Iran tried to increase chlorine levels in the water flowing to residential areas during April’s cyberattack against Israel’s water systems, a Western intelligence official has told the Financial Times. The official told the British newspaper in a report published Monday that hundreds of people would have been at risk of getting sick and that the attack was close to being successful. The head of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate hinted last week that the attack may have aimed to mix chlorine or other chemicals into the water supply. Additionally there was a chance that the attack would have triggered a fail-safe, shutting down the pumps and leaving thousands without water during during the recent deadly heatwave in Israel. “It was more sophisticated than they [Israel] initially thought,” the Western official said. “It was close to successful, and it’s not fully clear why it didn’t succeed.”

A Jewish Christian mission agency has reported an increased demand for copies of the New Testament during the coronavirus outbreak. Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) says its missionaries have seen a spike in spiritual interest as people search for answers to the current crisis. CWI has missionaries working across the globe to share the message of the gospel with Jewish people through discipleship, evangelistic literature and the distribution of Bibles. CEO Joseph Steinberg told Premier there is a particular hunger to learn more about Jesus in Israel, with many people requesting copies of the New Testament. Steinberg gave one example of a man who has begun reassessing his faith there: "We had a young man who's the son of a famous Rabbi in Israel. His father recently passed away and he started reading the Old Testament and began to see Jesus there and researching Jesus online. "Then ultimately he decided he wanted a New Testament and so he contacted us and we sent him one. He's reading that and he really sees that Jesus is the Messiah is what he said."

A free speech campaign has been launched to battle the rise in identity politics and the shutting down of debate on ‘politically correct’ issues. The Campaign for Common Sense (CCS) says it aims to be “a rallying point for people who have had enough of walking on eggshells”. The group intends to conduct research and host discussions on subjects which are often shut down, such as transgender ideology. CCS Director Mark Lehain, said: “In their drive to make society more ‘inclusive’, activists are actually forcing people apart and making divisions worse. A tolerance for different views and commonsense thinking is being pushed to the margins.” The campaign recently published polling revealing that 77 per cent of respondents said that politicians should focus on issues such as public services, rather than “politically correct” issues.