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Israeli Companys Spyware Is Used to Target U.S. Embassy Employees in Africa – The New York Times

| December 4, 2021

WASHINGTON The iPhones of 11 U.S. Embassy employees working in Uganda were hacked using spyware developed by Israels NSO Group, the surveillance firm that the United States blacklisted a month ago because it said the technology had been used by foreign governments to repress dissent, several people familiar with the breach said on Friday

Israel to ban entry of foreigners from all countries over Omicron – Reuters

| December 4, 2021

JERUSALEM, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Israel on Saturday said it would ban the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant, and said it would usecounter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in order to contain the spread of the Omicron variant. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that the ban, pending government approval, would last 14 days.

Israel may need more time to prepare military option against Iran – Al-Monitor

| December 4, 2021

As the negotiations of the Iranian nuclear deal take place in Vienna, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke Dec. 1 with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and told him that Iran was utilizing nuclear blackmail as a negotiation tactic, and therefore the United States should initiate an immediate cessation of negotiations

How did 12 Jewish New Yorkers end up vacationing in Syria? – The Times of Israel

| December 4, 2021

Last month, reports bubbled up on Arabic social media about a group of Jews that had traveled to the Syrian capital Damascus. Swirling rumors said the visitors were invited by the Syrian government, or they were propaganda props, or connected to Israel, or even that they went to get discounted dental treatment. The ongoing Syrian Civil War, past persecution of the countrys Jews and fraught relations with Israel made the visit seem improbable.

Israel warns of ’emergency’ after detecting new virus …

| November 30, 2021

Israel's prime minister says the country is on the threshold of an emergency situation after authorities detected its first case of a new coronavirus variant in a traveler who returned from Malawi By JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press November 26, 2021, 1:52 PM 2 min read JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Friday that Israel is "on the threshold of an emergency situation after authorities detected the countrys first case of a new coronavirus variant and barred travel to and from most African countries. The Health Ministry said it detected the new strain in a traveler who had returned from Malawi and was investigating two other suspected cases

Striking Irans nuke sites is an impossible mission for Israel. Heres what it must do – Haaretz

| November 30, 2021

As the nuclear talks with Iran resume in Vienna, Israel must try to reach an agreement with Washington, by which the U.S. will extend it a nuclear umbrella and openly acknowledge it. This is the necessary strategy as Iran sits down with five powers (The U.S

Israels deputy foreign minister aims to woo progressives, but Israeli policies get in the way – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) Idan Rolls mission as Israels deputy foreign minister is to repair Israels relationship with progressives, especially in the United States. His challenge is that he is bound by an Israeli political reality that has shifted to the right

Israel’s Shin Bet arrests two suspected of planning attacks on Arabs – Haaretz

| November 30, 2021

Israels Shin Bet security agency and the police arrested and questioned two Jews early this month on suspicion that they had been discussing plans to violently attack Arabs.

Israel’s top court clears return of kidnapped boy to Italy – Haaretz

| November 30, 2021

A six-year-old boy, the sole survivor of an Italian cable car disaster who was kidnapped and taken to Israel by his grandfather, will be returned to Italy no later than Dec. 12, Israel's Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Former coach of Israels medal-winning gymnastics team switches to Russian squad – The Times of Israel

| November 30, 2021

The former coach of Israels national rhythmic gymnastics team, Ira Vigdorchik, has signed up to work with the Russian squad instead. Vigdorchik confirmed the development in a statement. Vigdorchik, who for years coached the Israeli troupe, was let go this year following the Tokyo Olympics


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