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June 16, 2022
Israel Destroyed Several Iranian Arms Convoys in Iraq - Nazir Magally (Asharq Al-Awsat-UK)
Israel has carried out numerous strikes against truck convoys smuggling Iranian weapons to Hizbullah, targeting convoys as they were making their way from Iraq to Syria and carrying out the strike in either country, an Israeli source revealed.
Two Iranian Aerospace Engineers Found Dead Were Developing Weapons for Hizbullah (Jerusalem Post)
Two Revolutionary Guards air force officers, Mohammad Abdous and Ali Kamani, who were found dead on Sunday, were involved in developing weapons for Hizbullah in Lebanon, according to Iran International.
Iranian Cyber Attack Targets Israeli Officials, Former U.S. Ambassador - Michael Bachner (Times of Israel)
Iranian hackers recently employed a wide array of fake email accounts to impersonate trusted parties, take over the targets' accounts, steal information and use it to attack new targets, including former foreign minister Tzipi Livni and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, the Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Research said Tuesday.
Check Point said it believed the attack was perpetrated by an Iranian group called Phosphorus, which has a long history of conducting high-profile cyber operations aligned with Tehran's interests as well as targeting Israeli officials.
Israel Deploys Radar Systems in UAE and Bahrain - Debbie Mohnblatt (Media Line)
"Israel has deployed radar systems in several countries in the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain," to counter the threat of ballistic missiles from Iran, Israel's Channel 12 reported.
Dr. Eyal Pinko, a retired Israeli naval commander and an expert in intelligence, said the radar can also detect cruise missiles and drones.
"I assess that this move is well coordinated with the U.S. and probably even funded by the U.S.," he added.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Says Visa Waiver Will Be in Place by 2023 - Ariel Kahana (Israel Hayom)
By 2023, Israel will join the U.S. visa waiver program, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides told Israel Hayom in an interview.
According to Nides, the Knesset needed to vote on a few matters of compliance with U.S. requirements, and that the legislative body was working on it.
PA Foils Hamas Plot to Seize West Bank Security Base - Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)
PA security forces recently discovered a weapons cache and tunnel near the headquarters of a Palestinian security installation in the town of Beitunia, west of Ramallah.
At least 19 Hamas members suspected of planning to infiltrate and seize control of the PA's Preventive Security Service installation were arrested, Palestinian sources said Tuesday.
See also Mysterious Blast Leads PA to "Hamas Bomb Plot" (JNS)
Palestinian Authority security forces have uncovered what they believe is a Hamas bomb lab in Beitunia, following a mysterious blast there on Monday.
After being drawn to the site by the explosion, Palestinian forces found a 17-pound explosive device, Israel's Channel 12 reported.
Israel Issues 20,000 Additional Work Permits to West Bank Palestinians - Yossi Yehoshua (Ynet News)
Israel on Wednesday increased by 20,000 the number of work permits issued to West Bank Palestinians wishing to work inside Israel - to 120,000.
Security officials said the move would improve the financial situation of more residents of the Palestinian Authority.
The civil administration of the West Bank opted to change some of the criteria limiting potential workers. Permits offered only to married men over the age of 22 are now available for unmarried men aged 27 and older.
With the approval of the Israel Security Agency, Palestinians who were previously bared from entry because of minor security offences decades ago would now be allowed to apply for permits.
Palestinian Officer Sells Guns to Undercover Agent to "Use Against Jews" (Ynet News)
The Israel Police revealed Monday that as part of a widescale undercover investigation into illegal trade of firearms, a Palestinian security officer sold an Israeli undercover agent an M-16 rifle, improvised submachine guns, and pistols on condition they would be "used against Jews."
Iran Provides Aid to Palestinian Martyrs' Families in Gaza (AhlulBayt-Iran)
Nasser al-Sheikh Ali, head of the Palestinian Martyrs' Institute in Gaza, said Monday that Iran had supported the families of Palestinian martyrs and wounded in Gaza for years, and that 7,000 families were receiving aid from Iran.
Three Projects Awarded Israel Defense Prize (JNS)
Israeli President Isaac Herzog awarded the Israel Defense Prize to three projects on Tuesday in Jerusalem.
One was for the Ofek spy satellite program. The program is led by the Defense Ministry, Israel Aerospace Industries designed and built the satellites, and Elbit Systems produced the advanced space camera payloads.
Another prize went to a decade-long project run by Military Intelligence, the Mossad, and the Defense Ministry.
The third prize went to a project by the Mossad, the Defense Ministry, and defense companies aimed at preserving Israel's qualitative edge over strategic threats.
Britain's Independent Accepts False Claim on Jerusalem Building Permits - Adam Levick (CAMERA-UK)
A video report in the Independent on June 12 included the claim that "it is almost impossible [for Palestinians in Jerusalem] to get building authorization from the city, forcing them to build homes without permits."
Yet, as data reported by the anti-settlement group Peace Now shows, in the most recent year of available data, 2018, the rate of construction permit approvals for Palestinian neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem (841) exceeded approvals for Jewish neighborhoods in that part of the city (780).
Syria Confiscates Children's Kites for "Promoting Homosexuality" (Middle East Eye-UK)
The Syrian government has "confiscated  rainbow-colored kites in the city of Hama" that "promote homosexuality," Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported.
Some Syrians criticized the confiscation of the kites, since they had always carried the colors of the rainbow, long before it became a global logo for the LGBTQ+ community.
Ben and Jerry's Requires Employees to Watch Lectures on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Melissa Weiss (Jewish Insider)
New employees hired by Ben & Jerry's are required to watch video lectures featuring activists discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
One of the videos features Omar Shakir, who serves as Human Rights Watch's Israel and Palestine director and was expelled from Israel in 2019.
Israeli Researchers Unveil World's First Insect Radar - Adam Decker (Jewish News-UK)
Israeli researchers at the University of Haifa have unveiled a first-of-its-kind radar that can accurately detect the size and direction of insect swarms to help forewarn farmers and save crops.
Prof. Nir Sapir said researchers would be able to "identify pollinating insects that are of great importance for wild plants and agriculture, as well as other insects that cause damage to agriculture, such as various species of moths."
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