Missing IDF officer Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, said to have been captured by Hamas, was declared dead by Chief Military Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Raffi Peretz on Saturday, at 11:25pm.
The Givati commander died in combat on Friday, August 1, 2014, in Rafah when a terrorist emerged from a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip and detonated himself near an IDF force, killing another officer and a soldier from Givati Brigade - Major Benaya Sarel and Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon arrived at the Goldin family home in Kfar Saba accompanied by the head of the IDF’s Human Resources Branch, Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai and the Chief Military Rabbi, to deliver the news.
The army said the Chief Military Rabbi considered halacha, medical and other relevant considerations, as well as findings from the battlefield, before making the decision. The family was told there were enough pathological findings at the scene to declare Hadar’s death, and these findings also allow his burial.
The Palestinian terror organization Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for firing rockets at Israel’s central region in recent hours. The launch of the rockets, which were intercepted in the air by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, marks the latest escalation after nearly 100 rockets were fired at Israel from Palestinian territories in the past few days.
Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip reached the densely populated central Israel area on Tuesday evening when rockets fired at Tel Aviv and Gedera were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, as the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge was underway.
Over 70 rockets fell across an increasing number of communities across Israel during the day. Code Red rocket alerts sounded in Tel Aviv, Givatayim, Gedera, Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ofakim, Merhavim, Ramat HaNegev and Eshkol on Tuesday. The Iron Dome missile defense system was in operation in various locations, intercepting at least two rockets over Be’er Sheva, and more fired at the coastal cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon. It is also believed that at least one rocket was intercepted over Netivot
Magen David Adom paramedics treated nine people Tuesday in wake of the ongoing rocket fire. One person was lightly hurt from shrapnel to his foot, and another injured himself running to a shelter. Seven other people were treated for anxiety.
Earlier today, a Hamas Commando team was killed after attempting to infiltrate and assault an IDF military base via the sea:
IDF units intercepted a Hamas commando terrorist unit seeking to infiltrate Israel from the sea at Zikim beach on Tuesday.
The IDF Spokesman reported that soldiers killed four terrorists.
A senior security official said an IDF force was dispatched to Zikim beach after the military detected suspicious movements in the area.
The unit engaged the terrorists, and shot and struck a number of them.
One soldier was lightly injured in the exchange of fire.
Civilian eye witnesses told Channel 2 that soldiers were seen running toward the beach from the Zikim army base and firing their weapons, while a boat approached the beach firing at the beach.
The BBC has warned that Palestinians in Gaza and their supporters are using false images on Twitter to garner sympathy for their cause.
Many of the images that supposedly show Gaza under bombardment over the past week are neither current nor from Gaza, the global news organization wrote.
“Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza,” the BBC said, “but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.”
Edit: Now with the link to the BBC: bbc.com
Speaking during the final segment of his weekly show, Bill Maher discussed gun culture, the recent actions of the Open Carry movement and their consequences, coining a new term in the process:
Has the incident in Jenin triggered psychological warfare? Unidentified Palestinian elements launched threatening SMS messages on behalf of Hamas’s Military Wing to the cellphones of many Israeli citizens. One of the messages sent in Hebrew stated: “Warning to Zionists… Al Qassam missiles are waiting for you.. If you want the lives (sic) then flee our country.”
According to reports on Israeli media outlets, some of the recipients of the messages were spokespersons of Israeli ministries, spokespersons for ministers and deputy ministers.
The messages were sent from 057 and 059 address codes, the latter of which associated with the Palestinian Authority. Another SMS message sent to Israeli citizens in Hebrew stated that “Al-Qassam promises revenge, and there was revenge, and the score is not settled, the worst is yet to come.” A third message, sent in English, invoked the abduction of the Israeli Gilad Shalit, who was released after years in captivity, stating “Al-Qassam has chosen you to be the next Shalite .. be ready.”
It is unclear at this time if the messages are tied directly to a counter terrorism raid carried out by IDF forces that took place in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Three Palestinians were killed and two IDF soldiers were wounded in an effort to apprehend Hamas operative Hamza Abu Al Haija, after dozens of armed Palestinians opened fire at the IDF forces during the raid.
Earlier today, the database of the defense-oriented website Israel Defense was seemingly hacked, after email messages were sent to subscribers with threatening statements directed against Israel and Israeli citizens, bearing photos of deceased Sheik Ahmed Yassin, one of the founders of Hamas. The messages, sent by ‘Followers of Al Yassin’, stated that “This is a reminder that we will not forget the spilled blood of our sheik. We swear to avenge again, and this time to cut off the heads of your leaders… You must know that the next war will be the end of your state”.
According to a statement issued by the website, the message services are carried out by an external system, and that according to a preliminary examination, “there is no sign of an attack against other databases connected to the website.”
PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate on Wednesday passed a bill backed by Republicans that expands the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others, a measure Democrats say will open the doors for discrimination and hurt the state economy.
Democrats and civil rights groups opposed the bill that was pushed by social conservatives, saying it would allow discriminatory actions by businesses.
But sponsor Sen. Steve Yarbrough of Chandler said his push for Senate Bill 1062 was prompted by a New Mexico case in which the state Supreme Court allowed a gay couple to sue a photographer who refused to take pictures of their wedding. He says he’s protecting religious rights.
How long before it’s a “Turn dreaded Muslims/Atheists/Jews/Other-Non-Christian-Minority Away” bill…
Is Syria concealing the full extent of the chemical weapons in its possession? A report published on Tuesday by CNN alleged that the US is currently examining new intelligence which may indicate that the Bashar al-Assad regime may not declare its chemical weapons arsenal in full, and may possess a hidden stockpile of chemical weapons past the conclusion of the efforts to destroy such weapons.
The report, which quoted several US officials, indicated that US intelligence agencies, the US Department of Defense, State Department and the White House are going over the intelligence, and an effort is currently underway to obtain more information so as to fully recognize the efforts being carried out by the Assad regime.
According to a US official quoted in the report, while the intelligence being examined is not conclusive at this point, “there are information threads that could shake our confidence - things have been done recently which indicate that Syria is not ready to see all of its chemical weapons destroyed.”
LYNCHBERG, Va. — Tea party hero Rand Paul warned scientific advancements could lead to eugenics during a Monday visit at Liberty University, looking to boost the political fortunes of fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s bid for governor.
During a visit to the Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell, Paul looked to energize conservative supporters by warning that people who are short, overweight or less intelligent could be eliminated through abortion. With one week remaining, Cuccinelli is hoping the joint appearance with the U.S. senator from Kentucky will encourage the far-right flank of his party to abandon third-party libertarian spoiler Robert Sarvis.
The special prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi war crimes said Tuesday it is recommending charges against dozens of alleged former Auschwitz guards, opening the possibility of a new wave of trials almost 70 years after the end of World War II.
Kurt Schrimm, the head of the Ludwigsburg federal prosecutors’ office, said an investigation of about 50 alleged former guards turned up enough evidence to recommend that state prosecutors pursue charges of accessory to murder against 30 of them in Germany. Another seven suspects who live outside the country are still being investigated.
The cases are being sent to the responsible state prosecutors’ offices in 11 of Germany’s 16 states. It will be up to them to determine whether the elderly suspects - primarily men but also some women - are fit to stand trial and whether to bring official charges.
“The biggest enemy is time,” Schrimm told reporters.