Coronavirus Has Not Changed the Middle East

By Prof. Efraim Inbar, Israel Hayom— The coronavirus pandemic does not respect borders. Middle Eastern countries have reacted differently and at different times. Eventually, however, they adopted plans of action similar to those of other countries. They restricted international air travel and movement within each country tightened border controls and adopted social distancing. As reliable…

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Israeli Institute Successfully Tests Coronavirus Vaccine on Rodents

By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, JPost— Israel’s Institute for Biological Research has successfully completed its coronavirus vaccine experiments on rodents and will soon move on to testing it on other animals and then humans, according to a report by Israel’s N12. According to the report, if the experiment goes as planned, IIBR could complete vaccine development within…

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Biblical archaeology: another casualty of the coronavirus

By Shelley Neese The coronavirus has been unkind. Many have experienced loss – whether a death of a loved one, a business going bankrupt, harsh quarantines, or a high school senior who will miss graduation. Here is one more hurting sector you can add to the list: biblical archaeology. Archaeologists in Israel are still processing…

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Pompeo, the coronavirus and the “risks” of sovereignty

By Caroline Glick, JPost— Biblical archaeology: another casualty of the coronavirusOn Sunday, Saudi journalist Abdelhameed Al-Ghoban gave an interview to the BBC in Arabic. His remarks, which were translated by MEMRI, were devoid of nuance. “Today, the public is informed. There is a deluge against the Palestinian cause. It is no longer just public support…

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Don’t Bail Out Tehran’s Precision Guided Munitions Project

By Jonathan Schanzer and Bradley Bowman, Real Clear Defense— Iran, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, is demanding sanctions relief. Lebanon, too, is looking for a financial bailout after defaulting on a Eurobond. Neither should get the financial aid they are requesting. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon are undertaking…

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Antisemitic incidents in Colorado continue to rise as attacks against American Jews reach all-time highs, new report shows

By Sam Tabachnik, Denver Post— Antisemitic incidents in Colorado increased by 56% last year, as attacks against America’s Jewish population reached all-time highs, the Anti-Defamation League found in its 2019 annual report. The 2019 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents found 61 acts against Jews in Colorado, up from a previous peak of 57 incidents in 2017.…

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Why the Israeli Right need not fear Trump’s peace plan

By Ruthie Blum, Israel Hayom— US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming visit to Jerusalem this week – to “meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Speaker of the Knesset Benny Gantz … to discuss and Israeli efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic regional security issues related to Iran’s malign influence” – is encouraging. Though…

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International Kangaroo Court to Investigate Israel for War Crimes

By Lawrence A. Franklin, Gatestone Institute— The International Criminal Court (ICC) appears ready to begin an investigation of alleged war crimes committed by Israeli soldiers against Arab civilian citizens of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, announced on April 30 that she would proceed with the investigation if…

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Abbas: ‘If Israel annexes a single centimeter, all agreements with Israel, US canceled’

By JNS— If Israel annexes “even a single centimeter” of land in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley, the Palestinian Authority will consider itself no longer bound by any of the agreements it has signed with Israel or the United States, said P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas last week. In an address posted to Palestine…

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Ahead of visit, Pompeo says sovereignty is ‘in the end, an Israeli decision’

By Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom— It’s been months since Israel had its a high-profile visit. This is not just because of the coronavirus crisis but also because of the year-long political limbo and the three elections we have had. But all this will end on Wednesday when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive…

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‘My son is a hero’: Hundreds attend funeral for soldier killed in West Bank raid

By Times of Israel Staff— Hundreds of people on Tuesday attended the funeral of Israel Defense Forces soldier Amit Ben-Ygal, who was killed overnight during a raid in the West Bank. The funeral was held at the military cemetery in the central city of Beer Yaakov. “I love you so much. My son is a…

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EU said to Debate Punishing Israel Over Annexation Plans

By Ariel Kahana, Jewish Press— The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Commission is reportedly debating punitive measures against Israel should it push forward with its plans to annex parts of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley in accordance with the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan. Sources familiar with the initiative told Israel Hayom that…

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Israel Still Suffers Virus of Hate Even as it Saves Arab Lives

By Melanie Philips— While countries around the world struggle to get on top of the Covid-19 crisis, Israel’s achievement so far has been remarkable. Its mortality rate from the virus has been vastly smaller, in proportion to its population, than the rate in countries such as Britain, Sweden or the United States. That’s largely because…

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