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Netanyahu and Trump to Discuss Peace, Iran; Tehran Wants Syria to ‘Drive Out’ US

March 4, 2018 News

U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United States President Donald Trump meet on Monday, the security of the entire world will be the topic—or at least, two key factors in that security. Netanyahu—in comments released by his office before leaving for the US on Saturday evening—said that some of the issues the leaders would discuss would be Iran’s nuclear program and regional aggressions and “advancing the peace process” with the Palestinians.

“Advancing these issues is important for Israel and for the security of the entire world,” said the Israeli leader, who noted the conversation would come ahead of Trump’s imposed deadline for fixing the Iranian nuclear deal later this spring.

While Iranian aggressions have been a growing concern for the Middle East—including a recent drone incursion by Iranian forces from Syria into Israel—the US isn’t too far away to be threatened by the Iranians as well. On Sunday, a military official in the circle of Iran’s Supreme Leader called for Syria to push out US troops from the Middle Eastern country. … Continue Reading

‘Historic’ US Jerusalem Embassy Move to Align with Israel’s 70th Birthday in May

February 25, 2018 News

U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

The United States will make history official this May when they formally move their embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, which will be done to line up with the 70th anniversary of the modern State of Israel on May 14. Just over two months after US President Donald Trump announced the plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s true capital, the US State Department announced last Friday that the US would use an interim facility for their embassy and move the Ambassador and “a small staff” this year rather than wait until a new embassy is built.

The same day as the State Department press release, President Trump said he faced pressure not to make the embassy decision he announced last December, but he believed he should. “I was hit by more countries and more pressure and more people calling, begging me, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it,’” said Trump in a speech published to the White House website. “I said, ‘We have to do it. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the right thing to do. We have to do it.’ And I did it.”

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the escalated timetable for the move. “This is a great moment for the State of Israel,” said Netanyahu on Saturday in comments released by his office. “President Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem will make our Independence Day celebration even happier. Thank you, President Trump, for your leadership, and for your friendship.” … Continue Reading

Israel, US Achieve ‘Major Milestone’ in Long-Range Missile Defense System Test

February 19, 2018 News

Israel and the US working together on missile defense. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel’s longest-range missile defense system underwent a successful interceptor test flight by Israel and the United States on Monday, and the sides were clearly excited over the results. “The success of this test is a major milestone in the operational capabilities of the State of Israel and its ability to defense itself against current and future threats in the region,” Israel’s Ministry of Defense said in a press release.

The test was carried out in the middle of the night in central Israel and involved launching a missile interceptor from the system, known as the Arrow-3. That system, the longest-range version of the Arrow—or Hetz in Hebrew—is part of a multilayered missile defense system in Israel that includes the Iron Dome, the David’s Sling and the Arrow-2 systems. The Arrow-3 interceptors were delivered for operational use to Israel last year.

The test of the Arrow-3—which the press release said is “designed to defend against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere”—was jointly carried out by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Shows Drone Piece, Asks Iran: ‘Recognize This?’ and Warns Will Act ‘Against Iran Itself’ If Needed

February 18, 2018 Iran Nuclear Program, News

“Recognize this?” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds drone piece at the Munich Security Conference. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben Gershom GPO

One week after the Iranians dramatically escalated their conflict with Israel by flying a drone from Syria into Israeli airspace, Netanyahu escalated his own warnings to Iran in dramatic fashion on Sunday. “We will act, if necessary, not just against Iran’s proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself,” said the Israeli leader. In comments released by his office, Netanyahu noted that “Israel will not allow Iran’s regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves.”

During his speech to the Munich Security Conference, at which Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was present, Netanyahu noted that the Iranian diplomat “lies with eloquence” and his country denies its involvement in the drone incident. So to prove his point, Netanyahu brought an actual piece of the drone shot down by Israel with him and held it up to the conference. Said Netanyahu while displaying the drone wreckage, “Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should. It’s yours. You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran: Do not test Israel’s resolve.” … Continue Reading

Investigation: Turkey Turns ‘Blind Eye’—Sometimes Encourages—Hamas Illicit Activity

February 12, 2018 News

Turkish citizen Celim Tekeli, who was arrested for aiding Hamas terrorists. Photo courtesy of the ISA.

A Turkish citizen arrested in Israel for working with Hamas has helped unleash an investigation that led to accusations on Monday that Turkey has been ignoring—and at times enabling—Hamas fundraising and militaristic activity and has even indirectly allowed the terror group opportunity to research weapons for fighting Israel. The delve into the activities of Cemil Tekeli of Turkey found that not only has the law lecturer aided Hamas in his home country—including helping them get visas, set up business and even buy luxury vehicles—but so have some people who had key connections in the Turkish government.

In one example, the Israel Security Agency (ISA) said in the press release that “Turkey contributes to the military strengthening of Hamas” through the SADAT company that was set up at the request of an advisor who is “close to Turkish administration officials.”

Not only can SADAT provide money to Hamas, but an employee of SADAT even assisted senior Hamas officials attend a weapons show in Turkey a few years ago. There, the terrorist organization showed interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Said the ISA press release, “The company was founded to assist—with funds and war materiel—the creation of the ‘Palestine Army’, the goal of which is to fight Israel.” And it doesn’t end there. … Continue Reading

Lead Terrorist Murderer of Rabbi Father of Six Killed in Arrest Operation

February 6, 2018 News

Palestinian terrorist shooter caught. Illustrative illegal gun seized by Israel. Photo courtesy of ISA.

The principal Palestinian terrorist behind the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach was killed on Tuesday morning by Israeli security forces when he came out armed following the discovery of his hideout, according to the Israel Security Agency. Ahmed Nassar Jarrar, of the town of Jenin, personally participated in the shooting that killed Rabbi Shevach. He was found on Tuesday carrying an M-16 rifle and explosives on his person. No Israelis were hurt in the raid to arrest the terrorist, noted the ISA in the press release.

The terrorist’s violent impact murdering a father of six could have been even worse. Jarrar’s terror cell was “involved in other attempts to carry out and plan terrorist attacks,” according to the ISA investigation of other cell members.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the achievement of justice for Rabbi Shevach. … Continue Reading

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