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The envoys for Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stressed that solidarity is required to face the challenge of COVID-19 and this cannot happen “if the guns of war and conflict are not silenced.” The United Nations envoys in the Middle East hot spots urged all warring parties on Saturday to heed Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ appeal for immediate ceasefires to tackle the coronavirus pandemic into concrete actions aimed at ending hostilities. The envoys for Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict stressed that solidarity is required to face the challenge of COVID-19 and this cannot happen “if the…

Israel urges adoption of UN plan to help Palestinians curb spread of pandemic. Worry is looming through the halls of decision-makers in Israel concerning the ability of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to cope with the Corona crisis in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. There is currently a severe shortage of medical supplies and ventilators while the number of those infected is presumed to be higher than is actually reported. Against this background, Israel has called upon the international community to adopt the UN’s 90-day program for aiding the Palestinians in their fight against the virus. Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation On March 31st,…

Israel’s national security is unquestionably compromised by the global coronavirus outbreak. The assertion that preoccupation with the pandemic will temper the behavior of Israel’s enemies is wishful and mistaken thinking. The crisis sparked by the coronavirus outbreak is sounding the alarm not only in the Israeli health sector but in the national security realm as well. Consider the corona epidemic as a war that was forced on Israel. The situation has many similarities to a war employing chemical and biological agents. It has become clear that there is not enough medical equipment to fight the coronavirus in Israel: ambulances, protective gear, and test kits.…

Israel and the Gaza Strip are once again at war. But this time the enemy isn’t in the form of rockets or airstrikes but rather an invisible enemy. One that has crept into every country across the world, blind to religion and nationality, killing thousands. Israel’s war against the novel coronavirus – which has claimed the life of one man and has been diagnosed in 1,238 others – began over a month ago. Borders were quickly closed to travelers and citizens who flew into the country were ordered to self-quarantine for two weeks to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. But…

The defense establishment’s role is twofold: to ensure that the disease does not harm its readiness and to assist civilian systems to cope with the pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, Israel’s Defense Ministry and the IDF are taking unprecedented steps to protect soldiers from infection and ensure readiness, as well as assisting infected civilians. Defense Minister Naftali Bennett issued a directive on Sunday for security forces to set up community recovery centers for coronavirus patients with mild symptoms in hotels. He ordered security forces to set up four first such recovery centers in the north, south and center of…

“This must be a worldwide effort,” Netanyahu said. “This isn’t a matter of who does it first, but of how we can all reach it first.” Researchers around the world must cooperate to improve the speed and ease of testing for COVID-19, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video conference with seven European countries. “This must be a worldwide effort,” Netanyahu said. “This isn’t a matter of who does it first, but of how we can all reach it first.” Other participants in the video conference were Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Hungarian President Viktor Orban, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Italian…

“We were all reminded a few days ago that there are forces who seek to break our alliance.” WASHINGTON – The left flank of the Democratic Party is trying to poison ties between the US and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned. “We were all reminded a few days ago that there are forces who seek to break our alliance,” he said in his address to the AIPAC Policy Conference on Sunday via video link. “Last year, those who came to AIPAC were accused of dual loyalty. This year, AIPAC was accused of providing a platform for bigotry.” Democratic presidential front-runner Sen.…

Children’s playground in Sderot damaged by rocket debris. IDF says aircraft struck “dozens of Islamic Jihad terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip” and a facility belonging to the terrorist group on the outskirts of Damascus. Palestinian Islamic Jihad says the airstrikes in Damascus killed two of its members. For the second day in a row, sirens blared across southern Israel on Monday as residents were forced to take shelter in the face of incoming rockets fired from Gaza. There were no reports of casualties, but considerable damage was caused to property in several locations by debris from intercepted rockets. The…

The newly released peace plan means that Israel no longer has to choose between three bad options. It now has a great option and it must seize it, despite the costs. President Donald Trump’s peace plan creates, for the very first time, an opportunity for Israel to shape reality in Judea and Samaria in a way that serves its national security interests. Until now, Israel has had three options, all of which were dangerous and harmful. However, with the rollout of the Trump administration’s Vision for Peace, Israel now has a good hand with which it can pursue a fourth…

Rivals insist Bibi won’t really annex even an inch of Judea and Samaria, that it’s all just election rhetoric Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists he’s prepared to implement the unilateral annexation of the biblical heartlands of Judea and Samaria. Critics say it’s just campaign rhetoric to spur his voter base three weeks before Israel returns to the polls. US President Donald Trump turned Middle East peace-making on its head last month when he finally unveiled his “Peace to Prosperity” proposal, more commonly referred to as the “deal of the century.” For the first time, a major Western peace broker had proposed Israeli…

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