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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…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the importance of accurately remembering the Holocaust on Monday. Speaking to foreign diplomats at an event, he said that Israel expects every country, including Poland, to “defend and reveal the truth about the Holocaust.” At an event attended by foreign diplomats on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed the importance of remembering the truth about the Holocaust. In his speech, Netanyahu singled out Poland, which has been advancing a bill that seeks to criminalize accusations of Polish complicity in the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people. “The truth about the Holocaust must always be studied.…

New details have emerged about the cross-border Islamic Jihad attack tunnel the IDF destroyed in late October. The tunnel from Gaza, which infiltrated about 200 meters into Israel and was located 2 km. from Kibbutz Kissufim, is believed by the IDF to have been intended to be used to attack Kissufim and/or abduct soldiers. Several terrorists worked around the clock except on Fridays, digging between 10 and 20 meters a day, at a depth of 26 meters, aided by electricity, oxygen tanks to avoid suffocation and water. The Islamic Jihad men did not try to hide the sand they removed, creating large…

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis warned Hamas Thursday its “only option is to stop the rocket fire,” and that the Israeli military would not tolerate anything less than “complete quiet” on its border with the Gaza Strip. “We’ve seen in the past three and a half years that Hamas when it wants to, knows how to prevent rocket fire coming from Gaza,” Manelis said in an interview with Army Radio. In July 2014, Israel fought a lengthy and devastating war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel set a new balance of power after it ended, determining that any rocket…

Amid reported efforts towards a reconciliation deal between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last Tuesday that a recognition of Israel as a Jewish state remains a precondition for any peace process. “We will not accept any fake reconciliations in which the Palestinians agree to reconcile at the expense of our existence,” Netanyahu said during a Likud faction meeting in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. “If someone truly wants reconciliation, our conditions are very simple; recognize Israel, dismantle Hamas’ military wing, cut ties with Iran,” Netanyahu added. Prior to the meeting, Netanyahu toured the West…

A Patriot surface-to-air missile was successfully test-fired from a base in central Israel as part of an air force exercise designed to test Israel’s air defense capabilities against threats. As part of the exercise, the American-made system scored a direct hit on an airborne UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). According to a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the successful interception was part of a larger exercise planned in advance for 2017. Lt. Col. Raz Nahum, a Patriot battalion commander, said, “During the course of the training exercise, several Patriot missiles were fired at targets designated as threats. This drill is…

Israeli officials have long lamented that the policies of the Palestinian Authority have made terrorism the most lucrative profession in the “disputed territories.” A terrorist that successfully kills Jews, but is then captured and jailed is entitled to a monthly government stipend of around $3,000, which is far higher than the average monthly income in the Palestinian-controlled territories. At just 19 years of age, Omar al-Abed joined that elite middle class when, on July 21, he infiltrated the Israeli settlement of Halamish and slaughtered a Jewish family preparing for the weekly Shabbat meal. Those stipends are paid to murderers like…

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hosted a delegation of members from the Palestinian terror group Hamas on Monday in Tehran. The Hamas delegation also attended the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was re-elected in May of this year, the day before the official meeting with Zarif. During the meeting, the Iranian foreign minister reportedly stated that Tehran’s support for the Palestinian terror organization is “principled and unchangeable.” “The visit has opened a new page in our bilateral relations with Iran aimed at confronting the common enemy (Israel) and supporting Palestine, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the resistance…

Amid a wide security crackdown, Israeli security forces late last week arrested 15 Palestinians suspected of playing key roles in violent Muslim riots over Israel’s now-removed metal detectors at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Israeli security forces initiated the raids overnight in eastern Jerusalem. The suspects were detained for questioning and will have their detention extended after being brought before a court. During the mid-July riots, hundreds of Palestinians threw stones, glass bottles and firebombs at security forces. The violence peaked July 27 when Palestinians returned to worshipping on the Temple Mount, following a boycott over Israeli security measures enacted in the aftermath…

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