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IDF Forces Brace for Violence on Northern Border

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25 Mar 2019
IDF Forces Brace for Violence on Northern Border
IDF and Israel Police units were deployed in and around the Golan Heights over the weekend amidst fears of unrest following last Thursday’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the territory by US President Donald Trump. In a Tweet, President Trump announced that “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” The move prompted sharp criticism from many governments around the world.

Here is a video of remarks by Israeli PM Netanyahu shortly after the announcement

Reports Indicate Germany Helping Iran Cheat on JCPOA
Reports emerged in various media outlets over the weekend that Germany has attempted to protect Iran from censure by keeping its investigations into attempts by agents of the Islamic Republic to purchase components for its renegade nuclear and ballistic missile programs in Europe. German officials were evasive and defensive in their response to media enquiries about the reports, with some analysts predicting that a major diplomatic row between Berlin and some of its most important allies is imminent.

In related news, reports out of Iran indicate massive flooding in the north of the country has led to evacuations of tens of thousands of residents of Golestan and Mazandaran provinces along the Caspian Sea. The military has been forced to respond to the disaster after civilian agencies were completely overwhelmed by the scope of the emergency. Also over the weekend, Iran was ranked 117th out of 156 countries in the “World Happiness Report” recently published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network in conjunction with the Ernesto Illy Foundation.

Honduras and Romania to Open Embassies in Jerusalem
Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă both announced during speeches Sunday evening at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference that their governments would soon open diplomatic embassies to Israel in Jerusalem. Dăncilă added that “I am determined to contribute to closer relations between Israel and the entire European Union, particularly now, when Romania is holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union." The moves prompted mixed reactions from various world governments.

Beresheet Spacecraft Sends Another Selfie Back to Earth
Israeli spacecraft Beresheet took and posted another “selfie” over the weekend with the planet Earth in the background, this time from 265,000 km away, according to Space IL and Israel Aerospace Industries, which jointly launched the craft. Beresheet is scheduled to land on the Moon on 11 April. In other science news, Dr. Valentina Klymiuk of the University of Haifa was awarded the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) award on March 20 for her research into protecting wheat from yellow rust, a disease which causes massive crop losses around the world.

Israeli Athlete Wins Gold Medal in Qatar
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat over the weekend as Israeli gymnast Alexander Shatilov won the gold medal for the floor exercise during the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series in Doha, Qater and Hatikvah, the national anthem of Israel, was played at the medal ceremony. It was the first time the song was played respectfully at a public event in the Gulf Arab country. 

Israel Blesses the world
Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) approved a plan on Sunday to establish 26 new international undergraduate and master’s courses in English at several Israeli universities in order to attract more international students to the Jewish State. Most of the new degrees are in teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as well as entrepreneurship and innovation, cultural and religious aspects of Israel and the Middle East, agriculture, urban studies, environmental and natural resource studies, urban planning and design.


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