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Netanyahu Meets with Merkel in Berlin

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5 Jun 2018 (All day)
Netanyahu Meets with Merkel in Berlin
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday for a 90 minute meeting, declaring their agreement on some issues regarding Iran and continued disagreement on others. Germany, Merkel told reporters at their joint press conference following the meeting, “will exert our influence in such a way that Iran is pushed out of (Syria.)”  However, speaking of the JCPOA nuclear deal, she said “Germany did not cancel this agreement, and together with other European partners, we stand by it.”

Here is a video of PM Netanyahu’s statements during the press conference

Khamenei Continues Menacing Anti-Israel Rhetoric
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made another one of his trademark anti-Israel Tweets on Monday, saying "Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen." This was followed by a televised speech in which he said, among other things, that "Tehran will attack 10 times more if attacked by enemies. Some Europeans are talking about limiting our defensive missile program. I am telling the Europeans, 'Limiting our missile work is a dream that will never come true," he added during the speech. "Our enemies have staged economic and psychological... warfare against us and new American sanctions are part of it."

The speech also included an announcement that he had ordered Iran’s nuclear technicians and scientists to prepare to ramp up the Islamic Republic’s capacity for increased uranium enrichment in case the Europeans, Russia and China are unable to provide the economic benefits to his regime that it believes it is entitled to under the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. Elsewhere Yukiya Amano, Director General of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, addressed the Board of Governors Monday, saying that “Iran was implementing its nuclear-related commitments” but added that “in some cases, there existed room for Iran to provide us with more proactive and timely access, but such cases are not uncommon in safeguard implementation.”

Liberman Vows to React Strongly to Kite Jihad
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke at a factional meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu party on Monday, revealing that Israel has intercepted around 400 of the 600 incendiary kites that have been flown into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in recent weeks. Another 200 or so landed in Israel and many set fires in farmland and orchards which destroyed hundreds of acres. “It must be clear, we are unwilling to accept kite attacks, riots on the fence, or attempts to rush the fence and harm land that is under Israeli sovereignty,” Liberman said. “We will act according to Israel’s interests at timing that is comfortable for us. We will not leave accounts open. We will settle accounts with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the rests of the terrorists operating against us from the Gaza Strip.”

Russia to Hold Independence Day Reception in Jerusalem
Israel’s sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem received another instance of indirect recognition this week when Russia’s Embassy in Israel announced that it will hold a Russian Independence Day reception at the historic Sergei Courtyard in the Russian Compound on 12 June, the first such reception to be held in the Israeli capital. “Basically we believe that this compound symbolizes our culture and traditions, and is a genuine Russian piece of land in Israel, and in the Mideast in general,” said a Russian Embassy spokesperson.

Jordan Rocked by Economic Protests
Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned on Monday amidst large-scale street demonstrations in several of Jordan’s major cities. Protests, which have resulted in dozens of arrests, center on a new basket of taxes and austerity measures dictated by the International Monetary Fund, with many protesters saying they made their already difficult lives unbearable.


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