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  • Trump Announces: Sudan to Join UAE, Bahrain in Recognizing Israel

    10/23/2020 10:37:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Associated Press via US News and World Report ^ | 10/23/2020 | DEB RIECHMANN AND MATTHEW LEE
    President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day. The deal, which would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West, follows Trump's conditional agreement this week to remove the North African nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation to American victims of terror attacks. It also delivers a foreign policy achievement for Trump just days before the U.S. election and boosts his embattled ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Recently,...
  • Sudan-Israel relations agreed, Donald Trump announces

    10/23/2020 9:38:32 AM PDT · by Yossarian · 51 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/23/20 | (Apparently sourced from the BBC)
    Sudan is to normalise relations with Israel, US President Donald Trump says - the latest in a series of Arab League countries to do so. There had been growing speculation Sudan would announce ties in return for being removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. Sudan had been a foe of Israel since the latter's founding in 1948. It comes weeks after similar moves by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. The two Gulf states became the first in the Middle East to recognise Israel in 26 years. Jordan signed a peace deal with Israel in...
  • Israeli minister: Normalized relations with another Arab or Muslim nation likely before US elections

    10/21/2020 10:45:11 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 20, 2020 | John Bowden
    Israel's minister of regional cooperation said Wednesday that he expects normalize relations with another Arab state before the U.S. elections. Reuters reported that Ofir Akunis, who is also a member of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, told Army Radio that the announcement would come before Nov. 3. "I have a reasonable basis to believe that the announcement will come before November 3 - that, if you'll permit me, is what I understand from my sources," he said, according to the news service. "I will be very happy if the announcement will happen - and before the elections in the United States,"...
  • Jordan harbors terrorists wanted by France, US

    10/20/2020 5:46:48 PM PDT · by xomething · 2 replies
    The Jewish Star ^ | 9/16/2020 | Ben Cohen
    Had the terrorists targeted non-kosher establishments with non-Jewish victims, Amman would likely have been cooperative.” An FBI “Most Wanted Terrorist” poster for Palestinian terrorist Ahlam Ahmad Tamimi, one of the masterminds of the Aug. 9, 2001 bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem that led to the deaths of 15 civilians, two of them Americans. Speak to policy analysts or policy-makers about the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and you’ll frequently encounter a series of truisms. For example, that Jordan is both a friend of the West and a vital, respected component of the Arab world. Or that Jordan’s peace treaty...
  • Trump: Sudan to compensate terror victims, be taken off state sponsors of terror list

    10/19/2020 12:34:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/10/20 | Gary Willig
    US President Donald Trump announced Monday that Sudan would be removed from the US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in exchange for paying compensation to families of American terror victims. "GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!" Trump wrote on Twitter. The Sudanese government has sought to be de-listed as a state sponsor of terror since former President...
  • Russian fighter jet shadows Israeli passenger plane from Greece

    10/19/2020 5:15:08 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 27 replies
    ynetnews ^ | 10/19/20 | Itay Blumenthal
    A Russian fighter jet on Sunday reportedly came dangerously close to an Israeli passenger aircraft while on route from the Greek island of Rhodes to Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport. The incident occurred when the Israir flight entered Cypriot air space. No casualties or damage were reported. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 came to within a mile from the Israir Airbus A320, a distance considered unsafe, for several minutes before air traffic controllers in Cyprus warned it away. Russia has fighter aircraft stationed in nearby Syria, where it is assisting the Assad regime in the civil war, leading to crowded skies in...
  • Iran celebrates 'momentous day' as UN arms embargo lifts.

    10/19/2020 2:42:44 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | 19 Oct 2020 | Natasha Turak
    Iran is now free to buy a range of previously restricted weapons, its government announced Sunday, hailing a "momentous day" as a 13-year-old U.N. arms embargo on the country was lifted as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — and against vociferous opposition from Washington. The government in Tehran insists that any weapons purchases would be "based on its defensive needs," as allowed under the multilateral deal, from which the Trump administration withdrew in 2018. .. That could mean selling weapons to its proxies, analysts say, including militant and political group Hezbollah, designated by the U.S. as a terrorist...
  • Asharq TV Report: Saeb Erekat dead

    10/19/2020 12:20:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/10/20
    According to an Asharq TV report, Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat has been pronounced dead after receiving treatment for coronavirus at Hadassah Medical Center. No official confirmation has been released by the medical center. .....
  • A new blow to Iran's forgotten Jews

    10/19/2020 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/10/20 | Dr. Refael Medoff
    Isn’t there something incongruous about a human rights organization providing a platform to a journalist who has whitewashed human rights abuses? Next week, an online event organized by the human rights group “3 Generations” will feature New York Times op-ed columnist Roger Cohen, who sparked an international furor in 2009 when he visited Iran and announced that the oppressed Jews there were not really so oppressed, after all. Cohen’s assertion that Iranian Jews were “living, working and worshiping in relative tranquility” was met with scorn across the political spectrum. Jeffrey Goldberg, in The Atlantic, called him “credulous.” The Anti-Defamation League...
  • Hadassah hospital consulting with US medics on COVID treatment for Erekat

    10/19/2020 7:38:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | OCTOBER 19, 2020 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Earlier, Erekat said he was experiencing "difficult symptoms resulting from my lack of immunity as a result of lung transplantation." Veteran PLO official Saeb Erekat, who contracted the coronavirus earlier this month, was intubated on Monday after his condition worsened, and he is now considered in critical condition in Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem. On Monday the hospital issued a statement reporting that Erekat was "ventilated on high concentration of oxygen and on nitric oxide gas and is in the prone position. He has received concentrated convalescent plasma with high levels of anti-Covid antibodies." "We have consulted with...
  • VP Candidate Joseph Biden: "Tehran’s Favorite Senator" vs. PM Menachem Begin, circa 1982

    09/09/2008 4:04:27 PM PDT · by Ziva · 4 replies · 118+ views
    The Jewish Voice and Opinion ^ | September 2008 | Susan Rosenbluth
    Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE), has a pro-Israel reputation and, in a recent interview with Shalom television, even identified himself as "a Zionist," but it is open to question what the late Menachem Begin would have to say about that designation for the Delaware senator. According to reports in the Jerusalem Post by Moshe Zak and another in Time magazine, Messrs Biden and Begin had a serious confrontation in the summer of 1982 in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the issue of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. According to Mr. Zak, a former editor of...
  • They Broke Begin, but Won’t Break Palin [Menachem Begin and Sarah Palin]

    01/14/2011 4:00:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | January 14, 2011 | Benyamin Korn
    Menachem Begin is today widely regarded as one of the most effective and far-sighted statesmen in Israeli history. At one end of the political spectrum, he is fondly remembered for surrendering the entire Sinai peninsula to Egypt and uprooting Israeli communities there. At the other end of the spectrum, he is hailed for taking strong action against PLO terrorists and Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor. But when he was first elected prime minister in 1977, Begin was the object of an unprecedented frenzy of hatred from the international news media. He was called a terrorist, a fascist, a lunatic. To explain...
  • Is a Vote for Joe Biden in the Interest of American Jews?

    10/18/2020 10:46:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | October 18, 2020 | Janet Levy
    A recent study conducted by the Jewish Electorate Institute found that 67% of American Jewish respondents planned to vote for Joe Biden and 30% for President Trump. Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed claimed to be pro-Israel and 64% said Israel is an important election issue. Most ranked Biden higher on U.S.-Israel relations, the handling of anti-Semitism, and ensuring the security of the Jewish community. The survey results are surprising, given Trump’s stellar record on Jews and Israel. American Jews must reconsider, for Biden’s record and positions on critical topics belie these perceptions. Record on IsraelBiden’s record should dispel any notions...
  • History in the making: Joint US-Israeli delegation arrives in Bahrain ahead of the official establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries

    10/18/2020 11:56:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 18 2020 | LUKE KENTON and ASSOCIATED PRESS and REUTERS
    A joint American-Israeli delegation landed in Bahrain Sunday, where officials will be signing a number of bilateral agreements following an announcement last month to normalize relations. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, led the delegation that flew out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Sunday morning. Ben-Shabbat said ahead of departure the visit will ‘translate plans to actions and concrete agreements’ with the signing of a range of deals involving finance, investment, trade, tourism, communications, technology and agriculture.
  • Senior PLO official Erekat taken to Israeli hospital after COVID-19 condition worsens

    10/18/2020 6:05:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 18, 2020 | By Ali Sawafta
    JERICHO, West Bank - Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Israel on Sunday for treatment of a worsening case of COVID-19, the Palestine Liberation Organization said. Witnesses said Erekat, 65, was on a stretcher when he was placed inside an Israeli ambulance outside his home in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank. Erekat, who is also secretary-general of the PLO, disclosed on Oct. 8 that he had contracted coronavirus. There is heightened concern over Erekat’s vulnerability to the illness because he underwent a lung transplant in the United States in 2017. “Following his...
  • Bennett treated in hospital over Shabbat

    10/18/2020 1:27:08 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/10/20 | Mordechai Sones
    Yamina Chairman Naftali Bennett arrived at Tel Hashomer Hospital on Saturday, for the second time this week. On Tuesday, Bennett was hospitalized for a series of tests for neck pain, and was released the next day, after undergoing treatment under anesthesia. On Thursday he arrived at the Knesset and even spoke during the meeting about approving the agreement with the United Arab Emirates, but over the weekend his neck pain resumed and he returned for tests at the hospital. His office said: "Since his military service in the General Staff Reconnaissance Regiment, MK Bennett has been dealing with a back...
  • Iran hit with 'Major' Cyber Attack

    10/16/2020 5:09:23 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 11 replies
    Israel 365 news ^ | 10/15/20 | jns
    A “major” cyber attack targeted at least two unspecified Iranian government agencies recently, announced Iran’s National Computer Emergency Response Team (Maher) on Wednesday, according to Iranian media. “The announcement was made after reports of a large cyber attack spread on social media. The team stressed that the relevant authorities are investigating the incident,” reported The Jerusalem Post. Maher denied that there was a widespread attack on any agencies so far, outside of the two that were mentioned. No party has claimed responsibility for the attack, and Iranian government officials have not said whether it was domestic or foreign.
  • Knesset approves peace deal with UAE

    10/15/2020 2:44:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    The Knesset voted to approve the normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates Thursday night. The agreement was approved by a margin of 80-13. All 13 votes against approving the deal came from the Joint List. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the agreement before the vote, saying that his foreign policy has changed the discourse on peace in the Middle East and brought Israel closer to the Gulf Arab states. “The new order says you don’t wait for the Palestinians to make peace,” Netanyahu said. “This deal brings Arab and Muslim countries closer to us, who have formed a united...
  • Harris’s Ties to Leading Anti-Israel Group Draw Scrutiny

    10/15/2020 5:02:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 13, 2020 | Adam Kredo
    Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s ties to a leading anti-Israel group are generating scrutiny among Jewish voters, particularly in Florida, a perennial swing state populated by a large number of staunchly pro-Israel voters. As California’s attorney general and then as U.S. senator, Harris forged a relationship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), one of the nation’s top anti-Israel groups and advocates for boycotts of the Jewish state. CAIR advised Harris on community issues during her time in California politics, and she later offered the group her "gratitude and admiration" in a 2018 personal letter to the group. Harris’s association...
  • Armenian Jews urge Israel to stop arms sales to Azerbaijan

    10/14/2020 2:14:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/10/20
    Amid ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Armenian Jews urge Israel to end weapons sales to Azerbaijan.