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  • Luxor’s 160 kW solar energy plants would make sun god Ra proud

    Green Prophet
    Karin Kloosterman
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Luxor home to some of Egypt’s greatest temples has something to solute over: the city has started its first 80kW solar energy plant, worth about $530,000 US to power lights at Luxor University and surrounding streets. A second solar power plant, with a capacity of 80kW, will be powering the Luxor government buildings. The two plants were inaugurated last Saturday by Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, and the governor of the city of Luxor, Tarek Saad Eddin. Another 2MW solar energy plant, cost $3 million USD will power some residential buildings in Luxor. The US Energy…
  • A Thank You Letter to the Media from Hamas

    Arutz Sheva Op-Eds
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    No one has to wonder what side the media will take in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
  • Israel, Stop Placating the World’s Opinion

    Arutz Sheva Op-Eds
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    For the world, no matter what Israel does, it is in the wrong.
  • Haredim warned against Home Front Command's 'temptations'

    ynet - Jewish Scene
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Ultra-Orthodox newspaper calls on Jerusalem's haredi residents not to attend guidance sessions on how to defend themselves against rockets, claiming army's goal is to 'seduce' yeshiva students to enlist.
  • LIVE UPDATES: Israeli soldiers, Hamas militants clash in southern Gaza headlines RSS
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    LIVE UPDATES: After five-hour lull, sirens sound in Israel's Gaza border communities; UN joins Obama in call for immediate cease-fire; Gaza death toll reaches 1,065.
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Family of Max Steinberg comforted by visitors to Western Wall

    Marcy Oster
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The family of the late American-Israeli soldier Max Steinberg visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Evie and Stuart Steinberg, and their remaining son and daughter, who came to Israel last week for the funeral of Max Steinberg, 24, a southern California native who was killed in Gaza in an attack on the armored personnel carrier in which he was riding, made their first visit to the Western Wall on Sunday night. The family was accompanied by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and his wife. Stuart Steinberg recited the Mourners Kaddish at the wall in the presence of the Rabbi of…
  • Turkey’s Erdogan pledges to keep country’s Jews safe

    Marcy Oster
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Turkey will keep its Jewish citizens safe, but the Jewish community should denounce Israel, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkish newspaper. “Jews in Turkey are our citizens. We are responsible for their security of life and property,” Erdogan told the Daily Sabah. He added: “I talked with our Jewish citizens’ leaders on Thursday and I stated that they should adopt a firm stance and release a statement against the Israeli government. I will contact them [Jewish leaders in Turkey] again, but whether or not they release a statement,…
  • U.N. Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    Marcy Oster
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United Nations Security Council called for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in Gaza. In a nine-minute meeting that began just after midnight on Monday, the 15-member Security Council unanimously approved a presidential statement which “expresses grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties.” The statement does not specifically name either Israel or Hamas. The statement, which was drafted by Jordan and becomes part of…
  • New Hungarian envoy to Italy, called ‘raging’ anti-Semite, quits

    Marcy Oster
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    (JTA) — Hungary’s newly appointed ambassador to Italy, who has been described as a far-right activist and anti-Semite, withdrew from the position. Peter Szentmihalyi Szabo told Hungary’s foreign ministry Friday that he “does not wish to fill any ambassadorial position,” according to the Hungarian news agency MTI. The World Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League had urged Italy to refuse Szentmihalyi Szabo’s credentials after news of his appointment became public last week. Two opposition parties had protested the appointment, noting that Szentmihályi…
  • Firebombs fail to ignite at Toulouse Jewish center

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    (JTA) — Police in Toulouse arrested a man who hurled three firebombs at a Jewish community center and the officers guarding it. The incident happened Saturday, one hour after the conclusion of a demonstration against Israel’s actions against Hamas in Gaza, the AFP news agency reported. The man, who was not named, threw two firebombs over the center’s fence and a third at the officers but none of the bombs successfully ignited. He also hurled stones at the Espace du Judaisme center, which contains a synagogue, a library and a lecture room, among other facilities. “Our lives have…
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    ynet - Opinion

  • US-Israel row benefits Hamas

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    Analysis: Netanyahu government, which really wants a ceasefire in Gaza, may now be portrayed as if it gave in to Obama's pressure.
  • A journey through a ghost Hamas neighborhood

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Ynet correspondent Yoav Zitun joins Maglan fighters as they enter Gaza in a heavy armored personnel carrier.
  • Economic policies will bring more stable peace in Gaza

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Op-ed: Israel should use economic initiatives in Gaza, that international community could only support, in order to turn the tide of hate against Israel for long-term peace with Gaza.
  • Obama's wars on Israel

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Op-ed: Ban on flights to Israel was just another attempt by US administration to force Israel to accept difficult conditions in Gaza.
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  • Support Israellycool

    Aussie Dave
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    Once in a while, you get one of these annoying posts soliciting donations. Usually, it will consist of me telling you why we are so great, and what we have achieved. This post is different. After all, if you are a regular reader or someone who appreciates our work, then I assume you know why, and don’t need me to list the reasons. You may have noticed that the site has been down, or inaccessible, for periods of time. That is because it has grown so much in terms of traffic in the last 6-8 months, that it has put a strain on our hosting provider and his ability to provide for us and his…
  • CNN’s Erin Burnett Still Failing At Fairness In Gaza Coverage

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    As we all know by now, a few days ago, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer ripped apart Erin Burnett in his appearance on CNN, calling into question CNN’s reporting of a strike on a UNRWA school in Gaza. Dermer pointed a finger at CNN for failing to connect the Gaza casualties to Hamas’s human shield tactics. Burnett was, apparently, sufficiently embarrassed that she felt the need to respond on air the next day. Burnett’s argument that Dermer’s claims were unjustified because CNN had, in fact, reported on Hamas’s storing of rockets in schools, falls short.
  • Flying Pig Alert: Canada’s Green Party President “Gets It” On Gaza

    Aussie Dave
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    If you hadn’t noticed, The Greens all over the world are vehemently anti-Israel. Which makes this piece by Paul Estrin, President of the Green Party of Canada, quite stunning (hat tip: George). Why Gaza makes me sad 25 July 2014 – 9:41pm The history of the people who live in Gaza is something that should infuriate. We could delve into their history of the Egyptian rule over Gaza, or further back during the rule of the Ottoman Empire, or we could even go as far back as biblical histories of the people that lived in that same region, for which some of the place names have stayed…
  • New Hamas CGI: Threatening To Bring Down Planes

    Judge Dan
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    When still images of an unrelated incident 8 years ago doesn’t work, make a snazzy CGI animation with the wrong plane and broken Hebrew to instill fear in the enemy lie to your own minions. Enjoy.
  • Citizen Feign

    Aussie Dave
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    About a week ago, the IDF blog posted about Hamas’ directive for its supporters to refer to all terrorists as civilians. The Middle East Media Research (MEMRI) published Thursday a translation of a new Hamas internet campaign to provide guidelines for Gaza’s social media users. According to MEMRI, the Hamas Interior Ministry has instructed Gazans to use Facebook and Twitter to “play their part in strengthening the home front and properly convey information worldwide.” The guidelines in fact instruct social media users to mislead the public and propagate disinformation worldwide.
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  • Israeli children murdered, media covers for Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It never ceases to amaze me. You’d think I’d be used to this by now, and yet, no.The McClatchy article is particularly heinous. Gee, the poor Palestinian terrorists. They go and kidnap three teenagers, and they might have to suffer for it.The bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing for more than two weeks in the West Bank were found Monday, setting off a massive manhunt for the kidnappers.The discovery raised immediate fears of retaliation by Jewish settlers and a tough response by the Israeli military. The Israeli security cabinet was called into urgent session to discuss…
  • Darkness Ascendant on sale now

    Meryl Yourish
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 am
    Book two is available in Kindle edition and paperback at my CreateSpace store. There’s no Prime shipping from my e-store. The Amazon trade paperback takes a while longer to get on sale. Here’s where you can buy book two for now. I’ll update when the paperback is available on Amazon.The Amazon paperback version: Darkness Ascendant: Book Two of The Catmage Chronicles (Volume 2)Darkness Ascendant – trade paperback at CreateSpace storeDarkness Ascendant on KindleDarkness Ascendant – Nook version
  • Putting the heat on Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Israel is ratcheting up the pressure on Hamas to release the three kidnapped teenagers. It’s definitely getting to Mahmoud Abbas, who lashed out at Hamas.Meantime, Israel is clamping down on Hamas prisoners’ amenties. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said that Hamas must understand that kidnapping doesn’t pay. 51 Hamas prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit deal were re-arrested and will be imprisoned.Reuters is noticing the clampdown, but of course, it must insert weasel words questioning anything the IDF does.Israel showed photographs of what it said were hundreds…
  • Rounding up Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:59 am
    The IDF has arrested nearly every Hamas leader in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority, besides mocking Israel by saying that Israel alone is responsible for security in the area where the teens were kidnapped, changed their World Cup logo to one celebrating the kidnapping. And Palestinians, of course, gave out sweets and urged Hamas to kidnap more Israelis.Israel is targeting terrorists in Gaza because they’re using the current crisis to lob more rockets at southern Israel.Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Mahmoud Abbas, telling him he expects his help in bringing back the kidnapped…
  • New Palestinian government kidnaps 3 Israeli teens

    Meryl Yourish
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    The IDF has positively identified Hamas as the terror group behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, one of whom is an American citizen. Not that being a U.S. citizen matters. U.S. citizens have been murdered in terrorist attacks and the government still sends money to the Palestinian Authority, which then transfers U.S. tax dollars to terror groups that also murder U.S. citizens. Our government has always turned a blind eye to Palestinian terrorism since Yasser Arafat gave them the fiction of saying–in English–that he wants peace while, in Arabic, talking about the end…
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    Benji Lovitt

  • Crazy Two Weeks

    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.

    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

    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!

    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… 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…
  • EXCLUSIVE: JT’s Special Setlist for Israel!

    26 May 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Goodbye, Pope.  Hello, JT! After much anticipatzia, Justin Timberlake will be performing in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon tomorrow night and this just in:  through my connections to President Shimon Peres, Times of Israel editor David Horovitz, the Shas party, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the entire cast of “The Love Boat”, I managed to get an exclusive copy of his setlist. Chutzpa Love Girl Rock Rega Your Body FutureArs/DoucheSounds Like I Love You (and Her and That Other Girl I Met at Ha’uman 17) My Lod Summer Love and Unbearable Humidity Mirrorim Until the End of 443 Cry…
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    This Normal Life

  • Why’d You Want to Live Here, Anyway?

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • How I Met Ehud Olmert

    13 May 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I was nearing the end of an interview with an Israeli business executive for an article I was working on when there was a surprise guest at the door: Ehud Olmert. This was after the point when Olmert, one of Israel’s most veteran politicians, a former prime minister and mayor of Jerusalem, was convicted on bribery charges connected to the Holyland development project, but before today’s sentencing of the once world leader to six years in prison. Now, I have never met a prime minister, nor for that matter have I ever met someone who’s been (or is going) to jail, so I wasn’t…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • Will ISIS Create an Artificial Drought in Iraq?

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has seized Iraq's second city, Mosul; Kurdish forces have taken the Mosul Dam. These new developments raise the question whether the ISIS extremists will purposefully deny water to the Christians and Shi'a of Iraq?
  • Forty Years after the Invasion of Cyprus

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Today marks the gloomy 40th anniversary of the day that Turkish troops overpowered the tiny, almost undefended island of Cyprus in a brutal exercise of military might whose immorality only intensifies with the passing decades. Some thoughts in honor of
  • Are Millions Worldwide Protesting Israeli Actions?

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    RT, the Russian government's news network – and successor to the Soviet-era Pravda – published an article under the extreme, attention-seeking headline, "'In our millions, we're all Palestinian': Wave of protests worldwide demand end to Gaza slaughter."
  • Don't Put Terrorists on Trial

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    The Obama administration has brought an accused Libyan terrorist named Ahmed Abu Khattala to Washington for trial. His saga reveals how the government views the Islamist threat, and it's discouraging. Fortunately, a much better alternative exists. Abu
  • Muslims Turn away from Islamism

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    The Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, has the means to sample opinion with unique frequency and on a major scale. It has used its funds to track Muslim attitudes toward Islamism in general, toward specific terrorist groups
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    Good News from Israel

  • 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 also posted the 168 photos on Facebook for name tagging.The Facebook album address is: you have a Facebook acccount and you are in the…
  • English - Hebrew Civil Defense Vocabulary

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a set of English Hebrew "Civil Defense" vocabulary study sheets. The address an index of all 294 English Hebrew study sheets forward this message to anyone that may be interestedin learning Hebrew. Thank you!Have a good night and stay safe.Jacob
  • Videos of the Fountainheads performing at the Salute to Olim Festival

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Hi Everyone!The end of August is my 30th anniversary in Israel.For the past 30 years, I find it amazing how the country switcheswithin 24 hours from one of the saddest days of the year,Yom Ha'zikaron, to one of the happiest days of the year, Yom Ha'aztmaut.This week the whole country mourned its three sons and we areworried about our brothers and sisters who are in bomb shelters in Sderot. A very hard week.Today, a large group in Jerusalem made the "switch" to enjoythe Salute to Olim Festival.Kol Hakavod to the organizers. It was very nice!I took photos and posted them online…
  • New Israeli Educational Stamps including Amphibians in Israel

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in June 2014.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. Pioneering Women- Sara Levi-Tanai- Esther Raab- Palmer Gate, Haifa- Israel-Thailand - 60 Years of Friendship - Joint Issue Amphibians in Israel- Southern Branded Newt - Ommatotriton vittatus- Hula Painted Frog - Latonia nigriventer- Eastern Spadefoot Toad - Pelobates syriacus- Near Eastern Fire Salamander - Salamandra infraimmaculataThe new stamp images are located at:…
  • Google Doodle - 60th Birthday of Ilan Ramon z"l

    19 Jun 2014 | 5:11 pm his memory be for a blessing.Shabbat Shalom,Jacob
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    The Muqata

  • An IDF soldier's letter from the front.

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    From a Solider at the Front. Original in Hebrew....translated into English with a few comments from me. Having been down there a few times, I can personally vouch for the accuracy of this letter. On a personal note, before going down South last night for a pizza delivery to IDF soldiers, my daughter gave me a stack of letters and pictures from children in our community to distribute to the delivery. After giving the soldiers 60 pies, I said, "Wait, I have to give you the letters from the kids..." A soldier stopped everything and said -- "THOSE are the most important...much more than the…
  • Don't Lose the Psychological Warfare battle to Hamas.

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    The current Israel-Hamas war is being fought on many battlefields.  Our IDF soldiers are bravely fighting in and around, under and over Gaza by land, sea and air.There is also another battle going on -- and you readers are all participants.  Its the psychological warfare battle being waged by Hamas and their allies around the globe, against us.People are posting everywhere a Hamas released photo of an "alleged" kidnapping of an IDF soldier. People see this, decide it's fact, and then get deeper into depression. Hamas is playing with you.  This is a photo they have posted and is…
  • The Muqata -- Israel at War. Live blogging on Facebook and Twitter

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    During the past month, the Muqata staff has ramped up the live blogging effort from Israel and is live blogging and providing commentary on the ongoing war from Gaza.Till we start adding the live blogging feed to this blogspot account, you can follow us can be reached by email at muqata@gmail.comHoping for quieter days...Jameel @ The MuqataIn the Rolling Hills of the Shomron.Follow the Muqata on Twitter.Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael
  • The Kidnapped Jewish Teenagers

    14 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I will be posting updates about the search and rescue operation for our teenagers on the the Muqata Facebook page.  I simply do not have energy or time to keep the blog and the FB page updated in sync.Follow the Muqata on Twitter.Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael
  • The Moral Midgets who Voted Against the "Don't ever free the terrorist" law

    8 Jun 2014 | 4:01 am
    A historic law was passed today by Israel's government, allowing it to proceed to the Knesset for ratification.The law would allow at sentencing for the court to specifically prohibit the release of the terrorist...for life.No Presidential pardon, no goodwill gestures to Fatah or Hamas in honor of Ramadan, and no pressure from the United States will allow for the terrorist to be released, ever.The importance of this law is crucial from the perspective of justice, ethics and morality.Following are the immoral pond scum of the Israeli Government who voted against the law:Tzipi Livni…
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    Green Prophet

  • 2014 brings Earth its hottest quarter-year ever!

    Laurie Balbo
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Two credible scientific datasets are suggesting that Earth, like George Clooney or Elle MacPherson, is getting hotter with age. Buckle your seat-belts and let the Climate Change debate begin! The past three months were collectively the warmest ever experienced since record-keeping began in the late 19th Century. The Japan Meteorological Agency, which has been tracking global temperatures since 1891, reported that April, May and June nabbed individual titles as the warmest-ever of those months on record – and, when considered together – they also represent the planet’s…
  • A DIY hack to make your air conditioner cooler

    Laurie Balbo
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Allergic to home improvement? Here’s an easy DIY chore you shouldn’t sneeze at.  It will clean your air,  increase its “coolness”, and save you buckets of money to boot.  Change your air conditioner filters! Amman, Jordan is enjoying a mild summer, but air conditioners (AC) have been buzzing for months.  The house teen spotted a sluggishness in her bedroom unit’s performance – the conditioned air is tepid, the mechanical breeze limp. Damn, mom, another broken appliance!? The engineer husband wearily shakes his head.  Unplugs the unit and teaches the…
  • Luxor’s 160 kW solar energy plants would make sun god Ra proud

    Karin Kloosterman
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Luxor home to some of Egypt’s greatest temples has something to solute over: the city has started its first 80kW solar energy plant, worth about $530,000 US to power lights at Luxor University and surrounding streets. A second solar power plant, with a capacity of 80kW, will be powering the Luxor government buildings. The two plants were inaugurated last Saturday by Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, and the governor of the city of Luxor, Tarek Saad Eddin. Another 2MW solar energy plant, cost $3 million USD will power some residential buildings in Luxor. The US Energy…
  • Car sensing cycling jacket with LED lights – when design gets silly!

    Laurie Balbo
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Have you ever read an online story where the comments best the content, turning your idle news-scanning into a mini-meta experience? A recent piece on some new bike-safety gear caught our eye – (what’s not to love about designs to encourage pedal power!) - but it was the readers’ response that snapped the story into perspective. Design for its own sake is superfluous; when the functionality of an artifact can be replaced by sensible behavior, that design slips into meta mode too. Deimatic Clothing was developed by art school graduate Will Verity. It’s a jacket…
  • Be a humanitarian superhero: park politics

    Laurie Balbo
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire in Gaza yesterday, a brief respite from the escalating violence that is testing the capabilities of relief agencies already strained by four years of Syrian war and renewed battles in Iraq.  It’s a half day opportunity to park politics and take humanitarian action. Want to make a difference? Jump into some point and click compassion. We’ve all been smacked around by recent news – regional events of increasing horror. Consider the plane crashes (over 700 dead in July alone); attacks at an Egyptian border crossing (killing…
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    Internet Marketing and SEO Israel Blog on Optimization Strategy

  • 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 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…
  • Google is Improving Ad Revenue in South Korea

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    Google’s display ad revenues have increased significantly in Korea as reported by the beSUCCESS website. However their share of the search market remains small. It is easy to add Korean ads through Google as the interface is in English and everything is familiar. However to reach a large Korean audience Naver is still the portal to use.  
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    VC Cafe

  • 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%…
  • Getting Serious: The next billion-dollar market in games

    Eze Vidra
    29 May 2014 | 6:44 am
    Guest post by Sagi Shorrer* We’re seeing a revolution in the use of games for purposes beyond mere entertainment. Serious games, as they are known, are on the rise. The idea is simple: the best way to get people to do something is to make it fun. ‘Edutainment’, a seventies buzzword for educational entertainment, is nothing new. But games as a medium offer something no book or television could: interactivity. Books can give you information. Games can give you information, test your recall, help you practice a skill, give you feedback on how well you’re progressing, and much…
  • ProductHunting

    Eze Vidra
    28 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    When I was a product manager at Gerson Lehrman Group, and AOL, I developed an addiction to trying out new products as soon as (or before) they hit the market. This got me the nickname ‘Beta W**re’ (I personally prefer ‘Beta addict’) by some of my colleagues. Behind the fascination of playing with a new toy for the first time, there was an element of research: How did the PM think about onboarding a new user? what fonts and interactions do they use? What happens after you sign up? usernames or real names? There are a lot of decisions to make when launching a…
  • Want Your Startup To Appear in TechCrunch? Lean Marketing Hacks for Startups

    Levi Shapiro
    13 May 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Just back from a week of beer, black wardrobes and David Hoselhoff ads- yes, it was Web Week in Berlin. Again and again (after a few drinks, of course) my European friends confided the same perception about Israeli startups: wonderful technologies, horrendous marketing. Danish entrepreneur and Skype funder Morten Lund said it best “any cabdriver in LA is better at marketing (than Israeli founders). Before you reach the restaurant, they have sold you their screenplay and yoga lessons”. Israeli startups interested in more effective “lean marketing”, should learn from Ben Lang, the 20…
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  • Iwo jima and Gaza

    MIchael Eisenberg
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Over the weekend, as my thoughts drifted to our Israeli soldiers (and my future son-in-law) surgically striking Hamas Terrorists and tunnels in Gaza, I thought a lot about my grandfather. Specifically, about a conversation I had with my grandfather when I was a teenager. My grandfather, Poppy, “Sonny” Eisenberg, was an officer on the USS Ashland in World War II. He saw a lot of action in the Pacific from Iwo jima in Japan to Red Beach in the Phillipines. He was away from his wife and newly-born daughter for two-and-a-half years, fighting the Japanese and others throughout the…
  • My Heart is Broken. My Spirit Soars.

    MIchael Eisenberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Israel is an amazing country. It swings from highs to lows faster than a seesaw and from despair to hope in the same minute. Yesterday, during the chuppa of my cousin’s wedding, I received notice that our 3 teenage captives were definitely dead. Their unique Godly, cherub-like human spirit, murdered by savage, inhuman, death-loving Hamas terrorists. We then danced our hearts out with the newly married couple, celebrating the creation of a new family in Israel. On the way home, we shed a tear for the boys and their families. Then I went to Kikar Zion (Zion square) until after 2am, where…
  • The Death of the Nation State. The Rise of the Sectarian State!

    MIchael Eisenberg
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:33 pm
    We are living through the death of the Nation State. That nation state is dying because of the rise of tribal affiliation driven by increasing connectivity, reaction to oppression and to the growth of post-modernism.  However, we have not fully contemplated or comprehended how far this can go and what the consequences are. Mobile and internet technologies are actually accelerating this phenomenon as they allow cultural and religiously affiliated groups the communicate, share and inform each other access borders. It creates a treasure trove of ethnic heritage and information…
  • Israel Should Give/invest $500,000 To Young Engineers to Make Aliya

    MIchael Eisenberg
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:29 am
    Next week, the second Israel Tech Challenge will land in Israel. For the second time, Raphael Ouzan and team will bring the best and brightest computer Jewish computer science engineering students to Israel for a Birthright-style trip and hackathon to help our country. The last few years of innovation has proven Marc Andreesen’s now famous statement that “software is eating the world.” Industry after industry is being disrupted by innovative software, transferring value from traditional industries to geeks and computer scientists, disrupting industries from banking (Lending Club)…
  • חג השבועות מסמלת עד כמה התרחקה עולם התורה מהתורה

    MIchael Eisenberg
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:52 am
    כל ילד בבית ספר לומד שלחג השבועות 4 שמות: חג הקציר, חג השבועות, חג הביכורים וחג מתן תורה. כל ילד בגן לומד שבחג השבועות נשארים ערים כל הלילה כדי ללמוד תורה. ילד שמגיע לבית הכנסת רואה את בית הכנסת מכוסה בדשאים ופרחים כי ככה היה נראה הר סיני, המקום שבו ניתנה התורה. אלא שכל זה אינו פשוט כפי שהמורים מעבירים בבתי ספר ובחיידרים ובישיבות.
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  • Blinded By The Light Casualty Rate In Israel

    rav shmuel
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    I spoke to my son Eli at the Gaza border earlier today. He told me that a number of the Israeli deaths have come about by civilians either directly attacking soldiers or distracting them so that they could be targeted by snipers. Whether the civilians did this willingly or under duress he did not know, […]
  • All I Learned About Peace Deals I Learned at Jewish Summer Camp

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a way to halt the fighting and killing in Israel and Gaza. It is a two-stage plan that would begin with a week-long cease fire to begin Sunday, right before the end of Ramadan, so that it coincides with Eid al-Fitr. The second stage would be the […]
  • SOSOTUS John Kerry attends Lone Soldier Shiva

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attended the shiva for Max Steinberg today. Steinberg, 24, was a native of Los Angeles, Encino, and Woodland Hills, CA, who, after a 2012 Birthright Israel trip, left Pierce College, moved to Israel, studied Hebrew, and joined the IDF’s Golani Brigade. Steinberg was killed with his fellow soldiers in […]
  • Maybe Soda Stream Needs a Harvard B School Case Study

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Earlier this year, Harvard Business Review profiled Soda Stream and its decision to advertise during the Superbowl and its strategic decisions to leverage the ad’s rejection and the fallout. It titled the story “Turning a banned ad into marketing gold.” I am wondering whether it is time for the firm’s managers to read a Harvard […]
  • Jon Stewart Tries to Talk About Israel

    wendy in furs
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    In a week that saw Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show speak harsh words about Israel’s current operation in Gaza, many expressed opinions about Stewart that were equally harsh. Even Hillary Clinton, who appeared on the show, felt compelled to skool Stewart on the situation. Others were less politic, accusing Stewart of being […]
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  • Top 10 Most Overlooked LinkedIn Profile Tips

    Jacob Share
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    LinkedIn profile any good? Here’s how to make it great. Thanks to Resume to Interviews for being a Silver Sponsor of The 8th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest. If you just want someone to improve your LinkedIn profile for you, use their LinkedIn service, which creates LinkedIn Business or Individual Pages from scratch, or optimizes existing pages. While the fundamentals for creating a LinkedIn profile are not difficult, I am going to explain what I know as the top ten most overlooked LinkedIn tips for businesses and individuals. Right now, 44.6% of new business is generated through…
  • 8 Qualities Employers Want Most in Employees

    Jacob Share
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    How do you stack up? This is a guest post by Bud Bilanich. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. A while back, I saw a survey that fit the bill. It listed the eight qualities employers most want in their employees. It makes for some interesting career success reading. When I checked out the eight qualities, I saw that they correspond to some of the advice in my career success book, Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less. Here are the eight qualities, and the career advice I offer in Success…
  • The Secret to Boosting Your Reputation Online

    Jacob Share
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    How to spin your online presence for best results. This is a guest post by Tony Deblauwe. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. The continuous expansion of technology has provided a wealth of tools to assist in job search. For all the capabilities job seekers now possess to discover who is hiring and what companies are thumbs up or down in terms of environment and management, the flip side of progress is the information available to companies about individuals. Innocent comments, blogs, photos, or job history have been consumed by web archiving…
  • The Jobseeker Mindset: It’s All About Hustle

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Just do it. This is a guest post by Steve P. Brady. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. Looking for work is, well, hard work. This is especially true if you are currently unemployed or fresh out of school. The lack of a paycheck makes everything more stressful. The whole process can be daunting. You need to target your resume, keep your LinkedIn profile updated, network, apply for jobs, practice interviewing, apply some more and on it goes. After a few weeks, it is easy to develop a pretty poor attitude about the whole job hunt. But…
  • Last Call For #8jgbc Submissions

    Jacob Share
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Monday July 21st is the final submission deadline for this summer’s contest. Very specifically, end-of-day Monday (or midnight Tuesday for the sticklers) Pacific Daylight Savings time is the deadline after which submissions will be closed. Check here for the deadline in your local time (will open in a new tab/window) As of Sunday afternoon, there were still 10 open spots remaining in the contest, down from the initial 25. And I know of at least a few people who are busy trying to claim one of those spots before it’s too late. The clock is ticking. Over $11,000 in prizes is up for…
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  • Open Orthodoxy and the Rebirth of the Conservative Movement

    Guest Contributor
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    by Avrohom Gordimer Cross-Currents readership is all too familiar with discussion about Open Orthodoxy; every nook and cranny of Open Orthodoxy could be explored with a critical eye through Cross-Currents’ numerous articles on the subject, spanning a lengthy period of time. Once the major issues of Open Orthodoxy had been fully brought to the table, it was decided that our focus and energy should be directed elsewhere, as the Orthodox public assumedly had been presented with enough information about Open Orthodoxy to be well-informed, if not saturated. More discussion about Open…
  • Something is Wrong With Gazans

    Avi Shafran
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The solution to the long and ongoing war between Hamas and Israel is an obvious one, and it consists of two words: Gazan Spring. Everyone knows the facts. Hamas, pledged to Israel’s destruction, is the de facto government in Gaza. In the Palestinian parliamentary elections of January, 2006, it won 74 out of 132 seats. Even though the United States and the European Union refused to recognize Hamas’ right to govern any area of the Palestinian Authority, it took control of Gaza and, began to fight with Fatah, its Palestinian rival. Over subsequent years, clashes and truces between the two…
  • Miracles All Around

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    As I write on Thursday afternoon [July 17] more than 1300 Hamas rockets have been fired at Israel without causing a single fatality. (An Israeli volunteer assisting troops in the South was killed by mortar fire from the Gaza Strip.) Of course, many of us remember miracles of an even greater magnitude during the first Gulf War when 39 Iraqi Scud missiles – with vastly larger payloads than the Hamas rockets – hit Israel. Yehuda Barkan, at that time one of Israel’s most popular screen stars, had, like Yisro, an “ear” to hear. Though he describes his life at that time as…
  • Glad Not to Be Prime Minister Netanyahu

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    I am convinced that Israel had no choice but to undertake a major ground operation into the Gaza Strip, and that the time has never been so propitious in terms of what can be achieved by such an operation. “Mowing the grass” for the third time in five and a half years is not sufficient, and will only result in a higher cost later. That said, I am relieved not to be the one charged with actually making that decision. In the natural order, a ground invasion of Gaza will certainly cost many Jewish lives, perhaps hundreds. Anyone who does not feel the weight of such a decision should…
  • An Inversion of Morality

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    From day one of its existence, the sole raison d’etre of the Hamas quasi-state in Gaza has been to kill Jews, the more the merrier. Since taking over the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas has siphoned off billions of dollars of foreign aid money to build a vast labyrinth of underground tunnels, whose only purpose is to hide rockets to be launched at Israel’s civilian population and to facilitate mass terror attacks in the form of cross border raids on kibbutzim, moshavim and towns close to the border. All the human energy of the Gaza Strip has gone into the digging of the tunnels, often…
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  • The IDF is not a person. Stop treating it as one.

    Elder of Ziyon
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the fundamental mistakes in the coverage of Gaza in the media, in the UN and by so-called "human rights" groups is the utter inability to understand  a basic fact:The IDF is not a human being.It is not acting out of malice, or frustration, or revenge. The IDF have perhaps thousands of targets in Gaza - tunnels, weapons caches, rocket launchers, command and control facilities, terrorist communications infrastructure. It has limited time and resources to destroy them all. It bases its decisions and priorities on intelligence, on real time battle circumstances, on the presence or…
  • Without understanding Arab/Muslim honor, you cannot understand the Middle East

    Elder of Ziyon
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ma'an reports that Hamas politburo leader Khaled Meshal was interviewed by Charlie Rose:Asked by veteran interviewer Charlie Rose whether he could foresee living beside Israelis in peace, Meshaal said only a future Palestinian state could decide whether to recognize Israel."We are not fanatics, we are not fundamentalists. We are not actually fighting the Jews because they are Jews per se. We do not fight any other races. We fight the occupiers," he said."I'm ready to coexist with the Jews, with the Christians and the Arabs and non-Arabs," he said. "However, I do not coexist with the…
  • Al Ahram writer who praised Netanyahu suddenly dies

    Elder of Ziyon
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A few weeks ago, Azza Sami, deputy editor of Egypt's'Al Ahram newspaper, wrote a controversial post on her Facebook page blessing Netanyahu for going after Hamas, and later clarifying that she really only meant to talk about her disgust for Hamas.On Thursday, while on vacation in an Egyptian resort, Sami suddenly died.Her Facebook page no longer has those posts.(h/t O)
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  • משפחת גריפין VS משפחת סימפסון: טיזר קורע

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    "איש משפחה" ו"משפחת סימפסון" יחברו לפרק ארוך ומיוחד בעונת השידורים הבאה ורשת פוקס משחררת הצצה משוגעת מהפרק המשלב בין שתי התוכניות המצוירות המצליחות בכל הזמנים. צפו
  • בכורה: ההרכב הישראלי המפתיע של השנה

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    אלבום הבכורה של להקת ISAIAH יצא באופן עצמאי וזכה לביקורות מהללות. לקראת אירוע Balcony TV השלישי, הלהקה משחררת את הסינגל Get Up. האזינו לו בבכורה
  • בגדי המלך החדשים של לאנס ארמסטרונג

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    הדוקו שעוקב אחר חיי האביר על אופני המירוץ יכל להעניק משל חשוב למציאות בה אנו חיים, אך מזכיר יותר ערך בויקיפדיה מאשר סרט דוקומנטרי ראוי לצפייה
  • להתמודד עם פחד מאובדן בגיל קטן

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    שתי תסריטאיות זכו במענקי פיתוח באירוע הפיצ'ינג האחרון במסגרת פסטיבל סרטי הילדים והנוער בתל אביב. בראיון הן מסבירות מה מנחה אותן בכתיבה לגילאים הצעירים וכיצד סיפורים בדיוניים יכולים לעזור להתמודד עם מציאות קשה
  • "הלכתי לזרוע אור בחושך": בכורה מרגשת

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    מוקדש ללוחמים: "בין סבל ותקווה קם לו עם כולו בזכות וצדק, ובין כל אותם הרגעים, עוד אנחנו רחוקים, מימים שקטים, ימים של אושר" - האזינו לסינגל המרגש "בן חורין ביושר" של להקת קוקי לבנה בבכורה
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  • מיילי סיירוס לא מתה

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    סיכום הרכילות השבועי מצליח לאכלס חברה מסוממת, ישבנים פרובוקטיביים, מוות אינטרנטי וחתונה של רווק נצחי במקום אחד. תמיד שמח בביצה
  • כיצד תעשיית הבידור מגיבה למבצע צוק איתן?

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    הסלבס הצעירים מצייצים תמיכה פרו-פלשתינאית, צילומי סדרה חדשה בירושלים מופסקים והפרשנויות בנוגע למצב הבטחוני לא מפספסות את בית האח הגדול. הוליווד מגיבה לצוק איתן, טייק וואן
  • ריהאנה צייצה "תשוחרר פלסטין" - וחזרה בה

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    "תשוחרר פלסטין", צייצה ריהאנה בחשבון הטוויטר שלה ומיהרה למחוק את הציוץ בחלוף שמונה דקות. איך ולמה? היא פשוט לא שמה לב שהיא צייצה את זה, כנראה
  • שמח בביצה: בגידות, גירושים וקרובים רחוקים

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    לביונסה יש אחות סודית, ריאן גוסלינג מתרבה עם דוגמנית, פמלה אנדרסון מתגרשת (שוב) ומאמא אנג'לינה מתעמתת עם עבר אפל. סיכום רכילות שבועי מגיע עם בדיקת הריון ביתית
  • מיק ג'אגר אחראי על ההפסד של ברזיל לגרמניה?

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    אוהדי הנבחרת המארחת את המונדיאל מאשימים את סולן הרולינג סטונס בהפסד הצורם בחצי הגמר. הכינוי שדבק בו: "מביא המזל הרע הגדול בהיסטוריה"
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Kerry's Latest Cease-Fire Plan: What Was He Thinking?

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Ha'aretz) Barak Ravid - The draft cease-fire plan that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry passed to Israel on Friday shocked the cabinet ministers not only because it was the opposite of what Kerry told them less than 24 hours earlier, but mostly because it might as well have been penned by Khaled Mashaal. It was everything Hamas could have hoped for. The Israeli security cabinet unanimously rejected Kerry's plan. The document recognized Hamas' position in Gaza, promised it billions in donations, and demanded no dismantling of rockets or tunnels. The document placed Israel and Hamas on the…
  • Hamas Is the Islamic State

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Al-Monitor) Ben Caspit - Throughout my journalistic career, I supported, and continue to support, all of the peace plans. But this is a war between good and evil, between a culture of life and a cult of death. Hamas is the Islamic State, IS. Hamas is Jabhat al-Nusra. Hamas is Ansar Beit al-Maqdis. They are all products of the same school: the oppression of women, the expulsion of Christians, a war of annihilation against the Jews. Some of these groups even slaughter Shiite Muslims, solely because they are not Sunnis.
  • After Hamas Rockets Break Cease-Fire, Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (New York Times) Isabel Kershner - After barrages of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Sunday morning, the Israeli military announced that a humanitarian lull in its Gaza offensive, which was meant to last through midnight, was over, "following Hamas' incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window."
  • Kerry Disappoints PA with Cease-Fire Proposal

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Asharq Al-Awsat-Arabic, 17July2014) The PA expressed deep disappointment over Secretary Kerry's Paris cease-fire proposal, which was drafted with no consultation with Egypt or the PA. This proposal came out after Kerry had already agreed on a plan with Chairman Abbas, wherein a five-day-long cease-fire was to be declared, during which the two sides were to negotiate the lifting of the blockade on Gaza, with American guarantees. Two days later, however, after his discussions in Qatar and Turkey, Secretary Kerry announced a different plan that annulled the Egyptian initiative. Palestinian…
  • In Gaza, Palestinians See Ruin During Cease-Fire

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Wall Street Journal) Nicholas Casey - During Saturday's day-long cease-fire, Palestinians stepped from their shelters and saw the destruction. On Al Nazzaz Street in Gaza City's Sejaiya neighborhood, buildings were leveled as far as anyone could see. Mohammed Sukkar, 36, said he and his brothers owned seven houses and a factory on the street. All of them had been destroyed. He said his family had once been rich. Now they lived in UN shelters. "Look what we brought onto ourselves," he said.
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • Update for tourists in Israel during the current tensions (July 2014)

    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!

    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?

    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…
  • Get your “F*ck The Rockets” t-shirts while they’re hot!

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    With tensions running a wee bit high again in the region, we thought it was about time we launched some t-shirts to help you all stay cool… Actually, they’ll keep you looking AND feeling cool, AND we’re giving 50% of proceeds to charity! The t-shirts are limited edition and only available for a few days – so make sure you grab yours before they run out! Click on any of the t-shirts below to see more details/place your order.
  • The ULTIMATE summer festival to keep your kids smiling – the Tel Aviv Lego Festival!

    5 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How about this one to keep the kids entertained this summer – the Tel Aviv Lego Festival! Running through the summer til the end of August, this festival looks like being one of the must-sees of 2014! Perfect for the kids, and for those of you still addicted! The action takes place at the Hangar 11 complex in the Port of Tel Aviv (Namal Tel Aviv), and runs from 23 July to August 30. The festival is actually sponsored by local retail giants SuperPharm, so if you have one of their membership cards/visa cards, expect a big discount! What can you expect to see at the Lego Festival? Well,…
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    Life in Israel

  • showing contempt for Muslim holidays

    Rafi G.
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    This is just too strange..The Hamas spokesman, Sammy Abu Zohari, said that Israel, the Occupation, has opposed a humanitarian ceasefire on their holiday of Eid Al-Fitr, and this shows contempt to the sensitivities of Muslims, and therefore Israel will bear responsibility for the escalation..thoughts:1. we are at war. we have to be concerned about their sensitivities?2. we are killing Muslims, as part of the war, including tragically children, but it is the lack of agreement on a ceasefire on Eid Al-Fitr that is showing contempt for their sensitivities? Is that really worse than the killing of…

    Rafi G.
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    A Guest Post by Joshua Cadochoriginally posted on The Ignorant InterpreterAs I sat quietly watching the unfolding of events in Gaza over the past few weeks, I found myself bothered by the way Israel was being depicted in the secular press. These feelings were only further exacerbated every time I opened my social media and was confronted by all the commentaries and stories being shared online. I found myself searching the internet to find articles and videos to post that spoke about why the situation is the way that it is. Unfortunately, none of the material I have discovered…
  • The children of Gaza I Channel 4 News (video)

    Rafi G.
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    his tone is so anti-Israeli, without actually saying anything against Israel. The worst thing he actually says about Israel here is that the Israelis have developed the most brilliant defensive shield, with American funding, and that's why we have so few dead and injured.His actual stated point is very true. It is a terrible tragedy what is happening. It is a human tragedy. The number of children (and non-children) injured and killed is terrible. Halevai we should find the right way to end this. This is a point I think most Israelis agree with. The ambassador Ron Dermer, Minister Naftali…
  • Danny Ayalon on Operation "Protective Edge" (video)

    Rafi G.
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
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  • Mosab Hassan Yousef (Son of Hamas Founder) tells the truth about Hamas. (video)

    Rafi G.
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • 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…
  • The Propaganda Game

    Yoel Meltzer
    6 Feb 2014 | 10:33 am
    For more than a week, anyone who gets off of the Jerusalem light rail can’t help but notice the impressive looking posters that feature a large picture of Prime Minister Netanyahu. Each one has a statement above the prime minister’s picture that begins with the words “Without a treaty” and then continues with a potential ramification of not signing a treaty with the Arabs such as “Without a treaty we cannot guarantee a Jewish democratic state” or “Without a treaty we will not succeed in lowering the high cost of living”. Finally, each poster adds the…
  • Bennett, Leave the Coalition Now!

    Yoel Meltzer
    4 Feb 2014 | 12:21 am
    For the past several months the head of the Jewish Home Party (JHP), Naftali Bennett, has been repeatedly stating that his party has its red lines regarding negotiations with the Arabs and that it will not remain in the coalition at all costs. If there is any truth to what he says, and I would like to believe there is, then I would suggest for several reasons that he put his words into action and leave the coalition now. For starters, the JHP needs to differentiate itself from its predecessor the National Religious Party (NRP) which lost favor with much of the national religious public for…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 28-Jul-14: Some things change, some stay the same

    This Ongoing War
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Well-used bomb/rocket shelter in Sderot [Image Source: Wikipedia]So how ought Israel to deal with those jihadism-obsessed, armed-to-the-teeth, child-sacrificing neighbours we have just over the fence in Gaza? Here's one ordinary man's view:I don't think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens. The first job of any nation state is to protect its citizens. And so I can assure you that if -- I don't even care if I was a politician. If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do…
  • 28-Jul-14: The blithering foolishness of accommodating terrorists

    This Ongoing War
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Kerry and entourage [Image Source]David Horovitz has articulated, in the op ed below, a good deal of the puzzlement and fury that currently have America's friends in Israel in their grip. Readers will know from our previous posts about Kerry and his work how we view the failures of ethics and leadership of his State Department and its spokespersons. To us, this latest turn in Kerry's performance as Secretary of State is less than a total shock.John Kerry: The betrayalAstoundingly, the secretary’s intervention in the Hamas war empowers the Gaza terrorist government bent on destroying…
  • 27-Jul-14: What's scarcer than a photo of a dead Hamas gunman in Gaza?

    This Ongoing War
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    A photo of a live Hamas gunman in Gaza:From a photo essay in the UAE news site The National, today [Image Source]For anyone who cares about the integrity of the news organizations who are supposed to deliver comprehensible objective coverage of what is happening in and from Gaza, there's a question that is rarely articulated: where are the images of Hamas gunmen, alive or dead? The image above, published today, is a rarity. Understanding why involves giving thought to how news images get from the scene of the events to the editor's computer and then into the finished news product. Who is…
  • 27-Jul-14: Strewth - plain Australian talk about Hamas terror

    This Ongoing War
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    Australian Moslems exercising democratic freedomsin Sydney, September 2012 [Image Source]Given our background, things Australian tend to get our attention, particularly when they have a connection to terror. The Australian government has formally listed Hamas as a terrorist organisation... Until last week it was only the military wing of Hamas, Izz alDin al Qassam Brigades, that Australia designated as a terrorist organisation... Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who announced the listing of Hamas as a terrorist organisation has criticised the group for not accepting last week's…
  • 27-Jul-14: Gaza's death toll keeps rising but for Hamas insiders it's all worth it

    This Ongoing War
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Hamas insiders at 2012 Gaza rally: Things have been working out surprisinglywell for them; not so great for ordinary Gazans [Image Source]Sitting here listening to wave after wave of incoming-rocket warnings and reports of dead children in Gaza get a person thinking. What in the name of all that's decent could possibly be motivating the Gazan political leadership to reject ceasefires [Reuters: "Israel extends Gaza ceasefire for 24 hours, Hamas rejects terms"] and taunt their enemy's vastly superior leadership and fighters? Does the devastation that Israel is visiting on Gaza have no impact on…
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    The Lighthouse

  • 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…
  • Breaking: Possible Unreported ambush suffered by IDF – the Lebanon Lessons

    Erik Zimerman
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Operation Protective Edge has thus far gone relatively well for the IDF. Dozens of terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad  have been reported killed and arrested. As of the latest count reported by the IDF, 14 tunnels and over 30 tunnel shafts have been found. These tunnels serve both defensive purposes in order to allow Hamas fighters to appear behind IDF lines to conduct ambushes, and more importantly, for terrorist operations against civilian towns, villages and kibbutzim in the area. Of course, of even greater importance are the smuggling tunnels under the Philadelphia corridor, between…
  • The Tragedy of Israel’s PR Campaign

    Erik Zimerman
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    For a fuller treatment of the current flare-up in Israel and Gaza, read this previous Article. Likewise, this PR phenomena was also subject several previous articles, including But for a briefer note, a response is needed to the flood of ridiculous posts…all over my social networks, and all over cyberspace. Constantly, Israeli officials, United With Israel types, and amateur independent Israel supporters with good intentions, barrage the world media with tragically ironic or simply absurd statements….   “No country would tolerate hundreds of missiles…” um…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Dead Sea Water Safety Tips

    Sue Schoenfeld
    20 Jul 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 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…
  • Assemblies of God Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS) Partners with the Shrine of the Book for Dead Sea Scrolls Ten Day Intensive Program, June 11-24, 2015

    Sue Schoenfeld
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The Assemblies of God Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS), in partnership with the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, is offering an intensive 10-day journey through history, literature, theology, archeology and geography in specific study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem, June 11-24, 2015 (including two travel days). "This program is the first of its kind offered in Israel utilizing the galleries and expertise of the Israel Museum together with Israeli archaeologists," states Marc Turnage, director of CHLS. "It is a serious study experience and is…
  • Side Trip: Hiking in the Zin Valley

    Sue Schoenfeld
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Shai Yagel, head of trail marking in Israel for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), describes the Zin Valley desert hiking trail. There are amazing views of the wilderness of the Zin Valley, the biggest spring in the Negev, Ein Akev, a small Bedouin farm and tea house, and an ancient Nabataean city. The hike is 16km on a trail which is accessible via public transportation at both ends. Read the full article at
  • Vacation Reading - Try One of These

    Sue Schoenfeld
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Here are some suggestions...Dead Sea-themed novels to enjoy while relaxing in a lounge chair by the hot mineral pool. Treasure of the Dead Sea Scrolls is brand new! Suitable for Young Adult readers, as well. In 1952, a French archaeologist discovered a Dead Sea Scroll unlike any other. In the back of a cave in Qumran near the Dead Sea, he found the oddity - a scroll written on almost pure copper. It told of more than sixty locations where an enormous quantity of gold, silver, and Temple implements were hidden from the Romans in the first century CE. Was this scroll a map to the treasures from…
  • Chabad House at the Dead Sea

    Sue Schoenfeld
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Chabad House at the Dead Sea is located in the Ein Hatchelet (Blue Sky) Mall, Ein Bokek 5, phone: 054-777-0695. Visit the Website
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