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Greece gets planes, training and support in $1.68B deal with Israel

Greece gets planes, training and support in $1.68B deal with Israel

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Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Greek Air Force will get a training program and 10 aircraft from Israel in a $ 1.68 billion contract, Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems announced. The 20-year contract is the largest defense agreement between Greece and Israel, and includes 10 M-346 training planes made by the European defense contractor Leonardo. Advertisement Elbit Systems, based in Haifa, Israel, will construct and maintain a flight school, a maintenance school and simulators, and provide logistics support, in Greece. The contract is a sign of increased cooperation between the Greek and Israeli governments and defense ministries. Greece recently began leasing Israeli drones, and the two countries, with Cyprus, agreed on an undersea pipeline to supply Europe with natural gas from the eastern ...
Israel, Morocco agree to normalize relations in Trump administration deal

Israel, Morocco agree to normalize relations in Trump administration deal

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Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalize relations, the Trump administration announced on Thursday. With the deal, Morocco is the fourth Arab country to normalize relations with Israel since the summer, after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan. Advertisement "As part of this deal, Morocco will establish full diplomatic relations and resume official contacts with Israel. They will grant overflights and direct flights to and from Israel for all Israelis," White House adviser Jared Kushner told reporters in a press call Thursday. "They'll reopen the liaison offices in Rabat and Tel Aviv immediately, with the intention to open the embassies in the near future. They'll be promoting economic cooperation between Israeli and Moroccan companies." President Donald Trum...
PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes 1st shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Israel

PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes 1st shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Israel

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Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Israel received its first shipment of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, a few weeks before the country expects to begin inoculations. More than 100,000 doses arrived on a DHL flight from Brussels at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport. Israel expects to receive another half million doses over the next few days and about a million more next week, The Jerusalem Post reported. Advertisement Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy told facilities to prepare to receive the the vaccinations on Dec. 20, with inoculations set to begin about a week later. It's unclear exactly when Israel will begin giving people the vaccine. The government plans to wait for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the U.S.-developed vaccine before using it. The FDA's vaccine advisor...
Iranian leaders accuse Israel of nuclear scientist’s assassination – and vow to retaliate

Iranian leaders accuse Israel of nuclear scientist’s assassination – and vow to retaliate

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Iran's supreme leader has called for the "definitive punishment" of those behind the assassination of one of the country's prominent nuclear scientists.Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made his pledge in a statement on his official website, after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani used a televised statement to accuse Israel of the killing. All Israeli embassies around the world have now been put on high alert.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was injured after gunmen fired at his car in an ambush near Tehran. He died later in hospital.Mr Rouhani, who has also said that the scientist's death will not curtail Iran's nuclear programme, said in his address: "We will retaliate." ...

Israel says it uncovers deep militant tunnel dug from Gaza

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The Israeli military says militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens of meters (yards) deep that crossed under the security fence around the territory before it was detected by underground sensorsByThe Associated PressOctober 20, 2020, 9:14 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleJERUSALEM -- The Israeli military said Tuesday that militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens of meters (yards) deep that crossed under the security fence around the territory before it was detected by underground sensors.Hours after the announcement, a rocket fired from Gaza was intercepted by Israeli missile defenses, the military said. Late Tuesday, the army said fighter jets and attack helicopters “struck an underground infrastructure” for the militant Hamas group. There wer...