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 By Israel Kasnett    News    October 8, 2021

In the footsteps of his predecessors, Bennett aims to change paradigms

(JNS) - "Hands out of your pockets, sir!" barked a U.S. Secret Service agent at a bewildered pedestrian as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett walked down the Fifth Avenue sidewalk in New York...


Elazar Stern aims to promote Jewish unity, identity and solidarity in Diaspora

(JNS) "Israel is your home away from home," Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a message on Sept. 2, ahead of the Jewish New Year. His address was aimed at "the people of Israel and the Jewish...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 27, 2021

After American withdrawal from Afghanistan, implications for Israel look grimmer

(JNS) — As Israel observes the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, it’s difficult to forget the capitulation of the Iraqi army to ISIS in 2014 or the EUBAM observers who fled as Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, not to mention...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 13, 2021

Israel faces Russia policy change, or perhaps political posturing, regarding Syria

(JNS) — Lebanese media outlets as well as Saudi Arabia’s London-based Asharq Al-Awsat have reported that Israel’s freedom of action against Iran in Syria is dwindling as Russia makes changes to its policy vis-à-vis its relationship with...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    July 9, 2021

Former ambassador Gold: World powers must work to prevent Iran's quest for hegemony

(JNS) — “Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch.” At least this is what U.S. President Joe Biden told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during his visit to the White House on Monday. Biden also reportedly said Israel has the right to...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    June 11, 2021

New Qatari school textbooks glorify Hamas, reject peace between Israel and Arab states

(JNS) — Qatar prides itself on its high level of education and yet its own textbooks clearly do not meet accepted international standards, according to a new report by IMPACT-se, a research institute that analyzes schoolbooks and curricula within...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    June 11, 2021

Former Ambassador Oren and Eytan Gilboa: Re-entry to Iran deal will 'lead to regional war'

(JNS) — If body language is any indicator, then last week’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not go as well as they intended during their joint press conference. While they o...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    May 21, 2021

If current Mideast violence a test, some experts say Biden is failing

(JNS) — The Biden administration has come under withering criticism in the United States and Israel for its poor handling of the current situation in the Middle East. On Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price failed to mention Hama...


Observers say EU-funded review of Palestinian textbooks reeks of 'incompetence, concealment'

(JNS) — In a ground-breaking move and in response to the lack of change in the Palestinian Authority school curriculum and the continued insertion of anti-Semitism, hate and incitement to violence and martyrdom in its textbooks, the Norwegian parli...


New housing permits in Hebron expected to bolster Jewish presence in city

(JNS) - Hebron's Jewish residential section may finally witness new construction underway for more housing units. Pending a decision by the Jerusalem District Court, two areas of Hebron - the Hizkiyah...


What the next US administration could mean for Israel and the Middle East

(JNS) — With razor-thin margins separating U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the contentious race for the White House has yet to produce a clear victor. Around the globe, all eyes are on the elections, but in Israel...


How normalization with Israel represents a welcome boost for Sudan (and vice versa)

(JNS) - Khartoum, Sudan, was the setting for the infamous Arab League summit in 1967 that produced the Khartoum Resolution known as "The Three Nos": no negotiations with Israel, no peace with Israel,...


Palestinian narrative of victimization 'coming to an end'

(JNS) - An astonishing level of criticism from Arab commentators, intellectuals and journalists has been leveled at the Palestinian leadership in recent weeks in response to its condemnations against...


Digital conference: Gulf Arabs emphasize rapprochement with Israel, disappointment with Palestinians

(JNS) - Israelis are, of course, just getting used to the idea of having friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after signing normalization deals with each country in recent...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 28, 2020

EU review of Palestinian textbooks is a tragedy of errors, says watchdog group

(JNS) - Palestinian textbooks are rife with blatant incitement against Israel, as has been reported for decades. And in the United States, for example, Palestinian children studying under the...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 21, 2020

Israel's historic deal with the UAE could be just the beginning

(JNS) - A joint statement by U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, announcing the "Abraham Acco...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    July 3, 2020

New Irish government rejects effort to boycott Israeli products

(JNS) — The anti-Israel movement in Ireland has suffered a major defeat. Earlier this month, the political parties working on forming the next government in Ireland eliminated a key bill that would have placed a boycott on products produced in...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    June 5, 2020

Is Tehran taking advantage of coronavirus pandemic to continue its nuclear pursuit?

(JNS) - Despite facing one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks, Iran appears to be continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons, as well as its aggressive regional behavior. Iran has already ackn...

 By Israel Kasnett    News    May 15, 2020

Major upheavals due to coronavirus pose challenges for US-Israel relationship

JNS)—As the world’s attention has been focused on combating the spread of the coronavirus for the past two months, presidential primary campaign politics in the United States has been put on the backburner. Former Vice President Joe Biden has...


Lebanon poses acute threat to Israel with Hezbollah, Iran controlling its government

(JNS)-The last several months have not been good for Lebanon, as it's been wracked by economic and political instability. Protesters upset over years of government mismanagement, sectarianism and... Full story


Trump administration's Mideast proposal receives subtle support from Muslim nations

(JNS)-The words were barely out of U.S. President Donald Trump's mouth-and the much-anticipated peace plan to resolve the century-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict for good was barely uploaded to the... Full story


For first time in history Israeli concerns at forefront

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has perhaps never looked more subtly elated on any previous visit to the White House than he did on Tuesday. He and U.S. President Donald Trump, the friendliest-ever president toward Israel in U.S.... Full story


Could a future US administration undo Trump's new policy on Israeli settlements?

(JNS)—The announcement last month by U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements are not illegal was either warmly welcomed or hotly rejected, depending on how you interpret international law. Indeed, recently 107 Democratic lawmakers sent... Full story


Foreign-policy experts predict that an Iranian attack on Israel is just a matter of time

(JNS)—As Iranians took to the streets this week to commemorate 40 years since the U.S. embassy takeover in 1979, Iran announced new violations of the nuclear deal it signed in 2015. The rogue Islamic Republic admitted that it now operates 60... Full story


Facing tensions on multiple fronts, is Israel on the verge of an all-out war?

(JNS)—The big news in Israel is not that Iran attempted to send kamikaze drones into Israeli territory last week or that Israel targeted that terrorist cell in Syria; these are not completely out... Full story


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