Poll Shows Almost 1-in-3 Jews Considered Leaving UK Due to Anti-Semitism

First the good news: In each of the last two years, anti-Semitism has dropped among British adults from the previous year according to a poll published by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA). But the bad news is that 32%—nearly one-third—of Jews polled in 2107 said they considered leaving the United …

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 …

President Assad Boasts of ‘Foiling’ Western Plots against Syria

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is feeling confident these days—at least publicly—as he boasted on Sunday that his country “managed to foil the Western project” in that country’s civil war. Assad was further quoted by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) as claiming in a speech there was a …

Netanyahu Prepped to Talk Syria with Putin in Russia This Week

With Israel reportedly in the skies over Syria striking weapons bound for terrorists and Russia in the same skies defending the Syrian regime in that country’s civil war, coordination has been key to avoid tragic wartime mistakes. And that’s not the only reason why the top leaders of Israel and …

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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

Israel Offers Condolences to Victims, Calls for United Global Fight against Terror after Egypt Church Attack

April 9, 2017 News

Terrorists targeting tourists and Christians in Egypt. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Following terror bombings that killed dozens in Egyptian churches on Palm Sunday, Israel offered their nation’s condolences to the families of the victims and a call for global counterterrorism. They also urged their own citizens to return from Egypt to Israel. Prime Minister’s office spokesman Ofir Gendelman posted to his Twitter feed that they wished a quick recovery to the wounded and said that “the world must come together, unite and fight terrorism everywhere.”

CNN reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing attacks that targeted two Coptic Christian churches. More than 40 people were killed in the acts of terrorism. And that wasn’t the only ISIS threat in Egypt. On Twitter, Gendelman said that the terrorist group is also plotting to attack terrorists in the Sinai. Given the security risks, he said Israelis in Egypt should leave and “return immediately to Israel.” … Continue Reading

US Appreciates Israeli Support for Syrian Strike

April 9, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israel and the U.S. on the same page on Syrian strike. U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

The Israelis believe that using chemical weapons should have consequences, so they expressed public support for the American cruise missile strike last week on a Syrian military base, which was in response to a chemical attack by the regime. The United States leadership noticed. On Friday, and on behalf of U.S. President Donald Trump , Vice President Mike Pence personally called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to thank him for Israel’s “strong support.”

A press release from Netanyahu’s office said that as part of the call, the Israeli leader “reiterated the need to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons.” Together, Pence and Netanyahu “emphasized the strength of the alliance between Israel and the U.S.” And on Sunday, Netanyahu continued to praise the American action. “Israel fully supports the American attack on Syria,” said Netanyahu in Sunday’s press release. “They did this for moral reasons in light of the harsh scenes from [the chemical attack in] Idlib and also to make it clear that there is a price for using chemical weapons.” … Continue Reading

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