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Israel Economic Aid Package Announced

With fear surrounding coronavirus in Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a $2.8 billion package to help their economy through this crisis…

News Digest — 4/3/20

Bnei Brak, the city of ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi Jews, has seen the highest infection rate of coronavirus in Israel.  In order to protect its more vulnerable residents, the…

News Digest — 4/2/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, National Security Council chief Meir Ben Shabbat and the director general of the Health Ministry Bar Siman Tov were…

Next Steps for Virus Prevention

Good news: Johnson & Johnson is working hard to make more than 1 billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine with the help of $1 billion of investment from the U.S…

News Digest — 4/1/20

Israeli deaths from the coronavirus jumped to 21 dead on Wednesday morning (1st), but number 18 hit a particular chord in the country as Tamar Peretz-Levi was the youngest…

News Digest — 3/31/20

Johnson and Johnson said on Monday (30th) that the company and the US government will invest $1 billion to create enough manufacturing capacity to make…

News Digest — 3/30/20

Johnson and Johnson said on Monday (30th) that the company and the US government will invest $1 billion to create enough manufacturing capacity to make more than…

A Tragic End

On the night of December 29, 2019, Grafton Thomas marched into a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration, wielding an 18” machete’, attacking the…

News Digest — 3/30/20

The number of Israelis confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus passed 4,000 Monday morning (30th) as a senior official warned that a pending curfew may…

News Digest — 3/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, moved toward establishing a unity government on Thursday (26th) after…

News Digest — 3/26/20

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin addressed the nation Wednesday evening (25th) admonishing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz to…

Life Under Shutdown

Israel’s citizens are reeling from the effects of the coronavirus and the accompanying shutdown of the majority of the country’s businesses and operations…

News Digest — 3/25/20

The Israeli cabinet approved, via a phone call vote early Wednesday morning (25th), new, stricter limitations on public life in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, as…

News Digest — 3/24/20

The Israeli and US militaries are launching a joint aerial exercise Tuesday (24th) in which F-35 jets are taking part, the Israel Defense Forces said. The drill was permitted to…

Israel Fights Coronavirus

Currently, Israel has 1,238 citizens infected with COVID-19. Of those, 24 citizens are seriously ill, while 15 are moderately ill…

News Digest — 3/23/20

On Sunday evening (22nd), the Israel Defense Forces thwarted an attempt to carry out a terror attack adjacent to Ni’lin junction, south of Qalqilya. IDF troops spotted…

News Digest — 3/20/20

The Israeli Health Ministry guidelines to fight the spread of coronavirus will no longer be “recommendations” or “requests.”  Rather overnight Thursday (19th) the government signed…

News Digest — 3/19/20

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was able to deliver 100,000 new coronavirus test kits collected overseas to local labs in an overnight operation Channel 12 News reported Thursday (19th).  In the…

Empty Streets and Crowded Hospitals

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, the landscapes of countless cities are changing. People have stormed stores to buy supplies in bulk…

News Digest — 3/18/20

In a dramatic press conference, Tuesday (17th), 24 hours after the one on Monday night (16th), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced three more steps to fight the…

News Digest — 3/17/20

While Benjamin Netanyahu specified on Monday (16th) that Israel was not instituting a “general lockdown,” the prime minister introduced a series of new restrictions in an effort to…

It Took A Pandemic!

Israel daily lives with threats to their existence from their enemies, supplied by Iran. However, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesperson Brigadier-General Hidai Zilberman…

News Digest — 3/16/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz met on Sunday evening (15th) at the request of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who led the…

Israeli Elections Not Over

One of Israel’s powerful politicians Avigdor Lieberman, is rumored to have recommended Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz be given…

News Digest — 3/13/20

On Thursday (12th) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Israel is closing its schools and universities in an effort to prevent coronavirus contagion. While Netanyahu excluded…

News Digest — 3/12/20

On Wednesday evening (11th), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel is instituting a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people in closed spaces…

The Price of the Premiership

The Arab Joint List, which includes the main Arab-majority political parties in Israel, has made a number of brash demands in exchange for supporting…

News Digest — 3/11/20

Shortly before Israel’s Health Ministry announced three new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (11th), bringing the total number in Israel to 61, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held…

News Digest — 3/10/20

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday (10th) approved a “sovereignty road” that will enable Israelis and Palestinians to drive on separate highways. It will also clear the way for…

Israel and the Coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “The Coronavirus is the worst pandemic in 100 years.”

News Digest — 3/9/20

Every Purim, Richard Roberts sponsors a party for more than 2,000 people in the heavily Orthodox New Jersey city of Lakewood, where he gives out, by estimation, some…

News Digest — 3/6/20

As Israel’s Ministry of Health tries to limit the danger to Israelis from the coronavirus by calling on citizens not to fly abroad and adding more countries to the…

News Digest — 3/5/20

Syrian air defenses “confronted hostile targets” early Thursday morning (5th) in two areas – the first in Homs in the center of the country, and minutes later in Quneitra, on the…

Cutting Terror Off at the Legs

Israel struck against its enemies financially last week, seizing $4 million that Iran had transferred to the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip…

News Digest — 3/4/20

The Palestinian Authority (PA) foreign ministry on Tuesday (3rd) denounced the speech given by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the announcement of…

News Digest — 3/3/20

Calling it “the biggest win of my life,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a noisy crowd of the faithful at Likud election headquarters in Tel Aviv in a speech that…

Israeli Elections 3.0

In an unprecedented move, Israel goes back to the polls for a third time. Early results show a high voter turnout, as 47% of the electorate have voted so far…

News Digest —3/2/20

With more than 6,000,000 able to exercise their right to vote, Israelis will wearily head to their third election in a year on Monday (2nd).  The political gridlock is unlikely to be…

Coronavirus in Israel

One Israeli was confirmed to have contracted coronavirus while on a Diamond Princess Japanese cruise. The group of Israelis who were on…

News Digest — 2/28/20

A man was killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike as he was driving his car near the village of Hadar in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra on Thursday morning (27th)…

News Digest — 2/27/20

In a dramatic statement Wednesday (26th), Israel’s Health Ministry urged Israelis to seriously consider refraining from traveling abroad, as the country looked to isolate itself from…

Will Biblical History Repeat Itself?

Iranian leaders have called for the sacred tombs of Esther and Mordecai from the biblical book of Esther to be destroyed and replaced…

News Digest — 2/26/20

Amid an election campaign when handshakes are at the center of the effort to win as many votes as possible in the March 2 Knesset election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is…

News Digest — 2/25/20

The Islamic Jihad terror group in the Gaza Strip announced a unilateral cease-fire that went into effect 11:30 p.m. on Monday (24th), calling for a halt after two days of…

A Remarkable Find

In July 2017 Israeli scholar Yoram Meital stumbled upon an unbelievable discovery in a Cairo synagogue: a 616 page handwritten biblical codex…

News Digest — 2/24/20

Israeli airstrikes targeting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militant group in the Gaza Strip and Syria killed at least six fighters, a war monitor said Monday (24th).  The strikes came…

News Digest — 2/21/20

After a two-week quarantine onboard the coronavirus-hit Diamond Cruise ship, 11 seemingly unaffected Israeli passengers returned home Friday morning (21st). As a precaution…

Bringing Water to the Desert

Israeli researchers have just developed a revolutionary innovation: a system capable of producing water from air. The novel creation will be a game-changer…

News Digest — 2/20/20

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network recently hosted a debate about Israel and the Arab countries. Syrian journalist Thaer Al-Nashef who took part in the debate, said the claim that Israel is…

Bon Voyage?

The Coronavirus, recently labeled as Covid-19 by the World Health Organization, has infected 70,548 people and left over 1,770 dead around the world…

News Digest — 2/19/20

With less than two weeks until election day and polls showing Likud and its allies doing no better than during the last round of voting in September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on…

News Digest — 2/18/20

Hundreds gathered at Jerusalem’s Western Wall Sunday (16th) for mass prayer to keep coronavirus at bay.  According to local media the time of prayer was an initiative of…

Iranian Flag Burning Factory

Videos from Iran that are shown on the news or online often show Iranians burning American or Israeli flags…

News Digest — 2/14/20

The IAF launched airstrikes Thursday (13th) in the Damascus area, according to the Syrian news agency SANA.  Syrian air defenses downed several missiles coming across Israel’s…

News Digest — 2/13/20

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Wednesday (12th) condemned the UN Human Rights Council after it released a list of over 100 companies which…

News Digest — 2/12/20

Even before the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan was revealed earlier this month, Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas was planning his trip to…

News Digest — 2/11/20

“An Egyptian security delegation visiting the Gaza Strip has relayed a message from Israel to Hamas, warning that if calm is not restored to the Israel-Gaza border, Israel will…

Springing to Life

Scientists from Israel, France, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), planted date palm seeds determined to be approximately two-thousand years old…

News Digest — 2/10/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond with ‘devastating action’ if the terror groups continue to launch attacks on the Jewish state, suggesting he would not…

The Evil is Still the Same

Last month 50 world leaders met in Jerusalem for the fifth World Holocaust Forum, to mark the 75th anniversary…

News Digest — 2/7/20

Israeli officials on Thursday (6th) lambasted Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas after three terrorist attacks on Israeli troops in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, accusing…

News Digest — 2/6/20

An IDF combat soldier was severely injured in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem early on Thursday morning (6th), the Israeli military said in a statement. Another 11 soldiers…

Israel’s Laser Defense Breakthrough

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has developed a breakthrough in military technology: a solid-state laser source that can intercept rockets and missiles…

News Digest — 2/5/20

The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning (5th) after terrorists based in the coastal enclave fired three rockets at…

News Digest — 2/4/20

Just days before Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas is to arrive in New York for a UN Security Council discussion on President Donald Trump’s…

Deal or No Deal?

With the release of President Trump’s so called “Deal of the Century,” it has led to various responses, some supporting, some opposing, and some waiting for further discussion…

News Digest — 2/3/20

IDF fighter jets and helicopters attacked several Hamas terror targets early Sunday morning (2nd). Among the targets attacked were underground infrastructures used by…

News Digest — 1/31/20

Three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel late Thursday night (30th), the Israel Defense Forces said. There were no direct injuries, but an infant was…

News Digest — 1/30/20

Israeli Police forces are preparing for an escalation in the violence on the Temple Mount as two Muslims were arrested at the holy site on Wednesday (29th) after they…

News Digest — 1/29/20

Three years in the making, the ‘Deal of the Century,’ Donald Trump’s peace plan, has finally been revealed. Borders: Trump’s plan features a map of what Israel’s…

News Digest — 1/28/20

US President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration’s much-anticipated Mideast peace plan in the latest American venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

A Day To Remember

On Saturday, January 27, 1945, the Russian army arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and liberated the occupants of the labor-death camp…

News Digest — 1/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz landed in Washington, DC on Sunday (26th), ahead of a meeting with US President Donald Trump to discuss…

The Ultimate DNA Test

The Jerusalem Post called  the Tel Aviv-based company, Variantyx, the one-stop shop for DNA testing. Companies like Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and MyHeritage are very popular…

News Digest — 1/24/20

Israel’s security forces geared up for possible rioting on the Temple Mount during Friday (24th) prayers, amid calls for demonstrations on the holy site to protest…

News Digest — 1/23/20

Dozens of world leaders descended upon Jerusalem on Thursday (23rd) for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating…

News Digest — 1/22/20

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as the embattled leader kicked off a…

An Eternal Struggle?

Most Israeli and Palestinian millennials believe that the conflict between their people “will never end.” The International Committee of the Red Cross released…

News Digest — 1/21/20

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again drew a parallel between the Nazi genocide of the Jews and…

News Digest — 1/20/20

Governor of Texas Greg Abbott was honored at the Friends of Zion Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Friday (17th) with its highest honor – The Friends of Zion Award – during his…

News Digest — 1/17/20

As roughly 8,000 Muslim worshipers ended their prayers on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday (17th), several hundred Arabs began to riot and…

News Digest — 1/16/20

A top US Jewish group expressed solidarity on Tuesday (14th) with the anti-regime demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Iran since last weekend. “We stand with…

Showers of Blessing

A mikvah, the ritual bath, forms one of the important structures in any Jewish community. Due to the heavy rains of late…

News Digest — 1/15/20

Syria’s air defenses confronted an aerial “aggression” from Israel that targeted an air base in the country’s center late Tuesday (14th), state media reported, quoting a…

News Digest — 1/14/20

The volume of rockets in 2019 from Gaza hit new highs for a non-war year, while terrorism emanating from the West Bank continued to…

News Digest — 1/13/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the regime in Tehran on Sunday (12th) at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, expressing solidarity with the masses who have…

News Digest — 1/10/20

A spy and a man convicted of murder will be released to their hometown in the Syrian Golan Heights by the Israeli government as a “gesture of goodwill” to the…

News Digest — 1/9/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it very clear that settlements in Judea and Samaria will not be evacuated in any peace plan on his watch. “We never lost our right to…

Praise, Threats, and a Bounty

Following the targeted elimination of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps commander Quasem Soleimani last Thursday, various responses have occurred…

News Digest — 1/8/20

Speaking at the Kohelet Forum Conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday (8th), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would strike a “resounding blow” if…