‘Love of Christians’ touted as strategic asset for Israel at major policy conference

By Adam Abrams/JNS.org The strategic importance of Christian Zionism was featured this week at the 2017 Herzliya Conference, one of Israel’s most prominent annual policy summits. Organizers describe the conference, which is hosted by the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya research college, as a platform that “facilitates and encourages an informed…

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Palestinians praise terror attack

By Bassam Tawil, Gatestone— For many Palestinians, the stabbing murder of a 23-year-old Israeli Border Police officer in Jerusalem on June 16 is an act of “heroism” that proves that the “revolution against the Zionist entity will continue until the liberation of Palestine, from the (Mediterranean) sea to the (Jordan) river.” For many Palestinians, the…

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Bennett submits bill to make it ‘impossible’ to divide Jerusalem

BY RAOUL WOOTLIFF, Times of Israel— Education Minister Naftali Bennett formally proposed legislation Sunday that would require a special two-thirds Knesset majority on any decision to divide Jerusalem under a future peace deal with the Palestinians, saying that the bill would effectively make such a move “impossible.” Bennett, who leads the pro-settlement Jewish Home party,…

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Jared Kushner to travel to Mideast to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

BY RAPHAEL AHREN, Times of Israel— Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is to travel to the Middle East this week to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials in an effort to advance peace efforts pursued by his father-in-law US President Donald Trump. Kushner will travel along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt to meet with…

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Recognizing value in every life

By Earl Cox, Israel Always— Autism spectrum is a developmental disorder with a range or “spectrum” of differing skill and disability levels. Affected people have social problems—difficulty communicating and interacting with others, and controlling their emotions. Autism has carried a stigma in Israel where, until 2014, schools often expelled students for misbehavior due to a…

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Untying the Gordian Knot of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Dore Gold, Jpost— The problem of UNRWA is well known among experts on the Arab-Israel conflict. Last July, the Middle East Quartet was groping to find an explanation for why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had not yet been resolved. Israel, which had gone through an escalation of knifing attacks on its citizens rightfully stressed in…

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Palestinians paid terrorists $1b in past 4 years, Knesset panel hears

By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF— The Palestinian Authority has paid out some NIS 4 billion — or $1.12 billion — over the past four years to terrorists and their families, a former director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and ex-head of the army’s intelligence and research division told a top Knesset panel on…

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Advanced imaging reveals rare Hebrew inscription from First Temple period

By Daniel Eisenbud, JPOST— It was a ground-breaking discovery hiding in plain sight for more than half a century. Utilizing advanced-imaging technology, Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered an “invisible” inscription on the back of a pottery shard that has been on display at the Israel Museum for more than 50 years. The ostracon (ink-inscribed…

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The White House’s plan for peace in the Middle East

By Arutz Sheva— US Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt spoke to senior Israeli officials and representatives of the Palestinian Authority about the US plan for negotiating a final status agreement, Channel 20 reported. Among the items mentioned in the US proposal were: slowing building in Judea and Samaria, creating security arrangements in partnership with Jordan…

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Abbas’ Advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash: We Shall Not Relinquish a Single Micromillimeter of the Western Wall

By MEMRI— In a Friday sermon, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, advisor to PA President Abbas on Religious and Islamic affairs, said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, along with the Al-Buraq Wall (the Western Wall) was an Islamic religious endowment and could never belong to non-Muslims. “We cannot possibly relinquish a single millimeter, a single stone, a single micromillimeter…

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‘There is massive support for united Jerusalem among US Jews’

BY Dudi Caspi, Israel Hayom— As part of the celebrations marking the 50th year of the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, the city of Los Angeles held an event led by former Foreign Ministry Director General Dr. Dore Gold. Hosting a “Jerusalem United: Fifty Years of Freedom, Three Thousand Years of Jewish History,”…

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