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Security Forces Brace for Violent Riots on Gaza Border

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16 Nov 2018 (All day)
Security Forces Brace for Violent Riots on Gaza Border
Security forces deployed around Israel’s border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip were on maximum alert Friday afternoon in anticipation of higher-than-usual levels of violent rioting by Palestinian residents of the Strip. “If the protests are too small, then Israel might think they won by canceling the demonstrations,” Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University told The Jerusalem Post. “They [Hamas] don’t want to give Israel that achievement.” Hamas “might be willing to cause a clash between Israel and demonstrators in order to say that ‘we keep the peace while Israel keeps shooting at us.’”

In related news, the Iranian-backed Islamist terror militia Palestinian Islamic Jihad released photographs on Thursday of a new, heavy rocket which they claimed was fired towards Ashkelon during the recent barrages on Israel.

US Special Envoy for Iran Visits Israel
Brian Hook, Washington’s special envoy on Iran, was in Jerusalem on Thursday where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior officials. “Now that we have reimposed our sanctions, we are in a position to really go after all the revenue streams Iran uses to fund Hamas and Hezbollah, its missile proliferation – all the threats to peace and security that Iran presents,” he said, adding that Netanyahu is a “fantastic and committed partner to this endeavor, and we are very grateful for all the support you give.”

Here is a video about Iran’s reaction to US sanctions

Australia and Malaysia Clash Over Jerusalem Embassy Plans
This week saw an escalating war of words between the governments of Australia and Malaysia over the former’s stated plans of moving Canberra’s embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told journalists Friday morning in the wake of the back-and-forth remarks between Malaysian officials and members of his own government that "I will not have our policy dictated by those outside the country.”

Israel Blesses the World
With World Toilet Day coming up on 19 November researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev published a study this week giving details of methods they’ve developed for turning human waste into fuel and fertilizer for industrial and agricultural use. The team from BGU’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research said their processes for turning human waste into a substance called “hydrochar” had potential to help communities all over the world deal with the pressing problems of waste management, energy and food production all at the same time.

Here’s a video about other ways Israel is blessing the world

Israel Appoints Arab-Christian Envoy to Azerbaijan
Arab-Christian diplomat George Deek was appointed as Israel’s next ambassador to the strategically important Moslem-majority country of Azerbaijan on Thursday. “We are proud of his appointment, which perfectly symbolizes the integration of Israelis from different backgrounds in the representation of the state,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.