Israel news summary

Israel News for 6-3-2019

IDF Strikes Syria
IDF warplanes struck Iranian and Syrian military targets near the Golan yesterday killing 3 Syrian soldiers and 7 foreign fighters. The strikes came in response to several rockets that were fired into northern Israel, towards Mt. Hermon, from Syria on Saturday. There were no Israeli casualties or damage.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed on Twitter that Israel targeted several military positions in Syria. He said the targets included two artillery batteries, several observation and intelligence posts and an SA2 air defense unit.

Israel also struck a T-4 airbase in Homs, hours after an Iranian Revolutionary Guard aircraft reportedly carrying advanced weaponry landed there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition’s war monitor, said that at least five people were killed – three of which were Syrian soldiers – and two others wounded, and that an ammunition warehouse was hit in addition to damage to buildings and equipment.
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US Warns Lebanon
According to a report in the Saudi-owned Al Hayat newspaper on Sunday, the US has warned the Lebanese government to take action against Hezbollah guided missile production facilities in the country before Israel does.

The American warning is believed to be the reason behind a defiant speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday, in which he admitted that his Iran-backed organization possesses and continues to develop precision-guided missiles.

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You’re Fired
PM Netanyahu, yesterday, fired Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked from the cabinet. The New Right party the two started failed to win enough votes to get them reelected to the Knesset, and with new elections on the horizon for September, the PM apparently felt that they should not continue in their posts without the support of the electorate.

Any cabinet appointments that are made before the next election will be temporary. Bennet will reportedly run again with his New Right party, but it is unclear whether Shaked will be joining him again or join the Likud instead.

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Turkish Shuls
Istanbul’s new international airport, considered to be the largest in the world, has inaugurated two Jewish prayer rooms in the airport’s regular and business class lounges. The new airport is the hub for Turkish Airlines, which has 10 daily flights between Tel Aviv and Istanbul.

Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, the Chabad emissary and Ashkenazi rabbi of Turkey, said “There are more Turkish Airlines flights from Tel Aviv to Istanbul than from Istanbul to London. They supply between 600 and 5,000 Kosher meals daily, certified by the Rabbinate of Turkey, under my supervision.”

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