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The Daily TIP: Author: Israeli Task Force Disrupted Terrorism by Bankrupting It

Posted by Tip Staff - November 07, 2017

Author: Israeli Task Force Disrupted Terrorism by Bankrupting It
Israel Holding Bodies of 5 Terrorists Killed in Collapse of Tunnel that Originated in Gaza
Rivlin Pledges Israel's Support to Fight Anti-Semitism on Visit to Spain
Magen David Adom Director: Israel has Highest Percentage of Teen EMTs in World

Author: Israeli Task Force Disrupted Terrorism by Bankrupting It

It sounded like something out of a movie.

A dishonest businessman representing a crime boss is enticed to invest in a scheme that provides incredible returns. When the short term results proved to be as good as promised, the businessman went to his boss and encouraged him to invest too.

But then the investment firm went bust, disappeared without a trace and the businessman and the crime boss lost millions.

It wasn't the 1974’s Best Picture, The Sting.

It was real life in 2002.

The crime boss was actually Yasser Arafat, who, despite having signed a peace treaty with Israel nearly ten years earlier, was taking millions of dollars paid by the European Union (EU) to finance terrorism against Israel and enrich himself as head of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The shady businessman was Mohammad Rashid, Arafat's "financial adviser."

As a result of this sting, Israel may have deprived Arafat of more than $100 million in ill-gotten gains.

The investment firm was the first scheme of the Israel anti-terror task force, Harpoon, which sought to fight terror by separating terrorists from their fortunes.

In her book Harpoon, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, founder of Shurat Hadin, described the history behind this innovative way to fight terror.

In a conference call hosted by The Israel Project Tuesday, Darshan-Leitner credited Meir Dagan, a former general, former counterterror chief and former head of the Mossad, with realizing that "if you stopped the flow of the money, you can stop the flow of terrorism,” and founding Harpoon.

Israel Holding Bodies of 5 Terrorists Killed in Collapse of Tunnel that Originated in Gaza

The bodies of five terrorists from Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) who were killed when Israel demolished a tunnel that extended into its territory from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip are being held by Israel.

The five terrorists whose bodies were recovered by Israel were found on the Israeli side of the border with Gaza, when the tunnel was detected and destroyed last week. However, the army said that the tunnel had been monitored to ensure it did not present a threat and that the terrorists had not yet dug an opening inside of Israel, The Times of Israel reported Sunday.

PIJ said that Israel would not be able to "bargain" over its "fighters," and a senior member of the group, Ahmad al-Mudalal, threatened, "Our battle is open and shall not end. The freedom tunnel is not the only tunnel owned by the Islamic Jihad. It has many tunnels and many options."

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, the terrorist group that rules Gaza said Israel would be able to stop “the resistance from developing its capabilities.”

Israel assessed that, overall, fourteen terrorists, mostly from PIJ, but including a few from Hamas, were killed when Israel destroyed the tunnel.

Israeli officials have frequently said that because it rules Gaza with an iron fist, Israel holds Hamas responsible for all terror threats originating in Gaza.

Rivlin Pledges Israel's Support to Fight Anti-Semitism on Visit to Spain

Meeting with leaders of the Jewish community in Madrid on Sunday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pledged Israel’s support in the fight against anti-Semitism, as he embarked on a three-day state visit to celebrated 100 years of resurgent Jewish presence in Spain, The Times of Israelreported.

“The community here today is a magnificent community, with tens of thousands of members of all ages,” Rivlin said. “Jewish life on the Iberian Peninsula, which was cut off more than 500 years ago, is now full of life, and this is a great joy. This is a great victory for history and the spirit of the Jewish people,” he added.

Rivlin vowed that “we must not surrender to anti-Semitism, we must fight it”, adding “I am pleased that the Spanish government is taking steps in legislation and enforcement against this ugly phenomenon. We must not be ashamed of or hide our identity.”

Rivlin is in Spain to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He took part in a special event hosted by the community at Madrid’s Ibn Gabirol School, where he unveiled a plaque to be affixed to the entrance of the school, marking 100 years since the reestablishment of the Jewish community in the country since the Expulsion of 1492.

Rivlin and First Lady Nechama Rivlin were guests of honor at a State Dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid, hosted by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.

Magen David Adom Director: Israel has Highest Percentage of Teen EMTs in World

When the dispatcher alerted them about a two-week-old baby who’d stopped breathing, 16-year-old Ori Cohen and his Magen David Adom crewmates were right nearby with their ambulance. Working quickly under the guidance of the crew’s senior emergency medical technician, Cohen and his fellow volunteers restored the infant’s breathing and whisked her off to the hospital. The doctors said she’ll be fine.

"We have the biggest youth corps by percentage in the world, as far as I know,” says Eli Yaffe, MDA deputy director for general training and culture.

The 50-year-old national emergency response network always accepted teen volunteers but it started a formal youth program in 1993 for 15- to 18-year-olds as an option for fulfilling the Education Ministry’s mandatory 60 hours of volunteering for high-school students.

About 3,000 teenagers each year do opt to interview for spots on ambulance crews – more than there are spots available.

Tzippy Winter, 18, averages three shifts a month during the school year, more during vacations.

“Even sitting in the back of the ambulance with an old person or with someone about to give birth makes you feel you’re doing something amazing,” she tells ISRAEL21c.

Dina Abu Toameh of Jerusalem, a 17-year-old Muslim, says the calls she finds most gratifying are those where her Arabic translation abilities are critical.

“One time we had an old lady in an Arab neighborhood with a stomach ache and the other three on the crew were Jewish. It was me who helped her communicate with our shift manager.”

(via Israel21c)

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