Netanyahu: Preemptive strike against Iran still an option

Gantz on coronavirus: “We didn’t respond as was fit, but we will succeed this time as well.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking out a barred window (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking out a barred window
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel has not ruled out a preemptive strike against Iran, during a memorial service on Tuesday for those who fell in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
“A preemptive strike is a difficult thing to do. I know that if Iran wants to base itself in the North, we are ready to fight them. This is a direct lesson of the Yom Kippur War,” said Netanyahu. “We will do everything in order to protect the State of Israel; we are not ruling out a preliminary strike.”
“This is the power on our side,” added the prime minister. It is “the power that brought peace with Jordan, Egypt, agreements with the UAE and Bahrain. The power that will bring peace with additional states. The power and perseverance will allow us to handle the coronavirus crisis.”

During the memorial, President Reuven Rivlin warned that the “surprise that was our lot” in the war must not be forgotten or repeated in health or the economy.

“The surprise that was our lot in that war must not be forgotten and must not be repeated: not in security, but also not in health or in the economy,” said Rivlin.

“I fought in the killing fields of that terrible war, and here I am today. Almost a jubilee later, and I well remember how we won that war. In the trenches, we fought shoulder to shoulder,” stressed Rivlin. “No one checked to see if you had sideburns folded under your helmet or if you were wearing your red pad [a symbol of the Histadrut]. We stormed together, knowing that if we did not rush forward, there might not be anywhere to return to.

“Our national security requires a rebuilding of the contract between the public and its elected representatives, respect for the law and obedience to guidelines, and the reconciliation of the deep rifts among the people,” the president said.
“We will wake up the day after the plague. I do not know when [this day] will arrive, but it will arrive,” Rivlin predicted. “And when it arrives we must make sure we wake up to it as brothers to each other, responsible for one another,” he said.

“At this time we must be goal-oriented, and the goal is to defeat the virus – to defeat it!”

Defense Minister Benny Gantz stressed during the service that the coronavirus caught Israel unprepared, similar to the Yom Kippur War. “We didn’t respond as was fit, but we will succeed this time as well.”


Israel and Lebanon nearing maritime border deal

Arab media outlets report that US expected to announce in October date for deal brokered by Trump administration between Israel and Lebanon.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 29/09/20 07:33

Lebanon

Lebanon

Israel and Lebanon are set to sign a border agreement delineating the maritime frontier between the two countries, Arab media outlets have reported.

The deal is expected to be announced sometime during October, the reports claim.

The Trump administration worked to broker the agreement, and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker is expected to travel to Lebanon in the near future to finalize the date for the signing of the deal.

Schenker led the US team which brokered the negotiations between Israel and Lebanon. The talks took place at the headquarters of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Naqoura, Lebanon, near the border with Israel.

Earlier this month, Schenker told reporters that following over a year of talks, substantial progress had been made.

“I believe that we are making some incremental progress,” Schenker said.

“I’m looking forward to finishing up with this framework agreement so you and the Israelis can… move on to actually negotiating about your borders,” Schenker told Lebanese journalists.

“I hope to be able to come over to Lebanon and sign this agreement in the coming weeks.”

“This will open the opportunity for both Lebanon and Israel to start to actually make some real progress.”

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/288048


Will their child/sibling/parent be included in the “coveted list” of 2,000 immigrants or will yet another year go by of unbearable longing?

MEMBERS OF the Falash Mura community attend morning prayer services in the synagogue in Gondar, Ethiopia, in 2016.  (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
MEMBERS OF the Falash Mura community attend morning prayer services in the synagogue in Gondar, Ethiopia, in 2016.
(photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)
Earlier this month, the government approved a decision allowing 2,000 members of the remaining Jewish community in Ethiopia to immigrate to Israel.
Every Jewish immigrant from Ethiopia who finally realizes his or her dream to enter the Promised Land and reunite with loved ones represents the end of a long struggle for that individual. And during these most difficult times this is especially true. But this decision leaves behind thousands more members of the community who were promised on countless occasions by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that they would be granted permission to immigrate by the end of 2020. Their future still remains in question.
It also means that their families in Israel from whom they are separated are faced with an inhumane quandary: Will their child/sibling/parent be included in the “coveted list” of 2,000 immigrants or will yet another year go by of unbearable longing? This harrowing question that many of the families are facing this holiday season – “who will enter and who will be left behind,” from the ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ poem recited on the High Holy Days – is a question that no Israeli or Jew should ever be forced to ask.
One such individual is 22-year-old Gelagay Alemayehu. Alemayehu immigrated to Israel in 2012 with nine of his siblings and his parents, while two of his siblings were left behind. Like many other Ethiopian Jews, the two siblings were promised that in a short time they too would make aliyah. More than eight years have passed and the Alemayehu family is still waiting for that promise to be realized.
Alemayehu served in an elite reconnaissance unit in the IDF. He reported to reserve duty this month and will return again next month. He is a decorated soldier and received citations of excellence during his service. His sister in Ethiopia recently underwent surgery and she remains quite ill, due to the lack of treatment options available in Ethiopia.
After Alemayehu heard of the recent decision, he entered into panic and asked in an interview in Army Radio, “Will my sister who is frail and ill be included in the list of 2,000? And if not, what will her fate be?” How can any government official possibly decide whose child/sibling/parent will be approved entry into the Land of Israel and whose loved one will be left behind?
In 2015, the government under the leadership of Netanyahu passed a unanimous resolution to bring the remainder of Ethiopian Jewry in Addis Ababa and Gondar to Israel by the end of 2020. Rather than carrying out its resolution, the government placed quotas on the number of immigrants from Ethiopia.
In February, less than a month before the election, Netanyahu promised that 400 immigrants would arrive from Ethiopia in just a few weeks. Some 268 individuals arrived, and then the immigration once again was halted. The recent decision to allow just 2,000 immigrants to arrive continues the same policy of the government, to ignore its previous resolutions and to permit only limited numbers of immigrants from Ethiopia into Israel, continuing the unjust family separation.
There is so much that needs to be healed in Israel after a challenging year. From the economy to the health system to the social rifts. The coronavirus and its repercussions should not be an excuse to further delay the immigration of the remaining Jews of Ethiopia. This is an issue that must be resolved before it is too late, and citizens such as the Alemayehu family have no one left to long for.
Living in Israel for the past 10 years, the writer is involved with various initiatives to strengthen connections between Jewish communities abroad and Israel. She has been an activist in the struggle to bring the remainder of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel since returning from volunteering in Gondar. She can be reached at iamalisab@gmail.com
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/2000-jewish-ethiopians-approved-to-make-aliyah-who-will-be-left-behind-643771