A tunnel door creaks open in the dead of night in the middle of a forest in northern Israel. Six Hezbollah terrorists clothed in camouflage gear and armed with guns and knives emerge. Nothing but open land separates them from Israeli towns where they can kill and kidnap civilians. Simultaneously, four other tunnels open, oneContinue Reading »
The onset of April means spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn south of the equator. Both are marked by changes in temperature, foliage and even activities, as the north warms up and the south cools down. There are, however, some things that remain constant no matter where you are on the globe, and oneContinue Reading »
Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that everyone deserves the right to own property. Ownership entails the right of possession, the right of use and the right to transfer the ownership to someone else by selling, gifting or bequeathing. This right has become self-evident in democratic nations where private property ownershipContinue Reading »
The sun was shining brightly on Mount Hermon. Hundreds of Israelis, Palestinians and tourists—making the most of the recent heavy snowfalls—were enjoying a day in northern Israel at the Promised Land’s only ski resort, a short distance away from the Syrian border. It was the perfect day for a Zealous Israel Project (Bridges for Peace’sContinue Reading »
It’s an icy day deep in the winter of 1944 as a crowd of Jewish Hungarians are shoved—shivering and frightened—to the edge of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. There are women and children. Some are tied together in groups of three. All have been forced to strip naked and step out of their shoesContinue Reading »
Last May, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president was rushed to the hospital for the second time in 24 hours. Suffering from pneumonia and on the brink of what Ynetnews called a “complete systems failure,” 83-year-old Mahmoud Abbas’s doctors feared for his life. Their concerns went beyond his well-being. Had Abbas died, millions of Palestinians wouldContinue Reading »
Seldom does a building of concrete and glass so poignantly mirror what goes on inside its walls. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, is more than a museum. It is an architectural gem where structure and setting serve as an evocative backdrop to the Holocaust story. Carved into the Landscape The museum, designed byContinue Reading »
In 1971, Cat Stevens wrote a song called “Peace Train.” He confidently envisioned everyone riding a train bound for world peace. Fifty years later, the peace train seems to have barely left the station. But lately, hope for peace in the Middle East is picking up steam—and it comes on the heels of an initiativeContinue Reading »
Afrikaans is neither a common nor a widely spoken language. Outside the borders of South Africa, few are aware of the existence of the mother tongue of the Afrikaaner people. Yet regardless of its international obscurity, one Afrikaans word demands global recognition: apartheid. In 1948 the ruling white minority in South Africa began enforcing anContinue Reading »
Peace in the North Could Mean Danger for Israel There’s an old saying that the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know. What about a devil you used to know but don’t recognize any longer? That’s what has happened in Syria, where an old enemy—the regime of President Bashar al-Assad—was onceContinue Reading »
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