Netanyahu defends Gaza cease-fire, laments need to hide ‘sensitive information’ from the public

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the International Conference on Digital Diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the International Conference on Digital Diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the decision to reach a cease-fire with Gaza terror groups during his address at a state memorial ceremony for David Ben-Gurion, the country’s first prime minister.

“In normal times, a leader must be attentive to the hearts of the people, and our people are wise. But in times of crisis, when making critical decisions in the field of security, the public cannot always be a partner in the crucial considerations that must be concealed from the enemy,” Netanyahu said of his government’s decision to agree to the cease-fire, which was not unanimous. [Read more…]

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigns over Gaza ceasefire

Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, speaking at a news conference at the Knesset, May 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, speaking at a news conference at the Knesset, May 18, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigned his post, saying the decision to agree to a ceasefire with terrorist groups in Gaza was “a capitulation to terror.”

Liberman announced his resignation at a news conference early Wednesday afternoon, after first informing his Yisrael Beiteinu Party, which he heads. [Read more…]

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Palestinian terror groups say they will observe cease-fire

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)Israe

(JTA) – Palestinian terror groups in Gaza reportedly have agreed to commit to a cease-fire of hostilities that have seen more than 400 rockets bombard southern Israel and Israeli retaliation in a 25-hour period.

Four mediators – Egypt, the United Nations, Norway and Switzerland – helped achieve the cease-fire, according to reports. [Read more…]

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More than 400 rockets hit southern Israel in less than 24 hours, one killed

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

(JTA) – One person was killed and two seriously injured after a rocket fired from Gaza landed on an apartment building, as southern Israel remained under rocket siege for a second day.

The rocket hit the upper floors of a four-story apartment in Ashkelon shortly before midnight on Monday night. The body and one of the injured women were discovered early on Tuesday morning under the debris of a fallen wall. [Read more…]

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More than 300 rockets from Gaza rain down on southern Israel, hitting a bus and homes

An Israeli bus traveling near the border with Gaza on fire after being hit with Palestinian mortar fire on Nov. 12, 2018. A 19-year-old Israeli man standing next to the bus was seriously injured in the attack. (IDF Spokesperson/Twitter)
An Israeli bus traveling near the border with Gaza on fire after being hit with Palestinian mortar fire on Nov. 12, 2018. A 19-year-old Israeli man standing next to the bus was seriously injured in the attack. (IDF Spokesperson/Twitter)

An Israeli bus traveling near the border with Gaza on fire after being hit with Palestinian mortar fire on Nov. 12, 2018. A 19-year-old Israeli man standing next to the bus was seriously injured in the attack. (IDF Spokesperson/Twitter)

This is a developing story.

(JTA) – More than 300 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza rained down Monday evening on southern Israel, including one that hit a bus, seriously injuring a young man.

The Israel Defense Forces responded by launching attacks on Hamas sites in Gaza. [Read more…]

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Israeli soldier killed during special operation in Gaza

Smoke rises from Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, near the southern Israeli town of Nahal Oz, on Nov. 12, 2018, after an incursion by Israeli special forces into the Gaza Strip, which left an Israeli army officer and 7 Palestinians, including a local Hamas commander, dead. (Hadas Parush/FLASH90)
Smoke rises from Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, near the southern Israeli town of Nahal Oz, on Nov. 12, 2018, after an incursion by Israeli special forces into the Gaza Strip, which left an Israeli army officer and 7 Palestinians, including a local Hamas commander, dead. (Hadas Parush/FLASH90)

Smoke rises from Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, near the southern Israeli town of Nahal Oz, on Nov. 12, 2018, after an incursion by Israeli special forces into the Gaza Strip, which left an Israeli army officer and 7 Palestinians, including a local Hamas commander, dead. (Hadas Parush/FLASH90)

(JTA) – An Israeli soldier was killed and another injured during the Israel Defense Forces special forces operation deep inside the Gaza Strip.

The operation was exposed on Sunday night leading to clashes between Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters in Gaza, and the firing of 17 rockets from Gaza on southern Israel. Three of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, according to the IDF. [Read more…]

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Palestinian man entered Israel from Gaza, burned down greenhouse in border community

(JTA) – A Palestinian man who infiltrated into southern Israel from Gaza set a greenhouse on fire, causing hundreds of thousands of shekels in damage.

The man made it several hundred yards into southern Israel, reaching a community near Israel’s border with Gaza, on Friday evening, according to the Israel Defense Forces. He was caught and turned over to the Israel Security Agency, also known as the Shin Bet security service. [Read more…]

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6,000 high school students and supporters arrive in Jerusalem after march from Gaza border

Teens from Gaza border communities meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem at the end of their 100-mile walk from Sderot in southern Israel. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Teens from Gaza border communities meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem at the end of their 100-mile walk from Sderot in southern Israel. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Teens from Gaza border communities meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem at the end of their 100-mile walk from Sderot in southern Israel. (Haim Zach/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Some 6,000 high school students from Gaza border towns and their supporters reached Jerusalem on Thursday following a 100-mile march in what the teens said was an “apolitical” effort to effect change.

About 100 students began the march from Sderot, a southern Israeli town often targeted by Palestinian bombs, on Sunday, picking up supporters along the route. They wore T-shirts reading “Let us grow up in peace” and ended their march at the Knesset. [Read more…]

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Mass prayer in Jerusalem marks national day for Ethiopian Jews

sraeli President Reuven Rivlin greets the Ethiopian elders at the Sigd celebration in Jerusalem on Nov. 7, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
sraeli President Reuven Rivlin greets the Ethiopian elders at the Sigd celebration in Jerusalem on Nov. 7, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin greets the Ethiopian elders at the Sigd celebration in Jerusalem on Nov. 7, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – On a national holiday for Ethiopian Jews, before a crowd of tens of thousands, the president of Israel vowed that the citizens of his country will not discriminate on the basis of skin colour.

“We are brothers and sisters, and anyone who tries to undermine that has no place amongst the tribes of Israel,” Reuven Rivlin said in his address Wednesday to mark Sigd, a state holiday since 2008 that marks the Ethiopians’ yearning to return to Jerusalem and Zion. [Read more…]

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Israel’s Security Agency thwarted 480 terror attacks in past year, chief says

Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)
Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israel Security Agency (ISA) thwarted 480 terror attacks in the past year, its director said.

In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, ISA Director Nadav Argaman called the apparent quiet in the West Bank “deceptive.” He told the lawmakers that Gaza and the West Bank have become “extremely unstable” over the last year. [Read more…]

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