Benny Gantz, former Israeli military chief of staff, and presidential candidate, speaks during an electoral campaign gathering on 19 February 2019 in Tel Aviv
Benny Gantz, the leader of the main Israeli opposition party Blue and White (Kahol Lavan), yesterday slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “weak” in the face of Gaza resistance, Al-Resalah reported.
On Twitter, Gantz – the former Chief of Staff of the Israeli army – wrote: “People who are weak in front of Hamas in Gaza might bring a wave of horror to the West Bank,” referring to the latest incidents in the occupied West Bank.
He added: “The government of Netanyahu, [Transport Minister Bezalel] Smotrich and [Culture Minister Miri] Regev could not deal with this wave of attacks.”
Gantz also expressed his hope for the “speedy recovery” of Israeli settlers who were wounded in an alleged care ramming attack in the occupied West Bank yesterday, in which two settlers and a Palestinian driver were wounded.
He pledged to form “the strongest security government” which “will regain deterrence” if he is elected as prime minister during the upcoming general election, which is slated to take place on 17 September.
Speaking at the 19th Herzliya Conference on Policy last month, Gantz criticised Netanyahu’s policy in dealing with the besieged Gaza Strip, saying he has diminished Israel’s deterrence.
“Deterrence has been replaced by a stuttering that does not make use of Israel’s offensive power,” he said.
Gantz added: “The implications of the policies that the prime minister is leading are also spreading to other regions and arenas,” referring to Israel’s longstanding foe Iran.
Placed at the Al-Saraya junction in Gaza, a billboard shows Oron Shaul, an Israeli solider, standing with jail bars around him
Scores of Israelis took part in a protest organised in Tel Aviv yesterday calling for the return of Israeli soldiers captured in the besieged Gaza Strip.
According to Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv, the family of Israeli soldier Oron Shaul organised the protest in Habima Square in Tel Aviv. The family said that the protesters are calling for the return of all Israeli soldiers captured in Gaza, Felesteen.ps reported.
Israeli troops abducted a total of five Palestinians overnight on Friday, from various parts of the West Bank. These included a 16-year old teen from al-‘Issawiya in East Jerusalem, a teen from Hebron, a young man from Jenin who was abducted from a checkpoint near Jericho, and two brothers abducted while asleep in their beds in Hebron.
In Jerusalem, Israeli occupation forces abducted 16-year-old Islam Yousef Obeid from al-‘Issawiya village east of occupied Jerusalem on Friday evening while he was inside a shop in the town.
Also on Friday evening, Israeli forces abducted Mo’taz Jaradat from Jenin refugee camp as he was passing through Al-Hamra checkpoint near Jericho .
Israeli forces abducted on Friday evening a young man at a military checkpoint set up north of Hebron.
According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, Israeli forces abducted the boy Yousef Diab Abdel Rahim Shweiki from the city of Hebron while he was crossing the checkpoint.
The troops also conducted extensive searches in the vicinity of houses in the valley of honor in the town of Seir, northeast of Hebron.
Also in the Hebron area, Israeli forces abducted on Saturday before dawn two Palestinians from Beit Awwa village, southwest of Hebron.
Local security sources told Wafa that the Israeli forces raided the town and arrested the brothers Alaa and Islam Yousef Mohammad al-Sweiti .
Israeli forces also raided several neighborhoods in Hebron, set up military checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir and Halhoul towns, and at the northern entrance of Hebron, Jouret Helles.
Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces Friday opened fire at Palestinian young men in Abu Dis and Al Eizariya towns in eastern occupied Jerusalem during confrontations erupted following an Israeli raid into the towns.
Both towns have witnissed Thursday violent confrontations, which were erupted following an Israeli trial to raid both towns to punitively demolish houses of two Palestinian young men.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said that a paramedic was shot with a rubber-coated metal bullet in his head while on duty.
It also said that 12 protesters were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets, while other 18 were suffocated with poisonous tear gas, and three had burns.
Gaza (QNN)- Israeli warplanes last night after midnight targeted locations in eastern and central Gaza strip.
Local sources said that the Israeli jets bombed the Khalil location, which belongs to the Palestinian resistance, in eastern Tuffah neighborhood in eastern Gaza. Meanwhile, other Israeli jets targeted an empty farm land in eastern Deir El Balah in central Gaza.
In the same vein, the Palestinian resistance shot down an Israeli spy Quad Capture drone in eastern central Gaza, which was flying over the area at the same time of the Israeli attacks.
Since the start of the protests in March 2018, Israeli forces wounded 13,463, including 196 sustained life-long disabilities
Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded on Friday 66 peaceful Palestinian protesters, including 20 children, three women along the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said that 29 of the wounded were shot with live ammunition and said that two of them sustained serious injuries.
According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, the Palestinian protesters were targeted by the Israeli fire while taking part in the 70th Friday of the Great March or Return and Breaking the Siege.
Since the start of the protests of the Great March of Return on 30 March 2018, the Centre has documented the murder of 208 protesters, including 44 children, nine handicapped, four paramedics and two journalists.
The Centre also has registered 13,463 wounded, including 2,797 children, 415 women, 222 paramedics and 210 journalists.
Among the wounded, the Centre said, 196 sustained life-long disabilities, including 28 children and five women.
The Hamas Movement has condemned Israel’s persistence in targeting resistance posts in the Gaza Strip as “a message of escalation and aggression.”
In press remarks on Saturday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that Israel’s renewed aerial attacks on Gaza were aimed to divert attention from what he described as “the acts of courage taking place in the occupied West Bank.”
Barhoum stressed that the Palestinian operations in the West Bank messed up Israel’s calculations and deepened its internal crises, adding that the resistance would not allow the Israeli occupation state to export its crises to Gaza.
A 60-year-old Palestinian man completed today 17 years behind bars in Israeli jails for his resistance of the Israeli occupation, according to a family member.
Ikram Tamimi said her brother, Sidqi Hamed Tamimi, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, has served half of his 35-year prison sentence and that he suffers several illnesses including diabetes, colon problems and allergies.
She said her brother cannot walk without crutches or assistance from fellow inmates due to serious disk problem and that he is weak and has lost weight.
Sidqi Tamimi is married and has a family composed of 18 individuals.
He was detained on August 16, 2002 when Israeli army units raided his home.