Several civilians are wounded in an anti-tank guided missile attack from Lebanon, the military says, writes the Times Of Israel.
The missile struck a number of civilian vehicles near the northern community of Dovev, close to the border.
Their conditions are not immediately clear.
The Israel Defense Forces says it is responding with artillery shelling toward the source of the missile fire.
Separately, the IDF says it struck a cell in southern Lebanon preparing to launch rockets or missiles at Israel.
Also overnight, an IDF drone hit an anti-tank missile squad in southern Lebanon preparing to carry out an attack near Metula, the IDF adds.
Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, comments on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s press conference last night, saying that the premier’s “hatred of failure” is pushing him to “moral, humanitarian and political blindness,” which will lead to “further bloodshed, destruction and displacement.”
“Netanyahu came out yesterday to announce the strategic goal of the war: the complete reoccupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, forgetting or ignoring that his occupation is doomed, and we are the ones who will remain,” al-Sheikh writes on his account at X, formerly Twitter.
In a joint press conference with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Minister Benny Gantz, Netanyahu indicated that Israel would oppose the return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza following the war — an aspiration expressed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over the past week, and with which Washington also reportedly agrees.
Gaza cannot be ruled by “a civil authority that educates its children to hate Israel, to kill Israelis, to eliminate the State of Israel… an authority that pays the families of murderers [amounts] based on the number they murdered… an authority whose leader still has not condemned the terrible [October 7] massacre 30 days later,” Netanyahu said of the PA last night.
The premier also reiterated that Israel will persist with its military offensive to eradicate Hamas in the wake of the terror group’s October 7 massacre.
President Isaac Herzog reveals that an annotated copy of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” was found in a children’s room that was used as a base by terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip.
Herzog holds up a copy of the Arabic translation of the Nazi leader’s book during an interview with the BBC.
“This is Adolf Hitler’s book, ‘Mein Kampf,’ translated into Arabic,” Herzog tells the BBC, according to a statement from the President’s Residence. “This is the book that led to the Holocaust and the book that led to World War II.”
The President’s Residence says the book was found in a residential building, among the personal belongings of a terrorist, and had been annotated.
“The terrorist wrote notes, marked the sections, and studied again and again, Adolf Hitler’s ideology to hate the Jews, to kill the Jews, to burn and slaughter Jews wherever they are. This is the real war we are facing,” Herzog says.
“After the massacre and atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists on October 7 — the day on which the largest number of Jews were murdered since the Holocaust — this is another revelation that testifies to the sources of inspiration of the terrorist organization Hamas, and proves once again that all its actions have the same goal as the Nazis — the destruction of Jews,” the President’s Residence says in a statement.
The Israel Defense Forces publishes recordings of calls between a senior officer in the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and hospital staff at the Shifa, Rantisi, and Nasr hospitals in northern Gaza, instructing them how to safely evacuate toward the southern part of the Strip.
Palestinians have been able to leave the three hospitals, either by foot or in ambulances, after the IDF secured routes that lead to the Salah a-Din road, which serves as a humanitarian corridor for several hours during the day.
The IDF has accused Hamas of using Gaza’s hospitals for terror purposes, including situating its main headquarters under Shifa.
“Anyone who wishes to move from the hospital and toward the hospital, Al-Wehda Street, east of the hospital, is open,” says a senior officer in COGAT’s Coordination and Liaison Administration, to an official at Shifa.
“There are no Israeli forces on the eastern side of the hospital,” the officer says.
Rocket fire continues toward the Gaza border communities, with sirens sounding in Nahal Oz.
There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The communities have been largely evacuated of civilians since the initial days of the war.
COGAT, the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, says that 14,320 tons of humanitarian aid have entered the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the war.
“There is no limit to the amount of food, water and medical equipment that can enter Gaza,” COGAT says. “We invite the international community to coordinate and we will facilitate.”
While aid has trickled into the Strip, humanitarian organizations say it is nowhere near enough.
Israel says Hamas has stockpiles of fuel and supplies that it is keeping from an increasingly desperate civilian population.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi flew over the Gaza Strip to view the military’s ground operation and to speak with forces over the radio.
A video published by the IDF shows Halevi identifying the Golani Brigade in Gaza.
“Right now we are waving at you with the flag of the 1st Brigade, and with the flag of the number one country,” says Col. Yair Palai over the radio.
“Tell all your people that you are doing an important job, everyone is behind you, and the entire IDF is working for you to advance, until victory,” Halevi responds.
Halevi was joined by Israel Air Force’s chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Omer Tishler, and the commander of the 100th Squadron, Lt. Col. Shay (his last name is withheld by the IDF for security reasons).
Opposition Leader Yair Lapid reacts angrily to reports that the Finance Ministry will continue to fund political priorities in the West Bank and for ultra-Orthodox schools, despite a government resolution to reallocate coalition discretionary funds to the war effort.
“While IDF soldiers are risking their lives, Finance Minister [Bezalel] Smotrich is harming the war effort, harming national resilience, harming Israeli society,” Lapid writes on X.
Smotrich, a far-right former settler activist, “is not interested in anything except his ‘base,’” Lapid says, and is using “Israeli citizens’ money to practice petty politics during wartime.”
The Kan public broadcaster reported Saturday that Smotrich decided to transfer hundreds of millions of shekels to priorities in the West Bank and to ultra-Orthodox school networks, against advice from the treasury’s professional staff. The latter answers Haredi political demands.
A Finance Ministry official told the Knesset’s Finance Committee last week that the treasury has enough funds to support the war effort. Smotrich has repeatedly promised to reopen the budget in order to redistribute funds in line with war priorities.
On Friday, Smotrich said that he froze 70% of non-transferred 2023 coalition funds, some NIS 1.6 billion, to be redistributed to the war effort.