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Bennett meets Egyptian spy chief on Gaza, is invited to visit Cairo within weeks

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has invited Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to make an official visit to Egypt within the next few weeks, the premier’s office announced Wednesday.

The invitation was relayed to Bennett by Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate chair Abbas Kamel, who was visiting Jerusalem for talks with the prime…

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Gantz slams use of Nazi symbols by Palestinian protesters

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday called on the international community and the Palestinian Authority to condemn the use of Nazi symbols by Palestinian protesters.
“The use of protests in Judea and Samaria in symbols from the days of Nazi rule is serious and illegitimate,” Gantz said in a statement. “I call on the international community and…

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One year on, here’s how the Abraham Accords are holding up

WASHINGTON (JTA) — While most of the foreign policy world is focused on President Joe Biden’s moves in Afghanistan in the wake of the stunning turn of events there, the first anniversary of another important Middle East development quietly took place last week.
The first part of the Abraham Accords, the historic cooperation agreements between…

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Iran Goes on the Offensive as the U.S. Retreats From Afghanistan and Elsewhere

The Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan, while swift and dramatic, is neither the first nor the sole challenge to the U.S. and its allies taking place in and around the region. Iran is mounting another, no less significant push. Behind both offensives is the perception that the regional order is failing and the U.S. is retreating.

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Hamas congratulates Taliban for ‘victory’ over America in Afghanistan

The Hamas terror group praised the Taliban on Monday as the Islamist movement and military organization returned to power in Afghanistan, pushing out the United States and even overtaking Kabul after two decades of fighting.

In a statement, Hamas said it “congratulates the Taliban movement and its courageous leadership on this victory, which…

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Israeli NGO Sends Emergency Team to Help With Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

An Israeli non-governmental humanitarian aid agency is sending an emergency team of responders to Haiti, after a devastating hurricane hit the Caribbean island on Saturday.
The Haitian government declared a state of emergency after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck, destroying thousands of homes, causing major damage, and leaving more than 700…

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Armed Palestinian dressed as Israeli soldier arrested in West Bank

An armed Palestinian man dressed up as an Israeli soldier was arrested near the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Levona on Monday, officials said.
Israeli residents of the area spotted the suspect walking along Route 60 and alerted local authorities, who informed the military, the Binyamin regional council said in a statement.
Israel Defense…

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Homes evacuated, roads closed as wildfire surges toward Jerusalem

A large wildfire outside Jerusalem that was thought to be largely under control began to spread again “at a very high speed” on Monday afternoon, officials said, with police evacuating local residents and closing local roads.
Multiple towns and villages near the Sataf forest area and along the Route 1 highway that connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv…

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2 Gaza rockets fired at south in first major attack since May flareup

Palestinian terrorists fired two rockets from the Gaza Strip toward the town of Sderot on Monday afternoon in what appeared to be the first such attack since May’s 11-day conflict in the Palestinian enclave, the military said.
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of the rockets, while the second landed inside the Gaza Strip. The…

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Report: Major corporations ‘fail to protect’ Jewish employees from rising anti-Semitism

Despite major corporations investing significant time and funds to address traditional gaps in “diversity, equity and inclusion” policies, many of them—most notably, Google, Unilever and Cigna—have fallen short when it comes to addressing the needs of Jewish employees.

That was the main finding of an Aug. 10 report from the organization Stop…

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IDF says troops downed Hamas drone from Gaza two days ago

Israeli soldiers brought down a drone that entered Israeli airspace from the Gaza Strip earlier this week, which the military said belonged to the Hamas terror group.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, the device was downed on Wednesday, but troops only found where it landed on Friday.
It was not immediately clear how the military downed…

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‘The face of Iran’s new terror government’: Israel blasts Raisi’s cabinet

Israel on Wednesday urged the international community to condemn the appointment to Iran’s new cabinet of a “criminal” wanted by Interpol over his alleged role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires.
In a statement reacting to the newly announced composition of Iran’s cabinet crafted by hardline President Ebrahim Raisi,…

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Israeli startup lets users check vital signs by looking at their smartphones

Israeli startup says it has developed technology that turns smartphones into health monitoring devices that can check vital signs including heartrate, oxygen saturation and respiratory rate.
The new technology comes as medical care worldwide has been stretched thin by the pandemic and other, longer-term trends, spurring demand for…

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Trust and partnership: Israel, UAE celebrate first year of normalization

On Aug. 13, 2020, an extraordinary event transformed the Middle East: Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a joint statement of intent to normalize diplomatic relations.

Formalized at the White House in September,  the historic Abraham Accords opened wide a door that seemed hopelessly shut between the two countries.

True, discreet…

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Iran fires warning shot at US drone near Strait of Hormuz – report

Iranian air defenses fired a warning shot at a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper belonging to the US military near the Strait of Hormuz near the Iranian border on Thursday, according to the Iranian semi-official Nour News.

The news outlet published what it said was footage of the control room as the warning shot was fired.

Independent news source…

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Iran’s Raisi taps minister wanted for role in Buenos Aires Jewish Center bombing

Iran’s new president presented a cabinet dominated by hardliners on Wednesday, state TV reported, among them a foreign minister known for close ties to Hezbollah and an interior minister wanted by Interpol over his alleged role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires.
The conservative cleric and former judiciary chief…

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‘Delighted to be back in Israel’: Olympic champion Linoy Ashram welcomed as hero

With a gold medal dangling around her neck, Israeli Olympic champion Linoy Ashram was given a hero’s welcome Wednesday when she arrived back in Israel following the end of the Olympic Games in Tokyo earlier this week.
Ashram, who won the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around event on Saturday, was received at the airport by hundreds of…

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Explosion reported at Syria’s Latakia port on ship that may be Iranian

A major explosion occurred on a commercial ship docked at Syria’s Latakia port on Tuesday afternoon, according to Arabic-language media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
According to SOHR — a pro-Syrian opposition organization of uncertain funding based in the UK — the explosion “left casualties and caused considerable material…