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The official state ceremony commemorating Israel’s fallen was held on Wednesday at Mount Herzl’s Memorial Hall. The ceremony began after a two-minute siren was sounded throughout Israel. A separate ceremony commemorating the victims of terror attacks in Israel and abroad at Mount Herzl will be held at 1:00 p.m. Aside from bereaved families, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Israeli Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut and Israel Police chief Roni Alsheikh attended the ceremony. “All of us, Jews, Druze, Christians, Bedouins and Circassians, are standing together against…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently spoke with US President Donald Trump, the White House reported. According to the report, the call addressed “recent developments in the Middle East” and Trump “reiterated the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security.” The two leaders also “agreed to continue their close coordination on countering Iran’s malign influence and destabilizing activities.” US President Donald Trump, who has called the 2015 Iran deal “the worst deal ever negotiated,” recently extended a waiver on nuclear sanctions that were imposed on Iran. However, he emphasized, that it would be the last time he would do so and…

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on Wednesday signed an official exemption from planning rules to allow US State Department officials to build a new security infrastructure at the site of the new US embassy in Jerusalem and skip over the time-consuming process of applying for rezoning and construction permits. In a video clip posted on Twitter, Kahlon signed the waiver, declaring the embassy move to be a “historic moment for which we’ve waited for many years.” Kahlon said the move was “unprecedented” in terms of the short time the preparations had taken and in the complexities involved in the relocation. “As…

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said Wednesday that this week’s decision by the Palestinian Authority has made it clear that its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has no intention of investing his efforts in peace with Israel. Danon was referring to the decision by the Palestinian Authority to directly fund payments to terrorists and their families from their official budget, revealed Wednesday approximately the same time the U.S. passed the Taylor Force Act, which cuts off nearly all U.S. aid to the Ramallah government as long as it continues its ‘pay to slay’ policies encouraging bloodshed and murder. “Mahmoud Abbas…

Americans’ favorable views of Israel are at 17-year high, according to a Gallup poll published Tuesday. The vast majority of Americans, 74%, have a favorable view of Israel, the highest score recorded since 1991, when Iraq launched Scud missiles at Israel during the Gulf War. In contrast, only 21% of Americans view the Palestinian Authority favorably. As for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 64% of respondents said their sympathies were with Israel, while just 19% said their sympathies were with the Palestinians. The percentage of Americans who said they did not support either side is the lowest to date, at 16%, indicating that more…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his cabinet this week that US President Donald Trump will likely walk away from the Iran nuclear deal this May, Channel 10 news reported Thursday. Netanyahu reportedly made the remarks during the cabinet meeting on Sunday when he relayed the details of his meeting with Trump in Washington a week earlier. According to the TV report, Netanyahu said his conversation with Trump about the 2015 nuclear deal was attended by Vice President Mike Pence, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, and White House Chief…

Juniper Cobra, the largest joint US-Israeli air defense exercise is underway, with thousands of US and Israeli troops deployed across the country simulating scenarios where Israel faces missile barrages simultaneously on various fronts. In the two years since the last Juniper Cobra exercise, Israel’s enemies have changed and while 2017 was a relatively quiet year for Israel, the IDF’s Aerial Defense Division successfully intercepted drones in the north and rockets launched from the Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The environment in which Israel find itself is “explosive” said Brig.-Gen Zvika Haimovitch, the head of the IDF’s Aerial Defense Division,…

The US diplomatic mission in Israel urged Americans there to “keep a low profile” following last week’s announcement that the US Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May. American diplomats in Israel were prohibited from official travel in the West Bank starting Wednesday, the US Consulate General in Jerusalem announced. The Consulate General also is prohibiting employees and their family members from personal travel in the West Bank. The mission issued a warning to American citizens to avoid anticipated demonstrations and anti-American protests over the embassy announcement last Friday by the State Department, and to “exercise caution if unexpectedly in…

The IDF Galilee Division on Thursday completed a series of large-scale exercises designed to prepare the military for a potential rapidly unfolding war in Lebanon, the army said amid rising tensions in recent weeks along Israel’s northern frontier. “Conscripted soldiers, along with reservists, took part in the exercise. They practiced a rapid call-up of reservists, as well as operational capabilities and readiness to fight in Lebanese terrain,” the Israel Defense Forces said. In addition, the army’s 188th Armored Brigade conducted its own, separate exercise in northern Israel, along with troops from combat engineering, infantry, and artillery. The drills came amid heightened…

The Israeli Air Force struck multiple terror targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, including what military officials called “underground infrastructure,” after a rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Sunday evening. The rocket hit an open area in Shaar Hanegev Regional Council and no injuries or damage were reported. The previous day, a rocket fired from Gaza struck a house in Kibbutz Or Ha’ner, with the inhabitants fortunate to escape injury. A statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said, “Israel holds Hamas responsible for everything that transpires in the Gaza Strip, above and below ground. The IDF will continue to ensure the Israel…

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