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Military says major targets hit after three projectiles are fired at border communities. Defense officials warn of escalation following the release of US peace plan Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip early Friday morning, just hours after three rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave at Israeli communities near the border. The IDF said two of the rockets were intercepted by air defenses while the third likely landed in an open field. No injuries or damage to property have been reported. Palestinian media reported large explosions near Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip as a result of…

Jordanian security forces prevent hundreds of demonstrators from rioting during a protest against the gas deal. Israel is expected to begin pumping natural gas to the kingdom later this year. Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in downtown Amman on Friday, calling on the government to cancel an agreement in which Israel began pumping natural gas to the kingdom this year. Jordanian security forces prevented the protesters from reaching symbolic Al-Nakheel Square in the capital, where the turnout had been expected to grow larger. Earlier this month, Jordan’s National Electric Power Co., said gas pumping had started as part of a multi-billion-dollar…

Kings, princes, presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers will converge on Jerusalem this week for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. The race for hotel rooms has been frenetic and the prestigious hotels have mainly been booked on a “first come first served” basis with a few exceptions. The King David Hotel lobby is bedecked with the flags of many nations. The Irish flag was removed when Ireland backed out of this significant event. The Irish Government has a tradition of blundering their relationship with Israel. Another nation not sending its top leader is Poland.…

Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein spoke with France24 this week about the West Bank annexation and US President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century. US President Donald Trump’s peace plan will likely be revealed soon, Jordan’s King Abdullah II told France 24, as he warned that Israeli annexation plans and the absence of a government was harming his country’s relation with the Jewish state. He said that, while he has no information on when the deal will be released, he has spoken with Trump about it “numerous” times and thinks that it will be announced soon, which will allow…

As tensions heat up between Iran, the US and Israel following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani last week, the absence of a stable government will harm Jerusalem’s ability to achieve its broader national security and foreign affairs goals, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) said in its annual report on Monday. This lack of stability could be highly problematic, according to the report, if Iran and the US slip into a broader war that could engulf the region. The report was delivered by INSS executive director Amos Yadlin to President Reuven Rivlin on Monday. Researchers worked to add an additional, special…

After his landslide primary victory to maintain his grip on the right-wing Likud Party, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Donald Trump on Friday — and vowed to bring US recognition of Israeli sovereignty in West bank settlements. “Most people support the right, and most people support me for prime minister,” Netanyahu told supporters a day after he handily defeated main challenger Gideon Sa’ar with 72 percent of the vote for party leader, the Times of Israel reported. He said the win was a “huge expression of confidence in my path, our path.” Israel heads to a third round of…

After decades in which the Israeli government has lacked a formal, written national security strategy, the time has come for future decision-makers to be equipped with such guidelines, the co-author of a new strategy document says. Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and Professor Col. (res.) Gabi Siboni, who heads the Program on Military and Strategic Affairs at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, recently issued a position paper titled, Guidelines for Israel’s National Security Strategy. The document was published at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and at the INSS.…

Israeli forces will “100 percent” face tunnel warfare in future armed conflicts on its southern and northern borders, and the military is sparing no effort to meet the challenge, says IDF Maj. Gen. Mickey Edelstein. Infiltration tunnels are a serious threat and will play a major part in the next armed conflict on Israel’s northern and southern borders, a senior Israeli military official said Sunday. Furthermore, said Israel Defense Forces Maj. Gen. Mickey Edelstein, who heads the IDF’s tunnel warfare development efforts, some of the tactics already developed for underground warfare will soon become obsolete. Edelstein was speaking at a…

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…

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