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IDF head: Israelis and Palestinians need to give up dreams of getting rid of each other.
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Israeli Air Force strikes in Syria are getting bolder – targeting Iranian military installations in the country. Will Israeli actions provoke an all-out conflict in the Middle East? We talk to Lieutenant-General Benjamin Gantz, the 20th Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces.

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Merkel to battle to save the Iran nuclear deal and get Trump to back off imposing trade tariffs on EU countries as she visits the White House today

  • Merkel's visit to White House comes after French President Emmanuel Macron
  • She will be battling with President Trump, to try and save the Iran nuclear deal
  • Relations between the two world leaders are already considered to be difficult


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If Iran would attack Tel Aviv, Israel will attack Tehran - TV7 Israel News 27.04.18
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Today's top stories 27.04.18;

1) Israel accuses Iran of recruiting over 80,000 militants in Syria for an ultimate goal of confronting the Jewish state – an allegation the Islamic Republic vehemently denied.
2) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warns the Islamic Republic that if it would attack Tel Aviv, Israel will attack Tehran.
3) A rare storm battered Israel during the past two days, leaving more than a dozen dead and many others injured.
 

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'If we can't fix it, he's going to withdraw': Pompeo tells Israelis that Trump will pull out of Iran nuclear agreement if it's not renegotiated

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Israelis on Sunday that the Iran nuclear deal is in dire need of renegotiation
  • Told Benjamin Netanyahu that if it's not fixed Trump is 'going to withdraw' entirely from the deal that's supposed to keep Iran's nuclear ambitions in check
  • Trump has a May 12 deadline to decide whether or not to pull out of the arrangement agreed to by the Obama administration
  • Netanyahu said that Iran's 'quest for a nuclear bomb must be stopped, its aggression must be stopped and we're committed to stopping it together'
  • Pompeo downplayed the idea that invalidating America's part of the Iran bargain will make it harder to engage in similar negotiations with North Korea


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'Enemy rockets' hit Syrian bases causing blasts so huge they register as a 2.6-magnitude earthquake

  • Syrian army said rockets struck several military bases in Hama and Aleppo area
  • In a news flash, state television said the missile attacks took place at 10.30pm
  • European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre recorded 2.60-magnitude quake


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EVIDENCE They're Lying about the Syrian Gas Attacks
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Published on Apr 29, 2018
Definitive evidence that the U.S. and its allies are lying about the supposed chemical attacks in Syria.
 

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Pompeo Confirms US to Withdraw from Iran Deal Unless It Is Fixed
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Published on Apr 30, 2018
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told allies in the Middle East and Europe that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, unless it can be fixed. Pompeo began his first official foreign trip just hours after he was sworn in on Thursday. After attending a NATO meeting in Brussels, he headed for high-level talks in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Iran brands Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu an 'infamous liar' after he claimed Tehran still has a top secret nuclear weapons program and is developing an A-bomb

  • Israeli leader claims files show Iran covered up a nuclear weapons programme
  • But Iran has since hit back, describing Netanyahu as a 'broke and infamous liar'
  • Netanyahu claimed intelligence shows Iran covered up its nuclear ambitions
  • He also encouraged Donald Trump to withdraw from 2015 nuclear deal with Iran


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ISRAEL IS STOMPING ON IRAN — AND IT COULD BRING ONE OF THE WORST WARS THE MIDDLE EAST HAS EVER SEEN
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Published on May 1, 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said Israeli intelligence had obtained a trove of "secret" documents outlining a clandestine Iranian nuclear program, and he accused Tehran of cheating on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Experts say a strike in Syria on Sunday that is believed to have killed Iranians was most likely carried out by Israel in a marked escalation of military conflict.
Israel appears to have been punishing Iran and walking all over Syria as the US expresses support for Jerusalem.
The result, experts say, could be a massive war breaking out across a region already ravaged by conflict.

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Netanyahu's Iran Nuke Show: Should We Believe Him?
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a dramatic presentation yesterday where he claimed to produce new and shocking evidence that Iran was violating the nuclear treaty and continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons. But much of his "evidence" is actually old evidence from before the 2007 CIA's National Intelligence Estimate that Iran was no longer pursuing a nuclear weapon. Is Bibi bluffing us?
 

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It was a 'simple typo' says White House of claim it made in a statement that Iran 'has a robust clandestine nuclear weapons program'

  • Israel revealed a cache of stolen documents proving Tehran has been pursuing nukes while telling the West its plans were on hold
  • The White House said in its initial statement that Iran 'has a robust clandestine nuclear weapons program' only to make a correction later
  • Correction was made quietly and offered only to reporters who asked; new statement is what appears on the White House website now
  • President Trump bragged Monday that new revelations about a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program show he has been right all along
  • Trump has a May 12 deadline to decide whether or not to pull out of the arrangement, which is supposed to keep Iran's nuclear ambitions in check
  • President warned Monday that as it is, Iran would be allowed to legitimately build WMDs in 2025: 'Seven years is tomorrow'


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Iran is ordered to pay $6BILLION in damages to families of victims of 9/11 after a federal judge found the Islamic Republic aided the attacks and provided material support to Al -Qaeda

  • Iran has been ordered to pay $6billion in damages to families of victims of 9/11
  • The federal court found evidence that Iran provided material support to al Qaeda
  • Iran has kept quiet about the lawsuit and it's unlikely they will ever pay
  • Families to the 9/11 victims announced plans this month plans to take steps in a broader court case against Saudi Arabia


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Dealing in Lies? Israel appears on charm offensive for Trump to scrap Iran deal
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be on an offensive to convince Donald Trump to scrap the current nuclear deal with Iran. That's after he claimed, using a Power Point presentation, that Tehran had lied over its programme. Netanyahu's bid to persuade the world comes just days before America's president looks set to walk away from the deal.
 

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No evidence of nuclear weaponry in Iran since 2009 - IAEA
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Russia's Foreign Minister has told Israel that if it has evidence that Iran broke the 2015 nuclear deal, it must relay it to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Sergey Lavrov's comments come after Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Tehran repeatedly misled the international community over its uranium-enrichment programme.
 

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John Kerry 'secretly met with top Iranian official in clandestine diplomatic push to undermine Trump and salvage nuclear deal'

  • Kerry reportedly met with Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif two weeks ago at UN
  • He is working to salvage the nuclear deal with Iran that he helped Obama craft
  • Former secretary of state has been in whirlwind of meetings with EU officials too
  • Trump is threatening to reimpose sanction on Iran on the deal's May 12 deadline


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Iran President Hassan Rouhani warns the US would regret it 'like never before' if Trump quits nuclear deal

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the US on Sunday that there would be 'historic remorse' if they quit a nuclear deal
  • President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12
  • Trump has demanded his country's European allies 'fix the terrible flaws' or he will re-impose sanctions
  • Rouhani said if the US quits the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers then Washington would regret it 'like never before'


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Iran Says New Sanctions Would Not Stifle its Oil Industry
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By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA, May 7 (Reuters) – The Iranian oil industry will continue to develop even if the United States pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, and Tehran would see the accord as operational as long as it can sell oil, the Oil Ministry’s news service quoted senior officials as saying on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the Iran deal by not extending sanctions waivers when they expire on May 12 unless European signatories of the accord fix what he calls its “flaws.”

“They cannot stop Iran. Our oil industry’s development will continue even if new sanctions are imposed on Iran,” SHANA quoted Gholamreza Manouchehri, deputy head of the National Iranian Oil Company, as saying on its website.

Sanctions imposed on Iran in early 2012 by the United States and European Union over its nuclear program cut Iran’s crude exports from a peak of 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) before the sanctions to a little more than 1 million bpd.

But Iran re-emerged as a major oil exporter in January 2016 when international sanctions were suspended in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Manouchehri said Iran planned to finalize seven upstream contracts worth around $40 billion with foreign investors, SHANA reported.

“These contracts will be finalized under the current challenging circumstances by mid-Iranian year (October) … This planning has been made with the assumption of delayed presence of Western companies,” he added.

Major European companies, partly fearing harsh penalties because of the remaining U.S. sanctions on Iran, have been reluctant to do business with Tehran, which needs to attract over $100 billion in foreign investment to boost its crude output.

France’s Total became the first Western energy firm to sign a deal with Iran after the easing of international sanctions in 2016, agreeing to develop Phase 11 of the South Pars offshore gas field with a total investment of $5 billion.


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Deputy Oil Minister Amirhossein Zamaninia also said that Iran considered the deal alive “if we can continue to sell our oil and its products,” even if the United States pulls out.

“Also, we should be able to maintain Iran’s oil market, receive our oil money and secure foreign investment in our oil industry,” he added.
Iran says it aims to raise its crude oil production capacity to 4.7 million bpd within the next four years, though exports might be disrupted if Trump refuses to renew Iran’s sanctions waivers next week.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and several other producers began to reduce oil output in January 2017 in an attempt to erase a supply glut and prop up prices. They have extended the pact until December 2018, and meet in June to review policy.

“We back OPEC’s decisions under normal circumstances … But Iran always gives priority to its own interests … whoever produces more oil has more power in the market,” Zamaninia said.

Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has shown a willingness to keep tightening crude markets.

The world’s largest crude exporter has consistently opposed Iran’s nuclear deal, fearing that it will strengthen Iran economically and allow it to increase funding for proxy conflicts in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

“Saudi officials want to limit Iran’s oil market … This is a fight over controlling the crude market,” Zamaninia said.

Saleh Hendi, head of the NIOC’s exploration organization, said 14 exploration blocks were also scheduled to be tendered in July.

“Of the 14 exploration blocks, six blocks, for which development agreements will be signed, are expected to be attractive to foreign investors,” Hendi said.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Washington and Tehran on edge as they wait for Trump to say whether the U.S. will pull out of the Obama-era nuclear bargain he called 'insane' and 'the worst deal ever'

  • Trump is threatening to reimpose sanctions on Iran on the deal's May 12 deadline
  • Will make an announcement today at the White House on what he will do
  • Trump is expected to say he'll pull the U.S. out of the agreement
  • Has been blasting the deal and former secretary of state John Kerry, who helped to negotiate the agreement, in tweets this week
  • External sanctions on companies that do business with Iran would hurt Europe


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BREAKING NEWS: Trump pulls U.S. OUT of Iran nuclear deal calling it 'disastrous' and accuses Iranian regime of LYING to pursue the bomb

  • Donald Trump said today that he will reimpose sanctions on Iran and punish any country that helps in its pursuit of obtaining nuclear weapons
  • 'America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail,' he said in remarks from the Diplomatic Reception room of the White House
  • He faced a May 12 deadline to decide what to do with the 2015 pact he said he'd extract the U.S. from as a candidate
  • External sanctions on companies that do business with Iran would hurt Europe
  • The United States' Euoprean allies were begging Trump in the lead-up to the announcement to stay in the pact
  • Trump's new secretary of state was not on hand Tuesday -- the presidnet said during his remarks that Mike Pompeo was an hour out from North Korea


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Israel kills nine Iranian troops in Syria with missile strike just moments after Trump rips up nuclear deal as Israelis order bomb shelters to open after 'irregular' military activity detected on its border

  • Video shows Israeli missile strikes hitting Iran base in Syrian capital Damascus
  • Monitors said at least nine pro-Assad Iranian troops were killed in the attack
  • Violence came within an hour after Trump announced US pulling out nuke deal
  • Israel said it spotted 'irregular activity of Iranian forces' after Trump's speech
  • Army announced it was preparing 'troops for an attack' and deployed air defense
  • Officials in Israeli-held Golan Heights were told 'unlock and ready the shelters'


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Defiant Iranian leader says country will enrich even MORE uranium after Trump blows up nuclear deal

  • Iran's President Rouhani made the statement within minutes of President Trump's announcement he is pulling the U.S. out of the Iran deal
  • The deal imposed strict limits on Iran's uranium enrichment
  • Storing up more material could put Iran back on a path to having enough material for a nuclear weapon
  • But its activities would be limited by the deal it is still a party to
  • Three European leaders released a statement saying they will remain in the Iran deal, which involved Iran and six signatories
  • Rouhani said he was sending Iran's foreign minister to meet with powers still in the deal


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Trump announces capture of five 'most wanted' ISIS terrorists who were lured from Syria to Iraq with fake Telegram app messages - including top aide to 'caliphate' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

  • President Trump tweeted that five top ISIS leaders had been captured
  • Iraqi agents took one of them in February – Ismail al-Eithawi, a top lieutenant to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • They used Eithawi's cell phone to reach four of his top commanders with the Telegram messaging app and lure them into a trap
  • The ISIS terror army was created in 2012 as an al-Qaeda offshoot, re-branded from the previous group known as 'al-Qaeda in Iraq'
  • ISIS was the most aggressive and effective rebel force in Syria before the U.S. and other Western nations started pushing back with vigor


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Fightback: Footage shows Israeli missiles destroying Iranian military targets in Syria after Netanyahu told Tehran they 'crossed a red line' when they shelled the Golan Heights

  • Israel claims Iranian forces in Syria fired 20 rockets into Israeli-occupied Golan Heights early on Thursday
  • The Israeli military said its Iron Dome defence system intercepted some of the incoming projectiles
  • Israel responded by shelling what they claim to be Iranian positions in the Syria and Damascus
  • The exchange of fire came after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal
  • Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blasted Trump and called his withdrawal 'foul play'
  • Reinstating U.S. sanctions on Iran, world's fifth largest oil producer, could lead to increase in oil prices


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Trump claims Iran's military budget has gone up 40 per cent since Obama's nuclear deal and says it's proof they weren't being honest

  • Trump made the claim in a tweet on Saturday, calling the nuclear deal 'a big lie'
  • Claim is somewhat exaggerated; Iran's spending increased 30% since 2015 deal
  • Trump announced on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from Iran nuclear deal


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Tensions between the US and Pakistan at risk of becoming a 'full-blown crisis' after an American diplomat is barred from leaving Islamabad for running over and killing a motorcyclist

  • Officials said Saturday that a plane carrying U.S. military attache Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall out of Pakistan returned after failing to get clearance
  • A senior Pakistani Intelligence official later told The New York Times that Hall was questioned by police in Islamabad
  • Hall is accused of running a red light and killing Ateeq Baig on April 7
  • Since President Donald Trump took office last January, US-Pakistan relations have soured considerably
  • The father of man killed in the accident, Idris Baig, said in a recent interview that Col. Hall must face justice in Pakistan


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Iran Sanctions Fallout: China Set To Replace Total In Giant Iran Gas Project, As Beijing Launches New Iran Train Route


by Tyler Durden
Sun, 05/13/2018 - 16:58


Last week, when commenting on the world's response to Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, we said that while Europe still remains in no-man's land - after all Putin still remains the biggest supplier of Europe's energy needs, especially in the winter, Trump's decision to withdraw has officially pitted the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia against not only both Russia, but also China, whose interests in the region were until now, mostly dormant. And, as a next step, we said that "we now look forward to China deploying troops and military equipment to Syria and Iran as the inevitable next step in this escalating global proxy war."

But first, China will deploy a far more nuanced Iranian invasion force consisting of... its mega corporations.

According to Iran's PressTV, China’s state-owned CNPC - the world's third largest oil and gas company by revenue behind Saudi Aramco and the National Iranian Oil Company - is set to take over a leading role held by Total in a huge gas project in Iran should the French energy giant decide to quit amid US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.



China’s state-owned CNPC is set to take over a leading role held by Total in a huge gas project in Iran in case the French energy giant decides to quit amid US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.


Industry sources quoted by Reuters siad that while it was not clear if CNPC had received approvals from Beijing to take over from Total, they said chances that the move could strain relations between the US and China were already high.

"The possibility of Total's pullout is quite high now, and in that scenario CNPC will be ready to take it over fully," Reuters quoted a senior state oil official with knowledge of the contract as saying. The news wire also quoted an executive with direct knowledge of the project as adding that planning began "the day the investment was approved."

"CNPC foresaw a high probability of a reimposition of (US) sanctions," the executive said.

Last December, Reuters reported that CNPC had already started talks with Iran over replacing Total in South Pars. Under the alleged terms of the agreement to develop Phase 11 of South Pars, CNPC could take over Total's 50.1% stake and become operator of the project. CNPC already holds a 30% stake in the field, while Iranian national oil company subsidiary Petropars holds the remaining 19.9%. So far, Reuters said, the Chinese oil giant, which already operates two oil fields in Iran, has spent about $20 million on planning to develop the field.

Meanwhile, the question is what Total will end up doing: a source "close to Total" was quoted as saying that the French company was analyzing the impact of new sanctions and whether it could get a waiver that would allow it to keep its stake. That however may prove extremely problematic following the threat earlier today by Trump's new National Security Advisor, John Bolton, that EU firms would face US sanctions if they continued to work with the Iranian government.

And if Total calls it quits, China is already prepared to swoop in: according to PressTV, CNPC will use its banking unit Bank of Kunlun as a funding and clearing vehicle if it takes over operation of South Pars; the bank was used to settle tens of billions of dollars worth of oil imports during the UN sanctions against Tehran between 2012 and 2015, and is thus well-equipped to skirt US sanctions.

Sure enough, the US Treasury sanctioned Kunlun in 2012 for conducting business with Iran, however since most of the bank's settlements during that time were in euros and Chinese renminbi, there was little it could do in terms of credible punishment.

If CNPC goes ahead, it would also likely have to develop crucial equipment, such as large-powered compressors needed for developing gas deposits on this scale, on its own. And since leading manufacturers like U.S. firm GE and Germany's Siemens could be barred from supplying to Iran under US sanctions, it means even more Chinese companies will find willing demand for their services in Iran.

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And just to make sure that trade relations between China and Iran only accelerate, China on Thursday launched a freight train service that connects its northern regions to Iran’s capital Tehran in what could be a major connectivity project of vital importance to the flow of trade between the two countries.

The freight train service would take cargoes from Bayannur in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to Tehran, PressTV reported. China sent an inaugural train toward Iran carrying 1,150 tonnes of sunflower seeds. It would travel a distance of around 8,000 kilometers through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan and would arrive in Iran within two weeks.



China has launched a new freight train service from its northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to Iran’s capital Tehran.

The new train route will shorten transportation time by at least 20 days compared with ocean shipping, according to a report by Xinhua news agency.

Establishing new train routes toward the Islamic Republic is accordingly seen as a gesture by Beijing that it wants to maintain trade with its biggest trade partner even when the sanctions are put into effect.

While the United States is now urging foreign companies to wind down their operations in Iran, China appears to be doing the opposite,” wrote the Washington Post in an analysis. And for once, the WaPo was spot on, even without assistance from FBI or NSA leaks.

“Thursday’s launch of a freight train connection was only the latest measure that Beijing has taken to intensify trade relations with Iran, and there seem to be no plans so far to give in to US demands.”

In February 2017, China also launched a long-distance train service that would take cargoes from its east to Iran through a route of above 10,000 kilometers - what could be one of the world's longest rail routes.

Iranian officials have indicated that the ultimate aim is to extend the rail route to Europe, positioning Iran on a key stretch to the continent, the Guardian wrote in an analysis on the development. These are seen as part of China’s efforts to revive the ancient Silk Road – a trans-Asian trade route that connected the east to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.


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Ivanka and Jared embrace Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu after touching down in Jerusalem for the opening of controversial new US Embassy, amid tensions in Gaza and a no-show from major European states

  • Ivanka and Jared landed in Israel Sunday morning ahead of US Embassy opening
  • The White House advisers attended a reception ceremony Sunday evening
  • Photos showed Ivanka and Jared embracing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
  • Attending the Foreign Ministry gathering were representatives from Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic, but none from western European Union states
  • Meanwhile, Palestinians readied for their own protests on Monday over the embassy's inauguration, including another mass demonstration in the Gaza Strip


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Ivanka and Jared are blessed in Jerusalem by Israel's Chief Rabbi who once compared black people to monkeys ahead of controversial embassy opening

  • White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly received a blessing from a rabbi who previously compared black people to monkeys
  • They received a blessing from Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
  • Yosef is one of the two chief rabbis in Israel and used the word 'kushi'—a biblical term now considered derogatory for black people
  • Kushner and Trump are in Jerusalem for the opening of the new U.S. Embassy


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US prepares to open new embassy in Jerusalem today as Israeli snipers ready themselves to face Palestinian protests following Al-Qaeda calls for jihad

  • US moving embassy from Tel Aviv today after Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December
  • Huge protests are expected near the Gaza border and clashes have already been reported this morning
  • Israeli snipers sent in after army warned Gaza residents they will be risking their lives if they approach border
  • Comes after al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri called for group's followers to carry out jihad against the US


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'He's a religious bigot': Mitt Romney leads criticism of baptist minister giving the prayer that will open the US Embassy in Jerusalem in front of Jared and Ivanka despite him saying 'you can't be saved by being a Jew'

  • Robert Jeffress, a Dallas-based Southern Baptist pastor, will deliver the prayer to open the new US embassy in Jerusalem
  • Jeffress has made offensive remarks in the past about Jews, Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, and Buddhists
  • Mitt Romney, the former GOP presidential nominee, blasted Jeffress as a 'religious bigot'
  • White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly received a blessing from a rabbi who previously compared black people to monkeys
  • Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef is one of the two chief rabbis in Israel and used the word 'kushi'—a biblical term now considered derogatory for black people


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REALIST NEWS - IRAN THREATENS TO EXPOSE US DIPLOMATS WHO TOOK BRIBES
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Israeli snipers kill Palestinians and more than 900 are injured as over 35,000 protesters rally against today's US embassy opening in Jerusalem following Al-Qaeda call for jihad

  • US moving embassy from Tel Aviv today after Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December
  • Israeli snipers have killed protesters near the Gaza border with hundreds more injured amid embassy protests
  • Mass protests taking place with Gaza residents warned they will be risking their lives if they approach border
  • Comes after al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri called for group's followers to carry out jihad against the US
  • Russia says embassy move risks increasing Middle East tension as Turkey says US is now 'part of the problem'
  • The Arab League is planning to hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss America's 'illegal' embassy move
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT


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Turkish Bulk Bulker Carrying Wheat Hit By Missile Off Yemen – Damage Photos
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The 52, 376 dwt, Turkish-flagged bulk carrier MV Ince Inebolu. Photo: MarineTraffic.com / Yevgeniy B

By Cagan Koc, Isis Almeida and Anatoly Medetsky (Bloomberg) — A ship carrying Russian wheat to Yemen was hit by a missile last week near its destination, highlighting the risk of supplying a market that’s embroiled in a conflict.

The missile exploded Thursday inside the hold of the Ince Inebolu, which was carrying about 50,000 metric tons of wheat and anchored 70 miles (113 kilometers) off the coast of Yemen, according to Istanbul-based Ince Shipping Group, the vessel owner. The captain reported no casualties and the wheat wasn’t damaged. It’s unclear who fired the missile.

Ince Shipping said the ship was ordered by a Saudi naval vessel to head to the Saudi port of Jizan following the attack, and it’s currently outside the Red Sea port, ship-tracking data on Bloomberg show. Yemen’s Fahem Group is the buyer of the Russian cargo, Ince said.



Photo from the Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation purportedly showing damage to the Ince Inebulo. Photo: Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation



Photo: Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation


Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting rebels, was the seventh-biggest buyer of Russian wheat in February, according to the Moscow-based National Association of Exporters of Agriculture Products. The Middle Eastern country accounted for about 4 percent of Russia’s 3.2 million tons of wheat exports that month.

The Ince Inebolu vessel was carrying grain from the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, according to Ince Shipping. The company isn’t sure when the grain can now be delivered, and the cargo needs to unloaded before the ship can be taken for repairs, it said.

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Jane's - Threat Intelligence
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This case study based around an airstrike on the Syrian Scientific Studies Research Centre near Masyaf in September 2017, demonstrates how fusing Jane's OSINT, GEOINT and IMINT enables you to increase your situational awareness.

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White House omits Jared Kushner's comments that Gaza protesters are 'part of the problem' from official transcript of his speech after more than 50 were killed by Israeli security forces

  • Jared Kushner hit out at the Palestinian protesters during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem
  • Specifically touched on the protests occurring Monday, in which 52 were killed and 2,400 were injured
  • Kushner went on to say that 'those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution'
  • But his remarks were omitted when the White House released a transcript of his speech on Monday afternoon
  • Israeli snipers have killed scores of protesters near the Gaza border with more than two thousand injured
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT


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It's tough to come down on the side of Israel when they constantly do this kind of shit