Is Egypt planning to retake control of the Gaza Strip?

By Khaled Abu Toameh, JPost— Scenes of dozens of Egyptian bulldozers, cranes and trucks entering the Gaza Strip last Friday have left some Palestinians wondering whether Egypt is planning to return to the coastal enclave it ruled between 1948 and 1967. The Egyptian decision to send building equipment and engineers to the Gaza Strip came…

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Dead Sea Scrolls: 2,000 years ago Jews used biblical ‘paperbacks’

By Rossella Tercatin, JPost— Some 2,000 years ago, Jews used formal beautifully written biblical manuscripts for public reading, but also informal and sloppily written biblical texts for personal use, new research on the Dead Sea Scrolls has shown. In addition, some of the scrolls might be more ancient than previously thought, suggesting that the current…

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Swearing-in of Bennett-Lapid gov’t that would replace Netanyahu set for Sunday

By Michael Bachner, Times of Israel— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to end his 12 consecutive years in power in five days, as Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin announced Tuesday that a vote would be held on swearing in the new “change government” during a special parliamentary session on Sunday, a day before the deadline…

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Will Mike Evans’s verbal salvo damage Christian and Jewish relationships?

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, All Israel News— I am writing today with some trepidation. When I express my opinions, I try to do so honestly yet diplomatically without name-calling or negative adjectives. However, I am now compelled as a respectful supporter of Israel to add my perspective on Mike Evans comments this past week. Evans…

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A Personal Reflection on Israel’s Never-Ending Conflict with Hamas

By Lela Gilbert, FRC Blog—- On May 20, a news alert on my computer tersely announced that Israel was launching retaliatory strikes into the Gaza Strip. And, as always, this was in response to volleys of rockets launched by Hamas from Gaza into southern Israel. In fact, since some 50 rockets had struck Israel just since April,…

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Arab Journalists and Pro-Israel Christians Agree: Hamas is the Problem

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBNIsrael— When United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Israel, and the United States signed the Abraham Accords on the White House lawn on August 13, 2020, it signaled a historic, miraculous opening of cooperation and benefits to each nation. Morocco and Sudan then joined the Accords, and the cooperative efforts have proven…

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Biden Administration Rewards Terrorists: Abbas and Hamas

By Bassam Tawil, Gatestone Institute— US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s May 25 announcement that the Biden administration will ask Congress to allocate $75 million in aid to the Palestinians and that Washington will reopen the US Consulate in Jerusalem — which previously had served as a de facto embassy handling US relations with the…

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Israeli Defense Minister Gantz to Make Snap White House Visit to Talk Iran, US Military Aid

By Benjamin Kerstein, Algemeiner— Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will make a snap visit to the US on Thursday for talks with the White House, the ministry said. Gantz is expected to meet with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to discuss the Iran nuclear issue. Also on…

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Even with a Deal, the Mullahs Will Pursue Nukes

By Asaf Romirowsky, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies— Walter Eytan, Israel’s first director-general of the Foreign Ministry, made the observation that “The refugees were a gift to Arab propaganda, which succeeded, by perverting the facts, in turning them into the gravest political liability with which Israel has had to contend in the first decade of…

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UNRWA’s False Façade of Neutrality

By Asaf Romirowsky, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies— Walter Eytan, Israel’s first director-general of the Foreign Ministry, made the observation that “The refugees were a gift to Arab propaganda, which succeeded, by perverting the facts, in turning them into the gravest political liability with which Israel has had to contend in the first decade of…

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How Hamas Seized The Political Moment

By Ilan Berman, Al-Hurra Digital— Predictably, the latest violence in the Middle East has spawned a slew of theories about the reasons for renewed hostilities between Israel and Gaza. Conventional wisdom has settled on the notion that the conflict was driven by fresh Israeli-Palestinian frictions over things like denial of access to parts of Jerusalem,…

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Senior State Dept. Official: Hamas capabilities were not destroyed

By Yoni Kempinski, Israel National News— In advance of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to the region, a senior State Department official says that the Biden administration is “relieved” that the violence has ended. He told reporters that they worked behind the scenes to establish the ceasefire. “We appreciate the roles of Egypt,…

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No ceasefire in Jerusalem as violence continues – analysis

By Khaled Abu Toameh, JPost— Monday’s stabbing attack in Jerusalem shows that the situation in the city remains tense despite the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which went into effect four days ago. That’s because the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have an interest in keeping Jerusalem in the headlines, each for its own reasons. The…

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