Monday, 8 November 2021 | Israel’s Knesset (Parliament) passed the 2022 state budget early on Friday by a vote of 59 to 56 following a marathon overnight session. The passing of the 2021–2022 budget bills was a major hurdle for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s fragile coalition. The final approval of the NIS 452.5 billion (USContinue Reading »
Monday, 8 November 2021 | A video surfaced online late last week depicting soccer fans singing anti-Semitic chants at a Jewish man on a Ryanair flight. The footage, which began circulating on social media last week, showed fans of the London-based club West Ham United on a plane to Belgium consuming alcohol and chanting anti-SemiticContinue Reading »
Monday, 8 November 2021 | With threats to Israel’s north and Iran’s aggressive missile program in the background, Israel is expanding their air defense early warning system with a giant air balloon. The balloon Elevated Sensor system—nicknamed “Sky Dew”—is designed to “provide detection and early warning of advanced threats,” the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MOD)Continue Reading »
Friday, 5 November 2021 | Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi vowed on Thursday not to compromise regarding Iran’s interests, a day after the resumption of nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers on November 29 was announced. “The negotiations we are considering are result-oriented ones. We will not leave the negotiating table…but we will not retreatContinue Reading »
Friday, 5 November 2021 | Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Matt McKeon confirmed on Wednesday that the administration is seeking to reopen the US Consulate for Palestinians in its original location in Jerusalem. McKeon was grilled by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R–NY), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, during his testimony beforeContinue Reading »
Friday, 5 November 2021 | A delegation of some 20 American Jewish leaders visited Saudi Arabia recently and met with senior officials in the kingdom, including at least six government ministers and senior representatives of the Saudi royal house. The group visited Riyadh at the invitation of the Saudis and with the blessing of theContinue Reading »
Friday, 5 November 2021 | Israel’s recent decision to designate six Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as terrorist organizations sparked a wave of protests and condemnations from many parties around the world, including human rights groups and political activists. Israel is being accused of cracking down on Palestinian civil society organizations not because of their affiliationContinue Reading »
Thursday, 4 November 2021 | Clearing a major hurdle, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) voted to pass the national budget for 2021 early Thursday morning, avoiding an automatic return to another round of elections. The body approved the budget in a 61–59 vote at 5:30 a.m., passing Israel’s first budget in three-and-a-half years. “A holiday forContinue Reading »
Thursday, 4 November 2021 | Israeli and Jordanian economy ministers signed an agreement on Wednesday in Amman to increase Jordanian exports to the Palestinian Authority [PA]. Israel Minister of Economy Orna Barbivai and General Secretary of Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Yousef Al-Shamali met to discuss ways to augment economic ties between the twoContinue Reading »
Thursday, 4 November 2021 | Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke on Tuesday about American–Israeli coordination on a range of top-priority security issues. According to a tweet by Gantz, the two discussed bilateral cooperation vis-à-vis Iranian regional entrenchment and Iran’s nuclear aspirations. “We agreed to meet soon toContinue Reading »
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