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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Israeli Missile Defense Upgraded, Again

January 19, 2017 Uncategorized

Already one of the leaders in missile defense, Israel’s capabilities took another step forward with the implementation of the Arrow-3 missile defense interceptor missile. The Arrow-3 expands upon the range and altitude of Israel’s interceptors, which are designed to shoot enemy missiles out of the sky. The Arrow-3 is also capable of more precise missile interception, according to the press release announcing the new missile’s operation from Israel’s Ministry of Defense.
“The combined interception capabilities of the Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 will significantly reduce the possibilities of ballistic missiles impacting the State of Israel,” noted the press release.

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Paris Peace Meeting Concludes, Israel Calls It ‘Flat as a Failed Soufflé’

January 15, 2017 Peace and Conflict
Paris held it's peace conference, but did anything happen there? Eiffel Tower in Paris. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Paris held it’s peace conference, but did anything happen there? Eiffel Tower in Paris. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The Paris Peace Conference finally convened on Sunday and issued a broad declaration of plans for peace that ultimately just repeated messages that have already been spoken. Despite bringing together 70 nations, the final statement of the Paris Peace Conference as published by Haaretz provided no clear plans for obtaining peace or for restarting negotiations between the sides, with much of the specifics listed generally as the principles already expressed recently by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Haaretz reported that the final statement was “less harsh” than a previous draft.

Israel had long warned the meeting would produce no results, but only encourage Palestinian intransigence by appearing tilted towards pressuring Israel. After the meeting, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon posted to Twitter, “#ParisPeaceConference turned as flat as a failed soufflé. A big show is no replacement for direct negotiations between the parties.” The statement from the Paris Peace Conference announced plans to meet again later this year, “in order to support both sides in advancing the two-state solution through negotiations,” but no dates or additional details were given. … Continue Reading

Foiled Gaza Smuggling Attempts Doubled in 2016

January 15, 2017 Peace and Conflict
Israel stopped a lot of Gaza smuggling in 2016. Illustrative photo of commando knives apprehended amid shipment of plumbing materials destined for Gaza. Photo courtesy of Israel Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority

Israel stopped a lot of Gaza smuggling in 2016. Illustrative photo of commando knives apprehended amid shipment of plumbing materials destined for Gaza. Photo courtesy of Israel Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority

Drones, military clothing, and professional-grade diving equipment were among the myriad items that terrorists tried to smuggle into Gaza last year, but Israel’s efforts to stop such smuggling was even better in 2016. More than 1,200 smuggling attempts were stopped by Israel, which is a 165% increase over 2015, according to a press release from the Israeli Ministry of Defense. The press release noted that dozens of investigations by Israeli security forces “resulted in significant damage of the smuggling infrastructure in the south.”

That doesn’t mean that terrorists such as Hamas didn’t try. The variety of items that were attempted to be smuggled into the Strip included small UAVs, security cameras, lasers, rappelling equipment, dual-use fiberglass, water pumps, and iron pipes. The head of the Israeli Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority, Brig. Gen. (res) Kamil Abu-Rokon, said in the press release, “The defense establishment’s bitter war against smugglers has noticeably slowed the strengthening of terrorist groups in Gaza. In recent months, we have… added technologies and new testing methods that add to our abilities in the daily struggle against the smugglers.” … Continue Reading

Israeli Paramedics Save Life of Electrocuted Palestinian Youth

January 10, 2017 News
Israel's Magen David Adom saves another Palestinian in need. Israeli MDA ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel’s Magen David Adom saves another Palestinian in need. Israeli MDA ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The Israeli military is regularly attacked by Palestinian terrorists who despise their presence, and yet when a Palestinian youth was electrocuted and unconscious, his parents rushed to take him to… an IDF base. A paramedic at the IDF crossing started to treat the young person until the Israeli Magen David Adom (MDA) group could arrive, and thanks to the joined efforts by the Israelis, the boy survived—albeit after a great scare.

The MDA, in a press release, said that their team arrived at the scene and “found a young teen in a severe state.” MDA paramedic Roman Belman, in a video interview produced by the MDA, said the boy had burn marks and no pulse when they arrived. They took over the resuscitation efforts from the IDF paramedic at the scene. “The parents were hysterical and crying, but did not disturb us from doing our work,” said Berman in the video. “After approximately 10 minutes, an amazing thing happened and the pulse returned.” … Continue Reading

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

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