Tag Archive for Gabi Ashkenazi

Historic²: Israel and Kosovo establish full diplomatic ties over Zoom

In a uniquely held ceremony via a Zoom meeting on Monday, Israel and Muslim-majority Kosovo officially established diplomatic ties Monday.



The ceremony, which according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry is the first of its kind in the world, saw agreements signed by Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and then scanned and sent to his Kosovar counterpart Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla in the capital of Pristina.

In her official capacity, the Kosovo Foreign Minister Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla, adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism last week on International Holocaust Memorial Day, which among other things defines certain anti-Israel activity as antisemitic. 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 »

“Hamas cannot conquer the Negev & Hezbollah cannot take the Galilee”

Despite the level of bravado from Iranian Generals or Hezbollah leaders, Israel’s enemies today are far weaker now than the armies of 1967, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi opines.

By Tova Dvorin


The threat level Hezbollah poses against Israel has been overhyped, former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi stated Wednesday – despite a recent IDF simulation predicting some 1,500 rockets on Israeli citizens per day.

Hezbollah military parade – Reuters

“Hamas cannot conquer the Negev and Hezbollah cannot take the Galilee,” Ashkenazi stated at a ceremony for Kineret Academic College in Tel Aviv.

Ashkenazi also opined that Israel’s enemies are, if anything, weaker than they were in 1967.

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ex-IDF chief: Israel can handle Iranian strike



Speaking in New York, former IDF chief Ashkenazi says Israel worked ‘long & hard’ to prepare for consequences of military operation in Iran.

ex-Intel chief Yadlin: Israel doesn’t need US for strike

By Yitzhak Benhorin


WASHINGTON – Former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said Sunday that Israel can handle the outcomes of a military strike on Iran. “We’ve worked long and hard to prepare ourselves,” he said at a Jerusalem Post conference in New York.

Gabi Ashkenazi speaks in new York - Photo Yaron Brener

Gabi Ashkenazi speaks in New York – Photo: Yaron Brener

Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, who also spoke at the conference, echoed Ashkenazi’s statements saying that Israel can mount an attack on its own, without US assistance and can handle the consequences. Continue Reading »

Olmert says on TV: I don’t trust Barak with security matters

Israel’s channel 2 investigative report, shows spat between former PM & defense minister as they struggled to cope with growing Iranian nuclear threat

Netanyahu allegedly ordered IDF on alert to strike Iran in 2010.


In a rare public spat between what were once two of Israel’s highest-ranking politicians, former prime minister Ehud Olmert said he did not trust Defense Minister Ehud Barak with Israel’s most serious military matters, in a Channel 2 investigative report aired Monday.

Olmert & Barak – Photo: REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

“I would very much prefer that this large a responsibility on these subjects (such as the Iranian nuclear program) will be in the hands of somebody else, not his,” Olmert said.

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