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NAHARAYIM (Reuters) – It has been a bitter harvest for some Israeli farmers on the border with Jordan. On Sunday, a 25-year-old deal between the two countries that has allowed them to cultivate land there formally expires. Under the deal, part of the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty, two territories straddling the border were recognized as under Jordanian sovereignty but with special provisions allowing Israeli farmers to work the land and visitors to tour the Isle of Peace park in the area. But in 2018, Jordan said it did not want to continue the arrangement, in what was widely seen as…

The general consensus from the government’s Security Cabinet meeting on Sunday was that the Israeli Defense Forces must concentrate on the danger threatening the country from the north, although it would not ignore attacks coming from the Gaza Strip, either. “We are in a very sensitive and volatile security period on several fronts – north, east and south,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before the meeting, which came on the heels of the IDF’s retaliation against Hamas in Gaza on Friday night. “We will continue to take action on all fronts for the security of the State of Israel, both openly…

Israeli troops carried out raids throughout the West Bank late Sunday and early Monday, arresting 19 Palestinians and escorting Jewish worshipers to a flashpoint holy site. The Palestinian suspects were held on suspicion of participating in violent riots in recent weeks or involvement in terror-related activities, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement. The army said 13 Palestinians were arrested in a “wide-scale operation” in the al-Arroub refugee camp, outside the southern West Bank city of Hebron, which came in response to an uptick in stone-throwing and firebomb attacks on Israeli vehicles traveling on the nearby Route 60.…

As the eyes of many in the Middle East are focused on northern Syria, a special note should be given to what was said in Tehran. After a mysterious incident off the coast of Saudi Arabia, it took the Iranians time to reach a conclusion as to what happened there. But on Wednesday, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in Tehran said that Israel and Saudi Arabia were involved in the attack on the Iranian oil tanker that came after a series of similar attacks by Iran on tankers making their way to Saudi Arabia and…

Foreign Minister Israel Katz has instructed his office to put together a series of steps to block Turkey’s steadily rising influence in the heavily Arab, eastern parts of Jerusalem, Israel Hayom reported Monday. First and foremost, the plan calls for classifying the entire Muslim Brotherhood as an illegal association in Israel. This would extend the ban already in place against its Northern Movement in the Galilee to the Southern Movement which has been allowed to operate until now. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his political party, have their roots in the Brotherhood, whose stated goal is the re-establishment of a Muslim…

Abbas Nilforoushan, deputy commander of operations of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has said that Israel is not in a position to threaten Iran, and nothing will be left of Israel if they tried to launch an attack. “Iran has encircled Israel from all four sides. Nothing will be left of Israel,” he said in an interview with Tasnim news agency. “If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea,” he added. Nilforoushan asserted in the interview that no country can stand up to…

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been blamed for recent airstrikes targeting pro-Iranian militias in the Albukamal area of Syria near the border with Iraq, according to Arab media. The attacks resulted in a number of deaths and injuries and the destruction of weapon storage facilities and rocket launchers. “Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias,” said an unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic. The attacks targeted positions belonging to the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in Albukamal and other areas near the Iraq-Syria…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the Israeli military is currently “operating on a number of fronts basically in an expanse of 360 degrees to ensure Israeli security amid attempts by Iran and its proxies to attack us.” Netanyahu was speaking to reporters at Ben Gurion International Airport on Thursday before flying to Sochi for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, at which a major topic would be maintaining the “important coordination which prevents clashes between us and the Russian forces.” The prime minister said that the timing of the meeting is important due to the multiple security threats facing…

Samples taken by the U.N. nuclear watchdog at what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran showed traces of uranium that Iran has yet to explain, two diplomats who follow the agency’s inspections work closely say. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is investigating the particles’ origin and has asked Iran to explain the traces. But Tehran has not done so, according to the diplomats, stoking tensions between Washington and Tehran. US sanctions have slashed Iranian oil sales and Iran has responded by breaching its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. In a speech a year ago, Israeli Prime…

The IDF on Sunday announced that Hezbollah terrorists fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles at an Israeli army base, hitting several other targets. Shortly after the attack by Hezbollah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement based on “a consultation with the Chief-of-Staff and with IDF generals.” “We have no casualties – not even a scratch,” Netanyahu stated, adding, “We were attacked with several anti-tank missiles. We responded with 100 shells and firing from the air by various means.” Netanyahu continued, “We are consulting about the next steps. I have ordered that we be prepared for any scenario. We will…

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