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Arch Terrorist Quntar's Two Secret Iranian Controllers Died With Him
The Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah's eulogy for Samir Quntar at his funeral Monday,
Dec. 21 was not only brief but also untraditional. After blaming Israel in a few short
sentences for assassinating him, Nasrallah said he would laud the dead terrorist's deeds
and qualities on another occasion. That was hardly the tribute the Hizbullah would
normally have awarded a senior operative killed by Zionist missiles.
.The Druze arch terrorist had of late transferred his services from Hizbullah to the
Iranian Revolutionary Guards. He kept up his connections in Hizbullah, but took orders
from the Iranians in preference to instructions from Nasrallah and the commander of
Hizbullah operations in Syria, Mustafa Badr al-Din.
The Iranian command in Damascus provided him with two apartments in the Jamaran
district south of the Syrian capital, where he lived and worked. But he was also given two
Iranian handlers, officers of Gen. Qassem Soleimani's Al Qods Brigades. Those two Iranian
officers died in the rocket attack Sunday, Dec. 20, along with Quntar and his deputy,
Farhan Issam Sha'alan, head of the "Syrian National Resistance on the Golan" organization,
which was just then getting ready to launch attacks deep inside Israeli territory.
DEBKAfile's exclusive sources name the two Iranian officers as Mohammed Riza Fahemi and
Mir Ahmad Ahmadi. Their coffins were flown to Tehran the day after the assassination.
On Wednesday, Dec. 23, the IDF raised the level of alert another notch on the Golan,
the Lebanese and Syrian borders and on the main roads of northern Israel, in view of signs
that the Iranian leadership was bent on avenging the loss of the arch-terrorist and the
two Iranian intelligence officers.
DEBKAfile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that high Iranian officials had
concluded that Israel had targeted Quntar to get at Tehran, rather than Hizbullah. It was
seen as a warning from Jerusalem that if the new terrorist network that the Druze
terrorist had established, in partnership with Syria and Hizbullah, went into action
against Israel, Iran would pay a price: more elements of its military and intelligence
structure in Syria would be targeted. Iran's leaders also decided, according to those
sources, that the deaths of Quntar and two Iranian officers must not go unpunished.
But the rushed eulogy and unceremonious funeral also had a hidden context. Although the
dead man was a member of the Druze faith, the ceremony was conducted according to Shiite
rites at Hizbullah's main center of worship, the Shiite Hosniyeh mosque in southern
Beirut. The hundreds of thousands of Syrian, Lebanese and Israeli Druze who witnessed the
ceremony were appalled to discover that Quntar had deserted his ancestral faith and
converted to Shiite Muslim.
DEBKAfile's intelligence and counterterrorism sources have learned that the terrorist
kept his conversion a deep secret, known to no one in the Druze community, only to a
handful of top Iranian and Hizbullah officials. Since the secret has come out, his
compatriots in Syria, Lebanon and the Golan feel they were cheated by Iranian and
Hizbullah agents into following Quntar, in the false belief that he headed an autonomous
Druze group, when in fact he was a renegade and the minion of a Shiite power.
Four Palestinians Die While Attacking Israelis
By VOA News, IsraelNationalNews.com & DEBKAfile
New violence erupted in the West Bank Thursday, with three Palestinian attackers shot
dead as they carried out stabbings and a car ramming and a fourth killed in clashes with
In one incident, a Palestinian stabbed two Israeli security guards in the West Bank
town of Ariel, before being shot dead. Shortly afterward, another Palestinian man tried
to attack Israeli forces with a screwdriver near the town of Hebron. He was shot and
killed. Another Palestinian was shot and killed after injuring a soldier in a
Israeli troops killed a fourth Palestinian while they carried out an arrest raid near
the town of Qalandiya in the West Bank. The army said during the raid troops shot at
Palestinians who fired at them from within a crowd of protesters that threw rocks and fire
The violence came amid a wave in recent months of Palestinian attacks on Israeli
citizens and Israeli defensive measures that has shown little sign of relenting. A
campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis
and a U.S. citizen. Israeli forces or armed civilians have killed about 120 Palestinians,
most of whom authorities have described as assailants. Others died in clashes with
Israeli security forces.
In Ariel, two security guards at the entrance to the western industrial area were
wounded Thursday morning by a terrorist who stabbed them. One guard a man
suffered numerous wounds to the head and limbs and was classified as being in moderate
condition when he was brought to the hospital. The other guard, Katya Sohet, was lightly
wounded in the head. Both guards are 24 years old.
The terrorist is a 22-year-old man from the village Dik who works in Samaria's Ariel
industrial area. He reportedly showed up for work Thursday morning but left the factory to
stab the guards.
Sohet recalled the events: "It started out as a regular day at work. By 8 a.m. all the
laborers had entered and were already at work. And at around 9 a.m., suddenly the door to
our booth bursts open, and a man stands there with a knife, maybe even two, I don't
remember. And he shouts and starts cutting us up.
"The other guard who was with me ran out and he may have pushed the terrorist, but as I
was coming out I cocked the weapon and started firing at him, and I fired the entire
magazine at him, and as I changed it I saw him still coming at me, and I kept firing till
he fell to the ground. I called the other guard and told him to enter the booth and we
called for help and said there had been a terror attack. We were full of blood and it was
According to an indictment issued Thursday,, two Israeli Arab men, aged 20 and 23, were
arrested by the Israel Police in November on suspicion of belonging to Islamic State.
After their arrest, it was discovered that during a recent visit to Turkey they decided to
cross the border into Syria and join ISIS, but then changed their minds and returned to
Israel, where they planned to carry out a terrorist attack at Golani intersection.
Under the indictment issued by the Nazareth district court, the cousins from the
villages of Reineh and Um-el-Ghanem in the Galilee are charged with attempting to enter an
enemy country, contacting a foreign agent and illegally possessing weapons.
How ISIS Recruits By Imitating Video Games and Movies
What makes ISIS propaganda so effective, particularly in drawing a seeming endless
stream of recruits from western countries, including many living comfortable lives in
North America, Europe and elsewhere?
The answer, according to a study carried out by George Washington University scholar Javier Lesaca, is by ditching the grainy, boring footage of robed jihadis talking about jihad that was once the trademark of global jihadis, and instead opting to tap into cultural references western Muslims will find more familiar. See https://youtu.be/7lwiEn7CXts
Specifically, ISIS propaganda very often directly replicates scenes from western action
movies like American Sniper, and uses graphic first-person footage which mimics the style
of violent, popular video games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty.
In one recent case, "Islamic State" produced a gruesome video showing child recruits
traversing obstacles and other challenges to earn the "honor" of executing prisoners in a
deserted desert complex, in a clip which appeared to draw inspiration from the popular
Hunger Games movie series.
Lesaca's study of more than 800 videos illustrated how religious messaging in such
videos are kept purposefully sparse, with the focus more on idealizing the "Islamic State"
and its "holy war" to the point that its adherents "think of themselves as actors in
movies. By speaking to its target audience in their own cultural language, they're making
Man From Disneyland Incident Was Previously Refused Entry to Israel
The British Muslim family that was prevented from flying to Disneyland was barred
because one of the brothers had been refused entry to Israel two years ago and his teenage
son's Facebook account had links to terrorist websites, CBS News reported.
The family of 11 was stopped from boarding their flight to Los Angeles at London's
Gatwick airport on Tuesday of last week by immigration officials. Mohammad Tariq Mahmood,
who was travelling with his brother and nine of their children, said the officials gave no
reason for blocking their travel plans, but claimed he believed it was because American
officials "think every Muslim poses a threat".
But CBS News quoted officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as explaining
that the family was barred from travelling to the United States due to one of the brothers
in the group having been denied entry to Israel and links on his teenage son's Facebook
account to terrorist websites.
Those same officials disputed allegations that all 11 family members were denied
permission to board the flight. The incident prompted a local London lawmaker, Stella
Creasy of the main opposition Labour party, to ask British Prime Minister David Cameron to
look into what happened.
The issue is particularly sensitive due to the recent uproar over remarks by Republican
presidential candidate Donald Trump, who recently suggested that the United States
temporarily ban entry of Muslims due to security concerns. The comments were widely
condemned, with White House press secretary Josh Earnest saying the proposal was
"disqualifying", and Secretary of State John Kerry claiming this week the comments
"endanger national security".
Sparse Turnout on Gloomy Christmas Eve in Bethlehem
By VOA News
Turnout was sparse Thursday because of ongoing unrest that overshadowed Christmas Eve
celebrations in the Palestinian-ruled town. Palestinian merchants sat in their shops
packed with olivewood souvenirs, but customers were few and far between.
Louie Tawil is the manager of the Manger Square Hotel, near the ancient Church of the
Nativity where tradition says Jesus was born. "There have been a lot of cancellations
because of the unstable, political situation. Compared to last year for the tourists, it
is maybe less 50%," Tawil said.
But the pilgrims who made the journey were glad they came. Almar Sanko is from the
Philippines. "Being a Christian, as a Roman Catholic, it is overwhelming when you are
here," said Sanko. "And it strengthens your beliefs when you are really here in the place
where Jesus Christ was born. And it is refreshing."
Emily Walker came from Michigan, in the United States. She says considering the mass
shootings in America, Bethlehem seems relatively safe. "I am definitely not afraid to be
in this part of the world right now," she said. "You know a lot of my family and friends
in the United States might be kind of worried for me. But when I hear of violent attacks
going on in the United States all the time, it makes me think that violence can happen
anywhere and I do not feel particularly in danger here."
Christian-Arab Israeli Soldiers Celebrate Christmas
With Israel's greatly increasing number of Christian-Arab Israelis who join the Israeli
military, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) aims to
integrate this minority population into mainstream Israeli society. Support from the
Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, led by Father Gabriel Naddaf of Nazareth, has
allowed The Fellowship to greatly multiply the number of Christian Arabs enlisting in the
Father Naddaf hopes some of Israel's 165,000 Arab Christian citizens, whom he prefers
to call "Israeli Christians," will follow and be perceived as patriotic Israelis rather
than enemies of the state. His position has earned him stiff opposition from the official
Greek Orthodox church and Arab Knesset members.
"Calling them `Arab-Christian' puts them on the side of Palestinians and terrorists,
when, in reality, they've lived in Israel for generations and just want to live in peace
and security," said Naddaf. Last week, he and The Fellowship were recognized by Defense
Minister Moshe Ya'alon), which will allow the Forum to continue to provide financial
assistance to Christian families and discharged soldiers in need.
"I believe Israel's Christian community should integrate more into mainstream Israeli
society," said Naddaf. "Why do the Druze serve? Why do the Bedouin serve? But not the
Christians? It's because they're scared. This has to change. It's time to say in a loud
and clear voice: enough."
This past Monday, Father Naddaf gathered Israeli Christian soldiers for a Christmas
party, delivering treats and thanking them for their service to Israel. He also extended
this thanks to the Christian donors around the world for supporting his activities through
The Fellowship in a ceremony in Jerusalem. "Your assistance is essential for the strength
of Israeli society," he said. "This society will achieve peace and defeat evil."
Netanyahu's Greetings to the Christians of the World
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