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Israel Restoring Fuel Shipments to Gaza Despite Riots

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24 Oct 2018 (All day)
Israel Restoring Fuel Shipments to Gaza Despite Riots
Riots continued on the border between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Israel this week, despite a move by Jerusalem Tuesday evening to rescind a ban on fuel for the Strip’s electrical power generators, paid for by Qatar and facilitated by Israel, the latest restrictions on Gaza to be lifted by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. In related news, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan visited Ramallah Tuesday where his Palestinian Authority hosts urged him to take a more active role in the Middle East, specifically in relations between the PA and Israel. PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah asked that China would support PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s idea to hold a wide-ranging international conference on the issue, which would necessarily usurp America’s traditional exclusive role.

BDS Movement Suffers More Defeats
In another defeat for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday that Israeli business leader Haim Shani will be honored by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to strengthening the technology partnership between Great Britain and Israel. The title of Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) is to be conferred on Shani by UK Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey at a ceremony at the British Embassy on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a state-owned industrial conglomerate, announced on Wednesday morning that it has landed another large contract worth $777 million to supply defense equipment to the Indian Navy.

Iranian General Mocks Saudi Participation in Sanctions
Brigadier General Esmail Kowsari, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' deputy security chief in Tehran, told a local news agency on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia was trying to distract from its own diplomatic problems by joining a new round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic meant to dissuade it from pursuing its renegade nuclear program. "Saudi Arabia is…trying to distract the world and the region from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, in their consulate in Turkey," Kowsari said. “Saudi leaders should be held accountable for their actions."

Presidents Residence Opens New Visitors Center
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave residents and visitors to Jerusalem another item to add to their list of places to see when they visit the capital this week when he presided over a ceremony to launch the new visitors center at the President’s official Residence. Visitors must make an appointment in advance in order to take advantage of the new program, which will include a guided tour of some of the grounds.

IDF Seeks to Lower Number of Abortions
In light of the skyrocketing number of abortions performed on female IDF soldiers in recent years (839 in 2017, according to Army Radio) which costs the Defense Ministry millions of shekels annually, the IDF Medical Corps announced this week that so-called “day after pills” will soon be made available. Various forms of contraceptives, paid for by the Ministry, are already available to soldiers, according to the IDF.

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