As Putin Becomes One of World’s Most Powerful Players, His Surprising Jewish Connection is Revealed

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News— In the long history of Jews in Russia, the government has rarely been an ally, and often been the source of persecution. Current Russian president Vladimir Putin, however, is a powerful exception, with Jews playing a significant role in his personal history and his inner circle. With the…

Khamenei: ISIS ‘vile’ but Palestinians face worse terrorism from Israel

By JTA, JPOST— Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the recent coordinated Paris attacks that left at least 130 people dead “blind terrorism.” Khamenei’s comments, released in a statement to “the youth in the Western countries,” were published Sunday by the Iranian IRNA news agency, the government’s official news agency. It is reportedly Khamenei’s…

IN PICTURES: Thousands of Iranian soldiers stage mock siege of Temple Mount

By Daniel J Roth, JPOST— Thousands of Iranian paramilitary forces participated in mock drills and exercises simulating the capture of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Friday. Constructing a plastic replica of the al-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, “tens of thousands of soldiers” conducted staged exercises dubbed “Towards…

Iranian general: Israel’s collapse may come in less than a quarter of a century

By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON, JPOST— The commander of Iran’s ground forces vowed that their long-range missiles would rain down on Israel if it made any move against his country. The “Zionist regime’s” collapse may occur in less than 25 years, said Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan in an interview with Iran’s Al Alam TV, Tasnim…