Netanyahu praises Putin’s fight against radical Islam in Russia visit

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Russia’s contribution to the fight against the Islamic State and al-Qaida during a one-day visit to Moscow.

In a statement issued prior to his meeting Thursday in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Netanyahu stressed that it is important to make sure that Iran does not step in to fill the vacuum left by those terror groups. [Read more…]

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Israeli immigrant who converted to Islam indicted for trying to join ISIS

(JTA) – An Israeli immigrant from Belarus who later converted to Islam was arrested for trying to join the Islamic State.

Valentin Vladimir Mazalevsky, 40, a married father of five who lives in the Arab-Israeli town of Shibli in northern Israel, was indicted Wednesday in Nazareth District Court. He was arrested last month for trying to join the jihadists, the Shin Bet security service said in a statement also issued Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Islamic State-linked group claims responsibility for Eilat rocket attack

(JTA) – An affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat.

The Sinai Province group, which pledged its allegiance to ISIS in 2014, said Thursday it was responsible for the firing of four rockets from the Egyptian-controlled Sinai peninsula into Israel. Three of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system on Wednesday night, and the fourth landed in open water. No one was injured in the attack. [Read more…]

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$120,000 raised to ransom Israeli-Canadian citizen held in unnamed Arab country

(JTA) – A public campaign raised $120,000 to pay the ransom for a dual citizen of Israel and Canada imprisoned in an unnamed Arab country.

The Jewish man, Ben Hassin, 21, has been under arrest since June 2015 in the Arab country for the murder of a taxi driver, who he shot in self-defense, according to reports citing Hassin’s father, Ilan, of Tel Aviv. [Read more…]

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Report: Brussels airport suicide bombers targeted Jews and U.S. travellers

A view of bomb damage as passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. (Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

A view of bomb damage as passengers are evacuated from Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. (Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A suicide bomb attack on the Brussels airport last year targeted Jews and people travelling to the United States, the French news service AFP reported.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the March 22, 2016 attack on the Brussels airport and a suicide bomb attack at a metro station in central Brussels which took place an hour later. [Read more…]

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Liberman says Assad and Iran must leave Syria as part of deal

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on December 2 2016.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on December 2 2016.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on December 2 2016.

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said any outcome in Syria must include the ouster of the Assad regime and its Iranian backers, a posture that could lead to tensions with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

“What is crucial for any deal on Syria, two preconditions: Assad out of Syria, Iranians out of Syria,” said Liberman, speaking Friday at the annual Saban Forum, a convocation of Israeli and U.S. leaders organized by the Brookings Institution. [Read more…]

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Israel Air Force kills four Islamic State affiliates after border clash

Israeli soldiers patrolling the Syrian border after a shooting incident there by members of the Islamic State group, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers patrolling the Syrian border after a shooting incident there by members of the Islamic State group, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israeli soldiers patrolling the Syrian border after a shooting incident there by members of the Islamic State group, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

(JTA) – The Israeli Air Force struck an Islamic State-affiliated group in Syria, killing four of its members, hours after the group fired on Israeli soldiers across the border.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that its soldiers were conducting an operation in the Golan Heights in which they passed the security fence with Syria while remaining in Israeli territory. They then came under attack with machine gun fire. The soldiers returned fire. [Read more…]

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