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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Amidst Hanukkah Festival, Israel Points to History to Prove Land Rights

December 26, 2016 News
Israeli PM Netanyahu lights the Hanukkiah candelabra at the Western Wall. Photo Courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Israeli PM Netanyahu lights the Hanukkiah candelabra at the Western Wall. Photo Courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the traditional Hanukkah festival candle lighting on Sunday to reiterate the Jewish people’s right to the historic Land of Israel in the face of the latest United Nations resolution, and he pointed to the history of Hanukkah as proof. “According to the U.N. resolution, the Maccabees [revolutionaries of Hanukkah history] did not liberate Jerusalem, they occupied Palestinian territory,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office, also mentioning the Maccabee home village in Modi’in as another such example.

“Of course the Palestinians arrived much later. We were in these places,” he continued. “We will return to these places and I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Hanukkah how they could vote for a U.N. resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Hanukkah, is occupied territory.” … Continue Reading

Obama ‘Demanded’ that ‘Anti-Israel’ UN Vote Pass

December 25, 2016 Peace and Conflict
US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

In a move unprecedented in nearly four decades, the United States failed to back Israel over a United Nations Security Council resolution that effectively dictates borders in a potential deal with the Palestinians. And Israel has learned that not only did the Obama Administration fail to veto the resolution, they were the ones pushing for it. “From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in comments published by his office. “This is, of course, in complete contradiction of the traditional American policy that was committed to not trying to dictate terms for a permanent agreement.”

In a stern rebuke rarely seen in public diplomacy, Netanyahu called out President Barack Obama for failing to live up to his own commitment to oppose such U.N. action issued in 2011. At the time, Obama sounded very opposed to what he apparently backs now. “Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations,” said Obama in comments still posted on the White House website. “…Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians—not us—who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and on security, on refugees and Jerusalem.” Netanyahu still feels that way and so does incoming U.S. President Donald Trump, who takes office in less than three months. … Continue Reading

More ISIS Vehicle Terror, Bringing to Mind Past Palestinian Attacks

December 21, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Terrorism in every form must be fought. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Terrorism in every form must be fought. Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

After a truck ramming attack murdered 12 in an apparent act of terror in Berlin, Germany, Fox News reported that ISIS social media had promoted vehicle terrorism roughly one month ago. The Facebook and Twitter posts promoted an article in their propaganda magazine Rumiyah, which pushed for the “deadly and destructive capability” of vehicles when used in a “premeditated” attack.

Following the latest attack in Berlin, Netanyahu released a statement condemning the terror and calling for united opposition against all forms of such violence. “We send our condolences to the families of the people that were killed and, of course, to the Government of Germany, and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded, including an Israeli citizen,” said Netanyahu on Tuesday. “This attack joins [other] reprehensible attacks; terror is spreading everywhere and can be stopped only if we fight it, and we will defeat it, but we will defeat it much quicker if all free nations under attack unite.” While Netanyahu didn’t name Palestinian vehicular terror in his statement, it wasn’t hard to recall their many acts of such violence in light of the Berlin incident. … Continue Reading

Paris Middle East Peace Conference Delayed to January

December 17, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Will Paris host a Middle East peace conference? Eiffel Tower in Paris. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Will Paris host a Middle East peace conference? Eiffel Tower in Paris. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

France still apparently intends to hold an international conference on the Israel-Palestinian peace process, it’s just going to be a month later. And possibly without either the Israelis or the Palestinians. French Ambassador to the United Nations François Delattre confirmed late last week what the Palestinians had earlier already leaked—the conference is now set for January, following a report in Le Figaro that the French were previously looking at the week of Christmas for the conference they had been insisting would take place in 2016. Delattre said last Friday in comments posted to the French mission to the U.N. website, that “France will hold an international conference in January, bringing together all the partner states that are committed to peace.”

The Ma’an News Agency reported earlier that week that Palestinian Ambassador to France Salman al-Herfi had already said he’d been told by the French the conference had been postponed to the first month of next year. Furthermore, he said if the Israelis elect not to attend the event—which Israel has long said is an inappropriate international intrusion into issues that should be settled by the two sides—then neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians will be invited. … Continue Reading

Trump Taps Pro-Israel Attorney as Ambassador, to Serve ‘from Jerusalem’

December 17, 2016 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)

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)

In the strongest signal yet that the incoming Donald Trump presidency in the United States could be one of the most supportive of Israel ever, pro-Israel attorney David Friedman was named as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel. And in the Trump team statement, Friedman said he plans to work from the embassy in Jerusalem—which would be an unprecedented step in U.S.-Israeli relations. “I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem,” said Friedman in comments published by Trump’s transition website.

Trump himself emphasized his intentions to be close to Israel in the statement. “The bond between Israel and the United States runs deep, and I will ensure there is no daylight between us when I’m President,” said President-elect Trump. “As the United States’ Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman will maintain the special relationship between our two countries.” Israeli Education Minister and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett tweeted his wishes of success for Friedman, calling him, “a great friend of Israel.” … Continue Reading

Smuggling Hamas Offers Weapons to Enemies of Israel

December 15, 2016 News
Share the terror? Hamas has launched thousands of rockets at Israel, and is offering them to other Arabs. Illustrative photo of spent Rockets fired from Gaza. By Joshua Spurlock.

Share the terror? Hamas has launched thousands of rockets at Israel, and is offering them to other Arabs. Illustrative photo of spent Rockets fired from Gaza. By Joshua Spurlock.

Hamas isn’t content to just launch thousands of missiles at Israeli cities over the last couple decades—now they’re trying to share their rockets with any Arab army willing to shoot them at Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported that Hamas official Fathi Hammad made the offer on Al-Aqsa TV on Sunday. The Jerusalem Post noted it wasn’t clear who was being offered the missiles, but Hamas is believed to have links to some of the region’s worst extremists. That apparently may include ISIS.

While Hamas is denying connections to the terror group, ISIS is claiming a former high-ranking member of Hamas was a liaison to the Gaza-based group. Ynet reported that ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula has claimed that the liaison, Hashem Abdel Aileh Kishtah, was killed. Ynet also noted he has reportedly died on multiple occasions, only to show up alive again.

But while Kishtah was a member of Hamas, the terror group did not claim him after a previous death report in February 2016. Ynet reported that Hamas has told Al Jazeera that Hamas is not linked to ISIS, although Israel has said Kishtah is in fact that link. Regardless of Hamas’ affiliation with ISIS, they are still in the business of trying to improve their military stockpile via smuggling even as Israel seeks to block weapons and dual-use items from entering Gaza.  … Continue Reading

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