IAF Airstrike Kills 6 Hezbollah Terrorists, Terror Group Vows Retaliation

Six Hezbollah terrorists, including a senior commander, were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Syrian Golan Heights on Sunday, the terror group confirmed.

Hezbollah confirmed that six of its fighters were killed in the helicopter airstrike. Among the dead was 25-year-old Jihad Mughniyeah, son of Imad Mughniyeh, a senior Hezbollah commander who was killed in Damascus in 2008. Jihad Mughniyeah is believed to have been Hezbollah’s Golan District commander.

Mohammed Issa, 43, a commander; Abbas Ibrahim Hijazi, 36; Mohammed Ali Hassan Abu Al-Hassan, 30; Razi Ali Dawi, 27; and Ali Hassan Ibrahim, 22, are also confirmed to have been killed in the strike.

“A group of Hezbollah mujahedeen were martyred in a Zionist rocket attack in Quneitra, and their names will be revealed later,” a message on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar news channel stated.

Late Monday, it was also revealed that aside from the six Hezbollah terrorists, six Iranian field operatives belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp were killed in the strike as well.

“General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and a number of fighters and Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) forces were attacked by the Zionist regime’s helicopters,” said a statement on the Guards’ website. “This brave general and some members of Hezbollah were martyred.”

According to Hezbollah, the men were killed during what they said was a reconnaissance mission in the Mazraat Amal village in the Quneitra region. The strike targeted two Hezbollah vehicles that were operating close to the border with Israel.

Al-Mayadeen, a Hezbollah affiliated news outlet, reported that two Israeli reconnaissance planes were patrolling the area around the time of the strike.

“While a group of Hezbollah fighters were on a field inspection of the town, Mazrat al-Amal… They faced rocket shelling from helicopters of the Israeli enemy, leading to the martyrdom of a number of holy warrior brothers…” Hezbollah said in a statement.

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Jihad Mughniyeah with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (L) and his father (R).

Hezbollah fighters in villages near the border with Israel were put on high alert following the strike. In southern Lebanon and in Beirut, streets emptied and residents feared an escalation.

In response to the strike, Hezbollah vowed retaliation against Israel. “The attack on six Hezbollah members will be answered with a painful and unexpected response, but it can be assumed that it will be controlled so as not to drag into a wide-spread war,” a Hezbollah source told Lebanese newspaper Al-Safir.

 

From Sunny LA to Wintry Jerusalem, IDF Lone Soldiers Warmed by Outpouring of Love


In hot and sunny Los Angeles, a group of women are knitting winter hats for the cold Israeli winter at Knit Culture LA. These hats are not just any ordinary winter hats. They have a special purpose.

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The hats are being donated to LIBI USA, the official fundraising division of the IDF, through a campaign called Hats for Israeli Soldiers. Hats for Israeli Soldiers was inspired by Channah Koppel, a mother of an IDF soldier and a fervent knitter.

Channah Koppel spoke to Breaking Israel News, and explained how she began this campaign,
“This project started when my son was a paratrooper serving on the snowy Hermon about 7 years ago. My knitting circle wanted to do a small, charitable project and we decided to knit 10 hats for his unit. As soon as we did so, other soldiers requested hats too,  so I turned to the online community with a simple pattern and a simple plan — knit a hat, mail it to me, and I’ll get it to an IDF soldier who could use it. The response was amazing. People love the idea of an immediate, personal gesture. You sit down and make a hat in a few hours and then a cold soldier wears it on his head for months or years. Since those first emails, I’ve been receiving over 100 hats a week from around the world, we’re talking over 35,000 hats. It’s a way for people to show their appreciation to the soldiers of the IDF for the hard work they do, and it’s deeply appreciated by the soldiers themselves. It’s a tremendous morale booster to know that there are people around the world who care that you’re putting yourself on the line for the Jewish state”.

IMG_8641The hats are hand-knit, packaged and sent to IDF lone soldiers soldiers fighting on the ground to keep Israel safe. Koppel has taken it upon herself to make sure all lone soldiers receive a hand knit hat. She explained to Breaking Israel News that knowing these soldiers are so far away from their families is just an extra reason why they must be taken special care of.
Elizabeth Rowen, Knit Culture LA store owner, explained her own personal connection with the amazing young men and women of the IDF.

“My son just completed his service in Golani this past summer,” she said. “I am a second generation Holocaust survivor. My father’s side of our family lost 82 family members in Poland to Hitler. My son carried the names of all our lost relatives in his flak jacket everyday that he served.”

“He missed being deployed to Gaza by weeks. He lost several friends who I came to know and care for during my trips to Israel to see my eldest son. We were heartbroken over the loss of his closest friend in the IDF, Max Steinberg. They both grew up here in Los Angeles and being lone soldiers together gave them the opportunity to form a tight bond.”

Rowen added that “support of Israel and the IDF is crucial to my family and me.” Being able to take part in the campaign to help soldiers feel a “little warmer during the winter months” is very important to this mother and supporter of the Israeli army.

“Allowing me to raise awareness and support for Israel and the IDF through my yarn store customers makes me feel in some small way I can give back for all that Israel and its troops do to keep us safe.”

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Because of the example Rowen has set, her son Teddy chose to get involved as well. He has started a non-profit project based out of Los Angeles called Tzevet Aish, the first dedicated program outside of Israel with around the clock support for those who have served in the IDF. The goal of Tzevet Aish is to establish a network of lone soldiers for the purpose of providing them support and assistance that are necessary for them to reacclimate to society.

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The hat pattern, approved by the IDF, is simple and easy to knit. Knit Culture LA has made it very easy to join the campaign:

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1) Get the pattern FREE on Ravelry: “Ribbed Watchman Cap” by Channah Koppel

2) Get the right yarn, Knit Culture LA offers two great options.

3) Knit the hat following the patterns sizing specifications.

4) Drop the finished hats off at the LA store or mail them in.

 

 

US Marine Corp Family’s Love for the Israel Defense Forces to Help Save Soldiers Lives

General Robert Magnus, a retired United States Marine Corps General, and his wife Meredith, recently donated Krav Maga training equipment to the IDF Givati Infantry Brigade & Southern Command through LIBI USA. Krav Maga is a self-defense method developed by the IDF and is used to train combat soldiers.

In an interview, Meredith explains how her and her husband’s love for the IDF led them to be involved with LIBI USA.

Q: What ties do you have to Israel?

A: My husband and I have several bonds to Israel, her soldiers and security services personnel. We are Jewish and have many wonderful friends in Israel, including those who were at its founding in the War of Independence.

Those include two members of the Air Service, one who flew the reconnaissance mission that reported the Arab Legion’s attack on Independence day. The other led the air strike against the Egyptian brigade and saved Tel Aviv. We are also friends with a woman who was a courier of secret communications from Europe to Ben Gurion, a journalist from the Jerusalem Post, a seaman who crewed ships carrying Jews that ran the British blockade, and a woman who was a sniper in the battle for Jerusalem.

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Q: What role has the military played in your life?

A: I am the daughter of a World War II US Marine. My husband is a retired US Marine with 39 years of service.

Q: Why did you chose to partner with LIBI USA to donate to the IDF?

A: Our military bonds extend to many friends who are currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Police, the Shin Bet and Mossad. Moreover, we love the people of Israel. Our friends include diplomats, politicians, scientists who do medical research or protect the environment, humanitarians who help the severely disabled, entrepreneurs who started companies that pioneered in technology, experts who have been working with the Israeli government for decades to further security and peace, and others who provide the arms, systems and support for the IDF and Israel’s foreign allies and friends.

Q: Did Operation Protective Edge play a role in your specific contribution towards Krav Maga training?

A: During Operation Protective Edge, we wanted to do more than contribute financially. When we heard that we could help provide Krav Maga equipment to help soldiers in their training for dangerous missions in defending Israel, we knew that was a calling to help save lives. It was the right thing for us to do, not something special. It was our gift to the soldiers of Israel.

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John Grossman, chairman of LIBI USA, expressed his thanks to the Magnus’s on behalf of the IDF for their continuing support and generous life saving donation. “By supporting Krav Maga training of Israel’s defenders, the Magnus’s are helping to save the lives of future soldiers,” he said. “LIBI USA is very grateful to the Magnus’s and all those who support the IDF.”

Veterans Send Love to the IDF

Thanks to our friends, The Jewish War Veterans of New York, LIBI has received a generous donation of 540 hygiene kits filled with toothbrushes, face wash, deodorant, baby powder, and all necessary items to keep our soldiers prepared while they serve us on the front lines of Israel. 

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