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News Digest — 4/22/21

Israeli Air Force jets attacked targets in Syria early Thursday (22nd) after a Syrian anti-aircraft missile triggered alarms in southern Israel, the IDF said…

News Digest — 4/21/21

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined world leaders on Tuesday (20th) in remembering Idriss Deby, the longtime President of Chad…

News Digest — 4/20/21

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said on Monday (19th) that it completed a successful series of trials of the BARAK Air and Missile Defense System…

News Digest — 4/16/21

The IDF struck targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist group throughout the Gaza Strip late Thursday night (15th) in response to rocket fire earlier…

News Digest — 4/15/21

Israelis celebrated the country’s 73rd Independence Day, beginning Wednesday evening (14th) in public celebrations after the coronavirus pandemic shut down all…

News Digest — 4/14/21

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed on Tuesday (13th) that Israeli resolve will prevail over its adversaries due to the determination and sacrifice of its security forces…

News Digest — 4/13/21

Israelis will bow their heads in mourning Tuesday evening (13th) to honor the 23,928 fallen soldiers and civilian victims of wars and terrorism…

News Digest — 4/12/21

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed Israel for an incident at Natanz nuclear facility that occurred on Sunday (11th)…

News Digest — 4/9/21

A total of 43 deaths were added to Israel’s list of fallen soldiers between the previous Remembrance Day until now, the Defense Ministry announced on…

News Digest — 4/8/21

Israel carried out a missile strike near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its southern suburbs early Thursday (8th) that wounded four soldiers, Syria’s state media said…

News Digest — 4/7/21

After President Reuven Rivlin held a round of consultations on Monday (5th) with all parties elected to the 24th Knesset, he announced early Tuesday afternoon (6th) that he…

News Digest — 4/6/21

On the eve of talks to revive the Iran deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran that it faced “grave danger” if it harmed Israel, as he recalled…

News Digest — 4/5/21

International leaders, including Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz, released statements of support for Jordan’s King Abdullah II after the kingdom’s security services foiled…

News Digest — 4/1/21

The Biden administration is quietly ramping up assistance to the Palestinians after former President Donald Trump cut off nearly all aid.  Since taking office with…

News Digest — 3/31/21

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called upon political parties to form alliances that are not considered normal in a speech at the President’s Residence after receiving…

News Digest — 3/30/21

Thousands of Jews visited Mount Ebal in Samaria Monday (29th) and also visited the altar of Joshua son of Nun, part of which was destroyed last month by…

News Digest — 3/29/21

Every year on the third day of Passover, thousands of worshipers gather at Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza to attend a special “priestly blessing” prayer. This year, due to…

News Digest — 3/26/21

On Passover Eve, as Israel prepares to celebrate the Festival of Freedom and our people’s deliverance from bondage in Egypt, we also celebrate our liberation from…

News Digest — 3/25/21

Coronavirus numbers continued to improve on Wednesday (24th), weeks after the country started to significantly ease restrictions, suggesting that Israel might really be…

News Digest — 3/24/21

Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket toward Beersheba on Tuesday (23rd) in an apparent effort to disrupt Israel’s election, just as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was…

News Digest — 3/23/21

President Reuven Rivlin intends to use all the time at his disposal to appoint a candidate to build a new governing coalition, President’s Residence director-general Harel Tuvi told…

News Digest — 3/22/21

Israeli Police said Sunday (21st) that they will deploy some 20,000 officers across 13,000 polling stations throughout the country, Election Day, March 23. The police said they will…

News Digest — 3/19/21

Iranian dissidents and Iranians living in the Islamic Republic are using the social media phrase “No to the Islamic Republic” to form a greater connection between their aspirations for…

News Digest — 3/18/21

The political stalemate in Beirut that is threatening the Lebanese economy with total collapse is paving the route for an Iran-backed takeover of that country by…

News Digest — 3/17/21

On Tuesday night (16th), Israel launched an airstrike on two ammunition depots maintained by Iranian-backed militias in the suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus. Air defenses responded to…

News Digest — 3/16/21

The Israeli Cabinet has voted to cancel limitations on air travel to and from Israel, starting Tuesday (16th), allowing the airlines that serve Israel to operate flights to…

News Digest — 3/15/21

Kosovo opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Sunday (14th), joining the United States and Guatemala as the only countries with embassies in the Israeli capital. Muslim-majority…

News Digest — 3/12/21

In an effort to strengthen its control over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Israel Navy held joint maneuvers this week with Greece, Cyprus and France participating in…

News Digest — 3/11/21

Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah unexpectedly canceled a visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Wednesday (10th) after Israeli authorities refused to…

News Digest — 3/10/21

Eduardo Bolsonaro, a Member of the Chamber of Deputies for Sau Paulo and the son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, told Israel Hayom Tuesday (9th) that he will work to…

News Digest — 3/9/21

IDF forces identified and shot two Arab terrorists who were throwing firebombs at Israeli motorists on Route 60 between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion on Monday night (8th). The IDF stated…

News Digest — 3/8/21

Iranian Defense Minister Amit Hatami dedicated an entire speech to threats against Israel, warning provocation by Jerusalem would result in Tehran destroying…

News Digest — 3/5/21

Three weeks after a massive oil spill which Israeli environmental experts called the worst ecological disaster to befall the Jewish state in decades, Lebanon is gearing up to…

News Digest — 3/4/21

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Wednesday (3rd) she has launched an investigation into Israeli conduct in Judea and Samaria and…

News Digest — 3/3/21

The coronavirus cabinet approved an outline to partially reopen the skies on Tuesday (2nd), allowing Israelis to enter and leave the country – starting Sunday (7th) – without permission and…

News Digest — 3/2/21

The Israeli Cabinet approved on Monday (1st) an initiative to grant a campaign ribbon for IDF and South Lebanese Army soldiers who participated in an almost two-decade-long war in…

News Digest — 3/1/21

Syrian air defenses were activated in the capital Damascus and the southern suburbs Sunday night (2/28) to repel an Israeli missile strike, state media reported. There was no…

News Digest — 2/26/21

At least 17 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps were killed in a U.S. strike on Shiite militia targets in Syria overnight Thursday (25th), the Syrian Observatory for…

News Digest — 2/25/21

For the first time, the Jewish communities of the Gulf countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – will…

News Digest — 2/24/21

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Tuesday (23rd) that Israel will not permit Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons to fulfill its oft-repeated goal of…

News Digest — 2/23/21

Israel has made the first move under the recently approved procurement program over the weekend, signing an agreement for two Boeing KC-46 aerial refueling…

News Digest — 2/22/21

Israel and Egypt have agreed to build a pipeline to connect Israel’s offshore Leviathan natural gas field to liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals in northern Egypt, according to Israeli…

News Digest — 2/19/21

Israel and the U.S. announced the joint development of the Arrow-4 on Thursday (18th). Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement…

News Digest — 2/18/21

Residents of the northern Golan Heights woke up to a snowy Wednesday morning (17th) as a major cold front entered Israel. More snow fell in Israel throughout the day, including…

News Digest — 2/17/21

Israeli weather forecaster Uri Betz announced with Arutz Sheva that a significant amount of snow is expected in Jerusalem over the next few days. “The snow that will begin in…

News Digest — 2/16/21

Israel’s combined security services exposed and neutralized a money transferring mechanism between Hamas’ headquarters in Turkey and Hamas terror infrastructure in…

News Digest — 2/12/21

Jerusalem may be at least sprinkled in white next week, as forecast models indicate that a cold wave and stormy weather is headed for the Holy Land starting on…

News Digest — 2/11/21

Iranians staged a socially-distanced commemoration of their 1979 Islamic Revolution on Wednesday (10th), parading in vehicles to avoid infection rather than on foot while…

News Digest — 2/10/21

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi admitted Monday (8th) that Israel’s military has been operating “almost every week” in enemy territory. “In the last year, almost every week, we have…

News Digest — 2/9/21

The Golan Heights will always be part of Israel, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Tuesday (9th) after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken walked back the Trump administration’s…

News Digest — 2/8/21

As Israel begins lifting the restrictions put in place during the most recent lockdown, which included a ban on mass public prayers on the Temple Mount, a new campaign is urging…

News Digest — 2/5/21

The terrorist killer of Esther Horgan, a mother of six, was indicted by IDF prosecutors in a military court on Thursday (4th). Muhammad Cabha, 40, from an Arab town near…

News Digest — 2/4/21

The Israeli Air Force conducted several airstrikes against targets in Damascus and in the south of Syria on Wednesday night (3rd), the country’s state media reported. The Syrian army claimed…

News Digest — 2/3/21

A senior Iranian official said Tuesday (2nd) that additional centrifuges have been installed, enriching even more uranium than is allowed and effectively increasing Iran’s violation of…

News Digest — 2/2/21

Kosovo and Israel established diplomatic ties on Monday (1st) in a ceremony held digitally due to the pandemic lockdown. Kosovo Foreign Minister Meliza…

News Digest — 2/1/21

Unidentified aircraft targeted sites belonging to pro-Iranian militias near Al-Bukamal in the Deir Ezzor region of eastern Syria on Saturday night (1/30), according to local…

News Digest — 1/29/21

The Commander of CENTCOM, General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr, began a two-day visit to Israel Thursday (28th).  At the center of the visit will be a strategic situational…

News Digest — 1/28/21

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in commemoration of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, was marked Wednesday (27th) by online events with the…

News Digest — 1/27/21

“Israel’s mission is to ensure the Jewish people will never be defenseless against those who seek to destroy them,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in honor of…

News Digest — 1/26/21

The Commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, will visit Israel on Thursday (28th) for the first time under the new…

News Digest — 1/25/21

U.S President Joe Biden has appointed Palestinian-American Maher Bitar to the role of senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, according to…

News Digest — 1/22/21

Syrian state media reported Israeli airstrikes near the western city of Hama in the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning (22nd). Syrian official news agency SANA said Syria’s air defenses…

News Digest — 1/21/21

David Friedman completed his tenure Wednesday evening (20th) with a visit to the Western  Wall at Jerusalem’s Old City. He was greeted by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the…

News Digest — 1/20/21

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening (19th), landed in southern Israel without a siren ringing off to alert the locals of an incoming fire, the military confirmed. The IDF…

News Digest — 1/19/21

As Israel powers through its campaign to vaccinate the entire population against coronavirus, concerns remain high about the rapidly developing variants of the virus, which…

News Digest — 1/18/21

Gaza terrorists fired two rockets from the Strip towards the Israeli coast near the city of Ashdod Sunday night (17th).  In response, on Monday (18th), IDF fighter jets struck…

News Digest — 1/15/21

Friday January 15 marks what is surely the most popular day of the year – National Bagel Day! Yes, those beloved, ringed bread products have their own national holiday, and it gives us…

News Digest — 1/14/21

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi has instructed the military to outline a new plan to counter the Iranian threat.  The move was prompted by recent action by…

News Digest — 1/13/21

Airstrikes near the Syria-Iraq border early Wednesday (13th) targeted sites used for Iran’s nuclear program, a senior US Intelligence official told AlJazeera Wednesday (13th). According to…

News Digest — 1/12/21

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed the construction of approximately 600 housing units in Judea and Samaria on Monday (11th). Included among the units are…

News Digest — 1/11/21

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by MK Zvi Hauser, held a special meeting Monday morning (11th) in honor of US Ambassador to Israel…

News Digest — 1/8/21

The president of the Bahraini Journalists’ Association asked Jewish-American colleagues to support Arab media professionals who are bullied and threatened online for…

News Digest — 1/7/21

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday night (6th) conducted a series of strikes against several targets in southern Syria, the country’s state media reported. SANA news quoted…

News Digest — 1/6/21

The IDF thwarted a terror attack at the West Bank’s Gush Etzion junction, with a security guard killing a Palestinian man who had thrown an axe at him near…

News Digest — 1/5/21

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday (4th) saying that the country’s move to enrich uranium to 20% purity was proof Iran is developing…

News Digest — 1/4/21

Tel Aviv Municipality employees and other authorities remain baffled after trying for three days to find the mysterious source of underground heat that is causing…

News Digest — 12/31/20

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin held the traditional New Year’s reception for heads of the Christian denominations in Israel, this year online, Wednesday (30th)…

News Digest — 12/30/20

Syrian state news reported early Wednesday (30th) that air defense intercepted Israeli missiles over targets near the capital Damascus and in the country’s southwest…

News Digest — 12/29/20

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Sunday (27th) in a condolence visit to the Horgan family that the only proper response to…

News Digest — 12/28/20

A Moroccan delegation was in Israel on Monday (28th) for the first time since normalization between the countries…

News Digest — 12/23/20

Seven months after it was formed, the Likud-Blue and White unity government missed the deadline to pass a stage budget and dissolved itself as of midnight Tuesday (22nd), meaning…

News Digest — 12/22/20

Israel is organizing a mass airlift to return its citizens home before new, draconian quarantine rules go into effect that would force all returning Israelis to…

News Digest — 12/21/20

Security forces’ original suspicion that Samaria resident Esther Horgan, who was killed while out running near her home in Tel Menashe on Sunday (20th), was the victim of a…

News Digest — 12/18/20

An Israeli-American delegation is set to take off for Morocco next Tuesday (22nd) on the first-ever direct Israeli airline flight between Tel Aviv and Rabat. Last week…

News Digest — 12/17/20

While lighting Hanukkah candles, my thoughts wander to a time many years ago, in the village of Modi’in where Matityahu, surrounded by his five sons, faced dozens, perhaps…

News Digest — 12/16/20

Storms are causing flooding in Israel, forcing emergency services to rescue multiple people trapped overnight by rising waters, Israeli Police reported Wednesday morning…

News Digest — 12/15/20

While Jewish communities worldwide are celebrating Hanukkah, the small community in China must do so in secret as Beijing works to crack down on…

News Digest — 12/14/20

An annual event bringing together Holocaust survivors from around the world to mark Hanukkah was held online for the first time Sunday (13th) due to…

News Digest — 12/11/20

In an historic breakthrough, Morocco has agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.  As part of the deal, the United States will recognize the Western Sahara as part of…

News Digest — 12/10/20

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke at the White House Hanukkah party on Wednesday (9th), wishing those in attendance a “very happy Hanukkah.”  He also joked…

News Digest — 12/9/20

In a historic moment, the first batch of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrived in Israel on Wednesday morning (9th) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke at a…

News Digest — 12/8/20

Israel’s Coronavirus Cabinet decided Monday night (7th) to institute a nighttime lockdown over the Hanukkah holiday in an effort to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus over…

News Digest — 12/7/20

Six Israeli Border Police officers were injured after riots erupted outside northern Jerusalem Monday morning (7th). An IDF undercover unit was attacked by Arab rioters during…

News Digest — 12/4/20

The National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Bureau urged Israelis on Thursday (3rd) to avoid travel to the Gulf States of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of…

News Digest — 12/3/20

Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah plans to move to Iran, and may have already made the move, an informed source told the Kuwaiti Al-Jarida newspaper on…

News Digest — 12/2/20

Israel and Bahrain are working to quickly bring the normalization of their ties to fruition, Bahraini Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani said in…

News Digest — 12/1/20

The assassination last week of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh generated a furious rhetorical response from the country’s leadership, with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and…

News Digest — 11/30/20

You won’t hear their stories in the European Union Meetings or see their photographs exhibited in the hallways of the United Nations.  Their names cannot be found…

News Digest — 11/25/20

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations called on the UN Security Council Wednesday (25th) to “take immediate action against the presence of Iran in Syria” in wake of…

News Digest — 11/24/20

Following reports of a “secret” meeting in Saudi Arabia between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday (22nd), accompanied by…