Archiv: Israel


16.05.2022 - 19:03 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Ukraine will develop like Israel as country always ready for war – expert

(today)

Oleksandr Komarov, the president of the Kyivstar mobile operator, believes that even under the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war.

„My vision of the future is this: even in the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war. And this factor should be taken into account in planning. We do not invest for a year, our horizon is 7-10 years. And therefore, all these factors must be taken into account.

16.05.2022 - 18:53 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

16.05.2022 - 18:47 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

16.05.2022 - 18:38 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

16.05.2022 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals

(Nov. 26, 2010)

In the aforesaid period Netanyahu served as deputy to Moshe Arens, when he was Israel’s ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1982-83 ).

(…)

The recently revealed documents deal with an operation dubbed „Tipped Kettle,“ involving weapons the Israel Defense Forces looted from the Palestine Liberation Organization during Operation Peace for Galilee in Lebanon, and their transfer to the Contras – opponents of the socialistic Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

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Part II was patently illegal – a blatant effort by the White House to violate a Congressional order and to cook up a strange deal involving the sale of American weapons (originally supplied to the IDF ) to anti-American Iran, for use in its war with Iraq; the release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled Hezbollah; and the financing of Contras‘ activities thanks to the difference between the sum paid by the Iranians and the true value of the weapons – minus a profit for those engaged in the deal.

(…)

The CIA had direct intelligence connections with the Mossad, but in the affair of the captured weapons the American agency preferred to hide behind the Pentagon.

16.05.2022 - 17:23 [ DW.com ]

Die Iran-Contra-Affäre

(20.07.2009)

Die USA hatten Waffen an den Iran verkauft und mit einem Teil der Erträge die nikaraguanischen „Contras“ bei ihrem Bemühen unterstützt, die linken Sandinisten in ihrer Heimat zu stürzen. Gleichzeitig versuchte Washington mit dieser Strategie, amerikanische Geiseln freizukaufen, die im Libanon verschwunden waren. Israel war als Mittler eingeschaltet, das freilich auch auf eigene Initiative bereits Waffengeschäfte mit Teheran aufgenommen hatte.

15.05.2022 - 14:43 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Hundreds Protest Al Jazeera Journalist’s Killing Across Israel

(12.05.2022)

Hundreds gathered in rallies organized by Hadash and the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) on Wednesday and Thursday to protest the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was killed by Israeli occupation forces and in the West Bank.

200 people demonstrated in Haifa, waving Palestinian flags, holding pictures of Abu-Aqleh and carrying signs bearing texts in Hebrew and Arabic reading “Occupation = terror.” “We stand here this evening in protest of the murder of the journalist Abu Aqleh today in Jenin,” Raja Zaatry, chairman of the Haifa branch of the Hadash, said. He described Abu Akleh’s killing as “a grave crime that is added to the many crimes of the occupation, which is the main and daily terror in this country.”

15.05.2022 - 14:14 [ Haaretz ]

Police Violence at Palestinian Journalist’s Funeral Is Israel’s Mark of Cain

This is not just about damage to Israel’s image. This is a definitive incident that revealed the full ugliness of life under Israel’s occupation. No PR in the world can repair the damage, because there is no “narrative” that justifies the Israel Police’s conduct.

This is not only about contempt for the pain and grief of the Palestinians; it is about a fundamentally wrong attitude toward the Palestinian flag. This is the flag of the Palestinian Authority – an entity established as part of a deal with Israel, a deal that among other things enshrines the security cooperation that Israel has enjoyed for almost 30 years – and it is recognized by the whole world, including Israel.

15.05.2022 - 13:44 [ Rep. Debbie Dingell, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Nitter.net ]

This is indefensible. We need a full, transparent, and independent investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and these disturbing attacks by Israeli police on mourners. Those responsible for these actions must be held accountable.

15.05.2022 - 13:38 [ Rep. Andy Levin, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / nitter.net ]

Live coverage of Israeli officers attacking attendees of Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, almost toppling the casket to the ground, disturbed me deeply. What can justify this?

(13.05.2022)

15.05.2022 - 13:18 [ theGuardian.com ]

Shireen Abu Aqleh: ‘Cold-blooded’ killing and funeral chaos leave West Bank in turmoil

World criticism mounts over the shooting of Al Jazeera journalist as dispute over chain of events grows

14.05.2022 - 16:59 [ ORF.at ]

Tote Journalistin: UNO-Sicherheitsrat fordert Untersuchung

Nach dem Tod einer Journalistin im Westjordanland hat der UNO-Sicherheitsrat eine Aufarbeitung des Falles gefordert. „Die Mitglieder des Sicherheitsrates forderten eine sofortige, gründliche, transparente, faire und unparteiische Untersuchung ihrer Tötung und betonten die Notwendigkeit, Rechenschaft abzulegen“, hieß es in einer Mitteilung des mächstigsten UNO-Gremiums.

14.05.2022 - 14:02 [ Haaretz ]

Biden: Israel Police Actions at Abu Alkeh’s Funeral ‚Must Be Investigated‘

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. was „deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh,“ adding „every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner.“

Blinken’s rebuke came shortly after U.S. President Joe Biden said „I don’t know all the detail, but I know it has to be investigated“ when asked about Israeli forces‘ action at the funeral.

14.05.2022 - 13:55 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Ayman Mohyeldin On The Killing Of Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

(12.05.2022)

Ayman Mohyeldin remembers his friend and colleague, Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed today reporting on an Israeli military raid in the West Bank.

14.05.2022 - 13:50 [ ITV News / Youtube ]

Israeli police beat mourners at Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral | ITV News

Israeli police attacked a funeral procession for slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, beating mourners with batons and causing them to almost drop the coffin.

Thousands of mourners, some hoisting Palestinian flags and chanting “Palestine, Palestine,” attended the funeral for the Palestinian-American reporter, who witnesses say was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday while covering a military raid in the occupied West Bank.

The mourners tried to march with the coffin on foot out of a hospital to a Catholic church in the nearby Old City.

11.05.2022 - 10:41 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Israeli soldiers are accused of ‚assassinating‘ female Al Jazeera reporter by shooting her in the face during raid on refugee camp: Israel says she was ‚possibly‘ hit by ‚Palestinian gunfire‘

– Palestinian television personality Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, killed in West Bank raid
– Qatar claims Israeli security forces ’shot her in the face‘ as she wore PRESS vest
– Israel said it is investigating the possibility she was hit by ‚Palestinian gunmen‘
– Another Palestinian was shot and wounded in the raid but is in stable conditio

11.05.2022 - 10:29 [ Haaretz ]

Al Jazeera Reporter Killed in Israeli Army Raid in Jenin

The Palestinian Health Ministry said Shireen Abu Akleh, a Jerusalem-based journalist for Al Jazeera, was hit in the head by live fire. The Israeli military said in a statement that it was looking into „a possibility, now being looked into, that reporters were hit – possibly by shots fired by Palestinian gunmen.“

A second reporter, Ali Samodi, sustained a gunshot wound to the back and is in stable condition, the Health Ministry said.

07.05.2022 - 09:41 [ @JComm_NewsFeeds / Twitter ]

Ukrainian President Zelensky used advisors linked to Likud, Netanyahu – report: During the war with Russia, Zelensky used the services of strategic advisors Srulik Einhorn, who ran a Likud campaign, and Yonatan Orich, Netanyahu’s spokesperson.

(May 3, 2022)

05.05.2022 - 20:16 [ New York Times ]

Spain Says Cellphones of Prime Minister and Defense Minister Were Hacked

(02.05.2022)

Officials said the devices were breached by the Pegasus spyware, made by an Israeli company, which is intended to track illegal behavior but has been misused by some governments.

05.05.2022 - 20:01 [ ORF.at ]

Spaniens Geheimdienst bespitzelte Separatisten

Bei der Überwachung kam die israelische Spähsoftware Pegasus zum Einsatz.

Für jeden dieser Fälle habe CNI-Chefin Paz Esteban heute in einer parlamentarischen Kontrollkommission eine richterliche Erlaubnis vorgelegt, berichtete die Zeitung „El Pais“.

04.05.2022 - 16:05 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(today)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

04.05.2022 - 15:59 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu trial: For 4 years I’ve had mark of Cain on my head – Filber

(May 2, 2022)

Part of what Filbert was trying to do on Monday was explain statements he has made in court regarding the Bezeq-Walla Affair that were helpful to Netanyahu, despite his being a prosecution witness.

In Filber’s narrative, he has only testified for the prosecution about meetings and phone calls he had with Netanyahu that the prosecution wants to highlight for Case 4000.

04.05.2022 - 15:25 [ Yahoo.com ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing

(February 26, 2022)

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a „deconfliction mechanism“ with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighbouring Arab state.

„Our military officials discuss the practical issues of this substantively on a daily basis. This mechanism has proven to be useful and will continue to work,“ the Russian embassy in Israel said in a statement.

04.05.2022 - 14:37 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Israeli authorities discuss possibility of supplying defense systems to Ukraine – media

Also, „there is a consensus among the relevant Israeli officials that, at least at this stage, the Ukrainian army will not receive anti-aircraft systems, modern weapons, offensive weapons.“ Instead, for the time being, it is about the supply of „defensive systems that will protect troops on the ground, personal combat equipment and warning systems that could be sent without causing a crisis with Russia,“ Haaretz writes.

02.05.2022 - 16:14 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Handy-Attacke mit Pegasus-Software: Spähangriff auf Spaniens Regierungschef

Bolaños machte keine Angaben dazu, ob die spanischen Behörden über Hinweise auf den Ursprung der Abhöraktion verfügen oder ob sie aus dem Ausland erfolgte.

Es sei aber absolut sicher, dass es sich um eine Attacke von außen handele, weil weil in Spanien alle Eingriffe von offiziellen Einrichtungen und mit juristischer Genehmigung erfolgen“, fügte der Minister hinzu.

02.05.2022 - 16:05 [ Haaretz ]

Spanish Prime Minister, Defense Minister Hacked Using Israel’s Pegasus Spyware in 2021, Officials Say

Israel’s NSO Group, the cyber offensive firm which developed Pegasus, said it was unfamiliar with the details of the specific case and, as a software provider, cannot know who the targets of its customers are.

Spain’s government is under pressure to explain why the cellphones of dozens of people connected to the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region were infected with Pegasus between 2017 and 2020, according to cybersecurity experts’ group Citizen Lab.

24.04.2022 - 09:58 [ Times of Israel ]

Russian envoy: We’ll ‘respond accordingly’ if Israel gives Ukraine defensive gear

Speaking with Russian state television, Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov noted Defense Ministry Benny Gantz’s announcement a day earlier that Israel will provide Ukraine with helmets and flak jackets.

Gantz’s office stressed the equipment will go to Ukrainian civilian rescue and medical forces, not the military.

19.04.2022 - 21:57 [ Haaretz ]

Will Israel’s New Gulf Friends Get Its State-of-art Laser Defense System?

Israel takes a cautious tone on future sales of the laser system, which just passed another test. But statements about a new ‚regional anti-missile defense architecture‘ hint that they may play more than a local role

19.04.2022 - 21:52 [ Arctic Friend / Twitter ]

Why did Israel stop the US from selling the Iron dome to Ukraine? And one other question: Why are they excepting Russian oligarchs money? It’s essentially blood money. Israel should be enforcing our sanctions against Russia, not helping them skirt the sanctions.

15.04.2022 - 05:30 [ Fox News ]

Netanyahu warns Iran could ‚take the entire world hostage‘ if West approves new nuke deal

(March 20, 2022)

In an interview airing Sunday on „Life, Liberty & Levin“, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against the U.S. potentially empowering the terrorist-supporting regime in Tehran by going ahead with approving a new nuclear deal.

Netanyahu told host Mark Levin that when the regime currently led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi is armed with nuclear weapons, they can threaten anyone they want while also having the boosted defense capabilities that nukes provide:

14.04.2022 - 06:29 [ Times of Israel ]

Prosecutors ask court to add new witnesses in Netanyahu’s Case 1000

Request comes after information provided by Arnon Milchan’s personal assistant regarding expansive jewelry and clothes allegedly given to former PM at his wife’s behest

14.04.2022 - 06:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli-U.S. Billionaire Saban Donates $1 Million to AIPAC’s Super PAC

Long-term AIPAC supporter Haim Saban is the biggest individual donor to the super PAC since its establishment late last year. His contribution came weeks before the pro-Israel lobby’s traditional PAC endorsed Republican election deniers

12.04.2022 - 17:57 [ Times of Israel ]

Hearings in submarine affair probe to be open to public, despite state’s request

(15 March 2022)

The state commission of inquiry, approved by the cabinet in January, will consist of five panelists headed by former Supreme Court president Asher Grunis.

It is tasked with examining a murky $2 billion deal to purchase submarines from the German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp. More specifically, it will attempt to evaluate the procedures and decision-making employed by the political echelon related to the sensitive procurement, conducted under the government of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

12.04.2022 - 17:48 [ IsraelHayom.com ]

PM vows will not seek coalition with Joint Arab List, Netanyahu

Asked about the immediate aftermath of Silman’s resignation, he said that „the first order of business was to stabilize the faction. I’ve spoken with the party heads and this government is moving forward. The alternative is to return to the dark days of more election campaigns. Instead of fighting terrorism, fighting each other.“

Bennett further rejected the assertion that the current 60-60 situation in the Knesset has left his government paralyzed, saying that political paralysis „is measured in actions. Controversial laws are hard to pass, but we have no issue with regular legislation.“

12.04.2022 - 17:18 [ CNN ]

No indictment for Netanyahu

(20. April 1997)

Netanyahu told CNN’s Walter Rodgers he was „glad that the truth came out,“ and said the entire incident was „blown out of proportion and twisted out of shape.“

„It’s politics,“ he said in an interview shortly after the attorney general released his report. „Of course there were people out to get us. But this is going nowhere. It’s done. It’s finished.“

12.04.2022 - 16:37 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Netanjahus Enkel zu Premierminister Israels: „Du schuldest uns Krieg“ – aus dem Zukunftsarchiv, 13.Oktober 2031

(13. Oktober 2013)

Wie wir alle wissen, wurde der rechtsradikale Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu vor 18 Jahren wegen einem maßgeblich durch seine Person organisierten drohenden Atomkrieg gegen den Iran, nachfolgend gegen Libanon, gegen Syrien sowieso und natürlich auch gegen den Gazastreifen und überhaupt die gesamte Region von einem linksradikalen Israeli erschossen. Ganz Israel reagierte seinerzeit wie Netanjahus eigene Likud Partei. Es sagte: „Oh. Das ist aber schade.“ Und dann kam alles ganz anders. Während der Attentäter zu einer Art Volksheld wurde und in allen Ehren im Gefängnis saß, beschloss nun die Likud Partei ab sofort genau das Gegenteil von dem zu machen was sie bisher getan hatte und alle Pläne von exzessivem Krieg und Kapitalismus über den Haufen und sich selbst einer bis zu dem Attentat gesellschaftlich vollkommen isolierten winzigen Gruppe der Gesellschaft zu Füßen zu werfen. Ab sofort wurde lauter intellektuelles, menschenfreundliches, pazifistisches ja sozialistisches Zeug geredet und auch getan. Sogar die Arbeitspartei fing – äußerst widerstrebend – damit an, diesem lästigen Trend zu folgen. Es fingen überhaupt alle damit an, alle Parteien. In den Zeitungen konnte man nichts Schlechtes über den Menschen und damit Mitmenschen lesen, überall hieß es „Soziale Gerechtigkeit“, „wir müssen die achtzehn Familien entmachten die das Land beherrschen und ausplündern“, „weg mit dieser Besatzungszone, ja sind wir denn alle wahnsinnig?“ und ruckzuck wurde der Staat Palästina endlich anerkannt. Die israelischen Besatzungstruppen zogen sich zurück, die täglich für ein paar Schekel mehr ins Land trottenden palästinensischen Arbeitssklaven bekamen ab sofort einen Mindestlohn und später sogar anständige Bezahlung. In Palästina saßen die sich „Siedler“ nennen Kolonisten aus aller Welt plötzlich ohne Alimente, Wasser, Strom und alles andere da und verließen fluchtartig das Land. In Israel wurde wichtige Infrastruktur, allen voran die Wasserversorgung, vergesellschaftet. Die Lebensmittelpreise und Mieten sanken dramatisch, die Zentralbank wurde einem Knesset-Ausschuss unterstellt. Wahlen zu einer verfassungsgebenden Versammlung wurden anberaumt, an der keine Parteien und ihre Wahllisten teilnehmen durften, nur Einzelpersonen. Aber alle Parteien sangen im Chor und unterstützen dies, kürzten sogar die horrenden Alimente ihre Funktionäre. Weltweit brach Panik unter Kapitalisten und Kriegstreibern vor Israel aus, die „Europäische Union“ versuchte sogar kurzzeitig (aber vergeblich) Internetsperren gegen israelische Zeitungen zu verhängen. Eine regelrechte Einwanderungsflut brach über das kleine Land herein, alle möglichen und weltweit politisch-ethisch heimatlosen Intellektuellen und Künstler versuchten auf Biegen und Brechen ins Land zu kommen, während Oligarchen, Waffenhändler und Mafiosis am Ben Gurion Flughafen mit Sonnenbrillen unauffällig Schlange standen. Die gesamte politische Rechte löste sich in Luft auf….

12.04.2022 - 16:17 [ Youtube ]

Yitzhak Rabin – The Last Speech (English Subtitles)

The last speech of prime minister and minister of defense Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by right-wing Israeli radical on November 4th 1995 in Tel Aviv.

12.04.2022 - 16:11 [ Washington Post ]

Will Israel Ever Move Past the Netanyahu Era?

(April 6, 2022)

Netanyahu has been relatively quiet on Ukraine, which would put him at odds with the current administration and key parts of the U.S. Republican Party. In the past he has seen Putin as a partner in fighting Iranian influence in Syria and in the effort to keep Iran from supplying Hezbollah and Hamas with cash and weapons. That is similar to Bennett’s policy, though it is hard to imagine Bibi trying to mediate the conflict or allowing his foreign minister to call Putin a war criminal, as Lapid is now doing.

12.04.2022 - 15:33 [ AlArabiya.net ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing amid Ukraine crisis

(26 February ,2022)

Russia sees its military coordination with Israel over Syria continuing, the Russian embassy said on Saturday, after Moscow signaled displeasure with Israeli statements about the Ukraine crisis.

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a “deconfliction mechanism” with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighboring Arab state.

12.04.2022 - 15:18 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

10.04.2022 - 02:41 [ MSN.com ]

Israeli government on verge of collapse as Netanyahu eyes political comeback

(08.04.2022)

On Wednesday, Idit Silman, a right-wing member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, announced her defection from Bennett’s political party, Yamina, robbing the government of its majority.

The coalition whip is said to have resigned after reports of middle-of-the-night secret meetings between the former PM and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who is desperate for a political comeback.

The crisis comes after a series of deadly attacks in Israel that killed 11 Israelis, putting high pressure on the government.

10.04.2022 - 02:38 [ Haaretz ]

The Common Thread Between Recent Terror Attacks in Israel

To the bystander, it’s clear that this government’s prospects of serving out its full term were very much reduced on Wednesday. Even if an election is still a complicated and distant scenario, the political turmoil aids the revolution that opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to foment at a critical moment in his trial, when the testimony of Shlomo Filber, who has turned state’s evidence, raises the danger of a prison term for the former prime minister.

03.04.2022 - 19:35 [ Jeruslaem Post ]

Israeli military surprised at how the war in Ukraine is going

(MARCH 29, 2022)

A month after Russia invaded, Moscow has yes to achieve its goals.

03.04.2022 - 19:31 [ ndweiss. a brokedown palace. / Twitter ]

Israel isn’t providing Ukraine with Iron Dome tech for which Ukraine has been begging because “A good working relationship with the Kremlin has long been seen as an essential component of Israeli national security.” A good relationship w/the Kremlin?

30.03.2022 - 05:09 [ Newsweek ]

Zelensky Begs Israel for Defense Systems, Calls ‚Iron Dome‘ World’s Best

(March 20, 2022)

„We are turning to you and asking whether it is better to provide help or mediation without choosing a side,“ he said. „I will let you decide the answer to the question, but I do want to point out that indifference kills.“

The Jerusalem Post reported that some within the Israeli government were taken aback by Zelensky’s critical tone during the meeting. Nonetheless, the country does not plan to change course and provide weapons or other equipment to Ukraine.

30.03.2022 - 05:04 [ Washington Post ]

Why Israel Won’t Supply the Iron Dome to Ukraine

(March 13, 2022)

IDF and Russian commanders in Syria use a deconfliction mechanism that coordinates IDF activity and allows Israel to operate without endangering Russian assets.

This is well understood by Israelis. A poll published this week shows 67% of the public supports the government’s cautious approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and favors not taking a firm stance against Russia. Only 21% disagree.

30.03.2022 - 04:48 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Iron Dome plan to shield German skies

Germany is looking to create an “Iron Dome” protection shield, similar to the one used by Israel, to protect against Russian missiles.

“That is certainly among the things that we are discussing, and for good reasons,” Olaf Scholz, the chancellor, told the state television channel ARD. “We need to be aware that we have a neighbour who is prepared to use violence to enforce their interests.”

30.03.2022 - 04:19 [ Thomas Röwekamp, Mitglied des BUndestages / Twitter ]

Ja, stimmt. Wir sind mit einer Delegation von Mitgliedern im Verteidigungsausschuss in Israel und informieren uns auch über militärische Verteidigungssysteme. Aber zur Klarstellung: wir kaufen hier nichts ein…

28.03.2022 - 18:44 [ Süddeutsche ]

Warme Worte in der Wüste

Fast hat es ausgesehen wie eine gymnastische Übung: Sechs zumeist ältere Herren in einer Reihe, die sich mit verschränkten Armen an den Händen fassen. Doch diese Formation, die am Montag von sechs leibhaftigen Außenministern auf einem Podium in der israelischen Negev-Wüste gebildet wurde, war als politische Botschaft gedacht.

28.03.2022 - 18:34 [ ]

Summit to Become Regular Forum, Unity Will ‚Deter Iran,‘ Israel’s Lapid Says

Decrying terror and envisioning peace, the foreign ministers of Israel, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates seek to counter Iran through ’new regional architecture‘

27.03.2022 - 20:04 [ ORF.at ]

Deutschland erwägt Kauf von Raketenabwehr in Israel

Der SPD-Politiker fügte hinzu: „Das israelische System Arrow 3 ist eine gute Lösung.“

Der Zeitung zufolge war ein bundesweiter Raketenschutzschild auch Thema einer Beratung von Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz (SPD) mit Bundeswehr-Generalinspekteur Eberhard Zorn über die Verwendung des 100-Milliarden-Euro-Sondervermögens für die Bundeswehr.

27.03.2022 - 16:22 [ New Yorker ]

Naftali Bennett’s Calculated Effort to Engage with Vladimir Putin on Ukraine—and Iran

(March 14, 2022)

Bennett, like Netanyahu, has been a fierce opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, which lifts sanctions on Iranian trade. The Biden Administration and its European allies want the deal, but, in the Moscow meeting with Bennett, Putin elaborated on a new roadblock to its signing. Sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and European powers mean that any third-party company or government entity that trades with Russia may itself be sanctioned. Putin now insists that Russia’s support for the final deal is contingent on its being able to trade freely with Iran—which the original deal allowed.

27.03.2022 - 14:11 [ Haaretz ]

Egypt to Join Summit With Blinken, FMs of UAE, Bahrain and Morocco in Israel

Egypt will be joining a historic summit of Middle Eastern foreign ministers in Israel next week, alongside U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the senior diplomats of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.

27.03.2022 - 14:02 [ theHill.com ]

Blinken tries to calm allies ahead of Iran nuke deal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday tried to soothe the fears of Israel and its Gulf Arab allies ahead of the possible renewal of global powers’ international nuclear deal with Iran.

Blinken made the comments shortly before joining his counterparts from Israel and four Arab countries at a special gathering where the Iranian nuclear deal was expected to top the agenda.

26.03.2022 - 20:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Intelligence ‚Cooperating Very Closely‘ With Ukraine, Top Zelenskyy Aide Says

(24.03.2022)

“I have very big respect for the leaders of your intelligence services,” he said. “I know many of them personally. These are very big professionals and patriots of Israel and patriots of the whole free world. So I do know that our intelligence is satisfied with this cooperation, but of course there is always more that can be done,“ he said, describing Israel’s intelligence community as „one of the best of the world.“

21.03.2022 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Iron Dome and Beyond: Israel Can, and Must, Save Lives in Ukraine

One Western country has the unique experience and capacity to help Ukraine protect civilian lives from Putin’s bombardment: Israel. Unfortunately, despite repeated requests from Kyiv, it has chosen not to do

21.03.2022 - 05:29 [ Jerusalem Post ]

‚Why won’t Israel give Ukraine weapons?‘ Zelensky criticizes Knesset

Sources close to Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said they were surprised by how critical Zelensky was in the address. Despite the speech, mediation would continue, and Israel would not provide weapons to Ukraine, the sources said.

21.03.2022 - 05:24 [ Middle East Eye ]

Russia-Ukraine war: Zelensky presses Israel for its Iron Dome missile defence system

In the latest in a series of international appeals, Zelensky addressed the Israeli parliament by video link and questioned Israel’s reluctance to sell its Iron Dome missile defence system to Ukraine.

„Everybody knows that your missile defence systems are the best… and that you can definitely help our people, save the lives of Ukrainians, of Ukrainian Jews,“ said Zelensky, who is of Jewish heritage.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has held numerous calls with both Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin to try to end the conflict.

20.03.2022 - 13:30 [ NBC News ]

Oil, weapons and realpolitik: Why some countries want to stay on friendly terms with Russia

India relies on Russian-made weapons, Israel needs Russia’s cooperation to strike inside Syria and Gulf Arab states look to Russia to help manage the oil market.

15.03.2022 - 15:10 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel refuses sale of Iron Dome missile defense system to Ukraine

(15.02.2022)

In an effort to avoid at all cost, Israeli involvement in the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, Israel refused to sell the Iron Dome missile defense system to Kyiv in order not to annoy the Russians.

15.03.2022 - 15:06 [ יאיר לפיד - Yair Lapid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel / Twitter ]

Israel, like Slovakia, condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and calls for an end to the fighting. There is no justification for violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and there is no justification for attacks on a civilian population.

(14.03.2022)

15.03.2022 - 15:01 [ יאיר לפיד - Yair Lapid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel ]

Israel will not be a route to bypass sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States & other western countries.

(14.03.2022)

@IsraelMFA is coordinating the issue together with partners including the Bank of Israel, @Israel_MOF, @Misrad_Calcala, the Airports Authority, @Energy_IL, & others.

15.03.2022 - 14:56 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Growing Alarmed Over Israel’s Safe Harbor for Russian Oligarchs

(13.03.2022)

Washington is signaling to Israel that joining the economic pressure on Putin’s regime, including the oligarchs closest to him, is more important than mediating between Russia and Ukraine

13.03.2022 - 11:45 [ Times of Israel ]

As Israel avoids sanctioning oligarchs, 14 private jets arrive from Russia — report

Fourteen private jets that have taken off from Russia have landed at Ben Gurion Airport in the past 10 days, Channel 12 news reported Friday, as Israel continues to avoid joining Western sanctions against Russian oligarchs in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

13.03.2022 - 10:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Missiles land near US consulate in northern Iraq city of Erbil

“We condemn this terrorist attack launched against several sectors of Erbil, we call on the inhabitants to remain calm,” Kurdistan prime minister Masrour Barzani said in a statement.

The attack comes several days after an Israeli strike near Damascus, Syria killed two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

10.03.2022 - 13:09 [ Alarabiya.net ]

Russia sees military coordination with Israel on Syria continuing amid Ukraine crisis

(26 February ,2022)

Russia sees its military coordination with Israel over Syria continuing, the Russian embassy said on Saturday, after Moscow signaled displeasure with Israeli statements about the Ukraine crisis.

Following the 2015 Russian intervention in the Syrian civil war, Israel set up a “deconfliction mechanism” with the big power to prevent them clashing inadvertently during Israeli strikes against Iranian deployments and arms transfers in the neighboring Arab state.

10.03.2022 - 12:43 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

08.03.2022 - 03:08 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Bennett, Ukraine, and Putin’s Rigged Game

Conspiracy theories aside, it’s still apparent that Israel and Russia have some common interests – something that is seemingly inconceivable – and these interests are opposed to those of the United States and Iran.

In recent days, Russia has imposed conditions on its consent to a new nuclear deal with Iran. It is demanding an American promise that the sanctions that Washington has imposed on Moscow won’t apply to Russian relations with Iran.

Oh, how the wheel turns

06.03.2022 - 12:51 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bennett erst bei Putin, dann bei Scholz

(05.03.2022)

Israels Premier Bennett hat in Moskau mit Russlands Präsident Putin über die Lage in der Ukraine beraten. Noch am Abend will Bennett mit Kanzler Scholz sprechen.

06.03.2022 - 12:48 [ Spiegel.de ]

Treffen von Olaf Scholz und Naftali Bennett: Israels strategische Zurückhaltung bei Russlands Krieg

(02.03.2022)

Kann Israel nach Putins Überfall auf die Ukraine vermitteln? Bei einem Besuch von Olaf Scholz ließ sich Ministerpräsident Naftali Bennett nicht in die Karten schauen – der Bundeskanzler hofft weiter auch auf Diplomatie.

04.03.2022 - 14:42 [ UN Human Rights Council #HRC49 / Twitter ]

At #HRC49, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet presented her report into accountability for alleged violations of international human rights law committed by relevant actors in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

REPORT https://bit.ly/3Ce7IhM

26.02.2022 - 15:24 [ ResponsibleStatecraft.org ]

US-backed Middle East states cozy up to Russia during Ukraine invasion

A few months later, the Ukrainian government asked the U.S. government to purchase the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Because the Iron Dome is a joint U.S.-Israeli project, the sale also required permission from the Israeli government, which Israel reportedly refused to grant.

That refusal was not based on any concern with whether the sale was a good idea for Eastern Europe, but on Israel’s desire to maintain a good relationship with Russia, according to the Times of Israel. Russia, which has forces stationed in Syria, gives Israel tacit permission to intervene in the Syrian civil war.

21.02.2022 - 03:53 [ Times of Israel ]

‘Turned diplomacy into a religion’: Israel officials said to lash Biden on Iran deal

As reports swirl of an imminent new Iran nuclear deal, Israeli officials on Sunday lashed out at Washington, according to a TV report.

“The Biden administration has turned diplomacy into a religion, and the agreement the US will sign with Tehran is meaningless,” officials quoted by Channel 13 news said.

18.02.2022 - 08:59 [ Haaretz ]

Pelosi Headed to Israel With Iran, Ukraine on the Agenda

(Feb. 14, 2022)

Pelosi will head the congressional delegation set to visit the Knesset on Wednesday, over two years since her last official visit to Jerusalem, with the Iran talks in Vienna sure to be on the agenda. She will be accompanied by key lawmakers related to foreign relations, appropriations and intelligence — including Reps. Adam Schiff, Ted Deutch, Barbara Lee, Bill Keating, Eric Swalwell, Ro Khanna and Andy Kim.

15.02.2022 - 05:55 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli ‚Freedom Convoy‘ Blocks Main Highway in Protest of COVID Measures

Dozens of cars block the entrance of Jerusalem, carrying banners reading ’new world order,‘ ‚cancel the mask mandate‘ and other slogans

14.02.2022 - 18:39 [ BMedia / Twitter ]

Israel – Jeruzalem [Feb 14, 2022] Israeli #FreedomConvoy2022 arrive in Jeruzalem to protest against C19 restrictions!

#NoVaccinePassports #NoGreenPass #NoAlPaseSanitario #NonAuPassVaccinal #NaoAoPassaporteSanitario #NeinzurImpfpflicht #Freedomrally #GeenQR

07.02.2022 - 05:38 [ Haaretz ]

Israel to Scrap COVID Green Pass for Most Entertainment Venues From Sunday

Israel’s coronavirus cabinet decided to abolish its so-called green passport program for most places of entertainment, including hotels, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters, effectively removing barriers to entry for the unvaccinated.

The new policy will come into effect on Sunday, and will leave the proof of vaccination in place for events “with significantly greater risk of infection,” such as weddings and parties.

07.02.2022 - 05:34 [ Times of Israel ]

Knesset passes ‘COVID law,’ ending state of emergency in place for most of pandemic

(26 Jan 2022)

The Knesset on Tuesday passed the so-called “coronavirus law,” bringing an end to the state of emergency that has been in place for most of the pandemic and requiring greater legislative supervision over COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the government.

The new law will go into effect on February 1 and last until the end of 2022.

07.02.2022 - 05:29 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Corona-Maßnahmen: Israel schafft Grünen Pass weitgehend ab

Die Lage in Israel ist also angespannt. Dennoch hat die Regierung beschlossen, den sogenannten Grünen Pass in vielen Bereichen abzuschaffen. Der war bislang so etwas wie die Eintrittskarte ins öffentliche Leben. Für Museen, Konzerte und Restaurants. Vergeben wurde der digitale Ausweis an Geimpfte, Genesene und Getestete – mit unterschiedlichen Ablauffristen.

04.02.2022 - 09:21 [ Gisha.org/ ]

Human rights organizations in Israel condemn vicious attacks on Amnesty International

Signed,

Adalah, Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Combatants for Peace, Gisha, HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual, Haqel: In Defence of Human Rights, Human Rights Defenders Fund, Ofek: The Israeli Center for Public Affairs, Parents Against Child Detention, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, The Public Committee Against Torture In
Israel, and Yesh Din

04.02.2022 - 09:16 [ B'Tselem ]

B’Tselem welcomes Amnesty International’s new report, calling the Israeli regime what it is: apartheid.

This is an essential step in the struggle to change this reality, towards a future where all people living here will enjoy justice, equality and respect for their human rights.

The panic sounded by Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid, as well as the false claims made by various Israeli “Hasbara” organizations, as if the report is an attempt to deny the State of Israel’s right to exist, reveal their stance – that a regime of Jewish supremacy is justifiable, and should be perpetuated. Yet, the demand for equality and for the protection of human rights for all, threatens only those opposed to these values. The claim that this demand causes them harm makes it abundantly clear which side they have chosen.

04.02.2022 - 09:08 [ Amnesty International ]

Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity

(February 1, 2022)

Israeli authorities must be held accountable for committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians, Amnesty International said today in a damning new report. The investigation details how Israel enforces a system of oppression and domination against the Palestinian people wherever it has control over their rights. This includes Palestinians living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), as well as displaced refugees in other countries.

The comprehensive report, Israel’s Apartheid against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime against Humanity, sets out how massive seizures of Palestinian land and property, unlawful killings, forcible transfer, drastic movement restrictions, and the denial of nationality and citizenship to Palestinians are all components of a system which amounts to apartheid under international law. This system is maintained by violations which Amnesty International found to constitute apartheid as a crime against humanity, as defined in the Rome Statute and Apartheid Convention.

01.02.2022 - 03:35 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Staats-Trojaner: Bundesnachrichtendienst spitzelt mit Pegasus

(08.10.2021)

Deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden nutzen die umstrittene Spionagesoftware Pegasus offenbar umfangreicher als bisher bekannt. Neben dem Bundeskriminalamt soll auch der BND die umstrittene Technologie einsetzen, wie Recherchen von NDR, WDR, SZ und „Zeit“ ergeben.

01.02.2022 - 03:25 [ Hamodia.com ]

Ministers Bid Farewell to Mandelblit at End of His Term

Ministers paid tribute to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Sunday, who is set to leave the job this week after six years.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Mandelblit has filled a “great and significant” role. “We all owe you a debt of gratitude. On behalf of the government of Israel, I would like to thank you, Avichai, for many dedicated years of service to the State of Israel.”

01.02.2022 - 03:14 [ Haaretz ]

NSO Is an Arm of Israel’s Government

In 2019 NSO agreed to reconnect the Pegasus system in Saudi Arabia, in the context of Netanyahu’s contacts regarding the Abraham Accords. Until the accords were announced, Israel gave NSO a permit to sell Pegasus to almost all of the countries that signed the agreements.

01.02.2022 - 03:00 [ New York Times ]

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

(Jan. 28, 2022)

The F.B.I. had bought a version of Pegasus, NSO’s premier spying tool. For nearly a decade, the Israeli firm had been selling its surveillance software on a subscription basis to law-enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world, promising that it could do what no one else — not a private company, not even a state intelligence service — could do: consistently and reliably crack the encrypted communications of any iPhone or Android smartphone.

01.02.2022 - 02:28 [ New York Times ]

F.B.I. Secretly Bought Israeli Spyware and Explored Hacking U.S. Phones

(Jan. 28, 2022)

The Times found that sales of Pegasus played a critical role in securing the support of Arab nations in Israel’s campaign against Iran and negotiating the Abraham Accords, the 2020 diplomatic agreements, signed at a Trump White House ceremony, that normalized relations between Israel and some of its longtime Arab adversaries.

The U.S. had also moved to acquire Pegasus, The Times found. The F.B.I., in a deal never previously reported, bought the spyware in 2019, despite multiple reports that it had been used against activists and political opponents in other countries. It also spent two years discussing whether to deploy a newer product, called Phantom, inside the United States.

27.01.2022 - 16:12 [ Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) ]

Stop the Use of Pegasus Spyware Against Civilians

On January 18, 2020, an investigation by Calcalist revealed that the Israel Police were using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware to hack into the phones of Israeli citizens, including anti-government protesters and activists.

In response, ACRI argued that the use of Pegasus spyware and hacking into mobile phones of Israeli citizens, as in the darkest of oppressive dictatorships, is illegal and requires an immediate, full investigation.

27.01.2022 - 16:07 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Pegasus Spyware in Israel: MK Odeh Calls on Police Commissioner to Resign

(20.01.2021)

Israel police accused of using Pegasus spyware to hack phones of activists and civilians. An investigative report published Jan. 18 by the financial Calcalist newspaper claims that the police purchased the software in 2013, under then-Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, and actually started using it in 2015, when former Shin Bet senior Roni Alsheikh served as police commissioner. The software allegedly served the secret police cyber brigade named Signet. The report further claims that police used Pegasus to hack phones not only of criminals but also of activists and other civilians, without court authorization or the control of a judge.

27.01.2022 - 15:52 [ Haaretz ]

In Landmark Bundestag Speech, Israel’s Knesset Speaker Warns of Breakdown of Democracy

Germany’s descent into Nazism provides an object lesson on the fragility of democracy and the need to preserve it, Knesset speaker Mickey Levy told German lawmakers on Thursday. Levy is the first Knesset speaker to address the German parliament.

25.01.2022 - 16:22 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu expected to be called as central witness in state probe of submarine deal

On Sunday, the cabinet voted to establish the commission of inquiry into the incident, which dates back to 2012 and has become known as “Case 3000.” The submarine deal has already led to a number of indictments against several close confidants of Netanyahu, who called for the procurement, though the ex-premier has not been named as a suspect.

25.01.2022 - 16:16 [ Haaretz ]

In Netanyahu Corruption Case, the ‚System‘ Is Also Trying to Sidestep Trial

In nearly every discussion these days about a possible plea bargain with the defendant Benjamin Netanyahu, supporters of a compromise repeat the same main argument: The deal with the former prime minister is necessary in order to undermine his attack on the justice system. This argument was made most prominently by former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, who explained that he supported the deal because it would “take the sting out of the demolition of the court system.”

24.01.2022 - 15:13 [ Jewish Chronicle ]

He too once ruled supreme. So what lessons does Bibi have for Boris?

The British PM is discovering that his supporters are not quite as loyal as Netanyahu’s

24.01.2022 - 14:59 [ Times of Israel ]

Olmert asks court to order psychiatric evaluations for Netanyahu, wife and son

(23.01.2021)

Olmert’s lawyer Amir Titonovich told the Haaretz newspaper that they believe that the Netanyahu family has records showing that they are not mentally sound.

The request needs to be approved by the court, but it is thought unlikely that it will do so.

Earlier this month, Olmert rejected out of hand the idea that he could apologize to the Netanyahus, arguing that he was expressing a widely held opinion.

24.01.2022 - 14:40 [ Haaretz ]

Olmert: I Called the Netanyahus Mentally Ill After Consulting With Experts

(Jan. 10, 2022)

At the start of the hearing, Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court Judge Amit Yariv asked Olmert what he based his claim on when he said “what can’t be fixed is the mental illness of the prime minister and his wife and son. That’s not fixable.”

Olmert responded that “I followed their actions, I listened to recordings of the family members, I consulted with experts and with people close to them who know them well. They described to me behavior that … is known as abnormal behavior, crazy behavior.”

24.01.2022 - 14:27 [ PlayCrazyGame.com ]

Netanyahu negotiates deal to escape prison

Former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal to escape prison and end his corruption trial. According to a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice of Israel and two sources involved in the talks, court terms could be announced before the end of the month.

24.01.2022 - 14:05 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu’s trial delayed by a week; next hearing due on January 31

A court on Sunday accepted the prosecution’s request to extend the deadline due to corona protocols, delaying the next hearing until January 31.

19.01.2022 - 05:30 [ Haaretz ]

Attorney General to Demand Netanyahu Agrees to Stay Out of Politics in Plea Deal

With two weeks left to reach a plea deal, Israel’s attorney general will demand Netanyahu accept a finding of moral turpitude, suspending Israel’s once longest serving prime minister from political office

17.01.2022 - 16:40 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Ministry Seeks Extention of Controversial Fingerprint Collection Order

Despite its statements, the Interior Ministry plans to continue collecting fingerprints for its biometric ID database until 2025, at the earliest. Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has proposed a three-year extension of the emergency order that provides for gathering fingerprints from citizens. The Knesset must vote on the measure.

The ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority says it needs about two years to buy and introduce facial recognition technology that will obviate the need for fingerprints. The agency is considering retaining the fingerprint database for victim identification in the event of a national disaster.

17.01.2022 - 16:24 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Racist ‘Citizenship Law’ Advances, Months after Ban on Palestinian Spouses Lapsed

The bill was rejected by the Knesset plenum six months ago, and since then, Shaked has struggled to obtain a majority. Joint List leader MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) said he was determined to prevent its passage. “We toppled the Citizenship Law, because we oppose racist, anti-democratic legislation”, Odeh said. “We will do everything we can to topple it again.” According to Hadash MK Ofer Cassif (Hadash), “This Israeli law is racist, collective, pre-emptive punishment. It can neither be justified, nor redeemed.” The Joint List also oppose Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s bill on drafting yeshiva students. All parties in the coalition support the bill, including Islamist Ra’am (United Arab List).

17.01.2022 - 16:01 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Controversial right-wing citizenship bill advanced by ministers

The controversial bill would tighten immigration controls and make it harder for Palestinians who marry Israeli Arabs to receive citizenship. The passage of a bill backed by right-wing parties and opposed by Meretz and Ra’am (United Arab List) was seen as a first step toward the formation of a right-wing government if opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu accepts a plea agreement.

17.01.2022 - 15:59 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Government doesn’t depend on Netanyahu – Lapid

Asked at Yesh Atid’s faction meeting if he still thinks his rotation as prime minister would happen if Netanyahu signs a plea deal, Lapid said: „This government will last because it does not depend on Netanyahu. It depends on working together & national unity.“

17.01.2022 - 15:17 [ הדמוקרטים @democratimOrg / Twitter ]

ארגוני מחאת בלפור הודיעו כי יפגינו ליד ביתו של היועמ“ש מנדלבליט, בעקבות פרסומים על משא ומתן עם נתניהו. „לאחר שנים של טיוח תיקים ושנמוך אישומים, מנסה מנדבליט, רגע לפני פרישתו, להציל את עורו של הנאשם. שום טיעון לא יכול להצדיק את קיומה של העסקה המפוקפקת הזאת שפוגעת באמון הציבור“

17.01.2022 - 04:25 [ Haaretz ]

‚Slim‘ Chances to Reach Netanyahu Plea Deal Before Attorney General Retires

Since negotiations for a plea bargain were first made public, Mendelblit has been harshly criticized by Justice Ministry officials and the legal team that manages Netanyahu’s corruption cases, which will be required to negotiate with the former prime minister’s defense attorneys on the wording of the amended indictment. Sources close to the attorney general also believe that he will have a difficult time converting those who oppose the deal in the time he has left.

17.01.2022 - 04:18 [ Times of Israel ]

Most Israelis oppose plea deal in Netanyahu trial, polls find

Talks on a possible plea deal for Netanyahu in his criminal trial have progressed in recent weeks, with a potential solution found to the major sticking point left between his team and state prosecutors, Hebrew-language media reports said over the weekend. Netanyahu has been resisting a deal primarily due to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s demand that his actions be designated as carrying “moral turpitude” — legally barring him from public service for seven years.

17.01.2022 - 04:14 [ NPR.org ]

Netanyahu in talks to reach plea bargain in corruption trial

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is set to retire at the end of January. With with no permanent successor yet determined, it’s unclear if a new attorney general would offer the same deal if Netanyahu does not accept it within the next two weeks.

Mandelblit could see a plea bargain as favorable to end Netanyahu’s attacks on the justice system.

07.01.2022 - 15:22 [ TKP,at ]

Studie bestätigt deutliche Übersterblichkeit durch Covid-Impfungen

In den Auswertungen, der von den Statistikbehörden gemeldeten Sterbezahlen, ist bei einer Reihe von Ländern wie UK, Deutschland, Israel oder Österreich im Jahr 2021 gegenüber 2020 Übersterblichkeit erkennbar.

Dies wird nun auch durch eine Studie bestätigt, die als Preprint in Researchgate veröffentlicht wurde.

Die Autoren haben in den europäischen und israelischen Daten festgestellt, dass die COVID-Impfung 0-5 Wochen nach der Impfung mit einer erhöhten Sterblichkeit einhergeht. In der Zeit von 6-20 Wochen nach der Impfung ist eine geringere Sterblichkeit zu erkennen.

07.01.2022 - 15:18 [ Boris Reitschuster ]

US-Versicherer berichtet von 40 Prozent Übersterblichkeit

„Seit längerer Zeit schon ist eine erhöhte Sterblichkeit parallel zu den Impfkampagnen zu beobachten“, schreibt der Blog tkp.at des österreichischen Kollegen Dr. Peter F. Mayer, der die Geschichte aus den USA als Erster im deutschsprachigen Internet vermeldete (zumindest habe ich sie dort zuerst gefunden). Auch in Deutschland stieg die Übersterblichkeit im Herbst dramatisch an, wie ich gerade berichtete. Auf Nachfragen dazu antwortete die Bundesregierung am Mittwoch auf der Bundespressekonferenz erneut ausweichend.

07.01.2022 - 15:11 [ Israel365News.com ]

Most of the ‘medical experts’ determining Israel’s Covid policies aren’t even doctors

(30.12.2021)

In a rather shocking revelation, of the 90 alleged health experts on the Health Ministry’s official panel recommending the fourth vaccine, only 42 are medical doctors reports Mako News.

This is the Helth Ministry’s panel that has submitted their official recommendation of the fourth booster shot.

29.12.2021 - 14:42 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Ministers vote to advance online censorship bill

Critics argue that it is dangerous to give the court such immense power over public speech.

“Bennett and Sa’ar… bring a law that will censor social networks and deprive citizens of freedom of expression,” Israel’s Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu said.

22.12.2021 - 06:31 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Trial Is Beyond His Worst Nightmare

In recent weeks, Netanyahu has had an opportunity to look in the eye of one of those witnesses, Nir Hefetz. But, with the exception of a few hours at the start of Hefetz’s testimony, he chose not to do so. Perhaps because the testimony gave the prosecution exactly what it was looking for. Perhaps because the trial is progressing just as it would in Netanyahu’s worst nightmares.

Those statements may sound strange. Anyone following discussion of the trial on the social media sees views that range from “the trial is collapsing” (Bibi-ists) to “What’s going on there?” (the rest of the world).

19.12.2021 - 14:38 [ Efrat Fenigson / Twitter ]

VIOLENCE TRIGGER: Israeli Police loses it, violently attacking protesters, inc. mothers & kids tonight outside the Prime Minister’s house! FOLLOW THE WHOLE THREAD: 1/ taking down a protester, 3 police officers hitting & hurting him in front of thousands.

19.12.2021 - 14:32 [ BMedia / Twitter ]

Israel – Raänana [Dec 18, 2021] Huge protest in #Raanana tonight against the medical tyranny!

#NoVaccinePassports #NoGreenPass #NoAlPaseSanitario #NoVaccineMandates #Freedomrally #DoNotComply #Widerstand #NonAuPassSanitaire #GeenQR #PassaporteSanitarioNao #ikdoenietmeermee

13.12.2021 - 20:23 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu was fraying democracy, we were saved ‘by grace of God,’ AG reported to say

(7 December 2021)

Avichai Mandelblit said to tell associates privately that the ex-PM he put on trial hoped to appoint prosecutors and judges who would protect him; ‚democracy not guaranteed‘

13.12.2021 - 20:18 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Ex-ally drops bomb at Netanyahu trial

(December 7, 2021)

“I left my job working for Benjamin Netanyahu in September 2017 because I thought he was no longer fit to make security decisions due to the situation around him [apparently referring to the criminal trial distraction]. I stand by this, that to this day he is unfit to hold Israel’s security in his hands because of his situation. This is worse than a criminal issue. This could have ended with thousands of dead people.”

Within minutes, his testimony was out in the open.

12.12.2021 - 11:30 [ BMeida / Twitter ]

Israel – Tel Aviv [Dec 11, 2021] Another weekend of mass protesting in #TelAviv against Wax mandates!

05.12.2021 - 07:56 [ Breaking News / Twitter ]

WATCH: Protests in Tel Aviv, Israel against Vaccine green cards

28.11.2021 - 19:07 [ Haaretz ]

Shin Bet Security Agency Proposes New Civil Body to Digitally Track Omicron Patients in Israel

The Shin Bet security service told the coronavirus cabinet On Saturday that Israel should establish a civilian body to track coronavirus patients through their cellphones, rather than asking the agency to do it.

The cabinet was discussing reinstituting Shin Bet tracking for people infected with the new omicron variant, and ultimately decided to do so despite the agency’s objections.

25.11.2021 - 18:55 [ NIH.gov ]

Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States

(2021 Sep 30)

At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days (Fig. 1). In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. Notably, Israel with over 60% of their population fully vaccinated had the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in the last 7 days.

23.11.2021 - 18:30 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Last Working-Class Jewish Settler Residents Evicted from Givat Amal

Givat Amal is one of Tel Aviv’s poorest neighborhoods, despite being situated in one of the city’s wealthier locations. The area has been described as “one of the most sought-after real estate areas” in the country, which is what led to the legal battle that began in 2005 when a development project led by business tycoon Yitzhak Tshuva was first approved for Givat Amal. The company’s plans called for tripling and gentrifying the area’s population by constructing seven luxurious high-rise buildings, and displacing the previously settled Jewish population, many of whom had lived there since the early years after the founding of the state, but without ownership rights. In fact, the last legally recognized residents of the area were the Palestinian Arabs of Al-Jammasin Al-Gharbi, numbering some 1,250 persons in 1948, who were uprooted during the 1948 war and whose rights to return to or be compensated for their abandoned property have been systematically denied by Israel ever since.

22.11.2021 - 19:45 [ TeenVogue.com ]

What Was the Iran-Contra Affair? A Political Scandal That Engulfed the Reagan White House

(18.11.2021)

An exiled Iranian arms dealer named Manucher Ghorbanifar claimed to have contacts with a moderate faction inside Iran, and further alleged that weapons sales would improve that faction’s standing. Ghorbanifar collaborated with Israel, which proved to be an important intermediary. While Israel was no ally of Iran, it was also no ally of Iraq, and the ongoing war between the two countries kept them both distracted. Israel began selling U.S.-made weapons to Iran in 1981, even after the U.S. State Department began an effort to end arm sales, known as Operation Staunch, in 1983.

18.11.2021 - 17:32 [ Haaretz ]

Two UAE Princes Each Got Their Own Personal NSO Spyware

Why does UAE – one country with a joint federal military, police and security force, need two separate NSO spyware systems held by two different leaders?

16.11.2021 - 11:10 [ Youtube ]

Yitzhak Rabin – The Last Speech (English Subtitles)

The last speech of prime minister and minister of defense Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by right-wing Israeli radical on November 4th 1995 in Tel Aviv.

16.11.2021 - 10:58 [ CNN ]

No indictment for Netanyahu

(20. April 1997)

Netanyahu told CNN’s Walter Rodgers he was „glad that the truth came out,“ and said the entire incident was „blown out of proportion and twisted out of shape.“

„It’s politics,“ he said in an interview shortly after the attorney general released his report. „Of course there were people out to get us. But this is going nowhere. It’s done. It’s finished.“

15.11.2021 - 18:49 [ Haaretz ]

Key Testimony in Netanyahu Trial May Be Postponed Amid New Allegations

According to the prosecution’s statement, the new information is not directly connected to the testimony of state witness Nir Hefetz, a former aide of Netanyahu’s. In the wake of the announcement, Hefetz’s lawyers asked the Jerusalem District Court to postpone their client’s testimony scheduled for Tuesday.

15.11.2021 - 18:38 [ Erich Moechel / ORF.at ]

Berüchtigte Staatstrojaner-Firma NSO in schwerer Bedrängnis

Wie Haaretz und andere israelische Medien berichten, wurde davor der Geschäftsführer einer Tarnfirma des israelischen Unternehmens in Mexiko verhaftet. Dem Beschuldigten wird Spionage gegen hohe Beamte der mexikanischen Regierung vorgeworfen.

Am Donnerstag meldete das Außenamt der palästinensischen Verwaltung, dass auf den Smartphones hochrangiger Beamter die Schadsoftware von NSO gefunden wurde. Vor einer Woche wurde das Unternehmen in den USA bereits auf die Sanktionsliste gesetzt. Deutschland wird sich wohl um einen anderen Produzenten für seinen „Bundestrojaner“ umsehen müssen.

13.11.2021 - 18:00 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Ex-spin Doctor Is About to Reveal How the Corrupt System Works

The man who will take the witness stand in Jerusalem’s District Court on Tuesday is a refined embodiment of the Israeli power structure. Nir Hefetz was once the right-hand man of the country’s three dominant alpha males: former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and one-time tycoon Nochi Dankner.

There’s no better indicator of the judgment and moral compass of the men who presided over the nation’s government, media and economy.

10.11.2021 - 06:01 [ Fridays For Freedom / Twitter ]

Seit 1.9.21 gelten in Israel die 2-fach Geimpften wieder als Ungeimpfte! Nur 3-fach Geimpfte gelten jetzt als geimpft. Impfpässe verlieren 6 Monate nach der Biontech- #Zweitimpfung ihre Gültigkeit und müssen mit einer Drittimpfung erneuert werden. #Corona #Israel

(Sep 6, 2021)

04.11.2021 - 20:09 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Staats-Trojaner: Bundesnachrichtendienst spitzelt mit Pegasus

Stand: 08.10.2021 12:07 Uhr

Deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden nutzen die umstrittene Spionagesoftware Pegasus offenbar umfangreicher als bisher bekannt. Neben dem Bundeskriminalamt soll auch der BND die umstrittene Technologie einsetzen, wie Recherchen von NDR, WDR, SZ und „Zeit“ ergeben.

04.11.2021 - 20:04 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Merkel und die Geheimdienste: Auf Sicherheitsabstand

Merkel und die Geheimdienste – welches Verhältnis pflegte die Kanzlerin in ihrer Amtszeit zu den Spionen? Ein Nicht-Verhältnis, könnte man vermuten, so wie viele Kanzler zuvor auch. Die meisten von Merkels Vorgängern sollen keine besonders enge Beziehung zum BND oder dem Verfassungsschutz gehabt haben. Sie sollen eher auf Sicherheitsabstand gegangen sein. Nur allzu verständlich, denn die Dienste haben nun einmal ein gewisses Skandalpotenzial.

04.11.2021 - 19:51 [ ORF.at ]

Ungarn räumt Beschaffung von Pegasus-Software ein

Nach mehrmonatigem Schweigen hat ein hochrangiger ungarischer Regierungspolitiker eingeräumt, dass das Innenministerium des EU-Landes die umstrittene israelische Spionagesoftware Pegasus beschafft hat. „Die betreffenden (Geheim- und Polizei-)Dienste verfuhren in jedem Fall gesetzeskonform“, erklärte der Vorsitzende des parlamentarischen Verteidigungs- und Innenausschusses, Lajos Kosa, heute in Budapest.

03.11.2021 - 17:40 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Blacklists Israeli Cyberarms Firms NSO, Candiru for Harming ‚National Security and Interests‘

„NSO Group and Candiru (Israel) were added to the Entity List based on evidence that these entities developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments,“ the statement read, adding that the spyware’s tools were used „to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers.“

03.11.2021 - 17:28 [ ORF.at ]

US-Sanktionen gegen israelische Spionagesoftware

Es gebe Beweise, dass diese Unternehmen „Spionagesoftware entwickelt und an ausländische Regierungen geliefert haben, die diese Tools zur böswilligen Überwachung von Regierungsbeamten, Journalisten, Geschäftsleuten, Aktivisten, Wissenschaftlern und Botschaftsmitarbeitern eingesetzt haben“.

21.10.2021 - 02:54 [ Haaretz ]

Lapid: The Ideological Descendants of Rabin’s Assassin Are Sitting in the Knesset Today

(18.10.2021)

Speaking earlier at the official ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem commemorating the 26th anniversary of the assassination, Bennett said at the official ceremony in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl that an entire Israeli generation is suffering from PTSD, whose lives were shaken and molded by the assassination in 1995.

19.10.2021 - 06:26 [ Haaretz ]

Not Without a Warrant

The bill adds another justification for searching without a warrant – if, in the police’s view, there are reasonable suspicions that evidence will be found there that will prove a serious crime has been committed, and there are also grounds for fearing that this evidence will be destroyed by the time a search warrant is obtained. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation did insist that in any such situation, the police officer entertaining this suspicion will need approval from a senior officer. But in practice, the police can always claim that a reasonable suspicion existed, even it if turns out the officer in question was wrong.

14.10.2021 - 09:23 [ Haaretz ]

Six Months, Only One Witness: In Netanyahu’s Trial, the Wheels of Justice May Be Turning Too Slowly

The current case is just one of three that Netanyahu is facing in Jerusalem District Court on a range of corruption charges stemming from his alleged conduct as prime minister. He denies any wrongdoing.

In the case currently being heard, dubbed Case 4000, the former prime minister is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, arising from allegations that he traded favorable coverage from the Walla website for government regulatory concessions to Walla’s parent company, the Bezeq telecommunications firm.

14.10.2021 - 09:22 [ ORF.at ]

Israelischer Luftangriff in Syrien

Nach Angaben des syrischen Verteidigungsministeriums hat Israel erneut Luftangriffe auf syrisches Gebiet geflogen.

11.10.2021 - 15:03 [ Times of Israel ]

Bennett said to tell Merkel Israel wants to advance controversial submarine deal

An unnamed senior Israeli official told Hebrew media that while hosting Merkel for a private dinner at the end of her two-day visit to Israel, Bennett said that he had ordered a reexamination of the deal and that the defense establishment had concluded that the Dolphin-type submarines are necessary.

08.10.2021 - 06:39 [ ORF.at ]

ÖVP-Korruptionsaffäre: Kurz sagt Israel-Besuch ab

Wegen der Nationalratssondersitzung am Dienstag, die die Anwesenheit des Kanzlers erfordere, sei die für kommende Woche geplante Reise „in letzter Minute“ abgesagt worden, schrieb der Journalist des israelischen Fernsehsenders Kan, Amichai Stein, gestern Abend auf Twitter. Aus dem Bundeskanzleramt hieß es dazu auf APA-Anfrage, dass die Reise verschoben werde.

01.10.2021 - 13:52 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Group to Research Link Between Menstrual Changes and COVID Vaccines

(30.09.2021)

The medical establishment could not explain the phenomenon or associate it with the vaccination, among other things because irregular menstruation is common and influenced by many factors. It is usually not considered exceptional. However, the mounting complaints and increased concern women were showing over taking the shots due to the phenomenon, has spurred the medical community to look into the matter. Preliminary research has been published in Britain and the United States, and the U.S. government has allocated $1.67 million for research on the subject.

01.10.2021 - 10:44 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Schlagartig ohne Impf-Zertifikat

Er ist die Eintrittskarte fürs öffentliche Leben in Israel – der Grüne Pass. Ohne den QR-Code auf dem Handy kein Zutritt zur Gastronomie, Sportstätten, Kultureinrichtungen und Universitäten. Ursprünglich war allen, die die zweite Impfung erhalten haben, bis Ende 2021 ein Grüner Pass ausgestellt worden. Dieser wird nun zum 3. Oktober ungültig.

Einen neuen kann man nur erhalten, wenn man dreifach geimpft ist oder innerhalb der letzten sechs Monate die zweite Impfung bekommen hat.

30.09.2021 - 22:42 [ ORF ]

Erstmals israelischer Außenminister in Bahrain

Israels Außenminister Jair Lapid ist ein Jahr nach der Aufnahme diplomatischer Beziehungen beider Länder erstmals nach Bahrain gereist. Dabei eröffneten er und sein Amtskollege Abdullatif al-Sajani die israelische Botschaft im Land,

23.09.2021 - 16:42 [ whyy.org ]

FDA advisory panel rejects widespread Pfizer booster shots

(12.09.2021)

Over several hours of discussion, members of the Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts voiced frustration that Pfizer had provided little data on safety of extra doses.

And they complained that data provided by Israeli researchers about their booster campaign might not be suitable for predicting the U.S. experience.

16.09.2021 - 19:10 [ .theDailyBeast.com ]

Netanyahu’s Ultra-Luxurious Hawaii Vacation Is a Total Legal Shitstorm

It is doubtful whether Netanyahu, who was on vacation from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, should have been there at all: Ellison, who is seventh on the Forbes list of the richest people on earth, is also listed as a witness for the prosecution in Netanyahu’s trial on three charges of criminal corruption, which resumed this week after a three month break.

The major drama on opening day came from outside the courtroom—and outside the country—with news that Haim Geron, a former deputy director general of the communications ministry and another witness for the prosecution, died in a mysterious private plane crash near the Greek island of Samos.

16.09.2021 - 19:05 [ Haaretz ]

Prosecution Witness in Netanyahu Trial Killed in Plane Crash

(13.09.2021)

The two were identified as Esti and Haim Garon, the latter of whom served as the deputy director of the Communications Ministry and was a prosecution witness in Netanyahu’s trial.

16.09.2021 - 18:52 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu trial resumes after three-month delay

(SEPTEMBER 13, 2021)

The trial of opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu for suspected bribery, fraud and breach of trust, which was postponed due to new evidence on ex-Walla CEO’s cell phone, reopened on Monday.

16.09.2021 - 18:46 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Makes Time Magazine’s 2021 List as Islamist Coalition Partner Hails His ‚Courage‘

Abbas and Bennett agree on little ideologically. Abbas leads the United Arab List, a party that champions Palestinian self-determination, while Bennett comes from Israel’s right wing and has pledged that a Palestinian state will not arise on his watch. But they coalesced around the goal of removing Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who they saw as divisive and corrupt.

09.09.2021 - 15:45 [ RairFoundation.com ]

Exposed: CDC Rushed to Change Definition of ‚Vaccination‘ On Same Day Israel Study Touts Natural Immunity over Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) quietly changed their definition of “Vaccination” on September 1st, exchanging the word “immunity” for “protection,” now that it appears that breakthrough cases can no longer be explained away as an anomaly.

The definition change occurred on the same day – September 1st – that a massive study was released demonstrating that those who had been vaccinated were “13 times more likely to be infected with the Delta variant (what has been called a “breakthrough” infection) than those with natural immunity,” as summarized at the American Conservative.

09.09.2021 - 15:35 [ Advisory.com ]

Covid-19 vaccine immunity may be waning. Here’s what that means—and doesn’t.

Explanations for Israel’s vaccine effectiveness data

When Israeli researchers announced last month that people vaccinated in the winter were more likely to contract Covid than those who had been vaccinated in the spring, many assumed this demonstrated waning vaccine effectiveness.

The data from Israel’s Ministry of Health suggested that vaccine effectiveness against both infection and symptomatic disease had decreased to around 40%, but this decline may have been due to other factors and not the vaccines, Wu writes

06.09.2021 - 17:15 [ Haaretz ]

‚Mom, I Am Sorry, I Canceled Your Operation‘: Seven Israeli Hospitals Strike Over Budget Cuts

(02.09.2021)

According to an agreement signed between the government and these hospitals, they were supposed to receive a 630-million-shekel budget between January and June 2021. Of this money, 300 million shekels were for their routine operations and 330 million shekels were for coronavirus related work. The agreement was also supposed to provide another 55 million shekels a month between June and December. However, the government has only provided these hospitals with a total of 300 million shekels.

06.09.2021 - 17:00 [ ctvnews.ca ]

World watches Israel’s controversial third-dose vaccination strategy

(30.08.2021)

Those with two shots are still getting sick with what are called breakthrough infections.

Half those in Hadassa Hospital in Jerusalem are double vaccinated, a statistic that is less surprising when you take into account that more than 60 per cent of the population are fully vaccinated.

06.09.2021 - 16:58 [ ]

#Breaking: Israel no longer considers people who have received 2 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines „vaccinated.“ As of September 1, only 3x vaccinated are considered immune.

(29.08.2021)

30.08.2021 - 10:12 [ ABC News ]

Biden tells Israeli PM he’ll try diplomacy first with Iran

(28.08.2021)

“We’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes us,” Biden said during an Oval Office meeting that was delayed by the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. “But if diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options.”

Bennett arrived at the White House aiming to dissuade Biden from returning to the Iran nuclear deal that was brokered during the Obama administration and later scrapped by President Donald Trump.

25.08.2021 - 18:51 [ France24 ]

Israel’s Bennett seeks US ‚reset‘ in first White House visit

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett heads to Washington Tuesday for talks with US President Joe Biden, seeking to „reset“ relations with Israel’s closest ally and reach common ground on arch-foe Iran.

21.08.2021 - 13:35 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Delivers R.N.C. Speech From Israel, With Eye Toward 2024

(25.08.2020)

No sitting secretary of state had previously addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

20.08.2021 - 15:38 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s Merkel Set for Three-day Israel Visit Just Weeks Before Stepping Down

She will hold talks with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on August 29, and meet with President Isaac Herzog and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, among others, deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said on Friday.

16.08.2021 - 09:48 [ Haaretz ]

Hamas Threatens Escalation With Israel if Qatari Cash Isn’t Transferred to Gaza

Hamas will not hesitate to escalate the security situation with Israel if Qatari cash and construction supplies are not transferred to the Strip within a few days, the militant group’s spokesperson Hazem Qassem told the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar on Sunday.

07.08.2021 - 11:14 [ Radio Utopie ]

Iran und Atomabkommen J.C.P.O.A.: Wieder einmal spielen alle, außer uns, auf Krieg

Iran. Washington. Atomabkommen. Libanon. Gaza. Israel. Hamas. Hisbollah.

Es herrscht derzeit mal wieder Verwirrung im Feld. Dabei würde in der Region weder geschossen, noch gestorben, wenn die Weltöffentlichkeit begreifen würde, was für heuchlerische Schurken da auf allen Seiten ihr Spielchen spielen.

07.08.2021 - 10:59 [ New York Times ]

Hezbollah Fires Rockets at Israel as Risk of Escalation Looms

The salvo was significantly larger than a few previous rocket launches from Lebanon in recent weeks, and the first to be claimed by Hezbollah in many years. On Friday afternoon, Israel’s political and security leaders held consultations about how to respond.

07.08.2021 - 10:52 [ Al Jazeera ]

Israel attacks Hamas sites in Gaza in response to fire balloons

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the attack that targeted what the Israeli military said was a rocket launching site and a compound belonging to Hamas, the political group that governs Gaza.

Hamas had no immediate comment.

06.08.2021 - 14:55 [ Al Jazeera English / Youtube ]

Israel’s nuclear capabilities – 25 Oct 09

While Israel is one of the loudest voices calling for a tougher line on Iran’s nuclear programme, its own nuclear capability has never been put to inspection.

Israel has two nuclear research centres – at Dimona and Soreq. The latest estimates suggest that Israel has produced at least 118 warheads with weapons grade plutonium.

The Jericho ballistic missiles are capable of carrying such weapons.

05.08.2021 - 17:28 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says Israel Is Prepared to Strike Iran, ‚Hope We Won’t Get Dragged Into It‘

With tensions running high in the aftermath of the tanker attack off Oman, the defense minister says strikes in Lebanon were ‚warning shots‘

05.08.2021 - 16:25 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Joint List: No Support for a Budget that Will Deepen the Occupation

“If we need to, we’ll recruit one or two of the Joint List lawmakers without shame. We have a majority for the budget, we don’t need 61 votes,” racist Minister of Finance Avigdor Lieberman told Channel 12 on Monday evening. In response, the Joint List, said it “can’t be bought.” “We won’t support a budget that deepens the occupation and settlements, raises the prices of electricity and gas, raises the retirement age for women and disenfranchises the weak,” the Joint List statement read.

05.08.2021 - 16:14 [ Xinhua ]

Lebanese president condemns Israeli air raids in southern Lebanon

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday condemned the Israeli air raids that targeted Lebanon’s southern villages earlier in the day, saying they constitute a flagrant and serious violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, according to a statement by Lebanon’s Presidency.

05.08.2021 - 16:13 [ ORF.at ]

Israel fliegt Luftangriffe im Libanon

Heute seien erneut „Raketen aus dem Libanon auf israelisches Gebiet“ gefeuert worden, schrieb die israelische Luftwaffe auf Twitter.

Als Reaktion darauf hätten Kampfjets „Abschussrampen und für Terror genutzte Infrastruktur“ attackiert.

04.08.2021 - 12:48 [ Krystal Ball ]

Thank you @ninaturner for your fearlessness and your unrelenting commitment to truth telling. These are the qualities that make you powerful and there is no super pac that can change that.

04.08.2021 - 12:18 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

Nina lost for a very simple reason. In the closing stretch THIS happened: „Democratic Majority for Israel, a hybrid PAC/super PAC that has spent $1.2 million on ads supporting Brown and opposing Turner“ – & the ads viciously lied about her. The lies stuck

04.08.2021 - 12:13 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Turner Vs. Brown: A Showdown Between Progressive And Establishment Dems

The special election in Ohio featuring candidates Nina Turner and Shontel Brown has become a reportedly „acrimonious and bitter“ battle between the progressive and establishment wings of the Democratic party, as these factions go all out to support their preferred candidate. Journalists Eugene Robinson and Jeremy W. Peters join The ReidOut with their analysis.

04.08.2021 - 12:10 [ CNN ]

There’s a fight for the future of the Democratic Party happening in Ohio

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN recently that Biden needed all the allies he could get in the House, a clear shot at Turner’s past negative comments about the 46th President.

Third Way, a centrist Democratic group, is spending $500,000 on a series of ads driving that same message.

04.08.2021 - 08:50 [ White House ]

Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Incoming Israeli National Security Advisor Dr. Eyal Hulata

(02.08.2021)

Mr. Sullivan congratulated Dr. Hulata on his new role and emphasized that he looks forward to working together to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership. Mr. Sullivan and Dr. Hulata discussed the strategic challenges in the region, including the threat posed by Iran, and agreed to consult closely on these issues.

04.08.2021 - 08:48 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Bennett taps senior Mossad officer Hulata as national security adviser

(11.06.2021)

Hulata, 45, served as the head of the Mossad’s Department of Strategic and Political Planning and its Technology Department.

04.08.2021 - 08:25 [ ORF.at ]

Golf von Oman: Rätsel um mögliche Tankerentführung

Laut unbestätigten Refinitiv-Schiffverfolgungsdaten sollen mehrere Öltanker ein automatisches Statussignal gesendet haben, laut dem sie aufgrund außergewöhnlicher Umstände manövrierunfähig sein sollen.

03.08.2021 - 08:17 [ Radio Utopie ]

Sie wissen von der Bundeswehr-Beteiligung an der Kriegsflotte im Persischen Golf, oder?

20. Januar 2020: Monate vor der Ausrufung des bis heute andauernden Ausnahmezustands und bereits im Windschatten von SARS II („Coronavirus“), beschließen die Staatsführungen von Frankreich, Deutschland, Griechenland, Italien, der Niederlande, Belgien, Dänemark und Portugal in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung die „European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz“ (EMASOH), von der Sie und 80 Millionen Andere bis heute nie gehört haben.

03.08.2021 - 01:11 [ ORF.at ]

Nach Angriff auf Tanker: USA wollen internationale Allianz

Der tödliche mutmaßliche Drohnenangriff auf einen Öltanker vor der Küste Omans sorgt weiterhin für erhebliche internationale Spannungen. Die USA kündigten gestern ein gemeinsames Vorgehen mit Großbritannien, Israel, Rumänien und weiteren Staaten gegen den Iran an, den sie für den Angriff auf den von der Firma eines israelischen Unternehmers betriebenen Tanker verantwortlich machen.

01.08.2021 - 08:30 [ Radio Utopie ]

Was allein Verhandlungen über ein neues internationales Iran-Abkommen bedeuten würden

(25. April 2018)

Aber nehmen wir mal an, es lassen sich Putin, Xi Jinping in China, die E.U., die Ewige Kanzlerin Angela Merkel (die am Freitag in Washington Platz und Rolle mit Emmanuel eintauschen wird), Macron, Theresa May und Trump auf die Nummer ein und verlangen nun vom Iran nochmal Verhandlungen. Über noch ein Abkommen.

Dann gibt es drei Möglichkeiten wie sich die Staatsführung des Iran entscheidet.

1. der eher liberale iranische Präsident Hassan Rohani, der so dumm war in Russland einen Verbündeten zu sehen, bricht selbst das Atomabkommen J.C.P.O.A. (was unklug wäre)

2. Rohani sagt „Nein!“ zu dieser internationalen Erpressung und dieser weiteren pathologischen Sonderbehandlung eines souveränen Staates wegen irgendwelchen Fantasmagorien faschistischer Lügner und Imperialisten (was klug wäre)

3. Rohani sagt „Ja…“ zu dieser internationalen Erpressung und dieser weiteren pathologischen Sonderbehandlung eines souveränen Staates wegen irgendwelchen Fantasmagorien faschistischer Lügner und Imperialisten (was sein Untergang wäre).

Nehmen wir nun also an, Rohani sagt Ja, auf Drängen seines guten Freundes im Kreml, zum Beispiel. Und nehmen wir mal an, es würden tatsächlich nochmal Verhandlungen mit allen Parteien begonnen.

Dann passiert Folgendes:
– die Verhandlungen ziehen sich genauso endlos hin wie der bald siebzehnjährige weltweite Terrorkrieg
– die gesamte Kriegslobby, überall, fährt weiter gewaltige Profite ein
– alle Staats- und Regierungschefs, mit Ausnahme natürlich von Rohani, stärken ihre innenpolitische Position und können vielleicht sogar ihre Wiederwahl sichern (Trump, Merkel, May, Macron, Trump, bei Xi gibt es sowieso keine mehr)
– im Iran bekommen die dortige Kriegslobby und die klerikal-autoritären Kräfte, die ihren Kumpanen in Tel Aviv und Washington regelmäßig zu Hilfe kamen und sich nichts sehnlicher wünschen als ihren 11. September, wieder die Initiative und letztlich die Oberhand
– Rohani wird in absehbarer Zeit entweder gestürzt oder abgewählt
– das Raketenprogramm der iranischen Militärs und Kriegslobbyisten wird forciert
– die Monarchie Saudi Arabien, wie alle anderen mit dem Iran konkurrierenden Monarchien in der Region, reden über Atomwaffen, eigene Atomwaffen und besorgen sich diese (wenn sie diese nicht schon längst haben)

…..

01.08.2021 - 08:26 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999

(04.03.2015)

The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

28.07.2021 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

NSO Spyware Scandal May Threaten Israel’s Love Affair With Amazon and Google

he idea is that computing services will be supplied by local cloud sites, and the information – from the government, the IDF and private bodies – will be processed and stored within the borders of Israel and subject to state laws. This will take place by establishing Israeli subsidiaries to large companies like Amazon and Google that will do business with the government.

27.07.2021 - 15:18 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Pegasus-Abhörskandal erschüttert in Mexiko erneut die Gesellschaft

Wie Amerika21 berichtete konnte 2017 nachgewiesen werden, dass die Software Pegasus der israelischen Firma NSO Group zur Fernüberwachung von Smartphones in Mexiko dazu verwendet wurde, um Regierungskritiker:innen, Journalist:innen und Menschenrechtsaktivist:innen zu überwachen, darunter auch die Rechtsvertreter:innen der Familien der gewaltsam verschwundenen 43 Studenten von Ayotzinapa.

27.07.2021 - 07:34 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Punitive Measures Against Israeli NSO Over Spyware Allegations

Finally, the four House Democrats call to „investigate and assess the possible targeting of American journalists, aid works, diplomats and others’ with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, determine whether America’s national security was harmed, and take steps to protect all Americans, including federal employees, from the threat posed by the growing mercenary spyware industry.“

23.07.2021 - 16:32 [ teleSUR ]

AMLO Asks Israel To Extradite Criminal Involve In Ayotzinapa Case

Zerón was in charge of the Criminal Investigation Agency and is currently applying for asylum in Israel, hindering the extradition request. The former investigator is accused of kidnapping and torturing, and embezzlement.

23.07.2021 - 06:41 [ Haaretz ]

‘The State’s Right’: Top Court Refuses to Rule on Israeli Sale of Spy Tech to Russia

(26.06.2021)

Israel’s defense exports, including the sale of offensive cyber technologies to foreign countries, and the policy that governs them is beyond the jurisdiction of Israeli courts, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The court’s justices refused to hear a petition filed by human right activists against the director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and Cellebrite, the digital forensics company, for the sale of phone-hacking tech to Russia.

23.07.2021 - 06:26 [ Haaretz ]

Pegasus Project: Israel Will Review Defense Export Regulation After NSO Allegations, Lawmaker Says

(22.07.2021)

The Israeli interministerial team „will conduct its checks, and we will be sure to look into the findings and see if we need to fix things here,“ Ben Barak said.

DECA is within Israel’s Defense Ministry and oversees NSO exports.

21.07.2021 - 19:10 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Israel forms damage control team after NSO Pegasus spyware reports

Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz spoke at the same conference and said Israel was „studying“ reports about the alleged use of the Pegasus software in violation of the terms of its export license.

“We approve the export of cyber products only to governments and only for lawful use in order to prevent crime and terrorism. Countries who purchase those systems must adhere to the conditions of use,“ Gantz said.

21.07.2021 - 19:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Knesset fights Bennett’s proposal to let IDF and NSO Group track virus patients

(31 March 2020)

Earlier in the day, in a series of tweets, Bennett had floated the idea of giving the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Unit 8200, along with NSO, access to highly personal data of Israeli citizens that had been collected by the Shin Bet security service and Health Ministry as part of an already contentious mass surveillance program.

20.07.2021 - 19:13 [ Haaretz ]

The Pegasus Project | Where Netanyahu Went, NSO Followed: How Israel Pushed Cyberweapon Sales

Investigation of potential Pegasus targets reveals: From Hungary to India and even Saudi Arabia, this is how Israel became the cyber industry’s patron and pushed spyware sales across the world,

20.07.2021 - 18:57 [ theGuardian.com ]

Pegasus project turns spotlight on spyware firm NSO’s ties to Israeli state

NSO Group had been given explicit permission by the Israeli government to try to sell the homegrown hacking tools to the Saudis. It was a classified arrangement and resulted in the sale later being sealed in Riyadh in a deal reportedly worth at least $55m.

“In Israel there is a strong political movement to make diplomacy through business,” said the person, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Business first, diplomacy later. When you make a deal together, it opens a lot of doors to diplomacy.”

19.07.2021 - 16:56 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Netanyahu urged lame-duck Trump to strike Iran

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, emerges in the report as a figure committed to procedural order and concerned by the possibility of erratic decisions by the firebrand lame-duck president; referring to the proposed strike against Iran’s nuclear sites, he told Trump that “if you do this, you’re gonna have a f*cking war.“

He was eventually successful in blocking the plans of Pense, Pompeo and Netanyahu.

19.07.2021 - 16:55 [ Washington Post ]

Joint Chiefs chairman feared potential ‘Reichstag moment’ aimed at keeping Trump in power

(14.07.2021)

Portions of the book related to Milley — first reported Wednesday night by CNN ahead of the book’s July 20 release — offer a remarkable window into the thinking of America’s highest-ranking military officer, who saw himself as one of the last empowered defenders of democracy during some of the darkest days in the country’s recent history.

The episodes in the book are based on interviews with more than 140 people, including senior Trump administration officials, friends and advisers, Leonnig and Rucker write in an author’s note.

19.07.2021 - 16:49 [ New Yorker ]

“You’re Gonna Have a Fucking War”: Mark Milley’s Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran

(15.07.2021)

It was not public at the time, but Milley believed that the nation had come close—“very close”—to conflict with the Islamic Republic. This dangerous post-election period, Milley said, was all because of Trump’s “Hitler”-like embrace of the “Big Lie” that the election had been stolen from him; Milley feared it was Trump’s “Reichstag moment,” in which, like Adolf Hitler in 1933, he would manufacture a crisis in order to swoop in and rescue the nation from it.

15.07.2021 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Billionaire Dan Gertler Embroil Him in One of Biggest Graft Probes Ever

Surprisingly, Gertler submitted the documents that got him into trouble while he was receiving legal counsel from top lawyers in Israel. In the arbitration, Gertler is represented by attorneys Dori Klagsbald and Boaz Ben Zur. The latter is also former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defense attorney in the so-called Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is accused of offering favors for positive media coverage.

13.07.2021 - 18:22 [ Rick Rozoff / Antiwar.com ]

Germany Provides NATO Ally Turkey With First of Six Submarines

It is not inconceivable that a German-designed Turkish submarine and a German-constructed Israeli submarine would clash at some point in the eastern Mediterranean. All in a day’s work for NATO weapon interoperability purposes. “Maintaining peace,” or whatever pat justification the bloc uses for global military expansion and bombing defenseless nations on several continents, is a highly lucrative trade.

13.07.2021 - 18:03 [ Rick Rozoff / antikrieg.com ]

Deutschland liefert dem NATO-Verbündeten Türkei das erste von sechs U-Booten

Es ist nicht undenkbar, dass ein türkisches U-Boot deutscher Bauart und ein israelisches U-Boot deutscher Bauart irgendwann im östlichen Mittelmeer aufeinander treffen. Für die Interoperabilität der NATO-Waffen ist das ein Kinderspiel. Die „Erhaltung des Friedens“, oder welche pathetische Rechtfertigung auch immer der Block für die globale militärische Expansion und die Bombardierung wehrloser Nationen auf mehreren Kontinenten verwendet, ist ein höchst lukratives Geschäft.

12.07.2021 - 17:24 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu corruption trial delayed for third time

(05.07.2021)

The trial has been frozen since June 16 and will now reconvene on July 19 instead of the prior dates of July 5 or 12 for restarting witness testimony of July 5, reported The Jerusalem Post.

The court’s decision effectively means that the trial will not fully restart until October; the court’s summer recess runs from July 21 – September 1 and many of September’s hearings will be canceled due to the Jewish High Holy Days and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).

12.07.2021 - 17:00 [ Haaretz ]

After Midnight, Netanyahu Left the Official Residence. Outside, These People Celebrated

Five hours before the official deadline for the departure of Benjamin Netanyahu and his family from the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street, the final episode in the “Balfour” national reality show refused to come to an end. The huddle of protesters, which dwindled as night fell, exchanged recent photos among themselves of moving vans and other vehicles leaving the residence, trying to figure out whether the Netanyahus had finally vacated the premises or whether maybe someone was still hiding inside, or about to return for a final visit…

06.07.2021 - 18:26 [ The Hill ]

Top Democrat leads bipartisan trip to Middle East

The delegation will visit the Al Udeid Air Base, home of U.S. central command in the Middle East, where members will assess the Iranian threat, U.S. regional security posture and meet with deployed U.S. military personnel.

06.07.2021 - 17:53 [ i24news.tv ]

Palestinian family reunification bill fails to pass Israeli parliament vote

The bill was to extend the lifespan of an amendment to Israel’s citizenship law, which effectively barred Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza from receiving residency and citizenship if they married an Israeli.

Enacted in 2003 during the Second Intifada and renewed annually ever since the exception was aimed at the partners of Israel’s Arab population – around 20 percent of its citizens.