President Trump’s arrival, joining US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, Israeli ministers, and IDF top brass set to greet the president.Air Force One touched down in Israel Monday afternoon, marking the second leg of President Trump’s five-state trip; his first trip abroad as president. trump called Nethanyau “his old friend”. Nethanyau, when Trump was arrived he said that “welcome my friend”. Nethanyau also said “Your visit is a symbol of the unbreakable bond between Israel and America. You are the president of Israel greatest, most important ally. You are true friends of Israel and the Jewish people.“Mr. President, the world needs a strong United States. The Middle East needs a strong United States. Israel needs a strong United States. And may I say, the United States needs a strong Israel”. In the evening Nethanyau host Trump and his wife at a state dinner in the Prime Minister’s residence.
Israel paused to honor its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism on Monday as it observed its annual Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.Sirens wailed across the country at 8 p.m. Sunday, and again at 11 a.m. Monday, prompting Israelis to stop in their tracks and stand silently with heads bowed for a minute to remember the dead.Netanyahu, who lost a brother in a military operation in 1976, went on to say: “So much, and yet so little, has changed in our country. Our life continues to depend on the willingness to sacrifice and the heroism of our sons and daughters. I know that this heroism is a necessary condition not only for our existence, but also for achieving peace with our neighbors. Therefore, when I’m about to send our soldiers to the battlefield, I always think with a heavy heart, with the utmost consideration. I think about them and I think about the families, because I know that sometimes the price is immense.”We are brothers for better and for worse, in longing for peace and in the pain of war. Soul to soul on the battlefield and in life0”, he said. “I wish health to the wounded. We will not rest until we bring our soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, home. Tonight [on Independence Day] we will know that the State of Israel is the realization of many dreams – a light unto the nations with our achievements. We are an unparalleled beacon of morality in our region and in the entire world”. IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot also spoke at the ceremony, saying, “The legacy of Israel and the IDF was written by courageous individuals who charged and continued to fight even in impossible situations. It is a legacy of achieving goals, fighting without compromise and completing missions”.
The Israel Defense Forces foiled a security incident on the Israel-Gaza Strip border in the early hours of Wednesday morning. One terrorist was killed and two others were wounded in the incident, one of this have only eighteen years old. We know that IDF troops on routine patrol along the border detected suspicious movement on its eastern part, near Rafah. The Palestinian news agency Maan said that the local residents reported hearing gunshots and sounds of explosions, adding Israeli Air Force aircraft were heard flying over the border.
The IDF on Monday morning again responded to an ISIS attack on Sunday against the Israeli Golani Reconnaissance Battalion operating along the Syrian border. Some 10 tons of explosives were said to have been dropped by the IAF on the ISIS target in the retaliatory strike. A military spokesman said that the strike had targeted “an abandoned military facility, which was previously used by the United Nations and served as a location for ISIS to consolidate their offensive forces and operations near the border. This is a response to the attack performed yesterday, and was aimed at preventing the return of the terrorists to the facility which would constitute a substantial threat in the area.”
On Wednesday the IDF launched an artillery strike on Syrian army targets in the norther Golan Heights in response to a mortar shell that fell in Israeli territory earlier in the day. The mortar shell was thought to have breached the border as fallout from fighting in Syria, however the IDF said it holds the Syrian regime responsible for all activities emanating from its territory. No injuries or damages were reported in the attack.
Errant fire from the conflict in Syrian has sporadically landed in Israeli territory during the country’s more than five-year civil war.