The Euromonitor reports Israel’s capital is poised to see a 38% spike in inbound tourism by end of 2018.
• Figures indicate Jerusalem’s increasing popularity is due to “relative stability and a strong marketing push.”
By Ilan Gattegno
Jerusalem is poised to become the world’s leading city in tourism growth, according to a new report by leading market research firm Euromonitor.
According to the report, the number of tourists around the world will hit 1.4 billion in 2018, an increase of 5% over last year. Jerusalem is set to lead in growth, with an expected 37.5% following a “more modest” increase of 32% in 2017. Continue Reading »
Syria’s official media outlet, SANA, confirmed Lebanese news reports claiming Israeli fighter jets, in a pre-sunset raid, hit targets in Syria.
By David Rosenberg
Arab media outlets claimed Sunday evening that Israeli fighter jets hit targets in Syria’s Hama province.
Lebanese media outlets claimed that Israeli aircraft were spotted over Lebanese airspace, while Syrian sources claimed that targets had been hit Sunday evening outside of the city of Masyaf, located in the Hama province in northwestern Syria.
Unconfirmed reports claimed that the targets hit included weapons development centers run by the Assad regime.
The Israeli military has not responded to the claims. Continue Reading »
The United States remains world’s most powerful country, as the power index measures each country’s ability to project its influence on the global stage via diplomatic, economic & military might, leaving Israel ranking higher than most Western countries.
By Israel Hayom Staff
Israel is the eighth most powerful country in the world, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2018 best country rankings, placing ahead of most European countries, Australia and Canada.
The power index measures a country’s ability to project its influence on the global stage by factoring its diplomatic, economic and military might.
Reported on Israel’s TV News/ Israel’s F-35 Adir was photographed flying over Beirut completely unnoticed. Continue Reading »
London paper cites UK plans to update 2008 decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s military wing by outlawing Lebanon’s entire shiite terror group by end of 2018.
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
The United Kingdom Home Secretary Sajid Javid plans to outlaw all of the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah in Britain later in 2018, according to a report in the London-based Jewish Chronicle on Tuesday.
Official portrait of UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid – UK Parliament
According to the The Jewish Chronicle article, Javid pleded to take “decisive action” against against the Iranian-regime sponsored Hezbollah organization. The paper cited a senior Conservative Party source for the full-blown proscription of the Lebanese Shi’ite entity. Continue Reading »
Alongside the increasingly deteriorating Israel-US relationship during Barack Obama’s tenure as president, a New Yorker report details the growing, covert Israel-Gulf ties, kept undercover from Obama’s eyes.
By i24NEWS Staff
A burgeoning Israeli-Gulf alliance against Iran with deep ties to the White House and US President Donald Trump’s topsy-turvy relationship with the Palestinian leadership were laid out in a magazine report published Monday.
The exhaustive New Yorker report paints a fuller picture of the deep co-operation in recent years between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the two top Gulf powerhouses — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — which fostered alongside an increasingly decaying Israel-US relationship in the last years of Barack Obama’s administration. Continue Reading »
According to a Kuwaiti report, two Israel Air Force Adir stealth fighter jets entered Iranian airspace, via Syria & Iraq unnoticed, including undetected by the Russian radar systems located in Syria.
BY YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA, JPOST.COM STAFF
Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past month, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Thursday. The act is a signal of heightened regional tensions, especially in light of recent Israeli military attacks in Syria, including against Iranian bases in the country.
Sources quoted in Al-Jarida stated that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz. Continue Reading »
For the 5th year in a row, Israel has been rated as the 11th happiest country in the world, according to Wednesday’s UN annual “World Happiness Report.”
Israel has not fallen below 14th in the history of the report, which first came out in 2012
For the fifth year in a row, Israel has been listed as the 11th happiest country in the world, according to the United Nations’ annual “World Happiness Report,” which was released on Wednesday.
Friends enjoying Saturday night dinner & drinks, by the Hatzbani River in northern Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Israel has not fallen below 14th in the history of the report, which first came out in 2012. Continue Reading »
A London-based Arabic daily reported Wednesday that the Saudi Crown Prince discussed normalizing Israeli-Saudi ties and President Trump’s planned “deal of the century” with Israeli officials in Egypt.
• The Saudis reportedly also invited Israel to join in the unprecedented ‘mega-city venture’ in the Gulf of Aqaba.
By Israel Hayom Staff
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with senior Israeli officials during his visit to Egypt this week, the London-based Arab newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported on Wednesday.
The report said the meeting focused on the normalization of ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and included Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the “deal of the century,” the Middle East peace plan being devised by U.S. Continue Reading »
According to a BBC report, a salad on the airline’s menu described as, “Inspired by the flavors of Palestine,” breaks out into an Israeli-Palestinian proxy war on Twitter.
By TAMAR BEN-OZER
After the airline Virgin Atlantic described a couscous-style salad on its menu as “inspired by the flavors of Palestine,” pro-Israel activists took to social media and called for a boycott of the airline, according to a report by the BBC.
The airline agreed to remove the terms, but when the news broke on February 11 it outraged pro-Palestinian activists and sparked a wave of online reactions.
Twitter Screen Shot
The (pro-Palestinian – ed) website Electronic Intifada reported about the removal of the word “Palestinian”, and twitter users moved forward and called for a boycott of the airline. Continue Reading »
The Taub Center reports prices in Israel are still high and in many industries the productivity is still low, but increased employment rates & higher salaries “have led to an impressive rise in consumption in recent years and to an increase in the standard of living.”
By Ariel Whitman
Employment and salaries have risen and unemployment rates have fallen to a historic low over the past year, according to a new report released by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel on Tuesday.
“The increase in employment rates, together with the rise in the average wage, have led to an impressive rise in consumption in recent years and to an increase in the standard of living,” the report said. Continue Reading »
The London-based institute’s comparative study, examining three basic components of health: availability of preventive care, health infrastructure, and citizens’ physical & mental health, showed Israelis enjoy top health care.
By Chana Roberts
A recent study ranked Israel’s health care system as the ninth-best in the world, the UK’s Business Insider reported.
The research, conducted by the London-based Legatum Institute, compared 104 variables and listed nine subindexes. The study examined three basic components of health: availability of preventive care, health infrastructure, and citizens’ physical and mental health.
Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya – Photo courtesy
149 countries were included in the comparison, with Israel included in the top ten. Continue Reading »
While the lopsided report was based in part on work done during the Obama administration, much was added by department officials since Sec. of State Tillerson took charge.
– The ZOA lambasted Secretary Tillerson over the report, demanding his resignation.
– Illinois congressman slam State Department report for whitewashing, ignoring PA incitement.
By David Rosenberg
A new report published by the US State Department criticizing Israel and largely ignoring the Palestinian Authority’s financial support for terrorists sparked a bitter backlash, with some characterizing the document as “anti-Semitic”.
The State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016, published last Wednesday, laid the blame for violence against Israelis at the feet of the Jewish state, while praising the Palestinian Authority for rarely making “explicit calls for violence against Israelis”. Continue Reading »
The military analytic website Global Firepower places Israel’s IDF ahead of Iran, but behind Turkey and Egypt’s armed forces.
By Hillel Fendel
Israel still ranks among the top military powers in the world, but has dropped from 11th place a year ago to number 15 at present. So finds the military analytic website Global Firepower.
IAFs new “Adir” F-35i Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The website ranks military capabilities based on no fewer than 50 factors, including diversity and amount of weaponry, geographical position, natural resources, and manpower. It also takes into account whether the country is an actual or a suspected nuclear power, though it does not figure in nuclear stockpiles. Continue Reading »
In its report, NGO Monitor exposes financial links between UN agencies and European governments with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, designated a terrorist organization by the US, EU & Israel.
By Amit Mizrahi
European governments finance civilian Palestinian organizations with clear ties terrorist groups to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a new NGO Monitor report said Monday.
Leila Khaled came to public attention for her role in a 1969 hijacking in one of four simultaneous airline hijackings by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists.
NGO Monitor, is a watchdog group that promoted greater transparency among foreign-funded Israeli nongovernmental organization. Continue Reading »
Bloomberg financial news agency just published its index citing near-zero inflation and a low unemployment rate as stabilizing factors in its report determining the Jewish State as the 3rd most stable economy for 2016.
By Zeev Klein and Israel Hayom Staff
Near-nonexistent inflation and a low unemployment rate of 4.8% have helped propel Israel to the No. 3 spot on a list of the world’s most stable and promising economies for 2016 published by the Bloomberg financial news agency.
People visiting shops at the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station – Tahana Merkazit
The Bloomberg list named Hong Kong as the most stable economy in 2016, followed by South Korea. Continue Reading »