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Roman Shipwreck Yields Spectacular Cargo

Two divers at the ancient port of Caesarea discovered the spectacular cargo of a merchant ship that sank during the Late Roman period some 1,600 years ago. A joint dive at the site with Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists revealed the remains of a ship on the sea bottom: iron anchors, wooden anchors, and items

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Students Find Ancient Amulet

High-school students from Kiryat Bialik, near Haifa participated in a week-long archeological dig in Tzipori, west of Nazareth. The town surrendered to the Romans without a fight during the Great Revolt in AD 66. Thus much of the  archaeological remains have been saved from destruction and wonderful mosaic floors have been found and preserved. This past

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Hezbollah Could Fire 1,200 Rockets Daily into Israel

A former IDF general warned Israelis that the next war with the Iran-backed Lebanese terror organization, Hezbollah, would lead to a barrage of rockets into Israel on an order of magnitude higher than anything Israel has yet faced. Major General (res.) Yitzhak Gershon, who served as the head of the IDF’s Home Front Command during

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Israel to Build Underground Wall around Gaza Strip

Israel’s defense establishment’s plan to build a concrete wall tens of meters underground as well as aboveground along the Gaza Strip border was revealed by Yedioth Ahronoth. It has previously been estimated that such a project would cost tens of billions of shekels. However, under the new plan the construction costs are estimated to reach

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Israel Creates the Syrian Liaison Unit

Israel is planning for a long period of instability [due to] a political vacuum on the border with Syria in the Golan Heights. Therefore, the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] has expanded and created units in the Northern Command which deal specifically with maintaining contact with local residents on the Syrian side of the border. The

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An Intifada by Any Name

From September 2015 to the writing of this article in April 2016, 34 people have been killed across the nation of Israel in what some are calling “random acts of terror.” Another 413 have been wounded, some seriously, including four Palestinians who were mistaken for Israelis. There have been 213 stabbing attacks, 83 shootings and

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On Wings of Eagles

No one knows for certain when the first Jews arrived in Yemen. Some say they were sent by King Solomon to collect gold and silver to be used in constructing the First Temple. Another legend holds that under the prophet Jeremiah some 75,000 Jews, including priests and Levites, traveled to Yemen. Archaeological evidence of the

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The Beautiful Land: Biblical Flora of the Holy Land

The Holy Land of today is rich with vegetation of every description. Ancient Israel would have looked even more lush. The cedars of Lebanon were famous throughout the known world; Bashan had towering pines and oaks; and the Jordan Valley was treed with date palms. Olives, figs, pomegranates and grapes made the land fruitful. From

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A Recipe for Happiness

What could be worse than finding out that you somehow missed a holiday? Gone is your opportunity to sleep in, have a barbecue or spend a leisurely day with friends. But that’s what has been happening to most of us since 2012 when the 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted unanimously to set

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Upping the Ante, Iran Intensifies Public Hatred of Israel—Here’s Why

Words are cheap—unless they are written on ballistic missiles. And when Iranian media publicized that wiping Israel off the earth had literally been written, in Hebrew, on missiles tested by Iran, that was an expensive and deadly serious message. That brazen rhetoric was sandwiched between two threats from the leader of Iranian-proxy Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan

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