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Report: Netanyahu Secretly Visited UAE in 2018 - Yossi Yehoshua (Ynet News)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently made a secret visit to the United Arab Emirates in 2018, accompanied by Mossad intelligence agency director Yossi Cohen, and met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Yediot Ahronot has learned.
Iran's Khamenei Singles Out Jared Kushner as "Jewish Member of Trump's Family" in Tweet Decrying "Filthy Zionist Agents" - Marcy Oster (JTA)
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted in English on Tuesday: "The UAE acts in agreement with the Israelis & filthy Zionist agents of the U.S. - such as the Jewish member of Trump's family."
See also Twitter under Fire for Allowing Iran Leader's Extreme Rhetoric - Emily Judd (Al Arabiya)
Ayatollah Khamenei's latest tweet denouncing the U.S. and the UAE have prompted calls for Twitter to take down the post in adherence with its guidelines.
"This anti-Semitism from a world leader would seem to violate the Twitter guidelines," tweeted CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
Video: U.S.-Israeli Delegation Visits Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Gulf Today-UAE)
Jared Kushner, senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, and Meir Ben-Shabbat, head of Israel's National Security Council, toured the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Louvre Abu Dhabi during an official visit to the UAE.
See also Israeli Journalists Go Sightseeing in Abu Dhabi - Raphael Ahren (Times of Israel)
We were Israelis in the capital of a Gulf state with whom normal relations were not conducted until this trip.
Egypt Captures Muslim Brotherhood Commander in Cairo - Yoni Ben Menachem (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
On August 28, after a seven-year manhunt, Egyptian security officials arrested Mahmoud Ezzat, the current head of the Muslim Brotherhood and commander of the military wing responsible for a series of terrorist attacks in Egypt.
Ezzat was accused of assassinating Attorney General Hisham Barakat in 2015, and was charged with the deaths of Brig.-Gen. Wael Tahoun and Maj.-Gen. Adel Rajai.
Israel Sends Covid-19 Supplies to Liberia (Front Page Africa)
Israel's Agency for International Development (MASHAV) has given the Liberian Ministry of Health 8,000 N-95 face masks, 15,000 other face masks, 80 thermometers, and hundreds of medical gowns.
Ruins from First Temple-Period Palace Found in Jerusalem - Ruth Schuster (Ha'aretz)
Elaborately decorated capitals from the top of 2,700-year-old columns bearing the symbol of the monarchy of Judea were discovered in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed on Thursday.
The finds from the early seventh century BCE in King Hezekiah's time were made in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv, on a hill located south of Jerusalem's Old City.
Jordan Dismantles the Muslim Brotherhood - Sami Moubayed (Center for Global Policy)
Jordan's top court decided on July 15 to officially dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood after it operated legally in the kingdom for 75 years. The Brotherhood, based in the Qatari capital of Doha, has thrived in Jordan.
The group is popular at a grassroots level and is capable of triggering public unrest. Before the court decision, the Muslim Brotherhood had been eyeing Amman as an alternative base of operations.
The Brotherhood stood by King Hussein when army generals tried to stage a coup against him in 1957, and then again during his 1970 showdown with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
When members of the Syrian and Egyptian Brotherhood fled their countries in the 1960s and 1980s, many were given asylum in Amman. Jordanian members of the group secured the speakership of parliament in the 1990s.
Relations began to deteriorate with the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011. In January 2013, their leader, Hammam Said, described Jordan as a "state in the Muslim caliphate." That raised the ire of King Abdullah, who three months later described the Muslim Brotherhood as "wolves in sheep's clothing."
In November 2014, Jordanian intelligence broke up a secret cell of the Brotherhood that had been smuggling arms to the West Bank.
Jordan, which is firmly allied with Saudi Arabia and the UAE and has relied on them to settle its bills, could simply not afford to continue tolerating the Brotherhood's activities in Jordan.
The writer is a Syrian analyst and historian.
Israel Launches Medical Laboratory into Space - Sarah Chemla (Jerusalem Post)
Israel and Italy launched a nano-satellite, Dido 3, into space on Wednesday manufactured by the Israel's Space Pharma.
The satellite carries a tiny laboratory with four medical scientific experiments to test drug resistance under conditions of micro-gravity.
The director of the Israeli Space Agency, Avi Blasberger, said, "Space Pharma is currently the only commercial company, except for NASA, with a space research laboratory."
Israeli Startups Raised $650 Million in August (Globes)
Israeli startups raised nearly $650 million in August, bringing the total for the first eight months of 2020 to over $6.5 billion, according to Start-Up Nation Central.
At this rate, Israel is well on course to surpass last year's record amount of $8.3 billion, despite the Covid-19 crisis.
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