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A woman walks with her face covered at Jaffa Gate near the Tower of David in Jerusalem. 
Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 A woman walks with her face covered at Jaffa Gate near the Tower of David in Jerusalem. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Israeli sandstorm worst since 1948

Israel’s ongoing sandstorm is the worst since before the founding of the state in 1948, according to the Israeli Environmental Protection Ministry. The sandstorm blanketing the region, which began Tuesday, Sept. 8, and was expected to continue through the weekend, has released the highest concentration of dust particles in more than 65 years, the Times of Israel reported.

The sandstorm has affected large swaths of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Cyprus, and in Israel has led to record electricity consumption and air pollution highs. On Sept. 8, air pollution in Jerusalem was 173 times higher than average; in the Negev, 51 times higher than average; and in the Galilee, 32 times higher than average, according to the Times of Israel.

Scientists are uncertain what caused the storm, with some saying it is related to agricultural disruptions caused by the Syrian civil war and others suggesting it stems from global warming, i24news reported.

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Israel will not exist in 25 years

JERUSALEM – Israel will not exist in 25 years, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

Khamenei made the threat in a speech to the Iranian people and followed it up with a tweet on his official Twitter account later on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

“After negotiations, in the Zionist regime they said they had no more concern about Iran for next 25 years; I’d say: Firstly, you will not see the next 25 years; God willing, there will be nothing as Zionist regime in 25 years. Secondly, until then, struggling, heroic and Jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists,” Khamenei said.

Israeli leaders display icy relationship

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin have not met in nearly two months, the president said, due to differences over foreign policy. Prior to that the two leaders had met at least once a month.

“I think we’ve exhausted our differences vis-à-vis our relations with the different international systems,” Rivlin told Army Radio.

In early August, Rivlin publicly criticized Netanyahu’s handling of relations with the United States and President Barack Obama. “There are three principles to Israel’s foreign policy,” Rivlin told Haaretz in an interview marking his first year in largerly ceremonial office. “First, relations with the U.S.; second, relations with the U.S.; and the third principle – relations with the U.S.”

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