Biden’s visit has an interesting wrinkle. He’ll be flying to Saudi Arabia directly from Israel

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Reality bites Biden
Jonathan Schanzer
June 23, 2022

…Meanwhile, the Saudis and Israelis recently engaged in a diplomatic agreement that signaled mutual recognition. Egypt sought to hand control of two Red Sea islands — Tiran and Sanafir — to Saudi Arabia. However, the islands were subject to the 1979 peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. In order for Egypt to complete the transfer, Israel was required to bless the deal. It did. Suddenly, Biden was poised to take Saudi-Israeli normalization to the next level. He simply needed to embrace the policy of normalization that his predecessor had harnessed. With the announcement of his Middle East trip next month, Biden made his pivot. READ MORE

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Dana Milbank wouldn’t find “any of these BDS facts if he searched the Post‘s archives since the Post has never reported them”

ALGEMEINER
The Obvious Answer to Dana Milbank’s Question About CAIR
Steven Emerson
June 24, 2022

“Why not?” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank asked that simple question last week, after the normally publicity-mad Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told him it had nothing to say about a BDS chapter’s promotion of a “mapping project” condemned as antisemitic and a possible incitement to violence…Milbank called it “outright antisemitic bigotry … and implicit invitations to violence.” It is “the latest manifestation of an antisemitic canard alleging secret, hidden Jewish control of, and the buying of influence over, academia, the media, corporations, charities, law enforcement and more.” READ MORE

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Swedish Medical Association supports Jewish doctor in lawsuit against Karolinska University Hospital over antisemitic environment

ARUTZA SHEVA
Doctor harassed, fired from hospital for being Jewish
Gary Willig
June 22, 3022

The Swedish Medical Association is suing Karolinska University Hospital over the dismissal of a Jewish doctor who claims he was discriminated against and let go by the hospital because of his Jewish heritage. The World Zionist Organization is supporting the doctor and says that his dismissal was due to antisemitism. The case began in 2018, when the doctor began stating that he was suffering harassment as a result of his Jewish identity, The doctor filed a lawsuit against the hospital over this harassment in October, 2021. The hospital subsequently fired the doctor, despite the fact that he is a well-known and experienced physician in his field of practice. READ MORE

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“Iranian intelligence assets and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps operatives impersonated students, businessmen and tourists to entrap the Israelis”

JERUSALEM POST
Mossad, Turkey foil Iranian plot to kidnap Israelis
Yonah Jeremy Bob and Roman Meitav
June 23, 2022

Turkish intelligence revealed on Thursday that it thwarted an Iranian attack against a former Israeli ambassador in Istanbul last Friday. According to reports, Iran planned to kidnap several Israeli tourists along with diplomats in Istanbul, including the former ambassador and his wife, and already had all operatives and logistical aspects of the operation in place – with some Israelis being spirited away just moments before a hit team would have been bearing down on them. Turkish intelligence and local police arrested 10 suspects last Friday, including sharpshooters and local collaborators at the Sol Hotel and three others renting apartments in the Istanbul area. READ MORE

AXIOS Barak Ravid: Iran dismisses IRGC intel chief amid suspicious deaths of Iranian officers Last Friday, a spokesperson for the Mossad briefed reporters that the Iranian leadership is unhappy with Taeb and was considering whether to dismiss him as the IRGC intelligence chief because his organization hasn’t been able to stop the attacks inside Iran and has also failed in retaliating against Israel outside of Iran.

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“The Knesset on Wednesday approved a preliminary bill to dissolve itself and is expected to formally disperse next week after going through two committee reviews and three more votes to voluntary disband.”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Readying to leave office, Bennett says at IDF ceremony: ‘I did the best I could’
June 24, 2022

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, speaking Thursday at what will likely be his last military ceremony as premier, said he did his best for the country while in office. “I did the best I could for the people of Israel, for my beloved people,” Bennett said at a graduation ceremony for Israel Defense Forces pilots at Hatzerim airbase in southern Israel. On Monday, Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced that they would disband the Knesset and send Israel back to its fifth election in three and a half years. Bennett and Lapid said they had “exhausted” avenues to stabilize their rocky minority coalition. READ MORE

ISRAEL HAYOM Stranger things: The Knesset’s behavior is utterly irrational The Opposition, which worked, hoped, expected, and fought for an early election, is now doing everything in its power to avoid it from happening. The coalition, which did all it could to establish a government and prevent an early election, is now rushing to the voting stations.

JTA A 5th Israeli election in 3 years? Here’s how we got here and what happens next Why are Bennett and Lapid calling for new elections? The short answer: they have lost their parliamentary majority after multiple politicians defected from their coalition. The government, formed almost exactly a year ago, had a shaky foundation from its start, combining a slew of parties that historically would have not worked together…

JNS Arlene Kushner: The collapse of the current Israeli government is only the first step Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who is celebrating the imminent demise of the current government, would have us believe that he is the leader who can set things right (double entendre intended). But this is also spin…While he would have us believe that he is right-wing, he is in fact a centrist who tilts right.

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“Netanyahu, who led Israel for much of the past 20 years, seems to be betting on breaking the political stalemate by galvanizing his right-wing base”

WASHINGTON POST
Netanyahu prepares for a comeback in Israel’s next elections
Shira Rubin
June 21, 2022

The announcement of the Israeli governing coalition’s collapse and the preparations for a fifth election in less than four years was met with exasperation by many Israelis. But the news came as a resounding victory for Benjamin Netanyahu, who, over the past year as the head of the opposition, has been preparing for his own comeback. It is not immediately clear how that would happen, however, since polls show that most Israelis will continue to vote the way they have in the past few elections, producing a polarized, deadlocked Knesset and fragile coalition governments. READ MORE

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Israel’s Finance Ministry says deficit for the last 12 months is 0.4% due to increased revenue and reduced spending as pandemic recovery continues

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Deficit drops to nearly zero for the first time in 14 years
Luke Tress
June 13, 2022

Israel’s budget deficit has dropped to nearly zero as government revenues increase and expenditures fall amid the ongoing rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. The Finance Ministry said Thursday that the deficit as a percentage of GDP was 0.04% for the previous 12 months, including May. The ministry said the deficit was essentially “zero” for the first time since 2008. The target deficit for the year is 3.9% of GDP. READ MORE

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“Prescreening of Israel’s raids is designed to avoid interference with US anti-ISIS mission”

WALL STREET JOURNAL
U.S. Secretly Reviews Israel’s Plans for Strikes Against Iranian Targets in Syria
Michael R. Gordon
June 16, 2022

Israel secretly coordinates with the U.S. on many of the airstrikes it carries out in Syria as the allies face a battlefield crowded with militant groups, Iranian-backed militias and foreign militaries, according to current and former U.S. officials. American officials have said little about Israel’s bombing missions, which have been aimed at interrupting Tehran’s flow of advanced weapons to Lebanese Hezbollah and diminishing Iran’s military forces and proxies in Syria. Behind the scenes, however, many of Israel’s missions for several years have been reviewed in advance for approval by senior officials at U.S. Central Command and at the Pentagon, current and former officials say. READ MORE

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UNHRC Commission of Inquiry: “Notably, no other country is singled out in this manner aside from Israel”

JERUSALEM POST
Israeli NGO, families of terror victims urge US to pull out of UNHRC
June 15, 2022

An Israeli legal NGO has urged the US to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following the publication of a Commission of Inquiry (COI) that criticized Israel. The NGO, Shurat HaDin, representing American families of the victims of terrorism, sent a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on the US to “push back” against the body’s anti-Israel bias. Combating the body’s anti-Israel bias was one of the justifications used by the Biden administration when it rejoined the UNHRC, arguing that it could do so better from inside the organization rather than outside it. READ MORE

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The wealthy, powerful, and sometimes very weird Pritzker cousins have set their sights on a new God-like goal: using gender ideology to remake human biology

TABLET MAG
The Billionaire Family Pushing Synthetic Sex Identities (SSI)
Jennifer Bilek
June 14, 2022

One of the most powerful yet unremarked-upon drivers of our current wars over definitions of gender is a concerted push by members of one of the richest families in the United States to transition Americans from a dimorphic definition of sex to the broad acceptance and propagation of synthetic sex identities (SSI). Over the past decade, the Pritzkers of Illinois, who helped put Barack Obama in the White House and include among their number former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, current Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, and philanthropist Jennifer Pritzker, appear to have used a family philanthropic apparatus to drive an ideology and practice of disembodiment into our medical, legal, cultural, and educational institutions. READ MORE

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