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Ben Gurion back to normal after Palestinians crashed entrance
Two Palestinians driving a truck crashed through the main gateway to Ben Gurion international airport before dawn Tuesday and were stopped by guards’ gunfire before they reached the passenger terminal. Emergency measures went into force at the airfield, all entries and exits blocked and air traffic suspended, until the two Palestinians were picked up and turned out to be car thieves from Jenin and Qalqilya - not terrorists. A police search found the truck empty. More than 90,000 travelers were held up for some hours until flights returned to normal early Tuesday.
DEBKAfile September 1, 2013, 8:17 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel’s readiness for attack remains in place Sunday despite President Barack Obama’s announcement Saturday of an indefinite delay in America’s military strike on Syria. The anti-missile batteries will remain in place and the gas mask distribution stations reopen to the public.
July 23, 2013 - IsraelNationalNews.com
As the enemy gets bolder, the demand for professional training of civilians increase every day, and some never get to return home.
July 3, 2013 - IsraelNationalNews.com
Video & Photos: Soldiers Respond to ‘Terrorists in School’ Drill
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/3/2013, 8:19 AM
Security teams in Beit El in the Binyamin region held a drill this week that mimicked a large-scale terrorist infiltration targeting.
“The ‘incident’ started with firebombs and rock throwing. From there it progressed to two terrorists in Bnei Tzvi , there were about eight wounded there. Then we got a report about an incident in the girls’ high school,” a commander described the drill.
There would eight “wounded” in the girls’ high school, too, he said, and the fake terrorists were taken out.
Local security teams, MDA paramedics, firefighters, IDF soldiers and police all took part in the drill.
“There is no doubt that Beit El is now much more prepared,” trainer Ehud Deriban toldArutz Sheva.
The town’s security team “knows how to work as a single force on the tactical level… it knows how to send forces in to the scene of an attack in a controlled way,” he explained.
Deriban thanked the Magen Yehuda organization, a group dedicated to improving security in Israeli communities by helping to fund.
Article and video on Arutz Sheva Hebrew site www.inn.co.il): http://www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/258512
בישוב בית אל שבבנימין התקיים השבוע תרגיל חירום מקיף שדימה חדירת מחבלים לישוב ולמוסדות החינוך שבו.
בתרגיל רחב ההיקף, השתתפו חברי כיתת הכוננות של הישוב, מתנדבי מד"א, כיבוי אש, חיילי צה"ל ומשטרה.
את התרגיל ניהל מאמן כיתות הכוננות, אהוד דריבן, מעמותת 'מגן יהודה' שמימנה את סדרת האימונים שהתרגיל היה הסיכום שלה.
June 25, 2013 - IsraelNationalNews.com
PA Arab Impersonating Religious Woman Nabbed
An alert passenger on bus # 143 from Kochav Yaakov to Jerusalem spotted a religiousin large sunglasses holding a open book of assorted Psalms - upside down. She made sure the 'reader' wasn't just dozing; she was actually scanning the bus under the shades.
Arab 'Invasion' of Binyamin Town Thwarted
May 27, 2013 - IsraelNationalNews.com
First Publish: 5/27/2013, 8:06 PM
Arabs attempted to break into the town of Kochav Yaakov in the Binyamin region on Monday, and set fire to oliveowned by Jews that are outside the town. They also blocked the highway outside the town, preventing residents from entering or leaving.
The town's security force rushed to the scene to face down the Arab rioters and prevent them from getting into the town. At least five had succeeded in getting through the town'swhere they were caught sight of by the security force. The Arabs ran away when they saw the security officers.
The officers gave chase and caught one of the rioters, aold Arab youth from nearby Kalandia. The Arab was carrying a wire cutter, and apparently was among those who cut the fence and infiltrated the town. He was also carrying material and equipment to start a fire, and may have been planning an arson attack in the town, officers said. He was transferred to for questioning.
May 27, 2013 - IsraelNationalNews.com
PA Minor Arrested for Infiltrating Kochav Yaakov
April 4, 2013 - IsraelNationNews.com
PA Teen in Jewish Town: I Wanted to Be Arrested
PA teen enters Kochav Yaakov, claims refuge from abuse. Commanders fear a terrorist ruse.
By Maayana Miskin
A Palestinian Authority resident teenager managed to enter the Israeli town of Kochav Yaakov in the Binyamin region late on Saturday night. The teen managed to come within a few hundred meters of a populated area before he was intercepted by security forces.
He was unarmed, and told soldiers that he had come with the purpose of being arrested. The youth explained that his father beats him, and that he would prefer to be in an Israeli prison than to remain at home.
Security forces were not entirely convinced by his story, and still fear that he was sent by a terrorist group. Terrorists often send unarmed Arab youth to scout out potential targets before attacks.
Arabs in nearby PA towns have targeted Kochav Yaakov and the nearby community of Tel Tzion in the past, setting fire to nearby fields andJewish-owned property.
Whether the youth who entered on Saturday night was an abuse victim or involved in terrorism, the ease with which he entered the community has local security teams concerned. A source involved in security in the region told Arutz Sheva that there are known flaws in the current security system in Kochav Yaakov, but that planned upgrades to the system were carried out only in part due to a.
January 22, 2012 - The Jerusalem Post
Settlement Security Not Improved Since Massacre
By Yaakov Katz
Almost a year after five family members were murdered by terrorists in Itamar, the Defense Ministry and IDF have yet to implement a plan aimed at revamping and upgrading settlement security measures.
The plan – drafted by the army’s Central Command and expected to cost around NIS 500 million – was put together following the Palestinian infiltration of the Itamar settlement near Nablus on March 11, 2011, and the murders in their home of Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children.
Following the attack, officers from the Central Command visited all of the settlements in the West Bank and produced a “security suite” for each one. The plan was also supposed to include unauthorized West Bank outposts.
Despite drafting the plan and marketing it with great fanfare, a budget for its implementation has yet to be allocated.
In addition to physical barriers, the IDF also uses advanced radar and camera systems to secure settlements.
“No money was allocated last year or this year,” a senior IDF officer said last week.
“The situation is becoming dangerous.”
Concern is not limited though to the IDF. Fears are also rising within settlements, which are experiencing an upsurge in criminal infiltrations.
Eleven homes in Eli, for example, were broken into over a single weekend last month and other settlements, such as Halamish, are without a fence.
Defense officials said the plan was still under review but was the victim of budget cuts and the reduction in the defense budget. Money for settlement protection is supposed to come from the IDF Home Front Command, which is responsible for erecting fences and installing radar systems.
Dec 9, 2011, The Jewish Press
Magen Yehuda: Saving Jewish Lives
By Susie Benzaquen
Living in Israel, Jews are often denied the peace of mind that comes with a sense of security. As they go about their daily lives – taking their children to school, going to work, shopping for their families – they need to be constantly aware of their surroundings and recognize potential threats. A knapsack left unattended, a stranger lingering too long, or a truck running off course can all lead to potential catastrophe.
While the Israeli army holds the ultimate responsibility to protect and defend the people of Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) cannot be everywhere at every moment. In an effort to foster that sense of security that citizens deserve, the IDF has initiated the formation of Community First Response Teams to assist them. A Community First Response Team, also known as “Kitat Konenut,” is a group of trained individuals from the community available to respond to a security threat at a moment’s notice. Because these volunteers actually live in the communities they serve, they have firsthand, intimate knowledge of the area that they are assigned to protect.
Who are these dedicated volunteers? During their daily lives they may be school teachers, rabbis, contractors, electricians, doctors, attorneys, students, or accountants. They may be Israeli-born army reservists or olim chadashim (new immigrants). What all of them have in common, however, is dedication to the safety of their communities and to the entire country.
Unfortunately, the IDF has limited funding available to train these volunteers. Outsourcing the training sessions is necessary to ensure the teams are equipped with up-to-date knowledge and the practical skills required so they can effectively protect and defend their communities.
Magen Yehuda was created for just that purpose. At the helm is Ehud Dribben, chief of operations, with over 20 years experience in the field of defense and security. Dribben’s background as an IDF officer in an elite unit and as the developer of counter-terrorist protocol for the IDF make him ideally suited to the role. He has worked extensively with the Israeli police, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is still an active reservist in the IDF.
Under his personal direction, Magen Yehuda staff step in to fill the training gaps as they provide professional instruction to Community First Response Teams all over Israel. Whether it is a community on the northern border, a small city in the south or a yishuv in Yehuda or Shomron, Magen Yehuda is there to create and help implement security protocol. Magen Yehuda works in collaboration with the IDF and each community’s head of security to create individualized plans and coordinate security efforts with the ultimate goal of saving lives and preserving the daily quality of life for all citizens of Israel.
During one recent training session provided by Magen Yehuda for the community of Itamar, the volunteers received many hours of intensive night training including real life simulation exercises. Dave S., an American oleh who is a former U.S. Marine, expressed his gratitude for the training provided by Magen Yehuda. “On almost a daily basis we are faced with some type of incident here, [so] proper training of our volunteers is imperative to keep our families protected,” he said. “Compared to the elite army units who are provided with daily drills and training in order to deal with these types of situations and only encounter such situations maybe once or twice a year, Community First Response Teams in some areas face daily occurrences and are only allotted a few days per year of training by the army.” Hopefully, teams like Dave’s will never have to put their training into serious action, but should the need arise, they will be prepared.
Magen Yehuda is proud to be partnering with the One Israel Fund in an effort to secure funding for critical training, equipment, and special training facilities. Both of these non-proþts share a common goal: the protection of Jews within their Homeland. As Marc Prowiser, security projects director of the One Israel Fund who served as chief army security coordinator in Judea and Samaria from 1996-2006, explained, “One of the reasons I chose to work closely with Magen Yehuda is that their main objective is the safety of all Jews.”
For more information about Magen Yehuda’s activities and to make a donation, please visit www. magenyehuda.net, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-896-4747.