Hand o nkotel by Dinu MandreaIt 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...

Theodor Herzl"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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Israel Police work to keep Jews, Arabs from clashing

A week of tensions in Jerusalem culminated on Thursday night in a mass march by right wing and religious Jewish Israelis near the Old City. >>>

By Seth J. Frantzman - The Times of Israel - 4/23/2021   


Israel records no new daily COVID deaths for first time in 10 months

In data released Friday, the death toll remained unchanged from the day before at 6,346. The last date there were no new fatalities was June 29, when >>>

By The Times of Israel - 4/23/2021   


Israel intensifying air war against Iranian encroachment in Syria

Defense intelligence site Janes reports that Israel has used 4,239 weapons against 955 targets over three-year span. Around 70% of IAF pilots have >>>

  By Reuters - Israel Hayom - 4/23/2021


Rare ‘fortress synagogue’ to return to Jewish ownership in Lutsk, Ukraine

A municipality in Ukraine pledged to return to Jewish ownership what’s left of a 17th-century synagogue that the Nazis partially destroyed and the Soviets >>>

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA - Arutz Sheva - 4/23/2021


US formally excludes Turkey from F-35 consortium 

The US has reportedly informed Turkey of its formal exclusion from the new F-35 consortium agreement.   The long-awaited decision comes as little surprise >>>

By Menekse Tokyay - Arab News - 4/22/2021   


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On April 14th of 2021 the highest court in France came back with the decision that the murderer of Sarah Halimi, an elderly Jewish woman who lived in Belleville neighbourhood of Paris, will not stand trial for his actions. They upheld the decision reached by the lower court in 2019 which then absolved the killing of Sarah by her 27 year old neighbor, Kobili Traoré, on the grounds of insanity. In April of 2017 Traoré broke into Ms. Halimi's apartment, viciously beat her and then pushed her out of the third floor window while shouting Allah Akbar and antisemitic slurs. When arrested Kobili Traoré claimed that he experienced >>>


Opinion


Right of Return & a Just Solution

Refugees YemenAt the time when Israel celebrates the Independence Day the Palestinians commemorate the event by mourning the birth of the Jewish state. There is word for it in Arabic called Nakba or Catastrophe. Every year the Palestinians are reminded of that event as a planned ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Jews. This Arab version of history is brought up every time  the question comes up about the right of return of Arab refugees >>>


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Kidron Valley

Kidron ValleyKidron Valley, also known as the Valley of Jehoshaphat and Valley of the King is a deep ravine stretching from the eastern slope of Mount Moriah through the Judean Desert and continues for about 20 miles until it reaches the Dead Sea. For the most of the year Kidron Valley is a dry place except when the seasonal rains create a stream that runs underneath the surface. The stretch of the Kidron Valley between the Temple Mount and >>>