Indictments Filed Against Terrorists Responsible for Gunfire Attack

In a joint IDF-ISA activity, IDF soldiers arrested the suspects responsible for carrying out the gunfire attack that occurred on Saturday, December 24, 2011, directed at an Israeli vehicle heading towards Ma’ale Shomeron, near Azzun. The trial of the suspects is currently ongoing in the military court of Samaria.

During their investigation, both admitted their responsibility for the shooting as well as involvement in other terror activity in the area of Azzun, involving other militants from the village, who were also arrested and taken for questioning.

In the past few weeks, 17 residents of Azzun were arrested on suspicion of involvement in terror activity. During the investigation, the rifle used to carry out the attack was uncovered, among a pipe bomb and three additional rifles.

The suspects confessed executing additional shooting attacks in the beginning of December 2011, including shooting at security forces. They were also involved in a number of rock and fire bomb hurling incidents, directed at both Israeli civilian and IDF vehicles on the main road near Azzun.

Indictments against four of those detained were handed down to the military court in Samaria, charging them with: attempt of causing death with intent, throwing of an explosive device and throwing objects at a moving vehicle. Some of the men were also charged with trading in military equipment.

The IDF and ISA are constantly operating to reduce the phenomenon of shooting incidents and rock and fire bomb hurling incidents at Israeli vehicles and IDF soldiers around the village of Azzun, and will continue to thwart such attempts.

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In Response to Rocket Fire, IAF Targets a Weapons Manufacturing Site and Three Terror Tunnels in the Gaza Strip

Overnight, IAF aircraft targeted a weapons manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip, two terror tunnels in the northern Gaza Strip, and a third terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip.

Direct hits were confirmed.

The targeting of these sites was in response to the rockets fired at Israel during the past few days.

The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.

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Phantoms of the Mountain – The Elite Alpine Unit

The Alpine Unit (Hebrew: ‘Alpinistim’) is the elite winter-climate warfare unit of the IDF. Its purpose: a commando force specially trained to operate under conditions of snow, sleet, and dangerous weather uncommon to Israel.

The unit was created in 1974 as a response to the events of the Yom-Kippur War, when Syrian forces captured Mt. Hermon, Israel’s northernmost outpost. Since then it has remained one of the most elite and classified units of the IDF. It is comprised entirely of volunteer reserve soldiers who served in elite units such as Egoz and Sayeret Golani.

Alpine Unit exercise on Hermon

Alpine Unit exercise on Mt Hermon

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IAF Targets Terrorist Squad In Response to Rocket Fire

In response to rocket fire, an IAF aircraft targeted a terrorist squad in the southern Gaza Strip. The squad fired rockets seconds before being targeted. A hit was confirmed.

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Since the beginning of the year over 7 rockets, fired from Gaza, have hit Israel.

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Four-Star General Martin E. Dempsey to Visit Israel

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Military, four-star General Martin E. Dempsey, will arrive today, Thursday, January 19th, 2012, for a short visit to Israel during a visit to the region. This will be General Dempsey’s first visit to Israel, hosted by the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz. General Dempsey will depart Israel before Shabbat.

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General Martin E. Dempsey Visits Israel

During his visit, General Dempsey will hold a private meeting with Lieutenant General Gantz, as well as a briefing with senior commanders of the General Staff, focusing on cooperation between the two militaries, as well as mutual security challenges. During his visit, General Dempsey will also meet with the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, with the Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, and with the President, Mr. Shimon Peres.

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General Martin E. Dempsey Visits Israel

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