Anti-Semitic Attacks Spike in US

WASHINGTON — As America grapples with an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents throughout the country, experts say targeted communities are especially vulnerable in several states that don’t have hate crimes laws to address the problem. (Read More...)

US, Israel Don't See Eye-to-Eye on Settlement Freeze

The Trump administration reportedly demanded that Israel halt all construction in isolated West Bank settlements and put curbs on new building inside the major settlement blocs, under the terms of an agreement currently being negotiated with the Netanyahu government over settlement construction. (Read More...)

Jerusalem Notebook: Israel and Fake News

When I first set foot in Jerusalem in August 2006 – arriving in the country in the midst of the second Lebanon War – one of the earliest discoveries I made was that truth is sometimes hard to identify in the not-always-holy Holy Land. (Read More...)

Terrorist Kills Four Near British Parliament

Three people and a terrorist are dead after an attacker brought carnage to central London today, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and hacking at police with knives in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament. Around 20 people were hit when a 4x4 drove along the pavement on the crowded bridge, knocking down and seriously injuring pedestrians before crashing into a fence below Big Ben. The killer, described by witnesses as 'middle-aged and Asian', then managed to break into the grounds of Parliament, where he fatally stabbed a police officer with two knives. (Read More...)

Obama's Legacy a Nuclear Iran?

There is little doubt that Barack Obama deems the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of July 2015 to be his crowning foreign policy achievement and an important pillar of his presidential legacy. To his mind, the deal is a shining nonproliferation success story achieved via peaceful diplomacy and an important catalyst to improving decades-long, moribund U.S.-Iranian relations. (Read More...)

Hezbollah Using Syria as Staging Ground

Hezbollah intends to wage its next war against Israel from deep within Syria, according to a report on a pro-Hezbollah news site last week. The report, found on the web site Ya Sour, quoted Hezbollah sources saying the group intends to fire long-range projectiles at the Jewish state from the Qalamoun and Anti-Lebanon Mountain ranges, areas firmly under the Shiite group’s control on both the Syrian and Lebanese sides of the border. (Read More...)

Carlos the Jackal Has...Regrets

PARIS (AP) — Once the world’s most-wanted fugitive and a member of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the man known as “Carlos the Jackal” appeared in a French court Monday for a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade, a trial that victims’ families awaited for decades. (Read More...)

Annexation Vote Delayed

A vote on a contentious bill annexing a large West Bank settlement was delayed at the last minute Tuesday, as the Jewish Home party agreed to push off the move to avoid friction with the Trump administration. (Read More...)

Dispatch from Mosul

EASTERN MOSUL, IRAQ "So I'm a sniper, right, and I see four IS guys approaching. I'm on a roof. I take down two of them. Then the rifle jams. And they're coming forward. So I make it down the stairs, and I throw a grenade as they're in the courtyard of the house. One of them's killed outright. The other's badly wounded. So he's lying there, in a bad way, can hardly move, so I disarm him, he has a rifle and also a pistol. He's calling to his friend, it seems. In Russian. He was a Russian. But the friend isn't answering because he's dead. So he looks over at me and he can see I'm making the pistol ready. I don't speak Russian and I guess he realized the friend wasn't answering. So he looks at

Swiss Vote to Defund BDS Groups

The lower house of Switzerland’s parliament on Wednesday advanced a bill prohibiting the Swiss government from providing aid to NGOs engaged in boycotts of Israel. (Read More...)

Netanyahu Meets With Putin

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Moscow early Thursday afternoon for his third meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a year. He was greeted at the airport by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. (Read More...)

A Troubling Appointment for Israel?

Caroline Glick exposed in a Jerusalem Post article who exactly is Anne Patterson, the women appointed by US Defence Minister, 'Mad Dog' Mattis, as his second in command - and it's troubling for Israel! According to Glick, she served under Obama and is a harsh critic of Israel and an apologist for the Palestinian support for terrorism. (Read More...)

U.S. Senate Demands Trump Take Action on Threats to Jewish Centers

WASHINGTON — In a remarkable display of bipartisanship, every single member of the United States Senate signed an open letter to the Trump administration Tuesday demanding that action be taken to address the ongoing surge in anti-Semitic incidents throughout the country. (Read More...)

BDS Backfires; Leaves Palestinians Jobless

The fear on Haytam’s face was evident. I could tell he was processing what he had just heard. Haytam’s job is his livelihood; it is how he supports his wife and children. Without it, he couldn’t imagine what would happen to them. Haytam is Palestinian, and he just learned about efforts to shut down the factory in which we were standing in the Israeli city of Ariel. (Read More...)

Shekel One of World's Strongest Currencies

This week the Israeli shekel cemented its position as one of the world's strongest and most solid currencies, making gains agains the well-know top three: the dollar, euro, and pound. (Read More...)

Jihadi Pogroms in Egypt

From the lips of a little child – an 8-year-old girl from El Arish, Egypt – comes a heartbreaking message. Her words speak volumes about the violent attacks on Christians that are taking place today in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. (Read More...)

Christians Fear for Lives in Middle East

Christians fear for their lives in certain parts of the Middle East. Islamic State (ISIS) has called them its primary target – its “favorite prey.” And still, the plight and the tragedy of Middle East Christians go relatively unnoticed by the larger Christian and Western world. (Read More...)

Time to Visit Israel!

As spring approaches, travel plans are made for the coming year. One of the best decisions you can make this year is to visit Israel. I have several times and plan to do so again. (Read More...)

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