Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Mutual Defense Pact Ahead of Israeli Election

Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Mutual Defense Pact Ahead of Israeli Election

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone of a potential Mutual Defense Pact, or MDP, between the two countries, and that he hoped to continue such talks after Tuesday’s election.

Gaza Terror Rockets Disrupt Netanyahu Campaign Event

Gaza Terror Rockets Disrupt Netanyahu Campaign Event

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a late night meeting with his defense chiefs at the military headquarters in Tel Aviv, hours after Gaza terrorists fired two rockets the southern cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.

U.N. Watchdog Finds Uranium Traces in Iran Site Flagged by Netanyahu

U.N. Watchdog Finds Uranium Traces in Iran Site Flagged by Netanyahu

Samples taken by the U.N. nuclear watchdog at what Israel’s prime minister called a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran showed traces of uranium that Iran has yet to explain, two diplomats who follow the agency’s inspections work closely say.

Reports: Airstrikes Target Iran-Backed Militia Base in Syria

Reports: Airstrikes Target Iran-Backed Militia Base in Syria

Unidentified aircraft launched strikes on a base belonging to an Iran-backed militia in Syria, near the border with Iraq, killing several people early Monday, an observer and Arabic media reported.

Hezbollah Fires from Lebanon at IDF Positions in Northern Israel

Hezbollah Fires from Lebanon at IDF Positions in Northern Israel

The Hezbollah terror group fired several anti-tank guided missiles at an army base and military vehicles in northern Israel Sunday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said, adding that more information would be released shortly.

Watch: Gaza Terror Rockets Explode Over Israeli Concert

Watch: Gaza Terror Rockets Explode Over Israeli Concert

At least three rockets were launched from Gaza at 9 pm Sunday night in an attack on southern Israel, including one that landed in an open field in the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council district, igniting a fire.

U.S. Officials Confirm Israel Struck Iranian Targets in Iraq

U.S. Officials Confirm Israel Struck Iranian Targets in Iraq

Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month, U.S. officials have confirmed, an attack that would mark a significant escalation in Israel’s years-long campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region.

Gaza Terror Rockets Fired at Israel

Gaza Terror Rockets Fired at Israel

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel early Thursday morning, the IDF said. The attack came shortly after Israeli planes struck Hamas naval targets off the coast of the Strip following an earlier rocket attack which landed in an open field in Israel.

Iranian Tanker Sought by U.S. Steaming Toward Greece

Iranian Tanker Sought by U.S. Steaming Toward Greece

An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization has left Gibraltar and was heading Monday east into the Mediterranean Sea, with its next destination reported to be Greece.

Netanyahu: Israel Greatly Respects Congress but Can’t Tolerate BDS

Netanyahu: Israel Greatly Respects Congress but Can’t Tolerate BDS

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended Israel’s decision to bar Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country and said that the Israeli ambassador to the United States had said they would be allowed in before learning of their itinerary.

Israel Navy Works with NATO Members in Major Exercise

Israel Navy Works with NATO Members in Major Exercise

Sailors from France, Greece and the United States have arrived aboard their vessels and joined by the Israelis off the Israeli port city of Haifa for a major four-day naval exercise called Mighty Waves.

Syria: At Four Killed as Israeli Jets Strike near Damascus

Syria: At Four Killed as Israeli Jets Strike near Damascus

Israeli warplanes fired missiles targeting Syrian military positions in Homs and the Damascus outskirts in an attack that killed at least four civilians and wounded another 21, Syrian state media said.

Hungary to Honour Scottish Missionary Who Died at Auschwitz

Hungary to Honour Scottish Missionary Who Died at Auschwitz

A Scot who gave her life to help protect Jewish schoolgirls during World War Two is to be honoured in Hungary. Jane Haining, from Dunscore, worked at the Scottish Mission school in Budapest in the 1930s and 1940s.

Hamas Gaza Chief Threatens Tel Aviv Amid Truce Talks

Hamas Gaza Chief Threatens Tel Aviv Amid Truce Talks

Hamas’s chief in Gaza said Saturday that if there is a war, Israel will need to evacuate its civilians from Tel Aviv as well as the border communities, a day after the terror group’s leader said talks to achieve a truce were advancing.

Final Polls: Gantz Leading but Right-Wing Bloc Stronger

Final Polls: Gantz Leading but Right-Wing Bloc Stronger

The final batch of polls conducted before Tuesday’s elections showed the centrist Blue and White widening its lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, even as the surveys unanimously indicated that the incumbent prime minister was best positioned to form the next government.

Mayoral Races Test Turkey’s Erdogan Amid Economic Downturn

Mayoral Races Test Turkey’s Erdogan Amid Economic Downturn

ISTANBUL — Mayoral elections are underway in 30 large cities in Turkey along with other municipal races Sunday that are seen as a barometer of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity amid a sharp economic downturn in the nation straddling Europe and Asia.

Argentina's Chief Rabbi Assaulted, Tied up in His Home

Argentina's Chief Rabbi Assaulted, Tied up in His Home

Argentina's Chief Rabbi has been taken to hospital after being beaten in a night-time attack at his home in the capital Buenos Aires. Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich said his wife was restrained during the break-in while he was attacked.

Iran’s Zarif: Cannot Rule Out Possibility of War with Israel

Iran’s Zarif: Cannot Rule Out Possibility of War with Israel

Iran’s foreign minister accused Israel of “adventurism” with its campaign of airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, and said he could not rule out the possibility that they could lead to a war between the Mideast arch-foes.

Gantz, Lapid Merge Parties In Significant Challenge to Netanyahu

Gantz, Lapid Merge Parties In Significant Challenge to Netanyahu

After marathon, all-night talks, the leaders of the two top-polling centrist parties, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, announced Thursday that they had agreed to merge their party lists to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s frontrunning Likud in the upcoming elections.

First Private Israel Lunar Mission Ready for Launch

First Private Israel Lunar Mission Ready for Launch

RAMAT GAN, Israel — A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon.

Spate of Anti-Semitic Acts Sparks Outrage in France

Spate of Anti-Semitic Acts Sparks Outrage in France

A tree planted in a Paris suburb in memory of a young Jewish man who was tortured to death in 2006 has been chopped down, authorities said Monday, confirming the latest in a series of anti-Semitic acts in France.

Trump Warns Europeans Not to Try to Evade Iran Sanctions

Trump Warns Europeans Not to Try to Evade Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran and avoid running afoul of sanctions the U.S.

Egypt Issues Ultimatum to Hamas on Cooperation with Iran

Egypt Issues Ultimatum to Hamas on Cooperation with Iran

Israel Hayom has learned that alongside Jerusalem’s decision to postpone the transfer of Qatari funds to Hamas following the escalation on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, Egypt has issued the terrorist organization’s political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh an ultimatum.

Brussels Jewish Museum Gunman Linked to Other Jihadists

Brussels Jewish Museum Gunman Linked to Other Jihadists

The Frenchman accused of murdering four people at the Jewish museum of Belgium had links with other jihadists, including those behind the Brussels and Paris attacks, investigators say.

Pompeo to Push for End to Gulf Dispute During Qatar Visit

Pompeo to Push for End to Gulf Dispute During Qatar Visit

Doha -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Qatar on Sunday pushing for an end to a diplomatic rift between Washington's Gulf allies on the latest leg of his Middle East tour.

First Arrest of Trump Era: Iran Says it Holds U.S. Navy Veteran

First Arrest of Trump Era: Iran Says it Holds U.S. Navy Veteran

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran confirmed it is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump’s administration.

Pompeo in Egypt Amid Concerns over U.S. Mideast Policy

Pompeo in Egypt Amid Concerns over U.S. Mideast Policy

CAIRO — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Cairo for talks with Egyptian leaders as he continues a nine-nation Middle East tour aimed at reassuring America’s Arab partners that the Trump administration is not walking away from the region.

Bolton: U.S. ‘Very Supportive’ of Israeli Strikes Against Iranian Targets in Syria

Bolton: U.S. ‘Very Supportive’ of Israeli Strikes Against Iranian Targets in Syria

JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said Sunday that the U.S. military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State group, and on Turkey assuring the safety of Kurdish fighters allied with the United States.

Pompeo Set for Mideast Tour to Assure Arab Allies Amid Syria Pullout

Pompeo Set for Mideast Tour to Assure Arab Allies Amid Syria Pullout

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to depart on a tour of the Middle East next week in a bid to galvanize regional leaders to confront Iran and remind allies that the United States is not disappearing from region amid the Trump administration's decision to pull American troops out of Syria and possibly Afghanistan, according to senior State Department officials.

Pompeo: Syria Pullout Doesn’t Alter U.S. Commitment to Israel

Pompeo: Syria Pullout Doesn’t Alter U.S. Commitment to Israel

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday assured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the planned withdrawal of US ground forces from Syria will not alter Washington’s commitment to countering Iranian aggression and maintaining Israel’s security.

Top Republican Indicates Trump Rethinking Plans to Withdraw from Syria

Top Republican Indicates Trump Rethinking Plans to Withdraw from Syria

WASHINGTON (AFP) — A senior Republican senator said Sunday that President Donald Trump had promised to stay in Syria to finish the job of destroying the Islamic State group — just days after announcing he would be withdrawing troops immediately.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Hails Ties with Israel

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Hails Ties with Israel

Brazil’s incoming president Jair Bolsonaro pushed back against critics and feted burgeoning ties with Israel Thursday, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his way to Brasilia for the new leader’s swearing in.

BDS Fail: U.S. Fundraising Site Suspends Anti-Israel Account

BDS Fail: U.S. Fundraising Site Suspends Anti-Israel Account

A U.S. software company said Friday it blocked the fundraising account of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel following a complaint by a pro-Israel group that the campaign has links to militant organizations.

Report: China Driving Armed Drone Use in Middle East

Report: China Driving Armed Drone Use in Middle East

BEIRUT — The use of armed drones in the Middle East, driven largely by growing sales from China, has grown significantly in the past few years with an increasing number of state and non-state actors using them in regional conflicts.

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