Palestinian Leadership Responds to the Abraham Accord

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBN— Evangelical Christians have long venerated President Harry Truman for his boldness as the first world leader to recognize Israel’s statehood in the United Nations vote on May 14, 1948. Now, 72 years later, another momentous decision has taken place. When President Trump and a trio of Middle East leaders signed…

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Tighter lockdown to deal Israeli economy NIS 35B blow

By Eran Bar-Tal and Hili Yacobi-Handelsman, Israel Hayom— Clamping down on economic activity as part of a tighter lockdown is projected to cost Israel an estimated NIS 35 billion (over $10 billion), Finance Ministry Chief Economist Shira Greenberg said on Wednesday during a meeting of the so-called coronavirus cabinet during which stricter measures were discussed…

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Gov’t approves total coronavirus lockdown starting Friday

By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, JPost— The country is heading back into a complete lockdown, which is to begin Friday and is likely to last until at least the end of the holidays. After eight hours of deliberations, the coronavirus cabinet made its recommendations, which were brought to the full cabinet for a late-night vote. By 6:30…

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Gantz orders IDF to build field hospital for virus cases as hospitals fill up

By Aaron Boxerman, Times of Israel— Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday ordered the military to prepare to establish a field hospital for coronavirus cases as hospitals overflow across the country. “Gantz has ordered staff to begin preparations to build an army field hospital that would contain about 200 beds,” a statement from the Defense…

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Red Alert: Why Is the EU such a stick-in-the-mud? And who else is covered dirt?

By Amy Zewe Why Is the EU such a stick-in-the-mud? And who else is covered dirt? Serbia and Kosovo have agreed, thanks to the Trump administration’s brokering, to seek peace with each other and recognize Israel. Serbia will move its embassy to Jerusalem and Kosovo will establish one in Jerusalem. This peace between Serbia and…

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Iran’s Missile Violations: Where is the International Community?

By Majid Rafizadeh, Gatestone Institute— Not even a word of condemnation has been issued by either the United Nations or the European Union on the Iranian regime’s latest violations and acceleration of its threatening ballistic missile program. Instead, the UN and the EU are still committed to lifting the arms embargo on Tehran and keeping…

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What the U.S. Can Do to Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace

By Andrea M. Berlin, J. Andrew Overman, The National Interest— Against the backdrop of normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and more recently Bahrain, are continued condemnations by Palestinian leaders. Palestinian president Abbas called the moves a “stab in the back,” “despicable,” and a “betrayal.” Even so, rumors regarding Saudi normalization continue to…

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A Tale of Two White House Signing Ceremonies

By Caroline Glick, JPost— Washington: Attending the White House signing ceremony on Tuesday of the Abraham Accords – which normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – was both moving and jarring. Standing at the South Lawn, just meters from the Rose Garden where the Oslo Accord were signed 27 years…

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Embassy of Israel- Briefing: Abraham Accords

By The Israel Embassy— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, brother of the crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and Foreign Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, signed the Abraham Accords at the White House. The Abraham Accords, brokered by President Trump and…

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The cultural genius of the Abraham Accords

By Michael Sussman, Israel Hayom— The Arabic concept of balance (“mu-wazana”) plays a critical role in virtually every aspect of life in the Arab world. Unlike its Western version – “keeping up with the Joneses” – mu-wazana does not have a negative connotation. Rather than depicting the need to amass material goods to match the…

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Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Guide for the Perplexed, 2020

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” The evening of September 18, 2020 will launch the 5781th Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah). 1. Annual reminder. The Hebrew word Rosh (ראש) means head/beginning and Hashanah (השנה) means the year. The root of the Hebrew word Shanah is both “repeat” and “change.” It constitutes…

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