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Aliyah Jumps by 128% in Jewish Year 5782, Setting Two-decade Record

Friday, 30 September 2022 | The final figures are in. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has reported 63,000 new immigrants to Israel over the past twelve months. This figure sets a record for annual immigration over the past twenty years, more than doubling the number of arrivals in 2019, its closest “competitor.” The war

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Oldest Immigrant in Five Years Comes Home to Israel

Thursday, 22 September 2022 | A 101-year-old woman who made aliyah [immigrated to Israel] from New Jersey last week is the oldest immigrant to move to the Jewish state from the US in the last five years. Stella Rockoff was born in Jerusalem in 1921, during the British Mandate of Palestine. Her family immigrated to

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Israel Scores No. 1 in Digital Quality of Life Index

Thursday, 15 September 2022 | According to the fourth annual edition of the Digital Quality of Life Index, Israel has now placed first, beating out 116 other nations and overtaking Denmark after two years in the top spot. Five “fundamental well-being pillars”—e-government, e-infrastructure, Internet quality, Internet affordability and e-security—were considered when compiling the report. The

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Waiting for Rain

Thursday, 8 September 2022 | It has been a long, hot, dry summer. Of course, that’s not unusual in Israel where the rainy season typically lasts from October until early May. Still, by September there is a longing for that first gentle soaking rain to blanket the Land. There have been a few signs of

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IDF Gets a New Chief of Staff

Monday, 5 September 2022 | Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced on Sunday that he has selected Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi to be the next Israel Defense Forces [IDF] chief of staff. Halevi, currently the deputy chief of staff, has served in many positions in the IDF, including as head of the military’s Southern Command

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Battlefield Cyberspace

In the not-so-distant past, Israel and Iran were firm friends. So close was the bond that the Jewish state and the Islamic Republic were well on their way planning a grand joint venture to coproduce military equipment—Jerusalem’s biggest ever partnership at that point—when the 1978 Iranian Revolution overthrew the Shah, put a swift end to

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Masters of Defense

The modern State of Israel has been in a constant state of combat since the day after declaring its independence in 1948. The need to survive, outsmart and outgun their enemies has pushed the Jewish state to create some of the most innovative weapons systems in the world. Iron Beam The highly successful Iron Dome

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Healthcare Cooperation Opens Doors To Peace

The Palestinian medical system has been in the news a lot lately. When US President Joe Biden visited east Jerusalem’s Augusta Victoria Hospital in July, he announced a US $100 million boost to six hospitals that he called the backbone of healthcare for the Palestinian people. Access to quality medical care, opined the US head

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The Quirks of Israel: Floating in the Dead Sea

From the pen of Peter Fast, national director of Bridges for Peace Canada and the future CEO of Bridges for Peace International, comes the fourth installment of the Quirks of Israel. Join Peter on a journey through the wonderfully peculiar culture, traditions, heritage and daily life of this singular nation as he unpacks, introduces and

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Israel: The Cultural Kaleidoscope

Don’t let the term “Jewish state” fool you into thinking that Israel is a homogenous nation. After 2,000 years in exile, spread across the globe, the Jewish people have returned to their ancient homeland—bringing their Diaspora (outside Israel) cultures, languages, holidays and traditions with them. Population and Demographics This tiny country boasts a population of

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