Israel Brief August 20, 2014: Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

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Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

 Source: JTA, 8-20-14

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

A senior Hamas official acknowledged that the Hamas military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June…READ MORE

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Full Text Israel Political Brief June 29, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Radical Islamic Movements in Israel, Rocket Attacks from Gaza and Search for three Kidnapped Teens

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 6-29-14
יום ראשון א’ תמוז תשע”ד

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“Over there weekend there was a demonstration in Umm Al-Fahm in which infuriating calls and support for abducting IDF soldiers were heard. Most Israeli Arabs do not take this view and I call on their leaders to be courageous and strongly condemn such calls. As Israelis we cannot countenance such outrageous remarks that call for abducting Israeli soldiers. IDF soldiers protect all of us. We cannot accept infuriating calls to abduct IDF soldiers.

In many cases, those behind such calls and demonstrations are from the northern branch of the Islamic Movement. It constantly preaches against the State of Israel and its people publicly identify with terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Therefore, I directed the relevant authorities to consider declaring the northern branch of the Islamic Movement an illegal organization. This would give the security authorities significant tools in the struggle against this movement.

Over the weekend, the IDF attacked multiple targets in response to firing at Israel from the Gaza Strip .
We are ready to expand this operation as per need. I would like to reiterate that from the moment the Palestinian unity government was established with the Hamas terrorist organization, the Palestinian Authority became responsible for preventing firing at our territory from the Gaza Strip.

Over the weekend, the ISA revealed the identities of those responsible for the abduction of our three youths – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel and we are continuing to do our utmost to bring them home safely.

Immediately after the abduction, we said that Hamas was responsible. I think that it is now clear to everyone what we based ourselves. Abu Mazen says that he opposes abductions; he says that he wants to proceed on the path to peace. If he stands by what he says, there is only one way to advance peace – and that is to tear up his agreement with Hamas.”

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 22, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting Updating on the Search for the Three Abducted Teens

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 6-22-14
יום ראשון כ”ד סיון תשע”ד

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“Over the weekend I met with the parents of the abducted youths. I promised them that we are doing, and will do, everything to bring the abducted boys home safely. We are in the midst of a continuing and focused effort to – first of all – bring the boys home.  This effort entails a certain friction with the civilian population in Judea and Samaria; we have no intention of deliberately harming anyone but our forces are acting as necessary for self-defense and from time to time there are victims or casualties on the Palestinian side as a result of the self-defense actions of our soldiers.

We are focusing on returning the abductees, on finding the kidnappers and on striking at the organization to which they belong. We have unequivocal proof that this is Hamas. We are sharing this proof and information to this effect with several countries. Soon this information will be made public. I think that at that time Abu Mazen’s remarks in Saudi Arabia will be put to the test in practice. His remarks will be tested not only by actions to return the boys home but by his willingness to dissolve the unity government with Hamas, which abducted the youths and calls for the destruction of Israel.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 15, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting Blaming Hamas for Three Kidnapped Teens in the West Bank

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

יום ראשון י”ז סיון תשע”ד

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“This morning I can say what I was unable to say yesterday before the extensive wave of arrests of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria.

Those who perpetrated the abduction of our youths were members of Hamas – the same Hamas that Abu Mazen made a unity government with; this has severe repercussions.

We are currently focusing all of our efforts on bringing the abductees back home. Before coming here, I spoke again with the families, and I embrace and encourage them from here, from the Cabinet table, and I know that I speak for all parts of the nation.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 15, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement regarding the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers by Hamas

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PM Netanyahu’s statement regarding the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers by Hamas

Source: MFA, 6-15-14

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​Israel will act against the kidnappers and their terrorist sponsors and comrades. We will do whatever needs to be done to protect our people, our citizens, our children and our teenagers from the scourge of terrorism.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Sunday, 15 June 2014), issued the following statement:
“Hamas terrorists carried out Thursday’s kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. We know that for a fact. These teenagers were kidnapped and the kidnapping was carried out by Hamas members. Hamas denials do not change this fact. And this attack should surprise no one because Hamas makes no secret of its agenda. Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel and to carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians – including children.
Instead of abiding by his international obligation to disarm Hamas, President Abbas has chosen to make Hamas his partner. Israel holds the Palestinian Authority and President Abbas responsible for any attacks against Israel that emanate from Palestinian-controlled territory. The Palestinian claim that the Palestinian Authority cannot be held responsible for an attack that took place in an area under Israeli security control is patently absurd.
When an attack takes place in Tel Aviv or in London or in New York – all these places have been attacked by terrorists – the question is not where the attack takes place. The question is where it originated. The kidnappers in this case set out from territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority, and the PA cannot absolve itself of its responsibility.
You remember that Israel warned the international community about the dangers of endorsing the Fatah-Hamas unity pact. I believe that the dangers of that pact now should be abundantly clear to all. We have seen since the signing of that pact an increase in terrorist activity emanating from the West Bank. We have seen Hamas strengthen its presence there, and this increases the likelihood that Hamas will take control of the Palestinian Authority, precisely as it did in Gaza. This will not advance peace; it will advance terror.
Israel will act in all ways under its province, in all ways under our control, to bring home the three kidnapped teenagers. Israel will act against the kidnappers and their terrorist sponsors and comrades. We will do whatever needs to be done to protect our people, our citizens, our children and our teenagers from the scourge of terrorism.
Thank you.”

Full Text Israel Brief June 15, 2014: Three teens kidnapped by Hamas terror organization in Gush Etzion

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Source: MFA, 6-13-14

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Contact lost with three teenagers in the Gush Etzion area. Israel holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for the well-being of the missing.
The names of the missing yeshiva students have been released for publication. They are: Gilad Sha’er (16), Naftali Frankel (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19).

Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'er and Naftali Frankel

At approximately 17:30 Israel time (June 13, 2014), the IDF Spokesman released a special announcement:

“During the night, contact was lost with three teenagers in the Gush Etzion area [of the West Bank]. The security forces are acting to locate the missing youths and extensive searches are being conducted at this time in the area.”

The three Israeli teenagers, all yeshiva students, were last seen late Thursday night in the area of Gush Etzion. Forces are conducting a widespread operation in order to locate them.

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz said the current mission is to bring the three Israeli teenagers home safely and as soon as possible. “We are concentrating all of our intelligence efforts on trying to track down the missing individuals.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hold a security assessment of the situation, at his Tel Aviv office, at the Defense Ministry, with the participation of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and the ISA. The Prime Minister previously held a security consultation at his Jerusalem office with the participation of Defense Minister Yaalon and Public Security Minister Aharonovitch.

Israel holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for the well-being of the missing.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with US Secretary of State John Kerry and told him that Abu Mazen was responsible for the well-being of the missing. The Prime Minister added that what has been happening on the ground since Hamas’ entry into the Palestinian government is destructive and the result of the entry of a murderous terrorist organization into the government.

Israel Musings January 30, 2014: Scarlett Johansson becomes Israel’s most famous advocate combating BDS with Soda

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Scarlett Johansson becomes Israel’s most famous advocate combating BDS with Soda

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Whether Jewish-American actress Scarlett Johansson wanted to or not she has become Israel’s most famous advocate when she signed as the spokesperson, “global brand ambassador” for SodaStream International Ltd., and their carbonated soda machines. Although…READ MORE

Israel Musings October 10, 2013: PM Netanyahu refuses early Palestinian prisoners release after rise in attacks

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Netanyahu refuses early Palestinian prisoners release after rise in attacks (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused on Oct. 9, 2013 to release the second set of Palestinian prisoners before the scheduled date of Oct. 29, 2013 according to the peace talk’s preconditions; both the United States and Palestinians…READ MORE

Israel Musings August 12, 2013: Israel approves new housing and prisoner release days before peace talks begin

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Israel approves new housing and prisoner release days before peace talks begin

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On the same day August 11, 2013, that the Israeli government both announced that nearly 1200 additional housing units will be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements, and approved that 26 pre-Oslo Accords Palestinians prisoners who…

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Israel Musings August 9, 2013: Israel decides to refuse any EU agreements with settlement guidelines

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Israel decides to refuse any EU agreements with settlement guidelines

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Israel decided on August 8, 2013 that it will boycott any agreement with the European Union (EU) unless they drop major stipulations of the guidelines they published last month which cuts off funding and projects to any area beyond Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 4, 2013: West Bank settlements join Israel’s list of national priority communities

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West Bank settlements join Israel’s list of national priority communities

Source: JTA, 8-4-13

Fifteen West Bank settlements were added to the list of communities approved by Israel’s Cabinet that are entitled to extra government benefits….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 25, 2013: PM Benjamin ‘Netanyahu will not freeze West Bank settlements’

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Netanyahu will not freeze West Bank settlements’

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-25-13

Is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu nearing his second declaration in four years on a building freeze in the West Bank in order to facilitate the renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians?…READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu promised US Secretary of State John Kerry to put ‘hold’ on settlement construction

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Report: Netanyahu promised Kerry to put ‘hold’ on settlement construction

Source: JTA, 5-7-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would put a hold on construction in West Bank settlements until mid-June….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 1, 2013: Murder of Jewish settler sparks West Bank clashes

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Murder of Jewish settler sparks West Bank clashes

Source: JTA, 5-1-13

Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashed in the West Bank more than a day after the murder of a Jewish man by a Palestinian attacker….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 6, 2013: Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

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Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

Source: JTA, 3-6-13

Israeli haredi Orthodox media personalities are calling for a boycott of West Bank settlement products in response to the Jewish Home party’s position on drafting yeshiva students….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief February 27, 2013: European Union diplomats recommend economic sanctions against settlements

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EU diplomats recommend economic sanctions against settlements

Source: JTA, 2-27-13

European Union diplomats in eastern Jerusalem have recommended economic sanctions against Jewish settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 31, 2013: UN: Israel must withdraw from settlements immediately

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U.N.: Israel must withdraw from settlements immediately

Source: JTA, 1-31-13

A U.N. report on the impact of Jewish West Bank settlements on Palestinians said Israel immediately should begin withdrawing all settlers from the territory….READ MORE

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 24, 2012: Ariel University Center gets final approvals for full recognition

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Ariel University Center gets final approvals for full recognition

Source: JTA, 12-24-12

Ariel University Center in the West Bank has been given final approval for recognition as a full university….READ MORE

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