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  • Hagel, meeting with Yaalon, reaffirms U.S.-Israel defense relationship

    3 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the United States’ “deep commitment” to Israel’s  security,  and the importance of the U.S.-Israel defense relationship during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart.

    Hagel and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon met Tuesday...

  • Israel imposes Yom Kippur closure of West Bank

    3 weeks ago

    The West Bank was closed by the Israeli military ahead of Yom Kippur.

    Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered the closure, which begins at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and will remain in effect until the same time on Saturday.

    Palestinians needing humanitarian assistance will be able to...

  • Yaalon: IDF took out 80 percent of Gaza rockets during offensive

    September 29, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    Israel destroyed some 80 percent of Palestinian rockets and mortars in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    About 2,000 rockets still remain in Hamas’ possession in Gaza, Yaalon said Monday in an address to a conference titled “Military and...

  • Israel working to retrieve fallen soldier’s remains, Yaalon tells family

    August 11, 2014 | 9:52 am

    The Israeli government is making every effort to retrieve the body of Sgt. Oron Shaul for burial, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told the slain soldier’s  family.

    “It’s obvious to us that Oron’s body is in the hands of Hamas, and we’re making every effort to retrieve it,”...

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  • Hamas tells Palestinian civilians to stay in homes in face of Israeli warnings

    July 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Hamas leaders called on Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to return to their homes and ignore Israeli warnings of an impending military operation.

    “To all of our people who have evacuated their homes – return to them immediately and do not leave the house,” said a...

  • New Iron Dome battery goes operational

    July 14, 2014 | 8:55 am

    More Iron Dome batteries will become operational and be deployed in the coming days, the Israeli government said.

    A seventh missile defense battery was put into service last week and immediately intercepted five rockets from Gaza, according to Defense News.

    Israel’s defense...

  • Israel shoots down UAV sent from Gaza

    July 14, 2014 | 8:47 am

    Israel shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle launched from Gaza after it crossed into Israel’s airspace.

    The drone was shot down Monday morning by a Patriot missile near the port of Ashdod.

    The drone set off sirens in Ashdod before it was shot down. It is not known if the UAV...

  • Hamas rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Gaza

    July 8, 2014 | 10:27 am

    At least 20 people were killed across Gaza on Tuesday, Palestinian officials said, by a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive against Islamist militants whose rockets reached hit unprecedented depths of its interior.

    Israelis ran for cover as...

  • How does Israel know Hamas is responsible for the kidnappings?

    By Jared Sichel

    July 1, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    In the weeks since the Israeli government learned of the kidnappings of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, its military and intelligence sources have worked tirelessly to piece together the puzzle of what happened, where it happened and precisely how it happened.

    One...

  • Israel mourns teenagers, strikes Hamas in Gaza

    July 1, 2014 | 10:19 am

    Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

    President Shimon Peres, a usually dovish elder statesman, echoed...

  • Murdered teens to be buried side by side

    July 1, 2014 | 8:41 am

    The three kidnapped teens who were found murdered near Hebron will be buried side by side.

    Separate funerals are set for Tuesday afternoon for Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach in each of the teens’ home communities, after which they will be buried in the Modiin...

  • Cruz in Israel blames Palestinians for failed peace talks

    May 27, 2014 | 10:34 am

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Israel said the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state caused the latest round of peace negotiations to fail.

    On a two-day visit, Cruz (R-Texas) said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post that the United States should not...

  • Hagel says he is not aware of Israel spying on U.S

    May 15, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Thursday he was unaware of any truth to a media report that Israel has been spying on the United States.

    Asked during a press conference in Tel Aviv about a Newsweek magazine story quoting unnamed U.S. officials as saying Israel was...

  • Israel backs Syrian opposition accusations of poison attack

    April 7, 2014 | 9:56 am

    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.

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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...

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