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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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 October 25, 2012: Informal ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, brokered by Egypt, holding

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Informal ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, brokered by Egypt, holding

Source: JTA, 10-25-12

Israel and Hamas reportedly were observing an informal ceasefire, brokered by Egypt….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 23, 2012: Islamic terror group in Sinai claims responsibility for deadly attack on Israeli troops

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Islamic terror group in Sinai claims responsibility for deadly attack on Israeli troops

Source: JTA, 9-23-12

An Islamic terror group based in the Sinai claimed responsibility for an attack that killed an Israeli soldier, saying it was in response to an anti-Muslim film….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 21, 2012: Israeli soldier, assailants killed in skirmish near border with Egypt

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Israeli soldier, assailants killed in skirmish near border with Egypt

Source: JTA, 9-21-12

One Israeli soldier and three armed assailants died in a skirmish near the border with Egypt….READ MORE

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 Political Brief August 6, 2012: Ehud Barak Calls Sinai Attack, Border Inflitration a ‘Wake-up call’ for Egypt

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Barak calls Sinai attack, border inflitration a ‘wake-up call’ for Egypt

Source: JTA, 8-6-12

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called a terrorist attack in the Sinai that killed at least 15 Egyptian soldiers a “wake-up call” for Egypt….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

Israel Brief July 22, 2012: Israeli Bus Transporting IDF Soldiers Hit by Gunfire from Egypt

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Israeli bus transporting soldiers hit by gunfire from Egypt

Source: JTA, 7-22-12

An Israeli bus transporting soldiers near the border with Egypt was fired on from the Sinai….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief July 16, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Statements at Meeting on Egypt, Peace Process

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Statement by PM Netanyahu and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Source: PMO, 7-16-12

Photo by GPO

PM Benjamin Netanyahu: I want to welcome you, Secretary of State Clinton – Hillary – to Jerusalem once again, and we were just discussing how turbulent and how swiftly changing the world is, in our part of the world in particular.  So I look forward to hearing of your impressions from Egypt.  That has been an anchor of peace and maintaining the peace treaty between us, I think, is something that is uppermost in both our minds, and I appreciate the efforts that you’re investing to this end.

We’re going to talk about the Palestinians.  That is also an anchor of peace, and we have to invest every effort to maintain it, to keep the tranquility and see if we can move the process forward, and third: we have our common effort to make sure that Iran not achieve its ambition of developing nuclear weapons.  So that’s a small agenda for this plate and for this dinner and I look forward to discussing all these issues with you.  Welcome to Jerusalem.

Sec. of State Clinton:  Thank you so much, Bibi.  Well, Prime Minister Bibi, it is wonderful to be back in Jerusalem to have a chance to meet with your Government and now for us to have a working dinner to discuss the broad range of issues that you just mentioned.  You’re absolutely right; we’re living in a time of unprecedented change with a lot of challenges for us both, and we will continue to consult closely as we have on an almost daily basis between our two governments to chart the best way forward for peace and stability, for Israel, the United States, the region and the world, and we’re all delighted to be here with you.  Thank you.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu:  Thank you.

Israel Political Brief June 26, 2012: Rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel despite truce

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Rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel despite truce

Source: JTA, 6-26-12

Four rockets were fired from Gaza at a Jewish community in the Negev.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of the four rockets fired at Netivot Tuesday evening. The others landed in open areas and did not cause any damage, according to reports.

On Tuesday morning a rocket fired from Gaza that landed in a kibbutz in southern Israel struck an empty hen house.

The rockets were fired despite an Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and Gazan terrorist groups that went into effect on Sunday evening.

More than 150 rockets fired from Gaza have struck southern Israel since the cross-border attacks began last week.

 

Terrorists Fire Four Grad Missiles at Netivot

Terrorists from Gaza fire a barrage of four Grad missiles at Netivot. Iron Dome intercepts two of them.
Iron Dome system

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Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza fired a barrage of four Grad missiles at the town of Netivot on Tuesday evening.

The Iron Dome system intercepted two of the missiles, and the other two exploded in open areas. There were no physical injuries and no reports of property damage.

Despite an Egyptian-brokered “ceasefire” announced by Hamas last week, terrorists from Gaza have continued firing rockets at southern Israel. On Tuesday morning, a Qassam rocket hit a kibbutz chicken barn, causing damage but no physical injuries.

The rocket exploded in the area of Sderot, located less than a mile from northern Gaza….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 24, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement on the Egyptian Presidential Elections

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PMO Statement on the Egyptian Presidential Elections

Source: PMO, 6-24-12

Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elections. Israel looks forward to continuing cooperation with the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is a joint interest of both peoples and contributes to regional stability.

Israel Political Brief March 15, 2012: Gaza rocket fire continues to strike Southern Israel despite cease-fire — Southern Israeli schools are closed

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With rocket fire continuing, southern Israeli schools are closed

Source: JTA, 3-15-12

Schools were closed in southern Israel again as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip continued to strike despite a cease-fire.

The cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi and Gan Yavne canceled classes for Thursday after several rockets targeted Beersheba the day before. Schoolchildren in Netivot were sent home Thursday after a rocket landed next to a school that morning while it was in session.

At least half a dozen rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel by mid-afternoon Thursday. Two rockets fired at Beersheba were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Islamic Jihad has denied responsibility for Thursday’s rocket fire, according to Haaretz. The military believes small, radical factions are firing the rockets.

Early Thursday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said it struck a rocket-launching site and what it called a “terror tunnel” in Gaza. “The targeting of these sites is in direct response to the rockets fired at Israel,” including rockets fired Wednesday night against Beersheba, an IDF statement said.

“Hamas uses other terror organizations to carry out terror attacks against the State of Israel and will bear the consequences of these actions in any future operation embarked upon by the IDF in order to eliminate the terror threat and restore the relative calm to the area,” the statement added….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 14, 2012: Israeli retaliatory strikes hit Gaza amid cease-fire

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Israeli retaliatory strikes hit Gaza amid cease-fire

Source: JTA, 3-14-12

Despite a cease-fire that has held for about a day, Israel’s military struck two sites in Gaza in retaliation for attacks on Israel following a cease-fire announcement.

Israel’s Air Force fired on what it called two “terrorist activity sites” in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning, some 24 hours after the announcement of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

A statement from the Israel Defense Forces said the attack was in response to rocket attacks from Gaza that struck Israel following the announcement. One of the seven rockets and mortars fired from Gaza landed in a parking lot in Netivot, injuring one person and damagingproperty.

Also Wednesday, Palestinian officials said an 8-year-old boy hurt in an Israeli attack Monday died of his injuries. A teenage boy had died in the same attack….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 13, 2012: As rocket attacks ease on Southern Israel, PM Netanyahu reiterates his Gaza policy

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As rocket attacks ease, Netanyahu reiterates his Gaza policy

Source: JTA, 3-13-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reiterating his policy of responding to Gaza violence, said that Israel “will find” whoever breaks the calm.

“Our message is clear: Quiet will bring quiet. Whoever violates it or even tries to violate it — we will find him,” Netanyahu said Tuesday evening.

That evening, two rockets struck southern Israel after seven hours of calm. In the morning, hours after reports of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire following several days of rockets being fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, at least seven rockets and mortar shells exploded in Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 13, 2012: Gaza rockets land in Israel despite reported cease-fire

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Rockets land in Israel despite reported cease-fire

Source: JTA, 3-13-12

At least seven rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza exploded in Israel after reports of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

 

Egypt announced that a cease-fire between terrorist groups in Egypt and Israel came into effect at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

“We are still following the situation in the South and we need to see how it develops and whether the [rocket] firing really stops,” Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz said Tuesday. “It’s not over until it’s over. Quiet will be answered with quiet, and fire will be answered with fire.”

A Reuters report late Monday quoted unnamed Egyptian officials as announcing the cease-fire. Neither Hamas nor Israel would confirm the report, and the terms of the truce were unclear….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 13, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech / Remarks to the Conference of Government Ministry Director Generals — Vows response to any Gaza truce violations

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks to the Conference of Government Ministry Director Generals

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks earlier this evening (Tuesday), 13.3.12, in Jerusalem, at a meeting of Government ministry director generals:

“The recent activity is testimony to my government’s policy – aggressive action in order to prevent Israeli citizens from being hurt and increa…sing home front defense. Our message is clear: Quiet will bring quiet. Whoever violates it or even tries to violate it – we will find him. We achieved precise hits on those who perpetrate terrorism, terrorist commanders, terrorism infrastructures and many missiles that were aimed at our cities and communities. I would like to praise the excellent actions of the IDF, the ISA, the Air Force and those manning Iron Dome batteries. I would like to praise the local council heads who showed leadership and responsibility. And above all, I salute the residents of the south who showed fortitude in the face of terrorism. Their resilience is a main component of our national security. Israel seeks peace but we are prepared for any challenge.”See More

PM: We’ll target anyone who breaks calm

Source: YNet News, 3-12-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the security situation in the south during a Jerusalem conference on Tuesday. “We will target anyone who will try to disturb the peace,” Netanyahu said.

He added that recent activity in Gaza strip is a testimony to his government’s offensive meant to keep Israeli civilians secure. “Our message is that quiet will bring quiet. Anyone who violates it or even tries to violate it, our guns will find him,” said Netanyahu.

Netanyahu vows response to any Gaza truce violations

Source: Reuters, 3-13-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned on Tuesday Israel would respond to any attempts to violate an Egyptian-brokered truce that went into effect earlier in the day, ending four days of cross-border violence with Gaza militants.

“Our message is that quiet will bring quiet. Anyone who violates it or even tries to violate it, our guns will find him,” Netanyahu said in a speech in Jerusalem.


Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce to cease rocket attacks on Southern Israel

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Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce

A senior Egyptian security official confirmed a truce has been secured between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza. (Reuters)

Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce to cease rocket attacks on Southern Israel

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Israel, Gaza militants agree to truce: Egypt official

Source: Reuters, 3-12-12

Israel and militant factions in the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce to end four days of cross-border violence in which 25 Palestinians have been killed, a senior Egyptian security official told Reuters on Tuesday.

The official said in a telephone call from Cairo that both sides had “agreed to end the current operations”, with Israel giving an unusual undertaking to “stop assassinations”, and an overall agreement “to begin a comprehensive and mutual calm”.

The agreement was expected to take effect at 1 a.m. local time (2300 GMT). There was no immediate comment from either side on the agreement. Previous ceasefire deals after earlier rounds of fighting have often got off to a shaky start….READ MORE

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