Tag Archive for Moshe Ya’alon

WATCH: Ya’alon says on CNN interview, PM Netanyahu will “absolutely” be indicted


In a CNN interview, Christiane Amanpour incredulously reacts to the former IDF chief of staff, Moshe Ya’alon’s, remarks regarding PM Benjamin Netanyahu.



Former Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon pulled no punches when, on prime time US television on Tuesday night, he announced his belief that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his former boss, will be indicted on corruption charges.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour could hardly believe what the former IDF Chief of Staff had just said.

“There are serious charges and there are serious investigations underway about the prime minister and the issue of corruption. How do you think that is going to end up?” asked Amanpour. Continue Reading »

Avigdor Liberman enters Netanyahu’s gov’t, replaces Moshe Ya’alon as Defense Minister


Israel’s TV2 Reports: Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman, agreed to PM Netanyahu’s offer to enter current coalition, and will replace Moshe Ya’alon as Israel’s Defense Minister.



Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman has agreed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to supplant Moshe Ya’alon as Israel’s next defense minister.

Liberman and Ya’alon. – Photo MARC ISRAEL SELLEM, J’lem Post

Netanyahu and Liberman agreed on Wednesday to form negotiating teams whose mandate will be to finalize the terms of a deal that would expand the Likud-led governing coalition.

News of the agreement between Liberman and Netanyahu was first reported by Ben Caspit, the senior political commentator for The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language corporate sister publication Ma’ariv. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Paid Muslims That Scream & Harass Visiting Jews on Temple Mount Now Outlawed


view videoInitiated by Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan and signed by the Defense Minister, groups such as the ‘Murabitun’ & ‘Murabitat’ who scream & harass Jews are now illegal organizations, including all who aid & support them.

By Ido Ben Porat


Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon signed an order Wednesday declaring the groups of Islamists who regularly harass Jews on the Temple Mount – the male “Murabitun” and female “Murabitat” – as illegal organizations.

The activists regularly riot on the Mount, curse, shout, and throw various objects at the Jews who ascend the Mount, and sometimes attack police as well. Continue Reading »

Reveled: Israel Aiding Syrian Rebels On Condition They Don’t Attack Druze Towns

Israel’s Defense Minister Yaalon: ‘Rebels near Israel’s border receive humanitarian aid on condition that they don’t attack Druze and block terrorists.’

By Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer


Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that Israel is offering humanitarian assistance to Syrian rebels near the border, “on condition that they prevent terrorist organizations from nearing the border fence and that they refrain from attacking Druze.”

Yaalon was speaking at a briefing for Israel’s diplomatic correspondents. He said that the rebels are taking over the Golan and defeating Syrian strongman Bashar al Assad.

Regarding the Druze in Israel and Syria, Yaalon said that surprisingly: “No terror attacks [against Israel] have emanated from the area under rebel control, but there have been terror attacks from the area under Druze control.”

He also said that last week’s lynch attack on wounded Syrians by Israeli Druze, and some statements made by Druze leaders, had “caused a lot of damage,” but he praised the head of the Druze sect in Israel, Muafak Tarif, and the heads of Druze municipal councils, for the way they have been handling themselves. Continue Reading »

India Reports Deal Soon To Be Sealed on Joint Missile Development With Israel

The Times of India reported Thursday morning that India and Israel are close to signing a deal on developing a joint missile system.

By Moshe Cohen


Israel and India are close to a deal on developing a joint missile system, the Times of India reported Thursday.

PM Netanyahu with India’s PM Narendra Modi – Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO

Negotiators had “virtually sealed” the deal for medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MR-SAM) missiles which the Indian Army will purchase from Israeli developers, including Israel Aerospace Industries. The manufacturing will mostly take part in India.

Over the past 15 years, Israel has sold over $10 billion in defense systems and arms to India making Israel “among the top defense suppliers to India,” the Times of India said.

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First Israel Defense Minister to Visit India, a “True Friend”

Israeli DM Moshe Ya’alon takes off Monday night for an official visit to India – the 1st time Israel’s Defense Minister to made the journey.

By Kobi Finkler & Cynthia Blank


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) will take off Monday night for New Delhi as part of an official visit to India.

His visit will mark the first time an Israeli defense minister has traveled to the Asian nation.

During his visit, Ya’alon will attend the inauguration of a defense industries of Israel pavilion during an arms fair held in the city of Bangalore, the capital of southern Indian state Karnataka.

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Israeli Defense Minister Demands Water Connection for New Palestinian Town


Israeli Defense Minister and IDF generals seek to bypass Israeli-Palestinian Water committees to advance the new Palestinian town as livable, but PA intransigence might prevent it.

By Israel Today Staff


The city of Rawabi (pictured below) is a flagship Palestinian project. It is a modern, planned town of 40,000 homes aimed at moving Palestinian society forward.

But while the first apartments are ready to be occupied, they remain empty. Israel’s Water Authority has thus far refused to connect Rawabi to the Israeli water network.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon isn’t pleased by the situation, and has been working on behalf of getting Rawabi connected to the water system and operating as a symbol of what Palestinian society can become if it focuses on advancement rather than conflict with Israel. Continue Reading »

Ya’alon to be Israel’s First Defense Minister to Visit India

Minister Ya’alon will meet with his Indian counterpart and other officials to discuss additional future security cooperation agreements, and to attend an arms exhibition in Bangalore during his Feb 17 visit.

By Itamar Eichner


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will visit India on February 17, a first visit by an Israeli defense minister to the South Asian country since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two states.

Netanyahu meeting with Indian counterpart Modi – Photo: GPO

Ya’alon is scheduled to hold a series of meetings with Indian officials and visit an arms exhibition in Bangalore.

Israeli sources stressed the importance of the visit, saying it is a breakthrough in security relations between the two countries. Continue Reading »

Israel Defense Minister: Iran planning to open front against Israel from Golan Heights


While visiting IAI’s Missiles & Satellites plant, Defense Minister Ya’alon says Israel’s satellites in space are able to track distant threats, particularly Iran’s.



Iran is seeking to open a new front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday during a visit to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to mark Space Week.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visit Israel Aerospace Industries‏. – Photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI

Speaking a little more than a week after an air strike, attributed by international media reports to Israel, that struck and killed 12 Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah operatives in Quneitra, Syria, near the Israeli border, Ya’alon appeared to link the air strike to Iran’s activities in Syria. Continue Reading »

Israel to Get Squadron of F-35 Stealth Jets in $2.7 Billion Dollar Deal

Amid high political tensions in US-Israel relations, Israeli Ministry of Defense announced Tuesday that the $2.7 billion dollar deal encompasses the acquisition of 19 “stealth” aircraft.

By Uzi Baruch and Tova Dvorin


US-Israeli relations have suffered tremendously over the past month, with the State Department making multiple condemnations against Israel for both building Jewish homes in Jerusalem and for increasing its fight against Palestinian Arab terror.

However, it has not damaged the military cooperation between them, as the Israel Aerospace Industries, together with representatives of the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced Tuesday that Israel will acquire a new squadron of F-35 jets from the US Army and Lockheed-Martin. Continue Reading »

PayBack: White House rejected Ya’alon request to meet ranking gov’t officials

Tit for tat: Obama administration declined Ya’alon request for meetings with top figures, an act of political punishment for Israel’s defense minister calling John Kerry ‘obsessive & messianic’.

By Yitzhak Benhorin



WASHINGTON – The US administration prevented Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon from meeting with key officials during his visit to Washington, DC, American sources told Ynet on Friday.

Ya'alon and Power (Photo: Defense Ministry)

Ya’alon and Power – Photo: Defense Ministry

The defense ministry did not comment, though sources close to Ya’alon said “the aim was to meet with the security echelon, and that was what happened.”

Ya’alon arrived on Tuesday to meet his counterpart, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and American intelligence officials. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Defense Minister at UN to Defend Israel Against False Hamas Allegations

Analysis: Defense Minister Ya’alon will have to chronicle to Ban Ki-moon the list of war crimes committed by Hamas & other Gaza terror organizations, and defend Israel against false claims.

By Mark Langfan, A7 UN Reporter


Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who is on a five-day visit to the US, came to the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City Monday to begin to fight the ultimate battle of the Hamas-Israel War that began in the summer of 2014.

Yaalon with Ban

Yaalon with Ban – Photo: Sarah Brittany Somerset/UN

Now, long after the guns fell silent in Gaza, Ya’alon has perhaps the toughest of all fights: explaining to an extremely skeptical and biased United Nations that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fought the Gaza War in accordance with “international law.”

Here, on a beautiful, crisp, sunny autumn day, on the 38th Floor of the UN Secretariat Building with spectacular views, thousands of miles from Israel and Hamas, Ya’alon first shook hands with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Defense Minister: The Palestinians Will Have Autonomy – Not Sovereignty

Defense Minister Ya’alon says a political separation between Israel & Abbas’ PA has already come about, and he calls for demilitarized autonomy for the Palestinian Authority.

By Elad Benari, Canada


The Palestinian Arabs will not have a “state” but rather an “autonomy”, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Israel Hayom daily newspaper in an interview published Wednesday.

“Our efforts to create shortcuts over the last two decades — from Oslo until present day — have all failed,” he said. “We know how to live with it. It is certainly not necessary to control them. We can give them political autonomy like they have now,” said Ya’alon. Continue Reading »

Defense Minister & Opposition Leader Slams Reservists Claims of Elite Intelligence Unit

Defense Minister Ya’alon says leftist reservists’ letter was ‘Foolish & Disgusting’ and those who accused the elite intel unit of abuse, are taking part in a ‘delegitimization’ campaign against Israel.

By Uzi Baruch


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon reacted with disgust Saturday night to a letter of refusal signed by leftist reservists from an elite intelligence unit.

The letter, signed by 43 reserve officers and soldiers, called for insubordination after accusing the elite intelligence Unit 8200 of being an “inseparable part of the military control of the territories,” referring to Judea and Samaria, and alleging the unit was being used to spy on “innocent” Palestinians. Continue Reading »

Israel to call to arms 40,000 reservists for extended Gaza operation


After Hamas ignored Jerusalem’s ceasefire attempts in it’s onslaught of hundreds of rockets aimed at Israeli civilian centers, the Israel cabinet votes to call up 40,000 reservists.

PM Netanyahu tells IDF to ‘take glove off’ and prepare for long Gaza operation.

By Yoav Zitun & Attila Somfalvi


The security cabinet has voted to call up some 40,000 reservists in preparation of a possible ground operation in Gaza Strip as part of Operation Protective Edge, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to “take off the gloves” in its confrontation with Hamas.


IAF attacks Gaza terror targets – Photo: AFP

Netanyahu placed responsibility for the current round of fighting on Hamas, and said “Hamas chose escalation and it will pay a heavy price for it.”

Senior political sources close to Netanyahu said he has ordered the defense establishment to conduct a “continuous, long and forceful operation in Gaza.”

The decision to call up reservists was taken at the request of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Continue Reading »