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Israeli lawmakers herald launch of Abraham Accords Caucus in Congress

Israeli lawmakers welcomed the launch of the Abraham Accords Caucus this week in Congress.

The new caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington will be launched as a bipartisan initiative by Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

It will be co-chaired by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.),…

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Lebanon hit by nationwide blackout after protesters storm substation

Lebanon was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday night after protesters stormed a substation near the town of Aramoun, the Électricité du Liban (EDL) company announced.

The company stated that protesters stormed the station “not caring about endangering their personal safety and the safety of the station’s workers” and tampered with…

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Russia, China and Saudi on Iran’s foreign policy agenda this week

As Iraq’s parliament finally gets moving on establishing a new government, and Iran hosts a delegation from Afghanistan, it is clear that Tehran is seeking to achieve multiple foreign policy goals in the coming months. This means that it is hoping to shore up security in Afghanistan and Iraq while expanding its influence across the Middle East. It…

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Iran rules out prospect of an interim nuclear agreement in Vienna

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday ruled out an interim agreement with world powers, as the sides continue their talks in Vienna aimed at returning to the 2015 nuclear accord.

A spokesman for the ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said Tehran is “looking for a lasting and credible agreement, and no agreement without these two components is on our…

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Bennett: Israel shifting to a concept of ‘consistent offense’ against Iran

Israel is going on the offensive against Iran, and will not be bound by whatever agreement might be reached in Vienna between Iran and world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday.

“Iran tops our list of challenges,” said Bennett, during his first appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee,…

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Top Iranian general: ‘When we strike at America it will be with great force’

The deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said in a recent interview that when the time was right, Iran would strike the United States “with great force.”

In an interview with Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV on Jan. 4, Admiral Ali Fadavi said that soon, the world would witness America’s full retreat from the Middle East.

“We…

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Google acquires Israeli cybersecurity firm Siemplify for a reported $500 million

Alphabet Inc.’s Google announced on Tuesday that it had acquired Israeli cyber security firm Siemplify. Although financial details were not released, Reuters reported that Google paid $500 million in cash for the firm.

The deal marks Google’s first major acquisition of an Israeli company since it bought navigation app Waze in 2013 for $1.1…

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80 percent of Israelis concerned about growing antisemitism worldwide

A recent Israel-wide survey has found that almost 80 percent of Israelis are concerned about anti-Semitism globally, with almost three-quarters of citizens (73 percent) believing anti-Semitism is widespread. More than half (61 percent) believe that the problem of anti-Semitism has only grown stronger during the past five years.

Additionally,…

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Israel expects to establish ties with Comoros, Maldives next

The leading candidates to normalize ties with Israel next are the Muslim-majority island nations of The Comoros and Maldives, according to diplomatic sources.

The sources said there were ongoing contacts. However, there were no indications from diplomatic sources that an announcement was expected anytime in the near future.

The Comoros, a…

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Israel-Jordan-UAE infrastructure deal highlights converging interests

Israel, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) for economic projects on November 22, and while it is still unclear when, and how, they will be implemented, the agreements send a bright signal regarding a new era in regional cooperation.

The first agreement includes the construction of a solar power plant…

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Assistant Police Chief barely disciplined for Nazi symbol on office door

Derek Kammerzell, an assistant police chief in Kent, Washington, received a two-week suspension after displaying a picture of a Nazi insignia on the office door above his name in July 2021. He claimed to have been inspired by the Amazon Prime TV show The Man in the High Castle. Kammerzell said that he thought the symbol was merely a German rank…

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IAF chief grounds fleet after two die in helicopter crash at sea

The chief of the Israeli Air Force, Amikam Norkin, grounded its fleet of AS565 Panther helicopters after one of the aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean on Monday night, killing two of the crew members onboard and injuring a third, the military said.

Norkin also halted all training flights and formed an investigative commission, led by a…

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Two drone attacks in 24 hours target US forces in Iraq

Two drones targeted the Al-Asad base in Iraq, a facility where US personnel are located. It came around 24 hours after another drone attack targeting America in Baghdad. The attack on Monday was to coincide with the US killing of IRGC Quds Force head Qasem Soleimani; the drones had “revenge” written on them. The second attack appears to also be a…

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Warnings of Palestinian intifada as IDF remains on alert in West Bank

A new Palestinian intifada could break out in the West Bank, warned MK Ahmed Tibi, as Israeli security forces there remain on high alert for potential terror attacks.

“We are still on alert in Judea and Samaria,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz told the Blue and White faction in the Knesset on Monday.

“IDF forces are deployed there to prevent…

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‘It Doesn’t Stop’: Orthodox Jewish Man Rushed to Hospital Following Violent Attack in Brooklyn

An Orthodox Jewish man was badly beaten up late on Sunday night by at least two assailants in Brooklyn, in an attack that is now being investigated by the New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit.

The attack took place just before 10.30 p.m. near the corner of Gerry Street and Bartlett Street in the borough’s Williamsburg section —…

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Protest against anti-Semitism held in Brooklyn after Jews attacked in hate crime assault

New Yorkers gathered in Brooklyn to protest anti-Semitism following the recent attack on two Jewish men in the neighborhood of Bay Ridge.

An estimated 100 people gathered for Sunday’s protest, which was held exactly a week after Blake Zavadsky was physically assaulted in Brooklyn for wearing a sweatshirt that featured the emblem of the Israel…

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US announces $99 million in assistance to UNRWA

The United States announced that will be providing $99 million in funding to the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), the world body’s agency that handles Palestinian refugees.

According to the U.S. State Department’s Population, Refugees, and Migrations Bureau, the funds will “provide education, health care, and emergency relief to…

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Lapid: 2022 will see intense effort to paint Israel as apartheid state

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid warned on Monday that Israel will face intense campaigns to label it an apartheid state in 2022.

“We think that in the coming year, there will be debate that is unprecedented in its venom and in its radioactivity around the words ‘Israel as an apartheid state,’” Lapid said during a Zoom briefing with Israeli…