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Friday, August 17, 2018

Israel/World

Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire ‘Virtually Done’

After a two-day lull in violence along the Gaza Strip-Israel border, the Los Angeles Times quoted a senior Israeli official as saying that a cease-fire agreement with Hamas, the Islamist organization that rules Gaza, is “virtually done.”

Following a spike in border violence last week, when

PA Has Paid Nearly $300,000 to Sbarro Bombers

(JNS/Palestinian Media Watch) Seventeen years ago today, a suicide bomber entered the Sbarro pizza shop in downtown Jerusalem, detonated his suicide vest and murdered 15 people. The murdered in the August 9, 2001 bombing included seven children as well as a couple and three of their children, an American citizen and a Brazilian citizen. In

Israeli Cybersecurity Company Warns That Hackers Can Infiltrate Fax Machines

(JNS) Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point warned that tens of millions of fax machines contain security flaws that enable hackers to connect to private networks.

According to Check Point, hackers send malicious software that a fax machine reads as an image file through the phone line, which is decoded

Support for Two-State Solution Hits New Low for Both Israelis and Palestinians

(Israel Hayom/JNS) Support for a two-state solution to the long Israeli-Palestinian conflict has fallen to a two-decade low among Israeli Jews and Palestinians alike, a new poll has found.

Conducted jointly by Tel Aviv University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, the poll found

Hamas’s Fake Red Alert App Used to Hack Israeli Phones

(JNS) Israeli cyber-intelligence firm ClearSky has warned that Hamas is attempting to implant spyware on the mobile phones of Israelis who download a fraudulent Red Alert rocket-siren app.

The company’s security researchers said last week that the spyware redirects users to a fraudulent website to

Statistics Show Israel’s Lowest Emigration Figures in a Decade

(Ilan Lazarovich/Israel Hayom/JNS) Noting the lowest emigration figures in 10 years, the Central Bureau of Statistics this week published a new report indicating that only 15,200 residents left Israel in 2016 and stayed abroad consecutively for one year or more. Among them, 11,100 were Jewish and 700 were Arab.

US Jewish Groups Call on New Colombian President to Reverse Palestinian State Recognition

The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday called on Colombia’s newly elected president to nix the decision of his predecessor, in one of his final actions in the office, to recognize the “state of Palestine.”

“We hope you use the power of your office to reverse this regrettable decision that

Bar-Ilan University Labs Abuzz With U.S. Undergrads Conducting Research

(Courtesy of AFBIU) Implementing a new laser-based imaging system to monitor structural health in buildings and bridges. Studying facial recognition and memory utilizing event-related potential (ERP) machinery to analyze the impact of different factors on facial-recall processes. Examining clinical language assessments collected in

Special in Uniform Salutes IDF While Netanyahu Salutes Special in Uniform

(Courtesy of Special in Uniform) Thirty young men with physical disabilities who had just completed their induction ceremony recently arranged a heartwarming ceremony called Salute the IDF in honor of Israel Defense Forces’ 70th anniversary. The soldiers are incorporated into the military in the

Trump on Sanctions: I Am Asking for World Peace, Nothing Less

(Arutz Sheva) US President Donald Trump said this week that his goal in sanctioning Iran is world peace.

“The Iran sanctions have officially been cast,” he tweeted. “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level.”

Report Suggests That Trump’s Mideast Team Seeks an end to Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Status

(JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East policy team’s effort to shutter the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) may include efforts to clarify that millions of Palestinians are not refugees, according to a report.

The report quoted a Palestinian leader who said that Kushner and

NYT Report: Israel Was Behind Syrian Scientist’s Assassination

(Israel Hayom) Israel was behind the assassination last weekend of Syrian rocket scientist Aziz Azbar, according to a senior official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency quoted in The New York Times earlier this week.

Azbar, who headed the Scientific Research and Studies Center in Masyaf, in