U.S. Announces Withdrawal From UNESCO, Cites ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

Irina Bokova, UNESCO / Getty Images

Irina Bokova, UNESCO / Getty Images

 

As part of the decision, the U.S. notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of its intent to withdraw and become a permanent observer of the body instead.

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The western pillars that have supported Israel are crumbling

On the plus side, Israel’s position in the Middle East has improved, despite the chaos that has overtaken the region since the so-called “Arab Spring” of 2011. Not only is Israel militarily stronger, but due to the threats from Iran and Islamic State, Israel’s relations with its Sunni Arab neighbors have undergone a dramatic transformation, as those countries realize that Israel can be an important asset. Thus far this rapprochement has been largely behind the scenes, but no less marked because of that. Continue reading

Israel could be target of imminent cyberattack, PM’s office warns

National Cyber Authority instructs government agencies, security officials to prepare for ‘any possible scenario’

Israel could be the target of a wide-scale cyberattack, the National Cyber Authority in the Prime Minister’s Office warned Thursday.

Government ministries and security agencies were alerted to look for any changes in their computer systems, and security officials were instructed to prepare for “any possible scenario,” the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. Continue reading