IMRA Middle East News Updates Middle East News & Analysis en-US Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:53:12 +0000 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:53:12 +0000 Capalon Internet 2.0 (Aaron Lerner) News & Analysis IMRA Middle East News Updates 144 97 Russia, Egypt to Sign Military Equipment Deal If Cairo Solves Money Troubles Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:53:12 +0000 PM Netanyahu Visits Singapore Jewish Community at Maghain Aboth Synagogue Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:26:17 +0000 ISA Press Release: Israeli Citizen Linked to Islamic State Arrested <p>ISA Press Release: Israeli Citizen Linked to Islamic State Arrested and<br /> Charged<br /> (Communicated by the ISA)</p> <p>The following has been cleared for publication</p> <p>The ISA, in cooperation with the Israel Police, on 29 January 2017, arrested<br /> Anas Haj Yehiye, 35, an Israeli citizen and resident of Taibe, on suspicion<br /> of activity on behalf of – and links to – Islamic State. He was arrested in<br /> the wake of intelligence information that indicated he was working to<br /> advance terrorist activities within the State of Israel.</p> <p>In his ISA investigation it was learned that Haj Yehiye had been in contact<br /> with Islamic State operatives and had disseminated both extremist material<br /> and knowledge regarding the production of explosives. He swore allegiance to<br /> Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and had considered going to Syria<br /> in order to join in the fighting alongside terrorist operatives. The<br /> investigation revealed that Haj Yehiye had planned to form an Islamic State<br /> cell in order to commit acts of terrorism in Israel and, to this end, had<br /> attempted to recruit others.</p> <p>Haj Yehiye was asked to carry out an attack on a bus in Tel Aviv and against<br /> IDF soldiers but the plans were never realized.</p> <p>It was also learned that Haj Yehiye had been a member of an online group in<br /> which other Islamic State operatives also participated. He distributed,<br /> among the operatives, material on the production and construction of<br /> explosive belts and IEDs connected to cellphones, and training videos on<br /> including poisons in explosive devices. He also distributed instructions on<br /> the preparation of highly lethal substances, including sarin gas.</p> <p>Seized at his home were photographs of military materials and IEDs as well<br /> as the Islamic State's 'Detailed Guide for the Jihadist'.</p> <p>The State Attorney's Office (Central District), today (Monday, 20 February<br /> 2017), filed an indictment against Haj Yehiye in the Central District Court.</p> <p>The ISA views Islamic State supporters in Israel as a severe security<br /> threat, and will use all counter-terrorist and preventive means at its<br /> disposal and will with those involved to the fullest extent of the law.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:25:56 +0000 PM Netanyahu Meets with Singapore PM Hsien Loong <p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee<br /> Hsien Loong<br /> (Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)</p> <p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Monday, 20 February 2017),<br /> in Singapore, met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and issued<br /> the following statement:</p> <p>"Thank you for the very warm welcome. I have to say that this is my first<br /> time in Singapore. I'm following in your footsteps. You visited Israel for<br /> the first time, an historic visit. And as we landed here, I was absolutely<br /> amazed, tremendously impressed. As much as you hear about Singapore's<br /> success, to see it physically is quite startling and it tells you the power<br /> of people, the power of ideas, the power of the potential or rather of<br /> talent unleashed.</p> <p>So first of all, I want to thank you for your very warm welcome to me, to my<br /> wife and to our delegation. I believe that Israel and Singapore are kindred<br /> spirits. We're small nations that have become in many areas global powers,<br /> and I believe that our cooperation makes us even more successful,<br /> cooperation in every field. We have a joint R&D fund that has already funded<br /> 150 projects for Israeli and Singapore companies working together in a<br /> variety of fields, and I think that the opportunities are vast.</p> <p>We live in a technological age. The future belongs to those who innovate.<br /> Israel and Singapore are innovation nations, and together we can bring more<br /> prosperity, more hope for our peoples and I think for beyond our peoples,<br /> for the neighborhoods in which we live. We value the diversity in our<br /> societies, we value the pluralism in our societies, and we have much to<br /> learn from each other.</p> <p>I asked, Prime Minister, to visit one of your housing sites because this is<br /> an issue that you have resolved in your own way. We'd like to learn from<br /> you, as we do in many, many other areas. And I must say that we find this<br /> relationship particularly productive and valuable to ensure our security and<br /> prosperity for our peoples in the future.</p> <p>So I thank you for this opportunity, and I look forward to many future<br /> visits from you and from the President and of course for Israelis to visit<br /> Singapore. We admire you and we treasure our relationship."</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:25:36 +0000 Israel Prison Service Press Release on Prisoner Rehabilitation Programs Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:25:15 +0000 ISA Press Release: Tekoa Area Fatah Terrorist Arrested Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:24:55 +0000