Orienting to Israel: Asia, Israel, and the UN

Written by Meshulam Ungar on . Posted in Op-Ed

(source: Wikipedia.com)Asian countries have a consistent anti-Israel voting pattern in the United Nations (U.N.), yet Israel’s relationship with several Asian countries is blossoming. Take Chinese imports to Israel, for example: a decade ago, they amounted to about 0.6 percent of Israeli imports, now they comprise more than 10 percent of Israeli imports. We shouldn’t put undue weight on U.N. votes against Israel by Asian countries. Instead, we should look at the strategic reasoning behind Asian votes in the U.N. and the opportunity Israel and Asia see in each other when it comes to economic, academic, and military cooperation.

Israel News

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UNESCO Chief: ‘Jerusalem Is the Capital of King David’

(JNS.org) UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has rebuffed attempts by the U.N. cultural body to deny a historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

“In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant,” Bokova said last week at the policy conference of the European Coalition for Israel, a grassroots Christian initiative.

Israel News

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Car-Ramming Attack Occurs at the Gush Etzion Junction

(Ilana Messika/TPS) At around 04:00 on Wednesday March 15, a Palestinian car drove onto the pavement at the Gush Etzion Junction in Judea and Samaria, in an attempt to harm a group of civilians and soldiers who were standing near a bus stop. The car was stopped by the yellow plots in front of the station. No casualties were reported to Israeli forces.

The female terrorist was shot and neutralized. According to the IDF spokesman, she was transported by the army to the hospital after being treated by the IDF medical corps.

Medics and paramedics of MDA provided medical treatment to a woman of about 28 months in advanced pregnancy after she suffered a panic attack. No casualties to her body were reported. She was then transported to the hospital.

Israel News

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Abbas Aide: In Coming Months, Palestinian Authority Plans
to Pressure International
Bodies to Act Against

(Barney Breen-Portnoy/algemeiner.com) In the coming months, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to pressure international institutions to act against Israel, a top Abbas aide said on Tuesday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.

According to Majdi al-Khalidi— Abbas’ diplomatic affairs adviser— the PA president’s address to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday was just the start of a new diplomatic push against the Jewish state.

670 Israeli Teens Teach Holocaust Survivors to Use the Internet

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Students in the Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network are connecting with Holocaust survivors this spring, taking part in a unique program teaching their elderly neighbors to use computers and the internet. The 670 students are paired up with over 360 survivors in 22 cities throughout the country for weekly meetings with local aging survivors of the Holocaust.

Disposing of Middot

Written by Phil Jacobs on . Posted in Op-Ed

Yes, I know that we’re not allowed to bring up politics at the Shabbos table anymore, lest we offend Uncle Louis who has always insisted that he’s been alt-right while the rest of us are alt-wrong.

Analysis: Hezbollah is Preparing Syria as Second Battlefield Against Israel

Written by David Daoud on . Posted in Op-Ed

Hezbollah intends to wage its next war against Israel from deep within Syria, according to areporton a pro-Hezbollah news site last week.

The report, found on the websiteYa Sour, quoted Hezbollah sources saying the group intends to fire long-range projectiles at the Jewish state from theQalamounandAnti-Lebanon Mountainranges, areas firmly under the Shiite group’s control on both the Syrian and Lebanese sides of the border.

Israel-Russia Talks Reflect the Two Share Some, but Not All, Priorities

Written by Seth Jacobson on . Posted in Op-Ed


On Tuesday last week, Israeli opposition leader and Labor Party chairman MK Isaac Herzog visited Moscow to meet with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov.

In a statement posted on his Hebrew-language Facebook page before his departure, Herzog called Russia “one of the most influential states in the world in general and in the Middle East in particular.” He also reiterated the Israeli position that Russia make all efforts to prevent the diversion of its weapon shipments to Syria into the hands of Hezbollah forces attempting to establish themselves in the Syrian Golan. “This is a red line that the State of Israel cannot tolerate,” he said.

“Israel has consistently taken the position that it will act to prevent weapons shipments via Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon,” former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Kol HaBirah. Shapiro is currently a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.