In Brief: Hezbollah vows it will keep its weapons as Lebanon protests moun

Hassan Nasrallah has vowed that Hezbollah will keep its weapons as protests against Lebanon’s economic and financial crisis have continued. In a fiery address, the terror group leader (pictured) pledged on Tuesday evening: “Our weapons will remain in our hands and we will not starve; we will kill you.” Protesters took to the streets of[…]

In Brief: Iran continues to violate nuclear deal, says international watchdog

Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium has grown by 50 percent in the last three months, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported this week. A former head of Israeli military intelligence warned that Iran has now substantially reduced the “break-out time” – the time in which it would be possible for the Islamic republic to make enough material for a[…]

In Brief: Israel freezes further lifting of restrictions as coronavirus cases mount

The Israeli government decided this week to freeze the further lifting of coronavirus restrictions and step up the enforcement of social distancing requirements and other regulations as cases in the country continued to grow. The Health Ministry announced today that a further 88 coronavirus cases were diagnosed overnight. The number of active virus cases has risen to[…]

In Brief: Norway halts PA education money over incitement in curriculum

Norway is withholding more than half of the money it planned to give the Palestinian Authority for education spending this year due to concerns about incitement in the curriculum. Norway is a major donor to the PA and the announcement by foreign minister Ine Eriksen Søreide follows a cross-party vote in the country’s parliament last December[…]

In Brief: US cooling on annexation as Israel backs away from 1 July deadline

The Trump administration is believed to be seeking to slow the process of Israel annexing parts of the West Bank, according to Israeli media reports. On Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu held a conference call to discuss the implementation of the administration’s peace plan – including its provisions to allow Israeli to annex up to 30 percent[…]