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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Germany to Grant Highest Honor to President of Hebrew University

February 27, 2017 News

Another Israeli to receive Germany’s highest honor. Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

More than 70 years after the Holocaust, Germany has sought to heal their relationship with the Jewish people, including Israel. The President of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, has also sought to deepen cooperation with Germany, and Berlin is planning a grand expression of gratitude. On Wednesday, Germany’s highest honor—the Order of Merit—will be conferred upon Prof. Ben Sasson by German Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Clemens von Goetze.

According to a press release from Hebrew University, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany will be granted Prof. Ben Sasson for his “commitment to German-Israeli relations in the field of science, and thus to the cooperation between the two nations.” The German President’s website says that the Order of Merit “is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Talks Iran, Peace Process During ‘Very Successful’ Australia Visit

February 26, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Australian FM Julie Bishop. Photo Courtesy of Haim Zach (GPO)

With a joint declaration of cooperation, visits with government officials on both political sides, and even a Sabbath meal with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, it looks like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first visit to Australia was a good one. He certainly believes it was.

Netanyahu called the visit “wonderful” in comments with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a video posted to Twitter by Israeli spokesman Ofir Gendelman. In another tweet on Gendelman’s feed, the spokesman called the visit “very successful.” Israel and Australia issued a joint declaration that promised cooperation in fields ranging from energy to defense, and Netanyahu had a chance to make his point on two topics vital to Israel: Iran and the Middle East peace process.

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US Pushes UN Sanctions of Syria for Chemical Attacks, Russian Threatens Veto

February 26, 2017 News

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

With multiple chemical weapons attacks in Syria over the last few years in that nation’s catastrophic civil war, the United States and European allies are intent on sanctioning the Syrian regime at the United Nations, whether the Russians like it or not. And the Russians definitely do not. Foreign Policy reported late last week that the U.S., Britain and France want to limit Syria’s ability to import helicopters, which the article said have been used to launch chemical attacks, and certain legal chemicals such as chlorine that can be used as weapons.

The proposed move at the U.N. would also sanction nearly two dozen Syrian entities, military, and intelligence leaders because of their links to the use of chemical weapons. The report noted that Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told reporters his nation would veto the action, after the American ambassador to the U.N. called for action and openly slammed the Russian “excuses for the Syrian regime.” … Continue Reading

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Cancer Research Raises New Questions about Genes and Environment

February 19, 2017 Special Feature

Joint Israel and Palestinian medical research could teach more about cancer. Israeli MDA ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israelis and Palestinians may be in the midst of a conflict dating back many decades, but they’re also working together to fight a different battle altogether—the fight against cancer. Joint research by Israelis and Palestinian professionals looked at Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) tumors in both Arab and Jewish populations and concluded that while some factors associated with NHL seem to be shared for the two groups that live in the same general geographic area, others were quite different. This raises a host of questions that could ultimately help better understand the impact of genetics and environment on cancer g.

It also offers opportunities for more joint work in the future, noted Professor Ora Paltiel, director of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Prof. Paltiel, who led the research, said in a press release from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the effort that disease research has “the potential to improve and preserve human health, and it can also serve as a bridge to dialogue among nations.” … Continue Reading

Israel, US to Coordinate with New ‘Settlement Team’ after Trump Meet

February 19, 2017 News

Will Trump be Israel’s best friend? U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Israeli home construction in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria is often openly opposed by the United States, despite Israel’s proven past willingness to dismantle such communities—sometimes referred to as settlements—as part of peace measures that haven’t even always been reciprocated with peace from enemies. To better prevent friction between the two allies over Israeli home building, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday following his trip to visit the U.S. that the two nations will set up teams to address settlements, as well as “upgrade relations” in security, technology and more.

Netanyahu said in comments released by his office that he and U.S. President Donald Trump have “agreed to create a team in an area that we have not previously agreed on: I mean, of course, on settlement in Judea and Samaria.” The Israeli leader sounded hopeful of not only an improved relationship with America, but he implied there was opportunity even with Middle Eastern nations that currently have no official diplomatic relations with Israel. … Continue Reading

Palestinian Teens Arrested for Shooting at Vehicles

February 19, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israeli security forces prevent terrorism, arrest Palestinian terrorists. Israeli police car. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

A pair of 17-year-old Palestinians were arrested just hours after a terror shooting attack last month. The two minors had fired at vehicles on two occasions over a period of several months, as well as other attacks, according to an Israeli Security Agency (ISA) press release. No injuries resulted from any of the acts of terror.

Along with the two teens, a pair of improvised “Carlo” submachine guns were seized. The foregoing again shows the involvement of minors in severe terrorist actions as well as the tangible security danger posed by the accessibility of improvised weapons,” the ISA press statement noted. “The ISA, along with the IDF and Israel Police, views these acts of terrorism with utmost gravity and will act to prevent and thwart terrorist activity and attacks.” … Continue Reading

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