Israel, Putin Agree to ‘Counter Terrorism’ after Hezbollah Refuses Russian Call to Exit Syria

Russia vaguely but ominously stated their willingness to join Israel in opposing “international terrorism” last week, one day after news broke that Hezbollah had rebuffed a Russian call for the terrorist group to leave Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “expressed readiness to boost the …

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 Targets Terror Kite Leader’s Vehicle in Response to Arson Attacks

The IDF is taking the fight to the terrorists who are aiming to unleash wildfires and explosives on Israeli territory using balloons and kites. Over the weekend, Israeli aircraft “targeted the vehicle of one of the leaders of the squads that launched arson and explosive balloons and kites from the …

Austria Will Keep Reminding Middle East and Europe ‘Israel Is Here to Stay’

According to this world leader, Israel’s security is a moral obligation and has promised to keep telling the Middle East and Europe that “Israel is here to stay.” Those words weren’t posted to Twitter by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but on the account of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “It …

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2,000-Year-Old Jewish Coins Promoting Redemption Found in Temple Mount Area

March 26, 2018 News

Ancient Jewish revolution coins. Photo credit: Eilat Mazar/Hebrew University

The last time that the Temple stood in Jerusalem, Jewish revolutionaries were holding out against Rome in a brutal siege, minting their own coins in independent defiance. Those coins included the inscriptions of “For the Freedom of Zion” or “For the Redemption of Zion”, highlighting their struggle. Nearly two thousand years later, some of those coins were discovered near the Temple Mount by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar. And it’s not just the history that’s eye-catching; the time of year for the discovery caught Dr. Mazar’s attention as well.

“A discovery like this—ancient coins bearing the words ‘Freedom’ and ‘Redemption’—found right before the Jewish Festival of Freedom—Passover—begins is incredibly moving,” Dr. Mazar was quoted by Monday’s Hebrew University press release as saying. The Festival of Passover—marking the Israeli redemption from Egyptian slavery as found in the Biblical book of Exodus—begins this year on Friday evening. … Continue Reading

With Trump Deadline on Nuke Deal Approaching, Israel Talks Iran with Europe

March 26, 2018 Peace and Conflict

PM Netanyahu and German FM Maas. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

Iran was a key topic as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted two of the most influential diplomats in Europe on Monday, with time running out to fix the Iran nuclear deal before United States President Donald Trump pulls his country out of the accord. Trump had set a four month deadline to upgrade the arrangement in January, leaving Europe roughly six weeks to make the required changes. It was certainly a top-of-mind talking point for Netanyahu.

“The foremost terrorist-sponsoring regime in the world, in our region and beyond is Iran. We have to roll back its aggression, and it is vast, and we must ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in comments from his office. “I think this is the preeminent issue facing the international community in the coming months, in the coming years.”

Netanyahu also met with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas—just weeks after he was named Berlin’s top diplomat—and the Iranian nuclear deal was on the agenda. And even if the two nations don’t always agree, Haas made it clear they remain friends. … Continue Reading

French Consulate Worker Helped Smuggle Dozens of Guns for Palestinians

March 19, 2018 News

French consular vehicle. Photo courtesy of ISA

A French national employed at the country’s consulate in Jerusalem helped a Palestinian network smuggle six dozen guns—including two assault rifles—from the Gaza Strip to arms dealers in Judea and Samaria (West Bank). The smuggling ring was busted by the Israel Security Agency (ISA) and the Israel Police, who found that the French Consulate worker—Romain Franck—was acting for personal financial gain and of his own accord, according to an ISA press release. The Israelis kept the French regularly updated and Franck’s superiors were not aware of the illegal activity. Nonetheless, the Israelis are taking it very seriously.

“This is a very grave incident in which the immunity and privileges granted to foreign missions in Israel was cynically exploited in order to smuggle dozens of weapons which could have been used in terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and members of the security forces,” a senior ISA officer said in the press release.

Franck used a vehicle that belonged to the French consulate—which the ISA press release noted received the customary lighter security check as a foreign mission vehicle—to smuggle weapons on five different occasions in recent months. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu: Time to Realize Gaza Aid Money Being Buried Underground

March 18, 2018 Peace and Conflict

Terrorist construction can be dangerous too. Illustrative image of bulldozer. By Joshua Spurlock

The Israelis took out two more Gaza terror tunnels over the weekend, including one that Hamas was trying to rebuild. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the world to know what their aid money to Gaza is really being used to develop: terrorism. “Our policy is to take determined action against any attempt to attack us and to systematically eliminate the infrastructure of terrorist tunnels and thus we will continue,” said Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office. “The time has come for the international community to realize that the assistance funds to Gaza are being buried underground.”

The Prime Minister’s Office Arabic spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, expanded on what Hamas is doing with the millions of dollars received. “These funds are not spent by Hamas on welfare, housing or improving the lives of Palestinians. They are spent on terror tunnels, bunkers, rockets & weapons,” tweeted Gendelman. … Continue Reading

Israeli Soldiers Killed in Car Terror Attack; Bombs Blast Near Gaza Border Again

March 18, 2018 News

Israeli soldiers murdered in car terror attack. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

It has been violent four days in Israel. Two Israeli soldiers were killed and two more were injured in what is being described as a “deliberate” Palestinian car ramming attack on Friday as Israelis prepared for the Sabbath, just one day after explosive devices were set off along the Gaza Strip security fence. And then the day after the car attack, another improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at the Gaza fence, and a day later a security guard was stabbed in Jerusalem. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld on Twitter reported sadly that the guard later died from severe injuries.  The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed reported that no one was reportedly injured by the Thursday or Saturday Gaza blasts. Tragically, the car ramming on Friday—like the stabbing on Sunday—was deadly.

The IDF Spokesperson tweeted that the murdered soldiers—one an officer in the IDF—were attacked by a Palestinian terrorist while they were “securing routes” near an Israeli community in the Samaria region. The ramming terrorist was injured and hospitalized. Israeli Prime Minister’s Office spokesman Ofir Gendelman cited the Israel Security Agency (ISA) as confirming that it wasn’t an accident.

Gendelman tweeted that the 26-year-old Palestinian terrorist Alaa Kabaha “said during his interrogation that it was a deliberate terror attack. The investigation about the attack is on going.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attack an act of murder and expressed his condolences to the families of victims. … Continue Reading

Terrorism Thwarted? Israel Intercepts IDF Uniforms Headed to Hamas

March 14, 2018 News

Hamas tried to disguise themselves as IDF troops, but Israel foiled their plans. Israeli Soldiers. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel set back plans for a likely Hamas terror attack this week when they intercepted Israeli military uniforms at a crossing into Gaza that were ultimately destined for Hamas. The intent was to smuggle the IDF clothing into Gaza so Hamas terrorists could “disguise themselves as Israeli soldiers when perpetrating cross border attacks,” Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Spokesman Ofir Gendelman said via Twitter.

“Innocent lives were saved,” tweeted Gendelman on Tuesday, who reported the incident and called the intercept “a new blow to Hamas’ efforts to attack Israel.” Terrorists have used disguises in the past to gain access for acts of terror. While Gendelman didn’t specify what attack was likely planned, Hamas has sought to engage in kidnappings in the past in an effort to trade Israelis for captured terrorists, such as was done with Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. … Continue Reading

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