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Netanyahu Vows: Hizbullah, Iran Will 'Pay a Price' for Soldiers' Deaths

By & DEBKAfile

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the parties responsible for the attack on Har Dov earlier in the day that claimed the lives of two IDF soldiers would "pay the full price for their actions." Netanyahu made the comments Wednesday evening before a meeting of top army and government officials discussing the attack by Hizbullah terrorists earlier Wednesday.

Two IDF soldiers were killed earlier Wednesday when Lebanese terror group fired antitank missiles at two IDF vehicles in the Har Dov area (Shebaa Farms) in a Hizbullah ambush. Six casualties in light to moderate condition were taken to Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. Additional casualties were evacuated to Rambam Hospital. The IDF vigorously denied Hizbullah claims that an IDF soldier had been kidnapped, and a Lebanese report later confirmed that Hizbullah had failed to capture an Israeli soldier.

The two soldiers killed were identified as Major Yochai Kalangel and Sgt. Dor Nini, the IDF Spokesperson's Office announced. Netanyahu sent condolences to the families of the two victims, and wished the six soldiers injured in the attack a speedy recovery.

"Those who committed these acts will pay the full price for their actions," Netanyahu said. "For a long time Iran has been using Hizbullah to establish a terror front against us on the Golan. We are aggressively acting to prevent this. The government of Lebanon and the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria are responsible for attacks on Israel that emerge from their territory. Our single goal is to defend Israel and Israelis," Netanyahu added. "We have acted this way in the past, and will continue to do so."

Hizbullah and Iran, both of whom had vowed to avenge the air strike which killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guards general and six Hizbullah officers on January18, pulled off three feats in this attack.

One: their agents were able to cross the border unnoticed to plant roadside bombs. Two: they moved anti-tank rocket launchers right up to the order fence - undetected. And, three, astonishingly, they did not find it hard to strike and blow up the two command vehicles and inflict Israeli losses. This three strokes were achieved - notwithstanding IDF assurances that all the necessary security measures had been put in place and reinforced in readiness for the promised Iranian-Hizbullah revenge attack.

DEBKAfile's military sources note that something must have been seriously amiss with the convoy's security for Hizbullah to achieve its stunning success. In the first place: How did it happen that an IDF command convoy risked exposure to harm by traveling within sight of the enemy without proper protection? Inhabitants of the northern border towns and villages locations are entitled to pin down the IDF with a hard question: Why are they held so strictly to military instructions for keeping civilians safe, when the army is so careless with the security of its own "senior officers" and men? Israel's armed forces will now be obliged to pull out the stops to recover respect for its deterrent capacity. There is little choice but to inflict a serious military blow against Hizbullah and the Iranian intelligence officers based in Syria, whence their Lebanese proxy procured the intelligence for attacking the IDF command convoy.

Israel must also recover the initiative in the long conflict with Iran and Hizbullah and reinforce the message conveyed in its January 18 air strike on their mission near Quneitra, that it will not sit still for the Golan to be transformed into a forward position for attacking Israel from Syria.

Despite a message from Hizbullah Wednesday night that it was not seeking to increase tensions with Israel, security officials in Israel said that Israel would respond to the Hizbullah attack on an IDF patrol earlier "at a time and place that suits the IDF," the spokesperson said. Israel would not let the attack that killed two IDF soldiers earlier Wednesday to go unanswered, the official said.

Hizbullah later delivered a message through UNIFIL, the UN special patrol force in south Lebanon, saying that it was not seeking to increase tensions with Israel at this time. As far as the terror group is concerned, the message said, Wednesday's actions would satisfy Hizbullah's demands for revenge against Israel for last week's IDF attack on a convoy on the Syrian side of the Golan border. In the attack, Israel eliminated Jihad Mughniyeh, said to be Hizbullah's "commander of the Golan Heights area," along with a crew of Hizbullah terrorists, and Iranian general Abu Ali Tabtabai.

Jewish Agency Plans Massive Aliyah of 120,000 French Jews to Israel

By Israel Faxx News Services

The Jewish Agency is planning to settle one in every five French Jews, a total of an estimated 120,000 Jews, over the next four years as a wave of French Jews exodus is set to hit Israel.

Last year, an estimated 7,000 Jews from France moved to Israel, which was a major leap from previous years.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, "We must prepare to absorb large-scale immigration to Israel. At the same time we will prepare an emergency plan to cancel bureaucracy so as to enable massive construction to absorb the immigrants, just as we did previously to absorb the major immigration from the Soviet Union."

The Jewish People Policy Institute, the Jewish Agency's think tank, is already planning on creating job opportunities to attract the French Jews. Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky predicts an estimated 15,000 Jews from France to make Aliyah by 2016 – a figure enormously below what the Agency's think tank predicts following the wave of anti-Semitism and radical Islamic militants' attacks across France. The last major Aliyah was in the 1970s when over 1,000,000 Jews and 300,000 Non-Jewish people moved to Israel from the Soviet Union.

Netanyahu told the Cabinet on Sunday: "We must prepare to absorb large-scale immigration to Israel. To this end we are working to remove the impediments to [recognizing] diplomas and professional degrees in Israel. At the same time we will prepare an emergency plan to cancel bureaucracy so as to enable massive construction to absorb the immigrants, just as we did previously to absorb the major immigration from the Soviet Union."

French expatriate Yisca Maimon told the Jewish Press on Sunday: "The Aliyah movement starts with one friend, and then another friend, and everyone influences one another. Jews in France are very close to one another. Yes, there are attacks in synagogues and supermarkets in Israel, but there we have the IDF. We are in our own home. Jews in France feel they cannot stay there anymore. They know they have to leave."

10,000 Palestinian Teenagers Graduate Hamas Terror Camp


While their senior counterparts have been testing new homemade rockets and rebuilding the terror tunnel infrastructure, more than 10,000 teenagers arrived at an Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades training compound.

Under the guise of a program named "Pioneers of the Resistance," the Palestinian youths – aged 15 to 21 – underwent intensive military training, including exercises simulating operations of Hamas naval commandos.

The participants of the terrorist camp were also trained in firing sniper rifles, using the portraits of Israeli leaders for targets. The Palestinian youth simulated attacks on Israeli destinations through model terror tunnels, meant to recreate the experience of infiltrating Israeli territory.

All training exercises were conducted using firearms and under strict military conditions. Hamas treats the camps with tactical consideration, as its participants are seen by the Gazan terror group to be the next generation of fighters against Israel. Hamas claimed the demand for a place in the camp had exceeded the planned quota and they were forced to make changes to accept all the applicants.

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