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IDF Briefs Amb. Haley on Security Situation along Israel's Borders

06-08-2017
IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Aviv Kohavi with US UN Amb. Nikki Haley and Israeli UN Amb. Danny Danon, Photo, IDF

JERUSALEM, Israel – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley got a bird's eye view of Israel's southern and northern borders Thursday and briefings on the ground by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Aviv Kohavi.

During the flight to the southern border with the Gaza Strip, Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon, who's accompanying Haley on her three-day visit to Israel, explained the security challenges with Hamas, the Palestinian terror group controlling the Gaza Strip.

"Hamas pours its resources into arms and digging murderous terror tunnels instead of investing in a better future for the residents of Gaza," Danon explained. "They educate their youth to hate Israel instead of providing them with the opportunity to grow and flourish."

Haley toured the Kerem Shalom Border Crossing with Gaza and got a firsthand tour of the opening of a cross-border terror tunnel. She also met with residents of Kibbutz Nahal Oz, who have experienced attempted infiltrations by Hamas terrorists.

Afterward, she will fly to the northern borders with Lebanon and Syria, where she will be briefed on the security situation there.

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