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Israel/Palestine. Palestinian president, Israeli defence minister hold rare talks (Al Jazeera)

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has met Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank in the first high-level meeting between the two sides in 10 years, the first since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took office in June.

Gantz travelled to the West Bank city of Ramallah for “security, civilian, and economic discussions” with the 85-year-old Palestinian leader, officials said on Monday.

Palestinian president, Israeli defence minister hold rare talks | Israel-Palestine conflict News | Al Jazeera

 

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Israel/Palestine. Abbas, Israeli DM Hold First High-level Talks in Years (VoA)

By Associated Press

Israel’s defense minister held talks late Sunday with the Palestinian president in the first high-level meeting between the two sides in years, officials said.

The meeting between Benny Gantz and Mahmoud Abbas signaled a possible shift of direction after the near-complete breakdown of communication between Abbas and Israeli leaders in recent years, under former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas, Israeli DM Hold First High-level Talks in Years | Voice of America – English (voanews.com)

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Israel/Middle East . From the Second Lebanon War to Regional War (BESA Center)

The Second Lebanon War was probably the last time Israel was going to be able to focus on fighting on a single front. The next war may well be a regional war. This strategic shift will require a significant increase in the order of IDF forces and preparation of the Israeli public for the kind of war it has not seen since the War of Independence.

From the Second Lebanon War to Regional War (besacenter.org)

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Israel/Holy See. Israel and the Holy See (BESA Center)

For many years, the Jewish people of Israel have been effectively paying the taxes of the Catholic Church and other churches in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel. It is high time not only for the churches to start paying the taxes they owe the State of Israel but to restore the vast troves of property looted from the Jewish people and stolen from their heritage by the church over a period of centuries.

Israel and the Holy See (besacenter.org)

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Israel/USA. Can Naftali Bennett reset relations with Washington? (Al Jazeera)

Israel’s former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a notoriously difficult relationship with former Democratic US President Barack Obama.

Many saw him as a strong supporter of Republican presidents – particularly Donald Trump.

Presenter: Hazem Sika

Guests: 

Yaakov Katz – Editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post and author of, Shadow Strike, and co-author of, Weapon Wizards & Israel vs. Iran

Natasha Lindstaedt – Specialist on US foreign policy and deputy dean in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. Author of the book, Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes

Khaled Elgindy – Senior fellow at Middle East Institute and author of, Blind Spot: American and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump

Can Naftali Bennett reset relations with Washington? | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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West Bank. Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager in occupied West Bank (Al Jazeera)

A 15-year-old Palestinian has been killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank as Israeli forces stormed a refugee camp near Nablus.

The Palestinian health ministry said Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash died on Tuesday after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head in the Balata refugee camp.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager in occupied West Bank | Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi News | Al Jazeera

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Afghanistan/Israel. The Taliban Victory as a Victory of Faith (BESA Center)

The American defeat in Afghanistan will have a direct impact on Israel. Like the pseudo-government foisted by the Americans on Kabul, which, despite massive investment, proved a broken reed, the PA and its security mechanisms will collapse in time against its Islamist adversaries, notably Hamas. For all its overwhelming material and technological superiority, the IDF stands no chance of defeating Israel’s Islamist enemies unless its soldiers are driven by a relentless belief in the national cause.

The Taliban Victory as a Victory of Faith (besacenter.org)

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Gaza. Palestinians in Gaza pledge to defy Israel to protest at border (Al Jazeera)

Ali Adam

Palestinian groups in Gaza have pledged to continue protests along the border to pressure Israel to remove its blockade and to allow for the reconstruction of Gaza following the recent 11-day Israeli assault on the coastal enclave.

The factions, led by Gaza’s rulers Hamas, held a news conference on Sunday afternoon in the east of Gaza near the Israeli fence, where protests took place on Saturday in which dozens of Palestinian protesters were wounded by Israeli live fire.

Palestinians in Gaza pledge to defy Israel to protest at border | Gaza News | Al Jazeera

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Israel. Israeli inquiry into deadly Mount Meron stampede begins hearings (Al Jazeera)

An Israeli government commission investigating a deadly accident at a Jewish pilgrimage site in April held its first hearing, almost four months after the stampede at Mount Meron killed 45 people.

The April 29 incident at the Jewish festival in northern Israel was the deadliest civilian disaster in the country’s history. About 100,000 worshippers, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews, attended festivities despite coronavirus regulations limiting outdoor assemblies to 500 people, and in spite of longstanding warnings about the safety of the site.

Israeli inquiry into deadly Mount Meron stampede begins hearings | Religion News | Al Jazeera

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