Tag: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran tripled its missile production, a top Revolutionary Guard commander says

(JTA) — Iran has tripled its production of missiles, a senior Revolutionary Guard commander said, according to the Fars news service.

The commander did not explain during what time period the production increase had taken place, Reuters reported.

“In the past we had to do a lot of explaining to various bodies for our actions, but it’s not like that anymore,” Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guard’s aerospace division, said Wednesday, according to Fars, the semi-official news agency of the Iranian government.

“Our production has increased three-fold compared to the past,” he said, referring to…

Egalitarian prayer a protected right in special Western Wall section, Israel’s attorney general tells Supreme Court

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egalitarian Jewish prayer is a protected right in the area set aside for it at the southern end of the Western Wall, Israel’s attorney general told the country’s Supreme Court.

The pronouncement means that the state considers the special area near the Robinson’s Arch set aside for egalitarian prayer an official part of the holy site, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said in his submission to the Supreme Court on Monday that a government official not connected to the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate should oversee the site, which would better protect non-Orthodox prayer…

US congressmen questioned by Israeli police after removing olive branch from Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two U.S. congressmen were questioned by police after they removed an olive branch from the Temple Mount compound.

Reps. Scott Tipton of Colorado and David McKinley of West Virginia, both Republicans, visited the site holy to Muslims and Jews on Thursday morning. They are part of a weeklong fact-finding mission hosted by Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, a pro-Israel evangelical group, and Jaffe Strategies, which runs a pro-Israel lobby group.

The Islamic Waqf guard that was accompanying the congressmen complained to the Israel Police escort about the action. It is forbidden to remove objects from the…

Israel says it thwarted an Islamic State plan to bomb Australian flight

(JTA) — The Israeli army said it provided intelligence that prevented a plot by the Islamic State to bomb an Australian flight in August.

An unnamed senior army officer said Wednesday that the Military Intelligence Unit 8200 had thwarted the planned attack, according to The Times of Israel.

“The unit provided exclusive intelligence that led to the prevention of an air attack by the Islamic State in 2017 in Australia,” the officer said. “The foiling of the attack saved dozens of innocent lives and proved Unit 8200’s position as a major player in the intelligence fight against the Islamic State.”

Police recommendation to indict Netanyahu an ‘internal Israeli matter,’ US says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Police recommendation to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an “internal Israeli matter,” the U.S. State Department said.

“The United States has a very strong relationship not only with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but also the Israeli Government,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a media briefing on Tuesday. “We’re certainly aware of it, but we consider it to be an internal Israeli matter.”

The news conference came hours after the police recommended to Israeli prosecutors that Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two alleged corruption cases. Netanyahu professed…