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Iranian forces kill 5 protesters amid unrest over woman’s death — rights group

Iranian security forces killed five protesters on Monday, according to a rights group, amid widespread unrest over the death of a young woman who had been detained for violating the country’s conservative dress code.

The morality police detained the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last Tuesday for not covering her hair with the Islamic headscarf, known...

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IDF chief at Auschwitz: You need only to be human to understand the Nazi genocide

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi on Monday visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Poland, where he warned that Iranian Holocaust denial is an “additional reminder that such people must not be allowed to possess any sort of capability to develop lethal weapons.”

Accompanied by a delegation of commanders and...

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Lapid en route to UN: Israel has right to security, but desires peace

Israel has a right to security but desires peace, Prime Minister Yair Lapid said prior to departing early Tuesday morning for the United Nations, where he plans to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other world leaders.

"I am leaving tonight for a diplomatic visit that will include meetings with heads of state and Jewish...

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US court awards $111 million to victims of Hezbollah rockets in 2006 war

A US court has ordered the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah to pay millions of dollars in damages to a group of joint Israeli-American citizens who sued, saying they were wounded by the group’s rockets during a war with Israel in 2006.

The case was brought under the US Anti-Terrorism Act and alleged that Hezbollah caused the plaintiffs physical...

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Israel warns Jews at risk of being attacked by Iran and ISIS on overseas trips

The Counter-Terror Division of the Prime Minister's Office issued a travel warning on Monday for the upcoming Jewish holidays for Israelis to be wary of potential terror attacks against them by Iran or ISIS.

The division has often warned in recent years of potential dangers from the Islamic Republic and jihadist groups, but this time it made...

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Iran president repeats call for nuclear deal guarantees ahead of U.N. visit

Tehran would be serious about reviving a deal on its nuclear program if there were guarantees the United States would not again withdraw from it, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.
Last month, Iran's foreign minister said Tehran needed stronger guarantees from Washington for the revival of the 2015 deal and...

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Israel readies itself for increase in terrorist attacks

Israel is bracing for terrorist attacks ahead of the Jewish High Holidays. And it is incumbent upon international press outlets to highlight the looming danger.

Israeli officials, the Times of Israel reported on Sept. 13, have “concrete warnings” that terrorist groups are planning to incite violence in and around the Temple Mount, the holiest...

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‘Hezbollah threats amid Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks could spark war’

Hezbollah’s posturing has increased regional volatility and Israel must take seriously the escalating threats emanating from its chief Hassan Nasrallah over Lebanon’s maritime border dispute with the Jewish state, analysts tell JNS.

The observers noted that even if the Iranian-backed terror organization is not intending to start an all-out war,...

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‘Some signs’: Iran’s president casts doubt on Holocaust, calls Israel ‘false regime’

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi cast doubt on whether the Holocaust happened and called Israel a “false regime” in his first interview with a Western media outlet, which aired late Sunday.

Speaking with veteran US reporter Lesley Stahl on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Raisi also said he couldn’t trust the United States in the beleaguered nuclear talks...

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Democrats unite to block GOP measure seeking Iran deal draft

Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee — including several who have been critical of the ongoing Iran nuclear talks and did not support the original 2015 agreement — voted unanimously on Thursday to block a Republican measure to compel the Biden administration to turn over the current draft of the deal to Congress.

The measure had...

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Abraham Accords two years later: Economic collaboration and cultural exchange flourishing

Two organizations with many former Trump administration officials joined together on Monday to celebrate the second anniversary of the Abraham Accords, which over the years has proven far more durable and consequential than many expected when signed under former President Donald Trump.

The accords created the first warm peace between Israel,...

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Chile apologizes after refusing accreditation of Israeli envoy

Chile's President Gabriel Boric refused on Thursday to accept the letter of credence from Israel's ambassador, yet walked back the potential scandal.
According to reports, the president — known as a severe critic of the Jewish state — was angered over the "killing of a Palestinian boy" earlier on Thursday, during an Israeli army operation near...

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Senior officer: Iranian-backed forces withdrawing from Syria due to IDF strikes

A senior Israel Defense Forces officer told reporters on Thursday that the military has identified that Hezbollah and other Iran-backed militias in Syria are beginning to withdraw from the region following a series of airstrikes attributed to Israel in recent weeks.

The officer said the apparent withdrawal of these forces from the area is “a...

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Herzog says planning to soon visit Bahrain, hopes normalization with Sudan advances

President Isaac Herzog said on Thursday that he soon plans to visit Bahrain, while speaking at a reception hosted by the United Arab Emirates to celebrate two years since Jerusalem established diplomatic ties with Manama and Abu Dhabi.

“I intend to visit Bahrain in the coming months as the guest of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in...

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SFSU hosted Palestinian terrorist speakers at Beirut conference

Palestinian terrorists and figures associated with terrorist organizations spoke at a conference by San Francisco State University's Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies department on September 10.

The two-day conference, Memorializing the Sabra & Shatila Massacre: Bearing Witness, Resilience, & Accountability, included...

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Iran’s Raisi tells Putin cooperation makes US-sanctioned countries ‘stronger’

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan — Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the cooperation among countries sanctioned by the United States will make them “stronger.”

“The relationship between countries that are sanctioned by the US, such as Iran, Russia or other countries, can overcome many problems and...

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Israel weighs dilemma of broader security operation in Judea and Samaria

The killing on Tuesday night of Israel Defense Forces Maj. Bar Falah, 30, during operational activity near the Gilboa (Jalame) Crossing in northern Samaria is a painful reminder of the ongoing security deterioration in the Palestinian arena. Israel’s defense establishment and caretaker government now face the dilemma of whether to launch a broader...

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UAE foreign minister to meet Lapid in Jerusalem

United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan landed in Israel on Wednesday for a visit marking the two-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords, the agreements that normalized relations between the Jewish state and numerous Arab countries.

Bin Zayed is slated to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday...

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US redoubles support for its Iran talks envoy, trashed by senior Israeli official

The US on Tuesday doubled down on its support of its special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, after a senior Israeli official told reporters a day earlier that Jerusalem managed to sideline the architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement from a decisive role regarding a possible US return to the agreement.

“Rob is our special envoy on Iran. He is...

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Iranian ‘Suicide Drone’ Used by Russia ‘Eliminated’ Near Kupiansk: Ukraine

Ukraine's armed forces said they have destroyed an Iranian-supplied "suicide drone" used by Russian troops on the battlefield near Kupiansk, in the Kharkiv region.

In a tweet shared by the country's Ministry of Defense, the Ukrainian military shared images of a wreaked weapon they say was a destroyed UAV Shahed-136 kamikaze drone. An...