blew up the back of a tourist bus about to take Israeli tourists from the airport to their hotel in the Black Sea resort of Burgas. According to the Bulgarian minister of the interior, the IED had been assembled in Bulgaria. The terrorist attack was carried out by a Hezbollah operativewho, according to information from the Bulgarian authorities, had a local supporter who has not yet been detained. The terrorist was killed by a technical fault which caused the IED to explode prematurely. The blast killed five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver and the terrorist. In addition, 36 Israeli civilians were wounded, three of them seriously.
2) Attack targeting Israeli tourists in Cyprus, prevented (July 7, 2012): The local authorities in Limassol detained a 24-year old Lebanese Hezbollah operative who was collecting information about Israeli tourists arriving on the island by air; he was carrying a Swedish passport (the Hezbollah terrorist operative involved in the attack in Thailand also carried a Swedish passport; see below). In our assessment, he was collecting information in preparation for an attack on Israeli tourists visiting the island, possibly the same sort of attack carried out in Bulgaria.
3) A terrorist attack on Israelis at a tourist center in Bangkok, Thailand (middle of January, 2012): Hezbollah, instructed by the Qods Force, attempted to attack sites visited by Israelis using IEDs. A Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist operative named Hussein Atris, carrying a Swedish and Lebanese passports, was detained at the Bangkok airport.[6] Another Hezbollah operative, also carrying a Swedish passport, managed to escape. Hussein Atris' interrogation led the police to a commercial building in Bangkok where they found a large quantity of chemicals used in the manufacture of explosives (about 4,400 kilograms, or 4.85 tons, of nitrogen and about 40 liters, or 10.5 gallons, of ammonium nitrate). In our assessment, the presence of such a large stock of potentially dangerous chemicals indicates the existence of a long-standing, well-established Hezbollah network in Thailand. A month later, on February 14, 2012, the Qods Force attempted another attack in Bangkok, this time using a magnet to attach an IED to the car of an Israeli diplomat. The attempt, like the Qods Force attacks in India and Georgia in the former Soviet Union, was prevented by the local authorities.
4) On January 5, 2012, the Israeli media reported that Hezbollah was planning to carry out terrorist attacks on Israeli tourists in Europe, especially Bulgaria. The Bulgarian news agencies also reported concerns about attacks on Israeli and/or Jewish targets in Bulgaria or Greece. On January 8 the Israeli media reported that a suspicious object had been found on a bus that entered Bulgaria from Turkey and was going to be used to transport Israeli tourists.
5) An unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Israeli consul in Istanbul using an IED (May 26, 2011): The blast injured eight Turkish citizens. In July 2011 the Italian Corriere della Sera reported that three Hezbollah operatives from Beirut had often followed the Israeli consul from his home to the consulate. According to Sky News (April 2012), the Qods Force's Unit 400, responsible for attacks beyond the borders of Iran, was behind the attack. The attack was preceded, in 2009, by a joint Iran-Hezbollah attack on an Israeli target, and in 2010 by an Iranian attempt to attack an Israeli target, indicating Turkey as a favored location for Iran and Hezbollah's terrorist campaign.
6) An attempted attack on the Israeli embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan (May 2008): The attack was carried out by Hezbollah, in our assessment with support from the Qods Force. The terrorist cell was composed of two Hezbollah operatives, Ali Karaki, from Hezbollah's foreign operations unit, and Ali Najem al-Din, an explosives expert. The two underwent training in Iran before they were sent to Baku. They carried Iranian passports, and the Iranians also furnished them with a translator. Preparations for the attack, which had almost reached the final stage, were exposed when the Azeri security forces stopped a car carrying the two Hezbollah operatives. In the car they found guns with silencers, explosives, cameras, binoculars and pictures of the Israeli embassy. The two Hezbollah operatives were tried, found guilty, and sentenced to 15 years in prison (October 2009). During the first half of 2012 an attempted Qods Force assassination of two prominent Jewish figures in Baku was prevented. The attack was planned to be carried out during the Eurovision, without Hezbollah participation.
11. It is therefore evident that in recent years Hezbollah has been a close partner in Iran's global terrorist campaign, accelerating since May 2011. The campaign directly threatens all tourism, but its main targets are groups of Israeli tourists and Israel's diplomatic representatives around the globe. In our assessment, it reflects Iran and Hezbollah's readiness to expose themselves to risks, even at the price of a possible escalation with Israel.

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