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Syria: IDF Air-Missile Attack on Iranian Ammo Stores at Aleppo Darkens City
The IDF Thursday morning closed Golan air space to civilian flights at altitudes over
5,000 feet. This was a precaution in case of a possible clash between Israel and Syria.in
the wake of Israel's aerial missile bombardment of Iranian military depots in Aleppo.
Syrian opposition sources report that 7 Iranian officers and soldiers were killed in the
IAF attack. Other sources describe the Iranian Guards headquarters in Aleppo as razed.
The Syrian news agency reported that shortly after midnight, Israeli air force missiles
blasted Iranian military facilities at the Sheikh Najar industrial zone north of Aleppo,
Jibrin and the town's international airport. SANA says 70% of the town's power was knocked
out and the town went dark, and the several Israel missiles were intercepted.
Syrian opposition sources add that the Israeli strike targeted arms and ammunition depots
belonging to the Iranian Al-Qods Brigades in the Aleppo region and explosions shook the
This was Israel's first air and missile attack in Syria since the last meeting in Moscow
between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister and Defense Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu on Feb. 27; it came less than a week after Netanyahu returned home from
Washington after US President Donald Trump signed a decree of recognition for Israeli
sovereignty over the Golan.
The attack also came just a month after the Iranian, Syrian and Iraqi chiefs of staff met
in Damascus to chart steps for reopening the Syrian-Iraqi border and advancing Tehran's
aspiration for a land bridge.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a two-day visit to Jerusalem last week, warmed that
Al Qods chief, Gen. Qassem Soleimani "never rests for a single moment" when it comes to
military activity against the US and Israel in the region.
According to DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources, Iran moved its military hub in
Syria away from Damascus and further north in the past month. Iranian transport planes
carrying weapons systems and ordinance for Hizbullah and the Shiite militias no longer put
in at Damascus airport. They land at Aleppo. While relocating this hub, Tehran also
reduced the numbers of Revolutionary Guards officers and men serving in Syria by some 30%
mainly to economize, since Iran's oil revenues have been drastically slashed by US
The renewed Israel assault on Iran's military supply pipeline to its surrogates in Syria
coincided with a UN Security Council session called to condemn US recognition of the Golan
as sovereign Israeli territory, with the support of a majority of members. Israeli
Ambassador Danny Danon argued in his speech that no country in the world would think of
handing over strategic territory to its greatest enemies. If it were not for Israel's
control of the Golan, the Iranian army would be sitting on the banks of the Kinneret (Sea
of Galilee) which Israel would never allow. DEBKAfile's military sources added that
already, Iranian officers and soldiers deployed in southern Syria had reached a point just
25km from Israel's inland lake.
Is the IDF Prepared for Palestinian Violence this Weekend?
By the Jerusalem Post
With a violent week behind it, Israel's security establishment is bracing for thousands of
Palestinians to riot this weekend across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, marking Land Day
and the first anniversary of the Great March of Return demonstrations along the Gaza
front. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called on "our Palestinian people in Gaza, the occupied
West Bank and abroad to participate in Land Day [March 30] and take part in the
Land Day commemorated the Israeli government's confiscation of Arab-owned land in the
Galilee on March 30, 1976. Six unarmed citizens were killed and hundreds wounded and
arrested in the ensuing riots and confrontations with the IDF and police.
Last year on Land Day, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began their Great March of Return
with thousands of Gazans violently demonstrating along the security fence with Israel,
demanding an end to the 12-year-long blockade of the coastal enclave. Close to 300 Gazans
have been killed in the past year, including women and children as well as medics and
The reinforcement of IDF troops began on Monday, following the firing of a long-range
rocket which destroyed a home in Moshav Mishmeret, some 120 km from where it was launched
in Rafah. Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi ordered the mobilization of a divisional
brigade and three regular brigades, as well as the call up of additional reserve forces.
He also canceled the exchange of IDF battalions in multiple regions that had been
scheduled for later this week.
A quick drive to Israel's South reveals the tanks and armored personnel carriers parked in
fields close to the Gaza border waiting for the order to enter Gaza. But the order to
begin a ground operation never materialized. Instead, a shaky ceasefire was reached.
But the IDF did not cancel the deployment of the extra troops. The army is anticipating an
exceptionally violent weekend along the fence, not only on Friday when the usual riots
take place but also on Saturday when Palestinians will mark both the first anniversary of
the Great March of Return and Land Day.
The IDF is not ruling out any scenario for this upcoming weekend, including the breaching
of the security fence by thousands of rioters and Hamas operatives who would try to abduct
soldiers or civilians and bring them back inside the Hamas-run enclave.
As such, the IDF has also deployed additional snipers who have been stationed to defend
against Gazan sniper fire and explosive devices were thrown by Palestinians. Unmanned
aerial devices with observation equipment and crowd control measures, as well as combat
helicopters, have also been deployed.
During the violent weekly protests, Gazans have been burning tires and hurling stones and
marbles, as well as other types of violence which include the throwing of grenades and
improvised explosive devices (including military-grade explosives) towards troops. Ball
bearings and other projectiles are also launched by high-velocity slingshots towards
Israeli forces along the border.
Also, mines and booby-trapped explosive devices with delayed detonation devices are also
laid along the fence during the riots under cover of smoke and crowds, and "pose a direct
threat to the lives and safety of IDF forces operating in the border area," the military
In response to the protests, the IDF has already "substantially" increased its forces
deployed on the Gaza border and all troops have undergone "specially developed training
designed to replicate the expected elements of the Gaza border events." Israel has also
stationed counter-terrorism forces in communities along the Gaza border to rapidly respond
to any infiltration or military attacks.
The IDF has also deployed Iron Dome missile defense systems across the country should
Gazan groups launch rockets towards Israel's home front. The IDF has also constructed sand
berms to provide defenses for IDF forces along the border, and also dug long trenches and
laid barbed wire behind these berms in an attempt to delay crowds and vehicles from
reaching Israeli civilian communities following any large-scale infiltration. The military
is also currently developing a fortified vehicle that can shoot water at great distances.
Once operational, it is expected these water cannons will help with riot control.
A Valuable Tool for Ending Middle East Violence
By Arlene J. Schar and Dr. David Leffler (Commentary)
Tensions are high between Gaza and Israel as escalated attacks between the two have
recently occurred. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "
ordered that the [IDF
border] units be reinforced, that tools be added, in preparation for an extensive
campaign. All citizens of Israel know that if an extensive campaign is necessary we
will go into it strong and secure after all, other possibilities have been exhausted."
One possible tool which Netanyahu has not yet utilized is a little known means of
preventing violence, war, and terrorism: Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).
The practical components of IDT are the non-religious Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the more advanced TM-Sidhi programs. When large groups of experts practice these programs together, a powerful field effect of coherence and peace is generated that spills over into the surrounding population. Extensive scientific research has repeatedly confirmed measurable decreases in war deaths, terrorism, and crime when IDT is utilized. Due to this research the non-profit organization, Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP) advocates this simple and cost-effective approach for reducing social stress (see: https://www.gusp.org/global-peace-summit).
Inexpensively, the Israeli military could train and maintain a group of about 800 experts
in the advanced IDT strategy. This Prevention Wing of the Military would practice IDT
programs twice a day in large groups, defusing social tensions. The collective
consciousness of all populations will rise through the influence of greater harmony and
peace. Those who have engaged in violence will no longer do so. Studies have shown
repeatedly that this method works and will continue to work as long as the
peace-creating group is maintained.
IDT is not restricted to the military. Any large group of experts trained in the advanced
IDT techniques can accomplish the same goals of alleviating terror and violence by
practicing this approach in groups twice a day. These groups could be comprised of
congregations at places of worship, prisoners, the elderly in retirement homes, even
schoolchildren. The important factor is that the techniques be performed by trained
experts consistently in groups twice a day. In this way, the chains of violence will
finally be broken.
At this stressful time, it is not enough for governments and militaries to take action. We
have to examine our values and honestly assess whether we are promoting peace and
tolerance, or fostering hatred in our everyday speech and actions. Learning the
Transcendental Meditation technique and practicing it twice a day could help shift our
culture from hate to love.
A culture that promotes hatred will surely continue to foster violence. To stop these
attacks, we must shift our cultural values to peace and tolerance. It is up to each one of
us to now take responsibility for the world we have created by together consciously
creating a world without violence, war, and terrorism.
(Arlene J. Schar has served as Dr. Leffler's Executive Assistant at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS) http://www.StrongMilitary.org since 2015. She has edited and co-authored many of Dr. Leffler's articles. Leffler served as an Associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director at CAMS.)
Wives of Israeli Men Killed in Ethiopian Airlines Crash Could be in Limbo
A special rabbinical court has been set up in Israel to determine the marital status of
the wives of two Israeli men who died in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane. The
Israelis killed in the crash were identified as Avraham Matsliah, 49, from Maale Adumim,
and Shimon Reem, 55, of Zichron Yaakov.
The court ordered by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef must prove that the men got on the
plane and died in the crash on March 10 near Addis Ababa, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Without such proof, the women will remain agunot, or chained wives, who are prevented from
remarrying. Because neither of the men's remains has yet to be found, their families have
not yet been able to sit shiva, the Jewish ritual mourning period.
Volunteers from Israel's Zaka search-and-rescue organization and an Israeli forensics team
have had limited access to the crash site and have been unable to complete the research
necessary for the rabbinical court.
Airline officials last week began delivering 2-pound bags of scorched earth from the crash
site to the bereaved families to bury in place of their loved ones' bodies. Death
certificates were expected to be issued by the end of the month.
The Secret Nazi History of Einstein Bros. Bagels
By Emily Burack (Commentary-Kveller)
The second wealthiest family in Germany, the Reimann family, owns Einstein Bros. Bagels.
They also have controlling stakes in pretty much anywhere you'd meet your bubbe for a
meal, like Krispy Kreme Donuts, Panera Bread, Pret a Manger, Peet's Coffee, and more.
Just why are we writing about the Reimanns, who are worth roughly $37 billion? Well, take
a gander at this recent shocking announcement, that states, "new research had shown that
the company's Nazi-era directors, Albert Reimann and his son, Albert Reimann Jr., were
dedicated National Socialists who committed violence and abuse against slave laborers
forced to work for their company's factories and in their private villa." They discovered
they used slave labor and had significant links to the Third Reich.
And they were Nazis!! So, yes
to recap: The family that runs a bagel chain
one with a Jewish last name on it, though it's not their own were literally Nazis.
As writer Helen Rosner tweeted, "so I'm just gonna float here that a Nazi-money family
owning a bagel business with a Jewish name on it is maybe a tiny bit of a problem on a
number of levels." Just a tiny problem.
The Washington Post also reports, "Other disclosures in the report include revelations
that the two men were anti-Semites and avowed supporters of Adolf Hitler, and Reimann Sr.
donated to the paramilitary SS force as early as 1933."
Twitter had a field day with the story, primarily joking about how bad the bagels are.
"Making shitty bagels may be the most passive-aggressive form of anti-Semitism yet," one
user wrote. Another tweeted, "Is anyone surprised though, their bagels are 100% a crime
against the Jewish people." (LOL, yes. Their bagels are really so bad.) And although these
jokes are dark, perhaps it's the best way to cope with the news that the billionaires
behind one of America's largest bagel chains are Nazis.
Western Wall Nixed for Eurovision
Tourist attractions located in Judea and Samaria will be absent from the imagery in this
summer's Eurovision Song Contest slated to take place in Israel, Channel 12 reported
Thursday. According to the report, even the Western Wall will largely be absent from the
Typically, before the song entry of a country is presented, a short clip is shown of that
country's delegation at various tourist attractions in the host country. Israeli Public
Broadcasting Corporation "Kan," which is co-producing the contest, has chosen not to
include tourist sites from Judea and Samaria in the clips, and neither will the Western
Wall appear in the clips of any of the delegations - except for that of Israel. Kan said
that the decision was "artistic only" and was not a result of coercion by the European
Broadcasting Union (EBU), which also produces the contest.
An EBU official confirmed to Channel 12 that the EBU had not given such an instruction,
but hinted that Kan wanted to avoid an "embarrassing situation" in which the resentment of
countries might have drawn negative headlines in Europe.
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