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The Israeli military on Monday said it was testing a new, more exact incoming rocket alert system in the north of the country as part of a larger exercise taking place this week. This new system operates by only sounding in individual communities where a threat is identified, unlike the current array of sirens, which are triggered throughout a larger region. The military says the more pinpointed warnings to specific “polygons,” as the army refers to the smaller sections, allowing civilians who are not directly in harm’s way to continue going about their lives. The Israel Defense Forces said in a…

The theme for Israel’s 71st Independence Day celebration was Spirit – the overcoming life force of Israelis to face every obstacle, move on, and build a nation against all odds. During the main ceremony in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that it is the Spirit that comes from the Bible that is in the people of Israel that has given this nation the ability to overcome every obstacle. He said that the stories and heritage of God’s word give’s the Jewish people their “spirit, strength and inspiration to build the nation of Israel.” Check out photos from the joyous…

The Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) Iron Dome system has intercepted close to 2,000 rockets and mortar shells launched from Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians since 2011. So far during the current barrage of missiles from Gaza, Iron Dome has neutralized over 80% of rockets that would have hit population centers. The Iron Dome’s radar is able to detect incoming rockets up to seventy-kilometers (43 miles) away. The system calculates the missile’s trajectory to determine whether it is likely to hit a population center or fall in empty areas. In a split second, the operating soldiers decide…

Saturday’s attack at the Poway Chabad Synagogue is a “blow to the heart of the Jewish people,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. “We send condolences to Lori Gilbert-Kay’s family, and send our best wishes for speedy recovery to the wounded. The international community must step up the fight against antisemitism.” Gilbert-Kay, 60, was killed trying to protect the rabbi of the congregation. Three others were wounded in the attack. Netanyahu said that in light of an increase in antisemitic attacks around the world, he will convene a meeting this week of all those who deal with the issue.…

The top security aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with his Sri Lankan counterpart and offered Israeli aid on Sunday, after a string of bombing attacks that day left over 200 dead and hundreds more injured. Meir Ben-Shabbat, the head of the National Security Council, spoke to Udaya Seneviratne, secretary to Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, according to Netanyahu’s office. Ben-Shabbat offered condolences and Israeli humanitarian aid in the wake of the attacks. There was no immediate indication from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office or Sri Lankan authorities whether they would be accepting Israel’s offer. Netanyahu earlier expressed, “deep…

“We will continue to act on all fronts, including on the northern front, because we are not prepared to allow someone to establish power and endanger the State of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. “Power is the guarantee of our existence, and it is the essential and fundamental condition for achieving peace with our neighbors,” he said. The comments came a day after Syrian media and foreign accounts reported that Israel attacked Syrian targets near Hama on Saturday, killing two Iranians and destroying several buildings. The outlets said the Israel Air Force carried out the assault from Lebanese…

The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) “foreign minister”, Riyad Al-Maliki, warned on Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will face a “real problem” if he follows through with his promise to apply Israeli sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Speaking to The Associated Press on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan, Maliki asserted that Netanyahu’s pledge was likely aimed at rallying his base in the final stretch of a tight election campaign. He stressed that the PA would “resist” such a policy if carried out. “If Netanyahu wants to declare Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, then you know he has…

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…

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