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Netanyahu Visits Golan Ahead of Putin Visit

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9 Oct 2018 (All day)
Netanyahu Visits Golan Ahead of Putin Visit
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Golan Heights for the re-dedication of an ancient synagogue, telling the assembled guests, among other things, that Iran and Hezbollah are “continuously trying to establish a force that will act against Israel in the Golan and Galilee. We will thwart that…as long as it is dependent on me, the Golan will remain under Israeli sovereignty. Otherwise we will get Iran and Hezbollah on the banks of the Kinneret.” Jerusalem will “continue to act against Iranian efforts to open an additional front against us in the Golan and in Syria, and will act against efforts to transfer lethal weapons to Hezbollah,” he added. “I know that President Putin understands my commitment to Israel’s security, and I know he also understands the importance I attribute to the Golan Heights.”

Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Maxim Akimov was in Jerusalem Tuesday, meeting with business leaders eager to sell their products to the Russian market and form partnerships with their Russian counterparts, but also reportedly to meet with Israeli officials ahead of a planned visit to Israel by Putin in the near future.

Here is a video in which a panel of experts discusses the volatile relations between Israel and Russia



Jordanian King Meets with Israeli Opposition Leader
King Abdullah II of Jordan met on Monday with Avi Gabbay, leader of the Zionist Union faction in Israel’s Knesset. “King Abdullah stressed the need to revive the peace process, based on the two-state solution and in accordance with international law and relevant UN resolutions, as well as the Arab Peace Initiative, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel, in peace and security,” said a statement by the King’s office.

Meanwhile, Palestinian residents of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip continued to riot on Monday, throwing stones and rolling burning tires at IDF troops deployed along the border. The rioting came despite a recent order by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman curtailing the zone in which Gazan fisherman may work from nine to six kilometers, a move that he said was meant to dissuade rioting.

Israel blesses the world
Israel Aerospace Industries, one of the largest defense industrial conglomerates in Israel, recently announced that it had developed a robotic system which can clear improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines from the path of advancing soldiers, providing the answer to a problem which has plagued several armies around the world in recent conflicts. “The system provides a full end-to-end, effective, threatened-routes clearing solution, operations which have been done heretofore by troops, with significant danger to their lives,” said IAI Robotic Systems Division general manager Meir Shabtai.

Team Israel Having a Good Youth Olympics
Israeli swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko, aged 15, collected a gold medal in the 200m individual medley on the opening day of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Gorbenko is one of 19 Israeli athletes competing in the Games, with her teammates participating in gymnastics, athletics, acrobatic gym, athletic gym, rhythmic gym, judo, taekwondo, swimming, triathlon and sailing.

Archeologists Uncover Ancient Inscription in Jerusalem
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem unveiled a recently discovered artifact on Tuesday, a limestone fragment of a column with the words "Dudolos of Jerusalem" etched in Hebrew. The fragment, which dates from the Herodian period, is the oldest written inscription of the name “Jerusalem” unearthed so far. It was discovered last winter during a dig near Jerusalem’s International Convention Center.

Today’s video shows Israel’s activity at the recent UN General Assembly meeting


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