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February 7, 2016 / 28 Shevat, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’

Netanyahu Visits ‘Heroic, Resourceful’ Policewoman in Hospital

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited one of the two surviving wounded Israeli Border Guard Police officers hospitalized at Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center on Thursday.

Ravit was one of three who were wounded in a complex terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

It was the police officers who prevented a certain mass casualty attack from taking place within the Old City, having fearlessly approached the suspects to ask for identification when they acted suspiciously. As one presented his ID, his two companions produced concealed guns and knives, and immediately stabbed the police officers.

The officer with whom the prime minister visited, Ravit, told him what had happened during the attack. She added, “We are here to protect Israel’s citizens. That’s why we enlisted, and why we are here.

“I have no doubt that Hadar knew this and acted from this belief. I realize that Hadar saved my life,” she said.

“Your responsiveness and resourcefulness prevented a huge disaster,” Netanyahu said in praise of all the officers. “All of Israel embraces you, and sends to you wishes for a speedy recovery.”

The prime minister also visited an IDF soldier wounded in a terror attack Sunday in Samaria near Beit El carried out by a member of the elite, U.S.-trained Palestinian Authority security police force.

After the visit, Netanyahu declared, “Ravit acted heroically and resourcefully along with her colleagues. Together with the commander of their force, they prevented a large disaster. And of course we are all saddened by the death of Hadar Cohen, a real heroine. We all embrace her family.”

Netanyahu told reporters the government is carrying out a “large effort against terror.

“Qabatiya (the home village of two of the terrorists) is closed. The IDF is operating there with the Shin Bet and making widespread arrests. We have canceled many work permits into Israel, and the attorney general informed me… he has added a number of terrorists’ homes to be marked for demolition. This is only a portion of our efforts.

“It will take time to overcome terror – Islamic terror has spread throughout the world, inciting millions in countries from Jakarta to Africa, all the way to California,” Netanyahu pointed out.

“We are in this fray – it is not passing us by – but we are fighting it with great power and will continue to do so.”

Netanyahu Talks ‘Cyber Defense’ in Davos with World Industry Leaders

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Cyber defense was the number one item on the agenda at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting Thursday with top officials from Sony, Hitachi, Lenovo, Intel, IBM and Hewlett Packard at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Participants discussed cyber threats and their implications on the development and assimilation of innovative technologies.

The talk focused on the economic, social and strategic risks posed by these threats.

Also discussed was the cooperation required between government and business in order to use the cyber revolution for the benefit of global social welfare and economic growth.

Netanyahu emphasized that the rapid development of cyber is creating unprecedented opportunities for human society and the global economy.

He said, “Cyber has substantially changed basic elements of our lives both as individuals and nations. “In the new age, it is cyber defense that makes the future possible and constitutes a precondition for growth and security.” As a result, he said, Israel has set for itself the goal of becoming a cyber power as a top priority.

The Jewish State intends to become a “global cyber greenhouse,” Netanyahu said, “in which the spirit of innovation and technological assets create pioneering strategies and solutions for Israel and the world.”

Israel is carrying out various improvements in order to reduce the organizations’ vulnerability to cyber threats, he noted.

The country’s newly-established national cyber defense authority is working with the private sector on an ongoing basis even as it leverages the capabilities and know-how of the defense establishment, he pointed out.

Israeli cyber industry exports for 2015 stand at approximately $3.5 billion, Netanyahu said – around five percent of the $75 billion global market. Solely in products, Israel’s share is approximately seven percent. Private investments last year are estimated at $500 million, more than double the figure for 2014. Esimates on global private investments have yet to be issued. As of the first half of 2015, Israel’s share was almost 20 percent, second only to the United States. It is not expected that this will change significantly vis-à-vis for the entire year, Netanyahu said. Mergers and acquisitions for 2015 are estimated at $1.3 billion, almost double the figure for 2014.

The company leaders expressed appreciation for Israel’s cyber activity; Prime Minister Netanyahu invited them to invest in Israel and join the cyber companies that are already in Israel. Prime Minister’s Office Director General Eli Groner, Israel National Cyber Bureau (INCB) Head Dr. Eviatar Matania and National Economic Council Chairman Prof. Avi Simhon also participated in the meeting.

Netanyahu Meets With U.S. VP Joe Biden in Davos

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday morning with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

He is also scheduled to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

“The meeting was friendly and cordial and was held in an excellent atmosphere,” said the prime minister’s media adviser in a statement. “The two men discussed Middle East security and strategic issues and energy.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. joined the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority in condemning Israel’s plans to designate 370 acres of agricultural land in the Jordan Valley as official state land.

State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement, “We strongly oppose any steps that could accelerate settlement expansion and we believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question frankly the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

Netanyahu flew to Davos on Wednesday with his wife Sara and a delegation that includes National Economic Council Chairman Professor Avi Simhon and National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania, as well as the director of the prime minister’s office, director-general Eli Groner. He is expected to return Friday.

Although the prime minister’s main objective is to present the Israeli economy to the international community in a positive light, with emphasis on its strength in cyber and technology, Netanyahu also will obviously take the opportunity for necessary chats with relevant global leaders.

So far, he has met with Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick and HP president and CEO Meg Whitman. Also on the schedule is a public dialogue with CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria.

PM Vows to Reduce Gaps Between Arabs & Jews in Resources, Law Enforcement

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday in opening remarks at the weekly government cabinet meeting to reduce the gaps between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

It’s not the first time that Netanyahu has expressed his determination to achieve that goal, nor is it the first time his government has launched plans aimed in that direction.

But part of closing those gaps, said the prime minister, also means holding the Arab population responsible for its criminal elements and enforcing the law equally.

That has never been done in Israel; it is impossible to know what the reaction would be – domestically and worldwide – if the state were actually to fully enforce the housing regulations, building codes and the legal/illegal squatter laws in the Arab sector.

Aside from the fact that there would suddenly be an enormous amount of open space, there would also be an incredible number of homeless people to contend with. It’s not practical, and every Israeli government has had to quietly, judiciously decide how and when to impose those laws.

The one solution that might present itself in dealing with that issue, however, could be to legalize the illegal villages, force them to meet the building codes and pay the same fees as all other Israelis.

At the same time, they too would have the same rights, and could demand the same benefits which they are often denied.

It is this issue the prime minister contends that his proposed project will address. Netanyahu said in his remarks that “any sensible person knows that there are large gaps between the Arab and Jewish population, resource gaps and disparities in law enforcement, gaps and discrepancies in rights and obligations.

“These gaps formed over decades, and it is time to make a major national effort to reduce them.

“In recent years, the governments which I have led have invested significant resources in the Arab sector, and the unprecedented government program approved ten days ago will do even more in this direction.

“At the same time, we will implement a comprehensive program for law enforcement in the Arab sector.

“I want to make it clear that nothing that has been done in various areas – infrastructure, tourism, education, trade, economy – can move forward if we do not address the question of enforcing the laws of the State of Israel in the Arab sector.

“These two programs are intertwined, and they will help and benefit the citizens of Israel, primarily Arab citizens.

“I believe that anyone who wants a genuine integration of all citizens of Israel into Israeli society will be a partner in this national effort that the Government will lead in the coming years. “

Netanyahu: ‘We Will Hold On To The Cave of the Patriarchs For Eternity’

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday to abandon its foolish dreams of extracting the Jewish presence from Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Speaking in opening remarks at a meeting of the government cabinet, Netanyahu sent his condolences to the family of an Israeli who succumbed in the morning from wounds suffered Dec 7 in a terror attack in Hebron.

“I ask that you convey my condolences to the family of Genady Kaufman,” Netanyahu began at the start of the meeting. “Genady was the gardener of the Cave of the Patriarchs,” Netanyahu explained. “He was stabbed in a murderous attack a few weeks ago. To our sorrow, he did not win the battle to recover [from his wounds.]”

The Cave of the Patriarchs, a sacred place in Judaism, is located in the ancient Biblical city of Hebron. It is written in the Torah that it was purchased by the patriarch Avraham upon the death of his wife, the Biblical matriarch Sarah, to be used as a burial site. Eventually the Cave became the Tomb for nearly all of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs: it is believed to be the burial place of Avraham, Sarah, Yitzchak, Rivkah, Yaakov, Leah and it is also believed to be the ancient grave site of Adam and Eve. Muslims revere the site since Avraham is considered to be a prophet in Islam, as the father of Ishmael.

The site – and the city surrounding it – has become a flashpoint for Arab violence. Hebron was divided into Arab and Jewish areas under the Oslo Accords, with the Arab areas kept under the control of the Palestinian Authority. But the city which was occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, may once again become a battleground as Arab terrorists escalate their attacks against Jews in and around the city – and particularly at the site of the Cave of the Patriarchs, where Muslims continue to insist Jews should not be allowed to pray at all. Moreover, Hebron has in recent years become a stronghold for various terror organizations which have planted planted regional offices in the city.

“Even this morning, I say to each person who tries to uproot us from the Cave of the Patriarchs: We have been there – with the exception of a few years in the previous century – for four millenia.

“We will be there forever. You cannot defeat us.”

Donald Trump Postpones Trip to Israel ‘Until I Am President’

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump announced early Thursday that he has decided to postpone his trip to Israel, set for later this month.

Trump said he would reschedule his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — originally set for December 28 — “at a later date, after I become president of the United States.”

A number of Opposition Knesset members and at least one coalition MKs signed a letter Wednesday demanding that Netanyahu cancel the meeting, which was scheduled prior to Trump’s controversial remarks.


The candidate turned the world upside on Monday when he announced his recommendation that Muslim entry to the United States be temporarily suspended until “we figure out what the hell is going on.”

Netanyahu’s office issued a statement rejecting Trump’s “recent remarks about Muslims.”

“The State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens,” the prime minister’s office was careful to point out. “At the same time, Israel is fighting against militant Islam that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews alike and threatens the entire world.

Ya’alon Confirms: Russian Pilots Do Breach Israeli Airspace, But Are Not Shot Down

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Russian pilots do sometimes violate Israeli airspace, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon confirmed in an interview with Israel Radio on Sunday, but IAF pilots never shoot them down.

The lone instance of a breach that occurred recently was rectified immediately when a Russian aircraft ventured one mile into Israeli air space. The Russians were “immediately contacted” and the plane returned “immediately to Syrian territory,” Ya’alon said.

“I remind you that about a year ago we shot down a Syrian Sukhoi-24 plane that penetrated into our territory, and we also shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle,” Ya’alon said.

“When we understood that the Russians were planning to act inside Syria we immediately met – also the prime minister — with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, including the [IDF] chief of staff and the assistant chief of staff. We created an open channel for coordination so as to prevent misunderstandings, because Russian planes are not trying to attack us and therefore it is not necessary to automatically to shoot them down even if there is a mistake.”

Ya’alon was confirming a similar statement made Saturday at an event in Be’er Sheva by Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry’s political-security bureau.

“Russian air force pilots at times cross into Israeli air space, [but] thanks to the excellent security coordination which started right after the meeting between Netanyahu and Putin (two months ago), and in which defined areas of operation were set, the Israel Defense Forces and the Russian military worked out security agreements,” Gilad said.

“If there is a violation, we know what to do and how to prevent an escalation,” he added.

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