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Jan. 28, 2015
IDF Attacks Syrian Artillery in Retaliation for Rocket Attacks
By IsraelNationalNews.com & DEBKAfile
The IDF on Tuesday night attacked artillery targets
belonging to the Syrian army, in retaliation for rocket attacks earlier on
Tuesday towards the Golan Heights and
"[The rocket fire] was a flagrant violation of the
sovereignty of the State of Israel," the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a
statement, noting that direct hits at the targets were identified. “The IDF
holds the Syrian regime responsible for what occurs in its territory, and will
work at any time and in any way it sees fit to protect the citizens of
Meanwhile, residents of the northern
In the attack earlier Tuesday afternoon, the IDF
confirmed that two rockets had been fired at
IDF forces returned fire. The IDF Spokesperson's
Office confirmed at 2 p.m. IST that it had successfully struck the source of the
rocket fire. The rocket fire follows reports aired less than 24 hours ago that
the IDF has been building trenches along the Syrian border ahead of possible
escalation with any number of rebel groups and outposts which pose a threat
Northern residents and the IDF have been on high alert
throughout the week, after an IAF airstrike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed a
senior Hizbullah commander and an Iranian Revolutionary Guards general last
Sunday, along with several other Hizbullah and Iranian fighters. Hizbullah
responded by vowing an attack on
Tehran had adopted two synchronous courses for getting back at Israel for the January 18 air strike near Quneitra which killed an Iranian general and six Hizbullah officers: Iraqi Shiite militiamen posted on the Syrian Golan along with Hizbullah fighters sent four rockets winging towards Mt. Hermon while some 1,600 people were skiing on its slopes: Two landed and exploded on the Israel side of the demarcation line - one near the skiers and the other outside Kibbutz Merom Hagolan. None caused casualties or damage.
Israeli forces stationed along the Syrian and Lebanese
borders went on top readiness, a level still in force. Overhead, Israeli planes
and other aerial vehicles remain on 24-hour patrol. In
Dep. Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said:
"We told the Americans that the leaders of the Zionist regime should await the
consequences of their act," adding, "
In this warning, the Iranian official introduced two
The Islamic Republic was saying in effect that it is not only acting in concert with the Obama administration over a nuclear accord, but the two powers will also be aligned against any potential Israel military action against Iran that is intended to upset the nuclear accord unfolding between Washington and Tehran.
International Holocaust Day is Marked in Auschwitz and
By DEBKAfile & IsraelNationalNews.com
The main ceremony marking International Holocaust Day,
set for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, took place at the
site of the death
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the
"My responsibility as Prime Minister of Israel is to ensure that the State of Israel will never again be threatened with destruction. My responsibility is to see to it that there will not be a reason to build additional memorial sites such as Yad Vashem."
Turning to the threat of nuclear annihilation from the
Islamic regime in
"Even those who try to challenge us within our borders
will discover that we are ready to respond with force.
Seventy years from
Netanyahu noted that Hamas's very charter calls for
the genocide of Jews and the destruction of the Jewish state, portraying
"And what do the so-called ‘enlightened’ organs of the
international community do in response?" asked the prime minister. Answering his
own question, he listed the various atrocities being committed in the Middle
East, and noted that the Geneva Convention members, UN Human Rights Council and
International Criminal Court meet
precisely to condemn
"No rational examination of the facts could justify
this assault on
While the hatred of Jews may not have changed, "the Jews have changed," said Netanyahu. "We are no longer a stateless people endlessly searching for a safe haven. ...Today we are an independent and sovereign people in our ancestral homeland."
Netanyahu went on to emphasize that while "the Jewish
people will defend itself by itself against any threat," it is appreciative of
support from friends around the world, particularly from the
But after mentioning the dangers of
Not only would such an agreement threaten
"On this day of Holocaust remembrance, I pledge to you
what we could neither say nor do 70 years ago," concluded Netanyahu. "
"Any attempts to hush up these events, distort, re-write history are unacceptable and immoral," said Putin, who is conspicuously staying away from the main events in Poland in a gesture laying bare divisions with the West over the war in Ukraine.
In the run-up to the ceremony
Putin has repeatedly condemned the West for what he calls attempts to belittle the Soviet army's role in the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945 and to glorify Nazi collaborators in eastern Europe and ex-Soviet republics such as Ukraine.
Putin's absence at the main ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau,
which is now a museum, raised eyebrows at home since the camp was liberated by
the Soviet Red Army on January 27, 1945. In 2005, Putin traveled to
Israeli Woman Gives Birth at 56
A 56-year-old woman from Kiryat Malachi gave birth to
her first child, a healthy boy weighing 3.01 kilograms (6 pounds 10 ounces), at
"After many attempts to get pregnant, I decided to take a break, but my niece gave me strength and told me, 'Tammy, don't give up.' Soon after that conversation I became pregnant, and I and my family were overjoyed," Trona said. "I have no words to describe the medical team's dedication and courtesy. They kept me and the baby safe and healthy. I'm just so excited to hold this gift in my arms."
Prof. Zion Hagai, head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at
Kaplan, said: "The medical staff at
More Shekels for Your Dollar
By YnetNews.com (Linda Gradstein-The Media Line)
It’s a good time for American tourists to visit
About 40% of
in the price of gasoline more than offset the effect of the shekel depreciation
on consumer prices,” Avi Simhon, a former chief economic advisor at
However, the situation with the euro is completely
different. The European Union, which is
While the overall picture of the Israeli economy is
positive, the Israeli economy still faces some difficult issues. Two significant
sectors of Israeli society – ultra-Orthodox men and Arab women – are
significantly underrepresented in the Labor force. In addition, says Simhon, the
standard of living in
Food prices are also much cheaper in Europe, which
many Israelis discovered after an Israeli expatriate posted a receipt for
“Milky”, a chocolate pudding dessert, which was cheaper in
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
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I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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