Wounded by Explosion, Israel Launches Jet Attack on Gaza Strip

Gaza City
 Israeli jets attacked the Gaza Strip on Saturday (17/2) local time. The attack was launched after four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosion from a simple tool on the border of the Palestinian settlement.

The explosion that wounded the Israeli soldier was one serious incident since 2014 on the border of the settlement which is controlled by Hamas.

Israeli soldiers say "fighter jets target six military targets in Gaza owned by Hamas, including: a terror tunnel in the Zaytun area and military complex near Deir el-Balah and Khan Yunis". They later said there was an identifiable "launch" coming from the Gaza Strip in Israeli territory.

At a security conference in Munich, Germany, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the incident on the Gaza border was a "very serious incident "and promised to" respond appropriately ".

A Palestinian security source said Israeli attacks struck three Hamas bases in the east of the blockaded Gaza Strip. The medical officer said two Palestinians were wounded.

"Two soldiers were seriously wounded, one was slightly injured, and one was slightly wounded," the Israeli military said of the outcome of an explosion near the Gaza border. But they said none of the Israeli soldiers were threatened with their lives.

Israel then quickly opened fire from tanks at an observation post in southern Gaza. He said no one was hurt by this tank shot. Palestinian security officials said there was an explosion in the east of the city of Khan Yunis.

Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the "rogue group" claimed responsibility for the explosive that triggered the conflict. He suspects that this is an indication of the existence of radical Islamist groups in Gaza.

"From our point of view, Hamas is responsible" said Conricus. He said explosives had been planted when a protest was held by Hamas on Friday (16/2).

Hamas' military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade, said in a statement saying it had fired on the passing Israeli jets. But Jonathan Conricus denied the claims of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade.
(dnu / rjo)

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Trump is not convinced Israel wants to make peace with Palestinians

Washington DC
 US President Donald Trump is unconvinced if Israel wants to make peace with the Palestinians. Trump also warned Israel about its controversial settlement expansion activities.

As reported by AFP Monday (2/12/2010), Trump has always criticized Palestinians who are considered unwilling to negotiate peace efforts with Israel. But Trump is rarely criticized directly Israel.

In a recent interview with the Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom Trump emphasizes the current US and Israeli relations 'superb'. The peace of Israel and Palestine, Trump calls it, will make it 'much better'.

"We will see what happens," Trump said in an interview released Sunday (11/2) local time.

"Now, I would say the Palestinians do not expect a peace effort, they do not expect a peace effort," he added. "And I'm not quite sure if Israel is expecting a peace effort so we'll see what happens," Trump said.

Furthermore, Trump warned Israel about Jewish settlements sparking controversy. This is slightly different from his non-critical government position of commenting on the expansion of Jewish settlements in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

"Settlements have become very complicated and always complicate peace efforts, so I think Israel should be very careful with the settlements, "Trump reminded Israel.

Trump has always declared his intention of bringing Israel and Palestine to a major agreement that will resolve the conflict over the past few decades. But in this interview, Trump questioned whether Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are still possible today

"Honestly, I do not know if we will be negotiating.We'll see what happens, but I think it's really stupid for Palestinians and me too think it's really stupid for Israel if they do not reach an agreement, "said Trump.

"This is our only chance and this may never happen again after this," he said.

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The White House: Israel Is Entitled to Defend Yourself

A statement from the White House press secretary on Sunday confirmed that "Israel is a close ally of the United States, and we support its right to defend itself against Syria and Iranian-backed militia forces in southern Syria."

The statement issued after Saturday's Israeli raid on dozens of Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria. Israel carried out air strikes after anti-aircraft fire dropped an Israeli fighter returning from an attack mission against Iran-assisted positions in Syria. Israel earlier said it had shot down an Iranian drone launched from Syria after it entered Israel on Friday night.

The White House statement urged "Iran and its allies to stop provocative action and seek peace towards the region."

On Saturday, the US Defense Department also said that Israel has the right to protect itself against acts of aggression.

"Israel is our closest security partner in the region and we fully support Israel's right to defend itself against the security threats of the region and its people," Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway, who added the Americans were not involved in the attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he spoke Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin
"I reiterate to him our duty and our right to defend ourselves against attacks from the Syrian region, "Netanyahu said. "We agree that coordination between our troops will continue," said Netanyahu, who also discussed the attack with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. [gp]

US and Israel Defend Israel Attacks in Iran and Syria

The US Defense Department says Israel has the right to defend itself against aggression from other parties. "Israel is our closest security ally in the region and we fully support Israel's right to defend itself against threats aimed at the region and its people, "said Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway. He added that the Americans did not participate in the Israeli offensive.

The Israeli offensive was launched on Saturday in response after Israeli warplanes were shot down. The Israeli fighter plane, just launched an attack on Iranian support positions in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu declared the same on Saturday after speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I reaffirm on him (Putin) our obligations and rights protect ourselves against attacks carried out from the Syrian region, "Netanyahu said. "We agree that coordination between our troops will continue," Netanyahu added. Netanyahu also spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the attack.

The Syrian state media said Syria retaliated "new Israeli aggression". An Israeli F-16 fighter on Saturday was shot down by anti-aircraft Syrian guns. [ii]

Israel Shoots Dead Palestinian Men Suspect Shooting Rabbi

West Bank
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man they call the prime suspect of a rabbi's fatal shooting last month.

Israeli security service Shin Bet said it had shot dead Ahmad Nassar Jarrar during a raid on Tuesday (6/2) early morning local time in a building in the city of al-Yamun, near the West Bank town of Jenin.

The Shin Bet mentioned as reported by Iranian media, Press TV, Tuesday (6/2/2018), Israeli troops fired on Jarrar when the 22-year-old man left the building, carrying an M-16 assault rifle and a bag of explosives.

Rabbi or a Jewish priest named Raziel Shevach was shot dead near his home in Havat Gilad area, near the West Bank town of Nablus on January 9. Since then, Israeli troops launched a massive search operation in Jenin, Jarrar's home town. Israeli troops even destroyed the Palestinian man's house in an earlier attempt to arrest him.

Last month, Hessam Badran, a member of the Hamas Political Bureau praised the man responsible for killing the rabbi as a hero. According to him, the shooting incident was a natural reaction to the Israeli regime's atrocities against the Palestinians. He also called the shootings a slap in the face of the Israeli regime and a response to US President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

(ita / ita)

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