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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Smuggling Thousands of Military Gloves Highlights Hamas Efforts to ‘Exploit’ Policy for Civilians

October 23, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Military tactical gloves. Photo credits: Ministry of Defense Spokesperson

A clothing shipment into Gaza turned out not to be so innocent on Sunday, as thousands of pairs of military tactical gloves were found in the consignment of clothing in another foiled smuggling attempt. An Israeli press release included photos of a pair of camouflaged gloves and noted that it is “suspected that the gloves were intended for use by the Hamas terrorist organization.”

It wasn’t the first time that Gaza terrorists have tried to smuggle military gear or dual use items that can aid in making weapons or fighting Israel. Last year, professional-grade commando knives were found in a plumbing materials shipment, while another plot was foiled aiming to smuggle into Gaza a raw material used in rocket fuel.

“The Hamas terrorist organization has repeatedly tried to exploit Israel’s civilian policy for its own ends at the expense of the civilian population in Gaza,” Gaza Coordination and Liaison Office Head Col. Faris Atila was quoted in the latest press release as saying. “We will continue to frustrate and thwart the abuse of our civilian policy for terrorist goals and the needs of the Hamas terrorist organization.” … Continue Reading

Rock-Throwing Terror: Palestinian Caught on Camera Hitting Boy on Head

October 22, 2017 News

Palestinian stone-throwing left an Israeli boy needing medical care. Israeli MDA ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Palestinian stone-throwers have long been a symbol of their fight against Israel—but violently chucking rocks is much more than just symbolic. The latest rock-throwing assault injured a 12-year-old Israeli boy in the head and the Palestinian assailant was caught on camera in the act. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed included video of the Palestinian attacker on Saturday leaning over a wall in Hebron and throwing a rock below before running away. The IDF Spokesperson tweeted that that the injured boy was “taken to receive medical treatment, including stitches. Such violence is nothing less than terror.”

Dani Dayan, head of Israel’s consulate in New York, on Twitter called it a “murder attempt of a 12-yrs-old Israeli boy by a Palestinian adult throwing a rock on his head.” Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Spokesman Ofir Gendelman felt similarly, but noted that the Palestinians do not. “A Palestinian throws a rock on the head of an Israeli boy, tries to kill him. The boy was injured. Palestinians say this terrorist is a hero,” tweeted Gendelman, who is fluent in Arabic. And this isn’t the first time Palestinian rock-throwing has led to dangerous—if not deadly—results. … Continue Reading

Heating Up? More Syrian War Spillover Has Israel Threatening Stronger Response

October 22, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Syrian Representative Addresses Human Rights Council. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

For the second time in as many days, Israel was hit on Saturday with what was apparently errant fire from the Syrian civil war. But after dealing with numerous similar incidents since the Syrian conflict began, Israel has had more than enough. After retaliating to the latest attack on Saturday by striking Syrian artillery, the Israeli military threatened the next response would be even stronger.

“Whether errant fire or not, any future occurrences will force the IDF to intensify its response,” said the IDF Spokesperson in a post to Twitter. The latest attack, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter page, involved five projectiles fired from Syria at the Golan Heights region in Israel. The IDF struck three Syrian artillery cannons in response.

“The IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible & won’t tolerate any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty or threaten Israeli civilians’ safety,” tweeted the IDF Spokesperson. However, the Israelis aren’t the only ones escalating the situation. The Syrian regime that has massacred tens of thousands of their own people is claiming Israel’s acts of self-defense are actually backing terrorists, and it is complaining to the United Nations and threatening a tough response as well. … Continue Reading

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

PM Netanyahu addresses Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

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 the nuclear deal between them and the major powers were to be annulled. “If the nuclear deal is annulled, we will stop implementation of the Additional Protocol,” said Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi according to a report by the Fars News Agency.

That “Additional Protocol” refers to expanded access to Iranian sites and information for the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to the agency’s website. But even if the deal is kept as is, Salehi said Iran still isn’t letting international inspectors see everything, specifically emphasizing that Iran won’t permit inspections of their military sites.

Refusing access to those sites was one complaint from United States President Donald Trump, which he noted in last week’s speech are suspected of having played a role in Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program, per the White House website. Netanyahu, for his part, reemphasized the danger posed if the nuclear deal with Iran remains as is, while also detailing what else Iran has been doing in the region. He again applauded Trump for saying that too. … Continue Reading

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

October 15, 2017 News

Israel agrees with the US on UNESCO. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

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 instructed the Israeli Foreign Ministry to pull out of UNESCO “in parallel” with the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump, which Netanyahu called “courageous and ethical” in comments released by his office. The Israeli leader accused UNESCO of having become “a theater of the absurd and instead of preserving history, distorts it.”

Among other acts, UNESCO has designated Hebron and its Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian and challenged Israel’s connections to Jerusalem. On Sunday, Netanyahu escalated his complaint against UNESCO, saying it “has become a platform for delusional, anti-Israeli and—in effect—anti-Semitic decisions.” … Continue Reading

Israel, Regional Allies Applaud Trump Call to Better or Bust Iran Nuke Deal

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on the Iran Strategy. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

United States President Donald Trump on Friday delivered a message that American allies in the Middle East have been waiting to hear: either improve the Iran nuclear deal, or cancel it altogether. “I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons,” said Trump in comments posted to the White House website. “…However, in the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated. It is under continuous review, and our participation can be cancelled by me, as President, at any time.”

In particular, Trump wants changes to the so-called “sunset clauses” that cut back on restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities in coming years. The Iran nuclear accord is a controversial multilateral agreement between the major world powers and Iran that was put in place during the administration of Trump’s predecessor, former-President Barack Obama. The deal offered sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for concessions by Iran limiting their nuclear activities.

In addition to Trump’s ultimatum to fix the nuclear deal or else, he also announced plans to place “tough sanctions” on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the powerful government-sponsored paramilitary group that has been involved in terrorism around the world. Israel, Saudi Arabia and others in the region expressed their support for Trump’s new approach to Iran. … Continue Reading

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