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Iran Conducts Latest Missile Test in Defiance of UN Ban

By DEBKAfile & Reuters

According to Western intelligence sources, Iran conducted a ballistic medium range missile test on November 21 in violation of a UN Security Council ban. The test of the Ghadr-110, an improved version of the Shehab-3, took place at a missile test site near Chabahar in Sistan and Baluchistan province near the Pakistani border, the sources said. The weapon is said to have a range of up to 2,000 km and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Security Council Resolution 2231, which was passed in July after Tehran's nuclear deal with Western powers, forbids Iran from engaging in any ballistic missile work for eight years. It followed a 2010 resolution that banned all Iranian ballistic missile tests. Tehran also violated the UN ban by testing a ballistic missile on October 10.

Under that deal, reached on July 14, most sanctions on Iran will be lifted in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. According to a July 20 resolution endorsing that deal, Iran is still "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

In October, the United States, Britain, France and Germany called for the Security Council's Iran sanctions committee to take action over a missile test by Tehran that month that they said violated UN sanctions. So far, no action has been taken by the committee. Several Security Council diplomats said on Monday they had received no official notification of a new alleged violation of the UN missile sanctions against Iran since the October notification. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity.


America Contributes $100,000 to a Terrorist Hamas Fundraising Front

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), a taxpayer-funded aid organization, is giving a $100,000 federal grant to an Islamic charity banned in Israel for giving aid to Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Grant information on the USAID endowment reveals the massive allotment to Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) will be given in 2016 for various foreign projects.

IRW was banned in Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2014, after investigations revealed it was a fundraising front for Hamas, channeling its donations to funding attacks and paying terrorists.

It also was found to be tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is a Gazan offshoot, and financial reviews of the group's accounts showed it donated thousands of dollars to a charity founded by a top Al Qaeda terrorist, according to terrorism analyst Samuel Westrop's research on the group that was published by Gatestone Institute in 2013.

Kyle Shideler, director of the Center for Security Policy's Threat Information Office, was quoted by the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday saying he was shocked the US government would fund a group like IRW. "The fact that the US government would provide funding to an organization which two of our allies view as a terrorism finance entity is obviously highly problematic both for our domestic security, but also for foreign relations," said Shideler, who has investigated the group.

He noted that "both Israel and the UAE consider IRW a threat to their security. And we're funding them. The fact that this administration is aware of the role IRW plays, and yet sees fit not only to associate with, but actually funds them should be an outrage.

"Given that there's currently a bill before Congress to designate the Muslim Brotherhood (a terrorist group - ed.), and Congress is currently in discussion over an Omnibus spending bill, it would seem to me that now would be an opportune time to call for a total defunding of organizations linked to terror finance or Muslim Brotherhood activity," added Shideler. "One would think such a move wouldn't be necessary, but unfortunately it appears that this administration will continue to do so unless restrained by Congress."

Israel determined in 2006 that IRW was giving material support to Hamas, the terror group with the genocide of Jews written into its charter. A Foreign Ministry statement from the time revealed, "the IRW provides support and assistance to Hamas's infrastructure. The IRW's activities in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip are carried out by social welfare organizations controlled and staffed by Hamas operatives. The intensive activities of these associations are designed to further Hamas's ideology among the Palestinian population."

Also back in 2006, Israel arrested IRW's Gaza coordinator Ayaz Ali, a Pakistani-born British national, for his aid to Hamas. "Incriminating files were found on Ali's computer, including documents that attested to the organization's ties with illegal Hamas funds abroad (in the UK and in Saudi Arabia) and in Nablus. Also found were photographs of swastikas superimposed on IDF symbols, of senior Nazi German officials, of Osama Bin Laden, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as well as many photographs of Hamas military activities," revealed the Foreign Ministry.

Terrorism analyst Samuel Westrop, in his research published in 2013, found the charity's "accounts show that it has partnered with a number of organizations linked to terrorism and that some of charity's trustees are personally affiliated with extreme Islamist groups that have connections to terror."

Back in 2014 IRW held an internal audit in an apparent attempt to cover up its terror ties in the midst of the Israeli and UAE ban. However, the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor research group in 2015 analyzed the audit, and found it to be lacking.

"The information provided by (IRW) on its internal investigation is insufficient to assess the veracity of its claims," said NGO Monitor. "NGO Monitor recommends that a fully independent, transparent, and comprehensive audit of IRW's international activities and funding mechanisms be undertaken immediately."


ISIS Terror Cell Planned Attacks Inside Israel

By Reuters

Five members of the same Arab-Israeli family have been charged with setting up an Islamic State (ISIS) terror cell with the intent to carry out terror attacks inside Israel, it was cleared for publication Tuesday.

According to the Israel Security Agency, the five terrorists - who are all from the northern Israeli town of Nazareth - exchanged Facebook messages extolling ISIS' jihadist ideology, trained with weapons and planned to wage a terrorist campaign inside the Jewish state.

None of them had any plans to travel to Syria or Iraq, investigators said. The revelation comes just one day after senior Israeli security sources estimated that an ISIS terror attack inside Israel was only a matter of time.

The five were identified as Abd al Karim Ihab abd al Rahman Sliman (22), Mahmoud Ihab abd al Rahman Sliman (18), Abd al Karim Jamal Ali Sliman (23), Mohammed Salah Mohammed Sliman (19), and Murad Mohammed Salim Sliman (27).

From the ISA investigation it became clear that during the last year, the five worked to obtain weapons and even trained in using during repeated meetings. In the meetings they expressed support for ISIS and praised the concept of jihad against the "infidels." During their investigation, they gave over two rifles that they used for sporadic target practice at Hursha, located adjacent to Nazareth. One rifle was of the SKS model, while the other was a Carl Gustav variety.

ISA noted that during September 2014, the defense minister declared ISIS an illegal association, and one-and-a-half months ago the government of Israel declared ISIS a terrorist organization.

Indictments have been filed against the members of the terror cell by the northern district attorney's office at the Nazareth District Court. While only a few dozen Israeli Arabs are known to have traveled to Syria to join ISIS - far lower than the numbers from surrounding Middle Eastern countries, or even in Europe - a growing number of ISIS cells have been broken up by security forces, indicating a growing threat from the jihadist group.

Most such cells - including one broken up just last month - focus on recruiting fighters to travel out of Israel to ISIS' "Caliphate." However, a growing number of ISIS terror plots inside Israeli borders have been uncovered in recent month, including a cell which planned an attack on an IDF base in northern Israel.


State Flummoxed Over 11 Year-Old Terrorist

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The 11 year-old Palestinian Arab who stabbed and injured a Jerusalem light rail guard in a terror attack last month has been released from hospital and into a state-funded juvenile ward Tuesday, as the government scrambles to find an appropriate way to handle the preteen terrorist. Under Israeli law, the minor does not reach the age of criminal responsibility, which is 12.

Throughout the past two months, the State of Israel has already grappled with the sticky logistical and moral issues regarding teen terrorists from ages 12-14 - and the 120% rise in teen terror - but the issue of a true minor committing a terror attack is a new one.

As such, the 11 year-old was transferred to a closed juvenile rehabilitation facility for the time being until his court date, as criminal responsibility laws prevent him from being sent to a juvenile detention center.

The problem: he is not young enough to be considered completely cleared of responsibility - and thus sent to a protection or foster facility for children, in either Israel or the PA. Meanwhile, the security system must keep him away from civilians, out of consideration for his actions and the risk he may pose. "The state has absolutely no idea what to do with him," the source revealed.


Israel's Number One Spy: A Preview of the New Mossad Chief's Priorities: Iran and Threat of Asymmetrical Warfare

By YnetNews.com

Yossi Cohen, the next director of the Mossad, has given mostly general and polite statements to the press since Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that he will be the one to replace current Director Tamir Pardo. But some information about his ideas regarding matters of state and defense can be gleaned from a lecture he gave at the Or Etzion yeshiva near Kiryat Malachi in December 2014.

In a video recording of the lecture, shown on Israel's Channel 10 News on Tuesday, Cohen said: "The Iranian nuclear threat has to be, and is still, the top international priority, and I'll say in brackets – with the state of Israel at the lead."

Foreign news sources have attributed a series of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists to Israel, as well as the implantation of the Stuxnet computer virus in Iran's nuclear facilities, thus harming its nuclear program.

Cohen also spoke of the decreased chances of conventional war, saying, "What is a conventional war? Battles of tanks against tanks aren't predicted to develop in the next five years in our opinion. There isn't anyone to fight with (that way) either. The Syrian Army is almost non-existent, the Jordanians won't fight us, Hizbullah doesn't have tanks, and Egypt is a country with a peace treaty that I hope can create stability.

"That's why the threat of conventional warfare without nuclear weapons and complex missiles goes down in comparison with the challenge of asymmetrical warfare. What is asymmetrical warfare? We come with F16s, F15s, modern tanks, Merkava 4s (Merkava is the main, Israeli-created battle tank used by the IDF. The name Merkava means "Chariot" in Hebrew), maybe 5s too, APCs, with very accurate missiles and warheads and so on – with only terrorist organizations facing us."

Cohen, an alumnus of Or Etzion, told the students about his joining the Mossad: "And then there's a plot twist. The Mossad wasn't necessarily part of my dreams. The Mossad came to me, and in simple words enlisted me into its ranks. The contact happened where it happened, at the university I studied at in London at the time. I agree completely and with little resistance to meet the challenge and enlist to be, in fact, a Mossad fighter."


Rock Holding and Kaffiyeh Clad Dolls Seized at Haifa Port

By YnetNews.com

"Inciting dolls," that is the terminology used by Tax Authority officials to describe boxed dolls which were seized in Haifa as part of a shipment from the UAE.

Boxes within the shipment contained about 4,000 dolls. The dolls feature a scarf bearing an image of the Al Aqsa mosque, and they were adorned with nationalist phrases like, "Jerusalem, we are coming," and Jerusalem for us." All the dolls – which were painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag, feature a cocked arm holding a rock.

As a result of the symbolism, the dolls were deemed inciting materials. The dolls faces were covered in Kaffiyehs and were bound for sale in the Palestinian territories.

The containers in which the dolls were found were labeled as clothing, carpets and plastic items. A source told Ynet that the container was identified by the "profiling" system at the Haifa cargo terminal. After the containers were identified as suspicious, they were sent to an X-ray which showed the undeclared dolls.

Other unlisted items were found in the containers, including soles for military boats and candles. The Haifa customs drug unit seized the goods and has opened an investigation. Haifa port's customs manager, Kobi Yahav, said, "Customs units will continue their day to day work in preventing smuggling attempts to Israel. We place special importance on weapons and incitement materials, especially in times like these."


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