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A young pregnant woman and six other travelers were injured in a Palestinian shooting attack at a bus stop outside the Jewish town of Ofra on Sunday night. The woman, who was brought to Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, has had her condition upgraded to stable, but her son, delivered by emergency Caesarian section, has been downgraded to critical. The wounded woman, Shira Yael Ish-Ran and her husband, Amichai Yishai Ish-Ran. The attack took place on the eighth night of Hanukkah at a popular hitchhiking post and bus stop. Video of the attack showed a white car…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday there is “reasonable possibility we will have to operate in Lebanon” as part of the IDF’s Operation Northern Shield to uncover and destroy Hezbollah tunnels that cross the border into Israel. “We are denying our enemies the tunnels weapon in a systematic, determined manner and we will do whatever it takes,” Netanyahu told 25 foreign ambassadors at a briefing in the upper Galilee. “This operation is just beginning, but when it ends, the tunnel weapon Hezbollah invested in will no longer be effective.” “Anyone who attacks us, his blood be on his own head.…

Iran made clear on Sunday that it would continue its missile tests to build up its defenses and once again denied this was in breach of UN resolutions, Reuters reported. The statement came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Tehran had tested a new missile capable of carrying multiple warheads in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement. “Missile tests … are carried out for defense and the country’s deterrence, and we will continue this,” Brigadier- General Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for Iran’s armed forces, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. “We will continue to both develop and test…

Recently, the terrorist organization Hamas threatened to resume violence on the Israel-‎Gaza Strip border despite its cease-fire agreement with Israel unless the economic restrictions ‎on the coastal enclave are eased. Over the past eight ‎months of tensions along the border, Israel and Hamas, the ‎terrorist group that rules Gaza, have clashed several times. Two weeks ago, Hamas fired 460 ‎projectiles at southern Israel in under 36 hours, killing one person ‎and wounding ‎‎55. ‎ The Israeli Air Force struck 160 Hamas assets and ‎over a dozen ‎Islamic Jihad targets ‎in retaliation. Egypt and U.N. Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov were ‎eventually able…

Three IDF soldiers were injured in varying degrees Monday when they were hit by a Palestinian vehicle near the large Gush Etzion intersection in Judea. The event has been characterized as a terrorist ramming attack. Israeli forces fired at the Palestinian driver and killed him. The soldiers were patrolling the main artery south of the Gush Etzion junction when a private vehicle suddenly swerved and hit them. Two of the soldiers sustained light injuries and a third was hospitalized in moderate condition. Military medics and emergency medical personnel quickly arrived at the scene and administered first aid. The IDF Spokesperson’s…

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called Israel a “cancerous tumor” on Saturday in a relatively unprecedented comment. Iran’s leaders frequently condemn Israel and predict its demise, but Rouhani, a relatively moderate president, rarely employs such rhetoric. Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Rouhani said “one of the ominous results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumor in the region.” The Iranian president went on to refer to Israel as a “fake regime” set up by Western countries and called for unity in the Muslim world. “Today, there is no way for Muslims except unity and solidarity.…

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is expected to submit a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, harshly condemning the Hamas terror organization. Haley, who will be leaving her position by the end of the year, is promoting a resolution condemning Hamas’s rocket fire at Israel and incitement against it, as well as demanding to halt any violent activity, including the launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel. An additional provision focuses on Hamas terror tunnels and calls on the UN to condemn the terror organization’s use of civilian resources for military purposes. Haley is cooperating with Israel’s Ambassador…

“The IDF will not show restraint. Whoever comes within 100 meters of the fence is putting himself at risk,” a top IDF general warned in an Arabic language video released on Thursday. The IDF will not show restraint against protestors on the Gaza border, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun said in an Arabic-language video released on Thursday evening. The video was directed at any Gazans that plan on taking part in weekly Friday riots labeled “The Great March of Return.” “Our patience is gone. The IDF will not show restraint,” said Abu Rukun, “whoever…

An Israeli special forces officer was killed and ‎another was wounded on Sunday night during a clash ‎with Hamas operatives in the southern Gaza Strip, ‎the military said. Seven Hamas operatives were ‎killed in the incident.‎ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in Paris ‎‎‎for a summit of world leaders, cut his visit short ‎‎‎and flew back to Israel. He was expected to convene a ‎‎‎security assessment meeting in Jerusalem at noon, ‎‎‎Monday.‎ ‎ Many of the details were not approved for publication due to the sensitive nature of the military action Sunday, but according to available details, IDF special…

Roughly 1000 Israeli Jews were permitted to visit the Tomb of Joseph in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria overnight. While Israel gave the Palestinian Authority autonomy over Shechem under the Oslo Accords, Israel retained special privileges at the tomb, a historic Jewish holy site. Visits to the tomb by Jewish pilgrims must be coordinated with the local IDF command, which secures nighttime visits to Joseph’s Tomb. During last night’s pilgrimage, Israeli security forces found two hand grenades inside the tomb complex. The explosive devices appeared to have been manufactured in an underground weapons lab and placed…

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