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Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Can Trump Iran Policy Succeed?

Can the Iran strategy being pursued by the United States and supported by Israel succeed? If so, is the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy politically sustainable?

President Trump’s announcement of his decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan

Israel Plans to Extend Tel Aviv-Jerusalem High-Speed Rail to Western Wall

(JNS) Israel’s Transportation Ministry has said that it’s moving ahead with plans to build an extension of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed line that would directly connect Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Pompeo Criticizes Democrats for Meeting With Iranian Foreign Minister

(JNS) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has rebuked a group of Democratic senators who reportedly met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif last week on the sidelines of the annual Munich Security Conference.

Israel Eases Restrictions on Gaza, Citing ‘Relative Quiet’

(JNS) Israel has announced that following several days of “relative quiet” from the Gaza Strip, it is easing restrictions on the coastal territory.

According to the Israeli Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of Government

Iceland Jewish Community Celebrates Its First Permanent Torah Scroll

(JNS) The Jewish community in Reykjavik, Iceland, celebrated the completion and inauguration of the island’s first permanent Torah scroll this week. Last Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeffrey Ross Gunter, who is Jewish, hosted at the embassy a reception to celebrate and honor the

IDF Foils Hamas Plot to Hack Phones of Soldiers by Posing as Attractive Women

(JNS) The Israeli military thwarted efforts by Hamas to hack the phones of soldiers by posing as young attractive women on social media, the Israeli Defense Forces said.

“Hamas created fake social-media profiles, using photos including this one, in an attempt to hack the phones of IDF soldiers,” the

JCT Launches Israel’s First English-Language Computer Science Degree for Women

(Courtesy of JCT) Last year, the Jerusalem College of Technology made a groundbreaking announcement.

After much consideration and planning, it was launching Israel’s first English-language computer science degree for women, responding to a strong demand for non-Hebrew speaking religious women

Time to Rid Our Society of the Sin of Neglect

Neglect is one of any society’s most egregious sins. Widespread neglect involving children is detrimental to our moral strength as well as our national future. As Nelson Mandela once said: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

The

BDS Activists Pressure Dems on AIPAC

The anti-Israel group IfNotNow approached the leading Democratic presidential candidates in New Hampshire, ahead of the state’s primary, to ask if they will skip the annual AIPAC Policy Conference next month—only to get one commitment so far.

That commitment was from Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Report: Netanyahu Seeks To Push Otzma Yehudit Over Electoral Threshold

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s advisers are holding talks with the head of the far-right Otzma Yehudit Party to try to find a way for Otzma to pass the electoral threshold in Israel’s March 2 election.

Having realized that there was no chance of convincing Otzma leader Itamar

Report: Poll Finds 94 Percent Of Palestinians Reject Trump Mideast Peace Plan

(JNS) A Palestinian public-opinion survey released this week found that U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan is opposed by 94% of Palestinians, and that 64% favor terrorism as a response to the plan. The poll was carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey

Former Qatari Prime Minister: Israel and Gulf States to Sign Non-Aggression Pact

(JNS) Qatar’s former prime minister said this week that Israel and the Gulf states would soon sign a non-aggression pact, that could also include Morocco.

“Now it [Trump’s peace plan] will be followed by a non-aggression agreement between Israel and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in