Archives For Middle East Updates

Israeli embassies and the country’s Air Force are on high alert as concerns intensify that Iran might carry out an attack against the Jewish state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is increasingly worried about Iran’s capabilities to carry out cruise missile attacks or suicide drone attacks similar to the ones used in an October attack against Saudi Arabian oil rigs. Israeli media reported that the Air Force made adjustments to the nation’s air defense systems in light of these fears.

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The Palestinian Authority has paid out close to a million dollars in financial support to terrorists and their families, a watchdog group has said.

Palestinian Media Watch has accused the PA of paying 3,248,900 shekels ($916,150.85) in financial rewards to Hamas terrorists over the past 16 years and has raised the salaries of two of them from 6,000 to 7,000 shekels a month (from $1,700 to $2,000).

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After heading to the polls for the second time in half a year, Israelis are left in almost the same quandary as last time: The vote was more or less split down the middle and any leader given the nod to form a coalition will face many challenges in doing so.

In April’s election Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party both garnered 35 votes. Netanyahu, who had a better chance at rallying a majority of seats for a coalition in the 120-seat Knesset, was given the nod to form a government. He failed to do so which is why the country went back to the polls so soon.

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Israel has discovered yet another secret nuclear facility in Iran, this one apparently a site in which the Islamic regime conducted experiments in its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“Today, we’re revealing that yet another secret nuclear site was exposed in the archives that we brought from Tehran,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons.”

Last year, Israel raided a warehouse in Tehran and captured footage of Iran’s secret nuclear weapons archives.

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Israel has less than a week to go until elections that will determine the next government and yet, according to polls, Israelis are more apathetic than ever. 

With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dogged by allegations of corruption and a growing mistrust among secular Israelis who are ruffled by his alliance with religious parties, no clear leader has risen up to pose a real challenge to the Likud party leader. Even his main rivals, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party and Ehud Barak of the Independence party are garnering little excitement among voters.

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