Saturday, November 25, 2023

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Douglas Murray: In Israel, a long wait of hope and fear to see if their children will be freed from hell
Singing broke out on the streets of Tel Aviv last night as the first hostages arrived back home to Israel after seven weeks in the hell of Gaza.

Late last night two helicopters brought the four released children and their mothers to the children´s hospital.

Another two helicopters brought the elderly hostages to a nearby hospital.

It was one step in an agonizing waiting game this week in Israel.

At times the promise of a deal surrounding the women and children abducted on Oct. 7 seemed almost impossible.

On Wednesday night I was with the families of many hostages who had gathered in Tel Aviv to receive the news of whether their loved ones were on the lists.

At first it seemed as though all the stolen children might be in the first round of releases.

That caused both relief and fear.

The parents of 21-year old Omer, stolen from the Nova Party, were, like all the parents, relieved to hear that some hostages might be on their way back from Gaza.

But there was a cruelty in the news. Including the knowledge that their son would not be released soon.

It was already clear that Hamas were going to drag out this process like water-torture on the Israelis.

And everyone knew that the hostage release would come at a terrible price.

Three Palestinian prisoners – including people in prison for stabbing and killing Jews – were to be released for every one Israeli hostage.

It isn´t the worst deal Israel has done to get its captives home.

But still.
Seth Frantzman: Israel at war: What does Hezbollah accomplish by fighting IDF?
Essentially this meant that Tehran wanted to coalesce attacks by several groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, Palestinian Islamic Jihad as well as groups in Syria and Iraq against Israel. Iran knows it can’t defeat the Jewish state in a conventional war, but thinks it can challenge Israel by coordinating numerous types of threats against it.

Hezbollah is the strongest Iranian proxy with up to 150,000 rockets and missiles, and thousands of drones and anti-tank missiles, as well as other munitions. Iran’s own media now provides an insight into Hezbollah accomplishments over 50 days of fighting, which included daily attacks on Israel using rockets, mortars and anti-tank missiles. More recently they involved the heavy missile called “Burkan” which has a large warhead. Iran has frequently praised and highlighted these attacks.

The Iranian article at Tasnim News, which is close to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC, says that “what is certain is that the first phase of the resistance conflict with the Zionist enemy during the Gaza war has ended, and if the Zionists resume their aggression after the end of the temporary ceasefire, we will enter the second phase of the war, which may be more severe than the first phase.”

Hezbollah has said it is ready for the next phase of the war, with the Lebanese terrorist organization’s Secretary General Naim Qassem saying that Israel “will see something from the resistance that they have not seen before,” the report said.

Hezbollah, a new front?
Hezbollah can already claim to have opened another front against Israel, and was quick to do so, likely on orders from Iran. “Hezbollah clearly declared that it will not be neutral in this war and Hezbollah fighters have fought the enemy side by side with Palestinian fighters,” Iran’s Tasnim says.

Iran has also praised Hezbollah for the volume of its attacks, which it says “caused Israelis to flee.” This refers to the 40 Israeli communities evacuated after the attacks began, including the city of Kiryat Shmona.

“In this way, it can be said that Hezbollah played a significant role in forcing the Zionist regime to accept the ceasefire,” the report said.
Israel’s Leading Investigative News Show Produces Film Series of Reports on Hamas War for Global Distribution
Israel’s top investigative and current affairs program Uvda (Fact in Hebrew) has produced a package of documentary films highlighting news reports from inside Israel covering events from the deadly Hamas massacre on Oct. 7 and Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists controlling Gaza.

The series, titled Inside Israel: This Is War, is currently comprised of seven films, each running between 20 and 30 minutes long, and is available as either individual shorts or a package. Global producer and distributor Keshet International (KI) will handle international distribution for the series, which it announced on Friday. The content will be available to different broadcasters around the world for them to buy and broadcast on their platforms or channels.

The film series includes an in-depth and first-hand look at the the Oct. 7 attacks by filmmaker and Uvda correspondent Itai Anghel, who visited Kibbutz Nir Oz, where 25 percent of the residents were kidnapped or murdered by Hamas terrorists. Anghel’s film features footage from the kibbutz’s CCTV cameras and testimonies from families of the terror victims.

Another film in the series shows how a security coordinator and her team held back the Palestinian terrorists for hours from the farming community Kibbutz Nir Am on Oct. 7, and how their bravery resulted in not a single member of the kibbutz being kidnapped or murdered that day.

In Be’eri’s Nurse, investigative reporter Ben Shani visits Kibbutz Be’eri, which was almost completely burnt down by Hamas terrorists and had a third of its members either kidnapped or killed. He also speaks to survivors of the kibbutz, including a nurse, who were evacuated to a hotel near the Dead Sea that has been turned into a refugee camp.

“We have hand-picked this package of films with our colleagues at Keshet 12 and Uvda, following requests from our clients for in-depth reporting from inside Israel on the horrifying events of October 7th,” said Kelly Wright, KI’s MD of distribution. “Produced by Uvda‘s internationally recognized team of award-winning filmmakers, these reports offer a different perspective from foreign news coverage — one more focused on the individuals affected by these devastating attacks, and their personal stories of bravery, resilience, and trauma. We hope these films will give international viewers a greater understanding of the devastating impact of October 7th attacks on the people of Israel.”

Uvda is Israel’s longest–running long-form news magazine show, reporting on both domestic and international topics. It first aired in 1993 and is produced for Israel’s television channel Keshet 12.

KI said that as Uvda continues to report on the Israel-Hamas war, more reports will be included in the Inside Israel: This Is War package.

13 Israelis, including 8 kids, freed by Hamas after 50 days as Gaza hostages

LIVEBLOG: 2nd group of hostages handed over to Red Cross, arrive in Sinai

Emily Hand, 9, Irish-Israeli girl whose family was initially told was killed

Yahel Haran, 3, and 5 members of her wider family freed; her father still held in Gaza

Hila Rotem, 13, released without her mother Raya, who is still a Hamas captive

Noam and Alma Or released after 50 days, as father and cousin still captive in Gaza

Maya Regev released after 50 days in Gaza, while brother Itai still captive

In photos and videos, first freed hostages hold emotional reunions with families

'There wasn’t a dry eye in the hospital’ as hostages reunite with family
According to hospital staff at Wolfson Medical Centre, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as some families were reunited with loved ones who were taken hostage by the terror group Hamas.

CNN reporter Oren Liebermann said the five elderly women who were released in the first group of hostages held by Hamas were given a private area of the Wolfson Medical Center.

“As they came in, they have been receiving medical checks and that includes their physical condition but also their mental conditions for nearly 50 days of captivity at the hands of Hamas,” Mr Liebermann told Sky News Australia.

“They have been given a special area of the hospital which is secluded so they can maintain their privacy and that’s for the freed hostages and their families,” he said.

It comes as two dozen hostages who were held for almost seven weeks at the hands of Hamas were released from captivity under a temporary truce on Friday afternoon (local time).

Kibbutz Nir Oz Welcomes Release of Filipino Caretaker of Murdered Israeli

Red Cross shows clear anti-Israel bias, Jerusalem Institute of Justice claims

Israel threatens to renew war after Hamas delays release of hostages

Hamas Stalls Release of Second Group of Hostages, Israel Sets Deadline to Resume Military Operations

How feminists have failed Israeli victims of sexual violence

Matthew Levitt: Hezbollah Terrorist Cells in America - Danger Close with Jack Carr
Today’s guest is counterterrorism and intelligence expert, Matthew Levitt.

Matthew is a Fromer-Wexler Fellow at The Washington Institute and the director of its Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He previously worked as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a counterterrorism intelligence analyst at the FBI.

He has also held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and with the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as a member of the international advisory board for both the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel and the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore. Matthew serves on the advisory board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and formerly served on the academic advisory board for the Emirati Center for Strategic Studies and Research.

Matthew’s writings on the Middle East, terrorism, illicit finance and sanctions have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.

He is the author of Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad, Negotiating Under Fire: Preserving Peace Talks in the Face of Terror Attacks, and Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God. He is also the host of the BREAKING HEZBOLLAH'S GOLDEN RULE podcast.

Miss Universe judge hit with death threats after debate against Palestinian activist

Montrealers share their thoughts on the anti-Israel protest
On November 22, questions were asked to citizens on Saint-Catherine Street in Montreal, where one person stated, 'Hamas is a terrorist organization, but the word terrorism has been manipulated a lot over the last 20 years. So there's no excuse for the attack of October 7th, and there's no excuse for trying to wipe out everyone that lives in Gaza.'

Greta Thunberg Takes the Mask Off Fully, as She Chants to 'Crush Zionism' at Disturbing Rally

Teen Disney channel actress is arrested for vandalizing Israeli company's offices in New Hampshire

Palestine protesters defy hate speech warning banners: Thousands march on London shouting controversial 'from the river to the sea' chant - as seven are arrested

That will stop them! Met unveils bizarre plan to hand out LEAFLETS to pro-Palestine activists explaining what protest phrases might break the law when chanted or displayed at marches

Gigi Hadid DELETES 'anti-Semitic' post claiming Israel is 'only country that keeps children as prisoners of war' - while Israeli kids are still kept captive by Hamas - and calls terrorist who tried to murder Jews a POW

Pro-Israel teacher hides in Queens high school as ‘radicalized’ students riot: ‘They want her fired’

'Free Palestine' protesters interrupt  Nantucket Christmas tree lighting with president and his family: Biden is accused of 'genocide' at event with Jill, Hunter and baby Beau

Anti-Israel Protesters Disrupt Black Friday Shopping Across the Country

Comic Relief chief Eric Salama quits over charity's Gaza ceasefire stance which he thought was 'profoundly wrong' and that he 'could not live with'

Video of Massive Terror Complex Under Al Shifa Hospital Makes Media Look Ridiculous

Switzerland to Ban Hamas as ‘Terrorist Organization’ and Support Israel’s ‘Right to Self-Defense’

'Jordan is Palestine,' claims Dutch far-right senior politician Geert

Israeli-owned ship attacked by Iranian drone in Indian Ocean

Hamas executes three West Bank Palestinians for 'spying for Israel'

Palestinians in ‘West Bank’ Celebrate Terrorists Release By Hanging Alleged Collaborators While Waving Hamas Flags
Context: Yom Kippur War, By 24 October, the Israelis had improved their positions considerably and completed their encirclement of the Egyptian Third Army and Suez City, bringing them within 100 kilometres (62 mi) of the Egyptian capital of Cairo. This development led to dangerously heightened tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, and a second ceasefire was imposed cooperatively on 25 October 1973, to officially end the war.

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