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Netanyahu Warns Iran Against Aggression

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10 Jul 2019 (All day)
Netanyahu Warns Iran Against Aggression
Responding to recent threats by senior Iranian officials, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video Tuesday evening from Nevatim Air Force base. Standing in front of an F-35i “Adir” aircraft, he said “Iran has threatened recently to destroy Israel. It is worthwhile for them to remember that these planes can reach everywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and Syria.” The warning came amidst escalating tensions between Iran and Western powers over the Islamic Republic’s violation of the 2015 JCPOA Nuclear Agreement.

"The foreign ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom and the [EU] High Representative express deep concern that Iran is pursuing activities inconsistent with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA)," they said in a joint statement on Tuesday. "It must act accordingly by reversing these activities and returning to full JCPoA compliance without delay."

Meanwhile, the US is proceeding with a plan to build a military coalition to guard against Iranian threats to close strategic shipping lanes.

"We're engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab," Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters on Tuesday following a meeting with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "This will be scalable. So, with a small number of contributors we can have a small mission and we'll expand that as the number of nations that are willing to participate identify themselves.”

Kahlon Represents Israel at New York Stock Exchange
Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon visited the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, followed a day later by a joint statement by the New York State Department of Financial Services, the Bank of Israel, the Israel Security Authority and the Insurance and Savings Authority, that an agreement had been reached to encourage collaboration in the development of financial services technology, commonly known as “FinTech.” The announcement was a high point in a week which saw several defeats for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel.

Air Seychelles , the national carried of the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles, announced on Tuesday that it will begin flying non-stop routes to Tel Aviv on 27 November. Also on Tuesday, the European budget airline EasyJet announced it will begin connecting flights between Tel Aviv and the French city of Toulouse on 29 October.

Finally, Israeli defense company Aeronautics announced a $10 million contract on Tuesday to sell their Orbiter 2 and Orbiter 3 UAV’s to an unnamed South American country. 

Israel Blesses the World
Channel 12 news reported on Tuesday that Israel’s Mossad and IDF Intelligence services have prevented 50 terrorist attacks in several countries around the world in the last three years. 12 planned attacks in Turkey were broken up after Israeli officials passed on information to their Turkish counterparts. In another example of Israel blessing the world, a study recently published by Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev presents breakthrough research in addressing problems related to climate change and food security.

Palestinian Terror Commander Threatens Gaza Periphery
A commander in one of the terror militias active in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip told the Lebanese Al Akhbar newspaper on Wednesday that there are plans to conquer and hold Israeli border communities in any future conflict. The commander also said that the terror militias had learned lessons from a previous round of fighting in May and that a future war would involve much higher levels of violence than previous ones.

 

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