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September 17, 2020
Text: Treaty between the UAE and Israel (White House)
See also Text: Declaration of Peace between Israel and Bahrain (Times of Israel)
See also Sudan, Oman Attend Peace Accord Signing in U.S. - Ahmed Younis (Asharq Al-Awsat-UK)
UAE, Bahrain Channels Share Live Broadcast with Israeli Channel (Al Arabiya)
An Emirati channel, Dubai TV, an Israeli channel, Channel 12, and a Bahraini channel, Bahrain TV, shared a live broadcast at the signing of the treaties normalizing ties with Israel on Tuesday.
Israeli Arabs See Opportunity in Accords with Bahrain and UAE - Shakib Ali (Ynet News)
The hearts of Israel's Arabs are with the Palestinian people, but on the other hand, they want to break out of Israel's borders and reach the Gulf states where they can fulfill the Middle East's version of the American Dream.
Since the agreement with the UAE was announced, Israeli Arabs mostly talked about the possible economic, academic and tourism benefits it might bring.
Thanks to their language, education and religion, Israeli Arabs stand to be the main beneficiaries of the agreements. They can not only do business in the Gulf, but also travel and study there.
Iranians Charged in Cyber Theft of National Security and Nuclear Information (U.S. Department of Justice)
Two Iranian nationals were indicted on Tuesday in connection with a coordinated cyber intrusion campaign at the behest of the government of Iran.
Hooman Heidarian, 30, and Mehdi Farhadi, 34, stole data pertaining to national security, foreign policy intelligence, non-military nuclear information, aerospace data, human rights activist information, and intellectual property, including unpublished scientific research.
"These Iranian nationals...infiltrated computer systems and targeted intellectual property and often sought to intimidate perceived enemies of Iran, including dissidents fighting for human rights," said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey.
"This conduct threatens our national security, and as a result, these defendants are wanted by the FBI and are considered fugitives from justice."
Russian Fighter Jets Operating in Libya - Diana Stancy Correll (Military Times)
At least 14 Russian fighter aircraft flown by Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Group are engaging in ground strikes in Libya in support of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter's Libyan National Army, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, director of intelligence at the U.S. Africa Command, said Friday.
3,000 Wagner Group mercenaries are in Libya, together with 2,000 Syrian mercenaries, to support the LNA, while Turkey has dispatched 5,000 Syrian mercenaries to challenge the LNA.
Islamic State Finds a Haven in Syrian Desert - Sultan al-Kanj (Al-Monitor)
Islamic State bombings, attacks and ambushes against Syrian regime and pro-Iranian targets have recently intensified in the central Syrian desert, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.
Russian general Vyacheslav Gladkikh was killed on Aug. 18 by an IED planted by ISIS.
EU Discriminates Against Israel over Illegal Construction - Prof. Hillel Frisch (Jerusalem Post)
There are three times more housing evictions proportionately in EU member states than there are regarding Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. In 2017, there 705,000 evictions in the EU.
Yet a search for "housing demolitions" on the EU's official website finds that 80% of the reports on this worldwide phenomenon concern Palestinian construction.
In any event, 8,690 new housing units are being constructed annually by Palestinians compared with 108 demolitions, many of which involve sealing only parts of a building.
The writer is a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Second Wave of Coronavirus Ravages Israel's Arab Population - Afif Abu Much (Al-Monitor)
During the first wave of the coronavirus in Israel, just 5% of infections were among the Arab community.
However, during the second wave, "40% of coronavirus patients who are hospitalized and 30% of newly infected patients come from the Arab community," said Dr. Zahi Said, the Israel Ministry of Health's spokesman for the Arab sector.
See also Amid Pandemic, Large Weddings "Our Most Problematic Issue" for Palestinians - Irris Makler (CBC News-Canada)
"Wedding ceremonies are our most problematic issue," said Dr. Wael Taadan, a physician and administrator at the Palestine Red Crescent Society.
He said that in Hebron, the worst-affected town in the West Bank, infections could be traced back to one super-spreader wedding in June.
Another super-spreader wedding took place in a village near Ramallah in August. "We saw something like 200 cases in two days," said Taadan.
Large ceremonies are customary in Palestinian society, where weddings bind the couple to each other - and to the community. In a village, all the residents will be invited.
Without strict enforcement, coronavirus infections in the West Bank and Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem have doubled over the past month from 15,000 to more than 30,000.
Iran Has a Long History of Assassinating People - Seth J. Frantzman (Jerusalem Post)
In 1989, Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, was gunned down in Vienna by Iranian assassins.
They also murdered Ghassemlou's successor and have hunted down Kurds, Ahwazi activists, and others throughout Europe.
Tehran has received the blank check that Palestinian terrorists once got in Europe: As long as Iran targets non-Europeans, it can hit whomever it wants.
In 2018, Iran plotted to kill a dissident in Denmark, according to Dinn Borch Andersen, the chief of Danish intelligence.
Tehran tried to blow up an opposition meeting in Paris in 2018. A 2017 killing in Turkey targeted an exiled TV executive.
Al-Aqsa Terrorism: The Role of Religious Motivation in Popular Terrorism - Nadav Shragai (Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center)
The Palestinians' "Al-Aqsa is in danger" libel, which has been intensified in recent decades, has been a highly effective religious trigger for motivating both popular terrorism as well as organized terrorist attacks.
The libel arouses strong feelings among the Muslim general public, both religious and nationalist, and it also creates a sense of unity among the Arabs.
Hundreds of terrorist attacks were inspired by this false libel.
See also The "Al-Aksa Is in Danger" Libel: The History of a Lie - Nadav Shragai (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
U.S. Orders Al Jazeera to Register as Foreign Agent - Kylie Atwood (CNN)
The U.S. Justice Department ordered the Al Jazeera online news platform AJ+ based in the U.S. to register as a foreign agent on Monday, declaring that the outlet is "an agent of the Government of Qatar."
Israel Shipyards, UAE's DP World to Partner in Shipping, Port Activities (Reuters)
Israel's Dovertower has a signed a series of agreements with the UAE's DP World to cooperate in shipping and port activities, the companies said on Wednesday.
Israeli Special Forces Unit Gets Druze Commander (Algemeiner)
Lt. Col. Ayoub Kyuff has been appointed the new head of the Israeli Air Force's Shaldag Unit that specializes in reconnaissance and commando operations.
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