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  • Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Finland's President Sauli Niinisto, Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde pose after signing a document during a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain June 28, 2022. (photo: Yves Herman, Reuters)

    NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden's bid to join the Western alliance on Tuesday after the three nations agreed to protect each other's security, ending a weeks-long drama that tested allied unity against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    The breakthrough came after four hours of talks just before a NATO summit began in Madrid, averting an embarrassing impasse at the gathering of 30 leaders that aims to show resolve against Russia, now seen by the U.S.-led alliance as a direct security threat rather than a possible adversary.

    It means Helsinki and Stockholm can proceed with their application to join the nuclear-armed alliance, cementing what is set to be the biggest shift in European security in decades, as the two, long-neutral Nordic countries seek NATO protection.

  • Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speak during a Knesset discussion, June 27, 2022. (photo: Olivier Fitoussi, Flash90)

    Lawmakers passed the first reading of a bill to dissolve Israel’s 24th Knesset in the early hours of Tuesday morning, putting Israel another step closer to its fifth elections in three and a half years.

    The vote, approved 53-0, was held after lawmakers from the governing coalition and the opposition spent all day Monday debating such issues as the date of the next national elections and which legislation would be passed before parliament dissolves, and some in the opposition sought desperately to muster enough votes to forge an alternative coalition under former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu without elections.

    According to coalition-opposition understandings, the final readings of the bill to dissolve parliament will be held by Wednesday. Once it is passed, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will hand over power to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who will serve as interim prime minister through elections and until a new government is formed.

  • Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz gives a statement to the media at the IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem, on March 30, 2022. (photo: Olivier Fitoussi, Flash90)

    Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday that Israel would work with world powers to shape any deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

    “With the expected or possible resumption of the nuclear talks, we will continue to work together with the United States and other countries in order to make our position clear and influence the crafting of the deal—if there is such,” said Gantz, according to Reuters.

    “It would be proper to make clear that Israel does not oppose a nuclear deal in itself. It opposes a bad deal,” he added.

  • Pro-life supporters stand near the gate of the Texas state capitol in Austin in May. (photo: Sergio Flores, Getty Images/NY Times)

    A Texas judge on Tuesday blocked officials from enforcing a dormant 1925 abortion ban that the state's Republican attorney general said was back in effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedure nationwide.

    The temporary restraining order by Judge Christine Weems in Harris County came in a last-ditch bid by abortion providers to resume services after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling...

    But [Texas Attorney General Ken] Paxton, a conservative Republican, said prosecutors could choose to immediately pursue criminal charges against abortion providers based on a different, old statute that had gone unenforced while Roe v. Wade was on the books but that remained Texas law.

  • Joseph Kennedy's departure as assistant coach at Bremerton High School in 2015 made headlines nationwide. (photo: First Liberty)

    The Supreme Court handed a big win to a former Washington high school football coach who lost his job over reciting a prayer on the 50-yard line after games.

    At issue was whether a public school employee praying alone but in view of students was engaging in unprotected "government speech," and if it is not government speech, does it still pose a problem under the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. 

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 6-3 decision that the answer to both questions is no.

  • An Iranian military drone is fired into air during a military exercise on the shore of the Oman sea in Iran's coastal region of Balushistan on Nov. 7, 2021. (photo: Iranian Army Office / AFP)

    The United States held a secret meeting last March in Egypt with senior officials from the Israel Defense Forces and military chiefs from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, and Jordan over the Iranian threat, according to a Sunday report by The Wall Street Journal.

    According to the report, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, his Saudi counterpart Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, and military officials from Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates met in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. 

    The talks were described as the first steps towards regional cooperation and covered aerial threats posed by Iran, including drones, and how to defend against them.

  • E.U. High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, Oct. 7, 2019. (photo: European Parliament via Wikimedia Commons)

    Israel’s foreign minister “lashed out” at the European Union foreign policy chief on Sunday following the latter’s visit to Tehran the day before, Politico reported on Sunday.

    Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, had reached out to Lapid before heading to Iran on Saturday to try to restart the stalled nuclear talks between Tehran and western powers, according to the report. The E.U.’s top diplomat had wanted to consult with Lapid on a number of points ahead of his meetings with the Iranians, according to Politico.

    However, Lapid reiterated in his reply to Borrell that it was the visit itself that was problematic, especially given Iran’s recent attempts to kill Israeli civilians in Turkey. The Israeli foreign minister had previously told Borrell that visiting Iran now was “a strategic mistake that sends the wrong message” to Tehran, according to the report.

  • MK Gilad Kariv, left, motions as MK Itamar Ben Gvir is led out of a Knesset committee meeting on June 26, 2022. (photo: Olivier FItoussi, Flash90)

    A political tussle is set to take place Monday in the Knesset as the coalition pushes forward with its drive to put to sleep a parliament wrested from its control amid long-shot efforts by the opposition to thrust former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu back into power.

    Sitting at the center of the clamor, rebel Yamina MK Nir Orbach said Thursday that he would convene his Knesset House Committee on the coming Monday, allowing a bill to dissolve the Knesset and call snap elections to go to the first of three full votes as early as later that day. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is slated to become prime minister during the transition period, swapping out Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu is surrounded by Likud members at a preliminary reading at the Knesset of a bill to dissolve the parliament after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid moved to disband their government and hold an election, in Jerusalem, June 22, 2022. (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS)

    Sure, many on the Right and in the Likud are smiling at the demise of the Bennett-Lapid government. After all, that is what they worked for, dreamed of, even prayed for; that the government of Naftali Bennett – a man they branded as a liar, scoundrel and even a traitor – would collapse.

    Inside the Likud and the Religious Zionist Party there are those eagerly awaiting new elections. Polls over the last week are showing the four Jewish opposition parties – Likud, the Religious Zionist Party, Shas and United Torah Judaism - winning between 59-60 seats were elections held today, knocking on the door of being able to form a 61-seat coalition.

    Likud and the Religious Zionist Party are particularly buoyed by polls showing the Likud going from 30 seats in the present Knesset to 35-36 in the next one, and the Religious Zionist Party of Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir catapulting from its present six seats to nine, an increase of 50% – not a bad achievement for the party over just one year.

  • In this photo released by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Enrique Mora, a leading European Union diplomat, second right, attends a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani, third left, in Tehran, Iran, March 27, 2022. (Iranian Foreign Ministry via AP)

    Senior defense officials are at odds over Israel’s stance on talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, according to an unsourced report Sunday in Hebrew-language media.

    According to the Ynet news site, several Israeli generals, including the chief of Military Intelligence, have begun to support a return to the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers, against Israel’s official policy.

    The report was published as world powers prepare to reconvene talks in Vienna to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action after months of deadlock.

  • SEN. TIM SCOTT: Fear-mongering is really what President Biden just talked about, he's fear-mongering. The truth is, I'm so thankful that over the last three or four years, we were able to put 300 federal judges on the bench and three conservative Supreme Court justices. 


  • Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in the Knesset,in Jerusalem on June 20, 2022. (photo: Yonatan Sindel, Flash90)

    Israel’s political landscape is set to shift in the coming week, with the Knesset expected to pass the final legislation for its dispersal on Monday and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to become prime minister soon after.

    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Lapid last week announced their decision to dissolve the 24th Knesset after just one year in power due to their inability to keep their narrow, politically diverse coalition together any longer. If all goes as planned, Israel will head to its fifth national election in under four years in the fall.

    The Knesset on Wednesday approved a preliminary bill to dissolve itself and is expected to formally disperse this week after going through two committee reviews and three more votes to voluntarily disband. Lapid will take over as caretaker prime minister through elections in the fall, according to the coalition agreement.

  • Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell attend a joint news conference, in Tehran, Iran June 25, 2022. (photo: Majid Asgaripour, West Asia News Agency/Reuters)

    Iran's indirect talks with the United States on reviving the 2015 nuclear pact will resume soon, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told a joint news conference with the EU's foreign policy chief in Tehran.

    "We are prepared to resume talks in the coming days. What is important for Iran is to fully receive the economic benefits of the 2015 accord," said Amirabdollahian, adding that he had held a "long but positive meeting" with the European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

    "We are expected to resume talks in the coming days and break the impasse. It has been three months and we need to accelerate the work. I am very happy about the decision that has been made in Tehran and Washington," Borrell said.

  • Israel's outgoing prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with his successor, incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, after a special session to vote on a new government at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP)

    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett insisted Friday that his predecessor and opposition chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is unsuited to once again hold the premiership, but clarified that he would not rule out sitting in a future government headed by the  Likud leader.

    Bennett, who gave several interviews to Hebrew media, said he has not decided whether or not to run again. He is instead focused on preparing Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to replace him as interim prime minister, as per their coalition agreement, he said.

    Bennett and Lapid announced their decision on Monday to advance legislation to dissolve the 24th Knesset after just one year in power due to their inability to keep their

  • Pro-life supporters outside of the US Supreme Court. (photo: Alejandro Alvarez, WTOP)

    The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively ending recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and giving individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban the practice altogether.

    The ruling came in the court's opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which centered on a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Republican-led state of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lower court ruling that stopped the 15-week abortion ban from taking place.

    "We end this opinion where we began. Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court's opinion.

  • When asked whether he feels he played a role in the reversal of Roe v. Wade, after having appointed three conservative justices to the high court, the former president told Fox News: "God made the decision."

  • An illustration of a cyber attack. Credit: F8 studio/Shutterstock.

    (June 24, 2022 / JNS) Iranian cyber-attackers targeting Israel have focused on trying to create panic; however, they have not activated advanced cyber-attack capabilities, say observers in Israel while cautioning that the hostile actors will continue to search for new vulnerabilities.

    This month, Iranian cyber-attackers reportedly activated rocket sirensbelonging to municipal authorities in Jerusalem and Eilat, as well as targeting the emails of senior Israeli and American officials and executives. 

    In November, a series of cyber strikes targeted Iranian gas stations and highway signs across the country, reportedly disabling every gas station in the country, while hijacking displays and screening subversive anti-regime messages.

  • Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a graduation ceremony for new pilots at Hatzerim air force base near the southern city of Beersheba, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    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.

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speak to the media after their talks, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Foreign Minister Yair Lapid hailed security cooperation with Turkey in helping foil an Iranian plot to kidnap or kill Israeli nationals in Istanbul, as he met his counterpart in Ankara for high-level talks aimed at cementing the countries’ rapprochement Thursday.

    Standing next to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after talks in the Turkish capital, Lapid said Israel is confident that Ankara “knows how to respond to the Iranians” in the wake of ongoing attempts to harm Israeli travelers on Turkish soil.

    “The lives of Israeli citizens have been saved thanks to security and diplomatic cooperation between Israel and Turkiye,” said Lapid, using the country’s new official name.

  • After meeting for the Negev Summit, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, left, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, and United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, pose for a photograph Monday, March 28, 2022, in Sde Boker, Israel. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP/Pool)

    A senior American official hinted Wednesday that more Arab nations are looking to make gestures to improve relations with Israel as US President Joe Biden readies to visit the region next month.

    Biden will travel from July 13 to 16 to Israel, the West Bank, and to a regional meeting in Saudi Arabia, which former US president Donald Trump assiduously courted in hopes the kingdom home to Islam’s holiest sites would recognize the Jewish state.

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf said that the Biden administration was encouraging greater cooperation between Israel and the Arab nations with which it has relations.

  • B'nai Brith International expressed concern and outrage over the newly elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Professor Dr. Jerry Pillay, who has a history of making anti-Jewish and anti-Israel comments.

    Pillay, a Presbyterian and dean at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, will start his new position in 2023.

    "If protecting Jews' basic equality, dignity and security is inseparable from true ecumenism and the pursuit of human rights, Rev. Pillay's rise risks devastating harm to the cause of social justice," David Michaels, B'nai B'rith's director of United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs, wrote last week in a Medium blog post.

    Pillay's appointment, wrote Michaels, is "not shocking, but astounding and alarming nonetheless."

  • Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) with Merav Michaeli, Minister of Transport (Labor), speak ahead of a preliminary vote to dissolve the Knesset for new elections, on June 22, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

    The coalition led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett cleared the first major hurdle on its path to ending the current government on Wednesday, passing the first of the four votes necessary to disperse the Knesset and force snap elections.

    Unable to agree even on dissolution, the opposition and coalition submitted several separate versions of the legislation — nine opposition bills and two coalition versions.

    The coalition’s primary version passed with 106 votes in favor and one against, while the opposition bills all passed with over 89 votes. All will now move to the Knesset House Committee to determine which committee will prepare them for their next vote, the first reading.

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