January 26, 2023
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IAEA: Iran Has Amassed Enough Material for "Several Nuclear Weapons" - Celine Alkhaldi (CNN)
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi told a European Parliament subcommittee in Brussels on Wednesday that Tehran has amassed enough material for "several nuclear weapons."
Iran has 70 kg. of uranium enriched to 60% purity and 1,000 kg. enriched to 20% purity, according to Grossi.
Israeli Prime Minister Meets with Jordanian King in Amman - Rina Bassist (Al-Monitor)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Jordan Tuesday and met with King Abdullah II in his Amman palace.
A diplomatic source told the Israeli press that the meeting was positive, reflecting the years of acquaintance between the two leaders.
Netanyahu reportedly promised to preserve the status quo on the Temple Mount.
The Continuing Lie of the "Gaza Blockade" - Lt.-Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch (Palestinian Media Watch)
UN officials and the Palestinian Authority continue to perpetuate the lie that Israel has applied a "blockade" on "besieged Gaza." Yet statistics released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reveal the truth.
In 2022 there were 424,417 exits from Gaza into Israel via the Erez crossing. 14,909 exits were for Gazan patients, who were accompanied by 10,930 people, entering Israel to receive medical treatment. In addition, there were 245,145 exits from Gaza into Egypt via the Rafah crossing.
OCHA also reported that 74,096 truckloads of commodities entered Gaza from Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing. Only 5% were carrying humanitarian products. In addition, thousands of trucks entered Gaza from Israel carrying fuel.
Since the UN's own statistics debunk the false claim that Gaza is under "blockade" or "seige," why does this lie persist?
The writer is Head of Legal Strategies for Palestinian Media Watch.
Hizbullah Announces 9,000 New Recruits - Jeanine Jalkh (L'Orient Today-Lebanon)
Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah recently announced that more than 9,000 new recruits had joined the "resistance."
This number bolsters the 90,000 members of the al-Mahdi scouts.
Nasrallah also recalled that the party can count on at least 100,000 experienced fighters, meaning that Hizbullah can mobilize 200,000 men in the event of an armed conflict.
Mohanad Hajj Ali, a researcher at the Carnegie Middle East Center, questioned the validity of the figure of 100,000 fully dedicated combatants.
He also cautioned that there is a major distinction between those within Hizbullah's ranks who have undergone a few weeks of small-scale military training and those who are fully dedicated to military operations.
Pompeo: CIA Rescued Mossad Agents in Imminent Peril - Yonah Jeremy Bob (Jerusalem Post)
In his new book, former CIA director and U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo reveals that during his term, the CIA rescued Mossad agents in imminent peril at the personal request of then-Mossad director Yossi Cohen.
Israeli intelligence sources repeatedly denied that the operation in question was Israel's heist of Iran's secret nuclear archive in Tehran.
Pompeo wrote, "Whenever Yossi called, I took it. He did the same for me....I was there to help our friends, no questions asked, no matter the risks. My people swung into action across the world."
"We connected with his team, and within 24 hours we had guided them to safe houses. Within the next two days, they were back in their home countries without the world ever knowing that one of the most significant clandestine operations ever conducted was now complete."
Iranian Warships Reach Brazil in Round-the-World Cruise (U.S. Naval Institute)
The frigate IRIS Dena and IRIS Makran, Iran's largest warship, arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday as part of a round-the-world cruise, Iranian press reported.
The ships deployed from the Persian Gulf last year and traveled east through the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and around Cape Horn in South America into the Atlantic.
U.S. Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Include Israel's Iron Fist Protection System - Jen Judson (Defense News)
Following a redesign of how Elbit Systems' Iron Fist active protection system is incorporated onto a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle, the U.S. Army is now preparing to field the capability to a full brigade.
Israel's Elbit to Supply Anti-Missile Systems for NATO Tanker Planes - Matthias Inbar (i24News)
Israeli aerospace and defense company Elbit has signed a five-year contract with NATO to supply anti-missile systems for its fleet of tanker transport planes.
Israeli Company to Develop New Attack Drone for U.S. Military - Doug Cunningham (UPI)
Israel Aerospace Industries won a U.S. Department of Defense contract to develop and deliver a new attack drone described as a hybrid electro-optically guided missile.
The drone, called Point Blank, can be carried in a soldier's backpack and launched by a single soldier, landing back in the soldier's hand.
The U.S. said the purpose was to increase "the organic precision strike lethality and survivability of small tactical teams."
See also Video: Point Blank - a Hand-Launched Electro-Optical Guided Missile (Israel Aerospace Industries)
Tehran's Shiification of Syria - Rauf Baker (Middle East Quarterly)
The Syrian civil war provides a unique opportunity for the Islamic Republic of Iran to expand its hegemony across the region by cementing its presence in a pivotal Arab state.
The pronounced secularism of Syria's Alawite-led Baath regime notwithstanding, Damascus and Tehran have maintained a close relationship since 1979.
Iran adopted a two-pronged strategy: converting Sunni Muslims to Shiism and settling Shiites from neighboring countries throughout Syria.
In 2021, six Iranian universities were operating in Syria, five of which were established after the outbreak of the civil war. These universities use curricula approved by the Iranian ministry of science and require fluency in the Persian language.
Likewise, more than fifteen Iranian cultural centers have opened across Syria.
The Growing Muslim Population in Britain - Chris Doyle (Arab News-Saudi Arabia)
British Muslims are now the second-largest religious grouping in the UK. The 2021 census shows that the Muslim population is now 4 million in England and Wales, 6.5% of the population and an increase of 1.2 million since the 2011 census.
Back in 1961, the British Muslim population was only around 50,000. There are now more than 2,000 mosques and Islamic centers in the country.
At the last general election in 2019, a record 18 British Muslim MPs were elected, 10 of whom are women.
The writer is director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding.
Israel Sees Sharp Rise in Foreign Tourists (Xinhua-China)
The number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in Israel's hotels surged 785% in 2022, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics reported Tuesday.
Foreign tourists spent 7.1 million nights in Israeli hotels in 2022, up from 802,000 in 2021. However, the number was still significantly lower than the 12.1 million tourist stays registered in 2019, before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
30 Israeli Centers of Excellence Train 120,000 Indian Farmers Each Year (Indian Express)
The 30th Indo-Israel Center of Excellence was inaugurated in Haryana on Sunday, dedicated to semi-arid horticultural crops. Israel is a pioneer in developing sustainable technologies and solutions for all agricultural sectors.
Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon said, "We now have 30 fully-active Centers of Excellence in different states across India. More such centers are in the pipeline. These centers are increasing farmers' yield and productivity while diversifying local crops and improving the quality of produce."
Every year, the centers produce more than 40 million premium quality vegetable seedlings, over 500,000 high-quality fruit plants, and train more than 120,000 Indian farmers.
See also Israeli Diplomat Plays India's National Anthem for Republic Day - Arfa Javaid (Hindustan Times-India)
Israel's Consul General to Mumbai, Kobi Shoshani, shared a video of himself on Twitter playing the National Anthem of India on piano in honor of India's 74th Republic Day.
Social media users loved the beautiful rendition and thanked him for his kind gesture.
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