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The Daily TIP: IDF Airstrike Kills 7 ISIS Terrorists in Syria 200 Meters from Israeli Border

Posted by Tip Staff - August 02, 2018

IDF Airstrike Kills 7 ISIS Terrorists in Syria 200 Meters from Israeli Border
Reuters: "No Easy Way" for U.S. to Deter Iran from Hostage-Taking
Netanyahu: Israel Will Join Int’l Coalition Opposing Iranian Threats to Red Sea Shipping
1,500 Boys and Girls from 29 Nations Competed in Int'l Children's Games This Week in Israel


IDF Airstrike Kills 7 ISIS Terrorists in Syria 200 Meters from Israeli Border

Seven ISIS terrorists were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday just a couple of hundred meters away from the Israeli border on the Syrian-held Golan Heights, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The terrorists came as close to 200 meters to the Israel-Syria frontier when they were attacked and killed by the IAF at 10:30 pm. The army said no infiltration into Israeli territory took place, and elite IDF troops found seven bodies with grenades, Kalashnikov rifles, and suicide vests, among other items.

The army confirmed that it had monitored the ISIS cell for a while and was on high alert and ready to protect residents of northern Israel, as fighting in the border region between Syrian regime forces and opposition groups continue.

“The Assad regime is responsible for everything that occurs in Syrian territory, and anything that is carried out against Israel,” the army observed.

Following the Israeli strike against armed terrorists on the Syrian border, TIP spoke with former head of the Counterterror Bureau at the Prime Minister's Office, Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel.

“When the Syrian forces with all their supporters are trying to capture the areas close to the borders we can expect more mistakes and more friction with us,” Nuriel said, adding “Again, we told them very loud and clear, through the Russians and directly by UNDOF and others. Don’t change the rules… we will not let anyone, the Syrians, as well as ISIS, Hezbollah as well as the Iranians [breach the cease-fire area].”



Reuters: "No Easy Way" for U.S. to Deter Iran from Hostage-Taking

The United States has no effective means of deterring Iran's "tactic" of hostage-taking — a practice it has engaged in since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979 — Reuters assessed in a special report Wednesday.

In 1979, "Iran took 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran," the report recounted. "Since then, it has detained at least 25 American citizens or permanent residents.”

Administrations of both parties have tried everything "from military strikes to placating Iran through arms sales and cash payments," but each hostage released has led to "more prisoners, concessions and tension."

Kelly Magsamen, a former National Security Council official who specialized in Iran during both the Bush and Obama administrations, observed, "The Iranians are quite adept at, essentially, hostage-taking.”

The Reuters report noted that even as the U.S. was in late stages of negotiations to free Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, businessman Nosratollah Khosravi and student Matthew Trevithick in 2015, Iran arrested Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American businessman.

When U.S. negotiators attempted to get Namazi included in the deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif refused.

In Why Does Iran Keep Taking American Hostages?, published in the September 2015 issue of The Tower Magazine, Iran expert Ali Alfoneh described the regime’s detainment of foreign and dual-nationals as “a perfectly normal procedure and political practice in the Islamic Republic. That has been the case since the first day of the revolution and continues until today.”



Netanyahu: Israel Will Join Int’l Coalition Opposing Iranian Threats to Red Sea Shipping

Addressing a graduating class of naval officers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that if Iran attempts to close a crucial shipping lane, Israel would be part of an international coalition to ensure that the waterway remains open for international shipping, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

Netanyahu's remarks come a week after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels attacked two Saudi tankers in the Bab al Mandab strait at the mouth of the Red Sea, prompting Saudi Arabia to announce that it was suspending shipments through the strategic strait. The statement also comes at a time that Iran is reportedly planning a drill that could potentially shut down a different critical shipping lane, the Straits of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

“At the beginning of the week we witnessed a serious clash with Iran’s proxies who tried to obstruct international movement in the straits at the entrance to the Red Sea," Netanyahu said to graduates of Israel's captains' course, referring to the attack on the Saudi tankers.

“If Iran tries to block the Bab Al-Mandab Straits, I’m convinced that it will find itself facing a determined international coalition to prevent this," Netanyahu told the new commanders. He added, "This coalition would include Israel."

In addition to the planned drill in the Straits of Hormuz, Iran's Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Hossein Khanzadi suggested this week that Iran could close the Straits of Hormuz. "Keeping the Strait open depends on Iran's interests," Khanzadi said.



1,500 Boys and Girls from 29 Nations Competed in Int'l Children's Games This Week in Israel

An opening ceremony on July 30 at Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem welcomed 750 boys and 750 girls from 29 countries competing in the International Children’s Games.

A recognized organization of the International Olympic Committee, the Switzerland-based ICG has held the summer event in 500 different cities in 110 countries since 1968. This year, it’s Jerusalem’s turn. “Seventy years of Israel and 50 years of ICG are found together in Jerusalem. It’s a unique capital, full of rich culture and we are here to celebrate the sporting event of young athletes in the Olympic spirit for the first time ever in the city,” said ICG President Torsten Rasch.

Participants, aged 12 to 15, come from Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and United States, as well as Israel.

Matches at several different Jerusalem venues though August 2 will encompass nine sports: basketball, soccer, street ball, volleyball, fencing, judo, athletics, tennis and swimming.

(via Israel21c)


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