Israel Political Brief August 31, 2014: Israel moves to appropriate West Bank land

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Israel moves to appropriate West Bank land

Source: JTA, 8-31-14

The Israel Defense Forces Civil Administration announced that it would appropriate nearly 1,000 acres in the Gush Etzion bloc and convert it in to state land…READ MORE

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

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 Political Brief June 8, 2014: Netanyahu: Unity deal gives Hamas foothold in West Bank

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Netanyahu: Unity deal gives Hamas foothold in West Bank

Source: Jerusalem Post , 6-8-14

Rather than moderating Hamas, there are increasing signs that the Palestinian unity government pact is helping the Gaza-based Islamist organization gain strength in the West Bank, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of Sunday’s …READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 2, 2013: US Envoy Martin Indyk has attended Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, new meeting scheduled

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Indyk has attended Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, new meeting scheduled

Source: JTA, 9-2-13

The U.S. envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has attended a negotiating session, the U.S. State Department said, in advance of a scheduled meeting….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 2, 2013: Israeli, Palestinian negotiation teams to meet on Tuesday

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Israeli, Palestinian negotiation teams to meet on Tuesday

Source: Haaretz, 9-2-13

The meeting in Jerusalem will be the sixth in this round of negotiations, which are held under a heavy veil of secrecy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 26, 2013: Peace talks not canceled over incident at West Bank Palestinian refugee camp, US says

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Peace talks not canceled over deadly incident at Palestinian refugee camp, U.S. says

Source: JTA, 8-26-13

The U.S. State Department denied Palestinian claims that a scheduled meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators was canceled over clashes in a refugee camp that left three Palestinians dead….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 30, 2013: Palestinian kills Israeli at West Bank bus stop

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Palestinian kills Israeli at West Bank bus stop

Source: JTA, 4-30-13

A Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank….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 Brief February 22, 2013: Riots break out in Jerusalem & West Bank over Palestinian prisoners

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Riots break out in Jerusalem, West Bank over Palestinian prisoners

Source: JTA, 2-22-13

Palestinian protesters reportedly fired flares and hurled stones at Israeli troops in the Old City in Jerusalem amid violent protests in the West Bank….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 10, 2013: Israeli troops dismantle fifth Palestinian West Bank outpost

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Israeli troops dismantle fifth Palestinian West Bank outpost

Source: JTA, 2-10-13

Israeli troops evacuated Palestinian and foreign activists attempting to erect a Palestinian outpost in the West Bank….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 1, 2013: Israeli security forces dismantle Palestinian protest camp

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Israeli security forces dismantle Palestinian protest camp

Source: Zee News, 2-1-13

Israeli security forces dismantle Palestinian protest camp Ramallah/Jerusalem: Israeli security forces used force Saturday to disperse Palestinian activists attempting to set up a camp in West Bank in protest of Israeli expansion of settlement, witnesses….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 8, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Remarks at Visit to Ariel University Center

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PM Netanyahu Visits Ariel University Center

Source: PMO, 1-8-13

יום שלישי כ”ו טבת תשע”ג

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today visited the Ariel University Center of Samaria, and made the following remarks:

“I would like to make it clear to the world: The danger to the world is not a university in Ariel. The danger to the world is not that Israel is building neighborhoods in Jerusalem. The danger is Iran, which is building nuclear weapons. The danger is Syria’s arsenals of chemical weapons. I call on the world to take notice. History will judge harshly those who equate democratic Israel, which is establishing a university, and dictatorial regimes that slaughter their people and which hold atomic weapons of mass destruction. We remain faithful to our homeland. We will continue to defend our citizens, develop our country and build in our land. With G-d’s help, we will build and we will succeed.”

At the start of his visit, Prime Minister Netanyahu was shown the electro-static accelerator / free electron laser (EA-FEL), the only one of its kind in the country, and one of only six in the world. Afterwards, the Prime Minister met with senior academic staff, including Rector Prof. Michael Zinigrad as well as faculty deans, department heads, professors, lecturers and senior scientists.

Israel Political Brief January 2, 2013: Israel Orders Bedouins to Leave West Bank Area

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Israel Orders Bedouins to Leave West Bank Area

Source: ABC News, 1-2-13

The Israeli military on Wednesday ordered dozens of Palestinian Bedouins to leave their communities so it could conduct military exercises in a remote area of the West Bank….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 2, 2013: Moshe Feiglin plan would pay Palestinians to leave West Bank

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Feiglin plan would pay Palestinians to leave West Bank

Source: JTA, 1-2-13

Moshe Feiglin of the Likud Party offered a plan to pay Palestinian families to emigrate from the West Bank….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 18, 2012: Israel presses on with plan for 6000 new settler homes

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Israel presses on with plan for 6000 new settler homes

Source: Reuters, 12-18-12

Stung by de facto recognition of Palestinian sovereignty in a U.N. General Assembly vote last month, Israel announced it would expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem….READ MORE

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