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  • LIVE UPDATES: Abbas to seek UN deadline for Israeli occupation, sources say

    Defense and Diplomacy RSS
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    Abbas calls for resumption of Cairo talks; Gaza factions will no longer adhere to cease-fires, Hamas says; rockets intercepted over Ashdod, Ashkelon and Negev; mortar hits dining hall in southern kibbutz; 11 killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza since Friday, Palestinians say.
  • Kinneret drainage authority tears down illegal fence around church land

    National RSS
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    After church loses two appeals, fence removed as part of project to make Lake Kinneret more accessible to public.
  • Wearable Technology Will Be Like Air

    Niv Calderon
    Niv Calderon
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The first startup I worked at in 2007 was called "Wiser Codes", we developed a BI artificial intelligence that will help businesses get better results online. I remember I had an idea back then, that I needed one place to read and write from/into all my online presence (read everything, post everywhere, and have a unified social graph). You'll probably think of Hootsuite now (still not it in my opinion), but back then it was a new thing (and Facebook was smaller than Myspace), so from working on a BI startup we pivoted into social networks centered startup. Back then I remember…
  • Executions are kiddie entertainment in Gaza

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    Elder of Ziyon
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Here is a photo from one of the public executions done today in Gaza.Notice the upper right corner (h/t CifWatch)This video shows the blood and scattered clothes afterwards - along with more children hanging around:Fun for the family!
  • Vandals target Jewish school in Denmark

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    Gabrielle Birkner
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    (JTA) — A Jewish school in Denmark’s capital city was vandalized this week — its windows broken and anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on the building. Scrawled on the walls of the historic Caroline school in Copenhagen were the words “No peace in Gaza” and “No peace to you Zionist pigs,” AFP is reporting. Headmaster Jan Hansen told the news agency that some parents kept their children home from school Friday, and that there were some children who “were sad and a bit afraid who we had to send home.” The incident comes a few weeks after Hansen, citing security concerns,…
 
 
 
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Well-known Turkish Jewish couple found murdered

    Anthony Weiss
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    (JTA) — A prominent Turkish Jewish couple were found murdered in their Istanbul home. Police discovered the bodies of husband and wife, Jak Karako, 77, and Georgia Karako, 69, inside their apartment on Friday. They had been stabbed multiple times. The Karakos were the former owners of ren Bayan, one of Turkey’s most famous textile companies. According to media reports, the police are searching for the couple’s caretaker, whom they suspect of committing the crime. According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, police entered the apartment after relatives were unable to contact the…
  • In Australia, Christian, Jewish leaders vow to ‘love Muslims’

    Anthony Weiss
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    (JTA) – Christian and Jewish religious leaders in Australia have launched a campaign to express love and support for the country’s Muslim population. The campaign, called “We’ll love Muslims 100 years,” was initiated in response to a perception of growing anti-Islam hostility in Australia. The name is a riff off on a recent headline, published in the Weekend Australian, that stated, “We’ll fight Muslims 100 years,” according to a report in The Guardian. The effort is the work of several religious leaders, including Rabbi Zalman Kastel, of…
  • Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

    Anthony Weiss
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    (JTA) — The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic beheading video released by ISIS. After coming under widespread criticism, the prime minister’s took down the hours-old tweet, which included an image of the late journalist James Wright Foley. A campaign on social media has sought to dissuade Twitter users and media outlets from disseminating either the video or images from it out of respect for Foley’s family and to deny a propaganda coup to the jihadist group ISIS, which murdered Foley. The deleted…
  • Pro-Israel groups condemn attack on Temple student

    Anthony Weiss
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    (JTA) — An assortment of pro-Israel groups has issued a joint statement deploring the attack on a Jewish student at Temple University. It also criticized a pro-Palestinian campus organization, and urged universities to monitor it and other likeminded groups. In a statement released today, 12 organizations, including StandWithUs, the Zionist Organization of America and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA), condemned the incident in which a Temple student, Daniel Vessal, was struck. Vessal, a fellow with CAMERA, was hit in the face by person at…
  • Vandals target Jewish school in Denmark

    Gabrielle Birkner
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    (JTA) — A Jewish school in Denmark’s capital city was vandalized this week — its windows broken and anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on the building. Scrawled on the walls of the historic Caroline school in Copenhagen were the words “No peace in Gaza” and “No peace to you Zionist pigs,” AFP is reporting. Headmaster Jan Hansen told the news agency that some parents kept their children home from school Friday, and that there were some children who “were sad and a bit afraid who we had to send home.” The incident comes a few weeks after Hansen, citing security concerns,…
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  • Peace Through Friendship

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Forming even just one bond with a member of the enemy helps a lot.
  • Executions in Gaza Are a Warning to Spies

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Witnesses said more than a dozen were killed in what was seen as a message to potential informants after Israel’s assassination of three militant leaders.
  • Gaza Talks Build at U.N.

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Diplomats said Germany, France and Britain were involved in discussions about a possible Security Council resolution.
  • The End of Liberal Zionism

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Israel’s embrace of ever more right-wing nationalist politics has stirred a crisis among Diaspora Jews.
  • Readers Respond: On European Anti-Semitism

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    A new wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe and a recent surge in global anger at Israel’s military action in Gaza inspired wide-ranging debates about global Jewish identity and the Israeli state.
 
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    ynet - Opinion

  • The war for hearts and minds

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Even when we think that we have crushed them with unbearable blows, Gazans' motivation remains intact and the connection between military and civilians solid.
  • Old-fashioned anti-Semitism for progressive thinkers

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    There is one community in the world, which according to the British newspaper the Independent, can be reasonably called a child murdering community.
  • Israel's targeted killings are a Gaza game-changer

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    It is not clear what has led to this successful shift in Shin Bet and Military Intelligence operations, but it has dealt Hamas a blow and may well put all of its leaders in mortal danger.
  • Hamas is not a terror organization, but a state in the making

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Op-ed: Whether we like it or not, Hamas is slowly but surely establishing itself with a disciplined army of paid soldiers, an education system saturated with incitement, and state institutions. And it has an unequivocal ideology that refuses to go away, just like the Jewish settlement of 1947.
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  • Israelis seek response from Messi: 'You were Daniel's Hero'

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Citizens share photo of 4-year-old boy killed by mortar, wearing jersey of Argentine soccer player Leo Messi, on social networks. 'Daniel was killed by a terror organization your team's #1 sponsors is sponsoring," one post said.
  • Hamas backs International Criminal Court bid

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    Move could expose Israel, as well as Hamas, to war crimes investigations; Israel opposes involving the court, arguing that the two sides should deal with any issues directly.
  • Gaza salvo continues: Kibbutz dining hall suffers direct hit

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Day after 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman was killed by a mortar shell, Hamas militants fire more rockets at kibbutz in Sha'ar Hanegev, with one slamming into communal dining hall.
  • IAF strikes Gaza amid rocket fire

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Gaza sources say five people killed in IAF attack on house in central Strip. Israeli aircrafts bomb about 20 targets, including rocket launchers, weapon caches.
  • Mashal: Hamas was behind murder of three Israeli teens

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    In Yahoo News interview, Khaled Mashal admits Hamas militants were behind killing of 3 teens, but says wasn't 'aware of action in advance.' On Friday, child killed, man critically wounded in Gaza attacks.
 
 
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    Israellycool

  • Fabulous British Colonel Talks Sense

    Aussie Dave
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    My man crush on Jon Voight extends to Colonel Richard Kemp. It is people like Colonel Richard Kemp who are the only redeeming features of the United Kingdom these days.
  • Hamas Killing More Palestinians

    Brian of London
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Hamaisis leaving”statements” on bodies of executed “spies”,alleging their”crimes” and not even mentioning victims’ names! – Mudar Zahran Translation by Judge Dan of one of the notes left after Hamas murders many Palestinians. It’s basically what our American cousins would call a “rap sheet”: A summary of the most important items of condemnation. Provided information for the enemy on the whereabouts of the officers and tunnels and meeting places of Mujahideen and houses and places of missiles launchers and stock that resulted in many of…
  • Lame Palestinian Agitprop Of The Day

    Judge Dan
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    After they stole our cities, now they take our high speed train tunnels. “In the next battle, God willing” Once again, a terror plot was foiled by the use of Google image search. This image, as well as others in this set, are of the several tunnels and underground stations being built for the high speed train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Unfortunately for the Palestinians, with an original project due date for 2017, and several delays till now, I highly doubt they will get to fulfill their plan.
  • Boycott Israeli Goods AND Switch To Palestinian Alternative

    Aussie Dave
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    It is all well and good for Israel haters to call for people to boycott Israeli goods, but they are not offering alternatives! I think it only makes sense to suggest people boycotting Israeli goods buy the palestinian version. [click on image to enlarge]
  • Brian Of London Gets Wet

    Brian of London
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    If President Bush can do it, so can I. I was challenged. I nominate Aussie Dave, Jono and Michael Granoff.
 
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    Benji Lovitt

  • Eight Years in Israel: Time to Get Serious

    Benji
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    “A tradition unlike any other” The Masters Tournament…and my aliyah anniversary blog post. While this one sneaks up on me every year, this is in some ways a bigger deal to me than my Yom Haatzmaut list. One, because I am more likely to be writing it in 20 years, two, because it doesn’t cause me to wake up in a cold sweat a week beforehand. “I already used that one in last year’s list?!?!  AAAAAAUGH!!!!!” A few years ago, I was more likely to list my accomplishments (like no longer crying in the fetal position when I got disconnected from Orange). Now?  Just feels…
  • Crazy Two Weeks

    Benji
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Well, we’re at war. As has been the case over the last few years, this blog hasn’t been my primary place to post. Times are tough in Israel with at least twenty-nine Israeli soldiers having lost their lives over the last few days in Operation Protective Edge. While to most of my loved ones abroad, I am “on the front lines here”, I feel a world away from what’s happening in the Western Negev and in Gaza. Life in Tel Aviv continues fairly normally (thank G-d for the Iron Dome and for the IDF for allowing us to live our lives). I am lucky that I can continue to go…
  • It’s Not Always About Them. It’s About Who We Want to Be.

    Benji
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    This is about as political as I’m ever going to express myself publicly but I feel like I have to say a few things.  I often try to not take a stand as to not turn someone off from everything I do comedically but my conscience is clear here.  I believe there is nothing right-wing or left-wing about trying to hold ourselves to a high moral standard.  If I strive to be a mensch and be the best human being I can be, I only wish the same for my fellow countrymen and my country itself.  If someone disagrees, well, I guess I can live with it. This morning, I saw the following Tweet from…
  • The Joy and Pain of Loving Israel

    Benji
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:23 am
    My latest from the Times in Israel…. Thursday evening, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped. You’ve heard the details by now. You know the days when you don’t want to go to work? In a cubicle, at least you can fake it for 8 hours. Last night, I took the stage at the Off the Wall Comedy Basement in Jerusalem and was in no mood to try to make people laugh. What to do? Since I first fell for Israel sometime in high school, this torrid love affair has been an emotional roller-coaster with more highs and lows than any human relationship should ever experience. Here are just a few…
  • Here Come the Stones!

    Benji
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    More than 50 years into their historic career, the Rolling Stones are in Israel and preparing for their concert tomorrow night in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon! Without further ado…..my latest piece in the Times of Israel…. In a much anticipated move designed to curry favor with the Israeli middle class, Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced on Tuesday sweeping economic reforms that will allow citizens to afford Rolling Stones tickets. Lapid said, “I was elected on the platform of “Yesh Atid”, that there is a future, and I still believe that this is true. Except for Keith…
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    This Normal Life

  • July 22, 2014 – The Day Everything Changed

    Brian
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    July 22, 2014. Remember that date. It will be recalled in history books yet to be written as the day the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians changed completely. That’s because it’s the day that the war in Gaza transformed from just another in a series of “operations” to an existential threat to the Jewish State. As a result, any future negotiations towards a two state solution will look very different. What’s so important about July 22? That’s when the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) put in place a temporary ban on air travel between the U.S. and…
  • Why’d You Want to Live Here, Anyway?

    Brian
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    An article a few weeks ago in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz questioned why someone would ever want to make aliyah from a comfortable country like the U.S. Especially these days – with the murders of the Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Shear and Eyal Shach still on our minds, the revenge killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khaider stinging at our collective conscious, followed by hundreds of Hamas missiles from Gaza and the thunderous response of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza – why, asked writer Vered Kellner, would a family pick up and leave friends and family, “a renovated…
  • A Prayer Skeptic Confronts Facebook

    Brian
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    A rabbi friend of mine had major surgery last month. Thankfully, he made it through OK and has now begun a long recovery process. Before, during and after the surgery, my Facebook Wall was flooded with posts asking me to pray for my friend. Impromptu minyans were formed online as well as at his congregation in St. Louis. Individual prayer was requested…the tone was concerned yet strident. The message seemed to be: if enough of us pray long and hard enough, my friend would be assured a successful return. The same approach was prevalent throughout the tragic ordeal Israel has just gone…
  • Embracing the Third Culture

    Brian
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:05 am
    Ever since we moved to Israel 20 years ago, I’ve always felt like I don’t quite fit in anywhere. I’ll never be truly Israeli, since I didn’t grow up with all the pop culture references someone born in the country knows intuitively. And I’m not fully American anymore either, since I haven’t resided in the U.S. for more than a month at a time for nearly two decades. Now, it turns out, there’s a term to describe me: I’m what’s known as a TCI – a “third culture individual.” The expression isn’t new. It was first coined by researchers in the 1950s to describe the children…
  • Cultivating Local Indie Acts at Jacob’s Ladder Music Festival

    Brian
    26 May 2014 | 4:13 am
    The Jacob’s Ladder music festival, held twice a year at the Nof Ginosar kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and which just concluded its spring session this past weekend, has been quietly transforming itself from a groovy environment in which to hear interesting and enjoyable music into a growing platform that cultivates and helps launch local indie acts. At the most recent Jacob’s Ladder, three bands that played smaller halls over the last few years, with seating for just tens and hundreds, made it to the main stage, where they could now be discovered by thousands. And one musician, who…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • Is CAIR Lying about a Rally for Hamas?

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    A "Stop the Bloodshed in Gaza" rally in downtown Miami on July 20 featured aggressive Islamist chants typical of anti-Israel events. In English, the demonstrators yelled "We are Hamas!" and "We are Jihad!" (as can be seen and heard here). In Hebrew, a
  • Lessons of the War in Gaza

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:18 pm
    As Israeli operations against Hamas wind down, here are seven insights into the month-long conflict: Missile shield: The superb performance of Iron Dome, the protective system that shot down nearly every Hamas rocket threatening life or property, has
  • How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes toward Israel

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    What role does religion play in American attitudes towards Israel? An analysis by Frank Newport, the editor-in-chief of Gallup Inc., reviews 14 annual Gallup polls from 2001 to 2014 in which respondents answer the same question, "In the Middle East
  • Caliph Ibrahim's Brutal Moment

    5 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    After an absence of 90 years, the ancient institution of the caliphate roared back into existence on the first day of Ramadan in the year 1435 of the Hegira, equivalent to June 29, 2014. This astonishing revival symbolically culminates the Islamist surge
  • Making Culture an Element of Immigration Policy

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
    For years, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands has been the leading European politician to argue for religious criteria for admitting immigrants. I joined in ten months ago with a more cautious article that suggested cultural zones to which refugees are
 
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    Good News from Israel

  • 3 year Jewish Holiday Calendar (5775-5777, 2014-2017)

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a new, three year, Jewish holiday calendar card whichI posted on my website for you to view, download or print.The address is:www.jr.co.il/jewish-calendar.htmThere are two image sizes and an Acrobat PDF file.For best printed results use the Acrobat PDF file.When printing the PDF file use the print option "fit to print margins".Please share this message. Thank you.Have a good day,Jacob----------------------------Jacob Richmanjrichman@jr.co.ilhttp://www.jr.co.il
  • Welcome Home to the New Olim and I posted 351 photos

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Hi Everyone!Congratulations and welcome home to the 338 new olim that made aliyah to Israel from North America. The NBN aliyah charter flight arrived in Israel this morning (Tuesday, August 12).I took 351 photos of this historic and exciting event and I posted them online at:www.history-of-israel.co.il/aliyah/2014/a825.htmI also uploaded the 351 photos on Facebook for name tagging.The Facebook album address is:http://bit.ly/olim-august12-2014-facebookIf you have a Facebook acccount and you are in the photos or see someone you know, please feel free to name tag the photos.May the aliyah from…
  • Hotsites, Google Doodles and Videos for Tu B'Av

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Hi Everyone!Here are the hotsites, Google Doodles and Videos for Tu B'Av:www.jr.co.il/hotsites/tu-b-av.htmEnjoy!Happy Tu B'Av,Jacob
  • Educational Resources about Tisha B'Av

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Shalom.Tisha B'Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar because of the incredible series of tragedies which occurred on that date throughout Jewish History.Tisha B'Av means "the ninth (day) of the Hebrew month of Av." Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.). Although this day is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish…
  • Welcome Home to the New Olim (and photos)

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Hi Everyone!Congratulations and welcome home to the 238 new olim that made aliyah to Israel from North America. The NBN aliyah charter flight arrived in Israel this morning (Tuesday, July 22). During these difficult days, may this aliyah give hope, strength and optimism to the entire Jewish nation.I took 168 photos of this historic event and I posted them online at:www.history-of-israel.co.il/aliyah/2014/a811.htmI also posted the 168 photos on Facebook for name tagging.The Facebook album address is:http://bit.ly/olim-july22-2014-facebookIf you have a Facebook acccount and you are in the…
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    The Muqata

  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 22 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]6:34pm Multiple rocket alert Beeri6:20pm Shaar Hanegev6:09pm Major barrage or rockets at Central Israel at 6pm. 3 intercepts over Tel Aviv.5:47pm Rocket Alert Shaar HaNegev5:36 pm Kerem Shalom5:26 pm Kerem Shalom5:22pm Nachal Oz5:13pm Erez, Miflasim5:13pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Erez, Miflasim5:13pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot5:02pm Erez, Miflasim5:02pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Erez, Miflasim5:02pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot4:04pm Rocket Alert Sha'ar HaNegev3:26pm Rocket Alert Ashdod3:26pm Rocket Alert Zikim, Karmia, Ashkelon industrial area3:10pm…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 21, 2014

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]10:58 pm Rocket alerts in the Negev10:32 pm Rocket alert Eshkol region10:24pm Due to (apparent) problems in Facebook (and lots of complaints we have received), many people are not seeing updates from the Muqata in their feed. I can only hope this is a temporary FB problem and it will be resolved soon. In the meantime, you can manually check the FB page: www.facebook.com/Muqata, visit our blog: www.muqata.com or subscribe to our twitter feed: www.twitter.com/Muqata Sorry for the inconvenience....It's not our fault --Jameel and crew.
  • Hamas = ISIS

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:13 am
    A fascinating exchange is going on in the Twitterverse.Hamas's online Jihadi supporters and groupies are desperately trying to differentiate between their support for Hamas and supporting ISIS.It appears that supporting ISIS, even among these radicals, is not yet 100% acceptable (but give it a year, and it will be), probably because of the beheading.An example of someone tweeting the difference between Hamas and ISIS.When confronted by pro-Israel Twitter activists comparing Hamas to ISIS, the affronted Hamas Jihadi supporters try to backpedal and claim that Hamas and ISIS are not similar at…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 20, 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key] 11:25pm The amazing J.E. Dyer does an in-depth analysis of the idiocies of the Port of Oakland BDS protest..http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/anti-israel-bds-nuttery-at-the-port-of-oakland/2014/08/20/11:06 Rocket Alert Ashkelon11:05pm Multiple Rocket Alerts... Ashdod... Sderot...Ashkelon10:17pm Rocket Alert Kerem Shalom9:05pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon8:50pm Rocket Alert Beeri8:29pm Updated Post: The tentative timing for the funeral for IDF Lone Soldier David Gordon - tomorrow (Thursday) at Har Herzl at 4:00 pm. The…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 19, 2014 9:30pm-11:59pm

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]11:58pm Rocket fragments which landed a short time ago in Central Israel.11:57pm IDF- No problems with Red Alerts earlier - new policy to not sound alarm if rockets will land in open area (if the alarm doesn't sound, does that mean Hamas didn't fire at us?)11:52 Iron Dome over Givat Ze'ev.(Fragment fell earlier in Bnei Brak, on Jerusalem street!)11:51pm Rocket Alert Kerem Shalom11:46pm Rocket alerts all over the South and Jerusalem. (Sorry for delay- Had to run to shelter) -GI Jane11:46 Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Har Adar, Psagot,…
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    Green Prophet

  • Segway-like device allows quadriplegics to ‘walk’ upright again

    Tafline Laylin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Sometimes, design really does change lives. Dr. Amit Goffer previously designed ReWalk, a device that gives paraplegics paralyzed from the waste down mobility again. But 90 percent of handicapped people are unable to use it. In order to give quadriplegics a similar new lease on life, the Israeli designer made a few modifications with UPnRIDE. “I have the benefit of being confined to a wheelchair so I tried to create the ultimate solution for the handicapped as I see it,” said Dr. Goffer, who is working with RehaMed Technologies CEO Oren Tamari on the new product. “The person on…
  • OAXIS: solar-powered hydroponic food belt proposed for the Arabian Peninsula

    Tafline Laylin
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Most Gulf countries import up to 90 percent of their food, which neither bodes well for food security no climate change – since the food that is brought in from Europe and elsewhere has a lot of what are called “food miles.” True to their name, Forward Thinking Architecture proposes a solar-powered hydroponic food belt as a solution. Acknowledging that they are not designing anything new – because there are already several projects throughout the Arabian peninsula that utilize the sun and hydroponics to deliver food in the desert. One project that comes to mind is the…
  • Water rights of Ireland and Jordan

    Brian Nitz
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Here is a cautionary tale of two very different countries which once shared a similar water use philosophy and usage patterns. The right photo is in Jordan’s Wadi-Rum desert. The forest on the left is in Ireland. Parts of this country receive up to 4 meters of rain each year. But Ireland was running out of water so its government recently brought in water charges. Here is why. Jordan is one of the world’s driest countries, with desert comprising 75 percent of its land area. The entire country averages only about 160mm of annual rainfall and 41 percent of its land receives fewer than…
  • Farmer swears his billygoat produces milk

    Tafline Laylin
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    A farmer in Al Ain, the very green, flowery emirate bordering Dubai, claims that after three years of impregnating legions of nannies on his farm, his billy goat suddenly sprouted udders. And then produced milk. Mr. Nasser Al Alwi paid about $820 for his billy goat at a livestock show in the United Arab Emirates. It has since been used to breed, and has not disappointed his proud owner, who says he wouldn’t sell this goat for 10 times as much as he is worth. There did not appear to have been any warning that the billy goat would essentially become a hermaphrodite. In addition…
  • Arab souk in Amman is treasure chests for do-it-yourselfer! Here’s my journey

    Laurie Balbo
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse (or silk scarves into a brilliant curtain) with upcycled materials sourced from your local souk.  Make this patchwork curtain in under an hour and for about $10 – a little more work could turn it into a shower curtain or duvet cover. Get jiggy with junk! Here in sleepy, post-Ramadan Amman, I am slowly adjusting to recent underemployment. My head loops with pithy proverbs as I stumble through “work days” newly freed from work.  And those ancient sayings? My sense of recall reveals me for the Yankee workhorse that I am. A penny saved…
 
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    Internet Marketing and SEO Israel Blog on Optimization Strategy

  • Internet Marketing Success Doubles Hotel Rooms

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    It is very gratifying when our success goes beyond even what we expect. One of our clients has a boutique hotel in Europe. Our job was to fill up the rooms through Adwords, search engine optimization, OTAs (Online Travel Agents) and social media channels. One day I received a phone call from the hotel owner, “we are adding rooms on to the hotel”. Turns out they more than doubled the amount of rooms in the hotel. For job satisfaction, that is hard to beat.
  • Why our Internet Marketing Clients Leave Us

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Many of our Internet marketing clients have been with us  for many  years. We are very happy about that. It shows that we are continually improving and increasing their sales and leads.  We know  that everyone has choices and they would leave us if they weren’t convinced that we are doing the best job possible. What is particularly gratifying is  that in the last few months,  4 former clients returned to work with us. Some decided to do their Internet marketing in-house and found that it is more effective to work with us. Others tried different vendors. But they all came back to work…
  • Asia Conference and Internet Marketing

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    27 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    When marketing to the Far East the language barrier is important to overcome however their knowing the culture is essential to moving to the next level. This is especially important when devising link bait and engaging in social media. The University of Haifa’s Asia conference gave us a lot of new link bait ideas. The lectures I attended on Korea and Japan were especially interesting. Watching a Japanese Anime Movie at the University of Haifa Asia Conference Attending conferences which focus on different cultures are good for generating out of the box Internet marketing strategies.
  • Naver (Korean Search Engine) Representative at Korean Business Conference

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    21 May 2014 | 12:03 am
    Israel is turning East to Korea, Japan, China and India. Our central location, multi-lingual, multi-cultural DNA combined with our creativity has enabled this fast turnaround (pun intended). Many Israeli hi tech companies have already successfully penetrated these markets. In fact I sat next to someone who was selling well in Korea as well as other Asian countries. Many of these companies are using the tradition distributor channel. Korean Business Conference in Tel Aviv Israeli companies that want to leverage Internet marketing in Korea need to use the Korean search engine Naver. I met the…
  • B2B Marketing Conference

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    I recently attended the MC Forum B2B Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was held at East which was really great, since it was a beautiful day. I also met a couple of clients there which was nice.  The best speaker was Udi from Yotpo.com who spoke about email marketing. B2B Conference had many interesting speakers One speaker spoke about improving conversion rates. This can be problematical for B2B companies. As a general metric, conversion rates can be misleading and lead to taking the wrong actions.  Many B2B companies compete on keywords that end consumers search on. Therefore the company…
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  • The Story of Techbikers (You can Play a role too)

    Eze Vidra
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A month from now, 70 people in the London tech industry will be (hopefully) on the last leg of a 320km (200 miles) cycle ride from Paris to London. What made these ‘geeks’ get off their laptop and get on their bikes? A combination of wanting to do good and yearning to be part of a strong startup community in London. Since we started Techbikers in 2012, 120 techies cycled from Paris to London and we’ve raised over 100,000 pounds for Room to Read, creating 3 schools, 4 libraries and 3,000 scholarships for girls in India and Nepal. “Life is a journey of realization, which often ends in…
  • Biz Dev Tips for Startups – The ‘First Meeting’

    David Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Most times when I finish a meeting, I think to myself “that was such a great meeting. I’m so excited for what happens next”. If your meetings aren’t ending like this, then you’ve just wasted everyone’s time. Here are a few lessons I learnt from having hundreds of business meetings in Australia, Chile, and the USA. Don’t pitch, listen Much like my previous post in this series, don’t launch into your product pitch or try to sell something immediately. Listen to what they have to say. I usually start meetings with a simple, ‘how has your day…
  • 10 Tools for Understanding and Dissecting an Industry

    Eze Vidra
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    I remember the first time I met Mark Gerson, the founder of expert network company Gerson Lehrman Group (where I previously worked), as he described how Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) first started. Investors (mainly hedge funds at the time), needed a way to quickly understand an industry they were going to invest in. One day could be pharma and the next, commercial real estate. Resources abound online, but the noise-to-signal ratio is high, and the content needs to be verified and curated. So he teamed up with a few PhDs and set off to write a book about each major vertical – Healthcare,…
  • Israeli Consumers Prefer ONLINE Media

    Levi Shapiro
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Israelis Value Online Media 1.5x More Than Offline Media- Highest in Global Survey Digital media is a recent phenomenon in Israel. The first television broadcast, a military parade, did not occur until 1968. In the mobile era, the iPhone arrived in 2009 (two years after the US), followed by the iPad in 2011 and the iTunes store in 2012. Today, 60 percent of Israeli adults carry a Smartphone, spurring 2x growth in mobile media consumption just in the last two years, to 93 minutes per day (Shiluv Millward Brown). In a survey released this week by Google and BCG, among the 11 countries…
  • Occupy the App Store!!

    Levi Shapiro
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:14 am
    Mobile applications are a lousy business. More than 60% of applications earn less than $500 per month. And the market is getting worse every day. By 2018, Gartner predicts that less than .01% of mobile applications will be financially successful. As developers grow increasingly desperate for monetization, Amazon (which runs its own app store in 200 countries) identified success factors of the Top 50 applications. Median revenue per app I. More Time = More Money Getting people to download the app is only the first step toward monetization. 62% of revenue occurs after the first 7 days and 35%…
 
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  • Again, "Follow the Money." Is Obama Following it to Qatar?

    MIchael Eisenberg
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Tom Friedman is right. Hillary Clinton's assertion that arming the Syrian rebels would have turned the tide in Syria is naive at best. But Clinton picked up the wrong issue. She could have asked why President Obama uttered red lines about Syria and then allowed them to be crossed in a region where it is very dangerous to do that. More pointedly, she could have asked why Obama coddles and courts Qatar, the funder of ISIS and Hamas, modern nihilistic death cults dedicated to the killing of Christians, Gays and Jews. The Qataris should not be friends of any decent human being, let along…
  • Yair Lapid's 0% VAT Might Destroy Israel’s Economy

    MIchael Eisenberg
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    I can no longer sit back quietly as Yair Lapid’s infantile politics and honor threaten our economy. Numerous journalists have already written about his swiss cheese proposal to reduce VAT on apartment purchases to 0%.  However, what we have not taken into account is that not only does this populist proposal not accomplish the goals it has set out to accomplish but it threatens the economy as a whole. While Lapid is well-intentioned in his quest to reduce housing prices, his proposal will accomplish exactly the opposite. TheMarker correctly reported yesterday what we all knew: The…
  • An Open Letter to All Israeli Politicians & Members of Knesset

    MIchael Eisenberg
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    Dear Members of Knesset, Ministers and Heads of Political Parties,I am sure you noticed that over the last 6 weeks we have experienced something incredibly rare in the State of Israel, a wonderful sense of unity, unity of purpose and moral clarity. The unfortunate part about that unity is that it happened during a kidnapping of 3 innocent boys and a war.  However, I think I speak for the silent 80% majority of Israelis when I say that we would all like to continue this experience going forward. What puts our unity at risk is not the silent 80% of the population but rather the…
  • שני פרספקטיבות צודקות על תשעה באב תשע״ד

    MIchael Eisenberg
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    היום אנו מציינים את תשעה באב, היום העצוב ביותר בלוח השנה היהיודית. מזה אלפי שנים, יהודים ברחבי העולם, אבלו את חורבנן של בית המקדש הראשון והשני. לאורך אלפי שנות ההיסטוריה היהודית, תשעה באב הפכה ליום הזיכרון ויום האבל הלאומי, בו מזכירים ומקוננים על האסונות שפקדו את העם היהודי לדורותיו. צרות אלה החלו בדור המדבר והמרגלים שהוציאו דיבה…
  • Two Correct Perspectives on Tisha B’av 5774

    MIchael Eisenberg
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Tonight we began commemorating, the 9th of the Month of Av, commonly referred to as Tisha B’av, the saddest day in the Jewish Calendar. On this day, for thousands of years, Jews have mourned the destruction of both the first and second temples in Jerusalem. Over the centuries, it became the Jewish national day of mourning, where we recount and mourn calamities such as the 10 spies who prevented the Israelites from entering the Promised land, the destruction of Medieval Jewish communities such as Worms, Speyer and Meinz, the burning of the Talmud in France and the Holocaust as…
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  • Is There Hope for Muslim-Jewish Relations?

    Guest Post
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Guest Post by Rebecca Keys Since I returned home from a Muslim-Jewish dialogue conference in Vienna, friends have been asking me, is there hope? Can Muslims and Jews be friends, and perhaps even allies? Can we overcome the assumptions and stereotypes we have of each other and work together on areas of mutual concern? Is […]
  • Diwon’s Pre-Game (Instrumental Album & Trailer)

    Shemspeed
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Before Diwon’s debut record “New Game,” there were the beats and pieces that brought his singles and full album to life. “Pre-Game” is a collection of never before heard instrumentals with Diwon shining a spotlight where his heart really lies; he is a true-school hip-hop head. DJ Booth called Diwon a “beatmaking buzzsmith,” and with […]
  • Rabbis Should Stop Sermonizing About Celebrities

    rav shmuel
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    I’ll never forget the time I heard a Rabbi spend 15 minutes of his speech putting down Eddie Vedder. I was sitting right behind him right at the front of the Beis Midrash (study hall) facing the students. Knowing how much I liked Pearl Jam, the entire student body kept looking at me for my […]
  • Black Jesus is Risen!

    ck
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Last week saw the premiere of Adult Swim’s new comedy series Black Jesus. Created by Aaron McGruder (Boondocks) Jesus here is portrayed as living in present-day Compton, California, “on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.” Now, despite visiting […]
  • Hamas Beat Israel in Gaza?

    ck
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Ronen Bergman, a senior political and military analyst for Yediot Aharonot, recently penned an op. ed. for the New York Times titled How Hamas Beat Israel in Gaza. In it, he makes some assertions in order to justify the title of his piece. Bergman asserts that unlike a vanquished foe, Hamas dictated the duration of […]
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  • How To Be Irresistible In Interviews

    Jacob Share
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The non-intuitive formula to job interview success. This is a guest post by Sharon Sayler. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. You’ve role-played your interview over and over, you’ve researched the company and come up with three ways you will be a team player, how to be an asset to the company and the one thing you’ve learned from failure…. You’ve been coached on what to say, you’ve practiced your firm handshake, your friendly smile and know how to make good eye contact…. You’re ready! Well, I…
  • How To Use Personal Branding To Shine Bright

    Jacob Share
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s all about amplifying your message. This is a guest post by Yinka Olaito. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. Ignorance is not bliss. People who know nothing often operate in darkness. Life in darkness holds no benefit to the individual or the community at large, and staying in darkness of ignorance makes you feel life is a constant struggle. It gives the impression something must be wrong with you. Meanwhile in absolute terms, nothing is wrong with you at all. It is your ignorance and your inability to know how to switch the light…
  • How To Evaluate New Job Offers

    Jacob Share
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Negotiate with yourself before negotiating with employers. This is a guest post by Joey Trebif. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. We’ve all been there. We make the decision that it’s to time leave our current employer and look for another job. Once you’ve started your job search, you’ve cut the emotional ties and now it’s just a matter of time until you get the right job offer and then you are on your way. But what happens if you were not actively looking for a job? Suppose you were as happy as a pig in ****,…
  • How to Find Jobs in The Digital Economy

    Jacob Share
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Recognize where you are and where you want to go. Now go. This is a guest post by Ibro Palic. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. In today’s economic climate, two of the most important attributes a person can have are focus and the ability to adapt. There are so many resources at our fingertips today that it is easy to learn and add more skills to your toolkit. Open access to self-education makes it possible to keep your skills upgraded and, indeed, learn a completely new skill set in a very short period of time. Oddly, many people do…
  • Most Effective WordPress Theme For Small Business Owners

    Jacob Share
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    What kind of design should you use for best results? Thank you to Elaine Griffin of Elaine Griffin Designs for sponsoring the 8th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest. Jacob Share: Why did you become a designer? Elaine Griffin: I decided to become a designer when I was a small business owner designing my own site. I was designing and sewing children’s clothing, and had no money to invest in hiring a professional to create an e-commerce website. So, I learned on my own and I loved it. Designing websites serves a dual purpose for me. I get to fulfill my need to be creative, and I can also…
 
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  • Enemies, Real and Imagined

    Avi Shafran
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    1) Hamas is evil. 2) Israel has a responsibility to protect its citizens. 3) Anti-Israel sentiment is usually simple Jew-hatred in (not very good) disguise. 4) The United States needs to be fully supportive of Israel. 5) It has been. Some would take issue with that last sentence. They are wrong. And it behooves Klal Yisroel, which is meant to be imbued with the concept of hakaras hatov, to recognize that fact. Over the past six years, some have come to imagine that the current occupant of the White House is some sort of adversary of Israel. Anyone, of course, can disagree with President Obama…
  • Your Narcissism is Showing

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Rob Schneider, a second-tier celeb, best known for a series of sophomoric comedies, recently tweeted: “To not be outraged at the killing of children to risk your very soul.” To which I would reply. If the only deaths of children that provoke a response from you are those of children killed in Gaza, but not the hundreds of thousands of black Muslim children killed in Darfur by their co-religionists over the past decade or the 700 Syrian civilians killed in two days recently (or the 170,000 killed over the last three years), it is not the capaciousness of your soul that you display,…
  • Death of an Icon

    Yaakov Menken
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    I grew up watching Mork. I’ve seen Aladdin. I even, during college, watched him perform live. But I never knew Robin Williams. He was the consummate entertainer. He just knew how to make us laugh. His improvisation, his off-the-cuff remarks, were brilliantly funny. But we never understood who he really was. And that was, perhaps, the problem, that which made him so depressed as to bring him to a tragic end. With his passing, journalists and commentators are talking about mental illness and depression, recognizing the challenges he faced. [UPDATE: And let me make it clear that I am not…
  • Max Steinberg, zt”l, as Rorschach Test

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The death of lone soldier Max Steinberg in combat in Gaza served as a Rorschach Test for Jews around the world. In Israel, 30,000 Jews, across the spectrum of Israeli society, took time off to go to Mt. Herzl for his levaya to express their admiration and gratitude to a young man who came to Israel to risk his life to protect theirs. In the opposite corner, Slate editor Allison Benedikt could barely wait until the last shoveful of dirt had been placed on Max’s grave before portraying his as a dupe of Birthright, which spends “hundreds of millions of dollars to convince young Jews…
  • Ugly Times

    Avi Shafran
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    It could well be, as some have charged, that the New York Times’ choice of photographs to accompany its reportage from Israel and Gaza has been skewed to emphasize Hamas’ grievances; or it could be that the imbalance of photos is merely a manifestation of the old journalistic adage “If it bleeds, it leads.” Despite my general satisfaction with the paper’s actual reportage on the conflict, I lean to the former judgment. And I have similar misgivings about headlines that are created for dispatches. It’s not widely known that media have “headline writers” over whom reporters have…
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  • Dating in a War Zone

    aliyahsurvival
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Living in a war zone can be scary, but dating doesn’t have to be. Hopefully this short clip can bring a small laugh to a very tense situation. Stand with Israel. שכל חיילי צה”ל יחזרו בשלום
  • Do you have a funny aliyah/Israel story? Submit your story for a chance to win $150!

    aliyahsurvival
    4 Dec 2013 | 2:21 pm
    Entries must be 300 words or less. Multiple entries are allowed. Entries will be judged on content, humor, and originality. Entries will be published on The Aliyah Survival Blog. Only one winner. Submission deadline is December 31st, 2013. Winner announced January 31st, 2014. *NIS equivalent if requested, exchange rate based on day of announcement. Prize money provided via PayPal. Submit your story here! 
  • Dating in Israel

    aliyahsurvival
    25 Sep 2013 | 9:44 pm
    Tips for dating Israeli Men Learn more about living in Israel!
  • Post 13 – The Israeli Bureaucracy

    aliyahsurvival
    14 Oct 2008 | 2:21 pm
    My day of bureaucracy is not as straight forward as you might think. In order to receive my rights from the Absorption Ministry, I need to have already opened my bank account, but in order to open my bank account, I already need my permanent ID and absorption ID and before I get a phone I need both, but I only need one to sign up for Hebrew lessons. It is weird that in the Jewish religion there is no hell, because the Israeli government created a perfect 10the circle for Dante’s Inferno with the absorption process. I find our that Ester is also up due to our new “friend,” the rooster,…
  • Post 12 – The Move to Israel

    aliyahsurvival
    20 Sep 2008 | 4:36 am
    When I first arrived everyone was very friendly and welcoming, especially the guys (I later found out that they were actually more horny and lonely than friendly). A few of the guys even helped me carry my bags up to my new room and spent the whole time bitching about the weight of my suitcases . . . I’m just glad they didn’t tell me I’d have to pay extra for my overweight bags because at that point, I would have pushed them down the stairs, suitcases and all. For the continuation of this post, please visit The Move to Israel – Post 12
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  • Weekly EoZ roundup 8/22/14

    Elder of Ziyon
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    In case you missed them, here are the best EoZ stories of the week:The terrorist in the "righteous gentile" family houseMy list of Hamas violations of int'l law makes it to the UNEvery IDF officer has more training in international law than practically every columnist and reporterHamas was planning mega-attacks from both Gaza and the West BankZionist Muslim doctor, and others, spank Lancet for publishing anti-Israel articleCorrupt, pro-Hamas UN offers to "monitor" cement imports into GazaTerrorist listed as a 13-year old civilian by "human rights" orgs - 3700 Facebook likes!HRW's Ken…
  • 08/22 Links Pt2: Stop blaming Israel and wake up: The black flag of jihad is the REAL threat

    Ian
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    From Ian:Douglas Murray: Stop blaming Israel and wake up: The black flag of jihad is the REAL threat to the worldJews are attacked here in Britain, they are blockaded into a synagogue in Paris and the chant ‘Death to the Jews’ is heard in Germany for the first time in 70 years. But too few people seem to want to notice this or admit what it means. They think this is just about Israel, or just about Jewish people. It isn’t. It is about all of us.The decision last month by the Israeli government to respond to Hamas rocket-fire from Gaza is the response any government would choose if…
  • Executions are kiddie entertainment in Gaza

    Elder of Ziyon
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Here is a photo from one of the public executions done today in Gaza.Notice the upper right corner (h/t CifWatch)This video shows the blood and scattered clothes afterwards - along with more children hanging around:Fun for the family!
 
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  • אחרי 60 שנה: גילויים ב"עסק הביש"

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    הברית הסודית עם האחים המוסלמים ומסמך מפרשת "עסק הביש" שנחשף כאן בראשונה (באדיבות ארכיון צה"ל): סא"ל מיל' גדעון מיטשניק על הפרשה שהתפוצצה בקהיר
  • ילד נהרג מפגיעת פצמ"ר ביישוב בשער הנגב

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    הילד נפגע אנושות מפגיעת רקטה בסמוך לרכב ומאוחר יותר נקבע מותו. מוקדם יותר פגעה רקטה בבית כנסת באשדוד, שלושה נפצעו כתוצאה מרסיסים, ושמונה הוגדרו נפגעי חרדה. כמו כן נפצע אדם מפגיעת רקטה בבאר שבע. "אנשים היו בהיסטריה"
  • היועמ"ש לשעבר: "ישראל ביימה את הפסקת האש"

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    מיכאל בן יאיר היועמ"ש לממשלה ושופט בית המשפט העליון לשעבר טוען שישראל ביימה את הפרת הפסקת האש בידי חמאס כדי שתוכל לחסל את מוחמד דף
  • החייל עדיין בתרדמת, אשתו ילדה את בנם

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    סמל יהודה יצחק הישראלי נפצע קשה באירוע חטיפתו של סגן הדר גולדין ז"ל ברפיח. "כל הזזת אישון משמעותית מבחינתנו" אמרה אמו
  • אסירי ציון: חשיפה חדשה בפרשת עסק הביש?

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    מסמך של אגף המודיעין, שנחשף כאן לראשונה, מאיר באור חדש את ההתעלמות השערורייתית מאסירי ציון במצרים בזמן שנמקו בכלא המצרי. 60 שנה אחרי 'הפרשה', מעיד אחד מגיבוריה על ברית מפתיעה 
בינם לבין האחים המוסלמים, שמהם יצא חמאס
 
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  • הזוי: בנות 80 בוחרות במקצוע העתיק בעולם

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    זהו סיפורן של נשים מבוגרות שבחרו לעבוד כנערות ליווי, סבתות בריטיות אלגנטיות שרגע לפני שיקחו את הגבר לחדר המיטות, הן יציעו לו כוס תה. בין הביריות הסקסיות למרשמים לדלקת פרקים, הסרט גם מצליח להסביר למה הן עושות את זה
  • מספר בשירים את עצמו ומפריח את השממה

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:17 am
    בין המגורים בבאר-שבע לכרם ברמת הגולן, בין התחמקות מציפורני הריאליטי לחלחול האמונה ליצירה, בין היתמות ושכול לעבודה עם יונתן ארצי שמביא עמו צל אדיר של נוכחות אב, עמי נגר מכוון למרכז דרך הפריפריה, מגיע ללב דרך געגוע ונותן למוזיקה לדבר בשבילו
  • סקרלט ג'והנסון ממשיכה מסורת של נשות על

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    על אף עלילה מגוחכת משהו, "לוסי" של לוק בסון הוא סרט קיץ מרענן ומומלץ מאוד, בעיקר בזכות השחקנית הראשית שממשיכה להוכיח שכמו הגיבורה אותה היא מגלמת, גם היא יצור שמימי ומופלא
  • אמי 2014: "שובר שורות" או "בלש אמיתי"?

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    מדי שנה האקדמיה לטלוויזיה בוחרת את הזוכה הלא נכון, אך השנה תחרות קשה במיוחד בין הסדרות לא תאפשר למצביעים לרקוח לנו טקס צפוי. מי יקח ומי יובס? ההימורים שלנו לטקס פרסי הטלוויזיה
  • פורנו זה הפופ החדש

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    כבר לא צריך להתבייש ולהסתיר חיבה לפורנו, אפשר לצרוך אותו בקלות בקפיצה קטנה ליוטיוב. חשבתם שההפקרות של עולם הפופ מתחילה במיילי ונגמרת בריהאנה? תחשבו שוב, התופעה לא פוסחת גם על אומנים איכותיים סטייל פארל וויליאמס ואפילו ביונסה
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  • סיכום רכילות: כולם רוצים להיות הקרדשיאנס

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    מה הפיתרון הקרדישיאני לאלכוהוליזם? למה קנייה ווסט בונה את ה'סגרדה פמיליה' אצלו בחצר? מי גנב לקרדשיאנס את תואר המשפחה המדליקה בעולם? המשפחה שהראתה לליהיא גרינר איך להתפרנס מרכילות משתלטת על הסיכום השבועי
  • מזל טוב: אסתי גינזבורג בהריון

    11 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    מפתיע יותר מנינט, מרגש יותר מרוסלנה - הדוגמנית והמגישה ובעלה איש העסקים עדי קייזמן מצפים לתינוק
  • סיכום רכילות שבועי: מי השטן של הביצה?

    10 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    ג'ון טרבולטה אוהב גברים (מפתיע), ריהאנה היא השטן (שוק היסטרי), טורי ספלינג נעלמת (היא לא נעלמה ממזמן?) והטלולה של דמי מור וברוס וויליס אלכוהוליסטית (כן, מה ששמעתם). מזל שברברה סטרייסנד הגיע לעדן את הסיכום השבועי
  • 5 שנים אחרי מותו: עוד תביעה נגד מייקל ג'קסון

    6 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    בן 36 מלוס אנג'לס תובע פיצויים מעזבונו של הזמר בגין התעללות מינית על פני ארבע שנים
  • סיכום רכילות: ברוכים הבאים לגנון של הוליווד

    3 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    ג'סטין ביבר, אולרנדו בלום, לאונרדו דיקפריו, לינדזי לוהאן, סלינה גומז ומירנדה קר – כולם נדחפו לאייטם אחד רווי מהלומות, קללות וסקס עם האקס. מזל שמדונה הגיעה לעשות שלום במזרח התיכון. בערך
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    Niv Calderon

  • Wearable Technology Will Be Like Air

    Niv Calderon
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The first startup I worked at in 2007 was called "Wiser Codes", we developed a BI artificial intelligence that will help businesses get better results online. I remember I had an idea back then, that I needed one place to read and write from/into all my online presence (read everything, post everywhere, and have a unified social graph). You'll probably think of Hootsuite now (still not it in my opinion), but back then it was a new thing (and Facebook was smaller than Myspace), so from working on a BI startup we pivoted into social networks centered startup. Back then I remember…
  • Hack Valley – האקאתון מחשוב לביש 28-29 באוגוסט במודיעין

    Niv Calderon
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Hack Valley הוא האקאתון טכנולוגיות לבישות שמופק ע"י מתחם היזמות MESH  במודיעין, ארגון MTC לבני נוער, וקהילת Wearable Valley בפייסבוק. ההאקאתון פתוח לכל העוסקים או רוצים להתנסות בפיתוח טכנולוגיות לבישות. בהאקאתון יקחו חלק בני נוער שעוסקים בתכנות, עיצוב ויזמות רגע לפני גיוס ליחידות הטכנולוגיות.  הערבוב של צעירים ומבוגרים נועד להשיג שתי…
  • First Case Study for Google Glass for Advertising That I Know Of

    Niv Calderon
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A couple of Glassware developers called LiveLens decide to develop an app that records your day, a few seconds each time, a sort of Magisto for Glass. Now, one of the hardest things to do these days within the Glass ecosystem is A- to get into the official Glassware appstore (you can look inside only if you're a Glass Explorer) and B- to get your app known to the public with the independent websites that "host" Glass apps like Glass App Source and Glass Application List. Ok, now think marketing. Here is what appeared on the web: A video that showed a thief making off with…
  • הסיפורים החמים במחשוב הלביש

    Niv Calderon
    27 May 2014 | 1:14 am
    כמעט מידי יום אני נתקל בסיפורים ובסרטים מעניינים שמתקשרים למחשוב לביש אז החלטתי לשתף קצת מכל הטוב הזה. אגב, אם יש לכם טאבלט, אתם יכולים לעשות מנוי לפליפבורד של Wearable Valley כדי לקבל סיפורים על מחשוב לביש ישירות לטאבלט שלכם. ואם עוד לא הצטרפתם לקהילה בפייסבוק- קוראים לנו Wearable Valley וזה המקום שהופך להיות ה- MUST למפתחים וליזמי מחשוב לביש.
  • למה צריך קהילת מחשוב לביש בישראל

    ניב קלדרון
    24 May 2014 | 6:52 am
    כשקוראים לישראל סטארטאפ ניישן, אחד הדברים שמדברים עליו הוא האקו סיסטם שבתוכו צומחים סטארטאפים. בין השאר מדברים על הצבא, על הבגרות של ישראלים צעירים לעומת העולם, מדברים על המדען הראשי, האינקובטורים והאווירה שבתוכה גדלנו (והרשימה נמשכת). מה שלא מדברים עליו כמעט זה הקהילות העצמאיות שמייצרות אירועים, כנסים, מפגשים והזדמנויות ליצור…
 
 
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Pseudo-Investigations in Gaza

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NGO Monitor) Media reports indicate that officials from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have attempted to enter Gaza in order to conduct "independent investigations" into the July 2014 conflict, claiming that they possess "the requisite professional military knowledge to independently evaluate claims being made by both the Palestinians and Israelis." In contrast, the evidence clearly demonstrates that neither Amnesty International nor HRW is capable of conducting independent, unbiased, and credible investigations, particularly in the context of intense conflict, and…
  • Europe, U.S. Mull UN Resolution on Gaza Truce

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (AP-Washington Post) With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the U.S., Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, UN diplomats said Thursday. Diplomats said the resolution would include opening up Gaza's borders and a return of the Palestinian Authority to the territory. It would also include security assurances for the Israelis, including ways to prevent Hamas from acquiring more arms and building more tunnels. The resolution would…
  • ISIS: The Real Threat

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University) Yoram Schweitzer - In recent months the Islamic State has made itself the de facto replacement of al-Qaeda as the jihadist terror organization endangering world peace. Without minimizing the achievements of IS, the secret of its power rests primarily on the weakness of its enemies. So far, IS has made territorial gains only in Iraq and in limited areas of Syria, two failed states whose central governments suffer from a lack of legitimacy among their citizens and ineffective control of large parts of their territory. Should IS try…
  • Militants, Weapons Transit Gaza Tunnels Despite Egyptian Crackdown

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Reuters) A third of the houses on the main street of the Bedouin town of al-Sarsouriya in Egypt buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. The guide who accompanied Reuters estimated the total number of functional tunnels in about 10 border villages at nearly 500 - down from about 1,500 before the Egyptian clampdown began. Most of the bigger tunnels - the kind that can accommodate cars - have been destroyed, but smaller ones 1-2 meters in diameter survive. As many as 200 new tunnels had been built in the past two years, with…
  • In a Hospital under Fire from Gaza

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (National Post-Canada) Avi Benlolo - Dr. Rabia Darawasha is an Israeli-Arab surgeon at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon, where Hamas rockets land in the vicinity and "Code Red" alerts send staff and Israeli and Palestinian patients scrambling for cover. I asked him if treating Israeli soldiers was difficult for him. He replied, "The Hamas do not represent me. The soldiers represent me." He added, "This is my country; my family is here." Dr. Darawasha comes from Iksal in northern Israel. His father and uncle, he says, have always had positive interactions with the Jewish people - both socially…
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | igoogledisrael.com

  • Did you hear that – was that the siren???

    Ashley
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We mentioned previously that life in Israel hasn’t stopped during the current crisis down south and that people are still living their lives – but that doesn’t mean those eerie sirens aren’t scaring the bejesus out of a few poor souls… This is a great little video showing just how jittery some Israelis are when hearing sounds that are familiar to the opening wail of the siren…well, if you can’t laugh… It’s all in Hebrew, but I think you’ll get the idea regardless of your Hebrew skills or lack of them… Click here to view the…
  • Life goes on: Tel Aviv Beach this weekend (VIDEO)

    Ashley
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    We popped down to Tel Aviv beach yesterday for a slice of sun, fun and beer – and weren’t disappointed! With the current tense situation down south, coupled with a 06:00 wake up call from Hamas missiles fired in the direction of Tel Aviv, it was perhaps understandable that the beach wasn’t packed to the rafters. But that meant more room for us and for little Daniel’s own take on sandy tunnel construction…and as the day wore on, the beach actually did get pretty busy. There were a few tourists around, and plenty of locals, and plenty of beer being drunk (not just…
  • Update for tourists in Israel during the current tensions (July 2014)

    Ashley
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    As we mentioned previously, the situation is a little bit tense right now. It’s not that life has stopped and people are flocking for the exits, but obviously some people are worried. Read this if you want to know what it’s like for me personally… Here’s an official update from the Ministry of Tourism (July 23): Under the instructions of the Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau, the Tourism Ministry is operating a situation room headed by Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi. The minister holds consultations with the Foreign Minister and the Transport Minister,…
  • Beach in Jerusalem? Oh yeh, bring your bucket and spade to the Holy City!

    Ashley
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Wait…what? A beach in Jerusalem??? Yessss! This summer, for the first time ever, there is a beach in Jerusalem! And it even comes with its own surfing simulator! It’s FREE to get in, and is open every day from 08:00 to 02:00. The location? The northern area of the First Station, the new culture and shopping complex in Jerusalem. Watch out for a kiddie area, where there will be lots of activities for the kids to enjoy (for a small fee), like kite building and wading pools, plus there will also be the 18 meter surf simulator, which is suitable for children aged 3 and above (the…
  • What’s it *really* like in Israel right now?

    Ashley
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    So, things aren’t so rosy in this neck of the desert right now, as you’ve probably heard and seen. But this is where I come in! You know, it’s much better to hear about what’s really going on from the horse’s mouth, from someone who is actually here, and who lives and breathes Israel… It happens, these cycles of tension and terror, and I’ve written about them before (remember this from 2009 – There’s a war going on don’t you know). Part and parcel of being in Israel, part and parcel of being embedded deep in the Middle East, however…
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    Life in Israel

  • UnderDos: The Neshama Yeseira (video)

    Rafi G.
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
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  • We Keep Shabbos (We Will Rock You PARODY) (video)

    Rafi G.
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm
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  • Aguna released in psak that retroactively cancels marriage

    Rafi G.
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    a little while back there was a very complicated dispute that arose over a psak by a beis din in Tzfat that was reached in order to release an aguna from her situation.The woman had been in a situation where her husband was in a vegetative state for 7 years after being involved in a car accident. In order to release her from being an aguna the beis din employed an innovative approach of saying that if the husband would know what situation his wife is in he would surely grant her the divorce papers, the get, and therefore they took the authority to release her.The beis din published a very…
  • The Rebbetzin ALS ice water challenge (video)

    Rafi G.
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:58 am
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  • Let's Talk Peace (video)

    Rafi G.
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • Food For Thought: Rockets from Gaza

    Yoel Meltzer
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    If every one of the roughly 3,300 rockets launched from Gaza in the current conflict had killed at least one Israeli, something clearly possible since we’re not talking about firecrackers, would the world still have criticized Israel for responding disproportionately? Think about it.
  • Temple Mount Event in Tel Aviv – Brief Summary

    Yoel Meltzer
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The following is a brief summary of a recent event on the subject of the Temple Mount that I organized (together with the Tel Aviv International Salon) in Tel Aviv: In answer to several inquiries that I received, the event in Tel Aviv was mixed. On the one hand the place (Brodt Cener) was very nice, clean and intimate (the TA Intl Salon found the place) and there was a nice turnout of roughly 150 people. On the other hand, although Dr. Gabi Barkay and MK Moshe Feiglin came, MK Ruth Calderon cancelled about 30 minutes before the start of the event. Thus the much anticipated discussion/debate…
  • The Show Must Go On

    Yoel Meltzer
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Ever since the tragic kidnapping and murder of the three boys, the majority of the Israeli political establishment has been united in calling for the destruction of Hamas. Although certainly a good thing for the State of Israel, the problem is that this is not the whole story. For in addition to the obvious objective of such an undertaking, the broader intention of the Israeli leadership, and this is clear to anyone who is carefully listening, is to destroy Hamas in order to strengthen Abu Mazen. Whether it was the excessive praise of Abu Mazen for belatedly condemning the kidnapping, or the…
  • A Visit to the Temple Mount

    Yoel Meltzer
    17 May 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This past week within a 24-hour period I visited two of the most distinctly opposite places in Jerusalem that one can imagine: The Temple Mount and Yad Vashem. While within one is located, according to Judaism, the holiest spot in the world, the literal meeting place between heaven and earth, the other is a museum dedicated to the six million victims of the Nazi beast. Moreover, while from the former we hope that one day God’s light and wisdom will go forth to heal a fractured and troubled humanity, from the latter we merely hope to prevent future holocausts. Finally, while millions of…
  • Demographic Nonsense

    Yoel Meltzer
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:45 pm
    For many years the demographic factor has been used by many on the left as a justification for advancing the concept of land for peace. If Israel, so the theory goes, wants to maintain a large Jewish majority then areas liberated by Israel during the 1967 War which are predominantly populated by Arabs, namely Judea and Samaria, need to be relinquished as part of an eventual agreement. This way Israel can maintain an 80% Jewish majority, albeit within a very tiny state, as opposed to a significantly smaller majority were Israel to officially annex Judea and Samaria and grant citizenship to all…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 20-Aug-14: A shooting, rocketing war... yet again

    This Ongoing War
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    The lack of faster and more frequent updates here is, unfortunately, not because of a lack of events but because we're traveling. We hope to update with commentary when we can.
  • 17-Aug-14: About that Hamas-friendly media coverage: its spokeswoman reveals all but it helps to know Arabic

    This Ongoing War
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Al-Modallal [Image Source: Der Spiegel]We're not the first to report this. Still it's quite remarkable how very little attention the brand-name news-reporting businesses around the globe are letting their consumers know how manipulated the news coming out of Gaza is, and especially about the way Hamas holds Gaza's population hostage to its human-shield strategy.Isra Al-Modallal is a 24 year-old woman whose job today, literally, is to help Hamas change its public image. Her roots give her a boost. Born like so many self-styled Palestinian Arabs (Arafat among them) in Egypt, she attended…
  • 17-Aug-14: Hamas sources that disclose what Hamas is hiding: available for whoever wants to find them

    This Ongoing War
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Illustrative image from Shijaiyah, Gaza City, of the kind that has blanketed the global media coverage of the Hamas war waged from Gaza: massive destruction of buildings,and nothing but civilians in sight. Combatants dead or alive? Lookelsewhere [Image Source: APA]It's possible the carnage and destruction that Gaza has endured under Hamas is over for now.Or not: tonight's reports indicate the Hamas leadership - most of them based away from Gaza in luxurious accommodations - are ready, willing and very publicly anxious for more. See "Hamas rejects Egypt ceasefire terms, vows ‘continued…
  • 16-Aug-14: Far from the headlines, fresh violence in a little reported war

    This Ongoing War
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Streetscape in the thriving Israeli community of Beitar Illit [Image Source]Israel National News (and as far as we can tell no other news channel) is reporting tonight on an attack carried out in the southern suburbs of Jerusalem tonight (Saturday) by assailants who might easily - but for some luck, Divine Providence, bad aim - have murdered the people they attacked.Arab terrorists threw a molotov cocktail [a firebomb] on Saturday night at an Israeli car near Bethlehem, adjacent to the Hussan Junction in the Gush Etzion area of Judea, leaving the driver of the car suffering from moderate…
  • 15-Aug-14: Terror and children

    This Ongoing War
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Our Malki, June 2001In accordance with the Hebrew calendar, tomorrow - the twentieth day of the month of Av - we remember our daughter Malki's life and its tragic and cruel end. On that date, thirteen years ago - August 9, 2001 - she was one of fifteen innocent people murdered in a Hamas human-bomb attack directed, after careful planning and research, at a pizza shop located at one of the capital of Israel's busiest intersections. Frimet Roth honours our daughter's memory with this op-ed published today by the Times of Israel.When children are the target: Defeating the terrorists…
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    The Lighthouse

  • Kerry, Scolded, Breaks After Lighthouse Article

    Erik Zimerman
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    After the release of my devastating article, the pushover John Kerry backtracks and scrambles to excuse his attempted bullying of Israel, pretending that he did not attempt to pressure Israel into a surrender,… i mean ceasefire…  The Proof.by saying it was Netanyahu’s idea. Though this is clearly and a well documented lie, (yes Netanyahu may have raised the idea of a certain type of ceasefire with security guarantees, not the kerry-qatari-turkish Israeli surrender)… it’s now public record…. Bibi the US is NOT pressuring you into a ceasefire……
  • John Kerry – the man trying to save Hamas by bullying Israel (destroyed)

    Erik Zimerman
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Article Sections Obama could have hardly found a more willing partner than John Kerry, to find form to his virulently anti-Israel policies. From the “creative” backdoor sanctions, using the FAA to attempt to close Israel to air traffic (reported earlier in this article), to traditional massive political pressure and the UN security council, Kerry has thrown everything the administration can muster at Israel in order to stop the IDF from achieving its objectives and defeating the terrorist regime next door. Though Israel can handle Hamas, as Danny Dannon recently stated, it needs a…
  • Operation Protective Edge, Tactics and Strategy

    Erik Zimerman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    As the 17th day of Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas held Gaza Strip nears, there are a few crucial lessons already clear for the IDF to adapt going forward, and more importantly for the political echelon to heed. The ground incursion phase of the operation is far more recent, about 6 days in total, there has been 3 distinct phases that are now apparent. The first two days of the operation were seemingly quite successful for the IDF. By the end of the second night’s operations, the IDF stood within 1 and 2 kilometers from Gaza city, from the north and east respectively. The…
  • Obama’s unreported Flipflop on Egypt in support of Hamas

    Erik Zimerman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
      In respect to the current conflict in Gaza, the worldwide media has taken various stances on the issue.  In general, there has been a great trend to morally equate the actions of the warring parties thus leading to a general anti-Israel bias since the discrepancy left is only that of the respective mounting body counts. All things being equal, Israel has killed many more Gazans in this round of battle, than vice versa. Of course the facts are that all things, as is most often the case, are not equal. For more background on the PR issue and the current conflict, you may wish to read…
  • The Truth Behind the ‘Disproportionate’ Reactions to Israel’s actions in Gaza

    Erik Zimerman
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Antescript: The discussion that follows here is of imminent importance as Israel unfortunately considers accepting a ceasefire (a Qatari, Turkish backed ceasefire being shoved down its throat by John Kerry) with Hamas that will not only further destroy Israel’s eroding deterrence, but cast a shadow over the deaths of the young men that laid down their lives, hoping that Israel’s leaders would ensure it would not have been in vain.   Many in today’s world, believe that the PR battles in any war are just as important, if not more important, than its physical military…
 
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Eilat Jazz Festival, August 24-27, 2014

    Sue Schoenfeld
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Dr. Lonnie Smith feels blessed. The 72-year-old Hammond B-3 organ player is one of the big names due to play at this year's Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, which takes place between August 24 and 27. Smith, who will head a trio in Eilat, cuts a strikingly colorful figure with his turban, flowing robes and luxurious mustache and beard. But is it music and his unremitting joie de vivre that really get his audiences going. Read the full article at JerusalemPost.com For information and reservations RedSeaJazzEilat.com See more Eilat photos on Pinterest
  • Secrets Behind the Dead Sea Scrolls

    Sue Schoenfeld
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    BBC documentary about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Interesting interviews with the scholars involved and good insights into the controversies surrounding the Scrolls.
  • Israel Chemicals Files Confidential Prospectus with SEC

    Sue Schoenfeld
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Israel Chemicals (ICL) has filed a confidential prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ahead of a planned share offering next month, financial newspaper TheMarker said on Tuesday. ICL, Israel's second largest traded company in Tel Aviv and one of the three largest potash suppliers to China, India and Europe, had previously said it would list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange - likely in September - to get access to improved financing. TheMarker said ICL's parent company Israel Corp will sell a 5 percent stake for around $500 million. Morgan Stanley and…
  • Side Trip to Timna Park

    Sue Schoenfeld
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Continuing south from the Dead Sea, Timna Park is located about 25 km (about 17 miles) north of Eilat, in Israel's Negev Desert. One of the largest attractions in the south of Israel. The park is in a beautiful desert setting combining the scene with amazing history and a number of other unexpected activities including those on the lake (yes, a lake in the desert!). Pedal boats, bike rental and mountain biking, camping, colored sand bottle crafts, "The Mines of Time", a guided tour of the reconstructed Tabernacle, a light meal at King Solomon’s Khan restaurant. Ideal venue…
  • Dead Sea Water Safety Tips

    Sue Schoenfeld
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Beware! Several people drown every year in the Dead Sea because they do not obey the rule: Only float on your back. Accidents happen when someone tries to swim normally (stomach first) in the water – the legs will float better than usual and the head will be submerged. Note that this applies to weaker swimmers, and specifically to attempts to swim breaststroke. Read the "Do" section at WikiTravel.org The popular wisdom is that no one can drown in the Dead Sea because they'll float on the super-salty waters. That's wrong, but it's true that drownings in the Dead Sea are…
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