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LEAKED: IDF Probe Into October 7th Events Reveals Shocking Mistakes And Dysfunction

A report by Israel’s Channel 12 has leaked key findings from the IDF’s ongoing probe into the events of October 7th, which are set to be officially disclosed in mid-July. While the IDF has not confirmed the report, its silence is telling, given its previous denials of other leaks related to the incident. According to the report, the probe has uncovered numerous cases of friendly fire errors resulting in deaths, as well as instances of hesitation among IDF soldiers to confront Hamas invaders. Additionally, higher-up commanders are under scrutiny for ordering some soldiers to remain in reserve, rather than deploying them to the front lines. One of the most controversial aspects of the probe is the potential freezing of Brig.-Gen. Barak Hiram’s promotion to commander of the Gaza Division. Hiram has been criticized for his handling of a hostage situation in Be’eri, where he allegedly gave orders to fire on residential units containing both Hamas terrorists and hostages, potentially killing a dozen hostages. The IDF’s probe is expected to be released on a rolling basis in July and August, with key officers presenting their findings to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi in early July. The probe will examine the security establishment’s outlook on Gaza since 2018 and may potentially look further back in time as part of a state inquiry and State Comptroller report. In addition to the IDF’s probe, many defense officials are calling for a state inquiry to investigate the decisions and actions of the government. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has opposed any state inquiry, citing political concerns for his coalition. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
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OUTRAGEOUS: US Probing Israelis Applying For Green Cards & Visas For War Crimes!

Israelis filling out applications for US green cards and visas must now answer detailed questions regarding their army service to ensure they didn’t commit war crimes, Ynet reported on Thursday. According to the report, Yuval, a senior manager at a high-tech company in Silicon Valley in the U.S., was happy to receive a letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) last week about his application for a green card. But he was shocked by the content of the letter: “In your application form you stated that you served in the Israel Defense Forces between 2005-2008. You must provide us with additional information about your military service so that we can make a final decision on your case,” the letter read. “You must submit an affidavit under oath, describing your military service,” the letter continued. “As part of this affidavit, the following questions must be addressed: Did you participate as a combatant in battles during your military service? If so, please describe your activity/role in these battles; Did you command soldiers in the army? If yes, please describe the aspects of your command; Have you ever guarded (or commanded others to guard) detainees? Did you use explosives during your military service? If so, detail the types of weapons or explosives you were trained on.” “Have you ever actually used weapons or explosives? If so, what weapons or explosives did you use? How did you use weapons or explosives? On how many occasions did you use weapons or explosives? How often did you use weapons or explosives? Did you use a weapon and/or an explosive against another person? If so, the circumstances must be detailed, and explain why you used a weapon and/or an explosive against another person/people.” According to the letter, if Yuval did not provide an affidavit with answers satisfactory to the USCIS within eight days, he could be expected to be deported from the U.S. “In order to get the work visa two years ago, I answered questions about my military service, so they know that I was released 16 years ago after a rather banal service,” Yuval says. “But these new questions – I am shocked. I feel as if questions were copied From the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.” Attorney Liam Schwartz, head of the Labor and Corporate Immigration Department at the Tel Aviv-based law firm of Goldfarb, Seligman, told Ynet that the USCIS is now applying a new policy on Israelis, under which they must be questioned about their military service – both present and past. “An investigation that seeks explanations about how, when and why weapons and/or explosives were used against another person is intended to understand if you have committed war crimes. A question regarding the custody of detainees is intended to ‘catch’ the military personnel and police officers who participated in the arrests in the West Bank. A demand for information regarding the active participation as a combatant in battles may also be used by the authorities for the purpose of formulating their position in relation to acts defined as genocide.” Schwartz added: “The USCIS has the authority to issue permits to foreign citizens, whether they are workers, students or the spouses of Americans. The new policy of the USCIS is extremely worrisome […]
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WATCH: IDF Eliminates Hamas Commander Who Led Terrorists During October 7th Massacre

In a precise and targeted strike, the IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA) eliminated a leading Hamas sniper and Nukhba Forces Commander, Ahmed Hassan Salame Alsauarka, in the Beit Hanoun area of northern Gaza. Alsauarka was a key figure in the October 7th Massacre, leading sniper attacks and infiltrating Israeli communities in southern Israel. According to IDF and ISA intelligence, Alsauarka was a squad commander in the Nukhba Forces and played a significant role in Hamas’ attacks on IDF troops. Following an extensive search, IDF troops identified and eliminated him in the Beit Hanoun area. To minimize civilian harm, the IDF took several precautions before the strike, resulting in no civilian casualties. The operation is part of ongoing IDF activities in the central Gaza Strip, where a mortar shell launch post was recently struck by aerial and artillery forces. Additionally, two terrorists posing a threat to IDF troops were targeted with an Iron Sting precision missile. In the Rafah area, IDF troops continue to conduct precise, intelligence-based operations, eliminating several terrorists in close-quarters encounters and conducting targeted raids to locate rocket launchers. The IDF remains committed to protecting Israeli communities and combating Hamas terrorism. (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
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What’s Known, and Not Known, About the Partnership Agreement Signed by Russia and North Korea

Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un say a new strategic partnership is a breakthrough, but what it means for their relationship is still uncertain. The pact requires both countries to use all available means to provide immediate military assistance in the event of war, according to North Korean state media. While the agreement, inked Wednesday at a summit in Pyongyang, could represent the countries’ strongest deal signed after the Cold War, there are differing opinions on how strong the security commitment is. Kim claimed that the deal elevated bilateral relations to the level of an alliance, while Putin was more understated and did not call it an alliance. North Korean state media released the text of the agreement, which also includes broader cooperation in military, foreign policy and trade. Russia has not published its version of the text. Relations between sprawling Russia and small, isolated North Korea — both of them nuclear powers — have warmed significantly in recent years amid Russia’s growing acrimony with the West over the invasion of Ukraine and suppression of all domestic opposition. One of the first knock-on effects of the agreement came Thursday, when South Korea’s government said it would reconsider its policy of limiting its support to Ukraine to non-lethal supplies. South Korea, a growing arms exporter, has provided humanitarian aid to Ukraine, but it has not directly provided weapons to Kyiv. Here’s a look at what is known about the new partnership — and what is still unclear. What did Russia and North Korea promise? Most of the debate over the partnership agreement revolves around the article that pledges mutual aid. According to North Korean state media, the section states that if one of the countries gets invaded and is pushed into a state of war, the other must deploy “all means at its disposal without delay” to provide “military and other assistance.” But it also says that such actions must be in accordance with the laws of both countries and Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, which recognizes a U.N. member state’s right to self-defense. To some analysts, that sounds like a promise that either nation would intervene if the other comes under attack, renewing a pledge made under a 1961 treaty between North Korea and the Soviet Union. That deal was discarded after the collapse of the USSR, replaced in 2000 by one that offered weaker security assurances. Cheong Seong Chang, an analyst at South Korea’s Sejong Institute, said the agreement echoes the language of the 1961 treaty, as well as provisions of the U.S.-South Korea mutual defense treaty about activating channels to coordinate if either of faces the threat of invasion. “North Korea and Russia have completely restored their Cold War-era military alliance,” Cheong said. Other experts were more cautious, saying the section is carefully worded to avoid implying automatic interventions and strictly limits the circumstances in which either country would be obligated to step in. And the language of the agreement is much less important than what each nation is actually capable of and willing to do, Du Hyeogn Cha, an analyst at Seoul’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said. While it’s rare for any defense treaty to spell out specifically that a country is required to automatically intervene to defend […]
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LISTEN! Yehuda Green’s Brand New Album “Amar Abayeh!”

Yehuda Green has done it again! His brand new album titled “Amar Abayeh” is already making waves throughout the world, with hartzige nigunim sung in classic Yehuda style. The music of Yehuda is sung in every home, at every Simcha, at every Kumzits. With his classics such as “Nishmas”,  “Neshamale”, Hashiveinu, “Mashiach”, “Barcheini”, “Neshamele” and so many others, this new album will be taking us back to our roots. Now Yehuda sings about the Amoraim of the Gemarah, Simchas Hatorah, and our hope to return to our land, the land given to our fathers, to Eretz Hakodesh. “Amar Abayeh” features not ten, but thirteen songs from the Carlebach of our generation. Songs like “Venismach”, “Amar Abayeh”, and “Ribono Shel Oilam” are sure to be favorites for the Summer season, and years to come. Order Now Listen Now
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