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City of David Top Finds #3: The Ancient Pool of Siloam

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

City of David Top Finds #2: The Road of Pilgrimage to the Temple Mount

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ajg9HfrzkQ

City of David Top Finds #1: King Hezekiah’s Royal Seal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk0njpxXJI8

Mike Pence and Trent Franks Lead Thousands of Christians at CUFI’s Pro-Israel Event

While the Jewish community in some quarters has lately been divided on Israel issues, some 5,000 evangelical Christians will gather in Washington, DC July 17-18 as a granite-like block of support to defend the Jewish State. They will be attending the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) policy conference held each year. Boasting more than 3 million...

House passes bill that includes $705m. for US-Israel missile defense cooperation

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives passed a massive $696 billion defense policy bill on Friday that designates $705 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed 344 to 81, increases spending on these programs by $105 million more than in last year’s budget. The total figure...

Christian Persecution

Fearing more terror attacks, Egypt churches suspend activities

CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s Coptic and Evangelical churches have suspended some of their activities for security reasons after a spate of jihadist attacks, church officials said on Thursday.

Conferences and church-organized trips will be suspended for three weeks after security services warned of more attempted attacks, said the Reverend Andrea...

Mennonites’ resolution is ‘antisemitic and unwise,’ legal expert says

The Mennonite Church USA’s decision to divest its holdings in companies profiting from Israel’s presence in the West Bank is antisemitic at its core, an evangelical litigation expert said.

“The resolution of the Mennonite Church USA is confusing and contradictory,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and president of...

Decrying ‘Abominable’ PA ‘Martyr Payments’ Policy, Former US Officials Pledge Support for Taylor Force Act at Senate Hearing

Former top US diplomatic official Elliott Abrams told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that Washington should suspend payments that directly benefit the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ends its policy of “martyr payments” to the families of convicted Palestinian terrorists — a practice deemed “abominable” by former US...

Toyota research arm takes first step into Israel’s start-up scene with investment into robotics for the elderly

Toyota's research arm has just announced itself on the Israeli start-up scene, confirming on Tuesday that it has led an early-stage funding round in Israel's Intuition Robotics.

Toyota Research Institute, TRI, the automaker's initiative in artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and home robotics, has a treasure chest of $1 billion and says...

Courageous Israeli Soldier Loses Arm, Returns to Battlefield

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixJVHI_1a48

From the Land of the Free to the Holy Land

Most Americans don’t know it, but the United States has been involved in the Holy Land for a long, long time.

Starting in the early 19th century, as travel to the region became safer — in the wake of the wars fought by the US and Europe against the Barbary Pirates (1801–1805 and 1815–1816), and the 1830 French conquest of Algeria — North...

Iran seeking nuclear weapons technology, German intel says

Damning German intelligence reports emerged in June and July revealing the Iranian regime’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile technology in defiance of international sanctions and UN resolutions.

A federal intelligence report also said that the Islamic Republic targets Jewish and Israeli institutions with espionage.

According to...

Israeli Doctoral Student Develops Groundbreaking Test for Parkinson’s Disease

JNS.org – Suaad Abd-Elhadi, a doctoral student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has won an innovation award for developing a new groundbreaking tool that could lead to earlier detection of Parkinson’s disease.

Abd-Elhadi’s “lipid ELISA” test could also improve monitoring of the disease’s progression and a patient’s response to treatment....

From left to right, Ben Gurion Kipgen, Binyamin Tungnung, Michael Sitlhou and Amos Pulamte, members of India’s Bnei Menashe tribe who are joining the same IDF unit. Photo: Laura Ben-David / Shavei Israel.

Six Members of ‘Lost’ Jewish-Indian Tribe Join Same IDF Combat Unit

 

JNS.org – Six members of a “lost” Jewish tribe from India, the Bnei Menashe, will serve together in the same IDF combat unit. All six soldiers immigrated to Israel within the last two years.

The soldiers — Khananya Baite, 21; Ayal Haokip, 20; Ben Gurion Kipgen, 19; Amos Pulamte, 20; Michael Sitlhou, 22; and Binyamin Tungnung, 20 —...

Netanyahu cuts $1 million more from UN budget after UNESCO Hebron vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that Israel would further reduce the amount it gives annually to the United Nations in membership fees by another $1 million following a decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to list the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank as an endangered...

Haley calls UNESCO Hebron motion ‘an affront to history,’ says US to review ties

WASHINGTON — Hours after UNESCO declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank, an endangered Palestinian world heritage site, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the move was both “tragic” and an “affront to history,” and that the US would review its ties with the world body as a result of the...

Sniffing out diseases with the Nanose

If there is such a thing as a science superstar, it might be Hossam Haick, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Born and raised in Nazareth, he left Israel after receiving his Ph.D. to study in the United States for a few years, then returned to the Technion, where he is currently a...

US warship visit marks ‘deepening cooperation’ on regional threats, top officer says

The docking of a US Navy supercarrier on the Haifa coast this week signifies deepening ties between Israel and the United States in confronting threats posed by “the global Jihad axis,” according to a top IDF officer responsible for cooperation between the two militaries.

The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, which has been a leading part of...

Israel fumes over ‘sad, pathetic’ UNESCO decision on Jerusalem

Israeli officials angrily rejected a resolution by a UN body condemning its activity in East Jerusalem and the Old City, with the Foreign Ministry saying the move was irrelevant.

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World’s largest warship docks at Haifa

The Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier left its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia on January 21 and has been in the region since February as a base for airstrikes against the Islamic State group. It operates mainly in the Persian Gulf.

Commissioned in 2009, the 333m-long nuclear-powered ship can carry a crew of over 5,000 people, as well as around...