Thursday, 18 December 2014 | Last night Prime Minister Netanyahu was the featured guest at a gala for foreign press in Israel. He used the opportunity to highlight what he regards as today's leading story and the way it should be told. With summary headings for that story, this is what he said.
Europe court's decision regarding Hamas is naive hypocrisy
“Ladies and gentlemen,
Friday, 21 November 2014 | In the wake of this week's terrorism slaughter of rabbis at prayer in their Jerusalem synagogue, Israelis are continuing everyday life. But tensions are high. Recent reports indicate that a record number of Israelis are buying guns. For their part, some Arabs here are said to be afraid of going to work for fear of coming under attack simply because of their ethnicity.
Recognizing a situation that could erupt into racial targeting by Jewish Israelis against their Arab counterparts, yesterday Prime Minister Netanyahu issued a firm statement renouncing any form of discrimination against Israel's Arab citizens.
Israeli Security Cabinet member and Minister of Finance, Yair Lapid, told reporters Sunday [Aug. 31] that Operation Protective Edge is not over. It is, he said, in the "next stage, the diplomatic stage, which must lead to the demilitarization of Gaza."
Originally settled as long as six thousand years ago, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. Does its history matter?
It matters to Israel. Because of that history, Prime Minister Netanyahu calls Jerusalem, "our eternal capital." Is he right?
Jerusalem’s history matters to Israel’s enemies. According to Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, Israeli historical claims to the Temple Mount are untrue. Standing on the massive platform built by King Herod when he refurbished the Second Temple, Abbas recently said that Israeli claims to the place "are empty and a falsification of history." His party's paper calls it, "the myth and tale of the alleged Temple."
Monday, 5 January 2014 | Winter has come to Jerusalem and with it, once again, the possibility of snow. Although accumulation is not common here, teasing flakes of light, white snow often fall each year. Accumulation is rare, but when thin blankets of white appear, they usually dissipate within hours or, at most, in a day.
Thirteen months ago, however, the snow that fell was anything but normal.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 | Under cloudless skies and a setting, late-autumn sun, thirty-year-old Arab Druze officer, Police Master Sergeant Zidan Saif, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon. Saif, an Arab Israeli was a member of the religious Druze community. He died from wounds sustained while coming to the rescue of Ultra Orthodox Jews under attack in their synagogue two days ago—on Tuesday, 18 November.
Sandstorms like this, called haboobs, are fairly common. But this haboob at this time and this size is anything but common. Not only does it blanket Jerusalem, it has fallen on the entire northwestern side of the Middle East. Satellite photos of the phenomenon portray an amoeba-like cloud draped across Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.