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Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he's a columnist for Examiner.com. In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
While meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, Defense Minister Ehud Barak was also receiving updates on the continuing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Minister Barak said that Israel would not accept terrorism against its citizens and would act to prevent terrorism from raising its head.
"Only in the last hour, we saw a rocket that came to Ashdod and possibly another rocket north of Ashdod, a continuation of the escalation of recent days," Defense Minister Barak said.
"I repeat and emphasize: Israel will not accept terrorism against its citizens. We will continue to act to prevent terrorism from raising its head in the region again and we will act to restore quiet to the entire region," Barak told Gates.
"The IDF is Israel's guarantee on the issue of security, in the short-term and in the long-term, and also the support for the Israeli government's continuing pursuit of reaching political agreements in the region," Defense Minister Barak added.
Two Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed on Thursday in open territory in the Ashdod area and the Eshkol Regional Council.
Alarms were also sounded in Yavne and Rishon Letzion but no rocket landings were identified. A number of people from Yavne and Rishon Letzion were treated for shock following the alarms. Since Thursday morning, six other rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, causing no damage or injuries.
Even while Gates visited the Israeli capital, there was an incident that highlighted the danger faced by Israeli soldiers and police officers on a daily basis.
A member of the IDF was moderately to seriously injured when rocks were hurled at him, the same Palestinian terrorist who’d thrown the rocks then attempted to grab the injured soldier's weapon. The attack occurred at a bus stop.
Galatz, -- Israeli Army Radio -- reported that the event took place while the soldier was waiting the arrival of a bus to take him home. The terrorist threw rocks at the soldier and injured him. Initial police investigations suggested the terrorist was attempting to take the soldier’s weapon. A police officer on foot patrol through the area where the incident took place shot at the terrorist and wounded him in the leg.
Both soldier and terrorist were given medical treatment on the scene by Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross) and flown to a hospital for further treatment.
At the onset of the week an officer with a rank of Captain was moderately wounded in Jaffa in front of Cafe Alma in Israel. The suspect stabbed the officer’s upper body and attempted to steal his weapon.
The terrorist took the weapon and began fleeing the scene, but he tossed the firearm to the street when an Israeli civilian began chasing him. After several hours of an intense search for the suspect, the police arrested the man accused of carrying out the attack on the IDF captain.
Jim Kouri is former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.