News Nosh 12.4.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hanukkah Sameach!

*Please note that News Nosh will be truncated and focus on the English Israeli media between December 3-13 while Orly Halpern is on holiday. 


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Breaking News:

Security cabinet meeting convenes to discuss situation in Lebanon amidst IDF operation against Hezbollah tunnels (i24 News)

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News Summary:

The IDF announced to that it was engaged in an operation - Operation Northern Shield - to destroy Hezbollah cross-border tunnels. The IDF stressed that these tunnels were not yet operational and pose no immediate threat to Israeli civilians.

Hezbollah's was pretty restrained, saying that it is "closely monitoring the enemy's activities along the border and that the Lebanese army is in constant state of alertness. However, routine is maintained in southern Lebanon's villages." But other sources from within Hezbollah say that this operation just goes to show that Netanyahu is in crisis mode and trying to distract from his problems at home.

This morning Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, said that the US fully supports the Israeli operation. Just hours before the operation was launched, Prime Minister Netanyahu met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels. Amos Harel writes in Haaretz that this meeting "signals to Iran, Lebanon, and Hezbollah, through the Americans... that there is an urgent need to deal with the problems before Israel considers using military means.
Quick Hits:
  • Listen to Haaretz's podcast episode on the Israeli operation against the Hezbollah tunnels: Does this mean war?
  • Residents of Sheikh Jarrah are bracing for another round of evictions that could affect as many as as 11 families and 500 people. (+972 Mag)
  • Israeli mothers from communities near the border with Gaza are petitioning the High Court to prevent the next round of Qatari funds from entering the strip. (Ynet News)
  • "Sufganiyot, the humble Israeli doughnut eaten at Hanukkah, is humble no more." Read Calcalist's feature on this holiday industry in Israel.
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