Arutz Sheva Daily Israel Report Monday, Nov. 12 ’12, Cheshvan 27, 5773

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Monday, Nov. 12 ’12, Cheshvan 27, 5773

HEADLINES:

1. VIDEO: 15 SECONDS TO SAVE YOUR MAMA

2. IRAN’S VP: WE’LL BREAK OBAMA’S GRASPING HANDS 3. BARAK WORKING FOR EXPANSION OF YESHA TOWN 4. IRON DOME STOPS MISSILE ATTACKS ON ASHKELON 5. PHOTOS: CHABAD DANCE BLOWS AWAY SUPERSTORM SANDY 6. MINISTER: WE’LL HIT THEM TILL THEY SAY ‘ENOUGH’

7. IDF TARGETS TERROR TARGETS IN GAZA

8. NETANYAHU TO MEET FOREIGN AMBASSADORS ON GAZA

1. VIDEO: 15 SECONDS TO SAVE YOUR MAMA

by Gil Ronen

The rockets from Gaza keep on pounding Israel, Israel keeps hitting back, the world media makes Israel look bad and depicts Gaza as the victim. That is life, for Israel, and it sometimes seems it will never change.

In an effort to express their pain and help explain Israel’s position abroad, independent filmmakers occasionally try to create videos that assist the hasbara effort. In Sderot, the videos are often centered around the theme of “15 seconds” — the amount of time that residents have to find shelter when sirens alert them that a roiket has been fired at them.

This is a new and powerful video of that genre – 15 Seconds to Save your Mama.

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Previous “15 second” films include this…

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…and this, which may be the original “15 second” film:

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2. IRAN’S VP: WE’LL BREAK OBAMA’S GRASPING HANDS by Gil Ronen

Iran’s Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said Monday that Tehran will break the ‘grasping hands’ of newly re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama, the official IRNA news agency reported.

He also said Iran would overcome U.S.-led sanctions against the country.

“We will break the grasping hands of Obama and we will be successful in bypassing the sanctions,” Rahimi was quoted as saying during a research and scientific exhibition at Tehran University.

On Thursday, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called elections in the United States and Europe “a battleground for capitalists and an excuse for hefty spending.”

Speaking at the opening day of the Bali Democracy Forum, Ahmadinejad said it was not important who won or lost the U.S. presidential election.

When asked for his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s reelection, Ahmadinejad said, “The important thing is policies and behaviors, and these behaviors must change.”

Rahimi has a history of unhinged rhetoric. In June, he condemned the “Zionists” for creating the global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities in accordance with alleged Talmudic teachings, Fars News Agency reported.

Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the prevalence of narcotics and drug-addiction throughout the world is rooted in the Talmud.

“The book teaches them how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother,” Rahimi stated.

3. BARAK WORKING FOR EXPANSION OF YESHA TOWN by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has approved steps for expanding the area zoned for residential building in the town of Itamar, in Samaria, where two Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists savagely murdered five members of the Fogel family in March 2011.

Officials from Itamar and the Shomron (Samaria) Regional Council confirmed to Arutz Sheva Monday that they have pressuring the government to allow re-zoning that would enable the town to build up to 538 more homes, more than double the number now existing.

The Haaretz newspaper reported that Barak approved the expansion in September after more than a year of pressure that followed the brutal  murders of the Fogel family members, including the parents and a young baby.

The rezoning also approves 137 homes already built, according to the newspaper.

Barak has been a major stumbling block to approving new homes in Judea and Samaria outside of areas that have been zoned for residential building. A few Jewish communities have succeeded in gaining approval for rezoning, but many others have faced political and bureaucratic obstacles.

Once zoning is approved, building usually can take place without the explicit approval of the Defense Minister, who officially is the final authority in Judea and Samaria, which Israel has not annexed as it did in the Golan Heights and all of Jerusalem.

However, the expansion of the residential zone in Itamar has a special clause that requires Barak”s approval.

Nationalists have argued for years that building new homes is the best answer to terrorists who kill Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Itamar Central Committee member Moshe Goldschmidt told Arutz Sheva Monday that it will take time for the re-zoning to reach final approval.

Shomron Regional Council liaison David Ha”Ivri said, “There also are negotiations between regional councils and the government. Barak always is trying to make it difficult [for us], but political give-and-take allows for opportunities.

“That does not mean that Barak has woken up to say, “How can I help Jews in Judea and Samaria.””

4. IRON DOME STOPS MISSILE ATTACKS ON ASHKELON by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted two Grad rockets aimed at the strategic port city of Ashkelon Monday, but rural areas closer to Gaza sustained a dozen attacks. A missile attack on Ashkelon could be devastating if it were to strike oil and gas storage tanks and pipelines or a huge power station, which supplies electricity to most of southern Israel.

The expensive Iron Dome system is located to protect major urban areas, and there are not enough missile batteries to cover all of the Western Negev.

One rocket exploded on a home in Netivot, and 26 people were treated for the shock they endured during the barrage.

Gaza terrorist groups were competing with each for “credit” for the latest missile barrage, significantly smaller than the bombardment on Saturday and Sunday but still unacceptable for southern Israel residents who have felt abandoned by the government and the IDF during 12 years of missile strikes.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) took responsibility for the attacks. Israel holds Hamas responsible because of its self-imposed rule on Gaza since it ejected the rival Fatah movement from control in a bloody militia war five years ago.

The military establishment is mulling a response while the Air Force continues to carry out bombing missions, usually more symbolic than effective, on weapons storage sites and terrorist tunnels.

Having testing Israel”s limited response, Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials said that prepared to observe a truce “provided Israel commits to doing the same.”

The spike in violence, which comes as Israel is in the middle of an election campaign, raised the specter of a broader Israeli military operation in Gaza, AFP reported.

In late December 2008, just six weeks before the last general elections, Israel launched a 22-day operation in Gaza to stamp out persistent rocket fire.

5. PHOTOS: CHABAD DANCE BLOWS AWAY SUPERSTORM SANDY by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow – nor Frankenstorm Sandy – can keep Chabad emissaries from dancing at the conclusion of its conference and banquet of “shluchim,” which was hastily moved from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to the New York Hilton in nearby Manhattan because of the hurricane.

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6. MINISTER: WE’LL HIT THEM TILL THEY SAY ‘ENOUGH’

by Gil Ronen

Minister Moshe Yaalon (Likud) said Sunday that Israel does not intend to maintain restraint in the face of the intense rocket attacks from Gaza.

“If the terror organizations do not cease their fire we will be prepared to toughen our response as much as necessary, until they say ‘enough!’,” he said.

“There is a complicated war here, and in the end we will finish it,” he said. “This is not a one-off move. But we will put an end to it. We do not intend to maintain restraint because the situation is unbearable for us.”

“We will bring quiet to the south even if it takes some time,” he said. “Hamas’s leadership will not get off scot free and as far as we are concerned, the most extreme options are possible.”

Channel 2’s political reporter quoted unnamed senior sources in Jerusalem Sunday who said that a ground operation like Cast Lead is not possible because Israel “does not have legitimacy” to act against Gaza as long as relatively few Israelis are killed and wounded by the terrorists. He added that Mohammed Morsi’s election in Egypt and Barack Obama’s re-election in the U.S. also make the situation more difficult for Israel.

7. IDF TARGETS TERROR TARGETS IN GAZA

by Elad Benari

IAF aircraft struck a terror tunnel and a weapons storage site in northern Gaza, as well as a rocket launching site in southern Gaza on Sunday night.

According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson”s Unit, direct hits at the targets were identified. All Israeli aircraft safely returned to their bases.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel,” said the IDF statement, noting that Gaza”s Hamas terrorist rulers are responsible for the ongoing terror attacks on southern Israel.

The airstrikes came in retaliation for the continuing rocket fire on southern Israel. More than 100 rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists on Saturday and Sunday. A direct strike on a home in Sderot was reported after 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.  Thankfully, no one was physically injured despite the direct hit.

Many of the rockets fired Sunday were timed for the end of the school day, in order to try and kill or maim children.

While schools in Gan Yavne and the Gaza belt were closed on Sunday, local authorities decided on Sunday night that all educational institutions will reopen on Monday.

According to revised guidelines of the Home Front Command, Gaza belt residents are asked to remain within 15 seconds protected spaces. In addition, it is forbidden to hold gatherings of 500 or more people in the region.

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon (Likud) said Sunday that Israel does not intend to maintain restraint in the face of the intense rocket attacks from Gaza.

“If the terror organizations do not cease their fire we will be prepared to toughen our response as much as necessary, until they say ‘enough!’,” he said.

“There is a complicated war here, and in the end we will finish it,” he said. “This is not a one-off move. But we will put an end to it. We do not intend to maintain restraint because the situation is unbearable for us.”

Meanwhile, reports on Sunday night indicated that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to meet on Monday with foreign ambassadors serving in Israel.

During the meeting Netanyahu will present to the ambassadors Israel”s position regarding Gaza, possibly setting the stage for a ground attack on the region, which will likely lead to condemnation of Israel by world countries.

8. NETANYAHU TO MEET FOREIGN AMBASSADORS ON GAZA by Elad Benari

In what may be preparation for an Israeli attack in Gaza, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to meet on Monday with foreign ambassadors serving in Israel.

During the meeting Netanyahu will present to the ambassadors Israel”s position regarding Gaza, possibly setting the stage for such an attack which will likely lead to condemnation of Israel by world countries.

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported, Netanyahu met IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and other top defense officials, in order to discuss the situation in both northern Israel as well as southern Israel. A source told Channel 10 News on Sunday night that Netanyahu was presented throughout the day with several options for Israeli military action in Gaza.

More than 100 rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists on Saturday and Sunday. A direct strike on a home in Sderot was reported after 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.  Thankfully, no one was physically injured despite the direct hit.

Many of the rockets fired Sunday were timed for the end of the school day, in order to try and kill or maim children.

Four civilians suffered shrapnel wounds Sunday morning during a rocket attack as they were rushing to work and school. All of the victims were evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

On Saturday, Gaza terrorists hit an IDF jeep with an anti-tank missile, wounding four soldiers.

One soldier was very seriously wounded and another soldier suffered moderate-to-serious wounds. Both were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva.

Two other soldiers were in light to moderate condition, suffering from shrapnel wounds. They were evacuated to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.

The IDF responded with heavy tank fire at the eastern part of Gaza and at an area east of Khan Younis. There were also reports of artillery fire and fire from helicopters.

In the wake of the continued escalation in southern Israel, several MKs on Saturday night called on Netanyahu to take action in Gaza.

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