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IDF response to Gaza rocket signals new muscular response strategy

Posted by Tip Staff - August 23, 2016


A rocket was fired Sunday afternoon from Gaza into the Israeli border city Sderot, prompting an exceptionally muscular reaction from Israel in what some analysts have called a strategic turning point. Running counter to Israel’s usual tit-for-tat retaliation, the IDF seized the opportunity to attack dozens of Hamas infrastructure targets in the northern Gaza Strip over the course of two hours. The IDF launched about 50 strikes in total, using both tanks and aircraft.
“You can’t expect the State of Israel to allow [Hamas] to rearm itself, to steal money from the residents of Gaza. They are levying taxes and not constructing buildings, but tunnels,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman commented Tuesday morning at an army base in the Galilee. Indeed, as Hamas continues to build underground tunnels and invest its resources militarily – at the expense of its own people – Israel seems to have discarded its previous approach of deterrence in favor of a more proactive posture.
Even Hamas decided to comment on the apparent shift in tactic. "The escalation is the Israeli occupation's desire to create new equations in the Gaza Strip," Hamas's spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu Zuhri, said on Sunday. A senior Israeli military source credited the new policy design to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-General Gadi Eisnekot, which was then approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Israeli security forces raided seven Palestinian-run West Bank weapons workshops early Tuesday morning, confiscating dozens of illegal guns. An IDF official told The Times of Israel that the operation, the largest of its sort this year thus far, was part of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of illegal arms circulating in the West Bank.The raids targeting workshops in the Hebron and Bethlehem areas yielded about 50 weapons and some 22 pieces of gunsmithing machinery. Though the machinery, including drill presses and metal lathes, is common to most machines shops, the equipment seized appeared to “specifically designed for the manufacturing of weapons,” the IDF official said.
The recovered weapons include handguns, shotguns, and Carlo-style submachine guns, which are based on the design of Carl Gustav submachine guns. Security forces also confiscated gun parts — including grips, barrels, and stocks — that could have been used to manufacture more weapons and ammunition.
Two Palestinians that the IDF identified as the leading owners of the factories were arrested in the raids. The official said that they did not appear to have ties to terrorist groups and were likely motivated by money. “It seems to be a combination of market demand and the ability to manufacture,” he said.
The raids were carried out overnight by a combination of forces from the IDF, Israel Police, and Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet. They were made possible after months of developing “signal intelligence, human intelligence and visual intelligence,” another IDF official said.
There is no reason to believe that any of the weapons manufactured by the arrested gun makers were sold specifically for use in terrorist attacks, the official added. The guns could have been purchased for different reasons, including self-defense, criminal purposes, or terrorism, he added. However, “someone who has one of these weapons at home [for self-defense] might hide it in a closet. And when his son gets carried away by incitement, he goes and takes this weapon to carry out attacks,” the officer said.
While the latest wave of Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians has been nicknamed the “knife intifada,” it also included more than 100 shootings since it began last September, according to Israeli authorities. In response, the IDF and other security agencies have carried out a number of raids in the West Bank in recent months, arresting 140 people and netting over 300 weapons and 50 pieces of machinery. (via TheTower.org)

Israeli and European researchers say their collaborative research has unraveled the metastatic mechanism of melanoma, the most aggressive of all skin cancers. According to a paper published August 22 in the journal Nature Cell Biology, the scientists discovered that before spreading to other organs, a melanoma tumor sends out tiny vesicles containing molecules of microRNA. These cause morphological (structural) changes in the skin’s dermis layer in preparation for receiving and transporting the cancer cells. The researchers also found chemical substances that can stop the process and are therefore promising drug candidates. “The threat of melanoma is not in the initial tumor that appears on the skin, but rather in its metastasis — in the tumor cells sent off to colonize in vital organs like the brain, lungs, liver and bones,” said research leader Dr. Carmit Levy of the department of human molecular genetics and biochemistry at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine. “We have discovered how the cancer spreads to distant organs and found ways to stop the process before the metastatic stage.” (via Israel21c)


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