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Better to Live in a 'Big Fortress' Than in a Coffin
By IsraelNationalNews.com (Analysis by Mark Langfan)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was dead right when he told an Army Radio interviewer
Tuesday that Israel had no choice but to reject US proposals for Israeli concessions last
year, as the US pushed for talks with the Palestinian Authority.
"If we had implemented the American's offers," argued Ya'alon, "in the area of
security, for example, then today there would already be mortar shells striking Ben Gurion
Airport, and rockets on Tel Aviv."
But the problem is not just the Americans. The problem is that Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu himself keeps talking about a "demilitarized West Bank Palestinian State." That
is a delusional fiction, because the Palestinians will be able to smuggle the same type of
rockets into their West Bank "demilitarized state" that they successfully smuggled into
The difference between that scenario and what happened in Gaza is that the rockets
launched from the West Bank will be able to hit Israel's highly and densely populated
Sharon Plain that holds 70% of Israel's Jewish population. What are you going to do?
Reinvade the West Bank as the rockets are flying into Netanya?
Ya'alon was reacting to an interview with Secretary of State John Kerry in the New
Yorker, in which Kerry said he believes Israel is headed toward becoming a "unitary state
that is an impossible entity to manage." Kerry also said that Israel is currently at risk
of turning into a "big fortress."
To this, Israel should respond: we'd rather live in a "big fortress" than in a smaller coffin. Mark Langfan explained the dangers of Katyusha rockets from the West Bank hitting Tel Aviv in this video interview with Christian Broadcasting's Erick Stakelbeck: See https://youtu.be/GUNN5QwQh6s
Saudi Arabia Announces 34-Nation Islamic Alliance Against Terrorism
By VOA News
Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday what it called a new Islamic military alliance made up
of 34 countries to fight terrorism. The state-run Saudi Press Agency published a statement
saying the initiative will include an operations center in Riyadh to coordinate military
operations. The statement said terrorism is a "serious violation of human dignity and
rights, especially the right to life and the right to security," and that "acts of
corruption and terrorism cannot be justified in any way."
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman said at a news
conference there will not be a focus on any one terror group. "Today there are a number of
countries that suffer from terrorism, for example Daesh [Islamic State] in Syria and Iraq;
terrorism in Sinai, terrorism in Yemen, terrorism in Libya, terrorism in Mali, terrorism
in Nigeria, terrorism in Pakistan, terrorism in Afghanistan and this requires a very
strong effort to fight. Without a doubt, there will be coordination in these efforts," he
The alliance includes Jordan, Bahrain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, which are
conducting airstrikes in Syria as part of a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State.
Others from the Middle East include Tunisia, Lebanon, Libya and Egypt. Pakistan,
Bangladesh and Malaysia are also part of the effort, as are a number of African countries
such as Sudan, Somalia, Mali and Nigeria. The Saudi statement said others have "expressed
their support," including Indonesia, the home of the world's largest Muslim
Egyptian Warplanes Using Israeli Airspace
Egyptian Air Force planes have in recent months crossed into Israeli airspaces part of
Egypt's military campaign against the local Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State terror
group, Ynet learned on Tuesday.
The unprecedented flights, apparently conducted in coordination with the IDF, were
conducted mostly in the triangular border area between Israeli territory, Egyptian land,
and the southern Gaza Strip. The flights are believed to be the first time that Egyptian
warplanes entered Israeli airspace since the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
The Egyptian aircraft bombed ISIS targets mere kilometers away from the Israeli border,
in the vicinity of El Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in the northern Sinai. Entry into Israeli
airspace did not result in any clashes with Israeli planes, presumably because of prior
Despite Israel's peace agreement with Egypt and close operational and intelligence
coordination, the Israeli Air Force treats any potential entry into Israeli airspace with
the utmost seriousness. Warplanes were deployed to the Golan Heights dozens of times over
the past year because Syrian planes were making suspicious movements. On the southern
front, the IAF's guiding principle is to act with extreme caution.
About four years ago, with Islamist forces becoming much more active against the
Egyptian military in the Sinai, Israel put the military clause of its peace accords with
Egypt into action, allowing the entry of tanks and fighter planes into the Sinai,
including the easternmost point near Israel. The Egyptian forces have taken advantage of
this permission, and since then there have been dozens of strikes by their fighter planes
and helicopters against terrorist targets in the area.
The Egyptian Air Force has also been operating drones in the fight against the
extremist organization, which counts in its ranks about 8,000 people considered
ISIS' most efficient arm in the Middle East because of its ability to execute attacks
against Egyptian military forces daily and kill dozens of security personnel every month.
The main challenge for the local military, and for Israel as well, is intelligence
the local ISIS branch operates in a very compartmentalized way, without using phones, and
across a huge mountainous area in the heart of the Sinai region.
Israel believes that two videos recently released by the organization in the Sinai in
which it calls for renewed attacks against Israeli targets, were not empty words
even though they have yet to lead to concrete threats.
The IDF and Shin Bet have increased their efforts, with the latter establishing a
special department for gathering intelligence in the Sinai area. Ynet has learned that
more resources have recently been allocated to intelligence gathering on the Egyptian
border because of threats by ISIS. Even so, assessments the IDF Southern Command suggest
that intelligence about a possible ISIS terror attack against Israel will come shortly
before it is supposed to happen, if at all.
Iran: We Infiltrated the Mossad
The semi-official Fars News Agency of Iran outdid itself on Tuesday, posting claims
that Tehran's intelligence agents have infiltrated "those countries that have taken a hard
line on the Islamic Republic."
The claims were made by Hojjatoleslam Gholamreza Safayee, chief of Iranian Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Office for Ideological and Political Affairs. "We have
infiltrated the enemy's spy agencies," posited the senior official in Tehran on Tuesday,
without given any other details whatsoever.
The article was accompanied by an image with the symbols of the CIA, the UK's MI6, and
the Mossad, in a clear indication of which "hard line" countries Fars was insinuating were
infiltrated. Safayee also claimed that the "inside job" was to credit for the "capture of
the executed ringleader of (the) Jundollah terrorist group four years ago," referring to
Abdolmalek Rigi, who founded and led the Sunni militant group that opposes Iran's
occupation of Balochistan before being executed in 2010. Fars has a long history of
far-fetched claims, such as when it reported in late October that an IDF colonel had been
captured fighting for Islamic State in Iraq.
A commander of the Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite militias claimed to the paper that "the
Israeli colonel's name is Yusi Oulen Shahak and is ranked a colonel in Golani Brigade of
the Zionist regime's army with the security and military code of
The patently false nature of the claim was clear not least of all from the "military
code" - IDF soldiers have a seven digit personal identification number that appears on
their dog tags and military ID cards, which is not even remotely similar to the garbled
string of letters and numbers listed in the report. The lack of precision regarding the
simple matter of IDF personal numbers would also seem to further belie the claims of
Iranian infiltration of the Mossad.
While an Arab Muslim IDF soldier did recently betray Israel to join ISIS in Syria, as
reported last Thursday, the alleged soldier Iran reported on was identified as a Jew.
Iranian officials have long claimed Israel and the US created ISIS, with Brig. Gen.
Mohammad Reza Naqdi, head of Iran's Basij paramilitary force, just last month claiming
Israel was behind the lethal Paris attacks instead of ISIS.
Experts Say 'Nazi Gold Train' Isn't Real
By IsraelNationalNews.com & AFP
No evidence supports the existence of a Nazi "gold train" loaded with treasures and
buried in Poland at the end of World War II, researchers said Tuesday. The experts from
Krakow's prestigious Academy of Mining said a tunnel could exist but that there was no
sign of a train at a site near the southwestern town of Walbrzych.
The story sparked a flurry of global media interest in September when two men claimed
to have discovered an armored Nazi train using ground-penetrating radar. Piotr Koper, a
Pole, and German national Andreas Richter said a train carriage 98 meters (320 feet) lay
buried eight to nine meters underground. They said they believed the contents were mostly
weapon prototypes, though local legend spoke of artwork, jewels and gold stolen by the
The Nazis made prisoners of war dig a network of tunnels in the area, and some locals
have claimed the Germans tried to spirit gold away as Russia's Red Army closed in. But
Academy geology professor Janusz Madej said his team's research had indicated "there is no
train on this site (but) maybe a tunnel."
While admitting that a geological survey of the area had thrown up some anomalies,
Madej told AFP he was "100% sure there is no train" there based on magnetic, gravimetric
and geo-radar studies.
Koper and Richter insist that further searches will locate a train buried deep inside
the tunnel. "We discovered a tunnel. You can see clearly the entrance to a tunnel," Koper
told reporters. He told AFP his team would prove that a train exists. "I am convinced we
are going to prove its existence. We need a bit more time...we need to excavate," he
insisted, adding that he and Richter were prepared to foot the bill themselves.
It will ultimately fall to the Walbrzych town hall to decide whether excavation should
proceed. Treasures that the Nazis allegedly stashed away as Soviet forces closed in
reputedly included artwork stolen from dispossessed Jewish families and the Amber Room,
which the Germans pillaged from Saint Petersburg's Catherine Palace.
Quite apart from the train legend, it was at Walbrzych that the Nazis constructed a
huge subterranean labyrinth over 200 hectares (500 acres) beneath the hills of Lower
Silesia - including around the massive Ksiaz Castle.
The huge bunker, which cost the lives of countless death camp inmates who hewed out the
rock, was supposed to provide shelter from attack for Hitler's general staff - as well as
store treasures looted from across Europe. The entrances were dynamited to erase all trace
of the proposed hideout.
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