Friday, May 27, 2016

Part of the shipment intercepted at the Tarqumya Checkpoint en route to Gaza

Major Attempt to Smuggle Contraband into Gaza Foiled

Friday, 27 May 2016 | An attempt to smuggle a large consignment of pipes for the production of mortars and dozens of electric motors for use in the Hamas underground tunnel system in the Gaza Strip has been foiled.

Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah Chief Urges War against Israel on Anniversary of Israeli Withdrawal from Lebanon

Friday 27 May 2016 | Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on the Lebanese terror group to fight a war of “comprehensive resistance” against Israel in a speech on Tuesday, the 16th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

South Korean Ambassador Lee Gun-Tae and President Reuven Rivlin

Israel, South Korea to Begin Free Trade Negotiations

Friday, 27 May 2016 | Israel and South Korea announced on Tuesday that they have reached an agreement to begin negotiating a free trade agreement.

China's Great Wall

The Five Israeli Startups Taking China by Storm

Friday, 27 May 2016 | At first glance, the two nations couldn’t be more different. One is a tiny country in the Middle East with a population of just over 8.5 million, while the other is one of the largest countries in size and the world’s most populous, with 1.38 billion people. Despite their differences, ever since Israel and China established diplomatic relations in 1992, the two countries have steadily drawn closer to each other, partly thanks to Chinese investment in Israeli startups.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New immigrant absorption center at Mevaseret Zion

Report: “Increase in Aliyah among Youth and Academic Professionals”

Thursday, 26 May 2016 | 2015 was not an easy year for the Jewish state. The emotional, physical and social scars left by Operation Protective Edge, 2014’s summer war against Hamas in Gaza, were still fresh when the people of Israel had to brave yet another menace on a different front: the worst onslaught of Palestinian terror attacks since the Second Intifada (uprising).

Hamas Lawmakers Approve Public Executions, Defying UN

Thursday, 26 May 2016 | Hamas lawmakers said that they approved a measure allowing public executions on Wednesday, defying the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who had condemned the terror group’s plan earlier in the day.

Einat, Danny and Yael Haran

Terror Attack Survivor Tells Her Story, Brings Journalists to Tears

Thursday, May 26 2016 | The foreign guests and journalists who sat around her—all of them veteran war correspondents—thought they had already written and seen everything. But this meeting with Haran, who lost who her husband Danny and her daughters Einat and Yael during the terror attack on Nahariya in 1979, somehow managed to shake them up. While with one hand they were writing down every word, with the other, they were wiping away tears.

Dr. Dore Gold, MFA Director General, and Ambassador Gil Haskel during the inauguration ceremony, Istanbul

Israeli Humanitarian Efforts Showcased at World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

Thursday, 26 May 2016 | The first World Humanitarian Summit convened on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul, under the auspices of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. For the first time in five years, an Israeli delegation of senior officials, headed by MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] Director General Dr. Dore Gold, was in Turkey, to present Israeli humanitarian aid throughout the world. The summit, attended by heads of state, aims to raise world consciousness, contribution and commitment to humanitarian activity during natural disasters and man-made conflicts, which take a heavy human toll.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Egyptian coat of arms

Egypt Seeks to Arrange Own Israeli-Palestinian Peace Initiative

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 | While France has [been] pushing for an international peace summit in Paris in an effort to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Egypt has been working behind the scenes on its own diplomatic initiative.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas

New Survey: 96% of Palestinians Believe Palestinian Authority is Corrupt

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 | A recent poll of Palestinians in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and Gaza Strip found that 95.5 percent believe that there is corruption, the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.