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Netanyahu: Israel will defend itself against ‘existential threat’ regardless of Iran nuclear deal

04/07/2021
World powers are currently holding talks with the Islamic Republic in the Austrian capital of Vienna

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a renegotiated nuclear deal between world powers and Iran will not stop the Jewish state from protecting itself from malign regimes seeking its destruction.
While…

U.S. restores more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

04/07/2021

The Biden administration plans to provide at least $235 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump, people familiar with the matter said.
It will mark Democratic President Joe Biden’s most…

US: Biden administration earmarks $40 million for Palestinian security

04/07/2021

Group of Republicans said bracing for contesting Biden’s increasing aid to Palestinians

The administration of US President Joe Biden earmarked $40 million for aid to Palestinians, adding the sum to its previous allocations, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The appropriate notification arrived in the Congress on…

US lawmakers reintroduce bill to address hate, violence in Palestinian schools

04/07/2021

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced a bill to require the U.S. State Department to address hate and violence in the Palestinian school curriculum.

The measure—the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act (H.R. 2374)—was introduced by Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Josh Gottheimer…

Sudan moves to cancel Israel boycott

04/07/2021

Sudan moved toward repealing its law mandating a boycott of Israel in a cabinet vote on Tuesday.

The cabinet voted to cancel the 1958 law, which forbade diplomatic and business relations with Israel, it said in a statement. 

The Sudanese decision still needs the approval of a joint meeting of Sudan’s sovereign council and…

Netanyahu warns Iran against harming Israel on eve of Iran nuclear talks

04/06/2021

On the eve of talks to revive the Iran deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran that it faced “grave danger” if it harmed Israel, as he recalled the battle for Jaffa in the 1948 War of Independence. 

“Those who want to harm us, place themselves in grave danger. It was true in Jaffa in 1948 and it is true today, with…

Israel welcomes first Abu Dhabi-Tel Aviv flight in official ceremony

04/06/2021
Etihad Airways CEO says has never received warmer welcome anywhere in the world

The first flight from Abu Dhabi landed in Israel on Tuesday, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Israel on board, as the delegation was welcomed in an official reception at the Ben Gurion Airport.
Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Airways,…

Afghanistan’s last known Jew leaves for Israel

04/05/2021
Zabulon Simantov, 61, has announced that he will immigrating to Israel in the fall

The last known Jew living in Afghanistan is reported to be leaving for Israel, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
“I’m going to watch TV in Israel to find out what’s going to happen in Afghanistan,” Zabulon Simantov told Arab News on…

Two rockets land nearby Baghdad airbase hosting US soldiers

04/04/2021
14 attacks carried out against US interests in Iraq since Biden took office in January

Two rockets hit near an Iraqi airbase hosting US soldiers north of Baghdad on Sunday, three days ahead of a new “strategic dialogue” with Washington, a security source said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, which…

Israel Air Force receives advanced intelligence jet

04/02/2021

The Israel Air Force received on Sunday the Oron advanced intelligence jet at the Nevatim Air Base in Southern Israel. 

The IDF said in a statement that the jet was developed by the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Research and Development, the IAF, the IDF Intelligence Directorate, the Navy and Israel Aerospace Industries. It…

‘Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem

04/04/2021
JERUSALEM — On Friday morning, in the Old City of Jerusalem, in the limestone alleys of the Christian quarter, it was as if the pandemic had never happened.
The winding passageways that form the Via Dolorosa, along which Christians believe Jesus hauled his cross toward his crucifixion, were packed with over 1,000 worshipers. In the…

Saudi foreign minister says ties with Israel would bring ‘tremendous benefit’ to Middle East

04/04/2021

Normalization with Israel would bring “tremendous benefit” to the region, the Saudi foreign minister has said, but such an accord with the kingdom would depend on progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Under the Abraham Accords brokered by former US president Donald Trump last year, four Arab countries — the United…

Thousands gather for Easter in Jerusalem’s Old City

04/04/2021

Thousands gathered in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s OId City Friday for the Way of the Cross procession, retracing Jesus’s last steps before his crucifixion, The New York Post reported. 

The ceremony, held on Good Friday, comes before the holiday of Easter, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus following his death on…

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Biden administration to allocate $90 million in aid to Palestinians

03/30/2021

The Biden administration has allocated $90 million in aid to the Palestinians, with only a portion of the money being publicly announced, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The United States announced last week that it would give $15 million in coronavirus relief to the Palestinians. However, the Biden administration…

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Israel signs multimillion-dollar commerce accord with Morocco

04/01/2021

Jerusalem and Rabat have signed a strategic accord worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Israel Hayom has learned.

The heads of the Israel Manufacturers Association, the Israel Farmers Federation and the Israeli Federation of the Chambers of Commerce signed the unprecedented agreement with the General Confederation of Moroccan…

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Lebanon’s Top Christian Cleric Criticizes Hezbollah in Leaked Video

04/01/2021

Those dragging Lebanon into regional conflicts were not acting in its best interests, the country’s top Christian cleric said, in unusually direct comments that appeared to refer to Hezbollah.

“I want to tell them … Do you want to force (Lebanon) to go to war? Are you asking before you go to war? Before you go to Syria? … You’re…

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Tesla opens its first ‘Supercharging’ station in Tel Aviv

04/02/2021
esla also has more than 6,000 Superchargers across Europe

Tesla first fast-charging station for electric vehicles opened at the Azrieli shopping center in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, business website Globes reported.
The company plans to open three more so-called “Supercharger” stations in 2021, for the exclusive use of Tesla customers,…

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US says joining upcoming Vienna talks on Iran deal, ‘open’ to direct negotiations

04/01/2021
State Department says not expecting ‘immediate breakthrough,’ hails ‘healthy step forward’

The US confirmed on Friday that it will be part of the upcoming meeting in Vienna next week, which will focus on the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
The State Department also announced that Washington was “open” to direct negotiations with…