As the Gaza Strip’s authorized fishing zone grows, so shall the danger posed to Israeli gas processing platforms off the coast of Ashkelon as well as merchant ships docking in Ashdod, an Israeli Naval official tasked with safeguarding Israel’s maritime boundary with Gaza told Israel Radio on Saturday.
The expansion of the Gaza fishing zone from its current six-mile limit was one of Hamas’s key demands during the recent Gaza conflict. Israel said it would consider such a move as part of the ceasefire agreement with the terror group, though no actual change has been made so far.
While the officer, identified only as Lt. Col. ‘L,’ noted that most Gaza fishermen were not involved in terrorist activity, he stressed that terror operatives were continually using those fishermen’s freedoms to smuggle weapons and plan attacks. Read more at The Times of Israel.
Israeli officials conducted an Ebola identification training exercise Friday at Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.
Officials and employees from the Population Immigration and Border Authority, airlines, the Magen David Adom emergency medical services, the Health Ministry and the police participated in the drill, aimed at identifying travelers who could potentially have contracted the virulent disease.
As part of the exercise, officials were challenged to identify potential patients when they positively answer routine questions about their health and travel. All three of the “patients” were indeed picked out. Read more at The Times of Israel.
The bloodthirsty terrorists of ISIS have dominated our headlines in recent months. It is good that this evil army is getting attention. And it is good that the world is finally mobilizing to stop their murder spree.
But we must remember that ISIS is nothing new. While they may kill their opponents more graphically, they are simply the latest in a long line of Islamaic supremacist murderers in the Middle East.
There are many other terrorist groups and terrorist sponsors which, like ISIS, seek to kill Christians and destroy Israel. And the greatest threat of all still remains the potential for the number one state-sponsor of terror — Iran — to obtain the ultimate weapon of mass destruction: a nuclear weapon. During his speech at the UN, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was absolutely right to warn the international community that “To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.”
Despite our ongoing negotiations with Iran, they have done nothing of substance to dismantle their nuclear weapons program. Earlier this month, 353 Members of the House of Representatives signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern “with Iran’s refusal to fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency,” and noting “The only reasonable conclusion for its stonewalling of international investigators is that Tehran does indeed have much to hide.”
As we see the attention shift to ISIS, we should be glad that the conscience of the world will not tolerate their evil. But we must also speak up to ensure that ISIS does not distract us from the far greater threat of a nuclear Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Hamas and Iran are locked in a competition to become the dominant Islamist power in the Middle East, which threatens both the United States and Israel.
“ISIS has got to be defeated because it’s doing what all these militant Islamists are trying to do. They all want to first dominate their part of the Middle East, and then go on for their twisted idea of world domination,” Netanyahu said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.” The difference between ISIS and Hamas and ISIS and Iran and so on is they all agree that the world should be an Islamist hill, but … each of them wants to be the king of the hill.”
“They want to accumulate enough power to then carry out their mad ambitions,” he added. Read more on CBS.com