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Arab States ask Azerbaijan’s President how he balances ties with Israel

The Azerbaijani leader reveled to a visiting American Rabbi that officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”



Saudi, Pakistani, Afghani and Emirati officials are asking Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev about how to balance their identities as Muslim countries with a relationship with Israel, the Azerbaijani leader told an American rabbi on Monday.

Rabbi Marc Schneier , who met with Aliyev in Baku, said the Azerbaijani leader told him – without going into names – that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Pakistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”

President Ilham Aliyev – Official website of President of Azerbaijan

Schneier quoted Aliyev as saying that he told the officials that it is possible to “do both, that you are not going to get punished – he used those words – that you can find the right balance, and that the fact that I am being asked about this is indicative of a certain movement of the Muslim world now toward Israel.”

Schneier said Aliyev did not provide specifics about the identity of the officials he was referring to. Continue Reading »

Mossad head included in secret meeting of Middle East intel chiefs

US President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt lead conference of intel chiefs from moderate Arab countries, that included the head of Israel’s Mossad.

By Nitzan Keidar


Beneath the surface, relations between Israel and moderate Arab countries are growing, but a significant expression of this was given ten days ago at a secret and joint meeting of heads of intelligence agencies from all over the region.

The conference was initiated by senior adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt.

Palestinian Authority security chief Majid Faraj (left) and Mossad head, Yossi Cohen by Kobi Gideon,GPO

The conference was attended by Jordanian General Intelligence chief Adnan al-Issam al-Jundi, General Abbas Kamel, head of the Egyptian Mukhabarat, Khaled bin Ali al-Humaidan, head of the Saudi intelligence agency, and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen. Continue Reading »

Amid diplomatic row at home, Muslim cleric spreads ‘coexistence’ in Israel

Despite angry protests at home over his visit to Israel a top Muslim leader from Indonesia’s 60-million-member Sunni organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, is scheduled to deliver a message of tolerance in Jerusalem.

By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


A leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization is visiting Israel this week, braving angry protests at home in order to spread what he calls a message of interfaith compassion.

Yahya Staquf, secretary general of the 60 million-member Nahdlatul Ulama, a traditionalist Sunni Islam movement, is in Israel to attend the American Jewish Committee’s international conference in Jerusalem.

The world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel, and strongly supports the Palestinians.  Continue Reading »

Israel to freeze joint water project over Jordan refusal to reopen Israel’s embassy

Israel sent a message to Amman that Jerusalem will not allow the Red-Dead Sea Canal Project to begin unless Jordan reopens the Israeli embassy, closed after an Israeli security guard shot dead a Jordanian who reportedly attacked him with a screwdriver.

By i24NEWS


Some three months after an investigation was opened after an Israeli security guard fired at an armed Jordanian citizen, Israel is threatening to take economic measures against Amman.

According to a report by Hebrew media outlet Maariv, Israel has sent a clear message to Jordan in past days that Israel will not go through with the terms of the Red-Dead Sea Conveyance Project unless Jordan reopens the Israeli embassy. Continue Reading »

Jordan, Italy, France, Spain & Palestinians in Israel for regional emergency exercise

Israel hosts massive joint emergency response exercise including professional teams from Israel, Jordan, Spain, Italy, France and the Palestinian Authority, participating in multiple-faceted drills of extreme-case scenarios inflicting havoc on a regional scale.

By Lilach Shoval, Itsik Saban and Israel Hayom Staff


Some 400 firefighters from five countries arrived in Israel this week to participate in a massive regional emergency exercise.

Emergency response teams from Israel, Jordan, Italy, France and Spain, as well as teams from the Palestinian Authority, came together Tuesday to drill an extreme-case scenario in which a huge wildfire burns its way from country to country, wreaking havoc on a regional scale. Continue Reading »

Trump Envoy Catapults Israeli-Palestinian Water Deal Previously Stalled for Years

Signed by Jordan in 2015, President Trump’s US envoy Jason Greenblatt hailed the Palestinian signing of the historic water/power agreement by saying this deal “will lead to economic improvement in the lives of the Palestinians.”



US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt announced Thursday that Israel and the Palestinians have reached an agreement concerning the long-discussed Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal, which includes the sale of 33 million cubic meters of water to the Palestinian Authority to relieve the water situation there.

Greenblatt, at a press conference with Regional Cooperation Minister Tzahi Hanegbi and PA Water Authority head Mazen Ghuneim, said this agreement and the accord signed Monday between Israel and the PA that will significantly increase the power supply to Jenin are examples of how the two sides can cooperate to improve Palestinian living conditions. Continue Reading »

CONFIRMED: India’s PM Modi to make historic first state visit to Israel in July


According to the Hindustan Times, PM Narendra Modi will come to Israel in early July– the 1st-ever visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister.



Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s long-awaited visit to Israel will take place on July 5-6, the Indian press reported on Thursday.

According to the Hindustan Times, Modi will come to Israel – a first-ever visit by an India prime minister – on his way to take part in the G-20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7-8.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi welcomes Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin – Photo: מארק ניימן :PMO

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欢迎! Israel Welcomes Chinese Tourism Boom, With Enthusiasm!


The welcomed boom in tourism from China, with their increased spending over European tourists, have seen Israel’s hoteliers adapting, with changes in meals, accommodations, the color of flowers, and translated literature in the rooms to name a few.

By Amit Cotler


The Ministry of Tourism’s investment in promoting Israel in China has paid dividends, with a 68.6% increase from 2015 to 2016.

The ministry has invested nearly ten million shekels a year, and China’s largest private airline, Hainan, started offering flights to Israel.

A Hainan Airlines Airbus 330 – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/Paul Spijkers

The Ministry of Tourism’s data show that 79,268 tourists from China visited the Jewish state in 2016, but the ministry’s goal is to cross the 100,000 barrier in number of Chinese tourists per year. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu, 90-member business delegation arrive in China to boost cooperation


“Israel is a country in high demand, as you can see from my past visits to Washington, Moscow and other countries and now China,” PM Netanyahu said at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport, as he boarded his plane to Beijing.

By i24NEWS


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in China on Sunday for a three-day visit aimed at boosting economic ties and marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs Sara Netanyahu are welcomed by an honor guard upon arrival in China. – Photo: Haim Zach/GPO

Netanyahu is scheduled to meet in Beijing with the country’s three senior-most officials: President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and China’s parliamentary head Zhang Dejiang. Continue Reading »

Hindustan Times: Israel assisting India’s efforts to augment nuclear capabilities


During PM Modi’s visit to meet with PM Netanyahu in Israel later this year, he is not scheduled for a courtesy stopover in the Palestinian territories.
– India’s Hindustan Times editorial also writes, Israel is “uniquely in the world, a partner in the development of India’s nuclear arsenal” and “strategically more trusted by India than any other country.”

By Erez Linn and Israel Hayom Staff


India’s Hindustan Times published an editorial on Monday praising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions to strengthen overt ties with Israel.

Air India One, a Boeing 747-437, Air India begins direct Israel-New Delhi flights in May – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/José Luis Celada Euba

Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year in a historic trip the newspaper says reflects the “sea change that has taken place between India and Israel” since the countries formalized relations in 1992. Continue Reading »

6,000 Chinese construction laborers to arrive in Israel by June


Israel’s Finance minister says bilateral construction labor deal with China will help address housing shortage by bolstering undermanned construction sector, facilitating shorter construction time that translates into lower prices.

By Israel Hayom Staff


Israel’s construction sector, which has long suffered from a lack of sufficient manpower, received a boost on Wednesday after an Israeli delegation signed a bilateral agreement with the Chinese government to bring more than 6,000 Chinese laborers to Israel in the next half year.

The agreement, which was signed following protracted negotiations, is slated to be made official in late February, the Israeli news portal Walla reported. Continue Reading »

Israel admits assisting Paraguay in fight against Hezbollah’s nefarious activities


Israel’s report stated that Hezbollah maintain a logistical base in South America and the Caribbean, with members, supporters, and facilitators engaging in illegal schemes that support and finance the Lebanese terrorist organization.



Israel is helping Paraguay take actions against Hezbollah in the Tri-Border area with Argentina and Brazil, the Foreign Ministry acknowledged on Wednesday while announcing the opening of the new embassy in Asuncion.

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Muslim nations cooperate with Israel on Mid-East particle-accelerator project

view videoIsraelis are working with Muslim scientists on a landmark science project, and their collaborating colleagues are from Pakistan and Iran!



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WATCH: At historic visit, Kenyan president tells Netanyahu, ‘Africa needs Israel’


view videoKenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta commits to upgrading Israel’s status in the African Union since ‘it was critical for Africa to re-evaluate its relationship with Israel in order to better enable Africa to deal with common challenges in security & counter-terrorism.’



NAIROBI — Kenya will work to restore Israel’s observer status at the African Union because Israel is a critical partner in the battle against terrorism, the most serious challenge facing the world today, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday.

Kenyatta said that the upgrading of Israel’s status in the pan-African body is critical not for Israel, “but for all those who see this [terrorism] as a common challenge. Continue Reading »

Israeli PM sends firefighting planes to extinguish Cyprus blaze


Following request from Cypriot government, PM Netanyahu dispatches Israeli firefighting aircraft to assist in dousing blaze.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Israel said Saturday it was sending firefighting planes to a blaze in Cyprus, returning the neighboring island’s helping hand when the Jewish state suffered a devastating forest fire in 2010.

A plane filmed battling the Carmel Forest fire in 2010. – Photo: יחידה אווירית

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that firefighting planes be sent to Cyprus to help put out a giant fire that is raging in Paphos,” on the island’s west coast, Netanyahu’s office said.

It said the decision followed a formal request from the Cyprus government. Continue Reading »