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Nine teenage hikers dead in Israel

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018

Various of helicopters and police cars holding rescue operation for 10 youths who went missing after being swept away by flashflood (REUTERS)

Nine 18-year-old hikers have been killed and one is missing after a flash flood swept them away in Nahal Tzafit, Southern Israel.

Israeli media said they belonged to a group of around 25, who were members of a pre-army preparatory programme.

Some 15 other hikers were rescued, two of them reportedly suffering from hypothermia.

The group had been walking close to the Tzafit stream, near the Dead Sea, when the flood struck.

Army rescue helicopters and the fire brigade’s diving unit are searching for the missing hiker, believed to be a young woman. — Reuters

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Duterte: PH to buy arms only from Israel

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) stands next to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting in Jerusalem September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

 

During his meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will only buy weapons from Israel.

“My orders to my military, that in terms of military equipment, particularly intelligence gathering, we only have one country to buy from – that is Israel,” he said.

He also said that the United States is a “good friend” but added that buying from them entails limitations, and it’s the same with China and Germany.

“If they (United States) sell you something, they would also be listening, so will China and everybody else, Germany,” said Duterte.

In mid-August, three prominent members of US President Donald Trump’s Cabinet signified through a letter the Trump administration’s intention to enter into an arms deal with the Philippines.

But Duterte challenged the U.S. government’s sincerity especially after the U.S State Department called off the procurement of assault rifles to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in 2016 citing concerns of human rights violations in line the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

“Bumili tayo ng 23,000 rifles. What happened? Binara ng isang congressman, ilang senador, ng Congress nila so I was forced to go to China (We bought 23,000 rifles. What happened? A congressman and several senators blocked the sale. So, I was forced to go to China),” the President had said. — Rosalie Coz

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Israelis protest arms sale to the Philippines as Duterte, Rivlin meet

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

 

A protester holding a banner showing Duterte holding up an Israeli made Galil assault rifle | REUTERS

Israelis staged a protest against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Jerusalem on Tuesday (September 4) as the Filipino leader met with his counterpart Reuven Rivlin.

Duterte, on a four-day visit to Israel and Jerusalem, thanked Rivlin and welcomed further defense deals with Israel that were on the president’s trip’s agenda alongside tourism and labor deals.

The visit is aimed at cementing relationships between the Asian power and booming Israel, both historical U.S. allies.

The Philippine military, coast guard, and police have in the past acquired defense systems and weapons from Israel. But the Asian power has also purchased arms from other countries as well.

The Israeli defense ministry said it does not comment on the country’s defense exports.

In front of the presidential residence, a handful of protesters demonstrated against a possible weapons deal between the two countries.

The protesters chanted “shame” and “fascist” at Duterte and held up banners depicting the president with an Israeli-made Galil assault rifle, reading ‘Stop the Killings’.

Duterte who also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visited Israel’s Holocaust memorial on Monday (September 3) departs for neighboring Jordan on Wednesday (September 5). — Reuters

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PH inks trade, labor, science deals with Israel

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio arrives at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 2, 2018. | PCOO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formally received President Rodrigo Duterte who is in Israel for a for a four-day official visit.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of three agreements on trade, science, and caregiving.

Netanyahu underscored the diplomatic ties of the two countries that go back to when the Philippines provided sanctuary to Jewish refugees after World War II and voting at the United Nations in favor of the establishment of the State of Israel.

“We remember our friends, and that friendship has blossomed over the years and especially over the last few years,” he said.

The Prime Minister also recognized the assistance that Filipino caregivers provide to Israeli families.

“There has been a remarkable phenomenon in Israel where thousands and thousands of families have taken heart from the support given by Filipino caretakers for the elderly,” he said.

President Duterte, in turn, expressed his gratitude to the Jewish state for its fair treatment of Filipino migrant workers.

He also assured that the Philippines is prepared to extend support should Israel ever need it.

“We share the same passion for peace, we share the same passion for human beings but also we share the same passion of not allowing our country to be destroyed by those who have the corrupt ideology, who know nothing but to kill and destroy. And in this sense Israel can expect any help that the Philippines can extend to your country,” Duterte said.

The President also visited Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and is set to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivilin.

Duterte is scheduled to visit a military camp to look at various advanced military weapon and equipment. — UNTV News & Rescue

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