Tuesday, September 22nd 2020   |


Is Saudi Arabia about to go nuclear with China’s help?


– The recent normalization deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have fundamentally shifted the region’s alliances. Both Gulf countries maintain close ties with Saudi Arabia, and speculation abounds as to whether or not the Saudis will be the next country to formalize ties with the Jewish state.

While Israel may be on the verge of cementing a close alliance with major Sunni...

Hearing in trial of Hyper Cacher store killings set for Yom Kippur, and court won’t change the date

(JTA) — A hearing in the trial of alleged accomplices in the 2015 Hyper Cacher kosher store attack in Paris that left four people dead was set for Yom Kippur.

Lawyers for the families of victims have asked for a postponement for the Sept. 28 hearing, i24 News reported Tuesday. On the Day of Atonement, the most sacred on the Jewish calendar, Jews are prevented from traveling, working, eating and...

Germany pledges extra $26 million for Jewish security


(JTA) – Germany has pledged an additional $26 million to the country’s Jewish umbrella organization this year to cover security costs as Jewish leaders fret over a rise in right-wing anti-Semitism.

The announcement comes nearly a year after a violent attack on the synagogue in Halle, on Yom Kippur, which left two passersby dead. The alleged perpetrator, who attempted to enter the synagogue with a gun but...

The Israel-UAE-Bahrain peace deals, explained


(JTA) — Israel has signed diplomatic agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two of its Arab neighbors, and the word “historic” has been used a lot. 

For Israel and the region, the so-called Abraham Accords signings truly were historic: There was a big ceremony on the White House Lawn, which conjured memories of Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shaking hands after signing...

White House ceremony celebrates new era for Israel, UAE and Bahrain — details to follow


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu has complained for years about Arab leaders telling their people one thing in Arabic and diplomats saying another to Western audiences in English.

Not on Tuesday.

Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, was on the White House lawn speaking — in Arabic — about the “innate principle” of peace and thanking the Israeli...

Kosovo’s Jews cheer their Muslim-majority state’s new deal with Israel


(JTA) — For Flori Dedoni, a member of the tiny Jewish community of Kosovo, the news that his country is establishing formal diplomatic ties with Israel is cause for celebration.

Until last week, Israel was among the dozens of countries that had not recognized the Muslim-majority territory sandwiched between Albania and Serbia.

“When someone learns I’m Jewish, they usually ask sometime during the conversation why Israel doesn’t...

Jewish and pro-Israel groups welcome Israel-Bahrain normalization


– Jewish and pro-Israel groups instantly applauded Israel and Bahrain for agreeing on Friday to normalize relations between the two countries—the second of its kind between Israel and a Persian Gulf nation in the wake of the United Arab Emirates.

It’s also the fourth peace accord between Israel and a Middle Eastern country, following Egypt in 1979, Jordan in 1994 and the UAE, which agreed to...

Polish auction house selling possessions of Holocaust survivor behind ‘The Pianist’ story


(JTA) — A Polish auction house has announced the sale of 51 objects that belonged to the Holocaust survivor whose life story served as the basis for the 2002 film “The Pianist.”

Desa Unicum will start selling Władysław Szpilman’s objects, including bowties, an antique metronome and a death mask of the Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, on Sept. 22, the Warsaw-based firm said on its website. Szpilman was...

U.S., announces Bahrain set to normalize relations with Israel

(WASHINGTON)  – Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, jointly announced the normalization of relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel.

Bahrain becomes the fourth Arab nation to formally recognize Israel.

According to Trump’s announcement Bahrain “will fully normalize its diplomatic relations with Israel. They will exchange embassies and  ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries and launch cooperation initiatives against a broad range of factors including, health, business,...

Serbia won’t move embassy to Jerusalem if Israel recognizes Kosovo, reports say

(JTA) — Serbia will not move its embassy to Jerusalem if Israel recognizes Kosovo as an independent country, according to two English-language Israeli publications.

The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post each cited unnamed sources who said that Israeli recognition of Kosovo would torpedo the Israel-Serbia relationship.

President Donald Trump announced that Serbia would move its embassy to Jerusalem in the next year, and that Israel and Kosovo will...