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The Daily TIP: As Hamas Continues Attacks with Fire Kites, Gazan Dies Trying to Breach Israeli Border Fence

Posted by David Gerstman - June 18, 2018

As Hamas Continues Attacks with Fire Kites, Gazan Dies Trying to Breach Israeli Border Fence
TIP Senior Fellow: Time for UK to End "Absurd Spectacle" and Outlaw Hezbollah in its Entirety
Shin Bet Busts Hamas Terror Cell Planning Attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
Cannes-Winning Israeli TV Series To Be Adapted for American Audiences


As Hamas Continues Attacks with Fire Kites, Gazan Dies Trying to Breach Israeli Border Fence

A Gazan was killed as he attempted to breach the border fence with Israel, as Gazans continue to send fire kites and other incendiary devices across the border, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

A group of five Gazans attempted to penetrate the border with Israel. At the time of the attempted infiltration, the IDF spokesperson said, "About an hour ago, five terrorists attempted to damage a security infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip. The security infrastructure exploded. Subsequently, several terrorists were injured.

"One of the terrorists, 24-year-old Sabri Abu Khader, was later reported killed by the Palestinian Health Ministry, though it didn't specify a cause of death. The IDF denied Palestinian reports that the infiltrators had been shot.

The attempted infiltration occurred in the wake of overnight Israel airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza.

The airstrikes followed continued attacks by incendiary devices from Hamas-controlled Gaza Sunday.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned the terrorist groups based in Gaza that Israel would not tolerate the continuing launches of incendiary devices from Gaza. The Times described the airstrikes as an escalation against the cells that launched the fire-kites and balloons. Previously, the IDF had targeted the cells with warning shots.

According to The Times, in the two months Gazans have been launching the fire kites and other incendiary devices towards Israel, the devices "have caused hundreds of brush fires and burned thousands of acres of land."



TIP Senior Fellow: Time for UK to End "Absurd Spectacle" and Outlaw Hezbollah in its Entirety

The United Kingdom is set to ban the Iranian-backed, Lebanese based terror organization Hezbollah in its entirety, according to a senior Conservative Party source. Currently, Hezbollah is not completely proscribed under UK law. Instead, the government has banned the “military wing” of Hezbollah only, but not the “political wing.”

In an op-ed for The Algemeiner, published on Friday, TIP Senior Fellow Julie Lenarz argued that “This absurd spectacle has been going on for far too long.”

“The United Kingdom has suffered more than enough terrorist attacks over the last few decades, and every time that a terrorist flag is hoisted on our soil, it’s a grotesque insult to the victims, their families — and, indeed, the entire country,” she said.

The UK’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid reportedly decided to move towards a full ban on Hezbollah, following the annual Al-Quds march in London earlier this month. Speakers demanded that Israel “should be wiped off the map,” while protesters chanted “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” – advocating the annihilation of the Jewish State.

“Hezbollah is not a legitimate political actor. It is a military organization, funded and trained by the mullah regime in Iran for terrorist operations abroad,” Lenarz observed. “The group openly advocates for a pan-Islamic state led by an Islamic clergy based on the principles of the leader of the Revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini.”

“Let’s be clear: The distinction between Hezbollah’s so-called “military” and “political” wings is entirely fictional,” Lenarz charged.

Shin Bet Busts Hamas Terror Cell Planning Attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

A major Hamas terror cell, which was based in the West Bank city of Nablus and was planning bombing attacks in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, was broken up in April, the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, announced Sunday.

The cell was reported to be experienced in various terrorist activities, including the manufacturing of explosives and improvised explosive devices (IED).

More than 20 suspects comprising the cell were arrested in April. The group had been organized in October 2017 and from interrogations, the Shin Bet learned that they were intending to carry out attacks in Israel and the West Bank.

Among the plots announced were a bombing attack in Tel Aviv, a suicide attack in Jerusalem, a bombing in Itamar, and a shooting attack in Samaria.

The breaking up of the ring was credited with preventing these attacks, some of which were described to have been "at the last minute."

The agency recovered at least two bombs, as well as bomb making materials, instructions for making bombs, and other weapons.

The ringleaders were identified as Mutassem Nuhammad Salem, and Fares Kamil Zavidi, both residents of Nablus. The two recruited the others to assist in the planning of the attacks, as well as preparing the explosives.

In a statement following the Shin Bet announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Hamas is trying to attack us from both Gaza, and Judea and Samaria. This is why we will continue to maintain security control of all areas west of the Jordan River."



Cannes-Winning Israeli TV Series To Be Adapted for American Audiences

“When Heroes Fly,” the Israeli hit drama that took best series at the inaugural TV festival at Cannes in April, is being adapted into English for audiences in the United States.

Variety reports that Keshet International, the global production and distribution arm of Israeli media company Keshet, which produced the original show, will also be developing the American version.

The original Hebrew-language series premiered in Israel in May and shattered records, garnering close to half a million viewers, a very high rating for a scripted series in Israel.

"When Heroes Fly” was created by Omri Givon, co-creator of the Israeli show “Hostages” based on a book by Amir Gutfreund. The drama follows four friends, veterans of a special Israeli military commando unit from the 2006 Lebanon War, who reunite to rescue the girlfriend of one of the commandos following her abduction by a cartel in the Colombian jungle.

According to Deadline Hollywood, HBO is teaming up with Keshet International to turn “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations,” Ronen Bergman’s book about the Mossad, into an English-language miniseries to be shot in Israel.

HBO is also adapting “Euphoria,” the 2012 Israeli teen drama that followed the lives of a group of teenagers in 1990s Israel.

Netflix announced in a trailer during the Tony awards that its adaptation of “The Good Cop,” based on a 2015 Israeli TV series by the same name, will be available on the streaming service this fall.

(via Israel21c)


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