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Netanyahu Promotes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Europe

December 11, 2017 News

PM Netanyahu and Federica Mogherini. Photo courtesy of: Avi Ohayon (GPO).

The Untied States recently made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, took a visit to Europe as an opportunity to hint to the Western allies they should do the same. Netanyahu believes they’ll get there eventually.

“I believe that all or most of the European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace,” said Netanyahu in comments on Monday to European Union Foreign Ministers released by his office.

Netanyahu defended the decision of US President Donald Trump and argued that the recognition of Jerusalem is in fact essential to any peace deal with the Palestinians. … Continue Reading

Israel Dismantles Another Gaza Terror Tunnel Aimed to Terrorize Civilians

December 10, 2017 News

Israel takes down another Gaza terror tunnel. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

On Sunday, and for the second time in a month-and-a-half, the Israeli military discovered and dismantled a terror tunnel stretching from Gaza towards Israel. IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, in a video posted to Twitter, said the tunnel was being dug by Palestinian terrorist organizations and was “aimed to terror Israeli civilians and probably to abduct civilians into the Gaza Strip,” although he also assuaged concerns by posting to Twitter that there was “no immediate risk for Israeli civilians.”

The IDF used “new and advanced technologies” to uncover and take down the tunnel, according to Conricus—which was highlighted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments about the tunnel on Sunday. “We are developing unprecedented pioneering technologies and we will continue on this path,” said the Israeli leader in comments published by his office. “The work is not yet finished but there is no doubt that we are on the right path and we will continue on it.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Touts Growing Support for Israel Among Arabs in Survey

December 3, 2017 News

PM Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

When Israel was first reborn as a nation, multiple Arab armies banded together to try to destroy the renewed Jewish State and there are few Arab states today that have peaceable relations with Israel. But that may be changing—at least among the common people—according to a new survey by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “Half of the public in the countries in the Middle East that were reviewed, the assets and strength of Israel are appreciated and they believe that their country could benefit by links with Israel,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments on Sunday released by his office.

On a global scale, Israel is growing more popular too. “In 47 out of 54 countries, a majority of the people there believe that their country would benefit from links with Israel. This is a gigantic change,” said Netanyahu during the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting.
The Israeli leader has been busy trying to promote Israel around the world in recent months, going on trips to Africa and South America to seek out new and deeper ties with nations there. He also has repeatedly touted the secret support of Arab states as proof of Israel’s growing popularity. And he believes that those good ties won’t be secret forever.

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Netanyahu Calls for Global Counterterror Unity after Egypt Mosque Massacre

November 26, 2017 Egypt, News

Israel offers condolences to Egypt following terror attack. Illustrative photo of Israeli PM Netanyahu and Egyptian FM Shoukry. Photo courtesy of by Haim Zach / GPO

With terrorists recruiting world-wide and attacking one major nation after another with lone-wolf and organized attacks, imagine a united global response in which all nations fighting Islamic extremist violence. That’s the vision held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who expressed this call to action in response to last week’s horrific terror slaughter of hundreds of worshipers at an Egyptian mosque in the Sinai region.

“The radical Islam’s terror does not distinguish between religions, people or nations. I think that the obvious thing is that all the countries in the world should unite in order to fight it, everywhere, including Sinai,” said Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office. He also offered his nation’s condolences to Egypt over the “vicious mass murder of civilians during prayer.”

Egypt’s Ahram Online news group reported that 305 people were killed when dozens of gunman assaulted a mosque last Friday in one of the deadliest terror attacks this century. The report said the terrorists were flying the black ISIS flag. … Continue Reading

Israel Has Helped Almost 1,000 Syrian Children, Assists Field Hospital

November 20, 2017 News

Israel taking moral high ground in Syria. Illustrative. Israel supporters at a rally in the US. By Joshua Spurlock

One of the most famous commands in the Bible is to love one’s neighbor, and the Israelis are carrying that out, even for citizens of an enemy country. The IDF Spokesperson announced on Twitter on Monday that Israel has assisted “nearly 1,000 Syrian children in need” as part of Operation Good Neighbor. The program, now almost a year-and-a-half old, offers aid and medical care to Syrians suffering in that nation’s brutal civil war.

The IDF Blog reported that a field hospital near the Syrian border launched last September and has “already cared for hundreds of Syrians and changed their lives,” Lt. Col. A., Commander of Operation Good Neighbor was quoted as saying. Politico reported that the clinic is run by a Christian organization from the US. However, Israel’s fingerprints are everywhere. The IDF Blog reported that the staff of the facility were trained by the IDF to be a military-caliber field hospital.

Given the proximity to the warzone in Syria, the Israelis have also set up a secure bunker for the facility, security guards on patrol and more. Inside the facility, it’s a one-stop shop for aid. Lt. Col. A. said that in addition to obtaining medical care at the clinic, needy Syrians can also receive aid kits from Israel with food, hygiene products and medicine. … Continue Reading

Israel Fires ‘Warning Shot’ at Syrian Forces for Ceasefire Violation

November 19, 2017 News

Will peace return to the Israel-Syria border region?
Golan Heights UN Peacekeepers. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Wolfgang Grebien.

Israel has been concerned about how close enemy troops might get to their border in the current ceasefire in Syria. But this weekend Israel felt the need to fire a “warning shot” at Syrian positions twice, not for violating the Syrian calm, but for breaking the 1974 ceasefire with Israel. The IDF Spokesperson posted on Sunday to Twitter that “the Syrian Armed Forces violated the 1974 ceasefire by strengthening a military post in the demilitarized zone between Syria & Israel. In response, an IDF tank fired a warning shot towards the area.”

The Times of Israel reported that this was the second Israeli shot at Syrian forces in the demilitarized zone in two days. Following the incident on Saturday, the IDF filed a complaint with the United Nations peacekeeping force stationed in the area, according to the report. The technical ceasefire between Israel and Syria has been less than calm during the current Syrian civil war. Errant fire from Syria has landed in Israel on numerous occasions, with Israel retaliating and last month threatening “to intensify its response,” according to a tweet at the time posted by the IDF Spokesperson. … Continue Reading

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