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In the last 48 hours, Israel has conducted air strikes on and aimed tank fire at Syrian army positions near Quneitra’s northern suburb of Baath city. (See map). The mortar shells that exploded on the Israeli Golan came from a battle in which Syrian and Hizballah units were fighting off a Syrian rebel offensive around Quneitra, just 3km from the Israeli border.
In the face of strong warnings by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Syrian mortars again spilled over to the Golan Sunday for the second day in a row. There was no damage or casualties this time too. IDF tanks opened fire on Syrian positions in the Quneitra area, which the Israeli air force targeted the day before. Earlier Sunday, Netanyahu stated at the weekly cabinet meeting: “Our policy is clear. We will not tolerate any kind of 'trickle, not of mortars, rockets, or spillover fire [from the Syrian Civil War]. We shall respond forcefully to every attack.”
Netanyahu also repeated: “We also view with utmost gravity Iran's attempts to establish itself militarily in Syria as well as its attempts to arm Hezbollah – via Syria and Lebanon – with advanced weaponry.
Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister ever to visit Israel when he arrives next week to celebrate the burgeoning economic, defense, and arms development ties between the two countries. The Israeli cabinet Sunday approved measures for boosting exports, deepening cooperation in agricultural and water projects, establishing a joint research and development fund and enhancing tourism from India, which has for years been a popular getaway destination for young Israelis.
Under heavy pressure from the ultra-Orthodox ministers, the Israeli cabinet led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday revoked the January 2016 accord with non-Orthodox Jewish communities worldwide for a space at the Western Wall outside the men-only Orthodox area for free, egalitarian worship. There were only two dissenters, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Energy Yuval Steinitz, who warned that the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel and the Diaspora would bitterly resent the divisive decision. The Western Wall in Jerusalem is held by all Jewish communities as its holiest shrine. The government action just beat the Monday deadline for the High Court of Justice to rule on petitions against the government ,for failing to uphold the 2016 agreement and slowing construction work at the southern section of the Wall dedicated to pluralistic worship.