Full Text Israel Political Brief December 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Southern Israel, IDF Attacks & Syria

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

Source: PMO, 12-23-12

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“We are simultaneously dealing with three fronts. Today’s Cabinet meeting will open with the south, it is quiet there – but we have loose ends to deal with on the home front, with additional grants that we will give to people and communities. By all accounts, the home front was dealt with very successfully in the last operation and later today I will also hold a summary discussion of the home front lessons from Operation Pillar of Defense. Therefore, first of all, we will discuss the continuation of the successful handling of the south.

We have also recently been witness to disturbances and attacks on our forces. Later today, we will visit IDF Central Command in order to closely monitor developments as well as the necessary steps to deal with each possible scenario.

We are also monitoring developments in Syria, where there are dramatic developments almost daily. We are cooperating with the US and, together with the international community, are taking the necessary measures to prepare ourselves for the possibility of far-reaching changes in the regime, with implications for the sensitive weapons systems there

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Full Text Israel Political Brief December 22, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Welcomes Nomination of US Sen. John Kerry as Next US Secretary of State

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PM Netanyahu Welcomes Nomination of US Sen. John Kerry as Next US Secretary of State

Source: PMO, 12-22-12

יום ט’ טבת תשע”ג

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued the following statement on US President Barack Obama’s nomination of US Senator (D-Massachusetts) John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State:

“I welcome the nomination of John Kerry to the post of US Secretary of State. Kerry has considerable experience and is a known supporter of the security of the State of Israel. John Kerry and I have been friends for many years. I very much appreciated the fact that six months ago, after my father passed away, he came to visit me during the week of mourning. I look forward to working together with him.”

Israel Political Brief December 18, 2012: Israel presses on with plan for 6000 new settler homes

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Israel presses on with plan for 6000 new settler homes

Source: Reuters, 12-18-12

Stung by de facto recognition of Palestinian sovereignty in a U.N. General Assembly vote last month, Israel announced it would expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 18, 2012: Avigdor Liberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

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Liberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

Source: JTA, 12-18-12

Avigdor Liberman’s resignation as Israel’s foreign minister officially took effect, and Israel’s attorney general postponed filing an indictment for fraud and breach of trust against him….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 18, 2012: Israel’s Attorney General rejects disqualifying Arab lawmaker from elections

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Israel’s AG rejects disqualifying Arab lawmaker from elections

Source: JTA, 12-18-12

Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said that there is not enough evidence to disqualify Arab lawmaker Hanin Zoabi from next month’s elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 17, 2012: Municipal committee advances eastern Jerusalem Ramat Shlomo building project

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Municipal committee advances eastern Jerusalem project

Source: JTA, 12-17-12

A Jerusalem municipal committee advanced a building plan for eastern Jerusalem that stirred a furor when it was approved during a 2010 visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 17, 2012: Jewish families ordered evicted from Hebron building

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Jewish families ordered evicted from Hebron building

Source: JTA, 12-17-12

The Israeli government will evict two Jewish families from their homes in a building in Hebron….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 17, 2012: Israeli soldier, Palestinian protester injured in West Bank clashes

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Israeli soldier, Palestinian protester injured in West Bank clashes

Source: JTA, 12-17-12

An Israeli soldier and a civilian security guard, as well as a Palestinian protester, were injured in clashes near the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar….REA MORE

Israel Political Brief December 16, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Western Wall ‘will be ours forever’

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Netanyahu: Western Wall ‘will be ours forever’

Source: JTA, 12-16-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall that the site “will be ours forever.”….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 16, 2012: It’s official: Avigdor Liberman’s out as foreign minister

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It’s official: Liberman’s out as foreign minister

Source: JTA, 12-16-12

Avigdor Liberman officially stepped down as Israel’s foreign minister following his indictment for fraud and breach of trust….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 16, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu & President Shimon Peres send condolence messages about Newtown School Shooting massacre

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Israeli leaders send condolence messages in Newtown massacre

Source: JTA, 12-16-12

Israeli leaders sent letters of condolence to President Obama over the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.

Israeli President Shimon Peres: “On behalf of the people of Israel, as friends and as parents, we stand with you today in contemplation and grief over the atrocious, incomprehensible massacre of 20 children and six adults — educators — at Sandy Hook Elementary School. No experience with death can be likened to that of a parents’ loss of their child. No crime is more heinous than the killing of a child.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and we know the shock and agony they bring. I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones. May you and the American people find the strength to overcome this unspeakable tragedy.”

In a video message posted on YouTube, Netanyahu addressed the American people, saying, “The people of Israel grieve with you. I can only pray that God will give you the strength, as he has given us, to overcome the tragedy and go on living.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief December 16, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Letter to US President Barack Obama Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

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PM Netanyahu’s Letter to US President Obama Following the Events in Connecticut

Source: PMO, 12-15-12

Following is the text of the letter that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent to US President Barack Obama:

“Dear President Obama,

I was shocked and horrified by today’s savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and we know the shock and agony they bring.

I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones.

May you and the American people find the strength to overcome this unspeakable tragedy.

With my deepest condolences,

(Signed)

Benjamin Netanyahu,
Prime Minister of Israel”

Israel Political Brief December 14, 2012: Shas Party finishes third in three Israeli pre-election polls

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Shas finishes third in three Israeli pre-election polls

Source: JTA, 12-14-12

The Sephardic haredi Orthodox party Shas finished third in three of four recent Israeli election polls….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 14, 2012: Reuters cameramen say Israeli troops assaulted them

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Reuters cameramen say Israeli troops assaulted them

Source: JTA, 12-14-12

Two Reuters cameramen accused Israeli soldiers of forcing them to strip, exposing them to tear gas and hitting them….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 13, 2012: Israel transfers PA money to electric company

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Israel transfers PA money to electric company

Source: JTA, 12-13-12

Israel’s finance minister transferred $115 million that Israel collected for the Palestinian Authority to the Israel Electric Corp….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 13, 2012: East Jerusalem Arabs arrested for attacking Jewish man

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East Jerusalem Arabs arrested for attacking Jewish man

Source: JTA, 12-13-12

Three Arab teenagers from eastern Jerusalem were arrested on suspicion that they attacked a haredi Orthodox Jewish man….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 13, 2012: Palestinians and Israeli troops clash in Hebron in aftermath of teen’s fatal shooting

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Palestinians and Israeli troops clash in Hebron in aftermath of teen’s fatal shooting

Source: JTA, 12-13-12

Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clashed in the city of Hebron a day after a Palestinian teen who threatened an Israeli Border Police officer was shot and killed….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 13, 2012: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman indicted for fraud and breach of trust

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Liberman indicted for fraud and breach of trust

Source: JTA, 12-13-12

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was indicted on fraud and breach of trust while other cases against him were closed. Read more »

Israel Political Brief December 12, 2012: Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen brandishing toy gun

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen brandishing toy gun

Source: JTA, 12-12-12

A Palestinian teen who threatened Israeli troops near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron was shot and killed….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 12, 2012: Jerusalem monastery vandalized for second time

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Jerusalem monastery vandalized for second time

Source: JTA, 12-12-12

A monastery in Jerusalem was vandalized for the second time this year in an apparent price tag attack….READ MORE

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