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Israel News for 8-30-2023

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A terrorist who was accelerating his car towards troops outside the settlement of Beit Haggai was shot and killed by troops today.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday and stressed that the likelihood of escalation on the northern border is increasing due to Hezbollah operations, which violate Israel’s sovereignty. He added that Iran was funding and arming Hezbollah, pushing them to act. US Mid-East envoy Amos Hochstein will travel to Beirut today for meetings with senior officials there in an attempt to ease the tensions along the border with Israel. For more, click here.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to renew financial support of the Palestinian Authority, as part of their move towards establishing diplomatic relations with Israel.

An Air Seychelles flight from the Seychelles Islands to Tel Aviv made an unscheduled landing in Saudi Arabia on Monday due to a technical malfunction. The 128 Israelis on the flight were provided with hotel accommodations while waiting for another flight. Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the Saudis for their “warm hospitality”.

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Israel News for 8-28-2023

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Syrian state media reported today that Israel carried out an airstrike against the airport in Aleppo, causing heavy damage and putting it out of service.

IDF troops shot and wounded four terrorists who were throwing explosive devices at an army vehicle near Jenin today. The IDF also arrested 16 terror suspects in overnight raids.

Libya’s foreign minister Najla Mangoush was fired after reports revealed that she secretly met with Israeli foreign minister Cohen in Rome on Sunday. The ministers reportedly discussed the historical ties between the two nations, the heritage of the Jews of Libya, the possibility of collaboration between the countries, and Israeli humanitarian aid. Mangoush has left Libya for Turkey amid angry protests. For more, click here.

Iran is reportedly financing and coordinating the smuggling of weapons into Israel from Jordan via the Jordan Valley. For more, click here.

Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich has agreed to transfer budgets amounting to NIS 200 million, which he had frozen, to Arab local authorities in Israel. Up to now, Smotrich had refused to pay Arab local authorities money due to them as budget-balancing and development grants, on the grounds that he was thereby halting the leaking of such grants to crime organizations in the Arab sector.

According to a report from the OECD, Israel had the highest cost of living among member organizations in 2022, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and Denmark.

Papua New Guinea announced that it will open an embassy in Jerusalem next week.

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Israel News for 8-23-2023

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Security forces yesterday arrested 2 terrorists suspected of murdering Batsheva Nigri and wounding Aryeh Gottleib in a shooting attack near Hebron earlier this week. The Security Cabinet met yesterday and decided to intensify targeted killings of terrorist leaders.

Settlement leaders presented an expansion plan to Prime Minister Netanyahu today that includes building new cities, hospitals, train lines to central Israel and an airport. For more, click here. 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams arrived for a three-day visit to Israel on Monday at the invitation of the Jewish Federation of New York. For more, click here.

The Canadian Embassy in Israel on Tuesday tweeted a statement condemning the recent terror attacks against Israelis saying, “Canada is concerned by the increasing number of terrorist attacks committed against civilians in Israel and the West Bank in recent weeks. We condemn these horrific acts and extend our condolences to the victims and their loved ones.”

Lebanon’s Ministry of National Defense announced Tuesday that it had discovered and confiscated various Israeli products in various stores and warehouses throughout the country. They are investigating how the goods got into the country.

An official Ministry of Transport document headed “The Traffic Jams Are Coming!” warns of a worsening of the overcrowding on Israel’s roads and damage to the reliability of public transport starting next month, when children return to school. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 8-21-2023

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Terrorists in a car fired over 20 shots at an Israeli vehicle at a junction on highway 60 near Hebron today, killing Batsheva Nagari, a 40-year-old mother of 3 and a kindergarten teacher, from Beit Hagai and seriously wounding a 39 year old man. The IDF is searching for the terrorists, who they believe escaped into Hebron. Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the attack.

On Saturday, Aviad Nir, 28, and his father Shai Silas Nigreker, 60, from Ashdod, were shot and killed by a terrorist in Huwara, where they had gone to get their car washed. Security forces are conducting an extensive manhunt for the terrorist. Overnight, security forces arrested 13 suspected terrorists in raids throughout the territories.

The Shekel has dropped to 3.8 against the US dollar, the lowest rate since 2017. The Bank of Israel is expected to raise interest rates. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 8-18-2023

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The US has approved Israel’s $3.5 billion sale of the Arrow 3 missile defense system to Germany, which is the largest arms deal in Israel’s history. The Arrow 3 system, jointly developed and produced by Israel’s Defense Research and Development Directorate and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

According to Egyptian media, a delegation from Egypt’s General Intelligence Service held discussions with Israeli officials in Israel for several days to discuss economic relations between the two countries and policies concerning Gaza.

160 drug plantations containing approximately 126,350 cannabis plants were destroyed in a three-day sting operation by Border Police from the Internal Security Brigade in the Negev. Another nine greenhouses containing approximately 11,200 seedlings were destroyed in the western Negev.

Tel Aviv’s light rail has begun operating. Work on the light rail to expand it will continue. The train will not operate on Shabbat.

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Israel News for 8-16-2023

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Earlier today, IDF forces destroyed an explosives manufacturing lab, along with 15 explosive devices, during a raid on the Balata refugee camp near Nablus. Yesterday, terrorists attempted to fire a rocket from Jenin, but the rocket misfired. IDF forces located remnants of the rocket and the launching device, and are searching for the terrorists. Also last night, terrorists opened fire on IDF forces guarding Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus. Troops returned fire and reportedly killed one terrorist.

Twenty-year-old Cpl. Hillel Nehemiah Ofen collapsed and died of heatstroke during a training exercise for the elite Yahalom Engineering Corps unit and was buried yesterday at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.

Dekel Marciano, a 33-year-old firefighter, and his partner fireman Adnan Assad were killed trying to rescue a Palestinian man (working in Israel illegally) who fell into a pit near the northern Arab town of Deir al-Assad. For more, click here.

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen met with newly appointed Paraguayan President Santiago Pena yesterday. The two agreed that Paraguay will move its embassy to Jerusalem later this year and that Israel would reopen its embassy in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay.

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Israel News for 8-14-2023

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Israel revealed today that security forces last month arrested nine members of a suspected Hamas-sponsored terrorist cell who were allegedly plotting to kidnap a soldier in the West Bank. A Shin Bet investigation revealed that the terror cell, in the town of Bidu, had armed themselves, prepared explosives, mapped out escape routes and conducted reconnaissance missions to study the daily routines of soldiers stationed nearby. For more, click here.

In an unusual move by the current right-wing government, security forces today demolished 5 illegal settler structures built on Palestinian owned land near Ramallah. For more, click here.

A Hezbollah terrorist in Lebanon threw a Molotov cocktail at the Israeli side of the perimeter fence in the Metulla area on Sunday evening, damaging a water carrier. The IDF force on the scene responded by firing warning shots. The IDF has already deployed extra troops along the border to prevent trouble.

Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed Israel’s A+ sovereign credit rating and “stable” outlook, citing strong external finances while cautioning that the government’s judicial overhaul plan could hurt Israel’s credit metrics. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 8-11-2023

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Israel orchestrated the rescue of 204 Israelis and Ethiopians who are eligible for aliya from Gondar, Ethiopia after they came under siege in an area where severe clashes between armed militias and the Ethiopian security forces have taken place in recent days. For more, click here.

A terrorist tried to stab two Israeli women who were standing at a bus stop near Nili, in the Ephraim district, last night. The terrorist did not succeed in wounding the women. He then threw the knife away, got into his car, and fled.

Palestinian Authority President Abbas removed several governors from key districts, including Jenin, Nablus and Bethlehem. Abbas reportedly ordered 12 of 16 Palestinian regional governors to “retire.” He then appointed a presidential committee to recommend replacements for the newly vacated positions. For more, click here.

El Al’s revenues and profits are way higher than in previous quarters. For more, click here.

A diaspora community of approximately 12,000 Israelis is living in Cyprus. There are 6 Chabad houses on the island, kindergartens, a school, synagogues and kosher food. To read more about this community just a 40 minute flight from Israel, click here.

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Israel News for 8-7-2023

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Syrian state media reported that an Israeli airstrike near Damascus killed 4 Syrian soldiers and wounded 4 others early this morning.

On Sunday, security forces killed 3 terrorists near Jenin. The terrorists were on their way to commit a terror attack when their vehicle was fired upon. On Saturday night, a terrorist shot and killed security guard Chen Amir in Tel Aviv. Amir’s partner managed to shoot and kill the terrorist. The terrorist was Kamel Abu Bakr, a 22-year-old resident of Jenin affiliated with the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.

Hamas reportedly thwarted an attempt by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad to fire rockets from Gaza into Israel early this morning.

As a condition for its acceptance into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), Israel will begin allowing Palestinian Americans living in Gaza to fly out of Ben Gurion airport. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 8-4-2023

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According a report by Israel’s Alma Research and Education Center, the CERS Syrian research institute, which operates under the guise of a civilian scientific research center, houses classified military facilities that serve the Syrian army, the Iranian regime, and Hezbollah and is used for the production of chemical weapons and precision missiles. there were around 20,000 people working at CERN, mostly Syrian researchers, engineers and members of the Syrian military. The industrial complex which has facilities spread around Syria – includes research institutes, factories, production and storage sites. For more, click here.

A local wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group said its members had opened fire on Israeli forces and detonated several explosive devices against army vehicles during an IDF raid in the Nur Shams refugee camp, near the city of Tulkarem in Samaria early this morning. IDF troops returned fire, killing an 18 year old terrorist.

Over 140 people have been murdered since the start of the year across Israel’s Arab community, primarily victims of violence among Arab criminal gangs. The gangs are warning to continue the killings. To read more about this, click here.