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Ex-Mossad chief: Use positive Bennett-Biden meeting to stop Iran

Israel should use the positive meeting last week between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and US President Joe Biden to stop Iran’s march toward hegemony in the Middle East and toward a nuclear weapon, former Mossad director Yossi Cohen wrote on Wednesday.

In his first public op-ed since retiring as Mossad chief in June, Cohen wrote in Yediot…

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Hezbollah hammered with criticism amid Lebanon’s crises

Driving back to base after firing rockets toward Israeli positions from a border area last month, a group of Hezbollah fighters was accosted by angry villagers who smashed their vehicles’ windshields and held them up briefly.
It was a rare incident of defiance that suggested many in Lebanon would not tolerate provocations by the powerful group…

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A Year After Normalization Accord, First Bahraini Ambassador Heads to Israel

Bahrain’s first ambassador to Israel, Khaled Al Jalahma, will be arriving in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to begin his diplomatic mission.

“I am honored to announce that I will be arriving in Tel Aviv today to begin my post,” Jalahman tweeted.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s director-general, Alon Ushpiz, said on Twitter: “We are looking…

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Shin Bet investigation uncovers Palestinian who shot IDF soldier in May

An investigation launched by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Israel Police and the IDF succeeded in solving the mystery of an IDF soldier who was shot during a violent riot in the Hebron area during Operation Guardian of the Walls.

The incident took place on May 12 near the village of Si’ir in the Hebron area. In the middle of a riot, an…

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Son of Holocaust survivor flew Afghan refugees to US

Last week, Delta Airlines pilot Alexander Kahn flew hundreds of Afghan refugees from Germany to Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC, as part of a US government partnership with commercial airlines. It had extra special meaning for Kahn, as he told CNN, for a few reasons — first and foremost, his own father was a Holocaust survivor who immigrated…

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Israel-Jordan ties boosted by rare alignment in interests on water, energy

As scientific warnings of dire climate change-induced drought grow, many in Israel and Jordan cast worried eyes at the river running between them and the critical but limited resources they share.

This month, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed unequivocally that the climate is changing faster than previously feared,…

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Hezbollah expands its influence in Syria by buying land on Lebanon’s border

Lebanon’s Hezbollah is expanding its control over the Syrian regions bordering Lebanon by purchasing lands located in the countryside of Damascus, as part of the expansion operations carried out by the militia loyal to Iran.
Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian militias of non-Syrian nationalities have purchased more than 370 plots of land in and…

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With U.S. Troops Leaving Afghanistan, Iran’s New Leader Sends Message to Syria, Region

As the last of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan was set to depart, Iran’s recently sworn-in president sent his new top diplomat to Iraq and Syria to send a message of Tehran’s enduring commitment and to discuss recent events in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met Sunday with Syrian President Bashar…

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Official close to PM downplays Gantz-Abbas meeting: There won’t be peace talks

An official close to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday downplayed a meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, saying there won’t be any peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

“This is a meeting that deals with security issues. There is no diplomatic process with the Palestinians…

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Israeli Analyst: Iran Entrenching Itself on Israel’s Border With the Syrian Golan

Iran is slowly entrenching itself in the Syrian Golan region at the border with Israel, a top Israeli analyst stated on Sunday.

The area of conflict is taking place in southern Syria, where certain rebel groups are still holding out after 10 years of civil war have seen the ruling regime of dictator Bashar Assad take back most of the country.

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Head of Ben & Jerry’s board accused of alleged self-dealing

The head of the board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s is accused of alleged self-dealing, doling out tens of thousands in cash from the controversial ice cream company’s foundation to fund her own pro-Palestinian non-profit, according to a watchdog complaint to the IRS.

Anuradha Mittal, the chair of the ice cream maker’s board since 2008,…

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Israel bombs Hamas sites in Gaza over fire balloons – military

Israeli aircraft struck Hamas sites in Gaza early on Sunday in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave, the military said, as a recent rise in cross-border violence tests a fragile truce that ended fierce fighting in May.
Sanctioned by Hamas, the Islamist armed group that rules Gaza, Palestinian groups said on…

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Israel’s Bennett Presses Biden Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met President Biden at the White House for the first time since taking office and pressed the U.S. to back off reviving the Iranian nuclear accord while invoking the long ties between the nations and the persistent threat of terrorism.

“These very days illustrate what the world would look like if a radical…

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Bennett-Biden meeting delayed to Friday due to deadly Kabul attacks

The much-anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and US President Joe Biden at the White House was postponed Thursday, after deadly attacks at Kabul airport.

No time for the meeting was announced. A spokesperson for Bennett said a time had not been finalized. Due to the sit-down’s proximity to the Sabbath, Bennett will wait…

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Prosecutors will not oppose parole for convicted RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan

Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, faces his 16th parole hearing Friday seeking a release from prison — this time with no opposition from prosecutors.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has no plans for his prosecutors to speak out during Sirhan’s parole hearing scheduled for…

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Police seize large arms cache, dozens of firearm parts in West Bank raid

Police announced Friday morning that officers seized a large cache of firearms and dozens of weapon parts in an overnight raid in the West Bank.

Ten pistols, four rifles, over 130 magazines, weapon sights and other unassembled weapons were uncovered inside a Palestinian home near Hebron, police said.

No suspects were immediately arrested in…

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With Afghanistan, all eyes are on terror groups … and Tehran

The dramatic failure on display in Afghanistan has America’s allies and adversaries asking whether the United States can be trusted in the future and if our enemies will ever fear us again. The blame for this current tragedy extends beyond one administration, yet the final failure rests with the one that saw the implications, ignored the warnings…

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Afghan death toll now at least 95 following Kabul airport bombing; 13 US service members dead

A day after two suicide bombings hit the Kabul airport, the death toll in Afghanistan has risen to more than 100 people.
Thursday’s bombings near Kabul’s international airport killed at least 95 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said, in the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since August 2011.
Late Thursday, U.S….