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Burgas Terror Attack: The Casualties and What we Know

July 19, 2012
The Five Israelis Killed in The Terror Attack on Israel in Burgas, Bulgaria

The Five Israelis Killed in The Terror Attack on Israel in Burgas, Bulgaria

It has been over 24 hours since a suicide bomber – a henious despicable terrorist – blew himself up in Burgas, Bulgaria.

Seven people had died in the attack. Five of which were “his desired target” – Israelis. Israeli citizens aborad on vacation. I guess in his twisted warped costume of a mind, there’s an explanation to this action. Forgive me if I find absolutely no reason or sense in it.

The Israeli casualties are (pictures above from left to right):

  • Kochava Shriki, age: 44. She was pregnant.
  • Amir Menashe, age: 28.
  • Itzik Kolengi, age: 28.
  • Maor Harush, age: 25.
  • Elior Priess, age: 26.

I post their names and their pictures because they are not just “Israeli tourists in Bulgaria” or “Israeli citizens”. They are people with families. With children and/or parents, with friends. Two of the men who died were married. Their wives critically injured in the attack.

The Israeli Tourist Bus Burning after the terror attack (Burgas, Bulgaria)

The Israeli Tourist Bus Burning after the terror attack (Burgas, Bulgaria)

So what do we know?

A suicide terrorist was at the airport for several time, with the bomb, awaiting for the Israelis to claim their luggage at the airport and board the bus. Only when they were in concetration of Israelis and then ran towards bus #2 and blew himself up. He did not manage to physically get on the bus before doing so and the estimation is that had he been able to get on the bus, this event would have been much more catastrophical (and let’s not forget how tragic it already is!)

A nearby bus has always caught on fire. Buses were quickly catching on fire and people sitting inside the buses had to jump onto broken glass to survive the fire.

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BREAKING: Suicide Terror Attack Against Israeli Tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria

July 18, 2012

Burgas, Bulagaria - Fire near the Airport after Suicide Bomber exploded Israeli Tourism Bus

Approximately at half past 5 pm (GMT +02:00) an Israeli bus near the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria has exploded.

This was shortly after passengers arrived from a flight from Tel-Aviv. The Israeli tourism company that organized the trip had buses outside the airport waiting to take passengers to various hotels.

A suicide bomber got on bus #2, activited his explosive and blew up the front of the bus.

Early reports talk about 5 casulaties and dozens more wounded, some critically!

Some reports at the time of writing this lines mention 7 casualties, however they are still unverified.

Israel’s security forces (both military and civilian), as well as the ministery of foreign affairs, is in contact connection with the Bulgarian authorities. Israeli is preparing to send aid and its own rescue teams to help the victims.

This is, of course, still breaking news!

Burgas, Bulgaria (from Google Maps)

Burgas, Bulgaria (from Google Maps)


In the past year Iran, and its’ military daughter-branch Hezbollah – a terror group almost in de-facto control over the state of Lebanon – have taken many attempts to target Israeli citizens on vacation through the world.

Iran and Hezbollah have decieded that it’s okay for them to turn the world into their own sick board game and put citizens of all countries at risk, in their attempt to export terrorism (perhaps, because they fear targeting Israeli on its territory would lead to Israeli retailing similarly to Hezbollah’s attack in July of 2006).

Last January, Israel helped thwart a terror attack in Bulgaria. Terror attacks were also thwarted in Azerbaijan and Thailand.

Last March, a terror attack was thwarted in Georgia, and in India an Israeli Ambaassy’s personnel’s wife was harmed when her car was attacked after dropping her kids at school.

A few days later, an Iranian terror cell in Thailand has accidently triggered its’ bombs, cutting off the legs of one of its’ members in the middle of the street!

Last Month, Kenya has announced it captures terrorists of Iranian decent aiming Israeli target.

Last Week, Cyprus has announced that together with foreign intelligence agencies it captures a Labanese citizen, that entered the state with a Swedish passport, who was gathering information on Israeli tourism spots on the island.

This is just from the recent six month! Behind of all these clear connections to Iran and Hezbollah has been proven by the foreign governments – not just by Israel!!

This if without mentioned previous attempts (for instance in Argentina, today 18 years ago) and other related events (for instance, the Iranian conspiracy to assassinate the Suadi Ambassador in the United States).

Terror Attacks Against Israeli Embassies In India, Georgia

February 13, 2012

After January 2012 saw three thwarted terror attacks against Israeli citizens and embassies around the world, Today one terror attack was luckily thwarted as well, while another could have ended much worse.

A Georgian embassy employee in Tbilisi, Georgia noticed an explosive in his car. It appears to have been an explosive gernade.

Almost simultaneously, A bomb went off near Israel’s embassy in New Delhi, India. Reports are still perlimentary, but it seems motorcycles threw an explosive at the car. The driver and two innocent bystanders were killed, as well as a diplomat’s wife, Tal Ishayahu-Koren, shortly after dropping her two kids in school. (

In the Pakistani terror attack on Mumbai in 2008, Israeli and Jewish locations were also targeted. Mumbai’s Beith Chabad (a branch of a jewish faction that caters to Jewish travelers around the world) was attacked. An Israeli tourists and the Rabbi and his wife that run the branch were brutally murdered. Their 3 year old son was heroically rescued by his nanny after over 48 hours of hiding inside the house.

Following the gruesome terror attack on India in 2008, Israel helped with its’ unfortunate knowledge and trained a newly established counterterrorism unit in India’s police force.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has already pointed the fingers at the obvious suspects – Iran and Hezbollah (who are also behind the thwarted terror attacks in January, at least according to officials in Thailand and Azerbaijan).

Yesterday marked the 4 anniversary of Imad Mornia, Hezbollah terror-group chief operations “officer”, death. Hezb0llah (whose men have been accused of assissinating former Labenese Prime Minister by the ICJ in Hauge) is blaming Israel for the explosion that killed him.

Not Just From the Strip: Rockets Fired From Lebanon Into Israel Overnight

November 29, 2011

As if it wasn’t crystal clear already that Security Council Resolution 1701 is constantly breached and that terror organizations have filled South of Lebanon (South of the Litani River) with rockets and weapons, tonight came another proof.

Overnight, rockets of the type Katyusha were fired from Lebanon into Israel’s north, to the Galilee hills. The firing occurred shortly before 1 A.M. with residents in their homes, in their beds. Rockets fell in open fields. Residents reported of three explosions but the army has managed to track down only two rockets so far.

Lebanon’s army claimed only one rocket has been fired from its’ territory and that Israel’s army retaliated with firing rockets to the location where the rockets origniated (Aiita-Shaab), causing only damage to buildings and property.

Katyusha rocket fired overnight from Lebanon to Israel

Katyusha rocket fired overnight from Lebanon to Israel. Photograph By: Adrian Herbstien

This is yet another example of the constant threat Israel faces from various terror groups on its’ various borders.

This is another example at how these terror groups provoke and shoot blindly at civilian populations.

This is another example at how UNIFIL hasn’t managed to enforce Resolution 1701. Another example at the fact that weapons, militants, weapons and more are “at the ready” in the South of Lebanon, ready to provoke and start a war, harm  civilians.

This is another example of how an international community that assures its’ dedication to Israel’s security, turn a blind eye when the threats against it grow and only speak of “restraint” and un-dismantaling-the-terror actions when these militants finally strike. A situation, by the way, that I find hard to believe any other country would agree to live in, should it be in Israel’s place.

Explosion in South Lebanon is another evidence of Hezbollah’s breach of Resolution 1701

November 23, 2011

Late last night, around midnight, an explosion rocked the South Lebanon town of Siddiqin. Reports suggest that explosion took place in a weapons armory of terrorists group, Hezbollah. This is yet another evidence that Hezbollah is in constant violation of Security Council Resolution 1701.

At the end of the war between Israel and Hezbollah in Summer of 2006 (initiated by Hezbollah militants who crossed the international border, attacked an Israeli army patrol and abducted two resorved forces soldiers), the Security Council passed a resolution to enforce peace throughout the border – it stationed an international force UNIFIL to South Lebanon and have clearly stated that no arms are along south of the Litani River.

De-facto, said resolution has been breached from almost day one. Since the end of summer of 2006, Both Iran and Syria have been heavily arming Hezbollah who admits he has more weapons and militants today than in 2006, and most Western intellegint agencies (including Israel’s) say clearly that Hezbollah has over 40,000 rockets ready to be fired at Israel’s civilian population at any moment, especially in case of an international intervention in Syria (a la Libya).

Ever since summer of 2006 tensions have been rising high. A well-equipped Hezbollah is still deterred but as time fades it seems its’ next attack is not far. In the years that have passed, Hezbollah has estabilished itself stronger into government branches and is today almost the ruling party of the Labanese parliment. A terror group, no less, which has much more ammunition and soldiers than Labanon’s own official military. A terror group which single-handedly brought down the previous Labanese goverment after the International Court in Hague issued arrest warrants to five of its’ members with charges of murdering the former Labanese prime minister in 2005.

For over six years now, South of the Litani River has been flowing with weapons and militants. It’s almost a well-known fact. This explosion, which Hezbollah tonight denied was an armory (and has refused to give access to authorities), is another one in a string of evidence to show Hezbollah’s preparation for an attack on Israel. While its’ militants and high-ranks hide within civilian population, and while UNIFIL seems more decorative than actually doing everything it can to enforce Resolution 1701 and dismantle Hezbollah (at the very least in the south of Lebanon), the entire world knows (not an exaggeration). Knows but does nothing.

Yet when Hezbollah finally attacks (a matter of time, especially now with the situation in Syria), the world that kept quiet would be enraged by the conflict, the war and the civilian casaulties. The Security Council whose resolution are a mockery would assemble to condemn and bring forth another resolution that would in turn too have no effect in dismantling terror or the threats of terror against Israel. It’s exactly what happened after 2006. It’s exactly what happens right now.

Quick Q&A – What is Israel’s problem with a Nuclear Iran?

November 21, 2011

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve never written once about the Iranian issue. It’s one that is very complex and honestly, while Israel is the country most associated with anti-Nuclear Iran news, it is not an issue that is exculsive to Israel. But now, 2 weeks since the IAEA report about Iran, I figured maybe it’s time to lay it out – simple, flat and avoid the complexities. At least attempt it.

The following are a few “brief” answers to the core issues regarding Iran and its’ nuclear program. If you have more questions I haven’t addressed here, I’d be more than happy to answer them in the comments and add them to the post.

Here we go –

Which countries have nuclear weapons today?

United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and South Africa. Only the first five listed have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

According to countless reports around the world, Israel also has nuclear bombs.

Iran claims it is no moving towards a nuclear weapon, just nuclear energy, isn’t it?

Iran also claims it has free elections and absolutely no gay people — shall I continue?

The IAEA report heavily relies on many (and various) intelligence agencies that suggest otherwise.

What are the threats a nuclear Iran posses NOT to Israel?

Iran poses many threats to many countries – Israel is certainly not the only (or the first) who is in danger, though it is the one being heard most loudly on this subject.

First and foremost, the Iranian regime seems to hold to a believe that Iran is not limited to its’ current borders, but is entitled to the entire Persian Gulf. Many countries, such as Iraq and Bahrain, fear an attack from Iran. This is also a religious matter – a war between Sunni and Shiite, but goes much further than that. The fear is with nuclear weapons, Iran would not hesitate to attack its’ neighbors in an attempt to seize control over the Gulf area (where still currently many NATO soldiers are deployed), knowing that many countries would fear retaliation due to the possibility of a nuclear war.

Moreover, there’s a growing fear that the fear of a nuclear Iran would in fact ignite a nuclear race in the Middle East, which is the equivelant of lighting a match in a room filled with gas. The number of countries holding nuclear weapons would double, the instability would increase to unimaginable levels and chances for peace and calm in the area could very well be no longer possible. Many countries have already attempted to move towards nuclear energy in the past and were faced with pressure by the Western world recoginizing the instability ahead (close to home, some of these countries  are Jordan, Egypt and Hezbollah-ruled Lebanon. Syria’s nuclear powers were destoryed in 2007, supposedly by Israel).

Even further, there’s is a fear from what more Iran will allow itself to do (past possible attacks and attempts to conquer the Gulf area), such as the threats towards Europe. Iran’s missiles can now reach deep into Eastern Europe and could very well reach past Germany in the not-so-distant future. Iran’s declared contempt towards Western lifestyle and capatalism is no secret. Even without that, having Iran place missile battries that could fire at any second to the heart of Paris, Berlin, Brussels etc is a risk no many care to take, giving the behaviour of the Iranian regime.

And what are the threats to Israel itself?

First of all, the Iranian regime does not miss an opportunity to talk about what the call The need to wipe Israel off the map. They continually call Israel by the name of the zionist regime (and zionist dogs, devils etc) and refuse to call by its’ name, acknowledge its’ existence. Just today, an Iranian official said he hoped for an Israeli attack so Iran could have the chance to finally “throw Israel to the trashcan of history” — would you be comfortable having an ally that talks like that obtaining means of mass destruction?

Today, Iran funds many terror organizations working against Israel and mainly to hurt, harm and kill its’ citizens. Israel is faced with endless barraged of rockets fired upon it for almost 11 years now and it all comes from Iranian money. It was a major funder of Hamas until the uprising in Syria and it still funding over a dozen terror organizations in the Gaza Strip as well as Hezbollah – a terror organization with perhaps more weapons and soldiers than the Labanese army itself, which today almost completely de-facto rules the parliment of Lebanon, turning it in to a dummy state control by puppet master Ahmadinejad.

In 2002, while The Second Intifida was happening and suicide bombers were killing people on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis, Israeli army caught a ship, named Karin A, loaded with weapons on its’ way to the terrorists from Iran at sea. In 2006, Israeli Navy caught a ship, Franco, with large amounts of weapons headed to Hezabollah. The latest capture known was in March of 2011 when the ship Victoria was captured and was found loaded with weapons hidden by humanatarian supplies, meant to be taken by foot to Gaza from the port.

With so much money, effort and time the Iranian regime spends arming terrorists who aim to kill and injure as many Israeli people – soldiers and civilians alike – as possible, Imagine what a nuclear Iran would allow itself to do? With what weapons it might allow itself to arm these terrorists?

If [supposedly] Israel has nuclear weapons, why can’t others?

See above — Iran is openly calling for the destruction of Israel and is constantly arming terrorists with weapons turned against Israel. Many countries fear a nuclear Iran, Wikileaks leaks proved that, but most of the immediate-threat countries cannot speak up because there’s a silence norm (almsot conspiracy) among Muslim and Arab countries. Many countries are afraid but rely on Israel to do the dirty work for them – another reason why they would never speak up.

What measures have been taken against Iran’s nuclear program already?

The Western world has called for talks to find a solution to allow Iran to have nuclear plants for peaceful purporses with the proper measurement taken to promise it won’t be used for a military purposes as well. Iran has rejects most of these talks and have used them to stall. Two years ago, it even ended the talks by signing a deal with Turkey and Brazil that will enrich uranium on Turkey’s soil rather than its’ own — in much larger quantaties that the West was willing to accept in the aforementioned talks.

There have numerous reports of viruses developed by Israel and the United States that have been targeting Iran’s nuclear plants. Iran itself has admitted its’ plants were attacked and its’ program has been slowed down and have blamed Israel and the United States for the attack.

Aren’t sanctions helpful?

Not really. It may be that the sanctions so far have not been hard enough to yield results, but the truth is Iran is still moving fast towards in nuclear plans and not slowing down really. The sanctions have been painful, no doubt, but it mostly took its’ toll on the civilian population, most of which already suffering to begin with by the regime that’s controling them. In one of the most unfree societies in the world (an accomplishment all in its own), and with the amounts of torture and killings inflicted by the regime and its’ authorities, many don’t have the chance and the opportunity to fight for their rights, as well as jobs, the economy and lifting of sanctions.

With its’ economy still deteriorating by the sanctions and more sanctions forced upon it, the Iranian regime still spends so much money on military plans, nuclear programs and funding of terror organizations. I can’t imagine there’s a satisfying amount left for the wellbeing of the Iranian people (though again – their wellbeing never seemed to be an issue for the regime).

So what… a military action is the only option?

Israel has a saying – “Always keep all options on the table.” A military operation is one of them. I cannot speak (because I do not really know) what the consequences and effiency an attack can have, but all options are on the table.

Just as with his speech before the US Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu always says that If you make sure the military option is placed on the table, you’d less likely need to use it. He hoped the deterance of such operation, just like the one Israel took before with Iraq in 1981 (and suppodely again with Syria in 2007), would be enough. Ironically, though, what many leaders around the world are doing is quiet the opposite – they’re revoking the military option time and time again, giving Iran the greener light to proceed in the meantime, and perhaps making the military operation they so oppose much more needed (unlike Israel’s stand that the more real it seems, the less likely it is to be used).

Seriously – Iran would actually use a nuclear weapon?

Honestly, I don’t really believe Iran having a nuclear weapon would mean it shall use it. But it will allow itself so much more, and will acquire psychological deterance… today it only sends “conventional” weapons to terrorists. Who will dare attack it tomorrow when it starts sending chemical weapons (such as mustard gas) to Hezbollah and the other terrorists it funds today and that today shoot blindly and proudly into civilian populations? Moreover, how much deterance will those terror groups get? How much power? That is the true danger of a nuclear armed Iran.

Captive Israeli Soldier, Gilad Shalit, “celebrates” sixth birthday in captivity

August 28, 2011

Today marks day number 1891 of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, in Hamas’ captivity. It also marks the soldiers’ sixth birthday in captivity, his 25th birthday. More than anything, the “Gilad Shalit issue”, while being a painful issue in Israel (a continue who believes in “leaving no man behind”), it’s also an opportunity to get a small glimpse as to who Israel’s enemies really are, what it must deal with fend off foolish claims about the issue.

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit

The Taking

On June 25th 2006, early Sunday morning, Gilad Shalit was captured in a cross-border attack. Militants from Gaza infiltrated Israel through an underground tunnel going below the Kerem Shalom crossing. A rocket-propelled grenade hit his tank and according to reports caused him to break his arm and lightly wound his shoulder (according to a BBC report from July 1st 2006). In the attack, two Palestinian militants and two other Israeli soldiers died. Gilad Shalit was captured and taken back to the Gaza Strip.

On a statement issued the following morning, the following terror organizations took responsibility and claimed to have taken Gilad Shalit: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Popular Resistance Committee, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Army of Islam.

This attack and kidnapping occurred in 2006 WHILE the Palestinian Authority was still in the Gaza Strip (before its’ expulsion by Hamas in 2007).

This attack and kidnapping occurred in 2006 AFTER the disengagement from the Gaza Strip, over 10 months to be exact all, after all settlements, settlers and soldiers were removed from the Gaza Strip completely and the entire area has been handed to the Palestinians by Israel in the summer of 2005.

This attack and kidnapping occurred in 2006 BEFORE any kind of blockade, either land or naval, was put on the Gaza Strip and in fact was one of the first reasons Israel placed the blockade.

This attack and kidnapping occurred across the border ON ISRAEL’S TERRITORY! Even if someone was to hold to some silly argument of a “just war against an occupier” (which is completely untrue due to the fact that Israel withdrew all forces from Gaza almost a year prior to this event), this was a soldier on Israeli soil that was protecting its’ borders and sovereignty. Of course, to the people who took and still hold him this does not matter. They consider all of Israel a part of their future Palestinian state, and call for the destruction of Israel and death of all Jews.

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