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

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Congress Urges Repeal of Anti-Israel UN Resolution, Warns Paris Conference

January 8, 2017 News
U.S. Congress responds to anti-Israel U.N. vote. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

U.S. Congress responds to anti-Israel U.N. vote. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Legislators on both sides of the political aisle in the United States have come out strongly to defend Israel against the United Nations Security Council Resolution condemning Israel and calling Biblical Jerusalem and the Western Wall “occupied” territory—and now those legislators are putting their votes where their mouths are. The U.S. House of Representatives easily passed a resolution late last week calling for the U.N. to repeal the resolution and the U.S. Senate is working on a similar resolution with bipartisan support. The House also warned the upcoming Paris peace conference later this month against any similar moves to predetermine a Middle East peace agreement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the House for their support. “After the outrageous anti-Israel resolution at the UN, the US House of Representatives voted resoundingly to support Israel and reject this one-sided resolution,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “Democrats and Republicans alike know that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory.” Indeed, the Obama Administration’s failure to veto the U.N. move was criticized by even the most senior-ranking member of President Barack Obama’s own Democrat party. … Continue Reading

Israeli PM—ISIS Linked to Truck Terror in Jerusalem that Killed Four

January 8, 2017 Peace and Conflict
PM Netanyahu at scene of Jerusalem Truck Ramming Attack. Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO

PM Netanyahu at scene of Jerusalem Truck Ramming Attack.
Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO

A large truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four and wounding more than a dozen more people before the terrorist was shot and killed. The incident brought to mind the vicious ISIS vehicular attacks in Nice and Berlin last year, and that was more than coincidence according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The spokesman for Netanyahu’s office, Ofir Gendelman, posted to Twitter that the Israeli leader believes the terrorist was actually linked to ISIS, at least in motivation.

“The Palestinian terrorist who perpetrated the ramming attack in Jerusalem is an ISIS sympathizer,” Gendelman tweeted Netanyahu as saying. Meanwhile, Hamas celebrated the ISIS-look-alike attack. On Twitter, the Palestinian terror group posted in Arabic that they “bless the heroic and courageous Jerusalem truck operation.” A press release posted to the group’s Arabic page called the terrorist a “martyr.” … Continue Reading

Hamas Praises Anti-Israel UN Resolution

January 2, 2017 Peace and Conflict
Hamas praised the UN's anti-Israel vote. What does that say? UN headquarters. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Hamas praised the UN’s anti-Israel vote. What does that say? UN headquarters. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Among those who support the recent United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli construction in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria is a familiar Israeli enemy in the region: Hamas. The terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip posted to their website an article praising the U.N. Resolution, with spokesman Fawzi Barhoum calling it a “significant transformation in international positions.”

Ironically, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, following her nation’s surprising decision to abstain rather than block it via veto, slammed Hamas’ approach to terrorism against Israelis during her explanation of her abstention vote. “Yet rather than condemn these attacks, Hamas, other radical factions, and even certain members of Fatah have held up the terrorists as heroes, and used social media to incite others to follow in their murderous footsteps,” said Power in a press release at the time. Despite the Americans’ public disdain for Hamas—which they label a terror group—their decision to allow the U.N. resolution to pass has encouraged the terror group. … Continue Reading

2016, the Year of Counterterror—Israel Foiled More than 400 Attacks

January 2, 2017 News
Israeli PM Netanyahu and ISA Director Nadav Argaman. Photo courtesy of ISA

Israeli PM Netanyahu and ISA Director Nadav Argaman. Photo courtesy of ISA

The year 2016 was a violent one for Israel as the ongoing Palestinian terror wave continued from the latter half of 2015. But thanks to the success of the Israeli security forces, last year wasn’t nearly as dangerous as it could have been. The leader of the Israel Security Agency (ISA) announced in late December that the ISA foiled more than 400 “significant terrorist attacks” in 2016.

ISA Director Nadav Argaman, in a press release from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, credited the terror prevention to “quality intelligence, advanced technologies and outstanding human capital.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the press release that the ISA “carries out many hundreds of operations annually that constitute a protective shield against the terrorism that seeks to harm the security of Israel and its citizens.” … Continue Reading

Israeli Among Killed in New Year Turkish Terror Attack

January 1, 2017 News
Turkey targeted by terror again. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Turkey targeted by terror again. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

A terrorist shooting spree at a New Year’s Eve party in Turkey killed more than three dozen people, with an Israeli among the dozens of foreigners murdered in the attack. The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported that the assault occurred at a Turkish night club a little over an hour into the new year. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments from his office, offered his condolences to the families of those murdered.

“The fight against terror is a global struggle,” said Netanyahu “Over the weekend [German] Chancellor [Angela] Merkel said what we have been saying for years, that the greatest threat to the future of the world comes from the side of radical Islam. Of course, this terror continues to strike.” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon identified the murdered Israeli as Leanne Nasser. Nahshon said on Twitter that Nasser was a “victim of blind hatred and fanaticism. May her memory be blessed.” … Continue Reading

Israel Concerned US, France May Push for Two-State Border Lines Next

December 26, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Will the U.S. tell Israel how to divide Jerusalem? Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Will the U.S. tell Israel how to divide Jerusalem? Illustrative. US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Already suffering from the American decision not to veto a United Nations Security Council accusing Israel of occupying the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, the Israelis now fear the Obama Administration may go a step further and seal their own vision of borders between Israel and the Palestinians at the U.N. This move, Haaretz reported, could take place during an upcoming Foreign Minister meeting in Paris as part of the French peace initiative planned for January 15.

The Israeli newspaper reported that a Netanyahu government internal briefing shared an assessment based on information gathered that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wants to present his plan for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, which Israel worries could include borders and Jerusalem. This then could be adopted at the foreign minister meeting and subsequently taken to the U.N. Security Council to further cement it, rather than allow the critical element of the peace process to be negotiated. The Israeli information indicates that the U.S. and French are taking the lead on this process. … Continue Reading

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