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Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) said on Monday, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension. Recent weeks have seen U.S.-Iranian confrontation sharply increase, a year after Washington abandoned an agreement between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international financial sanctions. Washington tightened sanctions from the start of May, ordering all countries and companies to halt all imports of Iranian oil or be banished from the global…

Reported Israeli attack on T-4 base is the third strike on Syria this week. Israel isn’t sure who fired rockets at the Golan on Saturday, but it’s clearly not errant fire. The attack on the T-4 airbase in northern Syria near dawn on Monday, attributable to Israel, is the third on Syrian soil within a week. In the two previous cases Israel was reacting to fire against it. This time, according to the foreign media, the target was Iranian interests. As Haaretz reported in February, this year Iran changed some of the characteristics of its activity in Syria. On the…

Israel struck a Syrian military target in Quneitra on Monday after an anti-aircraft missile was launched earlier at an Israeli fighter jet, the Israeli army said. Also Monday, a report in the Lebanese media outlet Al Mayadeen said an Israeli drone struck a surveillance system in southern Lebanon. An additional report said the Lebanese army was at the scene investigating the device, which is said to be Israeli. According to Syrian state media, one officer was killed and two others were wounded in the strike, which took place Monday afternoon. The report added that Syrian air defense attacked an unmanned…

The Israeli military on Monday said it was testing a new, more exact incoming rocket alert system in the north of the country as part of a larger exercise taking place this week. This new system operates by only sounding in individual communities where a threat is identified, unlike the current array of sirens, which are triggered throughout a larger region. The military says the more pinpointed warnings to specific “polygons,” as the army refers to the smaller sections, allowing civilians who are not directly in harm’s way to continue going about their lives. The Israel Defense Forces said in a…

The theme for Israel’s 71st Independence Day celebration was Spirit – the overcoming life force of Israelis to face every obstacle, move on, and build a nation against all odds. During the main ceremony in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that it is the Spirit that comes from the Bible that is in the people of Israel that has given this nation the ability to overcome every obstacle. He said that the stories and heritage of God’s word give’s the Jewish people their “spirit, strength and inspiration to build the nation of Israel.” Check out photos from the joyous…

The Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) Iron Dome system has intercepted close to 2,000 rockets and mortar shells launched from Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians since 2011. So far during the current barrage of missiles from Gaza, Iron Dome has neutralized over 80% of rockets that would have hit population centers. The Iron Dome’s radar is able to detect incoming rockets up to seventy-kilometers (43 miles) away. The system calculates the missile’s trajectory to determine whether it is likely to hit a population center or fall in empty areas. In a split second, the operating soldiers decide…

Saturday’s attack at the Poway Chabad Synagogue is a “blow to the heart of the Jewish people,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. “We send condolences to Lori Gilbert-Kay’s family, and send our best wishes for speedy recovery to the wounded. The international community must step up the fight against antisemitism.” Gilbert-Kay, 60, was killed trying to protect the rabbi of the congregation. Three others were wounded in the attack. Netanyahu said that in light of an increase in antisemitic attacks around the world, he will convene a meeting this week of all those who deal with the issue.…

The top security aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with his Sri Lankan counterpart and offered Israeli aid on Sunday, after a string of bombing attacks that day left over 200 dead and hundreds more injured. Meir Ben-Shabbat, the head of the National Security Council, spoke to Udaya Seneviratne, secretary to Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, according to Netanyahu’s office. Ben-Shabbat offered condolences and Israeli humanitarian aid in the wake of the attacks. There was no immediate indication from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office or Sri Lankan authorities whether they would be accepting Israel’s offer. Netanyahu earlier expressed, “deep…

“We will continue to act on all fronts, including on the northern front, because we are not prepared to allow someone to establish power and endanger the State of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. “Power is the guarantee of our existence, and it is the essential and fundamental condition for achieving peace with our neighbors,” he said. The comments came a day after Syrian media and foreign accounts reported that Israel attacked Syrian targets near Hama on Saturday, killing two Iranians and destroying several buildings. The outlets said the Israel Air Force carried out the assault from Lebanese…

The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) “foreign minister”, Riyad Al-Maliki, warned on Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will face a “real problem” if he follows through with his promise to apply Israeli sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Speaking to The Associated Press on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan, Maliki asserted that Netanyahu’s pledge was likely aimed at rallying his base in the final stretch of a tight election campaign. He stressed that the PA would “resist” such a policy if carried out. “If Netanyahu wants to declare Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, then you know he has…

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