Monday, April 14, 2014
Brig. Gen. Rabbi Rafi Peretz, Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces [IDF], shares his thoughts for Passover. This week, we will all sit at the Seder table—some of us in our homes with our families, some of us on IDF bases, and some of us in the field, protecting the people of Israel so that we can celebrate the Festival of Freedom in peace.
Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites of Israel, has cleared out thousands of notes sent to God by worshippers from the cracks in the ancient Wall ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
Violence erupted on Sunday (Apr. 13) morning when Israeli police opened one of the gates to the Temple Mount in order to allow non-Muslim visitors access to the site. Muslim worshippers threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at the police who dispersed the crowd by the use of stun grenades. Two policemen were lightly injured and the site has now been temporarily closed to visitors.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Israel has requested the UN dismiss Rima Khalaf, currently serving as the UN's under-secretary-general, for anti-Semitic statements she made in an official report.
The Defense Ministry and Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) successfully launched an observation satellite into orbit on Wednesday night (09/04/2014).
Almog Junction—As a hot desert wind blew through a Bedouin-style tent near the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] town of Jericho, some 20 Israelis and Palestinians sat down to try to make peace. Among them were ex-generals, educators and even a few students, they say they hope to put pressure on their leaders to move toward a peace agreement.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
A mortar rocket launched from the Gaza Strip exploded in a community in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council in the Gaza parameter area Wednesday [Apr. 9]. The rocket landed near the swimming pool and caused damage to surrounding infrastructure. No injuries were reported and no alert siren was sounded.
The rise of far-right politics in Europe reached new heights in last Monday's [Apr. 7] elections in Hungary when "Jobbik," the self-professed “radical right-wing” political party which has often been accused of blatant anti-Semitism, won 20.54% of votes, making it the third largest party in the country and the single largest extreme right party in Europe.
Saying it like it is—while that may be a dying art in many places, it’s not in Israel. This week, Israeli President Shimon Peres made sure he was crystal clear in telling China about Iran’s threat to the world. Speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to China, Peres said, “Iran is building a nuclear bomb, threatens to destroy Israel and is developing long range missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.”
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Palestinian ambassador to Russia Fayed Mustafa expressed the desire on Monday [Apr 7] of the Palestinian government headed by President Mahmoud Abbas to seek deeper involvement from Russian and European Union diplomats in the Israeli—Palestinian peace talks which are currently in crisis under American mediation.