Israel news summary

Israel News for 5-9-18

Iranian Base Attacked
The Syrian army has claimed that Israel attacked a base near Damascus last night. The anti-government Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 15 people, including eight Iranians, were killed in the attack.

The attack came after the IDF ordered the opening of bomb shelters in the Golan because of “a series of irregular identifications among Iranian forces in Syria”. It is assumed that the base contained missiles that the Iranians were preparing to launch against Israel.

On Monday Arab media outlets reported that eight soldiers from the Syrian army’s aerial defense force were killed in a mysterious explosion that took place Sunday on the Damascus-Suwayda road. The soldiers were from the battalion responsible for shooting down an Israeli fighter jet 2 months ago.

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Iran Deal Responses
In response to President Trump’s announcement that the US is pulling out of the Iran deal, PM Netanyahu called the move, “correct, wise and courageous.” He said, “Had the deal remained in place, it would have allowed Iran to enrich enough uranium within the span of a few years to create an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs. In addition, the deal has already funneled Iran billions of dollars to finance its war machine throughout the Middle East.”

President Reuven Rivlin said, “The decision made by the president of the United States constitutes an important and significant step in ensuring the security of the State of Israel, the security of the region and the security of the entire free world. Alongside the nuclear threat we do not, for a moment, forget the arms race Iran is leading on our borders, and we follow the developments closely and responsibly in order to protect the security of our citizens. The threat of Iranian consolidation is not a threat to the State of Israel alone, and therefore international pressure is necessary in the struggle against this danger.”

Yesh Atid Chairman and opposition leader Yair Lapid said, “We must mobilize all of Israel’s political forces to ensure the Europeans, Chinese and Russians join the move and prevent Iran from resuming the development of nuclear weapons.” He added, “As I have acted alongside the government before to have this bad nuclear deal annulled, we will make no calculations of opposition or coalition again and work to have sanctions reimposed and Iran blocked.”

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Meanwhile, Netanyahu is in Moscow today for talks with Putin. He also participated in an annual march commemorating Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany.

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To catch Netanyahu in action head over to around the one hour and 26 minute mark of the video.