In New Year interview with Ynet, Israel’s PM reiterates his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state, declaring publicly that the Palestinian Authority a ‘failed entity’ and ruled out any direct meeting with Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas.
By Attila Somfalvi
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday ruled out meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to promote a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“My perception is different than that of the defense minister although we work in harmony. I oppose a Palestinian state and I think it would be a grave mistake to import the failed Gaza model of Hamas which shoots rockets at us, and turn the entire West Bank to that,” he told Ynet in an interview. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister said while inaugurating a monument in honor of Southern Lebanese Army (SLA) soldiers, “as an Israeli, as a Jew and as a human being, my heart aches seeing the images of people going hungry on the streets of Lebanon.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz has offered to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon through UNIFIL force to contend with the spiraling crisis the country is facing.
Israel prepares convoy of trucks with humanitarian aid for delivery. May 15 2018 – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Lebanon is facing an unprecedented financial crisis. Food and medicine are scarce, there are long lines for fuel, the local currency has lost more than 90% of its value in less than two years, and unemployment is skyrocketing. Continue Reading »
Mere days before being officially sworn in after 4 turbulent elections, MK Ze’ev Elkin [New Hope] warns Defense Minister Gantz [Blue & White] that new gov’t must stop and end all the illegal Arab construction in ‘Area C’, or he will topple gov’t forcing a 5th election (in less than 2 years).
By Arutz Sheva Staff ,
A senior member of the rightist New Hope party has demanded that Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) form a special administration for land in Judea and Samaria, aimed at curbing illegal Arab land grabs.
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Example of unlawful squatting, with Illegal Palestinian building, in Area C of Judea.
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.
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Hezbollah fighters hold flags as they attend the memorial of their slain leader Sheik Abbas al-Mousawi in Tefahta village, south Lebanon.
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 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 »
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 »
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.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
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 »
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.”
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 »
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 »
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.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
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 »
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.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »