Israel Political Brief October 29, 2012: David A. Harris Pro-Barack Obama Op-ed: Obama speaks to our best traditions

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Op-Ed: Obama speaks to our best traditions

Source: David A. Harris, JTA, 10-29-12

President Obama is the candidate of American Jews’ values and priorities, writes the president and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 29, 2012: Matthew Brooks Pro-Mitt Romney Op-Ed: Time to stop digging and start building

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Op-Ed: Time to stop digging and start building

Source: Matthew Brooks, JTA, 10-29-12

Mitt Romney offers solutions that can get America out of the hole, writes the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition….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 October 28, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on the Gaza Rocket Attacks on Southern Israel

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

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

“Today, we mark 17 years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. I call upon ministers to stand and observe a minute’s silence.

The murder of Yitzhak Rabin was one of the worst crimes of the new age. It certainly besmirches the annals of the state and of Zionism. It will be etched in Jewish history along with other traumatic events, including those from ancient times such as the murder of Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam.

This murder also obliges us to safeguard Israel’s democracy, to defend freedom of speech and to strongly reject all displays of violence. These words will certainly come up today in the remarks that will be made at the two ceremonies that we will go to, both on Mt. Herzl and at the Knesset. I think that as time passes, the deeper significance of this imperative becomes more cogent and it is important that we, as leaders, do not, in any way, allow it to become blurred.

Today we will also decide on completing the protection of residents of the south. Until today, residents of the south in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip enjoyed protection, full protection up to 4.5 kilometers. The addition of Iron Dome batteries affords protection beyond seven kilometers – but the seam remains. In the intermediate seam, there was protection for educational institutions. Today, we will decide to complete this full protection for all residents of the south, for all structures. Homes and residences. Of course, this will provide security for residents of the south. We are doing this because attacks by rockets and missiles at shorter distances are much greater in the area around the Gaza Strip than at other distances. I think that this is what residents of the south have been hoping for, they have been calling for it for a long time.

I have discussed this with Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter and, of course, with his predecessor, Matan Vilnai, before the latter went to Beijing. He left me with this request as an imperative that we must implement. Defense Minister Ehud Barak also requested this of me. This decision has been preceded by extensive staff work by the various ministries, led by the Prime Minister’s Office and its Director-General. This is, I think, what is necessary. I think that this is one of the most important items that the Cabinet is deciding today for residents of the south. I am certain that it will be approved unanimously.

Thank you.”

Israel Political Brief October 25, 2012: Long-range rockets fired from Gaza strike Beersheba, closing schools

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Long-range rockets fired from Gaza strike Beersheba, closing schools

Source: JTA, 10-28-12

Two long-range Grad rockets struck Beersheba and two Kassam rockets landed in an open area in southern Israel, threatening a three-day truce….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief October 26, 2012: Down to the wire, Mitt Romney resurrects moderate posture that attracted Jewish support

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Down to the wire, Romney resurrects moderate posture that attracted Jewish support

Source: JTA, 10-26-12

Mitt Romney’s record of relative moderation was a selling point to many Jewish Republicans even if it was a minus in the GOP primaries….READ MORE

Jewish Political Brief October 26, 2012: For Obama campaign, trying to put to rest persistent questions about ‘kishkes’

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For Obama campaign, trying to put to rest persistent questions about ‘kishkes’

Source: JTA, 10-26-12

For President Obama’s Jewish supporters, questions about Israel have been a campaign constant….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 26, 2012: Yisrael Beiteinu: Merger with Likud will not make Avigdor Lieberman Prime Minister

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Yisrael Beiteinu: Merger with Likud won’t make Lieberman PM

Source: JTA, 10-26-12

Yisrael Beiteinu has denied reports that party leader Avigdor Lieberman would become prime minister under a secret pact with Likud….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 25, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman to merge Likud & Yisrael Beiteinu party lists for election

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Netanyahu, Lieberman to merge party lists for election

Source: JTA, 10-25-12

The Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties will run in the upcoming Israeli elections on one list, ensuring that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms the next government….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 25, 2012: Informal ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, brokered by Egypt, holding

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Informal ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, brokered by Egypt, holding

Source: JTA, 10-25-12

Israel and Hamas reportedly were observing an informal ceasefire, brokered by Egypt….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 24, 2012: Israel deports Estelle Boat Gaza activists

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Israel deports Estelle activists

Source: JTA, 10-24-12

Israel deported 15 international activists who were arrested after their ship, the Estelle, attempted to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza….READ MORE

Israel Brief October 24, 2012: Gaza Rockets slam southern Israel, striking homes and injuring workers

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Rockets slam southern Israel, striking homes and injuring workers

Source: JTA, 10-24-12

More than 70 rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza have hit southern Israel in the last 24 hours, striking several homes and injuring three….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 23, 2012: Israeli debate of political party heads waiting for PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s answer

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Israeli debate of political party heads waiting for Bibi’s answer

Source JTA, 10-23-12

Leaders of Israel’s major political parties accepted an invitation to an American-style debate, except for Likud leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu visits Gilo to defend Jerusalem construction

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Netanyahu visits Gilo to defend Jerusalem construction

Source: JTA, 10-23-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo following an international outcry over the approval of nearly 800 apartments there….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Visit Jerusalem’s Gilo Neighborhood

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PM Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat Visit Jerusalem’s Gilo Neighborhood

Source: PMO, 10-23-12
Photo by GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “United Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital. We have full rights to build in it. We have built in Jerusalem, we are building in Jerusalem and we will continue to build in Jerusalem. This is our policy and I will continue to support building in Jerusalem.”

Mayor Barkat said, “Jerusalem is one united city, which has not been partitioned into tribes and will never be divided. This has always been our obligation and it will remain so in the future. Mr. Prime Minister, you and your government are true friends of Jerusalem. Thank you for the support and the resources that you have allocated to the city’s growth, and for the assistance that you have given to our right and our obligation to build and develop the city. We will continue to build tens of thousands of apartments throughout the city

Israel Brief October 23, 2012: Israeli soldier injured in Gaza border blast

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Israeli soldier injured in Gaza border blast

Source: JTA, 10-23-12

An Israeli soldier was wounded seriously in an explosion while on patrol near the Gaza security fence….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 22, 2012: Former President Jimmy Carter decries ‘vanishing’ of two-state solution in Jerusalem

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Carter decries ‘vanishing’ of two-state solution in Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 10-22-12

Former President Jimmy Carter said in Jerusalem that Israel and the Palestinians have reached a “crisis stage” and that a two-state solution is “vanishing.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 22, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu tells Tony Blair Israel will continue to target attackers

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Israel will continue to target attackers, Netanyahu tells Blair

Source: JTA, 10-22-12

Israel will continue to attack the groups that fire rockets on its citizens, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 21, 2012: Largest-ever US-Israel military exercise begins

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Largest-ever U.S.-Israel military exercise begins

Source: JTA, 10-21-12

Israeli and U.S. troops began their largest-ever joint aerial defense exercise….READ MORE »

Israel Political Brief October 21, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu lauds Israeli military in stopping bid to break Gaza blockade

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Bibi lauds Israeli military in stopping bid to break Gaza blockade

Source: JTA, 10-21-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Israeli military’s operation to seize a ship attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza….READ MORE

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