Israel Destroyed Dozens of Missiles in Syria Headed for Hizbullah - Gili Cohen (Ha'aretz)
The Israel Air Force destroyed around 100 Syrian missiles in its
attack last month on weapons in Syria - many of which were to be
delivered to Hizbullah, a senior Israeli officer said Tuesday.
Britain Refuses Palestinian Request for Apology over 1917 Balfour Promise (Reuters)
Palestinian leaders said on Tuesday Britain had rejected their
request for an apology for the 1917 Balfour Declaration that helped pave
the way to the State of Israel.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has invited Israeli counterpart
Benjamin Netanyahu to attend events commemorating the Balfour
Declaration in November.
A British Foreign Office spokesman described the Balfour
Declaration as "an historic statement.... We continue to support the
principle of a Jewish homeland and the modern state of Israel, just as
we support the critical objective of a viable and sovereign Palestinian
Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador to Britain, told Voice of Palestine Radio
on Tuesday that unless Britain apologized and cancelled planned
celebrations, the Palestinians would pursue international court action
Report: Palestinian School Curriculum Becoming More Radical - Eldad J. Pardo (IMPACT-se)
The Palestinian elementary school curriculum for 2016-17 is significantly more radical than previous curricula.
To an even greater extent than the 2014-15 textbooks, the
curriculum teaches students to be martyrs, demonizes and denies the
existence of Israel, and focuses on a "return" to an exclusively
Children are taught to be expendable ("I shall sacrifice my blood
to saturate the land"). Math books use numbers of dead martyrs to teach
The writer teaches at Hebrew University in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
Israeli Firms Revolutionizing Financial Technology - Abigail Klein Leichman (Israel 21c-Jewish Journal-UK)
Much of the innovation in how we move and protect our money is coming from Israel.
At least 430 Israeli fintech companies are developing products for
needs ranging from digital banking to fundraising and have lured $650
million in venture capital.
Payoneer, founded in 2005 by Israeli serial entrepreneur and
investor Yuval Tal, has more than 700 employees globally across 12
offices, and recently completed a $180 million growth equity financing
round. Clients include Airbnb, Amazon and Getty Images.
OurCrowd is a global online crowd-investing platform with five investment funds in which $320 million has been invested.
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- Iranian Supreme Leader Condemns USA and Israel
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the
U.S. and Israel of promoting a belligerent policy against Iran. Khamenei
ascribed the USA-Israel showdown with Iran to "the establishment of the
Islamic Republic of Iran, where a characteristic of the prophet's rule
emerged and continues emerging."
Khamenei stressed that the creation of terrorist groups in the name
of the Islamic faith and the initiation of divisions among Muslim
nations are among the conspiracies conceived by the U.S. and the
devilish Zionist regime to fight Islam. (Prensa Latina-Cuba)
- Iranian Vessel Approaches U.S. Navy Destroyer in Persian Gulf - Lucas Tomlinson
A U.S. Navy destroyer had another close encounter with an Iranian
Revolutionary Guard "fast attack craft" in the Persian Gulf Monday.
Two U.S. officials said the Iranian ship came within 1,000 yards of the
guided missile destroyer USS Mahan with its weapons manned. The Mahan
altered course to avoid the Iranian warship, sounded the danger signal,
fired flares and manned its own weapons. According to the U.S.
military, Iran harassed U.S. Navy warships through "unprofessional"
interactions at least 35 times in 2016.
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- Netanyahu Cancels Meeting with German Foreign Minister - Herb Keinon
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting with
visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday because he
insisted on meeting with "organizations that defame IDF soldiers and try
to prosecute our soldiers as war criminals."
Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren asked how Germany would
react if foreign leaders went there and met with German organizations
that portray German soldiers in Afghanistan as war criminals. "We had a
situation here that was anomalous, and not in accord with normal
behavior between states, certainly not between allied democratic
states," he added. (Jerusalem Post)
See also Netanyahu: I Will Not Meet Those Who Meet with Groups that Slander IDF Soldiers as War Criminals
The Prime Minister's Office issued the following statement on Tuesday:
"Imagine if foreign diplomats visiting the United States or Britain met
with NGOs that call American or British soldiers war criminals. Leaders
of those countries would surely not accept this. Prime Minister
Netanyahu's policy is not to meet foreign visitors who, on diplomatic
trips to Israel, meet with groups that slander IDF soldiers as war
criminals." (Prime Minister's Office)
- Palestinian Tries to Stab Soldier in West Bank - Judah Ari Gross
IDF troops shot a Palestinian man, Amjad Maher Salah, 17, who attempted
to stab them on Tuesday at a bus stop outside the headquarters of the
IDF's Samaria Regional Brigade, near the Hawara Junction outside Nablus.
He "took out a knife and ran at the troops," an IDF spokesperson said.
(Times of Israel-Ha'aretz)
- International Red Cross Official: Israel Is Not an Apartheid State - Sever Plocker
Jacques De Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, said in an
"Israel gives us - unlike the security establishments in many other
countries, including Western ones - quick access to senior officials in
the IDF, the Prison Service, and other security services. We have
useful, productive and professional dialogue with them. We clarified
with them the issue of shooting assailants who carry out terror attacks
and we reached an unequivocal conclusion that there is no IDF order to
shoot suspects to kill, as political officials tried to convince us. The
rules of engagement haven't changed, and have actually been made
"We respond to anyone who makes the argument that Israel is an
apartheid state: No, there is no apartheid here. There isn't a regime
here that is based on the superiority of one race over another; there is
no disenfranchisement of basic human rights based on so-called racial
inferiority." (Ynet News)
- Israel Won't Allow Iran's Militias Close to Its Border - Caroline Akoum and Nazir Al-Majli
Israel attacked a Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) camp in Quneitra
on Sunday, killing three and injuring two others, an NDF official told AFP.
Israel refused to confirm or deny the report.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdul Rahman said the site
targeted may have been used by Lebanese Hizbullah as an armory.
A Syrian source inside the camp told AFP that "security guards at
the camp saw what looked like three fireballs coming towards the camp.
Then there were several consecutive blasts because of the explosion of
The NDP is trained by Hizbullah, according to Abdul Rahman. It was
formed in 2012 and includes 90,000 fighters across Syria. Sami Nader,
director of Beirut's Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, said the
Israeli attack is part of attempts to limit Iran's control in the
region through Hizbullah.
- How Hamas Exploits Israel's Humanitarian Efforts - David M. Weinberg
Two Gazan women headed to Jerusalem for cancer treatment were caught
smuggling explosives into Israel for Hamas last week.
Last month, Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan revealed that Hamas
was using Gazan cancer patients to smuggle money and gold into Israel to
finance terror operations. In 2005, Wafa Samir Ibrahim al-Biss, 21,
from Gaza, was caught with 10 kg. of explosives in her underwear, en
route to blow up Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba where she was being
treated for burns.
Despite the security risk, Israel allows tens of thousands of
Palestinians to leave Gaza every year for medical treatment in Israel.
For a decade, I served as a public affairs and development officer at
the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer hospital. At any given time, a
quarter of all patients in that institution's Edmond and Lily Safra
Children's Hospital are Arabs from Gaza. Doctors and administrators at
Sheba and other Israeli hospitals offer similar care to Palestinians
from the West Bank, to Syrian refugees, and, quietly, to Arabs from
across the Middle East.
Several years ago, a Palestinian child at Sheba was ill with a rare
form of cancer and was clearly going to die without a bone marrow
transplant. The doctors found an 18-year-old brother who was an almost
perfect bone marrow match, but he was a Hamas activist with ties to
known terrorist operatives. Doctors at the hospital successfully
petitioned the Defense Ministry to grant special dispensation to allow
him into Israel to save his little brother's life.
Just before the brother was due to donate the bone marrow, he was
taken into custody by security officials. The Israel Security Agency
heard him giving instructions on his cell phone to his Hamas handlers
in Gaza on how to get past the security at Sheba Medical Center and blow
the place up. (In the end, the bone marrow was taken and the child's
life was saved.)
The writer is director of public affairs at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Examining Iranian Non-Compliance with the Nuclear Deal - David Albright (Institute for Science and International Security)
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) needs to be
implemented more effectively and its nuclear conditions strengthened and
The deal's implementation under the Obama administration was too
permissive and tolerant of Iran's violations of the deal, its
exploitation of loopholes, and its avoidance of critical verification
requirements. The result was that Iran was able to push the envelope of
allowed behavior in directions harmful to U.S. national security.
At its core, the Iran deal is a bet that by the time the
nuclear limitations end, Iran, the region, or both will have changed so
much that Iran will no longer seek nuclear weapons. But despite immense
sanctions relief, Iran has been increasing its conventional military
power and efforts at establishing regional hegemony, including
interfering in the affairs of and threatening its neighbors. The bet
does not appear to be winnable under the current circumstances, and
Iran's current trajectory is a threat to the U.S. and its allies in the
Armed with substantial funds and a
growing economy, Iran is challenging the U.S. in the region and appears
as committed to maintaining the capability to pursue a nuclear weapons
path as before, just a longer path. A solution needs to be thought
through, and a remediation path developed that will strengthen and fix
Based on available information, certain patterns of Iranian
non-compliance are clear. Iran often conducts small-scale cheating on
the JCPOA's nuclear limitations. It misinterprets clauses to justify
actions that should more properly be viewed as violations.
have tried to state that the IAEA has judged Iran in compliance with
the JCPOA. However, making this determination is not the responsibility
of the IAEA. Moreover, the IAEA regularly states that it is still
unable to determine the absence of undeclared nuclear material and
activities in Iran, and thus unable to provide assurance that Iran's
nuclear program is truly peaceful.
The writer is founder and president of ISIS. This is from his
testimony before the House Subcommittee on National Security, April 5,