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Despite lack of evidence, conspiracy theories advanced by politicians and commentators on the Left and Right seek to argue that protests were organized by professionals to destabilize the US. By Sunday morning, some 25 American cities were under some kind of curfew with troops from the National Guard deploying in Minneapolis and the US capital after days of protests and violent riots. Amid the chaos and uncertainty, voices from both sides of the political aisle have claimed the violence was fueled by conspiracies and orchestrated by “professionals.” Right-wing commentator Candace Owens and others have been blaming George Soros and “left-wing…

Three groups bid to build the private-public partnership (PPP), which will be the world’s largest desalination plant when completed in 2023. Israel chose local company IDE technologies to construct the world’s largest desalination plant, the government announced on Tuesday, rather than a Chinese company, thus preventing another undesirable showdown with the Trump administration over Chinese participation in major infrastructure projects. Three groups bid to build Sorek 2, a private-public partnership (PPP) which will be the world’s largest desalination plant when completed in 2023. Among them was Israeli Hutchison Company, an affiliate of the Chinese Hutchison Company based in Hong Kong. The US has…

After Germany outlaws Hezbollah, Israel hopes other EU states will follow suit It appears that there is a limit to Germany’s willingness to turn a blind eye to Hezbollah’s activity within its borders and in Europe in general. For years Germany has refused to declare Hezbollah’s political branch a terrorist organization because of the economic interests it has with Iran. Showing a change of heart, the German government banned the military wing of Hezbollah last month. However, it did so without legally defining the group as terrorists because it doesn’t operate an official branch in the country. Interestingly, other European countries, such…

Israel’s High Court of Justice was hearing arguments Monday against the legality of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition deal with Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, a day after it deliberated on whether the longtime leader could head a government while indicted on serious crimes. The court’s ruling, expected by the end of the week, will dictate whether Israel breaks out of its prolonged political paralysis with Netanyahu and Gantz joining forces in government, or whether the country is plunged into its fourth consecutive election in just over a year. The unprecedented live broadcast proceedings are also shaping up as…

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…

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