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News Digest — 5/26/20

Health Ministry Officials who toured Ben Gurion Airport on Monday (25th) put a damper on hopes that Israelis could whisk themselves abroad on a June vacation…

News Digest — 5/22/20

Israel on Thursday (21st) held a memorial service in Jerusalem to commemorate the thousands of Ethiopian Jews who perished under terrible conditions while…

News Digest — 5/21/20

Since Jerusalem Day, a national holiday in Israel, is celebrated Thursday (21st), police and organizers came to an agreement on Wednesday (20th) about how to mark the anniversary of…

Back to Business

Israel is beginning to open up again. The country has managed to flatten its coronavirus curve, seeing only seven new infections in the past 24 hours…

News Digest — 5/20/20

The Washington Post correspondent who broke the story on the cyber attack on an Iranian port says the damage caused was much more than what the Iranians admitted…

News Digest — 5/19/20

Benny Gantz took the reins of Israel’s Defense Ministry and said he would maintain Israel’s military advantage in the region and will push to advance the Trump peace plan…

Heat Wave!

The Israeli Meteorological Service (IMS) forecasts record high temperatures in Israel for the next six days, issuing a Heatwave Warning for the entire country…

News Digest — 5/18/20

Unknown warplanes attacked Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border killing at least seven Iraqi militiamen, Syrian opposition activists said Sunday (17th). The strikes…

Israel Lifting More Restrictions

It’s anticipated that the Israeli government will lift more economic restrictions in the coming weeks after reports that the spread of the coronavirus appeared to be slowing…

News Digest — 5/15/20

Top officials in the administration of US President Donald Trump in Israel and elsewhere took to social media on Thursday (14th) to celebrate the two-year anniversary of…

News Digest — 5/14/20

Israel’s parliament is set to approve a new government of national unity Thursday night (14th) ending almost 18 months of political uncertainty, but challenging politicians to…

Killing Without a Cause

IDF First Sgt. Amit Ben Yigal was killed when a citizen threw a rock at his head. The rock was thrown from the roof of the last building before the IDF combat team left…

News Digest — 5/13/20

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel, Wednesday (13th), for a lightning visit of a few hours, wearing a stars and stripes mask against the coronavirus. Greeting him in…

News Digest — 5/12/20

An IDF combat soldier was killed early Tuesday morning (12th) when a rock was thrown at his head during operational activity in Ya’bad, west of Jenin in Samaria. The operation was…

CAPTURED!

On May 11, 1960 Adolph Eichmann, in a bold move by Israel’s Mossad, was apprehended in San Fernando, Argentina. Having escaped to Argentina in 1950…

News Digest — 5/11/20

Two earthquakes shook northern Israel in the space of one hour, the Geophysical Institute of Israel reported on Monday (11th). The epicenter of the quakes was said to be…

Annexation of the West Bank

Now that a unity government is formed in Israel with Netanyahu at the helm for another 18 months, the prime minister is advancing his desire to annex large portions…

News Digest — 5/8/20

Israel took a major leap forward on Thursday (7th) in reopening its economy as shopping malls, outdoor markets and fitness centers welcomed patrons back for the…

News Digest — 5/7/20

Later Thursday (7th), signatures of more than 61 Knesset members will be submitted to President Reuven Rivlin, who will ask current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to…

News Digest — 5/6/20

Israel’s biological defense research lab has discovered what they say is a “breakthrough” in finding an antidote to the coronavirus by isolating and developing an…

A Curious Result

With the re-opening of Israel following the Coronavirus pandemic, many areas of life have changed. The pandemic impacted the field of education significantly…

News Digest — 5/5/20

An attack on two military facilities southeast of Aleppo and attributed to Israel were carried out on Monday night (4th), Syrian news sources report. The attack took place in…

News Digest — 5/4/20

The Israeli government will vote on Monday (4th) to decide whether to further ease coronavirus restrictions, enabling malls, libraries, gyms, watersports and…

News Digest — 5/1/20

Explosions were reported in northern Syria Friday morning (1st), in broad daylight, hours after airstrikes attributed to Israel rocked southwestern Syria, near the…

News Digest — 4/30/20

President Reuven Rivlin received a letter at the start of Israel’s 72nd Independence Day from President of the United States Donald Trump, which read in full: Dear President Rivlin…

Closing In On Judea and Samaria

Israel has powerful backing in its intention to annex parts of Judea and Samaria. The U.S. State Department has “prepared to recognize Israeli actions…

News Digest — 4/29/20

In a pre-recorded speech in honor of Israel’s Independence Day, known in Hebrew as “Yom Haatzmaut,” 80-year-old Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Israelis “despite the…

News Digest — 4/28/20

As it does every year, a one-minute siren wailed across Israel at 8 p.m. Monday night (27th) to mark the start of Memorial Day for the country’s fallen soldiers and…

A Deadlier Virus

The phrase, “haters going to hate,” can summarize the rising animosity of Jewish people globally due to the Coronavirus…

News Digest — 4/27/20

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday (27th), the lockdown restrictions approved by Israel’s Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Independence Day will go into effect…

News Digest — 4/24/20

2020 is the year that marks four centuries from the landing of the Mayflower on the shores of the New World in 1620, which was the beginning of a strong and profound…

News Digest — 4/23/20

On Wednesday (22nd), U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on Israel’s plan to extend sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, fielding…

24 Hours of Division and Unity

This week has been exceptionally hectic in Israel after just a few short days. On Sunday night, 2,000 protestors hit the streets…

News Digest — 4/22/20

The horrifying moments were caught on camera.  An Arab terrorist rammed his white van into an Israeli border policeman standing guard at a checkpoint near…

News Digest — 4/21/20

On Tuesday morning (21st), Israelis stood in silence while a two-minute siren was heard across the country in remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of…

The Bible Without Israel?

The Danish Bible Society just published a new translation of the New Testament called the New Agreement…

News Digest — 4/20/20

Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Monday evening (20th), is usually observed in Israel with somber ceremonies and emotional public gatherings, often featuring…

News Digest — 4/17/20

Israel’s hospital clowns are refusing to let the coronavirus stop them – even if it means reinventing the red nose and disinfecting oversized pants in near-boiling temperatures. The clowns…

News Digest — 4/16/20

In a roller-coaster week of ups and downs in coalition negotiations between Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the verdict finally came in…

News Digest — 4/15/20

Israelis entered the final day of Passover under coronavirus restrictions similar to Seder night that required the public to stay in their homes and celebrate only with…

A Place of Rest

Israel received the ranking as the number 1 safest country in the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Elimelech family may disagree with that assessment, however…

News Digest — 4/14/20

Israelis will endure another full lockdown in the final days of Passover in an effort to stop people from congregating amid the coronavirus outbreak…

News Digest — 4/13/20

There are now more than 160,000 officially registered coronavirus cases across the Middle East.  The number of cases has been increasing at a rate of around…

Kinneret Rising

The water level of the Sea of Galilee continues to rise to levels that the Israel Water Authority hasn’t seen since 2004. This year, Israel is seeing up to 150% more rain…

News Digest — 4/9/20

For Israelis the first night of Passover – Seder night – was different this year from all other years due to a curfew aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of…

The Hateful Hypocrisy of BDS

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has always taken a rigid stand against Israel by boycotting all Israeli goods…

News Digest — 4/8/20

My dear people of Israel, this year we are celebrating the Passover Seder, in difficult circumstances, in the shadow of coronavirus, a plague for modern times.  It has necessitated…

News Digest — 4/7/20

The number of Israelis infected with the coronavirus passed 9,000 Tuesday (7th) as the country prepared for a nationwide curfew forcing people to stay home during the…

Help is on the Way!

While a small country, Israel has been significantly impacted by the Novel Coronavirus. Currently, Israel has 8,018 people infected with COVID-19, with 48 deaths…

News Digest — 4/6/20

Eleven airplanes containing millions of pieces of medical equipment, including ventilators, face masks and protective suits to contend with the coronavirus outbreak, will…

Israel Economic Aid Package Announced

With fear surrounding coronavirus in Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a $2.8 billion package to help their economy through this crisis…

News Digest — 4/3/20

Bnei Brak, the city of ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi Jews, has seen the highest infection rate of coronavirus in Israel.  In order to protect its more vulnerable residents, the…

News Digest — 4/2/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, National Security Council chief Meir Ben Shabbat and the director general of the Health Ministry Bar Siman Tov were…

Next Steps for Virus Prevention

Good news: Johnson & Johnson is working hard to make more than 1 billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine with the help of $1 billion of investment from the U.S…

News Digest — 4/1/20

Israeli deaths from the coronavirus jumped to 21 dead on Wednesday morning (1st), but number 18 hit a particular chord in the country as Tamar Peretz-Levi was the youngest…

News Digest — 3/31/20

Johnson and Johnson said on Monday (30th) that the company and the US government will invest $1 billion to create enough manufacturing capacity to make…

News Digest — 3/30/20

Johnson and Johnson said on Monday (30th) that the company and the US government will invest $1 billion to create enough manufacturing capacity to make more than…

A Tragic End

On the night of December 29, 2019, Grafton Thomas marched into a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration, wielding an 18” machete’, attacking the…

News Digest — 3/30/20

The number of Israelis confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus passed 4,000 Monday morning (30th) as a senior official warned that a pending curfew may…

News Digest — 3/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, moved toward establishing a unity government on Thursday (26th) after…

News Digest — 3/26/20

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin addressed the nation Wednesday evening (25th) admonishing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz to…

Life Under Shutdown

Israel’s citizens are reeling from the effects of the coronavirus and the accompanying shutdown of the majority of the country’s businesses and operations…

News Digest — 3/25/20

The Israeli cabinet approved, via a phone call vote early Wednesday morning (25th), new, stricter limitations on public life in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, as…

News Digest — 3/24/20

The Israeli and US militaries are launching a joint aerial exercise Tuesday (24th) in which F-35 jets are taking part, the Israel Defense Forces said. The drill was permitted to…

Israel Fights Coronavirus

Currently, Israel has 1,238 citizens infected with COVID-19. Of those, 24 citizens are seriously ill, while 15 are moderately ill…

News Digest — 3/23/20

On Sunday evening (22nd), the Israel Defense Forces thwarted an attempt to carry out a terror attack adjacent to Ni’lin junction, south of Qalqilya. IDF troops spotted…

News Digest — 3/20/20

The Israeli Health Ministry guidelines to fight the spread of coronavirus will no longer be “recommendations” or “requests.”  Rather overnight Thursday (19th) the government signed…

News Digest — 3/19/20

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was able to deliver 100,000 new coronavirus test kits collected overseas to local labs in an overnight operation Channel 12 News reported Thursday (19th).  In the…

Empty Streets and Crowded Hospitals

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, the landscapes of countless cities are changing. People have stormed stores to buy supplies in bulk…

News Digest — 3/18/20

In a dramatic press conference, Tuesday (17th), 24 hours after the one on Monday night (16th), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced three more steps to fight the…

News Digest — 3/17/20

While Benjamin Netanyahu specified on Monday (16th) that Israel was not instituting a “general lockdown,” the prime minister introduced a series of new restrictions in an effort to…

It Took A Pandemic!

Israel daily lives with threats to their existence from their enemies, supplied by Iran. However, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesperson Brigadier-General Hidai Zilberman…

News Digest — 3/16/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz met on Sunday evening (15th) at the request of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who led the…

Israeli Elections Not Over

One of Israel’s powerful politicians Avigdor Lieberman, is rumored to have recommended Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz be given…

News Digest — 3/13/20

On Thursday (12th) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Israel is closing its schools and universities in an effort to prevent coronavirus contagion. While Netanyahu excluded…

News Digest — 3/12/20

On Wednesday evening (11th), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel is instituting a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people in closed spaces…

The Price of the Premiership

The Arab Joint List, which includes the main Arab-majority political parties in Israel, has made a number of brash demands in exchange for supporting…

News Digest — 3/11/20

Shortly before Israel’s Health Ministry announced three new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (11th), bringing the total number in Israel to 61, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held…

News Digest — 3/10/20

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday (10th) approved a “sovereignty road” that will enable Israelis and Palestinians to drive on separate highways. It will also clear the way for…

Israel and the Coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “The Coronavirus is the worst pandemic in 100 years.”

News Digest — 3/9/20

Every Purim, Richard Roberts sponsors a party for more than 2,000 people in the heavily Orthodox New Jersey city of Lakewood, where he gives out, by estimation, some…

News Digest — 3/6/20

As Israel’s Ministry of Health tries to limit the danger to Israelis from the coronavirus by calling on citizens not to fly abroad and adding more countries to the…

News Digest — 3/5/20

Syrian air defenses “confronted hostile targets” early Thursday morning (5th) in two areas – the first in Homs in the center of the country, and minutes later in Quneitra, on the…

Cutting Terror Off at the Legs

Israel struck against its enemies financially last week, seizing $4 million that Iran had transferred to the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip…

News Digest — 3/4/20

The Palestinian Authority (PA) foreign ministry on Tuesday (3rd) denounced the speech given by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the announcement of…

News Digest — 3/3/20

Calling it “the biggest win of my life,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a noisy crowd of the faithful at Likud election headquarters in Tel Aviv in a speech that…

Israeli Elections 3.0

In an unprecedented move, Israel goes back to the polls for a third time. Early results show a high voter turnout, as 47% of the electorate have voted so far…

News Digest —3/2/20

With more than 6,000,000 able to exercise their right to vote, Israelis will wearily head to their third election in a year on Monday (2nd).  The political gridlock is unlikely to be…

Coronavirus in Israel

One Israeli was confirmed to have contracted coronavirus while on a Diamond Princess Japanese cruise. The group of Israelis who were on…

News Digest — 2/28/20

A man was killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike as he was driving his car near the village of Hadar in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra on Thursday morning (27th)…

News Digest — 2/27/20

In a dramatic statement Wednesday (26th), Israel’s Health Ministry urged Israelis to seriously consider refraining from traveling abroad, as the country looked to isolate itself from…

Will Biblical History Repeat Itself?

Iranian leaders have called for the sacred tombs of Esther and Mordecai from the biblical book of Esther to be destroyed and replaced…