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Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered his ministers not to comment on the ongoing situation in Syria. Netanyahu also said that Iran has not yet crossed the nuclear red line he set at the UN. The Navy unveiled its 5th Dolphin class submarine. A Hamas terrorist was sentenced to 24 years in prison for terror activities.
Israel reportedly increased its security alert along the Lebanon border. The increase comes a day after the Air Force intercepted a drone believed to have been sent by Hezbollah. At the end of May, Israeli authorities will simulate the firing of hundreds of rockets and missiles from Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon. Deputy Defense Minister Dannon said, "I can tell you very clear that we know that Syria has used chemical weapons."
The Israeli Air Force intercepted a drone five nautical miles off the coast of Israel near Haifa. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel is prepared to deal with any threat posed by Syria or Lebanon in the air, land, or sea. The IDF will reportedly stop using white phosphorous as smokescreens in operations due to the negative publicity associated with it.
Israeli intelligence agencies remain divided over whether the Assad regime has used chemical weapons in Syria. Members of the Israeli security cabinet recently visited Mossad headquarters to familiarize themselves with the intelligence agency and receive briefings on a variety of security issues. Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein concluded that authorities can continue asking to view the emails of incoming visitors.
An Israeli delegation arrived in Turkey for discussions with Turkish officials on the potential for compensation for victims in the May 2010 flotilla incident. Defense Minister Ya'alon hinted that Israel had previously "acted" in Syria to prevent the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah. Ya'alon's comment is believed to be in reference to the January strike on the SSRC facility. New video from the Burgas bombing attack last July was released by Israeli TV.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel will "exact a price" against those behind the recent rocket attack on Eilat from the Sinai. While in Israel, Secretary of Defense Hagel said the United States and Israel see "exactly the same" threat from Iran. Former Foreign Minister Lieberman said he will quit politics if he is found guilty in his upcoming corruption trial. An Israeli official said that in time manned aircraft will be completely replaced by drones.