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IDF: Iran Can Enrich Enough Uranium for a Bomb within Four Months

Thursday, 11 February 2021 | Iran could develop a nuclear bomb within two years and Hezbollah will not seek an all-out war, according to the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Military Intelligence Directorate’s annual threat-assessment report, which was made public on Tuesday. The report, which focuses on the security challenges Israel can expect to face over

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Israel’s Poverty Rate Rises as Standard of Living Crashes

Friday, 22 January 2021 | Israel’s poverty rate has increased while the standard of living has dipped significantly throughout 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis and the consequent three national closures, a report published on Thursday by the National Insurance Institute said. The report specifies that since the outbreak of the pandemic in Israel in

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IDF Gears Up for Large-scale Drill Simulating All-out War

Thursday, 21 January 2021 | For the first time in its 73-year history, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is gearing up for a massive, month-long drill simulating a full-scale war involving all branches of the military. The exercise—meant to sharpen the IDF’s “readiness and ability” to face a multi-front assault on a battlefield extending from

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New Israeli Camouflage Kit Can Lead to a “Revolution in the Battlefield”

Thursday, 21 January 2021 | A new camouflage kit developed by an Israeli survivability company in cooperation with the Defense Ministry can lead to a “revolution in the battlefield,” as it enables frontline soldiers to operate in the vicinity of enemy forces yet remain out of view, an Israeli defense official has said. “Kit 300”

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Mine-free Jordan Baptismal Site Church Hosts First Mass in 54 Years

Monday, 11 January 2021 | A handful of clergymen, VIP guests, journalists and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers yesterday gathered at the Franciscan St. John the Baptist Chapel on the banks of the Jordan River adjacent to Qasr Al-Yahud—the traditional site where Jesus was reportedly baptized—to celebrate the first mass in this spot in 54

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IDF Sees Record Number of Israeli Arab Conscripts

Monday, 4 January 2021 | More than 1,000 Israeli Arabs have volunteered to serve in the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] as conscripts or reservists in the past year, and most after the coronavirus crisis began in March 2020, the military’s Manpower Directorate said Sunday. The number of conscripts from the Arab sector is more than

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Through the Streets of History

Journeying along the streets of Jerusalem is like paging through an encyclopedia filled with a rich and vibrant history. Jerusalem does not have regular street names like Maple, Magnolia or Main. Rather, at every turn, the events and people who were influential in the history of the Jewish people or in the creation of the

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Life Above All Else

On October 18, a new patient arrived at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center coronavirus ward in critical condition. Saeb Erekat—chief Palestinian negotiator, right hand to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the man hailed as the public face of the Palestinian people—had tested positive for COVID-19 days earlier. The disease quickly ravaged Erekat, who suffered from

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Something Old, Something New

One of my favorite things about living in Jerusalem is the seemingly never-ending layers of history that coexist with the style and energy of the modern capital of Israel. This city is a treasure trove of ancient history ever present amidst the contemporary everyday hustle and bustle of life. Let’s take a look at a

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A Sanctuary for Birds and Birders in Jerusalem

In the heart of the bustling city of Jerusalem, nestled between Israel’s Knesset (Parliament) and the Supreme Court, lies a serene nature sanctuary. The Nili and David Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO) rests on an acre-and-a-half (0.6 hectares) of lush land that provides a safe haven for some 200 species of birds and other wildlife within

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