IDF Intelligence Branch publishes 2019 threat assessment

 The IDF Intelligence Branch has published its annual assessment for 2019. Among others, the intelligence assessment cites the increased likelihood of a military conflagration that may erupt in the Gaza Strip — an assessment that reportedly has prompted IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi to prioritize the IDF’s readiness for such a development. … Read more

Hamas visits Moscow for talks on Palestinian aspirations

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A delegation of senior Hamas officials arrived in the Russian capital last night, for a visit that according to the internationally recognized terror group: “aims to discuss Palestinian reconciliation and challenges facing Palestinian aspirations.” Since Hamas is not listed as a terror organization by the Kremlin, due to the fact that it won the national … Read more

Palestinian Islamists fire mortar-shell toward Israel

Palestinian Islamists fired a mortar-shell from the Gaza Strip

Palestinian Islamists fired a mortar-shell from the Gaza Strip toward Israel‘s southern communities last night, prompting rocket-alert-sirens to sound across the Eshkol Regional council. The mortar exploded in an uninhabited area, causing no injuries or damage. In response to the Palestinian attack, an IDF tank opened fire toward an observation post belonging to the Islamist … Read more

Israel begins construction of a steel-wall along the Gaza border

Israel-Gaza border wall

The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Borders and Seamline Administration began to construct an aboveground security-barrier over the weekend, along the border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The barrier, a six meters-high wall of galvanized steel, will run along the same route as an underground barrier that is currently under construction. The new above-ground barrier will be … Read more

Palestinian rivalry over Islamic Jihad leadership cause for escalation

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It has been revealed that the commander of the militant wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the northern Gaza Strip, which is openly backed by Iran, was responsible for violating the truce arrangement understandings that were reached between Israel and the Islamist organizations in Gaza in the last few months, including the sniper fire … Read more

Palestinian government dissolves as PM Hamdallah resigns

Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah resigns

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has tendered his resignation and that of his unity government – in what is perceived as yet another blow to faltering reconciliation attempts by the Palestinian Authority and the Islamist Hamas. While the Palestinian government will continue to carry out its duties until a new government is formed, Hamdallah said … Read more

Hamas declines third installment of Qatari-donated funds

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The tense situation along Israel’s northern and southern frontiers has significantly increased over the course of the past 24-hours, prompting a decision by Jerusalem to deploy additional anti-rocket defense system batteries, including in the greater Tel Aviv area. The increase of tension comes after the Islamist Hamas organization informed Qatar’s envoy to the Palestinian enclave … Read more

Iran greatest enemy of Israel, Netanyahu says

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, Qassem Seuleimani, to “check the state of Iranian bases that he is trying to establish in Syria” instead of interfering in Israel’s Parliamentary elections. Netanyahu’s televised statement came in response to a quote made by the Iranian General that was published … Read more

Israel halts Qatari funds to Gaza amid escalation

Qatari funds to Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered to stop the scheduled transfer of Qatari-donated funds to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip this morning, after two violent incidents occurred on the Gaza border yesterday, prompted an escalation on Israel’s southern frontier. The unfolding events erupted when Gazan militants opened fire toward an IDF patrol near the security fence, … Read more

Qatar to deliver third financial installment to Gaza

A third installment of Qatari funds are expected to be delivered to the Hamas-run Gaza strip. In a statement made by the Qatari envoy to Gaza, Muhammad al-Amadi, the third such transfer of Qatari-donated funds will be later this week with Israel’s consent. In contrast to the two previous installments, which were delivered in suitcases … Read more