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“Much like military power, peace with our neighbors is a strategic asset and we must preserve it,” says incoming Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. “We are facing significant regional opportunities, first and foremost, [US] President [Donald] Trump’s peace initiative, which I see as a significant milestone,” incoming Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said Monday, at a ministerial exchange ceremony with his predecessor Israel Katz. Ashkenazi stresses that as part of the peace plan, introduced in January, “President Trump presents us with a historic opportunity to shape Israel’s future for decades to come. The plan will be implemented responsibly and in coordination with…

State ceremonies honoring Israel’s 23,816 fallen will be held without audiences over restrictions imposed over the coronavirus pandemic. Nationwide lockdown to extend to Independence Day. Israel braced to mark a particularly somber Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day on Monday evening, as events honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice were clouded by the restrictions imposed on the public over the coronavirus outbreak. The government last week announced that as part of the efforts to curb the pandemic, which has so face infected over 15,000 Israelis and claimed 202 lives, a nationwide lockdown would be imposed, barring bereaved families…

Border fence damaged in three locations in “severe” event • Foreign Minister Israel Katz blames Hezbollah, says Israel expects Lebanese government to prevent such threats. (April 19, 2020) Israel accused Hezbollah on Saturday of “provocative” activity along its border with Lebanon and announced that it was filling a complaint with the U.N. Security Council. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in a statement that Hezbollah made multiple attempts to breach the border on Friday night, and that Israel expects the Lebanese government to prevent such threats, according to the AP. Israel Defense Forces fired flares along the Israel-Lebanon border on Friday night…

The IDF revealed that its forces, together with Israeli police, conducted searches in which they located a large amount of weaponry, including 19 pistols, five Kalashnikov assault rifles, another rifle and ammunition in the northern Jordan Valley area. The weapons were found in conjunction with an Israeli Police investigation that followed an October 7 search in the area in which a gun and ammunition were found. Those were transferred to security forces. There are an estimated 400,000-450,000 illegal weapons in Israel, mainly among the Arab sector and criminal elements. Part of the illegal weapons stash discovered by the IDF. (IDF…

A terrorist attempted to run down IDF soldiers in Samaria Wednesday morning, according to a report by the Israeli military. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, next to a bus stop in central Samaria when a driver was spotted speeding up as he approached a group of soldiers. Israeli security personnel present at the scene opened fire on the terrorist and neutralized him. There were no reports of injuries among the Israel forces. The terrorist was evacuated to a local hospital for treatment. He is said to be in moderate condition. Three other people were treated for shock,…

A medium-range GRAD rocket fired by terrorists in the Gaza Strip destroyed a home in Beersheba, Israel’s third largest city, deep inside Israeli territory. The Red Alert warning system was activated Wednesday, October 17 at 3:39 a.m. in Beersheba and the surrounding Negev communities, with residents throughout the area scrambling for shelter. A 39-year-old mother and her three children—ages 9, 10 and 12—were treated for shock after the rocket scored a direct hit on their family home. After hearing the warning siren, the mother woke the children and evacuated them to the home’s bomb shelter just seconds before the rocket smashed…

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Monday that Israel “will handle any Iranian threat” seemingly in response to a Reuters report published last week, that claimed Tehran was transferring ballistic missiles to its Iraqi proxies with the capability of reaching Israel. “As for the threat from Iran, we are not limiting ourselves to Syria. That should be clear,” Liberman told a conference organized by Hadashot TV news. When asked specifically if this included Iraq, the defense minister responded: “I’m saying we will handle any Iranian threat, no matter where it comes from. We are maintaining the right to act… and any threat or…

For the first time since the Syrian civil war erupted over seven years ago, two rockets hit the Sea of Galilee on Wednesday. Air defense sirens blared across the Golan Heights in the afternoon hours and after an inquiry, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the military had identified one rocket launch toward Israel – apparently errant fire from the fighting in southwest Syria between the Assad regime and rebel groups. Eyewitnesses in Israel later reported seeing two impact explosions in the Sea of Galilee, near the Gofra beach, where numerous beachgoers, among them families with children, were vacationing. Shimon Cohen,…

If you’ve ever been in Israel for Yom Hazikaron—the Memorial Day for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the Jewish homeland—chances are you will never forget it. Even if you somehow miss the official ceremonies honoring the fallen, there’s no way to sleep through the siren sounding across the Jewish state at 8 p.m. and then again at 11 the next morning. At that moment, Israelis everywhere freeze in mid-air—mid-bank deposit, mid-math lesson, mid-email or mid-carpool—while traffic screeches to a halt, and folks climb out of their cars and stand completely silent. Both instances represent a long minute of…

During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas terrorists captured the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. In the following year, two apparently mentally ill Israeli civilians, Abera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, entered the Gaza Strip of their own volition and were taken captive by Hamas. “We have the utmost responsibility to bring back the captives and the IDF soldiers — the improvement of Gaza Strip residents’ situation is dependent upon this as well,” Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir told a conference in the southern town of Sderot. Israel has called for the civilians and slain soldiers to be…

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