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The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is a leading independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy. Founded in 1976, the Center has produced hundreds of studies and initiatives by leading experts on a wide range of strategic topics. Dr. Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, has headed the Jerusalem Center since 2000.

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Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 9:20am
(Washington Times) Rowan Scarborough - Iran has increased production and testing of ballistic missiles since the 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. while playing permanent host to scientists from North Korea, which has the know-how to build and launch atomic weapons, a leading opposition group said Tuesday. The National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a white paper that identifies and documents work at 42 missile centers operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. A dozen sites had never been disclosed before. North Koreans have shown Iran how to dig tunnels and build "missile cities" deep inside mountains to prevent destruction by airstrikes. "The IRGC's missile sites have been created based on North Korean models and blueprints. North Korean experts have helped the Iranian regime to build them. Underground facilities and tunnels to produce, store, and maintain missiles have also been modeled after North Korean sites and were created with the collaboration of the North Korean experts." "Delegations of the IRGC's aerospace [industry] constantly travel to North Korea and exchange knowledge, information and achievements with North Korean specialists. North Korea's experts constantly travel to Iran."
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 1:00am
(Washington Free Beacon) Bill Gertz - The Islamic State is setting up networks to support the systematic movement of terrorists from the Middle East to Europe and Asia, according to U.S. defense officials. "ISIS has several facilitators in place that assist the flow of fighters to Europe," said one official. Many of the fighters are returning nationals who joined ISIS several years ago and received training and experience. These fighters are regarded as hardened jihadists who will seek to infiltrate society and prepare for future attacks. A June 7 report by the State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council noted that in the past six months, Islamic terrorists have conducted seven attacks in Germany, France, Sweden, and the UK, causing more than 50 deaths. While authorities in Europe have prevented a number of attacks since the beginning of the year, "the frequency and reach of terrorist activity affirms that the threat persists throughout the region," the report states.
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 1:00am
(Jerusalem Post) "There is no doubt that we will witness the demise of the Zionist entity [Israel]," Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted on his Twitter account Thursday ahead of the Iranian-initiated "Al Quds Day" on Friday which protests Israel's existence.
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 1:00am
(Tasnim-Iran) Iranian people attending nationwide demonstrations on International Quds Day stressed that attempts to eliminate and destroy Israel - the region's cancerous tumor - remain "the Muslim world's top priority." On Friday, demonstrators also described efforts to liberate the holy city of al-Quds [Jerusalem] as one of the Islamic Revolution's primary goals.
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 1:00am
(Ynet News) Itamar Eichner - Hizbullah has set up a network of observation posts along the Israel-Lebanon border under the guise of a civilian organization called Green Without Borders, according to intelligence Israel has passed on to the UN Security Council. The Hizbullah-funded group's declared goal is to raise awareness to environmental protection. In April, a group of civilians denied the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) access to an observation post belonging to Green Without Borders. Israel's letter to the UN included photos of the observation posts and maps detailing their exact locations. "This evidence proves Hizbullah is working along the Blue Line under the guise of civilian activity, while violating UN Security Council Resolutions 1701 and 1559," Danon wrote. "Hizbullah continues to grow its strength in southern Lebanon and is threatening the stability of the entire region. The international community must not turn a blind eye to these dangerous threats." He called on the Security Council to demand that the Lebanese government dismantle the observation posts immediately.
Fri, Jun 23rd 2017 1:00am