US: “It’s our longstanding position that the West Bank is occupied”

By Tovah Lazaroff, Jpost— The Biden administration on Wednesday clarified that it considers the West Bank to be occupied territory, but ducked a question as to whether it held that settlements were illegal. “It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,” US State…

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Israel Warns of Iranian Terrorist Threats Abroad After Lifting COVID-19 Air Travel Restrictions

By Sharon Wrobel, Algemeiner— Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) issued a warning Monday that Iran is expected in the near future to continue targeting Israeli citizens overseas, as the country forecasts an uptick in international air travel. The warning comes as Israel has begun to lift travel restrictions this month that were imposed due to…

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Mansour Abbas leaning towards supporting Netanyahu government from outside

By Israel National News— A senior member of the United Arab List (Ra’am) said that the party’s chairman, Mansour Abbas, is leaning towards supporting a right-wing government led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Kan News reported. According to the senior official, the support will be conditional on Itamar Ben Gvir not serving as a minister…

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We need to stop blaming Bibi for electoral deadlock

By Ruthie Blum, Jpost— For the past two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s detractors have claimed that if he would only get out of the way – resign, retire or expire – the problem of electoral impasse would instantly be solved. The bulk of the media and left-wing public began chanting the mantra after elections…

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Matzah: Bread of Affliction, Bread of Liberation

By Jeff Jacoby, Aish— Seventy-five years ago this month, the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry convened a hearing in Jerusalem. Its lead-off witness was David Ben Gurion, who was then the foremost leader of the Jewish community in Palestine. The task of the committee was to report on political and social conditions in Palestine, which in…

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Arabs: A Warning to Biden about Iran’s Mullahs

By Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute— The Biden administration has decided to extend for another year the “national emergency” (Executive Order 12957), issued in 1995 in response to the threat Iran posed to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the US. The Executive Order imposed a series of sanctions against Iran in response…

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With 89% of the votes in, Likud holds 30-seat lead, Right-wing bloc has 52 mandates

By ILH Staff Following a dramatic Tuesday night and after some 87% of the votes had been counted as of Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party appeared close to victory – although his fate still depends on Yamina leader Naftali Bennett. The right-wing bloc of Netanyahu supporters currently has 52 mandates;…

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A New (or Old) Biden Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

By Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations– As Israelis cope with their fourth election in two years, Americans must wonder what U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be under the Biden administration—no matter who wins in the Israeli vote. A State Department memo entitled “The US Palestinian Reset and the Path Forward” gives some…

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Israel: An Environmental Wonder Making Its Deserts Like Eden

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBN Israel— In Israel, the Holy Land, the earth itself is indeed Holy! The earth where Jesus walked overflows with flowers and vineyards that depict nature as a visual symbol of rebirth. With the profusion of emerging plants and vast flocks of migrating birds, the renewal of spring is draping itself…

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Will the Story of Exodus be the next victim of cancel culture?

By Ron Jager— With Pessach (Holiday of Passover) literally just around the corner, should we be concerned that the story of Exodus may very well be the next victim of “cancel culture”. The story of Exodus tells of the Jewish nation’s departure from Egypt, the revelations at Mount Sinai, and their wanderings in the desert…

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Israel Revokes Palestinian Foreign Minister’s VIP Status Due to Support for ICC War Crimes Investigation

By Algemeiner— Israel revoked the VIP status of Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Sunday, reportedly due to his support for the International Criminal Court’s investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes. According to an Axios report, al-Maliki was stopped at the crossing between Jordan and the West Bank because his VIP card had been revoked…

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