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Wed. Sep 21, 2016 News from Israel

  • Obama and Netanyahu meet in New York for the last time
  • Knife attacker shot in front of Israeli Embassy in Ankara
  • Iran threatens Tel Aviv and Haifa during a military parade

US president Barack Obama met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on Wednesday. This will most likely be the last time the two meet as the leaders of the US and Israel. Netanyahu thanked Obama for the US military aid to Israel. He said Israel would never give up on trying to reach peace, and that Obama would always be a welcome guest in Israel. Netanyahu said that Obama’s voice for the Jewish people would be heard for many years to come. Obama in turn said that they’d arrange a time to get together, and that his thoughts were with former president Shimon Peres.He said the bond between Israel and the US was unbreakable and based on common values. In times of uncertainty, the US wanted Israel to be secure, Obama said. The president said he wanted to find a way to peace in the months remaining in his presidency, to keep alive the possibility of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

A week after it was announced that dozens of new housing units beyond the Green Line are expected to be approved, the Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee discussions regarding the matter were canceled Wednesday in light of the meeting that is set to take place in the  evening between prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US president Barack Obama, following the request coming from diplomatic officials to not discuss the plans on this day in order to avoid embarrassing the Prime Minister.

A suspicious man armed with a knife tried to infiltrate the Israeli Embassy in Ankara Wednesday while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” He was shot by a local security guard. The suspect sustained minor injuries and was arrested. According to the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry, none of the Israeli staff members were injured in the incident, which is still being investigated. At the moment, it is unclear whether the suspect intended to harm the Turkish security guards who make up the first line of security at the Israeli Embassy or the Israeli staff members. The Ankara Mayor said that assailant “isn’t mentally stable” and has no connections to terrorist organizations.

In an attempt to flaunt its military prowess on Wednesday, Iran threatened to "turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust" during a parade of the Islamic Republic's armed forces in Tehran.Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by parading its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf.

IDF’s Southern Command chief Eyal Zamir spoke Wednesday at a conference marking 70 years since the execution of the 11 points in the Negev plan. Zamir said that “Hamas is taking advantage of the quiet period in order to become stronger and prepare for a future conflict.” Zamir added that if a new conflict with the terrorist organization erupts, the IDF will act fast and use all of its power.

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