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Cabinet instructs army to ramp up Gaza response if violence continues

The security cabinet on Thursday instructed the army to step up its response to any violence emanating from the Gaza Strip during the border protests expected Friday, amid skyrocketing tensions in the Palestinian enclave.

Ministers said the IDF should ramp up the severity of its responses gradually, but ultimately adopt a zero-tolerance policy…

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IDF demolishes Gaza attack tunnel that penetrated 200 meters into Israel

The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday destroyed a tunnel that penetrated some 200 meters into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, which the army said was dug by the Hamas terror group using techniques meant to make it more difficult to spot by Israel’s detection systems.

The tunnel originated in the area of Khan Younis in southern Gaza and was…

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Israel and Gaza: How did we get here?

For months, there has been an escalation of violence along the security fence between Gaza and Israel, including violent riots and the most serious incident since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. In addition to the riots, Hamas operatives began carrying out a new kind of attack, using arson kites and incendiary balloons to set Israeli land…

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Israel deploys electronic eye to track fire kites and balloons from Gaza

Facing a wave of airborne incendiary attacks from the Gaza Strip, Israel has deployed a system that can spot fire-starting balloons and kites in the sky, track their progress, and then direct firefighters to their landing spots, enabling them to more rapidly extinguish the flames and reduce damage.

Since March 30, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip…

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Israel UPDATE

Summary of the Night’s Events as of 05:00 AM:

Over the course of the night, approximately 30 launches were identified emanating from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory. Seven launches were intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome aerial defense system and at least three fell in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this morning (Wednesday), IAF fighter jets…

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Shin Bet says 250 ‘significant terror attacks’ thwarted since January

The head of the Shin Bet security service on Wednesday announced that his organization had foiled some 250 “significant terror attacks” since January, crediting this achievement in part to high-tech surveillance and tracking tools.

Nadav Argaman, who has led the Shin Bet since 2016, noted the changing security threats in Israel and the West Bank,…

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IDF destroyed Hamas undersea tunnel for first time in last week’s airstrikes

The Israeli military last week bombed a previously unknown variety of Hamas tunnel in the Gaza Strip, one that extended into the sea and was apparently meant to be used by the terror group’s elite naval forces to carry out attacks from the coast, the army revealed Sunday.

On June 3, in response to repeated rocket attacks from Gaza, the Israeli…

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IDF drops flyers warning Gazans not to join Friday border protests

The Israeli Air Force on Thursday dropped flyers across the Gaza Strip calling on Gazans not to take part in violent protests along the security fence, ahead of a mass demonstration expected near the border.

The military expects thousands of Gaza residents to riot on Friday as part of the “March of Return,” a series of demonstrations supported by…

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IDF general: Gaza terror groups ‘deeply deterred,’ not interested in war

The head of the IDF’s Southern Command declared Wednesday that terror groups in the Gaza Strip were “very deeply deterred” by the air force’s aerial bombardment against dozens of targets in the coastal enclave on Tuesday afternoon and pre-dawn Wednesday.

“I think Hamas and the other terror groups in the Gaza Strip are very deeply deterred, and…

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Netanyahu: Israel dealt Gaza terror groups ‘harshest blow in years’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday Israel’s military had delivered the “harshest blow” in years to Gaza terrorist groups, which he said are inspired by Iran, in his first comments on the most serious flare-up since the 2014 war.

“Since yesterday the IDF has strongly retaliated against the firing from the Gaza Strip and has hit…

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IDF hits back after Gazan missile barrages strike South

The IDF struck dozens of targets belonging to Islamic Jihad and Hamas across the length of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, after several mortar and rocket barrages were fired at Israeli communities.

In a major escalation, Islamic Jihad launched close to 100 projectiles at towns near the Gaza border; two exploded in towns in the Eshkol region,…

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Netanyahu: Israel taking action against arms manufacturing in Lebanon

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was taking action against arms manufacturing in Lebanon and threatened continued fighting with Iran Sunday.

Netanyahu’s stark threat against Lebanon came after Israeli officials have warned repeatedly that Iran may be trying to manufacture advanced missiles in Lebanon to be used against Israel by the…

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Israel Says F-35s See First-Ever Combat With IDF Over Syria

Israel’s air force commander says recent airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria were carried out by the F-35 stealth fighter – the first time the newly fielded warplane has been used in an “operational attack.”

“The F-35 squadron has become an operational squadron,” Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said Tuesday, according to Haaretz.

“We are flying…

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Israel Needs to Protect Its Borders. By Whatever Means Necessary.

TEL AVIV — It is customary to adopt an apologetic tone when scores of people have been killed, as they were this week in Gaza. But I will avoid this sanctimonious instinct and declare coldly: Israel had a clear objective when it was shooting, sometimes to kill, well-organized “demonstrators” near the border. Israel was determined to prevent these…

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Stop demonizing Israel for defending itself

Hand it to Hamas. As this week’s events in Gaza showed, the terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction can still manipulate the media into demonizing Israel for the legitimate actions it takes to defend itself.

Hamas’s four-step formula for success is by now familiar. First, get a media that is largely hostile toward Israel, simply…

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WATCH Aerobatics over Israel: A 360° pilot’s-eye view of 70th birthday flyover

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What is Yom HaZikaron and how does Israel observe it

Yom HaZikaron is the day of national remembrance in Israel to commemorate all the soldiers and people who lost their lives during the struggle to defend the State of Israel. On this day we mourn and remember our fallen soldiers and all lives lost by terror. Yom HaZikaron, which goes by the Jewish calendar, begins with a siren at 8:00 in the…