Israel Political Brief January 2, 2013: Tzipi Livni turned away from Iron Dome battery by military

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Livni turned away from Iron Dome battery by military

Source: JTA, 1-2-13

Tzipi Livni was turned away from an Iron Dome anti-missile battery where she had planned to hold a campaign photo opportunity….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: Israeli military completes West Bank Oz Zion outpost evacuation

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Israeli military completes West Bank outpost evacuation

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

The Israeli army finished evacuating the Oz Zion outpost in the West Bank, a day after soldiers came under attack by visiting teens….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 28, 2012: Israeli soldiers clash with outpost settlers

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Israeli soldiers clash with outpost settlers

Source: JTA, 12-28-12

Some 200 settlers clashed with Israeli security forces attempting to evacuate the West Bank outpost of Oz Zion….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 7, 2012: Israeli soldiers flee Hebron Palestinian mob

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Israeli soldiers flee Palestinian mob

Source: JTA, 12-7-12

Israeli soldiers fled an angry Palestinian mob in Hebron. Read more »

Israel Political Brief November 22, 2012: Israel warns of tougher operation if truce agreement violated

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Israel warns of tougher operation if truce agreement violated

Source: Xinhua, 11-22-12

An Israeli minister said Thursday that Hamas can expect an aggravated military response in the event that it or other militant groups in the Gaza Strip resume rocket attacks on Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 22, 2012: IDF reservists released after Gaza operation: ‘We’ll be back’

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IDF reservists released after Gaza op: ‘We’ll be back’

 Source: YNet News, 11-22-12

הביתה. שמחה מהולה בתחושת החמצה (צילום: רועי עידן)

Soldiers recruited during Operation Pillar of Defense disappointed that IDF ‘didn’t get to finish the job’

The army began releasing on Thursday tens of thousands of reserve soldiers who were recruited under emergency orders during Operation Pillar of Defense.

Some of the soldiers were disappointed by the fact that the operation was cut short and they were not given the chance to “complete the mission,” as one soldier put it, while others said it is just a matter of time before they are called up again….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 18, 2012: Responding to fire from Syria, Israeli troops may have killed soldiers

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Responding to fire from Syria, Israeli troops may have killed soldiers

Source: JTA, 11-18-12

Israeli soldiers who fired into Syria after coming under fire from Syrian territory may have killed Syrian soldiers….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: UN chief to visit Israel as part of truce efforts

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UN chief to visit Israel as part of truce efforts

Source: YNet News, 11-15-12 

Ban to meet Netanyahu, Barak and Abbas in hopes of restoring ceasefire between Israel, Hamas. France says President Hollande in talks with Israeli PM, other world leaders to avert escalation of violence. Lieberman to counterparts: We won’t agree to fragile truce.

Efforts to end Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza are underway: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to visit the region on Tuesday in order to advance a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Ban is expected to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, but he will apparently not visit Gaza. The UN chief is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The visit was coordinated following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council following the escalation in Gaza. …READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 9, 2012: Israeli military downs drone over Negev

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Israeli military downs drone over Negev

Source: JTA, 10-6-12

The Israeli Air Force shot down a drone that entered Israeli airspace….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 19, 2012: US House of Representatives Passes Bill on Expanded US-Israeli Military Cooperation

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House passed bill on expanded U.S.-Israeli military cooperation

Source: JTA, 7-19-12

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to strengthen security cooperation between the United States and Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 12, 2012: Israeli Military Hits Gaza Terrorists Planning Attacks

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Israel hits Gaza terrorists planning attacks

Source: JTA, 7-12-12

Israel’s military said it struck a Hamas terrorist cell planning to launch an anti-tank missile at Israeli troops and another ready to launch a rocket into Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 18, 2012: Gilad Shalit released from the military

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Gilad Shalit released from the military

Source: JTA, 4-18-12

Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released from the Israel Defense Forces.

Shalit was officially released, at the rank of sergeant-major, on Wednesday, six months after he was freed from Hamas captivity in Gaza.

He signed his release forms at his northern Israel home in Mitzpe Hila in lieu of going to an IDF induction center as part of an expedited administrative procedure, according to reports….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 7, 2012: Israel cautiously welcomes Western nuclear talks with Iran

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Israel cautiously welcomes Western nuclear talks with Iran

National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror: There will be no one happier than Israel if Iran gives up its military nuclear capability through talks.

Source: Haaretz, 3-7-12

Israel on Wednesday cautiously welcomed the planned resumption of big-power nuclear talks with Iran, insisting that Tehran be denied the means to turn uranium into bomb fuel.

With Israel speaking increasingly loudly of resorting to military action to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, the talks could provide some respite in a crisis that has driven up oil prices and threatened to draw the United States into its third major war in a decade.

Benjamin Netanyahu March 7, 2012 (GPO) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben-Gurion Airport after returning from North America trip, March 7, 2012.
Photo by: Amos Ben Gershom / GPO

Tuesday’s announcement of new talks followed a visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States, where President Barack Obama said the talks offered a diplomatic chance to quiet the “drums of war”.

“I’m very happy that they are opening discussions,” said Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror.

“There will be no one happier than us, and the prime minister said this in his own voice, if it emerges that in these talks Iran will give up on its military nuclear capability,” he told Israel Radio….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 2, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama play high-stakes poker over Iran

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Netanyahu and Obama play high-stakes poker over Iran

Haaretz’s editor-in-chief Aluf Benn says PM’s planned trip to Washington will be the most fateful of his political career.

Source: Haaretz, 3-2-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington will be the most important one in his long career as ambassador, politician and national leader. On Monday, Netanyahu will meet President Barack Obama in the White House for a game of diplomatic poker, where the greatest gamble of all will be right on the table: an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations. Each of the two players will try to push the other to act. Netanyahu would prefer to see the American superpower, with its vast range of military capabilities, pulverize Iran’s nuclear project. For his part, Obama would prefer, if an attack must be launched, that the job be done by Israel, while the United States would serve as the “responsible adult” who comes in afterward to make order in the Middle East….READ MORE

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