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Biden’s meeting with Israeli prime minister to keep spotlight on Afghanistan, terrorist threats to allies

President Biden’s upcoming meeting with new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is likely to center on the escalating crisis in Afghanistan, as well as other emerging threats to the U.S. and its allies due to the rise of terrorism in the region, experts predict.

Biden is set to hold a meeting at the White House Thursday with Prime Minister…

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‘The Women of Afghanistan Must Be Heard’: Israel’s Ambassador to UN Demands Equal Rights for Afghans at Human Rights Council

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva urged member states to safeguard the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan following the takeover of the country by the Taliban.

“Israel remains deeply concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Afghanistan. We are extremely concerned about reports of violent crackdowns…

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Hamas demanding ‘impossible terms’ as deadlock with Israel continues

Hamas in the Gaza Strip is pursuing terms that are impossible for Israel to accept as part of its extortion attempt to “change the rules of the equation,” a former defense official and expert on Gaza has said.

Col. (res.) David Hacham, an Arab-affairs adviser to seven Israeli defense ministers and a senior research associate at the Miryam…

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Amid regional upheaval, Egypt and Israel seek to strengthen ties and border security

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi invited Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for an official visit in the coming weeks, which would be the first state visit by an Israeli leader in nearly a decade.

The invitation, offered last week, comes amid the backdrop of ongoing violence emanating from the Gaza Strip, the Taliban takeover of…

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Blaze breaks out near Jerusalem, a week after major fire in area

A fire broke out Wednesday near the town of Givat Ye’arim on the western outskirts of Jerusalem, a week after a massive wildfire tore through the area.

The Fire and Rescue Service said ten firefighting teams and six planes took part in the effort to put out the blaze.

The fire was brought under control after around two hours, the fire…

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IAI to open Boeing cargo jet conversion site with Etihad Group in UAE

Israel’s aerospace and aviation manufacturer IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has signed an agreement with the UAE’s Etihad Airways Engineering, the largest commercial aircraft maintenance provider in the Mideast, to establish a major facility in Abu Dhabi to convert Boeing 777-3000ER passenger planes into cargo aircraft.

In a press…

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Gantz says world needs a ‘Plan B’ to the faltering Iran nuclear deal

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Wednesday said the international community must find a “Plan B” to stop Iran from advancing toward a nuclear weapon, as the prospects of a return to a 2015 deal fade.

“Iran is only two months away from acquiring the materials necessary for a nuclear weapon,” Gantz warned some 60 foreign ambassadors and envoys at…

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IDF beefs up deployment on Gaza border ahead of planned protests

The Israel Defense Forces sent additional troops to the Gaza border ahead of protests organized by Hamas planned for Wednesday, with the military facing rising tensions on the frontier, alongside growing criticism following a weekend border riot in which a soldier was shot and severely wounded.
Gazan terrorists continued to launch arson balloons…

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As the US steps out of the Middle East, it must help Israel step up

When Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with President Joe Bidenthis week, Afghanistan’s collapse and U.S. efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal that Israel opposes will dominate the agenda. But the two leaders should also discuss the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership’s future — recognizing Israel’s emergence as one of the world’s…

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Two former California police officers charged with painting swastika on car

The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged two former police officers with vandalism for allegedly spray-painting a swastika on the back seat of an impounded car.
The investigation into the vandalism also uncovered messages exchanged between the two former officers in Torrance, a city in Los Angeles County, and at least another 13 officers…

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Historical marker honors Knoxville WWII hero who saved hundreds of Jewish soldiers

A new historical marker has been placed in downtown Knoxville honoring a man who risked his life to save hundreds of Jewish prisoners during World War Two.

The Knoxville Jewish Alliance as well as the city of Knoxville held a dedication ceremony Friday in honor of Sergeant Roddie Edmonds. U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (TN-02), U.S. Senator Marsha…

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Israel-based org to send private flights to evacuate activists from Kabul

Out of her home in the coastal Israeli town of Zichron Yaakov, Charmaine Hedding is working feverishly to help extract thousands of people desperate to leave Afghanistan.
Hedding is an emergency response specialist and president of the Shai Fund, a humanitarian organization based in Israel and registered in the US. She says her organization is…

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Israeli jets strike Gaza following fires set by arson balloons

The Israel Defense Forces carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late Monday night in response to the launching of arson balloons from the coastal enclave that set off at least nine fires in Israeli border communities earlier in the day, the army said.
The army said it hit a Hamas weapons factory in the southern town of Khan Younis, the…

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The US shot down Iranian drone in Syria – report

A US warplane shot down a drone in Syria on Saturday. It is a rare occurrence when fighter jets are used to shoot down drones, although Israel has shot down drones with warplanes, and a US F-15E Strike Eagle shot down a drone in June 2017 in Syria, one of two US downings of Syrian regime drones.

The latest report was made by Reuters, Fox News…

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Iran says it is expanding defense beyond borders, will continue missile program

The Iranian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that it was expanding its defense efforts beyond the borders of the country, in an apparent message of deterrence to Israel and the West, as hopes for a return to the 2015 nuclear deal continue to fade.
“Our country has an important role to play in strengthening the resistance front and expanding the…

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US military completes first Iron Dome tests on American soil

American troops conducted their first test of the Iron Dome missile defense system in the United States earlier this summer, Israel’s Defense Ministry said Monday.
This was the first live fire trial, in which US soldiers shot down targets, including drones, with the Iron Dome, according to the ministry. Originally designed to intercept rockets,…

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Moroccan king says he hopes ties with Israel will encourage regional peace

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has sent a letter to President Isaac Herzog, in which he expressed hope that renewed ties between the countries will encourage regional peace, the president’s office said on Friday.
In the letter, the king thanked Herzog for his letter, delivered by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid when the latter visited the country last…

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Why Iran Will Welcome the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan—“He travels with Iranian bodyguards,” a tribal elder and local police chief alleged about a Taliban commander from his home district of Shah Wali Kot.
“He has traveled back and forth from Iran for decades. He was previously a commander near Herat” during the Taliban rule over Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, the police…