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Post  Admin on Sun 18 Aug 2019, 8:48 pm

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Islamic Jihad says Israel’s latest terrorist intercept means war
 August 18, 2019
Islamic Jihad says Israel’s latest terrorist intercept means warPalestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists march during a military drill near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip. (Flash90/Abed Rahim Khatib)
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Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip issued threats following Israel’s successful effort to stop three armed terrorists from crossing the border.

By World Israel News Staff

Terror organization Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad issued threatening statements condemning Israel following the IDF’s successful interception of four armed terrorists attempting to infiltrate into Israel from a northern section of the Gaza Strip, Israel’s Channel 12 reports on Sunday.

Their warnings could be a sign of further escalation as the number of attacks by armed terrorists has increased. On August 10, Israel stopped a similar infiltration from the Gaza Strip involving three heavily armed terrorists.

Hamas spokesman Abd Latif al-Qanou said, “The occupation continues to use extreme force and it commits crimes against the Palestinian people and youth in the siege of Gaza, occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank.”

“The force of the anger and the pressure will explode in the face of the occupation if the Gaza blockade isn’t lifted,” he added.

“We consider the Zionist regime responsible for all crimes against our people. The silence of the international community encourages the occupation to continue the siege of the Gaza Strip and commit other crimes.”

Islamic Jihad also responded, saying Israel’s actions were a “declaration of war.”

Israel eliminated the four terrorists (original reports said there were three) after an IDF lookout post spotted them attempting to cross the border. An Israeli helicopter and tank fired toward the terrorists, killing them.

Also, three rockets were fired from Gaza with one being intercepted above the town of Sderot, which had enjoyed a period of relative calm for the past month. One of the rockets fell into a resident’s yard. No one was hurt in that instance.

Six Israelis were injured lightly, most while running to shelter when the red alert was sounded, warning of incoming missiles. Residents have only 15 seconds to get to shelter from the moment the siren sounds until the rocket impacts.

One of those injured was a 76-year-old woman.
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Post  Admin on Thu 15 Aug 2019, 6:42 pm

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Israel bans entry of US Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib
 August 15, 2019
Israel bans entry of US Congresswomen Omar and TlaibPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a cabinet meeting. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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Concern over potential provocations by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has caused Israel to reverse course on their visit. 

By World Israel News Staff

Israel has decided to bar two Muslim pro-BDS members of Congress from entering Israel over fears of provocation that they would cause and their unwillingness to coordinate with Israeli authorities, according to multiple reports.

Officials had reportedly been examining the official wording of the decision with legal authorities.  Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced the decision late Thursday afternoon.

According to a press statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Israel Katz and Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan explained that “the State of Israel respects the U.S. Congress, as part of the close alliance, but it is inconceivable that anyone who wishes to harm the State of Israel will be allowed” to visit.

“Israel has decided. We won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Kan News. “We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle, this is a very justified decision.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were expected to arrive in Israel at the end of the week. Reportedly, they have been coordinating their visit with Palestinian figures.

Israeli law bars entry into the country of those who support a boycott of the Jewish State. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared inclined to allow Omar and Tlaib to visit following pressure from leading figures in the U.S. Democratic Party.

The decision to bar reflects Israel’s concern over potential incitement on the part of the two congresswomen while they are in Israel or the Palestinian-administered territories.

Omar and Tlaib have made statements that included anti-Semitic tropes, have supported anti-Israel groups, and have questioned Israel’s right to its land.

In July, Omar introduced a House resolution in support of BDS, which Tlaib co-sponsored. Tlaib compared the BDS movement to boycotts against Nazi Germany.

Omar has insinuated that the AIPAC pro-Israel lobby group in Washington pays off members of Congress to support Israel.

She and Tlaib have close ties with CAIR, the Council of American-Islamic Relations, which is believed to be linked with Hamas.
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Democratic presidential candidate calls US recognition of Golan ‘interference’ in Israeli politics
 August 14, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate calls US recognition of Golan ‘interference’ in Israeli politicsSouth Bend Indiana mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. (Screenshot via JNS)
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“The president used U.S. foreign policy to put a thumb on the scale for right-wing allies within Israeli domestic politics,” said South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

By Jackson Richman, JNS

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, denounced on Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights as an “interference” in the State of Israel and its politics.

“There are very legitimate Israeli security concerns,” said the 37-year-old in response to a question from JNS following his speech at the annual Iowa State Fair on “The Des Moines Register Soapbox,” where candidates for president and other offices give an allotted 20-minute speech. “That being said, I would have, in that situation, had this be part of a negotiated discussion. The really upsetting thing about what was done with the Golan Heights was that it was an intervention in Israeli domestic politics.”

“In other words, the president used U.S. foreign policy to put a thumb on the scale for right-wing allies within Israeli domestic politics. This is totally the wrong basis for our policy. So we can talk about the future of any of the hot-button issues in the Middle East,” continued Buttigieg. “The bottom line is when I am president we will do it not based on U.S. politics and not based on Israeli politics but based on what is best for the security of the Israeli-Palestinian [future].”

Regarding whether, if elected, he would undo the president’s move, Buttigieg responded, “I’m not going to make any declarations now about the future of that status other than to say that on my watch it would not have come about as part of the intervention of Israeli [politics].”

The Republican Jewish Coalition immediately challenged the mayor for his response.

“Top tier 2020 Democrat contender apparently wants Syria to have the Golan Heights, supports a foreign policy strategy that denies reality,” tweeted the organization.

However, Buttigieg did not say nor seemed to imply that Syria should have the Golan Heights, which many say is a geographic and strategic asset for the State of Israel.

Jerusalem embassy, Iran nuclear deal, settlements
Buttigieg has pledged, if elected, to keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, where it was relocated from Tel Aviv in May 2018, but re-enter the United States into the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which the Trump administration withdrew from, also in May 2018, reimposing sanctions lifted under it alongside enacting new financial penalties against the regime.

In June, along with criticizing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal, Buttigieg warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against fulfilling his campaign promise to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.

“If Prime Minister Netanyahu makes good on his threat to annex West Bank (Judea and Samaria) settlements, he should know that a President Buttigieg would take steps to ensure that American taxpayers won’t help foot the bill,” he declared.

While on the soapbox, Buttigieg called for gun-control measures, and also tackled immigration and the economy.

The Iowa Caucus will be held on Feb. 3, 2020.
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IDF soldier found stabbed to death near Hebron
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 August 8, 2019
IDF soldier found stabbed to death near HebronPolice and IDF forces near where the body of the soldier was found, Aug 8, 2019. (TPS/Aryeh 
The body of an IDF soldier was found near Hebron. He has been identified as Dvir Sorek.

By World Israel News Staff

The Israel Defense Forces said that the body of a soldier was found in the early hours of Thursday morning with stab wounds near the city of Hebron. He was identified as Dvir Sorek, 19, from the town of Ofra.

“The soldier was a student in a yeshiva, at the first stage of his military service. Our troops together with Israeli security forces are searching the area,” the IDF reported.

IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis said that a missing 19-year-old was reported during the night. Troops called into the area discovered his body not far from the yeshiva, Hesder Beren-Machanaim in Migdal Oz, where he studied. Migdal Oz is located in Gush Etzion.

“We are beginning to carry out steps on the working assumption that there is a terrorist cell in the area that carried out the attack,” Manelis said.

Sorek’s family were the ones who called in the report after not being able to make contact with him. His body was found at around 2:30 a.m.

Dvir Sorek
Dvir Sorek (Facebook)

The IDF suspects that this was an attempted kidnapping and that Sorek was killed in a place different from where he was found. Israel security forces say they believe he was taken in a vehicle and dumped along the side of the road.

Rabbi Shlomo Vilk told Army Radio on Thursday that Sorek “had gone to Jerusalem to buy presents for his rabbis as was his wont as a token of gratitude, and on the way back this horrific attack happened.”

“He was found embracing the books that he had bought,” the rabbi added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that security forces were “in pursuit now in order to capture the despicable terrorist and bring him to account.”
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Jewish activist storms Women’s March stage and confronts them about Jew-hatred
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Laura Loomer bravely stood up to antisemitism on the Womens’ March Stage. And her voice was definitely heard by everyone!
Laura Loomer Storms Women’s March Stage, Confronts Ocasio-Cortez About Ties To Jew Haters
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Storming the Women’s March Stage
Most people would not have the courage to do what Laura Loomer did at the Women’s March. She stood up and confronted the organizers for their blatant Jew-hatred. The people they associate with, the things they say – it all is just antisemitic. And Loomer was not going to stand for that. She is a Jew herself and rightly so, she yelled out, “The Women’s March does not represent Jewish people.” The March does not invite or represent all women. Their organizers are people like Linda Sarsour. They hate Jews. They love people like Louis Farrakhan who is a vile anti-semite.

So, it is understandable that Laura Loomer wanted to protest.
When the World Ignores It
When the world ignores such obvious antisemitism, it is frightening. Louis Farrakhan praises Hitler. And the Women’s March organizers praise Louis Farrakhan. By definition, they are praising Hitler as well.
How can anyone let this go on anymore? Who would even want to be part of such a despicable march? Laura Loomer tried to make a loud statement because it is truly too quiet when it comes to antisemitism. More voices need to speak up!




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Here is a recap of the top Israel news stories on August 6  2019.
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Saudi Arabia just did something for women that changes history
By Leah Rosenberg -  August 5, 2019 1823 0
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Saudi Arabia is not known for treating their women well. But recently, things seem to be changing. And this last change is historic!
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Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia definitely has a history of mistreating their women. Women in that country are limited in what they can do and wear. Not only women, but others as well. .
But in the last few years, women in Saudi Arabia have slowly been given more rights. And this last one included women being allowed to get their own passport and travel without the approval of their male “guardian,” whether that be a husband or father. Within the last few years, the prince has also made the decisions to allow women to vote, drive, and get a license.

Will This Lead to A New Future?
These changes are definitely positive for women in the Arab world, specifically for Saudi Arabian women. But the question is, will these changes lead to bigger and better things? Will women continuously be granted more freedom and rights? These historic moves give them independence and a sense that they matter too. In the Muslim world, women are often treated as less important than men. Maybe these new freedoms for women in Saudi Arabia will bring about new changes, not only for Saudi Arabians but for Muslim women throughout the world. Although things are far from perfect in the country that is known as the birthplace of Islam, maybe this road will lead to a better future.
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Avigdor Liberman sets his sights on prime minister’s chair
 August 4, 2019
Avigdor Liberman sets his sights on prime minister’s chairIsrael Beiteinu Chariman Avigdor Liberman in Tel Aviv, July 30, 2019. (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg)
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Liberman says he has the talent and experience to be prime minister. 

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Avigdor Liberman, head of the Israel Beiteinu party, appears to have his eyes directed at the prime minister’s office, Israel Hayom reports on Sunday.

“I don’t reject the possibility of a rotation at the head of the government,” he said at a Saturday event in Modi’in.

“There are those for whom the prime ministership is an obsession. For me, it’s an option. First, we need to win in the elections. The speculations I leave to others. It’s clear that every soldier wants to be chief of staff, but come, let’s keep our feet on the ground,” he said.

“It interests me to be prime minister, but I’m realistic and try to see the whole picture. I’m trying first of all to bring in enough mandates,” Liberman said.

The Likud party led by Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to go on the attack after Liberman’s remarks, Israel Hayom reports.

“The cat is out of the bag. Liberman dragged the state to the insanity of repeat elections only because of his desire to be prime minister. Today, he admitted that he desires to be prime minister in a rotation with Gantz,” the Likud said in a statement, referring to Benny Gantz, a former IDF chief of staff and head of the Blue and White party, which won 30 Knesset seats in April, making it the main challenger to the Likud.

Liberman issued a response shortly afterwards, saying there’s no possibility of a rotation with Netanyahu or with Gantz. “There’s no rotation, there’s no need for a rotation. Did I reject the possibility of myself ever becoming prime minister? No. I have the talents and the experience to be prime minister more than any other. But there’s no rotation.”

The Likud nevertheless insisted that Liberman does want a rotation and that his recent comments were evidence of his intentions.

Liberman brought down Netanyahu’s governing coalition in November 2018 when he quit as Defense Minister, arguing that the government wasn’t tough enough against Hamas in Gaza.

The Israel Beiteinu leader than prevented Netanyahu from forming a new coalition following the April elections, leading to a second round of elections scheduled for September 17.

Polls show Liberman strengthening in the polls. If accurate, that means he will again have the ability to decide if Netanyahu can form a government or not.
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After Syrian report of Israeli strike, Netanyahu says: ‘We are acting’
 August 2, 2019
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After Syrian report of Israeli strike, Netanyahu says: ‘We are acting’PM Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a memorial for Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky in Jerusalem, Aug. 1, 2019. (Flash90)
“On the northern front, we are acting against Iran and Hezbollah, and you are hearing about it,” said Netanyahu.

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Just hours after Syria’s SANA news agency reported on Thursday that Israel had launched a rocket toward Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Jerusalem gathering that “on the northern front, we are acting against Iran and Hezbollah, and you are hearing about it.”

The prime minister was addressing a memorial ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem for Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a leading pre-state Zionist figure whose ideology molded the principles of what is now Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Though speaking often of the need to prevent Iranian entrenchment and military buildups, Israel generally refrains from officially reacting to reports of specific attacks, and there was no statement from the IDF about Thursday’s reported rocket strike.

Saudi news channel Al Majd Hadith said the attack took place after movements of Hezbollah fighters were spotted in the area. It is one of the Syrian locations where Iran is attempting to establish military infrastructure, including listening posts for monitoring Israeli army activity on the Golan, Ynet news reports.

Israel has also reportedly been attacking Iranian targets in Iraq, as the Islamic Republic is said to be continuing to try to expand its presence in the region, and the Israeli military is extending its own efforts to track down and thwart the Iranian activity.

According to the London-based Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat, Israel struck two Iranian military sites this month in Iraq.

The report, citing Western diplomatic sources, said Israeli stealth F-35 jets hit an Iranian rocket depot northeast of Baghdad on July 19 and a base in Iraq that lies just 80 kilometers from the Iranian border in an airstrike on July 28. That base reportedly contained a shipment of Iranian ballistic missiles, as well as Iranian “advisers,” the report stated.
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Most religious Zionists support freedom of religion on Temple Mount
 July 21, 2019
Most religious Zionists support freedom of religion on Temple MountIsrael Police watching over Jews on the Temple Mount. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)
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81.9 percent of those asked favored handing over the Waqf from Jordanian control to Israeli authority.
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Against the backdrop of the ongoing prohibition against Jewish prayer at Judaism’s holiest shrine, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a new survey published Sunday shows that an overwhelming majority of Israelis who consider themselves Religious Zionists believe that the ban should be lift
Among the respondents, 77.6 percent said that Jews should have the right to pray on the Mount, says the Makor Rishon newspaper, which reports that the poll was conducted by the Direct Polls Institute.
Only 9.7 percent of the 569 people asked voiced objection to Jewish prayer at the site.
Among Religious Zionists, 58.9 percent of those questioned believed that Jews should be allowed to pray anywhere on the Mount, while 29.1 percent supported allocating an area where Jewish prayer would be permitted.
Despite capturing the Temple Mount in the 1967 war from Jordan, Israel gave the Jordanian Waqf, or Islamic Trust, control of the site. The move was boosted by opposition among various rabbis to having Jews ascend the Mount for fear they would not sufficiently purify themselves and might enter areas forbidden according to Jewish law.
In the years since, the number of Jews ascending the Mount has grown with rabbis providing guidelines of how to visit without violating the sanctity of the holy site, though other rabbinic authorities still oppose the practice.
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Qatar’s cash injections to Hamas now done secretly, report says
 July 21, 2019
Qatar’s cash injections to Hamas now done secretly, report saysA Palestinian shows off his cash in Gaza City, June 20, 2019. (Flash90/ Abed Rahim Khatib)
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Israel wants the cash delivered quietly so as not to arouse public disapproval, Gaza sources say.
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On Monday, Hamas will distribute the monthly grant which Qatar promised to deliver back in June in order to provide 60,000 needy families in the Gaza Strip. They will each be given $100.
According to the Ynet news site, Palestinians in Gaza wonder how the millions were transferred into the Strip.
The news outlet reports that it is done secretly, and that sources in Gaza told Ynet that doing so is part of an agreement with Israel so as to avoid public criticism in Israel.
In November 2018, pictures of suitcases filled with $15 million in Qatari cash entering the Strip sparked criticism from opposition politicians against the Netanyahu government. Tzipi Livni, then head of the opposition, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has sold out [our] security to his associates and has purchased temporary quiet from Hamas.”
The Jerusalem Post described the suitcases of cash traveling through the Erez border crossing as “reminiscent of a mafia movie.”
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Britain mulls sending nuclear sub to Gulf after Iran swipes tanker
 July 21, 2019
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British foreign secretary says he will announce measures after Iran seized two British oil tankers.
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A U.K. nuclear-powered submarine along with Royal Marine Commandos could be dispatched to reinforce British naval forces in the Gulf in the aftermath of Iran’s seizing on Friday of two British oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, reports The Sun.
The potential scenario was discussed at meetings of the Cobra emergency response committee, which responds to national or regional crises, says the British newspaper.
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If you want US President Donald Trump to win the next election, you should really love Ilhan Omar. Youtube personality Paul Joseph Watson explains why.
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Germany marks 75th anniversary of plot to kill Hitler
 July 21, 2019
Germany marks 75th anniversary of plot to kill HitlerAdolf Hitler (AP)
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Von Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb on July 20, 1944, during a meeting at his headquarters in what was then East Prussia.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Europeans to confront populism, nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism as she paid tribute to the Nazi resistance in her own country.
Speaking Saturday at a solemn ceremony marking the anniversary of the failed attempt to kill Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Merkel said the courage and sacrifice of the conspirator should serve as an example to people today.
“They put humanity over their own human lives,” she told the crowd at the site where plot leader Col. Claus von Stauffenberg and others were executed.
Von Stauffenberg tried to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb on July 20, 1944, during a meeting at his headquarters in what was then East Prussia. Hitler escaped the full force of the blast when someone moved the briefcase next to a table leg, deflecting much of the explosive force. The plot crumbled when news spread that Hitler had survived. Von Stauffenberg and his fellow plotters were executed within hours.
Merkel took the occasion to pay tribute to all who stood up against the Nazis in different ways, including people who hid Jews to save them from the death camps, the Jews who rose up in the Warsaw Ghetto to attack their Nazi captors in 1943, the Polish fighters of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and other partisans who fought against the German occupiers and others.
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US putting troops back in Saudi Arabia
 July 20, 2019
US putting troops back in Saudi ArabiaPresident Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP/Andrew Harnik)
With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending to Saudi Arabia jet fighters, missiles and hundreds of troops.
By Associated Press
On Friday, the Saudi Foreign Ministry announced a basing agreement with the U.S., which reportedly will involve installation of American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops.
These assets will be sent to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was abandoned by Washington after it toppled Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Senior American defense officials said some U.S. troops and Patriot air defense missile systems have already arrived at Prince Sultan Air Base, south of Riyadh, where the troops have been preparing for the arrival of aircraft later this summer as well as additional troops. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to provide details not publicly announced.
The agreement has been in the works for many weeks and is not a response specifically to Friday’s seizure by Iran of a British tanker in the Persian Gulf. Tensions with Iran have spiked since May when the Trump administration said it had detected increased Iranian preparations for possible attacks on U.S. forces and interests in the Gulf area.
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Report: US preparing to dispatch hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia
 July 18, 2019
Report: US preparing to dispatch hundreds of troops to Saudi ArabiaU.S. troops in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)
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The Trump administration is reinforcing its military relationship with Riyadh even as Congress passes resolutions against an arms deal with the Saudis. 
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The U.S. is reinforcing its military relationship with Saudi Arabia, CNN reports, by “preparing to send hundreds of troops to the country amid increasing tensions with Iran.”
CNN cited two U.S. defense officials as saying that “500 troops are expected to go to the Prince Sultan Air Base, located in a desert area east of the Saudi capital of Riyadh,” adding to a small number of troops and support personnel already there.
Initial preparations are being made for a U.S.-made Patriot missile system as well as runway and airfield improvements, CNN reported.
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Israeli archaeologists discover 1,200-year-old mosque near Bedouin city
 July 18, 2019
Israeli archaeologists discover 1,200-year-old mosque near Bedouin city1,200 year old mosque near Rahat in the Negev (YouTube
An early Islamic period mosque was discovered by Bedouin residents and students on vacation in an excavation supervised by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
By World Israel News Staff
Last week, the Israel Antiquities Authority posted a YouTube video showing a 1,200-year-old mosque that was discovered near the Bedouin city of Rahat, in Israel’s southern Negev region.
The mosque, an extremely rare find, was discovered in an area first conquered by Arabs in 636 AD.
It was a rectangular shape, open-topped building, with a round prayer niche, aligned in the direction of Mecca.
“A small, urban mosque, dating from the 7th or 8th century, would be a rare discovery anywhere in the world, but especially in the area north of Be’er Sheva,” said excavation directors Dr. Jon Seligman and Shahar Zur, referencing the largest city in the Negev Desert. “Large mosques are known in Jerusalem and Mecca, but here there is evidence of an ancient house of prayer that was apparently used by local farmers.”
According to reports, a farmhouse from the end of the Byzantine period (about 330 to 670 C.E.) as well as a small settlement from the beginning of the Islamic period (about 670-700 C.E.) were also discovered. The archaeologists uncovered living spaces, open courtyards, storage space and places for food preparation, including “tabuns,” which are open-air fireplaces used for baking.
“These sites were part of the agricultural system that existed in the northern Negev in the early periods,” explained the directors. “The land was suitable for growing crops, and the groundwater in the streams attracted settlers who wanted to work in agriculture.”
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Israeli candy maker wants to add marijuana components to its chocolates
 July 17, 2019
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Hemp oil is being increasingly lauded for a variety of health benefits, and Carmit is looking to tap international interest.
By Amir Kurz, Calcalist
Israeli confectionary manufacturer Carmit Candy Industries Ltd. has approached the Israeli Ministry of Health for permission to manufacture chocolate containing hemp seed oil, according to internal correspondence between the company and the ministry obtained by Calcalist.
Hemp oil, which has only trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects), is being increasingly lauded for a variety of health benefits, from cosmetics to dietary supplements. Carmit is looking to tap the growing global interest in “super foods” by creating and exporting the planned product, according to the correspondence.
According to documents obtained by Calcalist, Carmit filed the “new food” request in May. In June, the company approached the ministry again, but was told adding cannabis or cannabis components to food was forbidden in Israel due to its classification as a dangerous drug. Currently, the only such product permitted to be sold in Israel is cannabis seed oil with a THC concentration of up to five PPM (parts per million), the ministry representative told the company.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif: We could close Strait of Hormuz
 July 18, 2019
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif: We could close Strait of HormuzIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (AP/Hadi Mizban, File)
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Zarif says his country “doesn’t want” to close the Strait of Hormuz but could do it. 
By World Israel News Staff 
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his country “doesn’t want” to close the Strait of Hormuz, though “we certainly have the ability to do it.”
Zarif made the comment to the Bloomberg news outlet, in one of a string of interviews he granted Western media during a stay in New York City while involved in talks at the United Nations.
“About one-third of the world’s seaborne crude and fuels passed through the Strait of Hormuz last year, highlighting its key role in global oil markets,” noted the business news service.
During May and June, six tankers were attacked in the area. Iran has denied responsibility.
Iran did acknowledge shooting down a U.S. military drone in June, saying that it had entered Iranian airspace. The U.S. countered that the drone was over international waters.
“We defend our territory,” Zarif told CNN, in one of his other interviews while in New York, adding that “the United States drone… was shot down, because even without entering Iranian airspace, it could spy over our entire territory.”
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Palestinian Authority honors ‘martyr’ who murdered father of 12 and young soldier
 July 16, 2019
Palestinian Authority honors ‘martyr’ who murdered father of 12 and young soldierFatah official Abbas Zaki honoring murderer Omar Abu Laila. (PMW)
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“May Allah reward [him],” said a Fatah official greeting the family of murderer Omar Abu Laila
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When Fatah official Abbas Zaki arrived last week at the family home of Omar Abu Laila, who murdered two Israelis, he came to convey official recognition for the terrorist as a “heroic martyr.”
In March 2019, Abu Laila fatally shot Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, father of 12, in addition to stabbing to death Israeli soldier Gal Keidan.
Abu Laila was subsequently eliminated during a shootout with Israeli soldiers attempting to arrest him.
Since the terrorist’s death the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah have named a street, a square, and a mosque after him, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported. The PA has also referred to Abu Laila as “more honorable than [the rest] of us,” deeming him a “perfect human being.”
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With map of Israel in hand, Hezbollah leader details ‘huge destruction’ of Jewish state
 July 14, 2019
With map of Israel in hand, Hezbollah leader details ‘huge destruction’ of Jewish stateHezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah (AP/Hassan Ammar)
With a map of Israeli targets in his hand, arch-terrorist Hassan Nasrallah issued a series of threats to the Jewish state on Lebanese television.
By World Israel News Staff
Secretary general of the Hezbollah terror group, Hassan Nasrallah, rattled off a litany of threats during a recent interview with Lebanese media outlet Al-Manar, which was aired on the thirteenth anniversary of 2006’s Second Lebanon War.
As he conducted the interview, Nasrallah presented a map of Israel to the camera with dozens of identified “targets,” claiming that “the entire Israeli north is under [Hezbollah’s] fire, [including] the most strategic area, the Israeli coast.”
Nasrallah continued, “The 70‐km long Israeli coast starting from Netanya and ending by Ashdod is under [Hezbollah’s] fire, this area includes the most strategic Israeli sites,” referring explicitly to Ben Gurion airport, several arms depots, petrochemical plants, and ports in Tel Aviv and Ashdod.
Nasrallah also claimed that a war with Lebanon would “put the Israelis on the verge of vanishing.”
“Hezbollah at a minimum is capable of inflicting huge destruction on [Israel]. Our fighters have become expert and well-prepared for the invasion of the Galilee, we have several scenarios in this regards,” he maintained.
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US backs off from blacklisting Iran’s foreign minister ‘for now’
 July 11, 2019
US backs off from blacklisting Iran’s foreign minister ‘for now’Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (AP/Richard Drew)
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Backing away from a previous public statement, US officials said the US will not add Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif to its sanctions list – at least for now.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Two sources told Reuters that “cooler heads prevailed,” after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced on June 24 that sanctions would be imposed on Zarif the next week.
This could have been seen as another direct challenge to the Iranian regime at a time of rising tensions between the two countries and, one of the sources commented, “We…saw it as not necessarily helpful.”
The option is not completely off the table, however, as the source noted that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had opposed designating Zarif “for the time being.”
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Abbas advisor praises Nazi collaborator as ‘role model’
 July 13, 2019
Abbas advisor praises Nazi collaborator as ‘role model’Adolf Hitler receives the Grand Mufti of Palestine around Dec. 10, 1941. (AP Photo)
Nazi collaborator Haj Amin Al-Husseini was honored on social media by a top advisor to Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas.
By Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch
Known Nazi collaborator and former Mufti of Palestine, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was openly honored by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations, Mahmoud Al-Habbash.
During World War II Al-Husseini moved to Berlin, where he was an associate of Hitler and gave active support to the Nazi war effort. Al-Husseini was on Yugoslavia’s list of wanted war criminals, and was responsible for a Muslim SS division that murdered thousands of Serbs and Croats.
When the Nazis offered to free some Jewish children, Al-Husseini fought against their release, and as a result, 5,000 children were sent to the gas chambers.
This week, on the anniversary of his death, Abbas’ advisor posted Al-Husseini’s photo and praised him as a “role model,” writing, “On this day, on July 4, 1974, the great Palestinian national leader, [former] Mufti of Palestine and Head of the Arab Higher Committee Haj Amin Al-Husseini – who for many years led the Palestinian struggle against the British and Israeli occupation – passed away; our leaders are our role models.”
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Russian immigration to Israel spikes, but from France it plummets
 July 12, 2019
Russian immigration to Israel spikes, but from France it plummetsNew immigrants from North America arrive in Israel on a special flight on behalf of Nefesh B'Nefesh on August 15, 2018. (Flash90/ Yehuda Haim)
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The number of Russian immigrants marked the most dramatic increase, a rise of 46.6 percent from 2018. But the number of French immigrants dropped dramatically.
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Immigration to Israel increased in 2018 by 6.6 percent over the previous year, according to figures released Tuesday by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Immigration from Russia and the Ukraine showed the biggest increase. But French immigration dropped despite special efforts made to attract French Jews.
The number of French immigrants plummeted 23.5 percent from 2017. In 2018, 2,415 French Jews made Israel their home compared to a peak of 6,628 in 2015. It accounts for 8.7 percent of total immigration to Israel last year.
In November 2018, then-Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett launched a new project, called “Feel at Home.”
The program was publicized as aiming to provide a focused response to the specific needs of young new immigrants from France, with the stated objective of increasing and easing their integration into Israeli society.
However, while Israel hoped for larger numbers of French immigrants, particularly given the rise of anti-Semitism in that country, French Jews have opted for other places, including Canada, Australia and England.
The former Soviet republics account for two-thirds of Jews who made Israel their home during the past year. That immigration saw a spike of 46.6 percent in 2018 over 2017.
U.S. immigrants made up 9 percent of the total.
Israel encourages Diaspora Jews to move to Israel as part of a national mission to increase the percentage of world Jewry in Israel.
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Netanyahu warns Hezbollah, Lebanon: We’ll hit you with a ‘crushing military blow’
 July 14, 2019
Netanyahu warns Hezbollah, Lebanon: We’ll hit you with a ‘crushing military blow’Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. (AP/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli PM responds to Hassan Nasrallah’s vow to bring the Jewish State to the “verge of vanishing.”
By World Israel News Staff 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday that the Jewish State “will hit him and Lebanon with a crushing military blow… if Hezbollah dares to do some nonsense and attacks Israel.”
The prime minister spoke at the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting. He was responding to “Nasrallah’s remarks on his attack plans” which he made in an interview with Al-Manar, a Lebanese satellite television station affiliated with Hezbollah.
In addition to Hezbollah, Al-Manar itself has also been designated by the United States as a global terrorist entity.
In the interview, Nasrallah said that “Hezbollah at minimum is capable of inflicting huge destruction upon the Zionist entity,” the term he uses to refer to Israel.
Al-Manar reported that the Hezbollah leader was speaking on the 13th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War, which took place between Israel and the Iranian-backed terror organization. The war broke out on July 12, 2006 and lasted until August 14, 2006, following the approval of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for a full cessation of hostilities.
“Nasrallah stressed that the resistance today is more powerful than before, presenting its developed capabilities which he said will bring the Zionist entity to the ‘verge of vanishing,
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Munich Jewish Museum hosts anti-Semitic exhibit
 July 14, 2019
Munich Jewish Museum hosts anti-Semitic exhibitAn exhibit at the Munich Jewish Museum. (AP/Uwe Lein)
“The exhibition “makes use of popular anti-Semitic imagery, common among Germans who don’t necessarily know the reality in Israel,” noted a non-Jewish museum employee. “This is incitement.” 
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Jewish Museum in Munich has come under fire for an exhibit by Afghani-American photographer Fazal Sheikh, which critics charge is anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
The display, running May 29, 2019-February 23, 2020. includes pictures of the Negev taken by over a dozen artists with accompanying texts that slam the way Israel allegedly mistreats the Bedouin population in the region.
According to the wording next to one set of photographs, “The violent and devastating effects of Israel’s settlement and cultivation policy in the Negev (Arabic: Naqab) towards the local Bedouin population are made evident in Fazal Sheikh’s Desert Bloom series (2011).”
The main mission of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) for over a century has been to buy and develop land in present-day Israel. It has planted over 240 million trees, built 180 dams and reservoirs, established more than 1,000 parks and developed 250,000 acres of land since 1901. The organization’s Israel arm reacted by calling the texts “libelous.”
“The museum is becoming part of a system that has made it a goal to cause damage to the oldest Israeli environmental organization,” the JNF told Israel Hayom, the paper reported on Friday.
“The exhibit presents claims that border on libel. The JNF never destroyed communities or carried out any actions like that. The accusation that the JNF assists in the militarization of Israel is a pure insult. We take care of water sources, forestation, and the development of an ecological approach to nature,” the JNF stated.
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Netanyahu dangles UN ambassadorship before Bennett if he foregoes Knesset run
 July 14, 2019
Netanyahu dangles UN ambassadorship before Bennett if he foregoes Knesset runFormer Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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A source close to Naftali Bennett confirms the offer and says the New Right leader rejected it.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered former cabinet minister Naftali Bennett the post of Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations as part of a political deal. The offer was first disclosed in a report on the Knesset Channel.
“Don’t run in the election and you’ll be appointed an ambassador to the U.N.,” was the prime minister’s message to Bennett, according to the parliamentary television channel.
Bennett’s party, the New Right, re-affirmed that the party intends to run in the September 17th election “with all its might in order to be a large and strong force in the next government,” adding that “any other proposal is irrelevant.”
A party source confirmed to World Israel News that the offer had been made by the prime minister and added that Bennett “rejected it when proposed to him in private.”
The source charged that Netanyahu’s Likud party leaked the story to the media as “a  ploy to discredit” the New Right leader.
“The idea is to get him out of the way and make it easier for a unity deal on the right,” the source added.
Bennett and Ayelet Shaked broke away from the Jewish Home party before the April Knesset election, forming New Right, but the party failed to gain enough votes to win any parliamentary seats.
When Netanyahu failed to form a governing parliamentary majority after the April ballot, a new election was called for September.
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Iran demands its oil tanker back, Britain expresses willingness
 July 14, 2019
Iran demands its oil tanker back, Britain expresses willingnessA view of the Grace 1 super tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar, July 4, 2019. (AP/Marcos Moreno)
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Britain expressed willingness to return a seized Iranian oil tanker.
By World Israel News Staff and Associated Press
“The U.K. government must immediately adopt required measures to end the illegal seizure of the Iranian oil tanker,”  Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told his counterpart, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Saturday, according to PressTV.
Hunt expressed willingness to meet Iran’s demands, saying the U.K. would facilitate the release of the Grace 1 Supertanker seized by Britain’s Royal Marines if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria.
Jeremy Hunt made the comments on Twitter late Saturday after what he described as a “constructive call” with Iran’s Zarif. He said he reassured Zarif “our concern was the destination, not the origin, of the oil.” Hunt says Zarif told him Iran is not seeking to escalate.
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Ignoring US warnings, Turkey receives Russian S-400 systems
 July 14, 2019
Ignoring US warnings, Turkey receives Russian S-400 systemsParts of the S-400 air defense systems are unloaded from a Russian transport aircraft at Murted military airport in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP via Turkish Defense Ministry)
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The U.S. has strongly urged NATO member Turkey to pull back from the deal, warning the country that it will face economic sanctions.
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The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington.
A Defense Ministry statement said “the first group of equipment” of the S-400 air defense systems has reached the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said three planes carrying the equipment landed at the airfield on Friday, adding that the delivery would continue in the coming days.
The U.S. has strongly urged NATO member Turkey to pull back from the deal — reportedly costing more than $2 billion — warning the country that it will face economic sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act if it goes ahead with the purchase. It has also said Turkey won’t be allowed to participate in the program to produce high-tech F-35 fighter jets.
Although U.S. President Donald Trump expressed sympathy toward Turkey’s decision to purchase the Russian system during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of a G-20 meeting in Japan, Washington has repeatedly said that the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems and is a threat to the F-35.
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Islamic terror attack on Somali hotel leaves 26 dead
 July 14, 2019
Islamic terror attack on Somali hotel leaves 26 deadSecurity forces stand near the wreckage of an official vehicle destroyed in a bomb attack in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, June 15, 2019. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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The attack by Al-Shabab terrorists, aligned with Al-Qaeda, is seen as a blow to the Somalia government’s efforts to hold nation-wide, one-person one-vote elections next year.
By Abdi Guled, Associated Press
Islamic terrorists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers. The victims included a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist .
Three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans and a Briton also were among the dead, said Ahmed Madobe, president of Jubbaland regional state, which controls Kismayo. Fifty-six people, including two Chinese, were injured in the hotel attack, he told reporters.
At least four al-Shabab assailants attacked the Asasey Hotel Friday evening, beginning with a suicide car bomb at the entrance gate and followed by an assault by gunmen who stormed the hotel, which is frequented by politicians, patrons and lawmakers.
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Senior Hamas official calls for slaughter of Jews throughout world
 July 14, 2019
Senior Hamas official calls for slaughter of Jews throughout worldHamas official Fathi Hammad. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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“We must attack every Jew on planet Earth and slaughter and kill them,” declared Hamas Political Bureau member Fathi Hammad on Friday.
By World Israel News Staff, with files from Middle East Media Research Institute
Amid mounting tensions between Israel and Hamas, one of the terror group’s top officials in Gaza sent out a call on Friday to Palestinians throughout the world to attack Jews.
At a speech delivered at a “March of Return” rally on Friday, July 12, broadcast on the terror group’s television station, Al-Aqsa TV, Political Bureau member Fathi Hammad demanded that Israel lift the “siege” on the Gaza Strip by Friday, July 19, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported based on video of the address.
“There are Jews everywhere,” Hammad shouted. “We must attack every Jew on planet Earth! We must slaughter and kill them, with Allah’s help,” he said, appealing to the “seven million Palestinians abroad.”


Tlaib blasts Israel for ‘dehumanization and racist policies’
 July 14, 2019
Tlaib blasts Israel for ‘dehumanization and racist policies’Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-MI (AP /Jacquelyn Martin)
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“I see more Americans understanding the plight of Palestinians,” the Michigan congresswoman tells  Jacobin.
By World Israel News Staff 
In her latest comments against the State of Israel, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) says that she “can’t separate” the Civil Rights Movement in her hometown of Detroit from the lack of equality in Israel, which she refers to as Palestine.
“My African-American teachers and others used to show me neighborhoods and communities that were segregated, where if you were a biracial couple you couldn’t live or work or eat in certain places, you couldn’t eat in certain places,” the Muslim congresswoman told Jacobin, which describes itself as “a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture.”
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IDF accidentally kills Hamas man who was preventing breach of Israeli border
 July 11, 2019
IDF accidentally kills Hamas man who was preventing breach of Israeli borderHamas militants at the funeral of 21-year-old Palestinian protester Mohamed Abu Sadek in Gaza City on September 25, 2018.Sadek was shot dead a day earlier by Israeli soldiers in new clashes along the border of the Gaza Strip. (Flash90/Abed Rahim Khatib)
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The IDF announced on Thursday that troops accidentally shot a Hamas operative, who was reportedly preventing two other Palestinians from breaching the border.
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Israeli troops shot and killed a member of the Hamas terror group in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday in what the military later described as a mistake.
It was the first fatality along the volatile border since an unofficial cease-fire was reached in May and raised the risk of inadvertently sparking a new round of violence.
Hours after the shooting, the Israeli military said that soldiers had spotted two Palestinians near the border fence and “misidentified” a member of the Hamas unit tasked with monitoring Palestinian rioters near the security barrier.
Since March 2018, Hamas has orchestrated violent rioting along the border, including snipers, Molotov cocktail hurlers, and cells of Palestinians who launch airborne incendiary devices into Israel.
The Hamas member killed on Thursday was apparently part of a unit responsible for reining in rioters when the terror group seeks to deescalate violence.
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IDF unveils new system to defeat arson balloons from Gaza
 July 11, 2019
IDF unveils new system to defeat arson balloons from GazaIsraeli soldiers extinguish a fire at a field near the border with the Gaza Strip, May 17, 2018. (Flash90/Moshe Shai)
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The IDF says it has improved its system to battle arson attacks from the Gaza Strip.
By World Israel News Staff
On Thursday, the IDF’s Gaza Division presented a system they developed to better cope with the fire balloon threat from Gaza, Makor Rishon reports.
The IDF says that by analyzing the data it has come up with a more effective way of fighting the fires and reducing damage. The first step is understanding wind direction. The army says this enables the firefighters to reach the source of the blaze sooner.
The army also employs observers, who identify the balloons as soon as they’re launched from the Strip. There is then an effort to intercept the balloons before they cross the border into Israel. If that fails, local firefighting crews are directed to the blaze while it’s still in its early stages.
The military has also set up a special situation room dedicated to dealing with the arson threat.
Statistics that the IDF released appear to bear out its claims that its improved system is working. In 2018, there were an average of nine fires a day that that number rising to 30 during times of crisis between Israel and Hamas. In 2019, the number is two a day with 10 fires during times of crisis.
The extent of the damage has dropped dramatically as a result. In 2019, 1,400 dunams (345 acres) of open area were burned. In 2018, 34,000 dunams (8,400 acres) were destroyed.
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Florida principal who refused to acknowledge Holocaust to be fired
 July 11, 2019
Florida principal who refused to acknowledge Holocaust to be firedWilliam Latson. (screenshot)
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Palm Beach County superintendent recommends board not renew principal’s contract after he could not say that the Holocaust was a “historical event.”
By World Israel News Staff
Palm Beach County Superintendent Donald Fennoy said in videotaped message Wednesday that he is recommending that the school board not renew the contract of the principal of Spanish River High School, William Latson.
This development follows the news this week that Latson had been reassigned after writing an email in which he stated that he could not say that the Holocaust was a historical fact.
Fennoy said in his video that the email exchanges between a parent and the principal caused “real distress” and were “deeply concerning.”
In the email in question, Latson said that he needed to remain “politically neutral” about the Holocaust. He wrote, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”
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Hamas vows revenge after IDF kills terrorist operative
 July 11, 2019
Hamas vows revenge after IDF kills terrorist operativePalestinians carry the body at a funeral in Gaza City in 2018. (Flash90/Abed Rahim Khatib)
‘The incident will not pass in silence,’ Hamas declares after the IDF eliminates an operative believed to be planting an explosive device along the Israel-Gaza border. 
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Israeli forces shot and killed a Hamas operative whom they believed was attempting to place a bomb on the border with Israel and Gaza near Kibbutz Erez on Thursday. Hamas was quick to threaten retaliation, saying “The incident will not pass in silence.”
The Gaza Health Ministry reported the the death of the 28-year-old Hamas member Mahmoud al-Adham.
Several hours after the shooting, the Israeli military issued a statement clarifying that soldiers identified two Palestinians near the border fence, but “misidentified” a Hamas operative who was actually part of a unit that controls rioting along the security barrier.
“In retrospect, it appears that the IDF troops who arrived at the location misidentified the Hamas restraint operative to be an armed terrorist and fired as a result of this misunderstanding,” the army declared, according to the Associated Press. The army is reviewing the incident.
Maariv reported that the Palestinian news agency Shihab said that the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, issued a statement saying, “The occupation shot one of our fighters while carrying out his duties. We are assessing this crime, and stress that the incident will not pass in silence. The enemy will bear the consequences of this criminal act.”
On Tuesday, the Al-Qassam Brigades ran a drill simulating a response to an Israeli ground incursion.
Fishing was stopped and a high level of alert was declared. A curfew was imposed on some streets and traffic stopped as Hamas fighters fanned out along Gaza’s land borders, and closed crossings to civilians and vehicles.
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Secret US-Iran talks reportedly held in Kurdish region of Iraq
 July 10, 2019
Secret US-Iran talks reportedly held in Kurdish region of IraqIranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, talks to Hassan Khomeini, grandson of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, who led the Iranian delegation, according to the report. (AP /Vahid Salemi)
The Iranian delegation which met with the Americans was “at times… at odds with government policy,” reports i24NEWS. The U.S. denies that talks took place.
By World Israel News Staff 
A hotel in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq, was the scene last week of secret meetings taking place between U.S. government and Iranian officials, according to an i24NEWS report on Wednesday.
In a report, attributed to unnamed sources, the Israel-based television channel says that the Iranian regime is also showing “signs of a nascent upheaval.”
i24NEWS reports that “125 Iranian officials were said to be arrested, charged with espionage in an attempt to neutralize” this burgeoning resistance to the regime’s policy.
However, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook immediately denied that secret meetings had taken place. Iran has rejected diplomacy “too many times,” he said, and “right now, there are no back-channel talks between the U.S. and Iran.”
The Iranian delegation which reportedly met with the Americans was “at times…at odds with government policy,” according to the report.
The team “was headed by the grandson of Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, Hassan Khomeini, and also included two officials from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as well as Iraj Masjedi, Iran’s special envoy to Iraq,” i24 added.
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Former Miss Iraq to be stripped of citizenship over her Israel support
 July 10, 2019
Former Miss Iraq to be stripped of citizenship over her Israel supportMiss Iraq 2017, Sarah Idan, may lose her citizenship. (Instagram/Sarah Idan)
Iraq intends to cancel the citizenship of its former beauty queen for her unapologetic support of Israel.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Miss Iraq 2017 reacted with disbelief on Thursday at news that the country she once represented at the Miss Universe pageant plans to revoke her citizenship over her outspoken support for the Jewish State.
Sarah Idan tweeted, “2 weeks ago Iraq denied my statements at the UN that I don’t have freedom to speak about Israel now they’re taking my citizenship. This is inhumane. I’m speechless…”
Sarai (Sarah Idan) Miss Iraq
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 2 weeks ago Iraq denied my statements at the UN that I don’t have freedom to speak about Israel now they’re taking my citizenship. This is inhumane. I’m speechless... https://twitter.com/realsarahidan/status/1148718814072209408
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Support to Abolish the Nationality of Miss Iraq & Prevent her Entry & return into Iraq because of its Statements Concerning Israel 
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Israeli scientist creates ‘nanoghosts’ to combat cancer
 July 10, 2019
Israeli scientist creates ‘nanoghosts’ to combat cancerMarcelle Machluf (Courtesy)
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Using nanoghosts to fight cancer is considered one of Israel’s most potentially impactful discoveries.
By World Israel News Staff
Israeli professor and researcher Marcelle Machluf, 56, hopes to revolutionize cancer treatment. For the past twelve years, she has worked to develop a targeted drug delivery system to combat cancer, called “nanoghosts.”
The nanoghost system offers the possibility of acting as a universal carrier for targeted drugs, making it a breakthrough in the fight against cancer. It uses adult stem cells to transport medicine directly to cancerous tumors
They are able to “identify the tumor, hook to the tumor and deploy their drug into the tumor cells, and the tumor cannot do anything about it,” Machluf told The Times of Israel. “[I]t can target multiple cancers at different stages with diverse drugs, which it can release solely into the tumors without affecting surrounding tissue.”
Current cancer treatments involve radiotherapy and chemotherapy. These drugs, usually given intravenously, are unable to target only cancer cells, causing damage to healthy tissue as well.
Though targeted drug delivery against cancer has become a major research focus, existing systems only work for a limited amount of cancers.
The nanoghost system has already succeeded in treating pancreatic, lung, breast, prostate and brain cell cancers in mice.
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Opinion: Two things I like about Rashida Tlaib
 July 10, 2019
Opinion: Two things I like about Rashida TlaibRep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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While I am not a member of the Rashida Harbi Tlaib fan club, her twisted logic has actually scored two points in my book, without her even noticing.
By Shmuel Sackett
Rashida Harbi Tlaib was born in 1976 and she is the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress. She is a Democrat (really??) and she represents the 13th district in the state of Michigan (which makes her an official ‘michiganer‘)! Her district includes the western half of Detroit and much of the Downriver area.
Prior to joining Congress, she served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. She was first elected there in 2008 and was reelected in 2010 and in 2012. In 2014 she ran unsuccessfully for the Michigan Senate and in 2018 she was elected to Congress.
Congresswoman Tlaib strongly opposes the State of Israel. She advocates for the “right of return” for Palestinians, supports the BDS and calls Israel “an apartheid state.” Nevertheless, there are two things she says that I want you to focus on and agree with… even though the reasons why she says them are completely distorted.
Tlaib favors a one-state solution. She was recently quoted as saying, “This whole idea of a two-state solution doesn’t work.” Trust me that I know exactly what she means by that comment, nevertheless, it was music to my ears. Almost every politician in Washington today talks two-states and so AIPAC and NORPAC (non-partisan groups promoting U.S.-Israel relations) and even the majority of the Knesset. How sweet it was to hear Rashida Tlaib actually come out against it.
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Extraordinary Mediteranean gas pipeline project to link Israel, Europe gains US support
 July 10, 2019
Extraordinary Mediteranean gas pipeline project to link Israel, Europe gains US supportPM Benjamin Netanyahu, right, former Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, center, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades discuss plans for Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 15, 2017. (AP/Giannis Papanikos)
“Until I see a substantial agreement, a budget and an explanation of who funds it, it is still all theoretical,” says former Israeli Ambassador to Greece Arye Mekel.
By Yaakov Lappin, JNS
As Israel, Greece and Cyprus build an important alliance in the eastern Mediterranean, one ambitious project under discussion by the three countries is attracting both interest and debate over its feasibility.
The EastMed pipeline, which envisions the construction of a pipeline that takes natural gas from Israeli and Cypriot underwater reserves, and then transfers them to Greece and beyond, has been a frequent talking point during trilateral summits.
In March, a summit in Jerusalem involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades was joined by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who expressed support for the project.
The pipeline, which could extend for 2,000 kilometers (nearly 1,250 miles) and go as far as Italy, has the potential to “attract investment that will maximize these resource,” said Pompeo. Its estimated cost is $7 billion. Supporters, especially Washington, tout it as a way for Europe to diversify its energy supply, decreasing dependence on Russia.
Yet doubts have also surfaced about the idea’s ability to make the leap from theory to implementation.
“I would view it as a good theoretical idea, which is very far from realization,” Israel’s former ambassador to Greece from 2010 to 2014, Arye Mekel, told JNS. “They’ve been talking about it for almost 10 years. But throughout this time, only talks came out of it.”
So far, no formal decision has been taken to begin construction. Mekel pointed out the difficult hurdles that lie in the way of realizing the plan. “Theoretically, the idea sounds very good. But a practical decision has never been taken. The difficulties are known. It is very difficult from a technical perspective to lay this pipeline. There are sections of the Mediterranean that are very deep—beyond Cyprus, near the Greek islands. And no one said they’d be glad to fund it.”
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Opinion: ‘Do whatever you want on the Temple Mount!’
 July 9, 2019
Opinion: ‘Do whatever you want on the Temple Mount!’Israeli police outside the Temple Mount. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
“It is hardly any surprise that the Waqf hears the message loud and clear: Do whatever you want, because you will not be held accountable before the law.”
By Naomi Linder Kahn
On Sunday night, four suspects were detained at the Mercy Gate of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Police had spotted the four men transporting room dividers that they intended to install in the ancient structure that in recent months has been transformed by the Muslim Wakf into the Temple Mount’s newest mosque.
This past March, Regavim, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the preservation of Israel’s resources and sovereignty through equal and universal law enforcement, petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court against the Waqf’s illegal activity in the Temple Mount’s oldest structure.
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Google pays $200 million for Israeli startup
 July 10, 2019
Google pays $200 million for Israeli startupElastifile CEO Amir Aharoni. (Amit Sha'al via Calcalist)
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The acquisition, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed this year.
By Meir Orbach, Calcalist
Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Israel-based cloud storage company Elastifile Ltd., Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian announced in a blog post Tuesday. The acquisition, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed this year, Kurian said. Ultimately, Elastifile is set to join Google Cloud.
The companies did not provide financial details but one person familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity said the deal is valued at approximately $200 million.
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in central Israel and in Santa Clara, California, Elastifile develops data fabric storage technology for large data centers. The company has raised $74 million in equity to date, from backers including Samsung, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Dell Technologies Capital, Western Digital, and Cisco Investments, according to Pitchbook data.
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Israeli scientist creates ‘nanoghosts’ to combat cancer
 July 10, 2019
Israeli scientist creates ‘nanoghosts’ to combat cancerMarcelle Machluf (Courtesy)
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Using nanoghosts to fight cancer is considered one of Israel’s most potentially impactful discoveries.
By World Israel News Staff
Israeli professor and researcher Marcelle Machluf, 56, hopes to revolutionize cancer treatment. For the past twelve years, she has worked to develop a targeted drug delivery system to combat cancer, called “nanoghosts.”
The nanoghost system offers the possibility of acting as a universal carrier for targeted drugs, making it a breakthrough in the fight against cancer. It uses adult stem cells to transport medicine directly to cancerous tumors.
They are able to “identify the tumor, hook to the tumor and deploy their drug into the tumor cells, and the tumor cannot do anything about it,” Machluf told The Times of Israel. “[I]t can target multiple cancers at different stages with diverse drugs, which it can release solely into the tumors without affecting surrounding tissue.”
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5 IDF soldiers injured in car-ramming attack, Arab suspect arrested
 July 7, 2019
5 IDF soldiers injured in car-ramming attack, Arab suspect arrestedThe Hizmeh Checkpoint, close to the scene of a ramming attack near Jerusalem, July 7, 2019. (Flash90/Hadas Parush)
Five Israeli soldiers were wounded in a terrorist car-ramming attack. 
By Aryeh Sapir, TPS
An Arab terrorist on Saturday night rammed his car into a group of soldiers operating near the Arab town of Hizmeh north of Jerusalem, injuring five. The terrorist was captured several hours later.
The IDF soldiers were in the area during an operational mission when they were hit by a vehicle driven by an Arab. The terrorist fled the scene. Two of the wounded soldiers sustained moderate injuries while the rest were lightly injured.
The victims were evacuated to hospitals in Jerusalem, including Shaare Zedek, which stated Sunday morning that one of the victims, who sustained injuries to his lower body, would undergo surgery later in the day.
A female soldier in her early 20s sustained moderate injuries and is still hospitalized.
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Iran breaks another limit on uranium enrichment set by nuclear deal
 July 7, 2019
Iran breaks another limit on uranium enrichment set by nuclear dealPresident Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark "National Nuclear Day," in Tehran, April 9, 2018. (AP)
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Iran is set to break another limit set by the faltering 2015 nuclear deal on Sunday.
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Iran appeared poised Sunday to raise its enrichment of uranium and break another limit from its faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, putting new pressure on Europe to save the accord amid a U.S. sanctions campaign on Tehran.
In a video available Saturday on a website for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a top aide, Ali Akbar Velayati, said that increasing enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels was “unanimously agreed upon by every component of the establishment.” He also made reference to 5% enrichment.
He said “it was in order to supply fuel to the nuclear reactor at Bushehr.” The Bushehr nuclear reactor started operating in August 2010. It’s located in the southwest of Iran on the Persian Gulf.
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Netanyahu asks world leaders on Iran: ‘Where are you?’
 July 7, 2019
Netanyahu asks world leaders on Iran: ‘Where are you?’Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting. (Flash90/Marc Israel Sellem)
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“Iran has violated its solemn promise under the U.N. Security Council not to enrich uranium beyond a certain level,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.
By World Israel News Staff 
“Where are you?” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called out to world leaders on Sunday, on the heels of Iran’s announcement earlier in the day that it would increase its uranium enrichment to an unspecified level beyond the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal.
Addressing the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said: “Iran has violated its solemn promise under the U.N. Security Council not to enrich uranium beyond a certain level. The enrichment of uranium is made for one reason and one reason only: It’s for the creation of atomic bombs.”
Referring to the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany who reached the deal with Iran, the Israeli prime minister said: “The leaders of the P5+1 promised and committed themselves to snap back sanctions the minute Iran did that. It just did. Where are you?”
More specifically, Netanyahu’s complaint is with four of the five permanent Security Council members. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal, negotiated under the Obama administration, in May 2018 and has imposed sanctions.
Trump has further warned Iran that it is “playing with fire” if it violates the deal.
Tehran has voiced displeasure over what it views as a lack of European action to save the deal.
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Israel spends fortune busing Muslims to Temple Mount, gets burned by terrorist stabber
 July 7, 2019
Israel spends fortune busing Muslims to Temple Mount, gets burned by terrorist stabberPalestinian Muslim pilgrims (Flash90/Abed Rahim Khatib)
Israel spent 2.5 million shekels to bus PA Arabs from checkpoints straight to the Old City during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A terrorist took advantage of the service.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Israeli government paid bus companies 2.5 million shekels during Ramadan to transport Arabs from Judea and Samaria security checkpoints to the Temple Mount, Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon reported on Friday.
According to the report, one of the Muslims who took advantage of the free ride from the Qalandiya crossing point in northern Jerusalem was Yusuf Ahmed, who stabbed two Jews near the Damascus Gate of the Old City on May 31, the last Friday of Ramadan.
One of the victims, 47-year-old Gavriel Lavi, was seriously injured in the head and neck while walking to the Western Wall. Sixteen-year-old Yisrael Meir Nachumberg was stabbed in the back and moderately hurt as he was checking his bicycle.
The 19-year-old terrorist from the village of Abuwin was shot dead by police as he was chasing a third victim.
The terrorist succeeded in taking the subsidized Ramadan bus courtesy of Israel’s Transportation Ministry even though he had no work permit to enter Israel and hadn’t passed the requisite security checks, the paper reports.
The Ministry of Transportation said that it had paid for the bus rides during the “last days of Ramadan,” meaning that even after the attack, it continued the unsupervised transportation scheme for another three days, as Ramadan ended on the evening of June 3.
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Ethiopian-Israelis planning renewed mass protests against racism
 July 7, 2019
Ethiopian-Israelis planning renewed mass protests against racismEthiopian Israelis protest following the death of 19-year-old Solomon Tekah, July 2, 2019. (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg
“We are going out so that there won’t be another Solomon Tekah,” said the organizers, referring to the 19-year-old shot by a police officer.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Leaders of the Ethiopian-Israeli community announced Saturday that they will resume mass street demonstrations against police violence and communal racism on Monday.
Solomon Tekah was killed last week during a scuffle with an off-duty policeman in Kiryat Haim, a suburb of Haifa. The officer, who was off-duty at the time, said he felt his life was in danger and fired a bullet into the ground which ricocheted and hit the 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli in the chest, killing him. The initial investigation appears to corroborate the officer’s claim.
The officer, who was off-duty at the time and, according to his account, with his wife and three small children at a public playground, said he had gone to intervene and help a young boy who was being beaten by three Ethiopian-Israelis, Arutz-7 said, quoting a Walla! report.
Walla! reported that the officer made an emergency call to police four minutes before the shooting, saying that he was being attacked with stones. In fact, he was injured and treated at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, the report said.
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Erekat: Netanyahu is ‘far left’ compared to David Friedman
 July 7, 2019
Erekat: Netanyahu is ‘far left’ compared to David FriedmanPalestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, speaks during a news conference. (AP/Amr Nabil)
In an exclusive interview with TPS, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Trump and his appointees of pushing Israeli politicians to the right.
By Baruch Yedid, TPS
“In comparison with David Friedman, the U.S.’ Ambassador in Israel, [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is far left-wing. The U.S. administration is pulling Israel to the right and we will not be able to renew the negotiations,” Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) chief negotiator with Israel, told TPS in an exclusive interview.
While the PA is facing looming economic failure, the U.S. recently sponsored the Peace to Prosperity economic workshop held in Manama, Bahrain, a step toward unveiling the Trump administration’s comprehensive peace plan for the Middle East.
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Iran vows to strike Israel’s Dimona nuclear plant with a rocket
 July 7, 2019
Iran vows to strike Israel’s Dimona nuclear plant with a rocketIran's military launches a rocket. (Screenshot)
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“If the United States invades Iran, Israel would not last half an hour,” said Mojtaba Zolnour, head of the Iranian National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.
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Repeated Iranian vows to destroy the State of Israel were upgraded Friday when a leading Islamic cleric stated where the Iranian attack would take place.
“If Iran wants to attack Israel, it would suffice by hitting the Dimona nuclear power plant with a rocket,” said Mohammad Ali Moohi Kerm, leading prayers in Tehran on Friday marking the Muslim Sabbath, as quoted by the government-run Radio Farda.
Dimona is located in southern Israel and is the location of its nuclear power plant.
The imam said Iran could fire “200 warheads” to accomplish its goal.
A correspondent for the official IRNA news agency tweeted that the cleric’s comments were not made in his own name but, in fact, represented the position of members of the Iranian military establishment.
Threats have come from other top Iranian figures.
“If the United States invades Iran, Israel would not last half an hour,” said Mojtaba Zolnour, the new head of the Iranian National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, on the Al-Alam television channel on June 30, as cited by Radio Farda.
Iran announced Sunday that it would increase its uranium enrichment would be reached later in the day, but did not provide a percentage. Under the nuclear deal, the cap for enrichment was set at 3.67%, a percentage closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog.
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Californium, radioactive element key to nukes, reportedly found in car in Turkey
 July 7, 2019
Californium, radioactive element key to nukes, reportedly found in car in TurkeyCalifornium, a radioactive element used in nuclear weapons development, was reportedly seized in Turkey. (Shutterstock)
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Californium is considered “highly hazardous and is used in nuclear reactors as well as in gold, silver, and oil mining operations,” writes Daily Sabah.
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Seventy-two million dollars’ worth of radioactive Californium, an element used in nuclear weapons and reactors, has been seized by police in Turkey, according to authorities, as cited by Daily Sabah, a Turkish daily newspaper.
Over 18 grams of the element were found in a car in the northern province of Bolu, reported the pro-government newspaper, citing a statement issued by local authorities which added that five suspects were being questioned.
The “seized substance was sent to the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority,” according to the statement.
“However, a material reported as 1.4 kilograms of Californium seized in a similar bust” in the Turkish capital city of Ankara in March 2018 “had turned out to be an organic substance with no nuclear or radioactive properties,” says Daily Sabah.
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PA salaries to terrorists up nearly 12% in 2019, says Israeli watchdog
 July 4, 2019
PA salaries to terrorists up nearly 12% in 2019, says Israeli watchdogA Palestinian terrorist who stabbed an Israeli security guard is taken to Jerusalem District. The PA increased its pay to terrorists and their families in the first quarter of 2019. (Flash90/Miriam Alster)
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The self-rule authority “decided to disregard its donor countries’ demand for full financial transparency and hid all its budgetary data,” says PMW.
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) has “finally publicized” its monthly financial spending records for the first five months of 2019, says Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society.
According to these records, says PMW, the Palestinians have “paid no less than 234,172,000 shekels (over $65 million), or, on average, 46,834,400 shekels a month in salaries to terrorist prisoners (including released prisoners) in spite of its self-imposed financial crisis.”
Salaries to terrorists have risen by 11.8% in 2019, says the watchdog.
The PA has criticized Israel for deducting the equivalent sums of the terror payments from tax revenues, which Jerusalem transfers to the Palestinians. As a protest, it has refused to receive any of the monies from Israel but has accused the Jewish State of causing the PA’s economic collapse.
The U.S. has also passed a law to bar aid to the Palestinians as long as the stipends to terrorists and their families continue to be paid.
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Arabs build illegal town near Shiloh, unchecked by Israeli government
 July 7, 2019
Arabs build illegal town near Shiloh, unchecked by Israeli governmentArab construction. (illustrative) (Flash 90/Nati Shohat)
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A handful of Israeli lawmakers called for a halt to illegal Arab construction in Samaria.
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Following requests from residents concerned about illegal Arab construction in the Gush Shiloh region in Samaria, Transportation Minister and Security Cabinet member MK Bezalel Smotrich visited the area on Sunday.
Locals report feeling threatened by the Arab town recently built in close proximity to Amichai, a Jewish village established in 2018 for families displaced from Amona, which the government evacuated by force.
“I discovered heavy construction is underway to establish a Palestinian town, which is absolutely forbidden to be built in the Shiloh area,” Smotrich said, according to Arutz 7. “We ignore too much Palestinian construction and it must stop here.”
Smotrich added that Israel’s prime minister must call for an immediate halt to illegal construction, which he hopes “will be the first step in de facto imposition of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.”
Local residents said that Israeli forces have evaluated the situation, confirming that there are security concerns with the newly built Arab town. However, thus far, no action has been taken.
David Rubin, former mayor of Shiloh and founder of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, an organization that helps Israeli youth traumatized by terror, explained to World Israel News that the area in question is part of the Shiloh block of communities, known as Gush Shiloh. It is a large, continuous block of land in the heart of Samaria.
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Gantz taps top Obama strategist for Blue and White campaign
 July 9, 2019
Gantz taps top Obama strategist for Blue and White campaignBlue and White party leader Benny Gantz has invited an Obama adviser onto his campaign. (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg)
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Senior Blue and White sources are quoted as downplaying the hiring of Benenson, saying that bringing in American experts to work in an Israeli campaign is “not dramatic.”
By World Israel News Staff 
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has reportedly hired the services of a top strategist for Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 successful presidential campaigns.
Joel Benenson will join Gantz’s team ahead of Israel’s September 17 election.
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Senior Blue and White sources in Maariv downplayed the hire, saying that bringing in American experts to work on an Israeli campaign is “not dramatic.”
Disclosure of the beefed-up effort by Gantz and his people to unseat Netanyahu comes on the heels of Ehud Barak’s entry into the Knesset race. The former prime minister has been forceful in delivering professionally-packaged statements about the need to topple the incumbent leader.
Gantz faced criticism after his failure to unseat Netanyahu in April. Recently, his decision-making process has come under fire.
While periodically attacking Netanyahu, Gantz devoted much of his effort before the April election to stressing the need to bring unity to the country and downplaying differences between the right and left of the political spectrum.
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5,000 Palestinians riot on Israel-Gaza border, 3 infiltrators detained
 July 6, 2019
5,000 Palestinians riot on Israel-Gaza border, 3 infiltrators detainedPalestinian rioters attack Israeli security forces. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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Thousands of Palestinian rioters staged massive violent demonstrations on Friday near the Israeli border, attacking IDF troops with improvised weapons.
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Approximately 5,000 Palestinians rioted at three locations on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, hurling rocks, firebombs and explosive devices at IDF troops.
According to health officials in Hamas-ruled Gaza, around 40 Palestinians were hurt in Friday’s unrest.
No Israeli casualties were reported.
Friday violence on the border has been a near-weekly occurrence since the Hamas-orchestrated “Great March of Return” demonstrations began in March 2018.
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US synagogues, summer camps prep for active shooter scenarios
 July 6, 2019
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With terrorism and lone gunman attacks on the rise, synagogues and Jewish summer camps are preparing for the worst.
By Tsivya Fox-Dobuler, World Israel News
Following reports of rising anti-Semitic incidents in the United States and the murderous attacks on The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the Chabad of Poway in San Diego, more communities are readying for the possibility of an “active shooter” scenario.
Experts say that preparation and training are important, not only in a practical sense but also to help alleviate fears.
“As synagogues appear to be often time targets, there should be a plan for guarding, identifying threats – escaping, defending, and coordinating with police authorities,” Avi Dobuler, a combat shooting instructor in Israel, told World Israel News.
“Regretfully, the world is little by little feeling the fruits of Arab terror where lawlessness and attacks on innocents abound,” he said.



Terrorist state in Judea, Samaria right around the corner, warns Israeli NGO
 July 6, 2019
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More than 28,000 illegal Palestinian structures have been built in areas under Israeli jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria in the last decade, threatening Israel’s future, warns NGO Regavim.
By World Israel News Staff
A carefully planned and meticulously orchestrated takeover? More than 28,000 illegal Palestinian structures have been built in areas under Israeli jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria in the last decade, threatening Israel’s future, warns NGO Regavim.
After intensive data collection and a mapping project that took several months, Regavim has now released comprehensive data on the Palestinian takeover of land in Area C, the section of Judea and Samaria under full Israeli jurisdiction.
Regavim’s stated mission is to ensure responsible, legal, accountable and environmentally friendly use of Israel’s national lands and the return of the rule of law to all areas and aspects of the land and its preservation.”
The newly drawn map of the situation on the ground reflects both illegal construction and land-grabs facilitated by “agricultural use” that takes advantage of the archaic system of law currently in force in these areas, says the organization. All of these projects – construction and agriculture in the service of the future Palestinian state – are made possible by massive financial support provided by the European Union, individual European governments and European NGOs.
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WATCH: Iran threatens UK after oil tanker seized near Gibraltar
 July 6, 2019
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On Friday, Iran threatened to capture a British ship after Royal Marines boarded and seized an Iranian oil tanker on its way to Syria.

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On Friday, Iran threatened to seize a British ship after Royal Marines captured an Iranian supertanker. Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and William Ruger, vice president for research and policy at Charles Koch Institute, react to the threat and the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. 
Iran threatens retaliation after UK seize Iranian oil tanker
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Terrorist state in Judea, Samaria right around the corner, warns Israeli NGO
 July 6, 2019
Terrorist state in Judea, Samaria right around the corner, warns Israeli NGO(Shutterstock/Illustrative)
More than 28,000 illegal Palestinian structures have been built in areas under Israeli jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria in the last decade, threatening Israel’s future, warns NGO Regavim.
By World Israel News Staff
A carefully planned and meticulously orchestrated takeover? More than 28,000 illegal Palestinian structures have been built in areas under Israeli jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria in the last decade, threatening Israel’s future, warns NGO Regavim.
After intensive data collection and a mapping project that took several months, Regavim has now released comprehensive data on the Palestinian takeover of land in Area C, the section of Judea and Samaria under full Israeli jurisdiction.
Regavim’s stated mission is to ensure responsible, legal, accountable and environmentally friendly use of Israel’s national lands and the return of the rule of law to all areas and aspects of the land and its preservation.”
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Israeli gene manipulation puts cow flatulence behind us
 July 4, 2019
Israeli gene manipulation puts cow flatulence behind usHerd of dairy cattle (Shutterstock)
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“Our findings will have a positive impact on two major challenges facing the international community: climate change and food security,” said Ben Gurion University Professor Itzhak Mizrahi.
By TPS
An international research team headed by Israeli Professor Itzhak Mizrahi of Ben Gurion University’s Department of Life Sciences and of The National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) has found that cow genes can be used to control rumen microbiomes in order to control the amount of greenhouse gases that animals emit.
The findings have profound implications for dairy and beef farmers trying to reduce their industry’s contribution to climate change as well as bolster dairy producers’ attempts to maintain or improve milk production efficiency while maintaining product safety.
The study, which studied 1016 cows spread over Italy, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, found that that a small number of host-determined, heritable microbes make significant contributions to explaining experimental variables and host phenotypes. This, they predict, will lead to microbiome-led breeding genetic programs to provide a sustainable solution to increase efficiency and reduce emissions from ruminant livestock.
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Veterinarians seek medical cannabis for dogs affected by Gaza rockets
 July 6, 2019
Veterinarians seek medical cannabis for dogs affected by Gaza rocketsDog suffering from anxiety following a rocket attack receives medical attention. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
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Over 50 percent of the dogs at the Sderot municipal shelter suffer from symptoms of anxiety, say veterinarians.
By World Israel News Staff
The trauma suffered by Israelis from the Gaza rocket attacks is not limited to humans.
Veterinarians reportedly are requesting authorization to administer medical cannabis to dogs living in a rocket-plagued Israeli city near the Gaza Strip as a way of treating the anxiety from which the canines are suffering.
“Examinations conducted by veterinarians from the Israel Medical Cannabis Association have shown that more than 50 percent of dogs at the Sderot municipal shelter suffer from symptoms of anxiety: diarrhea, vomiting, pressing themselves up against walls, and all because of the security situation in the region,” reports the Mako website.
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WATCH: Palestinians held food festival to prevent ‘Judaization of dishes’
 July 5, 2019
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The Palestinian Authority held a food festival several months ago to prevent the “occupation” from “attempting to Judaize our dishes” and to “fight the evil assault on our Palestinian heritage,” in the words of a PA TV reporter covering the event.
The video was translated by Palestinian Media Watch and was posted to YouTube.
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Third Holocaust-era mass grave unearthed in Romania
 July 4, 2019
Third Holocaust-era mass grave unearthed in RomaniaA mass grave from World War II (AP/Patrick Pleul/dpa)
A third World War II era mass grave has been unearthed in Romania.
By World Israel News Staff
In Romania, military prosecutors said on Tuesday that human remains, assumed to be from mass killings during World War II, have been unearthed at a third location in an area where previous mass graves had been found. Also discovered were a grenade and 82 mm caliber gun-mortar.
The archaeologists, supported by the Elie Wiesel Institute, have been searching in northeast Romania since a grave filled with the remains of over 100 Jews murdered by Romanian troops allied with Nazi Germany was first discovered.
The finds were near a mass Jewish grave discovered by archaeologists in 2010.
“Notified by the Elie Wiesel Institute… we launched a criminal probe regarding the June 29 unearthing of many human remains during archaeological research work in the proximity of an area where a mass grave was found in 2010,” prosecutors said in a statement reported by Israel Hayom.
The latest discovery includes the body parts of at least 40 people, including 12 children, historian Adrian Cioflanca told AFP. Cioflanca is credited with the research that discovered the mass grave in 2010, near a forested area in Vulturi.
As part of his research, Cioflanca interviewed contemporary witnesses who survived the war. They testified that more than 100 Jews were killed in 1941, in the area, leading to the find.
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Former PM Ehud Barak names new party ‘Democratic Israel’
 July 6, 2019
Former PM Ehud Barak names new party ‘Democratic Israel’Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. (Flash90)
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The former Israeli premier announced on Saturday the name of his recently formed political party, with a billboard campaign set to launch on Sunday under the banner “State of Netanyahu or State of Israel?”
By World Israel News Staff and AP
Former prime minister Ehud Barak announced on Saturday that he is calling his newly formed party “Democratic Israel,” which he hopes can defeat Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party in the upcoming September elections.
On Saturday evening, Barak tweeted, “The State of Israel is only moments away from the total dissolution of Israeli democracy. Now is the time to restore hope and courage to Israel, to unite and get Israel back on track. We are Democratic Israel.”
On Sunday, Barak’s party will unveil a billboard campaign with the slogan, “State of Netanyahu or the State of Israel?” reported Channel 12 news.
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IDF arrests 22 terrorism suspects, seizes submachine gun
 July 2, 2019
IDF arrests 22 terrorism suspects, seizes submachine gunIsraeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian. (illustrative) (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
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Israeli security forces detained a number of individuals in Judea and Samaria on Monday based on evidence linking them to terrorism and other crimes.
By World Israel News and TPS
Israeli forces on Monday night carried out counter-terrorism operations throughout Judea and Samaria during which they arrested 22 Arabs.
The suspects were taken for questioning related to their involvement in terrorist activities and violent disturbances against civilians and security forces.
The forces also searched for weapons in the Ephraim Region and seized a Carlo submachine gun.
While Arab communities in Judea and Samaria are ostensibly governed by the Palestinian Authority, the Gaza-based Hamas terror organization has made inroads as of late in the area, attempting to set up cells to perpetrate attacks on Israeli civilians.
Such attacks have taken their toll on Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, with Palestinians using drive-by shootings, car-rammings, and stabbings to murder Israelis in public locations like bus stops and ride-sharing posts.
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Auschwitz exhibit examines faith as a mechanism for survival during the Holocaust
 July 2, 2019
Auschwitz exhibit examines faith as a mechanism for survival during the Holocaust“Through the Lens of Faith” exhibit at Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland. (Courtesy of Daniel Libeskind via JNS)
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“Faith enabled these victims to persevere in spite of the hell they were subject to,” said Rabbi Sholom Friedmann, director of New York’s Amud Aish Memorial Museum.
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An exhibition that offers the public a glimpse into the role of faith as a mechanism for survival during the Holocaust opened at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland on Monday.
“Through the Lens of Faith” was arranged and organized by the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in New York, which was founded by Jewish philanthropists and businessman Elly Kleinman, and works to present the experiences of Holocaust victims and survivors, and how faith helped them persevere.
World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, whose previous projects include the Jewish Museum Berlin and the renovation where the Twin Towers stood in New York City, helped design the exhibit, which was installed on a path veering off the route leading to the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum.
Chair of the International Center of Photography Caryl Englander provided new colored portraits of 21 Holocaust survivors that were placed in vertical, steel panels overlaid in black glass.
The panels, each three meters high, line up on both sides of the exhibit.
The repetitive pattern of the panels is reminiscent of the stripes from a prisoner’s typical uniform, conveying a sense of internment. The exterior mirrored surfaces, however, reflect the surrounding landscape, evoking both physical and spiritual freedom.
Lustiger Thaler, chief curator of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum, interviewed each survivor, who was asked to share his or her experiences in Auschwitz, and how he or she survived through faith. The heroic accounts of each survivor are etched on their respective steel panels.
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Liberman: Israel’s military academies are religious ‘militias’
 July 2, 2019
Liberman: Israel’s military academies are religious ‘militias’MK Avigdor Liberman (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
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Some religious pre-military students “said clearly that they would act according to the rabbi’s directive” over a military command, said the former defense minister.
By World Israel News Staff 
MK Avigdor Liberman, a former defense minister whose resignation last November resulted in the April Knesset election and whose refusal to sign an agreement to join a new government after that vote has led to another parliamentary election scheduled for September 17, is now attacking religious students who serve in the military in addition to those who do not.
Liberman said that he did not agree to join a new governing coalition headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the April election because it would have promoted religious coercion, including the ability of Haredi religious yeshiva students to evade military service.
However, in an interview on Tuesday at a conference sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Liberman referred to religious pre-military academies as “militias,” complaining about the attitude of some of the students who he said were giving priority to interpretations of Jewish religious law over military commands.
“The religious pre-military academies have produced some of the courageous fighters,” acknowledged Liberman, adding that he hoped that these institutes would continue to operate.
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Benny Gantz: When I’m PM, Iran won’t get nukes
 July 1, 2019
Benny Gantz: When I’m PM, Iran won’t get nukesLeader of Blue White and former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz promised on July 1 that Iran won't get nuclear weapons when he establishes a government. (Flash90)
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Benny Gantz promised Iran won’t get nuclear weapons on his watch and addressed the situation in Gaza.
By World Israel News Staff
Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s main opposition party, Blue and White, vowed that he would ensure Iran will not get nuclear weapons during a speech at a conference sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for Diplomacy and Strategy in Herzliya on Monday.
“I am very familiar with Israel’s capabilities,” he said, Ma’ariv reports. “There isn’t a single method of action that I didn’t participate in during my tenure.”
“My test was to meet the very important challenge concerning the fate of the State of Israel and to prepare the IDF to act in every area and every place. I can tell you with confidence that when I establish the government, Iran will not have nuclear weapons,” Gantz said.
Gantz served as IDF chief of staff for year years, from 2011 to 2015. During that time, he oversaw Operation Pillar of Defense and Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza.
“Against an enemy like Iran it’s forbidden to blink, and you have to what’s necessary when it’s necessary,” he said.
Gantz also addressed the situation in the Gaza Strip, from which the terror group Hamas has launched missiles and incendiary devices and organizes weekly riots on the border. Israel’s government this week reached a ceasefire with the terror group.
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Anarchy in Israel’s streets as force of Ethiopian riots overwhelms police
 July 3, 2019
Anarchy in Israel’s streets as force of Ethiopian riots overwhelms policeA car alight during a protest in Tel Aviv over the death of 18-year-old Ethiopian Solomon Teka, shot and killed by a policeman a few days ago, July 2, 2019. (Flash90)
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Protesters blocked major highways and battled with police in clashes that were described as “unprecedented” on Tuesday night.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Solomon Teka, 18, a member of Israel’s Ethiopian Jewish community, was shot to death on Sunday. But the country only began to feel the repercussions on Tuesday. Following his funeral in the city of Haifa, protesters swept the country, blocking major highways and battling with police in clashes that were described as “unprecedented.”
By Wednesday morning, police had arrested 136 people. Over 50-100 policemen were wounded. Five people were taken to the hospital in moderate condition. Nineteen vehicles were damaged, including a number of ambulances.
Protests took place in Tel Aviv, Afula, Haifa, Kiryat Ata, Netanya, and other places. Protests are planned throughout the week in conjunction with shiva, an initial Jewish mourning period, reports say.
Police were surprised by the force of the protests, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said in an interview with the Ynet news site on Wednesday.
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Keep guns away from man who wants to massacre Jews,’ Jewish group urges
 July 3, 2019
‘Keep guns away from man who wants to massacre Jews,’ Jewish group urgesRoss Farca (Twitter)
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It would be “irresponsible to allow a person who lionizes Adolf Hitler and seeks to massacre Jews” to possess weapons, said NCYI President Farley Weiss.
By World Israel News Staff
The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), a U.S.-based Orthodox Jewish synagogue organization, urged a California court on Tuesday “to prevent a man who threatened to massacre Jews from getting his gun back.”
“According to law enforcement,” says the organization, “California resident Ross Farca posted online about how he has an assault rifle and wants to use it for a mass shooting of Jews and police officers.” It notes that Farca uses the name “Adolf Hitler (((6 million)))” on an online gaming site.
Farca “returned to court [last] week to contest a restraining order that would extend a prohibition on his possession of firearms,” reports The Jewish News of Northern California.
“An emergency order that has kept guns away from Ross Farca since his June 10 arrest expires on July 1. He appeared in court with a private attorney on June 26 to protest the new order, sought by the Concord Police Department, that would continue the prohibition for a further two weeks….That new order was indeed signed by the judge and is in place until July 15, when another hearing is scheduled,” says the newspaper.
“Police reportedly found Nazi paraphernalia when Farca was arrested, as well as camouflage clothing and a sword,” says NCYI, noting that Farca was “released on bail only days after his arrest.”
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IDF preparing for war amid rising US-Iran tensions, says Israel’s FM
 July 3, 2019
IDF preparing for war amid rising US-Iran tensions, says Israel’s FMAn IAF helicopter in action. (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)
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Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz also spoke about the growing acceptance of Israel among moderate Arab states.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
At an international conference Tuesday, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said Israel is building up its military in preparation for a possible war in the region due to the rising tension between the United States and Iran.
“It should be taken into account that mistaken calculations by the [Iranian] regime … are liable to bring about a shift from the ‘gray zone’ to the ‘red zone’ – that is, a military conflagration,” he said at the IDC Herzliya Conference.
“We must be prepared for this, and thus the State of Israel continues to devote itself to building up its military might for the event that it will have to respond to escalation scenarios,” he added.
Katz also emphasized the importance of confronting Iran in the ‘gray zone,’ which, he explained, is what “lies between the sanctions and war.” This, he said, consists of the threat Iran presents in its attempt to entrench itself the region through its presence in Syria and its terrorist proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, and Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza.”
“Iran must be presented with a simple dilemma: What is more important to them, Iran itself or exporting the [Islamic] Revolution,” Katz said.
The foreign minister expressed adamant support for the Trump administration’s policy on Iran. “Only clear support for the American policy [of heavy economic sanctions] could lead to a turnaround” and prevent war, he said.
Iran’s recent announcement that its enriched uranium stockpile has passed the 300-kilogram limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal should be a “wake-up call” for Europe to embrace U.S. policy, he affirmed.
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McDonald’s Israel introduces the ‘Big Vegan’
 July 3, 2019
McDonald’s Israel introduces the ‘Big Vegan’McDonald's (Shutterstock)
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It will be launched at a few branches in the Tel Aviv area as a pilot, says Globes.
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McDonald’s Israel announced recently that it will introduce a hamburger “that is made of wheat and soybeans” this summer, the Israeli Globes business news outlet reported.
It will be “launched at a few branches in the Tel Aviv area as a pilot,” Globes reports, adding that a decision on whether to offer it at all McDonald’s branches in Israel will be made later.
The Big Vegan hamburgers, developed by Swiss food manufacturer Nestle, are already on sale at McDonald’s outlets in Europe, says Globes.
McDonald’s introduced the Big Vegan to Germany on April 29, writes Fortune.
“An ad for the Big Vegan plays up the burger’s ethical and environmental appeal,” says the magazine, adding “the Big Vegan is not McDonald’s first foray into vegan menu items.”
According to Fortune, McDonald’s restaurants in Sweden and Finland have been offering the McVegan burger, a soy-based sandwich, since 2017. Finland, it says, also has the El Veggo, a salsa-flavored soy burger.
McDonald’s says that it is the largest restaurant chain in Israel with over 180 branches, of which over 50 are kosher.
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Dubai Princess flees billionaire husband amid accusations of infidelity
 July 3, 2019
Dubai Princess flees billionaire husband amid accusations of infidelityPrincess Haya bint al-Hussein, the wife of the Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. (AP/Martin Dokoupil)
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The sixth wife of the ruler of Dubai has fled to London, reports say.
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Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, sixth wife of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, has reportedly fled the United Arab Emirates for London where she is “afraid for her life,” Fox News reports on Wednesday.
The sheikh, 69, is the ruler of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the U.A.E. He married Princess Haya in 2004. She is the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan.
According to The Telegraph, it’s not clear why she left, but evidence points to the relationship with the sheikh turning south amid suspected infidelity.
Fox News reports that the sheikh posted a poem he wrote on Instagram on June 22 in Arabic titled “You Lived and You Died,” and told the princess to return to “who you have been busy with.”
“Your days of lying are over and it doesn’t matter what we were and what you are. You no longer have any place with me. Go to who you have been busy with! I don’t care if you live or you die,” he wrote.
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Trump: ‘Careful with threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you’
 July 4, 2019
Trump: ‘Careful with threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you’President Donald Trump (AP/Susan Walsh)
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Trump reacted after Iran’s president said the country could enrich uranium to “any amount we want.”
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President Donald Trump sent a stern warning to Iran via Twitter on Wednesday after the Islamic Republic’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran would “take the next step” in increasing its uranium enrichment.
Trump responded, “Iran has just issued a New Warning. Rouhani says that they will Enrich Uranium to “any amount we want” if there is no new Nuclear Deal. Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before,” Trump tweeted.
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Kushner: Palestinians made ‘strategic mistake’ boycotting Bahrain
 July 4, 2019
Kushner: Palestinians made ‘strategic mistake’ boycotting BahrainWhite House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner at conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP/Michael Sohn)
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PA response to US-led initiative “hysterical and erratic and not very constructive,” says senior Trump adviser. They “looked very foolish.”
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner said the Palestinian leadership is making a “strategic mistake” with its point-blank rejection of last week’s Bahrain conference.
Kushner, who was the main initiator of the Peace to Prosperity summit, where he unveiled a detailed $50 billion plan to help the Palestinians reinvigorate their economy, intimated that those who head the Palestinian Authority (PA) may have trouble with their own people as a result of its boycott.
“Palestinians are starting to see that Israel is not responsible for their problems, it’s their leaders,” Kushner said during a phone-in press conference Wednesday. These leaders “will have to step up at some point and show that they want their people to live better lives.”
Kushner noted that a description of the economic proposal, which includes practical ideas on how to improve most areas of Palestinian lives, has been published online and has already been downloaded more than a million times.
“They looked very foolish by trying to fight this,” he said, adding that their reaction to the U.S.-led initiative was “hysterical and erratic and not terribly constructive.”
Kushner focused his criticism on those surrounding the Palestinian leader rather than on President Mahmoud Abbas himself. “Abbas wants peace,” he said, but “certain people around him are very uncomfortable with the way we’ve approached this, and their natural reaction is to attack and say crazy things.”
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Analysis: Is Mossad chief right about a one-time shot at peace?
 July 4, 2019
Analysis: Is Mossad chief right about a one-time shot at peace?Head of the Mossad Yossi Cohen (Flash90)
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Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen says there’s a unique opportunity for regional peace in the Middle East.
By Daniel Krygier, World Israel News
Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen recently said that there is a unique and possibly one time opportunity for regional peace in the Middle East.
Such comments have been made in the past. But is there a unique window of opportunity for Middle East peace? On what does Cohen base his assessment?
According to Cohen, the unique opportunity comes from a convergence of Israeli and Sunni Arab strategic interests.
The Jewish state and much of the Sunni Arab world oppose Iran’s regional aggression and Islamist terrorist organizations like ISIS.
Israel has formal peace agreements with only two Arab countries: Egypt and Jordan. However, in recent years, the Jewish state has cultivated stronger tacit ties with a number of Arab states like Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
The main glue that connects Israel and the Sunni Arab world is the threat from the Iranian regime and its regional terrorist proxies like Hezbollah.
While warming ties shouldn’t be confused with genuine regional pro-Israel sentiments, (animosity toward Israel and Jews is still prevalent in the Arab street), the Arab leadership at least sees Israel as an ally against the Islamic Republic.
It is that fear of Iran that gave Arab leaders the strength to buck Ramallah over the Bahrain Conference. The interests of Mahmoud Abbas pale in comparison to their own more pressing problems.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama unintentionally paved the path for the emerging Israel-Arab alliance. By embracing the Iranian regime, Obama brought Arab and Israeli leaders closer than ever. It was a wake-up call to Sunni leaders, who realized that their differences with the Jewish State were dwarfed by Iran’s imperial ambitions.
In 2019, Israel is indeed facing a very different Middle East dynamic than in the past, as the Mossad’s Cohen pointed out. In the 1950s, Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion formulated the so-called Alliance of the periphery strategy.
In Ben-Gurion’s strategy, the Jewish state would offset intense Arab hostility by establishing close ties with regional non-Arab states like secularist Turkey and pre-revolutionary Iran. Jerusalem also established closer ties with Christian-dominated Ethiopia and with Kurds throughout the Middle East.
Jerusalem still maintains close ties with the Kurds and has good relations with Ethiopia. However, relations have deteriorated considerably with Turkey and, needless to say, with Iran.
During the Cold War, Israel was isolated in the Middle East. Today, Israel’s enemies are facing 
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Palestinian Authority arrests Hebron businessman who attended US-led Bahrain workshop
 June 29, 2019
Palestinian Authority arrests Hebron businessman who attended US-led Bahrain workshopImage circulating on social media regarding Palestinians' attendance at last week's Bahrain conference. (Twitter)
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The Palestinian Authority arrested one of the few Palestinian participants in the US-led Mideast peace conference after he returned to Hebron.
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A Palestinian security official said intelligence forces detained businessman Saleh Abu Mayala in the city of Hebron for interrogation, without elaborating on the reason for the arrest.
Abu Mayala attended this week’s conference in Bahrain with a small group of Palestinian colleagues, led by businessman Ashraf Jabari, who has said in the past he does not fear threats from the Palestinian Authority (PA) or other factions based on his willingness to work with Israelis to improve the economic prospects of fellow Palestinians.
Aside from Jabari, the identities of the other Palestinian participants were not publicly announced, though a picture of some of them at the conference was widely circulated on social media.
Another participant, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said he and the other Palestinian attendees feel they are in “great danger,” having been threatened by the government and on social media.
A PA official told the Times of Israel he didn’t know the reason for the arrest, but conjectured that Ramallah might be trawling for intelligence on the Bahrain conference.
The PA has boycotted the Trump administration since its 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its relocation of the U.S. embassy to the city the following year.
The Trump administration has also halted aid to the Palestinians due to their refusal to resume peace negotiations with Israel.
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WATCH: Masked Arab attackers film themselves firing on swimmers in Jordan River, torching car
 June 29, 2019
A group of assailants who appeared to speak Arabic filmed themselves shooting at two men swimming in the Jordan River on Friday, lighting their victims’ car on fire as the clip comes to an end.
Israeli media reported that the two groups of men may have brawled with each other on Thursday, with one of the victims commenting to Channel 12, “It’s like something ISIS would do. They’re wild animals,” reported Times of Israel.
https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-masked-attackers-fire-on-swimmers-in-jordan-river-torch-car/?



Trump: Israeli-Palestinian deal will be made with me or ‘will never happen’
 June 29, 2019
Trump: Israeli-Palestinian deal will be made with me or ‘will never happen’President Donald Trump at the White House, May 16, 2019. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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U.S. President Donald Trump commented on Saturday that he thinks the Palestinians want to make an agreement with Israel, but if it doesn’t happen while he’s in office, a deal will never materialize.
By World Israel News Staff
U.S. President Donald Trump held a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan on Saturday, offering his conclusions on the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians following the unveiling of a $50 billion economic package for the Palestinians last week in Bahrain.
“With me being president, if you don’t get that deal done it’ll never happen,” Trump told reporters in Japan. Trump also claimed there is a “very good chance” his administration’s proposal would succeed in finally resolving the Israel-Palestinian impasse.
Notwithstanding Palestinian leadership’s complete boycott of the Trump administration since 2017, Trump maintained that the Palestinians “want to make a deal,” adding that “they want to be a little bit cute — and that’s okay. I fully understand where they are coming from.”
The president also addressed huge cuts in aid to Palestinian agencies, explaining, “I ended that money because a year ago I heard they were saying nasty things. I said, ‘Wait a minute, we’re trying to make a deal, we’re trying to help them and they’re saying these nasty things, we’re not gonna pay.'”
“If you’re not negotiating and if you don’t want to help make peace, we’re not gonna pay you. So let’s see what happens,” he continued, adding, “I’ve had a very good relationship with some [Palestinian] leaders.”
Trump also referred to any forthcoming Israeli-Palestinians agreement as potentially “the toughest deal of all.”
“A lot of people think it can’t be made,” he said.
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Trump peace plan ‘very strong,’ Netanyahu says
 June 28, 2019
Trump peace plan ‘very strong,’ Netanyahu saysPM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Israel Hayom conference at Davidson Center in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 27, 2019. (Aharon Krohn/Flash90)
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“This plan is very strong. It has a deep idea, which is fundamentally important and genuine,” Netanyahu said regarding the Trump administration’s economic vision for the Palestinian people.
By World Israel News Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at the Israel Hayom Forum on U.S.-Israel Relations Thursday evening at the Davidson Center in the Old City of Jerusalem, praised Trump’s economic plan for the Palestinians.
“I do not understand how it can be that the Palestinians, who need to look out for their people, receive proposals for massive investments worth tens of billions of dollars, and say: ‘We are not interested.’ This tells you that the ideology is much stronger and does not allow them even to help their own people,” Netanyahu said.
“[Senior Trump adviser] Jared Kushner and [U.S. negotiator] Jason Greenblatt were in Jerusalem and showed me the details of the plan,” the prime minister added. “This plan is very strong. It has a deep idea, which is fundamentally important and genuine, and that is to replace welfare with investments.”
Regarding Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year, Netanyahu remarked:
“When the president walked away from the deal, Iran tried to do two things. First, they tried to implant themselves militarily in Syria. We resist that all the time. We refuse to accept; we will not let Iran entrench itself militarily in Syria. And we do what is necessary to prevent that.
“We’re fighting Iran militarily in Syria, and President Trump essentially is waging a very forceful confrontation with Iran economically.
“Iran is the single greatest threat to world peace today 
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Israeli official confirms ceasefire deal with Hamas
 June 28, 2019
Israeli official confirms ceasefire deal with HamasPalestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest on the Israel-Gaza border, in the eastern part of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, June 21, 2019. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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According to the official, “if Hamas won’t stand by its obligations, Israel will restore the sanctions.”
By World Israel News Staff
After dealing with at least 24 fires in Israel’s Gaza belt due to incendiary balloons launched from Gaza, Israel has agreed to a ceasefire deal with Hamas, brokered by the U.N. and Egypt, a senior Israeli official told Army Radio.
According to the agreement, Israel will expand the Gaza fishing area to 15 miles, and dozens of boats that were banned after straying from the boundaries will be retured.
Israel will also resume the transferring of diesel via the Kerem Shalom border crossing, which had been closed earlier in the week due to the increased arson terror.
According to the official, “if Hamas won’t stand by its obligations, Israel will restore the sanctions.”
On Friday morning, however, at least four fires were ravaging the Israeli south after incendiary balloons were launched from Gaza.
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Israeli company wins bid to help secure US border
 June 27, 2019
Israeli company wins bid to help secure US borderThe border between the U.S. and Mexico. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Elbit Systems has been awarded a $26 million contract to install a multi-sensor system to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border.
By JNS
Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems announced on Wednesday that its U.S. subsidiary has been awarded a $26 million contract by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency to install a multi-sensor system to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to a report in the Israeli financial daily Globes, Elbit will install an Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) system in Arizona.
Elbit has been involved in a number of projects with U.S. Customs regarding border security.
The IFT system is a command and control center with sensors that monitor the U.S.-Mexico border and provide intelligence to agents patrolling on the ground.
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Adolf Hitler (((6 million))) wants his gun back
 June 30, 2019
Adolf Hitler (((6 million))) wants his gun back(Shutterstock)
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An East Bay man who threatened to kill Jews wants a restraining order prohibiting him from possessing firearms removed.
By World Israel News Staff
Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, California, who goes by the name “Adolf Hitler (((6 million)))” on the online gaming site Steam and threatened to massacre Jews, wants his gun back, The Jewish News of Northern California reported on Thursday.
Farca had been released on bail days after his June 10 arrest, a move that “shocked the local Jewish community,” the paper reports.
“Under the law, he’s allowed to make bail,” Scott Alonso, a spokesperson for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office, told the paper. “It’s a very high burden to ask a judge to keep a defendant in custody on no bail.”
But Farca isn’t done. He’d like his gun returned. An emergency court restraining order prohibited his possession of firearms.
On June 26, he appeared in court with an attorney to protest a new order the Concord police wants to impose to continue to keep him away from guns (the emergency order expires July 1). The new gun order  would extend the prohibition through July 15.
Farca owns an AR-15 style rifle which he built from parts – an illegal act in California.
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Palestinian jailed by PA for attending Bahrain released after US threats
 June 30, 2019
Palestinian jailed by PA for attending Bahrain released after US threatsPalestinians protest against the Bahrain Conference (Flash90/ Hassan Jedi)
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Saleh Abu Mayala was part of a small group of Palestinians, led by businessman Ashraf Jabari, present at the event despite the official Palestinian boycott.
By World Israel News Staff
Hebron businessman Saleh Abu Mayala, who was said to have been detained by the Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence forces when he returned from the U.S.-led economic conference in Bahrain, has now reportedly been released.
“According to Palestinian reports, the decision to release the businessman came following a threatening letter from the U.S. Embassy,” says Israel Hayom.
“We are pleased the PA has released the Palestinian they arrested after attending the Peace to Prosperity [Bahrain] workshop. We look forward to continuing our conversation with all who attended the workshop and anyone else who wants a better future for the Palestinians,” tweeted Jason Greenblatt,  a U.S. special representative for international negotiations, who attended last week’s two-day conference.
The PA boycotted the gathering, protesting what they viewed as an attempt to buy Palestinians off with economic aid before the announcement of a U.S. plan for a political solution.
Abu Mayala was part of a small group of Palestinians, led by businessman Ashraf Jabari, present at the event despite the official Palestinian boycott.
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Holocaust survivor: Ocasio-Cortez deserves ‘Nobel Prize in stupidity’
 June 30, 2019
Holocaust survivor: Ocasio-Cortez deserves ‘Nobel Prize in stupidity’Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks at the Capitol in Washington, June 24, 2019. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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A Holocaust survivor blasted Ocasio-Cortez for her concentration camp remarks, saying she’s “spreading anti-Semitism.”
By World Israel News Staff
Concentration camp survivor Ed Mosberg says New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “should be removed from Congress” following statements she made about a week and a half ago comparing detention centers on America’s southern border to “concentration camps,” according to The New York Post.
“She’s spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity,” Mosberg told the Post. “The people on the border aren’t forced to be there — they go there on their own will. If someone doesn’t know the difference, either they’re playing stupid or they just don’t care.”
Mosberg, 93, from Morris Plains, N.J., survived the Plaszów and Mauthausen concentration camps. He lost his entire family in the Holocaust.
“Her statement is evil. It hurts a lot of people. At the concentration camp, we were not free. We were forced there by the Germans who executed and murdered people — there’s no way you can compare,” he said to the Post.
Mosberg, who runs a Holocaust-education group From the Depths, invited the freshman democratic congresswoman through Facebook on June 21 to tour concentration camps in Europe. She declined the offer.
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Netanyahu: ‘Palestinians determined to continue conflict at any price’
 June 30, 2019
Netanyahu: ‘Palestinians determined to continue conflict at any price’PM Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, June 30, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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The Palestinians perpetrate the conflict, ignoring the well-being of their own people, while Israel advances ties with the Arab world, to everyone’s benefit, Netanyahu said after the Bahrain conference.
By Adina Katz, World Israel News
In the aftermath of last week’s U.S.-led “Peace to Prosperity” conference in Bahrain, which was boycotted by the Palestinian Authority (PA), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Sunday morning cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that while the PA ignored the event, to the detriment of its own people, Israel continually works to enhance its relationship with the Arab world.
The Bahrain summit focused on the economic side of the Trump administration’s “deal of the century,” with a $50 billion initiative posted to the White House website two days ahead of the event.
“At a time when we are drawing closer to the Arab states and are gradually normalizing relations with them, and a time when we praised the Bahrain conference that was designed first and foremost to lead to economic prosperity for the Palestinians and the entire region, at the same time, the Palestinians repeatedly attacked the conference in contradiction of their own interests,” he said.
The U.S. plan is aimed at doubling the Palestinian gross domestic product, reducing the Palestinian poverty rate by 50 percent and cutting the Palestinian unemployment rate drastically.
“Generations of Palestinians have lived under adversity and loss, but the next chapter can be defined by freedom and dignity,” the White House said, calling the plan “the most ambitious international effort for the Palestinian people to date.”
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Israel’s southern residents, frustrated with Netanyahu government, turning to UN for help
 June 30, 2019
Israel’s southern residents, frustrated with Netanyahu government, turning to UN for helpThousands of Israelis gather in Tel Aviv in solidarity with residents of southern Israel. (Flash90/Amir Levy)
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Israel’s southern residents have reached the point where they are turning to the U.N. for help.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
The seesaw of ceasefires and balloon fires has left Israel’s southern residents angry and frustrated with their own government. So much so that they are turning to the United Nations for help, an organization that is often criticized for its anti-Israel bias.
Unity of the South, a protest group, posted a short film on Facebook on Saturday night in which one resident, who is made to appear transparent, says: “I’m from a community in the south and I feel invisible… I feel as if the rest of the state doesn’t see me.”
If they do approach the U.N., the move could be seen as a slap at the Netanyahu government, which prides itself on being strong on defense.
“This dismissal [by the government] is something incredible, hallucinatory,” Gadi Yarkoni, head of the Eshkol regional council, which borders the Gaza Strip, told Yediot Ahronot on Sunday. “Our feeling is terrible.”
Tamir Idan, head of the Sdot Negev regional council, also told Yediot, “The government of Israel needs to respond in a meaningful way that will deter Hamas. And that will stop the balloon terror totally.”
Southern residents are planning protests in the coming days.
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‘I fear for my life’: Overnight drama to rescue Hebron businessmen from Palestinian Authority
 July 1, 2019
‘I fear for my life’: Overnight drama to rescue Hebron businessmen from Palestinian Authority(TPS/Hodaya Saadya)
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“I fear for my life and am in big trouble,” he said on the phone as the noise caused by the arresting officers was heard in the background.
By Baruch Yedid, TPS
A fast-paced drama unfolded late Friday night in Hebron as members of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security services set out to arrest several businessmen who participated in the U.S.-sponsored Peace to Prosperity workshop in Manama, Bahrain.
The policemen, some in plain-clothes, surrounded several houses in Hebron in an attempt to arrest several of the delegation’s members. Saleh Abu Milah, who is battling cancer, was arrested before he could be forewarned of the arrests.
In a phone conversation minutes after his arrest, Abu Milah’s family told TPS that his arrest could cause his death because of his illness. Some of the arresting officers turned out to be his relatives, senior Fatah members.
Ashraf Ranem, another delegation member, seeing the security forces approaching his house, escaped and hid in the house next door. While hiding among old furniture, Ranem called TPS and asked for assistance.
“I fear for my life and am in big trouble,” he said on the phone as the noise caused by the arresting officers was heard in the background. “They are here and will get me any minute and I need help,” he whispered into the phone.
The PA forces could be heard in the background telling Ranem’s family that he is a spy and a traitor and could be sentenced to death. The security men told the father to turn in his son, otherwise, the son will be “killed by a mob in the street.”
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Mossad chief: I say with certainty Iran behind Persian Gulf attacks
 July 1, 2019
Mossad chief: I say with certainty Iran behind Persian Gulf attacksHead of the Mossad Yossi Cohen (Flash90)
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Mossad chief says Iran conducted attacks on oil tankers, other targets. It was the first time the Mossad accused the Islamic Republic publicly for the attacks.
By World Israel News Staff and Associated Press
Yossi Cohen, head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, says Iran was responsible for a string of recent attacks on targets across the Persian Gulf.
Speaking at an annual security conference in Herzliya, Israel, on Monday, Cohen said the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, oil fields in Saudi Arabia and in Baghdad were the work of Iran.
“I say to you, with certainty, based on the best sources of both Israeli and Western espionage, that Iran is behind these attacks. They were approved by the Iranian leadership and carried out, in large part, by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its proxies,” Cohen said.
“Despite being different types of targets in different locations, they are part of the same campaign being led by the same figure,” he said, accusing Iran of trying to “start a fire” in the region.
This was the first time that the Mossad went public with its accusation.
In May, two Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused “significant damage.” One of the ships was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States.
The U.S. blamed Iran for the attack.
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Anti-Semitism drives ‘Wonder Woman’ to flaunt her pride in being Israeli
 July 1, 2019
Anti-Semitism drives ‘Wonder Woman’ to flaunt her pride in being IsraeliGal Gadot (AP/Jordan Strauss)
Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot said she receives many anti-Semitic messages.
By World Israel News Staff
On Thursday, “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot talked about fun and fashion in an interview with the Israeli web portal Walla! But the interview also took a serious turn as the A list actress spoke about the pride she feels as an Israeli.
During the interview, which took place at a Reebok event in Tel Aviv (Gadot is a spokesperson for the shoe company), she said that part of the reason she flaunts her Israeliness is because of anti-Semitism – she receives many hateful messages online and, therefore, finds no reason to hide her pride in being Israeli.
When Walla! asked if there was “some kind of strategy” behind her openness about being an Israeli, she said:
“No! If it’s anything, it’s just that I receive so many anti-Semitic messages and reactions,” Gadot replied. “It’s just that that is who I am. I believe we have no place to hide or lie. Those who love will get it and that’s it.”
“Israel is important to me, very,” said Gadot. “In general, I wish for our country to really be in a good place, and that there will be quiet, stability, peace and tranquility. Because I believe in the end that all the people want it. There are no people who want war, God forbid, and their children to go to the army. So I try to strengthen these messages, the good, and the desire for peace and quiet.”
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Border police wounded as Israel beefs up activity in Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods
 July 1, 2019
Border police wounded as Israel beefs up activity in Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoodsPalestinians throw stones during clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem's neighborhood of Issawiya. June 28, 2019. (AP/Mahmoud Illean)
Three border police were injured in the neighborhood of Issawiya overnight Sunday.
By World Israel News Staff
Three Israeli border guards were injured overnight Sunday in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. They were hit by stone-throwing rioters.
In the footage, what appears to be a molotov cocktail is thrown at Israeli forces.
Disturbances have continued for several days after Jerusalem police entered the Arab neighborhood in a bid to expand police enforcement in the “wild east” of the city, according to Israel’s Channel 20.
The residents didn’t want the police entering and began rioting.
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Hidden dangers in Trump peace plan embrace false Palestinian narrative, says right-wing journalist
 July 1, 2019
Hidden dangers in Trump peace plan embrace false Palestinian narrative, says right-wing journalistUS President Donald Trump and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. (AP/Evan Vucci, File)
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Journalist Hagai Segal says that while Trump’s peace team is pro-Israel, their economic plan shows they have adopted the Palestinian victimhood narrative.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
One of the leaders of the right-wing camp in Israel has publicly rejected the economic part of President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” that was discussed last week in a conference in Bahrain.
Calling it “a mixture of primeval sympathy for Israel with a flattery of political correctness,” Hagai Segal, editor of Makor Rishon, attacked the premise underlying the American plan in Sunday’s paper.
The U.S. president’s point men on the Middle East, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, “are still assuming that the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) is Palestinian territory,” he charged. “Even the most pro-Israel administration in history is also devoted to the narrative of the Israeli occupation and the oppressed Palestinians.”
The details of the economic plan reflect that they have now “formally adopted” that narrative, according to Segal, who gave several examples that he says proves his point.
These include the fact that the half a million Jews who live in Judea and Samaria aren’t even mentioned in the plan.
“Only the Arabs are depicted as having rights in ‘the West Bank,’” he writes. “They would receive … a commitment to give them legal aid in land disputes, the possibility of expanding at the expense of Area C, the construction of an autonomous transportation route between Judea and Samaria and Gaza at the expense of sovereign Israel, and even insurance against war damages.”
“It reminds one of the madness of Shimon Peres. The New Middle East 2,” Segal said, referring to the late Israeli president’s book outlining his utopian vision of what the region would look like after the Oslo Accords were signed.
Segal added that those in Israel who have seen parts of the as-yet-unrevealed political part of the deal are worried.
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Netanyahu to Israel’s enemies: ‘Don’t test us’
 June 19, 2019
Netanyahu to Israel’s enemies: ‘Don’t test us’Prime Minister Netanyahu attends the IDF exercise. (GPO)
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Netanyahu cautioned Israel’s enemies while attending an IDF exercise. 

By World Israel News Staff
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, attended an IDF exercise in the north. The Prime Minister was briefed on the exercise and spoke with soldiers and commanders who participated in it.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, said, following the exercise:
“I am concluding a major, multi-corps IDF exercise in several areas. I am very impressed by the improvement in readiness, by the fighting spirit of the soldiers and commanders, and mainly by the destructive power of the IDF.
“I hear our neighbors from the north, south and east threatening our destruction. I say to our enemies: The IDF has very great destructive power. Don’t test us.”
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Israel conducted the exercise this week to evaluate its capabilities to wage a multi-front war. According to a senior Air Force official, “The entire air force is in the air.”
It was one of the largest military exercises held by Israel in years, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian Gulf.
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Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez for comparing US border control to ‘concentration camps’
 June 19, 2019
Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez for comparing US border control to ‘concentration camps’NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Screenshot)
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“There is a long tradition of members of Congress saying dumb things; nevertheless, this comment belongs in the Hall of Fame. It’s not anti-Semitic. It’s too sloppy for that,” historian Gil Troy told JNS.
By Jackson Richman, JNS
Outrage from pro-Israel and Jewish groups is growing at U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her remarks on Monday on her Instagram account that the United States is “running concentration camps on our southern border,” in reference to the Trump administration’s policies regarding illegal immigration.
“AOC should ask Holocaust survivors and ex-GIs who liberated Dachau what that charnel House was like,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the SWC’s associate dean and director of global social action for the leading international Jewish Human Rights NGO, told JNS. “She is insulting victims of genocide.”
“AOC and others should stop demonizing Trump as a Nazi and instead forge bipartisan fix to disastrous humanitarian situation at our Southern border,” he continued. “Otherwise, all members of Congress will share responsibility for failing to stop the suffering and even deaths.”
In her social-media remarks, the freshman congresswoman said she wants to talk to those “who are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘never again’ means something.”
“The fact that concentrations camps are now an institutionalized practice in the Home of the Free is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it,” she continued.
‘An authoritarian and fascist presidency’
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‘I serve God,’ says new minister, vowing to get rid of Liberman
 June 19, 2019
‘I serve God,’ says new minister, vowing to get rid of LibermanMK Bezalel Smotrich (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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New Transportation Minister Betzalel Smotrich says that the most important goal is to create a new government without Liberman, who insists on the drafting of haredi men.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
In a wide-ranging interview on Kan 11 News Monday, incoming Transportation Minister Betzalel Smotrich of the Union of Right Wing Parties said that as a man of God, he does what he believes is good for the country and its citizens.
“I’m not the prime minister’s man, I’m a man of the people of Israel,” Smotrich said. “I’m a man of the public that I represent. I serve God and do what I believe and think is good for the State and the people of Israel.”
This includes trying to build a united and strong right-wing for the upcoming elections that does not include Yisrael Beitenu, whose leader began his campaign by attacking haredi parties and, in particular, insisting on the drafting of ultra-Orthodox young men into the IDF.
“The big challenge for the right wing in these elections is to manage to form a stable government without Avigdor Liberman,” the national-religious minister said. “Every person who will run to the right of the Likud and wants to run in the next Knesset must run under one party name.”
He confirmed that to that end, he is willing to set aside his leadership aspirations if it will bring popular former justice minister Ayelet Shaked into the fold.
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Questions arise in rape of Jewish girl: ‘It doesn’t add up’
 June 19, 2019
Questions arise in rape of Jewish girl: ‘It doesn’t add up’(Flash90)
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Problems have emerged in the case involving the rape of the 7-year-old Jewish girl by an Arab worker.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
No one doubts that the Jewish girl, 7, from the Benjamin region in Samaria was raped, but inconsistencies have led to some questioning whether the police have the right culprit, Ynet reports.
Forty-six year old Mahmoud Nazmi Abd Alhamid Katusa was indicted on Sunday.
According to the indictment, Katusa worked as a janitor and maintenance man at the elementary school which the girl attended. After winning her trust, he tried to convince her to accompany him to a nearby house. When she refused, he  took her by force.
The report says that Katusa was helped by two other Arab workers who held her as he performed his foul act. The men have not been identified and may still be working in the Jewish town where the rape took place.
But questions have arisen about the police report. Perhaps the biggest issue is the indictment’s claim that Katusa dragged the girl from the school to the apartment where she was raped. The girl cried and resisted as he pulled her along the  distance, which took 15 minutes.
A Jewish resident of the town who personally knows Katusa said in a radio interview on Tuesday night, “It does not make sense that he did it… It doesn’t add up that an Arab takes a 7-year-old girl in an ultra-Orthodox community in the center of the country for a quarter of an hour, and drags her when there are thousands of children on the street and yeshiva students who walk around in the street while she cries and resists. That does not sound right.”
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From army of Judah to IDF: Israeli soldiers uncover ancient watchtower
 June 19, 2019
From army of Judah to IDF: Israeli soldiers uncover ancient watchtowerExcavation directors guiding the IDF soldiers. (Courtesy/Israel Antiquities Authority)
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“The connection to the land, and the fact that there were Jewish fighters in the past, gave me a sense of mission,” said Second Lieutenant Roi Ofir.
By World Israel News Staff
A watchtower dating from the time of the Kingdom of Judah, during the reign of King Hezekiah, (8th century B.C.E) was recently uncovered during archaeological excavations by IDF soldiers, together with the Israel Antiquities Authority at a paratroopers base in the south of the country
The tower was erected at a high geographic site, and as such, was an observation point to the Hebron Mountains, the Judean plain, and the Ashkelon vicinity. It was built of especially large stones, some 8 tons in weight.
“The strategic location of the tower served as a lookout and warning point against the Philistine enemy, one of whose cities was Ashkelon,” according to Sa’ar Ganor and Valdik Lifshitz, excavation directors on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
“In the days of the First Temple, the Kingdom of Judah built a range of towers and fortresses as points of communication, warning, and signaling, to transmit messages and field intelligence,” said the two dig directors.
“This tower is one of the observation points connecting the large cities in the area,” they said, noting that “in ancient times, to transmit messages, beacons of smoke were lit during the day and beacons of fire at night. It is probable that the watchtower now uncovered is one of the towers that bore some of the beacons.”
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UN investigator: ‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince played role in Khashoggi killing
 June 19, 2019
UN investigator: ‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince played role in Khashoggi killingSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (AP /Amr Nabil)
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The independent expert cites “credible evidence” of a possible role played by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of the Saudi journalist.
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An independent U.N. human rights expert investigating the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday recommended an investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, citing “credible evidence.”
The 101-page report released by Agnes Callamard into the October killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul calls on U.N. bodies or Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “demand” a follow-up criminal investigation.
Callamard noted the “extreme sensitivity” of considering the criminal responsibility of the crown prince, as well as Saud Alqahtani, a senior adviser to the Saudi royal court who has not been charged.
“No conclusion is made as to guilt,” she wrote of the two men. “The only conclusion made is that there is credible evidence meriting further investigation, by a proper authority, as to whether the threshold of criminal responsibility has been met.”
She wrote that there was “no reason why sanctions should not be applied against the Crown Prince and his personal assets” – noting that sanctions regimes have been put in place in the past even before guilt was determined.
But she played down the focus on a single person, writing: “The search for justice and accountability is not singularly dependent on finding a ‘smoking gun’ or the person holding it.”
She wrote that her focus was mainly on identifying those who may have failed in or abused their positions of authority.
Eleven people are on trial in Saudi Arabia in largely secret proceedings, and five could face the death penalty.
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‘The whole air force is in the air’: Israel holds massive, multi-front combat exercise
 June 19, 2019
‘The whole air force is in the air’: Israel holds massive, multi-front combat exerciseU.S. Air Force F-35A (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/Released)
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While the focus has been on the north, the simulated multi-front war exercise also included the Gaza front.
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The Israeli Air Force has been holding a large-scale, four-day combat exercise since Sunday simulating simultaneous warfare in Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon and featuring F-35 jet fighters for the first time, according to the IDF.
The drill focuses on fighting in the country’s north, against Hezbollah and Iranian forces, said the military.
It is reported to have included simulated simultaneous combat against a number of enemies who have their own advanced technology. Examples cited are the Russian S-300 and S-400 missile defense systems.
The drill has tested the Israeli home front’s ability to endure massive missile fire. It has simulated a breakdown in technology and infrastructure such as Israel Air Force communications centers which are disabled and runways which are damaged.
Fighter jets, helicopters, cargo planes, drones, air defense units, and ground support forces have all been called into action for the exercise, said the Israeli military.
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Religious-Zionists look to unite ahead of elections
 June 19, 2019
Religious-Zionists look to unite ahead of electionsReligious-Zionist leaders Bezalel Smotrich (r) and Rafi Peretz (l) (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
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Religious-Zionists want to enter the elections united, reports say.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Following the appointment of two of its leaders to important ministries, Israel’s religious-Zionist camp says its turning its attention to unifying its disparate elements ahead of the September elections.
After Wednesday evening, when the Jewish Home party will approve its list to run in the next Knesset, it will look to form a union with two of its former members, Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, Israel Hayom reports.
The paper reports on a scenario in which the top spots on a united religious-Zionist list will include current leader Rafi Peretz, followed by Ayelet Shaked in the second spot, Betzalel Smotrich in third and Bennett in the fourth position.
According to the report, Bennett and Shaked will meet on Wednesday to decide on their next steps.
Unification in the religious-Zionist camp is still in the very early stages. A source tells Israel Hayom, “There is a direction, but it’s too early, we do not even know what’s going on with Ayelet Shaked or Naftali Bennett.”
Unity may prove elusive as Bennett and Shaked had led the religious-Zionist camp before breaking away from the Jewish Home party to campaign as heads of their own party, the New Right. There is a question whether they will settle for less than the top leadership roles, having already held them.
Also, hard feelings still exist within the Jewish Home toward the two as they abandoned their former party without warning, leaving it to scramble to reorganize itself ahead of the elections.
Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev expressed this lingering resentment on June 12 when he said the Jewish Home should never take Bennett and Shaked back. He later apologized for his remarks.
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Israeli actress Gal Gadot makes Maxim’s Hot 100
 June 19, 2019
Israeli actress Gal Gadot makes Maxim’s Hot 100Actress Gal Gadot (AP/Evan Agostini/Invision)
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Gal Gadot is one of the 100 most beautiful women in 2019 according to men’s magazine Maxim.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Israeli actress Gal Gadot was honored as one of Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100. The magazine announced its yearly list on June 17.
Gadot, who was crowned Miss Israel in 2014, is best known for playing the comic-book heroine in the blockbuster 2017 film Wonder Woman. She will also appear in a sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, slated to be released in 2020.
Gadot played smaller roles in a number of films leading up to Wonder Woman, including a supporting role in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Maxim includes in its list not only actresses, but beauties from all walks of life, including athletes, social media models and singers.
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PA secretly pays Israel for medical care
 June 18, 2019
PA secretly pays Israel for medical careParamedics bringing patient to emergency room at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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This contravenes the PA’s announcement in May that it would stop sending Arab patients from the PA to Israeli hospitals.
By Baruch Yedid, TPS
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has secretly transferred NIS 25 million to Israel as payment for medical bills this month, after publicly announcing it would cease to use Israel medical services as a form of boycott.
TPS has learned that another sum of NIS 18 million was transferred last month.
This contravenes the PA’s announcement in May that it would stop sending Arab patients from the PA to Israeli hospitals, with an understanding that this would cause the medical institutions financial damage.
The PA has commenced with preparations to alter the Paris Protocols and even disconnect from the Israeli economy. The 1994 Paris Accords dictate the economic relations between Israel and the PA.
This and other moves are the PA’s response to Israel’s alleged intentions to annex areas in Judea and Samaria and over its recent cut in the transfer of the PA’s taxes.
Israel has decided to cut NIS 42 million each month from the tax revenues that it transfers to the PA, in accordance with a new law that partially freezes the PA’s funds as a penalty for its practice of providing salaries to Arabs who committed acts of terrorism against Israelis.
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Nikki Haley calms fears on Trump plan: ‘Israel should not be worried’
 June 13, 2019
Nikki Haley calms fears on Trump plan: ‘Israel should not be worried’Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (AP/Andrew Harnik)
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Haley sent a message to Israel not to be concerned that Trump’s deal of the century would compromise its security.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said “Israel should not be worried” by the Trump administration’s peace plan. She made her comments in an interview with Israel Hayom Editor-in-Chief Boaz Bismuth on Thursday.
“Israel should not be worried. Because through the Middle East plan, one of the main goals that Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt focused on was to not hurt the national security interests of Israel,” Haley said in the interview with Israel’s largest daily newspaper.
Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is serving as Trump’s special adviser. Greenblatt is serving as Trump’s chief negotiator on Israel-Palestinian peace issues. His official title is U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations.
“They understand the importance of security, they understand the importance of keeping Israel safe. I think everybody needs to go into it with an open mind, everybody should want a peace plan,” Haley said.
Asked if Mideast peace had a chance, Haley said: “I am an optimist. It’s not going to be easy. Both sides won’t love it. And both sides won’t hate it. But both sides have to want peace. And if they do, they will be deciding the details.”
Haley, however, directed criticism at the Palestinian and Arab side. “At this point, it is hard to see an opportunity in which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is even going to come to the table, and I think that … it shows Abbas’ true colors.
“It shows the Arab community’s true colors, that they [the Arab states] don’t really care about the Palestinians, because if the Palestinians were that much of a priority, everybody would be holding Abbas’ hand and leading him to the table. Everybody and Abbas himself would want better.”
Haley became extremely popular with Israel supporters during her term as U.N. ambassador, a position she filled for almost two full years starting January 25, 2017. The former governor of South Carolina made a name for herself by calling out U.N. hypocrisy when it came to Israel.
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DC suburb pushes off Roger Waters-narrated anti-Israel film amid pushback
 June 13, 2019
DC suburb pushes off Roger Waters-narrated anti-Israel film amid pushbackRoger Waters (AP/Brent N. Clarke/Invision)
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“A film like this only fuels ill will against the Jewish people,” said Stand With Us CEO Roz Rothstein.
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Amid pushback, Takoma Park in Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., postponed a scheduled screening this week of an anti-Israel documentary narrated by pro-BDS activist and former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters.
“The proposed June 13 screening of the film, ‘The Occupation of the American Mind’ in the Takoma Park Community Center as part of the ‘We Are Takoma’ series, has spurred expressions of concern and support from a number of organizations and individuals,” according to the municipality’s post on Facebook. “The Takoma Park City Council appreciates the comments and has asked that the screening of the film be postponed to a later date.”
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IDF warplanes strike underground terrorist installation in Gaza Strip
 June 13, 2019
IDF warplanes strike underground terrorist installation in Gaza StripIsraeli Air Force F15i (Flash90/Ofer Zidon)
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The IDF hit an underground installation belonging to Hamas in retaliation for a Hamas rocket fired on Israel’s south.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Israeli fighter jets struck an underground terrorist infrastructure belonging to Hamas in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday night. The attack was in response to rocket fire from Gaza earlier that night, the IDF reported.
One terrorist rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.  The explosion was heard by local residents in the Eshkol region, an area bordering the southeastern portion of the Strip.
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AJC Survey: 3/4 of US Jews say Israel is vital to ‘long-term Jewish future’
 June 13, 2019
AJC Survey: 3/4 of US Jews say Israel is vital to ‘long-term Jewish future’Participants take part in the Celebrate Israel Parade, June 2, 2019. The vast majority of U.S. Jews still feel a connection to Israel, a new poll finds. (AP/Craig Ruttle)
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Three-quarters of American Jews say “a thriving Jewish state is vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people.” 
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Seventy-two percent of American Jews polled in a survey this month said that “a thriving State of Israel is vital for the long-term future of the Jewish people.” The survey was conducted on behalf of the American Jewish Committee (AJC).
However, the one quarter of the 1,006 Americans queried who said that Israel isn’t vital may be large enough to trouble some Israelis. Meanwhile, 35 percent disagreed either somewhat or strongly with the statement: “Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew.”
The poll did find that a clear majority (71%) of Jews feel a bond with Israelis. To the question, “Using the metaphor of a family, do you consider Israeli Jews your…?” 43 percent chose the answer “extended family.” Another 13 percent selected the still closer “siblings,” and another 15 percent “first cousins.” Twenty-eight percent answered “not part of my family.” One percent had no opinion.
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World’s automakers race to Israel as Bill Ford praises innovative culture
 June 12, 2019
World’s automakers race to Israel as Bill Ford praises innovative cultureFord Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford stands next to a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP/Carlos Osorio)
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Ford, Renault and Nissan are the latest carmakers to enter the Israeli market in quest for the best tech. 
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
Ford, Renault and Nissan are the latest carmakers to open up innovation centers in Israel in order to take advantage of the Start-Up Nation’s technology prowess. Autonomous vehicles is one of the big drivers.
On June 10, Renault and Nissan inaugurated a joint innovation lab in Tel Aviv. Ford opened its innovation center on Wednesday.
Car company representatives were in Tel Aviv this week to attend the EcoMotion conference, which ran from Monday to Thursday.
“Through collaborations with promising local start-ups with cutting-edge technologies, we aim to develop a variety of key technologies that will be essential for the future of mobility,” said Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, executive vice president of engineering for the Renault-Nissan alliance, which also includes Mitsubishi.
The alliance typically invests $10 million per start-up and is looking at several candidates in Israel, Reuters reports.
Bill Ford, the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, also attended the Ecomotion conference. It was his first visit to Israel. He said a “revolution” is underway in the industry.
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Israeli naval blockade: Gazan shores closed after Hamas launches fire balloons
 June 13, 2019
Israeli naval blockade: Gazan shores closed after Hamas launches fire balloonsPalestinians use a crane to lift small boats from the water at the port in Gaza City. (AP/Adel Hana)
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Gazan shores will be closed “until further notice,” Israeli authorities say.
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Israel announced Wednesday night that the Gazan shores will be closed “until further notice” to Palestinian fishermen due to a renewed flareup of violent attacks on Israel from Gaza.
In its statement, the IDF noted “the continuous launching of incendiary balloons and kites from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.” Authorities say that eight booby-trapped balloons and kites were launched from Gaza on Wednesday. In six cases, they say, fires broke out on the Israeli side.
Such attacks have been taking place for more than a year, causing extensive damage to Israeli fields near the Gazan border and financial loss to Israeli farmers. Israel reportedly has made a cessation of such attacks a condition toward stopping IDF airstrikes on terror targets in Gaza. Wednesday’s attack was the largest daily launch in several weeks.
Also, overnight on Wednesday a rocket was fired from Gaza, landing in the Eshkol region of southern Israel. The IDF said that the rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.
A full naval blockade is a rare step taken by Israel. More frequently, Israeli authorities have reduced the size of the fishing zone off the Gazan coast when there was an uptick in violence and increased it again when relative calm was restored.
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Israel’s new justice minister clarifies remark that he’s prepared to disobey Supreme Court decisions
 June 13, 2019
Israel’s new justice minister clarifies remark that he’s prepared to disobey Supreme Court decisionsJustice Minister Amir Ohana after taking the oath of office in the Knesset on Wednesday. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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“We are not talking about decisions with which I happen to disagree,” Ohana countered.
By World Israel News Staff 
Justice Minister Amir Ohana has issued a clarification to an earlier statement he made in favor of disobeying court rulings, saying that he was referring only to “extreme” cases when lives are at stake.
In his first interview as justice minister, which he gave the same day he was sworn in, Ohana said he’d go against Supreme Court rulings if they went against his view of what’s best for Israel’s security.
Supreme Court President Esther Hayut, in a speech on Thursday, lashed out the new justice minister for espousing “an unprecedented and irresponsible judicial worldview according to which not all rulings handed out by courts should be honored.”
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Non-Jewish British volunteer who fought for Israel, founded IDF’s first parachuting school, dies at 97
 June 12, 2019
Non-Jewish British volunteer who fought for Israel, founded IDF’s first parachuting school, dies at 97Tom Derek Bowden, aka Captain David Appel, fought for Israel in its War of Independence. (Courtesy)
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Tom Derek Bowden, aka Captain David Appel, first fought in WWII and spent a month in Bergen-Belsen before taking up arms for the fledgling Jewish state.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Tom Derek Bowden, a non-Jewish British cavalry officer who helped Israel win its War of Independence and then founded its first paratrooper school, died Monday at age 97.
Bowden hailed from a wealthy family. He had Jewish friends and an “affinity for a community whose music, dancing and traditions he had become familiar with,” Britain’s Jewish News reports.
Not much interested in academics, he dropped out of school at 15 and joined the army in 1938 at age 17, looking for adventure. He found it in Palestine policing Arabs while on horseback prior to the start of World War II.
Although knowing little of Zionism at the time, he was influenced by one of his commanders – the fervently pro-Zionist Christian British officer Orde Wingate. Wingate, known by the Jews simply as Ha-yedid, or “the friend,” is considered one of the “spiritual” fathers of the IDF, having founded the Special Night Squads, a mixed group of British soldiers and Jewish fighters, which introduced tactics later adopted by the Israeli Army.
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US Ambassador Friedman: Israel ‘has right to retain’ some of Judea and Samaria
 June 10, 2019
US Ambassador Friedman: Israel ‘has right to retain’ some of Judea and SamariaAmbassador to Israel David Friedman (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg)
Friedman said Israel is entitled to a least some portion of Judea and Samaria in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday. 
By World Israel News Staff
“Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told The New York Times in an interview published on Sunday.
Mr. Friedman “declined to say” what the U.S. reaction would be if Israel decided to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, the Times reported.
“We really don’t have a view until we understand how much, on what terms, why does it make sense, why is it good for Israel, why is it good for the region, why does it not create more problems than it solves,” Mr. Friedman said in the interview. “These are all things that we’d want to understand, and I don’t want to prejudge.”’
“Certainly Israel’s entitled to retain some portion of it,” he said, referring to Judea and Samaria.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during Israel’s recent election campaign that he would move to start annexing parts of Judea and Samaria. His pledge was met with praise from right-wing quarters but threats of violence from the Palestinian Authority and criticism from left-wing Jewish groups, including in the U.S.
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Pompeo promises ‘push back’ against Corbyn, UK Labour anti-Semitism
 June 10, 2019
Pompeo promises ‘push back’ against Corbyn, UK Labour anti-SemitismUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
Pompeo said he wouldn’t wait to “push back” on Corbyn’s anti-Semitism.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he wouldn’t wait for U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister to “push back” against him over his party’s anti-Semitism, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
Pompeo’s comments were provided to the Post in a leaked recording made during an off-the-record meeting with Jewish leaders in New York.
The Post reports that Pompeo was asked at the meeting, if Corbyn “is elected, would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the U.K.?”
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PA wants to take Friedman to International Criminal Court
 June 10, 2019
PA wants to take Friedman to International Criminal CourtU.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
Furious over Friedman’s statement that Israel has the right to retain some of Judea and Samaria, Palestinians and extreme leftists are calling for the American envoy to be fired.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Foreign Ministry announced Sunday that it was considering filing a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
The impetus for officially considering such a blatantly anti-U.S. move was Friedman’s interview, published in The New York Times on Saturday, in which he said that “under certain circumstances, I think that Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank. Certainly Israel’s entitled to retain some portion of it.”
The statement infuriated the Palestinians and extreme left-wing Jewish organizations J Street and Peace Now, who all called for the ambassador to be dismissed.
The Palestinian foreign ministry called Friedman’s statements “racist.”
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Declassified: Huge Hezbollah bomb factory uncovered in northwest London
 June 10, 2019
Declassified: Huge Hezbollah bomb factory uncovered in northwest LondonHezbollah terrorists marching in 2010. (AP/Hussein Malla)
A 2015 raid uncovered a Hezbollah-linked bomb factory just outside London, The Daily Telegraph reports.
By World Israel News Staff
Terrorists tied to Iran were caught in 2015 stockpiling tons of “explosive materials on the outskirts of London in a secret British bomb factory,” Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday.
“Radicals linked to Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group, stashed thousands of disposable ice packs containing ammonium nitrate – a common ingredient in homemade bombs,” the paper said.
The plot was discovered by MI5, Britain’s equivalent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the London Metropolitan Police in 2015. However, details of it were only just released.
The British authorities found three metric tons of ammonium nitrate – an amount greater than that used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people – in four properties in northwest London, the Telegraph reports.
The London bomb factory was considered part of a wider plot by Hezbollah to lay the groundwork for future attacks around the world, the Telegraph reports. Cells were uncovered in New York, Thailand, and Cyprus. In the last, a Hezbollah agent was apprehended with 65,000 ice packs similar to those found in London.
Although the prime minister at the time, David Cameron, and then-Home Secretary Theresa May were notified of the discovery, it’s not clear why others in government weren’t. The Telegraph speculates that the raid may have been hidden from senior members of government and the public in order not to impact the Iran nuclear deal being negotiated at the time.
Ben Wallace, Britain’s Minister for Security and Economic Crime, told the paper, “The Security Service and police work tirelessly to keep the public safe from a host of national security threats. Necessarily, their efforts and success will often go unseen.”
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Democratic senators introduce resolution denouncing Netanyahu’s annexation plan
 June 10, 2019
Two of the five, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), are running for the Democratic nomination for president next year.
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Five Democratic senators introduced a non-binding resolution on Thursday denouncing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign promise to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.
Two of them, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), are running for the Democratic nomination for president next year.
“Unilateral annexation of portions of the West Bank would jeopardize prospects for a two-state solution, harm Israel’s relationship with its Arab neighbors, threaten Israel’s Jewish and democratic identity, and undermine Israel’s security,” stated the resolution.
It mentioned that “the policy of the United States should be to preserve conditions conducive to a negotiated two state solution.”
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With summer here, American Jewish day camps get ready for… attacks?
 June 10, 2019
With summer here, American Jewish day camps get ready for… attacks?(Camp Moshava IO)
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“There is a pattern of hate—a pattern of anti-Semitism nationwide right now, unfortunately—so why not be proactive? Are we really waiting for something to happen?”
By Faygie Holt, JNS
In just a few weeks, tens of thousands of kids will be on the move, leaving home for Jewish overnight camps. This year though they’ll be doing so under the specter of heightened security concerns as anti-Semitism is at a near-record high nationwide and it has been just half a year since two deadly synagogue shootings.
According to the Anti-Defamation League’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents for 2018, 1,879 attacks were committed against Jews and Jewish institutions across the country last year, including the attack at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jewish worshippers were murdered when a gunman entered the building during Shabbat services.
Six months later, in April 2019, a 60-year-old woman was murdered when a gunman opened fire inside Chabad of Poway outside San Diego on the last day of Passover, also during Shabbat-morning services.
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Omar broke campaign finance rules, say state officials
 June 9, 2019
Omar broke campaign finance rules, say state officialsRep. Ilhan Omar on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP /Susan Walsh)
The anti-Israel lawmaker has been accused of using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses and officials are demanding that she repay the money.
By World Israel News Staff and AP
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar violated state rules when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel and help on her tax returns and must reimburse her former campaign committee nearly $3,500, Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled Thursday.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said the first-term Democratic congresswoman also must pay the state a $500 civil penalty for using campaign money to travel to Florida, where she accepted an honorarium.
The board found Omar’s campaign bought a plane ticket to Boston to speak at a political rally; paid for a hotel in Washington, D.C., where Omar participated in an interview for the Girl UP UN conference; and covered her travel to Chicago to accept an award and attend a fundraising luncheon, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.
Under state law, trips must be reasonably related to serving in office. Omar was a state representative from Minneapolis at the time of the violations. She was elected to the U.S. House last November.
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US threatens to eject Turkey from F-35 fighter jet program
 June 10, 2019
US threatens to eject Turkey from F-35 fighter jet programA U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Loyd)
The NATO ally cannot have both the Russian S-400 anti-missile defense system and America’s most advanced stealth jet, Washington says.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The United States officially informed Turkey last week that it will no longer be a welcome partner in the program producing the F-35 stealth fighter if it insists on going ahead with its purchase of advanced Russian air defense systems.
In a June 6 letter sent to his Turkish counterpart, acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said that possessing Moscow’s S-400 anti-missile batteries while also being part of the international consortium that is building – and eventually buying — America’s most advanced jet goes against U.S. and NATO interests.
Turkey was planning to purchase a total of 100 F-35A planes. It took formal possession of four jets last year, although Washington has not yet delivered them.
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Hebrew U professor calls to boycott Israel-hosted premier physics contest
 June 10, 2019
Hebrew U professor calls to boycott Israel-hosted premier physics contest(AP/Jacques Brinon)
A Hebrew University professor is pushing for a boycott of a prestigious international physics competition for high school students hosted by Israel.
By Eytan Meir
Professor Emmanuel Farjoun, a lecturer in Hebrew University’s Einstein Institute of Mathematics, signed an open letter calling to boycott the International Physics Olympiad set to be held in Israel in July.
The International Physics Olympiad is the premier international physics competition for high school students that includes competitors from some 80 countries.
The letter, published on the official website of the BDS movement, was signed by Prof. Farjoun and 19 other academics who dubbed Israel an “apartheid” state and urged students and the organizers of the competition to boycott the event.
“We call on all students and mentors from all over the world not to participate to (sic) the next International Physics Olympiad in Israel,” read the letter.
“We call on the boards of other International Science Olympiads to refrain from organizing their future contests in Israel, as long as it continues its military occupation and apartheid policy, in defiance of international law,” the letter concluded.



Hamas-linked Palestinian deported from US, refuses to deplane in Israel
 June 9, 2019
Hamas-linked Palestinian deported from US, refuses to deplane in IsraelHamas-linked Palestinian Abdelhaleem Ashqar, left, with his wife Asma. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
A deported Palestinian ex-convict who served 11 years in a U.S. prison in a case related to the Hamas terror group was returned to America after refusing to disembark in Israel.
By World Israel News and AP
Palestinian Abdelhaleem Ashqar, who was living in northern Virginia, is back in the U.S. after remaining on the airplane that brought him to Israel when U.S. immigration officials deported him last week.
A judge’s order forced immigration authorities to reverse his deportation and bring him back from Israel before he ever got off the plane.
Ashqar served 11 years in prison for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the Palestinian terror group Hamas in connection with the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing case. In 2005, he ran to succeed Yasser Arafat as president of the Palestinian Authority, while confined to his Alexandria home on house arrest as he awaited trial. He finished fourth in a field of seven.
Hamas issued a statement Thursday condemning the deportation and holding the U.S. “accountable” for his treatment.
The Hamas statement called Ashqar “a [Palestinian] icon who is known for his sense of nationalism and loyalty for his people.”
“Indeed, all the Palestinian people are proud of him,” Hamas added. Ashqar came to the U.S. in 1989 on a temporary visa to study at the University of Mississippi.
According to court papers and interviews, U.S. authorities arrested Ashqar on Tuesday and quickly deported him on a chartered flight
By Thursday, though, Ashqar, 60, was back in the U.S. He’s now at a detention facility in Bowling Green, Virginia, as his case awaits an expedited ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.
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Hamas-linked Palestinian deported from US, refuses to deplane in Israel
 June 9, 2019
Hamas-linked Palestinian deported from US, refuses to deplane in IsraelHamas-linked Palestinian Abdelhaleem Ashqar, left, with his wife Asma. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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A deported Palestinian ex-convict who served 11 years in a U.S. prison in a case related to the Hamas terror group was returned to America after refusing to disembark in Israel.
By World Israel News and AP
Palestinian Abdelhaleem Ashqar, who was living in northern Virginia, is back in the U.S. after remaining on the airplane that brought him to Israel when U.S. immigration officials deported him last week.
A judge’s order forced immigration authorities to reverse his deportation and bring him back from Israel before he ever got off the plane.
Ashqar served 11 years in prison for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the Palestinian terror group Hamas in connection with the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing case. In 2005, he ran to succeed Yasser Arafat as president of the Palestinian Authority, while confined to his Alexandria home on house arrest as he awaited trial. He finished fourth in a field of seven.
Hamas issued a statement Thursday condemning the deportation and holding the U.S. “accountable” for his treatment.
The Hamas statement called Ashqar “a [Palestinian] icon who is known for his sense of nationalism and loyalty for his people.”
“Indeed, all the Palestinian people are proud of him,” Hamas added. Ashqar came to the U.S. in 1989 on a temporary visa to study at the University of Mississippi.
According to court papers and interviews, U.S. authorities arrested Ashqar on Tuesday and quickly deported him on a chartered flight.
By Thursday, though, Ashqar, 60, was back in the U.S. He’s now at a detention facility in Bowling Green, Virginia, as his case awaits an expedited ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.
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IDF busts Hamas maritime rocket smugglers
 June 7, 2019
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The Israeli army announced it arrested a group of Gaza-based smugglers using boats to ferry rocket-making materials from Egypt to the Strip.

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On Friday, the IDF released video showing a sting in which it caught four Palestinians embarking on a run to Egypt to bring rocket manufacturing supplies back to the Gaza Strip via sea.

The Hamas-orchestrated operation reportedly sought to covertly bring materials like fiberglass using boats, which would have allowed them to avoid inspections that occur at land crossings.

While the IDF arrested the four smugglers in mid-May, the IDF only cleared the information for release this week. The footage below was published late Thursday evening.

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According the IDF, the Shin Bet-led investigation revealed that the smugglers intended to bring back 24 barrels of fiberglass to Hamas operatives to be used to make missiles.

The arrested Hamas operatives were charged with conspiracy to murder in a terrorist act, training for terrorist purposes, and attempt to provide service to a terrorist organization, in addition to other offenses.

As part of the strategy to destroy the Jewish state, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fire barrages of rockets and missiles form the Gaza Strip at Israeli civilian targets.

In May, these two Palestinian terror groups fired over 700 rockets at Israel, killing four people.
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Massive fire rages in Samarian hills since Wednesday, Jewish residents say it’s arson
 June 6, 2019
Massive fire rages in Samarian hills since Wednesday, Jewish residents say it’s arsonThe fire near the Jewish town of Itamar started on Wednesday. (Courtesy Itamar residents)
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A fire has engulfed 1,700 acres of farmland and pastures in Samaria. Jewish residents say its arson and demand police take action.
By World Israel News Staff
Residents of the Jewish town of Itamar in Samaria have been unable to stop a fire that has raged since Wednesday night, Arutz7 reports.
Roughly 1,700 acres of farmland and pastures have been burned so far, the online site reports. Damage is estimated at NIS 700,000 ($194,000).
“This is the fourth fire to break out in four days, endangering residents and families, destroying years worth of work by farmers. The heart breaks,” Iyar Segal, a resident of the Itamar hills, told Arutz7.
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Infamous Israeli highway claims latest victims, two girls, ages 7 and 4
 June 6, 2019
Infamous Israeli highway claims latest victims, two girls, ages 7 and 4Scene from the accident in which two girls lost their lives. (Negev Firefighters Spokesperson's Office)
Two girls, new immigrants from France, perish in horrific accident on way to Eilat. 
By World Israel News Staff
Two girls, ages seven and four, were killed in a head-on collision on Route 90 on Thursday afternoon. They had just immigrated to Israel from France three months ago with their parents and had been on their way to Eilat for a family vacation, Israel media reports.
Magen David Adom teams confirmed the deaths of the girls and treated the other victims, two men, a woman and a 3-year-old toddler – the girls’ younger brother. The father of the girls was listed as moderately injured, the boy lightly injured. They were evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva.
The cause of the accident still needs to be determined.
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IDF: No major threat from Hamas but Islamic Jihad has ‘explosive potential’
 June 6, 2019
IDF: No major threat from Hamas but Islamic Jihad has ‘explosive potential’Masked member of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group. Israel's intelligence chief said on Wednesday that the group was a "wild card." (AP/Adel Hana)
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Israeli intelligence sees war in Gaza possible due to unpredictability of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Israel faces no major security threat from Hamas at this time, IDF Intelligence Directorate Chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Heyman said on Wednesday at the Israel Defense and Homeland Expo in Tel Aviv.
It has no appetite to take on Israel following the blow it received last month from the Israeli air force after the terror organization launched hundreds of rockets at the South over a weekend.
“Hamas is extremely deterred from war and is willing to stay on some kind of track of a [cease-fire] arrangement,” Heyman told his audience. “They very much do not desire war.”
The “wild card” in Gaza, he said, is the rival Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The much smaller terrorist group “has higher explosive potential,” he said. It is “a highly unstable force that fundamentally still views itself as a resistance group that must act aggressively.” The PIJ, which is a full Iranian proxy, may thus try to drag Hamas into a war it doesn’t want.
This is not a secret that Israeli Intelligence had to ferret out, however, as the PIJ leader publicly threatened war for this summer right after May’s unofficial cease-fire agreement was reached.
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Analysis: Liberman’s campaign strategy may tear Israel’s social fabric
 June 6, 2019
Analysis: Liberman’s campaign strategy may tear Israel’s social fabricIsrael Beitenu chairman Avigdor Liberman (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
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Liberman sees exploiting the religious-secular divide as a winning campaign strategy, but fanning the flames of the most divisive issue in Israeli society poses a risk.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Avigdor Liberman, head of the Israel Beiteinu party, has single-handedly brought down the government not once, but twice, leaving Israel’s chattering class agape.
A consensus has formed as to his motives — it’s a bid to revive his electoral chances by exploiting secular fears of religious coercion. Overlooked has been the dangers this political strategy poses to Israel’s social fabric.
Liberman refused to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government over a bill to draft ultra-Orthodox, or haredi, Jews. Large numbers of haredi men receive deferments for studying in yeshivas, sparking wide-spread resentment among the rest of Israeli society that must serve in Israel’s military.
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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio blames anti-Semitism on right-wing
 June 6, 2019
NYC mayor Bill de Blasio blames anti-Semitism on right-wingNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, seen here on Feb. 11, 2019. (AP/Hans Pennink)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio considers anti-Semitism a right-wing phenomenon.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the threat of anti-Semitism is from the right when asked about the steep rise in anti-Semitism from the left, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.
“I think the ideological movement that is anti-Semitic is the right-wing movement,” the mayor, who is running for president in 2020, said at a press conference in Brooklyn about hate crimes in New York City.
De Blasio’s comments were met with criticism. “I don’t agree with the mayor,” Chaim Deutsch, a Brooklyn Democrat, who serves on the City Council, told the New York Post.
“I have not seen any white supremacists coming in here committing these hate crimes,” he said.
Last week, NYC’s Police Department released statistics showing an 83 percent spike from Jan. 1, 2019 to May 19, 2019 in the number of reported hate crimes. Fifty-nine percent were anti-Semitic in nature.
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Trump: ‘Always a chance’ of war with Iran
 June 6, 2019
Trump: ‘Always a chance’ of war with IranPresident Donald Trump seen here on, June 5, 2019, in Shannon, Ireland. (AP/Alex Brandon)
Trump didn’t rule out a military clash with Iran in an interview with British TV on Wednesday.
By World Israel News Staff
“There is always a chance. Do I want to? No, I’d rather not. But there’s always a chance” President Donald Trump said during a Wednesday interview on British TV station ITV when asked whether he thought military action would be necessary against Iran.
“Iran is a place that was extremely hostile when I first came into office… They were a terrorist nation, number one in the world at that time and probably maybe are today,” the president said.
When asked if he’d rather pursue a diplomatic route, he said, ““Yeah, of course. I would much rather talk.”
Tensions with Iran have increased since the president pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord brokered by then-President Barack Obama. Trump criticized the deal during the campaign and promised he would pull the U.S. out of it if elected. Trump said the agreement only stopped Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons for a short time.
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Anti-Semitism ‘sadly irrelevant’ to most Germans, says Berlin columnist
 June 6, 2019
Anti-Semitism ‘sadly irrelevant’ to most Germans, says Berlin columnistSeveral hundred people attend a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Frankfurt, central Germany in 2014. (AP/dpa, Boris Roessler)
As “kippah solidarity” calls fall flat, Jewish commentator says anti-Semitism is “sadly irrelevant” to a majority of Germans.
By Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner
Calls by German politicians for the wearing of kippot as a gesture of solidarity with the country’s Jewish community have fallen flat with the general public, a leading Jewish commentator said on Wednesday.
In an extensive interview with national broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, Michael Wuliger — a columnist with Germany’s main Jewish newspaper, the Jüdische Allgemeine — argued that the vast majority of Germans remained unmoved by the problem of rising anti-Semitism, despite a 20-percent rise in offenses targeting Jews in 2018.
After Germany’s top official combating anti-Semitism warned last month that Jews could not safely wear kippot “always, everywhere,” several politicians from across the spectrum called on ordinary Germans to don a kippah as a show of support. The newspaper Bild even published a cut-out kippah for readers to assemble themselves. But when asked by presenter Gerald Beyrodt whether the kippah solidarity calls had produced anything concrete, Wuliger gave a blunt answer.
“Nothing,” he replied. “Absolutely nothing.”
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Netanyahu taps Likud ally as Israel’s justice minister
 June 5, 2019
Netanyahu taps Likud ally as Israel’s justice ministerInterim Justice Minister Amir Ohana. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
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After earlier controversy surrounding who might fill the role until Israelis return to the polls in September, the prime minister appointed the Likud’s Amir Ohana.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed a close Likud party ally as justice minister.
Amir Ohana’s appointment on Wednesday came as Netanyahu heads an interim government following the dissolution of parliament last week. The prime minister also faces a hearing before the attorney general over corruption allegations and possible indictment.
Ohana is an ardent Netanyahu backer and has voiced support for a bill to grant a seated prime minister immunity from prosecution.
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Greenblatt: PA has only itself to blame for economic woes
 June 6, 2019
Greenblatt: PA has only itself to blame for economic woesTrump's Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt (Shutterstock)
Denying PA prime minister’s claim of imminent collapse, Greenblatt says it is simply a matter of will on leadership’s part.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s point man for peace negotiations, flatly rejected on Wednesday the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) claim to be on the verge of collapse.
Referring to PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh’s interview that day in The New York Times, he tweeted, “PM Shtayyeh is wrong, the PA isn’t ‘in a collapsing situation,’ the PA caused the situation. Time for the PA to step-up & take responsibility for their people & the economy. The PA can’t continue to blame the US & everyone else for a situation they caused.”
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The Palestinian Authority could collapse by August, Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said in an interview in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
New Palestinian Premier Warns of a ‘Very Hot Summer’
The Palestinian Authority could collapse if a financial standoff with Israel is not resolved, Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh says in an interview.
Shtayyeh had told the paper that the PA’s financial problems were due to Israel’s February move to uphold its law to keep back from the PA the amount of money it pays terrorists and their families (the Pay to Slay Law). However, this is only some $12 million of the $100 million per month that the Jewish state regularly transfers to the PA from Palestinians’ withheld taxes and tariffs.
It was a Palestinian decision to then reject all the tax funds it receives from Israel, which is a hefty portion of its annual budget.
Since the PA made this move, Greenblatt has pointed out on numerous occasions that the money President Abbas insists be paid to terrorists could and should go to the Palestinian people instead.
Last month, for example, he slammed the PA’s refusal to pay for its citizens to be treated in east Jerusalem hospitals
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CNN: Saudi stepped up its missile program with China’s help, US intel says
 June 6, 2019
CNN: Saudi stepped up its missile program with China’s help, US intel saysSaudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting in Beijing in February. (Xinhua via AP/Liu Weibing)
“Saudi Arabia has expanded both its missile infrastructure and technology through recent purchases from China,” according to the report.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News  
U.S. intelligence is showing that Saudi Arabia has “significantly escalated its ballistic missile program with the help of China,” CNN reports.
The American media network cites “three sources with direct knowledge of the matter,” and says that it is “a development that threatens decades of U.S. efforts to limit missile proliferation in the Middle East.”
According to the sources, “the Trump administration did not initially disclose its knowledge of this classified development to key members of Congress,” says CNN.
The information is said to indicate that “Saudi Arabia has expanded both its missile infrastructure and technology through recent purchases from China,” according to the report.
CNN’s sources said that the ultimate goal of the Saudis “has not been conclusively assessed by U.S. intelligence,” but that “the missile advancement could mark another step in potential Saudi efforts” to deliver a nuclear warhead sometime in the future if it obtained one.
Both in the Trump administration and among some Israeli officials, closer ties with Saudi Arabia have been considered important in countering the Iranian threat. Saudi Arabia has said that it would pursue nuclear weapons if Iran does.
However, in the U.S. Congress, there is criticism of the apparent stepped-up security cooperation with Riyadh, due to questions over the kingdom’s human rights record and, in particular, the case of  Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national who wrote for The Washington Post, and was an outspoken critic of Saudi leaders. He allegedly was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 by agents of the Saudi government.
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Likud says no way to religious MK who sought justice ministry after talk of Torah law
 June 4, 2019
Likud says no way to religious MK who sought justice ministry after talk of Torah lawMK Bezalel Smotrich (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
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Chances of the religious MK receiving the ministry he desires plummet after his statements about his desire for Israel to be run by Jewish law.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
“Smotrich can forget about being Justice Minister,” said senior Likud MKs Tuesday, following the statements the co-leader of the United Right-Wing Parties (URWP) made at Jerusalem Day celebrations on Sunday.
MK Betzalel Smotrich had called for Israel to be run by Jewish law “as in the days of King David” when he spoke at the flagship school of national-religious Zionism, Mercaz HaRav, to mark the 52nd anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem.
Although he had added that adjustments would be made for modern times, and that “nothing would be done by force,” his words drew a firestorm of protest from secular politicians on all sides of the political spectrum.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly drew away from the controversial remarks.
“The State of Israel will not be a state based on Jewish law,” Netanyahu tweeted Monday.
Smotrich’s rejection, reported by Yedioth Ahronoth on its front page, was shortly pictured on the religious MK’s Twitter feed, together with a pithy response.
“Really, as if until yesterday Bibi Netanyahu was really running to give me the justice portfolio, and not, say, Sheli Yechimovich,” he wrote.
His mention of the prominent Labor MK was connected to rumors that Netanyahu had tried to offer various ministries to Labor party members if they would help him form a coalition. Laborites rejected his offer, and negotiations with right-wing parties petered out, forcing new elections.
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Alleged Israeli airstrike on Syrian base ‘destroyed… advanced weapon system element’
 June 5, 2019
Alleged Israeli airstrike on Syrian base ‘destroyed… advanced weapon system element’Contrasting images of the site from before and after the airstrike. (Image Sat International)
The attack, attributed to Israel, followed the arrival of aircraft from Iran, according to Image Sat International.
By World Israel News Staff
An airstrike on a Syrian base Sunday night attributed to Israel is said to have “destroyed… an advanced weapon system element,” according to satellite images released Tuesday by Image Sat International, an Israeli company which touts itself as a “global leader” in obtaining “high resolution satellite earth imagery and viable data analysis.”
The company released images of the same site from May 22 and June 4 to contrast the scene from before and after the airstrike.
The bombing of the Syrian T4 airbase, located near Homs, was a “pre-planned” attack that was meant to send a message to Iran, according to various Middle East experts.
Image Sat International confirms that the attack struck “nearby an apron which lately hosted aircraft arriving from Tehran, Iran.” The company called it an “accurate strike.”
The air attack “destroyed an element or a few, not an infrastructure,” of the weapon system, said the company’s statement.
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Opinion: Why isn’t a surge of anti-Semitism in New York City a bigger story?
 June 5, 2019
Opinion: Why isn’t a surge of anti-Semitism in New York City a bigger story?NYC Police officers at a crime scene (AP/Seth Wenig)
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American Jews don’t seem to pay attention to the large spike in anti-Semitic crimes in New York City. The question is why?
By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS
In the last two-and-a-half years, fears about an increase in anti-Semitism have become a primary concern for American Jewry. Long before the horrific shooting attacks in Pittsburgh and Poway, the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations have been voicing concerns about what they felt was a surge of hatred against Jews.
The tragic murder of 11 worshippers during Shabbat-morning services at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh not only horrified Americans, but vindicated the fears of some who said it was only a matter of time before those drenched in the hate that is available on the Internet would strike at Jewish targets.
Those fears were compounded by the more recent attack in Poway, Calif., in which yet another armed right-wing extremist shot up a synagogue.
Anti-Semitic crime spike
But as much as American Jewry has been riveted by the discussion about anti-Semitism, a new alarming report about a shocking spike in such incidents seems to have not elicited much interest, in spite of the fact that it concerns the largest Jewish community in the United States.
Last week, the New York City Police Department announced that it saw in the period from Jan. 1, 2019 to May 19, 2019 an 83 percent increase in the number of hate crimes reported. Of these, 59 percent were anti-Semitic in nature.
The raw totals of crimes reported are not astronomical. The number of hate crimes in 2019 in New York City during this period was 176, with 103 of them being anti-Semitic. But that more than doubled the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in 2018.
At the very least, that ought to prompt some serious questions not only about what is causing the uptick, but also what is to be done about it. While there is a debate in the New York City Council about whether sufficient funds have been allocated towards study of the problem, there doesn’t seem to be much alarm being spread about this surge.
Jewish groups have had a lot to say about extremists attacking synagogues or neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, Va., in the summer of 2017; however, the situation in New York appears to be flying under the radar of most American Jews.
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Israel’s High Court: Hamas prisoners not entitled to family visits
 June 5, 2019
Israel’s High Court: Hamas prisoners not entitled to family visitsLea and Simcha Goldin, parents of kidnapped soldier Hadar Goldin, want tougher conditions on terrorist prisoners. (Flash90/Tomer Neuberg)
“It is immoral to allow despicable terrorists to have family visits as long as Hamas holds the bodies of our soldiers and citizens,” Erdan said.
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Israel’s High Court of Justice has rejected a petition by Hamas terrorists from Gaza incarcerated in Israeli prisons to overrule a decision by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to prevent them from receiving family visits.
In 2017, Erdan ordered the Israel Prisons Service not to approve family visits for Gaza terrorists connected to Hamas, in a bid to exert pressure on the organization to return Israeli citizens and the bodies of Israeli soldiers.
The court found that Erdan’s decision fell within the purview of state security and is legal, according to The Jerusalem Post.
“It is unreasonable and immoral to allow despicable terrorists to have family visits as long as Hamas holds the bodies of our soldiers and Israeli citizens,” Erdan said. “I welcome the High Court of Justice’s ruling rejecting the petition against my decision … I will continue to act against the terrorists in prison until their prison terms fall to the minimum required by law.”
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Stabbing in central Israel: Attacker said to be Arab
 June 5, 2019
Stabbing in central Israel: Attacker said to be ArabScene of the attack (MDA)
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A man was stabbed in a city in central Israel. Witnesses say the attacker was an Arab.
By World Israel News Staff
A 46-year-old Israel man was injured in a stabbing attack while walking down the street in a central Israeli city on Wednesday morning.  The police are still searching for the suspect, who fled the scene. A witness said that “the stabber had an Arabic accent,” Ynet reports.
First responder Guy Gutlenski of Magen David Adom said: “When we got there, we saw a man, fully conscious, lying in the street with stab wounds in his upper body. We provided him with life-saving medical treatment in the field, including stopping the bleeding and bandaging the wounds, then we evacuated him to the hospital. His condition is moderate and stable.”
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Former UN official: Iran may be only ‘six months’ from nuclear bomb
 June 5, 2019
Former UN official: Iran may be only ‘six months’ from nuclear bombIran's Bushehr nuclear power plant (AP /Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency)
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“Israelis need to be worried,” former IAEA official Olli Heinonen told IDF Radio.
By World Israel News Staff 
In the aftermath of Iran’s announcement that it has begun violating the 2015 nuclear accord with world powers, a former leading official in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is warning that Tehran could be as close as “six months away from an atomic bomb.”
In an interview with IDF Radio, Olli Heinonen stated Wednesday that “Israelis need to be worried, and the Gulf states also have reason for concern.”
“By order of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Tehran has begun rolling back some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on May 15.
“Stopping programs related to compliance with the ceiling for production of enriched uranium as well as the unlimited production of heavy water at the Arak facility are programs seriously pursued,” said the news agency.
It marked a year since U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Washington was pulling out of the nuclear pact, negotiated by the Obama administration and five other world powers with Iranian officials. The U.S., under Trump, has also re-imposed sanctions against Tehran.
The Iranian threat has, in fact, produced an alliance between Israel and various Gulf states.
It has also strengthened U.S.-Saudi ties under the Trump administration. “The Saudis are even more worried about the Iranians than the Israelis are,” a White House official told World Israel News.
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Israeli police arrest Arab with 110 firebombs
 June 5, 2019
Israeli police arrest Arab with 110 firebombsSome of the 110 firebombs found by Israeli police. (TPS)
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The Arab, 46, who held Israeli citizenship, was brought before a judge in the Akko court.
By Aryeh Savir, TPS
The Israeli police on Tuesday arrested an Arab in the village of Kafr Manda in northern Israel after they located 110 ready-for-use firebombs in an open field near the village.
The man, 46, who held Israeli citizenship, was brought before a judge in the Akko court and his remand was extended.
The arrest follows a similar incident on Monday in which the police exposed two pipe bombs. A sapper dismantled the bombs. The police said they know the identities of the bomb builders.
The police stated that it “will continue to work to locate weapons and expose the criminals until they are brought to justice, with the aim of changing the reality in order to remove the criminal activity from the daily life of normative citizens and increase public safety.”
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Arabs riot on Temple Mount to protest Jews ascending to celebrate Jerusalem Day
 June 2, 2019
Arabs riot on Temple Mount to protest Jews ascending to celebrate Jerusalem Day(Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
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After police dispersed the demonstrators, hundreds of Jews ascended the Mount.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Arabs rioted on the Temple Mount Sunday morning in reaction to permission being given for Jewish visitors to enter on Jerusalem Day, which happens to fall during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Kan Israel News reported.
A police spokesperson said that as a result of the disturbances, “the commander of the Jerusalem District Major Gen. Doron Yedid ordered police to enter the Temple Mount and deal with the rioters.”
Young Muslim men threw rocks and other objects. Tear gas was shot at them in response. In one video of the scene, women are heard screaming “Allahu Akhbar” (God is great), apparently at the security forces.
Only after the rioting was quelled, with one arrest reportedly being made, were the Jewish visitors allowed to ascend the Temple Mount, the report said.
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Up to 10 reported killed as Israel retaliates for Syrian missile attack
 June 2, 2019
Up to 10 reported killed as Israel retaliates for Syrian missile attackIsraeli fighter jet (AP/Ariel Schalit)
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Israel attacked a number of Syrian targets overnight on Sunday.
By David Isaac, World Israel News 
Israel hit a number of military targets in Syria overnight on Sunday in retaliation for two rockets fired at Israel’s Mt. Hermon on Saturday.
“Fighter planes and helicopters of the IDF attacked a number of military targets belonging to the Syrian army, among them two artillery batteries, a number of observation and intelligence posts on the Golan Heights front and an air-defense system of the SA-2 type,” the IDF reported.
Ten people were killed in the Israeli airstrikes, three Syrian soldiers and seven Hezbollah and Iranian forces, reports the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, an independent watchdog group based in London.
Syrian state media reports only three killed and seven wounded.
The Israel Defense Forces says it has no information about casualties on the other side. It released a video on Twitter showing one of its missiles striking a target.
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The area of the attack was to the south and southwest of Damascus.
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Iran says White House showing signs of ‘more flexible positions’
 June 2, 2019
Iran says White House showing signs of ‘more flexible positions’U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is willing to negotiate with Iran “with no preconditions.” (AP/Markus Schreiber)
Secretary of State Pompeo says Washington is willing to negotiate without preconditions; Iran’s president says Tehran will talk if it’s done “respectfully.” 
By World Israel News Staff and AP
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the Trump administration is willing to talk with Iran “with no preconditions,” but he says the United States will continue its campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic.
Pompeo is in Switzerland for talks with Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis. Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran.
America’s top diplomat says the U.S. is “prepared to engage in a conversation with no preconditions. We’re ready to sit down” with Iran’s leaders.
But Pompeo is also making clear that “the American effort to fundamentally reverse the malign activity of this Islamic Republic, this revolutionary force, is going to continue.”
IRNA, the official news agency of the Islamic Republic, said Sunday that “Washington’s growing and worrying tensions over Tehran have plummeted in recent days, as we witness more flexible positions by the White House officials: [A] decrease in the verbal abuses by [the] Trump team and the conditional acceptance of INSTEX are among these signs.”
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Israel marks Jerusalem Day: a return to Judaism’s holiest shrine
 June 2, 2019
Israel marks Jerusalem Day: a return to Judaism’s holiest shrineIsraeli paratroopers put up the flag on a wall of the Temple MOunt above the Western Wall in Jerusalem, June 7, 1967. (GPO)
In a modern-day version of David and Goliath, the IDF defeated the occupying Jordanian forces and restored the Temple Mount to Jewish sovereignty in 1967. 
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News  
Jerusalem Day was being marked Sunday in Israel with special prayers, parades, and tours of the Israeli capital.
The date marks the reunification of the holy city under Jewish control in 1967, when Israeli military forces captured the part of the city that had been occupied by Jordan during the first 19 years of the modern Jewish State’s independence.
That part of Jerusalem included the Old City, where Judaism’s holiest shrine – the Temple Mount – is located.
The date is marked according to the Jewish calendar, the 28th of Iyar.
Part of the Six-Day War, which was full of multiple miracles of the tiny state and its limited military repelling several Arab nations, the capture of Jerusalem was especially significant because of the centrality of the city to Jewish history and tradition.
It had been the capital of the Jews since the ancient times of King David, whose son King Solomon built the Holy Temple. It was destroyed in 586 B.C.E by the Babylonians, later replaced by the Second Temple, which was destroyed in 70 C.E. by the Romans. Even in destruction, the site of the Temple is considered as holy by Jewish law and remains Judaism’s holiest shrine
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Trump peace plan delayed due to new Israeli election, reports say
 June 2, 2019
Trump peace plan delayed due to new Israeli election, reports sayPresident Trump welcomes visiting Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Trump administration officials, reacting to the call for new Israeli elections, have decided to put off the official presentation of its peace plan.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Following initial U.S. frustration over the political crisis in Israel, which led to the scheduling of a new election for September 17, Trump administration officials have now adapted to the situation and decided to put off official presentation of President Donald Trump’s peace plan for Israelis and Palestinians, referred to as the “deal of the century,” media reports say.
The focus now for the U.S. president will instead be “to throw his full weight behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign to save his job as prime minister of Israel,” writes The New York Times.
According to the newspaper, citing analysts and former diplomats, the best way to help the incumbent prime minister’s reelection campaign will be to adjust the plan “further in Israel’s favor.”
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Israel To Lebanon: We Know Locations of Hezbollah’s Precision Missiles
 June 2, 2019
Israel To Lebanon: We Know Locations of Hezbollah’s Precision MissilesHezbollah fighters stand atop a car mounted with a mock rocket. (AP/Mohammed Zaatari)
American officials showed pictures of the sites on behalf of the Israelis to the Lebanese president and prime minister.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Israel knows where Hezbollah has hidden its precision rockets, and has sent a warning about them to Lebanon through the Americans, Al-Hayat reported Sunday.
The London-based Saudi paper said that Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield showed pictures of the secret sites to the president and prime minister of Israel’s northern neighbor when he visited last week. The photos, accompanied by maps, had been provided by Israel.
According to the paper’s source, he told the Lebanese leaders that the United States “can no longer ignore the Israeli claims after being presented with these proofs.”
The Trump administration has continued the U.S. policy of sending Lebanon military aid even though Hezbollah, which is an Iranian proxy, has officially been part of the government for several years.
So far in 2019, the U.S. has sent the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) tens of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment. This includes a shipment of laser-guided smart missiles worth $16 million, six drones worth $11 million, night vision goggles, radios and more.  In 2018, Lebanon’s air force received a $100 million upgrade.
Al Hayat reported that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s fiery speech on Friday marking International Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day was his response to the American presentation.
The day is marked by virulently anti-Israel demonstrations and speeches that are usually attended by large crowds in Arab countries, and especially in Iran. Much smaller protests held in Western countries, such as in Europe, have faced pushback by politicians and pro-Israel counter-demonstrators.
Nasrallah said that his terrorist organization has “precision rockets that are able to target direct posts in Israel.” He warned that “Israel would pay the price” if war broke out between the United States and his Iranian backers, and mocked Israel as weak.
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Netanyahu fires Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked
 June 2, 2019
Netanyahu fires Naftali Bennett, Ayelet ShakedNew Right leaders Naftali Bennett (r) and Ayelet Shaked (l) seen here as they faced elimination in the April election. (Flash90)
The prime minister dismissed the two members of the failed New Right party.
By David Isaac, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Minister of Education Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Sunday.
According to the Ynet news site, sources said that “Bennett and Shaked cannot continue in a sensitive role in the cabinet for another six months after they have not been elected by the public.”
The New Right reacted to the news. According to The Jerusalem Post, Jeremy Saltan, a spokesman for the party, said the firings “will go down in history as one of [Netanyahu’s] biggest mistakes ever.”
Bennett and Shaked narrowly missed making it into the 21st Knesset when their party, the New Right, fell short by 1,400 votes, giving them the dubious distinction of missing the electoral threshold by the the narrowest margin in Israeli history.
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Condition improves of critically wounded Jerusalem stabbing victim
 June 2, 2019
Condition improves of critically wounded Jerusalem stabbing victimIsraeli security forces and medics remove the body of a Palestinian who had stabbed two Israelis in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 31, 2019. (Flash90/Yonatan Sindel)
Gavriel Lavi’s condition has stabilized, say doctors, but he remains sedated and on a respirator.
By World Israel News Staff 
An improvement is reported in the condition of Gavriel Lavi, 50, who was stabbed several times in his upper body in a terror attack on Friday in Jerusalem, says Shaare Zedek Hospital.
An 18-year-old Palestinian stabbed Lavi near Damascus Gate, wounding him seriously, and then, as he ran off, stabbed 16-year-old Yisrael Meir Nachumberg, who was lightly hurt.
Lavi is reported as still sedated and on a respirator, after undergoing surgery.
From his bed in Hadassah-Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, Nachumberg said he was “scared to death” when the attacker jumped on him. He said he had been riding his bicycle toward the Jaffa Gate, but got off to fix something.
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Opinion: How Israeli Arab leaders distort the meaning of democracy
 June 2, 2019
Opinion: How Israeli Arab leaders distort the meaning of democracyIsraeli Arab Parliament members at the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem, March 13, 2019. (Flash90/Noam Revkin Fenton)
Arab-Israeli leaders use the cover of “democracy” and “equality” to pursue their goal of Israel’s elimination.
By Daniel Krygier, World Israel News
Anti-Zionist Israeli Arab leaders and their leftist supporters distort the true meaning of democracy by blurring the line between civic equality and national rights.
Addressing the crowd during a recent opposition rally against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Arab party leader Ayman Odeh repeated a familiar mantra:
“I am here today because I believe that without equality there is no democracy.”
On the surface, this statement appears entirely reasonable and just. A fundamental principle of democracy is to grant civic equality to all its citizens, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion and political affiliation.
However, Israeli Arab leaders like Odeh are not genuinely interested in civic equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. Arab radical politicians in the Knesset ultimately seek the dissolution of the Jewish-nation state under the cover of “democracy” and “equality.”
The Jewish State embraces civic equality between its Arab and Jewish citizens. Israeli Arabs enjoy the same freedom of speech, the right to vote, the right to education and the right to healthcare as Israeli Jews.
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Netanyahu is stumped, ‘only a miracle’ will prevent new election
 May 29, 2019
Netanyahu is stumped, ‘only a miracle’ will prevent new electionhead Prime Minister Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media at the Knesset, on May 27, 2019. (Flash90/Hadas Parush
As the deadline nears to form a new government, a source involved in the negotiations says “only a miracle” would prevent a new election.
By World Israel News Staff 
Just hours before the midnight deadline to inform the president that he has established a new government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddled with politicians who could be part of the new coalition and wondered what it would take to lure MK Avigdor Liberman to join and ensure a majority in parliament.
Liberman’s Israel Beiteinu party has five seats. If it does not join the government, the Netanyahu coalition would command only 60 seats in the 120-member Knesset.
“I don’t understand what Liberman is thinking,” the prime minister told the other MKs at the meeting, according to the Ynet website.
“He apparently has decided to stay out of the government and is dragging us all to an election,” said Netanyahu, according to the news outlet.
The Knesset on Wednesday afternoon was debating a bill to dissolve parliament just seven weeks after the April 9 election, and to call a snap election for September 17.
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Rivlin: ‘I’ll do everything I can to prevent another election campaign’
 May 29, 2019
Rivlin: ‘I’ll do everything I can to prevent another election campaign’President Reuven Rivlin (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
The president says that he has been “flooded” with messages from the public concerning the current political crisis.
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
Amid the political turmoil that could lead Israel to a second parliamentary election in just five months, and a warning from Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon that doing so would cost millions of shekels, President Reuven Rivlin issued a statement on Wednesday, pledging that he would do everything he could “to prevent the State of Israel from going through another election campaign.”
The ceremonial Israeli president’s responsibilities include giving the nod to the member of Knesset deemed the most likely to be capable of forming a government coalition that has a parliamentary majority. He had given the first opportunity to incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the April 9 election, based on the recommendation of a majority of MKs in the new Knesset.
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‘Deal of the Century’ in question as Kushner meets with Israel’s prime minister
 May 30, 2019
‘Deal of the Century’ in question as Kushner meets with Israel’s prime ministerWhite House Adviser Jared Kushner is in Jerusalem push Trump's peace plan forward. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
With Israel facing new elections, the success of the “Deal of the Century” is in question.
By World Israel News Staff
Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday afternoon. Kushner is in Israel to build momentum toward next month’s “economic workshop” in Bahrain.
Also attending the meeting were U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer.
Trump negotiator Jason Greenblatt is part of the delegation, which arrived in Israel on Wednesday.
“It’s always a great pleasure to welcome Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt to Israel, to Jerusalem, and to discuss our common efforts for prosperity, security and peace,” Netanyau said. “I’m tremendously encouraged by how the United States, under President Trump, is working to bring allies together in this region against common challenges, but also to seize common opportunities.”
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Israel to host unprecedented high-level security meeting between US, Russia
 May 30, 2019
Israel to host unprecedented high-level security meeting between US, RussiaNational Security Adviser John Bolton will be joining the tripartite meeting. (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem/Matty Stern)
The threat posed by the Iranian presence in Syria is expected to be at the center of the tripartite meeting.
By World Israel News Staff 
As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged from the Knesset chamber early Thursday morning after parliament had just voted to call a new election to take place on September 17, he told reporters angrily that Israel had much more important things to do right now than hold an election.
In that context, he disclosed details of an event that apparently had been revealed in Washington just moments earlier. Calling it unprecedented, Netanyahu said that Israel would be hosting a security meeting with officials from the U.S. and Russia.
“A meeting like has never taken place before in Israel. Never,” Netanyahu said emphatically to reporters after walking down the steps from the chamber on his way to his parliamentary office, expressing defiance that his government was reaching new heights even as he was being dragged into an election campaign.
“This is what we want to do, not unnecessary elections,” Netanyahu scoffed.
A White House statement said that “in June, United States National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton, Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev will meet in Jerusalem, Israel, to discuss regional security issues.”
According to media reports, the Iranian presence in Syria is expected to be at the center of the agenda, along with the U.S. withdrawal from that country.
Netanyahu has developed close ties with both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Israeli and Russian leaders have met periodically and reportedly have spoken by phone on a number of occasions to coordinate Israeli and Russian interests in Syria.
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US House Foreign Affairs chair downplays tension between Democrats and Netanyahu
 May 30, 2019
US House Foreign Affairs chair downplays tension between Democrats and NetanyahuRep. Engel (D-N.Y.), left, with Israeli President Rivlin in Jerusalem. (GPO/Haim Zach)
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“There’s an alliance between our countries. There’s not an alliance between political leaders of the countries,” said Engel.
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In Israel, U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, downplayed on Wednesday the apparent tension between the Democratic Party and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Yes, there are some things that I think we need to bring more up to date, convince some people of some things,” Engel told The Times of Israel while visiting the Jewish State.
The lawmaker remarked that there was “nothing wrong” with the close relationship between Netanyahu and President Donald Trump, as they see “eye to eye” on most issues.
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University of Essex dismisses professor accused of anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying posts
 May 30, 2019
University of Essex dismisses professor accused of anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying postsUniversity of Essex/ Colchester Campus (Facebook)
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At least one online image which the professor shared appeared to deny the deaths of six million Jews during the Holocaust, according to reports.
By The Algemeiner
The University of Essex in England has dismissed a computer science lecturer who was accused of sharing anti-Semitic posts online and opposing the formation of a Jewish society on campus.
In his posts, Maaruf Ali reportedly warned against the Jewish society’s establishment, writing, “the Zionists next want to create a society here at our university.”
Around 200 students voted against allowing the Jewish group on campus in February, with some airing objections to its willingness to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day. The society was ultimately ratified by leaders of the university’s Students’ Union, shortly before about 500 people gathered on campus to rally against anti-Semitism.
Ali, who was suspended in February, was also accused of sharing images claiming that a protest of Israel was subject to a “total mainstream media blackout by the Zionist mafia,” and that a Muslim police officer who was killed by Islamists in Paris in 2015 was in fact “a Mossad agent alive and well in Buenos Aires” and one of the “crypto-Jews in the service of Israeli intelligence.”
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