News Updates From Israel

August, 3, 2018

Two rockets from Syria landed in the Sea of Galilee – Many tourists were in the area and saw one rocket explode and heard the code red siren wail on the Golan Heights. It was later learned that ISIS fired the rockets.

 

Israel has been ranked as the eighth most powerful country in the world.   

Israel evacuates hundreds of ‘white helmets’ from Syria – These are Arabs who saved lives and whose lives were in danger. Netanyahu approved their passage through Israel to Jordan, as a humanitarian gesture.

 

Irish parliament has criminalized the import and sale of Israeli goods and services from Judea and Samaria. Under the terms of The Control of Economic Activity from ‘Occupied Territories’ Bill, anyone importing or selling settlement products would be liable to up to five years in prison and a 250,000 fine.

 

American Military Base in Israel – For the first time in history the US established a permanent base in Israel. US Air Force soldiers will call the new base ‘home’.

 

Around 1,400 Jews visit Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av – Which commemorates the destruction of the Jewish temples. This enraged Muslims worldwide as Jordan considers itself the custodian of the site by the Amman-funded Waqf.

 

American firefighters volunteer to join their Israeli colleagues fighting fires ignited by Hamas’ arson terrorism. American volunteers are combating blazes started by Hamas’ fire kites and explosive balloons launched by Arabs in Gaza.

 

The mother of slain IDF soldier Goldin whose body is being held by Hamas in Gaza, said, “Israel is the only state in the world that feeds its enemies during wartime, providing them with food, water and medicine. Hadar was killed 2 hours after a ceasefire was declared on 8/1/14, brokered by the US, UN and European Union.

 

Claims Conference Study – 66 % of millennials could not identify what Auschwitz was. 45% of Americans cannot name a single concentration camp. 41% of Millennials believe that 2 million or fewer Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. 93% of all Americans surveyed wished for additional Holocaust education. There remain troubling gaps in Holocaust awareness while survivors are still with us, but soon they will no longer be here to tell their stories.

Israel Soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper –  He would have been 21 years old in 2 weeks.  Balloons, Kites and even Birds have been flown into Israel with Molotov cocktails attached.  When they hit the ground they explode and start huge fires. Ongoing attacks by Arabs in Gaza occur daily.  Israel sent their first tank into Gaza since 2014. Israel warned its citizens to stay nearby bomb shelters.  Terror has spread to other parts of Israel as Arabs learn, they too can terrorize their Israeli neighbors, many homes have been burned down.

 

U.S. Middle East envoys said, “Despite the billions of dollars invested for the benefit of Palestinians in Gaza over the past 70 years, 53 percent of the people there live below the poverty level, and the unemployment rate is a crippling 49%.”

 

Seven-year-old chess champ can’t compete in Tunisia tourney because she’s Israeli.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke by phone with Russian President Putin – They discussed regional developments and the situation in Syria. Netanyahu said that he would continue to act against the establishment of Iranian military presence in Syria. Afterwards, Iran was pushed back about 60 miles from Israel’s border.

 

The Knesset passed a new bill that Israel will be known as “the National Home of the Jewish people” in its constitutional Basic Laws. The law also declares that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, sets the Hebrew calendar as the official calendar of the state, and recognizes Independence Day, days of remembrance and Jewish holidays. The bill also downgrades the Arabic language from official to “special” standing. Netanyahu stated, “This is our state… the Jewish state. Today we made it law: This is our nation, anthem, language and flag.” Arab lawmakers protested.  Arab Members of the Government (MK’s) ripped a printed text of the bill to shreds from the podium.  When the Israel National Anthem is played in the Knesset (Parliament Bldg) the Arab Members do not stand or honor the flag. Today they walked out after their protest.

 

Falcon Used by Gaza to Attack Israel – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals condemned Palestinian use of a bird to attack Israel. A falcon with a Molotov cocktail tied to it was found by an Israeli parks worker.

 

Egypt closes Gaza border and warns Hamas to stop attacking Israel before this turns to full scale war. 

 

The daughter of former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut arrived in Israel with her husband, their four children and 231 other new American olim (immigrants) to Israel!

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