Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah tunnels on northern border

A view of the border between Lebanon (L) and Israel near the village of Kfar Kila, Feb. 7, 2018. (Ali Dia/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the border between Lebanon (L) and Israel near the village of Kfar Kila, Feb. 7, 2018. (Ali Dia/AFP/Getty Images)

A view of the border between Lebanon (left) and Israel near the village of Kfar Kila, Feb. 7, 2018. (Ali Dia/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s military launched Operation Northern Shield, to destroy tunnels constructed by Hezbollah that reach from Lebanon into Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced the discovery of the tunnels and began destroying them on Monday night. [Read more…]

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In light of security situation, going to new elections ‘irresponsible,’ Netanyahu tells nation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference at the Kirya defense headquarters in Tel Aviv, on Nov. 18, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference at the Kirya defense headquarters in Tel Aviv, on Nov. 18, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference at the Kirya defence headquarters in Tel Aviv, on Nov. 18, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named himself defence minister and said that going to snap elections would be “irresponsible.”

“We are in a particularly complex security situation, and in moments like these, we do not go to elections,” Netanyahu said Sunday evening in Tel Aviv in a nationally televised address.

“In times like these, you do not overthrow a government. It’s irresponsible. We have another full year until elections. We are in an intensifying battle, and in the middle of a battle we don’t abandon our posts. In the middle of a battle we do not play politics. The security of the nation is beyond politics, and the security of the nation is also beyond personal concerns,” Netanyahu said. [Read more…]

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Israel’s government appears to be on the brink of dissolving

Avigdor Liberman announces his resignation from the defence minister position in the Isreali government following the ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference at the Knesset, on November 14, 2018. photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90
Avigdor Liberman announces his resignation from the defence minister position in the Isreali government following the ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference at the Knesset, on November 14, 2018. photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90

Avigdor Liberman announces his resignation as defence minister position in the Israeli government following the ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference at the Knesset, on November 14, 2018. photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90

(JTA) – Two senior Israeli cabinet ministers are calling for early elections following the resignation of Avigdor Liberman as defence minister.

Israel’s finance and interior ministers both want to dissolve the government. If they resign, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lose his majority in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. [Read more…]

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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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