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The Times of Israel is an Israel-based, primarily English-language online newspaper launched in 2012. It was co-founded by journalist David Horovitz, who is also the founding editor, and American hedge fund manager Seth Klarman. It covers "developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world.”Source
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Killing of nuke chief was done entirely by remote control — Iranian report

Killing of nuke chief was done entirely by remote control — Iranian report

home pageThis photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. (Fars News Agency via AP)The attack that killed the alleged architect of Iran’s nuclear weapons program on Friday was carried out from afar using a remote-controlled machine gun attached to a car, a leading Iranian news site reported Sunday.According to the semi-officials Fars news site, the entire operation was conducted with no human agents whatsoever, a significantly different description...

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Israeli conscientious objector released from military prison 

Israeli conscientious objector released from military prison 

home pageHallel Rabin. (Screengrab: Facebook)AFP — Standing at the gate of an Israeli army jail after being detained for refusing mandatory military service, 19-year-old conscientious objector Hallel Rabin said she was “the happiest person in the world.”“My lawyer called me this morning and told me, ‘You’re free,'” she said.Army service is compulsory for most Israeli citizens and while many seek exemptions on various grounds — some arguably less than truthful — Rabin’s case is unusual, in that she openly declared herself to be a pacifist.It is a position that automatically results in prison...

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UAE said blocking visas for 11 Muslim countries, as Israelis allowed in freely | The Times of Israel

UAE said blocking visas for 11 Muslim countries, as Israelis allowed in freely | The Times of Israel

Subscribe to the daily editionAn Israeli passenger from a flydubai flight from Tel Aviv waves her Israeli passport on arrival at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)Travel agencies in countries across the Middle East and Africa said the United Arab Emirates has temporarily halted issuing new visas to their citizens, even as the Gulf state allows Israelis into the country visa-free following the normalization deal between the two countries.Confusion over the unexplained UAE visa ban targeting 11 Muslim-majority nations, in addition...

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Iran says won’t accept verdict in Belgian trial of diplomat accused in bomb plot

Iran says won’t accept verdict in Belgian trial of diplomat accused in bomb plot

home pageFarzin Hashemi (4th-L), a representative of the People's Mujahedeen for international organizations and lawyers of National Council of Resistance of Iran William Bourdon (3rd-L) and Georges-Henri Beauthier (2nd-L) answer journalists questions at Antwerp courthouse, on November 27, 2020. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP)TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has said it will not recognize any verdict by a Belgian court against a diplomat accused of plotting to bomb an exiled opposition group’s rally.Assadollah Assadi, a diplomat formerly based in Vienna, faces 20 years in prison if convicted of plotting to...

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Six weeks after Facebook vowed to ban Holocaust denial, it’s still easy to find

Six weeks after Facebook vowed to ban Holocaust denial, it’s still easy to find

home pageFacebook employees work in a unit focused on the fight against misinformation and manipulation in Menlo Park, California, in 2018. (Noah Berger/AFP via Getty Images)JTA — As of Wednesday afternoon, one of the first results in a Facebook search for “Holohoax” — a term popular with Holocaust deniers — was a post decrying “Zionist White Jewish Supremacist Child murdering Apartheid State, Talmudic Satanic Holohoax promoters.”Right below it was a video, posted by a group with more than 6,000 followers, captioned “Research: Holohoax and Jew world order.”These results showed up six weeks...

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Thailand to release 3 Iranians suspected of bomb plot against Israeli diplomats

Thailand to release 3 Iranians suspected of bomb plot against Israeli diplomats

home pageIn this frame grab from Iranian state television video aired Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, is seen in Tehran, Iran. (Iranian State Television via AP)BANGKOK (AP) — Thai officials said Thursday they approved the transfer back to Tehran of three Iranians who were allegedly involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot against Israeli diplomats, as Iran released a 33-year-old Australian academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges.Thai officials did not go so far as to call it a prisoner swap or say what involvement...

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Iranian diplomat goes on trial in Belgium for plot to bomb opposition rally

Iranian diplomat goes on trial in Belgium for plot to bomb opposition rally

home pagePeople attend the "Free Iran 2018 - the Alternative" event on June 30, 2018 in Villepinte, north of Paris during the Iranian resistance national council (NCRI) annual meeting. (AFP/Zakaria Abdelkafi)BRUSSELS (AFP) — An Iranian diplomat goes on trial in Belgium on Friday accused of plotting to bomb an opposition rally outside Paris, in a case that has stoked tensions with Tehran.In June 2018 Belgian authorities thwarted what they said was an attempt to smuggle explosives to France to attack a meeting of one of Iran’s exiled opposition movements.Later that year, the French government...

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EU condemns killing of Iranian nuclear scientist as ‘criminal act’

EU condemns killing of Iranian nuclear scientist as ‘criminal act’

home pageThis photo released by the semi-official Fars News Agency shows the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in Absard, a small city just east of the capital, Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Fars News Agency via AP)The European Union on Saturday condemned the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist a day earlier as a “criminal act” and urged calm and restraint as officials in Tehran blamed Israel for the assassination and vowed to respond.“In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever for all parties to remain calm and exercise maximum restraint in order to...

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Israeli scientists claim major cancer breakthrough using ‘tiny scissors’

Israeli scientists claim major cancer breakthrough using ‘tiny scissors’

home pageRead this week’s digital editionCancer cells (Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)Israeli scientists have claimed a major breakthrough in the fight against cancer after using Nobel Prize winning technology to destroy cancerous cells in mice, leaving everything around them intact.In what researchers have called a world first, the study from Tel Aviv University suggests the CRISPR Cas-9 gene editing system, which allows scientists to make precise alterations to DNA, can be used like “tiny scissors” to target and treat cancer in animals.The technology, which gained its...

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Corbyn to start legal action as UK’s Labour denies him parliamentary membership

Corbyn to start legal action as UK’s Labour denies him parliamentary membership

home pageJeremy Corbyn, former leader of Britain's Labour Party, leaves his home in north London on November 18, 2020. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)The former leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, is to begin legal action against the party after it refused to readmit him to its parliamentary ranks amid a row on anti-Semitism, the Guardian on Thursday.The newspaper said Corbyn’s allies claimed a deal was made with party leader Keir Starmer and say they have proof of meetings on the matter.Starmer, who was elected leader in April, refused to allow Corbyn to come back to...

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Alleged head of Iran’s nuclear weapons program is assassinated near Tehran

Alleged head of Iran’s nuclear weapons program is assassinated near Tehran

home pageDr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in an undated photo (Courtesy)The alleged head of Iran’s nuclear weapons program was assassinated Friday near the capital Tehran, Iran’s defense ministry said. The ministry confirmed the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a professor of physics and an officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, after it was widely reported in Iranian media.Several top Iranian officials indicated they believed Israel was behind the killing in the hours after the attack, with one adviser to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader vowing revenge.“This Friday afternoon, armed terrorist...

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In threat to Iran, US sends heavy bombers to Middle East via Israel

In threat to Iran, US sends heavy bombers to Middle East via Israel

home pageA B-52 heavy bomber, flanked by fighter jets, flies to the Middle East in a tacit threat to Iran on November 21, 2020. (US Air Force/Facebook)The United States this week rapidly deployed several heavy bombers to the Middle East this week in an apparent threat to Iran, amid swirling speculation that US President Donald Trump plans to take military action against Tehran before President-elect Joe Biden enters office.US Central Command said the planes were sent into the region “to deter aggression and reassure US partners and allies.”In a highly irregular move, the B-52H...

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Mastercard ranks Israel as best country for female entrepreneurs

Mastercard ranks Israel as best country for female entrepreneurs

home pageAn illustrative image of working women (iStock by Getty Images).Mastercard has ranked Israel as the best country for women entrepreneurs, for the first time in the four-year history of the rankings by the global payments firm.In the 2020 Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) Israel rose to first place from fourth in 2019.The US, Switzerland, New Zealand came in second, third, and fourth this year, followed by Poland, the UK, Canada, Sweden, Australia and Spain in the ranking of 58 global economies.Israel jumped to first place this year thanks to an increase in its support...

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Netanyahu, Mossad chief fly to Saudi, hold first known meet with crown prince

Netanyahu, Mossad chief fly to Saudi, hold first known meet with crown prince

home pagePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Mossad head Yossi Cohen during a toast for the Jewish New Year on October 2, 2017. (Haim Zach/GPO)In the first visit of its kind, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, where he met with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli and Saudi officials said Monday.Netanyahu was on the ground in Neom, a Red Sea city, for more than three hours for the first known high-level meeting between an Israeli and Saudi leader. He was accompanied by Mossad intelligence chief Yossi...

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German president urges honoring ‘legacy’ of Nuremberg trials on 75th anniversary

German president urges honoring ‘legacy’ of Nuremberg trials on 75th anniversary

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Iran hackers ‘phished’ researcher by posing as Israel’s ex-intel chief — report

Iran hackers ‘phished’ researcher by posing as Israel’s ex-intel chief — report

home pageAmos Yadlin speaks at an IsraPresse event for the French-speaking community at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem, February 22, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)Iranian hackers impersonated the former head of Israeli military intelligence and his assistant to fish for analysis from a researcher at a think tank, Channel 13 news reported on Friday.According to the report, an email was sent on November 1, ostensibly from a Gmail account belonging to Deborah Oppenheimer, Director of External Relations and secretary to Amos Yadlin, head of the Institute for National Security...

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UN panel votes 163-5 in support of Palestinian statehood, end of occupation

UN panel votes 163-5 in support of Palestinian statehood, end of occupation

home pageIn this UN Photo, Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, is shown on video monitors as he makes closing remarks, September 29, 2020, at UN headquarters. (Loey Felipe/UN Photo via AP)NEW YORK — The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to approve a draft resolution in favor of Palestinian self-determination, with Israel and the United States voting against.The proposal on Thursday in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee — the committee that deals with human rights and humanitarian affairs — passed 163 to 5, with 10 abstentions....

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Palestinians mull cutting payments to some terror convicts

Palestinians mull cutting payments to some terror convicts

home pageRelatives of Palestinians held in Israeli jails hold their portraits during a protest to mark "Prisoners Day" in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 7, 2019.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)In an attempt to build new ties with the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden, the Palestinian Authority is considering changing its policy of paying stipends to Palestinian security prisoners, including those convicted of terror attacks.Israel has long sought to clamp down on the practice, which it says constitutes incitement to terrorism. Israeli officials have called it...

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IDF launches airstrikes against Iranian Quds Force in Syria

IDF launches airstrikes against Iranian Quds Force in Syria

home pageSyrian Air defenses respond to alleged Israeli missiles targeting south of the capital Damascus, on July 20, 2020. (AFP)Israeli fighter jets attacked military sites controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Syrian military around Damascus early Wednesday morning in response to explosives troops uncovered on Israel’s border with Syria on Tuesday, the military said.The Syrian state news agency SANA said three soldiers were killed and one was injured in the attack, which targeted sites in southern Syria. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the...

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Palestinians announce renewal of ties with Israel as annexation fears fade

Palestinians announce renewal of ties with Israel as annexation fears fade

home pagePA President Mahmoud Abbas heads a leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 19, 2020. (Alaa Badarneh/Pool via AP)The Palestinian Authority announced Tuesday that it was renewing security and civil ties with Israel, which were severed six months ago amid Israel’s plans for unilateral West Bank annexation, a move that has since been suspended.The shift came days after the US presidential election was won by Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who Ramallah anticipates will prove more empathetic to their cause than President Donald Trump. The PA...

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Israel to send its second-ever astronaut into space

Israel to send its second-ever astronaut into space

home pageIsrael will send an astronaut to space next year, for just the second time in the country’s history, officials announced on Monday at a ceremony at the president’s residence.Eytan Stibbe, a former fighter pilot, is due to take off in late 2021 for a mission of just over a week on the International Space Station.“This is a day of national joy, and great pride,” said President Reuven Rivlin. “An Israeli pilot with a blue-and-white flag embroidered on his shoulder will prove once again, as we have been showing here for 72 years, that even the sky isn’t our limit.”The son of Israel’s...

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Al-Masri’s daughter, also a target, was tapped for top al-Qaeda role – report

Al-Masri’s daughter, also a target, was tapped for top al-Qaeda role – report

home pageComposite: The United States Embassy and other damaged buildings in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, are shown on the day after a terrorist bombing, Aug. 8, 1998. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin, File); Small frame: Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, in an FBI post offering a reward for information on his whereabouts. (Screenshot/fbi.gov)An official in the intelligence community told the Associated Press, in a report published Sunday, that the daughter of a senior al-Qaeda leader killed in Iran earlier this year was also a deliberate target of the operation.The United...

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Israeli agents killed al-Qaeda’s No. 2 on Iran street, at behest of US: NY Times

Israeli agents killed al-Qaeda’s No. 2 on Iran street, at behest of US: NY Times

home pageComposite: The United States Embassy and other damaged buildings in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, are shown on the day after a terrorist bombing, Aug. 8, 1998. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin, File); Small frame: Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, in an FBI post offering a reward for information on his whereabouts. (Screenshot/fbi.gov)Israeli operatives gunned down al-Qaeda’s second-in-command on a Tehran street in August at the behest of the United States, the New York Times reported on Friday.Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who used the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri,...

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New Pentagon adviser said Pompeo, senior officials made rich by ‘Israeli lobby’

New Pentagon adviser said Pompeo, senior officials made rich by ‘Israeli lobby’

home pageRetired army colonel Douglas Macgregor appears on Fox News, January 8, 2020 (Screen grab)A newly appointed senior adviser at the Pentagon has said on at least two occasions that “Israeli lobby” money is responsible for Washington’s support for Jerusalem, and accused high level officials, including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, of becoming “very, very rich” as a result of their support for Israel, Friday.Douglas Macgregor, a retired army colonel, was asked in September 2019 whether then-national security adviser John Bolton and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wanted war with...

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Iran denies Israel killed al-Qaeda’s No. 2 in Tehran: ‘A Hollywood scenario’

Iran denies Israel killed al-Qaeda’s No. 2 in Tehran: ‘A Hollywood scenario’

home pageAbdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, in an FBI post offering a reward for information on his whereabouts. (Screenshot/fbi.gov)Iran said Saturday that a New York Times that al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was secretly killed in Tehran this summer by Israeli agents was based on “made-up information” and denied the presence of any of the group’s members on Iranian soil.Iran’s foes, the United States and Israel, “try to shift the responsibility for the criminal acts of [al-Qaeda] and other terrorist groups in the region and link Iran to such groups with lies and...

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