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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Israel Busts Multiple Hamas Terror Cells in Judea and Samaria

March 12, 2017 News

Israeli security forces working hard to keep Israel safe. Illustrative security vehicle. By Joshua Spurlock

Hamas has long sought to move out of Gaza and establish a footing in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank, where they could both increase their attacks on Israel and move towards re-establishing their power in the region controlled by their Palestinian political rivals, the Fatah group. That effort has taken several blows lately, however, as Israel has arrested multiple Hamas terror cells in Judea and Samaria—including one group that already launched attacks.

A press release from the Israel Security Agency (ISA) said the most active cell had been involved in a terror shooting in 2015, planted explosives and had thrown firebombs at IDF units. Members in the cell had planned additional shooting attacks, according to the ISA. And that wasn’t the only shooting plot foiled by the arrests. Another terror cell had set up an elaborate plan to attack civilian and IDF vehicles by using balls on the roads to make the vehicles slow down and “become more vulnerable to attack.” A weapon was also seized in the investigation. … Continue Reading

Trump Call with Palestinian President Kicks Off Revived Peace Efforts?

March 12, 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)

It may have taken new United States President Donald Trump almost two months to call Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but since Friday’s call Trump’s administration hasn’t wasted any time on moving towards a new Israel-Palestinian peace process. And based on the phone calls, Abbas seems to think this is moving forward as well. In the three days since Trump and Abbas spoke, the Palestinian Authority (PA) President to take time to speak again with Jordan King Abdullah to recap the Trump call and discuss the upcoming Arab summit—his second call in 24 hours with the Jordanian monarch according to the WAFA news agency—and also spoke with U.S. Consul General Donald Blome about “preparations for future contacts between PA and Trump administration,” according to a Tweet from journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

Furthermore, a Palestinian spokesperson cited in a Ma’an News Agency report said Trump mentioned “re-launching the peace process” with Abbas. Maybe the activity is nothing more than busyness, but Trump sounded earnest according to a statement from the White House posted to the Consul General’s website recapping the call with Abbas. The statement said Trump “emphasized his personal belief that peace is possible and that the time has come to make a deal.” The call comes after Trump’s in-person meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month, during which the peace process was also discussed.

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Israel Stops Terror Plot by Palestinian Recruited by Hezbollah via Facebook

March 12, 2017 News

Israeli security forces working hard to keep Israel safe. Illustrative security vehicle. By Joshua Spurlock

Social media has long been about more than connecting with old friends or making new ones—terror groups have been using it for recruiting as well, with Hezbollah reaching multiple Palestinians via Facebook. The latest to join the Lebanese terrorist organization, however, was arrested by Israeli security forces before he could carry out any of his planned terror attacks, which reportedly included orders for another terror kidnapping.

Jerusalem was on the list of sites for terror reconnaissance for terrorist Yusef Yasser Sweilam, according to a press release by the Israel Security Agency (ISA). “His handlers directed Sweilam to carry out various tasks, including photographing—and gathering information on—IDF bases and checkpoints as well as sites in the Old City of Jerusalem,” said the ISA press statement. “He was also directed to set up a terrorist cell in order to carry out an abduction and pass the abductee into Lebanon.” The IDF Spokesman’s Twitter feed noted that “this isn’t the first time Hezbollah has recruited Palestinians over Facebook.” … Continue Reading

Tehran in Focus? Trump Calls Netanyahu and Talks Iran ahead of Putin Meet

March 6, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Pres. Rivlin, IDF Chief-of-Staff Eisenkot & US Gen. Scaparrotti. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Just days after Iran threatened to destroy Israel with missiles yet again, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is discussing the Islamic Republic with two of the most powerful leaders in the world—in the same week. With a trip to Moscow for Netanyahu to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin planned for Thursday, United States President Donald Trump called Netanyahu on Monday.

A readout of the call from Netanyahu’s office said that the he and Trump “spoke at length about the dangers posed by the nuclear deal with Iran and by Iran’s malevolent behavior in the region and about the need to work together to counter those dangers.” That follows threats against Israel of further dangers from Tehran just last week, in which an Iranian general warned his nation could launch thousands of missiles at the Jewish State. … Continue Reading

US Leaders Speak Against Anti-Semitism after Wave of Attacks

March 5, 2017 News

Israeli Pres. Rivlin & NY Gov. Cuomo at Yad Vashem. Photo courtesy of Mark Neiman (GPO)

Anti-Semitic attacks happen many places around the world, including the United States, but a new wave of incidents in America has caught the attention of some the nation’s most powerful leaders—from President Donald Trump to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The top state official from New York was visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Sunday at Israeli Holocaust museum Yad Vashem and took the opportunity to decry the latest attacks against Jews in his nation.

“In the United States now we have had a rash of anti-Semitism, over 100 acts of anti-Semitism, and I am sad to say also in my state, the state of New York. It is disgusting, it is reprehensible, it violates every tenet of the New York State tradition,” said Cuomo in comments published by Rivlin’s office. The strong words come just days after President Trump spoke against attacks in his first official speech to Congress. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Warns of Iranian Base in Syria; Tehran Threatens to ‘Raze’ Israeli Government

March 5, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israel wants Russia to help prevent Iranian base in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of the office of the President of Russia.

Iran’s military is getting physically closer to Israel, warned the Israeli Prime Minister on Sunday, just two days after Iran threatened that not just some of their missiles are able to hit Israel—but thousands of them. Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency quoted senior Iranian army commander Brigadier General Fereidoun Nouri as saying late last week that all the Israeli government facilities are within their range. He also threatened that if Israel does a “thing” of aggression against them, Iran could fire “several thousands missiles” at Israel and “raze down” the Israeli government “forever.”

The latest existential threat from Iran comes as Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week to talk about not only Iran’s current aggression in neighboring Syria, but Iran’s future plans to threaten Israel permanently from next door. … Continue Reading

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