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Iran calls on US to unfreeze $10 billion before returning to nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahain said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic had requested that the United States unfreeze “at least” $10 billion in frozen Iranian funds to prove it was serious about rejoining the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

In an interview with Iranian state television, Amir-Abdollahian said that…

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Lapid to meet Blinken in Washington next week

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is expected to visit Washington to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken next week.

The trip is expected to be short because Congress will not be in session and Lapid does not have meetings planned on Capitol Hill.

Iran is likely to be a top item on the agenda for the meeting, with talks to return to…

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Israel says ‘Iranian terror’ targeted Israeli businesspeople in Cyprus

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office on Monday blamed “Iranian terror” for last week’s reported assassination attempt against Teddy Sagi in Cyprus, saying that the Israeli billionaire wasn’t targeted personally, and that the failed hit was not a criminal affair.

“Regarding some of the reports last night about the incident in Cyprus, I would…

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Pro-Israel Group Blasts Sen. Paul for Blocking Funding for Israel’s Iron Dome

Christians United for Israel (CUFI), one of the nation’s largest and most influential pro-Israel groups, in a letter sent to Paul’s office this week and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, is pressing the senator to reconsider his opposition to a Senate measure that would immediately release U.S. funding so that Israel can replenish its Iron…

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Israel and Bahrain sign partnership deals during Lapid visit

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid signed a series of key partnership agreements during a meeting with his Bahrain counterpart Abdullatif al-Zayani on Thursday.
The deals focused on areas of collaboration between the two nations in future healthcare, sports, and environmental initiatives.
“His Majesty’s leadership and inspiration have led to…

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Lapid inaugurates Israeli embassy in Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain — Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday officially opened Israel’s embassy in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, a year after the two countries agreed to normalize diplomatic relations.

“May our people live in peace and prosperity forever,” Lapid said during the inauguration.

He added in Hebrew: “Israel made a major, historic…

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Dubai opens $7B Expo, including Israeli pavilion, with extravagant show of glitz

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Dubai opened its extravagant Expo 2020 on Thursday with a flashy ceremony boasting fireworks and lights displays, as it attempts to woo the world despite the pandemic.

The domed Al Wasl Plaza, the centerpiece of the vast Expo site, was lit by spectacular projections as Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed…

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‘War with Israel already started’ says Iranian FM spokesman

“The war with Israel has already started,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told Maariv. “Israel has carried out attacks that were intended to destroy our nuclear program for peaceful purposes. It murdered nuclear scientists and harmed the Iranian people. Iran is accused of terrorism, but there is no good or bad terrorist. The…

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Fire in Iran occurred at secret IRGC missile base – Israeli report

A fire erupted in an IRGC facility in Iran on Sunday leaving two dead and one injured. On Thursday, Tel Aviv-based ImageSat International – ISI, a commercial servicer for satellite images – estimated that the facility was not just any military compound – it was a secret missile base.
It is still unclear why the fire erupted on Sunday.

A series…

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Top Iranian general: Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad are Iranian armies

The head of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiyah Central Headquarters said in a recent interview that Iran had created six armies outside the country’s borders, in a “corridor” stretching from Iran all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the Iran-Iraq war that aired on Iran’s IRINN television on Sept. 25, Maj. Gen. Gholam…

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Lapid arrives in Bahrain in first official visit to Gulf State by Israeli minister

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid traveled to the Kingdom of Bahrain on Thursday in the the first official visit by an Israeli minister to the country.

Lapid met with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani after arriving in the capital of Manama.

Together, the two are scheduled to inaugurate the Israeli embassy in…

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New video game lets players ‘free Palestine’ and fight Israel

A new video game headed for Steam will see players take part in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – from the Palestinian perspective.

Titled Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the game is developed by Nidal Nijm, a Brazilian resident of Palestinian origin.

The game promises to let players take the role of Palestinian freedom…

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Tensions grow with Azerbaijan as Iran moves forces to border

Tensions spiked between Azerbaijan and Iran in recent weeks after Azerbaijan began targeting Iranian trucks with fines and arrests, and Iran moved military forces to its border with Azerbaijan and warned against Israeli influence near its borders.

In August, the Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry invited the Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, due to…

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Biden said to reject meeting with Abbas during UN General Assembly

US President Joe Biden reportedly rejected a request from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet last week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Citing US and Palestinian sources, the Axios news site reported Wednesday that Abbas and his aides inquired about the prospect of a meeting with Biden when considering whether to…

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Kamala Harris applauds student, who accused Israel of ‘ethnic genocide,’ for speaking ‘your truth’

Vice President Kamala Harris nodded while a student accused Israel of ethnic genocide and then responded by saying the student’s “truth should not be suppressed.”
After speaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to commemorate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Harris took questions from the audience. That’s when a female…

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Biden security adviser heads to Egypt as Israel-Hamas tensions rise

WASHINGTON  — US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan is heading to Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egyptian government officials about rising tensions between Israel and Hamas.

The Biden administration is leaning heavily on Egypt, which has long played a role as mediator between Israel and the Hamas terror group, for…

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US, China, Iran triangle: Between a rock and a hard place

There is finally a US plan for trying to pressure Iran into coming back to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal and complying with IAEA inspections.

The problem is that the plan is booby-trapped and almost certainly condemned to failure in advance.

The US and the EU will turn to China to try to get it to reduce its oil purchases from the Islamic…

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Settlers throw rocks, injure 3-year-old Palestinian in West Bank clashes

Three Israelis and at least two Palestinians, including a three-year-old suffering moderate head trauma, were injured on Tuesday as approximately 60 West Bank settlers threw rocks towards Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills, Israeli media reported.

According to reports, around 30 Palestinians fought back when the settlers caused harm to cars…