The Defense Ministry issued an official statement, saying that the Ofek 9 satellite “was launched and successfully injected into orbit by means of a Shavit satellite launcher.” “In the next phase, the satellite will undergo several tests for validation of its serviceability and satisfactory performance,” the statement said, noting that Ofek 9 is an “advancedContinue Reading »
“He’s been very instrumental in coordinating between Israel and the international community to get these policy changes through,” said Regev. When asked if their Gaza policy had the stamp of approval from the international community, Regev said, “I believe that’s true.” Blair’s group—the Quartet—consisting of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations andContinue Reading »
The Navy admitted to some tactical errors on the part of the commandos who raided the Turkish ship “Mavi Marmara” and said there were some problems in the preparations for the takeover, particularly in light of the fact that the ship was carrying members of the pro-Palestinian IHH group. However, the army said, the operationContinue Reading »
The three–day event will focus on “green growth” as derived from the OECD program to develop and promote a green policy as a means to achieving economic growth. The conference will discuss the tourism aspects of the program, such as how to develop green tourism, how to identify green business opportunities and more. Following theContinue Reading »
The previous blockade rules were a way to isolate the terrorist government of Hamas, similar to the use of international sanctions against Iran. Following international pressure regarding their blockade of non-military items, Israel apparently decided their handling of the blockade no longer best supported their national interests. Despite formally overturning years of policy on Gaza,Continue Reading »
Al-Zahar said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and their security apparatus are fighting the “resistance” in the West Bank, but stressed, “We will not change our policies even after we win the coming elections. These are our policies, and we will not waive our rights, even if they continue with the siege.Continue Reading »
The Israeli navy declined to comment on the report. However, it is known that Israeli warships have only recently returned to using the canal after unilaterally avoiding it due to fears of a terror attack on their ships. Joining a US flotilla would certainly be a safer option for them. Egyptian opposition figures have beenContinue Reading »
The announcement comes two-and-a-half weeks after the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident in which Israeli soldiers acting in self-defense resulted in the deaths of nine activists. Regarding the new plans for easing the blockade, the press release said the “Cabinet will decide in the coming days on additional steps to implement this policy.” Despite theContinue Reading »
“In an ideal world, the assault by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara would not have ended up with nine dead and a score wounded. In an ideal world, the soldiers would have been peacefully welcomed on to the ship.” Aznar also criticizes Turkey, to which the Marmara belonged, for placing Israel “in an impossibleContinue Reading »
The United States joined the Human Rights Council for the first time last year. “US leadership at the Human Rights Council matters. Without US engagement here, we leave a vacuum of leadership which will get filled by the priorities of others,” she said. Pakistan, speaking for the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), as wellContinue Reading »
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