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The latest news and information about Israel that’s not generally reported in the UK media. Also featuring some of Israel’s incredible innovations and achievements.

Israel Update 20.6.24

HEZBOLLAH WAR ON ISRAEL     Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Wednesday that nowhere in Israel would be safe if a full-fledged war breaks out, while also threatening Cyprus and other parts of the Mediterranean. He said that “an invasion of the Galilee remains on the table if the confrontation escalates.” Reports hereand here   […]

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Israel Update 13.6.24

HEZBOLLAH’S  WAR ON ISRAEL     After Hezbollah fired some 80 rockets at northern Israeli communities throughout Tuesday, the terror group announced the death of a senior commander in an alleged Israeli airstrike on Tuesday night. Hezbollah launched some 215 rockets and several more missiles and drones at northern Israel on Wednesday, the largest attack […]

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Israel Update 6.6.24

  ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     Today, Thursday, in heavy early morning fog, a group of terrorists attempted to infiltrate Israel from Gaza. Sergeant Major Zeed Mazarib, a Bedouin IDF tracker was killed in an exchange of fire. Report here     The IDF estimates that between 20 and 30 Hamas and Islamic Jihad […]

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Israel Update 30.5.24

  ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     The IDF announced Wednesday it has taken full control over the Philadelphi corridor along the Gaza-Egypt border and can now “cut off Hamas’s lifeline for supplies coming in from Sinai.” At least 20 tunnels and 82 tunnel shafts have been found. The IDF has also found dozens of […]

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Israel Update 23.5.24

MORE EVIDENCE OF HAMAS ABUSE OF HOSTAGES     The IDF on Sunday released a video clip found by troops in Gaza, showing 8-year-old Ella Elyakim who was abducted to Gaza by Hamas on 7/10 and later released in a hostage deal. The 8year-old was made to repeat her lines over and over, and forced […]

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Israel Update 16.5.24

THE WAR ON ISRAEL’S NORTH – HEZBOLLAH ATTACKS   While the world is focussed on the Gaza war, communities in northern Israel suffer near-daily attacks from Lebanon. Some 60,000 residents continue to endure over 7 months of evacuation from their homes.   Among recent attacks this past week: An Israeli civilian was killed and five […]

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Israel Update 9.5.24

HAMAS “CEASEFIRE PROPOSAL”   Last weekend, the Egyptians gave the Hamas delegation in Cairo a new (ceasefire) proposal without coordinating with Israel. So when Hamas announced on Monday that it accepted a ceasefire proposal given to it by Egypt and Qatar, three Israeli officials said the Hamas announcement surprised the Israeli government and that Israel […]

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Israel Update 2.5.24

This Update is not covering the terms of ceasefire/hostage negotiations as current reports are based on unofficial sources. HRG   SHARAKA DELEGATION VISIT   Sharaka, (the Arabic word for “Partnership”) is a non-profit founded following the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020, promoting people-to-people contacts between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco. A […]

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Israel Update 25.4.24

Chag Pesach Sameach to all currently celebrating Passover.. HOSTAGES     A group of hostage families held an open Q&A panel in Tel Aviv’s Hostages Square on Tuesday night to mark 200 days of captivity for their loved ones held by Hamas in Gaza.Report here     US President Joe Biden led a joint statement […]

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Israel Update 18.4.24

Chag Pesach Sameach to all celebrating Passover this coming week.   IRANIAN ATTACK ON ISRAEL  On Saturday evening, Iran initiated an unprecedented attack against Israel, launching over 300 aerial threats of various types. Including approximately 170 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more than 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles. Israel reported a 99% success rate in […]

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Israel Update 11.4.24

HOSTAGES Hamas has told international mediators that it does not have 40 living Israeli hostages needed for the first phase of a ceasefire deal, ( involving women excluding Israeli soldiers, children and the elderly)  according to an Israeli official, raising fears that more hostages may be dead than are publicly known.Report here     ISRAEL’S […]

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Israel Update 4.4.24

IRAN   Gen. Mohamad Reza Zahedi the boss of Hizbullah, the Iranian proxy that has fired 3,500 rockets, unprovoked, on Israel’s north since Oct. 7, was among at least three senior commanders and four officers in the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, overseeing Iran’s covert operations in the Middle East, who were […]

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Israel Update 28.3.24

HOSTAGES Hamas rejected a U.S. compromise deal for a Gaza truce and the release of Israeli hostages on Monday.Report here   Amit Soussana, 40, an Israeli lawyer, was abducted from her home in Kibbutz Kfar Azza on Oct. 7, beaten and dragged into Gaza by at least 10 men, some armed. She was held alone […]

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ISRAEL UPDATE 21.3.24

PURIM SAMEACH TO MY READERS POST-SCRIPT TO LAST WEEK’S TERROR ATTACK     A member of Israel’s security forces, Senior Warrant Officer Uri Moyal, 51, who was stabbed and critically wounded in a terror attack north of Beersheba, succumbed to his wounds last Thursday night. He had managed to shoot the Gazan assailant who was […]

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Israel Update 14.3.24

HAMAS CASUALTY FIGURES CHALLENGED   Professor Wyner of the dept of Statistics and Data Science at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School analysed data and concluded that Hamas is disseminating fictitious casualty figures in the Gaza war. He wrote:“The numbers are not real…The casualties are not overwhelmingly women and children, and the majority may be […]

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ISRAEL UPDATE 7.3.242

HOSTAGES NOW HELD FOR 153 DAYS     Israel has demanded to know how many of the roughly 130 hostages that remain in Gaza are still alive as a condition of returning to the negotiating table. Hamas is refusing to hand over the names of living hostages, stalling ceasefire talks. The latest reports from the […]

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Israel Update 29.2.24

GAZA CROWD CRUSH   At 4 a.m. today Thursday, 30 trucks carrying humanitarian aid arrived at the coast of Gaza City. Thousands of Palestinians rushed the trucks after they passed an IDF checkpoint, leading to a stampede in which dozens of Palestinians were wounded and killed, some after being run over by the trucks. Some […]

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Israel Update 21.2.24

TERROR ATTACK Two Israelis were murdered on Friday and four others were injured, two seriously, in a terror shooting attack on a bus stop near Gedera. A passing civilian shot and killed the terrorist. Report hereand here   ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     The IDF has been operating in Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis, […]

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Israel Update 15.2.24

RESCUE OF  TWO HOSTAGES     In the early hours of Monday morning, Israeli security forces successfully rescued Fernando Simon Marman, 60, and Louis Har, 70, who were kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak on Oct. 7, from the second floor of a building in Rafah, Gaza. Report here       The family members of the […]

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ISRAEL UPDATE 8.2.24

  HOSTAGES     An assessment conducted by Israeli intelligence officials has concluded that at least 30 of the remaining 136 hostages captured by Hamas on Oct. 7 have died and that at least 20 other hostages may have also been killed. Some were killed inside Israel on Oct. 7, and their bodies were taken […]

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Israel Update 1.2.24

ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS       The number of Israeli troops suffering severe injuries in Gaza is twice as high as in the nation’s last major conflict the 2006 Second Lebanon War. A quarter of the 2,784 soldiers wounded since Oct. 7 have been severely injured, “compared to 12%” in the 2006 war. In the […]

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Israel Update 25.1.24

Tu B’Shvat greetings to my readers.   ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     In the worst incident since the onset of the ground war, 21 IDF soldiers were killed in Gaza as they were preparing explosives to demolish two buildings on Monday. A terrorist firing a rocket-propelled grenade triggered the explosives, causing the buildings to […]

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Israel Update 17.1.24

  SUNDAY JANUARY 14th MARKED 100 DAYS SINCE OCT 7   100 days since the atrocities of Oct. 7, 132 Israeli hostages remained captives in Gaza.Ten are over the age of 75. One, Kfir Bibas, turns one this week and has spent a quarter of his life in captivity – if indeed the baby is […]

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Israel Update 11.1.24

US SECRETARY OF STATE     U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday: “We continue to stand with Israel in ensuring that October 7th can never happen again….We believe the submission [by South Africa] against Israel to the International Court of Justice distracts the world from all […]

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Israel Update 3.1.24

Publication on Wednesday  due to travel this week. ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS The IDF’s death toll in the ground operation is 175. War update here   Hamas Political Bureau Deputy Chairman, Saleh Al-Arouri, was killed along with at least five other people in an alleged Israeli drone strike in Beirut. Arouri was one of the […]

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Israel Update 28.12.23

The next Israel Update will hopefully be sometime in the first week of January.   ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     As the IDF continued to battle the Hamas terror group in Gaza, the army on Thursday morning announced the deaths of three soldiers in fighting the previous day, bringing the death toll in the […]

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Interim Israel Update 25.12.23

ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     More IDF soldiers have fallen in battle over the weekend bringing the death toll of Israel’s ground offensive to 156. Report here     The IDF recovered the remains of five hostages murdered by Hamas, three soldiers and two civilians.They were found in a Hamas tunnel network which has […]

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Israel Update 21.12.23

US SECRETARY OF STATE BLINKEN   During a Wednesday press briefing Secretary Blinken said: “And what is striking to me is that even as, again, we hear many countries urging the end to this conflict, which we would all like to see, I hear virtually no one saying – demanding of Hamas that it stop […]

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Interim Israel Update 18.12.23

ISRAEL’S  WAR AGAINST HAMAS     Five deaths of IDF soldiers on Sunday raised the death toll in Israel’s ground operation to 127, a reminder of the tough opposition faced by troops attempting to topple the Hamas terror group, as Israel continues to reel from the accidental killing of three escaped hostages misidentified as terrorists. […]

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Israel Update 14.12.23

Chanukah greetings to all who are celebrating.   ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     On Day 70 of the war, the IDF death toll from the ground operation stands at 116. Yesterday was a particularly difficult day with news of the loss of 10 soldiers. Reports hereand here     On 18.10.23, the IDF designated […]

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INTERIM ISRAEL UPDATE 11.12.23

Chanukah greetings to all who are celebrating.   ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     The IDF death toll in the ground operation has reached 104. Former IDF chief of staff and current war cabinet observer minister Gadi Eisenkot  has lost both his son and a nephew fighting in the Gaza war. Reports here/and here   […]

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Israel Update 7.12.23

Chanukah greetings to all who are celebrating.     ISRAEL’S WAR AGAINST HAMAS     The IDF has announced the deaths of more soldiers killed during fighting in Gaza, bringing the toll during the ground offensive against Hamas since late October to 87.Report here       On Wednesday, the IDF found one of the […]

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Interim Israel Update 4.12.23

Since Friday, Israel has been under renewed daily rocket and missile attack (largely unreported outside the country) from Gaza in the south and from Hezbollah in the north.   THE IDF     The IDF announced on Monday morning that three soldiers fell in combat in the Gaza Strip on Sunday. Report here   The […]

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Israel Update 30.11.23

Today, 30th November, Israel commemorates the mid-20th century mass displacement of Jews from Arab lands when some 850,000 Jews either fled or were forcibly expelled from countries where they had lived for hundreds or even thousands of years.   JERUSALEM TERROR ATTACK     Three Israeli citizens were killed and six were wounded, two of […]

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Interim Israel Update 27.11.23

HOSTAGES   As I write on Monday evening, the fourth release of Israeli hostages has not yet been confirmed. Unsurprisingly Hamas have been acting in bad faith, waging psychological terrorism on Israel, in particular the hostages’ families who have had to endure continued uncertainty, not knowing if their relative/s is/are among those very few to […]

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Israel Update 23.11.23

HOSTAGES     There has been more delay in the agreement for the (partial) hostages’ release and nothing will happen before tomorrow Friday. No list of hostages’ names has been given to Israel.     ISRAEL AT WAR     Daily rocket and other missile attacks on Israeli civilians continue both from Gaza and Lebanon. […]

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Interim Israel Update 20.11.23

ISRAEL AT WAR   Today is day 45 of the war. Sixty-six soldiers have been killed so far in the ground offensive in Gaza. daily briefing here       After locating the entrance to a Hamas tunnel under an evacuated hospital in northern Gaza, Israeli army engineers filled the passage with exploding gel and detonated […]

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Israel Update 16.11.23

  ISRAEL AT WAR   Today, the IDF released the names of three soldiers who have been killed in the fighting in Gaza, bringing to 51 the number who have been killed since the start of the Gaza ground operation. Missiles continue to be fired daily at Israeli civilians by Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah […]

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Interim Israel Update 13.11.23

ISRAEL AT WAR WITH HAMAS     The IDF on Monday morning reported that two more soldiers had been killed fighting in Gaza bringing to 44 the number of soldiers who had fallen since the start of the ground war. A soldier working in the Oketz canine unit was seriously injured in Gaza on Sunday. […]

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Israel Update 9.11.23

AT THE END OF THIS UPDATE IS A SPECIAL LETTER FROM ISRAEL TO THE KS&DS COMMUNITY FROM COLIN GREEN Tonight marks the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht, November 9th/10th 1938   ISRAEL AT WAR WITH HAMAS     35 IDF soldiers have died since the ground invasion began a week and a half ago against an […]

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(Interim) Israel Update 7.11.23

Today, November 7th was a day of mourning in Israel, marking the “shaloshim” – one month since the Oct 7 massacres. PRESIDENT ISAAC HERZOG: EXTRACTS FROM HIS RECENT ESSAY   I write these lines after spending time with the families of some of the 240 people kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7. The hostages […]

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Israel Update 2.11.23

Today, November 2nd is 106 years since the Balfour Declaration. As I compile this Update (Thursday afternoon) Kiryat Shemona in the north of Israel has been hit by Hamas rockets fired from Lebanon.   WHY HAMAS MUST BE DEFEATED    Hamas official Ghazi Hamad has promised that the Palestinian terrorist group will repeat its Oct. 7 […]

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Israel Update (interim) 30.10.23

With so much material accumulating, I decided to circulate an interim Israel Update with the 2ndinstalment later this week.   HOSTAGE RESCUED   IDF soldier Private Ori Megedish was rescued during the IDF’s operation in Gaza on Sunday night. She was kidnapped by  Hamas terrorists on October 7 and has now been reunited with her […]

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Israel update 26.10.23

At the time of compiling this Update (Thursday afternoon), Hamas are again targeting Israeli civilians with anther rocket barrage on the Tel Aviv area, while air raid sirens are sounding in the south including Ashkelon, Ashdod and Netivot and surrounding areas. LEGALITY OF ISRAEL’S SELF-DEFENCE      Lord Guglielmo Verdirame, professor and barrister in public […]

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Israel Update 19.10.23

Much of the week’s news has been extensively covered elsewhere so this Update is not a summary, rather a few relevant items & links to articles many of which have not appeared in the mainstream coverage. As I compile this Update (Thursday afternoon), Hezbollah & Hamas have simultaneously fired rocket barrages into Israel and there […]

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Israel Update 12.10.23

A difficult Israel Update to compile this week. Coverage of the atrocities committed against Israeli civilians and soldiers has been extensive. I will therefore limit this Update to other relevant news items plus extracts from several opinion articles. Additionally, I wish to emphasize that the IDF operation in Gaza is not “retaliation” which implies gratuitous […]

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Israel Update 5.10.23

Chag Sameach to those of my readers celebrating Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah   SAUDI ARABIA Israeli Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi, who was in Saudi Arabia for  the  2023 congress of the Universal Postal Union. conference participated in a morning prayer service in Riyadh on Tuesday morning during Succot. The minister, who was accompanied by Knesset […]

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Israel Update 21.9.23

THE UK     UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly appears in a new government social media video released by the Foreign Office, stressing: “The UK understands the threat posed by Iran… Israel’s security is our security…adding “A strong Israel is vital to the security of the region, which is in everybody’s interests.” Read more here […]

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Israel Update 14.9.23

During these difficult times in Israel, a reminder that domestic politics are outside the scope of this Update.   I wish Shana Tovah to those of my readers who are celebrating the Jewish New Year. HRG TERRORIST INCIDENTS   A Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem wielding a butcher’s knife seriously wounded an Israeli man in his […]

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Israel Update 31.8.23

 I am unlikely to circulate an Update next week – hopefully back on 14 Sept.  HRG     TERRORIST ATTACKS CONTINUED     One IDF soldier was murdered and two others, as well as three civilians, were injured in a Palestinian truck ramming at a checkpoint on Route 443, a major Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, this […]

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Israel Update 24.8.23

During these difficult times in Israel, a reminder that domestic politics are outside the scope of this Update. HRG   TERROR ATTACKS   Aviad Nir, 28, and his father Silas (Shai) Nigreker, 60, from Ashdod, were shot and killed at a car wash in the Palestinian town of Huwara on Saturday. According to Palestinian reports, […]

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Israel Update 17.8.23

During these difficult times in Israel, a reminder that domestic politics are outside the scope of this Update. HRG DEFENCE     The U.S. has approved a $3.5 billion sale of Israel’s Arrow-3 missile defence system to Germany in what will be Israel’s biggest-ever defence deal. The Arrow was developed jointly by Israel and the […]

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Israel Update 3.8.23

During these difficult times in Israel, a reminder that domestic politics are outside the scope of this Update. HRG   TERRORIST ATTACKS     Six people were wounded, one seriously in a terrorist shooting attack near a shopping mall in Ma’aleh Adumin on Tuesday afternoon. The terrorist was shot by an off-duty Border Police officer. Later […]

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Israel Update 27.7.23

During these difficult times in Israel, a reminder that domestic politics are outside and beyond the scope of this Update. HRG   TERROR ATTACKS & COUNTER-TERRORISM     Three Palestinian gunmen, members of the Hamas terror group, were killed by Israeli forces while attempting to attack a small Samaritan community in the Mount Gerizim area, […]

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Israel Update 20.7.23

PRESIDENT HERZOG’S ADDRESS TO US CONGRESS     Wednesday’s speech, in a House chamber filled with lawmakers from both bodies of Congress, was only the second by an Israeli president; the previous one was given 35 years ago by Herzog’s father Chaim. “Although we are working through sore issues, just like you, I know our democracy […]

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Israel Update 6.7.23

There will be no Israel Update next week. Hopefully to be resumed on 19th July.   JENIN: COUNTER TERRORISM       Israeli forces overnight July 2/3 launched a massive military operation  targeting a terrorist headquarters in Jenin.   A “joint operations centre” of  the Jenin Brigades, which served as an advanced observation and reconnaissance centre where […]

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Israel Update 29.6.23

TERROR ATTACKS     Two Palestinian terrorists killed four Israelis and wounded four others at a petrol station on 20/6. Those murdered were Elisha Antman, 17, Harel Masoud, 21, who recently completed combat service in the IDF, Nachman Mordof, 17; and Ofer Fayerman, 63. Read more here (paywall)   Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in […]

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Israel Update 15.6.23

There will be no Israel Update next week 22 June. HRG     TERROR ATTACKS   Five Israelis, including four soldiers, were wounded in two drive-by shooting attacks in the northern West Bank on Tuesday.Read more here       COUNTER TERRORISM       A Palestinian policeman, Alaa Khaled Qatto, was recently arrested by […]

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Israel Update 8.6.23

EGYPTIAN BORDER ATTACK   Combat soldiers Staff Sgt. Ori Yitzhak Iluz, Staff Sgt. Ohad Dahan, and Sgt. Lia Ben Nun, tasked with guarding Israel’s border with Egypt, were killed early Saturday by an Egyptian policeman who had infiltrated into Israel. The gunman walked 5 km. from his guard post in Egypt and climbed up a […]

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Israel Update 1.6.23

TERRORIST ATTACKS – CURRENT AND 22 YEARS AGO Meir Tamari, an Israeli civilian who was shot dead in a West Bank terror attack on Tuesday, was laid to rest on Wednesday with hundreds in attendance to eulogize the father of two on what would have been his 32nd birthday. It was the latest in a […]

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Israel Update 18.5.23

There will be no Israel Update next week as it is Erev Shavuot. HRG   I wish my readers a Happy Jerusalem Day. Commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967     THE IDF’S OPERATION SHIELD AND ARROW IN GAZA LAST WEEK     Inga Avramyan, 80, was killed in a rocket strike by Palestinian Islamic […]

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Israel Update 11.5.23

THE IDF’S OPERATION SHIELD AND ARROW IN GAZA (The operation continues at the time of writing, Thursday early evening)   An Israeli man in his 70s was killed today Thursday when a rocket launched from Gaza, hit an apartment building in Rehovot. At least ten other people were moderately and lightly injured and taken to […]

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Israel Update 4.5.23

SOUTHERN ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK     Gazan terrorists used the (self-induced) death in Israeli custody of a hunger-striking member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) as an excuse to fire 104 rockets towards Israel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Israel countered with 16 airstrikes, mostly on Hamas positions. A ceasefire was announced Wednesday morning. An IDF Spokesman […]

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Israel Update 27.4.23

THIS WEEK ISRAEL TRANSITIONED FROM THE PAIN & GRIEF OF MEMORIAL DAY TO THE JOY OF INDEPENDENCE DAY     YOM HAZIKARON     On Monday night and Tuesday, Israelis observed Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and Victims of Terrorism.  When sirens sounded at 8 pm and 11 a.m. traffic in the […]

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Israel Update 20.4.23

It’s been 3 weeks since the last Update so I’ll start with a retrospective summary of significant events during Pesach. (Passover) HRG     A DIFFICULT PESACH IN ISRAEL       Over the holiday period, Israel was subjected to a multi-front assault. In a terrorist shooting attack in the Jordan Valley on April 7, […]

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Israel Update 30.3.23

As there won’t be an Israel Update for the next 2 weeks, I wish Pesach Sameach to all my readers. HRG THE UK       Business and Trade Secretary Rt. Hon. Kemi Badenoch MP said she is “really proud …to be working to build stronger relationships between the UK and Israel” in a speech at CFI’s […]

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Israel Update 23.3.23

As protests continue against the Israeli government’s proposed reforms to the judicial system, a reminder that domestic politics are outside the scope of this Update. HRG     HUWARA ATTACKS     American-Israeli David Stern was travelling on Sunday with his family on a road near the Palestinian town of Huwara in Samaria when a […]

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Israel Update 16.3.23

TEL AVIV TERROR ATTACK LAST THURSDAY 9/3/23 Or Asher, 32, was critically wounded, Rotem Mansano, 34, was seriously injured and Michael Osdon, 36, suffered moderate wounds when a Palestinian attacker, opened fire at them last Thursday night 9/3 on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv. The terrorist, a Hamas operative who had been imprisoned twice, was […]

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Israel Update 9.3.23

A reminder that domestic Israeli politics are outside the scope of these Updates   COUNTER-TERRORISM     The terrorist who murdered Israeli brothers Hallel and Yagel Yaniv as they drove through Huwara on Feb. 26. was killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops in Jenin on Tuesday. Israeli forces came under “massive gunfire” […]

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Israel Update 2.3.23

FURTHER  TERROR ATTACKS    Hallel Yaniv, 21, and Yagel Yaniv, 19, two brothers from Har Bracha, were murdered on Sunday in a terrorist shooting attack in Huwara (West Bank). A Palestinian gunman opened fire from close range at their car while it was caught in a traffic jam on the Route 60 highway, then fled. […]

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Israel Update 23.2.23

A reminder that Israeli domestic politics is outside the scope of these Updates. HRG   COUNTER TERRORISM   Heavy gun battles broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian gunmen Wednesday in Nablus during an attempt to arrest terror suspects. The Palestinian Authority said 11 people were killed in the clashes. A military source said that […]

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Israel Update 16.2.23

FURTHER TERROR ATTACKS IN JERUSALEM   Last Friday three Israelis were killed when a Palestinian Arab from eastern Jerusalem, accelerated into a group waiting at a bus stop. The fatalities were Yaakov Yisrael Paley, 6, his brother Asher Menahem Paley, 8; and Alter Shlomo Lederman, 20, who was married two months ago. The boys’ father, […]

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Israel Update 9.2.23

ISRAELI AID FOR TURKEY’S  EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS   SYNOPSIS: At the time of writing (Thursday afternoon) the IDF Search and Rescue Brigade has rescued 10 Turkish citizens. The IDF has so far sent 15 aircraft filled with hundreds of tons of medical and other supplies, along with a 150-person rescue team and a 230-person medical field […]

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Israel Update 2.2.23

TERRORIST ATROCITIES IN JERUSALEM LAST SHABBAT   Fadi Dekidek, an Arab paramedic from East Jerusalem who is a 20-year veteran at Magen David Adom, Israel’s premier emergency service, was dispatched to save lives in two consecutive attacks by Palestinian terrorists across Jerusalem.  “The difference between a culture that glorifies terror and one that works hard […]

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Israel Update 26.1.23

COUNTER TERRORISM   On Thursday the IDF launched an operation in Jenin to “apprehend a terror squad belonging to the Islamic Jihad terror organization,” acting on intelligence provided by the Israel Security Agency, to thwart “a major attack.” Nine Palestinians were killed in the clash, eight were armed militants, mostly Islamic Jihad operatives. At least […]

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Israel Update 12.1.23

Probably no Israel Update next week as I am travelling. HRG   CO-OPERATION     20 senior officials from various Israeli ministries flew to Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the week for the third follow-up to last year’s Negev Forum that brought the foreign ministers of Israel, the US, Egypt, Bahrain, Morocco, and the UAE […]

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Israel Update 5.1.23

 BEN GVIR VISIT TO TEMPLE MOUNT   Israel’s new national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir briefly visited the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem on Tuesday – the 10th of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar, a Jewish fast day mourning the events that led to the destruction of the First Temple… An official in Israeli P.M. Netanyahu’s […]

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Israel Update 29.12.22

ISRAEL’S ECONOMY   British weekly The Economist ranked Israel as tied fourth with Spain among 34 OECD countries’ economic performance in 2022. The rankings were based on GDP growth, annual inflation, inflation breadth, share prices, and government debt. Although inflation in Israel rose in the past year, its 5.3% inflation level is about half that of most […]

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Israel Update 21/12/22

  Chanukah Sameach to all my readers!   THE UK     British P.M. Rishi Sunak plans to visit Israel next year for its “landmark 75th birthday.” During his address at a recent business lunch, Sunak also confirmed that the UK will vote against an upcoming UN General Assembly resolution that requests the International Court […]

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Israel Update 8.12.22

PRESIDENT HERZOG’s VISIT TO BAHRAIN & the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. In a State Welcoming Ceremony on Sunday, President Herzog was received by the King of Bahrain. The national anthems of Israel and Bahrain were played. In their meeting at the Palace, President Herzog and King Hamad discussed the importance that their countries attach to their bilateral […]

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Israel Update 1.12.22

LAST WEEK’S JERUSALEM BOMB ATTACKS   Tadese Tashume Ben Ma’ada, 50, a victim of last week’s terror bombing in Jerusalem succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, raising the death toll to two. He immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 21 years ago and leaves a wife and six children. Read more here       RAMMING […]

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Israel Update 24.11.22

JERUSALEM BOMBINGS     Aryeh Shechopek, 16, a Canadian-Israeli, was killed and 19 people were wounded in two explosions at bus stops in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning near the Central Bus Station and the Ramot neighbourhood in coordinated terror attacks. Two of those injured are in critical condition and four are in serious condition, with […]

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Israel Update 17.11.22

  TERRORIST ATTACK   A Palestinian (18) employed at a factory in the  West Bank city of Ariel, killed three Israelis and wounded three others in a series of attacks on Tuesday. He first attacked the Israeli guard at the entrance to the industrial zone, then stabbed three more people at a nearby gas station. […]

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Israel Update 10.11.22

THE UN COP27 CLIMATE CONFERENCE   Israel’s President Herzog led the Israeli delegation to the conference where he inaugurated the first-ever Israeli pavilion at a COP summit. He met the leaders of Morocco, Chad, Finland, Czechia, Belgium, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Norway, the UAE and Colombia, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and King Abdullah II of […]

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Israel Update 27.10.22

Next Tuesday, Israelis go to the polls in the 5th general election in less than 4 years.   Coincidentally, there will be no Israel Update next week as I’m travelling. HRG   MARITIME BOUNDARY AGREEMENT   Israel and Lebanon are due to sign their maritime boundary agreement on Thursday afternoon at the United Nations base […]

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Israel Update 20.10.22

  TERRORIST ATTACKS CONTINUED.   A few of the many incidents: Yonatan Nizri, 25, was injured by Palestinian gunfire on Friday night in Beit El while sitting in his sukkah with his family. Two Palestinian gunmen approached the community’s perimeter fence and opened fire. One terrorist was shot by Israeli forces and the other one […]

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Israel Update 13.10.22

Sadly, it has been a difficult week for Israel: TERRORIST ATTACKS   Military Policewoman Sgt. Noa Lazar, 18, was killed and a male security guard was in serious condition after a Palestinian terrorist opened fire at a security checkpoint near the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat on Saturday evening. Videos in Palestinian media showed children […]

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Israel Update 6.10.22

Wishing all my readers Chag Succot Sameach! HRG     YOM KIPPUR IN ISRAEL     Airports, trains & buses all came to a halt as Israel shut down on Tuesday afternoon for Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, while security forces remained on high alert amid a spike in terror warnings. Israel’s airspace […]

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Israel Update 22.9.22

Wishing those of my readers who are celebrating the Jewish New Year next week “Shanah Tovah U’Metukah” There will be no Israel Update next week. HRG   TERRORIST ATTACKS CONTINUE       84-year-old Shulamit Rachel Ovadia was murdered in a Holon street on Tuesday in what police described as a terror attack.  The Palestinian […]

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Israel Update 15.9.22

DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II   The Tel Aviv municipality last Thursday: “Tonight City Hall is lit with the colours of the British flag as a token of solidarity with our partner city London and with the British people as a whole.” Read more here     Israeli & UK flags were projected on to […]

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Israel Update 8.9.22

GERMANY   President Herzog publicly stressed Israel’s opposition to the current Iran nuclear deal draft, saying “Iran is openly striving for Israel’s destruction, and the international community must treat it severely, firmly and assertively,” as he met German President Steinmeier in Berlin on Sunday. The two presidents on Monday led commemorations marking 50 years since […]

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Israel Update 1.9.22

125th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST ZIONIST CONGRESS   Speaking at an event in Basel marking the 125th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress, Israel’s President Herzog on Monday called for the reclamation of the word Zionist as a positive term, saying it has been turned into a slur to abuse Jews and Israelis. Herzog said Zionists, […]

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Israel Update 25.8.22

GAZA During the recent round of fighting in Gaza, a missile launched by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) veered off course and killed 7 people, including 4 children, and injured 21, the Gaza Ministry of Health reported. Israel reported that of the 1,100 PIJ rockets fired toward Israel, 200 fell inside Gaza. A local resident said, “Everyone […]

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ISRAEL UPDATE 9.8.22

Before I take a break, some information concerning the recent flare-up in Gaza. H.R.G.   OPERATION BREAKING DAWN     From Friday until late Sunday night Islamic Jihad fired 1,100 rockets at Israel, 200 of which landed within Gaza. Of the 990 rockets that made it into Israel, 380 were intercepted by the Iron Dome […]

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Israel Update 4.8.22

Israel Update is taking a break for the next 2 weeks. I hope to be back on or around 25 August. HRG.   ARREST     Islamic Jihad’s West Bank commander Bassam al-Saadi, was arrested by the IDF on Tuesday. Reportedly 50 of the group’s operatives have been detained and are undergoing questioning by the […]

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ISRAEL UPDATE 28.7.22

E.R.     With self-triage upon check-in and robots to help you find your way, the world’s largest emergency room opened in Israel on Thursday at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre (Ichilov).Read more here   COUNTER TERRORISM A Palestinian man armed with a knife, suspected of planning a stabbing attack, was detained by police officers […]

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Israel Update 21.7.22

JERUSALEM ATTACK A Palestinian who holds a permit to work in Israel, stabbed an Israeli man with a screwdriver on a bus in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Ynet news photographer Meshi Ben Ami, who was passing by, shot and wounded the attacker. Prime Minister Yair Lapid said, “I congratulate the Ynet photographer who happened to be at the scene and […]

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Israel Update 14.7.22

US PRESIDENT BIDEN’S VISIT TO ISRAEL   President Biden’s remarks upon landing in Israel on Wednesday Transcript: here     He visited Yad Vashem to participate in a solemn ceremony and spoke at length to two Holocaust survivors. Video (6’15’’) View here   President Biden and Israeli P.M. Lapid signed a joint strategic declaration on Thursday, […]

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Israel Update 7.7.22

TERROR ATTACKS     Itzhak Dahan, 47, suffered serious head injuries after being stabbed Tuesday morning while walking to prayers near Bnei Brak. A Palestinian suspect was subsequently arrested in a joint operation by the police and Shin Bet intelligence agency. Read more here     The Israel Security Agency thwarted 172 substantial terrorist attacks […]

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Israel Update 30.6.22

DISSOLUTION OF KNESSET (PARLIAMENT)     Israel’s Knesset voted to dissolve on Thursday, with new elections scheduled for Nov. 1. Under a previous coalition agreement, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will replace Naftali Bennett as prime minister until a new government is formed after the elections.Read more here     ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING   Lord Ian […]

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