July 20, 2023
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Expert: U.S. Ignores Iran's Active Nuclear Weapons Activities by Using "Defective" Definition - Benjamin Weinthal (Fox News)
The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an assessment last week that "Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities that would be necessary to produce a testable nuclear device."
However, David Albright, a physicist who is the founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, told Fox News that the agency applied an obsolete definition in making its assessment.
"It is amazing that the U.S. intelligence community is still digging its heels in and using the defective, overly defensive 2007 NIE [National Intelligence Estimate] framework."
"By their own definition, Iran had a nuclear weapons program in 2007, but they didn't realize it and will never admit it now. There are other problems as well. The European definition is more comprehensive and typically includes buying the wherewithal to develop or make nuclear weapons components."
A series of European intelligence reports from the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany point to Iran's regime actively building a nuclear weapons program.
U.S. Sending F-16 Fighter Jets to Protect Ships from Iranian Seizures - Lolita C. Baldor (AP-Military Times)
The U.S. will send F-16 fighter jets to the Gulf region to augment the A-10 attack aircraft that have been patrolling there to protect ships from Iranian seizures, a senior defense official said Friday.
The move comes after Iran tried to seize two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz last week.
Israel Sends Two Firefighting Aircraft to Aid in Greece Wildfires (Jerusalem Post)
Israel sent two Elad firefighting aircraft early Thursday to help control wildfires in Greece.
The Prime Minister's Office said Israel will "stand by Greece in combating massive wildfires and acknowledges Greece's aid given in recent wildfire incidents in Israel."
Israeli Missiles Hit Hizbullah Military Positions and Warehouses in Damascus (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
Israeli missiles hit military positions on Tuesday near Al-Dimas airport and the Al-Sabourah area which hosts battalions of the Syrian Army's 4th Division and Hizbullah warehouses, which caused fires in the targeted sites.
PA: No Plans to Disarm Jenin Armed Group - Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)
The Palestinian Authority does not have plans to crack down on the Jenin Battalion, whose members are affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or other armed groups in Jenin refugee camp, Palestinian officials said on Wednesday.
PA officials added that they won't tolerate scenes of anarchy and lawlessness and won't allow gunmen to run wild in any part of the West Bank.
U.S. Allocates $500 Million for Israel's Missile Defense Systems (Army Recognition)
On July 14, 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2024. The legislation includes $500 million for funding Israel's missile defense systems including the Iron Dome, Arrow II, Arrow III, and David's Sling.
Additional provisions include a requirement for at least two joint military exercises per year, an increase of $50 million for advanced technology research and development with Israel, $47.5 million for U.S.-Israeli counter-tunnel cooperation, and the establishment of a U.S.-funded grant program for joint research on post-traumatic stress disorder.
Iran's Network of 19 Terrorist Organizations on Israel's Borders - Joe Truzman (Foundation for Defense of Democracies)
The terrorist organizations highlighted in this report are active, possess military capabilities to attack Israel, and have acknowledged receiving support from Iran or are closely affiliated with armed groups who do.
Palestinian groups: Abd Al-Qadir Al-Husseini Brigades, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Lions' Den, Palestinian Mujahideen Movement, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, Popular Resistance Committees
Lebanon: Hizbullah, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Quds Force
Iraq and Syria: Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, Badr Organization, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba', Kataib Hezbollah, Liwa Al-Quds, Liwa Fatemiyoun, Liwa Zeynabiyoun
Water Taps Are Running Dry across Iran - Miriam Berger (Washington Post)
From Tehran to rural regions, Iranians are posting videos complaining of days on end in the heat without running water, their faucets emitting nothing but murky drops.
The water shortages are driven in large part by decades of mismanagement, experts say.
Even after a relatively rainy year, the reservoirs most crucial for drinking water and irrigation are more than 80% empty, Iran's official Water Resources Management Company reported this month.
Is Iran "Retuning" Its Relations with Africa? - Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Iran is stepping up its diplomatic activity in North Africa, Sudan, and East Africa.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe beginning on July 12, 2023. Iran sees East Africa as a fertile field for political, military, and economic activities.
Iran has a limited diplomatic presence in Africa, with fewer than 20 embassies. In contrast, Turkey has embassies in 44 African countries.
Iran is perceived as a malign actor by many governments in Africa, mainly due to its efforts to export its favored version of political Islam.
No doubt Iran will continue to encourage the spread of Shiism in Africa, while taking advantage of the instability that prevails in many regions to penetrate those shaky regimes.
The writer was formerly Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.
What I Saw in Israel Reveals Abraham Accords in Action - Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) (Fox News)
Earlier this month, I was in Israel, Bahrain and the UAE to see the impact of the Abraham Accords. These agreements spur economic growth, innovation, sharing of technology, and trade among former rivals.
The Accords increase defense cooperation among partners that deters America's enemies, like Iran, and will help us defeat them if necessary.
Most importantly, the Abraham Accords have defeated the false narrative that Israel was the cause of conflict in the region.
It has always been the case that instability in the Middle East was driven by Iran, Syria, and terrorist groups determined to destroy Israel and attack and undermine any country that accepts the legitimacy of the State of Israel.
We can never forget that Israel is a shining example of diversity in the region. Across Israel, Jews, Christians and Muslims work and live side by side. In fact, it's Israel's diversity that makes it such a target for terror from religious extremists like those in Hamas.
These killers want to destroy Israel because it represents a modern world where Jews, Christians, and Muslims live together, enjoy each other's cultures and work hand-in-hand to advance their society.
Arab Workplaces Are Anti-Innovation - Omar Al-Ubaydli (Al Arabiya)
The characteristics of Arab organizations are almost the exact opposite of what is required to promote innovation. The principals of Arab organizations tend to be conservative, administratively sclerotic, suspicious of change, reactive, and totally bereft of creativity.
When an excited employee brings an innovative idea to an Arab CEO, the response is likely to be: "I like things as they are - why should we rock the boat? How dare this underling insinuate that my leadership decisions are flawed?"
Employees are instructed to stop thinking outside the box and do as they are told by their superiors.
While there are many organizations in the Arab world that function well and promote innovation, the aggregate statistics on innovation paint a picture of woeful underperformance by the Arab world.
Our companies do not compete globally, our scientists do not win international prizes, and our economies do not grow.
The writer is a researcher at the Derasat think tank in Bahrain.
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Israeli President Isaac Herzog addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday in honor of Israel's 75th year of independence. His father, President Chaim Herzog, had addressed Congress in 1987 in honor of Israel's 40th year of independence.
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