Israel

How Israel Can Deter Iran

An all-out Iran offensive against Israel can be neutralized using a simple declaration of just one sentence Hezbollah is said to have 130,000 rockets that could reach all of Israel, with Hamas possessing thousands of rockets that could cover southern and central Israel, including the Tel Aviv area. It is also said that, if war broke out, Israel could find ...

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Trump has used Israel for political points — and there may be consequences

President Trump has never shied away from foreign election interference — he’s professed his willingness to accept dirt from foreign countries and stayed silent when despots like Kim Jong Un criticize his political rivals.President Trump has never shied away from foreign election interference — he’s professed his willingness to accept dirt from foreign countries and stayed silent when despots like ...

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IMPRISONED ISRAELI ‘FALLING APART’ IN RUSSIAN JAIL

25-year-old Naama Issachar charged with drug smuggling nine grams of cannabis in her checked baggage an Israeli Woman who has been languishing in various Russian jails for four months is “falling apart,” according to her sister. Naama Issachar, 25, was charged with smuggling narcotics into Russia after nine grams of cannabis were found in her checked baggage, which was being ...

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Escalating Incidents on Gaza-Israel Border Indicate Hamas Is Losing Its Grip

Hamas has a lot to lose from a major round of violence, but with election looming, Netanyahu’s restraint may not last long The recent series of incidents in the Gaza Strip are exceptional in magnitude compared to the past few months. Over the weekend, rockets were fired twice from the Strip at Israeli communities on the Gaza border. And on ...

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Israel’s Do-over Election: A Guide to All the Parties and Who Holds the Keys to the Next Government

The final list of political parties running in Israel’s September 17 election looks like it will be remarkably — and historically — short. The entire political firmament learned a harsh lesson from the April election: unity within ideological allies is crucial. Smaller parties flying solo risk falling below the electoral threshold and not making the Knesset — and when that ...

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In Next Gaza War, Israeli Army Eyes Crippling Hamas, but Not Toppling It

The Israeli army has revamped combat procedures for the Gaza Strip, updating battle orders so that in a possibe war Hamas and its forces would be delivered a severe blow that would weaken the organization, but still leave it with the ability to govern the enclave. The preparation process ended this week with a maneuver by the Israel Defense Forces’ Gaza ...

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Analysis Israel’s Secret Japanese Investor

The Finance Ministry raised $140 million from a Japanese strategic institutional investor in a private bond placement this week. The amount isn’t particularly large, but the treasury’s decision to call the investor “strategic” is intriguing. It’s customary to distinguish between financial investors, whose aim is to turn a quick profit and move on, and strategic investors, who bring added value. ...

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Israel Is Expected to Approve Surge in Jewish Construction in West Bank

JERUSALEM — In a rare step, Israel approved plans late Tuesday to build 715 housing units for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, though the government is soon expected to endorse 6,800 units for Jewish settlers there, too. About 3,700 settler housing units have already been approved this year, and the addition of 6,800 would push 2019 past the record ...

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Israeli Navy ship crosses into Lebanese waters

An Israeli Navy vessel crossed into Lebanese waters early Monday morning, breaching the contested maritime border, according to the Lebanon-based LBC TV news. The ship was detected by UNIFIL forces off the coast of the Rosh Hanikra land border between Israel and Lebanon, according to the report, which said that the UN peacekeepers informed Lebanese authorities of the suspected breach. ...

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Spelling Trouble for Israel’s Arab Parties, Announcement of Joint Run Canceled

A press conference scheduled for Monday evening to announce the joint run of Israel’s four Arab-majority parties in Knesset in the September 17 election, was called off at the last moment because two of the four parties said they would boycott it. The press conference was called by the Hadash and United Arab List parties with the blessing of a ...

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