IRAN’S URANIUM ENRICHMENT NOW AT LEVELS OF ‘COUNTRIES MAKING BOMBS’: The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog has said Iran is enriching uranium to levels that only countries seeking to make atomic weapons reach, and that the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program can no longer be returned to where it stood when a landmark 2015 deal was struck with world powers.
“A country enriching at 60 percent is a very serious thing — only countries making bombs are reaching this level,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said in an interview on Wednesday. “Sixty percent is almost weapons-grade, commercial enrichment is 2, 3 [percent],” he said. “This is a degree that requires a vigilant eye.” (TOI / VFI News)
NETANYAHU SAYS US SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the United States should avoid rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, one of President Biden’s campaign promises.
“I can tell you that I hope that the United States will not go back to the old JCPOA because we believe that that deal paves the way for Iran to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons with international legitimacy,” Netanyahu said, referencing the acronym for the nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “We also reiterated that whatever happens, Israel will always reserve the right to defend itself against a regime committed to our destruction, committed to getting the weapons of mass destruction for that end,” the Israeli prime minister added. (Fox / VFI News)
PALESTINIANS PROTEST BLINKEN’S VISIT TO RAMALLAH: On Tuesday, scores of Palestinians demonstrated in Ramallah in protest at US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to the city.
The demonstration was organized by the National and Islamic Forces, an alliance of various Palestinian factions. Chanting “America is the head of the snake,” the protesters said they were opposed to “receiving the enemies of the Palestinian people on our land.” They also chanted: “Our people want the [rocket-propelled grenade] RPG.” The protesters also denounced the security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. “Security coordination is shameful,” the Palestinians chanted. “The Olso Accords are gone.” (JPost / VFI News)
HUNDREDS RALLY FOR ISRAEL IN NYC FOLLOWING SPATE OF ANTISEMITIC ATTACKS: Hundreds of people rallied for Israel in New York City days after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and following a string of antisemitic assaults and harassment in the United States.
The demonstration on Sunday in lower Manhattan, organized by the Israeli-American Council and other pro-Israel organizations, principally featured traditional messages of supporting Israel. Speakers asserted that Israel and Jews in New York City faced a common enemy. “We are here today against terror, united against terrorism,” said Tal Shuster, one of the event’s organizers, in a speech. “We do not accept any type of terror, not in New York, not in Israel, not anywhere in the world.” (TOI / VFI News)
CLASH AT PRO-ISRAEL RALLY IN ILLINOIS: The incident occurred on Sunday in downtown Naperville, a city of roughly 150,000, less than 30 miles west of Chicago where dozens of Israel supporters gathered outside of city hall Sunday to express support for the Jewish state, before marching through downtown Naperville, organizers said.
In the week leading up to the event, the Instagram account created for the march received over 1,300 comments containing anti-Semitism, hate speech, calls for violence at the event and death threats toward the organizers said Daniel Raab, one of the people behind the rally. Raab said that a counter-demonstration, dubbed the “Naperville Protest for Palestine,” was later planned “with the explicit intention to intimidate the Jewish run rally and march onto city hall to confront the 50 Jews and allies gathered for Israel. Violent intentions were expressed as the goal of the confrontations.” (INN / VFI News)
The suggestions, opinions and scripture references made by VFI writers and editors are based on the best information received.
Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff