Daily Alerts

  • Hizbullah’s Smuggler in Chief
    (Israel Hayom) Yoav Limor - When Syrian President Bashar Assad met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in February, only one other person appeared in the photo of the meeting. Hizbullah senior official Mohammad Jafar Qasir, 50, better known as Hajj Fadi, has been responsible for smuggling weapons and money to Syria and Lebanon for the past 20 years. His brother Hassan is married to the daughter of Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. Another brother, Ahmed, was killed driving an explosives-laden car that brought down the IDF headquarters in Tyre, Lebanon, in Nov. 1982, killing 76 Israeli security personnel. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • “No War, No Negotiation” Is Iran’s Stance
    (Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Mehdi Khalaji - Khamenei is sincere when he declares that Iran is not interested in military escalation. Iran cannot afford - militarily or politically - a direct, conventional armed confrontation with any state, especially the U.S. or Israel. That is why the regime relies so much on asymmetric warfare, terrorism, and proxy warfare that can be carried out with some degree of plausible deniability. The idea is to remain a frightening threat while avoiding direct conventional war. Despite President Trump's offers to negotiate, Khamenei likely does not want to open talks with a leader who withdrew from the nuclear deal, continues to impose new sanctions, and uses humiliating rhetoric against the regime. The writer, a Qom-trained Shiite theologian, is a fellow at The Washington Institute. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • Israelis Aid Venezuelan Refugees in Colombia
    (Israel21c) Abigail Klein Leichman - Israeli humanitarian aid agency IsraAID has dispatched an emergency response team to Cucuta, on Colombia's border with Venezuela, where around 5,000 Venezuelans cross every day seeking relief from the continued economic and political crisis in the country. IsraAID's response plan will include child-protection and back-to-school activities, community resilience-building and psychological support, hygiene and sanitation promotion and relief distribution. IsraAID currently has active recovery teams across the region, supporting communities affected by the 2018 El Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala, the 2017 earthquakes in Mexico, and Hurricane Maria in Dominica and Puerto Rico. IsraAID's emergency response in Colombia is supported by AJC and additional generous donors - see IsraAID Emergency Response Fund. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • U.S. Believes Iran Behind Vessel Attacks
    (ABC Radio) U.S. intelligence now believes that Iran is behind the attacks against commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. official told ABC News. The new assessment directly blames Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for placing explosive charges at the waterline on four oil tankers that were damaged last week, said a U.S. official. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • PA’s Artificial Economic Crisis Seeks Israeli Recognition that Palestinian Terror Is Legitimate
    (Israel Institute for Strategic Studies) Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser - With Abbas' refusal to accept tax revenues collected by Israel for the Palestinian Authority, now that the Anti-"Pay to Slay" Law passed by the Knesset in July 2018 has been implemented, it seems that his goal is to obtain Israeli and international legitimacy for salary payments to terrorists - a de facto recognition of the PA's position that this terror is legitimate. The PA's thesis on the legitimacy of terror was expressed in an official paper published by the PLO Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society. The PA fears that agreeing to a compromise now will open the door to a wave of additional pressures, including demands that they stop incitement and recognize Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish People. The truth is that they reject the very existence of a Jewish People and do not recognize that the Jewish nation has a history of sovereignty in the Land of Israel. This is the basis for their claim that there is no justification for creating the Jewish nation-state on that land and for their belief that all forms of struggle against Zionism are legitimate. The PA leadership's insistence on continuing wage payments to terrorists and their families, even at the price of an artificial economic crisis, shows once again that in Palestinian eyes the Oslo Accords did not reflect a substantive change in Palestinian national aspirations or in the methods employed to achieve them. True, there is cooperation on security issues with the PA, but that serves the interests of both sides. The PA cooperates mainly in the battle against Hamas and hardly lifts a finger against the phenomenon of lone terrorists, which it actually encourages by means of continuous incitement (including paying salaries to terrorists and glorifying them). Israel should not do anything to hasten the PA's breakdown, because it has no desire to rule over the Palestinians and run their day-to-day lives, but it also should not feel more obligated to the PA's continued existence than do the Palestinians themselves, thereby leaving itself open to continuous extortion on strategic issues. Israel has no real reason to be anxious about the Palestinians purposely causing their government's collapse, because its existence is the most important accomplishment of the Palestinians so far. The writer, former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Research Division, is Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • Photos: A Drone’s-Eye View of Israel
    (Ha'aretz) Daniel Tchetchik - Adam Shpigel discovered drone photography and started to look at Israel from a different angle. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • Iran Is Too Smart to Go to War
    (Jerusalem Post) Hillel Frisch - Iran's leaders are certainly belligerent toward their neighbors, with clear ambitions to dominate areas far beyond Iran's borders in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, but they have hardly ever been reckless. They will make sure that tensions fall far short of war. When they contemplate war with the U.S., they recall Operation Praying Mantis, undertaken by the U.S. Navy during the Iraq-Iran war in April 1988. Retaliating against Iranian attacks to disrupt Gulf oil shipping, the U.S. Navy in a single day of battle sank an Iranian frigate, a gunboat, three speedboats, two moving platforms and damaged a second frigate at the cost of 55 Iranian lives. U.S. losses amounted to two helicopter crew members whose helicopter malfunctioned and crashed into the sea. They also recall the allied conquest of Iraq in 2003, led overwhelmingly by U.S. forces. The U.S. conquered a state the size of Poland at the cost of 157 allied lives. Iran is so vulnerable, the U.S. will hardly need forces on the ground to bring it to its knees. Over 80% of its energy exports are shipped out of one port, Kharg Island. Nearly four-fifths of container imports run through the port of Bandar Abbas. U.S. cruise missiles can certainly knock out a part or all of these complexes. The Iranians will avoid war at all costs, sticking instead to the proven strategy of acting through proxies to undermine Arab state order. The writer is a professor and senior research associate of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • Candy Giant Mars to Build Food Tech Research Hub in Israel
    (Forbes) Chloe Sorvino - Mars, the $35 billion maker of M&Ms and Snickers, is teaming up with Jerusalem Venture Partners to create a research and development center in Israel dedicated to commercializing tech solutions in the food industry. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • For the PA, Rewarding Armed Resistance Is Exactly the Point
    (Fathom-BICOM) Evan Gottesman - One simmering crisis in Israeli-Palestinian relations is the Palestinian Authority's continued refusal of partial tax transfers from Israel after it deducted for PA martyr payments. The EU suggested the PA dole out payments to prisoners and families based on their socio-economic status rather than the severity of the crimes they are jailed for (as the Martyrs Fund currently operates). The Palestinian Authority also rejected this proposal, which represents a serious misreading of Palestinian motivations. They are not simply welfare checks; rewarding armed resistance is exactly the point. This is widely popular in Palestinian society and is one of the few things the PA can put before their homegrown detractors as concrete evidence that they are not just collaborators. The writer is Associate Director of Policy and Communications at the Israel Policy Forum. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • U.S. Says Assad May Be Using Chemical Weapons in Syria Again
    (New York Times) Edward Wong - The State Department said on Tuesday that the Syrian government might be renewing its use of chemical weapons, citing a suspected chlorine attack in the Idlib area on Sunday, and maintaining that any use of such weapons would lead the U.S. to "respond quickly and appropriately." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • Video: Israel’s New Flying-Driving Robot
    (Israel21c) A robot drone that flies like a quadcopter, drives on tough terrain, and squeezes into tight spaces was unveiled this week by Prof. David Zarrouk, head of Ben-Gurion University's Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab. The Flying STAR can fly over obstacles or run underneath them. It also adjusts its width to crawl or run on flat surfaces, climb over large obstacles and up closely spaced walls, or squeeze through a tunnel or pipe. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • “Walls Have Ears, An Analysis of Classified Syrian Security Sector Documents”
    (AP-Washington Post) Sarah El Deeb - Thousands of documents collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the civil war reveal the reach of President Assad's security agencies as they spied on the population, sought to eliminate dissidents, and systematically persecuted the Kurdish minority. The documents were the basis of a report released Tuesday by the Washington-based Syria Justice and Accountability Center, titled "Walls Have Ears, An Analysis of Classified Syrian Security Sector Documents." The documents offer a rare look into the inner workings of Syrian security agencies as they sought to eliminate dissidents through detention, intimidation or killings. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • U.S. Officials Say Efforts to Deter Iran Have Worked
    (The Hill) Rebecca Kheel - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford briefed the House and Senate on Tuesday on intelligence that led to the deployment of additional U.S. forces to the Middle East. "We have deterred attacks based on our reposturing of assets, deterred attacks against American forces," Shanahan said. "Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation. We do not want the situation to escalate. This is about deterrence, not about war." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • The PA Financial Crisis Is Fake
    (Palestinian Media Watch) Maurice Hirsch, Adv. and Nan Jacques Zilberdik - The Palestinian Authority is currently facing a self-induced financial crisis. Figures obtained from the Ministry of Finance prove that even after Israel deducted from tax transfers the amount the PA spends on salaries to terrorist prisoners, the PA would have still received more money in the first two months of 2019 than it received on average per month in 2018. Tax revenues in the first two months of 2019 increased by a total of 109 million shekels, while the amount of the deduction was only 42 million shekels - a positive difference in favor of the PA of 67 million shekels. Thus, the PA's financial crisis is not the result of the deduction of the funds by the Israeli government. The financial crisis is a direct result of the decision of the PA to insist not only to continue to encourage terror and reward terrorists but also to demand that the State of Israel be a partner to this policy. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • 10 U.S.-Made Armored Vehicles Transferred to Palestinian Authority with Israel’s Approval
    (Ha'aretz) Jack Khoury and Yaniv Kubovich - Palestinian security forces in the West Bank received ten U.S.-made armored vehicles in the beginning of 2019, following a demand by the U.S. On Monday, the vehicles were used to help disperse a riot in Hebron. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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  • Sanctions on Iran Are Hitting Hizbullah and It Hurts
    (Washington Post) Liz Sly and Suzan Haidamous - Hizbullah has thrived for decades on generous cash handouts from Iran, spending lavishly on benefits for its fighters, funding social services and accumulating a formidable arsenal. But since President Trump introduced sweeping new restrictions on trade with Iran last year, Hizbullah has seen a sharp fall in its revenue and is being forced to make draconian cuts to its spending. Fighters are being furloughed or assigned to the reserves, where they receive lower salaries or no pay at all. Hizbullah officials and full-time fighters who are still on the payroll are receiving their salaries, but benefits for expenses such as meals, gas and transportation have been canceled. Spending programs have been slashed, including the supply of free medicines and even groceries to fighters, employees and their families. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Separate and Unequal for Jewish Groups at Williams College
    (Tablet) K.C. Johnson - In April, the Williams College student government, which previously had recognized a branch of Students for Justice in Palestine, rejected a request to recognize a group called Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI). In the previous decade, the College Council had not rejected any otherwise-qualified group. In short, the student government at one of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges utilized two sets of criteria - one for a proposed pro-Israel group composed mostly of Jewish students, another for every other current and potential student group on campus. During the April 16 debate on the issue, multiple anti-recognition students said they would experience unspecified forms of emotional or physical harm unless the council refused to recognize WIFI. Multiple Williams students deemed nondebatable the proposition that Israel has perpetrated a genocide against Palestinians. One student claimed that Palestinians currently were experiencing worse conditions than the Jewish people experienced during the Holocaust. The writer is professor of history at Brooklyn College. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Russia Repels Attack on Its Main Syrian Air Base
    (Reuters) Russia's Ministry of Defense said Monday it had repelled a drone and missile attack on its main air base in Syria over the weekend, the RIA news agency reported. The ministry said it had shot down six missiles fired at the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • UK Tells Iran to Pull Back from “Destabilizing Activities” in Mideast
    (Daily Express-UK) Rob Virtue - Jeremy Hunt, the British Foreign Secretary, sent a warning to Tehran on Monday: "Do not underestimate the resolve on the U.S. side. They don't want a war with Iran. But if American interests are attacked, they will retaliate." Hunt also said the long-term solution for the Middle East region is for Iran to pull back from "destabilizing activities." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Palestinians Need to Get Real about Israel
    (Wall Street Journal) Walter Russell Mead - Diplomatically, economically, militarily, Israel has never been stronger than it is today. By contrast, neither Hamas nor the Palestinian Authority can find a viable policy either to defeat the Israelis or to make peace with them. One result - as I saw on a recent visit - is that Palestinians, especially young people, are increasingly giving up on having a state of their own. Yet in meetings with senior Palestinian Authority officials and political observers, it was clear that this is more a cry of despair than a serious political program. The Palestinians are no more able to impose a one-state solution on the Israelis than they are able to colonize the moon. A well-connected Palestinian I spoke to in Ramallah explained that the one-state option is popular among younger Palestinians in part because they think the Israeli state is better-governed than the West Bank under the PA - with better administration, less corruption and more responsiveness to public opinion. They would like some of that good governance for themselves. If true, this is a sign that at least some Palestinians are beginning to think in more realistic terms. If the Palestinians were ready to promote reconciliation and close economic links with the Jewish state, there is no limit to the prosperity that the Palestinians could achieve. There are also concessions to Palestinian aspirations that no Israeli leader will make under threat, but that many would accept in conditions of true peace. Palestinians today need a Konrad Adenauer: a leader who can accept military defeat and painful territorial losses while building a prosperous future through reconciliation with the victors. A new generation, instead of following its elders down the rabbit hole of eternally futile resistance, could instead work toward competent governance, and ultimately reconciliation and renewal. Like the Arab states threatened by Iran, some Palestinians may be slowly beginning to realize that everything that makes Israel a formidable foe can also make it a valuable friend. The writer is Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Hamas Thanks Jeremy Corbyn for Message to Pro-Palestinian Rally in London
    (Telegraph-UK) Raf Sanchez - Hamas has thanked Jeremy Corbyn for his message of solidarity to a pro-Palestinian rally in London on May 11. Corbyn did not speak at the event but sent a message calling on the UK government to freeze arms sales to Israel. He also promised that if he becomes prime minister he would recognize Palestine as a state. Hamas is designated as a terrorist group by the UK, U.S., and EU. Yair Lapid, a leader in Israel's main opposition party, said: "Jeremy Corbyn, here is a free piece of advice: if Hamas is thanking you then you're on the side of terrorism." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Israeli Rescue Teams Dig for Remains of Jewish Holocaust Victims in Belarus Building Site
    (i24News) A delegation from an Israeli coalition of rescue organizations was participating in the search and identification of bodies in a mass grave at a former Jewish ghetto in the city of Brest on the Belarus border with Poland. The grave was expected to yield at least 1,100 bodies, many of them women and children, most of whom were shot in the head. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Nearly 400 Members of Congress Call to Help Israel Face Threats from Syria
    (House Foreign Affairs Committee) Nearly 400 members of Congress signed a bipartisan letter to President Trump on Monday calling to assist "our ally, Israel, in defending itself in the face of growing threats." "In order to... strengthen Israel's security, we urge you to...ensure that Israel has access to the resources and material it needs to defend itself against the threats it faces on its northern border....America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hizbullah and other terrorist groups." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Syrian Man Gets Jail for Planning Terror Attacks in Denmark
    (AP-New York Times) Moyed Al Zoebi, 32, a Syrian asylum seeker in Sweden acting on behalf of the Islamic State, on Monday received a 12-year prison sentence for planning to explode bombs in the Danish capital of Copenhagen and stabbing random people with kitchen knives. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Holocaust Revisionism at Williams College
    (Reason) David Bernstein - In the Williams College episode, the "genocide against Palestinians" trope, regarding a population which has had among the highest population growth rates in the world, whose standard of living improved dramatically during the Israeli occupation but before Oslo gave them (limited) self-rule, is a great example of people believing something because they want to believe it, regardless of the facts. This particular trope can only really be explained by a pathological hostility to Israel that often has a strong anti-Semitic component. The writer is the University Professor and the Executive Director of the Liberty & Law Center at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Iranian Crude Shipments Slump as U.S. Oil Sanctions Bite Deeper
    (Bloomberg) Julian Lee - Since the U.S. ended sanctions waivers that allowed eight governments to buy Iranian oil until May 2, not a single ship has been seen leaving Iran's oil terminals for foreign ports in tanker tracking data compiled by Bloomberg for the first nine days of May. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Israel’s Economy Booms at Fastest Pace since 2016
    (Bloomberg) Ivan Levingston - Israel's economy expanded at its fastest pace in three years as its gross domestic product rose 5.2% in the 1st quarter of 2019, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. This is a jump from a 3.9% gain in the 4th quarter of 2018. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Greenblatt: History Will Judge PA Harshly for Passing Up Opportunity
    (Jerusalem Post) Omri Nahmias - Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations, expressed his frustration Monday over the Palestinian reaction to the economic workshop in Bahrain next month. "It's difficult to understand why the Palestinian Authority would reject a workshop designed to discuss a vision with the potential to radically transform lives and put people on a path toward a brighter future," he told the Jerusalem Post. "By encouraging Palestinians to reject the workshop, the PA is shamefully trying to block their path toward a better future. History will judge the Palestinian Authority harshly for passing up any opportunity that could give the Palestinians something so very different, and something so very positive, compared to what they have today." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guards Training Forces in Syria
    (Jerusalem Post) Seth J. Frantzman - Jorf News, a Syrian news site, reported that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began a naval combat training course in Latakia province in northern Syria. A source said 100 men from the Afghan Fatemiyoun were involved in the training along with members of the Shi'ite Imam Muhammed al-Baqir brigade. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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  • Attack on Tourist Bus near Egyptian Pyramids Wounds 14
    (Ahram Online-Egypt) A blast hit a tourist bus carrying 25 South Africans near the Giza pyramids on Sunday, injuring at least 14. Four Egyptians in a nearby car were also wounded, state TV said. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Israeli Airstrikes on Targets in Syria Reported
    (Jerusalem Post) Anna Ahronheim - Syrian state media accused Israel of launching airstrikes against targets in Syria on Friday and Saturday. According to pro-opposition reports, the strikes targeted the First Division HQ of the Syrian Army near al-Kiswah, south of Damascus. The site is near Iranian and Hizbullah storage sites and air defense batteries. Other local reports said the strikes targeted Iranian arms depots. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Rocket Lands near U.S. Embassy inside Baghdad’s Green Zone
    (Reuters-Ha'aretz) A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions, on Sunday night, falling near the U.S. Embassy but causing no casualties, the Iraqi military said. U.S. intelligence has showed Iran-backed Shi'ite militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources. A U.S. State Department official said, "We take this incident very seriously. We will hold Iran responsible if any such attacks are conducted by its proxy militia forces or elements of such forces, and will respond to Iran accordingly." The embassy in Baghdad has already evacuated non-emergency staff, out of concern over perceived threats from Iran. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Why Israel Doesn’t Want an American War with Iran
    (Washington Examiner) Tom Rogan - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would welcome the Iranian regime's sudden implosion, but not at the price of an American war with Iran. Israeli security strategy toward Iran rests on Iran's constant understanding of Israeli deterrent overmatch. Israel ensures that Iran knows any critical threat it poses to Israel will lead to far greater Israeli threat to Iran. Israelis tend only to employ force where they believe doing so is the only option to save lives. Israel recognizes that a violent escalatory struggle with Iran carries outsize risks. In a U.S.-Iran war, the Israelis would face a barrage of Iranian ballistic missile strikes - possibly armed with chemical warheads. Iran's proxies in Lebanon would do the same, meaning a full-scale rocket onslaught from Hizbullah. It would also mean assassination and bombing campaigns against Israeli government officers and civilians around the world. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Is There Room in Academia for Honest Scholarship on Israel?
    (JNS) Jonathan S. Tobin - A special issue of the Israel Studies journal (Summer 2019), published by the Association for Israel Studies, was titled "Word Crimes: Reclaiming the Language of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict." Its focus is how language is used to delegitimize Zionism and the State of Israel. It was a long overdue attempt to begin a discussion about the way academia has become a hostile environment for anyone other than those who believe Israel's creation was a crime. There has been an exponential growth of tenured positions and well-funded Middle East Studies departments. But this trend has fostered a new orthodoxy of opinion about the subject. These departments became a preserve of those devoted to whitewashing radical Islam, bashing Israeli policies, critiquing and undermining support for Zionism, and supporting the Palestinian Arab war to destroy the Jewish state. In Mideast studies, only one point of view about Israel is welcome. Scholars sympathetic to Israel and critical of radical Islam are often treated as pariahs and driven from the field. The journal offers a deep dive into the way biased scholarship has distorted our understanding of the issues and produced a climate in which slander of the Jews and their rights isn't merely treated as acceptable, but normative in higher education. It is a breath of fresh air when compared to the unhinged polemics against Israel that passes for scholarship in most of academia. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Greenblatt: PA Can Pay for Health Care But Prefers to Pay Terrorists
    (Israel Hayom) Erez Linn - U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt shared a Palestinian Media Watch report on Twitter showing how PA officials were receiving medical care in Israel while the Palestinian Authority was depriving its own citizens of the same right. Greenblatt explained to Israel Hayom: "Despite the Palestinian Authority's refusal to pay the health care bills of its own people, members of its senior leadership - even individuals who have threatened terror attacks on Israel - continue to receive treatment in Israeli hospitals. This just goes to show the hypocrisy of the Palestinian Authority's position. Senior Palestinian officials and terrorists are taken care of, while ordinary Palestinians are put at risk. Anyone seeking to blame the United States for this situation needs to review the facts." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Two Prominent Palestinians Arrested for Attempted Terror Attacks
    (Jerusalem Post) Yonah Jeremy Bob and Anna Ahronheim - Former Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade commander Zakariya Zubeidi and east Jerusalem lawyer Tareq Barghut have been indicted in a West Bank military court for firing at Jews near Ramallah. Zubeidi had been given amnesty for his role as one of the leaders of the Second Intifada. Barghut is a well-known lawyer. The Israel Security Agency announced on Monday that intelligence "pointed to the involvement of Zakariya Zubeidi and Tareq Barghut in a series of attacks in the Beit El area." The two carried out two shooting attacks - on Nov. 7 and on Jan. 5 - toward buses after first carrying out reconnaissance of the area. The two were arrested on Feb. 27. They carried out another shooting attack on Dec. 27 when they opened fire on a bus going to Psagot. Barghut admitted that he carried out another shooting attack on Nov. 19, 2016, at a police car at the Zeitim crossing near Jerusalem. "This is a serious incident involving a senior official in the Palestinian Prisoners' Ministry and an Israeli lawyer working in the Palestinian Prisoners' Office who carried out severe terrorist attacks using a Palestinian Authority vehicle used by Zakariya as part of his job in the prisoner's office," a senior ISA official said. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • U.S. to Launch Middle East Peace Plan with Economic Workshop in Bahrain
    (CNN) Jake Tapper and Jeremy Diamond - The White House announced Sunday that it would host an economic workshop with Bahrain on June 25-26 as the first stage of the U.S. Middle East peace plan. Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner told CNN: "People are letting their grandfathers' conflict destroy their children's futures. This will present an exciting, realistic and viable pathway forward that does not currently exist." A senior administration official said the plan will discuss infrastructure, industry, empowering and investing in people, and governance reforms "to make the area as investible as possible." Kushner is said to have modeled details of the economic proposal on what has worked in Poland, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea. A second senior administration official said the workshop will "show that you can't have peace without economic stability and opportunity, but you also can't have economic opportunity and stability without peace and free of terror and resolving some of these core issues." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Recent Attacks on Churches in Palestinian Authority
    (Jerusalem Post) Khalid Abu Toameh - On May 16, assailants broke into the Church of God in the village of Aboud, west of Ramallah in the West Bank, and stole some of the contents of the church. Photos showed damaged furniture and smashed windows inside the church. On May 14, a similar incident took place at Saint Charbel Monastery in Bethlehem. The perpetrators cut the fence surrounding the monastery and stole some of its contents, including expensive equipment and surveillance cameras. This was the sixth time that this monastery has been subjected to sabotage and robbery over the past few years. Some Christians expressed concern that the PA security forces are not doing enough to protect Christian holy sites in the West Bank. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • 35,000 Palestinians Left Gaza in 2018
    (Ha'aretz) Yaniv Kubovich - 35,000 Palestinians who left Gaza via Egypt in 2018 haven't returned, according to Israeli estimates, most of whom were young, educated and comparatively well-off. Among them were 150 doctors employed at Gazan hospitals. Hamas now bars physicians from leaving the territory. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Scorecard on Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System
    (Israel Defense) Amir Rapaport - The most recent round of fighting between Gaza and Israel was a battle between Israel's Iron Dome air defense system and Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets. Israel sustained four civilian deaths and 150 injuries. Palestinian rockets have been upgraded significantly over the years, with some short-range rockets now carrying dozens of kilograms of explosives, which definitely affected the scope of casualties and damage. At the same time, Iron Dome achieved an interception rate of more than 90% for rockets launched at inhabited areas. This percentage was maintained even when the enemy launched a massive salvo of 117 rockets within one hour at the city of Ashdod. A total of 690 rockets were launched, with 35 reaching populated areas. When Israel first sought to develop Iran Dome, the Defense Ministry had hoped for an interception rate of 70%. During a round of fighting in March, 100% of 50 rockets launched from Gaza were intercepted successfully. "No other system, worldwide, can even come close to the interception percentages of the Iron Dome," said a senior source at Rafael, which developed Iron Dome jointly with IAI. "The number of deaths would have been hundreds of times higher if the Iron Dome had not existed." ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Israeli Police Forced Down 80 Drones at Eurovision, None Were Hostile
    (Times of Israel) Israeli police deployed a new anti-drone unit to protect the Eurovision Song Contest, Israeli Channel 12 TV reported Sunday. Eran Salomon, head of the police's Bomb Disposal Division, said his unit brought down - but did not shoot - 80 UAVs that approached the Eurovision Village or the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds last week despite police instructions not to fly drones near the competition venues. The report said the unit was armed with Chinese-made Hikvision UAV Jammer frequency-jamming guns that "neutralized" the drone, forcing it to land. It was then returned to its operator, who was given a warning. If an approaching drone was believed to be attempting a terror attack, the gun could instantly shoot the drone out of the sky or force it to return to its base. Police in Israel are increasingly concerned about potential terror attacks carried out via drone, and additional precautions will be required at all major events in the future. ... read more
    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • German Parliament Deems BDS Movement Anti-Semitic
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    Source: Daily AlertsPublished on Monday, May 20, 2019
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