Natalie Portman boycotts Israel’s $2 million Genesis Prize ceremony

Although this year’s annual Genesis Prize recipient Natalie Portman was chosen for her inspiration to the next generation of Jews through her professional achievements, commitment to Jewish values, the Jewish people and the State of Israel, a Portman representative said, “Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel.”

By Reuters and Ami Freedman

 

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a 2 million-dollar prize because of “recent events” in the country, the organizers said, announcing the prizegiving had been cancelled. Continue Reading »

Romania: Government Decided to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian leaders furious over Romania’s 70th Independence ‘birthday present’ to Israel, by scrambling to dissuade the EU member from becoming the third country to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following U.S. President Trump’s announcement, then Guatemala’s decision.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Romanian government on Thursday approved a plan to transfer the state’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The approval came as Israelis celebrated the Jewish State’s 70th anniversary.

According to reports in local media, the decision includes timetables for implementing the plan. However, the timetables have not been published.

Ancient & Modern meet to make Jerusalem undivided.

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‘Made in Israel’ Anti-Radiation Vest to be Tested by NASA In Deep Space

 

NASA plans to use Israeli firm’s StemRad’s upper-body vest, that protects vital organs, bone marrow & tissues that are especially sensitive to radiation, in future manned missions to space.

By Tofi Stoler

 

The Israel Space Agency (ISA) announced on Tuesday that it is entering an agreement with NASA to test a radiation suit manufactured by Israeli company StemRad Ltd. during a deep space mission. The agreement is scheduled to be signed at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado later that day.

StemRad’s anti-radiation vest. – Photo: PR

Dubbed AstroRad, the vest-like suit, first adapted for female astronauts, protects vital body organs and tissues which are especially sensitive to radiation damage such as lungs, bone marrow, the large intestine, the chest and the ovaries, the agency said in a statement. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Assad deploys troops to engage ISIS in Palestinian refugee camp

According to Al-Masdar News, the Syrian Army has been concentrating their 9th Armored Division & Tiger Forces near the Yarmouk refugee camp after the regime successfully defeated the rebels in the last gas-attack.

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

 

The Syrian regime is massing troops and armored vehicles to prepare to retake from Islamic State the Yarmouk area in southern Damascus, according to local sources and media.

Yarmouk was home to large numbers of Palestinian refugees before the country’s civil war, but has been under siege by the Syrian regime for many years.

Part of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, near Damascus, Syria, after being damaged by fighting.

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Syrian airstrike by IDF was direct reprisal for Iran’s launching drone on Israel

Israel’s bombing of the T-4 airbase in Syria last week, that also killed Iranian officers, was Israel’s first direct engagement after Iran ‘changed the rules’ when Iranian soldiers launched an armed drone to Israel from Syria’s T-4 airbase
– IDF official: Israel is now in direct conflict with Iran, no longer fighting through proxies.

By David Rosenberg

 

A senior Israeli military official confirmed that Israel’s air force was responsible for last week’s bombing of the T-4 airbase in Syria last Monday, adding that the conflict between Israel and Iran had entered a new phase of direct confrontation.

Last Monday, combat aircraft bombed Syria’s T-4 airbase, killing 14 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Leader Advocates Continuing ‘Resistance’, Wait For Trump’s Replacement

 

Palestinian president was urged by jailed mass-murderer Marwan Barghouti to reject the soon to be made public American peace plan, at all costs, saying Trump will be gone sooner or later, then again, there will be a US leader that will capitulate to all of their demands.

By Israel Today Staff

 

Jailed terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti said that if the Palestinian Authority will just remain steadfast, US President Donald Trump will soon disappear, and the “peace” process can return to being a fully anti-Israel affair.

Trump is expected to soon announce his long-awaited Middle East peace plan.

Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas (left) and jailed mass-murderer Marwan Barghouti (by BDalim) – Photos: Wikimedia

Barghouti urged Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to reject it, no matter its content and no matter what pressure he might come under. Continue Reading »

US Special Negotiator Slams Palestinian Negotiator Over ‘Empty Rhetoric’, Lying

President Trump’s Special Representative for Int’l Negotiations Jason Greenblatt fires back at PLO official Saeb Erekat on Twitter for intentionally lying to purposely impede any possibility of cooperation between the Palestinians & the United States.

BY JTA

 

US special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt fired back after Palestinian official Saeb Erekat circulated a letter to foreign diplomats stationed in Ramallah, accusing the American diplomat of being a mouthpiece for Israel.

COGAT commander, Maj-Gen Yoav Mordechai (left) takes President Trump’s Special Representative for Int’l Negotiations Jason Greenblatt (center) on a tour of the Gaza border, 29 Aug 2017. – Photo: U.S.

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Netanyahu to Putin: S-300 missile defense system in Syria is unacceptable

Israel outlines its ‘red line’ to Moscow in what Jerusalem sees as regional game-changer, vis-a-vis missile defense system allowed to be sent to Assad regime.

By Nitzan Keidar

 

Israel has sent a clear message to Russia in the past 24 hours that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime will cross a red line.

A political source who revealed the message in a conversation with Arutz Sheva stated that the message was conveyed following a Russian Defense Ministry announcement that Moscow was reconsidering the sale of arms to the Syrians following the joint attack on Syria by the US, Britain, and France Friday night. Continue Reading »

Palestinian propaganda attributes 4 terrorists killed in Gaza explosion to IDF

Four Islamic Jihad terrorists, apparently killed in a ‘work accident,’ try to turn the victims into ‘Shahidim’ [martyrs] by attributing the explosion to the IDF, claiming Israel fired tank shells at a Hamas military post.

By Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun

 

Four Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed and several other Palestinians were injured Saturday afternoon in an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip, east of Rafah.

The four were likely killed in a work accident, by either an explosive device or a rocket blowing up in their three-wheeled vehicle.

The terrorists’ improvised vehicle – Ynet News (not attributed)

Local residents at the hospital morgue identified the four dead men as members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group. Continue Reading »

Fifth Hamas terror-tunnel located & destroyed by IDF

Israel thwarts Hamas’ efforts to infiltrate Israel from Gaza after destroying the 5th, and according to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, “the longest and deepest one [terror-tunnel] ever uncovered.”

By Kobi Finkler

 

Over the weekend, IDF forces thwarted another terror tunnel that penetrated into Israel, it was cleared this morning for publication.

IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said that this is the fifth tunnel that has been thwarted in Israel recently. The tunnel was foiled in the Jabaliya area.

Location of latest Hamas terror-tunnel explosion – IDF illustration

The tunnel began several kilometers inside the Gaza Strip and was part of an entire network of tunnels inside the strip. Continue Reading »

Arabs Turn to Social Media to Praise Israel for Confronting Iran, Striking Syria

Mainstream media is neglecting how Arabs are turning to social media, acknowledging a common foe in Iran & Hezbollah, and how it’s bringing Israel and much of the Arab world together.

By Israel Today Staff

 

While Syria, Iran and Russia are busy threatening Israel over its alleged strike on an Iranian air base in central Syria, much of the Arab world is encouraging the Jewish State to keep up the pressure.

Most of the Arab world views Iran as a major threat, just as Israel does. The Islamic Republic seeks regional hegemony, and its military foothold in Syria is cause for serious concern. Continue Reading »

Palestinian autocrat Abbas: ‘We Reject Any American Peace Plan’

No longer concealing from American Presidents the Palestinian agenda of ultimately rejecting any peace agreement offered,  Mahmoud Abbas is now openly admitting that while he may engage the US administration on its ideas to resolve the conflict, he will never accept any deal.

By ADAM RASGON

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said the Palestinians will not accept any US plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He made the comment at the beginning of a conference in Ramallah about Jerusalem.

After reducing the local Christian population from over 70% to less than 10%, Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas visits the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Israeli jets kill Hamas operative, wound another in retaliation after attacking Israel

Israeli Jets strike Gaza second time, killing Hamas operative and seriously wounding another after they hit an Israeli home with gunfire directed at earlier IAF retaliatory response for Hamas detonating explosive device near IDF border patrol. Apparently the  explosive device was placed under cover of the thick smoke during ‘peaceful’ Gaza demonstration days earlier.

By Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy and Matan Tzuri

 

Israeli fighter jets attacked overnight Wednesday a Hamas terror position in the northern Gaza Strip in retaliation for an explosive device that detonated Wednesday morning near an IDF force on the border.

After the attack, a terror cell in the strip fired bullets at the aircraft [captured in video above], triggering two Code Red alert sirens in Israeli towns neighboring the northern sector of the Hamas-ruled enclave. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Palestinian journalist killed by IDF was Hamas drone operator

Yasser Murtaja apparently was a veteran member of Hamas’ security apparatus who brought drones into Gaza for intelligence gathering purposes.
– Israel’s Defense Minister, “We also saw a journalist approach the border and operate a drone.”

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

Yasser Murtaja, the Palestinian journalist who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers during protests along the Gaza border on Friday, was actually a Hamas activist, security officials told Israeli news site Walla!.

According the the report published Tuesday morning, Murtaja had been an officer in the Hamas security apparatus in Gaza for years.

At funeral of Hamas operative/journalist Yasser Murtaja, who was shot by IDF while operating drone over border with Israel.

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Report: Islamic Jihad leader’s massive stroke not assassination attempt

Gaza quickly jumps to deny multiple foreign media reports that Ramadan Shalah, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who just had to undergo surgery for a massive stroke, was not a victim of poisoning, saying he’s merely suffering from ‘natural illness.’

By Elior Levy

 

Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah has reportedly suffered a massive stroke and had to undergo surgery in an attempt to save his life, according to Hamas-affiliated media reports Tuesday.

Ramadan Abdullah, the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement visits Iran – Wikimedia

According to the reports, which have not been confirmed, Shalah will not be able to fully return to work. Continue Reading »