After 5 years in an Egyptian prison for his extremism, Maajid Nawaz became an outspoken critic of Islam, and pro-Israel advocate

TIMES OF ISRAEL
The British activist who went from radical Islam to staunch Israel ally
by Robert Philbot
February 19, 2018

In the summer of 2001 Maajid Nawaz traveled to Jerusalem for the first time to visit the Al Aqsa mosque. He journeyed via Jordan, so desperate was he not to set foot in what he considered “Israel proper.”  “I pretty much would describe my views as typically anti-Semitic and typically anti-Israel,” he recalls. “I denied the legitimacy of the State of Israel and believed that it had no right to exist and that the caliphate would one day come to… liberate the land and return it to Muslim dominion.” READ MORE

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Abbas: “I’m writing off Washington”; Haley: “I will not shut up” [VIDEO]

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Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at U.N. Security Council
by Anne Gearan
February 20, 2018

With President Trump’s Middle East peace envoys looking on, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of abdicating its commitment to a peace settlement and an independent Palestinian state….He appealed instead to the United Nations, and called for an international peace conference this year under U.N., not American, sponsorship…[Nikki] Haley addressed Abbas directly, although he had abruptly left the chamber following his speech. “Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk,” Haley said. “But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours.” READ MORE

WORLD ISRAEL NEWS Analyst: ‘Abbas at UN behaved like an angry child’

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#Obama’s #IranDeal: “an instrument used to rebalance U.S. interests, downgrading traditional allies like Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia, and upgrading Iran”

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The Iran Deal Is Now Officially a Disaster. So Where Were You?
by Lee Smith
February 20, 2018

“Since the Obama administration and its negotiating partners struck the deal with Iran in July 2015,” Joshua Keating recently wrote in Slate, “the Middle East’s sectarian conflicts have only become deeper, more violent, and more intractable. From the half-million people killed in Syria to the rise of ISIS to the massive refugee crisis that has strained the world’s humanitarian capacity to its breaking point and contributed to the rise of right-wing populists in the West, it’s much harder now to say that Obama made the right decision in prioritizing the Iran deal above all else.” READ MORE

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Israel provides intelligence to Australia which prevented mid air jet explosion

TIMES OF ISRAEL
IDF reveals it thwarted attempted Islamic State bombing of Australian flight
by Judah Ari Gross
February 21, 2018

The Israeli army on Wednesday revealed that the Military Intelligence Unit 8200 foiled an Islamic State attempt to bomb a flight from Australia last August. “The unit provided exclusive intelligence that led to the prevention of an air attack by the Islamic State in 2017 in Australia,” a senior IDF officer said. “The foiling of the attack saved dozens of innocent lives and proved Unit 8200’s position as a major player in the intelligence fight against the Islamic State,” the officer said, on condition of anonymity. READ MORE

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IAF strikes Gaza targets including terror tunnel

ISRAEL HAYOM
Israel destroyed another terror tunnel, defense minister reveals
by Mati Tuchfeld, Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
February 20, 2018

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman revealed Monday that the military destroyed another Hamas terror tunnel dug near the Gaza Strip-Israel border. The Israeli Air Force struck multiple terror targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Monday morning, including what military officials called “underground infrastructure,” after a rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Sunday evening. In recent months, the IDF has destroyed several terror tunnels dug by Islamic Jihad and Hamas under the border.  READ MORE

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Sarah Silverman comes to defense of Ahed Tamimi AKA Shirley Temper

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Sarah Silverman Faces Twitter Rebuke for Calling on Jews to Defend Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi
by Shiryn Solny
February 18, 2018

American comedian Sarah Silverman faced a flurry of criticism from Twitter users over the weekend after she urged fellow Jews to support the release of Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager facing trial in Israel for repeatedly assaulting IDF soldiers. “Jews have to stand up EVEN when — ESPECIALLY when — the wrongdoing is BY Jews/the Israeli government,” Silverman tweeted on Thursday, along with a link to an Amnesty International campaign protesting Tamimi’s detention by Israel’s security forces. READ MORE

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Israel and Lebanon slug it out over natural gas rights

JERUSALEM POST
Could Natural Gas in the Mediterranean Spark the Third Lebanese War?
by Oded Eran
February 18, 2018

Speaking about border issues between Israel and Lebanon at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) annual conference (January 31, 2018), Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the Lebanese government had issued a tender for natural gas exploration in the Mediterranean, and that by all criteria Block 9, which was awarded to a number of well-known international companies, belonged to Israel. READ MORE

JNS $15 billion of Israeli natural gas to be sold to Egypt in landmark deal

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