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Egyptian Forces Down Houthi Drone Targeting Eilat

FILE PHOTO: Houthi military helicopter flies over the Galaxy Leader cargo ship in the Red Sea in this photo released November 20, 2023. Photo: Houthi Military Media/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

i24 NewsIn a recent development, the Egyptian air forces successfully intercepted and shot down a drone in the Sinai region bordering Israel, near the city of Dahab, according to reports from Egyptian media with close ties to intelligence, including Al-Qahera News.

The unidentified flying object was detected by the Egyptian Air Force, which promptly engaged and brought it down before it could breach Egyptian airspace.

The incident occurred in Egyptian territorial waters off the city of Dahab, with the drone ultimately crashing into the sea. Security forces are reportedly present at the site to investigate the incident.

Witnesses on the ground reported another flying object crashing into the mountains that separate the towns of Dahab and Nuweiba. The exact nature and origin of this second flying object remain unclear.

The military spokesperson for the Houthi rebels, communicating through the platform X (formerly Twitter), claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that they had “carried out a military operation against targets” in the south of Israel using drones. The Houthi move was described as a response to “the oppression of the Palestinian people.”

The Sinai Peninsula, which shares its northwest tip with the Gaza Strip and borders Israel to the east, has become a focal point amid the recent escalation of tensions between Israel and Hamas.

Egypt, historically playing a mediating role between Israelis and Palestinians, has found itself at the forefront of the conflict following the violent Hamas attack on October 7 and subsequent Israeli responses.

The Red Sea and surrounding areas have witnessed increased activity, with Yemeni rebels, supported by Iran, issuing warnings of targeting ships sailing in the Red Sea with connections to Israel.

MSC Mediterranean shipping Co., one of the largest container shipper companies, says will no longer use Suez Canal after one of its ships attacked by the Houthis.

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‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters

Posters slamming Israel and decrying Canada’s suspension of funding to UNRWA were found at the Thornhill, Ont., offices of Melissa Lantsman, a pro-Israel and Jewish Conservative MP who serves as deputy leader of the Official Opposition.   “Blood on Your Hands,” “Stop Arming Israel” and “Fund UNRWA Now” were among the messages found taped to […]

The post ‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters appeared first on The Canadian Jewish News.

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IDF Chief Weighs in on Ultra-Orthodox Military Service, Week After New Draft Bill Proposed

FILE PHOTO: Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi speaks during his transition ceremony with the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and the outgoing chief, in Jerusalem, January 16, 2023. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERS

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi called on the ultra-Orthodox public to mobilize for the current and future wars, a position at odds with their historic role in the state, in which they enjoy near blanket exemptions from military service.

“In these challenging days, there is one thing that is very clear: Everyone should mobilize for the defense of the homeland,” Halevi said.

He added: “This is a different era, and what was before it will certainly be re-examined. The IDF has always sought to bring into its ranks from all sections of Israeli society. This war illustrates the need to change. Join the service, protect the homeland. We have a historic opportunity to expand the sources of recruitment for the IDF at a time when the necessity is very high. We will know how to create the right solutions and conditions for any population that will join this noble mission.”

The issue of ultra-Orthodox enlistment in the IDF has been a hot button issue since the state’s establishment in 1948 and, in more recent years, the cause of wide scale backlash against the community. As part of an agreement when the state was founded, the ultra-Orthodox public was exempted completely from service. However, as the years progressed and the population grew exponentially, critics of the policy decried the unfairness of it.

A bill last week was introduced by the ruling Likud Party that called for an increase in military service time, particularly for reserve forces, yet failed to discuss the ultra-Orthodox issue. Backlash from both opposition and coalition members was swift.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich at the time said, “The ultra-Orthodox public is dear and loved and contributes a lot to the State of Israel, and it is now essential that it also take a more significant part in the tasks of defense and security. This move should happen out of dialogue and discussion and not by coercion or, God forbid, by defamation. Religious Zionism proves that it is possible to combine Torah study and observance of minor and severe mitzvot together with military service at the front. My ultra-Orthodox brothers, we need you!”

Halevi’s comments were his first on the highly contentious issue.

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Israeli victims of the Oct. 7 attacks present their case to the International Criminal Court, hoping for arrest warrants against Hamas

A legal brief documenting the kidnapping, rape, torture and executions of Israelis who are being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza has been filed at the International Criminal Court by the Canadian-based Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. The 1,000-page dossier documents the brutality of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, which killed […]

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