Tag: Israel

Sovereignty over the Jordan Valley is key to Israel’s security

When assessing Israel’s core national security interests, applying Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley fits squarely within the list of Israeli needs. Our nation, with its ancient past, must take an equally long view of its future, particularly given the many security challenges that likely await us. Israel must act to solidify its key needs […]

Netanyahu Hits Back: Exposes Corruption in Police, Judicial System ahead of Trial

Moments before an arraignment on multiple corruption charges, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his innocence, saying he had been framed as part of an attempt to topple the country’s right-wing camp. “Citizens of Israel, what is going on trial today is an attempt to thwart the will of the nation. The attempt to topple […]

Netanyahu Tells Lawmakers He Stands by July Target Date to Launch West Bank Annexation

Israel will not miss a “historic opportunity” to extend its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, calling the move one of his new government’s top tasks. Palestinians consider such a step as illegal annexation of occupied land they seek for a future state. Last week, they declared […]

Netanyahu said to tell Likud MKs: West Bank annexation on for July

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said he has set a July date for when Israel will extend its sovereignty to areas of the West Bank, and informed his Likud lawmakers he has no intention of changing it, Hebrew media reported. At the opening of his Likud faction’s weekly meeting at the Knesset, Netanyahu said […]

New Israeli FM Ashkenazi: Trump Peace Plan a Historic Opportunity to Shape Israel’s Future

Israel’s new Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan is a “historic opportunity to shape the future of the State of Israel for decades to come.” Speaking at ceremony at the Foreign Ministry, Ashkenazi said Trump’s plan will be pushed forward “responsibly, in coordination with the United States while safeguarding peace […]

Israel swears in Netanyahu-Gantz unity government

Israel has sworn in prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz in a power-sharing deal, after nearly 18 months of political crisis. The three-year coalition government was approved by a 73 to 46 vote in the parliament. Netanyahu and Gantz were sworn in as prime minister and alternate prime minister respectively. Last month, […]

Russia Allegedly Transports 6 Syrian Jets to Iran After Israeli Attack

Earlier this month, the Israeli Air Force carried out a powerful attack on a Syrian military site that stored several aircraft, including six MiG-29 jets, in eastern Homs. The aircraft were badly damaged by the Israeli strikes, and new reports have surfaced that they were transported from Syria to Iran for repairs.  Citing a Russian […]

EU to launch diplomatic push against Israeli West Bank annexation

The European Union will make a diplomatic push to try to stop Israel from going ahead with a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said on Friday. Josep Borrell said the EU would use “all our diplomatic capacities” to try to dissuade Israel’s incoming government from going […]

Don’t Criticize Israel on Judea/Samaria

In the months ahead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce plans to extend Israeli sovereignty over portions of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) containing the vast majority of Israeli settlements. This territory comprises 30% of the West Bank. The remaining land, where most Palestinians reside, will be reserved for an independent Palestinian […]

Israel swears in unity government after long political crisis

Israel has sworn in a unity government after the longest political crisis in the country’s history, and amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under a power-sharing deal agreed in April, right-wing PM Benjamin Netanyahu will serve for another 18 months. His centrist rival Benny Gantz will serve as deputy PM, before taking over. The two politicians have […]