Monday, February 24, 2020

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Israel Team Races in UAE Cycling Tour in Sporting Overture

Israel Team Races in UAE Cycling Tour in Sporting Overture

An Israeli cycling team raced through Dubai on Sunday, taking part in the UAE Tour for the first time in the latest overture between the two countries, which have no diplomatic relations.

Iran Reports Highest Coronavirus Death Toll Outside of China

Iran Reports Highest Coronavirus Death Toll Outside of China

Iran’s health ministry raised Sunday the death toll from the new virus to 8 people in the Middle Eastern country, amid concerns that clusters there, as well as in Italy and South Korea, could signal a serious new stage in its global spread.

Pompeo Meets Saudi King in Talks Focused on Iranian Threats

Pompeo Meets Saudi King in Talks Focused on Iranian Threats

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday in a visit focused primarily on discussing shared security concerns about regional rival Iran.

Pompeo Meets Saudi King in Talks Focused on Iranian Threats

Pompeo Meets Saudi King in Talks Focused on Iranian Threats

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday in a visit focused primarily on discussing shared security concerns about regional rival Iran.

East Asian Travelers Banned from Israel over Coronavirus Fears

East Asian Travelers Banned from Israel over Coronavirus Fears

As part of efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Monday said Israel would ban all non-Israelis who were in four East Asian countries and territories in the previous 14 days.

Report: Good News for Netanyahu as Israel's Economy Surpasses Expectations

Report: Good News for Netanyahu as Israel's Economy Surpasses Expectations

TEL AVIV - Israel's economic growth last year exceeded all predictions, boding well for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who hopes his stewardship of the Jewish state's strong finances will give him the upper hand against main political challenger Blue and White's Benny Gantz, Bloomberg News reported.

Syria Says Israel Struck Several Targets Near Damascus

Syria Says Israel Struck Several Targets Near Damascus

Syrian state media said early Thursday that Israel launched strikes against several targets near Damascus and claimed the country’s air defenses downed a number of missiles.

Syria Says Israel Struck Several Targets Near Damascus

Syria Says Israel Struck Several Targets Near Damascus

Syrian state media said early Thursday that Israel launched strikes against several targets near Damascus and claimed the country’s air defenses downed a number of missiles.

Survivors Return to Auschwitz 75 Years After Liberation

Survivors Return to Auschwitz 75 Years After Liberation

OSWIECIM, Poland — Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered Monday for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp, using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today.

Survivor in Slovenia Turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Survivor in Slovenia Turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

RAKEK, Slovenia — For Marija Frlan it’s as symbolic as it can get: A survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the Slovenian woman turns 100 years old on Monday, the international Holocaust Remembrance Day.

France's Macron Slams Antisemitism on Jerusalem Visit

France's Macron Slams Antisemitism on Jerusalem Visit

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday rallied against antisemitism, saying it "haunts our present time", during a visit to Jerusalem to commemorate Holocaust victims.

Israel’s Unlikely Olympic Baseball Team Dreams Big for Japan

Israel’s Unlikely Olympic Baseball Team Dreams Big for Japan

TEL AVIV, Israel — As a baseball-crazed kid growing up in Miami, Danny Valencia dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. The thought of heading to the Olympics, for a foreign country no less, never crossed his mind.

Israel on High Alert Following Soleimani Elimination

Israel on High Alert Following Soleimani Elimination

Israel's defence minister summoned the country's military and security chiefs to Tel Aviv on Friday in the wake of the U.S. air strike that killed senior Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.

Iran, China, Russia, to Join for Gulf of Oman Naval Drills

Iran, China, Russia, to Join for Gulf of Oman Naval Drills

China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval drills starting Friday in the Gulf of Oman, Beijing said, at a time of heightened tensions since the US withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.

Scientists Claim to Find Ancient Seawall off Israeli Coast

Scientists Claim to Find Ancient Seawall off Israeli Coast

An international team of researchers says it has discovered a 7,000-year-old-seawall along Israel’s Mediterranean coast, providing evidence that coastal communities protected themselves against rising waters even in ancient times.

Wealthy German Family Gifts Millions to Holocaust Survivors

Wealthy German Family Gifts Millions to Holocaust Survivors

One of Germany’s richest families, which owns Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pret A Manger and other international brands, is giving millions to support Holocaust survivors as it seeks to atone for its use of forced laborers during the Nazi era and its enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler, The Associated Press has learned.

Israel's Drone Industry Rises to Become Global Force

Israel's Drone Industry Rises to Become Global Force

In a fierce battle for market share against world superpowers China and the United States, Israel's drone industry likes to say it has a secret weapon -- military experience.

Christian Buys Nazi Items with Plans to Donate to Jewish Group

Christian Buys Nazi Items with Plans to Donate to Jewish Group

A Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul said Monday that he purchased Adolf Hitler’s top hat and other Nazi memorabilia from a German auction in order to keep them out of the hands of neo-Nazis, and has agreed to donate them to a Jewish group.

Iran Vows to Punish 'Mercenaries' Behind Street Violence

Iran Vows to Punish 'Mercenaries' Behind Street Violence

Iran vowed Sunday to severely punish "mercenaries" arrested over a wave of street unrest sparked by a fuel price hike, as much of the country came back online after a week-long internet blackout.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Yitzhak Rabin 'Was Not a Traitor'

Benjamin Netanyahu: Yitzhak Rabin 'Was Not a Traitor'

Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that slain Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin "was not a traitor" for approving the 1993 Oslo Accords and admitted he should have spoken out more against those who labeled him as one.

State Dept: Iran Remains World’s Largest State Sponsor of Terror

State Dept: Iran Remains World’s Largest State Sponsor of Terror

The US State Department’s new report on terrorism lists the Islamic Republic of Iran as the top international state-sponsor of terrorism and cites Tehran’s work with facilitating the activities of Sunni terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

Iraqi Protesters Attack Iran Consulate in Karbala

Iraqi Protesters Attack Iran Consulate in Karbala

BAGHDAD — Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Sunday, scaling the concrete barriers ringing the building, bringing down an Iranian flag and replacing it with the Iraqi flag, eyewitnesses said.

Netanyahu Congratulates Trump on Elimination of al-Baghdadi

Netanyahu Congratulates Trump on Elimination of al-Baghdadi

Israeli officials on Sunday praised US President Donald Trump on the American special forces raid in Syria that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it an “important milestone” in the fight against terrorism.

Ex-SS Guard on Trial: I Saw People Led into Gas Chamber

Ex-SS Guard on Trial: I Saw People Led into Gas Chamber

A 93-year-old former guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp testified at his trial Friday that he once saw people being led into the gas chamber, followed by screaming and banging sounds behind the locked door.

Watch - Aaron Klein: Iran Will Try to Gain from U.S. Withdrawal in Syria

Watch - Aaron Klein: Iran Will Try to Gain from U.S. Withdrawal in Syria

In a segment on Israeli television, Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief expressed concern Iran could attempt to fill the power vacuum in northeast Syria following the U.S. withdrawal from that territory and a deal between Russia and Turkey to jointly patrol the area.

U.S. Defense Secretary in Iraq to Discuss Troops Leaving Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary in Iraq to Discuss Troops Leaving Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday as chaos swirled along the Turkey-Syria border and Iraqi leaders chafed over reports that the U.S. may want to increase the number of troops based in Iraq, at least temporarily.

Report: Israel on High Alert for Iran Strike

Report: Israel on High Alert for Iran Strike

Israel is readying for a direct cruise missile or drone strike by Tehran in response to recent attacks on Iranian regional proxies which have been attributed to the Jewish state, Army Radio reported Tuesday evening.

Iran Sends U.S. List of Names as It Demands Prisoner Swap

Iran Sends U.S. List of Names as It Demands Prisoner Swap

Iran’s foreign ministry said Monday it has sent the United States a list of names it is demanding in a proposed prisoner swap, opening a potential new channel with Washington amid recent growing tensions.

Israel’s Netanyahu Gives Up on Forming New Coalition

Israel’s Netanyahu Gives Up on Forming New Coalition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty.

Saudi Arabia's New 100% Shisha Tax Sparks Fury

Saudi Arabia's New 100% Shisha Tax Sparks Fury

A decision to impose a 100 percent tax on bills at restaurants that serve shisha has ignited criticism on social media in Saudi Arabia, where the water pipes are a popular pastime.

NY, Tel Aviv Rallies Demand Russia Free Israeli-American Woman

NY, Tel Aviv Rallies Demand Russia Free Israeli-American Woman

Hundreds of people attended a protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, calling for the release of an Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia on drug charges, as a simultaneous rally was held in New York outside the Russian consulate.

Let Islamic State Terrorists Return Home, French Magistrate Urges

Let Islamic State Terrorists Return Home, French Magistrate Urges

The refusal of the French government to take back Islamic State fighters from Syria could fuel a new jihadist recruitment drive in France, threatening public safety, a leading anti-terrorism investigator has told AFP.

Fresh Protests Rock Lebanon After Christian Party Quits Government

Fresh Protests Rock Lebanon After Christian Party Quits Government

Men, women and children gathered in the Lebanese capital Beirut Sunday to protest corruption and tax hikes for a fourth day, after the resignation of a key Christian party rocked the country's fragile coalition government.

Pictures: Protests Spread Across Lebanon over Proposed New Taxes

Pictures: Protests Spread Across Lebanon over Proposed New Taxes

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Beirut early Friday after they tried to push through security barriers around the government headquarters amid some of the largest demonstrations the country has seen in years.

Iran Says Oil Tanker Struck by Missiles Off Saudi Arabia

Iran Says Oil Tanker Struck by Missiles Off Saudi Arabia

Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.

Iran Women to See Soccer Freely for First Time in Decades

Iran Women to See Soccer Freely for First Time in Decades

Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.

Israel Weighs Deporting Palestinian BDS Founder

Israel Weighs Deporting Palestinian BDS Founder

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced on Sunday that he had directed the Population and Immigration Authority to prepare a legal opinion to be used in the deportation of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions founder Omar Barghouti.

U.S. Deploys Patriot Air Defense Systems, Troops to Saudi Arabia

U.S. Deploys Patriot Air Defense Systems, Troops to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. is sending one Patriot missile battery and four ground-based radar systems to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Thursday, in what officials describe as the first steps to help the kingdom protect itself against Iranian attacks.

Netanyahu’s Likud Wins Extra Knesset Seat in Latest Tally

Netanyahu’s Likud Wins Extra Knesset Seat in Latest Tally

The Central Election Committee amended its vote tally early Wednesday, awarding Likud an extra seat at the expense of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party following last week’s election.

Report: Iran Helping Islamic Jihad Build Terror Rocket Arsenal in West Bank

Report: Iran Helping Islamic Jihad Build Terror Rocket Arsenal in West Bank

Palestinian Authority security forces have thwarted an attempt by Islamic Jihad to manufacture rockets in the West Bank. The Israeli news site Mako reported that the terrorist group was operating under Iranian guidance in the building of low-tech rockets.

Netanyahu, Gantz Meeting Israeli President in Expected Bid for Unity Coalition

Netanyahu, Gantz Meeting Israeli President in Expected Bid for Unity Coalition

After completing meetings with party representatives to hear their recommendations as to who should form the next government, and with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz receiving majority support in the new Knesset, President Reuven Rivlin on Monday issued an invitation for a meeting between the two in an attempt to move forward in the coalition-building process.

Lieberman Won’t Recommend Gantz or Netanyahu as PM

Lieberman Won’t Recommend Gantz or Netanyahu as PM

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on Sunday said his right-wing party will not recommend any candidate for prime minister during its consultations with President Reuven Rivlin later in the evening.

Latest Tally Has Gantz Party 2 Points Ahead of Netanyahu's Likud

Latest Tally Has Gantz Party 2 Points Ahead of Netanyahu's Likud

Benny Gantz’s Blue and White centrist party has opened a two-seat lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, according to updated voting results Thursday morning from the Central Election Committee.

Benny Gantz: Israeli Voters Want Unity Government

Benny Gantz: Israeli Voters Want Unity Government

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on Thursday dismissed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of a unity government that includes all the religious right-wing parties, insisting that the next coalition should have himself as prime minister, not Netanyahu, and be committed to liberal policies on religious issues.

Netanyahu to Skip Trump Meet, U.N. General Assembly Amid Election Deadlock

Netanyahu to Skip Trump Meet, U.N. General Assembly Amid Election Deadlock

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Wednesday he would not travel to New York for the UN’s annual General Assembly later this month after failing to secure sufficient support in elections to form a new government with his right-wing political allies.

Deadlocked Knesset Continues as Final Votes Get Counted

Deadlocked Knesset Continues as Final Votes Get Counted

With 89.8 percent of votes having been counted by the Central Elections Committee, Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party on Wednesday was projected to secure 32 seats in the Knesset, edging ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, which stood at 31 seats.

Gamble Pays Off for Lieberman, Who Becomes Israeli Kingmaker

Gamble Pays Off for Lieberman, Who Becomes Israeli Kingmaker

The veteran Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman took the political gamble of his life when he spurned his mentor, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and forced an unprecedented repeat election.

Benny Gantz: Time for 'Good Unity Government'

Benny Gantz: Time for 'Good Unity Government'

In his first public comments the day after elections, Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz on Wednesday morning said he hoped for a “good unity government.”