Monday, April 27, 2015

An IDF brigade exercise on the Northern border

A Ticking Bomb Awaits Israel on Its Northern Border

Monday, 27 April 2015 | Even if the alleged Israeli strike in Syria over the weekend achieved its goal and the missile shipment to Hezbollah was destroyed, and even if we believe reports from the past that the IDF attacked several other times, we should remember that it's still a drop in the ocean. Hezbollah's monstrous weapons arsenal will not be eliminated by surgical strikes once every six months.

Close family and social support help combat stress

Why Do Israelis Live Longer Despite Stress?

Monday, 27 April 2015 | Sixty-seven years after its establishment, the State of Israel is still facing many threats. Israelis live in a constant state of stress due to military operations, a nuclear threat and a shaky economic situation. Nonetheless, Israel is among the countries with the highest life expectancy in the world.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Qassam launchers in Gaza (illustrative)

On Independence Day, Rocket Hits Southern Israel

Friday, 24 April 2015 | A Code Red siren was sounded in Sderot and other Gaza border communities in southern Israel on Thursday evening as the country celebrated Israel's 67th Independence Day.

Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations in Tel Aviv

Independence Day—Why Does Israel Celebrate?

Friday, 24 April 2015 | An infectious joy pulsed through Israel as the nation celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) yesterday. Traditionally, the celebration comes at a particularly poignant time for most Israelis. It follows directly after one of the saddest days for the Jewish nation: the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terror.

International Bible Quiz
2014 winner Eitan Amos (l)

Netanyahu’s Bible Lesson on Independence Day

Friday, 24 April 2015 | Yesterday on its national day of Independence, Israel held its annual International Bible Contest in Jerusalem. Awarding first place to 15-year-old Eyal Yitzhak Matas from Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Netanyahu praised all of the contestants. He also used the opportunity to teach a Bible lesson.

The prophets of the Bible, Netanyahu reminded, envisioned "ingathering of the exiles of Israel—from east and west—to our historical homeland."

Accordingly, he said, "I would like to call on you, young people who are here ... from the Diaspora: ...Come home. [When you return to places from abroad], tell about the experiences of your visit in [Israel] and about this quiz. And then, I ask—come back to us, to the Land of Israel! Make aliyah to the State of Israel! We are waiting for you with open arms."

"The State of Israel could not exist without the blessed aliyah from the four corners of the world," Netanyahu said at the start of his remarks. "This is the main foundation of Zionism which inscribed upon its banner the return to Zion and sees Israel as the home of every Jew in the world.

On its Day of Independence, the Prime Minister asserted that Israel is both the place and the essence of freedom for every Jew in the world.

"Today it is completely clear that this is the home [for all Jews]. This is in the place in which a Jew can walk in the street and say 'I am a Jew' or 'Je suis Juif'.

"We do not negate the responsibility of the various governments in the world to see to the security but we say to the Jews of the world 'This is home. This is our home. This is your home.'"

Israel’s Melting Pot: One School, 23 Nationalities

Friday, 24 April 2015 | A visit to the Sharon Middle School in Ra'anana almost feels like a tour in the halls of the UN—it is even possible to come across almost 20 different languages being spoken.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ceremony at the Western Wall, Tuesday evening as
Yom Hazikaron begins

Israel Mourns Her Fallen Sons and Daughters

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 ǀ The scream of an air raid siren is never a harbinger of good news. It speaks of impending danger, of threats looming on the horizon. But in Israel, its mournful wail sometimes serves as a call to remember, to honor and to mourn.

Kiryat Shaul on Yom Hazikaron (illustrative)

Israeli Families Visit Graves of Loved Ones

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 | Bereaved families across Israel paid visits to military cemeteries Tuesday, on the eve of Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.

Report: Iran’s Nuclear ‘Breakout Time’ Shockingly Short

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 | The United States government has known for “several years” that Iran’s breakout time—the amount of time required to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb—is only two to three months, but only declassified the information recently, Eli Lake reported yesterday for Bloomberg View.

Hezbollah posters after 2006 war in Lebanon

Why Arabs Loathe Hezbollah

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 | Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Iran's protégé and partner in the Middle East, seems to be leading the Lebanese people into another catastrophe.