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News Digest — 1/21/21

David Friedman completed his tenure Wednesday evening (20th) with a visit to the Western  Wall at Jerusalem’s Old City. He was greeted by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the…

News Digest — 1/20/21

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening (19th), landed in southern Israel without a siren ringing off to alert the locals of an incoming fire, the military confirmed. The IDF…

The Blind Will See!

In a first for Israeli startup Corneat Vision, Professor Irit Bahar, director of the Ophthalmology Department at Rabin Medical Center in Israel, implanted an artificial cornea…

News Digest — 1/19/21

As Israel powers through its campaign to vaccinate the entire population against coronavirus, concerns remain high about the rapidly developing variants of the virus, which…

News Digest — 1/18/21

Gaza terrorists fired two rockets from the Strip towards the Israeli coast near the city of Ashdod Sunday night (17th).  In response, on Monday (18th), IDF fighter jets struck…

News Digest — 1/15/21

Friday January 15 marks what is surely the most popular day of the year – National Bagel Day! Yes, those beloved, ringed bread products have their own national holiday, and it gives us…

News Digest — 1/14/21

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi has instructed the military to outline a new plan to counter the Iranian threat.  The move was prompted by recent action by…

Vaccination Complications

Israel gave 100 doses of coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian Authority at the beginning of January as a “humanitarian gesture,” The Times of Israel reported….

News Digest — 1/13/21

Airstrikes near the Syria-Iraq border early Wednesday (13th) targeted sites used for Iran’s nuclear program, a senior US Intelligence official told AlJazeera Wednesday (13th). According to…

Hope for Today and Tomorrow

As COVID-19 nears its one year anniversary of its presence on the world stage, and appears to have an aggressive variant…

News Digest — 1/12/21

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed the construction of approximately 600 housing units in Judea and Samaria on Monday (11th). Included among the units are…

News Digest — 1/11/21

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by MK Zvi Hauser, held a special meeting Monday morning (11th) in honor of US Ambassador to Israel…

News Digest — 1/8/21

The president of the Bahraini Journalists’ Association asked Jewish-American colleagues to support Arab media professionals who are bullied and threatened online for…

News Digest — 1/7/21

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday night (6th) conducted a series of strikes against several targets in southern Syria, the country’s state media reported. SANA news quoted…

Home Again, Home Again

We might have flipped the calendar to 2021, but so far, things are looking a lot like 2020 in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for…

News Digest — 1/6/21

The IDF thwarted a terror attack at the West Bank’s Gush Etzion junction, with a security guard killing a Palestinian man who had thrown an axe at him near…

News Digest — 1/5/21

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday (4th) saying that the country’s move to enrich uranium to 20% purity was proof Iran is developing…

A New Year; Same UN

From August 31-September 8,2001 in Durban, South Africa, the United Nations convened the World Conference Against Racism…

News Digest — 1/4/21

Tel Aviv Municipality employees and other authorities remain baffled after trying for three days to find the mysterious source of underground heat that is causing…

News Digest — 12/31/20

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin held the traditional New Year’s reception for heads of the Christian denominations in Israel, this year online, Wednesday (30th)…

News Digest — 12/30/20

Syrian state news reported early Wednesday (30th) that air defense intercepted Israeli missiles over targets near the capital Damascus and in the country’s southwest…

A Look Back and Ahead

This has been quite a year for the world and Israel. Israel has had two lockdowns, with a possible third lockdown looming, due to over 400,000 cases…

News Digest — 12/29/20

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Sunday (27th) in a condolence visit to the Horgan family that the only proper response to…

News Digest — 12/28/20

A Moroccan delegation was in Israel on Monday (28th) for the first time since normalization between the countries…

News Digest — 12/23/20

Seven months after it was formed, the Likud-Blue and White unity government missed the deadline to pass a stage budget and dissolved itself as of midnight Tuesday (22nd), meaning…

News Digest — 12/22/20

Israel is organizing a mass airlift to return its citizens home before new, draconian quarantine rules go into effect that would force all returning Israelis to…

Saving a Child’s Life

In 1995 Dr. Ami Cohen formed Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) in Holon, Israel. “ Worldwide in 2020 350,000 children died because they did not have access to appropriate cardiac care…”

News Digest — 12/21/20

Security forces’ original suspicion that Samaria resident Esther Horgan, who was killed while out running near her home in Tel Menashe on Sunday (20th), was the victim of a…

News Digest — 12/18/20

An Israeli-American delegation is set to take off for Morocco next Tuesday (22nd) on the first-ever direct Israeli airline flight between Tel Aviv and Rabat. Last week…

News Digest — 12/17/20

While lighting Hanukkah candles, my thoughts wander to a time many years ago, in the village of Modi’in where Matityahu, surrounded by his five sons, faced dozens, perhaps…

News Digest — 12/16/20

Storms are causing flooding in Israel, forcing emergency services to rescue multiple people trapped overnight by rising waters, Israeli Police reported Wednesday morning…

News Digest — 12/15/20

While Jewish communities worldwide are celebrating Hanukkah, the small community in China must do so in secret as Beijing works to crack down on…

Helping the Stranger

In his unique photographic presentation, emergency room physician Brant Slomovic presents the life and experiences of the Lone Soldiers who come to Israel…

News Digest — 12/14/20

An annual event bringing together Holocaust survivors from around the world to mark Hanukkah was held online for the first time Sunday (13th) due to…

News Digest — 12/11/20

In an historic breakthrough, Morocco has agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.  As part of the deal, the United States will recognize the Western Sahara as part of…

News Digest — 12/10/20

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke at the White House Hanukkah party on Wednesday (9th), wishing those in attendance a “very happy Hanukkah.”  He also joked…

Coronavirus Vaccine Reaches Israel

Israel is beginning to see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and it came today in the form of a shipment of coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer…

News Digest — 12/9/20

In a historic moment, the first batch of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrived in Israel on Wednesday morning (9th) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke at a…

News Digest — 12/8/20

Israel’s Coronavirus Cabinet decided Monday night (7th) to institute a nighttime lockdown over the Hanukkah holiday in an effort to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus over…

Threats and Tensions

The latest statistics for Israel in its attempt to defeat the Coronavirus are grim. The current statistics show: Current Cases: 345,661, Active Cases: 13,158…

News Digest — 12/7/20

Six Israeli Border Police officers were injured after riots erupted outside northern Jerusalem Monday morning (7th). An IDF undercover unit was attacked by Arab rioters during…

News Digest — 12/4/20

The National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Bureau urged Israelis on Thursday (3rd) to avoid travel to the Gulf States of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of…

News Digest — 12/3/20

Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah plans to move to Iran, and may have already made the move, an informed source told the Kuwaiti Al-Jarida newspaper on…

Fourth Elections on the Horizon?

The Knesset passed a motion 61-54 in favor of dissolving itself, which makes it appear increasingly likely that a fourth round of national elections…

News Digest — 12/2/20

Israel and Bahrain are working to quickly bring the normalization of their ties to fruition, Bahraini Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani said in…

The Fruits of Peace

Prime Minister Netanyahu has received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he has received approval and congratulations from the UAE…

News Digest — 12/1/20

The assassination last week of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh generated a furious rhetorical response from the country’s leadership, with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and…

News Digest — 11/30/20

You won’t hear their stories in the European Union Meetings or see their photographs exhibited in the hallways of the United Nations.  Their names cannot be found…

News Digest — 11/25/20

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations called on the UN Security Council Wednesday (25th) to “take immediate action against the presence of Iran in Syria” in wake of…

News Digest — 11/24/20

Following reports of a “secret” meeting in Saudi Arabia between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday (22nd), accompanied by…

In Israel Women Move Up!

Israel has long rightly held the title of “Startup Nation.” That reputation added another evidence, as this year MasterCard has awarded Israel the…

News Digest — 11/23/20

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Saudi Arabia Sunday (22nd). An Israeli source claimed that Netanyahu accompanied US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to…

Susan Rice Remarks on Biden and Israel

The election isn’t over quite yet, but that isn’t stopping President-elect Joe Biden from submitting his cabinet. There is speculation that former Obama…

News Digest — 11/20/20

Friday, November 20 marks 75 years since the beginning of the Nuremberg Trials, when the political, military, judicial, and economic leaders of Nazi Germany were put on trial for…

News Digest — 11/19/20

The IDF has revealed that the terror cell behind the placing of anti-personnel mines and other improvised explosive devices on the Golan Heights is Unit 840, which is being operated by…

News Digest — 11/18/20

At least 10 people were killed and more injured in Israeli airstrikes in Syria overnight, a monitor group reported Wednesday morning (18th). Israeli military aircraft struck…

News Digest — 11/17/20

A few days ago, a large group of Jews arrived at the site of the Sa-Nur settlement in northern Samaria, returning to where the community existed until…

Caught in Her Words

Noted news commentator Christiane Amanpour recently compared President Trump to the Nazi attacks of Kristallnacht, which occurred November 9, 1938…

News Digest — 11/16/20

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stark warning to Gaza’s terrorist organizations on Sunday (15th) following an overnight rocket attack, saying the price for…

News Digest — 11/13/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday (12th) with Bulgarian Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem…

News Digest — 11/12/20

The German company ThyssenKrupp on Wednesday (11th) delivered to Israel the Sa’ar 6 missile ship, the Magen, the first ship in the Israeli missile fleet. Delivery took place at…

News Digest — 11/11/20

The IDF brought down a Hezbollah drone that entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon on Tuesday (10th), the IDF reported. The drone was identified and tracked during…

News Digest — 11/10/20

“The IDF will be ready for all eventualities of war regardless of the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi…

Welcome Relief

Prime Minister Netanyahu today expressed his praise and appreciation for Pfizer Corporation’s announcement of a vaccine that has a 90% success rate…

News Digest — 11/9/20

Their land didn’t want them.  The people living on the land didn’t want them.  Many people left, but a few stayed. The Jews of Europe were tortured.  Their businesses…

France Faces Islamic Terrorism

French President Emmanuel Macron promised to maintain French values of freedom, which protect the right to parody the prophet Muhammad…

News Digest — 11/6/20

In a change of policy that could break Jewish law, the IDF decided several months ago that non-Jewish soldiers will be buried side-by-side with their fallen Jewish…

News Digest — 11/5/20

On November 9, 2020, March of the Living will mark Kristallnacht with the “Let There Be Light” #LetThereBeLight campaign, designed to mark the anniversary of…

The Future of Farming: Robots?

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies, an Israeli startup founded by members of its aerospace and electronics industries, has created a robotic fruit-picking system…

News Digest — 11/4/20

Malawi plans to open an embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, making it the first African state to do so, Malawian Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka announced during…

Iran’s View of the US Election

Iran has suffered under the crippling sanctions of the United States. Their view of the elections on November 3 is very simple…

News Digest — 11/3/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined world leaders on Tuesday (3rd) in condemning the terrorist attack in which four people were killed in Vienna on Monday…

News Digest — 11/2/20

A source involved in the talks between Israel and Lebanon to set their offshore maritime border said new Lebanese demands are endangering the success of…

New Face Mask Technology from Israel

Scientists from Technion, Israel’s prestigious institute of technology in Haifa, have invented a new face mask that cleans itself…

News Digest — 10/30/20

After their son Menachem’s birth in 2002, Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky asked for a passport that recorded his birthplace as Jerusalem, Israel but received the document only…

News Digest — 10/29/20

Israel and the US signed agreements extending research cooperation to areas beyond the pre-1967 border.  Underlining the importance of the agreement…

News Digest — 10/28/20

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed in a commemoration ceremony held in honor of the 11 people whose lives were lost on October 27, 2018, during an attack on three Pittsburgh…

News Digest — 10/27/20

One of Israel’s largest hospitals, the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, is supposedly in negotiations with medical organizations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to discuss…

Waiting for the Big One!

The Abraham Accords continue to bring Muslim nations to recognize Israel, the latest being Sudan. Recently, a delegation of almost 1,000 people…

News Digest — 10/26/20

The number of Jews in Europe, including Britain, Turkey and Russia, has fallen to a 1000-year low, according to a new study conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in…

News Digest — 10/23/20

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the city of Ashkelon and nearby communities north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday night (22nd) the military said, following months of…

News Digest — 10/22/20

As Bahrain and Israel celebrated the formalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries with a visit by an Israeli delegation to the Gulf state earlier this week, Axios…

Israel Takes On Outer Space

Israel’s Ben-Gurion University is branching into space! The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has chosen to…

News Digest — 10/21/20

Washington – US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper addressed the recent agreements to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, saying that they could help…

News Digest — 10/20/20

On November 9, 2020, March of the Living will mark the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht (night of broken glass, a pogrom against Jews in Nazi Germany) with a…

Do Good to Your Enemies

Palestinian Authority Chief Negotiator and confidante to Mahmoud Abbas, Saeb Erekat, has been hospitalized in Israel at the…

News Digest — 10/19/20

Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign a deal on Tuesday (20th) to allow 28 weekly commercial flights between Ben Gurion Airport, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Israeli…

News Digest — 10/16/20

Gush Etzion regional council chief Shlomo Ne’eman praised Israeli authorities Thursday (15th) after one of the communities in the area was granted…

News Digest — 10/15/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (15th) spoke before the Knesset at a special hearing at which the UAE-Israel peace deal signed at the White House a month ago is…

Border Talks with Lebanon Underway

Israel has added to the list of diplomatic discussions and decisions it has made this fall. After agreeing to normalization deals with…

News Digest — 10/14/20

In a secret operation that took place last week and was made known to the public on Tuesday (13th), IDF Special Forces crossed the border into the demilitarized zone between…