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Arab League Chief De-emphasizes Palestinian Issue

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18 Jan 2019 (All day)
Arab League Chief De-emphasizes Palestinian Issue
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu al-Gheith recently gave an interview to an Egyptian TV news analysis program in which he said, among other things, that following several years of regional turmoil which has seen several Arab governments fall, Turkey and Iran becoming more assertive and the re-entry of Russia, the decades long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has become less of a priority. However, he added, “it is still a pressing circumstance that we [Arab states] must strive to resist.”  Some Arab commentators denounced the statement as part of a “conspiracy” to normalize relations with Israel.

Israeli Security Official Meets with Indian President
The campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat on Thursday when National Security Council chief Meir Ben-Shabbat returned to Israel from a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on an Air India flight which overflew Saudi air space. The meetings were favourably covered in Indian media, giving a strong indication of the close ties between the two countries.

Israeli Feminists Wary of Women’s March
The Women’s March  scheduled for this Saturday will happen without many of its most enthusiastic initial supporters, including Rachel Druck, who helped organize the 2017 event held in Tel Aviv. “I could not justify participating as a Jewish woman or asking other Jewish women to come out for something that has become so dismissive of Jewish women and the Jewish experience generally and it has become really painful,” Druck told The Jerusalem Post. These sentiments were echoed by other Israeli women who said they would be participating in alternative events Saturday not connected to the main event in the US.

US Army to Acquire Iron Dome Batteries
Reports emerged this week that the US Army has moved to acquire two batteries of the battle-proven and Israeli produced Iron Dome air defence system and hope to have them ready for action by the end of 2020. "The Iron Dome system provides the best value for the US military in terms of the timetable for its acquisition and deployment," according to media reports.

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