Jerusalem approves expanded US embassy

By Lahav Harkov, JPost— The Jerusalem Municipality’s Building and Planning committee approved plans for a new US embassy building in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion called it a “historic and exciting moment,” and that he thinks it will inspire other countries to move to the capital. “After two years, we’re thrilled the local…

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What Will Joe Biden Do About The Iran-al-Qaida Connection?

By Ilan Berman— When it comes to foreign policy, it’s already clear that one of the biggest differences between the outgoing Trump administration and the incoming Biden team will be Iran. In contrast to the current U.S. policy of “maximum pressure” toward the Islamic Republic, President-elect Joe Biden and his advisers have already promised a…

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Iran’s Nuclear Quest, Twelvers, and Growing Christian Conversions

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBN Israel— On February 11, 1979, the authoritarian ruling monarchy of Iran became a relic of the past. That day, the exiled Imam Ayatollah Khomeini was greeted with overwhelming public joy. In April, a national referendum officially proclaimed it the Islamic Republic of Iran, locking in the power of the Imams…

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Red Alert: Why is Truth in The Media a Matter of Life and Death?

By Amy Zewe— In our current climate, we are all frustrated, on every side, with the lack of truth being espoused. Even what was trusted media outlets are now deserved suspects for our distrust. Freedom of speech as defined in America is turning into freedom of the speech that some bureaucrat or billionaire decides is…

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Palestinians, Jordan accuse Israel of ‘Judaizing’ Western Wall Plaza

By Khaled Abu Toameh, JPost— The Palestinians and Jordan have accused Israel of seeking to “Judaize” the Western Wall Plaza because of renovation work that is being carried out there. Referring to the renovations as “excavations,” the Palestinians and Jordan called for an immediate cessation of the work at the site. The Jordanian-controlled Wakf Department…

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Media: Israel Must Be Denigrated for Its World-Beating Vaccination Programme

By Richard Kemp, Gatestone Institute— Prejudice against the Jewish state is so intense in the Western media that praiseworthy actions guaranteed to hit the headlines if attributable to any other country are frequently ignored, diminished or denigrated when it comes to Israel. When there is a disaster anywhere in the world, for example, Israel is…

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Hezbollah: Narco-Terror and Crime in Latin America

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, Jewish Policy Center— Will the Biden administration go after Hezbollah’s drug trafficking and money laundering networks? Hezbollah’s direct involvement in the drug trade is well documented, ongoing, and a threat to U.S national interests. The Biden administration needs to build on the past four years and pursue Hezbollah’s money laundering and drug…

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Worldwide Religious Persecution: Where Does Israel Stand

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBN Israel— As we enter a new year, religious persecution will undoubtedly continue to impact millions across the globe, with such atrocities as Nigeria’s Christians being massacred, China’s Muslim Uighurs enslaved, and Jews murdered in their synagogues. For three years, an organization called Church in Need tracked Christian persecution in particular…

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Should Israel’s political parties be splitting up or uniting?

By Jerusalem Post— Something very strange is happening in the Israeli political scene, and it’s not good. As the country gears up for the fourth election in two years, instead of learning from the past and doing everything to avoid previous mistakes, would-be political leaders are establishing ever-more new parties and lists. This is the…

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Turkey and Israel: Premature Optimism for Normalization

By Burak Bekdil, Gatestone Institute— It has been more than a decade since Turkey and Israel, once strategic partners, broke up badly, with an angry Ankara passionately vowing to isolate Israel internationally. It has also been exactly four years since the two countries decided to give peace a chance once more and appointed ambassadors. They…

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Amid fears of attacks on Israelis, UAE said to nab Iranian terror cell

By Times of Israel Staff— Amid fears of Iranian revenge attacks on American and Israeli targets for the killing a year ago of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, authorities in the United Arab Emirates have reportedly arrested a number of Iranians in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the past few days on suspicion that…

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UN adopts $3.2 billion budget over US and Israel objections

By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press— After down-to-the-wire negotiations, United Nations members have adopted a budget for 2021 that was higher than Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed and was strongly opposed by the Trump administration for including money to commemorate the outcome of a 2001 conference in South Africa that it called anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. The…

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Mossad chiefs: Iran may avenge Soleimani killing after Biden inauguration

By Yonah Jeremy Bob, Jerusalem Post— Two former Mossad chiefs and a former national security council chief all said on Sunday that Iran had failed to avenge the assassination of one of its most senior officials in 2020 and likely would not do so prior to US President-Elect Joe Biden taking office. However, they all…

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