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CUFI survey finds strong bipartisan support for Israel, new sanctions on Iran

06/11/2021

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) released the results of its latest survey this week on American attitudes on Israel, showing that support for Israel and issues important to the survival of the Jewish state still hold bipartisan support.

Robert Jones, a partner with the Idaho-based GS Strategy Group, which joined with CUFI to…

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US Army to buy remote-controlled weapons from Israel’s Rafael for $150 million

06/11/2021

The US Army chose American company Oshkosh Defense and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to provide it with remotely operated weapons positions in a deal worth $942 million. Rafael’s share of the deal is estimated at $150 million.

The positions are a Rafael development and are referred to in the IDF as “lethal” positions….

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IDF apprehends two suspects who breached Lebanese-Israeli border

06/11/2021

The Israel Defense Forces apprehended two suspects in northern Israel on Monday after they breached the Lebanese-Israeli border fence on Sunday night.

The IDF said in a statement that after an extensive pursuit undertaken by the military and the Israel Police, which included blocking off areas and roads, soldiers found the…

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Gantz to Hezbollah: War With Israel Will Cause ‘Immense’ Damage to Lebanon

06/11/2021

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued a warning to Hezbollah on Monday, saying that the damage to Lebanon in any future war with Israel would be “immense.”

Speaking at an event marking Israel’s recognition of its 18-year presence in southern Lebanon as an official military campaign, Gantz said that such a war would be fought…

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Iranian oil tankers set to arrive in Syria on Friday

06/10/2021

Two Iranian oil tankers carrying about 1.4 million barrels of Iranian crude oil are set to arrive in Baniyas, Syria on Friday, Tanker Trackers reported on Thursday.

Another about 300,000 barrels of oil are on a third tanker waiting in the Suez Canal, according to the report.

Iran has reportedly shipped about five million…

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Blinken dodges questions on Iran negotiations during Senate hearings

06/10/2021

Secretary of State Tony Blinken was grilled on a range of aspects of the administration’s plans for dealing with Iran during his second consecutive day of back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, this time facing the Senate Appropriations and Foreign Relations Committees.

During Tuesday’s hearings, Blinken was pressed for…

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Reopening Palestinian Missions Would Violate Law, Senators Say

06/09/2021

The Biden administration’s efforts to elevate diplomatic relations with the Palestinians violate the law and will undermine America’s historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, according to a group of Republican senators.

In the weeks since Israel went to war with the Iranian-backed Hamas terror group, the Biden…

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Israelis Fare Well In US Army Counter Drone Tests

06/09/2021

TEL AVIV: Three Israeli companies are finalists in the U.S Army’s contest to find the most effective systems to neutralize hostile drones, with only one US company still in the mix.

ELTA, teamed with Iron Drone, and XTEND recently demonstrated their systems at Yuma Proving Grounds. The demos are part of the Army’s effort to select…

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U.S. warns Venezuela, Cuba to turn away Iranian ships believed to be carrying arms

06/09/2021
The Biden administration is privately urging the governments of Venezuela and Cuba to turn away two Iranian naval ships believed to be carrying arms intended for transfer to Caracas, as the vessels make their way across the Atlantic Ocean this week, according to three people briefed on the situation.
A weapons transfer from the…

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I Worked on the Abraham Accords. It’s Time to Free the Palestinians from Hamas—and Iran | Opinion

06/09/2021

Last August, we entered a new era: A 70-year stalemate was exchanged for an era of greater coexistence. The signing of the Abraham Accords between the United Arab Emirates and Israel that I helped broker was a bold, courageous move which promised to finally make progress where everything else had failed.

After the recent conflict…

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Senate antisemitism task force relaunches with 56 members

06/09/2021

The Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism relaunched with 56 members, divided equally between Democrats and Republicans, co-chairs Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK) announced Tuesday afternoon.

The group — the first of its kind in the Senate — was founded in 2019 by Rosen and Lankford with 38…

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EU study finds incitement in Palestinian textbooks, kept from public

06/09/2021

Palestinian Authority textbooks encourage violence against Israelis and include antisemitic messages, according to an unpublished report commissioned by the European Union in 2019 and obtained by The Jerusalem Post.

The European Commission kept the report under wraps after receiving it from the Georg Eckert Institute for…

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US working on more normalization between Israel, Arab states – Ashkenazi

06/09/2021

The Biden administration is actively involved in encouraging more Arab states to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said Tuesday.

“They fully adopted the Abraham Accords and are eager to expand them,” he said. “There is going to be someone appointed to be responsible for doing so.”

The…

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State Department shuns term ‘Abraham Accords’

06/07/2021

The Biden State Department discourages employees from referring to the historic peace agreements signed by Israel and its Arab neighbors by its official name, the Abraham Accords, according to one source with direct knowledge of the Biden administration’s internal decision-making process and emails reviewed by the Washington Free…

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Palestinian Authority pays $42,000 to family of terrorist who killed 2 Israelis

06/07/2021

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday ordered that the family of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered two Israelis be paid more than $40,000 and be given new housing, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

Ramallah Governor Laila Ghannam, an Abbas appointee, met with the family of Muhannad Halabi and gave them some…

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David Dushman, last surviving Auschwitz liberator, dies aged 98

06/07/2021
‘As the “Hero of Auschwitz” he was one of the liberators of the concentration camp and saved countless lives’

David Dushman, the last surviving soldier who took part in the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in 1945, has died at the age of 98.
Dushman, a Red Army soldier who later became an international fencer, died…

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Fatah, PLO factions continue social-media call for intifada

06/07/2021

Fatah and various Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) factions have continued their calls for an intifada through social media, following a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza that ended 11 days of violent hostilities, as highlighted in a press release from Palestinian Media Watch on Wednesday.

One commentator, Bassem Barhoum,…

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UNRWA finds attack tunnel under one of its Gaza schools

06/07/2021

A tunnel used by Palestinian militants in Gaza was discovered under one of the schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency last month.

The UNRWA Zaitoun Preparatory Boys’ School “A” and Elementary Boys’ School “A” was one of two of the organization’s facilities damaged during the 11-day Gaza war that ended on May 21….