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 …

Israel Strikes Syrian Military in Response to ‘Spillover’ Fire, Twice

Multiple Syrian projectiles hit Israeli territory on Saturday and the Israelis were very clear that such “spillover” from the Syrian civil war is unacceptable, as the Israeli military took the strong response of publicly targeting the Syrian military directly. Then it happened again the next day. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter …

Israeli Security Forces Arrest Citizen Muhammad Azzam for Planning to Join ISIS

The resident of an Israeli Arab town was arrested earlier this month for contact with ISIS, also known as the Islamic State (IS), and for making plans to join the brutal terrorist organization. Muhammad Azzam, an Israeli citizen from Kfar Manda, was arrested on June 6 in a joint operation …

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Israel Can Now Take on Missile Goliaths with David’s Sling Defense System

April 2, 2017 News

The David’s Sling missile defense system. Photo courtesy of the IDF.

Israel faces enemies armed with missiles from virtually every direction—Hamas in Gaza and ISIS-affiliates in Sinai to the south; Hezbollah, ISIS, and Syria to the north; and Iran to the East. But while facing a wide array of missile threats, Israel is now armed with a wide array of missile defense systems, as their final main system—the David’s Sling—went operational on Sunday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that not far from the ceremony marking the launch of their newest defense system is the valley where David defeated Goliath and started a career of defeating Israel’s enemies 3,000 years ago.

“He did so with a combination of extraordinary daring and extraordinary ingenuity,” said Netanyahu in an IDF press release. “…As an ancient people that treasures life, we continue to march in the path of King David. David’s sword in our hand, David’s Sling is in our skies and David’s shield is on our flag. We will join strength to spirit and we will ensure Israel’s victory.” … Continue Reading

IDF Shuts Down Hamas Bomb-making Bookstore Planning Attacks

April 2, 2017 Peace and Conflict

The IDF continues to prevent terror. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

In a disturbing twist to the old adage “the pen is mightier than the sword,” the Hamas terrorist group was using a bookstore as a bomb lab, but it won’t be building explosives there any more. During the weekend, Israel’s military sealed down the facility, which was located in the Judea and Samaria region (also known as the West Bank) in the city of Nablus.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner posted to his Twitter account a video of the IDF team sealing the bookstore door, noting that the Palestinian terror cell involved there had “planned attacks in Jerusalem & Haifa.” Not only is the facility further evidence that terrorists continue to plan deadly attacks on Israelis, but it also serves as a reminder that the Hamas group—headquartered in the Gaza Strip—continues to seek to build a presence in the Biblical heartland of Israel, posing a potential threat to the Israel and the West Bank Palestinian leadership. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Says Committed to Trump to ‘Advance Peace’ with Neighbors

March 27, 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)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the many dangers in the Middle East, but he believes that there could be a silver lining to it all and he wants to work with United States President Donald Trump to achieve that positive potential. “Israel is committed to working with President Trump to advance peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbors,” said Netanyahu in a speech to the AIPAC conference published by his office.

He continued, “I believe that the common dangers faced by Israel and many of our Arab neighbors now offer a rare opportunity to build bridges towards a better future—a future more prosperous, more secure, more peaceful.” Netanyahu made it clear that such a future must be achieved by “never compromising our security,” which is another area in which Netanyahu is grateful for President Trump’s support. … Continue Reading

Israel Working on Special Economic Relationship with China

PM Netanyahu and Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping. Photo courtesy of Haim Zach / GPO

Israel is seeking to be on an exclusive list—nations receiving investment from China. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following his recent visit to China, noted in Sunday’s cabinet meeting that while China isn’t investing around the world right now, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to consider that China have a specific investment policy for the Jewish State.

“China recently decided to restrict, to completely halt, its external investments for its own reasons – I am talking about the world, not Israel,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “In light of my request, the President of China said that he was prepared to consider an exception for Israel, meaning that Chinese investments in the high-tech and other sectors would continue.” And that’s not the only special arrangement in the works between Israel and China. … Continue Reading

UK Puts UN ‘On Notice’, Threatens Widespread ‘No’ Vote If Anti-Israel Bias Continues

March 26, 2017 News

The UK fights back against anti-Israel bias at the UN. UK, Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Just days after the United States assailed the United Nations Human Rights Council for its anti-Israel bias, the United Kingdom took a similar path and issued an ultimatum to the international body: the anti-Israel bias must change, or else. “Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice,” said a statement last Friday from the British Mission to the UN in Geneva and posted on the UK government website. “If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the Occupied Syrian and Palestinian Territories.”

Earlier in their comments, the British explained that while they still support the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and voted yes on that resolution, they opposed other resolutions because of their one-sided approach. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he thanked British Prime Minister Theresa May for this approach and, in comments from his office on Sunday, called upon others to take a similar tact. … Continue Reading

Israel—Too Familiar with Vehicular Terror—Offers Support to London

March 23, 2017 News

Israel supports the UK in the wake of terror. UK, Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

From cars, to trucks, to bulldozers, Israel has been facing terrorism by vehicle for almost a decade. So when the city of Tel Aviv lit up city hall in the colors of the British flag on Wednesday night for London following that city’s terror attack, it was more than just support. Perhaps more than any other, Israel knows what it feels like to face off against terrorists willing to use cars and knives, like the attack on Wednesday that has killed at least four persons and wounded many more. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai tweeted a photo of the large-scale flag of light, saying it was “in solidarity with the city of #London and my colleague @SadiqKhan,” the mayor of London.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted Israel’s tragic familiarity with such violence: “The citizens of Israel were among the first to face the challenge of vehicular ramming and stabbing attacks. We must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the citizens of Britain and the entire civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism.” … Continue Reading

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