Israel Still Aiding Wounded Syrians, Turning Them from ‘Enemies to Friends’

Israel and Syria have been mortal enemies since Syria attacked the newly reborn State of Israel almost 70 years ago. But that hasn’t impacted Israel’s ongoing work to help Syrians wounded in that nation’s civil war—and it may even offer hope for peace. It certainly isn’t stopping, even as violence …

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 Authority to Give British Student Killer Salary as Light Shown on Payments

The terrorist who murdered British student Hannah Bladon on the light rail in Jerusalem on Good Friday is slated to receive $1000 per month from the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), reported the Daily Mail Online’s Mail on Sunday. The Daily Mail article quoted Itamar Marcus, the Director of watchdog group Palestinian …

Israel, US Agree Iran and Terrorists Are Two Key Middle East Threats

United States policy in the Middle East has changed with the new Trump Administration, and Israel believes it’s for the better. That they agree on the two greatest threats to the region helps too. U.S. Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend …

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Palestinian Authority to Give British Student Killer Salary as Light Shown on Payments

April 23, 2017 Peace and Conflict

The Palestinians aren’t just praising militants—they’re paying them too. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

The terrorist who murdered British student Hannah Bladon on the light rail in Jerusalem on Good Friday is slated to receive $1000 per month from the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), reported the Daily Mail Online’s Mail on Sunday. The Daily Mail article quoted Itamar Marcus, the Director of watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch, as saying that Jamil Tamimi’s arrest and designation as a terrorist by Israel puts Tamimi or his family on the Palestinian government’s list to receive a monthly salary from the P.A.

Marcus said this is due to a P.A. law that provides for such payments to those who are put into prison for “resisting the occupation”—a phrase used by Palestinians that includes acts of terrorism. Israeli Prime Minister ‘s Office spokesman Ofir Gendelman had previously highlighted this tragic reality shortly after the attack in a Twitter post, noting that the P.A. will “REWARD the Palestinian attacker who did it w/ a monthly salary.” Over the weekend, Gendelman tweeted a graph showing the increase in payments corresponding to the amount of Israeli prison time—which actually ends up paying more for the worst of the terrorists. “The P.A. pays to terrorists who serve sentences in Israeli jails $350 to $3000+ a month. The more Israelis they’ve killed, the more they get,” Gendelman posted to Twitter. … Continue Reading

Israel, US Agree Iran and Terrorists Are Two Key Middle East Threats

April 23, 2017 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben Gershom – GPO

United States policy in the Middle East has changed with the new Trump Administration, and Israel believes it’s for the better. That they agree on the two greatest threats to the region helps too. U.S. Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend and pointed to Iran and terrorists such as ISIS as two key dangers in the region. Those strong words from Mattis, similar ones from President Donald Trump, and the recent American missile strike on Syria in response to chemical weapons used the regime in that nation’s civil war haven’t been missed by Israel.

“We sense a great change in the direction of American policy,” said Netanyahu in comments with Mattis released by his office. “…This has been appreciated around the world and in our region. I think this is a welcome change, a strategic change of American leadership and American policy.” Mattis made it clear that the two regional threats of Iran and ISIS aren’t risks to Israel alone. … Continue Reading

Wondering How to Stop ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorism? PM Says ‘Come to Israel’

April 20, 2017 News

PM Netyanyahu and ISA Director Nadav Argaman. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

The same day a gunman killed a police officer in the heart of Paris in an apparent terror attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a solution to nations wondering how to stop the growing plague of solitary terrorists. He pointed to the efforts of the Israel Security Agency. “I must tell you that the entire world is impressed because this problem has already spread to many countries,” said Netanyahu on Thursday in comments from his office. “You ask, ‘How is it possible to deal with lone attackers who are incited by the same forces?’ And you tell them, ‘Come to Israel.’”

Netanyahu praised the actions of the ISA—not all of which is public—that have helped the Jewish State limit the impact of a surge in what some call “lone wolf” terror attacks over the last couple years. “We know, I know and, to a certain degree, the public knows your contribution in lowering the attack curve, in providing security, and in giving and saving life,” said the Israeli leader during a visit with the ISA. “This is only a small part of what you do, which entails considerable innovation.” … Continue Reading

Refocus from Palestinian Conflict—US Says Iran ‘Chief Culprit’ in Middle East Turmoil

April 20, 2017 Peace and Conflict

U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Nikki Haley. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the UN

Israeli activities get a disproportionate amount of attention at the United Nations, being called out for crimes they did not commit even as the brutality of ISIS, Syria’s war crimes, and the ever-present threat of Iran cloud the region. The United States, currently the President of the U.N.’s powerful Security Council, on Thursday said in a quarterly meeting on the Middle East that the real problem isn’t Israel—it’s the Islamic Republic.

“If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit: Iran and its partner militia, Hezbollah,” said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in comments published by her office. “…The incredibly destructive nature of Iranian and Hezbollah activities throughout the Middle East demands much more of our attention. It should become this Council’s priority in the region.” … Continue Reading

Jerusalem Light Rail Terrorist Was Suicidal; British Victim Was Student

April 16, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Terrorists are obviously troubled individuals, but specific details have come to light regarding the Palestinian terrorist that launched a stabbing attack last Friday (April 14) on the Jerusalem light rail. According to an Israel Security Agency press release, Jamil Tamimi, recently attempted suicide by swallowing a razor blade and had been convicted of abusing his own daughter in 2011. Noted the ISA, “This is not the first time that a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress has chosen to commit a terrorist attack in order to escape his problems.” Tamimi was arrested by the Israelis after the attack, according to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld’s Twitter feed.

Meanwhile, Tamimi’s victim on Friday was Hannah Bladon, a British exchange student learning at Hebrew University. Expressing “deep sorrow” over Bladon’s murder, a University press release noted the school extends “our deepest condolences to her family and we share in their sorrow. The university condemns such acts of terror that harm innocent people​, and especially a student​ who came to Jerusalem to study and ​widen her academic horizons.” … Continue Reading

Israel Still Aiding Wounded Syrians, Turning Them from ‘Enemies to Friends’

Israeli Pres. Rivlin & wounded Syrian. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Israel and Syria have been mortal enemies since Syria attacked the newly reborn State of Israel almost 70 years ago. But that hasn’t impacted Israel’s ongoing work to help Syrians wounded in that nation’s civil war—and it may even offer hope for peace. It certainly isn’t stopping, even as violence continues to rage. The IDF Spokesperson Twitter page reported that on Thursday night, Israel evacuated seven Syrians needing medical care—all but one of which were women and children—to an Israeli hospital. That theme of aiding children is nothing new.

The Israeli Galilee Medical Center has seen more than 1,500 wounded Syrians, roughly 500 of whom have been children and infants, according to a Sunday press release from the Israeli President’s Office. Dr. Masad Barhoum, director of the Galilee Medical Center, was quoted in the press release saying that he recently spoke to the AIPAC conference and told them of their aid for the Syrians and “to explain how we turned those wounded Syrians from enemies to friends.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the work is a point of pride for Israel and that it will continue. … Continue Reading

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