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  • The Senate confirmed David Friedman to be the United States' next ambassador to Israel Thursday. 

    The news was applauded by many conservatives, but highlighted a clear divide in party lines. Only two Democrats, New Jersey Senator Bob Menedez and West Virginia's Joe Manchin, joined a unified Republican party in favor of Friedman's nomination. 

    Friedman faced fierce oppostion for his critical view of the "two-state solution" and support for Jewish homes in biblical Judea and Samaria.

    "He's a controversial guy because he is right leaning. He's got some pretty tough positions with regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," Jonathan Schanzer, of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told CBN News in an interview. 

  • Miller, Erdan, and Dagan - צילום: דוברות מועצה אזורית שומרון

    A special cooperation agreement was signed between the State of Texas and the Samaria Regional Council in the Knesset last week, attended by Public Security Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud).

    The agreement comes after six months of work by the Samaria Regional Council's Foreign Relations Unit and ripened during meetings with US officials and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller during Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan's visit to Washington DC for the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.

    During his trip to Israel this week, Miller toured Samaria as a guest of the Samaria Regional Council.

    The agreement was signed between Miller, who was one of the last candidates for the post of Secretary of Agriculture, and Dagan. It will include the exchange of technologies and expertise in agriculture and water technologies.

  • Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano from Japan speaks to the media after returning from Iran at the Vienna International Airport, Austria, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    The inspections regime put in place to closely monitor Iran’s nuclear activity is in jeopardy unless the US and other nations contribute more money, the head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday.

    Yukiya Amano, the agency’s director general, said he used his visit to Washington to make the case for an increase to the Trump administration and to US lawmakers who control the federal budget. He said the Vienna-based agency in 2018 needs a 2.1 percent increase to its regular operating budget of roughly 370 million euros, about $400 million.

    “Without an increase, the IAEA will not be able to implement the verification and monitoring activities in Iran,” Amano said.

  • In this Tuesday, March 1, 2016 file photo, American servicemen and Israeli soldiers participate in a joint drill simulating a rocket attack at a base in Hatzor, central Israel. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

    Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other terror groups.

    The mass evacuations would be unprecedented in Israel’s history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe.

    Elements of the evacuation plan, codenamed “Safe Distance,” were disclosed by a senior Israeli officer in an interview to The Associated Press.

    All sides have been preparing in case a new round of warfare breaks out, although Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist group sworn to Israel’s destruction, currently is tied down in Syria’s civil war fighting in support of President Bashar Assad. There is currently an uptick in tensions between Israel, Syria and Hezbollah.

  • The Westminster attacker was British-born and known to the police and intelligence services, Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed.

    She told MPs he had been investigated some years ago over violent extremism, but was "peripheral" and was not part of the current intelligence picture.

    The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind the attack.

  • FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watched the ground jet test of a Korean-style high-thrust engine newly developed by the Academy of the National Defence Science in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on March 19, 2017. KCNA/via Reuters/File Photo

    North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

    This includes developing a "pre-emptive first strike capability" and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

    Reuters, quoting a senior U.S. official in Washington, reported on Monday that the Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat. (For Monday's story, click reut.rs/2n9HZ5a)

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