Israel news summary

Israel News for 10-31-2022

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Tomorrow, Israelis will vote in the Knesset elections, the third one in the last 5 years. The polls still do not show any clear path to a 61 seat majority for any faction. Here are a few things that are fairly certain:

  1. Likud and Yesh Atid will probably be the largest factions, in that order.
  2. Religious Zionism will probably win a lot more seats than they have in the previous few elections.
  3. Ayalet Shaked’s Jewish Home might or might not pass the minimum vote threshold — but if it does, it will probably assure a Netanyahu led government.
  4. Small parties will determine who will govern.
  5. Poll results are meaningless. Each voter will make their decision at the voting box.

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IDF, Shin Bet, and Border Police arrested eight terror suspects in overnight West Bank raids.

A 49 year old Palestinian terrorist rammed his vehicle into soldiers at the Nabi Musa Junction bus stop, on the slopes between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, and then at a bus stop at the Almog Junction yesterday. Five soldiers were injured in the attack. The terrorist was critically wounded by police.

A Hamas terrorist armed with an M-16 rifle shot and killed 1 Israeli and wounded 4 others in the settlement of Kiryat Arba on Saturday night. The terrorist was killed by the settlements security officer and an off-duty IDF officer. The terrorist, who worked as an Islamic education teacher at an elementary school in Hebron, was a terminally ill cancer patient on a suicide mission. After the attack, Palestinians in Hebron shot off fireworks, handed out sweets and chanted Hamas slogans in celebration.

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Israel News for 10-28-2022

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Israel and Lebanon signed a US brokered agreement on Thursday that ended a long maritime dispute between the two countries. The deal was praised by US President Biden. Hezbollah ended its mobilization. Hezbollah leader Nasrallah said in a televised speech that the signing of the deal is a “very big victory for Lebanon,” and that the Lebanese government was careful not to take any steps “that even smelled of normalization” in the indirect deal with Israel.

Terrorists fired shots from a moving vehicle at an IDF post near Nablus last night. Soldiers fired back. Palestinian sources reported that 1 terrorist was killed and 2 others wounded. No soldiers were hurt.

The Syrian military reported that Israeli air strikes hit military posts near Damascus on Thursday. The strikes follow other strikes last Friday and on Monday.

In an unscheduled meeting between Turkish President Erdoğan and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the defense minister accused Hamas leaders in Turkey of coordinating and funding terror attacks in the West Bank. Gantz reportedly also asked the president to relay to Iran that Israel would not stand for arms being smuggled via Syria to its proxies in the area. For more, click here.

After two years of examination, the IDF has decided to assign female tank crews to the IDF’s Border Defense Corps. The IDF Chief of Staff said, “We are successfully concluding a professional and in-depth process as part of the concept that the Israeli military is opening up more and more combat positions for women. I trust the female tank fighters to carry out the border defense mission professionally and with great success and they will be a significant part of the military’s operational effort.”

Samer Haj Yehia, the first Arab Israeli to serve as the chairman of Bank Leumi, attended a business conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This could signal an opening of economic ties between the two countries.

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Israel News for 10-26-2022

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Yesterday, Israeli special forces conducted a raid in the Nablus old city market and destroyed an apartment owned by a wanted terrorist that was being used as a laboratory to make explosives. Israeli forces exchanged fire with terror suspects inside the apartment and with members of the Palestinian Authority security services, ultimately causing the bombs to explode and resulting in the death of the terror group’s leader and five others, including a member of the Palestinian Authority security forces. Twenty-two Palestinians were also wounded in the shootout. Residents were called over mosque loudspeakers to come out and join the fight against the Israeli force.

In another incident, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on an IDF post near Jenin. Soldiers returned fire and reportedly wounded at least two terrorists.

A 55 year old Israeli man was stabbed in the stomach as he was shopping in the Palestinian village of al-Funduq in the West Bank yesterday. The terrorist fled the scene. The IDF launched a manhunt. The victim was evacuated to hospital in serious condition.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid traveled to Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab-majority city, where he met with Mayor Ali Salem and other Arab municipal leaders and called on Israeli Arab citizens to go out and vote in next week’s general elections. Former Prime Minister Netanyahu is also trying to woo Arab voters. Even ultra right wing Religious Zionist party candidate Itamar Ben Gvir is appealing to Arab voters, promising to restore order in the crime ridden Arab communities.

National Unity party leader and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that he does not rule out backing Prime Minister Yair Lapid to head a new government after the elections. He also said that would NOT join a Netanyahu led government. [Without Gantz’s support, it is highly unlikely that Netanyahu will have a path to forming a government.] Gantz also reiterated that Israel would not supply weapons to Ukraine.

President Herzog began a two-day visit to Washington on Tuesday, meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, among other U.S. officials. He is scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden today, where he will reportedly reveal evidence of the use of Iranian UAVs in the war in Ukraine. Herzog was invited to address a joint meeting of Congress by Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer.

Israel has granted Energean permission to start production at the offshore Karish gas field, ahead of signing a maritime agreement with Lebanon on Thursday.

Israel’s Supreme Court reversed rulings by the highest rabbinical court to deprive an adulterous wife of some of the couple’s joint assets during their divorce proceedings. In a unanimous ruling, the justices said the decision, by the rabbinical court, to prevent an equal division of assets accumulated during 27 years of marriage was against the law, regardless of the woman’s infidelity.

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Israel News for 10-24-2022

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On Friday, an Israeli airstrike south of Damascus targeted an assembly line for Iranian drones run by members of Hezbollah’s 4400 unit, charged with the transport of Iranian weapons from Syria to Lebanon. A radar and runway were also damaged.

On Saturday, Tamer al-Kilani, a senior member of the Lion’s Den terrorist group, was killed in an explosion in Nablus. A Palestinian working with the Israelis allegedly planted the explosives in a bike, which exploded when the terrorist walked past it. The IDF and Shin Bet did not comment on al-Kilani’s death.

The Supreme Court rejected four legal challenges to the landmark maritime agreement between Israel and Lebanon, which is expected to be approved by the Israeli government.

The government has approved Major General Herzi Halevi as the IDF new chief of staff. Halevi joined the Israeli army in 1985 in a paratroopers unit before being promoted to “Sayeret Matkal,” the army’s elite unit, which he led for years. In 2014 he was appointed as head of military intelligence, and four years later was named as head of the southern command.

Israeli politicians are indicating that they might support supplying weapons to Ukraine, in a bid to gain votes among recent Ukrainian immigrants ahead of next week’s election. For more, click here.

Billionaire investor Daniel Loeb’s $14 billion New York-headquartered hedge fund Third Point LLC is opening an office in Tel Aviv today. The office will be the hedge fund’s first international location and will scout investments focusing on data infrastructure, cybersecurity and enterprise software.

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Israel News for 10-19-2022

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Security forces arrested 12 terror suspects in overnight raids in Nablus and other West Bank locations. Last night, IDF forces seized NIS 820,000 ($230,000) worth of contraband in a major drug bust at the Egyptian border.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz reaffirmed last night that Israel does not intend to sell arms to Ukraine. This came hours after the Ukrainian foreign minister said that he would appeal to Jerusalem for military aid. Gantz said, “I want to make it clear that we did not sell weapons to Ukraine. We gave them medical and humanitarian aid. It should be clear, we didn’t sell them weapons.”

Yesterday, Russia’s former president and current deputy chairman of the country’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that Israeli arms supplies to Ukraine would destroy ties with Moscow. While Israel has condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has provided humanitarian aid and has taken in thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish Ukrainian refugees, it has stopped short of supplying military aid because of its delicate relationship with Russia — given that there are hundreds of thousands of Jews living in Russia and there are Russian forces across the border in Syria. Russia has also not prevented Israel from conducting military strikes against Iranian weapons and installations in Syria.

Earlier this week, the Australian government reversed its its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Jerusalem’s status should be decided through peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, and not through unilateral decisions. Prime Minister Lapid criticized the decision.

Israel’s Senior Appointments Advisory Committee recommended confirming the appointment of Major General Herzi Halevi as the next IDF chief of staff.

A former Afghan official living in Kabul told i24NEWS that some members of the Taliban leadership are interested in establishing confidential relations with Israel, with the hope of eventually transitioning into an official agreement between Afghanistan and Israel. For more, click here.

Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that its US unit Elbit Systems of America LLC has been awarded an order worth $107 million for the supply of Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) systems, spare parts, logistics support, and test equipment, to the US Army.

With two weeks remaining until Israel’s Knesset elections on November 1, no block is projected to be able to put together a 61 seat majority to form a government.

PM Lapid was interviewed in the Israeli Arab media regarding issues related to the Arab sector. To read about what he said, click here.

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Israel News for 10-3-2022

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During an IDF anti-terror raid in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah early this morning, a vehicle attempted to ram troops. Soldiers shot and killed the 2 terrorists driving the vehicle. On Sunday, an IDF soldier was shot and lightly wounded while protecting a peaceful protest by settlers outside of Nablus. The settlers were calling for the IDF to mount a major offensive against terrorists in the West Bank.

A Palestinian woman visiting her brother at the Nafha Prison in southern Israel stabbed a female prison guard, lightly wounding her. The terrorist pulled out a pair of scissors during a security check and stabbed the guard before being detained. She allegedly shouted that she was committing the attack, “for the sake of Palestine and her brother.”

The Shin Bet announced that it had broken up a 6 member Islamic State terror cell in Nazareth that was planning to carry out terrorist attacks throughout Israel. For more, click here.

The Immigration Ministry said that around 40,000 Ukrainians and 24,000 Russians arrived in Israel since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The government approved 90 million shekels for the ministry, in order to meet the demand for housing, health care and education for the new arrivals.

The government will discuss Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman’s proposal to extend the Law of Return to include anyone with at least one Jewish great-grandparent, instead of the current requirement of one Jewish grandparent. Liberman said that this could be just a temporary measure to allow Russian men to avoid the new military draft in Russia.

Hundreds of thousands of birds, including birds of prey, pelicans and storks, have begun arriving Israel, as they migrate to warmer climates for the winter.