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Iranian Threat Looms Large in Israeli Security Considerations

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25 Nov 2019
Iranian Threat Looms Large in Israeli Security Considerations
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Naftali Bennet toured IDF positions on the Golan Heights on Sunday, with Netanyahu telling reporters that “Iran's aggression in the region and against us continues. We are taking all the actions necessary to prevent Iran from entrenching itself in the region. This includes action necessary to thwart the transfer of lethal weapons from Iran to Syria, via the air or sea…I cannot provide any more details, but this is a process taking place all the time.” Meanwhile, ‪US Army General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley was in Israel on Sunday to meet with his IDF counterparts, with Iran believed to be at the top of the agenda for those meetings.

Here is a video about the Iranian threats against Israel

In Iran on Sunday, officials were describing the leaders of the recent round of street demonstrations against the regime as "mercenaries" hired by its enemies to come to Iran and stir up trouble amongst the population which was otherwise perfectly satisfied with their lives. The demonstrations, which took place in dozens of large cities and small villages all over Iran, ended with over 100 people dead and many more injured, along with the violent destruction of scores of government buildings, police stations and vehicles, banks and other regime-affiliated landmarks.

Netanyahu Blocks Challenge from Political Rival
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blocked efforts to hold a snap primary for leadership of his Likud Party on Sunday evening, despite explanations that it was a move that could save Israel from the necessity of holding yet another election early next year by Netanyahu’s top challenger within Likud, Gideon Sa’ar. Former Jerusalem Mayor and current Likud MK Nir Barkat also clashed with Sa’ar and made an alternative proposal to the party leadership for a vice-chairman to be elected who would serve as Prime Minister while Netanyahu was fighting his legal battles in court, while Sa’ar told the Reshet Bet radio program Monday morning that he and his family have been threatened with violence for his efforts to unseat Netanyahu.

"I am forced to go through a campaign of incitement and libel against me and my family, including threats of violence," he said. "For years, campaigns of libel have been led against me. None of it scares me. I sleep well at night and I know my family and I will have to go through a lot of slander. I knew it when I got back into politics. I think I will be able to form a government, and I think I will be able to unify the country and the nation. I followed Netanyahu in countless election campaigns, but today he is politically blocked. Unfortunately, Netanyahu cannot form a government even if third elections were to be held, he should have drawn his conclusions. Those who follow me on social networks see that I keep receiving threats of violence. None of this will deter me from doing the right thing for the Likud and the state."

EU Criticizes Syria and Russia for Bombing Idlib
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini criticized the Assad regime and its Russian ally over the weekend following reports of heavy bombardments of camps housing displaced persons in Idlib Province, the northwest portion of Syria bordering Turkey which has become the last holdout of the rebel groups opposing the regime. Meanwhile, in neighboring Lebanon, fresh demonstrations were called for Monday after security forces loyal to the government arrested a group of children for pulling down a sign supporting President Michael Aoun’s political party, the Free Patriotic Movement.

Violent street demonstrations also continued in Iraq over the weekend, with an additional six protesters killed on Sunday. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the southern city of Umm Qasr accounted for three of the deaths along with dozens of injuries, while a similar event occurred in Nasiriyah, a mid-sized city south of Baghdad. Western journalists observing the events said security forces fired live ammunition at demonstrators at both demonstrations.

Report Finds Inadequate Bomb Shelters in the North
Reports emerged over the weekend that over 200,000 residents of northern Israel living in the Mateh Asher Regional Council’s confrontation zone, defined as being from zero to nine kilometers from Israel’s northern border, lack adequate protection from incoming rocket attacks. The IDF Home Front Command issued a statement in response to the report saying it was aware of the situation and was working to rectify it.

South African University Rescinds BDS Motion
In another defeat for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, the University of Cape Town announced over the weekend that it is rescinding an earlier move to boycott Israeli academic institutions. South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) national director Wendy Kahn issued a statement to the Jerusalem Post saying the announcement sends “a resounding message of their commitment to academic freedom.”

Today’s video shows how the IDF interacts with its allies


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