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GOP opposition to top defense pick grows

03/02/2021

Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee are meeting privately on Tuesday morning to discuss their growing policy concerns about Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden’s nominee for undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon, according to sources close to the committee.

Kahl, a former Obama State Department official,…

Israeli-owned cargo ship, damaged by explosions blamed on Iran, back at sea

03/03/2021

An Israeli-owned cargo ship that suffered a mysterious explosion last week has left Dubai’s port and was transiting the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday, satellite tracking data showed. The suspected attack has raised tensions in the region.

The giant MV Helios Ray, a Bahamian-flagged roll-on, roll-off vehicle cargo ship, was sailing…

10 rockets hit Iraq base hosting US troops: security sources

03/03/2021

Iraqi security forces said 10 ‘Grad-type rockets’ hit the sprawling Ain al-Assad base on Wednesday morning

At least 10 rockets hit a military base in western Iraq hosting US-led coalition troops on Wednesday, security sources said, two days before Pope Francis’s historic visit to the country.

The Ain al-Assad base hosts Iraqi…

Netanyahu welcomes first-ever UAE ambassador to Israel

03/02/2021

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the first Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Israel, Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khaja, on Tuesday, a day after his arrival for a four-day visit.

“We are changing the Middle East; we are changing the world,” Netanyahu told Al Khaja.

The two discussed potential joint regional and…

UAE ambassador to Israel: ‘Abraham Accords a beacon of light and hope in human history’

03/01/2021
First ever Emirati envoy to Jewish state presents letters of credence to Israeli President Rivlin

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first ever ambassador to Israel arrived Monday at the Jewish state for a three-day visit, and delivered a warm address in an official ceremony with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem….

Holocaust survivor Miriam Linial celebrates 100th birthday with friends

03/02/2021

Holocaust survivor Miriam Linial celebrated her 100th birthday, with cakes flowers, friends, wishing to tell her life story to those willing to hear it.

Linial was born in the town of Kozminek in Poland in 1921 to a family of nine, with two parents, seven siblings, and one grandmother.  

Synagogues in her area were closed down….

Israel in talks with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain for defense alliance against Iran

03/01/2021

Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have discussed expanding cooperation in facing common enemies, an Israeli official familiar with the matter said Monday.

The matter is being “informally discussed,” the source said, adding that the countries are US allies. All four believe a nuclear Iran would be a major…

Iran Rejects Offer For Informal Nuclear Talks With US, Demands Sanctions Relief

02/28/2021

Iran on Sunday rebuffed an offer from the European Union to hold informal direct talks with the EU and US on Tehran’s nuclear program. US President Joe Biden’s administration had accepted in principle.

“Considering the recent positions and actions of the United States and the three European countries, does not consider the time…

Israel And Bahrain Sign Historic Agreement Allowing Direct Mail Exchange

03/01/2021
“We welcome the continued cooperation between postal authorities around the world”

Israel and Bahrain have signed an agreement that will allow the Israel Postal Service to send and receive packages and letters from Bahrain beginning from Monday.
The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in telecommunications…

First-Ever UAE Ambassador To Israel Arrives

03/01/2021

The first Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Israel, Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khaja, arrived in Jerusalem on Monday, where he met with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi. 

Ashkenazi said it was “another historic day in the Middle East and a great step towards strengthening peace between our countries and nations.”

“We have a…

Report: Israel To Retaliate Following Iranian-Blamed Attack In Gulf Of Oman

02/28/2021
Assault against Israeli-owned vessel ‘crossed the red line,’ senior officials say

Israel has no choice but to react in response to the recent attack against an Israeli-owned vessel, a senior security official told Israel’s public broadcaster Kan on Sunday, with Iran as the estimated guilty party.
The Israeli government deems the…

UAE Ambassador Set To Arrive In Israel Tomorrow

02/28/2021
Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khaja, the United Arab Emirates’ first ambassador to Israel, is expected to arrive here on Monday.

He will have to take a coronavirus test upon arrival and get a negative result before presenting his charter letter to the Foreign Ministry and his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin.

Al Khaja has been…

Israeli Defense Minister: Iran Main Suspect In Attack On Israeli-Owned Ship In Gulf Of Oman

02/27/2021

Iran is the main suspect behind the attack overnight Thursday on an Israeli-owned cargo vessel that was damaged by a mysterious explosion in the Gulf of Oman, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday. 

“We will need to keep investigating, but we can say for sure that Iran is attempting to damage Israeli infrastructure and to…

Israeli-Owned Ship Sailing Through Gulf Of Oman Hit By Explosion

02/26/2021
The site of the blast saw a series of explosions in 2019 that the US Navy blamed on Iran

An explosion struck an Israeli-owned cargo ship sailing through the Gulf of Oman on Friday, an incident renewing concerns about ship security amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran.
Investigations are ongoing. Vessel and crew are…

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All For Senior Citizens

02/25/2021

“Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these elderly people and Holocaust survivors and their difficulties and loneliness. It really shocked me and I was really, really sad and depressed for a couple of days,” recounts Yakov Pizenberg. “I told myself that being sad won’t help…

Israel In Talks To Establish Four-Nation Defense Alliance With Saudi Arabia, UAE, And Bahrain

02/25/2021

Jerusalem is currently in talks with the kingdoms of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on establishing a four-nation defense alliance, according to an exclusive i24 News report.

While Jerusalem does not have official diplomatic relations with Riyadh, foreign media report that the two countries have long-standing…

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.