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  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on April 11, 2024 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (photo: Julia Nikhinson, Getty Images)

    FBI Director Christopher Wray has repeatedly warned of a "heightened threat environment," and has pleaded with lawmakers to take each one seriously. ... Of all the threats the U.S. faces, the FBI has signaled that China far outweighs them all.

    At the same hearing, Wray said terrorists' ability to "exploit any port of entry, including our Southwest border, is a source of concern." ... Wray said earlier this month that the U.S. was at a "heightened threat level" of terrorism even before Oct. 7, 2023, when Hamas militants stormed into Israel, killing 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostages. ... "After Oct. 7 is when we went to a whole other level," Wray told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on April 11.

    Wray said the FBI has seen a "rogue’s gallery of foreign terrorist organizations calling for attacks on us." ... This includes Hezbollah in Lebanon praising Hamas and threatening to attack U.S. interests in the region. It includes Al Qaeda issuing its most "specific call for an attack" on the U.S. in the past half-decade.

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 20, 2024. (photo: Evelyn Hockstein, Pool via AP)

    Despite the Gaza war’s evisceration of Israel’s image throughout the Arab world, Saudi Arabia has continued holding high-level discussions with the White House in recent weeks aimed at brokering a normalization agreement with Jerusalem, three US officials told The Times of Israel.

    Significant obstacles remain, and any possible deal would hinge on securing a temporary truce in Gaza through a long-elusive hostage deal between Israel and Hamas, the officials clarified.

    Still, they all asserted that the gaps between Washington and Riyadh are bridgeable.

    Where the US officials said the administration is more divided is on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be prepared to advance the cause of Palestinian statehood to get the Saudis on board.

    The details of what the Palestinian element of the deal will be are still being finalized, but it will require Israel to take concrete steps aimed at establishing a pathway to an eventual Palestinian state, the officials said.

  • Chairs for the Bibas family, hostages held in Gaza, are seen at a Passover seder table set, Thursday, April 11, 2024, at the communal dining hall at Kibbutz Nir Oz in southern Israel, where a quarter of all residents were killed or captured by Hamas on Oct. 7, 2023. (photo: Maya Alleruzzo, AP)

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken highlighted both Hamas’s October 7 onslaught and the subsequent war Israel launched to defeat the terror group among the issues covered in the State Department’s 2023 human rights report that was unveiled Monday.

    “Hamas’s horrific attacks on Israel on October 7 last year and the devastating loss of civilian life in Gaza as Israel exercises its right to ensure that those attacks never happen again, have raised deeply troubling human rights concerns,” Blinken said at a press conference called to unveil the report.

    “We continue to work every day to bring the fighting to an end, to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas and other groups, to uphold international humanitarian law, to prevent further suffering, to create a path toward a more peaceful and secure future for Israelis and Palestinians alike,” Blinken added.

  • Aerial view of an IDF strike in Lebanon on April 23, 2024. (photo: IDF)

    The IDF killed Hassin Ali Ezkol, a terrorist and central member of Hezbollah's aerial defense unit during a targeted strike on a vehicle he was riding in, the IDF confirmed on Tuesday.

    According to the announcement, another unnamed senior Hezbollah terrorist was killed in the strike as well.

    Additionally, fighter jets attacked a Hezbollah military building along other terrorist infrastructure in the Yaroun area in south Lebanon at the time of the targeted strike.

  • Jewish people around the world are gathering to celebrate Passover, as the war in Gaza nears its seventh month.

    The Washington Hebrew Congregation is celebrating Seder to a full house Monday night.

    Passover celebrations are happening at a time when antisemitism continues to rise.

  • U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy react during a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 12, 2023. Leah Millis | Reuters

    Russia warned Monday that the risk of a “direct military clash” between Russia and nuclear powers in the West is rising.

    “Westerners are dangerously balancing on the brink of a direct military clash between nuclear powers, which is fraught with catastrophic consequences,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a video message to the participants of the Moscow Nonproliferation Conference.

    The comments come after Russia reacted angrily to the U.S. House of Representatives passing a $61 billion foreign aid package for Kyiv at the weekend.

  • Soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces Netzach Yehuda Battalion, May 19, 2005. Photo by Abir Sultan/Flash90.

    DAWN (Democracy for the Arab World Now), a U.S.-based NGO that has sought “arrest warrants against Israelis” in international fora, has provided the so-called evidence driving the U.S. State Department’s anticipated sanctions against an Israel Defense Forces battalion, NGO Monitor reports. 

    “The reported sanctions to be imposed by the U.S. State Department on IDF combat units and individuals stem directly from a coordinated campaign by extreme political NGOs,” said Gerald Steinberg, founder and president of NGO Monitor, in a statement provided to JNS.

    “Currently, the leading NGO is DAWN, a U.S.-based tax-exempt organization that has intensified its legal attacks against Israeli officials since October 7,” he said. 

    In October 2022, DAWN submitted to the State Department a Leahy Law referral against the Netzach Yehuda Battalion for alleged “systematic and widespread abuses.”

  • Blinken's three-day trip starting Wednesday comes after the approval of a $61 billion aid package for Ukraine by the U.S. House. (photo: Kimimasa Mayama, EPA-EFE)

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will head to Beijing this week, with a warning for China to curb its technical support for Russia's military — or else.

    Blinken's three-day trip starting Wednesday comes after the approval of a $61 billion aid package for Ukraine by the U.S. House, and in the midst of fears in Western capitals that Chinese aid to Moscow for manufacturing of military hardware is ramping up.

    "We're prepared to take steps when we believe necessary against firms that ... severely undermine security in both Ukraine and Europe," a State Department official told reporters ahead of Blinken's trip. "We've demonstrated our willingness to do so regarding firms from a number of countries, not just China."

  • Minister-without-portfolio Benny Gantz urged US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday to reconsider a reported decision to issue sanctions against the IDF's Netzah Yehuda battalion.

  • A Lebanese rocket hits near Kibbutz Hanita in the Western Galilee, April 21, 2024. (photo: Michael Giladi, Flash90)

    Terrorists in Lebanon fired barrages of rockets towards northern Israel on Sunday morning, lightly injuring one Israeli, local media reported.

    Iran-backed Hezbollah launched two rockets at Moshav Dovev in the Eastern Galilee, with the projectiles striking open areas. No casualties were reported. No warning sirens sounded during the attack.

    Earlier in the morning, air raid sirens sounded in communities in the Western Galilee near the Lebanese border, including Shlomi and Rosh HaNikra.

  • Israel will inflict “painful blows” on Hamas in the coming days in an attempt to free the remaining 133 hostages held by the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

    “Why is this night different, citizens of Israel? That on this night, 133 of our dear brothers and sisters are not at the seder table and are still held captive in the inferno of Hamas,” he said in his Passover remarks.

    “We have already freed 124 of our hostages and we are committed to returning them all home—the living and the fallen,” continued the premier.

  • Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv on February 29, 2024. (photo credit: NIMROD KLIKMAN/POOL)

    “At a time when our soldiers are fighting terrorist monsters, the intention to sanction a unit in the IDF is the height of absurdity and a moral low,” Netanyahu wrote in a post on X.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the United States for its plans to issue its first-ever sanctions against IDF units over alleged human rights violations, starting with the Netzah Yehuda Battalion, which in the past has been accused of mistreating Palestinians.

    Among the more high-profile incidents was the death of Palestinian American Omar As’ad, 80, of a heart attack in January 2022 after he had been detained, blindfolded, gagged, and handcuffed by that battalion in the West Bank.

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, shake hands during their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, April 20, 2024. (Turkish Presidency via AP)

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday urged Palestinians to unite for “victory” amid Israel’s war in Gaza, following hours-long talks with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul, his office said.

    Erdogan, who has called Hamas a “liberation group” and Israel worse than the Nazis, has tried and failed to establish a foothold as a mediator in the Gaza conflict that has roiled the region.

    Erdogan said Palestinian unity was “vital” following the talks at the Dolmabahce Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus strait, which Turkish media reports said lasted more than two and a half hours.

  • Netzah Yehuda Battalion (photo credit: HILEL MEIR)

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to announce sanctions against the IDF’s Netzah Yehuda Battalion in the next few days, according to three American sources.  

    The sanctions are a result of human rights violations against Palestinians in the West Bank. 

    This will be the first time that the United States government has imposed sanctions on an Israeli military unit for its activities in the West Bank.

  • Israeli drone. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON UNIT)

    Iran’s S-300 air defense in Isfahan, which protects its key Natanz nuclear site, was destroyed without detection by long-range missiles fired from outside Iranian air space, sources and multiple satellite imagery posts confirmed by Saturday.

    The New York TimesFox News, and other foreign reports said that Israel undertook the attack, though Jerusalem has been silent about it.

    It was still unclear Saturday whether drones had played some role in the attack as well.

  • Oren Marmorstein (photo: X)

    Israel will summon ambassadors of six of the 12 countries that voted for full Palestinian UN membership “for a protest talk” tomorrow, a foreign ministry spokesman says in a statement.

    “The ambassadors of France, Japan, South Korea, Malta, Slovakia and Ecuador will be summoned tomorrow for a demarche, and a strong protest will be presented to them,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oren Marmorstein writes in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

    “An identical protest will be presented to additional countries,” he notes, without specifying why all of the countries in the UN Security Council that voted in favor of the resolution — including China and Russia — were not mentioned in the statement.

    The US vetoed the Palestinian membership bid on Friday, while the UK and Switzerland abstained.

  • A view of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 20, 2024. (Drew ANGERER / AFP)

    The US House of Representatives on Saturday passed a $95 billion legislative package with broad bipartisan support providing security assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, over bitter objections from Republican hardliners.

    This included $17 billion in defense aid to Israel, and some $9 billion providing humanitarian relief to people in Gaza as well as other war-torn regions (the final decision on allocation was up to the White House, with analysts expecting roughly $2 billion would go to Gaza).

    The legislation now proceeds to the Democratic-majority Senate, which passed a similar measure more than two months ago.

  • Screenshot of footage released on social media on early Saturday (April 20) shows huge explosions at a military base belonging to Iraq’s Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Babylon, south of Baghdad.

    A U.S. intelligence source confirms to ALL ISRAEL NEWS that Israel has just attacked and severely damaged a base in Iraq used by an Iranian terror proxy militia.

    Within the last few hours, Israeli fighter jets — believed to be F35 stealth jets — blew up a base used by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iranian financed proxy terror group.

    The PMF base is located in the province of Babylon, about 50 kilometers south of Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.

  • A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran (photo credit: REUTERS/RAHEB HOMAVANDI)

    The message was unmistakable, 'we chose not to hit your nuclear sites this time, but we could have done worse right here,' sources told the Post.

    Sources have confirmed to the Jerusalem Post that the attack on Iran at Isfahan, attributed by sources in the New York Times to Israel, hit Iranian air force assets at Isfahan, almost right next door to the Islamic Republic's nuclear site in the same area.

    The message was unmistakable, 'we chose not to hit your nuclear sites this time, but we could have done worse right here,' sources told the Post.

  • The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011. (photo: Jerry Lampen, Reuters)

    The International Criminal Court may be considering issuing international arrest warrants in the relatively near future against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials for alleged war crimes, N12 reported Thursday night.

    Around 125 countries are members of the ICC, including essentially all of Europe, and are bound by treaty law to honor the ICC’s arrest warrants, though there have been examples of countries protesting such warrants and refusing to honor them.

    The report was extremely puzzling given that the ICC has not decided all of the relevant jurisdictional questions it is supposed to decide before reaching an arrest warrants stage.


  • Israeli fighter jets return after successfully intercepting inbound Iranian missiles. April 14, 2024. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

    Iran took its best shot (or a very significant one) at Israel with over 100 ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and over 100 drones, totaling over 300 forms of aerial attack from many different sides and vectors.

    What if Israel finally decides to strike back? What if it decides to take this opportunity to finally bomb Iran’s prized nuclear weapons program?

  • An F-15 fighter jet is seen at an unidentified airbase after successfully protecting Israel’s airspace from an Iranian attack, April 14, 2024. Credit: IDF.

    Israel attacked deep in Iran early Friday morning, reportedly targeting a military facility close to the city of Isfahan, some 930 miles from the Jewish state.

    Three Iranian sources confirmed to The New York Times that an airbase in Isfahan was targeted, while anonymous Israeli and U.S. officials were cited by outlets as saying that the IDF conducted the strike.

    Iranian media denied any Israeli missile attack, claiming that the Islamic Republic had shot down drones in its airspace. Iran’s nuclear facilities were not hit, according to the U.N.’s atomic watchdog.

  • The United States on Thursday effectively stopped the United Nations from recognizing a Palestinian state by casting a veto in the Security Council to deny the Palestinian Authority full membership of the world body.

    The United States says an independent Palestinian state should be established through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and not through UN action.

    It vetoed a draft resolution that recommended to the 193-member UN General Assembly that "the State of Palestine be admitted to membership of the United Nations." Britain and Switzerland abstained, while the remaining 12 council members voted yes.

  • FILE - In this photo released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, welcomes U.S. President Joe Biden to Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (photo: Bandar Aljaloud, Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

    The Biden administration is intensifying efforts to broker a groundbreaking deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia, aiming to solidify a historic normalization of relations, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. 

    According to sources familiar with the matter, the White House is actively engaging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him to commit to a renewed push for Palestinian statehood. In exchange, Riyadh would extend diplomatic recognition to Israel.

  • The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011. (photo: Jerry Lampen, Reuters)

    The International Criminal Court may be considering issuing international arrest warrants in the relatively near future against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials for alleged war crimes, N12 reported Thursday night.

    Around 125 countries are members of the ICC, including essentially all of Europe, and are bound by treaty law to honor the ICC’s arrest warrants, though there have been examples of countries protesting such warrants and refusing to honor them.

  • Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 12, 2024. (photo: Abed Rahim Khatib, Flash90)

    The Biden Administration has agreed to Israel’s planned incursion into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, after receiving assurances that Israel wouldn’t carry out a large-scale strike against Iran, the Qatari newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported.

    “The American administration showed acceptance of the plan previously presented by the ... government regarding the military operation in Rafah, in exchange for not carrying out a large-scale attack against Iran,” an Egyptian official told the outlet.

    The U.S. government has opposed the long-planned Israeli operation in the town that is Hamas’ last major stronghold in the enclave.

  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (front) visits an exhibition of the country's nuclear industry achievements in Tehran, on June 11, 2023, accompanied by the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami (L). (Khamenei.ir/AFP)

    Iran could review its “nuclear doctrine” following Israeli threats to strike the country, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said on Thursday, as the world braces for an Israeli response to Tehran’s unprecedented April 13 drone and missile attack on it.

    Tehran has always insisted its nuclear program was strictly for peaceful purposes, a claim Israel and much of the Western world doubt.

    “The threats of the Zionist regime against Iran’s nuclear facilities make it possible to review our nuclear doctrine and deviate from our previous considerations,” Ahmad Haghtalab, the Guards commander in charge of nuclear security, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the Tel Nof Air Base, April 11, 2024. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backtracked on a pre-approved military response to Iran’s massive drone and missile attack due to pressure by U.S. President Joe Biden, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported Wednesday.

    Biden reportedly told Netanyahu during a phone call on Saturday that Washington would not participate in nor support an Israeli retaliatory attack.

    According to the report, Netanyahu thereafter shelved a series of options that had already been approved by the Cabinet.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, leads a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 17, 2024. (Maayan Toaf / GPO)

    Following meetings with the British and German foreign ministers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting that Israel will make its own decisions and do whatever is necessary to protect itself, even if it is contrary to the advice offered by its allies.

    British Foreign Secretary David Cameron and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock both arrived in Israel on Wednesday for a flying visit in the wake of Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel overnight Saturday-Sunday, in which it launched some 350 attack drones and missiles at the country.

    Both Germany and the UK have urged Israel to show restraint in the aftermath of the attack, warning that any additional direct hostilities with Iran could send the Middle East spiraling into an all-out war. Israel, however, has vowed to retaliate against Iran, saying that it cannot be allowed to attack without facing repercussions.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hama leader Ismail HaniyehPresidential Press Service via AP, Pool

    Ismail Haniyeh, the political leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, is scheduled to visit Turkey for talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, according to reports from broadcaster NTV.

    Erdogan had earlier confirmed the upcoming meeting while addressing lawmakers from his AK Party in parliament, reaffirming Turkey's stance on Hamas as a "liberation movement."

  • File: Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour speaks during a session of the United Nations Security Council, at the UN headquarters in New York, March 25, 2024. (Angela Weiss/AFP)

    Diplomats say the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote Friday on a Palestinian request for full UN membership, a move that Israel’s ally the United States is expected to block because it would effectively recognize a Palestinian state.

    The 15-member council is due to vote at 3 p.m. Friday on a draft resolution that recommends to the 193-member UN General Assembly that “the State of Palestine be admitted to membership of the United Nations,” said diplomats.

    A council resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the US, Britain, France, Russia or China to pass. Diplomats say the measure could have the support of up to 13 council members, which would force the US to use its veto.

  • Israel will make its own decision on how to respond to Tehran’s unprecedented missile and drone attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday after speaking with the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom and Germany.

    “I thank our friends for supporting Israel’s defense—support both in words and in deeds,” Netanyahu told government ministers ahead of a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, according to a readout of the meeting.

    “They also have all kinds of suggestions and advice. I appreciate those, but I want to make it clear: We will make our own decisions, and the State of Israel will do everything necessary to defend itself,” he added.

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