May 11, 2018

Iran ‘Crossed A Red Line, We Responded Accordingly,’ Netanyahu Says In Warning To Assad

In a warning directed especially at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed in a Hebrew-language video message Thursday (10th) that the IDF will respond powerfully to any attacks on Israeli territory.

In his first comments since the missile attack, Netanyahu, speaking at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, said that “Iran crossed a red line.  We responded accordingly and the IDF carried out a very wide-ranging attack against Iranian targets in Syria.”



The Only Way To Deter The Regional Bully – Prof. Eyal Zisser

A day does not pass without someone trying to frighten the Israel public with doomsday prophecies of impending war with Iran.  The warnings are rooted in a naive assumption that the regional bully can do anything he wants, and that imposing boundaries on him is a mistake because it will only make him angry and cause him to respond violently.  However, experience teaches us that setting red lines and backing them up is the only way to deter bullies and cause them to change their behavior.



28 Planes, 60 Missiles, 23 killed

Israel’s strike on Syria Wednesday night (9th) saw 28 planes take part in raids with a total of around 60 missiles fired, it was reported on Thursday (10th)

28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 aircraft were used in the attack, which released around 60 air-to-ground missiles over various parts of Syria.  23 were reported killed.

Israel’s army said Thursday (10th) it had hit dozens of Iranian military targets in one of the biggest military operations in recent years and its biggest such assault against Iranian sites.

Israel also pummeled Syrian air defenses.



IDF Spokesperson: It Will Take Quds Force Months To Recover From Israeli Attack

IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said in a Ynet  interview on Thursday morning (10th) that the “IDF attack on Syria took place as part of a pre-planned operation, based on solid intelligence and extremely high abilities of the IAF.”

“It will take the Quds Force months to recover from the Israeli strike,” Manelis added.

“This strike is a message to everyone who seeks to harm us and undermine Israel and its sovereignty, especially in front of its citizens.  The IDF is prepared for any scenario,” he said.



Israeli Defense Minister: We Hit Almost All Iranian Infrastructure in Syria – Yonah Jeremy Bob

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday (10th) that the IDF had hit almost all of Iran’s infrastructure in Syria.  “On Wednesday night (9th), Iran tried to attack Israeli sovereign territory and failed….If Iran hits us with rain, we will hit them with a flood.  Israel will not let Iran turn Syria into a base for attacking Israel….Iran has wasted $13 billion in the Syrian civil war and continues to spend $2 billion a year there,” said Lieberman.



Hospital In North Prepares For War, Emergency Center Operational

In the shadow of increasing tensions on Israel’s northern border, Israel’s largest hospital in the north this week inaugurated a command center for its fortified underground emergency hospital.

Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus, situated in proximity to the border with Lebanon, has been operating the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital (FUEH), designed to treat 2,000 patients from throughout the northern region in time of war.



Trump’s Press Secretary Affirms Israel’s ‘Sovereign Right To Defend Itself

“Israel absolutely has a sovereign right to defend itself,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News Wednesday night (9th) after Israel struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria.

Sanders also said during a press briefing earlier in the day that the US would “continue to put maximum pressure, and enormous sanctions on Iran.”



EU Backed Israel’s Strike Against Iran In Syria

The European Union stood against Iran and defended Israel’s right to launch self-defensive strikes against Iranian targets in Syria after its warplanes hit Iranian targets Wednesday night (9th).

“Israel has a right to defend itself,” the EU said, adding that the exchange of fire is “extremely worrying.”



Hamas Condemns Israel’s Attacks On Syria

Terror organization Hamas condemned Israel’s Wednesday night (9th) strike on Syria after Iran launched rockets into Israel, saying that Israel is mongering terror in the region.

“Hamas condemns the continuation of the Israeli entity’s targeting of the Palestinian people and countries in the region and its escalation against the brotherly Syrian lands.  This entity is the main enemy of the Islamic nation and the greatest threat to it,” said the organization.

“Hamas affirms that it is the right of Arab and Islamic nations to defend their lands and respond with force to any aggression.”



Hamas Leader Says He Hopes To See Hundreds Of Thousands Storm Israel-Gaza Fence

The Gaza leader of Hamas said Thursday (10th) he hopes to see hundreds of thousands of Palestinians breach the border fence from Gaza into Israel at protests to coincide with Monday’s (14th) US embassy move to Jerusalem.

In his first major briefing to international media since becoming head of the Gaza terror group in 2017, Yahya Sinwar implied he would like to see thousands of Palestinians crossing into Israel as part of the culmination of more than a month of protests.