Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Historic Move

United States President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise and fulfilled 70 years of Jewish longing on Wednesday by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing plans to move the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s …

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 Riots, Rockets and Calls for Intifada in Response to US Jerusalem Move

Following the historic decision by United States President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians launched multiple terror attacks against Israel and called for more. An Israeli security guard was stabbed in the chest and an Israeli kindergarten was damaged by a Palestinian rocket over …

Netanyahu Promotes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital in Europe

The Untied States recently made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, took a visit to Europe as an opportunity to hint to the Western allies they should do the same. Netanyahu believes they’ll get there eventually. “I believe that all or most …

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Iran: If Europe Threatens Missile Program, Missiles Will Threaten Europe

Will France be in range of Iran’s missles? Eiffel Tower in Paris. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

A leader in Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC) warned on Saturday that if the Europeans push to limit the Iranian missile program, the Islamic Republic might expand their missile range to reach Europe. Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami, in comments to state TV and republished by the Fars News Agency, claimed that they have limited the range of their missiles intentionally to 2,000 kilometers (roughly 1,200 miles).

He said this is short of reaching Europe, but he warned that could change if the Europeans insist on negotiating the limits of Iran’s missile program, as some have wanted.

“If the Europeans want to enter the sanctum of our missiles, we may drop this limitation to the range (of our missiles),” Fars quoted Salami as saying. He claimed that their missiles are limited in range to the nations that threaten them, and that “if Europe wants to turn into a threat, the range of our missiles will increase. We respect them. They should respect us too.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Calls for Global Counterterror Unity after Egypt Mosque Massacre

November 26, 2017 Egypt, News

Israel offers condolences to Egypt following terror attack. Illustrative photo of Israeli PM Netanyahu and Egyptian FM Shoukry. Photo courtesy of by Haim Zach / GPO

With terrorists recruiting world-wide and attacking one major nation after another with lone-wolf and organized attacks, imagine a united global response in which all nations fighting Islamic extremist violence. That’s the vision held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who expressed this call to action in response to last week’s horrific terror slaughter of hundreds of worshipers at an Egyptian mosque in the Sinai region.

“The radical Islam’s terror does not distinguish between religions, people or nations. I think that the obvious thing is that all the countries in the world should unite in order to fight it, everywhere, including Sinai,” said Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office. He also offered his nation’s condolences to Egypt over the “vicious mass murder of civilians during prayer.”

Egypt’s Ahram Online news group reported that 305 people were killed when dozens of gunman assaulted a mosque last Friday in one of the deadliest terror attacks this century. The report said the terrorists were flying the black ISIS flag. … Continue Reading

Hamas Infiltrator into Israel Caught, Confesses Hamas Tunnel Secrets

November 26, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Arrested Gaza infiltrator Ahmed Magdi Muhamad Abid. Photo courtesy of the ISA

Hamas has tried many times to sneak terrorists into Israel, so it’s a victory when Israel catches them. So imagine the impact when the arrested perpetrator also unveils Hamas secrets on their tunnel system in the interrogation. That’s what happened a couple months ago in newly declassified information from Israel.

Ahmed Magdi Muhamad Abid of Gaza was caught in September crossing the border into Israeli-controlled territory, and it’s a good thing he was snagged. A press release from the Israel Security Agency (ISA) said that Abid had been recruited by Hamas in 2013 and has been trained in sniping and anti-tank weapons.

Another one of Abid’s activities is digging tunnels for Hamas, which uses the underground structures for both defensive purposes in Gaza, as well as offensive terror tunnels dug into Israel. That made him a treasure trove of information on Hamas activities. … Continue Reading

Israel Has Helped Almost 1,000 Syrian Children, Assists Field Hospital

November 20, 2017 News

Israel taking moral high ground in Syria. Illustrative. Israel supporters at a rally in the US. By Joshua Spurlock

One of the most famous commands in the Bible is to love one’s neighbor, and the Israelis are carrying that out, even for citizens of an enemy country. The IDF Spokesperson announced on Twitter on Monday that Israel has assisted “nearly 1,000 Syrian children in need” as part of Operation Good Neighbor. The program, now almost a year-and-a-half old, offers aid and medical care to Syrians suffering in that nation’s brutal civil war.

The IDF Blog reported that a field hospital near the Syrian border launched last September and has “already cared for hundreds of Syrians and changed their lives,” Lt. Col. A., Commander of Operation Good Neighbor was quoted as saying. Politico reported that the clinic is run by a Christian organization from the US. However, Israel’s fingerprints are everywhere. The IDF Blog reported that the staff of the facility were trained by the IDF to be a military-caliber field hospital.

Given the proximity to the warzone in Syria, the Israelis have also set up a secure bunker for the facility, security guards on patrol and more. Inside the facility, it’s a one-stop shop for aid. Lt. Col. A. said that in addition to obtaining medical care at the clinic, needy Syrians can also receive aid kits from Israel with food, hygiene products and medicine. … Continue Reading

Israel Fires ‘Warning Shot’ at Syrian Forces for Ceasefire Violation

November 19, 2017 News

Will peace return to the Israel-Syria border region?
Golan Heights UN Peacekeepers. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Wolfgang Grebien.

Israel has been concerned about how close enemy troops might get to their border in the current ceasefire in Syria. But this weekend Israel felt the need to fire a “warning shot” at Syrian positions twice, not for violating the Syrian calm, but for breaking the 1974 ceasefire with Israel. The IDF Spokesperson posted on Sunday to Twitter that “the Syrian Armed Forces violated the 1974 ceasefire by strengthening a military post in the demilitarized zone between Syria & Israel. In response, an IDF tank fired a warning shot towards the area.”

The Times of Israel reported that this was the second Israeli shot at Syrian forces in the demilitarized zone in two days. Following the incident on Saturday, the IDF filed a complaint with the United Nations peacekeeping force stationed in the area, according to the report. The technical ceasefire between Israel and Syria has been less than calm during the current Syrian civil war. Errant fire from Syria has landed in Israel on numerous occasions, with Israel retaliating and last month threatening “to intensify its response,” according to a tweet at the time posted by the IDF Spokesperson. … Continue Reading

Israel to Approach Trump Peace Plan ‘according to Security, National Interests’

November 19, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Will Trump achieve Middle East peace? U.S. President Donald Trump (left) meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially addressed the reports surrounding a potential Israel-Palestinian peace plan by the Trump Administration on Sunday, although he refused to get pulled into the “speculation” on what the plan would propose. “We heard plenty of speculations over the weekend; I am not planning to address them,” said Netanyahu on the Trump plan in comments released by his office. “I would like to say however, that my attitude towards this plan will be determined according to security and national interests of the State of Israel, and these were made clear to our American friends.”

The Israeli leader’s comments come as Israeli media reported that the Trump plan would be detailed with specific ideas on a two-state solution. Haaretz cited a report by Israel Television News saying the plan would involve a Palestinian state with land swaps with Israel, although the 1967 armistice lines may not be the baseline standard used. Jerusalem’s status and any potential evacuation of Israeli settlements would be deferred, per the report. Haaretz, however, said that the White House denied the report, saying the stated specifics are nothing more than “guessing” and citing pre-existing ideas. … Continue Reading

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