Full Text Israel Brief May 1, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech During his Visit to Independence Hall Tel Aviv

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks During his Visit to Independence Hall

Source: PMO, 5-1-14
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today, made the following remarks during his tour of Independence Hall in Tel Aviv:

“The Declaration of Independence sets, as the cornerstone in the life of the state, the national Jewish identity of the State of Israel. To my great regret, as we have seen recently, there are those who do not recognize this natural right. They seek to undermine the historic, moral and legal justification for the existence of the State of Israel as the nation-state of our people.

One of my main missions as Prime Minister of Israel is to bolster the status of the State of Israel as the nation-state of our people. To this end, it is my intention to submit a basic law to the Knesset that would provide a constitutional anchor for Israel’s status as the nation-state of the Jewish people.  I believe that the most basic component in our life as a nation will receive constitutional status similar to the other main components that are the foundation of our state, as determined in the basic laws.

The State of Israel will always preserve the full equality, in personal and civil rights, of all its citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, in a Jewish and democratic country. And indeed, in Israel, individual and civil rights are assured for everyone, which sets us apart in the large expanse of the Middle East and even beyond.

I find it astonishing that among those who call on Israel to make concessions in Judea and Samaria due to the self-evident desire to avoid a binational state, there are those who oppose defining the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People. One cannot favor the establishment of a Palestinian nation-state in order to maintain the Jewish character of the State of Israel and – at the same time – oppose recognizing that the State of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish People. Supporting the establishment of a Palestinian nation-state and opposing the recognition of the Jewish nation-state undermines – over the long-term – the State of Israel’s very right to exist.”

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 Political Brief August 30, 2013: Iron Dome deployed in Tel Aviv as US moves closer to Syria strike

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Iron Dome deployed in Tel Aviv as U.S. moves closer to Syria strike

Source: JTA, 8-30-13

The Israeli army has deployed the Iron Dome rocket interception system around Tel Aviv in preparation for a possible strike by Syria….READ MORE

Israel Brief July 14, 2013: Thousands rally in Tel Aviv for social justice protests

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Thousands rally in Tel Aviv for social justice

Source: JTA, 7-14-13

More than 3,000 Israelis marked the two-year anniversary of the social justice protest movement and protested current government economic policy during a rally in Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 13, 2013: President Barack Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver

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Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver

Source: Jweekly.com, 6-13-13‎

President Barack Obama extended for six months a waiver on a 1990s law that would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 20, 2013: US President Barack Obama Says in Hebrew It’s Good to be Back in in the Land of Israel “אובמה בעברית: “טוב להיות שוב בארץ

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“אובמה בעברית: “טוב להיות שוב בארץ

Source: Ynetnews, 3-20-13

אובמה בעברית: “טוב להיות שוב בארץ”. ביקור היסטורי: הנשיא האמריקני הגיע לירושלים לאחר שהתקבל בטקס ממלכתי בנתב”ג. אובמה לפרס: “מה שלומך חבר?”. ליאיר לפיד אמר הנשיא: “עוד ניפגש”. נתניהו: “תודה שאתה לצדנו”. ביקור היסטורי ראשון בישראל כנשיא. “ארצות הברית גאה לעמוד לצד ישראל כבת הברית החזקה ביותר והחברה הטובה ביותר”. כך אמר היום (ד’) נשיא ארה”ב ברק אובמה אחרי נחיתתו בישראל. ב-12:10 נחת המטוס הנשיאותי “אייר פורס 1″ בנמל התעופה בן גוריון. אובמה התקבל על ידי ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו ונשיא המדינה שמעון פרס…

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Israel Political Brief February 27, 2013: Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

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Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 2-27-13

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was tested near the city of Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 26, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Changeover Ceremony for his Military Secretary

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Changeover Ceremony for his Military Secretary

Source: PMO, 11-26-12

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, made the following remarks at the changeover ceremony for the post of Prime Minister’s Military Secretary:

“First, I would like to express personal appreciation to Defense Minister Ehud Barak. We have known each other operationally for many decades. I am familiar with your great contribution to the IDF and the security of Israel, and your contribution in the Government, in both counsel and action, on matters that are very important to the security of Israeli citizens and the state. Therefore, I would like to thank you.

I have great faith in all of you – generals, commanders, soldiers, in the IDF and in the Israeli people. It is becoming more and more clear in the annals of the Jewish People that the great difference is not in those who wish to destroy us. Anti-Semitism exists, it changes its forms – and the Jewish People have still not found rest, and it is doubtful if it will come in the form that our prophets hoped it would. The only thing that separates the fate of our people from that of the dark periods in our past is the IDF, the security services and our ability to realize the mighty potential that there is here in order to defend our people. The power is great, the achievements are very great and so is the mission. I have no doubt that we will meet it together.”

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 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 Brief November 19, 2012: Ben Gurion flight paths rerouted due to Iron Dome

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Ben Gurion flight paths rerouted due to Iron Dome

Source: JTA, 11-19-12

The flight path of planes arriving at and departing from Ben Gurion Airport have been rerouted from regular takeoff and landing paths to protect them from Iron Dome….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Israel Deflects 44 Million Cyber Attacks

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Israel Deflects 44 Million Cyber Attacks

Israel said it had become the victim of 44 million cyber attacks since the beginning of Pillar of Defense operation last week.

Source: INN, 11-19-12

Israel said it had become the victim of a mass cyber-warfare campaign with millions of attempts to hack state websites since the beginning of Pillar of Defense counterterrorist campaign last week.

Speaking Sunday ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the government was now waging war on “a second front — of cyber attacks against Israel.”

Steinitz said in the past four days, Israel had “deflected 44 million cyber attacks on government websites. All the attacks were thwarted except for one, which targeted a specific website that was down for six or seven minutes.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 17, 2012: Newly placed Iron Dome battery intercepts rocket fired at Tel Aviv

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Newly placed Iron Dome battery intercepts rocket fired at Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 11-17-12

A fifth Iron Dome missile defense system was deployed in the Tel Aviv area, and shortly afterwards intercepted a rocket aimed at the major Israeli city….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 16, 2012: Missiles from Gaza fired on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

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Missiles from Gaza fired on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Source: NBC News, 11-16-12

On the third day of escalating violence between Israel and Gaza, air raid sirens cried out in Israel’s two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as residents moved into underground shelters, NBC reporters on the scene said.

At least one rocket fired from Gaza toward Jerusalem landed outside the city, which is more than 60 miles from the Gaza Strip, according to NBC’s Martin Fletcher. There were no injuries or damage. This was the first Palestinian rocket to reach the vicinity of Jerusalem since 1970.

Earlier, at least one rocket fired toward coastal Tel Aviv fell into the sea.

“The rocket landed off the shores of Tel Aviv,” a police spokesman told Reuters. This was the second attack on Tel Aviv in as many days, with rockets nearly hitting the city on Thursday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Explosion heard in Tel Aviv as Gaza clashes mount

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Explosion heard in Tel Aviv as Gaza clashes mount

Source:  CBS News, 11-15-12

Palestinian militants barraged Israel with nearly 150 rockets on Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Israel launches retaliation strikes against Hamas rocket attacks

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Israel launches retaliation strikes against Hamas rocket attacks

Source: Fox News, 11-15-12

Israel moved closer to an all-out ground war with Hamas Thursday, as Israeli planes, tanks and gunboats pounded suspected militant positions in Gaza in retaliation for another day of Hamas rocket attacks that left at least three Israelis dead….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Rocket strikes southern outskirts of Tel Aviv

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Rocket strikes southern outskirts of Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

A rocket fired from Gaza struck the metropolitan Tel Aviv area….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Three Israelis killed by rocket from Gaza, UN Security Council meets

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Three Israelis killed by rocket from Gaza, U.N. Security Council meets

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

Three Israelis were killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit their home in southern Israel….READ MORE

Israel Brief October 28, 2012: Tel Aviv rally marks 17th anniversary of assasinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s death

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Tel Aviv rally marks anniversary of Rabin’s death

Source: JTA, 10-28-12

About 20,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to pay tribute to the memory of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 15, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Orders Investigation into Case of Demonstrator Who set Himself on Fire During Tel Aviv Protest

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Netanyahu orders probe into case of demonstrator who set himself alight

Source: JTA, 7-15-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the relevant ministries to look into the case of an Israeli social justice protester who set himself on fire at a Tel Aviv demonstration….READ MORE

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