IAEA chief heads to Iran as regime seeks to scrap probe of its undeclared nuke sites

The head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, will travel to Iran on Saturday “for meetings with senior Iranian officials,” the IAEA said Thursday.

IAEA director general Rafael Grossi will hold a press conference on his return to Vienna, an agency spokesman said.

The announcement comes a day after…


Bennett: We have reached ‘moment of truth’ on Iran nuclear program

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that the critical juncture regarding Iran’s nuclear program was at hand, and reiterated that the Jewish state would not be bound by any agreement reached in Vienna.

Speaking at a ceremony at the Mossad intelligence agency’s “Advanced Technologies and Innovation Event,” attended by senior…


Georgia House of Representatives votes to adopt IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

The Georgia House of Representatives passed a resolution adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism.

House Bill 1274 passed on Monday with a vote of 141-19, with six abstaining. The resolution, which was sponsored by six lawmakers, in part requires state agencies and departments to consider the…


US and Israel to announce new cybersecurity collaboration framework Wednesday

A small contingent from the United States Department of Homeland Security  is in Israel this week to sign commitments to expand cybersecurity cooperation between the two countries, and to discuss Israel’s progress toward joining the US visa waiver program.

According to a DHS official, the series of cybersecurity agreements include three general…


US, Russia share table for Iran talks despite Ukraine war

The US and European states continued partnering with Russia in negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna, even as they sanctioned Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

The head of the Russian delegation to the talks, Mikhail Ulyanov, tweeted a photo of the JCPOA participants – US, France, Germany, UK, Russia and China – without…


Hamas, Hezbollah leaders meet in Lebanon to discuss Israel

A Hamas delegation met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon on Saturday.

The delegation was headed by the head of the Gaza-based terrorist organization’s political bureau, Saleh al-Arouri, and deputy Hamas leader in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya. According to recent reports, al-Hayya’s standing within the terrorist group is on the rise….


Seeking to test underground border barrier, Hamas ups terror tunnels construction

Defense officials say the terrorist group controlling the Gaza Strip has been stepping up its effort to breach the underground barrier Israel dug on its border with the coastal enclave.
Hamas is accelerating the construction of terror tunnels seeking to breach the underground barrier Israel dug on its border with the coastal enclave, a military…


Iran Says It’s in Rush to Get Good Nuclear Deal in Vienna Talks

Iran signaled it will dig in on key demands that have emerged as stumbling blocks to restoring its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, even as it urged a quick resolution of the standoff.

Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters on Monday that a “good deal” within “the logical framework of negotiations” is within reach, and that his country is…


First female president of IDF Military Court of Appeals is sworn in

Two military judges were promoted in a swearing ceremony that was pushed off twice.

Two highly experienced military judges who had been promoted to higher ranks were sworn in on Sunday at the President’s Residence. This was the third time that their swearing-in ceremony had been scheduled. On the previous two occasions, it was postponed due to…


Israeli prime minister to make first official visit to Bahrain

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is scheduled to meet with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, government ministers and representatives of the kingdom’s Jewish community.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will depart on Monday for his first official visit to Bahrain, according to a statement from his office.


Ben & Jerry’s corporate owner eyed by Israeli government, members of Congress

Ben & Jerry’s will remain in Israel until after the end of 2022, pending its new arrangement with Israel

While ice cream is far from the most serious U.S. concern in the Middle East, a recent development in the Ben & Jerry’s saga in Israel could drive the push for a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation that members…


‘January rockets from Gaza towards Tel Aviv were intentional’ – defense establishment

The Israeli defense establishment thought a month ago that rockets launched towards Tel Aviv that landed in the Mediterranean were an accident. They now think the opposite.
On January 1, 2022, two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip, falling into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Central Israel. New intelligence reports indicate that,…


US, Israel national security heads grapple with global threats Iran, Russia

Both officials also said they aim to deepen cooperation in science and technology while maintaining coordination on regional challenges.

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with his Israeli counterpart, National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata, at the White House on Wednesday amid the backdrop of the Iran negotiations and tensions…


Iranian cell caught in plot to assassinate Israeli in Istanbul, media and target say

8 spies said arrested in plot to kill businessman Yair Geller, in retaliation for killing of Iran’s nuclear chief; Turkish intel worked with Mossad, moved Geller to safehouse
Turkish intelligence thwarted an Iranian plan to assassinate an Israeli businessman in the country, according to reports in Turkish media Friday. The intended target, Yair…


Raisi says Iran ‘never has hope’ in nuclear talks as country marks 1979 revolution

Crowds wave Iranian flags, chant slogans and carry placards that read ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ as they celebrate uprising that ousted Western-backed monarchy

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said Friday that his country “never has hope” in the nuclear negotiations with world powers to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.



Biden Admin Won’t Commit to Legally Mandated Congressional Review of New Iran Deal

Biden poised to skirt Congress and break law to ink deal, GOP warns

The Biden administration will not commit to submitting a new Iran nuclear deal to Congress for approval, as is required by U.S. law.

With the United States poised to ink a new deal with Tehran that will unwind virtually all economic sanctions on Iran and provide the hardline…


Pro-Palestinian influence at center of congressional bribery allegations

An alleged bid to get a freshman congresswoman to adopt pro-Palestinian stances is at the center of a bribery scandal dating back to 2018.

Rep. Marie Newman, a Chicago-area Democrat, is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegedly promising Iymen Chehade, a Palestinian-American academic, a job on her congressional…


US reportedly notified Israel ahead of raid that killed Islamic State leader

Bennett and Defense Minister Gantz hail killing of terror chief in Syria: ‘The world is now a safer place’

The US notified Israel ahead of a raid in Syria that killed the leader of the Islamic State terror group, according to Thursday reports.

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the global leader of IS since 2019, blew himself up as US…