Friday, 22 February 2019 | In response to the Israeli security cabinet’s decision to withhold the equivalent of what the Palestinian Authority [PA] pays to terrorists and their families from tax receipts it collects, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said he will refuse all taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the PA, the Times ofContinue Reading »
Friday, 22 February 2019 | The new Islamic Waqf Council on the Temple Mount, headed by Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab, is striving to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. The council was recently expanded to include officials from the Palestinian Authority [PA] and Fatah [the leading Palestinian political party and largest faction ofContinue Reading »
Friday, 22 February 2019 | The US administration is now saying it will announce its plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “Deal of the Century,” after the April 9 election in Israel. The unseen plan has already been rejected by Palestinian leaders, who continue to denounce it as a “conspiracyContinue Reading »
Friday, 22 February 2019 | The water level in the Sea of Galilee, or Kinneret, is expected to climb above the freshwater lake’s lower red line for the first time in two years, at which point pumping will no longer face government restrictions. The water level now stands at 23 centimeters [9 in] below theContinue Reading »
Thursday, 21 February 2019 | A year and a half after the crisis over using metal detectors at the Temple Mount compound, new tensions are developing at the Jerusalem site holy to Jews and Muslims, which threaten to erupt into violence. In recent days, the Waqf—the Islamic trust tasked with maintaining the Muslim structures atContinue Reading »
Thursday, 21 February 2019 | More than 15 Palestinians infiltrated into Israel from Gaza since the beginning of 2019, seeking to escape the socioeconomic distress in the coastal enclave, according to the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] Southern Command. Only a small proportion of those attempting to cross into Israel have been identified as Hamas members.Continue Reading »
Thursday, 21 February 2019 | Following a series of anti-Semitic incidents, including the desecration of Jewish graves in the northwestern state of Alsace, thousands of people across France joined rallies opposing anti-Semitism, the Times of Israel reported Wednesday. The show of concern over anti-Semitism comes a week after France’s Interior Ministry released a report showingContinue Reading »
Thursday, 21 February 2019 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, [Tuesday] morning in Jerusalem, met with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and congratulated him on Slovakia’s upcoming opening in Jerusalem of a new information, culture and innovation center. Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “Prime Minister Pellegrini, welcome once again to Israel. You were here as deputy primeContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 | Ahmad Khatami, a senior member of the Assembly of Experts [Iran’s council to appoint or dismiss the supreme leader] and Tehran’s interim Friday prayer leader, referred to Iran’s possible usage of nuclear weapons when he said (on February 8, 2019) that Iran had no intention of building nuclear bombs. “TheContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 | Two fires broke out on Tuesday in the Kissufim forest in the Eshkol Regional Council, near the Israeli border with Gaza, due to an incendiary airborne device tied to a balloon launched from Gaza. This is the first fire in five months sparked by an incendiary balloon flown from Gaza.Continue Reading »
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