Current Issues

At CUFI, we are focused on several key issues with the goal of defending Israel’s strength, security, and sovereignty.

IDF indicates Iran scaling back terror activity in light of coronavirus

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Israel Defense Forces indicated Monday its primary foe in the region, Iran, was curbing its activities as it grapples with a major outbreak of the coronavirus. IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman told reporters that the military noted a decrease in the amount of activity in the region by Israel’s enemies, without specifically naming Iran. “There … Read More

Two US troops killed in rocket attack on base near Baghdad

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Two US troops and a British national were killed in a rocket attack on Iraq’s Taji military camp north of Baghdad on Wednesday. Unidentified aircraft carried out airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria soon after the attack, killing at least 18 Iraqi nationals. A US official told AFP that one US soldier, one US … Read More

Israel uses anti-terror conference in Morocco to rally world against Iran

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Israel used its participation in an international anti-terrorism conference in Morocco last week, which was dedicated mainly to the re-emerging threat from al-Qaeda, to call for stronger action against Iran. Upon returning to Israel from the two-day conference in Marrakech, Dana Benvenisti-Gabay, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s regional security and counter-terrorism department, said she … Read More

After Soleimani, Iran sends Shamkhani to Iraq to take control

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Iran sent Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, to Iraq in order to try to control Iraq’s political future, according to reports and insider accounts. Shamkhani is a key figure in Iran. Even as Iran struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic which has led to more than 7,000 infections … Read More

NYC woman indicted for hate crime after attacking Israeli student on subway

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

“She was yelling at him, shouting at him, ‘Allahu Akbar’… ‘Allah will kill you,’ the victim told Fox News New York City prosecutors have formally indicted a woman suspected of assaulting an Israeli college student after verbally abusing her on the subway. Footage of the incident, filmed in late December, shows 38-year-old Zarinah Ali using … Read More

Netanyahu: All those traveling to Israel ordered to 14-day quarantine

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Netanyahu added that the move was essential to protect public safety, and will be upheld for two weeks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that all travelers entering Israel will be required to enter into a 14-day quarantine amid concerns over the novel coronavirus. “After a day of complex discussions, we have made a … Read More

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Poway synagogue shooter

Friday, March 6, 2020

SAN DIEGO, California — Prosecutors in California plan to seek the death penalty against a former college student accused of carrying out a 2019 attack on a San Diego-area synagogue that left one woman dead and three others wounded. The San Diego County prosecutors said during a court hearing Thursday that they will ask for … Read More

Damascus says Israeli airstrikes target bases near Homs, southern Syria

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Damascus said early Thursday that Israel was carrying out airstrikes in central and southern Syria and that its air defenses had engaged the missiles. The state-run SANA news agency said “our air defense confronted an Israeli missile attack in the southwest of Quneitra province” in the south and also an area in the center of … Read More

Saudi-led coalition says attack foiled against oil tankers off Yemen coast

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it had foiled an attack on an oil tanker off Yemen’s coast on the Arabian Sea, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.The tanker was sailing 90 nautical miles south of Yemen‘s Nishtun port towards the Gulf of Aden when it was targeted by four boats, … Read More

US State Department Approves Possible $2.4 US State Department Approves Possible $2.4 Billion Sale of 8 KC-46 Jets to IsraelBillion Sale of 8 KC-46 Jets to Israel

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The US State Department has approved a possible $2.4 billion sale of eight KC-46 refueling tanker jets to Israel, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday in an official notification to Congress. The potential deal is for up to eight of the jets made by Boeing, as well as spare equipment and radios. The … Read More

FDA Clears Israeli-Developed Standing Robotic Wheelchair UPnRIDE For US Distribution

Friday, February 28, 2020

UPnRIDE Robotics announced on Thursday that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its Robotic Standing Wheelchair for marketing and use across the United States. The UPnRIDE will become available to wheelchair users and the elderly in the US, the Israeli company said. The FDA gave UPnRIDE initial clearance in September. The device … Read More

Austrian Parliament condemns BDS movement as antisemitic

Friday, February 28, 2020

Austria’s national parliament unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign as antisemitic, and urging that the anti-Israel movement not be supported. “BDS, which has also increasingly appeared in Austria in recent years, makes use of this antisemitic pattern,” stated the resolution. The antisemitic pattern refers to one of the … Read More

Israeli scientists: ‘In three weeks, we will have coronavirus vaccine’

Thursday, February 27, 2020

  A team of Israeli scientists are on the cusp of developing the first vaccine against coronavirus, according to Israel’s Minister of Science and Technology, Ofir Akunis. If all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within three weeks and available in 90 days.“Congratulations to MIGAL [The Galilee Research Institute] on this exciting breakthrough. … Read More

Israel Becomes a ‘Living Lab’ for Technologies to Treat Coronavirus

Thursday, February 27, 2020

AT A medical center outside of Tel Aviv, 11 Israelis remain quarantined after disembarking last week from the Diamond Princess luxury cruise ship in Japan, where hundreds of passengers became sick with coronavirus. But even after two of these quarantined Israelis have tested positive for the new virus, medical staff have hardly touched the group. … Read More

Far-right extremists killed at least 38 in US in 2019, ADL says

Thursday, February 27, 2020

White supremacists and other far-right extremists killed at least 38 people in the US in 2019, the sixth deadliest year for violence by all domestic extremists since 1970, according to a report issued Wednesday by a group that fights anti-Semitism. The Anti-Defamation League counted a total of 42 domestic extremism-related slayings last year. The gunman … Read More

1 killed in Israeli drone strike near Quneitra — Syrian state TV

Thursday, February 27, 2020

A man was killed in an Israeli drone strike in southern Syria’s Quneitra province, near the border with Israel, state media reported Thursday. “A civilian was martyred when his car was targeted by a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy south of the town of Hader,” the SANA news agency reported. The report did not … Read More

Israeli jets down drone launched from Gaza

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Israeli fighter jets downed a drone launched from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the army said. The drone was flying “in an unusual way” westward over the Mediterranean, the army said, without specifying whether it was outfitted with explosives or dangerous materials. The UAV was flying at 1,700 feet, five to eight miles off the … Read More

US sanctions Lebanese individuals, companies with alleged ties to Hezbollah

Thursday, February 27, 2020

(February 27, 2020 / JNS) Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman declared on Wednesday that following Israel’s March 2 election, the next government will be formed without Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Speaking at the Maariv business conference in Herzliya, Lieberman discussed the political impasse that has led to Israel’s third general election in less than … Read More

Israeli Embassy Rips ‘Vile’ Spanish Parade Show for ‘Banalizing’ Holocaust

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Israeli Embassy in Spain condemned on Tuesday a display at a recent parade in the town of Campo de Criptana for “banalizing the Holocaust.” For the performance, some members of the Asociacion Cultural El Chaparral de Las Mesas’ carnival troupe portrayed marching Nazi soldiers, while others dressed up as Jewish concentration camp inmates, who … Read More

Dozens of new immigrants arrive in Israel from Ethiopia

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

JERUSALEM  — More than 40 new immigrants arrived in Israel on Tuesday from Ethiopia, less than a week before national elections. The new immigrants are from nine families and are being reunited with relatives who live in Israel. They are part of the Falash Mura community, which claim links to descendants of Jews who converted … Read More

1 in 5 Europeans says secret Jewish cabal runs the world, survey finds

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

PARIS – A secret network of Jews influences global political and economic affairs. That’s the feeling among a fifth of the 16,000 respondents to a survey among Europeans from 16 countries. The same number also agreed with the statement that “Jews exploit Holocaust victimhood for their own needs.” The survey was presented Monday at a … Read More

Brooklyn College Athletes Draw Ire For Kneeling During Israel’s National Anthem

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Student athletes at Brooklyn College are facing criticism after kneeling during the singing of Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, before a volleyball match against Jewish students of Yeshiva University. At a men’s volleyball competition that took place during the weekend, two players from Brooklyn College can be seen on video taking a knee as Hatikvah plays. The … Read More

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dies at 91

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91 in a Cairo hospital, his family said. Mubarak rose to power after Islamic extremists assassinated his predecessor Anwar Sadat and then steered the nation through the turmoil that buffeted the Middle East with wars, terrorism and religious extremism. Mubarak, who served as president … Read More

Lost 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible found on dusty Cairo synagogue shelf

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In July 2017, Israeli historian Yoram Meital stumbled upon a handwritten 1028 CE biblical codex that was lying abandoned on a dusty shelf in a Cairo synagogue. Wrapped in simple white paper of the sort one finds on tables in cheap eateries, at 616 pages, the Zechariah Ben ‘Anan Manuscript is one of the era’s … Read More

Roads reopen, trains restart as shaky truce takes hold on Gaza border

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Roads reopened and train service resumed in southern Israel on Tuesday morning as a ceasefire appeared to hold between the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel, following two days of intense fighting around the Gaza Strip. However, schools remained closed out of concerns that rocket fire could resume. Over the course of Sunday and Monday, terrorists … Read More

Netanyahu threatens war as sirens continue to wail in southern Israel

Monday, February 24, 2020

The IDF struck multiple targets belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) on Monday after over 15 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel in the second day of violence with the Iranian-backed terror group.The rockets fired on Monday reached the area of Netivot for the first time since the PIJ began … Read More

Over a dozen Gaza rockets fired at south as violence erupts after morning lull

Monday, February 24, 2020

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired at least 14 rockets at southern Israel on Monday afternoon, with 12 of them being intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, shattering a tense calm following an intense battle between Israel and terror groups in Gaza and Syria the night before, the military said. One rocket … Read More

Iran recruits Syrian children and changes their faith

Monday, February 24, 2020

Following in the footsteps of the “Cubs of the Caliphate” and other sectarian schools, Iran is seeking to recruit Syrian children and teenagers, and influence their religious beliefs in order to foster a culture of loyalty to the regime of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Through the creation of Shia missionary schools, the country seeks … Read More

IDF closes roads, train line near Gaza amid fears of fresh fighting

Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday, following a large exchange of fire between Israel and terror groups in the Strip, amid concerns of renewed violence. The closures followed a day of intense violence between the groups, including dozens of rockets fired at the south and Israeli retaliatory strikes against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group’s bases in both Gaza and … Read More

Iran, Hezbollah stir chaos in Syria’s southwest

Friday, February 21, 2020

Iran, Hezbollah stir chaos in Syria’s southwest Behind Enemy Lines: Iran, Hezbollah and ongoing, armed resistance to Syria’s regime merge to create constant chaos The global spotlight has currently returned to Syria because of the Assad regime’s current bloody offensive in Idlib, Aleppo and Latakia provinces. The regime is trying to reduce the last enclave … Read More

Bringing latest laser tech, Israeli surgeons help young burn victims in Haiti

Friday, February 21, 2020

A team of burn and plastic surgery specialists from Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel, traveled to Haiti in January, where they delivered and operated the country’s first medical laser. The laser, donated by the New Jersey-based nonprofit Burn Advocates Network, is primarily used to treat pediatric patients suffering from catastrophic burns, a major … Read More

US monitoring Iranian missile threats across Middle East with Saudi Arabia

Friday, February 21, 2020

Along with Saudi Arabia, the United States is “aggressively monitoring Iranian missile threats across the Middle East,” reported The Washington Free Beacon on Thursday, citing U.S. military officials who briefed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit that day to the nation’s Prince Sultan Air Base. The air base took in more than … Read More

Palestinian woman tries to stab passers-by in suspected Jerusalem terror attack

Friday, February 21, 2020

A woman attempted to stab passers-by at a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Friday in a suspected terror attack, police and an ambulance service said. The woman, reported to be a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, tried to stab people at the Armon Hanatziv promenade several times with a knife, United Hatzalah said in a statement. … Read More

IDF’s pioneering all-women tank crews to provide protection of Israel’s south

Thursday, February 20, 2020

he all-female tank crews that the Israel Defense Forces will create this coming year will have the mission of defending the Egyptian and Jordanian border against intrusion by terror squads. The creation of the border-defense tank units announced last month also seems to reflect the IDF’s need to allocate additional numbers of male tank personnel … Read More

Ancient Biblical era temple discovered in Israel

Thursday, February 20, 2020

An international team of archaeologists has uncovered an ancient Biblical era temple in Israel. The ruins of the Canaanite temple were discovered within a large Bronze Age settlement in what is now National Park Tel Lachish. The temple, which dates back to the 12th century B.C., was once part of the ancient Canaanite city of … Read More

Does Iran’s regime plan to destroy the tomb of Esther and Mordechai?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom condemned the Iranian regime on Wednesday for its reported threats to raze the tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan. “USCIRF is troubled by reported threats to the tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan, Iran, and emphasizes the Iranian government’s responsibility to protect religious sites,” tweeted … Read More

Large swastika painted on Jewish-owned business in New Jersey

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A large blue swastika and the words “white power” were spray-painted on a Jewish-owned business in Jackson, New Jersey. The business, which police declined to name, is owned by a Jewish family that lives in nearby Lakewood, the Lakewood Scoop reported. Lakewood, in the southern part of the state, has a large ultra-Orthodox population. The … Read More

Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A small instrument inside the drones that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry and those in the arsenal of Yemen’s Houthi rebels match components recovered in downed Iranian drones in Afghanistan and Iraq, two reports say. These gyroscopes have only been found inside drones manufactured by Iran, Conflict … Read More

IDF: Islamic Jihad snipers fire at troops on Gaza border; none injured

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A sniper team from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group opened fire on a group of Israeli soldiers and police officers along the southern Gaza border on Wednesday, causing no injuries, the Israel Defense Forces said. The Israeli troops — both IDF soldiers and officers from the police’s counter-terrorism unit — responded with artillery fire … Read More

Ex-NSC chief Amidror: IDF will have to destroy Hezbollah ‘beast’

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The IDF will eventually need to destroy Hezbollah, former national security council chief Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror said on Wednesday. At the same time, he vehemently rejected a suggestion from an audience member that the IDF carry out a targeted killing of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Speaking at a panel before the Conference of Presidents … Read More

Airstrikes destroy IRGC Quds Force HQ, warehouse at Damascus airport

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

mageSat International (ISI) reported on Monday evening that heavy damage was inflicted upon Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sites at Damascus International Airport on February 13. Airstrikes appear to have hit warehouses, a shelter, headquarters and infrastructure. The airstrikes were reported in regional media, such as Turkey’s Anadolu. Reports indicated that seven people were killed, … Read More

Balloon carrying RPG warhead flown into Israel from Gaza – reports

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What appeared to be the warhead from a rocket-propelled grenade attached to an inflated bag was found in southern Israel on Tuesday, apparently flown across the border from the Gaza Strip. The warhead was found outside the community of Alumim and was attached to what appeared to be a large plastic bag filled with helium. … Read More

Iran’s Ayatollah claims ‘wealthy Zionists’ control America

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei claimed that “wealthy Zionists” control America in a tweet on Tuesday. He said that America has reached the “peak of  arrogance” and that it is also controlled by “corporate owners” which makes it a “manifestation of oppression, abhorred by the world.”The attack in Zionists is the Iranian regimes usual rhetoric … Read More

Defense minister: Israel sees Iran rethinking its strategy in Syria

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday said Israel was beginning to see signs of Iran reconsidering its efforts to establish a permanent military presence in Syria. “I can tell you that we are seeing the initial indications of Iran weakening and considering a new tack in Syria,” Bennett said, speaking at the New-Tech 2020 military … Read More

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran’s national security, the judiciary said Tuesday. According to the judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, an … Read More

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

Netanyahu reveals Hezbollah arms depot in Beirut, warns of second deadly blast

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

09/29/2020 Israeli PM says willing to negotiate with the Palestinians ‘on the basis of the Trump plan’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled Tuesday night photographs showing secret Hezbollah arms depots adjacent to civilian residences and a gas station, urging the Lebanese population to “tear these depots down.” In a speech addressing the 75th UN … Read More

In Zoom meeting with local Jews, UAE minister hails ‘wisdom of Shabbat’

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

09/29/2020 Adressing the local Jewish community, a senior United Arab Emirates official on Friday hailed the “wisdom of Shabbat” and said she recognized many similarities between Judaism and Islam. In her 10-minute speech, sprinkled with Hebrew words, to the community’s weekly virtual pre-Shabbat meeting, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs Shamma Al Mazrui praised … Read More

United Arab Emirates to launch spacecraft to moon in 2024

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

09/29/2020 A top official in the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday his country plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024. The announcement by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the ruler of Dubai, comes after the launch of a Mars probe earlier this year by the UAE, an oil-rich … Read More

Fire bomb hits Iranian court where wrestler was sentenced to death

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

09/29/2020 In apparent retaliation for the execution of the reportedly innocent Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari, assailants on Sunday fire bombed the entrance of the revolutionary court in the city of Shiraz that sentenced him to death. Video footage of the reported explosion was posted on social media on Sunday. The Iranian regime-controlled news outlet … Read More

US warns Iraq of Baghdad embassy closure if attacks continue

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

09/29/2020 The Trump administration has warned Iraq that it will close its embassy in Baghdad if the government does not take swift and decisive action to end persistent rocket and other attacks by Iranian-backed militias and rogue armed elements on American and allied interests in the country, US, Iraqi and other officials said Monday. As … Read More

Iran-trained terrorists captured in Saudi Arabia, raid results in seizure of weapons, explosives

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

09/28/2020 Three of 10 operatives trained by IRGC in explosives-making, Saudi officials say Saudi Arabia arrested an alleged terrorist cell of 10 people, the Saudi Presidency of State Security said in a statement Monday. Three of them reportedly have ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), after receiving training with producing explosives in October … Read More

UAE minister: Iran’s aggression made Arab world look at Israel ‘with fresh eyes’

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

09/26/2020 The United Arab Emirates didn’t need peace with Israel to counter Iran, a top UAE official said Friday, but he said Iran’s aggressive policies over three decades alarmed many Arab countries and made them look at their relationship with Israel “with fresh eyes.” Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, acknowledged … Read More

Defying Macron, Hezbollah says it will continue to fight Israel

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

09/29/20 Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group on Monday rejected criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday after he panned its political machinations. And it vowed to remain committed to fighting Israel, as the country is paralyzed by its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. Macron on Sunday accused Lebanon’s political leaders of “collective betrayal” … Read More

German police threaten Israeli with crime for show of Israeli flag

Monday, September 28, 2020

09/27/2020 The police in the German city of Frankfurt launched a criminal investigation against the young Israeli musician Ana Agre for her display of an Israeli flag at an anti-Jewish state demonstration organized by a pro-BDS group that supports convicted Palestinian terrorists. The prominent Israeli author Chaim Noll on Friday first reported on the popular … Read More

Ex-US intel. head urges Olympics to ban Iran for murder of wrestler

Monday, September 28, 2020

09/27/2020 The former US acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban the Islamic Republic of Iran from sports competitions after the regime murdered the reportedly innocent champion wrestler Navid Afkari. “For engagement to work, there also needs to be moments where you say, ‘This has crossed … Read More