You were born 19 years ago, during the first months that we lived in Hoshaya [community in northern Israel]. For us, you symbolize our decision to make this community our permanent home. And now you too, Ari Benartzi, our third child, are enlisting in the IDF [Israel Defense Forces]. You will join the ranks ofContinue Reading »
Prince William’s first official visit to Israel in July this year was marked by a special stopover at the Church of Mary Magdalene on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. He was there to visit the gravesite of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice. A Life of Hardship Born into the British royal family in 1885,Continue Reading »
Golan Residents Pull Together to Help Syrian Refugees The Syrian Civil War may be drawing to a close, but for years now fierce fighting and chemical weapons have left a scar on the Middle East, driving hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to the Israeli and Jordanian borders. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have beenContinue Reading »
Monday, 17 September 2018 | On September 13, 1993, Israeli prime minister Yitzchak Rabin shook hands with Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn, marking the signing of the Oslo Accords that were supposed to pave the path towards an independent Palestinian state and peace for Israel. Looking back afterContinue Reading »
Global news headlines cover the Middle East—and Israel in particular—on what feels like a daily basis. With the abundance of information in near constant circulation, many people have reason to view themselves as experts on the Jewish state. However, there are facts about Israel, the Palestinians and the Middle East that are unknown to most.Continue Reading »
Iran has been seeking to escalate tensions along Israel’s southern border with Gaza, with the goal of “deterring” Israel from taking decisive action either in its north or south, an expert on Lebanon argued in an essay published in Tablet. Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted that variousContinue Reading »
Monday, 27 August 2018 | The United States’ [US] plan to use economic sanctions to pressure the Iranian regime to change their ways is already bearing fruit—including a change in the regime. Economic Minister Massoud Karbasian was forced out of his position by a vote of no confidence by the Iranian parliament on Sunday, andContinue Reading »
Friday, 17 August 2018 | An anticipated ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas will include a year-long cessation of hostilities and the creation of a maritime route between the Gaza Strip and Cyprus under Israeli security supervision, according to a Thursday report in the Al Mayadeen news channel. The Hezbollah-affiliated pan-Arabist satellite channel in LebanonContinue Reading »
Thursday, 09 August 2018 | The scope of Iran’s aid to the Gaza Strip comes into light as the civil protest against the regime in the Islamic Republic grows stronger amid the grave economic crisis in the country, which is expected to be exacerbated when American sanctions come into effect. Iran transfers $100 million everyContinue Reading »
Monday, 06 August 2018 | In an apparent threat to global shipping, Iran has begun naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. United States defense officials told the Journal that the exercises, involving more than 100 vessels—though mostly smaller craft—have “fully started.”Continue Reading »
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