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Report: Israel Launched Numerous Drone Strikes in Sinai

Attacks on militants in the Egyptian peninsula were carried out in recent years, former Israeli official tells Bloomberg.

Israel has launched several drone strikes on militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in recent years, a former senior Israeli official told Bloomberg on Monday.
The attacks were carried out with Egypt's blessing, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
Israel's deputy chief, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, also quoted in the article, said cooperation between Israel and Egypt has never been better. “It’s not about love, it’s not about common values," Golan told Bloomerg.
"I wouldn’t describe it as the relationship we have with the United States of America, but I think it’s a good starting point.”
The report also covered the visit to Israel by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Sunday and his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Schermata 2016 07 11 alle 12.27.12
"Returning as a key power broker in the region would help burnish Egypt’s international image as it struggles to revive its economy," the report says. "Potential rewards would mitigate any increased risk of attack by militants because of closer ties to Israel."

read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.730167
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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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