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US Says Bahrain, UAE Are ‘Major Security Partners’ After Normalizing Israel Ties

01/16/2021

The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners” early Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations.

A White House statement tied the designation to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalizing ties to Israel, saying it…

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Israel In ‘Final Stages’ Of COVID, Showing World An Exit Strategy, Says Top Official

01/15/2021

Israel is in the “final stages” of the coronavirus pandemic, a senior health official said Friday after data showed the country was seeing clear results of its massive vaccination drive.

“We are in the final stages of the coronavirus. Israel, with the scale of its vaccine drive, is showing the world that there is an exit…

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Massive Iran Missile Drill Is Message To US, Gulf and Israel

01/16/2021

A massive Iranian missile drill showcasing long range missiles, drones and other weapons is taking place this weekend and serves as a message to Gulf countries, the US and Israel.

It comes a year after Iran launched ballistic missiles at US forces in Iraq and follows Tehran’s sending of missile technology to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon…

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US, Moroccan NGO Sign Deal To Fight All Forms Of Antisemitism

01/16/2021

The US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism signed a groundbreaking agreement with the NGO Association Mimouna of Morocco on Friday to jointly combat antisemitism and efforts to strip Israel of its legitimacy.

Ellie Cohanim, the Deputy Special Envoy to Combat Antisemitism for the State Department, told The…

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UNRWA Admits Educational Materials Rife With Anti-Israel Racism And Incitement

01/14/2021

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which serves Palestinian refugees, admitted on Thursday that its educational materials contain exhortations to violence, hate speech, and terrorism that violate UN regulations.

In a statement by UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini one day after the release of a report…

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Israel: 162 Ethiopian Jews Immigrate to Israel

01/15/2021

‘I am extremely excited to see these new arrivals in Israel,’ Minister for Aliyah and Integration says

On Thursday morning, Israel welcomed another 162 Ethiopian Jews, members of the Falash Mura community, who landed in the Jewish state to make their aliyah — immigration.

The newly-made Israelis made their way into the Jewish…

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West Bank: Two Palestinian Terrorists Arrested Over Roadside Shooting

01/15/2021
Arresting officers found many firearms and munitions in the suspects’ houses

Israeli security forces on Friday arrested two suspected Palestinian terrorists who last month opened fire on an Israel Defense Forces vehicle in the West Bank.
No one was hurt in the December 19 incident that saw the suspects flee after shooting at an…

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Operation Pillar of Defense

01/13/2021
Coffee Break
Lesson 49
On November 14, 2012, Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense in response to a barrage of more than 150 rockets fired into Israel by terrorist organizations in Gaza in one day.

Israel’s main goal for the operation was to decrease the number of rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.

The operation began…

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Israel, UAE Sign Visa-Free Travel Agreement

01/13/2021

Israel and the United Arab Emirates will allow visa-free travel between the countries, after the UAE ratified an agreement on the matter on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said “the ratification of the agreement is a central element of the full and quick implementation of the many agreements being worked on these days…

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Israel, Slovakia To Ink Defense Deal Worth Over $182 Million

01/14/2021
‘Israel’s defense industry is at the forefront of global technology,’ Gantz says, hailing agreement

Israel and Slovakia are set to sign a defense agreement worth some €150 million, or over $182 million, Israel’s Defense Ministry said Thursday.
In a press release, the ministry said that the Slovakian government has approved a…

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IHRA Definition Is Useful – Antisemitism Must Be Fought On All Forms

01/13/2021

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

That is the International Holocaust…

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Israel Thwarts Stabbing Attack At Tomb Of The Patriarchs

01/12/2021
Incident comes after Palestinian man pulls out a screwdriver at an Israeli checkpoint outside of Jerusalem

Israeli Border Police shot a terrorist attempting a stabbing attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron early Wednesday, Israel Police said.
The 22-year-old Palestinian suffered moderate injury to the lower body and was…

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IDF: Shots Fired At Troops Working On Israel-Gaza Security Fence

01/12/2021
Israeli tank returns fire at Hamas military post, military spokesperson says

Two rounds of sniper shots from the Gaza Strip were fired at an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) unit operating on the Israel-Gaza security barrier on Wednesday.
The force was operating since the early morning hours near Kibbutz Kissufim adjacent to the…

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Palestinian Suspect Arrested After Failing To Stab Israeli Security Guard

01/12/2021
The assailant, 51, pulled out a screwdriver after was prevented from entering Israel

A Palestinian suspect was apprehended Tuesday after attempting to stab a security guard at a checkpoint in the West Bank, approximately eight miles north of Jerusalem, Hebrew media reported.
The man, a 51-year-old Nablus resident, tried to cross…

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Netanyahu Planning Future UAE, Bahrain Trip

01/11/2021

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to visit the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as soon as possible after the current coronavirus lockdown ends, hopefully in late January or early February, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

If that happens, his trip to the first two countries to join the Abraham Accords…

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Holocaust Survivor And Oldest Living Olympic Champion Turns 100 Years Old

01/09/2021
For Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic champion, the fondest memory of her remarkable 100 years is simply that she has lived through it all.
The Holocaust survivor and winner of 10 Olympic medals in gymnastics — including five golds — celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday in her native Budapest, punctuating a life of…

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After Close To 21 Years, Israel To Reopen Morocco Mission In ‘Days’

01/11/2021
Israel’s former ambassador to Egypt will take up his new position in Rabat

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has selected a diplomat to reopen the Jewish state’s liaison office in Morocco, an official said, weeks after the two countries normalized ties.
David Govrin, who was Israel’s ambassador to Egypt from 2016 to 2020, will be the…

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US To Designate Yemen’s Houthi Rebels As Terrorist Group

01/11/2021

Pompeo says move aims to hold group accountable for ‘cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations’

The United States plans to designate the Yemeni Iran-linked Houthi rebelsas a foreign terrorist group, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

“The designations are intended to hold Ansar Allah accountable for its…