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March 24, 2022
Israeli Prime Minister Meets in Egypt with President Sissi, UAE Crown Prince - Jonathan Lis (Ha'aretz)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived in Egypt on Monday for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
The meeting was part of an effort to forge a coalition with American backing among countries that would stand together against Iran.
An Egyptian official said the three leaders would focus in their talks on Iran, Syria and Ukraine, adding that the Palestinian issue is not expected to be a major area of discussion.
See also Iran's Enemies in the Middle East Are Closing Ranks - David Gardner (Financial Times-UK)
Behind the Meeting of Israeli, Egyptian and UAE Leaders - Dr. Ofir Winter (Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University)
Egyptian commentators noted that the meeting of Israeli, Egyptian and UAE leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh reflects an interest in forming new regional alliances in light of reduced U.S. involvement in the region.
Cairo's main concern is an increase in Iran's subversive activities under the cover of a renewed nuclear agreement, particularly in relation to the Houthis, who target Egypt's Gulf allies and could disrupt the Suez Canal.
The war in Ukraine is another concern. Egypt imports 50% of its wheat from Russia, relied on Russian tourism, and placed hope in a number of Russian economic projects in its territory.
Last week, Israel engaged to help Egypt compensate for the loss of tourism from Russia and Ukraine, when it agreed to open a new air route between Tel Aviv and Sharm el-Sheikh.
The writer, a research fellow at INSS, is a lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Over 6,000 Ukrainians Have Moved to Israel since Russia Invaded - Judah Ari Gross (Times of Israel)
More than 6,000 Ukrainians have immigrated to Israel in the past month, twice as many as in all of 2021, the Immigration and Absorption Ministry said Thursday.
"Right now, it's mostly young mothers, small children and men over the age of 60, including 120 Holocaust survivors. They are coming with nothing, just the clothes on their back," Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata said Thursday.
More than 500 new immigrants arrived in Israel on Wednesday and another 400 were due to arrive Thursday.
U.S. Offering $1 Million to Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations - Lahav Harkov (Jerusalem Post)
The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor is offering a grant of up to $987,654 for projects that include reporting human rights violations by Israel, raising concern about abuse by organizations seeking boycotts, sanctions and international law tribunals against Israel.
Prof. Gerald Steinberg, Director of NGO Monitor, said the U.S. funding announcement is unprecedented.
Steinberg wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying that NGO projects of this kind "are exploited for campaigns targeting Israel. These grantees lobby the International Criminal Court and UN frameworks - such as biased Commissions of Inquiry - to sanction Israel, promote BDS and use the 'apartheid' label."
"In light of the Biden Administration's repeated rejection of such campaigns, we call on the State Department to reconsider this program."
Human rights organizations targeting Israel are "an industry on the order of at least $50 million to Israel and Palestinian groups from European governments."
Economic Fallout from Russia-Ukraine War Hits Gaza - Sanaa Alswerky (Media Line-Jerusalem Post)
The economic repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine war have reached Gaza, where prices have rocketed as a result of the rise in energy and transportation costs as well as in the price of building supplies.
The price of steel and cement has jumped by 30%, said Imad AbuMatar, a Gaza-based contractor.
The war has sent food prices sharply up too, with the world price of flour rising by more than 30%.
Europe's Largest University Cancels Event Linked to Amnesty Report on Israel - Romana Rubeo (Palestine Chronicle)
La Sapienza University of Rome, the largest university in Europe, on Monday canceled an event aimed at presenting Amnesty International's recent findings labeling Israel an apartheid state.
The organizers said that the university insisted on including a representative of the Union of Italian Jewish Youth (UGEI) as a prerequisite for holding the event. This was considered unacceptable by the organizers.
Journalist Transforms Palestinian Terrorist into Victim - Akiva Van Koningsveld (HonestReporting)
On Saturday, an Israeli jogger was injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem. Video footage shows how the runner fought off his attacker.
Yet The Nation correspondent Mohammed El-Kurd wrote: "Israeli occupation forces shot a Palestinian man in occupied Jerusalem. According to eyewitnesses, he was jogging when they shot him."
See also Video: Palestinian Attacks Israeli Jogger - Emanuel Fabian (Times of Israel)
Weizmann Institute Develops Israel's First Quantum Computer - Gid'on Lev (Ha'aretz)
Researchers from Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have developed a quantum computer - the WeizQC - one of about 30 such computers in the world.
Quantum computers allow for far greater computing power than even the strongest existing computers.
Israel Has Lowest Work Absence Rate among 28 Countries - Abigail Klein Leichman (Israel21c)
New research by UK-based Small Business Prices reveals that Israeli workers took fewer sick days than did workers in any of the other 27 countries studied - 3.9 days per year.
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