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IDF On High Alert As Operation Northern Shield Destroys Hezbollah Tunnels

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jewish News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — December 4, 2018 … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following announcement today:

“This morning the IDF began Operation Northern Shield, the goal of which is to uncover and neutralize terrorist tunnels from Lebanon.

We are proud of the fighters and commanders of the IDF for the complex actions and operational successes already in the early stages of the operation.

Whoever tries to attack the State of Israel – will pay a heavy price.

We are taking determined and responsible action in all sectors simultaneously. We will continue with additional actions – open and covert – in order to ensure the security of Israel.”

Netanyahu just returned from a diplomatic-security meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels.

The Prime Minister updated the US Secy. of State on Operation Northern Shield and said that the intrusive tunnels built by Hezbollah are a gross violation of Israeli sovereignty and of UN Security Resolution #1701.

Netanyahu also said that Iranian aggression had to be thwarted in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere.

The IDF on Tuesday uncovered the first cross-border Hezbollah tunnel from a home in the south Lebanese village of Kfar Kila some 40 meters into Israeli territory outside the town of Metulla.

It was the first tunnel that the IDF said it had discovered as part of Operation Northern Shield.

The IDF said it took Hezbollah two years to build the 600-foot-long tunnel, which had been dug through solid rock into Israel and built some 80 feet underground and was six feet wide and six feet tall. The terror tunnel had electrical and communication lines as well as ventilation.

“The digging of the cross-border attack tunnels that the IDF has discovered, before the attack tunnels became operational and posed an imminent threat to the safety of Israeli civilians, constitutes a flagrant and severe violation of Israeli sovereignty,” said IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis.

“We are prepared for all options, and the operation is only in its first day. The neutralizing of the tunnels will not necessarily take place within our territory,” Manelis said.

Operation Northern Shield will be led by IDF OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick and will include troops from the Combat Engineering Corps, the Intelligence Branch, as well as the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT).

The Israel Defense Forces stated that a number of areas close to the security fence with Lebanon, including the community of Metulla, have been declared a closed military zone and that it has reinforced troops in the Northern Command ahead of all possible scenarios.

 

While the IDF stressed that it is prepared for any escalation with Hezbollah that could stem from the operation, there are no special instructions for the residents of the North. The IDF updated the heads of local authorities overnight and will continue to be in contact with them throughout the operation.

“We are in full control of the situation and are determined to remove the underground Hezbollah threat from the northern border. The tunnels do cross into Israeli territory, but the work on them was not complete,” the spokesman said on a call with reporters.

According to Manelis, the Lebanese government is responsible for all that occurs on Lebanese soil and the digging of the tunnels shows that the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) is not capable of controlling what occurs in southern Lebanon.

“This is also more proof of the grave violations by Hezbollah, which blatantly ignores UN resolutions, especially Resolution 1701, and operates from villages in southern Lebanon, while harming the state of Lebanon and its citizens,” Manelis said, adding that “The Hezbollah terrorist organization, which is behind the digging of the tunnels, continues to operate with the support and funding of Iran in order to carry out terror activity against Israeli citizens.”


IDF surprises a Hezbollah terrorist before
he could surprise Jewish civilians.

Last week, Iran backed Hezbollah released a video with satellite images and precise locations of strategic sites in Israel warning “attack and you will regret it.”

Netanyahu added: “I have a message for the people of Lebanon: Hezbollah is putting your lives in danger. They are sacrificing your well being to serve the aggressive purposes of Iran. Israel holds the Lebanese government accountable for all terror activity emanating from Lebanon against Israel.”

“Like any other nation, Israel maintains the right to defend itself. We will continue to do all that is necessary to defend ourselves against Iran’s efforts to use Lebanon, Syria and Gaza as forward terror bases to attack Israel.”

“Just as we have exposed and dismantled the terror tunnels of Hamas alongside our border with Gaza, we will expose and dismantle the terror tunnels of Hezbollah alongside our border with Lebanon.”

Netanyahu concluded: “I have asked Israel’s delegation to the UN to call on the UN Security Council to convene an urgent meeting against Hezbollah and its actions. Israel will continue to do all that is necessary to protect our people and defend our borders.”

 

WJC Applauds Historic Chad Visit To Israel

Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

“President Déby and I had the opportunity to discuss the relations between our two countries and the way we can cooperate for the benefit of our peoples and for peace and for security,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu at the start of their first meeting.

“And I’m delighted that my wife Sara and I can welcome you to our home and your delegation. We will continue our discussions and I think they are going to be very fruitful. I think the historic visit of President Déby to Israel marks a new era, a new era for security, for cooperation and for peace. I welcome you in this spirit to our home here in Jerusalem. Welcome.”

During his time in Israel Deby is expected to meet with Israel President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu for further talks.

Last year WJC CEO Robert Singer held talks with Chadian Ambassadors in Geneva and Paris, at the time urging the reinstatement of diplomatic relations between Chad and Israel.

Commenting on the official visit, Robert Singer said: “I warmly welcome this promising development of improved ties between the Republic of Chad and Israel. This is further evidence of the positive role Israel is playing in Africa, including with Muslim-majority countries – with cooperation possible in a number of areas from technology to security. We look forward to continuing to promote and assist in the development of this important bilateral relationship as part of our intensified collaborations with African nations.”

The Republic of Chad cut diplomatic ties with Jerusalem in 1972. Some 13.5 million people live in Chad today, 55 percent of whom are Muslim. About 40 percent are Christian.

Netanyahu has traveled three times to Africa in the last two years, visiting Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Liberia. Netanyahu constantly vows to expand ties with all countries on the continent, including those that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

Israel is working to establish diplomatic ties with a number of central African nations, including Sudan.

A senior Israeli official told the Israel News Agency that Déby’s visit was laying the groundwork for normalizing ties with Muslim-majority countries Sudan, Mali and Niger.

Israel Responds To Iran’s Threats

Iran backed Hamas recently launched over 500 rockets
from Gaza at Jewish civilians in Israel.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — November 24, 2018 … Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, commented on Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks:

“Israel knows very well how to defend itself from the murderous Iranian regime. Rouhani’s slander, which calls for the destruction of Israel, proves yet again why the nations of the world need to join in the sanctions against the Iranian terrorist regime which threatens them.”

Rouhani today called Israel a “cancerous tumour” established by Western countries to advance their interests in the Middle East.

Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Conference on Saturday, Rouhani said “one of the ominous results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumor in the region”.

Rouhani went on to refer to Israel as a “fake regime” created by Western countries.

Iran supports several terror groups including Hezbollah and Hamas that have sworn to destroy Israel.

Iran recently warned it would hit US and Israeli targets if it were attacked by the US after President Donald Trump’s security adviser said Washington would exert maximum pressure on Tehran going beyond economic sanctions.

Judy Glickman Lauder: Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

New York — November 24, 2018 …  Ordinary people whose lives are transformed into unimaginable suffering and acts of incredible bravery—are the subject of Judy Glickman Lauder’s remarkable photographs.

Beyond the Shadows illustrates the mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust, while addressing the narrative of how the citizens and leadership of Denmark, under occupation and at tremendous personal risk, defied Germany’s Third Reich to transport the country’s Jews to safety in Sweden.

Over the past thirty years Glickman Lauder has captured the intensity of the death camps in Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia in dark and expressive photographs, telling of a world turned upside down. In contrast, the redemptive and uplifting story of the “Danish exception” is told through portraits of Danish Jewish survivors and Danish rescuers.

Over the course of a few intense weeks in 1943, the vast majority of Denmark’s Jewish population, seven thousand people, along with nearly seven hundred non-Jewish spouses, were hidden in boats and carried across the Øresund to safety in Sweden. Denmark is the only nation in Western Europe that can claim the rescue of its Jewish population from the Holocaust.

With texts by Holocaust scholars Michael Berenbaum and Judith S. Goldstein, recollections by Danish Jewish survivors, and a previously unpublished text by Elie Wiesel, written in response to this body of work, Beyond the Shadows demonstrates passionately what hate can lead to, and what can be done to stand in its path.

The Aperture Foundation will present a night of conversation between artist Judy Glickman Lauder and Aperture Executive Director Chris Boot at the Photographers’ Gallery in London on Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at The Photographers’ Gallery, 16–18 Ramillies Street, London.

To register, please click here.

Introduced by Brett Rogers, Director of the Photographers’ Gallery, Glickman Lauder will present a short talk about the work, followed by a conversation with Chris Boot, about the Holocaust, the Danish Rescue, Glickman Lauder’s personal journey, and their relevance to the world today. Beyond the Shadows will be on sale and available for signing after the event.

The book is a contemporary call to arms. As Glickman Lauder states in the book:

“Ultimately, this isn’t just about the Holocaust, nor about the Nazis, the Jews and the Danes. It is about us all: our capacity for hate and destruction, and our capacity to stand in their way and make a difference.”

 

Judy Glickman Lauder is a photographer, humanitarian, and philanthropist. Her books include Upon Reflection: Photographs by Judy Ellis Glickman (2012), as well as a book on the work of her father, For the Love of It: The Photography of Irving Bennett Ellis (2008). Her work is held in private collections and public institutions around the world, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC; and Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen. Glickman Lauder’s work is the subject of two traveling exhibitions, Holocaust: The Presence of the Past and Resistance and Rescue: Denmark’s Response to the Holocaust, which have been shown at more than 150 institutions around the world.

Elie Wiesel was one of the most influential voices for remembering and understanding the Holocaust. A Nobel Laureate, he was the author of more than fifty books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. He died in 2016, at the age of eighty-seven.

Michael Berenbaum is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, American Jewish University, Los Angeles. He played a leading role in the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, and the content of its permanent exhibition. Berenbaum is also a rabbi, the author of numerous books, and executive editor of the twenty-two volume Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd edition (2006).

Judith S. Goldstein is an author, a historian, and a human rights leader. She holds a PhD in history from Columbia University. In 1997, she founded the international educational organization Humanity in Action.

American-Israeli Community Hit Hard With Murder Of Ari Fuld

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — September 17, 2018 … Israel is one Jewish nation. But it does consist of several vibrant communities within. We have the Russian, the Ethiopian, the Iraqi, Yemen, German, American, secular and ultra orthodox religious.

Unlike the native born Israeli – the Sabra – Americans who move or make “Aliyah” to Israel are a very strong, creative and independent breed.

They have walked away from an easy life in the US where having a disposal income is the norm. Most have not grown up in Israel having entered grade school with fellow Israelis who are able to provide a natural support system for them. That’s called Protexia or “protection”.

Ari Fuld was an American Israeli. He was one of our finest.

He served in an IDF combat unit – an elite member of the Paratroopers. He was an observant Jew who studied and taught Torah. He believed in self defense, secured a Karate black belt and taught young children to defend themselves.

Ari advocated for the Israeli soldier – doing all he could to make their life of a higher quality while serving. He was a loving husband and father of four young children.

This New York born native, died as he lived – defending Israel.

Ari was not in uniform. Rather he was just taking care of every day chores preparing for Yom Kippur as he stood outside the shopping mall in Efrat.

An Islamic terrorist approached him from the back. If this terrorist had the nerve to openly confront Ari, it would have been the terrorist that was buried. Rather, as the weak coward that he is, the Arab terrorist stabbed Ari several times in the back and attempted to run off.

In pain and weakened, Ari turned around and gave chase, jumping over obstacles as he reached for his gun. He took a classic shooting stance and got off a few rounds – enough lead to stop the terrorist from taking more lives.

Ari Fuld knew the meaning of being a victim and was not going to become one.

American Israelis move to Israel for several reasons. But perhaps the most noted is that we will not allow another Holocaust to manifest itself anywhere in the world. We will no longer allow any person and or organization to turn us into a victim.

American Israelis know they are taking a risk living on the front line of democracy in the Middle East. They face Islamic Holy War – Jihad – on a daily basis. Confronting rockets from Hezbollah in Lebanon, terror tunnels dug by Hamas in Gaza and knives in Jerusalem.

Whether in uniform or in jeans, American-Israelis will not run from it.

Josh Hasten, who said he had known Fuld for about a decade, said his friend traveled widely to showcase “the beauty and reality of life” in the country.

“Ari was born and raised in the US but his family has been in the country for over 20 years,” said Hasten.  “So while he spoke perfect English and didn’t have an accent, he was Israeli in that he was completely integrated into society.  His Hebrew was just like any Israelis and of course, Ari was a proud soldier in the paratroopers unit of the IDF. He fought in the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and as one of his family members shared at his funeral, he was miraculously saved when his protective vest absorbed the shrapnel from an enemy explosive device.”

Hasten added: “But what was so special about Ari was the fact that during all of his waking hours (and there is no way that he slept much), his purpose in life was to defend the Jewish People in the Land of Israel. Whether it was in the IDF, serving in the reserves (another story shared at the funeral was that several years ago the army sent him his discharge orders, since he was over 40, but he literally shredded them, and continued to serve till his death), or serving as a volunteer first-responder on the Efrat community’s emergency response team, Ari was physically a defender of Israel.”

“At the same time Ari was at the forefront of the other battle here in Israel – the battle of ideas. Ari was an avid pro-Israel activist and was well-known for being a top notch public diplomacy personality. He wasn’t in the government, and didn’t have an official title, but as a volunteer, DAILY, he would use all the tools at his disposal to share Israel’s story with the world. Whether during tough times – being the first at the scene of a terror attack to report the truth, or in good times – sharing the beauty of the country and its holy sites, Ari was there.”

“He lived a hero and died a hero,” said Fuld’s brother, Hillel Fuld.

Ari Fuld’s bullets were not aimed at one Arab, Islamic terrorist. They were targeted at every human being who embraces genocide, anti-semitism and hate.

Now it is the job of the Israeli police, the IDF and Israel’s INTEL community to avenge this murder. It is the responsibility of the US government as well to address incitement and violence in Israel- as Ari was a proud American citizen. Closing the offices of the PLO in Washington was a good start.

 

 

In seeking an effective, immediate response, the Israeli government should transcend demolishing the family house of an Islamic, Arab terrorist. Rather – they should go for the head of the snake – demolish the house of Iran, a government which feeds this hate, violence and Jihad on a daily basis.

Whether though assassination or the use of F-16’s – we will see a response.

In doing so, we need to thank the Israeli security services … and every American living in and out of Israel that supports an undivided Jerusalem as our ancient, biblical, historical, religious, legal and cultural home.

 

Please make a donation to Ari’s family: www.gofundme.com/ari-fuld

 

Israel Innovation Authority Launches Program To Strengthen Israel’s Cyber Industry

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — August 15, 2018 …  Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry, Eli Cohen has announced that a joint program launched by the Israel Innovation Authority and the Cyber Directorate will ensure that Israel continues to meet the cyber sector’s biggest challenges, secure Israel’s place at the forefront of innovation and bolster Israel’s global leadership in this critical industry.

“This program expresses the government’s ongoing commitment to preserving and strengthening Israel’s global cyber leadership, one of the most significant engines of the hi-tech industry’s growth,” said Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, Yigal Unna.

“The program is dedicated to addressing the cyber industry’s unique challenges, with an eye towards the future. A significant part of the investment will be directed toward upgrading CyberSpark, the Israel Cyber Innovation Arena in Beersheba, to further strengthen its position as a global cyber hub. Together with the Israel Innovation Authority, we will enable Israel’s cyber industry to continue leading the way in global technological innovation.”

Israel has become a cyber security powerhouse at the center of an $82 billion industry (not counting spending on internal security staff and processes). In addition to collaborating with super-powers, Israel is assisting smaller nations (e.g., Singapore), creating 300+ cyber security startups, exporting last year $6.5 billion in cybersecurity products, convincing more than 30 multinationals to open local R&D centers, and attracting foreign investors.

“In 2016, we had about 20% of the global private cyber security investment,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.

“Cyber is a great business. It’s growing geometrically because there is never a permanent solution, it’s a never-ending business.”

The Israeli program consists of three parts: investment in technologies with “gamechanger” potential on a global level; funding support for companies moving from the development stage to the testing and demonstration stage; and the allocation of resources to CyberSpark.

As part of the program, cyber defense companies will be able to receive funding in two central areas:

Support for long-term, groundbreaking R&D – A program intended to support the development of technologies with significant potential to influence the global market, with the aim of establishing additional foundations upon which Israel’s cyber industry can build in the future.

This program is intended for Israeli cyber technology companies that deal with high-risk R&D.

As part of the program, companies can receive up to 66% of their R&D expenditure for a given project, and up to NIS 5 million per year for the project.

Support for pilot programs – A program intended to enable trial runs of innovative cyber technologies, examine their scalability and viability among major clients, to enable companies to prepare go-to-market strategies, and facilitate market penetration by implementing their technologies in test sites. As part of this program, companies are eligible to receive:

Up to 30 percent financing for a program with an approved budget of up to NIS 1 million for a single pilot in Israel.

Up to 50 percent financing for a program with an approved budget of up to NIS 1.5 million for a single pilot outside Israel.

Up to 50 percent financing for a program with an approved budget of up to NIS 2.5 million for two pilots outside Israel.

The program is intended for Israeli cyber technology companies who have developed a product and or service that has not yet been launched in Israel and is still undergoing development. In terms of technology readiness level (TRL), the program aims to promote cyber companies with a TRL of 4/5 (validation in laboratory) to a level of TRL 7/8 (actual system qualified through test and demonstration).

In addition, the Israel National Cyber Directorate and the Israel Innovation Authority will jointly promote the creation of innovation arenas in sectors undergoing significant digital transformations that expose them to cyber threats (e.g. health, transportation, finance, etc.). The innovation arenas will convene international industrial players, regulators, academics, and Israel’s cyber industry to create solutions for tomorrow’s cyber challenges and preserve Israel’s global cyber leadership.

The new programs are designed to encourage the creation and growth of whole, sustainable cyber companies in Israel through the promotion, development, and commercialization of innovative technological solutions. This program is an additional tier of the new support programs offered by the Israel Innovation Authority in cooperation with government ministries and other agencies, which already include support for pilot programs in environmental protection, health, and transportation.

“The local cyber ecosystem is very developed and wins acclaim around the world. Despite significant investment from VCs who have expressed faith in the local cyber market, many companies face challenges in finding suitable sites to test their technologies. This new program solves this issue and will significantly accelerate companies’ growth and penetration into the global market,” said Aharon Aharon, CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority.

Israel Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy and Industry, and Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority, Dr. Ami Appelbaum: “The Israel Innovation Authority has done a great deal to promote the impressive cyber ecosystem that has grown in Israel over the past few years.”

“The Authority stresses the importance of groundbreaking cyber defense technologies to preserve Israel’s unparalleled prowess in the field. Additionally, in proving the viability of new technologies, cyber companies often need access to information and systems that are not always readily accessible to developers. This program will make it easier for companies to gain access to test sites which are not currently available to them.”

Head of Syria Chemical Arms Research Center, Aziz Azbar, Killed In Car Accident

By Herb Brandon
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — August 5, 2018 … A Syrian scientist who was responsible for a research center related to the development of chemical weapons was killed in a car accident, according to Syrian reports early Sunday.

Aziz Azbar, the head of the Syrian Scientific Research and Studies Center in Masyaf, died along with his driver  Saturday night.

The deaths were reported by several Syrian and Lebanese news outlets as well as the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor and a Facebook page purportedly linked to the Syrian military.

Asber’s death was claimed by a Syrian rebel group affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham. It includes the group formerly known as the Nusra Front, which served as al Qaeda’s Syrian branch.

The Abu Amara Brigades released a statement on their Telegram online channel that said they “planted explosive devices” which detonated and killed Asber.

Azbar was close to both Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Iranian regime, which was thought to be using the facility for arms development, according to the observatory.

The Scientific Research and Studies Center in Masyaf, also known by its French acronym CERS, has been the target of at least two reported air attacks blamed on Israel, including one in late April said to have killed a number of Iranians.

Western security and defense officials have long associated CERS with the production of chemical weapons. Reports have also indicated an Iranian missile operation at the site.

After the July strike on the site outside of Hama in northern Syria, the observatory said the air attack had targeted a “workshop supervised by Iranians where surface-to-surface missiles are made.”

Israel never comments on reports of airstrikes in Syria but has stated it would work to keep advanced weapons out of terrorists’ hands and has vowed to stop Iran from gaining a military presence in the country.


A Syrian man collects samples from the site of a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.
Photo: AFP/Omar Haj Kadour
In April 2017, the US placed sanctions on hundreds of CERS employees following a chemical attack on the Syrian rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun that murdered dozens of civilians, including children.

Another CERS facility near Damascus was bombed by US, British and French forces in April after another chemical attack.

Syria has been accused of dozens of CW gas attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians during the war, even after it said it was giving up its stockpile.

A senior member of the Syrian opposition, citing security officials still working for the regime at the time, told The Times of Israel in 2014 that Assad’s forces were stockpiling chemical substances and missiles carrying chemical warheads at the site, which was not made available to international inspectors tasked with ensuring the destruction of the weapons.

Iran’s Press TV blames Israel for Asbar’s death. It noted that on July 22, the Masyaf facility was struck by a missile, which it also blamed on Israel. “Dr. Isbir was not present at the site,” Press TV claimed. How they would know that is unclear, unless of course members of the scientist’s staff told the Iranians or pro-Iranian media these details.

In 2012, Iranian scientist Mostafa Roshan was killed when his Peugot 405 was blown up in Tehran. He was a deputy director of a unit at the Natanz uranium enrichment center and Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyah was killed in a car bomb in 2008 in Damascus.

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

July 24, 2018 — Jerusalem, Israel … As air raid sirens cried throughout the Golan Heights, Emek HaYarden regional councils and through the northern Israeli town of Katzrin, many thought is was just another Syrian rocket heading towards Israel’s Jewish civilian population.

Instead, it was something much bigger, more lethal. A Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 fighter jet had infiltrated about 1 mile into Israeli airspace before the IDF shot it down with two Patriot missiles.

The Syrian fighter jet fell in Syria, and we still await reports of what happened to the Syrian pilot.

The IDF monitored the path of the fighter jet before it was shot down. The Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 departed from the T-4 Airbase in Syria and then flew towards Israel at a high speed. This happened after hours of increased internal fighting in Syria and increased Syrian Air Force activity.

“We issued warnings and messages through different channels, in various languages, numerous times over the day to avoid any misunderstandings or any violations of Israeli airspace,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch.

“We have continued to deliver messages through various channels, including through the UN, UNDOF, and we will not tolerate any violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement. We hold the Syrian Regime accountable for any such violations coming from the Syrian side.”

This is not the first time this year that aircraft from Syria have infiltrated Israeli airspace.

On July 13th, a Syrian UAV was shot down by a Patriot missile after flying in the demilitarized zone.

Earlier this year, on February 10th, the IDF intercepted an Iranian UAV, which was launched from Syria. In response, the IDF struck several Syrian Air Force and Iranian military targets in Syria. While the IDF struck these targets, the Syrian Air Force shot several missiles and hit an Israeli Air Force F-16, severely injuring the pilot.

The IDF remains on high alert says that it will continue to fulfill its mission of defending Israeli civilians and sovereignty, and will operate against the violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement.

As the civil war in Syria has shifted in favor of Assad, who is backed by forces from Iran and Russia, Israel continues remains extremely vigilant. Despite being technically at war with Syria, Israel says it has no issue with Syrian government forces returning to areas they held before the civil war — as long as forces linked to Iran are excluded.

“In recent discussions with our Russian counterparts, Israel made clear again that we would not accept an Iranian military buildup in Syria, not near the border and not beyond the 100-kilometer strip that the Russians have been talking about,” an Israeli official said.

The IDF has carried out more than 100 airstrikes in Syria in an effective effort to prevent Iranian entrenchment or the transfer of arms to its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah.

Holocaust Center Yad Vashem Mourns Loss of French Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann

By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — July 5, 2018 … World-renowned filmmaker and director Claude
Lanzmann passed away earlier today at the age of 92 in France.

Lanzmann was born in Paris, France in 1925 to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. His family went into hiding during World War II. He later joined the French resistance at the young age of 17.

Claude Lanzmann is most known for his non-fiction work entitled Shoah, which has
become one of foremost films in Holocaust remembrance since its release in 1985.

Shoah, a Hebrew word, eludes easy definition. It has bedeviled translators, who have wrestled its multitudes into grim English stand-ins such as “catastrophe” or “calamity” or “annihilation.” But no single term quite manages to bear the word’s weight.

“The truth is that there is no name for what happened. During the 12 years of my work, I had no name to name what I called – inside my heart, I called it ‘the thing,’ ” Lanzmann said, finding his words through his thick French accent. “How could exist a name for something which had never existed in human history?”

Lanzmann was a man of strong convictions.

He rejected the word “Holocaust” — literally, “burnt offering” — as a description of the genocide. He railed against its “commodification” in films like “Schindler’s List.”

He believed that Polish anti-Semitism was an “essential condition” of the genocide; indeed, the lack of anything in “Shoah” that would cast Poles in a better light led the Warsaw government to demand that the film be banned after its premiere in Paris.

Shoah marks a tectonic shift in Holocaust cinema—rejecting archival footage, docu-
drama, and all other genres, Lanzmann insisted on focusing on testimonies of
Holocaust survivors who had been closest to the mass murder of their people.

“Shoah is a work about the present, representing the way those who were there live
with trauma and the memory of it,” stated Yad Vashem Visual Center Director Liat
Benhabib.

“Holocaust films of all genres changed after Shoah, which also served to
shine a spotlight on survivor testimony in an unprecedented scope and manner.”

“Claude Lanzmann’s cinematic work left an indelible mark on the collective memory,
and shaped the consciousness of the Holocaust of viewers around the world, in
these and other generations,” said Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev.

“His departure from us now, along with our recent separation from many Holocaust
survivors, marks the end of an era.”

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, was established in 1953.
Located in Jerusalem, it is dedicated to Holocaust commemoration, documentation, research and education. www.yadvashem.org

Edited by Joel Leyden

Israel Defense Forces Delivers Tons Of Humanitarian Aid To Syria

 

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — June 29, 2018 … Last night, during a special IDF operation, humanitarian aid was transferred to Syrians fleeing hostilities and who are presently living in tent camps throughout the Syrian Golan Heights.

The IDF has provided life-saving humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians through “Operation Good Neighbor” for several years, as a good-will gesture, while maintaining a policy of non-intervention in the Syrian conflict.

As part of the operation last night that took place over several hours, 300 tents were transferred to Syrian civilians along with 13 tons of food, 15 tons of baby food, three pallets of medical equipment and medicine and 30 tons of clothing and footwear.

Thousands of Syrian civilians are presently living under poor conditions in these camps near the Israeli border, often lacking access to water, electricity, food, and other basic necessities.

Refugee camp for Syrians fleeing Deraa (Photo: AFP)

The UN’s Syrian envoy Jan Egeland said Thursday that humanitarian shipments to Deraa and the southern region of Quneitra have been disrupted since June 26.

“The extremely effective lifeline from Jordan across the border has been discontinued due to the fighting in recent days,” Egeland told reporters.

Israeli soldiers stand next to food supplies being prepared for Syrian refugees at an army base in the Golan Heights.

Assad’s offensive in the southwest has been backed by air strikes and shelling that have killed 96 civilians since June 19, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said, including 49 on Wednesday and Thursday.

The IDF states that it is closely monitoring events transpiring in southern Syria and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios, including additional humanitarian aid distribution to Syrian men, women and children.

Israel is renowned for responding to humanitarian crises in Gaza and distant locales such as Haiti, in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Nepal, and Japan, following the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

IDF humanitarian aid missions have helped thousands around the world for over 26 years, with 15 aid missions to countries struck by natural and man made disasters.