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Israel Daily News – February 06, 2023

Israel Daily News – February 06, 2023

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A major earthquake hits turkey and Syria leaving hundreds dead or injured…the aftershocks felt throughout Israel.

Israeli security forces capture or kill the entire Hamas terror cell responsible for an attempted attack against Israeli civilians.

And a new winter storm front slams Israel Barbara brings heavy winds, rain and even snow.


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IDF thwarts Hamas cell behind attempted shooting attack near Jericho

IDF thwarts Hamas cell behind attempted shooting attack near Jericho

TZVI JOFFRE


The aim of the raid was to break up a Hamas terrorist cell in the West Bank refugee camp of Aqabat Jaber, Jericho.
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IDF soldiers operate in the West Bank during Operation Break the Wave, February 2, 2023 / (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)

A number of Hamas terrorists were killed in an IDF raid near Jericho on Monday after a Hamas cell attempted to carry out a shooting attack at a restaurant near Jericho late last month.

The attempted attack targeted a restaurant in Vered Yeriho on January 28, when two terrorists attempted to fire at a restaurant in which 30 people were present. The terrorists’ weapons jammed and the two fled back to Jericho.

The Shin Bet and IDF Intelligence Directorate discovered that the two had barricaded themselves in an apartment in the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp near Jericho and intended to continue conducting attacks.

New Hamas cell launches in Jericho area

Last week, a new terrorist cell affiliated with Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades announced its establishment in the Aqabat Jaber camp. The cell, calling itself the Aqabat Jaber battalion, has conducted armed clashes with Israeli forces operating in the Jericho area.

Israeli forces had attempted to arrest the members of the cell behind the attempted attack on Saturday, but failed to do so. A number of other suspects who are part of the Hamas cell were arrested in that raid and at least 13 Palestinians were injured in the clashes.

IDF soldiers besiege the homes of Palestinian terror suspects near Jericho, in the West Bank, on February 4, 2023 (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)

On Monday morning, armed clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces as they entered Jericho and the Aqabat Jaber camp, with a number of Palestinians reportedly killed and at least three wounded, according to Palestinian reports. No Israeli personnel were injured in the operation.



The bodies of the terrorists killed in the clashes have reportedly been seized by Israeli forces.

Senior Hamas official Shaker Amara was also arrested in Jericho on Monday morning, according to Palestinian reports. Amara has been detained and imprisoned by Israel on multiple occasions. Relatives of the terrorists who conducted the attempted attack were arrested in Jericho as well on Monday.

Palestinian media additionally claimed that terrorists in the area managed to down an Israeli drone, with video reportedly from the scene showing youths throwing bricks at a drone laying on the ground.

The raid was conducted by the IDF’s coed Lions of the Jordan Valley Battalion.

Haniyeh: ‘The enemy will not enjoy calm’

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh warned after the raid that Palestinian movements would continue to operate, stating “The succession of the enemy’s killing in the West Bank will be a disaster for him, and all international or regional interventions will not succeed in stopping the revolutionary tide of our people, and the enemy will not enjoy calm, and the days are debated as long as our people have a beating heart.”

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem warned that “Our people and their resistance will not delay in responding to this crime.”

Palestinians across the West Bank closed shops and schools in a strike on Monday and called to clash with Israeli forces near the Green Line.

Public Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir welcomed the IDF operation near Jericho on Monday, saying “a terrorist is a mortal and anyone who tries to harm the citizens of Israel knows that he will pay a heavy price for his activities and our security forces will reach him wherever he hides. The Israeli government will wage a stubborn and uncompromising war against terrorism and with God’s help we will bring security to the citizens of Israel.”

On Sunday evening, the Aqabat Jaber battalion launched “Days of Rage,” claiming that Israeli forces had closed roads around Jericho and set up restrictive checkpoints at the entrances to the city in the days since the attempted attack.

“The succession of the enemy’s killing in the West Bank will be a disaster for him, and all international or regional interventions will not succeed in stopping the revolutionary tide of our people, and the enemy will not enjoy calm, and the days are debated as long as our people have a beating heart.”

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated on Sunday that it had launched increased operations in the Jericho area, including more intensive checks of vehicles leaving the city, after the attempted shooting attack. The IDF stressed that there was no lockdown on Jericho and that traffic was flowing freely in and out of the city.


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TV7Israel News 03.02

TV7Israel News 03.02

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1) The State of Israel and the Republic of Sudan have agreed to foster a peace treaty that will aim to deepen cooperation between the formerly hostile enemies.
2) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace in Paris.
3) King Abdullah II of Jordan urged President Joe Biden to rein-in Israel in all that relates to the Palestinians.


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Netanyahu slams ‘explicit threat’ by protest leader to murder him

Netanyahu slams ‘explicit threat’ by protest leader to murder him

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Former IAF pilot Ze’ev Raz wrote, “If a prime minister rises and assumes dictatorial powers, he is a dead man, it’s that simple.”

A rally in Tel Aviv against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government, Jan. 21, 2023. Photo by Gili Yaari.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night harshly criticized what he said was a “growing wave” of threats directed at himself and other officials, after a leader of the anti-government protests appeared to call for his assassination.

“It seemed that all boundaries had been crossed by threats against elected officials and myself, but this is not the case, because we have now heard and seen an explicit threat to murder the prime minister of Israel,” said Netanyahu in a statement.

Netanyahu’s remarks came after former Israeli Air Force pilot Ze’ev Raz wrote on Facebook on Friday that, “If a prime minister rises and assumes dictatorial powers, he is a dead man, it’s that simple…. There’s an obligation to kill them.”

Raz, who flew one of the fighter jets that bombed Sadam Hussein’s nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, has long been a figurehead in the anti-Netanyahu protest movement.

“I know that there is a debate over what endangers democracy, but this is not something that is subject to dispute—this truly endangers democracy,” said Netanyahu on Saturday.

“I expect the law enforcement and security officials, who spoke out so clearly and sharply during the tenure of the previous government about phenomena that were much less serious, to come out—with the same severity and clarity— against this. I expect the law enforcement officials to take immediate action against those who are inciting to murder, and I expect the leaders of the opposition to speak out as vigorously and as strongly as I did,” he added.

In response, police said on Saturday night that they had opened a probe into Raz on “suspicion of incitement and threats.”

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said, “I instructed the police to treat incitement that comes from left in the same way as if it came from the right. If a ‘hilltop youth’ [in Judea and Samaria] had written similar or even less serious things than he would have been arrested and placed in a detention center.”


Tens of thousands demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday night for the fifth consecutive week, ostensibly against the government’s judicial reform plan.

The proposal includes changing the way judges are selected so that the Knesset members will have majority say on the Judicial Selection Committee; passing an “override clause,” a law that would give legislators the power to reverse, or “override,” the Supreme Court when it strikes down laws; abolishing the legal justification of “reasonableness” by which the court can cancel Knesset decisions; and empowering ministers to hire and fire their own legal advisers.

Netanyahu has rejected as “baseless” claims by critics that the reforms would mark the end of the country’s democracy, and vowed to implement them “responsibly.”

“The truth is that the balance between the branches of government has been violated over the past two decades. This unusual phenomenon does not exist anywhere else in the world—not in the United States, not in Western Europe and not during Israel’s first 50 years of existence,” said Netanyahu.

Lawmaker Simcha Rothman, who is chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, expressed his openness to compromise on the proposed legislation at a press briefing hosted Thursday by the Jerusalem Center for Public Policy (JCPA).

“I am eager for a debate, I am eager for a discussion,” he said.


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Israeli artist paints mural in Nazareth supporting Iranian women – opinion

Israeli artist paints mural in Nazareth supporting Iranian women – opinion

RUTH WASSERMAN LANDE


This is not a trivial step in a country where an apprehensive atmosphere prevails between Arabs and Jews. It symbolizes Israel’s broad support for Iranian women.
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HOOMAN KHALILI (left) and the writer stand in front of the mural. / (photo credit: Shadi Obied)

The Israeli graffiti artist, Benzi Brofman, who lives in Migdal Ha’emek, is a Jew who immigrated to Israel from the United States. His murals are in demand in many places around the world, including in the centers of European capitals. In collaboration with the Iranian-American filmmaker and entrepreneur, Hooman Khalili, who came to Israel especially from San Francisco to carry out the project, Benzi created a spectacular mural under the title Freedom, Life, Woman.

The painting is intended to express support for the protesters in Iran, in general, and Iranian women, in particular. It is interesting that Israel is the only country in the entire Middle East, where local communities have given public recognition to the Iranian women who are struggling against the Ayatollah regime.

Following the success of the first mural, which Khalili produced about a month ago in the Talpiot industrial area in Jerusalem, the second mural was painted on an enormous concrete wall in Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel. The project received the blessing of Mayor Ali Salam while the property owners, Adham and Bilal Kananaba, gave consent to use a wall of their complex without payment. All this, with the understanding that it is an exercise in humanity.

Support for Iranian women spans across Israel’s religious, ethnic, cultural divides

However, this is not a trivial step in a country where an apprehensive atmosphere prevails between Arabs and Jews, all the more so in light of the fact that elections for the local authorities are expected to take place in October this year, with palpable tension already in the air.

Nazareth is indeed the “Arab City of Lights” and is viewed as relatively liberal in the region. Moreover, all the Muslims who live in Nazareth are Sunnis, although several conservative political groups also live and work there, including those who have no particular interest in upsetting the Alawite and Shi’ite regimes in Syria or Iran.

A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic’s ”morality police”, in Tehran, Iran, September 19, 2022. (credit: WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY) VIA REUTERS)

“This mural in a city like Nazareth symbolizes that support for the Iranian people in Israel extends across religious, cultural and class divides.”

Emily Schrader

“This mural in a city like Nazareth symbolizes that support for the Iranian people in Israel extends across religious, cultural and class divides,” said Emily Schrader, a journalist and social activist, who, among other things, also initiated and led the rally in Tel Aviv in support of the citizens of Iran last month.

This mural shows the faces of Iranians who have been murdered by the Islamic regime.

“They remind us of the overwhelming injustice that the citizens of Iran face every minute of every day,” said the entrepreneur Khalili, who himself fled Iran as a youngster, found shelter in a church in San Francisco and grew up as a Christian American. Khalili seeks to strengthen his identity and belonging to the Iranian people by increasing awareness of the perpetual suffering of the common people, especially women, and to express his solidarity through creating murals collaborating with local artists.

BROFMAN, who also painted a mural in London two months ago expressing support for the Iranian people, received Khalili’s appeal through the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “As someone who grew up in Migdal Ha’emek, a stone’s throw from Nazareth, I knew that painting this new mural was a huge task and a mission for me,” Benzi told me. Together with Khalili, they scoured the streets of Nazareth seeking out local property owners who would agree to “donate” a wall on some building for the benefit of the mission of honoring Iranian women.

The mural depicts the symbol of the lion and the sun, which dates back to 12th century Persia, and also appeared in the center of the Iranian flag before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The mural also shows a woman holding a sword and riding a lion, as a sign that Iranian women are actually the leaders and at the forefront of the current revolution in Iran.

The painting contains an empowering message to women globally, asking them not to be afraid to stand up for themselves and lead. These are called “all the Esthers in the world,” alluding to the figure of Jewish Queen Esther who, according to the Scroll of Esther, led her people to freedom from the bitter fate planned for them by the evil Haman.

The modest ceremony took place last week under the open sky. During the entire ceremony, it almost appeared as if a heavenly gesture was made and a pause in the pouring rain came about. The sun chose to shine upon a somewhat odd occurrence: a Christian entrepreneur and a Jewish artist who joined hands to embrace and enhance the quest for all women but, in particular, the Muslim women of Iran.

Thus, it so happened that at the end of a bloody weekend, during which innocent Jewish lives were taken by murderous terrorist in Jerusalem; during a tumultuous period in Israeli internal politics in which society is torn between opinions and stances; while women are unusually few in the current Israeli government; and while, too often, one hears troubling comments from certain ministers about the role of women these days, a small initiative that was born out of a big dream took place. It creates light within the darkness and an alternative reality for women throughout the world even if the path forward is still long.


The writer, a former MK, was the founder and co-chair of the first Abraham Accords Caucus in the Knesset.


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