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Topic - Moshe Ya'Alon
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a quiet visit to Jordan's King Abdullah II to talk peace with the Palestinians on Thursday — a brief get-together that came as the exclamation point to an earlier Israeli order to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: Butt out of our pact process.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday played down criticism by Israel's defense minister of American efforts to broker peace in the Middle East, saying he wouldn't let "one set of comments" undermine his work.
The annual rate of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians has almost quadrupled in eight years, U.N. figures show, buttressing claims that Israeli security forces have largely failed to stem the so-called "price tag" campaign in which thugs cut down trees, deface mosques and beat Palestinian farmers.
An Israeli newspaper quoted the defense minister Tuesday as deriding U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts as naive and foolhardy, triggering an angry response from Washington and rekindling simmering tensions with Israel's closest and most important ally.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon had harsh words for John Kerry, just days before the secretary of state is due to sweep into the country for more talks on Palestinian peace: Your "messianic" visions aren't helping.
A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks is raising concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising.
The United Nations is urging restraint after a Lebanese sniper shot and killed an Israeli soldier near the border, sparking a retaliatory incident by IDF troops and leading to a scheduled emergency meeting on Monday to try to diffuse the tensions.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said yesterday that Iran has built up a terror infrastructure in Central and South America from which to attack Jewish and Israeli targets in the region and as a base for attacking inside the United States.
The head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday to meet with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
American and Israeli defense officials welcomed a new arms deal as a big boost in Israel's military strength, but Israeli officials said it still left them without the American-made bunker-buster weapons they need to attack Iran's most important, deep-buried nuclear sites.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday urged Iraq not to let Iran use its airspace to supply weapons and fighters to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
Israel's army said it fired a guided missile into Syria on Sunday, destroying a military post after gunfire flew across the border and struck an Israeli vehicle.
The press already has billed President Obama's first jaunt to Israel since entering office as yet another charm offensive, a "symbolic visit" or simply a photo op. The White House does not appear to be festooning the four-day trip with any fancy predictions either.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday appointed a hard-line former military chief as the country's new defense minister.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections.
"It was an Iranian attempt to bring weapons to the Gaza Strip without leaving Iranian fingerprints," he said. "Apparently they tried to conduct a secret operation that we managed to thwart."
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the circuitous route, stretching nearly 5,200 miles, or 8,300 kilometers, was meant to conceal the shipment.