Some 4,000 people attended the Diplomat Beach Resort Ballroom on Saturday night at a function of the Israeli American Council. President Trump was invited as the keynote guest speaker at the function. Also at the event was Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino giant who introduced President Trump. Adelson is one of the largest donors to the IAC and a supporter of President Trump financially and emotionally.
In the middle of negotiations in Cairo with Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a five year cease fire, three missiles were launched at southern Israel Saturday night. Two of the missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome and one fell in open area. Several people were treated for trauma. A group of students had gathered to watch a basketball tournament at the time of the explosions. They dispersed quickly to find cover from this potential danger.
After a three week lull, demonstrations will resume on Friday at the Gaza Border fence. The High National Committee for the March of Return announced the organization of demonstrations at the border Friday. The decision to resume the weekly border protests came as Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad leaders continued their discussions in Cairo with senior Egyptian intelligence officials about reaching a long term ceasefire with Israel. The Hamas delegation is headed by Ismail Haniyeh, while Islamic Jihad is headed by their secretary general.
Newly elected Israeli Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett believes an aggressive offense strategy needs to be executed on Iranian targets, as well as additional attacks on Syria. Bennett is an Israeli politician who led the Jewish Home party between 2012 and 2018 and currently serves as an MK for New Right. Bennett publicly shared his doctrine proposal on November 29 in the Israeli media. The doctrine received an immediate reaction from Russia.
On Tuesday, over 70 notable Israeli entrepreneurs signed a letter urging lawmakers to prevent the political uncertainty from progressing. On Wednesday, a collective of tech industry heads sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to resign in light of the corruption charges brought against him. They condemned his attack on the judiciary and the Attorney General while underscoring the need for stability, which maintains economic progress.
At 2:00 Israel time, Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, announced that he refuses to join any minority government, whether it be the minority government of Benjamin Netanyahu or the minority government of Benny Gantz.
On Tuesday morning, before dawn, four missiles were fired from Syria at Israel. Communities in the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee heard sirens. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted these rockets. This was the first confrontation between Israel and the Iran-backed military in Syria in several months. Israel has bombed Iranian military bases in Syria and Iraq, but Iran did not retaliate until this confrontation.
Iѕrаеlі army ѕроkеѕmаn Avichay Adraee ѕаіd оn Tuesday that fоur rосkеtѕ fіrеd frоm Sуrіа were fіrеd at thе Golan Hеіghtѕ, while Syrian media reported explosions near Dаmаѕсuѕ Intеrnаtіоnаl Aіrроrt. Adraee explained that the Israeli Irоn Dоmе іntеrсерtеd the four mіѕѕіlеѕ аnd wаѕ drорреd оvеr thе Sуrіаn Qunеіtrа area in the Sуrіаn Gоlаn, nоtіng thаt nоnе оf thеm rеасhеd Israeli territory.
Secretary of State Pompeo announced on Monday that the US is softening its position on West Bank Settlements in the occupied West Bank. Pompeo said the US repudiates a 1978 State Department legal opinion that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are inconsistent with international law. This move by America has already angered Jordan and will anger other nations in the Middle East and Europe. Already the declaration of President Trump giving recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and supporting Israel annexation of the Golan has had an effect on relations between Israel and its neighbors.
Blue & White leader Benny Gantz has until next Thursday to make a government. If not there may be new elections. The current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in the middle of an indictment, and in a difficult situation preventing him from joining a national unity government.
Israel and Islamic Jihad reached a ceasefire agreement Wednesday night with Egyptian mediation, although rockets were launched Thursday morning from Gaza on Israel border communities. The agreement was to come into effect at 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning. A Islamic Jihad spokesmen said that the ceasefire was based on a list of demands including a halt of the targeted killings of the group’s leaders by Israel. Also it was to include a halt to Israeli aggression at the border during the Friday March of Return protests.
Ali Khamenei ѕаіd Friday that “thе disappearance оf Iѕrаеl” mеаnt thе destruction оf the Stаtе of Israel, nоt the аnnіhіlаtіоn оf the Jеwѕ. Khаmеnеі аddrеѕѕеd a “Pаlеѕtіnіаn саѕе” іn a ѕреесh, ѕауіng thе Iѕlаmіс Republic’s роѕіtіоn wаѕ “dеfіnіtіvе.”
In thе early hоurѕ оf Frіdау, thе Israeli army ѕhеllеd ѕіtеѕ thаt іt ѕаіd belonged tо thе Iѕlаmіс Jihad Mоvеmеnt in thе Gаzа Strip. Lосаl ѕоurсеѕ іn thе Gаzа Strір соnfіrmеd thаt thе Iѕrаеlі аrmу carried оut ѕеvеrаl rаіdѕ wеѕt оf Khan Yunis and West Rafah іn thе ѕоuthеrn Gaza Strір. The sirens sounded twісе on Thurѕdау evening іn Iѕrаеlі tоwnѕ іn thе Gaza Strip.
In the еаrlу hours of Thurѕdау, Iѕrаеlі warplanes attacked several tаrgеtѕ оf thе Islamic Jіhаd mоvеmеnt іn the Gaza Strip. Nеwѕ sources reported that аmоng the sites tаrgеtеd bу Iѕrаеl іѕ аn operating rооm uѕеd bу the Khаn Yunіѕ Brigade for the Jihad Mоvеmеnt, which is асtіvаtеd іn rоutіnе аnd еmеrgеnсу саѕеѕ, іn аddіtіоn tо a mіlіtаrу complex іn thе ѕоuth оf the Gаzа Strip.
Starting Tuesday morning, over 250 rockets have been shot at the Israel civilian population in the Southern settlements up to Tel Aviv after a targeted attack on a commander in Islamic Jihad in Gaza. The rocket fire brought life in much of Israel to a standstill and schools remained closed in communities close to the Gaza border. All public gatherings have been restricted. Israel early Wednesday evening is still under rocket fire.
Late Monday night Israel targeted and killed two Jihad commanders in Syria and in Gaza. In Damascus, Syrian media reported two killed in the attack including Islamic Jihad Akram Ajuri’s son in a home located near the Lebanese embassy in Mezzah, a Western District of the Syrian capital. Jihad Syria blamed the attack on the Zionist criminal enemy.
An Iѕlаmіс Jіhаd mіlіtаnt and a Palestinian wоmаn wеrе killed Tuеѕdау іn an Iѕrаеlі аіrѕtrіkе іn thе Gаzа Strip, a mіlіtаrу official said. Thе Mіnіѕtrу оf Health іn Gаzа аnnоunсеd in a ѕtаtеmеnt thаt two people wеrе kіllеd, оnе оf thеm a wоmаn, аnd two оthеrѕ were wounded in different strikes еаѕt оf thе сіtу.
In іtѕ lаtеѕt rероrt on Iran’s nuсlеаr рrоgrаm, thе IAEA ѕаіd іt had fоund urаnіum раrtісlеѕ аt аn undisclosed ѕіtе іn Irаn. In thе report, the аgеnсу dіѕсоvеrеd thаt nаturаl uranium раrtісlеѕ hаd bееn brought tо thе site bу a human agent thаt Iran hаd nоt previously dесlаrеd.
East Jerusalem and the West Bank was once part of Jordan. In November of 1988 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Palestine. A year after signing the Oslo accords the Palestinian National Authority was established to govern areas A and B in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In 1979 through the Camp David Accords Jordan ceded its claim to the West Bank. During the negotiations of the Oslo Accord the PLO recognized the right of Israel to exist and Israel recognized the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people.
The conflict which exists in Israel between the secular liberal population and the conservative right wing is partially over the issue of the sacredness of the Land Of Israel to the Jewish people. Jews live throughout the world and maintain their identity as Jews through their religion. There is an obligation to the Jew to recognize that their homeland is Eretz Yisrael the land of Israel; but not necessarily to live in Israel today.
On Saturday while Israelis were celebrating the Sabbath at 9 p.m. sirens were sounded in Southern Israel when ten rockets were shot from Gaza. Most of these rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome Defense system but one rocket managed to get through and damage a house in the settlement city of Sederot. There were no injuries. Israel carried out a series of aerial attacks in response to the rocket attack. Officials in the Gaza strip said that a 27-year old man was killed during an air strike on a military training camp and three other Palestinians were wounded. Hamas threatened to respond on what it called “Israel crimes and aggression against our people.”
Israel well known for its advances in high tech has now expanded its goal of reaching complete reliance on solar energy in daytime hours for the Arava region of southern Israel which includes the city Eilat. The team behind this achievement is now lobbying for legislation that would make the whole country 100% solar energy reliant in daytime hours by the year 2030.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel will have to change its priorities when it comes to the delegation of resources to curb Iran’s belligerence. Speaking on Monday, he said that the country would have to pull more funds from civilian budgets in order to achieve this.
President Donald Trump announced proudly to the world “Last night the American Army brought the greatest terrorist in the world to justice.” Abu Bakr al –Baghdadi was the leader of the terrorist organization ISIS which was and still is a threat to the whole world. Similar to this event came the time when the Obama administration announced the death of Osama Bin Ladin who had been the organizer of the terrorist attack which downed the Twin Towers in New York and a part of the Pentagon in Washington.
Israel and Jordan are celebrating the anniversary of their peace agreement by President Bill Clinton between Yitchok Rabin Prime Minister of Israel and King Hussein of Jordan. Some say that it should have delivered bigger dividends and the promise at its outset has not yet been fulfilled.
The Naharayim Park was established 25 years ago as a symbol of the landmark peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. Their relationship which began with great promise has been plagued with mistrust, disappointment and missed opportunities. It is still intact but both sides are feeling tensions in the relationships.
Local Israeli media says that Jerusalem is preemptively bolstering defenses should Iran retaliate for an ongoing series of attacks on its proxies attributed to the IDF. Sources say the Israeli military will focus on Israel preparing for potential retaliation by Iran for Israel air strikes in Syria
Missiles from Iran have the potential to strike major cities in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel has struck different locations in Syria and Iraq related to the Iran militia. These attacks continue from day to day as news flashes relate these events without Israel claiming responsibility for the attacks, such as news reports about unidentified drone attacks on Iranian backed militia in Eastern Syria. Three drones were seen flying in the direction of their target.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given first chance to make a government. The deadline will soon be in one week. In the meantime he has presented a proposal to the Blue-White party of Benny Gantz which they have refused. They claim that Netanyahu is only stalling because of his possible indictment which will be finalized in November. These were the conditions Netanyahu gave to Gantz:
Israel is celebrating the holiday of Succot. The holiday begins Monday night and lasts for seven days. During this time, Jews will appear to be camping out eating and living in booths which are temporary dwelling places. On the eighth day of the holiday is Simchat Torah when is completed the reading of the entire five books of Moses. On the holiday of Simchat Torah (translated as the Joy of the Torah), Jews dance with Torah rejoicing in being the chosen people on earth to receive the Torah.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his first statement regarding the US withdrawal from Syria, strongly condemning the Turkish military action and offering humanitarian assistance to the Kurds. He stated “Israel condemns the Turkish invasion of Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies. Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.”
President Trump has not renegotiated a deal with Iran after withdrawing the United States from an Obama era nuclear pact. The two countries are at loggerheads following Trump’s exit from the international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting sanctions on the Islamic regime, though Trump has held open the door for future talks. Trump is quoted as saying “If we could work out something that’s meaningful, not a waste of paper that the other deal was, I would certainly be willing to meet.”
On Tuesday during an annual leadership meeting by the head of the IRGC Intelligence Organization Hossein Taub Soleimani revealed in a rare interview that an assassination attempt had been made on his life. The identities of the suspects has still not been revealed. The assassination was planned for several years. Through the assassination it was hoped that it would spark an internal Iranian power struggle and trigger a religious war within Iran. The suspects who are Iranian were sent abroad and trained to make the attack.
President of Israel Reuven Riblin at the 22nd inaugural meeting of the Knesset said that Israeli Democracy is in a state of emergency and a government must be formed as soon as possible. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein addressed the long period of political uncertainty from April since the 21st Knesset was dissolved without making a government. They both called for a unity government. They said that Israelis will not forgive the leaders of the two major parties if a third election is held within a year.
Israel has completed its elections and is on the way to making a new government. The elections were a standoff like in the previous elections. The attempt of President Rivlin to bring the two parties together has temporarily failed. Likud and the Israel right parties received more mandates than Blue-White. President Rivlin has called upon Benjamin Netanyahu to make an attempt to reach the majority of 61 mandates.
The results of the Israel elections are final. Benny Gantz of the Blue-White party has defeated Netanyahu winning 33 mandates while Netanyahu and Likud received 31 mandates. The government consists of 120 mandates which is divided by all the various parties in the Israel coalition. The candidate who receives the most mandates like Benny Gantz has the first opportunity to make a majority government of 61 mandates. The President of Israel Reuven Rivlin is working to help Gantz achieve this majority.
Israeli went to the polls on Tuesday in a second attempt to make a government. The first attempt failed when there was a standoff between the major left candidate Benny Gantz of the Blue-White party and Prime Minister Netanyahu representing Likud on the right. Neither of the two candidates were able to gather together enough mandates (including in any coalition) to reach to a majority.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has categorically rejected the plans of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a portion of the West Bank. In an emergency meeting held by the OIC in Jeddah at the weekend, OIC member states expressed strong rejection and condemnation of the Israeli PM’s declaration.
On Tuesday September 17 elections will be held for the second time this year in Israel. The first elections ended up in a stalemate and forecasts for the coming elections show similar results. Both sides, right and left, have campaigned and organized their parties in preparation for the coming elections. The right is led by Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud. The left is led by Benny Gantz of the Blue-White Party. Netanyahu in the previous elections received an equal amount of mandates as Gantz (35) but was unable to make a government combining mandates from other parties to reach the required majority of 61 mandates. Gantz also was unable to reach this number so new elections were called by President Reuven Riblin.
On Saturday September 7 two Israeli a boy 17 years old and his father were going to a dental clinic in an Arab village near the Palestinian town of Azzun. A fifteen year old local teenage approached the two and asked is they were Jewish, then stabbed them. The boy was seriously injured and the father was slightly injured in the attack. The Arab boy surrendered himself to the Palestinian security forces. The two Jews were rescued by the Arab dentist who they had intended to visit for a treatment.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to annex the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea to Israel if he wins next week’s general election. Observers believe that Netanyahu raised this matter at this time to win votes in the upcoming elections, especially right-wing voters. Israel considers the control of the Jordan Valley necessary to prevent a future Palestinian state.
Israel is in a crisis. Hezbollah has threatened them from the North. They are at war with Iran deploying their forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Trump has vowed support for Israel and its survival in an unstable Middle East. The Peace Deal of the Century between Israel and Palestine is ready to be revealed after the elections.
At a news conference on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel had learned of an Iranian “covert nuclear facility” in Abadeh, Fars province. Iran has rejected his recent remarks. The Israeli prime minister said Iran had carried out “tests for the development of nuclear weapons” at the facility for military purposes.
The Iranian “Al-Quds” Corps fired several rockets from inside Syria towards Israel, in response to an air strike targeting the positions of Iraqi Shiite factions operating under its command in the province of Deir Ezzor. In a rare incident, the Israeli army spotted an attempt to launch several rockets from the vicinity of the Syrian capital, Damascus, toward Tel Aviv yesterday. Israel accused the militias under the command of the Quds Force, led by Qassem Soleimani, of launching the attack.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrilla group said on Monday it had shot down an Israeli drone as it crossed Lebanon’s southern border, a week after a limited exchange of fire. In light of the tense situation in the region, unknown warplanes targeted the positions of Iranian forces and armed militants loyal to them in the far east of Syria on Monday, killing 18 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
There is controversy today over a potential meeting between Hassan Rouhani of Iran and President Donald Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented about this potential meeting saying he cannot tell the American president who he can or cannot meet, but the two are in agreement about the issue of the Iran Nuclear deal. In the meantime Iran will announce nuclear steps on Saturday. They have stated that they are poised for faster nuclear centrifuges which will mean the collapse of the nuclear deal. Europe is still trying to save the deal with a French proposal offering a $15 billion line of credit. Netanyahu is meeting with US secretary of defense Mark Esper and Boris Johnson in London concerning the nuclear deal.
The first confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel ended up without a war. Although Hezbollah said that they do not want a war, by shooting three missiles at military targets in the North and damaging army vehicles there was a risk of a bloodier confrontation. The Israel army vehicles were not manned at the time of the attack. The confrontation ended without war.
Hassan Nasrallah the head of Hezbollah gave Israel advanced warning that he was going to take revenge for the attack by Israel with drones on the city of Beirut and the people of Lebanon, but he emphasized that he was not looking to start a war. Sunday, at 4:00 Israel time Hezbollah shot three anti-tank missiles at an IDF base and several military vehicles near the Israel settlement of Avivim close to the Lebanese border. Hezbollah claims to have destroyed one army vehicle.