Yoav Gallant: Ultra-Orthodox Jews must be drafted by IDF – Israel News

A new proposed bill that would end the blanket exemption given to ultra-Orthodox Israelis (haredim) should only be promoted with the agreement of all parties in the coalition, including the haredi parties themselves, Defense Minister said Yoav Gallant in a speech. statement to the press Wednesday evening. The speech was Gallant’s first public address … Read more

Israel vows to target Lebanon’s Hezbollah even if cease-fire reached with Hamas in Gaza

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (AP) — Israel’s defense minister vowed Sunday to step up attacks on the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah even if a ceasefire is reached with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hezbollah, which has exchanged fire with Israel throughout the Gaza war, has said it will halt its almost daily attacks on Israel if … Read more

Israel-Hamas war: Israeli strikes in Gaza kill 48

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli strikes overnight killed at least 48 people in southern and central Gaza, half of them women and children, health officials said Thursday. European foreign ministers and UN agencies called for a ceasefire, prompting alarm bells to ring the worsening humanitarian crisis and possible famine in the area. Tensions also … Read more

Hostage talks continue in Paris amid expected Rafah operation

Israel plans to expand the framework for a hostage agreement, Defense Secretary Yoav Gallant told US Middle East envoy Brett McGurk ahead of the latest upcoming detainee summit led by CIA Director Willian Burns. “We will expand the mandate of the officials involved in the hostage negotiations,” Gallant said when the two men met … Read more