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Netanyahu Pledges to Annex West Bank Settlements

IDF forces in the south were on high alert Wednesday morning following an overnight barrage of rockets from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip which disrupted a political campaign event by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and prompted 15 retaliatory strikes by IDF aircraft. Netanyahu was just beginning a speech at a campaign event in Ashdod when the siren began, alerting residents to an incoming rocket. He was rushed from the stage by security personnel, leaving journalists to wonder if his speech would have built on an announcement earlier in the day about a pledge he made to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected later this month.

The event in Ashdod came hours after a speech Netanyahu gave at Ramat Gan’s Kfar Maccabiah Hotel, where he told supporters that the “Deal of Century” would likely be rolled out by the Trump Administration in the US shortly after the elections on 17 September and that he was prepared to annex all Israeli settlement communities in the West Bank shortly thereafter.

“I will not do anything without getting a clear mandate from the public, and so the citizens of Israel, I ask you for a clear mandate to do this,” Netanyahu said. “There is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something with broad consensus and bring safe permanent borders to the State of Israel. This will ensure that Judea and Samaria do not become Gaza, and that Kfar Saba, Netanya and Tel Aviv will not become like communities along the border of Gaza. Over the past few months I led a diplomatic effort, and over the past few days the diplomatic conditions have become ready.”

Reactions to the speech were swift, including from the Trump Administration which was briefed on the speech before Netanyahu made it, according to Israeli officials.

“There is no change in the United States policy at this time,” the White House said in a statement responding to the speech. “We will release our vision for peace after the Israeli election, and work to determine the best path forward to bring long-sought security, opportunity and stability to the region.”

“Netanyahu is the chief destroyer of the peace process, and any foolish move he makes will leave negative consequences on him locally and internationally,” said PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh. “Palestine is not part of Netanyahu’s election campaign, and if he believes that annexing settlement blocs will bring him more votes in the short term, then he and Israel will be the losers in the long term.” Other Palestinians Authority officials issued similar statements while the Hamas terror militia which rules the Gaza Strip, along with other terror groups, angrily condemned the speech.

The Yesha Council, an umbrella organization of Jewish settlement municipal councils in the West Bank, issued a statement warmly praising and welcoming the speech and it’s” historic position, which places the settlements as integral parts of the State of Israel.” However, some of Netanyahu’s political rivals on the Right pointed out that a promise made during a political campaign would not always be kept after an election.

Elsewhere, Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General’s office, issued a statement regarding the speech, saying that “The Secretary General position has always been clear and consistent: unilateral actions are not helpful in the peace process. Our position today is unchanged and is reflected in relevant UN resolutions. Any Israeli decision to impose its law jurisdiction and legislation in the occupied West Bank is without any international legal effect.” Dujarric added that the prospect of the annexation “would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations, regional peace and the very essence of a two-state solution.”

Criticism also came from the Arab League, which issued a formulaic statement following a meeting in Cairo that it "considers (the speech) a dangerous development and a new Israeli aggression by declaring the intention to violate the international law…the league regards these statements as undermining the chances of any progress in the peace process and will torpedo all its foundations."

Pompeo Calls Out Iran Over Nuclear Violations
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tweeted on Tuesday that Iran’s refusal to answer questions from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about traces of uranium it found at a site the clerical regime in Teheran said was in no way related to its renegade nuclear program "raises questions about possible undeclared nuclear material or activities." Adding that this fit a longstanding pattern of deceit from the regime he further Tweeted that "The world won't fall for it. We will deny the regime all paths to a nuclear weapon."

However, Pompeo added in remarks to the press shortly thereafter that President Donald Trump is open to meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, keeping line with the softer tone towards Iran from the Administration in recent days.

In related news, the NGO “Human Rights Watch” issued a statement on Tuesday harshly critical of Iran. "Again and again, Iranian revolutionary court judges have been ensuring that anyone who dares challenge the authorities will pay a draconian price," Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at HRW, said. "When activists who raise issues that concern many Iranians are crushed with such harsh sentences, the judiciary's promise of combating wrongdoing becomes a mockery of justice."

Here is a video giving some analysis of the standoff with Iran



Hebrew University to Establish a New Branch in China
In yet another defeat for efforts to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, officials of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem signed a memorandum of understanding with officials from the city of Guangzhou, China to establish a new brain science innovation center there. "The Hebrew University and the government of Guangzhou understand the importance of investing in science and technology for the benefit of neuroscience," said Prof. Hagai Bergman of Hebrew University. "The purpose of the collaboration is to create high-level clinical research centers in the field of neuromodulation, together with industry leaders such as Alpha Omega and and local hospitals in Guangzhou and Jerusalem, in order to improve neuromodulation therapy for a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders."

Israel Blesses the World
Dr. Yonatan Stelzer , a member of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Molecular Cell Biology Department recently published an article in the medical journal Molecular Cell, explaining his research into the behavior of the building blocks of the cells which form the human body, starting at inception. The research holds great promise for treating a variety of congenital health conditions including cancer.

Today’s video shows an opportunity to study in English at Tel Aviv University

Netanyahu Unveils More Intel on Iranian Nuclear Threat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed intelligence during a press conference Monday evening indicating that Iran’s renegade nuclear program included a “nuclear weapons development site” at Abadeh, south of the major Iranian city of Isfahan. Addressing his words “to the tyrants of Tehran” he declared that “Israel knows what you are doing, Israel knows when you are doing it, Israel knows where you are doing it. We will continue to expose your lies. What you see is a consistent pattern of Iranian lies, deception and violations.”

Turning to the international community he urged world leaders to “wake up” and “realize that Iran is systematically lying…join President Trump's sanctions to exert more pressure on Iran. The only way to stop Iran's march to the bomb and its aggression in the region is pressure, pressure and more pressure.”

The press briefing came just hours after International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) acting Director-General Cornel Feruta, who recently visited Teheran, gave a report to the IAEA Board in Vienna. During his report, he said, among other things, that he had made clear to Iranian officials "the importance of full and timely cooperation by Iran" and the need for Iran to "respond promptly to Agency questions related to the completeness of Iran’s safeguards declarations."

He was referring to a refusal by Iranian officials to answer questions about traces of Uranium IAEA inspectors discovered at a site the clerical regime in Teheran said was not a nuclear facility but rather and carpet cleaning factory.

Here are some videos about the threat posed by Iran



Iran Blames Europe for Fraying JCPOA Deal

Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, hosted Cornel Feruta, the acting head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a one-day visit to Tehran Sunday, taking the opportunity to tell journalists that the failure of European powers to find ways for Iran to circumvents sanctions imposed by the US had left his country with no choice but to increase the severity of its violations of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. Also on Sunday, details were leaked of a recent IAEA inspection at  Turquz Abad, a site Israel had previously said was being used as clandestine part of Iran’s renegade nuclear program. The leaked reports said that the IAEA had in fact found evidence that undeclared nuclear work had been conducted by the Islamic Republic at the site in violation of past commitments Iran has made. Iran has refused to answer questions by the IAEA about the origins of the radioactive particles found at the site, but a statement by the Agency on Sunday following a meeting between Feruta and Iranian officials merely said that he "stressed that these interactions (on its nuclear commitments) require full and timely cooperation by Iran." A recent IAEA report on Iran noted that its cooperation with the Agency had been unsatisfactory for some time.

"IAEA Acting Director General going to Iran just as IAEA informs its Board that #Iran may be concealing nuclear material and/or activities," US National Security Adviser John Bolton Tweeted on Saturday. "We join with other @iaeaorg Board member states eager to get a full report as soon as possible."

Here is a video about the situation regarding Iran



In related news, the Iranian oil tanker released from Gibraltar last month because of a promise from authorities in Teheran not to violate UN sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria has in fact unloaded its cargo in Syria, according to intelligence reports leaked to the media. "The Adrian Darya oil tanker finally docked on the Mediterranean coast...and unloaded its cargo," said a laconic statement by Iran’s state news agency, which quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi as saying on Sunday.

Rockets Fired at Israel from Syria

The IDF announced Monday morning that it had tracked rockets fired towards Israel from the outskirts of Damascus by a Shi’ite militia backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The rockets all landed inside Syrian territory, but the IDF cautioned that they would continue to monitor the situation for further developments. The attempted attack on Israel came hours after reported airstrikes on a base near the Syrian city of Al-Bukamal used by a IRGC-supported Shi’ite groups which resulted in extensive damage and at least 18 casualties.

In related news, the IDF issued a statement Monday morning that one of its surveillance drones had crashed in Lebanon, denying claims by the Iranian-backed Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah that it had been shot down. The incident occurred against the backdrop of a large-scale field exercise initiated by the IDF in the northern region on Sunday evening. The drills, dubbed “Keystone” are an annual event and an IDF statement said “As part of the exercise, different scenarios will be practiced focusing on collaborations, multi-system planning and emergency operations.”

Here is a video giving some analysis of recent tensions between Israel and Iran



IDF on Alert Following Violent Weekend in the South
Following unusually violent demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border Friday which saw two rioters killed and dozens wounded, an attempt to attack an IDF vehicle parked in Israeli territory with an improvised explosive device dropped on it from a small, commercially available drone led to IDF air strikes on terror infrastructure in the Strip Saturday evening. Five rockets were also fired at Israeli territory from inside the Strip over the weekend, with the IDF retaliating for them by hitting Hamas positions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement on Saturday night, saying that “Hamas is responsible for all aggression emanating from the Gaza Strip. Any attempt to harm our citizens and our soldiers will be met with a forceful response.”

“The demonstrations (on Friday evening) were of an especially violent nature, which included a large amount of IEDs, grenades and Molotov cocktails being thrown towards IDF forces along the fence,” read a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “There is noticeable damage to the border fence in several locations, and there has been a rising number of attempts to approach the border fence.”

Israel Signs Natural Gas Delivery Deal
In the latest defeat for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Israeli fuel transit company Europe Asia Pipeline Co. (EAPC) and East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG) signed a deal over the weekend which will enable Israeli Natural Gas shipments to Egypt’s liquification terminal at El-Arish. The agreement paves the way for Israel to increase lucrative energy exports as well as adding a strong economic incentive to bi-lateral relations with Cairo.

Anti-Semitic Violence Increasing in Europe and America
Israeli leaders expressed alarm over the weekend following a series of incidents involving anti-Semitic violence in Europe and the US. In Warsaw, Poland, a group of Israeli students participating in a semester abroad program were violently assaulted by a group of men the victims said identified themselves as being from the Arab country of Qatar, before shouting abuse at the Israeli students and finally attacking them, with two victims requiring hospitalization. On Sunday, a group of BDS activists physically attacked visitors at the Israeli Seret International film festival on Sunday in Berlin. The attacks in Europe also came on a weekend when reports came in of incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti at public venues in several US cities.

Today's video shows the recent visit to London by Israeli PM Netanyahu

Friday Feature-Yair Netanyahu Challenges German Government on Funding Anti-Israel NGOs

On 11 May 2019, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in comments referencing the 70th anniversary of Israel’s admission to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council: “We would like to reiterate once again today that Germany stands, also in the UN, shoulder to shoulder with Israel, whose security and right to exist must never be called into question by anyone anywhere.” Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, promptly responded on Twitter: “It will be nice if you stop interfering in our internal business and stop funding hundreds of radical left wing NGOs in Israel that seek its destruction. Use the hundreds of millions of € you use for this to fund hospitals, schools and churches in Germany!”

German officials were upset by the criticism of their foreign minister. But Bild, the largest circulation newspaper in Germany and all of Europe, then reported that Yair Netanyahu was correct and presented an expose on some of the organizations that Germany is officially or indirectly funding which are seeking to undermine and delegitimize the State of Israel.

Since then, mainstream German media have continued to follow up with investigative reports on the German government’s extensive funding of leftist groups advocating against Israel. This includes groups which seek to undermine the morale of the Israeli army and call for the prosecution of IDF soldiers abroad, which challenge the status of Israel as a Jewish state, and which are sponsoring social and political protests in Israel, among other dubious activities.

In light of these reports, which have raised growing public concerns in Germany, the German branch of the ICEJ invited Yair Netanyahu to address these issues at its annual national conference in Stuttgart on 17 August 2019.

In his well-received speech to a gathering of over 1,000 German Christians, along with Jewish community leaders and Israeli officials, Yair Netanyahu provided more background on the German government’s funding of radical leftist NGOs in Israel and the Palestinian territories. He asserted that Germany does not provide similar funding to NGOs in any other democratic country except for Israel. He also noted persistent reports of German support of Iran over recent years. In other remarks, Yair Netanyahu gave a review of modern Israel’s rebirth, and spoke of Israel’s favorable treatment of its Christian community in contrast to the plight of Middle East Christians in neighboring Arab countries.

Here is the video of the portion of Yair Netanyahu’s speech dealing with the German government’s funding of radical, leftist NGOs undermining Israel and its status as a Jewish/democratic state. 

Iran to Top Netanyahu’s Agenda in London

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed reporters as he prepared to board a flight to London Thursday morning, saying among other things that “This morning we were informed of another violation, more defiance, by Iran, this time in its striving to attain nuclear weapons. This joins Iran’s aggressive acts against international shipping and against countries in the region, as well as its efforts to carry out murderous attacks against the State of Israel, efforts that have not ceased. This is not the time to hold talks with Iran; this is the time to increase the pressure on Iran. I will discuss all of these issue, and others, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during my snap visit to London.”

Netanyahu was referring to an announcement by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that they will soon take actions which they unapologetically declare will be serious violations of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal owing to the failure of a French initiative which would have allowed Iran to bypass some of the economic sanctions imposed on it by the US. The Iranian officials furthermore set a deadline of November for their next violation if their demands are not met.

"From Friday, we will witness research and development on different kinds of centrifuges and new centrifuges and also whatever is needed for enriching uranium in an accelerated way," Rouhani said. "All limitations on our Research and Development will be lifted on Friday... Europe will have another two months to fulfill its commitments."

However, on Wednesday the US Treasury Department moved to sanction an international shipping network which it accused of facilitating the smuggling of Iranian oil.

“Iran continues to take provocative actions to destabilize the region and the world. [The] Treasury’s action against this sprawling petroleum network makes it explicitly clear that those purchasing Iranian oil are directly supporting Iran’s militant and terrorist arm, the IRGC-Quds Force,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “Our actions over the last two weeks should serve as a strong warning to anyone considering facilitating the Quds Force’s oil sales that there will be swift consequences.”

"We did sanctions today,” Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, told reporters in response to French efforts to find ways for Iran to work around the sanctions. “There will be more sanctions coming. We can't make it any clearer that we are committed to this campaign of maximum pressure and we are not looking to grant any exceptions or waivers.” Speaking about the threat for Israel, Hook said that “the IRGC and Quds Force that we sanctioned today is leveraging its foothold in Syria to threaten Israel and its neighbors. And so, Israel has an inherent right of self-defense to take action to prevent imminent attacks against their assets in the region and also to protect their own people. ”

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he remains open to the possibility of meeting with Rouhani but has no intention of easing sanctions without a sharp change in Iranian behavior.

Archeology Gives New Clues to Biblical Narratives
Archeologists working under the leadership of Dr. Aren Aieir of Bar-Ilan University have uncovered  new layer of ancient Gath, the Philistine city famous for being the hometown of Goliath. The new level reveals that the ancient city was much larger and more sophisticated at an earlier stage of history than previously thought. Another team of archeologists working at the site of the Byzantine-Era “Burnt Church” in Hippos, near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, recently uncovered a previously unknown floor mosaic with colorful scenes evocative of the New Testament.

Here is a video about Archeology in Israel



Lebanese Leader Says Hezbollah Not Just His Problem
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told CNBC in an interview broadcast this week that “Hezbollah is not a Lebanese problem — only — it is a regional problem. Israel wants to have ... this scenario that Lebanon is responsible, with what Netanyahu says, and if you want to buy it, buy it. But he knows and the international community knows that this is not true." However, he admitted that "I am a pragmatic person, and I know my limits, and I know the limits of this region. If people were serious about this issue, they would have done things 10, 15, 20, 30 years" ago.
 
Netanyahu Campaigns in Hebron
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Hebron on Wednesday, partially in an attempt to shore up his support among Right-leaning voters in upcoming elections. “Hebron will not be devoid of Jews. It will not be ‘judenrein,’” Netanyahu said, falling short of expectations some residents had had that he would announce plans to annex the Jewish neighborhoods of the city. “We hold the Israeli government responsible for the dangerous escalation which aims at dragging the area into a religious war that no one can bear its consequences,” spokesman for the Palestinian Authority Presidency Nabil Abu Rudeineh told the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Today's video is about the upcoming Desert Marathon in Eilat

Iran and Hezbollah Digging in On Israel's North

Reports emerged on Tuesday that Iran has begun construction of a large-scale military base near the Syrian-Iraqi border town of Al-Bukamal. The “Imam Ali” base is being built by and for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Analysts who reviewed satellite photos of the site estimated that it would become operational by early in 2020. The reports came the same day as the IDF released intelligence on a base to build precision missiles for the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Bekkaa Valley. “This facility is of superior importance to the Hezbollah precision-missile project, which is why Hezbollah, in fear of strikes, evacuated precious and unique equipment from the compound to civilian locations in Beirut,” the IDF said.

In related news, Iranian President Hassan Rohani addressed an open session of parliament on Tuesday, saying among other things that there will be no bilateral talks with the US, but adding that if sanctions on the clerical regime in Teheran were lifted it would be possible to hold multi-lateral talks with world powers. He spoke as Iranian diplomats were in Paris holding talks with their French counter-parts aimed at finding ways for Western European nations to facilitate Iranian demands for relief from US pressure.

However, in Washington, the US Treasury Department announced new sanctions on Iran's civilian space agency and two of its research institutes on the grounds that the Iranian space program is being used by the clerical regime as a cover to develop the ability to deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles that could threaten European cities and even the US homeland.

"These designations should serve as a warning to the international scientific community that collaborating with Iran’s space program could contribute to Tehran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon delivery system," said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Here is a video giving some analysis of the threats on Israel's northern and southern borders from two Israeli experts



Here is a video about Iran's support for Hezbollah



International Corporations Investing in Israel
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat this week when Continental, Toyota AI Ventures, BMW i Ventures and OurCrowd announced large investments in Cortica, an artificial intelligence start-up based in Tel Aviv. The investments are meant to help Cortica develop the technology that will enable the manufacturing of driverless vehicles, which transportation companies around the world are striving to begin providing to consumers by the middle of the 2020s.

“Our goal is to introduce a novel, yet proven, AI approach to the automotive industry, which will pave the way for a safer and more autonomous transportation,” said Cartica AI co-founder and CEO Igal Raichelgauz. “Our strategy is to build strong partnerships with leading automotive players in order to bring our solution to the high-volume automotive marketplace by the end of next year. Joining forces with these leading players is another substantial validation of our unique technology and business strategy.”

Israel Moves to Assist Brazil with Forest Fires
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Security Council and the Ministry of Public Security announced steps this week to render assistance to Brazil amidst the large forest fires there, including the deployment of specialists from Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services. Commander Yair Elkayam, Deputy Commander of the Northern District, is leading the Israeli team which reportedly left for Brazil Tuesday evening.

Incoming Tourism Continues to Climb
Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics published the numbers for August on Tuesday showing that the Jewish State hosted 305,000 visitors last month, a 9% increase from August 2018. The report included an estimate that 3.1 million tourists have visited Israel so far in 2019 and the record of 4.1 million set last year looks to be broken by the end of this year.

UN Panel Criticizes Palestinian Authority

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva took the unprecedented step this week of criticizing the Palestinians and urging them ”to stop hate speech and incitement to violence that fuels antisemitism” and to “remove any derogatory comments and images from school curricula and textbooks that perpetuate prejudices and hatred.” The panel also criticized the Palestinian Authority for failing to adhere to UN treaties designed to combat racism or to act on complaints of discrimination made by residents of areas under its jurisdiction.

In related news, the European Union issued a statement this week condemning Israel for demolishing the home and private business south of Jerusalem that was owned by the Palestinian Cassia family because an Israeli court had found that they were built on land owned by the KKL-JNF. The EU statement declared that such moves“together with settlement construction for Israelis in the area, exacerbate threats to the viability of the two-state solution and further undermine prospects for a lasting peace…the EU expects the Israeli authorities to fully meet their obligations as an occupying power under International Humanitarian Law. The continuation of this [settlement] policy undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace and seriously jeopardizes the possibility of Jerusalem serving as the future capital of both States.”

Here is a video giving some analysis of relations between Israel and the EU

Iran Refusing to Cooperate with IAEA

Diplomatic sources told the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that Iran is refusing to cooperate with an investigation by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency into its alleged storage of nuclear equipment and radioactive material in Tehran. The report contradicts repeated statements by the IAEA that Iran is fully complying with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders continued to publicly declare their unwillingness to revisit the JCPOA until all sanctions against their regime are lifted, adding threats to exercise their “right” to further violate the deal if their demands remain unmet.

"We’ve said it before time and again, and we say it again: We have no intention to hold bilateral talks with the United States," said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday Rouhani. "We never did and never will. It has been the case in the past year and a half, and even in previous years. There have been calls for talks, but we never responded to them. If the US lifts all of its sanctions against Iran, whether it returns to the JCPOA or not, it does not matter to us, but if it lifts all sanctions, it is still possible for the US to be part of the 5+1; granted that it first removes all sanctions. When we talk about negotiations, we only mean it under the situation where all sanctions have been lifted; that is, the situation we previously had under the JCPOA. Our stance is clear."

"Our progress is a testament to the fact that resisting [against pressure] works," said Rouhani. "On the other hand, an active diplomacy can pave the way for us. We have never closed the doors of diplomacy and never will do so...we don't believe that only one of these two tools should be used."

This came after Mojtaba Zonnour, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, declared on Monday that if sanctions aren’t lifted Iran “could install a new generation of centrifuges, that is IR6 and IR8…or we could increase the stockpile of our enriched uranium…In the third step, we must restore the Arak heavy water reactor to its previous design."

In related news, Iranian officials confirmed on Monday that a rocket which was being prepared to lift a satellite into space instead blew up on the launchpad at  the Imam Khomeini Space Center in the north of the country. Also on Monday, an Iranian Judo athlete who had been pressured by his coaches to to intentionally lose matches at last weeks world championships in Tokyo rather than compete against an Israeli athlete was reported to have requested political asylum in Germany.

Here is a video which gives some further insights into how Iran threatens Israel

Hezbollah and Israel Continue Rhetorical Battles

Leaders of Israel and the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah exchanged rhetorical broadsides Tuesday following the kinetic exchange they had on Israel’s northern border over the weekend. “We acted with determination and responsibility yesterday," Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanayhu said on Monday. "We kept our citizens safe and maintained the peace of our soldiers.” In a backhanded reference to Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, who boasted of his organizations “victory” in the exchange, he added "The man in the bunker in Beirut knows exactly why he is in the bunker."

"Israel, the tyrant and arrogant, claiming to possess the region’s strongest army, was seen by the world scared and worried for 8 days," Nasralleh claimed during a speech Monday evening. He added that the Hezbollah barrage of anti-tank missiles which were launched in an area of the border far from the traditional flashpoint of the Shebaa Farms proved Hezbollah was ready to take big risks to preserve its honor.

"We no longer have red lines,” he thundered. “This is the start of a new phase. Remember this date."

However, security camera footage from a kibbutz near the town of Avivim shows a Hezbollah-fired missile failing to hit the IDF vehicle it was aimed at, drawing questions about the true efficacy of the Hezbollah attack.

Here is a video about Iran's support for Hezbollah



Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Calls Jews “Cancer” in Jerusalem
Reports emerged on Monday in Palestinian media outlets that the Supreme Fatwa Council, led by Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, had issued a statement which, among other things, referred to Jews living in Jerusalem as a “colonialist cancer”. Analysts noted that Hussein has a history of inflammatory and anti-Semitic rhetoric for which he is seldom held accountable by the PA or anyone else.

ICC Threatens to Re-Open Mavi Marmara File
The top appeals authority for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague ordered their prosecutor to once again re-consider her earlier decision to discontinue legal proceedings against Israel regarding the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident. ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has already attempted to close the case twice, but Israel’s many enemies have kept up a determined effort at the ICC to keep it open.

 

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