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Israel criticized the words of the Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Melnyk about Bandera

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Statements of Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk about nationalist Stepan Bandera “distort historical facts, diminish the significance of the Holocaust and insult memory of those killed by Bandera and his people,” the Israeli embassy in Germany said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Melnyk, in an interview published in late June with German journalist Til Jung, said that he visited Bandera's grave in Munich “because he is important to so many Ukrainians as the personification of the struggle for freedom.” “A freedom fighter is not subject to any laws. Robin Hood is revered by all of us, but he also did not act according to the laws,— Melnik said.

Stepan Bandera— one of the leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, recognized as extremist in Russia and banned), as well as one of the initiators of the creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA, also recognized as extremist and banned). Bandera, after the German invasion of Poland, collaborated for some time with German military intelligence, and after disagreements with the Nazis, he was arrested by the image. He was imprisoned in Berlin, and after his release he moved to Munich, where he was killed by a KGB agent in 1959.

In Ukraine, torchlight processions in honor of Bandera are regularly held. Former President Viktor Yushchenko conferred on him the title of Hero of Ukraine in 2010, which the nationalist was subsequently stripped of by Yushchenko's successor Viktor Yanukovych.

The Israeli embassy believes that the diplomat's words “undermine the efforts of the Ukrainian people to live in accordance with democratic values ​​in the world.

A representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg Nikolenko, after the words of Melnyk, said that this is the personal opinion of the ambassador, which does not reflect the position of the department.

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One of the oldest mosques in the world, found by archaeologists in Israel

In the south of Israel, archaeologists have discovered the foundations of an ancient mosque. The remains of the mosque, which is more than 1200 years old, were discovered during the construction of a new quarter in the Bedouin city of Rahat.

The mosque, located in the Negev desert, was a square-shaped room with a semicircular prayer niche — mihrab. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the mosque dates back to the very beginning of the period of Islamic rule in Eretz Israel – that is, the 7th & 9th centuries AD.   400 meters from the found mosque, archaeologists also unearthed the ruins of a huge estate, which, judging by the finds, was the property of Byzantine Christians.

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Turkey and Israel decided to raise the level of diplomatic relations to ambassadors

Since 2018, there have been no ambassadors in the two countries, since Ankara and Tel Aviv then diverged in their assessment of events in the Gaza Strip. Erdogan called Israel a terrorist state, Netanyahu accused the Turkish leader of supporting Hamas alt=”Turkey and Israel decided to raise the level of diplomatic relations to ambassadors” />

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Ankara and Tel Aviv will raise the diplomatic level of bilateral relations to ambassadors, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference following a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, Anadolu agency reports.

“We have started work to raise the level of our diplomatic representation to the level of an ambassador,— he said. Israeli Minister Lapid confirmed this intention, according to Haaretz.

According to Cavusoglu, the parties “confirmed the progress of a positive dialogue”; in relationship. In addition to changing the level of diplomatic representation, Israel and Turkey intend to hold another high-level meeting in the near future, establish “political and regional consultations”, consider the creation of a mixed economic commission, and expand cooperation in the field of tourism and agriculture, Hurriyet points out. The minister especially emphasized cooperation in the field of security, in particular, protection against terrorist threats.

Lapid, according to Haaretz, thanked Turkey for saving the lives of Israeli citizens who were under threat of attacks from Iran in Turkey. “We are talking not only about the murder of innocent Israeli tourists, but also about the clear violation of Turkish sovereignty by Iranian terror,” Lapid said.

According to The Times of Israel, Ankara's detention of eight people allegedly working for an Iranian intelligence cell and plotting to kill or kidnap Israeli tourists in Istanbul is at stake.


Ankara withdrew its ambassador from Israel and expelled the Israeli ambassador from Turkey in 2018 amid the situation in the Gaza Strip, when protests began in this territory due to the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestine is hostile to the United States, because Washington considers the Hamas movement that is in power there a terrorist one.

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When clashes began on the border between Israel and Palestine, Erdogan called Israel's actions against the Palestinians a genocide, and Israel itself— terrorist state. Erdogan repeated similar statements in the future: for example, in 2021 he again called Israel a terrorist state, when protests began in East Jerusalem, which is considered Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, due to the eviction of Arab families. He indicated that Ankara supports the liberation of the territories of Palestine. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the main supporter of Hamas.

Speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian issue, Cavusoglu noted that he was also on the agenda in negotiations with Lapid. “We share our expectations and sensitivities on this issue in every meeting with Israel. Everyone must take careful steps to solve the problem,”” the minister emphasized.

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Netanyahu announced his intention to lead the new government of Israel

On June 20, Israeli Prime Minister Bennett announced an agreement to dissolve parliament in a week. Former Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed confidence that he will be able to form and lead a new government

Former Israeli Prime Minister, leader of the opposition Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu, after reports of the upcoming dissolution of the Knesset (parliament), expressed confidence that he would be able to form and lead a new government, reports The Times of Israel.

“My comrades and I will create a broad national government, which I will head and which will take care of all Israelis without exception,” — Netanyahu said.

The politician assured that if he returned to the post of prime minister, his government “will reduce taxes, lower prices and lead Israel to the highest achievements and additional peace agreements.”


Netanyahu called “great news for millions of Israelis” announcement of the impending dissolution of the Knesset and the resignation of current Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who will be replaced, under the current coalition agreement, by incumbent Foreign Minister Yair Lapid

“After a year of bitter opposition in the Knesset and serious suffering of the people of Israel, it is clear to everyone that this most unsuccessful government in the history of Israel has come to an end, — concluded the politician.

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Earlier, on June 20, Bennett and Lapid agreed to dissolve the Knesset in a week and transfer the duties of the head of the cabinet to the head of the foreign affairs agency as part of a coalition agreement until the next elections. “We did our best to keep the government. The decision to dissolve Parliament is the right one for Israel,— said Bennett.

The coalition led by the Yamina parties Bennett and Yesh Atid Lapida formed the Cabinet of Ministers following the parliamentary elections on March 23, 2021, after which, on June 13 of the same year, Bennett replaced the leader of the Likud party. Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, which he has occupied for the past 12 years — since 2009. Thus, in total, Netanyahu was the head of the cabinet for 15 years— a record time in the history of a country that declared independence in 1948.

Israel's parliamentary crisis

According to the results of the elections in April 2019, none of the parties received the necessary majority to form a government, it also failed to form a coalition. Repeat elections in September of the same year gave a similar result. This provoked the next elections in March 2020.

After them, the ruling Likud party has formed a coalition with its main rival in the last three campaigns— block of parties “Kahol-Lavan” (“White and Blue”), which is headed by Benny Gantz. The parties have agreed that they will take turns leading the government and Gantz will succeed Netanyahu as prime minister in November 2021. But then the parliamentarians failed to approve the country's budget for 2021, which led to another dissolution of the parliament and the appointment of new early elections.

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What kind of “looking through the walls” radar developed in Israel?

In Israel, they have developed a radar for searching for objects behind the walls — system called Xaver 1000. It is intended for intelligence units, rescuers and law enforcement agencies. The radar received an artificial intelligence-based target tracking algorithm and a system for visualizing objects behind obstacles. Xaver 1000 can recognize the pose of a person behind a wall.

Radar for searching for objects behind the walls – Xaver 1000.

How does it work?

The radar received a tripod for installing the system and a touch screen with a diagonal of 10.1 inches. Management is intuitive. The display also features easy menu navigation and built-in data recording and playback for analysis, training and post-mission debriefing. The completely radiation-safe system complies with international human exposure standards. The Xaver 1000 can record received data. It is operated by a single user and is ready to use at the touch of a button.

The photo attached to the description shows this system. It looks like a large turtle flattened on the wall, on the “shell” which the display is located.

How does it work?

How the Israeli system works is not described. Let's try to guess this by considering the general technologies of “seeing through walls”. The principle of operation of the devices is the same as in other radars: the sensors scan the area being viewed with radio waves, which, when an obstacle is detected, return to the receiver, and it registers the reflected radiation. Seems simple, but in reality, you have to combine several technologies and advanced data processing methods in one device.

Most of these radars operate in the 1-10 GHz frequency range. Radiation in this range is suitable for penetrating concrete, wood, plastic, glass and other walls. The higher the frequency, the less penetration of radiation through the walls. In turn, higher frequencies increase the accuracy in determining the size of the object and the distance.


Such a system is suitable for tactical and reconnaissance operations. It is indispensable for military, law enforcement, search and rescue teams and intelligence units operating in a variety of situations, including hostile urban environments and natural disasters. In particular, the XaverTM 1000 determines the most appropriate approach to ensure successful rescue operations in various operational scenarios such as hostage rescue. According to the developer, high-resolution 3D imaging and other powerful system tools provide an exceptional level of situational awareness.

What can you do?

The radar received an artificial intelligence-based target tracking algorithm and a function that allows you to detect and visualize static objects behind walls and other obstacles. It's called “3D Sense-Through-The-Wall” — literal translation of «I feel through the wall». High resolution imaging allows you to recognize parts of the human body. The Xaver 1000 can also determine the position of a person behind a wall and classify targets by type. For example, it is possible to understand whether an object is sitting, standing, or lying down even after it has been stationary for a long period of time.

The system also allows users to measure the height of objects and decide whether they are adults, children or animals, which gives a clear advantage in work and the ability to “step into the known.”


Such devices have many limitations. One of them is the fact that radio waves do not penetrate metal. Because of this, they cannot identify a person in a closed car or in a building covered with a layer of aluminum. Water has metal-like properties: wet porous concrete — this is also very good protection against radio waves of the desired range.

The signal level attenuates a thick layer of concrete or brick, and if the sum of the thickness of the walls separating the radar from the desired object , exceeds 30 centimeters, it will be impossible to detect.


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US to allocate $1 billion to Israel to strengthen Iron Dome missile defense system

Biden will visit Israel in mid-July. During the trip, he will also visit the Iron Dome air defense systems

The United States plans to allocate about $1 billion to complete the Iron Dome missile defense system (ABM) after the escalation of the conflict with Gaza in May 2021. This, according to The Times of Israel, was announced at a briefing by a representative of the administration of the American president.

Joe Biden will visit Israel in mid-July. During the visit, he will visit the sites of the Iron Dome missile defense systems, as well as discuss possible cooperation in the field of innovation in the defense industry between the two countries.

In addition, the American president will visit the West Bank of the Jordan River, where he will meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. During the trip, Biden will also hold cooperation talks with Israeli and Indian Prime Ministers Naftali Bennet and Narendra Modi as part of the virtual I2-U2 summit (which brings together India, Israel, the UAE and the United States).


In May 2021, the situation in the Gaza Strip escalated. For more than ten days, Israel has been attacking Gaza in response to missile launches from there. In total, according to the Israel Defense Forces, the Gaza Strip then fired about 4,000 missiles across the country, most of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

«Iron Dome»— a system that is designed to protect against unguided tactical missiles with a flight range of 4 to 70 km. It was developed by the Israeli company Rafael, the project was created with US funding. The first battery took up combat duty in 2011, by July 2014 there were nine of them in Israel.

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Ukraine wanted to buy the “Iron Dome” from Israel


The Jerusalem Post writes that Ukraine is interested in acquiring the Iron Dome air defense system, which Israel uses to repel air attacks.

The publication says that Ukrainian Ambassador Yevhen Korniychuk announced Kyiv's plans. At the same time, the diplomat accused the Israeli authorities of the lack of assistance, blocking the supply of foreign weapons and refusing to provide humanitarian assistance, for example, to treat wounded soldiers in their hospitals. The ambassador also said that the topic of Ukraine is beginning to disappear from the pages of the Israeli media, as if nothing is happening. On the topic of weapons, he cited the incident with the Rafael anti-tank system as an example: according to the diplomat, the United States had previously given permission to transfer the Spike ATGM from Germany to Ukraine, but Israel refused to agree on an agreement.

“I want the Israeli government left its comfort zone and returned to reality,” Korniychuk said. “We need Israel's support. We need the support of military equipment, we need the Iron Dome.

JP indicates that Israel has previously refused to provide any – or military assistance to Ukraine, trying to establish ties simultaneously with Kyiv and Moscow.Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that he did not consider the “Iron Dome” a weapon, but rather a defensive technology, since it is impossible to attack anyone with it. Ambassador Korniychuk, in turn, noted that Ukraine does not need gratuitous “donations”: “We want to buy.”

At the same time, experts interviewed told the publication that Israel is unlikely to agree to sell technologists yu Ukraine or any other country, as there is an agreement with the United States in this regard, as well as for reasons of control over the export of Israeli defense products.


The Ambassador of Ukraine announced the desire of Kyiv to buy the “Iron Dome” from Israel

Yevgeny Korniychuk said that Ukraine needs Israel's military-technical assistance, in particular, the sale of the Iron Dome missile defense system. However, Jerusalem Post sources believe that this is unlikely to happen

The work of the “Iron Dome” to intercept missiles fired from the Gaza Strip

Ukraine wants to buy Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, Ukrainian Ambassador to the country Yevhen Korniychuk said, The Jerusalem Post reports.

Korniychuk said that the topic of military operations in Ukraine has almost completely disappeared from the Israeli media. In his opinion, this was a reflection of the government's concern about what was happening and the desire to “push into the background” Ukrainian agenda.

“I want the Israeli government to step out of its comfort zone and return to reality,— said the ambassador.— We need Israel's help. I mean we need military technical assistance; we need the Iron Dome <…>».

At the same time, Korniychuk stressed that Kyiv does not need a “donation”, but wants to buy a missile defense system.

However, the Jerusalem Post, citing sources, writes that Israel is unlikely to sell the Iron Dome Ukraine or another country due to agreements with the United States regulating the export of defense products, as well as international obligations in the field of export control of such products.

The issue of transferring the Iron Dome missile defense system to Ukraine already raised in September 2021. Then Politico, citing a source, reported that some US congressmen proposed to supply Kyiv with two such systems. According to the interlocutor of the publication, this was supposed to help “neutralize the threat that Ukraine faces from Russia.”

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The Russian Foreign Ministry called such reports evidence of “military preparations” Kyiv. “All these things are taken into account in our military planning,” — Andrey Rudenko, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, stated.

After the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Israel supplied the country with humanitarian aid, as well as equipment, such as bulletproof vests and helmets. However, Korniychuk said that there were problems with these deliveries. According to him, Israel sent much fewer vests and helmets than was in the Ukrainian request, and they were third, not fifth class, so they were less effective.

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Lavrov announced progress in the transfer of Russian farmstead in Israel

According to Lavrov, Russia will resolve the transfer of the Alexander Compound “in the foreseeable future” and will not wait until “Dynamo wins the Russian Cup”

The roof of the Alexander farmstead in the Old City of Jerusalem

Progress on the transfer of the Alexander Compound to Russia is evident, the Israeli authorities are showing understanding “of the need to restore this justice,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society.

“I I am sure that in the foreseeable future we will complete this process and will not wait until Dynamo win the Russian Cup. Let's do it shortly after Spartak won the cup, — joked the minister.

“Spartacus” won the Russian Cup on May 29. Lavrov— long time fan of this football club. The minister said that he had been rooting for him since school, and thoughts about Spartak help him calm down during difficult negotiations.

Alexander Compound— a complex of historical buildings in Jerusalem near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It was erected by the Russian Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society at the end of the 19th century. The plot of land under the farmstead was bought by Emperor Alexander III in 1859. Disputes over the ownership of the farmstead began after the revolution of 1917.

The issue of transferring the Alexander Compound to Russia has been discussed since 2015. Dmitry Medvedev, then prime minister, instructed to begin registration of Russia's rights to the courtyard and the church of Alexander Nevsky. The documents were under consideration by the Israeli Ministry of Justice, the transfer of rights was launched at the end of December 2019, the Jerusalem Post and the Maariv newspaper reported. However, the Orthodox Palestinian Society of the Holy Land objected and went to court. The Russian Embassy in Israel said that they would defend their rights.

The Jerusalem District Court considered this claim and in March of this year refused to transfer the Alexander Compound to Russia. He decided that the legal owner of the architectural complex— The Orthodox Palestinian Society of the Holy Land and therefore Israel does not have the right to transfer the object to a third party.

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Now the decision on who will own the Alexander Compound must be made by the Israeli authorities. In mid-April, the discussion of the issue was suspended amid the events in Ukraine, said Sergei Stepashin, chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society. According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on this issue.

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Axios learned about Israel’s ban on deliveries of Spike missiles to Ukraine

These missiles are manufactured in Germany under an Israeli license, and Tel Aviv must give permission for Spike supplies to third countries, in particular, Ukraine. Israel asked the United States about this, but was refused learned about Israel's ban on supplying Ukraine with Spike missiles” />

Tel Aviv, in response to a request from Washington, refused to supply Kyiv with lethal military equipment, including Spike missiles, which are produced using Israeli technology in Germany, the publication reports Axios with reference to US and Israeli officials.

According to Axios, about two weeks ago, Israeli Defense Ministry Director General Amir Eshel held talks with Pentagon officials, in particular with US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl. He asked Eshel about the supply of weapons to Ukraine, including Spike missiles produced in Germany under an Israeli license. According to the license, Israel must give permission for the transfer of these missiles to a third party.

According to the sources of the publication, Eshel refused, and also clarified that Israel would send only non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine. An Israeli Axios official elaborated on the reason for taking this position: if Russian soldiers are killed by Israeli weapons, Russia could harm Israel's security interests in Syria.

The interlocutors of the publication noted that the issue of the supply of missiles was not discussed at the meeting of Israeli and US defense ministers, Benny Gantz and Lloyd Austin, which took place on May 19. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Gantz confirmed during the talks that Israel supports Ukraine, but will help in humanitarian matters, including mediation in negotiations, as well as the supply of non-lethal weapons in order to pursue its security interests in the Middle East, which was also a topic conversation between Gantz and Austin.

Axios notes that on the day of Gantz's visit to the United States, Israel sent 2,000 helmets and 500 protective vests to Ukraine.

Tel Aviv has repeatedly offered to mediate in settlement of disagreements between Moscow and Kyiv. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was the first foreign leader to fly in for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start of the sting operation. The meeting took place on March 5.

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Israel says Putin apologizes for Lavrov’s words about Jews

Lavrov had previously stated that “the most ardent anti-Semites are, as a rule, Jews” and Hitler had Jewish blood. The Israeli authorities demanded an apology. In a telephone conversation, Putin, according to Bennett's office, made these apologies alt=”Israel reported that Putin apologized for Lavrov's words about the Jews” />

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, apologized for Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's words about Jews and anti-Semitism, Bennett's office reports.

The Kremlin's message following the conversation between Putin and Bennett about apologies no information from the Russian president.

RBC sent a request to the presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov.

Lavrov, in an interview published on May 1 by Mediaset, stated: “[Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky puts forward an argument: what kind of Naziification can they have if he is a Jew. I may be wrong, but Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing. The wise Jewish people say that the most ardent anti-Semites are usually Jews. So he answered the question of how Russia can engage in “denazification” Ukraine, if its president— Jew.

Zelensky said that the words of Lavrov— “anti-Semitic attack” and the head of the Russian diplomatic mission “transfers the blame for the crimes of the Nazis to the Jewish people.” Bennet called Lavrov's statements a lie.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the Russian government should apologize to Israel and the Jewish people for the minister's words. Lapid called Lavrov's remarks “unforgivable and outrageous” and declared that they were “a terrible historical error.” “The accusation of the Jews themselves of anti-Semitism” this is the lowest level of racism against the Jews,” — he emphasized.

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Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar called Lavrov's statements shocking: “It would be nice if he apologized to the Jews and simply admitted his mistake.”

After the statement of the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian Ambassador to Israel was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for clarification.

May 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement in response to the words of Lapid. It said that Israel was supporting Kyiv, where a “neo-Nazi regime” was taking shape and anti-Semitism “flourished”. The statements of the Israeli minister in the Foreign Ministry were called “anti-historical.” not a guarantee of protection against rampant neo-Nazism in the country, — confident in the ministry.

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Kudrin announced another trip to Israel to “stop rumors”

The head of the Accounts Chamber will again go to Israel for pre-scheduled medical consultations, and in May he will speak in the State Duma. Kudrin said that he was announcing this in order to “stop rumors before they appear” .jpg” alt=”Kudrin announced another trip to Israel to “stop rumors”” />

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Head of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin wrote in his Telegram that he was going to Israel for previously scheduled medical consultations.

According to Kudrin, he reports this in order to “stop rumors before they appear.” “With all the necessary formalities and with all permissions, I will be in Israel again,” — he said.

The head of the Accounts Chamber added that in May he should have speeches in the State Duma, they will also go according to plan.

April 9 Telegram channel «VChK-OGPU» reported that Kudrin had left Russia; according to him, the head of the Accounts Chamber was noticed at the Ritz hotel in Israeli Herzliya (a resort near Tel Aviv). Kudrin later confirmed that he was in Israel, but emphasized that this was a long-planned weekend trip.

Three days later, Kudrin spoke to the Federation Council with a report on the work of the Accounts Chamber for 2021.

In early March, a few days after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak announced her departure with her son on a planned vacation. She emphasized that she did not emigrate from the country. On April 9, Haaretz, citing sources, wrote that Sobchak received Israeli citizenship. In response, she posted a video from the Moscow region on her Telegram channel and stated that she was in Russia.

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Israel urged its citizens “as soon as possible” to leave Transnistria


The Israeli Foreign Ministry “strongly recommends” the citizens of this country to leave Transnistria “as soon as possible”. On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Yoel Lion posted such an appeal on his Twitter page.

The Foreign Ministry, in its statement, speaks of the “deterioration of the security situation in Pridnestrovie”, as well as that “opportunities The Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide assistance to Israeli citizens living there [in Transnistria] is limited.”

Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Israeli citizens to cancel all trips to the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic in the near future.

Recall – the authorities On April 25, the PMR introduced an increased “red” level of terrorist threat in the republic after three terrorist attacks that occurred on the territory of Pridnestrovie. On Monday, April 25, unknown people fired grenade launchers at the building of the Ministry of State Security of the unrecognized PMR in Tiraspol. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported two explosions in the village of Mayak, Grigoriopol District, as a result of which two of the most powerful antennas of the radio center, which broadcast Russian radio, were disabled. Explosions also took place in a military unit near the village of Parkany.


Israel, Palestine and endless “friendship”. Excursion for “dummies” from Russia

Plot World History with Andrey Sidorchik

Against the backdrop of a special military operation to protect the DPR and LPR, a fair number of representatives of Russian bohemians and businessmen, whose views on the world differed from those of the majority of Russians, decided to move to Israel.

Again boils…

The apotheosis of this outcome is to recognize the post of the former CEO of “Yandex” Elena Bunina, who explained her move to Israel by “unwillingness to live in a country that is at war with its neighbors.”

This passage caused Homeric laughter among Israeli old-timers. The Promised Land, of course, is beautiful, but this is definitely not the place where you can hide from an armed showdown with the “tenants of the next apartment.”

However, continuing the figurative comparison, the situation is even worse — we are talking about the total “living area” that has not been able to share for eight decades.

While the Russian “pacifists” arranged a life, in a “quiet place”; boiled again. At first, Jewish religious radicals decided to arrange a sacrifice in honor of the Passover holiday on the sacred Temple Mount. While the Israeli police were tying provocateurs who openly offended the feelings of Muslims, angry Palestinians appeared on the Temple Mount, setting fires on fire and throwing stones at the Wailing Wall. When law enforcers took on these brawlers, they hurried to take refuge in the Al-Aqsa mosque.

The Israelis did not even think about leaving without detaining the extremists, taking the mosque by storm, detaining more than 400 people. More than 150 Palestinians suffered, including many who simply prayed and were not involved in anything illegal.

Rockets, raids, rockets, raids…

The sides accused each other of escalation, and off we go. In Haifa, a young Palestinian woman stabbed a Jewish man in “revenge for al-Aqsa.” The Israeli police launched raids against extremists, and rockets were deployed in the Gaza Strip, which fired at Israeli territory.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) responded with an air raid on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, in response to which a new missile strike was launched. To which the IDF again sent planes to bomb the Palestinians.

Surprisingly for April 2022, but in this case, Washington and Moscow almost simultaneously called on the parties to the conflict for restraint and negotiations.

But the Palestinians and Israelis are saber-rattling, and it seems that a new round of endless conflict cannot be avoided. The last time the parties agreed on a truce was in the spring of 2021, before that, for 11 days, they were diligently treating each other with bombs and missiles. The Israelis lost 12 people killed, the Palestinians — more than 230, with hundreds of wounded on both sides. Having cooled the ardor, we decided to relax — enough for a year.

Two for one “living space”

At the heart of everything is the history of the division of historical Palestine. In 1947, the UN decided to create two states on the former mandated territory of Great Britain – — Jewish and Arabic. But if Israel was proclaimed, then Arab Palestine perished in a series of military conflicts between Jews and neighboring Arab states, which, on the one hand, did not recognize Israel's right to exist, and on the other, wanted to appropriate the Palestinian territories.

As a result, Israel took over in most wars and occupied the lands of failed Palestine. But the Arabs did not show any humility, so the conflict lived its own life, either fading or escalating.

In the early 1990s, it seemed that a solution had been found — PLO chief Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a settlement agreement, according to which Palestine was to first receive autonomy and then become independent.

Politicians managed to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, but then Rabin was shot by a fanatic, and Arafat returned to armed methods of struggle. Many years have passed, and Arafat was gone, but the circle of “aggravation” — war — truce — exacerbation» can't break.

“She ate a piece of meat, he killed her”: an endless story of battles

2004, the IDF operation “Days of Repentance”. In response to Palestinian rocket attacks, 2,000 Israeli soldiers with tanks entered the Gaza Strip, killing about 100 people. Missile factories were destroyed, Tel Aviv announced that the goals had been achieved.

2006, Operation Summer Rains. The Israelis started it after capturing Corporal Gilat Shalit, killing in its course about 240 people, including 48 children. At the same time, Shalit was not returned — the Palestinians exchanged him in 2011 for 1,000 of their prisoners.

2008, Operation Hot Winter. Tanks, aircraft, special forces, heavy artillery, and as a result, 118 Palestinians were killed with two dead Israeli soldiers.

2008-2009, large-scale operation “Cast Lead” in order to completely stop the rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli territory. In the Gaza Strip, 14% of buildings were completely destroyed, including more than 4,000 residential buildings, 48 ​​administrative and government buildings, 30 police stations, 20 mosques, 18 schools, several hospitals, highways, power lines, water pipes and sewerage systems. Over 1200 Palestinians were killed.

2014, the large-scale operation “Indestructible Rock” in order to completely stop the rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli territory. Again Gaza was razed to the ground, killing over 1400 people, a third of them children.

Every time the Israeli command announced that the issue had been finally resolved, but the missile production workshops in the Gaza Strip reappeared, the Palestinians accumulated strength, and in turn a new military operation took place …

The whole history of this conflict is described in Russian endless song: “The priest had a dog, he loved her, she ate a piece of meat, he killed her …”

Israel is allowed, he had the Holocaust. And in Russia, the Nazis simply killed millions

Palestinians and Israelis have been living in an insurmountable paradox for generations and, like idiots, look at strange Russians who came to live in peace with them.

But Israel has a nice bonus, which is called “they can”. Despite the regular condemnation of the excessively harsh actions of the Israeli military, there is no question of any international isolation of Tel Aviv. And no one strikes Israeli athletes at international competitions in the rights. On the contrary, refusing to enter the arena with the Israelis is considered a violation of the Olympic Charter.

Israel's special position is always explained by the fact that this people suffered the Holocaust. A huge tragedy, and the memory of it is sacred. But for some reason, the world community does not consider the 27 million Soviet citizens who died at the hands of the Nazis a tragedy. And the Israeli right to self-defense in our fight against Nazism “civilized world” does not want to distribute.

What is the world, if those who proclaimed themselves the “cultural elite of Russia” do not want to see anything point-blank.


Clashes in Jerusalem bring Hamas and Israel to the brink of war

The security of the Jewish state is also threatened by local radicals

Not even a year has passed since the Israeli military operation “Guardian of the Walls”, and in the military command of the Jewish state, judging by the local press, they do not exclude her second round. The reason is the increase in the number of terrorist attacks and the general tension, the tragic culmination of which at the moment was Friday's clashes on the Temple Mount between the Palestinians who arrived there and the police. Dozens of wounded and hundreds of arrests could result in more serious consequences, law enforcement officers and the military admit. The situation is also aggravated by the fact that in addition to the Palestinian radicals, Israeli forces also have to restrain their radicalized citizens.

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At least 150 people were injured and more than four hundred were arrested in clashes on the Temple Mount on 15 April. At least three Israeli policemen were among the victims.

Clashes between Palestinians and law enforcement officers in the square in Jerusalem (which received its name due to the fact that the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem were located there; now the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the sanctuary of the Dome of the Rock, sacred to Muslims, are located on the Temple Mount. – “MK”) flared up early Friday morning at half past seven local time.

Two hours earlier, it was reported that dozens of young people with flags of Palestine and the Islamist movement Hamas marched through the territory, collecting stones and other improvised means, as well as setting off fireworks. The police waited for the end of the morning prayer, after which they tried to clear the square of militant Palestinians, some of whom by that time had barricaded themselves in the mosque.

The police said in a statement that the riots disrupted prayers in Al-Aqsa and “thus harmed a large number of Muslims” seeking to worship there. Three officers were injured after barricaders hit them with rocks. Although the injuries were not considered serious, two of the officers even required hospitalization.

The Palestine Red Crescent Emergency Team (PKP is a national humanitarian organization that is a member of the International Red Cross Movement) reported that the total number of casualties as a result of the clashes 158 people. According to the PKP, most of the wounded were taken to the hospital in East Jerusalem and to a field hospital set up nearby. At the same time, the organization did not specify the nature of the injuries of the victims.

Fuel was added to the fire by speculation that the police “broke in” the mosque to drive out radical parishioners. As noted by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, this is not true. “The masked men threw stones and set off fireworks, desecrating the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Contrary to the FALSE reports, the police did NOT enter the mosque, ”the Israeli Foreign Ministry published such a message on social networks (the key words were highlighted in the message itself).

However, footage from the scene, released later, shows that the police nevertheless entered Al-Aqsa and detained several people. About four hundred arrests in total were first reported by the director of the mosque, and then the information was confirmed by a law enforcement source cited by the Israeli media. The official statement from the police indicated that the sacred place was reopened to the faithful after “all disturbers of the peace were dispersed and arrested.” However, the methods of “dispersal” raised no less questions than the problem of entering the mosque. From the videos, it can be understood that some Muslims were beaten with truncheons by the guards for no reason, and the Israeli press does not deny this information.

Hamas, which did not declare direct participation in the clashes on the Temple Mount (despite the presence of its flags there), spoke out with words of support for the affected Palestinians. “Our people in Jerusalem are not alone in the battle for al-Aqsa,” spokesman Fawzi Barkhum said, promising that Israel would face the consequences. Earlier, Hamas called for active attendance of Friday prayers in Jerusalem, which forced Israeli law enforcement officers to pull additional forces to the sacred place. The alarm was intensified by the fact that in the past half-month alone, at least 14 people were killed in the country as a result of terrorist attacks. In response, raids were launched in the West Bank, which only exacerbated tensions.

Border Police Chief of Operations Oded Aflalo said on April 14 that his subordinates are in full readiness for any negative developments. “All possible scenarios are on the table, from the level of a lone terrorist to the (actions of) a cell of a terrorist organization,” he stressed. According to Aflalo, his service is already busy searching for Palestinian illegal immigrants on Israeli territory. The fact is that most Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan are allowed into Israel without permits: this is part of a policy to ease the usually harsh conditions for the movement of Palestinians. However, according to an order issued in April by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, visits to the West Bank are limited to women, children and men over 50 years of age. On the Temple Mount, apparently, the clashes were not at all with representatives of these categories of the population.

A senior Israeli security official told the local Channel 12 on condition of anonymity that another outbreak of violence could already be fraught with the resumption of active hostilities, and not just anti-terrorist raids, in Gaza.

“If tomorrow there is an escalation and there are casualties, we can move on to the second round of Operation Wall Guardian,” the source said, referring to the large-scale conflict in May last year. Then the reason for the escalation was the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah area in East Jerusalem. Hamas demanded that Israel withdraw its security forces, and after ignoring the ultimatum, moved on to rocket attacks on Israeli territory. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) announced the mobilization of 5,000 people and called in aircraft to strike Hamas infrastructure. In less than two weeks, from May 10 to the ceasefire on May 21, a total of 244 people were killed on both sides and hundreds were injured. Given the aggressive rhetoric of Hamas after the current clashes, the situation could again get out of control.

However, it is not only traditional adversaries that are troubling Israel's law enforcement forces. Shortly before Friday prayers on April 15, a group of Jewish extremists on social networks once again began to actively promote the idea of ​​ritual Easter sacrifices on the Temple Mount. This is the so-called “Return to the Mountain” organization, whose ideology revolves around the desire to build the Third Temple in Jerusalem. In itself, this aspiration is not regarded as criminal, but in order to achieve its goals, the group resorts to outright provocations. So, in particular, calling for the performance of the rite of sacrifice, “Return” this time promised a monetary reward to those who would carry out their plan. The police regularly detain enthusiastic criminals on the Temple Mount, but the current detail in the form of a “prize” brought the problem to a new level – a radical call instantly spread throughout the local segment of the Internet.

The Israeli authorities, who have enough problems even without local extremists with security, assured Hamas of their determination to prevent the sacrifices, as before. However, the Hamas leadership took the hype only as a new reason for threats against Israel. Hamas spokesman Saleh al-Aruri, in particular, expressed his readiness to respond to any attempts to “desecrate Al-Aqsa.” And it is unlikely that the Palestinian group will separate the Israeli radicals from those who seek peaceful coexistence.

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Kudrin called the planned trip to Israel

Alexei Kudrin

Head of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin left for Tel Aviv for the weekend, he said on his Telegram channel in response to reports of his departure to Israel.

“There were rumors that I am not in Moscow. All right, for a weekend in Tel Aviv. I have been planning for a long time. And on Tuesday I will speak in the Federation Council, present a report of the Accounts Chamber, — wrote Kudrin.

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Named the reasons for the activation of terrorists in Israel

Extremists want to increase tension during the holidays of the three religions

Another terrorist attack in recent weeks has been committed in Israel. On Thursday evening in Tel Aviv, two people were shot dead by attackers on a busy street in Tel Aviv, and several more were injured. The Middle Eastern country has not experienced such a wave of extremist attacks in several years. Let's try to figure out what caused the terrorists' activity.

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Two young men were victims of a gun attack in Tel Aviv. Seven more people were taken to hospitals with injuries of varying severity. According to authorities, the shooting took place on Tel Aviv's most popular Dizengoff Street, lined with many shops, bars and restaurants. One of the dead Israelis was getting ready for his engagement party…

Israeli security forces tracked down and killed a suspected attacker in a shootout near a mosque in Jaffa, an Arab neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv. The internal security service “Shin Bet” identified the liquidated militant as a 29-year-old Palestinian from Jenin, located in the West Bank. It is reported that he was in Israel illegally.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett promised that everyone who indirectly or directly helped the terrorist would be punished. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the Tel Aviv attack was fueled by the “hate ideology” of terrorist organizations: “Young Israelis were killed simply because they were Israelis.”

It is noteworthy that Thursday night's fatal shooting was another attack in a string of recent terrorist attacks in Israel. At the end of March, there were three fatal terrorist attacks in the country. On March 30, five people were shot dead in Bnei Brak, east of Tel Aviv, by a man on a motorcycle who was later killed by police (reportedly a 27-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank).

Two days earlier, on March 28, two Israeli police officers were shot dead and four others were injured in an attack in the city of Hadera. And a week earlier, four people were killed in a stabbing attack in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva. The suspect was shot dead. Both of these attacks – both in Hadera and in Beersheba – were committed by Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.

Israeli intelligence agencies predicted a wave of new attempts of terrorist attacks after the March attacks, copying the attacks in Bnei Brak, Beer Sheva and Hadera. And this prediction, as shown by the events in Tel Aviv, alas, came true.

The number of victims in such a short period in Israel is unprecedented since 2015. However, unlike the events of seven years ago, when most attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank were carried out with the use of lone wolves with bladed weapons, the latest attacks in Israel were carried out in large cities using automatic weapons as well.

The Islamic State (ISIS, IS is a terrorist organization banned in Russia) has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks. And this is a rather unusual phenomenon – ISIS has rarely been seen before in the organization of terrorist attacks against Israel (the last such report dates back to 2017), in recent years this has been mainly carried out by supporters of Palestinian Islamist paramilitary groups not associated with the “global jihad” movement. At the same time, the Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, although did not take responsibility for the latest attacks, highly appreciated their very fact. At the same time, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank condemned the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv.

Despite the fact that the “Islamic State” announced its involvement in the terrorist attacks on Israeli territory, there is reason to believe that the attacks were carried out by lone terrorists who are not members of the group, but were influenced by the ideology of extremists (which does not exclude the possibility that they supporters). In any case, according to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, the Palestinian who staged the latest terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, as far as is known, did not belong to any group, but most likely had accomplices.

Observers note that Israel has worked in recent years to sideline the Palestinian issue, focusing instead on building alliances with Arab states against Iran. It is significant that the terrorist attack in Hadera was staged at the very time when a landmark regional summit of high-ranking diplomats from Israel, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Morocco was taking place in the Negev desert. It is possible that the terrorist attack sent a threatening signal to the Arab countries, which, according to the extremists, are pursuing a “compromising policy” towards the Jewish state.

Recently, the Israeli authorities issued thousands of additional work permits to Palestinians from the Gaza Strip as part of an attempt to ease tensions in the Palestinian direction. It is possible that the forces that encourage terrorists to attack Israelis are counting on provoking the Israeli authorities to ban Palestinians who want to work there from entering the country – which again is fraught with new unrest, leading to general instability in the region.

It is also noteworthy that the current wave of terrorist attacks in Israeli cities coincided with attempts by Israel, together with the United States, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, to avoid an escalation in Jerusalem in light of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the upcoming Easter holidays among Jews and Christians. It is likely that extremists are trying – including staging terrorist attacks – to disrupt these efforts in order to riot in the city of three religions, which could ignite conflict outside of Jerusalem. Recall that last year the Israeli military carried out rocket attacks on the Gaza Strip for a dozen days after the outbreak of violence on the streets of Jerusalem during Ramadan.


US and Israel approve sale of Arrow 3 missile defense system to Germany


Germany has received US and Israeli approval for the sale of the Arrow 3 missile defense system, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“Germany has received approval from Israel and the United States for the purchase of the Arrow-3 missile defense system,” the report says.

German lawmakers have previously pushed for the purchase of the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel, but the day before, the head of the German Air Force, Lieutenant General Ingo Gerharz, said that Arrow 3 is more suitable for protecting against threats that Europe may face.

The Iron Dome is used against short-range missiles, Germany can produce such systems independently, he noted. Arrow-3 will be needed to protect against extra-atmospheric missiles, as well as missiles with a range of up to 15,000 km.

The parties will have to discuss the details of the purchase. The newspaper notes that for the first time one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, which is capable of intercepting ballistic missiles at an altitude of more than 100 kilometers, can be transferred to another country.


Zelensky asked Israel to mediate in negotiations with Russia

An Israeli radio station, citing sources, said that Vladimir Zelensky spoke with Naftali Bennett and asked him to mediate in ceasefire negotiations with Russia

Ukraine asked Israel to mediate in ceasefire negotiations with Russia, Israeli radio station REKA reports, citing Israeli and Ukrainian sources.

According to them, President Volodymyr Zelensky, during a conversation on Friday, offered the role of mediator to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. According to the plan of the Ukrainian president, representatives of Moscow and Kyiv should meet in Jerusalem.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Gary Koren confirmed to REKA the fact of the conversation between Zelensky and Bennett. He also said that in the past, Israel passed messages between Ukraine and Russia.

The Prime Minister's press office did not comment on the details of the conversation.

After the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Zelensky recorded several video messages in which he announced his readiness to discuss with Russia the issue of Ukraine's neutral status. In an address on Friday, he invited President Vladimir Putin to “sit down at the negotiating table to stop the loss of life.” In another video message, he said that Kyiv is not afraid to talk with Moscow about a neutral status and security guarantees.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that this “movement in the direction of the positive” and the Kremlin will analyze it. He also said that Putin is ready to send a Russian delegation to Minsk for negotiations with the Ukrainian side.

According to Peskov, immediately after Zelensky's proposal, Russia formed a delegation for negotiations. However, Kyiv first stated that it wanted to move the talks from Minsk to Warsaw, and then completely “paused”, the presidential representative specified.

Friday evening, the Foreign Ministry said that Kyiv postponed the issue of negotiations with Russia to Saturday. “The Ukrainian side refused to negotiate. Representatives of the Kiev regime proposed to postpone this issue until tomorrow, — said the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova.

Zelensky's press secretary, Sergei Nikiforov, denied Ukraine's refusal to negotiate. “Ukraine was and remains ready to talk about a ceasefire and peace. This is our permanent position. We agreed to the proposal of the President of Russia. Directly during these hours, the parties consult on the place and time of the negotiation process. The sooner negotiations begin, the more chances there will be to restore normal life,»,— he wrote on Facebook.


What’s at stake for Israel and Gulf Arab countries in light of the Abraham Accords?

“MuiTypography-root-134 MuiTypography-h1-139″>What's at stake for Israel and Gulf Arab countries in light of the Abraham Accords?

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has visited Bahrain as part of a push to boost regional ties with Gulf Arab countries following the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020. The World's host Marco Werman spoke with Hussein Ibish, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, about what's a stake for the regional partnerships.

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks to a group of Bahraini businesspeople during an official visit to Manama, Bahrain, Feb. 15, 2022.

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Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was in Bahrain on Tuesday, in the first trip of its kind made by an Israeli prime minister to the Gulf island nation. The meeting follows the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020 to normalize relations between the two countries. Now, their leaders are strengthening those ties with economic and security pacts.

Related: Palestinians worry about the impact of the Abraham Accords. They say it's time to elect new leaders.

Bennett said that Israel is forging a regional “ring of stability” with its Arab allies. The countries are hoping to send a united message of solidarity to their shared regional archrival Iran.

During his 24-hour visit, Bennett was welcomed by Bahrain’s king and crown prince. He also also visited the US Navy’s 5th Fleet stationed in Bahrain.

Related: Israel hoping to boost regional security with Abraham Accords

To check in on how the accords are going, The World's host Marco Werman spoke with Hussein Ibish, a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

Marco Werman: Remind us, first of all, Hussein, what the impetus was for the Abraham Accords when they were signed in 2020.Hussein Ibish: The UAE, which initiated the whole thing and announced first, I think had a lot of different ideas in mind. It sees Israel as a natural partner on many fields, in high-tech, in R&D [research and development]. They need the same kind of military technology, signals, intel, anti-missile imaging, electronic warfare, because they're both small countries with small populations, but big footprints. For Bahrain, which joined immediately after, it's a pretty simple list. They want to make common cause with Iran's most robust military enemy in the region, the country that takes the battle to Iranian proxies in Syria and Iraq, and sometimes even Lebanon. So, for them, that makes sense, because they feel an existential threat from Iran. And also they're interested, like the UAE, and getting closer to the US and in promoting the idea of a kind of multicultural, multireligious regional order of tolerance — but not democracy.So, would you say the Abraham Accords are effective in actually bringing Israel closer to its Gulf neighbors?I think without a doubt. I mean, Bennett, who just went to Bahrain, went to UAE in December, and they are seriously working on a number of combined initiatives. The UAE is trying to access Israeli defense systems, but the attacks by Houthi rebels from Yemen, the missile attacks into Abu Dhabi and the UAE have prompted closer cooperation, more technology transfer, etc. In fact, with every new security threat, the countries are moving closer together.I wonder how these Gulf Arab states see the Palestinian question — really, the elephant in the room? Are these states working to improve Israel's relationship with the Palestinians, or has there been a kind of complete separation of these issues?There has been a separation of the issues. I think right now for the UAE especially, we're in a honeymoon phase, right? I think for all three countries, it's a honeymoon and it won't last. These countries have entered into mutual agreements that look good from all sides — except the Palestinian side — but they look good for all the principles, except for this: They have different visions of the future in the long run. Certainly, I think the UAE — and less Bahrain, because Bahrain doesn't get involved in too many regional issues itself — but I think the UAE is still well aware that it's not going to live in a very secure neighborhood until the Palestinian issue is resolved. You know, what they've done is they've put it aside, but they have made it clear to the Israelis that they're still committed to a two-state solution. Palestinians are very angry, and I think it's probably true that their ultimate independence is not going to be furthered by any of this Gulf-Israeli relationship.So, on paper, the Abraham Accords is an agreement between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain and the US, but many see these relationships as a means for Saudi Arabia and Israel to have an unofficial relationship. Do you think that's true and how exactly does this unofficial relationship work? What would be the benefit for each side?Not really. If there's any overlap with Saudi Arabia, it's that Bahrain, which is almost a protectorate of Saudi Arabia since 2011, is sort of a test balloon for the Saudis to see how it goes. I think the UAE-Israel relationship is really independent of the Saudis entirely. But I think that the situation the Saudis are in, is that they find many of the same potential benefits that their smaller neighbors do in developing a potential open relationship with Israel. But they also have concerns that those smaller countries don't have. They have a regional Arab leadership role. They have a global Islamic leadership role that they have to protect, and they have a much larger population, more than 30 million people. It's a very big country and they have really complex politics. So, they'd also have a domestic political situation to be concerned about in a way that the other two countries don't.So, that's Saudi Arabia. Hussein, where do you think these relationships that we know about established by the Abraham Accords are headed into the future?They're still in the honeymoon phase, but over time, they're going to realize that, while they share a lot of common interests, especially Israel and the UAE, I mean, down to things like what kind of technologies they want to develop and what kind of attitude they want to take towards high-tech and even maybe space exploration, things like that, there's still a lot of differences. They don't have the same national interests. They they are all status quo powers and they share some concerns. But I think the difference is they're going to become clearer over time.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.AP contributed to this report.

Israel is developing a secret plan to evacuate Jews from Ukraine

Israelis returning from Ukraine will be exempted from taking a test for COVID-19

The Israeli authorities have begun the evacuation of their citizens from the territory of Ukraine due to tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border. The planned operation includes not only the return of people to their homeland, but also the provision of temporary housing for those who will need it upon arrival. According to Israeli media, Jewish communities are stocking up on food, and are also actively purchasing satellite phones in case of a complete blackout of communications and the Internet in a crisis region.

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At the beginning of the week, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet announced his intention to evacuate as many citizens as possible from Ukraine against the background of the escalation of the situation in the country.

“Like the rest of the world, we hope that tensions [between Russia and Ukraine] will end without escalation,” the head of government said at a cabinet meeting. “However, our main duty is to take care of our Israeli citizens. Don't take unnecessary risks. Do not wait for a situation where you really want to return, but you can not do it. Be responsible for your life, leave Ukraine as soon as possible and return home.”

Against this background, a number of Israeli airlines reported an increase in the number of flights from Kiev. Currently, ticket prices range from $150 to $300.

But even without this, there are more than 20 scheduled flights a week between Ukraine and Israel. Planes also fly from Odesa and Dnipro.

In addition, the Ministry of Health of the country announced a special benefit for people returning to Israel from Ukraine: they will be exempted from taking a COVID-19 test before boarding an emergency flight.

However, citizens will still have to undergo PCR testing upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. It is noted that such a rule will be valid until at least February 21.

The planned operation of the Israeli authorities includes not only the delivery of citizens to their homeland, but also the provision of temporary housing for those who will need it upon arrival in the country. Most of the details of this process are still being kept under wraps. Meanwhile, members of the government and representatives of public organizations meet regularly to further develop a secret evacuation plan for the next few weeks, The Jerusalem Post reports.

Now between 10,000 and 15,000 Israeli citizens live in Ukraine. About 7,000 of them have already filled out a questionnaire with personal data at the country's embassy in Kiev in order to receive updates on the security situation, as well as so that diplomatic representatives can contact them in case of emergency.

According to high-ranking members of the Israeli government, about 200,000 residents of Ukraine have the right to move to Israel in accordance with the law on repatriation.

“At the moment, we cannot say exactly how many potential repatriates will enter Israel at this stage – said the Minister of absorption of the Jewish state Pnina Tamano-Shata. “But we must be prepared for any scenario.”

“Thousands or even tens of thousands” of Ukrainian Jews may be interested in immediate evacuation from the crisis region, the head of the department emphasized.

Meanwhile, some religious figures in Israel express dissatisfaction and disappointment with the actions of the government to ensure the safety of compatriots living in Ukraine.

“The Israeli authorities are doing nothing for the Jewish communities in Ukraine,” Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Jacob Bleich stressed. “The government cares mostly about its citizens, which is a shame. I recently asked Israeli officials, “What about security?” In the end, the most important thing now is to increase the confidence of local communities that there will be no provocations against Jews.”

Moreover, according to the rabbi, Jewish communities, nursing homes, orphanages, boarding schools in at some point may need food. He expressed the hope that they would succeed in persuading the Israeli Prime Minister's office to assist them in this matter.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Jewish Communities announced the purchase of dozens of satellite phones for its citizens, which will allow them to have communications and Internet access even with the complete shutdown of Ukrainian operators.

“As we have seen a few months ago, during the riots in Kazakhstan, all Internet systems and communications were disabled, – one of the senior representatives of the organization told The Jerusalem Post. “That's why we sent the latest satellite phones to dozens of Jewish communities in Ukraine. And now we are acquiring even more of them so that the Israelis can contact each other and with us in difficult times.”


Syrian Foreign Ministry threatens to use all legal means against Israel


The press service of the SAR Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Syria can take all legal means to respond to Israeli military strikes on the territory of the country.

“The Syrian authorities strongly condemn the cowardly Israeli aggression committed at dawn against the SAR. The strikes by the Israeli military are a violation of the principles of international law and the UN Charter,” the diplomatic department added.

The government of the country stressed that it has the right to use all legal means to respond to Israeli strikes.

Let's remind that on the eve of the Israeli Air Force attacked several objects located in Damascus from Lebanese airspace. As specified by the command of the Syrian army, air defense systems managed to shoot down several missiles, but the rest reached the target. As a result of the shelling, one soldier was killed, five more were injured.

In Israel, they specified that these airstrikes were a response to the launch of an anti-aircraft missile from the territory of the SAR.


Israel strikes Syrian air defense systems


The Israeli army reported a strike on Syrian air defense systems in response to an anti-aircraft missile launch.

It is specified that earlier in the city of Umm al-Fahm, which is located in the West Bank, an air raid alarm went off. The reason was the launch of an anti-aircraft missile from Syria.

In turn, the Syrian military said that the country's air defense systems repel a missile strike over Damascus.

air”, located in Syria. Anti-aircraft installations and radars were also subjected to shelling. Such actions were a response to the launch of an anti-aircraft missile from the territory of Syria,” the press service of the Israeli army noted.


Breaking Defense learned about Israel’s ban on arms supplies to Ukraine

Breaking Defense: Israel banned the Baltic countries from supplying their weapons to Ukraine Ukraine was going to receive Spike anti-tank systems developed in Israel. They are in service with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. However, Tel Aviv has banned the supply of its weapons through other states “Breaking Defense learned about Israel's ban on the supply of weapons to Ukraine” />

Israel banned Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia from supplying Ukraine with weapons sold by Tel Aviv. This is according to Breaking Defense, citing the source.

According to Breaking Defense, Ukraine expected to receive Israeli Spike anti-tank systems, which are in service with Lithuania and Estonia. However, Latvia has the most diverse arsenal of Israeli weapons. It has variants of these anti-tank systems called LR, LR2, ER and SR.

However, back in December 2021, Israel warned the Baltic countries to refuse if they wanted to transfer Israeli weapons to Ukraine, the source said. He suggested that in this way the country does not want to spoil relations with Russia.

RBC asked the Foreign Ministry and the Ministries of Defense of Israel, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania for comment.

Germany also prevented the transfer of weapons to Ukraine by third states. So, in April 2021, Berlin did not agree to transfer mine clearance equipment, corvettes, elements of anti-ship systems and air defense systems that Kiev requested for the defense of the Black Sea coast, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote.

Angela Merkel, then German chancellor, told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that arms sales were “out of the question,” Bild sources said. In January 2022, Berlin did not allow Tallinn to transfer 122-mm D-30 howitzers made in Germany, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba warned in response that such measures could negatively affect relations between countries, as Ukrainians will remember Berlin's decision for decades to come. The country's ambassador to Germany, Andrei Melnik, said that Germany is obliged to supply weapons, since it bears “historical responsibility” for Ukraine.

In January, additional military assistance to Ukraine was delivered by the United States and Great Britain, Canada.

Poland will begin deliveries of weapons to Ukraine next week, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.« In order for our neighbor to protect himself as best as possible, we will supply defensive weapons to Ukraine. It will be tens of thousands of artillery pieces, mortars and grenade launchers, — said Morawiecki.

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Israel offers Lebanese army aid

Israel offered the Lebanese army the necessary assistance against the backdrop of an acute economic crisis in the country, which only makes Hezbollah stronger.

5,000 troops have recently left the army amid the crisis, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, according to local media.

Israel may also be concerned about Lebanon's interaction with Hezbollah. In September last year, a truckload of Iranian diesel fuel crossed the border from Syria to Lebanon. The delivery was arranged by Hezbollah to alleviate a severe fuel shortage in crisis-hit Lebanon.

The delivery violated U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran after former President Donald Trump pulled America out of the nuclear deal between Iran and the world's powers three years ago.


Israel says it will start using a laser air defense system within a year

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that within a year, the IDF will begin using a laser air defense system capable of hitting UAVs, jet projectiles and other threats. Primary tests will be held in the south of the country on the border with the Gaza Strip.

The type of product is not specified, but the only known complex of this high readiness class is Lahav Or.

Earlier, footage of the use of the Israeli combat laser Lahav Or was published.

The complex worked on balloons equipped with explosives.

The target fell on the territory of the Gaza Strip, where the IED worked .


The number of Christians in Israel is counted

About 182 thousand Christians live in Israel, which is 1.9% of the total population of the country, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics of Israel, published on the eve of the celebration of Christmas.

As follows from the published data, 76.7% of Israeli Christians are Arabs, the rest are mainly family members of Jews who arrived in Israel under the Law of Return.

Most Christians live in northern Israel … The largest “Christian” city remains Nazareth, where 21.4 thousand Christians live, in second place – Haifa, in third – Jerusalem.

The growth rate of the Christian population of Israel is 1.4% per year – less, than in other communities of the country.

Trump sent the former prime minister of Israel

He could not forgive the fact that the politician congratulated Biden on his victory

Former US President Donald Trump was very offended by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because he congratulated with the victory of his rival Joe Biden in the US presidential election.

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As reported by Axios, Trump was hurt by the fact that Bibi was among the first to congratulate Biden on his victory.

The former head of the White House accused Netanyahu of ingratitude, stressing that he had done a lot for him in his time. p>

“Bibi could have kept silent. He made a terrible mistake, “the former US President said.

Trump added that he has not communicated with Netanyahu since then. “Fuck it …” – said in the hearts of the politician.

Note that Trump has not officially admitted defeat in the presidential election. Moreover, he refused to attend Biden's inauguration.

At the same time, the ex-president has repeatedly hinted that he could again compete for the post of head of state in 2024.

In turn, Axios journalists found out that the ex-president is not entirely right, Netanyahu was not the first to congratulate Biden on his victory. He spoke only 12 hours after the American television channels announced the victory of the politician in the elections.


Israel and Britain oppose the development of nuclear weapons in Iran


The Foreign Ministers of Britain and Israel announced that they will work” round the clock “to prevent Iran become a nuclear power.

Earlier, Liz Truss and Yair Lapid wrote a joint article for the British press, in which they talked about the Iranian nuclear program. The material was published in the Telegraph newspaper.

“In order to prevent the Iranian regime from ever becoming a nuclear power, we are ready to work around the clock. Now the world community needs to work closely together to thwart Tehran's ambitions, “the foreign ministers added.

Recall that on Monday, Israel and Britain will sign an agreement on cybersecurity, technology, defense and trade.


Russia and Israel to create a working group to combat COVID-19

The Israeli and Russian sides held talks in Moscow. They discussed coronavirus strains and vaccinations, and also agreed to create a working group on COVID-19 epidemiology

Russian Rospotrebnadzor and the Israeli Ministry of Health will create a special working group to more effectively counter coronavirus, Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement .

“ Given the large amount of accumulated data in Russia and Israel on countering COVID-19, an agreement was reached to create a special working group on the epidemiology of the new coronavirus infection '', & mdash; noted there.

The parties agreed on this during a meeting in Moscow between the head of the service Anna Popova and members of the Israeli delegation, which included the head of the headquarters for combating COVID-19, Professor Salmon Zarka and the director of the Department of Laboratory Diagnostics of the Ministry of Health of Israel, Yishai Ruth.

The meeting participants exchanged up-to-date data on the situation in Russia and Israel, as well as on the strains circulating in their territories.

“ The partners noted the wide coverage of testing for a new coronavirus infection in Russia and the high level of laboratory diagnostics, which makes it possible to obtain the results of a PCR test within 24 hours, as well as to carry out sequencing of strains, which is especially important in connection with the emergence of new variations of coronaviruses, '' & mdash; Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.

Vaccination and its role in stopping the pandemic were also discussed at the meeting. “ It was thanks to large-scale vaccinations that Israel managed to avoid a lockdown during the fourth wave of the rise in the incidence (almost 70% of the total population is vaccinated in the country), '' & mdash; highlighted in the service.

In October, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin. Bennett reported after the meeting that they discussed the situation in Syria, as well as the Iranian nuclear program. According to the prime minister, the meeting was “ great. ''

A few days later, it became known that Israel would start allowing tourists vaccinated by Sputnik V into the country. Initially, it was planned that the relief will begin in November, but later it was postponed until December. In this case, those who enter will still need to do a PCR test before the flight, as well as one more & mdash; after. In addition, tourists will need to undergo a serological test for the presence of antibodies.

In addition, the Israeli Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz invited his Russian colleague, the head of the Ministry of Health, Mikhail Murashko, to form a working group to discuss the issue of mutual recognition of vaccination certificates.

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