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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US Leaders Speak Against Anti-Semitism after Wave of Attacks

March 5, 2017 News

Israeli Pres. Rivlin & NY Gov. Cuomo at Yad Vashem. Photo courtesy of Mark Neiman (GPO)

Anti-Semitic attacks happen many places around the world, including the United States, but a new wave of incidents in America has caught the attention of some the nation’s most powerful leaders—from President Donald Trump to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The top state official from New York was visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Sunday at Israeli Holocaust museum Yad Vashem and took the opportunity to decry the latest attacks against Jews in his nation.

“In the United States now we have had a rash of anti-Semitism, over 100 acts of anti-Semitism, and I am sad to say also in my state, the state of New York. It is disgusting, it is reprehensible, it violates every tenet of the New York State tradition,” said Cuomo in comments published by Rivlin’s office. The strong words come just days after President Trump spoke against attacks in his first official speech to Congress. … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Warns of Iranian Base in Syria; Tehran Threatens to ‘Raze’ Israeli Government

March 5, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israel wants Russia to help prevent Iranian base in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of the office of the President of Russia.

Iran’s military is getting physically closer to Israel, warned the Israeli Prime Minister on Sunday, just two days after Iran threatened that not just some of their missiles are able to hit Israel—but thousands of them. Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency quoted senior Iranian army commander Brigadier General Fereidoun Nouri as saying late last week that all the Israeli government facilities are within their range. He also threatened that if Israel does a “thing” of aggression against them, Iran could fire “several thousands missiles” at Israel and “raze down” the Israeli government “forever.”

The latest existential threat from Iran comes as Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week to talk about not only Iran’s current aggression in neighboring Syria, but Iran’s future plans to threaten Israel permanently from next door. … Continue Reading

Germany to Grant Highest Honor to President of Hebrew University

February 27, 2017 News

Another Israeli to receive Germany’s highest honor. Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

More than 70 years after the Holocaust, Germany has sought to heal their relationship with the Jewish people, including Israel. The President of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, has also sought to deepen cooperation with Germany, and Berlin is planning a grand expression of gratitude. On Wednesday, Germany’s highest honor—the Order of Merit—will be conferred upon Prof. Ben Sasson by German Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Clemens von Goetze.

According to a press release from Hebrew University, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany will be granted Prof. Ben Sasson for his “commitment to German-Israeli relations in the field of science, and thus to the cooperation between the two nations.” The German President’s website says that the Order of Merit “is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.” … Continue Reading

Netanyahu Talks Iran, Peace Process During ‘Very Successful’ Australia Visit

February 26, 2017 Peace and Conflict

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Australian FM Julie Bishop. Photo Courtesy of Haim Zach (GPO)

With a joint declaration of cooperation, visits with government officials on both political sides, and even a Sabbath meal with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, it looks like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first visit to Australia was a good one. He certainly believes it was.

Netanyahu called the visit “wonderful” in comments with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a video posted to Twitter by Israeli spokesman Ofir Gendelman. In another tweet on Gendelman’s feed, the spokesman called the visit “very successful.” Israel and Australia issued a joint declaration that promised cooperation in fields ranging from energy to defense, and Netanyahu had a chance to make his point on two topics vital to Israel: Iran and the Middle East peace process.

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US Pushes UN Sanctions of Syria for Chemical Attacks, Russian Threatens Veto

February 26, 2017 News

U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Nikki Haley. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the UN

With multiple chemical weapons attacks in Syria over the last few years in that nation’s catastrophic civil war, the United States and European allies are intent on sanctioning the Syrian regime at the United Nations, whether the Russians like it or not. And the Russians definitely do not. Foreign Policy reported late last week that the U.S., Britain and France want to limit Syria’s ability to import helicopters, which the article said have been used to launch chemical attacks, and certain legal chemicals such as chlorine that can be used as weapons.

The proposed move at the U.N. would also sanction nearly two dozen Syrian entities, military, and intelligence leaders because of their links to the use of chemical weapons. The report noted that Russia’s deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told reporters his nation would veto the action, after the American ambassador to the U.N. called for action and openly slammed the Russian “excuses for the Syrian regime.” … Continue Reading

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Cancer Research Raises New Questions about Genes and Environment

February 19, 2017 Special Feature

Joint Israel and Palestinian medical research could teach more about cancer. Israeli MDA ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

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 that while some factors associated with NHL seem to be shared for the two groups that live in the same general geographic area, others were quite different. This raises a host of questions that could ultimately help better understand the impact of genetics and environment on cancer g.

It also offers opportunities for more joint work in the future, noted Professor Ora Paltiel, director of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Prof. Paltiel, who led the research, said in a press release from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the effort that disease research has “the potential to improve and preserve human health, and it can also serve as a bridge to dialogue among nations.” … Continue Reading

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