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On Feb. 8, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei delivered a speech on the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. The speech aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV. Khamenei said that the Americans are the epitome of evil and that they complain that the Iranian people chant “Death to America.” Khamenei added that “Death to America means death to Trump, John Bolton, and Pompeo. It means death to the leaders. We don’t care about the American public.” He continued, saying “as long as the American government and regime continue with their evil actions and vile and despicable interference, the Iranian people will not stop chanting: “Death to America.” The…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that “a great shift has taken place in the Middle East. That shift is the rise of the aggressive theocracy of Iran that seeks to conquer the Middle East, eliminate Israel, and dominate many other parts of the world.” Netanyahu was speaking in Jerusalem to a delegation of visiting U.N. ambassadors prior to a flight in which they were being taken on a tour of Israel’s northern border. His comments came in the aftermath of the formation of a new government in Beirut. On Thursday, Hezbollah came away strengthened as Lebanese political factions ended…

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Hezbollah terror group, on Saturday dismissed Israel’s operation to uncover and destroy cross-border attack tunnels as indicative of an intelligence failure and said the group’s plans for an invasion of the Galilee remained intact. Breaking months of silence, and speaking for the first time since Israel launched Operation Northern Shield in early December to uncover and destroy the tunnels dug under its border, Nasrallah claimed during an interview with the pro-Hezbollah al-Mayadeen TV that “some of the tunnels are from before Resolution 1701 and the Second Lebanon War.” UN Resolution 1701 ended the 2006 conflict and…

Amid rising tensions between Israel and Iran-backed forces in Syria on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning to leaders in Tehran, saying, “Anyone who tries to hurt us, we will hurt them.” Speaking at the inauguration of a new international airport in the country’s south, Netanyahu said Israel’s air force had “delivered powerful blows to Iranian targets in Syria, after Iran fired a rocket from that area toward our territory.” Netanyahu was referring to three waves of airstrikes by Israel early Monday that targeted first Iranian weapons storehouses, intelligence facilities and a training camp near Damascus, and then Syrian air…

For the second time this week, Senate Democrats failed to reach the necessary 60 votes on Thursday afternoon to end debate on Republican-introduced legislation that, if enacted, would impose fresh sanctions on Syria, as well as boost security cooperation with Israel and Jordan amid the announced gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. It is also aimed at tackling the anti-Israel BDS movement. The final tally was 53-43. At least four Democrats voted for cloture, the procedure that ends debate and initiates a vote: Arizona’s Krysten Sinema, Alabama’s Doug Jones, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, and New Jersey’s Robert Menendez. On Tuesday,…

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a single rocket into Israel early Monday, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, the army said. There were no reports of injuries. Warning sirens blared in the southern city of Ashkelon and the nearby Hof Ashkelon region after 3 a.m. The Israel Defense Forces said it identified a single launch from Gaza. Residents reported hearing loud explosions, apparently from the Iron Dome interception. The launch came hours after the Israeli Air Force struck several Hamas positions in the eastern Gaza Strip in response to an explosive device that was flown into southern…

The Israeli military has formed a new reserves battalion to act as the first line of defense against the Hezbollah terror group by protecting the communities along the northern border with Lebanon, the army announced Monday. Dubbed “Gates of Fire,” or Shaare Ha’esh, the battalion was created as part of the Israel Defense Forces’ efforts to confront the powerful Iran-backed terrorist militia. Last month, the army also launched an engineering operation, Northern Shield, to find and destroy Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels. The new battalion is aimed at countering the Shiite terror group’s plans to conquer parts of Israel’s Galilee panhandle…

Amid rising tension in the North, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Monday that Israel has missiles that can reach any target throughout the Middle East. For the second time, Lebanese Army soldiers pointed their weapons at the Israeli Defense Forces along the border between Israel and Lebanon, The Jerusalem Post reports Monday. According to The Jerusalem Post, the incident was documented by a media outlet friendly to Hezbollah showing Lebanese troops aiming their rifles at IDF troops who were only a few meters away. The Israeli forces were laying barbed wire at the time. The IDF confirmed that its troops had put…

A young pregnant woman and six other travelers were injured in a Palestinian shooting attack at a bus stop outside the Jewish town of Ofra on Sunday night. The woman, who was brought to Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, has had her condition upgraded to stable, but her son, delivered by emergency Caesarian section, has been downgraded to critical. The wounded woman, Shira Yael Ish-Ran and her husband, Amichai Yishai Ish-Ran. The attack took place on the eighth night of Hanukkah at a popular hitchhiking post and bus stop. Video of the attack showed a white car…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday there is “reasonable possibility we will have to operate in Lebanon” as part of the IDF’s Operation Northern Shield to uncover and destroy Hezbollah tunnels that cross the border into Israel. “We are denying our enemies the tunnels weapon in a systematic, determined manner and we will do whatever it takes,” Netanyahu told 25 foreign ambassadors at a briefing in the upper Galilee. “This operation is just beginning, but when it ends, the tunnel weapon Hezbollah invested in will no longer be effective.” “Anyone who attacks us, his blood be on his own head.…

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