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Photo: Palestinian Rioters Throw a Firebomb from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
See also Photo: Palestinians Stockpile Rocks inside Al-Aqsa Mosque (Twitter)
See also Video: Palestinian "Worshippers" Playing Soccer inside Al-Aqsa Mosque (Twitter)
See also Video: Don't Buy the Lies. Call for Peace in Jerusalem (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Israel to Provide Ukraine Rescue Forces with Protective Gear - Anna Ahronheim (Jerusalem Post)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced Wednesday that Israel will provide Ukraine with helmets and protective vests for rescue and emergency personnel.
"This is part of Israel's extensive effort to provide humanitarian aid," he said after speaking with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov.
Israeli Space Expert: Iran Assembling Building Blocks for Long-Range Ballistic Missiles - Yaakov Lappin (JNS)
Iran is assembling the building blocks necessary to construct ballistic missiles with very long ranges which could threaten Europe and North America, Tal Inbar, a leading Israeli missile and space expert, told JNS.
"When one examines what the IRGC is doing, it is possible to see the various technologies being developed for long-range missiles, such as solid propellant. They have the building blocks to build an intercontinental ballistic missile."
"The IRGC, which is listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S., has a space division. I'm not aware of other terror organizations that can reach space....All missiles, including space launchers, are built by Iran's military industries, and all of the industries belong to the IRGC."
Iraqi Officials: No Proof of Mossad Base in Erbil (Asharq al-Awsat-UK)
No evidence has been found that supports Tehran's claims that Israel's foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, operated a permanent spy station in the Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq, two Iraqi officials told Asharq al-Awsat on Monday.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards launched a missile attack on a villa belonging to a Kurdish businessman in Erbil on March 13.
One of the Iraqi officials said, "Iraq asked the Iranian side to back up its claims regarding the Israeli Mossad, but it failed to do so despite Iraq's efforts."
U.S., Allies Establish New Naval Group to Patrol Red Sea Region - Megan Eckstein (Defense News)
The multinational Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East will stand up a new Combined Task Force-153 to specifically address maritime threats in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
The U.S. Navy will lead the task force initially, but will quickly hand leadership over to a regional partner.
U.S. Navy Vice-Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. 5th Fleet and Naval Forces Central Command, said CTF-153 will operate from the Suez Canal through the Bab el-Mandeb strait and to the Yemen-Oman border and will address human trafficking and smuggling of illegal weapons and drugs.
New Report Highlights Libya's Role in Munich Massacre of Israeli Athletes - Yossi Melman (Ha'aretz)
A new report prepared by the Dutch law firm Knoops' Advocaten on behalf of relatives of the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics terror attack, in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered, aims to prove that Libya financed and directed the attack.
The group is seeking reparations from Libyan finances that are currently frozen in German banks.
The report alleges that in August 1972, a month before the attack, Yasser Arafat and his deputy, Abu Iyad, traveled to Tripoli and asked Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi to finance the operation.
Quoting German intelligence files, the report states that Gadhafi gave them 1 million pounds sterling (the equivalent to $50 million today).
The Palestinian terrorists who carried out the attack were trained in Libya by Gadhafi's intelligence service and army, and weapons used in the massacre were smuggled into Germany via Libyan diplomats.
The Mista'arvim: an Elite Israeli Undercover Unit Disguised as Palestinians - Emad Moussa (Al-Araby Al-Jadeed-UK)
Mista'arvim is a Hebrew word derived from the Arabic musta'ribeen, which means those who disguise themselves as Arabs.
They dress, speak, and act like Palestinians, and carry out missions in the heart of Arab towns and cities.
Among other roles, the mista'arvim operate during Palestinian riots and even partake in burning tires and hurling rocks.
They usually wear keffiyehs and leave their shirts untucked to conceal their handguns. They target young Palestinians closest to the Israeli army's front line and arrest them.
The goal is to create an atmosphere of distrust, paranoia, and fear, thus discouraging riots.
"You can't really know if this person next to you is another Palestinian like you or an undercover agent that can abduct you at any moment or pull out a weapon," explained Esmat Omar, a Palestinian expert on Israeli affairs and intelligence.
Germany to Build Two Solar Power Stations in Gaza (WAFA-PA)
The Palestinian Authority and Germany signed a 16 million euro agreement to build two solar power stations in Gaza with a total capacity of 18 megawatts.
The first station will be in the Rafah area in the south, and the second in the Sudaniya area in northern Gaza to supply solar energy to the desalination plant in the area.
Jordan's Undeclared War Against Syria Drug Traffickers - Yolande Knell (BBC News)
Syria's transformation into a narco-state is sowing new seeds of misery across the region.
Al-Rashid Hospital in Amman treats addicts from Jordan and Gulf Arab states where the amphetamine Captagon - cheaply manufactured in Syria and Lebanon - has become the drug of choice.
Captagon has turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry in Syria, worth far more than any legal exports.
Reports have linked powerful figures in business and the military to its manufacturing and distribution.
"The areas in which Captagon production is most pronounced are those controlled by the Assad regime and close familial relations of the regime," says Ian Larson, a Syria analyst for the Center for Operational Analysis and Research (COAR) in Cyprus.
Since the start of 2022, the Jordanian army has intercepted 17 million Captagon pills. 15.5 million Captagon pills were picked up in 2021.
Israel Develops First Rapid Home Pregnancy Test Using Saliva - Ruti Levy (Ha'aretz)
In the coming weeks, the Israeli company Salignostics will begin commercial production of its Salistick, the world's first rapid pregnancy test that uses saliva.
The test kits have been approved by the EU and the Israeli Health Ministry.
Salignostics founders include the former dean of the dental school of Hebrew University and four doctoral and postdoctoral students at its salivary gland molecular medicine lab.
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