Archive for Mid-East News

Jared Kushner gets $2 Billion from Saudi Arabia to invest in Israeli start-ups

HISTORIC: In The Wall Street Journal report those familiar with the Saudi Public Investment Fund said thus far, two Israeli firms have been chosen to be invested in and that this is the first known instance of money from the fund being directed to Israel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

A new private-equity fund run by Jared Kushner intends to invest millions of dollars raised from Saudi Arabia in Israeli start-ups, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The fund, Affinity Partners, has already raised over $3 billion, including a $2 billion commitment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund. Continue Reading »

Germany to be protected by Israel’s most advanced Arrow 3 defense system

Germany gets approval from Jerusalem to obtain Israel’s Arrow 3 missile defense system, one of Israel’s most advanced defensive systems that has yet to be sold to another country.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Germany has received approval from Israel and the United States to purchase the Arrow-3 missile defense system, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

German legislators have in the past pushed for Berlin to buy Israel’s Iron Dome system to ward off aerial threats, but on Monday the head of the German Air Force Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz told the Post that the Arrow 3 is the most relevant system for the threats facing the European nation. Continue Reading »

Iranian drones heading to Israel were shot down over Iraq

The two armed Shahed-136 kamikaze drones that were on their way to Israel in a reprisal mission, were intercepted & downed in mid February by int’l coalition jets near Erbil Iraq.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Two Iranian drones shot down over Iraq last month by American fighter jets were set to explode in Israeli territory, the defense establishment has confirmed.

Truck-mounted Shahed-136 drone launcher. – Screenshot

The drones, which were downed by the international coalition close to Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, were said to be Shahed-136.

Prior to the foiled attack, which occurred on February 14, Israeli security officials had been on high alert over fears of an Iranian response to a series of Israeli attacks on Iranian targets as part of the IDF’s war-between-wars campaign. Continue Reading »

NYT: Netanyahu extended spyware to Saudi Arabia for ‘air space’

The New York Times reported how former PM Netanyahu helped Saudi Arabia extend its soon-to-be-expired license for the NSO’s spy software, in exchange for permission to allow Israeli planes to fly over Saudi territory to other Gulf states.

By Ido Ben Porat

 

The New York Times on Friday reported that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu worked to ensure that Saudi Arabia would be able to use the Pegasus software, around the time that the Abraham Accords were signed with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Abraham Accords signing ceremony. – Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO

According to the Times, the Gulf states, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, received a license to use the Pegasus program. Continue Reading »

Historic: Israeli President to Visit UAE at Crown Prince’s Invitation

On Sunday, President Isaac Herzog will travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai and hold official meetings with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in his first official visit.
– “We are peaceful peoples, and together we will expand the historic circle of peace of the Abraham Accords”

By Yossi Aloni

 

For the first time in history, the president of the State of Israel will make an official presidential visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). President Isaac Herzog, and his wife Michal, will leave on Sunday, January 30, 2022 for Abu Dhabi at the invitation of Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. Continue Reading »

Hamas Claims Frogmen Killed by Mossad ‘Killer Zionist Dolphins’

REPORT: Hamas terror group claims its naval commandos were attacked by Israeli dolphin operatives off the Gaza coast; the ‘killer Zionist Dolphins’ were allegedly equipped with specialized combat gear.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

Israeli security forces used a dolphin to chase Hamas frogman commandos off the coast of the Gaza Strip, the terrorist organization claimed on Monday, according to a report by Al-Quds.

During an operation that occurred at an unstated time, Hamas naval operatives were chased into the sea by a dolphin equipped with a device capable of killing the terrorist group’s frogmen, an Al-Qassam brigades naval commandos spokesperson revealed in a video. Continue Reading »

Jordan withdraws Palestinian film over ‘Jewish sperm’

Jordan rescinds submission of ‘Amira’ to the Oscars over story about Palestinian woman learning she was conceived by ‘smuggled’ sperm from an Israeli jail, but an Israeli Prison guard is her actual biological father.
– Watch Trailer

By Amir Bogen

 

Jordan on Thursday decided to rescind its submission to the Oscars following harsh criticism from Palestinians regarding the film’s subject matter, which includes “sperm smuggling” of Israeli men.

Amira tells the fictitious story of a Palestinian girl who discovers that she was conceived by sperm from an Israeli prison guard rather than a Palestinian prisoner.

Mohamed Diab, the movie’s director, also announced that he would stop the film’s current round of screening following the backlash. Continue Reading »

HISTORIC: Israeli plane makes 1st public, non-stop to Saudi Arabia

Although no commercial flights are scheduled between Saudi Arabia and Israel, as the two states still share no official relations, direct flights between the two states are a considerable move forward in Saudi-Israeli relations.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

An Israeli private jet landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, per KAN news, marking the first time a public flight from Israel has ever landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

HISTORIC: President Trump on Air Force One’s flight to the Jewish State was the first flight to have a publicized flight plan to successfully fly directly (non-stop) from Saudi Arabia to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

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With newly approve budget, IDF widens nuclear sites attack training

Following a 2 year hiatus, the Israel Air Force resumes intensive training exercises in preparation for a possible preemptive attack on Iranian nuclear program installations.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Israeli Air Force has resumed training for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities after two years in which no such training had taken place, Channel 12 News reported.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi has even ordered a significant budget be used to facilitate the training exercises.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The resumption of training for a possible attack on Iran is taking place against the background of American attempts to resume talks with the Iranians on a nuclear agreement. Continue Reading »

Mossad abducted Iranian general to find missing Israeli, Ron Arad

REPORT: A London-based Arabic newspaper claims a Mossad team abducted an Iranian general during an operation in Syria last month to find new information on missing Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad.

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The Mossad abducted an Iranian general in Syria during its operation last month to find new information on missing Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad, according to a report in a London-based Arabic newspaper Rai al-Youm.

The general was taken to an African country, interrogated and then released, according to the report.

It is likely that the Iranians followed the operation after it occurred, and discovered where and how it was managed, the report said. Continue Reading »

Confirmed: Mossad assassinated Iran’s top nuke chief with AI gun

According to the report, Iranian agents working for the Mossad used a parked Nissan pickup truck armed with a ‘smuggled-in’ remote-controlled artificial intelligence operated sniper machine gun.

By YONAH JEREMY BOB

 

Iran’s chief military nuclear scientist and the father of its weapons program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated in November 2020 by the Mossad using a remote-controlled artificial intelligence operated sniper machine gun, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

From the start, there has been controversy about how Fakhrizadeh was killed, but The Jerusalem Post can now confirm the accuracy of the Times report regarding the remote-controlled gun.

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami, speaks during a funeral ceremony of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020.

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3 Palestinians dead after Egypt pumps toxic gas into Hamas terror-tunnel

The tunnels dug from Gaza beneath Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula are used by Palestinians to bypass the Rafah Border Crossing in order to smuggle in stolen fuel and other goods along with weapons into the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

By i24NEWS

 

Three Palestinians died on Thursday after Egypt pumped toxic gas into a Gaza smuggling tunnel, Israel’s N12 news reports.

The tunnel stretches from the Gaza Strip to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The smuggling tunnels dug under the Philadelphi Corridor along the Egypt-Gaza border are used by Palestinians to bypass the Rafah Border Crossing. Fuel, food and other goods along with weapons are brought into the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave from Egypt via the tunnel system. Continue Reading »

Lebanese media: IDF airstrike in Syria was carried out over Lebanese airspace

According to the Syrian state news agency, the alleged Israeli airstrike that targeted sites near Homs & Damascus had most missiles intercepted.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, TZVI JOFFRE

 

Syrian air defenses are responding to an alleged Israeli airstrike targeting a site in the Qalamoun Mountains, northeast of Damascus, Syrian state news agency SANA reported on Thursday night.

According to Lebanese media, the airstrike was carried out over Lebanese airspace. The Israeli airstrike targeted sites near Damascus and Homs and most missiles were intercepted, Syrian military sources told SANA.

The sources also added the airstrike’s results are being checked.

On Tuesday, Syria accused Israel of striking a military outpost belonging to Iranian-backed militias near Quneitra. Continue Reading »

Senior IRGC official & Hezbollah commander reportedly killed in Syria by IDF

Although Lebanese reports confirmation of a senior Hezbollah official killed in Syria, Iran is conspicuously silent on the demise of their Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps official.

By i24NEWS

 

Israeli strikes in Syria reportedly killed a Hezbollah military commander and an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) senior official.

The (Israeli) Kan public broadcaster reported that Hezbollah military commander Imad al-Amin was killed in western Syria.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade in Tehran, Iran .​(AP Photo:Ebrahim Noroozi, File); Hezbollah commander Imad al-Amin. (Hezbollah Telegram channel)

The Lebanese terror group confirmed on Telegram that al-Amin was killed “while fulfilling his duties” but did not specify when or how. Continue Reading »

Israel-managed tanker damaged in Iranian attack escorted by US aircraft carrier

Because US & European sources suspect Iran as their leading suspect for drone attack on the Israeli managed tanker off the coast of Oman, the damaged vessel is being escorted by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

By i24NEWS – Reuters

 

The US Navy is assisting an Israeli-managed petroleum products tanker attacked off Oman with two crew members killed, the US military said on Saturday, adding the ship was most likely hit by a drone strike.

Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned vessel that was attacked on Thursday, is being escorted by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, US Central Command said in a statement. Continue Reading »