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Israeli Defense Minister: Next Gaza War will be the Last
By DEBKAfile, YnetNews.com & IsraelNationalNews.com
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman: "The next war in Gaza will be the last." He said
this in an interview with the Palestinian East Jerusalem paper Al Quds to be published
Monday. He also reiterated his view that the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute
should be based on two states with major land and population swaps between them and the
settlement blocs remaining in place under Israeli control.
The newspaper teased the article on Sunday with a photo of Lieberman in his office with
a copy of the Arabic-language newspaper on his desk. The interview has drawn anger from
Palestinians on social media, especially amongst those who identify with the Hamas and the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror groups.
However, emotions were running high this weekend at Moshav Netiv Haasara, on the Gaza
Strip border, following reports that the Israel Defense Forces was considering withdrawing
the troops that guard the community. However, the defense establishment stressed that it
had no such plans.
IDF officials said the military was "constantly reevaluating operational methods, while
updating the residents and cooperating fully with the local council heads," but
underscored that "there is no change to the deployment of forces in the communities [on
The rumor that the soldiers would be withdrawn prompted some of the moshav residents to
contact the commanders of the Gaza Division and the Northern Brigade. The residents said
they strongly disapproved the step and that they intended to fight for their safety.
Over the weekend, the moshav secretariat updated the residents that the brigade
commander had been persuaded to cancel the decision to withdraw the soldiers. The IDF
maintains it had never decided to withdraw them in the first place.
MK Haim Jelin (Yesh Atid), who lives in a community on the Gaza border, said, "The
decision to withdraw IDF troops when the underground problem [of attack tunnels from Gaza]
still hasn't been solved goes against the values of Zionist and populating the country,
and I welcome its cancellation."
Yifat Ben-Shushan, a resident of Netiv Haasara, added: "I'm happy that whoever made the
initial decision to remove the soldiers who are defending Netiv Haasara, which is so wrong
in my eyes, changed his mind quickly. Two years ago, we were facing a similar situation,
only then the soldiers were withdrawn even though the decision-makers knew about the
existence of the tunnels near the Gaza border."
Republican Israel Event Downsized
By JTA & The Jerusalem Post
A Republican Party event scheduled for Jerusalem, which was to feature addresses by
presidential candidate Donald Trump and his vice-presidential running mate Mike Pence
reportedly has been downsized. The event, scheduled for Wednesday, was originally set to
be a rally featuring thousands of Israelis showing their support for Trump, but now the
event will be closed to the public.
The event now will honor volunteers in Israel who worked to register American voters in
Israel. It will be geared to American Evangelicals watching the event at home on Christian
television networks, citing organizers of the event. Trump will speak in a two-minute
pre-recorded speech and Pence in a four-minute taped speech, according to the
Trump's speech will be the debut of a campaign video outlining the real estate mogul's
views on the Middle East and Israel, while Pence's speech will elaborate on those views
and was recorded specifically for the event.
The event was to be held on the roof of the Aish HaTorah yeshiva, which overlooks the
Old City of Jerusalem. It has been moved to a Jerusalem restaurant, however, after Aish
HaTorah has to decline to host the event explaining its status as a non-profit
organization which cannot host political activity, according to the report.
The Post reported Thursday that Aish HaTorah rejected a request by Republicans Overseas
Israel to host the event on the roof of its building overlooking the Western Wall to avoid
appearing to be siding with the Republican Party. "We decided not to do the event, because
Aish is a nonprofit that doesn't get involved in partisan politics," Aish director general
Rabbi Steven Burg told the Post.
Former CIA chief James Woolsey and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John
Bolton, did not accept invitations to speak at the event - Woolsey, due to a scheduling
conflict. Bolton did not give a reason for his refusal.
French Town Commemorates Alfred Dreyfus
By JTA and IsraelNationalNews.com
A French municipality has honored the persecuted Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus with a
statue. Dreyfus, a French army captain who was wrongfully convicted of spying for Germany
in 1894, humiliated and stripped of his rank in public, was commemorated earlier this
month in his native city of Mulhouse in eastern France. On Oct. 9, the day Dreyfus was
born in 1859, one of his grandsons unveiled a statue of him at a local park during a
ceremony attended by the mayor, France 3 reported.
Paris, the city where his show trial was held and where he was eventually exonerated in
1906, has no street named after Dreyfus, who was exiled to a French colony in South
America where he suffered greatly for the false and anti-Semitic charges brought against
Theodore Herzl was moved to try to establish a Jewish homeland by the trial, while
author Emil Zola penned the famous J'Accuse criticizing the Dreyfus Case travesty that
Monarch offers Ovda (Eilat)-to-London tickets for $45
Monarch Airlines launched low-cost flights from Eilat to London that are so below
market price they may even bring down the prices of its competitors.
Monarch had already established attractive flights going the other directionfrom
Luton Airport in London to Ben Gurion Airport and to Ovda Airportin December 2015.
The route was mainly popular among British tourists wishing to escape the dreary winter in
their homeland for a bit of Middle East sunshine. The company soon discovered, though,
that many Israelis were looking to visit London during the same winter months and take
advantage of the holiday season's sales.
A further reason that allowed Monarch to lower their prices was the fact that Ovda
Airport and the passengers passing through are no longer required to pay any tolls,
including port taxes, starting from the month of October. The Ministry of Tourism is also
incentivizing airlines to pass through Ovda by giving them 45 Euros per tourist landing
Monarch's flights from Ovda to London will operate until April 2017 on Thursdays,
leaving Ovda at 18:05, landing at Luton Airport at 21:45 and costing the reported $45.
Flights from Luton will leave at 09:45, land at Ovda 16:55 and cost $136. Taken together,
a roundtrip will cost $181.
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