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November 25, 2021
Russia Pressures Iran to Withdraw from T4 Airbase in Syria (Syrian Observer-Turkey)
Russia successfully pressured Iran to withdraw from the T4 airbase in Syria, according to al-Araby al-Jadeed.
It seemed that Moscow benefited from the continuous Israeli raids on the base to get the Iranian forces to withdraw.
Russia has sought to persuade the Iranians to evacuate a number of sites controlled by Tehran in Syria.
Iran Tried to Smuggle Explosives from Syria to West Bank with Drones - Yaniv Kubovich (Ha'aretz)
In February 2018, Iran launched a Shahed 141 drone from the T4 airbase in Syria carrying TNT, bound for its proxies in the West Bank, before it was shot down over northern Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday.
He also revealed the locations of two bases in southern Iran - in Chabahar and on the island of Qeshm - used for drone attacks on maritime targets.
Iran also operates outside the region, he said, and "traffics oil and weapons to Venezuela, mobilizes the Quds Force in South America, and tries to implant its influence into Afghanistan."
These capabilities "endanger Sunni states and international forces in the Middle East, as well as European and African countries."
Iran Using Drone Attacks to Influence Nuclear Talks - Jonathan Lis (Ha'aretz)
Iran is using drone attacks on Persian Gulf targets staged by its proxies to pressure the U.S. to ease demands concerning its nuclear program, Israeli government sources say.
Israeli intelligence says the number of drones deployed in Syria number in the hundreds, while Iraq, Yemen and Hizbullah in Lebanon hold several dozen each.
Bahrain Foils Planned Attack, Confiscates Iranian Weapons and Explosives (Reuters)
Bahrain security forces arrested a number of militants "linked with terrorist groups in Iran" ahead of a planned attack and confiscated Iranian weapons and explosives, the Interior Ministry said Monday.
U.S. Not Enforcing Sanctions and Allowing Iran to Export Oil - Yossi Melman (Ha'aretz)
October was a very good month for Iran's sanctions violations.
Tankers in its service delivered 1.2 million barrels of oil, whose price has soared in the past six months from $25 to $76 per barrel. Iran will earn $1 billion from the sale of oil in 2021.
Following U.S. pressure, a few months ago Israel stopped attacking Iranian tankers delivering oil to Syria.
About 60% of Iran's oil goes to China.
Turkish Lira Plunges to Record Low - Adam Taylor (Washington Post)
The Turkish lira, which had already lost 45% of its value over the year, dropped by 15% against the dollar on Tuesday.
Inflation neared 20% in October, exacerbated by economic mismanagement.
President Erdogan said Monday that the economic crisis was a foreign plot against Turkey.
Britain's Labour Party Backs Government Move to Ban Hamas - Lee Harpin (Jewish News-UK)
Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy of the Labour party has confirmed that her party supports the government's move to ban the political wing of Hamas as well as its military offshoot, telling Jewish News: "We think it is absolutely the right thing, the sensible thing to do."
"It was a recommendation made by an independent body. The rationale for it is that there is no longer any meaningful distinction to be made between the military and political wings of Hamas....This essentially brings us in line with the rest of Europe, the United States and Canada."
Australia Lists Hizbullah as Terror Group - Anthony Galloway (Sydney Morning Herald-Australia)
Australia will list all of Hizbullah as a terrorist organization, making it a criminal offence to be a member, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Wednesday.
Australia had previously listed only Hizbullah's External Security Organization on the proscribed terror list.
Australia Israel and Jewish Affairs Council executive director Colin Rubenstein said the move would send a strong message that Australia will "not tolerate these Iran-backed terrorists."
Belgium to Label Products from West Bank - Tovah Lazaroff (Jerusalem Post)
Belgium plans to label Israeli products produced in the West Bank as not made in Israel, in a move that has created an immediate diplomatic crisis.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll, who is in Belgium, immediately canceled his meetings with the Belgian Foreign Ministry and the country's parliament.
He said the labeling of products "harms Israelis and Palestinians alike. It is inconsistent with the Israeli government's policy that seeks to improve the lives of Palestinians."
"The Belgian government's decision strengthens extremists, does not help promote peace in the region and transforms Belgium into a force that does not contribute to Middle East stability."
Israel Has Built the World's Most Accurate Military Machine - Yaakov Katz (Jerusalem Post)
In May 2021, the Israel Air Force attacked Hamas' Metro tunnel network. "It was an underground city," explained one senior IDF officer. "It was supposed to be their most protected weapon."
160 F-15s and F-16s dropped 500 GPS-guided bombs. The mission took just 23 minutes. It was the largest aerial operation in over 50 years.
Israel needed to destroy the tunnels without toppling peoples' homes above. The idea was to hit the tunnels that were not adjacent to buildings, and if there was no choice, then to hit them on an angle.
It knew exactly how to hit the corner of a tunnel at a street intersection, having analyzed precisely how many bombs and pounds of explosives would be needed so the explosion would have a greater effect underground and not above.
The buildings themselves were not attacked. It was the most accurate and precise military operation of this scale in modern military history.
Palestinian School Magazine Calls for "Armed Struggle" Against "Israeli Monster" - Lahav Harkov (Jerusalem Post)
Demonization of Israel and incitement to violence are rampant in Waed, a magazine published by Fatah's youth movement and distributed in Palestinian Authority schools, a new study by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) found.
The magazine glorifies terrorists who murdered Israelis as heroes and anticipates a Palestinian state that will replace all of Israel, including the removal of Israelis from the land.
Waed claims "the liberation of Palestine will only be achieved through armed struggle."
The magazine falsifies history, tying today's Palestinians to a "Canaanite Palestinian Arab" people that settled the land 5,000 years ago, when, in fact, Arab migration to the area began in the seventh century.
A coin with ancient Hebrew script is called ancient Palestinian currency.
"The education transmitted to children via Waed will be the driving force for Palestinian hate and terror for another generation," PMW concludes.
Israeli Girl Finds 2,000-Year-Old Silver Coin - Rossella Tercatin (Jerusalem Post)
A 2,000-year-old silver coin from the period of the Great Revolt against the Romans was found in Jerusalem by Liel Krutokop, an 11-year-old girl, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday.
On one side it features a cup and the inscription "Israeli shekel" and "second year," referring to the second year of the revolt (67-68 CE).
On the other side, another inscription reads "Holy Jerusalem" in ancient Hebrew script.
The coin was found during sifting of dirt excavated in the Pilgrimage Road, which connected the Siloam Pool in the City of David to the Temple Mount. It was Jerusalem's main street during the Second Temple period, said archaeologist Ari Levy.
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