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>JN Aug. 21, 2015, Vol. 23, No. 164
IDF Hits 14 Targets in Syria Following Rocket Fire
By IsraelNationalNews.com & DEBKAfile
The IDF announced on Thursday night that it had attacked 14 targets belonging to the
Syrian regime in the Golan Heights. According to the statement, the attacks were a joint
operation of the Israel Air Force, the artillery corps and the armored corps. The attacks
were retaliation for the firing of five rockets towards Israeli territory from Syria on
"This shooting was carried out by the Islamic Jihad, with Iranian funding, and is a
flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the State of Israel. The IDF holds the Syrian
regime responsible for what is happening in its territory and will not tolerate any
attempt to harm Israel's sovereignty and the security of its citizens," said the IDF
A senior IDF officer said on Thursday evening that Iran was behind the rocket attack,
noting that the directive to fire the rockets was personally given out by the head of the
Palestinian department in Iran's Al-Quds force. The senior officer's comments regarding
Iran's involvement in the attack are in line with a report from April, when Iranian
officials reportedly told the Syrian regime to strike Israel and open a war front on the
Israeli security sources said the rockets were fired by the Islamic Jihad terrorist
organization, which is funded and directed by Iran, but the group denied the
The officer said that the directive to fire the rockets was personally given out by the
head of the Palestinian department in Iran's Al-Quds force. The IDF responded to the
incident with artillery fire, noting that the Syrian regime is responsible for the rocket
attacks emanating from its sovereign territory, "and it will bear responsibility for the
"So far, the attack is a very broad attack," the senior officer said Thursday evening.
"5-6 artillery targets were struck, including targets at a depth of several kilometers.
The goal was to respond to the incident and simultaneously convey a clear message to the
other side. We were not surprised by the shooting," he said.
The rockets exploded in the Galilee "Panhandle," the Huleh Valley and one on the Golan.
They started fires in kibbutz fields and orchards. The rockets were mistakenly reported
earlier as coming from Lebanon. A red alert sent people living in the area into
DEBKAfile's military sources report that these events were sparked by the knowledge
reaching Israeli intelligence that Iranian Al Qods and Hizbullah officers were building a
new terrorist network for mounting large-scale terrorist attacks on Israel from the Syrian
border opposite the Golan. The officers had handed out anti-tank and anti-air rockets to
the terrorists, raising Israeli suspicions that one of their plans was to seize an Israeli
location or part of one and try and hold out against an Israeli counter-offensive of tanks
and assault helicopters.
Our counter-terrorism sources disclose that three radical terrorist movements staff the
new network: One is the hard-line rejectionist Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine
General Command (PFLP-GC). Another is the Golan-based Syrian Druze group known as
Liberators of the Golan. It is headed by the notorious Samir Kuntar, a Lebanese Druze who
has set up a Golan terror ring based in the Druze village of Al-Khadar opposite the
Israeli border fence.
Also harnessed to Iran's new Golan terror organization is the Syrian Social Nationalist
Party (SSNP) which is made up of radical Christian terrorists. This old timer violent
group, which is run by Syrian intelligence, took part in the 1982-3 Hizbullah bombing
massacres at the US Embassy and Marine headquarters in Beirut.
First Haredi Woman Accepted into El Al Pilot Course
A haredi woman has for the first time been accepted into El Al's elite pilot training
course, which will begin in three months, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. Nehama (full name
withheld), in her 30s, lives in a haredi community in Jerusalem and is married with three
children. She is a graduate of a Beit Yaakov school and at age 20, she began learning to
fly in the United States.
With her American pilot license, Nehama tried, unsuccessfully, for several years to be
accepted into El Al's program. She had accomplished all the minimum requirements of the
course, except for the required number of flying hours, which is very difficult for a
civilian pilot - who has not served in the Israeli Air Force - to accumulate. Nehama did
not give up and continued to travel every year to the United States to meet the required
number of flying hours.
She recently met her goal, and after passing El Al's rigorous testing, was finally
accepted into its pilot course starting in November. "My dream has always been to be an
active pilot," Nehama told her friends, "and my husband is very supportive and has helped
me fulfill this dream."
Rouhani Hits Israel With 1969 Al-Aqsa Arson Libel
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday gave credence to an old libel to attack
Israel, falsely accusing it of a 1969 arson attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on
Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. Rouhani referenced the libel at a
meeting for International Mosques Day on Thursday, reports the semi-official Fars News
Speaking about the arson, he said, "that event meant that the aggressor and occupier
Zionist regime does not respect any social and human principle, doesn't show mercy to the
people, children and women, continues massacre and aggression and even desecrates the
Muslim world's first Qibla and a place which is also respected by other divine
His talk of the "first Qibla" refers to a Muslim tradition not found in the Koran,
which claims Mohammed originally prayed towards the Temple Mount copying Jewish prayers.
After a few years he allegedly changed the practice and faced towards the Kaaba in Mecca,
which Muslims tradition says houses the stone on which Abraham sacrificed Ishmael, in a
distortion of the original Torah story.
Rouhani went on to say the 1969 arson is a "warning to Muslims to be vigilant against
the Israeli plots," as paraphrased by Fars. He also called for Muslim unity against
Israel. There's just one problem with Rouhani's Al-Aqsa arson libel - an insane Australian
Christian did it, not Israel. Denis Michael Rohan of Australia lit a fire in the mosque on
August 21, 1969, before Israeli firefighters quickly put out the flames, and the damage
was then repaired.
Rohan soon confessed to the arson, and after being arrested by Israel he was found to
be mentally insane and hospitalized in a mental institution before being deported back to
Australia in 1974 for continued mental treatment. He had set the fire to try and clear the
Mount of the mosque so that the Third Temple could be built, given his evangelical
Protestant Christian beliefs that Jesus would return after it was built.
And yet the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world at large quickly invented the lie
that Israel was responsible for the arson, alternately claiming that a Jew set the fire,
or else that Israel paid Rohan to launch the arson.
Feature-Length Film, Hamas Depicts its 'Victory' Over Israel
Hamas's media arm, "Al Aqsa," has released a feature-length drama to mark one years since last summer's war. See https://youtu.be/VzBPKP0I2gI; the 55-minute, slickly-produced film is entitled "Ambushes of Death," and intersperses testimonies from terrorists who took part in fighting against the IDF with dramatizations of their battles during Operation Protective Edge.
The film portrays the war as a "victory" for Hamas, despite it not having achieved its
stated goals of ending Israel's blockade of Gaza, and despite the massive damage wrought
to its military infrastructure and loses inflicted to its fighting force. The 50-day war
ended with a ceasefire on August 26, which has largely held despite intermittent rocket
fire from Gazan terrorist factions.
In the movie, actors playing Hamas terrorists can be seen reenacting various missions,
including fighting at close quarters, burrowing through tunnels into Israel and laying
ambushes for Israeli soldiers. At one point, the film depicts a terrorist crawling
undetected to an Israel tank to lay an explosive charge.
The terrorists are portrayed as heroes, committed to their cause and willing to die. In
illustrating their members' thirst for "martyrdom," the Hamas propaganda film also
dramatized the death in combat of several terrorists, and the entire production is
interspersed with recitals from the Quran.
In contrast, Israeli soldiers - played by Hebrew-speaking Arab actors - are portrayed
as cowardly, incompetent and lazy, hiding behind a tank and at points randomly firing at
civilian areas in Islamist-controlled Gaza. The film also shows edited footage from
Israeli TV of IDF soldiers giving real-life testimonies about the tough conditions they
faced against an enemy heavily embedded into the civilian infrastructure of Gaza.
That portrayal is far from the reality of last summer's conflict, which in fact saw IDF
soldiers fighting house-to-house against Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who regularly
hid behind the civilian population of Gaza - often openly boasting of their effective use
of human shields. Documents seized by the Israeli army during the fighting revealed how
the use of human shields was an essential part of Hamas's strategic doctrine, both to
hamper Israeli military operations and use subsequent civilian deaths to gain sympathy
through the international media.
The movie ends with a familiar message often featured in other Hamas propaganda,
calling on Jewish Israelis to leave the country voluntarily or be violently
ethnically-cleansed, and promising to conquer Jerusalem. The film's release comes amid
ongoing, unconfirmed reports that Hamas and Israel are close to reaching a long-term
ceasefire, one which could potentially stretch for as long as 5 or even 10 years.
Bin Laden's Favorite Singer is Jewish
Famous Jewish-Algerian singer Enrico Macias was shocked to discover his recordings were found in al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden's collection. "When I (first) heard it I thought it was a mistake, I thought it was a joke. I'm still shocked, it's very surprising," said Macias on Tuesday in an interview with Ynet upon learning that he was one of Osama Bin Laden's favorite singers. See https://youtu.be/BTLNhv6uCzg
The Jewish-Algerian singer, known for his French chansons, is a long-time supporter of
Israel and has performed in the country many times, and so he was left speechless when the
BBC reported that examinations of Osama Bin Laden's music collection indicate that he was
a fan of Macias. "When I heard it I thought it was a mistake, I thought it was a joke.
Afterwards many people contacted me about it and I understood that it was true."
The collection, which included 1,500 recordings from the 1960's to 2001, was found at
the chief terrorist's houses in Kandahar, Afghanistan. More than 200 speakers and singers
were recorded on tapes, some were diplomats and politicians. Among these was the voice of
Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian leader known for his call for non-violent struggle.
One of the recorded speeches, dealing with the Palestinian struggle, was interrupted by
a recording of an Enrico Macias song. "It's very strange for me," Macias added. "First of
all because I do not know the identity of those who buy and love my music. I can not
control who listens to me. It is surprising to see who likes your songs."
Do you think he knew of your Jewish origins? "I'm sure he knew I was a Jew since my
songs were banned in many Arab countries, but I know that certain Arab countries love my
music, because my style is very oriental, so he surely knew. I do not understand why my
songs fascinated this man. My songs are a message of peace and against violence, and he
was one of the most violent people this world has known. So believe me, I'm
Perhaps bin Laden was not listening to the words? "Oh, no. I'm sure he listened to and
understood. But maybe he interpreted what I sang differently."
Macias was born in Algeria to a Sephardic-Jewish family, and was named "Enrico" by his
Gypsy friends who taught him to play guitar. In 1961 he emigrated to France with his wife,
along with thousands of French and Jews who left Algeria during the years of the bloody
civil war there.
Macias was a great success in France by combining with the music of his homeland with
traditional French chansons, and he became popular among large audiences around the world.
Macias frequently visits and performs in Israel. Macias' songs bear a universal message of
peace and brotherhood among nations, and he even received recognition for this from the
United Nations. He performed his peace-loving songs at a famous concert in 1979 at the
foot of the pyramids in Egypt, before the peace agreement was signed between Israel and
Landmark Tel Aviv Maariv Bridge to be Destroyed Friday
By Israel Faxx News Services
The building of Tel Aviv's new rail system has necessitated the destruction of the
historic central Maariv overpass on Friday morning . The 39-year-old bridge is located at
a major junction in central Tel Aviv, and its destruction is expected to snarl automobile
traffic in an already congested city.
Construction of the subway system, building stations and digging of tunnels, began
earlier this month, and has caused large traffic complications in major areas of the city
as the streets are torn up. The project is projected to be completed in 2021.
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