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U.S. national Baquer Namazi, 85, leaves Iran after more than 6 years in “illegal” detention

An 85-year-old Iranian-American held by Iran over internationally criticized spying charges left the country Wednesday for Oman, officials said, after increasing pressure to free him amid his struggles with poor health. His 51-year-old son, however, remains in Iran, currently on furlough from prison.

Baquer Namazi is the first American to be…

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Iron Beam, Israel’s laser air defense system, could be ready in 2-3 years

For years, the joke in defense circles has been that directed energy systems — more commonly known as lasers — are the technology of the future, and always will be. But following a series of successful live-fire tests of its new Iron Beam capability, Israel is moving forward in hopes of putting that joke to rest, potentially within two years time….

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Israel shuts down for Yom Kippur; security forces on high alert amid terror threats

Israel shut down beginning Tuesday afternoon for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, as security forces remained on high alert for the holiday amid a spike in terror warnings.

All flights in and out of Ben Gurion airport ceased at 2:00 p.m on Tuesday. The airport will reopen Wednesday night with…

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Cache of 44 Byzantine-era solid gold coins uncovered in Israeli nature reserve

A cache of 44 pure gold coins from the Byzantine era was recently discovered during an archeological excavation at the Banius site within the Hermon River Nature Reserve, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Monday morning.

Upon the discovery of the coins, they were passed on to IAA numismatic expert Dr. Gabriela Bijovsky for…

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Iranian supreme leader: Israel, US orchestrating protests

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday accused Israel and the United States of orchestrating the disturbances taking place throughout the country in recent weeks.

The Iranian leader strongly backed the regime’s security forces, which are repressing the protests, and claimed that the unrest, sparked by the death on Sept. 16 of…

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White House ‘alarmed’ by Iran crackdown, still committed to nuke deal

The Biden administration is “alarmed” by the Iranian regime’s ongoing deadly crackdown on demonstrators across the country but is  still committed to forging a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday.

“So, we’re alarmed and appalled by reports of security authorities responding to…

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Israel prepares to shut down for Yom Kippur as security forces remain on high alert

Israel is preparing to shut down on Tuesday evening for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, as security forces remain in a heightened state of preparedness amid a record number of terror alerts in the lead-up to the holiday.

The IDF will also impose a closure on the West Bank and Gaza, a standard…

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IDF: Two Palestinians killed trying to ram troops during West Bank arrest raid

Israeli troops shot two Palestinians dead near Ramallah in the predawn hours of Monday after the pair attempted to run over troops during an arrest raid in the area, the military said.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, while troops were operating in the Jalazone refugee camp in an attempt to arrest a terror suspect, a vehicle began to…

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Berkeley Develops Jewish-Free Zones

If it wasn’t so frightening, one might be able to recognize the irony in the sight of campus progressives trying so hard to signal progressive virtue that they fall victim to a deeper moral shame.

Nine different law student groups at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law, my own alma mater, have begun this new academic year…

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A year on, Nizar Banat’s killing sheds light on PA corruption, but justice is on hold

Nizar Banat was no stranger to the rough and tumble of West Bank politics during his life, which he lost in a savage beating last summer at the age of 42.

In his final months, the civil rights activist and frequent critic of the Palestinian Authority sensed that things had taken a perilous turn. Less than a month before his death, masked…

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Iranian officials chant ‘death to America, death to Israel’ in government body: watch the video

The top Iranian governing body was filled with chants of “death to America” in another demonstration of pro-regime sentiment that remains in the country as protests demanding an end to the Islamic republic continue to spread.

In a video posted to social media, members of the Iranian Consultative Assembly gather at the center of the assembly…

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Iran mobilizes proxies to fight growing protests

Claims have surfaced in recent days that pro-Iranian regime Arab militiamen are to be found among the forces currently being used by the Iranian regime to crush protests.

Demonstrations protesting the alleged murder of a young Iranian-Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, by the Iranian authorities have now entered their second week. Amini died after…

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Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party praises recent terror attack

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party went out of its way to praise the terrorists who committed a Sept. 14 attack on an Israeli soldier.

According to a report by Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah boasted that terrorist Ahmed Abed was a P.A. Security Forces officer “by day” and a member of Fatah’s terror organization,…

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US-Israel economic cooperation ‘has not fully utilized its potential,’ strategic meetings reveal

Despite the close relationship between the U.S. and Israel, their economic partnership has lagged behind America’s cooperation with other allies, participants expressed on Wednesday at the first high-level strategic dialogue meetings on American-Israeli technology collaboration in Washington, D.C.

An Israeli delegation joined a roundtable…

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Biden Admin Pressed To Police Companies That Participate in Israel Boycotts

The Biden administration is under pressure from Congress to more actively police companies that participate in boycotts of Israel, according to a letter sent Wednesday to the Commerce Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) say the administration “is not taking…

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US scrambles F-15 jet to shoot down Iranian drone that appeared to threaten US forces in Iraq

The US scrambled an F-15 jet to shoot down an Iranian drone that appeared to be heading towards US forces in Erbil, Iraq, on Wednesday, a US official told CNN.
US forces launched the jet after tracking dozens of Iranian short range ballistic missiles headed for Kurdish positions in northern Iraq Wednesday, according to two other US officials. The…

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Qatari delegate to UN in Geneva deletes Twitter account after watchdog exposes antisemitic, homophobic tweets

The Qatari envoy to United Nations agencies based in Geneva deleted her Twitter account after a watchdog exposed antisemitic and homophobic tweets.

Hillel Neuer, the director of United Nations Watch, which tracks anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bias among other bigotries at the United Nations, reported Tuesday that Hend al-Muftah had deleted her…

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IDF hunts terror cell after drive-by attack on Israeli vehicle

The Israel Defense Forces launched a search for a terrorist cell in Judea and Samaria on Thursday, following a drive-by shooting on an Israeli vehicle from a passing Palestinian car at the Adorayim Junction, in the Hebron Hills area, on Wednesday night.

The Israeli vehicle sustained damage but there were no injuries, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit…