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News Digest — 7/7/20

Two people were killed and several more injured when an explosion rocked a factory in the Iranian capital of Tehran early Tuesday (7th), Saudi news site Al-Arabiyah reported. According to…

Fighting COVID and Terror

Two types of threats have challenged the government and people of Israel over the past few days: COVID and terrorism…

News Digest — 7/6/20

Israel successfully  launched its Ofek-16 (or, “Horizon-16”) satellite at 4 a.m. on Monday (6th).  It joins a collection of satellites Israel has deployed recently. Not only the satellite, but…

News Digest — 7/2/20

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday (1st) discussed efforts to stabilize Syria in a video call, emphasizing the need to promote a political settlement for the…

No Annexation Today: What Happened?

For months, today was meant to be the day Israel applied sovereignty to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. But today is now expected to pass…

News Digest — 7/1/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Tuesday (6/30) that discussions with the US on his plan to extend sovereignty over Jewish communities in…

Hot Dogs are Jewish?

With the celebration of the 4th of July coming this weekend, the hot dogs which you will cook and eat have a Jewish connection…

News Digest — 6/30/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin applying sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria and the…

News Digest — 6/29/20

Trump’s Mideast peace team, led by Avi Berkowitz, who took over as special negotiator from Jason Greenblatt, met with Israeli officials  on Sunday (28th) to estimate…

News Digest — 6/26/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday (25th) that his government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will soon announce a partnership in the fight against…

News Digest — 6/25/20

A Palestinian man was sentenced Wednesday (24th) by a military court to four life sentences over two December 2018 terror attacks in which two soldiers and an unborn baby…

News Digest — 6/24/20

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday night (23rd) that seven fighters, including two Syrian soldiers, were killed in airstrikes attributed to…

News Digest — 6/23/20

Around 2,500 people gathered at Joseph’s Tomb Monday night (22nd) to pray for the success of the potential annexation of parts of the West Bank, as part of…

The Lengthening Shadow of Iran

Iran continues to increase its influence and threat in the Middle East and beyond. Revealing a new source in Israel’s defense, the Strategy and…

News Digest — 6/22/20

Despite its distance from Israel, Iran is the most dangerous country in the Middle East, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Aviv Kochavi said Sunday evening (21st). “Iran has become the most…”

New Digest — 6/19/20

A partial eclipse will be visible in Israel on Sunday morning, June 21. The eclipse will begin at 7:25am and reach its peak at 8:24am…

News Digest — 6/18/20

There is a certain majority in the Cabinet for applying Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, after Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel said Thursday…

News Digest — 6/17/20

Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata said on Wednesday (17th) that the latest forecasts estimate that 90,000 new immigrants will arrive in Israel…

News Digest — 6/16/20

Former White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote on Monday (15th) that the US government does not believe that the extension of Israeli sovereignty in parts of…

News Digest — 6/15/20

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday (14th) addressed the opening plenary of the 2020 AJC Global Forum, where he reaffirmed the strong US-Israel relationship, condemned…

News Digest — 6/12/20

The Israeli government is expected to give its final approval on Sunday (14th) to begin building Trump Heights, a future settlement named after US President Donald Trump…

News Digest — 6/11/20

Israelis have taken the easing of corona restrictions a little too far.  That’s the conclusion of Israel’s government after a new spike in coronavirus cases. On Wednesday (10th)…

We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet!

After promising to “hit the emergency brake” on easing coronavirus restrictions on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instituted new restrictions today…

News Digest — 6/10/20

Fifty-one Olim (new immigrants) landed at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday morning (9th) as part of a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight, in cooperation with the Ministry of…

News Digest — 6/9/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday (8th) the government won’t continue easing restrictions because of the increase in confirmed…

The Mossad Operation That Keeps on Giving!

In January 2018, the Mossad conducted a “mythical operation” at Director Yossi Cohen’s oversight, in securing the secret Iranian nuclear program information…

News Digest — 6/8/20

Fighters from the Israeli Border Police on Sunday (7th) provided life-saving medical treatment to a 14-year-old Palestinian Arab who suffered serious injury to his hand and arm from…

News Digest — 6/5/20

Israeli airstrikes targeted sites in the area of Masyaf in northern Syria on Thursday night (4th), Syrian state media said.  There were reports of nine dead. According to the official…

News Digest — 6/4/20

Israel’s parliament was forced to close down Thursday (4th) after an Arab member of the Knesset tested positive for the coronavirus.  He had sat on several committees before…

A Voice for the Oppressed

The coronavirus lockdown has put a spotlight on a vital issue in Israel: domestic violence against women…

News Digest — 6/3/20

The annual ‘Celebrate Israel’ parade, which attracts tens of thousands and many senior officials every year, will be held in a ‘virtual’ format this year in light of…

Foiled Again!

Iran and Israel are bitter foes. They recently traded cyber attacks against each other. In April, Iran attempted to hack into Israeli water supply…

News Digest — 6/2/20

May 2020 saw an all-time high in the number of new files of American and Canadian Jews requesting to make aliyah through the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization since…

News Digest — 6/1/20

Following an alarming rise in infections, Israel on Monday (1st) launched a new policy to test anybody who was in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, even if…

Iran Bans Israel Technology

Iran’s parliament passed legislation banning “any cooperation” with Israel — specifically including the use of Israeli computer hardware and software…

News Digest — 5/29/20

In the Bible Shavuot (also known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost) was an agricultural festival and celebrated at the end of the barley harvest…

News Digest — 5/28/20

The Israeli government is launching a $200 million economic aid program for industry and small and medium-sized businesses as part of the reconstruction of…

Plotting the Destruction of Israel

While the easing of lockdown restrictions in Israel is reason to celebrate, the nation is seeing a growing number of threats…

News Digest — 5/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Israelis “some happy news” on Tuesday (26th), announcing “the government approved the opening of restaurants, pubs, large…

The Trial and the Threat

Benjamin Netanyahu has become the first sitting prime minister to be put on trial. As Hebrew University of Jerusalem law professor and vice-president of research…

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…