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IDF Hits Hamas in Retaliation for Rocket Strike

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7 Jan 2019 (All day)
IDF Hits Hamas in Retaliation for Rocket Strike
IDF units deployed along the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip were on alert Monday morning following heavy strikes by warplanes and helicopters on Hamas terror infrastructure in retaliation for a rocket strike into Israel from Hamas-controlled territory Sunday evening. The Iron Dome system intercepted the rocket over the city of Ashkelon and the IDF issued a statement saying it “will continue to defend the citizens of the State of Israel and is determined to act against any terrorist act from the Gaza Strip." In related news, reports have emerged that Hamas has taken over control of the Rafah Crossing into Egypt after the Palestinian Authority (PA) relinquished control of it in an announcement last Sunday. Egypt immediately moved to close the crossing pending an investigation of the new arrangement.

Shin Bet Makes Arrests in Murder of Palestinian Woman
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Sunday that they’ve arrested several Jewish youths in recent days on suspicion of their involvement in various crimes, including the murder of Palestinian woman Aysha Ravi, who was hit in the head by rocks as she rode in her family’s car near the Tapuah Barrier in the West Bank on 12 October of last year. “Since the arrests, the Shin Bet has identified a continuous and active effort from interested parties to slander the organization and its agents and to delegitimize its activities,” said the Shin Bet.

Heavy Rains and Floods Hammer Israel
The ski resort on Mount Hermon was closed over the weekend as heavy snows and high winds made conditions too dangerous for visitors. Heavy rains and freezing temperatures made life uncomfortable for residents in many other parts of the country as well, as meteorologists predicted harsh winter weather would continue through the week and reports continued of damaged buildings, roads and other infrastructure, along with a handful of injuries and one fatality.

Arens Dead at 93
Israelis were in mourning Monday morning at the passing of Moshe Arens, who served as Israel’s Ambassador to the US as well as Defence Minister during the premierships of Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir and Benjamin Netanyahu as well as foreign minister under Shamir. He was 93. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was a political protégé of Arens, said he loved him “like a son loves a father.”

“There was no greater patriot than he. The great contribution of Moshe Arens to our nation and our state will forever be remembered,” Netanyahu said.

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