Israel’s national Memorial Day commemorations to begin Sunday evening

Israel’s national Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism to begin Sunday evening into Monday ahead of Israel’s celebration of 69 years of independence

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Israel will commemorate Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s national memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror on Sunday evening into Monday. Immediately following Yom Hazikaron, Israel will celebrate 69 years of existence on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

Yom Hazikaron will begin Sunday evening when Israelis will remember the fallen through ceremonies and a minute of silence at 8:00 PM marked by sirens through out the nation. A second siren, two minutes long, will designate two minutes of silence Monday morning. During the periods designated, just as in Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) which was recognized last week, Israelis stop everything they are doing, including driving, to honor the fallen.

IDF cemeteries will hold ceremonies for Israel’s fallen soldiers through out Israel. It is traditional in Israel for an Israeli flag with a black ribbon to be placed on each grave of those who fell in service of the State of Israel.

Yom Hazikaron was implemented in 1963 and is a national day of remembrance for all who have fallen for the creation of the State of Israel. It is one of four Jewish holidays and remembrance days added to the Jewish calendar since the establishment of the State of Israel.

Israel mourns a total of 23,544 fallen this year. Israel will recognize the total of 555 missing soldiers, with special emphasis on two soldiers, St. Sgt. Oron Shaul and Sec. Lt. Hadar Goldin, who were both killed during Operation Protective Edge, their remains held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Ahead of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel announced it would closing border crossings into the Gaza Strip and West Bank for security purposes.

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North Korea threatens Israel after Defense Minister’s criticism of leadership “undermining global stability”

N. Korea Foreign Ministry releases statement warning Israel against criticizing N. Korea’s leadership, attacks Israel’s nuclear program

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North Korea’s Foreign Ministry responded in threats to comments made by Israel’s Defense Minster Avigdor Lieberman criticizing its leadership.

Lieberman stated on Thursday that North Korea’s leadership “Kim Jong-un is an ally of Assad,” that is “undermining global stability” from North Korea “through Iran, to Syria and Hezbollah.”

He spoke of the West now faced with “a new era of accurate missile and unconventional weapons in the hands irrational people,” in reference to North Korea’s advances in its missile and nuclear programs. He also reportedly referred to Kim jong-un as a “madman”.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry released the following statement, “The reckless remarks of the Israeli defense minister are sordid and wicked behavior and grave challenge to the DPRK,” accusing Israel of a “cynical ploy to escape the world denunciation and curse as disturber of peace in the Middle East, occupier of the Arab territories and culprit of crimes against humanity.”

It criticized Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons, stating “Israel is the only illegal possessor of nuclear weapons that enjoys the support of the United States, but Israel is attacking North Korea for possessing nuclear weapons, “ finally warning “Our consistent message is to mercilessly punish those who offend the dignity of our leadership. We warn Israel to think twice about the implications of its defamation campaign against us.”

Arab media reports attack on Syrian army base overnight Saturday

IDF refuses to comment on reports of additional Israeli strikes in Syria on Saturday night

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Arab media reported an additional Israeli strike in Syria on Saturday evening, amidst growing tension on Israel’s border over the past week.

If true, it would be Israel’s fourth reported strikes in Syria in a week’s time, the IDF refusing to deny or address the reports of Saturday’s attacks.

According to reports, the Israel Air Force attacked a Syrian regime army base, with no reports detailing the attack.

The attack reported comes after a Patriot missile intercepted a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israeli territory Thursday evening. The IDF confirmed the incident, releasing the statement “A Patriot anti-ballistic missile was launched a few minutes ago toward a target in the Golan Heights. The IDF will not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration.”

The incident occurred after the Israel Air Force targeted an Iranian-Hezbollah arms depot near the Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning. The IDF refused to comment on the reports, a spokesman from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stating Thursday morning “We can’t comment on such reports,” consistent with the IDF’s position to not confirm or deny reports on covert operations in Syria.

Following strikes carried out a few days before then, a senior intelligence officer in the IDF reported that approximately 100 Hezbollah missiles were destroyed.

Patriot missile intercepts Syrian drone in Golan Heights Thursday evening

IDF confirms incident, states it will “not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration.”

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A Patriot anti-missile intercepted a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israeli territory Thursday evening.

The IDF confirmed the incident, releasing the statement “A Patriot anti-ballistic missile was launched a few minutes ago toward a target in the Golan Heights. The IDF will not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration.”

The incident occurred after the Israel Air Force targeted an Iranian-Hezbollah arms depot near the Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning. The IDF refused to comment on the reports, a spokesman from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stating Thursday morning “We can’t comment on such reports,” consistent with the IDF’s position to not confirm or deny reports on covert operations in Syria.

However, in an interview with Israel’s Army Radio Thursday morning, Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz stated when asked on the attacks, “Every time we receive intelligence information on plans to transfer advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, we will act. We must prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria,” indirectly confirming the IDF airstrikes.