Israel’s Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, “John McCain was an American hero and a unique person. We will always remember him as a great friend of Israel. May he rest in peace.”
– WATCH: PM Netanyahu eulogizes John McCain.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Knesset members from across the political spectrum praised the late American Senator John McCain, who died Saturday, as a close friend of the Jewish state.
“The State of Israel salutes John McCain,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday in response to the death of the long-time US senator. Netanyahu called McCain a “great American patriot and a true friend of Israel.” Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Liberman says Abbas “wants to damage the ties between us and the Gaza Strip. It is not our fight. They are trying to drag us into their internal Palestinian squabbles.”
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Sunday that his goal is the removal of Hamas from Gaza while slamming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for wanting to damage ties between Israel and Gaza.
On Friday, top Hamas official, Kahlil al-Hayya, told Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV that ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas are in “the final stretch.”
However, in an interview with (Israel’s) Kan TV on Sunday, Liberman said Israel does not negotiate directly with a group that openly seeks its destruction. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Liberman praised IDF commanders & soldiers for strictly following Israel’s security policies, noting how the IDF does not react to headlines or public opinion when “ensuring the security of Israel’s citizens.”
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Monday morning held a discussion with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, Southern Command Commander Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, a Shabak representative, and others.
Defense Minister Liberman (center) meets with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot (right), Southern Command chief Maj. Gen. Herzi Halev & others. – Photo: Shachar Levi, Israel’s Defense Ministry
At the end of the meeting, Liberman said, “First of all, I want to thank the determined commanders and soldiers, who are infused with the spirit of battle and do holy work for the sake of ensuring the security of Israel’s citizens.” Continue Reading »
Israel thwarts Hamas’ efforts to infiltrate Israel from Gaza after destroying the 5th, and according to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, “the longest and deepest one [terror-tunnel] ever uncovered.”
By Kobi Finkler
Over the weekend, IDF forces thwarted another terror tunnel that penetrated into Israel, it was cleared this morning for publication.
IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said that this is the fifth tunnel that has been thwarted in Israel recently. The tunnel was foiled in the Jabaliya area.
Location of latest Hamas terror-tunnel explosion – IDF illustration
The tunnel began several kilometers inside the Gaza Strip and was part of an entire network of tunnels inside the strip. Continue Reading »
Having refrained from divulging details on the strike between Sunday night & Monday morning, Israel’s Defense Minister now confirmed that the last retaliatory strike actually involved destroying a Hamas attack tunnel on the border between Israel and Gaza, among the 18 Hamas targets hit in 2 waves of attacks.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman confirmed the Israeli army destroyed a tunnel at the border between Israel and Gaza overnight between Sunday and Monday.
“We have liquidated a terrorist tunnel in the Kerem Shalom area. As for the identity of the terrorists, we will not close this chapter until we eliminate those responsible for the terrorist act,” Liberman said. Continue Reading »
IDF believes the 40% increase in 2017 of Beduin 18 yr-olds volunteering to enlist is due to Defense Ministry benefits and occupational training offered to the recruits.
By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
After years of steady decline in the number of young Beduin volunteering to enlist in the IDF, the past year has seen a reversal of that trend manifesting in a 40% increase in 2017. Four hundred and twenty Beduin men joined the army in 2017, up from 300 in 2016, and the IDF aims to increase recruitment further, to 600, in the coming year.
Despite the fact that the number of members of the Beduin sector who choose to enlist is still objectively low, the army believes that the recruitment potential will increase significantly, even as the community experiences a processes of religious radicalization and deepening rupture with the state, especially among the southern tribes. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman subsequently issued the ban having been informed by IDF Maj-Gen Yoav Mordechai of a set of meetings that occurred between Swiss representatives and the Gaza-based terrorist group leaders, Ismail Haniyeh & Yahya Sinwar.
Swiss officials have been reportedly banned from entering the Gaza Strip by Israel from via territory, following a set of meetings that apparently occurred between representatives from the country and Gaza-based Hamas group leaders, The Times of Israel reported on Wednesday.
The matter was brought to the attention of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman who subsequently issued the ban having been informed by Israel Defence Forces’ Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai, reported Hadashot on Tuesday. Continue Reading »
In Jerusalem, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tells U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, “We will not tolerate a situation in which Iran and its satellites sit along our borders, and we will defend our interests in every way we see fit, according to our red lines.”
By Elad Benari
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Thursday met in Washington with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis. During the meeting, the two discussed regional strategic issues and ways to strengthen security and intelligence cooperation between the United States and Israel. Earlier, Liberman met at the White House with National Security Adviser General Herbert McMaster. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Netanyahu vows to facilitate the necessary laws in the Knesset to remove the Qatari network from Israel while rallying the government press office, foreign ministry, and defense establishment to began working on it.
By Elad Benari
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sharply criticized the Al-Jazeera network on Wednesday evening, and declared that he would work to remove it from Israel.
“The Al-Jazeera network does not cease to incite to violence around the Temple Mount. I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several times to close the Al-Jazeera office in Jerusalem. If this is not done due to legal interpretation, I will work to enact the necessary laws to remove Al-Jazeera from Israel,” declared Netanyahu. Continue Reading »
IDF soldiers arrest the brother of the Palestinian terrorist who infiltrated a family home on Friday evening and butchered three to death, leaving one seriously injured.
The Israeli Defense Forces overnight on Friday conducted a series of raids and surrounded the village of the suspected terrorist who infiltrated a home in the West Bank on Friday evening and stabbed three family members to death.
IDF soldiers patrol the town of Halamish after a Palestinian knife-attack that killed three people in their home having dinner. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Israeli security forces stated that they arrested the brother of man responsible for the attack. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel was not worried by the Iranian strike, being their first strike outside its own territory in nearly 30 years. “Israel is prepared for every development, we have no concerns or worries.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran not to threaten Israel on Monday, hours after the Iranian army fired ballistic missiles at a Syrian base of the Islamic State.
“I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel,” Netanyahu said, reported AFP.
A picture provided by the Iran’s state TV official website shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards launching a missile from an undisclosed location in western Iran, towards Islamic State bases in Syria – IRIB TV/AFP
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it fired six missiles targeting “terror bases” of the Islamic State in eastern Syria on Sunday. Continue Reading »
According to an Israeli report, Hamas welcomed North Korea’s threat against Israel saying, “Hamas condemns the Israeli attack on Pyongyang and stresses that the occupation is the leader of evil.”
By Elad Benari
The Hamas terrorist organization on Sunday thanked North Korea for issuing a threat against Israel a day earlier.
“Hamas condemns the Israeli attack on Pyongyang and stresses that the occupation is the leader of evil,” the group said, according to the Hebrew-language Walla! news website.
Hamas also said it appreciated the statements made by North Korea in condemnation of the “continuation of the occupation”, as well as its support for the Palestinian people “until it achieves its freedom.” Continue Reading »
The Palestinian National Fund, established in 1964 by the PLO, manages the terrorist organization’s funds in its campaign to destroy the State of Israel and is used by PA to pay monthly stipends to murdering terrorists in Israeli prisons.
By Gary Willig
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced Thursday afternoon his decision to designate the ‘Palestinian National Fund’ as a terrorist organization, pursuant to his authority to combat terrorism.
The decision to declare the fund as a terrorist organization stems from its continuous and sustained provision of massive support for entities responsible for serious terrorist activity against Israel and Israeli citizens. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister Liberman says Jerusalem needs to restart negotiations with the Palestinians, supports two-state solution based on lessons learned from the past.
By Hezki Baruch
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) spoke on Monday morning about Israeli envoy Jason Greenblatt’s upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman – Knesset TV screenshot
“This is a new opportunity to restart the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” Liberman wrote on his Facebook page. “This is an opportunity to learn lessons from the past.”
“The first thing we need to learn is that any attempts to solve the Palestinian issue on the basis of ‘land for peace’ will end in failure. Continue Reading »
Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman told Secretary Mattis that the United States’ position is very important, and went on to stress, “We need an active America in the region.”
By Nitsan Keidar
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met on Tuesday in Washington with U.S. Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis. Liberman was received by an honor guard at the Pentagon and the meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
During the meeting, Mattis and Liberman discussed all the security issues shared by Israel and the United States that are on the agenda, and discussed in depth the strategic issues in the Middle East, including Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other issues. Continue Reading »