Israel Still Aiding Wounded Syrians, Turning Them from ‘Enemies to Friends’

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 …

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 Authority to Give British Student Killer Salary as Light Shown on Payments

The terrorist who murdered British student Hannah Bladon on the light rail in Jerusalem on Good Friday is slated to receive $1000 per month from the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), reported the Daily Mail Online’s Mail on Sunday. The Daily Mail article quoted Itamar Marcus, the Director of watchdog group Palestinian …

Second Thoughts? Trump Orders Review of Iran Nuke Deal

United States President Donald Trump has long said that the Iran nuclear agreement, which involved the major world powers and included the U.S., was a “bad deal.” He hasn’t been as clear about the possibility that he could pull the U.S. out of the deal… until now. Recently, following a …

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Netanyahu Says Committed to Trump to ‘Advance Peace’ with Neighbors

March 27, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Will Trump get a peace deal done in the Middle East? U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the many dangers in the Middle East, but he believes that there could be a silver lining to it all and he wants to work with United States President Donald Trump to achieve that positive potential. “Israel is committed to working with President Trump to advance peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbors,” said Netanyahu in a speech to the AIPAC conference published by his office.

He continued, “I believe that the common dangers faced by Israel and many of our Arab neighbors now offer a rare opportunity to build bridges towards a better future—a future more prosperous, more secure, more peaceful.” Netanyahu made it clear that such a future must be achieved by “never compromising our security,” which is another area in which Netanyahu is grateful for President Trump’s support. … Continue Reading

Israel Working on Special Economic Relationship with China

PM Netanyahu and Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping. Photo courtesy of Haim Zach / GPO

Israel is seeking to be on an exclusive list—nations receiving investment from China. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following his recent visit to China, noted in Sunday’s cabinet meeting that while China isn’t investing around the world right now, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to consider that China have a specific investment policy for the Jewish State.

“China recently decided to restrict, to completely halt, its external investments for its own reasons – I am talking about the world, not Israel,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “In light of my request, the President of China said that he was prepared to consider an exception for Israel, meaning that Chinese investments in the high-tech and other sectors would continue.” And that’s not the only special arrangement in the works between Israel and China. … Continue Reading

UK Puts UN ‘On Notice’, Threatens Widespread ‘No’ Vote If Anti-Israel Bias Continues

March 26, 2017 News

The UK fights back against anti-Israel bias at the UN. UK, Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Just days after the United States assailed the United Nations Human Rights Council for its anti-Israel bias, the United Kingdom took a similar path and issued an ultimatum to the international body: the anti-Israel bias must change, or else. “Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice,” said a statement last Friday from the British Mission to the UN in Geneva and posted on the UK government website. “If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the Occupied Syrian and Palestinian Territories.”

Earlier in their comments, the British explained that while they still support the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and voted yes on that resolution, they opposed other resolutions because of their one-sided approach. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he thanked British Prime Minister Theresa May for this approach and, in comments from his office on Sunday, called upon others to take a similar tact. … Continue Reading

Israel—Too Familiar with Vehicular Terror—Offers Support to London

March 23, 2017 News

Israel supports the UK in the wake of terror. UK, Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

From cars, to trucks, to bulldozers, Israel has been facing terrorism by vehicle for almost a decade. So when the city of Tel Aviv lit up city hall in the colors of the British flag on Wednesday night for London following that city’s terror attack, it was more than just support. Perhaps more than any other, Israel knows what it feels like to face off against terrorists willing to use cars and knives, like the attack on Wednesday that has killed at least four persons and wounded many more. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai tweeted a photo of the large-scale flag of light, saying it was “in solidarity with the city of #London and my colleague @SadiqKhan,” the mayor of London.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted Israel’s tragic familiarity with such violence: “The citizens of Israel were among the first to face the challenge of vehicular ramming and stabbing attacks. We must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the citizens of Britain and the entire civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism.” … Continue Reading

US Slams ‘Outrageous’ UN Human Rights Council Anti-Israel Agenda Item

March 20, 2017 News

U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Nikki Haley. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the UN

It’s time once again for the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold their scheduled discussion of Israel’s imagined abuses, to which the United States has one response. “The United States will not participate… other than to vote against the outrageous, one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions that so diminish what the Human Rights Council should be,” said U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in a statement. “And we encourage other Council members who purport to be defenders of human rights to do the same.”

Haley, who has already spoken out against the anti-Israel bias at the U.N., noted in the statement from her office that “some progress” is being made on reversing that bias. And yet, she said that “regrettably” the U.N. Human Rights Council has resumed debate regarding the only nation that sits permanently on the discussion calendar. She pointed out that it’s not one of many human rights abusers, but Israel, “the only democracy in the Middle East.” … Continue Reading

Latest Israeli Missile Defense System—David’s Sling—Launches in 2 Weeks

March 20, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israeli missile defense is key to fighting terror rockets from many enemies. Illustrative photo of spent Rockets fired from Gaza. By Joshua Spurlock.

In just a matter of days last week, Israel experienced missile attacks from both the north and south, a disturbing reoccurrence in a region rife with conflict. To better defend against such attacks, Israel will rely on not one, but four different missile defense systems—the final one of which will at last be operational in less than two weeks according to the schedule reported by the IDF Blog. Along those lines, the Israel Air Force Twitter page reported on Monday that the David’s Sling system “successfully completed an operational preparedness inspection and will be declared #operational in April.”

David’s Sling, which the IDF Blog said is designed to intercept “large-caliber rockets, short-range ballistic missiles, and other developing threats”—will be a key defense with enemies such as Hezbollah, Syria and Iran. … Continue Reading

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