Israel thanks Trump as Iran sanctions take effect

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman welcomed US sanctions that took effect Monday targeting Iran’s oil and financial sectors, calling it a “critical” blow to Tehran’s actions in the region. “President (Donald) Trump’s bold decision is the sea-change the Middle East has been waiting for,” Lieberman said in a statement. “In a

Israeli ministers trade barbs over Gaza

The Israeli defense and education ministers exchanged blows on Tuesday over the government’s policy toward the blockaded Gaza Strip. Education Minister Naftali Bennett described Avigdor Lieberman’s policy toward the Palestinian territory as “weak”, calling for adopting a “right-wing” iron policy in dealing with Palestinian group Hamas, which rules Gaza. “His policy is weak and