“The standard ceramic vest Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi was wearing when he was fatally shot in the chest near the Gaza border Friday cannot stop the advanced weapon”

IDF believes Gaza snipers used Iranian armor-piercing rifle to kill soldier
by Staff
July 22, 2018

An initial investigation by the IDF has concluded that Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi, killed Friday by Palestinian sniper fire on the Gaza border, was hit by an armor-piercing bullet fired from an Iranian-manufactured rifle, Hadashot TV news reported Sunday. The gun used in the attack was said to be an Iranian replica of an Austrian Steyr rifle. According to the report, the IDF was aware Hamas was in possession of such weapons, which can penetrate the standard ceramic vests used by the majority of soldiers. READ MORE

Posted in Israel & Middle East | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“For Arabs who are determined to see the Jews as their enemy, the new Basic Law is indeed a loss, but those Arabs should not be anybody’s barometer of morality”

Do not patronize Israeli Arabs over the new Basic Law
by Fred Maroun
July 20, 2018

…I would like Jews in the diaspora and my Israeli Jewish friends to understand that Israeli Arabs do not need to be patronized and should not be patronized. Many if not most Israeli Arabs are opposed to the very concept of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people simply because they are anti-Zionist, and they make that fact very clear by the politicians that they elect. Many other Israeli Arabs do not care much about Zionism, and they are just grateful to live in a country that offers good economic opportunities, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Read the full Jewish Nation-State Law Where is the controversy (unless you don’t happen to subscribe to the idea of a Jewish state, then in that case, it’s an outrage without precedent)

Posted in Israel & Middle East, Jewish | Tagged | Leave a comment

The New State Solution: “Brokering an end to the Israel Palestinian conflict could bring the Egyptians back from the brink”

Egypt: Kingmaker in a new Middle East
by General Amir Avivi (Ret.) and Benjamin Anthony
July 20, 2018

Over the past year, together with several retired Israeli security experts, we have written about, and spoken of, the need to shift to a new paradigm to end the Israel Palestinian conflict and to move beyond the status quo. We have called for the establishment of a free, sovereign and independent Palestinian State in Gaza—with the addition of a territorial connection into a section of the northern, coastal area of the Sinai Peninsula. READ MORE

For more information on The New State Solution, click here.

Posted in Israel & Middle East | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“TV report says Cairo, when fixing ceasefire late Friday, emphasized to terror group that Israeli strikes were the direct result of IDF soldier’s killing by Gaza sniper”

Egypt warned Hamas: Israel will go to war ‘in two hours’ if you respond to raids
by Staff
July 21, 2018

An unofficial ceasefire reached overnight Friday-Saturday between Israel and Hamas came after Egypt warned the Palestinian terror group that Israel would launch a war “in two hours” if Hamas responded to IDF retaliatory strikes in Gaza following the killing of an IDF soldier by Palestinian sniper fire, Israeli television reported Saturday…The Israel Defense Forces said it struck more than 60 Hamas targets Friday in response to sniper fire from the Strip that killed IDF infantryman Aviv Levi, 21, from Petah Tikva. Staff Sgt. Levi was the first Israeli fatality in fighting along the border since the 2014 war. READ MORE

Posted in Israel & Middle East, Islam | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

For Tisha B’Av, this Christian “spent one minute meditating on each of the horrors done to Jews in the name of Christianity. He began at eight in the morning but by one in the afternoon, he was little more than halfway through the list”

Christian Declaration of Tisha B’Av Atrocities Against Jews Presented at Knesset
by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
July 18, 2018

A simple act of contrition by a devout Christian led to a powerful meeting in the Knesset and will hopefully lead to a global initiative to heal the difficult and painful history between Jews and Christians. On Monday, 16 Christian and Jewish delegates met in the chambers of Yuli Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset, and presented him with a declaration signed by 1,500 Christians in which they expressed a desire to comfort the Jewish people for crimes done to them. “We the undersigned recognize the long and horrific history of anti-semitic atrocities committed against Jews in the name of Christ,” the proclamation read…READ MORE

ARUTZ SHEVA Tisha B’av: How do Israelis grieve?  The fast day of Tisha B’av 2018 begins on Saturday night July, 21 and end sundown, July 22. The fast marks the day when the Spies returned to Moses and the Jewish People in the desert, speaking falsehoods about the Land of Israel. It also marks the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem. After the Second Temple was destroyed, no Jewish government existed in Israel until 1948, when the modern State of Israel was founded. 

Posted in Israel & Middle East, Jewish | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“The nations of the world want to know what Israel knows and have what Israel has — whether they have formal diplomatic relations with Jerusalem or not”

How the World Really Views Israel
by Shoshana Bryen
July 18, 2018

Israel and the Iroquois Nation came together this week — In Israel — at the Lacrosse World Championship. The Iroquois Nation team was subjected to enormous pressure to boycott, but they steadfastly refused to be swayed. The Iroquois, who invented Lacrosse in about 1100 CE, know a thing or two about indigenous peoples reclaiming their land. And they know a thing or two about Israel. Bravo to them. READ MORE

Posted in Israel & Middle East | Leave a comment

American progressive’s “utter lack of interest in what actually interests the citizens of Israel has to change”

If American Jewish Progressives Really Seek Change
by Daniel Gordis
July 18, 2018

…In May, Israeli troops killed several dozen Palestinians, many of them young, at the Gaza border fence. It was a tragic day, but aside from a few very lone voices, even the Israeli Left declined to criticize the government or the army. Why? When Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in March that the protests along the Gaza border were the beginning of the Palestinian return to “all of Palestine,” Israeli leftists believed him. They also understood that if Haniyeh was cynically going to send dozens of young Palestinians to trample a border that Israel has always defended with lethal force (while he sat comfortably many kilometers away), he was tragically going to leave Israel little choice. READ MORE

Posted in Israel & Middle East, Jewish, Politics | Tagged , | Leave a comment