Daily News Surrounding Israel

News Digest — 7/30/21

An Israeli ship was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Friday morning (30th), the Associated Press reported, citing the British Defense Ministry…

News Digest — 7/29/21

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan warned against “adopting the narratives of the extremists in the Middle East” during a United Nations…

News Digest — 7/28/21

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the American Lockheed Martin companies will collaborate in the development of a ground-based laser weapon system. The two…

News Digest — 7/27/21

The foreign ministers of Israel and Cyprus both expressed concerns about Turkey’s “provocative” moves on the eastern Mediterranean island during a bilateral meeting…

Exhibit A!

Foreign Minister Yair Lipid instigated a firestorm over his speech on anti-Semitism as he said “anti-Semitism is not as special as many Jews believe…

News Digest — 7/26/21

Israeli Olympic team members who were slaughtered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics were remembered with a moment of silence during the…

News Digest — 7/23/21

President Isaac Herzog wished the Israeli Olympic delegation good luck in a phone call to swimmer Yaakov Tomarkin and triple jumper Hannah Minenko Friday morning…

News Digest — 7/22/21

The Israel Air Force (IAF) bombed Hezbollah targets in the Homs area in Syria early Thursday morning (22nd), the country’s state media reported, and there are reports of…

Pay for Slay Takes a Hit

The Palestinian Authority’s “pay for slay” program, which rewards terrorists with a salary for killing Israelis, has always been horrific, but Israel is taking action…

News Digest — 7/21/21

Nearly 100,000 Muslims arrived Tuesday morning (20th) at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque. Tuesday (20th) marked the first day of…

News Digest — 7/20/21

The IDF fired artillery shells into Lebanon overnight after two rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanese territory, triggering sirens in the Western Galilee area…

News Digest — 7/19/21

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog on Saturday (17th) offered German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Israel’s assistance in grappling with historic flooding from days of intense…

News Digest — 7/16/21

Israel is set to be blanketed by a heatwave over the weekend, with health authorities on Thursday (15th) issuing advisories in light of the expected extreme weather. Temperatures are…

News Digest — 7/15/21

A delegation of Iranian dissidents and expatriates plan to pay a solidarity visit to Israel next week with officials from the Trump administration. The mission, organized by the…

News Digest — 7/14/21

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened its embassy in Israel on Wednesday (14th), with Israel’s president attending the flag-raising ceremony. The embassy is situated in the…

News Digest — 7/13/21

Hezbollah on Monday (12th) released new footage of the 2006 cross-border raid that triggered the Second Lebanon War. The move, clearly a psychological warfare ploy, comes as…

Light from the Past

The interesting and significant finds from Israel continue with the discovery of pottery sherds with the name ‘Jerubbaal’, the nickname in the Book of Judges for “Gideon son of Joash…”

News Digest — 7/12/21

Israel is monitoring the crisis in Lebanon to ensure it does not spill over the border, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday (11th). “Lebanon is on the verge of collapse, like…

New Iranian President Has “No Regrets”

Last month the Iranian election, which was mired in controversy after a number of would-be candidates were disqualified, yielded a victory for Ebrahim Raisi…

News Digest — 7/9/21

Israel’s Supreme Court rejected 15 petitions aimed at repealing the nation-state law on Thursday afternoon (8th), effectively upholding it. The petitions were aimed at preventing…

News Digest — 7/8/21

Israel’s mission to the United Nations (UN) marked an achievement for the Jewish state this week when the UN adopted a Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy that unequivocally condemns…

News Digest — 7/7/21

President-elect Isaac Herzog is slated to be sworn into office Wednesday (7th), at a special ceremony in the Knesset plenum…

Israel to Send Vaccines to Palestinians

Times of Israel reports, Israel plans to transfer some 1 million Pfizer vaccine doses to the Palestinians to help them with their floundering…

News Digest — 7/2/21

Incendiary balloons launched from Gaza sparked four fires near Israeli towns along the southern border Thursday (1st), breaking more than two weeks of quiet…

News Digest — 7/1/21

The Israeli Air Force on Thursday (1st) dedicated its third Adir squadron, which will call the Nevatim Airbase in the south its home…

News Digest — 6/30/21

Tuesday (29th) marked the fifth day of search and rescue efforts following the partial collapse of a 12-story residential building in the community of Surfside, Florida…

News Digest — 6/29/21

The IDF’s Gaza division will soon deploy a new semi-autonomous robotic ground vehicle called the Jaguar along the border with the Gaza Strip…

Help!

Concerning the recent horrific collapse of part of the 12 story oceanfront Champlain Towers condo complex in Surfside, Florida, Diaspora Affairs Minister…

News Digest — 6/28/21

Israeli Ambassador to the UN and US, Gilad Erdan asked Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to end his term as envoy to Washington, saying he will not continue…

News Digest — 6/25/21

Coronavirus chief Nachman Ash noted 227 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, Thursday (24th), in an interview with the Kan public broadcaster.  He said the infection…

News Digest — 6/24/21

Following in the footsteps of the United States, Kosovo, and its neighbor Guatemala, Honduras was the fourth country to relocate its embassy to the Israeli capital at a…

Evangelical Support for Israel Plunges

As Bible-believing Christians, we should always be on the front lines as supporters of Israel. Yet a University of North Carolina at Pembroke study has revealed…

News Digest — 6/23/21

Calls to “redeem” the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem led a graduation ceremony at an east Jerusalem school on Tuesday (22nd), as parents and students hoisted Palestinian…

Fly Me to the Moon!

Two influential Israeli organizations have joined forces in a project to launch a nano-satellite to the moon. The Technion and Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) have agreed to…

News Digest — 6/22/21

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar raised demands for the immediate transfer of Qatari cash to the Gaza Strip, threatening an escalation if that failed to happen…

News Digest — 6/21/21

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Hamas on Sunday (20th) that Israel’s patience “has run out,” and that it will not tolerate “any more violence” of any kind from the…

News Digest — 6/18/21

The Israeli Air Force slammed more than 10 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday evening (17th), responding to the launching of fire balloons into southern Israel for…

News Digest — 6/17/21

The presidential changing of the guard has been brought forward by two days.  Following repeated media reports that it would take place on July 9, it has now been…

Immigration to Israel Is Skyrocketing

Israel has become a hotspot for immigration in 2021. According to data developed by a team led by Nefesh B’Nefesh, about 5,000 new immigrants…

News Digest — 6/16/21

For the first time since Operation Guardian of the Walls in May, when over 4,000 rockets were fired into southern and central Israel over an 11-day period, the IDF hit…

News Digest — 6/15/21

Israel’s defense establishment is bracing for potential violence in the West Bank as Palestinian groups warned against the controversial Jerusalem Flag March set to…

Groundbreaking!

As in every election change, new faces appear. However, Yamina Party electee Shirley Pinto comes into the Knesset from a unique perspective…

News Digest — 6/14/21

Naftali Bennett was sworn in as prime minister of the State of Israel on Sunday evening (13th). Change bloc MKs erupted in applause while Likud loyalists sat quietly as the Knesset…

News Digest — 6/11/21

Israel’s 36th government will be sworn in on Sunday (13th) barring some unforeseen development or a last-minute defection. This would end Prime Minister…

News Digest — 6/10/21

A new public opinion poll released Wednesday (9th) by a pro-Israel organization showed that a large majority of Israelis wanted to keep fighting…

UN Justifies IDF Strikes

When the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck a Hamas terror tunnel in Gaza in May, it came under fire for making its attack so close to a school…

News Digest — 6/9/21

Syrian sources claimed Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Damascus area Tuesday night (8th), leaving at least 10 dead, including seven “non-Syrians.” The official…

The Masking of Truth

“Hamas is winning online. The globally designated terror group has mastered the manipulation of the press, convincing the world to ignore its bloody history…

News Digest — 6/8/21

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday (7th) that the United States is committed to replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. “We are working with…

News Digest — 6/7/21

Israel this week will mark the 40th anniversary of one of the most daring military missions in its history: the elimination of the would-be nuclear reactor in Iraq.  The operation stunned…

News Digest — 6/4/21

The head of IDF Southern Command told Israel’s Channel 13 on Thursday (3rd) that the IDF is preparing for “the next stage” of Israel’s latest conflict with Hamas, which…

News Digest — 6/3/21

A massive fire broke out Wednesday night (2nd) at the oil refinery serving Iran’s capital, sending thick plumes of black smoke over Tehran. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were…

The Israeli Government Makeover

In the aftermath of Operation Guardian of the Walls and the ceasefire reached with Hamas two weeks ago, Israel is now able to shift its focus…

News Digest — 6/2/21

The Israeli army destroyed a Syrian observation post established on the Israeli side of the buffer zone in the Golan Heights on Tuesday (1st), a spokesperson said. The army…

Devoted to the Truth

The renowned and respected Israeli archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar passed away this week at the age of 64. One of her highest achievements came in 2005…

News Digest — 6/1/21

The terrorist who injured a security patrol member near the Gaza border on Sunday evening (5/30) was a Palestinian resident of Gaza who crossed into Israel from the…

News Digest — 5/28/21

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder on Thursday (27th) criticized the passage of two recent anti-Israel resolutions by the World Health Organization’s Assembly and…

News Digest — 5/27/21

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Wednesday (26th) warned that if Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shiite terrorist group based in Lebanon, would attack Israel, “Lebanon will…

News Digest — 5/26/21

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to arrive in Israel this week, possibly overlapping the current trip of his successor Antony Blinken, the website Politico reported…

News Digest — 5/25/21

Israel may act on its own to counter the Iranian nuclear threat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  warned on Monday night (24th), as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken headed to…

Aftermath

Following the cease-fire concluding eleven days of Israel’s Operation Wall Guardian campaign, here are some effects of the conflict in Israel…

News Digest — 5/24/21

Thousands of people gathered on Sunday (23rd) at 7 World Trade Center – Ground Zero – and at another 13 locations across the United States, in response to a wave of…

Abbas Cancels Palestinian Election

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas canceled elections late last month for the Palestinian people. Abbas was elected in 2006 to serve…

News Digest — 5/21/21

The Israeli security cabinet voted to accept a ceasefire late Thursday (20th) as the Israeli south and Gaza remained inflamed. The security cabinet unanimously agreed to…

News Digest — 5/20/21

Gaza-based terrorists fired some 70 rockets at Israeli towns and cities through the south, sending hundreds of thousands of Israelis running for cover throughout Wednesday night…

A New Threat from the North

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been working tirelessly to protect its citizens from rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip for several weeks…

News Digest — 5/19/21

Egyptian reports claimed Tuesday (18th) that a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas terror group would begin Thursday (20th). According to Arab reports, the US…

News Digest — 5/18/21

The IDF has killed at least 160 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists since the beginning of Operation Guardian of the Walls began last week, the military said on Tuesday (18th). The announcement…

Death Traps

In June 10-15, 2007, Hamas defeated Fatah for the control of the Gaza Strip. Following its victory, Hamas, which means violence, has launched numerous terror attacks…

News Digest — 5/17/21

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired an estimated 60 rockets at Israel overnight Monday (17th) marking the fewest number of projectiles launched at the Jewish state over…

News Digest — 5/14/21

The Israel Air Force bombed Hamas’ underground tunnel network late Thursday night (13th) in the northern Gaza Strip in what military officials said was one of the most…

News Digest — 5/13/21

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines have suspended flights to Israel amid massive rocket attacks from Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip and waves of…

News Digest — 5/12/21

One person was killed and two injured when an anti-tank missile fired by Hamas struck their vehicle near the northern part of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday (12th).  A third man…

News Digest — 5/11/21

More than 70 people were injured on Tuesday morning (11th) after rockets fired from the Gaza Strip slammed into two homes in Ashkelon.  Four of the injured were members of the…

Rage!

Rioting and attacking Israeli drivers in Jerusalem have dominated the city the past week. On Sunday evening, May 9, Israel began celebrating…

News Digest — 5/10/21

Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired three rockets at Israeli towns early Monday morning (10th), sending tens of thousands of Israelis running for bomb shelters as…

Israelis Mourn Mount Meron Deaths

The Times of Israel reported at least 45 Israelis were crushed to death and more than 150 people hurt in a human stampede at a mass gathering

News Digest — 5/7/21

Three terrorists with guns fired shots at the Salem Border Police base in the North West Bank on Friday morning (7th) before being shot by officers. The terrorists…

News Digest — 5/6/21

Israel security forces arrested the Palestinian terrorist suspected of shooting three Israeli teenagers, Israel’s Army Radio reported Thursday (6th). Following the four-day manhunt…

A Reminder to Rejoice

Israel’s political scene is once again tumultuous following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to form a government…

News Digest — 5/5/21

Israel fired missiles toward northwest Syria early Wednesday (5th), killing one person and wounding six, Syrian state media reported. It was the first Israeli attack on Syria since…

News Digest — 5/4/21

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government is set to expire Tuesday (4th) at 11:59 p.m.  Barring a dramatic development during the day, it appears that…

A Deadly Weekend

Early on Friday morning, April 29, a horrible tragedy occurred on Mt. Meron in northern Israel. The cause of the crush of people which left 45…

News Digest — 5/3/21

Israel marked a national day of mourning on Sunday (2nd) following the deaths of 45 worshipers during the Lag B’Omer festivities at Mount Meron (4/29), the worst…

News Digest — 4/30/21

At least 44 people died and over 150 were injured, many of them critically, when people stampeded at the annual Lag B’ Omer pilgrimage in northern…

News Digest — 4/29/21

The nuclear talks in Vienna feel like a flashback.  The US administration is yet again eager to join the dangerous Iranian nuclear deal and Israel is left to wage a…