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Fragile Cease-Fire Brings Calm to Israel’s South

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14 Nov 2019
Fragile Cease-Fire Brings Calm to Israel’s South
Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror militia appeared to have reached a cease-fire agreement early Thursday morning, although there was a barrage of five rockets a few hours after the initial announcement underlining the fragility of the situation. IDF Spokesman Brig.Gen. Hidai Zilberman declared that Israel had achieved a great deal of operational success during the 50 hours of fighting, as "The purpose of the operation was to improve the security situation in the south by weakening the PIJ and the continued promotion the stabilization process. In this operation, we struck a heavy blow to PIJ’s operational capabilities.”

However, he added, “we used only a little of the IDF capabilities - PIJ is not Hamas, nor Hezbollah nor Iran.”

“We are at high readiness and preparedness on all fronts, not only in Gaza. We are facing a significant challenge against Iranian activity in a variety of arenas and not only in Syria.”

“The new rules of the game are clear: the IDF will operate with complete freedom of action, with no restrictions,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett added during his own remarks. “At this point, it's not over yet. Only the acts in the field will determine the end.”

Here are some videos pertaining to the recent conflict

Lebanon Shaken by Renewed Street Protests
The intensity of street protests in Lebanon increased on Thursday following the death of a protester Wednesday evening in the town of Khalde, just south of Beirut, after he was shot by soldiers from the national army who had been deployed to contain demonstrations. President Michel Aoun’s speech earlier in the day in which he attempted to calm the populist uprising only exacerbated the situation, leading to renewed calls to replace him and the rest of the governing apparatus in the country, although part of Aoun’s speech was devoted to expressing his opinion that the neutral technocrats protesters want to form a new government would be hard to find.

Hamas Decries EU Parliament’s Bias for Israel
The Islamist terror militia Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip but mostly stayed out of the latest round of fighting between Israel and the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror militia, blasted the European Union in a statement Thursday morning claiming that the EU Parliament in Brussels has a “weak position towards the Palestinian cause” because a “Zionist lobby” exercises excessive influence over “political actors in Brussels.” The statement apparently came in response to an EU statement on Tuesday condemning the firing of rockets at Israeli civilians from inside the Strip.

Political Factions Continue Coalition Talks
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman held a brief meeting in Ramat Gan Thursday morning, emerging to tell journalists that they are determined to do whatever is necessary to avoid a third election early next year. Gantz added during his comments that he blamed incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the fact that a third election is such a strong possibility.

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