Israel Political Brief August 8, 2014: Hamas renews rocket fire at Israeli cities

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Hamas renews rocket fire at Israeli cities

Source: MFA, 8-8-14

At 8:01, two rockets were fired towards Ashkelon, marking the renewal of rocket fire from Gaza, as Hamas refused to extend the 72-hour ceasefire. After 2.5 hours of rocket fire from Gaza, PM Netanyahu and DM Yaalon ordered the IDF to respond with force….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 29, 2013: Second Gaza rocket strikes Israel in two days

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Second Gaza rocket strikes Israel in two days

Source: JTA, 4-29-13

A rocket fired from Gaza struck Israel for the second time in two days….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 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

Israel Political Brief March 14, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Gaza violence shows Israel cannot afford to be lax on Iran nuclear threat

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Netanyahu: Gaza violence shows Israel cannot afford to be lax on Iran nuclear threat

In speech to Knesset, PM says Israel must be able to defend itself, blames Kadima’s 2005 disengagement in allowing Iranian takeover of Gaza and says Iran’s base in the Strip will be ‘uprooted sooner or later.’

Source: Haaretz, 3-14-12

Israel cannot allow terror groups to be backed by a nuclear Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to the Knesset on Wednesday, adding that those who say he is exaggerating the severity of the Iranian threat were those who allowed Iran’s takeover of the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu spoke following a recently achieved truce between and Israel Defense Forces and Gaza militants which capped four days of rocket attacks on southern Israel and Israeli strikes of the Strip.

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to the Knesset, May 16, 2011.
Photo by: Daniel Bar-On

Referring to the recent bout of violence in his address to the Knesset, Netanyahu blamed Iran for taking over the Gaza Strip through the Hamas militant group, saying that “the dominant element driving events in Gaza is not the Palestinians but Iran, who is building the infrastructures, provides the money, and sometimes gives the orders,” and that sooner or later, the Iranian base in Gaza “will be uprooted.”

“Gaza is Iran’s forward position,” the PM added, saying that he exited Sharon’s cabinet prior to 2005 disengagement since he knew then that “rockets would fly out of Gaza, fly at Ashkelon, Be’er Sheva, at Ashdod. They said we were spreading panic, that the move would lead to a breakthrough to peace. What breakthrough? What peace?”

Netanyahu then directly accused the disengagement for allowing the Iranian takeover of the Strip, telling the Kadima MKs: “Iran was let into Gaza, but it wasn’t we that let Iran into Gaza, it was you.”

“As soon as we were out, Iran went in,” the premier added, saying the same criticism of his stance toward the disengagement in 2005 was used currently to play down the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat.

“A nuclear Iran would represent an existential threat on the State of Israel and the safety of the entire world,” the premier said.

Netanyahu then warned against the effect of a nuclear power backing terror groups such as those which have been attacking southern Israel with rockets, saying: “Imagine that behind terror groups was a country calling for our destruction and armed with nuclear bombs.”

“Are you ready for that? I’m not. Every leader knows this cannot be allowed to pass. An Israeli prime minister cannot hand over the ability to act against this threat to others,” the PM said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 14, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu cancels European trip to France & Spain, citing volatile situation in Israel’s south

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Netanyahu cancels European trip, citing volatile situation in Israel’s south

The explanation given by Prime Minister’s office is a bit strange, especially in light of the fact that it was released after a renewed ceasefire was announced in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Haaretz, 3-14-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled his planned visit to Paris and Madrid, which was on Wednesday, due to the “security situation in southern Israel,” despite the renewed calm in the Gaza Strip.

Attempts at coordinating the visits to France and Spain began after Netanyahu’s return to Israel from the AIPAC conference in Washington. Israeli embassies in Paris and Madrid were asked to inquire whether the Élysée Palace and Spain’s prime minister’s office would allow Netanyahu to visit on March 21 and 22.

Netanyahu and Sarkozy - AP Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Photo by: AP

According to an Israeli official, the Prime Minister’s Office clarified that Netanyahu was interested to discuss the Iran issue with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and newly-elected Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Netanyahu sought to update the two European leaders regarding Israel’s stance, as he did during his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama during his Washington trip.

Israeli embassies began making initial contact and received positive responses. Both the French and the Spanish stated that Sarkozy and Rajoy were very interested in meeting Netanyahu….READ MORE

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