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Iran’s ‘state’ terrorism and an American policy of deterrence

History tells us that ignoring a pattern of escalating aggression — a failure to deter — courts disaster. We appear to be on that path with Iran.

For many years, the foreign policy establishment believed Tehran would only target the U.S. homeland in case of war. This theory collapsed in 2011 when the FBI foiled an Iranian plot to kill the then…

US carried out airstrikes in Syria targeting Iran-affiliated groups

The U.S. military announced Tuesday evening it had carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The military’s Central Command said the strikes in Deir Ez-Zor, Syria, were meant to protect U.S. forces from attacks by Iran-backed groups.

“Today’s strikes were…

Report: Russia to use Iran to bypass sanctions and sell oil if nuclear deal clinched

If a nuclear deal is signed between Iran and Western powers, Russia is hoping to use a newly de-sanctioned Tehran to bypass sanctions on its own oil exports, Western diplomats said.

Both countries’ oil exports are under heavy sanctions: Iran due to its nuclear program and Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. But if Iran is able to agree with…

Israel steps up humanitarian aid as Ukraine war intensifies

The humanitarian aid experts at Israeli nonprofit IsraAID are used to disasters, but even they admit that what is happening in Ukraine is exceptional.

“The Ukraine crisis is a record-breaker in terms of its scale,” says Michal Bar, IsraAID’s director of emergency programming and operations.

“We’re seeing the highest number of refugees since…

IDF, police arrest 18 Palestinians, seize weapons in overnight West Bank raids

Israeli troops operated extensively throughout the West Bank overnight Monday, arresting 18 wanted Palestinians and seizing several firearms, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The IDF said that troops spotted two suspects hurling Molotov cocktails at the West Bank settlement of Migdal Oz. Soldiers dispatched to the scene detained one of the…

Iran Revolutionary Guard general reportedly killed in Syria

A general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was reportedly killed in Syria on Monday.

Abolfazl Alijani was killed while serving as a “military adviser” in the country, according to Iran International, a news outlet identified with Iran’s political opposition.

The outlet cited Iranian state media, which did not specify how Alijani…

Mossad ‘likely’ behind Salman Rushdie stabbing, claims Denver professor

The stabbing of novelist Salman Rushdie last week may have been orchestrated by the Mossad, suggested Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in a Saturday interview with Negar Mortazavi, host of the Iran Podcast.

Questioning the timing of the attack, Hashemi highlighted what he believed to be…

Antisemitism In The News

Morningstar ESG rating system violates Arizona anti-BDS law, treasurer says

Arizona’s state treasurer notified Morningstar last week that the investment firm’s Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) rating system violates the state’s anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions law.

The move, first revealed in a release obtained by Jewish Insider on Monday, would place Morningstar on Arizona’s list of prohibited…

Israeli app helps deaf community engage, cope in war and peace

JERUSALEM, Israel – With war and conflict being so much a part of everyday life, an Israeli company has developed a free real-time and on-demand sign language interpretation app for members of the deaf community to use on smartphones.

With a team of interpreters available and speaking and signing in various sign languages, the video call…

Israel is ready for escalation with Hezbollah but doubts Nasrallah’s threats

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened an escalation of hostilities with Israel if the maritime border negotiations between Israel and Lebanon do not meet Lebanese demands.

“Whether a nuclear deal with Iran is signed or not, if the US mediator does not give Lebanon what it asked for in terms of its rights, we are heading toward an…

UAE returns ambassador to Iran as region prepares for potential nuclear deal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates planned to reinstate its ambassador to Iran for the first time in six years, the Emirati Foreign Ministry announced Sunday, as the Gulf Arab federation accelerated efforts to improve ties with the nation it has long viewed as a regional threat.

The Emirates’ ambassador to Iran, Saif…

Israeli Security Chief in Cairo to Smooth Tensions Over Palestinian Islamic Jihad: Israeli Media

The head of Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, visited Cairo on Sunday in order to ease tensions surrounding continued Israeli counterterrorism activity against Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, Hebrew media reported.

The news follows reporting by Israeli outlets on a recent communications breakdown with Egypt, which…

Antisemitism In The News

German bureaucrat under fire for trashing British WWII hero who inspired Israeli army

JERUSALEM – The 10 million-member Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. joined the Israel Defense Forces in issuing an unprecedented stinging rebuke of a German official for comments about late British Major-General Orde Wingate, a WWII hero and Israeli icon.
Michael Blume, the bureaucrat tasked with…

German police open investigation into Abbas over Holocaust remarks

Berlin police opened an investigation into Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, according to German media. He is being investigated for Holocaust denial – a criminal offense in Germany.

Berlin native and descendent of Holocaust survivors Mike Delberg filed the official police report to the Berlin Police on Wednesday,…

Israel in final push for deal with Russia as Jewish Agency trial opens

The Israeli government has been making last-ditch efforts to broker a deal with Moscow to avoid the closure of the Jewish Agency in the country, with top officials speaking to their Russian counterparts ahead of a first significant court hearing in the case on Friday, Israeli officials said.

In late June, Russia warned the Jewish Agency of its…

Lakes are drying up everywhere. Israel will pump water from the Med as a solution

Sea of Galilee, IsraelCNN — Despite its name, the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel is actually a freshwater lake, and it’s one that has sustained life for millennia. Even today, the lake irrigates vineyards and local farms that grow everything from green vegetables to wheat and tangerines. Its archeology, hot springs and hiking trails bring…

Lapid to U.S.: Not walking away from Iran nuclear talks shows “weakness”

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid sent a message to the White House on Thursday that the EU draft nuclear agreement being discussed with Iran goes beyond the 2015 nuclear deal and isn’t in line with the Biden administration’s own red lines, a senior Israeli official said in a briefing to reporters.

What he’s saying: “In the current situation,…

Caving in to Iranian pressure, Oman keeps Israeli flights out of its skies

Oman has refused to open its airspace to Israeli flights due to pressure from Iran, Israel Hayom learned Thursday.

Securing such passage would have allowed Israel to slash flight times to Far East countries, such as India, Thailand, and China, together with Saudi Arabia’s announcement last month to open its airspace to all airlines, including…