Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Historic Move

United States President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise and fulfilled 70 years of Jewish longing on Wednesday by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing plans to move the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

Palestinian Riots, Rockets and Calls for Intifada in Response to US Jerusalem Move

Following the historic decision by United States President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians launched multiple terror attacks against Israel and called for more. An Israeli security guard was stabbed in the chest and an Israeli kindergarten was damaged by a Palestinian rocket over …

Netanyahu Promotes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Europe

The Untied States recently made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, took a visit to Europe as an opportunity to hint to the Western allies they should do the same. Netanyahu believes they’ll get there eventually. “I believe that all or most …

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Netanyahu Promotes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Europe

December 11, 2017 News

PM Netanyahu and Federica Mogherini. Photo courtesy of: Avi Ohayon (GPO).

The Untied States recently made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, took a visit to Europe as an opportunity to hint to the Western allies they should do the same. Netanyahu believes they’ll get there eventually.

“I believe that all or most of the European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace,” said Netanyahu in comments on Monday to European Union Foreign Ministers released by his office.

Netanyahu defended the decision of US President Donald Trump and argued that the recognition of Jerusalem is in fact essential to any peace deal with the Palestinians. … Continue Reading

Israel Dismantles Another Gaza Terror Tunnel Aimed to Terrorize Civilians

December 10, 2017 News

Israel takes down another Gaza terror tunnel. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

On Sunday, and for the second time in a month-and-a-half, the Israeli military discovered and dismantled a terror tunnel stretching from Gaza towards Israel. IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, in a video posted to Twitter, said the tunnel was being dug by Palestinian terrorist organizations and was “aimed to terror Israeli civilians and probably to abduct civilians into the Gaza Strip,” although he also assuaged concerns by posting to Twitter that there was “no immediate risk for Israeli civilians.”

The IDF used “new and advanced technologies” to uncover and take down the tunnel, according to Conricus—which was highlighted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments about the tunnel on Sunday. “We are developing unprecedented pioneering technologies and we will continue on this path,” said the Israeli leader in comments published by his office. “The work is not yet finished but there is no doubt that we are on the right path and we will continue on it.” … Continue Reading

Palestinian Riots, Rockets and Calls for Intifada in Response to US Jerusalem Move

December 10, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Explosives can kill. Spent Palestinian rocket. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Following the historic decision by United States President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians launched multiple terror attacks against Israel and called for more. An Israeli security guard was stabbed in the chest and an Israeli kindergarten was damaged by a Palestinian rocket over the weekend, and yet the response could have been—and still could be—much worse.

In response to the American announcement, the Hamas terrorist organization issued a statement on Saturday posted to their website calling for the continuation of a “holy intifada”—a term that means uprising and has referred to some of the worst Palestinian terror campaigns in Israeli history. If that message wasn’t clear enough, Hamas effectively called for violence against Israelis—including civilians—in urging Palestinians to “engage with the Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers everywhere.”

So far, that call has been met, albeit in limited fashion. Multiple rockets have been launched at Israel from Gaza since Thursday, with the Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld posting to Twitter photos of damage caused to a kindergarten in southern Israel when a rocket landed in the area. The IDF Spokesperson tweeted that the attack was “yet another attempt to harm innocent Israeli civilians.” No injuries were reported by either spokesman. … Continue Reading

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Historic Move

December 6, 2017 Peace Process, Special Feature

President Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Illustrative. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

United States President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise and fulfilled 70 years of Jewish longing on Wednesday by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing plans to move the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” said Trump in comments posted to the White House website. “This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do.”

Israelis on both sides of the political aisle were supportive of the move by Trump, while Palestinians in Gaza burned the American flag ahead of the anticipated announcement.

“From every corner of the earth, our people yearned to return to Jerusalem, to touch its golden stones, to walk its hallowed streets. So it’s rare to be able to speak of new and genuine milestones in the glorious history of this city. Yet today’s pronouncement by President Trump is such an occasion,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office. “We’re profoundly grateful for the President for his courageous and just decision.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Touts Growing Support for Israel Among Arabs in Survey

December 3, 2017 News

PM Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

When Israel was first reborn as a nation, multiple Arab armies banded together to try to destroy the renewed Jewish State and there are few Arab states today that have peaceable relations with Israel. But that may be changing—at least among the common people—according to a new survey by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. “Half of the public in the countries in the Middle East that were reviewed, the assets and strength of Israel are appreciated and they believe that their country could benefit by links with Israel,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments on Sunday released by his office.

On a global scale, Israel is growing more popular too. “In 47 out of 54 countries, a majority of the people there believe that their country would benefit from links with Israel. This is a gigantic change,” said Netanyahu during the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting.
The Israeli leader has been busy trying to promote Israel around the world in recent months, going on trips to Africa and South America to seek out new and deeper ties with nations there. He also has repeatedly touted the secret support of Arab states as proof of Israel’s growing popularity. And he believes that those good ties won’t be secret forever.

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Report: Israel Strikes Iranian Base in Syria

December 3, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Did Israel bomb an Iranian base in Syria? Illustrative image of F-35. Image courtesy of the Department of Defense website. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

A Syrian state news group is reporting that Israeli ground-to-ground missiles were launched Saturday night at a military base in Syria in the countryside around the capital of Damascus. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) report claimed that Syrian missile defenses shot down two of the missiles, but that the military base suffered “material damage” in the Israeli attack.

The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz cited news outlets supportive of the Syrian regime in reporting that Israel targeted an Iranian military base near al-Kiswa, which appears to be the same location of an Iranian base under construction named in a BBC report last month. The Ha’aretz report cited Syrian state TV in saying the Israeli strike was launched by Israeli fighter jets.

The day after the alleged Israeli missile strike, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated in a video to an American policy conference on Sunday his warning that Israel would not allow Iranian bases in nextdoor Syria. “We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons,” said Netanyahu. “We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as is seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.” … Continue Reading

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