US planning Mideast peace summit next month

The United States is working to convene a Middle East peace summit in the next few weeks, a senior Emirati diplomat told Israel Hayom Monday. The Emirati official said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's five-day visit to the Middle East and Africa, which began in Jerusalem, is part of Washington's effort to lay the groundwork for the peace summit. Sources familiar with the issue said that the summit is to take place in one of the Persian Gulf sheikdoms, adding that the US is trying to secure the participation of Bahrain, Oman, Morocco, Sudan, and Chad, alongside Israel and the UAE. The diplomat added that prior to and during Pompeo's visit to Israel, Palestinian officials were invited

Luftwaffe, Israeli Air Force conduct first joint exercise in Germany

On Thursday, 75 years after the end of the Holocaust, in which Nazi Germany murdered 6 million European Jews, Germany welcomed military aircraft from Israel into its airspace in the first joint combat exercises in German territory. Both air forces praised the intensive cooperation between the two countries. “It was very emotional for us when, one after the other, the first Israeli jets arrived here in German airspace,” a spokesman for the German Luftwaffe told the German news agency dpa. A pilot from Israel, left, and a pilot from Germany, right, pose in front of a Eurofighter at an airbase in Noervenich, Germany, August 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Germany welcomed military aircraft

Can Israel’s symbolic victory turn Khartoum's famous ‘no’s’ into a ‘yes’?

Following last Thursday's announcement of a pending US-brokered agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the stage appears to be set for a new era of Israeli relations with the Arab world with the most recent possibility being a Sudan-Israel peace deal. An agreement with Sudan would be particularly significant because for the last 53 years, Sudan’s capital of Khartoum has been linked with the Palestinian and Arab world’s obstinate rejection of the Jewish state. It was there, in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, that the Arab League met to denounce Israel. It issued what has become known as the three noes of Khartoum. These were: no to recognition of Israel, no to negotiati

Palestinians fume over Israel-UAE deal

Palestinians - who the world expects Israel to be able to make peace with - demonstrate once again that they are not for peace. Palestinians from across the political spectrum on Thursday strongly condemned the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, dubbing it a betrayal of Arabs and Palestinians. Many Palestinians and Arabs took to social media to express outrage over the agreement, with some calling it a “new nakba,” or catastrophe. They also used a variety of pejoratives against the Gulf state and its leaders, including the “United Zionist Emirate” and “dogs” and “traitors.” Others referred to the announcement as a “black Thursday for Arabs and Palestinians.”

Contagion of scapegoating spreads from higher education into the streets

Any hope that the ongoing campaign to isolate Jews from mainstream society in the United States was going to slow down as a result of campus shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was shattered in Boston on the first day of July. That’s when approximately 300 radical leftists paraded through the cradle of liberty and shouted ugly epithets at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), two progressive organizations which in a reasonable world would be regarded as allies by every decent liberal in the metro-Boston area. Any hope that the ongoing campaign to isolate Jews from mainstream society in the United States was going to slow down as a result of

Antisemitism Is ‘Front and Center’ in Reactions to Coronavirus Pandemic, Expert Says

The global Jewish community is facing rising antisemitism due to the coronavirus pandemic, a senior Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says. During a recent webinar titled “Anti-Semitism: Combating the Other Global Pandemic,” hosted by the American Society of the University of Haifa, ADL Senior Vice President of International Affairs, Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian, said, “As a vulnerable minority, Jews feel sensitive to the rise of conspiracy theories — particularly in non-democratic governments which use scapegoating of minorities, and especially Jews, to deflect from their own failures.” The global Jewish community is facing rising antisemitism due to the coronavirus pandemic, a senior Anti-Defamation

Israel’s unique methods against the Iranian threat

The brilliance in Israel’s alleged reactions lay in how they have managed to face Iran on a number of fronts: in Iran, in Syria and in Lebanon. Each one of them is a unique peril in and of itself, but together they comprise the big Iranian threat. Instead of applying a blanket rule for combating Iran, the Israelis broke down its military campaign into smaller components and used its flexibility and creativity to address each one in a unique form. For the better part of the 21st century, Israel has been trying to circumvent Iran’s regional ambitions in the Middle East to become a nuclear state and spread its military power to neighboring countries. By exploiting the disarray in Syria, Iran ro

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