A Brief Guide to the Main Participants: PKK: Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a communist group formed in Turkey in 1978 that fights for an independent Kurdish state and has been blamed by Turkey for the death of Turkish soldiers and civilians; designated by the US, the EU and other entities as a terrorist group YPG: KurdishContinue Reading »
Long before the creation of the modern State of Israel, the story of the Israeli diamond industry began. Inextricably linked with the story of the Jewish people, the craftsmanship of precious stones can be traced all the way back to the time of Moses, when different types of jewels were used in the breastplate ofContinue Reading »
Thursday, 16 January 2020 | An IDF [Israel Defense Forces] report published on Tuesday assesses that Iran will achieve military nuclear capabilities within two years. The report, released by the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate (MID), suggests that Iran continues to advance its efforts and nuclear capabilities, estimating that it will have enough material to constructContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 | Every year in the United States more than 35,000 people die and 2.8 million get sick from antibiotic-resistant infections. Now, a team led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s (HU) Professor Nathalie Balaban and Shaarei Zedek Medical Center’s Dr. Maskit Bar-Meir has shown that resilient bacteria may be treatable with currently-availableContinue Reading »
A call comes into the command center. There’s been a terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. Two people have been stabbed, one critically, and the terrorist is still on the loose. First responders jump into action, and within two minutes, paramedics arrive on the scene to stabilize both victims, armed only with theirContinue Reading »
In a small community in central Israel, something momentous is about to happen: a mother golden retriever is ready to give birth to a litter of puppies. For dog-lovers everywhere, the birth of puppies is always eventful, but these particular puppies are destined for greatness—they will be raised solely as guide dogs for theContinue Reading »
In Hebrew, the president of Israel is known as the nasi, which can also be translated in the Bible as “prince.” It’s a fitting title for a role imbued with limited official power but potentially significant influence. While presidents in Israel can never become king like a prince in England, the president holds both ceremonialContinue Reading »
The prophet Isaiah said: “Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit” (Isa. 27:6 NIV). Spend only an hour in the Jerusalem shuk (outdoor market) and you will see this prophecy fulfilled as you smell and taste the hundreds of different fruits and vegetables grown in the Promised Land. Among these,Continue Reading »
The stroke of midnight on December 11 sealed a fate that Israelis had dreaded. With every avenue for a majority government—and the prime minister to lead it—exhausted, the short-lived 22nd Knesset (Parliament) officially dissolved, sending Israel to the polls for the third consecutive round of national elections in one year, a first in the modernContinue Reading »
It’s enough to drive you up the wall. Right before nodding off, you hear it: the unmistakable whine, evidence of a miniature pest on a mission to bite and suck your blood. Mosquitos are universally reviled—not only for their propensity to turn a good night’s sleep into a mosquito hunt or for marking their victimsContinue Reading »
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