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Netanyahu lauds joint operation, saying system successfully intercepted ballistic missiles in space ‘at unprecedented altitudes and speeds’ Israel and the United States completed a series of successful tests of their advanced Arrow 3 missile defense system in Alaska, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday. The weapon system successfully demonstrated hit-to-kill interceptions of ballistic targets in space, according to the ministry, which added that the operation was conducted in Alaska in order to test capabilities that cannot be tested in Israel. The system also proved capable of simultaneously intercepting multiple targets, Channel 12 news reported. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the…

It has long been claimed by Western observers that Iran is building a “land bridge” to the Mediterranean. It may be building a sea bridge as well. Israeli defense officials say that Iran may be transferring weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria by sea, Ha’aretz reports on Monday. Israel has made it clear that it won’t tolerate Iranian entrenchment in Syria and has backed up those words with precision bombings of Iranian targets in Syria over recent years. “We will continue to act against Iran’s attempt to establish itself in Syria, with the air force having a central role,” Prime Minister…

Following statements by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah last week that a war between the United States and Iran would put the Jewish state “on the brink of extinction,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that if attacked, Israel “would impose a crushing military blow on [Hezbollah] and on Lebanon.” On Friday, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV broadcast an interview with Nasrallah marking the 13th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War, during which the Hezbollah leader said that “any future war will be bigger than the 2006 war for Israel, and it will put it on the brink of extinction.” “We…

The “Pilgrimage Road” in east Jerusalem was dedicated on June 30, 2019, with senior representatives of the Trump administration attending.  This is a pivotal event in establishing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. Israeli policy needs to be unambiguous in this area. A firm stand will show the Palestinian Authority and Jordan that Israel does not intend to relinquish its sovereignty over the Temple Mount and east Jerusalem. The Pilgrimage Road, dating to the Second Temple period. (Kobi Harati, City of David) The Pilgrimage tunnel dedication ceremony is a significant victory for Israel in the battle for sovereignty over east Jerusalem. This…

Israel Hayom Editor-in-Chief Boaz Bismuth greeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Thursday night at the inaugural Israel Hayom Forum on US-Israel relations in Jerusalem. In his opening statements, Bismuth, who was the first foreign journalist to interview US President Donald Trump after his election victory in 2016, hailed the US president for “keeping every promise he has made” to the State of Israel. The US-Israeli alliance “has always transcended partisan lines,” Bismuth added, before welcoming Netanyahu to the stage. After a short film highlighting key points in US-Israeli cooperation since 1948, which included the US investment in the Iron Dome…

Explosives-laden balloons floated over the Israel-Gaza border on Monday sparking eight wildfires in the space of an hour on Monday afternoon as they landed in Israeli territory. The fires broke out in farmland near Shaar Hanegev and the Eshkol Regional Council. Firefighters and employees of the JNF and Israel Nature and Parks Authority were successfully battling the blazes in the Eshkol region. One of the fires erupted at a memorial to the late Staff Sgt. Asaf-Yaakov Siboni near Kibbutz Nir Am. Siboni was a Nahal Brigade soldier who was killed when two IDF helicopters crashed in northern Israel in February…

A special cabinet meeting was held in the Golan Heights Sunday to lay the cornerstone of Trump Heights, a new Israeli community named after US President Donald Trump. The groundwork on Trump Heights began a few days ago, and the sign marking the entrance to the community was unveiled on Saturday. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman took part in the meeting. In a gesture of appreciation for Trump’s announcement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel would name a new Golan Heights community after Trump. As soon as Netanyahu made the plan public, the Golan Regional Council was flooded with requests…

Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) said on Monday, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension. Recent weeks have seen U.S.-Iranian confrontation sharply increase, a year after Washington abandoned an agreement between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international financial sanctions. Washington tightened sanctions from the start of May, ordering all countries and companies to halt all imports of Iranian oil or be banished from the global…

Reported Israeli attack on T-4 base is the third strike on Syria this week. Israel isn’t sure who fired rockets at the Golan on Saturday, but it’s clearly not errant fire. The attack on the T-4 airbase in northern Syria near dawn on Monday, attributable to Israel, is the third on Syrian soil within a week. In the two previous cases Israel was reacting to fire against it. This time, according to the foreign media, the target was Iranian interests. As Haaretz reported in February, this year Iran changed some of the characteristics of its activity in Syria. On the…

Israel struck a Syrian military target in Quneitra on Monday after an anti-aircraft missile was launched earlier at an Israeli fighter jet, the Israeli army said. Also Monday, a report in the Lebanese media outlet Al Mayadeen said an Israeli drone struck a surveillance system in southern Lebanon. An additional report said the Lebanese army was at the scene investigating the device, which is said to be Israeli. According to Syrian state media, one officer was killed and two others were wounded in the strike, which took place Monday afternoon. The report added that Syrian air defense attacked an unmanned…

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