Those Palestinians Israel will allow in had gone to Libya from former homes in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, a Palestinian official said, effectively classifying them as refugees or descendents of refugees who flew or were forced to leave their homes during the 1948 war that led to Israel’s creation. Hussein al-Sheikh, head of civil affairsContinue Reading »
The demonstrations continue to become more violent [as of Tuesday, February 22], particularly in Aden where the death toll now stands at [at least] 12 after police shot and killed a demonstrator there. In Iran, the government has rolled-out militias to supplement police as the regime continues its attempts to stifle protests—apparently successfully. Large-scaleContinue Reading »
“Their return is expected to be on March 3,” the source said. The Suez Canal cuts through Egypt and allows shipping to pass from the Middle East to Europe and vice versa without going around the southern tip of Africa. The canal’s northern mouth, Port Said, is around 100 km (60 miles) from Israel,Continue Reading »
The Jerusalem Post said Shaath was willing to visit Gaza to discuss a unity arrangement if Hamas agreed. However, following the reports, it remained unclear as of Tuesday [February 22] if an arrangement would even be possible in light of demands from Hamas. Hamas and Fatah have been split since 2007 when Hamas took overContinue Reading »
The rate of IDF enlistment within the Druze population has always been high—84%, as opposed to the 74% within the general population. The new data show that, while Druze soldiers make up only 1.6% of the force, they make up 16% of the IDF’s combat medics. A discernable change has registered in the number ofContinue Reading »
This is not a new phenomenon, but its effects on the Israeli economy are marginal. It has been far more damaging when it comes to the negative image that it spreads. A group of activists entered a supermarket in Paris recently, grabbed Israeli-made products off the shelves and threw them on the floor. A LondonContinue Reading »
Netanyahu was also quoted as saying they “remain committed to advancing peace both with our neighbors in the region and with the Palestinians.” Netanyahu highlighted the significance of security arrangements in a possible negotiated peace deal. “The most important thing in any negotiations that we conduct is the security component,” said Netanyahu. “The security componentContinue Reading »
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov was quoted by the release as saying, “Christian tourism to Israel, in all its denominations, represents one of the central anchors for incoming tourism to Israel and one in which the ministry focuses its marketing efforts. “In the coming year, we will place special emphasis on increasing cooperation with leadingContinue Reading »
President Obama tried until the last possible moment to convince Palestinian Authority [PA] head Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw the resolution, but with no success. Backed by the Arab world, Abbas rejected the American contention that the issue of Israeli building on land it acquired in the 1967 war, which the Palestinians see as the landContinue Reading »
Said the press statement, “The presence of Palestinian civilians in the area adjacent to the security fence is used by terrorist organizations as cover for their activities, including planting explosive devices, planning terrorist attacks and attempting to kidnap IDF soldiers. For this reason, the IDF will not allow anyone to be present in this area.”Continue Reading »
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