Arrests made in murders of West Bank family

A month after members of the Fogel family (parents Udi, 36 and Ruth, 35, and their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4 and Hadas, 3 months) were brutally murdered at their home in Itamar in the West Bank while they were sleeping, the Commander of IDF forces overseeing the Shomron Regional Brigade, announces that  two of the alleged killers have been captured in the nearby Palestinian village of Awarta.

Col. Nimrod Aloni says the motivation of terror groups in the West Bank to execute attacks against Israeli civilians is still high.

“The murders of five family members including a 3 month baby constitute a crossing of all red lines, said IDF Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich.

“The IDF has invested in numerous operational and intelligence efforts and has worked closely with other security forces in order to find those responsible for this vicious murder.”

Teen wounded in Israeli school bus attack dies

A 16-year-old boy, the only passenger on an Israeli school bus that was hit by a rocket attack from the Gaza on April 7 has died.

Daniel Viflic had been in critical condition since the attack, for which Hamas took credit.

The attack on the bus was, Hamas said, in retaliation for the killing of three of its leaders in the Gaza.

Daniel’s mother spoke with Israel’s Channel 2 four days before he died, saying that the family was praying for a miracle.

U.S. funding Syria opposition

All this talk about Iran’s fingers trying to get into the turmoil pie in Bahrain and elsewhere comes into a bit of perspective, today, with a new WikiLeaks report which says that the opposition that’s basically in the process of toppling the government in Syria is being funded by the United States.

The Washington Post reports that the WikiLeaks documents show that the U.S. State Department has been funding support for the opposition, including financially backing a London-based satellite TV station that’s been beaming anti-government messages into Syria.

Al Jazeera is reporting that, as the unrest in Syria is spreading across the nation, President Bashar al-Assad is loosening emergency restrictions that had been in place.