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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…

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…