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Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein spoke with France24 this week about the West Bank annexation and US President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century. US President Donald Trump’s peace plan will likely be revealed soon, Jordan’s King Abdullah II told France 24, as he warned that Israeli annexation plans and the absence of a government was harming his country’s relation with the Jewish state. He said that, while he has no information on when the deal will be released, he has spoken with Trump about it “numerous” times and thinks that it will be announced soon, which will allow…

As tensions heat up between Iran, the US and Israel following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani last week, the absence of a stable government will harm Jerusalem’s ability to achieve its broader national security and foreign affairs goals, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) said in its annual report on Monday. This lack of stability could be highly problematic, according to the report, if Iran and the US slip into a broader war that could engulf the region. The report was delivered by INSS executive director Amos Yadlin to President Reuven Rivlin on Monday. Researchers worked to add an additional, special…

After his landslide primary victory to maintain his grip on the right-wing Likud Party, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Donald Trump on Friday — and vowed to bring US recognition of Israeli sovereignty in West bank settlements. “Most people support the right, and most people support me for prime minister,” Netanyahu told supporters a day after he handily defeated main challenger Gideon Sa’ar with 72 percent of the vote for party leader, the Times of Israel reported. He said the win was a “huge expression of confidence in my path, our path.” Israel heads to a third round of…

After decades in which the Israeli government has lacked a formal, written national security strategy, the time has come for future decision-makers to be equipped with such guidelines, the co-author of a new strategy document says. Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and Professor Col. (res.) Gabi Siboni, who heads the Program on Military and Strategic Affairs at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, recently issued a position paper titled, Guidelines for Israel’s National Security Strategy. The document was published at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and at the INSS.…

Israeli forces will “100 percent” face tunnel warfare in future armed conflicts on its southern and northern borders, and the military is sparing no effort to meet the challenge, says IDF Maj. Gen. Mickey Edelstein. Infiltration tunnels are a serious threat and will play a major part in the next armed conflict on Israel’s northern and southern borders, a senior Israeli military official said Sunday. Furthermore, said Israel Defense Forces Maj. Gen. Mickey Edelstein, who heads the IDF’s tunnel warfare development efforts, some of the tactics already developed for underground warfare will soon become obsolete. Edelstein was speaking at a…

Netanyahu said that if firing from Hamas-ruled Gaza “does not stop for good, in the end there will be a decisive operation.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would launch a major operation against the Gaza Strip if the attacks do not stop. He make his remarks during a speech on Sunday at the Makor Rishon Economic, Society and Innovation Conference in Jerusalem on Sunday. “We are dealing with the threat from Gaza, and if necessary we will carry out a major operation to defeat this terrorism once and for all. They received a sample several weeks ago. I do…

Last week the Jordanian military conducted a wide-ranging exercise, part of which addressed the scenario of an invasion of Jordan from the west, to be foiled by blowing up the Jordan River bridges. Representatives of the palace watched the exercise, some of which was also broadcast on television. Which mysterious, unnamed country is threatening the kingdom from the west? The exercise meshes with the clear anti-Israel rhetoric being heard recently in the Jordanian media. King Abdullah is furious with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ever since he declared Israel’s plan to annex the Jordan Valley before the elections in September. The Jordanians also…

Iran will destroy the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia if they cross Tehran’s red lines, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami said in a televised speech on Monday. “We have shown restraint … we have shown patience towards the hostile moves of America, the Zionist regime (Israel) and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran … but we will destroy them if they cross our red lines,” said Hossein Salami. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Iran was planning “additional attacks” and called on the international community to pressure Iran and to “support…

Following Hamas’ launch of two rockets at Beer Sheva in the early hours of Saturday morning, Israel’s security sources said that it is only “a matter of time” before another operation will have to be launched against Gaza to protect Israel’s citizens. Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip sat out last week’s violent confrontation between the smaller Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, during which over 450 rockets were launched at the Jewish state. Security sources appear to differ as to the reason Hamas fired on Israel. According to Israel Hayom, sources say Hamas decided to act after it saw that…

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…

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