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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Europeans Concerned about Missile Test as US Puts Iran ‘On Notice’

February 1, 2017 News

How will the U.S. respond to Iran’s missile test? Military option unlikely, but not off the table. US F-22 jet. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

The global community reacted to Iran’s recent missile test with concern this week, while the Trump Administration took it a step further and declared that “as of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.” That veiled threat was given by U.S. national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, according to a report from Al-Monitor, which further noted that an anonymous senior administration official told a press briefing the Americans would be “less shy” about speaking out against Iranian misdeeds.

The Americans, via a second unnamed official speaking to the media, said they had a “large range of options” in responding to Iran, including economic steps and support for “hose challenging Iran’s malign activity.” The U.S. officials chose not to explicitly take the military option off the table, but just noted that they were deliberating their response. One official said they were considering their options, and “how we want to communicate and enforce our concerns.” That word—“concern”—was a popular expression in responding to Sunday’s Iranian missile test, considered by multiple nations to violate United Nations Resolution 2231. … Continue Reading

Israelis Apprehend Terror Shooter, More Weapons to Keep Civilians Safe

January 29, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Amid the current terrorism wave, illegal weapons like this one have been seized by Israel this year instead of reaching terrorists. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of ISA.

Last week was another busy one for Israeli security forces, including the weekend, since terrorists don’t take Friday night off. Roughly twenty-four hours after a random shooting of an Israeli vehicle on Friday night, Israeli forces caught two terrorists suspected of the attack. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed posted the image of a gun captured in the arrest, while IDF Lt. Col. Peter Lerner tweeted that the suspected Palestinian terrorists were captured in a Special Forces operation overnight. He had earlier reported that while there were no injuries in the shooting, the Israeli vehicle had “multiple bullet holes identified” on it.

The successful arrest comes just days after IDF Spokesman Lerner posted to Twitter that the Israelis “uncovered and seized 8 weapons manufacturing machines at a warehouse in Hebron.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Says All Embassies Should Move to Jerusalem, Believes Most Will

January 29, 2017 News, Uncategorized

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)

Plans to move the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem look to be on hold for now, but that doesn’t change Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conviction that it should still happen. In fact, the Israeli leader said Sunday he not only thinks the U.S. embassy should move, but all embassies should come to the Jewish capital—and that someday most will.

“I would like to take this opportunity to make it unequivocally clear that our position has always been, and will always be, that the US embassy needs to be here, in Jerusalem,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and it is proper that not only should the American embassy be here, but all embassies should come here, and I believe that over time most of them will indeed come here, to Jerusalem.” The Prime Minister’s words come just days after U.S. President Donald Trump said, “it’s too early” to talk about the embassy move. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Talks Iran Nuke Deal with Trump; Seeks ‘No Daylight’ between US, Israel

January 22, 2017 News

Will the US and Israel be on the same page again? Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Donald Trump held his first call as the President of the United States with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, with Iran being an unusually highlighted element of the conversation that could indicate plans for the future. Describing the conversation as “very warm,” Netanyahu’s office said the Israeli Prime Minister “expressed his desire to work closely with President Trump to forge a common vision to advance peace and security in the region, with no daylight between the United States and Israel.”

On the topic list for the call was the Iranian nuclear deal—an interesting topic given that the deal was completed many months ago and has been implemented for over a year. Trump has promised to revisit the deal, and Sunday’s conversation may be the first indication of that. … Continue Reading

Analysis—Trump to Really Reset Some Global Relations, Including with Israel

January 22, 2017 Special Feature

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)

United States President Donald J. Trump wasted no time in making it clear his foreign policy approach will differ from his predecessor, Barack Obama. Even before he officially took office, Trump was actively supporting Israel in the face of pressure from the United Nations and what ultimately turned into an almost unprecedented lack of support by the U.S. in Obama’s final days in office. And within hours of taking office, Trump was already symbolically reversing Obama’s view of one of America’s closest allies. Many are concerned or at least unclear as to what a Trump presidency will mean for the world. But for some nations, it looks to be a breath of fresh air. … Continue Reading

Israeli PM to Iranian People—‘We Are Your Friend, Not Your Enemy’

January 22, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Netanyahu wants to be friends with Iran’s people again. Illustrative image of Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Israel and Iran have been archenemies on a national level for decades, but once upon a time the countries were actually secret allies. Despite the Iranian leadership’s professed hatred of Israel in more recent times, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a point to tell the Iranian people that he believes good times of old can be had again.

“By calling daily for Israel’s destruction, the regime hopes to instill hostility between us. This is wrong. We are your friend, not your enemy,” said Netanyahu in comments published to his office’s website and Facebook page. “We’ve always distinguished between the Iranian people and the Iranian regime… I yearn for the day when Israelis and Iranians can once again visit each other freely in [Iran’s capital of] Tehran and Esfahan, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.” … Continue Reading

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