Opinion—Syria May Be the Melting Pot of Trouble, But Focus Is Key

Syria is so bad the bad guys are fighting worse guys and now not everyone on the “good side” is happy even when the good guys have success against the bad guys. It’s a hodge-podge of turmoil and terror, impacting virtually the entire region. It’s not just that three or …

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 …

Palestinians Admit Anti-Jewish Well-Poisoning Libel False, After Telling Europe

The Palestinians had to retract on Friday an anti-Jewish libel spoken by President Mahmoud Abbas—accusing Israeli rabbis of encouraging the poisoning of Palestinian wells—because the claims were completely false. But the correction came only after Abbas told the European parliament in a speech the day before. And Israel noted that …

Israel Arrests Palestinian Terror Dentist for Bomb Attack, Plots for More

Israeli security forces have arrested a dangerous Palestinian dentist for carrying out a bomb attack last month that severely wounded an Israeli soldier—and this dentist had plans to inflict a lot more pain in the future. Dozens of explosive devices—including 56 small pipe bombs under development and a large pipe …

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Israel Arrests Palestinian Terror Dentist for Bomb Attack, Plots for More

June 26, 2016 News
Palestinian dentist turns terrorist because of anti-Israel incitement about Temple Mount. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Palestinian dentist turns terrorist because of anti-Israel incitement about Temple Mount. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Israeli security forces have arrested a dangerous Palestinian dentist for carrying out a bomb attack last month that severely wounded an Israeli soldier—and this dentist had plans to inflict a lot more pain in the future. Dozens of explosive devices—including 56 small pipe bombs under development and a large pipe bomb—were seized. A press release by the Israel Security Agency said that the explosives “all were evaluated by experts as having deadly potential.”

The deadly dentist used a cellphone to operate the explosive device that wounded the soldier on May 10, with the ISA noting that the investigation had uncovered that the terrorist also “planned to commit an additional attack in the Maaleh Adumim area.” … Continue Reading

Palestinians Admit Anti-Jewish Well-Poisoning Libel False, After Telling Europe

June 26, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

The Palestinians had to retract on Friday an anti-Jewish libel spoken by President Mahmoud Abbas—accusing Israeli rabbis of encouraging the poisoning of Palestinian wells—because the claims were completely false. But the correction came only after Abbas told the European parliament in a speech the day before. And Israel noted that even the much-deserved apology was “halfhearted.”

The Ma’an News Agency reported that the Palestine Liberation Organization acknowledged in a statement that it had “become evident that the alleged statements by a rabbi on poisoning Palestinian wells, which were reported by various media outlets, are baseless.” The statement went on to say that Abbas “affirmed that he didn’t intend to do harm to Judaism or to offend Jewish people.” The retraction then went on to defend Abbas, rejecting claims Abbas had offended Judaism and “condemned all accusations of anti-Semitism.” After that limited apology, Israel pointed out the libel is really part of a trend that stands out more than the retraction. … Continue Reading

Israeli President Says French Plan ‘Drags Us Further’ from Peace

June 22, 2016 News
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on his visit to Europe. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Mark Neiman (GPO)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on his visit to Europe. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Mark Neiman (GPO)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has his own plan for Middle East Peace—and it’s not the French initiative. And where better to present an alternative to a French plan? In Europe, of course. Rivlin, in excerpts of a speech released by his office, told the European Union Parliament on Wednesday that the French initiative suffers from “fundamental faults.” Said Rivlin, “The attempt to return to negotiations for negotiations’ sake, not only does not bring us near the long-awaited solution, but rather drags us further away from it.”

Instead, Rivlin called for a more paced approach on multiple fronts: economic, diplomatic, and educational, with the Hamas rule in Gaza a crucial obstacle to peace. “In the current circumstances, we must all ask ourselves ‘what can be done today’, rather than, ‘what cannot be done,’” said Rivlin. … Continue Reading

Israel Apprehends Equipment Believed Headed for Terrorist ‘Navy’

June 20, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Not surfer-wear, but terror-wear. Wetsuit seized by Israeli border security. Photo courtesy of Defense Ministry Land Crossings Authority

Not surfer-wear, but terror-wear. Wetsuit seized by Israeli border security. Photo courtesy of Defense Ministry Land Crossings Authority

Potential terror at sea was prevented on Monday, thanks to Israeli border inspectors and the Israel Security Agency (ISA). That border duo apprehended a shipment of dozens of professional wetsuits at the Gaza border, according to a Monday press release from the Israeli Defense Ministry. The report said the wetsuits were being smuggled in what appeared to be a “seemingly innocent shipment of sportswear that had been imported from abroad into the Palestinian Authority areas and reshipped to the Gaza Strip.”

The smuggled nature of the naval gear implies it wasn’t aimed at the Gaza surfer community. The Israeli Defense Ministry suspects the wetsuits “being destined for terrorist elements in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas’s naval commando unit.” … Continue Reading

Friendly Firefighting: Israel Returns Favor to Help Cyprus

June 19, 2016 News
Israel to the rescue in Cyprus. Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel to the rescue in Cyprus. Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Six years ago, with Israel’s Carmel Forest ablaze and the Jewish State needing help, Cyprus sent their lone firefighting aircraft to assist. With Cyprus facing their own blaze that started Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered three Israeli firefighting aircraft to join efforts to put out the blaze, which was already the biggest in recent years in Cyprus according to the Cyprus Mail.

The Cypriot news website, citing a report from CyBC, said that the effort to combat the fire was the largest such mobilization in Cyprus’ history. In a press release from Netanyahu’s office, he noted that they ordered their aircraft go join that effort on Saturday night and they were already in Cyprus by Sunday, less than 24 hours after the fire began. “This is part of the regional arrangement we have made with Cyprus and Greece about emergency assistance,” said Netanyahu. “I am pleased that we are able to extend this assistance.” … Continue Reading

Israeli Group Saves 4,000th Child’s Heart

June 16, 2016 News
Israeli medical teams help worldwide. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israeli medical teams help worldwide. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

When you save lives like this Israeli charity, impact tends to get measured in thousands: Consider one of the latest children who received life-saving heart surgery traveled more than 3,000 miles (more than 5,000 kilometers) to get to Israel, and he represented the 4,000th young person to benefit from the Save a Child’s Heart organization. But 4-year-old Sanusey almost didn’t make it the whole way, and it was Israeli doctors that first saved his life—and then saved it again more permanently.

Sanusey arrived in Israel last month and was at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel for an examination, when he collapsed and stopped breathing according to a press release from Save a Child’s Heart. The medical team at the facility spent more than an hour resuscitating the young boy from Gambia, Africa, and then took him into emergency surgery. Hours later, and a boy with a short-life expectancy had received two life-saving treatments in one day. … Continue Reading

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