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July 22, 2021
U.S. to Delay Reopening of Jerusalem Consulate to Palestinians at Israel's Request (i24News)
The U.S. will delay reopening the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem as a de facto mission to the Palestinians following requests from the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry, Walla reported.
A high-ranking Israeli source said the reopening of the consulate contradicts the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem in 2017 as the capital of Israel.
See also below Observations: The U.S. Should Not Reopen Its "Embassy" to the Palestinians in Jerusalem - Justice Elyakim Rubinstein (Yediot Ahronot-Hebrew, 21July2021)
Israeli Airstrikes Destroy Iranian Warehouses in Syria (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
Israeli airstrikes have targeted the area of Jabal al-Waha, near the scientific research center and the Syrian regime's defense factories in al-Sferah in the Aleppo countryside.
The targeted site hosts headquarters and weapons warehouses belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iranian-backed militias.
Israel Denies Report It Pushed U.S. to Strike Iran - Anna Ahronheim (Jerusalem Post)
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Saturday night denied a report in the New Yorker that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed former U.S. president Donald Trump to carry out a military strike on Iran after the 2020 presidential election.
On Wednesday, Gantz called for Israel to step up preparations should Iran get close to obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Water Shortages Compound Iran's Problems - Farnaz Fassihi (New York Times)
As Iran struggles with a fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, it is also contending with a severe water shortage.
A prolonged drought and rising temperatures, combined with decades of government mismanagement, have turned the water crisis into a volatile incubator of violent protests.
Large crowds in Khuzestan Province in the southwest, home to an ethnic Arab population that has historically faced discrimination, were captured in amateur videos on social media shouting, "I am thirsty!" and demanding immediate relief.
Security forces and anti-riot police beat the crowds with batons, scattered them with tear gas, tracked them with drones and fired gunshots, according to witnesses.
Three young men were shot and killed by security forces, according to rights organizations.
Ben and Jerry's Boycott Could Harm Palestinian Employees (Jerusalem Post)
Ben & Jerry's decision to halt sales of their ice cream in the West Bank will harm Palestinian workers.
Hen Israeli, vice president of the Sagi Group, which distributes two tons of ice cream to Jerusalem and the West Bank every week, employs 10 Palestinians who receive working conditions and salaries they could not earn under the Palestinian Authority.
90 Israeli Athletes to Participate in Tokyo Olympics - Jordan Pike (Jerusalem Post)
90 athletes from Israel will be present at the Tokyo Olympic Games, almost double the 47 who competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, according to the Israel Olympic Committee.
The increase is primarily due to Israel's first-ever baseball team competing. Israeli is also making its debut in surfing, archery and equestrian.
The delegation includes gymnast Alexander Shatilov for his fourth Olympic games. Judoka Or Sasson won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics. No. 1 ranked rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram is seen as Israel's best bet for a medal in Tokyo.
Turkish President Erdogan's Burning Hatred for Israel - Jacob Dayan (Ha'aretz)
As chief of staff for former Israeli foreign ministers Silvan Shalom and Tzipi Livni, I participated in a number of meetings with Turkish President Erdogan, during the days in which he still met with Israeli leaders.
In all of these meetings I felt his conspicuous lack of affection for Israel, and even hatred. Erdogan had a clear vision of the new Middle East, and it did not include Israel.
We have a tendency to blame ourselves for everything that doesn't work, but in this case, the relationship with Erdogan was hopeless from the beginning.
Only those who were present in a meeting with Erdogan and felt his burning hatred for Israel, and only those who heard what he said, can understand how deeply these things are imprinted in his worldview.
Gaza Event Celebrates Irish Republican "Martyrs" - Neil Doyle (Jewish Chronicle-UK)
Belfast-based Palestine Aid last week sponsored a "funday" for children in Gaza which celebrated the lives of infamous Irish Republican "martyrs."
Pictures posted on Twitter showed children on a beach carrying framed portraits of IRA bomber Bobby Sands and Marxist revolutionary James Connolly.
The images were posted by Palestine Aid director Fra Hughes, whose Facebook page features him meeting and shaking hands with mass-murdering Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
American Jewish Committee Condemns United Church of Christ Resolution on Israel, Palestinians - Yonat Shimron (Religion News Service-Washington Post)
The American Jewish Committee condemned a resolution adopted 462-78 with 18 abstentions at a meeting of the United Church of Christ on Sunday.
The resolution refers to Israel's "apartheid system of laws and legal procedures" and demands an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.
The AJC said the measure "demonizes Israel, fails to offer a credible path to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and undermines advances in Christian-Jewish relations."
"It pretends there aren't two parties to the conflict," said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC's director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. "That is not the way to get to peace."
3 Existing Drugs Fight Coronavirus Successfully in Jerusalem Lab - Nathan Jeffay (Times of Israel)
Israeli scientists have identified three existing drugs that have illustrated high ability to fight the coronavirus in lab tests.
The results "showed that the drugs can protect cells from onslaught by the virus with close to 100% effectiveness," said Hebrew University biochemist Prof. Isaiah Arkin.
Darapladib, which currently treats atherosclerosis, the cancer drug Flumatinib, and an HIV medicine target proteins that hardly change between variants and are likely to remain effective in spite of mutations.
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