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News Digest — 5/25/22

Thousands of Israeli worshipers, secured by IDF forces, prayed at Joseph’s Tomb in the city of Shechem (Nablus) on Tuesday night (24th), during which a terrorist who attacked…

News Digest — 5/24/22

Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency thwarted a Hamas terror cell of east Jerusalem residents who planned to carry out attacks on various Israeli targets including…

News Digest — 5/23/22

Israeli Minister of Immigration Absorption Pnina Tamano-Shata kicked off the Jerusalem Conference…

News Digest — 5/20/22

The Israel Security Intelligence Agency (Shin Bet) announced on Thursday (19th) the uncovering of an Iranian plot to lure Israeli academics and businesspeople abroad for…

News Digest — 5/19/22

King Abdullah of Jordan expressed concern Wednesday (18th) that the vacuum left behind by Russian troops who left southern Syria as the country shifts focus on Ukraine, will be…

News Digest — 5/18/22

Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Mount Meron on Wednesday night (18th) to celebrate Lag B’Omer, exactly one year after 45 people died there in…

News Digest — 5/17/22

Reports that Hezbollah and its allies have not performed as well as expected in the Lebanese elections may have ramifications.  The pro-Iranian group may suffer a…

Snakebitten!

A 20 year old member of the elite Air Force Shaldag commando unit was rushed to the Hillel Yafa Medical Center in Hadera with an apparent snake bite…

News Digest — 5/16/22

President Isaac Herzog flew to the United Arab Emirates Sunday (15th) to express condolences to the new president of the UAE, HH Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed, and to…

News Digest — 5/13/22

Police are aware that certain parties plan to turn Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Aqleh’s funeral into an incitement campaign, but will not allow that to happen,” a senior…

News Digest — 5/12/22

The Palestinian Authority is refusing to allow an Israeli investigation into the shooting death of Shireen Abu Aqleh and will not turn over the bullet that killed her for an…

News Digest — 5/11/22

An alleged Israeli missile strike targeted the Qurs al-Nafi site in Quneitra in southwest Syria near the border with Israel early Wednesday morning (11th), according to Syrian and…

News Digest — 5/10/22

As tensions boil over in the West Bank amid a string of deadly terrorist attacks in Israel, the IDF launched the largest exercise in its history on Sunday (8th). Thousands of…

News Digest — 5/9/22

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Sunday (8th) the creation of a national guard, with the aim of “strengthening the personal security” of Israeli citizens. “We are…

News Digest — 5/6/22

Three people were murdered and four wounded Thursday evening (5th) in a terror attack in Elad, a small city in central Israel. Two victims are in critical condition, one is…

News Digest — 5/5/22

The Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday (2nd) released its annual pre-Independence Day population data, showing that as it turned 74, the population of the Jewish state stands…

News Digest — 5/4/22

Israel honored its fallen with a one-minute siren at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening as Memorial Day began.  A national ceremony was also held at the Western Wall in honor of…

News Digest — 5/3/22

On Israel’s Independence Day this Thursday (5th), Israeli President and First Lady Michal Herzog will host the main national celebrations of the morning of Independence Day in the…

Heading Home!

The Israeli field hospital team has decided to return home after six weeks of operation. Located in western Ukraine in Mosytsk, about 30 west of Lviv…

News Digest — 5/2/22

The Israeli military will close all border crossings with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip from Tuesday (3rd) to Friday (6th), ahead of the Jewish state’s Memorial and…

Jewish Population Stats Released

Israel Central Bureau of Statistics recently released Jewish population stats. According to the CBS, there are 15.2 million Jewish people globally…

News Digest — 4/29/22

Ahead of Memorial Day, which begins on Tuesday night, May 3, the Ministry of Defense published the number of fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism from…

News Digest — 4/28/22

Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day opened with the official state ceremony in Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem, on the Mount of Remembrance…

Turkey Kicks Out Hamas

As Turkey strengthens its ties with Israel, it is beginning to proactively expel terrorists from its borders. Dozens of Hamas operatives and allies have been…

News Digest — 4/27/22

Four Syrian soldiers were killed and three others were wounded after alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted sites near Damascus early Wednesday morning (27th), according to Syrian…

News Digest — 4/26/22

The world Jewish population reached 15.2 million by the end of 2020 – approximately 1.4 million less than on the eve of the Holocaust in 1939, when the number was…

“From BOTH Sides?!”

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan used those words to express outrage and consternation at the international community’s call for…

News Digest — 4/25/22

The IDF fired dozens of artillery shells toward sites in southern Lebanon after a rocket was fired into northern Israel near the town of Shlomi. The retaliatory fire targeted…

News Digest — 4/22/22

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday (21st) shared some truths about the Temple Mount in a bid to stop dissemination of false information about the tensions at…

News Digest — 4/21/22

The Israeli Air Force struck targets in the Gaza Strip overnight on Thursday (21st) in response to earlier rocket fire launched toward southern Israel Wednesday evening (20th). The first…

News Digest — 4/20/22

The government led by Naftali Bennett has announced that it will block the entry of Jews to the Temple Mount for two weeks until the conclusion of the Muslim…

Threats to Peace

In both Hebrew and Arabic the word for peace is very similar; Shalom in Hebrew and Salaam in Arabic. Unfortunately, peace can be disturbed…

News Digest — 4/19/22

The Israeli Air Force struck targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday (19th) in response to earlier rocket fire launched towards southern Israel. “Fighter planes attacked…

News Digest — 4/18/22

Thousands of worshipers flocked to the Western Wall Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem Monday morning (18th) for the Priestly Blessing (Birkat HaKohanim) ceremony. Held during…

News Digest — 4/14/22

Now that Seder night is free of social restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal – who are hosting their first Seder at the…

News Digest — 4/13/22

A construction team from the Samaria Regional Council quietly arrived at Joseph’s Tomb compound early Wednesday morning (13th) to repair damage caused by Palestinian…

News Digest — 4/12/22

Defense Minister Benny Gantz called for a regional alliance and an expansion of intelligence cooperation in order to make up for a lack of inspections on Iran’s…

News Digest — 4/11/22

President Isaac Herzog on Sunday (10th) spoke via video-call with Eytan Stibbe, Israel’s second astronaut and the first Israeli to ever make it to the…

News Digest — 4/8/22

The Rosh Yehudi Association, which works with young professionals to deepen their connection to Judaism, organized a morning prayer service near the site of…

News Digest — 4/7/22

Police are on the highest level of alert ahead of Muslim prayers Friday (8th), the first Friday prayers to fall during Ramadan this year.  Over 100,000 Muslims are expected to…

News Digest — 4/6/22

Jerusalem Police confronted Muslim rioters at the Damascus Gate at the entrance to the Old City on Tuesday night…

News Digest — 4/5/22

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi disclosed on Monday night (4th) that the IDF thwarted at least 10 Palestinian terror attacks…

Perilous Times

In the past week eleven Israelis have been killed in terrorist attacks. With the onset of Ramadan, the month long Muslim holiday…

News Digest — 4/4/22

Several Israeli leaders expressed shock following the photos and footage emerging from Bucha, Ukraine, indicating that the…

News Digest — 4/1/22

Amir Khoury, the police officer killed in Tuesday’s (3/29) terror attack in Bnei Brak was laid to rest in his hometown of Nof HaGalil on Thursday (3/31)…

News Digest — 3/30/22

Five people were killed in a shooting attack in Bnei Brak on Tuesday evening (29th) in at least two different places…

News Digest — 3/29/22

Two Border Police officers killed in a Hadera terror attack were laid to rest on Monday (28th) as thousands of Israelis gathered…

Desire and Reality

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid convened a meeting of diplomats from the United States, Egypt, Morocco, and Bahrain on Sunday…

News Digest — 3/28/22

Two terrorists opened fire Sunday evening (27th) at security forces in the coastal city of Hadera, near Haifa, killing two Israeli Border Policemen…

News Digest — 3/25/22

Arab leaders, Including the Mufti of Jerusalem, have warned that Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount during…

News Digest—3/24/22

Doris Yahbas, Laura Yitzhak, Menachem Yechezkel and Rabbi Moshe Kravitsky, the four people killed in Tuesday evening’s (22nd) terror attack…

News Digest — 3/23/22

At least four people died and others were hurt, some critically in a ramming and stabbing attack in Beer Sheba on Tuesday (22nd). A man drove up to a gas station near…

“What a Miracle!”

Two women were surprised to hear both of their same last names called at the gate in Warsaw for a flight to Israel…

News Digest — 3/22/22

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett paid an unannounced visit to Egypt on Monday (21st), where he met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and United…

News Digest — 3/21/22

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett sent a video message to the Iranian people on Sunday (20th) wishing them a Happy Nowruz (Persian New Year). “I have a special message for…

News Digest — 3/18/22

After a series of discussions in recent months, Defense Minister Benny Gantz has approved the allocation of hundreds of millions of shekels for the development and production of…

News Digest — 3/17/22

The United States is considering removing Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from its foreign terrorist organization blacklist in return for Iranian assurances about reining in…

News Digest — 3/16/22

German Rozhkov Simionov, father of Lieutenant German Rozhkov who was killed in an encounter with Hezbollah operatives in 2002, arrived in Chisinau, Moldova after escaping…

News Digest — 3/15/22

Two Palestinians were shot and Killed in clashes with Israeli security forces in Kalandiya and Balata in the West Bank on Tuesday morning (15th), according to the Palestinian…

Experiencing Ukraine

“On Ukraine’s roads and rails, the scale of the unfolding human catastrophe becomes painfully clear…

News Digest — 3/14/22

There will be no cap on the number of Ukrainian refugees with a relative in Israel who are permitted to enter the country, according to a new policy presented…

News Digest — 3/11/22

Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, the Mufti of Jerusalem, condemned former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit on Wednesday (9th) to Hebron, particularly to the…

News Digest — 3/10/22

The United States House of Representatives passed their omnibus bill, which included $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system, on Thursday morning (10th).  The bill…

Ukrainians Find Refuge in Israel

For weeks we’ve been following not only the Russian invasion of Ukraine but also the fate of Ukraine’s refugees…

News Digest — 3/9/22

President Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal were set to embark on a visit to Turkey on Wednesday (9th), marking the first official visit by an Israeli president to Ankara since…

News Digest — 3/8/22

Europe’s natural gas shortage, which has pushed prices to multi-year highs, has revived talks of the EastMed pipeline – a Mediterranean Sea pipeline that could carry…

All Eyes on Ukraine

With Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the world’s focus and attention are rightly drawn there. The massive onslaught of Russian…

News Digest — 3/7/22

Even as Russia announced a ceasefire starting Monday morning (7th) and the opening of humanitarian corridors in several areas, its armed forces continued to…

News Digest — 3/4/22

Israeli doctors became the first foreigners to help treat Ukrainian refugees in Moldova, most of them without even leaving home, thanks to the use of the latest…

News Digest — 3/3/22

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with both Russian President Vladmir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky separately on Wednesday (2nd)…

News Digest — 3/2/22

Israeli President Isaac Herzog paid a surprise visit to the Golan Heights Tuesday (1st) in what may have been a jab at Russia. The visit and certain comments he made may have…

A Helping Hand

Israel’s rescue teams have made news with their ability to quickly come to a nation’s aid when disaster strikes. With the Russian invasion…

News Digest — 3/1/22

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced Monday (2/28) that Israel will vote to condemn Russia at the UN General Assembly, thus joining many countries that are expected to…

News Digest — 2/28/22

A Ukrainian-born former IDF soldier is gearing up to return to his birthplace in order to take up arms and stave off invading Russian troops – and he says he’s not…

News Digest — 2/25/22

The Jewish community in the historic Ukrainian city of Uman – site of the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the revered founder of the Breslov Hasidim – is actively providing…

News Digest — 2/24/22

An alleged Israeli airstrike targeted sites near Damascus on Wednesday night (23rd), according to Syrian state news agency SANA. Three Syrian soldiers were killed and…

US Sees Uptick in Anti-Semitic Fliers

Anti-Semitism is surging in recent days. This week students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign discovered anti-Semitic fliers…

News Digest — 2/23/22

Syrian state media reported early Wednesday morning (23rd) that Israel had fired a number of surface-to-surface missiles from the Golan Heights toward…

An Internal Threat

Our Michigan Executive Director for ZOA, Kobi Erez, highlights a troubling presence in the Knesset, the Ra’an Arab Party. Kobi writes…

News Digest — 2/22/22

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has ordered Israeli Embassy staff in Kiev to move to consular offices in the Western Ukraine city of Lviv following a situation assessment and discussions with…