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President Peres addresses the situation in Syria

“The situation in Syria is not a local incident but a crime against humanity and a breach of international law. The whole world was witness to the horrific pictures of Syrian children who lay dead on the floor.”




President Shimon Peres addressed the tensions with Syria at the beginning of his visit to the Jerusalem headquarters of the Israel Police and said, “The situation in Syria is not a local incident but a crime against humanity and a breach of international law. As such the responsible world is coming together to respond. Syria has crossed a moral boundary. The whole world was witness to the horrific pictures of Syrian children who lay dead on the floor. President Obama spoke on behalf of the whole of humanity when he said this breach of international law; this mass murder could not go without an appropriate response.
We must understand that the response is global, not local. We are seeing a serious coalition coming together, both militarily and diplomatically. Israel was not, and is not, involved in the Syrian fighting but if anyone tries to harm us we will respond with all our might.
Israel has a strong army, modern and powerful and a more advanced defense system than ever before which protects our land, our skies and our citizens. The reports aimed at Israel are an attempt to create panic but Israel is too experienced to fall for false propaganda. We must remain united, respect the decisions of the government and act upon the instructions of the Home Front Command. We should all have faith in the IDF.”


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Chief of Staff: Israel's citizens can proceed with confidence into their daily routine

Israel News, With respect to developments in the Syria Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said that "We have no part in the events taking place near us", but in the case of directing fire toward Israel, it is clear to all leaders that Israel response will be heavy.



Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz addressed the developments in Syria in recent days, speaking at a ceremony during the annual commemoration to the Fallen Navy soldiers, held in Ashdod.

" Israel is at challenging times," said Chief of Staff, "We have no part in the events but in the case of directing fire toward Israel, it is clear to the leaders in the region and the world that the price will be heavy and the loss to our enemies will be hard.
We analyzed the various meanings of any possible development and we are prepared for any scenario.
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PM Netanyahu: "The State of Israel is ready for any scenario. We are not part of the civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.

Israel Headlines - PM Netanyahu: "The State of Israel is ready for any scenario. We are not part of the civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.

There is no reason to change daily routines. The IDF is ready to defend against any threat and to respond strongly against any attempt to harm Israeli citizens".

Israel Cabinet Approved: a thousand reserve soldiers will be recruited to the Air Force and the Home Front Command.
As part of the Cabinet decision thousands of soldiers will be recruited and Iron Dome batteries will be deployed in the north.

Preparations for a possible attacks on Israrl from Syria, Senior military official said that the Cabinet has approved the to recruit thousands of reservists for the Home Front Command, Air Force, intelligence and headquarters. The source added that if the United States attacks Syria, Israel may change the level of preparedness in the army and accordingly will be recruited more reservists. Currently, no change in the alert level, but Northern Command units and units in charge of protecting Israeli home front will remain on alert. The Senior official stressed that the likelihood that the Syrian army would launch missiles at Israel "is not high, even low." However, he added that during the meeting, also attended by Chief of Staff - Gen. Benny Gantz and senior defense, it was also decided to reinforce the Iron Dome batteries in the northern arena. Now, according to the senior official, there are no plans to open extra distribution points for Chemical Protection Kits.

Meanwhile, United States formed a coalition attack against Syria including some Arab countries. Estimated that Americans apparently waiting for the UN inspectors in Syria. However, it is important to remember that the United States is limited to the opening date of the operation due to the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama in Russia next week. Senior official admitted that Israel has not yet received a formal assurance from the United States for the a period of time which Israel will receive a warning before the beginning of the operation, Israel may receive warnings just few hours before the attack.


At the end of the Cabinet meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "The IDF prepared to defend against any threat, and prepared to respond with force to any attempt to harm Israeli citizens." The Cabinet Meeting, held in the Kirya in Tel Aviv, the ministers presented scenarios that Syrian President will take if attacked, when some of the scenarios were also the possibility that the Syrian president chooses to attack Israel.

"Further security evaluations took place today, there is no reason to change the routine of life. Meanwhile, we are preparing for any scenario," added the Prime Minister.

A political source in Jerusalem said that Israel believes Assad will not try to drag Israel into war. However, he added, "We are preparing for this possibility, although it is unlikely, We must be prepared for any scenario." He added that it is assumed that the West will not try to topple the Assad Regime, and that so far have not clarified the scope of the anticipated attack.

Earlier today the Israel Air Force increased the intelligence-gathering effort over Lebanon.

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Israel Headlines: Israel Air Force has increased flights over Lebanon; Israel Cabinet convened

Israel's Ministers were presented with a number of scenarios, some of which include possible Syrian attack Israel in response to the operation of the West. IDF continues preparations: the last hours accelerated border intelligence gathering meeting



In the background of the preparations to attack Syria by the West, Israel Air Force has increased today (Wednesday) the intelligence collection effort over Lebanon. According to reports in the last hours, IDF planes flying the skies of the borders with Syria and Lebanon. Similarly, the Political - Security meets this morning to receive updates for a possible attack Syria.

During the meeting, the ministers were presented with number of scenarios which Assad will take if attacked, when some of the scenarios also deal with the possibility that the Syrian president chooses to attack Israel. A political source in Jerusalem said that Israel believes Assad will not try to drag Israel into war. However, he added, "We are preparing for this possibility, although it is less likely, We must be prepared for any scenario." He added that it is assumed that the West will not try to topple the Assad regime, and that so far it was not clarified the scope of the anticipated attack.
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IDF Prepares for Rocket Attacks in Unprecedented Exercise

IDF Prepares for Rocket Attacks in Unprecedented Exercise
In a large-scale IDF exercise, soldiers prepared for the harsh aftermath of a rocket attack. The drill featured a massive disaster site, training soldiers to rescue civilians buried beneath piles of concrete.
The IDF Home Front Command held a large-scale exercise last week, simulating a rocket attack in Karnei Shomron - a community in Israel’s Judea and Samaria region. The drill was unprecedented in scope, preparing IDF forces to handle the aftermath of a severe strike.
Israel’s civilians live under the constant threat of rocket attacks. Hamas terrorists in Gaza are known to fire rockets on communities in Israel’s southern region. In addition, Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon hold more than 60,000 rockets and missiles capable of striking anywhere in Israel.
 
In preparation for last week’s exercise, the IDF built a massive disaster site, placing dummies beneath piles of debris to represent trapped civilians. The disaster site was designed to make the exercise highly realistic, modeling the implications of a real-life rocket attack.
According to Col. (res.) Danny Twiser, an IDF commander who oversaw the exercise, the disaster site was a major step forward in the training of IDF rescuers. “It is usually difficult for us to practice scenarios like this, because we need to create a disaster site,” explained Col. (res.) Twiser. “This time, we were able to offer the rescue battalion sites in which they could train to strengthen their skills.”
The exercise facilitated the IDF's cooperation with a range of civilian entities. “The goal was to express the military’s work inside the region and the cooperation with emergency services and local authorities,” Col. (res.) Twiser explained. Forces of the IDF, the Israel Police, Magen David Adom and the fire department all participated in the drill.
To enhance communication, the exercise tested the IDF’s new Orange Flame system. The advanced system allows for a direct line of communication between the IDF and Israel’s emergency services. “One of our outstanding achievements in the exercise was the integration of local forces in the fabric of the forces working in the Judea and Samaria region,”  Col. Twiser said. “The district was created three and a half years ago, and I see this day as a point of excellence in terms of the region’s preparedness.”
The exercise also prepared IDF forces to carry out rescue efforts in Palestinian communities. “It is a subject that sits on our doorstep and we don’t exempt ourselves from looking after Palestinian villages,” Col. (res.) Twiser emphasized. “It is impossible to enter a Palestinian village with the same ease with which we enter an Israeli community, so we developed exercises that will enable us to assist in an emergency. The drills include cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships.”
In addition to rocket attacks, the exercise prepared forces to deal with earthquakes, terrorist bombings and other types of emergencies. “We built a very high sense of preparedness. The exercise brought up a unique range of challenges, and the cooperation between civilian officials was very high,” Col. (res.) Twiser concluded. “Today, the region is highly prepared for a number of possible incidents.”
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IDF continues to thwart terror attacks in Judea and Samaria

 

In the past 2 weeks the Kfir Brigade has seized illegal weapons and foiled an attempt to attack IDF forces with a pipe bomb

 

 

The IDF’s Kfir Brigade continues to record operational successes, thwarting terror attacks in Judea and Samaria. Over the past two weeks, soldiers of its Netzah Yehuda Battalion discovered an illegal hunting rifle and dozens of bullets in a Palestinian vehicle in the area of Jenin, and a force of Kfir’s Haruv Battalion arrested an adolescent armed with a pipe bomb in the Etzion sector of Samaria.
“On Wednesday of last week [June 19], a force of the auxiliary company accompanied the forward command group, so as to disrupt and prevent terror activity in the sector,” the commander of the Netzah Yehuda Battalion’s auxiliary company, Cpt. Shai Baruch, told the IDF Website. “As part of our disruptive and preventive activity, we are setting up checkpoints in changing locations to randomly check vehicles and to search for weapons being transported by vehicles.”
Late that night, the soldiers noticed a speeding taxi and signaled the driver to stop. After checking the trunk and the passengers, they searched the trunk, where they found an illegal hunting rifle and roughly 50 bullets. The passengers were taken for questioning.
“An incident of this sort is not rare, but it is not something we forget,” Cpt. Baruch explained. “We are prepared operationally for every incident in the sector, and specific events like the discovery of a hunting rifle contribute to the soldiers’ sense of confidence in themselves and to their sense of the importance of our activity here.”
In separate incidents, the Kfir Brigade’s Haruv Battalion encountered a would-be attacker, preventing him from carrying out the intended attacks.
“On Friday [June 21], we received a report of a suspicious adolescent near the entrance [of a post] throwing rocks at the post,” Lt. Niv Juami, a deputy company commander in the battalion, told the IDF Website. “A force immediately went to pursue him, but the adolescent ran away, and then the force went to a different incident. After a while, the adolescent returned to throw rocks, and when we approached him, we ran after him to one of the alleys, in which he lunged at us suddenly with a large rock in his hand and ran toward us.”
Lt. Juami said the adolescent continued and approached the IDF force, which began to follow procedures for arresting a suspect. The force caught him and checked that he was not armed. The attacker was then taken for questioning by Palestinian forces.
Two days later, the company received a report about the same youth, and its soldiers immediately responded. They identified the youth and observed him attempting to ignite a round object with metal parts and an exposed wick.
“The force understood immediately that it was a pipe bomb, seized [the explosive] and disposed of it far away in open territory. Luckily, the youth did not manage to ignite the explosive,” Lt. Juami explained. He also mentioned that IDF trackers arrived to search the area while the youth was taken for questioning.
According to Lt. Juami, any incident in which a 13-year-old boy attempts to attack IDF soldiers with an explosive is relatively unusual.
“The explosives threat is very familiar in our sector, but the attempt by such a young boy is particularly alarming,” he said. “Such an incident illustrates the threats that we face here and sharpens the alertness in the sector. The management of incidents of this kind is a matter of seconds, and everything depends on the force’s readiness and preparedness. I feel that the forces are ready for incidents like these and even more extreme [incidents],” he said.

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IDF uncovers large cache of illegal weapons in Samaria

The weapons found in the homes of terror suspects in the Samaria town of Nablus included assault rifle parts and a large range of ammunition


IDF forces seized a large cache of illegal weapons discovered in the homes of terror suspects in Nablus.
Among the weapons seized were handguns, M-16 assault rifle parts, dozens of magazines and a large variety of ammunition and military equipment. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the weapons and transferred to security forces for questioning.
Overall, 19 terror suspects were arrested overnight throughout the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria regions.
In the past two months more than 100 bullets, IDF military equipment, a variety of improvised weapons, more than 100 ammunition clips, several Molotov cocktails, three pistols, five rifles, and over three knives were seized in ten different incidents.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: "More than a dozen shooting incidents were reported since the beginning of 2013 in Judea and Samaria. Counterterrorism activities in the region are crucial to the prevention of such incidents."
The IDF will not tolerate any threat to the safety of the citizens of Israel and will continue to act against those responsible.

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IDF Chief of Staff: Israel’s Military Will Be Smaller but Stronger

“Every day here could end differently than it started. Therefore, we are charged with maintaining vigilance, intelligence surveillance, the appropriate preparedness, the ability to move from one situation to another at the maximum possible speed "

Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz discussed cuts in Israel’s defense budget and their implications for the IDF speaking at a conference of the Manufacturers Association of Israel.

“We live in a challenging environment,” the Chief of Staff said. “Every day here could end differently than it started. Therefore, we are charged with maintaining vigilance, intelligence surveillance, the appropriate preparedness, the ability to move from one situation to another at the maximum possible speed - because war is never what you planned.”


Lt. Gen. Gantz emphasized both the magnitude of the budget cuts and the IDF’s ability to adapt to them. "The IDF will make a significant effort to raise another 7 to 8 billion shekels. Of my twelve years on the General Staff, I do not recall anything like this,” he said, explaining that the budget cuts will force the IDF to reduce forces in certain units.

“We don’t do any of this without concern - we do this through responsible, stable and prudent decision making, and by understanding that some of these changes will detract from the IDF’s internal resources.”

The Chief of Staff stressed that "the returns from the budget cuts will come in two, three or four years, meaning that IDF forces will be smaller, far stronger, far more skilled and far better equipped. We must dare to change - even if it is much more comfortable to remain in a familiar environment.”

Lt. Gen. Gantz also drew a broader picture of the strategic situation, saying that terrorist organizations continue to establish themselves in Egypt, especially due to the rise in instability in the Sinai Peninsula.

"This area challenges us in terms of security, but the Egyptians, the Jordanians and we have a shared interest in maintaining peace there," the Chief of Staff said.

On the topic of the Gaza Strip, Lt. Gen. Gantz said that since Operation Pillar of Defense the sector has been relatively quiet, but terrorist organizations continue to grow stronger there through smuggling activities and by producing their own weapons.

With regard to Syria and Lebanon, Lt. Gen. Gantz said that the "total disintegration of these countries has created an unstable space. Not a day passes without an incident spilling over from Syria into Lebanon."

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Israel Remembrance Day - Yom Hazikaron

 

Israel Remembrance Day -Yom Hazikaron on the 4th day of the month of Eiar.

 

The day includes many national ceremonies for fallen soldiers in which senior public officials and military officers are present. The day opens the preceding evening at 20:00 (8:00 pm, with a one-minute Sirens during which most Israelis stand in silence, commemorating the fallen and showing respect. The official ceremony to mark the opening of the day takes place at the Western Wall.

In the morning a two minutes sirens is heard all over Israel which marks the opening of the official memorial ceremonies and private remembrance gathering which are held at each cemetery.

From the eve of Yom Hazikaron all public entertainment are closed, Israeli Television and Radio broadcast mourning songs and documentary programs about the Israel's wares and Terrorists attacks.

The day officially draws to a close between 19:00 - 20:00 (7-8:00 p.m.) in the official ceremony of Israel Independence Day on Mount Hertzel when the flag of Israel is returned to full mast.

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IDF battles new terror trend: Attempts to spread health hazards

 

Military Police soldiers thwart repeated attempts to illegally smuggle spoiled food products at crossings in Judea and Samaria by a network of Palestinian smugglers

 

The Military Police Erez battalion stationed at crossings in Judea and Samaria and the Jerusalem region has recently encountered a new trend of illegal activity- attempts to smuggle spoiled meat and egg products that might cause a "sanitary terror attack".
Most illegal activity in the region takes place at vehicle crossings. "Time and time again we see illegal activity at the crossings, and the Palestinian find new, creative ways to do so," said commander of the Erez battalion, Lt. Col. Yuval Shinkin.
Soldiers stationed at the crossings are familiar with the different smuggling activity, though this is a new trend they are not familiar with. Palestinian smugglers attempt to smuggle tons of inedible meat and eggs, kept with no observation or monitoring. About a week ago a truck carrying 1,000 packages of eggs to be smuggled from Judea and Samaria and sold in Israel was captured.
"These eggs were left with no sanitary inspection and smuggling them could have become a terror attack against the health of Israelis," explained Lt. Col. Shinkin. Sources from the battalion attribute the smuggling attempt to a wide network of smugglers rather than individual ones. "A private person could have smuggled a few packages, though these attempts are of larger quantities. Additionally the vehicles used are equipped with hidden compartments such as a double floor and a double roof, in order to conceal the activity. These facts indicate activity by a network of smugglers rather than individuals," he added.
Lt. Col. Shinkin points out an additional trend of illegal activity recently seen at the crossings, where Palestinians attempt to smuggle cooking gas. "It is much cheaper to fill up gas tanks in Judea and Samaria or to smuggle empty ones. The smuggled gas containers weren’t under inspection, and thus are a serious hazard. If such a smuggling attempt is successful- they might explode and cause significant damage," explained Lt. Col. Shinkin.
This illegal activity, where goods that can be purchased in Judea and Samaria are smuggled into Israel, might develop into malicious terror activity against Israeli civilians. "The routes used for the illegal smuggling create a platform for illegal terror activity as we've seen in the past," said Lt. Col. Shinkin. Thus battling illegal smuggling, locating them and preventing them, is extremely important. "Today goods are being smuggled and tomorrow explosives and terrorists might be brought into Israel via these same routes. We thus make sure to combat these trends daily," he added.

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