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The Daily TIP: UNIFIL Confirms Existence of Hezbollah Terror Tunnel

Posted by Tip Staff - December 06, 2018

UNIFIL Confirms Existence of Hezbollah Terror Tunnel
Israeli Leaders Hail Bush for Promoting the "Strong Relationship" between U.S. and Israel
European Council Calls on All EU States to Adopt IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism
Israeli Photographer Wins International Prize for Polar Bear Photo

UNIFIL Confirms Existence of Hezbollah Terror Tunnel

UNIFIL, the United Nations force that is supposed to keep the peace between Israel and Lebanon, acknowledged the existence of a Hezbollah terror tunnel inside of Israeli territory, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

In a statement released after being shown a tunnel near the Blue Line that divides Israel and Lebanon, UNIFIL said, "Based on the site inspection, UNIFIL can confirm the existence of a tunnel at the location." The IDF located a second Hezbollah terror tunnel and called on the LAF and UNIFIL to destroy it. The second tunnel started in the Lebanese village of Ramyeh and crossed into Israel near Zarit. The IDF said that it was certain that the tunnel crossed into Israel, but could not locate the entrance due to the terrain and the weather.

The first tunnel reported in Israel's Operation Northern Shield went near the northern city of Metulla. It is thought that Hezbollah's goal was to send troops in and cut off the city from the rest of Israel. Israeli officials are saying that the Hezbollah tunnels are wide enough to accommodate battalions, allowing terrorists from Hezbollah to “carry out killing sprees and kidnappings and to capture Israeli towns and villages.”

In a diplomatic effort to explain the threat Israel is facing and why it may have to attack Lebanon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed more than a dozen ambassadors on the situation in the north. Among the ambassadors who Netanyahu addressed were those from the European Union, France, the UK, Russia, Hungary, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, and Poland.

The British Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey stated that the “UK condemns such tunnels as blatant and destabilising violation of UN resolutions.”

Emanuele Giaufret, the EU Ambassador to Israel said, “Important to understand facts and perspectives. Israel has the right to safeguard the security of its citizens.”

Israeli Leaders Hail Bush for Promoting the "Strong Relationship" between U.S. and Israel

Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said on Wednesday that President George H.W. Bush’s contribution to the U.S.-Israel relationship will “forever be remembered,” as he attended the funeral of the late president alongside the Jewish state’s envoy in Washington, Ron Dermer, The Algemeiner reported.

“Former President George H.W. Bush was a true friend of Israel,” Kahlon tweeted. “His huge contribution to the strong relationship between our countries will forever be remembered. Our heart goes out to the American people, who have lost a great leader.”

President Bush, who had previously served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA and then as vice president to Ronald Reagan, served one term as president, from 1989 to 1993.

Soon after news broke that President Bush had died Friday at age 94, tributes and remembrances started arriving from Israeli leaders, who praised him for helping to save Jews in countries where they were being persecuted, including the Soviet Union, Ethiopia and Syria.

At the start of the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the president for his efforts to boost Israeli security and for helping Jews immigrate from the Soviet Union. Israel would remember "his commitment to Israel's security, his decisive victory over Saddam Hussein, his important contribution to the liberation of Soviet Jewry, his support for the rescue of Ethiopian Jewry, as well as his efforts to advance peace in the Middle East in the Madrid Peace Conference,” Netanyahu said.

President Reuven Rivlin issued a statement praising President Bush for his help in bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel and for his “determination to ensure the Arab world recognize the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.” He said the president was a man “who knew to distinguish between good and evil and how to build strong regional coalitions against cruel tyrants.”

In December 1991, the Bush administration submitted an 18-word resolution calling on the UN General Assembly to revoke its notorious "Zionism is racism" resolution. The American resolution passed with 111 votes in favor.

European Council Calls on All EU States to Adopt IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

The European Council unanimously adopted a new declaration on Thursday regarding its fight against anti-Semitism and the development of a common security approach to better protect Jewish communities and institutions in Europe, The Jerusalem Post reported.

In its declaration, the Council calls on all EU member states to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism in the fields of law enforcement and training, as well as to reaffirm their commitment to Holocaust commemoration and education.

The document also calls on the European Commission and Europol to pay particular attention anti-Jewish hatred in the cyberspace and to content advocating anti-Semitic terrorist offenses.

In its declaration, the Council acknowledges that anti-Semitic hatred remains widespread across the continent and that Jews and Jewish institutions are particularly vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

The proposal was promoted by Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country holds the rotating Presidency of the European Council.

Vice president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said that the declaration would lead to the development of a common security approach to protect Europe’s Jewish communities.

“In times of growing anti-Semitic hatred, the unanimous adoption of the declaration on the fight against antisemitism by the 28 EU member states sends an important signal to the Jewish community; the EU and each of its member states stand by their side to guarantee their safety and well-being,” he said.

Timmermans added that, “We cannot have a common fight without a common definition of what we are fighting against. Member states are called to use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism as a guidance tool, which would be an important step in the fight against anti-Semitism.”

Israeli Photographer Wins International Prize for Polar Bear Photo

It’s easy to see why a funny picture of a polar bear with sophisticated photography gear won Israeli photographer Roie Galitz a “highly commended” spot in the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

But there’s a very serious story behind “Wildlife PhotograBear,” snapped in early April 2018 in Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean between Norway and the North Pole.

Galitz, 38, heads Phototeva (Nature Photo), which takes small groups on expeditions to Svalbard and other remote regions to bring attention to the devastating effects of climate change on indigenous creatures.

He speaks across the world as a voluntary wildlife photo ambassador for Greenpeace. His award-winning pictures have appeared in magazines, local and international exhibitions (including at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC) and in the BBC’s “Snow Bears” documentary aired a year ago.

“Thanks to my work with the BBC I get special permits to go into restricted areas. This is how I photograph unimaginable beauty,” he says.

“Wildlife PhotograBear” happened while Galitz was guiding a three-person Phototeva workshop.

“That bear was mating with a female for a couple of days and afterward they went their separate ways. We followed him and got some amazing shots from 30 to 40 meters away. Suddenly he just took a sharp turn to the right and started walking directly toward us,” Galitz relates.

“What you do in that situation is get the hell out of the way immediately. We left our precious gear behind, and when the bear approached it I started photographing with my backup camera. He was sniffing and licking [the equipment], and when he saw it wasn’t food he walked away.”

(via Israel21c)

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