Full Text Israel Political Brief June 24, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement on the Egyptian Presidential Elections

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PMO Statement on the Egyptian Presidential Elections

Source: PMO, 6-24-12

Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elections. Israel looks forward to continuing cooperation with the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is a joint interest of both peoples and contributes to regional stability.

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Israel Political Brief June 24, 2012: Rockets Still Falling on Southern Israel Despite Egypt Brokered Truce with Gazan Terrorist Groups

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Despite truce, rockets still falling on Israel

Source: JTA, 6-24-12

Rockets continued to fall on southern Israel despite a truce with Gazan terrorist groups.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired at Ashkelon shortly after the truce, which was mediated by Egypt, went into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday. Several rockets also hit southern Israel on Sunday.

An Israeli man, 50, was seriously injured by shrapnel when a rocket exploded near a factory in Sderot.  A school in Sderot also was damaged by rocket fire.

Israel struck several targets in Gaza over the weekend, according to the Israeli military, including a terror cell about to detonate a rocket. Hamas reported that at least three Palestinians were killed in retaliatory attacks over the weekend, including a child and a terrorist.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of the regularly scheduled Cabinet meeting on Sunday said “the IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south.”

At least 150 rockets fired from Gaza have struck southern Israel since the cross-border attacks began last week, the Israel Defense Forces reported.

 

Israel Brief June 24, 2012: Arson blamed for many recent Jerusalem fires including weekend outbreak

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Arson blamed for many Jerusalem fires

Source: JTA, 6-24-12

At least 15 fires broke out in a day in Jerusalem, and most reportedly are believed to be the result of arson.

Several of the fires throughout the city Sunday showed signs of arson, Jerusalem fire officials told the Israeli media.

Some of the fires were located on Mount Scopus, French Hill, near the American Consulate and in the suburbs of Ora and Aminadav.

The Jerusalem area reportedly has had hundreds of fires in recent weeks, and many are believed to be the result of arson.

Israel Brief June 24, 2012: Social Protests Turn Violent in Tel Aviv, 85 Protesters Arrested

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Social protests turn violent in Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 6-24-12

Social protests in Tel Aviv turned violent as demonstrators shattered windows and attempted to break into banks.

Some 2,000 people gathered Saturday night in Habima Square protesting against socioeconomic inequality as well as police violence. Eighty-five people were arrested, Haaretz reported.

Though the police called to indict some 37 of the demonstrators, the Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court on Sunday ordered the release of all the protesters, since none of them have a police record. The court suggested that police should have released them for the duration of the proceedings, according to Haaretz.

The demonstration spread to banks in Tel Aviv as well as City Hall. Windows were smashed in at least five bank branches, according to reports. The protesters also blocked main thoroughfares in the center of the city.

Some 24 hours earlier, 12 activists were arrested in social protests in Tel Aviv, including Daphni Leef, a high-profile activist leader. Protesters in the Friday night protests accused police of excessive violence.

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 24, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Gaza Rocket Attacks & African Migrant Deportations

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Source: PMO, 6-24-12

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting today:

Regarding events in the south, the IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south.

Tomorrow, another plane will leave for South Sudan. Two additional planes will leave next week. I note that in the wake of our decision a few weeks ago, any infiltrator who sits on the border and waits for a bus to take him to Tel Aviv will now be taken to years of detention.  This is already making itself felt.

At the same time, we are completing 190 kilometers of fence this week. The section around Eilat, which we thought would take more time, is being built quickly. Therefore, the combination of these things, including fines and punishments for those who employ illegal infiltrators, I think has begun to reverse the trend, and we will solve this problem.

Thank you.”

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