Friday, August 23, 2019


House Passes Bills Enhancing US-Israel Ties, Sanctioning Support For Palestinian Terror Groups

(JNS) The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills, one seeking to enhance the U.S.-Israel relationship and another bill to sanction foreign persons, agencies and governments that assist Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) or their affiliates.

OU Executive Director for Public Policy Nathan Diament Named To New DHS Subcommittee

(OU Advocacy Center) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently named Orthodox Union Executive Director for Public Policy Nathan Diament to a newly created Subcommittee for the Prevention of Targeted Violence Against Faith-Based Communities. Diament is among 11 representatives of diverse American faith communities and law

Shabbat Rest in Israel

If Shabbat is Israel’s national weekly day for rest and relaxation, does it mean that all Israelis to some extent observe Shabbat? In thinking about this issue, I have reached the following surprising conclusion: The line between a recreational activity and a Shabbat activity that exists in America disappears in Israel.

Fifty-One Years Later

Who doesn’t remember where they were or what they were doing on the morning of 9/11? Well, for those of us around on June 6, 1967, who doesn’t remember where we were, what we were doing when we heard about the beginning of the Six Day War? That’s really where my story starts.


Telling the Stories of Israel’s Fallen

The state of Israel was given to the Jewish people, according to a well-known Hebrew poem, on a “silver platter.” The silver platter refers to the thousands who were killed in Israel’s struggle for independence. In the decades since, many more have joined their number as the country’s enemies continue to wage war and

Trump Is Defiant as Lawmakers Blast His Racist Attacks on Four Congresswomen

(Algemeiner) President Donald Trump doubled down on his attacks against four minority U.S. congresswomen on Monday, and dismissed concerns that his comments were racist, which promoted Democrats to condemn him in the House of Representatives.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said people he described as

IDF, Shin Bet Foil Hamas Money-Laundering Ring

(Jerusalem Post) The IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) foiled a Hamas money-laundering network in the West Bank on Tuesday, the military has announced. The operation exposed a money transfer network from the Gaza Strip to Ramallah that operated in coordination between senior Hamas

Cory Booker to Anti-Israel Activist: ‘I Would Understand If You Want to Support Somebody Else’

(Algemeiner) Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker told an anti-Israel 

activist who confronted him at a campaign event over the weekend, “I would understand if you want to support somebody

At Anti-Semitism Summit, US Attorney General Says He Is ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Rise in Hate Crimes Targeting Jews

(Algemeiner) Attorney General William Barr said on Monday he was “deeply concerned” by an increase in recent years of the number of reported hate crimes targeting Jews in the U.S.

Barr delivered opening remarks at the Summit on Combating Antisemitism, hosted by the Justice Department at its

Omar to Intro Pro-BDS Bill

(JNS) U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said that she plans to introduce a resolution this week in support of the anti-Israel BDS movement, reported Al-Monitor on Tuesday.

“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our

Syria, Iran Meet on Israeli Airstrikes

(Israel Hayom) Syrian President Bashar Assad met on Tuesday in Damascus with an unnamed senior Iranian official to discuss ways to deal with Israeli airstrikes in the war-torn country, reported regime-affiliated Syrian newspaper Al-Watan.

The strikes comes as Iran and its proxies, including Hezbollah,

Trial in Ramat Gan Energizes Debate Over Public Shabbat Busing

Israel, a country deeply rooted in ancient tradition and religion, simultaneously champions the principles of a Westernized democracy. However, the coexistence of these values often cause difficult dilemmas, especially with regard to the separation of religion and state. Indeed, unlike other Western democracies, Israel doesn’t have a