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Israel’s FM: Praying for UK’s Boris Johnson’s Speedy Recovery

7 April, 2020   |   1 day ago

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz conveyed his prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery to the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was admitted to an Intensive Care Unit in a London hospital on Monday evening after contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) some 10 days ago.

“Our thoughts are with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening. We are praying for his speedy recovery,” Katz said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu similarly wished a “rapid recovery to our friend.”

Addressing the citizens of Israel on Monday night, Netanyahu stated that “on behalf of all of you, I would like to send my best wishes for a rapid recovery to our friend, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is now fighting the disease.”

Johnson was admitted to the ICU after the Coronavirus symptoms he has been combatting in the past days have not subsided.

“On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests. This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus,” a government spokesperson said.

Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, will replace Johnson until his recovery.

Raab is Johnson’s “designated survivor” and takes on prime ministerial responsibilities now that Johnson has been hospitalized.

Air Train Delivering Millions of Items of Medical Equipment on Way from China to Israel

6 April, 2020   |   2 days ago

An airlift of 11 aircraft is delivering millions of items of essential medical equipment from China to Israel, including masks, protective gear, and ventilators.

The massive operation was a joint collaboration between the Directorate of Production and Procurement in the Israel Ministry of Defense, the ICL corporate and its representatives in China, and the Israeli Embassy in China.

The operation was launched some two weeks ago with procurement agreements, diplomatic efforts and logistical arrangements.

El Al’sDreamliner 787 aircraft left from Shanghai Airport carrying over 900,000 surgical masks, half a million protective suits for medical teams, and additional critical equipment that landed in Israel on Monday.

Additional equipment, including ventilators, will be delivered to Israel in the coming days.

El Al has adapted 11 Dreamliner aircraft to carry cargo for this purpose. El Al will operate two flights per day for a period of approximately one week until the operation is completed.

Israel has launched a global operation to procure medical equipment required for medical teams and hospitals fighting the spread of Coronavirus (COVIS-19). The Mossad espionage agency has taken point in leading the efforts.

Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett thanked the people of the Ministry of Defense and El Al, whom “we have sent to the other side of the world to bring life-saving equipment to Israel.”

“We are continuing to operate in full force, assessing every avenue in both local production and in the international arena,” he added.

El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin said that the company “considers the delivery of essential equipment to Israel as both an obligation and a privilege.”

CEO of ICL Corporate, Raviv Zoller noted that “ICL is first and foremost an Israeli company, and in times of emergency we are proud to invest our resources for the benefit of the state and to participate and assist in any way possible in the national effort against the Coronavirus. We have leveraged the excellent relations that we have developed in various regions in China, where we manage our factories. These relations enabled us to procure essential equipment.”

The Health Ministry updated Sunday night that the number of Israelis infected with the virus is recorded at 8,340. 139 are in serious condition, 182 are in moderate condition, and 546 have recovered.

49 have died of the virus, mostly elderly people with previous health issues.

Israel’s FM Congratulates Labour New Leader on His Victory, Expresses Hopes for Better Ties

5 April, 2020   |   3 days ago

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz congratulated Keir Starmer on his election to lead the UK’s Labour Party over the weekend.

“I hope he will live up to his promise to eradicate anti-Semitism that has emerged in the party in recent years and like former Labour leaders, he will strengthen the friendship between Britain and Israel,” Katz stated Saturday night.

Starmer is replacing Jeremy Corbyn who has been embroiled in multiple incidents of ant-Semitism and has expressed extreme views against Israel and in support of terrorism.

In his victory speech Stramer declared he would seek out anti-Semitism within the party and “tear out this poison by its roots.”

Several Labour members have been involved in incidents of anti-Semitism but faced minor or no consequences.

Starmer’s wife comes from a Jewish family and her father is Jewish. She has extended family living in Israel.

“If the definition of ‘Zionist’ is someone who believes in the state of Israel, in that sense I’m a Zionist,” he told the Jewish Chronicle.

“As the new leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir must disentangle the corruption that allowed antisemitism to be institutionalized in his Party,” the UK-based Campaign against Ant-Semitism stated.

“Those who committed antisemitic acts, those who interfered in disciplinary processes to protect them, and those who dismissed Jewish fears as being part of an orchestrated smear campaign must all be made to answer for their actions,” the anti-Semitism watchdog demanded.

 

Israel’s Minister of Health Diagnosed with Coronavirus

2 April, 2020   |   6 days ago

Israel’s Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman and his wife were diagnosed on Wednesday night with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Litzman, 71, and his wife are in good condition and have entered quarantine at home, an official statement said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was updated on the developments.

Litzman will continue to maintain a regular agenda from his home, in line with medical recommendations, his office stated.

Litzman has been in contact in recent days with Netanyahu, many senior government officials and the Ministry of Health’s senior management. It is yet unclear who may be forced to enter quarantine.

The announcement on Litzman’s medical state came hours after Netanyahu exited the quarantine he entered after being exposed to the virus by his aid on ultra-Orthodox issues, who was diagnosed with Coronavirus.

6,092 Israelis have contracted the virus, 27 of whom have died. 241 Israelis have recovered from the virus.

Syria: Israel Bombed Targets in the Country

1 April, 2020   |   1 week ago

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) bombed targets inside Syria on Tuesday night, apparently an attack on a military airbase, the country’s state media reported.

The official SANA news agency reported that the Syrian army’s air defenses “confronted an Israeli missile aggression east of Homs and shot down a number of the missiles before reaching their targets.”

The report said that Israeli warplanes launched several missiles from over Lebanon.

The report did not remark on what was attacked, casualties or damage.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has assets inside the country, said that the attack targeted the Al-Shayrat airbase in Homs with more than eight missiles.

Reports in Arabic media say that Iranian army targets were the focus of the attack. Some reports discussed an attack on an arms shipment that arrived in Syria in the last day. Other reports said an Iranian military factory was hit in the attack.

The IDF has remained silent on the reports, as in most previous reports on Israeli strikes in Syria.

In general, Iran’s military build-up in Syria remains a red line for Israel. The IAF has carried out thousands of attacks to thwart the Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country.

Iran uses its positions in Syria to transfer weapons and infrastructure to its terror proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, while attempting to establish another military front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights.

Israeli has repeatedly warned it will not tolerate such a threat on its northern border.

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