PM holds urgent meeting amid soaring Gaza tensions; IDF chief postpones US trip

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF Ceif of Staff Aviv Kochavi at a press conference after a security cabinet meeting following the escalation of violence in with the Gaza Strip, at the Kirya headquarters in Tel Aviv, on November 12, 2019. The Islamic Jihad has fired rockets towards Israel since early in the morning following the targeted killing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad field commander Baha Abu Al-Atta, by an Israeli strike. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** פלסטינים עזה רצועת עזה בהאא’ אבו-אלעטא בכיר מפקד סיכול ממוקד הג'יהאד האיסלאמי רקטה רקטות ירי ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו ביבי קבינט הקריה הצהרה ל תקשורת אביב כוכבי רמטכל נדב ארגמן ראש השבכ

Times of Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an urgent security meeting on Saturday afternoon to discuss soaring tensions with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip following overnight barrages of rockets fired at Israel from the Palestinian enclave. The meeting was held at the Israel Defense Forces’ Kirya headquarters in Tel Aviv with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana, the head of the Shin Bet internal security service, and other high-level officials.

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The urgent meeting was held shortly after the military announced earlier Saturday that Kohavi has delayed a planned trip to the United States to discuss the threat of Iran’s nuclear program and its entrenchment throughout the region.

(Israeli tanks along the Gaza border)

Kohavi had met with security chiefs to discuss the situation following the firing of 36 rockets at Israel overnight from the Gaza Strip and amid clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

“In assessing the situation, the chief of staff ordered a series of possible steps, responses and assessments for escalation,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. Read More

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