Tag Archive for Benny Gantz

Israel: IDF will destroy Lebanese infrastructure if Hezbollah attacks

IDF goes on high-alert after Israel’s Defense Minister orders his generals to prepare plans that ‘neutralize’ Lebanese infrastructure in a quick-response retaliatory strike should Hezbollah, now a major party in Lebanon’s government, fulfill its vow to attack Israel.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) on Thursday ordered the IDF to prepare a response targeting Lebanon, in case Hezbollah harms IDF soldiers or Israeli citizens, Israel Hayom reported.

According to the report, the IDF was ordered to destroy Lebanon’s infrastructure in the case of a Hezbollah attack on Israel.

Hezbollah fighters hold flags as they attend the memorial of their slain leader Sheik Abbas al-Mousawi in Tefahta village, south Lebanon.

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#FakeNews NYT: Israel behind bombing of Iran’s uranium facility

Still depending on unnamed sources, the New York Times blames Israel for planting a powerful explosive device in a warehouse where Iranian state researchers worked on advanced nuclear centrifuges, destroying the facility.

By i24NEWS, Associated Press


Israel was behind Thursday’s bomb attack on the Iranian Natanz uranium enrichment facility, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The newspaper cited a Middle Eastern intelligence official as saying that Israel was able to plant a powerful explosive in a warehouse where researchers worked on advanced centrifuges.

The NYT also cited a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps with knowledge on the matter as confirming that Iranian investigators established that the blast had been caused by a bomb. Continue Reading »

19 Senate Democrats warn Netanyahu, Gantz against applying sovereignty

19 Senate Democrats send a letter to PM Binyamin Netanyahu & Defense Minister Benny Gantz, warning that Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, Israel’s ancestral homeland, would place Israel at risk.

By Elad Benari


A group of US Senators from the Democratic party have sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz in which they warn against an Israeli move to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed the United States is “complicit” in so-called Israeli occupation” and should rethink its military aid to the Jewish state.- Photo/ AP,Mary Altaffer

The letter, sent on Thursday, is signed by 19 Senate Democrats, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Continue Reading »

Netanyahu calls to annex parts of Judea & Samaria, to expel illegal migrants

Back-stepping on previous statements in an obvious move to attract right-wing voters, Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz now echoes PM Netanyahu’s calls to annex the Jordan Valley.

By News Agencies , Israel Hayom Staff


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as the embattled leader kicked off a third election campaign in under a year on Tuesday.

Addressing Likud Party supporters at a campaign launch event in Jerusalem, Netanyahu promised to “impose Israeli sovereignty on the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea,” then pledged to annex all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria “without exception.” Continue Reading »

Could Gantz become 1st PM with Interpol Warrant preventing his traveling abroad?

While Israelis flock to vote on election day, Tuesday, a Dutch court will hold War Crimes hearing against PM Netanyahu’s greatest contender, Benny Gantz, since some countries, particularly in Europe, allow prosecution of foreign officials for war crimes if their local courts refuse to prosecute.



The District Court of the Hague will hold a hearing on Tuesday about whether a war crimes case against Benny Gantz is admissible relating to his command decisions during the 2014 Gaza War.

Israeli soldiers and commanders may also be on the hot seat at The Hague before the International Criminal Court, but Tuesday’s hearing, which also happens to be Election Day, is a local Dutch court proceeding that is unrelated to that. Continue Reading »

Mark Levin accuses Netanyahu opponent for planting #FakeNews

WATCH: After blasting Benny Gantz’s  Blue/White political party for planting anti-Israel, ‘Fake News’ in an American left-wing media outlet, Mark Levin tells Israelis, ”You have the modern-day Winston Churchill. Don’t make the same mistake the British made.”

By IsraelandStuff


As a guest commentator on Fox’s Hannity, Mark Levin blasts Israeli media, calling their reporting on ‘Israel’s placing surveillance devices around Washington’ as #FakeNews. He went further saying Benny Gantz, who is running to be Israel’s next Prime Minister, was most likely behind the leaked story.

“I don’t think the Israelis are spying on us,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Continue Reading »

Gantz & 2 other ex-Generals teem up with Lapid to dethrone Netanyahu

FIRST ‘serious threat’ to PM Netanyahu:  Former IDF Chief of Staff and Israel Resilience Party leader Benny Gantz, leads former IDF Chiefs of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Moshe Ya’alon, who was a Defense Minister for Netanyahu, to join Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid, in a rotation agreement to head a new center-left government following the April 9 election.

By Yuval Karni


Israel Resilience Party leader Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid signed a rotation agreement and will run together in the upcoming April 9 elections, they announced early Thursday.

Gabi Ashkenazi will also join them, making him the third former IDF chief in the party, in addition to Gantz and to former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon. Continue Reading »

IDF Bolsters Borders with Lebanon & Syria Against Potential Hezbollah Attacks


The IDF is being ultra-cautious since the air strike on Sunday that killed 6 Hezbollah & 6 Iranian Revolutionary Guards senior commanders near Quneitra, in the Syrian Golan Heights.



The IDF will increase its presence in northern communities throughout Thursday. As a result, local residents will see an increase in military traffic in their areas.

An IDF soldier stands atop a tank near Alonei Habashan on the Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria. – Photo: REUTERS

The measures are aimed at preparing the IDF for potential Hezbollah attacks.

The defense establishment is being ultra-sensitive since an air strike on Sunday that killed 12 Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps senior operatives near Quneitra, Syria, and Iranian vows to take revenge. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Naval Commando Unit, ‘Shayetet 13’, Receives Special Citation for its Covert Ops


Soldiers from Shayetet 13, Israel’s elite naval commando unit, were awarded a citation on Monday for a run of successfully covert missions, mostly deep inside enemy territory.



IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and navy commander Adm. Ram Rothberg awarded members of the Shayetet 13 elite navy commando unit with citations for covert operations in enemy territory.

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Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz delivers an address in Atlit praising the successes of the elite ‘Shayetet 13’ naval commando unit. – Photo courtesy: IDF SPOKESMAN’S OFFICE

The awards, given on Monday, were handed out following a series of operational activities that resulted in many successes, the IDF said. Continue Reading »

Interview: IDF Chief of Staff Gantz is Candid, Informative & Blunt

In his 1st interview after Protective Edge, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz says:

IDF won int’l praise for its conduct in its defensive operation in Gaza
Hezbollah doesn’t want to engage Israel in another all-out war
There’s no momentum for a 3ird Palestinian intifada
ISIS is ‘a phenomenon that must be tackled’, and
Says little on the issue of Iran.

By Alex Fishman


Almost the only moment during the interview with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz at which his easy-going and measured tone of voice climbed an octave or two was when it came to criticism of the way in which the IDF operated and was managed during Operation Protective Edge. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Exiting Chief of Staff Gantz: ‘Lebanon poses more serious threat than Gaza’

The IDF’s retiring Chief of Staff sums up 37 years in uniform, answers back to critics: Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge was a victory’



One month after the war with Hamas in Gaza ended and four months before his term as the Israeli army’s Chief of Staff ends, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz is sticking to his guns, claiming Operation Protective Edge was a success and a victory of the army.

Benny Gantz at Memorial Day ceremony in Jerusalem, May 4, 2014 ( i24news )

Benny Gantz at Memorial Day ceremony in Jerusalem, May 4, 2014 – Photo: i24news

“A number of top ranking army officials from different countries arrived here and told us: ‘Your professional conduct was unprecedented.’

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Israel retaliates in pre-dawn airstrike on 10 terror targets in Gaza

IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz said earlier on Saturday that Israel holds Hamas responsible for ongoing rocket fire from Gaza.




Israeli warplanes struck rocket-launching targets in the Gaza Strip before dawn on Sunday, the army announced.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, IAF aircraft hit 10 targets in central and southern Gaza.

Earlier on Saturday, IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz visited the northern Gaza border region on Saturday and met with military forces operating in the sector. Gantz spoke with infantry and tank unit commanders and examined preparations underway for a possible escalation. Continue Reading »

PM Netanyahu to Ashton: Ask Iranians about intercepted weapons shipment




PM Netanyahu: Ship’s takeover was meant to stop missiles from reaching terrorists and to expose ‘true face’ of Iran

By i24news


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the seizure of the cargo ship carrying missiles from Iran bound for Gaza had two goals – to prevent the weapons from reach terror groups and to “expose the true face of Iran” to the world.

Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

“Iran denies its involvement, but it’s lying. We will provide proof of this tomorrow,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. The prime minister and Israel’s top brass are expected to head to the Red Sea port of Eilat Monday for a news conference and display of the captured weaponry. Continue Reading »

IDF chief heads to NATO defense meeting in Brussels


Israel’s Chief of Staff of the IDF, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz will meet with NATO counterparts in Brussels, to present Israel’s security challenges with an emphasis on Iran, the Middle East & global terrorism.

By Lilach Shoval


Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz landed in Brussels for a two-day work visit on Tuesday to attend the 170th NATO defense chiefs’ meeting.

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Jerusalem’s Mayor Asks IDF & Police to Extricate Stranded Drivers

Mayor Barkat enlists the IDF & Israel Police to assist the many drivers & cars that have been caught stranded due to the ice & snow.

By Elad Benari


Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has enlisted the IDF and the Israel Police to help out the many drivers who have been stranded on the city’s roads because of the snow.

On Thursday night, after the snowstorm which hit the capital caused many road closures and traffic jams, Barkat contacted IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and the head of the Jerusalem District of the Israel Police, Yossi Pariente, and asked them to help clear the roads of stranded cars and people. Continue Reading »