French President Emanuel Macron made history on Wednesday evening when he became the first French president to visit the Kotel, Western Wall.
“I feel the sacredness and the history here,” he stated, as he received an explanation from the director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation Mordechai Eliav about the history of the holy site, met with a few soldiers from France, and prayed at the Western Wall.
Macron was one of several heads of state in Jerusalem who visited the Western Wall.
Iceland’s President Guðni Jóhannesson, Bosnia and Herzegovina President Željko Komšić, and Georgia President Salome Zourabichvili, who prayed at the Western Wall, visited the Kotel.
These visits took place as part of the visit of 45 global leaders to attend the Fifth Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Places Rabbi Samuel Rabinovich, who greeted Macron, thanked him for his visit to the Western Wall, noting that it was a display of appreciation of the history and heritage of the Jewish people, which France is part of.
He explained the power of the place to every Jew around the world, as all synagogues around the world direct their prayers towards Jerusalem and the Western Wall.
IDF forces on Tuesday night identified and intercepted three armed terrorists who infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip.
After soldiers arrived at the scene of the infiltration the terrorists hurled an explosive charge or a grenade at them.
The troops responded by firing and killing the three terrorists.
No Israelis were harmed in the incident.
Infiltration attempts on the border with the Strip happen several times a week, usually by Gazan Arabs seeking work in Israel. However, the Israeli forces treat each such incident as a potential terrorist attack.
Last month, IDF soldiers spotted an armed terrorist from the Gaza Strip approaching the security fence with Israel. An IDF aircraft targeted and killed the terrorist. No Israelis were wounded in the incident.
Tensions along the border have been mounting in recent days following the renewal of the launching of arson and explosive balloons by Gazan terrorists toward Israel.
Several of the explosive charges landed in cities throughout the south, causing no injuries or damage.
The IDF carried out a special counterterrorism operation n Judea and Samaria in the past month and a half in Arab areas during which it exposed and confiscated dozens of illegal guns and other weapons.
The forces seized 13 handguns, 25 Carlo submachine guns, two M16 assault rifles and ammunition. All weapons and ammunition were transferred to the security forces, an IDF spokesperson said Monday.
In addition, the troops seized hundreds of thousands of shekels in funds meant for terrorism.
Finally, the forces exposed and shut down five workshops throughout Judea and Samaria that were used to manufacture illegal weapons.
Israeli forces have been conducting an ongoing campaign against the illegal weapons production and trade in the Palestinian Authority.
The forces have shut down dozens of weapons production plants and have seized tens of machines and hundreds of weapons.
Israeli forces have arrested hundreds of suspects tied to the production and selling of illegal weapons, used in many cases against Israel’s civilians in terror attacks.
At least five explosive charges tied to balloons launched from the Gaza Strip by terrorists detonated at various locations in areas surrounding Gaza in the past day.
No one was injured in the attacks and no damage was caused by the explosions.
These attacks have returned to haunt Israel’s residents in the south after several months in which such attacks from Gaza ceased.
The explosive devices are “upgraded” and are equipped with elements to increase casualties among the civilian population.
The police have reissued directives on how to act when finding balloons tied to an explosive charge.
The IDF estimates that the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization is responsible for the rocket fire and the renewed explosive balloons attacks.
The terrorists have vowed to continue with these airborne attacks.
An Arab terrorist on Saturday stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli in Hebron and was apprehended by Israeli forces shortly after the attack.
The attack occurred in the afternoon as two Israelis walked from the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron to Kiryat Araba. The terrorist walked with his friend and passed in front of the two Israelis and then repeatedly stabbed the victim, a resident of Jerusalem.
The terrorist injured the Israeli in his shoulder and the knife broke inside his back.
Another Israeli passing by fought with the terrorist while the wounded victim ran to the soldiers and called for help.
The victim, Moshe Greenblat, 22, was evacuated to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem while the troops apprehended the terrorist shortly after the attack.
The incident occurred after Israeli police detained an Arab woman at the Damascus Gate at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem after she pulled out a knife and flashed it in front of them, apparently the beginning of a stabbing attack.
The woman was said to be in her 50s.