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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."
A senior Israeli minister said the government is prepared to make serious territorial concessions in negotiations with the Palestinians. President Peres said the EU's decision to designate only the 'military wing' of Hezbollah was "hypocrisy." A missing Arab Israeli is suspected of joining the Syrian rebels to fight the Assad regime.
Israeli media revealed that in 2008 authorities tried to capture former Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari but failed. Jabari was killed in an airstrike by the IAF in November 2012 at the start of Operation Pillar of Defense. Talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials are expected to resume on Tuesday in Washington. Authorities arrested a Palestinian suspected of firing on buses in the West Bank. Defense Minister Ya'alon instructed authorities to stop cooperating with EU projects in the West Bank. An Israeli official involved in compensation talks with Turkey said Turkey has no desire to reconcile with Israel and seeks only to humiliate it.
Israeli officials will begin sharing intelligence information with their European counterparts to help them enforce the recent designation of Hezbollah's military wing. Israel said the focus will be on providing countries such as Germany, France, and Spain with information regarding Hezbollah operations inside their borders. Israeli officials recently complained about leaks from the Pentagon regarding Israeli operations in Syria.
Authorities filed an indictment against two sisters of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Defense Minister Ya'alon said authorities have increased deployment and rocket defenses near the border with Egypt. The Home Front Command conducted a simulation of a chemical missile attack on Tel Aviv. The director of military intelligence, Aviv Kochavi, said the situation in Syria is "drawing thousands of global jihad activists and radical Muslims."
Authorities have taken a number of steps to help protect Eilat-bound planes from being targeted by jihadists operating in the Sinai Peninsula. Israeli officials welcomed the EU's decision to designate the military wing of Hezbollah as a terror organization. Senior foreign ministry officials said the chance of a permanent settlement with the Palestinians is unlikely.
US Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter traveled to Israel to meet with senior Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Ya'alon. His visit comes at the start of a bilateral aerial exercise between the IDF and EUCOM. The foreign ministry opened a virtual embassy to reach out to residents of Gulf nations. Prime Minister Netanyahu said the fall of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt shows the weakness of political Islam. Israeli intelligence officials said Hamas test-fired the M-75 missile in mid-June. At least one rocket was fired from Gaza toward Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed Secretary of State Kerry's announcement regarding a potential resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians. Minister for intelligence and strategic affairs Steinitz said Israel will likely release a number of Palestinian prisoners if the Palestinian leaderships takes negotiations seriously. A delegation of senior IDF officers left for the US, where they will meet with their American counterparts.
Authorities filed an indictment against a Palestinian, who is believed to have fought with Fatah's al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Hamas' al Aqsa Defenders, on a number of security charges. An Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed near Eilat out of fear of potential rocket attacks from the Sinai. An Israeli official said that if negotiations with the Palestinians do resume, they will take months.
Israel is reportedly preparing a number of "peace gestures" to encourage the Palestinian leadership to return to negotiations. Prime Minister Netanyahu's office denied reports that Israel had accepted a plan to use the 1967 borders as a basis for the resumption of peace talks. Military Intelligence Chief Aviv Kochavi is in the US for talks with American officials on a number of topics, including Russia's plans to provide Syria with S-300 missiles. Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.