Israel’s new Ramon Int’l Airport opens Eilat to European tourists

The Israeli resort town of Eilat hopes the opening of the $500 million Ramon International Airport, scheduled to become operational in October, will attract a million foreign visitors a year of the annual capacity of 2.5 million passengers it can handle.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Once almost lost to international tourism, the Israeli resort of Eilat hopes a new airport will attract a million foreign visitors a year by 2025, with eastern Europeans especially offering growth for the winter holiday season.

International tourist arrivals in Israel hit a record 3.6 million last year, pumping $5.5 billion into the economy. Continue Reading »

NY pro-palestinian Democrat calls Israel ‘occupier’ but can’t define ‘occupation’

WATCH: After further feeding anti-Semitism by parroting Hamas propaganda, interviewer Margaret Hoover sought an example or clarification when Ocasio-Cortez said, “the occupation of Palestine,” the uninformed New York Congressional frontrunner was unable and frustrated, admitted she is “not the expert on geopolitics on this issue.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive Democrat who won an upset in the New York congressional primaries in June, raised controversy when she struggled to specify a definition of the “Israeli occupation of Palestine” during an interview on PBS’s talk show The Firing Line.

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Egypt demands end to Hamas incendiary kites, balloon terror

Egypt gives Hamas a few days to end incendiary balloons and kites launched into Israel that have sabotaged an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, causing Israel’s closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing.

By Elior Levy

 

Egypt has warned Hamas to significantly reduce or completely end within a few days the launching of incendiary balloons and kites into Israeli territory from Gaza, Ynet learned on Tuesday morning, giving the terror group an extended deadline to restore calm to the border.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – Photo: Kremlin/Wikimedia Commons

The ultimatum came after Israel announced on Monday evening that it would be closing the commercial Kerem Shalom crossing to gas and fuel supplies after a ceasefire agreement was violated earlier in the afternoon when a rocket was fired into southern Israel. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu, very pleased Trump, Putin meeting agreed on Israel security needs

PM Netanyahu commended and thanked both Trump and Putin for addressing Israeli concerns, both agreeing that Israel’s border with Syria should be secured according to the terms of the 1974 UN ceasefire agreement.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was pleased with the results of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commends the abiding commitment of the US and President Donald Trump to the security of Israel, as expressed at the meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The friendship between Israel and the US has never been stronger,” the PMO said. Continue Reading »

IDF institutes new policy: Terrorists launching incendiary-kites will be targeted

After 3 months, 1000 fires, and hundreds of millions lost in environmental and agricultural terrorism, the Israeli gov’t directed the IDF Southern Command to ‘adjust’ their response policy to Hamas’ terror-kites and incendiary balloon launchers.

By Tzvi Lev

 

Southern Command head General Herzi Halevi said on Sunday that Israel would start targeting terrorists responsible for launching incendiary kites into Israel, more than three months after the phenomenon began.

“We have prepared for these things in recent weeks. We understand that there is a change in thinking about how to deal with the fire terrorism, and we have developed all sorts of things in order to expand the response,” Halevi said at a meeting of commanders whose units are deployed near Gaza. Continue Reading »

PM Netanyahu announces Israeli project of investing in developing countries

Israel’s PM Netanyahu appoints governmental committee to join international efforts in helping developing countries in the areas the Jewish State excels in: agricultural technologies and water management.

By Eran Bar-Tal and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Israel will be joining an international effort to to invest in the developing world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that Israel will devise solutions to help the United Nations meet its goals in the developing world, focusing on the fields of water, agriculture and nutrition, health, education and technology.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds summit meeting with leaders of 7 East African states to discuss projects Israel can assist it.

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Another one bites the dust: Father & son killed constructing rocket in Gaza

The 35 yr-old commander of an Al-Aqsa Marty’r Brigade missile unit blew himself up, and killed his son while assembling a terror-rocket meant to have been launched at Israel.

BY REUTERS, JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

GAZA – Two Palestinians were killed and one was wounded in an explosion on Sunday in a building in Gaza, health officials said.

The cause of the blast, hours after a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the enclave was announced, was not immediately known. Health officials said the two people killed were a father and his son.

No virgins for dying of stupidity: Ahmad Mansour Hassan, the Al-Aqsa Marty’r Brigade Commander who killed himself & son in a ‘work-accident’ explosion July 15, 2017 in Gaza.

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After heavy losses Hamas & Islamic Jihad declare ceasefire reached with Israel

After Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired over 200 rockets at Israeli civilian targets, and an IDF retaliation on dozens of militant targets inside the terrorist enclave, Hamas reported how a ceasefire was reached with Israel.
– Israeli defense official: ‘Only facts on the ground will dictate our response.’
– WATCH IDF video of destruction of Hamas Battalion HQ in Beit Lahia, Gaza.

By Ynet reporters

 

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad said Saturday night that a ceasefire has been reached with Israel amid the recent escalation of violence that saw over 200 rockets fired from Gaza to Israel and IDF attacks on dozens of targets in the strip. Continue Reading »

Israel gives Jordan’s Royal Tank Museum an IDF Merkava tank

The Israeli designed & produced tank, one of the IDF’s most sophisticated military platforms, will be placed on exhibit at the Royal Tank Museum, established by King Abdullah in 2007.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

In a sign of growing defense and diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Amman, Israel recently transferred an IDF Merkava tank to Jordan.

The tank, one of Israel’s most sophisticated military platforms manufactured domestically, crossed the border between Israel and Jordan in recent weeks aboard a flatbed truck.

The tank will be placed on exhibit at the Royal Tank Museum, established by King Abdullah in 2007 to preserve tanks and armored vehicles used by the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) as well as to showcase other important tanks, like the Merkava, from around the world. Continue Reading »

IDF VIDEO: Israel attacks 3 Syrian military posts after UAV intrusion

WATCH: After Patriot ground-to-air missile brings down Iranian made drone that Syria flew over Israeli territory, the IDF retaliates, striking & destroying 3 regime military posts in Syria.

By Elad Benar

 

The IDF targeted three military posts in Syria overnight Wednesday, in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV that was intercepted by the IDF earlier in the day.

Israeli missile destroys Syrian border post – Screenshots: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

“The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit in a statement. Continue Reading »

Gaza flotilla ships to be impounded, sold to benefit victims of Palestinian terror

JUSTICE: The Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary confiscation order allowing Israel to impound 2 Norwegian ships planning to sail to Gaza, “for assisting a terror organization and for systematic violations of international law” and their proceeds will be paid as compensation to families that fell victim to Palestinian terror.

By Yael Friedson

 

The Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary confiscation order Wednesday for two Norwegian ships set to partake in a solidarity flotilla to Gaza in the coming weeks.

The Kårstein (top) and the Hurriyah (Freedom), will try to reach Gaza. – Facebook

The court order allows for the Karstein and Freedom, worth approximately 75,000 euros, to be used for monetary compensation for victims of Hamas terrorism the moment they enter Israeli waters. Continue Reading »

53 yrs after being hung as spy, Eli Cohen’s remains are to return to Israel

In a Kuwaiti newspaper report on Syria, the remains of Israeli spy Eli Cohen will be returned to his family for burial in Israel in exchange for military flexibility with Assad’s regime on Israel’s northern border.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, considered one of the most reliable in the Arab world, reported Thursday that Israel is very close to achieving a return of the remains of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen to Israel.

Eli Cohen, publicly hanged in the Marjeh Square, Damascus on 18 May 1965 – public domain

Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew, worked as an undercover Israeli agent in Egypt and Syria before he was discovered and hanged in 1965. Continue Reading »

Ireland advances bill criminalizing trade with Israeli settlements, E. Jerusalem

Ireland advances ‘The Occupied Territories Bill’ criminalizing trade with only the Jewish settlements in the disputed West Bank, with punishment of up to five years’ imprisonment or a fine of €250,000.

By i24NEWS

 

The Irish senate advanced in a second reading a bill that would make it a criminal offense to import or sell goods from various occupied territories, including Israeli settlements, punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment or a fine of €250,000.

The bill was passed in the senate by a vote of 25 to 20, but still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives before it becomes law. Continue Reading »

40 ill Syrian mothers & children enter Israel for medical treatment

Unlike ‘Operation Good Neighbor’ where injured Syrians have been treated in Israel, the IDF begins ‘Operation Doctor’s Appointment’ with more than 40 sick mothers & children with chronic health problems cross the Golan Heights in pre-dawn hours for a day’s treatment in an Israeli hospital.
– Syrian patient, ‘We were afraid in the beginning to come because we regarded Israelis as Zionists and enemies. It’s the opposite.’

Reuters

 

Keeping a doctor’s appointment in Israel, Syrian children and their mothers stepped across a tense Golan Heights border in the dead of night under the watchful gaze of Israeli soldiers.

The patients, Israeli medical officials said, were not the walking wounded of the seven-year-old Syrian civil war but children with chronic health problems coming across the frontier for a day’s treatment in a hospital in northern Israel. Continue Reading »

Israel’s SpaceIL spacecraft scheduled to land on moon by early 2019

Israel to become 4th country to launch spacecraft with moon landing.
– SpaceIL’s CEO, “The spot chosen is relatively flat and the spacecraft will have eye contact with the Earth … Once the spacecraft reaches the landing point, it becomes completely autonomous.”
– WATCH VIDEO

By Yaron Drukman, Associated Press, and Reuters

 

The Israeli organization SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced at a press conference Tuesday that it hopes to become the first non-governmental Israeli entity to land a spacecraft on the moon.

The spacecraft will be transferred to the US in November, before being launched in December, and plans are in place to land on the moon on February 13, 2019. Continue Reading »