Israel Brief September 1, 2013: Hamas terror cell planned attack on Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

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Hamas terror cell planned attack on Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 9-1-13

A Hamas terror cell planned to carry out a terrorist attack at the upscale Mamilla mall on the cusp of the Old City of Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 1, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel is ‘calm and self assured’ as President Barack Obama waits on Syria strike

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Netanyahu: Israel is ‘calm and self assured’ as Obama waits on Syria strike

Source: JTA, 9-1-13

“Israel is calm and self assured,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his first public remarks following President Obama’s announcement that he will go to Congress before launching a military strike on Syria…..READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief August 27, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Security Cabinet meeting says Israel ready for any Syria scenario

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Israel ready for any Syria scenario, Netanyahu says

Source: JTA, 8-27-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a second meeting in two days of his security Cabinet to talk about the Syria situation….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 13, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Auschwitz: Israel will defend itself

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Netanyahu at Auschwitz: Israel will defend itself

Source: USA TODAY, AP, 6-13-13

In a defiant speech coming from the place symbolizing the suffering of Jews during World War II, Israel’s prime minister warned on Thursday that the Jewish state will do everything to prevent another Holocaust and to defend itself….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 7, 2013: Embarrassing media leak forces Avigdor Lieberman to declassify Knesset defense committee discussions

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Embarrassing media leak forces Lieberman to declassify Knesset defense committee discussions

Source: Haaretz, 6-7-13

Furious chairman makes decision after highly sensitive comments made by Shin Bet security service chief about PA President Mahmoud Abbas were leaked to the press….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 30, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Orders Personal Protection Kits for All Israelis

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Netanyahu Orders Personal Protection Kits for All Israelis

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-30-13‎

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently ordered the defense system to ensure that personal protection kits, which include gas masks, are distributed to all Israelis, Channel 10 News reported on Thursday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 26, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel is the most threatened state in the world

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Netanyahu: Israel is the most threatened state in the world

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-26-13

“In recent years we have significantly increased the preparedness of the home front vis-à-vis such attack,” Netanyahu said. “We are investing billions so that the home front will be better protected and better prepared….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 26, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel is most threatened state in world

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Netanyahu: Israel is most threatened state in world

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-26-13

“Israel is the most threatened state in the world,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of “national emergency week….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 21, 2013: IDF to launch nationwide drill as officials ramp up war rhetoric

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IDF to launch nationwide drill as officials ramp up war rhetoric

Source: Ynetnews, 5-21-13

“There is no longer a question whether missiles will be launched at Israel’s major population centers, only when it would happen,” Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan said Tuesday ahead of a nationwide drill….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 20, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: We’ll continue to halt Syrian arms transfers

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Netanyahu: We’ll continue to halt Syrian arms transfers

Source: The Times of Israel, 5-20-13

Amid escalating rhetoric between Jerusalem and Damascus in the wake of reported Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday to continue to act to prevent advanced weaponry from being transferred to Lebanese terror….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 29, 2013: Israel’s security cabinet meets on Syria

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Israel’s security cabinet meets on Syria

Source: JTA, 4-29-13

Israel’s security cabinet discussed the possibility that chemical weapons have been used by the Syrian government in that country’s civil war….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 22, 2013: US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Announces US to provide Israel with advanced weapons

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U.S. to provide Israel with advanced weapons, Hagel announces

Source: JTA, 4-22-13

The United States will make available to Israel advanced new military capabilities, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 8, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: We cannot forfeit our security — Speaking at Yad VaShem’s Yom HaShoah Ceremony

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Netanyahu: We cannot forfeit our security

Source: Jerusalem Post, 4-8-13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the main state ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Sunday, quoting anti-Semitic statements by Iranian religious leaders as evidence that the hatred against the Jews….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 4, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets Norwegian FM: We Can’t Let Iran Develop Nukes

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Netanyahu Meets Norwegian FM: We Can’t Let Iran Develop Nukes

Source: Arutz Sheva, 4-4-13

Netanyahu said during the meeting, “This model of a country talking, but at the same time developing nuclear weapons; threatening and at the same time developing nuclear weapons and threatening the use of nuclear weapons, we cannot allow this….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 3, 2013: Israel’s finance minister Yuval Steinitz worries about sequestration effects

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Israel’s finance chief worries about sequestration effects

Source: JTA, 3-3-13

Israel’s finance minister expressed concern that U.S. financial difficulties would affect Israel’s economy…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 27, 2013: Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

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Iron Dome tested near Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 2-27-13

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was tested near the city of Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 18, 2013: Report: Prisoner X Ben Zygier told ASIO of Mossad plans

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Report: Zygier told ASIO of Mossad plans

Source: Ynetnews, 2-18-13

Sources told the Australian ABC network that Ben Zygier was arrested by the Mossad because they believed he gave a detailed account of Israel’s activities to the Australian ASIO. According to sources, Zygier met with ASIO a few times in Australia….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Defends Israel in Prisoner X Scandal

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Israeli Premier Defends Israel in Prisoner Scandal

Source: ABC News, 2-17-13

Israel’s prime minister on Sunday defended the actions of his country’s security forces following a public uproar over the mysterious death of a man who apparently hanged himself while being held secretly in a maximum-security prison….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Prisoner X affair: Let Israel’s security forces do their work

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Netanyahu on Prisoner X affair: Let Israel’s security forces do their work

Source: Haaretz, 2-17-13

“We are not like all other countries. We are more threatened, more challenged, and therefore we have to ensure the proper activity of our security forces. Allow the security forces to work quietly so we can continue to live securely and safely.”

In prime minister’s first comment on the death of alleged Mossad agent Ben Zygier, Netanyahu says Israel protects the rights of the interrogated as well as freedom of expression, but adds, ‘We are not like other states.’….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2013: Terror alert level raised in Jerusalem over terror attack warning

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Terror warning puts Jerusalem on high alert

Source: JTA, 2-12-13

Security forces in Jerusalem went on high alert in response to intelligence reports of a possible terror attack in the city.

The alert level was raised on Tuesday, affecting police, firefighters and Magen David Adom emergency crews, among others. Police conducted security checks on cars entering Jerusalem at several points….READ MORE

Alert level raised in Jerusalem

Source: UPI.com, 2-12-13

Israeli security forces and emergency crews in Jerusalem raised the alert level Tuesday evening following a warning of a possible terror attack, police said….READ MORE

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