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News Digest — 9/2/22

Israelis should refrain from traveling to the city of Uman in Ukraine for Rosh Hashanah, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Thursday (1st) in an official warning to the tens of thousands of…

News Digest — 9/1/22

Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank early Thursday (1st) as the IDF continues to crack down on terrorism as part of its…

News Digest — 8/31/22

Jewish organizations mourned the death of Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday (30th), remembering him as the leader who lifted the Iron Curtain and allowed some two million Soviet Jews to…

News Digest — 8/30/22

Arab terrorists in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria opened fire on Israeli soldiers Tuesday morning (30th), as Israeli security forces operated in,..

Happy Anniversary!

The World Zionist Organization is holding a spectacular 125th anniversary celebration of the First Zionist Congress convened by Theodor Herzl…

News Digest—8/29/22

On Sunday night (28th), IDF security forces arrested a total of nine Palestinians suspected of involvement in terrorist activity…

Israeli Tourism on the Mend

The Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli tourism is on the mend, back to nearly pre-pandemic highs. The pandemic put a halt on nearly all tourism for…

News Digest — 8/26/22

A fire broke out on Thursday (25th) near the city of Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, prompting authorities to evacuate residents for fear the flames could engulf…

News Digest — 8/25/22

An IDF soldier was lightly injured after he was shot in the arm by terrorist fire during operational activities overnight in the village of Burkin located near Jenin in…

News Digest — 8/24/22

The US military said early Wednesday morning (24th) it carried out airstrikes in Deir Ez-Zor in eastern Syria that targeted areas used by militias backed by Iran’s…

An Encouraging Event

In a first, Palestinian and Israeli passengers will sit side by side in the first flight to Cyprus, operated by Arkia Airlines, giving a welcome…

News Digest — 8/23/22

A senior officer in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC), Brig.-Gen. Abolfazal Alijani, was killed in the Aleppo region of Syria on Monday morning (22nd), according to…

News Digest — 8/22/22

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and he cannot see how an arrangement can be made to make it belong to the Palestinians…

News Digest — 8/19/22

Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas eventually walked back his controversial Holocaust remarks made in Germany on Tuesday (16th), having drawn outrage in Israel and abroad. In a…

News Digest — 8/18/22

Israel and Turkey will restore full diplomatic relations and dispatch ambassadors for the first time in years, the latest step in months of reconciliation between…

News Digest — 8/17/22

Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas sparked controversy on Tuesday (16th) as he spoke at a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, accusing Israel of…

News Digest — 8/16/22

Brigadier General Emi Plant, who received the Medal of Valor for his part in the Battle of Emek Habakah in the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War, under the command of…

News Digest — 8/15/22

Three Syrian soldiers were killed and three others were injured after alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted sites near Tartus on the coast of Syria

News Digest — 8/12/22

“Israel has rejected the Lebanese proposal in the maritime border demarcation talks between the two countries, after holding meetings with American…

News Digest — 8/11/22

IDF Chief of Staff Major General Aviv Kochavi spoke on Wednesday evening (10th) at a conference in the city of Ariel, and delivered a message to the residents of…

News Digest — 8/10/22

Israeli President Isaac Herzog spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (9th) about Russia’s attempt to ban the Jewish Agency in the country. Russia’s justice minister is…

News Digest — 8/9/22

Israeli counterterrorism forces operating in Nablus in the early hours of Tuesday morning (9th) eliminated Ibrahim Nabulsi, head of the Fatah-affiliated…

News Digest — 8/8/22

A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) took effect late Sunday (7th) in a bid to end nearly three days of violence, with tense hours expected ahead to see if…

News Digest — 8/5/22

Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Thursday (4th) that Israel would not hesitate to take action against terrorists who threaten civilians, as the IDF bolstered its…

News Digest — 8/4/22

With tensions high in southern Israel, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi toured the Gaza Division on Thursday morning (4th) and approved offensive plans should there be…

News Digest — 8/3/22

The IDF has called up a limited number of reservists to deploy along the Gaza Strip as the military continued to close the roads in the area for the second day in a row on Wednesday (3rd) over…

News Digest — 8/2/22

The Israeli military on Tuesday (2nd) said its forces in the south were on increased alert after the arrest of a senior Islamic Jihad operative on Monday (1st). Train service in…

News Digest — 8/1/22

The Palestinian Authority increased its monthly payments to the terrorists responsible for the deadly attack at Hebrew University in 2002, Palestinian Media Watch found. The 14.29% raise…

News Digest — 7/29/22

Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton on Thursday (28th) revoked the operating licenses of six schools in eastern Jerusalem, after serious incitement was found in…

News Digest — 7/28/22

An Israeli delegation headed to Russia on Wednesday (27th) on Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s orders in hopes of halting a Russian order to shutter the operations of the…

News Digest — 7/27/22

Israel issued warnings to the Lebanese Hezbollah, threatening that any attack will be answered with force, officials said on Tuesday (26th). The warnings were delivered using…

News Digest — 7/26/22

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning to Israelis, warning them not to travel to Ukraine, including to Uman and the surrounding areas. In the warning, the Foreign Ministry says…

Farewell to a Patriot

Born in 1920, Tamar Eshel moved to Mandatory Palestine with her parents to Haifa, where she grew up. “Once the Jewish state was established in 1948, she joined Israel’s…

News Digest — 7/25/22

Prime Minister Yair Lapid instructed the Foreign Ministry Saturday (23rd) to prepare a series of political measures against Russia to be implemented in the event it liquidates…

News Digest — 7/22/22

Israel launched airstrikes targeting Syrian military positions around Damascus just after midnight Friday (22nd), killing three soldiers, wounding seven others, and causing…

News Digest — 7/21/22

Israeli army Chief of Staff Major General Aviv Kochavi visited the Jewish community in the old city of Marrakech on Wednesday (20th) as part of the second day of his visit to…

News Digest — 7/20/22

An Israeli man was moderately hurt in a suspected stabbing attack on a bus near Jerusalem’s northeastern Ramot neighborhood on Tuesday (19th), police and medics said. The 41-year-old man…

News Digest — 7/19/22

U.S.  Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt and the U.S. State department spokesman Ned Price paid tributes on Monday (18th) to the victims of…

News Digest — 7/18/22

The head of the United States Central Command began an official visit to Israel on Sunday (17th), the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit announced. Gen. Michael Kurilla is in Israel at…

News Digest — 7/15/22

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday (14th) signed a pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons, closing ranks after long-running disputes between…

News Digest — 7/14/22

US President Joe Biden, who arrived in Israel on Wednesday afternoon (13th), visited the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in the early evening hours.  The visit was…

News Digest — 7/13/22

US President Joe Biden departed from Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday night (12th), as he makes his way to Israel. Biden is expected to land in Israel at 3:30 p.m. and begin his first…

Busted!

Israel has an existing law that any finds of ancient artifacts found in the land belong to the government…

News Digest — 7/12/22

The Israeli police announced on Sunday (10th) the completion of its preparations ahead of Wednesday’s (13th) visit to Israel by U.S. President Joe Biden…

News Digest — 7/11/22

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday (10th) urged “resolute international action” against Iran’s nuclear program, saying he plans to discuss the issue with…

News Digest — 7/8/22

Since the signing of the Abraham Accords about two years ago, Israeli defense and IDF officials have held about 150 meetings with their counterparts in…

News Digest — 7/7/22

A Syrian militant working with the Syrian Army was killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike in Quneitra in southwestern Syria on Wednesday (6th), according to Syrian…

News Digest — 7/6/22

Currently meeting with Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Prime Minister Yair Lapid stressed the imminent danger posed by Iran, insisting the world must take action. Noting that France is…

Jewish Connections

“Chabad rabbi says alleged July 4 shooter entered his synagogue on Passover. Rabbi Yosef Schanowitz, whose house of worship is near the…

News Digest — 7/5/22

An Israeli man was stabbed in Central Israel on Tuesday morning (5th) in what authorities believe was a terror attack.  Police have launched a manhunt for the terrorist. The victim…

News Digest — 7/1/22

A recent report that Hamas and Syria have established relations after a decade of rupture between them is a source of concern for Israel, Michael Barak, a senior researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya told Jewish News Syndicate…

News Digest — 6/30/22

The 24th Knesset voted to disperse on Thursday morning (30th) with a 92-0 vote and to hold the next election on November 1…

News Digest — 6/29/22

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday (28th) that when it comes to the Iranian threat, the government’s policy remains the same as with…

News Digest — 6/28/22

The Hamas terror organization announced Monday (27th) that the medical condition of one of the Israeli captives has deteriorated…

News Digest — 6/27/22

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett convened what was likely his last Cabinet meeting as premier on Sunday (26th), with parliament expected to dissolve itself this week, triggering…

News Digest — 6/24/22

The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday (22nd) ordered the Palestinian Authority to pay $37.5 million in compensation to 32 Israeli families that lost members to…

Israel’s Government Set to Dissolve

The Israeli Knesset voted unanimously to dissolve itself on Wednesday. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had called for the dissolution on…

News Digest — 6/23/22

Opposition leader MK Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) has said in closed conversations that he is willing to compromise on both the Justice Ministry and the right of…

Second Thoughts

According to police, a 37 year old man from the Palestinian town of Anata, turned himself in to police upon having second thoughts of stabbing Israelis…

News Digest — 6/22/22

The legislative process to formally dissolve the Knesset kicked into high gear on Tuesday (21st). Coalition MK Boaz Toporovsky (Yesh Atid) and New Hope faction leader…

News Digest — 6/21/22

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid have agreed to dissolve parliament, triggering a new election, and Lapid will in the meantime…

News Digest — 6/20/22

Security officials suspect that rocket sirens heard in Jerusalem and Eilat on Sunday (19th) were the result of a cyberattack.  The Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) believes hackers…

News Digest — 6/17/22

Three armed Palestinian terror suspects who opened fire at Israeli troops were shot and killed by soldiers from a Golan reconnaissance battalion during clashes in…

News Digest — 6/16/22

Israel’s military on Thursday (16th) announced an exercise on the Israel-Lebanon border, saying it will include artillery fire, and stressing that the maneuvers were…

News Digest — 6/15/22

Israel joined a 47-country bloc that denounced China’s forced imprisonment of Uyghur Muslims at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday (14th). “We continue to…

A Curious Event

Two generals received approvals for promotions from Defense Minister Benny Gantz, one with a serious reprimand in his resume…

News Digest — 6/14/22

The U.S. and 21 other countries denounced the Human Rights Council’s bias against Israel, following the release of an 18-page report which blamed the Jewish state for…

News Digest — 6/13/22

The Israeli military announced ground maneuvers near the Israel-Gaza border, saying the drill would take place on Monday….

News Digest — 6/10/22

For the second time this week, Israeli jets allegedly targeted sites south of the Syrian capital Damascus early on Friday (10th), a Syrian military official told a state media outlet. Syrian air defenses…

Reflections

Following our trip to Israel with the Zionist Organization of America a week ago, I have pondered the places we saw…

News Digest — 6/9/22

A drone attack in Erbil targeted a Mossad intelligence agency hit squad, Iran’s Fars news agency reported on Thursday (9th). A UAV exploded on a road in…

News Digest — 6/8/22

The air forces of Russia and Syria conducted a joint drill over the war-torn country Tuesday (7th), the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began more than…

News Digest — 6/7/22

Israel fired several missiles toward the southern part of Syria’s capital Damascus on Tuesday morning, (7th) causing material damage but no casualties…

News Digest — 6/6/22

754 Jews ascended the Temple Mount Sunday (5th) to celebrate the festival of Shavuot. This is an increase in the number of Jews ascending the mountain compared to…

Israel and UAE Make More History

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed the first free trade agreement between the Jewish state and an Arab state…

News Digest — 6/3/22

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday (2nd) met in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between the…

News Digest — 6/2/22

The Iron Beam, a new laser defense system under development, will “bankrupt” Israel’s foes, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said after a visit to the project’s Haifa…

Israel : Challenge and Celebrations

From May 23-30, four Friends of Israel Staff and four pastors joined the Zionist Organization of America’s Yom Yerushalayim Day (Jerusalem Day)…

News Digest — 6/1/22

Hundreds of Israeli Air Force aircraft including fighter jets and refueling aircraft took off overnight Wednesday (6/1) from various bases in Israel to simulate striking…

News Digest — 5/31/22

Israel has boosted the deployment of its air defense systems due to concerns that Iran could retaliate for the May 22 assassination of a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps…

News Digest — 5/27/22

Israeli security forces are on high alert ahead of Sunday’s (29th) flag march, with additional mobile shelters deployed to cities in the south, and an increase in police presence in…

News Digest — 5/26/22

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, 61, is struggling to stay relevant.  In a speech he gave this week, he once again reminded the few people who tuned in that in May 2000 Israel…

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…