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1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, new survey finds

A new survey shows about one in four Europeans holding anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in Eastern and Central European countries.

The poll of 14 countries released Thursday by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that such views have held mostly steady in Western Europe.

“It is deeply concerning that approximately one in four Europeans harbor the types of anti-Semitic beliefs that have endured since before the Holocaust,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said.

“These findings serve as a powerful wake-up call that much work remains to be done to educate broad swaths of the populations in many of these countries to reject bigotry, in addition to addressing the pressing security needs where violent incidents are rising.”

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In the Eastern and Central European countries surveyed, the stereotype of “Jewish power” in business and the idea that Jewish people are more loyal to Israel than to their own country are especially widespread, according to the findings, which added that many people in those countries also believe that Jews still talk too much about the Holocaust.

The poll, which was fielded between April and June 2019, found anti-Semitic attitudes most prevalent in Poland, Ukraine and Hungary, with more than 40% of the respondents in each country expressing such views.

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Polish MP Michal Kaminski poses as he displays a front page of Tylko Polska newspaper with headline “How to Spot a Jew” in Warsaw, Poland March 13, 2019.  (Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir Kaminski via REUTERS)

The ADL noted that when asked if they agreed with the statement that “Jews have too much power in the business world,” 72 percent of Ukrainians agreed, as did 71 percent of Hungarians and 56 percent of people from Poland.

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Supporters of Karpaty Lviv hold a German Nazi flag with a swastika as they attend a soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Kiev August 19, 2007. Poland and Ukraine denounced British press allegations of racism and mob violence at soccer stadiums. (REUTERS/Stringer/Files)

Recently the governments of all three countries have been criticized by Jewish groups, though all deny being anti-Semitic.

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Hungary’s police detained Gyula Zagyva, representative of the far right Jobbik party, in the Hungarian Parliament August 12, 2011. Zagyva had protested against the international rock fesztival Sziget, joining the another far right movenment that used anti-Semitic slurs against the festival.  (REUTERS/Stringer)

In a statement sent to Fox News, Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesperson for the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations said, “The Ukrainian society does not tolerate any forms of discrimination. Anti-Semitism is a crime in our country. All instances that occur are subject to a thorough investigation by the law enforcement agencies.”  

“How can Ukraine be mentioned as ‘one of the most anti-Semitic,’ if in April 2019 the Ukrainian people by the overwhelming majority (73 percent) elected a President of Jewish ancestry? The previous Prime Minister, who left the office in August 2019, was a Jew too, making Ukraine the first country outside Israel with [a] Jewish President and PM [Prime Minister],”  Nikolenko said.

“Claims about prevalent anti-Semitic attitudes have nothing to do with reality.”

The Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations and The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations and the Embassy of Hungary in Washington also did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Italy and Austria both posted significant decreases, according to the survey, which noted that in Italy, anti-Semitic attitudes fell 11 percent and in Austria they decreased 8 percent.

Overall, such attitudes remained virtually unchanged in Belgium, Germany and Denmark, according to the ADL.

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The study found anti-Semitic views were either stable or down in western Europe and reported decreases in Spain, Netherlands, Italy and Britain. France was also unchanged and Sweden had the lowest rate, at 4 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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UN Security Council members critical of US policy shift on Israeli settlements

United Nations Security Council members decried a United States policy shift on Israeli settlements on Wednesday during a meeting where they discussed recent developments in the Middle East, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement two days before.

Council members said they oppose Pompeo’s announcement that the U.S. no longer considers Israeli settlements  a violation of international law.

The members stressed that their stance is that the settlements are illegal and undermine a potential two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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At the Security Council briefing on the Middle East, British Ambassador to the U.N. Karen Pierce said: “I wanted to stress the U.K. position on settlements hasn’t changed. They are illegal under international law. They present an obstacle to peace. They threaten the physical ability of a two-state solution.”

In a statement sent to Fox News on Monday following Pompeo’s announcement, Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini said, “The European Union’s position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.”

During the meeting on Wednesday, E.U. leaders reiterated that position with a joint statement on behalf of the U.K., Belgium, France, Germany and Poland read by Pierce.

“We call on Israel to end all settlement activity, in line with its obligations as an occupying power,” Pierce read.

The statement went on to say, “We will continue to support a resumption of a meaningful process towards a negotiated two-state solution, the only realistic and viable way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of both parties.”

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The U.N. Security Council holds a meeting on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon backed the U.S. action, saying it “rights a historical wrong.” Israel is not a member of the Security Council.

Danon said on Wednesday that he encourages his colleagues from the E.U. “to actually read the statement, look at the content of it, before automatically bashing it.”

“What they are doing [is], they are not supporting the peace process. They think they are helping the Palestinians, but they are doing exactly the opposite. They should tell the Palestinians to sit with Israelis [and] negotiate with them,” Danon said. “What the EU is trying to do is to force the solution to the conflict without negotiations and by doing that, they are actually delaying the negotiations.”

Acting U.S. Deputy Representative to the U.N., Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet, said, “The United States remains committed to the cause of peace, and Monday’s announcement does not alter this fact.”

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“We continue to believe that discussion between the parties is the path to finding a solution that works for both sides and promotes and protects the welfare of Palestinians and Israelis alike,” she said. “But just as we are committed to the cause of peace, we are committed to Israel and its fair treatment at the United Nations.”

For his part, Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N. Riyad Mansour criticized the U.S. for softening its position on Israeli settlements.

“It will only affect the image and credibility of the U.S., or what is left of it,” he added.

Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and quickly began settling the newly conquered territory.

Today, some 700,000 Israelis live in the two areas, which are both claimed by the Palestinians for their state. After the war, it immediately annexed east Jerusalem, home to the holy city’s most important religious sites, in the move that is not internationally recognized.

But Israel has never annexed the West Bank, even as it has dotted the territory with scores of settlements and tiny settlement outposts. While claiming the fate of the settlements is a subject for negotiations, it has steadily expanded them.

Some major settlements have over 30,000 residents, resembling small cities and serving as suburbs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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On Wednesday, Mansour Al-Otaibi, Kuwait’s Ambassador, said 14 council members agreed on a press statement saying settlements are illegal and undermine a two-state solution and a 2016 council resolution. However, he said one country objected — a reference to the United States.

Fox News’ Ben Evansky and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Australia has detained 2 asylum-seeking gay Saudi journalists for weeks: lawyer

Two gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia to avoid persecution at home have been held at an immigration detention center for weeks, according to their lawyer.

The pair, ages 46 and 35, arrived in Australia in October on a tourist visa, their lawyer Alison Battison told AFP. One of them admitted to customs officials that they intended to seek asylum, and they were taken into detention, she said.

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Two gay Saudi journalists were detained by immigration authorities in Australia last month after admitting to seeking asylum.  (anao.gov.au)

One of the men, who had worked with CNN and the BBC, said he was caught up in the government’s crackdown on journalists working for foreign media after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident who was killed in a consulate in Istanbul last year.

He told ABC he was called in for questioning by the state security; officials “hinted that they realized I was in a relationship with my partner and that I should stop working with the foreign media.”

In August, one of them received a call from a family member who warned that his partner would be killed if they didn’t end their relationship, AFP reported.

After that phone call, police asked the couple to come in for questioning, prompting them to flee Saudi Arabia, a country long known for draconian laws against homosexuality.

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The two men are now separated, with one in detention and the other being treated for tuberculosis in a hospital, while they await deportation, according to Battison.

“Them speaking up is actually their right – there’s no reason we should remain silent about human rights abuses in Australia,” she said.

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Israel moves closer to third election in 12 months after coalition government fails to form

Israel has missed a Wednesday deadline to form a new coalition government, pushing the country toward a possible third election in less than a year and prolonging the political paralysis that has gripped the nation for the past year.

The announcement was made by Benny Gantz, a former military chief, and leader of the centrist Blue and White party. The failure provided a new lifeline for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is eager to remain in office as he prepares for an expected indictment on corruption charges.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, centre, attends in an extended faction meeting of the right-wing bloc members at the Knesset, in Jerusalem.  (AP)

Gantz was tapped as the prime minister-designate last month after Netanyahu failed to cobble together a coalition government in the wake of inconclusive September elections. But during four weeks of intense negotiations, Gantz was unable to gather the support of a required majority in the 120-seat parliament.

Per Israeli law, parliament now enters a 21-day period where any lawmaker can try to muster a 61-seat majority and become prime minister. That means both Gantz and Netanyahu will continue their efforts to reach out to smaller parties and explore the possibility of a unity government.

Blue and White said late Wednesday that Gantz had informed President Reuven Rivlin he was unable to form a coalition. He said he would work over the next 21 days “to form a good government for the citizens of Israel.”

With 34 seats, Gantz’s Blue and White is the largest party in parliament, just ahead of Likud’s 33, meaning the two men together could control a majority. But during weeks of talks, they could not agree on the terms of a power-sharing agreement.

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With neither side showing compromise, the country risks holding another election in March. Opinion polls have indicated a new election would deliver similar results to September’s inconclusive vote, signaling additional months of post-election negotiating.

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Hovering over the talks is the expected indictment of Netanyahu on corruption charges. Netanyahu is reportedly desperate to remain prime minister so he can push for immunity. With the exception of the prime minister, Israeli law requires all politicians to resign if charged with a crime.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former Hong Kong British consulate worker says he was tortured, shackled by Chinese during detention

A former employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong revealed Wednesday that he was tortured, shackled and forced to sing the Chinese national anthem during a grueling two-week detention in the mainland.

The claims from Simon Cheng, who had been taken into custody by Chinese officials at the conclusion of a business trip in August, come as only a few dozen anti-government protesters remain inside the campus of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University, where police and demonstrators have been engaged in fierce clashes over the past few days.

“I was blindfolded and hooded during the whole torture and interrogations, I sweated a lot, and felt exhausted, dizzy and suffocated,” Cheng wrote in a Facebook post, according to the Associated Press.

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A supporter of Simon Cheng holds a poster outside of the British Consulate in Hong Kong in August during a rally in support of him. (AP)

He added that he was chained to an X-shaped frame by plainclothes and uniformed agents as they sought information on activists involved in the ongoing protests and the role they believed Britain played in the demonstrations.

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Cheng worked for the consulate as a trade and investment officer with a focus on attracting Chinese investment in Scotland. That required him to travel frequently to mainland China and he was detained at the border with Hong Kong after returning from a one-day business trip.

China has long accused “anti-China foreign forces” of encouraging the protests, which have grown increasingly violent, without providing direct evidence.

Cheng wrote that while being held he was shuttled between detention and interrogation centers. In addition to being shackled to the frame, he wrote he was ordered to assume stress positions for “countless hours,” and was beaten with what felt like “sharpened batons” and poked in the knee if he faltered. He was also punished for dozing off during the sessions by being forced to sing the Chinese national anthem.

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Police officers watch as workers clear the road in front of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (AP)

In an interview with the BBC, Cheng – a Hong Kong citizen – said he had volunteered for a role with the consulate to “collect information about the status of the protests” prior to his detention.

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Cheng revealed that he joined social media groups that the protesters used to coordinate their actions and then reported his findings back to consulate staff. He also said that during his business trip, he visited the relatives of a mainland Chinese friend who was arrested in the Hong Kong protests to collect money for his living expenses.

Chinese police in August announced Cheng’s release after 15 days of administrative detention –but gave no details of the reasons behind his capture.

Cheng, in his Facebook post, said the interrogators expected him to confess that Britain had instigated the protests by donating money and materials, that he personally led that effort and paid the bail of mainland participants.

Cheng said he refused but confessed – under coercion — to a minor offense of “soliciting prostitution” in order to avoid harsher treatment and a heavy sentence on national security charges. Some of the officers holding him said they could “abduct” him back to the mainland if he didn’t “behave,” he said.

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A police officer gestures to medics helping protesters leave the grounds of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (AP)

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One interrogator speaking Hong Kong’s native Cantonese dialect cursed him, saying, “How dare you work for the British to supervise Chinese,” while another speaking in a northern Mandarin accent told him they were from China’s secret intelligence service and that he had “no human rights in this place,” Cheng wrote.

He no longer works at the consulate and has since fled to a third country, the Associated Press reported.

Cheng’s claims drew an angry response from Britain, which summoned the Chinese ambassador in London Wednesday to demand Beijing investigate.

“I summoned the Chinese Ambassador to express our outrage at the brutal and disgraceful treatment of Simon in violation of China’s international obligations,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “I have made clear we expect the Chinese authorities to investigate and hold those responsible to account.”

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Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, in response, will “by no means accept the so-called concerns or complaints raised by the British side,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

“The Chinese ambassador to the U.K. will lodge the complaints with the U.K. to express our strong opposition and indignation to the U.K.’s wrong words and deeds on Hong Kong in these days,” Geng added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hong Kong officials close rail stations ahead of potential final operation to flush out ‘hardcore’ protesters

Officials in Hong Kong shut down nearly a dozen railway stations Wednesday as police consider clearing out the final “hardcore” protesters who are occupying the besieged Polytechnic University.

The announcement on a Twitter account belonging to the city’s Mass Transit Railway– which said 11 stations “will be closed to avoid possible railway assets damages due to protest and police actions thereafter” – comes as some 50 protesters remain inside the university’s campus.

“It is an indication – and the students here have been fearing this all day – that the police may be planning to storm this campus… and flush out the radicals,” Fox News reporter Jonathan Hunt, who is on the scene, said on ‘Fox & Friends’ this morning.

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Police officers watch as workers clear the road in front of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Wednesday. (AP)

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Hunt described the remaining protesters as “hardcore,” with some clad in body armor and carrying bows and arrows, baseball bats and javelins.

“If [the police] do that, they are likely to face a fight,” he said.

Hunt added that past closures of public transit in Hong Kong have “been a prelude to police action because it prevents protesters and sympathizers coming to a certain location.”

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The protesters have been occupying the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus for days and have been engaged in fierce clashes with police, who have surrounded the area.

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Authorities told the Associated Press that more than 1,000 demonstrators have been taken into custody since police established a perimeter around the school on Sunday, and hundreds more who are injured are being treated at local hospitals.

The developments are happening as a former employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong revealed Wednesday that he was tortured, shackled and forced to sing the Chinese national anthem during a grueling two-week period of detention in the mainland in August.

Fox News’ Jonathan Hunt and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

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The U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a statement says that two U.S. service members have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The statement says Wednesday that the cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

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It added further that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

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2 US service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan

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The U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a statement says that two U.S. service members have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The statement says Wednesday that the cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire.

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It added further that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

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Israel and Syria exchange fire, Syrian aerial defense batteries destroyed, Israeli military says

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that the Israeli military carried out “wide-scale strikes” of targets in Syria belonging to Iranian forces and the Syrian regime on Wednesday, in response to the four rockets launched into Israel in the overnight hours.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday night the IDF wrote, “We just carried out wide-scale strikes of Iranian Quds Force & Syrian Armed Forces targets in Syria in response to the rockets fired at Israel by an Iranian force in Syria last night.”

The targets reportedly included missile launchers, warehouses that stored weapons, command centers and bases.

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“During our strike of Iranian & Syrian terror targets, a Syrian air defense missile was fired despite clear warnings to refrain from such fire. As a result, a number of Syrian aerial defense batteries were destroyed,” another IDF tweet said.

Four rockets launched from Syria into Israel early Tuesday were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the Israeli Defense Force said in a statement.

“We hold the Syrian regime responsible for the actions that take place in Syrian territory and warn them against allowing further attacks against Israel,” The IDF tweeted Wednesday. “We will continue operating firmly and for as long as necessary against the Iranian entrenchment in Syria.”

The announcement by the IDF was a rare admission of military action in the Arab state, The Times of Israel reported, adding that Jerusalem has carried out hundreds of attacks in the war-torn nation, mostly against Iranian targets, but hardly ever confirm any specific strike.

“I have made clear that any who attack us — we will attack them,” the news outlet reported Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “That is what we did tonight towards military targets of the Iranian Quds force and Syrian military targets.”

There were no immediate reports of deaths, according to the paper.

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“At 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Israeli warplanes… targeted the vicinity of the city of Damascus with a number of missiles,” The official Syrian news agency SANA reportedly said, quoting a military source.

“Our air defense confronted the heavy attack and intercepted the hostile missiles, and was able to destroy most of them before reaching their targets.”

The four rockets were fired from Syria early on Tuesday hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Monday that the U.S. government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, essentially undermining Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state. It was not clear whether the rocket launch was directly linked to the announcement.

Pompeo essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlement in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” He also said the White House was reversing an Obama administration directive that allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

While the new announcement received praise from Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who called it “historic,” the international community, which overwhelmingly considers the settlements illegal, is not taking the news favorably.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki rejected the announcement in a lengthy statement and called on the international community to “respond firmly to such destructive behavior by supporting Palestine’s efforts at the international level to protect the two-state solution.”

“Allowing this agenda to prevail would ensure the demise of the international order and cause irreversible damage to the achievements of humanity over the past seven decades and threatens to plunge the world into chaos and violence,” he added.

On Monday, The U.S. Embassy in Israel issued a travel warning to Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, cautioning about Palestinian unrest following Pompeo’s announcement.

Last week, the Israeli military carried out a pair of targeted airstrikes on senior Islamic jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria. This prompted militants in Gaza to send a barrage of rockets over the border, with 90 percent intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, the IDF said.

An Israeli airstrike killed Bahu Abu al-Atta and his wife in their home in eastern Gaza Tuesday, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an IDF spokesman, said. Syrian officials said another Israeli airstrike in Damascus targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed. Israeli warplanes fired three missiles at al-Ajouri’s home, killing his son and granddaughter, according to Syria’s state-run news agency.

It all comes amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iranian proxies along its borders. Netanyahu has issued a series of warnings recently about Iranian aggression throughout the Middle East.

Iran has forces based in Syria, Israel’s northern neighbor, and supports Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. In Gaza, it supplies Islamic Jihad with cash, weapons and expertise.

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The Israeli army confirmed in August that it launched an attack into Syria in an effort to foil a planned drone strike organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz reported. That attack killed three people, Syrian opposition activists said.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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French woman killed by dogs during hunt in woods, investigators say

A pregnant woman was killed by dogs while walking her own dog in a French wooded area, investigators said.

The body of 29-year-old Elise Pilarski, six months pregnant, was found outside the town of Villers-Cotterêts, about 55 miles northeast of Paris, prosecutors said.

An autopsy determined she died from bleeding due to “several dog bites in the upper and lower limbs and in the head. Some of the bites were “postmortem,” said prosecutor Frédéric Trinh, according to French newspaper l’Union.

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According to Pilarski’s husband, the woman had called him while walking her dog and told him she saw “threatening dogs.” He was the one who later discovered his wife’s body.

A hunt had been organized nearby for the same day. Police are investigating whether the dogs in the hunt were the same ones who killed Pilarski. According to a local newspaper, the dogs were hunting deer.

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Samples were taken from 93 dogs in the area, including hounds from the hunt and five dogs belonging to the woman herself, to determine which ones attacked her.

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Brigitte Bardot, president of the animal welfare foundation which  bares her name, said she was deeply shocked by the case and called on French Minister Elisabeth Borne to suspend “immediately all hunt authorization for this season.”

The Paris-headquartered French hunting association said  “nothing shows the involvement of hunting hounds in the death of this woman,” according to The Guardian.

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There are over 30,000 hunt hounds in France and the association claimed “these dogs are trained to hunt a particular animal and obey man in all circumstances.”

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