Daily Alerts

  • Iran-Backed Sleeper Cells “Ready to Strike” UK
    (Telegraph-UK) Robert Mendick - Iran-backed terrorist cells could be deployed to launch attacks in the UK, British intelligence sources have warned. Intelligence agencies believe Iran has organized and funded sleeper terror cells across Europe including the UK, operated by radicals linked to Hizbullah. Iran has also been blamed for cyber attacks in the UK, including the hacking of MPs and peers in 2017 and an attack on the Post Office, local government networks and private sector companies including banks at the end of 2018. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Israel Condemns European Parliament for Hosting Palestinian Terrorist
    (JNS-Israel Hayom) Israel has condemned the European Parliament for inviting Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Central Committee member Khaled Barakat to address the parliament. The PFLP is considered a terrorist organization by the EU, as well as the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Australia. Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan noted that Barakat "was recently prohibited by German authorities from speaking at a political event due to his ties to terror." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Houthi Radio Station Raises Funds for Hizbullah
    (MEMRI TV) The Houthi Sam radio station in Yemen held a fundraising campaign for Hizbullah in May and June 2019, raising $295,000. On July 20, the station director posted a video showing a large pile of cash as men chanted: "Allah Akbar! Death to America! Death to Israel! Curses upon the Jews! Victory for Islam!" ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Palestinians Call for Blacklisting Arab Journalists for Visiting Israel
    (Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Six journalists from Iraq and Saudi Arabia arrived in Israel on Sunday for meetings with Knesset members, Foreign Ministry officials and academics, and to tour the country. The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) on Monday condemned the visit as a blow to its "anti-normalization position." It called on the Federation of Arab Journalists to "blacklist" Arab journalists who visit Israel. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Bahraini FM: If Not for Iran’s Support of Hamas, We’d Be Closer to Mideast Peace
    (Times of Israel) Adam Rasgon - Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa told an Atlantic Council event in Washington last week: "If it wasn't for Iran being present - Iranian soldiers, Iranian money, Iranian support for Hamas and jihadis that take control of Gaza - we would have been much closer to achieving a better peace between the Palestinians and Israelis." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • One Billion Euros Allocated for Importing Essential Goods Disappears in Iran
    (Radio Farda) Mahmoud Vaezi, President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff, charged that one billion euros ($1.12 billion) in hard currency allocated for importing medicines and essential goods "has disappeared." The government provides dollars at a rate three times cheaper to approved importers of essential goods, but there are cases where those receiving cheap foreign currency never import what they have agreed to, or once the goods arrive, sell them at much higher prices. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Britain Seeks European Maritime Force to Counter Iran’s “Piracy”
    (Reuters) Britain will seek to establish a European-led maritime protection mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel. "Under international law Iran had no right to obstruct the ship's passage - let alone board her. It was therefore an act of state piracy," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Parliament. Britain will ask all British-flagged ships to give the government notice before passing through the Strait of Hormuz, Hunt said. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Catholic Peace Group Affirms “Logic” of Killing American Jews for What Israel Does
    (CAMERA) Dexter Van Zile - In an interview on the YouTube channel of Catholics Against Militarism (CAM), E. Michael Jones argued that the deaths of Palestinians at the "March of Return" riots organized by Hamas at the Gaza-Israel border logically justifies the murder of Jews in synagogues in the U.S. CAM's Ellen Finnigan responded, saying, "Yeah. Yeah. That makes sense." Without challenge, Jones blamed American Jews for the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite the fact that American Jews showed lower levels of support for the war than the rest of the country. He also blamed Israel for the Iraq war even though numerous Israeli security officials warned against an invasion, declaring that Iran was more of a threat. Why is Catholics Against Militarism promoting vicious anti-Semitism on its YouTube channel? Is demonizing Jews truly the path to peace? The writer is Christian Media Analyst for CAMERA. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • “Hamas Is Iran’s First Line of Defense”
    (Al-Araby Al-Jadeed-UK) Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Arouri said in Tehran on Monday that "Hamas is Iran's first line of defense," after a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei noted that, "Today Palestinians are equipped with precise missiles rather than stones." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Has Iran Complied with the Nuclear Deal?
    (Times of Israel) Emily B. Landau - Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) note that according to the reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has been entirely compliant with its commitments. But how compliant has Iran really been? Evidence shows that Iran has hardly been fully compliant with serious nuclear-related issues. A recent report of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, headed by former nuclear weapons inspector David Albright, has concluded that the underground and heavily fortified uranium enrichment facility at Fordow has not been reconfigured as stipulated by the JCPOA. The IAEA found traces of radioactive material from soil samples that were taken from a nuclear warehouse in Tehran in April 2019. This warehouse was revealed by Prime Minister Netanyahu in his September 2018 speech to the UN. Incriminating evidence of radioactive material being stored there up until 2018 is clearly a post-JCPOA violation. Several reports from German intelligence services over the past few years involve Iran's continued efforts to procure equipment and materials that can be used in a nuclear weapons program. The efforts were thwarted, but it is not clear why these ongoing Iranian efforts are continuing. Iran has admitted to lying about the facility at Arak. The Arak heavy water reactor was supposed to be rendered inoperable, according to the terms of the JCPOA, by pouring cement into its core. In the end, cement was poured only into the surrounding piping. But the Iranians had already purchased new piping before the JCPOA - piping that they can now install. The picture of Iran as the innocent party complying with the JCPOA is thus clearly inaccurate. The current tensions are not due to the U.S. leaving the deal, but rather to the serious flaws in the deal that led the U.S. to withdraw, as well as Iran's non-cooperative and bad faith behavior that has continued since that time. The writer heads the arms control program at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Israel Demolishes Illegal Palestinian Construction in Jerusalem after Years-Long Court Battle
    (New York Times) Isabel Kershner - Israel on Monday began demolition of ten mostly unfinished and uninhabited Palestinian apartment blocks in eastern Jerusalem that were illegally built too close to the security barrier. Israel's Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said the government had acted after an Israeli court ruled that the construction constituted "a severe security threat and can provide cover to suicide bombers and other terrorists hiding among the civilian population." Palestinian officials condemned the move as a "war crime." The buildings sit on the Jerusalem side of the security barrier in an area the Israeli military had declared a buffer zone and prohibited building in. Israel's High Court rejected an appeal against the demolition orders by residents in June, and on Sunday dismissed another petition asking for a postponement, paving the way for the demolitions. The court "ruled unequivocally that those who built houses in the area of the security fence knew that building in that area was prohibited, and took the law into their own hands," Erdan said. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Israeli Intelligence Unmasks Hizbullah Terrorist Plot in Uganda
    (Kampala Post-Uganda) On July 7, Ugandan security forces arrested Hussein Mahmood Yassine, a Lebanese national and a suspected Hizbullah agent, at Entebbe International Airport. The arrest was made in consultation and cooperation with Israel's Mossad intelligence agency. The subject had been tracked and followed for months. According to an intelligence source, Hizbullah instructed Yassine to identify U.S and Israeli targets in Uganda and the region, recruit Lebanese living in Uganda for Hizbullah operations, and recruit Ugandan Muslims who traveled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj to act as Hizbullah intelligence assets. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Assad’s Nuremberg Moment: NGO Builds Case for Syrian War Crimes
    (Toronto Globe and Mail-Canada) Mark MacKinnon - Over the past seven years, veteran Canadian war-crimes investigator William Wiley and his team at the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), the non-profit organization he established in 2012, have smuggled hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence out of Syria and Iraq - documents that are now being used to build war-crimes cases against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his henchmen, as well as senior figures in the Islamic State. Western governments, including Canada's, collectively provide $8 million in annual funding for the group's 150 investigators. Wiley, 55, is a veteran of the efforts to bring justice to Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. He views the evidence against Assad as "much, much better" than what was presented in court against Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. CIJA files prove that Assad himself had knowledge of, and approved, the actions of his subordinates. "It's pretty clear that Assad was not a figurehead. He was in charge, and the senior guys deferred to him." Wiley says his group also has more than enough evidence to help convict ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Saudi Journalist: “Israeli People Are Similar to Mine”
    (Al Jazeera) Mohammed Saud, a Saudi man visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, was part of a six-member Arab delegation of journalists officially hosted by the Israel Foreign Ministry. Saud told Israel Army Radio, "Israeli people are similar to mine, they are like my family. I love Israel and it was always my dream to visit Jerusalem." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Washington Should Wake Up to the Fact that Hizbullah Runs Lebanon
    (Al Arabiya) Tony Badran - The U.S. State Department invited Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to Washington last week to participate in a conference to advance religious freedom. Prior to the meeting, Bassil met with newly sanctioned Hizbullah security chief Wafiq Safa, with whom Bassil has a close relationship. Following Hizbullah's designation as a terrorist group by the UK, Bassil declared the group would "remain embraced by state institutions and all Lebanese people." Hizbullah's grip on Lebanon is comprehensive. It exercises decisive influence on the security sector, but also directs the entire political order. Washington's long-standing policy that distinguishes between Hizbullah and the Lebanese state is sorely misguided. An investment in Lebanon's "state institutions" is an investment in the Hizbullah state. The writer is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Ohio Man Gets 30 Months in Prison for Attacking Man He Thought Was Jewish
    (JTA) Josefin Dolsten - Izmir Koch, 34, was standing outside a Cincinnati-area restaurant in 2017 asking people if they were Jewish. Paul Marshall, who is not Jewish, answered in the affirmative. Koch then beat him up. Koch, who is originally from Turkey, was convicted in December 2018 and was sentenced on July 9 to 30 months in prison. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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  • Drone Targets Base for Iran-Backed Militia in Northern Iraq
    (AP) Khalid Mohammed - A drone dropped two grenades half an hour apart on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in Amirli in northern Iraq on Friday. The first attack targeted the headquarters of advisers from Iran and Lebanon, wounding two Iranians. The second attack hit a weapons depot, causing a large fire. An Iraqi official said ISIS was most likely behind the attack. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Israel Is the One Stabilizing Element in the Middle East
    (Israel Hayom) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu interviewed by Boaz Bismuth and Amnon Lord - Asked about how he views the period since he first became prime minister in 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We discovered that we can leverage the basic characteristics of this people into exceptional strength in economics, defense and security, and diplomacy. We've proved that it is possible to turn Israel from a small country in a corner of the Middle East into a central world power." "It's obvious that the lack of stability here [in the Middle East] is the result of the struggle between the Dark Ages and modernism - between the tyranny of radical Islam and the forces of freedom. That's the most important battle. That is what is destabilizing everything." "Standing up to the fundamentalist Islam that wants to take over first the Middle East and then the entire world [is important]. If there's one element that is stabilizing the Middle East and fighting radical Islam here, it's Israel." "[I told Russian President Vladimir Putin] that I would have to take action in Syria, that I wasn't willing to allow Iran to bring its army to our borders. They [Iran] announce their intention of annihilating us. 'What would you do?' I asked him. I told him that I was sure he would do the same as me." "The [2015] nuclear deal...wasn't conditional on any change in [Iran's] behavior. The argument was that if Iran received millions as a result of the sanctions being lifted, it would become a moderate state. Today, we can judge....Right now, their policy is to quietly pursue nuclear weapons while also conquering the Middle East with the money that the eased sanctions sent flooding into Iran's coffers." "You need to increase power, not maintain it. My outlook is built on bolstering our strengths. Without strength, we won't survive. The weak don't survive. A strong people forges alliances. So from the first moment, the main question about Israel's existence was whether we would be able to develop the strengths to not only confront our enemies but also be accepted by the rest of the world. The simple fact is that what makes the world accept you is, first and foremost, your strength." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Iran Welcomes Hamas’ Deputy Leader
    (Tehran Times-Iran) Kamal Kharrazi, chairman of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, on Sunday told Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy leader of Hamas, that the liberation of Palestine, and especially Jerusalem, is among the greatest causes of Iran. Arouri praised Iran's position in supporting the Palestinians. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Israeli Security Analyst Ehud Ya’ari: Iran Is Losing Against the West
    (Algemeiner) Benjamin Kerstein - Writing for Israeli news website Mako, veteran Israeli journalist Ehud Ya'ari said Iran "has left no room for doubt that it has no desire to absorb military blows....It is true that the Iranians are heating the waters of the Persian Gulf as they groan under the weight of the sanctions, but they will not bring things to a boiling point." "What is really happening [is] the opposite of escalation." Iran, he noted, has stopped attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Yemenite militias it controls, and has done the same in Iraq. It has also pulled back on its provocations along Israel's northern border. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • British Airways Suspends Flights to Cairo amid Security Concerns
    (Telegraph-UK) Greg Wilford and Tim Wallace - British Airways announced Saturday it has suspended flights to Cairo for seven days amid security concerns. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said there is a "heightened risk of terrorism" against flights from the UK to Egypt and that "terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Israel to Allow Tlaib-Omar Visit “Out of Respect for Congress”
    (Ha'aretz) Amir Tibon - Israel will allow Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to enter the country, despite anti-boycott laws which have been used to prevent the entry of Israel-boycott supporters, Israel's Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer said Friday. "Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Hamas Under Fire for Failed Policies
    (Arab Weekly-UK) Yousef Alhelou - Palestinians in Gaza are increasingly expressing frustration with Hamas for failing to provide solutions to their problems. Palestinians are questioning why Hamas has stayed in power but is unable to provide a decent life for Gazans. Those who want to work in the governmental sector in Gaza must be a Hamas loyalist or at least a supporter. Priority to receive food aid also depends on how well a person is connected to the Islamic movement. Housing for those whose homes were destroyed in wars with Israel are also prioritized by level of loyalty to Hamas. Mass migration is taking place from Gaza to settle in Europe. Activists and journalists have left because they were unable to express themselves or report without intimidation. The writer is a Palestinian journalist living in London. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Israel Prepares to Fend Off Maritime Threats
    (Ha'aretz) Yaniv Kubovich - Amid increasing Iranian attacks on shipping in the Gulf, Israeli defense officials are preparing to address potential threats at sea, not only in the Eastern Mediterranean, but also to Israeli vessels passing through the Straits of Tiran in the Red Sea. A marine barrier was recently erected at the naval base in Eilat to protect against an attack by fast boats. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • U.S. Downed Iranian Drone with New Technology
    (Wall Street Journal) Nancy A. Youssef and Dustin Volz - The U.S. brought down an Iranian drone near the USS Boxer in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday using new technology that had just been added to naval defenses, defense officials said. The new counterdrone system, known as the Marine Air Defense Integrated System, or MADIS, sits atop a Marine vehicle, allowing it to be transported onto a ship or to front lines. It consists of radars and jammers that identify if a drone is a threat, and, if so, can jam the drone's communications to the ground. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • As Iran-U.S. Tensions Rise, Hizbullah Deploying for War with Israel
    (Daily Beast) Jesse Rosenfeld - Hizbullah's forces, battle-hardened in the Syrian civil war, have begun redeploying toward the Israeli border, not only in Lebanon, but in Syria opposite the Golan Heights. "The [U.S.] sanctions now have us preparing for dealing with the Israeli front," says Commander Samir, a Hizbullah officer in charge of 800 fighters on Lebanon's border with Israel. Samir underscores the importance of Hizbullah's positions in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan, giving it the ability to open a second front there against Israel, and boasts about drone capabilities and new anti-aircraft and anti-naval weapons acquired in Syria. He said that while the pre-war Assad regime placed limits on Hizbullah activity in the Golan, "now there are no red lines." He noted that the sanctions have forced a large reduction in Iran's financial support for Hizbullah. Salaries for Hizbullah fighters have been halved, according to three fighters. "Assir," a seasoned Hizbullah fighter in Syria, says that like the many fighters coming back to Lebanon, he is not being demobilized but rather redeployed south to the Israeli border. "People who finish their mission in Syria go to the south," he says. "There are some units in Syria but a lot go back to Lebanon or to the Golan. Thousands have come back." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Iran Seizes British Tanker in Strait of Hormuz
    (BBC News) Aresu Eqbali - Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces seized the British oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. The ship was empty and heading to Saudi Arabia to pick up its cargo. No British citizens were on board. The British government said it is "deeply concerned about Iran's unacceptable actions" that "represent a clear challenge to international freedom of navigation." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Retired Syrian Christian Woman Tortured and Murdered by Islamists
    (Al-Araby Al-Jadeed-UK) Suzan Dirkerkur, 60, a retired Syrian-Armenian schoolteacher living in the Christian village of Yacoubiya in the opposition-held Syrian province of Idlib, was found murdered last week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, "Her body was found with marks of torture on it. And according to forensic medicine, the woman had been tortured for about nine hours before she was stoned to death." Christian groups have blamed former al-Qaeda-linked elements from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls Idlib province. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • U.S. Offers $7 Million for Hizbullah Agent Wanted for Argentina Attack
    (AFP) The U.S. State Department on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find Hizbullah operative Salman Raouf Salman, accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, on the 25th anniversary of the attack. The U.S. Treasury Department said Salman masterminded the 1994 attack and "has directed terrorist operations in the Western Hemisphere for Hizbullah ever since." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Iran Trying to Arm Syria, Hizbullah by Sea
    (Ha'aretz) Yaniv Kubovich - Israeli observers believe that attacks designed to prevent Iran from entrenching itself in Syria and transferring equipment to Lebanon have led the Iranians to prefer shipping a portion of the weaponry by sea. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Is Iran Considering Renewed Negotiations?
    (Ha'aretz) Zvi Bar'el - Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has declared that his country would be willing to add a clause to the nuclear accord in which it would commit to allowing more extensive and tighter monitoring of its nuclear facilities if sanctions were lifted. Zarif is presenting an official Iranian position which could be the opening gambit in renewed negotiations. Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has shown in the past that in times of distress he tends to adopt a policy of "heroic flexibility." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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  • Israeli Arab Hamas Supporter Planned to Bomb Ashdod Hotel
    (Jerusalem Post) Anna Ahronheim - Adel Abu Hadayeb, 20, from the Israeli Bedouin city of Rahat, has been indicted for planning a terrorist attack against an Ashdod hotel, the Israel Security Agency announced Sunday. Hadayeb, a Hamas supporter, was arrested in June with five hand grenades and a Carlo sub-machine gun. He had tried to prepare a bomb for the attack on the hotel that he had known from his work as a gardener nearby. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, July 22, 2019
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