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Bombing of media tower in Gaza hurt Israel’s image, says army investigator (Middle East Eye)

A former Israeli general has said that his investigation into Israel’s air strike attack on a tower housing media offices in the Gaza Strip in May caused more damage to Israel’s image than it provided operational benefit.

Retired Major General Nitzan Alon, who led an investigation into the incident before leaving the military, said the bombing, which destroyed offices used by the Associated Press, Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye and at least four other agencies, amounted to an “own goal”, a term used to describe a player kicking the ball into their own team’s net in football.

Bombing of media tower in Gaza hurt Israel’s image, says army investigator | Middle East Eye

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Iran’s Khamenei urges reversal of Arab-Israeli normalisations (Al Jazeera)

Arab nations that normalised ties with Israel last year have “sinned” and should reverse such moves, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco agreed to normalise ties with Israel in 2020, as Washington under the administration of then-US President Donald Trump made Arab-Israeli rapprochement a foreign policy priority.

Iran’s Khamenei urges reversal of Arab-Israeli normalisations | News | Al Jazeera

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Israel Palestine

Israel to build 1,300 new West Bank settler homes (Al Jazeera)

Israel has announced plans to build more residences for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, drawing immediate condemnation from Palestinians, peace activists and neighbouring Jordan.

The announcement on Sunday from the Ministry of Construction and Housing in right-wing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government said tenders had been published for 1,355 homes in the West Bank, which was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israel to build 1,300 new West Bank settler homes | Israel-Palestine conflict News | Al Jazeera

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Israel Palestine

Palestinian NGOs designated ‘terrorists’ call for support (Al Jazeera)

Palestinian human rights groups designated by Israel as “terrorist organisations” have called for international support to reverse the decision, which has the potential to compromise their ability to do humanitarian work.

A military order signed by Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz on Friday effectively outlawed six organisations, placing them at risk of imminent reprisals. They were accused of being linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), whose armed wing has carried out deadly attacks against Israelis.

Palestinian NGOs designated ‘terrorists’ call for support | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera

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Israel

Flurry of activity in Israel as Glasgow climate summit approaches (Rina Bassist, Al Monitor)

Israeli President Isaac Herzog announced the establishment of the Israeli Climate Forum on Oct. 19. The new forum, which will operate under Herzog’s office, will shape Israel’s role in fighting the global climate crisis and include representatives from the government, Israeli academia, local authorities, civil society and the business sector.

The forum is expected to convene every three months, bringing together top government officials, senior researchers, civil society activists and leaders within Israel’s business and industrial sectors to advance national action and plans to fight the climate crisis. Subcommittees will then advance ideas and solutions in the relevant government ministries.

Flurry of activity in Israel as Glasgow climate summit approaches – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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15 spies for Israel’s Mossad arrested, reports Turkish press (Al Monitor)

Turkish authorities arrested 15 people earlier this month who are accused of spying for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, Turkish media outlets reported on Thursday.

Turkey’s Sabah newspaper reported that some 200 intelligence officers monitored the alleged Israeli intelligence network, which authorities say targeted both critics of Israel and foreign students living in Turkey.

15 spies for Israel’s Mossad arrested, reports Turkish press – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Israeli minister advances law excluding Netanyahu from premiership (Mazal Mualem, Al Monitor)

Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Saar released Oct. 19 a draft of a bill he is proposing, which would bar a lawmaker charged with a serious crime from cobbling together a government. A serious crime would mean in this case an indictment that could result in three years or more of incarceration. If the bill is approved, it could prevent former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from returning to power.

Israeli minister advances law excluding Netanyahu from premiership – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Israel and South Korea to boost collaboration on loitering munitions (Defense News)

Major aerospace companies from Israel and South Korea have agreed to expand their partnership on deadly drone technology.

Israel Aerospace Industries, or IAI, and Korea Aerospace Industries, or KAI, signed a memorandum of understanding on Oct. 20 on a loitering munitions program for maximizing the effectiveness of strike missions against enemy air defenses, according to an IAI statement.

Israel and South Korea to boost collaboration on loitering munitions (defensenews.com)

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Biden aide, Saudi crown prince discussed Israel normalization: report (Al Monitor)

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised the possibility of Saudi Arabia normalizing relations with Israel during his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last month, Axios reported Wednesday.

Citing three American and Arab sources, the US news outlet said Prince Mohammed did not reject Sullivan’s normalization proposal outright during their meeting in the Red Sea city of Neom on Sept. 27. The Saudis reportedly presented Sullivan with a list of measures that must be taken first, including improvements in US-Saudi relations.

Biden aide, Saudi crown prince discussed Israel normalization: report – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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