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Israel’s deputy army chief, other top commanders arrive in US for security talks

Deputy military chief Herzi Halevi and other senior IDF commanders landed in the United States on Monday for an official visit amid rising tensions in the Middle East.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, Halevi is slated to hold meetings with US defense officials at the Pentagon, as well as participate in a “strategic defense forum” with…

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Israel decimated Iranian drone fleet in February airstrike inside Iran – report

A UAV attack in the middle of February reportedly caused major damage to Iran’s drone fleet, prompting Iran to fire missiles this week at a site in Iraq that it claims was an Israeli intelligence base.

Hundreds of drones are assessed to have been destroyed in the attack on an airbase near Kermanshah, in Western Iran, Haaretz reported Tuesday,…

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Instagram bans anti-Israel group after it posts collage featuring terrorists

Within our Lifetime (WOL), a New York City-based anti-Israel group that supports the Palestinian right of return “from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea,” resistance to the “Zionist occupation by any means necessary” and “the abolition of Zionism,” said that it had been banned from Instagram last week, apparently after it posted a collage…

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Israeli government websites crash after ‘massive’ cyberattack, officials say

Israeli government websites were downed for over an hour due to a major cyberattack on Monday evening, officials said.

Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel held an assessment with officials due to the “broad cyberattack” on government websites, a statement from his office said.

Users attempting to enter sites with gov.il extensions were…

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Ukrainian refugees to receive free medical services in Israel

Israel’s Terem Medical Clinics will be providing free treatment to Ukrainian refugees who do not qualify to join a health fund.

Earlier this week, Knesset member Idit Silman (Yamina), who chairs the Knesset’s Health Committee, called on the country’s health and medical organizations to step up and provide care in Israel as “humanitarian aid.”

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Senate Republicans: ‘agreement with no bipartisan support won’t survive’

A group of 49 Republican Senators – all but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul – announced on Monday that they will not support efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

They noted that according to press reports, the Biden administration might soon conclude an agreement with Iran “to provide substantial sanctions relief in exchange for…

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Yuli Edelstein: When it comes to security, Israel can only rely on itself–watch video

When it comes to Israel’s security, the country can only rely on itself, Knesset member Yuli Edelstein said on Sunday at the Begin Symposium kick-off event in Jerusalem.

The first ever live symposium honoring the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin, the event drew several hundred people to discuss issues of “Securing the Nation”—as the symposium…

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Pro-Iran groups in Iraq back Iran’s attack on US, Israel

A day after Iran used ballistic missiles to target Iraq, claiming to be firing them at US and Israeli targets, pro-Iranian groups in Iraq are saying they support the operation. These groups were quoted in Iranian media; this clearly represents Iran’s attempt to not only take credit but show off its support in Iraq.

The US has condemned the…

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Iranian FM to visit Moscow for nuclear talks amid Russian sanctions demands

Tehran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian will head to Moscow on Tuesday, his ministry said, days after negotiations on an Iran nuclear deal stalled amid new Russian demands.

Amir-Abdollahian will “go to Moscow on Tuesday” to continue discussions on the nuclear deal, ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters on Monday.

Ten…

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Iranian Jews bought tomb of Queen Esther and Mordechai, Israel’s National Library reveals

Ahead of the Purim holiday, Israel’s National Library has revealed an exchange of historical letters proving that Iranian Jews purchased the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai in the Iranian city of Hamadan in 1971. The purchase marked 2,500 years to Persian King Cyrus the Great’s edict allowing Babylonians to worship the god of their choice.

The…

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Pastor John Hagee: Israel must never allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb

“Israel must never allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb” was the message that Christians United for Israel Founder Pastor John Hagee drove home Sunday night in a speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.

He said that Iran’s “maniacal dream” of wiping Israel off the map is not dead, and that he and his 11.5 million Christian followers would…

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Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers placed on pause

Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers were suspended on Friday after Russia reportedly upended the talks by raising objections to its participation while under U.S. sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine, reported The Washington Post.

Josep Borrell Fontelles, the High Representative of the E.U. for Foreign Affairs and Security…

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US, Saudi Arabia rescue two women held captive by Iran-backed Houthis

Saudi Arabia and the United States mounted a joint operation in January to rescue two young American women who were held captive by the Iran-backed Houthi movement in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

The Yemen-born women, aged 19 and 20, were flown from the Yemeni capital to the southern city…

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EU says ‘pause’ in Iran nuclear talks needed due to ‘external factors’

The European Union’s foreign policy chief said Friday that “a pause” was needed in ongoing talks over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers, blaming “external factors” for the delay.

The comments by Josep Borrell come as a roadmap appeared imminent for the US to rejoin an accord it unilaterally withdrew from in 2018 and for Iran to…

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Long-lost Ukrainian sisters find one another on the road to Israel

Valentina and Mariana Varshavky, both Kyiv-born, fled the war in Ukraine separately and decided to make Aliyah to Israel.

After safely crossing the border to Poland, they waited in a hotel in Warsaw to board a flight to Israel. A Jewish Agency representative read out loud passengers’ names when Valentina and Mariana heard their surname being…

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US Senate approves $1b. for Iron Dome in $1.5 trillion omnibus bill

The US Senate approved late on Thursday an omnibus bill that would fund the federal government until September. The 1.5 trillion package comprises all 12 fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills and supplemental $14 billion to support Ukraine. The bill will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for signing.

Jewish groups and Israeli officials…

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Christians United for Israel raises $2.5M to bring Ukrainian Jews to safety

The pro-Israel groups Christians United for Israel has raised over $2.5 million to help Ukrainian Jews fleeing the war in their country reach Israel safely, CUFI reported in a Facebook post.

On Wednesday, members of the CUFI leadership, including founder and chairman Pastor John Hagee, met a group of 150 Ukrainian refugees who landed at…

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Iran says it will retaliate for Israel’s killing of two IRGC members in Syria

Iran declared that it would avenge the killing of two Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members as the result of an Israeli airstrike in Syria.

Holding Israel accountable for such attacks “is one of the main goals of the resistance in the region,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh on Wednesday,…