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Speaking About Syria…

US National Security Advisor John Bolton was in Israel yesterday to discuss the US pullout from Syria.

Not so fast! Bolton assured that the US that the impending US wihdrawal is conditional and that the US will not pull out of Syria until Turkey can guarantee that the Kurds will not be attacked. He also stated that the pullout may only be partial.

We Agree to Agree – A phone call last Friday between PM Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin was positive with both in agreement that increased cooperation between Israel and Russia was needed in light of the US announcement of its withdrawal from Syria. The common goal according to PM Netanyahu’s office: preventing Iran from establishing a presence in Syria (greater than it already has).

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Today’s Q & A

Q. What do you get if you refuse to abandon the path of terrorism?

A. Successful diplomatic effort led by Amb. Danny Danon to block the PA’s request to have its status in the United Nations upgraded from observer state to a fully recognized, voting member state of the UN.

Story HERE.

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No Work Will Be Stopped

Hours after an Israeli High Court rejected their petition, Arabs tried to stop the construction of a security fence around the village of Shaked.

Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, made it clear that the work will continue. “The time has come to stop the Palestinian Authority from taking control of state land in Judea and Samaria, which is part of the PA’s broad plan to take over Area C and establish facts on the ground.”

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Protect – Don’t Evict – Our Own!

Thursday morning, security forces evacuated two structures that were placed in the Amona community – an area that was legally purchased by Jews. The structures (caravans) were brought to Amona in response to the terror attacks in the area in recent weeks.

Bennett’s New Right Party is speaking out calling this action selective enforcement rather than a solution to bureaucratic issues.

MK Betzalel Smotrich, who is with the young people in Amona, told Army Radio this morning that it was “a sad and unnecessary event. The prime minister refuses to evacuate Khan al-Ahmar and Amona, which was purchased legally.”

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Green Light to Build

Plans to build 1,113 housing units in Judea and Samaria were approved this week by a sub-committee of the Supreme Planning Council.

The head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, Shlomo Neeman said this sends an important message to those “…who are sabotaging the prosperity and success…” of the communities in Judea and Samaria. “After the difficult evacuation of Netiv Ha’avot last June, we are now building and growing, and we will continue to do so.”

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Early Elections – Who Will They Choose?

Too many Jewish lives have been lost to terror. Constant surrender to terror – ceasefires – will only do damage to the security of Israel in the long run.

That was the crux of former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s argument nearly six weeks ago when he resigned in response to another ceasefire with militants in Gaza. It was also the breaking point of a government about to collapse.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the parties in his coalition decided to disperse the Knesset this week and hold an early general election on April 9.

PM Netanyahu said now that the urgent security matter of the Hezbollah terror tunnels has been dealt with, proceeding with early elections is possible.

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Weighing in on the Pullout

In the wake of President Trump’s surprise announcement that the US will pull out of Syria, the feedback continues.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot remarked publicly for the first time about the US pullout. Read what he said, HERE.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked says it’s “bad for Israel” and good for Erdogan.

Caroline Glick discusses the pros and cons of Trump’s decision HERE.

JNS-Jewish National Syndicate reports that secret talks reached an understanding with Russia that will enable Israel to retain the freedom to attack Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria.

In his Arutz Sheva OpEd, AFSI Chairman Mark Langfan thinks President Trump is clever!

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