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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Israel Condemns Attack in Turkey, Expects Mutual Response to Terror

December 11, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Netanyahu condemns all terror in Turkey, and wants the same support in return. Illustrative image of Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Netanyahu condemns all terror in Turkey, and wants the same support in return. Illustrative image of Netanyahu. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Dozens are dead in a terror attack in Turkey that the government is blaming on a violent rebellion movement, not the typical radical Islamic terror that has struck around the world. But no matter who is behind it, Israel offered their condemnation of the attack… and expects that the Turkish response would be the same to any attacks in Israel.

“Israel condemns all terrorism in Turkey and expects that Turkey will condemn all terrorist attacks in Israel,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments released by his office on Sunday. “The fight against terrorism must be mutual.” Netanyahu’s comments come as Turkey has been supportive in the past of Hamas, a terror group ruling the Gaza Strip that has launched many attacks on Israel. … Continue Reading

Israel Readies to Mark 50 Years since Jerusalem Unification

December 11, 2016 News
Israel will mark 50 years of Jerusalem's reunification in 2017. Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel will mark 50 years of Jerusalem’s reunification in 2017. Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The Palestinians and even groups within the United Nations might try to deny Israel’s 3,000-year-old connection to the Old City of Jerusalem—but despite all of this Israel will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of their capital city in 2017. In the next couple weeks, the ministry in charge of the festivities will be updating the Israeli national cabinet of the opening event plans and unveiling the Jerusalem anniversary logo, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev announced on Sunday.

“As we recall, a few weeks ago a ridiculous, false and unfounded decision was made by UNESCO, that there is no connection between the Jewish People and the Western Wall and the Temple Mount,” said Regev in comments released by the Prime Minister’s Office. “Thank G-d, they can continue to lie, we will continue with the truth of history.” The Israeli calendar date for the anniversary, which is commonly known as Jerusalem Day, will begin on the evening of May 23 next year. … Continue Reading

Trump May Release Secret Iran Docs; Iran Boasts Growing Missile Program

December 8, 2016 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Will Trump expose the Iran deal to be even worse than already known? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Will Trump expose the Iran deal to be even worse than already known? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The Iran nuclear deal was criticized by incoming U.S. President Donald Trump as being “disastrous,” and in January he may be able to release non-publicized documents that could raise even more questions about the agreement. The Daily Beast reported this week that senior officials who will be in the incoming Trump administration are looking at Iran documents the Obama administration put in sensitive information facilities that effectively hid them from anyone without security clearance, despite the documents being unclassified.

Among those documents include secret exemptions for Iran’s nuclear materials, which while secret were reportedly discussed in a report by the Institute for Science and International Security in September. Details about the prisoner swap between the U.S. and Iran and projections of the development of Iran’s nuclear program are also believed to be in the document list. Even some members of Obama’s own party have called for secret Iran documents to be publicized if there isn’t a legitimate reason to keep them hidden, reported The Weekly Standard. … Continue Reading

French Peace Conference Set; Israel Proposes 1-on-1 Instead

December 7, 2016 Peace and Conflict
French still planning peace summit. French, Israeli flags. Illustrative.

French still planning peace summit. French, Israeli flags. Illustrative.

With time running out on plans to hold an international Middle East peace conference in Paris, the French are reportedly planning on the week before Christmas for the event, which may not host either the Israelis or the Palestinians. French media Le Figaro reported that the Israelis are opposed to what they see as a process detrimental to the peace efforts, and so the French may not ultimately invite the Palestinians either lest the event look particularly one-sided with just them present.

The Jerusalem Post, citing Le Figaro and other French media, also reported that France was seeking a meeting alongside the conference between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But while not interested in the conference, Netanyahu isn’t opposed to meeting Abbas. On the contrary, the Israeli leader spoke with French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday to tell him “that if there is no international conference in Paris, he would come to meet with [Abbas] for direct talks without preconditions,” said a statement from Netanyahu’s office. … Continue Reading

Canal Meant to Revive Dead Sea Moving Forward

December 4, 2016 News
Could the shrinking Dead Sea make a come back in 2020? Dead Sea. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of the Israel Ministry of Tourism

Could the shrinking Dead Sea make a come back in 2020? Dead Sea. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of the Israel Ministry of Tourism

With the Dead Sea slowly shrinking away, an ambitious plan to restore the Sea famous for it’s extremely salty waters is progressing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said regarding the plan—which will take water from the Red Sea at the south of Israel, desalinate it for drinking and then take the saltier water remnants to replenish the Dead Sea—that they have “crossed another stage en route to realizing the canal between the seas project.”

The Jordan Times reported that roughly $400 million has been raised from nations and agencies from around the world, with some of it coming in the form of easy-to-repay loans or grants. The United States is contributing a quarter of that sum—$100 million. Netanyahu, in comments released by his office, said that according to the plan, “in 2020 fresh water will be supplied to the residents of the Aravah [region] and salt water will finally be channeled to the Dead Sea.” … Continue Reading

Israel and Palestinians Hope Trump Can Bring Middle East Peace

November 30, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Will Trump be Israel's 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 friend? U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Following the dramatic election of Donald Trump to be the next U.S. President, Israelis and Palestinians have found another thing to agree upon—that Trump would bring about a solution to their decades old conflict. Just weeks after the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour threatened to make Trump’s “life miserable” if the new American leader fulfilled his promise to move the U.S. embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed hope that Trump would solve the Palestinian conflict. Abbas’ comments were made during a lengthy speech at the seventh Fatah Conference, according to The Times of Israel.

Meanwhile, Israel’s top diplomat expressed similar hope in comments to “This Week in Asia.” Tzipi Hotovely, commenting on a report by The New York Times that Trump’s son-in-law could be a emissary to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, said they would welcome Jared Kushner to the region. … Continue Reading

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