Israel Sends Rescue Teams to Mexico after Quake

Groups of Israelis decided to spend their New Year’s holiday traveling to Mexico—but it wasn’t for a vacation. Search and rescue teams from the Israeli military and the iAID organization went to assist Mexico in recovering from last week’s devastating earthquake—and chose to help out during last week’s Rosh HaShannah …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

Netanyahu Slams Iranian Aggression; Tehran Threatens Nuclear Response to Deal Collapse

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday had a litany of accusations to share about Iranian misdeeds in the Middle East, from religious persecution to attempting a regional takeover. Earlier that same day, Iran reminded everyone of their ultimate threat by openly warning they would halt additional nuclear inspections if …

Israel Joins US in Leaving UNESCO, Netanyahu Says UN Body ‘Platform for anti-Semitic Decisions’

The Americans withdrew their full member status at the United Nations cultural body in part due to an anti-Israel bias, so it’s not surprising that the Israelis have joined the United States in leaving the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …

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Trump Envoy Says Palestinian Unity Government ‘Must Commit to Nonviolence’, Recognize Israel

October 2, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Will Trump achieve Middle East peacel? U.S. President Donald Trump (left) meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

While the United States is welcoming the efforts of the Palestinian factions to re-unite under the leadership of the supposedly moderate Palestinian Authority, they still have expectations as to what that new Palestinian government should do. In a statement published on Monday by the American Envoy on the Middle East peace process Jason Greenblatt to Twitter, the representative wrote that the U.S. “stresses that any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence.”

Greenblatt, the White House Special Representative for International Negotiations, said the Palestinians also must commit to “recognition of the State of Israel, acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties, and peaceful negotiations.”

Given that the Hamas terrorist group is the counterparty to the latest reconciliation process with the Fatah party that leads the P.A., those American expectations seem likely to be disappointed. Hamas has repeatedly refused to halt its violent attacks on Israel or to recognize the State of Israel. … Continue Reading

Israel Stands ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ with Americans after Vegas Attack

October 2, 2017 News

Israel stands with the US after shooting in Vegas. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The Israeli government offered their formal condolences to the American people following Sunday’s brutal shooting spree in Las Vegas. The motive for the attack, which Foxnews reported was the worst in American history with 59 dead and over 500 wounded, is still unknown. While ISIS claimed credit, Foxnews said the FBI concluded at this time that the shooter was not affiliated with international terrorists.

That may mean that he was another “lone wolf” shooter—a solitary attacker who plots and carries out their murderous plans without operational guidance from a terror group. Israel is all too familiar with such lone wolf attackers, although their anti-Israel motivation is generally obvious.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement published by his office, said, “On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people in mourning and sorrow. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. We grieve with you.” … Continue Reading

Palestinian Reconciliation Moves Forward as Hamas Leader Warns Process ‘Could Be Long’

October 1, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Could Abbas also shake hands with Hamas? U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson with Palestinian President Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of U.S. State Department

The latest Palestinian governmental reconciliation process is underway, with officials from the Palestinian Authority (PA) led by the Fatah faction starting to enter Hamas-controlled Gaza on Sunday, according to report by the Ma’an News Agency. An Egyptian security delegation also arrived in Gaza, per the report. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum welcomed the Egyptians in a statement published to the Hamas website. “The visit is a result of the Cairo understandings between Egypt and Hamas and a continuation of the Egyptian efforts to support the Palestinian reconciliation and to end division. We, in Hamas, are working to lead the highly appreciated Egyptian efforts to success.”

Meanwhile, a news report on the Hamas website reported that the group’s political head, Ismail Haniyeh spoke by phone with PA and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas on the topic of receiving that PA official delegation. Despite the signs of progress, Haniyeh warned in a statement one day earlier that the overall process may take a while. … Continue Reading

Report: Iranian Missile Test Video Was Faked

September 28, 2017 Uncategorized

The Iranian missile test last week apparently never happened and the video footage of said launch was actually from more than seven months ago, according to a report from Fox News. The Iranians claimed to have tested a missile capable of reaching Israel and carrying multiple warheads according to the Fars News Agency as reported earlier by The Mideast Update. But Fox News cited two American officials who said the footage of the supposed test was actually of another failed test earlier this year.

The Jerusalem Post later reported that Israel also said that their intelligence did not pick up any indication of a missile test launch. However, had the test been legitimate, as Iran claimed, Israel noted that it actually would have violated a United Nations resolution.

In a Twitter post after the alleged test but before the reports indicating it was faked, the Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yuval Rotem, tweeted, “#Iran missile test violates UNSCR 2231. Iran is directly challenging intl community. Robust response is imperative.”

(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, September 28, 2017)

Netanyahu: Palestinian Acts ‘Severely Impair Chances of Achieving Peace’

September 27, 2017 Peace and Conflict

PM Netanyahu at Ceremony Marking 50 Years of Settlement. Photo courtesy of Haim Zach (GPO)

The comatose peace process between Israel and the Palestinians has taken another round of near-death blows. The recent terror attack in Jerusalem that murdered three Israelis was troubling enough to Israel, but the Palestinian response to that attack—or lack thereof—was serious enough to not just result in a complaint from Israel to the United States. It led to a grim assessment by Israel of the potential for peace at all, delivered to the American envoy who was in town to discuss how to revive that very peace process.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Envoy Jason Greenblatt that “the actions of the Palestinian leadership in recent days severely impairs the chances of achieving peace,” according to a press statement from Netanyahu’s office. … Continue Reading

Iran Develops New Long-Range Missile, Promises to Continue Program

Will Iranian President Rouhani moderate Iran, or is he just for show? Illustrative. FEMA/Marty Bahamonde.

The same day that Iran publicized to the world the development of a new long-range missile that can carry multiple warheads, their supposedly moderate President Hassan Rouhani proclaimed that they would continue to “strengthen” those weapons. The Fars News Agency quoted him as claiming the missiles—the newest of which have a range of at least 1,800 km and are capable of reaching Israel—are for deterrence purposes. “We will strengthen our military and defense power as much as we assume as necessary for deterrence and we will strengthen not only our missiles but also our Ground Force, Air Force and Navy,” Fars quoted Rouhani as saying.

In a separate article, Fars reported that the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, not only was boasting about the new missile’s range, but also that it can carry multiple warheads so it can hit more than one target. He said that it would be put into operation soon.

The Iranian missile program has been repeatedly criticized by the United States, who see it as not only threatening Israel but their country as well. Missile technology is a key component of a nuclear weapons program so as to deliver the powerful bombs at farther distances. … Continue Reading

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