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US withdraws from UNESCO, citing anti-Israel bias

France expresses regret Jude Johnson  The United States plans to withdraw from UNESCO, citing financial reasons, as well as what it said was anti-Israel bias at the U.N.’s educational, cultural and science organization. UNESCO was notified Thursday morning of the U.S. intention to withdraw at the end of 2018. The State Department

Egypt unites Palestinian groups Hamas, Fatah

The Palestinian group Hamas says it has reached an agreement with rival group Fatah, ending a decade-long rift. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said details of the deal would be released later on Thursday. Fatah has not commented. According to BBC, Egypt has been brokering reconciliation talks in Cairo. Palestinians in Gaza

Reactions to Iraqi Kurdistan referendum continue

Reactions continue to pour in over the independence referendum in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, which was held in defiance of widespread calls for its cancellation. On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani that pushing for independence risked sparking an "ethnic war" in the

The US Military Now Has a Permanent Base in Israel

But don't forget about the massive arms caches   On Sept. 18, 2017, the United States established its first permanent manned military base in Israel at Mashabim Air Base in the Negev Desert. Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovich, the head of the Israeli Air Force’s Aerial Defense Command, hailed the event as “nothing short of

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