Middle East

What is Operation Breaking Dawn About?
Israel, Middle East

What is Operation Breaking Dawn About?

Photo Credit: Majdi Fathi/TPS The IDF and Israel’s security forces launched Operation Breaking Dawn on Friday afternoon after days of tension in the south and an imminent threat of an attack by the Islamic Jihad terror organization on Israeli targets. Almost a week ago, on Monday night, Israeli Special Forces and the Shin Bet security service operated in the Jenin refugee camp in Samaria and arrested Sheikh Bassam al-Saadi, the leader of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in the region. The arrest was accompanied by a heavy battle between Israeli forces and dozens of terrorists, during which one terrorist was killed and others were injured. In response to the counterterrorism operation, the Islamic Jihad “declared a high alert and an increase in the readiness of our Mujahidee...
Islamic Jihad launches 600 rockets at Israel and Jerusalem attacks 140 targets
Israel, Middle East

Islamic Jihad launches 600 rockets at Israel and Jerusalem attacks 140 targets

Palestinian Islamic Jihad has launched nearly 600 rockets against Israel since Friday, according to figures released today by the Israeli army, which, in turn, attacked about 140 of the group's targets in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army reported today that at least 585 'rockets' have been launched from Gaza by the Islamic Jihad group since the current peak of tension began, which has so far caused 29 deaths - all Palestinians - and more than 250 wounded. Of the total number of projectiles launched from Gaza, 470 passed through Israel and 115 fell within the Strip itself before crossing the fence that separates the territories. So far, Israel has suffered few attacks in populated areas, not least because, according to the army, the 'Iron Dome' air defense system has a 97% success rate...
Sirens sound in Tel Aviv due to danger of explosions. Israel launches new attacks on Gaza
Israel

Sirens sound in Tel Aviv due to danger of explosions. Israel launches new attacks on Gaza

Israeli army prepares for attacks in Gaza Strip for a week. Palestinian authorities report 24 dead, including six children. This Saturday, anti-missile warning sirens sounded in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv: it is the first time since the beginning of the ongoing armed escalation against the Islamic Jihad extremist group in Gaza, AFP said. In a short statement, the army indicates that sirens sounded in the Gush Dan sector, near Tel Aviv. An AFP correspondent heard the warnings, which until now had only sounded in towns adjacent to the Gaza Strip, from where the Islamic Jihad group launches 'rockets' towards Israeli territory. Already today, the Israeli army had said it was preparing to carry out attacks in the Gaza Strip for "a week", where it has intensified attacks against the Islam...
Israel sends delegation to Russia after intention to close Jewish Agency
Israel, Russia

Israel sends delegation to Russia after intention to close Jewish Agency

The Israeli Government today sent a delegation to Russia to address Moscow's intention to close the activity of the Jewish Agency, an organization that promotes and organizes the emigration of people of Jewish origin to Israel. The Jewish community in Russia is deeply linked to Israel", said the Israeli Prime Minister in office, Yair Lapid, assuring that he will continue to "work through diplomatic channels so that the important activity of the Jewish Agency does not cease". A Moscow court today announced that the Russian Ministry of Justice has requested the dissolution of the Jewish Agency in Russia in a context of heightened tension due to the war in Ukraine. "The court received an administrative complaint from the main department of the Ministry of Justice in Moscow asking for the...
Syria: Erdogan no support from Iran or Russia for offensive in Damascus
Syria

Syria: Erdogan no support from Iran or Russia for offensive in Damascus

  Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, visiting Iran, said today that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has failed to get Iranian or Russian support for a military offensive in Syria, which has been threatening to start since May. Erdogan's goals "were not achieved after discussions and views stated by Iranian and Russian friends," Faisal Mekdad told a press conference in Tehran. Russia, Iran and Turkey are the main protagonists in the conflict that broke out in Syria in 2011, Tehran and Moscow support the regime of Bashar al-Assad and Ankara supports the rebels. On Tuesday, at the summit in Tehran, the Turkish head of state, who wants to create a 30-kilometer buffer zone along the Syrian border, showed determination to launch "soon" a new military operation against the...
Morocco and Israel develop relations in the area of security and information
Morocco, Israel

Morocco and Israel develop relations in the area of security and information

The head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), General Aviv Kohavi, visited today the Moroccan air base of Benguerir (center), on the second day of a visit to develop bilateral relations in the field of security and information. Also today, Aviv Kohavi met in Marrakech with members of the Jewish community, including some who participated in the October 1973 Yom Kippur War and returned to Morocco, according to a statement from the Israeli army. On Tuesday, Kohavi met with the Moroccan Minister of Defense, Abdelatif Loudiyi, and with the inspector general of the Moroccan Armed Forces and commander of the South Zone, General El Farouk Belkheir, in the presence of the head of military intelligence, Brahim Hasani, and other military leaders, according to the Israeli Army. During these meetin...
French president calls for return of Middle East peace talks
Middle East, France

French president calls for return of Middle East peace talks

French President Emmanuel Macron today called for the re-launch of peace talks in the Middle East, noting that a new wave of violence could erupt "at any moment". Tensions, violence and terrorism persist in the Middle East," said the French head of state upon receiving Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Macron said that "the return of direct political dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians" is necessary, which is currently paralyzed. "It is a demanding path, full of pitfalls, with the only alternative being to relaunch our efforts for peace," said the French president, repeating comments made 15 days ago to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid. "A new deadly spiral could start at any moment", insisted Macron, calling for "an end to unilateral measures...
US announces death of Islamic State leader in Syria
Middle East, Syria

US announces death of Islamic State leader in Syria

Information was provided by a US military source. The leader of the Islamic State in Syria, who is considered one of the five main leaders of the extremist group, was killed in an air strike carried out by the United States of America, the US military announced in a statement on Tuesday, reports Reuters. In that statement, the United States Central Command said that Maher al-Agal was killed following a drone strike that took place in northwest Syria. Another member of the extremist group, also with a prominent position within the Islamic State, was also seriously injured in the aftermath of this attack. It is, however, unclear whether he survived the injuries. "Extensive planning has gone into this operation to ensure successful execution. An initial review indicates that there were ...
President Emmanuel Macron calls for Lebanon-Israel understanding on joint gas exploration
France, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East

President Emmanuel Macron calls for Lebanon-Israel understanding on joint gas exploration

French President Emmanuel Macron defended today that Israel must reach an agreement with Lebanon for the exploration of gas in its maritime borders. Israel and Lebanon "have an interest in reaching an agreement that will allow for energy exploitation that will benefit both peoples [...] France already contributes to this effort and is ready to contribute more", the French President told journalists, after welcoming Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid at the Élysée Palace in Paris. In 2020, the two countries began to negotiate the maritime delimitation of their borders through a mediation carried out by the United States to then develop gas exploration. However, in 2021 negotiations were suspended due to disputes over the size of the zones to which each country would be entitled. Over t...
Israel says Iran’s warships are patrolling the Red Sea
Iran, Israel

Israel says Iran’s warships are patrolling the Red Sea

The Israeli Defense Minister explained that in recent months Israel has identified "the most significant Iranian military presence in the last decade in the area". Israel's Defense Minister said on Tuesday that several Iranian warships have been patrolling the Red Sea in recent months, highlighting that their presence is a threat to regional stability, reports Reuters. "Today, we can confirm that Iran is methodically basing itself on the Red Sea, with warships patrolling the southern region," Defense Minister Benny Gantz told a roundtable in Athens. The same source further explained that in recent months Israel has identified "the most significant Iranian military presence in the last decade in the area". The minister's office also reported that he presented satellite images of four I...