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Tensions Simmer on the Israel-Gaza Border

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17 Jul 2018 (All day)
Tensions Simmer on the Israel-Gaza Border
IDF units and civilian emergency response teams deployed around the Gaza border region remained on alert Tuesday as a tense cease-fire between Israel and Gaza-based terror militias appeared to be holding. However, the IDF launched a series of drills, scheduled to run through Thursday, simulating war with Hamas, in the hope that the drills themselves would deter Hamas from further provocative action but also in order to be ready in case deterrence fails. Also on Monday, the IDF published a statement from Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s office, saying “In light of the continued terrorist attempts by the terrorist organization Hamas, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, in consultation with the chief of staff, decided to close the Kerem Shalom crossing for fuel and gas until Sunday. The crossing will continue to transport food and medicines that will be approved on a case-by-case basis.”

Netanyahu Reacts to Trump-Putin Summit
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Tuesday following the summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, saying he “commends the abiding commitment of the US and President Donald Trump to the security of Israel, as expressed at the meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The friendship between Israel and the US has never been stronger. Prime Minister Netanyahu also very much appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russia and the clear position expressed by President Putin regarding the need to uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria.”

Here is a video analyzing the impact on Israel of the Trump-Putin Summit

Iranian General Has Words of Comfort for Gazan Terrorists
The commanding officer of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Basij militia addressed leaders of Gaza-based terrorist groups in a video conference Monday, telling them that “US President Donald Trump’s threats against Iran and Palestinian resistance groups don’t scare us.” He added that he was proud of the Gazan terrorist groups as “The youths of Gaza have deprived the leaders of the occupation of sleep.”

Syrian Regime Claims to Hold Strategic Hill Overlooking Israel
According to media outlets associated with the Assad regime in Syria, forces loyal to the regime have taken control of territory near the border with Israel which gives a view into the Israeli zone of the Golan Heights. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli Defense Ministry on the report.

Eilat Welcomes New Airport
Israel’s Red Sea resort city of Eilat welcomed the first flight to its soon-to-be officially opened Ramon international airport on Monday. When the airport, only 18 km north of Eilat, is fully operational in March of 2019, it will accept all incoming air traffic, freeing up for development a large area of prime real estate near the beach where the current airport is located.

Today’s video offers some analysis of the oil industry, a key component in the Middle East

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