Monthly Archives: April 2019

UN confirms 3rd Hezbollah tunnel at Lebanon-Israel frontier

United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon have confirmed the existence of a third cross-border tunnel, out of six the IDF said it discovered in the area last year. The force known as UNIFIL said the tunnels violate a cease-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006. It said last week that peacekeepers completed a technical inspection ...

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Netanyahu’s Pre-indictment Hearing Won’t Be Delayed, Israel’s Attorney General Says

The prime minister’s lawyers refuse to collect the massive evidence files until arrears fees are paid, but Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit says the preliminary hearing must take place by July 10 regardless Netanyahu’s pre-indictment must take place by July 10 and cannot be postponed, Israel’s attorney general said Sunday. Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said the preliminary hearing for the ...

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Poland looking to buy gas from Israel, end reliance on Russia

Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG, is “interested” in gas from Israel, says Chief Executive Piotr Wozniak, according to the Reuters news agency. The Polish company is looking to end its reliance on Russia for gas, said the CEO, as cited by the news agency. More than half of the gas sold by state-run PGNiG comes from Russia’s Gazprom based on ...

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Israel Wants Google, Facebook to Pay Hundreds of Millions in Taxes to Plug Deficit

With coalition negotiations getting into full gear now that the Passover holiday is over, Finance Ministry officials will also be gearing up to address the country’s burgeoning budget deficit. One of the possible steps under consideration is looking for new tax revenue from Google and Facebook in connection with their operations in Israel. The Finance Ministry and the Israel Tax Authority plan ...

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Israel frees two Syrian prisoners after return of soldier’s body

Israel has released two Syrian prisoners in what it described as a “goodwill gesture” following the repatriation of the remains of an Israeli soldier who went missing more than 35 years ago. In a statement on Sunday, the Israeli military said the two prisoners were transferred to the International Committee of the Red Cross at the Quneitra crossing on the armistice ...

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Soldiers Have to Shoot at Palestinians. It’s Israel’s Way to Keep Them in Check

The soldiers have no choice but to shoot. They have no choice but to hit demonstrators, stone throwers and paramedics who volunteer during confrontations, to kill and wound those who brandish knives. Surprise that the soldiers fire even at youths who are handcuffed and blindfolded belongs to a different era. It belongs to the 1970s or ‘80s, when we still ...

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Blackwater Founder Erik Prince’s New Company Is Operating In Iraq

Frontier Services Group has not publicly stated it is working in Iraq, but documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show it was registered there last year. HONG KONG — A Hong Kong–based security and logistics company founded by Erik Prince is working in the south of Iraq, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. Prince, a former Navy SEAL and the ...

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Joe Biden and the Iraq War: It’s Complicated

As Joe Biden joins the far-too-wide 2020 Democratic field, various media outlets have published stories noting that his 2002 vote in the Senate for a resolution that granted President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq could come to haunt his campaign. After all, during the 2008 Democratic primary, Barack Obama effectively cited Hillary Clinton’s vote for that measure, ...

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Iraq: Yazidis to accept children of IS rape into community

IRBIL, Iraq: The children of Yazidi women raped by Islamic State men will be welcomed into the minority faith, a community leader said Thursday, allowing women taken as slaves by the militant group to return to Iraq from Syria. Eido Baba Sheikh, son of the Yazidi spiritual leader Baba Sheikh, said the children of the formerly enslaved women will be ...

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Iraq to investigate 1 officer killed, 2 wounded amid coalition air strikes

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraq’s Joint Operations Command announced on Friday it will open “an investigation commission” after two Federal Police were wounded and one killed while the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition conducted activities around Kirkuk province. Iraqi Interior Minister Aqeel Mahmoud al-Khazali confirmed in a Facebook post that the investigation will take place, following the casualties to the 11th Brigade of the Federal ...

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