Netanyahu and Pompeo discuss Hezbollah and Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo light Chanukah candles before the start of their meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3, 2018. (GPO)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo light Chanukah candles before the start of their meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3, 2018. (GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo light Chanukah candles before the start of their meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3, 2018. (GPO)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the threat from Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iranian aggression during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels.

Netanyahu left for the meeting on Monday, hours after it was announced, and returned early on Tuesday morning. [Read more…]

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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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Israel can ‘defend itself’ Netanyahu says in response to Iranian president calling it a ‘fake regime’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Knesset in Jerusalem for a faction meeting, Nov. 19, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Knesset in Jerusalem for a faction meeting, Nov. 19, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Israel a “cancerous tumour” and a “fake regime” in during his address to an annual Islamic Unity Conference.

“One of the ominous results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumour in the region,” Rouhani said on Saturday, referring to Israel.  He also said that Israel is a “fake regime” set up by Western countries. [Read more…]

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In Jerusalem, Angela Merkel emphasizes Germany’s obligation to fight anti-Semitism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized her country’s special obligation to combat anti-Semitism during a speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Thursday, calling the Nazi genocide an “unprecedented” crime.

“Nearly 80 years ago, on the pogrom night of Nov. 9, the Jewish people in Germany faced unprecedented hate and violence,” she said in reference to the Kristallnacht pogrom. “But what followed were the unprecedented crimes of the Shoah and its break with civilization. From this comes the everlasting responsibility of Germany to remember this crime and to oppose anti-Semitism, xenophobia, hatred and violence.” [Read more…]

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At the UN: Netanyahu wants action against Iran, Abbas defends paying ‘hero martyrs’ who kill Israelis

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 27, 2018. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, in an address to the United Nations, rejected criticism of the PA for paying monthly salaries to Palestinians who kill Israelis or the families of the killers.

“I pay tribute to our hero martyrs and prisoners of war,” he told the General Assembly on Thursday. [Read more…]

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Israel’s Security Cabinet instructs military to continue to act against Iran in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference at the Israeli leader’s Jerusalem residence, June 25, 2012. (Kobi Gideon / GPO via Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference at the Israeli leader’s Jerusalem residence, June 25, 2012. (Kobi Gideon / GPO via Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference at the Israeli leader’s Jerusalem residence, June 25, 2012. (Kobi Gideon / GPO via Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Security Cabinet instructed the Israel Defense Forces to continue to act against Iran’s military buildup in Syria and to continue security coordination with Russia.

The instructions issued on Tuesday come a week after the downing of a Russian surveillance plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire in the area of an Israeli air strike on a facility of the Syrian armed forces. Fifteen Russian troops were killed in the incident. [Read more…]

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Israel reinforcing nuclear sites due to threats from Iran, nuclear chief says

(JTA) – Israel is upgrading and reinforcing its nuclear sites in light of “repeated and explicit threats” made by Iran and its proxies to attack them, a nuclear official said.

Zeev Snir, the director-general of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, addressed the issue on Tuesday in a speech to a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA. [Read more…]

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