October 5, 2023
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Video: Thousands of Christians Participate in Annual Jerusalem March (Euronews-France)
Thousands of Christian worshipers from around the world participated on Wednesday in the annual Jerusalem March during the Jewish Sukkot holiday.
The marchers beat drums, blew shofar horns, sang songs, and handed out candy.
Many Christians profess a strong affinity for the Jewish faith and consider modern Israeli history a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
See also Photos: 1000s of Christians Join March of the Nations in Jerusalem (Jerusalem Post)
Iran Official Admits Country's Role in Beirut Bombing that Killed 241 American Troops (MEMRI)
The Iranian news agency IRNA published an interview on Sept. 13, 2023, with Issa Tabatabai, the representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Lebanon.
Tabatabai had previously served as the representative in Lebanon of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Iran's Islamic Republic. Tabatabai recounted that his home served as military headquarters for Hizbullah.
He acknowledged receiving, directly from Khomeini, a fatwa ordering suicide operations to be carried out against the Americans and Israelis in Lebanon.
"I quickly went to Lebanon and provided what was needed in order to [carry out] martyrdom operations in the place where the Americans and Israelis were."
No official Iranian representative had ever said that Iran had any involvement in the bombings of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in April 1983 in which 63 people, including 17 Americans, were killed, and the barracks of American and French members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon in October 1983, in which 241 U.S. service personnel and 58 French troops were killed.
New Iranian Satellite Reaches Orbit - Jo Gambrell (AP)
Iran's Revolutionary Guard successfully put a Noor-3 imaging satellite into orbit last week.
The U.S. says Iran's satellite launches defy a UN Security Council resolution.
The U.S. intelligence community's 2023 worldwide threat assessment says the development of satellite launch vehicles "shortens the timeline" for Iran to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile because it uses similar technology.
Second Israeli Minister "Received Warmly" in Saudi Arabia - Rina Bassist (Al-Monitor)
Israeli Minister of Communications Shlomo Karhi and Likud lawmaker David Bitan, the head of the Knesset's Economic Affairs Committee, landed in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday to participate in the 2023 congress of the Universal Postal Union.
Last week, Israeli Tourism Minister Haim Katz visited the kingdom.
Karhi's office told Al-Monitor that the minister was "received warmly" and that the Saudis were helpful in planning the visit.
Photos: Palestinian Islamic Jihad Unveils New Weapons in Gaza Military Parade (Palestine Chronicle)
Hundreds of fighters marched under the movement's banners in Gaza on Wednesday to mark the 36th anniversary of the establishment of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
New long-range missiles, such as the Jaafar, were on display, as well as the Badr 3, with an explosive warhead weighing 400 kg.
Three types of drones manufactured in Gaza were also presented.
Video: 50,000 Jewish Worshippers Participate in Priestly Blessing at Western Wall in Jerusalem (Ynet News)
Over 50,000 Jewish worshippers participated in the Priestly Blessing (Birkat Kohanim) ceremony during the Sukkot festival at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem on Monday morning for the 53rd year.
In keeping with tradition, hundreds of Kohanim (Jewish priests descended from High Priest Aaron) blessed the large congregation.
The event took place in the presence of Israel's chief rabbis.
See also Video: 800 Levites Sing Ancient Prayers from Psalms near Western Wall (Ynet News)
800 Levites (descendants of the tribe of Levi, who were assistants to the priests in the Jewish Temple) gathered on Monday at the Southern Wall adjacent to the Western Wall in Jerusalem to sing selected chapters from the book of Psalms that were traditionally sung during Sukkot, at the time of the Second Temple.
Participants stood on the steps which served as the entrance to the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago, located in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
Israelis Call to Protect Jewish Archaeological Sites in Judea and Samaria (Jerusalem Post)
10,000 people marched to Joshua's Altar on Mt. Ebal on Monday to demand protection for Jewish archaeological sites in Judea and Samaria.
Mt. Ebal is believed to be the site where an altar was built by the Israelites shortly after they entered the Land of Israel after the Exodus. According to Deuteronomy, Moses instructed the tribes to gather on Mt. Ebal.
In the past year, groups have repeatedly warned of attempts by the Palestinian Authority to damage the site, including plans to build a new neighborhood on the mountain and to pave over the ancient altar at the site.
In January, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the PA had been informed that harm to archaeological sites in the West Bank would not be accepted.
Ancient Aqueduct Discovered in Jerusalem (Heritage Daily)
Archaeological excavations in Jerusalem's new Givat Hamatos neighborhood uncovered a 300-meter section of an ancient aqueduct that was built by King Herod some 2,000 years ago.
During Herod's reign, the city population saw a large period of growth, meaning that the water flowing in springs and stored in cisterns was no longer sufficient to support the city inhabitants.
"Due to this situation, the Hasmoneans and King Herod built two complex aqueducts to transport water to Jerusalem (from springs in the Bethlehem region), constituting one of the grandest and most sophisticated water projects in the country, and indeed, the ancient world," said Dr. Ofer Sion of the Israel Antiquities Authorities.
Amid Severe Economic Crisis, Egypt Continues to Battle Dizzying Rate of Population Growth - B. Chernitsky (MEMRI)
Egypt's population growth rate is one of the highest in the world. The population is currently 105 million, a rise of 10 million since 2017.
Reducing the population growth rate is one of the goals set by the Egyptian government in its Vision 2030 plan, and the rate has indeed dropped in recent years from 2.11% in 2016 to 1.6% in 2022.
Yet the country has not yet achieved a balance between the size of the population and the available resources.
Israel Aerospace Sells Two Satellites to Azerbaijan for $120 Million - Dean Shmuel Elmas (Globes)
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Tuesday signed an agreement to sell two long-life OptSat500 satellites with high imaging capabilities to Azerbaijan space agency Azercosmos for $120 million.
Relations between the two countries are based not only on the export of Azerbaijani oil to Israel and the import of weapons from Israel, but also on significant cooperation against Tehran.
Azerbaijan, like Iran, is a Shiite country but secular. Therefore, Tehran is trying to undermine it and develop pro-Iranian militias in its territory without success, partly due to Israeli assistance in monitoring and countermeasures.
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