Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Khaled Mashaal says Benjamin Netanyahu asked for lull; Israel: He’s lying

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Mashaal says Netanyahu asked for lull; Israel: He’s lying

Exiled Hamas leader claims Netanyahu requested truce, but top Israeli official says his comments ‘about as accurate as Hamas’ claims that it downed F-15 or attacked Knesset’

Source: YNet News, 11-19-12

 

שיגורים, נפילות ותקיפות. יום שישי למבצע "עמוד ענן" (צילום:AP)

Day 6 of Operation Pillar of Defense (Photo: AP)

Israel and Hamas agreed on a ceasefire but still disagree on the implementation phases, the Al-Arabiya network quoted unnamed sources as saying Sunday afternoon.

According to the report, Hamas conditioned the agreement on the immediate implementation of a ceasefire, while Israel wants to implement it in two separate phases – apparently a lull in the first stage and the lifting of the naval blockade of Gaza at a later stage.

However, both sides denied the report and accused one another of spreading disinformation. Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal claimed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has requested a truce in the Gaza conflict, but a senior Israeli official said in response that “Hamas’s comments about a ceasefire, alleging that Israel is begging for one, are about as accurate as its claims to have shot down an F-15 (warplane) or attacked the Knesset.”….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Israel says prefers diplomacy but ready to invade Gaza

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Israel says prefers diplomacy but ready to invade Gaza

Israel bombed dozens of targets in Gaza on Monday and said that while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Ceasefire Seems Unlikely, After Khaled Mashaal Speech

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Ceasefire Seems Unlikely, After Mashaal Speech

Hamas claims that Israeli is ‘suing for peace,’ but it is Hamas that is the big loser in this war, says an official

Source: INN, 11-19-12

There may be talk going on about a ceasefire, but Hamas is not interested, said Hamas top terrorist Khaled Mashaal. Speaking in Gaza Monday afternoon, Mashal said that there would be no compromises with Israel. “There may be or may not be an agreement, but that is up to Israel,” he said. “There are efforts by Qatar and Egypt, we are meeting with them every day. But we will not accept any Israeli conditions. If they want a ceasefire, let them stop attacking us. The one who started the violence should end it.”

Instead, he said, Hamas expects Israel to surrender to its demands – specifically the ending of the land and sea blockade around Gaza. “We are not seeking to aggravate the conflict and give the Israelis a reason to invade Gaza,” he said. However, he said, Hamas was prepared for a land operation by the IDF….READ MORE

Israel Advocacy News November 19, 2012: Supporters of Israel, Palestinians clash in LA protests

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Supporters of Israel, Palestinians clash in LA protests

Source: LAT, 11-19-12

Supporters of Israel and the Palestinians clashed during a rally Sunday outside the Federal Building in Westwood. No arrests were made, but one person suffered a broken arm and Wilshire Boulevard was closed for a time, officials said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Vast Majority of Israelis Approve of Operation Pillar of Defense, Poll Shows

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Vast Majority of Israelis Approve of Operation, Poll Shows

A poll conducted on behalf of a political education group shows that the vast majority of Israelis support Operation Pillar of Defense.

Source: INN, 11-19-12

Barak and Netanyahu
Barak and Netanyahu
Israel news photo: Flash 90
A poll conducted on behalf of an Israeli political education group showed that the vast majority of Israelis supported Operation Pillar of Defense. According to the poll, taken by the Panels organization on behalf of the the Israeli Center for Political Training (ICPT), 85% of Israelis think that the operation against Hamas is a good idea, and expect that it will end with a positive result for Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Doron Weiss, Ex-Shin Bet Deputy Head: Intelligence Expert: Ground Move Required

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Intelligence Expert: Ground Move Required

Ex-Shin Bet Deputy Head says Hamas was caught off balance by IDF attack.
Source: INN, 11-19-12

The former Deputy Head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency supports a ground maneuver by the IDF in Gaza, to follow the air campaign that has been going on for five days.

“Hamas’ people made several meaningful errors in the past few days,” Doron Weiss told Arutz Sheva. “The behavior of [Ahmed] Jaabari, who did not hide and did not take into account the threat to his life, was one such mistake,” he explained.

“The operation will end with an agreement vis-à-vis Hamas regarding a ‘lull’,” he said, “but reaching such an agreement requires that Hamas be brought to a situation in which it understands that it has no choice….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 19, 2012: Southern Israel remains under steady rocket barrage

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Southern Israel remains under steady rocket barrage

Source: JTA, 11-19-12

Communities in southern Israel came under a steady barrage of rockets and the Israeli military said it inflicted “severe damage on the rocket launching capabilities of terror organizations” as its Operation Pillar of Defense neared the end of its first week……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

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