Restoration of Israel: The Bones Coming together (Ezekiel 37)

Italian aliyah expected to double in ’14

11/26/2014 21:48
   Italy is experiencing a sharp upsurge in Jews making aliyah. An estimated 300 Italian Jews are expected to move to Israel in 2014, the Italo-Israeli demographer Sergio Della Pergola told the Italian news agency ANSA on Friday. The Jewish Agency affirmed to JTA that the figure — more...

Controversial Jewish nation-state bill clears Israeli cabinet

11/26/2014 21:29
Israel's cabinet has approved a bill to anchor in law the country's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, in a move that has put the coalition headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under intense strain. The decision yesterday saw the cabinet split between centrist ministers and...

Israel approves 78 settler units in East Jerusalem

11/19/2014 06:59
Israel has approved the construction of 78 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, the Israeli news site Walla reported Wednesday. The report said 50 houses would be built in the Har Homa settlement, which is built illegally on Jabal Abu Ghneim, a private Palestinian property between Bethlehem...

Israel set to take 3,000 acres of Palestinian village land near Jerusalem

11/09/2014 09:47
IDF soldiers gave out orders Saturday informing Palestinians of Israel’s plans to confiscate 3,176 acres (12,852 dunams) around the West Bank village of Beit Iksa for military purposes, Palestinian media reported.   Beit Iksa residents said to Ma’an news agency that soldiers at a checkpoint...

Israel Approves Bill Easing Conversion to Judaism for Hundreds of Thousands of Israelis

11/03/2014 22:13
The Israeli cabinet approved a new bill on Sunday aimed at easing the process of converting to Judaism, which advocates say could encourage hundreds of thousands of Israelis to join the religion. "It is a very good day for Israel," Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, chair of the Jewish Home party,...

Netanyahu approves over 1,000 more housing units in east Jerusalem

10/27/2014 05:45
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu authorized planning to advance 1,060 new housing units in neighborhoods in Jerusalem beyond the 1967 lines, officials in the Prime Minister's Office said Monday. According to the officials, 600 of these units will be constructed in the northern neighborhood of...

Prophetic Fulfillment: Regathering the ‘Lost Tribes’ of Israel

10/15/2014 21:20
Since the Assyrians invaded their land and led them into captivity in 722 B.C., the whereabouts of the northern tribes of Israel has remained one of the great mysteries of antiquity. Unlike those in the southern kingdom of Judah, who returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the Temple after 70 years in...

Israel approves 2,600 settler homes in East Jerusalem

10/02/2014 06:24
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel is to press ahead with the planned construction of 2,610 settler homes in annexed East Jerusalem, a watchdog said Wednesday, angering Palestinian leaders and prompting US President Barack Obama to express concern. The housing units, which have been slated for construction...

In aliya this year, push is stronger than pull

09/25/2014 05:29
28% spike in immigration to Israel over last year is highest since 2009, with trouble in Ukraine and France leading causes JTA — France leads immigration to Israel. Ukrainian immigration doubles. Surprise, surprise. Not. Aliyah to Israel jumped 28 percent in the past Jewish year, according to...

Anti-Semitism Rising, But So Is Aliyah to Israel

09/09/2014 22:26
In late May, a young man showed up one afternoon outside the Jewish Museum in Brussels, located on a quiet street in the heart of the Belgian capital. Wearing a baseball cap and a "Go-Pro" camera mounted on his chest, he proceeded to take out a .38 revolver and a Kalashnikov rifle from a satchel...
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Restoration of Israel: The Land is Blooming

Israel Develops Blood Test to Detect Breast Cancer

06/05/2014 07:37
About 4,500 women in Israel are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, according to the Israel Cancer Association, and roughly 900 die annually from the disease. The key, experts say, is early detection - which can raise the survival rate to 90%. Official state policies therefore promote...

Israeli innovation transforms phone camera imaging

05/21/2014 10:49
An Israeli startup based in Tel Aviv aims to transform smartphone camera imaging by bringing photo quality up to par with that of compact zoom-lens digital cameras.   The company, Corephotonics, has developed a dual-lens phone camera that can produce crystal-clear images even when the zoom...

Israeli Researchers Synthesize Cancer-Fighting Molecule

05/21/2014 10:30
Hebrew University researchers have pinpointed the process by which tumors become resistant to cancer treatments, according to NoCamels, paving the way for significant changes in cancer-treating drugs. While Israel has developed several anti-cancer drugs, not every patient will benefit from every...

Israel's Top 44 Inventions

05/03/2014 10:09
One of Israel's sources of pride is the enormous number of inventions and innovations that have taken root on its soil over 63 years - despite challenges of geography, size and diplomacy. The ever-churning Israeli mind has brought us drip irrigation, the cherry tomato, the electric car grid, the...

First Ever Scientific Diving Expedition at the Dead Sea

04/19/2014 09:58
BGU researchers have discovered deep springs on the floor of the Dead Sea, which provide fresh water to the rapidly dwindling lake. Meanwhile, a parallel study by German researchers has found new forms of life growing around the fissures in the sea floor. The Dead Sea is shrinking as the water...
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Struggle for Jerusalem

US Supreme Court to Decide on Jerusalem's Status

04/22/2014 07:17
The US Supreme Court Monday decided to hear the case of an American born in Jerusalem, once again taking up the sensitive issue of the status of the contested city, according to AFP. The justices will hear arguments in the case in the fall before deciding on the constitutionality of a 2002 law...

Iranian Official: 'We are Preparing to Liberate Jerusalem'

03/01/2014 20:17
The Islamist Basij militia force in Tehran ran a special military exercise Thursday and Friday preparing for an Iranian takeover of Jerusalem. ?The exercise, entitled "March to Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem)," included training in the event of such a takeover, including drills for the protection of cities,...

Vatican Pushing for Control of Mount Zion

02/19/2014 10:39
Christian leaders reportedly pressured Israel to turn over control of Mount Zion in Jerusalem during a clandestine meeting of senior city officials. The meeting took place Tuesday in the office of Attorney Amnon Merhav, the director-general of the Jerusalem municipality. It was attended by...

Palestinian Minister: We Demand Sovereignty Over Kotel

02/11/2014 05:54
A top Palestinian Authority official said that the PA was demanding sovereignty over all areas of Jerusalem Israel liberated in the Six Day War, including the Kotel (Western Wall). Speaking to Channel Ten, Mahmoud al-Habbash, Minister of Holy Places in the PA, said that "there will be no peace...

State Department Criticizes New Jerusalem Construction

02/06/2014 09:35
The State Department on Wednesday criticized Israel for approving the construction of over 500 housing units in Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem. "Our position on Jerusalem is clear," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters when asked about the construction. "We oppose any...

Clashes erupt as Jerusalem municipality demolishes Palestinian homes

02/05/2014 19:50
Demolition teams from the Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday morning destroyed three Palestinian homes and forced a man to demolish his own home in East Jerusalem, leaving 28 homeless. Clashes erupted in one neighborhood following the demolitions, injuring 15 and leading to seven detentions,...

Jerusalem's famous flashpoint

02/04/2014 23:48
Jerusalem's status is a bone of contention between Israelis and Palestinians. One flashpoint is the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, a sacred site of Muslim prayer - known as Temple Mount to Jews. One hundred female Israeli soldiers and 35 Orthodox Jews from the US were recently guided...

Govt. to Split Jerusalem, Where are the Rabbis?

01/24/2014 20:44
The government is planning to cede several sites in ancient Jerusalem to Muslim and Christian ownership, and Israel's rabbis remain silent, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel has accused. "There is a terrible plan, called the 'holy basin,' to split Jerusalem between Christians, Muslims and Jews," Rabbi Ariel...

No to '67 Lines, No to Splitting Jerusalem

01/07/2014 19:54
The term "1967 lines" has been used regarding talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in reference to the PA claim of ownership to all land that was under Jordanian control between 1949 and 1967. The words have been used to conceal the true weight of the concessions being demanded,...

Jerusalem shouldn't be capital of Palestinian state

05/20/2013 07:06
Lapid to NYT: I won't obstruct settlements' "natural expansion"; J'lem should stay in Israeli hands, according to 1967 lines. Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Jerusalem should not be the capital of any future Palestinian state in an interview with The New York Times published on Sunday, his first...
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A Sky Above Jerusalem

Video of 1967 War

Jerusalem | Filmed in Imax 3D

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Why Israel can't withdraw to its pre '67 borders

David Suissa: The Era of Jews Fighting Back

Israeli soldiers prepare armored personnel carriers (APC) near the border with the Gaza Strip on Nov. 16. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/ReutersAs I’ve been watching images of Hamas rockets falling on Israel, I’ve asked myself: If Hamas had the ability to murder thousands of Jews, wouldn’t they? And if Israel didn’t have a strong army, wouldn’t we surely witness another pogrom?

Since the destruction of the Second Temple some 2,000 years ago, has there been a more physically abused people than the Jews?

How many Crusades and Inquisitions and pogroms have been recorded where Jews were virtually helpless to defend themselves?

Oh sure, we always managed to survive and pull through. We were strong with our values, our Torah, our culture and our wits in adapting to whatever limits were imposed on us.But physically? We were always at the mercy of our landlords.

My ancestors in Morocco survived only because they knew their place. You never heard of a Moroccan Jew fighting for the same rights as Moroccan Arabs. Jews were the dhimmis, the second class citizens of the state. And still, there were stories of pogroms against Moroccan Jews.

The physical abuse of Jews reached its darkest and most murderous hour with the Holocaust.In Alcoholics Anonymous, they say you have to reach your own bottom before you can turn things around. Well, the Holocaust was our absolute bottom.
Perhaps not coincidentally, within a few years we were blessed with our own sovereign state. What would happen now? Would our enemies still come after us?

Indeed they did, but this time, something weird happened.
The Jews fought back.  ii

Israel's size compared to selected countries

From Israel Insider: Few realize just how small Israel really is, but these comparative maps give a hint, comparing Israel's area to the US, Russian, China, and France. From Israel's Story in Maps.

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