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Israel News for 7-29-2022

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Hundreds of Palestinian rioters threw stones, burning tires, and Molotov cocktails on a main road near the settlement Kokhav HaShahar, east of Ramallah. Security forces responded with live fire. Palestinian officials claim that a Palestinian teen was killed. Overnight, security forces conducted raids in several villages in the West Bank and arrested 4 terror suspects. Also last night, Palestinians fired at an IDF military post in Nablus. Troops returned fire. No troops were wounded.

Sales of electric vehicles are up by 70% this year over last year. The best-selling brand of electric vehicles is Chinese company Geely with 2,624 deliveries, followed by Tesla with 1,949 vehicles, Hyundai’s Ioniq with 1,433 deliveries, and the Hyundai Kona with 644 deliveries.

UAE carrier Emirates has announced that it will add a second daily flight between Dubai and Tel Aviv from October 30, 2022. Emirates low-cost unit flyDubai, which launched Dubai – Tel Aviv flights in November 2020, will continue to operate three daily flights on the route. Last winter El Al, Arkia and Israir all operated three daily flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai, and Wizz Air, Etihad and El Al operate flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi.

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Israel News for 7-27-2022

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Undercover security forces arrested 2 terror suspects in a daytime operation in the heart of the Dheisheh refugee camp outside of Bethlehem on Tuesday. To see a video of the operation, click here.

Security forces arrested 8 terror suspects in raids last night. One Border Policeman was lightly injured.

Two Israeli brothers caught a man attempting to climb over the border fence from Lebanon into their farm in Israel. The man was unarmed and handed over to the army for questioning.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz disclosed that Israeli fighter jets returning from a strike in Syria came under Russian anti aircraft fire in May. None of the planes were hit. Gantz said that is was a one-time incident.

Prime Minister Lapid met with King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman today.

The Kremlin said yesterday that the move to close down the Jewish Agency offices in Russia was not political, but strictly a legal matter. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “The situation should not be politicized or projected onto the entirety of Russian-Israeli relations.” A special Israeli delegation will head to Moscow tonight.

Israel warned Hezbollah that the IDF would respond “harshly” to any attack against the Karish oil fields. This came in response to threats made by Hezbollah leader Nasrallah on Monday. Israel and Lebanon are trying to mediate a dispute regarding ownership of the offshore fields.

Apple is opening a new development center in Jerusalem, which will focus on hardware, and chip development for the Mac computers. Apple already has about 2,000 employees in Israel at its development centers in Herzliya and Haifa and 60 in Ramallah.

Israir Group (TASE: ISRG) has notified the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange that it is in advanced talks to acquire a European airline for an estimated €20-30 million.

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Israel News for 7-25-2022

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Security forces arrested 7 terror suspects in raids throughout the West Bank early today. On Sunday, gunfire broke out between terrorists and security forces who entered Nablus to arrest 2 terror suspects. Two terrorists were killed and 9 wounded. Also on Sunday, the navy destroyed a boat smuggling weapons from Egypt to Gaza.

Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett reportedly turned down current interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s offer for him to serve as interim Foreign Minister. Bennett is not running in the upcoming elections.

Israeli officials seem to have no idea as to why Russian President Putin is threatening to close down the Jewish Agency offices in Russia. They want President Isaac Herzog to get involved to find a solution for the situation. A special government delegation designated to go to Russia on Sunday has yet to get the required visas from the Russian government.

Israel is facing a severe shortage of teachers, anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000. For more, click here.

Since passing The Law for the Reduction in the Use of Cash, Israel has been enforcing a gradual cutback in the use of cash in everyday business and personal transactions. The purpose of the law is to move the country to the point where all financial transactions will be digital, which will reduce illegal activity and tax evasion. The cutback will get even steeper next month. To read more, click here.

Google Israel head of engineering Tzahi Zilbershtein has built an algorithm that can help calculate how long you’ll have to wait at Ben Gurion airport for your flight. The site, which is only in Hebrew, forecasts how busy the arrivals hall, check-in, and security checks in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are likely to be under five ratings: deserted, light, medium, heavy, and peak. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 7-22-2022

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Early this morning, Border Police in Jerusalem’s Old City arrested a suspected terrorist planning to perpetrate a stabbing attack today. The suspect was following a group of Jewish worshippers on their way towards the Western Wall when he was spotted by an alert observer, who contacted police.

The IDF announced that it broke up a terrorist network in the Nablus area. For more, click here.

Syrian state media reported that Israel fired missiles from the Golan late last night targeting Syrian military positions around Damascus. Some of the targets reportedly hit include the Syria air force intelligence offices, the office of a senior officer, a military airfield and a warehouse containing Iranian weapons. Eight people were reportedly killed in the strikes.

Israel has decided to send a special delegation to Russia in response to a request by Russia’s Ministry of Justice to close down the Jewish Agency branch in Russia. The delegation will consist of members from the Prime Minister office, Foreign Ministry, Justice Ministry and the Aliyah and Integration Ministry. Its goal will be to keep the Jewish Agency, which facilitates immigration to Israel, open in Russia. The Russians are reportedly angry at Israel for showing support for Ukraine and for its continued strikes in Syria.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the state may revoke the citizenship of those convicted of terrorism, treason or serious espionage. The Supreme Court ruling stated that “there was no constitutional fault in an arrangement that would facilitate the revocation of citizenship of a person who committed acts that constitute breach of trust against the State of Israel, such as an act of terrorism, an act of treason or serious espionage, or acquisition of citizenship for permanent residency in a hostile nation or hostile territory”.

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Israel News for 7-20-2022

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A 44 year old Palestinian terrorist from Ramallah stabbed a 41 year old Israeli man outside a bus in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Ynet photographer Meshi Ben Ami happened to be passing the scene when he spotted the terrorist lying on top of the victim and stabbing him with a screwdriver. Ben Ami brandished his personal handgun and ran towards the attack. The terrorist got up and approached Ben Ami with his weapon. Ben Ami ordered him to halt. When the terrorist continued towards him, Ben Ami fired one shot at the terrorist, neutralizing him. Ben Ami thwarted a similar attack in Jerusalem six years ago. The victim was treated on the scene and then evacuated to hospital in stable condition with moderate wounds. The terrorist was in moderate condition. He had a permit to work in Israel. Ben Ami was questioned by police but was allowed to keep his weapon. Prime Minister Lapid praised Ben Ami for “acting resolutely to neutralize the terrorist and preventing harm to more people.” Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli also congratulated Ben Ami.

IDF fighter jets attacked a Hamas post in northern Gaza after a bullet fired from Gaza hit an industrial building in an Israeli community near the border.

IDF chief of staff Lieutenant-General Aviv Kochavi met with the Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces of Morocco Belkhir El Farouk in Rabat on Tuesday. He also met with Morocco’s defense and intelligence chiefs. The meetings discussed opportunities for military cooperation, both in exercises and training, as well as in the operational and intelligence fields.

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the peace process today in Paris.

According to a recent poll conducted by Israel’s Aliyah and Integration Ministry, more than 80% of Russian and Ukrainian Jews who arrived in Israel after the breakout of the war in Ukraine on February 24 intend to stay in the country. According to the Integration Ministry, over 28,000 Jews from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus have immigrated to Israel from the beginning of this year until June. This figure is more than double that of the same period last year. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman is looking for ways to enable Russian immigrants to access their bank accounts in Russia and transfer money to Israel. There are currently 57,000 retired immigrants who cannot transfer their Russian pensions in Israel due to economic sanctions imposed against Russia. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 7-18-2022

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Security forces arrested 11 terror suspects in overnight raids in Judea and Samaria. Forces encountered gunfire and responded appropriately.

A 17 year old Palestinian driving a car he stole in the Tel Aviv area and fleeing from pursuing police cars hit and killed police officer Major Barak Meshulam at a checkpoint between Kfar Saba and Ra’anana. Meshulam, 29, from Kfar Saba, was married and the father of 2 small children. The driver of the stolen vehicle fled from the scene on foot. Police launched a massive manhunt. The tragic killing was not terror related.

Terrorists launched four rockets from Gaza at southern Israel over the weekend. One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome and the other 3 fell into open areas. No damage was caused. The IDF responded by attacking an underground Hamas weapon making facility in Gaza. Israel also suspended the 1,500 additional work permits it had granted to workers from Gaza.

A tour bus carrying 38 senior citizens overturned on highway 1 enroute to Jerusalem today. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries.

The Islands of Tiran and Sanafir, which lie 200km south of Eilat, will be placed under the full control of Saudi Arabia. The islands were captured by Israel during the 6 day war and returned to Egypt as part of the peace treaty. The islands control access to Eilat, and have had American troops stationed there to ensure free sea passage for Israel. The American troops are withdrawing, with Israel’s consent.

According to the latest election poll, no faction will win a majority of 61 seats to form a new government. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 7-15-2022

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US President Biden is wrapping up his trip to Israel and heading off to Saudi Arabia. On Thursday, Biden and Prime Minister Lapid signed the “Jerusalem Proclamation”, which includes a pledge by the US to deny Iran nuclear weapons and to use “all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome.” The US also pledged to, “to work together with other partners to confront Iran’s aggression and destabilizing activities, whether advanced directly or through proxies and terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.” The proclamation also refers to the rise in global anti-semitism and an American commitment to combat “all efforts to boycott or de-legitimize Israel.” President Isaac Herzog presented President Biden with Israel’s prestigious Presidential Medal of Honor.

Earlier today President Biden met with Palestinian Authority President Abbas in Bethlehem. Biden reaffirmed his support for a Two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He said, “Even if the ground is not right at this moment to restart negotiations, the United States and my administration will not give up on trying to bring the Palestinians, Israelis and both sides closer together.” Biden also visited the Augusta Victoria Hospital in east Jerusalem, where he announced $100 million in US assistance for Palestinian hospitals. The funding is subject to approval by the U.S. Congress and would pay out over several years.

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced that Saudi airspace was now open to all carriers that meet its requirements for overflights, in line with international conventions that say there should be no discrimination between civil aircraft. Israeli aircraft will now be able to fly over Saudi Arabia, which will shorten flight times and cut down fuel costs. For more, click here.

A group of four Israelis who went to pray at Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus (Shechem), without a military escort, were attacked by Palestinian gunmen as they were leaving. The Israelis attempted to escape in their vehicle, but it overturned, forcing them to leave the car and exit the city on foot. They were picked up by IDF troops who administered first aid.

The Israel Air force has completed a training drill in Romania.

The price of bread in Israel is set to rise by 36%. The price is set by the government.

The first Lego store in Israel has opened in Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Center. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 7-13-2022

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US President Biden has arrived in Israel along with around 50 official and staffers, including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. He was welcomed by President Herzog, Prime Minister Lapid, alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other government ministers and Knesset members. Biden will head to Jerusalem by car, closing off Route 1 in both directions. Thousands of police officers and security personnel have been mobilized to make sure the President’s visit goes smoothly and securely.

The United States and Israel announced a new advanced technology partnership. The joint statement from Prime Minister Lapid and President Biden said, “A Strategic High-Level Dialogue on Technology will be established by the countries’ national security advisers that will focus on strategic technologies artificial intelligence, quantum and solutions to global challenges such as climate change and improving pandemic preparedness.”

Israel has agreed to sell unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and UAV targeting systems to the United Arab Emirates, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report also said that Israel is training Bahraini personnel to use the UAV systems.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke with Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The two discussed the need to further strengthen cooperation between Israel and Greece, particularly regarding energy.

Tel Aviv has slipped to 31 out of the 53 cities ranked in the annual Time Out survey of the world’s best cities. It was number 8 in the survey last year. Tel Aviv ranked second in the “most enjoyable city” category behind Chicago. For more, click more.

US investment guru Cathie Wood is investing in Israel. To see the companies she likes, click here.

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Israel News for 7-11-2022

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Justice Minister and leader of the New Hope party Gideon Sa’ar and Defense Minister and leader of the Blue and White party Benny Gantz have decided to join forces and run as a single ticket in the upcoming election. According to the latest polls, a joint run could bring them more than double the votes than if they were each to run separately. Both leaders have said they would not join a Netanyahu led government under any circumstances.

The IDF arrested several terror suspects in raids in Judea and Samaria over the weekend.

Prime Minister Lapid and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spoke on Sunday ahead of U.S. President Biden’s visit to the region this week. The Egyptian president asked Lapid to investigate a report about a mass grave of Egyptian soldiers killed in the 1967 Six Day War, discovered in central Israel. Lapid instructed the IDF to begin an investigation.

The Biden administration is discussing the possible lifting of its ban on U.S. sales of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia. Saudi officials are reportedly pressing the Americans to lift the ban.

Israel has reported a fiscal surplus of 0.4% for the 12 months ending June 2022. This is the first time since 2007 that Israel has ended 12 months with a cumulative fiscal surplus instead of a cumulative deficit. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 7-8-2022

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met Thursday in Ramallah to discuss security coordination ahead of U.S. President Biden’s visit next week. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the men conducted their meeting in “positive terms,” and that Gantz wished Abbas and the Palestinian people a happy Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday beginning this weekend. President Herzog and Prime Minister Lapid also spoke with Abbas and wished him a good holiday.

Speaking at the IDF officer’s graduation ceremony, Gantz said that Lebanon was responsible for acts of aggression by Iran backed Hezbollah emanating from its territory.

Defense Minister Gantz said that since the signing of the Abraham Accords, Israeli defense and military officials have held more than 150 meetings with regional allies and signed defense procurement deals with Arab states worth over $3 billion.

Gantz, along with senior Defense Ministry and Israel Air Force officials, is expected to present Israel’s new, locally developed, laser-based missile defense system Iron Beam to U.S. President Biden during his visit to Israel next week. The system, in which Israel has invested over one billion shekels, was successfully tested earlier this year and is said to be able to intercept missiles, drones and mortars shells. Israel will seek financial support from the U.S. for the completion of the project.

The US and Israel are working on getting the Arab states to join a combined air defense system. For more, click here.