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https://worldisraelnews.com/analysts-pompeo-plans-rock-iranian-world/?Analysts: Pompeo plans to rock the Iranian world
April 30, 2018
Analysts: Pompeo plans to rock the Iranian worldSecretary of State Mike Pompeo (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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After meeting Netanyahu, the new American secretary of state makes it clear: “If Iran nuclear deal can’t be fixed, it will be nixed.”

By Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News

“We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats toward Israel and the region.” Those words came from new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made the Middle East his first trip abroad only a few days into the job.

Largely ignoring the Israeli-Palestinian issue, Pompeo met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at IDF military headquarters in Tel Aviv Sunday, where he vowed to “fix or nix” the “flawed’ Iran nuclear agreement, declaring that strong ties with allies like Israel are “critical to our efforts to counter Iran’s destabilizing and malign activity throughout the Middle East, and indeed throughout the world.”

Pompeo said Washington is also focusing on “non-nuclear threats” posed by the Islamic Republic, including its missile systems, support for Hezbollah, fighters in Syria and assistance to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

When Pompeo finally commented on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it was to say, “The boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem remain subject to negotiations between the parties,” and that Washington remains “committed to achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace that offers a brighter future for both Israel and the Palestinians.”

Pompeo then added that the Trump administration is “incredibly proud” to open the new embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th, noting that “by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the seat of its government, we’re recognizing reality.”

Lenny Ben David, a former leading official in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), told World Israel News (WIN), “Pompeo’s track record dating back to his time in Congress has been very positive toward Israel. His time in the CIA deepened his connection to Israeli intelligence, and he developed a strong appreciation for Israeli capabilities. He is intimately aware of Israelis sharing data with the US. I cannot remember anyone in such a high position in the US government who had a better understanding of Israeli security needs.”

Asked why he thinks Pompeo is not meeting with the Palestinians, he said, “The threats to US interests come from the Iranians and not from the Palestinians. He is well aware of their incursions and mischief around the globe. Add to this that the Palestinian Authority is rejecting contact with the Trump Administration. In Saudi Arabia he heard Prince Mohammed bin Salman say the Palestinians need to either “put up or shut up.” According to Ben David, Pompeo is apparently now giving that same message to the Palestinians.

Trump’s 3 issues: Iran, Iran and Iran
Mark Zell, who heads Republicans in Israel, told WIN that Pompeo does not represent a new US policy direction.

“Under President Trump’s leadership, the top three issues for the US in the Middle East are Iran, Iran and Iran. This has been the case since day one. Having said that, we can see that Pompeo is quite proactive and uses a different tone than former Secretary of State Tillerson. Before even setting foot in his new office in Washington, Pompeo came to the Middle East on his first trip overseas. He visited Saudi Arabia and now Israel. His message is quite clear. He is pushing back against the Iranian nuclear program and against Iranian expansionism and support for terrorism throughout the region.

Middle East Analyst Amotz Asa-el told WIN, “On an emotional level, Pompeo is as pro-Israel as they get. He is a longtime, staunch supporter of Israel. The way he sees it, the Palestinians are a non-factor. He wants to focus on Iran because they are the de-stabilizing force in the Middle East.”

According to Asa-el, “The grand peace plan of Trump was rejected by the Palestinians, so they are irrelevant. He plans to move more forcefully against Iran because they destabilize the entire Middle East. Of course he wants to undo Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But even more than that, he believes that the Islamic regime in Iran can ultimately be toppled. He plans to speak directly to the Iranian people and its silent majority that seeks to depose the radical Islamic regime.”
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Analysis: US Rejection of Term ‘Occupied Territories’ Brings Peace Closer
 April 26, 2018
Analysis: US Rejection of Term ‘Occupied Territories’ Brings Peace CloserNew neighborhood in Efrat, an established city in Judea. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
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The State Department’s omission of the word ‘occupied’ when referring to the territory of Judea and Samaria may ultimately facilitate a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

By: Daniel Krygier, World Israel News

A US State Department report recently dropped the word ”occupied” in reference to Judea and Samaria for the first time since 1979. In isolation, this move may seem insignificant, but it may also indicate a new US Middle East policy in the making that could facilitate a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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Liberman: If Iran attacks Tel Aviv, Israel will strike Tehran and destroy every threat
 April 26, 2018
Liberman: If Iran attacks Tel Aviv, Israel will strike Tehran and destroy every threatDefense Minister Avigdor Liberman meets with IDF soldiers. (Ariel Hermoni/MoD)
Israeli defense minister sends stern warning to the Islamic Republic after a senior Iranian official vowed to punish Israel for a recent airstrike in Syria.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
In an interview with the London-based Saudi news site Elaph published Thursday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman minced no words when it came to recent Iranian threats to “punish the Zionist entity” for its recent actions in Syria.
“If Iran attacks Tel Aviv, Israel will strike Tehran and destroy every Iranian military site that threatens Israel in Syria, whatever the price,” Liberman stated unequivocally.
He was reacting to statements being made by various senior Iranian officials over the last two weeks that Israel would be held accountable for a missile strike April 9th on a Syrian base that killed seven Iranian Quds Force members, including the head of their drone unit. Although Israel has not officially taken responsibility for the attack, a senior IDF officer confirmed it anonymously to the New York Times a week later.
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Trump: Iran screamed ‘Death to America’ with Obama, not with me
https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-iran-screamed-death-america-obama-not/?
 April 26, 2018
Trump slammed Obama’s policy on Iran, claiming the Islamic Republic understands that America is tougher with the regime and has cut down on the violent rhetoric, in spite of the fact that this week Iran’s senior admiral threatened to sink US ships.
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9 teens dead, several wounded and 1 missing in flash floods
 April 26, 2018
9 teens dead, several wounded and 1 missing in flash floodsZAKA first responders collect the bodies of dead teens, Apr. 26, 2018. (ZAKA)
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At least nine high school students have died and several others were wounded when their field trip was disrupted by flash floods. One teen remains missing.
By: World Israel News Staff
At least nine high school students have died and several others went missing on Thursday when the field trip they were on in the south of the country was disrupted by flash floods.
The group of 25 high school students from the Bnei Zion pre-military academy in Tel Aviv was hiking at the Tsafit stream in the Arava valley, near the Dead Sea, when the area was hit by massive flooding.
Some students managed to escape to high grounds, while others were swept by the floods.
Rescue units, including the IDF’s 669 Search and Rescue Unit, were alerted to scene.
Sheba Hospital in Be’er Sheva has prepared special teams to treat the victims.
Police are investigating why the school did not cancel the trip, despite the dangerous weather conditions.
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WATCH: What can be expected if the US pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal?
https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-can-expected-us-pulls-iran-nuclear-deal/? April 26, 2018
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With the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as US Secretary of State, the fate of the much maligned Iran nuclear deal appears bleak. Analyst Rebecca Bornstein discusses the “fixes” to the deal that must be made in order for the US Administration to remain a signatory to the agreement and what could happen if the Americans pull out.
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‘Kippah’ rally in Berlin draws thousands protesting anti-Semitism
 April 26, 2018
‘Kippah’ rally in Berlin draws thousands protesting anti-Semitism(Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)
Analysts warn that anti-Semitism is growing, has spread through much of Europe, and there is no turning it back.
https://worldisraelnews.com/kippah-demonstration-berlin-draws-thousands-protesting-anti-semitism/?By Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News and AP

Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country. More than 2,000 people — Jews, Christians, Muslims and atheists — put on kippahs in a show of solidarity. Beyond that, hundreds of people also rallied in Cologne, Erfurt, Magdeburg and Potsdam.

The ‘kippah’ protest was triggered by the assault last week of two young men wearing skullcaps in an upscale neighborhood in the German capital. The 21-year-old victim was an Arab Israeli who wore the kippah in a show of solidarity with his Jewish friends. A video of the incident showed a young man whipping him violently with a belt while shouting “Yahudi!” — Jew in Arabic. A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker is being held for the attack, which drew outrage in Germany and sharp condemnation by Chancellor Angela Merkel and other top German officials.

Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller told those gathered at the rally, “Today, we all wear the kippah. Today, Berlin is wearing the kippah.”

Elard Zuehlke, a 26-year-old non-Jewish Berliner, said he came to the rally in front of the city’s synagogue on Fasanenstrasse because “it cannot be that in Germany there is any kind of anti-Semitism — not in schools, not in public, not at work, not in politics, nowhere. This cannot be happening. Germany has to live up to its special responsibility.”

Earlier in the week, German-Jewish leader Josef Schuster said he would advise people visiting big cities against wearing Jewish skullcaps. Schuster’s comments on hiding the skullcap drew sharp criticism from other Jewish leaders, who say Jews should wear a kippah to show they’re not afraid. “Jewish identity is not something we should hide,” said Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal. “We have to be proud of who we are and at the same time fight anti-Semitism.”

Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid, who is in Germany to try and convince the European Union to define Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, joined the march as well.

“It is inconceivable that Jews would be afraid to wear kippot in Germany in 2018,” said the politician, who is the son of a Holocaust survivor. “I will not accept that we and our children are afraid as our parents and grandparents were afraid.” He concluded by saying that the message to anti-Semites should be, ‘You will fear us, we will not fear you.”

‘Germany not worst case of anti-Semitism in Europe’
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Israeli rights group sues Hamas for using children as human shields
 April 26, 2018
Israeli rights group sues Hamas for using children as human shieldsA Palestinian rioter on the Gaza border. (Abed 
Hamas officials are being sued at the International Criminal Court for war crimes over their recruitment of children to a militant organization.
By: Yair Altman/JNS
The Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center is seeking International Criminal Court (ICC) action against Hamas over the terrorist group’s use of children as human shields in the riots that have taken place on the Israel-Gaza border over the past month.
The lawsuit is based on a clause in the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC’s work, which says that recruiting children under the age of 15 to any militant organization is a war crime.
The suit names former Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri and money man Zahar Jabarin as guilty of war crimes, saying that as all three are nationals of Jordan, which is a signatory to the Rome Statute, they are subject to the court’s jurisdiction.
“The death of a 15-year-old boy near the Gaza border last week was a direct result of the war crimes committed by Hamas leaders against their own people,” said Shurat Hadin director Nitzana Darshan-Leitner.
MORE https://worldisraelnews.com/israeli-rights-group-sues-hamas-icc-using-children-human-shields/?


Report: Assassinated Hamas engineer was arms dealer
 April 26, 2018
Report: Assassinated Hamas engineer was arms dealerFuneral procession for Hamas engineer al-Batsh in Malaysia. (AP/Vincent Thian)
Al-Batsh served as a Hamas arms dealer in Malaysia, possibly buying illegal North Korean weapons.
By: World Israel News Staff
Fadi al-Batsh, a Hamas-linked electrical engineer assassinated in Malaysia over the weekend, was shot because of his arms dealings for the terror organizations.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that the hit was part of a broader operation ordered by the Mossad chief Yossi Cohen to dismantle a Hamas project that sends promising Palestinian scientists and engineers overseas to gather know-how and weaponry to fight Israel.
The report quoted “Middle Eastern intelligence officials” who confirmed the information.
Batsh, a technology expert for Hamas’ military wing, co-wrote a paper on drone applications in 2013. He was sent by the terror group to Malaysia to research and acquire weapons systems and drones, the report said.
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WATCH: Israeli undercover police arrest weapons smugglers
 April 26, 2018
The Israel Police and Shin Bet security service arrested a number of suspected terrorists for smuggling weapons, some of which were stolen from an IDF base and sold to an arms trafficker.
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Russia to provide advanced air defenses to Syria
 April 25, 2018
Russia to provide advanced air defenses to SyriaAn S-300 interceptor is launched. (Tasnim news)
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Russia will supply Syria with the sophisticated S-300 air defense system, ignoring Israel’s request not to do so.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
The Russian military has indicated it will supply the Syrian government with an advanced air defense system, to the chagrin of Israel, which requested Russia not take this step.
Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said in a statement Wednesday that Russia will supply Syria with “new missile defense systems soon.”
Rudskoi did not specify the type of weapons, but his remarks follow reports in the Russian media that Moscow is considering providing its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria.
Top Russian officials said earlier this month that Moscow may reconsider a pledge it gave a decade ago not to provide Syria with the S-300 system in light of airstrikes on Syria earlier this month carried out by a US-led coalition and reportedly by Israel’s Air Force (IAF) in a separate incident.
Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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North Korea’s nuclear test site collapsed, rendering it unsafe
 April 26, 2018
North Korea’s nuclear test site collapsed, rendering it unsafeNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects an H-bomb. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
North Korea’s main nuclear test site has likely collapsed. Is that why North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s announced that his country was ceasing its testing program?
By: AP
Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation.
The findings by the scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China may shed new light on North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s announcement that his country was ceasing its testing program ahead of planned summit meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump.
The results also support some of the findings of an earlier study by another group of Chinese researchers that was published last month by the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Nuclear explosions release enormous amounts of heat and energy, and the North’s largest test in September was believed early on to have rendered the site in northeastern North Korea unstable.
Chinese authorities have said they’ve detected no radiation risk from samples collected along the border. Calls to those departments were not immediately answered on Thursday.
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Trump ‘walks back’ vow of pullout in Syria, Israelis relieved
 April 25, 2018
Trump ‘walks back’ vow of pullout in Syria, Israelis relievedPresident Donald Trump. (AP/Evan Vucci)
The American president’s comment that the US seeks to leave a “strong and lasting footprint” in Syria has left Israeli analysts feeling assured that an early troop pullout is not in the cards.
By Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
US President Donald Trump apparently back-tracked on an earlier promise for an “immediate” pullout of troops based in Syria, indicating that his reason is that “’we don’t want to give Iran open season to the Mediterranean.”
The remarks were well received in Israel, where there has been great concern that a withdrawal of American forces would embolden Iranian military advances in Syria.
Trump’s comment that “it was “important to not allow Iranian influence to grow in the country” underlined the feeling that an “immediate withdrawal” is now off the table.
During his joint press conference with visiting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Trump said, “We’re going to be coming home relatively soon. We almost finished our work with respect to ISIS in Syria, ISIS in Iraq, and we have done a job that nobody has been able to do. I do want to come home, but I want to come home also with having accomplished what we have to accomplish.”
The US has about 2,000 military personnel in eastern Syria, working with local Kurdish militia groups fighting to defeat the extremist Islamic State group while trying to keep out of Syria’s civil war. A US withdrawal from Syria has raised fears in Israel of an emboldened Iran stepping up efforts to expand its presence in Syria and setting up bases for use in attacks against Israel.
Israeli officials have repeatedly stated that Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, marking it as a “red line” that it will be prevented militarily if necessary.
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Report: Jordan to strip citizenship from Abbas, other Palestinian officials
 April 25, 2018
Report: Jordan to strip citizenship from Abbas, other Palestinian officialsPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) with Jordanian King Abdullah. (Issam Rimawi/FLASH90)
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is among those set to lose their Jordanian passports.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Some of the most senior and well-known leaders of the Palestinian Authority (PA) are set to lose their Jordanian citizenship, according to a Jerusalem Post report quoting the London-based Raialyoum newspaper on Wednesday.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas and long-time PA negotiators Saeb Erekat and Abu Ala are three of the approximately 30 senior PA and Fatah officials and their families who are going to lose their citizenship rights, which they had requested – and received – many years ago.
The report added that those stripped of citizenship would also only be given temporary visitors’ visas when they entered Jordan again in the future. It gave no explanation as to why King Abdullah II decided to make this move now.
It has been known for years that these senior officials had Jordanian citizenship, although the fact did not sit well with many in Amman or the PA. It seemed especially egregious in 2011, when the Hashemite Kingdom decided to revoke the citizenship of tens of thousands of Palestinians in response to those same leaders who wanted them to stop giving out Jordanian citizenship so that the people would “consolidate their Palestinian identity,” as reported in the press at the time.
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WATCH: Germany’s Jewish community launches ‘Kippah March’
 April 25, 2018
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Last week, two men wearing kippahs, or Jewish skullcaps, were brutally attacked on the streets of Berlin. On Wednesday, citizens of Berlin will take to the streets in support of the Jewish community. Participants in the march will wear a kippah as a show of solidarity.
Germany's Jewish Community Launches 'Kippa March'

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In 2017, there were 1,453 anti-Semitic incidents in Germany. Last week, two men wearing kippas were brutally attacked on the streets of Berlin. It has become increasingly dangerous for Jews to display their faith publicly. On Wednesday, citizens of Berlin will take to the streets in support of the Jewish community. All participants in the march will wear a kippa as a show of solidarity. Kippas or yarmulkes are traditionally worn by religiously observant Jews or in prayer. Today, we call on the world to stand up against hate. SHARE THIS VIDEO #IchBinJude
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Iranian admiral threatens to sink US ships
April 25, 2018
Iranian admiral threatens to sink US shipsIranian Admiral Ali Fadavi (Press TV)
The commander of Iran’s navy keeps up the war-like rhetoric of recent days, threatening to sink US ships if Trump pulls out of the nuclear deal.  
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The naval commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Admiral Ali Fadavi, threatened outright on Iranian television on Saturday to sink US warships if America pulls out of the nuclear deal.
Fadavi asserted in a television interview, as translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), “The actual information that the Americans have about us is much less than what they think they have. When will they figure this out? When it is too late. They will definitely figure it out when their ships are sunk, or when they find themselves in a catastrophic situation.”
The admiral’s smiling face belied his tough talk, which was followed Tuesday by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s speech – also on Iranian TV – in which he warned, according to Reuters, “If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they will face severe consequences.”
On the same day, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told The Associated Press: “If the United States were to withdraw from the nuclear deal, the immediate consequence in all likelihood would be that Iran would reciprocate and withdraw. There won’t be any deal for Iran to stay in.”
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Czech Republic to open Jerusalem ‘honorary consulate’ as ‘first step’ of embassy move
 April 25, 2018
Czech Republic to open Jerusalem ‘honorary consulate’ as ‘first step’ of embassy moveMilos Zeman. President of the Czech Republic (Wikimedia Commons)
While stopping short of announcing an imminent embassy move to Jerusalem, the Czech Republic announced a multi-stage plan culminating in the opening of its embassy in Israel’s capital.
By: World Israel News Staff
At an event in Prague on Wednesday, Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman announced, “There will be, I hope three phrases of removal of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”
According to the Czech Foreign Ministry, “The Czech Republic has decided, as a first step, to open an honorary consulate (led by Honorary Consul Mr. Dan Propper) in May and a new Czech Centre by the end of this year,” both in Jerusalem.
Zeman announced on Wednesday at a Prague Castle event attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, “A few years ago, I said that our embassy should be transferred to Jerusalem,” reported the Jerusalem Post. “The time has come,” concluded Zeman.
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WATCH: Trump and Macron at odds over future of Iran nuclear deal
 April 25, 2018
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US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron found common ground on many issues during the French leader’s state visit, but the future of the Iran nuclear deal remained a point of contention.
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Jimmy Carter Center accused of fraud, ‘material support for terrorism’ in new lawsuit
 April 25, 2018
Jimmy Carter Center accused of fraud, ‘material support for terrorism’ in new lawsuitFormer US President Jimmy Carter (AP/David Goldman)
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An organization founded by former US President Jimmy Carter and “known for its anti-Israel views” was slammed with a lawsuit involving a number of serious allegations.
By: TPS
The Carter Center, an NGO founded by former United States President Jimmy Carter, received over $30 million from USAID by fraudulent certifications and provided material support for terrorism, according to a lawsuit filed by the US based Zionist Advocacy Center and Yifa Segal, director of the Jerusalem-based International Legal Forum.
The case was submitted under the False Claims Act (FCA) in 2015, but was until recently under seal. The plaintiffs argue that the Carter Center, which they state “is well known for its anti-Israel views and activities,” is in violation of the certifications and assurances that must be signed by USAID recipients and that include a broad and strict definition of material support for terrorism.
Segal explained to Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that the definition of material support was established by the United States Supreme Court decision of Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project.
In the precedent-setting ruling, the Supreme Court found that although the Humanitarian Law Project sought to help the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey and Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam learn how to peacefully resolve conflicts, Congress had intended to prevent aid to such groups on the principle that any assistance could help to legitimate a terrorist organization and free up its resources for terrorist activities.
The Carter Center submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in connection with Holder voicing its concern that if the statute prohibiting material support were upheld, it would jeopardize the Center’s work. The Court ruled against the Carter Center’s position, yet, Segal told TPS, the NGO has continued its illegal activities, including, repeatedly hosting terrorist representatives at its facilities; offering expert assistance to Palestinian factions, including Hamas and the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP); providing expert mediation services to Hamas in an effort to negotiate reconciliation between the terrorist organization and Fatah.
Segal noted that some of the Hamas and PFLP representatives hosted by the Carter Center
are wanted terrorists and that hosting them means also harboring them. Furthermore, she said, such meetings provide terrorist representatives with credibility, networking, status, and potential political power.
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Hezbollah member killed in mysterious blast
 April 24, 2018
Hezbollah member killed in mysterious blast(Shutterstock)
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Who and what killed a senior Hezbollah operative?
By: World Israel News Staff
A member of the Hezbollah terror organization was killed in an explosion in the sea-side city of Sidon.
Lebanon’s Daily Star reported that the blast occurred at Sidon’s Haret Saida, and that the source of the explosion has yet to be determined.
China’s Xinhua news reported that man was killed in a gas explosion, possibly from a gas canister.
He was identified as Bilal Hassan Abdo, “a member of Hezbollah who was killed in a house accident,” the LBCI quoted Hezbollah sources as saying.
Other reports said the explosion may have been caused by munitions found in Abdo’s house.
Hezbollah and local security officials reportedly sealed off the area shortly after the blast.
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Israel demolishes home of terrorist who murdered father of 6
 April 24, 2018
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Israeli forces demolished the home of a Palestinian terrorist who was involved in the murder of a father of six children.
By: World Israel News Staff
Israeli forces early Tuesday morning demolished the home of a Palestinian terrorist who was involved in the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach in January.
The IDF said in a statement that it destroyed the home of Ahmed Kunaba in Jenin.
Palestinian rioters attacked the Israeli forces participating in the demolition with explosive charges, shooting and rocks, during which a Border Policewoman was lightly injured in her leg. The Israeli forces fired back, hitting three terrorists.
Kunaba was a member of Hamas terror cell that shot and murdered Shevach, a father of six, as he was driving home to Havat Gilad in Samaria.
Several other cell members were killed or captured, and a number of other homes were demolished in the process.
The demolition of terrorists’ homes are meant to serve as deterrence for potential terrorists plotting future attacks.
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WATCH: Annual Druze festival culminates in pilgrimage to Tomb of Jethro
 April 25, 2018
The Druze are an important minority in Israel who trace their religion to the father-in-law of Moses, Jethro. Israeli politicians join in the annual Druze festival celebrations, with many Druze traveling to visit the Tomb of Jethro near the Sea of Galilee.
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TRENDING | The Druze minority are an integral part of Israeli society, residing mostly in the north of the country. Our Shelby Weiner went to visit the celebration of their biblical ancestor Jethro.
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UK man convicted of hate crime for Nazi-salute dog video
 April 24, 2018
UK man convicted of hate crime for Nazi-salute dog videoMark Meechan leaves court. Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
Convicted of publishing “grossly offensive” material, a Scottish man who filmed a dog appearing to give Nazi salutes was fined.
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A Scottish man who filmed a dog appearing to give Nazi salutes was fined 800 pounds ($1,200) on Monday after being convicted of a hate crime, in a case that has sparked a debate about the limits of free speech.
Mark Meechan filmed his girlfriend’s pug responding to phrases such as “sieg heil” by raising its paw and posted the footage on YouTube in 2016.
Meechan — a comedian and video blogger who uses the name Count Dankula — said the stunt was meant as a joke, but he was convicted last month of posting “grossly offensive” material.
A judge at Scotland’s Airdrie Sheriff Court imposed the 800-pound fine Monday. Sheriff Derek O’Carroll said the video “contained menacing, anti-Semitic and racist material.” The dog was filmed responding to “Gas the Jews,” a phrase repeated 23 times in the video, O’Carroll said.
The judge said that while the right to freedom of expression is very important, “in all modern democratic countries the law necessarily places some limits on that right.”
Outside court, Meechan, 30, said his conviction set a “really dangerous precedent” for free speech and he would appeal. His conviction drew expressions of concern from comedians such as Ricky Gervais. Several far-right commentators also championed Meechan’s right to post the video.
Meechan, whose Youtube channel bears the description “offensive social commentary in an accent you won’t understand,” said Scottish authorities have ignored the context of the dog video.
“It’s the juxtaposition of having an adorable animal react to something vulgar that was the entire point of the joke,” he said.
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Belgian court sentences Paris attack terrorist to 20 years
 April 23, 2018
Belgian court sentences Paris attack terrorist to 20 yearsCourtroom sketch of Salah Abdeslam, second right, and Soufiane Ayari, second left. (Petra Urban via AP)
A Belgian court found two Paris attack terrorists guilty of attempted murder over shots fired at police as they sought to avoid arrest in Brussels.
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A Belgian court on Monday found 2015 Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam and an accomplice guilty of attempted murder over shots fired at police as they sought to avoid arrest in Brussels.
The court handed both Abdeslam, Europe’s most wanted fugitive at the time, and Sofiane Ayari the maximum 20-year sentence.
It said the “terror character” was clearly established in the March 2016 shooting, four months after the Paris attack that killed 130. Abdeslam was close to being arrested in a hideout when he and Ayari fled while another man sprayed gunfire at police and was killed. Three officers were wounded.
His lawyer Sven Mary said it remains to be seen whether Abdeslam will seek to appeal his sentence. He has 30 days to decide. Mary insisted it is unclear whether Abdeslam himself had fired shots at officers trying to break into the hideout.
“If there is doubt, he should have been let go, it’s that simple,” Mary said.
Abdeslam attended the opening day of the trial in February but has refused to cooperate since. He is being held in a French prison. Ayari was also absent.
It is unclear when Abdeslam will face trial over the Paris attack but it is expected to take several years.
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US and France to demand ‘new deal’ from Iran
 April 24, 2018
US and France to demand ‘new deal’ from IranPresident Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The presidents of the US and France announced their commitment to correct flaws in the current nuclear agreement with Iran.
By: World Israel News Staff
At a press conference in Washington with US President Donald Trump by his side, French President Emmanuel Macron issued a joint call for a new direction in the multi-national nuclear agreement with Iran.
After “very frank discussions” between the two leaders, Macron announced that the US and France would “from now on … work on a new deal with Iran,” reported AFP.
“I think we will have a great shot at doing a much bigger, maybe, deal,” declared Trump at the press conference on Tuesday. The president reiterated that the current agreement is “a bad deal, a bad structure.”
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Assassination in Malaysia struck a heavy blow to Hamas
 April 24, 2018
Assassination in Malaysia struck a heavy blow to HamasHamas mourns Fadi al-Batsh in Gaza. (AP/Adel Hana)
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Even though it’s not clear to the Gazan public which projects engineer al-Batsch was involved in, the mood in Gaza indicates that his assassination has affected Hamas’ operations and morale.
By: Yoni Ben Menachem/JNS
According to sources in Hamas, the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency is continuing to hunt down senior scientists attached to the Hamas military wing in various countries around the world. The Hamas scientists were using their scientific knowledge to develop various means of warfare for Hamas to use in its war against Israel.
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Opinion: An open letter to Natalie Portman
 April 24, 2018
Opinion: An open letter to Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Like Portman, Henry Roth, a Jew living in Montreal, Canada, was born in Israel. In this letter, he tells the famous, multiple award-winning actress that her decision to refuse the prestigious Genesis Prize was “very wrong.”
Dear Ms. Portman,
The two of us have a lot in common; I too was born in Israel, and like you, my family left Israel when I was young.  However, hearing that you have refused the Genesis Prize because of the “ … mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities …”, it is clear to me that we differ greatly on how we, as Diaspora Jews, perceive modern-day Israel and how we can best serve the interests of the Jewish people.
Ms. Portman, you are wrong on the facts because Israel is not mistreating anyone nor is it committing atrocities.  Israel is dealing with a violent, intractable, nihilistic enemy who sees nothing wrong in placing their children in harm’s way, and Israel is to be commended for their restraint and humanity.
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Palestinian factions brawl in Gaza ‘mourning tent’
 April 23, 2018
Palestinian factions brawl in Gaza ‘mourning tent’Palestinians from various factions. (File/Hadas Parush/Flash90)
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Hamas and Fatah members clashed at a funeral-related gathering in Gaza, with tensions between the two embattled factions boiling over.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
A mourning tent became the latest scene of internal Palestinian strife on Saturday, which ended with the temporary structure being torn down.
The family of 15-year-old Mohammed Ayoub, who was one of four Palestinians killed in the latest round of violent rioting on the Gazan-Israeli border, was receiving condolence callers in Gaza City when a fracas broke out between Hamas and Fatah members who came to pay their respects.
Hamas security forces then attacked the Fatah members present, injuring a senior operative, reported Times of Israel. The source who provided the info added that the Hamas men then dismantled the tent and ordered everyone to leave.
Although the subject of the verbal altercation is not known at this time, Hamas has accused Fatah of trying to “score political points” with the teen’s death by attempting to get his parents to show support for Palestinian Authority President Abbas. In reaction to Saturday’s events, a Fatah spokesman condemned the Hamas “assault,” calling it “irresponsible.”
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Israel halts deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants
 April 24, 2018
Israel halts deportation proceedings against illegal immigrantsProtest against deportation of asylum seekers at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, March 24, 2018. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
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No more deportation orders will be served on illegal immigrants, the state told the High Court of Justice on Tuesday, adding that all existing orders have been cancelled.
By: TPS, with additional reporting from World Israel News Staff
“At this stage there is no possibility to carry out a forced deportation to a third country,” state attorneys told the High Court of Justice on Tuesday. “Therefore, as of today, April 17, 2018, deportation hearings have been halted and no more deportation orders will be handed out.”
The State also said that individuals whose temporary residency permits have expired will be eligible for a 60-day extension, as has been customary heretofore.
The treatment of more than 30,000 illegal immigrants has divided Israeli society in recent years, with many residents of south Tel Aviv, where most of the immigrants live, saying that a majority of the individuals in question came to Israel seeking work, not political asylum, and that the influx has led both to an increase in crime and deep cultural shifts in the neighborhood.
On the other hand, human rights organizations believe the residents are mainly political refugees and have blasted Israeli authorities for failing – or refusing – to investigate applications for political asylum.
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Report: New Israel Fund, EU use proxy to fight Jerusalem embassy move
 April 24, 2018
Report: New Israel Fund, EU use proxy to fight Jerusalem embassy moveWorkers paving a new access road leading to the US Consulate in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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Israeli sources reported that an extreme leftist group funded by the NIF and European governments is trying to use Israel’s justice system to stop the US’ historic Jerusalem embassy move.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The extreme left-wing Ir Amim organization has joined a few Jerusalem citizens in petitioning the High Court of Justice (HCJ) to stop the construction work necessary to change the American consulate in Jerusalem into an embassy, reported Mako and Mida, two Israeli news sites.
Much of Ir Amim’s funding comes from abroad, including NIS 6.5 million from the American-registered New Israel Fund (NIF) over the last eight years, according to NGO Monitor. Over the same period, Ir Amim also received nearly NIS 2 million from the EU, NIS 3.6 million from Germany, and millions more from other countries that object to the democratically elected Israeli government’s internal affairs.
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Israel nabs armed terrorists on Gaza border
 April 24, 2018
Israel nabs armed terrorists on Gaza borderIDF forces on the Gaza border. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)
IDF forces arrested two terrorists who attempted to infiltrate Israel. 
By: World Israel News Staff
Israeli forces arrested two armed Palestinian terrorists on the border with Gaza early Tuesday morning as they attempted to infiltrate into the country
The IDF stated that troops identified two suspects attempting to infiltrate Israel from southern Gaza. The suspects, who were carrying a grenade and a knife, were apprehended near the border fence and transferred to security forces for questioning.
This incident occurred just hours after IDF forces arrested four Palestinians who had scaled the fence and attempted to enter Israel.
There were no injuries in either incident.
These latest events occurred amid the daily violence on the Israel-Gaza border, orchestrated by Hamas, the Islamic terror group that rules the Strip and calls for Israel’s destruction.
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Syrian mortar falls in Israel; IDF responds
 April 24, 2018
Syrian mortar falls in Israel; IDF respondsAn IDF artillery battery in action. (IDF)
Israeli forces bombed a Syrian target in retaliation to Syrian mortar fire.
By: World Israel News Staff
The IDF hit a Syrian military position in the Golan Heights on Monday in response to a mortar round fired into Israel earlier in the day that fell adjacent to the security fence.
In response, the IDF targeted an artillery piece in the area from where the fire originated in the al-Kom area, near the town of Khan Arnabah, which is controlled by the Assad regime forces.
“The IDF holds the Syrian regime accountable and will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty or endanger civilians,” the IDF stated after the incident.
Opposing factions in Syria’s civil war have been battling in the Quneitra area adjacent to Israel’s northern border, and the fire that hit Israel was estimated to be stray.
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Russia warns Israel of ‘catastrophic consequences’ for attacking soon-to-be-deployed missile defense in Syria
 April 23, 2018
Russia warns Israel of ‘catastrophic consequences’ for attacking soon-to-be-deployed missile defense in SyriaVladimir Putin, Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia (AP)
According to reports in a Russian paper, Moscow will deliver the advanced anti-aircraft system to Syria “soon”, and warned Israel to stay away.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News

Senior Russian officials told the Kommersant newspaper on Monday that following the April 14th missile strike on Syrian facilities by an American, French and British task force, Russia will be bringing its S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense system to Syria “soon” to protect its ally from further attack.
According to the report, the Russians won’t even charge Syria for it.
Russian defense officials warned Israel that if it “decides to carry out rocket strikes on the deployment locations of the S-300, the consequences will be catastrophic for all sides.”
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then appeared to backtrack slightly later in the day, saying that Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver the system to Syria, but that it would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.
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Israelis praise US for dropping ‘occupied’ references to Israeli territory
 April 23, 2018
Israelis praise US for dropping ‘occupied’ references to Israeli territoryIsraeli Minister with Efrat Mayor at new construction site in the Judean city. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
For the first time since 1979 the US State Department dropped the term “occupied” when referring to lands captured by Israel in 1967’s Six Day War.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Israeli leaders have hailed the decision of the US government to stop referring to territories captured in the Six Day Way as “occupied.” In its first practical expression, the annual US government report on human rights worldwide in 2017 dropped reference to various territories as “occupied” for the first time since 1979.
Released on Friday, the section on “Israel and the territories” refers to the geographic regions as “Gaza and the West Bank, and the Golan Heights.” Israel formally annexed the Golan in 1981, and maintains security control over Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank” of the Jordan River) through its military government. Israel withdrew entirely from the Gaza Strip in 2005.
The US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman refers to the Israeli presence in the territories as “alleged occupation” and he reportedly initiated the campaign to stop the State Department from using the term “occupied.” The Israeli government applauded the change with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman declaring, “The lie of the occupied Palestinian territories begins to be revealed. They say that a lie repeated often enough becomes true, but the truth is always stronger. The State Department report is proof of that.”
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Defense minister: Israel did not kill Hamas engineer, rival Palestinian faction did
 April 23, 2018
Defense minister: Israel did not kill Hamas engineer, rival Palestinian faction didDefense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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Liberman said al-Batsh was killed as part of infighting between rival Palestinian factions. 
By: World Israel News Staff
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman denied that Israel was behind the assassination of a Hamas-linked engineer in Malaysia, blaming it on infighting between rival Palestinian factions.
Speaking to IDF Radio on Sunday, Liberman said that “we heard about it [the assassination] in the news. The terrorist organizations blame every assassination on Israel – we’re used to that.”
“Maybe James Bond is behind the hit,” he said.
“The man was no saint and he didn’t deal with improving infrastructure in Gaza – he was involved in improving rockets’ accuracy. We constantly see a settling of accounts between various factions in the terrorist organizations and I suppose that is what happened in this case as well.”
The Hamas terror group claimed Saturday that Fadi al-Batsh, an electronics scientist linked to its drone development program, was assassinated by the Mossad.
Malaysian police say the 34-year-old al-Batsh was shot early Saturday by two assailants who killed him as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers in Kuala Lampur.
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Assassination of Hamas ‘rocket man’ exposes spread of terror group
 April 23, 2018
Assassination of Hamas ‘rocket man’ exposes spread of terror groupHamas member Fadi al-Batsh, who was recently killed in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf)
The killing of Hamas rocket engineer Fadi al-Batsh in Malaysia has raised questions about the growing presence of the terror group overseas.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Hamas confirmed that assassinated rocket-maker Fadi al-Batsh, who was gunned down in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, is indeed a member of the organization. The admission draws attention to the growing number of safe havens and terrorist training grounds that Hamas has been cultivating over the past decade.
Kuala Lumpur is home to a growing Hamas presence that allowed the Palestinian electrical engineer to operate unhindered by the local government. According to Israeli intelligence sources, Malaysia is used as a Hamas center for training operatives for audacious terror attacks. Haaretz reported that Hamas has recruited some 40 Palestinian students to serve as operatives on Malaysian campuses.
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European Parliament demands Hamas return IDF soldiers’ remains, release Israeli captives
 April 20, 2018
European Parliament demands Hamas return IDF soldiers’ remains, release Israeli captivesLate IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin (L) and Oron Shaul, whose bodies are held by Hamas. (Social media)
The European Parliament has called on Hamas to return the remains of Israeli soldiers and the release of citizens held In Gaza.
By: TPS
The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling for the return of the remains of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul and the the release of Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayeed, two Israeli civilians believed to be suffering from mental illness, being held by Hamas in Gaza.
The call came in the framework of a larger resolution on the situation in Gaza Strip that also noted “an increase in terrorist attacks against Israel” over the past few weeks.”
The resolution also recognized Israel’s “security challenges and the need to protect its territory and borders while using proportionate means” and expressed concern that “Hamas seems to be aiming at escalating tensions” and is “using civilians for the purpose of shielding terrorist activities.”
However, at the same time, in reference to recent Palestinian protests along the Gaza border in which over 30 people have been killed by Israeli troops – at least 26 of them affiliated to Hamas and other terrorist groups, according to Israeli sources – the resolution  condemned “the killings and injury of innocent Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip” and urged the IDF to “refrain from using lethal force against unarmed protesters.”
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US State Department stops referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘occupied’
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 April 21, 2018
US State Department stops referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘occupied’Supporters of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (AP/Emilio Morenatti)
In a significant policy change, the State Department ceased using the term “occupied” in references to various regions of Israel, including Judea and Samaria.
By: World Israel News Staff

In a US State Department annual report on human rights, the controversial term “occupied” was largely eliminated in references to various territories in and adjacent to Israel. While the term “occupied” had been used in such reports since the Carter administration, the 2017 version drops this term, which is generally used pejoratively to criticize Israeli policy following military victories through which the Jewish state acquired control of various territories.

The change comes after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman advised the department in December to stop using the “misleading” term “occupied” in references to Judea and Samaria

At the time, Friedman remarked in an interview, “I think the settlements [in Judea and Samaria] are part of Israel,” which “was always the expectation when [UN] Resolution 242 was adopted.” He added, “The 1967 borders were viewed by everybody as not secure. There was always supposed to be some expectation of [Israeli] expansion” into Judea and Samaria.

The term “occupied” is considered by many to be a loaded phrase intended to demonize Israel with regard to its activities in disputed areas. According to policy expert Dan Diker of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), “Friedman is advancing Trump administration policy to correct past mistakes and misconceptions of American diplomats. Since the Oslo Accords in 1995, the most densely Palestinian populated areas in the territories are designated as ‘Area A’ and ‘Area B,’ which are under Palestinian autonomy, and are certainly not legally occupied.”

Mark Zell, who heads Republicans in Israel, commented to World Israel News in December that “Ambassador Friedman is fighting back against bureaucratic inertia and State Department Arabists.”

In response to the State Department’s subsequent change in terminology, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted over the weekend, “The lie of the occupied Palestinian territories begins to be revealed. They say that a lie repeated often enough becomes true, but the truth is forever stronger. The State Department report is proof of that.”
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Hamas rocket engineer assassinated in Malaysia, Israel ‘blamed’ for hit
 April 21, 2018
Hamas rocket engineer assassinated in Malaysia, Israel ‘blamed’ for hitFuneral of Hamas member Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh. (Twitter)
A Palestinian rocket engineer killed in Malaysia received funeral honors in Gaza reserved from high-ranking Hamas military commanders. Hamas said Israel was responsible.
By: World Israel News Staff
A 35-year-old Hamas engineer named Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, described by the terrorist organization as a “loyal” member, was killed on the streets of Kuala Lumpur in a drive-by motorcycle shooting early Saturday morning.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim announced that one of two suspects on the motorcycle “fired 10 shots, four of which hit [Batsh] in the head and body. He died on the spot.”
According to Hadashot TV news, Hamas ships young Gazans to Malaysia for technical training, with the nation deemed a a “paradise” for the terrorist organization by Israel’s Channel 10.
In Gaza, at the entrance of mourner’s tent erected by Hamas, a banner lauded Batsh as a “commander” in the terror group, which also positioned ten masked fighters there, adhering to protocol for senior Hamas commander funerals.
Hamas referred to the dead engineer as a “martyr” and his family immediately blamed the Israeli intelligence service for orchestrating the hit.
While Batsh was affiliated with Hamas, his cousin Khaled al-Batsh serves as a senior official in the Islamic Jihad terror group. The cousin joined other family members blaming the Mossad for the assassination.MORE https://worldisraelnews.com/hamas-rocket-engineer-assassinated-malaysia/?
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US State Department stops referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘occupied’
 April 21, 2018
US State Department stops referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘occupied’Supporters of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (AP/Emilio Morenatti)
In a significant policy change, the State Department ceased using the term “occupied” in references to various regions of Israel, including Judea and Samaria.
By: World Israel News Staff
In a US State Department annual report on human rights, the controversial term “occupied” was largely eliminated in references to various territories in and adjacent to Israel. While the term “occupied” had been used in such reports since the Carter administration, the 2017 version drops this term, which is generally used pejoratively to criticize Israeli policy following military victories through which the Jewish state acquired control of various territories.
The change comes after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman advised the department in December to stop using the “misleading” term “occupied” in references to Judea and Samaria
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Pondering the ‘German Problem’ after Holocaust Remembrance Day
 April 11, 2018
Pondering the ‘German Problem’ after Holocaust Remembrance DayAnti-Israel protesters in Germany. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
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An examination of Germany’s relationship with the Palestinians, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and its own sizable Muslim population raises more questions than it answers, after Israel observes Holocaust Remembrance Day.
By: Henry Roth, Exclusive to World Israel News
On the annual Day of Atonement for Jews, the rabbis remind us that it is not enough to ask G-d for forgiveness for the sins we have committed; we must also make amends to those against whom we have sinned. In the context of this concept of atonement, when we examine Germany’s post-war relationship with Israel and world Jewry, we must conclude, somewhat sadly, that there appears to have been minimal effort by Germany to atone for their transgressions against the Jewish people (if that were even possible given the scale of the atrocities).
In fact, at the most important junctures in Israel’s history, when German support would have been invaluable and when the Germans had an opportunity to demonstrate their genuine commitment to help repair the damage they inflicted on the Jewish community – and by extension, support Israel – they have utterly and indisputably failed.
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Jewish national freedom comes at a price
 April 17, 2018
Jewish national freedom comes at a priceAn Israeli man prays at the grave of a fallen soldier. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
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Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror, serves as a reminder that national freedom is a precious commodity that must be vigorously defended.
By: Daniel Krygier, Political Analyst, World Israel News
Seventy years after its rebirth, the State of Israel continues to face enemies committed to its destruction, first and foremost Iran and its Islamist allies. On Yom Hazikaron, which is observed this year on Wednesday evening and Thursday, the Jewish state commemorates over 23,500 IDF soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty and 3,800 Israeli civilians murdered by Muslim Arab terrorists.
This is a tremendous sacrifice for the tiny State of Israel and proportionally corresponds to over one million Americans. Nevertheless, it is a price worth paying when considering the fact that six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust when the Jewish People was homeless and defenseless.
David Ben-Gurion, modern Israel’s founding father, had no illusions about anti-Semitism disappearing anytime soon. Quite the opposite. The epicenter of Jew-hatred has moved from post-Christian Europe to the neo-Islamist Middle East. Israel’s first prime minister also realized that the Arab-Israeli conflict is not territorial, but driven by an Arab opposition to Israel’s existence within any borders. Building a formidable military and intelligence force for Israel therefore became a top priority for the leaders of the reborn Jewish state.
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Can US and Palestinians reign in firestorm of rhetoric?
 April 16, 2018
Can US and Palestinians reign in firestorm of rhetoric?PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat (Amir Levy)
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As US envoy Jason Greenblatt and PA negotiator Saeb Erekat exchange insults, it appears that the two sides are drifting ever further apart, making cooperation between Washington and Ramallah increasingly less likely.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Any remaining hopes for an early return to normalcy between the United States and the Palestinian Authority has been buried under the continuing war of words between Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
In his letter dated April 12, Erekat lobbed the most recent salvo writing to diplomats that, “Greenblatt has assumed the role of spokesperson of the Israeli Authorities. It is clear that those who do not consider that the lives of Palestinians and Israelis are of equal value cannot possibly promote any plan that will be remotely close to a just and lasting peace. Rather, the Trump administration continues to adopt Israeli positions that aim to perpetuate the denial of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”
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Pentagon: suspected 9/11 recruiter captured in Syria
 April 20, 2018
Pentagon: suspected 9/11 recruiter captured in SyriaTwin towers on 9/11 (AP/Gene Boyars, File)
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An “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who “relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad” and was tied to the 9/11 attacks was caught in Syria.
By: World Israel News Staff
The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed statements by a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-affiliated group battling Bashar Assad’s regime, announcing the capture of Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national linked to the Sept. 11, 2001 US attacks.
Known as a staunch advocate of “violent jihad,” Zammar was captured in Syria by US-backed forces over a month ago, announced Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon. The arrest is “part of [the SDF’s] ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria,” continued Pahon.
“We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details,” Pahon said.
According to the Congressional account on the 9/11 attacks, Zammar was an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who extolled “the virtues of violent jihad.” He was also fingered as the a “possible recruiter” of the 9/11 attackers.
“Zammar reportedly took credit for influencing” a number of members of the primary terrorist cell responsible for the attack, explains the Congressional report.
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WATCH: Israeli nano-drops bring simple fix to poor vision
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 April 10, 2018
A new medical procedure using “nano” eye drops, developed by Israeli scientists, 
could help millions by providing a simple alternative to laser correction, glasses, and contact lenses.
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Egyptian army: ISIS leader in Sinai killed in shootout
 April 18, 2018
Egyptian army: ISIS leader in Sinai killed in shootoutISIS terrorists in the Sinai (Wikicommons)
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The leader of the Islamic State group in the Sinai Peninsula was killed in a shootout with the Egyptian military. 
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Egypt’s military says its forces killed a man they identified as the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) group in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
Col. Tamer el-Rifai, a military spokesman, said in a Wednesday statement that Naser Abou Zaqoul has been killed in a shootout with troops in central Sinai. He did not elaborate.
The news came just days after the military said eight soldiers were killed and 15 wounded when terrorists wearing explosive belts blew themselves up as they tried to infiltrate a military base in central Sinai.
Egypt has been struggling to contain a long-running insurgency in Sinai. It launched a massive operation in February against terrorists in Sinai as well as parts of Egypt’s Nile Delta and the Western Desert, along the porous border with Libya.
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The State of Israel celebrates its 70th birthday!
 April 18, 2018
The State of Israel celebrates its 70th birthday!Israelis celebrate their Independence Day. (Mendy Hechtman/Flash90)
Israel is celebrating its 70th birthday. Festivities begin in the evening and continue throughout the day. Happy Birthday Israel!
By: World Israel News Staff
Israel made the complex transition from Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) to Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) on Wednesday night, as the official ceremony kicked off the celebration that took place on Mount Herzl, in Jerusalem.
Each year, Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day – begins immediately following Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, in memory of fallen soldiers and victims of terror. This transition from somber remembrance to joyous celebration helps serve as a reminder that the State of Israel owes its existence to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
This remarkable ability to grieve for the fallen and then rejoice in the miracle of the Jewish State is manifest in the State of Israel, where the people continue to look to the future with hope and optimism.
The state ceremony that ushers in Yom Ha’atzmaut takes place at Mount Herzl, Israel’s military cemetery, by the grave of Theodor Herzl, one of the founders of Modern Zionism. The flag, which was at half mast for Yom HaZikaron, was raised to the top of the pole. The celebration includes soldiers marching with flags creating various formations, hundreds of dancers, and of course, fireworks. The program is televised on Israeli TV channels.
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IDF fires at terrorists operating on Gaza border fence
 April 18, 2018
IDF fires at terrorists operating on Gaza border fenceAn IDF tank in action. (IDF)
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The IDF repelled another two Palestinian attempts to cause Israelis harm on the border with Gaza.
By: World Israel News Staff
An IDF tank early Wednesday fired shells at a terrorist cell that was operating on the security fence on the border with Gaza.
The IDF stated that troops identified five suspects, at least one of which was armed, approaching the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip. In response, the troops fired towards the suspects.
Palestinian sources reported that a least three of the terrorists were hit by the shells.
The cell may have been operating to place an explosive charge, later to be detonated against IDF forces on patrol in the area. Several such incidents have occurred recently.
This incident came just hours after an IDF tank fired rounds at a Hamas post on the border with Gaza in response to gunfire directed at IDF forces stationed on the border.
These latest incidents came amid the daily violence on the Israel-Gaza border, orchestrated by Hamas, the Islamic terror group that rules the Strip and calls for Israel’s destruction.
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Is Iran imminently planning to attack Israel from Syria?
 April 17, 2018
Is Iran imminently planning to attack Israel from Syria?Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (AP/Vahid Salemi)
A senior military expert says Israel and Iran “are not necessarily on an inevitable course to a full-scale military conflict,” despite reports indicating that Iran plans to attack imminently.
By: World Israel News and Yona Schnitzer/TPS
A senior IDF source told Sky News Arabia that Iran plans to attack Israel from Syria, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.
“Israel will react strongly to any Iranian action from inside Syria,” a senior IDF source told the news site.
Aerial photos released Tuesday show that Iran has established several military bases in Syria. The pictures indicate that Tehran remains capable of flying in surface-to-surface missiles to Syria as well as unmanned aerial vehicles under the guise of humanitarian aid, the Post said.
However, according to Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and former head of the IDF’s Intelligence Research and Assessment Division, Israel and Iran “are not necessarily on an inevitable course to a full-scale military conflict.”
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Israel halts to commemorate fallen IDF soldiers, terror victims
 April 17, 2018
Israel halts to commemorate fallen IDF soldiers, terror victimsIDF soldiers salute their fallen comrades ahead of Yom Hazikaron. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Israel will come to a standstill to mark Yom Hazikaron, its national Memorial Day, and to commemorate the 23,646 fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorist attacks.
By: World Israel News Staff
Israel will come to a standstill on Tuesday night to mark Yom Hazikaron, its national Memorial Day, and to commemorate the 23,646 fallen IDF soldiers and 3,134 victims of terrorist attacks who have died in the last 150 years.
It is one of the most somber dates on the Israeli calendar. Places of entertainment shut down. Radio and TV stations air documentaries about the fallen soldiers and terror victims.
The figure of 23,646 fallen soldiers is counted from when Jews first began to settle outside of Jerusalem in the 1860s, including 71 fallen IDF officers and soldiers who died in the past year. The last one to join the sad but distinguished list was Sgt. Eliyahu Drori, who was killed on Saturday in an operational accident.
Since the establishment of the state, 3,117 civilians were murdered in acts of terrorism. Since last year’s Yom Hazikaron, 12 civilians were killed in attacks. The latest victim was Adiel Coleman, a father of four who was stabbed to death in Jerusalem last month.
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Hezbollah threatens Israel: Killing Iranians ‘will be met with response’
 April 17, 2018
Hezbollah threatens Israel: Killing Iranians ‘will be met with response’Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Hezbollah terror organization. (Tasnim News)
“The elimination of the Iranians by Israel at the airbase will be met with a response,” Hezbollah leader Naim Qassem threatened. 
By: World Israel News Staff
A senior Hezbollah official has threatened retaliatory action by Iran against Israel in response to an attack attributed to Israel in Syria in which several Iranian soldiers were killed.
Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror organization, warned Monday that Iran would respond to last week’s airstrike on the Tiyas Military Airbase which was struck by several missiles on Monday, leaving at least seven Iranian soldiers dead.
“The elimination of the Iranians by Israel at the airbase will be met with a response,” Qassem, told the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen TV.
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Jewish national freedom comes at a price
 April 17, 2018
Jewish national freedom comes at a priceAn Israeli man prays at the grave of a fallen soldier. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
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Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror, serves as a reminder that national freedom is a precious commodity that must be vigorously defended.
By: Daniel Krygier, Political Analyst, World Israel News
Seventy years after its rebirth, the State of Israel continues to face enemies committed to its destruction, first and foremost Iran and its Islamist allies. On Yom Hazikaron, which is observed this year on Wednesday evening and Thursday, the Jewish state commemorates over 23,500 IDF soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty and 3,800 Israeli civilians murdered by Muslim Arab terrorists.
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WATCH: Hamas holds Gazans hostage, uses them as human shields
 April 16, 2018
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Hamas is destroying the lives and the welfare of the people of Gaza in a deadly charade aimed at convincing the world that Israel is an aggressor, all while trying to infiltrate the border and kill as many Israelis as possible.
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Can US and Palestinians reign in firestorm of rhetoric?
 April 16, 2018
Can US and Palestinians reign in firestorm of rhetoric?PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat (Amir Levy)
As US envoy Jason Greenblatt and PA negotiator Saeb Erekat exchange insults, it appears that the two sides are drifting ever further apart, making cooperation between Washington and Ramallah increasingly less likely.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Any remaining hopes for an early return to normalcy between the United States and the Palestinian Authority has been buried under the continuing war of words between Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
In his letter dated April 12, Erekat lobbed the most recent salvo writing to diplomats that, “Greenblatt has assumed the role of spokesperson of the Israeli Authorities. It is clear that those who do not consider that the lives of Palestinians and Israelis are of equal value cannot possibly promote any plan that will be remotely close to a just and lasting peace. Rather, the Trump administration continues to adopt Israeli positions that aim to perpetuate the denial of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”
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After barring chemical inspectors, Syria finally grants access to attack site
 April 17, 2018
After barring chemical inspectors, Syria finally grants access to attack siteSyrian children affected by the chemical attack. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
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International inspectors have entered the Syrian town where an alleged chemical attack was carried out earlier this month, Syrian state media reported Tuesday, after they had waited for days in the capital for permission from Syrian and Russian authorities.

By: AP

The fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is investigating reports that government forces launched an April 7 chemical attack in the final stages of their fight to retake the town of Douma from rebels. The alleged gas attack, which Syrian activists say killed more than 40 people, prompted punitive U.S., British and French airstrikes.

The US and France say they have evidence that poison gas was used in the April 7 attack in the opposition-held town of Douma, killing some 200 people, and that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military was behind it.
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Israeli lawmakers battle over ties with Nazi-linked Austrian party
 April 17, 2018
Israeli lawmakers battle over ties with Nazi-linked Austrian partyThe Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in session. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee debated Israel’s policy of “non-engagement” with Austria’s far-right Freedom Party.
By: World Israel News Staff
The Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee convened on Monday and held a heated debate over Israel’s policy of  “non-engagement” with the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO).
Founded in 1956, FPO emerged from the short-lived Federation of Independents, launched after World War II by former Nazis who had been stripped of their voting rights. Its first head was an ex-member of the Nazi Waffen SS unit.
The far-right Freedom Party of Austria is led by Heinz-Christian Strache, political heir of former party head Jörg Haider, who was notorious for his anti-Semitism and pro-Nazi opinions. When the party joined the Austrian government in 2000, Israel recalled its ambassador in a diplomatic crisis that continued until 2003.
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IDF sanctions Gaza bus companies for aiding Hamas
 April 17, 2018
After warning Gazan bus companies, the IDF is sanctioning 14 of them for aiding Hamas’ violence on the border with Israel. 
By: World Israel News Staff
The IDF announced that it has leveled sanctions against 14 Gaza-based bus companies and their owners for aiding Hamas in busing protesters to the border with Israel to participate in the violent daily demonstrations.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the IDF unit responsible for implementing government policy in Judea and Samaria and vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip, announced Monday that 14 Gazan companies were identified as aiding the transportation of “Hamas terrorists and violent rioters” to the Gaza border.
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Report: Jordan quashes pro-Palestinian demonstration in capital
 April 16, 2018
Report: Jordan quashes pro-Palestinian demonstration in capitalAn anti-Israel demonstration in Jordan. (PressTV)
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Security services do not allow march that was to show support for the violent anti-Israel demonstrators at the Gazan border.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
A march in the Jordanian capital by citizens who wanted to show their solidarity with the three-week-old Palestinian protest at the Gazan border with Israel was nipped in the bud by security services on Friday, according to the Anadolu news agency.
While chanting slogans such as “It’s my right to return to Palestine” and “Jerusalem is our capital,” the demonstrators started making their way after prayers at an Amman mosque to the city’s central Al-Nahl Square. Before they got there, however, representatives of Jordan’s security services convinced them to call off their march, the report said.
The Friday rioting attracted fewer demonstrators in comparison to the previous two weeks, but still some 10,000 Palestinians gathered at five locations near the border fence. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported several attempts to sabotage or cut through the security infrastructure, with rocks and explosive devices hurled, large Israeli flags and posters of Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Liberman burned, and more tires set alight.
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Gaza rioters try to firebomb Israel with kites
 April 16, 2018
Gaza rioters try to firebomb Israel with kitesPalestinians fly kites near the Gaza border with Israel. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Gazans fail in new kind of attack during third week of violent demonstrations at the border with Israel.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Instead of their conventional way of propelling a flammable device toward Israeli soldiers, Palestinian terrorists on Friday attempted to hit the Jewish state by attaching Molotov cocktails to kites and flying them over the border fence during their third week of violent demonstrations.
The low-tech method failed to do much harm, however, as one kite caused just a small fire in a field adjacent to Kibbutz Kissufim, and another temporarily set fire to a field near Kibbutz Be’eri. They were both extinguished quickly and there were no casualties.
At least one other similarly-laden kite was spotted by the IDF, which published a picture of it flying over the heads of hundreds of protestors near the fence. That one failed to cross the border, falling inside the Strip and exploding.
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Israel approves measures restricting trade with North Korea
 April 16, 2018
Israel approves measures restricting trade with North KoreaThe Knesset's Economic Affairs Committee in session. (Yonatan
The Knesset updated its directives regarding sanctions on North Korea, in accordance with UNSC resolutions.
By: World Israel News Staff
On Sunday, the Knesset’s Economic Affairs Committee approved orders related to supervision of and limits on trade with North Korea, also known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The orders were issued by the Ministry of Economy. About two and a half years ago, the committee approved a directive which bans the export of luxury goods to North Korea, in accordance with resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
As part of the effort to press the Asian dictatorship to relinquish its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, the UNSC has recently passed additional resolutions which introduced a limit of 4 million barrels, or 525,000 tons, in the aggregate amount per a twelve-month period allowed for the supply, sale or transfer of crude oil by Member States to the DPRK; banned nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year; expanded sanctions by introducing a ban on DPRK’s export of food and agricultural products, machinery, electrical equipment, earth and stone including magnesite and magnesia, wood and vessels; prohibited the DPRK from selling or transferring fishing rights; introduced a ban on the supply, sale or transfer to the DPRK of all industrial machinery, transportation vehicles, iron, steel and other metals; and prohibited the export by the DPRK of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.
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Analysis: Iran’s plummeting currency reflects country’s economic, military concerns
 April 16, 2018
Corruption, political infighting and fear of a collapse of the Iranian nuclear deal are major factors in the rial’s fall.
By: Sean Savage/JNS
With much of the world focused on the military confrontation in Syria over that country’s use of chemical weapons, Iran’s economy took a major hit as its currency plunged to record low levels. The dive in Iran’s currency, the rial, caused a panic among Iranians as the government sought to keep things under control.
However, the ongoing threat of a major war in Syria—where Iran is heavily involved in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad—coupled with the potential collapse of the Iranian nuclear deal next month could spell major instability ahead for Iran.
Since the beginning of the year, the rial has lost nearly one-third of its value. When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013, $1 equaled 36,000 rials; now that figure stands near 60,000 rials to the dollar. However, the currency devaluation has been a trend since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when the dollar equaled 70 rials.
In order to ease the panic, the Iranian government announced this week that it was going to set the official exchange rate at 42,000 rials to the dollar, while threatening harsh punishment to anyone trying to exchange money at a different rate.
While currency devaluations such as this are sometimes tied to issues such as a trade imbalance or slumping oil prices, Iran’s non-oil imports in 2017 were $47 billion, with oil sales at $55 billion, leaving a currency surplus of $17 billion.
Corruption, political infighting kill the rial
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US to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s Assad
 April 16, 2018
US to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s AssadUS Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (AP/Mary Altaffer)
“The international community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life,” said Haley while announcing new sanctions on Russia for enabling Syria.  
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
President Donald Trump’s aides on Sunday stressed continuing US troop involvement in Syria and plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.
Stepping up the pressure on Syria’s president, US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced Monday would be aimed at sending a message to Russia, which she said has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council (UNSC) to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.
“Everyone is going to feel it at this point,” Haley said, warning of consequences for Assad’s foreign allies.
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IDF source credits Israel with attack on Iranians in Syria
 April 16, 2018
IDF source credits Israel with attack on Iranians in SyriaSite of the Israeli strike in Syria in December 2017. (Arab media)
American paper cites anonymous officer who says Israel acted to contain Iranian efforts to establish bases in Syria, but later amends report to reflect IDF’s official position.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Although nobody would confirm the admission officially, a senior member of the IDF was quoted in the New York Times Monday as stating that Israel did indeed attack a Syrian air base a week ago.
“It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets — both facilities and people,” said the source, according to the paper.
The T-4 base that was hit by at least three missiles had been the launchpad of an Iranian drone sent into Israeli airspace on February 10th which had been quickly shot down by an Israeli air force helicopter.
Israel had openly reacted to the violation of its sovereignty at the time by hitting the base with several IAF jets in what was the largest strike on Syria since the First Lebanon War. IAF Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Tomer Bar described that mission as an attack on advanced long-range surface-to-air missiles, components of Syria’s air-defense system, and the Iranian mobile control center that had been responsible for the drone.
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Israel and Russia: Friends or foes in Syria?
 April 16, 2018
Israel and Russia: Friends or foes in Syria?PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, June 7, 2016. (Haim Zach/GPO)
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Putin and Netanyahu have built a relationship based on mutual understanding if not agreement. How does Syria fit in? 
By: Daniel Krygier, World Israel News
Israel has been frequently criticized for its military intervention in Syria. Those opposing it claim that this policy increasingly puts Jerusalem on a collision course with Russia. However, critics ignore the dangers of not enforcing Israel’s red lines in Syria.
Iran’s genocidal regime demands Israel’s destruction and supports terrorist organizations Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south. A further Iranian entrenchment in Syria would constitute a grave and unacceptable threat to the Jewish state’s national security. It was recently revealed that the Iranian drone that was neutralized by the Israeli Air force after violating Israeli airspace two months ago was equipped with explosives.
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Students discover ancient menorah-adorned lamp while preparing Independence Day surprise
 April 16, 2018
Students discover ancient menorah-adorned lamp while preparing Independence Day surpriseThe oil lamp and other discoveries from the Sanhedrin Trail. (Clara Amit/IAA)
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Israeli students preparing a gift for the state discovered an ancient precursor of Israel’s national symbol. 
By: World Israel News Staff
Israeli students working on the interactive “Sanhedrin Trail” in honor of Israel’s 70th independence celebrations did not imagine that the symbol of the state of Israel would unexpectedly emerge from the ground in the form of an ancient oil lamp bearing the symbol of the Temple’s menorah.
Over the past year, thousands of students in the Galilee have been excavating and organizing Israel’s first “smart trail,” in which dozens of stones on the trail relay information, history and activities to hikers’ mobile telephones.
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Report: Jordan quashes pro-Palestinian demonstration in capital
 April 16, 2018
Report: Jordan quashes pro-Palestinian demonstration in capitalAn anti-Israel demonstration in Jordan. (PressTV)
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Security services do not allow march that was to show support for the violent anti-Israel demonstrators at the Gazan border.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
A march in the Jordanian capital by citizens who wanted to show their solidarity with the three-week-old Palestinian protest at the Gazan border with Israel was nipped in the bud by security services on Friday, according to the Anadolu news agency.
While chanting slogans such as “It’s my right to return to Palestine” and “Jerusalem is our capital,” the demonstrators started making their way after prayers at an Amman mosque to the city’s central Al-Nahl Square. Before they got there, however, representatives of Jordan’s security services convinced them to call off their march, the report said.
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IDF destroys Gaza cross-border terror-tunnel
 April 15, 2018
IDF destroys Gaza cross-border terror-tunnelIDF soldiers work to discover and dismantle Hamas’s terror tunnels in the Gaza Strip in July 2014. (IDF)
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The IDF has exposed and neutralized a fifth underground terror threat emanating from a Hamas terror tunnel.
By: World Israel News Staff
IDF forces on Saturday exposed and destroyed a terror tunnel running from Jabalia, in northern Gaza, into southern Israel near the community of Nahal Oz.
The tunnel was exposed in what the IDF described as an “engineering operation” inside Israeli territory, conducted by combined Israel forces.
An IDF spokesman said the tunnel was dug by the Hamas terror group and was connected to an intricate network of other tunnels running through Gaza.
This is the fifth tunnel exposed and demolished by Israel on the border with Gaza in recent months. In this case, the IDF sealed, rather than bombed, the underground structure.
The tunnel ran under the border in an area where Palestinian protesters have been clashing with Israeli forces, the IDF said.
The IDF noted that the tunnel, which ran into Israeli territory, was exposed at its early stages and was under constant monitoring.
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Iron Dome voted greatest Israeli invention of all time
 April 15, 2018
Iron Dome voted greatest Israeli invention of all timeAn Iron Dome battery intercepts rockets from Gaza. (Uri Lenzl/Flash90)
Israelis voted for their all-time top Israeli invention. Which is yours?
By: Mara Vigevani/TPS
The Iron Dome missile defense system has been voted Israel’s all time top innovation in a competition organized by the Ministry of Economy in honor of Israel’s 70th Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) celebrations, which will kick off Wednesday evening.
Iron Dome received 28 percent of the 115,000 votes cast in the online competition titled “70 Great Blue and White Inventions.”
The Waze mobile navigation app came in second with 17.77 percent of the votes, a fraction ahead of the drip irrigation system which received 17.75 percent. A mere 12 votes separated the two.
The Israel Innovation Authority presented 70 inventions for the competition, in which nine made it to the second stage.
The USB flash drive came in fourth with 10.96 percent of the votes, followed by the Memic’s micro-surgery robot with 9 percent. Water Gen, a technology to extract fresh water directly from the air, came in sixth with 8 percent of the votes, while Source Sandals, famous for their non-slip sole even in wet conditions came in seventh with 4 percent.
Closing off the list were Check Point Software Technologies for its firewall software and the Ofek reconnaissance satellites with some 2 percent each.
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IDF: Downed Iranian drone was armed to attack Israel

IDF intelligence revealed that an intercepted Iranian drone was carrying explosives when it infiltrated Israeli airspace earlier this year. 

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An Iranian drone that penetrated Israeli airspace in early February was armed with an explosive device and its operators had planned to carry out an attack inside Israel, the IDF said Friday night.

“After flight path analysis and an operational and intelligence-based investigation of the Iranian UAV that infiltrated Israeli airspace on February 10, 2018, the IDF concluded that the Iranian UAV was armed with explosives and was tasked to attack Israel,” an IDF spokesman said.

“By intercepting the Iranian UAV, IAF combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out in Israel. The UAV was identified and tracked by Israeli defense systems until its destruction, effectively eliminating any threat the Iranian UAV posed,” the spokesman added.

In response to the penetration of the drone, Israeli fighter planes conducted the largest strike on Syria since the first Lebanon War, hitting a mobile Iranian control center that sent the drone into Israeli airspace and then striking 12 targets in the country after Syrian Army air-defenses shot down an Israeli F-16I jet as it returned to Israel following the initial strike.
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Netanyahu declares Israel’s ‘full support’ for US-led Syrian strike
 April 14, 2018
Netanyahu declares Israel’s ‘full support’ for US-led Syrian strikePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
Prime Minister Netanyahu, in addition to several other high-ranking Israeli officials, expressed approval of the allied strike on Syrian targets following the most recent chemical attack in the war torn nation.
By: World Israel News Staff
Following targeted airstrikes launched by a coalition of US, UK, and French forces, a statement issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Saturday offered Israel’s support for the action.
To that end, Netanyahu declared, “A year ago, I made clear that Israel fully supports the decision by President Trump to stand against the use and spread of chemical weapons,” in an apparent reference to previous US strikes against Syria in April 2017 following a sarin gas attack attributed to Assad’s regime.
“Trump’s resolve and Israel’s support remain unchanged,” Netanyahu said. “This morning, under American leadership, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom demonstrated that their commitment to the fight against chemical weapons is not limited to declarations.”
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US and allies carry out ‘perfectly executed strike’ on Syria
 April 14, 2018
US and allies carry out ‘perfectly executed strike’ on SyriaDamascus skies erupt with surface to air missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Allied missiles struck at the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal, aiming to punish the Assad government for a suspected poison gas attack against civilians and deter the possible future use of such banned weapons.
By: AP
Pentagon officials said the assault pummeled, but did not eliminate the Syrian weapons program.
“A perfectly executed strike,” President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday in the aftermath of his second decision in just over a year to attack Syria. “Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”
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Study: 22% of young Americans never heard of the Holocaust
 April 12, 2018
Study: 22% of young Americans never heard of the HolocaustHolocaust survivors. (AP)
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According to a survey published on Thursday, one-fifth of young Americans have never heard of the genocide committed against the Jews in World War II or are unclear as to what actually transpired.
By: World Israel News Staff
A recent study entitled “The National Survey of Holocaust Awareness and Knowledge Among Adults in the United States” commissioned by the Claims Conference revealed that a startling percentage of Americans are unaware of key facts regarding what occurred during the Holocaust.
Perhaps even more shocking, 58% of the 1,350 people polled fear that another Holocaust could be perpetrated in the future. The poll also revealed that 22% of people aged 18-24 hadn’t even heard of the Holocaust, while 11% percent of 25-34-year-olds claimed to be unfamiliar with it.
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South Carolina becomes first state to pass bill confronting anti-Semitism
 April 15, 2018
South Carolina becomes first state to pass bill confronting anti-SemitismNeo-Nazis march. (AP/Steve Helber)
“Anti-Semitism, and the forces that have led to its resurgence, are not representative of the values of South Carolina,” said State Representative Alan Clemmons.
By: JNS and World Israel News Staff
South Carolina became the first state to pass legislation to protect students from anti-Semitic acts.
The State Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation, H3643, in a 37-4 vote on Thursday as part of a larger spending package. The bill passed the State House of Representatives in March in a 116-2 vote. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has previously expressed support for the bill and is expected to sign it into law.
“Anti-Semitism, and the forces that have led to its resurgence, are not representative of the values of South Carolina,” said State Representative Alan Clemmons, who authored the legislation.
The South Carolina bill will help break down the barriers in the fight against anti-Semitism by providing educators and administrators with a clear and uniform definition to recognize anti-Jewish bigotry, according to the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under the Law.
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Holocaust survivors Simon Gronowski and Alice Gerstel Weit reunited after more than 70 years. There was much hugging and crying as the two old friends shared memories from a long-ago past.
By: AP
When Alice Gerstel bid an emotional farewell to her family’s closest friends in October 1941, she was hopeful she’d see “Little Simon” Gronowski again. And she did — 76 years later and half a world away from where they were separated in Brussels.
Gerstel and her Jewish family had hidden in the Gronowskis’ home for nearly two weeks before her father sent word from France that he had reached a deal with a smuggler who would get her, her siblings and their mother safely out of Nazi-occupied Belgium.
The Gronowskis, also Jewish, decided to stay. They hid for 18 months until the Nazis came knocking at the family’s door and put Simon, his sister and mother on a death train to Auschwitz.
“I thought the entire family was murdered. I had no idea,” Gerstel (now Gerstel Weit) said Wednesday, the day after their tearful reunion. She and her friend clutched hands at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust as they recounted their story.
“You didn’t know that I jumped off the train?” asked Gronowski, now 86.
“No, no. I didn’t know anything,” his 89-year-old friend replied.
The two will return to the museum Sunday to recount to visitors how the Holocaust ripped apart a pair of families that had become fast friends after a chance meeting at a Belgian beach resort in 1939. How it led an 11-year-old boy to make one of the most daring escapes of the war. How it put the other family on a perilous journey through occupied France that reads like a scene from the film “Casablanca.”
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US envoy blasts Palestinian negotiator’s ’empty, self-indulgent rhetoric’
 April 16, 2018
US envoy blasts Palestinian negotiator’s ’empty, self-indulgent rhetoric’US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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US envoy slams senior Palestinian official’s claims that he is taking Israel’s side regarding the ongoing conflict at the Gaza border.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, hit back Friday after being accused of automatically “repeat[ing] Israeli talking points” while “omitting any word of condemnation” of Israeli forces at the Gaza border fence, where daily violence orchestrated by Hamas has been ongoing.
Chief Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator Saeb Erekat had leveled these highly critical accusations at Greenblatt and the American administration in a letter sent to all foreign diplomats in Ramallah last week. Not for the first time, Erekat also dismissed the idea that Washington could serve as an impartial peace broker since, as he put it, “those who do not consider that the lives of Palestinians and Israelis are of equal value cannot possibly promote any plan that will be remotely close to a just and lasting peace
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Palestinians lead Arab effort to deny Israel UN Security Council seat
 April 13, 2018
Palestinians lead Arab effort to deny Israel UN Security Council seatPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with the Palestinian Central Council (AP/Majdi Mohammed,l)
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Arab nations act early to block Israel’s selection to UN Security Council
By World Israel News Staff
On June 8, the 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly will select two nations to fill the non-permanent seats on the Security Council that are not reserved for Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
Israel is campaigning for a seat but faces fierce opposition from the UN’s Arab members, led by the Palestinians.
“We are doing everything possible to convince as many countries as possible to block the vote on Israel’s bid for a seat at the Security Council,” Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki told reporters in Riyadh ahead of the Arab Summit this weekend.
UN regulations mandate that a nation receive two-thirds of the vote to win a seat on the Council.  Voting as a bloc, the Arab nations represent 56 votes, less than the required one-third to derail Israel’s candidacy but a significant base on which to build the necessary opposition.
Maliki stated that the campaign against Israel’s ascension has European support but no specific countries were mentioned.


Trump to strategize with allies before Syria strike decision
 April 13, 2018
Trump to strategize with allies before Syria strike decision
President Donald Trump. (AP/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump has put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen “very soon or not so soon at all.”
By: AP
The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump he would consult further with allies. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that U.S. officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons. British officials said up to 75 people were killed.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a brief statement after Trump met with Mattis and other members of his National Security Council: “No final decision has been made. We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies.”
Sanders said Trump would speak later with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Although Mattis noted that military action carried risks, he also emphasized that Syrian use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated. And he insisted it remains U.S. policy not to be involved directly in Syria’s civil war.
“Our strategy remains the same as a year ago,” he said. “It is to drive this to a U.N.-brokered peace but, at the same time, keep our foot on the neck of ISIS until we suffocate it,” referring to the Islamic State extremist group.
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WATCH: Palestinian TV promotes Holocaust denial, Nazi conspiracies
 April 13, 2018
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Palestinian writer Hani Abu Zeid accuses the Jews of colluding with Hitler in what he terms the “false Holocaust,” in a tirade attacking current Israeli leaders.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
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Palestinian rioters try to breach barrier with explosives, Molotov cocktails
 April 13, 2018
Palestinian rioters try to breach barrier with explosives, Molotov cocktailsPalestinians violently riot at the Gaza border. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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For the third week in a row, Palestinians staged violent, smoke-filled riots along the Gaza border, guided by the day’s theme of burning Israeli flags.
By: World Israel News Staff
Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip remained the site of unruly demonstrations by Palestinians, directed by the Hamas terrorist organization that has ruled the coastal enclave for the past decade.
According to the IDF, Palestinians attempted to breach Israel’s border fence using explosives and Molotov cocktails.
“The IDF will not allow damage to the security and fence infrastructures that protect Israeli citizens and will act against violent rioters and terrorists involved,” said the IDF statement.
In the run up to Friday’s riots, Palestinians used hashtags such as #BurningFlag and #RaisingFlag on social media to encourage mass burning of Israeli flags. While the rioting has been portrayed as a peaceful “Great March of Return,” a large number of the protesters that have been killed have been identified by Hamas itself as military operatives and members of the terrorist organization.
Organizers have used fiery rhetoric to incite Gazans, who exist under Hamas’ totalitarian Islamic regime. In a recent video, Hamas leader Yehia al-Sinwar declared, “We will take down the border [with Israel] and we will tear out their hearts from their bodies.”
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WATCH: Has anti-Semitism entered a ‘new phase’?
April 13, 2018
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Normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitism not seen since World War II appears to be occurring, according to  a Tel Aviv University Kantor Center report.
ANNUAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT : 'Anti-Semitism has entered a new phase'
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Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center released the 2017 Annual Report on Antisemitism Worldwide noting that Europe’s largest Jewish communities are experiencing a normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitism not seen since World War II.
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UNESCO shelves anti-Israel resolutions for six months
 April 13, 2018
UNESCO shelves anti-Israel resolutions for six monthsUNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay (AP/Michel Euler)
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“It shows … that dialogue is still possible and it can happen here in UNESCO,” claimed the agency’s director-general.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
In a victory for the power of diplomacy, the Executive Board of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO) agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on two anti-Israel resolutions at least until the next meeting of the board in half a year. Over a dozen Arab and Muslim states joined the rest of the 58-member board, including Israel, making the decision unanimous.
The decision was applauded by UNESCO’s new Director-General, Audrey Azoulay. “It is a very important day for UNESCO and its executive board,” she said. “And I welcome the spirit of dialogue and responsibility that was shown today in the discussions regarding the Middle East, where for once — and it’s been a long time since it has happened – we’ve been able to reach a consensus without vote on the sensitive issues.”
Thanking the Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, American and EU delegations for actively supporting the dialogue, Azoulay also hoped that this rare agreement would be “a moment on which we can build” to restore “peace, dialogue, and cooperation” on UNESCO’s mandate. This, she stressed, was to work together for the advancement of science, culture, education and freedom of expression.
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Germany refuses to join potential strike on Syria
 April 12, 2018
Germany refuses to join potential strike on SyriaGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP/Markus Schreiber)
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Notwithstanding pervasive reports that chemical weapons attacks have been inflicted on Syrian civilians, Germany announces that it will not participate in a military response there.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that although Germany “support[s] … that everything is being done to send a signal that this use of chemical weapons is not acceptable,” the nation won’t participate in military action in Syria.
Russia, meanwhile, continues to maintain that reports of chemical weapons used in the Saturday attack on rebel-held Douma are false. Russian news agency Tass reported on Tuesday that according to the country’s Defense Ministry, it was a civil defense group called the White Helmets that alleged that chlorine bombs were dropped on the town — and that this organization was “known for its fake news.”
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Trump: Syria attack ‘could be very soon or not so soon’
 April 12, 2018
Trump: Syria attack ‘could be very soon or not so soon’President Donald Trump. (AP/Evan Vucci)
After a series of threatening messages were exchanged between Russia and the US regarding possible military action in Syria, President Trump tweeted mixed signals on Washington’s next move.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
On Thursday, US President Donald Trump seemingly took a breather, after responding angrily the day before to Moscow’s threats to intercept any missiles fired at its  Mediterranean ally, Syria, and to strike back at the sources of the launches.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’,” Trump had tweeted on Wednesday, not budging from his vow to respond to the regime’s alleged chemical attack on its own civilians last Saturday that killed dozens.
However, in the early morning hours, he took to his favorite social media platform to claim, “Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”
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Parkland victims honored with new Israeli ‘ambucycles’
 April 12, 2018
Parkland victims honored with new Israeli ‘ambucycles’United Hatzalah ambucycles. (courtesy)
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As the State of Israel prepares to celebrate 70 years of independence, a leading Israeli volunteer organization is providing “ambucycles” in honor of the Parkland school shooting victims.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
As part of the Jewish state’s Independence Day celebrations next Thursday, a leading Israeli organization will oversee the donation of a whole new fleet of 70 specialized ambulance-motorcycles (“ambucycles”).
Nine of the new ambucycles were donated in response to the tragedy of the mass shooting in a Florida high school in February. The Jewish community of Palm Beach, Florida raised the money “to leave a legacy of lifesaving for the children and teachers killed in the horrific attack,” according to the organization’s statement. Five of the 17 students and staff members killed by a white supremacist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were Jewish.
The ambucycles will be numbered 1948 through 2018, one for each year of modern Israel’s existence, and donors can choose to fund a specific year that means something special to them. The dedication ceremony will take place in Bat Yam, in the presence of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, and Professor Alan Dershowitz, the well-known law professor and author who has defended and supported Israel on countless occasions in public forums.
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WATCH: Teen uses Israeli intel to unlock mystery of Great Potato Famine
 April 11, 2018
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A high school student from New York used Israeli intel to discover the root cause of the Great Irish Potato Famine, which destroyed the economy and claimed nearly 1 million lives during the mid-1800s.
Israeli Intel Helps Solve The Great Potato Famine - Apr. 10, 2018
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Despite chemical weapons attacks, Syria to chair UN conference on disarmament
 April 10, 2018
Despite chemical weapons attacks, Syria to chair UN conference on disarmamentA Syrian father lost his 9-mont-old twins in chemical weapons attack in 2017. (Alaa Alyousef via AP)
“Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” Hillel Neuer — executive director of UN Watch — declared in a statement..
By: Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner
The Syrian regime is to preside over a UN conference on disarmament next month, despite its consistent use of chemical weapons during a seven-year-old civil war — most recently on Saturday, when at least 42 people, including many children, were killed in a suspected toxic gas attack on the town of Douma that left many victims struggling to breathe and foaming at the mouth.
The Geneva-based NGO UN Watch said on Monday that it was calling on ambassadors from the US, the EU and other democracies to walk out of the UN’s Conference on Disarmament in Geneva during the four weeks when the Syrian regime’s envoy, Hussam Edin Aala, serves as president of the conference.
“Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” Hillel Neuer — executive director of UN Watch — declared in a statement.
Neuer said his organization was urging the UN “to understand that at a time when Syria is gassing its own men, women, and children to death, to see Syria heading the world body that is supposed to protect these victims will simply shock the conscience of humanity.”
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Arab social media users defend Israel, slam Hamas over human rights abuses
 April 9, 2018
Arab social media users defend Israel, slam Hamas over human rights abusesPalestinian protesters on the Gaza border. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Arabs from countries outside of Israel and the Palestinian-run territories are defending Israel in the current wave of violence at the border with Gaza and denouncing Hamas for abusing its own people.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Arabic-language Facebook and Twitter pages are usually filled with hate messages against the Jewish state during its operations against Palestinian terrorists. Surprisingly, however, the current violence at the Israel-Gaza border is eliciting a different response from some Arabic-speaking users.
A week ago Friday, 15 Palestinians were killed and more than 750 wounded by Israeli fire as 30,000 Gazan protesters marched to the border with Israel in a violent demonstration organized by Hamas. Thousands of Palestinians threw rocks and rolled burning tires toward troops, while terrorists were trying to conduct attacks under the cover of protests.
In another round of violence this past Friday, 10,000 Palestinian rioters amassed at the border, burning thousands of tires and throwing Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers, after which social media comments decrying Hamas’ exploitation of its citizens erupted like never before.
Speaking to Ynet News, Yonatan Gonen, head of the Arabic Language Digital Diplomacy team at Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said their posts were full of thousands of responses slamming Hamas.
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Putin warns Netanyahu not to threaten Syria
 April 12, 2018
Putin warns Netanyahu not to threaten SyriaPutin greets Netanyahu. (YouTube/Screenshot)
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President Putin reportedly tells Prime Minister Netanyahu not to threaten Syrian sovereignty
By World Israel News Staff
Moscow revealed that in a phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Russian leader “underscored the principal importance of observing the sovereignty of Syria and called for holding back from any actions that would further destabilize the situation in this country [Syria] and present threats to its security.”
The Russians, along with the Syrians and Iranians, hold Israel responsible for the recent attack on the T-4 airbase near Homs, in which a drone launch site and command center was destroyed and several ranking Iranian military personnel were killed.
Israel has not accepted responsibility for the operation although the Israeli government has long made it clear that it would not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office regarding the phone call, Mr. Netanyahu took the opportunity to reiterate this point to President Putin. Any attempt by Iran to install its military in Syria is considered an unassailable red-line for the Jewish State.
The phone call between the two leaders comes a day after President Trump tweeted that missiles “will be coming” to Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against the city of Douma. Russian military officials announced this morning, that Syrian government forces have taken control of the city and surrounding areas, bringing to an end the bitter battle for one of the last rebel-held enclaves.
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Iran threatens Israel’s ‘very existence,’ warns secretary of state nominee Pompeo
 April 12, 2018
Iran threatens Israel’s ‘very existence,’ warns secretary of state nominee PompeoSecretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
US President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state warned on Thursday that Iran’s activities in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon “threaten the very existence of Israel.”
By: The Algemeiner
“Iran’s activities in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon threaten the very existence of Israel, and the global reach of Hezbollah threatens us right here in the homeland,” Mike Pompeo — currently director of the CIA — was expected to tell senators at his confirmation hearing on Thursday morning.
In an an advance copy of his remarks to the senators, Pompeo was quoted as saying that Iran has not paid enough of a price for its “dangerous activities.”
“Our administration has developed a strategy to counter Iran to raise that cost,” Pompeo said. “The issues surrounding Iran’s proliferation threat are real and we, along with our allies, must deal with the long-term risk that its capability presents.”
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WATCH: Remembering the Righteous Diplomats who saved Jews during the Holocaust
 April 12, 2018
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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel commemorates the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, as well as the 36 Righteous Diplomats from 21 countries, who risked their lives to save thousands of Jews during WWII.

Remembering the Righteous Diplomats who saved Jews during the Holocaust
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Experts: Israel-Iran conflict in Syria could spiral into war
 April 11, 2018
Experts: Israel-Iran conflict in Syria could spiral into war(Shutterstock)
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Israeli analysts agree that tensions have risen dramatically in recent days, but offer differing appraisals of the likelihood of the crisis leading to a full military conflict.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
The airstrike widely attributed to Israel, against the Iranian T-4 air base in Syria on Monday has sparked a ratcheting up of warlike rhetoric from Iran.
Jerusalem is maintaining its official policy of ambiguity regarding the airstrike, neither confirming nor denying that it was behind the attack. The US confirmed that Israel was responsible, while Russia broke its custom of not commenting and said the attack was carried out by two Israeli F-15 fighter jets, firing eight missiles at the Tiyas base.
Fourteen people were reportedly killed in the strike and according to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), at least seven of the group’s members were among those killed in the alleged Israeli strike, including one high ranking officer. This is only the second such admission by Iran.
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Israeli Air Force rehearsal terrifies Tel Aviv
 April 12, 2018
Israeli Air Force rehearsal terrifies Tel AvivIsrael Air Force General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)
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Israeli warplanes rehearsing for the annual Independence Day air show left people on the Tel Aviv coast in fear that the conflict in Syria was about to heat up.
By: World Israel News Staff
While in reality Israel Air Force (IAF) planes were merely engaged in practice flights ahead of the annual Independence Day national air show on April 19, the rehearsal was misinterpreted by citizens who saw the planes scream by.
The pilots performed various maneuvers and dropped anti-missile flares, all of which took an ominous appearance in light of heightened tensions along the Syrian border.
“Many calls were received from worried citizens about noise from a squadron of planes in the Tel Aviv area,” police said in statement, reported the Jerusalem Post. “We would like to make clear they were training for the Independence Day aerial display. There’s no emergency.”
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WATCH: US Congresswoman introduces ‘Never Again’ bill
 April 12, 2018
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US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced legislation that would give teachers the “resources and training” to more effectively provide Holocaust education in the US. The bill enjoys widespread, bipartisan support.

US Holocaust Bill Introduced - Apr. 11, 2018
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Killing Jews is not ‘freedom of expression’
 April 12, 2018
Killing Jews is not ‘freedom of expression’Palestinian security forces (AP)
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The “March of Return” is Hamas’ way of saying that it refuses to accept defeat and seeks to turn the clock back to the Arab assault on the nascent Jewish state in 1948.
By Daniel Krygier, Exclusive to World Israel News
The “March of Return” Gaza border aggression organized by Hamas, has absurdly been described by EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as “freedom of expression” and “freedom of assembly”. In reality, there is no “freedom of expression” in Gaza other than incitement against murdering Jews and calling for the destruction of Israel.
By blaming Israel for defending itself, instead of holding Hamas accountable for its aggression, the UN and EU endangers the lives of civilians on both sides of the conflict. Hamas deliberately targets Israeli civilians while cynically hiding behind Arab civilians, a double war crime. The same international community that demanded that Israel leaves Gaza, now hypocritically attacks the Jewish state for defending its border and citizens.
Many critics argue that Gaza is a tinderbox with an impending humanitarian crisis. If the Hamas regime focused on peacefully building Gaza instead of destroying Israel and murdering Jews, there would be no casualties and no conflict with Israel.
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White House – PA rift may sideline Trump peace plan
 April 12, 2018
White House – PA rift may sideline Trump peace planPA President Mahmoud Abbas (Onur Coban/Pool Photo via AP)
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Palestinian displeasure with President Trump may render peace proposal still-born
By World Israel News staff
Speaking at a conference on Jerusalem in Ramallah on Wednesday, PA President Mahmoud Abbas, reiterated his stance that the Palestinian Assembly will not accept any  peace proposal proffered by the Trump Administration.
“We honestly will not wait for anything from them, and we will not accept anything from them,” Abbas said.
President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol and his accelerated timetable to move the US Embassy to the city angered the Palestinians, as well as many in the Muslim world. Since then, relations between the US and the PA would best be described as ‘chilly’.
For its part, a White House official acknowledged that the much anticipated plan, dubbed by the President as the ‘deal of the century’ is facing a “disconnect” with the Palestinians, which he further described as “not a small blip”.
At present, the details of the plan remain unknown, although it is believed to be in the final phase of development and could be unveiled in the near future. However, the decision to release the plan will be complicated by President Abbas’ insistence that no US proposal will be considered by his government.
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IDF continues strike in response to cross-border attack
 April 12, 2018
IDF continues strike in response to cross-border attackIAF F-15s in flight. (IAF)
The IAF keeps pressure on Hamas in response to explosives targeting IDF troops.
By: World Israel News Staff
In continuing retaliation for an explosive device planted along the Gaza border and detonated by an Israeli D-9 bulldozer, the Israel Air Force (IAF) fighters bombed a Hamas “terror target in a Hamas military compound”.
Hamas terrorists responded with machine gun fire but failed to hit their targets. IAF aircraft intercepted the terror cell, killing one terrorist and seriously wounding another.
Sirens were sounded in Israeli communities in the vicinity of the incident in response to the shooting. A house was hit and lightly damaged.
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Report: Anti-Semitism rises, violence against Jews falls
 April 12, 2018
Report: Anti-Semitism rises, violence against Jews fallsProtesters chant slogans during a demonstration against alleged prejudice in the Labour Party,April 8, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
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A report released by Israeli researchers says violent attacks on Jews dropped in 2017, despite a rise in other forms of anti-Semitism.
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Violent attacks on Jews worldwide dropped in 2017 despite a rise in other forms of anti-Semitism, researchers reported Wednesday, in a year characterized by normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitism not seen in Europe since World War II.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University said assaults specifically targeting Jews fell 9 percent last year. They recorded 327 cases compared to 361 in 2016, which had already been the lowest number in a decade.
But they noted attacks were far more brazen. Most dramatic were a pair of cases in France, where a Jewish woman was thrown to her death out of her apartment window and a Holocaust survivor was stabbed and burned to death in her Paris home.
Threats, harassment and insults have also driven thousands of French Jews to relocate.
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Russia appears to move warships away from Syrian danger zone
 April 12, 2018
Russia appears to move warships away from Syrian danger zoneRussian missile cruiser Varyag on patrol off Syria's coast. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Although it warned the US that it would hit back if Western allies attack Syria, Russia appears to be protecting its fleet.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Satellite images published Wednesday show that almost the entire fleet of Russian warships based in the Syrian naval base of Tartus has gone to sea. The photos were posted on Twitter by ImageSat International, an Israeli company which focuses on high-resolution satellite imagery.
There are various possibilities why the eleven ships, including two submarines, have left port, of course. They could be going on maneuvers, assuming defensive positions that can intercept missiles as American destroyers are edging closer to the Syrian coast, or deserting their Middle Eastern ally by moving out of the way of a possible Western strike.
President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate for a deadly chemical attack the Syrian regime allegedly carried out on Saturday against the rebel-held enclave of Douma. The US Navy has already sent two destroyers to the area that were close by, and announced Wednesday that an entire strike group of several destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser are being deployed to the Mediterranean.
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WATCH: Israeli leaders lay wreaths at Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony
 April 12, 2018
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with other Israeli leaders, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
PM Netanyahu in wreath-laying ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day
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Interior minister investigating entry by anti-Israel Irish politician
 April 11, 2018
Interior minister investigating entry by anti-Israel Irish politicianDublin mayor and BDS proponent Mícheál Mac Donncha. (Twitter)
Despite attempts to ban the entry of Dublin’s mayor due to his virulently anti-Israel activity and BDS involvement, the Irish politician claimed via Twitter to have already entered the Jewish state.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
After declaring that the mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Éamonn Mac Donncha, was not allowed to enter the country due to his anti-Israel activities, Israeli government ministries involved discovered that Donncha was already in Ramallah, preparing for a Palestinian solidarity conference.
Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, which is responsible for making recommendations to the ministry in charge of the Immigration Authority, had passed on Donncha’s name as an undesirable person. However, the Immigration Authority claimed that a mistake had been made in the spelling of his name and therefore no red light came on to warn officials to stop his entry. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has ordered an investigation to get to the bottom of the affair.
Donncha works together with the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), which is one of the most extreme BDS groups working against the Jewish state today. It advocates boycotting almost all Israeli products, from diamonds to agricultural produce, and acts to get stores to remove them from their shelves. It calls for an arms embargo on Israel, and for boycotting Israeli businesses and international companies that operate in the Jewish state. It is, in fact, included on a government list of anti-Israel organizations whose senior members should not be allowed to enter the country.
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Palestinians launch shooting attack in Samaria; no casualties
 April 11, 2018
Palestinians launch shooting attack in Samaria; no casualtiesIDF forces in action. (IDF)
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Palestinian terrorists fired at the Israeli community of Sha’arei Tikvah. No one was injured in the attack.
By: World Israel News Staff
Palestinian terrorists fired at the Israeli community of Sha’arei Tikvah, in Samaria, on Monday night. No one was injured in the attack.
The IDF stated that the terrorists emerged in a vehicle from the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Amin and fired at Israeli homes. One home was hit.
The IDF launched a manhunt for the terrorists.
In related news, a Bedouin carrying funds meant for terrorism was arrested on Tuesday night at the Meitar crossing, south of Hebron.
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Russia vetoes UN Security Council resolution on Syrian chemical massacre
 April 11, 2018
Russia vetoes UN Security Council resolution on Syrian chemical massacreUS Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley votes against a draft resolution presented by Russia at the UNSC. (AP/Julie Jacobson)
The UN’s most powerful body has remained paralyzed in the face of Syrian chemical attacks on civilians, with the Russians protecting the Assad regime. 
By: AP
Rival US and Russian resolutions to determine responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria suffered defeats at the United Nations on Tuesday, a result that the Russian ambassador said the Trump administration wanted so it can “justify the use of force against Syria.”
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) also rejected another Russian-drafted resolution that would have welcomed an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of allegations of a weekend chemical attack in the suburbs of Syria’s capital. The US, Britain and France opposed the measure, saying that the investigators are already headed there and that the text didn’t include a new way to assess blame for chemical attacks.
The council has met four times in the past week on chemical weapons in Syria, with the US, Britain and France facing off against Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s key ally, which insists no chemical attack took place in the Douma suburb.
Security Council paralyzed
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WATCH: Former Syrian Captive Not Surprised by Syrian Gas Attack
 April 10, 2018
Theo Padnos spent two years as a hostage of al-Nusra, one of the Syrian Rebel groups.  He relates conversations with his ‘hosts’ that indicate that all sides in the Syrian Civil War would use chemical weapons to eradicate their enemy.
Former American hostage weighs in on situation in Syria
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WATCH: Israel’s Labor party severs ties with its British counterpart over anti-Semitism
 April 11, 2018
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Avi Gabbay, the leader of Israel’s Labor Party, announced that his party will suspend relations with Britain’s Labour Party, citing its on-going hostility towards the Jewish people and recurring Anti-Semitic statements by its leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
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Hebrew songs in the concentration camp: 6 Holocaust survivors tell their stories
 April 11, 2018
Hebrew songs in the concentration camp: 6 Holocaust survivors tell their storiesA Holocaust survivor lights a torch during the Yom Hashoah ceremony. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
These are six stories of tribulation, survival and ultimate triumph over Adolph Hitler, the Nazis and their aspirations to annihilate the Jewish people.
By: World Israel News Staff, with survivor narratives provided by Yad Vashem
Israeli will begin marking Yom HaShoah, its national Holocaust Remembrance Day, with an official opening ceremony that will take place on Wednesday evening, in Warsaw Ghetto Square, at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
During the ceremony, six Holocaust survivors will light six memorial torches in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
These are their stories of tribulation, survival and ultimate triumph over Adolph Hitler, the Nazis and their aspirations to annihilate the Jewish people, as recorded by Yad Vashem.
Mirjam Lapid
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Border attack on IDF triggers immediate response
 April 11, 2018
Border attack on IDF triggers immediate responseIDF tanks operate near Gaza's border. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
IDF tanks strike Hamas targets in response to explosives targeting IDF troops.
By: World Israel News Staff 
IDF tanks on Wednesday morning shelled Hamas targets in Gaza in response to an attempt by terrorists to harm IDF troops conducting routine maintenance on the security fence.
The IDF stated that an explosive device, placed by terrorists using the recent Palestinian riots as cover, was detonated against a military D-9 bulldozer operating on the western side of the security fence in northern Gaza.
No injuries were reported in the explosion.
In response, the IDF struck a number of Hamas military targets.
“The IDF holds Hamas responsible for all occurrences in Gaza and will not allow the terror organization to turn the area of the security fence into a combat zone,” the IDF stated after the incident.
This incident occurred amid the daily violence on the Israel-Gaza border, orchestrated by Hamas, the Islamic terror group that rules the Gaza Strip and calls for Israel’s destruction.
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Trump warns Russia missiles ‘will be coming’
 April 11, 2018
Trump warns Russia missiles ‘will be coming’President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Trump puts Russia on notice that attack is coming.
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Brushing aside Russia’s pledge to repel any attack targeting Syria, President Trump used his infamous Twitter feed to put Moscow on notice that a response to Syrian President Assad’s use of chemical weapons is on the way.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria,” Trump tweeted. “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
Although Russia, Syria and Iran forcefully deny that chemical weapons were deployed on the rebel-held city of Douma, the US and its allies claim that they have evidence validating the charge.
The precise timing and nature of the attack remains unknown but it is being reported that the  President’s national security team is advocating for a something more robust than the 59 Tomahawk missiles launched by the US against the  Al Sharyat airfield one year ago.
Earlier in the week, the White House spoke of working to build support for an international response to Syria that would emphasize that the use of chemical weapons is a red-line no nation should feel comfortable crossing.
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Border attack on IDF triggers immediate response
 April 11, 2018
Border attack on IDF triggers immediate responseIDF tanks operate near Gaza's border. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
IDF tanks strike Hamas targets in response to explosives targeting IDF troops.
By: World Israel News Staff 
IDF tanks on Wednesday morning shelled Hamas targets in Gaza in response to an attempt by terrorists to harm IDF troops conducting routine maintenance on the security fence.
The IDF stated that an explosive device, placed by terrorists using the recent Palestinian riots as cover, was detonated against a military D-9 bulldozer operating on the western side of the security fence in northern Gaza.
No injuries were reported in the explosion.
In response, the IDF struck a number of Hamas military targets.
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.Iran threatens Israel and ‘its masters’ after striking Syria, killing 7 Iranians
 April 10, 2018
Iran threatens Israel and ‘its masters’ after striking Syria, killing 7 IraniansAli Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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A leading adviser to the Iranian supreme leader announced that the recent attack on a Syrian airbase attributed to Israel, which Tehran claims killed seven members of the Iranian military, will not go “unanswered.”
By: World Israel News Staff
Following an air strike on the Syrian Tiyas Military Airbase on Monday, subsequently attributed to the Israeli military, Iran’s Ali Akbar Velayati issued several threats targeting Israel. Velayati, who serves as a top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made the threats on Tuesday speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
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WATCH: Is the US response to Syrian chemical attack imminent?
 April 10, 2018
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President Trump: All options are on the table in retaliation for Syrian gas attack.
Trump signals US military response to Syria is imminent
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[EXCLUSIVE] Olmert: ‘A return to public life not currently on my agenda’
 April 10, 2018
[EXCLUSIVE] Olmert: ‘A return to public life not currently on my agenda’Former PM Ehud Olmert (Ohad Zwigenberg/POOL)
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In his first media comment since the report that he asked President Rivlin for clemency, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declines to elaborate on his personal agenda.
By Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday confirmed to World Israel News (WIN) that he had indeed presented a request to President Reuven Rivlin asking him to expunge his criminal record. In his first public comment on the matter, Olmert told WIN that public disclosure of the clemency request was not made by him.
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Israeli sources: Palestinian ‘journalist’ killed on Gaza border was Hamas operative
 April 10, 2018
A Palestinian killed on the border with Israel was a Hamas intelligence officer, not a journalist as previously claimed. 
By: World Israel News Staff
The Palestinian journalist killed on Friday on the border with Israel was in fact a Hamas intelligence officer, Israel’s Walla News reported, citing unnamed Israeli security personnel.
The video of Yasser Murtaja, 30, being shot and killed at the border fence on Friday went viral, sparking widespread condemnation of Israel. At the time, international media reported that Murtaja was a journalist covering the day’s protests. In fact, it appears that he was an active member of Hamas’ internal security service.
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Netanyahu assures Sderot residents: Security is number one concern
 April 9, 2018
Netanyahu assures Sderot residents: Security is number one concernPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
 Following an early morning airstrike on a Hamas military base in Gaza, Netanyahu says the IDF will always preemptively strike its enemies if necessary for Israel’s security.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke reassuringly Monday to residents of Sderot, a town of about 25,000 people situated near the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Having suffered many terror attacks over the years, Sderot is one of the communities currently threatened by the violent Hamas protests, including attempted infiltrations into Israel through the border fence.
During a signing ceremony for an umbrella agreement between government ministries, the Israel Land Authority and the municipal authorities that will allow construction work to begin on new infrastructure in the city, Netanyahu put the ongoing clashes just a few kilometers away into perspective.
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WATCH: Why UK Jews are saying ‘enough is enough’ of Labour Party anti-Semitism
 April 8, 2018
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International affairs analyst Tom Gross discusses why British Jews are ending their silence in the face of anti-Semitism and what Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party leadership and potential to win the UK premiership of the UK means to them.
Jews Protest Anti-Semitism in UK
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Holocaust survivors file groundbreaking lawsuit against pro-Nazi publisher
 April 10, 2018
Holocaust survivors file groundbreaking lawsuit against pro-Nazi publisher(Shutterstock)
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A Polish publisher of  pro-Nazi propaganda and Holocaust denial will face three Polish citizens who survived the atrocities of the Nazi occupation in court.
By: World Israel News Staff
Three Polish citizens have filed a lawsuit against a Gdansk-based publisher for producing books containing pro-Nazi propaganda and Holocaust denial. The books entitled “The Age of Hitler 1” and “The Age of Hitler 2 and  “Hitler the Democrat”, were written by Belgian Nazi collaborator and SS officer Leon Degrelle.
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Hamas’ Gaza is nothing Like Martin Luther King’s Selma
 April 10, 2018
Hamas’ Gaza is nothing Like Martin Luther King’s SelmaDemonstrators, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stream over an Alabama River bridge at the city limits of Selma, Ala., during a voter rights march, March 10, 1965. (AP/File)
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To link the Gaza marches to Dr. King or the civil-rights movement is not merely ahistorical. It sullies the memory of the sacrifice of genuine nonviolent protesters and human rights activists. 
By: Jonathan S. Tobin, editor in chief, JNS.org
When Hamas organized a “March of Return” on March 30, like the producers of a theatrical production, leaders of the terrorist group and their foreign enablers waited to see the returns from their investment and how it would fare with the critics. Given the deaths of as many 17 Palestinians and the willingness of the foreign press to blast Israel for defending its border, they had to be satisfied with both
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Mattis faults Russia on Syria, won’t rule out US strike
 April 9, 2018
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis blames Russia for failing to ensure the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.
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As President Donald Trump considered U.S. options in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday took aim at Russia for what he suggested was its failure to ensure the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The Pentagon chief said he would not rule out a U.S. military strike against Syria in response to a suspected poison gas.
Trump planned two meetings with senior national security aides on Syria, in addition to a previously scheduled late-afternoon White House conference with leaders of U.S. military commands around the world. Monday was the first day on the job for Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against Syria.
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Terrorism’ – Turkish Style
 April 8, 2018
‘Terrorism’ – Turkish StyleTurkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)
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Erdoğan cynically refers to his opponents as “terrorists,” thus stifling any dissent and free speech in Turkey. 
By: Uzay Bulut/ The Gateston Institute
On March 19, a group of students at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, Turkey’s leading institute of higher education, demonstrated against an event on campus. The event against which they were demonstrating, organized by the Society for Islamic Research, was to champion the Turkish soldiers who had participated in the Afrin invasion. While the pro-government students distributed Turkish delight sweets, the counter-demonstrators unfolded a banner reading: “Invasions and massacres are not [to be celebrated] with delights.”
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Former PM Ehud Olmert seeks presidential pardon
 April 9, 2018
Former PM Ehud Olmert seeks presidential pardonFormer Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Amit Shabi/POOL)
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Olmert is seeking a presidential pardon and erasure of his criminal record.
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Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert submitted a request for a pardon from President Reuven Rivlin on Monday, asking for erasure of his criminal record.
“A request for a pardon on behalf of Ehud Olmert asking for the annulment of the criminal record in his case was submitted today,” the President’s Residence said in a statement. “The application has been forwarded to the relevant bodies and after the required legal opinions are submitted, the President will make his ruling.”
ast July, Olmert was released from prison after serving 16 months of a 27-month sentence for fraud and bribery.
Olmert, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009, was convicted for accepting a NIS 60,000 (approximately $17,000) bribe when he served as Industry, Trade and Labor minister, and for obstructing court proceedings.
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Honduran president cancels participation in Israel’s 70th-anniversary ceremony
 April 10, 2018
Honduran president cancels participation in Israel’s 70th-anniversary ceremonyPM Netanyahu and President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
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Following controversy in Israel, Honduran President Hernández will not take part in a torch-lighting ceremony marking Israel’s 70th Independence Day.
By: JNS and World Israel News Staff
Israel’s Foreign Ministry has announced that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández will not take part in a torch-lighting ceremony marking Israel’s 70th Independence Day.
“Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández will not attend Israel’s 70th-anniversary festivities, as originally planned,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The Foreign Ministry regrets his not coming and welcomes the friendship between the two countries.”
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At least 14 people were killed when the T4 airbase in Syria was struck by missiles. Did Israel carry out the attack?  
By: Aryeh Savir,  World Israel News 
The Syrian Tiyas Military Airbase, located in the Homs province, was struck by several missiles on Monday, Syrian media reported.
According to reports, at least 14 were killed in the strike and several others were wounded. Some reports say that over 20 missiles landed in and around the base. Syrian media claimed that Syrian forces were successful in intercepting eight missiles.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has operatives inside Syria, reported that “Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities” were killed in the strike. The “non-Syrians” likely refers to Iranians.
The T4 Air Airbase is home to Iranian forces, the Lebanese Hezbollah terror organization and Syrian regime forces.
Syrian media initially blamed “American aggression,” but the Pentagon has denied any involvement in the strikes. Syria then pointed its accusatory finger at Israel.
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WATCH: Hamas sends civilians to die for media coverage
 April 9, 2018
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An adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says that Hamas is sending civilians to die at the Israel-Gaza border for PR purposes, comparing them to the demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Hamas is sending civilians to die for media coverage, says Abbas' advisor
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Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “The Palestinian people… is not relating to those [Hamas] with ‘the emotional stories of heroism,’ those with the slogans of heroism – slogans that when you hear them, you think that the people saying them are inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque after they liberated it. And afterwards you discover that they are only selling illusions, trading in suffering and blood, trading in victims [instructing]: ‘You Palestinians, our people, go and die so that we will go to the media with strong declarations.’ These [Hamas] acts of ‘heroism’ don’t fool anyone anymore. The Palestinian people… is by the side of the PLO.” 
[Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 6, 2018]
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Israel bombs Hamas target, responding to cross-border attack
 April 9, 2018
Israel bombs Hamas target, responding to cross-border attack
In the latest incident on the Gaza border, the IAF bombed a Hamas military target in response to explosives targeting IDF troops.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News 
Israel’s Air Force (IAF) on Monday morning targeted a Hamas terror target Gaza in response to a cross-border attack earlier in the day.
Three terrorists infiltrated Israel through the security fence near the northern Gaza Strip and then returned to Gaza. An IDF tank fired at them.
IDF troops later located two explosive devices placed by the terrorists at the scene.
In response, the IAF bombed a Hamas military target.
“The IDF views with great severity any attempt to damage the security fence or security infrastructure and will not allow the region to become a combat zone,” the IDF stated, noting that “Hamas is responsible for all events originating from the Gaza Strip and its consequences.”
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Impeachment process launched against Arab Knesset member
 April 9, 2018
Impeachment process launched against Arab Knesset member
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Israeli-Arab MK Hanin Zoabi called for “millions of Palestinians to march on Jerusalem.” She is now facing possible impeachment. 
By: TPS and World Israel News Staff
Members of the Yisrael Beteinu political party on Monday initiated procedures to impeach Member of Knesset (MK) Hanin Zoabi of the Joint Arab List following her call for “millions of Palestinians to march on Jerusalem.”
At a press conference Friday at the United Nations (UN) in New York, Zoabi claimed that Israeli soldiers who fired on Palestinian protesters storming the Gaza border fence that day and since the previous Friday were acting unlawfully.
“Israel is not defending itself as it is claiming,” she charged. “The occupation and the siege are not an act of self-defense, but rather one of terrorism.”
“Israel has turned from a racist country to a fascist one,” she asserted, calling on “millions of Palestinians to march on Jerusalem.”
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WATCH: How will the US respond to Assad’s use of chemical weapons?
 April 9, 2018
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Retired Four-Star General Jack Keane, Chairman at the Institute for the Study of War, provides expert analysis on what measures the United States must take against the Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons in the ongoing Syrian Civil War.
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Iran’s president: US will ‘regret’ collapse of nuclear deal
 April 9, 2018
Iran’s president: US will ‘regret’ collapse of nuclear dealIranian President Hassan Rouhani (AP/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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The West, and specifically the US, “should definitely know that they will regret it if they violate it,” Rouhani said of the nuclear deal. 
By: World Israel News Staff
Iran’s president lashed out at the US, saying it would come to “regret” the day the 2015 nuclear deal collapsed.
Marking Iran’s National Nuclear Day, dedicated to the country’s achievements in nuclear technology, President Hassan Rouhani on Monday stated that despite its attempts, the US has “failed to destroy” the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers.
Rouhani reaffirmed his commitment to the deal and said Iran would not be the first to violate it.
“We will not be the first to violate the accord, but they should definitely know that they will regret it if they violate it,” Rouhani stated in Tehran, according to AFP.
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Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman called on Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to probe the B’Tselem organization over its call urging IDF soldiers to refuse orders and not to fire on Palestinian rioters breaching Israel’s border.
B’Tselem on Wednesday called on the forces to disobey open-fire orders unless Gaza protesters posed an imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives.
“As long as soldiers in the field continue to receive orders to use live fire against unarmed civilians, they are duty-bound to refuse to comply,” the extreme left-wing group stated.
In his letter to Mandelblit, Liberman wrote Sunday that he views the call “which is intended to sow fear and dissension” among IDF forces during a time when troops are defending Israel’s southern border from “acts of terrorism and provocations organized by Hamas.”
He called on Mandelblit to probe whether B’Tselem was involved in inciting insubordination.
“Even in the most complex scenarios, IDF soldiers and their commanders operate in an ethical and legal fashion. This attempt to undermine the military system and direct the soldiers to operate otherwise is extremely grave,” Liberman added.
“This subversive organization, together with the haters of Israel and the international media, are trying to delegitimize our soldiers who are acting in a legal and moral manner in a very complicated situation,” he tweeted Sunday. “We will put an end to this.”
The IDF is the Israel’s most respected institution, and such criticism is considered by the majority of the public to be tantamount to sedition.
Following B’Tselem’s call last week, Liberman tweeted that he had a “practical suggestion” for the organization’s CEO: Liberman invited him to convince the thousands of Gazans protesting on Israel’s border on Friday to “stop placing bombs on the border roads, shooting at soldiers, violating Israel’s sovereignty and to go home peacefully. If that does not work, it appears we will need the IDF.”
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Israeli technology: Your voice will guide your chores, healthcare and driving
 April 8, 2018
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In five years, voice tech will help doctors diagnose and operate, carmakers provide customized web content, HR professionals judge job applicants and more.
By: Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c
Back in 1995, Shlomo Peller founded Rubidium in the visionary belief that voice user interface (VUI) could be embedded in anything from a TV remote to a microwave oven, if only the technology were sufficiently small, powerful, inexpensive and reliable.
“This was way before IoT [the Internet of Things], when voice recognition was done by computers the size of a room,” Peller tells ISRAEL21c.
“Our first product was a board that cost $1,000. Four years later we deployed our technology in a single-chip solution at the cost of $1. That’s how fast technology moves.”
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Liberman: Probe left-wing group for urging IDF troops to disobey Gaza orders
 April 8, 2018
Liberman: Probe left-wing group for urging IDF troops to disobey Gaza ordersIsraeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman (C). (Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense)
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Liberman asked the attorney general to probe the B’Tselem organization after it urged IDF soldiers to refuse orders and not to fire on violent Palestinian rioters.
By: World Israel News Staff
Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman called on Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to probe the B’Tselem organization over its call urging IDF soldiers to refuse orders and not to fire on Palestinian rioters breaching Israel’s border.
B’Tselem on Wednesday called on the forces to disobey open-fire orders unless Gaza protesters posed an imminent threat to the soldiers’ lives.
“As long as soldiers in the field continue to receive orders to use live fire against unarmed civilians, they are duty-bound to refuse to comply,” the extreme left-wing group stated.
In his letter to Mandelblit, Liberman wrote Sunday that he views the call “which is intended to sow fear and dissension” among IDF forces during a time when troops are defending Israel’s southern border from “acts of terrorism and provocations organized by Hamas.”
He called on Mandelblit to probe whether B’Tselem was involved in inciting insubordination.
“Even in the most complex scenarios, IDF soldiers and their commanders operate in an ethical and legal fashion. This attempt to undermine the military system and direct the soldiers to operate otherwise is extremely grave,” Liberman added.
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WATCH: Will Pledged $2 Billion in Aid Actually Help Victims of Yemen’s Civil War?
 April 8, 2018
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The United Nations is stepping up its inspections of ships bringing humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen in order to ensure that no weapons are being smuggled in and that relief supplies get to where they are needed as quickly as possible.
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International Criminal Court investigates Israel for war crimes on Gaza border
 April 8, 2018
International Criminal Court investigates Israel for war crimes on Gaza borderChief ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. (AP/Jerry Lampen)
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The International Criminal Court says Israel, as well as Hamas, may be guilty of war crimes at the Gaza border.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court raised concerns Sunday that Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes during a current flare-up of violence in the Gaza Strip.
In a statement, Fatou Bensouda’s office expressed “grave concern” over the shootings of Palestinians by Israeli troops during mass protests along Gaza’s border with Israel.
Her office said that Israel’s “violence against civilians — in a situation such as one prevailing in Gaza” may constitute war crimes. But in an apparent reference to Gaza’s Hamas rulers, she also said “the use of civilian presence for the purpose of shielding military activities” could also be a war crime.
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Some 200 people were killed and over 1000 affected in a suspected chemical attack near Damascus. The US said the “horrifying” attack “demands an immediate response” if true.
By: World Israel News Staff
Some 200 people were killed over the weekend in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, a city 10 km. northeast of Damascus, Syria. Over 1,000 were wounded.
The opposition-affiliated Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, said that most of the fatalities were women and children.
Douma is the last rebel-held stronghold near Syria’s capital, controlled by Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam). The death toll was expected to rise as many people were in critical condition.
Raed al-Saleh, head of the White Helmets rescue group, told Al Jazeera that chlorine gas, as well as an unidentified but stronger gas, possibly sarin, were dropped on Douma.
“White Helmet volunteers are trying to help the people, but all what we can do is evacuate them to another areas by foot because most of the vehicles and centers went out of service,” al-Saleh said.
One member of White Helmets told Al Jazeera that an entire family suffocated to death as they hid in their cellar, trying to seek shelter from air raids and barrel bombs.
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3 Palestinians cross border into Israel before backtracking under fire
 April 8, 2018
3 Palestinians cross border into Israel before backtracking under fire
Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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Three Palestinian suspects breached the security fence along the Israel-Gaza border as violence continued throughout the day on Sunday.
Violence along the Israel-Gaza border continued Sunday afternoon as Hamas terrorists opened fire on IDF troops, forcing Israel to respond.
No injuries were reported on the Israeli side. It is unclear if there were any casualties among the Palestinians.
Also, three suspects breached the security fence before backtracking. The IDF fired at them in response.
The army said it was investigating the incident.
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WATCH: Reporter fails to stump Netanyahu spokesman
 April 8, 2018
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Prime Minister Netanyahu’s spokesman, David Keyes, puts a reporter in his place and explains that the number of people killed is not necessarily reflective of the morality of each side, despite the common misconception.
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Arab Knesset member demands UN investigate ‘IDF terrorists’ defending Gaza border
 April 8, 2018
Arab Knesset member demands UN investigate ‘IDF terrorists’ defending Gaza borderMK's Zoabi (C) and Zahalka (R). (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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“The occupation and the siege are not an act of self-defense, but rather one of terrorism,” lawmaker Hanin Zoabi of the Arab Joint List told a UN press conference.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Flatly denying the Palestinian violence at the Gaza border protests over the last two weeks, Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi of the Arab Joint List faction has called for an investigation of the IDF over its defense of southern communities against Hamas’s “March of Return.”
At a press conference Friday at the United Nations in New York, Zoabi claimed that Israeli soldiers who fired on Palestinian protesters storming the Gaza border fence that day and since the previous Friday were acting unlawfully.
“Israel is not defending itself as it is claiming,” she charged. “The occupation and the siege are not an act of self-defense, but rather one of terrorism.”
She called for the international community to demand an investigation into the Israeli army’s behavior. According to Zoabi, the protesters’ throwing of Molotov cocktails and rocks as well as armed men attempting to breach the security fence under cover of the smoke from burning tires was merely “a march of peace” and a “popular resistance of women and children.”
“Israel has turned from a racist country to a fascist one,” she asserted, calling on “millions of Palestinians to march on Jerusalem.”
However, this could never happen, Zoabi added, “because the Israelis would kill them.”
Although tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered at the Gazan fence since a week ago Friday, and despite the many attempts to injure IDF troops protecting the border communities as well as to infiltrate into Israeli territory, fewer than 40 Gazans have been killed, as  non-lethal, riot-dispersals methods have been used as much as possible to contain the protests.
On Sunday, in reaction to Zoabi’s press conference, Likud MK Oren Hazan lodged a formal complaint against the Joint List lawmaker to the Knesset’s Ethics Committee. He demanded that Zoabi receive the maximum punishment possible for not only “ridiculing the Knesset, but also seriously harming the security of the state with her words.”
“Now it’s clear my accusations that (certain Arab MKs) support terrorism are true,” he declared.
Hazan also threatened to turn to the High Court of Justice if nothing is done about it, as he has complained several times to the Committee about her disloyal behavior.
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Palestinian shot in attempted stabbing attack near Maale Adumim
 April 8, 2018
Palestinian shot in attempted stabbing attack near Maale AdumimIsraeli forces at the scene of the attack. (Hillel Maeir/TPS)
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A Palestinian attempted to stab Israelis but was shot and critically wounded in the process. 
By: World Israel News Staff
A Palestinian was shot and wounded on Sunday as he attempted to stab an Israeli couple at a gas station near Mishor Adumim, an industrial park near the city of M’aale Adumim in Judea.
The terrorist approached a couple, a man and a woman, with a screwdriver in his hand and attacked them. An Israeli citizen drew his weapon and then shot and neutralized the terrorist.
No Israelis incurred bodily harm in the attack, but three were treated by medics for shock.
The terrorist, in critical condition, was taken to an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.
Police have launched an investigation into the incident.
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WATCH: Military, counter-terrorism expert explains goal of Gaza protesters
 April 8, 2018
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Col. Richard Kemp, a retired British army officer and counter-terrorism expert, explains the true agenda behind the “peaceful” Hamas protests.
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Israeli team builds Intel’s ‘best ever’ laptop processor
 April 3, 2018
Israeli team builds Intel’s ‘best ever’ laptop processorIntel headquarters in Israel. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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Technology giant Intel announced that its R&D researchers in Haifa developed its highest performance laptop processor ever.
By: World Israel News
According to Intel, its eighth generation “Core i9” processor is the highest-performance model it has ever developed for a laptop. Its Haifa-based team led the development of the new generation of processors.
The R&D team in Haifa has a number of previous laurels to its credit as well. In 2016, Intel-Haifa developed the “Kaby Lake” processor which was at the time considered the strongest and fastest ever made for desktop computers. The “Kaby Lake” has proven to be a big hit as a gaming processor. Intel says that as the PC gaming industry grows, new processors will provide desktop-like performance for laptops.
Intel also announced that its researchers are working to provide 360 degree video content and virtual reality to fulfill the need for higher performance in both desktop and laptop computers.
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New tactic by Hamas: Using human matchsticks to fuel the fire
 April 5, 2018
New tactic by Hamas: Using human matchsticks to fuel the fireIn the town of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinians gather tires to burn in a protest along the border with Israel. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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After the missiles and tunnels, terror comes in the form of masses of people sent to storm the Israel-Gaza border in another instance of using Palestinians as pawns.
By: Fiamma Nirenstein, JNS.org
The risk of the “March of Return,” organized by Hamas last Friday, is that of a new kind of mass terrorism, a new kind of war. The whole world knows that this organization’s foremost aim, together with the death of the Jews and the conquest of the West, is a strategic turn taking place with these mass marches. It’s a terrorist spark in the haystack of the Middle East. Yet the United Nations again blames Israel by engaging in its favorite sport—blaming Israel, even if it was unable to pass a condemnation this time.
António Guterres supports the call for an international inquiry. He adheres to the traditional and wrong idea that Israel has used disproportionate force in countering the mass demonstrations on its border, while promoting the idea that it killed Palestinians who marched “peacefully” along its border. And European Union official Federica Mogherini argues against Israel that the civil liberties of the protestors, armed with rocks and Molotov cocktails, must be respected. Whose liberties? Those of the Islamist dictators of Gaza killing the Jews? Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a so-called human-rights champion whose country holds the title of being the world’s biggest state sponsor of international terrorism, immediately presented himself as Hamas defender by saying: “The Zionists tyrants murder peaceful Palestinian protestors, whose land they have stolen, as they march to escape their cruel and inhuman apartheid bondage.” Taking to the stage with him is that other proponent of human rights, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose army has almost concluded its ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish region of Afrin in Northern Syria.
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1 killed in fire at Trump Tower
 April 8, 2018
1 killed in fire at Trump TowerFirefighters work at Trump Tower. (AP/Andres Kudacki)
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One man died when a raging fire tore through his 50th-floor Manhattan apartment at Trump Tower.
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A raging fire that tore through a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower killed a man inside and sent flames and thick, black smoke pouring from windows of the president’s namesake skyscraper.
New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of Saturday’s blaze is not yet known but the apartment was “virtually entirely on fire” when firefighters arrived after 5:30 p.m.
“It was a very difficult fire, as you can imagine,” Nigro told reporters outside the building in midtown Manhattan. “The apartment is quite large.”
Todd Brassner, 67, who was in the apartment, was taken to a hospital and died a short time later, the New York Police Department said. Property records obtained by The Associated Press indicate Brassner was an art dealer who had purchased his 50th-floor unit in 1996.
Officials said four firefighters also suffered minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
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Israel prevents massive Islamic Jihad naval attack and kidnapping
April 4, 2018
Israel prevents massive Islamic Jihad naval attack and kidnappingIDF arrests Islamic Jihad terrorists, Mar. 12, 2018. Right: Terrorist Amin Jamaa. (IDF Spokesman's Office)
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Security services reveal that 10 Islamic Jihad terrorists were arrested for an planning attack on an Israeli ship last month.
By: World Israel News Staff
The Israeli Shin Bet security services announced Wednesday that 10 Islamic Jihad terrorists from Gaza were arrested last month as they were preparing an attack on a naval ship.
Once of the suspects, identified as 24-year-old fisherman Amin Jamaa, from Rafah, was indicted Wednesday on suspicion that he was gathering intelligence for the planned strike on a navy vessel.
The intricate plot would have involved several boats, with one vessel distracting the navy patrol. Another boat would then fire a Kornet missile at the navy ship and a third boat would move in to abduct soldiers. The captured Israelis would then be used as bargaining chips in a future prisoner exchange deal.
Under questioning, Jamaa reportedly confessed to having gathered information on naval ships, including intelligence about their locations, numbers of sailors on board and the weapons they have on the vessels.
The Shin Bet statement said, “This is another link in a chain of terror attacks planned and initiated by Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip in recent months, including a cross-border attack tunnel that was neutralized on October 30, 2017, the firing of mortar shells at Israel on November 30, 2017 and December 28, 2017, and more.”
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UK Funds textbooks that teach children to blow themselves up
April 4, 2018
UK Funds textbooks that teach children to blow themselves upPalestinian students in Gaza City. (Wissam Nassar/Flash90)
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An analysis of textbooks used in PA schools and funded by the UK, using taxpayers’ money, found they “exert pressure over young Palestinians to acts of violence.”
By: Douglas Murray, The Gatestone Institute
In 2016, a study carried out by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) found that for literacy in the developed world, England ranks dead last. The same study also stated that for numeracy in the developed world, England ranks second-to-last. Even among graduates from English universities, the OECD study found, one in 10 had literacy or numeracy skills that were classified as “low”.
These results are astonishing, not to mention shaming. They reflect decades of misdirection in British education, including the misdirection of resources. Understandably, successive governments complain about a lack of resources. But all of those laments only serve to highlight the strangeness of Britain’s latest priorities in funding education.
This past weekend it emerged that last year the British government funnelled £20 million to Palestinian schools. A review by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) found that these revenues go towards funding a curriculum which omits teaching peace, promotes the use of violence — specifically jihad — and encourages martyrdom. An analysis of the textbooks used in Palestinian schools and funded by the UK government — using UK taxpayers’ money — found that these textbooks, which come from the Palestinian Authority (PA), “exert pressure over young Palestinians to acts of violence.”
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WATCH: Jewish and Muslim soccer players play together, pray together
April 4, 2018
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Bnei Sakhnin, a soccer team with a mix of Jews and Muslims, had a viral social media photograph of two players, one representing each faith, praying together. A new documentary will detail the team’s coexistence.
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Bill Clinton admits trying to help Peres beat Netanyahu in 1996 election
April 4, 2018
Bill Clinton admits trying to help Peres beat Netanyahu in 1996 electionLate President Shimon Peres (L) with former US President Bill Clinton in Jerusalem, June 19, 2013. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
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In a rare acknowledgement, the former American leader admits that he tried to influence the 1996 Israeli election.
By: World Israel News Staff
Former US President Bill Clinton has admitted for the first time that he made efforts to help Shimon Peres in his failed attempt to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in the 1996 Knesset elections. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 10 TV news, Clinton said that he wanted Peres to be prime minister because the Israeli Nobel Peace Prize winner would likely be more receptive to peace efforts than his rival, who went on to narrowly win the race. The election was held six months after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin.
Asked in the interview whether he “tried to help Shimon Peres to win the election,” Clinton replied, “That would be fair to say. I tried to do it in a way that didn’t overtly involve me.”
“I thought he [Peres] was more supportive of the peace process,” Clinton explained.” I tried to help in a way that was consistent with what I believed to be in Israel’s interest, without saying anything about the differences in domestic polices, or anything else.”
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Trump wants out of Syria; Russia, Iran and Turkey meet to divide the spoils
April 4, 2018
Trump wants out of Syria; Russia, Iran and Turkey meet to divide the spoilsPresident Donald Trump addresses a news conference with Baltic leaders in Washington, April 3, 2018. (AP/Evan Vucci)
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“This is the first time since the Second World War that a meeting like this was held without the approval of the UN. They are determining Syria’s future without any American representative,” Liberman stated regarding tripartate meeting in Ankara.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
The White House said Wednesday that the US military mission in Syria was coming to “a rapid end” but offered no firm timeline for a withdrawal, even as President Donald Trump has insisted it’s time for American troops to return home.
With Israel and other US allies anxious about a hasty US withdrawal, the Trump administration said it would stay in war-torn Syria to finish off the job of defeating the Islamic State group and was committed to eliminating the militants’ “small” presence that “our forces have not already eradicated.”
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WATCH: David and Goliath come to life in hi-tech light show
April 4, 2018
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Visitors to Jerusalem were treated to a dazzling display of light and sound as the story of David and Goliath was projected onto the massive Old City walls in Jerusalem, bringing the story to life for the delighted crowds.
David & Goliath Get Hi-Tech Upgrade - Apr. 3, 2018
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Russian-Israeli Jew beaten to death in St. Petersburg
April 4, 2018
Russian-Israeli Jew beaten to death in St. PetersburgVictim Mikhail Verevskoy (Facebook)
Former IDF soldier Mikhail Verevskoy was beaten to death by a Muslim assailant while his wife was in labor.
By: World Israel News Staff
Russian police have launched an investigation into the brutal murder of Mikhail Verevskoy, 27, who was on his way home in St. Petersburg when attacked and beaten by 36-year-old Ahmed Kharsha. Vereskoy was hospitalized following the attack and died five days later as a result of his injuries, including brain trauma, fractured ribs and facial bones, and internal wounds.
Police are investigating whether the attack was premeditated with an anti-Semitic motive. The suspect, a St. Petersburg resident, was ordered not to leave the city. He was released on bail.
Verevskoy had gone shopping at a local supermarket and was on his way home when he was suddenly attacked by the suspect outside the entrance to his apartment building.
Verevskoy immigrated to Israel in 2010 after studying architecture and civil engineering at St. Petersburg State University. He lived in Jerusalem and served in the IDF before returning to live in Russia in 2012. He got married and was reportedly an active member of the Jewish community. At the time of the attack, his wife was in labor with the couple’s first child.
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Netanyahu seeking new ways to solve African migrant crisis
April 4, 2018
Netanyahu seeking new ways to solve African migrant crisisAfrican migrants in Israel. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)
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Following cancellation of migrant deal with the UN, the prime minister is seeking to reopen the Holot detention center and overcome High Court rulings that block deportation.
By: World Israel News Staff
Just one day after announcing the cancellation of a UN plan, to which he had agreed, that would settle African migrants in Israel and Western countries, Prime Minister Netanyahu says he is now considering other options. These include the reopening of the Holot detention center and new legislation to deport the migrants that cannot be blocked by High Court rulings.
The deal with UN refugee agency would have seen some 16,250 African migrants in Israel resettled in “developed” Western countries, while a similar number would be given temporary residence in Israel. Netanyahu cancelled the agreement only a short time after announcing its acceptance on Monday. The prime minister’s flip-flop followed heavy domestic criticism from his coalition and from members of the public who favor deporting the migrants,who live mostly in south Tel Aviv.
According to Hadashot news, Netanyahu is now weighing a move to reopen the Holot migrant detention facility in the Negev, which had been shuttered in early March ahead of planned mass deportations.
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WATCH: How the ‘Croatian Shirley Temple’ became a victim of the Holocaust
April 3, 2018
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While Jewish child actor Lea Deutsch was crowned the “Croatian Shirley Temple,” she was later banned from the Croatian National Theater during the Holocaust and died on the way to Auschwitz, trapped in a cattle car with her family.
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She shone from the stage of the Croatian National Theater. They called her the 'Croatian Shirley Temple'. She was a star. And then, during the Holocaust, Jewish child actor Lea Deutsch was banned from that very same theater. Lea died on the way to Auschwitz, trapped in a cattle wagon with her family. On World Theatre Day, we remember the young girl who made the theater stage beautiful before she was taken away from it forever.
Lea Deutsch: The child actor who perished in the Holocaust
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Water crisis spurring protests in Iran
April 2, 2018
Water crisis spurring protests in IranProtests in Iran. (AP)
Will a water crisis in Iran create widespread protests?
By: The Tower and World Israel News Staff
A lack of water has been spurring protests in Iran against the regime since the beginning of the year, Reuters reported Thursday.
Gathering information from online videos, Reuters reported that the protests over the water crisis have taken place mostly in Isfahan, located in central Iran, and, the Khuzestan province in the west, which is largely inhabited by non-Persian Arabs who call the region Ahwaz.
At one of the earlier demonstrations, at the beginning of the month, protesters were seen carrying signs with the tongue-in-cheek message, “Death to farmers, long live oppressors!”
While attendance at the earlier protests in the town of Varzaneh, near Isfahan, was light, a week later more people joined in.
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Haley rebukes Assad over continued use of chemical weapons
April 5, 2018
Haley rebukes Assad over continued use of chemical weaponsUS Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (AP/Andrew Harnik)
Haley assails Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons amid uncertainty over Trump’s stance on Syria.
By: Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner
Amid uncertainty over the future direction of US policy in Syria, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a stinging rebuke on Wednesday to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime over its continued use of chemical weapons.
“We must not forget that while we sit here debating chemical weapons, there are people on the front lines in Syria who are facing the terrifying reality of those heinous weapons,” Haley declared at a meeting of the UN Security Council marking the first anniversary of the massacre at Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria — in which 90 people were killed and hundreds more badly wounded after Syrian Air Force planes dropped a deadly nerve agent on rebel-held areas.
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Hamas pays families of killed, wounded protesters
April 5, 2018
Hamas pays families of killed, wounded protestersPalestinian protesters on the Gaza border. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
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Hamas is paying the families of Palestinians killed or wounded during the violent protests at the Israel-Gaza border, many of whom are terrorists.
By: World Israel News Staff
As “compensation,” Hamas is paying the families of Palestinians killed or wounded during the violent protests at the Israel-Gaza border, the terror group announced Thursday.
Families of killed protesters, many of whom are terrorists, will receive $3,000; families of those seriously wounded will get $500, and $200 will be given to families of moderately wounded protesters.
The decision was made in light of the difficult economic conditions experienced by our people in the Gaza Strip as a result of the continued Israeli siege,” Hamas stated.
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WATCH: Gaza terrorist fails to infiltrate Israeli terrority
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April 4, 2018
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The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that a 25-year-old man from Dir al-Balah was shot dead by IDF forces as he broke through the Gaza security fence on Tuesday. The military wing of the DFLP (Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine) terrorist group identified him as a member.
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Armed Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza
April 5, 2018
Armed Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrike in northern GazaPalestinians carry the body of 23-year-old Mojahid al-Khodari, an armed protester killed Thursday morning by an Israeli airstrike, during his funeral in Gaza City, April 5, 2018. (AP/ Khalil Hamra)
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The IDF targeted an armed Palestinian near the security fence in northern Gaza, as violence continues at the border with Israel. Palestinian health officials confirmed his death.
By: World Israel News Staff
Mojahid al-Khodari, 23, was killed in Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza early on Thursday, while a second man died from wounds sustained in last week’s mass protest along the Gaza-Israel border, health officials in the Gaza Strip said.
The armed protesters were shot after refusing to heed warnings not to approach the border or refusing to stop throwing rocks and firebombs at Israeli soldiers, the IDF said.
The fatalities bring to 21 the number of Palestinian casualties in confrontations at the Israel-Gaza border since last Friday, when over 30,000 Gazans marched to the security fence bordering Israel in a violent “March of Return.”
Palestinians were burning tires and throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at the border fence and at IDF forces. At least 10 of the 16 Palestinian men killed in the clashes were members of terror groups, the IDF stated.
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WATCH: Trump ‘deserves credit’ for ‘remarkable shift in the Middle East’
April 4, 2018
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Former Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and Lt. Col. Michael Waltz make the case for a strong alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia, giving credit to President Donald Trump for enabling political relationships that were once thought impossible.
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20 percent of Central, Eastern Europeans do not accept Jews as fellow citizens
April 4, 2018
20 percent of Central, Eastern Europeans do not accept Jews as fellow citizensAnti-Semitic graffiti reading, "They were flammable," on a monument to the Jedwabne pogrom in Poland. (AP/Michal Kosc)
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A Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries finds that Jews are not wanted as neighbors or family members.
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About one-fifth of people polled in Central and Eastern European countries say they do not accept Jews as fellow citizens and do not want Jewish neighbors.
Some 32 percent of Armenians, 23 percent of Lithuanians, 22 percent of Romanians, 19 percent of Czechs, 18 percent of Poles, 16 percent of Greeks and 14 percent of Russians do not accept Jews as fellow citizens, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 18 Central and Eastern European countries conducted in 2015-16 and published last week.
While 18 percent of Poles do not accept Jews as fellow citizens, an even higher percentage do not accept Jews as neighbors (20 percent) or as members of their families (30 percent).
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Arabs hack Israeli sites
April 4, 2018
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Several official Israeli sites were hacked by Arabs, apparently in solidarity with the citizens of Gaza.
By: World Israel News Staff
Arabs hacked several official Israeli sites on Tuesday, with the sites’ content replaced by a photo of Palestinians rioting on the Gaza border and a caption saying, “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.” The voice of a Muezzin played in the background.
The targeted sites included those of several local municipalities, Israel’s teachers’ union and the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera, near Haifa.
“The 3Falcon was here,” the hackers wrote.
Israeli security agencies and cyber defense units are on high alert in anticipation of cyber attacks this weekend, although no meaningful damage is expected.
“Anonymous” hackers gather for a demonstration each year on April 7 in support of the “Palestinian cause.” The attacks have succeeded in the past in blocking government and other sites, including the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, but all in all have caused little damage.
The Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency) maintains that Israel is prepared for “all forms of aggression. Israel is well-protected.”
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WATCH: Will anti-Semitism scandal bring Corbyn down?
April 1, 2018
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United Kingdom Labour Party head Jeremy Corbyn continues to deny allegations by Jewish groups that he has failed to stamp out anti-Semitism within the left-of-center party he leads.
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Armed Palestinians reach 12 miles into Israel from Gaza; IDF arrests 3
 March 27, 2018
Armed Palestinians reach 12 miles into Israel from Gaza; IDF arrests 3IDF apprehends terrorist who infiltrated Israel from Gaza, Mar. 27, 2018. (Shmuel Hess/TPS)
The IDF arrested three Palestinians armed with knives and grenades who infiltrated Israel from Gaza.
By: World Israel News Staff
IDF forces on Tuesday arrested three armed Palestinians who infiltrated into Israel from the Gaza Strip.
During a routine patrol of the southern Gaza border fence, soldiers detected footprints leading from the Strip 20 kilometers into Israel. Additional security forces were alerted, while local residents were notified of the possible danger.
The IDF subsequently arrested three Palestinians armed with knives and grenades near the Tse’elim IDF base, some 20 km. from (12.5 miles) the border.
There were no injuries.
IDF: A ‘very serious’ incident
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Passage of game-changing Taylor Force Act puts Palestinians on notice
 March 26, 2018
Passage of game-changing Taylor Force Act puts Palestinians on noticeTaylor Force, an American victim of Palestinian terror (Facebook)
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The US has placed the Palestinians and the world on notice that incitement to terror and paying salaries to terrorists will no longer be tolerated.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
The name of a U.S. army veteran killed by a Palestinian terrorist received its just legacy after the Senate passed the Taylor Force Act into law, blocking American funding to the Palestinian Authority as long as it continues to pay salaries to convicted and deceased terrorists and their families. The bipartisan bill was approved on Friday as part of a $1.3 trillion spending package to stave off a U.S.-wide government shutdown.
A 29-year-old US Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Taylor Force was murdered by a Palestinian in a 2016 stabbing attack while he was walking on a seaside promenade in Jaffo during a Vanderbilt University student visit to Israel.
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France: 2 arrested in brutal murder of Holocaust survivor
 March 27, 2018
France: 2 arrested in brutal murder of Holocaust survivorHolocaust survivor Mireille Knoll (Screenshot)
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French authorities have arrested two suspects in the murder of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll and are planning to charge them with premeditated murder motivated by anti-Semitism.
By: World Israel News Staff and agencies
French authorities on Monday announced that they arrested two suspects in the brutal murder of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, and that they are planning to charge them with premeditated murder of a vulnerable person motivated by anti-Semitism.
The Paris prosecutor’s office asked for the suspects to be jailed pending trial. They will face charges of “murder related to the victim’s religion, real or imagined,” according to a French judicial source.
French police discovered Knoll’s charred body covered with 11 stab wounds after a fire broke out in her Paris apartment on Friday.
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German foreign minister urges Palestinians ‘not to tear down bridges’
 March 27, 2018
German foreign minister urges Palestinians ‘not to tear down bridges’Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (R) and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (AP/Majdi Mohammed)
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Germany’s foreign minister urges Palestinians “not to tear down bridges” to peace; stresses friendship with Israel, despite differences over Iran deal.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
Germany’s foreign minister on Monday urged the Palestinians “not to tear down bridges,” an apparent reference to Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas’ contentious relationship with the US.
On his first trip to the Middle East since becoming foreign minister earlier this month, Heiko Mass also acknowledged differences with Israel about the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran, but gave no commitment to altering the deal ahead of a mid-May deadline set by President Donald Trump.
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Colombia: Jewish journalist refuses to cross herself on air, forced to resign
March 26, 2018
Colombia: Jewish journalist refuses to cross herself on air, forced to resignCathy Bekerman (Twitter)
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When Cathy Bekerman rejected her director’s instructions to cross herself on air, she was forced to resign.
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A Colombian Jewish journalist was forced to resign as anchor of a daily TV newscast after refusing to cross herself on air.
When Channel 1’s Cathy Bekerman was told by her newscast director to cross herself on air, “I did not do it, and he asked me to resign at that moment, to which I did not agree,” Bekerman told Colombian media.
The story came to light following a tweet by Jewish radio journalist Azury Chamah.
Colombia is a country that allows freedom of worship, which could open the channel and the newscast director, Yamid Amat, to legal action.
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UK Jewish groups accuse Labour leader of harboring anti-Semites
 March 26, 2018
UK Jewish groups accuse Labour leader of harboring anti-SemitesLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
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Jewish organizations in the UK are up in arms over Labour Party leadership’s “repeated institutional failure” to address anti-Jewish prejudice.
By: World Israel News Staff and AP
Jewish groups in the United Kingdom are protesting the country’s main opposition leader’s failure to stamp out anti-Semitism within his left-of-center party.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council charge that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has shown a “repeated institutional failure” to address anti-Jewish prejudice.
In an open letter, they said that “again and again, Jeremy Corbyn has sided with anti-Semites rather than Jews.”
The groups planned to protest outside Parliament on Monday before a meeting with Labour lawmakers.
The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), a UK-based anti-Semitism watchdog) has denounced Corbyn to the Labour Party in a comprehensive disciplinary complaint.
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Trump’s Bolton appointment sends ‘thundering message to the world’
 March 26, 2018
Trump’s Bolton appointment sends ‘thundering message to the world’John Bolton (YouTube/Screenshot)
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According to Israeli analysts, Trump reasserted the US’ right to unilateral military action by appointing former UN Ambassador John Bolton to the post of National Security Adviser.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News and AP
US President Donald Trump’s pick of John Bolton for his next national security adviser stirred up the same burning question in Washington as in anxious foreign capitals: Just how much will his hawkish, confrontational approach rub off on Trump? As he confronts matters of war and peace with North Korea and Iran, Trump is bringing in an adviser likely to magnify many of his own instinctive qualities: hard-hitting, fiercely nationalistic and eager to confront US adversaries.
Bolton’s pick rounds out a team that in Trump’s second year will be compromised almost entirely of hawks whose public views on national security veer decidedly to the right. The appointment of Bolton sent shockwaves through the diplomatic and military communities, and on social media, fueling speculation that the prospects for global confrontation are increasing.
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Israeli court protects right to Jewish prayer near Temple Mount
 March 26, 2018
Three teenagers who had been arrested by police for praying near a gate close to the Temple Mount were released without any restrictions.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Police who arrested three 14-year-old girls on March 8th for praying outside the Forgiveness Gate of the Temple Mount were rapped by the judge in the case in a ruling published Sunday.
Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Judge Shmuel Herbst ruled that the Jewish teens had just as much right to pray in any public space as Arabs do, as long as nobody’s rights were harmed in the process. And since they didn’t interfere with any passersby while praying, the police had erred in arresting them. As they had done no wrong, he denied the police request to distance them from the area for 90 days, dismissing the concern that their presence with prayerbooks in hand could provoke Arabs to violence.
As reported in Arutz Sheva, the judge noted, “The police representative’s argument that throwing of objects would have resulted from the young women’s presence is unacceptable to me, as I wouldn’t have accepted the claim that a man with a wallet full of cash walking in a neighborhood where many pickpockets live violates public safety and invites offenses.”
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IDF destroys Hamas targets in response to gunfire
 March 26, 2018
IDF destroys Hamas targets in response to gunfireAn IDF tank on the border with Gaza. (IDF)
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The IDF bombed Hamas positions in response to gunfire that set off alarms in southern Israel. 
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
IDF tanks shelled and destroyed two Hamas observations posts on the Gaza border on Sunday night in response to heavy machine gun fire discharged by Hamas during military maneuvers in the Strip, which set off rocket alarms in the south of the country.
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Facebook shutters Palestinian news site’s page for inciting terror
 March 26, 2018
Facebook shutters Palestinian news site’s page for inciting terrorCartoon on Facebook inciting terrorism. (MEMRI)
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Facebook shut down a Palestinian news agency’s page for violating the anti-incitement policy by calling murderous terrorists “martyrs.”
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
The Facebook page of a Palestinian news outlet called Safa, which is linked to the Hamas terror organization, was unceremoniously deleted by the social media giant over the weekend. Safa officials complained that they received no prior warning about the move, which came hard on the heels of a meeting last Monday between Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and a Facebook representative.
The site’s staff says it is a legitimate news organization that has 1.3 million followers. Its social media manager said that Safa “has not incited to violence and has followed all of Facebook’s guidelines for making posts.” However, it recently praised as a “hero” the killer of Rabbi Raziel Shevach in a drive-by shooting in January.
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Haley: US evaluating membership in UN Human Rights Council
 March 24, 2018
Haley: US evaluating membership in UN Human Rights Council‬‏US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (Screenshot)
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US Ambasssador Haley slams UN Human Rights Council as “foolish and unworthy of its name” after passage of more anti-Israel resolutions.
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the UN Human Rights Council on Friday after it approved a slew of anti-Israel decisions within the framework of its infamous “Agenda Item 7.”
“Today, the UN Human Rights Council adopted five resolutions condemning Israel,” Haley said in a statement. “At the same time, the Council adopted only one resolution each against North Korea, Iran, and Syria. Every March, the Council sets aside only two sessions to debate human rights violations and abuses in all countries and another entire session just to debate a single country, Israel.”
“When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name,” Haley continued. “It is time for the countries who know better to demand changes.”
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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat enters national political stage
 March 25, 2018
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat enters national political stageJerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Tech mogul and current Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat declared his intention to seek a seat in Israel’s parliament as a member of the prime minister’s Likud party.
By: World Israel News Staff
After serving two terms as the mayor of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, Nir Barkat announced on Sunday that he will not seek reelection. Instead, the 58-year-old former entrepreneur and philanthropist has decided to throw his hat in the ring to become a parliament member representing the Likud party.
Barkat immediately garnered support for his decision from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who commented, “I welcome you with open arms to our movement.” Netanyahu expressed optimism about the opportunity to work with Barkat in the future “for the benefit of the country.”
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US, Europe kick out Russian diplomats over UK spy poisoning
 March 26, 2018
The US and more than a dozen European nations kicked out Russian diplomats on Monday, with the Trump administration ordering Russia’s consulate in Seattle to close.
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On Monday, the West sought joint punishment for Moscow’s alleged poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain. Warning of an “unacceptably high” number of Russian spies in the U.S., the Trump administration said 60 diplomats would be expelled — all Russian intelligence agents working under diplomatic cover, the U.S. said. The group includes a dozen posted to Russia’s mission to the United Nations who the officials said were engaged in “aggressive collection” of intelligence on American soil.
The move was one of the most significant actions President Donald Trump’s administration has taken to date to punish Moscow and Russian President Vladimir Putin, especially over its intelligence activities. The last time they spoke, less than a week ago, Trump congratulated Putin for his re-election but didn’t raise the March 4 spy poisoning, Russia’s alleged election-meddling in the U.S. or its own tainted voting process, prompting dismayed critiques even from Trump’s fellow Republicans.
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Palestinians apply to enter 8 international treaties at UN
 March 26, 2018
Palestinians apply to enter 8 international treaties at UNPalestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Flash90)
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The Palestinians commenced the next phase of their diplomatic warfare strategy, in breach of established peace accords with Israel.  
By: JNS.org and World Israel News Staff
The Palestinian Authority (PA) filed official requests this past week to join eight international treaties, including the United Nations’ International Convention against Apartheid in Sports and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, according to a report in Israel’s Hadashot news.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said the latest attempt by the Palestinian Authority to raise its status within the international community and delegitimize Israel is a campaign to “establish facts on the ground by making detours and unilateral moves.”
Such moves breach the Palestinians’ obligations under 1993 Oslo Peace Accords with Israel.
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Netanyahu family questioned in corruption probe
 March 26, 2018
Netanyahu family questioned in corruption probePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
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Three Netanyahus were questioned by police regarding their part in Case 4000.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara and their son Yair were questioned by police on Monday as part of their probe into an encompassing corruption case.
Netanyahu was questioned at the official prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, while Sara faced the police at the Lahav 433 Unit headquarters in Lod.
The three were confronted with information provided by Nir Hefetz, Netanyahu’s former media adviser and close confidant, who turned state witness earlier this month.
The Netanyahu couple has previously been probed in the case.
Monday’s questioning is part of the police’s ongoing corruption investigation, dubbed Case 4000.
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Israel announces $264 million digital healthcare program
 March 26, 2018
Over 60% of the proposed budget for the program would be used to establish digital infrastructure for medical research. 
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Israel’s cabinet approved Sunday a five-year digital health project that will cost close to a billion shekels but bring the country’s entire health system into the cutting edge of the 21st century and advance its medical research to become a world leader in the field.
Among the projects in the National Digital Health Plan are the unification of all Israeli patients’ medical records collected over the last two decades (98% of the population) into one database; making connections between multi-national companies and Israeli startups in the various digital health fields; and developing high-level courses to staff digital health positions of the future.
The full-scale digitization of a patient database, called the Mosaic Project, aims to improve Israelis’ wellness in the short term by detecting health trends and improving the accuracy of diagnoses. It also has vast potential for long-term research in genetics and pharmaceuticals, to name two commercial, multi-billion-dollar fields.
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Iron Dome missiles fired in response to Gaza gunfire, not rockets
 March 25, 2018
Iron Dome missiles fired in response to Gaza gunfire, not rocketsAn Iron Dome battery intercepts rockets from Gaza. 
What was thought to be missiles that triggered the red alerts and Iron Dome missiles turned out to be gunfire in the Gaza Strip as Hamas holds a military exercise.
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Several Code Red alarms sounded in the South Sunday evening and Iron Dome defense batteries responded to what was thought to be missiles fired from the Gaza Strip.
IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Menlis told military reporters that there had been no missile attack on southern Israel and that nothing out of the ordinary had happened in the region. “All the Code Red sirens sounded following automatic gunfire emanating from Gaza. No missiles landed in Israeli territory. The IDF will study the event in order to figure out why the sirens went off,” Menlis said.
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Palestinians demand US envoy to Israel be put on global terror list
 March 25, 2018
Palestinians demand US envoy to Israel be put on global terror listUS Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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The PA called for Ambassador David Friedman to be placed on an international terror list “for violating international law, supporting terrorism, and promoting ethnic cleansing and black racism.”
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) demanded on Thursday that US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman be added to a “global terror list,” a ramping up of condemnation against the American diplomat just days after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas bashed him as a “son of a dog” and a “settler.”
The Palestinian  Ministry of Information called for Friedman to be placed on an international terror list “for violating international law, supporting terrorism, and promoting ethnic cleansing and black racism in a report titled “Friedman, the Ambassador of Settlements and Lawyer of Extremism.”
The particular list the Palestinians intended was not made clear.
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UN Human Rights Council calls for arms embargo against Israel
 March 25, 2018
UN Human Rights Council calls for arms embargo against IsraelA meeting of the Human Rights Council. (UN/Pierre Albouy)
The UNHRC called for an international effort to halt arms sales to Israel, capping off a session during which the body adopted multiple anti-Israel resolutions.
By: World Israel News Staff
By the close of its 37th session in Geneva over the weekend, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) managed to pass five resolutions targeting the Jewish state, while Syria, a nation in which genocide has claimed the lives of half a million people, garnered only two resolutions.
Among the UNHRC’s anti-Israel resolutions was a motion demanding that the international community halt future arms sales to the Jewish state. By a vote of 27 to 4, with 15 abstentions, the UNHRC passed the resolution, which requests that member states’ “public authorities and private entities do not become involved in … the provision of arms to end users known or likely to use the arms in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian and/or human rights law.”
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French-Jewish Holocaust survivor found burned, stabbed to death in Paris apartment
 March 25, 2018
French-Jewish Holocaust survivor found burned, stabbed to death in Paris apartmentSynagogue Don Isaac Abravanel in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, where the murder took place. (Shutterstock)
The stabbed body of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor was found in a burned Paris apartment. Security group says “everything suggests” it was an anti-Semitic crime.
By: The Algemeiner
An 85-year-old French-Jewish Holocaust survivor was found dead on Friday in an incinerated apartment in Paris, according to reports.
The incident, the Le Parisien newspaper said, took place at the woman’s home on Avenue Philippe Auguste in the French capital’s 11th arrondissement.
A French-Jewish communal security organization, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA), said five fires had been set at the apartment, and the victim — named as “Mireille K.” — was also stabbed 11 times.
Police are investigating the case, and suicide has been ruled out, Le Parisien reported.
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Israel bombs Hamas target, responding to cross-border provocation
 March 25, 2018
Israel bombs Hamas target, responding to cross-border provocationAn IAF F-15 takes off. (IAF)
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Israel bombed a Hamas target over the weekend, responding to an attempt to thwart construction of an IDF barrier against terror tunnels.
By: World Israel News Staff
Israel’s Air Force (IAF) on Saturday night targeted a Hamas terror target in a military compound in Rafah, southern Gaza, in response to a cross-border provocation earlier in the day.
Four Gazans cut through the security fence between Israel and Gaza in an attempt at damaging an engineering vehicle involved in the construction of the anti-terror tunnel underground barrier.
As IDF forces approached, they fled back into the Gaza Strip. No significant damage was caused to the equipment.
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New code of ethics bans calls for BDS at Israeli universities
 March 25, 2018
New code of ethics bans calls for BDS at Israeli universitiesAnti-Israel protest at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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A new code of ethics prohibits discrimination based on political opinion in the classroom and calls for anti-Israel boycotts, but the universities are not on board.
By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
At the behest of Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a subcommittee of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) adopted a wide-ranging code of ethics Sunday to put a high divider between politics and academia. However, it was slammed by Israel’s universities.
The code prohibits lecturers from enjoining colleagues or students to assist the BDS movement by calling for boycotts of Israeli universities and forbids the discrimination – either positive or negative — of students based on their political views, besides such accepted criteria as race, gender and ethnicity.
Ban on ‘taking advantage of the teaching platform’
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Thousands rally in Tel Aviv in support of illegal migrants
 March 25, 2018
Thousands rally in Tel Aviv in support of illegal migrantsProtesters against the deportation of Africans in Tel Aviv (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
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Thousands protested against an Israeli government plan to deport illegal African economic migrants.
By: World Israel News Staff
Thousands of African illegal migrants, so-called asylum seekers, and their local supporters protested on Saturday night against an Israeli government plan to deport them.
Organizers say some 15,000 gathered in front of the Tel Aviv City Hall.
The government says the migrants have to leave the country for an undisclosed African destination in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket, or they will be incarcerated.
The Africans, some from Eritrea and Sudan, say they feel at home in Israel while dreading their impending return to Africa.
Israel considers the vast majority of the some 40,000 migrants to be job seekers and says it has no legal obligation to keep them. Women, children, the elderly and fathers are not targeted in this plan.
Critics have called the government plan unethical and a stain on Israel’s image.
Most are not truly asylum seekers
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Justice minister: Twitter must be reined in, Facebook gets it
 March 25, 2018
Justice minister: Twitter must be reined in, Facebook gets itJustice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked blasts Twitter’s refusal to cooperate against the platform’s use for incitement; says Facebook is on the right track.
By Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Addressing the Global Forum for Fighting Anti-Semitism on Tuesday in Jerusalem, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked launched into a blistering account of the current dangers of online incitement on social media and argued for government action.
The cyber department at the State Attorney’s Office has recently analyzed the connection between incitement and terrorism during 2017, she said. “There is a close connection between the two. It is clear that the perpetrators of terror attacks in Israel are directly impacted by the consumption of incitement. We documented that after large-scale terrorist attacks, the social media are flooded with incitement, hate, anti-Semitic and terror-supporting content.”
The Justice minister explained that two pieces of legislation are in the works to counter online incitement. In 2017, Israel approved a bill that blocks access to websites that promote terrorist activity. The police cyber unit actively does just that. During 2017, the cyber unit of the State Attorney’s Office submitted 12,300 requests to remove content or restrict access for forbidden content. That same year, 73 percent of this content was related to terrorist activity or was in support of terrorism. The rest of the banned content related to racism, minors, violation of privacy and bullying. This was a dramatic increase over 2016, when only 2,200 requests were submitted.
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Taylor Force Act, cutting US aid to Palestinians over terror funding, signed into law
 March 24, 2018
Taylor Force Act, cutting US aid to Palestinians over terror funding, signed into lawTaylor Force, an American victim of Palestinian terror (Facebook)
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“I truly appreciate the hard work of the Force family and the many friends of Taylor Force who made it clear to Congress the practice of #PaytoSlay must be stopped,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, who introduced the bill in 2016, tweeted.
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The Taylor Force Act, legislation that seeks to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ends its payments to terrorists and their families, has been passed by Congress as part of a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill.
“I truly appreciate the hard work of the Force family and the many friends of Taylor Force who made it clear to Congress the practice of #PaytoSlay must be stopped,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill in 2016, tweeted on Friday.
The legislation is named for a 28-year-old former U.S. serviceman who was stabbed and killed in March 2016 while visiting Israel.
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Palestinians likely to claim Dead Sea Scrolls at next UNESCO meeting
 March 23, 2018
Palestinians likely to claim Dead Sea Scrolls at next UNESCO meetingFragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
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The request to include the Qumran Caves and Dead Sea Scrolls as their own may be made at the next UNESCO meeting this July, the Simon Wiesenthal Center predicts.
By: World Israel News Staff
The next “prize” the Palestinians will likely claim as their own at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will probably be the archeological site of Qumran and its Dead Sea Scrolls, Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Wednesday, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Addressing a panel on the denial of Jewish history in international organizations at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem, Samuels listed the Palestinians’ “success” at falsely claiming ownership of biblical and cultural sites, the Post reported.
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has ascribed to “Palestine” Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity in 2012; the agricultural terraces of Battir, site of the ancient Jewish fortress at Betar, in 2014; and Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs in 2017, the Post noted.
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WATCH: Is Iran nuclear deal on chopping block?
 March 22, 2018
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As the re-certification deadline approaches, many wonder what President Donald Trump will decide to do.
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Leaders on Capitol Hill predict the president will pull out of the deal in coming weeks; Gillian Turner reports from Washington.
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Trump ousts national security adviser McMaster, picks ‘hardline’ Bolton, a ‘true friend of Israel’
 March 23, 2018
Trump ousts national security adviser McMaster, picks ‘hardline’ Bolton, a ‘true friend of Israel’Incoming US National Security Adviser John Bolton addresses Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP/Alex Brandon)
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Just over a week since replacing Secretary of State Tillerson with Pompeo, Trump announced the ouster of National Security adviser McMaster and the appointment of Bolton as national security adviser. Both new officials have a hardline approach to Iran and North Korea and are pro-Israel.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump announced the ouster of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, to be replaced by former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White House facing key decisions on Iran and North Korea.
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WATCH: IDF medics treat hundreds of Syrian refugees
 March 25, 2018
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Operation Good Neighbor was launched last summer when the Israeli army opened a field hospital to treat sick and wounded Syrians fleeing the ongoing civil war. Major Efi Ribner and Commander Ziv Fox report on the operation’s success.
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Palestinian teen who assaulted IDF soldiers sentenced to 8 months
 March 23, 2018
Palestinian teen who assaulted IDF soldiers sentenced to 8 monthsAhed Tamimi pushes IDF soldier in village of Nabeh Saleh. (Twitter/Screenshot)
Palestinian Ahed Tamimi will serve eight months for slapping IDF soldiers in December.
By: TPS
Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian arrested last December after a video of her slapping and kicking an IDF officer went viral, will serve an eight-month prison sentence after agreeing to a plea bargain with the military prosecution.
Her cousin, 21-year-old Nur Tamimi, will serve a five-month sentence for her role in the incident, while her mother Nariman will serve eight months. The agreement is pending the approval of the Ofer military court.
The cousins were filmed assaulting a company commander and a soldier in the village of Nebi Salah, the site of frequent violent demonstrations and clashes between residents and IDF troops. Ahed Tamimi was charged with assault and five additional counts of throwing rocks, participating in disturbances, threats and incitement. Nur Tamimi was charged with assault in aggravated circumstances, while Nariman Tamimi was charged with aiding and abetting assault and also with incitement connected to a previous disturbance.
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Palestinian terrorist prisoners continue academic studies, despite Israeli prohibition
 March 20, 2018
Palestinian terrorist prisoners continue academic studies, despite Israeli prohibitionShikma prison in Ashkelon, southern Israe
Palestinian prisoners who committed acts of terror are undertaking academic studies while serving their sentences, undermining the Israeli government.
By: Maurice Hirsch, Palestinian Media Watch
In April 2017, Palestinian Media Watch exposed that the Palestinian Authority is actively undermining a decision the Israeli government adopted, in response to the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, to prohibit Palestinian terrorist prisoners from receiving academic degrees while serving their sentences.
Despite the ban, the PA claimed 484 terrorist prisoners were studying for degrees in a program initiated by the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs. The program is run in cooperation with Al-Quds Open University and the PA Ministry of Education.
Regardless of the substantial alleged number of terrorist prisoner students, the Israeli Prison Service rejected the claim and responded to PMW that in accordance with the decision of the government, “security prisoners are not allowed to undertake academic studies.”
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Netanyahu: Israel’s policy is to prevent enemies from acquiring nuclear weapons
 March 22, 2018
Netanyahu: Israel’s policy is to prevent enemies from acquiring nuclear weaponsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Marc Israel Sellem/POOL)
“Israel’s policy has been and remains consistent – to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu stated.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Israel’s security services for their success in eliminating Syria’s nuclear capabilities a decade ago, while issuing a veiled threat to Iran that Israel will not allow it to develop a nuclear bomb.
Following Israel’s official acknowledgment on Wednesday that it attacked and destroyed the Al-Kibar nuclear facility in Syria in 2007, Netanyahu stated that “the Government of Israel, the IDF and the Mossad prevented Syria from developing a nuclear capability. For this they are deserving of all praise.”
“Israel’s policy has been and remains consistent – to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with nuclear weapons,” he added, seemingly referring to Iran’s current nuclear aspiration.
During the night between September 5 and 6, 2007, Israel secretly bombed the Syrian nuclear reactor, in accordance with the Menachem Begin Doctrine, which states that no Israeli adversary in the Middle East should be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.
The operation was deemed a success. The nuclear facility was destroyed and an escalation in the region was prevented.
The destruction of the Syrian reactor was an historic operation of great significance for the State of Israel and the Jewish People and one of the most important military operations in the IAF’s history.
Current Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, OC Northern Command at the time of the operation, said the message that should be taken from the incident is that “Israel will never accept an existential threat against it. That was the message in 2007, and that is the message to our enemies in both the near and distant future.”
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Polish prime minister’s father: Jews willingly entered ghettos
 March 22, 2018
Polish prime minister’s father: Jews willingly entered ghettosPolish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (AP/Ferdinand Ostrop)
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Polish lawmaker Kornel Morawiecki claimed that Jews were not forced into ghettos by Germans but went willingly because “they were told there would be an enclave where they could get away from nasty Poles.”
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Poland’s government distanced itself Thursday from comments made by the prime minister’s father, who claimed Jews willingly entered ghettos during the Holocaust to get away from their non-Jewish neighbors.
The comment by Kornel Morawiecki, a senior lawmaker and father of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, is the latest episode in weeks of bitterness that have erupted over a controversial new Holocaust speech law.
Kornel Morawiecki claimed in a recent interview that Jews were not forced into ghettos by Germans but went willingly because “they were told there would be an enclave where they could get away from nasty Poles.”
The comment is utterly historically false. It is also an apparent attempt to minimize the tragedy of the Jews, while at the same time suggesting they partly brought the tragedy upon themselves out of anti-Polish hatred.
The deputy foreign minister, Bartosz Cichocki, said the comment does not reflect the position of the Polish government.
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Expert: ‘Nuclear reactor in Syria was actually an Iranian asset’
 March 22, 2018
Expert: ‘Nuclear reactor in Syria was actually an Iranian asset’An Iranian missile on display on Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Analysts take a hard look at the Israeli admission of 2007 attack on a Syrian nuclear reactor, and its message for Iran.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
After acknowledging for the first time that the Israeli air force blew up a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, current members of the security cabinet issued fresh warnings to Iran on Wednesday that its nuclear weapons program is not immune from attack.
The official confirmation ended a decade long policy of referring to the strike by always saying, “according to foreign reports.” Now details of “Operation Orchard” have emerged and the attack on the facility in Deir Ezzor has been acknowledged and holds a message for Iran.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said, “the historic and brave decision we took proved that we cannot be deterred on matters of security.” Liberman, who was minister of strategic affairs in 2007 tweeted, “Try to imagine what would have happened, had we not acted. We would be facing a nuclear Syria.” Alluding to Iran’s current nuclear ambitions and threats to destroy Israel, the defense minister added, “our enemies’ motivation has increased in recent years, but so has the might of the IDF… This equation should be understood by anyone in the Middle East.”
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WATCH: ‘A nail in the coffin of Palestinian reconciliation’
 March 21, 2018
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While hope for Fatah-Hamas reconciliation seemed high in October 2017, it now seems as bleak as ever. What was the final straw?
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Since Yasser Arafat's death, Hamas and Fatah have been at odds in the struggle for authority over the Palestinian domain. While hope for reconciliation seemed high in October 2017, it now seems as bleak as ever. Our Emily Rose has the story.
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Does the EU refuse to admit that ‘anti-Jewish’ acts are ‘anti-Semitism’?
 March 22, 2018
Does the EU refuse to admit that ‘anti-Jewish’ acts are ‘anti-Semitism’?Defaced Holocaust memorial (Twitter)
The European Union has ‘not used the words anti-Semitism, but they do use anti-Jewish and anti-Israel in the same sentence,’ says head of NGO Monitor.
By: Steve Leibowitz
Speaking on the sidelines of the 6th Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem, Dr. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University, told World Israel News (WIN), “Certainly the numbers and the incidents that we see, including terrorism and violence triggered by anti-Semitism, is something we did not see 10 or 20 years ago. There are more incidents in the US and Europe, and it’s connected to a lot of anti-Israel propaganda.”
According to Steinberg, “Online is a big part of the problem but not the entire problem. The news travels much faster on both the far left and the far right, and they influence people that may not otherwise have been affected by incitement in the past. The question we are all asking ourselves here is what can we do about it. Can we get governments to be more proactive on this issue? In other words, they must not simply react to an incident,  because the hatred out there needs to be dealt with systematically.”
“One of the things I am doing is pointing out that for the first time, the European Union is saying that it will not fund groups actively engaged in anti-Jewish activities,” Steinberg added. 
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Twitter shares plummet after threat of Israeli lawsuit over incitement
 March 22, 2018
Twitter shares plummet after threat of Israeli lawsuit over incitementPalestinian incitement on Twitter (Twitter)
“Terrorist organizations have moved to Twitter instead of Facebook,” Israel’s justice minister said. Shares plummeted over fear it may be sued.
By: JNS.org and World Israel News Staff
Twitter shares were down 12 percent by Wednesday following reports that Israel was considering legal action against the social media platform.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has accused Twitter of providing a channel for terror organizations to promote terror and incite violence, and of not doing enough to end incitement against Israel.
“Terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah have moved to Twitter instead of Facebook,” she said. “Through Twitter, the terrorist organizations promote terror and incite to violence, including public activity that they carry out without fear.”
A wave of stabbing attacks in 2014 gained strength through social media, leading Israel’s government to try to pass a “Facebook Law” that empowers Israel to have content “liable to lead to murder and terror” removed from Facebook immediately.
Israel has recognized the threat posed by terrorism incitement on Facebook and has successfully acted against those who use social media as a weapon, helping to reduce a trend of attacks against Israelis.
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WATCH: Trump on advice he’d give himself at age 25
 March 22, 2018
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The American president answered questions at the Generation Next Forum in Washington on Thursday, including what advice he would give a 25-year-old Donald Trump.
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Trump sat down to answer questions and give advice to young people attending the Generation Next Forum in DC on Thursday.
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Palestinian forces kill 2 suspects in Gaza assassination attempt
 March 22, 2018
Palestinian forces kill 2 suspects in Gaza assassination attemptThe scene of a previous assassination attempt. (Twitter)
Shootout leaves two suspects and two Gazan security personnel dead.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
According to a Hamas official, the main suspect in the attack on the convoy of Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on March 13 has died along with an accomplice after being shot by Gazan security forces who had surrounded their hideout Thursday.
Two of the arresting forces were also killed in the gun battle in Nuseirat.
There are conflicting reports as to which suspect was killed outright and which died of his wounds in the hospital a short time later. According to the Turkish Daily Sabah, the Gazan Interior Ministry’s statement said that “the prime suspect, Anas Abu Khoussa, was killed in the exchange, while an accomplice, Abdul-Hadi al-Ashhab, succumbed to injuries after being hospitalized,” adding that a third accomplice had since been arrested.
Hamas had offered a $5,000 reward for information regarding the assassination attempt on Hamdallah and PA security chief Majid Faraj, who were traveling in a motorcade in the Gaza Strip when a roadside bomb went off. Though some members of their staff were injured, they were not hurt.
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New German FM rejects apartheid slur, set to repair relationship with Israel
 March 22, 2018
New German FM rejects apartheid slur, set to repair relationship with IsraelGerman Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Newly sworn in German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas prepares to turn a corner in relations with the Jewish state, walking back his predecessor’s anti-Israel rhetoric.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Heiko Maas, the Justice Minister in German Chancellor Andrea Merkel’s third cabinet, was promoted to foreign minister when her new government was sworn in on March 14.
He replaces Sigmar Gabriel, who had rubbed Jerusalem the wrong way a number of times during his tenure. He remained a critic of what he deemed Israel’s lack of effort in the peace process, and went as far as saying that Israeli security measures reminded him of “what was seen during apartheid.”
In April 2017, he was publicly disinvited from a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when, on a visit to the country, he decided to meet with the extremist left-wing Breaking the Silence group, which vilifies the IDF in international forums.
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Israel confirms it destroyed Syria’s nuclear reactor a decade ago
 March 21, 2018
Israel confirms it destroyed Syria’s nuclear reactor a decade agoAn IAF F-15 (IAF)
Israel lifted the censorship gag on details surrounding the daring operation that destroyed a Syrian nuclear threat. 
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
A decade after the crucial secret operation, Israel officially acknowledged that it attacked and destroyed the Al-Kibar nuclear facility in Syria, which was in its last stages of construction at the time.
During the night between September 5 and 6, 2007, Israel secretly bombed the nuclear reactor, in accordance with the Begin Doctrine, which states that no Israeli adversary in the Middle East would be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.
In a secret mission known as operation “Out Of The Box,” authorized by then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, eight Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft flew along the Syrian-Turkish border shortly before 1 a.m. and destroyed the Syrian nuclear facility.
The Syrian nuclear project operated under a heavy cloak of secrecy for about six years prior to its destruction. The Al Kibar reactor was situated 900 yards from the Euphrates River and halfway between the borders with Turkey and Iraq, far from Syria’s biggest cities, in the Deir ez-Zor region, 280 miles northeast of Damascus.
For two years prior to the attack, officials in the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate were monitoring the Syrian nuclear project. Their intelligence suggested that the facility would become active toward the end of 2007, which prompted the IDF to initiate an attack.
In March 2007, the Mossad – Israel’s national intelligence agency – raided the home of the head of Syria’s atomic energy commission in Vienna, where they discovered conclusive information about the reactor.
The information recovered by the Mossad operatives included some three dozen color photographs taken from inside the Syrian building, indicating that it was a top-secret plutonium nuclear reactor. The photographs obtained by the Mossad also showed workers from North Korea at the site. The sole purpose of this kind of plutonium reactor, in the Mossad’s analysis, was to produce an atomic bomb.
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WATCH: Israeli pilot who destroyed Syrian nuclear tells all, 10 years later
 March 21, 2018
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An IAF pilot from the squadron that bombed the Syrian nuclear reactor 10 years ago speaks with a reporter about his recollection of the event.
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Trump’s peace plan likely shelved after Abbas curses US envoy
 March 21, 2018
Trump’s peace plan likely shelved after Abbas curses US envoyTrump envoys Jason Greenblatt, David Friedman and Jared Kushner meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, June 21, 2017. (Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv)
Netanyahu has told the cabinet there are still no “concrete” US peace plans to consider, and bitter relations between Palestinians and the Trump Administration make early release less likely.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Following his latest White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to tell the cabinet there are still “no concrete details” to report on the US peace plan.  In all likelihood, Ambassador Friedman’s public clash with PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and his cursing Friedman as the “son of a dog” is likely to shelve the peace plan for the foreseeable future.
Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner and a small White House team have spent the past year preparing a much-awaited blueprint for peace, but no details have emerged.
There have been plenty of leaks, including seemingly detailed proposals listed by Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, but according to Netanyahu, as reported by Channel 10 TV, “At the moment, there is no concrete American peace plan on the table. I’m not saying there won’t be, but at the moment there isn’t.”
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Holocaust denier, anti-Semite wins Republican congressional race
 March 21, 2018
Holocaust denier, anti-Semite wins Republican congressional raceArthur Jones (Screenshot)
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By default, outspoken Holocaust denier Arthur Jones won a Chicago-area GOP Congressional District primary. 
By: World Israel News Staff
Arthur Jones, an outspoken Holocaust denier, anti-Semite and white supremacist, on Tuesday won the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat representing parts of Chicago.
Jones, 70, is a retired insurance agent who has run disastrous campaigns for elected office in the Chicago area and Milwaukee since the 1970s.
Since the 1990s, Jones has joined in the GOP 3rd Congressional District primary seven times, but has never come close to being a viable contender. However, this time, to Jones’ amazement, he was the only one on the Republican ballot. Republicans apparently did not bother to seek a credible candidate because the district is overwhelmingly Democrat. Thus, Jones won by default.
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Analysis: What the Saudi Prince’s visit to US means for America and Israel
 March 21, 2018
Analysis: What the Saudi Prince’s visit to US means for America and IsraelPresident Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AP/Evan Vucci)
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With America’s encouragement, Saudi Arabia could lead a regional transformation that would be truly historic. Missing this opportunity to engage would be beyond tragic.
By: Ahmed Charai/Gatestone Institute
Saudi Arabia, with the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the United States this week, opens a new front in its war with Iran.
The visit is a collection of firsts. It is the first trip by Prince Mohammed bin Salman — known universally as “MBS” — to the US since becoming the heir to the oil kingdom’s throne in June 2017. (President Trump’s first presidential trip to the Middle East began with a stop in Saudi Arabia.)
More importantly, it is the first time a senior Saudi official, let alone a ruling royal, will venture outside the US capital to make official visits to Wall Street, Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Never before has a crown prince — especially one who runs Saudi Arabia’s government on a daily basis — come to America’s financial and cultural capitals to do business
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WATCH: How the UK is working to fight anti-Semitism
 March 21, 2018
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At the Global Forum for Fighting Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem, WIN’s Steve Leibowitz speaks with UK Member of Parliament and Labour Party politician John Mann about anti-Semitism in Britain and what the government is doing about it.
How the UK is working to fight anti-Semitism
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Palestinian cold war heats up as reconciliation efforts fail
 March 21, 2018
Palestinian cold war heats up as reconciliation efforts failPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Hamas' Ismael Hanya (C) (Mohammed al-Hums/Flash90)
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As he struggles to maintain control, Abbas wants to create an emergency in the region that could draw in Israel and Hamas, says an Israeli expert.
By: Yaakov Lappin, JNS.org
The Palestinian Authority (PA) wasted little time in blaming Hamas for a roadside bomb that went off last week in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
It was far too close for comfort for a PA convoy carrying Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the head of the PA’s General Intelligence service, Majed Faraj. They had arrived there as part of ongoing reconciliation efforts, which have stalled. The high-level convoy quickly returned to the PA territories.
Since then, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to cut off payments to Gaza, as the two Palestinian movements traded recriminations, moving further apart from any chance of reconciliation. The latest developments seemed to underline just how unrealistic it is to expect the PA to be able to consolidate itself in Gaza, nine years after being brutally ejected in an armed Hamas coup.
Bomb ‘designed to send message, not to kill’
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Finance minister cuts through red tape to speed up US embassy move
 March 21, 2018
Finance minister cuts through red tape to speed up US embassy moveFinance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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“I am thankful for the privilege of being the finance minister and the head of the National Council for Planning and Building who will oversee the relocation of the American embassy,” Kahlon stated.
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Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Wednesday that the the ministry would waive requirements for the State Department to obtain local building permits in order to undertake infrastructure work for the purpose of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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UK demands stronger statement from Israel on Russia spy poisoning
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 March 20, 2018
UK demands stronger statement from Israel on Russia spy poisoningBritish Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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The competing demands by Russia and the UK could place Netanyahu in a diplomatic tough spot.

By: Andrew Friedman, TPS

The British Embassy in Israel has demanded that Israel issue a “strong statement of support” about the March 4th poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Salisbury, southeast of London.

The British demand that Israeli officials denounce Moscow for the attack follows Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon’s response to the incident , posted on Twitter on March 15, in which he refrained from mentioning Russia and said only that “Israel views with gravity the event which took place in Great Britain and condemns it vigorously. We hope that the international community will cooperate in order to avoid such further events.”

British officials, including Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, immediately blamed Moscow for the attack. Western allies of the United Kingdom have joined London in denouncing Russia, but Russian officials have denied involvement.

Last Friday, the Russian Embassy in Israel welcomed Nachshon’s measured response as a “wise position.” Notably, the statement published by the Russian embassy made reference to “West Jerusalem” as Israel’s seat of government, a departure from Russia’s official position and possibly a small bone to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has lobbied the international community to follow US President Donald Trump’s precedent and recognise Jerusalem as the state capital.

At the same time, Moscow warned Jerusalem not to be drawn into a “political and propagandistic campaign, which was unleashed by London under the false pretext of Russia’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.”

The competing demands could place Netanyahu in a difficult spot. The Israeli leader has nurtured a close relationship with Russian President Putin in recent years, travelling to Moscow three times in the past year alone in an attempt to ensure Russia’s help in limiting Iran’s presence in Syria following the conclusion of the civil war there, as well as help in addressing the Iran nuclear threat.

In addition, Russia-Israel trade has boomed since the countries signed a free trade agreement in 2011. In 2017 alone, bilateral trade spiked over the first half of the year by some $380 million, a 25 percent jump over the same period the previous year.

On the other hand, bilateral trade between Israel and the United Kingdom exceeds $7 billion, according to the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce (IBCC) ,in comparison to $1.45 billion in bilateral trade between Israel and Russia. In addition, there are more than 300 Israeli companies operating in the UK.

Netanyahu did not respond to the English demand for a stronger statement Tuesday or to a TPS request for comment. But less than 24 hours earlier he did issue a statement of congratulations to Putin upon the latter’s election victory in Russia’s presidential election.

“Dear Mr. President, Accept my sincere congratulations on your election victory yesterday. I greatly value our personal dialogue and I look forward to continuing to work closely together in the spirit of trust and understanding to promote our countries’ vital interests,” Netanyahu wrote.
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Bennett blasts Jewish leader over criticism of Israel in NY Times
 March 20, 2018
Bennett blasts Jewish leader over criticism of Israel in NY TimesNaftali Bennett (c), between US Ambassador David Friedman and actress Mayim Bialik. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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Responding to WJC President Ronald Lauder’s recent op-ed blaming Israeli policies for Jewish assimilation in America, Minister Naftali Bennett said, “Not a great piece.” 
By: Ebin Sandler, World Israel News
Business leader, philanthropist, and World Jewish Congress (WJC) head Ronald Lauder wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times arguing that assimilation and indifference to Israel in the Diaspora are the product of the Jewish state’s positions on Judea and Samaria and religious affairs.
In the piece, published on Sunday, Lauder pointed a finger at “blinkered Israeli policies,”, claiming, “If current trends continue, Israel will face a stark choice: Grant Palestinians full rights and cease being a Jewish state or rescind their rights and cease being a democracy.” In short, Lauder expressed fear over both “the possible demise of the two-state solution,” on the one hand, and what he deems “Israel’s capitulation to religious extremists and the growing disaffection of the Jewish diaspora” on the other.
Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett took the opportunity to confront Lauder face to face at the Foreign Ministry-sponsored Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem on Monday. Addressing Lauder directly from the dais, Bennett began by saying, “Ron, I read your piece in The New York Times – not a great piece.”
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Destroying Iran deal would be disastrous, Merkel warns Netanyahu
 March 21, 2018
Destroying Iran deal would be disastrous, Merkel warns NetanyahuGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel (AP/Markus Schreiber)
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In conversation with Netanyahu, Merkel reportedly warned the Israeli leader of serious repercussions should the US leave the Iran nuclear deal.
By: World Israel News Staff
A US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement would have devastating consequences, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a recent phone conversation, Channel 10 reported.
In January, at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Netanyahu held closed-door talks with many world leaders, and the Iranian threat topped his agenda. US President Donald Trump also called on other countries to join his efforts to “block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons.”
Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week as well as his choice of CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace him is further indication that the US may pull out of the Iran deal. Indeed, Trump acknowledged that the reason behind Tillerson’s dismissal was his support for the agreement. Pompeo, on the other hand, has spoken out against the deal as a congressman as well as during his service as CIA chief.
Netanyahu called Merkel on Tuesday to congratulate her on her reelection as chancellor
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WATCH: Israel prepares for tsunami
 March 17, 2018
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Is a tsunami on the Tel Aviv coast imminent? Signs across the beaches are warning people where to run should such a disaster occur.
Israel's Tsunami Preparation
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Published on 16 Mar 2018
Eight hundred years ago was the last time a tsunami hit the coast of what today is the state of Israel. How is the country preparing? Our Eylon Aslan-Levy has the story.
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Poles cancel Holocaust ceremony after Israeli refusal of speech censorship
 March 19, 2018
Poles cancel Holocaust ceremony after Israeli refusal of speech censorshipMarch of the Living at the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
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Polish officials appear to be testing a new law that criminalizes mentioning Polish complicity in the Holocaust, even before its constitutionality has been decided.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
A joint Polish-Israeli Holocaust memorial ceremony was supposed to take place Monday in Radomsko, Poland, but Polish officials objected to parts of Kiryat Bialik Mayor Eli Dukorsky’s speech which referred to Polish bystanders and collaborators. Although he was also going to speak about those who helped Jews during the dark days of World War II, they asked him to remove the parts that the new Polish law criminalizes – the mention of Polish complicity in the Holocaust.
Although the contentious Holocaust legislation is still being reviewed by the country’s constitutional tribunal and there are ongoing discussions with Israeli officials as to its wording, it appears Polish officials are resolved to send a message regarding their intent to enforce the law.
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WATCH: Maryland high school shooter dead; 2 students wounded, 1 critically
 March 20, 2018
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron says the teenage shooter at Great Mills High School in Maryland has died after a school resource officer fired at him. Two students are in hospital; one was critically wounded, the other is in stable condition.
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Published on 20 Mar 2018
St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron says the shooter at a Maryland high school has died after a school resource officer fired at him.
Maryland school shooting: Police confirm gunman killed in incident
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Arabs arrested for ignoring deadly stabbing attack in Old City of Jerusalem
 March 20, 2018
Arabs arrested for ignoring deadly stabbing attack in Old City of JerusalemStabbing victim Adiel Kolman (Courtesy)
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Eight Arab residents and local merchants were arrested for failing to intervene when an Israeli victim was stabbed to death in the Old City of Jerusalem.
By: TPS
Police have arrested eight people for failing to prevent a crime following Sunday’s murder of Adiel Kolman, who was stabbed to death outside the Lions Gate in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.
A police spokesman said that the detainees, residents of the quarter and merchants working there, did nothing to stop Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, a Palestinian from Aqraba near Nablus, from stabbing Kolman before he was shot dead by a policeman. Kolman was walking toward the light rail station outside the Damascus Gate from his job as a security guard at the City of David archaeological site.
Police added that according to their investigation, Fadal had committed a premeditated, nationalistically motivated attack with the intention of murdering civilians.
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Negev is ‘energy future’ of Israel, business magnate Elon Musk tells Netanyahu
 March 20, 2018
Negev is ‘energy future’ of Israel, business magnate Elon Musk tells NetanyahuA herd of sheep grazing the fields in the Negev. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Netanyahu agreed with “greatest technological visionary” that the Negev is the “energy future of the State of Israel” and vowed to develop it.
By: World Israel News Staff and TPS
Speaking at the 8th Negev Conference in Dimona Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he met earlier with Elon Musk, founder and CEO of electrical and autonomic car company Tesla Inc. and aerospace company SpaceX, who encouraged development of the Negev.
“This morning, before coming here, I met with Elon Musk, a man of vision, perhaps the greatest technological visionary of our time. He is a genius,” Netanyahu told the crowd.
Musk, 46,  praised Israel as a ‘technological power’ and said the Negev could provide the country with all its energy needs, Netanyahu said.
Musk “said that he appreciates what we are doing here. And then he said – and he did not know I was coming here – he told me, ‘The Negev could provide you with all your energy needs. The Negev is the energy future of the State of Israel. You could spread solar systems here that would give you more energy than you need or could need. Clean energy.’”
“I tell you what he told me,” the prime minister continued. “‘If you only want it,’ and I tell you that I want it. I want a vibrant, flourishing and developing Negev. And we will continue to do this, to develop it as has never been done in the history of Israel.”
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WATCH: Researchers at MIT close to breakthrough on fusion power
 March 11, 2018
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Scientists and researchers at MIT have developed a new method to achieve controlled nuclear fusion, which could offer mankind cheap, clean, unlimited energy.
Researchers At MIT Claim Nuclear Fusion Could Be Up And Running In 15 Years
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Published on 10 Mar 2018
According to a report by Geek.com, a team of researchers at MIT claim to have developed a new approach that could bring nuclear fusion technology online and delivering power inside of 15 years. However, as physicists have been trying to solve this problem for over 50 years, many remain skeptical about the claims. Nuclear fusion, the same process which powers our own sun, requires incredibly high temperatures and extreme conditions. Regardless, the team hopes to use incredibly powerful magnets and high-temperature superconductors to compress the fusion reaction with magnetic fields, as opposed to gravity. This has the potential to offer a lot more control, and potentially help introduce a cleaner, more sustainable form of energy.
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French consulate worker charged with smuggling weapons for Palestinian cell
 March 19, 2018
French consulate worker charged with smuggling weapons for Palestinian cellFrench consulate worker accused of smuggling weapons to Hamas. (Shin Bet)
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An employee of the French consulate was apprehended for smuggling weapons for a Palestinian synidcate operating in Gaza and the Judea and Samaria region.
By: World Israel News Staff
On Monday, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) confirmed that French national Roman Franck, who is employed at France’s Jerusalem consulate, was arrested in February for illegally smuggling pistols and rifles into the Gaza Strip.
The Shin Bet announced that the Frenchman used a consular vehicle to evade Israeli security procedures and searches, transferring 70 pistols and two assault rifles to members of a Palestinian smuggling ring. The smuggling allegedly occurred over the course of five trips and was orchestrated by a cell made up of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.
The cell smuggled weapons from the Gaza Strip to Judea and Samaria via Franck. The operation employed a Palestinian resident of Gaza employed by the French Cultural Center in the Strip, who transferred weapons to Franck. Franck then delivered the weapons to a Palestinian in Judea and Samaria, who sold them to an arms dealers.
The authorities arrested nine suspects so far, six of whom were indicted by the State Attorney’s Office.
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