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Israel Defense Force (IDF)

Army disarms IED on West Bank highway days after deadly terror bombing

Israeli security forces on Monday found and disarmed a small improvised explosive device that had been planted along a northern West Bank highway, the army said.

The foiled roadside bombing came days after an IED that had been planted next to a natural spring in the central West Bank was triggered by terrorists as an Israeli family visited the...

US-Israel Relationship

Pence tells Netanyahu US backs Israel’s right to defend itself

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke to US Vice President Mike Pence, who said that the US backs Israel’s right to self defense, as tensions skyrocketed in the Middle East following reports of Israeli strikes against Iranian and Iran-linked targets in multiple countries, and reported concern among Israeli officials over US President...

Talking Points

CUFI Briefing: Israel Thwarts Iranian Attempts to Wreak Havoc

On Saturday night the Israeli Air Force launched a pre-emptive strike in Syria to thwart an “imminent” Iranian “kamikaze” style drone attack on Israel. Israeli officials rarely acknowledge operations in Syria, but the Israeli military announced Saturday that it had struck operatives from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force...

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Hamas

Russia to resume S-400 missile deliveries to Turkey this week

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Monday that Russia would resume the delivery of its S-400 missile defense system to Turkey this week.

Akar told reporters that Russia would begin transporting parts of a second S-400 battery to Turkey on Tuesday.

“Our aim is to protect our country and people from external aerial and missile threats,” he told...

Hamas

3 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza as tensions soar; Iron Dome intercepts 2

Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets at southern Israel on Sunday night, sending thousands of residents rushing to bomb shelters.

Two of the incoming projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the Israel Defense Forces said.

One rocket exploded next to the Route 34 highway in southern Israel, sparking a...

Iran

IDF: Foiled drone strike planned and funded by Iran from luxury villa near Damascus

The IDF attack targeted Shi'ite militiamen that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds force brought into Syria, funded and trained. In recent weeks, the drone equipment also arrived at Damascus International Airport alongside Iranian experts, who, together with local Shiite activists, gathered at the fenced complex in the village of Aqraba, south...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

IAF airstrikes hit Hamas camp in Gaza after three rockets fired into Israel

The Israeli Air Force launched a series of airstrikes on targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday morning, the army said, hours after Palestinian terrorists fired three rockets at southern Israel, sending thousands of residents rushing to bomb shelters.

The Israel Defense Forces said it had hit targets on “a military base belonging to the...

Israeli Society

Netanyahu offers Brazil help in fighting devastating Amazon fires

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke late Sunday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, offering Israeli assistance in battling the devastating fires burning across the Amazon region that have caused global alarm.

Netanyahu’s office said Israel would send a shipment of flame-retarding chemicals and noted that the prime minister had praised...

Iran

Israel thwarts Iranian ‘killer drone’ attack

Israel said Sunday it thwarted a major attack by Iranian “killer drones” operating from an air base in Syria, and officials warned Tehran that its forces are not safe anywhere in the region.

“In a major operational effort, we have thwarted an attack against Israel by the Iranian Quds Force & Shi’ite militias. I reiterate: Iran has no immunity...

Iran

Iranian team to skip World Judo Championship to avoid competing against Israelis

In a move that should surprise no one, Iranian judokas will boycott the World Judo Championship 2019 in Tokyo next week, despite a public promise issued by Iran's Olympic committee that its athletes would cease boycotting such competitions for political reasons.

The Israeli national team had believed that only Iranian judokas in specific weight...

US-Israel Relationship

US and Israel sign agreement to strengthen partnership

The United States and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday to strengthen the alliance between the two countries.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green and Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz signed the global partnership agreement in Jerusalem to enable “the American and Israeli...

Palestinian Authority

PA PRESIDENT ABBAS: WE SHALL ENTER JERUSALEM — MILLIONS OF FIGHTERS!

In a visit to the Jalazone Refugee Camp near Ramallah earlier this month, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that the Palestinians "will enter Jerusalem - millions of fighters."

In a video uploaded to Abbas' Facebook page on August 10, and reported this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute , the Palestinian...

Terrorism

Father and son wounded, daughter killed in West Bank terror attack

A teenage girl was killed and her father and brother were seriously injured on Friday in an explosion near a natural spring near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank in what the military is calling a serious terror attack.

IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis called the attack “a serious terror attack” and said that the military...

Israeli Society

Amazon tests waters in Israel with website to attract local sellers

E-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched a Hebrew-language website to recruit local Israeli companies to sell their products via Amazon.com, the latest step toward launching a local business in the country.

Sites such as Amazon have become increasingly popular in Israel where the cost of living is high, but locals currently have to order...

Terrorism

2 Israeli Arabs indicted for allegedly planning ISIS-inspired terrorist attack

Cleared for publication: Two Israeli-Arab residents of the northern city of Tamra have been arrested for allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack, the Shin Bet security agency said Thursday.

Twenty-two-year-old medical student Amin Yassin and 28-year-old Ali al-Aroush, who had previously been arrested for alleged affiliation...

Iran

Iran-backed militia walks back accusation that Israel, US behind Iraq strikes

BAGHDAD, Iraq — The head of Iraq’s paramilitary Shiite forces, supported by Iran, appeared Thursday to walk back a statement made by his deputy, who blamed Israeli drones and said the US was responsible for a series of attacks on bases run by the militia.

Faleh al-Fayyadh said that the Wednesday statement by his deputy, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,...

Israel Defense Force (IDF)

IDF’s Shayetet 13, US Special Forces complete joint exercise – watch

A joint drill between the IDF’s elite Shayetet 13 navy commandos and US Army Special Forces ended last week, Israel’s military announced on Tuesday.

Dubbed “Noble Rose,” the drill simulated various scenarios in which troops had to take over a hijacked ship vessel and extract troops from enemy territory.

The exercise was led and commanded in the...