Putin to meet with Khamenei in Tehran in first trip to Iran in 8 years


Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Monday, the Kremlin announced Friday. It will be Putin’s first visit to Iran since 2007. The trip will reportedly cover “issues in bilateral negotiations, including atomic energy, oil and gas and military-technical cooperation.” On November 9, the chief executive of Russia’s state-owned defense corporation Rostec announced that Moscow and Tehran had signed an agreement for the delivery to Iran of the S-300 missile defense system. According to The Times of Israel, analysts have suggested that the S-300 “could impede a potential Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities.”

Russia and Iran have both been stalwart supporters of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Before Russia announced an intensified intervention in Syria in late September, Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, met with top Russian officials in Moscow to coordinate the two countries’ efforts in propping up Assad. A Russian military map displayed on Russian state television this past Tuesday seemed to indicate the presence of a Russian artillery unit in central Syria and on Friday there were reports of Russian bombing in Idlib and Hama provinces, which are strategically important to the Assad regime but devoid of an ISIS presence.

Earlier this week, Russia submitted a resolution to the United Nations Security Council suggesting that Assad be included in the anti-ISIS coalition, a suggestion that has been rejected by London and Washington. Secretary of State John Kerry has said unequivocally, “Assad has cut his own deal with Daesh. They sell oil. He buys oil. They are symbiotic, not real enemies in this. [ISIS headquarters] was never bombed by his bombs. It was children and women and hospitals and schools that were bombed by his bombs.”


Ezra Schwartz, a teenager from Sharon, Massachusetts, was identified as the American killed in a terror attack near Alon Shvut in the West Bank earlier today, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

Schwartz, 18, was one of three people killed Thursday near the settlement of Alon Shvut. He reportedly was studying for a year at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh.


He was a recent graduate of the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and had been a counselor at Camp Yavneh, a Jewish summer camp in Northwood, New Hampshire.


Schwartz is the second of five children, a family friend in Sharon told JTA. One of Schwartz’s favorite pastimes was skiing.

Schwartz was killed when an Arab armed with an Uzi submachine gun opened fire on cars stuck in a traffic jam. Schwartz had been delivering food to soldiers at the time of the attack. Two men, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, were also fatally shot, while five other American students were injured.

In total, five people were killed in two terror attacks on Thursday. In addition to the shooting, two Israelis were killed in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv. “We condemn these terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in the strongest possible terms,” said State Department spokesman Edward Vasquez.

Friends are leaving tributes to Schwartz on his Facebook page. (via TheTower.org)


While the Swedish band NoNoNo sang Fire without a FlameIsrael’s Candle Touch is proving you can light a flame without fire. The app-enabled Candle Touch is a real wax scented candle that can be controlled by any smart IOS or Android device loaded with the app. The user simply places a Candle Touch wax block – available in vanilla, lavender, melon, lemongrass, amber and patchouli scents – in the black or white clean-design case, and clicks on the app to light a real flame via Bluetooth. You can light any number of candles at once. The device is charged through a USB cable and each 10x11x10-centimeter candle gives 55 to 70 hours of burning time. Extinguish the flame instantly through a command, by setting a timer, by blowing air into the smartphone’s speaker or by leaving the 30-foot Bluetooth communication range. his 21st century candle is spill-proof and will not light if it is positioned on an incline. It will be sold in singles or in sets of three. The product, which is not yet on sale, was recently introduced at Web Summit 2015 in Dublin, in its showcase of international early startups. Candle Touch was chosen by the Irish Times as one of the five rising stars among 2,400 startups at the convention, CEO and cofounder Moshe Lev tells ISRAEL21c. “The crowd and journalists were very excited about our product,” says Lev. “Candles are one of the oldest inventions in history that hasn’t changed at all over the course of thousands of years… It’s time to integrate the authenticity of the candle with today’s world technological progress to get a new safe, easy to use and technologically advanced candle.” (via Israel21c)

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