Israel Sends Experts, Aid to Africa to Fight Ebola - Itamar Eichner (Ynet News)
Israel will send medical aid and experts to Africa to help combat the raging Ebola epidemic.
The Foreign Ministry has already sent two doctors to Cameroon, and additional doctors will be deployed in the near future.
Later this week, Israel will send a shipment of medicine and medical equipment to the affected countries.
The Israeli aid group IsraAid will also be sending two teams of medical experts to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Report: Hizbullah Drones Attack Al-Nusra Front at Syrian-Lebanese Border (Fars-Iran)
Hizbullah drones for the first time bombed al-Nusra Front bases in the Lebanese town of Arsal near the border with Syria.
See also Israel Studies Iran's Claim of Armed Hizbullah Drones - Arie Egozi (Flightglobal)
Israel has not yet verified claims that Hizbullah used an armed UAV to attack a target with a missile in Lebanon.
"We see a target hit by something," says Tal Inbar, a senior
researcher at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies
in Israel. "I'm not sure what caused the explosion and I'm not sure
where it was filmed."
The Israeli air force is preparing for a UAV attack in future confrontations.
Gaza War's Economic Impact on Israel Was Minor (Globes)
International rating agency Standard and Poor's sees the fiscal effects on the Israeli economy of the Gaza war as minor.
"In our view, the recent Gaza conflict will lead to only a modest
weakening of Israel's fiscal trajectory," the agency said in affirming
its 'A+/A-1' foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on
Israel, with a stable outlook.
"The fighting has not changed our view of Israel's core credit
strengths, such as its prosperous and diverse economy, [and] the
contribution of natural gas production to a healthy external balance."
Report: Iraqi Forces Foil Islamic State Gas Attack (Press TV-Iran)
Iraqi forces dismantled seven rockets filled with chlorine gas in
Diyala province that were to be launched by Islamic State terrorists
against civilian compounds in the city of Muqdadiyah, Iraqi lawmaker
Foral al-Tamimi said Saturday.
Hamas and Fatah Already Fighting over Gaza Funds - Khaled Abu Toameh (Gatestone Institute)
Hamas and Fatah are already accusing each other of stealing funds meant for the reconstruction of Gaza.
know that hundreds of millions of dollars will sooner or later be
allocated by Arab and Western donors for the reconstruction of Gaza
and both are determined to lay their hands on the funds, knowing that he
who controls the money controls the people.
Sources in Gaza said that last week Hamas security officers raided
the Bank of Palestine in Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood and "seized"
$750,000 in cash.
Chinese Warships Dock in Iran (Press TV-Iran)
Two Chinese warships docked on Saturday at the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
In addition, the Iranian Navy said on Sep. 17 that its forces
rescued a Chinese container ship from an attack by pirates in the Gulf
See also China and Iran to Conduct Joint Naval Exercises in the Persian Gulf - Thomas Erdbrink and Chris Buckley (New York Times)
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- Iran Wants Western Concessions on Uranium Enrichment in Return for Cooperation Against Islamic State - Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau
Iran is ready to work with the U.S. to stop Islamic State militants,
but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment
program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. U.S. Secretary
of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran has a role to play in
defeating the Islamic State. Iran "can help in the fight against the
ISIL (IS) terrorists...but it is a two-way street. You give something,
you take something," said a senior Iranian official.
- Syrian Kurds Flee to Turkey after IS Advance
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that more than 60,000
Syrian Kurds had crossed into the country on Saturday, fleeing an
onslaught by the Islamic State. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said 300 Kurdish fighters had entered Syria from Turkey to reinforce the
Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that are fighting the
"The IS came to our village and threatened everyone. They bombed our
village and destroyed all the houses. They beheaded those who chose to
stay," said Mohammed Isa, 43.
See also 130,000 Syrians Reach Turkey, Fleeing IS
130,000 Syrian refugees have reached Turkey in the past four days
after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants, Turkish Deputy
Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday. (AP-Washington Post)
- IS Releases 49 Turkish Hostages - Raja Abdulrahim
Questions emerged Saturday over what Turkey gave in exchange for 49
hostages from the Turkish consulate in Mosul who were released by
Islamic State militants in Syria after being held for more than three
months. The release was particularly significant in light of Turkey's
reluctance to join a U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.
"I think it's self-evident that there was some sort of quid pro
quo," said Howard Eissenstat, a Turkey expert at St. Lawrence University
in New York. "I think what's likely is Turkey gave some sort of
guarantee that its actions against ISIS would be limited in nature." (Los Angeles Times)
- ISIS Calls for More Attacks on Egyptian Security Forces
The Islamic State called on insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on
Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and
continue beheadings. "Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack
their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads," ISIS spokesman Abu
Muhammad al-Adnani said.
He added, "If you can kill a disbelieving American or European -
especially the spiteful and filthy French - or an Australian, or a
Canadian... including the citizens of the countries that entered into a
coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill
him." (Al Arabiya)
See also French Warplanes Strike Islamic State Supply Depot in Iraq - Loveday Morris
France conducted its first airstrike Friday against Islamic State targets in Iraq.
Rafale fighter jets destroyed an Islamic State supply depot in northeastern Iraq, President Francois Hollande said.
- Hundreds of Iraqi Soldiers Missing or Trapped after Islamic State Attack on Army Base - Loveday Morris
Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers were trapped or missing Sunday after a
chaotic retreat from an army base in western Iraq, Iraqi military
At least 820 soldiers were stationed at Camp Saqlawiyah in Anbar
province, north of Fallujah, when it came under attack from five suicide
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- UN Wants Hundreds of Gaza Monitors to Supervise Rebuilding - Barak Ravid
The UN's top Mideast envoy, Robert Serry, wants to station between 250
and 500 international monitors in Gaza, European diplomats and senior
Israeli officials say. A senior Israeli official said 50 UN monitors
are already in Ramallah and ready to go to Gaza.
The monitors would be stationed at major construction zones and at
storage sites for construction materials like cement and concrete, and
dual-use materials such as metal pipes or iron rods. Monitors would also
be at sites where heavy mechanical equipment is parked. The function
of the international monitors would be to ensure that construction
materials and heavy equipment would be used solely to rebuild Gaza and
wouldn't reach Hamas for digging tunnels or building bunkers.
Israel is willing to allow massive amounts of building materials
to enter Gaza in exchange for UN monitoring. A senior Israeli
official said the system would also include the installation of security
cameras at Palestinian building supply and storage facilities, and
heavy equipment locations. (Ha'aretz)
- Palestinian Children and Teenagers Served as Military Operatives in Gaza War
An examination of names of Palestinians killed in the Gaza war revealed
several children and teenagers serving as military operatives in the
terrorist organizations. The examination also revealed instances in
which the ages of Palestinian casualties were falsified by Gaza's
Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health. Boys aged 15 and 17 were integrated
into the terrorist operative networks; a terrorist operative in his
twenties was listed as 13 years of age.
Examples of teenagers killed in the fighting include Wasim Rida Salhia, 15,
from Khan Yunis, an operative in the Abu Rish Brigades of
Fatah, and Anas Qandil, 17, an operative in Islamic Jihad's Jerusalem Brigades. (Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center)
- Iranians Caught in Kenya with Fake Israeli Passports - Itamar Eichner
Two Iranians in their early 20s, a man and a woman, were arrested in the
Kenyan capital Nairobi last week using fake Israeli passports. The two
were arrested at Nairobi Airport after they tried to board a flight
to Belgium, and from there to board a flight to Tel Aviv. The passports
were real passports stolen abroad, with the photos replaced. (Ynet News)
- Gazans Speak Out on Hamas War Crimes - Mudar Zahran
Gazans spoke of Hamas atrocities and war crimes implicating Hamas in the
civilian deaths of its own people.
D said: "There were two major protests against Hamas during the third
week of the war. When Hamas fighters opened fire at the protesters in
the Beit Hanoun area and the Shijaiya, five were killed instantly. I saw
that with my own eyes. Many were injured. A doctor at Shifa hospital
told me that 35 were killed at both protests. He went and saw their
bodies at the morgue."
S, a medical worker, said:
"The Israeli army sends warnings to people [Gazans] to evacuate
buildings before an attack....Hamas' strict policy, though, was not to
allow us to evacuate. Many people got killed, locked inside their homes
by Hamas militants. Hamas' official Al-Quds TV regularly issued
warnings to Gazans not to evacuate their homes. Hamas militants would
block the exits to the places residents were asked to evacuate."
K said: "When people stopped listening to Hamas orders not to
evacuate and began leaving their homes anyway, Hamas imposed a curfew:
anyone walking out in the street was shot without being asked any
questions. That way Hamas made sure people had to stay in their homes even if they were about to get bombed."
H lost his leg in an Israeli raid. I asked him who was
responsible for his injury. "Hamas was. My father received a
text-message from the Israeli army warning him that our area was going
to be bombed, and Hamas prevented us from leaving....Hamas has fired
rockets from every residential spot in Gaza."
S said: "Gazans are not in love with Israel yet, but they do not
want to fight Israel anymore....We want to live and work in Israel like
we used to. We are under Hamas occupation." (Gatestone Institute)
- Growing Unrest Among Palestinians in Jerusalem - Nadav Shragai
Hundreds of Palestinian rioters have been arrested in eastern Jerusalem
neighborhoods in recent weeks. In A-Tor, the
dominant player behind the disturbances is Fatah. In Issawiya, it's the
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine. In Jabal Mukaber, it's Hamas. In
Shuafat, both Fatah and Hamas are in charge. Somebody is subsidizing the
thousands of packs of fireworks that are being launched by the
rioters. Their legal fees are covered by the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas websites are calling it "the third intifada."
A group of Palestinians ambushed the Cohen family as they made
their way to the Western Wall through Wadi Joz. In the French Hill
neighborhood, a group set fire to a gas station.
Palestinians in Shuafat have been firing on the Jewish neighborhood of
Pisgat Ze'ev. In May, shots were fired at the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.
Shuafat residents said that armed gangs wielding handguns and AK-47
and M-16 rifles roam the streets. During their interrogation, some of
the rioters said there is another layer of leadership beyond the local
level that is guiding these events.
After Palestinian attacks during the summer, the northern section
of Jerusalem's light rail has seen a 70% drop in usage, leading to major
traffic jams as commuters return to driving.
On the Temple Mount, Palestinian demonstrators fly Hamas flags, while
in the Jewish quarter of the Old City, residents see their Arab
neighbors flying black flags similar to those of the Islamic State.
Fatah and Hamas are trying to outdo each other in disseminating hatred
of Jews and Israel, even while PA President Abbas speaks of
Fighting Terrorism under the Rule of Law - Alan M. Dershowitz (Boston Globe)
Employing military force against terrorists who use human shields:
While the commitment to the rule of law constrains democracies in
fighting terrorists who have no concern for international law, and we
must fight terrorism with one hand behind our back, that does not mean
that we cannot use the other hand forcefully, effectively, and legally.
Surveillance and the right to privacy:
The government is entitled to keep secret the technical aspects of our
surveillance programs that give us a competitive advantage over our
adversaries, and whose disclosure might provide terrorists with
information useful to circumvent our legitimate efforts to keep track of
their nefarious plans.
Should terrorists who cannot be tried be detained?:
Guantanamo contains several detainees who, if released, would almost
certainly return to a life of terrorism. Imagine if the masked man who
recently beheaded the two American journalists were captured, and a
valued undercover source, who couldn't testify without blowing his
cover, identified him as the killer. What should we do?
Should terrorists be targeted for assassination?:
What should a democracy, constrained by the rule of law, do if a
dangerous terrorist cannot be captured, or can only be captured with
undue risk to our soldiers? The U.S., UK, and Israel have opted for
targeted killing. The use of drones with GPS-guided missiles has made
this easier and more accurate.
Is torture ever justified?:
I am categorically opposed to torture, without exception. But I think
every president would at least consider the option of torture of one
terrorist, rather than permitting thousands of innocent Americans to be
The author is an emeritus professor of law at Harvard University and the author of Terror Tunnels: The Case For Israel's Just War Against Hamas.