What’s So Bad About That?

The New York Times on Friday published a transcript of a recording of Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich in a meeting talking to residents of Judea and Samaria. In it he is heard telling them that the Israeli government is engaged in a stealthy effort to irreversibly change the way the region is governed without being accused of formally annexing it.

The goal of the plan is to prevent Judea and Samaria from becoming part of a Palestinian state.

“I’m telling you, it’s mega-dramatic,” Smotrich told those at the meeting. Such changes change a system’s DNA.”

In the comments, Smotrich outlined a carefully orchestrated program to take authority over Judea and Samaria out of the hands of the IDF and turn it over to civilians working in the Defense Ministry.

Smotrich’s plan works for the time being. While sources on the left race to report this as a clandestine effort, Smotrich is doing what the people voted for him to do; working to positively advance the development of Judea and Samaria. What he’s also really doing is trying to prevent Judea and Samaria from becoming part of a terrorist state. We hope his plan will suffice until full sovereignty is applied .

Smotrich outlines plan for control of Judea & Samaria: ‘Netanyahu is with us full on’, by Israel National News, June 21, 2024


Troubling News: How Will It Affect Israel’s Security?

The IDF and the ISA were forced to cancel about twenty planned arrests this week due to prison overcrowding. Security officials are warning about the problem in detention facilities and prisons that leads to the cancellation of arrests and thwarting operations.

According to Kan, in light of the growing overcrowding in detention facilities, security bodies are having to conduct assessments regarding the dangerousness of prisoners and release administrative detainees at the end of their detention period out of necessity.

How will this impact the safety and security of Israel and its law-abiding, peaceful citizens? When it comes to terrorists, whatever the level of their dangerousness or threat, they all have only one goal and that is to harm and kill Jews. With the war still raging, it’s a daily expectation that the IDF will find more terrorists in every corner they turn to. That, plus the alarming climate of hostility against Israel and the Jewish people leaves us concerned that it would embolden the “less threatening or dangerous” terrorists they want to release or worse, not arrest to begin with.

Due to prison overcrowding: IDF cancels arrests in Judea and Samaria, by Israel National News, June 23, 2024


The Clock in the North is Ticking

The Israeli military announced Tuesday that the heads of the IDF’s Northern Command and Operations Directorate approved a tactical schedule for an offensive into southern Lebanon.

In a statement, Major Generals Ori Gordin and Oded Basiuk, said that after an assessment of the security situation in northern Israel, “operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon were approved.”

The decision comes amid an eight-month-long terror campaign by the Tehran-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon that has included almost daily incursions of drone, missile, and rocket attacks targeting the Druze and Jewish communities in the area.

The frequent bombardments have caused 60,000 residents to be evacuated, the closure of major roadways, the diversion of emergency and combat personnel, and multiple wildfires to scorch the region.

In addition to the vast infrastructure damage created by the relentless attacks, at least 11 civilians and 15 soldiers have been killed because of the aggression.

Negotiations with Hamas keep failing. Hostilities from Hezbollah keep increasing. It seems this leaves Israel with no other choice to defend itself but to remain on high alert and be prepared to wage war against Hezbollah.

The Muskets are Cocked: IDF Approves Battle Plans for Southern Lebanon, by Foreign Desk News, June 19, 2024


Re-Settling Gaza is the Only Formula for Real Victory

Daniela Weiss, chairwoman of the Nachala movement, spoke with Arutz Sheva – Israel National News about the special lobby to resettle Gaza in the Knesset. To date, six organized communities are ready to take up immediate residence in the Gaza Strip.

“We want to return to all of Gaza, right away,” she declared. “When we heard about this desire, I mobilized my fifty-year experience and tried to see the practical ways for fulfilling the bigger vision of resettling the Gaza Strip. Everybody knows that the army alone cannot hold the area – only the army and the settlers together bring true Zionism and true victory.”

Weiss believes that despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s repeated declarations stating that Israel won’t permanently occupy Gaza, she has “seen hints from Netanyahu that he will let us go into Gaza. He is a great Zionist, and knows that if he wants victory, this is the only way.”

Daniela Weiss: ‘The only path to victory is to resettle Gaza’, by Israel National News/June 19, 2024


Preparing Against Any Threat

Earlier this week on Monday Defense Minister Yoav Gallant visited the Gilboa and Emek HaMaayanot regional councils to conduct a situation assessment with IDF officials and council leaders. The topic: strengthening security in the towns against various threats, with an emphasis on shooting from the Jenin area.

Gallant emphasized the importance of cooperation between local authorities and the IDF. At the end of the tour, Gallant updated the council leaders that the Ministry of Defense would contribute to local security by purchasing drones, arming the civilian security squads with advanced weapons, establishing rapid response teams, and repairing the fences and security routes.

While Israel continues to fight a major war to defend its very existence, it’s important to remember there are many “little wars” occurring in areas like northern Samaria that necessitate increased security.

Gallant in Samaria: ‘Countering Iranian arms smuggling with civilian security squads’, by Hezki Baruch/Israel National News, June 17, 2024


Hagari: The North is Not Up for Negotiation

The Israeli army warned that a full-scale war with Hezbollah appears imminent, as the Lebanese terror group has escalated its attacks against Israel over the past week.

“Hezbollah’s increasing aggression is bringing us to the brink of what could be a wider escalation, one that could have devastating consequences for Lebanon and the entire region,” IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said, speaking in English for a message that was intended for an international audience. Hagari also said that Hezbollah is “jeopardizing the future of Lebanon so that it can be a shield for Hamas.”

International actors, including the Biden administration and French government, are pushing a diplomatic solution which would see Hezbollah retreat north of the Litani River and allow some 80,000 residents of northern Israel displaced by the Hezbollah attacks to return home. Regardless of whether a viable diplomatic solution is found, “one way or another we will ensure the safe and secure return of Israelis to their homes in northern Israel. That is not up for negotiation,” Hagari said.

Hagari says that the IDF will never allow another October 7 to happen again. Does that mean a war with Iran’s proxy Hezbollah is inevitable or can they dismantle it to the extent that it will no longer function? In the end, the problem always turns back to the main source of terrorist activity – Iran.

IDF: We’re ‘on the brink’ of major war with Hezbollah, by World Israel News Staff, June 17, 2024


Re-Building 2005: Only ‘Settlement’ Will Bring Security

Israeli lawmakers are set to launch a new parliamentary caucus focused on rebuilding Israeli civilian communities in the Gaza Strip after the Hamas terrorist group is defeated.

The “Caucus for the Return to Settlement in the Gaza Strip,” headed by Knesset members Limor Son Har-Melech (Otzma Yehudit Party) and Zvi Sukkot (Religious Zionism), will be officially launched on Tuesday in the presence of lawmakers, government and security officials, as well as representatives of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“Only settlement will bring security. Only when Jewish children are playing in the Strip will the Nukhba terrorists realize that they have lost,” Sukkot said.

According to Sukkot, who also heads the Knesset Subcommittee for Judea and Samaria, the re-establishment of towns uprooted in 2005 will help advance the release of the hostages held by Hamas.“

Israeli lawmakers launch Gaza resettlement caucus, by JNS, June 17, 2024


Steps to Strengthen Judea and Samaria

The Security Cabinet assembled on Sunday night, with the ministers discussing a series of punitive sanctions against the Palestinian Authority (PA), as revealed by Channel 12 News.

Minister Bezalel Smotrich brought a proposal before the political-security cabinet to take the following steps: legalizing four villages in Judea and Samaria, denying visas and transit documents from senior officials of the PA, imposing sanctions against countries that unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, and carrying out enforcement actions against the illegal Arab building in the agreed nature reserve zone in the Judean Desert.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed that all the proposals be submitted to a vote at the next Security Cabinet meeting.

Cabinet discusses punitive measures promoted by Smotrich against the Palestinians, by Israel National News, June 16, 2024


In the North Concerns Lead to Preparation

The recent demonstration of Hezbollah’s capabilities, which have intensified in recent weeks, still represents only a small fraction of the Iran-backed terror group’s aerial arsenal. The IDF believes this arsenal includes an array of precision munitions supplied mainly by Iran over the past decade, or weapons that have undergone upgrade and modifications based on lessons learned in the conflict.

The IDF is most concerned about the terror group’s precision missiles, and accordingly, the Air Defense Command has expanded dramatically. A new Iron Dome battalion was established with soldiers brought on from other units; there has been a roughly 50% increase in dedicated recruitments in recent military induction cycles, and more radars have been deployed in the north — the most sought-after resource due to many instances where detecting drones and activating sirens has been difficult. One such example was the fatal incident in Hurfeish last week, where one reserve officer was killed and others wounded.

With that in mind, the IDF is preparing to defend against ‘swarms’ of Hezbollah drones and barrages of hundreds of missiles. The Military estimates Hezbollah has yet to present its full aerial arsenal since the war began; efforts are underway to ensure a defense against extremely challenging scenarios.

Magen David Adom is contemplating what emergency response will look like in the face of extensive power outages caused by either a military-style attack or a major natural disaster, as both Israel and Hezbollah ramp up their forces in preparation for an increasingly likely Third Lebanon War.

IDF prepares to defend against ‘swarms’ of Hezbollah drones, barrages of hundreds of missiles, by Yoav Zitun/Ynetnews, June 11, 2024

MDA Prepares for Power Outages, Plans ‘Doomsday Protocols’ Ahead of War with Hezbollah, by Hana Levi Julian/Jewish Press, June 10, 2024


Let’s Not Forget This Truth: An Excellent Article by Bassam Tawil

If ruling regimes such as Hamas do not want their civilians killed during hostage rescue operations, they should not start unprovoked wars, then complain when they are hit back. They also should not take hostages, then hide them among the civilian population. It is not complicated.

The Palestinian families can hold only themselves accountable for the scores of Gazans who died during the rescue operation. Those families were not coerced or threatened into keeping the hostages inside their homes. The exact opposite is true: They were delighted to help Hamas because they support the terrorist group.

A report in The Wall Street Journal earlier this week cites messages it says have been sent by Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar throughout the war expressing the necessity of civilian bloodshed. The report says the messages have been sent to Hamas compatriots as well as mediators and shared with the WSJ by a variety of people. One such message, said to be sent to Hamas leaders in Doha, says mass civilian losses, similar to those seen in the Algerian War of Independence, “are necessary sacrifices.”

This is another level of truth that the enemies of Israel must face if Israel is to be kept safe. Gaza civilians, encouraged by an evil madman, are a willing part of the terrorist problem that seeks to destroy Israel. We thank the Wall Street Journal for reporting on this. Now let’s see news outlets worldwide do the right thing and follow suit.

Palestinian ‘Civilians’: Complicit in Hamas Crimes, by Bassam Tawil, June 10, 2024

Report: Sinwar’s messages during war exalt civilian deaths as ‘necessary sacrifices’, by Times of Israel, June 11, 2024


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