US-Israeli Christian leader discusses peace process with Saudi crown prince

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this week hosted an Israeli Christian leader in Jeddah, where the two discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The meeting between Jerusalem resident Joel C. Rosenberg and one of the Gulf’s most powerful rulers came as Riyadh has attempted to increase its outreach to…

FM warns Nasrallah will be remembered as ‘destroyer of Lebanon’ if he attacks

By Times of Israel— Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Sunday morning issued a tacit threat that Israel would be forced to wreak destruction in Lebanon if the Hezbollah terror group goes through with its stated plan to attack the Jewish state in retaliation for an alleged Israeli drone strike last week on its Beirut stronghold.…

As Sanctions Choke Iran, Hezbollah Reportedly Deploying for War on Israel Border

By Times of Israel— As tensions rose in the Persian Gulf over the weekend with Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker, several commanders of Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy, said they were deploying forces for possible war with Israel, warning that the growing pressure from sanctions on Tehran could trigger such a conflict…

Netanyahu: We Won’t Hold Back from Striking Those Who Fire From Populated Areas

By Herb Keinon, JPost— It is time that the world understand the gravity of the threat posed by Iran and its proxy Hezbollah and act against them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, after Argentina designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization and ordered its assets frozen. Speaking at a memorial for the fallen of the Second…

‘Israel will be on verge of vanishing in next conflict with Hezbollah’

By Israel Hayom— Hezbollah is stronger than ever despite the Western sanctions imposed on it, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised interview with Al-Manar television held on July 12, marking the 13th anniversary of the 2006 Second Lebanon War. He further warned that all of Israel was within range of the group’s missiles…

Trump’s Latest Moves Make Officials Jumpy In Jerusalem

By Ilan Berman, The Hill— For Israel, a few weeks can make a world of difference. As recently as this past Fall, officials in Jerusalem were waxing optimistic over the new, more favorable regional environment confronting the Jewish state, and about America’s reinvigorated approach to the Mideast under President Trump. But now, the Administration’s unexpected…

Trump pullout from Syria leaves Israel alone to battle Iran’s likely resurgence

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— The US administration’s planned complete withdrawal from Syria is bad news for Israel both militarily and diplomatically, experts said Wednesday, since it will be leaving a vacuum in the war-torn country that will very likely be filled by Iran. While the US military had only some 2,000 troops in…