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Netanyahu Returns from Diplomatic Mission in Chad

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21 Jan 2019 (All day)
Netanyahu Returns from Diplomatic Mission in Chad
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in N’Djamena, capital of the central African country of Chad, over the weekend to sign an agreement of mutual formal diplomatic recognition between the two countries. Netanyahu told reporters that the move had come with the encouragement of Arab governments, despite efforts by Iran and Palestinian factions to derail it. “The breakthroughs with the Arab world help us in the Muslim world,” he said. “And also, the Muslims want our help in dealing with the Arab states.”

“We are making history,” Netanyahu said. “We are turning Israel into a rising world power. There are those who tried to prevent this, but without success…it is significant for us that Chad is a country with a Muslim majority that seeks friendship with Israel. There are other such countries, but in Africa this is particularly significant.”

On the way back to Israel Sunday morning, Netanyahu made another symbolic breath through when his aircraft was allowed to fly through the airspace of South Sudan, despite being controlled by the regime in Khartoum which has traditionally been very unfriendly towards the Jewish State.

Palestinian Authority Renounces Financial Aid from US
In a dramatic move, Palestinian Authority Rami Hamdallah sent a diplomatic letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend informing him that the PA formally renounced all financial aid from the US, including for security, so as to avoid liability for US court decisions holding the PA financially liable for terrorist attacks committed by its subjects against US citizens. The decision by the PA came following the passage of the 2018 Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ACTA, P.L. 115-253) last October and its going into effect at the end of January.

Ukrainian President Visiting Israel
In yet another defeat for the effort to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko landed in Israel this week along with his Economy Minister Stefan Kubiv to sign a Free Trade Agreement with the Jewish State. The first official meeting was with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who thanked him for Ukraine’s support of Israel in various international forums.

Israel Blesses the World
Researchers at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and their colleagues at Harvard Medical School announced a breakthrough this week in their efforts to identify a mechanism that the human body uses to attack cancer cells. A recent study published in the medical journal Nature gave details of their findings, which give hope to millions of people around the world who suffer or are at risk for a variety of illnesses, including lung and skin cancer.

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