Iran Regime Claims Unrest Defeated, But Unjustified Imprisonment May Continue Protests

The most powerful security force in Iran and a close ally of the regime has claimed that the Iranian uprising has been crushed, but media reports and Twitter are implying that hasn’t happened yet. A reason for the latest outcry in Iran is due to the hundreds of people imprisoned …

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 …

US to UN: Drone Incursion to Israel ‘Wake-up Call’ that Iran Plans to Stay in Syria

The Iranian drone that violated Israeli airspace last week was more than just an escalation—it’s a sign that peace in Syria is a ways away according to the United States and regional conflict may be here to stay. Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, warned the powerful …

Investigation: Turkey Turns ‘Blind Eye’—Sometimes Encourages—Hamas Illicit Activity

A Turkish citizen arrested in Israel for working with Hamas has helped unleash an investigation that led to accusations on Monday that Turkey has been ignoring—and at times enabling—Hamas fundraising and militaristic activity and has even indirectly allowed the terror group opportunity to research weapons for fighting Israel. The delve …

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Israel, US Outraged after UN Group Calls Tomb of Abraham A Palestinian Site

July 9, 2017 News

The United Nations is passing anti-Israel resolutions again. United Nations Flag at Headquarters in New York. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Hebron is home to the Tomb of the Patriarchs—the ancient Biblical burial place of Israel’s patriarchs and matriarchs—but that didn’t stop a United Nations cultural organization from passing a resolution labeling the site as located in “Palestine.” Furthermore, the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) put the site on it’s endangered heritage site list after Palestinians accused Israel of threatening the site, according to the BBC. Israel was appalled by the decision, which passed in an unusual secret ballot with 12 nations on the committee approving, three opposed and six abstaining.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement released by his office, said that by calling the site “Palestinian”, UNESCO effectively said it was not Jewish. “Not a Jewish site?! Who is buried there? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah—our patriarchs and matriarchs!,” said Netanyahu last Friday. “And the site is in danger? It is only in those places where Israel is, such as Hebron, that freedom of religion for all is ensured. In the Middle East, mosques, churches and synagogues in every other place, are being bombed—in places that are not Israel. We will continue to protect the Tomb of the Patriarchs, freedom of religion for all and the truth.” Israel wasn’t the only nation disturbed by the decision. … Continue Reading

Israel, India Discussing Partnership to Help Africa

July 5, 2017 News

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Indian PM Modi. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

It’s not enough that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first ever Indian head of state to visit Israel, or that his historic visit is ushering in a deeper cooperation between the two nations. Apparently, it’s not enough to stop at just two countries getting closer—India and Israel want to make it three, or more, by working together in Africa. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a plan to jointly assist Africa with India during a working session on Wednesday with Modi that signed seven different agreements between the two countries.

“We’re going to seek to bring to fruition these various areas which can truly revolutionize our relationship but also the lives of many, many millions of people, both in India—in India, it’s many hundreds of millions of people—but we’re talking about beyond that even,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “We’re talking about also cooperation in third countries and actually working together to better the future of the people of Africa.” … Continue Reading

Palestinian Officials Defend, Support Terrorists

July 2, 2017 News

The Palestinians promotion of terror continues. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

What do verbally defending two terrorist organizations at the United Nations and being arrested for involvement in one of those terror groups have in common? They both made headlines in less than a week and were each done by Palestinian officials. Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian lead negotiator with Israel, told a United Nations forum last week that Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) were “not terrorist organizations,” according to a report by The Jerusalem Post.

The PFLP claimed responsibility for a killing rampage in a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014, and just recently, Hamas and the PFLP both claimed credit for the June terror shooting and stabbing in Jerusalem that murdered 23-year-old Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka. Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Spokesman Ofir Gendelman tweeted in response to Erekat’s comments that the two organizations—which are on the United States terrorist list—have “killed 1000+ Israelis. That’s support for terrorism.” … Continue Reading

Israel ‘Holds Syrian Regime Responsible’ as Border Spillover Attacks Continue

July 2, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Syria’s civil war is straying into Israel, again. Educational sign post showing distance between major locations in the Middle East. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Syrian mortar fire hit Israeli territory again this weekend, as violent spillover from that nation’s civil war that was once a rare incident has now become a regular occurrence. Israel retaliated to projectiles that landed in Israel on both Friday and Saturday by hitting the Syrian military directly at the “source of the fire”, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter page. IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis was quoted by the Twitter page as stating that “Israel holds the Syrian regime responsible for any breach of its borders and will act accordingly.”

Since last Saturday, more than a dozen Syrian projectiles have hit Israeli territory and the IDF Spokesperson tweeted that after searches on the Syrian border last week “heavy machine gun bullet holes were identified” in a United Nations peacekeeping post near the border. Israeli civilians have been “instructed to stay away from open areas near the border” according to a video posted to the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter page last week summarizing some of the incidents. … Continue Reading

American Football Owner Helps Build Sports Complex in Jlem, Brings Legends on Israel Tour

June 28, 2017 News

Jlem Mayor Barkat, Robert Kraft & NFL Hall of Famers. Photo courtesy of Jeki Levi

Some of the greatest players in American football history recently got a chance to experience a history even more legendary—the Land of Israel. The tour, organized by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, brought 18 Hall of Fame players earlier during the month of June from the National Football League to tour Israel, as well as to promote the American sport amongst Israelis. While they were there, they also got to assist in inaugurating a multi-million-dollar sports facility in Jerusalem to help honor the 50 years of the city’s reunification.

“We said that you would do great good here, and I hope you felt that you did great good here,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker, who also attended the tour. Baker, in a video of the tour farewell posted to the Patriots’ website, went on to say that “I told you that it might change your life and I’ve talked to so many of you that said that it did change your life.” … Continue Reading

Israel Strikes Syrian Military in Response to ‘Spillover’ Fire, Twice

June 25, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Syria’s civil war is straying into Israel, again. Educational sign post showing distance between major locations in the Middle East. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Multiple Syrian projectiles hit Israeli territory on Saturday and the Israelis were very clear that such “spillover” from the Syrian civil war is unacceptable, as the Israeli military took the strong response of publicly targeting the Syrian military directly. Then it happened again the next day.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed said that on Saturday “more than 10 projectiles” hit an open area in Israel, and in response the Israeli strikes on Saturday took out a Syrian heavy machine gun position and two tanks, according to a video posted to the Twitter account.

On Sunday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed said that following “several Syrian projectiles” hitting an open area in the northern Golan Heights region of Israel, the IDF struck two Syrian military artillery positions and an ammunitions truck. While no Israeli injuries occurred in the Syrian attacks, more than a dozen projectiles have struck Israel in two days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments on Sunday published by his office, warned against future Syrian attacks—intentional or not. … Continue Reading

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