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Report: Israel directly warns 100 of its citizens to leave Turkey due to Iran threat

Israeli security officials called and directly warned more than 100 Israeli citizens in Turkey that they are in Iran’s crosshairs, and asked them to return, according to a television report Monday.

Earlier in the day, Israel’s National Security Council issued a public travel warning for Turkey, saying there was a concrete threat to Israelis by…

Iranian outlet names five Israeli intel and tech experts as potential targets

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency issued details on five Israelis it warned could be targeted by Tehran, as the Islamic Republic continued to seethe on Monday over the killing of a top Revolutionary Guards official, which it blames on Israel.

Under the headline “Zionists who must live in secret,” Fars claimed that the five, their families…

Bennett confirms classified IAEA docs were stolen by Iran

Iran used stolen documents to deceive the International Atomic Energy Agency, and continues lying to the world, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned on Tuesday, ahead of the UN atomic agency’s board meeting next week.

IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi released a report to the agency’s Board of Governors a day to earlier estimating that Iran…

Israel, UAE sign historic free trade agreement

Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday in Dubai. The deal is the first of its kind between Israel and an Arab state.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid hailed the agreement, calling it “historic,” and thanked Israel’s Economy and Industry Minister Orna Barbivai for her contribution to achieving it….

Don’t Fall For Erdogan’s Not So Charming Offensive

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a charm offensive. In recent weeks, the autocratic leader has been making a concerted public effort to mend strained ties with regional powers and re-engage Washington in the hopes of resuscitating the moribund U.S.-Turkish relationship. This would be welcome news if Erdogan was addressing the policies…

Elite IDF search and rescue unit to be open to women for first time

Women will be allowed to serve in an elite helicopter-borne search and rescue unit for the first time, the Israel Defense Forces announced Friday, amid an appeal to the country’s top court over the apparent gender inequality.

According to the military, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi approved the recommendation of the Israeli Air Force…

Israel said to fear Iran will target Israelis abroad in bid to avenge slain officer

Israel fears that Iran could seek to attack Israelis abroad to avenge a senior Iranian military commander who was assassinated in Tehran, and is set to issue recommendations against travel to some destinations that border the Islamic Republic, Channel 12 News reported Thursday.

The concerns came in the wake of leaks tying Israel to the slaying…

Iran’s Guards building massive ship to project naval power beyond Persian Gulf

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is building a massive new support ship near the strategic Strait of Hormuz as it tries to expand its naval presence in waters vital to international energy supplies and beyond, satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press show.

The construction of the…

IDF drills for multi-front war, including 1,500 rockets a day fired from Lebanon

Israeli cities could be bombarded with 1,500 rockets a day, and the death toll could quickly reach into the hundreds should war with the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon break out, according to a military assessment shared Thursday.

Army officials said the predictions of fierce fighting and carnage on Israel’s homefront formed the…

US slams Iraqi law banning ties with Israel: ‘Promotes environment of antisemitism’

WASHINGTON — The United States lambasted legislation passed in Iraq on Thursday that criminalizes normalization of ties with Israel, saying it fosters “an environment of antisemitism.”

“The United States is deeply disturbed by the Iraqi Parliament’s passage of legislation that criminalizes normalization of relations with Israel,” the State…

US seizes Iranian oil cargo near Greek island

The United States has confiscated an Iranian oil cargo held on a Russian-operated ship near Greece and will send the cargo to the United States aboard another vessel, three sources familiar with the matter said.

Greek authorities last month impounded the Iranian-flagged Pegas, with 19 Russian crew members on board, near the coast of the…

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New York Times: Israel killed top IRGC commander a warning to Iran

Israeli officials were taken by surprise on Wednesday by a report in The New York Times alleging that Israel had informed Washington it was behind the assassination of a top Iranian officer earlier in the week.

An unnamed intelligence official told the Times that the hit was meant as a warning to Iran to halt the operations of Unit 840—a covert…

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US Treasury targets Russian-backed Iranian oil-smuggling network

On the day that the Biden administration point man on Iran testified before a Senate committee, the U.S. Treasury Department announced a new sanctions package targeting an oil-smuggling and money-laundering network belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF), backed by Russia.

The network, which was led by Quds…

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Iran said to have utilized confidential IAEA papers to cover up its nuclear activity

Iranian intelligence accessed confidential UN documents and used them to evade and mislead the world body’s nuclear watchdog over 15 years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing evidence of the operation uncovered in a huge stash of nuclear documents that Israel seized and spirited out of Iran in 2018.

Reacting to the report,…

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Top Abbas adviser al-Sheikh to lead PLO’s executive committee

Senior Palestinian Authority official Hussein al-Sheikh has been appointed secretary-general of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, a spokesperson for al-Sheikh confirmed on Thursday.

A longtime member of the ruling Fatah party and a top adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, al-Sheikh is viewed…

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Biden made final decision to keep Iran’s IRGC on terrorist list, sources say

President Joe Biden has finalized his decision to keep Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on a terrorist blacklist, according to a senior Western official, further complicating international efforts to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Another person familiar with the matter said Biden conveyed his decision during an April 24 phone call…

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The Biden team is misleading the public — and themselves — about the Iran deal

Iran’s nuclear program is again set to take center stage when the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors meets on June 6. Tehran continues to flagrantly violate its nuclear non-proliferation obligations, extending well beyond the 2015 nuclear deal.

Nevertheless, senior Biden administration officials continue to lobby for…

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Bennett mourns ‘horrific murder of innocent children and teachers’ in Texas massacre

Israeli leaders on Wednesday expressed their condolences after a gunman massacred at least 19 children at an elementary school in Texas.

Local authorities said two adults were also killed during the shooting spree in the town of Uvalde. The attacker, who shot and critically wounded his grandmother before the attack, was killed by law…