Israel President
Reuven Rivlin
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 | Yesterday Israel's President Reuven Rivlin made an articulate plea for civility in public discourse, including heated debate. While unlikely that his admonitions will modify a global tide of spiteful rhetoric, Rivlin’s appeal for boundaries in dialogue is notable. Almost no one is calling to account the way we speak to one another in the public square, on Facebook and in Twitter.

Addressing members of Israel's Knesset, Rivlin said he was “horrified by the severe bullying and intimidation that has contaminated debate.”

  Emblem of Israel 15 October 2014, Jerusalem | Late Monday evening, 13 October, elected members of the United Kingdom's Parliament cast a vote. Parliament's House of Commons resolved that the UK "should" recognize Palestine as a sovereign state "alongside the state of Israel."

Although it was a nonbinding resolution and more than half of qualified Members were not present for the vote, the motion is regarded by many as an indicator of broader European sentiment on the matter of Palestinian sovereignty.

Last week, two “projectiles” landed in the Golan Heights.

Smoke rises following an explosion on the Syrian side near the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights and Syria, August 29, 2014.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Last week, two “projectiles” landed in the Golan Heights. Alarms went off and nerves were rattled, but in the end officials called them “errant mortars.”

  Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau (left) and Israel Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub open the Israel booth at World Travel Market One casualty of this summer's war with Hamas was tourism. Roughly 80,000 Israeli jobs are underwritten by out-of-country visitors to the Holy Land. During Operation Protective Edge, Israel's military campaign to thwart missile and tunnel terrorism out of Gaza, tourism took a hit. Falling 36 percent, cancellation casualties were both immediate and for the remainder of 2014.

With Israel's pro-active intervention, however, the industry is recovering. This week the government's Ministry of Tourism is priming the world's “well” of tourism in London. The Ministry is a primary exhibitor at the World Travel Market's four-day tourism fair. Along with upward of 5,000 exhibitors from around the globe, Israel has partnered with private companies to secure prime floor space.

Throughout the 1930s, Hitler groomed his culture and his continent for unspeakable savagery... Today Iran is doing the same thing.

 Iran marks the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. (photo credit:screenshot)

Throughout the 1930s, Hitler groomed his culture and his continent for unspeakable savagery.

He did this by glorifying his country’s collective ego, asserting the racial superiority of “Aryans” who were on the cusp of a millennium of global rule. He also did it by demonizing Jews as the primary obstacle to a golden age of Aryan oligarchy.

  Cyber Security? In a world where most civilians believe the threat of terrorism has lessened, Israel’s 4th Annual Cybersecurity Conference challenged that assumption. The stars of the conference, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and former President Peres, made appeals to leaders from industry, finance and government. But their appearances came after a full day spent defining the threat of cyber insecurity.

Almost every aspect of Western life is connected to the Internet. From autos to aircraft, operating rooms to living rooms, from pacemakers to hydroelectric dams, wired devices are making life easier, smarter—and dangerous. Most of these devices are wide open to intrusion. Cyber-savvy terrorists and thieves can walk right in and do as they please. Hearts could be stopped, cars locked up, aircraft shut down, power grids turned off, contagions released, missiles fired.

The Vatican’s flag is likely to go up just as the pope descends onto the nations’ New York stage to say whatever it is he plans to pontificate.

Pope Francis (R) shakes hands with Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican. (photo credit:REUTERS)

In less than a month, the pope will be in New York. On September 25, he will address the United Nations. Most news agencies have the event on their calendar, but are not yet giving it attention. In spite of the fact that no one knows what he will say, there has been very little in the press about the pope’s pending pontifications at the UN podium. What is his agenda? For any number of reasons, journalists are not asking. At least not yet.

Is the Vatican planning to establish a United Nations of Religion with Francis as its head?

Pope Francis waves as he delivers a "Urbi et Orbi" message at the Vatican April 5, 2015. (photo credit:REUTERS)

In less than a month, the pope will be in New York. On September 25, he will address the United Nations. Most news agencies have the event on their calendar but are not yet giving it attention. In spite of the fact that no one knows what he will say, there has been very little in the press about the pope’s pending pontifications at the UN podium. What is his agenda? For any number of reasons, journalists are not asking. At least not yet.

Israel's Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz On the eve of a final round of superpower negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program, Israel is "deeply concerned, deeply disturbed."

Fresh from confidential talks with the US negotiating team, Israel's Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz, addressed the press yesterday afternoon [Sept. 17]. Five times he said that Israel is “disturbed.” And at least nine times he said it is “concerned.”

Tomorrow the world’s five superpowers plus Germany, the P5+1, begin a seventh and final round of negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Iran maintains that it is only interested in nuclear power for civilian use to generate energy. But its consistent activity and developments have made Iran capable of producing a fully functional nuclear bomb.

The Grand Mufti’s claims are puzzling at best.

MUHAMMAD AHMAD HUSSEIN. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, 26 October 2015. The foremost legal scholar of Islam in Jerusalem is the Grand Mufti, Muhammad Hussein. He recently asserted that the first man, Adam, perhaps with the help of angels, built today’s Dome of the Rock, the 1,300-year-old Islamic shrine that sits atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Accordingly, he said, the site has been an Islamic mosque “3,000 years ago and 30,000 years ago.”

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