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Monday, April 21, 2008

'Palestinians' used Israeli-supplied APC's in Kerem Shalom attack

Moadim l'Simcha - A Happy Holiday to all of you. For those who need to be reminded why this Orthodox Jew is permitted to be online on the Second Day of Passover, please go here.

As some of you may recall, just about a month ago, Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert approved the delivery of twenty-five Russian armored personnel carriers ("APC's" in English or nagmashim in Hebrew) to the 'good terrorists' of 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen. The approval was contrary to the recommendations of both the IDF and the General Security Services. Some of you may have wondered at the time how something that is a 'personnel carrier' could be used directly for terrorism. Have a look at the picture at the top of this post - it's an IDF issue APC. And if that's not enough for you to imagine how terrorists could use an APC, consider this account of Saturday's Hamas attack on the Kerem Shalom crossing and recall that Hamas got APC's and other pieces of military equipment when it overthrew Fatah in Gaza.
Thirteen soldiers were wounded at 6 a.m. on Saturday when an armored personnel carrier - supplied to the Palestinian Authority in the 1990s - rammed through the fence between Israel and southern Gaza near the Kerem Shalom crossing, used to transfer humanitarian aid to the Strip.

After the APC opened the gate, two vehicles - disguised as IDF jeeps and packed with 300 kilograms of explosives each - drove through. One blew up next to an IDF watchtower, causing extensive damage but no injuries to the soldiers inside. The second vehicle exploded next to a number of IDF jeeps belonging to the Southern Command's Beduin Desert Battalion.

Despite the thick fog, the deputy battalion commander spotted the second jeep as it made its way into the crossing. Thinking at first that the jeep was Israeli, the officer tried to contact the driver on the standard military radio frequency. When he did not receive an answer, he understood that it was a car bomb.

"The deputy battalion commander shouted, 'Car bomb, car bomb,' and all the soldiers ran into their armored jeeps," an officer who witnessed the infiltration said Sunday. Most of the soldiers made it into the vehicles. The 13 who didn't sustained light-to-moderate wounds.
And that wasn't the only attempt to use an APC for a terror attack on Saturday:
Moments later, another APC approached the Kissufim crossing, north of Kerem Shalom. A tank from Brigade 401 opened fire and destroyed the vehicle, which was believed to have been packed with explosives.
But if any of you think that's enough to get Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert to alter his plans to give the 'good terrorists' from Fatah more APC's, please think again.
Also on Sunday, defense officials said Israel did not plan to alter an earlier decision to permit the PA in the West Bank to receive 25 APCs from Russia, despite the use of an armored vehicle in the Kerem Shalom attack. The decision to transfer the APCs was made by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert several months ago following a request by Russia to supply the vehicles to Fatah forces in the West Bank to bolster PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This government is still 'led' by idiots.


At 7:32 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - yes and I keep thinking Israel is not only led by idiots, its not even a sovereign country. Its turned into the Eastern European shetl the Zionists fought so hard to escape. Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations mean squat if Jews are not masters in their own land.


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