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News Digest — 12/7/22

Likud and United Torah Judaism signed a preliminary coalition agreement Tuesday evening (6th), paving the way for Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government…

Rescue and Recovery

Ukrainian police officer Roman Bashenko had a life threatening experience that led him to Israel from Bakhmut, where he was stationed with the military…

News Digest — 12/6/22

Two vehicle occupants were shot on Highway 6 at the Ben Shemen interchange near the city of Modiin just after midnight on Tuesday (6th)…

News Digest — 12/5/22

Yahya al-Saadi, the son of senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad official Bassam al-Saadi was arrested by Israeli forces amid armed…

News Digest — 12/2/22

The Likud and Religious Zionist Parties reached a coalition agreement on Thursday evening (1st) that clears the way for…

News Digest — 12/1/22

A Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander and his assistant were killed in armed clashes between the IDF and Palestinians in Burqin…

News Digest — 11/30/22

A female IDF soldier in her 20s was struck by a car at the Migron-Kochav Yaakov intersection in the West Bank in a terror attack on Tuesday morning (29th). The soldier was…

News Digest — 11/29/22

Following an agreement between the Likud and Religious Zionism, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday (29th) will choose the temporary…

News Digest — 11/28/22

Israel’s Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu met for several hours with Bezalel Smotrich’s far-right Religious Zionist Party on Sunday (27th), with his Likud Party reporting…

News Digest — 11/23/22

Jerusalem was hit by two explosions on Wednesday morning (23rd) at two bus stops, one at the western entrance of the city and one at a junction in northern Jerusalem, leaving a teenager…

News Digest — 11/22/22

Religious Zionism Party Chairman Bezalel Smotrich has agreed to become Israel’s next finance minister, according to unconfirmed reports, walking back his demand for…

Happy Thanksgiving!

In a break from my usual writing about events and people in Israel, I want to take a moment to thank God for the privilege of…

News Digest — 11/21/22

Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian gunmen near the West Bank city of Jenin on Monday morning (21st), as they went to arrest a wanted man accused of planning…

News Digest — 11/18/22

Palestinian man carrying a knife was arrested on Friday (18th) in the West Bank, outside the Israeli town of Kiryat Arba, Israeli authorities said.  No one was…

News Digest — 11/17/22

A plaza in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood has been named after Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who saved…

News Digest — 11/16/22

President Isaac Herzog on Tuesday (15th) called for unity among Israelis. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the newly elected Knesset, Herzog urged…

News Digest — 11/15/22

Six Israelis were injured, five of them seriously, in a stabbing attack in the West Bank city of Ariel on Tuesday (15th).  Two died of their wounds, according to…

Attack in Turkey

On Sunday, a deadly attack occurred in a major shopping area in downtown Istanbul. Called by President Erdogan “a vile attack,” the blast left…

News Digest — 11/14/22

The IRGC-affiliated Sobh-e-Sandesh newspaper published a threat in Hebrew on its front page on Monday (14th), warning that a new hypersonic missile reportedly developed by…

News Digest — 11/11/22

Turning a huge park in Gaza City into a sea of yellow flags, tens of thousands of Palestinians on Thursday (10th) commemorated the anniversary of the death of…

News Digest — 11/10/22

A member of the terrorist squad responsible for the death of IDF soldier Noam Raz earlier this year was arrested in Jenin by IDF troops on Wednesday morning (9th). Following…

News Digest — 11/9/22

President Isaac Herzog will begin consultations Wednesday (9th) with all parliamentary groups elected to the Twenty-Fifth Knesset. As per tradition, the President will meet…

News Digest — 11/8/22

An Israeli man wounded in a terrorist stabbing attack in Samaria two weeks ago, succumbed to his wounds and died Tuesday (8th). The victim, Shalom Sofer, was a resident of…

The Winner is..BIBI!

In a convincing victory, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu won the Israeli election last week…

News Digest — 11/7/22

Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed satisfaction Sunday (6th) with Israeli Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory in last Tuesday’s…

News Digest — 11/4/22

Prime Minister Yair Lapid called opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening (3rd) to congratulate him on his victory in…

News Digest — 11/3/22

At least two police officers were wounded in a terrorist stabbing attack at an entrance to the Temple Mount Thursday morning (3rd). The attack occurred adjacent to…

News Digest — 11/2/22

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to election victory with a projected win of 61-62 seats, if exit polls for Israel’s fifth vote in three-and-a-half years…

Who Will Win?

Today is election day in Israel and with 40 parties vying for the top spot, the big question becomes, “Who Will Win?”…

News Digest — 11/1/22

For the fifth time in three years, Israeli citizens head to the polls Tuesday (1st) to vote in the elections for the 25th Knesset with 6,788,804 Israelis being able to exercise their right to…

News Digest — 10/31/22

On the last day before Israelis vote in national elections for the 5th time in 3 years on Tuesday (11/1), candidates perfected their messaging in efforts to reach any and all…

New Teammates

Like music, sports can bring unity. This happened recently in Israel when Afghani Cycling champion Fariba Hashimi was recruited by…

News Digest — 10/28/22

Palestinian gunmen in passing cars opened fire on Israeli troops near Nablus early Friday morning (28th), Israel’s army said, moments after the military announced it was…

News Digest — 10/27/22

Alleged Israel airstrikes targeted sites in the Damascus area on Wednesday night (26th) for the third time in the past week according to Syrian state news agency SANA. Air defense systems were…

News Digest — 10/26/22

US House of Representatives and Senate leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint letter on Tuesday (25th) inviting Israeli President Isaac Herzog to address…

News Digest — 10/25/22

Israeli forces destroyed early Tuesday morning (25th) the infrastructure hub of the Lion’s Den terror group in Nablus, according to reports. In a joint operation, the IDF…

News Digest — 10/24/22

The Israeli government on Sunday (23rd) approved Major General Herzi Halevi as the IDF’s new Chief of Staff. Following the announcement, current IDF Chief of Staff…

News Digest — 10/21/22

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday (20th) met with Nadav and  Sergei, the two security guards who neutralized the terrorist from Wednesday’s (19th) attack in…

News Digest — 10/20/22

The Israel Defense Forces said Thursday (20th) it had begun a week-long military drill across northern Israel as tensions remained high with the Lebanese…

An Imminent Intifada?

As violence continues to plague Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank, the United States is pressuring the…

News Digest — 10/19/22

Defense Minister Benny Gantz reaffirmed Tuesday evening (18th) that Israel does not intend to sell arms to Ukraine to fend off the Russian invasion of the country hours after…

News Digest — 10/18/22

Australia seems to have quietly scrapped its recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, The Guardian reported on Monday (17th). According to the report, the country’s…

News Digest — 10/17/22

IDF soldiers entered Nablus on Sunday evening (16th) to arrest Hamza al-Azzi, who was wanted under suspicion of taking part in terrorist activity. At the same time…

News Digest — 10/14/22

Police on Friday (14th) announced the arrest of 18 people after overnight clashes in several areas of eastern Jerusalem, including the flashpoint Sheik Jarrah…

News Digest — 10/13/22

Israel said Thursday (13th) it has put Border Police reservists on alert as massive, violent riots that began a day earlier, spread all across east Jerusalem. Palestinians say they are…

News Digest — 10/12/22

An IDF soldier who was shot and seriously wounded by a Palestinian gunman near the settlement of Shavei Shomron in the northern West Bank Tuesday afternoon (11th) succumbed…

News Digest — 10/11/22

Prime Minister Yair Lapid condemned Russia’s attacks on civilian targets in Kyiv on Monday night (10th), in the first such statement from an Israeli prime minister. “I strongly condemn…

Warning: Don’t Do It!

Some in England are expressing concern about the consequences of moving the British Embassy to Jerusalem. Prime Minister Liz Truss has…

News Digest — 10/10/22

Israeli security personnel arrested three suspects linked to Saturday’s (8th) deadly terrorist shooting attack, as searches continue for other terrorists involved in the…

News Digest — 10/7/22

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai told Israeli media on Thursday (6th) that the police draw strength from the sight of the many worshipers who visit the Western Wall and…

News Digest — 10/6/22

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu was kept in the hospital overnight Wednesday-Thursday (5th-6th) for observation, having fainted and feeling unwell during a…

News Digest — 10/5/22

Judy Weissenberg Cohen, a Holocaust survivor, told her story of reciting the Kol Nidre passage during Yom Kippur in 1944…

News Digest — 10/4/22

Israel is preparing to shut down on Tuesday evening (4th) for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day Of Atonement and the holiest day of…

A Helpful Gesture

Finance Minister and Yisroel Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman proposes a way to help fleeing Ukrainians…

News Digest — 10/3/22

Ben Gurion Airport will shut down on Tuesday (4th), on the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. All operations will be suspended as of 2 p.m. on…

News Digest — 9/30/22

Israel has indefinitely suspended all visits to Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem (Nablus) with officials citing rising security tensions in Samaria, Israel’s Kan News reported…

News Digest — 9/29/22

A survey conducted by the Smith Institute revealed that 67% of the adult Jewish population in Israel prefer that the State of Israel be run as a Jewish state, compared to…

News Digest — 9/28/22

Two terrorists were shot and killed during a gun battle with IDF forces and Border police officers in the northern Samaria city of Jenin Wednesday morning (28th)…

A Message From Putin

In his Rosh Hashanah message to the Jewish community President Putin stated his expectations that they…

News Digest — 9/27/22

Terrorist networks in the West Bank are attempting ‘provocation attacks,’ in which they lure Israeli soldiers into an ambush by getting their attention, Israeli security…

News Digest — 9/26/22

Muslim protesters who fortified inside Al-Aqsa Mosque clashed with Israeli police, throwing both firecrackers and rocks at them on Monday morning (26th), in protest of…

News Digest — 9/23/22

Around 35 thousand people arrived at the Western Wall Thursday (22nd) for pre-Rosh Hashanah prayers, known as selichot. Worshipers began arriving throughout the night in preparation for…

News Digest — 9/22/22

The United Kingdom is considering locating its embassy to Jerusalem, British Prime Minister Liz Truss told her Israeli counterpart when the two leaders…

News Digest — 9/21/22

Israel’s population reached 9,593,000, said a report published Tuesday (20th), on the eve of the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah and as the year 5782 – according to…

News Digest — 9/20/22

“Israel has a right to security, but desires peace,” Prime Minister Yair Lapid said prior to departing early Tuesday (20th) morning for the United Nations, where he plans to…

Frozen in Time

An amazing discovery occurred “during construction in the Palmachim National Park near Tel Aviv, a fallen rock reveals an ancient treasure trove from the…

News Digest — 9/19/22

Police said Sunday (18th) that they were preparing to boost security in Jerusalem to keep Israelis and tourists safe as tens of thousands of people were expected to…

News Digest — 9/16/22

Prime Minister Yair Lapid met Wednesday (14th) with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who had arrived in Israel…

News Digest — 9/15/22

Hundreds of mourners arrived at the military cemetery in Netanya Wednesday evening (14th) to pay their respects to Maj. Bar Falah, 30, who was killed earlier in the day in an…

News Digest — 9/14/22

An IDF officer, identified as Deputy Commander of the Nahal Reconnaissance Battalion Maj. Bar Pelach, was killed in a fire exchange with…

News Digest — 9/13/22

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday (12th) delivered remarks at The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York City.  His speech presented a critical crossroads for…

Keeping the Peace

Shin Bet Director Ronen Bar disclosed in a speech at Reichman University in Herzliya that 312 ‘significant terror attacks’ have been averted…

News Digest — 9/9/22

Prime Minister Yair Lapid mourned Queen Elizabeth II’s passing on Thursday evening (8th), saying the British monarch left behind an “unparalleled…

News Digest — 9/8/22

An IDF soldier sustained mild injuries to his face after being attacked with a hammer by a Palestinian at a military post in the West Bank overnight Thursday (8th). The soldier shot…

News Digest — 9/7/22

Alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted the Aleppo and Deir al Zor airports in northern Syria on Tuesday night (6th), according to Syrian state news agency SANA. According to…

Death Penalty

Hamas has executed five Palestinians in Gaza, two for “collaborating with Israel.” The two executed men were 58 years old and 48 years old…

News Digest — 9/6/22

The IDF on Monday (5th) expanded its months-long Operation Breakwater to crack down on terrorists in Judea and Samaria in the wake of two terror attacks…