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 54Continue Reading »
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 thanContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 | One of the first pieces of archaeological evidence of Second Temple-period activity at Gethsemane was unearthed near the modern church during archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] in collaboration with scholars from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. A 2000-year-old ritual bath discovered at the site dates from theContinue Reading »
Monday, 14 December 2020 | Starting next term, the curriculum for Moroccan primary school students will include Jewish history and culture—a significant first in the region. On Thursday, Morocco made headlines around the world, as US President Donald Trump announced that the kingdom was the fourth Muslim-majority nation to normalize ties with Israel since August.Continue Reading »
Thursday, 10 December 2020 | A previously unknown letter written by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, describing his vision for the nascent state was recently discovered, approximately 69 years after it was first sent. The 1951 missive to a Swedish journalist was kept by the recipient’s granddaughter, who is the current Swedish ambassador toContinue Reading »
Friday, 13 November 2020 | Deviating from its focus on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual assembly of the UN’s [United Nations] World Health Organization [WHO] held a four-hour session focused on Israel, which saw itself condemned in speeches by some 30 delegations, including Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Malaysia, Lebanon andContinue Reading »
Thursday, 12 November 2020 | Iran continues to overstep the restrictions set out for the regime under the 2015 Iran deal, a United Nations atomic watchdog announced on Wednesday, increasing its stockpile of enriched uranium to 12 times the amount allowed under the nuclear accord. The Islamic regime as of November 2 possessed 2,442.9 kilogramsContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 | Hamas has never been coy about its intentions toward Israel. The founding charter of the Iran-backed terror group that rules the 1.9 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip does, after all, clearly stipulate the destruction of Israel through jihad (holy war) as its reason for existence. And according toContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 | A juglet (a small pottery jar) containing four pure gold coins dating from more than a thousand years ago (the Early Islamic period), was unearthed during archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), as part of the Jewish Quarter Development Corporation’s plan to build an elevator and makeContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 4 November 2020 | Israel’s unemployment figures have soared since the country [entered] its second nationwide lockdown, with joblessness rate climbing above 20%. According to data published by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday, 1,079,500 registered as unemployed during the first half of October, of whom 832,600 are believed to have been directlyContinue Reading »
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