Palestinians clash with IDF forces in Judea and Samaria

BY EMET REPORT— Hundreds of Palestinians clashed on Friday with the IDF and security forces in a number of locations in the West Bank. Around 250 Palestinians demonstrated in the  Beit Omar region, throwing stones at security forces. Soldiers and  police responded with riot dispersal means, including stun grenades and  teargas. Similar incidents occurred in…

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Iranian chessmaster expelled, refused to play Israeli

BY CHANA YA’AR, ARUTZ 7— An Iranian chessmaster has been expelled from an international chess tournament after refusing to play an Israeli opponent. Top Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami refused to play Ehud Sachar for political reasons at the Corsica Masters championship. Shachar, a FIDE Master, was Maghami’s scheduled opponent in the fourth round of…

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A cataclysmic regional war is coming to the Middle East

BY MARTIN GOULD AND KATHLEEN WALTER, NEWSMAX— War is on its way in the Middle East as Muslim countries are determined to force a showdown over the future of Israel, Ronald Reagan’s assistant defense secretary Frank Gaffney warned in an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview. “I’m afraid there’s a war coming, a very serious, perhaps cataclysmic regional…

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IAF retaliates: Gaza terrorism centers targeted

BY YAAKOV LAPIN, JPOST— The Israel Air Force targeted three centers of terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip and a weapons storage site in the South early Thursday morning, the IDF Spokesman’s Office reported. The attacks hit their precise targets and all planes returned safely to base. The activity comes in retaliation to three Grad…

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Explaining Iran's approach towards the Middle East

BY AYMENN JAWAD AL-TAMIMI, JPOST— What drives Iran’s ambition to become the dominant power in the Middle East at the expense of the Sunni Arab Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? Is it solely an issue of Iran’s Shi’ite Islamist ideology? It is worth recalling that many of Iran’s…

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Statement by Israeli Amb Prosor to the UN Security Council

Thank you, Mr. President. At the outset, I would like to extend my condolences to the people of Turkey following yesterday’s tragic earthquake. Let me begin by reminding this Council that the name of today’s debate is the “Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question” – and not vice versa. This morning I’d…

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Pessimism ahead of Quartet visit

BY ATTILA SOMFALVI, YNET— Western diplomats said on Monday that nothing short of a political miracle was needed to see the stalemate plaguing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process dissipating. The statement was made ahead of the Middle East Quartet meetings scheduled for later this week. The Quartet’s proposal to renew negotiations came on the heels of…

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Palestinian prisoners warned against returning to terror

BY YAAKOV LAPIN, JPOST— Palestinian security prisoners freed last week as part of the exchange with Hamas to release Gilad Schalit were “personally informed of the consequences of returning to terrorism,” The Jerusalem Post has learned. Security officials read out statements to the prisoners in the Ktziot prison in the south and the Hasharon prison…

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Netanyahu Offers to Freeze Government Construction in West Bank

BY THE ISRAEL PROJECT— The Quartet on the Middle East will hold separate talks with Israelis and Palestinians this week as part of another push for peace. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly said Israel is willing to enter into negotiations “anytime, anywhere,” while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has set preconditions on entering…

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