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July 14, 2022
Palestinian Factions Reject Biden's Middle East Visit, Call for Protests (Xinhua-China)
Multiple Palestinian factions and activists have voiced their rejection of U.S. President Joe Biden's visit and called for protests in the West Bank and Gaza.
Maher Mezher, a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza, said that Biden's visit aims to strengthen the U.S. grip on the region, warning against false promises by the U.S.
Iran to Send Hundreds of Drones to Russia for Use in Ukraine - Joby Warrick (Washington Post)
"The Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs, including weapons-capable UAVs, on an expedited timeline," U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan revealed Monday.
UN to Review Reports of Torture by Palestinian Government - Matan Kogen (Jewish Insider)
The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) - a subsidiary of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) - convened Tuesday in Geneva to investigate instances of enforced disappearances, violent interrogations and the holding of the remains of Israeli soldiers by the Palestinians.
"For the first time ever, the Palestinian Authority will come under scrutiny at the United Nations for its record on torture," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
Israel to Send New Batch of Defensive Equipment to Ukraine - Emanuel Fabian (Times of Israel)
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday approved a new shipment of aid to Ukraine's emergency services, including 1,500 helmets, 1,500 protective vests, hundreds of mine protection suits, 1,000 gas masks and dozens of hazmat filtration systems.
Unprecedented Inflation Hammers Iran - Ali Dadpay (Al-Monitor)
The Statistical Center of Iran (SCI) reported a monthly inflation rate of 12.2% and a yearly rate of 52.5% for the Iranian month ending June 21.
This means an Iranian family lost 10% of its shopping power within this 30-day period and is paying 50% more for the same products compared to spring 2021. One wonders if Iranian consumers can hold on much longer.
The writer is an associate professor of finance at Gupta College of Business, University of Dallas.
Israel and Saudi Arabia's Secretive Relationship - Bruce Riedel (Brookings Institution)
Saudi Arabia has a long history of clandestine cooperation with Israel against mutual enemies.
In the early 1960s, when both supported the Royalists in Yemen against the Egyptian and Soviet-backed Republican government in Sana'a, their intelligence services coordinated the delivery of weapons and expertise to the Royalists.
The 1993 Oslo agreement facilitated more behind-the-scenes contacts.
The writer is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project.
U.S.: Key Islamic State Leader Killed in Syria Drone Strike - Karoun Demirjian (Washington Post)
Maher al-Agal, a top leader of the Islamic State, was killed in a U.S. drone strike Tuesday in northwest Syria, the White House announced.
Video: Rock on the Walls of Jerusalem (Israel Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage-Jerusalem Municipality)
On June 1, 2022, 400 rock musicians and singers came together outside the Old City Walls in Jerusalem to celebrate 55 years of unified Jerusalem with a once-in-a-lifetime performance of "Jerusalem of Gold."
"Jewish Olympics" Kick Off in Israel - Melanie Lidman (Times of Israel)
More than 10,000 participants from 60 countries will descend on Israel over the next two weeks for the 21st Maccabiah Games, the quadrennial "Jewish Olympics" first held in 1932.
U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to attend the opening ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday evening.
Israel to Bring Prenatal Telehealth to Underserved Palestinian Areas in West Bank - Judy Siegel-Itzkovich (Jerusalem Post)
Sheba Medical Center in Israel has launched a training and health-delivery program for female Palestinian healthcare professionals to provide remote care for pregnant women in the rural Hebron area.
"Our goal...is to provide women with the medical care they need, wherever they are located," said Dr. Avi Tsur, director of Sheba's Women's Health Innovation Center.
"Telemedicine allows us to bridge geographical, political and cultural gaps in the shared vision of optimal health outcomes."
India-Israel Ties Are at an All-Time High - Lev Aran and Yeshaya Rosenman (The Print-India)
30 years after the establishment of formal diplomatic relations, relations between Israel and India have been fundamentally transformed.
Israeli Ambassador to India Naor Gilon noted that agricultural cooperation has resulted in fields that have tripled or quadrupled their yield since adopting Israeli technologies.
There are more Indian students in Israel than from any other foreign country, most doing advanced degrees.
Israeli Innovators Are Busy Solving Problems to Make the World a Better Place - David Suissa (Los Angeles Jewish Journal)
Israel is a country that produces innovation.
From medical care to the environment to artificial intelligence to cybersecurity to green technology to food security to water generation to energy conservation to airport efficiency to countless other areas, Israeli innovations now affect all of humanity.
Why haven't Israel's stunning achievements become a bigger story?
Because the story about what is arguably the world's most useful nation helping humanity disrupts the familiar narrative of a big, bad and guilty Israel.
Saudi Magazine Praises Arab Israelis Who Serve in IDF - Shahar Klaiman (Israel Hayom)
The Saudi magazine Al Majalla, published from London, recently ran a positive cover story about Arab Israelis who serve in the IDF.
"These are...Arabs who chose to volunteer to fight and even sacrifice their lives to defend the State of Israel. These young people, who include women, are proud to be part of the Israeli army."
"One of the young men, A-Raqib Imad, says proudly, 'It's a great honor to hold a weapon in one hand and the Quran in the other to defend my homeland, Israel.'"
Alaa Hassan Kaabia, who spent two decades in the army and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, said that in the IDF "there is no discrimination and there is total equality and integration."
"Most of the Arab Israelis who joined the army did so for one reason - they want to be part of the country. They want to integrate into civilian society."
Israel's Elbit to Provide Intelligence Systems to European Country (Globes)
Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $660 million contract to provide intelligence systems to a European country.
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