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Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel is ready to act to stop the transfer of advanced Syrian weaponry to terror groups. Secretary of Defense Hagel will arrive in Israel on April 20 for discussions on Iran and Syria. An Israeli official said Egypt was supposed to stop yesterday's rocket attack from the Sinai, but failed. Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck in the Eshkol Regional Council.
Two rockets believed to have been fired from the Sinai struck the Israeli city of Eilat. Prime Minister Netanyahu urged Britain to "carefully vet" Syrian rebels before supplying them with arms. The Pentagon requested additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense system. Secretary of State Kerry said there is a two-year window to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said the situation in the West Bank is not headed for a third Intifada. Gantz also said Israel has "the ability to deal with the dangers Iran presents to us," and that coordination with Egypt on certain issues has improved since Mubarak's fall.
Israel is reportedly planning to institute a building freeze outside of main settlement blocs. Israel reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza that it had closed in response to rocket fire from Gaza. The IDF responded to artillery fire from Syria and "registered a direct hit." Israeli and Egyptian officials said the flow of long-range missiles from the Sinai into Gaza is on the decline since Operation Pillar of Defense in November.
Authorities arrested an Israeli Arab who allegedly fought with members of the "global jihad" in Syria. Secretary of Defense Hagel will visit Turkey and Israel in the coming weeks to try to revive defense ties between the two countries. Defense Minister Ya'alon said Israeli intelligence bodies face "unprecedented challenges, which create both opportunities and dangers."
Prime Minister Netanyahu said he is "determined" to move forward with peace process. An explosion along the border between Israel and Gaza damaged an IDF vehicle. An Israeli Arab, who was recruited by Hezbollah in Denmark, was sentenced to seven years in prison for spying for the terror group by an Israeli court. The IAF deployed two Iron Dome batteries to the south of the country in response to recent rocket fire from Gaza.