Why Israel’s Upcoming Election Makes a Gaza War More Likely

By Israel Today— It’s no accident that we’re witnessing an escalation in Gaza rocket attacks on Israel just weeks ahead of the general election. Nor will anyone be surprised if the current government responds far more forcefully than it has to such provocations in recent years. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip early Monday…

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Trump Signs Document Officially Recognizing Israeli Control Over Golan

By Herb Keinon, Jpost— With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing at his side, US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an official presidential proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, formally giving Netanyahu a pre-election gift just two weeks before the elections. “Today I am taking historic action to promote Israel’s ability to defend…

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Pompeo says Trump may have been sent by God to save Jews from Iran

By Times of Israel— US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested in an interview that President Donald Trump may have been sent by God to save the Jewish people, and said he was “confident that the Lord is at work here.” In a sit-down with the Christian Broadcasting Network on Thursday, interviewer Chris Mitchell noted…

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Israel Mobilizes After Gaza Rocket Attack, Netanyahu Cuts U.S. Trip Short

By World News— An early morning rocket fired from the Gaza Strip demolished a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding seven people and prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. The military quickly mobilized troops and called up reserves, setting the stage for a potential major conflagration shortly before…

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At AIPAC, Democratic majority leader aims fire at Ilhan Oma

BY RON KAMPEAS, JTA— Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives told AIPAC that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. was not representative of the Democrats when it comes to Israel. “When someone accuses American supporters of dual loyalty, I say ‘Accuse me’,” Hoyer said to cheers Sunday at the annual…

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Trump Calls for Israeli Sovereignty over Golan Height

By Jonathan Schanzer and David Adesnik, FDD Policy Brief— President Trump wrote on Twitter this afternoon, “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” The announcement has been jeered by critics of the administration, but there is less controversy than meets the eye. Israel…

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In first, top US diplomat to join PM at Western Wall

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to visit the Western Wall on Thursday afternoon together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in what could be seen as a tacit recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Jewish holy site. The visit would mark the first time that Washington’s top…

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How Iran is Preparing for War With Israel

By Yochanan Visser, Israel Today— Iranian leaders are very outspoken about their plans with Israel and have repeatedly warned that the ‘Zionist project’ or the Zionist ‘cancer tumor’ will be erased very soon. Already for a long time Israel’s political establishment realizes that this is not merely rhetoric but a very important part of Iran’s…

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Muslims Try to Plant Another Mosque on Temple Mount

By Tsvi Sadan, Israel Today— The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has ordered the state to immediately shut the Bab el-Rahma structure that is facing the Golden Gate, or Gate of Mercy. A month ago, the Islamic Trust (Waqf) that oversees the Temple Mount decided to reopen the structure and turn it into yet another mosque, the…

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President Trump Accused of Meddling in Israeli Election with Pompeo Visit

By Michael Friedson, The Media Line— That skin gets thinner and nuance more pronounced when elections are imminent is apparent once again with Israel’s general election less than a month away. Arguably, the theme of the April 9th race is “Can anyone beat Bibi?” — the incumbent for the past decade. A recurring theme in…

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Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”

By Majid Rafizadeh, Gatestone Institute— Iran’s military activities and clear public threats to annihilate Israel continue to grow in frequency and intensity. These moves not only instill fear, as they are doubtless meant to do; they also threaten to disrupt the international community. With such dire promises of conflict, it would be expected that the…

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Jerusalem court orders closure of disputed building on Temple Mount

By Times of Israel— A Jerusalem court on Sunday ordered the temporary closure of a building at the center of rising tensions on the city’s Temple Mount in recent weeks. The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court said the building known as the Gate of Mercy or Golden Gate on the Temple Mount should be closed while legal…

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