Tuesday Sep 25, 2018
Israel Hayom
PM warns against Russian delivery of S-300 system to 'irresponsible' Syria
Amid crisis with Russia over downed plane, Israel convenes emergency security cabinet meeting to discuss Russia's imminent transfer of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Syria • Israel will continue to defend its security, PM Netanyahu tells Putin.
Yoav Limor | A tactical incident turned strategic crisis
The downing of the Russian plane by ‎Syria has highlighted a serious problem in ‎Israeli-Russian relations and may hamper the Israeli Air Force's ability to operate in Syria's skies.
Ariel Bolstein | Anti-Semitism rears its head
The Russians' inability to admit they made a mistake by blaming Israel for shooting down their plane has unleashed a flood of Cold War-style rhetoric, with some Russian public figures calling to bomb IAF bases in retribution.
Dr. Haim Shine | Trump's support for Israel matters
Liberal American Jews can no longer be accused of being more loyal to Israel than to the U.S. In their extreme hostility toward President Donald Trump, they have relinquished their allegiance to Israel.
World Bank report: Gaza Strip's economy is in 'free fall'
Gaza economy has fallen 6% since the first quarter of 2018, when Hamas launched its border riots campaign, report finds • Israel and the international community must act to prevent collapse, Gaza's economy has reached "critical point," official says.
Trump eagerly awaiting meeting with Netanyahu, U.S. envoy says
Report that U.S. president plans to rebuke PM Netanyahu for increasing security coordination with Russia and stalling U.S. peace plan is "completely false," says U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt • U.S.-Israel ties "have never been better," he says.
Former envoy: Israel-Russia crisis artificial, driven by anti-Semitism
As tensions rise over shooting down of Russian plane in Syria, researcher Zvi Magen says two clear factions have emerged in Russia: One is pleased that Israel is doing the work for Russia and acting against Iran, while the other one sees Iran as an ally.
Report: PA leader aims to undercut US peace plan at UN ‎
Palestinians invite 40 countries and bodies to attend conference titled "Salvaging the Two-State ‎Solution, ‎Defending the ‎International Rules-Based ‎System" • Israel, U.S. not invited • Israel urges invitees to pull out or send only low-level officials.
Israeli official: PM Netanyahu to meet Egypt's el-Sissi in New York
Israeli prime minister and Egyptian president to meet on sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this week • The two leaders met in public for the first time ‎in 2017 • While in New York, Netanyahu is also set to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Gaza rioter killed as Palestinian arson attacks terrorize Israel
IDF: Hundreds of rioters hurl burning tires, firecrackers at Israeli forces • Gaza Health Ministry says 20 hurt in clashes • IAF strikes Hamas arson cell • Protest flotilla sails to maritime border • Hamas suspends indirect cease-fire talks with Israel.
UNRWA: Palestinian schools, clinics at risk if funding not found
United Nations Relief and Works Agency's budget will carry it only to mid-October, director warns • UNRWA needs $185 million to stay afloat until the end of the year, he says • Agency's 13,000 Gaza employees go on one-day strike to protest pay cuts.
Controversial MK Oren Hazan meets Holocaust denier in Bulgaria
Foreign Ministry rebukes Likud MK for not clearing itinerary as customary, meeting with far-right party leader Volen Siderov • Hazan: Siderov "apologized" for anti-Semitic remarks, sad that Foreign Ministry resents a young MK's diplomatic achievements.
US-Iran tensions escalate in wake of deadly military parade attack
Iran warns U.S. and Israel to expect "devastating" response for terrorist attack that killed 25 • U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis dismisses allegations of U.S. involvement as "ludicrous" • Iranian president vows to "fight terrorism in all of its forms."
Iran's president warns US on sanctions, does not rule out talks
Sanctions restricting Iran's oil industry could potentially be "very dangerous," President Hassan Rouhani says as Iran, major powers labor to keep nuclear deal afloat • Rouhani: If U.S. wants to talk to Iran it should first return to nuclear deal.
In Vilnius, pope warns against resurgence of anti-Semitism
Visiting site of Vilnius Ghetto on 75th anniversary of its liquidation, Pope Francis warns against temptation "that can dwell in every human heart" to want to be superior and dominant over others • Warning comes amid rise in anti-Semitic acts in Europe.
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