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US Strikes Iran-Backed Militia In Syria: Pentagon

02/25/2021
Coming shortly after attack on US forces in Erbil, President Biden approves strike, sources say

The US military launched a strike on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militia Thursday, in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq, the Pentagon said.
“At President Biden’s direction, US…

One Decade Since Its Appearance, Iron Dome Has Intercepted Over 2,500 Enemy Rockets … And Counting

02/24/2021

Ten years have passed since the Iron Dome air-defense system, produced by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, made its first revolutionary interception of a Gazan rocket in Israeli skies in 2011. Since then the system has conducted more than 2,500 successful real-world interceptions, preventing large-scale carnage in Israeli cities.

U.S. Professor Called For Destruction Of Israel

02/25/2021
Oberlin College is facing fresh criticism for continuing to give a platform to a so-called “professor of peace,” Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, who as Iranian ambassador to the United Nations urged the elimination of the Jewish state.
A Fox News Digital investigation can reveal for the first time that Mahallati, a professor of Islamic…

Senator Cotton Leads GOP Warning To Biden Against Iran Sanctions Relief

02/24/2021

Senator Tom Cotton and more than 40 other Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution Wednesday opposing any move to lift sanctions on Iran, underscoring the resistance the Biden administration will face in trying to get back into the 2015 nuclear accord.

The resolution “rejects and opposes the reapplication of sanctions relief…

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Israel Announces Plan To Donate COVID Vaccines To Several Countries

02/24/2021
The number of countries Israel is planning to send surplus COVID-19 vaccinations in exchange for diplomatic support has risen to 19, according to Hebrew media sources on Wednesday.
Nearly 100,000 doses in total are expected to be shipped outside of Israel, which were obtained earlier in the year by American biotechnology company…

Israel And US To Form Strategic Working Group On Iran: Report

02/24/2021

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government will form a strategic working group with the US on a possible new nuclear deal between the Iran, according to an Axiosreport — the latest indication that Israel will attempt to engage the Biden Administration on the issue.

Israel will reconvene a working group that was…

Biden, Iraqi PM Discuss Recent Rocket Attack On US Embassy In Phone Call

02/24/2021
‘The President affirmed US support for Iraq’s sovereignty and independence,’ White House says

US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi spoke about this week’s rocket strikes on the US embassy in Baghdad, the White House said Tuesday, with both leaders saying those responsible should be “held fully to…

Netanyahu: Iran Nuclear Agreement Is Worthless, Israel Will Not Rely On Efforts To Return To Deal

02/23/2021

Israel will not rely on efforts to return to a nuclear deal with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

“Israel isn’t pinning its hopes on an agreement with an extremist regime like ,” he said at a memorial service for the 1920 Battle of Tel Hai. “We already saw what these agreements are worth… with North Korea.”…

Shlomo Hillel, Who Helped 120,000 Jews Flee Iraq, Dies At 97

02/23/2021
Shlomo Hillel, a Baghdad-born Israeli operative who in the late 1940s and early ’50s used bribes, fake visas and a network of smugglers to move more than 120,000 Jews from Iraq to Israel, died on Feb. 8 at his home in Ra’anana, Israel. He was 97.
His death was confirmed by his son, Ari, who did not specify a cause.
Mr. Hillel was…

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Iraq: Rockets Target US Embassy In Baghdad, Security Sources Say

02/22/2021
The attack is the third in a week to target Western diplomatic, military or commercial installations in Iraq

A volley of rockets on Monday targeted the high-security zone in the Iraqi capital that is home to the US embassy, the military and security sources said as cited by AFP.
The attack is the third in a week to target Western…

UN Set To Elect Syria To Top Post In Human Rights Forum

02/23/2021
The announcement came on the same day that Damascus was said to likely be guilty of genocide

Syria, which has fought a long and bloody civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions, was recently elected to a United Nations senior post on a “decolonization” committee, charged with upholding human rights…

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IDF Thwarts Threat To Navy

02/22/2021

The IDF thwarted naval activity that posed a potential threat to vessels of the Israeli Navy on Monday morning, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced later in the day. The incident reportedly occurred near the coast of the Gaza Strip.

“The IDF will continue to act against dangerous threats in the naval space,” said the unit.

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Israel’s Defense Ministry Signs Contract To Buy 2 New Tankers From Boeing

02/22/2021

A week after a ministerial committee approved the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) major procurement deal, the Defense Ministry said on Monday that it signed a letter of acceptance to buy two tankers.

The Boeing KC-46a aerial refueling tankers are intended to replace Israel’s aging Re’em fleet, converted Boeing 707s.

The Defense…

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Israel’s First University-Made Nanosatellite Launches Into Space

02/20/2021

Israel’s first nanosatellite to be completely designed, developed, assembled and tested by an Israeli university launched into space on Saturday night, Tel Aviv University shared.

TAU-SAT1 took off right on time at 7:36 p.m. Israel time from the NASA launch facility in Virginia.

“We have now joined the ‘Civil Space Revolution,’…

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Four Rockets Strike Iraqi Base Hosting US Contractors

01/21/2021
One person was reportedly wounded in the attack that followed a raid on an Islamic State hideout

At least four rockets hit the Al-Balad airbase north of the Iraqi capital on Saturday, as security sources said that a local contractor for a US company managing Iraq’s F-16s was wounded, according to AFP.
No group has yet claimed…

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Israeli, Moroccan Students To Learn About Mutual Jewish History Next Academic Year

02/18/2021

Students in Israel and Morocco will be taught Moroccan Jewish history in school starting next year in a historical collaboration between the education ministries of the two countries, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Israeli Education Minister Yoav Gallant and his Moroccan counterpart, Saaïd Amzazi, agreed to establish a system of…

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Israel’s First University-Made Nanosatellite To Launch Into Space

02/20/2021

Israel’s first nanosatellite to be completely designed, developed, assembled and tested by an Israeli university will launch into space on Saturday night, Tel Aviv University shared.

TAU-SAT1 is scheduled to launch at 7:36 p.m. Israel time from the NASA launch facility in Virginia. A special panel discussion on the launch will…

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82 Years Later, Reunited Childhood Friends Torn Apart By Holocaust Zoom Regularly

02/19/2021

Two Jewish friends from Berlin who believed that each other had been killed during World War II and the Holocaust recently reunited with the help of the USC Shoah Foundation.

After Ana María Wahrenberg and Betty Grebenschikoff said goodbye to each other in a German school year in May 1939, Wahrenberg’s family fled to Chile, while…