Israel's defense establishment has identified growing Iranian efforts to improve their air defenses in locations where, according to foreign media, the Israeli air force has been carrying out attacks.
According to intelligence estimates presented to lawmakers in recent months, Iran is trying to establish an array of surface-to-air missiles in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and other location, in an attempt to disrupt the attacks and bring down an Israeli aircraft. In one of the recent strikes in Syria, which were attributed to Israel, Syrian soldiers fired missiles from Iranian-made defense systems at the aircraft.
Defense sources say that the aerial defense systems manufactured by Iran have helped Syria improve its capabilities against Israeli aircraft. According to these sources, the Syrians have succeeded in shortening their response time to Israeli attacks and have improved their capability to destroy the ammunition fired by Israel in Syria. Officials are concerned over the possibility of these defense systems finding their way to Iranian-backed terrorist groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen, as well as other groups.
Sudan's military coup shouldn't have come as a surprise. Armed groups loyal to the country's former ruler, Omar al-Bashir, tried to take over the government building in Khartoum and seize power back on September 21, but at the last moment the attempted coup failed, due mainly to disagreements among the rebel forces.
One month later, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of Sudan's temporary Sovereignty Council, urged Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to dissolve the government and replace it with a technocratic one, appoint a constitutional court with neutral judges and form a new parliament without the National Congress Party, which was the ruling party under Bashir. That was seen as a crude attempt by the army to take over the council and all other political power centers, in violation of the 2019 agreement that created the temporary government.
Under that agreement, the army was supposed to head the Sovereignty Council for 21 months, then pass the job to an elected civilian in preparation for the elections that were supposed to take place in 2023. Now it's not clear when or even if they will take place.
I am announcing and confessing here that I finance terrorism. Some of the tax money I pay to the Israeli government is transferred to its terrorist activities and those of its representatives, the settlers, against the Palestinian people.
If by terrorism one means imposing terror and fear then what are the commanders in the army and Shin Bet security service doing when they send masked soldiers to raid the homes of Palestinians night after night? Accompanied by dogs and with rifles aimed, soldiers wake families from their slumber, overturn the contents of closets, confiscate property and strike the adults in front of the children.
What are the inspectors of the Civil Administration doing when they wander among communities of shepherds, and check whether maybe a tent or a slide for children was added that should be demolished? What do the surveillance cameras stuck at every checkpoint at the exit from a Palestinian city do, if not intimidate and regiment?
The pace at which average temperatures are rising in Israel has tripled in recent decades, and the total increase recently crossed the threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius, new data from the Israel Meteorological Service shows.
Also, the rate of warming in Israel is double the global average, the new data shows. The service compared Israeli data from 1980 through 2020 with data on that same period from the latest report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It found that average temperatures in Israel rose by 0.59 degrees a decade during this period, while the average increase globally was 0.21 degrees per decade.
The data, which was presented Monday at an international conference of 31 European meteorological services in Brussels, showed that Israel's average temperature has risen by 0.59 degrees a decade over the last three decades. That is significantly higher than the rate for the past 70 years as a whole, when warming averaged 0.21 degrees a decade.
The Supreme Court has called upon the justice system to toughen penalties on crimes of arms dealing.
The court made the call on Sunday in its decision to reject an appeal by two residents of the Bedouin town of Rahat, who were convicted of arms dealing. One of them was sentenced to 10 years in prison and the other to eight and a half years. The Supreme Court justices wrote in their verdict that the prevalence of the phenomenon in question, and its devastating consequences, require the harnessing of the entire justice system, including among other measures by ensuring harsh and deterrent punishment.
Last February, the District Court in Beer Sheva convicted Bashir Abu Ziad in a plea deal of purchasing thousands of M-16 and Mag machine gun bullets, as well as M-16 rifle parts. Later on, Abu Ziad sold them to various people in Hebron for several thousand shekels. Hady Abu Zayed was convicted of selling the M-16 bullets to Abu Ziad, and in some cases of driving with Abu Ziad to Hebron to sell the munitions to others. He was also convicted of selling ammunition to various people in Nablus, and of possessing a telescopic rifle scope and a laser marker in his Rahat home.
Sometimes, even a con man lets a truth slip out. That happened to MK Bezalel Smotrich at the Knesset podium not long ago. After discarding all the racist litter in his remarks, what's left is a small kernel containing a big truth. Ben-Gurion, he said of Israel's first prime minister, didn't finish the job in 1948. That's true. It's absolutely true.
Admittedly, in the loathsome realm which is the subject of Smotrich's dreams, Ben-Gurion did far too much. If only he hadn't done anything at all. But in the work of establishing the state and steering its future, he definitely didn't finish the job. In fact, he screwed up big-time.
At one decisive moment, while forming his first government, in his arrogance, exaggerated self-confidence, astonishing historical blindness, petty political considerations and desire to keep the Mapam party out of any positions of power, he decided to bring the United Religious Front into his government an umbrella party uniting all the religious parties. In other words, Ben-Gurion deliberately chose to say no to separation of religion and state.
The public shouldn't worry that the listing of civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations is baseless and that it's sheer persecution of opponents of the occupation, as befits a military regime. After all, even State Prosecutor Amit Aisman approved the listing, and only after he approved it did the Shin Bet security service submit its intelligence reports to Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
So what if these organizations have been around for a long time and have international reputations? So what if some are well known to the human rights and civil society communities both in Israel and abroad? Aisman didn't approve it on a whim. He did so only after meetings with other members of the prosecution at which the Shin Bet presented classified intelligence tying these groups to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization. One person who saw this intelligence described it as abundant and convincing information. Are you convinced?
And don't worry, Aisman isn't the only one in on the secret. Nor is there any need to get excited over the response of U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price, who rebuked Israel for not informing the United States in advance and made it clear that Washington would ask Jerusalem to explain the rationale for this move.
Israel's Public Security Ministry representatives were told after their presentation to the government on Sunday that the police's objective of reducing murders in the Arab community by 10 percent in 2022 compared to this year required a more ambitious goal, Haaretz learned.
Police, who had presented a goal of 100 murders for 2022, are expected to present a revised goal by the end of November. The government allocated 2.4 billion shekels ($780 million) as part of the national five-year plan to combat crime and violence in the Arab community, on Sunday.
Under this plan, the government is consolidating a series of crime-reduction goals which police are supposed to meet by the end of 2022. Other measures were agreed upon for the next six months, including operations to locate illegal firearms.
It seems that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has a plethora of ideas on how to spend the kingdom's money. After his Saudi Arabia 2030 initiative, which includes construction of the futuristic city of Neom at an estimated cost of 500 billion dollars, he unveiled a new initiative: The Green Middle East, to which he has committed some 700 billion dollars.
Like the futuristic city project, the Green Middle East has got a website detailing with its goals and means of execution. Among other things, bin Salman plans to completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, plant 10 billion trees, of which 10 million have already been planted, halt the spread of the desert through expanding green spaces by 541 square kilometers, constructing alternative energy power plants to supply green electricity to some 600 households, laying 9,900 kilometers of railroad tracks to reduce road congestion, expanding nature reserves by thousands of square kilometers and employing some 10,000 workers at a designated environmental protection authority.
The grandiosity of the projects are impressive, and barring some dramatic twist in the plot, the 36-year-old prince will be a 75-year-old king upon their conclusion, young compared to his own father and previous monarchs. The more interesting question is whether the kingdom can foot the massive bill of some 1.2 trillion dollars to complete these visions. For in the meantime it is facing financial difficulties, including a national debt of some 230 billion dollars and a budgetary deficit estimated at 5 percent of GDP.
A settler attacked on Monday a member of the Rabbis for Human Rights organization with pepper spray while he was accompanying Palestinian farmers as they harvested olives in the West Bank.
The attack took place on lands belonging to villagers of Awartha, near the settlement of Itamar.
Video footage shows that several Israeli soldiers were present during the attack, but none of them stopped or detained the settler. The organization's employee was evacuated to the hospital with light wounds and was released shortly thereafter.
WASHINGTON The United States on Monday said that Israel-Sudan normalization may have to be re-evaluated following Sunday's overnight coup attempt.
"The many partners now we've spoken with have expressed a similar degree of alarm, concern and condemnation of what we've seen take place in Khartoum in recent hours," State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.
"Similar to the approach to the , I think the normalization effort between Israel and Sudan is something that will have to be evaluated as we and as Israel watches very closely. What happens in the coming hours in the coming days, I wouldn't want to weigh into that just yet," he added.
WASHINGTON State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Monday denied Israeli claims that the U.S. was provided with advance notice of plans to declare six Palestinian civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations.
Price noted the Israeli delegation heading to Washington to clarify the process behind the decision-making, but when pressed on communication before the decision, Price said "it is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate that we did not receive a specific heads up about any forthcoming designations."
On Friday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed an order declaring six civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations.
WASHINGTON The United States is pausing assistance from the 700 million dollars Sudan aid package following Sunday's coup attempt, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said Monday.
"Those funds were intended to support the country's democratic transition as we evaluate the next steps for Sudan programming," he said, condemning Sudanese military forces' actions.
"The arrest of civilian government officials and other political leaders, including Prime Minister Hamdok undermines the country's transition to democratic civilian rule," Price added, calling on the civilian-led transitional government to be immediately restored.
Within the space of a few days, Turkey announced that it had arrested a supposed spy ring operated by Israel's Mossad, and informed the ambassadors of the U.S., France and Germany that they should expect a deportation order from Ankara. What is all the noise about? We discuss the latest developments with Louis Fishman, an expert on Turkish politics who divides his time between Istanbul and Tel Aviv.
Later on this week's episode, we hear from Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and author of the newly released "Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy." How would Kissinger respond to this week's Israeli announcement of new construction in West Bank settlements, and what did the Clinton administration fail to learn from the master? Listen to the full discussion with host Amir Tibon.
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A much-awaited Supreme Court hearing concerning the eviction of a Palestinian family from their home in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem ended on Monday without any decision. The ruling in the appeal of the Dweik family which is fighting an eviction order they received from the pro-settler Ateret Cohanim organization is expected to have ramifications for as many as hundreds of other Palestinians from the neighborhood who could also be evicted.
It seems from the hearing that the justices rejected the Palestinian family's claims of ownership of the property where they have lived for decades and are expected to rule, as two lower courts did, that the owner is the Benvenisti Jewish religious trust, which is now controlled by Ateret Cohanim.
>> Israel's top court to hold decisive hearing on eviction of Palestinian family in East Jerusalem
The top U.S. envoy to Iran, Robert Malley warned on Monday that efforts to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal were now in a 'critical phase', saying Tehran's reasons for not resuming talks were wearing thin.
Speaking to reporters in a phone briefing, Malley said while Washington was increasingly worried that Tehran would keep delaying its return to talks, it also had other tools to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and would use them if need be.
U.S. and European envoys met last Friday to discuss efforts aimed at reviving the troubled 2015 Iran nuclear deal with France urging Iran to curb nuclear activities of "unprecedented gravity."
Israel Police will add a large number of security cameras throughout the mixed Arab-Jewish cities of Lod and Acre with next year similarly to the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem as part of a plan to fight crime in Arab communities.
The plan was approved by the cabinet on Sunday at its weekly meeting.
The cameras will be installed in part because of the fear of further Jewish-Arab violence in these cities, too, said Tomer Lotan, the director general of the Public Security Ministry. The police also plan to establish command centers from which they can control the cameras and operate drones.
A controversial Christian evangelical leader whose brazen meddling in internal Israeli politics recently drew strong condemnation in the Christian world will be a guest speaker at an event organized by the Israeli Government Press Office scheduled for early next month.
Mike Evans, who likes to refer to himself as the largest evangelical leader in the world, is scheduled to speak at the fifth annual Christian Media Summit, which will take place online on November 11 and be devoted to the Abraham Accords the normalization agreements signed last year between Israel and several Arab countries. The GPO, which organizes the yearly event, operates under the auspices of the Prime Minister's Office.
A longtime supporter of Benjamin Netanyahu, the former Israeli prime minister, Evans became frantic last June when it appeared that his old friend did not have enough support to set up a government.
Hospitals across Israel on Monday expressed solidarity with Petah Tikva's Beilinson Hospital after the family of an elderly woman who passed away last month from COVID-19 publicly accused its medical staff of intentionally murdering the unvaccinated patient.
A photo showing the recently deceased woman's gravestone engraved with the words murdered at the hands of Beilinson Hospital in the coronavirus ward ignited a social media storm on Sunday, with the Health Ministry weighing in to decry the allegation, which it characterized as the culmination of a wave of incitement against healthcare workers in Israel.
Medical teams have been battling under emergency conditions for nearly two years, non-stop, to save the lives of coronavirus patients, the ministry said in a tweet, adding that fake is what kills.
In the middle of one of Tel Aviv's most affluent suburbs, a neighborhood exists where the streets have no name. Although the residents pay property taxes, they had to fight for years to get hooked up to the water and electricity grids. Until today, they use boreholes they dug to dispose of sewage. Without fortified rooms, they take shelter from rockets under flimsy asbestos roofing. Weeds that have overrun the empty plots where residents used to live now offer a refuge to snakes.
Instead of door numbers, the veteran residents hang family names above their entrances. But then, this neighborhood has always been a distinctly family affair, occupied mostly by the same group (or their descendants) that first populated it in the late 1940s. When 80 of the families were forcibly evicted in 2014, it was like losing a limb, says Rachel Levy, 80, who moved here as a child before the formation of the state.
This is Givat Amal Bet, a poor neighborhood of single-story shacks with corroded metal roofs, set amid the sprawling high-rises of north Tel Aviv. And these could be its dying days.
There are no dogfights at Blue Flag. This was probably the most surprising piece of information from Sunday's media day at Ovda Air Base in the southern Negev.
Dozens of the most advanced fighter jets, hundreds of pilots and over 1,000 ground personnel from eight countries gathered for the largest international air exercise Israel has ever hosted. Yet despite the Top Gun-style videos screened to the assembled journalists from Israel and around the world, there were no dogfights on the schedule. No airborne jockeys jousting in the sky, pulling 9Gs and straining to get each other in their sights.
Welcome to air power in the 21st century. Dogfights are out. No one is going to see the whites of their opponent's eyes. Instead, interceptions of enemy planes take place beyond visual range, and the only chance a pilot may get to use their cannon is when being tasked to shoot down a drone.
The European Union on Monday called on Israel to halt settlement construction and not go ahead with tenders for about 1,300 new settlement homes in the West Bank that were announced over the weekend.
"Settlements are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between the parties," a spokesperson for the EU's executive Commission said in a statement.
The EU has consistently made clear that it will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by both sides, the spokesperson added.
So it turns out that certain mafiosi in Reggio Calabria, southern Italy, stocked up on dead dormice. The deceased rodents weren't being kept in freezers as an agent of thawed terrorization you wouldn't wake up to find a head in your bed.
The otherwise nocturnal rodents would be baked, according to the BBC, which reported that police had seized 235 deceased dormice. In fact, the mafiosi were merely sustaining a tradition dating to their ancient Roman ancestors, who enjoyed the rodents stuffed with pork and mouse meat from all fleshy parts of the mouse, with spicing and garum (a popular sauce made of rotting fish guts and bits).
Roman cooks were advised to sew up the dormouse before baking, roasting or, in a pinch, boiling it. The Novium Museum website suggests you try the recipe using the more readily available chicken instead of dormice, which are not technically mice, though they look like it; they're cousins of the beaver.
Several prominent Israeli public health officials have indicated that a national vaccine drive for children between the ages 5-11 could begin within weeks.
In an interview with the national broadcaster Kan, the ministry's head of public health services Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis said she assumes the option to vaccinate children in this age group will be "available soon."
She added that according to data, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration "is likely to approve it soon, and then we will begin discussions to approve it as well."
Israel has not provided any official response to Monday's military coup in Sudan, with officials following developments in the country that signed a deal to normalize relations a year earlier.
Israeli officials have recently been working to forge stronger ties with Sudan, which have taken a back seat to Israel's burgeoning relationships with other countries with which it normalized relations over the past year.
"The internal situation in Sudan challenged its ability to advance ties with Israel as the other countries did," a diplomatic source recently said. The past few weeks have seen repeated contacts between Sudanese officials and their Israeli counterparts.
Six-year-old Eitan Biran, who survived a cable car accident near Lake Maggiore this summer that killed both his parents, will be returned to his aunt in Italy, an Israeli court ruled on Monday.
The boy's paternal aunt, Aya Biran Nirko, filed a civil custody suit following the abduction by his maternal grandfather, 58-year-old Shmuel Peleg, in September, seeking his return to Italy.
The judge who made the ruling on Monday rejected the grandfather's claim that Eitan's usual home was in Israel, as well as the claim that he generally lived in both Israel and Italy. The judge noted that Eitan had moved to Italy with his family when he was only a month old. She also rejected Peleg's argument that special consideration should be given to the boy's parents' plans before they died to move to Israel.
He is a diminutive man with towering ambitions that, though he has yet to make an official declaration, may run in France's presidential election next year.
Remarkably, perhaps tragically, the racist bilge of the French pundit Ãric Zemmour, long sloshing about in the French media, has now spilled across its western counterparts. Over the past few weeks, they've "discovered" the Zemmour phenomenon, with accounts, analyses and interviews in papers ranging from the New York Times to Die Zeit, and the Times to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Should we, then, really discuss Zemmour some more? Some critics insist we ought not. To write about him, no matter how critical the perspective, gives Zemmour what he most craves: attention. Moreover, as we already learned five years ago with Donald Trump's campaign, a media frenzy is not cost-free: it functions as fuel for his movement.
About two months ago, the central district of the Israeli State Prosecutor's Office filed an official indictment on the charge of aggravated murder. The victim: Haim Wizman, a 42-year-old convicted pedophile. His alleged murderer: a 16-year-old minor.
At first glance, that seems to be a mistake. The teenager, whose name cannot be published, lives in an affluent town in central Israel. By all accounts, his family is normative. He himself is a member of the student council, a budding actor, an exceptional writer and even attends a prestigious program for gifted kids at one of the country's universities.
But conversations with his acquaintances and a secret journal that the teen had kept reveal a hidden side of his personality. They may explain why such a teenager would murder a sex criminal he didn't know personally by stabbing him nearly 30 times, inside the man's apartment.
There is no reason to become overly excited about the honor Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was accorded on his visit over the weekend in Russia. Nothing there was personal: Bennett received a proper reception, exactly like his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu. Not because of his jovial personality but because of Israel's standing in the region. Russia needs Israel, for its own purposes, almost as much as Israel needs Russia.
The interaction is not between equals, of course. Russia, even when its economic weakness distances it from the days of the Soviet Union's international power, is still a world power. In its September 2015 decision to intervene militarily to benefit President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, it settled down, strategically speaking, in Israel's backyard. When you have a Russian bear in the neighborhood you tread carefully. That's just what Israel is doing.
Even when Bennett praises President Vladimir Putin as a great friend of the Jewish people, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Putin does what's good for Putin. It would be best if the enthusiasm over the warm reception at Sochi, including the somewhat childish anecdotes Bennett and Minister Zeev Elkin shared at the government meeting, not forget that Putin is a tyrant who methodically crushes opponents of his country's regime and who was a partner to horrific war crimes in Syria. Israel needs to coordinate some of its actions with him because that's what reality objectively requires. It has nothing to do with love.
The Israeli army's decision to attack a high-rise that housed the Associated Press news agency in Gaza was a 'mistake,' an Israeli general leading the investigation into May's hostilities said.
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Nitzan Alon, who conducted the investigation into Operation Guardian of the Walls and how it influenced public opinion, said that destroying the AP tower created severe PR damage for Israel.
"Not everyone in the military agrees, but I'm convinced it was a mistake. The operational achievement was totally disproportionate to the diplomatic damage and the harm to public relations it created, and we should learn from this, Alon said at a conference held by the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Versatility with land management is the name of the game in a small country like Israel. One upshot is an unfortunate juxtaposition between archaeological sites and army bases, training sites and firing zones. Visiting some of these sites, if one can, one may see not only wonders from the past but spent shells, glow sticks on paddles for target practice, bullet-perforated barrels and other signs of military operations. Listed north to south, here are some archaeology sites now inside Israeli army, air force, navy bases and firing zones.
Rujm el Hiri: Wheel of Ghosts'
In a military training zone in the Golan Heights is one mysterious archaeological site. Referred to by many as the Stonehenge of Israel, five concentric circles surround a rock pile that some postulate is a burial chamber, though no human remains have been found. Its Arabic name is Rujm el Hiri, after the giants mentioned in the Bible and it's in an Israeli army firing zone. It's also near Israel's border with Syria, about 8.5 kilometers, and is adjacent to old mine fields.
Sudan's interim prime minister and a number of senior government officials were arrested Monday, the information ministry said, describing the actions as a military coup.
The internet in the country was largely cut off and military forces closed bridges, according to the ministry's Facebook page. The country's main pro-democracy group and the largest political party urged people in separate appeals to take to the streets to counter the apparent military coup.
>> Sudan coup attempt: PM, ministers arrested in Khartoum
The pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah published on Monday what it said was the pictures and details of a spy network that operated on Israel's behalf.
According to the report, all 15 members of the network are Arab.
On Friday, the newspaper reported that one of the members of the alleged network had met twice with Mossad operatives in Zurich, and that he had collected information on Palestinians residing in Turkey in exchange for thousands of euros.
The Supreme Court is holding a decisive hearing on Monday concerning the eviction of a Palestinian family from their home in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem which could also affect the possible eviction of dozens of other families in the area.
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, who was asked to issue his legal opinion on a number of fundamental questions arising from the case, told the court last week he believes these issues should not be discussed because the residents can be evicted based on the denial of their claim that the statute of limitations has expired. The attorney general is expected to send a representative to attend the hearing.
>> These Palestinian families face eviction from their East Jerusalem homes
A number of issues are creating divisions within the Israeli government, and threatening its stability just two weeks before the last date to approve the state budget. Most coalition heads believe, however, that these issues won't prevent the passing of the budget.
During a meeting of coalition leaders on Sunday, Labor head Merav Michaeli and Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz demanded that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett put the brakes on several controversial issues: Re-establishing the illegal outpost of Evyatar, advancing 1,300 housing units in the settlements as well as Defense Minister Benny Gantz's labeling of six Palestinian NGOs as terror groups. Bennett said he would hold a discussion on Gantz's announcement when the defense minister returns from a visit abroad.
According to the understanding between Bennett and Gantz and the settlers of Evyatar, if the outpost is found to have been built on state lands, a settlement will be established there. Although the examination of the land's status is yet to be completed, it seems that at least some of it can be declared as state lands. This, however, does not guarantee it would be feasible to plan and build a settlement.
Sudan's leading general declared a state of emergency Monday, hours after his forces arrested the acting prime minister and other senior government officials.
In a televised address, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan announced that he was dissolving the country's ruling Sovereign Council, as well as the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. He said quarrels among political factions prompted the military to intervene but he pledged to complete the country's democratic transition, saying a new technocrat government would lead Sudan to elections.
>> Sudan and Israel: Moving towards normalization, then a coup
A former senior Saudi security official who helped oversee joint U.S. counterterrorism efforts claimed in an interview with 60 Minutes that the kingdom's crown prince once spoke of killing a sitting Saudi monarch before his own father was crowned king.
Saad al-Jabri did not provide evidence to the CBS News program, which aired Sunday.
The ex-intelligence official, who resides in exile in Canada, claimed that in 2014, Prince Mohammed boasted that he could kill King Abdullah. At the time, Prince Mohammed held no senior role in government but was serving as gatekeeper to his father's royal court when his father was still heir to the throne. King Salman ascended to the throne in January 2015 after his half-brother, King Abdullah, died of stated natural causes.
The largest source of income of the Mifal Hapayis national lottery is the game Chance, which brings in 3.7 billion shekels ($1.2 billion) a year about 40 percent of its total revenues (Haaretz, October 22). Chance reached this status thanks to two features: relatively high chances of winning compared to the other games that the lottery offers gamblers, and, mainly, very frequent lotteries.
From Sunday to Thursday there are seven rounds of Chance lotteries every day, with another three on Friday morning and two on Saturday night. The large number of lotteries provides what addicts need: new hope once every two hours, from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. The internet age has made gambling games very accessible, and the national lottery decided that it cannot be left behind and developed lotteries that may provide an internet-wide solution for contestants, but also increase the percentage of gambling addicts in Israel.
Usually these are impoverished people, and there is a reason why Hebrew University economist Prof. Momi Dahan, who has researched the field, calls the Mifal Hapayis lotteries a tax on the poor. Dahan found that there are more Mifal Hapayis sales points in areas with lower-income populations, and that the more prosperous the community, the smaller its number of Hapayis kiosks.
Roman Zadorov, who is being retried for the 2006 murder of Ta'ir Rada, "deceived investigators," according to one of the police officers who investigated the case.
In contrast, Zadorov's lawyer, Yarom Halevy, told the Nazareth District Court that Zadorov's original reenactment of the murder was not authentic and his confession at the time was a false one.
The officer, Alexander (Sasha) Strizhevsky, vehemently denied all this, saying Zadorov was the one who murdered Rada. Zadorov, a janitor at the school, was convicted of the murder and his conviction was upheld on appeal. But he was recently granted a retrial, due in part to one key piece of evidence a bloody footprint at the crime scene that didn't belong to him. The retrial began two weeks ago.
Justice Ministry officials are working on legislation that would enable the Israel to build an extensive database on people entering or leaving the country.
The officials are working in coordination with other ministries, the National Security Council and with the Privacy Protection Authority. According to the Justice Ministry, similar databases already exist in many other Western countries, but experts have raised concerns that the Israeli database will impinge on privacy rights.
Israel's security agencies have been working for years on such a project. The undertaking, first reported on the Zman Yisrael website, is mainly designed for security and combating terror. But the authorities say the database will also assist them in combating organized crime, arm-export violations, drug smuggling and human trafficking. It may also be used to protect against the spread of epidemics, such as the coronavirus.
Anti-cancer drugs are expected to be added to the state-funded health basket as Israel begins discussions on additions to the 2022 package.
The panel deciding what new medicines and treatments will put an emphasis on anti-cancer drugs, after they were given relatively lesser weight last year, and given the innovations in recent years in advanced oncology treatments including biological and immunotherapy treatments.
The committee is expected to approve in the next few years treatments that have proven their effectiveness in advanced stages of cancer, as well as being effective in earlier stages.
Miri The Sudanese Are A Cancer In Our Body Regev caused a political storm when she called the chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Ram Ben Barak a former deputy chief of the Mossad and bereaved brother an Israel hater. We can only be outraged at her.
Let's go back a week. A right-wing website revealed that Ben Barak's parliamentary aide, attorney Linir Abu Hazaz, was photographed during a tour of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque with sheikhs who are not favorites of the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Police and there was a terrible outcry. Nobody was interested in Abu Hazaz's response, to the effect that she knew nothing about those suspicions, just as nobody else knew.
It should be said to Ben Barak's credit that he employs an Arab parliamentary aide and supports the integration of Arabs in the public sector. That's not a matter of course in the centrist parties; to his detriment it should be said that from the moment he learned of the accusations he announced he was suspending her pending clarification.
The mother of the administrative detainee Mikdad Qawasmeh begged for them to prevent lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir from entering the room at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, where her son, who has been on a hunger strike for 91 days, is hospitalized. Mikdad will not survive the visit.' Ben-Gvir's entrance could well cause a rise in heart rate and blood pressure, he won't be able to take it, the visit will finish him off, she said. If he comes here, it's almost certain he will shout at Mikdad that he is a terrorist, and he deserves to die. Please, don't let him come here.
What would you have done if you were in the place of Ayman Odeh, who was present during the attempt to invade the patient's room? On the one hand, a mother who is calling to save her son from the jaws of the bully, and on the other, journalist Baruch Kra, who asked, after the fact, to allow Ben-Gvir his sacred parliamentary immunity. Parliamentary immunity against the dignity and welfare of the patient? The choice is in your hands.
Moreover, what do you think about the fact that the deputy director of Kaplan Hospital, Dr. Eitan Lavon, cast off his sacred obligation to protect the patient, and instead reprimanded both lawmakers, the one who intended on violating the privacy of the patient and the one who protected him: Make your provocations somewhere else. What a disgrace for the deputy director of the hospital to flee from his medical responsibility.
A bill that would connect the electricity grid to homes built without permits was approved Sunday after a compromise between the United Arab List and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who had delayed the bill.
According to the decision by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, the bill will be passed based on a framework proposed by Shaked, which limits the electricity hookups to buildings built before July 2018, and also includes restrictions based on orders issued against the buildings.
The bill is intended to ensure that electrical hookups are done legally and safely, in line with the standards set by the Israel Electric Corporation. The proposed legislation will provide a solution for tens of thousands of homes, built without permits and with no connection to existing infrastructure that enables a proper standard of living appropriate to Israel in 2021, states the explanatory notes to the bill.
A string of suspects marched into the interrogation rooms of the police's central investigation unit in Jerusalem last week. They were involved in one of the unit's flagship cases, which had gathered dust for decades, waiting for a breakthrough.
The case involves the kidnaping and murder of Nissim Shitrit, a 17-year-old Haredi youth who disappeared in 1986, and Avraham Edri, a 41-year-old resident of Jerusalem who was murdered in 1990. It quickly became obvious to investigators that this time they were dealing with particularly tough nuts to crack.
So far, eight suspects have been arrested, seven men and one woman. Others were also detained for questioning. Five remain detained and were brought before a judge Sunday for an extension of their stay in custody. The detainees are former members of the modesty guard of the Shuvu Banim sect, headed by Rabbi Eliezer Berland, which intimidated different communities of Jerusalem in those years. They are suspected of being behind two affairs that rocked Jerusalem in the 80s and 90s.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting that Israel's climate targets are not ambitious enough and said a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 should be set, several sources who attended the meeting told Haaretz.
Bennett told the cabinet, which approved a climate change program that stresses climate innovation, that he believed Israel's targets should be raised even before the Glasgow conference, which opens next week. He said that even if it doesn't happen this week, Israel will ultimately have to join other countries around the world who are already on the way to achieving that goal.
Bennett's remarks were his first admission that Israel must raise its climate-related targets, which he will present next week at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. They put him in conflict with the energy and finance ministries on net-zero emissions, a position that led Israel to adopt particularly modest targets of a 27 percent reduction of carbon emissions by 2030 and an 85 percent reduction by 2050.
Israel will start implementing the first round of expanded work permits for Palestinians this week, with 9,000 additional laborers from the West Bank to be allowed to work in the country.
In August, the government approved letting 15,000 additional Palestinian construction workers into the country. The decision came in light of the shortage of construction workers in Israel. The Construction and Housing Ministry said the other 6,000 will become available in January 2022.
The ministry stated that the move, which was coordinated with the Population and Immigration Authority, is "a first step toward the implementation of an expansion in the quota for Palestinian workers in Israel."
A security source in Israel said on Sunday that there is clear-cut evidence, including footage and receipts, against the six Palestinians NGOs classified by the Defense Ministry as terror groups.
The official added that representatives from the Shin Bet security service and the Defense Ministry will fly to Washington to present the evidence to the Biden administration.
The intel "is unambiguous and cast in concrete. It proves a direct link between the organizations and their associates to the terror organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine," the official said.
It was a stroke of political genius, timed to perfection: If the world isn't interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if only a handful of die-hards still believe in the feasibility of a Palestinian state, if the coronavirus epidemic, climate change and China's ascent dominate the global agenda, what should Israel do to get some attention? Declare war on Ben & Jerry's ice cream? No, that's already been done.
Instead, let's designate some Palestinian civil society groups terrorist organizations and draw some more unwanted attention and criticism to Israel's occupation.
Roy vey! It's been a week since I watched 27 episodes of Succession back-to-back, and it's no exaggeration to say I've thought about Jesse Armstrong's show and its characters every subsequent day.
For instance, over morning coffee, I suddenly found alternative names for this most Shakespearean of series popping into my head: King Learjet. The Comedy of Swearers. All's Yell That Ends Yell. Wealth Night.
This newfound obsession was not aided, of course, by the fact that Succession memes are everywhere on social media right now; it's probably only a matter of time before Roman Roy starts offering silly money for them as NFTs.
When the trial of two dozen alt-right organizers of the Unite the Right rally begins in Charlottesville on Monday, Jews, among those targeted in the extremist gathering, will be watching closely. But they are also key players in the case.
One of the lead lawyers for the plaintiff is Roberta Kaplan, a feminist who has long been active in New York's Jewish community. And Deborah Lipstadt, perhaps the most famous living historian of the Holocaust and the Biden Administration's nominee to be global envoy to combat antisemitism, is slated to take the witness stand.
The trial, said the rabbi of Charlottesville's only synagogue, will be both difficult and hopeful.
Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sent shock waves through the world from a Saturday afternoon rally, by declaring he was ordering his foreign minister, Mevlet Cavusoglu, to declare ten foreign ambassadors persona non grata for their call to release the jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala.
He offered the crowd a taste of the tone in which the order was given, saying he'd told Cavusoglu, "You will sort it out immediately."
It came just days after the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned those ambassadors representing United States France, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden, to express its dismay over what they describe interference in their courts.
The Palestinians' UN observer mission asked the Security Council on Sunday to condemn Israel's designating of six nongovernmental organizations as terror groups, calling it "false and libelous slander."
On Friday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the six organizations operate in a West Bank network run by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which has been classified as a terror group by the European Union and countries including the United States.
The six civil society organizations are Addameer, Al-Haq, the Bisan Center, Defense for Children International Palestine, the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees.
I never dreamed I could be an athlete, until I became a paraplegic.
During my service in the Israel Defense Forces' Armored Corps reconnaissance unit, I used to run a few kilometers. But that whole chapter ended when, at age 23, I lost the use of my legs and sustained a host of other injuries and troubles after an Egyptian shell exploded just behind my back on October 18, 1973 the 12th day of the Yom Kippur War, for which I had been called up as a reservist.
The change began during my rehabilitation. Our physiotherapists were good to us, meaning they were hard as nails. Our wakeup exercise was to climb a rope to the ceiling and down again, hands only remember, we were paraplegics at least twice. But what wouldn't we have done for that approving glance and half-smile.
"Who killed Ashli Babbitt?" That's the new MAGA rallying cry, a slogan to replace "Lock her up!" and "Build that wall!"
Ex-President Trump even taped a special birthday message dedicated to the "truly incredible" deceased Ms. Babbitt, shot by Capitol police while part of a mob trying to smash its way into the Speaker's Lobby, which was played at a meeting in her memory in Texas. In the video, he declares, "There was no reason Ashli should have lost her life that day. We must all demand justice."
Trump, aided and amplified by acolytes from Maria Bartiromo to Rep Paul Gosar, repeatedly riles up his camp to query Ashli Babbitt's death, at rallies, on Fox News, at CPAC. The implications of these chants are more sinister than merely satisfying curiosity.
Israel invited bids for the construction of 1,355 housing units in Jewish settlements in the West Bank on Sunday, the first time housing units in West Bank settlements have been promoted since U.S. President Joe Biden took office.
The issuing of bidding process is the last step before the government begins building the units, which have been practically approved.
According to the plan, 729 units will be constructed in Ariel, 324 in Beit El, 102 in Elkana, and the rest will be built in Geva Binyamin, Immanuel, Karnei Shomron and Betar Illit.
A 68-year-old man was struck and killed by a train north of the Netanya interchange Sunday.
Israel Railways reported that the man, who was employed by a subcontractor, was performing electrical work on the tracks. A preliminary investigation found that he had crossed the tracks without following safety regulations, said the company.
According to Safe Work Israel Group, this is the 55th causality related to work and construction since the beginning of the year.
Israeli gymnast Andrey Medvedev won a bronze medal Sunday in the men's vault at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, the first time he has qualified for the finals in the big event.
Medvedev, who was born in Ulyanovsk, Russia, and moved to Israel when he was 12, won the silver at the European Championships in 2019 and 2021.
In his first jump Sunday's in Kitakyushu, Japan, Medvedev scored 14.533, and in his second 14.776, for a weighted tally of 14.649. The gold medal went to Carlos Yulo of the Philippines and the silver to Yonekura Hidenobu of Japan.
Likud lawmaker Miri Regev harshly attacked lawmaker Ram Ben Barak and refused to back down from the accusation that he hates his own country, even after members of her own party came out against her.
Ben Barak, a member of the Yesh Atid party, is currently the chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Earlier this month, Ben Barak, a former deputy head of Mossad and veteran of Israel's top commando unit, suspended a member of his staff, lawyer Linir Abu Hazaz, after she posted a picture of herself with Ekrima Sa'id Sabri, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, on social media.
Sabri, who has been detained by Israeli authorities on multiple occasions, has previously made statements supporting violence and minimizing the Holocaust.
Richard Nixon, then the vice president of the United States, was in Detroit on the morning of October 31, 1956, when his staff connected him by phone with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. The main subject was the crisis in the Middle East, where 48 hours earlier Israel had invaded Egypt and taken over the Sinai Peninsula, surprising America and shocking the world. Nixon asked the secretary to update him on the latest developments and the administration's response.
Toward the end of their conversation, they discussed another issue just as urgent: the presidential election that was only seven days away. President Dwight Eisenhower was seeking reelection, and while he was comfortably leading in the polls, some members of his administration worried that his response to the Israeli invasion could harm him politically. Eisenhower had denounced Israel's aggression and was moving to suspend U.S. economic aid to the young Jewish state. Dulles asked Nixon, the expert in his words on all things politics, if the president's tough line could cost him at the ballot box.
We will lose some Israeli votes, Nixon replied, confusing America's Jewish community with citizens of the far-away State of Israel. But there aren't many. He added that more important than how Americans would judge Eisenhower's criticism of Israel was the fact that our policy is still one that has kept American boys out of the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pledged on Sunday 10 billion shekels (3 billion dollars) to fight future COVID waves in the country, as key metrics suggest the pandemic continues to shrink.
"We're establishing an economic and medical safety net of 10 billion shekels for future coronavirus waves," Bennett said prior to a cabinet meeting on Sunday.
"We're exiting the delta wave these days," Bennett added as Health Ministry figures keep suggesting that the pandemic is contracting. Israel recorded on Sunday 324 new coronavirus cases, 65 percent of which were unvaccinated.
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was incensed by a pundit's suggestion on a Friday night news show that his successor Naftali Bennett somehow received preferential treatment that day when meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The president of Russia met with Prime Minister Netanyahu dozens of times for meetings that went on for many hours, Netanyahu fumed in a statement sent immediately after Shabbat.
That was followed by an exhaustive list of places where they met, the number of phone conversations they held (nearly 80) and a detailed account of diplomatic gains that purportedly were achieved only thanks to Netanyahu's special relationship with Putin. The most important was Putin accepting Prime Minister Netanyahu's request to refrain from intervening in Israel's air operations in Syria.
It's hard to be sure whether Netanyahu believes he actually had a personal relationship with one of the most cynically ruthless world leaders in our lifetimes and that Putin would ever do him any favors outside his own interest. Netanyahu certainly tried to create that impression on Israeli voters when in the second of the four recent election campaigns he plastered billboards with pictures of him and Putin standing together under the slogan Netanyahu A Different League. (There were similar photos with Donald Trump and Narendra Modi.)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that he had "found President Putin attentive to Israel's security needs," after the two leaders met for the first time over the past weekend.
"President Putin and I had discussed the situation in Syria," Bennett said at the beginning of a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. "In some senses, the Russians are our neighbors ... it is important that we manage the delicate situation in smoothly and with no mishaps.," Bennett added.
"We also discussed the Iranian nuclear program," which Bennett dubbed as "alarming" due to its "advanced stage."
Archaeologists excavating the ruined Crusader castle of Arsuf have chanced upon a unique Arabic inscription engraved on one of the ballista balls that were catapulted onto the stronghold by a besieging Muslim army nearly 800 years ago.
The text is too weathered to interpret definitively, but clearly says something like aim and attack. It was probably intended to boost morale among the attacking artillery units, the researchers say.
Writing propaganda messages on ammunition, from stone balls to steel bombs, was common in antiquity and is today too, but this is the first known occurrence in the battles associated with the Crusades, says Prof. Oren Tal, an archaeologist from Tel Aviv University who leads the dig at Arsuf.
The six Palestinian civil society organizations in the West Bank that Defense Minister Benny Gantz designated as terrorist groups Friday said in statements Saturday that they will not be deterred by what they called efforts to silence them.
Al-Haq, one of the six, is the most prominent Palestinian human rights group in the territories, and has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. The Shin Bet security service has several times in the past prevented its director, Shawan Jabarin, from leaving the West Bank to go abroad.
Founded in 1979, Al-Haq compiles reports on human rights violations in the territories by both Israel and by the Palestinian Authority. In the past year alone, Al-Haq has issued reports on Palestinian workers in the settlements and the Palestinian economy's dependence on them, on torture in PA jails, on freedom of expression in the PA and on Israel's de facto annexation of the West Bank.
The government's declaration of civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations is a destructive folly that tarnishes all of the parties in the coalition and the state itself. The outlawing of human rights groups and persecution of humanitarian activists are quintessential characteristics of military regimes, in which democracy in its deepest sense is a dead letter.
The order signed by Defense Minister Benny Gantz designates six organizations as terror organizations, as follows: Addameer offers legal aid to prisoners, collects data on incarcerations, including so-called administrative detentions without trial and acts to end torture.
Al-Haq which documents violations of Palestinian human rights in the occupied territories. The Palestine branch of Defense for Children International monitors the killing of children and the wellbeing of children imprisoned in Israel.
Israel declared six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organizations Tuesday, claiming that they are operating under the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Among these newfound terrorist organizations are three of Palestine's most prominent human rights organizations the prisoner rights and legal defense group Addameer, Defense for Children International-Palestine and Al-Haq, undoubtedly the single most important Palestinian human rights organization.
Absurdly, the order designating Al-Haq a terrorist organization says that its public activity ¦ is in human rights advocacy, but in fact, it is involved in advancing measures against Israel in the international arena on behalf of the .
Another brand-new terrorist organization is the Bisan Center for Research & Development, which the order accuses of disseminating ostensibly academic material in order to advance the goals of the .
Israel is planning to build an additional overland gas pipeline to Egypt at the cost of $200 million, according to Reuters, which quoted sources in the Energy and Water Ministry. The pipeline is intended to increase gas exports, with a possibility of exporting gas from Egypt to other destinations in Europe, as the energy crisis there has led to spiking prices in recent months.
Negotiations between Egypt and Israel are taking place regarding a possible collaboration in the area of natural gas, said a source at the Energy Ministry. Following Egypt's request to obtain more natural gas, we are examining the possibility of laying another overland pipeline, under the ownership of Israel Natural Gas Lines. The route is currently under discussion at the national planning council.
The new pipeline will run overland, and will be in addition to the maritime pipeline that is planned to run from Israel to Egypt. A committee headed by the director general of the Energy Ministry, Ehud Adiri, recently recommended that new natural gas fields be allowed to export unlimited amounts of gas. However, it recommended not allowing the existing Tamar and Leviathan gas fields to export gas beyond the current quota, which stands at 42 percent of existing reserves. The building of the new pipeline will be fully financed by exporters of natural gas.
When Ayman Odeh raises a hand, the holier-than-thous are shocked. When the chairman of the Joint List raises a hand, the people of Israel unites. When Odeh raises a hand, the cannons roar and the conscience falls silent. It doesn't matter why or against whom he raised a hand. Odeh raised a hand, and that's not nice. It's horrid.
Well, even the term raising a hand is an exaggeration: Odeh shoved. He shoved Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, a man of nonviolent struggle who preaches Gandhi-style pacifism. Odeh shoved Ben-Gvir because the latter threatened to enter the hospital room of a deathly ill man who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days.
Odeh protected with his body Miqdad Qawasmeh, detained without trial, who is fighting courageously and in the highest form of self-sacrifice for his freedom and his rights. Qawasmeh is a freedom fighter, much more of course than all the self-righteous people who were shocked by Odeh's act.
Do you know what it's like to be interviewed at a police station alongside criminals in huge black kippot, with the chirping of pagers and people in uniform milling around? A sexual assault victim filing a police complaint encounters bureaucracy, paperwork and computer records. What was hitherto locked in the victim's soul comes out and control over it slips away. Once you've filed a complaint there's no going back, and let's face it standing around outside the Russian Compound in the freezing Jerusalem winter isn't a great idea, so you go inside, not least because it's so cold.
When a victim reports the assault she needs to speak at her own pace; to recall, fall silent, to reconstruct, not to be caught in a ping-pong of question-answer with an interview typing away at a keyboard, its clacking mixing in with the horrors you are relating.
In the first interview she will be asked: Why did you come only now, years later? She must answer convincingly: The onus of explaining is on her. This question is relevant for other offenses bribery, money laundering, even murder. But in the absence of training, the detectives do their job as they know it. The question is in the criminal realm, but the answer is in the emotional realm. The system has not been adapted to suit the emotional state of the victim. Sexual offenses cannot be treated like other crimes.
Not long ago, an 18-year-old from Nablus died in Sheba Medical Center while awaiting a transplant of a device estimated to cost $120,000 (after a discount by the company and private fundraising). The youth, who had undergone an artificial heart implant in India a year ago, had to be hospitalized a few months ago in Israel, first at Beilinson Hospital and then at Sheba. Despite the doctors' best efforts and even though there is a treatment that had a very good chance of saving his life, he died because no one was found to pay for it.
Tragic stories like this are not unusual. Haroun Abu Aram, for example, has been in a rehabilitation hospital for months. He was wounded by a soldier's gunfire in the South Hebron Hills when Israel Defense Forces troops came to confiscate the generator that his family was using. His continued hospitalization depends on the goodwill of donors and activists who keep fundraising to cover the monthly cost of his hospital stay 90,000 shekels ($28,000)!
The Health Ministry and Defense Ministry have declined to take responsibility for his situation and pay for his care, even though it is quite obvious, and the army has also admitted, that the shooting was not deliberate.
Anna Salton Eisen found the old pictures of Jewish prisoners who survived the Holocaust in a folder her late father, George Lucius Salton, kept most of his life.
The Texas woman recognized the names of some of the teens and young men from stories her father told. For three years, the baby-faced captives lived among the dead and dying in barracks and boxcars as Nazi captors moved them from Poland to France to Germany.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he had told his foreign ministry to expel the ambassadors of the United States and nine other Western countries for demanding the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala.
Seven of the ambassadors represent Turkey's NATO allies and the expulsions, if carried out, would open the deepest rift with the West in Erdogan's 19 years in power.
Kavala, a contributor to numerous civil society groups, has been in prison for four years, charged with financing nationwide protests in 2013 and with involvement in a failed coup in 2016. He has remained in detention while his latest trial continues, and denies the charges.
An Israeli security official said that the Biden administration was informed in advance of the Defense Ministry's decision to brand six Palestinian civil society organizations as terrorist organizations, contrary to claims by the U.S. on Friday that they were left in the dark.
The U.S. was sent intel on how the groups "operate as an organized network under the leadership of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine," a briefing by the security source claimed.
The official added that they shared information with the U.S. on how money was siphoned by the organizations to the PFLP, and how they recruited activists both to the PFLP and its military wing.
Israel Police are investigating the killing of an Arab man at Jaffa port on Saturday afternoon, after he was found unconscious with bullet wounds in the sea.
According to witnesses, the shooters spotted the victim identified as 38-year-old Abed Kazaz in the port parking lot. He fled and jumped in the water in an attempt to escape but was hit by gunfire. The assailants escaped the scene in their vehicle.
Kazaz was pulled from the water by paramedics from a nearby COVID test center. He was then transferred to Wolfson hospital, where he was declared dead.
In the spring of 1941, at the foot of the Ural Mountains, on the banks of the Pechora River, not far from the Arctic Circle, in one of many Soviet Gulags, two Jewish political prisoners met: a communist named Garin and a Zionist named Begin. The former was convicted of engaging in counterrevolutionary Trotskyist activity; the latter was found guilty due to his Zionist activities of being a socially dangerous element to society. Both were sentenced without a trial, under Article 58 of the Soviet Penal Code, to eight years in a correctional labor camp. Together with other prisoners, both political and criminal (the latter known as Urki), the two of them unloaded railway tracks and other equipment from riverboats. They took part in building the rail line of northern Russia, 1,000 kilometers long, stretching from Kotlas to Verkuta, hard by the Arctic Ocean.
Begin, thin and frail after nine months in a Soviet prison in Vilna and then being transported to the Pechora camp by freight train across 2,000 kilometers, described his new friend's health in White Nights, an account of his arrest and incarceration in the Soviet labor camp and prison system: a bad heart, constant high temperature and rapid pulse. The chances that either of the men would emerge alive from the forced-labor camp were slim.
Garin's life story left a deep impression on Begin; his words were engraved in my father's memory. Indeed, he quoted Garin in his 1950 book The Revolt: The Story of the Irgun, and later elaborated on their encounter in White Nights (English translation by Katie Kaplan; 1977), where Garin's description of his life is quoted in some detail:
The most interesting question in Israeli politics these days is what is Ayelet Shaked trying to do? Where is she heading with all this? Not that Shaked ever pretended to be satisfied with the new governing coalition, but lately this feeling has been growing.
Not a day goes by without the interior minister taking a contrarian stance on the coalition or, worse, one that jibes with the deepest currents of the Netanyahu camp, practically the Smotrich camp. The following is a partial list from recent days.
Shaked opposed connecting the power grid to homes built without a permit a coalition promise made to the United Arab List. She tried to block an initiative that would ensure health insurance for asylum seekers a populist message Ã la far-right activist Sheffi Paz.
Dan Meridor remembers well his meeting with the head of Israel's Military Intelligence, Uri Sagi, in 1991. It was during this meeting that Sagi told him Syrian President Hafez Assad was interested in diplomatic talks with Israel. Assad was considered a sworn enemy until that time, Meridor recalls.
Shortly after the Persian Gulf War I met with Uri Sagi . He said that in his opinion, Assad was ready for a diplomatic process. It went against the majority view. He showed me the intelligence. I told him, Go talk with Shamir'," Meridor told Haaretz.
Meridor, who was justice minister and had close relations with the prime minister at the time, knew that Shamir was against a diplomatic process with Syria and would not agree to any diplomatic concessions.
I'm not a vegetarian, but I understand the ideological-moral argument in favor of vegetarianism, concerning the damage the meat industry causes: to the environment, to global warming and above all to the animals that we breed, force-feed, torture and then kill by truly monstrous means. From the moment moral individuals become aware of the horrors perpetrated by the industry, they face a dilemma: How can they remain indifferent, given what they know, and still go on eating meat only because meat is, well, really, really tasty?
There are other moral dilemmas of this sort, too. How comfortable do you feel buying clothing knowing that it was manufactured in a factory that pays its workers starvation wages? How do you feel about using a cell phone when you know that its battery is based on a metal (cobalt) that is mined by enslaved children in the Democratic Republic of Congo? And are you really okay about using products that are made in China, which establishes reeducation camps for minorities?
These dilemmas place us at a crossroads. On one side are the convenience, the enjoyment and the immediate interests we have personally, as individuals; on the other, are ethical and moral considerations, which deal with the welfare of others.
WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department on Friday said it will seek clarification from Israel over its decision to declare six civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations, in perhaps the Biden administration's harshest public rebuke of Israel since taking office.
"We'll be engaging our Israelis partners for more information regarding the basis for these designations," State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said while noting that "the Israeli government did not give us advance warning."
"We believe respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and a strong civil society are critically important to responsible and responsive governance," Price said.
The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday Israel was not free to start drilling for oil and gas in the disputed maritime border area between the two countries.
"If the enemy thinks they can act as they please before reaching a solution to this issue they are wrong," Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
Lebanon's cabinet had raised the question to the United Nations permanent representative and others in the international community after Israel granted U.S. oilfield services group Halliburton an offshore drilling contract in the Mediterranean, asking to clarify whether the drilling would take part in disputed areas.
The construction workers busy renovating the central bank branch in Mosul this week were astounded by the money that showered on their heads. Packs of banknotes rolled up in 175 black plastic bags had been stashed in the ceiling and even the Islamic State fighters who took over the city in 2014 and stole hundreds of millions of dinars from the bank couldn't find them.
The money wasn't discovered after the city was liberated in 2017 either, and it's not clear whether it was hidden by a manager or a teller who hoped to return one day to retrieve it. The incident is another example of the way billions of dollars have disappeared from the state's coffers since Iraq was occupied in 2003 by the U.S.-led coalition.
It wasn't disclosed how much money had been stashed in the bank's roof, or whether it was in dinars or dollars, only that it was in small bills. Maybe now the government will dig and drill at every central bank branch to find money that could help it fill the gaping $20 billion hole in its budget.
WASHINGTON The national Sunrise Movement, one of the leading activist groups on climate change, on Friday issued further clarification that it strongly rejects its D.C. branch's decision to not take part in a rally for voting rights this weekend due to the participation of three liberal Jewish groups it labeled Zionist organizations.
"To be clear, Sunrise D.C.'s statement and actions are not in line with our values. Singling out Jewish organizations for removal from a coalition, despite others holding similar views, is antisemitic and unacceptable," the organization tweeted on Friday, one day after leading Jewish organizations harshly criticized its original statement for not forcefully condemning the move.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which had not forcefully spoken out against the D.C. branch's move, slammed the national movement's statement as "shameful" and "tepid."
It could and should have been their finest hour. The olive harvest. A seasonal family celebration involving an encounter with nature, cultivation of the soil and a harvest in the grove, whose trees were planted by the family's ancestors. It's also supposed to be their surest source of income, in the face of an unstable, fragile economy, in which no one knows what the future holds or what a random soldier at a checkpoint will decide.
This beautiful season has become a nightmare. Another nightmare. Practically no day goes by without attacks by settlers, or a morning without the discovery of trees that have been chopped down, battered or denuded of fruit. So far this year, 8,000 trees have already been vandalized in the West Bank, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, by hundreds of settlers who have taken part in the pogroms. There have been 18 such incidents in the past two weeks alone, says Yesh Din-Volunteers for Human Rights, an Israeli nonprofit.
With the entire West Bank painted now in the colors of the harvest there isn't a road without blankets or tarpaulins (on which the fruit falls), ladders and whole families gathered alongside and picking olives there are apparently few who have not felt the brutal and evil arm of their Jewish neighbors. Those who steal sacks of olives from people who tended them for years and have very few other sources of income, if any; who strike the trunks and branches with axes; who burn groves and uproot trees.
France on Friday urged Iran to curb nuclear activities of unprecedented gravity as U.S. and European envoys met to discuss efforts aimed at reviving the troubled 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
U.S. envoy Robert Malley joined counterparts from France, Britain and Germany at the meetings in Paris, at what the French Foreign Ministry called a critical time in efforts to salvage the accord.
It is urgent and crucial for Iran to end the activities of unprecedented gravity that it is conducting in violation of the (agreement) and to immediately resume full-fledged cooperation" with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre said in an online briefing.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has signed on Friday an order declaring six civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations.
A statement by the Defense Ministry said that the organizations operate in a network run by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group.
Some of these groups operate as human rights organizations: Addameer offers legal support to prisoners and collects data on arrests and administrative detentions, and actively works to end torture and violations of prisoners' rights. Defense for Children International Palestine monitors the killings of children and the wellbeing of arrested children in Israel.
Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine are safe and nearly 91 percent effective at preventing infections in elementary school children.
Details of the study were posted online Friday as U.S. regulators consider opening vaccinations to youngsters 5 to 11. The shots could begin early next month with the first children in line fully protected by Christmas if regulators give the go-ahead.
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to post its initial review of the company's safety and effectiveness data later Friday. Next week, advisers to the FDA will publicly debate the evidence.
A committee of Israel's Civil Administration in the West Bank will meet next week to possibly approve plans for around 3,100 housing units in settlements and 1,300 in Palestinian towns and villages in Area C, the section of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control.
This is the largest number of housing units Israel has promoted for Palestinians in over a decade; the committee's agenda was released Thursday.
Approval of construction for Palestinians is intended to signal to the Palestinian Authority and the international community that Israel is keen to help the PA, which is grappling with an economic crisis that is damaging its popularity.
President Vladimir Putin demanded from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that Israel sharpens its coordination of strikes in Syria with Russia, as the two leaders held a five-hour discussion in Sochi, their first meeting since Bennett took office in June.
The leaders also discussed ways to curb Iran's nuclear program and renewing tourism between the two countries. The Palestinian issue, meanwhile, was sidelined.
Other than the demand for Israel to be more precise, there seems to be little difference between the Russian and the Israeli positions on Syria.
NEW DELHI Since the fall of Kabul, fear is rising in Indian-administered Kashmir and in New Delhi that the Taliban victory in Afghanistan points to a possible return to its most bloody ever decade of anti-India militancy in the region a 1990s redux.
The territory is bounded on the west by Pakistan; the Afghan border lies several hundred kilometers further west. But it has been the site of a roiling dispute between India and Pakistan since both states' independence in 1947, including two wars, and a simmering conflict between India and China since 1962, whose latest lethal skirmishes occurred just over a year ago.
And within Indian-administered Kashmir itself, there has been an intensified tension between New Delhi, which two years ago stripped the country's only Muslim majority state of its limited autonomy, arguing it was feeding anti-India militancy and hampering development, and a spectrum of separatist groups including militants, some of whom are widely acknowledged to be backed by Pakistan.
She speaks with unusual openness about what happens in her treatment room and doesn't balk at addressing even the most sensitive issues. Nor is she reluctant to talk about a disturbing investigative report two years ago in which she played a starring role, when psychiatrists were documented giving young ultra-Orthodox men medication to suppress sexual desire. Yes, there is such a thing, she says, and there are cases in which she does that; she will also explain why.
Vishne, 50, runs a private mental health center in which most of the patients are religiously observant, around half of them Haredim. Situated in Petah Tikva, Tali's Home, as the center is called, has treated thousands of people over the years and receives hundreds of requests for help every day, not only from within Israel, but from the United States, Europe, Brazil, Australia and Ethiopia. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic the numbers have soared to 600 calls a day. She established the psychiatric clinic of Mayanei Hayeshua medical center in Bnei Brak, a main health-care provider for the Haredi community in Israel. She's also waged a struggle (in which she was successful) to have a woman permitted to head a department in a Haredi hospital.
The cleaning staff at the Tabgha Pilgrim House started noticing something strange this summer when they would come to tidy the rooms: The little wooden crosses hung over the beds would often be missing. Usually, after a quick search, they would turn up in the night table drawers, but occasionally in less likely hiding places. In at least one case, the famous Christian emblem was found stashed away in the minibar.
It didn't take long for management at this historic guesthouse, located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to figure out what was going on. The crosses had started disappearing just when Tabgha reopened for business several months ago. It coincided with the appearance of a brand-new sort of guest on the premises: not religious Christians from abroad, but local Jewish Israelis.
We were fine with crosses being removed in the bedrooms, but when some of the Israelis asked that we remove the crosses in the main dining hall and other public spaces, that's where we drew the line, says general manager Georg RÃ¶wekamp.
A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is starring and producing a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday at the movie set outside Santa Fe, the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said.
Sheriff's officials said Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for the movie Rust, and director Joel Souza were shot.
Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, authorities said.
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