In Hebrew, the president of Israel is known as the nasi, which can also be translated in the Bible as “prince.” It’s a fitting title for a role imbued with limited official power but potentially significant influence. While presidents in Israel can never become king like a prince in England, the president holds both ceremonialContinue Reading »
The stroke of midnight on December 11 sealed a fate that Israelis had dreaded. With every avenue for a majority government—and the prime minister to lead it—exhausted, the short-lived 22nd Knesset (Parliament) officially dissolved, sending Israel to the polls for the third consecutive round of national elections in one year, a first in the modernContinue Reading »
Thursday, 9 January 2020 | After decades of expensive experiments, failed projects and fruitless ventures, [the] Israeli defense establishment unveiled its latest revolutionary technological achievement. The Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday it has successfully developed a laser-based air defense system. The system is meant to intercept aerial threats ranging from mortar fire, drones, medium rangeContinue Reading »
Monday, 25 November 2019 | What happened: Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit formally indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Thursday] night for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases, affirming his preliminary decision from February this year. In a dramatic televised statement, the attorney general said he was taking the decision withContinue Reading »
Friday, 22 November 2019 | After a lengthy process that started in November 2018 with a lecture in Dutch Parliament by Palestinian Media Watch’s [PMW’s] director Itamar Marcus and terror attack survivor Kay Wilson, the Dutch government has announced that it will no longer provide aid to the Palestinian Authority’s [PA’s] budget. The decision wasContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 | The Trump Administration announced a change in the American perspective on the legality of Israeli [communities] in Judea and Samaria on Monday, reversing the position of the Obama Administration that had called the civilian communities illegal. “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] isContinue Reading »
The Jordan River and surrounding valley have been a key part of Israel for millennia—from the parting of the Jordan River for Joshua to the baptism of Jesus (Yeshua) by John the Baptist. In recent decades, it has been key to the defense of the Jewish state. Since Israel captured the Jordan Valley from theContinue Reading »
“No Joke,” tweeted Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, “the UN just condemned Israel as the world’s only violator of women’s rights, backed by votes of council members Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen.” Of the 40 countries that condemned Israel in a July 2019 United Nations (UN) resolution, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran andContinue Reading »
In Chinese tradition, the pig with its characteristically fat face and big ears is a mark of prosperity. It is appropriate then that as the Chinese year of the pig draws to a close, the world must take note of the prosperity and spectacular economic ascent of the People’s Republic of China. How exactly ChinaContinue Reading »
Every Christmas thousands of Christians flock to Bethlehem to celebrate the holiday close to where Jesus (Yeshua) was born. They marvel at the 40-foot Christmas tree, bow their heads at the Church of Nativity and sing Christmas carols in the frosty night air. Once Christmas is over, Bethlehem returns to normal. The tree comes down.Continue Reading »
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