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RELATIVE OF PALESTINIAN MAHMOUD ABU TAIMA

Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab said last week they would not pay the fine of 45,000 shekels ($12,423.05) awarded to three Israeli teenagers, calling the court’s ruling a “stunt” intended to intimidate Israel’s critics.

“Given that we’ve actually had this kind of push upon us – we felt that it was expedient to actually recenter the issue back on Palestine,” Abu-Shanab told Radio New Zealand.Read More →

Syria's Golan Heights

Russia rebukes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for asking the international community to recognize the regime’s claim to “sovereignty” over the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights, warning that any such move would constitute a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

“The status of the Golan Heights is determined by the resolutions of the UN Security Council. Changing this status bypassing the Security Council, from my perspective, would be a direct violation of these resolutions,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.Read More →

Benjamin Netanyahu vs Russian S-300

“I think that with common sense and goodwill we can come to a solution that will allow the continuation of the good coordination between the Russian and Israeli militaries,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.Read More →

Angela Merkel Pledges German Fight Against Anti-Semitism On Israel Visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “Almost 80 years ago, on the pogrom night of November 9, Jews in Germany faced unimaginable hate and violence. This was followed by unprecedented crimes against civilization in the form of the Shoah. Germany has a perpetual responsibility to remember those crimes and to confront anti-Semitism, xenophobia, hate and violence.”Read More →

Russian S-300 Air Defence System - Russia's S-300 Missile System Profile

“The tragedy occurred on September 17 following erroneous, unprofessional, and cowardly actions” by the Israeli military, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Italy’s Panorama magazine. Meanwhile, Vladimir Yevseyev, a Russian military expert, was quoted by Russia’s Interfax news agency as saying that the state-of-the-art S-300 system would effectively make it impossible for the Israeli air force to operate over SyriaRead More →

Israel opens high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv airport and Jerusalem

Israel opened a high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv’s international airport and Jerusalem on Tuesday, part of a $2 billion project that has drawn Palestinian complaints over its route through small parts of the occupied West Bank.

“It was like a dream come true … It’s really quite amazing and will be a valuable asset to people wanting to get to and from the airport,” said Manchester-born Eli Rothbard, 45, a ground services employee at Ben Gurion. Read More →

Benjamin Netanyahu - Israel Politics News Headline

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Over the past three years, Israel has been highly successful in preventing the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and Iranian attempts to transfer lethal weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon. We will continue to act to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and we will continue the military coordination between the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) and the Russian army.Read More →

Vladimir Putin's Russian S-300 Air Defence System - Russia News

The Russian military will also supply better control systems to Syrian Air Defense Troops, “which are only supplied to the Russian Armed Forces,” defense chief Sergey Shoigu elaborated. Arguably, the most concerning thing for Israel will be the delivery to Syria of an S-300 anti-aircraft system, which will boost Syria’s capabilities to deny Israel access to its airspace.Read More →

Russian IL-20M (Ilyushin 20m) aircraft

Israel’s coordination with Russia on its attacks in Syria remains unchanged despite the deadly downing of a Russian plane and the Jewish state retains its right to decide on military actions, an Israeli official said Friday.

“There have been no changes to the deconfliction mechanism as a result of this unfortunate event,” the military official said on condition of anonymity, referring to Monday’s downing following Israeli air strikes.Read More →

Israel’s minister for military affairs Avigdor Lieberman (C) visiting an airbase and meeting with Israeli air force personnel

Russian diplomatic mission pinned the blame for the recent accidental downing of the surveillance plane in Syria’s Latakia Province on Israel’s Air Force, which was conducting aerial assaults against Syrian army positions when the incident happened.

“Moscow views as irresponsible and unfriendly actions of Israeli Air Force, which exposed Russian Il-20 aircraft to danger and lead to death of 15 servicemen. Russia would take all necessary measures to eliminate threat to life and security of our military fighting against terrorism.”Read More →