As Lapid backtracks on past support “in petty politics at the expense of the IDF and Israeli public” in a last-ditch effort to exploit the ultra-Orthodox draft impasse, Netanyahu’s gov’t decides to dissolve the parliament and call for early elections.
An emergency meeting of the heads of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners on Monday in a last-ditch effort to resolve an impasse over contentious legislation regulating military conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jews ended in a decision to dissolve parliament and call early elections.
The meeting, which got underway shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, was called a day before Israel’s parliament was due to begin preparing a bill on the contentious issue for its final readings with less than a month left to pass a law on the matter under a Supreme Court-imposed deadline. Continue Reading »
Following Israel’s Defense Minister promise to southern community leaders that he will not make an agreement with any terror group that’s committed to Israel’s destruction, Hamas warned Israel of consequences should PA leader Mahmoud Abbas fail to end their sanctions on Gaza.
By Elior Levy
The Hamas terror group threatened on Friday that Israel would “pay the price” if sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continue or worsen.
“Israel is responsible for ending the current situation in coordination with, and encouraged by, him (Abbas),” a Hamas statement said.
Palestinian kleptocrats: Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh (left) and his second-in-comand, Gaza leader, Yahya Sinwar (center) PA autocrat, Mahmoud Abbas (right)
The ultimatum comes on the heels of expected renewed indirect talks between Israel and Hamas as they work to reach a long-term ceasefire to end months of fighting that has repeatedly brought the two sides to the brink of war. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Lieberman announced his plans to seek approval from regional planning board for the immediate construction of 2,500 family units and another 1400 units for a later date, divided out across 30 ‘large & small’ communities throughout Judea and Samaria.
By Yoav Zitun and Reuters
In a press statement, Lieberman said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 2,500 of the housing units for immediate construction, and another 1,400 to follow.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Screenshot from Facebook video
Lieberman will ask The Higher Planning Council in Judea and Samaria to promote planning procedures in more than 30 communities throughout the West Bank. Continue Reading »
In a well recieved interview with a Russian newspaper, Israel’s defense minister explains the ‘special relationship’ and ‘open, transparent discourse’ Jerusalem has with Moscow, articulating why that should lead to consideration of Israeli interests.
• Lieberman affirmed Israel’s decision to retaliate forcefully should the Russian S-300 systems in Syria be deployed against Israeli jets.
By Itay Blumenthal
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman lauded in an interview with a Russian newspaper published Thursday the “special relationship” Israel had forged with Russia, adding he expected Russia’s “understanding and support of our vital interests in the Middle East.”
“Our relations with Russia are normal and we take into account its interests. Continue Reading »
As Israel’s Knesset begins its summer session, propose law spearheaded by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Avi Dichter passes, 62 MKs to 41, permitting only the PM & DM to give green light in declaration of war.
• Justice Minister Shaked, “We must adapt ourselves to the present state security requirements.”
• Joint List MK Aida Touma-Suleiman, “The bill will enable two people to take not only the State of Israel into war, but all the countries in the region.”
By Moran Azulay and Shahar Hay
The Knesset passed a law Monday evening that will transfer authority from the government to the cabinet—and in some case to the prime minister and defense minister only—to declare war and to launch military operations. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, admits advanced Russian air defense systems are already deployed in Syria but have yet to act against Israel, warning, that should Syria use any advanced systems against IAF aircraft, Israel will retaliate hard.
– Lieberman also rejects the Hezbollah leader’s accusation that the Mossad killed their Arab scientists.
By Alexandra Lukash, Nir Cohen
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Tuesday that if Syria uses Russian-made air defense missiles against Israel, the IDF will strike back.
“What’s important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won’t be used against us,” Lieberman told Ynet. Continue Reading »
Abbas appears to be fostering regional hostilities through his policies since Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. The PA autocrat is planning to stop the transfer of funds to Gaza for electricity, water, health and salary payments, blaming Israel for the resulting crisis, thereby forcing confrontations between Hamas and Israel.
Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Defense officials are directly linking Friday’s car ramming attack, which killed two Israeli soldiers and seriously wounded two others, to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ policy of three resolute “noes,” first reported by Israel Hayom last week.
According to Abbas’ “three noes” policy, as long as U.S. Continue Reading »
UN Envoy to the Mideast, Nickolay Mladenov, and Palestinian PM Hamdallah met with Major General Yoav Mordechai about Gaza’s fuel shortage and the plight of Gaza’s citizens, and no one questions Hamas’ withholding over a $100 million to spend on tunnel building.
– Israel insists solution should also address the issue of Hamas finally returning missing POWs, MIAs to Israel.
By Elior Levy
Egypt stopped allowing diesel shipments to enter the Gaza Strip Wednesday, causing the strip’s power station to cease operations. As a result, residents have been limited to three hours of electricity a day.
A meeting was thus called by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in light of the dire situation, attended by the United Nations (UN) Envoy to the Mideast Nickolay Mladenov and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has formed a new financial warfare agency tasked with coordinating Israel’s assorted security and tax agencies to make the Palestinians feel the crunch by undermining transactions in their financing of terrorism.
By Yoav Limor
After a period of relative calm, terrorism has again reared its head and claimed Israeli lives. Tuesday’s murder of Raziel Shevach near Nablus underscores Israel’s dilemma in searching for effective ways to combat terrorism.
Let’s be honest: The various statements made by politicians in the wake of the attack are nothing more than empty words. The government can approve additional construction in Judea and Samaria, or give Shevach’s home settlement of Havat Gilad retroactive permits, but this will not stop terrorism. Continue Reading »
IDF reports Israel launched a second strike, destroying two Hamas observation posts in northern Gaza, just a day after a mortar fired by Palestinian terrorists hit an Israeli structure during a birthday ceremony for slain IDF soldier, Oron Shaul.
By Yoav Zitun and Elior Levy
Israeli jets attacked a Hamas observation post Saturday evening in northern Gaza in response to rockets that were fired Friday morning at Israel during a ceremony held in memory of an IDF soldier who was killed during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
IAF F-15i (Ra’am) takes off – Photo: IAF website
One of the rockets hit a structure in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, while the Iron Dome system intercepted two other rockets.The Code Red alarms were sounded during a ceremony held in Kfar Aza marking the would-be 24th birthday of soldier Oron Shaul, whose body has been held by Hamas in Gaza since Operation Protective Edge. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister, “Every additional terrorist who enters prison alive creates an incentive for more attacks. To all those who claim the death penalty is unacceptable, I would like to remind you that a Boston court sentenced to death a terrorist who carried out an attack,” calling Massachusetts “the most liberal state” in the U.S.
By Gideon Allon
The Israel Beytenu faction on Wednesday will present a bill that would apply the death penalty to terrorists convicted of murder to the Knesset plenum for a preliminary hearing.
The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, Capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
At a faction meeting on Monday, Defense Minister and Israel Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman said, “Every additional terrorist who enters prison alive creates an incentive for more attacks. Continue Reading »
Under the new ministerial proposed procedure, Palestinians will be denied entry into Israel if they fail to settle debt to Israelis.
• New approach rectifies Palestinian officials who remained uninterested in enforcing laws.
• Minister: Total size of debt owed to Israelis is $870 million.
By Yair Altaman
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will unveil Sunday a new measure to crack down on Palestinians who owe money to Israelis.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Knesset photos
Under the proposed mechanism, Palestinians will be denied entry into Israel if they had not settled their debt. Continue Reading »
After Israel’s DM Lieberman alleged how Lebanon’s army is an “integral part of Hezbollah,” and now both would be legitimate strategic targets in the next war with Hezbollah, a Lebanese military official impugned Lieberman’s allegation, asserting that country’s army is totally independent, subordinate to the government alone.
By Lilach Shoval, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
A day after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused the Lebanese militia Hezbollah of controlling the Lebanese army, warning that both would be in Israel’s crosshairs in any future war, a Lebanese military official rejected the allegation Wednesday, saying that the Lebanese army is “fully independent and subject only to the authority of the political government.”
NCTC Director Rasmussen Briefs on US Efforts to Counter Hizballah – Twitter
Speaking to Lebanese daily Al Joumhouria, the official said further that the military’s policy was decided solely by its commanders. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister Lieberman officially confirmed in an interview that Iran is pumping $800 million annually into Hezbollah, and said that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard/Hezbollah, financed by Iran, are trying to establish military bases inside Syria that would threaten Israel.
By Alex Fishman
Iran has leased a military airfield from the Syrian government in the center of the country in order to station fighter aircraft. Iran is also negotiating with the Syrians to establish a land base for Shiite militiamen and a port in the city of Tartus.
Hezbollah’s shows US made APCs in first-ever military parade on foreign soil, held in the Syrian city of Qusayr. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says the Qatar crisis offers “opportunity for cooperation” between Israel and Arab Gulf states.
– Qatar, a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran, is being isolated for destabilizing the mid-East and Africa.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday said that the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors is an “opportunity for cooperation” between Israel and Arab Gulf states and could herald a broad anti-terror alliance.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Screenshot from Facebook video
“It is clear to everyone, even in the Arab countries, that the real danger to the entire region is terrorism,” said Lieberman. Continue Reading »