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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 …

After Nice, Israel Recalls Palestinian Support for Vehicular Terror

The Palestinian government and even their most powerful terror group may have condemned the recent vehicular terror attack in Nice, France, but Israel pointed out that at home their voices have said the opposite about ramming Israelis. “The Palestinian Authority also sent condemnations and condolences, but with one difference: Here, …

Jordan Border Gun Smuggling Stopped; Israel Seizes Over 200 Illegal Weapons in 2016

If it seems like intercepting illegal weapons has become a regular occurrence for Israel’s adept security forces, that’s because it is. In 2016 alone, more than 200 illegal weapons have been seized according to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner’s Twitter feed. The latest round of smuggling stopping occurred at …

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Jordan Border Gun Smuggling Stopped; Israel Seizes Over 200 Illegal Weapons in 2016

July 20, 2016 News
Hundreds of illegal weapons like this one have been seized by Israel this year instead of reaching terrorists. Photo courtesy of ISA.

Hundreds of illegal weapons like this one have been seized by Israel this year instead of reaching terrorists. Photo courtesy of ISA.

If it seems like intercepting illegal weapons has become a regular occurrence for Israel’s adept security forces, that’s because it is. In 2016 alone, more than 200 illegal weapons have been seized according to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner’s Twitter feed.

The latest round of smuggling stopping occurred at the border with Jordan, where Israel apprehended 5 M-16 rifles and 20 handguns, which two Palestinians were attempting to sneak into the country. The IDF Spokesperson Twitter feed said the intercept prevents a “potential large-scale attack.” … Continue Reading

Israel Ups Punishment on Incitement against Christian Arabs Serving in IDF

July 19, 2016 News
Israel is protecting Arab Christians who want to join the IDF. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel is protecting Arab Christians who want to join the IDF. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

There are a number of Christian Arabs who want to serve in the Israeli military, but up until now a potential roadblock was other Arabs intimidating them from serving. But last week Israel took a step towards better Jewish and Arab integration by passing a law that increases the punishment on those who incite against serving in the IDF.

“Alongside the increase in enlistment to the IDF and the security forces, a campaign of incitement is being waged, accompanied by threats and physical violence against property and [people] with the purpose of frightening and dissuading anyone who plans to enlist in the IDF, either directly or by inciting against his family or people who are close to him,” said a press release on the law on the Knesset [Israeli parliament] website. Haaretz reported that Likud Knesset Member Yoav Kish said the bill specifically has Christian Arabs and their struggles in mind. Israel Today reported in their report on the law that more Arab Christians are joining the IDF than ever before, while highlighting some of the opposition from Arabs against such pro-Israel sentiment. … Continue Reading

After Nice, Israel Recalls Palestinian Support for Vehicular Terror

July 19, 2016 Peace and Conflict
The Palestinians can say they oppose terror, but do their actions say otherwise. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

The Palestinians can say they oppose terror, but do their actions say otherwise. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

The Palestinian government and even their most powerful terror group may have condemned the recent vehicular terror attack in Nice, France, but Israel pointed out that at home their voices have said the opposite about ramming Israelis. “The Palestinian Authority also sent condemnations and condolences, but with one difference: Here, not only do they not condemn vehicular terrorism, they encourage it,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments on Sunday released by his office.

“They glorify the terrorists responsible and finance them and their families if the terrorists are dead. Terrorism is terrorism, whether it is in France or Israel, and there must be a unified approach of condemnation and war on this terrorism – here and everywhere else.” … Continue Reading

Germans Say Iran Tried to Acquire Materials for Weapons of Mass Destruction

July 14, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Is Iran seeking even more than just nuclear weapons? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Is Iran seeking even more than just nuclear weapons? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

For decades, the world was concerned Iran was seeking materials to develop nuclear weapons, but German intelligence is saying the Iranians were seeking more than just nuclear capability—they also wanted to develop chemical and even biological weapons. And this effort extended at least into last year. The Iran nuclear deal was signed last summer, with implementation in January 2016.

The Jerusalem Post cited a 2015 intelligence report from one German state government included Iran with North Korea as making “efforts to obtain technology for atomic, biological or chemical weapons.” Fox News issued a similar article, saying that a German state intelligence report found that Iran had sought tools from German companies for nuclear, chemical, and biological military weapons. … Continue Reading

Double Agents? Palestinian Intel Officers Arrested for Gun Trafficking

July 11, 2016 News
Whose side are they on? Improvised gun found in raid on Palestinian security officers who were trafficking weapons to terrorists. Photo courtesy of ISA.

Whose side are they on? Improvised gun found in raid on Palestinian security officers who were trafficking weapons to terrorists. Photo courtesy of ISA.

The Palestinian government has repeatedly been caught publishing incitement against Israel, but this week a couple of their intelligence officers were arrested for more than inciting violence—they were equipping it. Israeli security forces snagged four Palestinians—two of whom are members of the Palestinian Authority security forces—for producing and trafficking improvised weapons, including assault rifles.

An Israel Security Agency (ISA) press release on the arrest noted it wasn’t a coincidence that the Palestinian intelligence officers were involved: “It is believed that the producers/traffickers used their connections to traffic with weapons dealers in Israel.” Israeli Prime Minister’s Offcie spokesman Ofir Gendelman tweeted that the gun traffickers “sold guns to terrorists.” … Continue Reading

Israel, Egypt Officials Meet to ‘Find Our Path Forward’ to Middle East Peace

July 10, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Israeli PM Netanyahu and Egyptian FM Shoukry. Photo courtesy of  by Haim Zach / GPO

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Egyptian FM Shoukry. Photo courtesy of by Haim Zach / GPO

The Palestinians are still refusing to discuss peace with Israel, so perhaps the next best thing is that Egypt is currently talking to both sides about the same issue—even if things do not appear to have even reached the mediation stage yet. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear to visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry that he wishes things were further along with the Palestinians, even as he is grateful for what Egypt is doing now.

“I welcome [Egyptian] President [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi’s recent offer of Egyptian leadership in efforts to advance peace with the Palestinians and a broader peace in our region,” said Netanyahu in comments with Shoukry published by his office. “Today I call again on the Palestinians to follow the greatest example of Egypt and Jordan and join us for direct negotiations. This is the only way we can address all the outstanding problems between us, and turn the vision of peace based on two states for two peoples into a reality.” Shoukry, who met with the Palestinian leadership a couple weeks ago, said his visit to Israel was part of the same overall discussion. … Continue Reading

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