‘The US House of Representatives has passed a bill which names Israel a “major strategic partner” of the US and seeks to expand Washington’s military ties with Tel Aviv.
The legislation, which was passed by a 410 to 1 vote, calls for expanding the delivery of US arms and military technologies to Israel and commits US Congress to increase funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.
Israel already receives billions of dollars of American taxpayers’ money each year. Under an existing 10-year aid agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv signed in 2007, $30 billion of American taxpayers’ money is flowing to Israel.’
‘Afghan security forces have foiled potentially devastating attacks in northern Afghanistan by seizing a large quantity of weapons, intelligence sources say.
Afghan forces carried out raids on militant hideouts across the northern Baghlan province.
Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security said in a statement on Friday that its forces seized a cache of arms and ammunition, including explosives, machine guns, vests of explosives, rocket propelled grenade launchers and grenades.
The militants intended to use the weapons and explosives for terrorist attacks across the volatile region in a bid to disturb the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections, the statement noted.’
‘Israel makes allegations against Iran to create illusions and seduce public opinion to endorse Tel Aviv’s hostile foreign policy agenda, a political analyst says.
The Israeli regime creates “illusions out of nothing” and “seduce[s] people into accepting a version of reality that in fact does not exist,” Mark Glenn, political commentator from Idaho said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.
The analyst made the remarks in response to a recent allegation by Israel that Tehran sought to send missiles to the blockaded Gaza Strip. Israel claimed that its naval forces had raided a ship in the Red Sea and seized dozens of rockets from Iran destined for Hamas in Gaza.
Glenn said that the allegation was made concurrent with the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby in the US to have “maximum effect”.’
‘Israeli settlers have attacked a Palestinian journalist’s car en route to cover a story in the occupied West Bank.
Several out of around 100 Israeli settlers stoned the car of the Palestinian photographer who was slightly injured in the hand and the face on Friday.
The settlers, who had gathered at the side of a road near Ramallah, also managed to crack the windscreen, said Abbas Momani, who works for AFP.
Momani said there were Israeli soldiers present on the scene but they did not intervene.’