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Trump to Discuss Iran with Putin in Osaka

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27 Jun 2019 (All day)
Trump to Discuss Iran with Putin in Osaka
US President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Osaka Japan on Friday, with Iran reportedly high on the meeting’s planned agenda, along with Venezuela, Afghanistan and Syria. The announcement was made hours after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khemenei posted a statement on his official website that "The most vicious officials of the [U.S.] government accuse Iran and insult it. The Iranian nation will not give in and retreat in the face of such insults." He was referring to an earlier announcement that Iran will speed up enrichment of Uranium as early as this week. Officials in both Washington and Teheran have issued a dizzying array of statements in recent days, ranging from threats to annihilate each other to apparent requests for the other side to save the situation by backing down. Meanwhile, leaders of other world powers have made attempts at mediation.

Chilean President Warmly Welcomed in Israel
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, dealing yet another setback to the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) the Jewish State. Despite a diplomatic row created by Piñera’s visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City which violated routine protocols, the meeting was cordial and a joint press appearance with the two leaders was dominated by words of friendship and opportunities for the two countries to help each other in various ways.

Here is a video of their joint press conference

In other BDS news, the Israeli Air Force sent aircraft to participate in war games with colleagues from the US Air Force and the Royal Air Force this week. The exercise, dubbed Tri-Lightning, included F-35’s from all three allies flying over the Mediterranean Sea. Also this week, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies held its annual general meeting this week, where among other things it passed a resolution demanding an academic boycott of Israeli institutions.

Gaza Envelope Communities Continue to Suffer
Israeli communities near the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have continued to face terrorism in the form of incendiary devices attached to kites and balloons being sent over the border to burn their fields and forests, with 19 separate fires being reported on Wednesday, following 10 on Tuesday and 13 on Monday. IDF Maj.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon posted a video Wednesday telling residents of the Gaza Strip that it was because of this terrorism that Israel is ceasing shipments of fuel to power electricity plants in the Strip. "Between 85 and 75 tankers of fuel enter the Gaza Strip each week, which helps significantly increase electricity hours. Terrorism prevents you from having that," the video explained.

Survey Shows Arab Youth Deeply Dissatisfied
The Big BBC News Arabic Survey was published this week showing, among other things, that more than half of the young people living in the Middle East would like to emigrate. “The number itself is alarming and has several components,” Dr. Mohammed Masbah, director of the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis in Rabat, told The Media Line. “Politically, there is a lack of confidence in the government as youth believe the government cannot solve their problems. Socioeconomically, youth unemployment is high; the belief is it will get worse.” He added that because of higher rates of education, young people have also become “more critical of traditional religious authority.”

Today's video shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the CyberWeek conference at Tel Aviv University


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