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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Walter Pincus says defense aid to Israel should be slashed

BY AMOS HAREL— Veteran Washington Post columnist Walter Pincus has urged the U.S. administration to reevaluate the extent of the defense aid that the United States provides to Israel. Pincus, who has been reporting on intelligence, defense and foreign policy for the Washington Post for 45 years, says the change in U.S. policy that he…

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