Israel: Archaeologists begin dig where Biblical Joshua is believed to be buried

Israeli archaeologists have begun excavating a site in the West Bank that is believed to be where the Biblical Joshua lived and was buried, the Jerusalem Post reports. Known as Khirbet Tibnah, the excavation site is located in southwest Samaria and is believed to have been inhabited from the Bronze Age until the beginning of the Ottoman rule.

Israel and US to cooperate in blocking Iran from obtaining nuclear weapon

Israel and the USA this week pledged to continue coordinating their economic, diplomatic, and military efforts to block Iran from producing nuclear weapons, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports. Israeli and US defense officials have met several times since the beginning of the Biden administration to coordinate efforts in dealing with the Iranian threat.

PA’s Abbas ‘outraged’ as Hamas takes center stage in mediation efforts

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is enraged because Egypt, Qatar and other parties chose to hold direct contacts on ways of preventing further escalation with Israel in the aftermath of the recent tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank, a senior official with the ruling Fatah faction said.

Palestinian court releases evangelical pastor

A Palestinian court has released evangelical pastor Johnny Shahwan, who spent 40 days in jail for allegedly meeting with Israeli rabbi and politician Yehuda Glick, the Christian Post (CP) reports.

Hamas calls for escalation against Israel

Leaders of the Hamas terror group which rules Gaza called for an escalation against Israel Wednesday, after Israeli counter-terrorism agents made arrests in the West Bank town of Silwad and after a Jewish extremist group called for sacrifices to be made on the flashpoint Temple Mount during the month of Ramadan, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.

Israel approves $93 million to fortify security barrier

Amid a new wave of Palestinian terrorism, the Israeli government on Sunday approved NIS 300 million (around $93 million) in funding to strengthen a 40-kilometer section of the West Bank security barrier, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports. The decision followed two recent terrorist attacks in which the Palestinian killers are believed to have entered Israel through a hole in the barrier near the town of Jenin.

IDF Operations in West Bank to Intensify, Gantz Says

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) operations in the Palestinian territories will increase in the coming days following a string of deadly terrorist attacks.

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