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    If Israel fails to respond to the Hezbollah attack that killed two IDF soldiers on its side of the Lebanese border, it deterrence capability will be harmed, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said.

    Those who argue that Israel should ignore the incident, Liberman said, are supporting a situation in which Hezbollah can strengthen its arms capacity and hold on Israel’s borders with Lebanon and Syria, so they can attack when ever they want.

    “This would be a serious blow to Israel’s deterrence capability,” he said.

    Liberman posted his words of warning on his Facebook page, after Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Israel had received a message from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that Hezbollah was not interested in further escalation.

  • The site where two Israeli soldiers were killed when an IDF patrol came under anti-tank fire from Hezbollah operatives in the northern Mount Dov region along the Israeli border with Lebanon on January 28, 2015. (Photot: Basal Awidat/Flash90)

    Hezbollah has conveyed to Israel through the UN force in southern Lebanon that it is not interested in escalating the tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border
     

    According to the message, conveyed to Israeli officials overnight Wednesday by Gen. Luciano Portolano, commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s attack earlier in the day on a convoy of IDF infantry commanders along the northern border was intended as an “eye for an eye” response to the strike in the Syrian Golan last week that killed top Hezbollah commanders and an Iranian general.

    The Hezbollah attack killed two IDF soldiers and wounded seven. The strike last week is believed to have been carried out by Israel, though the government in Jerusalem has refused to acknowledge it conducted the strike.

    “UNIFIL sent us a message that as far as [Hezbollah] is concerned the incident is over,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon confirmed Thursday morning in an interview with Israel Radio.

     

  • During “Special Report with Bret Baier," Boehner attacked US President Barack Obama on number of issues including immigration and ObamaCare, before turning his attention to the controversy over Netanyahu's upcoming speech. 

    US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner  (R-Ohio) defended the decision to invite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress in a special interview aired on Fox News in the United States Wednesday night. 

    During “Special Report with Bret Baier," Boehner attacked US President Barack Obama on number of issues including immigration and ObamaCare, before turning his attention to the controversy over Netanyahu's upcoming speech. 

  • Thousands of relatives, friends and comrades turned out at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem on Thursday morning for the funeral of Major Yochai Kalangel, who was killed a day earlier in a Hezbollah attack on his vehicle on Israel's border with Lebanon.

    Thousands of relatives, friends and comrades turned out at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem on Thursday morning for the funeral of Major Yochai Kalangel, who was killed a day earlier in a Hezbollah attack on his vehicle on Israel's border with Lebanon.

    "Your soldiers say that to them you were always a revered leader and commander. I saw how they followed you. You bore their pain and treated them like sons."

  • Israeli military vehicles are seen burning following a Hezbollah missile strike on January 28, 2015. (photo: AFP/MARUF KHATIB)

    Two IDF soldiers were killed and seven were injured in a multi-pronged attack carried out by Hezbollah from Lebanon on Wednesday.

    Staff Sergeant Dor Nini, 20, and Major Yochai Kalangel, 25, killed when anti-tank missiles hit convoy in Har Dov region.

    IDF Spokesman Brig-Gen. Moti Almoz described two incidents that unfolded. In the first, an anti-tank missile fired from southern Lebanon struck an IDF vehicle traveling with other military vehicles, resulting in a number of injures among IDF soldiers. Almoz ruled out the possibility of a kidnapping.

    The IDF said that two soldiers were killed and seven soldiers were lightly-to-moderately injured in the strike.

  • DF soldiers on the Golan Heights, January 21, 2015 (photo credit: Basal Awidat/Flash90

    It may be too soon to point to a new, cohesive Hezbollah strategy along Israel’s northern border. And yet, repeated rocket fire at Israeli targets in the Golan Heights Tuesday prompts speculation that the Shiite terror group and its ally, the Syrian regime, are seeking to draw Israel into a ground offensive

    In the aftermath of the killing of Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh and Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi (along with 10 others) in an alleged Israeli airstrike, prevailing wisdom was that Hezbollah, bent on revenge, would try to launch a major campaign against Israel, if not along the border than by attacking Jewish targets abroad.

    But it may well be that the Lebanese organization is initiating a different campaign, one that would be somewhat surprising, although it would not necessarily preclude hits on Israeli targets or Jewish targets outside Israel: the repeated shelling of Israeli communities from the Syrian Golan Heights with the aim of drawing in Israeli ground forces.

  • Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visit Israel Aerospace Industries‏.. (photo:AVSHALOM SASSONI)

    Iran is seeking to open a new front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday during a visit to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to mark Space Week.

    Ya’alon, who visited the defense company’s missile and satellites plant in Yehud together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said IAI allows Israel to be one of the few countries that are members of the limited club with satellites in space for both security and civilian needs.

    “One can understand, in light of the challenges we face today, the importance of our space capability when we talk about long-range threats and, particularly, as we see, Iran, which continues to be a source of Middle East instability. The Islamic State is a phenomenon that has to be dealt with, and what we are seeing in the past 30 years is that Iran is turning into a source of instability in the Middle East.

    “This is true with regard to the need to prevent Iran from having a military nuclear capability, and it’s true regarding the need to prevent it from attacking us, whether from Lebanon with Hezbollah or from Gaza, with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, or whether it’s what we saw last Sunday – an Iranian arm that is beginning to develop, to open a front against us on the Golan Heights,” he said.

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