Tuesday, 14 January 2020 | It is hard to estimate the impact that the downing of the Ukrainian airliner, and especially the lackluster conduct of the Iranian authorities as a result of the incident, had on the Iranian public. The emotions sparked by the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week, were quickly replaced byContinue Reading »
Monday, 13 January 2020 | The possibility of war in 2020 has risen, says a new report published this week by the Institute for National Security Studies [INSS], a think tank at Tel Aviv University. At the center of this strategic assessment stands the tension between Israel’s growing power and influence in the region, andContinue Reading »
Monday, 13 January 2020 | An NBC report supported international speculation that Israel played a part in the assassination of Iran’s top general earlier this month. Four US Hellfire missiles ended the decades-long reign of Qassam Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The notorious general was killedContinue Reading »
Monday, 13 January 2020 | The Iran crisis took another twist over the weekend, as protests erupted in the Iranian capital of Tehran and elsewhere against the regime after it was confirmed Iran accidentally shot down a civilian airliner in Iran, killing all 176 passengers on board. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed solidarityContinue Reading »
Monday, 13 January 2020 | The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) announced on Sunday it has conducted a series of successful trials in southern Israel designed to test a new upgrade to the Iron Dome missile defense system. The IMDO, which oversees the development and productionContinue Reading »
Friday, 10 January 2020 | Israel reportedly conducted an air strike in Syria near the border with Iraq, targeting weapons bound for Iran-backed militia in the region, according to local news agencies and activist groups on the ground. A Lebanese news agency blamed Israel for the strike, which a local activist news outlet said targetedContinue Reading »
Friday, 10 January 2020 | The amount of rainfall that hit northern Israel over the past two weeks broke the country’s 50-year record, meteorological services said Thursday. Fierce storms and heavy rain pounded central and northern Israel for over a week as two storm systems hit the country one after the other. Massive flooding inContinue Reading »
Friday, 10 January 2020 | Israel was to release two Druze inmates, one of which was convicted of spying for the Syrian government, as part of a prisoner swap deal, the Israeli Prison Service confirmed on Thursday. The prisoners, Sidqi al-Maqt and Amal Abu Salah, are being released as part of the deal with Russia.Continue Reading »
Friday, 10 January 2020 | This week, Jibril Rajoub demanded the implementation of all the boycott clauses prohibiting “normalization” with Israel in sports as agreed upon by the Council of Arab Ministers for Youth and Sports in October 2019. Rajoub, who is Head of the PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization] Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and FatahContinue Reading »
Thursday, 9 January 2020 | Following nearly a week of sabre rattling, screaming bloody revenge and firing a barrage of ballistic missiles on American targets, the Islamic Republic of Iran is apparently backing away from the brink of war. Speaking from the White House Grand Foyer yesterday, US President Donald Trump told the nation inContinue Reading »
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