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Israeli strikes said to target Syria; fragments from defense fire land in Israel

Israeli planes carried out airstrikes near Damascus early Friday, Syrian state media claimed, and sounds of explosions were heard in central Israel shortly after.

The noise was caused by a Syrian air defense missile that traversed Israeli skies before exploding over the Mediterranean Sea, the Israel Defense Forces said. Missile fragments were…

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Israel’s consulate in New York honors 9/11 victims on 20th anniversary of attacks

Acting Consul General of Israel in New York Israel Nitzan and the Port Authority Police Department gathered at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday to mark the Jewish calendar’s 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and its victims.

“That tragic and devastating day was an attack on the free…

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Syrian army and pro-Iran militias continue offensive of rebel enclave bordering Israel

Syrian elite army forces and pro-Iranian militias escalated their offensive on Tuesday against rebels in the southwest region of Syria bordering Israel and Jordan, according to residents, military and opposition sources.

Fighting increased earlier this week after the failure of Russian peace efforts meant to stop an offensive against Deraa…

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Byzantine church dedicated to unknown martyr unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists have discovered a 1,500-year-old church in Israel dedicated to an unknown martyr that had animal mosaics that had been erased. The sizable church has Greek inscriptions that say that it was dedicated to a “glorious martyr” but doesn’t say who this martyr was.
At the time the church was built, the Byzantine Empire controlled Israel,…

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Hamas leader, officials: uncompromising resistance is only way to expel ‘the occupiers’

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and other officials were among the first to congratulate the Taliban on “expelling the occupiers” by means of their “jihad” from Afghanistan.

According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) published on Tuesday, Hamas quickly released pictures of a meeting between Haniyeh and Taliban…

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Iranian fuel ship enters Syrian waters to help Hezbollah – report

An Iranian ship carrying fuel reportedly reached Syria’s territorial waters, according to Iranian media and Lebanese media on Thursday. Al-Akhbar was the first to report the arrival. This will be a major gamechanger for Lebanon and Hezbollah, which aims to profit off the Iranian fuel that is being shipped. The fuel will supposedly be offloaded at…

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Israeli Navy, US Navy’s Fifth Fleet hold ‘historic’ exercise in Red Sea

The Israeli Navy and the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet held a joint exercise for the first time on Tuesday in the Red Sea, in an event the IDF Spokesperson described as “historic.”
“During the exercise, the two navies practiced a variety of scenarios including defense and rescue operations,” the IDF said.
“The exercise saw the two navies working side…

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Iran plans new round of talks with Saudi Arabia -Iranian envoy

Iran plans to hold a fourth round of talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia in Iraq after the new Iranian government is set up, the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad was quoted on Tuesday as saying.
Iran and Saudi Arabia, leading Shi’ite and Sunni Muslim powers in the Middle East, have been rivals for years, backing allies fighting proxy wars in…

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Fatah-Hamas rift deepens as Abbas moves closer to US, Israel

Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s visit on Sunday to Ramallah is yet another sign of improved relations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.

The visit, however, has also derailed any hope of resolving the dispute between the PA and its archrival, Hamas, in the foreseeable future. In fact, the meeting between Gantz and PA…

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Ex-Mossad chief: Use positive Bennett-Biden meeting to stop Iran

Israel should use the positive meeting last week between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and US President Joe Biden to stop Iran’s march toward hegemony in the Middle East and toward a nuclear weapon, former Mossad director Yossi Cohen wrote on Wednesday.

In his first public op-ed since retiring as Mossad chief in June, Cohen wrote in Yediot…

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Hezbollah hammered with criticism amid Lebanon’s crises

Driving back to base after firing rockets toward Israeli positions from a border area last month, a group of Hezbollah fighters was accosted by angry villagers who smashed their vehicles’ windshields and held them up briefly.
It was a rare incident of defiance that suggested many in Lebanon would not tolerate provocations by the powerful group…

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A Year After Normalization Accord, First Bahraini Ambassador Heads to Israel

Bahrain’s first ambassador to Israel, Khaled Al Jalahma, will be arriving in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to begin his diplomatic mission.

“I am honored to announce that I will be arriving in Tel Aviv today to begin my post,” Jalahman tweeted.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s director-general, Alon Ushpiz, said on Twitter: “We are looking…

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Shin Bet investigation uncovers Palestinian who shot IDF soldier in May

An investigation launched by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Israel Police and the IDF succeeded in solving the mystery of an IDF soldier who was shot during a violent riot in the Hebron area during Operation Guardian of the Walls.

The incident took place on May 12 near the village of Si’ir in the Hebron area. In the middle of a riot, an…

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Son of Holocaust survivor flew Afghan refugees to US

Last week, Delta Airlines pilot Alexander Kahn flew hundreds of Afghan refugees from Germany to Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC, as part of a US government partnership with commercial airlines. It had extra special meaning for Kahn, as he told CNN, for a few reasons — first and foremost, his own father was a Holocaust survivor who immigrated…

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Israel-Jordan ties boosted by rare alignment in interests on water, energy

As scientific warnings of dire climate change-induced drought grow, many in Israel and Jordan cast worried eyes at the river running between them and the critical but limited resources they share.

This month, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed unequivocally that the climate is changing faster than previously feared,…

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Hezbollah expands its influence in Syria by buying land on Lebanon’s border

Lebanon’s Hezbollah is expanding its control over the Syrian regions bordering Lebanon by purchasing lands located in the countryside of Damascus, as part of the expansion operations carried out by the militia loyal to Iran.
Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian militias of non-Syrian nationalities have purchased more than 370 plots of land in and…

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With U.S. Troops Leaving Afghanistan, Iran’s New Leader Sends Message to Syria, Region

As the last of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan was set to depart, Iran’s recently sworn-in president sent his new top diplomat to Iraq and Syria to send a message of Tehran’s enduring commitment and to discuss recent events in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met Sunday with Syrian President Bashar…

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Official close to PM downplays Gantz-Abbas meeting: There won’t be peace talks

An official close to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday downplayed a meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, saying there won’t be any peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

“This is a meeting that deals with security issues. There is no diplomatic process with the Palestinians…