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Australia to designate all of Hamas a terrorist organization

Australia announced on Thursday that it would designate the entire Hamas movement as a terrorist organization, Australian media reported.

Previously, the country only listed Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

“The views of Hamas and the violent extremist groups listed today are deeply disturbing, and there is no place…

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Nasrallah said to make Iran trip to discuss response to any Israel hit on nuke sites

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made a rare trip some two months ago from his secure, secret location in Beirut to Tehran, where his Iranian backers impressed on him the expectation that the Lebanese terror group will respond militarily to any Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Channel 12 News reported Wednesday.

Iran, which backs…

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Israeli woman becomes first Druze athlete to set national track record

Karawan Halabi, 27, on Tuesday became the first Druze athlete to set an Israeli track and field record, finishing the 1,000-meter race in 2:43:99 minutes.

The previous record belonged to Edna Lankri, whose time of 2:46.03 minutes had stood for 25 years.

Halabi first made history in 2019 as the first Druze athlete to win a national…

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Nancy Pelosi at the Knesset: ‘Israel’s proximity to Iran is a threat to us all’

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a ceremony at the Knesset on Wednesday that the United States and Israel are allied in the face of the threat from Iran.

“We are together in the fight against terrorism posed by Iran, both in the region and also its nuclear development. The nuclear threat by Iran is a global one. It is a threat to the…

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Bennett discusses Iran with visiting US Senator Lindsey Graham

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with US Senator Lindsey Graham at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on Monday morning.

Their discussion focused on “the Iranian threat, which is faced by both Israel and the US, and ways to deal with it,” according to a readout by the PMO.

“They also discussed the security challenges in the Middle…

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IDF drills for war with Hezbollah while keeping an eye on Hamas

Troops from the IDF’s 890th Paratroopers Battalion held a week-long drill simulating war on the northern front against Hezbollah while keeping a watchful eye on the country’s explosive southern border as tensions rise in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

The exercise saw troops spend two-and-a-half days simulating defending Israeli…

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Israel seized NIS 103 million Hamas terror funds – counterterror financial official

A range of moves by the government have led to the seizure of NIS 103 million of Hamas terrorism funds, National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing of Israel official Sagi Volkovitz said at a government conference on Tuesday.

His agency is part of the Defense Ministry. Volkovitz gave complex examples of groups that would sell or deliver goods…

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Top Turkish delegation to visit Israel

A delegation of top Turkish leaders will arrive in Israel this week, ahead of a planned visit by President Isaac Herzog to the country, the president’s office said.

The delegation, whose trip is for the purpose of discussing Ankara-Jerusalem relations, will include Ibrahim Kalin, spokesperson and chief adviser to Turkish President Recep…

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Philippine police allege Hamas plan to groom locals for attacks on Israelis

Philippine National Police said Tuesday they had uncovered a Hamas cell that planned to target Israelis in the country, with a top foreign operations member of the terror group aiming to recruit locals to carry out the attacks.

A report from Police Brigadier General Neil Alinsangan of PNP intelligence said the plot was discovered based on…

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Hatikvah plays at Bahrain Royal Palace as Bennett arrives

A Bahraini military band played Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, outside the royal palace in Manama as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made history as the first Israeli leader to visit the Gulf state on Tuesday.

Bennett was received by Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, who is also the Kingdom’s prime minister, ahead of a…

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Gunman fires shots at Jewish candidate for Louisville mayor

Police said there was no information that the suspect was not acting alone.

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Israeli Defense Ministry thwarts attempt to smuggle 10,000 bullets into Gaza

Israel’s Ministry of Defense thwarted an attempt to smuggle more than 10,000 bullets, as well as a handgun, to Gazan terror factions in recent days, it said in a statement.

According to a statement, the ammunition was hidden in an innocuous shipment of home goods designed for the Gaza Strip. It was intercepted by security inspectors working for…

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UK Jews record 2,255 antisemitic incidents in 2021 — the highest tally in Europe

British Jews and authorities recorded 2,255 antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom in 2021 — the highest total in recent years anywhere in Europe.

It is also the highest total ever reported in a single calendar year by the Community Security Trust, British Jewry’s antisemitism watchdog.

The CST report published Wednesday found an…

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Palestinian terror groups say ‘no’ to Abbas loyalists’ appointments

Three Palestinian groups – Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) have announced that they do not recognize the appointment of loyalists of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to senior positions in the PLO.

“No recognition of, and no legitimacy to, the appointments…

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NGOs call on US aid group to stop funding use of Palestinian child soldiers

The Coalition to Save Palestinian Child Soldiers called on CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) America to stop providing funds to Palestinian NGOs like “Defense for Children International Palestine” (DCI-P) due to its ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been documented as using child soldiers.

The coalition is…

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State Department approves a possible $70 million military sale to Jordan

WASHINGTON – The State Department approved a possible foreign military sale to Jordan on Tuesday. According to the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM), the $70 million deal will include guided multiple launch rocket systems, alternate warheads, unitary rocket pods and related equipment.

“The Defense Security Cooperation…

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Who will be Islamic State’s new leader? Experts, analysts weigh in

The next leader of Islamic State is likely to be from a close circle of battle-hardened Iraqi jihadists who emerged in the aftermath of the 2003 US invasion, two Iraqi security officials and three independent analysts said.

The group of potential successors to Abu Ibrahim al-Quraishi, who blew himself up during a US operation to capture him in…

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Abbas’s embattled Fatah seeks to score points with Palestinians

The killing of three Fatah gunmen by the IDF in Nablus on Tuesday came as the ruling faction and its head, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, have been facing sharp and widespread criticism for “hijacking” major institutions and excluding other groups from decision-making.

The IDF said the three were involved in a series of shooting…