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  • Israel just passed a law granting its prime minister and defense minister supreme power to declare war, without oversight from the Israeli cabinet.
  • The law comes as tensions are soaring between Israel and Iran.
  • Last month airstrikes killed Iranian military personnel in Syria, with many attributing the unclaimed strikes to Israel.
  • And earlier this week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Israel stole a trove of nuclear-related documents from Tehran, which may signal Israel's readiness to engage with Iran.

Israel just passed a law granting its prime minister and defense minister the power to declare war, and it comes at a time of soaring tensions with Iran.

Earlier this week, Israel's Knesset voted 62-42 in favor of granting ultimate authority to the prime minister to consult with only his defense minister before ordering a major military operation.

The law previously required a full cabinet vote in order to push the country into conflict.

Critics of the new law say it effectively gives free reign to the prime minister by removing oversight.

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"Iran will not renegotiate what was agreed upon years ago and has been implemented," Zarif said in a YouTube video address on Thursday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned that if the United States and other world powers insist on trying to change the 2015 nuclear deal, the nation may decide to withdraw altogether.

"Iran will not renegotiate what was agreed upon years ago and has been implemented," Zarif said in a YouTube video address on Thursday.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that if Germany, France and Britain– Europe's signatory countries – failed to "fix" the "terrible flaws" in the accord, by May 12 the United States would likely rescind from the agreement and reimplement sanctionsagainst Iran.

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liberals wanna lay down with dogs but guys like donny and bibi are willing to do the hard work and absorb unpopularity egged on by a liberal media for the sake of future human posterity.

these 2 wonderful standup guys will meet that challenge.



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A Palestinian protester near the Gaza border managed to bring down what appears to be an Israeli drone with a rock and a slingshot, a video posted online revealed.

The footage by Press TV shows Palestinians hurling stones at an object which looks like a drone, with a slingshot. A heavy cloud of gray smoke can be seen, while sirens are heard in the background.

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Paraguay will follow the lead of US President Donald Trump and move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

The news has not been confirmed by Paraguay's foreign ministry, which said that a final decision on the move is yet to be made.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes said in April he would be willing to move his country's embassy to Jerusalem. A spokesman for Israel's foreign ministry, Emmanuel Nahshon, said in a statement that Cartes plans to come to Israel to open the new embassy "by the end of the month."

The move will make Paraguay the third country to open its embassy in Jerusalem this month. The US embassy will open on May 14, while Guatemala will open its diplomatic HQ in the city on May 16.

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  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey will carry out new military operations against US-backed forces operating along its borders with Syria.
  • The US on Friday announced details of a proposed bill that would temporarily halt weapons sales to Turkey, which is looking to purchase more than 100 F-35s.
  • On Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said "Turkey will absolutely retaliate" if the US halts the weapons sales.
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Hezbollah's leader says the Iran-backed militant Shia group and its allies have achieved "victory" in Lebanon's first parliamentary elections since 2009.

Although the official results have not been announced, Hassan Nasrallah said their gains guaranteed the protection of the "resistance" against Israel.

Sunni Prime Minister Saad Hariri said his Western-backed Future Movement had lost a third of its seats.

Mr Hariri is still expected to be asked to form a new unity government.

But analysts said he would emerge a weaker figure, and be even less able to exert influence over Hezbollah than he was in the past.

A power-sharing system stipulates that the prime minister should be a Sunni Muslim, the speaker of parliament a Shia and the president a Maronite Christian.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, declaring he’s making the world safer but dealing a profound blow to allies and deepening the president’s isolation on the world stage.

“The United States does not make empty threats,” he said in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room.

Trump said the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France and Britain, was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made.” He added that the United States “will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction.”

Trump’s decision means Iran’s government must now decide whether to follow the U.S. and withdraw or try to salvage what’s left of the deal. Iran has offered conflicting statements about what it may do — and the answer may depend on exactly how Trump exits the agreement.

One official briefed on the decision said Trump would move to reimpose all sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 deal, not just the ones facing an immediate deadline.

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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says she “just started yelling at everybody” when she saw how UN members were constantly “bullying” Israel for things like its settlement push into Palestine and crackdown on Gaza protesters.

“It was abusive, how bad the international community was to Israel. It reminded me of a kid being bullied in the playground,” Haley told the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) annual conference, which was held on Tuesday at the State Department.

“I just wasn’t going to have it. It was just so upsetting to see, that I just started yelling at everybody,” she added. Haley told everyone at the UN that “we had the back of Israel, and if they were going to mess with Israel they had to mess with the US.”

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Netanyahu Begins Calling For Israeli Return To Ancient Homeland Of Iran

JERUSALEM—Declaring that it was long past time for his people to live once again on their ancestral soil, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly began calling Thursday for the Israeli return to their ancient homeland of Iran. “The land of Iran has long been part of our heritage, and we implore the international community to work with us to ensure its return to the independent Jewish state,” said Netanyahu, adding that Israel was willing to use military force if necessary to reoccupy all 636,400 square miles of present-day Iran that were historically included in the promised land bestowed upon the Jewish people by biblical mandate.

“The so-called Islamic cities of Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, and dozens of others were founded on what were once ancient Jewish kingdoms, not to mention how many of our most sacred sites Iran currently occupies, including the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, the Jamkaran Mosque, and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Chak-Chak. In fact, Iran is home to the highest concentration of Judaic ancient holy sites anywhere in the world outside of Mecca, Lumbini, and Vatican City. We demand that the Jewish people be permitted to return to ruling our ancestral Persian homelands.”

At press time, Netanyahu had approved plans to begin construction on a large Israeli settlement in downtown Tehran.


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