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Largest Banks in Israel and Dubai Unite

Israel’s largest bank, Hapoalim, announced that it had signed a banking and finance memorandum of understanding with the largest bank in Dubai…

News Digest — 9/25/20

Israelis on Friday (25th) braced for a strict nationwide lockdown imposed by the government in an attempt to curb the coronavirus pandemic from spiraling further out…

News Digest — 9/24/20

Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau hinted on Wednesday (23rd) that he would support closing synagogues on Yom Kippur if health officials decide “it’s the right thing to do.” Despite…

Bomb Shelters: Too Late or Just in Time?

Yesterday the Israeli government declared it will build 600 bomb shelters along Israel’s northern border separating it from Lebanon. Construction will begin…

News Digest — 9/23/20

Israel’s corona numbers continue to rise.  There were 3,858 reported cases on Monday (21st), up from 2,565 on Sunday (20th).  Of those tested, 11.2 percent are…

News Digest — 9/22/20

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz headed to Washington on Monday night (21st) for talks with his US counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) following…

The Ripple Effect

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Prime Minister Netanyahu completed a mutual agreement to open embassies by the end of 2020…

News Digest — 9/21/20

Tens of thousands of Israelis are seizing the opportunity to avoid the new lockdown by flying abroad to enjoy a more relaxed vacation in another country…

News Digest — 9/18/20

“May it be a blessed year for realizing peace and stability in the region,” wrote Bahraini Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif al-Zayani in response to…

News Digest — 9/17/20

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released its annual report Wednesday (16th) showing key numbers as the country prepares for the Jewish…

An Up-and-Down Week in Israel

It’s been an interesting week in Israel—so much so that the 13 rockets Hamas fired at the nation this morning barely registers as out-of-the-ordinary news…

News Digest — 9/16/20

Terrorists in Gaza fired 13 rockets at Israel Wednesday morning (16th) as Hamas tried to divert attention from the historic signing ceremony in Washington where two…

News Digest — 9/15/20

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto is the only EU minister invited by President Donald Trump who will attend the signing ceremony of the peace agreement between Israel and…

Help from a Friend

Two weeks ago, Israeli firefighters landed in San Francisco and headed to Sacramento to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with California firefighters in battling the wildfires…

News Digest — 9/14/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for the US Sunday evening (13th) to sign a historic deal with the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Tuesday (15th). Adding to…

News Digest — 9/11/20

Israeli aircraft launched a number of missiles at targets near the Syrian city of Aleppo in the early hours of Friday morning (11th), Syrian state media said. Syrian news outlets reported…

News Digest — 9/10/20

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein called Thursday (9th) for a full lockdown across Israel during the Jewish High Holidays, which begin next Friday (18th), at sundown, and end in…

Israel-UAE Deal Nears Completion

The agreement to normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, announced on August 13, now has a date for completion…

News Digest — 9/9/20

Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign their historic deal normalizing relations at a White House ceremony on September 15, US officials said on Tuesday (8th).  The ceremony…

From the World of Sports

Two stories from sports involving Israeli athletes have gained attention. First, in Turkey, 500,000 Fenerbahce football respondents to an…

News Digest — 9/8/20

The United Arab Emirates will make its first official visit to Israel on September 22nd, a source with the provisional itinerary said Monday (7th), according to Reuters…

News Digest — 9/4/20

It is apparently, “Next Year in Jerusalem” for the High Holy Days. Major Israeli-based tour operators tell Media Line they do not expect the country’s skies to open…

News Digest — 9/3/20

While the establishment of their embassy in Tel Aviv is a given, the UAE is also considering opening a consulate in the northern part of Israel to be closer to the center of…

Flying Cars and Baby Translators

I want to put a spotlight on Israeli technology this week. Israel always seems to be developing new, exciting devices or…

News Digest — 9/2/20

A terrorist ran his car over an IDF soldier and an Israeli police officer at the Tapuah Junction, south of Shechem (Nablus) on Wednesday morning (2nd). The terrorist exited…

News Digest — 9/1/20

“How do you spell Shalom?” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked elementary school pupils on the first day of school, in the settlement of Mevo Horon, Tuesday (1st). It was a…

First Steps

In a historic first, El Al flight 971, departed from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi, becoming, “The first ever commercial Israeli flight departed for the United Arab Emirates.”

News Digest — 8/31/20

One person and several others were injured on Monday morning (31st) in two separate explosions in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi and its tourism hub…

Antisemitism Rises Online in UK

Antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom have dropped by 13% in 2020 compared to the year before, this is likely due to COVID-19 lockdown regulations…

News Digest — 8/28/20

IDF forces struck targets in the Gaza Strip belonging to the Hamas terror group early Friday morning (28th) in response to six rockets that were fired from Gaza…

News Digest — 8/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah Thursday (27th) “not to test Israel’s resolve,” following an incident that heightened tensions on the northern border…

How the Light Blade Is Saving Israel

Hamas has ramped up their attacks on Israel in recent weeks. Their current method of attack is the incendiary balloon, which terrorists release from Gaza…

News Digest — 8/26/20

Hezbollah terrorists fired at Israeli Army troops on Tuesday evening (25th) at 10:40 p.m., the IDF reported. In response, IDF forces deployed dozens of illumination rounds and… 

News Digest — 8/25/20

On Tuesday (25th), IDF fighter jets, tanks and aircraft continued to strike Hamas terror posts and underground infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip, the military reports. The IDF…

A Long, Hot Summer

I once asked a friend of mine in counter-terrorism what the next form that terror attacks might take. I never expected the following…

News Digest — 8/24/20

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to Sudan following meetings in Jerusalem, the State Department said on Sunday (23rd) as reports of a…

News Digest — 8/21/20

The IDF struck targets belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip during three rounds of airstrikes, as 12 rockets were fired towards southern Israel from the coastal enclave on…

News Digest — 8/20/20

Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s former adviser, acknowledged that question of applying sovereignty over Judea and Samaria was not “off the table,” but…

Is the Peace Deal with Sudan Still On?

On the heels of last week’s landmark peace deal with the United Arab Emirates, it sounded as if Israel was on the cusp of a peace deal with Sudan today…

News Digest — 8/19/20

Israel and Sudan on Tuesday (18th) said they were close to reaching a peace agreement – setting the stage for a second dramatic diplomatic breakthrough for…

Peace With the UAE

With the announcement by President Trump of the negotiated peace agreement between Israel and The United Arab Emirates a new chapter…

News Digest — 8/17/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his doctrine of “peace for peace” and “peace from strength” as bringing about formal relations with the…

Israeli Tech Allows Blind to See

Millions of blind people are expected to receive sight, thanks to new Israeli technology. The CorNeat KPro implant replaces damaged corneas…

News Digest — 8/14/20

The Coronavirus Cabinet decided Thursday night (13th) that Israeli citizens will be able to fly to Greece, Croatia and Bulgaria, without the obligation of…

News Digest — 8/13/20

Israel and the United States completed a successful test of the advanced Arrow 2 air defense system late Wednesday night (12th), shooting down a simulated…

Sail-in Movies Come to Tel Aviv

Social distancing has put some favorite entertainment sources on an extended hold, but that hasn’t stopped people from using their creativity. With movie theaters…

News Digest — 8/12/20

Israel’s “Lahav Or” (Light Blade) laser system, designed to intercept airborne incendiary threats launched from the Gaza Strip, was deployed operationally by the…

Collateral Damage

Last Tuesday in Beirut a massive explosion occurred at a port warehouse, causing a blast that was felt as far away as Cyprus…

News Digest — 8/11/20

Despite comments to the contrary by the Health Ministry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Monday (10th) that the school year will open for all children on…

News Digest — 8/10/20

IDF aircraft struck an observation post belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday (9th).  The attack was in response to…

News Digest — 8/7/20

Within weeks Israel could see the first foreign visitors arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport since the country closed its borders to non-nationals in mid-March because…

News Digest — 8/6/20

The Coronavirus Cabinet decided on Wednesday night (5th) to lift the restrictions imposed on the opening of street shops, shopping centers and amusement facilities in…

A Helping Hand in Tragic Times

In the wake of the gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that left more than 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured, Israel has offered…

News Digest — 8/5/20

Hospitals in Beirut turned away the injured from Tuesday’s (4th) massive explosion, as there were too many.  Bodies were strewn everywhere under the burning rubble.  The scene…

Ever Vigilant

On Sunday night four armed Syrian men attempted to plant Incendiary Explosive Devices (IEDs) in an unmanned IDF base near the Syrian-Israel border. A special forces unit along with…

News Digest — 8/4/20

IDF fighter jets, attack helicopters and aircraft struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian Armed Forces on Monday night (3rd), making good on…

News Digest — 8/3/20

On Sunday night (2nd), IDF troops foiled an attempt to place improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the Alpha Line between Syria and Israel.  The incident was…

News Digest — 7/31/20

Israel has gained control of the coronavirus crisis, researchers at Hebrew University claimed on Thursday (30th) in a new report…

News Digest — 7/30/20

Jews around the world marked the beginning of Tisha B’Av at sundown Wednesday night (29th), as they began to mourn the major disasters that befell the…

Remembering What We Wish to Forget

At sundown tonight Jewish people around the world will observe Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning and the saddest holiday on the Jewish calendar…

News Digest — 7/29/20

Lebanon’s citizens were informed on Monday (27th) of a series of new restrictions intended to stop the spread of COVID-19, the most dramatic of which was a…

News Digest — 7/28/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz responded Monday evening (27th) to the incident on the Lebanese border in which three…

An Act of Decency

Lebanese-Swiss businessman Abdallah Chatila heard of a surprising development: Several personal effects of Adolph Hitler’s were coming up for auction…

News Digest — 7/27/20

Israel said a military drone crashed in southern Lebanon on Sunday (26th) as regional tensions ran high, days after a series of cross-border exchanges between Israel and Syria and…

News Digest — 7/24/20

The US House of Representatives passed a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021 on Tuesday (21st) that includes the continuation of…

News Digest — 7/23/20

Jews and Israelis who are living in the US are moving back to Israel in large numbers and buying real estate, despite the second wave of infections that has been hitting…

Giving Sight to the Blind

Israel is renowned for its incredible advancements in technology, particularly in the medical field…

News Digest — 7/22/20

Seconds after being stabbed repeatedly in the back by Palestinian Khalil Jabarin in 2018, Ari Fuld chased after his attacker, releasing several rounds from his handgun before…

News Digest — 7/21/20

The Syrian military said the country’s air defenses responded on Monday (20th) to Israeli air raids in south Damascus that caused material damage, and residents said…

A Holy Bread

The Table of Showbread appeared both in the Tabernacle and the Temple of ancient Israel (Exodus 25:23-30; 2 Chronicles 4:19-22)…

News Digest — 7/20/20

Israel saw less than 1,000 new daily coronavirus cases for the first time in weeks, health officials confirmed on Monday (20th). Over the past few weeks Israel had been seeing…

News Digest — 7/17/20

In the wake of the second wave of coronavirus infections in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked his ministers on Thursday (16th) to approve a series of…

News Digest — 7/16/20

In a press conference Wednesday evening (15th) at his office in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a handout of NIS 6 billion to help Israelis…

News Digest — 7/15/20

Professor Yaakov Nachmias of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has found a way of keeping the novel coronavirus COVID-19 from replicating itself, reducing the…

News Digest — 7/14/20

Will Israelis celebrate this year’s High Holidays in a nuclear-family format only, with cities on total lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus?  Israel Hayom has learned…

A Grateful Heart

For Lily Ebert the nightmare of Auschwitz was coming to an end with its liberation. She met an American who gave her a banknote…

News Digest — 7/13/20

The International Legal Forum (ILF) asserted Israel’s territorial rights and sovereignty over Judea and Samaria in a letter signed by over 100 legal scholars from…

News Digest — 7/10/20

An explosion shook western Tehran in the early hours of Friday morning (10th), causing widespread power failures in two residential areas, the Islamic Republic’s media reported. The…

News Digest — 7/9/20

A US general voiced Washington’s backing for Lebanese stability on Wednesday (8th) on a visit that triggered a protest by demonstrators including supporters of…

News Digest — 7/8/20

The number of serious coronavirus cases and the number of patients on ventilators both have risen in Israel, as the country imposes new restrictions Wednesday (8th) as part of…

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…