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Netanyahu said that if firing from Hamas-ruled Gaza “does not stop for good, in the end there will be a decisive operation.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would launch a major operation against the Gaza Strip if the attacks do not stop. He make his remarks during a speech on Sunday at the Makor Rishon Economic, Society and Innovation Conference in Jerusalem on Sunday. “We are dealing with the threat from Gaza, and if necessary we will carry out a major operation to defeat this terrorism once and for all. They received a sample several weeks ago. I do…

Last week the Jordanian military conducted a wide-ranging exercise, part of which addressed the scenario of an invasion of Jordan from the west, to be foiled by blowing up the Jordan River bridges. Representatives of the palace watched the exercise, some of which was also broadcast on television. Which mysterious, unnamed country is threatening the kingdom from the west? The exercise meshes with the clear anti-Israel rhetoric being heard recently in the Jordanian media. King Abdullah is furious with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ever since he declared Israel’s plan to annex the Jordan Valley before the elections in September. The Jordanians also…

Iran will destroy the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia if they cross Tehran’s red lines, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami said in a televised speech on Monday. “We have shown restraint … we have shown patience towards the hostile moves of America, the Zionist regime (Israel) and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran … but we will destroy them if they cross our red lines,” said Hossein Salami. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Iran was planning “additional attacks” and called on the international community to pressure Iran and to “support…

Following Hamas’ launch of two rockets at Beer Sheva in the early hours of Saturday morning, Israel’s security sources said that it is only “a matter of time” before another operation will have to be launched against Gaza to protect Israel’s citizens. Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip sat out last week’s violent confrontation between the smaller Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, during which over 450 rockets were launched at the Jewish state. Security sources appear to differ as to the reason Hamas fired on Israel. According to Israel Hayom, sources say Hamas decided to act after it saw that…

NAHARAYIM (Reuters) – It has been a bitter harvest for some Israeli farmers on the border with Jordan. On Sunday, a 25-year-old deal between the two countries that has allowed them to cultivate land there formally expires. Under the deal, part of the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty, two territories straddling the border were recognized as under Jordanian sovereignty but with special provisions allowing Israeli farmers to work the land and visitors to tour the Isle of Peace park in the area. But in 2018, Jordan said it did not want to continue the arrangement, in what was widely seen as…

The general consensus from the government’s Security Cabinet meeting on Sunday was that the Israeli Defense Forces must concentrate on the danger threatening the country from the north, although it would not ignore attacks coming from the Gaza Strip, either. “We are in a very sensitive and volatile security period on several fronts – north, east and south,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before the meeting, which came on the heels of the IDF’s retaliation against Hamas in Gaza on Friday night. “We will continue to take action on all fronts for the security of the State of Israel, both openly…

Israeli troops carried out raids throughout the West Bank late Sunday and early Monday, arresting 19 Palestinians and escorting Jewish worshipers to a flashpoint holy site. The Palestinian suspects were held on suspicion of participating in violent riots in recent weeks or involvement in terror-related activities, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement. The army said 13 Palestinians were arrested in a “wide-scale operation” in the al-Arroub refugee camp, outside the southern West Bank city of Hebron, which came in response to an uptick in stone-throwing and firebomb attacks on Israeli vehicles traveling on the nearby Route 60.…

As the eyes of many in the Middle East are focused on northern Syria, a special note should be given to what was said in Tehran. After a mysterious incident off the coast of Saudi Arabia, it took the Iranians time to reach a conclusion as to what happened there. But on Wednesday, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in Tehran said that Israel and Saudi Arabia were involved in the attack on the Iranian oil tanker that came after a series of similar attacks by Iran on tankers making their way to Saudi Arabia and…

Foreign Minister Israel Katz has instructed his office to put together a series of steps to block Turkey’s steadily rising influence in the heavily Arab, eastern parts of Jerusalem, Israel Hayom reported Monday. First and foremost, the plan calls for classifying the entire Muslim Brotherhood as an illegal association in Israel. This would extend the ban already in place against its Northern Movement in the Galilee to the Southern Movement which has been allowed to operate until now. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his political party, have their roots in the Brotherhood, whose stated goal is the re-establishment of a Muslim…

Abbas Nilforoushan, deputy commander of operations of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has said that Israel is not in a position to threaten Iran, and nothing will be left of Israel if they tried to launch an attack. “Iran has encircled Israel from all four sides. Nothing will be left of Israel,” he said in an interview with Tasnim news agency. “If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea,” he added. Nilforoushan asserted in the interview that no country can stand up to…

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