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Tuesday, Sep. 23 '14, Elul 28, 5774


by Arutz Sheva

Marwan Kawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisha of Hevron, who abducted and murdered three yeshiva boys Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel in June, were located and killed in exchange of gunfire early Tuesday morning.

The operation was carried out by the Yamam, a special unit of the Border Police, and the IDF, in Hevron. An attempt was made to arrest the suspects but an exchange of fire developed in which they were killed.

The operation was made possible by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), which located the murderers' hideout. In the last few days, several Hamas suspects were arrested and questioned on the assumption that they were assisting the fugitives. 

"We have been pursuing these two since the abduction," said Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brig. Gen. Tamir Yadai. "Last night the investigation ripened as regards their location and we have been surrounding the place where they were hiding since 1:00 a.m. We killed them and there are arrests of several other collaborators."
"We began areesting suspects and at the same time we applied [IDF] 'pressure cooker' protocol on the house. It is a big house and they hid out in a secret arms store on the basement floor. The floor is not visible from the outside. At one stage they went outside and opened fire. One was shot and the other fell inside, into a hole."
"There was use of weapons, like hand grenades and the deployment of explosives that were prepared ahead of time," he added. "We know that they have been staying in this location quite a lot in the last few days. We know for certain that they were not here the whole time. They had weapons like M-16s, a Kalachnikov and handguns, too."
Kawasmeh's close relative Hussam was arrested in Jerusalem in August for planning the attack, which was carried out physically by Marwan, along with Amer Abu-Eisha.

The abduction and murder reportedly was planned by a third Kawasmeh, Mahmoud, along with Hussam, under the support of Hamas's military branch, the Al-Qassam Brigades, through their branches both in Gaza and abroad.

The Brigades transferred funds via Mahmoud to purchase a car with an Israeli license plate, weapons and hideouts which were arranged in advance,according to security sources. They added that the three Israeli teens were buried on land purchased by the Kawasmeh family long before the attack. Hussam admitted in investigation to having shaven his beard off and obtained a forged passport in an attempt to flee the country to Jordan.
Marwan Kawasmeh (L) and Amar Abu-Eisha Israel Security Agency

After going missing on June 12, Eyal Yifrah, 19, and 16-year-old classmates Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Frenkel, were declared kidnapped the next day.

Suspicion immediately fell on Hamas after intelligence pointed towards the involvement of Kawasmeh and Abu-Eisha, whose names were publicized two weeks later.

An 18-day search for the three teenagers ensued, accompanied by a crackdown on Hamas in Judea and Samaria, but the search ended in tragedy after their bodies were found in field close to the Arab village of Halhul near Hevron. They were buried side-by-side in the city of Modi'in.

The three boys are believed to have been murdered very shortly after being kidnapped; one source close to the murder investigation said a recording of a call made by one of the boys as he was being kidnaps provides crucial evidence that the murder had been pre-planned from the very start.

The source claimed the kidnappers used a silenced weapon, indicating their attempt to actually use the gun, and dressed up as religious Jews to lure the victims into their car.

by Tova Dvorin

Israel shot down a Syrian aircraft on Tuesday as it attempted to fly over the ceasefire line into the Golan Heights, according to IDF Radio.
"This Syrian aircraft, apparently a MiG-21 (fighter jet), which was approaching the Israeli side of the Golan, was shot down by a surface-to-air Patriot missile," the radio said. The wreckage of the aircraft landed on the Syrian-controlled side of the strategic plateau, it added.

Other reports claimed the aircraft was a Sukhoi-24. Initial reports that it may have been a UAV appear to have been discredited.

The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident. 
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Tuesday afternoon that Israel would respond to further incident "forcefully." 

"We will not allow anyone, whether it is a state actor or a terror organization, to threaten our security and breach our sovereignty," he said in a statement.

"We will respond forcefully against any such attempt, whether it is an error or intentional."

Tuesday's spillover is far from the first such incident since rebel forces started their latest successful campaign to wrest control of the region from Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. 

While mortar shells and rocket fire from the region have characterized most of the Syrian-Israel border tensions, Israel also shot down a Syrian drone after it strayed into Israeli airspace late last month.

But Tuesday marked the first time Israel had shot down a piloted Syrian plane since 1985 and drew a sharp response from Damascus.

Damascus said the downing of its fighter jet showed Israel's support for the rebels on the Golan, who include Al-Qaeda loyalists who held 45 UN peacekeepers hostage for two weeks before releasing them earlier this month.

It described it as a "flagrant violation" of a UN Security Council resolution passed earlier this year calling for international action against
jihadist groups.

by Tova Dvorin

Minutes after a gag order was lifted, revealing that the IDF had eliminated her son's murderers overnight, Rachel Frenkel (mother of murdered teen Naftali, hy"d) feels a sense of relief. 

"Throughout the period [after the murders], there were two people going around there with two pistols and automatic weapons, who have nothing to lose," she recounted to Walla! News Tuesday morning. "We were afraid that more innocent people would be hurt, and we are pleased that this was resolved without any injuries to our soldiers."

"We know that the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency - ed.] and the military were working on it intensely," she added. "I'm glad they were able to accomplish their mission without harming soldiers." 

Reactions from military officials and MKs have begun to pour in as well. 

"On the eve of the Jewish New Year, Operation Brothers' Keeper - which began Friday, June 13, 2014 and continued with determination since then - came to an end," IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Monday. "We promised the Sha'ar, Yifrah, and Frenkel families that we would get to their children's murderers, and we did that this morning." 

The Chief of Staff thanked the soldiers and officers who worked constantly to find the murderers, adding that "there is no consolation to the families mourning this difficult loss, but I hope that they are somewhat relieved upon receiving news that we hit their children's murderers." 

"The success of the security forces in destroying these vile terrorists is Israel's success as a whole, and removes a curse in honor of the new year," Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) said Monday. "I congratulate the security forces on the successful assassination and wish us all - especially the Frenkel, Sha'ar, and Yifrah families - a better year." 

"I congratulate the army and security forces on the successful operation," Deputy Education Minister and MK Avi Wortzman (Jewish Home) stated. "The elimination of the murderers is a clear warning sign to all who wish ill upon us."

"Our Army will continue to reach - and harm - terrorists, no matter where they are," he added. 

MK Danny Danon (Likud) sent "a hug of condolence" to the three families, in his words.

"Terrorists will be eliminated - this is a clear message to all our enemies," Danon said. "We will not rest until we settle the score with terrorists, no matter where they hide." 

"I received the news of the elimination of the murderers of Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal while in the Cave of the Patriarchs [in Hevron], the same place where I - like many others - prayed for the boys' safety," MK Orit Struk (Jewish Home) reflected. "Even after the government's decision to re-incarcerate terrorists released in the  Gilad Shalit deal, and after we passed two laws to reduce the likelihood of releasing more terrorist prisoners, there is no doubt that eliminating these brutal terrorists is the best response to Arab terror." 

MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beytenu) welcomed the elimination of the murderers of three boys. 

"I would like to congratulate the security services of the State of Israel on the successful operation against the murderers of three boys, Gilad, Naftali, and Eyal," he said. "Israel's message to the terrorist movement Hamas is purely and will not be silent and will not rest until we will exploit to justice all those despicable terrorists who seek to harm our citizens dear. "

"Israel has proven once again that we know to bring to justice anyone who dares to raise his hand against us," MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) said. "I urge the Minister of Defense to delay the return of their bodies of the dastardly Hamas terrorists, who will not return to us the bodies of (murdered soldiers) Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, hy"d." 

MK Nissan Slomiansnki (Jewish Home) agreed. "I commend the Israel Security Agency, who sends a message to all terrorists that there is a law, there is a judge, and there is an end to every terrorist." 

"The successful operation today is proof that there is no alternative to settling Judea and Samaria," he added. 

The Jewish community of Hevron also welcomed the news.

"The nation of Israel expected justice to be served, and it was done," the community said in a statement. "The Jewish people awaited this ahead of Rosh Hashanah [the Jewish New Year]. The full answer [to Arab terrorism] will be when the government of Israel welcomes the building and development of the Jewish community in Hevron with the respect due to the city of our Patriarchs." 

by Tova Dvorin, Yoni Kempinski

The parents of murdered teens Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Sha'ar (both 16) are grateful that justice has been served for their sons, they said in a joint statement released Tuesday, after it was revealed that Hamas terrorists Marwan Kawsameh and Amar Abu Eisha had been killed in a gunfight with security forces overnight. 

"We are grateful to government and security forces, whose steadfastness brought our children's killers to justice," the families stated. "The world has realized that Jewish blood is not cheap." 

The families were especially thankful to the Yamam special forces fighters, who risked their lives to avenge the murders. 

"This has closed a circle of evil and, for the beginning of a new year, we hope that from now on there will only be good circles ahead," they added. "We wish a 'Shana Tova' [Happy New Year] and sweet wishes to the entire people of Israel, and would like to thank everyone in Israel and abroad who embraced and supported us."

Individually, the parents also expressed a distinct sense of relief. 

"The murderers who took my son's life have been punished and that gives [us] a sense of relief," Iris Yifrah stated to Arutz Sheva Tuesday. "We waited for this moment, we prayed for this moment, and they have been punished." 

"The message is that God makes an accounting with the murderers, and is, perhaps, a sign that this year will see the erasure of a curse on it," she added. "The Almighty runs the world - we are so infinitesimal, we are so small, and I believe in His Leadership with complete faith."

Racheli Frenkel stated that she is relieved on two fronts: that no soldiers were harmed in the operation, and that she does not have to face the killers in court.

"Throughout the period [after the murders], there were two people going around there with two pistols and automatic weapons, who have nothing to lose," she recounted to Walla! News Tuesday morning. "We were afraid that more innocent people would be hurt, and we are pleased that this was resolved without any injuries to our soldiers."

"We know that the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency - ed.] and the military were working on it intensely," she added. "I'm glad they were able to accomplish their mission without harming soldiers." 

"I'm not all that sorry that I won't encounter their laughing faces in a courtroom," she added to IDF Radio later in the day. 

by Hezki Ezra, Gil Ronen

Hamas media reported Tuesday that the terror network's representatives to indirect talks with Israel taking place in Cairo left the talks shortly after they started, in response to the IDF's elimination of the murderers of three Jewish teens in Hevron this morning, and then returned to them one hour later.

The Egyptian-brokered negotiations were to resume Tuesday, as had been agreed in the latest ceasefire pact, about a month ago.

Following the fugitives' deaths, however, the Hamas delegation returned to the hotel in which it is staying.

Izzat al-Rishaq, a senior Hamas figure, denouned the killings and said: "We consider this an Israeli attempt to avoid reaching a ceasefire agreement."

Shortly thereafter, the representtives returned to the talks.

MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), Head of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told Arutz Sheva Monday that Hamas must not reach any economic achievement after it fired missiles at us."

"If we agree to enable them to achieve any accomplishmrnt, it will only be a matter of time before they fire at us again."

by Sarah Leah Lawent

Denmark’s Foreign Minister, Martin Lidegaard, yesterday (Monday) told the Danish daily, the Jyllands-Posten, that if Israel doesn’t not make considerable concessions to Hamas in the present round of indirect talks in Cairo, that his country and the European Union should adopt a much tougher stance, including trade sanctions on the Jewish state, according to a report in the European Jewish Press.

"If we don’t see a new pattern of response from Israel’s side, then we will need to discuss the possibility of taking new steps, including changes to our trade relations with Israel," Lidegaard said, adding "I hope that it will not go that far, but I think that EU policy is heading in that direction."

Danish Trade Minister Mogens Jensen commented to the paper that it was too early for such sanctions and that the initiative would not provide international support for them at the moment. "I don’t think that it makes sense for Denmark to go it alone, because then it will have no effect," he explained. 

When asked for a reaction to Lidegaard’s comments, Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, responded by saying that the Danish Minister "is mistaken, and does not understand the situation in full. When he comes to visit in Israel, he will certainly be able to understand the reality of the situation and see that Israel is not responsible for the stalemate."

Lidegaard is a member of the The Danish Social Liberal Party (Danish: Det Radikale Venstre, literally: "The Radical Left", occasionally translated to English as "Radical Liberal Party").

by Tova Dvorin

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to the parents of murdered teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Eyal Yifrah (19), and Gilad Sha'ar (16) Tuesday, following the elimination of their sons' murderers in an overnight IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) operation. 

"I told them that nothing can blunt the pain and bring their children back, but that here is also justice being brought," Netanyahu said. "We did what we set out to do." 

"When we found the bodies, I said that the blood of perpetrator of the kidnapping and murder is on his head [an idiom meaning that he will be brought to justice -e d.]," he continued. "This morning, that mission was accomplished."

Netanyahu also noted that he was correct to have blamed Hamas - despite world opinion that the terror group's involvement was dubious at best. Hamas admitted Tuesday morning that both suspects - Marwan Kawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisha of Hevron - were members of its "military wing," the Al-Qassam Brigades.

"I said from the start that Hamas is responsible and it even admitted it," he said.

"I want to commend the excellent work of the Shin Bet intelligence agency," he concluded. 

Kawasmeh and Abu Eisha were killed in a gunfight overnight Monday/Tuesday after resisting arrest by the IDF and ISA. The two Hamas terrorists were responsible for the kidnap and murder of the three teens, which prompted a nationwide search and IDF operation for their arrest and capture and plunged both Israelis and Jews worldwide into a weeks-long push to find the boys. 


by Ari Soffer

A group of armed terrorists held an impromptu march through the streets of an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem, in the latest illustration of the growing lawlessness in Arab-majority sections of the capital.

The men - at least one of whom appears to be carrying a Fatah flag - fired in the air in what Quds News Network described as a show of force against "clients of the occupation, drug dealers and sowers of corruption."
The demonstration apparently took place in the Kafr Aqab neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, just two kilometers away from the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Ramallah.

Jewish residents of Jerusalem have complained for months of an alarming spike in violence against Jews and Jewish-owned property, particularly in Arab-majority neighborhoods and the French Hill area.

In some cases, Arab extremists have targeted Jewish civilians and Israeli police with live gunfire, as well as rocks, molotov cocktails and fireworks. Several Jewish families who accidentally strayed into predominantly Arab neighborhoods have been targeted by anti-Semitic lynch-mobs. 

Residents are describing the violence as a "silent intifada", and accuse security officials and local authorities of not doing enough to stamp out the problem. A recent protest by embattled residents singled out Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich out for criticism, accusing him of not enabling police to deal with the problem.

Stung by the criticism, Aharonovich joined the Jerusalem District Police Chief in a tour of some of the effected areas, and vowed a crackdown.

A string of arrests have followed those pledges, but critics say authorities are still ignoring the root problem of a general state of lawlessness and lack of Israeli sovereignty in parts of the capital.

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