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Three more F-35 fighter jets touch down in Israel

The Levant news – Three F-35 stealth fighter jets touched down at the Nevatim Air Force base in southern Israel on Sunday, joining the two that arrived late last year. In total, Israel has agreed to purchase 50 of the fifth generation stealth aircraft, known in Israel as the “Adir,” …

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Israel and Turkey announce reconciliation

The Levant News — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally announced reconciliation between Israel and Turkey during a press conference today in Rome. The two nations hope an agreement due to be signed Tuesday will ease six years of tensions since the deadly Israeli attack on a Turkish blockade runner headed …

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Liberman won’t object to reconciliation with Turkey

The Levant News — New Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has reportedly promised not to object publicly to a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, despite having harshly disapproved of such a move in the past. Liberman had warned among other things that an Israeli-Turkish rapprochement would harm ties with Greece …

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Moshe Yaalon, Israeli Defense Minister, Resigns

The Levant News — By JAMES GLANZ and IRIT PAZNER GARSHOWITZMAY for New York Times — The Israeli defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, announced on Friday that he was resigning, an abrupt move that comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly conducts negotiations with a far-right party to join his government. …

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Sanders: Positive U.S.-Israel Ties Contingent on Improving Relations With Palestinians

By Jacob Kornbluh, for Jewish Insider — In recently released transcript, Sanders says he would demand Israel halt settlement construction, adding that if Israel ‘want us to have a positive relationship, they’re going to have to improve their relationship with the Palestinians.’ Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at …

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Clinton to Donor: In Next War, I’ll Let Israel Kill 200,000, Not Just 2,000, Gazans

THE LEVANT NEWS — by  Boaz Bulbulovitz — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has penned a controversial letter to a major Jewish donor vowing to offer Israel “total” support in its next confrontation with the Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers. The leaked letter, sent last week to Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, promises to …

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Hezbollah attacks Israeli patrol in Shebaa Farms

THE LEVANT NEWS — Hezbollah set off a bomb in an Israeli armored patrol in the occupied Shebaa Farms Monday, sparking Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon, in what appeared to be a limited escalation on the volatile border region that has remained largely quiet since 2006. “A group of martyr …

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Hezbollah claims responsibility for Shebaa Farms attack

THE LEVANT NEWS — A large explosion has reportedly targeted Israeli forces in the Shebaa Farms near the southern Lebanese borders. Hezbollah issued a statement claiming its responsibility for the attack. According to Lebanon’s al-Manar television, a resistance group called Samir Qantar has claimed responsibility for the blast in the …

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Hezbollah vows to avenge Kuntar

THE LEVANT NEWS — BY Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star –The killing of Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar in an Israeli airstrike near Damascus will likely trigger a Hezbollah retaliation against the Jewish state, security sources said Sunday, in a tit-for-tat development that could ignite hostilities in the volatile border …

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Israel and the Semantics of Oppression

by Mohamed Mohamed* for Palestine Center– The Hebrew word “hasbara” translates to “explaining,” but it is a euphemism for the propaganda that endorses the state of Israel and its actions. In its efforts to influence world opinion and promote itself on the international stage, Israel’s hasbara campaign has relied on …

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ISIS and Palestine: a connection?

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz: West Palm Beach– Currently, the liberation of Palestine is not being exploited as a recruiting tool for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS. The Palestinian struggle is antithetical to the ideology of ISIS. This fifty-year struggle is national, secular and …

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Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu for War Crimes in Spain, South Africa

THE LEVANT NEWS — South Africa issued, on Tuesday, an arrest warrant against four Israeli officials over their role in deadly attacks on pro-Palestinian international activists. WCJ-images-Netanyahu-polls Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against the Israeli occupation in Africa said, in a statement: “South Africa’s Directorate of the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit …

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Obama rejects Netanyahu’s plea to recognize Israeli rule over occupied Golan Heights: White House

The Levant News– US President Barack Obama has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion to discuss Washington’s recognition of Israeli rule over the occupied Golan Heights, according to the white House. A senior White House official said the US position, which objects to Israel annex in the Golan Heights, …

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Israeli minister accuses EU of ‘anti-Semitism’

The Levant News– An Israeli minister has accused the European Union of “disguised anti-Semitism” in response to a decision by the EU to start labeling products made in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The EU’s proposal to order the labeling comes as it is dissatisfied with …

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Israel-GCC Ties

The Levant News — by Simon Henderson for inFocus Quarterly – Fall 2015 — How does one write 2,000 words about links between Israel and the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which no official of any of the seven countries is publicly prepared to admit exist? The …

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How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?

By Efraim Inbar for BESA —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: It is misplaced to view ISIS as posing an independent serious strategic challenge. While ISIS has ignited immense passion among many young and frustrated Muslims all over the world, on its own ISIS is capable of only limited damage. Suggestions that ISIS …

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