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March 22, 2019
U.S. Golan Declaration a Message to Russia - Amos Harel (Ha'aretz)
The international reaction to U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights is expected to be fairly weak.
Europe still sees Syrian President Bashar Assad with disdain over his responsibility for the mass murder of his people over eight years of civil war.
A future negotiation over the Golan between Israel and Syria is nowhere near in sight, anyway.
This also looks like an American response to the Russian alliance with Iran in Syria and the Russians' failure to make good on previous promises to Israel and to the U.S. that it would help distance Iranian forces and Hizbullah troops from the border along the Golan.
Israeli Opposition Leader: U.S. Recognition of the Golan Heights Is "a Dream Come True" - Lahav Harkov (Jerusalem Post)
The main rivals of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration that he intends to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights is "a dream come true," former treasury minister Yair Lapid (Blue and White) said.
"The Golan is an inseparable part of Israel, and we call on the rest of the world to follow President Trump and recognize our sovereignty over the Golan Heights."
Former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon (Blue and White) said the announcement is "truly good news."
See also Golan Recognition Supported by Nearly Entire Political Spectrum in Israel - Editorial (Jerusalem Post)
After the international community spent over five decades being in denial, President Trump is changing the equation and recognizing what has long been clear to all: Israel is not giving up the Golan Heights, which is vital to our security.
This recognition, which really should have come 40 years ago, is supported by a consensus of nearly the entire political spectrum in Israel.
Israel officially annexed the Golan Heights on December 14, 1981, after almost a million Israelis signed a petition demanding it.
Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty on the Golan Heights (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Amb. Dore Gold testified in Washington before the House Subcommittee on National Security on July 17, 2018.
See also Defensible Borders on the Golan Heights - Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs-2009)
Hamas Targets over 70 Journalists in Wake of Protests - Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)
More than 70 Palestinian journalists have been targeted by Hamas during the recent protests against economic hardship in Gaza, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said Thursday.
Mohammed Al-Lahham, a senior syndicate official, said, "We have collected testimonies from several journalists who were subjected to various forms of assaults, including arrests, beatings, confiscation of equipment, raids on their homes and threats."
"A number of journalists have been placed under house arrest and warned not to cover the protests."
"This ban has affected hundreds of media organizations in Gaza and is a sign of the magnitude of Hamas terror and intimidation against the media."
Hamas, he added, has also been threatening families of journalists who are currently working outside of Gaza.
The Portugal Connection to the Islamic State Terrorist Network in France - Nuno Tiago Pinto (Combating Terrorism Center at West Point)
In November 2016, French authorities arrested seven members of an Islamic State network in France who planned a terrorist attack in the Paris region.
According to European intelligence officials, the French intelligence agency DGSI received a warning of the imminent attack from Israeli intelligence.
The network financed itself through credit card fraud and used encrypted communication apps to receive instructions from Syria.
Behind it all were two men who entered Europe through Portugal posing as political refugees.
Syrian Scholar: The "Al-Aqsa" in the Quran Is Not in Jerusalem (MEMRI)
Syrian scholar Firas Al-Sawwah told Al-Hurra TV on March 3:
"The Al-Aqsa Mosque that is mentioned in the Quran is not the place we know today. The one who said that this place in Jerusalem is the Al-Aqsa Mosque was Abd Al-Malik Ibn Marwan. He wanted to build a holy place there and decided to call it the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
UN Hosts Exhibit on Israeli Aid to World - Herb Keinon (Jerusalem Post)
An exhibition on Israeli humanitarian aid around the world will be on display at the UN on March 24-31.
The UN ambassador to Mexico - where Israel rushed aid workers and humanitarian assistance after a devastating earthquake in 2017 - will be one of the featured speakers next week at the opening.
Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon said the photo exhibition "showcases how far Israel will go to help others in need, regardless of who they are or where they live."
"We are often the first to arrive after disaster strikes, when time is of the essence and aid is most crucial. Israel is the first to help countries in crisis. Our continued humanitarian activities have saved the lives of thousands of people throughout the world."
Israeli Agri-Tech Helps Address Global Food Security Challenge - Nick Kolyohin (Xinhua-China)
In the past decade, the Israeli agri-tech sector has produced a high number of innovative companies addressing global agricultural issues.
Israel is developing areas such as robotics, precision agriculture, eco-friendly pesticides and herbicides, and new animal breeding techniques.
Drones, software, and robots are used more and more in the fields of Israel.
Israeli scientists closely collaborate with farmers to invent cutting-edge products such as heat-tolerant tomatoes, drought-resistant cucumber seeds, and ultra-efficient drip irrigation.
"Israel already uses its innovative technology to sterilize the soil with solar energy instead of using robust harmful chemicals, before seed crops," said Haim Rabinowitch, a professor at the faculty of agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Israelis Win Six Medals at Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi - Yvette J. Deane (Jerusalem Post)
Israelis won six medals last weekend in swimming, bowling and judo at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.
25 Israelis participated in the Special Olympics this year.
Two Israelis Win Gold Medals in Judo Grand Slam in Russia (Times of Israel)
Last Friday, Israeli judoka Gili Cohen, 27, won the top prize in the women's under-52 kg. category at the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
On Saturday, Sagi Muki, 26, won the gold in the men's under-81 kg. weight class, defeating Japan's Takanori Nagase, a former world champion and Olympic medalist.
Israeli Baruch Shmailov won the bronze medal in the men's under-66 kg. weight class.
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