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Fmr Israeli Counter Terror Chief: Hamas Will Use Human Shields In Attempt to Breach Border

Posted by Tip Staff - April 05, 2018

Fmr Israeli Counter Terror Chief: Hamas Will Use Human Shields In Attempt to Breach Border

Hamas Intent to Set Thousands of Tires on Fire Poses Risk of “Ecological Catastrophe”

Iranian-Backed Houthi Rebels Attack Saudi Tanker in Strategic Int’l Waters

Government-Supported Program Helps Israeli Teens Get Early Start on High-Tech Careers

 

Fmr Israeli Counter Terror Chief: Hamas Will Use Human Shields In Attempt to Breach Border

As Israeli army and security forces are on high alert ahead of tomorrow’s expected demonstrations in Gaza, The Israel Project hosted a conference call with Nitzan Nuriel, former director of the Counter Terror Bureau at the Prime Minister’s Office, to discuss the implications of the border crisis.

When asked about calming the tensions, Nuriel said that Israel was defending freedom of speech and the right to protest, but some “red lines” could not be crossed. Nuriel asserted that Israel will use non-lethal riot control methods, but that Hamas would exploit protesters as human shields to attempt to breach the border with Israel.

Nuriel explained that Israeli security forces had to prevent people from breaching, damaging or infiltrating the fence to protect Israel’s security.

Despite the precautions Israel will take to protect civilians, Nuriel predicted “another bloody weekend,” with the Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas.

He explained that the strategy of Hamas was very clear: “make the crisis as bloody as they can” to push their political agenda, sacrificing their own civilians in the process.

Nuriel further observed that the majority of those killed during last week’s demonstrations were known terrorist with affiliations to Palestinian terrorist groups. He said with the help of Israel’s first-class intelligence, the army was able to target only individuals trying to damage the fence or cross into Israel and spare the Palestinian civilian population.

Listen to the call here.



Hamas Intent to Set Thousands of Tires on Fire Poses Risk of “Ecological Catastrophe”

Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories warned that Hamas’s intent to set thousands of tires on fire this Friday to make it harder for Israel to detect infiltrators at the border, is liable to cause an “ecological catastrophe” in a letter to the World Health Organization, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

In his letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the head of COGAT, wrote, “This is a serious environmental issue that will harm the health of the residents and will cause unprecedented air pollution.”

“I call upon you, as the head of an international organization whose goal is to promote health and protect natural and environmental resources,” Mordechai wrote, “to do everything in your power to publicly warn against this ecological catastrophe and to protest Hamas’ irresponsible behavior.” Hamas is the terror group that maintains complete political and military control over the Gaza Strip.

Demonstrators are intending to ignite the tires that have been gathered to create a smokescreen to make it more difficult for the IDF to spot infiltrators attempting to breach the border fence with Israel.

The hashtag “Day of the tire” has been trending on Palestinian social media and the various terrorist factions in Gaza have called on residents to gather 10,000 tires to burn.

Demonstrators have been warned by Hamas not to wear clothes seen on their social media sites and to keep their faces hidden to make it harder for Israeli drones to recognize them.



Iranian-Backed Houthi Rebels Attack Saudi Tanker in Strategic Int’l Waters

The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have reportedly hit a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea on Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen reported. Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said the “terrorist attack” threatened the Gulf-Europe oil trade in the vital Bab al-Mandeb strait.

According to a report, the Saudi oil tanker sustained damage but was able to continue its journey escorted by a warship affiliated with the alliance. The coalition said the vessel was in international waters, west of the Hodeida port, when it was attacked by the Houthis.

The White House said in a statement that the “attack coincides with the UN’s High-Level Pledging Event in Geneva, where the Saudi-led Coalition’s contributed $930 million. In contrast, the Iranian regime continues to perpetuate the conflict and provide destabilizing weapons to the Houthis.”

The attack comes days after the Houthis, a group equipped and trained by Iran, launched seven ballistic missiles towards several Saudi cities, including the capital Riyadh, killing an Egyptian man and wounding two others.

“The United States is very concerned about the Houthis’ latest attempt to escalate the war in Yemen, this time by attacking a commercial vessel while it transited one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the Bab al-Mandab, in international waters,” the White House stated.

They observed that “In January, the Houthis publicly threatened to attack international commercial maritime traffic in the Red Sea, and launched this attack near the vital port of Hudaydah.” The White House called “on the Houthis to cease further escalation and demonstrate their commitment to a peace process by engaging in constructive dialogue.”



Government-Supported Program Helps Israeli Teens Get Early Start on High-Tech Careers

Israeli-based international nonprofit organization Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) has received the 2018 United Nations Population Award.

Established by the General Assembly in 1981, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in population and health.

Based at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, SACH was founded in 1995 with the mission of improving the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries and creating centers of competence in these countries.

To date, SACH has saved the lives of more than 4,400 children from 58 countries in Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and throughout the Middle East, and trained more than 100 medical team members from these countries.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the UN,” said Simon Fisher, executive director. “The work of Save a Child’s Heart over the past 23 years represents so well the ethos of the Israeli society, the State of Israel and so many Jewish universal values that are at the core of Save a Child’s Heart. Today our medical team at Wolfson accepted a first child from Myanmar as well as a first child from Fiji, representing the 57th and 58th countries that we are reaching out to. All being well, they should be in Israel for the 70th Independence Day.”

In most cases, all medical, travel and accommodation costs are covered by SACH and its partners, even if the child requires a lifetime of cardiac care. The Israeli surgeons volunteer their time.

(via Israel21c)


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