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News Digest — 2/21/20

After a two-week quarantine onboard the coronavirus-hit Diamond Cruise ship, 11 seemingly unaffected Israeli passengers returned home Friday morning (21st). As a precaution…

News Digest — 2/20/20

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network recently hosted a debate about Israel and the Arab countries. Syrian journalist Thaer Al-Nashef who took part in the debate, said the claim that Israel is…

News Digest — 2/19/20

With less than two weeks until election day and polls showing Likud and its allies doing no better than during the last round of voting in September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on…

News Digest — 2/18/20

Hundreds gathered at Jerusalem’s Western Wall Sunday (16th) for mass prayer to keep coronavirus at bay.  According to local media the time of prayer was an initiative of…

News Digest — 2/14/20

The IAF launched airstrikes Thursday (13th) in the Damascus area, according to the Syrian news agency SANA.  Syrian air defenses downed several missiles coming across Israel’s…

News Digest — 2/13/20

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Wednesday (12th) condemned the UN Human Rights Council after it released a list of over 100 companies which…

News Digest — 2/12/20

Even before the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan was revealed earlier this month, Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas was planning his trip to…

News Digest — 2/11/20

“An Egyptian security delegation visiting the Gaza Strip has relayed a message from Israel to Hamas, warning that if calm is not restored to the Israel-Gaza border, Israel will…

News Digest — 2/10/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond with ‘devastating action’ if the terror groups continue to launch attacks on the Jewish state, suggesting he would not…

News Digest — 2/7/20

Israeli officials on Thursday (6th) lambasted Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas after three terrorist attacks on Israeli troops in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, accusing…

News Digest — 2/6/20

An IDF combat soldier was severely injured in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem early on Thursday morning (6th), the Israeli military said in a statement. Another 11 soldiers…

News Digest — 2/5/20

The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning (5th) after terrorists based in the coastal enclave fired three rockets at…

News Digest — 2/4/20

Just days before Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas is to arrive in New York for a UN Security Council discussion on President Donald Trump’s…

News Digest — 2/3/20

IDF fighter jets and helicopters attacked several Hamas terror targets early Sunday morning (2nd). Among the targets attacked were underground infrastructures used by…

News Digest — 1/31/20

Three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel late Thursday night (30th), the Israel Defense Forces said. There were no direct injuries, but an infant was…

News Digest — 1/30/20

Israeli Police forces are preparing for an escalation in the violence on the Temple Mount as two Muslims were arrested at the holy site on Wednesday (29th) after they…

News Digest — 1/29/20

Three years in the making, the ‘Deal of the Century,’ Donald Trump’s peace plan, has finally been revealed. Borders: Trump’s plan features a map of what Israel’s…

News Digest — 1/28/20

US President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration’s much-anticipated Mideast peace plan in the latest American venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

News Digest — 1/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz landed in Washington, DC on Sunday (26th), ahead of a meeting with US President Donald Trump to discuss…

News Digest — 1/24/20

Israel’s security forces geared up for possible rioting on the Temple Mount during Friday (24th) prayers, amid calls for demonstrations on the holy site to protest…

News Digest — 1/23/20

Dozens of world leaders descended upon Jerusalem on Thursday (23rd) for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating…

News Digest — 1/22/20

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as the embattled leader kicked off a…

News Digest — 1/21/20

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again drew a parallel between the Nazi genocide of the Jews and…

News Digest — 1/20/20

Governor of Texas Greg Abbott was honored at the Friends of Zion Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Friday (17th) with its highest honor – The Friends of Zion Award – during his…

News Digest — 1/17/20

As roughly 8,000 Muslim worshipers ended their prayers on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday (17th), several hundred Arabs began to riot and…

News Digest — 1/16/20

A top US Jewish group expressed solidarity on Tuesday (14th) with the anti-regime demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Iran since last weekend. “We stand with…

News Digest — 1/15/20

Syria’s air defenses confronted an aerial “aggression” from Israel that targeted an air base in the country’s center late Tuesday (14th), state media reported, quoting a…

News Digest — 1/14/20

The volume of rockets in 2019 from Gaza hit new highs for a non-war year, while terrorism emanating from the West Bank continued to…

News Digest — 1/13/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the regime in Tehran on Sunday (12th) at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, expressing solidarity with the masses who have…

News Digest — 1/10/20

A spy and a man convicted of murder will be released to their hometown in the Syrian Golan Heights by the Israeli government as a “gesture of goodwill” to the…

News Digest — 1/9/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it very clear that settlements in Judea and Samaria will not be evacuated in any peace plan on his watch. “We never lost our right to…

News Digest — 1/8/20

Speaking at the Kohelet Forum Conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday (8th), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would strike a “resounding blow” if…

News Digest — 1/7/20

Julian Reichelt, the editor-in-chief of best-selling German newspaper Bild, on Friday (3rd) authored a barn-burning commentary praising US President Donald Trump for…

News Digest — 1/6/20

The decision by US President Donald Trump to kill Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s Quds Force, should not be considered a controversial move but rather a…

News Digest — 1/3/20

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi together with other leading security officials, convened at the Defense Ministry in…

News Digest — 1/2/20

The discovery of a horn that is purported to be one of the four corners of God’s ancient altar, as described in the biblical book of I Kings, took 2nd place on the 2019 list of…

News Digest — 12/31/19

The Israeli Security Cabinet on Sunday (29th) voted to withhold $43 million of tax funds from Palestinians, saying that is the amount of money the Palestinian Authority (PA) has paid…

News Digest — 12/30/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to news of the stabbing attack in Monsey, New York during the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday (29th). “Israel strongly…

News Digest — 12/27/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (26th) scored a landslide victory in a primary race for leadership of the ruling Likud party, giving the…

News Digest — 12/26/19

Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket toward the southern city of Ashkelon on Wednesday night (25th) as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was campaigning for…

News Digest — 12/24/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday (23rd) released a statement addressing the recent announcement that the International Criminal Court intends to…

News Digest — 12/23/19

Israeli airstrikes in Syria overnight killed at least three fighters aligned with the Assad regime, a monitor organization reported Monday (23rd). The British-based…

News Digest — 12/20/19

For the second time in less than 24 hours Israeli jets struck Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip following earlier rocket fire on Thursday evening (19th).  The military said…

News Digest — 12/19/19

Overnight, a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory, the IDF reported on Thursday (19th). In response, IDF fighter jets struck a Hamas…

News Digest — 12/18/19

Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer thanked US President Donald Trump for signing an executive order to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses. “Last week…

News Digest — 12/17/19

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said Monday (16th) that Israel was facing a growing number of enemies and fronts and discussed the missions and…

News Digest — 12/16/19

“More than ever, Iran is threatening stability in the Middle East and endangering world peace in general due to its destructive regional aspirations,” said…

News Digest — 12/13/19

Israel expressed relief at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s loss in the UK general election overnight Thursday (12th), congratulating UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on securing a…

News Digest — 12/12/19

The gears of Israel’s political system continue to grind in place as the 22nd Knesset, serving for only three months, voted to dissolve itself at midnight Wednesday (11th) after…

Independence Day Attack Thwarted

Two Palestinians were indicted last Sunday for attempting to join ISIS and plotting mass shootings for Israel’s 72nd Independence Day…

News Digest — 12/11/19

Less than three months after Israel’s last election, the Knesset prepared Wednesday (11th) to dissolve itself and send the country to its third election in less than…

News Digest — 12/10/19

Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel’s prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious…

News Digest — 12/9/19

If Israelis are forced to go to a third Knesset election within a year, the parliamentary divide between right and left would remain nearly identical but the two largest factions would…

News Digest — 12/6/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for legislation allowing the public to directly elect the prime minister to prevent a third round of Knesset elections from being held in under…

News Digest — 12/5/19

Hamas on Wednesday (4th) called on Gaza Strip’s residents to return to the Israel-Gaza border on Friday (6th) and resume the “March of Return” protests following a three-week…

News Digest — 12/4/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with reporters Wednesday morning (4th) just before his departure for Lisbon, Portugal, where he is set to meet with…

News Digest — 12/3/19

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon is to announce on Tuesday (3rd) a plan to advance a resolution recognizing Jewish refugees from Arab countries. The move…

News Digest — 12/2/19

At the start of a meeting with his Security Council on Sunday (1st), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his commitment to the security and well-being of the…

News Digest — 11/27/19

After an incoming rocket from the Gaza Strip was intercepted by Israel’s missile defense system, Tuesday night (26th), and another landed in an open space, it was the IDF’s turn to…

News Digest — 11/26/19

The IDF issued a statement on Monday (25th) that it had identified a rocket launch from the Gaza Strip toward Israel.  There were no immediate reports of…

News Digest — 11/25/19

Likud MK Shlomo Karai is drafting a bill that would end the political deadlock in Israel by making it possible for voters to directly elect a prime minister, Yediot Ahronot reported…

News Digest — 11/22/19

Israel’s political system made history Thursday (21st), entering for the first time a specially designated 21-day grace period in which any member of the Knesset will have the opportunity…

News Digest — 11/21/19

On Wednesday night (20th), Blue and White’s Benny Gantz informed President Reuven Rivlin that he could not form a governing coalition, which means the nation…

News Digest — 11/20/19

Israel warned Iran from carrying out further attacks against the Jewish State after Israeli fighter jets carried out a wave of retaliatory air strikes against dozens of…

News Digest — 11/19/19

Sirens sounded in the Golan Heights in Israel’s north early Tuesday morning (19th). The IDF reported that four launches were identified from Syria towards…

News Digest — 11/18/19

Regardless of the intensive efforts made to form a unity government and prevent a third election, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, in the forefront of such efforts, does not discount the…

News Digest — 11/15/19

The Israeli Air Force struck several Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip in the predawn hours of Friday morning (15th), in response to four rocket attacks by the Iranian-backed terrorist group…

News Digest — 11/14/19

The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday (14th) said five rockets were fired at Israel, hours after the military confirmed a ceasefire had been reached with terror groups in Gaza…

News Digest — 11/13/19

Gaza rocket fire on Israel resumed on Wednesday morning (13th) after a relatively calm night as Islamic Jihad terrorists fired dozens of projectiles…

News Digest — 11/12/19

Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in the city of Gaza early Tuesday (12th) in a rare targeted killing that threatened to unleash a fierce round of cross-border violence with…

News Digest — 11/11/19

Nikki Haley said that she depended on her “core values” to defend Israel in the UN when she was presented with the Theodor Herzl Award Wednesday (6th) for her…

News Digest — 11/8/19

On November 9 to November 10, 1938, in a pogrom known as “Kristallnacht,“ Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed…

News Digest — 11/7/19

Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke on Wednesday (6th) at a World Values Heritage event in NY, where he was interviewed by…

News Digest — 11/6/19

The Ministry of Immigration and Absorption on Monday evening (4th) launched events celebrating Aliyah Day in honor of olim, or new immigrants to Israel. During a special ceremony…

News Digest — 11/5/19

The Likud will try to bring back direct elections for prime minister as a solution to the current political impasse, new Likud faction chairman Miki Zohar said Tuesday (5th). The initiative has…

News Digest — 11/4/19

Reviving decades-old cries of “Death to America,” Iran on Monday (4th) marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day…

News Digest — 11/1/19

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday (10/31) charged that all the forces it has been fighting during the country’s eight-year civil war were “tools serving…

News Digest — 10/31/19

Five people were detained on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Wednesday (30th) as they stopped to pray during their tour, while affirming “G-d is the Lord.”  Police arrested…

News Digest — 10/30/19

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned Tuesday (29th), bowing to one of the central demands of anti-government demonstrators shortly after the baton-wielding…

News Digest — 10/29/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday (28th) that Iran is deploying precision missiles in Yemen in order to attack Israel. In his meeting with…

News Digest — 10/28/19

The killing of shadowy Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is an “impressive” US intelligence and operational feat, but it is important to remember that Iran is…

News Digest — 10/25/19

On Thursday (24th), the IDF unveiled its new five-year plan of operations, with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi stressing that Israel’s primary strategic threat remains…

News Digest — 10/24/19

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave the mandate to form the next government to Blue and White leader Benny Gantz Wednesday night (23rd). The mandate was passed on to Gantz after…

News Digest — 10/23/19

Israel is readying for a direct cruise missile or drone strike by Tehran in response to recent attacks on Iranian regional proxies which have been attributed to…

News Digest — 10/22/19

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ended his quest to form a coalition – a step that pushes the country into new political uncertainty. Netanyahu fell short of…

News Digest — 10/21/19

An official in the Syrian Democratic Forces called on Israel Monday (21st) to take action against Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria. The official, who spoke…

News Digest — 10/18/19

Arriving in Israel from talks in Ankara on stopping Turkish military strikes against Kurds in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Friday (18th) in Israel with…

News Digest — 10/17/19

Tens of thousands of Jews from Israel and around the world gathered at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem Wednesday morning (16th) for the traditional…

News Digest — 10/16/19

An early season storm rattled Israel on Tuesday (15th), causing sporadic power outages, a bridge collapse, beaches to shut down and concerts to be cancelled across the country, as Israelis marked…

News Digest — 10/15/19

A natural fire broke out on Monday (14th) the first day of Sukkot, in the Itamar Spring area, southwest of Jerusalem.  Hundreds of acres were burned…

News Digest — 10/14/19

Sukkot is one of the three pilgrimage festivals where Jews are enjoined in the Bible to come to Jerusalem.  It commemorates the journey of the people of Israel from Egypt to…

News Digest — 10/11/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (10th) denounced Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria and said Israel was prepared to…

News Digest — 10/10/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mention US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria at the annual Yom Kippur war memorial on Thursday (10th) but seemed to…

News Digest — 10/9/19

Israel closed down on Tuesday night (8th) for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and holiest day of the Jewish calendar. All flights in and out of Ben Gurion Airport ceased…

News Digest — 10/7/19

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, doesn’t fall suddenly into people’s lives each year. Starting 40 days earlier for Sephardic Jews and two weeks ago for…

News Digest — 10/4/19

Indictments were filed against the murderers of Dvir Sorek in the military court in Judea on Thursday (3rd). The five members of the terrorist cell who carried out the…

News Digest — 10/3/19

The Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Wednesday (2nd) confirmed a report by the TPS news agency that the head of the terror squad that murdered Rina Shnerb, Sammer Arabid, worked as…

News Digest — 10/2/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be meeting his political rival MK Benny Gantz Wednesday (2nd) due to a “strategic” decision within Gantz’s Blue and White faction to…

News Digest — 10/1/19

Tens of thousands of Israelis thronged to the country’s national parks and beaches on Monday (9/30) to take advantage of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority said…

News Digest — 9/30/19

On Sunday (29th), US President Donald Trump issued a statement wishing those observing Rosh Hashanah a Happy New Year on behalf of himself and First Lady Melania Trump. “As the…