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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked President Donald Trump during their meeting in the White House on Wednesday for the U.S. government to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981. Trump’s approval of Netanyahu’s request would...

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Former Huffington Post reporter Hunter Stuart grew up believing that “that Israel is unjustly bullying the Palestinians,” but changed his views about the conflict when he moved to Jerusalem in 2015 to report from there, he wrote in this week’s issue of The Jerusalem Report. His views didn’t change right away. “I believe...

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Diplomacy

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Trump, Netanyahu Rethinking Peace Proposals President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s joint White House press conference on Wednesday, in which the two leaders hinted at a “regional approach” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that may or may not include a two-state solution, spurred observers to carefully parse their words in...

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Hamas on Friday rejected an offer by Israel’s defense minister to turn the Gaza Strip “into the Singapore of the Middle East” by creating jobs and building infrastructure. Mahmoud al-Zahar, a spokesperson for the terrorist group, said that if Gaza sought to be like Singapore, it would have already been done, Israeli media reported. Israeli...

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MidEast

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Iran has sent “game-changing” weapons to its proxy group Hezbollah, which has been actively building tunnels and fortifications along Lebanon’s border with Israel, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported Wednesday, citing Lebanese media. Ibrahim al-Amin, chairman of the pro-Hezbollah newspaper Al-Akhbar, wrote in an editorial on January 24 that “a...

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Palestinian Affairs

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Fatah has chosen a deputy leader for the first time in its history amid a protracted debate over the party’s leadership succession. On Wednesday, the Fatah Central Committee voted 67-year-old Mahmoud Al-Aloul, also known as Abu Jihad, as deputy leader of the party. Al-Aloul was head of Fatah’s armed wing...

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The morning after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first official meeting with President Donald Trump, multiple headlines proclaimed Feb. 16 that the two-state solution—whereby an independent, sovereign Palestinian state would be created alongside the state of Israel within agreed and final borders—was, if not quite dead, fast approaching death’s door....

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The Indian Space Research Organization, the country’s national space agency, set a record on Wednesday by launching 104 satellites from a single rocket—with two Israeli-built research nanosatellites among them. One of them is the BGUSAT, Israeli academia’s first nanosatellite. It measures just 10x10x30 centimeters (a little bit larger than a milk...

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MidEast

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The chief of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah on Thursday threatened to attack Israel’s nuclear reactor in the southern city of Dimona. “I call upon the Israelis not only to evacuate the ammonia tank from Haifa, but also to dismantle [the] Dimona nuclear facility,” Hassan Nasrallah said. “The Israeli nuclear...

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In assessing Wednesday’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s former national security advisor said that wider and more open rapprochement between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors was a “realistic” prospect, even if not a guarantee. Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror recalled...

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