CAMERA: AP Issues Clarification About Israel's Christian Population

On September 6, 2015, the Associated Press, an influential wire service whose articles are reproduced around the world, published an article that misstated the facts regarding Israel's Christian population. Areej Hazboun's article, titled “Israel Christian schools striking over slashing of funding,” falsely reported that the population of Christians in Israel and the disputed territories had “gradually shrunk over the decades.” (Read More...)

World Bank: The Average Palestinian Is Getting Poorer

For the third year in a row, the average Palestinian has seen a deterioration in their economic situation, according to a World Bank study released Tuesday. Though the overall Palestinian economy has fluctuated in recent years, growing slowly before the 2014 Gaza war led to a drop-off and tepid recovery, a spike in population growth has meant that on a per capita basis, Palestinians have been getting poorer since 2013. (Read More...)

Netanyahu: Palestinians Inciting on Temple Mount

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged that the Palestinians were abusing the sanctity of the Temple Mount to incite the Arab world against Israel, moments before he boarded an airplane Tuesday for New York where he plans to address the UN General Assembly on Thursday. (Read More...)

Putin, Obama Share Awkward Moment

An awkward toast, sideways glances, a stiff handshake. Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin aren't just geostrategic rivals. They are two guys who simply don't like each other. That much seemed clear after Monday's action at the United Nations in New York, where Obama and Putin sat uncomfortably together at a lunch, then met privately for a 90-minute session which appeared to yield no breakthroughs on the major differences between them. (Read More...)

Vatican Endorses Iran Deal

The Vatican released a statement Tuesday officially welcoming the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 world powers (U.S., UK, China, France, Russia, Germany) and Iran, stating that the Holy See believes Tehran will reduce its nuclear capabilities in exchange for sanctions relief. In calling for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, the Vatican also appeared to target Israel, given that it is the lone nuclear power in the region. (Read More...)

The Five Major Threats Israel Faces

The Egyptian Sinai has witnessed a revival of terrorist activities since the beginning of 2010. The Ansar Bait al-Maqdis extremist militant group – which recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State – has been active in the area, leading many attacks against Egyptian Security Force outposts spread out across the Sinai Peninsula, killing many in the process. The threat of terrorist infiltrations by Islamic State and other related organizations is a threat that will need to be addressed moving forward. (Read More...)

Temple Mount Mess

The reports and pictures of the violence in the last three days on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem are not misleading. Though it’s by now a dreary cliché, this powderkeg is again threatening to worsen the security situation and damage diplomatic ties between Israel and its neighbors. (Read More...)

Israel: We'll Stop Rock Throwers

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, vowed late Tuesday "to use all nececessary means" to "combat stonethrowers, those who hurl Molotov cocktails, and those who detonate pipe bombs and shoot fireworks with the aim of doing harm to police and civilians." (Read More...)

Netanyahu and the Nuclear Deal

The Iran Accord is arguably the most significant strategic setback to Israeli diplomacy since the founding of the Jewish State. Friends of Israel, especially dovish ones on the left like me, need to bracket, at least for a moment, the debate over the deal's pros and cons and raise some disquieting questions. But first, an admission: I think the accord bodes great ill for the Middle East (not just Israel) and has profoundly unsettling implications for advocates of nuclear non-proliferation. (Read More...)

Obama, Netanyahu, and Israel's Future

A congregational rabbi, an acquaintance of mine, called the other day in search of sermon advice in advance of Rosh Hashanah. This particular rabbi leans right ritually and left politically. His question: How do I explain to younger congregants that the cause of Israel remains just, given their distaste for the reactionary Benjamin Netanyahu; their incomprehension of Israel’s settlement policy; and their intuitive sympathy for Netanyahu’s adversary, Barack Obama, and the liberal politics Obama represents? (Read More...)

Israel Seeks to Blunt IAEA Discussion

Israel, the United States and a number of other pro-Israel states are working behind the scenes of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) annual conference to prevent a discussion of a resolution put forth by Egypt and the Arab States on the subject of "Israel's nuclear capabilities." (Read More...)

AIFL Launches Church Outreach

The Jewish experience with Christians (in particular, clergy) through the centuries has been, shall we say, uneven. Another word might be catastrophic. From medieval anti-Semitism originating in the Church, to present-day trouble spots within evangelicalism, Christians have often gotten it wrong about Israel, harboring anti-Jewish sentiments that in its most extreme form ended with the Holocaust. (Read More...)

Relevant: Is Peace Possible?

When Bassam Aramin was 17 years old, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for being with a group of friends that lobbed grenades toward Israeli jeeps. It was his most severe crime against Israel’s military rule, but it wasn’t his first. As a child in the ancient city of Hebron in the West Bank, Aramin had raised a Palestinian flag on the school playground—which was illegal. When he was 12, he and some other students threw stones at Israeli tanks. Soldiers retaliated by shooting one of the students dead. (Read More...)

Temple Mount Clashes Cause Concern

Israeli actions on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem are tantamount to a “declaration of war,” a senior official from the Islamist Hamas terror organization said Tuesday, as Israeli police and Muslim protesters clashed at the al-Aqsa Mosque for the third consecutive day. (Read More...)

Can We Trust Iran?

I was living in Iran in February 1979 when Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Republic, appeared on TV with the following announcement: We will export our revolution to four corners of the world. Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled or incapacitated, to prepare themselves for conquest of countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world. We are at war with America as our prophet was at war with the corrupt regimes of his time. Because we believe that Islam is the one and only true faith, it is incumbent on us to fight until the entire humanity either converts or submits to Islamic authority. (Read More...)

Biased Claimed in Presbyterian BDS Vote

Last year, the Presbyterian Church USA voted 310 to 303 to divest from three multinational corporations that sell products to Israel. The PCUSA’s reasoning behind the controversial move was its leaders’ opposition to funding anything that promotes violence in the Palestinian territories. The PCUSA’s holdings in the three companies – Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar and Motorola Solutions – was estimated to be $21 million. The church leaders said that they had asked those organizations to change their policies regarding Israel before the general assembly commenced in Detroit. At the time, moderator Heath Rada said that the decision was not “a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers

Iran Demands Sanctions Be Removed

Iran’s supreme leader said Thursday that world powers must lift international sanctions and not merely suspend them as part of a landmark nuclear agreement. (Read More...)

Democrats and the Ayatollahs

Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski on Wednesday became the 34th Senate Democrat to announce her support for President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, enough to sustain a veto on a resolution of disapproval. (Read More...)

Christians Joining IDF in Record Numbers

The number of young Israeli Christians enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces is expected to set a new record next year,, a nonprofit wire service that covers Jewish and Israel news, reported Thursday. Last year, Christian enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces rose to more than 100 soldiers due to recruitment efforts by Christian leaders and Christian youths seeking greater integration into Israeli society; that number is expected to increase to 200 by 2016. The Israeli military has also been increasing its efforts to recruit more Israeli Christians. A seminar opened on Tuesday for 48 Christian youths, including two women, said Col. Pini Gonen, who runs the Gadna youth battalion pro

ISIS: Denying History in Palmyra

Most will recognize these words from the opening chapter of Ecclesiastes and credit them to King Solomon, whose title in that book is “The Teacher.” The son and heir of David has many claims to fame, many of them contradictory. The Bible presents him as the wisest man who ever lived, yet one plagued by insecurity. His reign was Israel’s golden age, but he was the last king before Israel’s division with Judah. He found no meaningful fulfillment in indulging the appetites, yet he kept 300 wives and 700 concubines. He built the temple of God (the one that caused old men to weep when comparing their memories of it to Zerubbabel’s remodel), yet he himself worshiped idols: “For when Solomon was ol

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