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US-Israel Relationship

Trump said bidding to defeat new anti-Israel UNESCO resolution

The Trump administration has reportedly ordered US ambassadors in UNESCO member states to initiate meetings with their host countries’ foreign ministries in a bid to defeat an anti-Israel resolution that is to be debated at the UN cultural organization next week.

The passage last October by 23 votes to 6 of a UNESCO resolution sponsored by Arab...

Incitement

Ahead of elections, Fatah brags of killing 11,000 Israelis

In a Facebook post Tuesday, the Palestinian Fatah group listed a number of its achievements. At the top: the killing of 11,000 Israelis.

In its boast, Fatah also notes other achievements, such as losing 170,000 “martyrs,” being the first to carry out attacks in the First Intifada, which began in 1987, as well as in the second that launched in the...

Hamas

“Gaza World Vision director diverted millions to Hamas’s military wing”

JERUSALEM — The Gaza head of the U.S.-based humanitarian aid organization World Vision funneled as much as $7 million a year over the past 10 years to Hamas’s terror activities, Israel’s domestic security agency said Thursday.
The Shin Bet said the aid group’s Gaza director, Mohammed el-Halabi, is an active figure in Hamas’s military wing. He was...

Iran

U.S. Acknowledges Cash Payment to Iran Was ‘Leverage’ in Prisoner Release

Story Via: Wall Street Journal
State Department confirms U.S. refused to allow Iran to take $400 million cash payment until plane carrying freed Americans left Tehran
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration said for the first time on Thursday that its $400 million cash payment to Iran in January was used as “leverage” to gain the release of American...

Archeology

Synagogue from Second Temple era unearthed on Sea of Galilee shore

The excavation of a 2,000-yearold Jewish settlement and synagogue from the Second Temple period in Magdala, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, recently revealed rare and well-preserved antiquities, including a bronze incense shovel and jug.

The dig, overseen by the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of a...

US-Israel Relationship

President Trump at Holocaust event vows ‘We will confront anti-Semitism’

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump delivered his strongest denunciation of anti-Semitism yet onTuesday, calling Holocaust deniers “accomplice(s) to this horrible evil” and vowing to “confront anti-Semitism.”

In a keynote speech inside the ornate US Capitol rotunda at an annual Holocaust remembrance event organized by the US Holocaust Memorial...

Christian Persecution Issues

Pray for converts risking their lives in Saudi Arabia

Not stand by while the Christians of the Middle East are being attacked.
Pray the protection of Psalm 91 over my brothers and sisters facing dangerous circumstances around the world.
An estimated 1.2 million Christians live in Saudi Arabia, but most of these believers are migrants from other countries. By law, all Saudi citizens are considered...

Israeli Society Issues

Jaffa’s Crucial Role in the Modern Rebirth of Israel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVFE4ZqQx7s

Christian Persecution Issues

Pray for Christians threatened with violence in the territories under the control of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas

Not stand by while the Christians of the Middle East are being attacked.
Pray the protection of Psalm 91 over my brothers and sisters facing dangerous circumstances around the world.
Approximately 40,000 Christians live under the rule of either Hamas in Gaza or the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Life in these territories is often very...

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Issues

Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth Part 4: The Living Hell of Auschwitz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y4QjahT3QM

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Issues

Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth Part 3: As a 14 Year Old, Arrives at Auschwitz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV0hpivqA_A

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Issues

Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth Part 2: How BDS Movement Started in Tehran

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy6uJgwet94

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Issues

Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth Part 1: Ripped from His Home by the Nazis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmUPf-JBg3U

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Iran Issues

Trump raps Iran for violating ‘spirit’ of nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran is failing to fulfill the “spirit” of its nuclear deal with world powers, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, setting an ominous tone for his forthcoming decision about whether to pull the US out of the landmark agreement.

As he often had during the president campaign, Trump ripped into the deal struck by Iran, the US...

Iran
Iran Issues

Nikki Haley urges UN to shift its criticism from Israel to Iran

UNITED NATIONS — It’s high time the United Nations Security Council set its sights on Iran, rather than Israel, United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Thursday during the Security Council’s monthly meeting on “the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.”

“Every month the Security Council convenes a meeting...

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

Texas Becomes 18th State to Pass Anti-BDS Bill

In a groundbreaking legislative act to blunt economic warfare against Israel, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed on Thursday an anti-boycott bill that bars the state from engaging in business with companies that are involved in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement targeting the Jewish state.

The bill was passed...

Israeli Society Issues

NBA, FIBA and Israel Basketball Association to host first Basketball Without Borders camp in Israel

NEW YORK, MIES, TEL AVIV – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Israel Basketball Association today announced that the 16th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe will be held Aug. 13-16 at The Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, marking the first time that the NBA and...

Israeli Technology

Programmed proteins may make malaria vaccine possible

A malaria vaccine based on stabilized proteins could be used in tropical places where there is no refrigeration.

Despite decades of malaria research, the disease still afflicts hundreds of millions and kills around half a million people each year – most of them children in tropical regions.

The best deterrent would be a vaccine composed of...

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Israel Defense Force (IDF) Issues

Six-Day War: The Israeli Navy’s commandos ‘suicide missions’

Shayetet 13 (‘Flotilla 13′), the Israeli Navy’s special operations unit, was sent at the start of the Six-Day War on a daring series of missions deep within enemy territory, which included covert assault on harbors in Syria and Egypt.

Those missions can now retroactively be called suicide missions, as in spite of the soldiers’ bravery, the heroic...

Israel Defense Force (IDF) Issues

Trigger fingers: The IDF officers responsible for intercepting missiles

Lt. Dima Kisilov’s first phone call, meanwhile, was to his father. “I asked him if he heard what had happened in Eilat because I was afraid he might be worried,” he says, “but it turns out I had woken him up. So I told him, he was excited for a bit, and then he went back to sleep.”

Before 2nd Lt. Chen Shaked could call his mother, however, she...