A visitor to Jerusalem's Old City will find eight gates, each with it's own history. Four of the main gates were constructed according to the four directions of compass. One of the gates is sealed awaiting the return of the Messiah and the end of days...
It has been few years now since my first and last visit to Jerusalem. As I sat across the Western Wall on that warm summer evening and watched my surroundings with mixed emotions, one thing has become clear: This was a special moment in my life, one I would always remember and cherish...
"Der Judenstaat" or "The Jewish State" is a small book published in 1986 in Vienna, Austria. The author of the book was the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl. In the book he outlined his reasoning for the need to reestablish the historic Jewish state. This book is still very much relevant today...
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Mount Moriah - is a long and narrow hilltop that begins in the South where Kidron and Hinnom Valleys converge and rises to it's highest peak (777 meters above sea level) around the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is physically much less imposing than nearby Mount Zion and Mount of Olives but from historical and religious prospective it's the most valuable real estate in the world. >>
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U.S. law requires that the Secretary of State has to provide Congress, by April 30th of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries & groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is titled Country Reports on Terrorism. >>
On December 24, 2016 the UN Security Council has adopted a non binding resolution 2334 concerning Israeli settlements in "Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem". Resolution was passed unanimously by 14-0 vote while the U.S. who has a veto power has abstained. The final UN voting tally for 2016 was very similar to the one from 2015 and a year before. During the last year, The UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and only 4 against the rest of the world combined. There are tens of thousands of people being killed every month in the countries situated around Israel and yet it is the Jewish State who has to absorb the contempt from the international community. >>>
There is a new power broker in the Middle East and his name is Vladimir Putin. He has no problem with bullying the locals and outsiders equally and makes no apologies for bombing anybody he perceives to be a threat to the survival of Bashar al-Assad regime. Putin fits perfectly into the scene where cruelty and ruthlessness are looked upon with respect. He was able to earn a reputation of the tough guy in the tough region >>>
As the 10th year anniversary of the Second Lebanon War approached it was met by Israeli public with the mixed feelings. It began on July 12th of 2006 as a result of Hezbolla's cross-border incursion into Israeli territory that resulted in killing of three Israeli soldiers and kidnapping of another two. Even though, since the end of the war ten years ago the Israeli-Lebanese border has remained relatively quiet, military analysts suggest caution. >>>
We are in the midst of historic reshaping of the Middle East map. How this map would look 25 years from now is being decided today. Unfortunately the most influential country in the world has decided to sit this process out. The geopolitical view of President Obama's administration is a token involvement that hardly influences reality on the ground. The emergence of ISIS and califate took radicalization to another level. >>>
On March 19th, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a busy tourist area in central Istanbul, killing four people and wounding dozens in the process. Three out of four dead tourists as well as eleven of 36 people wounded were Israeli citizens. Right after the Istanbul bombing an official from President Erfogan's Justice and Development Party has tweeted the following: "I wish the wounded Israeli tourists were dead". >>>
Since October of 2015, the wave of stabbings against Israelis has been almost a daily occurrence. The victims are pretty random. It can be an older woman, a young man, a tourist or a soldier. To qualify as a victim you need to be a Jew or look like one as terrorists do not ask for an identification and sometimes attack their own. The Damascus Gate location recently has been one of the favorite spots for knife wielding terrorists so Israeli police was on high alert for any potential trouble. >>>
A group of Italian academics is circulating a petition demanding that institutes of higher learning sever all cooperation with the Haifa-based Technion Institute for what they claim is its complicity in Israel’s military rule over the Palestinians.It is puzzling that at the time when Europe is flooded by millions of refugees from Syria the distingleshed academics find time go call for a boycott of the Institution that has nothing to do with it. >>>
There is a self-imposed mental block with most Western news organizations and many politicians, including our president, when they speak about terrorism emanating from the Muslim world. They either never use word associations such an Islamic terrorism or if they do use the word Islam in their speech, it must be followed by the mandatory add-on sentence “otherwise peaceful religion”. >>>