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Ritual Bath From Time Of Jesus Found At Gethsemane In Jerusalem

12/21/2020

Archaeological excavations by the Antiquities Authority ahead of construction unearthed a 2000-year-old ritual bath near the modern church at Gethsemane, together with the remains of a church from the Byzantine period (ca. 1500 years ago). The finds were uncovered with the assistance of scholars from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum…

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Israel Police Foil Terror Attack In Jerusalem’s Old City; Assailant Killed

12/21/2020

A gunman opened fire at police station at the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israel Police shot and killed on Monday night a terrorist in retaliation for a failed shooting attempt in Jerusalem, Hebrew media reported.

The gunman opened fire at a police station at the entrance to the Temple Mount near the Lions’ Gate, a…

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Israeli Woman Found Dead In West Bank Forest, Police Investigating Terror Attack

12/21/2020

Israel Police are investigating the cause of death of a woman in her 50s whose body was found early Monday morning in the Reihan Forest in the northern West Bank. The police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) are reportedly evaluating whether the murder might have been a terrorist attack.

“We wake up to a difficult and painful…

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Saudi Women Take To The Skies As Flight Attendants For The First Time

12/21/2020

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) over the weekend opened the door for Saudi women to work as flight attendants for the first time.

The kingdom’s flag carrier clarified in a statement on Friday that Saudi female applicants must be high school graduates between the ages of 20 and 30, with the “required level of the English language,”…

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Senior US Officials Visit Israel Ahead Of Morocco Trip

12/21/2020
Kushner, Berkowitz to board first direct flight between Tel-Aviv and Rabat in joint US-Israel delegation

A high-profile US delegation is visiting Israel on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s visit to Morocco.
Among those arriving are Jared Kushner, special White House advisor on the Middle East and Avi Berkowitz, the US envoy on the…

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Archaeologists Recreate Tiles Of Temple Where Jesus Walked

12/21/2020

When Jesus strode through the ancient Jewish temple in Jerusalem, his feet met hewn-stone, earth-tone tiles that were geometric in design and cool, dappled and scuffed to the touch.

Such is the understanding of Israeli archaeologists and masons who, drawing on relics and historical texts, have recreated the sacred flooring, so it…

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Community Platform Launched To Bolster Tech Ties Between Israel, UAE

12/18/2020

Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), Nobex, Hybrid and Fusion LA created a new community aimed to form and bolster connections within the innovation-technology-business sector between the UAE and Israel

The new community has already garnered 1,000 sign-ups, listing investors, developers and government organizations within the UAE-Israel…

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Israel’s Technology Is a ‘Gift to the World,’ Says Nikki Haley Amid Recent Arab Peace Agreements

12/18/2020

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has urged people to talk about Israel with regard to its tech talents and not just “the Palestinian issue.” The remarks were made during an interview with former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon at the first DiploTech Global Summit, a conference bringing together world leaders, heads…

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Pfizer CEO, Son Of Holocaust Survivors, Joins Israeli Embassy Hanukkah Lighting

12/17/2020

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla lit the Hanukkah candles at a virtual ceremony organized by the Israeli embassy in Washington on Wednesday evening, just days after his pharmaceutical corporation received the final go-ahead to distribute its coronavirus vaccine across the US.

Introducing Bourla, Ambassador Ron Dermer pointed out that the…

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill To Elevate Status Of US Special Envoy On Anti-Semitism

12/16/2020

A bipartisan bill to elevate the status of the U.S. special envoy on anti-Semitism overwhelmingly passed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) reintroduced the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act in January 2019. Although the bill passed the U.S. House Representatives that same month, the…

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Israel’s Historic Missile Test: A Message To Iran, Hezbollah, Allies

12/15/2020

Israel’s Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency have successfully completed an unprecedented, historic test designed to confront multiple threats using a multitiered system. Nothing like this has ever been reported to have been done before, and it represents a response to the latest threats emerging in the…

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Tel Aviv Stock Exchange And Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Sign MOU

12/16/2020

Abu Dhabi Securities exchange (ADX) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, the ADX and TASE announced in a joint statement.

This is the first time an Arab exchange has entered into a commercial relationship with the State of Israel, according to the statement. The MOU aims to…

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UAE, Bahrain Delegations Take Part In Western Wall Hanukkah Lighting Ceremony

12/14/2020

A delegation from both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain took part Monday evening in the central menorah lighting at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, in a ceremony described by the site’s chief rabbi as a “Hanukkah miracle.”

The group was made up of social activists and opinion leaders from the Gulf countries, visiting Israel as…

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Israeli Airlines Plan Daily Flights To Morocco

12/13/2020

Israeli airline El Al is planning to operate at least one daily flight to Morocco, Israeli business daily Globes reported on Friday.

The report came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump announcedthat the North African country had agreed to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel.

Until now, Israelis have had to…

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Jerusalem’s Archeological Tunneling Efforts Win Top Award

12/14/2020

Jerusalem’s Old City can now add another global feather to its cap: The archeological tunneling to explore and excavate its history has just won worldwide recognition by the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA).

Coming in at first place in the “Oddities of the Underground” category in the ITA’s sixth…

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Congress Votes To Maintain Security Assistance To Israel

12/14/2020

The U.S. Congress passed a $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2021 fiscal year last week that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs and other initiatives.

The Pentagon blueprint, which will need an appropriations bill to fund it, passed the U.S. House of…

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Israel Inks Deal Establishing Diplomatic Relations With Bhutan

12/12/2020

Israel has established full diplomatic ties with Bhutan, a small, majority-Buddhist landlocked kingdom in the Himalayas neighboring India and China.

The agreement was signed on Saturday at a ceremony held at the residence of Israel’s Ambassador to India Ron Malka, with the ambassador of Bhutan to India Major General Vetsop…

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Oman, Indonesia Likely Next Countries To Forge Ties With Israel

12/13/2020

Oman and Indonesia could be next in line to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in the coming weeks, a diplomatic source said Sunday.

The Trump administration is continuing in its efforts to bring more Arab and Muslim countries into the Abraham Accords. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have agreed to…