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Northern Border Tense Following Strikes on Damascus

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1 Jul 2019
Northern Border Tense Following Strikes on Damascus
IDF forces on Israel’s northern border were on alert Monday following reports in Syrian state media of airstrikes in Damascus and Homs which killed several people and wounded many more, which the Assad regime blamed on Israel. Unconfirmed reports by opposition groups said that most of the casualties from the strikes were members of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah, while other reports indicated that Hezbollah positions near the Israeli border were also targeted by strikes. Large scale fighting has resumed in Syria’s northwest province of Idlib, with hundreds of casualties reported on all sides.

‘Pilgrimage Road’ Inaugurated in Jerusalem’s City of David
US Ambassador David Friedman and US Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt were on hand Sunday as the Pilgrimage Road tunnel in the City of David, just south of Jerusalem’s Old City, was inaugurated Sunday morning. The participation of US officials at the event was denounced by the Palestinian Authority and some Arab governments as de facto US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem.

Here is a video about the Pilgrimage Road posted by the City of David Foundation

In related news, dozens of incendiary devices were sent into Israel attached to kites and balloons from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in recent days, including after a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas was supposed to go into effect on Friday. The incidents also come amidst a lingering backlash by PA officials against the recently concluded economic workshop in Manama Bahrain. On Saturday evening, the PA was forced to release a Palestinian business leader who had been arrested for attending the conference.

“We are pleased the PA has released the Palestinian they arrested after attending the Peace to Prosperity workshop,” White House Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt tweeted after the release. “We look fwd to continuing our conversation w all who attended the workshop & anyone else who wants a better future for the Palestinians.”

Israeli Researcher Named to Prestigious EMBO
In the latest defeat for efforts to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Tel Aviv University Professor Judith Berman was selected on Friday to be one of 56 new members of the prestigious European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). "Prof. Berman's election to EMBO is a strong recognition of her research, which is at the forefront of molecular biology of pathogenic yeasts," said Prof. Abdussalam Azem, dean of the Wise Faculty at TAU.

Negev Center for Scientific Education Launched
A Center of Scientific Excellence in Segev Shalom, near Beer Sheba, was recently launched by the Israeli Ministry of Development of the Periphery, Negev and Galilee in collaboration with the Negev Development Authority. The purpose of the Center is to enhance educational opportunities for the region’s Bedouin population.

Today's video shows the graduation of some of the IDF Navy's newest officers


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