Iran and Russia to Hold Joint Naval Maneuvers



Headlines from Jerusalem, 29 April 2019

“Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’” Isaiah 46:9-10


Palestinian Christian Village Attacked by Fatah-linked Mob

Residents of the predominantly Christian village of Jifna, north of Ramallah in an area of the West Bank administered by the Palestinian Authority, were attacked  late Sunday following a personal dispute between a female resident of the village and the son of an individual tied to the Fatah faction, which dominates the PA. The woman reportedly filed a complaint with the PA police after she said she and her children were assaulted while driving through the village, leading to an apparent revenge attack on the entire village by a mob led by the father of the accused and including several men with weapons.


Iran and Russia to Hold Joint Naval Maneuvers

Reports emerged in Iranian media Monday that Russian and Iranian warships will soon be engaged in joint maneuvers in the Persian Gulf, perhaps in reaction to a recent US naval deployment in the eastern Mediterranean. The move is the latest indication of increasingly close military and diplomatic ties between Moscow and Teheran, and also comes a day after the Chief of Staff of the Iranian armed forces threatened a kinetic response to economic sanctions, saying “if our oil does not pass, the oil of others shall not pass the Strait of Hormuz either.”

NYT Heavily Criticized for Anti-Semitic Cartoon

A political cartoon published in the international edition of the New York Timesdepicting a blind US President Donald Trump being led by a seeing-eye-dog with a Star of David attached to its collar and a face meant to resemble Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been roundly condemned across the political spectrum, with some even casting partial blame on the cartoon for the deadly shooting attack Saturday on a synagogue in San Diego. The New York Times issued an apology for the cartoon following the uproar but many Jewish organizations rejected the apology as being inadequate.

PA Looking to Derail ‘Deal of the Century’

The Palestinian Authority is urging their rivals in the Islamist terror militia Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, to join with them in efforts to pre-emptively de-railing the so-called “deal of the century” plan soon to be unveiled by the Trump Administration in the US to settle the decades-long dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. “We will launch an international campaign to foil Trump’s deal of the century,” a PLO official in Ramallah told the Jerusalem Postover the weekend. “We want the world to know that this is a dangerous conspiracy to liquidate our cause and national rights.”

Likud Officials Holding Coalition Talks

Negotiations aimed at forming a governing coalition following recent elections for the 21st Knesset were ongoing Monday, following Sunday’s meetings between officials for the Likud party led by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) factions Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) which have both said they are unwilling to compromise on key demands. The Yisrael Beytenu faction led by Avigdor Lieberman has demands which are diametrically opposed to those of the haredi factions and both he and they have said they’d be willing to go to new elections rather than compromise.


Iran Must Demonize Its Enemies to Justify Itself
Dr. Doron Itzchakov, BESA

The consolidation of revolutionary regimes through demonization of ideological and political foes is a common practice, and the Islamic Republic of Iran has been no exception to this rule. Indeed, the Islamist regime’s intense preoccupation with constructing a negative image of its adversaries has become one of its foremost defining features.


CSIS Video Report – Iran’s IRGC Quds Force

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force controls sub-state Shia militias all over the Middle East. CSIS’s Seth Jones and Joe Bermudez explain how Iran trains and deploys these proxy forces to expand their regional influence.


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Today’s news was written and compiled by Aaron Hecht.

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