Rocket fired from Sinai hits Israel hours after border crossing closed

(JTA) – A rocket fired from Sinai landed on a greenhouse in southern Israel near the Gaza border hours after Israel closed its border with Egypt, citing fear of an imminent attack.

The rocket was fired on Monday morning, causing Code Red alerts to sound in several Israeli communities on the border with Gaza. No injuries were reported, but a tomato greenhouse was damaged. The Islamic State terror organization later claimed responsibility for the attack. [Read more…]

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Arab leaders: We’ll try to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

(JTA) – Arab leaders declared their willingness to help advance the two-state solution, signaling that Palestinian demands would have to be addressed before, not after, any regional embrace of Israel.

The closing statement of the annual Arab League Summit, hosted by Jordan, said Wednesday that “peace is a strategic option” for its members. The Arab states declared their willingness to “continue to work to relaunch serious Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations” based on their longstanding framework. [Read more…]

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Israel intercepts rockets aimed at Eilat

(JTA) – Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome system intercepted at least three missiles fired from the Sinai at its southernmost resort town, Eilat.

The Israeli media quoted the army as saying the missiles were fired Wednesday evening. There were varying counts on the total number of missiles fired, between four and seven. There were no injuries. [Read more…]

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Mexico expresses ‘astonishment’ over Netanyahu’s tweet about border wall

A jeep driving along the fence between Israel and Egypt. (Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)
A jeep driving along the fence between Israel and Egypt. (Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

A jeep driving along the fence between Israel and Egypt. (Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

(JTA) – Mexico’s foreign ministry called out Israel for a tweet by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen as supporting U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants.

“President Trump is right,” Netanyahu said on Twitter on Saturday morning. “I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.” The tweet featured American and Israeli flag icons. The White House later retweeted the message. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president consoles family of 15-year-old killed at Egyptian border

(JTA) – President Reuven Rivlin of Israel visited the family of the 15-year-old boy who was killed by shots fired on the Israel-Egypt border.

“We are all citizens of the same country, we have come to share in your profound grief,” Rivlin said during his visit to the home of Nimer Abu Amar in the predominantly Bedouin village of Lakiya in southern Israel on Thursday morning, two days after the teenager was killed. [Read more…]

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Report that Soviets were delivering nukes to Egypt sent U.S. on highest alert during ‘73 war

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The United States went on high alert in October 1973 because of intelligence indicating that the Soviet Union was delivering nuclear weapons to Egypt at the height of the Yom Kippur War, newly declassified CIA papers show.

It has long been known that the National Security Council under president Richard Nixon ordered a Def Con III (or Defense Condition III) alert, the highest available in peacetime, because of a possible nuclear threat against Israel.  [Read more…]

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