Archive for Mid-East News

Weapon warehouse in residential home in Gaza explodes, 1 dead, 14 injured

Palestinians accuse Hamas of storing weapons in a residential home located in Gaza City’s Al-Zawiya market, saying that the explosion which killed 1 & injured 14 on Thursday happened in a secret Hamas ammunition warehouse.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

 

Palestinian factions and human rights organizations have called on Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups to stop storing weapons in residential areas following another explosion, which killed one person and injured 14 others on Thursday.

They also demanded a thorough investigation into the explosion in order to hold those responsible accountable.

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Biden ends Abraham Accords funding, distances from Trump/Kushner policy

Abu Dhabi is also confused & worried the new Israeli government will cancel the Red-Med oil pipeline agreement because of the opposition to it by Minister of Environmental Protection, Tamar Zandberg.

By i24NEWS

 

The great fanfare that greeted the signing of the Abraham Accords – particularly the supposedly burgeoning relationship between Israel and the United Arab Emirates – seems to have stalled, following the revelation that none of the economic projects agreed upon have entered into force.

According to Israeli business outlet Globes, US President Joe Biden’s administration has appeared much less enthusiastic about allocating a budget for regional products than his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who along with his negotiation team, which his son-in-law Jared Kushner headed, was instrumental in establishing. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Defense Minister offers humanitarian aid to ailing Lebanon

Israel’s Defense Minister said while inaugurating a monument in honor of Southern Lebanese Army (SLA) soldiers, “as an Israeli, as a Jew and as a human being, my heart aches seeing the images of people going hungry on the streets of Lebanon.”

By TPS

 

Defense Minister Benny Gantz has offered to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon through UNIFIL force to contend with the spiraling crisis the country is facing.

Israel prepares convoy of trucks with humanitarian aid for delivery. May 15 2018 – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Lebanon is facing an unprecedented financial crisis. Food and medicine are scarce, there are long lines for fuel, the local currency has lost more than 90% of its value in less than two years, and unemployment is skyrocketing. Continue Reading »

US adopts IDF policy of retaliatory strikes on Iranian militias in Iraq, Syria

US retaliatory strikes targeted Iran-backed militia weapon caches as well as operational facilities at 2 locations in Syria, plus a target in Iraq.

By Reuters

 

The United States said on Sunday it carried out another round of air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, this time in response to drone attacks by the militia against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.

In a statement, the U.S. military said it targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq. It did not disclose whether it believed anyone was killed or injured but officials said assessments were ongoing. Continue Reading »

Emirati writes, ‘Palestinians hijacked by Hamas to serve an Iranian agenda’

An Emirati who worked on the Abraham Accords penned a column in Newsweek calling to free the Palestinians from Hamas & Iran, writing, ‘The people’s rights & hopes have been hijacked by Hamas to serve an Iranian agenda.’

By i24NEWS

 

An Emirati who helped broker the Abraham Accords between Israel and four Arab countries last year has penned a column published in Newsweek calling to free Palestinians from Hamas and Iran.

Dr. Ali al Nuaimi, chairman of the Defense Affairs, Interior and Foreign Relations Committee of the UAE’s Federal National Council, writes that “the Palestinian people’s rights and hopes have been hijacked by Hamas to serve an Iranian agenda.” Continue Reading »

REPORT: Israel sabotaged Hamas rockets to fall short, causing dozens killed in Gaza

UK daily, based on an unnamed source, claims Mossad operatives tampered with hundreds of rockets on their way to Gaza, making 680 terrorists’ missiles aimed at Israeli cities misfire, falling short, killing dozens of their own civilians in Gaza.

By Arutz Sheva Staff ,

 

The Daily Mirror reported that the over 600 rockets fired by the Hamas terrorist organization which fell short in Gaza may have been sabotaged by Israel.

An anonymous Western intelligence source stated that the rocket parts may have been sabotaged by the Mossad when they were first smuggled into Gaza or when the rockets were being assembled. Continue Reading »

Report: Biden team offers to unfreeze $7B, release 4 Iranian prisoners

Biden administration denies report in Lebanese news outlet affiliated with the Iranians, that they agreed to free 4 Iranian prisoners and release $7 billion in frozen assets in order to work out deal with Tehran.

By David Rosenberg

 

The United States has agreed to release Iranians accused of aiding the Tehran regime in the US, and unfreeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets as part of a prisoner exchange with Tehran, a news outlet aligned with the Iranian government reported Sunday afternoon.

Who’s on the wrong side? Biden supporting Iran, or Israel & Saudi Arabia against Iran? – Photos: Wikimedia

Al Mayadeen, a Lebanese news outlet affiliated with the Iranian-aligned Hezbollah terrorist group reported Sunday that the Biden administration has agreed to free four Iranian nationals who have been accused of helping Tehran circumvent US sanctions. Continue Reading »

4 Syrian soldiers injured in alleged IDF airstrikes on Damascus targets

— SPECIAL SECURITY REPORT —

Four Syrian soldiers were reportedly injured and heavy material damage was reported following an airstrike targeted in Damascus by IAF jets on Wednesday night, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.

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Four Syrian soldiers were injured and material damage was reported after an alleged Israeli airstrike targeted Damascus on Wednesday night, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.

The strikes reportedly came from the direction of the Golan Heights and Lebanon, with Lebanese media reporting Israeli aircraft flying over large portions of Lebanon.

A large explosion was heard near the border between Israel and Lebanon during the strikes after a Syrian air defense missile was fired towards an Israeli aircraft in the area, according to Hezbollah-affiliated reporter Ali Shoeib. Continue Reading »

To deter Iran from building nukes, the US must sell Israel the B-52 & MOP

Op-Ed: Only if Teheran feels Israel can actually destroy their bunkered nuclear production sites will there be a serious deterrent in preventing Iran from producing a nuclear arsenal.
– Unlike the US, Israel has a long history in flying extended distances from its borders to destroy nuclear installations of its enemies.

By EHUD EILAM

 

US President Joe Biden’s administration seeks to negotiate with Iran. If it does not work, the US will have to deter Iran from producing nuclear weapons. Another scenario is that the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, might survive and even be improved following future negotiations. Continue Reading »

White House attempts to curb Israeli military responses to gain favor with Iran

Israel’s alleged disruption of Iran’s illegal oil-smuggling to Syria (that directly finances Hezbollah’s regional expansion & terror activities), then Tehran’s subsequent maritime retaliations, appears to have exasperated Biden officials that are seeking to renew negotiations with the Iranians.

By Yaakov Lappin and JNS

 

Recent reports suggest that the United States is disturbed by aspects of the Israeli-Iranian shadow war raging across the region – in this case, at sea. It seems reasonable to conclude that Washington is trying to lower tensions it fears can spoil attempts to negotiate a new nuclear agreement with Tehran.

American sources told The Wall Street Journal in recent days that since 2019, Israel allegedly attacked 12 ships illegally carrying Iranian oil to Syria, using weapons such as limpet mines to damage the vessels. Continue Reading »

Biden abandons Abraham Accords, Israel, Middle East peace for Iran

Joe Biden’s White House contains the most ideologically rigid and radical administration in US history, as demonstrated by a tidal-wave of actions that have served to undermine the recent historical Mid-East achievements between Israel and many Muslim States.

By Caroline B. Glick –  Biden abandons Middle East peace 

 

The Trump administration was on the verge of securing a peace agreement between Israel and Indonesia in its final weeks in office, according to a former senior Trump administration official involved in the efforts. The official divulged that the negotiations between Israel and the world’s most populous Muslim state were run by then-President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and Adam Boehler, then-head of the US’s International Development Finance Corporation

Israel was represented by then-Ambassador Ron Dermer and Indonesia by Minister Mohamed Lutfi. Continue Reading »

Vaccines Israel gave the Palestinians were given to Jordan royalty

Instead of the meant ‘at-risk’ Palestinian population receiving intended doses, PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas transferred  200 vaccine doses to Jordan and the PA “health ministry” reported 12,000 vaccine doses were allocated to PLO members and to Abbas’ security personnel.

By Elad Benari

 

The Palestinian Authority (PA) acknowledged on Tuesday that it has given COVID-19 vaccines to senior PA officials and to the Jordanian royal family, Kan News reported.

Kan News reported several weeks ago that the PA had transferred 200 vaccines to Jordan, but PA officials denied the report. On Tuesday, the PA “health ministry” confirmed that 200 vaccines were transferred to the office of Jordanian King Abdullah II. Continue Reading »

Pompeo: Biden officials trying to torpedo Abraham Accords for Palestinians

In a speech at the annual conference of the Combat Anti-Semitism movement, former Secretary of State Pompeo said certain policy-makers in the US & Europe work to keep the Palestinian issue sacrosanct, protected above all other issues on the international stage.

By  Ariel Kahana

 

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accusing certain US and European officials of attempting to block the historic Abraham Accords in order to keep the Palestinian issue at the top of the international agenda.

President Trump at The Abraham Accords Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. – Official White House Photo by Joyce N.

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55 years after ‘Israel’s Man in Damascus’ execution, RT renews interest

Experts suggest Israeli spy Eli Cohen’s legendary status and the rumors of recent Israeli-Syrian back-channel talks of normalization may be the impetus behind this recently released video, 55 years after his public execution in Syria.
– WATCH the RT Documentary (in English)

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE

 

Russian news giant RT recently released a video it says shows Eli Cohen, the famous Israeli spy, walking in a Damascus street. The video, unclear and no more than a few seconds in length, has generated headlines throughout the region, both in Arabic and in Hebrew. Experts attribute the interest to Cohen’s legendary status and recent Russian efforts to try and facilitate a normalization agreement between the two enemy countries. Continue Reading »

Syrian healthcare workers receive Israeli bought COVID vaccine

In order to secure the release of an Israeli woman who had been held by its longtime enemy, Syria, Israel agreed to purchase the Russian “Sputnik V” vaccine for Syrian healthcare workers, in an exchange deal brokered in Moscow.

By REUTERS

 

Syria’s health minister said on Thursday it had received COVID-19 vaccination doses from a “friendly country” and healthcare workers would start receiving inoculations next week.

Hassan Ghabash’s comments, carried by state news agency SANA, did not specify which country provided the vaccines or how many doses had arrived.

Medical worker in Moscow holds the Sputnik V vaccine. – Photo: Mos.ru

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