* Ancient species of grapes used in first Temple have just been revived in Hebron The wine used 3,000 years ago in the Temple service was made from a rare species of grape that no longer exists…until now, That’s because one farmer nestled in the vineyards near the ancient city of Hebron is recreating that particular species of grape which could be used for the third Temple.
* The Iranian Nuclear Program as a Catalyst for the Israel-UAE Peace Agreement Many factors contributed to the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, but it appears that the primary contributor was Israel’s steadfast stand against Iran’s nuclear program and its military expansion in the region.
* Is Sudan Next? After the United Arab Emirates’s agreement both to recognize Israel and to normalize relations with it, there has been much excited talk about which Arab state would be the first to follow suit.
* Beirut blast triggered by chemicals owned by Hizballah, supplied by Iran – report Western secret service sources revealed to the German Welt paper that Hizballah owned the stock of ammonium nitrate that triggered the Aug. 4 disaster in Beirut, killing 170 people and devastating the city.
* PA to all Muslims: Jews are defiling Jerusalem, invading Al-Aqsa Mosque When Jews prayed on the Temple Mount last month to commemorate the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem - by Babylon in 586 BCE and by Rome in 70 CE – the PA reacted with vicious antisemitic messages.
* Iran unveils missiles with increased range Iran on Thursday unveiled two missiles it said had a bigger range than before, naming them after commanders killed in January by a US strike in Iraq.
* China Holds Second Live-Fire Drill in Himalayas in Past Month China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently held a live-fire drill in the Himalayas — the Chinese army’s second such exercise near the Indian border in the past month — as an ongoing boundary conflict between the two Asian neighbors continues to escalate.
* UAE-Israel Peace Presents Turkey With a Clarifying Moment The historic normalization of relations between United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel marks a watershed in the Middle East.
* Could Israel Have As Many Nuclear Weapons As China? Israel doesn’t currently face any adversaries with nuclear capabilities to deter against. However, like the idea of second-strike capability in general, the threat of sea-launched nukes may be more intended political weapon than one strictly intended for its military effectiveness.
* UAE-Israel deal may be start of real Arab Spring The Arab Spring, which started with such fanfare in 2010, ended with dashed hopes – civil war, military rule and mass migration. Now a new event, the flowering of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, could herald a real Arab Spring.