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IDF Tanks Hit Hamas Targets in Response to Rocket Attack

9 February, 2020   |   1 week ago

IDF tanks on Saturday night bombed Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip in response to several attacks on Israel earlier in the day.

Gaza-based terrorists launched a rocket and several balloons tied to explosive charges into Israel. The projectiles and explosive charges landed in open spaces, causing no injuries or damage.

In response, IDF tanks struck two Hamas military posts.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip and it will bear the consequences for actions against Israeli citizens,” the IDF stated.

The exchange of fire has become routine in recent days, and Gaza based terrorists have fired seven rockets at Israel in the past week and some 20 in the past several weeks.

Balloons attached to explosive charges launched by terrorists from Gaza continued to land at several locations in Israel’s south and at other locations, over two weeks that Israel has been contending with this threat.

The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned to haunt Israel’s residents in the south in the past weeks after several months in which such attacks from Gaza ceased.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi stated Thursday that “we have no intention of allowing terrorism to succeed. The directive is very clear to the field, very clear to the last soldier – to thwart and prevent any [terrorist] activity.”

“When I say terror I also mean stones, Molotov cocktails, explosive balloons, all these are terrorism. The IDF is focused on the Palestinian arena in recent weeks and we will respond sharply and clearly to all these events,” he stated.

12 IDF Soldiers Wounded in Jerusalem Terrorist Attack

6 February, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

An Arab terrorist rammed his car into a group of IDF soldiers in Jerusalem early Thursday morning, injuring 12 soldiers, one of whom is in serious condition.

The terrorist fled the scene and Israeli security forces are pursuing the terrorist. They have located the car used in the attack near the Bethlehem area, but not the terrorist.

A Hatzalah medic recounted that “with the help of the IDF medical teams, we provided initial assistance to a seriously injured person suffering from a multi-systemic injury and two moderately injured young people. After initial assistance at the scene, they were evacuated to the hospital.”

The victims were soldiers of the Golani Brigade who were on the way to their swearing-in ceremony at the Kotel. The troops were surprised from behind and did not have a chance to fire back at the terrorist.

President Reuven Rivlin stated that “our prayers are for the recovery of our wounded soldiers being treated at the hospital this morning. I am confident that our forces seeking the terrorist will reach him and bring him to justice soon.”

“We will not allow the cursed terror to raise its head and will fight it without compromise,” he added.

Tensions in Israel have been high in recent days following the publication of the Deal of the Century peace plan, to which the Palestinian Authority has expressed violent opposition.

IAF Bombs Hamas Targets in Response to Rocket Attacks, Booby-Trapped Balloons

5 February, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday night bombed several Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip in response to several attacks on Israel earlier in the day.

Gaza-based terrorists launched three rockets at the city of Netivot and several balloons tied to explosive charges into Israel. the projectiles and explosive charges landed in open spaces, causing no injuries or damage.

In response, IDF aircraft struck Hamas targets, including a weapons manufacturing site.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip and it will bear the consequences for actions against Israeli citizens,” the IDF stated.

The exchange of fire has become routine in recent days, and Gaza based terrorists have fired 13 rockets at Israel in the past week.

Balloons attached to explosive charges launched by terrorists from Gaza continued to land at several locations in Israel’s south and at other locations, over two weeks that Israel has been contending with this threat.

Some of the explosive charges landed dozens of miles away from Gaza, carried by the strong winter winds.

The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned to haunt Israel’s residents in the south in the past weeks 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.

Israel, Sudan Engage in Diplomatic Ties Toward Normalization

4 February, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

Israel and Sudan have agreed to start cooperation leading to normalization of the relationship between the two countries, a historic development and Israel’s latest diplomatic achievement in Africa.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al Burhan met in Entebbe on Monday, under the auspices of Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

“It was agreed to start cooperation leading to normalization of the relationship between the two countries,” Israel stated.

Al Burhan “is eager to help his country modernize by taking it out of isolation and putting it on the world’s map,” the statement said.

Netanyahu “believes that Sudan is headed in a new positive direction” and he expressed his views to US Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo, the Prime Minister’s Office stated.

Pompeo stated Monday that he has a “constructive discussion” with al-Burhan.

“We underscored our shared desire to improve Sudan’s active participation in the region and international communities and to work towards a stronger, healthier US-Sudan bilateral relationship,” he stated.

Before leaving for Uganda on Monday morning, Netanyahu he hoped “that at the end of today, we will have very good news for Israel.”

This shift within Sudan toward normalizing ties with Israel is part of Sudan’s effort to get economic sanctions lifted by the US and improve the country’s situation.

Muslim-majority Sudan has previously been a hostile country toward Israel. Israel is the only country that Sudanese citizens are barred from entering, while Sudan has had past ties with Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.

This diplomatic development consists of a significant turnaround in Sudanese foreign policy, which has until recently been aligned with Iran and has served as a relaying port for Iranian shipments of arms in the Middle East.

Israel established full ties with South Sudan, which gained independence in 2011.

This was Netanyahu’s fifth visit to an African country in three and a half years.

“Israel is returning to Africa in a big way, Africa has already returned to Israel. These are very important issues in the political, economic, security and other fields,” he stated before boarding his flight.

In the last three years, Netanyahu has met with the presidents of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Togo, Botswana Kenya and Namibia, as well as the Ethiopian prime minister and other leaders.

In July 2016, he made a historic trip to East Africa, where he visited Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Weeks later, the Republic of Guinea, a Muslim-majority African nation, restored diplomatic ties with Israel after a 49-year break.

In August 2017, Senegal and Guinea, two Muslim-majority West African nations, sent their first-ever full-time ambassadors to Israel.

Israel has a long history of sharing its expertise with African countries, and Jerusalem hopes that stronger ties will lead to a shift in their voting trends at the UN and other global forums, thus reversing what Netanyahu has labeled the “automatic majority against Israel.”

Israel to China: ‘Stand Strong!’

3 February, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yuval Rotem conveyed his best wishes to China, which is contending with the outbreak of Coronavirus.

“We stand with China’s people and government facing the CoronaVirus crisis. Continue to stand strong!” he tweeted.

Some 17,400 cases of the virus have been reported in the country, with at least 362 deaths and 486 patients who have been cured.

The Coronavirus death rate is 2% or one death in every 50 cases, but this is a very early estimate.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday lauded the Chinese government for its efforts to combat the spread of the virus.

Speaking at a special meeting on Israel’s preventive measures to combat Corona, Netanyahu said that ” the Chinese government has made great efforts here” to prevent the spread of the virus. On behalf of the government of Israel, I would like to express appreciation for China’s effort to prevent the spread of this virus.”

Despite several scares, Israel has yet to contend with a patient suffering from Corona, with several people tested for the virus all proving negative.

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