Shani Remembers Long Flight to Entebbe

In retrospect, one can say that Brig. Gen. (ret.) Joshua Shani, the lead pilot who flew the first C-130 Hercules cargo plane in 1976's Operation Entebbe, emerged from the mission to Uganda somewhat worse for wear. The stress caused him to develop a stomach ulcer, his hair turned mostly gray, and his wife was furious with him for not telling her he would be taking part in one of the most famous hostage rescue operations in history. (Read More...)

Arab Youth Send Messages of Peace to Israel Via Social Media

It all began as a personal project by a young Israeli Arab who lives in northern Israel. He wanted to use social networking to convince other Israeli Arabs that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are not some “army of evil” and that its soldiers are not as bloodthirsty as they tend to be portrayed in Arab propaganda films. He soon learned, however, that in the digital age, there is no end to surprises. Instead of messages and responses from the Israeli Arab audience he was targeting, he began receiving messages of peace and love from young Arab men and women from across the Arab world. (Read More...)

SBC Condemns BDS Movement

For the first time in its history, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) passed a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement (BDS) at its annual convention in St. Louis, Mo. on June 14-15. “We support the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state and reject any activities that attack that right by promoting economic, cultural, and academic boycotts against Israel,” the resolution states. “The [BDS] Movement seeks to isolate the nation of Israel economically and socially.” (Read More...)

Egyptian Team Receives Black Boxes

The investigation team tasked with looking into the crash of EgyptAir MS804 said on Friday it had received the two black boxes extracted from the Mediterranean Sea in preparation for recovering and analysing their data. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) was found and extracted on Thursday, while the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was found on Friday. (Read More...)

ISIS Dislodges Syrian Forces from Raqqa

ISIS expelled Syrian regime troops Monday from the northern province of Raqqa in a lightning counter-offensive that killed 40 regime forces, a monitoring group said. (Read More...)

Hatmaker: Christians Complicit in Orlando

Since ISIS-sympathizer Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 50 more at an Orlando, Florida nightclub, many Christians have been offering their sympathy and prayers for the families who lost their loved ones during the shooting rampage early Sunday morning. Despite their good intentions, and doing the right thing – offering prayer, emotional support and comfort for those in need while mourning the dead – Christians have been forced into turning the other cheek while defending themselves as being the reason Omar Mateen targeted the LGBTQ community. (Read More...)

Lewis: Zionist and Islam Scholar

Can one be a Zionist and, at the same time, a great historian of Islam and the Arabs? As Martin Kramer’s essay, “The Return of Bernard Lewis,” amply attests, and as its subject’s life and career unambiguously demonstrate, the answer is a resounding yes. (Read More...)

Queen to Perform in Tel Aviv

Classic rock band Queen will bring a “killer” show full of well-known and beloved hits to Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon on September 12, with Adam Lambert as lead singer. (Read More...)

IDF Officers Warns of Waves of Rockets in Next Lebanon War

The former head of the IDF Home Front Command warned Tuesday that in a future war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel could be pounded with over 1,000 rockets a day, far more than the country has endured in any past conflict. (Read More...)

Van Zile Battles for Religious Freedom

Journalist and Philos Project contributor Ralph Dexter Van Zile takes to task Christians worldwide who “practice Christianity as if it were a submissive, anti-Semitic slave religion.” This assessment comes in his new book Submitted under Protest: Essays Written in Defense of Freedom, an insightful anthology documenting one Christian’s intellectual defense of religious freedom against jihad. (Read More...)

Paris Conference Ends With a Whimper

Foreign ministers from 29 nations joined the Paris peace talks on June 3 to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and declared that moving forward, they expect both sides to demonstrate “a genuine commitment to the two-state solution” through both policies and actions, in order to “fully end the Israeli occupation that began in 1967.” (Read More...)

CAMERA Awaits Response from Green

(Jim Hanon) CAMERA is waiting for a response to a letter sent to Mart Green, producer of the 2010 movie Little Town of Bethlehem. On June 1, 2016, CAMERA sent a letter to Mart Green who currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Copies of the letter were also sent to Mart Green’s father David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby and Mart Green’s brother, Steve Green, who serves as President of the company, which has 700 stores throughout the United States. Another copy of the letter was sent to Jim Hanon, the movie’s director. (Read More...)

Cuomo Pushes Back on Boycotts

State agencies will now cease doing business with companies that boycott, divest or sanction the Israeli government under an executive order issued Sunday by Gov. Cuomo. “It’s very simple: If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you,” he said before marching up 5th Avenue in the Celebrate Israel Parade. “We are against the BDS movement in every way. We are against companies that do it. We are against the promotion of it.” (Read More...)

Erdogan to Attend Ali Funeral

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend the funeral of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, to be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Erdoğan will depart from Turkey late on June 8, according to information obtained from Turkish Presidency sources. He will attend the funeral prayer which will be performed by Imam Zaid Shakir on June 9. Erdoğan will also participate in the commemoration and farewell ceremonies and was asked to speak, family spokesman Bob Gunnell said. (Read More...)

Boycotts Backfire as Foreign Investments Pour Into Israel

Foreign investments in Israel have nearly tripled since the Jewish state was first targeted for boycott by a coalition of Palestinian groups, indicating that efforts to isolate it are failing. Foreign capital flow to Israeli assets hit a record high of $285.12 billion last year, nearly triple of what this figure was in 2005, Bloomberg News reported last week. And while the Israeli economy has been slowing as of late, it is still performing better than that of the United States and other Western nations. Israeli companies, especially high-tech startups, have also become very attractive targets for foreign investors. (Read More...)

Fatah Facing Transition

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is once again facing insurrection -- this time from the young guard in his ruling Fatah faction. Even autocracy has its limits, and after many years of being gagged, Fatah's young guard is finding its voice. This renewed power struggle between the young and the old guard is probably a positive sign. It seems to signal the Palestinians wish to see new faces in power. However, just because members of this faction wish to see a "changing of the guards at the Palestinian palace" does not mean that they have changed their attitude towards Israel. (Read More...)

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