La scorsa primavera Israele è stato uno dei primi paesi ad adottare misure di contenimento sociale per evitare la diffusione del coronavirus, imponendo l’isolamento dei propri cittadini già dal 9 marzo, prima che l’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità ufficializzasse lo stato pandemico del virus; ciononostante, oggi Israele è diventata la prima nazione al mondo ad imporre un secondo lockdown a livello nazionale per via del preoccupante aumento di casi giornalieri nelle ultime settimane. Continue reading “Israele è il primo paese a imporre un secondo lockdown” »
Lunedì notte Benjamin Netanyahu e Benny Gantz hanno firmato l’accordo di Coalizione per l’Istituzione del Governo d’Emergenza di Unità Nazionale, un fascicolo di 16 pagine perlopiù atte ad evitare che uno dei due firmatari possa soverchiare l’altro.
Questa mattina il ministro della salute israeliano Yaakov Litzman ha annunciato tramite un comunicato ministeriale che nell’ultima giornata si è registrato il maggiore aumento di casi di contagio nel paese; nelle ultime 24 ore infatti il numero di contagiati è salito di 760 casi, per un totale di 6.200 pazienti e 30 morti.
Trump added $75 million in defense aid to Israel.Washington announced a $110-billion US sale of ships, tanks and the latest anti-missile systems to Saudi Arabia on Saturday as Trump began a two-day visit to the Gulf state before travelling on to Israel.Trump added package for the missile defense program. According to Lieberman the weapons deals in the Middle East just in 2016 reached $215-216 billion and this is no small sum.The White House said that in talks with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday, “President Trump underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including to the maintenance of Israel’s qualitative military edge”. The thrust of the deal with Riyadh aims to help the Saudi military bolster its defenses to deter bitter rival Iran and its missile program, which Netanyahu has said potentially poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.
Trump says he has not ruled out visiting Western Wall with Netanyahu.In an exclusive interview with Israel Hayom, US President Donald Trump says “I love the people of Israel, I’m working hard to finally have peace for Israel and the Palestinians” US President Donald Trump has not yet decided who will accompany him to the Western Wall during his upcoming visit to Israel, but he told Israel Hayom in an exclusive interview Thursday: “We have great respect and friendship for [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu”. On Tuesday, the White House said that Netanyahu would not accompany Trump on the first visit to the holy site by an incumbent U.S. president. “No Israeli leaders will join President Trump at the Western Wall,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters.The decision to visit the Western Wall “with the rabbi is more traditional, but that could change”, Trump told Boaz Bismuth at the White House Thursday, when asked why Netanyahu would not accompany him.In the interview, the American president reiterated his desire to reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
In an interview with Meet the Press earlier in the day, Tillerson indicated that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv could be harmful to the new peace process that US President Donald Trump hoped to advance during his trip to the Middle East later this month.Netanyahu said in response, “Israel has clearly stated its position to Israel and to the world multiple times. Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem won’t harm the peace process. The opposite is true. It will advance the process and correct a historic injustice”. Nethanyau added that it would also shatter a Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem isn’t Israel’s capital.Taking to social media to deliver the message Sunday, Bennett wrote on Twitter: “Countries from across the world place their embassies in Washington DC, thus this needs to be applied in Jerusalem, our capital for 3000 years”. “Moving the US embassy in Israel to (Jerusalem) strengthens Israel and strengthens the prospects for peace”, Bennett added.
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”.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu threatened to scrap his meeting with Gabriel if the German minister met with members of nongovernmental organizations Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem. Both organizations have been widely criticized by the Israeli Right for damaging Israel’s reputation abroad and putting Israeli soldiers and officials at risk of prosecution. Meanwhile, Gabriel told reporters the decision was “not nice” and had caught him by surprise, since he generally had an open relationship with Netanyahu. But he added that it did not spell “the end of diplomatic ties between the two countries”.”I regret it greatly. And, I’ll say it openly, we cannot become a political football for Israeli domestic politics”, he said. “But it’s not a catastrophe. There will be another occasion to meet somewhere. We have to let things cool off”. Gabriel underscored the importance of Germany’s ties to Israel during a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, saying: “You can absolutely be sure we are committed to the friendship, the partnership and the special relationship with Israel, and nothing will change this”. B’Tselem issued a statement late on Tuesday that did not give any details of the meeting with Gabriel, but was highly critical of Netanyahu and the Israeli government’s policies and vowed to continue opposing them.
The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that if the Palestinians truly desire peace with Israel, they must first “come clean” and put an end to “rewarding terrorism”. “I think the first test of peace is to say to them, ‘Hey, you want peace? Prove it. Confront terrorism, stop rewarding terrorism, stop paying it terrorists'”, Netanyahu said from his office in Jerusalem. “It could be more than a billion dollars that are given to terrorists”, Netanyahu continued. “I’m not talking about Hamas. I’m talking about the mainline Palestinian Authority headed by the president, who is going to see (US President Donald) Trump in Washington”. Netanyahu’s comments came just a day after Abbas granted an interview to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shibun, where the Palestinian leader appeared to moderate his tone over restarting peace negotiations, saying “I am ready to meet the prime minister of Israel any time in Washington under the patronage of President Trump”. Netanyahu, however, currently has no plans to visit Washington next month.
Netanyahu: Hamas’ military echelon begged to halt war with Israel. “We hit Hamas incredibly hard. They said, ‘We can’t go on with how these crazy Jews are hitting us’ and today they are careful not to shoot at us”, PM tells Knesset State Control Committee about 2014’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Nethanyau, during a meeting, told a Knesset State Control Committee that Hamas’ military leadership begged the political echelon abroad to stop the war. Also he said that Israel hit Hamas incredibly hard, to the point that its military leadership in Gaza begged the political echelon abroad to stop the war. They said, ‘We can’t go on with how these crazy Jews are hitting us’ and today they are careful not to shoot at us”. As for the circumstances leading up to the fighting, the prime minister said, “We tried avoiding war as much as possible. Three years after the operation, we are now seeing the quietest period in the south”. Netanyahu told the committee that Hamas had prepared itself for a wide-scale operation aimed at removing the naval blockade Israel had imposed on Gaza.