Israel news summary

Israel News for 5-12-2021

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Since Monday, Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists have fired over 850 rockets into Israel. Targets include Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Bersheva, Rishon Letzion, Bnei Brak, Lod, Ashkelon, Ashdon, in addition to the areas near the border. The Iron Dome missile defense system has destroyed almost all of the rockets, but unfortunately, the system is not 100% effective.

A 52-year old man and his 16-year old daughter were killed early today when a rocket  hit their home in an Arab neighborhood in the city of Lod. On Tuesday evening, a 65-year old woman was killed when a rocket hit her home in Rishon Letzion. On Tuesday, two elderly woman were killed when rockets hit their apartments in Ashkelon. A house in Yahud, near the international airport, was destroyed in a direct hit. Over 50 people have, thus far, been injured in the rocket attacks.

Early this morning, an anti-tank guided missile fired from Gaza hit a car in the area of Moshav Netiv HaAsara near the border. One person was killed and 2 wounded.

The IDF is responding to the rocket attacks with airstrikes and artillery and tank fire, as part of “Operation Guardian of the Walls.” The strikes are targeting weapons manufacturing facilities and senior military commanders. Senior Islamic Jihad and Hamas commanders have been killed in strikes on buildings where they were staying. Palestinians claim over 36 dead, including some civilians. The IDF continues to warn civilians to evacuate buildings before they are targeted. But terrorists imbed themselves among civilians, inevitably leading to civilian casualties. The IDF has called up 5,000 reservists and placed artillery close to the border.

Egyptian mediators are trying to work out a ceasefire agreement.

PM Netanyahu today declared a state of emergency for the city of Lod, where Arab residents have staged violent riots since Monday. An Arab man was shot and killed during the riots. The suspect arrested is Jewish. Two Jews were injured, one seriously, from a barrage of rocks thrown at their car. Lod, located near the airport, is home to 47,000 Jews and 23,000 Arabs.  Border Police forces have been deployed to the city. Riots and unrest have also spread to other mixed Arab-Jewish cities including Ramle and Acco.

Let us all pray for peace and security in the holy land. 

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Israel News for 5-10-2021

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Today is Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967. Arabs rioted and clashed with police on the Temple Mount early this morning with Arabs hurling rocks at police and police responding with stun grenades and rubber bullets. Palestinian medics said at least 215 Palestinians were hurt in the violence, including 153 who were hospitalized. Police reported that at least 16 police officers were wounded, including one who was hospitalized. The annual Jerusalem Day march through the Moslem Quarter of the Old City to the Western Wall is scheduled for 4pm Israel time today. Many are calling for the march to be cancelled to avoid provoking further violence.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Shabbat and expressed “serious concerns” over the situation in Jerusalem and “encouraged the Israeli government to pursue appropriate measures to ensure calm during Jerusalem Day commemorations.” Shabbat responded that international intervention in the matter “rewards the rioters” and those who send them in the hope of pressuring Israel into compliance. He said, “Israel manages the events in Jerusalem from a sovereign position, with responsibility and discretion – despite the provocations.”

Several clashes between Arabs rioters and police were also reported Sunday night in Haifa, where 15 rioters were arrested after attacking officers and trying to break through a police barrier and obstruct traffic.

President Reuven Rivlin addressed the situation in Jerusalem saying, “Today, more than ever, the state respects freedom of worship and will continue to do so, but will not tolerate riots, terrorist activity and support for terrorism. Jerusalem is dear to us all, it is a city of holiness and peace. This is the time to ensure that the sanctity of Jerusalem is honored by all its lovers.”

To watch a disturbing video of Arabs attacking an Israeli car and a police officer coming to the rescue, click here.

Terrorists fired rockets into Israel from Gaza yesterday and this morning. Incendiary balloon attacks caused 40 fires in Israel yesterday. In response, IDF tanks struck Hamas military posts in Gaza. Israel also closed the Erez border crossing, except for humanitarian and extraordinary cases.

The Arab Ra’am party has reportedly agreed to back a unity government lead by Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett, but will not actually be part of the government. In return, the government will give Ra’am the chairmanship of some prominent Knesset committees and allocation of budgets aimed at tackling issues facing Arab communities including crumbling infrastructure and high rates of poverty and crime.

Negotiations to form the unity government include Bennett serving as Prime Minister for the first 18 months followed by Lapid serving for 18 months. Bennett’s Yamina party only has 7 Knesset seats, and one of those MK’s has said he will not support the unity government. Lapid’s Yesh Atid party has 18 seats, and yet he is willing to let Bennett serve as PM first. That’s because without the support of Bennett and Gideon Sa’ar’s Right-Wing parties, Lapid has no chance of forming a government. The unity government would apparently not include any of the religious parties, who remain staunch Netanyahu supporters.

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Israel News for 5-7-2021

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Yair Lapid, leader of Yesh Atid – – the second largest party in the Knesset, has received the mandate to form a new government. Lapid is trying to form a broad coalition with parties from the right, center and left.

Three terrorists opened fire at the gate of an IDF base near Jenin in the northern West Bank (Samaria). Soldiers returned fire, killing 2 terrorists and wounding the third. The terrorists used submachine guns.

Yehuda Guetta, the 19 year old Yeshiva student who was one of 3 students shot by terrorists in a drive-by shooting at a bus stop on Sunday, died of his wounds Wednesday night and was laid to rest yesterday.

Bahrain state-run media reported that Mossad chief Yossi Cohen visited Bahrain and met with the heads of national intelligence and strategic security to discuss “the most prominent security topics, regional developments and issues of common interest.”

Incendiary balloons launched from Gaza caused at least 7 fires in forests located near the border.

Violence broke out between Arabs and Israelis in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood just north of the Old City in Jerusalem where dozens of Palestinians are at risk of being evicted following a long legal battle with Jews trying to acquire property in the neighborhood. The two groups threw rocks and chairs at each other, and an Israeli owned car was set on fire.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Thursday that a joint team from the police and the Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department will investigate last week’s deadly tragedy on Mount Meron in which 45 people died.

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Israel News for 5-5-2021

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PM Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government expired at midnight yesterday. This morning, President Rivlin met with both Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett, to decide who will get the mandate next. Gideon Saar’s New Hope party announced they will recommend Lapid as their candidate to form a new government. Lapid’s Yesh Atid party controls 18 Knesset seats while Bennett’s Yamina only 7. One Yamina MK said that he would not support a unity government with the Left.

IDF forces surrounded a building in Nablus, in search of 47-year-old Muntasir Shalabi, the terrorist suspected of shooting and wounding 3 yeshiva students at a bus stop on Sunday. The troops reported cleared the building of its residents and then threw grenades and fired shots into it before entering. The suspect was not found. The IDF has arrested the suspects wife and 17 year old son.

Syrian state media reported that Israeli missiles struck locations in the northwestern towns of Haffeh and Masyaf, killing one person and wounding six.

Israel’s Baruch Padeh Medical Center, located near Tiberius, has sent a delegation of top doctors to Botswana to assist the country in its fight against COVID-19. Earlier this week, Israel’s Foreign Ministry and the Israeli company Amdocs sent medical assistance to India, including thousands of oxygen generators, ventilators and other much-needed equipment. Sheba Medical Center, at Tel Hashomer, sent $200,000 worth of medical supplies to Uruguay, as well as a delegation of experts to share knowledge on how best to fight the pandemic.

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Israel News for 5-3-2021

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Yesterday, terrorists shot and wounded three Israelis at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction in the West Bank. The terrorists were in a moving vehicle with Palestinian license plates and drove off after the attack. Soldiers at the scene managed to fire at the vehicle. Security forces immediately launched a manhunt for the attackers. The IDF is reinforcing the troops stationed near the junction.

Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where the wounded were taken after the attack, said the condition of Yehuda Guetta, 19, remains critical, while the condition Bania Peretz, 19, is described as serious. The third person who was wounded in the drive-by shooting, 19-year-old Amichai Hala, has been released from the hospital.

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman announced that he would undertake a special investigation of Friday’s Mount Meron disaster in which 45 people were killed and more than 150 were injured. He said that his report would focus on three main issues including the conduct and actions of the political decision-makers, the police and the work of rescuers. He would also examine how to best manage future events at holy sites. The Police Investigations Department is already investigating the incident.

All of the people killed in the Meron disaster have been identified and laid to rest. For a full list of the victims, click here.

PM Netanyahu’s mandate to form a new government will expire tomorrow. Sources say that Netanyahu is planning to prevent the President from giving the mandate to Yair Lapid by getting the entire right-wing block to recommend an “out of field” candidate, apparently Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, to form a government. This would leave Lapid with only 45 recommendations as opposed to Steinitz’s presumed 52, making it difficult for the president to give the mandate to Lapid. If the mandate is then passed to the Knesset, the Arrangements Committee, which makes recommendations as to who should chair the government committees, will remain in the hands of the Likud.

The government appointed 5 ministers to fill posts that have been vacant for months. Minister Yoav Galant will be the Minister of Higher Education in addition to his role at as Minister of Education, Minister Michael Biton will be Minister of Strategic Affairs in addition to his position as Minister of Social Affairs in the Defense Ministry, Minister Hili Trooper will add the portfolio of Minister of Science and Technology to his role as Minister of Culture and MK EItan Ginzburg from the Blue & White party will be the Minister of Communications.

Intel Corp said yesterday that it will invest another $600 million in Israel to expand its research and development (R&D) and confirmed it was spending $10 billion on a new chip plant. Intel will invest $400 million to turn its Mobileye unit, headquartered in Jerusalem, into an R&D campus for developing self-driving car technologies. Another $200 million will be invested in building an R&D center, called IDC12, in Haifa. Intel Israel’s exports grew to a record $8 billion in 2020 from $6.6 billion in 2019, accounting for 14% of total high-tech exports and 2% of Israel’s GDP. Intel is the largest employer of Israel’s high tech industry with nearly 14,000 workers.