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. >>
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. That leaves countries like Russia, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to their make decisions for hundreds of millions of people based on their own national interests. Unfortunately their track record is one of very bad decisions and even worse global consequences. >>>
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”. >>>
The war in Syria is a perfect example of how difficult it is for any political settlement to take place when you have a proxy war between the major powers in the region. Syrian people are paying for it in blood with over 160 thousand dead, millions displaced and currently living in the tent cities in the neighboring countries. For decades the Arab-Israeli conflict masked the real major problem in the Middle East. It’a Shia vs. Sunny enmity. >>>
At the time when Israel celebrates the Day of Independence the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world commemorate the event by mourning the birth of the Jewish state. There is word for it in Arabic called Nakba or Catastrophe. It is also brought up every time the question comes up about the right of return of Arab refugees and their descendants, numbering around four million people, back to Israel. >>>