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Morocco And Israel Decide To Normalize Relations

12/10/2020

Israel and Morocco have agreed to establish diplomatic relations, US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday.

Morocco became the fourth Arab country to normalize ties with Israel in four months, following the Abraham Accords with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

“Another historic breakthrough today!” Trump…

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Jewish, Pro-Israel Groups React To Morocco Agreeing To Normalize Ties With Israel

12/10/2020

Jewish and pro-Israel groups reacted positively to Morocco’s announcement on Thursday of its intention to normalize ties with Israel.

It’s the fourth normalization deal in the past four months between Israel and Arab countries, after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan. These nations follow in the wake of Egypt and Jordan,…

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Israel Joins UAE, Morocco And Bahrain In International Security Alliance

12/10/2020

In an unprecedented move, Israel officially joined the International Security Alliance (ISA) on Wednesday night, becoming its tenth member and joining countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain.

Other countries in the alliance include France, Italy, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, And Slovakia.

The move is “an…

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Netanyahu Directs More Budgets For Israeli Aid To Honduras, Guatemala

12/10/2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed that additional budgets be allocated for the Israeli aid for Honduras and Guatemala in the wake of the damage done to the countries by recent hurricanes, his office announced Thursday.

A joint Home Front Command and Foreign Ministry delegation travelled to the Republic of Honduras last…

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Netanyahu To Visit Egypt On Invitation From President Sisi: Report

12/10/2020
Visit said to focus on deepening security cooperation in face of Iranian threat

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to visit Egypt in the near future on an invitation from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Israel Hayom reported Wednesday.
The newspaper cited Egyptian sources as saying that an official visit could…

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Lebanon PM Diab, 3 Ex-Ministers Indicted Over Beirut Blast In August: Report

12/10/2020
High-ranking Lebanese officials said charged with negligence that caused over 200 deaths

The lead investigator of the deadly August 4 blast at the Lebanese capital’s port indicted outgoing premier Hassan Diab and three ex-ministers on charges of negligence, a judicial source told AFP Thursday.
Also indicted are Finance Minister…

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The Story Of Hanukkah

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Starting tomorrow evening, many Jews will celebrate Hanukkah. Also called the Festival of Rededication, Hanukkah was added to the Jewish calendar in 164 BCE after the defilement of the Temple by the Syrian Greeks. In 167 BCE, Judah the Maccabee led a revolt against King Antiochus IV Ephiphanes, a vicious ruler who had…

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Israel Scouting Out Sites To Set Up Embassy In Bahrain Before Year’s End

12/08/2020

Foreign Ministry representatives visited Bahraini capital Manama this week to look for potential locations to set up an Israeli embassy.

Israel plans to set up three temporary missions in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates by the end of the year, the Foreign Ministry said in a press briefing Tuesday.

There are plans for two…

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Report: Investment In Israeli Companies To Reach Record $10 Billion Despite Pandemic

12/08/2020

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, Israeli companies raised a record amount of capital in 2020, according to a new report by an Israeli NGO.

According to the report, released by Start-Up Nation Central (SNC) on Monday, as of the beginning of December, Israeli companies had raised $9.5 billion in capital, putting 2020 on…

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Cargo Plane Carrying First Batch Of Pfizer Vaccine Lands In Israel

12/09/2020

Israel’s first batch of Pfizer vaccines landed on Wednesday as the country began to gear up for a mass vaccination effort to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.

The plane landed from Brussels carrying a cargo of between 3,000 and 4,000 doses of the vaccine in an initial delivery, with hundreds of thousands more set to…

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UAE Ambassador On Israel Ties: ‘We Expect Joint Ventures In Virtually Every Sector’

12/07/2020

The Emirati ambassador to the United States said on Sunday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates hope to cooperate in making advancements in all fields following the signing of the Abraham Accords.

United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba was a featured guest at the Iranian American Jewish…

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Hebrew Schools To Open In Dubai And Abu Dhabi As Hundreds Sign Up For Language Courses

12/06/2020

A new Hebrew language school will hold classes in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to meet demand to learn one of the oldest languages spoken today.

The Educational Hebrew Institute said it had fielded several thousand queries since it announced it would set up in the Emirates.

Several hundred Emiratis and expats have signed up for classes,…

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Israeli Delegation Appears At UAE’s Major Gitex Tech Summit For The First Time

12/08/2020

Israeli and Emirati business leaders met in Dubai this week for the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (Gitex) Technology Week, one of the world’s largest annual tech summits.

It was the first time Israelis participated in the conference, a development that followed the normalization deal signed between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi…

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Stabbing Attack Thwarted At Checkpoint Near Jerusalem

12/07/2020

Assailant said shot, critically wounded, with no other casualties in incident

The Israeli security forces thwarted an attempted stabbing attack at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem on Monday, early media reports suggested.

Initial reports suggest the assailant was shot and injured, with no other casualties in the…

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Israel Wins International Tunneling Award For Archaeology

12/06/2020

The Israel’s underground project won international recognition at the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA) Awards, specifically taking hope top prize in the Oddities of the Underground category, due to its creativity and innovation in archaeology.

The awards, given out virtually due to the coronavirus…

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Suspect In Jewish Restaurant Terror Attack Charged In Paris

12/05/2020
Abu Zayed was arrested in September in Norway where he had been living since 1991

A suspect in a 1982 attack on a Jewish neighborhood in Paris that killed six people was on Saturday charged and remanded in custody by French authorities after his extradition from Norway, judicial sources said.
Walid Abdulrahman Abu Zayed was…

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Israeli Delegation In Honduras Providing Aid Following Hurricanes

12/05/2020

A joint Home Front Command and Foreign Ministry delegation travelled to the Republic of Honduras this week to help the country following the devastation left behind by hurricanes Eta and Iota. The delegation has been on the ground for three days assisting cities suffering from hurricane damage and providing guidance to local…

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Israeli Medical Delegation Enters Gaza To Provide Essential COVID-19 Care

12/03/2020

A delegation of Israeli doctors entered the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning to provide free treatment for hundreds of Gazans impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The medical delegation — organized by Physicians for Human Rights – Israel — is the first of its kind from Israel to the coastal enclave since the beginning of the…