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Wednesday, Jul. 01 '15, Tammuz 14, 5775



HEADLINES:
1. TERROR VICTIM LAID TO REST; 'WE WILL NOT BE DEFEATED'
2. ISA, IDF NAB 40 HAMAS TERRORISTS IN SHECHEM AREA
3. STATE DEPT: ANTI-BDS BILL WON'T PROTECT JUDEA-SAMARIA
4. HAMAS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR SHVUT RACHEL SHOOTING
5. FROM CAPTIVITY IN UKRAINE TO A NEW HOME IN ISRAEL
6. ISIS THREATENS HAMAS, FATAH AND 'STATE OF THE JEWS' IN VIDEO
7. 2,000-YEAR-OLD RITUAL BATH DISCOVERED BELOW LIVING ROOM FLOOR
8. ISRAEL WARNS: 'IRAN IS LIKE ISIS, JUST MUCH BIGGER'


1. TERROR VICTIM LAID TO REST; 'WE WILL NOT BE DEFEATED'
by Eliran Aharon

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Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, was brought to rest Wednesday in his hometown of Kochav Hashachar, in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. 

Late Tuesday afternoon, Malachi succumbed to wounds he sustained in a terrorist shooting attack near the village of Shvut Rachel the previous night.
Hundreds of friends and relatives are taking part in the funeral, including Education Minister Naftali Bennett.
Rabbi Ohad Krakover, the community's rabbi, eulogized Malachi and said tearfully, "We demand that the government carry out a real revenge – to build and develop the settlement enterprise. We will not be defeated." Turning to the bereaved family, he said, "Ony God can comfort you, the Rosenfeld family."
Minister Naftali Bennett also eulogized Malachi and said to the family: "You are a symbol of the Nation of Israel in its land. The Nation of Israel salutes you. Our enemy is always trying to hurt the innocent... [they are] animals in human form." Citing Psalms 18:37, he said, "I chase my enemies and catch them; I do not turn back until I wipe them out." 
"Our enemy is advancing death, funding terror delegations, calling squares and streets after terrorists," Bennett continued. "I say to our enemies, from day to day, your makeup is coming off of your faces. You are a terror organization, that is what you are! Your game is over. This territory will remain Jewish. We are here 3,800 years and we are here to stay. Enough time has passed. Internalize this. When you murder, we build."

Malachi's father, Eliezer Rosenfeld, spoke of his deep bond with Malachi and asked: "What did we do wrong, God, that this is the third time? What did we do wrong?"
Thirteen years ago, on March 29, 2002, Naftali's eldest brother, Lt. Yitzchak-Menachem Rosenfeld, 22, was killed in a jeep accident in the Tze'elim Stream, in the Judean Desert. He was a pilot in the IAF.

Yitzhak-Menachem was named after his uncle, Sergeant Yitzhak-Moshe Rosenfeld, who was also killed during his military service, in 1978.
Malachi's parents are among the founders of Kochav Hashachar. The father is a clarinet player, and the mother is a social worker. They have seven children, beside Yitzchak-Menachem and Malachi Moshe.
"This is a great national tragedy," Eliezer Rosenfeld said Tuesday after his son's death. "I raised an ambitious boy, wise, with such great intelligence. He went out to play basketball, a competition between communities, and didn't come back. It's shameful, what is happening in our country."

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian terror group Hamas, has claimed responsibility for the terror attack near Shvut Rachel. 

Four Israeli civilians were injured in the terror attack, among them Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who succumbed to his wounds on Tuesday evening. 

The Al-Qassam Brigades asserted the attack was part of "a series of quality operations" carried out by the group's members in recent months, and that the attackers opened fire at point-blank range on a car of "settlers" before managing to escape safely.

On Tuesday, sources in the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) admitted that a terror cell appears to be at large in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, although they did not say if the cell had any connection to Hamas.

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2. ISA, IDF NAB 40 HAMAS TERRORISTS IN SHECHEM AREA
by Kobi Finkler

Israel's security forces have uncovered a large-scale effort by Hamas to create an operative terror infrastructure in Samaria. About 40 terrorists have been arrested in Shechem (Nablus) and its environs in recent months.

The matter was under a gag order but has now been released for publication.

Some of those arrested are senior members of Hamas who have been jailed several times in the past.
An armed cell was also discovered, though it was still in its preparatory stages and had not yet carried out any terror attacks.
The cell was directed by the Hamas leadership in Qatar. A senior operative known previously mostly as a Hamas spokesman, Husam Badran, sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to finance its activities.

The network was planning to establish a quasi-governmental infrastructure to take care of education, finance, law, media, intelligence, propaganda, charity, stipends to jailed Hamas terrorists and preparations for a military offensive.
The network's members took various precautionary measures including the use of nicknames and messengers, as well as secret meetings.
Badran gave instructions to the network through e-mail. The cash was transferred to the group by buying gold in Jordan and transferring it to Samaria, with the aid of Anan Ali Fatuh, a resident of Shechem who deals in gold, and his partner in a Shechem jewelry store, Samih Aliwi.
Money and gold items from Aliwi's store that were intended for the operation of the network's HQ were seized by the ISA. Their worth is estimated at over $1 million. Several vehicles were also seized.


3. STATE DEPT: ANTI-BDS BILL WON'T PROTECT JUDEA-SAMARIA
by Cynthia Blank

The United States will only defend Israel from boycotts targeting parts of the country within the 1949 Armistice Lines, the State Department declared Tuesday night. 

The announcement comes after President Barack Obama signed his "fast track" trade bill - which also contains legislation combating the BDS movement in Europe - into law on Monday. 

The anti-BDS amendment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is meant to discourage European governments from boycotting against Israel by leveraging free trade with the US. 

This amendment, pushed for by several pro-Israel groups as well as lawmakers, specifically mentions "politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel" because of its policies in "Israeli-controlled territories."

However, the State Department asserted Tuesday that "by conflating Israel and 'Israeli-controlled territories,'" the amendment "runs counter to longstanding US policy" toward Judea and Samaria. 

According to spokesman John Kirby, US policy has "strongly opposed boycotts, divestment campaigns, and sanctions targeting the State of Israel and will continue to do so." 

But, he added, both Democratic and Republican presidents have consistently opposed "Israeli settlements" in Judea and Samaria. 

Following that logic, Kirby continued, the government "does not pursue policies or activities that would legitimize them."

While Israel liberated Judea and Samaria from Jordan during the 1967 Six Day War, it did not formally annex the territory, rendering its legal status as different to the rest of the country.


4. HAMAS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR SHVUT RACHEL SHOOTING
by Dalit Halevi

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian terror group Hamas, has claimed responsibility for the shooting attack near Shvut Rachel on Monday night. 

Four Israeli civilians were injured in the terror attack, with one, Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, a 25-year-old resident of Kochav Hashachar, succumbing to his wounds on Tuesday evening. 

The Al-Qassam Brigades asserted the attack was part of "a series of quality operations" carried out by the group's members in recent months, and that the attackers opened fire at point-blank range on a car of "settlers" before managing to escape safely.

On Tuesday, sources in the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) admitted that a terror cell appears to be at large in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, although they did not say if the cell had any connection to Hamas. 

Sources credit the cell with firing at a civilian vehicle and an ambulance on Saturday evening, as well the murder of Danny Gonen, near Dolev, 12 days ago.

Meanwhile, Hamas spokesman Husam Badran called ongoing attacks against Israelis "an important quality development," whether it be shooting at "settlers or soldiers" or stabbing attacks carried out by lone-wolf Palestinian terrorists. 

Badran urged Palestinians to continue escalating attacks against Israelis in order to return to a situation of confrontation with the Jewish state as well as to "revive the Al-Aqsa Intifada" to end the "occupation."


5. FROM CAPTIVITY IN UKRAINE TO A NEW HOME IN ISRAEL
by Yoni Kempinski

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Over 90 new Ukrainian immigrants traveling on an aliyah flight sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews [IFCJ] landed in Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday morning. 

The IFCJ, founded and run by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, not only pays for the immigrants flights to Israel, but also provides them generous subsidies and housing and job assistance. 

"We see the immigration of Ukrainian Jews as having double importance. Bringing them to Israel is both a physical and moral salvation. Therefore, we intend to pursue our efforts until every Jew in Ukraine who wants to immigrate to Israel has done so," Eckstein said. 

Among the new immigrants was D., 68, who last year was kidnapped, interrogated and tortured by Russian separatists before finally being released. Originally from the Donetsk, both D. and his wife arrived in Israel on Wednesday, where they plan to settle in central city Holon. 

Speaking to Arutz Sheva upon arrival, D. noted the viciousness of the war, and stressed his support for Jews who side with the Ukrainians, despite the consequences. 

"My son-in-law is still in prison, just because he supports the Ukrainians. My grandson knows how to identify the different kind of explosions. I feel that this is a very difficult war."

"I never thought my home would be under fire, but now my home is Israel," D. declared. "My nephew serves in the IDF... I want this to be my new homeland."
Describing his harrowing time in captivity, D. noted the fear he felt. "I wasn't in a prison. They kidnapped me at night, put me in a dark room with a bag on my head...they threatened me and put a grenade in my hand.

"They said they would behead me... they threatened me and beat me," he continued. "They didn't know I was Jewish, if they would have known, I would not be here today.
"My physical wounds will heal, but the wounds of my soul will stay for a very long time."


6. ISIS THREATENS HAMAS, FATAH AND 'STATE OF THE JEWS' IN VIDEO
by Elad Benari

Islamic State (ISIS) insurgents on Tuesday threatened to topple Hamas in Gaza, accusing the group of being "insufficiently stringent" about religious enforcement, according to Reuters.

The video statement, issued from an ISIS stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadists who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with longtime rival Fatah.

"We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes," said a masked ISIS member, according to Reuters, in the message addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas".

"The rule of Sharia (Islamic law) will be implemented in Gaza, in spite of you," the jihadist continued.

"We swear that what is happening in the Levant today, and in particular the Yarmouk camp, will happen in Gaza," he said, referring to ISIS advances in Syria, including the Damascus district inhabited by "Palestinian refugees."

This not the first time that ISIS has threatened Hamas. In May, after Hamas demolished a mosque used by members an ISIS-affiliated Salafist organization, ISIS called Hamas "worse than the Jewish and American occupiers" and gave it 72 hours to release its detained members.

An ISIS-affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula later claimed it launched two "bombs" - reportedly 82 mm mortar shells - at Hamas posts in Gaza.

And last week, a group calling itself "ISIS Palestine" put up fliers around eastern Jerusalem threatening Christians in the area with "revenge".

ISIS does not have an operational presence in Israel, but support for the group among Islamists is on the rise, with dozens of Arab citizens leaving for Syria and Iraq to fight for the jihadist organization after ISIS members took part in Hamas's terror war against Israel last summer.

Meanwhile, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz accused Hamas on Tuesday of partnering with ISIS affiliates in the Egyptian Sinai - a charge long denied by Hamas.

"There is cooperation between them in the realm of weapons smuggling and terrorist attacks. The Egyptians know this, and the Saudis," Katz told a Tel Aviv conference organized by the Israel Defense journal.

"At the same time, within Gaza, ISIS has been flouting Hamas. But they have common cause against the Jews, in Israel or abroad," he added.


7. 2,000-YEAR-OLD RITUAL BATH DISCOVERED BELOW LIVING ROOM FLOOR
by Arutz Sheva Staff 

A two thousand year old ritual bath (mikve) was recently discovered beneath a living room floor during renovations of a private home in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem. 

The mikve, fully complete and quite large, is rock-hewn and meticulously plastered according to the Jewish laws of purity. A staircase leads to the bottom of the immersion pool. 

Ritual Bath Assaf Peretz

Pottery vessels dating to the Second Temple period (first century CE) and traces of fire that might constitute evidence of the Temple's destruction between 66-70 CE were discovered inside the bath. 

In addition, fragments of stone vessels were found. Stone was a common material used during the Second Temple period because it cannot be contaminated and remains pure.

On Wednesday, the owners of the house were presented a certificate of appreciation by the Israel Antiquities Authority for exhibiting good citizenship by reporting the discovery of the mikve and thereby contributing to the study of the Land of Israel.

According to Amit Re'em, a Jerusalem District Archaeologist, stressed that "such instances of finding antiquities beneath a private home can happen only in Israel and Jerusalem in particular." 

"Beyond the excitement and the unusual story of the discovery of the mikve, its exposure is of archaeological importance," Re'em explained. "Ein Kerem is considered a place sacred to Christianity in light of its identification with "a city of Judah" – the place where according to the New Testament, John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother Elisabeth met with Mary, mother of Jesus. 

"Despite these identifications, the archaeological remains in Ein Kerem and the surrounding area, which are related to the time when these events transpired (the Second Temple period), are few and fragmented."

"The discovery of the ritual bath reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple located in the region of what is today Ein Kerem."


8. ISRAEL WARNS: 'IRAN IS LIKE ISIS, JUST MUCH BIGGER'
by Cynthia Blank


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Israel's government released on Tuesday an animated video equating Iran with the Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization. 

The 28-second clip begins with ISIS terrorists standing on a tank and waving their guns in the air as they drive over white men in orange jumpsuits. 

"Imagine how dangerous Islamic State would be if it had armored divisions, fighter jets, and ballistic missiles. Imagine Islamic State building atomic bombs," the narrator then says. 

As the terrorist driving the tank transforms into an Iranian cleric, the narrator says, "Well maybe it's not that hard to imagine."

"The Islamic State of Iran. Like ISIS. Just much bigger," the narrator concludes. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made the same comparison in a press briefing on Tuesday, telling reporters: "No one would dream of allowing the Islamic State of ISIS to have nuclear weapons. Why would anyone consider giving the Islamic State of Iran - which is a lot more powerful than ISIS and acts with much greater power than ISIS - to have additional power of nuclear weapons."

Published on the Prime Minister of Israel Facebook page and the IsraeliPM Youtube account, the video was released to coincide with the June 30 deadline set by world powers and Iran for a final deal on Tehran's nuclear program. 

The deadline has since been extended by a week until July 7. 






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