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ISIS Arrives in Gaza: Supporters of the 'Islamic State of Jerusalem' Sighted on
Followers of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were spotted for the first time
in the Gaza Strip this week, DEBKAfile's military sources report. Their arrival on
Israel's border was confirmed as a division-strength IDF force launched its large-scale
"Turning Point 2015" exercise for repelling Islamist cross-border incursions. The Islamist
group which has established a substantial anti-Hamas presence in the Gaza Strip is Ansar
al Dawa al-Islamia, renamed "Supporters of the Islamic State of Jerusalem."
Israeli, Egyptian and Hamas' military sources are all concerned to make light of this
development. When asked, they say that the group's nature and scope have not yet been
evaluated. Western and Middle East governments took the same tack two years ago, when ISIS
first embarked on its calamitous course in Syria.
DEBKAfile's military sources point to eight signs of the ISIS presence in the Gaza
Strip: 1. In the last 48 hours, Hamas security authorities have suddenly set up scores of
roadblocks across the Strip, including Gaza City. 2. They acted after senior Hamas
security officer Sabah Siam was murdered Saturday, May 30, by a gang of five gunmen
sporting ISIS insignia.
Hamas tried pretending that the officer died in a bomb planted in his vehicle by a
local rival faction. But the attack was too public to be concealed. The ISIS gunmen burst
into a shop owned by the officer's family in the center of Gaza City while he was
visiting. They cut him down in front of his relatives and dozens of passersby, none of
whom made any move to stop them as they made off in two vehicles.
The terrorists later issued a communiqué saying: "Sabah Siam was liquidated
because he was a partner in a war declared against religion and against Muslims working
for the heretical government in the Gaza Strip." In a declaration of war, ISIS warned the
Palestinian Hamas to "end its war against religion in Gaza or face the consequences."
Israeli and Egyptian security services, most likely in conjunction with Hamas, set up a
tight ring of bodyguards to protect German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
against possible assassins when he visited Gaza Monday. He insisted on going through with
his visit in the face of the internecine Islamist fighting which had erupted in the
On the day of the visit, Ansar al Dawa al-Islamia posted a social media notice calling
on Gazans to discontinue their cooperation with the "heretical Hamas regime." 5. The same
group also claimed responsibility for a string of bombings outside Hamas headquarters and
offices in Gaza during the month of May.
On May 8, the ISIS Sinai branch Ansar Bait Maqdis shelled the Hamas facility in Khan
Younis, in southern Gaza. 7. On May 28, ISIS-Sinai threatened to "target Eilat Port in
the coming days," as a joint project with the ISIS wing in the Gaza Strip, which would
also attack Hamas's military arm, Ezz e-din Al-Qassam, and take control of the Gaza Strip.
8. DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources report that Ansar al Dawa is preparing to declare
the Gaza Strip a province of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Bolton: Israel Must Strike Iran Soon
On the sidelines of the Israel Day Concert in New York's Central Park on Sunday, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton gave a rundown of Iran's nuclear program and the impending deal on curbing it, in an exclusive Arutz Sheva interview. See https://youtu.be/LErY-lBnGa8 While negotiations between Iran and world powers have reached an interim agreement ahead of a June 30 deadline for a final deal, Bolton predicts that the Iran negotiations are "doomed to failure."
"I don't think Iran has any intention of giving up its efforts to get deliverable
nuclear weapons," said the former ambassador. "Even if a deal is signed sometime in the
summer I think the ayatollahs will violate it even before the ink is dry."
Lending credence to those suspicions, top Iranian officials have said they will start
using advanced IR-8 centrifuges that are 20 times as effective as standard ones as soon as
a deal is reached, even as the US asserts a deal will limit the usage of advanced
According to Bolton, the West doesn't have enough knowledge about Iran's covert nuclear
program, nor does it possess any sufficient mechanism to monitor possible violations of a
future deal, meaning such a deal will only "legitimize Iran's path to nuclear
So why is President Barack Obama so earnestly pressing for a deal with Iran? In
Bolton's estimation his actions stem from a belief that negotiations can change the nature
of the hostile Islamic regime, because Obama "is driven by an ideology that sees American
influence as part of the problem, and if he can show the ayatollahs that we are no threat
to them that they will happily give up their 30-year pursuit of nuclear weapons. I just
think that's flatly wrong."
Faced with the threat of a nuclear armed Iran, Israel will have to choose whether to
strike Iran's nuclear facilities based on estimations that within the next 20 months Iran
will be able to produce a nuclear arsenal. Israel must decide soon, he added, because once
Iran has the bomb, "any attack would risk nuclear retaliation."
In the case of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites, the Jewish state will have
Congressional pressure to help it against Obama's antagonism to such a development,
according to Bolton. Ahead of such a strike it will need to stress how the attack is part
of its legitimate right to self-defense, and after the strike it will need to resupply
with US aid.
Project 'Bomb Shelters Online' Underway in Northern Israel
The newest in rocket defense comfort: Wireless internet (WIFI) will now be available, free
of charge, in bomb shelters in northern Israel.
The Israel Defense Ministry's Emergency Authority, acronymed Rachel, is running the
new, first-of-its-kind project, which it calls "Bomb Shelters Online." It is designed to
improve besieged citizens' accessibility to real-time information and to emergency
centers, as well as their ability to communicate with relatives and emergency services
when bomb-warning sirens are sounding. Use of the service will be free from the moment the
shelters are officially opened, in the event of rocket warnings.
Rachel ran a pilot Shelters Online program over the past few months in Kiryat Shemonah,
Israel's northern-most city, situated along Israel's border with Hizbullah-controlled
southern Lebanon. (Metulah, which is further north, is officially a town, not a city.) The
shelters in Kiryat Shemonah, which have seen much use in recent decades in the face of
frequent Katyusha and other terrorist attacks, have been refurbished and adapted to
Similar works are now underway in more than 50 other public shelters in northern cities
such as Tzfat, Nahariya, Tiberias, Acco and Shlomi, as well as in the Arab town Sakhnin,
and even as far south as Migdal HaEmek just north of the Jezreel Valley. "The internet is
taking an increasingly large share of our ability to communicate with the population
during emergency situations," Betzalel Treiber of Rachel told Israel Defense News. "This
is why we view this project as so crucial."
The shelters selected for the first stage of the project are located in high-risk areas
in which apartments are generally not fitted with "protected areas." Rachel is planning
to equip hundreds of other shelters in the north in the coming months, and possibly to
expand to other areas of the country as well. The project is expected to cost millions of
PA Children's Show: Jews are Bloodthirsty, Evil
The Palestinian Authority has once again broadcasted anti-Semitic content, this time
"informing" viewers that Jews are bloodthirsty and subhuman on a children's show,
Palestinian Media Watch reported Monday.
On the latest broadcast of the official PA TV children's program "The Best Home," a young girl recited a poem calling Jews "barbaric monkeys," "the most evil among creations," and those "who murdered Allah's pious prophets." See https://youtu.be/reF8utB75tA. Jews are said to be "throngs... brought up on spilling blood... impure... [and] filth."
The full text of the poem is as follows:
Eichmann's Wife Visited Israel Before His Execution
Sunday marked 53 years since the execution of the Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann in Israel
and newly released state archives reveal that Eichmann's wife Vera visited her doomed
husband in prison in Ramle one month prior to his execution.
The revelation came in a post on the state archives blog regarding a debate within the
government on whether Vera should be allowed to visit Eichmann before his death. Her visit
to Israel was kept secret and until this day no proof was found to confirm her visit with
The state archive cited the prison's visitor's log which listed Vera as a guest on
April 30, 1962. She stayed for an hour-and-a-half and was accompanied by the district
police commander and two Israel Prison Service officers.
Eichmann, who was a senior commander in the SS was one of the key players in carrying
out Hitler's "Final Solution" against Europe's Jews during the second World War. He was
captured by the Mossad in Argentina in 1960 where he had fled and lived under a false
identity. He was tried and executed in Israel as opposed to the majority of Nazi criminals
who have been mostly tried and sentenced by international courts.
The blog post from the state archive reveals the chronology of events that led to
Vera's visit. Two months before Eichmann's execution, she passed a request to the Justice
Minister, Dov Yosef to see her husband. Yosef brought the request to the government on
March 18, 1962 and told the ministers that Prime Minister David Ben Gurion thought that
Israel would find it difficult to stand before international criticism if Vera would be
prevented from seeing Eichmann. Yosef suggested that the meeting be held in secret and be
carried out quickly - within 24 hours if possible.
On the same day, Foreign Minister Golda Meir brought the government's decision to the
Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. "I assume that most of us are completely
satisfied with the entire process," she said. "But we know that there are many 'righteous'
in the world who's attention now will be much greater than their attention during the
MK Ya'akov Hazan agreed with the decision and only asked, "that she won't help him go
into the next world in a more humanitarian way."
Israeli Rabbi Sells 'Kosher' Pleasure with Online Sex Shop
Their inspiration may be exotic -- the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Rome's
Coliseum -- but Rabbi Natan Alexander's vibrators have a distinctly domestic goal: giving
Orthodox Jewish couples gratification without the guilt. Alexander, 34, was born in Sydney
and now lives in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
After studying religion and becoming a rabbi in Israel, he turned his hand to online
sex counseling in a mission to spice up the love lives of the faithful. "Giving pleasure
to one's wife is a religious obligation," he told AFP. "Religious couples should be helped
to better live their sexuality."
He founded the Better2gether website where observant couples can peruse and purchase
all sorts of sex aids, safe in the knowledge the products are kosher. "Jewish law permits
the use of these objects that can best help fulfill the commandment to give pleasure to
one's wife," Alexander said. "Better2gether is here to help couples enhance and strengthen
relationships both emotionally and physically," the website proclaims. "Our approach
provides modesty, sensitivity, and confidentiality."
Its online catalogue has an architectural flavor, offering vibrators modeled on
landmarks including London's Gherkin skyscraper, the fronds of Palm Island in Dubai and
the spires and domes of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square.
Alexander is not the first cleric to publicly address sex and eroticism in marriage
among Judaism's deeply conservative community. American Orthodox rabbi Shmuley Boteach had
a blockbuster success with his 1999 book "Kosher Sex" and his 2009 follow-up "The Kosher
Sutra" was also a bestseller.
"I think in our culture we suppress and deny a woman's true erotic nature," he said in
a video promoting his 2014 work, "Kosher Lust. Women today are loved but they're not
lusted after. They're appreciated but not desired," said Boteach, 49, whose website says
that he has nine children and two grandchildren. "They're complimented but their husbands
aren't ripping their clothes off."
Alexander's West Bank business has proved successful, counting satisfied customers in
Israel but also as far afield as the United States, Britain, Australia and South Africa.
In spite of sales of approximately five items a day and more than 20,000 views of the
website a month, he insists his online sex venture isn't all about profit. "I want to
offer these services to allow religious couples access to pleasure without breaking
religious laws," he explained.
While the products are the same as those offered by sex shops everywhere, they are
supplied in packages without the kind of racy illustrations that offend Orthodox
The site offers online counseling by what it says are professional sex therapists,
couples counselors and gynecologists on issues which many couples find hard to raise with
their rabbis. Questions on premature ejaculation, penis size, orgasms and sexual positions
are answered using language "respecting the rules of religious life," Alexander said.
"Judaism gives an important place to sexual pleasure but it is still too often a taboo
subject," he added. "I am proud to be a pioneer in this field."
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