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Hamas-affiliated journalist: Palestine was lost because Arab countries told residents to leave

On “Nakba Day” this year, May 15, Ibrahim Al-Madhoun, a Gazan journalist affiliated with Hamas, published an article on the Hamas website discussing why it occurred in the first place.

According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the article, titled “The Nakba From a Different Perspective,” claims that…

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Let’s talk about the ‘nakba’ and who’s really responsible for Palestinian suffering

Resolutions proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives mean nothing. They give members an opportunity to pay lip service to various causes favored by their constituents but don’t commit the government to action. They are almost always not worth noticing. But every once in a while, a resolution is put forward that demands attention. This week…

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Ex-IRGC head Soleimani’s son-in-law smuggles weapons to Hezbollah – IDF

The son-in-law of former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani regularly smuggles weapons from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon, the IDF said on Friday.

Sayyed Reza Hashim Safieddine is the son of Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, the head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council. He is believed to be a key member of Hezbollah’s…

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Taylor Force Martyr Payment Prevention Act introduced, aimed at foreign banks

A new bipartisan Taylor Force Martyr Payment Prevention Act was introduced on Wednesday, seeking to build on the original Taylor Force Act by strengthening the Treasury Department’s existing anti-terrorism financing authorities.

The bill will give the Treasury “the additional authority to designate foreign banks as institutions of primary…

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Gold-medalist kickboxer waves Israeli flag at World Cup in Turkey

Arab-Israeli kickboxer Loay Sakas won the gold medal at the seventh International Turkish Open Kickboxing World Cup in Istanbul, held from May 12-15.

The Christian athlete raised an Israeli flag after defeating Slovakian opponent Marek Karlik in the under-75-kilogram weight class.

Sakas told Israel’s Channel 12 that he hopes to encourage…

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Israel says it foiled Iranian operation to lure Israelis abroad, possibly nab them

The Shin Bet security agency said Thursday it had uncovered an attempt by Iranian operatives to lure Israeli academics, business people, and former defense officials abroad, in an effort to kidnap or otherwise harm them.

The agency has warned in the past that Iran has attempted to lure Israelis abroad. “It is a well-known method of operation of…

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Pilgrims return to Meron for downsized event, a year after crush that killed 45

Worshipers returned to Mount Meron on Wednesday night for Lag B’omer celebrations, a year after 45 people were killed in a deadly crush that was the worst civil disaster in Israeli history.

Minor clashes were reported between guards and extremists who threatened to break into the area around the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on the mountain,…

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Hezbollah leader declares ‘big victory’ despite losing parliamentary majority

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah, said Wednesday that no political party could claim victory in the country’s recent elections.

Nasrallah said during his first televised speech since Sunday’s election that “unlike the situation in parliament in 2018, no political group can claim a majority,” according to…

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Iran filling vacuum left by Russians in Syria, says Jordan’s king

Jordan’s King Abdullah II stated that Iran and its proxies were filling a vacuum left by Russia in southern Syria, warning that this could lead to issues along Jordan’s borders, during an interview on Wednesday at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

When asked about Iran, the king stated that “we want everybody to be part of a new…

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IDF, Shin Bet, Border Police arrest 13 terrorism suspects in the West Bank

Thirteen individuals suspected of terrorist activity were arrested on Wednesday night by the IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police in the West Bank, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.

Israeli security forces were active in several areas throughout the West Bank, including the villages of al-‘Arub, ‘Abidia, Rifida, Bidu and the Qalandiya refugee…

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Israeli defense minister, U.S. National Security Advisor meet in White House

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz commenced his official visit to the United States on Wednesday, meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in the White House. The two discussed various security threats, foremost Iran, as well as regional opportunities, according to a statement from Gantz’s office.

Iran was a central…

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Gantz leaves to US for security talks centered on Iran, Ukraine

Iran’s nuclear program and the war in Ukraine will be the focus of security talks with Washington this week, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said late Tuesday as he took off for a several-day trip to the US.

Gantz is set to meet with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan during two days in Washington, amid…

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In first, Israel sends 2,000 helmets, 500 flak jackets to Ukraine

In a further sign of its shifting stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Israel on Wednesday sent Ukraine helmets and flak jackets that the Defense Ministry said will be given to rescue forces and civilian organizations.

In a statement, the ministry said it was shipping 2,000 helmets and 500 flak jackets — the first sent by the Jewish state…

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, ‘squad’ introduce ‘nakba’ resolution

House members led by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Monday introduced a resolution calling for U.S. recognition of the Palestinian “nakba,” a term meaning “catastrophe” that is typically used by Palestinians to refer to the establishment of the State of Israel.

“Today, I introduced a resolution recognizing the Nakba (catastrophe), where 400…

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IDF chief of staff welcomes US CENTCOM commander in Tel Aviv

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi led an honor guard at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv on to receive the new Commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), Maj. Gen. Michael Kurilla, on his first official visit to Israel.

The visit will focus on “U.S.-Israel cooperation, maintaining regional stability and…

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Gantz: Iran ‘weeks from enough fissile material for bomb,’ adding 1,000 centrifuges

Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Tuesday that Iran is just a “few weeks” from accumulating sufficient fissile material for a bomb. It is also working to finish the production and installation of 1,000 advanced centrifuges enriching uranium, including at a new underground site at the Natanz nuclear facility, he said.

“Iran continues to…

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Palestinian tries to stab soldier in northern West Bank, is shot by troops, IDF says

A Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli soldier in the northern West Bank on Tuesday morning before being shot by troops on the scene, the military said.

The Israel Defense Forces said it received reports of a stabbing attempt near the headquarters of the Samaria Regional Brigade.

“A terrorist armed with a knife began running toward soldiers…

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IDF says it downed Hezbollah drone that entered Israeli airspace amid major drill

Israeli troops downed a drone belonging to the Hezbollah terror group on Tuesday after it entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The incident occurred as the military was holding a wide-scale monthlong drill called Chariots of Fire. During the past week, the exercise focused on training for fighting on Israel’s…