Israel sues Volkswagen for $152 million over ‘fraudulent software’

July 8, 2020 by  

Israel has filed a $152 million lawsuit in a Tel Aviv court against the German automaker Volkswagon; its subsidiary Audi; and its local distributor, Champion Motors, for allegedly committing fraud and negligence. Read more

Netanyahu: ‘Very strong’ COVID-19 resurgence is an ‘emergency situation’

July 6, 2020 by  

Israel is in the midst of a renewed, “very strong” resurgence of COVID-19 that will see “an increase and a doubling of the number of severe cases,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting. Read more

Report: Palestinians angry at Arab-world indifference to Israeli sovereignty bid

July 6, 2020 by  

Palestinian frustration and anger with the Arab world for its general indifference to Israel’s plan to extend sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria are growing, Palestinian Media Watch reported on Friday. Read more

Hackers disrupt Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s online gala fundraiser

July 3, 2020 by  

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s virtual gala on Sunday was disrupted by what is now confirmed to be a cyber attack. Read more

Arab parties pen letter to EU calling for sanctions on Israel over sovereignty bid

July 2, 2020 by  

The Joint List, a group of predominantly Israeli Arab parties which ran together during Israel’s recent elections, have sent a letter to Josep Borell, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the chief foreign diplomat of the European Union, calling on him to take measures against Israel should it move ahead with plans to apply its sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria. Read more

Israeli minister: Sovereignty move not beginning July 1

July 1, 2020 by  

Israeli Minister of Higher Education Ze’ev Elkin said on Tuesday that the government’s plans to extend sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria would not begin on July 1, as originally stated. Read more

‘Arabs, not Jews, founded and built Jerusalem’

July 1, 2020 by  

A Jordanian institute presented a new spin on regional history over the weekend, claiming that it was the Arabs—not the Jews—who founded Jerusalem in biblical times. Read more

Report: US ambassador’s Herzliya residence put up for sale at record $125 million

July 1, 2020 by  

Following the transfer of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Herzliya residence of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has been put on the market for a record NIS 300 million ($A125 million). Read more

Netanyahu: Applying Israeli law in Judea and Samaria will advance peace

June 30, 2020 by  

In an address on Sunday night to the Christians United for Israel Virtual Summit 2020, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinians “not to lose another opportunity, not to waste another century trying to destroy Israel.” Read more

Qassem Soleimani’s daughter weds Hezbollah chief’s cousin

June 30, 2020 by  

Zeinab Soleimani, the 17-year-old daughter of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in January by U.S. forces, just married Riza Safi al-Din, the son of a senior Hezbollah leader. The couple was wed over the weekend. Read more

Israel extends COVID-19 travel restrictions until Aug. 1

June 29, 2020 by  

The Israel Airports Authority has informed all airlines that the COVID-19 restrictions for passengers entering the country are being extended for an additional month. Read more

UN official calls for ‘menu of countermeasures’ to Israel’s sovereignty bid

June 29, 2020 by  

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Michael Lynk has urged the European Union to take real and drastic steps against Israel if Jerusalem moves forward with its plans to extend its sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria, and called upon the European body to “develop a menu of countermeasures.” Read more

British education secretary ousted for sharing ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theory’

June 26, 2020 by  

British Labour Party member Rebecca Long-Bailey was ousted on Thursday as shadow education secretary after sharing an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theory” on Twitter. Read more

UN secretary-general to Security Council: Israeli sovereignty ‘calamitous’ for the region

June 25, 2020 by  

In a report to the United Nations Security Council, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged Israel to drop plans to extend sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria, saying it would be a “most serious violation of international law.” Read more

UN envoy to Palestinians: ‘Do not lose sight of goal of free Palestinian state’

June 25, 2020 by  

U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolai Mladenov told a mass gathering in the Palestinian Authority on Monday “never to give up” their aspirations for statehood. Read more

Palestinian official says resistance to Israel’s sovereignty bid to remain peaceful, for now

June 23, 2020 by  

Senior Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub said on Sunday that while peaceful resistance is the preferred strategy at the moment with regard to Israel’s plan to apply its sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria, “our fingers are on the triggers.” Read more

Roger Waters: Zionism an ‘ugly stain’ that must be removed

June 23, 2020 by  

According to British musician Roger Waters, U.S. businessman Sheldon Adelson is a “right-wing fascist, racist bigot” who controls U.S. President Donald Trump and believes only Jews are fully human. Read more

Bolton: Netanyahu ‘dubious’ about Kushner leading Mideast peace initiative

June 22, 2020 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed “dubious” about White House senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner leading the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan, according to former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in his upcoming book, according to multiple media reports on Thursday. Read more

Facebook removes Trump campaign ads, including one with Nazi prisoner symbol

June 22, 2020 by  

Facebook removed Trump campaign ads on Thursday that targeted the far-left Antifa movement, including one with a downward-pointing red triangle that apparently resembled a Nazi designation symbol for political prisoners in concentration camps. Read more

Report: US administration to hold ‘dramatic’ meeting on Israel’s sovereignty bid

June 22, 2020 by  

Senior U.S. administration officials will hold a meeting this week on whether or not to give the green light to the Israeli government to apply sovereignty in the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria, according to Israeli media reports. Read more

ADL joins with other civil-rights groups in calling for July boycott of Facebook

June 19, 2020 by  

The U.S. Anti-Defamation League, along with several civil-rights groups, is calling for corporations to boycott Facebook in July over its unwillingness to ban hate speech on the social-media company’s platform. Read more

Calls to abduct IDF soldiers heard during Haifa protest

June 19, 2020 by  

Dozens of Arab Israelis called for the abduction of Israel Defense Forces soldiers at a rally in Haifa on Tuesday. Read more

‘Israel expecting 90,000 new immigrants by the end of 2020’

June 19, 2020 by  

Israeli Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata said on Wednesday that as many as 90,000 new immigrants are expected to arrive in Israel over the next 18 months. Read more

Top foreign-policy adviser says Biden would keep ‘all’ US sanctions on Iran ‘in place’

June 18, 2020 by  

If elected president in November, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden would have all U.S. sanctions on Iran stay in place, including the ones enacted under U.S. President Donald Trump, according to the presumptive Democratic nominee’s top foreign-policy adviser. Read more

UK investigates links between London accounting firm and Palestinian terror group

June 18, 2020 by  

The United Kingdom has launched an investigation into ties between the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), headquartered in London, and the Palestinian terror group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Read more

Israel extends emergency coronavirus regulations for 45 days

June 18, 2020 by  

Israel’s Knesset voted on Tuesday to extend emergency regulations aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Read more

Boris Johnson: Israel’s sovereignty plan breaches international law

June 18, 2020 by  

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, and parts of Judea and Samaria, constitutes a violation of international law. Read more

Palestinian official threatens religious war if Israel proceeds with sovereignty plans

June 17, 2020 by  

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki “continues to demonize Israel with the libel that Israel plans ‘to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the alleged Temple,’ a new report reveals. Read more

Greenblatt: Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria not illegal, land not ‘Palestinian’

June 16, 2020 by  

Former White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote on Monday that the U.S. government does not believe that the extension of Israeli sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria would be illegal and that it is, in fact, permitted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan. Read more

Music video glorifying terrorist murderers aired on official Palestinian TV

June 16, 2020 by  

A music video aired on official Palestinian Authority television in June included images of terrorists, including Dalal Mughrabi, who together with others murdered 37 Israelis, among them 12 children, in 1978, according to an Israel-based media watchdog. Read more

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