TEL AVIV – A US general proposed on Monday that Israel upgrade its anti-missile systems to include neighbouring Jordan and possibly Egypt, and an Israeli official cautiously welcomed the idea.
MAJ. ITAMAR ABU (right) commands TA Iron Dome – Photo: IDF Spokesman
The two Arab countries that have full peace treaties with the Jewish state share some of its concern regarding the disputed nuclear program of Iran and the civil war wracking Syria – both states with long-range missile arsenals. Continue Reading »
Following Germany’s Chancellor Merkel’s visit, UK prime minister to make his first official visit to Israel, where he too will give a Knesset speech, meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and then on to visit Abbas.
By The Associated Press
Prime Minister David Cameron plans to make his first visit as British leader to Israel and the Palestinian territories this week.
Cameron and Netanyahu. London. – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom
Cameron’s Downing Street office says he will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deliver a speech to the Knesset on Wednesday. He also is scheduled to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during his two-day trip. Continue Reading »
The rise of organized, heavily armed militant jihadi movements in the seaside strip poses serious threat to both Israel – and Hamas.
A leader of one of Gaza‘s secretive jihadi groups says the al-Qaida-inspired movement now has several thousand armed fighters in the seaside strip, posing a formidable threat to both Israel and the area’s Hamas rulers.
Palestinian members from Youth Salafists group chant slogans, Gaza, August 22, 2013.- Photo: AP
In an interview with The Associated Press, Abu Bakir al-Ansari described a movement that is larger and better organized than is generally believed, with dozens of fighters now in Syria, and claimed his group killed an Italian activist three years ago.
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IDF force sitting in ambush catch an Arab terrorist who prepared to throw rocks at passing Israeli cars north of Jerusalem.
By Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer
An IDF force lying in ambush shot dead an Arab terrorist who was preparing to throw rocks at Israeli cars traveling on Road 60, north of Jerusalem. The incident took place near Givat Asaf, in the Binyamin region, on Monday evening.
Rock thrower – Flash 90
The ambush was placed following an uptick in the number of similar attacks as of late. It is too early to say whether it signals a change in IDF policy toward rock throwers, but the military action appears to be a departure from the policy of the last few years, which has been marked by extreme hesitance to use deadly force against rock and firebomb throwers. Continue Reading »
TEL AVIV (JTA) – For 17-year-old Bolodimir Bedyuk, a Ukrainian who was severely wounded in clashes with Ukrainian police on Feb. 18, Israeli medical care may be his only hope.
A wounded individual is transported to a waiting plane, where he will be flown to Israel to receive medical care. (Shimon Briman)
After a pitched battle with Ukrainian police forces on Institutskaya Street in Kiev, Bedyuk suffered chest wounds and extensive liver damage — his brother Aleksei said Bolodimir’s liver “was torn practically in half.” In that confrontation, Ukrainian police forces advanced with automatic weapons on protesters, leaving dozens dead.
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Ben-Gurion University researchers found that 1 in 37 Moroccan Jews carries 1 of the 2 mutations of the gene PCCA 2, that causes severe mental retardation & epilepsy in infants.
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Be’er Sheva have identified the genetic mutation behind a hereditary disease that causes epilepsy and severe developmental delays among Moroccan Jews.
In light of the high carrier rate for the disorder, screening for the disease will likely be added to the routine genetic testing offered to couples of Moroccan Jewish heritage. – Photo: Dreamstime
The disease, which the researchers are calling Progressive cerebello-cerebral Atrophy, type 2, is caused by mutations in the VPS53 gene.
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An alert IDF soldier shot & killed a Palestinian Arab who attacked him at the Allenby Bridge crossing Monday.
By Ari Yashar
An Arab terrorist was shot to death Monday morning at the Allenby Bridge crossing to Jordan, after he attacked an IDF soldier. The bridge, which is not open to Israeli Jews, was closed due to the incident as an investigation was carried out.
IDF Nahal Hareidi in Jordan Valley firing-range – Flash 90
The confrontation apparently started when the terrorist attempted to wrestle the soldier’s gun away from him, leading the soldier to defend himself and in doing so shoot the attacker to death. Continue Reading »
Israeli PM Netanyahu responded to Abbas’ refusal saying “It is absurd to think that in an agreement in which we will recognize the nation-state of the Palestinian people they will not recognize the Jewish state.”
The Arab League on Sunday has given its seal of approval to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s refusal to meet Israel’s demand to recognize it as a Jewish state.
Arab League – Photo: AFP
The issue is a key Israeli demand, which will likely be included in the framework agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to present to the sides at the end of April. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority reports to the UN that increased Jewish visits & Knesset debates over Temple Mount sovereignty are ‘provocative’
By Israel Today Staff
The Palestinian Authority’s mission to the United Nations last week filed an official complaint over a growing Jewish presence on and claims to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
Temple Mount – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Riyad Mansour, the PA’s observer at the UN, said that regular visits to the Temple Mount by Jewish worshippers and Israeli officials were “provocative” and could further enrage the entire Muslim Arab world.
Mansour took special exception to the Israeli Knesset’s recent discussions about fully extending Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount, which is Judaism’s holiest site. Continue Reading »
Since Gaza is a captive market as Israel controls the formal movement to & from Gaza, it goes without saying that Israeli companies control its market.
By Elior Levy
Cookies, coffee, soap and even hummus – these are just some of the Israeli products one can find on the grocery stores’ shelves in Gaza, written in Hebrew just like the ones in the nearby Israeli retail chains.
Products from Israel in Gaza – Photo: Gisha Organization
Apparently, beneath the surface of the daily military tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip, there is a meaningful economic relationship. In 2012 the value import of Israeli products to Gaza stood at NIS 1.3 billion ($375 million), including not only water, gas and electricity, but also food and cleaning products from well-known Israeli companies such as Telma, Willifood, Osem and Tnuva, which brings subtantial tax profit to Israel. Continue Reading »
Non-Israeli Jewish passenger were allowed to disembark and that the ship personnel kept it all a secret.
Israeli tourists aboard a Norwegian cruise ship were barred from disembarking in the Port of Tunis Sunday. They were forced to remain on the “Norwegian Jade”, while non-Israeli Jewish passengers were allowed off.
Cruise liner Pacific Princess, June 3, 2010 – Photo: Carnival Cruise Lines
A Jewish Canadian passenger on the ship who preferred to remain nameless told Haaretz that there were approximately 20 Israelis on the ship and that at first, no one knew they were denied entry because “the ship kept it a secret.” They only found out because some had become friendly with a few Israelis on board.
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