Israeli Intelligence on Chemical Weapons in Syria

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Picture published by Mako

On September 18th, Mako news noted the Israeli intelligence report claiming that Syria had not destroyed its cache of chemical weapons. This is after they were forced by foreign governments to surrender their raw materials for producing such weapons. Obama previously stated that the Syrian government was responsible for destroying the stockpile.

Article Source: Mako

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Hamas Arrests Rocketeers

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Picture published by Maariv

On September 16th, Maariv announced that Hamas officials had arrested those individuals they believe responsible for the rocket fire into Israel on Tuesday night. Since the ceasefire on August 26th, this is the first rocket to have been fired into Israel by Hamas. According to southern residents of Israel, while unwelcome, the attack is not unexpected.

Article Source: Maariv

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Bennet Received Inside Information

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On September 16, Walla reported on the claim that a brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces passed confidential information to Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennet during Operation Protective Edge. Defense Minister Ya'alon remarked that such a channel of information must not be exploited or used. Bennet denied the claims. The IDF has not yet commented.

Article Source: Walla

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Netanyahu Meets with Lapid on Security Budget

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On September 14, Israel Hayom reported on the meetings between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid concerning the increased budget requested by the Security Ministry. Although the Treasury would like to cut back increases in the budget, Lapid seems to be acquiescing to security demands, agreeing to at least NIS 2.5 billion in additional funding.

Article Source: Israel Hayom

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Israel's Elite Cyber Warefare Unit Letter to the Netanyahu

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On September 14th, Ynet published two responses to a letter from members of Israel's elite cyber warfare unit 8200. Each response addressed aspects of the events and the actions taken by the 43 signatories, identifying alternative options to the letter such as bringing the problem to their ranking officers or working within the political system.

Article Source: Ynet

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Netanyahu Postpones Approving Conversion Law

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On September 11, Kipa reported that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delayed the government meeting on Sunday due to the complication of dealing with ultra orthodox parties that are against Israel's current law of conversion. One of the three main clauses of the new agreement addresses directly who is qualified to perform a religious conversion.

Article Source: Kipa

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Israeli Soldiers under the Poverty Line

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Picture published by Reuters

On September 10, Globes reported that many Israeli soldiers are living below the poverty line. Many soldiers have complained of a difficult economy, large debts, and the IDF's reluctance to help them. One soldier was quoting as stating that they had no money to eat.

Article Source: Globes

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Messianic Sect Exploits Women in the Name of Salvation

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On September 9th, NRG revealed that the suspect of the Messianic sect that exploited women for sexual relations with non-Jews, is a known figure in the community. According to NRG, newly religious women were convinced that their participation in such acts would bring about the salvation of the Jewish nation. After rumors began circulating about the sect, Israeli welfare authorities and police identified and arrested suspects.

Article Source: NRG

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Ya'alon Declares "Islamic State" Unlawful

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On September 3rd, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon declared the Islamic State to be an unlawful unification. According to Israeli law, this allows Israel's security forces to act against local organizations that identify with the Islamic State. As the Islamic State has captured more strategically important points within Syria, Israel has become more concerned.

Article Source: Haaretz

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Ultra-Orthodox Girls Wait Outside for School

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On September 3, Mako reported on the ongoing case of ultra-orthodox girl students and their parents' refusals to have the girls learn in a mixed secular setting. A prayer protest was held by the girls' parents after which the girls stood outside the school. This comes after an injunction from the Jerusalem Magistrates Court against the Bet Shemesh municipality's decision that a separation wall at the school is not legal.

Article Source: Mako

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Highest Palestinian Support of Hamas in 8 years

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Picture published by EPA

On September 2, NRG reported on the recent Palestinian survey from the Associated Press that showed among the 1,270 Palestinians who were polled, 61% said they would vote for the leader of Hamas as the president of Palestine. The poll showed widespread support of the means of resistance that Hamas employs. In a previous poll, Mashaal recieved only 9% support from the West Bank and 15% from Gaza.

Article Source: NRG

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Abbas Met with Hamas Officials and Head of the Shabak

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On September 1, Walla News reported on a meeting between Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and members of Hamas in Qatar. Abbas disagreed with Hamas' methods and blamed them for causing a disruption in the negotiations with Israel. He warned that if the US and Israel don't agree to his proposal concerning drafting borders, he would dismantle the PA and force Israel to take total responsibility of the occupation.

Article Source: Walla

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Netanyahu and Abbas Meet in Secret

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On August 28, Ynet reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met secretly in Jordan days before Netanyahu accepted the recent ceasefire with Hamas. Netanyahu said, "We would be happy to see him (Abbas) enter Gaza instead of seeing Hamas forces enter Judea and Samaria."

Article Source: Ynet

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Netanyahu Acts Without Knesset Approval or Vote

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On August 26, Megafon published some of the Knesset members' responses to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lack of inclusion in and voting on the decision to accept the ceasefire with Hamas. Additionally, Minister Aharonavich requested that all of Netanyahu's cabinet members take a polygraph test to determine who is leaking information. MK Dany Danon commented that restraint and hesitation harmed Israel's deterrent capabilities.

Article Source: Megafon

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Iran's Claims of Downing an Israeli UAV

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On August 26, NRG reported Iran's claims to have shot down an Israeli UAV over Iranian soil. However, the acting commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami stated that the UAV was not capable of having traveled from Israeli territory and was probably launched from an air force base of a neighboring state. 

Article Source: NRG

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Freed American Journalist Stays in Tel Aviv

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Picture published by Walla

On August 25, Walla reported on Peter Curtis' release from Jabhat al-Nusra, a branch of al-Qaeda in Syria. His 22 month captivity ended with mediation from Qatar and was conducted on a humanitarian basis. The terms of his return have been vague, and while the American government has not paid for his return, it is possible that another intermediary did so instead.

Article Source: Walla

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Northern Israel Under Fire

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Picture published by NRG

On August 24, NRG reported on the sense of insecurity that residents in northern  Israel are feeling after rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel. Although the rockets caused damage to a power cable and an orchard, no one was injured. Additionally, sirens were heard in other northern communities due to a rocket barrage from Syria. 

Article Source: NRG

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Cabinet Meeting Addresses Lack of Support for Netanyahu's Decisions

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On August 21, Israel Hayom reported on the reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon concerning cabinet members comments on the government's decisions. Netanyahu said, "Act like I acted. When I was the head of the opposition I supported the heads of the government... I supported and talked less." He did not reject the possibility that the fall of Hamas' control of Gaza would become an objective of Operation Protective Edge.

Article Source: Israel Hayom

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