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Saudi Prince Muhammad is on eve of accession, plans war on Iran, with Israeli attack on Hizballah Nov 17, 2017 @ 9:53 Gen. Gady Eisenkott, Hizballah, IDF, Iran, Israel, Prince Muhammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia

The next Saudi King Crown Prince Muhammad and Israel agree that Iran is the biggest threat to the region, but Israel's top soldier rules out initiating an attack on Hizballah. Two London publications on the same day, Thursday, Nov. 17, shed unusual light on the next chapter in Saud royal history, as well as on the hitherto semi-clandestine ties between Riyadh and Jerusalem. The London Daily Mail, quoting "a source close to the Saudi royal family" reported that King Salman, 91, intends to give up the throne next week and name his son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, 32 as his successor. The king will reportedly confine himself to ceremonial duties like "the queen of England," retaining only the title of "Custodian of the Holy Shrines." Near two weeks ago, Prince Muhammad ordered 500 notables, including princes, former ministers and business leaders detained on charges of corruption. The British newspaper carried the first photos of the distinguished detainees sleeping on mattresses on the floor of the five-star Carlton Ritz Riyadh. After he is crowned king, the prince will focus on Iran, according the Daily Mail. His plan is "to start the fire in Lebanon, in the hope of Israeli military backing." He is convinced he has to hit Iran and Hizballah – contrary to the advice of the royal family – and will enlist the help of the Israeli military to crush Hizballah, for which he has promised Israel billions of dollars if they agree." The source stressed: MBS can't confront Hizballah in Lebanon without Israel. The Daily Mail did not reveal how Israel sees this proposition – only that the prince has a Plan B: to fight Hizballah in Syria. Neither did its source explain how this would come about amid a crumbling Syrian insurgency. DEBKAfile's Middle East sources note that rumors of King Salman's imminent abdication and handover to his son Muhammad have been around for some time and are credible, given the monarch's failing health. Many of the hundreds of high-profile figures he placed under detention on Nov. 4 are opposed to his accession. That the Crown Prince will focus on Iran is also credible – except that more than a year ago, he declared that Saudi Arabia was at war with the Islamic Republic in Yemen and it is not going very well. The Saudis and their allies, the UAE, are stuck in a standoff with the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels. Iran moreover threatens their ports and capital cities with missile strikes. However, when the Houthis fired a ballistic missile supplied by Iran at Riyadh international Airport on Nov. 4, Prince Muhammad called it an act of war. He is turning to Israel and its armed forces, not just as the only reliable military and intelligence force capable of handling the opening shots of the war on Iran, but out of their shared perception of Iran as the biggest threat to the Middle East. He moreover no longer expects active and determined participation in fighting Iran from the US under President Donald Trump. On this last point, Saudi Arabia and Israel are divided. In an interview with the London-based, Saudi-owned news site Elaph – his first with a Saudi publication – that was published on the same day as the Daily Mail story, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Gady Eisenkot laid out what he thinks are Iran's ambitions in the Middle East: "The Iranian plan is to control the Middle East by means of two Shiite crescents. The first from Iran through Iraq to Syria and Lebanon, and the second from Bahrain through to Yemen until the Red Sea," he said, adding: "This is what must be prevented in the region." "With [US] President Donald Trump, there is an opportunity for a new international coalition in the region," he said, citing the US, Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Israel "for stopping the Iranian threat." "We are ready to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran," he added. While the Israeli general stressed the importance of the Trump administration's role in this effort, the Daily Mail's Saudi source did not mention the United States at all. So while the prince who may be crowned Saudi king next week and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agree that Iran is the biggest threat to the region and beyond, they are at odds on how to cut it down and who should lead the effort. Prince Muhammad's thinking on this resembles the Israel's approach to the Iranian threat five years ago, that if the IDF decided to go it alone, the Americans will jump in later. But today, Eisenkott reflected a different approach. He stressed in the interview that Israel "isn't interested in a war now with the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hizballah, despite Iranian attempts to bring about an escalation." Riyadh may take this as Israel's reply to prince Muhammad's plan: Several billion dollars will not persuade Israel to send the IDF to fight a war except in its direct national interest, even though Israel and Saudi leaders and military chiefs are in complete accord on the Iranian peril.

Israel Stops Truck Laden With Explosive Materials at Gaza Crossing New Israeli laboratory is meant to stop such materials from reaching terrorists, the head of the Border Crossing Authority says

Yaniv Kubovich Nov 22, 2017 12:31 PM

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Kerem Shalom crossing into the Gaza Strip. Eliyahu Hershkovitz Gazan reportedly confessed to transferring $50,000 to Hamas in West Bank Shin Bet arrests two Palestinians for smuggling money to Hamas Hamas agreed not to carry out terror attacks against Israel, Palestinian sources say The security authorities recently stopped smugglers from bringing tons of explosives from Israel into Gaza, the Defense Ministry's Border Crossing Authority said Wednesday after a gag order on the matter was lifted. A truck laden with fluids ostensibly for vehicles stirred suspicion among the guards at the Kerem Shalom crossing near the Egyptian border. Samples of the fluids were sent for lab testing and proved to be a precursor of explosives.

The incident highlights the work of the new laboratory set up by the Border Crossing Authority, the wider Defense Ministry, the Shin Bet security service and the police. The lab can test a wide range of substances in all states – gas, liquids and solids, including powders and metals – before they are allowed into Gaza. The lab's capacity to operate quickly, from sampling to result, is expected to reduce waiting times at the crossing for goods into Gaza. "The materials laboratory greatly expands the toolbox in the hands of the security forces in their daily and uncompromising struggle against smuggling into the Gaza Strip," said Kamil Abu Rokon, the head of the Border Crossing Authority. Keep updated: Sign up to our newsletter
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He said the lab augmented the abilities of the most vital resource – the guards at the checkpoints. The lab can detect any hazardous substance that terrorists might want, he said.

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Drones Are Used to Infiltrate Prisons, Says the Israel Prison Service The Israel prison service is legally barred from taking down drones, even when they are operating in close proximity to detention facilities, official says Shahar Ilan18:1922.11.17
Almost every prison in Israel has experienced a drone infiltration event in 2017, according to the Israel Prison Service. Overall, 40 such events were reported in 20 detention facilities in 2017.

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Data on drone-related criminal activity was submitted to an Israeli parliamentary committee held Tuesday. The committee took place a week after the publication of a government watchdog report that detailed Israel's under-preparedness for drone-related threats. Drone (illustration). Photo: Drone (illustration). Photo:

In June, USA Today reported that U.S. Justice Department documents detailed more than a dozen attempts to smuggle contraband into federal prisons in the past five years. These contraband include mobile phones, drugs, and porn. According to USA Today's report, anti-drone technologies fail to protect jails against drones.

In 2016, the BBC reported that drones had been increasingly used to smuggle drugs and other contraband into jails in the U.K. The report cited data obtained through a Press Association Freedom of Information request that showed that such incident rose from zero in 2013 to two incidents in 2014 and 33 in 2015.

At the committee hearing, a prison service official said that detention facilities are legally prohibited from intercepting drones. "We detect and monitor the drones, and when we do, there's nothing we can do about it. Needless to say what could happen if a drone falls into the hands of prisoners that hold a security risk," he said, adding that in February, a drone carrying weapons and materials suspected as drugs infiltrated a prison in the center of Israel.

An Israeli police official said that while the police utilize drones in its operations, it is not involved in enforcing illegal drone activities.The statement echoes last week's government watchdog report that showed the Israeli police, military, and civil aviation authority in cyclical attempt to transfer responsibility for drone-related threats.

In Israel, drone-related risks include accidents caused by amateur users, the use of drones in terror attacks by militants both outside and within Israel's borders, and the use of drones for criminal activities. According to the government watchdog, since 2015 the Israeli National Security Council (NSC) has been working to establish an operational framework to address the growing threat resulting of drone use, and to determine the roles of the police, military, and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in enforcing regulations.

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Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Slams U.S. Jewry: 'They Never Send Their Children to Fight for Their Country'
In an interview with i24 News, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely criticized American Jewry in reaction to protests that shut down her speech at Princeton's Hillel

Haaretz and JTA Nov 23, 2017 12:47 AM

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Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely on i24 News on Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 Screenshot from video Hillel apologizes for canceling Israeli deputy FM's Princeton talk Opinion An Israeli minister's call to boycott Princeton's Jewish students is totally wrong – and nonsensical Opinion To whitewash occupation, Netanyahu crew casts Breaking the Silence whistle-blower as bogeyman Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely attacked U.S. Jewry, blaming the growing rift between the American Jewish community and Israel on the former's "convenient lives," as well as not knowing "how it feels to be attacked by rockets," in an interview with i24 News on Thursday. During the interview, Hotovely discussed the Western Wall crisis, saying that American Jews are using the situation for political gain. skip - Hotovely video i24 News

Hotovely also referred to what she termed "the liberal dictatorship" in academic spaces that refuses to hear other opinions. She further criticized Princeton University Hillel, who recently disinvited her from speaking amid protests from Jewish students, saying that she was poorly treated by the Jewish campus organization.

When asked about why Jewish Americans may not feel connected to Israel, the deputy minister said that perhaps they are "too young to remember how it feels to be a Jewish person without a Jewish state." "The other issue is not understanding the complexity of the region," she said. "People that never send their children to fight for their country, most of the Jews don't have children serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan, or to Iraq. Most of them are having quite convenient lives. They don't feel how it feels to be attacked by rockets, and I think part of it is to actually experience what Israel is dealing with on a daily basis." Keep updated: Sign up to our newsletter
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The U.S. military stopped recording the religion of recruits decades ago, but until then Jews served in slightly greater proportion than their percentage in the general population. There continues to be a Jewish presence in the military, including in the highest ranks. Gen. David Lee Goldfein is the U.S. Air Force chief of staff. There is an organized Jewish presence at military academies. A number of Jewish ex-servicemen have run for public office in recent years. Additionally, a significant proportion of the U.S. Jewish population has lived in Israel, including stints in its military.

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