Iran Regime Claims Unrest Defeated, But Unjustified Imprisonment May Continue Protests

The most powerful security force in Iran and a close ally of the regime has claimed that the Iranian uprising has been crushed, but media reports and Twitter are implying that hasn’t happened yet. A reason for the latest outcry in Iran is due to the hundreds of people imprisoned …

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 …

US to UN: Drone Incursion to Israel ‘Wake-up Call’ that Iran Plans to Stay in Syria

The Iranian drone that violated Israeli airspace last week was more than just an escalation—it’s a sign that peace in Syria is a ways away according to the United States and regional conflict may be here to stay. Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, warned the powerful …

Investigation: Turkey Turns ‘Blind Eye’—Sometimes Encourages—Hamas Illicit Activity

A Turkish citizen arrested in Israel for working with Hamas has helped unleash an investigation that led to accusations on Monday that Turkey has been ignoring—and at times enabling—Hamas fundraising and militaristic activity and has even indirectly allowed the terror group opportunity to research weapons for fighting Israel. The delve …

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Analysis: Iran Protests Different This Time, and More Likely to Succeed

January 1, 2018 Special Feature

President Donald Trump is warning Iran not to hurt protestors. Illustrative. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

The 2009 Green Revolution in Iran went from hope to despair as the Iranian regime eventually crushed them and terminated an opportunity for freedom in Iran. But almost nine years later in the dark days of winter, a new hope of freedom might just spring out of the midst of that despair.

The latest Iran protests that began in the final days of 2017 don’t have a catchy nickname or even a clear leader, but so far they’re emerging across the country and lighting Twitter ablaze with images and videos.

There are four key differences between this round of protests and those in 2009, and because of them the result could be very different this time around. It also might just result in an outcome somewhat different than hoped. … Continue Reading

Iranians Protest Economy, Regime, While Trump Warns ‘World Is Watching’

December 31, 2017 Peace and Conflict

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

As civilian protests in Iran reached their fourth day on Sunday amid some reports of violence over the weekend, the protests have expanded far beyond economic concerns to target even the regime itself. An opinion piece in The Washington Post by Maziar Bahari cited Iran’s financing of foreign terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah—while Iranians struggle financially at home—as one reason for the protests, and Bahari retweeted a Twitter post from Iran Wire of a video of protestors chanting “Death to Khamenei”, referring to Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Bahari’s Twitter feed, citing the Iran Wire group, showed videos of protests on Sunday in multiple cities across Iran.

The situation is serious enough that at least two presidents are publicly taking notice. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the discontent and highlighted economic struggles and government corruption as reasons for the protests on Sunday according to a report by the Tehran Times. Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump has issued stern warnings to the Iranian regime not to mistreat protestors. … Continue Reading

Gaza Fires Iranian Rockets at Israel; IDF Says Iran Risking Palestinian Lives

December 31, 2017 News

Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at Israel over the years, among other acts of terror. Illustrative photo of spent Rockets fired from Gaza. By Joshua Spurlock.

Over the last couple months, Gaza terrorists have launched numerous rockets at Israel—first after Israel destroyed a Gaza terror tunnel destined for Israel, then in apparent violent protest since the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—and now the reason for the latest attacks may be to back a dictator over 1,000 miles away in Iran. The IDF Spokesperson said that rockets used last week were Iranian-made, arguing that the attacks benefit the interests of the Iranian regime to the detriment of the Palestinians in Gaza.

The rockets were fired at Israel during a ceremony for fallen soldier Oron Shaul, whose body is still held by Gaza terrorists. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed said the attack “violated moral and humane standards,” and then blamed Iran for the act of terror.

“The rockets were launched by a terror organization that used standard-grade Iranian weapons. This is a severe incident that proves once more how much these terror organizations despise the residents of Gaza & are willing to put them at risk of escalation over Iranian interests,” tweeted the IDF Spokesperson. … Continue Reading

Guatemala Announces Plans to Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

December 25, 2017 News

What other nations support Israel by moving their embassies to Jerusalem? Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The number of embassies moving to Jerusalem is growing, and even more may be on the way. The first nation to officially join the United States in announcing plans for such a move was Guatemala, with President Jimmy Morales instructing his Foreign Ministry to start the process for relocating their embassy to Jerusalem on Sunday, according to the Foreign Ministry website. Israel applauded the decision and predicted others would join.

“I told you recently that there will be other countries that would recognize Jerusalem and announce the transfer of their embassies to it,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments released by his office on Monday. “Well here is the second country and I reiterate: It is only the beginning and it is important.”

To that end, Haaretz reported that Israel is in talks with more than 10 nations about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in some format. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely made the comment on Israel’s Kan Bet public radio and later told Haaretz the focus for now is on recognition and not the moving of embassies.

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Danes Suspend Some Palestinian Aid after Review, Israeli Exposure of Terror Ties

December 24, 2017 News

European funding is assisting Palestinian orgs that have ties to terrorism. Illustrative Palestinian banner of gunmen and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Something was rotten in the State of Denmark, but it won’t be anymore. The Danish Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that they would be tightening the standards for providing aid to Palestinian Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to better ensure that it is being used for appropriate activities. This follows the provision of Israeli intel to the Danes that some Palestinian NGOs receiving funding from Europe “have ties to terrorist organizations and promote boycotts against Israel,” according to an Israeli press release.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelson, in a press release on the Danish Foreign Ministry website, said his nation’s move followed a review started in May and means “a number of organizations that receive funding today will not receive Danish support in the future.” He went on to say that the Danes will “also carry out an additional rigorous control of the use of the funding in the future and follow up with documented claims about organizations that do not live up to their obligations.”

Israel was exuberant about the change. Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan was quoted in the Israeli press release as calling the Danish decision “a significant win for the State of Israel, and a severe blow to our adversaries.” … Continue Reading

Palestinian President Abbas Says Won’t Accept ‘Any’ US Peace Plan

December 24, 2017 Peace and Conflict

President Mahmoud Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

The Palestinians are rejecting any and all peace plans with Israel proposed by the United States following the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The absolute refusal to accept American mediation in the peace process was made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last Friday in Paris, even though US President Donald Trump made it clear he was recognizing the reality that Jerusalem is and will be Israel’s capital and was not prejudging borders in a potential Israel-Palestinian deal.

“The US has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan put forward by the US due to its bias,” Abbas was quoted by the official WAFA Palestinian news agency as saying in a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas’ statement shows the Palestinian leader to be a rejectionist.

“He declared that he is quitting the process and, in effect, is not interested in any proposal that the US might submit,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office on Sunday. “I think that once again it is becoming clear: It is the Palestinians who do not want to resolve this conflict.” … Continue Reading

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