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Egypt terminates natural gas deal with Israel

Related: Blast hits Egypt pipeline carrying gas to Israel


Egypt’s energy companies have terminated a long-term deal to supply Israel with gas after the cross-border pipeline sustained months of sabotage since a revolt last year, a stakeholder in the deal said on Sunday. Full Report →


Israeli TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near

Fighter jet at the Uvda Air Force Base near Eilat. (photo credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

The Times of Israel…

A major Israel TV station on Sunday night broadcast a detailed report on how Israel will go about attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities in the event that diplomacy and sanctions fail and Israel decides to carry out a military strike. Full Report →

Netanyahu: Iran received gift from world powers with further nuclear talks


Six world powers and Iran launched a new round of negotiations in Istanbul on Saturday; PM says additional talks scheduled for May will enable Tehran to continue uranium enrichment. Full Report →

The L.A. Times Should Release the Khalidi Tape for Passover

PJ Media…

Passover 2012, which starts at sunset Friday, will not be a particularly auspicious one for the Jewish people.

Despite being superficially strong in many ways, Israel — the sole Jewish state — and Jews in general face more determined opposition than they have at any time since World War II.  From terrorists in the South of France to professors at Boston’s Northeastern University, anti-Semitism is rife. Meanwhile, Iran, which repeatedly calls for the extermination of Israel, draws ever closer to nuclear weapons capability. And the once vaunted “Arab Spring” has turned into the darkest of winters with Egypt morphing into its own Sunni version of a Khomeinist Islamist autocracy with women in veils, Christians attacked, homosexuals jailed, and the peace treaty forged at Camp David fragile as a potato chip.

But have no fear. Our president “has Israel’s back.” Or so he says.

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Netanyahu: Sanctions failing to convince Iran to back down from nuclear program

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Photo by: Tomer Appelbaum

Related: Netanyahu: We will strike those who threaten to attack Israel


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that international sanctions were hurting Iran’s economy but not enough to persuade it to curb its nuclear ambitions even slightly.

“The Iranian government … is having economic troubles but it has yet to move backward, even a millimeter, in its nuclear program,” Netanyahu told a news conference he called to mark his right-wing government’s third anniversary in power.

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Israel feels mixed emotions over Syria

The Financial Times…

As the bloodshed and violence rages on in Syria, Israeli leaders are watching events across the border with a blend of worry, hope and frustration.

One fear is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad will try to draw Israel into the struggle, possibly as part of a last-ditch manoeuvre to divide and confuse the opposition. An obvious flashpoint is the Golan Heights, the Syrian territory occupied by Israel and one of the main points of contention between the two countries.

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Mideast officials: Obama in secret talks with Iran


JERUSALEM – President Obama has been engaged in secret, back-channel talks with Iran in which he informed Tehran’s leaders he is completely opposed to any Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to informed Middle Eastern officials.

The officials told WND the behind-the-scenes talks aim to secure a guarantee from Iran that it will not retaliate against the U.S. in the event of any Israeli military strike, the officials said.

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Palestinian protesters marking Land Day clash with IDF soldiers in Jerusalem and West Bank

A Palestinian protester hurling stones at Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Border Police on Land Day at the Qalandia checkpoint, March 30, 2012


Clashes erupted on Friday in the north of Jerusalem between Israel Defense Force soldiers and some 250 Palestinian protesters marking Land Day. Protesters at the Qalandiyah checkpoint hurled rocks at soldiers, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas.

At the border crossing near Rachel’s Tomb, between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, about 300 protesters hurled stones at security forces and even threw Molotov cocktails. The crossing, frequented by tourists and pilgrims, was closed to the public. One protester was apparently wounded when he was hit by a tear gas grenade, and was evacuated to hospital.

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Israel’s Secret Staging Ground

President Shimon Peres of Israel

Foreign Policy Magazine…

In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable to the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom titled “Azerbaijan’s discreet symbiosis with Israel.” The memo, later released by WikiLeaks, quotes Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as describing his country’s relationship with the Jewish state as an iceberg: “nine-tenths of it is below the surface.”

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International activists to storm Israel’s borders Friday


TEL AVIV – Israel is concerned that elements of the so-called Global March to Jerusalem slated for Friday will attempt to storm the Jewish state’s borders to provoke a confrontation amid reports Iranian-backed jihad groups are involved in planning the event.

U.S. endorsers of the Global March include President Obama’s controversial former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.; Cornel West, a longtime friend of Obama who served as an adviser to the president’s 2008 campaign; and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink.

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