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 »
In a CNN interview, Christiane Amanpour incredulously reacts to the former IDF chief of staff, Moshe Ya’alon’s, remarks regarding PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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?” Continue Reading »
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.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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 »
Initiated 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 »
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.” Continue Reading »
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 Indiareported 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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 – 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.” Continue Reading »
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 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 »
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