Archive for Mid-East News

Dozens of Iranian targets destroyed; Dozens of Iranian proxy fighters dead

According to foreign reports, at least 30 people killed, many more wounded and dozens of targets belonging to Iranian forces and Iranian-backed militias were completely destroyed.

By TZVI JOFFRE

 

Alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted dozens of sites in the Deir Ezzor region of eastern Syria and in Albukamal near the Syria-Iraq border on Tuesday night.

The strikes targeted dozens of warehouses and sites belonging to pro-Iranian militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) throughout the area, according to local news source Deir Ezzor 24.

Rampage missile fired from IAF fighter jet. – Photo courtesy: IAI

While Syrian state media and Iranian media have refrained from reporting on casualties, large numbers of ambulances were reported in the area soon after the strike. Continue Reading »

Silent in closing Khamenei’s Twitter account, but Twitter suspends Trump

Although the leading Iranian dissident urged Twitter to suspend Khamenei’s accounts based on his repeated violations of Twitter rules in Persian, English, Spanish & in Arabic tweets, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey ignores pleas, but supported Democrats’ call to make US President Trump’s account permanently closed.

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

 

Iranian journalist and dissident Masih Alinejad urged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Friday to permanently ban all accounts associated with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Alinejad, a women’s rights activist and founder of the My Stealthy Freedom/White Wednesday campaign, told The Jerusalem Post in a statement that “a close review of these accounts in multiple languages which include Persian, English, Spanish, and Arabic, shows that Khamenei has repeatedly violated Twitter rules. Continue Reading »

Sudan signs on to Abraham Accords, normalized ties with Israel

The signing ceremony in Khartoum makes Sudan the 3rd of four countries to officially normalize diplomatic, economic & cultural ties with the Jewish State, following the UAE, Bahrain and preceding Morocco, which has yet to formally sign the Abraham Accords.

By i24NEWS

 

Sudan officially joined the Abraham Accords on Wednesday, opening the door to normalizing its ties with the Jewish state, the Associated Press reports.

The agreement was signed as US Secretary Treasury Steven Mnuchin was visiting Sudanese capital Khartoum.

YouTube clip is in English

From the Sudanese side, the agreement was signed by Justice Minister Nasreldin Abdelbari, according to a statement from Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s office. Continue Reading »

Unknown Arab group hacks Hezbollah’s bank, exposes clients

A Lebanese newspaper says the group known as ‘SpiderZ’ leaked lists of bank customers with details of over 100,000 depositors, 200,000 borrowers and named the banks that cooperate with Hezbollah’s illicit businesses.

By Tal Shahaf

 

A mysterious hacker group said Tuesday that it had executed a successful cyberattack against Lebanese terror group Hezbollah’s financial wing, Al-Qard al-Hassan, which includes a functioning banking system.

According to the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star, the group known as “SpiderZ”, already leaked passport photos, details on customers and senior executives, as well as security camera footage from inside the bank, all allegedly gathered during the attack. Continue Reading »

Trump White House plans yet another Abraham Accords deal in January

According to sources in Jerusalem and in Washington, Indonesia, Mauritania or Oman could be the next country to enter the Abraham Accords, normalizing open diplomatic, economic & cultural relations with Israel as early as January.

By

 

The US is pushing for another Arab or Muslim state to normalize relations with Israel in the three weeks before US President Donald Trump leaves office, a Trump administration source said on Wednesday.

The Abraham Accords logo …Bridging nations, “toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity.” Donald J. Trump, POTUS – Photo: US State Department website

“We’re working very hard on making it happen,” said the source, who has been involved in negotiations for the Abraham Accords, as the agreements are called. Continue Reading »

At least 6 non-Syrians dead in airstrike on Iranian missile factories in Syria

Airstrikes on Iranian militia bases & missile facilities in Syria leave 6 dead so far, all non-Syrian nationals though unclear whether they were Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen, Lebanese Hezbollah, or Iraqi combatants.
– Fatalities predicted to rise as many more were very seriously injured.

By David Rosenberg

 

At least six Iranian-aligned combatants were killed and more injured in a series of airstrikes on militia bases in Syria overnight, according to a report by an observer group.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday morning that airstrikes attributed to Israel in northwestern Syria struck missile assembly facilities maintained by pro-Iranian forces. Continue Reading »

Road sign with ‘Thank You Mossad’ displayed on Iranian overpass

Israeli flag and banner thanking the Mossad seen attached to an overpass in Tehran, following the apparent assassination of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

An Israeli flag and a banner praising the Jewish state’s intelligence agency were spotted above a busy street in Tehran on Monday.

Video footage and photographs of the flag and banner started circulating on social media, following reports that unknown individuals had hung the flag and banner across a bridge over a boulevard in Tehran’s Pars neighborhood.

Continue Reading »

Israel’s ZAKA Search & Rescue Unit Signs Cooperation Agreement With UAE

In signing this historic agreement in Dubai, the chairman of ZAKA, Yehuda Meshi Zahav said, “There is no greater expression of peace than volunteer units partnering for mutual humanitarian aid and assistance.”

By Kalman Labovitz

 

ZAKA held a historic ceremony at DIHAD headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with representatives of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition-(DIHAD).

At the meeting, the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports future collaborations between the two in the humanitarian field in international crises and disasters, and to provide the necessary support to those affected, regardless of color, race, gender, religion or political opinions. Continue Reading »

Publicized Israeli-Saudi meeting sends Biden warning on his Iran policy

Both Jerusalem and Riyadh fear US President-elect Biden will adopt outdated, dangerous Obama policies on Iran which seriously damaged Washington’s ties with its traditional Jewish and Sunni Middle East allies.

By Reuters and ILH Staff

 

A historic meeting between Israel’s prime minister and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has sent a strong signal to allies and enemies alike that the two countries remain deeply committed to containing their common foe Iran.

Last Sunday’s covert meeting in the Saudi city of Neom, confirmed by Israeli officials but publicly denied by Riyadh, conveyed a coordinated message to US President-elect Joe Biden that Washington’s main allies in the region are closing ranks. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah chief Nasrallah flees Lebanon after IDF flyover of Beirut

According to the he Kuwaiti Al-Jarida report, the Hezbollah leader is meant to stay in Tehran for an indefinite amount of time and it is unclear if he will ever return to Lebanon.

By TZVI JOFFRE

 

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah plans to move to Iran and may have already made the move, an informed source told the Kuwaiti Al-Jarida newspaper on Wednesday.

The source told the paper that intelligence services in Lebanon and neighboring countries have monitored extensive, encrypted communications between the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah concerning the move. Nasrallah is meant to stay in Tehran for an indefinite amount of time and it is unclear when exactly he will return to Lebanon. Continue Reading »

Iranians among 10 killed by IDF nighttime airstrikes in Syria

In a rare diplomatic move, Jerusalem allows release of film acknowledging IDF attack in Syria with message that Israel will not tolerate Iranian attacks on Israel’s sovereignty or Iranian military entrenchment in Syria.

By Ynet

 

In a rare move, the Israeli military released footage from the IDF attack on eight Syrian and Iranian military targets in southern Syria, which took place overnight.

Continue Reading »

Supported by UAE, Bahrain, Israeli envoy asks Biden not to return to Iran Nuke Deal

In a joint statement with the UAE & Bahrain ambassadors, the Israeli envoy to the United States urged Joe Biden to investigate & examine anew ‘the reality in the Middle East’ before making any decisions about returning to the Iran nuclear deal.

By i24NEWS

 

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer insisted on Monday that it would be a mistake for the incoming Biden administration to return to the Iran nuclear deal.

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer – Screenshot: YouTube

In a joint statement released in tandem with the ambassadors of the UAE and Bahrain, Dermer urged the president-elect to examine “the reality in the Middle East” before making any decisions about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Continue Reading »

Ignored by US media, Gulf media hot on Clinton’s emails on Muslim Brotherhood

Al-Ain media reports emails showed Obama/Biden backed the religious extremist Muslim Brotherhood control over Egypt; another just days after US Amb. Chris Stevens was murdered in Benghazi, referenced a Muslim Brotherhood media venture. Articles asserted how the Democrat administration sought to “bring the Brotherhood in all of the Mid-East.”

By

 

Media in the Gulf, particularly Al-Ain and Al-Arabiya, have focused on an ostensibly new trove of emails linked to Hillary Clinton. It was not entirely clear, since western and US media seemed to only cover the fact that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was going to release more emails, what was new and old in the reports. Continue Reading »

EU refuses to increase aid to Palestinians as they decline their own tax revenues

European Union leaders have passed on their absolute refusal to PA kleptocrat Abbas, that his request for addition ‘free money’, will not be given as long as hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues, collected by Israel, are not utilized because of Abbas’ stubbornness.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

European Union leaders have told the Palestinian Authority they will refuse to provide any additional financial aid as long as the Palestinians refuse to accept tax revenues collected by Israel, European diplomats and Israeli officials told Barak Ravid of Axios on Wednesday.

The unprecedented ultimatum is another indication that frustration with leaders in Ramallah is growing, even among staunch supporters of the Palestinians. Continue Reading »

Palestinian from Dubai attains Spanish citizenship after discovering Jewish roots

After finding her great-grandmother’s old identity cards in Beirut, Heba was able to seek Spanish citizenship following a 2015 law that allowed naturalization to anyone whose Jewish ancestors ‘fled’ the Spanish Inquisition.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA

 

As a UK-based academic who was born in Dubai to a Palestinian father and Lebanese mother, Heba Nabil Iskandarani had plenty of potential national identities.

What she lacked, however, was a passport.

A 26-year-old lecturer in architecture at Birmingham City University, Iskandarani has been stateless for most of her life, possessing only a Lebanese travel document that defines her as a Palestinian refugee.

Heba Nabil Iskandarani’s newly acquired Spanish Passport and her Lebanese refugee Passport.-

Continue Reading »