IDF opens fire on Islamic Jihad snipers outside the Temple Walls (Rev 11)

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IDF opens fire on Islamic Jihad snipers in Gaza

IDF forces hit an Islamic Jihad sniper squad which fired from the Khan Younis area in the Gaza Strip toward forces inside Israeli territory.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/02/20 14:31

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired this afternoon (Wednesday) at an Islamic Jihad sniper squad which had opened fire from the Khan Younis area of the Gaza Strip at IDF forces inside of Israeli territory.

The incident occurred after a few days of relative calm in the southern sector and following Israel’s announcement of a significant lifting of some restrictions for Gaza residents.

From this morning, the number of work permits increased to 7,000 for merchants and workers who can enter Israel. Previously, the number of work permits stood at 5,500 and went as low as 5,000 recently, as a result of increased rocket fire and incendiary balloons.

Alongside the permit increase, the fishing zone was widened out back to 15 nautical miles, instead of 10 as it was until yesterday.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said yesterday that “the policy will continue to be determined only by facts on the ground. Hamas is responsible for what goes on in the Gaza Strip and what comes out of it. If it will not keep the peace, the State of Israel will act accordingly.”

Intifada Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Arabs riot near Gaza border fence

Arabs riot near Gaza border fence

Hamas official calls for ‘intifada’ against Israel

Hamas official in Gaza says “March of the Return” protests will resume next month.

Dalit Halevi, 20/02/20 02:15

 

IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Khalil al-Hayya, a member of the Hamas political bureau and one of the organization’s senior leaders in the Gaza Strip, is calling for a national action plan to combat the so-called “Deal of the Century”.

Speaking at a conference in Gaza, al-Hayya said that the plan to fight the proposal should be based primarily on stopping the security coordination with Israel and canceling the Oslo Accords.

He stressed the importance of convening the PLO leadership to discuss the fight against the “Deal of the Century”.

“If there is no dialogue, there will be no escape from the establishment of a new representative body with wide national participation, with the participation of Hamas, which will pave the way to ‘solving the Palestinian issue,’” he said.

Al-Hayya called on the Palestinian public in Judea, Samaria, the Gaza Strip and the “lands occupied since 1948” to revolt, take to the streets andprotest against the “Deal of the Century”

He said that the so-called “March of the Return” protests along the Gaza border would resume during the month of March.

Warhead Flown Into Israel From Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

The warhead of a rocket-propelled grenade, which appears to have been flown into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, is found outside the community of Alumim on February 18, 2020. (Courtesy)

Balloon carrying RPG warhead flown into Israel from Gaza – reports

For second time this month, police sappers deal with apparent rocket-propelled grenade

 

The warhead of a rocket-propelled grenade, which appears to have been flown into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, is found outside the community of Alumim on February 18, 2020. (Courtesy)

What appeared to be the warhead from a rocket-propelled grenade attached to an inflated bag was found in southern Israel on Tuesday, apparently flown across the border from the Gaza Strip.

The warhead was found outside the community of Alumim and was attached to what appeared to be a large plastic bag filled with helium.

According to Hebrew-language media reports, police sappers were called to the scene to deal with the device.

This was the second time such an object was discovered in Israel in recent weeks. Earlier this month an RPG warhead was discovered in a field near Kibbutz Ruhama.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday met with mayors from the south over the ongoing violence around the Gaza Strip, and again warned that Israel could launch a military operation against Palestinian terror groups in the enclave before the March 2 election.

The premier’s statement came hours after a girl in Moshav Shuva east of the Gaza Strip found an explosive device in her yard that appeared to have arrived via balloon from the Hamas-controlled enclave.

Also on Sunday, part of Route 6 was closed to traffic by police after a suspicious object was found on the highway.

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip began flying explosive and incendiary devices into Israel using clusters of balloons and kites beginning in 2018. The practice has waxed and waned over that time, but has picked up considerably in recent weeks, with dozens of such balloon-borne bombs landing in towns and farming communities adjacent to the Palestinian enclave.

Over the weekend, the IDF attacked targets in retaliation for rocket strikes against Israeli towns.

The army later announced that it had canceled the reissuing of some 500 permits allowing businessmen out of Gaza, an increase of the size of the permitted fishing zone, and an agreement to allow cement to be imported into the Strip. These measures had been agreed to by Israel in exchange for the cessation of attacks, an Israeli defense official told reporters on Thursday.

Saturday’s rocket fire came amid reports of an emerging ceasefire between Israel and terror groups in the Strip. The potential breakthrough between Israel and the terror group came after the Egyptian military and the United Nations intervened last week, sending in delegations on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, according to Palestinian reports.

A Hamas official told a Lebanese newspaper on Saturday that the terror group had only decided to reduce the number of incendiary balloons launched toward Israel, not stop them entirely.

This came after an Israeli defense official told reporters that Hamas had “sent messages to Israel that they’d decided unilaterally to stop launching balloons and rocket fire at Israel.”

The Lebanese pro-Hezbollah Al-Akhbar newspaper, citing an unnamed Hamas official, said that the number of launches would be reduced only after Israel met the group’s demands.

Israeli Warplanes Strike Several Posts Outside the Temple Walls (Rev 11)

Israeli warplanes strike several posts in Gaza

KHAN YOUNIS, Sunday, February 16, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes and drones last night carried out multiple airstrikes targeting several posts in the besieged Gaza Strip, causing damage to the sites bombed but no human casualties, said WAFA correspondent.

Fighter jets struck with several missiles a post west of Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, causing huge damage there and partial damages to neighboring homes and facilities. There were no reports of casualties.

Israeli air-force also bombed another post west of Khan Yunis city, in the south of the region, causing significant damage there and partial damages to neighboring homes.

The Israeli occupation military claimed that the strikes came in response to the firing of two projectiles from Gaza into Israeli military outposts and settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

Israeli military also announced reducing the zone allowed for Palestinian fishermen to sail off Gaza shore to 10 instead of 15 nautical miles, allegedly in response to the firing of the two projectiles.

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Israeli Air Force Attacks Hamas Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

An Israeli Apache helicopter shoots a missile over the Gaza Strip. (archive)

Israeli Air Force Attacks Hamas After Rocket Fire Again Sends Israelis to Bomb Shelters

Hana Levi Julian

21 Shevat 5780 – February 16, 2020

Photo Credit: Edi Israel / Flash 90

Israeli fighter pilots attacked terrorist targets in Gaza late Saturday night after two rockets launched at Jewish communities across the border sent hundreds of families again racing for cover in a sadly familiar routine.

2 Rockets Launched from Gaza

In response to the rocket fire, combat helicopters and fighter jets attacked a number of Hamas targets in central Gaza, including a military compound. “This attack was focused on hampering the ability of the Hamas terror organization to intensify,” the IDF said.

“The IDF will continue to act as necessary against attempts to harm Israeli citizens,” a military spokesperson added.

Earlier, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement that in the wake of the evening’s rocket fire, “the civilian measures planned for Gaza – expanding the fishing zone, returning the 500 commercial entry permits and resuming permission for import of cement – are hereby canceled. The continuation of the policy will be determined solely by the action on the ground.

“Hamas is responsible for everything that is happening in and out of Gaza. Unless the peace is maintained, the State of Israel will act accordingly,” the IDF said.

Explosive Balloon From Outside the Temple Walls Detonates Over School in Southern Israel

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip launch balloons loaded with flammable material toward Israel. Photo: Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

An explosives-laden balloon blew up over an elementary school in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday.

The incident came amid a wave of such attacks from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

According to the Israeli news site Mako, the school’s students had been evacuated to a secure area, and there were no injuries in the explosion.

Several children, however, suffered panic attacks.

The Algemeiner reported on Tuesday that Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups had agreed to stop balloon attacks, after a visit from an Egyptian delegation that urged such a step.

A Hamas official told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds that the cessation of balloon attacks would occur in exchange for Israel easing its blockade of Gaza. The Israeli offer to do so was said to have been conveyed to Hamas by the Egyptians.

The balloon launches, however, continued. One landed in Ashkelon shortly after the Al-Quds report, and several fell in the Eshkol Regional Council and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

Nations Threaten Each Other Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

PM threatens Hamas with dire ‘surprise’; Gaza answers with fresh rocket attack

Israel’s response to wave of rocket, balloon attacks ‘will be different from anything that came before,’ Netanyahu warns in TV interview; no injuries in attack

By TOI staff and Judah Ari Gross

12 Feb 2020, 12:40 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened Hamas leaders with “the surprise of their lives” if a spate of attacks from the Gaza Strip didn’t come to an end. Minutes later, yet another rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel’s south.

“I’m telling you as prime minister, I don’t rush to war,” Netanyahu said in an interview with Channel 20 on Tuesday night. “I don’t puff out my chest, bang drums and blow trumpets. But we’re preparing for Hamas the surprise of their lives. I won’t say what it is, but it will be different from anything that came before.”

Whether Israel carries out its “surprise,” he added, “is entirely up to them. If they don’t come to their senses with the rockets and don’t stop the balloons, it’s only a matter of time before we deploy it. Remember what I’m telling you,” he said.

The last several weeks have seen a marked uptick in rocket and incendiary balloon attacks from the Strip, raising tensions and threatening fragile truce talks.

Shortly after Netanyahu finished speaking, the IDF reported a mortar shell had been fired from Gaza and landed in an open area in Israel’s south. No one was hurt in the attack.

Netanyahu’s was the latest in a series of warnings from Israeli leaders that rocket and incendiary balloon attacks from Gaza would be met with a dramatic military escalation. Thus far Israel has made do with tit-for-tat airstrikes on usually empty Hamas posts.

On Sunday, Netanyahu warned Gazan terror groups that Israel was prepared to take “crushing action.”

“I want to make this clear: We won’t accept any aggression from Gaza. Just a few weeks ago, we took out the top commander of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and I suggest that Islamic Jihad and Hamas refresh their memories,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem.

“I won’t lay out in detail all our actions and plans in the media, but we’re prepared for crushing action against the terror groups in Gaza. Our actions are powerful, and they’re not finished yet, to put it mildly.”

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett similarly issued a warning to Hamas leaders in Gaza, warning on Sunday that Israel would take “lethal action against them” if their “irresponsible behavior” didn’t cease.

He warned that Israeli military action would be “unbearable” for Hamas.

Screen capture of Defense Minister Naftali Bennett from a video he produced in which he warns of an Israeli response to Gaza rocket and incendiary balloon attacks, February 9, 2020. (Channel 12 screen capture)

“We won’t announce when or where. This action will be very different from those taken in the past. No one will be immune. Hamas faces a choice: choose life and economic prosperity, or choose terror and pay an unbearable price. Their actions will determine [which it will be].”

Observers see the return of rocket fire after several months of calm as an attempt by Gazans to press their demands that Israel ease or lift its blockade of the enclave in exchange for calm. Both sides insist they are not seeking a return to war.

An Egyptian security delegation that visited the Gaza Strip on Monday conveyed a message from Netanyahu to Hamas in which he demanded “a return to calm,” the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah Al-Akhbar newspaper reported, citing unnamed Palestinian sources.

Netanyahu’s message, which the Egyptian delegation received from Israeli security officials in Tel Aviv on Sunday, included a threat that Israel would “deliver a major blow to Hamas with American and international cover” if calm does not resume, the sources told the daily.

Hamas officials told the Egyptian delegation in response to Netanyahu’s message that it “does not seek an escalation,” but “the economic pressure that Gazans are experiencing and the failure to implement calming understandings will create greater pressure on the border region,” the sources said.

A spokesman for the armed wing of Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group talks to the press in the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, November 11, 2019. (AP Photo/ Hatem Moussa)

“There will be no free calm as long as there is procrastination, delay and tightening [of restrictions],” the sources also quoted the Hamas officials as saying.

Since the second half of 2018, Egypt, alongside the United Nations and Qatar, has played a key role in brokering informal ceasefire understandings between Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Israel.

The understandings have largely entailed Israel lifting restrictions on the movement of goods and people into and out of Gaza, in exchange for Hamas maintaining relative quiet in the border region between the Strip and the Jewish state.

The Hamas officials also told the Egyptians that “the occupation doing anything stupid or assassinating resistance leaders would unleash a major war that would significantly impact the occupation’s state and leaders,” the sources added.

Illustrative: An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome missile defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, is seen above Gaza City on November 13, 2019. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip began flying explosive and incendiary devices into Israel using clusters of balloons and kites beginning in 2018. The practice has waxed and waned over time, but has picked up considerably in recent weeks, with dozens of these balloon-borne bombs landing in towns and farming communities adjacent to the Palestinian enclave.

The Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command on Friday released a poem for children warning them against the dangers of the balloon-borne bombs flown from Gaza.

IDF Wipes out Hamas Military Compound Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

IDF Wipes out Hamas Military Compound After Rocket Attacks Hit Southern Israel

February 10, 2020

The Israel Defense Forces continued on Monday to implement its policy of striking back when the Jewish State is attacked from the Gaza Strip.

“Air-raid sirens sounding in southern Israel,” the IDF tweeted on Sunday night.

“One rocket was just fired from Gaza into Israel,” it posted soon thereafter.

Later, within hours, the military followed up and announced that in response to the “projectile…launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” Israeli “aircraft and fighter jets targeted a number of Hamas terror targets in the southern Gaza Strip.”

The IDF said that the targets struck in the retaliatory raid included “a training compound and military infrastructures used by the Hamas terror organization,” adding that by attacking the target, Israel was impeding the “future abilities” of the terrorists.

“The IDF views any kind of terror activity aimed at Israeli territory with great severity and is highly prepared for various scenarios,” said one of the statements issued Sunday night and early Monday morning.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it and will bear the consequences for its actions against Israeli civilians,” said the military, repeating the longstanding Israeli position that as ruler of the Gaza Strip, Hamas is the prime target of the Israeli strikes even if it claims that other terror groups carried out the attack on Israel.

Israeli warplanes pound sites outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Israeli warplanes pound sites in Gaza

GAZA, Monday, February 10, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes early Monday pounded sites in Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah cities in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said that Israeli warplanes fired some ten missiles towards a site to the northwest of Khan Younis, completely destroying it and causing fires to break out.

Warplanes also targeted a site to the west of Deir al Balah with three missiles, completely destroying it and causing damages to nearby civilian properties.

Meanwhile, Israeli artillery fired three shells towards a site to the east of the Gaza Strip, destroying it totally and causing damages to close properties and agricultural lands.

No human casualties were reported, however.

Israel claimed that the attack on the war-battered strip came in retaliation to a rocket fire from the coastal enclave.

Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.

Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.

Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.

Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.

Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.

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Netanyahu Threatens ‘Crushing Action’ Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Netanyahu threatens ‘crushing action’ if Gaza attacks continue

Amid wave of rocket, balloon attacks, defense minister warns of ‘lethal action’ against Hamas leaders: ‘No one will be immune’

By TOI staff and Judah Ari Gross

9 Feb 2020, 2:49 pm

Amid escalating rocket and incendiary balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Gazan terror groups that Israel was prepared to take “crushing action” if the attacks continued.

“I want to make this clear: We won’t accept any aggression from Gaza. Just a few weeks ago, we took out the top commander of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and I suggest that Islamic Jihad and Hamas refresh their memories,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on Sunday.

“I won’t lay out in detail all our actions and plans in the media, but we’re prepared for crushing action against the terror groups in Gaza. Our actions are powerful, and they’re not finished yet, to put it mildly.”

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett similarly issued a warning to Hamas leaders in Gaza, warning that Israel would take “lethal action against them” if their “irresponsible behavior” didn’t cease.

“Israel does not want a war with Hamas in Gaza, but we are committed to the safety of the residents of the south. The irresponsible behavior of Hamas’s leadership is bringing us closer to taking lethal action against them,” Bennett warned in a Hebrew-language video released following his visit to the Israel Defense Forces headquarters in the Gaza region on Sunday.

He warned that Israeli military action would be “unbearable” for Hamas.

“We won’t announce when or where. This action will be very different from those taken in the past. No one will be immune. Hamas faces a choice: choose life and economic prosperity, or choose terror and pay an unbearable price. Their actions will determine [which it will be].”

The comments came after Bennett made similar threats in a Saturday speech, saying he would aim to avoid sending Israeli troops into Gaza in a future war, but Israel’s airstrikes and other responses to terror attacks from Gaza would escalate. He said Israeli strikes following attacks from Gaza were now targeting rocket factories and other Hamas military infrastructure not only in response to rocket launches, but also in reaction to the launches of balloons attached to incendiary devices.

Screen capture of Defense Minister Naftali Bennett from a video he produced in which he warns of an Israeli response to Gaza rocket and incendiary balloon attacks, February 9, 2020. (Channel 12 screen capture)

He said he was not interested in more two- or three-day rounds of violence with Hamas. Instead, he was working on plans for a “significant” offensive to be initiated at a time picked by Israel that would fundamentally change the current situation, without elaborating.

If there is no other choice, he added, he would also launch military operations in the more immediate future, from which “nobody in the Hamas leadership will be immune.”

The warnings from Israeli leaders come after yet another round of rocket and balloon attacks from Gaza over the weekend, with Palestinian terror groups firing at least one rocket into southern Israel on Saturday night that struck an open field, after which the IDF shelled two Hamas positions in the northern Gaza Strip in retaliation.

According to the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, the projectile caused neither injury nor damage. As the rocket was not heading toward a populated area, it did not trigger sirens in Israeli communities. However, the IDF said, it set off alerts on cellphones in the area.

Earlier on Saturday, a suspected explosive device attached to a cluster of balloons that was apparently launched from Gaza was found in a field in the Merhavim Regional Council. A group of foreign workers who were reportedly not aware the object could be a bomb picked up the balloons, but the device did not explode.

Illustrative: An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome missile defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, is seen above Gaza City on November 13, 2019. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

The day before, at least six suspected airborne explosive device launched from Gaza were found in the south, including what appeared to be the warhead from a rocket-propelled grenade attached to balloons discovered in a field near Kibbutz Ruhama, northwest of Gaza, which police sappers were called to disarm.

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip began flying explosive and incendiary devices into Israel using clusters of balloons and kites beginning in 2018. The practice has waxed and waned over time, but has picked up considerably in recent weeks, with dozens of these balloon-borne bombs landing in towns and farming communities adjacent to the Palestinian enclave.

The Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command on Friday released a poem for children warning them against the dangers of the balloon-borne bombs flown from Gaza.

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In addition to being attached to colorful balloons, some of the explosive devices have been disguised as other child-friendly objects such as books and soccer balls.

Few injuries have been caused by these airborne attacks, but they have caused extensive damage to Israeli agricultural fields, parks and forests, especially during the country’s dry summer months.

On Thursday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi said the military would take a tougher stand against these airborne attacks, along with other types of terrorist activities.

Israeli defense officials believe that the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group is trying to increase pressure on Israel in a bid to extract greater concessions in ongoing ceasefire negotiations.

Fears have also mounted in recent days of an escalation of violence in Gaza and the West Bank following the release last month of a US peace plan that is seen as heavily favoring Israel.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.