Joint US-Israel drill called off by Netanyahu

BY DEBKAFILE— debkafile’s sources disclose exclusively that, contrary to recent reports published in Washington, Jerusalem – and this site too – it was Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, not the Obama administration, who decided to call off the biggest ever joint US-Israeli military exercise Austere Challenge 12 scheduled for April 2012. Washington was taken aback…

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Netanyahu deputy disappointed with Obama on Iran

BY DAN WILLIAMS, REUTERs— A senior Israeli official voiced disappointment in the Obama administration on Sunday, saying “election-year considerations” lay behind its caution over tough Iran sanctions sought by U.S. legislators. While Washington has been talking tougher about Iran’s nuclear work and threat to block oil export routes out of the Gulf if hit with…

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Joseph is Alive: Israel helps Africa store food

BY RIVKA BOROCHOV, UNITED WITH ISRAEL— When the Biblical Joseph predicted that Egypt would suffer a major famine thousands of years ago, he told the Pharaoh to store grain for seven years. His foresight kept the people in the region from starvation. Prof. Shlomo Navarro, an Israeli environmental food specialist, is taking the same approach…

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To fight delegitimization

BY SHIRI HADAR, YNET— The wave of anti-Israeli criticism sweeping across many countries, including in North America, has prompted the Jewish Agency to significantly increase the number of Shlichim (emissaries) abroad. These emissaries, who engage in advocacy for the State of Israel, have been a central part of the Jewish Agency’s vision during the past…

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2012- the year of living dangerously

BY BARRY RUBIN, GLORIA— Coverage of the region-wide upheaval known as the “Arab Spring” would make it seem that terrorism, especially Islamist terrorism, is pretty much as dead as are its thousands of victims. After all, if the protest demonstration and balloting have proven able to resolve grievances then who needs to blow people up?…

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Bethlehem to host church conference which demonizes Israel

BY GIULIO MEOTTI, ARUTZ 7— Next March,  the Bible College in Bethlehem will host dozens of US theologians, activists and ministries for the “Christ at the Checkpoint 2012 Conference”. It is to be a major religious and political event meant to demonize Israel and to support the Palestinian Intifada against the “ethnocentric” Jewish State. The…

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Iran, Hezbollah stepping up efforts to save Assad regime in Syria

BY GIL COHEN, HAARETZ— Iran and Hezbollah are strengthening their efforts to ensure the survival of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, Military Intelligence Chief Major General Aviv Kochavi said on Wednesday. “They are providing with knowledge, weapons and other means and recently with active involvement,” Kochavi said. Kochavi also said that the face of…

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Iran: We'll bring the war to Israel and 'beyond'

BY DAVID LEV, ARUTZ 7— Iran is preparing its own answers to the string of assassinations of Iranian scientists, a web site identified with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said Thursday – and those responsible had better start staying awake nights, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying. Naming Israel specifically, the Rajah News website said…

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