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  • Israel backs Syrian opposition accusations of poison attack

    2 weeks ago

    Israel Radio said on Monday that Israel has evidence backing Syrian opposition accusations that forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had used non-lethal chemical weapons in Damascus last month.

    The report quoted an unidentified senior Israeli defense official as saying there...

  • Yaalon calls Hagel, clarifies remarks seen as criticizing U.S.

    March 20, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon called his American counterpart Chuck Hagel to clarify remarks attributed to him that criticized the United States.

    The call to Hagel, the U.S. secretary of defense, came after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry complained directly to Israeli...

  • White House slams Israeli defense chief’s disparaging remarks

    March 19, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said he supports unilateral Israeli action against Iran and that the United States is weak, prompting condemnation from the Obama administration.

    “We had thought the ones who should lead the campaign against Iran is the United States,” Yaalon...

  • Jon Stewart: After Congress, Iran and Israel, Justin Bieber doesn’t seem so bad

    by Jewish Journal staff, via Ron Kampeas, JTA

    January 16, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Jon Stewart last night talked about the congressional push for Iran sanctions, Moshe Yaalon, Hassan Rouhani and Justin Bieber.

    Watch:

     

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  • State Dept.: Yaalon attack on Kerry ‘offensive’

    January 14, 2014 | 11:37 am

    The Israeli defense minister’s reported description of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as “messianic and obsessive” is “offensive and inappropriate,” the State Department said in a rare and sharp rebuke to Israel.

    “The remarks of the Defense Minister, if accurate, are...

  • Israeli defense chief calls Kerry messianic, drawing U.S. ire

    January 14, 2014 | 9:36 am

    Israel's hawkish defense minister drew rare U.S. condemnation on Tuesday over reports he had denounced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already at odds with Washington...

  • Israel casts doubt on April target for Palestinian deal

    January 7, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    Israel's defense minister said on Tuesday wide gaps remain in peace talks with the Palestinians after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest visit and he cast doubt on the chances of reaching a final accord by an April target.

    Negotiations on Palestinian statehood resumed in...

  • Hagel, in meeting with Yaalon, pledges to remain firm with Iran

    October 9, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon for the third time in six months.

    Hagel told Yaalon during Tuesday’s meeting that while U.S. officials intend to test the prospect for a diplomatic solution with Iran, “we...

  • ‘Price tag’ attackers put on same legal ground as terrorists

    July 1, 2013 | 1:04 pm

    Planning and carrying out “price tag” attacks in Israel will now be defined as “illegal organizing,” which puts the acts on the same level as Islamic terror groups.

    The new designation announced Monday by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon means that the Jewish perpetrators of...

  • Israel launches crackdown on pro-settler vandals

    July 1, 2013 | 6:44 am

    Israel announced a crackdown on Monday against Jewish ultranationalists who vandalize Palestinian property, saying they were tantamount to terrorists and their attacks could fan sectarian violence.

    The move followed the arrest of a 22-year Israeli from an Orthodox Jewish town...

  • Yaalon: Israeli intervention in Syria would be counterproductive

    June 14, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Israel will not intervene in Syria in part because any such intervention would harm the side Israel favors, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    “We don’t intervene, we do not interfere,” Yaalon said Friday in Washington prior to a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Defense...

  • Defense chiefs Hagel and Yaalon to meet in D.C.

    June 11, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Yaalon, will meet this week.

    A Pentagon official told JTA that the two defense chiefs would meet in Washington on Friday, but did not provide further details.

    Israel and the United States are closely cooperating in tracking Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program and formulating strategy over how to prevent it.

    Hagel and Yaalon met last month in Israel in their first meeting since taking their posts.

  • Israel seals deal ending military exemptions for ultra-Orthodox

    May 29, 2013 | 7:34 am

    Israel clinched a deal on Wednesday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military service for Jewish seminary students, ended a brief crisis that divided the ruling coalition parties.

    The issue of "sharing the national burden" is at the heart of heated debate over privileges the...

  • Defense chiefs Hagel and Yaalon to meet in Israel

    April 9, 2013 | 8:00 am

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Israel this month for a meeting with Moshe Yaalon, his Israeli counterpart.

    Reuters on Tuesday quoted an unnamed Israeli defense official as naming April 21-23 as the dates for Hagel's Israel visit, and a Pentagon official...

  • Israel’s Knesset approves new government

    March 18, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Israel's Knesset approved the country's 33rd government.

    The lawmakers approved the new government by a vote of 68 to 48, with four absent.

    Following the vote, the government ministers were sworn in individually, each making a declaration promising to be faithful to the state...

  • Assad kept chemical weapons out of hands of extremists, Moshe Yaalon says

    December 5, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad responded to past warnings about the security of chemical weapons by taking steps to keep them out of the hands of militants, Israel's vice prime minister Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday.

    Yaalon joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in making clear...

  • Israel says it prefers diplomacy but is ready to invade Gaza

    November 19, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Israel bombed dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and said that, while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire.

    Egypt said a deal for a truce could be close, though by...

  • Netanyahu-Barak spat stokes early Israel vote talk

    October 3, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Friction between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak over relations with the United States fuelled talk on Wednesday of an early Israeli election.

    Ministers said the quarrel, Barak's resistance to Defense cuts in coalition budget talks and his dovish...

  • Yaalon: Iran doesn’t see a real military threat

    August 31, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon fears that mixed messages are leading Iran to believe it does not face a real military threat from the outside world.

    “We have an exchange of views, including with our friends in the United States, who in our opinion, are in part...

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