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In response to fire from Syria, the IDF destroyed a Syrian army position. IDF Chief Gantz warned that Assad "will have to bear the consequences" for continued attacks against Israeli forces in the Golan. Home Front Defense Minister Erdan said it was only a matter of time before missiles are fired at Israel's major population centers. During a recent raid, IDF forces uncovered a weapons cache in the home of a wanted Palestinian terrorist near Nablus.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel is determined to keep preventing arms shipments from reaching Hezbollah. He also said it is not true that Israel prefers Bashar al Assad over the rebels. In terms of systems sold, Israel is the largest exporter of drones in the world.
The head of the CIA made a surprise trip to Israel to discuss the ongoing turmoil in Syria with Israeli officials. His trip came a day after an Israeli official warned that more strikes may take place against advance weaponry in Syria.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is planning a trip to Moscow soon to convince Russia not to provide Syrian with S-300 missile defense systems. A Palestinian was sentenced to four years in prison for terror-related activities.
South Korea is considering buying Israel's Iron Dome missile defense battery system. Israeli authorities announced the arrest of two Hamas operatives who were planning kidnapping operations and other terrorist attacks against Israelis. Israel warned the US that Russia plans to provide Syria with S-300 missile batteries.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has reportedly tried to curb settlement construction in the West Bank, in the hopes of helping the US revive peace talks with the Palestinians. Defense Minister Ya'alon said Israel will not allow any transfer of "sophisticated weapons" to Hezbollah. Israel is looking to renew contact with the UN Human Rights Council, after severing ties last year.
The head of the IDF's Northern Command said, "There is no need to get into hysterics, everything is calm [in the North], the residents of the north can sleep in peace." Two mortar shells from Syria landed in the Golan Heights. Israel and Turkey are said to be "close" to completing a compensation deal related to the May 2010 flotilla incident.
Two Iron Dome batteries were deployed to the north of the country and Israeli embassies were put on high alert amid reports that Israel struck multiple targets in Syria recently. Deputy Defense Minister Danon did not confirm the alleged strikes in Syria, but said Israel "is protecting its interests and will continue doing so." The Shin Bet announced that 22 rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip and Sinai toward Israel in April.
An IDF official stated that while the security situation in the West Bank is "fragile," he does not expect the outbreak of a third intifada. An Israeli drone operating near the Gaza Strip crashed in Israeli territory due to a "technical failure." Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would put a peace deal with the Palestinians up for national referendum.
Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that Israel will be a bi-national state if peace talks with the Palestinians are not renewed. Former Prime Minister Olmert warned that Hezbollah may already possess chemical weapons. France's Ambassador to Israel said Hamas will remain on the EU's terror list. Israel partially reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing, which had been closed in response to rocket fire from Gaza.
The Israeli Air Force targeted and killed a member of the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem who was involved in a recent rocket attack from the Sinai. The IDF called up 2,000 reservists for a surprise drill in the north of the country.
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.
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.