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September 1, 2014 7:15 pm

Israeli Strike on Hamas Leader Raed Attar Foiled Gaza-Area Paraglider Attack — ‘Attar’s Assassination Has Disrupted Everything’

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An Israeli army strike against a senior Hamas military leader in Gaza two weeks ago may have thwarted a deadly paraglider attack on Israel, the country’s Channel 2 News said Monday.

“It could have ended in disaster,” a senior Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency – ISA) offical said of the combined IDF-ISA air strike in Rafah on August 21st that killed Raed Attar, along with Muhammad Abu Shamalah and Muhammed Barhoum.

“Attar’s assassination has disrupted everything,” the official said of the Izzadin al-Kassam chief, who set up a 15-member paragliding squad four years ago.

“Attar and Rafa Salamah (Attar’s aide) made “‹”‹sure to send us to Malaysia to practice paragliding. We went through tunnels from Sinai to Cairo and then took a flight to Malaysia,” cell leader Mohammad Kadara, 28, confessed to Israeli interrogators, after his capture during Operation Protective Edge.

“We practiced in Malaysia for a week on motorized paragliders, and were trained by local instructors,” Kadara said.

The paragliding unit established by Hamas’s military wing was supposed to be the icing on the cake in terms of the organization’s military operations, which were looking for any way to surprise the IDF.

Attar reportedly kept close tabs on the unit, which trained for the deadly attacks at several Hamas facilities, including in a unit set up by Hamas suicide bombers.

In 2012, Attar sent the cell for three days of intensive training on bases in Khan Younis and Rafah.

“There, we trained on paragliding, marksmanship and firing Kalashnikov rifles, and underwent further training in Rafah in navigation. It was important that we learn to work properly to achieve the objectives the unit was tasked with,” Kadara said.

He added that the fighters were to be kitted out with rocket-propelled grenades, semi-automatic Kalashnikov rifles, and commando knives.

“The plans was to cross the border into Israel with a paraglider, reach an IDF post or settlement near the border, shoot at soldiers and civilians and kill as many Israelis as possible,” Kadara said.

“It’s vitally important that you succeed in carrying out the mission,” Attar told the cell members. “I’ll let you know when you go off and perform the operation,” Attar told them. “It is important for you to be ready at any moment to beat the Zionist enemy.”

Kadara later revealed how he commanded a suicide bombing unit.

“Our goal was to wait for the soldiers to attack tunnels, and then carry out suicide attacks,” Kadara said.

“Before I joined the operation in the Gaza Strip, I passed sniper training, and learned how to fire rockets and mortars,” he told investigators. “I got paid $300 per month for my activity, and practiced firing rockets at an IDF jeep and how to kidnap soldiers.”

Kadara also explained how two attack tunnels were built under an olive grove, that crossed the border into Israel.

“Our goal was to ambush the soldiers who would come to the scene, shoot them and detonate bombs. We planned to abduct soldiers and deliver them through the tunnels. We were two weeks in a tunnel with food: cartons of dates, bread and water. We were kept confidential, and were told not to reveal our activities to anyone,” he said. “An operative would update our families that we were all right.”

IDF troops captured Kadara, and seven cohorts in a firefight, according to the Shin Bet, and the IDF Prosecutor recently filed charges against the suspects in the Southern District Court in Beersheba.

Attar’s unit’s plans were reminiscent of a disastrous glider attack on Israel from Lebanon in November, 1987. Known in Israel since as the Night of the Gliders, two Palestinian terrorists attacked IDF forces stationed near Kiryat Shmona.

Troops succeeded in tracking down and killing one attacker, but the second was able to infiltrate a base, where he killed six soldiers and wounded eight others before troops shot him dead.

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  • The only thing deadly about an attack by powered paragliders would be the early and easy death of the paraglider pilots. This is such a joke, and apparently you are unaware of just how flimsy these “aircraft” are.

    One week of training. Yah, that’s plenty.

    • Dana

      Davis, this would seem to be true, but what do you think about the last paragraphs?

  • Frank Adam

    This is the camp US misuse of the word cohort – a Roman battalion sized unit of about 500 legionaries – now “Hollywoodised” into meaning an aide or individuals in the heavy squad or enforcers of some Caid/ Godfather/ Patron of the underworld.

  • geoff

    Well done Israel!

  • myra vero

    how can you make peace with this murderes?

  • Kris Kristian


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  • Howie Subnick

    Events go on every day in Israel that would shatter the minds of those living in the United States. What a shame that there are those who still believe that Israel should be wiped from the earth. The Prime Minister has nerves of a rock. If I were in command, Israel would be the only place left where Jews could live freely and without harm. God Bless the IDF and all those living in Israel.

    • Bro. Nick

      There are a few in ‘Amerika’ and other countries that truly do support ISRAEL and all of her peoples.
      How thankful CHRISTians should be for Prime Minister Netanyahu at such a time as this!

      Amen and Shalom – Bro. Nick

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  • Mayven

    Is it really necessary to broadcast this information. The mindset of those who permit this is very narrow minded.
    Do what you need to do and stop blabbing!

  • Bro. Nick

    As “the Lord Jesus Christ” wrote of Himself:
    32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
    33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
    (Matthew 22:32-33 – KJV)

    “The Lord G-d Almighty” does indeed continue to protect His “chosen people”:
    1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
    2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
    3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

    4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
    (Ps 121:1-4 – KJV)

  • Jeremy Brown – Europe

    Excellent work by the IDF prevents Israeli fatalities &’injury. Gaza must be rid of the Hamas cancer that is blighting their lives.

    War in the name of Islam is the sickness of the world.

  • steven l

    These are terrorists and the laws of war should not apply to them.

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  • Joel

    All they want to do is kill Jews.
    It’s not about a 2-state solution or about lifting blockades or improving the lives of the Palestinians.
    All they want to do is kill Jews.

    • Hans Huenecke

      This is exactly the core of the problem: The so-called “Israeli vs. Palestine” conflict is not about two separate states. It will not be solved by the founding of a separate state called “Palestine”. These people want kill Jews. That is about all that they are living for. They seek their own death and call it a “sacrifice” if only they can murder Jews, civilian and IDF members alike. What the Arab world REALLY needs, is long-term psychiatric treatment.

  • Reform School

    American schoolchildren may play ‘Ring Around the Rosy,’ but there was nothing rosy about Hamas’ Attar, nor the ring of children surrounding him.’ As Hamas secrets surface, it becomes obvious Gaza has no women or children civilians. In Israel, combatants retire when they reach advanced age. In Gaza, combatants never retire. They simply blow away: surrounded by as many Jews as they can find in one place.

  • rivka michal kahn

    G-D willing all tunnels have been exposed – should it not be so Israel has bigger problems than we can ever imagine. May HaShem have mercy on His children be they in Israel or throughout the Diaspora.

  • Sofia B

    They will never stop at trying to invent ways of killing Israelis.

    These terrorists are bent on Israel’s destruction, and may they all rot in hell.

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  • art

    where are all the legal beagles when the arabs declare that they target civilians?? Where are their condemnations and cries of war crimes?

    • Dante

      By most of the anti-Imperialist left, the Arabs are considered as fighting for freedom and having no other choice because Israel is considered as overwhelmingly strong. To be a racist in these knuckleheads’ view, you musst be white or at least Jewish. To be Imperialist, you have to be either from ‘the West’ or Israeli which they consider a European colony within the Arab world, regardless of how many Israeli Jews had fled Arab countries and regardless of how many Arab Israelis there are, having full civil rights.
      And, of course, to be an anti-Semite, you have to be named Reinhard or Heinrich, rather than Abdul or Muhammad.
      It is a kind of racism not regarded as such by its proponents.

    • James

      Israel should at least try to get it b4 the world court.

  • Hamas has to be eradicated, decimated, uprooted and killed to last one. (a bunch of Amalekites)

  • Foiling an attack is good news. Hamas, unfortunately, keeps trying to discover new high-tech forms of attack.

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  • david

    Attack by para-glider? All I can think of are the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. Those clowns would have been picked off like flying dodos.

    • James

      Actually, more like the sick fantasy ‘when pigs fly’.

  • Mohammed’s Keffiyeh

    Such ingenuity for killing! Such a wonderful people these Palestinians are.

    • James

      Sacrificing their children’s lives as they do instead of providing a peaceful healthy life is a sin against God brother.

  • Alison Israel

    See how much you can get from a guy by giving him a few bloody noses? When it comes to terror: submission, political correctness and kumbaya mentality does not work. We are faced with an authentic “them vs. us” scenario. And we better “man up” and fight, as ascribed to in Torah, and not just sit and “do the right thing” which we, in the US, have been groomed for the past 6 years — which is code word for “sit there with your thumb in your mouth, keep quiet, and let the Muslim caliphate take over.” Doing the right thing is fighting for our existence. “Never Again” can only be fought with force. Forceful words, forceful deeds. Measure for measure. On facebook. Grassroots. Politics. And defending against life and limb. Jews: we are in the fight for our lives. We need to start catching up with the Shin Bet and realize they cannot fight this scourge alone. They need help in the media getting the word out, turning around popular opinion, revealing what’s really going on.

    Some friends tell me to stop being crazy, we’re safe. The yetzer hora tells me i’m meshiga and imaging all this terror. Wake up. We all must fight. Torah does not tell us to sit down and wait for the paragliders to sail through and destroy the civilization we’ve been building for 5774 years.

    Ketivah Vachatimah Tovah to all. May our Isreali leaders wake up and know the history and the divine land they are defending and give them the strength to do what Hashem would have them do. And that my friends, and I’m no rabbi, is FIGHT.