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At CUFI, we are focused on several key issues with the goal of defending Israel’s strength, security, and sovereignty.

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Bennett cheers ‘groundbreaking’ Abraham Accords on 1-year anniversary

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords by hailing the “groundbreaking” agreements that saw Israel normalize ties with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.
Bennett, who had not publicly commented on the accords since becoming prime minister, praised the “new and groundbreaking...

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Blinken says U.S. to help foster Israel’s ties with Arab states

he United States will help foster Israel's growing ties with Bahrain, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates as well as Sudan and Kosovo while encouraging other countries to normalise ties with Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday.
Speaking at an event marking the first anniversary of Abraham Accords, U.S.-brokered...

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New Jersey set to shed $182M in Unilever assets over Ben & Jerry’s boycott

New Jersey is poised to become the latest state to divest from the British Unilever company over Ben & Jerry's decision this summer to stop selling its products in Judea and Samaria and parts of Jerusalem.

In a Sept. 2 letter addressed to Unilever CEO Alan Jope, New Jersey's director of the Division of Investment (DOI) Shoaib Khan said the...

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US announces $7M bounty on senior Hezbollah official

The FBI has offered a $7 million reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Talal Hamiyah, who heads the branch of Hezbollah that coordinates and executes terrorist attacks outside Lebanon, Al Arabiya reported Monday.

The US State Department's Rewards for Justice program posted a Twitter message explaining that as head of Hezbollah's External...

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UAE seeks staggering $1 trillion in economic ties with Israel over next decade

A year after the photo-ops in Washington DC and the breathless reports from the footsteps of the Burj Khalifa, the United Arab Emirates believes that economic activity with Israel could reach more than $1 trillion over the next decade.
That stratospheric figure was touted this week by Emirati Minister of Economy Abdulla bin Touq Al-Marri during a...

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Iran president selects hardline cabinet to drive hard bargain with U.S.

Iran, emboldened by the messy U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, is betting that its new hardline cabinet -- including Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani -- can force concessions in talks on Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Bagheri, a hardline senior diplomat, was named on Tuesday to replace Abbas Araqchi, a seasoned pragmatist...

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Rediscovered: Leonard Cohen lyrics of fighting with ‘brothers’ in Yom Kippur War

When the Yom Kippur War broke out in the fall of 1973, legendary Canadian singer Leonard Cohen was moved to come to Israel to try and help the Jewish state, which was facing the most serious threat to its short existence.
Convinced by Israeli artists to join them and come down to the Sinai desert where the battle was raging against the invading...

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Worse than the worst-case scenario: The dreadful hours before the Yom Kippur War

The London streets they walked through after midnight were empty. It was Yom Kippur eve but the sacredness of the hour was not uppermost in the minds of the small group of Israelis. One of them, Zvi Zamir, had just met with his most important source in the Arab world and was formulating a memo in his head to be transmitted by telephone. Zamir was...

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President Herzog hosts Israeli Tokyo Paralympics athletes

As the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games wrapped up earlier this month, Israeli President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog hosted an event to celebrate the Israeli delegation on Tuesday.

The Jewish state brought home nine Paralympic medals, with a team compromised of 33 athletes who competed in 11 sports.

Read More: The Jerusalem Post

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IDF appoints first female commander of air defense battalion

Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lt. Col. Revital Barzani as the first female commander of an air defense battalion.

Barzani will command the 66th David's Sling battalion.

Read More: Israel Hayom

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BDS resolution withdrawn at Burlington city council meeting after community rallies against it

After more than two hours of public comments, the Burlington City Council meeting in Vermont ended on Monday night with a vote to withdraw a resolution that would have made it the first city in the United States to support the BDS movement and efforts to boycott Israel.

“Last night’s vote was an incredible win for those opposed to BDS,” said...

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Here’s how Yom Kippur is the holiest ‘meeting’ of the year

Yom Kippur is literally “The Day of Atonement,” but what does “atonement” mean? When was the last time you used “atonement” in a text or casual conversation? The words sound so musty and archaic, like it is a relic of a forgotten epoch.

Kippur, or Kapara, literally means, “cleaning” or “cleansing.” Just as the custom is to wear white, and...

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Israel’s media reports ‘major’ attack recently thwarted by authorities

Israel’s security forces allegedly thwarted a ‘major' attack this week as hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians escalate, Channel 12 and Channel 13 reported on Monday.
Israel’s media announced that the Shin Bet security services and the country’s police foiled a number of attacks, but did not provide further details.
Authorities are on...

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UN ambassadors gather in New York to mark Abraham Accords’ one-year anniversary

The United Nations ambassadors of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco on Monday marked one year since the signing of the Abraham Accords, at a ceremony in New York City.

The historic agreement, by which Israel normalized relations with the UAE and Bahrain, was signed at the White House on Sept. 15, 2020. Later, Sudan and...

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Israelis take to the streets on Yom Kippur

At Yom Kippur, Israel grinds to a halt. For 25 hours, schools, restaurants and businesses shut down, roads empty out as driving is prohibited, and there are no buses, no trains and no planes.

Known as the Day of Atonement, it’s the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, when religious Israelis across the country fast and pray, asking for...

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Iran will have enough uranium for nuclear weapon in one month – report

Iran is on track to obtaining enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb within one month, according to a report published on Monday by the Institute for Science and International Security, a US-based think tank.

The institute estimated, in a worst-case scenario, that in as little as a month Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for...

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2 moderately hurt in terror stabbing in Jerusalem; attacker shot

A suspected terrorist stabbed two people outside the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem on Monday before being shot by a police officer.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said paramedics treated two men who were moderately wounded, then took them to Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The hospital said the two were in stable condition and had...

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Israeli security forces said to arrest brother, cousin of fugitive Palestinian

Israeli security forces arrested the brother and cousin of fugitive terrorist Iham Kamamji early on Monday morning, Palestinian media reported.
According to the reports, Kamamji’s brother Emad, a Jenin resident, was detained, as well as his cousin Qaysar, who hails from the nearby town of Kufr Dan.
In addition to the arrests, security forces...

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Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

Israeli fighter jets struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket into Israeli territory.

Fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a Hamas compound housing a number of underground rocket production workshops, a weapons storage site, a tunnel and a Hamas training facility, reported the Israel...

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IDF: Palestinian man attempts to stab soldiers at Gush Etzion junction

A Palestinian man attempted to carry out a stabbing attack on IDF soldiers at a hitchhiking station at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank on Monday morning, but was shot before he could inflict harm, according to the military.
Initial reports indicated that no Israelis were harmed in the attack, and the terrorist was shot in the hand and...