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After Israeli warning, Thailand said to be on high alert for potential Iranian spies

Thai police are reportedly on high alert over the potential presence of Iranian spies in the southeastern Asian country, as Israel warns that Tehran could be targeting its citizens abroad as part of a revenge plot.

According to a report in the Bangkok Post, as well as other local media outlets, the Royal Thai Police issued a “secret order” to…

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Two Palestinians suspected of planning ‘hostile activity’ arrested in Tel Aviv

Two Palestinians who had illegally entered Israel were arrested Monday morning in Tel Aviv over “concerns of hostile activity,” law enforcement officials said.

Officers from the Yamam police counter-terrorism unit and the Shin Bet security agency arrested the pair in south Tel Aviv in the predawn hours of Monday, Israel Police said in a…

Iran crossing nuke uranium enrichment threshold ‘cannot be avoided’ – IAEA

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi declared on Monday not only that Iran had failed to reduce concerns about the nuclear violations of its nonproliferation safeguards agreement, but also that Iran will eventually cross the nuclear uranium enrichment threshold.

He qualified that “having a significant quantity does…

Anti-regime Iranian activists visit Israel to garner support and spread awareness

As European and American negotiating teams continue to convene in Vienna in an attempt to sign a new nuclear deal with Iran, the Iranian people have taken to the streets to protest the rising cost of living. Food and gasoline prices have risen, and clean water is scarce.

Unemployment is high, and prices of goods have skyrocketed. Western media…

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Bennett to IAEA chief: Israel reserves right to act against Iran’s nuclear program

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Friday with the visiting head of the UN’s atomic watchdog for talks focused on Iran’s nuclear program.

A statement from Bennett’s office said the premier warned International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi that Iran was pushing ahead on developing a nuclear weapon while misleading the world with…

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Biden said due in Israel on June 23, will meet PM, Abbas, tour E. Jerusalem hospital

US President Joe Biden will arrive in Israel on June 23 as part of a planned trip to the Middle East, Hebrew media outlets reported Friday.

The White House has yet to release the dates for Biden’s trip, which was announced after a phone call with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in April.

According to the Ynet news site, Biden will tour an…

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Microsoft blocks Lebanese cyberattacks on Israeli firms, possibly directed by Iran

Microsoft has suspended over 20 OneDrive accounts for abusing the file hosting service in order to carry out cyberattacks on Israeli companies across numerous industries, including defense and financial services

Company officials wrote Thursday that they had high confidence the organization behind the attacks, which it dubbed “Polonium,” is…

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In Cyprus, IDF runs drills for potential war with Hezbollah, Lebanon ground assault

The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday wrapped up a major military exercise in Cyprus, simulating a military ground offensive deep inside Lebanon in a potential war against the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group.

The Mediterranean island was chosen both for its Lebanon-like terrain — mountainous along a coastal plain — and its proximity to…

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General Mills says departing Israel was a business decision, not a boycott

Days after General Mills announced it had sold its stake in a joint operation in Israel that operated a plant in East Jerusalem, the company emphasized that its decision was unconnected to a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement advocacy campaign that has targeted its operations for several years.

“We have made clear the global business…

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Hate crimes in New York increase 196% in New York state in past year

Hate crimes in New York rose 196% in New York state from 2020 to 2021, with Jews being the target of 40% of all hate-crime incidents.

That was one of the conclusions of a new report, “Hate in the Empire State: Extremism & Antisemitism in New York,” issued jointly by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism and the Community Security…

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Is Abbas facing mutiny within Fatah ranks?

Animosity toward Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is growing not only on the Palestinian street but also in his own party, Fatah sources said this week.

The 86-year-old leader, elected in 2005, has overstayed his five-year term over the rift with Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip in a military coup in 2007, effectively…

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Ex-UN nuclear inspector claims Iran already has enough enriched uranium for weapon

A former UN nuclear inspector said that while he believes Iran’s nuclear breakout time is now zero and Tehran has enough highly enriched uranium to build a weapon, it is not clear how long it would take the Islamic Republic to assemble a bomb.

David Albright, who worked as an inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the…

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Israeli Navy wraps up ‘complex’ submarine exercise in Red Sea

The Israeli Navy wrapped up a “complex” and “lengthy” submarine drill in the Red Sea on Thursday morning, the military said.

During the exercise, the INS Tekuma Dolphin-class submarine was escorted by Saar 5 and 4.5 Class Corvettes in the Red Sea, in a drill simulating “achieving maritime superiority,” the Israel Defense Forces said.

The…

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Israel, US pledge economic, diplomatic and military coordination to stop Iran nukes

National Security Council chairman Eyal Hulata and his US counterpart Jake Sullivan met Wednesday in Washington for talks largely focused on Iran, with the two pledging economic, diplomatic, and military coordination to stop Teheran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“The officials committed to coordinate on efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring…

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‘Hope is not a national security strategy’: Menendez demands new Iran strategy, end to negotiations

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) stressed at a dinner on Tuesday evening the need for a new Iran strategy and an end to negotiations with Iran in Vienna. “It is time to tell the Europeans, who we have shown good faith with, that we were willing to enter into what was hopefully a stronger and longer deal, that the…

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Iran could have 4 ‘crude’ nukes in 3 months – think tank

Iran could have four “crude” nuclear bombs within three months, if it makes the decision to cross the nuclear threshold, the Institute for Science and International Security announced on Wednesday.

This would not be the same as having full-fledged nuclear weapons which could be delivered on a ballistic missile, which could take another six…

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On This Day: The Farhud pogrom begins against Iraq’s Jews 81 years ago

June 1, 2022, marks 81 years since the Farhud, a brutal antisemitic pogrom against the Iraqi Jewish community that saw over 180 Jews killed and the beginning of the end of Iraqi Jewry.

Background:

Jews have a long and very rich history in the land that is now the country of Iraq. Throughout the hundreds of years of Jewish presence in this…

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey brings economic trade mission to Israel

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is in Israel this week on a five-day trade mission with a delegation from Arizona focused on business development, water technology and border security. The delegation includes Danny Seiden, the head of Arizona’s Chamber of Commerce, and Sandra Wilson, the president & CEO of Arizona Commerce Authority.

While the…