Israel Political Brief August 20, 2013: Israel warns on High Holidays travel

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Israel warns on High Holidays travel

Source: JTA, 8-20-13

The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief January 2, 2013: Main section of Israel’s border fence with Egypt is completed

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Main section of Israel’s border fence with Egypt is completed

Source: JTA, 1-2-13

The main section of Israel’s border fence with Egypt, meant to keep infiltrators from entering the country, has been completed….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 2, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Remarks at Ceremony to Mark the Completion of the Security Fence along the Egyptian Border

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PM Netanyahu Attends Ceremony to Mark the Completion of the Fence along the Egyptian Border

Source: PMO, 1-2-13

יום רביעי כ’ טבת תשע”ג

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today attended the ceremony marking the completion of the fence along the Egyptian border, the section between Kerem Shalom and the Eilat area. The construction of the fence – 230 kilometers in length – took two years, approximately half of the time that was originally planned, and cost approximately NIS 1.6 billion. Last year, the phenomenon of infiltration into Israel was reduced almost to nil. In January 2012, 2,153 illegal work infiltrators entered Israel’s cities, as opposed to the 36 who entered last month, all of whom were placed in detention. Last month included the first week in six years in which not even one infiltrator crossed the fence. Work on the 12 kilometers of fence in the Eilat area is expected to be completed within three months.

IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh, GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo, Defense Ministry Director-General Udi Shani, Fence Construction Authority head Brig.-Gen. Eran Ofir and Hagai Hadas, who was appointed by Prime Minister to be responsible for repatriating the infiltrators to their countries of origin, also attended today’s tour and ceremony.

Maj.-Gen. Russo briefed Prime Minister Netanyahu on the fence and its contribution to defending Israel’s borders and noted that in addition to its original purpose of blocking illegal work infiltrators, it also plays a main role in preventing attempted infiltrations by terrorists. Brig.-Gen. Ofir reviewed the construction of the fence and said, “Just as Iron Dome defends Israel’s skies, the fence is an iron wall defending Israel’s border.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “For seven months, not one infiltrator has reached Israel’s cities. Just as we have stopped infiltration into Israel’s cities, so too will we succeed in the next mission – repatriating the tens of thousands of infiltrators in Israel to their countries of origin. We have already begun to do so. I have appointed Hagai Hadas to deal with the issue and we can already see results of his efforts. We also need to complete the work on the country’s other borders.” The Prime Minister told those in charge of the project, “This is a great achievement. You did the impossible. I would like to convey to you the gratitude of all Israelis.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 21, 2012: Text of Ceasefire Agreement Between Israel & Hamas

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Text of Ceasefire Agreement

The partial text of the ceasefire agreement as reported by news agencies.
Source: INN, 11-21-12

This is the partial text of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, as brokered by Egypt and the U.S. and reported by AFP.

“Israel shall stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land sea and air, including incursions and targeting of individuals.

“All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

“Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas. Procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

“Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.”

“Implementation mechanism.

“Setting up the zero hour understanding to enter into effect.

“Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

“Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations, Egypt as a sponsor of this understanding, shall be informed to follow up.”

Israel Brief November 21, 2012: President Barack Obama Hails Ceasefire Agreement

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President Obama Hails Ceasefire Agreement

Source: News One, 11-21-12

President Barack Obama is hailing a ceasefire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 21, 2012: Hillary Clinton Announces Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

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Hillary Clinton Announces Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

Hillary Clinton Announces Israel-Hamas Ceasefire. Secretary of state says that there’s “no substitute for a just and lasting peace….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 21, 2012: Israel and Hamas reach a cease-fire

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Israel and Hamas reach a cease-fire

Source: JTA, 11-21-12

A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is set to begin at 9 p.m. local time….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 20, 2012: Cairo talks fail to yield cease-fire agreement, expected to continue

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Cairo talks fail to yield cease-fire agreement, expected to continue

Source: JTA, 11-20-12

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Nov. 20, 2012. (Avi Ohayon/ GPO/Flash90)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Nov. 20, 2012. (Avi Ohayon/ GPO/Flash90)

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Talks between Israel and Hamas negotiated by Egypt have not produced a cease-fire.

The talks in Cairo are expected to stretch into Wednesday, a Hamas official reportedly said late Tuesday night.

A Hamas official had been quoted earlier on Tuesday by Reuters as saying that a cease-fire would go into effect at midnight.

Shortly after the Reuters report appeared Tuesday evening, Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told CNN that an agreement on a cease-fire had not yet been reached….READ MORE

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

Israel Political Brief November 16, 2012: Gaza militants use Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to launch 21 rockets into Israel

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Gaza militants use Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to launch 21 rockets into Israel

Source: JTA, 11-16-12

Palestinian militants reportedly fired 21 rockets from Gaza into Israel during a unilateral ceasefire called by Israel to facilitate a visit to Gaza by Egypt’s prime minister….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Readout of the US President Barack Obama’s Phone Calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

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Readout of the President’s Phone Calls with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian President Morsi

Source: WH,  11-15-12

Today, the President spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Morsi about the rocket attacks being launched from Gaza into Israel, and the escalating violence in Gaza.

The President reiterated to Prime Minister Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians.  The President urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties.  The two agreed that Hamas needs to stop its attacks on Israel to allow the situation to de-escalate.  The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch in the coming days.  Earlier today, Vice President Biden received a briefing from Prime Minister Netanyahu on the events in Gaza.

The President also spoke with President Morsi given Egypt’s central role in preserving regional security.  In their conversation, President Obama condemned the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense.  The two leaders agreed on the importance of working to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible and agreed to stay in close touch in the days ahead.

Israel Political Brief September 21, 2012: Mossad failed to warn about 1973 war, declassified papers show

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Mossad failed to warn about 1973 war, declassified papers show

Source: JTA, 9-21-12

The Mossad failed to pass on warnings by credible sources that Egypt would strike Israel in 1973, newly declassified Israeli documents show….READ MORE

Israel Brief August 3, 2012: Israel Warns Citizens to Leave Sinai

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Israel warns citizens to leave Sinai

Source: JTA, 8-3-12

Israeli authorities warned Israelis to return immediately from the Sinai peninsula, citing a terrorist threat….READ MORE

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