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26th April 2017 - ABC

AM with Sabra Lane

Grant Rumley

FDD Research Fellow Grant Rumley discussed the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

25th April 2017 - Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Netanyahu snubs visiting German Minister over plans to meet anti-Israel NGOs

Benjamin Weinthal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off talks with the visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over his insistence on meeting anti-Israel NGOs. Netanyahu had previously urged Gabriel not to meet with organizations that are involved in anti-Israel activism. According to German...

24th April 2017 - Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah’s Farcical Media Tour at the Israel-Lebanon Border

Tony Badran

Last Thursday, Hezbollah organized a tour for journalists along the border with Israel, where the Iranian proxy highlighted the various topographical alterations the IDF has done near the border in preparation for a future war.

23rd April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany is a Hotbed of Iranian Spy Activity that Targets Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The German Interior Ministry notified a Left Party deputy last week that agents from Iran have been some of the most active spies in the Federal Republic between 2007 and 2017, including assassination attempts on Israel advocates.

21st April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Texas House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Anti-BDS Bill

Benjamin Weinthal

The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed legislation that bars the state from doing business with companies involved in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Jewish state.

20th April 2017 - Quoted The Tower

Hezbollah Claims Its Threats Forced Israel to Adopt “Defensive” Position

David Daoud

A Hezbollah officer boasted on Thursday that the Iran-backed terror organization had forced Israel to switch “from an offensive to a defensive doctrine,” The Times of Israel reported.

8th April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

French Bank Said to Have Dropped Major BDS Account

Benjamin Weinthal

One of the world’s largest banks, the Paris-based BNP Paribas, may have closed the account last year of a French organization that advocates boycotting Israel. After the former president of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) sent a letter to BNP in May 2016,...

5th April 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Was a Hezbollah Commander Really Killed by His Own Organization?

Tony Badran

Two weeks ago, Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot took the unusual step of confirming claims in the media about the May 13, 2016, killing of Hezbollah military commander, Mustafa Badreddine.

4th April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany Rebukes Institute for Hosting Pro-Hezbollah Academic

Benjamin Weinthal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration reprimanded the Max Planck Institute for sponsoring an Islamic propaganda event featuring the pro-Hezbollah US academic Norman Finkelstein.

2nd April 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Texas House Unanimously Passes Anti-BDS Bill

Benjamin Weinthal

The Texas House State Affairs Committee passed on Wednesday a bill banning state contracts and investments in companies that boycott Israel.

31st March 2017 - Democast

Democast TV

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler discusses ISIS insurgency in Sinai, a problem for Egypt and Israel.

29th March 2017 - Quoted by Matthew RJ Brodsky - The Algemeiner

Will America’s Inaction in Syria Help Lead to an Israeli-Hezbollah War?

Tony Badran

That’s the question that many analysts are grappling with in the wake of recent escalations, including an Israeli strike inside Syria that targeted a weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah.

29th March 2017 - Quoted by George Altshuler, David Holzel, Hannah Monicken, Dan Schere - Jewish Exponent

AIPAC Goes Back to the Basics

Benjamin Weinthal

For the 18,000 Israel supporters who came to Washington, D.C., this week, the AIPAC Policy Conference was like a family reunion or a gathering of old friends, where everyone sticks to comfortable topics and tries to avoid provoking barely concealed disagreements.

28th March 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Dallas Bank in Spotlight as Texas Senate Passes Bill Against Israel Boycotts

Benjamin Weinthal

The Texas Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday barring the state from contracting with businesses that boycott Israel, placing increased pressure on a Dallas-based banking giant to cut ties with an activist group that targets Israel for economic warfare, Benjamin Weinthal...

27th March 2017 - Quoted by Matt Brodsky - The Hill

Prepare for battle: Israel, Hezbollah on the path to war

Tony Badran

That’s the question many analysts are grappling with in the wake of recent escalations involving an Israeli strike inside Syria that targeted a weapons shipment meant for Hezbollah.

26th March 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Anti-BDS Bill Passes in Texas Senate

Benjamin Weinthal

Texas has been a hotbed of anti-BDS activity in recent days, with the passage of a bill in the Senate on Wednesday that will bar state contracts and investment in companies that boycott Israel, and mounting criticism by Jewish organizations of a local bank’s BDS activity.

24th March 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Taking the War to the BDS Activists

Benjamin Weinthal

Israel is in a war against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that includes using preemptive measures to curb the potential impact on the Jewish state, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan told The Jerusalem Post in a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday.

23rd March 2017 - Quoted by CBN News

US Senate Confirms David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

The Senate confirmed David Friedman to be the United States' next ambassador to Israel Thursday.

22nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Organizations Under Fire for Alleged Hamas Support

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas are once again in the spotlight. Israeli authorities claimed this week that two charities with close ties to the ruling elite in Ankara were providing financial and military support to the Gaza-based Islamist faction.

21st March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Israel carries out two strikes against Assad Regime, Hezbollah targets in Syria

David Daoud

In the wake of threats by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the Israel Air Force (IAF) carried out two strikes against Assad regime and Hezbollah targets in Syria on Sunday and early Monday morning. These latest airstrikes come only two days after an IAF raid on Hezbollah weapons...

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