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Iranian Jews bought tomb of Queen Esther and Mordechai, Israel’s National Library reveals

Ahead of the Purim holiday, Israel’s National Library has revealed an exchange of historical letters proving that Iranian Jews purchased the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai in the Iranian city of Hamadan in 1971. The purchase marked 2,500 years to Persian King Cyrus the Great’s edict allowing Babylonians to worship the god of their choice.


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Pastor John Hagee: Israel must never allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb

“Israel must never allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb” was the message that Christians United for Israel Founder Pastor John Hagee drove home Sunday night in a speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.

He said that Iran’s “maniacal dream” of wiping Israel off the map is not dead, and that he and his 11.5 million Christian followers would…

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Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers placed on pause

Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers were suspended on Friday after Russia reportedly upended the talks by raising objections to its participation while under U.S. sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine, reported The Washington Post.

Josep Borrell Fontelles, the High Representative of the E.U. for Foreign Affairs and Security…

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US, Saudi Arabia rescue two women held captive by Iran-backed Houthis

Saudi Arabia and the United States mounted a joint operation in January to rescue two young American women who were held captive by the Iran-backed Houthi movement in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

The Yemen-born women, aged 19 and 20, were flown from the Yemeni capital to the southern city…

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EU says ‘pause’ in Iran nuclear talks needed due to ‘external factors’

The European Union’s foreign policy chief said Friday that “a pause” was needed in ongoing talks over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers, blaming “external factors” for the delay.

The comments by Josep Borrell come as a roadmap appeared imminent for the US to rejoin an accord it unilaterally withdrew from in 2018 and for Iran to…

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Long-lost Ukrainian sisters find one another on the road to Israel

Valentina and Mariana Varshavky, both Kyiv-born, fled the war in Ukraine separately and decided to make Aliyah to Israel.

After safely crossing the border to Poland, they waited in a hotel in Warsaw to board a flight to Israel. A Jewish Agency representative read out loud passengers’ names when Valentina and Mariana heard their surname being…

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US Senate approves $1b. for Iron Dome in $1.5 trillion omnibus bill

The US Senate approved late on Thursday an omnibus bill that would fund the federal government until September. The 1.5 trillion package comprises all 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills and supplemental $14 billion to support Ukraine. The bill will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for signing.

Jewish groups and Israeli officials…

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Christians United for Israel raises $2.5M to bring Ukrainian Jews to safety

The pro-Israel groups Christians United for Israel has raised over $2.5 million to help Ukrainian Jews fleeing the war in their country reach Israel safely, CUFI reported in a Facebook post.

On Wednesday, members of the CUFI leadership, including founder and chairman Pastor John Hagee, met a group of 150 Ukrainian refugees who landed at…

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Iran says it will retaliate for Israel’s killing of two IRGC members in Syria

Iran declared that it would avenge the killing of two Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members as the result of an Israeli airstrike in Syria.

Holding Israel accountable for such attacks “is one of the main goals of the resistance in the region,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh on Wednesday,…

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Palestinian terrorist groups criticize Herzog’s Turkey visit

Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad on Wednesday criticized Ankara over Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s historic visit to Turkey, calling it cause for “concern.”

Herzog on Wednesday became the first Israeli leader to pay an official visit to Turkey in 14 years.

Careful not to name Turkey or Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in its…

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Following IDF effort, Gazan exports of textiles grows by 55%

Following a sustained effort by a unit in the Israel Defense Forces that deals with civilian affairs, the Gaza Strip saw a 55 percent rise in textile exports in recent months.

The figure, reported by the Unit for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories, which is commanded by Maj. Gen. Rassan Alian, came after COGAT “undertook a…

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US House approves $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome after months-long delay

After months of delay due to internal political disputes, the US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system at a sum of $1 billion.

The money will fund interceptor missiles for the system, many of which were used to defend the country during last year’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza…

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Israel will allow 25,000 non-Jewish Ukrainian refugees to stay in country — minister

Israel will allow 25,000 Ukrainians who are not eligible for immigration to stay in the country as refugees amid Russia’s invasion of their nation, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked announced Tuesday.

The minister said 20,000 of those had been in Israel before the outbreak of hostilities, and an additional 5,000 would be accepted from the time…

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Head of Cypriot military makes first visit to Israel

The head of Cyprus’s military touched down in Israel on Monday, kicking off his first official visit to the country, the Israel Defense Forces announced on Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. Demokritos Zervakis was received by an IDF honor guard, after which he participated in a “strategic-operational” meeting focusing on “shared security challenges in the…

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IDF adapts its capabilities to deal with ‘pandemic of Iranian UAVs’

The Israel Defense Forces is dealing with a growing “epidemic” of Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles, senior Israeli military officials cautioned on Monday.

The message came a day after the IDF revealed that in March 2021, Israeli Air Force F-35i fighter jets conducted their first interception of other aircraft, shooting down two…

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Israeli president arrives in Turkey for historic visit

Israeli President Isaac Herzog touched down in Turkey on Wednesday, kicking off the first official visit to the country by an Israeli leader since 2008.

“Israel-Turkey relations are important for Israel, important for Turkey and important for the whole region,” Herzog said in a statement released by his office. “Certainly at a time when the…

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Antisemitic hate crimes in New York up 400% in February – NYPD

Antisemitic hate crimes were up 400% last month, according to new data released by the New York Police Department.

According to the NYPD, there were 56 hate crimes against Jews in February 2022, compared with 11 in February 2021.

Many of these incidents targeted Orthodox people dressed in distinctive clothing, like the Jewish man who was…

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‘We Have One Goal: to Stop the War’ in Ukraine, Lapid Tells Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed Israeli diplomatic efforts to bring an end to “Russian aggression” in Ukraine, during a meeting Monday with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Latvia’s capital Riga.

Israel is “totally committed to do everything possible to stop the war in Ukraine,” Lapid told Blinken, during a discussion on the…