the incident last week in which a 17-year old ‘Palestinian’ attacked IDF soldiers using a gun that turned out to be fake.
The IDF has released video of the incident.
Let’s go to the videotape.
If someone attacked me like that, even without a gun, I hope someone would interfere on my behalf. That looks like a real attack. There is no way that anyone could have known that the gun he was carrying was fake. There is no choice but to shoot first and ask questions later.
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As the battle in Gaza grinds on, an unprecedented technological skirmish is taking place in cyberspace. On the Israeli side, the IDF’s Wednesday morning tweet announcing the launch of Operation Pillar of Defense marked the first military declaration of hostilities via Twitter in history.
The IDF has embarked on Operation Pillar of Defense.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
Now the IDF may be facing an organized response from a group of hackers claiming to be part of the international hacker coalition Anonymous, who published on Thursday their own declaration of cyber-war on Israel and its supporters.
In a press release posted Thursday to an Anonymous-affiliated website, the hackers warned Israel not to shut down Internet in Gaza and to cease its military operations in the coastal strip, which follow a barrage of hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel in recent days.
“To the IDF and government of Israel we issue you this warning only once,” read the press release. “Do NOT shut down the Internet into the ‘Occupied Territories’, and cease and desist from your terror upon the innocent people of Palestine or you will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous. And like all the other evil governments that have faced our rage, you will NOT survive it unscathed.”
In a widespread effort called #OpIsrael, Anonymous hackers promised to take down over 40 Israeli government and military websites.
Despite the IDF’s official blog disappearing for a brief moment on Thursday, it appears the effort has fallen flat, with only a handful of small websites, including falcon-s.co.il and advocate-israel.com, suffering real outages.
Shortly after noon on Friday, the group also managed to briefly bring down the website of AIPAC, the influential Washington-based lobby for stronger US-Israel ties, though AIPAC managed to restore the site within the hour.
Anonymous last attacked AIPAC’s website in March, bragging about the feat on Twitter.
Israeli hackers appeared to be returning fire Friday, as the Anonymous Twitter feed reported that an Anonymous-affiliated IRC network (which hosts online chat rooms) ”appears to be under heavy attack by pro-Israeli cyber groups.”
In addition to its attacks on Israel, Anonymous has developed an “Anonymous Gaza Care Package,” a file containing “instructions in Arabic and English that can aid you in the event the Israel government makes good on it’s (sic) threat to attempt to sever your Internet connection.”
The file also contains “useful information on evading IDF surveillance.”
In addition, hackers have worked to provide Gazans with chat rooms and communications channels that are more difficult for Israeli security services to observe. A list of dialup phone connections to European Internet service providers has been published to allow Gazans to access the Internet through regular phone lines in the event that Internet access in the strip is shut down.
While the Anonymous campaign has yet to score meaningful victories, and Israeli hackers appear to be responding vigorously, Anonymous has vowed the campaign will be long and painful.
“For far to (sic) long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called ‘Occupied Territories’ by the Israel Defense Force (sic),” it said in the Thursday press release.
“To the people of Gaza and the ‘Occupied Territories’, know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight. … know that tens of thousands of us in Anonymous are with you and working tirelessly around the clock to bring you every aid and assistance that we can.”
AIPAC did not return requests for comment.
The Times of London is reporting in Sunday’s editions (behind a paywall) that the Iranian drone flew over Israel for more than three hours before it was shot down, and sent back to Iran live pictures of Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor and of preparations for the US-Israel joint anti-missile exercise.
The three-hour drone flight was initially downplayed by Israeli officials red-faced over the shocking breach of their airspace.
Even the drone’s ultimate interception by an F-16 jet was botched — it took two tries for the pilot to down the unmanned plane.
An Israeli defense source blamed the drone’s infiltration on its “unfamiliar stealth elements.”
An Israeli military observer asked: “How could we defend this country from thousands of rockets and missiles if we can’t block a single Iranian drone?”
The drone is said to have been a new Shahed-129, unveiled by Tehran last month. It has a range of up to 1,200 miles and a flight duration of 24 hours.
Hezbollah vowed to continue drone surveillance flights.
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, a Hezbollah leader, said in a televised address that the drone was built in Iran, launched in Lebanon, and conducted a reconnaissance of “sensitive and important locations.”
He claimed the Dimona nuclear facility in the Negev desert was one of the sites it overflew.
Hezbollah’s TV station broadcast animated footage detailing the drone’s flight, saying it flew south over the Mediterranean, avoiding detection by Israeli radar before reaching the Gaza Strip.
The drone appears to have flown unseen over Gaza before proceeding to the Negev, where it was shot down. The aircraft had traveled 200 miles, the station claimed.
Nasrallah claimed the Ayoub drone was designed and manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon, denying reports that the drone was a Russian design.
The Hezbollah leader said the drone was sent as a response to what he referred to as Israel’s violations of Lebanese airspace since 2006.
“This flight was not our first will not be our last, and we give assurances we can reach any point we want. We have the right to dispatch recon planes over occupied Palestine at any time,” Nasrallah said.
But at least one expert is unconcerned.Hezbollah has been flying drones over Israel for years, said Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations, who specializes in drone technology proliferation and the Middle East.
“That it happened again is absolutely insignificant,” he said.
He described Nasrallah’s comments as blustering and largely empty.
“Israel usually tracks these drones as they come across the border and often doesn’t bother to shoot them down,” Zenko said. “They just want to see what Hezbollah thinks it can do.”
Drones like the one shot down on Saturday cannot even be piloted until someone has “line control” of the device, or is at least within 50 kilometers of it, he said.
“To call them rinky-dink would be polite,” he said. “The drones that Iranians display at airshows or that they tout for sale, defense industry press people describe them as crude.”These drones don’t have “hard points,” or brackets, on which ammunition can be fixed, Zenko said, but they do have the ability to conduct surveillance. It’s unclear if the Iranians have drones that can do surveillance in real time, he added.
That’s easy for him to say. He’s thousands of miles away….
(Algemeiner) IDF reservists. Photo: Tazpit News Agency. By Aryeh Savir and Gil Lavie
A newly released IDF survey has found that the highest number of reservists per capita recruited by the Israeli Defense Forces over the past year have come from the Judea and Samaria region. The survey, conducted annually by the Israeli army, has found that Judea and Samaria residents are the top geographic group of Israeli citizens serving in the army at 34%. Residents of the North followed at 29%, 28% from Jerusalem and Central Israel and 27% from the South. Of the reserves members from Judea and Samaria, a majority of 60% were found to be serving in combat units.
The poll also showed surprising results in the national diversity it found in the Israeli Defense Forces. 1,200 of the reservists were from the Republic of Georgia, 720 originated from Iran, 30 from the Philippines, and 4 from Bahrain. The study highlights a rarely seen picture of reserve duty personnel, showing that minorities and immigrants play a larger role than previously thought. A total of 19% of reserve soldiers were born outside Israel.(MORE)
When the system is infected with feminism the best way to deal with the system is correct the system through rejection. I know the men in Israel want to protect themselves, but there is no reason to assume they will have to tolerate the tyranny of gender androgyny to do this. Men in the U.S. and around the world should do the same. We should have expectations and boundaries. To deny the power structure of gender is to deny transparency. It’s dishonest… and don’t act like you are above honesty. How many of you said you were voting for Bachmann and then didn’t. How many Bachmann supporters in Iowa decided not to point out the things about Bachmann that you didn’t like to the media and spoke silently when no one could see you in the poll… and all things considered Bachmann was a great lady… but there was something telling both men and women that America needed a male right now in a leadership position… in the same respect that the Left voted for Obama over Hillary Clinton. These men in Israel are merely a lot more honest then you are about working trusts. They are the ones with the children… they are the ones that are making the system work. Secular culture is death. It is about weakness… and yes gender identity most certainly plays a part in it.