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  • Hamas to announce new leadership

    04/30/2017 9:42:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/5/17 | Ben Ariel
    The new leadership of the Hamas terrorist organization will be announced in the coming days, officials said Sunday, according to AFP. Ismail Haniyeh, until recently head of Hamas in Gaza, said the results of internal elections will be announced "in the coming days". A high-ranking official in Hamas told AFP that the new leadership will be announced before May 15. The official said Haniyeh is likely to be named the new head of the movement, replacing Khaled Mashaal who lives in Doha in exile and has completed the maximum two terms in office. .....
  • US Marines In Syria To Defend Kurds Against Turkey

    04/30/2017 11:09:47 AM PDT · by drewh · 15 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | April 30, 2017, 8:14 AM
    The US has sent a group of US Marines armed with eight-wheeled Stryker armored carriers to northern Syria as a buffer between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces, after Turkish air strikes killed 20 members of the US-backed Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) militia, injured 18 and destroyed the local Kurdish command headquarters.Clashes broke out between Turkish and Kurdish forces after the air strikes. The convoy of US armored vehicles took up positions at the village of Darbasiyah in the northeastern Hasakah province, a few hundred meters from the Turkey border. It was the second time American armored troops had stepped...
  • Joke of the Week: Arab Countries Would Give Security Guarantees to Israel

    04/30/2017 6:02:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said, “the Arab countries will be ready to give security guarantees to Israel,” if Israel leaves the territories we liberated in 1967 (which includes the Kotel, of course), according to a report in Sputnik News. Coming from Jordan, the country on the verge of collapse and takeover by ISIS, that’s just a barrel of laughs. ..... Safadi added: “We consider the settlement of the Palestinian problem as a core of tensions in our region. That is why we definitely plan to create additional conditions for security and stability in our region and in the whole...
  • 'We will soon force Israel to release prisoners'

    04/30/2017 2:07:25 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/4/1 | Dalit Halevi
    Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal sent messages to Arab security prisoners, promising the prisoners are at the top of the priority list and that the Hamas leadership will do everything to ensure their release. "It will not be long before the fighting forces will force Israel to pay the price and to release the Palestinian prisoners," Mashaal said, hinting there may be a new swap similar to the 2011 Shalit deal. In an interview with Al-Quds, Mashaal called for complete unity between the Arab terrorist organizations, both in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza and in other places as well. He also called...
  • North Korea Threatens Israel: ‘Merciless, Thousand-Fold Punishment’

    04/29/2017 4:52:42 PM PDT · by davikkm · 40 replies
    breitbart ^ | BREITBART JERUSALEM
    The Jerusalem Post reports: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman hurt the “dignity of the supreme leadership” of North Korea, state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday. The comment was in reaction to Israeli remarks on how the Jewish State is affected by North Korean tension with the United States. … “The reckless remarks of the Israeli defense minister are sordid and wicked behavior and grave challenge to the DPRK [North Korea],” the North Korean statement read.
  • Revealed: Land Broker Handed to PA by B’Tselem, Ta’ayush Agents Died of Torture

    04/28/2017 7:21:27 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Jewish Press ^ | 28/4/17 | David Israel
    The transcript of debriefing of Ezra Nawi, an agent of anti-Zionist NGO Ta’ayush, by an officer at the Yatta branch of the PA Preventive Security, reveals that Nawi was fully cognizant of and even celebrated the terrifying fate of his victims – Arab land brokers who defied the Palestinian Authority and sold land to Jews in Judea and Samaria, Army Radio revealed this week. Nawi was featured in a January 8, 2015 expose by the Israel’s Chennel 2 investigative news program “Uvda,” where he and B’Tselem agent Nasser Nawaja discussed informing the Palestinian Authority security services about an Arab who...
  • Donald Trump Disappoints the Anti-Semites

    04/28/2017 5:58:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2017 | Michael Brown
    So, Donald Trump delivers a speech in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the anti-Semites are up in arms. He is not the man they thought he was. In reality, he never was that man, which was more a projection of their own ideology than a right assessment of his. As Sam Kestenbaum reported on the Jewish Forward, “Trump Gives A Holocaust Speech — And The ‘Alt Right’ Screams ‘Betrayal’.” How, exactly, did Trump betray the “alt-right”?In his speech, he said, “The State of Israel is an eternal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people. The fervent...
  • Following outcry, Tel Aviv backtracks on Great Synagogue closure

    04/28/2017 5:29:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 04/28/17 14:43 | David Rosenberg
    The Tel Aviv municipality on Friday reversed an earlier decision to seize the assets of the city’s historic Great Synagogue. On Thursday, the Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv’s president, Shlomo Pivko, announced that the historic house of prayer would be closing, noting that the City of Tel Aviv had seized the synagogue’s bank account to cover back taxes. According to Behadrei Haredim, the synagogue owed a total of 2 million shekels ($550,000), for seven years’ worth of back taxes. While Pivko has raised hundreds of thousands of shekels to help stabilize the synagogue’s finances, he was unable to secure sufficient...
  • Wisconsin university approves Israel boycott

    04/28/2017 5:26:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 04/28/17 02:07 | JTA and Arutz Sheva Staff
    The student government of the University of Wisconsin-Madison unanimously passed a divestment resolution targeting companies operating in many countries that included an amendment specifically about Israel, JTA reported Thursday. The resolution, which passed Wednesday by the Associated Students of Madison by a 24-0 vote with two abstentions, calls on the university and its foundation to divest from companies involved in private prisons, arms manufacture, fossil fuels and border walls, and banks that “oppress marginalized communities.” The vote comes a month after a divestment resolution specifically targeting Israel failed to pass the student government and two weeks after the student government...
  • Iran in Syria: A Gathering Storm?-mullahs want to target the “Little Satan”

    04/28/2017 5:00:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 28, 2017 | P. David Hornik
    The mullahs want to target the “Little Satan” from across the border. The Iranian regime, as it has made clear in countless threats, rallies, and missile displays, wants to destroy Israel, the “Little Satan.”  Given Israel’s military might and, according to foreign reports, nuclear arsenal, Iran’s goal is probably unattainable. But the nearer Iran gets—or perceives itself to get—to that goal, the more warfare and instability is likely to ensue. At present, thanks to Syria’s collapse into civil war and the Obama administration’s—at best—inept policy there, Iran is within reach of establishing a permanent military presence to Israel’s north—a surefire...
  • Palestinian Authority 'stops paying Israel for Gaza electricity'

    04/27/2017 10:00:23 PM PDT · by Lera · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 April 2017
    The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority has told Israel that it will stop paying for electricity supplied to the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials say. There was no confirmation from the PA. But President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened "unprecedented steps" to end the political division with the rival Hamas movement, which dominates Gaza. Hamas called Thursday's move "a grave escalation and an act of madness".
  • Israeli missile downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights

    04/27/2017 2:06:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | April 27, 2017 | Judah Ari Gross
    A Patriot missile intercepted a Syrian drone that entered Israeli airspace on Thursday evening, the army said. According to the IDF, the missile successfully downed the unmanned aerial vehicle over the Golan Heights. “The IDF will not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration,” the army said in a statement. According to the IDF, the Syrian UAV was under “full [Israeli Air Force] surveillance” while it was in Israeli airspace. It was not initially clear if the aircraft was Russian or Syrian, but the army later confirmed that it was Syrian. The army...
  • Syria war: Israel Patriot missile downs 'target' over Golan

    04/27/2017 12:54:58 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 Apr 17
    Israel shot down "a target" over the Golan Heights, hours after it was accused of a missile strike at a military site near Damascus international airport. Israel deployed its Patriot missile defence system and media reported the target was a drone. The earlier strike had damaged what Syrian rebels said was an arms depot run by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. Israel said the explosion was "consistent" with its policy. But it stopped short of confirming it was responsible
  • Trump to Visit Israel Towards End of May

    04/27/2017 5:16:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | April 26, 2017 | Hana Levi Julian
    U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit Israel in the last week of May, according to multiple sources, as first reported by JewishPress.com on Sunday. Both the White House and the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to confirm or deny the report to Bloomberg News. However, an American delegation is expected to arrive soon in Israel to work out plans for the president’s first visit to the Jewish State since his election to office, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 2 news. An exact date has not yet been finalized, however. Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud...
  • Time To ENFORCE US PLO Policy Guidelines

    04/27/2017 5:10:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | April 24, 2017 | David Bedein
    With President Donald Trump set to greet Machmud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, at the White House on May 3rd, the time has come to examine how the US allowed the PLO to trample upon ten US government PLO policy guidelines, and to examine what the current US administration could do to see to it that the PLO does not “trample on Trump”. 1.The US recognized the PLO during the final month of the Reagan administration December 1988, on the condition that the PLO would recognize UN resolution 242, which required the PLO to recognize the right of each...
  • The agenda for the Trump-Abbas meeting

    04/27/2017 5:08:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 25, 2017 | Caroline B. Glick
    Israeli society was nearly torn apart in the one year and eight months between Sharon’s surprise announcement and the expulsion of Gaza’s Jews in August 2005. The day after Israel celebrates its 69th Independence Day, US President Donald Trump will greet PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. The date of their meeting, May 3, is notable not least for its timing. The timing of the meeting presumes a linkage between the establishment of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state. This is not merely obnoxious, it is also blind to reality. In reality, an independent state of...
  • Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport: sources

    04/27/2017 1:58:56 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 Apr 17 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Angus McDowall
    Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional sources said, targeting weapons regularly sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes. Video carried on Lebanese TV and shared on social media sites showed the pre-dawn airstrikes caused a fire around the airport east of Damascus, suggesting fuel sources or weapons containing explosives were hit. Israel does not usually comment on any action it takes in Syria or the wider region. But Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, speaking to Army Radio from the United States, appeared to confirm...
  • Syria conflict: 'Huge explosion' rocks Damascus airport

    04/26/2017 11:09:50 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/27/2017 | BBC
    A large explosion has hit an area near Damascus International Airport, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. "The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK based monitoring group. The airport lies about 25km (15 miles) south-east of Syria's capital. The blast was reportedly followed by a large fire. There is no word on casualties. The cause is unclear......
  • In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer

    04/26/2017 8:01:35 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    KETV ^ | Apr 26, 2017 | JON KRAWCZYNSKI
    As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension. Basketball Without Borders has visited cities across the globe since 2001, using the sport to promote cultural understanding and active living. The first camp was held in Italy, but brought together Vlade Divac and Toni Kukoc, teammates on the former Yugoslavian national team that grew estranged during the political turmoil that ensued as the country fractured. Now the NBA and FIBA are going to...
  • Netanyahu cancels talks with Germany over minister's meeting with rights groups

    04/25/2017 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 April 2017 09:44 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    Update: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to cancel talks set for Tuesday with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over the visiting diplomat’s plan to also meet rights groups critical of Israel’s government. Gabriel confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Netanyahu had canceled the talks, scheduled for the same day, at the last minute. An Israeli official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that the cancellation was made after Gabriel declined to call off meetings with Israeli rights groups Breaking The Silence and B’Tselem. Breaking The Silence seeks to document alleged Israeli military abuses in the Palestinian territories, while...