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The IDF ordered the closure of Eilat airport for a number of hours as a result of security concerns. Authorities have previously expressed concern that jihadists may try to target planes landing and taking off from the airport. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are expected to resume on Aug. 14 in Jerusalem. US Air Force chief Mark Welsh completed a weeklong visit.
Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that Iran is accelerating its uranium enrichment efforts. Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said US opposition to an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program has moved from a red light to a yellow light. Four IDF soldiers were injured as a result of an explosion along the border with Lebanon.
Authorities filed an indictment against a member of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect who had offered to spy for Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu praised the latest round of Iran sanctions passed by the US House of Representatives. The head of the IDF's Northern Command said Hezbollah is better armed and trained than it was in 2006.
The cabinet approved a plan to see any peace deal with the Palestinians put to a referendum. The cabinet also approved the staged release of 104 Palestinian prisoners. Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen warned that a release of such high-profile terrorists was risky. Cohen also said that peace talks would improve security on the ground. The navy has begun to install missile defense systems to protect against the Yakhont anti-ship missile.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel was prepared to release 104 Palestinian prisoners over a period of nine months should negotiations with the Palestinians progress. Netanyahu, who has previously denounced prisoner releases, said sometimes a leader must make unpopular choices "when the issue is important for the country."