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Iran Plays the China Card

Thursday, 1 April 2021 | In the two months since Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States, the new administration has been dancing around the question of how exactly to accomplish his campaign pledge to reenter the Iran nuclear deal. Biden is determined to reinstate the pact that former President Donald

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Biden’s Plan to “Reset” Israeli–Palestinian Situation

Thursday, 18 March 2021 | The Biden administration is reportedly planning to walk back on some of his predecessor’s decisions regarding Israel and the Palestinians, resetting the US’s diplomatic approach to fall back in line with its traditional position. The National, a Dubai-based English-language daily, revealed the intended reboot after obtaining “The US Palestinian Reset

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IDF: Iran Can Enrich Enough Uranium for a Bomb within Four Months

Thursday, 11 February 2021 | Iran could develop a nuclear bomb within two years and Hezbollah will not seek an all-out war, according to the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Military Intelligence Directorate’s annual threat-assessment report, which was made public on Tuesday. The report, which focuses on the security challenges Israel can expect to face over

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Israel’s Poverty Rate Rises as Standard of Living Crashes

Friday, 22 January 2021 | Israel’s poverty rate has increased while the standard of living has dipped significantly throughout 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis and the consequent three national closures, a report published on Thursday by the National Insurance Institute said. The report specifies that since the outbreak of the pandemic in Israel in

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IDF Gears Up for Large-scale Drill Simulating All-out War

Thursday, 21 January 2021 | For the first time in its 73-year history, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is gearing up for a massive, month-long drill simulating a full-scale war involving all branches of the military. The exercise—meant to sharpen the IDF’s “readiness and ability” to face a multi-front assault on a battlefield extending from

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Mine-free Jordan Baptismal Site Church Hosts First Mass in 54 Years

Monday, 11 January 2021 | A handful of clergymen, VIP guests, journalists and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers yesterday gathered at the Franciscan St. John the Baptist Chapel on the banks of the Jordan River adjacent to Qasr Al-Yahud—the traditional site where Jesus was reportedly baptized—to celebrate the first mass in this spot in 54

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IDF Sees Record Number of Israeli Arab Conscripts

Monday, 4 January 2021 | More than 1,000 Israeli Arabs have volunteered to serve in the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] as conscripts or reservists in the past year, and most after the coronavirus crisis began in March 2020, the military’s Manpower Directorate said Sunday. The number of conscripts from the Arab sector is more than

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Second Temple Period Remains Unearthed at Gethsemane

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 | One of the first pieces of archaeological evidence of Second Temple-period activity at Gethsemane was unearthed near the modern church during archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] in collaboration with scholars from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. A 2000-year-old ritual bath discovered at the site dates from the

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The Fruits of Peace: Moroccan Schools to Teach Jewish History

Monday, 14 December 2020 | Starting next term, the curriculum for Moroccan primary school students will include Jewish history and culture—a significant first in the region. On Thursday, Morocco made headlines around the world, as US President Donald Trump announced that the kingdom was the fourth Muslim-majority nation to normalize ties with Israel since August.

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Ben-Gurion Letter Outlining Vision for Israel Discovered after 69 Years

Thursday, 10 December 2020 | A previously unknown letter written by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, describing his vision for the nascent state was recently discovered, approximately 69 years after it was first sent. The 1951 missive to a Swedish journalist was kept by the recipient’s granddaughter, who is the current Swedish ambassador to

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