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Netanyahu vows: Temple Mount, Western Wall will forever remain part of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Wednesday that the Temple Mount and the Western Wall “will forever remain under Israeli sovereignty” during a special Knesset session celebrating Jerusalem Day and marking 50 years to the capital’s unification.

Describing Jerusalem before the 1967 Six-Day War, Netanyahu spoke of “a winding border line opening a deep chasm in Jerusalem and at its heart were barricades against snipers, barbed-wire fences and minefields. We stood on the other side, trying to look to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, and we could not access them.”

“We will never return to that situation,” he declared.

“Some see the Six-Day War as a disaster for Israel,” Netanyahu went on to say. “I see it as Israel’s salvation. How could we keep existing with a narrow waist (of the country) and daily danger to our citizens?”

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The prime minister spoke of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel this week, saying “I’m sure you were all as moved as I was to see President Trump and his family standing by the Western Wall and touching its stones. The IDF soldiers who liberated Jerusalem during the Six-Day War did the same, with a burst of emotions that came from the depths of their souls.”

Netanyahu, who was 17 years old when the Israeli paratroopers reached the Western Wall during the Six-Day War, reminisced about that day. “There was an avalanche of people who broke through the hole in the wall near city hall. We flocked to the alleys and reached the Western Wall, and we too touched its stones,” he remembered.

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“That historic moment when our soldiers stood at the Western Wall brought triple joy: For our success in turning the existential threat we were facing into a great miracle of salvation, for our return to our ancestors’ land, where the identity of our people was shaped, and for the wonderful unity that brought us together and proved that when we stand as one, we can face any challenge,” Netanyahu said.

“We liberated Jerusalem, turned it into one city. Not perfect, but whole,” he added.

“We’re the ones who freed Jerusalem from the neglect and continuous distress it was in. We’re the ones who brought it to a high point in its development.”

 

Manchester Muslim ISIS terrorist returned from Libya, received terror training in Syria

Revealed: How Muslim ISIS bomber Salman Abedi returned from Libya days before concert attack, received secret terror training in Syria and was seen as ‘face of hate’ among his Manchester neighbours.

British-born Abedi had spent time in a conflict zone – possibly Syria – before slaughtering 22 in a suicide bomb atrocity at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

A friend of Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent, said the terrorist had returned from a three-week trip to Libya – also an ISIS hotbed – just days ago. He is understood to have made regular journeys to the North African country in recent years.

It was also claimed last night that he had travelled by train from London to Manchester on Monday in advance of the terror attack. This has raised suspicions that he may have met co-conspirators or been supplied with his explosive device by an as-yet-unidentified bombmaker.

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French interior minister Gerard Collomb said this morning Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and had ‘proven’ links with ISIS.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the 22-year-old was known to intelligence services ‘up to a point’ and that it ‘seems likely’ he was not acting alone.

Rudd added: ‘It seems likely, possible, that he wasn’t doing this on his own so the intelligence services and the police are pursuing their leads in order to make sure they get all the information … that they need to keep us safe.

This morning French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb suggested British investigators had told their Paris counterparts that Abedi had probably travelled to Syria.

‘Today we only know what British investigators have told us – someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin, who suddenly after a trip to Libya, then probably to Syria, becomes radicalized and decides to carry out this attack,’ Collomb told BFMTV.

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Pressed on how he knew Abedi had been in Syria, Collomb said this was the information that French and British intelligence services had.

Asked if he believed Abedi had the support of a network, Collomb said: ‘That is not known yet, but perhaps. In any case, (he had) links with Daesh (ISIS) that are proven.’

Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday that troops will be deployed onto Britain’s streets amid fears of a further terror attack.

She raised the terrorism threat level to ‘critical’ – the highest possible rating – on amid fears another atrocity is ‘imminent’.

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Abedi, who was born in Manchester after his religious Muslim parents fled Libya to escape the Gaddafi regime, had returned to Libya in the past week, a school friend told The Times.

The friend said: ‘He went to Libya three weeks ago and came back recently, like days ago.’

According to the Sun, sources fear Abedi took advantage of the war in Libya to travel across the Mediterranean to Syria – without the knowledge of British officials.

Abedi was known to the security services before he walked into the arena on Monday night and detonated a bomb packed with nails, nuts and bolts, killing 22 people including children as young as eight. He is also being probed over alleged ties to an ‘ISIS recruiter’ in Manchester.

Yesterday, police carried out a controlled explosion at his home in the Fallowfield area of south Manchester following a dramatic raid by dozens of officers on the red-brick semi.

Chemical experts were seen outside with specialist instruments amid fears that he could have obtained radioactive material.

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According to the Mirror, Abedi was friends with Raphael Hostey, also known as Abu Qaqa al-Britani, who served as an ISIS recruiter until he was killed in 2016 in Syria by a drone strike.

They were said to be family friends and it is feared Hostey may have helped radicalize Abedi.

The imam of Didsbury Mosque, Mohammed Saeed revealed Salman stopped going to the mosque in 2015 as he objected to anti- ISIS comments.

He said: ‘Salman used to come to the mosque occasionally, he wasn’t particularly friendly towards me because he didn’t like my anti-ISIS sermons.

‘He didn’t like what I was saying and showed me the face of hate. He came to the mosque less and less after that.’

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Police yesterday recovered CCTV of Abedi striding into the Manchester Arena with what officers believe was a home-made bomb

Amid a series of other revelations, it was claimed that his father – an airport security officer – had left the UK to fight in Libya.

Sources also said his mother had raised concerns about her son’s radical views before she herself left for Libya.

Within hours of the attack carried out by Abedi, police arrested his brother Ismail, 23, outside a Morrison’s in Chorlton, Manchester and last night they were quizzing him on suspicion of involvement in the bombing.

19 murdered 59 injured after a Muslim suicide bomber targeted children leaving a concert at Manchester Arena

At least 19 people are dead and 59 more injured after a Muslim suicide bomber targeted children leaving a packed pop concert at Manchester Arena last night in Britain’s worst terror attack since 7/7.

Witnesses told of nuts and bolts tearing into young gig-goers when the blast was detonated in the foyer area between the arena and the next-door Victoria station just after the Ariana Grande performance ended.

One image captured bodies of the dead and injured lying in an area between the arena and the next-door Victoria station, which had been packed with people leaving the venue as the gig wound down.

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As the explosion tore through the lobby, terrified youngsters stampeded for the sold-out 21,000-seater stadium’s exits in horrifying scenes caught on mobile phone cameras. Witnesses described the carnage as being ‘like a war zone’.

Armed police, the bomb squad and scores of emergency vehicles descended on the venue in the aftermath of the explosion, which took place at 10:35pm last night.

Shortly after 1.30am, a controlled explosion was carried out in the Cathedral Gardens near Manchester Arena, but police later confirmed the suspicious package had been an item of clothing.

Officials in the US said their UK counterparts had identified a possible male suicide bomber as being responsible for the atrocity. In a 3am press conference, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed his force were treating it as a terror attack.

An hour later, US star Grande, who escaped unharmed, tweeted she was ‘broken’.

‘From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words,’ she added. Her manager Scooter Braun said: ‘We mourn for the children.’

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Witness Abby Mullen from Airdrie, who was at the event, described the carnage.

‘As we were leaving a bomb or explosion went off centimetres in front of me,’ she said. ‘People’s skin and faeces where everywhere including in my hair and on my bag.

‘I’m still finding bits of God knows what in my hair. You never ever expect these things to happen to you but this proves it can happen to anybody.

‘That sound, the blood and those who were running around clueless with body parts and bits of skin missing will not be leaving my mind any time soon or the minds of those involved.’

Prior to the incident yesterday evening, an unverified Twitter account posted cryptic Tweets showing the ISIS black flag alongside the hashtags #IslamicState and #Manchesterarena. It was unclear early today what if any significance these Tweets carried.

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But the Tweeter also said: ‘You forget our threat? This is the just terror’. His account was deleted shortly afterwards.

Outside the arena, shocked concert-goers struggled to find ways home as the adjoining Victoria station was closed.

Chris Parker, 33, told how like many others he was heading towards the box office when he heard the explosion.

He told The Sun: ‘There was nuts and bolts flying everywhere, and also human flesh. It was just one bang and a white flash.

‘I treated a woman called Pauline. I’ve got blood on my hands. It was like a war zone inside where the box office is.’

Gary Walker told the Daily Star: ‘The nuts must have been packed in the device that’s exploded – there’s nowhere else they could’ve come from.’

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Hamas terrorist group rejects Trump’s classifying them as terrorist group

The terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip on Sunday rejected US President Donald Trump’s linking it to terrorism and said his description of the group showed his “complete bias” towards Israel.

Trump addressed the leaders of 55 Muslim countries in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and said they must take the lead in combating radicalization.

“The true toll of ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, and so many others, must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams,” the American president said in his speech.

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“The statement describing Hamas as a terror group is rejected and is a distortion of our image and shows a complete bias to the Zionist occupation (Israel),” Hamas terror group spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement.

King Abdullah II of Jordan called on President Trump to work towards a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict, saying an agreement is essential for the war on terror, and the absence of a PA state is the greatest injustice that has been.

The king said that is the essence of the problem in the Middle East, and what has spurred the extremists in the entire region.

Trump’s Israel visit to include Jerusalem holy sites and Bethlehem

US President Donald Trump will land in Israel on Monday at noon for a busy one-day visit that will include meetings with Israel’s leadership, a speech at the Israel Museum and a private visit to the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Air Force One, arriving straight from the US president’s visit to Saudi Arabia, will land at 12:15pm at Ben-Gurion International Airport, where Trump will be welcomed in a state ceremony by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and other dignitaries.

Trump will walk the red carpet and review an honor guard. Then, after the Israeli and American national anthems are played, Trump, Rivlin and Netanyahu will make short speeches.

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The American delegation initially wanted to skip the ceremony in the hot midday sun and fly the president straight to Jerusalem immediately upon landing, but Israel insisted. In an effort to keep the ceremony short, Trump will not be shaking hands with dignitaries after the speeches at the airport.

Trump will then board Marine One and fly to Jerusalem, where the helicopter will land at a specially prepared landing pad at The First Station cultural complex.

Trump and First Lady Melania will then head straight to the President’s Residence, where they will be welcomed by President Rivlin and his wife Nechama. After the American president signs the guest book, the two leaders will hold a private meeting following which they will make statements to the press.

Rivlin and his wife will then take Trump and the first lady to the garden at the President’s Residence, where an almond tree was planted to mark the visit. A sign near the tree bears a quote in Hebrew, English and Arabic from the Song of Ascents in the Book of Psalms: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.'”

From the President’s Residence, Trump will head to the Old City for a private visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He will then visit the Western Wall, where he will be accompanied by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch and joined by First Lady Melania and daughter Ivanka.

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Israel has asked the American delegation to allow Prime Minister Netanyahu to accompany Trump on his visit to the Western Wall, but the request has been declined.

After the visit to the Western Wall, Trump will head to the King David Hotel, where he will be staying during his visit, while First Lady Melania will join Prime Minister Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, on a visit to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Karem. They will talk with the medical staff and meet with children in the play area for a joint artistic activity.

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At 6pm, Trump will meet in private with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the King David Hotel, following which their teams will join the meeting.

At 7:15pm, Trump, Netanyahu and their wives will travel to the Prime Minister’s Residence for dinner, which will be cooked by Israeli chef Moshe Segev. Singer Shiri Maimon will perform two songs, one of them being the Frank Sinatra version of “New York, New York.”

During the dinner, Prime Minister Netanyahu is planning on presenting Trump with a beautiful Bible book.

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Following the dinner, the two leaders will give statements to the press but will not respond to questions.

While President Trump and First Lady Melania dine at the Prime Minister’s Residence, the rest of the American delegation—including daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis—will dine at the King David Hotel with their Israeli hosts, including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, other government ministers, and senior Foreign Ministry officials.

On Tuesday, Trump will arrive in Bethlehem for a meeting with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

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Fatah and Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria are calling for a unified “Day of Rage” during President Trump’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, where he is expected to meet with Fatah leader – PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

At 1pm, he will hold a short visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where he will lay a wreath, write in the guest book and make a short statement to the press.

Trump will then head to the Israel Museum, where he will make a speech to conclude his visit. In his speech, Trump is expected to present his vision for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and express his support to the people of Israel.

At 3:40pm, Trump will leave Israel for his next destination, Rome.

IDF works to forestall rise in Arab terror during summer months

The IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division has marked the coming month of June as a period in which a new wave of terrorism and unrest could surface once again with reinvigorated energy.

The renewed fear stems from a combination of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, which may begin at the end of the month (a final deadline has yet to be set), and the convicted terrorist prisoners’ hunger strike.

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Speaking in an interview, a senior IDF officer in the Judea and Samaria Division told Ynet that while the prisoners’ hunger strike has not yet “taken hold” and caused masses of Arabs to take to the streets in protest, the trend may not continue indefinitely.

Additionally, recent events in Huwara and Silwad—involving the deaths of Arab terrorists —risk making the coming summer months particularly troublesome.

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In an effort to counter possible escalations, hundreds of soldiers are expected to reinforce regional brigades, with an emphasis being placed on known friction points, sensitive sites and Arab cities.

The reinforcements are expected to come from combat battalions currently involved in training exercises similar to those who reinforced regular IDF units during the last wave of terror.

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Actions taken against popular terrorism by the Judea and Samaria Division, along with the Shin Bet and with the use of advanced technology to identify individual terrorists, have led to a significant reduction in terror attacks. However, the two incidents in which civilians shot Arab terrorists throwing stones are likely to cause the IDF and police headaches in a region where violence is commonplace.

 

 

Rock-throwing terrorist eliminated by Israeli driver after being almost lynched by terrorists

A Muslim Arab terrorist was eliminated on Thursday after an Israeli driver opened fire on a mob of some 200 Arabs rioting and attempting to murder Jews by hurling rocks at passing Israeli vehicles near Huwara in Samaria

The Israeli driver felt that his life was in danger and did not fire directly at the group of terrorists— he fired the shots into the air.

The PA health services stated that two were wounded during the shooting, which was confirmed by the IDF shortly thereafter.

The first terrorist was identified as Moataz Hussein Taya, 23, from the village of Bita, who was critically injured and succumbed to his wounds moments later.

The second terrorist was identified as an AP photographer, who suffered moderate wounds after being shot in the arm.

The IDF arrived shortly after the shooting to prevent more casualties and disperse the riot.

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Hamas money for murder of teens in 2014 seized by IDF in wide scale raid in Hevron

Israeli security forces launched a wide scale operation overnight Wednesday in a renewed crackdown on the families of the Hamas Muslim Arab terrorists who in 2014 kidnapped and murdered the teenagers Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah.

During the joint operation between the IDF and the Shin Bet, dozens of Hamas targets in Hevron were also raided in an effort to smash the terror movement’s infrastructure in the city.

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As forces combed through multiple Hamas sites, NIS 5,000 shekels were confiscated from the families of the terrorists who murdered the teenagers.

“From the moment that the kidnapping attack was carried out, the families of the attackers have enjoyed significant sums of money received from the Hamas movement, which empowers the families of the terrorists on the Palestinian street and contributes to recruiting the next generation of terrorists,” a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said after the raids.

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During the operation last night, thousands of shekels were seized, along with two vehicles and two computers that are of the equivalent value to the money that the families received from the terrorists.

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Also during the night, security forces arrested 22 wanted Muslim Arab terrorists in different cities and towns in Judea and Samaria, for involvement in terror activities, disruption of public order and violence.

Last year, the IDF confiscated significant sums of money from families affiliated with Hamas terrorists.

Terror cell nabbed, 4 Muslim Arab terrorists arrested

The Shin Bet and the IDF detained a terror cell involved in a terror attack that took place on April 23 and in which an explosive device was planted on a main route leading to the Jewish community of Elon Moreh, it was cleared for publication on Wednesday.

No injuries were reported at the time of the attack.

Four Muslim Arab terrorists members of the cell, all residents of Shechem, were arrested.

The Shin Bet investigation revealed that the Muslim Arab terrorists were plotting to carry out a combined terror attack- they wanted to plant an explosive device along the road leading to the Jewish community and also target IDF soldiers deployed in the area.

It was determined that the cell members had indeed created, planted and activated the explosive device on the route leading to Elon Moreh with the intention of injuring and possibly murdering Israeli civilians and soldiers.

The terror cell had a lab where they manufactured explosive devices and improvised weapons, and forces seized munitions that the cell members had used.

All cell members arrested are expected to be indicted in the coming days.

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