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Israeli defense officials on Monday warned that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad appeared to be planning to conduct a large-scale terror attack on the Gaza border in order to derail ongoing ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, according to two Hebrew media reports. The unnamed officials told Palestinian affairs correspondents from the Ynet news site and Channel 14 television station that members of the Iran-backed group had been seen conducting “suspicious activities” near the security fence over the past day. Palestinian Islamic Jihad is the second-most powerful terror group in the Gaza Strip, after the coastal enclave’s de facto rulers, Hamas,…

An Israeli tank hit a Hamas position near the Gaza border on Sunday evening, following a day in which Palestinian terrorists mounted several cross-border attacks on Israel. According to a statement released by Israeli security forces, “An Israel Defense Forces tank attacked a military post belonging to the Hamas terror group in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to explosive devices that were thrown [at the security barrier] and balloons carrying explosive devices that were launched throughout the evening,” Times of Israel reported. Earlier in the day, the Israeli Air Force conducted air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza after terrorists conducted nighttime riots…

By Vida Velasco It is around 4:25pm Eastern Time on Thursday, 14 March. One of my colleagues calls out from his office, “Did you hear that there were rockets fired at Tel Aviv just now?” The red alert app on my phone had not gone off, so I had not heard. I quickly checked a few news sources, and two rockets had indeed been fired towards Tel Aviv.  Since I have people living there who are precious to me, I messaged several through WhatsApp to make sure they were out of harm’s way.  Their responses were a relief… “I was…

The Israel Defense Forces launched a massive manhunt in pursuit of a terrorist now identified as Amar Abu Leilah, 20, from the Arab village of Zevayah near the Jewish city of Ariel, where the attack began. IDF soldiers, security agents of Israel’s Shin Bet and border police surveyed the terrorist’s home for possible demolition, arrested his brother Nur, 16, and interrogated his father. Wanted terrorist Amar Abu Leilah (Courtesy) On Sunday, Leilah killed two Jews in a shooting that took place in two locations. He began his attack at the Ariel junction. In video footage, the terrorist can be seen…

A balloon launched from Gaza carried an anti-tank missile warhead into Israel on Saturday, representing a new stage in the airborne attacks that have remained a key feature of the Hamas terror group’s nearly year-long “March of Return” riots along the Israel-Gaza border. While balloons, kites, drones, and even a live falcon have been used by Palestinian rioters to send incendiary devices into Israel, the incident on Saturday represents the first time they sent an anti-tank missile warhead into Israeli territory. Police sappers arrived to the Sdot Negev area immediately and carried out a controlled explosion, according to coverage in the…

An Israel Defense Forces officer was seriously wounded and a Border Policeman lightly hurt after three Palestinians drove a car into a group of Israeli troops, running them over on a road outside a village near the city of Ramallah in the West Bank, said the military on Monday. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the attack prompted the troops to open fire on the vehicle, killing two Palestinians inside. The military added that a third Palestinian inside the car was wounded and taken into custody. The Palestinian health ministry later identified the two killed as Amir Daraj and Yusuf Anqawi,…

Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) showed off its newest missile facilities on Iranian television Sunday, claiming that their supply of rockets for use against Israel is more accurate and has better range than ever before. “Our rocket force and missile units will surprise the enemy following any foolish act it may do in the future,” a masked PIJ spokesman says in the documentary. “Stupid acts against the Gaza Strip and its inhabitants will turn into hell [directed] at the occupied cities and villages, Inshallah [God willing].” This seemed to be a reference to the IDF’s defensive response to the violent mass…

The Palestinian Authority on Monday warned that Israel was “playing with fire” after clashes erupted at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem over the closure of the Golden Gate site—also known as the Gate of Mercy—to Muslim worshipers. The PA also accused Israel of “waging war on Islam” and called on the intervention of the international community. The Jerusalem Police detained five east Jerusalem Arabs who tried to enter the premises of the Golden Gate, which has been closed by a court order. The site, which once housed the offices of the Islamic Heritage Committee, was closed by the Jerusalem Police…

On Feb. 8, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei delivered a speech on the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. The speech aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV. Khamenei said that the Americans are the epitome of evil and that they complain that the Iranian people chant “Death to America.” Khamenei added that “Death to America means death to Trump, John Bolton, and Pompeo. It means death to the leaders. We don’t care about the American public.” He continued, saying “as long as the American government and regime continue with their evil actions and vile and despicable interference, the Iranian people will not stop chanting: “Death to America.” The…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that “a great shift has taken place in the Middle East. That shift is the rise of the aggressive theocracy of Iran that seeks to conquer the Middle East, eliminate Israel, and dominate many other parts of the world.” Netanyahu was speaking in Jerusalem to a delegation of visiting U.N. ambassadors prior to a flight in which they were being taken on a tour of Israel’s northern border. His comments came in the aftermath of the formation of a new government in Beirut. On Thursday, Hezbollah came away strengthened as Lebanese political factions ended…

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