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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Guatemala Wants to Follow Israeli Water Example

November 29, 2016 News
Israeli PM Netanyahu and Guatemala President Morales. Photo courtesy of Haim Zach (GPO)

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Guatemala President Morales. Photo courtesy of Haim Zach (GPO)

Israel is a world leader in water management and technology, but Guatemala wants to do more than just tap into Israel’s intellect or buy their equipment – they want to follow Israel’s example. “A few years ago there was a water deficit in this country and thanks to the right management of water you have exceeding water at the moment,” Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments published by Netanyahu’s office.

“So this only shows that when the people of Israel want to make great change it succeeds with efficiency. And this is an example we would like to follow.” … Continue Reading

IDF, ISIS-Affiliates Engage in Major Fight for First Time

November 27, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Signpost showing distance between Israel, Syria in Golan Heights. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Signpost showing distance between Israel, Syria in Golan Heights. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Terrorists believed to be affiliated with ISIS (ISIL) attacked IDF soldiers on a special mission along the Israel-Syrian border, and the Israelis struck back—killing four terrorists in an airstrike. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner on Twitter said the terrorists fired mortars at the Israeli forces “in a breach of Israeli sovereignty.” Lerner responded to a question asking who was taken out by the IDF strike, tweeting, “4 ISIS affiliated gunmen & their vehicle that has a mounted weapon. Threat eliminated!”

The Times of Israel reported that the Israeli reconnaissance unit soldiers were near the edge of Israeli territory on an “ambush operation” when they were attacked by the terrorists, with the Israel Air Force retaliating. Lerner confirmed via Twitter the ambush was to deal with “potential threats.”

No Israeli soldiers were wounded, per The Times of Israel, which noted that while the IDF has fought with various opponents along the Syrian border, this was the first significant engagement with ISIS-affiliated terrorists. … Continue Reading

Divided Palestinian Factions Fail to Even Agree on Meeting Invite

November 21, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Will the Palestinians ever reunite? Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Will the Palestinians ever reunite? Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Forget reconciling the two main Palestinian political factions—Hamas and Fatah can’t even agree that an invitation was sent to attend the same event. After a spokesman for Fatah announced that all Palestinian factions had been invited to the party’s seventh congress next week, including Hamas, a Hamas spokesman denied the invitation had even been sent, reported the Ma’an News Agency.

Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qasim told Ma’an they wouldn’t get involved in Fatah’s internal disagreements, while calling for a united government overall. But with over eight years of division that has seen Hamas rule Gaza while Fatah effectively controls the West Bank, the two sides sound quite far apart. … Continue Reading

Trump Pick for CIA Director Favors ‘Rolling Back’ Iran Nuke Deal

November 20, 2016 News
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)

Campaign rhetoric and presidential reality often don’t line up, but the likely next head of the CIA looks to keep the promise from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump about revisiting the Iran nuclear deal. Rep. Mike Pompeo, current Kansas Congressional Representative and Trump’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency next, tweeted last week that “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

The Twitter post was made one day prior to his official acceptance of Trump’s CIA nomination, and Pompeo would have a different role as head of the CIA  towards the Iran deal than while he was in Congress—which can pass laws and sanctions to undermine the deal. Nonetheless, Pompeo would be an influential voice in the Trump cabinet. This after the incoming American president expressed opposition to the deal during the campaign. … Continue Reading

France Still Plans Peace Summit Despite US Disinterest, Palestinian Despair

November 20, 2016 Peace and Conflict
French still planning peace summit despite plunging expectations. French, Israeli flags. Illustrative.

French still planning peace summit despite plunging expectations. French, Israeli flags. Illustrative.

With Israel opposed to international imposition and the United States dismissive, the French are still planning to go forward with their international Middle East peace summit before the end of the year according to media reports and a recent statement. Meanwhile, even the Palestinians, whose government is pushing for the French plan, don’t expect to get what they want from it.

A plurality of 41% Palestinians do not think the French initiative would “meet the Palestinian requirements in the peace process,” according to the latest public opinion poll from the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO). Just 35% think that the French plan would achieve the Palestinian objectives and just a narrow plurality of 33% even support the Palestinian government’s acceptance of the French approach. Despite all that, The Times of Israel reported that the French are sticking to the plan following a report from Ynet saying the French had dropped it amidst US opposition. … Continue Reading

Palestinians Turn Environmental Conference into Israel Attack

November 18, 2016 News
Palestinians finding every opportunity to libel Israel - even the environment. President Mahmoud Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Palestinians finding every opportunity to libel Israel – even the environment. President Mahmoud Abbas. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

The Palestinians attacked Israel again in an international forum – this time going as far as to say the Israelis are  intentionally damaging the environment to hurt Palestinian civilians. Not only is that not true, but Israel pointed out that it is the Palestinian government that is harming their own environment.

The Jerusalem Post, in their report of the incident on Wednesday at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change – Conference of Parties 22 (COP-22),  quoted Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin as highlighting a cement factory being pushed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) as an example of this activity, and the Palestinian civilians are looking elsewhere for help. “The local population has turned to Israel for assistance as the cement factory is being promoted by the PA through two of [President] Mahmoud Abbas’s sons, who are not willing to take into account the environmental effects nor the possible damage to the population.”

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