Threats: Hamas

Hamas is a terrorist organization that primarily targets Israeli civilians. Their goal is to destroy Israel and replace Jewish sovereignty over any part of the land with radical Islamist rule. After Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza strip, Hamas won control of the territory. Since 2006, Hamas has consistently used Gaza as a launch pad for rocket and mortar attacks against Israel. In 2014, Israel discovered Hamas was digging tunnels beneath the Gazan border. Hamas uses the Palestinian people living in Gaza as human shields, diverting money and resources meant for civilians in order to support terror. While Hamas prepares for the next war by stockpiling thousands of rockets and digging new tunnels in Gaza, the organization is also working to gain control of the West Bank.


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Trump administration willing to extend Iran sanctions: report

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Trump administration has expressed openness to extending sanctions waivers allowing Iraq to import Iranian electricity and gas, Iraqi officials reportedly said. An existing waiver granted to Iraq is set to expire on Thursday. Three unidentified Iraqi officials told The Associated Press that the State Department has signaled that it is prepared to extend it another three months … Read More

Iran’s IRGC unveils ‘new’ rocket: The Thunder 500

Monday, February 10, 2020

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has unveiled what it says is a new rocket called the Thunder 500. It has a composite engine and new technologies that will make it lighter and give it a better range, it said.It is one of many rockets and missiles in the Iranian arsenal that the IRGC likes to … Read More

US arranging meeting between Netanyahu and Saudi crown prince – report

Monday, February 10, 2020

Talks are being held between teams from Israel, the US, Egypt and Saudi Arabiaon a potential summit in Cairo, whereby Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman could meet, according to a report in the Jewish News Syndicate.The JNS report is based on senior Arab diplomatic sources. The sources indicated that … Read More

Israelis in ‘diplomatic blitz’ ahead of UN Security Council vote

Monday, February 10, 2020

Israelis at the UN are in the midst of a “diplomatic blitz” ahead of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Tuesday speech and a possible vote on a draft resolution condemning the US peace plan and settlement annexation.The US intended to veto the resolution, while other countries considered abstaining from the vote as of Monday morning.Tunisia … Read More

After rocket fired into Israel, aircraft strike Hamas targets in Gaza

Monday, February 10, 2020

Israeli warplanes attacked several targets in the Gaza Strip after midnight Sunday, the army said, several hours after terrorists in the enclave launched a rocket into Israel. The Israel Defense Forces said warplanes and and other aircraft attacked several targets of the Hamas terror group in southern Gaza, including “a training camp and military infrastructure.” … Read More

US Kills Leader of Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula

Friday, February 7, 2020

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States had killed Qassim al-Raymi, the leader of Islamist group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in a counterterrorism operation in Yemen. “Under Rimi, AQAP committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our … Read More

TikTok removes animated video glorifying Palestinian terror attacks

Friday, February 7, 2020

TikTok, the video-sharing social networking app popular with children, said Friday it had removed an animated video portraying several real-life Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis and banned the account. “Our Community Guidelines make it clear that we do not allow content that promotes terrorism, crime, or other behaviors that could cause harm,” TikTok said in … Read More

IDF sending extra combat troops to West Bank as violence surges

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday announced it was sending additional troops to the West Bank in light of the increase in violence in the region. The military said the decision was made after an “ongoing situational assessment.” The IDF said it was deploying one extra battalion, which usually comprises a few hundred soldiers. The … Read More

DC Court: Turkey must face charges in Sheridan Circle assault on Kurdish protesters

Friday, February 7, 2020

A federal court in Washington, D.C., denied a request Thursday by Turkey to dismiss a civil suit by protesters who are seeking damages after they were violently beaten while demonstrating against the visit of the Turkish president to the Capitol in 2017. The court struck down Turkey’s argument that it is protected under the Foreign Sovereign … Read More

12 soldiers wounded, 1 seriously, in suspected terror car-ramming in Jerusalem

Thursday, February 6, 2020

At least 12 soldiers were wounded, including one seriously, in a suspected car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem early Thursday morning, police and medics said. The incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on Jerusalem’s David Remez Street near the First Station, a popular entertainment hub. Police said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and … Read More

Police officer lightly hurt in shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Old City

Thursday, February 6, 2020

A Border Police officer was lightly injured in an shooting attack in the Old City of Jerusalem, police said, amid growing tension in the capital and the West Bank. The assailant was shot by other officers at the scene, but his condition was not immediately known The incident occurred outside the Temple Mount, between the … Read More

Hamas hails Jerusalem attack, Jenin clashes as ‘practical response’ to Trump peace plan

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas hailed a car-ramming in Jerusalem that wounded 12 Israeli troops overnight Wednesday as a “practical response” to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan. In a statement, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said the attack was part of the “resistance operation” but stopped short of claiming responsibility. “The resistance acts throughout … Read More

Palestinians fire 2 mortars into Israel; IDF hits targets in southern Gaza

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired two mortar shells at southern Israel on Wednesday night, the military said, amid growing tensions in the enclave. The projectiles apparently struck an open field in southern Israel. No damage or injuries were reported. Shortly after midnight, Israeli aircraft responded by hitting Hamas tunnel infrastructure in southern Gaza, … Read More

Police sappers called in Ashkelon as suspected balloon-borne bomb found

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Police sappers were scrambled in the coastal city of Ashkelon on Thursday after a suspected explosive device was found tied to a bunch of balloons. Police called on the public to alert authorities to any suspicious-looking objects and refrain from approaching them. The past week has seen near-daily rocket and mortar attacks and dozens of … Read More

Record number of anti-Semitic incidents logged in Britain, again

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The number of anti-Semitic incidents logged in Britain last year hit record levels yet again amid accusations the opposition Labour Party had failed to tackle the issue within its ranks, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday. The Community Security Trust (CST), which advises Britain’s estimated 280,000 Jews on security matters, said there had been … Read More

Report: Iran trains Shia militia proxies in Iraq to wage war on US

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Iranian proxies in Iraq are training  for war against the US and will continue to fire rockets at US forces in Iraq until the US leaves, a new report says. Iranian-backed militias such as Asaib Ah al-Haq, Kataib Hezbollah and the Badr Organization have also been using “extreme measures to quell protesters, including opening fire … Read More

12 pro-Iran fighters said killed in Syria strikes attributed to Israel

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Twelve pro-Iranian fighters were killed in strikes against several targets near Damascus in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, which Syrian state media blamed on Israel, according to a Britain-based monitoring group. Syrian state news agency SANA claimed the country’s air defenses downed a number of missiles during the strikes. Defense analysts routinely dismiss such … Read More

Kindergarten staffers scramble kids to escape suspected Gaza balloon bomb

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

In a video posted to social media, staff at a kindergarten in the south of the country rushed children to safety on Wednesday as they spotted a suspected bomb-carrying balloon from the Gaza Strip floating toward their play area. The footage, which was reportedly filmed in an unnamed community near the city of Kiryat Gat, … Read More

Khamenei calls for Palestinian jihad on Israel after Trump peace plan

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Palestinians start a war against Israel, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said in response to the Trump administration’s peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians in a tweet on Wednesday.The “remedy” for the plan is “bold resistance by the Palestinian nation and groups in order to force out the Zionist enemy and the US through … Read More

Israel and UAE discuss anti-Iran cooperation at secret White House meeting

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The White House hosted a secret trilateral meeting in December between the U.S., Israel and the UAE on coordination against Iran, Israeli and U.S. officials tell Axios. Why it matters: The meeting, which took place on Dec. 17, is one in a series of steps from the Trump administration to facilitate closer ties between Israel … Read More

Palestinians push UN Security Council to condemn Trump plan, Israel

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Palestinian Authority began promoting a UN Security Council resolution to condemn US President Donald Trump’s peace plan and Israel on Wednesday.The move came a day before Trump’s Special Adviser Jared Kushner was expected to present the plan to the Security Council and less than a week before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to … Read More

Eden Alene, of Ethiopian descent, will represent Israel at Eurovision

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Eden Alene became the first Israeli of Ethiopian descent chosen to represent Israel at Eurovision when she won The Next Star for Eurovision 2020 competition Tuesday night. “I’m so happy and incredibly emotional, I wanted this so much,” she said in an interview with Channel 12’s Nadav Bornstein following her victory. “It is a great … Read More

Iran’s US victims need more than just applause

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Last night, as President Trump’s guest in the House gallery, I had the singular honor of representing more than a thousand families of fallen and wounded service members for a portion of the State of the Union that briefly bridged our deep political divide. I watched Republicans and Democrats recognize the sacrifice of the many … Read More

Iran to execute Amir Rahimpour, convicted of spying for the CIA

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Iran’s top court has confirmed a death sentence for a man convicted of spying for the CIA and trying to pass on information about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Amir Rahimpour would be executed soon. “Amir Rahimpour, who was a CIA spy and got big pay and tried to present … Read More

Netanyahu meets Sudan’s leader, countries to move toward normalization

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Israel and Sudan will work to upgrade their diplomatic relations, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Uganda on Monday. The prime minister and Sudan’s leader, Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, met on Monday for two hours in Entebbe, Uganda, at the invitation of Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The … Read More

Israel’s flag flies on the International Space Station

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Israeli flag is now a fixture on the International Space Station (ISS) thanks to a new anti-radiation suit developed in Israel that finally touched down on the ISS last week along with its wearer, American astronaut Jessica Meir, whose father is Israeli. The suit, which was developed by the American-Israeli company StemRad in collaboration … Read More

Israeli counter-drone company to provide system to FBI and US military

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

D-Fend Solutions, an Israeli counter-drone solution provider, has been selected by the United States’ Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to provide the EnforceAir c-UAS system as the core Radio Frequency system to be integrated into a counter-drone system.EnforceAir c-UAS is an advanced autonomous system that automatically and passively detects, locates and identifies rogue drones as well … Read More

Senior commander in Iran’s Quds Force reported killed in Aleppo battle

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A top commander in Iran’s Quds Force who was close to its slain leader, Qassem Soleimani, has died in battle in Syria, according to multiple reports in Iranian and Arab media. Asghar Pashapour, a senior member of the Revolutionary Guards’ extraterritorial force, was killed Sunday in battle with Syrian opposition forces in Aleppo, the reports … Read More

IDF reinforces Iron Dome batteries in the South

Monday, February 3, 2020

The IDF will reinforce Iron Dome batteries in Israel’s southern region over concerns that terror groups in the Gaza Strip will continue to launch rockets.According to Walla News, the defense establishment is concerned that under pressure from Iran, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) will exploit the situation in the Gaza Strip and continue to fire rockets … Read More

Revealed: In First Temple era, another massive temple was in use near Jerusalem

Monday, February 3, 2020

Solomon’s Temple on the Jerusalem Temple Mount was likely not the only site of centralized worship in the Holy Land region of Judah, according to research newly published in the Biblical Archaeology Review by a team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. A massive Iron Age II temple complex, which … Read More

Iran’s Quds Force to work with Hamas, Islamic Jihad against Trump deal

Monday, February 3, 2020

The new leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Forces phoned Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s Ziad Nakhaleh to stress Iran’s support for opposition to the American “Deal of the Century” plan. The plan was announced on January 28 and Iran’s Quds Force commander Esmail Ghaani is now moving to bolster … Read More

Arab League foreign ministers reject Trump peace plan

Monday, February 3, 2020

The foreign ministers of the member states of the Arab League unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday rejecting the Trump Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and said that “it does not satisfy the minimum of the rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people.” Why it matters: The Trump administration was counting on a coalition of Arab countries … Read More

8-million-strong Christians United for Israel produce cutting-edge documentary — ‘Never Again?’

Thursday, January 30, 2020

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — From Pittsburgh to Poway anti-Semitism is increasing in both prevalence and violence in the U.S. and around the world. But the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization – Christians United for Israel – is fighting back and has produced NEVER AGAIN?, a cutting-edge, feature-length documentary to expose and combat increasing violence and bigotry. … Read More

CUFI 2020 Leadership Summit to Feature Ambassador Ron Dermer

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 10, 2020 SAN ANTONIO – Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, announced today that remarks from select speakers at its annual Leadership Summit on Tuesday will be live-streamed on the CUFI Facebook page. Remarks from the following speakers will be available (all times Eastern Standard Time): Tuesday, 10:55am: Lt. Colonel … Read More