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'Shalom' on the Front Page of UAE Newspaper

By & United with Israel The front page of Tuesday's Khaleej Times, the UAE's longest-running English daily newspaper, features a photo of Monday's historic meeting in Abu Dhabi between Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, UAE National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed and US Senior Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner. Above the photo is the caption "Salam, Shalom". The first-ever direct commercial flight between Israel and the Arab Gulf touched down at the United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi International Airport on Monday afternoon. The plane, El Al Flight LY 971, landed in Abu Dhabi at 2:38 p.m. Israel time (3:38 local time), bringing a US and an Israeli delegation to the UAE capital city for high-level talks with the UAE towards the finalization of a peace treaty between Israel and the UAE. The flight also made history as the first time an El Al plane is known to have flown through Saudi airspace, after Saudi Arabia gave permission to Israel, despite not having formal relations with the Jewish state. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may have been the most excited Israeli as the El Al flight touched down in the United Arab Emirates, the country that decided to be the third Arab nation to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. As Israeli and American officials prepared to walk down the stairs to address dignitaries on the tarmac at Abu Dhabi's airport, Netanyahu spoke with El Al captain Tal Becker, the veteran senior pilot who was called on for the mission. "I am now watching you with great excitement, the landing of an Israeli plane – in daylight – in Abu Dhabi," Netanyahu told Becker. "This is a historic day. You have no idea how excited the citizens of Israel, myself included, are over this day. We dreamed about it and worked for it and here it is happening before our eyes. Be blessed and do great things." "You are now about to open the door to a different kind of peace – peace with investments, peace with tourism, peace with very many fruits of peace that will be shared here with our two peoples, and with all the peoples of the region. This is a gigantic and historic blessing," Netanyahu said. "This is a historic day. I have worked on it for very many years in the belief that peace for peace would bring about a great turning point here, and that the Arab peoples are capable of accepting the State of Israel as an existing fact and as a major partner." Israel Airports Authority's website numbered the first commercial flight LY971, a nod to the UAE's international calling code number. The return flight to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday will be numbered LY972, Israel's international calling code. The royal decree allows trade and financial agreements between the two countries in support of "bilateral cooperation, in order to support [the establishment] of bilateral relations," the UAE news agency reported. Israelis and Israeli firms are now free to conduct business in the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms, and they are allowed to purchase and trade Israeli products. The Israel-UAE deal awaits negotiations on details such as opening embassies, trade and travel links before it is officially signed. The Arab League's boycott of Israel was imposed following the foundation of the Jewish state in 1948. It was progressively intensified until Egypt signed peace with Israel in 1979 and became the first Arab nation to withdraw from the collective ban. Jordan followed suit in 1995, when the Hashemite Kingdom signed peace with the Jewish state.

Hizbullah Wants Revenge, at all Costs

By Israel Hayom
Hizbullah has failed twice in trying to settle the score with Israel over the killing of an operative, but it is not about to give up anytime soon. The IDF has taken pains over the past few days to sound a cautionary tone. Despite a string of successes in thwarting Hizbullah's efforts to stage a cross-border attack, the score has yet to be settled as far as the terrorist organization is concerned. The incident on Monday was a major blow for Hizbullah: It failed miserably in carrying out a sniper attack just like it failed to attack a Har Dov outpost last month. These attempts were designed to avenge the killing of a Hizbullah operative in an alleged Israeli strike on Damascus some five weeks ago. The IDF has been fully aware of the sniper threat and has therefore acted accordingly, making sure soldiers are exposed as little as possible. On Monday, Hizbullah thought it had an opportunity when a soldier had to expose parts of his body to fix some device on a border outpost. Hizbullah fired two shots, but both missed. For an organization that had been waiting for weeks for this golden opportunity, this is a resounding failure. The IDF retaliatory strikes were designed to send two messages. The first, that Israel doesn't want another escalation, and that's why it chose to target low-value installations. The second, that Israel has no qualms about attacking Lebanese territory in response to an attack on its sovereignty. These messages are designed to warn Hizbullah, which is now looking for a third opening to attack Israel. The IDF will have to maintain its heightened alert on the northern border despite the upcoming High Holy Days and the influx of travelers vacationing in the north. This is not a simple task.

Islamic Scholar: 'Only Sephardi Jews Have the Right to Live in Palestine'

By JNS and Israel Hayom

In an interview with Arabic-speaking television, Palestinian Islamic scholar Omar Fora outlines his view of Israeli ambitions for the region and details which Jews he considers eligible for living in the Land of Israel. Speaking with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad-affiliated Al-Quds Al-Yaum on Aug. 19, Fora warned that Israel "does not endanger the Palestinian people alone." Israel, he said, refused to open its embassy east of the Nile River because it considers all the land from the eastern bank of the Nile to the Euphrates River to be part of the biblical land of Israel. "Therefore," said Fora, "it established its embassy west of the Nile, because it considers the land west of the Nile to be outside its territory." Fora continued by saying that "The Jewish state aspires to establish a "Greater Israel" stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates, and will eventually demand lands in Medina and other regions of the Arabian peninsula. "Israel is not about to achieve these Zionist or biblical ambitions now," said Fora, "but Israel wants to establish 'Greater Israel.' By Allah," he went on to say, "the day will come when Israel demands lands in Medina, the lands of [the Jewish tribes of] Qurayza, Nadhir, and Banu Qaynuda, as well as the lands of Khaybar." This, he said, was the true goal of the Zionist movement. Fora emphasized that he had no issue with Judaism, only with Zionism, but said that not all Jews would have the right to live in a Palestinian state. "The only Jews that have a right to live with us in Palestine, under our patronage and our authority, are those who have been living in Palestine," he said. "But the Ashkenazi Jews, who came from overseas, from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and settled in this land – they should go back to where they came from." Fora clarified that this would not apply to Sephardi Jews, who he said "would have the same rights and obligations that we have. They would live with us, just like they live in Morocco, under the authority of the Kingdom of Morocco, they would live with us in Palestine."

Hundreds Associated with Anti-Semitic Movement Attempt to Break into German Parliament Building


Several hundred protesters, some associated with an anti-Semitic movement, stormed through a group of police officers to the doors of Germany's parliament building in Berlin before being removed by other officers. The demonstrators from the Reichsburger (Reich Citizens) movement were among some 38,000 people who showed up for a mostly peaceful rally Saturday to protest the country's coronavirus restrictions. The Reichsburger, which had some 16,500 members as of two years ago, has been described as an assembly of groups and individuals who sometimes espouse violence in their "fight against the Federal Republic of Germany." They believe that the 1937 German empire still exists, and many of them deny the Holocaust happened. Several hundred were arrested in incidents at both the Reichstag building and the nearby Brandenburg Gate, where protesters, allegedly instigated by right-wingers, reportedly threw stones and bottles. Josef Schuster, head of Germany's Jewish umbrella organization, the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said he saw the incident as "a last warning shot for democratic parties and security officials. To see people with symbols of right-wing extremists on the steps of the Reichstag is unbearable for those who care about democracy," Schuster said.

Israelis around the Country to Simultaneously Blast Shofar

By the Jerusalem Post

Israelis around the country will blow the shofar, a ram's horn sounded on the High Holy Days, simultaneously on Rosh Hashanah at 11 a.m. to make sure that those who cannot arrive to services can still hear the traditional sound even amid the coronavirus outbreak. Rabbi Israel Riani, the founder of the B'Noam organization which started the initiative, told Israel Hayom that "the most important symbol on Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the shofar. The mass shofar blowing initiative addresses the need of tens of thousands across the country who are seeking to hear the sound of the shofar. Riani added that the initiative shows that "the people of Israel are proud of the blowing of the shofar, which symbolizes the beginning of the Hebrew year. The most important thing in this initiative is what we lack most as a society, and that is unity," added the rabbi. "When all the people of Israel together hear the sounding of the shofar, they will all unite for one wondrous moment at the starting point of the year. I am sure that this will have a positive effect on the whole year and on society in Israel in general."

Incarcerated Islamist Preacher in Colorado, who called for Murdering Jews, Complains about being Forced to Eat Kosher Food.

By The Algemeiner

A notorious Islamist preacher who was convicted of inciting the murder of Jews and is now incarcerated in a Colorado prison for supporting terrorism has filed a lawsuit because, among other things, he is allegedly being forced to eat kosher food. Abu Hamza, who was born Mustafa Kamel Mustafa in Egypt, first became notorious as the head of the Finsbury Park Mosque in London. He was arrested in 2004 and charged with 16 offenses, among them anti-Semitic incitement to murder. He was convicted on 11 of the charges. The US later applied to extradite Abu Hamza on charges of involvement in hostage taking, collaborating with Al Qaeda, supporting jihad, and fostering the creation of training camps for terrorists. After nearly a decade of legal wrangling, in which Hamza and his lawyers repeatedly attempted to exploit human rights law to prevent the extradition, the US request was granted and Hamza was found guilty in 2014. Since then, he has been incarcerated at the "supermax" ADX Florence prison in Colorado. According to Hamza and his lawyers, however, aiding terrorism and calling for the murder of Jews pale before the horrors of eating kosher food. The preacher, who is blind in one eye and lost both his hands under unclear circumstances, has filed his lawsuit because, among other things, he is forced to open food packages with his teeth, the UK's Sunday Times reported. As a result, his teeth are falling out and are in an advanced state of decay. Because of this, it is claimed, he cannot eat halal meals and is forced to eat kosher food, which he says is "religiously stressful." In his lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr, Hamza claims he is under psychological stress because of this and other "inhuman" conditions in the prison. Besides the kosher food and tooth problems, Abu Hamza says his disability prevents him from using his bathroom, which leads him to frequently soil himself. In addition, he complains that he has little sunlight and hasn't had his toenails clipped for long periods. ADX Florence is famous for its high-profile inmates, who are kept isolated in their cells and only allowed out for one hour a day. The inmates include Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef, Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols, "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid, and the notorious "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski.

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