Wednesday, 10 January 2018 | I get asked all the time, “You wrote a book, we seem to remember, about Saudi Arabia’s contribution to the rise of global terrorism after 9/11. Yet you are now associated with the effort of the State of Israel and others to bring Saudi Arabia into the tent and toContinue Reading »
US Ambassador Nikki Haley has put the UN on notice. “There’s a new sheriff in town,” she declares, and no one is happier to hear it than Benjamin Netanyahu and his beleaguered government. As an international organization that was pivotal in the establishment of the Jewish state, it is ironic that the United Nations hasContinue Reading »
Thursday, 04 January 2018 | President Reuven Rivlin received Monday the 2018 Strategic Assessment for Israel produced by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). At the meeting, the institute’s Executive Director, Major-General (res.) Amos Yadlin presented the president with the report, while the institute’s researchers reviewed key security and policy issues addressed in theContinue Reading »
Area A, Area B and Area C—no, these are not part of a children’s rhyme or spy codenames. They are actually terms referring to who controls what in Judea and Samaria (also known as the West Bank), which has had a major impact on Israel’s security in the last 20 years. Originally intended to beContinue Reading »
Prime Minister Netanyahu recently remarked that “the peace between Israel and Egypt is robust; it is a strategic peace benefitting both countries.” Yet, a mere 50 years ago, Egypt was so hostile toward Israel that they were party to the Khartoum Resolution which contained the infamous Three No’s: “no peace with Israel, no recognition ofContinue Reading »
“I think not going is losing.” — Gili Cohen Gili Cohen first hit the judo mat when she was four years old. An Israeli citizen from Ra’anana, just 20 minutes north of Tel Aviv, the 26-year-old is now a leading judoka who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In October, she climbed the podium atContinue Reading »
Monday, 01 January 2018 | Guatemala plans to relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced on his official Facebook account last week, making it the first country to mirror U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision from December 6. Morales said he had informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and instructed Guatemala’sContinue Reading »
Monday, 18 December 2017 | Israeli officials believe the Palestinians have decided to “stop playing by the rules” in the international arena and ask the United Nations Security Council for full UN membership following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Palestinians wish to use the international momentum that has beenContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 | The Palestinians declared a three-day-long “rage” spree over US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Thus far, however, it seems that the real anger is showing up in the international media, not on the Palestinian street. Question: How many foreign journalists does it take to cover theContinue Reading »
Friday, 08 December 2017 December 2017 | Some 250 Israeli rabbis, including Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, sent a thank you letter to US President Donald Trump praising him for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The letter, initiated by the Safed’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and delivered by Yossi Dagan, the head ofContinue Reading »
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