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Israel deployed an Iron Dome missile defense battery to the northern city of Haifa. Authorities are worried that jihadists in the Sinai may take advantage of unrest during upcoming protests in Egypt to try to attack Israel. The outgoing commander of the Caracal Battalion warned that it is only a matter of time before jihadists from the Sinai attempt another attack against Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said the IAF has operated in a "number of theaters" over the past year in secret operations. A senior cabinet minister said Netanyahu is ready to compromise and withdraw from over 90% of the West Bank if security concerns are met in a deal with the Palestinian leadership. Authorities announced the arrest of members of a PFLP terror cell responsible for recent shooting attacks on Israelis; the cell members may have received directions from Hezbollah.
According to a new poll, 59% of Israeli Arabs say a third intifada is justified. The IDF conducted a military exercise in the Golan Heights. Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said he does not expect much of a change from Iran following the election of Hassan Rouhani. Israeli security officials said Israel does not share the Western view that Assad has the upper hand now in the Syrian civil war.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is considering releasing a number of Palestinian prisoners and possibly starting a construction freeze in the West Bank to help restart talks with the Palestinians. Issam Hashem Mashahara, an Israeli-Arab, was convicted of conspiring with Hezbollah.
Israeli authorities including the IDF and Shin Bet, among others, completed a drill simulating a terror attack by global jihadists at multiple locations in Israel. In response to recent rocket fire by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, the IAF struck a number of terror sites in Gaza.
The IDF said the number of rock-throwing attacks by Palestinians in the West Bank has decreased significantly in recent weeks due to arrests. At least six rockets were fired toward southern Israel by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. Israel displayed the David's Sling missile defense system publicly for the first time.
During a meeting with the EU's Catherine Ashton, Prime Minister Netanyahu said "it's hard to see how you cannot have a consensus on Hezbollah as a terrorist organization." Discussions among EU member states in recent weeks have failed to lead to a consensus on designating Hezbollah as a terror group. The IDF completed a major drill that simulated escalation on multiple fronts.
Authorities announced the arrest of three former Palestinian Authority security force members for the 2011 shooting of an Israeli in Nablus. Defense Minister Ya'alon said the Iranian regime must be forced to decide between nuclear weapons and the regime.
President Peres said the US is right to arm the Syrian opposition. Housing Minister Ariel said Israel has ceased all new housing construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem to help revive peace talks with the Palestinians. Defense Minister Ya'alon warned that Iran may seek to use the recent presidential election to advance the Iranian nuclear program.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel will not be "deluding" itself over Hassan Rouhani's electoral victory in Iran. Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to resume economic ties, which had been suspended since November.
Defense Minister Ya'alon praised Egyptian efforts to stem smuggling attempts between Egypt and Gaza. Ya'alon also said that Israeli intervention in the Syrian civil war would be counterproductive. Authorities discovered two Palestinians trying to enter Israel via a tunnel under the security barrier in the West Bank. Israeli authorities fear such tunnels may be used to kidnap Israelis.