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Drought Danger Not Over

facing a terrifying drought
that threatened serious consequences
to the nation’s water supply and the Sea of Galilee, late
rains came down in what felt like miraculous fashion. The Israeli North
received almost normal rain levels by April. With the bulk of the rainy
season finished in early April, Israel Meteorological Society (IMS)
rain observation posts around the Galilee—a key location for
Israel’s water supply—were registering 79% to 95%
of normal rain levels for the rain year.

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El-Al – A Soaring Success!


A surge of Jewish pride greeted the latest award bestowed on the national airline, El Al. For the second successive time, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) awarded El Al the highest rating on strict safety standards. “The IOSA [International Operation Safety Audit] standards are the most stringent airline safety criteria. El Al is proud to be the first Israeli airline to pass IATA’s stiff audit, for the second successive time,” said Capt. Lio Yavor, El Al’s vice president of Operations

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A Second Chance for Netanyahu


On February 10, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won 27 seats in the election, one less than the Kadima Party headed by Tzipi Livni. However, because Israeli President Shimon Peres believed Netanyahu was more able to form a coalition government than Livni, Peres appointed him with this task on February 22, giving him six weeks to do so. As we went to press, Netanyahu had five weeks left to form his government.

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Alleviating the Aliyah–crisis

{image_1} In January, we received yet more bad news. In a statement to the media, the Bank of Israel projected that overall output would shrink this year for the first time since 2002, heralding the onset of recession after five years in which the average annual growth rate was nearly 5%. As a result, the economy now takes its place alongside Gaza, the water shortage, and the Iranian nuclear threat as another acute problem on the national agenda.

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Creating the Next Knesset

How Israel’s Elections Work

Though Israel is a democracy, its election system is not representative, but party-focused. In other words, rather than electing representatives of a party, voters cast ballots for the parties themselves. The parties’ candidate lists—the ranking of party members running for office—are chosen ahead of time by the parties themselves, determining the likelihood of a particular candidate making office. The number of seats taken by a party, determined by the percentage of the vote the party receives, determines how many of their candidates make the 120-seat Knesset (Parliament), starting with the top ranking member. In other words, a candidate ranked 10th on the Labor list would only make the Knesset if the Labor party gains at least 10 seats.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls…Online?

{image_1} Specialists working for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have begun a limited pilot program that they hope will eventually lead to all of the more than 1,200 plates of Dead Sea scrolls and fragments being photographed and made available online. The scrolls and fragments will be imaged using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, and the IAA team even includes a retired NASA scientist, Dr. Greg Bearman.

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A Vintage Homecoming

By Ron Ross, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio Host

{image_1} When Yaniv Cohen walked into the UK offices of Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN, “Jewish Souls United”), he planned to seek their help to make aliyah (immigration to Israel). He wanted to join more than a million Jewish people who have made that same choice in the past 10 years. It is part of a miracle that clearly fulfills Bible prophecy. NBN is committed to promoting aliyah from North America and the United Kingdom.

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In a Dry & Thirsty Land

By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio

{image_1} Exposed shorelines on the Sea of Galilee and the possibility of an estimated 150,000 tons (136,000 metric tons) of fruit lost due to water cuts sound pretty drastic, but are these the worst aspects of the current water crisis in Israel this year? Far worse is the prospect that it may not end next year either.

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A Friend of Israel — Dr. David Allen Lewis

August 1, 2007

Dr. David Allen Lewis, the father of Rebecca J. Brimmer, who was affectionately known as Dr. Dave, transferred to glory on June 2, 2007, at the age of 74. He was at his home in Springfield, Missouri, with Ramona, his wife of 52 years, by his side.

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Probing Into Tel Dan

June 1, 2006

Tel Dan is located in the Hula Valley, where the largest tributary of the Jordan River begins its southern journey. The scenery is breathtaking, as well as inspiring, when one considers the vast wealth of history it has experienced.

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