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Netanyahu & Putin to Urgently Meet over Iran's New Aleppo Command Hub

By DEBKAfile

The removal from Damascus to Aleppo of Iran's IRGC command HQ brings Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu' to Moscow on Thursday, April 4, for an urgent meeting with President Vladimir Putin – five days before Israel's general election – to reset their coordination arrangements. DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources report that the Iranians completed the transfer of their commands and military facilities, lock, stock and barrel, from Damascus to Aleppo in the second half of March. They hoped that this move would get them out of range of Israel's serial air and missile raids, calculating that the IAF would be reluctant to risk running into the Russian S-400 and S-300 air defense batteries deployed nearby at the Khmeimim Air Base. They were proved wrong. No sooner had the Iranian command staff moved into its new premises, when the Israeli air force on March 27, conducted one of its broadest raids hitherto on Iranian targets in Syria. Casualties of dead and injured were heavy and the devastation extensive. According to our sources, that raid was just the opening shot. Israel has finished with Damascus as the arena for destroying Iran's military facilities and shifted its campaign to Aleppo. However, the geography makes it incumbent on Israel to draw up fresh rules of coordination with the Russian forces posted in northern Syria. This imperative was behind the official Kremlin account of the phone conversation conducted by Netanyahu and Putin on Monday, April 1 – "pressing bilateral issues including military contacts" – which made a face-to-face meeting between the new leaders essential.

Hamas Threatens Families of Captured Israelis: `Accept Our Terms'

By the Jerusalem Post

"You will see your sons only if you accept the terms of the Resistance," read a Hamas-attributed post released on Tuesday threatening the families of IDF Lt. Hadar Goldin, St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed. The tweet featured pictures of family members of the four captured Israelis. Later on Tuesday, the Al-Qasam Brigade released a music video on their Twitter titled "A Message from Captivity" targeted towards the families of Israelis captured by Hamas. The fictional video is presented from the perspective of one of the captives, who is writing a letter to their family in Israel. The song mentions that they "did much for the State" and portrays the captive as repeatedly making appeals to both the government of Israel and the families to release them. At the end of the song, the singer repeats the statement "In captivity, I ask my mother, `Will I be released?'" The Twitter post had the hashtag "Your government is lying." The post and video were released amid ceasefire negotiations between Hamas and Israel after tensions rose in recent weeks when Hamas fired rockets into Israel and the IDF clashed with Palestinian protestors along the Gaza border. Shaul and Goldin were captured and killed by Hamas during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Hamas is using their remains as bargaining chips. Mengistu was captured by Hamas after crossing the Gaza border in September 2014 and is presumed to be alive. Hamas has not released any information about his location or well-being. Al-Sayed went missing in Gaza in 2015 and is thought to be held by Hamas.

Palestinian Authority Won't Refer Patients to Israeli Hospitals

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The Palestinian Authority's "health department" will no longer refer patients to Israeli hospitals, Wafa reported. The "news" agency quoted spokesman Osama Najjar, who claimed the reason for the move is Israeli "piracy" of PA funds. According to the PA's health department, the cost of PA Arabs using Israeli hospitals comes to approximately $100 million annually. Undersecretary Assad Ramlawi noted that 25% of doctors working in Israeli hospitals are PA Arabs. He believes that "by localizing the service" the PA can provide medical treatment for over 95% of patients. "[For] the rest we will find alternatives for in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, India, and any other country, and each patient will take his right in treatment. We recently contracted Turkey to accept liver transplant cases, and with India to for heart and lungs transplants. There are outstanding alternatives to Israeli hospitals," he told Wafa, adding that patients in Gaza will be transferred to Egyptian hospitals. Najjar added that "the current patients who received medical transfers to Israeli hospitals will continue to receive treatment until completion and will not be affected by the decision."

Maxwell House Offers a `Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Haggadah

By JTA

Real life tradition and television nostalgia collide in a collaboration between the venerable Maxwell House Haggadah and the hit Amazon series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." The coffee company is offering a limited edition version of its Haggadah featuring illustrations and other shtick based on the show about an aspiring Jewish comedian and her extended family of Jewish relatives in late 1950s New York. The "Maisel" Haggadah is a throwback to an earlier edition of the Haggadah that the company has been offering as a holiday giveaway since 1932. Illustrations of Midge Maisel and other characters are scattered throughout the new version, which also has handwritten notations by Rachel Brosnahan's character as well as faux wine stains. The limited-run Haggadahs are available to those who order Maxwell House coffee via Amazon.com. Passover begins on the evening of April 19. "There is an organic link between the Maxwell House and `The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' brands and we quickly aligned on the idea of creating Midge's Haggadah – a combination of the 1958 classic version and Midge's amazing personality," Naor Danieli, brand manager for Maxwell House, said in a statement.

Israeli `April Fools' Prank Infuriates BDS Activist Roger Waters

By World Israel News

British musician Roger Waters, a co-founder of the Pink Floyd band, has stood out in recent years for his anti-Israel activism, forcing Pink Floyd to cancel performances in Israel, urging other musicians to do the same, and speaking out against Israel's hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest in May. With that backdrop, Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry decided to play an April Fool's Day prank on Monday, posting on its 4IL Twitter account: "Pink Floyd legend @rogerwaters is coming to Tel Aviv! Mark your calendars!" It gave the date as July 16, 2019. "HO! F***ING HO! EXCEPT THIS IS NO LAUGHING MATTER," Waters wrote on Facebook. He then proceeded to spread his anti-Israel rhetoric, continuing to write in upper case: "THE MURDER OF UNARMED CHILDREN AND PARAMEDICS AND JOURNALISTS AND OTHER PEACEFUL PROTESTERS BY COWARDS IN UNIFORM WITH HIGH POWERED SNIPER RIFLES FROM BEHIND FORTIFIED POSITIONS IS NOT A MATTER FOR JEST." Waters has been an active member of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. During his concerts, he has featured the anti-Semitic imagery of a large inflatable pig emblazoned with a Star of David. Waters' actions and rhetoric have spurred organizations to call upon corporations to drop their sponsorship of his concerts.


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