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The Shin Bet announced the arrest of an Iranian intelligence operative sent to operate in Israel by the IRGC Qods Force. Prime Minister Netanyahu said he plans to tell 'the truth' about Iran during his trip to the US. The Navy announced that it will soon receive three new Super Dvora fast patrol boats.
Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in the Jerusalem area as Hamas officials repeated calls for the start of another Intifada. At least 12 Palestinians were arrested for their roles in the protests. Defense Minister Ya'alon reportedly said that Bashar al Assad should be removed as the head of Syria.
Authorities extended the detention of Nidal Amar, who killed an IDF soldier last week in the West Bank. As part of ongoing negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel announced plans to ease restrictions on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. A senior Israeli official said Iran is seeking to divert world attention as it progresses towards a nuclear bomb.
A purportedly internal Israeli document says Iran is seeking minor concessions while preserving its ability to "rush forward to produce nuclear weapons." Authorities closed the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to visitors due to threats of rioting from Palestinian Muslims. Defense Minister Ya'alon said recent terror attacks in the West Bank should not raise fears of an impending Intifada. IDF officials accused the Palestinian Authority of "complete incompetence" after the recent killing of two IDF soldiers in the West Bank. The Head of IDF's Southern Command Sami Turgeman says Hamas "has the means and the know-how" to keep the Gaza Strip calm.
An Israeli soldier was shot and killed by a Palestinian sniper while on patrol in Hebron. A day after announcing the abduction and murder of an IDF soldier by a Palestinian in the West Bank, the Shin Bet said that thus far in 2013 at least 37 abduction attempts have been thwarted. An IDF patrol along the northern border came under fire from a source in Syria.
A Shin Bet assessment warned that Israeli Arabs fighting in Syria are joining al Qaeda-linked groups and could be used to attack Israel. A resident of Majdal Shams is reported to have recently traveled to Syria to fight in the country's civil war. Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz warned that Iran is currently on pace to have nuclear "bomb capability" in six months.
The family of an Israeli Arab recently killed in Syria said it is likely their son was fighting with an al Qaeda group. A top Israeli general said that Assad "will stay on for years ... though he deserves to pass from this world, and the quicker that happens, the better." A former Israeli commander along the Egypt border warned that Sinai jihadist groups pose a growing threat to Israel and said Israel has become a greater focus for al Qaeda in the past five years.