Israel Brief August 20, 2014: Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

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Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

 Source: JTA, 8-20-14

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

A senior Hamas official acknowledged that the Hamas military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June…READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 15, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting Blaming Hamas for Three Kidnapped Teens in the West Bank

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

יום ראשון י”ז סיון תשע”ד

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“This morning I can say what I was unable to say yesterday before the extensive wave of arrests of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria.

Those who perpetrated the abduction of our youths were members of Hamas – the same Hamas that Abu Mazen made a unity government with; this has severe repercussions.

We are currently focusing all of our efforts on bringing the abductees back home. Before coming here, I spoke again with the families, and I embrace and encourage them from here, from the Cabinet table, and I know that I speak for all parts of the nation.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 15, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement regarding the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers by Hamas

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PM Netanyahu’s statement regarding the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers by Hamas

Source: MFA, 6-15-14

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​Israel will act against the kidnappers and their terrorist sponsors and comrades. We will do whatever needs to be done to protect our people, our citizens, our children and our teenagers from the scourge of terrorism.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Sunday, 15 June 2014), issued the following statement:
“Hamas terrorists carried out Thursday’s kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. We know that for a fact. These teenagers were kidnapped and the kidnapping was carried out by Hamas members. Hamas denials do not change this fact. And this attack should surprise no one because Hamas makes no secret of its agenda. Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel and to carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians – including children.
Instead of abiding by his international obligation to disarm Hamas, President Abbas has chosen to make Hamas his partner. Israel holds the Palestinian Authority and President Abbas responsible for any attacks against Israel that emanate from Palestinian-controlled territory. The Palestinian claim that the Palestinian Authority cannot be held responsible for an attack that took place in an area under Israeli security control is patently absurd.
When an attack takes place in Tel Aviv or in London or in New York – all these places have been attacked by terrorists – the question is not where the attack takes place. The question is where it originated. The kidnappers in this case set out from territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority, and the PA cannot absolve itself of its responsibility.
You remember that Israel warned the international community about the dangers of endorsing the Fatah-Hamas unity pact. I believe that the dangers of that pact now should be abundantly clear to all. We have seen since the signing of that pact an increase in terrorist activity emanating from the West Bank. We have seen Hamas strengthen its presence there, and this increases the likelihood that Hamas will take control of the Palestinian Authority, precisely as it did in Gaza. This will not advance peace; it will advance terror.
Israel will act in all ways under its province, in all ways under our control, to bring home the three kidnapped teenagers. Israel will act against the kidnappers and their terrorist sponsors and comrades. We will do whatever needs to be done to protect our people, our citizens, our children and our teenagers from the scourge of terrorism.
Thank you.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 13, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Speaks with US Secretary of State John Kerry about the kidnappings and Hamas-Fatah Unity Government

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PM Netanyahu Speaks with US Secretary of State John Kerry

Source: PMO, 6-13-14
יום שישי ט”ו סיון תשע”ד

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke with US Secretary of State John Kerry and told him that Abu Mazen was responsible for the well-being of the missing. The Prime Minister added that what has been happening on the ground since Hamas’ entry into the Palestinian government is destructive and the result of the entry of a murderous terrorist organization into the goverrnment.

Israel Brief December 22, 2013: Bomb explodes on bus near Tel Aviv; no one hurt

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Bomb explodes on bus near Tel Aviv; no one hurt

Source: JTA, 12-22-13

A bomb exploded on a public bus in Bat Yam, a city neighboring Tel Aviv, after the passengers had been removed….READ MORE

Israel Musings October 10, 2013: PM Netanyahu refuses early Palestinian prisoners release after rise in attacks

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Netanyahu refuses early Palestinian prisoners release after rise in attacks (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused on Oct. 9, 2013 to release the second set of Palestinian prisoners before the scheduled date of Oct. 29, 2013 according to the peace talk’s preconditions; both the United States and Palestinians…READ MORE

Israel Brief September 1, 2013: Hamas terror cell planned attack on Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

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Hamas terror cell planned attack on Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 9-1-13

A Hamas terror cell planned to carry out a terrorist attack at the upscale Mamilla mall on the cusp of the Old City of Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 30, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Orders Personal Protection Kits for All Israelis

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Netanyahu Orders Personal Protection Kits for All Israelis

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-30-13‎

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently ordered the defense system to ensure that personal protection kits, which include gas masks, are distributed to all Israelis, Channel 10 News reported on Thursday….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 3, 2013: Tapuach Junction outpost razed

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Tapuach Junction outpost razed

Source: Ynetnews, 5-3-13

IDF troops razed the outpost erected by Jewish settlers near Tapuach Junction, where fellow settler Eviatar Borovsky was stabbed to death on Tuesday by a Palestinian terrorist….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 30, 2013: Palestinian kills Israeli at West Bank bus stop

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Palestinian kills Israeli at West Bank bus stop

Source: JTA, 4-30-13

A Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 4, 2013: Rockets fired on Southern Israel from Gaza for third day

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Rockets fired on Israel from Gaza for third day

Source: JTA, 4-4-13

A rocket fired from Gaza struck southern Israel, the third consecutive day that rockets have been fired at Israel from the coastal strip….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 4, 2013: Brig.-Gen. Hagai Mordechai: Rock Attacks Are Terror Attacks, Says IDF Division Commander

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Rock Attacks Are Terror Attacks, Says IDF Division Commander

Source: Arutz Sheva, 4-4-13

Outgoing IDF division commander Brig.-Gen. Hagai Mordechai has bluntly labeled rock throwing by Arab attackers to be “terrorist attacks….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 2, 2013: Rocket fired from Gaza at Southern Israel as second rocket discovered in Sderot preschool

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Rocket fired from Gaza at Israel as second rocket discovered in Sderot preschool

Source: JTA, 4-2-13

A mortar rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel, while a partially exploded Kassam rocket was discovered in an Israeli preschool….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 31, 2013: Israeli boy, soldiers injured during Land Day protests

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Israeli boy, soldiers injured during Land Day protests

Source: JTA, 3-31-13

An Israeli boy and several Israeli soldiers were injured during Israeli-Arab and Palestinian protests marking Land Day….READ MORE

Israel Brief February 26, 2013: Southern Israel hit by Gaza rocket for first time in 3 months

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Southern Israel hit by Gaza rocket for first time in 3 months

Source: JTA, 2-26-13

A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time in three months….READ MORE

Israel Brief February 17, 2013: Anonymous activists hack into 600,000 Israeli email accounts

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Anonymous activists hack into 600,000 Israeli email accounts

Source: Haaretz, 2-17-13

Expert says attack is part of the #OpIsrael campaign targeting Israeli websites; email provider ‘Walla!’ confirms that an attack took place but says information taken was useless.

Activists associated with the group “Anonymous” claimed on Friday to have hacked some 600,000 email accounts from the Israeli server Walla!, stealing user details and information…..READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2013: Israeli UN ambassador Ron Prosor to European Union: Hezbollah exists to commit terror

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Israel to EU: Hezbollah exists to commit terror

Source: Jerusalem Post, 2-13-13

At a UN Security Council discussion on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor on Tuesday renewed his call for Hezbollah to be designated a terrorist organization by the European Union….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2013: Terror alert level raised in Jerusalem over terror attack warning

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Terror warning puts Jerusalem on high alert

Source: JTA, 2-12-13

Security forces in Jerusalem went on high alert in response to intelligence reports of a possible terror attack in the city.

The alert level was raised on Tuesday, affecting police, firefighters and Magen David Adom emergency crews, among others. Police conducted security checks on cars entering Jerusalem at several points….READ MORE

Alert level raised in Jerusalem

Source: UPI.com, 2-12-13

Israeli security forces and emergency crews in Jerusalem raised the alert level Tuesday evening following a warning of a possible terror attack, police said….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief February 5, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement on the Investigation into the Terrorist Bombing in Wake of the Bulgarian Government Announcement

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement on the Investigation into the Terrorist Bombing in Wake of the Bulgarian Government Announcement

Source: PMO, 2-5-13

יום שלישי כ”ה שבט תשע”ג

Prime Minister Netanyahu, issued the following statement in wake of the Bulgarian government’s announcement regarding the 18 July 2012 terrorist bombing in Burgas:

“I would like to thank the Bulgarian Government for its thorough and professional investigation of the 2012 terrorist attack in Burgas in which six innocent civilians – five Israelis and one Bulgarian – were murdered.

The Bulgarian findings announced today are clear: Hezbollah was directly responsible for the atrocity. There is only one Hezbollah. It is one organization with one leadership.

This is yet a further corroboration of what we have already known, that Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons are orchestrating a worldwide campaign of terror that is spanning countries and continents.

The attack in Burgas was only one of a series of recent terrorist operations against civilians in Thailand, Kenya, Turkey, India, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Georgia. All this is happening in parallel to the deadly support given by Hezbollah and Iran to the murderous Assad regime in Syria.

The attack in Burgas was an attack on European soil against a member country of the EU. We hope that the Europeans draw the necessary conclusions as to the true character of Hezbollah.”

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Israel Political Brief February 5, 2013: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Bulgaria Bomb Probe Bares Hezbollah Terror

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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu: Bulgaria Bomb Probe Bares Hezbollah Terror

Source: Jewish Daily Forward, 2-5-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah and Iran of waging a “global terror campaign”, saying the Burgas bomb was among a series of such attacks carried out in Thailand, Kenya, Turkey, India, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Georgia….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief February 3, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Condemns the Terrorist Attack Against the US Embassy in Turkey; Sends Letter to US President Barack Obama

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PM Netanyahu Condemns the Terrorist Attack Against the US Embassy in Turkey; Sends Letter to US President Obama

Source: PMO, 2-2-13

יום כ”ב שבט תשע”ג

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemns the terrorist attack against the US Embassy in Turkey and shares in the sorrow of the Turkish people.

Prime Minister Netanyahu sent the following letter to US President Barack Obama:

“Dear Mr. President,

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious terrorist attack against the US Embassy in Ankara.

Such acts of wanton violence remind us of the dangers faced by those who courageously represent us abroad and of the threats which those who despise freedom continue to pose to those who love liberty and life.

Our hearts are with you, with bereaved family members, and with the American people.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Netanyahu”

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Speaks with French President Francois Hollande

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PM Netanyahu Speaks with French President Francois Hollande

Source: PMO, 1-17-13

יום חמישי ו’ שבט תשע”ג
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon spoke with French President Francois Hollande and expressed his appreciation for the French military action in Africa.

The Prime Minister expressed his regret over the loss of life among the French forces and told the French President, “You took a brave step against extremist Islamic terrorism. In my meetings with African leaders I learned how much it threatens the future of the continent. While there are countries for which the threat of terrorism is thousands of kilometers away from the homes of their citizens, we in Israel are familiar with the threat of global terrorism from up close. For us it is only a few hundred meters away from our homes.”

Israel Political Brief January 2, 2013: Tel Aviv bus bomb mastermind indicted

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Tel Aviv bus bomb mastermind indicted

Source: JTA, 1-2-13

Israel’s military prosecutor filed an indictment against the head of a Palestinian terrorist cell who organized the bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 17, 2012: Israeli soldier, Palestinian protester injured in West Bank clashes

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Israeli soldier, Palestinian protester injured in West Bank clashes

Source: JTA, 12-17-12

An Israeli soldier and a civilian security guard, as well as a Palestinian protester, were injured in clashes near the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar….REA MORE

Israel Brief December 13, 2012: East Jerusalem Arabs arrested for attacking Jewish man

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East Jerusalem Arabs arrested for attacking Jewish man

Source: JTA, 12-13-12

Three Arab teenagers from eastern Jerusalem were arrested on suspicion that they attacked a haredi Orthodox Jewish man….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 7, 2012: Israeli soldiers flee Hebron Palestinian mob

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Israeli soldiers flee Palestinian mob

Source: JTA, 12-7-12

Israeli soldiers fled an angry Palestinian mob in Hebron. Read more »

Israel Political Brief November 23, 2012: Palestinians, Arab-Israeli arrested for Tel Aviv bus bombing

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Palestinians, Arab-Israeli arrested for Tel Aviv bus bombing

Source: JTA, 11-23-12

Israel’s domestic security agency arrested several Palestinians for allegedly blowing up a bus in Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 22, 2012:PM Benjamin Netanyahu Appoints PMO Director-General Locker to Head Team to Deal with Affected Communities and Residents

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PM Netanyahu Appoints PMO Director-General Locker to Head Team to Deal with Affected Communities and Residents

Source: PMO, 11-22-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appointed Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Harel Locker to head the team that will deal with the communities that were damaged and the residents who were injured and to see to a quick return to normal life. The other members of the team are the director-generals of the Finance; Home Front Defense; Tourism; Social Welfare and Social Services; Agriculture; Negev and Galilee; and Industry, Trade and Labor ministries.

They will work in tandem with the ongoing work of the Prime Minister’s Office, National Security Council, and Home Front Defense Ministry in preparing the home front for security events of this kind.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “The resilience shown by Israeli citizens and the local authorities was an important component in achieving the goals of the operation. Residents’ needs must be seen to quickly and efficiently. I am aware of the distress and the needs, and we will deal with them. I am following the dealing with home front and I have directed all ministries to see to physical reconstruction, psychological rehabilitation and economic compensation quickly and without bureaucracy.”

Israel Brief November 21, 2012: Tel Aviv bus bombed in apparent terror attack, 10 wounded

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Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terror attack

Source: JTA, 11-21-12

A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police believe was a terrorist attack. Read more »

10 wounded in blast aboard Tel Aviv bus

Source: WaPo, 11-21-12

Ten people were wounded Wednesday morning after an explosion inside a bus in central Tel Aviv, authorities said. At least three were taken to a hospital with critical injuries….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 21, 2012: 1,408 Missiles in 8 Days Fired by Gaza at Israel

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1,408 Missiles in 8 Days Fired by Gaza at Israel

As the 8-day holiday of Hanukkah approaches, Israel marks the eighth day of Operation Pillar of Defense by counting the missiles fired.

Source: INN, 11-21-12

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorists and affiliated terrorist groups have fired 1,408 missiles and rockets at Israel since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, eight days ago.

Of those fired, 56 missiles have struck populated areas in Israel, and 412 have been intercepted and shot down by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

They have varied in ranges from the short-range “homemade” Kassam rockets that reach close to 20-25 kilometers (12.5-15 miles), to medium-range Grad Katyusha missiles that reach up to 40 kilometers (25 miles), and now also include the Iranian Fajr-5 missiles, with a range of 75-80 kilometers (45-48 miles)….READ MORE

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