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Israeli text messages warn Gazans not to help Hamas build tunnels | World Tribune

GAZA CITY — Israel’s military is said to have sent telephone messages to the Gaza Strip warning residents against cooperating with the Hamas regime.

Hamas said the Israel Army sent messages on the cell phones that urged Palestinians not to obey the Islamist regime in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas said the messages focused on Hamas efforts to construct tunnels that would penetrate Israel.

“The messages claimed that tunnels that were built by Hamas underground between Gaza and the Israeli-occupied territories cost millions of dollars that were supposed to be spent on the Gaza people,” Hamas said.

In a statement on Oct. 19, Hamas said the Israeli military sent both voice and text messages to the Palestinians. The messages asserted that Hamas sought to use the tunnels to attack the Jewish state.

“This was not the first time the Israel Army sent such incitement messages against Hamas,” Hamas said.

The messages were sent by the Israeli military on Oct. 18 in wake of the discovery of a 1.7 kilometer tunnel that began east of the Gaza city of Khan
Yunis and penetrated at least 300 meters within Israel. The tunnel was
discovered in wake of unprecedented shipments of construction material from
Israel to the Gaza Strip.

“To the residents of the Gaza Strip, the Israel Army warns you against
obeying the orders of the terrorist Hamas or having any contact with it,”
the Israeli message was quoted as saying.

The Hamas Interior Ministry said scores of Gazans received the Israeli
message. Israel has not confirmed the Hamas report.

Hamas has reported increased attempts to foment unrest in the Gaza
Strip. They included the announcement of an opposition group that Hamas
asserted was linked to Egyptian intelligence, which helped close down or
destroy close to 500 smuggling tunnels along the border of Egypt’s Sinai
Peninsula.

“We have not intervened in internal Egyptian affairs, neither in Sinai
nor anywhere else in Egypt,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said.

Israeli text messages warn Gazans not to help Hamas build tunnels | World Tribune.

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Hamas says it’s responsible for tunnel under Gaza-Israel border – Israel News, Ynetnews

Spokesman for Islamist group’s armed wing says tunnel dug in effort to force Israel to release prisoners

Abu Ubaida, spokesman for the Islamist group’s military wing, said in an interview broadcast by the station that the movement’s armed brigades “dug the tunnel, they were responsible for it.”

Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility on Sunday for a tunnel that Israel said was found beneath the heavily fortified Israel-Gaza frontier.

A website for a Hamas radio station called Al-Aqsa said the group’s armed wing was responsible for what it called the “Khan Younis Tunnel,” named for a part of the coastal territory where the subterranean passage was found. 

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  Ubaida said the tunnel had been dug in an effort to try and force Israel to release some of the thousands of prisoners it holds in its jails. In 2011, Israel freed 1,400 inmates for the return of soldier Gilad Shalit, who terrorists had captured and spirited across the Gaza border in 2006 through a tunnel.

Israel announced a week ago the discovery of the latest tunnel, which is 2.5 km (1.5 miles) in length, along the Gaza frontier, and accused Hamas of being behind its construction.

The Israeli military said the tunnel, dug in sandy soil, had been reinforced with concrete supports. Israel responded by halting the transfer of building material to Gaza.

In 2010, as part of its easing of its internationally-criticized Gaza blockade, Israel gave foreign aid organizations the green light to import construction material for public projects. Last month, Israel resumed the transfer of cement and steel to Gaza’s private sector.

Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007, a year after winning a Palestinian election, from forces loyal to Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas. The movement is shunned by the West over its refusal to renounce violence and recognize Israel.

Hamas says it’s responsible for tunnel under Gaza-Israel border – Israel News, Ynetnews.

Israel tests long-range air refueling in exercise tied to Iran strike | World Tribune

TEL AVIV — Israel has completed what officials termed a long-range air combat exercise that included air refueling, an element vital in any attack on Iran.The Israel Defense Forces said several squadrons of U.S.-origin fighter-jets participated in an exercise over Greece and its islands in the Mediterranean.In a statement, the military said the Israel Air Force demonstrated its skills in long-range missions and mid-flight refueling.“This past week, fighter squadrons from the Israel Air Force conducted a special long-range flight exercise,” the military said on Oct. 10. “The squadrons practiced refueling planes in midair and tested the ability of IAF aircraft to fly exceptionally long distances.”The military said the Air Force contributed the F-15 and F-16 aircraft, both of which contain extended-range fuel tanks. The exercise, meant to last more than a week, also tested the Air Force’s ability for precision strikes at long range.“When one mentions that ‘all options [concerning Iran] are on the table,’ it’s clear that military operations are also being talked about,” the military said. “The Air Force, the long arm of the IDF, is responsible for realizing this option if necessary, and to that end, squadrons are practicing and strengthening the full range of their abilities, including long-range flights.”Israel has held regular long-range air combat exercises in several NATO states over the last three years. They included Greece, Italy and Romania, the latter said to contain mountain ranges similar to those in Iran.“Challenges in a flight like this start in the planning phase, and continue in the flight itself which is far from home, in unfamiliar weather and terrain conditions, as well as all possible threats,” an air force squadron commander said.

via Israel tests long-range air refueling in exercise tied to Iran strike | World Tribune.

Israel Expresses Dismay at Cutback of U.S. Aid to Egypt – NYTimes.com

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Anwar El Sadat, Jimmy Carter and Menachem Begin handshake ,at White House1979

JERUSALEM — Officials and experts in Israel responded on Wednesday with a mixture of disappointment and alarm to the news that the United States planned to reduce its military aid to Egypt in response to this summer’s brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the continuing violence it has spawned.Israel views the aid as part and parcel of its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, and essential to the maintenance of stability in the region.Israel has been involved in the Obama administration’s discussions on the cuts. Israeli officials refused to comment publicly on the matter on Wednesday, in part because there had been no official announcement yet from Washington.But one Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate diplomacy involved, warned that the implications of punitive cuts in Egypt’s aid could go far beyond the issue of Israeli-Egyptian relations. The United States is playing with fire, he said.“You cannot disassemble the peace treaty and take out this part or that part,” the official said. “But there are other elements in this conundrum. This is not just about Israel. This is about America’s standing in the Arab world. ”Noting that military aid is not just about tank shipments but also a sign of presence and commitment, he added: “If America is seen to be turning its back on Egypt, an old ally, how will it be seen? People will see it as the United States dropping a friend.

Begin,_Carter_and_Sadatat Camp David 1978

Begin,_Carter_and_Sadatat Camp David 1978

”Asked about American aid to Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he would speak only “in general terms,” but made it clear that any withdrawal of aid was a concern.“Our interest is basically having the peace with Egypt continue,” Mr. Netanyahu said in a radio interview last week. “That peace was premised on American aid to Egypt, and I think that for us is the most important consideration, and I’m sure that’s taken under advisement in Washington.”Yuval Steinitz, Israel\’s minister of international and strategic affairs, declined to comment on the American decision, but said he did not think a withdrawal of aid would threaten the peace treaty. \”I think that Egypt should be strengthened and supported, generally speaking,\” Mr. Steinitz said in a telephone interview. “It’s very important that Egypt will stabilize, economically and politically. It’s very important for the world, for the Middle East, and for us, and first and foremost for the Egyptians.”After the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in the summer, Israel asked Washington not to cut aid to Egypt, arguing that any weakening of the Egyptian military would hurt the chances of stabilizing the country.“We did ask the Americans to give Egypt a chance,” the official said.Now, while insisting that Israel does not get into the details of American aid allocation, he warned that a shift in American policy toward Egypt “can quickly become a rift.”The news about Egypt was the latest in a series of developments that have underscored Israeli unease with American policy in the region. Israelis were dismayed by what they viewed as Washington’s too hasty abandonment of President Hosni Mubarak, a former ally, during the 2011 revolution in Egypt. They expressed concern over a possible erosion of American credibility when President Obama flip-flopped on his threat to strike Syria in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons against its citizens, even though Israel generally welcomed the Russian deal for a peaceful resolution. More recently, Israel publicly dismissed President Hassan Rouhani of Iran as a disingenuous wolf in sheep’s clothing who had no intention of halting Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons while President Obama was making overtures to explore the prospects of diplomacy.Israeli officials and experts say that the security cooperation between Israel and Egypt under Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian military leader who removed Mr. Morsi, has grown closer than ever. The Egyptian military has been fighting Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, along the border with Israel, and destroying tunnels that were long used by the Hamas militant group to smuggle weapons into Gaza, where they could be used against Israel.Some analysts are worried that punitive cutbacks in aid could upset the consensus now prevailing in Egypt that this is not the time to touch the agreement with Israel, and stir up renewed calls for a review of the treaty.“The peace treaty was a package, and part of it was the military assistance,” said Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and an Arab affairs analyst for Israel’s Channel 2. “You take one brick from the wall of Camp David, and the whole thing can collapse.”Prof. Efraim Inbar, the director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, said the Egyptian government was unlikely to blame Israel for the proposed cutbacks, knowing that Israel has been arguing for maintaining the aid.But he added that the political message being sent by Washington was “problematic” for Israel, Egypt and other Western-allied Arab states like Saudi Arabia.

via Israel Expresses Dismay at Cutback of U.S. Aid to Egypt – NYTimes.com.

Egypt celebrating the 40th anniversary of the October victory

While egyptian celebrate of the 40th anniversary of the Arab-Israeli War – at least 44 people were killed and 246 others wounded owing to violence of Muslim Brotherhood

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Egyptian celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Arab-Israeli War were marred by a fresh wave of violence by The Muslim Brotherhood terrorists.

At least 50 people were killed and 268 others wounded across Egypt, AFP cited senior health ministry official Ahmed al-Ansari as saying. Deputy Interior Minister General Sayed Shafiq told local media that the security situation is now “under control” in Cairo.

32 people were killed in the capital of Cairo and in Giza on Sunday, Egyptian Health Ministry official said. Four persons were also killed in Beni Suef, and two in Minya, Ahram Online reported.

In Cairo, Egyptian police fired tear gas to disperse pro-Morsi demonstrators as they marched towards Tahrir Square, where pro-army supporters gathered to celebrate the 1973 war anniversary. The tear gas and birdshots reportedly sent protesters running towards western Giza’s

There were reports of heavy gunfire, but they could not be confirmed. Ahram Online quoted politician and former presidential candidate Bothaina Kamel telling Aswat Masriya that she was physically assaulted and that pro-Morsi demonstrators smashed her car windows as she drove through Dokki on Sunday.

Adly Mansour called on people to come to the streets to celebrate what he called “a national day of pride.” Trew stated that Mansour did not want to see Muslim Brotherhood supporters causing trouble during the festivities.

Clashes also erupted in the Garden City district in the center of the capital, where police fired tear gas and chased protesters along the Nile Corniche.

Partial Israeli reserves call-up. US beefs up Qatar air base. Syria moves units into sheltered sites

 

Partial Israeli reserves call-up. US beefs up Qatar air base. Syria moves units into sheltered sites.

Iran ready to train Syrian army: Iran cmdr

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Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan says Iran is ready to train the Syrian army should Damascus require assistance.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Pourdastan added that the Syrian army has gained experience during years of conflict with the occupying regime of Israel, and has the ability to defend itself with no need for foreign assistance.

“As a Muslim and friendly country, we stand by Syria and if there is need for training, we will provide them with necessary training,” the senior Iranian commander asserted.

He, however, emphasized that Iran would not have “active involvement in their operations.”

Pourdastan’s remarks came as the Syrian state television reported on Sunday that Israel has carried out an airstrike against the Jamraya Research Center, located northwest of the capital, Damascus. The center had been targeted by another Israeli airstrike back in January.

The Sunday attack came shortly after Tel Aviv confirmed that its warplanes had hit another target in Syria on Friday.