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Israel News for 9-27-2023

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The Shin Bet announced today that it uncovered an Iranian plot to assassinate National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and others. The Shin Bet arrested five suspects including two Israeli citizens and three Palestinians. Ben-Givr thanked security forces and said, “I will continue to work fearlessly to bring about a significant change to the prison conditions of convicted terrorists and to fight against terror and for Israel’s sovereignty and the right of Jews to pray on Temple Mount.”

Security forces arrested 13 terror suspects in overnight raids last night. They also discovered and shut down a weapons manufacturing facility in Hebron.

Israel sent a message to Hamas through UN envoy Tor Wennesland, who visited Gaza, that once violent demonstrations near the border fence cease and incendiary balloon launches toward Israel stop, the Erez crossing will reopen to allow workers to enter into Israel. For more, click here.

Tourism Minister Haim Katz arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday at the head of a delegation participating in the UN tourism conference in Riyadh. He is the first member of the Israeli government to make an official and public visit to the country. Ministers of Communication Shlomo Karhi and Likud lawmaker David Bitan are expected to visit next week. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 9-22-2023

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Prime Minister Netanyahu will address the UN General Assembly today. On Wednesday Netanyahu met with US President Biden at a hotel in NY, while hundreds of demonstrators protested outside against Netanyahu’s judicial reform initiative. Biden stressed his efforts to achieve normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel. Netanyahu stressed that Israel’s “Israel’s commitment to democracy”.  Palestinian Authority President Abbas address the UN General Assembly on Thursday and said that there can be no peace deals made if Palestinian rights are ignored.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said, in an interview on Fox, that an agreement with Israel was close, but it must include Israeli action to ease the lives of Palestinians. He called the deal the most major event since the end of the Cold War.

Yesterday, Israeli tanks fired at 2 Syrian military positions located in the demilitarized zone of the Golan Heights yesterday. The positions were in clear violation of the 1974 disengagement agreement. According to the IDF, the Syrian military began storing weapons in them on Wednesday. The structures were believed to be empty of soldiers when they were shelled. Earlier on Thursday, two motorcyclists were reportedly killed in an Israeli drone strike in the town of Beit Jinn west of Damascus. Israel did not comment on the drone strike.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins Sunday at sunset and lasts until nightfall on Monday. It is the only time that the Torah mandates that we “afflict” ourselves. We accomplish that by refraining from eating, drinking, wearing leather shoes (they didn’t have Crocs back then), bathing for pleasure or engaging in marital relations. We spend our day asking God for forgiveness, but not nearly enough time asking the same from our fellow man. Perhaps this year we should make an effort to focus more on how we treat each other and create an environment in which we can live together in unity and peace? As the saying goes, “united we stand, divided we fall.”

May we all be granted forgiveness and be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

Wishing you all an easy fast and a Gmar Chatima Tova.

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Israel News for 9-20-2023

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Security forces arrested 12 terror suspects in overnight raids in Hebron, Qatanna and several other towns and villages. One terrorist was killed near Jericho.

Yesterday, large IDF forces mounted a counter-terror operation in Jenin. There were heavy exchanges of gunfire with armed terrorists. The IDF conducted an aerial strike using a Spike Firefly miniature tactical loitering drone dubbed “Maoz” against a group of terrorists. Troops reportedly killed 4 terrorists and wounded 20 others in the gunfights. Several terrorists were arrested in the raid. There were no IDF casualties.

Around 200 Gazans rioted near the border fence with Israel last night, burning tires and placing explosive devices near the fence. IDF troops fired at the rioters, killing one. Israel closed the border crossing a few days ago because of the ongoing unrest along the border.

In his address to the UN General Assembly, US President Biden said that the US will continue to work for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, based on a two-state solution. He also said that the US is interested in establishing normalization between Israel and Arab countries, with the aim of making the Middle East a more cohesive and stable region.

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Turkish President Erdogan yesterday in NY. They discussed Israel’s possible normalization of ties with Saudi Arabia, regional cooperation on energy, technology, innovation, AI, cybersecurity and the production and export of natural gas. Netanyahu also thanked Erdogan for the actions of the Turkish security forces to save the lives of Israelis targeted by terror squads last year and the close cooperation with Israeli security agencies.

Earlier yesterday, PM Netanyahu met with Ukrainian President Zelensky and pledged to continue to assist Ukraine in humanitarian issues, including dealing with landmines. For more, click here.

Paraguay plans to move their embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of the year.

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Israel News for 9-18-2023

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Prime Minister Netanyahu will be in the US this week. He’ll meet President Biden in NY on Wednesday and address the UN General Assembly on Friday. He will also meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky, Turkish President Erdogan, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and South Korean President Yoo Suk Yeol. Today Netanyahu will tour Silicon Valley, where he will meet with Elon Musk. The Prime Minister was not invited to meet with the president at the White House. For more, click here. 

Earlier today, terrorists opened fire on an IDF patrol car near Kibbutz Meirav, which is not far from Beit Shean. the car was hit but no injuries were reported. Troops are pursuing the terrorists. Also today, terrorists fired at a military post located on the outskirts of the town of Dayr Sharaf in Samaria. No injuries were reported. Earlier today, Border Police at the Mizmoria checkpoint near the Har Homa neighborhood in Jerusalem shot a terrorist who attacked them with a knife.

According to the latest report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel’s population grew by 2%, or 194,000, over the past (Jewish) year to 9.795 million. 7.181 million (73%) of Israel’s citizens are Jewish, 2.065 million (21%) Arabs and 549,000 (6%) others including Russian-speaking immigrants who are not Jewish. There were 70,000 new immigrants this past year.

More than 45,000 Jews visited Uman, Ukrainian over the Rosh Hashana holiday weekend, to pray near the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

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Israel News for 9-13-2023

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Two Israelis were lightly injured from shrapnel when their car was shot at by a terrorist at an intersection near the town of Huwara yesterday.  IDF forces are searching for the terrorist.

Rosh Hashana begins this weekend ushering in the High Holiday season, and the regular news flow will hopefully slow down. That means there might be days when we won’t be publishing IsraelAM. So if you don’t see it in your inbox, not get worried :)

In the spirit of the season, check out my free video course on Rambam’s Laws of Repentance (Hilchot Teshuva) by clicking here. 

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Israel News for 9-11-2023

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Mossad Chief David Barnea revealed that the Mossad had disrupted 27 attempted terror strikes by Iran against Israelis and Jews around the world this year. He pointed out that the embargo on missiles and components for missiles imposed by the UN will expire next month and said Iran will use it to quickly purchase whatever they need in order to produce missiles and UAVs. He also said there was growing concern among Israeli officials that Russia might supply Iran with advanced weapons.

Terrorists are continuing attempts to fire homemade rockets at Israeli communities from Jenin. For more, click here.

Prime Minister Netanyahu urged Jews not to travel to Uman, Ukraine for Rosh Hashana, because of the dangers associated with the ongoing war. He said, “It’s exceedingly dangerous. People need to realize that they are endangering themselves. Too much Jewish blood has been shed in Europe. How can we take such a risk?” The Israeli government has allotted four million shekel (around a million dollars) to provide assistance to those who decide to make the journey and to improve conditions at the site of the grave of the Hassidic master Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

A delegation from the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Antiquities Authority arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to participate in the meeting of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO).

Israel has officially submitted a request to purchase a third squadron of 25 F-35 stealth fighters from the US. The $3 billion price tag will come out of US military aid to Israel.

At the G20 summit in New Delhi, the US, India, EU and Saudi Arabia announced the promotion of a major railway and sea transport corridor between India and Europe via the Middle East. The project includes a rail link between Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. For more, click here.

Ahead of Rosh Hashana, Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority has published its annual list of Israel’s most popular names for this year’s newborns. Topping the list for Jewish boys is David and for girls, Abigail. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 9-8-2023

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A 17 year old terrorist stabbed and wounded a man in his 50’s and a 17 year old tourist near the Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday. The terrorist was arrested at the scene. Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, who happened to be nearby, assisted in administering first aid before the victims were evacuated to hospital.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters, regarding normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel, “Many of the elements of a pathway to normalization are now on the table. We don’t have a framework, we don’t have the terms ready to be signed. There is still work to do.” He added that there was a “broad understanding of many of the key elements.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with Ukrainian President Zelensky about the continuation of Israeli aid to Ukraine, including to refugees staying in Israel, and about continued aid for the development of civil defense systems. He also discussed the necessity to ensure the safety of Jewish worshipers coming to Uman for Rosh Hashanah.

The European Union condemned a recent speech by Palestinian Authority President Abbas, in which he said that “Hitler fought the Jews of Europe because they charged interest on loans, it had nothing to do with antisemitism.” For more, click here.

The shekel continues to weaken against the dollar, falling to 3.8 shekels to dollars, the lowest level since 2017. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 9-6-2023

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Security forces arrested 2 wanted terrorists in an operation in Jenin this morning. Forces were fired upon and returned fire, reportedly hitting one attacker. On Monday a large IDF force entered Jenin and arrested 3 wanted Hamas terrorists. No Israeli casualties were reported in either operation.

Last night, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu and also with Palestinian Authority President Abbas, reportedly about normalization talks with Saudi Arabia. Yesterday, Opposition Leader Yair Lapid met with senior White House officials and advisers to US President Biden. During the meetings, Lapid expressed his opposition to the possibility of the US agreeing to a Saudi nuclear program as part of a normalization agreement with Israel.

Israeli officials are holding confidential talks with Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation. Israel does not currently have formal diplomatic relations with Indonesia, but the countries to engage in trade, tourism and security collaborations. the US is reportedly quietly advocating for Indonesia to normalize its relationship with Israel.

President Biden has nominated former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew as his nominee for ambassador to Israel. Lew is an Orthodox Jew, speaks Hebrew and has family in Israel.

Barcelona’s new mayor has restored the city’s sister relationship with Tel Aviv, after it was severed by the previous mayor, who accused Israel of “apartheid” practices.

Archaeologists have discovered four 1,900-year-old Roman swords in a cave in the Judean Desert, which experts believe were captured by the Judean rebels during the Bar Kochba revolt and placed in a narrow crevice in the rock. For more, click here.

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Israel News for 9-1-2023

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Early this morning, IDF forces raided the village of Aqaba, in northern Samaria, and surrounded the home where suspected terrorists were hiding. Troops threw grenades and fired shoulder-launched missiles to flush out the terrorists. There was also a gunfight with the terrorists. One armed terrorists was shot and killed.

IDF Sergeant Maksym Molchanov was killed in a terror attack at the Maccabim checkpoint near Modiin yesterday. The terrorist, a 41 year old father of 5 from a nearby village, rammed his truck, which had Israeli plates, into soldiers and civilians on the side of the road and then collided with another car. Five people were wounded in the attack. The terrorist was shot and neutralized by soldiers when he attempted to drive through the checkpoint. Sergeant Molchanov was a lone soldier who immigrated from the Ukraine. He was also a bone marrow donor.

The National Security Council warned of the threat of abductions of Israelis and Jews outside of Israel over the upcoming Jewish High Holidays, by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. For more, click here.

In recent months there has been significant progress in the negotiations toward the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) between Israel and Japan. Last year Israel signed an FTA with South Korea and is in the process of signing one with China. For more, click here.

The Property Index Overview of European Residential Markets (which includes Israel) published by accounting and financial consulting firm Deloitte has found that Israel ranked as the most expensive country to buy a new home in 2022. For more, click here.

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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”.