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Iran

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A military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened on state television that Iran, with help from Hezbollah, could destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, Agence France-Press (AFP) reported today. The Shiite militia has more than 80,000 rockets ready to fire at Tel Aviv and Haifa, said General Yahya Rahim...

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Diplomacy

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The sanctions relief accompanying a potential nuclear deal with Iran will result in significant financial benefits to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to research published Wednesday in The National Interest. The study is by Emanuele Ottolenghi and Saeed Ghasseminejad, respectively a senior fellow and an...

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Israel

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The global science community is looking to Rehovot, where a team of Israeli scientists at the Weizmann Institute managed to grow lymphatic cells in the lab for the first time ever. For over a century, scientists have debated the origins of the lymphatic system—a parallel system to the blood vessels...

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Human Rights

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FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, will investigate the arrests of a team of BBC reporters by Qatari authorities, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The controversy surrounding FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar is showing no sign of letting up, but now at least, the...

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Diplomacy

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The United States Department of Defense approved a massive $1.9 billion arms deal with Israel, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday. The deal would add “thousands of bombs, air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles” to Israel’s arsenal for self-defense needs. The deal still requires Congressional approval. The details of the possible sale were...

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Diplomacy

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that Iran is demanding 24 days notice before international inspections of suspected nuclear sites, Reuters reported Wednesday. When asked whether there had been some progress since April, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who has been perceived as the most demanding in the talks, said the negotiations...

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Israel

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Shortly before he died Tuesday, scholar Robert Wistrich, the world’s leading authority on anti-Semitism, sent a column to The Jerusalem Post, which was published yesterday. In the column, Wistrich made seven observations about the current nature of anti-Semitism. Among his observations were that the anti-Semitism of the far Right is less...

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Diplomacy

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The United States has a strategic interest in ending the ban on exporting crude oil, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley wrote in an op-ed (Google link) in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. Panetta and Hadley explained that the law banning the export of American...

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Europe

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Professor Rivka Carmi, President of Ben-Gurion University, is set to be honored by Queen Elizabeth II for her work in deepening scientific and academic relations between the UK and Israel. Carmi, the first woman to serve as president of an Israeli university, will receive the honorary title Commander of the Most Excellent...

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Diplomacy

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly ruled out international inspections of military sites or interviews with nuclear scientists, two measures that would be necessary for a deal to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Reuters reported today: The comments, broadcast live on state TV, were the latest in a...

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