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Chag Purim Sameach (Happy Purim) from Israel

Friday, 26 February 2021 | Sundown last night signaled the start of Purim (Feast of Esther) here in Jerusalem. This one-day holiday is usually one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Israel, with a carnival atmosphere wrapping around the Land of Promise and young and old—dressed in every imaginable costume—joining the joyous celebration of

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Thousand Precision Missiles in Hands of Hezbollah “Red Line” for Israeli Action

Friday, 26 February 2021 | “If Hezbollah crosses a quantitative or qualitative threshold for precision weapons, we will have to act against it. This is a serious decision, but one from which we cannot run away,” said Lt. Col. Eran Niv, head of the Israel Defense Forces’ [IDF] Warfare Methods and Innovation Division. “Beyond Iran’s

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Palestinians Bemoan Sad State of Economy while Squandering Millions on Terrorist Salaries

Friday, 26 February 2021 | The Palestinian Authority (PA) prime minister painted a despairing picture of the PA’s economy before a committee that meets twice a year to coordinate international aid for the Palestinians. The PA economy was kicked by the pandemic when it was already down, doubling the deficit to US $1.2 billion, PA

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UAE to Increase Investment in Israel’s Private Sector

Friday, 26 February 2021 | The United Arab Emirates office responsible for attracting foreign and domestic investment recently opened a mission in Tel Aviv and signed agreements with two offices at Israel’s Economy Ministry aimed at accelerating private-sector collaboration in various fields of innovation. The agreements are part of a series of strategic initiatives by

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Israel: Iran “Continues to Challenge and Threaten Regional Stability”

Thursday, 25 February 2021 | In response to Iran’s decision to block UN nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from inspecting the regime’s nuclear sites, Israeli leaders are condemning Tehran as a regional and global threat and calling for action. The Islamic regime has been flouting its restrictions set under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive

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IDF Launches Manhunt after Attempted Palestinian Terror Attack

Thursday, 25 February 2021 | The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] on Wednesday launched a search in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] after a resident of the settlement of Yitzhar reported an attempted attack by a Palestinian wielding a knife. Binyamin Cohen, 22, said he was standing at the junction close to the settlement when

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How Does Israel Negotiate Prisoner Exchanges?

Thursday, 25 February 2021 | The return home last week of an Israeli woman who had crossed the border into Syria has brought prisoner exchanges back to the headlines. How does Israel contact parties that are holding its citizens? What are the rules of conducting such negotiations? “There isn’t always a direct contact with the party

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Western Wall Stones Get “Injection” before Passover

Thursday, 25 February 2021 | While Israelis are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, the stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City are receiving their own injections, with syringes surprisingly similar to those used in the medical world. Every six months, before Passover and the High Holidays, engineers from Western Wall Heritage Foundation and conservators

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Khamenei: Not Even Israel Can Block Our Path to the Bomb

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 | If Iran wants a nuclear bomb, nothing and nobody—not even Israel—will stand in its way. This was the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic’s message to Israel, the US and the rest of the world. Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—who has repeatedly vowed that Israel would block

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Israel to Donate Thousands of Vaccines to Countries in Need

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 | Israel is providing the Palestinian Authority (PA) and other countries with a supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement yesterday. The Jewish state stands at the global forefront in vaccinating its population. Already, about half of Israel’s population—4.5 million people—have received their first vaccine dose,

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