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June 19, 2015  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Palestinian unity government collapses

JERUSALEM – The Palestinian unity government between Hamas and Fatah has resigned and the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister has been asked to form a new government.

Resignation letters were given to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on June 17, the French news agency AFP reported. Abbas received the resignations from the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, then asked Hamdallah to form a new government, AFP reported, citing Nimr Hammad, a close aide to Abbas.

The Palestinian unity agreement was signed in April 2014.

Hammad reportedly said that Hamas would be included in consultations to form a new government. Hamas reportedly had been against the dissolution of the government and said it was not consulted by Fatah, Abbas’ party, before the resignations were submitted.

Spain passes law of return for Jews

Spain’s lower house gave final approval to a law offering citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews. Under the law approved June 11, the Spanish daily El Pais reported, applicants need not travel to Spain, but must hire a Spanish notary and pass tests on the Spanish language and history.

Applicants can study for the tests and take them at the facilities of the Cervantes Institute, a government entity that offers courses on Spanish culture and its language in over 20 countries, including Israel.

In addition, candidates will need to apply to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, or FCJE, which will vet applications along with government officials, the amendment states. The law goes into effect in October and expires after three years, though it may be extended another year if deemed necessary.

The law is the result of a government decision in 2012 that described offering citizenship to Sephardic Jews as compensation for their ancestors’ expulsion from Spain in the 15th and 16th centuries by the Spanish royal house and church during the Spanish Inquisition. Portugal passed a similar law which went into effect earlier this year.

Swiss probing computer virus that spied on Iran talks

Switzerland has opened an investigation into a computer virus linked to Israel that allegedly was used to spy on European hotels hosting the Iran nuclear talks. Authorities have searched hotels in relation to the investigation, Reuters reported. Three hotels in Switzerland have served as venues for the talks between Iran and six world powers.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that each of the unnamed hotels was targeted by a version of the Duqu virus about two weeks before hosting the negotiations

A Moscow lab discovered the virus, which allows the hacker to eavesdrop on conversations and steal electronic files, and could also enable the hacker to operate two-way microphones in hotel elevators, computers and alarm systems. The lab does not directly link Israel to the virus, but hints as its source, including in the title of the report, “The Duqu Bet.” Bet could be a reference to the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

.Israel has rejected accusations that it was involved in spying on the talks or on its allies.

IDF launching cyber branch

JERUSALEM – The Israel Defense Forces will establish a branch to oversee operations related to cyber warfare. The new branch announced June 15 must still be approved by Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, the IDF said.

Functioning as a separate branch of the military, the cyber command will oversee all cyberwarfare operations: cyberdefense, cyberattacks, cyberintelligence gathering and operational planning.

It is expected to take two years to officially launch the cyber command, the IDF said.


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