You only practice for something if you think that there is a decent chance that it will actually happen. This week, two "tests" will be conducted that sound rather ominous.
Monday, October 2, 2023
The last ten months have seen increasing attention by Iran, its proxies, and their media on what they believe to be increasing instability within Israeli society.
Rash of crime brings up memories of 2021 violence
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant is slated to meet with his American counterpart, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, in Washington later this month, his office said in a statement Sunday.
The Israel Defense Forces have reportedly begun studying the range of ramifications for Israel on a military level should a normalization deal with Saudi Arabia be achieved.
The White House announced that there already exists a basic framework for an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Israel, which corresponds well with the publicity recently given to the progress of the talks towards an agreement.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday denounced any attempts by regional countries to normalize relations with Israel, calling such attempts "reactionary and regressive".
Israeli officials and even Saudi ones are reportedly frustrated with the American administration's insistence on giving the Palestinian issue so much weight in the talks to reach a tripartite agreement between Saudi Arabia, the US, and Israel. Israel Hayom reported on Monday, citing sources that are informed of the details, that the Biden administration's exaggerated obsession with the issue is impeding the process of normalizing ties and halting any breakthroughs.
Tens of thousands participated in Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) and in the Shacharit and Musaf prayers of Sukkot held this morning (Monday) at the Western Wall Plaza.
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Iran is seeking to put more cruise missiles on its Sabalan frigate, an aging ship that dates from the 1960s.
Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons program at this time, the United States assessed in a newly released report on countering weapons of mass destruction published on Friday.
In the intricate world of global politics and security, the yearning for insights, foresight, and preparedness stands as an imperative pillar. The U.S. Intelligence Community, during the Biden Presidency in 2021, 2022, and 2023, undeniably predicted the looming influence and intelligence threat posed by Iran. The professionals meticulously and continually warned the White House and the esteemed intelligence committees of the House and Senate, reflecting a proactive approach toward national security.
According to Syrian media, the Israeli Air Force has carried out an attack near the Al-Assad and Al-Dimas villages
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Iran and other countries are joining the BRICS group of countries in the wake of the fifteenth summit of BRICS which took place in South Africa in August.
What do we know about the BRICS expansion?
For three years, the organizers of Yom Kippur street prayers at Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square characterized the services as a moment in which both secular and religious people could unite around Judaism’s holiest day.
is Chairman of SAIPAC, the South African Israel Public Affairs Committee. Former chairman of the South African Zionist Federation (Cape Council) as well as a former national vice-chairman of the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF). He is also former member of the South Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Council). Retired businessman and broadcaster.
Saudi Arabia is determined to secure a military pact requiring the United States to defend the kingdom in return for opening ties with Israel and will not hold up a deal even if Israel does not offer major concessions to Palestinian Arabs, Reuters reported on Friday, citing three regional sources familiar with the talks.
US National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday that a “basic framework” was in place for a potential deal to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but cautioned that there is no final deal yet.
Friday, September 29, 2023
Recent revelations in the US that Iranian Foreign Ministry “officials initiated a quiet effort to bolster Tehran’s image and positions on global security issues, particularly its nuclear program, by building ties with a network of influential overseas academics and researchers,” have caused controversy about how the Iran deal was sold to the public and policymakers, in an article at news site Semafor by Jay Solomon called “Inside Iran’s influence operation.”
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States has quietly acknowledged that Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard successfully put an imaging satellite into orbit this week in a launch that resembled others previously criticized by Washington as helping Tehran’s ballistic missile program.
Coalition ministers slammed the High Court of Justice on Thursday as it held a hearing on legislation passed in March protecting the prime minister from being forced out of office, saying the justices were undermining the country’s democracy merely by agreeing to review the matter.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Thursday about the growing prospects of normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, i24NEWS reported.
The National Unity party has significantly weakened, losing three seats in one week, according to a new poll conducted by the "Lazar Studies" institute, headed by Dr. Menachem Lazar, and published by the Maariv newspaper today (Friday).
Thursday, September 28, 2023
(JTA) — Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States seem intent on striking a trilateral deal that includes normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Saudi civil nuclear power monitored by the international community, and an American-Saudi defense treaty. So why is it taking so long? Well, a fourth party — the Palestinians — are not part of the negotiations, yet their well-being seems to loom over the negotiations.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday "successfully" launched a new military imaging satellite, AFP reported, citing state media.
IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi spoke on Wednesday at the main ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.
The "Rebellious Youth," the group that has been organizing the violent riots and incendiary balloon launches at the Israel-Gaza border, announced on Thursday that its activities, including the balloon launches, would be suspended until further notice. According to a report by Maariv, which cited an announcement by the group in Gazan media, the group stated: "Whoever goes to the border will bear the responsibility."
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Fifty years ago, Israel came as close as it ever has to losing a war. While the Arab Islamic nations can repeatedly lose wars without paying much of a price, Israel can only lose one major war.
An attack by the Iranian-backed Houthis that killed two Bahrain service members on the Yemen-Saudi border could lead to escalation in the Gulf. The Saudis expressed condolences to Bahrain this week in the wake of the attack. The US has also condemned the incident. The attack comes after the Houthis also had a large military parade on September 21 in Sana’a.
This shows that the Iran-backed Houthis are prepared to use force again in Yemen.