With a sharp decline in military activity on both sides of the Gaza Strip, Israel reopened the Kerem Shalom Crossing on Wednesday. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the quiet over the last several days was the result of Hamas’ deteriorating strength.
- Despite the reopening of the Gaza border crossing, no official ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has been declared. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s objective is to restore quiet to southern Israel.
- Israeli officials also said that any future peace talks with Hamas would be achieved only when the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed in 2014 have been returned.
- Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces is preparing for the possibility of a high-tech war against Hezbollah in northern Israel. Said one official, “The enemy has changed, and therefore, so has the IDF.”
- Prime Minister Netanyahu has released his “2030 security outlook” this week, detailing expected threats and subsequent needs of Israel’s defense systems over the next decade.
- The Fellowship has helped prepare gift baskets in gratitude to Israeli firefighters in southern Israel, who have battled numerous fires caused by incendiary kites from Gaza.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on living with quiet terror.