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January 5, 2023
U.S. to Ratchet Up Pressure on Iran - Ariel Kahana (Israel Hayom)
The Biden administration is poised to ratchet up the pressure on Iran under the working assumption that the talks to restore the nuclear deal are no longer viable, following a conversation between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.
Blinken confirmed President Joe Biden's assessment that the 2015 pact with Iran could not be revived.
Blinken added that the administration was likely to seek to have the EU join the effort to up the sanctions on Iran.
UK to Proscribe Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard as Terror Group - Ben Riley-Smith (Telegraph-UK)
Iran's Revolutionary Guard is set to be officially declared a terrorist group after 10 plots to kidnap or murder people in the UK last year. The move is expected to be announced within weeks.
Proscribing the group means it would become a criminal offense to belong to the IRGC, attend its meetings, carry its logo in public or encourage support of its activities, putting the body on a similar legal footing as al-Qaeda. Similar steps have been taken by the U.S. and Canada.
In November, MI5 director general Ken McCallum said: "Iran projects threat to the UK directly, through its aggressive intelligence services. At its sharpest, this includes ambitions to kidnap or even kill British or UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the regime. We have seen at least 10 such potential threats since January alone."
Tortured by Hamas, Palestinian Man Finds Refuge in Israel - Dana Ben-Shimon (Israel Hayom)
E., a resident of Gaza, has been put on Hamas' blacklist after he made several public statements and published posts in which he dared to criticize Hamas' policy.
He attacked the Hamas leadership for violating human rights, criticized the discrimination against women in public areas, and expressed his fury with the way Hamas security institutions handle anti-regime activists.
E. very quickly found himself subject to threats, intimidation, and physical and mental harassment.
"In the initial investigations I was severely beaten, with bruises all over my body," says E.
"They threatened to kill me and told me, 'Tomorrow we will shoot you and throw you to the dogs, and tell everyone that you collaborated with Israel.'"
95 Percent of Cars Stolen in Israel End Up in Palestinian Authority - Roi Weinberger (Globes)
Car thefts have doubled in Israel over the past year, according to data from insurance companies. In December 2022 alone, between 1,200 and 1,300 cars were stolen.
A senior insurance company executive said the increase in thefts originates from the demand for new vehicles or spare parts in the Palestinian Authority.
"This is a kind of economic intifada. 95% reach the Palestinian Authority. It is an organized industry in which everything is ordered in advance."
"The newer vehicles are usually stolen for personal use in the Palestinian Authority areas, while older vehicles are stolen for spare parts that have been ordered in advance."
Washington Post's Anti-Israel Bias in Full Swing - Dr. Michael Berenhaus (JNS)
The Washington Post clearly opposes Israel's new government. Its front-page article on Dec. 30 made sure to quote only its critics.
The Post article repeatedly emphasizes potential anti-LGBT actions by the new government, yet omits the fact that the new government will have, for the first time in Israel's history, a member of the LGBT community as the next Knesset speaker.
Moreover, these charges malign a country that will continue to be the most LGBT-friendly by far in the entire region - a region where LGBT members are routinely murdered for their sexual orientation.
Official PA Daily: Israel Trained Cows to Spy on Palestinians - Itamar Marcus (Palestinian Media Watch)
On Dec. 27, 2022, the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported a fabricated story that Israeli cows are trained to spy on Palestinians.
"On the neck of each cow they hang a medallion with an eavesdropping and recording device on it, and sometimes cameras, in order to monitor every detail" in Palestinian villages.
It was also reported that Israelis "release herds of wild boars" to destroy Palestinian crops.
Historical Photos: The Great Powers Converged on the Holy Land in the 19th Century - Lenny Ben-David (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
The Jews of Jerusalem flocked to receive the German Emperor in 1898.
Rafael Introduces New Capabilities for SPYDER Air Defense Missile System (Army Technology-UK)
Israel-based Rafael has announced that its surface-to-air Python 5 and Derby (SPYDER) air defense missile system has been upgraded with new tactical capabilities.
The combat-proven system now features a counter-tactical ballistic missile (TBM) capability.
This low-level, quick reaction, autonomous system is deployed to deter airborne attacks from helicopters, uncrewed aerial vehicles, precision-guided munitions, and other aircraft.
SPYDER can detect threats while moving and can conduct a 360-degree launch within seconds.
Israeli Hospital Is World Leader in Procedure Enabling Cancer Patients to Give Birth - Judy Lash Balint (JNS)
Following years of aggressive cancer treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, Ayelet Rosenberg, 35, gave birth to her fourth child after cryopreservation of her eggs.
The Fertility Preservation Center at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan has performed 750 ovarian tissue cryopreservation procedures, more than any other medical center worldwide.
Ovarian function returned in 95% of the patients and 50% of those conceived.
Innovation Helps Israel Reduce Wildfires - Elana Shap (Israel21c)
According to Rami Zaritsky, KKL-JNF's head of forest fire safety, "In 2020 there were 1,020 wildfires [in Israel] stretching over 60,000 dunams [150,000 acres]. This dropped to 814 in 2021 and this year  it was 448 fires over 18,900 dunams [46,000 acres]."
Gilad Ostrovsky, director of the KKL-JNF's Forestry Department, believes the drop in wildfires can be largely attributed to an emphasis on early detection and fast response time, as well as the innovative technology of the Tinshemet-Toren thermal imaging system, which has been in operation for the last three years.
The system can detect any irregular heat or movement and pinpoint its exact location within a 100-km. radius.
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