B'Sheva newspaper editor Emmanuel Shiloh recovering at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, July 4, 2023. Source: Twitter.
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Emmanuel Shiloh suffered a fractured jaw and is recovering in the hospital.
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The editor of the Hebrew-language newspaper B’Sheva was lightly wounded on Monday night when a terrorist threw a rock at his vehicle in northern Samaria.

The rock struck the face of Emmanuel Shiloh, who was driving with his wife Idit. He continued driving until reaching the entrance of the Israeli outpost of Havat Gilad, where he was given medical treatment by Magen David Adom emergency responders. The MDA first aid team then transported Shiloh to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, where it was determined that his jaw had been fractured.

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"Good morning from Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba. I was brought here last night in an ambulance. I was injured by a rock which an evil Arab terrorist threw at the vehicle in which my wife and I were traveling, as we drove home from the engagement celebration of friends in Yitzhar,” Shilo wrote in a post from the hospital.

"I don't exactly remember the details, but my dear and brave wife, who was driving with me and accompanied me here, says that I told her that I was hit by a rock and got hit hard, and that I continued to drive until Havat Gilad, where first IDF forces arrived and afterwards a civilian ambulance from Yitzhar, which evacuated me here,” he continued.

"Hurling rocks at moving vehicles is attempted murder. That is how we need to view it," Shiloh concluded.

Earlier on Monday, an Israeli man was wounded when a group of Palestinians rioted near the Jewish community of Homesh in northern Samaria.

The Homesh resident was hit in the head by a stone thrown by one of the rioters, who came from the nearby Arab village of Burqa. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

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While Israeli security officials have requested that the four hostages rescued by the Israel Defense Forces on Saturday keep their experiences secret, some details have nevertheless emerged.

The four—Noa Argamani, 26, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40appeared to be in good health when first seen on camera on June 8, the day of the raid.

But two days later, Dr. Itay Pessach of the Sheba Medical Center revealed they were in a “state of severe malnutrition."

"They all suffered from all types of abuse—physical abuse and mental abuse, and for a long time,” he said. “We’ve heard stories that are beyond anything you can imagine.”

Details will take time to come out. More than a month passed before the full picture emerged of what hostages had endured following an earlier prisoner swap. It turned out they suffered torture, sexual abuse, lack of food and medical care. 

In a Wednesday interview with Channel 12, Kozlov's girlfriend, Jennifer Master, revealed that Kozlov couldn't join the interview due to his weakened condition.

"He blames himself for being kidnapped...He just came back a fragile and different person," she said.

"They were subjected to very, very severe psychological abuse, more than the physical," she added.

As an example, terrorists would tell him that his government wanted him dead, she said.

In terms of physical punishment, terrorists would pile blankets on him during the hottest part of the day and lock him in the bathroom if he forgot to knock before requesting to be let out.

Although they had only been together for only three months prior to his kidnapping by Hamas, Master became a spokesperson for his release at demonstrations and in media interviews.

Jennifer Master (r) with Andrey Kozlov's mother, Yevgenia, at a demonstration for the hostages. Credit: Instagram/bringhomenow.

That Kozlov was originally from Russia didn't help him at all. In fact, it worked against him. The terrorists said that the other hostages were born Israelis but he had chosen to come to Israel, which made him more guilty in their eyes.

"Why did you come to Israel? Don't you know it's an occupation," they would tell him, she said.

Kozlov was held together with Jan and Ziv the entire eight months. They became close friends and that helped them through the captivity.

“Sometimes the terrorists abused us but we remained strong and supported each other very much. We are very united,” Jan told Channel 12 in an earlier interview.

Jan's uncle said the three "hadn't seen the sun for eight months."

Argamani was held separately. Little is yet known of what she went through.

All four had been at the Nova music festival near Kibbutz Re'im, where 364 of the 1,200 people killed by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7 met their end. Kozlov was working security at the event.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with rescued hostage Noa Argamani at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel on June 8, 2024. Credit: Maayan Toaf/GPO.

Sadly, Jan's father, Yossi Meir, 59, died only hours before his son was rescued. Reports said he had "died of grief" due to his son's capture and had lost 44 pounds.

Argamani's mother, Liora, who suffers from terminal cancer, had her final wished fulfilled when she was reunited with her daughter.

“Unfortunately, her mother is in very poor condition,” Noa's father, Yaakov, told Ynet. “She barely looked at Noa. They met after eight months, but it was very difficult.”

He said he believed that his wife understood, however. “There was a kind of response. Liora understood but simply couldn’t express her emotions or say what she had longed to tell Noa when she finally met her.”

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Americans expected Osama bin Laden to be found in a cave in Afghanistan. In reality, he was living comfortably in a military town in Pakistan under the protection of local authorities. Similarly, Israeli hostages, including the four who were rescued last Saturday, have come home telling stories of being kept captive in "civilian" households.

Many in the west fundamentally misunderstand what Islamic terrorism is. It’s not a “fringe group of extremists,” as politicians and the media describe it, but an ethnic and religious movement. The religious values of Islamic terrorists are universally shared by the vast majority of Muslims, while the ethnic ones ground Islamic warfare in the interests of specific clans and families.

Hamas is an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and has a widespread base of support across the Muslim world, which is dotted with branches of the Brotherhood, but its ethnic power base is also grounded in the key clans and families that control Gaza. That is why Hamas still retains the support of the majority of the Muslim colonists currently occupying Gaza. It’s also why those same "civilians" held Israeli hostages prisoner and could be trusted not to inform on them.

The latest Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research poll shows that 71% of Gazans support the Hamas atrocities of Oct. 7 and 56% expect Hamas to win the war. Sixty-two percent in Gaza are happy with the performance of Hamas during the war and 59% want Hamas to stay in power.

That’s because they are Hamas and the terror group is also them.

The "Palestinian" myth is that the Muslim colonists occupying parts of Israel are the "indigenous" people. The reality is that they were Arab settlers who arrived with and after the Islamic conquest of Israel. Some, like the notorious Husseini clan, which produced Hitler’s mufti, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, were relatively recent arrivals. The most powerful and wealthiest of these large families took control of urban areas, as the Husseinis tried to do in Jerusalem, and became a vital part of the Ottoman feudal order, serving as mayors and muftis. When the Ottomans were defeated, the clans fought to reclaim their power with movements like the Muslim Brotherhood, also known as Hamas.

Hamas is an ideological Islamist movement, but its control over Gaza depends on these large families. That’s why the idea that most people have that Hamas is a fanatical movement that exists apart from ordinary people and can be fought and defeated apart from them is wrong.

That’s also why so few of the hostages have been rescued. Like the recently rescued four, the hostages are largely dispersed among "civilian" clan families across neighborhoods controlled by them. These families are formally civilian households, but many of their members are affiliated with Hamas. Rather than being an army whose members belong foremost to Hamas, they are more like the mafia and belong foremost to their extended clan, and choose to lend their support to Hamas.

It’s not just that Hamas uses human shields, which it certainly does, it’s that its infrastructure depends on clans, whose adults provide fighters and whose women and children act as human shields for the greater glory of the clan and for Islam. The same clans that will kill teenage girls for violating family honor will also serve up even younger children as human shields for honor.

There is no way for Israel to rescue its hostages without going into dense neighborhoods under the control of the clans to get them out. And that will lead to firefights and "Black Hawk Down" moments. Clan members, who never identify themselves as such, will cry that they were massacred. And foreign leaders and the media will condemn the deaths of "civilians."

Defeating Hamas without civilian casualties is impossible because the Islamic terrorist group not only operates among civilians, but is rooted in the society of Gaza. The clans that run Gaza, that provide the manpower that controls UNRWA institutions, and that are the mainstays of Hamas are also the large families that dominate the businesses, cultural and religious life in Gaza.

There’s no meaningful distinction between civilians and Hamas. Some clans reject Hamas authority and Israel has tried to solicit some of them to run Gaza. For now, with few results. The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq had similarly depended on swaying certain clans, elders and warlords into abandoning Al Qaeda or the Taliban, with very temporary success.

Eventually the Taliban or Al Qaeda, rebranded as Islamic State, returned. And some of the same men we had armed and trained turned their guns on us. That is an almost inevitable outcome in Counterinsurgency, or COIN. When bringing democracy to the Muslim world fails, Westerners begin competing with jihadists for the support of the clans, only to be stabbed in the back.

The jihadists have the Koran on their side. To Muslims, their terrorism will always be more righteous than our fumbling efforts to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage. Appealing to moderates or promising a better life will not win their support. On the contrary, it only infuriates the imams in their mosques and the influential clan leaders into opposing us.

Instead we must reckon with the reality that there are few civilians in Gaza, or in the Muslim world generally. And those who legitimately are civilians should be measured by their deeds, not their clothing. In a culture where terrorists in the field don’t wear uniforms, where large families have sizable stocks of weapons and children are taught to kill and die, the externals don’t matter.

There are no civilians in Gaza. The vast majority of the population supports Hamas or some Islamic terrorist movement. Only a tiny minority opposes Islamic terrorism and wants peace.

The distinction is not between soldiers, terrorists and civilians, but enemies and non-combatants. Israel and Western nations should stop thinking about civilians, a concept that does not apply in a battlespace where terrorists wear street clothes and entire neighborhoods are controlled by clans that hide hostages in plain sight, and think about enemies and neutrals.

An enemy is anyone, regardless of clothing or sex, who is aligned with Islamic terrorists.

Every poll continues to show that the vast majority of those in Gaza are aligned with the enemy. And if that were not the case, the war would have long since ended once locals informed the authorities of where the hostages are and where the remaining Hamas terrorists are set up.

Israel is not just at war with an organization, but with an enemy culture. As is most of the world, whether it chooses to admit it or not. The war is not defined by what they wear, but what they think. As long as human shields, female suicide bombers and child soldiers abound, the war cannot be fought by treating civilians as noncombatants while hunting elusive terrorists.

The only way to defeat an enemy is to fight him as he is, not as we would like him to be.

It would be a far cleaner and neater war if Islamic terrorists fought like conventional armies. They do not. And it is time to fight them on their own terms instead.

Hamas can’t be defeated by waiting until its terrorists take off their civilian clothes and put on uniforms. Hamas are the civilians. They are the ones holding the hostages. The only way to free the hostages and defeat the terrorists is to destroy the terror culture in whatever form it takes.

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Israel's top general met this week in Bahrain with counterparts from several Arab militaries to discuss security coordination, Axios reported on Wednesday.

The meeting took place under the auspices of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and was kept under wraps due to Israel's ongoing war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to the report.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi participated in the meeting in Manama alongside CENTCOM head Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla and senior military figures from Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt.

The meeting signals continued military dialogue and cooperation between Israel and Arab countries despite the conflict in Gaza, and comes on the backdrop of the regional effort to thwart Iran's destabilizing activities through its terror proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and beyond.

Kurilla visited Israel over the weekend at the invitation of Halevi, the Israeli military announced on Tuesday.

Kurilla and Halevi held an operational situation assessment, discussed recent regional challenges and the strengthening of the strategic partnership against the Iranian threat, according to the IDF.

They also discussed developments in the war against Hamas in Gaza and ongoing Hezbollah attacks from Lebanon.

In January 2021, as part of the Trump administration’s adjustments to the Unified Command Plan (UCP), Israel was officially transferred from the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) to CENTCOM.

This meant Israel was expected to engage in security cooperation (e.g., exercises, military sales, operational planning) with U.S. regional allies and partners also in CENTCOM—specifically, with moderate Arab states.

The Abraham Accords, signed in 2020, were a precursor to this move and a harbinger of future Arab-Israeli collaboration.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hinted at a possible return to politics in a long tweet on Thursday.

“Three years ago today, I took the oath of allegiance as the 13th Prime Minister of the State of Israel,” he wrote. “We did it then, and we can do it again. We will establish a state here that is worthy of this people,” he continued.

He highlighted the challenges facing the country in the aftermath of the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, saying he has been speaking to many citizens who are in “real despair” and feel an “existential anxiety for the State of Israel.”

He continued: “For a little over a year, I served you, the citizens of Israel, when I was at the head of a government that up until that moment would have seemed impossible.”

Bennett recalled the turmoil that surrounded his ascent to Israel’s highest office, including non-stop elections, the COVID-19 pandemic and an economic crisis.

“Ministers from the left and the right decided to put aside all the differences and gather together for the sake of saving the State of Israel,” heh said.

“The establishment of this emergency government, of which I am so proud, was at the time as necessary as breathing air," he wrote. “It proved that Israel can be taken out of the mud, and even quickly—if only we are together and work together.”

Requests for comment from Bennett's office by JNS were not immediately forthcoming.

The former prime minister announced a break from politics in the leadup to the November 2022 elections following his handover of the premiership to Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid as part of a rotation agreement.

Since then, he has been fairly active in the public sphere, including speaking on international television on the country’s behalf since the outbreak of the current war.

Following the establishment of the current government, Bennett criticized its plan for judicial reform.

“The full current proposal is dangerous,” he posted on Twitter in Jan. 2023. “It will harm the foundations of the State of Israel, its economy and its citizens, and it may tear the rope that connects us all. That’s why it needs to be fixed. There is only one solution: Sit together, talk, and reach the right change.”

Bennett had previously vowed to return to politics, comparing himself to Yitzhak Rabin and Benjamin Netanyahu, both of whom recaptured the premiership after lengthy periods out of office.

“In Israel, we can be recycled. It never ends. Rabin was prime minister from ’74 to ’77 and came back. Bibi [Netanyahu] was prime minister from ’96 to ’99 and he’s back. So, I’ll be back,” said Bennett.

In June 2021, he defected from the right to lead a coalition as part of a power-sharing agreement with Lapid. Bennett described his decision to abandon his right-wing base and join forces with center-left, far-left and Islamist parties as the “best and most Zionist decision in my life.”

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Israeli fighter jets destroyed some 45 terrorist targets across the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours, the military said on Thursday.

Among the targets struck were command centers, armed terrorist squads, rocket launchers, tunnel shafts and other infrastructure, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Ground troops continued to operate in the Rafah area in southern Gaza, conducting raids, locating weapons and eliminating several terrorists in close urban combat.

IAF aircraft also attacked a site in the Rafah area from which rockets were primed to be fired at nearby Israeli communities.

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Earlier this week, forces operating in Rafah were ambushed by six armed terrorists who had exited a nearby building. The terrorists were eliminated by a military aircraft, after which troops raided the building, locating a tunnel shaft leading to an underground hideout and weapons stockpile.

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The IDF offensive is continuing amid international efforts to forge a ceasefire deal.

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken described Hamas’s official response to the latest proposal as unworkable.

“A deal was on the table that was virtually identical to the proposal that Hamas made on May 6—a deal that the entire world is behind, a deal Israel has accepted. Hamas could have answered with a single word: ‘Yes,’” the secretary said.

“Instead, Hamas waited nearly two weeks and then proposed more changes, a number of which go beyond positions that had previously taken and accepted,” added the top American diplomat, who was in Israel for a two-day visit earlier this week.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that antisemitism was antithetical to American and progressive values, and that “bad faith actors” falsely accuse black women in particular of being antisemitic.

“Antisemitism is an assault on our values as Americans and especially as progressives,” she said during an online webinar.

"It is also important to say here in this moment and during that conversation that criticism of the Israeli government is not inherently antisemitic and criticism of Zionism is not automatically antisemitic,” she added. 

The congresswoman, who is known as AOC, said that “when the Jewish community is threatened, the progressive movement is undermined,” adding, “it is also true that accusations and false accusations of antisemitism are wielded against people of color and women of color by bad-faith political actors." 

This “weaponizing [of] antisemitism is used to divide us and create a false choice between the fight for Jewish safety and the calls for Palestinian self-determination,” she said.

Sam Markstein, national political director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, called the congresswoman part of “the Hamas caucus,” expressing shock that "the Democratic Party has this much difficulty calling out antisemitism." He added that "instead of despicable race-baiting, AOC should focus on fighting bigotry in her own ranks.”

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Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, sent a letter to Northwestern University accusing the private school in suburban Chicago of having “obstructed” and “impeded” congressional efforts to monitor the school’s antisemitism problems.

“Unfortunately, rather than being cooperative and transparent, Northwestern has obstructed the committee’s investigation of this matter,” Foxx wrote.

Michael Schill, president of the school in Evanston, Ill., “pointedly refused to answer questions from committee members, made statements at odds with the public record...and demonstrated an overall attitude of contempt for the committee.”

Northwestern didn’t comply adequately with the committee’s prior data request, according to Foxx. “Northwestern produced a mere 13 pages of documents responsive to the committee’s priority requests that were not already public—all of which were formal records of Board of Trustees meetings that lack substantive details of the board’s discussions,” added Foxx.

“Despite the committee’s specific request for records such as notes, summaries and recordings that would offer real insight into the board’s deliberations, Northwestern failed to produce any such responsive documents or certify that they do not exist,” she wrote.

In the letter, Foxx asked the school to provide documents, including communications about the “Northwestern Liberated Zone” encampment, antisemitic incidents on campus since Oct. 7 and Qatar funding, by June 17.

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Some 25 anti-Israel protesters were arrested on Monday at the University of California, Los Angeles, after setting up an "unauthorized and unlawful encampment" on campus.

About 100 UCLA students marched on campus around 3:15 p.m. and set up “and set up...tents, canopies, wooden shields and water-filled barriers,” the public university’s police department stated.

The students violated university policy by blocking access to parts of campus, and used “amplified sound” to disrupt final exams, according to police. 

After officers warned the group, the students relocated to another site on campus, where they were asked again to disperse. The same thing occurred at a third location, where police officers made arrests around 8 p.m.

Those students arrested were barred from campus for two weeks. 

“Approximately 150 protesters remain in the area as of the latest update,” according to police.

Protesters damaged a fountain, “spray-painted brick walkways, tampered with fire safety equipment, damaged patio furniture, stripped wire from electrical fixtures and vandalized vehicles,” police said.

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