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Trump vows to stop Mideast immigration, announces Defense secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump promised to keep America safe by cracking down on immigration from the Middle East and focussing his foreign policy on stability.

Speaking to thousands of supporters in Cincinnati, Ohio as part of what his staff have billed as a “Thank you” tour of the American Midwest, Trump seemed to reiterate key campaign promises about Muslim immigration and a wall on the Mexican border.

“The job of the president is to keep America safe, and that will always be my highest priority,” Trump said.

“We will do everything in our power to keep the scourge of terrorism out of our country. People are pouring in from regions of the Middle East. We have no idea who they are, where they come from, what they’re thinking. And we’re going to stop that dead, cold, flat,” he said.

“People coming into the country have to have the potential to love us, not to hate us,” he said.

He added: “We will stop looking to topple regimes. Our goal is stability, not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country. It’s time.”

Trump also used the address to take a stance against hatreds: “We condemn bigotry and prejudice in all of its forms,” he said. “We denounce all of the hatred and we forcefully reject the language of exclusion and separation. We have no choice. We have to, and it’s better.”

At the same event, Trump also announced the tough-talking retired general James Mattis to be his defense secretary.

“We are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of defense,” Trump told cheering supporters in Cincinnati, referring by nickname to the four-star Marine general who headed the US Central Command, with authority over troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“He’s our best. They say he’s the closest thing to (World War II) general George Patton that we have,” Trump said, apparently divulging his pick days ahead of schedule as his transition team had already said there would be no more cabinet announcements this week.

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Mattis will require both Senate confirmation and a special waiver of a law that bans uniformed military officers from serving as secretary of defense for seven years after leaving active duty.

At least one Democrat, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, already signaled she will oppose the waiver.

“Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy,” the senator tweeted from New York.

Trump’s surrounding himself with military figures — he has picked retired general Michael Flynn to be his national security advisor and is considering retired general David Petraeus for secretary of state — has unnerved some observers who point to America’s long tradition of civilian government.

Kenya: Iranians workers charged with planning terror attack on Israeli embassy

Two Iranian nationals were indicted on terrorism charges Thursday after they were arrested filming the Israeli embassy in Nairobi, Kenya with the alleged intention of attacking it.

Sayed Nasrollah Ebrahimi, Abdolhosein Ghola Safafe, both employed at the Iranian embassy in Nairobi, and their Kenyan driver Moses Keyah Mmboga “were found taking video clips of the Israeli embassy … for the use in the commission of a terrorist act,” a charge sheet quoted by Reuters read.

“On November 29, along bishop road within Nairobi County in facilitation of a terrorist act, the three were found taking video clips of the Israeli embassy using mobile phones fitted with Micro line and 16 GB Micro SDC card, with the information intended for use in the committing of a terrorist act.”

“My clients pleaded not guilty and have been detained by the ATPU (Kenya’s Anti Terrorism Police Unit) for further interrogation,” defense lawyer Cohen Amanya was quoted as saying in the report.

The Iranian embassy could not be reached for comment.

Kenya has been regularly targeted by the Somalia-based Shabaab terrorists, the east African affiliate of  Al-Qaida branch, which is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu.

86 IDF recruits refuse to be drafted into Armored Corps

Eighty-six new recruits who arrived at the IDF’s induction center earlier this week refused to be drafted into the Armored Corps, asked to be placed in other combat roles, and said they preferred to go to jail than serve on a tank.

The new soldiers, who make up almost half of the November draftees placed in the Armored Corps, were tried on the spot and put under arrest for refusing an order.

Abigail, the mother of one of the new soldiers, explained that “it’s not because he wanted a job in an office or because he wanted to dodge the draft. He wanted to be a combat soldier and is very motivated. We even hid the fact he has a medical problem so he can draft into a combat role—but not to the Armored Corps.”

On Wednesday, the IDF sent soldiers from the Armored Corps’ 77th Battalion to talk to the young soldiers and convince them to join their ranks.

“We’re not going to grovel or beg them,” an IDF official explained. “There are many among them who refused out of ignorance, because they simply didn’t know anything about serving on a tank, the many advantages it has, and how unique this kind of service is compared to others. The representatives we sent to them were able to convince a small part of them to go to the Armored Corp training base, but others remain in their refusal.”

Yedioth Ahronoth has learned that the IDF’s efforts to incorporate women in combat roles in the Armored Corps—a move that caused much contention last week—is the result of a serious shortage in manpower in the corps that is expected to only become worse in the coming years.

“There’s no willingness to draft into the Armored Corps, and that’s not new,” an Armored Corps officer explained. “But this time we reached a new record. I think (these soldiers) should be punished severely, to deter others. The new draftees prefer to go to the infantry battalions that have better PR. There are false stigmas attached to us.”

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According to some of the refusnik soldiers, many of them were aided by a private Facebook group that offers help and advice on how to avoid being drafted into the combat units they were placed in.

The group, which has 120 members, is called “Induction Center Refusniks—Combat,” and includes soldiers who offer advice based on their own personal experience.

One soldier responded to a poster who asked how he could get to the unit he wants with: “Go to jail a few times, eventually they’ll give you want.”

A woman who was enlisted in November asked “Anyone knows someone who refused and ended up as an instructor?”

Another man, who also enlisted last month, wrote: “I’m enlisting in the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps tomorrow. I want to refuse and get a position that enables me to come home every night. What’s the way to do it? Can anyone explain what to do?”

One of the other group members replied to him with: “You go to the sorting officer and tell him you’re not happy with the position you’ve been given. He’ll give you other options. You can either take one, or refuse to go on the bus (to the training base).”

Another soldier provided group members with tips from his own experience: “I refused to be drafted into the Artillery Corps. I know what happens at every stage, and how to get a better position. And just so you know, if you want a different combat role, you will either get lucky and get another position quickly or sit in jail at least twice. It’s not easy to get another combat role, but in general it’s possible.”

The group’s manager even bragged: “A group for refusniks was opened and there are now 86 refusniks at the induction center. Coincidence? I think not.”

One of the members of the group explained to Ynet that “We’re not encouraging a rebellion, just helping each other feel fulfillment by our military service. A lot of soldiers fall between the cracks because of the system’s stubbornness, bad placements, and lack of compatibility. For years now that new recruits refuse and get jailed. Now, we’re just helping each other, and we have nothing to be ashamed of.”

The IDF Spokesman’s Office said in response: “The draftees’ placement was done based on the army’s needs, while making the utmost effort to take their desires and aspirations into consideration. The IDF condemns the refusniks and works to put an end to the trend.”

Three Arabs Israeli citizens given jail time for planning to form ISIS cell in Israel

Three Arab terrorists Israeli citizens received prison sentences on Thursday for supporting ISIS and planning to form an ISIS terror cell in Israel.

The three—Ahmed Khalil, 27, from Nazareth; Mohammad Sharif, 23, from Nazareth; and Hamed Ghazaleh, 24, from Yafa an-Naseriyye (Jaffa of Nazareth)—were convicted of forming an unlawful association, having contact with a foreign agent, conspiring to commit a crime and planning to form an ISIS cell in Israel.

The Nazareth District Court sentenced Sharif and Ghazaleh to five years’ imprisonment each.

Khalil, who identifies with Salafi jihadism, has been serving a life sentence since 2010 for the murder of a taxi driver. He received an additional two-and-a-half years to his sentence.

Khalil and Ghazaleh had previously known each other, and the two spoke on the phone via a contraband cellphone Khalil had kept hidden in prison.

In July 2015, Khalil called Ghazaleh and said his father was coming to visit him in prison and that the father would pass on a message to Ghazaleh from him.

On Wednesday, it was cleared for publication that a young Israeli Arab from Jaljulia was arrested for supporting ISIS and planning to join the terror organization in Syria.

The Jaljulia suspect’s brother crossed the border into Syria in October 2015 using a paraglider, and a relative claimed the suspect “contacted people in Syria to check on his brother, not to infiltrate into Syria himself. There’s no basis to the suspicions and we hope he is released soon.

Recently, three residents of Tayibe were also arrested and confessed in their investigation to supporting ISIS, planning to leave for Syria and digging tunnels to smuggle weapons under the security barrier.

Israeli UN Envoy Slams General Assembly President who attended anti-Jewish event

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon slammed UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson for wearing a Palestinian flag scarf at a meeting marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people on Tuesday.

Danon said it was “unacceptable” that someone in a position symbolic of “neutrality and stateliness…wrap[ped] himself in a Palestinian flag” and  attended the event — held by the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) — “whose sole purpose [was] to attack and besmirch the state of Israel.”

“This is living, unequivocal proof of the bias against Israel and the slander spread about us at the UN,” Danon added.

The special session of CEIRPP was initiated by the Palestinian delegation to mark the day on which the UN passed its 1947 Partition Plan that led to the creation of the state of Israel.

In his address to the General Assembly, Danon held up the front page of the New York Times from November 30, 1947 — the day after the Partition Plan vote — which bore the headlines, “Assembly Votes Palestine Partition” and “Arabs Walk Out… Disavow Any Partition Role.”

Danon then questioned whether “the Palestinians even want a state.”

“History tells us that the answer is no,” he said. “If the Palestinians really wanted peace, we could have had peace decades ago.  The Palestinians reject every Israeli offer and every plan and respond with waves of violence and terror.”

Danon added that the Palestinian Authority “pays lip-service to these [peace] initiatives because it pays well. The real goal of the PA is to continue to exist as a corrupt entity living off the goodwill of the international community without the responsibilities of governing. And they know the only way to do so is to continue the conflict.”

During the General Assembly’s Tuesday session, the body adopted six resolutions critical of Israel. These included one that ignores Jewish ties to the holy sites in Jerusalem, an allocation of resources to help promote the Palestinian narrative and another calling on Israel to withdraw from the “occupied territories.”

Turkey gathers fleets of migrant boats, plans to send 3,000 a day to Greece in retaliation over EU

Europe is on the brink of war as Turkey gathers fleets of boats to ship 3,000 migrants a day to Greece in retaliation over the European Union’s (EU) vote to freeze accession talks.

Greek intelligence officers have discovered the Turkish plans which they say involve thousands of dinghies and motorboats already being gathered along Turkey’s western coast.

The analysts said Syrian migrants are preparing to board the vessels and wash up on Greek shores “within a matter of weeks”.

National intelligence officials estimate at least 3,000 undocumented migrants could enter Greece each day under the plan.

They said the plans are being supported by Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been battling the European Parliament since they voted to halt talks to let Turkey into the union last week.

Although the vote is non-binding the politicians have put up a political wall between the EU and Mr Erdogan.

During a speech in Istanbul on Saturday, the country’s president warned: “If you go any further, these border gates will be opened. Neither me nor my people will be affected by these dry threats. It wouldn’t matter if all of you approved the European Parliament vote.

“We are the ones who feed three-three and a half million refugees in this country. You have betrayed your promises.”

In March this year, Turkey entered into an agreement with the EU in which they accept Syrian migrants who have made their way from Turkey to Greece.

In return for accepting the migrants, Turkish citizens get visa-free access to the EU and the government gets monetary rewards.

However, Turkey’s human rights attitude has continually threatened to topple its accession hopes.

Former US president Jimmy Carter calls on Obama to recognize “Palestine”

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has written an op-ed in the New York Times, “America Must Recognize Palestine,” which is filled with outright lies and fails to condemn — or even address — Palestinian Arab terror……

In a cynical gesture repeated each year, the UN observes the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” on Nov. 29, turning a positive anniversary into a pretext for Israel-bashing and antisemitism.

Carter’s op-ed is no exception. He calls on President Barack Obama to recognize “Palestine” before he leaves office on Jan. 20, and to push for the admission of “Palestine” into the United Nations as a full member — despite the fact that “Palestine” has no fixed borders; is divided between the Judea, Samaria and Gaza; encourages terror against its neighbor, and has shown no interest in abiding by basic international human rights norms, even towards its own potential Muslim and Christian citizens.

The former president writes that “most Palestinians” in the “occupied territories” — it is never clear which ones he means — “live largely under Israeli military rule.” That is a blatant lie, as the roughly 1.7 million Arabs in Gaza are ruled by the Hamas terrorist organization, and nearly all of the 2.7 million Arabs in the Judea and Samaria live under the direct control of the Palestinian Authority.

He also claims that “600,000 Israeli settlers in Palestine enjoy the benefits of Israeli citizenship and laws.” The number of Israelis in Judea and Samaria is roughly 300,000 at most; Carter is clearly counting Jewish residents of Jerusalem as “settlers,” an absurd claim that denies Israeli sovereignty and Jewish history in the country’s capital city.

Carter wants the United Nations to impose a Palestinian state by fiat, with U.S. recognition of “Palestine” being the catalyst: “I am certain that United States recognition of a Palestinian state would make it easier for other countries that have not recognized Palestine to do so, and would clear the way for a Security Council resolution on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he writes.

He makes no mention of Arab terrorism, and ignores the future status of Jerusalem.

Muslim terrorist infiltrated German federal int service, violated official secrecy, planned ‘bomb attack’

A Muslim terrorist infiltrator has been exposed in the headquarters of the German Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution (BfV) – a domestic intelligence service particularly running antiterrorist operations, German media report, citing security sources.

The information about “a suspected Islamist, [who] was exposed amid the [BfV] staff” was obtained by German dailies Die Welt and Der Siegel from BfV sources. The terrorist has been detained and handed over to the Dusseldorf Prosecutor’s Office, and is now in custody.

According to the German media, the infiltrator violated official secrecy by disclosing BfV’s “confidential data” and was collecting information needed for planning a terrorist attack.

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The Muslim terrorist, who has not been identified due to security reasons, has partly admitted his guilt and told the prosecutors that he planned to infiltrate the BfV to collect all necessary information for carrying out a bomb attack on its headquarters “at the mercy of Allah,” Der Spiegel reports.

However, a BfV spokesman told Die Welt that there was no immediate threat to the security service’s personnel as the terrorist’s preparations did not apparently enter an active phase. At the same time, the spokesman stressed that it was still unknown if the suspected acquired any explosives.

The Muslim terrorist is a German citizen, 51, who earlier worked in a bank and was hired by the BfV in April, Der Spiegel reports. He successfully passed all recruitment procedures and was tasked with monitoring the activities of Islamists in Germany. According to a source in the BfV, the man behaved “inconspicuously”during the recruitment process and professional training period.

According to the German media, the infiltrator violated official secrecy by disclosing BfV’s “confidential data” and was collecting information needed for planning a terrorist attack.

 

The terrorist’s internet activities eventually drew attention of another BfV informant, who was also monitoring the activities of Islamists. The informant disguised himself as a Muslim radical and closely monitored the activities of the suspect for four weeks.

In one of the conversations with the BfV informant, the terrorist revealed his true identity and admitted that he was a BfV employee. He then offered his “fellow believer” assistance in infiltrating the BfV headquarters and carrying out a terrorist attack against “the infidels,”“in the name of Allah.” The terrorist was subsequently arrested after a tip-off by the informant.

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The incident involving German domestic security service comes just several weeks after as many as 20 Muslim infiltrators were uncovered in Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service, the MAD. There, the infiltrators were particularly interested in advanced weapons and tactical training that could be useful when carrying out future attacks in Germany or abroad.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned in September that there were more than 520 people in Germany capable of committing “unexpected” and potentially “high-profile” terrorist attacks inspired by Islamism, stressing that their number is higher than ever before.

Meanwhile, the BfV warns that the Salafist movement in Germany is rapidly growing in numbers and is now one of the most swiftly growing extremist groups in the republic. According to the security service, as many as 9,200 people belong to this group.

IAF attacks Syrian army outpost, Hezbollah arms convoy

The Israeli Air Force reportedly attacked a Syrian army outpost and a Hezbollah arms convoy not far from the highway connecting Damascus and Beirut early Wednesday, according to Arab media.

Both attacks were reportedly carried out by aircraft flying over Lebanese airspace.

According to reports that originated on social media accounts affiliated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, at 1:15am four explosions were heard in Damascus.

Officials quoted by the London-based newspaper Rai al-Youm said the explosions were caused by four missiles fired in two different targets.

The first target, the officials said, was an arms depot that belongs to the 38th Brigade of the 4th Division in the Syrian army. While damage was caused to the arms depot, no one was reported hurt.

The second target was several vehicles that were believed to be part of a Hezbollah arms convoy travelling near the highway connecting the Syrian and Lebanese capitals. The officials stressed that the attack did not target any political or military leader.

So far, the attack has not been reported by Hezbollah affiliated media, nor did it receive official comment from the Syrian regime.

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