Israelis are not celebrating upcoming holiday lockdown

September 15, 2020 by  
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Back in April and May, Israel halted what appeared to be the rapid trajectory of the coronavirus. A severe lockdown during the Passover holiday pushed the number of new cases per day, down from approximately 700 a few weeks earlier to less than two-dozen daily cases. At the time, many Israelis believed and hoped that the Jewish state’s bout with COVID-19 was coming to a rapid conclusion. Read more

Hungary only EU country to send diplomat to Israel-UAE treaty signing

September 15, 2020 by  
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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto is the only diplomat from the European Union planning to attend today’s signing in Washington for the Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal, Reuters reported. Read more

Oman welcomes normalisation between Bahrain and Israel

September 14, 2020 by  
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Oman welcomes Bahrain’s move to normalise relations with Israel, the Oman News Agency reported on Sunday. Read more

Trump triumphs as PLO continues to dig its own grave

September 14, 2020 by  
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President Trump’s announcement on 11 September that Israel would shortly be signing a peace treaty with a fourth Arab State – Bahrain – and possibly several others very soon – has triggered a spiteful response from Saeb Erekat, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Read more

Turkey’s bid to return to Ottoman-era glory endangers Israel and the region

September 13, 2020 by  
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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has high ambitions. He wants to take his country back to what he perceives as the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, but the leader, who has been described as “pugnacious” and has been at the pinnacle of power since 2002, appears to be leading the country down the wrong path as he quashes secularism, supports radical Islamism, suppresses democratic reforms and adopts a forceful foreign-policy approach that aims to assert Turkish hegemony in the region. Read more

Jewish and pro-Israel groups welcome Israel-Bahrain normalization agreement

September 13, 2020 by  
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Jewish and pro-Israel groups instantly applauded Israel and Bahrain for agreeing on Friday to normalize relations between the two countries—the second of its kind between Israel and a Persian Gulf nation in the wake of the United Arab Emirates. Read more

On the other hand

September 6, 2020 by  
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Schools are back and a collective sigh of relief from parents can be heard throughout the land. Read more

Palestinian Authority daily claims that Israel is behind Beirut blast

August 12, 2020 by  
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A writer for the official Palestinian Authority daily accused Israel of being behind the explosion in Beirut last week that cost the lives of at least 163 people and injured thousands, as well as left hundreds of thousands homeless. Read more

Media polls show Yamina to grow; Likud and Blue and White to slip

August 9, 2020 by  
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Media polls released on Thursday show that if Israeli elections were held today, Yamina would grow, while the Likud and the Blue and White parties would slip. Read more

Despite tensions, Israel offers aid to Lebanon in wake of disaster

August 5, 2020 by  
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Israel has officially offered humanitarian aid to Lebanon in wake of the massive explosion that wreaked havoc in the centre of the city, despite the tensions between the two countries. Read more

Is Hezbollah interested in a wide-scale conflict with Israel?

In light of threats from Hezbollah to retaliate over the death of one of its members in Syria last week, the Israel Defense Force has sent reinforcements to its northern border including advanced fire capabilities, intelligence collection systems and special operational units. Read more

Netanyahu’s five-point battleground to stay in power

July 31, 2020 by  
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Since fortifying Israel’s frayed political system with a victory over his political rivals and the formation of a unity coalition in April, governance for Israel’s embattled prime minister has been anything but simple. Read more

Over and out

July 31, 2020 by  
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“There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.” Read more

What does Iran’s pivot to China mean for Israel?

July 25, 2020 by  
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China and Iran are said to be currently working on a 25-year, $400 billion “strategic partnership” that would see massive Chinese investment in Iranian infrastructure in return for below-market-priced oil and massive regional influence. Read more

25th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

July 24, 2020 by  
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The Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) has announced plans for a series of events leading up to the 25thanniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, promoting Rabin’s legacy of peace and tolerance Read more

Israeli model Bar Refaeli convicted and sentenced for tax evasion

July 22, 2020 by  
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A Tel Aviv court convicted Israeli model Bar Refaeli, 35, on Monday on four counts of tax offences and sentenced her nine months of community service. Read more

Jews aren’t indigenous to Israel? According to whom?

July 12, 2020 by  
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There are a lot of things wrong with woke culture. While the impulse to demonstrate solidarity with the oppressed and opposition to bad things like racism is, in principle, praiseworthy, the virtue signalling is insufferable. Read more

Report: Mossad thwarts multiple Iranian attacks on Israeli embassies

July 9, 2020 by  
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Israel’s Channel 12 has reported that the Mossad has prevented multiple Iranian attacks against Israeli embassies in Europe and elsewhere. Read more

New Irish government rejects effort to boycott Israeli products

The anti-Israel movement in Ireland has suffered a major defeat. Earlier this month, the political parties working on forming the next government in Ireland eliminated a key bill that would have placed a boycott on products produced in Israeli settlements. Read more

A rat’s tale changes our 
understanding of human evolution

June 24, 2020 by  
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Roughly 200,000-year-old fossils from a Carmel Cave in northern Israel indicate that human migration from Africa actually occurred during the Ice Age. Read more

The debate over the future of the territories

June 18, 2020 by  
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Why is the future of the West Bank (also known as Judea and Samaria) such a critical issue for Israel? Why does it engender debate, even strong debate, influencing even the language adopted for describing it? Read more

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

June 18, 2020 by  
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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

Israel extends emergency coronavirus regulations for 45 days

June 18, 2020 by  
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Israel’s Knesset voted on Tuesday to extend emergency regulations aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Read more

Israelis can’t mask a lack of anxiety

June 10, 2020 by  
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The reopening of the Israeli economy after nearly two months of COVID-19 closures was bound to lead to laxity on the part of the public. And it did, in spite of endless Health Ministry warnings that a release from lockdown bondage would require extra vigilance where social-distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing were concerned. Read more

ICC moving ahead with investigation against Israel 

June 10, 2020 by  
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The International Criminal Court has announced it will move ahead with its investigation against Israel even though Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas declared the annulment of all agreements with Israel and the United States. Read more

Israel ‘hits emergency brake’ on easing of COVID-19 restrictions

June 9, 2020 by  
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The Israeli government has decided to pause the easing of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) related restrictions after the country experienced an increase in the rate of infection in recent days. Read more

Take conversion therapies off the agenda

June 8, 2020 by  
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The Association for LGBTQ Equality [Aguda] in Israel has presented Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin an index which lists responses and services in 30 municipal authorities in Israel in 2019 for the LGBTQ community. Read more

Israel successfully tests state-of-the-art LORA missile system

June 4, 2020 by  
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on Tuesday that it had completed a successful test of its new, state-of-the-art ballistic missile system, which has a 400-kilometre range. Read more

Abbas declares end to agreements with Israel, US

May 20, 2020 by  
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Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to the agreements signed with Israel and the United States and said he was turning over responsibility for the PA territories back to Israel. Read more

Biden: West Bank annexation ‘will choke off hope for peace’

May 20, 2020 by  
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Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said on Tuesday that if Israel applies sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, it would “choke off any hope for peace,” according to audio obtained by JNS. Read more

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