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2 hurt in Israeli attack on north Gaza

A young man and a child were injured as Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip early Friday. In Southern Gaza, Israeli forces also fired on a tunnel and weapon storing facilities. A statement from the Israeli army said  that the strike was a response to rocket fire from Gaza on Wednesday. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine … Continue reading

Israel to clear thousands of mines in desert

According to Israel’s defense ministry, 60 acres of land near the Dead Sea will be cleared of mines in March. Israel was urged to start the mine clearing campaign following the injury of an 11-year old child in February 2010. He lost his leg after stepping on a landmine. Associated Press, United States. Click here … Continue reading

Israel carries out four air strikes on Gaza targets

An Israeli spokesman said on Tuesday Israel had struck four targets in Gaza as a response to six rockets and mortars being launched into Israel by Palestinian militants over the past week. These targets were a weapon factory and three tunnels dug under the Egyptian border with Gaza. No casualties were reported. Haaretz, Israel Click … Continue reading

Israel detains Hamas head of Palestinian parliament Aziz Dweik

Hamas member Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) – the Palestinian Parliament – was arrested on Thursday in the West Bank by the Israeli army. He was detained at a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem while travelling to Hebron. “The detention of Mr Dweik, which aims to undermine reconciliation efforts (with Fatah) and … Continue reading

IDF exposes Syria-funded Islamic Jihad terror cell in West Bank

A statement by Israel’s security agency Shin Bet on Thursday said that the IDF had discovered an Islamic Jihad cell near Jenin in the West Bank that was planning attacks on Israel. 10 members have been arrested in recent months. The investigation showed links with the Islamic Jihad based in Syria, with important transfers of … Continue reading

Analysis: ‘Hezbollah has long-range surface-to-air missiles’

The Israeli army is reevaluating the threat from Lebanon as it will now operate under the assumption that Hezbollah is in possession of advanced weapons system obtained since the beginning of the upheaval in Syria. These weapons systems include sophisticated long-range surface-to-air missile and Russian-made air-defense systems. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Israeli strike kills 2, wounds 2 in northern Gaza Strip

Israeli aircraft and tanks struck a group of Palestinians suspected to be planting a bomb along the Israel-Gaza border. Two were reported killed and two injured. Hamas said all victims were civilians and Israel will be held responsible, raising the prospect of cross border escalation.  Ihab Ghussein, spokesman for the Interior Ministry said his ministry “and all its … Continue reading

Israeli army says a nuclear Iran could deter Israeli military action against Hamas, Hezbollah

An Israeli military official said on Tuesday that a nuclear Iran could severely reduce Israel’s leeway in dealing with militant groups at its borders, including Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. “If we are forced to do things in Gaza or in Lebanon, under the Iranian nuclear umbrella it might be different,” Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel … Continue reading

IDF preparing for major Gaza operation within months

Israel’s Southern Command has been ordered, by the IDF general staff, to prepare for a possible large scale operation into the Hamas controlled strip. Among IDF senior officers, there is growing concern over the smuggling of anti-tank missiles into Gaza and the significant increase in Hamas weaponry. With only operational plans to be finalized and distributed to the … Continue reading

Turkey dropping Marmara lawsuits

According to sources in the US Department of State, Turkey will suspend all legal proceedings against the Israelis who were involved in the 2010 raid of the Gaza Flotilla’s Mavi Marmara – both those who actively raided the ship and those ordered the raid. The event led to the death of nine Turkish citizens and … Continue reading

Israeli forces dismantle settler outpost in Hebron

The Israeli army demolished an illegal outpost, Mitzpe Avichai, outside Hebron on Wednesday. The IDF also issued a restraining order against the outposts leader, Yaron Kaleb, restricting him from entering the West Bank. This is the third demolishment of an illegal outpost in the West Bank this week. On Monday, the IDF dismantled Givat Gal Yoseph; a wave … Continue reading

Drivers protest Israeli-only roads in West Bank

Around 60 West Bank residents tried to drive from Jericho to Ramallah on roads limited to use by Israeli settlers. The 50 car motorcade, protesting Israeli restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank, was stopped at a Jericho checkpoint by IDF soldiers. 5 people were arrested, with reports differing on whether or … Continue reading

IDF preparing to take in Syrian refugees

IDF preparing to take in Syrian refugees

Israel will boost defense budget by $780 million: Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that Israel’s defense budget will grow by about 6%, or $780 million, in 2012, while he had previously said that the defense budget would be cut in order to finance social reforms. “Given the abundant challenges and threats surrounding us, it would be a mistake, a big mistake even, … Continue reading

Right-wing extremists cite Israeli MK as source on IDF movements in West Bank

According to documents, Likud MK and coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin contacted right wing extremists in the West Bank to inform them of IDF movements. The news story comes on the heels of the arrest and charging of five right-wing extremists with attempting to impede the IDF’s evacuation of illegal outposts and settlements in the West … Continue reading

Over 250,000 foreigners live in Israel, report finds

A report based on demographic statistics from the Interior Ministry titled, “Non-Israelis in Israel: Foreigners, foreign workers, refugees, infiltrators, and asylum seekers 2010-2011″, says there are over 250,000 foreigners living in Israel. Included in this number are legal foreign workers (88,864), Palestinians with Israeli work permits (31,000), people on expired visas (95,000), as well as Africans … Continue reading

IDF soldiers thwart major terror attack near Jenin

Boarder police arrested four palestinians at Salem Crossing, Northern West Bank, on sunday after finding them in possession of eleven pipe bombs, a homemade pistol, and knifes. The IDF believes they thwarted an attack on the Samaria Military Court, since those arrested were waiting on line to enter the court. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full … Continue reading

1 killed as Israel shells Gaza

Israeli forces bombed Gaza City early Friday morning killing one man, a member of al-Qaeda linked group Ansar al-Sunna, and wounding five others, medics said. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story

Israeli airstrike destroys Gaza training base, no injuries

Israeli war planes bombed central and northern Gaza Strip early Thursday, with no injuries reported. Israeli forces struck a training site of Islamic Jihad armed wing the Al-Quds Brigades in Al-Zahra district of central Gaza, flattening the compound and damaging nearby houses. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story

IDF Chief of Staff: Sooner or later, IDF must strike Gaza

Israel will “sooner or later” need to launch a large-scale operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said on Tuesday, the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

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