Israel Political Brief November 18, 2012: Responding to fire from Syria, Israeli troops may have killed soldiers

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Responding to fire from Syria, Israeli troops may have killed soldiers

Source: JTA, 11-18-12

Israeli soldiers who fired into Syria after coming under fire from Syrian territory may have killed Syrian soldiers….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 18, 2012: President Barack Obama: Missile fire from Gaza must stop first

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Obama: Missile fire from Gaza must stop first

Source: JTA, 11-18-12

President Obama told the Egyptian and Turkish leaders that a resolution to the Gaza-Israel violence must begin with an end to rocket fire into Israel….READ MORE

Israel Brief November 18, 2012: Fear, rage and resilience in Kiryat Malachi amid the rocket fire

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Fear, rage and resilience in Kiryat Malachi amid the rocket fire

Source: JTA, 11-18-12

The rocket fire didn’t stop while residents of Kiryat Malachi buried the victims of last week’s fatal rocket attack on the city….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 18, 2012: Israel fighting off millions of cyber attacks

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Israel fighting off millions of cyber attacks

Source: JTA, 11-18-12

Israel has repelled some 44 million cyber attacks on government websites since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, a government minister said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 18, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu says IDF prepared to expand operation, Iron Dome snags rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

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Netanyahu says IDF prepared to expand operation, Iron Dome snags rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 11-18-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “is prepared for a significant expansion of its operation” in the Gaza Strip on a day that dozens of rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel — including at least three at Tel Aviv that were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 18, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter’s Remarks at the Start of the Meeting of the Supreme Emergency Economy Committee

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PM Netanyahu’s and Home Front Defense Minister Dichter’s Remarks at the Start of the Meeting of the Supreme Emergency Economy Committee

Source: PMO, 11-18-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the start of a meeting of the Supreme Emergency Economy Committee, which discussed the effects of the security events on the economy and the formulation of immediate solutions:

“First of all, I would like to thank you for your important work. Coordinating all Government ministries and Home Front Command systems in order to defend the home front is a basic component of our ability to operate against the terrorist elements. I want to thank you, [Home Front Defense] Minister [Avi] Dichter and all those present for your systematic, very orderly work, which has one goal – providing Israeli citizens with the directives and means to reduce the damage to them. This is our chief mission. I am pleased to see you doing this work continuously, systematically and thoroughly. It is yet required of us. You are doing excellent work. Continue to see to the home front. You are helping save lives. Your work and the discipline of the people gives us the ability to make the right, considered and responsible decisions in order to defend the State of Israel.”

Committee Chairman Minister Dichter said, “We are in the midst of an unprecedented assault on the Israeli home front: 1,000 missiles in four days against 3.5 million residents. This has no parallel in any country. The State of Israel has invested billions in order to prepare the home front just for such difficult times. The committee is meeting here today with the full representation of Government ministries in order to ensure the continual functioning of the state. We must understand that in the end, the great national pyramid rests on the citizen who is called upon to carry out the instructions of the IDF Home Front Command as soon as sirens are heard and enter a protected space or lay on the ground. Not everyone has acted this way in recent days and we have paid a heavy price for this.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 18, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Gaza Missile Attacks & Operation Pillar of Defense

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

Source: PMO, 11-18-12


Photo by GPO

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

“By now the IDF has attacked over 1,000 terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip and it is continuing its operations as we speak. It is achieving significant hits on weapons aimed at Israeli citizens, as well as on those who use these weapons and those who dispatch them. We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the [other] terrorist organizations, and the IDF is prepared for a significant expansion of its operations.

Today as well,I will continue to speak with world leaders. I appreciate the understanding that they are showing for Israel’s right to defend itself. In my talks with the leaders, I emphasize the effort Israel is making to avoid hitting civilians, and this at a time when Hamas and the [other] terrorist organizations are making every effort to hit civilian targets in Israel. We are a responsible government that is obligated, above all, to the security of its citizens, and we are acting in accordance with this obligation.

Over the weekend, I spoke again with US President Barack Obama. I thanked him for his support of Israel’s right to defend itself and for his contribution, and that of the American people, in developing Iron Dome. I repeat and praise the restraint, determination and resilience of Israel’s citizens on the home front, and I repeat my request to all of you to follow the instructions from IDF Home Front Command because it saves lives.

The operation in the Gaza Strip is continuing and we are prepared to expand it. I appreciate the rapid and impressive mobilization of the reservists who have come from all over the country and turned out for the mission at hand. Reservist and conscript soldiers are ready for any order they might receive.”

Israel Political Brief November 18, 2012: Israel, Gaza fighting rages on as Egypt seeks truce

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Israel, Gaza fighting rages on as Egypt seeks truce

Source: Reuters, 11-18-12
Israel bombed militant targets in Gaza for a fifth straight day on Sunday, launching aerial and naval attacks as its military prepared for a possible ground invasion, though Egypt saw “some indications” of a truce ahead….READ MORE

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