ChameleonsEye/shutterstock.com War crimes were committed during the 2014 conflict between Israel and terrorists in the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian civilians were deliberately put in harm’s way—but it was Hamas who drew their own people into the fighting, not Israel. Hamas intentionally placed military targets in civilian areas, disguised militants as civilians, and even forced theirContinue Reading »
“We are at war,” says Yaakov Kirschen, the man behind the popular Dry Bones comic strip. The battle lines of this war, he says, are clearly drawn. In contemporary society, according to Kirschen, combat is no longer confined to traditional warfare and tactics. The advance of modern technology brings with it a host of uncharteredContinue Reading »
From the day it was reborn, Israel’s leaders have asserted a biblical basis for the nation’s existence as the world’s one and only Jewish state. One day later and ever since, Israel’s enemies and detractors have waged war against that biblical foundation. Israel’s Declaration of Independence asserted the nation’s origin and rebirth as defined byContinue Reading »
A rebel of the Free Syrian Army stands amidst devastation in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Dona Bozzi /shutterstock.com The sheer numbers in the Syrian civil war are staggering: more than 200,000 are dead according to a report backed by the United Nations; more than 3 million have become foreign refugees; and 10 million in total haveContinue Reading »
If stones could speak, what stories the walls of Jerusalem would tell. They do, after all, play a starring role in many a key biblical and historic event—from humble beginnings, to witnessing the height of a dynasty under Kings David and Solomon. Then came their destruction in the Babylonian rampage, followed by their partial restorationContinue Reading »
In recent years Israel has become known as the “start-up nation.” It is an incubator for companies that have been born out of the new and innovative Israeli technologies developed in a wide variety of fields. However, it is also the land that produced Teva Naot—a company whose humble beginnings 70 years ago have ledContinue Reading »
There is a priest in Nazareth standing for the Jewish state of Israel. Locals there have not yet thrown him off a nearby cliff, but many would like to do so. Reviled and despised by childhood friends, Arab politicians and Christian Palestinian leaders, Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest, has received more death threatsContinue Reading »
Zionism could be defined as the belief that the Jewish people have a political, historical and/or moral right to self-determination and a peaceful existence within the borders of their ancient homeland, today known as Israel. At times a social, political and nationalistic movement, it is deeply rooted in Judaism, and calls for the return ofContinue Reading »
Photo credit: Lightspring/shutterstock.com One day in October, all of Europe was at risk of Islamic domination. Spurred by successes elsewhere, militant Muslims entered the region of France to continue the ascent of their global Muslim Caliphate, or empire. But Charles Martel and his forces defeated the aggressive Muslim hordes at the Battle of Tours inContinue Reading »
Lions are the last thing you would expect to see in Jerusalem because the City of Gold is renowned for its haunting beauty, ancient landmarks and religious significance. Not for its wildlife, and definitely not for lions roaming its streets. Yet that is exactly what you will find. On street corners and in tiny alleyways,Continue Reading »
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