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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…

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…

‘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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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…

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…

Bahrain envoy: Abraham Accords helped keep lid on Gaza war in May

Bahrain’s ambassador to the US said Monday that the Abraham Accords helped end the recent Gaza war and mitigate damage from the fighting.
“A couple months ago… we saw a true reflection of how the accords can bring about peace,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa said in a live interview organized by the ROPES civil society group.
Israel and…

Despite calm, Israeli town copes with scars of rocket fire

Just three months after the latest war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, the border town of Sderot appears to be on the road to recovery.
The streets are bustling, and the town is filled with well-kept parks and playgrounds. The local real-estate market is booming.
But underneath the veneer of normalcy, the scars of years of…

20th Anniversary of Sbarro Terror Attacks Commemorated, Along With Demands for Extradition of Mastermind From Jordan

Jewish groups and Israeli and US officials marked the 20th anniversary on Monday of the infamous Palestinian terrorist bombing of the popular Sbarro pizza eatery in Jerusalem, with some calling on the US to demand extradition of one of its masterminds to face charges for the deaths of Americans killed in the attack.
The Hamas-orchestrated…

China hacks Israel, Iran, for info. on tech, business advances

China has hacked dozens of Israeli public and private sector groups as well as doing the same in Iran, Saudi Arabia and a variety of other countries, the international cybersecurity company FireEye announced Tuesday.

The massive cyber attack appears to be part of a long-term spying strategy in the area of technology and business competition and…

CIA chief set to arrive Tuesday in Israel for talks focused on Iran

The director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns, will arrive in Israel on Tuesday for talks expected to focus on Iran, according to Hebrew-language media reports.
Unnamed Israeli officials told the Walla news site that Burns is set to meet with Mossad chief David Barnea, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and other security and…

Israel successfully tests airborne laser interception of drones

The defense establishment recently completed the first test of an airborne laser system, which successfully destroyed several drones, in what Defense Minister Benny Gantz hailed a major “technological breakthrough.”
As part of the tests, the laser intercepted several unmanned aerial vehicles flying at various altitudes and at varying…

White House says Joe Biden has no plans to meet with Ebrahim Raisi

United States intends to continue negotiating with Iran over nuke deal

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that US President Joe Biden had no plans to meet with newly elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
“We don’t intend to meet,” Psaki told reporters during a White House press briefing.
Ebrahim Raisi, a…

Israeli Air Force welcomes fifth-ever female fighter pilot


Four women and 35 men received their Israeli Air Force wings last week at a graduation ceremony in Hatzerim Air Force Base in the Negev.

The newly-minted IAF pilots include the first woman in nearly five years and the fifth woman ever to become a fighter pilot in Israel.

Sixty-two women have completed the IAF pilots’ course…