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Rain Has Fallen, But Will It Be Enough?

Friday, 23 February 2018 | Meteorologists have wavered back and forth about whether or not to call the winter of 2017-18 a continuation of the drought Israel has experienced over the four previous years. December was abnormally dry but the month January produced a fair amount of precipitation. This resulted in a cautious pronouncement in

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A Former IDF Combat Soldier Reflects on her Army Service

Thursday, 22 February 2018 | My name is Sgt. Peleg and I serve as a combat soldier in the Search and Rescue Brigade. I enlisted to the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] almost three years ago, in March 2015, which means that I’m almost done with my military service. Looking back, it was an amazing experience

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Ben Gurion Opens New Wing, On Track to Become One of World’s Largest Airports in 2019

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 | In response to increasing traffic and a growing economy, Ben Gurion Airport opened a new wing that can accommodate 1,800 more passengers per hour, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday. At current rate of growth, Israel’s international airport is expected to handle 25 million passengers in 2019, which would make Ben

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January Rain Continues

Friday, 26 January 2018 | It has been a wonderfully “wet” week in Jerusalem as well as in other parts of the country. According to Ynetnews, Israel’s meteorological services said that “the January figures brought about a slight change in trend” [from four consecutive years of drought]. In addition Ynetnews reported that “Metro-Tech now estimates

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Israel Embarks on Largest-ever Housing Project for Senior Citizens

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 | The Minister of Construction and Housing Yoav Gallant and Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky recently laid the cornerstone of the largest housing project for senior citizens ever constructed in Israel. Four hundred seventy-one apartments will be built for Holocaust survivors and immigrants in

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Jerusalem Light Rail to Expand to Five Lines, 27km of Tracks

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 | The Transportation and Finance Ministries presented plans Sunday for five new light rail lines and 27 kilometers [16.8 mi] of tracks, set to cover Jerusalem by 2024. By the time the network expansion is complete, half of Jerusalem’s population will live within a five minute walk of a train station.

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A Rainy Month

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 | While December was a dry month in Israel, January began with a significant amount of moisture falling in the northern, coastal and central areas of Israel. Over the period from January 3rd through January 6th, the level of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) rose 7 centimeters (2.75 in). During the

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The Forgotten Exodus: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries

I knew Hannah Behar was extraordinary the first time she cupped my cheeks in her age-gnarled hands and called me habibti (Arabic term of endearment). At 86, Behar—a friend’s grandmother who welcomed me in her home as a daughter—was the picture of vitality and spunk. Her exceptional character, I learned, was forged in the fires

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Fighting the Good Fight: Israeli Athletes Facing Discrimination

“I think not going is losing.” — Gili Cohen Gili Cohen first hit the judo mat when she was four years old. An Israeli citizen from Ra’anana, just 20 minutes north of Tel Aviv, the 26-year-old is now a leading judoka who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In October, she climbed the podium at

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Israel’s New National Aquarium

What’s it like to be a fish? As human beings we are dependent on the air we breathe, so unless we scuba dive or snorkel, avenues to enter a watery environment are quite limited. Therefore, the underwater world is a mystery to most of us. Aquariums, large and small, give us a chance to see

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