On Listening to Barak, an Essential Voice

editor 19 August 2017

By Alissa Kaplan Michaels.. Far too many of us have had a firsthand experience of Islamist terror, either in Israel or elsewhere around the globe. An even greater number of people know of someone slaughtered, or critically wounded, in these attacks on innocents. Terrorists deliberately rattle our peaceful daily lives, making survival of these horrific events a matter of luck. [Photo top right: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Photo: Wikimedia Commons].  Read more »

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Egypt allocates $2.2 million to restore historic Alexandria synagogue

editor 18 August 2017

By J-Wire.. The Egyptian government has reportedly approved a budget of US$2.2 million for the restoration of the centuries-old Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria. The Project Sector of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities last week sanctioned the funding for the restoration and development of the historic synagogue, which was recently closed for several months after its ceiling collapsed, the Egypt Independent reported. [Photo top right:The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt. Credit: Wikimedia Commons].  Read more »

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After Temple Mount ‘Victory,’ Arabs Set Sights on Western Wall

editor 17 August 2017

By Andrew Friedman.. Palestinians and Arab MKs declared ‘victory’ Tuesday (July 25, 2017) as Israel reversed security measures at the Temple Mount, and said their struggle for control over the compound also extends to the Western Wall. MK Taleb Abu Arar (Joint List) stressed that “Jews have no rights at al-Aqsa Mosque,” and added that Muslims’ fight against Israel would continue, regardless of the cabinet decision to remove metal detectors from the entrances to the Temple Mount compound. [Photo top right: An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest of Jewish holidays. October 12, 2016. (Flash90)]Read more »

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A dream comes true for Rina

editor 16 August 2017

By J-Wire.. Magen David Adom’s “Make a Wish Ambulance” has taken a teacher battling with terminal cancer to her students’ graduation party. Last week (first week of July, 2017) MDA received a special request. Rina, who’s been a teacher for the past 25 years, is battling cancer and hoped for MDA’s assistance in making it to her students’ high school graduation party. Within an hour, the special MDA Make a Wish ambulance was enlisted to the operation staffed by Ambulance Driver and EMT Tomer Bar Levi, MDA paramedic Yair Cohen and EMT Rivka Menni. The ambulance picked Rina up from her house and transported her to the party. [Photo top right: Rina visits the Kotel].  Read more »

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PM Netanyahu Dons Yarmulke to Quote Genesis for UNESCO’s Benefit

editor 15 August 2017

By JNI Media.. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday (July 9, 2017) morning wore a yarmulke to quote the Book of Genesis at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting. “I would like to read from Genesis 23:16-19,” the PM began: “‘And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant… And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre–the same is Hebron–in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying-place by the children of Heth.’” [Photo top right: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reading from Genesis (Photo: Screenshot)]Read more »

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Israel and India: Is the Sky the Limit?

editor 14 August 2017

By Jose C. Ciprut.. BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 525, July 11, 2017.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Indian PM Narendra Modi’s first visit to Israel is an affirmation of readiness, beyond mere symbolism, for an unprecedented expansion of collaboration between two democracies and two peoples. There is potential for such expansion on many levels: government-to-government, business-to-business, industry-to-industry, sector-to-sector, and people-to-people. Israel’s technological expertise in critical domains, and India’s good relations with the Gulf nations, including Iran, as well as with the G-77 group of nations (which often votes as a bloc at the UN), should augur well for new synergies that could prove beneficial for the region and for the Israel-Palestine conflict. Read more »

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The Saudi Islamist Conundrum

editor 12 August 2017

By Melanie Phillips.. Modern Islamic Warfare, a monograph by Middle East analyst and former Pentagon staffer Dr Harold Rhode, is essential reading. You can download it  here. Concisely and clearly it explains the Islamic world, the confusions it causes amongst those who don’t understand it and why, as a result, the west is being defeated by it. [Photo top right: Wiki conundrum, Wikipedia Commons]Read more »

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Indo-Israeli Ties: New Heights

editor 11 August 2017

By Jagdish N. Singh.. “The time has come to bring together countries to fight against the enemies of Israel…. Israel never needs to fear that they are only seven or eight million people standing against 150 million Arabs. They have 1.2 billion Indians backing them.” — Subramanian Swamy, Indian parliamentarian. [Photo top right:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend an Israel-India innovation exhibition, on July 6, 2017. (Image source: Kobi Gideon, Israel Government Press Office)].  Read more »

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The Girl with the Rucksack

editor 10 August 2017

By Naomi Ragen.. The amazing thing about actually living in Israel, is that even the simplest daily activities are sometimes infused with so much meaning. Let me give you an example. I was going to get a haircut. My hairdresser is in Ramat Gan, which means I have to take a bus from the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. So I go. [Photo top right: Female soldiers of the IDF; Wikipedia Commons].  Read more »

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Israeli Doctors Perform Revolutionary In-Utero Heart Surgery on Ailing Fetus

editor 9 August 2017

By ISRAEL21c.. In a risky and delicate procedure performed for the first time in Israel this week, an interdisciplinary team of Hadassah Medical Center physicians fixed a severe heart defect in a 28-week-old foetus in the womb. The medical team widened the baby’s aorta using a balloon technique similar to adult catheterization. Read more »

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